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  • Guess who was missing at funeral of highest ranking officer killed in combat since Vietnam War

    08/16/2014 3:22:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 15, 2014 | William A. Jacobson
    NBC News reports U.S. Army Major General Harold Greene was buried today at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, including a caisson, two escort platoons, casket team, firing party, colors team, and a caparisoned horse. The U.S. Army band, “Pershing’s Own,” played softly as the funeral procession made its way down the long hill past the rows of simple white gravestones to bring General Greene to his final resting place. The graveside service began with a few words, followed by a 13-gun salute. The major general’s widow, Dr. Susan Myers, was seated in the front row. To her right...
  • SEAL Team 6 member becomes Pentagon’s poster girl in transgender recruiting

    06/26/2014 6:32:43 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 97 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 6/26/2014 | Bill Gertz
    A former member of SEAL Team 6 has become the poster girl for a Pentagon effort to include transgenders — people who have undergone sex-change operations — in the ranks. Kristin Beck, formerly Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Beck, spoke recently at several high-profile events at intelligence agencies and the Pentagon to promote the integration of transgenders. “Transgender service in the armed forces, yes it will happen soon,” she said on Twitter. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, among the most politically correct Pentagon chiefs of the past several decades, fueled the effort within the Pentagon to integrate transgenders in May when...
  • Obama nominates 3 new military commanders

    06/24/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2014 5:58 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    President Barack Obama has tapped the vice chief of the Army to take over the U.S. command in Afghanistan later this year as America pulls out its combat troops and leaves a force of about 10,000 to train and advise the Afghan military. …
  • Hillary Clinton: I ‘Could Not Have Predicted’ That Al Qaida Would Take Over Iraq

    06/12/2014 6:22:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12 Jun 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that she “could not have predicted” the effectiveness of the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group that seized control this week of two major Iraqi cities. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaida since 2004, captured the western Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul, expanding its influence across the entire Sunni-dominated western region of Iraq in addition to Syria — where it remains one of the strongest rebel factions fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad. The group, led by enigmatic terrorist Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, evolved out of al-Qaida’s Bush-era...
  • Hagel throws Obama under bus over Bergdahl White House tried to pin swap scandal on Defense chief

    06/11/2014 7:31:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    WND ^ | 6/11/14
    WASHINGTON –Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apparently isn’t going to let the Obama administration throw him under the bus in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl scandal. In fact, you could say just the opposite. In his opening statement this morning at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Hagel made a point of saying it was President Obama “who made the final decision” to swap Bergdahl for five top Taliban leaders, with the full support of his national security team.
  • Study Finds Women Don't Belong in Combat

    06/11/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 48 replies
    Aruz Sheva ^ | 6/11/2014 | Gil Ronen
    New book shows women in combat suffer much more serious non-combat injuries, alleges IDF cover-up. A new book sums up 13 years of research on female participation in IDF combat units and declares the feminist experiment in the Israeli military a failure. “Lochamot Betzahal” by Col. (res.) Raza Sagi, a former infantry regiment commander, points to high rates of serious injury among women serving in combat units, and to involvement of radical political groups behind the scenes of the campaign for combat service by women. ..... "The study found that a particularly high percentage of women who served in combat...
  • Congress kept in dark on Bergdahl swap since 2012

    06/03/2014 2:42:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2014 5:40 PM EDT | Bradley Klapper and Donna Cassata
    Top members of Congress were briefed more than two years ago about the possibility of exchanging an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, senior Democrats and Republicans said Tuesday. In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner said lawmakers raised serious concerns that were never satisfactorily answered about the potential swap involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and received assurances from the Obama administration that if a deal were more likely, Congress would be contacted. Lawmakers weren’t informed until word came this past Saturday of the exchange. …
  • CNN Reporter: ‘Icy Reception’ for Obama from West Pointers During Speech

    05/28/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 54 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 5/28/14 | Noah Rothman
    Obama’s “philosophical” speech to the 2014 graduates of West Point about a new direction for America’s foreign policy was “not a great” speech for that audience, said CNN anchor Jim Clancy on Wednesday. He said that the president did not sound like a “commander-in-chief speaking to his troops” and got an “icy reception” as a result...
  • CNN: West Point Gave Obama ‘Icy’ Reception

