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March 2011

CNN Wants You

Well, if you are a member of the military who has been evacuated from Japan, that is.  Just got a request from CNN, as they are looking for a military member (and their family members) who has been evacuated from Japan for a segment tomorrow morning.  If you are one, and are willing to be interviewed tomorrow morning around 1030 Eastern, drop me a line (wolf1 at laughingwolf and net) with your contact information and I will pass it along to CNN.  Response and connections will be early tomorrow (24 March) morning. 

LW


Mr. Tomahawk, Meet Mr. Drag Queen Tyrant

Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. This was one of approximately 110 cruise missiles fired from U.S. and British ships and submarines that targeted about 20 radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya's Mediterranean coast.

[Video courtesy of the US Navy]


A new use of military force doctrine

Out of the great and ongoing dithering, world sports & war by remote control tour some good may come. If the Libya no fly zone goat rope showed one thing it's that we have no coherent established and articulated policy for the use of military force. We have what seem to be some fairly clear guidance in the Constitution and the War Powers Act, and yet we don't seem to feel like holding our Presidents to the letter of those laws. We seem to recognize that a Commander in Chief needs some freedom of maneuver before having to herd those cats of Congress into a formal declaration of war or some lesser writ of ass kickery.

Our leading from the rear President may have stumbled upon a decent compromise while attempting to Eurocratize the mission in Libya. Barry says no ground forces, period.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Wednesday categorically ruled out a land invasion to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as coalition forces launched a fifth day of air strikes against government military targets in the North African nation.

OK fine, it was never really on the table anyhow. But let's see if we can cleave a distinction and precedent about military force from this. The President can, when he deems it necessary, under his Article II constitutional authority as CinC occasionally pummel bad actors, tyrants, terrorists, genocidists etc. as long as he does not roll tanks. It has been common practice for long enough now that we ought to just be able to nod our heads and agree. I don't want any President to have to ask Congress if he can whack a terrorist camp, or send a friendly cruise missile reminder to bad guys. These things can help focus the bad guy's minds on consequences and therefore avoid actual open conflict.

So the power of Dirty Tricks, Skullduggery and things that go BAKOW in the night is firmly entrenched in the President's authority as CinC. If he wants to play Desert Fox- Patton v. Rommel, he has to ask.


IAVA v. VA

The Cage Match Slap Fight between IAVA and the VA continues and incidentally this comment from the previous post was just so spot on.

Durka-Durka said...

Did I just witness a pissing contest between two groups over who has the better facebook page? Cause, you know, when I look for a veteran's organization, the first thing I look for is if they have a good facebook page or not.

We're a nation of idiots.

Well it's kinda hard to argue, but as a well known provocateur I am obligated by union rules to pitch a little glow stick juice on this, so here is Rd. II.

Reickhoff VA has made significant improvements to its social media presence and utilization in the last few years. Up until a year ago key social media positions did not even exist, including the role of the Director of New Media. These hires are a huge step forward. With thousands of new veterans coming home in the coming years, the social media team has the potential to be a pivotal force in transforming VA culture and the way the agency serves our community.

However, VA still has a long way to go when it comes to the adoption and optimization of social media. Although VA now runs dozens of Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, something young veterans expect at a minimum from a responsive organization of any kind, VA’s overall outreach to new veterans continues to lag. If we assume, as we must, that all veterans want access to the healthcare, benefits and other incentives they have earned, then well-funded and executed VA outreach and education programs are absolutely critical. If these are as visible as VA has argued, then why are only 50 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan vets utilizing VA healthcare today? Either these veterans don’t want the benefits, don’t know about them or can’t get to them.

OK then it gets into blah, blah, blah and racketa racketa. Since we have a nickname for VA's Brandon Friedman who embodies all the best qualities of the Muppets Beaker, I think Mr. Reickhoff needs one as well. Shrek is easy and obvious, but let's dig a little deeper and see what we can come up with.


Remembering Heroes from the Green Ramp

Military life can be the most rewarding experience, but also, even in peace time, one of the most dangerous professions.

On March 23, 1994, a fighter jet collided with a C130 over Pope AirForce Base.  The resulting fire engulfed 82nd Airborne paratroopers on the ground, ammunition lit off, fuel containers expoded, and among the devastating carnage, the smoke, the fire, paratroopers do what they are trained to do...to NEVER QUIT.

Go and read this