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  • VA Waits for Ailing Vets ďNot So BadĒ [semi-satire]

    05/28/2016 11:20:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 May 2016 | John Semmens
    This week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald rebuffed critics of the agencyís long queues for medical treatment of ailing veterans, comparing them to the long lines to get on rides at Disneyland. ďNo one is on the Disney Corporationís case for the lengthy wait-times at their theme parks,Ē McDonald asserted. ďWhy should we get worked up over wait-times at VA hospitals?Ē ďYou know, if people can tolerate waiting an hour for something as frivolous as a roller coaster ride shouldnít they be willing to wait a reasonable amount of time for something as crucial as medical care?Ē the Secretary...
  • Memorial Day

    05/28/2016 7:54:41 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 9 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, May 28, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Memorial Day is a day of honor and reverence; it is a solemn day. We must recognize an unfortunate fact of life; that our beloved country was formed and is protected by the blood of its warriors. Yet as unfortunate as this is we can be thankful, because over the years Americans have answered the call every time our way of life has been threatened. None understand this better than those who put everything on the line by signing a contract to serve in Americaís Armed Forces. Many honorable men and women paid the price with their limbs and lives....
  • Brian Williams: U.S. Is ĎThe Only Nation to Have Usedí Nuclear Weapons ĎIn Angerí

    05/27/2016 7:15:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 65 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | May 27, 2016 | Curtis Houck
    MSNBC breaking news host and ex-NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was allowed out on MSNBCís airwaves early Friday afternoon to discuss President Obamaís visit to Hiroshima so he could resurrect a taped report that aired in 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the nuclear bombís dropping on the Japanese city. In the course of discussing the event afterward, though, Williams threw some shade in the direction of the U.S. military and then-President Harry Truman by complaining that ďweíre the only nation to have used them in angerĒ against the horrifying Axis Powers member.
  • I was better to End WWII with a Nuke than start the Korean War with one ~ Vanity

    05/27/2016 2:40:37 PM PDT · by GraceG · 66 replies
    All these threads about Hiroshima got me to do some thinking. What would have happened had by some miracle we didn't drop the nukes on Japan and they had surrendered after a the equivalent amount of firebombing but right before an invasion. Some libs would think this would have been the "best Case Scenario" but I think it would have been a disaster! This is why: After the two nukes hit Japan many news reels in the months and years after it showed off to the whole world the absolute horrors of what Nuclear Weapons could do. We saw images...
  • Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes

    05/27/2016 1:54:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WHNS-TV ^ | May 27, 2016 | Nancy Benac and Foster Klug, The Associated Press
    HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. As the first American president to visit the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb, Obama came to acknowledge - but not apologize for - an act many Americans see as a justified end to a brutal war that Japan started with a sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. Some 140,000 people died after...
  • AL: Free Carry Permits for Retired Military Veterans

    05/27/2016 5:30:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley signed HB98, which provides for retired veterans who qualify, to obtain free pistol permits.† The bill was popular with the legislature, passing nearly unanimously. HB98 passed the House 93 to 4 with 3 abstentions. It passed the Senate 30 to 2 with no abstentions on 3 May, 2016, and was signed into law by Governor Bently on 13 May, 2016. The bill applies to retired military veterans who are non-disability retirees from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard or Marines, or any reserve component thereof. From the HB98(pdf): 24† (b) Any retired military veteran who...
  • Poll: Veterans Much Prefer Trump to Clinton

    05/26/2016 10:17:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | May 26, 2016 | Cameron Easley
    The news on Donald Trump and veterans hasnít been very flattering this week, but recent Morning Consult surveys show that members of the military and their families largely back the presumptive GOP nominee in the race for the White House. Almost half of veterans and voters who belong to veteran households (47 percent) picked Donald Trump as their presidential nominee in surveys taken from May 13 through May 24. Of the 1,668 military voters polled, only 38 percent support former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. Fourteen percent of military voters remain undecided....
  • 82nd Airborne Division Tests New All-Terrain Vehicles in Poland Jump

