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2006 April 13 — Why Now?
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General Revolt

We’ll start with the Christian Science Monitor: Retired generals speak out to oppose Rumsfeld, which covers General Merrill McPeak [USAF], General Anthony Zinni [USMC], Lieutenant General Greg Newbold [USMC], Major General John Batiste [USA] and Major General Paul Eaton [USA].

Then NPR picks up with Major General John Rigg [USA] and CNN finishes with Major General Charles Swannack[USA].

General Eric Shinseki talked about the need for twice as many troops as Rumsfeld wanted, so he was forced out.

I feel certain that we are all aware of General Wesley Clark’s feeling about the current Defense Department.

There has been a rash of negative views of Rumsfeld and the current administration from retired general officers because nothing is getting better and now they are talking about using nukes.

This is what it looks like when people start thinking about the International Criminal Court and the possibility of real investigations of what has been going on for the last five years.

This did not happen after Vietnam. Senior officers did not speak out, and it is amazing to those of us who spent a great deal of time in and around the military. These guys are really asking Congress for investigations. They really want to talk on the record, not to the media, but only Congress can provide the forum.

Update: I missed Lieutenant General William E. Odom (Ret. USA) and the crew that opposed Alberto Gonzales: Brigadier General David M. Brahms (Ret. USMC), Brigadier General James Cullen (Ret. USA), Brigadier General Evelyn P. Foote (Ret. USA), Lieutenant General Robert Gard (Ret. USA), Vice Admiral Lee F. Gunn (Ret. USN), Admiral Don Guter (Ret. USN), General Joseph Hoar (Ret. USMC), Rear Admiral John D. Hutson (Ret. USN), Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (Ret. USA), General Merrill McPeak (Ret. USAF), Major General Melvyn Montano (Ret. USAF Nat. Guard), and General John Shalikashvili (Ret. USA).

April 13, 2006   13 Comments

There Have Always Been Immigrants In The US Military

Kevin comments on people looking to solve the military recruitment problem by using immigrants. He’s worried that this will turn the US military into a mercenary force.

Okay, a lot of people don’t know about the draft, but immigrants were drafted and have always enlisted to help themselves with the process towards citizenship. This is the way it has always been in this country, non-citizens can join the military, and it probably does help them with immigration issues.

Steve Gilliard pointed this out earlier.

April 13, 2006   Comments Off on There Have Always Been Immigrants In The US Military

Protest And Get Fired

Via Jack K., the story of a group of meat cutters for Wolverine Meat Packing who have been fired for attending the immigration protests.

I would suggest that there are many choices for meat products and Americans should patronize those that show a due regard for American values, like “…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

If you see Wolverine or Royal Gold in the meat aisle, do you really want to support a company that fires people for exercising their First Amendment rights?

April 13, 2006   2 Comments

The End Of Light Bulb Jokes

The BBC reports: Natural light ‘to reinvent bulbs’.

The organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) are actually red, green, and blue layers that are combined to produce a white light that is close to natural daylight and doesn’t produce much heat.

April 13, 2006   2 Comments