I guess I will jump on the scandal du jour bandwagon….at least for a couple of days….there are “real” scandals that we need to talk about and few have anything to do with the crap being made up these days….
These days of scandals is NOTHING but theatrics….Benghazi is NOT a scandal…..IRS is not a scandal…the same thing was done by Nixon in the 70′s against anything related to the “radical Left”….if it was wring now it was wrong then but it was not as big a deal……the AP story could be a kick in the ass but I do not think it was a scandal……
But there are issues that should be more reported and then they would be scandals….I blame the media for ignoring, for the most part, stories that shed a bad light on a sector of our government…..I realize the military is scared in some circles and for that reason this will be a short lived issue….the GOP and others will find yet another issue to turn into a “scandal”…….but until then I want to stress the issue that is being largely ignored so that overpaid news anchors can ask stupid question like when did the prez know and why is why looking so uninformed?
The sad thing is this situation is under reported……
(Newser) – An AP report reveals the stunning scope of the sexual assault crisis rocking the military: Last year, more than 85,000 veterans received treatment for sex abuse, while 4,000 applied for disability benefits; 40% of those treated were men. The cases run as far back as the Vietnam War, with the most common long-term effects being post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, the AP notes based on Department of Veterans Affairs data. The VA says one in five women and one in 100 men screen positive for “military sexual trauma,” defined by the VA as “any sexual activity where you are involved against your will,” ranging from sexual harassment to rape.
When it comes to getting treatment, “a veteran can simply walk through the door, say they’ve had this experience, and we will get them hooked up with care. There’s no documentation required,” says a member of the military sexual trauma team. But those seeking disability compensation face hurdles: Vets must be diagnosed with PTSD or a similar problem, submit proof of the assault or harassment, and have a VA examiner confirm a link to their health condition. “Ninety percent of 26,000 cases last year weren’t even reported,” says an activist. “So where is that evidence supposed to come from?” Records show about half of vets seeking such compensation last year had their claim approved.
Typical American politics….if we ignore it long enough maybe it will go away…..this should NEVER go away!
As promised I am focusing on the doings in the Middle East this week….there is more happening than we are aware of or told by our cracker jack media……..
McCain and his echo chamber Lindsey Graham have been beating the war drum for a couple of days now……this time it is Syria and the use of chemical weapons…..of course the line they feed us is they are so concerned with the poor people of Syria, not the push for outright military action……these two and anyone who regurgitates their fecal matter are disingenuous pricks…..
Recently the news was full of the stories of the use of chemical weapons by Assad against his own people…..and McCain and his little surrogate have been making the rounds in the media puking their war crap with the hopes the American people will buy their line…..but the truth is that NO one knows for sure if or on whom they were actually used…..
White House said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was believed “with varying degrees of confidence” to have used chemical weapons and had “demonstrated a willingness to escalate its horrific use of violence” against the people of his country engaged in a two-year-old civil war.
My problem with this whole thing centers around a couple of words in the statement…….”believed” and “with various degrees of confidence”……that is doublespeak, Washington bullshit.
Obama has gone in front of the cameras and said….
“What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria, but we don’t know how they were used, when they were used [or] who used them,”
Okay, what is the evidence? (a question that has no answer at this time)……..sounds like all they have is someone’s word for it without much evidence……
McCain and the neocon echo chamber demand something be done but not one has an idea of what that action should be……..so someone tell me how to rid Syria of his chemical weapons……what action would be appropriate?
Here is an idea…..do NOT use bombs, drones or rockets! The last thing the people of Syria needs is someone blowup a Sarin gas store and release it into the atmosphere…..then McCain will truly have something to rant about…….
Just once I would like to hear a solution to the problem from warhawks….other than the US needs to act and act now. A short sighted response will surely get Americans killed and that seldom seems to be a concern of our lunatic Right…….and yet they are supported by many…makes one fear for the sanity of our politics.
Haven’t we had enough of these elusive WMDs?
While the whole world was focused on the massacre and subsequent manhunt in Boston….there was a little reported occurrence…..
The Pentagon is sending about 200 soldiers from a U.S. Army headquarters unit to Jordan to assist efforts to contain violence along the Syrian border and plan for any operations needed to ensure the safety of chemical weapons in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress Wednesday.
The decision to dispatch the 1st Armored Division troops of planners and specialists in intelligence, logistics and operations comes as several lawmakers pressed the Obama administration for even more aggressive steps to end the two-year civil war.
Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced persistent questions from senior members of the Armed Services Committee about efforts to force out Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Pentagon leaders made clear that the situation is extremely complicated and they must be certain of the endgame before any military step to try to end the bloodshed.
“You better be damned sure. No-fly zone, safe zone. Once you’re in, you can’t unwind it,” Hagel said.
