Posts Tagged ‘Pentagon’

Want To Stop Military Sexual Assault?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Then start holding the chain of command accountable, not by hearings but by ending careers.

There’s zero accountability demanded from our nation’s military leaders.

Relieving the Army Chief of Staff and the Marine Commandant of their duties is what’s needed.

Putting rapist soldiers in prison is what’s needed.

Requiring every soldier, as part of basic training, to be told in no uncertain terms that sexual assault is a crime for which they will be punished is what’s needed.

Setting up independent, privacy protecting, civilian controlled mechanisms at every military base for reporting these crimes is what’s needed.

What will be done of course is absolutely nothing…

Gorilla says: “We don’t punish the guilty, we screw the innocent!”


$400 Billion Later

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Still no F-35, but tremendous interest from Singapore, who presumably will use the fighter jet against whatever air force lacking planes might attack!

This program has been a huge waste of national treasure, and a few sales to some eagerly stupid Asian nations won’t change that.

There’s been no discussion about whether in fact we need an air force at all, given that we’re not exactly winning dogfights anymore, and that all the bombs we’ve dropped on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq haven’t made any difference in ending these pointless wars.

Gorilla says: “The drones will be firing on more cash cows, and the Pentagon will take credit, count on it!”


The Dome Of The Crock

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The Israelis’ Iron Dome: did it actually work as advertised?

An 84% success rate against Palestinian rockets was claimed, but an expert with a long track record of successfully debunking such claims has his doubts. He thinks less than 10% is more likely.

The US taxpayer funded this system, but needless to say nobody in DC is examining whether it was a useful expenditure.

Cost-benefit analysis only applies when the benefit of the cost is directly related to the district of the authorizing elected representative.

Gorilla says: “Forget about the clownish opponents of Obamacare, the Pentagon could surely use a few death panels for its ridiculously expensive weapons systems!”


Equality Includes The Right To Die In Combat

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Nice of the Pentagon to join the 21st century and allow women to serve in combat…

Why this should be any more controversial than allowing gay soldiers to serve is beyond Gorilla’s understanding.

What would also be nice is a recognition that all of the wars fought by the United States since WWII have been pointless and soul destroying.

Or the acknowledgement that backward countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, and Iran, and the fifth-rate terrorists they employ, are not in any way a threat to the national security of the United States.

Or the conclusion that spending $800 billion/year on defense, when unemployment is unacceptably high, is a complete and utter waste of national treasure.

Gorilla says: “Small truths, however welcome, always get in the way of the larger picture!”


A Pointless, Complete and Total Failure

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Afghanistan, of course, where the Pentagon is not winning and has not succeeded in training Afghan forces to take over the country’s security.

Why we need to spend another 3 years on this debacle is beyond understanding.

There will certainly be a civil war once we depart.

We can try for a negotiated settlement in advance, but it appears that everyone in the country and in the region is waiting for us to leave before getting serious (about either war or peace).

There needs to be a complete overhaul of the Pentagon, reducing the budget substantially and addressing genuine national security threats (of which there are very few).

DOD is wasting trillions of dollars on an outdated strategy (whose air forces and navies are we going to fight? whose army hasn’t a clue about counterinsurgency? whose nukes must we spend billions defending against?), while being unable to defeat a lightly armed, fifth-rate group of fanatics who pose no threat whatever to the United States.

Gorilla says: “Never leave anything to the generals, they’ll just screw it up!”


More Pentagon Foolishness

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

China: a “modern military” by 2020, sayeth the Pentagon!!!

And of course, they’re spending roughly 10% of what we waste on defense to achieve this modernity, so we must spend even more!!!

It’s utter nonsense of the first order. We could reduce the Defense Department’s budget by 50% and still be spending far more than anyone else in the world.

Gorilla says: “Being a threat apparently is always cheaper than pretending to be threatened!!!”


Unprofessional Disloyalty Is A Fireable Offense

Friday, June 24th, 2011

And not just for baseball managers:

The President should fire both Admiral Mullen and General Petraeus

Afghanistan has been a tremendous Pentagon failure. 10 years on, there’s no end in sight.

Our trillion dollar military has been held to a draw by a few thousand fifth-rate Taliban fighters. It’s a national disgrace for which heads should roll.

And to have failures like Mullen and Petraeus say that the President’s timetable for withdrawal (which should have happened already) is “risky” is the height of disloyalty.

Gorilla says: “Worthless, unprofessional and disloyal generals and admirals deserve nothing but contempt!”


What’s A Warrior Scholar?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Someone who’s intimately involved in losing 3 pointless wars, none of which so far has caused anyone in authority to learn anything, and of course that means promotion!

Gorilla says: “When there’s no accountability, there’s no accounting for taste!”


The Best Fix Wins

Friday, February 25th, 2011

No surprise that Boeing won the tanker contract, it’s been clear since the uproar in Congress when EADS originally won that the Pentagon would bend over backwards to get the right result.

What’s less clear is why there’s a need for tankers at all.

Gorilla asks: “Whose air force are we currently fighting? Can’t we just fill her up locally?”


If It’s True

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

That the US military used “psy ops” on US Senators visiting Afghanistan, then:

1) Those directly involved should be relieved of command and court martialed immediately.

2) The Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Army Chief of Staff, and General David Petraeus should be fired immediately by the President of the United States.

It’s long past time that the US political leadership put the US military back under civilian control.

This sort of stuff is completely unacceptable, totally illegal, and borders on treason.

Gorilla says: “You can never trust the Pentagon to do anything other than lose wars!!!”