    05/26/2016 2:23:44 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 39 replies
    military.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Richard Sisk
    ...The troops will be dropping with about 10 of their MRZR all-terrain vehicles made by Minnesota-based Polaris Defense. (MRZR is not an acronym but simply a designator, said a Polaris spokeswoman.) The four-seat MRZRs were still a "pilot program" for the 82nd but were intended to give the paratroopers more mobility once they hit the ground. "It's a little more robust" than commercial ATVs, Tuley said. "These vehicles significantly enhance what would otherwise be foot mobility," Brig. Gen. Brian Winski, deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne, told Bloomberg News. "They change the dynamic and turn what would have been a...
  • Weíve lost perspective on what Memorial Day means

    05/25/2016 7:59:33 PM PDT · by pboyington · 15 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 25, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Like a lot of other Americans these days Iím spending too much time pissed off about way too many things in this great nation of ours. Iím not perceptive enough to fully understand how we got ourselves into such a mess but I do know itís gotten me to thinking about Memorial Day this year. And thatís another thing that pisses me off. As a veteran, Iím angry that this day will be passed by most of my countrymen with not one thought about the millions of Americans who lost their lives in our nationís wars or undeclared conflicts. As...
  • Rand Paul introduces amendment to get rid of draft

    05/25/2016 4:10:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 24, 2016 | Jacqueline Klimas, Defense Correspondent
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced an amendment to the Senate's fiscal 2017 defense policy bill that would do away with the draft entirely. The draft has played a major role in debate of this year's National Defense Authorization Act, the first considered by Congress since the ban on women serving in combat was lifted late last year. The House Armed Services Committee voted to add all women ages 18-26 to the Selective Service, but the provision was later stripped out in the full House. The House version of the bill still includes a requirement from Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas,...
  • Obama looks to Hiroshima visit; Abe won't go to Pearl Harbor

    05/25/2016 9:59:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | May 25, 2016 | Nancy Benac, The Associated Press
    SHIMA, Japan (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he plans to use his historic visit to Hiroshima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on the suffering of war and the need to take steps to prevent it. Abe said he had no plans to reciprocate Obama's gesture by paying his own visit to Pearl Harbor. Obama's opened his trip to Japan with much intrigue about his upcoming stop in the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb. But that first-ever visit by a sitting American president was caught up in the controversy in Japan over...
  • VA Hospitals are not Disneyland Ė Itís time to privatize the VA now!

    05/24/2016 9:44:00 PM PDT · by pboyington · 10 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 24, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Yesterday, VA Secretary, Robert MacDonald set off a firestorm in the media when he compared long lines at Disneyland to the wait times veterans experience for health care, an analogy that riled veterans groups and lawmakers alike. MacDonald of all people should know better. He is a graduate of West Point and served with the famous All-American Division, the 82nd Airborne, before out-processing to greener pastures, namely Procter and Gamble, where he rose to CEO of the company before retiring from the private sector. Apparently, it doesnít take too long to go from a free enterprise rainmaker to a federal...
  • The Polaris MRZR Military ATV Is A Battle-Ready Beauty

    05/23/2016 10:35:42 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    maxim.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Dan Carney
    Photo: Polaris ATV and snowmobile specialist Polaris has introduced a true battlefield replacement for the original Jeep, courtesy of it's Polaris Defense division. Like that original soldier's best friend, the turbo diesel MRZR is light, compact and capable of crossing tough terrain, not to mention great looking. By way of comparison, today's Humvee and its upcoming replacement are mammoth vehicles, bloated by mission creep into armored personnel carriers rather than zippy battlefield transportation. Photo: Polaris The MRZR is a return to that original mission. Coming from an ATV background and using a smallish 875 cc twin-cylinder engine, it would...
  • Intel Vets Urge Fast Report on Clintonís Emails

    05/23/2016 8:36:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Consortium News ^ | May 23, 2016
    A group of U.S. intelligence veterans is calling on President Obama to expedite the FBI review of former Secretary of State Clintonís alleged email security violations so the public can assess this issue in a timely fashion. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Those ďDamn EmailsĒ Ė ďReally a ConcernĒ Introduction Last Wednesday Robert Gates, CIA Director under President Bush-41 and Defense Secretary under President Bush-43, publicly commented that Secretary Hillary Clintonís ďwhole email thing Ö is really a concern in terms of her judgment,Ē adding, ďI donít know what originally prompted her to think...
  • Questions all Americans should be asking themselves about women in combat

