Afghanistan Working Dogs – An Update

After my last piece, which concluded that Veteran Sheepdogs of America was scamming people and not in a position to help rescue the working dogs, things have gone pretty quiet. Both the VSA twitter account and the VSA President’s twitter account have gone silent since being exposed, and Charlotte of Kabul Small Animal Rescue wasn’t updating KSAR’s socials either, understandably so. But now that some time has passed, a checked in to KSAR’s facebook and found some encouraging news.

First, about the working dogs:

And also this about all of the other dogs:

So, while the dogs are not out of the country, or even the airport yet, there is still hope that Charlotte will be able to get many of them back, and get them retired and rehomed. So that’s a good thing. Keep an eye on KSAR for further updates.

The Debt Deal sux azz. Here’s why.

Speaker John Boehner posted a summary of the debt deal online last night last night after it was announced that a deal had been reached.

via The Boehner Plan – Summary Slides 1-7 | The Gateway Pundit.

Go check out the slides Jim Hoft posted.  Then come back….

That last slide is what does this for me. Did you see the bullet point about how if the Joint commitee can’t come to an agreement then the cuts will be made across the board, with HALF the cuts coming from DEFENSE??

So… We have an aging fleet, that is technologically outdated and needs to be replaced. We ran out of missiles in Libya (WTF!!!) and now…. if 12 dudes who haven’t managed to agree on anything yet don’t agree on 1.2 TRILLION dollars in Cuts, Defense will get 500+ BILLION taken from their budget — that is not allowed to come from Military Pay. WTF!!!

Of course, no one is talking about how just 603 American soldiers died in Afganistan under 8 years of Bush, but Obama’s Afgan death toll is over 1000. No one is talking about how dangerous Iraq has become since the draw-down. No one is talking about how much money is being spent to defend Muslim Brotherhood affiliated rebels who are now killing each other off in Libya.

But Oh… if those 12 Congress folks can’t agree… will take have the cuts out of Defense.

Plus, a commenter at Gateway Pundit pointed out that the Joint Committee would, under the framework they’ve been given, have the power to allow the Bush Tax Cuts to expire, without calling the ensuing increase a “tax hike”.  Seriously? Boehner expects us to believe this is a good deal?  Seriously?

In the words of Whitney Houston — “Oh HALE TO THE NO!!!”

I do not want this to pass. At all.

A Must Read: Sleepwalking Through History

In by-gone days, admirals and generals nearly revolted when their primary purpose – national security – was threatened. Today, US military leadership has largely buckled to their purview being used as an instrument of social change. Pentagon officials have acquiesced almost without a whimper to repeal of Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell. Sensitivity training and reduced physical requirements for women are standard. But the role of the military, to be brutally honest, is to smash and kill things, not right society’s wrongs. When the shooting starts, only might is right, and combat warriors who will be sorely needed are exiting because of the change.

An air force wing commander recently quit because higher ups wanted to change the fighting culture he’d fostered. He wrote, “I am tired of fighter pilots suffering at the hands of…pencil pushing…ladder climbing opportunists…who think they are leaders just because the Air Force is currently more interested in feelings and sexual orientation than fighting. At this rate we may lose the next real war.”

It’s a perilous path we’re on and our leaders don’t seem to know it.

Go read the whole thing at BigPeace – Sleepwalking Through History: Is A New War Around the Corner?.

Wikileaks proves Iraq had WMDs

Found this info on HotAir, which mentions specifically the barrels of mustard gas & the mortar rounds full of Sarin and mustard gas we found in Iraq in 2004.

This doesn’t surprise me at all.  I mean, the whole world knew Saddam not only had WMDs, but had also used them on his own people.  At the time of the Iraq invasion, there was plenty of evidence that WMDs existed, but that evidence was buried by the media.  So why didn’t the government do a better job of telling us this stuff?  Because if there was one thing GW sucked at, it was presenting his case to the public.  I distinctly rememberr being highly frustrated with the man and his admin over this point.

Ed Morrisey wraps up his article with this brilliant observation:

This isn’t exactly vindication of one of the arguments the Bush administration gave for invading Iraq, which was that Hussein had already begun stockpiling new WMDs and was working on nuclear weapons, but it is another vindication of the primary reason for restarting the war: Hussein and Iraq had violated the truce and refused to comply even after 17 UN resolutions demanding compliance. Hussein never had any intention of abiding by the truce, for whatever motivations one wants to assign to him. After the invasion, the US proved (through an armed-version of Wikileaks in Iraq’s diplomatic files) that the UN had allowed Hussein to grab billions in personal wealth by perverting the embargo in the Oil-for-Food Program, which would have given Hussein the means to fuel another WMD program as soon as the West withdrew from Iraq, and to restart Hussein’s dreams of pan-Arab dominance through military adventurism. In the end, there were no good options.

via Wikileaks documents show WMDs found in Iraq « Hot Air.

Why Kagan should NOT be on SCOTUS

Capt Pete Hegseth testified before the Senate Judiciary on the matter of Ms. Kagan’s SCOTUS nomination. This is a Must-Watch if ever I saw it.

This woman should never have been nominated.  The Republicans in the Senate need to show some balls and at the very least filibuster this nomination.

(h/t Power Line)

Ummm.. OPSEC anyone?

The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.

The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.

via U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Actions in Mideast –

Articles like this make me sick. What part of “secret” didn’t these blockheads understand? OPSEC, aka Operational Security, means you don’t leak this kind of information to the press! Our men and women in uniform and in the CIA need to be able to operate without people knowing they’re coming, or where to look. That’s why this order was a “secret directive”. Geez.

The document, a copy of which was viewed by The New York Times, provides few details about continuing missions or intelligence-gathering operations.

