Pentagon Doesn’t Negotiate with Terrorists or Pay Ransoms … Except for When it Does

In a recent revelation, the Pentagon apparently tried to pay a ransom for Bowe Bergdahl, and the money went to an Afghan con man instead: The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the payment covertly as part of a release deal. But the money was stolen by the Afghan intermediary claiming to represent the Haqqani terrorist network. “Given Read more […]

Pentagon Authorizes Itself To Wage War

I’m going to go out on a limb and claim that, if a hawk like John McCain says that the Pentagon’s assertion of its own authority to wage war is “disturbing,” then something might be extremely wrong. According to Defense News: “The Obama administration’s armed drone program, which reaches from Afghanistan to Pakistan to Yemen to Somalia, has prompted many Republican, Democratic and Independent senators to question whether the post-9/11 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) Read more […]

Pentagon Recruits Anti-Christian Extremist To Help Craft Tolerance Policy

Over the years, I have seen much of what makes people tick in regard to political leanings. I have discovered that the smarter someone is, the easier it is to have a rational conversation with them. As the curve goes down, and you begin to deal with less intelligent people, rational conversation becomes more difficult. But more than intelligence, passion plays a large role in whether or not a person is able to convey their beliefs without needless aggression and posturing. I have come across people Read more […]

The Five-Sided Money Pit: Is Hagel A Hope Or GOP Blackmail To RaiseTaxes?

Writing for Wired Magazine’s “Danger Room,” Spencer Ackerman recently explained why Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel needs to deliver on his promises to reform the Pentagon: “In March 2012, the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative agency, took a look at the 96 highest-priority defense programs in the Pentagon acquisitions system. The watchdog organization found that the acquisition programs represented an estimated total cost of $1.58 trillion, and had actually ‘grown Read more […]

Will Republicans Save Military Chaplains From Court Martials?

On September 30, 2011, the Pentagon issued a directive to all military chaplains to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and to make military chapels available for any such private ceremonies. In response to the Pentagon directive, the Catholic Archdiocese for Military Service issued a statement that no Catholic chaplains serving in the military will perform or participate in any same-sex marriage ceremonies at any military chapels.  In conjunction with the Catholic response, members of the Read more […]