Unfit: A Bleak Future

There is a bleak future awaiting the US if things do not change…….we could go along with the Right wing and say it is because of liberals……..or we could go in another direction and blame the constant games played by the ea Party and its mentally slow supporters…….but the truth is….it is everyone’s fault….basically because of education…you remember that issue….the one we dedicate weeks and months and seminars and ….stuff….and we still cannot get it right……and since we cannot it will have a far reaching result…….

The Pentagon says that if all 34 million Americans aged 17 to 24 tried to join the military, it would reject more than two-thirds of them for being fat, uneducated, felonious, on drugs, or for assorted other reasons—even before it got around to weeding out the ones with neck tattoos. “The quality of people willing to serve has been declining rapidly,” complains the commanding general of US Army Recruiting Command, which estimates that 71% of today’s young people would fail to qualify for service, not including those turned down because of tattoos, ear gauges, or other cosmetic issues.

Around a quarter of high school graduates don’t have the basic math and reading skills needed to pass the Armed Forces Qualification Test, the military says, but the biggest reason for disqualification is obesity. In the past, a “drill sergeant could literally run the weight off a soldier as part of the regular training program,” a retired major tells the Wall Street Journal, but now, people who are 50 pounds or more overweight turn up at recruiting offices. Military recruiters, aided by enlistment bonuses, have still been meeting their targets in recent years, even though the general in charge of recruiting estimates that only 1% of American youth are both “eligible and inclined to have a conversation with us.”

There you go…..we have an ALL volunteer military and few can serve because we have a suck ass education system……..now i wait to see what the right wing has to say….ater all they are the biggest obstacle to a good education for our students……..what will their retort be…..or will they just ignore the findings?  My guess?  They will ignore and ignore hard!

Bergdahl Wasn’t Only Soldier to ‘Walk Off’ Afghan Outposts – Yahoo News

I am taking a day away from the stuff so i will be pressing some stories that I feel are pertinent to the conversation….I will be back to original stuff in a day or so….

There has been an uproar….a political uproar….about the deal that swapped 5 Taleban for Sgt. Bergdahl.  The problem is all this b*llsh*t is all hearsay for now…..and guess what you mindless twats?  he is not alone!

 

Bergdahl Wasn’t Only Soldier to ‘Walk Off’ Afghan Outposts – Yahoo News.

He’s Guilty!

That is what most people are saying about Bowe Bergdahl…….the media is feeding that perception and a lot of people are making their minds up by listening to the roads on the Right…..Me/  I will reserve my opinion until ALL the facts are presented…….Why am I being a dick?  Easy……after being ass deep into conflict i know what goes through a persons mind, especially if one is not prepared for the sights of war……..Is he guilty?  I do not know……but I refuse to let vindictive asswads make up my mind for me and i refuse to allow the media to it as well………

But there is a political battle going on over this incident……..

The determination to transform the release of American prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl into a major political bone of contention continues apace, with GOP hawks offering harsh condemnation for the prisoner exchange, and reports that the White House has “apologized” for not informing Congress 30 days before the trade.

As with yesterday, a lot of the focus continues to be on Bergdahl and his family, though Time Magazine finally seems to have come to terms with Sgt. Bergdahl’s father’s beard, which fueled rather preposterous speculation that the former Presbyterian pastor was secretly a “jihadist.”

Speculation surrounding Bergdahl himself and the circumstances of his capture continues to fly wildly around, with the Pentagon saying the 2009 investigation into his disappearance remains classified. That, typical of the secretive Pentagon, combined with claims soldiers in his platoon were ordered to sign a “non disclosure agreement,” fueled speculation about a cover-up.

Army Secretary John McHugh insisted there would be a “review” of the details of Bergdahl’s 2009 capture by the Taliban, and whether or not he was AWOL at the time, but said the first priority is to see to Bergdahl’s health and his recovery from his long time in captivity.

I have NO use for those people that are rushing to condemn and if it proves they are wrong they will NOT apologize…….Asswads and the media are making sure that this person never has a simple life from this day forward.

If he is a deserter then he should be punished…..but to make him one without evidence other then hearsay makes one a MORON!

But you know all the bolster over this issue they, meaning the twats that want to make this a political issue, is the one thing that could crap all over their premise…..the UCMJ  (post to follow)

Boko Haram: Is The World Serious?

Yes, everyone has an opinion on what has happened and why in northeast Nigeria…….pundits have jumped on the bandwagon….well now that they have milked some plane for all it was worth and still have NO real info to pass on but that did not stop the wild speculations……..condemnation from ll sides has been flowing like theories from the well…….but with all this spotlight reporting I ask….how serious is the world about this situation?

It has taken 3 weeks for the world to get involved other than lip service…….ask if it would have taken this long if a daughter of a Shell oil CEO had been kidnapped?  Or JP Morgan?  Or any other of the multi-nationals?

Okay, the world is now on the bandwagon……..but just how serious are they about find and returning these young women?  Just what is the US doing?

As reported in The Hill………..

Lawmakers desperately want to help hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by a terrorist group, but not if it means sending U.S. troops to the country.

