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And the Clueless step up to the plate ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News


God save our Military…

Senate Passes $631B Defense Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a sweeping, $631 billion defense bill Tuesday that sends a clear signal to President Barack Obama to move quickly to get U.S. combat troops out of Afghanistan, tightens sanctions on Iran and limits the president’s authority in handling terror suspects.

Ignoring a veto threat, the Senate voted 98-0 for the legislation that authorizes money for weapons, aircraft and ships and provides a 1.7 percent pay raise for military personnel. After a decade of increasing Pentagon budgets, the vote came against the backdrop of significant reductions in projected military spending and the threat of deeper cuts from the looming “fiscal cliff” of automatic spending cuts and tax increases.

The bill provides:

…the Pentagon to report to Congress on the ability of the U.S. military to impose a no-fly zone over Syria.

“If military action has to be taken to prevent sarin gas to be used, Congress has to be involved,” McCain said.

…The administration has threatened to veto the Senate bill, strongly objecting to a provision restricting the president’s authority to transfer terror suspects from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to foreign countries. The provision is in current law.

… the government may not detain a U.S. citizen or legal resident indefinitely without charge or trial even if there is a declaration of war or the authorization to use military force.

…stringent new sanctions on Iran’s energy and shipping sectors in a fresh attempt to hobble the Islamic Republic’s economy and hamper its nuclear ambitions.

…close a major loophole — the ability of Iran to circumvent sanctions and barter oil for precious metals. Turkey has been bartering gold for oil.

Read more…

So now, the House and Senate have to reconcile their respective defense bills and then Dear Leader will veto it and do what he damn well pleases anyway.  He’s determined to bring America to her knees and that doesn’t allow for a strong Military or economy.  Plus, there’s that “kill list” thingie…


Well, Webb did one good thing before his term ends:

Stolen Valor Law 2.0 Passes in Senate

A law designed to punish those who boast battlefield medals for heroics they never performed passed the Senate on Monday, marking the second bid by Congress to outlaw lying about war records.

The first so-called Stolen Valor Law was declared unconstitutional in June by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that lying about military service was protected speech.

This time around lawmakers have anchored the law on lying about awards and decorations for “tangible benefit or personal gain,” not strictly lying for the sake of lying. The bill was filed by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., a Vietnam combat veteran, shortly after the high court knocked down the original 2006 law.


Hopefully, this will pass with no interference from the courts this time.  Freedom of speech, my a$$.  This is not what the First Amendment addresses.


But…but…I thought Obama said Al Qaida is decimated…

Pentagon plans for multinational operation in Mali

US military planners have begun to help organize a multinational proxy force to intervene next year in Mali, the famine-stricken, coup-wracked African country that has become a magnet for Islamist extremists, US officials said Wednesday.

The international force would be led on the ground by several thousand Malian and West African troops but would receive extensive support from the Pentagon and the State Department, which would help train, equip and transport the troops, Obama administration officials said.


Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa, called northern Mali “the largest territory controlled by Islamic extremists in the world.”

Other U.S. officials said al-Qaida’s North African affiliate, which for years attracted limited global attention, poses an increasing threat. The group has become well-stocked with weapons smuggled out of Libya after the NATO-led war there last year. It finances its operations by smuggling rackets and by kidnapping foreigners for ransom.


Amanda Dory, the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary for Africa, said the U.S. military has been able to gather intelligence to help shape the international force to fight Islamist extremists in northern Mali.

“There’s plenty of other forms of information and intelligence that are circulating that give us enough insight for planning purposes,” she said in an interview Wednesday after testifying before the subcommittee. “You never have as much information as you want, but it’s been sufficient for planning purposes.”

Read more…

Well, that’s encouraging, isn’t it?  with all the talk about getting our Troops out of Afghanistan as early as possible ~ why not send what units will be left after all the cuts to another Hell Hole.  Libya and Egypt have worked out oh, so well…



Gates warns Assad: Don’t ‘underestimate’ Obama

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned Bashar Assad that President Obama would follow through on threats to punish the Syrian leader if he uses chemical weapons.

“One of the things about President Obama, he is very tough-minded,” said Gates, in an interview aired Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.”  “I think it would be a mistake, particularly on Bashar Assad’s part, to underestimate him.”

