The Real “Zero Dark Thirty”?

Do remember where you were when you heard the news that bin Laden had been killed?

Since that day there have been numerous documentaries about the event……the Seal Team Six has become a national hero….Hollywood has made a fortune from telling and re-telling the story…..and TV has glorified the work by the CIA and others to locate and kill the world’s number one terrorist…….the long arduous hours of data collection and analysis.

But as with most everything that has been done of late was it mostly propaganda?

A lengthy new report by the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh turns the official account of Osama bin Laden’s assassination on its head. In the London Review of Books, Hersh writes that the US didn’t, as it has said, discover bin Laden’s location through couriers. Instead, top Pakistani generals knew where bin Laden was—in fact, as Hersh puts it, “bin Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006,” and a Pakistani official revealed the information for a large portion of a $25 million reward the US had put forward in 2001. Hersh bases his report largely on an anonymous source he describes as “a retired senior intelligence official who was knowledgeable about the initial intelligence about bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad.” Obama did order the Navy SEALs raid on the compound, but it didn’t happen the way the White House has said, Hersh writes.

“There was no firefight as they moved into the compound,” the source says. Bin Laden, who was an “invalid,” was simply shot. Ensuing accounts, including President Obama’s speech, provided inaccurate details. Though Obama acknowledged working with Pakistani intelligence, the account by John Brennan, now the CIA head, rejected the idea that Pakistan had any knowledge of bin Laden’s location. Hersh’s report is an “explosive” one, writes Seth Maxon at Slate, but he notes that its trustworthiness is uncertain, “since it mostly relies on the information of a single anonymous source—and because it doesn’t appear in Hersh’s usual venue for blockbuster investigative pieces, the New Yorker.” Business Insider agrees that it “should be viewed with skepticism.” Read it all here.

In case you are curious about this……here is the review from the UK…….

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n10/seymour-m-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden

Is this true or is it just another made up story by a nationally known journalist?  Will we ever know the truth about this event?  Are we just celebrating a lie?

What do you think?  Fact or fiction?

Obama’s Unaccountable Drone War | The American Conservative

Yes, I am on my roll about the drone program……I see the necessity for the drones but I do not approve of the targeted assassination that they are being used for in the Middle East……..

I have a problem with the attempts to justify killing innocent civilians to kill one or two “terrorists”……….

There is No one being held accountable for these deaths……….short of paying hush money.  The drone programs need to be reassessed……is the deaths of countless civilians worth the assassination of a single “bad guy”?

 

Obama’s Unaccountable Drone War | The American Conservative.

With Congress It Never Ends!

I always find it amazing when this Congress decides to do something they consider constructive……most times it is not constructive at all.  When they take on ways to cut spending it is always someone who is their bread and butter voter and they almost always get away with it.

Take for instance our military…..back when I was a soldier the re-enlistment talk was about how if you lasted until retirement that you would have all the benefits that you had in the military…..total medical, dental and a good pension and the big one, an education, for when you retired at an early age…..I never fell for the BS and now the Congress wants to stick it to the military once again……..

McClatchy is reporting……..

Congress is considering changing, for the first time in decades, the way service members get retirement pay.

Military retirement now carries an all-or-nothing pension plan that requires a minimum of 20 years of service. The new plan would cut those pensions to 40 percent of pay from 50 percent, and create a matched 401(k)-style plan open to all service members.

The new retirement rules would affect all troops enlisting after the new plan is put in place in October 2017, Military Times reported. Troops already in the ranks could opt into the new plan or stick with the current “cliff vesting” system, it said.

It is bad enough that Congress spends its time figuring ways to screw the veterans but now they are messing with the active military…..their educational benefits have fallen way short of the promises and now Congress, who does very little work and has their pay exempt is going to f*ck the soldiers and the families…….
Are you still proud of voting for these pricks?

Wasted Days And Wasted Money

How many times have you heard someone of the Right talk about the way that money is being pissed away……too many to recall?

Yeah……except they piss about social programs that have some redeeming qualities……but they say very little about the cash that the Pentagon throws away monthly…….somehow it is acceptable for the waste to keep our country safe from those godless creatures that are doing us in slowly but slowly.

Take the F-35 (please)….an absolute waste of cash……a waste that not many military types actually wanted but the M-IC wanted it so we threw good money after bad on a flying brick.

But at least the country got something for the money even it is a worthless pile of crap…….but what about the money that was lost when we invade Iraq and sent palates of cash to buy their cooperation?  No one wants to talk about that theft, huh?

