After a Decade of Operations, Is It Time to Pull the Plug on Afghanistan?
As we hit the 10 1/2 year mark in Afghanistan, the state of trust and confidence between the coalition and the Afghan people is at perhaps its lowest ebb, and support for the war effort is wavering across the political spectrum. Given this, it appears time to reconsider the current status of our effort there — what have we accomplished, and what do we still | Read More »
A Successful Rescue in Somalia and a Psychological Lift for America
Last night, a joint force from America’s Tier One special operations command conducted a raid on a pirate camp in Somalia, freeing two hostages – an American and a Dane – and killing their captors before exfiltrating north to Djibouti via helicopter. USA Today‘s lead paragraph captures the mission well, while also serving as the best recruiting pitch for the Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land | Read More »
Why a Government Shutdown is Not a Bad Thing
The same media and Democrat communications apparati (but I repeat myself) that have been claiming that the Republican-proposed budget would kill 700,000 children are now wringing their hands about a looming “government shutdown,” which we may assume would be fictively responsible for an astronomically higher number of deaths than a federal budget that spends 98.4% of what was spent the previous year. If passing a | Read More »
What is America’s *Goal* in Libya?
Update by Jeff 3/20/11 22:15: According to Jake Tapper, it now appears that SecDef Gates is warning against setting any goals for this action whatsoever. How’s that for clarity and sound military strategy? Update by Jeff 3/20/11 18:10: The muddling continues, as it’s being reported that SecDef Gates, who initially opposed any action in Libya, is now opposing any action that would specifically target Qaddafi. | Read More »
‘Tobacco Ban’ Discussion Demonstrates Administration’s Lack of Seriousness on Military Affairs
Update: I have a brief op-ed on this topic in USA Today newspaper as the official “opposing view” to the paper’s editorial, “Our view on tobacco in the military: How to curb soldiers’ smoking.” The Pentagon’s office of clinical and program policy is recommending a “phased-in ban” of tobacco product use in the military over the next twenty years, according to USA Today. The recommendation | Read More »
An Utter Lack of Testing: Will President Obama Become an Object Lesson in What’s Wrong With Our Presidential Selection Process?
Though the deepening economic crisis is certainly enough to fulfill most citizens’ worry quota for the year (if not longer), President Obama’s impotent flailing about on the economy shouldn’t be Americans’ only reason to be concerned about their president, a relatively young man who has shown no ability to succeed at any non-campaigning endeavor in his brief but highly publicized career. As noted here on | Read More »
Bush, Cheney, and their clandestine operation involving the U.S. military inside the homeland
The Washington Times has the exclusive scoop: For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark. Their mission: to comfort the families of | Read More »
General Petraeus’s final letter to troops as commander of Multinational Force-Iraq
Below the fold is the entire text of General David Petraeus’s final letter to troops before departing his command of Multinational Force-Iraq and assuming leadership of United States Central Command. A scan of the original can be seen in .pdf form here.
Say What? Now Barack Obama claims he wanted to join the military in 1979, but didn’t because U.S. wasn’t at war
Asked by George Staphanopoulos this morning whether or not he had ever considered serving in the military, Democratic presidential nominee and freshman Senator from Illinois Barack Obama had the following to say: “You know, I actually did. I had to sign up for Selective Service when I graduated from high school. And I was growing up in Hawaii. And I have friends whose parents were | Read More »