    05/28/2014 1:47:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    CNN’s international correspondent Jim Clancy called the West Point response to President Obama’s meandering foreign policy address “pretty icy” Wednesday.Clancy said it was “not really a great speech to give at the U.S. Military Academy,” and the address has drawn bipartisan criticism.“It was a philosophical speech,” he said. “It was not a Commander-in-Chief speaking to his troops. And you heard the reception. I mean, it was pretty icy.”Obama said he believed strongly in American exceptionalism, but he continually used straw men in his address by implying that critics of his vision of foreign policy always advocated first and foremost for...
  • Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan to visit troops

    05/25/2014 9:27:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2014 | Fox News
    President Obama has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend, Fox News has learned.
  • Navy losing sailors and SEALs over emphasis on social issues

    04/28/2014 7:10:58 PM PDT · by armydawg505 · 59 replies
    www.allenbwest.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Allen West
    Hate to say “I told you so” but President Obama’s disinterest in enhancing our combat capability in favor of social egalitarianism and a warped sense of social justice is indeed having an impact on war readiness. According to the Washington Times, “A Navy F-18 fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor is publicly warning admirals that retention is beginning to suffer from the military’s relentless social conditioning programs. Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass said sailors are becoming fed-up with the constant emphasis on social issues — an apparent reference to gays in the military, women in combat and ending sexual harassment.”
  • U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

    04/18/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 108 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Fred Hiatt
    Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play...
  • Victims of the First Fort Hood Attack Asked The President for a Meeting. Here's the Response.

    04/14/2014 6:26:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 27 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Sunday, April 14, 2014 | Mariah Blake
    During last week's memorial service for victims of April 2 Fort Hood shooting, President Barack Obama spoke about the lingering hurt from the previous attack on the base in 2009. "Part of what makes this so painful is that we've been here before," Obama said. "This tragedy tears at wounds still raw from five years ago. Once more soldiers who survived foreign war zones were struck down here at home, where they're supposed to be safe." Yet, when victims of the first Fort Hood shooting invited the president to see those wounds up close, he refused, without explaining why. The...
  • Army to cut up to 4,000 captains and majors

    12/17/2013 6:25:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/13 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army is sending roughly 19,000 active-duty captains and majors to a screening board for early separation this spring, the Army Times reported. Up to 20 percent of those screened — approximately 3,800 officers — could be scheduled to leave the service by the Officer Separation Board and Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board. Officers with fewer than 18 years of federal active service will have their screening process done by OSB, and those with more than 18 years of service will see the E-SERB, according to the Army Times. “The Army’s drawdown plan is a balanced approach while maintaining
  • The Great Purge (Of the US Military)

    11/12/2013 11:01:56 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | November 11, 2013 | PETER FARMER
    During the years 1934-1939, Soviet dictator and Communist Party General Chairman Josef Stalin ordered what later became known to history as the "Great Purge" - a period of brutal political repression, torture, imprisonment and mass murder in the Soviet Union. Launched under the auspices of purifying the Communist Party of ideologically-unreliable elements and rooting out fifth columnists within its ranks, the purges focused initially on party leadership. However - fueled by Stalin's paranoia - they soon expanded into the military, government bureaucracy and wider Soviet society. Members of the intelligentsia, senior government bureaucrats (nomenklatura), professionals, land-owning farmers (kulaks), members of...
  • Purge of Military Is Commander-in-Chief's Prerogative, Says Hagel - SATIRE

    11/02/2013 11:47:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 32 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Nov 2013 | John Semmens
    So far this year President Obama has removed nine “flag officers” from their posts. Three of these firings are linked to last year’s attack on the US Consular facility in Benghazi. US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel defended the moves as “the prerogative of the nation’s Commander-in-Chief. The President must have men he can trust to carry out his orders.” U.S. Army General Carter Ham, who commanded U.S. African Command when the consulate was attacked, lost President Obama’s trust when he contradicted his assertion that no forces were available to rescue Ambassador Stevens. Ham contends that reinforcements could have been...
  • Why are our Military Leaders being Purged?

