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  • Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran

    01/18/2020 7:17:35 PM PST · by conservative98 · 81 replies
    AP ^ | 1/17/20 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Saturday the Oval Office requires a wartime veteran, a niche he occupies exclusively among top-tier candidates in his party’s race for the 2020 nomination. During an interview on Iowa PBS in suburban Des Moines, Buttigieg was asked if there’s value in a president who had faced hostile fire. Buttigieg, a Naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan in 2014, noted he had been present for rocket attacks while stationed at Bagram Airfield, and later faced potential danger as an armed driver in Kabul. Another presidential candidate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, served...
  • Retired Gen. McChrystal: Trump's attacks on military service members are 'disturbing'

    11/28/2018 9:21:20 AM PST · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 28, 2018 | Emily Birnbaum
    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Wednesday denounced President Trump's attacks on military service members, including the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and retired Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. "His discussions on Bill McRaven, as well as his previous discussions on John McCain and others have been something that’s deeply disturbing to a lot of thoughtful people,” McChrystal said on ABC's Powerhouse Politics podcast. “The fact that he would take on people in this vitriolic manner, I think is pretty upsetting to people." "And the fact that he would be dismissive of the kinds...
  • To Save Our Economy, Ditch Taiwan (NYT op-ed)

    11/11/2011 7:48:23 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 59 replies
    New York Times ^ | PAUL V. KANE | PAUL V. KANE
    WITH a single bold act, President Obama could correct the country’s course, help assure his re-election, and preserve our children’s future. He needs to redefine America’s mindset about national security away from the old defense mentality that American power derives predominantly from our military might, rather than from the strength, agility and competitiveness of our economy. He should make it clear that today American jobs and wealth matter more than military prowess. As Adm. Mike Mullen, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared last year, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt.” There are...
  • Report: Marines Banned from Farting in Afghanistan

    08/26/2011 11:28:17 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 26 Aug 2011 | Buck Sexton
    Marines in Afghanistan have reportedly been told not to pass gas around Afghans to avoid offending the indigenous population. That’s right, now any leatherneck who lets one rip on patrol with Afghans nearby could receive a a talk from his superior officer. The new flatulence restriction was first picked up by the Military Times, and has since become fodder for online discussion ranging from the curious to the ridiculous. A few military bloggers have taken it seriously and found the ban to be indicative of a trend among military brass of bending over backwards to avoid offending the locals. Others...
  • ...To those calling for a civil war, this Marine wants you to stop, and think...

    03/27/2010 12:59:55 PM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 593 replies · 10,537+ views ^ | Mar 26 2010 | Sgt C USMC
    It's been said that the military is always preparing for war. That is true. We prepare for combat every day. We ran 5 miles today to the rifle range and shot nearly 200 rounds a piece at targets and then ran back. However, we also pray for peace. I would love one day to be completely unnecessary. But alas, I am a realist, and I know that day will never come. The headlines of the last week have reminded me more of glimpsing at the S2 Daily Briefing Sheets while in theater or the Al-Jazeera than the NY Times or...
  • U.S. Captain Hears Pleas for Afghan Detainee

    06/05/2009 12:20:47 PM PDT · by steve-b · 3 replies · 294+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/24/09 | Richard A. Oppel, Jr.
    Capt. Kirk Black, who trains the Afghan police in this impoverished province, developed a practiced skepticism about claims of innocence during a decade as a Baltimore police officer. But last January, when relatives of an Afghan imprisoned at the Bagram military detention center begged him to look into the case, he agreed to listen. Eventually he became convinced that the detention was a case of mistaken identity and put the family in touch with a lawyer. Soon, Captain Black was facing a potential legal battle of his own.... Captain Black's involvement in the Bagram detainee's case began in January, while...
  • Ban on masks upsets Iraqi interpreters [Troop Endangerment]

    11/18/2008 7:20:35 PM PST · by Avoiding_Sulla · 16 replies · 643+ views
    The Washington Post by way of The News Tribune ^ | November 17th, 2008 | Ernesto Londono
    BAGHDAD – The U.S. military has barred Iraqi interpreters working with American troops in Baghdad from wearing ski masks to disguise themselves, prompting some to resign and others to bare their faces even though they fear it could get them killed. --snip-- “The terps are the number one wanted here,” said A.J., a 36-year-old military interpreter, using the shorthand for his profession. “More than the Americans. More than anyone.” --snip-- U.S. military officials said they began to enforce the mask ban in September. “We are a professional Army and professional units don’t conceal their identity by wearing masks,” Lt. Col....
  • Army Orders Soldiers to Shed Privately Owned Dragon Skin Body Armor

