Thanks to loyal reader, close friend, co-worker and fellow Marine, MDL, I hear of the GI Film Festival coming to DC. The schedule is PACKED with all sorts of good stuff, including Taking Chance. We ought to organize something. I’ll dial up UJ at B5 and see what’s what. Can’t promise, but we’ll certainly give it a shot. (Speaking of B5, on the subject of torture, Mr Wolf has an excellent post.)
I debated whether to post this but you wonder if anyone was thinking when they authorized the flyover of New York City without informing the good citizens of New York.
A revealing, very revealing op-ed in today’s WaPo. On April 16, President Obama released the now-infamous torture memos along with a covering statement that said the CIA’s old interrogation methods not only failed to “make us safer” but undermined “our moral authority.” A week later, a woman holding the hand of a child walked into a throng in Baghdad and blew herself up. Apparently she had not heard of our new moral authority. That term — “moral authority” — gets used a lot. There is such a thing, I suppose, although a suicide bomber probably thinks he or she has [...]
Sic Semper Tyrannis has been running a serious of articles on the Representative Jane Harman affair, for those who have not been following this rather sordid affair, Representative Harman was wiretapped talking with representatives of foreign intelligence service in which they sought her influence in matters of interest to their nation in return they would try to influence her selection as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Still too early, despite its potential, to know if this will be an endemic, a pandemic, or just a big fat problem. Random thoughts, based on my own readings and having been somewhat exposed (no pun intended) to the DOD discussions on pandemic influenza. – The real pandemic flu won’t be an event, it’ll be an environment. – Be very, very clean. – Don’t we wish we’d controlled the damn border? I blame El Presidente Arbusto. He had eight years to do it, and he failed utterly. Forget waterboarding. If you want to get him, get him on negligence. I [...]
Great news off the Horn of Africa: ROME — An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away, the commander said Sunday. Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white speed boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire. I like the way they roll! Looks like one cruise line isn’t shy of [...]
While at Sic Semper Tyrannis this AM came across this link an reference about the demographics of the military by the Heritage Foundation.
Michael Scheuer, late of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit– perhaps you’ve heard of him?– sticks it to the President: Americans should be clear on what Obama has done. In a breathtaking display of self-righteousness and intellectual arrogance, the president told Americans that his personal beliefs are more important than protecting their country, their homes and their families. The interrogation techniques in question, the president asserted, are a sign that Americans have lost their “moral compass,” a compliment similar to Attorney General Eric Holder’s identifying them as “moral cowards.” Mulling Obama’s claim, one can wonder what could be more moral for [...]
BullNav and I were unable to attend the milblog conference this weekend, because we were at the Class of ’89′s 20th Reunion. A good time was had by all. (That’s me on the left, and BullNav on the right. YES, I was in Delta Company, and he was in Alpha Company…) Speaking of MAD-DOG DELTA, here’s one platoon about to make the left flank for the pass in review. We have to send out a virtual Old Yell to those still in uniform who, because of hard and fast commitments, were unable to make it, like Doc H, and many [...]
Colonel Peter A. Newell will soon deploy his Brigade Combat Team, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division “Highlander” to Southern Iraq. The 4,000 soldiers of the Highlander Brigade will deploy with a new mission. They will be the first Advice and Assist Brigade deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Newell is no stranger to Iraq. In 2004, he commanded 2-2 Infantry, a mechanized infantry battalion that led the attack into Fallujah during Operation Phantom Fury. His soldiers also patrolled one of Northern Iraq’s most violent cities. Now, the Highlander Brigade will deploy with an entirely new mission. Undoubtedly, Newell’s [...]