Russia and NATO

I found this image on Facebook, on Ron Paul Flix. Ukraine was not a member of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but the formal basis for NATO-Ukraine relations is the 1997 Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, which established the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). In 2008, Ukraine was considering NATO membership, but the election of the …

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The Commander-in-Chief and the Minimum Wage

We have noted previously Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s President Obama’s proposals concerning military pay and benefits, but I have since taken the time to put together some numbers. President Obama wants to see the minimum wage increased from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour by the end of 2015, in three steps of …

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A Commander-in-Chief who has failed in his duty

It’s no surprise that Defense spending was going to have to be cut. With the war in Iraq over, and our slow withdrawal from Afghanistan in process, we were simply going to need less. But this has your Editor more than a little annoyed. From USA Today: The budget calls for a 1% pay increase …

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There are reasonable savings in the Defense budget!

From Military Times: Congress wants common camouflage uniform Dec. 12, 2013 – 06:00AM   |  By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer Congress will try one more time to get the Pentagon to cease its uniform madness and adopt a common camouflage pattern for all four services. The compromise defense authorization bill for 2014 includes a provision that directs the Defense Department …

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The guy who makes their coffee is worth more than the guy who protects their freedom . . .

. . . or so say the editors of The New York Times. From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain: Ask NY Times Who Deserves More Pay: America’s Troops or Fast-Food Workers? Posted on | December 2, 2013 | 7 Comments In an editorial Sunday, the New York York Times argued that America’s troops are being paid …

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Veterans’ Day

From The Victory Girls: The Legacy of Trenton – Veterans Day 2013 by Kit Lange on November 11, 2013 It was Christmas, 1776.  The Continental Army, made up of unpaid volunteers with poor equipment and not enough winter clothing, was cold, hungry, and despairing.  Some of the troops did not even have shoes.  The ideas …

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What’s going on here?

From NBC: Air Force general in charge of nuclear weapons removed for lack of trust: defense officials By Jim Miklaszewski and Matthew DeLuca, NBC News A top general in charge of the U.S. Air Force’s arsenal of nuclear ballistic missiles has been relieved of his command due to loss of trust, defense officials told NBC …

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From Around the Blogroll: Midweek Edition

This week has seen a lot of great stuff from our friends around the blogroll! Kate of the Victory Girls spotted how conservatives have highjacked the #askFLOTUS hashtag on Twitter. If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, a hashtag is like a subject category for Twitter and other social media messages, which allows the media users …

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Sequester? President Obama won’t let a silly thing like the sequester stop him from spending more money.

From The New York Times: U.S. Opens Drone Base in Niger, Building Africa Presence By Eric Schmitt and Scott Sayare | Published: February 22, 2013 WASHINGTON — Opening a new front in the drone wars against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, President Obama announced on Friday that about 100 American troops had been sent to …

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How on earth does a decision like this get taken?

From the Marine Corps Times: New medal for drone pilots outranks Bronze Star By Andrew Tilghman – Staff writer Posted : Wednesday Feb 13, 2013 17:47:27 EST The Pentagon is creating a new high-level military medal that will recognize drone pilots and, in a controversial twist, giving it added clout by placing it above some …

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