Drain Clogs – 01-12-2012

US Coast Guard to escort grain ship as the military is now being used against striking workers. This is the first time since 1970 and Nixon ordered troops during the postal strike. Between that and the indefinite detention, it’s a proud time to be an American! Conservative Huttese Gangster Rush Limbaugh defended attacks against Mitt… Continue reading Drain Clogs – 01-12-2012

The State Department spokesman has gone rogue

The Obama administration has gone nuts having everyone use twitter accounts, particularly in the State Department.  This obviously includes the State Department spokesman, who was fired last month for making a minor criticism of the administration’s treatment of Bradley Manning. It turns out that they didn’t take away his twitter account and has decided to… Continue reading The State Department spokesman has gone rogue

Traitor Army doctor still a coward, now admits he was wrong

Who can forget everyone’s favorite birther Army man who refused to deploy for the service he signed up for because he was convinced President Obama was some illegitimate undocumented Kenyan-born Muslim Taliban Antichrist? Yes it was only a handful of months ago that Republicans and the Tea Partiers alike, led by Birther Queen Orly Taitz,… Continue reading Traitor Army doctor still a coward, now admits he was wrong

Fake Iraq exit #2

For fake exit #1, see this and this. As for the second attempt: Guardian The last US combat troops have left Iraq, seven-and-a-half years after the US-led invasion, and two weeks ahead of President Obama’s 31 August deadline for withdrawal from the country. The final troops to leave, 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, rolled… Continue reading Fake Iraq exit #2

Mercenary ops expanding in Indonesia and Iraq

NYT: “U.S. Lifts Ban on Indonesian Special Forces Unit” JAKARTA, Indonesia — The United States is lifting a ban of more than a decade on military contact with an elite Indonesian special forces unit implicated in past killings of civilians and other abuses, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced Thursday, after meeting here with President… Continue reading Mercenary ops expanding in Indonesia and Iraq

New Pentagon media strategy

Not much to say about this other than that it’s surprisingly candid. The Pentagon is amping up efforts to explain its war strategy in Afghanistan to an increasingly war-weary public. …. “We are trying to get back to the Petraeus model that worked so well in Iraq,” said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell. Link to… Continue reading New Pentagon media strategy

Defense Working Capital Funds

A curious line I found skimming through the most recent war supplemental: For an additional amount for ‘Defense Working Capital Funds’, $1,134,887,000, to remain available until expended. It sounded a little like one of those shady investment wings that large industrial corporations have been using, or in this context, a slush fund.  I looked up… Continue reading Defense Working Capital Funds

Major media outlet finally notices “secret” wars

WaPo: U.S. ‘secret war’ expands globally as Special Operations forces take larger role Special Operations forces have grown both in number and budget, and are deployed in 75 countries, compared with about 60 at the beginning of last year. In addition to units that have spent years in the Philippines and Colombia, teams are operating… Continue reading Major media outlet finally notices “secret” wars