American Elephants

Go Army! by American Elephant
December 3, 2009, 4:34 am
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Military | Tags: , ,

A U.S. Army cadet reads a book entitled "Kill Bin Laden" ...

A U.S. Army cadet reads a book entitled Kill Bin Laden as he waits with other cadets for U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver an address on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. [read more]

Drudge reports that he was reading it during Obama’s speech, which I suspect is an error.  I think those young cadets are far too disciplined and respectful to do that, no matter how much they may have wanted to. Still it’s nice to see this clever cadet expressing himself with a clarity and resolve that the president failed to muster.

His neighbor was reading Brad Thor.

Is Obama waiting for Blair? by American Elephant
October 2, 2009, 1:54 am
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Military, National Security, News | Tags: , ,

Update: Welcome Red State Readers!

Thanks to Moe Lane for the link! While you’re here, we hope you’ll have a look around our humble little blog and tell us what you think.

Obama has taken ownership of the war in Afghanistan. Since the presidential campaign, he has characterized it as the good war while he calls the Iraq war (despite liberating 24 million people, and turning an avowed enemy and a rogue dictator into a democratic ally) a mistake.

Meanwhile, things have not been going well in Afghanistan of late. Restrictive rules of engagement are getting our troops killed while the president hems and haws about what to do.

On the one hand, the loss will be Obama’s — he cannot blame it on President Bush — and no president wants that kind of legacy. On the other hand, our allies continue to leave the theater, and Obama’s base, the left, have finally gotten the courage up to admit that their prior support of the Afghan war was always a lie (Imagine that!) and they want to bail on that war as well.

With that in mind, come two headlines today:

White  House: Obama to take ‘Next several weeks’ to review strategy and,

Tony Blair to head the EU within weeks.

Now we all know Tony Blair has his head on straight about both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and resolutely so. Is Obama then waiting for Blair’s leadership to give him the political cover to send more troops to Afghanistan? Or are the stories unrelated, and Obama simply finds himself too busy trying to secure Olympic contracts for his Chicago cronies and seizing the American health-care system for his union thugs to bother himself with little things like terrorism, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and our troops lives?

Let’s hope it’s the former.

Time will tell.

Veterans Forced to Wait for Their Checks, Bureaucrats get $24M Bonuses. by The Elephant's Child
August 22, 2009, 1:20 am
Filed under: Military, News, Politics | Tags: , , ,

It’s Friday, and time for another Washington scandal.  Severely wounded veterans have faced financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment.  Inside the Veterans Affairs Department, money has been flowing to the bureaucrats in the form of $24 million in bonuses.

In scathing reports this week, the VA’s inspector general said thousands of technology office employees at the VA received the bonuses over a two-year period, some under questionable circumstances.  It also detailed abuses ranging from nepotism to an inappropriate relationship between two VA employees.

Bonuses in amounts over $50,000;  improperly authorized college tuition payments for VA employees; $37,000 worth of travel on the government’s ticket to see a boyfriend are just some of the problems unearthed by the inspector general.

The numbers of claims the VA needs to process have increased , and the Office of  Information and Technology is tasked with improving the technological infrastructure to handle the increase.  The backlog has allowed some veterans to wait months for a disability check.

The VFW and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) the top Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee are speaking out, and the proper corrective actions will no doubt take place.  If somebody is going to suffer, it should not be our wounded veterans.  They deserve the best the nation can give them.

There is More Good News from Iraq. by The Elephant's Child

U.S. combat deaths in Iraq are at a 6 year low. Three Marines have been killed in combat since last August.  The Navy has not lost a member to combat since February of 2008.  The Air Force hasn’t had a combat death since last April.  In some weeks the number of non-combat deaths for U.S. troops has topped those killed in fighting.

Iraqis’ faith in government institutions has vastly improved.  84 percent of Iraqis feel good about their security, 78% feel positive about crime protection, and 74 percent are positive about their freedom of movement.  These figures come from an ABC News/BBC poll that documents the improvements in Iraq.

64 percent of Iraqis prefer Democracy as the political system for Iraq.  Only 14 percent prefer a strong leader and only slightly more, 16 percent would prefer an Islamic state.  George Bush was right.

A poll finding that was particularly interesting was that 53 percent of Iraqis say they “never” attend mosque, while another 11 percent attend “several times a year”.  This is certainly not what we have been led to believe

The people have confidence in the Iraqi Police and the Iraqi Army at 74 percent and 73 percent respectively. 61 percent have confidence in the National Government.  And Iraqis are optimistic about their future.  That is very, very nice to hear, and we wish them well.

Obama Considering Plans to Make Wounded Veterans Pay for Their Own Medical Care by American Elephant

Obama can find $1.2 trillion dollars to pay off unions, environmentalists and ACORN — he thinks we should pay for health care for the children of people making over $80,000 a year, but thinks paying for the expenses of injuries our soldiers received in the line of duty is just asking too much!

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. [read more]

I’m inclined to believe this is some lame-brained political stunt to gin up support for nationalized health care, because surely no one could be this stupid?

(h/t Hot Air)

Not everyone has Christmas off by American Elephant
December 25, 2008, 2:43 am
Filed under: Freedom, Military | Tags: ,

Not everyone can be home for Christmas. Why not take a moment to send a Christmas email to our troops! The peace we do enjoy on Earth is due in no small part to their hard work and sacrifice.

A Very Happy Anniversary! by American Elephant
December 13, 2008, 10:05 pm
Filed under: History, Iraq, Military, News | Tags: , , ,

Five years ago today, Saddam Hussein was captured by US military forces nine miles south of his home town of Tikrit, hiding like a rat in a six- by-four foot hole in the ground.   The announcement (above) was met with jubilant cheers from Iraqi reporters, who leapt from their seats shouting,  “Death to Saddam!” and, “go to hell, Saddam!” Upon hearing the news, Iraqis took to the streets, dancing, honking their horns and firing  shots into the air in celebration.  And they celebrate today, in freedom and very hard-won stability.

War may be hell, but so was life under Saddam’s murderous tyranny. Today, both are over — the latter because of the former.

(h/t Hot Air)

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