    05/22/2016 8:02:30 PM PDT · by pboyington · 53 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 22, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Most Americans have never spent a day in uniform in America of 2016 and that is a problem. The White House social engineers have been able to manipulate the Congress and the American people and have led them to believe that women can serve successfully in the combat arms and special operations because most Americans donít understand anything about the military. Combine the ignorance of a nation, with the political correctness of Congress and the moral cowardice of the Joint Chiefs and itís open season to destroy the military if your Valerie Jarrett, Ray Mabus, Ash Carter or Barack Hussein...
  • Ten Arabic Words: A challenge to national security professionals engaged in the Global War On Terror

    05/22/2016 7:32:15 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 84 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | May 20th, 2016 | Matthew Bracken
    Ten Arabic Words: A challenge to national security professionals engaged in the Global War On Terror If you are a politically-correct bliss-ninny with a coexist bumper sticker slapped on the back of your Subaru, and you donít have the slightest clue what the following ten words mean, then this essay is not meant for you. You are excused. dawah, dhimmi, hijra, jizya, kafir, shaheed, shariah, takfir, taqiyya, ummah But if you are a national security professional, senior military officer or political leader involved in any aspect of the ďGlobal War On Terror,Ē AKA ďCountering Violent Extremism,Ē these are ten words...
  • AL: Free Carry Permits for Retired Military Veterans

    05/22/2016 4:15:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley signed HB98, which provides for retired veterans who qualify, to obtain free pistol permits.† The bill was popular with the legislature, passing nearly unanimously. HB98 passed the House 93 to 4 with 3 abstentions. It passed the Senate 30 to 2 with no abstentions on 3 May, 2016, and was signed into law by Governor Bently on 13 May, 2016. The bill applies to retired military veterans who are non-disability retirees from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard or Marines, or any reserve component thereof. From the HB98(pdf): 24† (b) Any retired military veteran who...
  • The Militaryís Social Engineers are Clueless

    05/21/2016 5:03:19 PM PDT · by pboyington · 48 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The lefty social engineers, the cultural Marxists, the ardent, militant feminists are completely clueless as they send the US military to its imminent date with the Russian, Chinese, North Korean, Iranian and Islamic State executioners. Today, Vice President and Master Social Engineer Joe Biden spoke to the 2016 graduating class at West Point. Biden was quoting from the Valerie Jarrett Manual of Military Destruction, published by Bill Ayers Books in Berkeley. ďHaving men and women together in the battlefield is an incredible asset, particularly when theyíre asked to lead teams in parts of the world with fundamentally different expectations and...
  • White House Defends Rhodesí Lies [semi-satire]

    05/21/2016 10:41:08 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 May 2016 | John Semmens
    While Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodesí lies about the Iran deal are a self-admitted matter of public record, an irate GOP controlled Congress will not be permitted to call him to testify. Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest brushed aside Rhodesí admission in a New York Times feature article that ďwe fabricated the narrative and played the media like a fiddle,Ē as a ďyouthful mistake borne of an excess of enthusiasm. The fact of the matter is that Mr. Rhodes has the full confidence of President Obama and was carrying out his directives as he briefed the media regarding the...
  • NATO Establishes a Safe-Zone to Counter Russia

    05/21/2016 7:53:41 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 14 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, May 21, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week NATO Foreign Ministers agreed to build-up forces to contain what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia. This will be the biggest build-up of NATO forces since the end of the Cold War, its purpose, to contain Russia with a defensive posture. "Deter and Dialogue" The NATO strategy is to move more troops into eastern European countries to reassure allies they will not be abandoned if Russia should decide to repeat operations that created the Ukraine crisis. In a press conference, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told reporters: "We will discuss how NATO can do more to...
  • Armed Forces Day in the United States

    05/20/2016 11:56:19 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    timeanddate.com ^ | May 21, 2016 | timeanddate
    Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United Statesí armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.
  • Was General Petraeus ensnared in a Hezbollah ďHoneytrapĒ and is there a cover up by the White House?

