HAGTRESS ALYSSA MILANO STEPPED IN LAST WEEK WHEN SHE DECIDED SHE WAS TRANS AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD AND THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BOW DOWN BEFORE HER.
NO, WE DON'T HAVE A JOKE ABOUT THIS. WE'RE JUST ENJOYING IT WITH A SMILE. ALYSSA'S RACISM HAS LONG BEEN EVIDENT TO EVERYONE BUT THE DELUDED. SOME OF OUR FAVORITE TWEETS ABOUT HER LATEST SCREW UP INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
US General Joseph Dunford, who is the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made his "fourth and final appearance" before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday "in support of the Department's annual budget request." Also appearing before the Committee was Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan. The topic was the Defense Dept's budget
In his written statement, Dunford noted the following:
Iraq and Syria. U.S. troops remain engaged in the D-ISIS campaign. As the campaign transitions from clearing ISIS-held territory to a focus on stabilizing the region, activities such as training local security forces, enabling local governance, and conducting counterterrorism operations will help prevent a power vacuum in Northeast Syria and a resurgence of ISIS. We are working with our Coalition partners to ensure we meet Turkish security concerns as well as protect those that fought with us against ISIS.
Wow. How novel. How new. Year after year, this is the same cycle. Oh, now we're just clearing and holding. Let's train.
What is this? War or a shampoo? Rinse and repeat?
How many years is the Iraq War going to drag on? This is about the sixth time that the US government has declared we just need to train forces. How many times are they going to be trained?
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over," said Senator Martha McSally but she wasn't talking about Iraq. She was talking about "blue on blue crimes" -- assault within in the military.
Senator Martha McSally: In 2017, there were 6,769 sexual assaults reported across our entire military, likely thousands of others that were not reported. These blue on blue crimes are unacceptable. They're harming our warriors and they're degrading good order and discipline and military readiness. Many steps have been taken by the military over the last years and this body -- over a hundred legislative actions. But it's not enough. There are thousands of our warriors and military readiness that have been harmed by these crimes. I believe commanders must be educated, equipped and held accountable and still be responsible for the decisions, the culture and the discipline regarding sexual assault. However, something needs to change. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Perhaps we need to take a fresh look at this issue. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this and more so over the last week. We have weeks now before the NDAA will be marked up before this committee. I am fully locked on like a missile on this target. And I want to be working with you and the military services to take a fresh look at this. I've asked the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff to start with a summit at the Air Force but it's not just the Air Force, it's across our military forces. So can I get your commitment that we are going to partner on this and we are going to take a fresh look and tackle this over the next forty-five days together? Which includes being responsive to my questions and maybe forming a team of experts and resources to be able to really dial in as to what's working, what's not working, across the spectrum of prevention and in response and prosecution? And we can tackle this together, come up with some ideas and impact on the NDAA, culminating with a Tank meeting with all the leaders there including myself and solve this thing together? Can I get your commitment you'll work with me on that?
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan: Senator, you have my commitment.
Senator Martha McSally: Thank you. Chairman, Dunford?
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan: Absolutely, Senator.
Senator Martha McSally: Okay, great. Let's follow up immediately on that. I appreciate it.
Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned the increase in the budget and we'll note that in another snapshot, including her statement that the budget was establishing "a slush fund to hide what's happening with Defense spending." Back to Iraq, AL-MONITOR notes:
Testifying before Congress today, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said the Pentagon’s proposed 2020 budget will support an “enduring presence” of US troops in Iraq that’s “slightly less than the forces that are on the ground right now.”
Why it matters: The comments from Marine Gen. Dunford, the US military’s top officer, indicate the US plans to let Iraqi forces carry a larger load in the future as they clean up the remnants of the Islamic State (IS), which appears set to morph into an insurgency.
But that doesn’t appear to gel with President Donald Trump’s remarks last month that the United States would keep troops at Iraq’s Al Asad Air Base to “watch” Iran. Those comments sparked a firestorm in Iraq, where US troops are stationed at the invitation of the government in Baghdad. Dunford said in a prepared statement that the United States plans on “leveraging a relatively small footprint of US forces to enable local partners throughout the world.”
When do the training wheels come off?
Never because taking the training wheels off would mean the US couldn't occupy Iraq. It would mean that the illegitimate government, installed by the US, could fall. It would mean that the Iraqi people might be able to put in a leader who actually represents them and their needs.
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