Trump Cites Military School Experience


Donald Trump has said that despite his total lack of experience with anything involving the military or foreign policy, he'll be "so good at the military it will make your head spin." But it turns out that he does have some "experience." He was sent to a military school as a teenager because he was a troublemaker, which he says taught him more than people who actually served in the military. … [Read more...]

So Much for that ‘War on Cops’ the Right is Imagining


A police officer is killed in the line of duty. Right wing pundits and talk show hosts immediately seize on the opportunity to blame it on their political enemies, claiming that President Obama and Black Lives Matter is fomenting a "war on cops" and that this is the deadly result of their attempts to make the police stop engaging in widespread abuse, particularly against dark-skinned people. The problem: The evidence clearly disproves their argument. … [Read more...]

West Point Prof Publishes Horrifying Legal Paper


My former colleague Spencer Ackerman, now the national security editor for the Guardian, has a story about one of the most appalling papers I've ever heard of. A law professor at West Point named William Bradford has written a paper arguing that not only are Islamic holy sites a legitimate target for bombing by the U.S. military, but so are American legal scholars and journalists who are critics of the war on terror. … [Read more...]

Those Poor, Emasculated Army Rangers

As I'm sure you've heard by now, two female soldiers have passed the Army Ranger training school, one of the most grueling and difficult training regimens in the military. Phyllis Schlafly is beside herself about this, of course, and she worries that the presence of women in the Rangers will "emasculate" those poor commandos. She's so concerned, in fact, that she doesn't think the world can survive it. Yes, she actually said that. … [Read more...]

About That Trump Military Adviser…


I already wrote about Donald Trump being asked about who is advising him on foreign policy and the military and his answer being that he watches a lot of TV shows about it. But he did finally, when pressed, name two people, John Bolton and Col. Jack Jacobs, who were his "go-to" advisers. There's just one problem with that: Jacobs says he's never spoken to Trump about foreign policy at all, though he has seen him at a few parties. … [Read more...]

Carson Okay With Drone Strikes to Stop Illegal Immigration

Credit: Michael Vadon

Ben Carson is once again showing that he is a rank amateur when it comes to campaigning and is hopelessly clueless on matters of public policy. While meeting with one of those unhinged county sheriffs who think they're the highest authority in the country, Carson responded to a question by saying that he's okay with using drone strikes to combat illegal immigration because "this is a war we are fighting." … [Read more...]

Barton Lies About Sexual Orientation in the Military

David Barton must wake up every morning having the DTs from withdrawal, having gone a whole eight hours without telling a lie as he slept. Frantic to get his fix and feed his addiction to dishonesty, he immediately begins plotting that day's radio shows. What shall I lie about today, he wonders. I know, I'll make a whole bunch of shit up about how the military is now allowing pedophiles to serve openly because that's a sexual orientation! … [Read more...]

Trump Learned Military Strategy from TV Shows


Donald Trump went on Meet the Press on Sunday and actually said that he has learned about the military and foreign policy by watching TV shows. He also said that he thinks John Bolton, who has never seen a country full of dark-skinned people he didn't want to bomb the shit out of, is worth listening to on foreign policy. That alone should disqualify him from ever even taking a tour of the White House, much less occupying it. But look at this exchange: … [Read more...]

Retiring General Calls Out Republican Lie on Iraq Withdrawal

Screencap from C-SPAN

Every Republican wants to blame President Obama for pulling troops out of Iraq, without every mentioning that he was required to do so by the Status of Forces Agreement signed by Bush in 2008. The Army's top general, now retiring, calls out Jeb Bush for that lie by omission, but he could have been speaking about pretty much every Republican in the country. … [Read more...]

Allen West, WND Blow Up a Straw Man

The Worldnetdaily and Allen West have built up a lovely strawman and then slaughtered it to take a shot at Mikey Weinstein, the FFRF and anyone who wants to keep church and state separate. They've shared a video of Marines at a worship service on base and declare that it's going to make us all lose our minds. … [Read more...]

The Military Thinks Climate Change is Real

It may be an article of faith -- literally -- for the Christian right that climate change is a gigantic communist hoax, but those Marxists at the Pentagon, who have to have a clear-eyed view of the world, recognize that it's very real and is going to change the world in important ways. Retired Rear. Admiral David Titley, who is also a PhD meteorologist, had an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last weekend about it. … [Read more...]

Iran is So Cute When They Act All Tough

I've had a good laugh in the past over Iran sending "warships" into the Atlantic for "exercises" somewhere near the United States. I'm having an even bigger laugh at the fact that they've built a replica of an American aircraft carrier so they can sink them in preparation for a future war. … [Read more...]