    10/22/2013 6:09:34 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 98 replies
    From the Trenches ^ | 10/20/13 | Uknown
    Are these senior officers being ‘shown the door’ deliberately? These occurrences are very unsettling. We’ll just have to wait for the scuttlebutt I guess. Let’s just pray no dishonor is coming to them from the Communist-in-Chief. This strange chain of firings from the Military is so bizarre and so unheard of that even Dianne Sawyer of ABC news reached out to cover it when the 9th, yes 9th, Military Commanding Officer was relieved of duty in less than a year. This doesn’t include the long list last year, this is just the nine individuals this year alone.
  • Government Shuts down Catholic Services on Navy Base; Church locked; Priest threatened with arrest

    10/14/2013 7:57:49 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 44 replies
    http://www.thomasmore.org ^ | October 14, 2013
    In the wake of the government shutdown, despite provisions in the Pay Our Military Act, Catholics at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia are being denied religious services. The Catholic priest who serves this community has been prohibited from even volunteering to celebrate Holy Mass without pay, and was told that if he violated that order, he could be subject to arrest. Protestant services continue to take place. Only Catholic services have been shutdown.
  • ‘TREASON’ OR ‘FREE SPEECH?’ – ARE THESE ANTI-SYRIA STRIKE PICTURES FROM U.S. MILITARY MEMBERS OKAY?

    09/02/2013 6:23:18 PM PDT · by Sopater · 68 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 2, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    Since the U.S. has started serious discussions about taking military action against Syria, many have publicly spoken out against a possible military strike. And now it appears that some of our uniformed service personnel have come forward to express their disagreement with an attack, any attack on Syria. More than 2,000 people have “liked” this image that was posted on Sunday. There were also photos posted from people wearing the uniforms of the Marines, Navy and Air Force. These have also received Facebook “likes” in the thousands. [snip] Is this kind of behavior allowed? Well, there are rules concerning what...
  • Viral Facebook Post: 'I Didn't Join The Navy To Fight For Al Qaeda In Syria!'

    08/31/2013 11:42:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 106 replies
    IJ ^ | 9/1/2013 | IJ
  • Remark by Obama Complicates Military Sexual Assault Trials

    07/14/2013 8:32:57 AM PDT · by maggief · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 13, 2013 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    WASHINGTON — When President Obama proclaimed that those who commit sexual assault in the military should be “prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged,” it had an effect he did not intend: muddying legal cases across the country. In at least a dozen sexual assault cases since the president’s remarks at the White House in May, judges and defense lawyers have said that Mr. Obama’s words as commander in chief amounted to “unlawful command influence,” tainting trials as a result. Military law experts said that those cases were only the beginning and that the president’s remarks were certain...
  • Obama Remark Is Complicating Military Trials

    07/13/2013 5:11:49 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 13, 2013 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    WASHINGTON — When President Obama proclaimed that those who commit sexual assault in the military should be “prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged,” it had an effect he did not intend: muddying legal cases across the country. In at least a dozen sexual assault cases since the president’s remarks at the White House in May, judges and defense lawyers have said that Mr. Obama’s words as commander in chief amounted to “unlawful command influence,” tainting trials as a result. Military law experts said that those cases were only the beginning and that the president’s remarks were certain...
  • The examples pile up: Barack Obama treats veterans like dirt

    06/05/2013 8:37:59 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/5/13 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Recently, although he failed to return a Marine guard’s salute, Barack Obama later approached the Marine and “shook hands” with him had a brief conversation with him. The follow up “handshake” part of the story was not reported and many on the Right mistakenly howled at the “insult.” This brief and otherwise meaningless “gotcha” moment allowed a half-witted liberal blogger named Charles Johnson to gloat and laugh at conservatives who had jumped on the story. Score one for the Left. Nevertheless, the genuine insults Obama heaps on veterans each day far out-number this small minded “victory” in the Left’s war...
  • 'It Made Him Look Like A Butler': Retired General Blasts Obama For Ordering U.S. Marine