Tough-minded?  Only against Americans who believe in governing according to the Constitution.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also said using chemical weapons would be a clear “red line” inviting U.S. action.

Oh yeah, those red lines ~ for everyone but Israel.

But then, there’s this:

“When the president of the United States cocks the pistol, he better be ready to fire it,” said Gates.

Sounds more like a warning from Gates, which sort of dispels that “tough-minded” thing.  Benghazi, anyone?




Dictators On The Run and Other News ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News


As do I…

Families want to know what happened in Benghazi

Obama administration not telling whole story, they say

The father of a former Navy SEAL killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, says he learned the details of his son’s bravery not from the Obama administration, but in an email from an American whose life was saved by his son.

Tyrone Woods, 41, was found “slumped over his machine gun, which was caked with blood,” Charles Woods, the former SEAL’s father, said during a telephone interview from his home in Hawaii.

“He had continued to fire until he had no blood left and was unable to fire anymore,” Mr. Woods said.

Read more…

This is a travesty.  But then, so is this administration.  I shudder to think of what can transpire over the next four years with this ego maniacal anti-American malefactor at the helm.


Oh my…what’s a dictator to do?

Protesters reach palace; Morsi flees

CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist president fled his palace by the back door Tuesday as riot police used clubs and tear gas to battle thousands of demonstrators protesting his seizure of broad powers that enabled him to push through a draft constitution.

Protesters proclaimed the march on the presidential residence in Cairo a “last warning” to President Mohammed Morsi. They shouted, “We want the downfall of the regime” and “leave, leave,” echoing chants used against authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in February 2011.

Observers feared for the stability of Egypt after more than 10 days of demonstrations by opponents and supporters of Mr. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government.

Read more…

There are some lessons to be learned here ~ hopefully we Americans will be paying attention.


7 Reasons Socialism Will Make You Poorer Than Capitalism

Given what we know in 2012, saying that capitalism will make a society richer than socialism should be about as controversial as saying the earth is round, not flat. Yet, a recent Gallup poll shows that more liberals have a positive view of socialism than capitalism. This is only possible because there are so many perverse incentives that drive the promotion of socialism. If you’re a politician, socialism puts power in your hands while capitalism takes it away. If you want to use the government to control people’s lives, socialism is a wonderful vehicle to do just that while capitalism robs you of that opportunity. If you would rather live off the dole than to work or alternately, prefer to make money off “who you know” instead of “how good a service you provide,” again socialism works better for you. Now take into account the fact that there are no pure socialist or capitalist economies left and it becomes very easy to muddy the water and keep people from realizing the obvious economic superiority of capitalism.

1) Socialism benefits the few at the expense of the many:

Read it all.





Attorney General Eric Holder’s chief of staff, Gary Grindler, plans to resign his post at the Department of Justice on Wednesday. Grindler was directly involved in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.


At that time, Grindler was Holder’s Deputy Attorney General – the second-highest ranking Justice Department official. On Jan. 3, 2011 – after Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed, but before Fast and Furious was known to the public – Holder moved Grindler from the DAG spot over to become his chief of staff. Throughout the Fast and Furious scandal’s development up until this point, Grindler has remained in that spot.

Read the rest here.  It won’t make you feel much better ~ looks like Holder will slip through this one too.


If you support Israel and want to know facts instead of the BS anti-Israel news reports, go to:

The Wall Of Truth/myths

Here you will find the facts that destroy the crap coming from the pro-Palestinian camp, giving you better ammo to fight the anti-semitic thugs out there.

Links and Videos



At least This Soldier Deserved It ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News

Abdo convicted in Fort Hood bomb plot

Verdict came say day testimony wrapped up

ANGELA K. BROWN,Associated Press

WACO, Texas (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted an AWOL Muslim soldier of attempting to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops.

The Waco jury convicted Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo of the most serious charge, attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, which could land him in prison for life. Abdo also was convicted of attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.


In a recorded police interview, Abdo said he was planning to pull off an attack in the Fort Hood area “because I don’t appreciate what my unit did in Afghanistan.”

More here…

I don’t think we can put this one on PTSD.


Jawa Report has more:

Cornhole Watch: Waco: Domestic Terrorist Pfc. Nasser Abdo Found Guilty in Ft Hood Bomb Plot

Sentencing is set for the summer.

