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The President-Elect's policy shifts in Afghanistan printed in the Washington Post have raised eyebrows. Is negotiating with the Taliban the path we want to take?? It did not work for Pakistan.
My concerns are here.
...don't miss this podcast from C.J..
Folks, our Veterans Day special on BlogTalkRadio is going to be an historic event. For the first time EVER, an internet talk show will be syndicated on a national radio show! We are working in close conjunction with the great people from KFBK radio and Patriotwatch in Sacramento, California. The You Served podcast has the potential of reaching literally millions of new listeners in one night across more than 10 states on the West Coast. Troy and I will be co-hosting with Bruce Maiman of KFBK.Check out the list of guests at the link.
This week's show is on a completely different date and time. In order to honor Veterans Day, we will air the show on Tuesday and begin at 2100 EST in order to sync up with the West Coast (we go live nationwide at 2200 EST with KFBK). This gives everyone plenty of time to get home from their parades and listen in on this historic show! This may be the only time all these great Americans are in the same place.
The Virtual Veterans Day Parade is up over at the You Served blog. CJ thanks all the participants in the parade, the VA Mortgage Center is donating $460 to Soldier's Angels' Operation Valour-IT, $20 for each participant.
You can see Mudville and MilBlogs entries below the fold
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The motivation for this blog is to discuss how we could tap into the power of blogs to help get the Army's story out - how blogs may be used to help round out traditional media. I'm an Army Major and currently a student at the Air Command and Staff College. As a graduation requirement, we each must complete a research project and I've chosen to examine the potential benefits (and inherent challenges) of not just allowing Soldiers to blog, but actually encouraging blogging among our troops.He'd appreciate your input here.
Disclaimer: The teams are not endorsed or sponsored by the DoD or any sub-component. But that doesn't mean YOU can't join one of them here.
If you just want to add one (or all) of the donate buttons to your site, you'll find them here.
Every cent raised for Project Valour-IT goes directly to the purchase and shipment of laptops and other technology for severely wounded service members. As of November 2008, Valour-IT has distributed over 2700 laptops to severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines across the country, and is now expanding its mission to include other technology that supports physical and psychological recovery.All done!
Valour-IT accepts donations in any amount to support our mission, but also offers a sponsorship option for laptops. An individual or organization may sponsor a wounded soldier by completely funding the cost of a laptop and continuing to provide that soldier with personal support and encouragement throughout recovery. This has proved to be an excellent project for churches, groups of coworkers or friends, and members of community organizations such Boy Scouts.
Originally Valour-IT provided the voice-controlled software that accompanies the laptops, but now works closely with the Department of Defense Computer/electronic Accommodations Program (CAP): CAP supplies the adaptive software and Valour-IT provides the laptop. In addition, DoD caseworkers serve as Valour-IT’s “eyes and ears” at several medical centers, identifying patients in need of laptops and other technological support for their recovery. Wounded military personnel can also directly request a laptop through the sign-up form or through the Valour-IT/Soldiers' Angels representatives at the following medical centers:
* Balboa Naval Hospital
* Brooke Army Medical Center
* Madigan Regional Medical Center
* National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda Naval Hospital)
* Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton
* Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital (29 Palms)
* Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Thanks to the efforts of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Valour-IT is also able to reach patients in VA hospitals who would benefit from a Valour-IT laptop or other technology to support their recovery and independence.
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
By John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the for:
To you from failing hand we throw
The torch; be yours t hold it high.
If you break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
I prefer the way the Commonwealth chooses to mark the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month - it is closer to what it should be. It is important to remember a conflict that in many ways marks the end of Part 1 of a two part play where Europe destroys itself and gave birth to the world we know. In a much smaller world, 20 million died in order to only bring another greater horror a generation later.
We should all ponder the second and third order effects of unfinished conflicts; of weakening resolve of the free in the face of tyranny, of comfortable compromises of the now that undermine the potential of the future.
Cross-posted at CDR Salamander.
The "Change" site was a cut-and-paste from the campaign site. For now, at least, you can still view it here (link should go straight to issues page, but you might be prompted to donate to the campaign first.)
But when reading there, bear in mind what I said in comment on the previous post: The campaign is over and he needs to start developing policy, and no doubt learning about the world today will drive much of that policy. How much of the campaign rhetoric survives will be testament to the ability of those who crafted the original positions to actually write a lot and nothing at the same time.
I wanted to check his Afghanistan policy (I've read his Iraq policy a few times) but just noticed he doesn't have one.
By the way, this is interesting:
Lost amid all of the jubilation of the Obama victory was the announcement by the Obama transition team that it had set up a separate transition program beyond the one that is paid for by the American taxpayer. Called the "Obama/Biden Transition Project," it is a 501(c)4 tax-exempt organization, with no limits on the contributions it can receive and no requirements to divulge the names of individuals or organizations that give it money.
...the nonprofit may also serve as a haven for Obama supporters and campaign loyalists who for one reason or another can't be employed by the Administration or in the federal government. "There are some people who have been with us from the beginning who are clearly political liabilities or who won't be able to qualify for a job, say, because they can't get a security clearance," says another aide...
Regardless of the purpose, Obama campaign officials say there is no intention of shutting down the 501(c) 4 Project after the transition is over.