Football Is Paid Off for Patriotism by the Pentagon?

The Department of Defense buys pro-military patriotism from the NFL. I am trying to be restrained… but it’s very, very hard. Is there any major business entity not in bed with the government to rip off taxpayers? Even the NFL? From NJ.com: “Jets’ salutes honor N.J. National Guard but cost taxpayers.” When the Jets paused to honor soldiers of the New Jersey Army National Guard at home games during the past four years, it was more than a heartfelt salute to the military — it was Read more […]

Pentagon Credit Cards for Hookers May Mean “Stern Warning”

Pentagon credit cards were used to make purchases that had nothing to do with Pentagon business but, at best, were hiding purchases from spouses. Government employees are using their taxpayer-paid credit cards for hookers, gambling, “top-shelf liquor,” personal clothing, iPods, Starbucks, and countless other work-related “necessities”—it’s for the taxpayers, you know! Thus, Politico.com: “Pentagon credit cards used for gambling, escorts.” A Defense Department audit has found that a number Read more […]

More Pentagon Corruption: $1.3 Billion Missing

Pentagon corruption has cost us trillions in the past, and the money continues to bleed. I have seen other headlines about other instances of missing money. A few hundred million here, a billion there… no one seems to care. Here’s one story I wrote about a measly couple of million dollars being unaccounted for. Whenever anyone suggests mildly restricting the unending flow of money from debt and taxes, we hear screams of outrage as if they actually spent more than a fraction of all their Read more […]

Military Discouraging Christians from Joining, Staying

Why is the military discouraging Christians from being part of the Armed Forces by fostering a hostile environment? From the Washington Times: “U.S. military ‘hostile’ to Christians under Obama; morale, retention devastated.” Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn’t let them express their beliefs openly, religious freedom advocates say. Michael Berry, senior counsel at the Liberty Read more […]

The Pentagon Teaches How to Interpret the Bible

In order to combat sexism, the Pentagon has constructed a comprehensive ideological training system that includes how one may interpret the Bible. According to Ashley Rae Goldenberg at the Daily Caller, as her headline states, “Defense Department: The Bible, Constitution and Declaration Of Independence All Perpetuate Sexism.” According to a Defense Department-approved “sexism course,” the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence all contribute to modern sexism. Those Read more […]

Pentagon Didn’t Support the Troops in Desert Storm

The Gulf War syndrome reported by soldiers deployed in Desert Storm wasn’t just their imaginations. And they continue to suffer. If you’re my age or older, you remember Desert Storm. It was George W. Bush’s big push for a “new world order” –as he said repeatedly. It was a larger military operation than anything Reagan had done in his two terms. And we won an easy and painless victory. Because, we are now told, the pain was swept under the rug. During January and February 1991, Read more […]

Pentagon Waste on Display Again: Returning Useless Trucks

While all eyes are on the incompetence of the Secret Service, Pentagon waste, which has always been out of control, has produced yet another scandal. The Department of Defense has spent a fortune moving equipment it doesn’t need. According to USA Today: “Tab for trucks Pentagon doesn’t need could top $100M.” The Army and Marine Corps may have wasted more than $100 million returning vehicles from Afghanistan that they don’t need over just a one-year period, according to a Government Read more […]

The First Casualty of War is the Budget

The saying you commonly hear is that “the first casualty of war is the truth.” The saying might have originated with Samuel Johnson in 1758: Among the calamities of war may be jointly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages. A version of the saying is then ascribed to Senator Hiram Warren when the U.S. entered what we now know as World War I: “The first casualty when war comes is truth.” In 1928, Arthur Ponsonby wrote, Read more […]

Police Bayonets – Whose Idea Was That?

Have you already heard about police bayonets? I have written about the militarization of police so much that sometimes I simply ignore the stories and look for other fare. So I almost missed NPR’s revelation that, along with the grenade launchers, and the armored vehicles, the military is giving police bayonets (and combat knives too). I have seen footage from other countries of riot police using all sorts of gear to put down a mob. Greece under austerity comes to mind. But I have never Read more […]

Pentagon Incompetence on Display (but We Can Totally Trust Them to Lead Us into Middle East War)

Sometimes Pentagon incompetence can take such bizarre forms it is difficult to know what to say about it. For example, the Pentagon hired a contractor to evaluate the education they were paying for their servicemen and -women to use, and the contractor was never required to produce any useful information! The Daily Caller reports, The GAO’s report, politely titled “Action Is Needed to Ensure Evaluations of Postsecondary Schools Are Useful,” explains that the evaluations “did not provide Read more […]

To the Pentagon, Congress Does Not Exist: Secret Troops in Somalia Since 2007

No wonder Congress thinks of itself as useless. Their assigned job is to shut up and increase the budget. From Reuters: U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to help the country fend off threats by Islamist militant group al Shabaab, U.S. officials said. The comments are the first detailed public acknowledgement of a U.S. military presence in Somalia dating back since the U.S. administration of George Read more […]

Pentagon: We Need to Ruin American Economy for the Sake of These Endless Interventions

According to a recent Reuters story, the military is suffering from the problem of “less money, more commitments.” First it was worries over the South China Sea, Afghanistan, Libya, Mali and Syria. Then it was Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the hunt for Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Now the United States and its allies find themselves preparing once again for potential military action in Iraq. For U.S. defense planners already struggling to implement savage spending cuts, Read more […]