    05/20/2016 10:11:03 PM PDT · by pboyington · 41 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 20, 2016 | Jerome Almon
    We are all aware of the scandal: former CIA Director and four star General David Petraeus was forced to resign due to an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. But was this the whole story? Is there an unknown scandal behind the scandal? All evidence points to a cover up. Examine the following questions that should have been answered: -What did the material consist of that General Petraeus gave his mistress Paula Broadwell? -If the material was of such high value, why wasnít General Petraeus subject to more harsh punishment? -And the million dollar question, why would the FBI, the...
  • H.R.2822 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016

    05/20/2016 5:04:47 AM PDT · by philman_36 · 9 replies
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d114:HR02822: ^ | 5-20-16 | U.S. House of Representatives
    A BILL Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes, namely: Amendments... H.AMDT.592 (A062) Amends: H.R.2822 Sponsor: Rep Huffman, Jared [CA-2] (offered 7/7/2015) AMENDMENT DESCRIPTION: Amendment inserted...
  • The Feminization of the US Military is Nearly Complete

    05/19/2016 9:09:08 PM PDT · by pboyington · 30 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 19, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US Military has crossed the Rubicon and is spiraling into a whirlpool of doom and disaster on the land, on the seas and in the air. Mission accomplished Cultural Marxists and Feminists. With the help of our Socialist Commander in Chief youíve succeeded in achieving your goals of destroying our beloved and glorious military beyond your wildest dreams. What started with ideas spouted by crazies like Gloria Steinem in the 70ís, Patricia Schroeder in the 80ís and Claudia Kennedy in the 90ís, the feminist destruction derby of the last great male, macho culture in American society is on virtual...
  • Proud Poppa Alert, Part II

    05/19/2016 12:22:51 PM PDT · by lafroste · 44 replies
    me ^ | 5/19/16 | lafroste
    Some of you may remember my Proud Poppa Alert last week about my son. Well, The military made him re-take the ASVAB to verify that he didn't cheat on the one he took last week. He scored higher this time. He scored 147/150 on the GT and 149/150 on the mathematics.He became a US Marine 2 hours ago.
  • Audie Murphy, a genuine hero, is finally honored by the "conservative" State of his birth

    05/19/2016 8:44:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 37 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/19/16 | Doug Book, Editor
    Fully sixteen years after the State of Texas began honoring its military heroes with the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor, the most decorated combat soldier of World War II was finally recognized by Governor Rick Perry and the Texas legislature. Born in the Lone Star State in 1924, the 5'6", 130lb Audie Leon Murphy was told he was too small to make it in the Navy or the US Marines. So the baby-faced, underaged Texan enlisted in the Army and in early 1942 was shipped to North Africa as part of the Third Infantry Division. And in 3 years of...
  • Hiroshima: Obama decries nukes while encouraging nukes

    05/18/2016 7:00:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/18/16 | A. Dru Kristenev
    With leadership like this that is either schizophrenic or pathological, or both, it's no wonder one hand doesn't know what the other is doing, or, worse yet, doesn't care How does an ideologue best make his case against nuclear proliferation in the midst of historyís most dangerous political atmosphere because of rogue nations possessing nuclear potential? This oxymoronic narrative of a nuke-free globe has been President Obamaís agenda as long as he has occupied the Oval Office and, disastrously, the media bought it and did everything possible to sell it to the American people. Precisely to further this wrongheaded agenda,...
  • Senate approves first openly gay Army secretary

    05/17/2016 10:10:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action Blog ^ | May 17, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate approved Eric Fanning to lead the Army on Tuesday, giving the military branch its first openly gay secretary. The Senate confirmed Fanning by unanimous consent after his nomination had been held in limbo for months because of a fight over the GuantŠnamo Bay detention center. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) said Tuesday that he had dropped his hold on Fanning's nomination because the "clock has run out" for the president to move GuantŠnamo Bay detainees into the United States. The Pentagon previously sent teams to Kansas to examine potential alternatives for housing GuantŠnamo Bay detainees. "My issue has never...
  • What is the Pentagon hiding about the Iranian seizure of two US Navy Riverine Craft?

