Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, August 14, 2015

Ashton Carter and the Joint Chiefs Should be Shot at Dawn

If there is any truth to this:
The Pentagon is blocking the return of UK permanent resident Shaker Aamer and two other longtime Guantánamo Bay detainees for whom the US Department of State has completed diplomatic deals to transfer home, the Guardian has learned.

American and UK diplomats reached an agreement in late 2013 for the return of Aamer, who has spent more than 13 years at the infamous detention facility without charge, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the understanding.

But even as the White House pledged to make his case a priority after a personal plea from David Cameron, Barack Obama’s defense secretaries have played what one official called “foot-dragging and process games” to let the deals languish.
If that is at all true, then they are violating the Constitution. The President is the C-in-C; Carter's choice, and those of his generals, is to obey or resign. Anything else should result in, well, the Redcoats had a way of dealing with that.

4 comments:

Now Am Found! said...

absolutely right!

sdean7855 said...

Or...
Byng's execution is referred to in Voltaire's novel Candide with the line 'Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres' – "In this country, it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others."
From
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Minorca_(1756)

D. said...

Czech subtitles! Cool.

(I'm still not sitting through Breaker Morant, even though that clip firmly disentangles it from the section of Australian war movies that also holds Gallipoli.)

(Also, the Boer War gave us the Boy Scouts.)

D. said...

Wait, that wasn't germane.

If the Justice Department won't prosecute the banksters, you can hardly expect the defense apparatus to go after itself. President Obama is not President Truman, after all.