|—||an Airman explains how Americans’ tax dollars are spent at the Air Force’s Air War College at FP’s “The Best Defense”|
When I interviewed the spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) earlier this year and asked him to tell me a real U.S. military success story in the region, guess what he said?
I bet he’s not going to be happy about this new article at DefenceWeb, “Pirate attacks in West Africa could double next year" which begins: "Africa’s west coast, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, has become the continent’s hotspot for piracy with warnings the rate of attacks could rise to two a day next year."
Then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera is accused of killing Ahmad Khalid al-Timmimi, 15, and his brother Abbas, 14, as they tended to cattle in a palm grove near As Sadah, an Iraqi village about 50 miles northeast of Baghdad in March 2007.
Did three senior Navy intelligence officials charge the military $1.6 million for homemade, unmarked and untraceable rifle silencers — made by hot rod auto mechanic in California — that cost only $8,000 to manufacture? Federal authorities seem to think so. Read the the whole story by the WaPo’s ever-sharp Craig Whitlock by clicking here.
My father returned to the United States from the Great War in Europe with a leg full of lead, a chest full of medals, and a head full of demons. He was one of the lucky survivors. Once a year, he attended a meeting of his old regiment to remember the men they had lost and honor the peace they had learned to cherish. The occasion was then called Armistice Day, a day dedicated not to war but to war’s end.
Every year he pinned a blood red paper poppy to his lapel and went off to celebrate peace with his fellow veterans, even though the meetings sometimes seemed to trigger nightmares that caused him to destroy a hotel room or leap from a window, still asleep.
Earlier this year, official White House “leaks” spread the word that it, in the interests of transparency, drone operations (that is, targeted killings) would be shifted from the CIA to the Department of Defense. Turns out, that’s not going to happen. Foreign Policy reports that “the complexity of the issue, the distinct operational and cultural differences between the Pentagon and CIA and the bureaucratic politics of it all has forced officials on all sides to recognize transferring drone operations from the Agency to the Defense Department represents, for now, an unattainable goal.”
|—||The assessment of an American military operation offered by “James Givens,” the pseudonym of an American staff sergeant in Afghanistan, from Neil Shea's “Afghanistan: A Gathering Menace.”|
|—||from “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Problems in the Military: Oversight Issues for Congress,” a devastating new report from the Congressional Research Service.|
|—||Donna McAleer, a West Point graduate, army veteran, award-winning author, speaker, and member of the Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Military at The Best Defense | FOREIGN POLICY|