Pardoning War Criminals: A Terrible Idea

Ken AshfordMilitary Issues, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Nowhere is Donald Trump’s imperial instinct more obvious than when it comes to the pardon power. This makes sense. The pardon power is a relic of the English monarchy, which most of the founders didn’t think was necessary and didn’t originally include in the Constitution. With some famous exceptions, pardons have mostly been used to show mercy. In recent years presidents … Read More

Trump’s Ignorance Of Afghanistan Is Scary And Curious

Ken AshfordAfghanistan, Military Issues, Russia, Trump & Administration, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

At a press briefing at the end of a cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump took questions from the press, and went on for 90 minutes in a rambling monologue festooned from end to end with falsehoods on a variety of subjects. But one particular statement he made has stood out: But then Trump went right off the deep end with a disquisition on … Read More

Mattis: I’m Outta Here

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Mattis quits. He wasn’t fired – he quit, no doubt due to the fact that Trump decided on his own to withdraw troops. The resignation letter is astonishing. It does not praise Trump. It is cold and icy. Mattis’ resignation letter makes it clear. “My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear eyed about both malign actors … Read More

Last Night’s Mass Killing

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun Control, Mental Health, Military IssuesLeave a Comment

Twelve people including a police officer were killed by a veteran of the Marines at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, officials said. Several hundred people were inside the venue, which was hosting a “college country night” for students, police said. The veteran, Ian Long, 28, who died of a gunshot wound, suffered from PTSD. Long has a … Read More

Document Dump – Military Response To Migrant “Invasion”

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Military Issues, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Unclassified documents obtained from two Defense Department officials by Newsweek support the conclusion that the sitting president’s plan to deploy troops to the southern border to repel refugees is “a waste of time” for which there is no evidence of need: The U.S. intelligence community assessed that the “most likely course of action” was a dwindling of migrants as it reached the … Read More

Document Dump: Statement Of 12 Top Former Intelligence Officials

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It’s actually 12 now, because Leon Peneta signed on this morning. The denunciations came in two waves. Earlier yesterday, retired Adm. William McRaven wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, protesting Trump’s revoking of former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and declaring—as if in an open letter to Trump himself—“I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as … Read More

The Veterans Administration Is Run By Three Guys At Mar-A-Lago. Seriously.

Ken AshfordGeneral corruption, Health Care, Military IssuesLeave a Comment

This is amazing Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.” O’Rourke treated the email as an order, … Read More

Huge Scandal If True

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Military Issues, Political Scandals, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

At least 40 immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits have been discharged or now have questionable futures in the country despite having been promised citizenship in exchange for their military service, the Associated Press reports. Per the AP, some who have been discharged said they didn’t get an answer as to why, while others said they were told “they’d been labeled … Read More

Ronny Jackson Bows Out

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Although “the allegations against [him] are completely false and fabricated,” Dr. Ronny Jackson is withdrawing from consideration as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those allegations, which come from more than 20 sources, include passing out drunk while on an overseas trip with then-President Barack Obama, drunkenly pounding on the door of a female employee while on an overseas … Read More

Breaking: Shots Fired At Yountvile (Napa Valley, California) Veterans’ Home; Hostages Taken

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Gun Control, Military IssuesLeave a Comment

Here we go again: The time of those tweets (2:18 pm, 2:16 pm, and 2:04 pm) are EST (my time), but it is 3 hours earlier in California where this is taking place. Here are the early details: YOUNTVILLE (KRON) – The Veterans Home of California Yountville is on lock down Friday morning after reports of an active shooter who is holding 3 … Read More

Trump’s Toy Soldiers

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The order from Trump was “I want a military parade” The parade would be modeled after the Bastille Day parade that Trump spectated last year during a visit to France. “The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” one military official told The Washington Post, which broke the story. Trump was openly admiring of the Bastille … Read More

Trump’s New Target: Family Of A Fallen Soldier

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WaPo: The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa said Wednesday that President Trump “did disrespect my son” with remarks in a condolence telephone call. Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post that she was present during the call from the White House on Tuesday to Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson. Johnson’s mother also … Read More