Monday, December 20, 2010

US MILITARY FORCES GOING GAY--President Obama has finally succeeded in keeping a campaign promise --he promoted the demise of DON'T ASK DON'T TELL {DADT}. A lame-duck US Senate set up a procedural vote which zigzags toward its eventual end.

Gays in the military reportedly are gushing with enthusiasm over their new found rights. As former Army troop commander, I cringe at what form this expression will take. When does the, YOU DID NOT PROMOTE ME BECAUSE I AM GAY. ?, or YOU DID NOT PROMOTE ME BECAUSE I AM STRAIGHT work its way into the military culture? It is just a matter of time before political correctness dominates the promotion ststem.

Gay in the US forces is now apparently the new normalcy.

The DADT policy is inverted; it has has evolved into , ASK OR I TELL. The gay movement is prone to argue military integration worked with women and blacks, so it will therefore work with homosexuals. Wrong. Women continue to serve . Many of whom do so with distinction, but at a terrible waste-60 percent are raped another 20 percent are sexually assaulted. Pregnancies interupt service and duties. All this confound replacement streams and wastes training. It causes debilitating turbulence in the forces.

Black integration works, because black soldiers do their duty and learned not to ride racism an excuse for failure. Commanders ruthlessly stamp out racism, but it is clear that sexual problems have defied solution by military leaders. Sex and race present a different set of problems; sex remains a troublesome issue in the US military services. Race is not.

The US Department of Defense launched a poll of service people to determine attitudes on DADT.. The results were disputed by some US senators as slanted and overly positive--it was found that a majority of soldiers were ambivalent about serving with gays. {For the record ambivalence is not support; rather it is a dodge by a service person not to commit or go on record.} Further the poll disclosed that those in combat generally did not support eliminating DADT. Do you conclude that the further you are from the rattle of the battle, the more tolerant gays are to you. If so, the poll findings are even more bizarre and they should be discarded.

Despite the change in the DADT law ,the issue is not resolved as military leadership has no idea what will happen when gays openly bunk along side straight guys. Whether gays can resist a sexual smorgasbord or the straights can resist bashing gays remains to be seen . As in the case of female abuse, we know the courts martial regime will not prevent repulsive actions or breach of discipline by either group.

Military chaplains collectively have already voiced disapproval of the elimination of DADT. It is doubtful religious American families will send their daughters to the service to risk her returning with a Rachel Maddow hairdo and smoking a cigar; or a son who returns to march in gay parades ,has only hairdressers and decorators and an antique doll collection as pals. When parents ask how their kids got that way, the reply from them will be the Sergents and officers said it was okay.

It took five Republican senators to join the Democrats in the senate to repeal the act--there were three females Collins and Snow from Maine, Murkowski from Alaska' and two males ,Lame duck Voinovitch from Ohio and Brown from Mass. Why they voted for repeal and against the Republican Party ethos is politics.. Some people believe that the Republicans consented to DADT repeal if the democrats voted for the Bush tax cut extension.

If true, that is a Big Casino trade that makes the Republicans appear as swine. For they risked the necessary cohesion of the services to gain the superfluous tax cut for the rich. Doubt we will ever know--that is unless WikiLeaks is lurking in the shadows--Colonel Robert Bartos Ret.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Obama's Great Leap Backward--With former President Bill Clinton recently taking the White House spotlight, encouraged by President Obama, the Clintonista Coup de Etat is about complete; that is until Clinton engineers the demise of the the two -term presidential limit. It is certainly a squalid marvel for the American democratic way if a disbarred lawyer, with a salacious record of sexual escapades, whose NAFTA program helped wreck US domestic industry, has schemed his way again to the top of the political pile.

Obama, in a moment of desperation over his sellout tax bill, enlisted Clinton to help him twist Democratic Party congressmens' arms to vote for it. Obama met with Clinton in the oval office last Friday and immediately passed the mic to Bill and abruptly left for a White House Christmas Party; smarmy Bill held forth for a set-up briefing for While House press corps. Obama certainly left his read-my-lips, no-extended- tax cuts-for the rich debacle to Clinton to explain

While Obama was sipping holiday eggnog and munching on White House Christmas pastries, Bill explained the tax bill as, I DON"T BELIEVE THERE IS A BETTER DEAL OUT THERE. This is the same guy who said he did not have sex with Monica Lewinsky until a her blue dress popped up with Bill's DNA. Bill also runs a well publicized charity dependent corporation's generosity. Corporations, fat cat republicans and lobbyists adore Obama's tax bill.

