--Shades of East Germany:
A North Korean soldier killed two of his officers Saturday and defected to South Korea across the countries' heavily armed border in a rare crossing that prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border patrol, officials said.
The soldier shot his platoon and company commanders before crossing the western side of the Demilitarized Zone at around noon, a Defense Ministry official said, citing the soldier's statement after he was taken into custody by South Korean border guards.
If you've ever been to the Korean DMZ, you know their soldiers there are hand picked and screened. Interesting.
--Speaking of interesting, or disgusting if you will:
Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. The soldiers' mission: Set up a network that could quickly strike a terrorist target or rescue a hostage.
But the teams had yet to do much counterterrorism work in Libya, though the White House signed off a year ago on the plan to build the new military task force in the region and the advance teams had been there for six months, according to three U.S. counterterror officials and a former intelligence official. All spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the strategy publicly.
What in the hell did they think they were doing? Discussing it "privately"? Can anyone keep their freaking mouth shut about anything anymore?
--Meanwhile, the sordid details of the Benghazi scandal continue to come out:
American diplomats in Libya made repeated requests for increased security for the consulate in Benghazi and were turned down by officials in Washington, leaders of a House committee said Tuesday.
And this, supposedly, is this administration's 'strength'. If there's anyone out there that thinks the attack there was about a video, you probably believe the newest unemployment number accurately reflects the truth.
--The F-35 program is slowly gaining altitude as it continues to meet its test goals and stay ahead of schedule. That's actually a good thing. How sequestration might effect that, however, is a whole different story.
--Oh, and speaking of Benghazi, you tell me how serious the administration is about probing the causes of that debacle:
A team of FBI agents arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to investigate the assault against the U.S. Consulate and left after about 12 hours on the ground as the hunt for those possibly connected to the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans narrowed to one or two people in an extremist group, U.S. officials said Thursday.
12 hours. 12 freaking hours. Is anyone ever going to be held accountable for anything?
--Don't you just love the smell of BS in the morning? I posted a quote from the NATO Secretary General this week that had him saying that if the attacks on NATO soldiers with Afghan troops continued (green on blue attacks) that earlier withdrawal was possible.
DoD's response to the UN SG's quote?
The Defense Department disputed a report published Tuesday quoting NATO’s top official saying NATO troops might leave Afghanistan earlier than the scheduled 2014 timeline following the spike of “insider attacks” -- or supposed Afghan soldiers and police murdering NATO and U.S. troops.
“The press report is incorrect,” said George Little, the chief Pentagon spokesman, when asked about the comments attributed to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen by Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
“There is absolutely no daylight” between the U.S. and NATO on the need to keep combat troops in Afghanistan through 2014 in the transition of security responsibilities to the Afghans, Little said.
“The secretary general is in fact committed to the timeline,” Little said.
Uh, BS. They were quotes from the NATO SG himself. Either he's just a terrible English speaker (he's not) or we're just being told to believe DoD and not our lying eyes.
--Know someone headed off to the military? Here are 9 tips for survival that pretty much work for any branch of the military:
1. There is no smoking at basic training, so quit on your own terms before you leave, or your drill sergeants terms once you get there.
2. Easier said than done, but don’t talk back to your drill sergeants.
3. Eat a great meal before you leave, it’s the last decent tasting one you’ll have for quite awhile.
4. Do what you’re told and never question your drill sergeant.
5. Don’t take food from the DFAC and hide it in your locker. You’re going to feel hungry all the time but don’t steal the food! Drill Sgts love to have random inspections where they dump everything you have out of your locker and search your stuff. People will take stupid things like granola bars and packets of ketchup, just don’t do it.
6. Go to church on Sundays, it’s the only break you’ll get. Those that don’t go to church usually have to clean the barracks.
7. Learn your branches values now. You’ll get quizzed regularly by the Drill Sergeants
8. Your M16 will be your new best friend. Love it dearly. Clean it often. Get your Inspection Arms movement down well. I named mine Gail. Never ever call it a gun. It’s a weapon!
9. Mail call is the highlight of the day, besides chow time. Give everyone from home your address because mail helps motivate you.
And 10. be so invisibile your Drill Sergeant has to struggle to remember your name.
I'm sure our readers have plenty more to impart.
Enjoy your weekend.