    05/17/2016 7:59:23 PM PDT · by pboyington · 31 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 17, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In January, two US Navy high speed Riverine boats were apparently underway from Bahrain to Kuwait when they strayed into Iranian waters, while attempting to contact a vessel to refuel. The Pentagon first said that they had engine trouble. Yet, if that was the case, why didnít the other boat tow the boat with mechanical problems to international waters and safety? Then, the Pentagon said that they had navigational issues. How is this possible in 2016, with each boat having an array of GPS and radar equipment? Even if one boatís systems completely shut down, couldnít they rely on the...
  • Military Families Are Getting Shafted By Public Health Insurance

    05/17/2016 8:42:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press | 05/17/16 | Megan Barth
    TRICARE should admit wrongdoing and pay past due amounts to the UVP states It is no secret that Americaís veterans are getting the shaft. We have seen these troubling headlines: A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospitalís secret list Veteran dies after setting himself on fire outside New Jersey VA clinic The stories behind these and similar headlines reveal that America has not lived up to its promise to ďcare for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan.Ē In fact, military families, specifically the children of military families, face similar...
  • Guardians of the Air Force

    05/17/2016 5:45:40 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 26 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 5/17/2016 | Troy Taysom
    The United States Air Force is a unique service for a multitude of reasons. It was the Ô¨Ārst branch of the service to allow women into combat roles (security police) and has an entire career Ô¨Āeld dedicated to protecting air bases, aircraft, Air Force personnel and nuclear weapons. All of the other services require individual units to provide security for themselves, i.e. an Army aviation unit¬ís members, including her mechanics, are armed and trained as riÔ¨āemen. Chuck Norris started his martial arts training when he was an air policeman in Korea. Besides Norris, the ¬ďSky Cops¬Ē have a storied past...
  • Iran Threatens to Sue US in the Hague for ĎHostile Movesí

    05/16/2016 3:41:52 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 16-05-2016 | Rouhani's mom
    Iranian lawmakers are moving closer to approving a lawsuit against the United States to seek compensation for damage inflicted by Washingtonís ďhostile moves over the past 63 yearsĒ. On Wednesday, 181 of the 290 Iranian lawmakers voted in favor of a bill that would pave the way for the government to take legal action against the U.S. in an international court for actins dating back to the 1953 coup in Iran. The move comes just a few weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that nearly $2 billion of Iranís frozen assets be given to American families of the victims...
  • Iranian Navy Commander Threatens to Sink US Vessels in Persian Gulf (VIDEO)

    05/16/2016 2:57:28 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/16/16 | Jim Holt
    They have absolutely no fear of America under Obamaís leadership. In a recent TV interview, IRGC Navy Commander Ali Fadavi said: ďThe Americans are aware that if they make even the slightest mistake, their naval vessels will be sunk in the Persian Gulf, the Hormuz Strait, and the Sea of Oman.Ē He further claimed that Iranís vessels would emerge from ďundersea tunnels,Ē in which ďno force will be able to harm our naval vessels.Ē In the interview, which aired on IRINN TV on May 10, Fadavi maintained that the crew of U.S. vessels is now obliged to speak Farsi in...
  • Germany Claims Trophy in Strong Europe Tank Challenge

    05/16/2016 1:21:51 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    army.mil ^ | May 13, 2016 | Ms. Lacey Justinger
    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The German platoon took top honors in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, a three-day competition that tested offensive and defensive operations and mounted orienteering, with Denmark and Poland placing second and third, May 13, 2016. Seven platoons from six NATO nations took part in the U.S. Army Europe and German Bundeswehr-sponsored competition that was hosted by 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, May 10-12, here. Units that participated included Denmark's 1st Platoon, 1st Tank Company, 1st Tank Battalion; Germany's Platoon C, Company 3, Mountain Panzer Battalion 8, Panzer Brigade 12; Italy's 1st Platoon, 2nd Company, 8th Battalion,...
  • General Petraeus is drinking the PC Kool Aid

    05/15/2016 8:23:54 PM PDT · by pboyington · 26 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 15, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Iíve always thought highly of General David Petraeus. Heís a smart man who was an extremely competent US Army general officer; perhaps even a mini MacArthur without the gigantic ego and the propensity for hunkering down in dugouts. Petraeus was the man who led the surge, who took command of US forces in Afghanistan, who later became the Director of the CIA. In an era searching for real military leadership, Petraeus seemed just what the doctor ordered. Or, was he? His reputation was tarnished by an affair with his biographer and his carelessness which allowed her access to his Top...
  • Gift suggestions needed for new Marine graduating Combat Training [personal]

