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  • 2011-07-15 [L..T] Default Would Dim American Power A sustained default could undercut American power in four ways. The first and perhaps most certain would be to force cuts in defense spending. Second, a default would make it harder for Washington to negotiate agreements or build alliances with other countries. Third, a debt default would erode American credibility. Finally, a default could help China, Russia and other major buyers of U.S. debt accomplish something they have been trying to do for years: find an alternative investment to U.S. Treasurys.

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  • 2009-02-24 [Talk|Index] JFK, FDR and 'Seven Days in May' § “In the wake of the tragically flawed Bay of Pigs operation, Kennedy learned a valuable lesson that Obama has yet to learn: the limits of presidential authority.”
  • 2008-10-06 [Talk|Index] Delta Force officer: US officials stopped plans to kill bin Laden § Delta Force's top two plans to capture Osama bin Laden not long after 9/11 were both shot down – a conspicuously rare occurrence.
  • 2008-09-30 [Talk|Index] Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1 § “Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the [3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team] will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.”
  • 2008-09-24 [Talk|Index] U.S. Troops In Homeland “Crowd Control” Patrols From October 1st §
  • 2008-06-05 [Talk|Index] Air Force officials ousted over nuclear gaffes § [2]“ The top military and civilian leaders of the U.S. Air Force were forced out Thursday over the handling of nuclear weapons, the Defense Department secretary said. .. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley .. and Secretary Michael Wynne have stepped down. ... over the department's concern over two incidents, including the August flight of a B-52 bomber that flew across the country with nuclear weapons. .. "Focus of the Air Force leadership has drifted" in terms of handling nuclear weapons and equipment, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.” Commentary: Dana Hunter
  • 2008-05-23 [Talk|Index] Despite Bush's Vow to Veto, GI Bill Passes in a Landslide § [2]“On Thursday, May 22, three-quarters of the Senate voted to support a new GI Bill for the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Following the 256-166 victory in the House last week, the GI Bill has achieved almost unparalleled momentum. A number of Senators actually changed their NO votes to AYE, as it became clear that this vote was going to be a landslide: 75-22. .. These 75 Senators stood with Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel in favor of a new bipartisan GI Bill that actually covers the cost of college. As these Senators return home to honor troops and veterans during the Memorial Day recess, they can proudly point to their vote this week as proof of their commitment to our troops. IAVA thanks each and every one of them.”
  • 2008-03-27 [Talk|Index] Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans § [2]“ Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. .. But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur. .. With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces. .. Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging...”
  • 2008-02-24 [Talk|Index] North American Army created without OK by Congress § [2]“In a ceremony that received virtually no attention in the American media, the United States and Canada signed a military agreement Feb. 14 allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that does not involve a cross-border crisis.“
  • 2008-02-10 [Talk|Index] Army stifles critique of postwar Iraq planning § [2]“The Army is accustomed to protecting classified information. But when it comes to the planning for the Iraq war, even an unclassified assessment can acquire the status of a state secret. .. That is what happened to a detailed study of the planning for postwar Iraq prepared for the Army by the RAND Corp., a federally financed center that conducts research for the military.” (And much making of lame excuses ensued.)
  • 2008-02-08 [Talk|Index] After Hard-Won Lessons, Army Doctrine Revised § [2]“The Army has drafted a new operations manual that elevates the mission of stabilizing war-torn nations, making it equal in importance to defeating adversaries on the battlefield.” Well, better late than never...
  • 2008-01-01 [Talk|Index] Forty Second Boyd and the Big Picture (Part 1) § [2]“Taking a few moments to understand what this odd man learned about airplanes and aerial combat will pay rich dividends later. Because John Boyd – Pope John, The High Priest of the Fighter Mafia, the Mad Major, the Ghetto Colonel – Forty Second Boyd not only wrote the revolutionary tactics manuals that gave American pilots the keys to air-to-air victory... and with it the essential and undisputed control of the battlespace. Nor was his achievement limited to the design of the phenomenally successful F-15 and F-16 fighters. Nor was it merely the codifying of physics and thermodynamics to make a science out of an art form. That John Boyd saw all of these things for the first time would have made him a legend. But this was quite the lesser of his two great achievements. For Boyd not only saw how to perfect the sword. He saw too how to perfect the swordsman.”
  • 2007-03-08 [Talk|Index] The Deserter's Tale § [2]“I would say to us it's "they're guilty till they're proven innocent", to us all Muslims were terrorists. That's the way we were taught and it's the way we conducted our business. ... We had no justification after all them homes that I raided, there was no justification. I felt that we were more antagonising, causing in my picture to myself, we had become the terrorists. I wasn't getting terrorised. I was more doing the terrorising. ... Raiding the homes, taking their sons and their husbands. If they were over five foot tall they were sent off regardless of whether anything was found in that house or not.”
  • 2002-01 [Talk|Index] Medal Of Honor Fails to Impress Airline Security § "I kept explaining that it was the highest medal you can receive from the military in this country, but nobody listened," said 86-year-old retired Marine Corps General Joseph J. Foss, former South Dakota governor and past president of the National Rifle Association.


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  • 2007-10-18 New U.S. naval strategy: Preventing wars: "In the first major revision of U.S. naval strategy in 25 years, maritime officials said Wednesday they plan to focus more on humanitarian missions and improving international cooperation as a way to prevent conflicts. .. "We believe that preventing wars is as important as winning wars," said the new strategy announced by the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard." Is this the non-evangelized branches of the military taking a carefully calculated step towards halting Bush madness, specifically the potential US invasion of Iran and possible attempts to turn the US into a police state?
  • 2007-09-30 A pragamatic admiral takes the helm as the US military's top officer: "Admiral Michael Mullen, former chief of US naval operations, takes over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Monday from Marine Corps General Peter Pace at a ceremony at a Civil War-era fort overlooking the Potomac River."
  • 2007-08-13 US and UK Defence - To be one Market?: "President Bush and Prime Minister Blair have today signed a Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty which will further strengthen and deepen the effort between our respective defense establishments to achieve fully interoperable forces, and to leverage the strength of our defense industries in direct support of our armed forces."