Several government officials who described the impetus for the order would speak only on condition of anonymity because the document is classified. Spokesmen for the White House and the Pentagon declined to comment for this article. The Times, responding to concerns about troop safety raised by an official at United States Central Command, the military headquarters run by General Petraeus, withheld some details about how troops could be deployed in certain countries.

Do-wha-wha? You mean these fools actually took a classified document to the New York Times?  Props to the NYT for not running with the complete details, but still… This document was classified!!  There really are no words for this kind of stupidity – the NYT for publishing the information, and the butthats in the administration who took a classified document to the media.

Women on Subs = Not a good idea.

Despite concerns from critics over privacy, costs and the possibility of sexual activity, the Navy says it’s ready, willing, able, and now ready to put women on submarines.  (Source)

This is a stupid, stupid, very dumb, not-so-smart idea.

I love that the story points out that Navy wives don’t like this idea at all.  DURRR! Ya think?  Geez.

But some of the sailors’ spouses don’t share that indifference.

“The Navy wives, I think, are the most vocal,” said Linda Cagle, the owner of a restaurant near the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. “They do not think it’s a good idea, they do not want women on submarines with their husbands or their boyfriends.”

The Navy hopes the penalties for “fraternizing” — ranging from fines to dismissal and two years’ confinement – will ease some of those concerns.

Because oh yeah… those penalties for “fraternizing” do such a bang-up job of prevent “it” from happening on board co-ed boats now.  Right.  /sarcasm.

Ugh.  I am a Navy Wife.  (Ok, so he’s retired now.  You can take the man out of the Military, but you can’t take the Military out of the man. Same can be said for the spouses. Seriously.)  I am blessed with a husband that I trust, with my heart and my life.  That said, I don’t think women belong on the Carriers, let alone other sea-going vessels.

I have no problem with women in the military.  I have no problem with women in the same shore-duty squadrons as men.  I have a problem with putting a bunch of men and women together in a floating city, and then separating those individuals from their spouses for 6 months plus a year.

I understand the argument that women don’t get the same opportunities to advance their military careers if they aren’t allowed to serve on board.  I have a solution – make a female-only boat/carrier/sub/etc.  But do not make our submarines co-ed.

It’s a small victory, but a victory nonetheless!

President Obama today abandoned a proposal to bill veterans’ private insurance companies for treatment of combat-related injuries after the measure prompted an outcry from veterans service organizations and members of Congress. (source)

YES!!!  Finally!  A victory!  Small, but still!  If there is one thing I’ve learned from FlyLady, it’s celebrate the small stuff (well, that and “housework done incorrectly still blesses the family“)

Finally!  Prez ObeyMe listened to someone other than his teleprompter, and dropped a really, really bad idea before it even got it’s feet off the ground.

Filed under “DUH!”

In Iraq, though, most people worry that with the departure of the U.S. military, which many consider a necessary evil, violence will shoot up once again. Iraq’s army and police are still fledgling forces backed by the U.S., and political parties, dueling ethnic groups and rival branches of Islam are vying for power, encouraging neighboring states to interfere.

Iraqis — and some U.S. military and intelligence officers and diplomats — think that different factions are counting the days until the Americans leave, aware that Iraqi forces aren’t strong enough to fend off major violence. Iraqi forces still lack air power or sufficient logistical support and struggle to unite under a fractious government. Iraqi forces have turned to their American allies in the face of major battles.

“The situation in Iraq will improve only if the Americans and the Iraqi politicians withdraw from Iraq,” said Abbas al Dulaimy, 31, as he walked through Baghdad. “The situation will soon be worse because the politicians will look out only for their interests like those who demand to divide Iraq . . . it will be chaos.”

The status of forces agreement between the Iraqi and U.S. governments signed late last year will reduce boots on the ground as well as U.S. influence on Iraqi matters. The first major test comes in June, when U.S. troops are to withdraw from Iraqi cities.

Americans may assume that once forces leave, the U.S. military will no longer be responsible for what happens in Iraq. Many Iraqis think, however, that the U.S. hasn’t prepared their nation to secure itself.

“The Iraqi army and police can’t achieve stability in Iraq when the Americans withdraw unless the Americans correct the matter,” said Usama al Najafi, a Sunni parliament member from the secular Iraqi National List, referring to corruption and sectarian and party loyalties within the security forces.

via Is the Iraq war over? Iraqis, Americans see it differently | McClatchy.

Obama wants Veterans to pay for their own care.

Attention US Military: Don’t get hurt. At least, not unless you can afford the treatment.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

via Senators slam plan for wounded vets to use private insurance –

This is sick.  Just sick.  This is the equivalent of the current administration flying the bird to the military.

Get wounded fighting for our country?  Eff you, pay for your treatments yourself.

I can’t even begin to…   Oh!  the rage this rises up in me!  Rage that I thought had long since been all wrung out & used up.

But please, don’t lose what this is about.  This is about Nationalized Healthcare.  See, all those vets that Prez Obeyme gives the shaft to…  Most likely won’t be able to get affordable coverage because of their “pre exsisting conditions”.  Therefore leaving the door open for Prez ObeyMe and QueenRat Pelosi to ride in & save the veterans with Nationalized Healthcare.

Please, listen to me on this…  I’m a military wife, in a government run healthcare system.  You do not want!  Trust me!  The red tape, the hurry up & wait…. it’s just not right!

Ladies, be prepared.  the typical answer to every ailment is, “You’re just too fat.  Lose some weight.”  I wish I was kidding, but I’ve had at least 3 different military doctors say that to me.  I’m not fat.  When that statement was made to me, I wieghed 190 (I’m 5’9″).  Is it any wonder that I hate doctors?

The military health care system is not the best.  But to make veterans, who were wounded in the line of duty while serving our country, pay for their service-related treatments…

That’s just not right.