    05/14/2016 8:16:15 PM PDT · by Silly · 56 replies
    May 14, 2016 | Silly
    I just learned today that my roommate's son, approx. age 20, is starting combat training in July to become a Marine. I am very proud of this young man, and want to show him my respect and honor him when he completes training and graduates. Can you give me some gift suggestions, please, that are not too expensive, but would be meaningful, and possibly a keepsake, that he might be glad to receive? Feel free to ping military lists to this thread; I'm sure they have lots of great ideas. Thanks, everyone. Silly
  • They Were Waiting for The Order. It Never Came

    05/14/2016 7:54:49 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 32 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, May 14, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Fox News played an account provided by an Aviano based Air Force Pilot about his squadronís actions on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. He told Fox News a team was ready to fly that night and protect Americans under fire at Benghazi. The Squadron members had been briefed, their planes prepped and armed. They were prepared to fly hundreds of miles to aid Americans under attack. ďThe whole night we were told that we are waiting on a callĒ The fighters were ready to go once the order was given. It never happened. "I definitely believe that our aircraft...
  • TX: How Can I Bear Arms?

    05/14/2016 4:35:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Donnie's former apartment complex A week or two ago I wrote about how a former Marine fought off an attempted home invasion.† He managed to fire three shots, and it appeared that no one was hit. As I visited a local gas station, I ran into Donnie again.† He is a large, powerful black man, he makes an impression.† We shook hands and I told him that the article had been published.† He had not seen it yet, because he is in the middle of a move.† He did not say; but I suspect it was a decision precipitated...
  • The West must stop kissing butt and start kicking butt!

    05/13/2016 8:58:34 PM PDT · by pboyington · 11 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 13, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The West (meaning Western Europe and the US and Canada) is at war with ISIS and radical Islam, yet it wonít admit it. The West is at war with ISIS and radical Islam, yet it wonít do what needs to be done to rid the world of this evil. The West deliberately weakens itself every day through insane political correctness and unrealistic attempts to placate people who are determined to destroy us. The West is a weak sister, and no doubt the marauding monsters of ISIS, the maniacal Mullahs of Iran, and every other foe of ours in the world...
  • Proud Poppa Alert (vanity)

    05/13/2016 11:14:10 AM PDT · by lafroste · 70 replies
    me ^ | 5/13/2016 | lafroste
    Forgive the vanity. My son just got back from taking the ASVAB for military service. This test attempts to measure aptitude and abilities for service. The highest possible score is 99. The lowest score for a marine corp officer is 74. He scored a 97. That's the highest score I've ever even heard of. So, proud poppa alert.
  • Another week of Iran kicking sand in our face

    05/11/2016 7:53:43 PM PDT · by pboyington · 8 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Things arenít going too well with our new BFF (best friend forever) on the Persian block, Iran. What a surprise. You mean, signing a nuclear deal that gives one of the craziest regimes in world history a green light to manufacture nuclear weapons, while also providing 150 billion in funds for the madmen of Teheran to purchase armaments isnít going according to plan. Shocking, absolutely shockingÖ Things arenít going well because the Iranians are more than aware that the President of the United States is a gutless twerp and his chief international diplomat, Secretary of State, John Kerry is a...
  • Hamas-linked CAIR threatens suit as Citadel denies hijab for Muslim cadet

    05/11/2016 12:34:27 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 35 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/11/16 | Robert Spencer
    See, a uniform is supposed to be uniform. It is supposed to convey the idea that all those who wear it are engaged in a common enterprise that is greater than their individual proclivities. To allow Muslim cadets wear hijabs would be to deny the very nature and purpose of the uniform itself, and to allow an expression of the assertion that the cadetís allegiance to Islam is greater than her allegiance to the Citadel or the U.S. military, which is doubtless true, but not something that the Citadel or the U.S. military ought to be in the business of...
  • Donít Worry General, We Trust You

    05/10/2016 10:50:54 PM PDT · by pboyington · 26 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Six simple words, ďDonít worry General, we trust you.Ē During the Gulf War in 1991, General Fred Franks, VII Corps commander spoke with several soldiers in the now deactivated, but once mighty, Third Armored Division. During the conversation, Franks appeared worried and tired. One of the soldiers looked at him and said, ďDonít worry General, we trust you.Ē Those six words spoke volumes about the state of the military in 1991 and speak volumes about the wretched state of the military in 2016. How many soldiers or Marines today would repeat those words to someone with stars on their shoulders?...
  • Libyaís Oil Exports Could To Go To 0 bpd Within One Month