…with a link to Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser: Pfc Nasser Abdo is an unmitigated traitor to the United States

“The American Islamic Forum for Democracy is pleased at the jury’s decision to convict Pfc Nasser Abdo on all counts. Abdo is simply a traitor to the United States of America, and his actions are a direct insult both to the uniform of the U.S. Army and in particular to all American Muslim service members. The decision to convict needs to be followed by a sentence that levels the harshest punishment possible, including the military immediately rescinding his Conscientious Objector status. American Muslim soldiers deserve that courtesy.



And speaking of PTSD…

Over at This Ain’t Hell, there’s this:

That crazy vet with PTSD thing again

It’s not known for certain if Miles was in the military, or if he was taking drugs, or if he has PTS, but that’s not going to stop Ms. Crum from warning us all that the streets are full of drugged up vets each on the cusp of a violent psychotic break.

I want to warn everyone that the streets are full of doped up, half-witted pseudo-journalists all just waiting to demonstrate how little they know about everything by arriving at completely irrational and unsupported conclusions.

Read it all here.

Could you all with press credentials stop this crap?  Or is it too much to ask that you do that fact-check thingy before you report on something you apparently knew nothing about before you started your piece?


Reads From Here and There ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News


So many decades have passed and too few WWII Vets are left to tell their stories.  This is a great read about an incredible (and I use that word literally) mission:

Five survivors of Doolittle Tokyo Raiders recall daring sortie

Edward Saylor still vividly remembers the Chinese boy who helped save his life. In the days after his plane crashed into the waters just off China’s coast, Mr. Saylor, now 92, and four other Doolittle Tokyo Raiders were desperate and hungry — but they had survived a daring mission that was America’s first military strike against the Imperial Japanese homeland, four months after the infamous sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

“The thought hits you, where you’re at, what you’ve got to do. … We don’t speak the language, what do we do now? That’s what was going through our heads,” said Mr. Saylor, one of the five survivors of the raid who will mark its 70th anniversary on April 18.


From one of my new favorite dog handlers, another fine doggie story ~ and again he keeps us hooked.  (Kevin’s book is getting closer to being published. Can’t wait!)

John and the Lumbering “Honza Bear”

“Why me,” thought Specialist John Nolan as he looked around at the other 11 students in his specialized search dog (SSD) class at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The other guys were looking at one another, smiling, laughing and joking. But John stared at the ground. He wished he could share their enthusiasm.

Everyone else was receiving two dogs and would get to choose their K9 partner but not him. He was getting the mine detector dog washout. He bit his bottom lip and shook his head.


This will get your blood pressure up.

And ~ be sure to read the comments ~ there’s a sterling example of what we’re up against in this country.  (Aye, thar be troll sighting ahead, Cap’n.)

Democrats Shafting the Military Again: A Financial Sneak Attack by Obama and the Democrats

Democrats always attack, decimate, reduce, belittle, disarm, and de-fund the military.

Here is some more of the Democrat party putting down the military and making them pay taking their pay.

The United States military forces were greatly reduced by the Democrats after World War I in the years before the December 07, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. At that time our military had been reduced to a very dangerously low level. We had to pay dearly for that foolishness.

Such are the Democrats and their complete denial and ignorance of history.


It’s The Backlog!

The single most important issue that every veteran talks about at VA is the time it takes to get a claim resolved. The backlog is the signature event that defines the VA. No matter the successes, today’s VA is known for the infamous “Delay, deny, until I die” phrase that’s been around as long as any Vietnam vet has been alive. Every year we hear how the backlog will get better next year.

Shinseki: VA on Track to Break Claims Backlog

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2012 – Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki says VA is on track toward meeting one of the top priorities he set on arrival at the department three years ago: breaking the back of the disability claims backlog.


The fix, according to your VA, is computers. Everything will be better if we throw money and computers at it.


So different from 40 years ago, thank God!

Wounded warriors take stage as motivational speakers

DALLAS, Pa. – His was an ordinary tale of a rambunctious boy, raised in a Chicago suburb, immersed in sports and the love and rivalry of an identical twin, Bobby. Then adulthood and work became routine, and in that carefree summer of 2001, Bryan Anderson joined the Army.

He was inducted on Sept. 11. The boy who had not yet turned 20 spent seven hours in a bus full of strangers headed to basic training on that day that changed America.

