Bush requests $515.4 billion
in funds for the defense budget
So what do those numbers mean?
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
states the DoD’s base budget will grow to record (or near-record) levels and will require even greater increases in the coming years.
wouldn’t mind the planned pay raises commensurate with the private sector, housing that doesn’t smell like bug powder and mold, and chow that doesn’t turn your stomach.
But according to the CSBA’s analysis ( here
* caution PDF) , it’s doubtful that even an ideological Bush clone would be able to implement those increases given the economic realities.
Some vets blame the silence of the generals.
Should everything have changed post 9/11?
Court martialed for PTSD?
"But I'm very concerned that
, in a time when the Army is going out there and saying, we're trying to make sure that we provide good counseling for the troops, that, when someone has asked for help
, they're potentially facing a court-martial.
Watada case mistrial declared
A new trial
has been scheduled, but the attorney for the defense says they will invoke double jeopardy
if it goes forward. The army has apparently tried to compel reporters
to testify in the case. Plenty of people weighing in
on the case lauding him or calling him a caudillo
and oblig. NYT link
Special operations were fully engaged in Iraq
back in 2003. Since that time the mission has (officially) shifted focus a bit to hunting down high value individuals like Osama bin Laden
and a cavalcade of al-Qaida stars. But if that’s the case why are we drawing down our forces in Afghanistan?
Apparently a bunch of things are going on folks are hard pressed to figure out: “Nobody understands — other than the SecDef — what the hell Kearney is supposed to do,
” the Pentagon source said. “Is he supposed to be the future JSOC commander, or is the intent to continue JSOC as a three-star billet? Only the SecDef, as far as I know, knows. There’s been absolutely no explanation.”
I'm not a big fan of GWB
or the Iraq
debacle but that might be going a bit far. (found here)
It does make me think how odd it is to have nuts
on what you consider the correct side of an issue.
idiocy aside, it seems that in a broader sense the left
and the right
have to deal with their own nuts
At what point do the fringes sabotoge
the main message
Virgins talk about sex.
Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, marines gotta kill the enemy
. I think 'Flippant'
is an accurate term from the Vice Adm. But most of the flak this monk
is catching is from folks who say how killing the enemy "should" be. He's been called a psychopath
, but it seems to me his emotional investment belies that.
So do we then want robots? The civilian issue of why or where or when to fight aside - do we have the right to derogate how a soldier feels about doing his duty?