Saturday, May 14, 2016

The US military usually backs the Republicans. This isn't new.

March 15, 2016
By Leo Shane III and George R. Altman

Editor's note: This story was originally published (click here) March 14, 2016, at 7:33 p.m. EST. It was updated to include the survey's methodology.

In an exclusive survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged as active-duty service members' top choices to become the next commander in chief.

The Republican front runner Trump was the most popular candidate in a subscriber poll that closed Monday morning, with 27 percent saying they would back the business mogul if the election were held tomorrow. Sanders, the independent Vermont senator, was a close second at 22 percent, besting Trump among Navy and Air Force respondents. (See the service-by-service breakdown below.)...

The new methodology whereby the use of weapons last was developed by General Stanley McChrystal (click here). He would tour towns in Afghanistan without weapons and body armor. He would meet with elders' councils to bring about an understanding between the US military and the innocent civilians frequently caught in merciless Taliban plans. 

So, if the USA military wants to complain about RESTRAINT in using weapons, they can start their dialogue with General McChrystal. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan do not resemble any other war fought before by the USA military including War World II; the wars are now Urban Warfare and very different from standard operations.

I would like to see General Stanley McChrystal make himself available to the USA military and his former soldiers to perfect the art that accompanies Urban Warfare. Call it advising if he likes. Maybe the soldiers need lessons on diplomacy as well as those of the battlefield. The soldiers should not be struggling to hand their battlefield and all the dynamics that accompany it. 

When it comes to voting for a woman President, there may be an issue with the current problems of sexual assault. The former Secretary Clinton should be touring the military bases as well as every primary stop.

May 13, 2016
By Dan Eliot

Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. -  Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson (click here) on Friday became the first woman to lead a top-tier U.S. warfighting command when she took over as leader of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in Colorado.
Robinson — one of just two female four-star generals in the Air Force — was installed during a ceremony attended by Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; and Canadian minister of defense Harjit Sajjan.
During the ceremony at a hangar at Peterson Air Force Base, Carter praised Robinson as a strategic thinker capable of making split-second, life-and-death decisions....