Now let’s talk about Afghanistan.

From James Rosen of McClatchy

The Defense Department can’t account for $1.3 billion that was shipped to force commanders in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2014 for critical reconstruction projects, 60 percent of all such spending under an emergency program, an internal report released Thursday concludes.

The missing money was part of the relatively small amount of Afghanistan spending that was routed directly to military officers in a bid to bypass bureaucracy and rush the construction of urgently needed roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, water treatment plants and other essential infrastructure. About 70 percent of the $100 billion the United States has spent to rebuild Afghanistan during more than 13 years of war went through the Pentagon, with the rest distributed by the U.S. Agency for International Development and other civilian departments.

The Pentagon is looking for an increase in their buget….think about that……do you really want a group that cannot keep track of the money it has now to get even more money?
Why is it that a hungry kid in Peoria is more wasteful than the Pentagon?
How long will the American people be bind to this theft and make no mistake this cash was stolen……..makes no difference who whether contractors, soldiers, Afghans, whoever………when will we ever learn?

Veterans: Welcome Home

In my time researching my subjects I run cross a story from time to time about our veterans….I am always looking for a good uplifting one but sadly most of the stuff I find is about the treatment or the lack of such……..

I have written about the VA, vets benefits, health problems just about everything our vets must face when they come home……..my research has shown that not much has changed from my war, the Vietnam War, to today’s wars…..vets are still getting the short end of the stick.  It is like they are a tool and when it wears down it is discarded…..a sad indictment of this society.

But I found one story the other day that made me mad as Hell…….I could not believe the treatment that some put these brave soul through……..

The latest fraternity making headlines for bad behavior: The Zeta Beta Tau chapters at the University of Florida and, possibly, Emory University. The chapters held their spring formals at Panama City Beach’s Laketown Wharf Resort last Friday, where the Warrior Beach Retreat for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war vets was also taking place, the Gainesville Sun reports. Fraternity members are accused of spitting on the veterans and their service dogs, tearing magnets and American flags from their cars (and peeing on one flag), tossing beer bottles from a balcony onto the veterans, and vomiting onto awnings covering areas where the vets were gathered. “They knew who [the veterans] were and were just getting a kick out of it,” says retreat founder Linda Cope, noting that the 60 participants were wearing hats and shirts identifying them as having served.

The founder called police, and hotel security got the situation under control (no police report was ultimately filed) and evicted the fraternity members the following day. News of the incident went viral when a veteran’s wife posted about it on Facebook. The fraternity has since sent an apology letter to the organization noting that it is working on figuring out which members misbehaved, and now the president of the University of Florida has offered his own apology and promised a full investigation. Emory is also doing an investigation, but says that so far no evidence implicates its students; Cope tells WJHG she finds that hard to believe. The executive director of the fraternity’s national organization says the chapters at both universities are under suspension as the investigations continue,

These are the people that we are protecting…..I still wonder if they are worth it.  They were not worth it in the 70’s and looks like not much has changed.

Not much has changed from my war to theirs……..society still does not appreciate or want veterans around….for they are a constant reminder of a failed society……..These assholes issued an apology……a blanket apology……….screw them!  It is NOT accepted!  These bastards deserve no quarter.

Society does NOT want to know what the vets go through….they want to say thank you to ease their conscience and move on……..I want somebody to pay for this insult!  Public Caning comes to mind!

Any university that lets this type of disrespect to exist should lose every dime of government money…..and a civil rights investigation should follow……..then……… cane the son of a bitches!

F-35: F.U.B.A.R.

Yep……….. yet another post about the stupidity of the military and the waste of taxpayer money…………enjoy!

Anybody that has been in the military knows exactly what FUBAR means….but for those not sure….it means F*cked Up Beyond All Repair……

I have been doing a series railing against the military for their attempt to replace the most perfect close combat airplane available……the A-10 Wart Hog.

Defense contractors are winning the battle and it appears that the ‘Hog will be replaced by this expensive brick…..but some say I am being too hard on the F-35 and that it would be a good investment for the ground troops support…….and to that I replied…BULLSH*T!

Why you ask….well just a few of the things that makes it unacceptable….from a piece written by AJ Vicens………

Here are a few:

Teaching to the test: The blizzard of testing required on the plane’s equipment and parts isn’t exactly going well, so the program’s administrators are moving the goal posts. Test scores are improving because the stats are being “massaged” with tricks like not recounting repeated failures. Some required testing is being consolidated, eliminated, or postponed. “As a result,” POGO writes, “the squadron will be flying with an uncertified avionics system.”

