Category Archives: Troops

Veterans Parking

Pulled into Lowe’s the other morning to buy an extra ceiling fan to replace one that’s caving after about sixteen years of faithful service. Started down the parking aisle when I spotted two signs at two spots at the front.

“Veterans Parking Only,” they read, “Thank you for your service.” A waving American flag topped the signs.

Probably meant for new veterans of the Middle East, I thought, not old farts from Viet Nam like me. Still, I’m a genuine veteran, so I parked in one of the two empty spots. All set to whip out my VA card should it become necessary. It didn’t.

Thanks Lowe’s!

Trump was not ‘mercurial’ on Syria

The Fake News would have us believe that Trump’s pullout was not principled, a long-overdue battle with the permanent war. No, it was only a whim made after a phone conversation with the Turkish dictator. Their usual drama bullshit.

“The claim by Trump advisors that they were taken by surprise was indeed disingenuous. What happened last week was that Trump followed up on the clear policy he had laid down in April….

“Trump is now well aware that it is virtually impossible to carry out the foreign policy that he wants without advisors who are committed to the same objective…he must find people who have remained outside the system during the permanent war years while being highly critical of its whole ideology and culture…[then] the last two years of this term in office could decisively clip the wings of the bureaucrats and generals who have created the permanent war state we find ourselves in today.”

Via American Conservative

Trump in Da Nang

On Veteran’s Day, no less, although it wasn’t his planning. Note Reuters calls it “the Vietnamese resort city of Da Nang.” Nice

Via Drudge

Coincidences at sea

“Adm. John Richardson, U.S. Navy chief of operations, told reporters that the collision is ‘obviously an extremely serious incident, and is the second such incident in a very short period of time, inside of three months, and, you know, very similar as well, and is the [latest] of a series of incidents in the Pacific Fleet in particular. And that gives great cause for concern that there is something out there that we’re not getting at.'”

No kidding, Sherlock. Second destroyer hit by a tanker, this time in broad daylight, in three months. Following a cruiser collision earlier this year with a fishing boat and a cruiser grounding in Tokyo Bay. Why all in the Pacific?

Via PJMedia.

UPDATE:  Seventh Fleet c.o. gets the boot. Well, that’s a start.

That Trump Trans Ban

Is lookin’ good. About time they stopped social engineering the military. ‘Course, the Dems flipped out. Which makes it even better:

“Well that didn’t take long after Trump rolled a live grenade into the democratic party bunker. Liberals are howling about Trump’s morning tweet announcing that trannies would not be welcome in the military. It’s only fitting that Nancy Pelosi who has presided over a congressional district located smack dab in the middle of American’s sodomy capital would be among the first to decry the reversal of Barack Obama’s plan to create a safe space for freaks in the armed forces.”

Via Diogenes Middle Finger

UPDATE: The rule change is going to take some time: “In a letter to the military service chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the policy on who is allowed to serve will not change until the White House sends the Defense Department a rules change and the secretary of defense issues new guidelines.”

MORE: The real issue here is not social engineering but cost. The Trans or wouldbe-Trans join so the military will pay for their sex change operations and the subsequent hormone treatments. It’s not like they’re patriotic or anything.

The shame of the Syria strike

Now that the dust has settled from the Syria strike and the usual suspects have had their say—among them Rand Paul that Trump’s order was as unconstitutional as LBJ’s dragging us into Vietnam and war-monger John McCain just as pleased as punch—I have to say I was surprised and saddened.

First off I’ve never understood why chemical weapons are supposed to be more heinous than high explosive or automatic rifles and machine guns. But given that they are seen that way, Trump’s comment about children dying horribly from poisonous gas couldn’t have been more disingenuous.

Does he not know that there were families at that air base he bombed? Families of the techs who labored there and undoubtedly some with children? Why is blowing them up less horrible that what Assad allegedly did? And how does this further American First? As Paul said Syria didn’t attack us.

Regrettably, Trump seems to be headed down the path that Bush 2 and Obama took, in stirring up the hornets nest of the Middle East, and getting more American soldiers killed—for the sake of what? Realpolitik? What a shame.

UPDATE:  The ZMan opines: “The United States has no interest in Syria. There are no good guys to back. There’s no ‘solution’ to what ails that part of the world, short of another flood. Syria is a mess because it is full of Syrians. The only sane policy is to make sure it remains full of Syrians. Let them kill each other there, not in Paris or Portland.” And hopes the Tumpet doesn’t get to like being President of the World. God help us.

DH-4 at Benbrook Field

Undated but World War I-era group photo of a DeHaviland DH-4 at Benbrook Field, southwest of Fort Worth. These were British biplanes used by us and them in the war and later by us as U.S. Airmail birds. Via Benbrook Public Library.