Katie Kieffer

Lt. Clint Lorance needs your help. He is an American war hero who was unjustly sentenced to 20 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay, and dismissal from the U.S. Army because the Obama administration is apparently trying to appease the Afghan government.

The day he turned 18, Lorance walked into the Greenville, Texas recruiting station and enlisted in the U.S. Army. The U.S. had recently invaded Iraq and he felt an obligation to serve his country. Before long, Lorance was thriving. Two years into his military career, Lorance was already a Sergeant.

Throughout the 10 years he served in the U.S. Army, Lorance kept his mother informed of all his accomplishments and award certificates. His mother told me that she now has all of these certificates and letters with her. Many are letters from his superiors recommending him for promotion. When his mother recently read through them all herself, she found they were: “All stating his excellent performance and being highly recommended as an outstanding young man. Not one bad word or one bad report.”

Lorance’s superiors described him as trustworthy, highly skilled, very organized and by-the-books (a vital trait in the Military where order and respect for leadership keeps everyone safe and on-mission during the fog of war).

Lorance served in the U.S. Army with a perfect record for 10 years when he was suddenly stripped of his weapon and dismissed from the Army without explanation in July of 2012. He was thrown into an impossible situation during his first time commanding an active-duty rifle platoon in a very dangerous region in Afghanistan teeming with Taliban insurgents. Around this time, the Obama administration implemented “Afghan in the Lead,” a nebulous set of rules of engagement whereby American commanders were supposed to let the Afghan forces take the lead, if the Afghans wanted to lead.

Lt. Lorance was leading his rifle platoon on a combat patrol in Taliban territory when U.S. Army helicopters overhead alerted him via radio to the presence of insurgents in the area. It is a common tactic of the Taliban to utilize “spotters” on motorcycles who communicate sightings via ICOM signals and carry grenades, which they toss at American forces. Suddenly, Lt. Lorance’s platoon encountered Afghan motorcyclists who exactly fit the description he had received over radio.


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.