The men and women in our military, for various understandable reasons, smoke quite a bit more than the general public. So our government has been launching campaigns of both persuasion and coercion to make our troops stop using tobacco.
Whatever you think of the controversy, you have to appreciate this quotation from a Marine: ” “We sleep in the dirt for this country. We get shot at for this country. But we can’t have a cigarette if we want to for this country, because that’s unhealthy.” [Read more...]
The POW release was orchestrated to be a feel-good moment . But now the Obama administration is dealing with a major scandal. Not just because 5 dangerous terrorist leaders were released from Gitmo. Not just because the president broke the law in not informing Congress. But mainly because America’s troops are in an uproar about all of this attention being given to an anti-American deserter whose dereliction of duty reportedly cost the lives of six soldiers. [Read more...]
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, having spent much of his career trying to interpret the Constitution away, now wants to change it. He has written a book entitled Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. He has published an op-ed piece on how he thinks the Second Amendment can be “fixed” by adding five simple words. See them, along with some thoughts, after the jump. [Read more...]
A military contact told me this was happening, but now it’s made the papers: As our troops leave Afghanistan, they are leaving behind some $7 billion worth of equipment. It’s reportedly cheaper to just leave it than to haul it back to the states. But to keep the Taliban and other terrorists from getting all that equipment, we are first destroying it, leaving behind towering mountains of scrap metal where our military bases used to be. [Read more...]
Literature, including and perhaps especially the more popular varieties, does more than provide escapist entertainment. It can also shape people’s imaginations so as to influence the actual world. Case in point: the recently departed author Tom Clancy, who, according to veterans Erin Simpson and Phillip Carter, was largely responsible for making the military cool again, after the disfavor it fell into with the Vietnam war, and inspiring lots of young readers to sign up. [Read more...]