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  • Army: ‘Serious Concerns’ About Lifting Gay Ban

    02/23/2010 9:41:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies · 582+ views
    AP Report ^ | February 23, 2010
    Army: ‘Serious Concerns’ About Lifting Gay Ban Top general raises doubts about immediate overturn of 'don't ask don't tell' Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey told a Senate committee Tuesday he doesn't know how a repeal of the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy will impact troops' "readiness and effectiveness." Feb. 23, 2010 WASHINGTON - The Army's top uniformed officer said Tuesday that he has "serious concerns" about overturning a 17-year policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military and supports a yearlong study into the matter before any changes are made. The carefully crafted comments by...
  • Army chief: 'Serious concerns' over 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

    02/23/2010 1:58:22 PM PST · by Baladas · 16 replies · 431+ views
    CNN ^ | February 23, 2010 | staff
    Washington (CNN) -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said Tuesday that he has "serious concerns" over the impact of a repeal of the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay and lesbian service members. "I do have serious concerns about the impact of the repeal of the law on ... a force that's fully engaged in two wars and has been at war for eight and a half years," he told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He agreed, however, that it would be fair to characterize his opinion as not being "strongly" for or...
  • General Casey's Diverse Army: how many innocent Americans have to be murdered ...

    11/12/2009 12:17:27 AM PST · by American Dream 246 · 2 replies · 419+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11/12/09 | Ken Russell
    I am missing something here. After the attack and murder of 13 innocent people by an apparent imbedded radical Jihadist in the US Army, General Casey said on Meet The Press, "Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse." I have some questions for any military officer who swore an oath on several occasions to support and defend the Constitution. How many innocent Americans have to be murdered by someone who displayed every single modus operandi of...
  • The Phantom Backlash ( Islam & Muslims )

    11/11/2009 5:39:15 AM PST · by kellynla · 46 replies · 1,815+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 11/11/2009 | Robert Spencer
    Backlash fever is sweeping the nation: thirteen Americans are dead and thirty-eight wounded in a jihad attack at Fort Hood, and our government’s primary concern -- from the Chief of Staff of the Army to the Islamic pressure groups such as CAIR -- are focused entirely on ensuring that Muslims in the United States are not being victimized by a “backlash.” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared: “We object to, and do not believe, that anti-Muslim sentiment should emanate from this. This was an individual who does not represent the Muslim faith.” She said that DHS was taking steps to...
  • FBI: Hasan contacts with AQ part of a research project

    Well, let’s test this latest theory of FBI inaction, shall we? Had e-mail existed in World War II, would we have ignored messages between an Army major and Josef Goebbels if the officer in question was working on a counter-propaganda project? Would we have shrugged at correspondence between a naval officer studying Kamikaze attacks and a member of Tojo’s staff? Or would the FBI have hotfooted it over to the Pentagon to recall the officer in question ASAP? The FBI apparently says that your mileage may vary: "The FBI determined that the e-mails did not warrant an investigation, according to...
  • Suicide By PC [Editorial]

    11/09/2009 6:11:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies · 1,085+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 09th, 2009
    Suicide By PC For Gen. Casey, loss of diversity would be an "even greater tragedy." APView Enlarged Image War On Terror: The No. 1 lesson of the Fort Hood massacre is that political correctness kills. But instead of learning this lesson, the Pentagon is repeating the mistake, putting more soldiers at risk. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey warns that making the connection between Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's terrorist act and his Islamic faith could "cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers." Yet ignoring that connection, despite one red flag after another, is what allowed Hasan allegedly...
  • ARMY CHIEF CONCERNED FOR MUSLIM TROOPS

    11/09/2009 3:17:42 AM PST · by Ronbo1948 · 62 replies · 1,533+ views
    New York Times ^ | Joseph Berger
    General George Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, said on Sunday that he was concerned that speculation about the religious beliefs of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 12 fellow soldiers and one civilian and wounding dozens of others in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, could “cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.” “I’ve asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that,” General Casey said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union. “It would be a shame — as great a tragedy as this was — it would be a...
  • Army chief fears backlash for Muslim U.S. soldiers

    11/08/2009 9:26:47 AM PST · by An Old Man · 121 replies · 1,928+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 8, 2009 | Will Dunham
    The U.S. Army's top general expressed concern on Sunday that last week's mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, blamed on a Muslim Army officer, could fuel a backlash in the military against Muslim troops. General George Casey, U.S. Army chief of staff, cautioned against jumping to conclusions about whether religious beliefs motivated the accused gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States of immigrant parents. Read more at the source. "I'm concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers. And I've asked our Army leaders to be on...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 8 November 2009

