Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are grateful to see Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson rebuke Jussie Smollett for perpetrating a hate crime hoax and damaging the reputation of the city. Johnson also blasted the media for ignoring serious issues while providing wall to wall coverage of Smollett. They’re also horrified by reports of a active duty military officer who plotted to kill many people with bombings, shootings, and outbreaks of disease. And they correct MSNBC hosts Katy Tur and Ari Melber for claiming that George Washington was a “native son of New York”.

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Army Targeting, like marketing but more “engaging”!

 

Granted I am a Field Artillery Officer and have spent most of my time in Fire Support/Targeting jobs but this is the best episode to date. We were joined by CW5 Wayne Hart, the Senior 131A in Korea. We spend the hour discussing all things Targeting and explain the process and all that it takes […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Washington Post for calling out California Sen. Kamala Harris for her absurd contention that smaller tax refunds mean you’re paying more in taxes. They also play the entire insane questioning of longtime foreign policy official Elliott Abrams by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and marvel at her ignorance of U.S. history and bizarre badgering of the witness. And they get a kick both out of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planning a floor vote on the Green New Deal and bill sponsor Ed Markey fuming that Republicans are going to hold a vote on his legislation.

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Latin American Aviation Tourism Ideas

 

A few years ago I read an interesting proposal for dealing with refugees real or fake who fetch up at America’s border: fly ’em to America’s airbase in Honduras and process their asylum applications there. By “interesting” I of course mean “but not to anyone with the power to make it happen.” Be that as […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are still shaking their heads over the political chaos in Virginia, but they are happy to see a weakened Gov. Ralph Northam give Republicans most of what they want on tax relief. They also point out some of the most insane provisions included in the Green New Deal, proving how out of touch the socialists in the Democratic Party really are. And they shudder as former KKK official David Duke endorses Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for president because he thinks Gabbard is least likely to send troops to die on behalf of Israel in the Middle East. Gabbard has denounced Duke and rejected the endorsement.

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Fight the Ship: USS Fitzgerald

 

Following up on this thread about the USS Fitzgerald mishap: USS Fitzgerald: The Fort Report I found this excellent presentation by ProPublica breaking down the incident minute by minute: More

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Driver’s Education, US Navy Edition

 

There was very little mainstream media coverage but the United States Navy proved again this week that no matter the size of the ocean, they will take a ship and hit something with it. This time, it was another one of our ships.

On Tuesday the USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), a guided-missle cruiser and the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5), a supply ship, collided during a training exercise off the coast of Florida. No one was injured. The Peary came away with an 8-inch gash above its waterline. The two ships were practicing an “underway replenishment” in which supplies are passed from ship to ship via rigging traveling together at speed.

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Brig. Gen. Donahoe: Life, History, and Profession

 

Matt Schoenfeldt is joined by Brig. Gen. Patrick Donahoe, 8th Army DCG-O. Through the power of storytelling; he shares with us lessons on life, history, and our Army profession. If he has one lesson, read, or in this case listen. Follow us on iTunes and send comments to [email protected] share this show with your friends, […]

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The British are Coming, to Estonia

 

Matt Schoenfeldt and Wyatt Harper are joined by British Army Officer, Dave Calder. Dave walks us through his NATO deployment to Estonia and helps us understand the role NATO is playing in the Baltics. He also shares with us a unique project he is working on at the British Staff Course. Follow us on iTunes […]

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USS Fitzgerald: The Fort Report

 

Sightline Media is an independent media group (formerly part of Gannett) that focuses on the US military and publishes The Navy Times and her sister publications for the Army, Marines and Air Force. On Monday they published part of the Navy’s internal review of the 2017 incident aboard the USS Fitzgerald that claimed the lives of seven sailors. It is not pretty.

Overseen by Rear Adm. Brian Fort, it describes a ship (and a Navy) in disarray, stretched to the limit by multiple deployments, ill-trained and ill-prepared, low on morale and distrustful of leadership on the bridge. Fort describes finding bottles of urine all over the combat information center as evidently the crews were so bereft of trained personnel that those who knew what they were doing couldn’t even take bathroom breaks.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America think President Trump did alright in his speech and agree that his presentation was better than the stiff stares of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They also shake their heads in wonder as more Democrats embrace huge tax increases and government-run health care and Jim breaks down the truly radical ideas contained in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. And speaking of the new congresswoman, Jim unleashes a fantastic rant after Ocasio-Cortez suggests on national television that the people trying to enter the U.S. illegally are more American than people who want a border wall.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see President Trump making a detailed case for border wall funding in tonight’s televised address, a more effective strategy than tweets and sound bites. They also like National Security Adviser John Bolton’s clarification that the Trump administration does want to get our troops out of Syria but we also have no intention of letting ISIS grow again or letting Turkey slaughter the Kurds. They slam the door behind failed Virginia GOP Senate and gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart, who says he will not run for re-election to his local office and is getting out of politics. And Jim is in rare form as he and Greg discuss the fact that every year is an election year in Virginia.

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Are Veterans Targets of the Taliban?

 

Ricochet is the only place I could think of to get an answer for this. Here is the situation. I have a son-in-law that is retired from the Air Force (my daughter is also a veteran of the Air Force). Due to family circumstances, I do not know this man very well. We were told […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America offer the second installment of their prestigious year-end awards. Today they remark on someone they’re sorry to see go, with Jim focusing on an important conservative leaving office and Greg honoring a key figure who left us in 2018. They also share their choices for rising political stars and the political figures who appear to be fading into oblivion – rarely to be heard from again.

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Who Should Be the Next SecDef? (And Why?)

 

The floor is open for nominations. As the original poster, I will get my digs in first: I nominate US Navy Admiral (ret.) Michael S. Rogers.

As the head of the NSA during the FISA/DOJ scandals, he was apparently the only one in that sorry affair with the integrity to blow the whistle on the blatant politicization of our intelligence and law enforcement communities and disregard of the FISA laws and procedures.

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Thoughts on the Mattis Departure

 

When I first heard the news about James Mattis’s resignation, I wondered if Mattis knew before President Trump announced it on Twitter. The President tends to gracelessly announce these things on Twitter. However, I think the letter makes it pretty clear he did. Mattis mentions a time frame for departure. I doubt Trump would have been as specific without Mattis saying so.

Good on Mattis for getting out this way. More cabinet officials should resign before they’re fired in a Tweet. And good on him for defining the terms of his departure. If Trump up and fired him, I doubt there would have been time to wrap things up.

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In Tough Letter, Mattis Resigns as Secretary of Defense

 

Late Thursday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that he will leave the Trump administration in February. In his resignation letter, Mattis told the President, “you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.”

Trump offered kind words on Twitter for the retiring cabinet member. “General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years,” Trump tweeted. “During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting equipment. General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!”

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Kicking Allies

 

President Trump’s behavior is unprecedented, but his decision to withdraw our troops from Syria, while unprecedentedly abrupt, is actually part of a tradition of unforced errors in American foreign policy.

Out of spite, or sometimes as a smokescreen to evade responsibility, Congress and past presidents have managed to lose wars that could have gone the other way. Seeking to make partisan points, we have cost ourselves dearly.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America fume as President Trump says ISIS is defeated in Syria on Wednesday and Thursday he claims that Russia, Iran, and Syria can handle the fight. They’re also disgusted as Trump’s insistence on $5 billion for a border wall seems to be shifting and congressional Republicans appear to have no interest in this fight despite promising one just before the midterm elections. And they hold the door open for Sen. Jeff Flake to leave and never come back as the retiring Arizona lawmaker proposes a new carbon tax just days before leaving office.

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