Supporting our Troops

Remembering our Vets


Another Romp Through The Looking Glass ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News

Well, it has certainly been quite a week around our country and throughout most of the world.  And most of it has not been pretty.

Kids (in “humor’) getting blown up in a classroom for not being “green” enough, an ad in the  NYT of a little girl with a noose around her neck standing on melting ice, convoys being blown up and set on fire in Pakistan, children and women and old men being blown up in mosques as they pray, red toxic sludge heading into the Danube, angry protests in socialized countries against entitlement cuts, others beginning to protest against Muslim immigration, dead people receive stimulus checks, home foreclosures being frozen, jobs still being  lost, food stamp usage up, election campaigns getting uglier every day, no peace in the Middle East, the man sitting in the highest office in the land is “campaigning” against half of the country he is supposed to be serving, speaking in such fighting terms as toward an enemy, Democrat politicians cheat and Republican politicians sit on their hands.

Obama Casts Republicans as Slurpee Sippers

And there is so much more…all mind-boggling.

Eric Holder Defends Civilian Trials After Setback in Ghailani Case

NCTC’s Michael Leiter Tells Congress Terror Threat Is Greater Now Than Any Point Since 9/11

Feel safer?

But nothing much about our Troops…except for the constant bleating of body counts, Afghanistan as “difficult” and “not winnable”.


On Winning

And ~

Did you know:

Helmand province sees improvements

or ~

Our Military’s efforts in Africa

or ~

A Fighting Force & So Much More

Plus the so many stories of our Finest that never make the airwaves:

Recovery in his sights: Amputee graduates from Special Forces Sniper Course (Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding)

Marine Corps Body Bearers

The Long Salute

And this is just so special:

Art of the American Soldier

So many stories to tell and so few tell them.


Mosques and Other Things ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News

The appeasers want us “mad”:

Ground Zero Mosque: “Going Mad in Herds”?

“The dispute over the Islamic center has tripped some deep national lunacy. The unbottled anger and suspicion concerning ground zero show that many Americans haven’t flushed the trauma of 9/11 out of their systems — making them easy prey for fearmongers.”  Maureen Dowd

The reaction of the left and so-called “progressives” to the rage of the opponents of the Ground Zero Mosque assumes that because time has elapsed, the site of the seminal event that was the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center should not be treated with great importance. Some have argued that – even though plane wreckage damaged the roof of the proposed site of the Ground Zero Mosque – Park51 is sufficiently far away from the scene of where 2,605 lives were extinguished. Such geographical distance, liberals argue, mean that there is no cause to get upset at any perceived insult to the memories of those who d many of whom still have parts of their pulverized remains still embedded in the site ofGround Zero.


When American citizens read such contempt for them, over an issue that successive polls have shown the vast majority of citizens oppose the construction of the Ground Zero mosque, they will become more angry. They are not going to go quiet because some arrogant urbane columnist within the Beltway sneers at them like they are ignorant proles. These columnistsof the  progressive media are equally “guilty” of stoking up the tensions. And these tensions are having reverberations far beyond New York, far beyond America.


“A number of Al Azhar ulema expressed their opposition to building a mosque near [where] the events of September 11 [occurred], convinced that it is “a conspiracy to confirm a clear connection between the strikes of September [11] and Islam.” Dr. ‘Abd al-Mu’ti Bayumi, a memberof the Islamic Research Academy [of Al Azhar] told Al Masry Al Youm that he rejects the building of any mosque in this area [Ground Zero], because the “devious mentality” desires to connect these events [of 9/11] with Islam, though he maintains that Islam is innocent of this accusation. Instead, it is a “Zionist conspiracy,” which many are making use of to harm the religion. Likewise, Dr. Amna Nazir, professor of doctrine and philosophy at Al Azhar, expressed her rejection that a mosque be built nearthe World Trade Center , saying: “Building a mosque on this rubble indicates bad intention — even if we wished to shut our eyes, close our minds, and insist on good will. I hope it is a sincere step, and not a new conspiracy against Islam and Muslims.”

Read the rest here.