    11/08/2009 4:55:11 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 444 replies · 11,233+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 8 November 2009 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, November 8th, 2009 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell; Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent; Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Mike Pence, R-Ind.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Govs. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., and Ed Rendell, D-Pa.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.THIS WEEK (ABC): Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine and Republican National Chairman Michael Steele; Army chief of staff Gen. George Casey.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Army chief of staff Casey; Virginia...
  • Casey: Shootings leading to a hard look at Army

    11/08/2009 8:42:18 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies · 1,568+ views
    AP ^ | 48 minutes ago Nov 8,2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Army's chief of staff says the Army is taking a hard look at itself to make certain that something like the Fort Hood rampage doesn't happen again.The shootings left 13 dead and 29 wounded. The alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan (nih-DAHL' mah-LEEK' hah-SAHN'), was wounded by civilian police.Gen. George Casey warns against reaching conclusions about motives until investigators have fully explored the attack. Early reports suggest Hasan, a Muslim, was angry about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and worried about his pending deployment to Afghanistan.Casey says focusing on Hasan's Islamic roots could "heighten the backlash"...
  • Army Chief: U.S. Can Fight North Korea If Necessary (What happened to the "stretched thin" debate?)

    05/28/2009 6:59:42 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 55 replies · 1,802+ views
    foxnews ^ | 5/28/2009 | ap
    The United States could fight an old-fashioned war against North Korea if necessary, even while newer forms of conflict against terrorists and extremists continue, the Army's top officer said Thursday. Asked whether the United States would be prepared to fight if war broke out between South Korea and North Korea, Gen. George Casey replied, "The short answer is yes," then added that "it would probably take us a little bit longer to shift gears" away from the type of counterinsurgency fighting that now occupies the Army. Casey said his usual rubric for how long it would take the Army to...
  • Casey: Army would have to ‘shift gears’ for N. Korea battle

    05/28/2009 5:34:54 PM PDT · by xzins · 156 replies · 4,060+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 30, 2009 | Jeff Schogol
    WASHIGTON – It would take the Army time to "shift gears" if it needed to fight against North Korea, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said Thursday. Right now, the Army is focused on the counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but North Korea’s recent saber rattling has raised the prospect that the Army might be called upon to fight a conventional war. "I have said publicly for some time that if we had to shift gears, it would probably take us about 90 days or so to shift our gears and to train the folks up that were...
  • Army chief says US ready to be in Iraq 10 years (retirement time!)

    05/26/2009 3:57:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 1,227+ views
    AP ^ | 5/26/2009
    The Pentagon is prepared to leave fighting forces in Iraq for as long as a decade despite an agreement between the United States and Iraq that would bring all American troops home by 2012, the top U.S. Army officer said Tuesday. Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, said the world remains dangerous and unpredictable, and the Pentagon must plan for extended U.S. combat and stability operations in two wars. "Global trends are pushing in the wrong direction," Casey said. "They fundamentally will change how the Army works." He spoke at an invitation-only briefing to a dozen journalists and...
  • Well done, soldiers: Four-star general salutes U.S. troops

    12/31/2007 2:37:17 PM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 62+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | December 31 2007 | GEN. GEORGE W. CASEY JR
    I have just returned from a holiday visit to our soldiers serving around the globe. I can report that everywhere I visited - Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq - the men and women of your all-volunteer Army are performing magnificently. I am proud of their courage, their competence and their commitment both to the ideals that make this country great and to making a difference in our world. It is useful to remember why they are deployed. We have been at war for more than six years - a war against a global terrorist network that is fixed on...
  • Army chief says troops strained, calls pace 'unsustainable'

    12/05/2007 6:49:41 AM PST · by RDTF · 85 replies · 101+ views
    Gov Exec.com ^ | Dec 5, 2007 | National Journal's CongressDailyAM
    The Army's top general Tuesday acknowledged that his soldiers and their families are "stretched" and "stressed" by six years of war and will need a steady commitment of increased funding to keep the Army from sliding into the "hollow" force of the 1970s. Gen. George Casey said the fight between Congress and the White House over the supplemental funding for Iraq and Afghanistan makes his job more difficult and sends "a terrible signal" to the troops fighting the war. In a presentation to the Brookings Institution, the Army chief of staff appeared to try to strike a balance by giving...
  • Don't Get Fooled Again