Some characterized the tax bill as turned into a Christmas tree with gifts for lobbyists and lawmakers--there are subsidies for rural folks; there are commuter tax breaks for the city folks; there are wind and solar grants for environmentalists. There is over 5 billion for corn-based ethanol and tariff protection This pork is aimed at getting votes from suspicious democrats , especially those rolled by Obama care. The bill is estimated at 857.6 billion. With that imbedded sting,it is no wonder Obama chose a Christmas party than to face the press corps.

President Obama has had a tough week. His DON'T ASK DON'T TELL program was shot down by the senate. His Mid-East policy stopping Israeli settlements was killed by Netanyahu and his own state department. WilkiLeaks set off diplomatic bomblets all over the globe. And is unable to stop the progression of the leaks. Though the stock market goes up, so does the number unemployed as the banker thumb their noses at the White House. Despite military propaganda, there is really no good war news. The two Koreas are on the brink of war with the US right in the middle.

It appears Obama is turning into Hamlet; especially with his passing the baton to Clinton. Had the American people wanted a Clinton administration, it would have voted in Hillary with all her baggage to include Bill. So far Hillary and her hawkish state department has expanded wars, rather than solve issues diplomatically; she is itching to pull the trigger on Iran. She did Natanyahu's bidding on the settlements issue, so why not on Iran? What the Hell. After all she is the former Israeli senator to NYC.

As Obama curls politically into a ball, he should recall that Hamlet ended badly. As far as the American peoples' choice in 2012 it is Hamlet or Hillary or Palin or Huckabee or Gingrich. In this sad case what is Hamlet's first name.?--Colonel Robert E Bartos USA Ret

Sunday, December 05, 2010

PLUGGING LEAKS US STYLE--The US government has a dismal record plugging Leaks. President Nixon's self destruction all started with the White House "Plumbers " designed to stop the public knowledge of sensitive and illegal activities . Most lately we are witnessing the USG biting and slashing itself hysterically over the WikiLeaks information dump of classified information. There is a certain amount of truth to the concept that if a government cannot protect sensitive information, there a question of its long term survival.

The horse has left the barn ,so efforts to close the barn door on the recent leaks are too late. There may be legal implications for the leaker and those who published the data, but the mainstram media ,piously wallowing in the dissemination, is also implicated. In this case, freedom of the press complicates most legal questions .

It is beyond belief that there was one leaker to WikiLeaks, a US Army private !st class, who is the single source of the deluge of information published by WikiLeaks. You may believe the the MEEK Will INHERIT THE EARTH, but for a private first class to be awesome enough to inflict such damage without his supervisors' knowledge rates either as the crime of the 21st century or a biblical miracle equal to parting the Red Sea or simply propaganda by the USG to limit damage. If the PFC is to be court martialled, what about his higher chain of command-?

The stuff so far released by WikiLeaks falls into three categories:{1} Iraq War, {2} Afghan War,{3} US Diplomatic cables. By far the latest diplomatic releases have caused the most consternation in the US government. Though we are led to believe that in many cases the authorship has been purged in the releases, it is the State Department that appears more alarmist over the leaks than the Defense Department. Diplomats are required to demonstrate sang froid under stress; that is not the case of the US State Department.

Last week the State Department directed its minions not to read WikiLeaks releases and prohibited use of its computers to be used for that purpose. State employees are also banned from using social net works such as TWITER to discuss leaked subjects. Students at Columbia University Interntional Studies Department have also been warned by the USG not use the leaks as it could reflect on future clearances if they work for the USG.

TUT ,TUT, this is so asinine; panic is rampant. Hillary does not seem to understand that a WICKED BOOK GATHERS NO DUST. Madeline, Condelezza and now joined by Hillary form a coterie of ditsy US SEC States.

Few days previously Hillary publicly argued that these leaks demonstrated some Arab leadership requested that the US bomb Iran nuclear facilities; that it shows Arab support for such action. She did not mention , however,that the Arab populace based on polling consider the US /Israel threat much greater than a nuclear Iran. These polls run over 60 percent against US/Israeli interests. Hillary's hypocrisy is obvious;she still seems to be the Israeli Senator from NYC..

WikiLeaks is under counterattack. PAYPAL and AMAZON have withdrawn their business from the leaker. Assange, its leader has been red carded by Interpol--The Sweds want Assange for questions on two sex charges; reportedly apparently he did not use a prophylactics in two sexual encounters.

It would be an interesting trial as Assange may call the Roman Catholic Pope in his defense. The Swedish legal system could be held up to international ridicule, so get your tickets early.

Depending on what side you fall on, whistle blowers are either heels or heroes. Some say had they been around before 9/11, the attack could have been aborted; other believe that the Iraq fiasco could have been avoided with their presence. One thing for certain--no one seems to question WikiLeaks substance; it is only the process. In the case of 9/11 and invasion of Iraq, I would choose substance over process in a heartbeat.--Colonol Robert E Bartos USA Ret.