    05/17/2013 9:52:42 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 80 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 16, 2013 | DAVID MARTOSKO, JAMES NYE and DANIEL BATES
    'It made him look like a butler': Retired general blasts President Obama for ordering U.S. Marine to break military rules by holding an umbrella The President unwittingly forced two U.S Marines to break protocol and regulations as he ordered them to use umbrellas Former United States Air Force Lieutenant Thomas McInerney criticized the President for making the officers look like butlers By DAVID MARTOSKO, JAMES NYE and DANIEL BATES 16 May 2013 President Obama humiliated the marine who he asked to hold his umbrella by making him ‘look like a butler’, a respected military general claimed today. Thomas McInerney, a...
  • Nice. Barack Obama Loves the Marines… To Hold His Umbrella

    05/16/2013 1:07:47 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 56 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 5-16-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama loves the troops… To hold his umbrella. POTUS deploys Marines for rain in Rose Garden with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. (Major Garrett)
  • Now China Says It May Own Okinawa, Too

    05/08/2013 6:10:24 AM PDT · by blam · 60 replies
    TBI ^ | 5-8-2013 | Agence France Presse
    Now China Says It May Own Okinawa, Too Agence France PresseMay 8, 2013 US Sale Of Armed Drones To Japan And South Korea Would Transform Tensions In The Pacific China's top newspaper on Wednesday published a call for a review of Japan's sovereignty over the island of Okinawa -- home to major US bases -- with the Asian powers already embroiled in a territorial row. The lengthy article in the People's Daily, China's most-circulated newspaper and the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist party, argued that the country may have rights to the Ryukyu chain, which includes Okinawa. The island is...
  • Controversy Draws Attention to Military Ban on 'Proselytism'

    05/08/2013 5:18:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/8/13 | Kevin Jones
    Washington D.C., May 8, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- Uncertainty over what constitutes coercive “proselytism,” which is barred by military policy, has led to concern and criticism of recent statements by the U.S. Department of Defense. “Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one's beliefs (proselytization),” Defense Department spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Christensen said May 2. Military commanders take action on complaints of religious harassment “based on the gravity of occurrence on a case by case basis,” he said in a statement. Christensen...
  • Religious expression in the military: firestorm erupts between Mikey Weinstein...

    <p>The Marine Corps Times reports today that a controversy has erupted over religious expression in the military pitting the Department of Defense between....</p>
  • Religious Groups Fear Christian Purge From Military

    05/01/2013 12:10:53 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 57 replies
    Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. Pentagon officials met to discuss a policy called “Air Force Culture, Air Force Standards,” published on Aug. 7, 2012. Section 2.11 requires “government neutrality regarding religion.”
  • The U.S. Air Force as you know it no longer exists: beginning today, 17 combat units grounded

    04/09/2013 10:43:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 4/9/13 | David Cenciotti
    According to internal documents obtained by Air Force Times, beginning on Apr. 9, 2013, the U.S. Air Force will begin grounding front line combat units as a consequence of sequestration and the need to deal with budget cuts. Seventeen squadrons belonging to the various U.S. Air Force commands are going to be affected by the stand down order. The grounding is aimed to save the 44,000 flying hours (worth 591 million USD) through September. The funded 241,496 flying hours will be distributed to those squadrons that will remain combat ready or are expected to keep a reduced readiness level called...
  • Barack Obama blames US Navy for increased North Korean tensions.

    04/07/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/7/13 | Moe Lane
    Ever notice that this administration is only lightning-fast when it comes to shifting blame when things don’t work out perfectly? They practically left a vapor trail in their zeal to anonymously accuse the US military of being responsible for our tense situation with North Korea: So, it’s the Navy’s fault that the U.S.-North Korea spat has gone so far? That’s the apparent message from senior administration officials who, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, said that they had long planned to send B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers, and F-22 fighters to the Korean Peninsula as part of preplanned wargames...
  • As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women

    03/28/2013 5:02:43 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    kdlg.org ^ | March 25, 2013 | Tom Bowman
    When the Pentagon said earlier this year that it would open ground combat jobs to women, it was cast in terms of giving women equal opportunities in the workplace — the military workplace. But the move has practical considerations, too. The military needs qualified people to fill its ranks, and it's increasingly harder to find them among men. "It's fairly common knowledge that our population of military-age young men, who qualify for the military, is declining," Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in an interview with NPR just after the Pentagon announced that women no longer be excluded from...
  • America must not "dictate" to world, new defense chief says