Dempsey said he has spent a significant portion of his adult life trying to figure out the Mideast. “This is the toughest of all,” he said.
Hagel said the fresh troops will replace a similar number of U.S. forces that have been in Jordan for some months. They also will provide leadership personnel that could command additional forces if it’s determined they are needed in the future.
And then there is even more disturbing news…..
These are now astonishingly the very areas the US CIA is overseeing the flow of thousands of tons of weapons and aid – aid that is clearly falling almost entirely into the hands of Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, Jabhat al-Nusra.
The New York Times in their article titled, “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid,” admits that:
With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.
The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.
While the West attempts to claim these weapons are being sent to “moderates,” the US State Department itselfadmits that Al Qaeda is operating in every major city in Syria, carrying out hundreds of terrorist attacks, and is by far the most highly organized, most prominent militant front in the conflict. If the West via Saudi Arabia and Qatar is sending thousands of tons of weapons to “moderates,” who is sending more weapons to Jabhat al-Nusra?
I have said all along that the war in Syria would eventually spill out to bordering countries like Lebanon, Jordan and eventually Israel………we are now getting close to that prediction……
We need to worry! For this could come back to bite us in the ass like Afghanistan…….
Can Washington get vets off the streets? Tens of thousands homeless despite billions in spending – In Plain SightPosted: 3 April 2013
We owe vets more than we can ever pay…..and yet they are all but invisible to the nation……
My readers know that I think that our government has done s disservice to vets for many years….while charities are an excellent service of support….there should be NO need for them…..aznd then there are the pigs that scam people in the name of charity……
We have just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War…..a war started on lies, cost 4400+ troops their lives and an almost incalculably amount of wounded soldiers……..and then there is the loses on the Iraqi people……mind numbing numbers…..but with that all said just what will be the price tag for this war?
Newser) – How much do you think the war in Iraq was worth, in dollars? Was your figure more or less than $7.7 trillion? Because that’s how much the war might end up costing, according to a new study from Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. So far, the government has spent $1.7 trillion on the war, but that’s not counting $490 billion in veterans’ benefits, which could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next 40 years once interest is added in, Reuters reports.
And that’s just the cost in treasure. As for the blood cost, the study estimates that the war killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians, and contributed to the deaths of four times that many people. Add in security forces, journalists, and humanitarian workers, and the number is somewhere between 176,000 and 189,000. The US got precious little in return for its money, the study concluded, adding that the $212 billion reconstruction effort mostly failed, with fraud and waste accounting for most of the spending.
The saddest part is not about the war is that were lied to to go to war…….it will be the cost to returning vets…….but the biggest thing is that charities are helping these people when the government owes them more than they can ever pay……the government sent them…..the government is responsible for the care afterwards……please I am not bad mouthing the charities…just there should be NO need for them.
At what point does the country accept the damage they have done to its people and accept the burden of caring for vets…..but instead all vets are good for is a few electioneering slogans and campaign props…..I have NO respect for a country that treats its people as such……and a government that turns a blind eye to the suffering of the vets does not deserve my support……
Meanwhile the pigs that started the war are appearing everywhere trying to rewrite history and save their legacy….and people are letting them get away with it….
It is inevitable that I have this conversation when people learn that I fought in Vietnam……..someone always says we could have won that war if we were allowed to, right Chuk? My first question to them is, “were you there”…..and almost everytime it is no…….and then I reply….then your opinion means NOTHING!
I bet you are wondering why I bring this up now?
To answer your question….I was reading Raw Story and came upon this piece of crap……
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday asserted that the U.S. war in “Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it!”
“One of the things that we’ve heard over and over again since Vietnam is, you know, we don’t want to get in another un-winnable war like Vietnam,” Gohmert told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “I’m not going to debate the merits of whether we should or should not have gone to Vietnam, but what I will tell you is, Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it!”
“Folks, when you hear people talk about the lesson of Vietnam, it ought to be this: You don’t send American men or women to to harm’s way unless you’re going to give them the authority and what they need to win and then bring them home!”
This person is a MORON! The American soldier did everything he was ordered to do in Vietnam…….we were fighting troops that would take a French 75 apart put it on bikes and walk them across mountains, reassemble and use……..we are talking about troops that would tie tree tops together on the Ho Chi Minh trail to form a tunnel to keep aircraft from spotting them……we were fighting troops that had 75 miles of tunnels that included R&r centers, hospitals, mess halls and ammo storage………we were fighting troops that would repair the Trail after b-52 runs in less than 24 hours…..we were fighting a committed enemy….and any moron that says different is lying!
And anyone especially someone that is suppose to be a statesman that makes comments like Gohmert is a worthless lump of crap! And anyone who believes his crap is a stupid lump of crap who NEVER served but has all the answers….and that makes him less than worthless!
You may pass on to Mr. Gohmert what I think of him…..I WILL!