Archive for the 'Military' Category

Yes, Extraordinary Rendition To Continue Under Obama

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Military, Obama, The War On Terrorism, Torture, Transparency

But they promise that detainees won’t be abused. More on why I think that’s nonsense later on in the post. But first, more from NY Times: The announcement, by President Obama’s Interrogation and Transfer Policy Task Force, seemed intended in part to offset the impact of the release on Monday of a long-withheld report by […]

August 25th, 2009 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Fox News Military Pundit Calls For Soldier’s Death

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Military, Partisan Hacks, Video

Good lord… So if you desert you should die? I understand being brought up on charges if you leave and then lie about it, which is possible what’s going on here, but the last time I heard anything about a court martial for deserting, the punishment didn’t include death. There are few things I hate, […]

July 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Dems Set To Pass Retroactive Stop-Loss Bonuses

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Military, Money

Because we overreached so much during the past eight years, the practice of stop-loss was an unfortunate and common reality for many soldiers who would have otherwise left the military. Now we’re honoring their forced service with more than a pat on the back. From AP: WASHINGTON -The House and Senate reached a compromise Thursday […]

June 12th, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Petraeus: Violence In Afghanistan Is Up. Way Up.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Military, Terrorism

From AP: Gen. David Petraeus said the number of attacks in Afghanistan over the last week hit the highest level since the December 2001 fall of the Taliban. “Some of this will go up because we are going to go after their sanctuaries and safe havens as we must,” Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, […]

June 12th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Army Recruiter Killed By Islamic Extremist?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Islam, Military, Terrorism

Awful news out of Little Rock, Arkansas… A man with “political and religious motives” killed a soldier just out of basic training and wounded another Monday in a targeted attack on a military recruiting center, police said. The shootings were not believed to be part of a broader scheme. [...] William Long, 24, of Conway, […]

June 1st, 2009 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Why Religion And Military Don’t Mix

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Military, Religion, Video

It appears as if evangelical Christians inside the military could be urging troops to give out bibles in Afghanistan…which is strictly forbidden by both the military’s code of conduct and Afghan law. Here’s the report… Now, the military denies that the bibles were ever distributed, but there’s no way to really prove if they were […]

May 4th, 2009 | Permalink| 53 Comments »

U.S. Forces May Stay in Mosul Past Deadline

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Iraq, Military, War

For those who’ve worried that under the command of President Obama, our military in Iraq won’t be able to adjust to realities on the ground, there’s this story out of Mosul. Conditions in the region are not good and our forces are likely postpone the scheduled withdrawal if Iraqi authorities ask us to stay. Army […]

April 14th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Special Forces Free American Captain, Kill 3 Somali Pirates

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Military, The World

Quite a nice surprise on this holiday weekend. From ABC: A senior US official tells me that President Barack Obama approved a recommendation by Defense Secretary Bob Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen to dispatch special forces to the US scene on Friday. These special forces were authorized to take action “in […]

April 12th, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

The New Obama/Gates Military Budget

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Military, Money

The strategy is simple. Quit plowing billions into the programs that aren’t working and up the funding for some programs that do. From Wash Post: Gates’s aides say his plan would boost spending for some programs and take large whacks at others, including some with powerful constituencies on Capitol Hill and among influential contractors, making […]

April 4th, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »

US And Russia Agree To Arms Deal Within The Year?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Military, Nuclear, Russia, United States

Some good news already from G20: After a meeting between the two men in London, on the eve of the G20 summit, President Obama also accepted an invitation to fly to Moscow in July, by which time both sides hope negotiators from both countries will have worked out an arms control deal to replace the […]

April 1st, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »