File: Military

2011-04-01 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Military + POTUS + Religion
Statism and Authority

From the mind of a progressive statist at Mother Jones: Libya has been Obama’s first real opportunity to make a decision on a new overseas military operation, and within days of making his choice it’s already started to spiral. First he resisted intervention. Then he agreed to a no-fly zone. The no-fly zone turned into […]

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2010-10-20 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Legislation + Military + POTUS
From Request to Lawsuit

Last week a federal judge declared the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy unconstitutional. The next day, Obama asked that she put a stay on the decision. The judge denied the request. But rather than allow the ban die a merciful death, Obama will be filing a lawsuit to force a moratorium on the ban. […]

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2010-09-18 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Military
Take Your Guess

How long until we start to see American troops dying at the hands of this sale? Will we never learn?

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2010-06-22 :: madlibertarianguy // Journalism + Military
What About It?

In an ongoing conversation about General McChrystal’s comments concerning the competency of many top officials in the Obama administration, The New York Times asks Should General McChrystal be dismissed for insubordination? Or do his remarks simply reflect a level of dissent that is not unhealthy and might be expected in a changing military culture? I […]

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Fuckin’ great.  Not only are we spending an absolutely absurd $700 billion dollars a year for our own military,1 we’re now spending $650 million to fully arm the fledgling Afghan air corps.  And we don’t even have the decency to provide them with American arms built in American factories by American workers, but with Russian […]

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2010-06-06 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Military
The Price You Pay

Dexter Filkins via The New York Times: But the episode, and others like it, has raised the suspicions of investigators here and in Washington, who are trying to track the tens of millions in taxpayer dollars paid to private security companies to move supplies to American and other NATO bases. Although the investigation is not […]

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2010-05-29 :: madlibertarianguy // Military
Meanwhile . . .

Conservatards both in the military and in Congress predictably circle their wagons and prepare for a last stand defense against a bitter enemy.  “Remember the Alamo”, I can hear one whisper under his breath.

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2010-05-28 :: madlibertarianguy // Military
One Vote Down

One to go.  Perhaps this is one of few campaign promises that Obama will uphold.

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2010-05-26 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Military
Go Figure

Elisabeth Bumiller via The Washington Post: The chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines objected on Wednesday to a compromise plan to repeal the military’s ban on allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly, a position that put them at odds with President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

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2010-05-25 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Military
Police State, Here We Come

Randall C. Archibold via The New York Times: President Obama will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border and increase spending on law enforcement, yielding to demands from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers there that border security be tightened, administration officials said. I don’t want to argue that we don’t need […]

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2010-05-25 :: madlibertarianguy // Military
I Love the Smell of War in the Morning

For a president who is supposedly anti-war, it seems funny that he would authorize preparations for a war that doesn’t even exist.  Mark Mazzetti via The New York Times: The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in […]

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2010-05-24 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Military
Three Words:

About.  Fucking.  Time. Ed O’Keefe via The Washington Post: White House officials, Democratic congressional leaders and gay rights groups met on Monday to discuss a possible repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Such a reversal would take effect after the Pentagon completes a study on how to integrate openly gay service members, […]

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2010-05-16 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Military + War on Terror
Taliban Still Hold Sway

Carlotta Gall via The New York Times: Farmers from the district of Marja, which since February has been the focus of the largest American-led military operation in Afghanistan, are fleeing the area, saying that the Taliban are terrorizing the population and that American troops cannot protect the civilians.The departure of the farmers is one of […]

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When Afghan terrorists get more consideration than American civilians, it’s pretty evident we have a problem.

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It’s nice to see all that Hope and Change Obama campaigned on is working out for us. When it comes to the legal framework for confronting terrorism, President Obama is acting in no meaningful sense any differently than President Bush . . . More important, President Obama has embraced and at times defended the same […]

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2010-05-11 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Military + Religion
Holy Wars

I used to think that the political right saw the military as a quasi-religious institution which can do no wrong, until today when I realized that the military actually is a full blown religious institution.  I was at my son’s Parents Day Out program end of the year lunch when I heard this oh-so-adorable little […]

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