Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Today: All About the Military

-This will be short today, but more analysis and indepth will follow. Schedules a bit hairy and the emails reflect that I didn't wrap the whole package as usual. I was feelin mighty snarky .... n'cest pas?

Iran Watch

Iran succeeds at enriching uranium, and Israel calls on everyone to go after Iran.
If you didn't see that coming, you aren't paying attention.

. Back at Lt. General Keyboards house, IsraPundit calls for the US to "Kick the Shit out of Them". He has no fear, he'll do without his cheetos if he has to!

Lt. General Keyboard is a manly man, and the loss of five more American troops is just the 'Cost of War'. The price is very cheap when you're not paying it. Blog on, O Englightened One.

Meanwhile several reports are out that special operations troops are already in Iran. Jeebus H Ceerist, get yer asses back to the two frickin wars we're already mired in now.

In our gee-we're-stupid category today we have:
U.S. Military Secrets for Sale at Afghan Bazaar

By Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer

April 11, 2006, 3:00 PM PDT

BAGRAM, Afghanistan — No more than 200 yards from the main gate of the sprawling U.S. base here, stolen computer drives containing classified military assessments of enemy targets, names of corrupt Afghan officials and descriptions of American defenses are on sale in the local bazaar.


A reporter recently obtained several drives at the bazaar that contained documents marked "Secret." The contents included documents that were potentially embarrassing to Pakistan, a U.S. ally, presentations that named suspected militants targeted for "kill or capture" and discussions of U.S. efforts to "remove" or "marginalize" Afghan government officials whom the military considered "problem makers."

I'll be looking for my information to show up in a few years at Wal-Mart.

When Go-Pills backfire:

'Friendly Fire' Pilot sues Air Force
The U.S. pilot who dropped a bomb on Canadian soldiers in 2002, killing four of them, is suing his country's air force, saying it ruined his reputation.

National Guard Maj. Harry Schmidt says air force officials erred when they released the letter of reprimand that he was given for the bombing.

The military violated privacy laws when it released confidential personal information. It also violated a settlement agreement that he signed at the time.

To refresh your memory...
‘Go pills’: A war on drugs?
Air Force use of amphetamines raises questions
SEATTLE, Jan. 9, 2003
In conflict after conflict, whenever one of its most deadly enemies rears its head, the U.S. military employs a potent weapon: a little orange pill. The enemy is fatigue, a foe that claimed more deaths among military pilots in the past two decades than combat duty. The solution is selective use of amphetamines, an effective stimulant that has kept military aviators fierce-eyed and alert from the Battle of Britain to night strikes over Afghanistan. With air wings deploying again to the Persian Gulf, questions are surfacing about the safety of “go pills” in the cockpit.

Speed kills. Legal speed kills faster.

And now it's time for SuperDon's Corner(squueeaaaal) :

Rumsfeld: Recruiting Successes Reflect Troops' Caliber, Commitment
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2006 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today he's encouraged that the military services are exceeding their recruiting targets and called it an indication of the caliber of men and women joining and serving in the armed services.
"It is encouraging that so many outstanding young people are continuing to raise their hands and volunteer to serve our country," he told Pentagon reporters.

Using my Ultra-Secret-Super-Insider-Top-Level Access, I have uncovered the newest recruit for SuperDon's Army:

I have it on good authority that he's in it for the Snausages.

Unlike, say, Peter Pace, who apparently thinks the Marine Corp motto is 'Semper Fiction':

Top officer defends Rumsfeld from ex-generals
Tue Apr 11, 2006 6:15 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer on Tuesday defended Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld against three retired generals demanding his ouster, and denied that the United States invaded Iraq without sufficiently weighing its plan.

Standing next to Rumsfeld at a Pentagon briefing, Marine Corps Gen. Pete Pace said critics could legitimately question the defense secretary's judgment but not his motives. -more-

Hang on, Peter, Wendy will be along shortly to take you back to NeverNever Land.

And that's it for now. I didn't start out to make this all about the military, but somehow that's how it ended up.

DoD Question of the Day:

So where is Carmen Sandiego?


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