…………lawmakers are mostly urging indirect steps such as sanctions, intelligence sharing and assistance to the Nigerian military, rather than the deployment of U.S. troops to get the girls back themselves.

The White House repeated throughout the week that it is not considering direct U.S. military action, though it has sent military advisers as part of a team to aid the Nigerian government with tasks such as intelligence and hostage negotiation.

Though President Obama tends to express reluctance to use military force, looking to avoid quagmires across the world, U.S. troops are playing a role in hunting the warlord Joseph Kony across Central Africa.

I shake my head in disbelief……sanctions?  Just how will that help the girls?  And even if successful…..what are the guarantees that it will not be repeated?

To me it is beyond idiotic to even consider sanctions.  SANCTIONS?  Just what in God’s name will that accomplish?  It is understandable that the US is reluctant to commit troops after all we want to avoid yet another quagmire that we have lived through in the last 12 years……but there comes a time that we must stand up and do whatever it is that needs doing to squelch the snake of terrorism……..the head of the snake must be removed……..

All resources short of committing troops should be explored……intel gathering, contact with troops in the area that would work as a surrogate, there are some, and drones for observation….like I said all resources short of troops.

Okay, how about drones?  We have used them for everything including assassinations…….could they possibly be of assistance?   Drones vary in size. Some are capable of flying at low altitudes with cameras or at high altitudes with sophisticated sensors. They are a powerful asset to many military operations.  Possibly a good asset to deploy, right?

Reported in the Washington Times…………..

The U.S. military does not plan to use high-tech unmanned aircraft to assist the Nigerian government as it attempts to recover hundreds of missing girls that were abducted by a militant Islamist group during a boarding school raid, a Pentagon official said.

During a briefing at the Pentagon, spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters that he was unaware of any offer by the United States to provide Nigeria with drones to find more than 200 girls kidnapped by members of Boko Haram last month.

“There’s no active discussion about the use of unmanned systems in the search,” he said.

Looks like drones are out…..then just what will be the function of the “experts” that have been sent to Nigeria?

Granted us mere mortals are not privy to everything that the government is up to……but from what I know now….it does not sound like the us is as serious as they would have us believe.

These girls do NOT have an unlimited amount of time on their hands…….using any thing short of eliminating the problem is unacceptable……farting around with sanctions is just a pile of manure…..take action or stop pretending to care.

The old saying, “the only people that care about sub-Saharan Africa is sub-Saharan Africans”………this situation shows just how accurate that statement can be……….

UPDATE:  After writing this draft news has broken that first, the US has sent in a negotiation team to Nigeria….wait, what happened to the idea that “we do not negotiate with terrorists”?

Also a vid of some of the girls has been released by Boko Haram that the girls have converted to Islam and they will be released as soon as the government releases Boko Haram fighters in prison……

Once again…….will we negotiate?

I would like everyone’s thoughts on this.

The Strangelove Effect – Or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Accepting a New World War by John Pilger — Antiwar.com

As the world moves closer to an all out conflict….there are those that see a possible problem brewing……and others see a necessity for another conflict………

Check it out and let me know what you are feeling……

 

The Strangelove Effect – Or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Accepting a New World War by John Pilger — Antiwar.com.

What Cost War?

The situations in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a back seat to  the search for a plane……a debate on birth certificates and a wealth of spurious conspiracies……but since today is my day to post on war….I will delve into those two wars that people forget…….

Does anyone know what the final cost of the two will be?

The final bill will run at least $3.7 trillion and could reach as high as $4.4 trillion, according to the research project “Costs of War” by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. (www.costsofwar.org)

In the 10 years since U.S. troops went into Afghanistan to root out the al Qaeda leaders behind the September 11, 2001, attacks, spending on the conflicts totaled $2.3 trillion to $2.7 trillion.

Those numbers will continue to soar when considering often overlooked costs such as long-term obligations to wounded veterans and projected war spending from 2012 through 2020. The estimates do not include at least $1 trillion more in interest payments coming due and many billions more in expenses that cannot be counted, according to the study.

In human terms, 224,000 to 258,000 people have died directly from warfare, including 125,000 civilians in Iraq. Many more have died indirectly, from the loss of clean drinking water, healthcare, and nutrition. An additional 365,000 have been wounded and 7.8 million people — equal to the combined population of Connecticut and Kentucky — have been displaced.

$3.7 trillion?  That amount could have gone a long way to solve the $5.1 trillion that Ryan wants to carve out of domestic programs…….don’t you think?

But beyond that there are other costs of war…….

The 2.6 million Americans who volunteered to fight on IED-laden battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home with a panoply of problems borne out of their service. Consider the following from a newly released Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey:

  • 18 percent were seriously injured while performing their duties.
  • 34 percent say they have a service-connected disability.
  • 52 percent say their physical or mental health is worse than it was before the wars.
  • 41 percent report experiencing outbursts of anger, at least sometimes.
  • 51 percent know a service member who has attempted or committed suicide.

More from the Post-Kaiser survey:

For recent veterans, a legacy of pride and pain.

Key findings from the poll.

Interactive poll results and how the survey was conducted.

My point is….war is far more expensive than what most people think……who will pay the tab?