    09/20/2007 4:56:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 459+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | September 20, 2007 | Ted Galen Carpenter
    President Bush has endorsed General David Petraeus's recommendation to begin withdrawing 30,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by next summer. Yet the drawdown would only restore troop levels to where they were before the surge began in January 2007. In the final months of 2006, debate in Washington centered on how fast a reduction from pre-surge levels could occur. The Iraq Study Group recommended that approximately half of the 130,000 troops then in Iraq be withdrawn by early 2008. In marked contrast to that and similar proposals, President Bush is now endorsing a step that would mean a return to the...
  • McCain assails top U.S. commander in Iraq (Gen Casey to become next Army chief of staff)

    02/01/2007 12:08:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies · 981+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 1, 2007 8:53 AM PST | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON -- John McCain, the leading Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, today took to task Gen. George Casey, the top American commander in Iraq, accusing him of being the architect of a failed strategy and failing to take the correct steps to improve the security situation. Casey, nominated to become the next Army chief of staff, faced a series of tough questions from McCain and other senators. The general found himself trying to navigate through a committee of senators with wildly different opinions about the troop increase in Iraq. It was McCain, the leading advocate in the Senate...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 6/10 - 6/11/06 (not the live thread)

    06/09/2006 7:48:33 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 25 replies · 736+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 6/09/06 | Network and Cable News
    Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th, 2006 (not the live thread)The main message is the Sunday Shows on 6/11/006.  Message 1 will be the Saturday Shows and message 2 will be the show guest links post.  Then I'll post the ping list.ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) Meme: Yeah, yeah, a minor annoyance was murdered by the ruthless US military and Bushitler.  So what?Did you get a look at the hunk, Al Gore, with Steponallofus last week?  Talk about Presidential! Topics: Amb. L. Paul Bremer on al-Zarqawi's death and the fight for IraqRep. Reynolds vs....
  • Lending a Helping Hand (COMMENTARY)

    04/20/2006 4:06:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 344+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
    BAGHDAD, April 17, 2006 — Last week I flew to Fallujah to meet the men and women of the 5th Regimental Combat Team. As I do with all units, I shared the words of T.E. Lawrence, "Do not try to do too much with your own hands … it is their war, and you are to help them, not to win it for them." This powerful theme, consistent with our motto, "Iltizam Mashtarak – United Commitment", guides our joint vision for success in Iraq. Iraqis are determining their future according to their Constitution. Together the people, the government, and the...
  • A path to success in Iraq (Op-Ed by General George Casey and Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad)

    04/11/2006 10:03:36 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 542+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 11, 2006 | General George W. Casey Jr. and Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad
    THREE YEARS after U.S. Marines and Iraqis toppled the huge statue of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square, Americans and Iraqis can be proud of what our common efforts and sacrifices have achieved since that day, even as we acknowledge that challenges remain to reaching the goal of a stable and democratic Iraq. The success of Iraq is vitally important to the region and the world. In the broader Middle East, the absence of freedom, accountable systems of government and social and economic progress contributed to creating an environment in which extremism and terrorism developed and thrived....
  • Returning to Normal (Violence Not Normal, Not Acceptable)

    02/07/2006 4:32:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 264+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 7, 2006 | Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 6, 2006 — After years of war, sanctions, insurgency and occupation, it is difficult for some Iraqis to remember what "normal" is. Many see the media reports of a car bomb here or an attack there and think this happens everywhere in Iraq on a daily basis. Not true. While violence happens all too often around Iraq, it is not normal nor something Iraqis should accept. Normal life is an economy where a young man can go out and find a job, build a career or ultimately own his own business. Normal is the ability to get...
  • Task force to set pace of pullout

    07/29/2005 11:49:02 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies · 366+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 07/30/05 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Pentagon plans to set up a task force of senior U.S. and Iraqi officials that will set conditions for withdrawing substantial numbers of American troops from Iraq next year, U.S. officials said yesterday. Up to this point, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said he would make such an important decision based on recommendations from his two main commanders in the region, Gen. John Abizaid of U.S. Central Command and Gen. George Casey Jr., who runs operations in Iraq. He will also consult with Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • U.S. on Track for Iraq Troop Reduction

