Tag Archives: Politicians

We have met the enemy and he is insensitive

The U.S. Army believes that the U.S. military’s insensitivity is a reason why terrorists are killing us in Afghanistan.  More specifically, the Breitbart story “New Army Handbook: ‘Ignorance’ and ‘Lack of Empathy’ cause of U.S. Deaths” says a draft army handbook attributes the rise in Green-on-Blue deaths to our ignorance and/or lack of empathy for Afghans.

Confused yet?

Hello?  We’re spending BILLIONS in Afghanistan and giving THOUSANDS of lives and our own military thinks we are insensitive? 

This clearly reflects the intrusion of politics into our modern military–a shame and disgrace but a harbinger of things to come for new recruits.  Fortunately, the Breitbart article implies that the handbook should never see the light of day. 

But with kooks in Congress like Senator “we’ve got to eliminate the rich” Frank Lautenberg saying things like “[Republicans in Congress] don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution,” our military will be even more politicized and the “blame us first” mentality is not the last we’ll see of politics in uniform.

On a positive note, more homosexuals in the military should improve our sensitivity.

Senator’s first tour in a combat zone verified

Unfortunately, it wasn’t Viet Nam as Senator Richard Blumenthal has stated several times in his public life. 

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

Instead, Sentator Blumenthal’s first tour in a combat zone was his boondoggle to Pakistan and Afghanistan this week (it is his first trip as Senator, not sure if he ever tried the political gesture before).

Prior to a flight from North KAIA in Kabul, I was attending a meeting at the ISAF Joint Command (IJC) on the same base.  Just before entering the IJC compound, a friend and I positively identified Senator Blumenthal exiting the compound.  While we were certain this was the Senator (the size of the entourage was one give away), his visit to the theater was confirmed by a quick online search.  The trip will undoubtedly prove beneficial when, like every other politician, he uses the trip to trumpet his concern for the troops and expertise in foreign affairs.

Whether this actually qualifies as a combat tour is still under debate.  In one of his first acts as president in 2009, President Obama officially renamed the “Global War on Terror” the “Overseas Contingency Operation.”