WASHINGTON — Before a roadside bomb in Baghdad burned and tore apart Jerry Majetich, before 62 operations put him back together, even before he volunteered for the Marines, then the Army, there were five older brothers who’d enlisted and a mother who’d served as an Army nurse in Korea. (Snip) Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, has spent decades voicing such fears. He’s one of the few politicians around who still yearn for a draft. “Now, we’re never going to get the draft back,” he said. “But I really believe the greatest risk isn’t to the military
Comments: Something serious to think about as you shake off that headache this morning.
We keep sending our troops back 3-4 times to complete a mission that has no stated goals. That would desensitize anyone. Some kids see the military as a way to a college education, or learn a trade. Others are inspired by guys like SEAL Team 6 and their Green Beret and Delta brothers in the Army. It is what it is, a job or a career. Not all soldiers fight, but all are trained to.
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Johnny Angle, 1/1/2013 10:15:07 AM (No. 9092956)
However, these idiotic and unconstitutional wars (whatever their euphemistic names) render conscription of males also entirely unconstitutional.
There is a war on this planet and it´s the Radical Islamists trying to gain control (Middle East, Asia, Africa, and even Europe). Without understanding the Islamist intentions, leftists are clueless on why we put up resistance to the Islamist expansion.
Some of the citizenry of the United States is ignorant of military service because - and I´d yell this at the reporter but will be nice and quiet for hangover sufferers here - is because *you* jackasses misreport and lie about those who do serve.
So the solution to an irresponsible press is involuntary servitude. Astonishing what these scum will posit to cover their sorry behinds.
US military force is an overmuscled oaf shackled by lawyers, bureaucrats, and politicians, including its CINC. It is an expensive, oversized sledgehammer with limited use that forever seeks a bigger head and a better handle. We have weapons we fear to use...will not use. Victory is elusive because Americans are afraid to win, to impose our will, and to walk away without apology. After nearly 60 years our occupation and reconstruction of western Europe has served to allow our allies to effectively dismantle their military at our expense. And we´re still there! The Cold War is long over. We lost our consensus "enemy".
Let´s admit we don´t have the societal will anymore to fight a major war to successful conclusion. Virtually all damage is portrayed as collateral, and wrongly inflicted. Any casualties are unacceptable. Rules of engagement are a humanitarian joke. We cannot ever seem to disengage ourselves. Patton was wrong, Americans don´t necessarily demand winners, and will tolerate alternatives to victory. If anything "desensitizes Americans to war" it´s these neverending sagas.
What a blatantly lying and stupid statement. When all of our diversity-inspired brothers around the world overrun America to pick up the pieces of a once-great society, the liberal cowards will be demanding that every child who can walk be made to carry a weapon to defend aforementioned liberals from the harm that they are inviting on all of us by systematically crippling our military.
Interesting article and comments by all posters. At Glenn Beck´s recommendation, I am about halfway throught Chris Stewart´s series " The Wrath and Righteous". Though we may question the methods of fighting against radical Islam ( our liberal ROE drive me crazy) we certainly are at war and I am very thankful for those that volunteer to put their lives on the line no matter the compelling reasons. It is unfortunate that we cannot do what it takes to win in the old -fashioned but always true sense.
#10, I don´t believe Americans (real ones) are afraid to win. It´s the politicians that are afraid. They shackle the hands of the military, and then complain about casualties. The media used to show body bags before Obummer got elected, which would anger the people. We just aren´t allowed to win, and the politicians rules of engagement keep it that way. And now the fact that so many of our general officers are too political keep us from winning. After all, can´t upset the enemy. They may have relatives who vote here. Desensitized? I don´t think so. It´s mainly those who want out, or are unfit for military life, that are using that as an excuse. I know things and attitudes change over the years, but when I served, during the Korean War, our country had just emerged from WW2, yet we had no reservations about our job. But by the same token, in no way were we "desensitized" to war or all it meant.
The reason we are in the mess we are in is that too few families have ever had to risk anything to live in freedom. We should have a mandatory service period for all young people- mandatory, including even the disabled. To gain full citizenship, you should have to serve for at least two years! People who are not invested in their nation have no nation! They are simply hyphenated-citizens.
Moscow -- Russia has opened a criminal case on an American band after one of its members stuffed the Russian flag into his pants, pulled it out his backside and whipped it between his legs, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday. (Snip) A member of the band´s crew, who asked to not be named for security reasons, told CNN the band was attacked Saturday by Russian nationalists inside Anapa airport in Krasnodar Krai. The band members were "beaten up" by a crowd of men who punched and kicked them, the crew member said, adding that some of the attackers
A last-minute appeal that could have stopped Billy Slagle’s execution — without opposition from state attorneys — was poised to be filed this morning with the Ohio Supreme Court. But the convicted Cleveland killer’s attorneys were unable to reach him over the weekend on Death Row at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. Yesterday morning, they got the call: Slagle hanged himself in his cell about 5 a.m. and was declared dead about an hour later. Vicki Werneke and Joseph Wilhelm, Slagle’s federal public defenders, are left to wonder “what if?” “I don’t know what more we could have done,” Werneke said.
