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 Doesn’t Know Expense of Employee Conferences

Perhaps the Pentagon can start a new series of conferences on how to keep track of expenses for employee conferences. Posting on the Pentagon and budget misfeasance (or malfeasance?) is so easy it is almost embarrassing. To quote P. J. O’Rourke from a completely different context, it is almost like hunting dairy cattle with a high-powered rifle and scope. The Defense Department sends out experts on specific operations who don’t even know how much they cost, they spend vast sums hauling Read more […]

Is John McCain Right about White House Pentagon Decisions?

Are Pentagon decisions being made “within a small group in the White House”? There is no love lost between John McCain and me. I don’t often agree with him. In fact, I often strongly disagree with him—both on domestic policy and especially on foreign policy. But that doesn’t mean he is always wrong or always inaccurate in his perceptions. He may be absurd in claiming that we can support “rebels” against Bashar al Assad in Syria without funding al Qaeda-related terrorists, but he Read more […]

The Tea Party Needs to Be Hated by the Defense Industry

If the Tea Party stands for anything, then it needs to earn the hostility of the Military Industrial complex. We already know that the Chamber of Commerce and other “moneyed Republicans” have declared war on the Tea Party. If the Tea Party is really going to stand up for anything, it needs to make sure it also earns the hatred of the defense industry. Even before the Republican sweep on November 4, some legislators were calling for increased military spending when we don’t have the money. But Read more […]

Washington Needs to Stop Squandering “Defense” Dollars

Washington Should Stop Squandering “Defense” Dollars On Rich Allies And Failed States. America accounts for nearly 40 percent of globe’s military outlays, but Republican Party hawks believe that the federal government never spends enough on the Pentagon. The war lobby’s mantra always is more, much more. Yet the U.S. already devotes far more than it should to “defense,” which today largely means protecting wealthy allies who prefer to spend their money on domestic goals. Washington should Read more […]

Pentagon Boasts about Climate Change Readiness

While the Defense Department has blown apart Syria and is unable to help Iraq, it wants to assure us of its climate change readiness. The Pentagon has made an announcement. All intelligent readers will immediately understand what the Pentagon is proclaiming in its announcement. They are telling us that we have entrusted national defense responsibilities and an arsenal of Weapons of Mass Destruction, as well as conventional weapons, to a pack of morons. From the L.A. Times: “Pentagon unveils 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 […]