    02/27/2013 11:29:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    America must not "dictate" to world, new defense chief says 2:01pm EST By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. defense secretary on Wednesday after a bruising Senate confirmation battle, and promised to renew old U.S. alliances and forge new ones without attempting to "dictate" to the world. Addressing Pentagon employees shortly after a small, closed-door swearing-in ceremony, Hagel spoke optimistically, if vaguely, about global challenges ahead and the importance of American leadership abroad. "We can't dictate to the world. But we must engage the world. We must lead with our allies,"...
  • BOB WOODWARD: Obama Is Showing 'A Kind Of Madness I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'

    02/27/2013 8:01:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/27/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" today, saying he's exhibiting a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns. "Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said. "Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not...
  • Obama placing fellow America-haters in the U.S. Military

    02/17/2013 9:46:59 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 34 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/17/13 | George Spelvin
    Will you Fire on American Citizens if the Commander in Chief gives the order? This is the question being asked of America’s top generals by the Obama administration. “I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new litmus test in determining who will stay and who must go [among] his military leaders,” begins the post of Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Jim Garrow, originator of the Pink Pagoda project that rescues baby girls from “gendercide” shortly after their birth in China. (1) Garrow goes on to say, “The new litmus test of leadership...
  • Marines Were Disarmed for President Obama's Second Inaugural Parade

    02/12/2013 6:37:22 AM PST · by Baynative · 31 replies
    Townhall tipsheet ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    He's gutted their healthcare, plans to cut their pay and apparently, doesn't trust them either. David Codrea over at Gun Rights Examiner points out that Marines marching in President Obama's second inaugural parade recently were caring rifles without bolts, meaning they were removed.
  • Obama Eliminates Breakfast for US Troops in Afghanistan, Stuffs Own Face

    02/02/2013 2:05:42 PM PST · by jack_napier · 26 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 1/31/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    If only American soldiers in Afghanistan were unemployed Democratic voters in Chicago, then they might be getting three square meals a day from the government.
  • Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?

    01/28/2013 1:58:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Michelle Malkin's Twitchy ^ | 1/28/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?..........
  • Obama Asks Military Leaders If They Will “Fire On US Citizens” ["Litmus Test"]

    01/24/2013 1:05:36 AM PST · by TXnMA · 76 replies
    1800GunTrader.com ^ | January 22, 2013 10:35 pm | Not Listed (CITES Jim Garrow)
    [Emphasis added...] 2009 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jim Garrow shockingly claims he was told by a top military veteran that the Obama administration’s “litmus test” for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens. Garrow was nominated three years ago for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize and is the founder of The Pink Pagoda Girls, an organization dedicated to rescuing baby girls from “gendercide” in China. Garrow has been personally involved in “helping rescue more than 36,000 Chinese baby girls from death.” He is a public figure, not an anonymous voice...
  • Exit Another Fighting Gen.

    01/26/2013 11:51:16 AM PST · by pepperdog · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2013 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Lost in the inaugural hullabaloo was Tuesday’s news that President Obama has relieved Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the colorful and highly decorated Marine who’s been in charge of the crucial US Central Command, which oversees the various wars in the Middle East, since 2010. (excerpt)
  • Renowned author: Obama wants military leaders who will fire on U.S. citizens

    01/25/2013 4:16:04 PM PST · by grundle · 42 replies
    examiner.com ^ | January 22, 2013 | Joe Newby
    On Monday, Dr. Jim Garrow, a renowned author and humanitarian who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, sparked a firestorm of controversy when he wrote on Facebook that President Obama wants military leaders who will fire on U.S. citizens. In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com, Dr. Garrow said the man who told him this is a military hero who is known by everybody in the country. "I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new 'litmus test' in determining who will stay and who must go in his military...
  • Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call

    01/25/2013 7:53:06 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 101 replies
    Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call Daniel Halper January 25, 2013 10:26 AM President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced. "I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him -- he hadn't received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House," Thomas E....
  • Obama Muzzling Military Chaplains

