Military Entitlements Are Killing Readiness

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We have trouble sharing WSJ pieces. Hopefully, they don’t mind this copy of their article. By MACKENZIE EAGLEN AND MICHAEL O’HANLON Members of Congress rarely miss an opportunity to trumpet their support for the troops, and the 2014 Defense Appropriations bill passed Wednesday by the House trumpeted away. Health coverage for life with minimal cost sharing? Check. Retiree pensions? Check. Generous housing allowances, grocery discounts, tuition assistance, tax breaks and more? Check. That’s just a small recompense to the men and women who risk their lives for us, right? Not exactly. America has arrived at a moment when the honorable instinct to keep boosting military compensation risks harming the very men and women Congress claims to be helping. The reality is that the U.S. doesn’t have one sacred …

A nuclear world

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“President Obama came to office in 2009 promising to negotiate with America’s enemies and create a world without nuclear weapons. Four years later, North Korea is threatening America with nuclear attack, Iran is closer to its own atomic arsenal, and the world is edging ever closer to a dangerous new era of nuclear proliferation. The promises and the reality are connected. … All of this is occurring even as Mr. Obama has pursued the most aggressive nuclear arms control agenda since the 1970s — or more likely because of it. In April 2009, the President famously declared that reducing U.S. nuclear stockpiles ‘will then give us a greater moral authority to say to Iran, don’t develop a nuclear weapon; to say to North Korea, don’t proliferate nuclear weapons.’ …

157 Air Force Majors terminated without retirement benefits

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Obama is blamed for so much that is real but sometimes for what is not. I’ve asked a friend who knows about things military if he has heard of this… Reportedly, 157 Air Force Majors are to be terminated at the end of November before earning full retirement benefits, including health care coverage. This is contrary to usual practice.

German paper: Iran is building rocket launch bases in Venezuela

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Hot Air is reporting that Die Welt is reporting that Iran is building rocket launchers in Venezuela. Part of the reported deal is that Venezuela will fire rockets at Iran’s enemies if Iran is attacked. Who could that be? Venezuela is just under 1,500 miles from Florida. Iran has rockets with ranges up to 1,250 miles with a new one in the works with a range of 2,500 miles. Isn’t it great having a great communicator as President?