The DNC has flooded my (and possibly your) inbox with sequestration facts since Friday afternoon. And if you're like most people you're either looking up from your meal of Top Ramen inside your cardboard box going "huh" or you've been dreading this day ever since you learned you would be directly affected by the $85 billion harsh cuts coming from this bullshit poison pill, crafted by Congress years ago, only to finally come to roost last Friday.
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All that's left to do now is for President Obama to sign off on the bill repealing the law after it passed both houses of Congress over the weekend. It was a huge win for equal rights in this country, as soon the men and women of the military won't have to worry about being kicked out of the Armed Forces for simply being who they are. Sen. John McCain did his best "You shall not pass" Gandalf impression, but Gandalf was a good wizard who helped destroy evil. McCain is just a bitter old man who went back on his promise to support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" after military leaders came out in support of the repeal. But I just think he's still angry because of 2008. If you ask Dana Milbank, all of McCain's "maverick" stuff was really about revenge against those who had the gall to beat him. Which, you know? Just makes him sound incredibly petty and politically expedient. But for those who choose to fight and die for our protection can continue to fight on without facing the same fate as the more than 13,000 troops who were discharged under the policy. (Washington Post)
Tuesday, a federal judge in San Diego ruled that the military policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) regarding homosexuals in the armed forces is unconstitutional. But before you cue the streamers and the "DADT Is Dead" banners, you might want to prepare yourself the usual screams about those darn "activist judges." This most recent decision is unlikely to be the last we hear of this controversial debate that has been on-going since DADT was created during the Clinton Administration.
While you were eating your Ben's Chilli Bowl and pretending to be hip and aloof at Busboys in the District Wednesday, a Navy Drone violated Washington, D.C.'s restricted airspace because the Navy temporarily lost communication with it. And by "it" I mean Skynet. Kidding. I mean, the popular pilot-less killing machine. Kidding. I mean, a window-less, helicopter like thingy they use to spy on people in South America. For real. That's what they use it for.
I, for one, welcome our new drone overlords.
The combat mission in Iraq doesn't formally end until Aug. 31, but the last of the United States fighting troops left Iraq and headed for Kuwait yesterday. About 50,000 military personnel will remain behind for now in an advisory role. By October 2011, the U.S. State Department will take over the U.S. presence in Iraq with diplomats and "an army" of military contractors. According to the New York Times, there will be more than 7,000 security guards on hand to protect U.S. diplomats and State Dept. officials.
After a Rolling Stone Magazine interview that made him sound HIGHLY unprofessional, General Stanley McChrystal met with President Obama today for 20 minutes and was promptly told his services were no longer required. He will be replaced by Sen. John McCain's most favorite person in the whole wide world. Welcome to the unemployment line! (Daily Intel)
General Stanley McChrystal, our man in Afghanistan, gave a little interview to Rolling Stone where he got rather critical of the Obama Administration. (He's since told Secy. Gates that he feels all kinds of sorry.) This wouldn't be a big deal if, you know? He'd resigned first, then decided to mock Vice President Joe Biden and the lot, but this is the military and our whole system is based on a military that is beholding to the civilian government -- even when they don't agree with them. Which is why we didn't bomb Cuba during the missile crisis and why went to war twice in Iraq -- once with a huge army and coalition and again with a much, much smaller one. Because civilian government, for better or worse, made these decisions as our elected representatives. If they didn't, we'd be living under a military junta. I don't like the idea of living under a military junta, so I prefer my generals to keep their quibbles with the brass and White House in house and not on the pages of ye old Rolling Stone.
But, cat's out of bag. And maybe it's not so bad! Let's see what he had to say, shall we?
It's a depressing reminder that the United States is still in the middle of conducting two wars. The American dead in the War in Afghanistan has reached 1,000 now. We reached this milestone, sadly, after five US service members were killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul. In The New York Times' story about deaths, they state it took almost seven years to reach the first 500 dead, but we've reached the last 500 in less than two years.