Apparently, sensitivity goes only one way.  (Kind of like that “tolerance” thingie the left is so fond of…)

A voice of reason (and I’m not talking about Lauer):


Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Uh oh ~ this isn’t what Obama said:

Petraeus: No sudden troops exodus from Afghanistan

Top American commander in Afghanistan urges caution over planned pullback of troops

The top American commander in Afghanistan warned Monday there should be no sudden exodus of U.S. troops when the process of withdrawing forces begins next year.

In an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. television, Army General David Petraeus urged caution over hopes for the planned pullback of American troops, which is scheduled to begin in July 2011.


A little late to the party ~ Arab News comparing Iraq and Afghanistan to Vietnam:

Obama’s political strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan

When the commanding general of the US forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus said last week during a television interview that the 2011 date set by President Barack Obama to start the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan might not be attainable, everyone took notice of the general’s comments.


And not only that but there seem to be “Truthers” all over the world:

Fear paralyzes US Muslim ‘leaders’

Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Muslims in the US had reason to fear the US government. Nine years on, the failure of Muslim leaders to make a concerted, united effort to expose the false account of 9/11 put forth by the US government is inexcusable.


“A poll taken by World Public Opinion, a collaborative project of research centers in various countries managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, College Park, polled 16,063 people in 17 nations outside of the United States during the summer of 2008. They found that majorities in only 9 of the 17 countries believe Al-Qaeda carried out the attacks.”

Too good not to read the whole article.


This is news?

Countries on U.S. lists for corruption, aid

A groundbreaking, 6-year-old initiative meant to reward developing countries with U.S. aid for good governance and efforts to institutionalize democracy is giving billions of dollars to nations upbraided by the State Department for corruption in government.


Even though the agency has the right to terminate a compact based on reports of corruption, no country has had a grant terminated for that reason. That has led some members of Congress to question whether MCC has a mechanism to evaluate the countries for corruption while they are receiving U.S. taxpayer funds.

Read the whole article here.


The best article I’ve read on Obama’s “religion”:

The Truth about Obama’s Muslim ‘Faith’

Now that Barack Obama has decided to be for the Ground Zero mosque before being implicitly against it (perhaps), discussion about his faith has once again reached a fever pitch. To many, his stance proves he’s a Muslim, with a recent poll showing that almost 20 percent of Americans hold that opinion; to others, it just reflects a desire to be faithful to the Constitution (now, that would be change). The truth, however, is a bit more nuanced. Obama is not religiously Muslim. Culturally, though…well, that’s a different matter altogether.




To sweeten the day:

Foreign militants killed preparing bombs in Somalia

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Eleven insurgent militiamen were killed by their own bombs when they went off prematurely in Somalia’s capital, the government said on Saturday.

The mostly foreign militiamen died in two separate incidents, 10 while preparing a car bomb and another as he planted a roadside bomb, the information ministry said.



2nd Navy SEAL Cleared!

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News

US clears 2nd Navy SEAL in Iraqi abuse case

BAGHDAD – A U.S. military judge has cleared a Navy SEAL of wrongdoing in the alleged beating of a prisoner suspected of masterminding the grisly 2004 killings of four American contractors in Iraq.

The military says the judge found insufficient evidence to convict Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe on charges of dereliction of duty.


A sad entry in the comments:

This is why I no longer serve. This is a crock of @#$%!!!

Not the first time I’ve heard that.

Remember, political correctness and political agendas destroy lives,  which is why we must continually fight against it.

If we don’t defend our Troops, who will?


Navy SEAL Cleared ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News

Jury Clears Navy SEAL in Iraq Abuse Case

BAGHDAD — A U.S. military jury cleared a Navy SEAL Thursday of failing to prevent the beating of an Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding a 2004 attack that killed four American security contractors.


Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, 28, of Blue Island, Ill., was found not guilty by a six-man jury of charges of dereliction of duty and attempting to influence the testimony of another service member.

The jury spent two hours deliberating the verdict.

Read the rest here.

Hopefully, this will be the outcome for the other two SEALS.

I just can’t get all wee-wee’d up about a despicable sorry excuse of a human being having a cut lip.  That this has even come up is what gets me all wee-wee’d up, actually.


Ft Hood Update ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News

Gates Adopts 26 Fort Hood Panel Recommendations
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 12:17:00 -0500

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has directed the Defense Department immediately to implement 26 interim recommendations of an independent panel he appointed to look into the Nov. 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, Pentagon officials said today.,

Gates signed the memorandum April 12.