Unsafe at any airspeed? The high-tech stuff that was supposed to make the F-35 among the most advanced war machines ever built pose serious safety risks. For example: The fuel tank system “is at significant risk of catastrophic fire and explosion in combat,” according to POGO. The plane isn’t adequately protected against lightning strikes (in the air or on the ground); it’s currently prohibited from flying within 25 miles of thunderstorms. That’s a major problem for a plane training program based in the Florida panhandle.

Flying blind: The F-35’s fancy helmet-mounted display system, which is supposed to show pilots an almost 360-degree view that includes panel controls and threat information, has “high false alarm rates and false target tracks.” Its unreliability, combined with the plane’s design, make it impossible for pilots to see anything behind or below the cockpit.

Wing drop: The DOD report points out an ongoing problem with “wing drop“: When maneuvering at high speeds, the F-35 may drop and roll to one side. This issue has been known to designers for years, and they’ve tried designing add-on parts to address the problem. The fixes, unfortunately, will “further decreas[e] maneuverability, acceleration, and range,” according to POGO.

Engine trouble: For years the F-35s engines have suffered design and performance problems, and these problems have never been fully solved. Last summer these problems resulted in one engine ripping itself apart and destroying one of the planes. At the time, officials said this was a one-time occurrence, but a permanent fix has yet to be determined and the plane may not be airworthy, according to Department of Defense regulations.

Software bugs: The plane’s software includes more than 30 million lines of code. Problems with the code are causing navigation system inaccuracies, false alarms from sensors, and false target tracks. The operating system is so cumbersome that it requires the “design and development of a whole new set of…computers.” The software glitches also affect the plane’s ability to “find targets, detect and survive enemy defenses, deliver weapons accurately, and avoid fratricide.”

More cost overruns: Due to all the testing delays, design problems, and maintenance issues, taxpayers could be on the hook for an additional $67 billion to deploy the F-35. That’s a lot of money. Even for the US military.

Yeah………..this is the perfect replacement for a time worn classic and a ship that deserves its accolades…….more than that….it is the perfect support for our ground troops that the country just has to keep in the field and under fire….

Even Congress is getting on the side of the ‘Hog…….some are speaking the truth that few in the defense contractor sector do not want to hear…….read it!

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/239373-gop-lawmaker-warns-against-a-10-retirement-troops-will-die

With so many taking issue with the retirement of the A-10…..why is it still on the chopping block?  My thought is….if the M-IC wants it…….. it will be so!

American grunts will pay the price and those in the M-IC do NOT CARE!

What is more important……..profits or the safety of our troops?

What About The Use Of Force?

HEY!  America please tear yourself away from the Tube and the wondering what gender the Royal will squirt out!  If this is your concern then I weep for my country.

The ink is barely dry on the Iranian compromise and there are some on the Right that are in a panic…..some aka Sen. Cotton are already calling for a limited airstrike at Iran’s nuke facility……I am sure if I kept up with Neocon think tanks they would be all over the use of this type of force…..like Heritage.

I bring all this up because of the “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” (AUMF)……remember?  That is that request the president has sent to Congress for them to do their duty and either approve the use of force or not….the process is that simple.

When Pres. Obama decided to go after ISIS with airstrikes the GOP went batcrap crazy…….demanding that he stop because he did not have the authorization to use force……all that made for great TV and great e-mails to supporters……Obama then decided that he would play their game and he sent an AUMF to Congress for approval…….and that is where it went to die.

To this day it is still waiting for some sort of action from the Congress…..and while we are waiting the Speaker of the House has brought up a good point…….

Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday that American troops in Iraq should move beyond training Iraqi forces to take a more direct role in fighting against the Islamic State.

After returning from a spring trip to the Middle East, Mr. Boehner told a group of reporters that the Obama administration has placed “artificial constraints” on military commanders responsible for 4,500 members of the American military there rather than allowing conditions on the ground to dictate strategy.

Let see……want to expand the use of military force but do not want to go on record authorizing it…is that about it?  The politicians are running scared….it is an election and they do not want something on record that could be used against them in an election.

This brings me back full circle……..without the AUMF how could dickhead Cotton use military force?  All this person is doing is throwing red meat at the base.  A typical American response to a problem….run from it and let someone else do the hard stuff.

Does everyone see why I feel I must keep pounding these people…..at best they are HYPOCRITICAL…….and at worse…….DANGEROUS!

American lives are at stake…….and NO one seems to care!