Col. Bill Connor


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Bill Connor, received his Bachelor's of Arts from The Citadel in 1990. After serving over ten years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army he received his Juris Doctorate from University of South Carolina in 2005. He is currently an attorney with Hamilton and Associates in Columbia, South Carolina. In May 2008, he returned from a yearlong combat deployment in Southern Afghanistan. During that time, he served as Joint Operations Officer for the Southern Region of Afghanistan developing and implementing the US advisory effort for Afghan National Security Forces. This effort occurred during the 2007 Taliban spring/summer offensive. Due to success in that position, he was promoted to take command of the US advisory effort in the volatile province of Helmand. Shortly after arrival in Helmand, he was promoted in rank from Major to Lt. Colonel. In addition to command of US advisory teams, he was the senior American working with the United Kingdom senior staff. Upon return from Afghanistan, he published the book “Articles from War,”a memoir of his experiences and thoughts in Afghanistan.

Most Recent Articles by Col. Bill Connor:

Ugly media bias against the military must be countered

Mar 14, 2017 — Col. Bill Connor

With recent national polls showing the lowest levels-ever of public trust in the media, columnist Georgie Anne Geyer’s recent piece, “America’s Security begins with Questions,” reads with a bit of irony.

The piece – something of an anti-military diatribe – makes the claim that “military men” working in the Trump administration are “deeply angry inside [because] they have never gotten past their humiliation over Vietnam and now they are stuck with Iraq and Afghanistan.” Geyer then slams military leaders as dishonest careerists: “Gen. McMaster is not the go-along-to-get-along kind of military officer we’ve been accustomed to since World War II ... he is a man of unquestioned integrity.”


ISRAEL DOES NOT DESERVE A LECTURE FROM JOHN KERRY

Jan 5, 2017 — Col. Bill Connor

The day after betraying Israel with abstention in the unfair UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, John Kerry attacked Israel directly. 

In addition to a number of cutting slights, Kerry admonished Israel stating that Israel can be either a “Democracy or a Jewish state, but not both.”

This was wrong on a number of levels, but particularly in the patronizing rhetoric directed at Israeli democracy.


Media Elite still doesn’t get why Trump won the election

Nov 15, 2016 — Col. Bill Connor

Like many of my fellow Republicans and evangelicals, I was not initially enthusiastic about Donald Trump as the GOP nominee. Many of us had issues with Trump’s seeming inconsistency over key conservative values; like his support of continued taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. The division among Republicans and evangelicals over Donald Trump was stark.

However, on the day of the election, the vast majority of Republicans “came home” to vote for Trump in historic numbers. This was particularly the case among white evangelicals of whom over 80 percent voted for Trump: A higher number than had voted for known evangelical George Bush. This was also despite lingering questions among many evangelicals about Trump’s Christian sincerity and character. Of note, Trump exceeded Mitt Romney by two points among African-Americans. CNN exit polls also showed that military veterans, a conservative but racially and ethnically diverse group, voted 2-1 for Trump over Hillary Clinton. After reading liberal “elite” Washington Post commentator Gene Robinson (and so many other liberal commentators) offer ridiculous opinions about the election results, I feel compelled to offer the insider account of the truth.


RESPECT FOR THE AMERICAN FLAG

Oct 6, 2016 — Col. Bill Connor

Pres. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag.” Indeed. But with the start of the 2016 National Football League (NFL) season, Americans have become witness to a shockingly disgraceful – and in some quarters, mimicked – display of disloyalty.

You’ve all by now seen it. San Francisco 49ers backup-quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. Defending and attempting to justify his actions, Mr. Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color… There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

In another statement, Kaepernick argued, “I mean, you have Hillary who’s called black teens’ or black kids, ‘super predators.’ You have Donald Trump who’s openly racist.”


IS AMERICA LOSING ITS MANHOOD?

Jul 12, 2016 — Col. Bill Connor

“We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood”– President Theodore Roosevelt

Witnessing the myriad problems facing America, the shock and confusion as to what’s happening to this great nation is overwhelming. From San Bernadino to Orlando, we have experienced multiple “lone wolf” Jihadist attacks by Americans against Americans on our home soil. Overseas, we are experiencing many foreign policy and national security challenges, including a resurgent Russia, barbarism by ISIS, and a defiant North Korea. We are facing possible economic meltdown in the U.S. with the debt surging beyond $19-trillion and the continued loss of American economic power to overseas competitors. Finally, we are seeing American police officers being targeted for assassination as they are demeaned by many attempting to cause racial strife. America previously appeared so strong and secure, and yet we now wonder why we face so many internal issues and loss of respect overseas.


AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

Jul 4, 2016 — Col. Bill Connor

For past decade, much debate has transpired over the term “American Exceptionalism.” Two months after assuming office (and while overseas speaking to allies), Barack Obama said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

In April 2015, Donald Trump was asked to define American Exceptionalism and replied, “I don’t like the term, I’ll be honest with you.”

Though believed to have been coined by Alexis de Tocqueville – the Frenchman who wrote in the 1830s of America’s rise to power – the term has remained a constant throughout our history, and we must ask ourselves whether-or-not America truly was-and-is objectively “exceptional” among nations?


