As long as I am posting on war today……some ideas are better than others……
What can I say…..but this is the best idea yet!
In my youth I was a grunt in Vietnam…no I did not get drafted….I volunteered……but the days of that war if you were fortunate enough to be from a wealthy family then your chances of NOT going off to fight in Vietnam were very good.
And along that line of thinking…….our Congress makes knee jerk decisions that constantly put our troops in harms way…… (please they are individuals….so be respectful and STOP calling these people “boots on the ground”…it is demeaning.) ……..maybe it is time for them to step up and actually serve in the military before they run for office. after all such things as foreign aid, war, weapons sales, etc are in their hands…..maybe with service they would be a bit more responsible in their decisions……
I have NO problem asking these cowards to serve their country as a military member…..maybe then our injured vets could get some justice from the government.
Mandatory Military Service for Congress by Chad Nelson — Antiwar.com.
My regulars know that I spend a lot of time writing about the Middle East….well for good reason….it is what I went to school for….but I also post many articles about our veterans and their treatment.
This country owes EVERYTHING to our vets and we give them squat. Oh we talk a good game and we buy cheap little trinkets and we even occasionally say thanx…..when it comes down to it…we do Not support our veterans….and when we do some little thing it is out of guilt and NO genuine concern.
But this asshat is the leader of our vets and their policies and then he goes off on a rant and a pack of lies……..
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald last year took over a department facing no small amount of scandal—and now he’s stirred up controversy of his own. It started when he was being taped by CBS while speaking with a homeless veteran in Los Angeles, the Huffington Post reports. The man said he’d been in special forces, to which the former Procter & Gamble CEO, who is a military veteran himself, said: “Special forces? What years? I was in special forces!” But he wasn’t; he spent most of his service in the 82nd Airborne Division. “I have no excuse,” McDonald tells the Huffington Post. “I was not in special forces.”
In a statement to the Military Times, McDonald notes that the comment was “inaccurate, and I apologize to anyone that was offended by my misstatement. I have great respect for those who have served our nation in special forces.” He explained the situation to the Huffington Post: “I reacted spontaneously and I reacted wrongly” to the man saying he had been in special forces. He says he had “no intent in any way to describe my record any different than it is.” The White House says it takes McDonald “at his word.” But just last week, the Military Times notes, McDonald said on Meet the Press that 60 VA employees had recently been let go over the hospital scandal; he then walked back the claim, saying just eight had been fired.
Time for this ‘yutz’ to do the right thing and resign……….our vets deserve better representation than some liar and fraud.
The A-10, Warthog, is to be retired and replaced with a technological piece of crap that has NO value in close support of the troops…..
I have written my disapproval of this plane from the start,,,,,as a former grunt I do not want a fine close support plane like the A-10 to be taken from the field and taken from the troops that need it.
Read for yourself about this piece of crap……and then it you value the safety of the troops then let your Congress person know that you are against the replacement of the A-10 with the new piece of manure known as the F-35.
Do it NOW!
The Costly F-35 Program, or How Not to Build a Warplane.
I would like to apologize head of time……I will be at the hospital with a fmily member most of today and have a few presses that I will post…..but sorry no original thoughts unless time allows…..thanx for your understanding…..
After 6 months of actual fighting in Iraq and Syria, the prez has sent his request for an authorization to use force…..and now the battle lines are being drawn and the debate ought to be mind numbing……
I know that most Americans just want to end the reign of tyranny of ISIS but without the use of US troops……that wish is a bit infantile since US forces have been used for the last 6 months…..but while you are debating among yourselves there is a few things that you need to keep in mind…..
This piece has some good things to consider…..read before you draw an opinion…..
Obama’s War Spreads Ever Wider – Bloomberg View.
The Prez has signed the veterans suicide bill into law……a great thing that our government came together to do something good for the vets……my worry is that the funding will be subject to whatever “crisis” the idiots come up with or that it will get watered down by a Congress that has scored its point for the next election….
And then I read this piece and once again I got sick to my stomach at the treatment that vets are getting from the very country that made them a vet……the very country that continues to pretend that veteran’s lives matter……NOTHING has changed since 1968……
All they, the vets, get is lots of lip service….few give a crap about their problems or their treatment……in short the vets are just a “feel good” moment for people to latch onto…..nothing changes……the public crapped on Viet vets and it has continued for 40+ years…….
Is this how we honor those people that protect your freedom?
Wounded Warriors Treated as ‘Slackers’ at Hood, Bliss and Brooke | Military.com.
And hello to the new SecDef and a world at endless war….even more so than in the past…..
Carter has been confirmed by the Senate as the new SecDef………
The Senate easily confirmed Ashton Carter as defense secretary today, and while he’s got plenty of international problems to wrestle with, the Wall Street Journal suggests that his biggest challenge might be overcoming White House micromanagement. Predecessors Robert Gates and Leon Panetta complained of it, and Chuck Hagel was forced out after a relatively brief stint. Mitch McConnell touched on it in offering his endorsement for the 60-year-old Carter, reports AP: “The incoming secretary needs to have the courage to speak truth to power—to Congress, yes, but also to his commander in chief.”
Gates tells USA Today that it might not be a problem this time around. “The difference is that Ash has served more than five years with this administration,” he says. “So he knows this president; this president knows him. He knows all the players at multiple levels. They will be familiar to him, and he to them. That’ll make a big difference.” Carter, who happens to be a physicist by training, is expected to be sworn in as Obama’s fourth defense chief next week. In today’s 93-5 vote, only Republican Sens. Roy Blunt, Mike Crapo, Mark Kirk, John Boozman, and James Risch voted against Carter, reports Stars and Stripes.
Chuck Hagel is gone! The only SecDef that had combat experience and knew the horrors of war first hand….now we have a physicist that will be a yes man for the M-IC……Neo-Cons rejoice…..
I have voiced my objection to the new AUMF that the prez is seeking approval of by the Congress…..
I feel that it will open a door that can never be shut……another analogy…opening a can of worms……
Soon, very soon, the debate on the AUMF will be all over the media…..,and as usual there will be an inordinate amount of misinformation surrounding the issue and in the end we will get the authorization and a whole new world of conflict will appear.
The big problem is that the public if not military connected, does not care or even interested in the outcome of this debate.
5 Reasons Congress Should Reject Obama’s ISIS War by Peter Certo — Antiwar.com.