George Will – who’s never been counted as one of those pundits dazzled by the Bush family’s brand of brilliance – takes not-quite-senator James Webb to task for boorishness:
Wednesday’s Washington Post reported that at a White House reception for newly elected members of Congress, Webb “tried to avoid President Bush,” refusing to pass [...]
Now this is interesting, courtesy of occasional reader Tom:
A jet airliner was flown over south-west England recently with no pilot in the cockpit, to test technology that might one day be used to control swarms of unpiloted aircraft from a single fighter jet.
The two-hour flight, conducted by the UK Ministry of Defence [...]
It’s hard to know exactly what happened yesterday, with the leak of National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley’s unvarnished assessment of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s effectiveness in being a part of the solution in stopping the sectarian bloodshed washing over Bagdhad.
If – as seems likely, given the absence of furore from a [...]
Every shot makes somebody happy:
A South Carolina congressman has stepped up efforts to convince the Navy to move fighter jet squadrons from Virginia to Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station.
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says the Marine base has the space to accommodate F-18 Hornets from Oceana Naval Air Station should the [...]
It’s been just that kind of a day, and it’s very regretful I am that I have not have been able to dose you with your daily until now, and all that follows being small beer indeed on account of the kind of a day that it’s been.
First! Was the annual flight physical, [...]
From Strategy Page (courtesy of occasional reader Kevin):
In the last few years, there has been a sharp increase in navy commanders being relieved. It’s been running at over ten a year, up from 6-8 in the late 1990s, and a bit less than that in the 1980s. Only a small percentage of reliefs [...]
I don’t know how many chances I’ll get to agree with the San Francisco mayor on well, practically anything. So when I do get a chance to do so on the topic the SF school board’s decision to ban JROTC from city schools, I will.
Courtesy of Kris, in New England:
Dear Ms. (Kris, [...]
Close air support – CAS – is called when friendly troops are in contact and the outcome in doubt, or when the cost of taking a heavily defended objective is outweighed by the value of the objective itself. CAS means groveling in the weeds with people who can shoot back. CAS is not a [...]
Keep in mind that Afghanistan is still considered by foreign policy elites to be the “good war,” with a democratically elected government supported by a UN mandate and the NATO charter’s committment to success. With that in mind, within this BBC article about the upcoming NATO summit was a picture worth a thousand words:
We won: Time to burn some heretics.
So Harman has a history of defending the administration’s illegal intelligence activities. She was among the most gullible and/or deceitful when it came to disseminating the administration’s most extreme (and most inaccurate) intelligence claims to “justify” the invasion of Iraq. She supports the administration’s efforts to criminally [...]