And under the sub-heading, “How Great Nations Commit Suicide,” while you’re at it. A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that “healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian” men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called “White Male Club.” “Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege,” reads a statement in the manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). Over [...]
Lots of conflicting items in the news on chaplains and contract chaplains being allowed or not allowed to celebrate Mass on military bases during the shut-down. This came in today, from– A regular reader of this blog A VMI graduate A retired Marine officer A fellow FPF Training graduate A deacon in the Roman Catholic Church Everything the [Archbishop] and his lawyer said are in all the op ed pieces -contract priests forbidden to celebrate Mass, baptisms, etc. The House passed a resolution, Senate sat on it, etc. But I can tell you that I have a priest friend (Franciscan) [...]
I’ve been told report to work at the Pentagon this morning. I have not, however, heard that Congress has passed an appropriations bill for POTUS to sign. So, how are we all going to get paid? Anyone else in the same boat?
Walter Russell Mead asserts that if Congress does not back the POTUS in bombing Syria, this amounts to destruction of the credibility and power of the Office of the President on the world stage. “It is precisely the President’s credibility as a spokesman for the “international community” (whatever that is) and for US foreign policy that is glaringly and horribly on the line. An effective leader would have consulted with key people in Congress and made sure of his backing before making explicit threats of force. Now the President is twisting lonesomely in the wind, and the question is whether Congress will [...]
I wrote this email to my three congress critters today and thought I’d share: I’m writing on the topic of Syria, as we keep moving warships off the Syrian Coast I would like you to make an observation. 5 DDGs are currently on station, and then a portion of the Nimitz battle group is now moving towards the Mediterranean Sea. Being a student of grand strategy myself I ask you to look and find your constituents what the interests are of us having already supported the rebels, many of whom are our enemies. Extremists, terrorists and Islamists. Bashar Al Assad [...]
I’m sure the answer will be ‘tax the crap of our great-great-great grandchildren by borrowing from the PRC today.’ After all, why shouldn’t we today consign the generations of 2080 to a life of indentured servitude to the political elites? In the meanwhile, the Intelligence Community is guessing: ‘The White House on Friday released an intelligence assessment that concluded with “high confidence” the Bashar al-Assad regime conducted a deadly poison gas attack using a nerve agent. It stated, “Our high confidence assessment is the strongest position that the U.S. intelligence community can take short of confirmation.” I expect to see the pro [...]
As reported today. That means, for most of us, myself and Tango Seven-Six included, this current pay period will be the last furloughed pay period– in FY13 at least. But what have we accomplished? Very little. What has been the cost? A considerable loss of productivity, and an increase in the chaos already inherent in the Pentagon. Much work that had to get done (yes, we have plenty of that) didn’t get done. Worse still, this “solution” to a budgetary mess was inflicted on the people who did not cause the problem. As a previous post cited about the lack [...]
SecDef held a presser a couple of days ago in which he detailed the work (?) of the “Strategic Choices and Management Review,” abbreviated as SCMR and pronounced, at least in HQMC, as the “scammer.” I invite you to read the transcript here. To borrow from Fred Reed once again, “Ain’t nobody gonna like it.” Real Clear Defense has a detailed, plain-English critique. I would invite you to read that whole thing too, and while there’s too much material to quote extensively, I’ll include this passage from their conclusion: …President Obama and congressional lawmakers have not put aside differences to [...]
Thanks (I think?) to ETP0802 for passing these along. “Pentagon mulling separate combat training for men, women.” Because, you know, there’s a two-tiered system combat, recognized in international law. Varsity and JV. Like you had in high school. Because that’s only fair. And fairness is the most important thing. Oh, and empowerment too. (I almost forgot.) And this. I can’t even bring myself to type the headline. You be the judge.
It is a possibility. So says SecDef: JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The audience gasped in surprise and gave a few low whistles as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the news that furloughs, which have forced a 20% pay cut on most of the military’s civilian workforce, probably will continue next year, and it might get worse. “Those are the facts of life,” Hagel told about 300 Defense Department employees, most of them middle-aged civilians, last week at an Air Force reception hall on a military base in Charleston. It goes on to say, “if Congress fails to stem [...]