    01/11/2013 7:34:26 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://rightmarch.com ^ | January 9, 2012 | George Neumayr
    One of the items on Obama’s second term agenda is to root out traditionally Christian chaplains from the military. He sees them as bigots unworthy of conscience protections. Like Chick-fil-A, they don’t uphold Obama’s “values.” Obama’s mouthpieces in the military have already blurted this out. In 2010, Admiral Michael Mullen told a Christian chaplain who opposed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that “If you cannot get in line, resign your commission.” That same year Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, the Army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel, said military members who dissent from Obama’s...
  • Senate Balks at Promoting Officer Who Downed F-4

    01/10/2013 11:25:21 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 36 replies
    Military.com ^ | 1.1.13 | Rowan Scarborough
    A Senate committee has refused to approve a promotion to admiral for a Navy officer who, as a young fighter pilot during a training mission, deliberately shot down an Air Force plane whose flier has suffered a life of pain from his forced ejection. The Senate Armed Services Committee took no confirmation vote on the nomination of Capt. Tiimothy W. Dorsey as the 112th Congress ended. Because the Senate did not act, the nomination goes back to the White House. The Navy has the option of trying to resubmit his nomination during the 113t Congress, which convened Thursday.
  • Noting Army flap, Marine Corps orders its spouses clubs to allow same-sex members

    01/10/2013 8:35:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Noting Army flap, Marine Corps orders its spouses clubs to allow same-sex members By Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor Marine Corps leaders have directed their legal teams to alert spouses clubs at all Marine bases to begin allowing same-sex spouses as members if those social groups want to continue operating on Marine installations, Marine officials confirmed to NBC News Wednesday evening. In an all-hands memo to legal offices across the branch, the Marine commandant's Staff Judge Advocate warned against discrimination based on sexual orientation, and he specifically mentioned a controversial decision made last month by the officers' spouses club at...
  • ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ dischargees to receive full back pay from DOD

    01/07/2013 6:34:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/7/12 | Carlo Muñoz
    In a landmark settlement, the Pentagon has agreed to give full back pay to U.S. service members who were discharged due to their sexual orientation under the military's “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The payouts will be granted to service members dismissed from the military under the now-repealed policy on or after November 2004. “This means so much to those of us who dedicated ourselves to the military, only to be forced out against our will for being who we are,” former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins said in a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought...
  • Obama's Sec Def Pick? I'm U.S. Senator, not Israeli Senator (Hagel)

    12/16/2012 6:07:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/16/12 | Politico
    POLITICO: In an interview with Aaron David Miller for his book published by Random House, "The Much Too Promised Land," Sen. Chuck Hagel spoke about Israel
  • Benghazi: A Symbol of Obama’s Leadership

    10/30/2012 10:56:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 30, 2012 | Mona Charen
    The first statements from the Obama administration about what happened in Benghazi seemed plausible. There were, after all, protests throughout the Muslim world on the anniversary of 9/11 — some incited by Islamists using an obscure video to arouse anti-American fervor in the mobs, and some, no doubt, just pelting U.S. embassies on general principles. When the administration explained that one of those protests had spun out of control and led to the murder of our ambassador and three other Americans in Libya, there seemed no reason to doubt it.For a day. But within hours, the administration account deflated...
  • Poll: Military Supports Romney 3-1

    10/30/2012 12:38:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 28, 2012 | William Bigelow
    The battle-hardened veterans of the military favor Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by a huge margin, 66% to 22%, according to an October poll conducted by the Military Times -- and the two issues most important to the voters were the economy and the character of the candidate. 66% of respondents said that either the economy or the character of the candidate was the deciding issue. The group surveyed was comprised of 3,100 respondents who were roughly two-thirds active-duty and one-third reserve component members. Almost 29% have spent more than two cumulative years deployed since 9/11, and another group that...
  • Did Obama Fire General Ham Of Africom For Attempting To Buck His Order And Rescue Stevens?

    10/28/2012 10:53:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 122 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 10/28/12 | Pat Dollard
    The latest hot rumor flying around the internet is that General Ham of Africon, whose departure was announced last week, was actually fired for attempting to buck Obama’s order not to rescue Ambassador Stevens. He’s not exactly leaving early for his type of command, plus, he’s still in command, I have to assume, since his replacement still has to be confirmed by the Senate. Even if it’s an urban legend, it’s such a cool one that it’s kind of a duty to pass it on. Here’s the text most-often seen in emails, message boards and blog posts: I heard a...