    01/15/2006 9:33:25 AM PST · by Bobibutu · 67 replies · 6,755+ views
    DefenseWatch ^ | 01-14-06 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Army Orders Soldiers to Shed Dragon Skin or Lose SGLI Death Benefits By Nathaniel R. Helms Two deploying soldiers and a concerned mother reported Friday afternoon that the U.S. Army appears to be singling out soldiers who have purchased Pinnacle's Dragon Skin Body Armor for special treatment. The soldiers, who are currently staging for combat operations from a secret location, reported that their commander told them if they were wearing Pinnacle Dragon Skin and were killed their beneficiaries might not receive the death benefits from their $400,000 SGLI life insurance policies. The soldiers were ordered to leave their privately purchased...
  • We Have Enough Troops: A Soldier Explains

    10/31/2005 8:59:47 AM PST · by Valin · 8 replies · 894+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 10/31/05 | David Graham
    Troop strength is a recurring topic of discussion regarding our difficulties in Iraq. Unfortunately, what began as cries of "not enough troops" from left-leaning political partisans eventually grew into a choir that included more credible individuals. Among them were people very familiar with the situation in Iraq: Anthony Zinni, Senator Joe Biden, Colin Powell, and Frederick Kagan, to name a few. It is disappointing that intelligent people who are well versed in military affairs are capable of seeing a forest but fail to recognize that it is composed of trees, with some trees bearing more fruit than others. To put...
  • The Pentagon Is Losing Iraq (Vanity)

    06/16/2005 7:26:20 PM PDT · by faithincowboys · 508 replies · 3,412+ views
    If Drudge is right that the Pentagon is planning to dump more abuse photos from Abu Ghraib, there is no use --we should just surrender. If I had a loved one in harm's way, I'd tell them to desert. We can't win a war this way. Our media and governmanetal elites simply won't let us win this war. Bush is too weak and the Republicans in Congress are intimidated by the big Beltway Media. The grunt and the Average patriotic American doesn't have anybody fighting for them. There is no mass movement to defend the honor of the American military...
  • Embedded reporter comes away from front lines torn

    04/23/2003 10:10:37 AM PDT · by LavaDog · 111 replies · 273+ views
    Boston Globe | 4/22/2003 | Scott Bernard Nelson
    BAGHDAD - A funny thing happened on the way home from Iraq this week: I found myself scoffing at the rear-echelon soldiers for how little they knew about war. About the real war, the one I had experienced, with enemy AK-47 rounds buzzing over your head and the smell of burning flesh and metal filling your nose. About enduring four weeks on the front lines, sleeping in open foxholes you'd dug to avoid shrapnel in the night. About looking terrible, smelling worse, and seeing people die. Where were the headquarters Johnnies then, I smugly asked myself this week as I...
  • Marine Vet will be "Human Shield" in Iraq

    02/12/2003 5:32:07 AM PST · by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday! · 65 replies · 279+ views ^ | 2/12/03 | BILL STRAUB
    Ken Nichols O'Keefe doesn't fit easily into the stereotype of a peace activist. A decorated former United States marine and veteran of the Gulf War, he has the look and tattooed body of the infantryman he once was. But it's O'Keefe - self-described "world citizen" with the word "expatriot" etched into his right hand - who is leading a campaign against United States policy in Iraq by becoming a "human shield." He hopes his presence, along with dozens of similarly-minded war protestors, will prevent President Bush from engaging in a conflict that seems inevitable. O'Keefe and about 50 others left...
  • Neo-Peacenik Wesley Clark Angling to Be Gore's Running Mate? (Hypocrite Barf ALert)

    10/02/2002 3:11:49 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 4 replies · 232+ views ^ | Oct. 2, 2002 |
    Retired U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark, former commander of NATO, is becoming an increasingly ubiquitous presence on television in the run-up to war with Iraq - even though he once criticized former high-ranking U.S. military personnel who hired themselves out as analysts and talking heads to television news channels. Some of his former colleagues in the military have been increasingly critical of Clark in recent days, especially after his speech to a Democrat fund-raiser in Washington, United Press International reported today. According to one in attendance, the former NATO commander aligned himself "100 percent with the liberal Democrats" on Iraq. Says...