The presumption here is that the big, bad, incompetent Pentagon, lorded over by the Department of Defense, is picking on Soldiers and forcing them to repay bonuses they were given as much as a decade ago for their agreement to remain in the National Guard and serve our country. Now every attention whore from Congress to the President and in between has weighed in with their anger and disgust at what is happening, demanding – but not actually requiring – that the big, bad Pentagon stop picking on these Soldiers and stop taking their money away from them.
Like I said, that’s the presumption.
And it’s a good one, isn’t it? People all over the dial and the nation are literally up in arms over this. Yelling, screeching, expressing their indignation over how the Pentagon and how the DoD is treating these soldiers. Even me. Although I will also point out that I believe and have said that this is 100% the fault of the State of California, not the Pentagon.
So that’s the script today and that’s the presumption.
At the risk of being “politically incorrect,” (how ironic that now opposing something like this is un-pc?) are we really getting the entire story here?
First off, let’s be clear. Most of the Soldiers involved – I wont say all because that is not clear to me, but most of them – served with great honor and carried the ball for this nation in war. For that reason alone, those who were in Combat should have these clawbacks forgiven. Period.
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Here is an actual Sharknado Week story from Chatham, Massachusetts, where the beach goers have been startled by the appearance of Great White Sharks. In true American-do spirit, the town is CAPITALIZING ON THE SHARKS being around. In a few weeks, President Obama will clam that the sharks are being exploited by the now wealthy people of Chatham, MA, and that they should split the take with the sharks. BTW, Chatham, MA is now on my approved list of places I want to go.
Speaking of the Commander in Chief, he released A STATEMENT ON SUNDAY for Eid-Al-Fitr in which he thanked the PLRI for its “many achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” Oddly enough, as a historian I am racking my brain to try and find these instances of fabric weaving and core building, but I am having a hard time coming up with even one. Unless you count the tearing down of buildings to be replaced by new ones? Further, I note that Eid-Al-Fitr and its feast are about PLRI unity, and there was an attempt last week by the United States Government to broker a ceasefire in Gaza in time for the feast. I am no conspiracy buff, but I do note events and their timing is rarely coincidental. An attempt to celebrate PLRI unity while the entire Muslim world s not united over Hamas’ idiocy? I am sure that the statement is put out as de rigueur from a White House hell bent on not offending anybody except its own citizens. But this speaks to what I was talking about yesterday with the problems of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. It was consumed with political and ethnical correctness with no willingness by any sub-group to assimilate into the nation. We are seeing that same effect here now, and in my view, the government is pushing it with its insane insistence on not offending anybody – except its own citizens.
By the by, I mentioned this post on our Facebook Page that Kevin put up, it’s a PHOTO ESSAY OF PLACES AND PEOPLE CONNECTED TO THE GREAT WAR, and frankly it is impressive in ways that defy words. Believe me, it’s worth the time to peruse it and connect, even for just a moment, to what happened a hundred years ago.
The White House is trying “put on ice” all the deniers of Global Warming. How? Oddly enough they WILL RELEASE A NEW REPORT today that is sure to convince everybody that is challenging the idea of AGW of the error of their ways.
I still believe that Governor Rick Perry’s sending of National Guard Troops to the border is more political theater than actual substantive accomplishment, but the conservative narrative is that IT IS SENDING A POWERFUL MESSAGE. The proof will be in the pudding, as they say. At a cost of $12 Million/month to maintain the 1000 troops and their water bottles and cell phones on the border, how long will Texas be able to keep up the pretense for the sole purpose – as it seems now – of “sending a powerful message?” And what happens when that “message” is over?
I say something and people seem blasé. So HERE IS RUSH LIMBAUGH saying exactly what I said yesterday before he did.