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On Thursday, David Axe, Andrew Lubin, Dave Dilegge and I were able to speak with Dr. Ai Mehdi Jawad Aldabbagh, spokesperson for the Iraqi Government. Don't ask, I'm not sure what I was doing there either...
News of the Sheik's assassination began to spread while we were on the phone with Dr. Aldabbagh, and Andrew was able to get a fairly fresh reaction from Dr. Aldabbagh.
You can download the audio of the conversation here.
The sudden passing last week of Rep. Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio) brings the tally of congressional deaths this year to four, an unusually high number. <...> Just nine months into the new Congress, the four deaths surpass the number of the last two Congresses combined.And at nearly 1/100, a much higher death rate than US troops experience in Iraq. Bring them home NOW! (Please?)
Shocka at Columbia!
A senior undergrad student in Political Science whose brother attends the Naval Academy realized with dismay that, all of these federally funded military academies?
They're somehow all tied up with the military!
From the Army Times:
Presidential duty has openings for soldiers
By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Sep 16, 2007 9:29:52 EDT
How would you like to be the soldier who dials the phone when the commander in chief wants to talk to the president of Russia?
You may or may not qualify for that specific job, but the odds that you can work for the team that helps keep the White House operating are better than you might expect.
Hundreds of soldiers in more than 30 military occupational specialties are assigned to presidential duties, and there are openings.
The leaders of the White House Communications Agency are looking for the right active-duty enlisted soldiers to work with them in assignments that include the White House, Air Force One, Camp David and others.
The unusual four-year assignment is sure to be memorable.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Wherever the president goes, we go. We’re never seen, but we’re always there behind the scenes,” said Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Gaut, a human resources specialist who has worked in the WHCA for five years.
Just knowing the technical job is not enough, though, Gaut said, explaining that the application process can take up to two years while eligible soldiers are thoroughly checked out for suitability.
The ideal candidates, according to the WHCA, are highly dedicated, professional, responsible and able to work with little supervision. They must be able to travel at a moment’s notice, obtain and keep a top-secret clearance and serve in a four-year presidential support duty billet.
The job specialties included as part of WHCA operations are: 21H, 21L, 21W, 25B, 25F, 25C, 25L, 25M, 25N, 25P, 25Q, 25R, 25S, 25T, 25U, 25V, 25W, 42A, 44C, 44E, 52D, 63B, 88M, 92A, 92Y, 94E, 94W, 96B, 97B and 98G.
Soldiers should have no more than 15 years in service, and those who are still advancing in their careers still will be able to attend Army schools, including the Warrior Leader Course at Fort Knox, Ky.
The assignment is not one that must be done on re-enlistment. Soldiers can apply by going to the Defense Information Systems Agency Web page.
You might want to share this with any recruiters out there - what the IVAW $h!tbags are up to today.
Guess they've got problems with the fact that the Army will probably reach it's recruiting goal for the year.
Spent some time with Bill Roggio this past weekend. More on that later, but for now, here's some insight from Bill on the "arming the militias" issue - a new-ish, bumpersticker-sized quote currently being test-marketed among the ignorati. I guess the stunning stupidity of the phrase is only evident to people who've actually been in Iraq - or know something about the situation here.