Pentagon Begins Notifying Civilian Employees of Furloughs
The military is starting to notify civilian employees of possible sequestration related furloughs. Below is part of one of the emails sent out this morning. Pay particular attention to the last bullet point: Furlough duration: First, enacting civilian unpaid furloughs is a measure of last resort. If it does occur, the most likely option is one day per week for the last 22 weeks of | Read More »
The Military is Not the Place for Green Social Engineering
Morale for our soldiers is the lowest it’s been in decades. Instead of providing our troops with the best equipment and a decisive mission, we are sullying them with egregious rules of engagement, the homosexual agenda, sensitivity training, and other social engineering activities. There is one more burden that Obama has added to their list of problems; green energy mobiles! One of the most preposterous | Read More »
Colorado Early Vote Returns From Overseas Already Outnumber Totals From Last Two Election Cycles
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To date, 19,055 military and overseas Colorado voters have already requested ballots
, exceeding the 2008 presidential election totals by 2,804 ballots. Of the 19,055 ballots requested this year, 8,320 have been returned thus far from Colorado voters around the world. This is already 80 percent greater than the total number of ballots submitted from oversees voters in the 2010 election cycle.
Veterans support Romney over Obama by 24%
On Memorial Day, Gallup reported that U.S. veterans support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 24 percent — 58 percent to 34 percent. This is a finding that is likely to doom Obama’s efforts to gain support among military voters. According to NPR’s Greg Allen, the Obama campaign hopes to capitalize on what the Obamacrats perceive as a generational change in the military. | Read More »
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 »
Fact Check: Ron Paul is Wrong About Defense Spending
During last week’s foreign policy debate, Ron Paul won accolades from the crowd when he professed that there are no real pending cuts to the military, just reductions in baseline spending. Here is the full quote: “Believe me. They’re cutting — they’re nibbling away at baseline budgeting, and its automatic increases. There’s nothing cut against the military. And the people on the Hill are nearly | Read More »
The Non-Existent Spending Cuts…Except for Defense
Yesterday, we observed the unique spectacle of a socialist president threatening to veto any bill that reinstates higher levels of spending. Did Obama just experience an epiphany? No. We are merely talking about cuts in defense spending. Those are the good kind of cuts. Throughout the entire supercommittee imbroglio, whenever Democrats or members of the media referred to spending cuts – to the extent that | Read More »
Why Won’t John Boehner Give HR 1297 A Vote?
Editorial Note: As mentioned below, there is late breaking news that the GOP and Democrat may have reached a deal for $38 billion in cuts and another continuing resolution. No word yet on if the Defense budget will be fully funded in the deal. UPDATE: I’m told that the Speaker’s Office does not think there is a firm deal yet, which makes passage of HR | Read More »
Barack Obama Takes Our Soldiers Hostage to a Shutdown
Over at Big Government, Mike Flynn has a fascinating post on what Barack Obama is doing to our soldiers. In the past, American soldiers were classified as essential personnel. Therefore, should the government shut down our soldiers would keep getting paid. But Barack Obama has decided to hold our American soldiers hostage to a government shutdown. The Commander-in-Chief has, via the Secretary of the Department | 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 »
Cutting the Troops
I am not one of those who thinks the Defense budget is sacrosanct and cannot be cut. Even Governor Palin is on record saying we cannot spare the Defense budget from cuts in these times and she, unlike me, has a child in harm’s way. In any event, the Defense Department is out saying it will make cuts to the various branches of the military. | Read More »
Promoted from the diaries – ed. A year ago, Barbara Boxer – my state’s junior senator – made news across the country when, during a Senate Committee hearing, she laid into Brigadier General Michael Walsh of the Corps of Engineers. BGen Walsh made the mistake of calling her “Ma’am” in answering a question. She went off on Walsh telling him to call her “Senator” as | Read More »
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What’s Going on with Obama and the Military?
There is a real internal fight shaping up that I suspect is going to fester into a significant wound to Barack Obama’s Presidency. The Joint Chiefs of Staff are in open and public rebellion against the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Most troubling, the Obama administration neither consulted nor advices the Chiefs before rushing off the congress with the proposal | Read More »