    05/10/2016 11:57:07 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | Libya oil
    Libyan officials attached to the government in Tripoli are warning that the country will have to halt the majority of its output from southeastern fields within a monthís time as the Hariga port remains under blockade over an export dispute between rival governments. Fields in the south-east which provide the majority of the Libyan oil output will be shut down in a month unless blockade on the Mediterranean Sea terminal Marsa el-Hariga if lifted, officials in Tripoli have warned on Tuesday. Factions loyal to the eastern government in Tobruk, and the parallel National Oil Company in Benghazi, have been in...
  • The Betrayal of the USS Cole

    05/09/2016 8:39:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Daniel Greenfield
    The valorous dead of the USS Cole have been betrayed too many times to count by each administration On Thursday morning, sailors on board the USS Cole were lining up for an early lunch. Seventeen of them died as an Al Qaeda bomb on board a fishing boat tore through the hull outside the galley. The dead included 15 men and 2 women, one of whom had a young child. For three weeks the crew of the USS Cole struggled to keep their ship from sinking while working waist deep in water with bucket brigades, sleeping on the deck and...
  • DoD IG Opens Investigation Into Former ULA Executiveís Allegations

    03/27/2016 12:01:39 AM PDT · by Rabin
    Defense Daily ^ | 03/22/2016 | Pat Host
    The DoD IG opened an investigation today, regarding allegations made by former United Launch Alliance (ULA) vice president Brett Tobey. DoD IG will be looking into national security space launch protocols. This investigation will include, but is not limited to, site visits, interviews and documentation review with DoD and ULA personnel. http://spaceksc.blogspot.com/2016/02/lipstick-on-pig.html "We all agree" that we must end dependence on Russia RD-180 (kerosene/LOX), and make our own (Hydrogen/Lox),engines here in the U.S.
  • ISIS is No Longer Seen as a Terrorist Group

    05/07/2016 8:05:17 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 30 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, May 7, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, speaking at a discussion with all the service chiefs before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, told the crowd that ISIS ďlooked an awful lot like something much more than a terrorist group.Ē August 2014, the United States looked at ISIS only as a terrorist group and developed a military strategy to take on ISIS as a terrorist group. The Obama Regime--or its Ghost writer Ben Rhodes--mistakenly called ISIS the JV squad, ignoring the possibility that the group was developing an infrastructure and a government. Obama advisors also failed to...
  • AZ: Scud Missle and BRDM in Arizona Desert

    05/07/2016 7:12:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    This picture was taken near Tacna, Arizona at the beginning of April, 2016.† I believe the missile is a mock-up of a Scud B and the MAZ-543 launcher, mounted on a trailer.† I do not think a dually Ford would be able to move around a real Scud and launcher, but maybe.† The Scud B, loaded, would be about 7 tons.† But I cannot see sane U.S. military forces† allowing an missile fuelled with tons of kerosene and nitric acid out on the highways and desert for a training exercise.† Without the fuel or warhead, maybe the Ford could...
  • War by Community Organizers, Leftists and Lackeys

    05/06/2016 11:04:59 PM PDT · by pboyington · 11 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 6, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US War against ISIS is confirming several things: One Ė Community organizers serving as commander in chief donít want to fight. Two Ė Leftists in the White House donít know how to fight. Three Ė Lackeys in the Pentagon are too self-serving to efficiently fight. The US War against ISIS is a complete, unadulterated, incrementalized joke. While ISIS continues to butcher and rape and pillage its way through Syria and Iraq, the US fights back with mere pinpricks. It doesnít matter how many dog and pony shows the Pentagon puts on; how many smoke and mirrors, Bob Fosse Broadway...
  • The Tragedy of Women in Combat

    05/06/2016 9:35:06 PM PDT · by pboyington · 68 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 6, 2016 | Nolan Nelson
    Ash Carterís announcement December of 2015 demonstrated the Obamaís Administration attachment to a political ideology fueled by arrogance and premeditated ignorance. His direction of any long period of study and vigorous debate has been among those mutually supportive creatures that have metastasized throughout the military to serve a social agenda bringing future needless devastation. Most of the points I highlight about women in combat arose first when the decision was made to do away with DADT. A lot of good men are going to have to die in years to come to cover up this disaster. This tragedy of women...