Posts Tagged ‘Pentagon’

AIDING THE ENEMY

January 26, 2015

A couple of days ago, I read an article about the incarceration of First Lieutenant Clint Lorance. That article illustrates just how insane the new rules of engagement have become. However, it is not the first time I have heard of such nonsense. Since President Obama took office, the military and Pentagon have been purged of the most knowlegeable, capable, seasoned and dedicated commanders and ranking enlisted. He has replaced them with goat humpers and Muslim loving socialists.

The troops recognize this and morale among them is at an all time low. They have little to no respect for their Commander-In-Chief. They fear disciplinary action for any bold move, be it offensive or defensive. They question every pull of the trigger, fearing that any direct contact could be career ending with extended incarceration. It causes our fighting forces to hesitate. That instantaneous delay is why there have been proportionately far more more deaths and injuries since Al Queda was decimated than prior.

The current rules of engagement do little more than make our ground troops targets and it infuriates me, as it should you. In order to keep collateral damage to a minimum, these brave men and women must almost wait until someone in the squad is hit in order to return fire and take out the bad guys.

Having lived almost within mortar range of Camp Pendleton, I have had the opportunity to speak with numerous Marines who have spent multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and some with time in neighboring countries. Some have also served in Africa. Every one, I mean every single one of them has a story about the rules of engagement, how restrictive they are and how dangerous they can be. As a combat veteran, I thought the first one or two I heard were simply gilded war stories. I quickly learned that was not the case.

Here are just a few scenarios that allowed the enemy the upper hand. I have to paraphrase because I did not record the conversations. But, I relate them as accurately as I recall them. Language has been intentionally scrubbed for this post.

1. We saw two men digging a hole along side the road. The Lt. requested permission to engage and was told to stand down until we were sure they were planting an IED. Because of the possibility that there were civilians in the area who might be injured, permission to engage was denied.

We watched from our position about 100 meters out as they laid a package on the ground, unfolded what looked to be a U.S. issue entrenching tool and began to dig. One of the two watched for traffic while the other did the digging. Once complete, they placed the package into the hole and covered it. Each step was relayed to command. We were told to stand down.

Once they left the area, we approached the site. In spite of the fact that we’d had eyes on them all the time, when we arrived it was difficult to see where the IED was buried. We hunkered down about 20 meters from where we believed it had been buried and Gunny authorized Timmons to grenade the site. His second grenade blew a charge that would have taken out a Humvee and perhaps as many as three in convoy. We had lost visual on the two hadjis and were denied permission to pursue.

2. A young Marine, awaiting his fourth deployment to the East, said that if a rag head was walking down the road carrying a rocket launcher, they could not fire on him unless he intentionally trained the weapon on them. By then it might be too late.  This is where death and dismemberment needlessly occurs.

3. At another time, one of our heroes told of calling for support as he and his men were being surrounded by about twenty enemy combatants.  They were told by their command that, due to the proximity of a village (over a kilometer), air or arty support would not be available; civilians could be injured.  They were granted permission to engage if they took fire, though.  He also shared with me that they disregarded the order and eliminated the threat.

If these ridiculous rules of engagement don’t indicate treasonous behavior on behalf of the administration, what does?

RAISE THE CEILING – SPEND MORE

July 23, 2011

Raising the debt ceiling is a question that should have been answered decades ago.  It should not be a constant and ongoing battle every six months, two years or even every decade or two.  Raising the debt ceiling is like opening a jar of pickles.  Getting the first pickle is a fight.  After the first one is out of the jar, it becomes easier and easier to get more until the jar is empty.  As I see it, we are at the bottom of the jar now and the grocery store is closed.  The sandwich will have to be made without the crispness and snappy taste that we have taken for granted.

As the government grows, so does the bureaucratic waste.  The higher the debt ceiling is raised, the higher it will have to be raised.  Congress is like a spoiled teenager to whom parents have given a credit card.  The child never has concern for the bill because daddy pulls out the checkbook each month and takes care of the carelessness of the last four weeks.

I want it.  I want it.  If I can get a $600 million grant for the Tree Sitting Duck Watchers of America, to study why ducks waddle, I will surely be reelected.  I’ll promote it as an environmental issue and dupe the idiots.  Then we’ll just raise taxes on those idiots.

If we are to have any fiscal responsibility, we have to hold government bureaucracies accountable for the monies they are awarded.  We don’t need new oversight agencies or more IRS agents to find the faults after the fact, we have too many now.  That’s a major portion of the problem.  It is necessary for the agency heads, the Directors and Secretaries to take charge and account for their budgets or have their budgets slashed by the amount spent that is not directly related to the agency’s purpose.  If the money cannot be adequately accounted, everyone responsible should be caused to seek employment in the public sector.

*Built into every appropriation bill there is a minimum 10% shrinkage factor.  Congress expects and plans for theft, mismanagement and sloppiness.  They recognize and accept that there will be inept oversight of funds.

You may ask why I’m being so harsh at a critical time.  You would be half right in asking that question.  The better question might be, “Why hasn’t someone gotten mad about the unrestrained spending of our governments before this?”  Note: the plural of government is used to include state, county, and city government entities.

It took me less than three minutes – yes, less than three minutes on the Internet to find the following wastefulness of our federal government.  Just think what might be found by a competent researcher in a week or month.  The list below is from various sources, including XX.gov sites.  The money is unaccounted, yet the following fiscal years’ budgets were not adjusted downward for the mismanagement.  Without exception, the following years’ budgets were increased.

D.O.D. – FY 2000                                           $1.1Trillion

H.U.D. – FY 1999                                         $59.6 Billion

Pentagon – FY 1998-2007                                 $4 Trillion

Iraq  alone– Pallets loaded with greenbacks have gone missing

before they could be disbursed.  Estimated total  $12 Billion

D.H.H.S. – FY 1999                                      $18.9 Billion

C.I.A. FY 2002                                             $2.3 Trillion

T.A.R.P.                                                        $78 Billion

Stimulus                                                    $169 Million

If that short list doesn’t frost your patootie and cause you to see why we have such a horrendous debt, it should show that our elected and appointed officials don’t care about spending within our means.

One more!  The G.A.O. (Government Accountability Office; the agency responsible for identifying the propriety and accounting the expenditures of the federal government), could not account for $1.3 Billion of their own budgets between FY 2002 and FY 2008.  Still, bonuses were awarded and COLAs were given to the directors and key people of each agency above for their good work and sound fiscal oversight.