    07/27/2005 5:44:18 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies · 231+ views
    AFP ^ | July 27, 2005
    The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Wednesday that U.S. troop levels could be substantially reduced by early next year as a top Iraqi official said the U.S. could hand over security in 10 cities by December. "If the political process continues to go positively and if the development of the security forces continues to go on, I do believe that we will be able to make fairly substantial reductions after these (December) elections, in the spring," said General George Casey. He was speaking after talks with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and other...
  • Iraqi PM Calls For Speedy Withdrawal Of US Troops

    07/27/2005 6:45:03 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 9 replies · 464+ views
    Iraq’s transitional prime minister called today for a speedy withdrawal of US troops and the top US commander in Iraq said he believed a “fairly substantial” pullout could begin next spring and summer. Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said at a joint news conference with US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the time has arrived to plan a co-ordinated transition from American to Iraqi military control throughout the country. Gen George Casey, the top American commander in Iraq, told US reporters travelling with Rumsfeld that he believed a US troop withdrawal could begin by spring 2006 if progress continues on the...
  • Troop Withdrawals Could Begin Next Year, Casey Says (Dems Deeply Saddened)

    07/27/2005 4:24:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 482+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 27, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 27, 2005 – A "fairly substantial" withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq could take place next spring or summer if the insurgency doesn't grow and the country's political process continues as scheduled, the commander of coalition forces said here today. U.S. Army Gen. George W. Casey, head of Multinational Force Iraq, spoke during a surprise visit to Iraq by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. At a later joint news conference with Rumsfeld, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said the departure of U.S. forces from his country depends on how soon Iraq can train, equip and field its...
  • Bush Slaps Down Top General After He Calls For Troops To Be Pulled Out Of Iraq

    08/13/2005 6:43:39 PM PDT · by blam · 68 replies · 3,004+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-14-2005 | Philip Sherwell
    Bush slaps down top general after he calls for troops to be pulled out of Iraq By Philip Sherwell in Washington (Filed: 14/08/2005) The top American commander in Iraq has been privately rebuked by the Bush administration for openly discussing plans to reduce troop levels there next year, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. President George W Bush personally intervened last week to play down as "speculation" all talk of troop pull-outs because he fears that even discussing options for an "exit strategy" implies weakening resolve. General George Casey Gen George Casey, the US ground commander in Iraq, was given his...
  • More signs of Syria turn up in Iraq

    12/24/2004 8:59:38 PM PST · by Stoat · 23 replies · 1,760+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 23, 2004 | Nicholas Blanford
    More signs of Syria turn up in Iraq The Iraqi ambassador to Syria tells the Monitor that photos of high-ranking Syrian officials were found in Fallujah. By Nicholas Blanford | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor DAMASCUS, SYRIA - When US troops stormed the rebel-held city of Fallujah last month, they uncovered photos of senior Syrian officials that have further strained the already tense relations between Syria and Iraq, according to the Iraqi ambassador to Syria.Several captured insurgents were found in possession of the photographs, confirmation, according to Iraqi officials, that some elements in the Syrian regime - perhaps...
  • NYT: Pentagon Weighs Use of Deception in a Broad Arena -- Value of Disinformation

    12/13/2004 6:07:45 AM PST · by OESY · 10 replies · 882+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 13, 2004 | THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 - The Pentagon is engaged in bitter, high-level debate over how far it can and should go in managing or manipulating information to influence opinion abroad, senior Defense Department civilians and military officers say. Such missions, if approved, could take the deceptive techniques endorsed for use on the battlefield to confuse an adversary and adopt them for covert propaganda campaigns aimed at neutral and even allied nations. Critics of the proposals say such deceptive missions could shatter the Pentagon's credibility, leaving the American public and a world audience skeptical of anything the Defense Department and military say...
  • Senate Committee Grills Nominee for Top Iraq Military Post

    06/24/2004 4:10:05 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 2 replies · 992+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | June 24, 2004 | Jim Garamone
    Senate Committee Grills Nominee for Top Iraq Military Post By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 24, 2004 – The man nominated to command Multinational Force Iraq told senators today that if he decides the coalition needs more troops in Iraq, he will not hesitate to ask for them. If confirmed by the Senate, Army Gen. George Casey will take over the coalition military effort in Iraq at a time when sovereignty is transferred to the interim government. Casey said the relationship between the coalition and the interim government will change. "The relationship will be one of...