A Pragmatist, Gates Reshapes Policy He Backed – N.Y. Times


In today’s New York Times there is an article about Secretary Gates and his roles as Defense Secretary in the Obama Administration, the Bush Administration and in various roles in previous administrations.  The article is here.  He certainly is a survivor, that is for sure. The man has the political camouflage skills of a human chameleon.  This is fascinating.

There is also an article concerning General McChrystal’s assessment of the war in Afghanistan and Obama’s eventual decision to further engage, semi-engage or disengage.  The article is here.  The article states that Democrats oppose the war now.  I disagree.  War opposition is growing every day now in all political circles in this country.  This website’s comment section is proof of that.

Here is an article about the Army’s first female top Drill Instrctor, Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa L. King, 48, commandant of its drill sergeant school.

And in an article for our readers from the hard right, here is an editorial about the present state of our border fence in the American Southwest.  The cost is high and its behind schedule.  Imagine that!?



As an aside, in the quotations department of the Times, it is recorded that today, on September 22, 1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and declared all slaves held in all slave states to be free as of 1 January 1863.

In today’s Washington Post there is an article on the widening rupture between civilian advisors to President Obama and military advisors which has been precipitated by General McChrystal’s report.  It seems the soldiers and sailors want more troops to be sent into Afghanistan and the civilians want this madness to end.  Can you guess who I support? The article is here.

Here is the article in the Post which focuses on a portion of the McChrystal’s report that implies the U.S. should take its forces out of the sparsely populated areas within which those forces have encountered the Taliban in vicious fighting and spread them out in populated areas in Afghanistan. 

Why can’t we just leave altogether?

Eugene Robinson, the highly respected senior writer for the Washington Post has written an article that discusses the McChrystal report and its human ramifications.  The article is here.

Here is an article about a suspected Islamist terrorist that was caught within the boundaries of the U.S.  Now to my mind, this is what our government should be focusing primarily upon…whatever happens in western Asia is their business.  It is not worth American lives.

Here is an article about the lack of respect that the Americans serving in Afghanistan and Iraq have for the hired interpreters that often prove to be the key to any mission success.  Now ain’t that odd?

And finally the Associated Press reports that as a result of this arrest, all public transportation venues throughout the country should prepare for more closer inspection due to possible terrorist activity on mass transit. Here is the story.

Well, that is certainly enough news for today to keep the interest of veterans, would not you say?

God bless America.  We certainly need it.


Tom Barnes


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