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. The psychiatrist allegedly opened fire at a facility where soldiers were processing for overseas deployments.

The defense secretary asked former Veterans Affairs Secretary Togo D. West Jr. and former chief of naval operations retired Adm. Vernon E. Clark to chair the investigative panel. They detailed 79 recommendations to improve force protection and tighten gaps in personnel policies, emergency response, mass casualty preparedness and support to Defense Department health care providers.

The secretary approved 26 recommendations in their entirety. The panel’s full report is expected to be released in June, and work on the other 53 recommendations continues, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today. Some of those recommendations require changes in law, and the department is working closely with Congress on the recommendations, he added.

“The department has moved out not only expeditiously but continuously since the shooting,” Whitman said to Pentagon reporters. “All of these actions to date have been taken … to ensure that the safety of our personnel and facilities are maintained and that we remain vigilant to any and all threats that are out there.”

The interim recommendations allow the department to continue increasing force protection measures. Gates has ordered immediate expansion of the “eGuardian” pilot program throughout the department. The program is a force-protection threat reporting system designed to handle suspicious activities. The department will adopt the unclassified FBI-owned and maintained reporting system as soon as possible.

The secretary also ordered the complete deployment of the Law Enforcement Defense Data Exchange System to all Defense Department law enforcement entities. The system will allow agencies to share criminal investigation and other law enforcement data.

Gates tasked Paul Stockton, the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and America’s security affairs, to serve as the department’s lead in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force program. The independent report called the Defense Department’s commitment to the program “inadequate,” and Pentagon officials are working with the FBI to develop a memorandum of understanding between the agencies.

The secretary also directed significant strengthening of the Defense Department’s antiterrorism training program by incorporating best practices learned by the Department of Homeland Security.

The West-Clark review found that Defense Department policy on prohibited activities was unclear and did not provide commanders the guidance needed to act on potential threats to good order and discipline. The secretary directed that personnel and readiness officials examine the military services’ guidance and issue Defense Department instructions to ensure “guidance is actionable,” Whitman said. The guidance will include examples of threatening behavior and how officials should react to such behavior.

Gates directed the department to continue development of law enforcement practices against the active shooter threat. The police who responded at Fort Hood credited that training with allowing them to stop the attack.

The review called for the Defense Department to ensure religious support in mass-casualty incidents. Gates directed the Armed Forces Chaplains Board and Center to review past guidance and update it as appropriate.

The Defense Department does not have a privately owned weapons policy, and Gates directed James Clapper, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, to prepare and coordinate one by June.

Robert M. Gates
Related Articles:
Gates Memorandum
Special Report: Tragedy at Fort Hood

Ummm – how about a discussion about political correctness and protected special groups and how that nonsense causes deaths?


Weekend Reading ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News

Snow paralyzing Washington, D.C.

Road crews are struggling to clear roads in Washington D.C., where a storm described by the U.S. National Weather Service as “extremely dangerous” is expected to set records.

Video shows abducted American in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — A Shiite militant group in Iraq has posted an Internet video showing an American it says it abducted and who appears to be a contractor reported missing by the U.S. military.

‘Permission’ needed to kill U.S. terrorists

The U.S. intelligence community policy on killing American citizens who have joined al Qaeda requires first obtaining high-level government approval, a senior official disclosed to Congress on Wednesday.

US sends first wave of bomb-sniffing dogs to Iraq

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military is rushing delivery of dozens of bomb-detection dogs to Iraq after accusations that widely used mechanical devices are ineffective to pinpoint explosives at checkpoints and other sites.

Fault Found in Outpost’s Fall

U.S. Military Report on Taliban Attack in October Criticizes Chain of Command

Why are liberals so condescending?

Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots.

Politicizing Intelligence
The Obama administration leaks and spins.

The Limits of Blaming Bush

In his latest budget request, President Obama added roughly $1.6 trillion in spending over the next ten years on top of what he requested last year. Can President Obama blame that extra $1.6 trillion on former President Bush?

Barack Obama: stumbling towards isolationism

One of the ironies of Barack Obama’s presidency is that he is increasingly distant from the world he promised to embrace, writes Toby Harnden in Washington

Well, we’re off to start digging out ~ stay safe out there!