Pentagon Risks Hot War with Russia over Syria

They’re sending fighter jets to “combat ISIS” that could only be used to start a hot war with Russian aircraft. Even I thought our ruling sociopaths were not this maniacally suicidal. The Daily Beast reports: “U.S. Brings Dogfighters to Counter Russians Over Syria.” The U.S. Air Force is deploying to Turkey up to a dozen jet fighters specializing in air-to-air combat—apparently to help protect other U.S. and allied jets from Russia’s own warplanes flying over Syria. Officially, the deployment Read more […]

Man-on-Man Rape in the Military Shockingly Underreported

The numbers of those victimized by man-on-man rape is fifteen times higher than reported. Last year Bob Allen wrote a story of a man raped by three other men. What made this more than a tragic local crime story is that perpetrators and victim alike wore the uniform of the U.S. military. But it now looks like more male-male rapes are taking place in the military than anyone suspected. The Washington Times reports: Far more military men are being raped by other men than is reported by the Pentagon Read more […]

Helping Afghanistan Meant People Helped Themselves to Money

How did helping Afghanistan with a new gas station cost $43 million? Building a similar station in Pakistan cost a half million dollars, but not this one. Scott Shackleford writes at the Reason.com blog, “A $43 Million Gas Station—Is This Why We’re Still in Afghanistan?” The United States (as in, you and me), paid $43 million to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. […] That’s not even the punch line. The punch line is that the Department of Defense Read more […]

Laws Needed to Protect Ourselves from Drones

Artificial Intelligence (AI), the science behind the technology of drones needs to improve if we are to remain in control of the weapons used in war. Raw Story reports: Experts in artificial intelligence, lawyers and activists organized by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday to warn against a growing reliance on cheap drones and “stupid AI” that can be unpredictable in the real world. “Terminator always comes up,” Toby Walsh, a professor of artificial Read more […]

The Pentagon v. People Magazine on Female Army Rangers

People Magazine claims women were helped through their training and tests; the Pentagon says that is fiction. We’ve written about the army rangers and women before on this blog, and I suspect we will be doing so again. People Magazine has claimed, “Was It Fixed? Army General Told Subordinates: ‘A Woman Will Graduate Ranger School,’ Sources Say.” Way back in January, long before the first women attended the Army’s elite Ranger School – one of the most grueling military courses in the Read more […]

Why Was ISIS Intelligence Cooked?

More than fifty analysts are claiming that ISIS intelligence was deliberately rewritten in order to make US failure look successful. I mentioned this last month but the story has grown. The Daily Beast has an exclusive, headlined: “50 Spies Say ISIS Intel was Cooked.” The term “spies” is a bit melodramatic. These are intelligence analysts who are all turning into whistleblowers. More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained Read more […]

Making the War on ISIS Look Good

The military’s Central Command has been writing reports on the war on ISIS that include positive conclusions that aren’t justified by the information. Jason Ditz reports for Antiwar.com, “Centcom Skewed ISIS War Intel To Be More Upbeat.” The perennial positivity of all public Pentagon assessments on the war against ISIS, despite major, glaring losses on the ground, has been a matter of no small controversy for awhile, and has also successfully kept the elected officials who are on the Read more […]

Human Experiments on the Statist Generation

What kind of greatest generation would conduct human experiments and then abandon the victims with their medical problems? Ask the V.A. We know about recent corruption in Veterans Affairs and how they used secret waiting lists to violate the law about serving veterans. We know how they used private medical data of whistleblowers to punish them. But there are other elements of Veterans Affairs corruption that go back decades. The Libertarian Republic recently posted about a scandal going back Read more […]

The Pentagon Lets Defense Contractors Write Rules

Why shouldn’t defense contractors write laws? Other lobbyists do. This news should not surprise us at all. It isn’t special to the military; it is the price of big government. Rare.us reports, “Defense contractors are literally writing their own rules for Washington’s defense spending.” I couldn’t help but notice this story reported Tuesday in Politico: In his bill set to pass this week to overhaul how the Pentagon buys weapons, the new chairman of the House Armed Services Read more […]

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 […]