Not the US military, that’s for certain:
The U.S. military isn’t ready for a catastrophic attack on the country, and National Guard forces don’t have the equipment or training they need for the job, according to a report.
Even fewer Army National Guard units are combat-ready today than were nearly a year ago when the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves determined that 88 percent of the units were not prepared for the fight, the panel says in a new report released Thursday.
The US military, and especially the citizen reserves (ie, organized militia) of the National Guard, […]Full Story... →
The War is taking a toll, outside actual combat deaths.
Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside, a psychiatric outpatient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who was waiting for the Army to decide whether to court-martial her for endangering another soldier and turning a gun on herself last year in Iraq, attempted to kill herself Monday evening. In so doing, the 25-year-old Army reservist joined a record number of soldiers who have committed or tried to commit suicide after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
“I’m very disappointed with the Army,” Whiteside wrote in a note before swallowing dozens of antidepressants and other […]Full Story... →
Rush Limbaugh called soldiers who oppose the war – like the two young men who wrote the NY Times editorial and then ended up KIA – “phony soldiers“. This is, without a doubt, objectively worse than calling Petraeus “Betray Us”. Of course, Rush called Sen. Hagel “Senator Betray Us” back in January.
Nearly 4 in 10 soldiers feel we never should have gone to Iraq. Are those people “phony soldiers”, Rush?
How anybody can stomach listening to that trash I’ll never know. Then again, somehow Bush still has about a 30% approval rating, so…Full Story... →
What a friggin’ waste of time. Senate Republicans (and possibly House Republicans as well, if Mr. Boehner gets his way) would rather waste everyone’s time passing resolutions condemning MoveOn rather than discussing stuff that’s, you know, important.
The US Senate has voted to condemn an advertisement attacking the country’s top commander in Iraq as he gave key testimony on military progress there.
In the House of Representatives, Republican leader John Boehner recommended a similar move.
But a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told The Associated Press news agency that the priorities of Americans lay elsewhere.
“The House is […]Full Story... →
Fred Kagan yesterday went to National Review — home to countless tough guy warriors like him who fight nothing — to argue against Senator Webb’s bill. There is no need to give our troops more time away from the battlefield, Kagan types. Besides, doing that would be too administratively difficult (“this amendment would actually require the Army and Marine Corps staffs to keep track of how long every individual servicemember had spent in either Iraq or Afghanistan, how long they had been at home, how long the unit that they were now in had spent deployed, and how […]Full Story... →