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What happened while you were watching DADT? A Defense Budget passed.

  • Posted on: 21 December 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Apparently a military budget was passed. Continuing trends... It is the largest military "Defense" budget ever. From Federal News Radio:

Congress has authorized the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with no major restrictions on the conduct of operations. This year's approved legislation includes $725 billion in defense programs, including $158.7 billion for overseas combat. Among its numerous provisions is a 1.4 percent pay raise for troops and a guarantee that children of service members can stay covered under the military's TRICARE health care program until they are 26 years of age.

I believe there was no debate on this, but it is only endless war, eh? Just in case you did not hear about this news from your local media, because there ain't much in the Google search on it, YET, below the fold is some video from another untypical source because it ain't in the papers of record or other Traditional Media sources under any obvious headline like, say: "2011 Defense Budget Passed".

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Out of Iraq? I don't quite share the same enthusiasm about the "how"

  • Posted on: 19 August 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Turkish Military Defies Civilian Rule

  • Posted on: 6 August 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Michael Collins

On July 24, an Istanbul Court ordered the arrest of 102 current and former high ranking Turkish military officers. The military responded by shielding the officers in locations that made arrests difficult, if not impossible. This provoked the current conflict between Turkey's constitutionally independent judiciary and the military. (Image)

The officers charged were allegedly part of Sledgehammer, the latest plan in a series of military plots and coups by the Turkish high command. The military and its allies were to blow up mosques, churches, and synagogues; then blame these acts on terrorists, Kurdish separatists, for example. In addition, the military planned to provoke the shoot down a Turkish aircraft by the Greek military and down a civilian airliner blaming it on terrorists.

"Jeopardizing U.S. Standing" – the Petraeus Controversy

  • Posted on: 15 March 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Michael Collins

Leaks from a recent top level briefing by General David Petraeus are causing quite a controversy. The general pointed out that, "Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing U.S. standing in the region." Mark Perry reported this on March 13 in Foreign Policy. Perry said, "No previous CENTCOM commander had ever expressed himself on what is essentially a political issue... "

When I read a statement like that, it's like hearing the opening music for The Twilight Zone. What on earth is Perry talking about? Every CENTCOM commander, from General Tommy Franks, through Petraeus, has endorsed the continuation of the Iraq war and occupation. That's as essentially political as you can get.

There was no basis for invading Iraq:

Military Enthusiasts Re-Enact Vietman .. Why For God's Sake ?

  • Posted on: 18 August 2009
  • By: artlyn entertainment

First let me say it's been a month since I posted anything here on ePluribus, mostly because my other blogs, including a couple of new ones have kept me quite busy and I really hadn't found any subject matter to lend itself worth some commentary here.


That is until now.

Military,VA and PTSD Around the Country: Vets Urged To Seek Treatment

  • Posted on: 15 May 2009
  • By: jimstaro

A number of reports have sprung up in the last few days following the very tragic shooting by one soldier in killing five of his fellow soldiers at an in country military stress clinic, of which he himself was receiving care.

 

Military training alone starts the process of the change needed from how most are brought up and what they are taught and told to be able to serve and defend, if needed, this country.

 

Place these now trained soldiers in a War Zone creating the Occupation of same lasting many years and now in these times many tours being served and not only in one but two and for many the stress of war, what they experience, their individual incidents, what they see, feel, and just know, is overwelming!

 

They aren't the only ones, think of those who live in these occupied countries! It also isn't only a war that creates the traumatic nightmares, individuals that experience trauma in theirs lives also can suffer, most silently, from those traumas!

 

Below is a number of recent reports, this subject should have been takin seriously many years ago after finally realizing what War and Trauma can do to a Human Being!

 

What motive does the Army have to misdiagnose PTSD?

  • Posted on: 11 April 2009
  • By: jimstaro

Promoted by GreyHawk.

So asks the two Salon writers, Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna, following their recent series starting with the incriminating evidence, an audio recording by a Veteran suffering from PTS. Recording his visit because his wife couldn't be there so he needed a way to remember what took place in his session with his army psychologist.

 

A reluctance to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder could be about the money, and about the need for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The subject title and the blockquote above are what they use in their forth of four reports from last week. That all started with this audio from a session with Sgt. X and his army psychologist:

 

"Be all that you can be .. in the Army"

  • Posted on: 25 March 2009
  • By: artlyn entertainment

The Army's slogan for many years in their commercials has been "Be all that you can be" and it gives the inspiring notion that if you join the Army you can achieve great things limited only by yourself.

With one little exception, you can't be all that you are as a person thanks to DADT.

So much for Truth in Advertising.

Michelle: "It Hurts!!", "It Hurts!!"

  • Posted on: 13 March 2009
  • By: jimstaro

I went over to ABC News to see if they had posted a video report that I caught last night, never got to that as this is what I found, and will be airing this morning on GMA.

 

Exclusive: 'It Hurts,' Says First Lady of Military Families on Food Stamps

 

Pentagon to Allow Some Media Coverage of Flag Draped Coffins

  • Posted on: 26 February 2009
  • By: jimstaro

According to a 'Breaking' banner report, at the top of the MSNBC News site this is just out from the AP!!

 

I've done a quick search, and boy do I not like the AP site, looking for anything else on this but can't find a thing. Except a few of the recent articles and discussions.

 

I'll look around for some more information and post it.

 

A link came up three minutes, now slightly more, ago:

 

This is, and always has been, a Non Issue

  • Posted on: 22 February 2009
  • By: jimstaro

Those who Serve the Country Serve the Whole Country and Thus Should Be Given the 'Honor' and 'Respect' Due Them when Returned to this soil after Dying during that Service!!

There are some groups of people who welcome home the returning soldiers in airports and other transportation points.

We organize rallies for the families and communities on the return of locally based Units of the Reserves, National Guard, and on Army and Marine bases.

WHAT IF YOU CALLED THE CAVALRY AND NOBODY CAME

  • Posted on: 18 February 2009
  • By: artlyn entertainment

UPDATE: 2/22/08 at LGBT Rainbow Links Newscenter

 

Well, it's getting on mid-afternoon, I feel like I've been run over by a Mack Truck and it's snowing to add insult to injury.

Aside from all that, it's turning out to be a perfect day, just like General Custer had while waiting for the Cavalry.

"Coming home": The Conclusion of Salon.com's Series

  • Posted on: 14 February 2009
  • By: jimstaro

Bumped and promoted by GH. Originally posted 2009-02-14 10:10:41 -0500.

Top row, left to right: Kenneth Eastridge, Ryan Alderman, Adam Lieberman, Robert Marko. Bottom row: John Needham, Kenneth Lehman, Mark Waltz, Chad Barrett.

In the final article in Salon's series, we ask what President Obama will do about the rise of suicide and murder among U.S. soldiers returning from combat.

This is the conclusion to Salon's weeklong "Coming Home" series, by Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna, on preventable deaths at Fort Carson. You can read the introduction to the series here.

 

It's not about what President Obama will do, but what will this Country, who cheers on Invasions of innocents, than willingly supports their Occupation till they lose interest, do to control what these Wars and Occupations have done to those we've sent. Those of us from this countries previous shows of force and failed policies already know, and we won't allow it to happen again!! President Obama and our representatives in Congress are only that, Our Representatives, it's Our Responsibility to right the wrongs, of the policies, and to take care of those we call Heroe's but are quickly forgotten when they return!

The final installment of the Salon series starts out with this:

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