Social, Fiscal Values Are Equally Important

Dec 31, 2015 — Col. Bill Connor

“This Constitution was made for a moral and religious people, it is wholly unsuited for the governance of any other”
– John Adams, primary author of the U.S. Constitution and second pres. of the United States

Though the first votes of the 2016 Republican primary are only weeks away, the conservative movement continues to struggling with identity. After losing the presidency in 2008 and 2012, and enduring years of social and fiscal liberalism tearing at the fabric of American society, most Republicans realize the stakes are higher now than at any other time in modern history. The questions before us is, how do Republicans win the general election while maintaining non-negotiable conservative values? And should the focus be solely on fiscal matters to marginalize divisive social issues?


American Muslims are not the enemy, but Sharia Law is a Clear and Present Danger to America

Dec 15, 2015 — Col. Bill Connor

“Islam is a revolutionary faith that comes to destroy any government made by man. … Islam doesn’t care about the land or who owns the land. The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy. In order to fulfill that goal, Islam can use every power available every way it can be used to bring worldwide revolution. This is Jihad.”
– Sayeed Abdul A’la Maududi, founder of Jamaat-e-Islami.

In his article, It’s the ideology, Stupid, Australia’s Warner MacKenzie writes, “The West’s propensity for ignorance is nothing short of astounding … Never before have books on the subject of Islamic history and terrorism been so prolific, yet the same old opinions on the causes of Islamic violence remain as popular, uniformed and widespread as ever.”

With the recent Jihadist massacre in San Bernardino by domestic Islamic terrorists, followed by Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to put a moratorium on Islamic Immigration “until we find out what the hell is going on”, the debate about Islam in America has become heated. Despite condemnation from the mainstream media, Democratic leaders, as well as many in the Republican Party establishment, Trump’s poll number rose substantially in the days following his proposal.


The Enemy we face must be Ruthlessly Defeated, not Appeased

Nov 20, 2015 — Col. Bill Connor

“To conquer, we must destroy our enemies. We must not only die gallantly; we must kill devastatingly. The faster and more effectively you kill, the longer you will live”
— George S. Patton

With the despicable ISIS attacks in Paris, followed by the aerial bombing response by France against ISIS forces in Racca, Syria; we are seeing many on the Left double-down on a failed strategy of appeasement.

In a Nov. 19, 2015 editorial by Wesleyan Professor Ioana Emmy Matesan, she asks rhetorically about the French military response to the Paris slaughter: “But is such a military response really the most effective way to undermine ISIS, and to prevent future attacks like these?”


Kim Davis: The Constitution and Christianity

Sep 10, 2015 — Col. Bill Connor

“But when, as it is true we find it [Dred Scot decision issued by the Supreme Court in 1857] wanting in all these claims to the public confidence, it is not resistance, it is not factious, it is not even disrespectful, to treat it as not having yet quite established a settled doctrine for the country…” 
– Abraham Lincoln (explaining why states were not bound by the Dred Scot decision of the U.S. Supreme Court)

Kentucky Clerk of Court, Kim Davis, who refused to issue gay marriage licenses even after the recent Supreme Court ruling, has become a symbol.


The Unconstitutional “Anchor Baby” Delusion

Aug 25, 2015 — Col. Bill Connor

“The United States have not recognized a double allegiance. By our law a citizen is bound to be ‘true and faithful’ alone to our government.” – House Report No. 784, June 22, 1874

With the 2016 election heating up, many Americans are finding the opportunity to express anger over the nation’s illegal immigration problems.


THE VIETNAM SYNDROME: Desert Storm changed Americans and their military

Aug 25, 2015 — Col. Bill Connor

“By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all.” — President George H.W. Bush after victory in Desert Storm

On Aug. 2, 1990, Operation “Desert Shield” was declared after Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded neighboring Kuwait and stood poised to invade Saudi Arabia. Desert Shield started as the defense of Saudi Arabia and lasted until mid-January 1991 when the air campaign of Desert Storm began.


The Telemachus Moment: “In the name of Jesus Christ, Stop!”

Aug 9, 2015 — Col. Bill Connor

In the year 402 A.D., a diminutive monk named “Telemachus,” then living in the hinterland of the Roman Empire, felt a call to leave his obscure monastery and visit the city of Rome. 

He didn’t know why, but he believed he was following God’s leading. Upon entering the city, Telemachus was pushed along by the crowds into the Colosseum where gladiatorial contests were being held to celebrate the recent victory over the Gauls.


Honoring our Forefathers

Jul 7, 2015 — Col. Bill Connor

Like nearly all South Carolinians, I was deeply saddened upon learning of the senseless murders at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. At the time, I was serving (military duties) outside the state when I also learned one of the slain was related to a fellow soldier.

I continue to pray for the families. Their Christian witness after the tragedy impacted us all.


Embedded Advisors are Key to winning against the Islamic State

May 29, 2015 — Col. Bill Connor


“I saw the war through the eyes of the Vietnamese people. I saw the war through the eyes of villagers that I lived with. I saw the war through the eyes of Vietnamese soldiers and Marines there weren’t there on one-year tours, but were there for the duration.  I saw the war from the Delta to the DMZ. I saw the war from Cambodia to the coastal plains in the east. And it was a totally different perspective than I was hearing from my counterparts.”
– Gen. Anthony Zinni, speaking of his tour-of-duty as an Adviser in Vietnam