Two children died after a python got into an apartment in Campbellton, N.B., RCMP say. "Police are investigating two sudden deaths of two young boys," Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh said Monday. It´s believed the snake escaped from a pet store called Reptile Ocean. The victims were boys aged five and seven. They were in the apartment above the store. "The preliminary investigation has led police to believe that a python snake escaped its enclosure in the store sometime overnight," the constable said. Rogers-Marsh said it went through the ventilation. "It´s believed the two boys were strangled by the snake," she said.
WASHINGTON - The United States extended the closures of some embassies and consulates in the Middle East - which had been closed Sunday due to an al Qaeda threat - through August 10 due to caution but not the emergence of any new threat, the State Department said. Other U.S. diplomatic posts, including in Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers, that had been closed on Sunday, will reopen on Monday, the State Department said. Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis will be closed through Saturday.
PROVO, Utah — Time may be running short for hardcore "Star Wars" fans to see the real-life set used to portray Anakin Skywalker´s childhood home of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine. Brigham Young University planetary scientist Jani Radebaugh said new research shows a fast-moving sand dune is spilling onto streets of the set in the Tunisian desert and will eventually bury buildings. The dune was measured at 20 feet tall and 300 feet wide in 2009, and it´s been moving toward the set about 50 feet per year since 2002, she said. Research by her and two colleagues
The closure of 19 embassies Sunday and the issuing of a month-long global travel alert for all Americans abroad shows how Al Qaeda´s threat to the United States has evolved since 9/11 – and how the US response has evolved, too. The closed embassies are all in an arc that runs from North Africa through the Middle East to Afghanistan, and the information suggests that the primary threat comes from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – the Yemen-based Al Qaeda branch that many experts say is now the movement´s strongest. Officials with knowledge of the intelligence
WASHINGTON -- The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying — or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of the positions employers added in July. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars supplied more than half July´s job gain. "You´re getting jobs added, but they might not be the best-quality job," says John Canally, an economist with LPL Financial in Boston. So far this year, low-paying industries have provided 61 percent of the nation´s job growth
Two beliefs continue to shape debate on Obamacare. First, pre-existing medical conditions shouldn’t prevent people from obtaining affordable health insurance. And second, people who don’t want health insurance shouldn’t be forced by the government to purchase it. These may seem to be reasonable positions. But they are incompatible. That’s been shown by historical events, and it’s now being strikingly confirmed by recent experience in the emerging Obamacare insurance exchanges. The crux of the matter is what economists call the adverse-selection problem. Uninsured people with pre-existing conditions often face tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in
MOSCOW — The American rock group Bloodhound Gang was kicked out of a Russian music festival and pelted with eggs after videos emerged of its bass player shoving a Russian flag down his pants at a recent concert in Ukraine. Russian prosecutors are even considering whether to open a criminal case in the matter, which comes amid a rise in U.S.-Russian tensions. Videos posted online of Wednesday´s concert in the Ukrainian city of Odessa show bass player Jared Hasselhoff pushing the Russian white, blue and red flag down the front of his pants and pulling it out the back.
Aetna Inc has withdrawn its applications to sell insurance plans on Maryland´s individual health exchange after it was asked to lower its rates by up to 29 percent, according to the state´s department of insurance. In an Aug. 1 letter sent to the Department of Insurance, Aetna said the required rate modifications cut premiums too low on both its Aetna and Coventry products. Aetna closed on the acquisition of Coventry Health Care this spring. "Unfortunately, we believe the modifications to the rates filed by Aetna and Coventry would not allow us to collect enough premiums to cover the cost
Bears are known for their smarts, especially when it comes to getting access to food. It´s fair to say that commercial dumpsters are especially inviting to the creatures. Remember the video of the young bear cubs who were stuck in a dumpster after their curiosity got the better of them? Well, video footage captured by a Colorado Springs, Colorado restaurant is making the rounds and is equally interesting to watch. Twice in the last week, a large bear has lumbered to the back of a popular German restaurant with a penchant for authentic weiner schnitzel, and on both occasions
Some of the earliest clues scientists had that Earth´s climate has changed over time were mismatches between the fossil record and a current ecosystem. How could this palm tree have grown in Wyoming? Why have fossils of the tropical breadfruit tree been found as far north as Greenland? These cold places must have once been warm and wet. The world is not as it has always been. And somehow, despite the tumult, species adapted, moving thousands of miles to habitats where they could survive. Won´t species today just do the same as temperatures rise in the years ahead?
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
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Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.