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Lawman last won the day on July 31 2021

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  1. Covered in the NDAA they pass yearly. Which is part of the problem since we seem to slip further and further right as far as date the thing gets passed through Congress and signed by the President. Lines of funding are worked out afterward, so although a bonus may be authorized to say 35k, the total allotted funding for the program may only exist to pay a portion of the available service members. The last two years the Army aviation bonus has run out of funding around the start of Q4. It pays to be in the front of the line if you’re going to pull the trigger on it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. We aren’t “lowering” the norms/standard…. We are “modifying” it. And see that’s a different word which makes it ok… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I’m sure roles reversed with a Democratic Senator demanding to know if any federal agency elements were in place during a riot as a BLM member would be totally legit to the same people complaining about Cruz and others questions. If FBI agents had been say active members in encouraging the CHAZ riots it would of course be a problem. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Pretty much every gunnery at Fort Hood… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Some of us know a now retired LtCol who was at one time on a no kidding Air Force recruiter skateboarding group in his young enlisted days… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. That’s so your land lord can get himself reset before putting the place up for its new rent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Housing prices in my area are ~1.4-1.7x their value a year or two ago… And mine went down. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Trump was routinely calling for (correctly) NATO partner nations to get off their collective asses and use their economic capability to fund a viable military parity to the threat they were all facing… He was lambasted in the press for that while they stroked themselves off to Justin Trudeau’s wearing socks with the NATO flag on it. The PM of Canada… Canada that NATO partner that still lacks a viable front line fighter to contribute because JT campaigned on canceling F-35, and start a years long delayed fly off competition that might have them still buy F-35s a decade later…. Merkle’s legacy should be leaving the strongest economic power in Europe with a military so devoid of ready capable forces. You hear zero criticisms of that that kind of thing. But plenty of shade over the last 4 years any time Trump did or said anything about NATO. Now the chips are actually needing to be played, the guy in the seat responsible for our a foreign Policy is punting on decision making to an organization given a free pass at floundering for years, and not a criticism at it from our friends in the media. Yeah… I’m sure Trump would be receiving the same kind of friendly take on saying something along the lines of “it’s NATOs problem to decide.” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I have no doubt that is entirely intentional. Winter favors nobody specifically, but political will dries up real quick when a population can’t make power or heat the houses it’s people live in. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Man I’d love to look into the parallel universe where a still President Trump overtly says in the media “we are under no obligation to protect Ukraine,” and then punts it to NATO to make the call on any response. I’m sure that would be totally respected and not met with raging criticism. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. This is a guy who was in command of a significant organization in Eastern Germany as the wall came down. He’s on record demanding the military commander in East Berlin use force to put down the groups reunifying the country and was told by the military commander “yeah you’re on your own.” Unfortunately we (Americans) view the guy through meme source only and really think it’s just some shirtless bald dude riding bears and swilling vodka while he runs a broke down superpower. He’s probably one of the most intelligent leaders on the planet, and anybody in the political sphere who recognizes that gets lambasted either as calling up old Reagan policy (Romney) or being in love with the guy (Trump). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Better question. 1. Could we…? 2. How many times could we do that or start doing that before we are spent? I don’t know if it’s suddenly forgotten but we got to “show the world” our unquestioned airlift superiority in the “greatest single airlift operation in history.” What we really showed to anybody smart is we just spent a shit load of flight hours and build a hell of a backlog MX on the fleet of airplanes that takes time to repay. Anybody with two brain cells knows our world wide rapid response is anchored around our airlift. How many of the great power foes would be smart enough to realize they can chose to mobilize and force our prudent mass movements only to then easily stand down and let us with a few movements through slow attrition lose our ability or at least severely limit it. There is a reason things like aircraft slants and readiness exercises are supposed to be closely held in secret. I’ll be honest the next massive typhoon, earthquake, volcano that comes down on some 3rd world shithole, we park the grey tails and pay fedex/Kallita/etc to haul it and preserve our readiness over trying to win the world opinion race by writing the biggest check. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Picture of the ACARS message about it… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I think in all likelihood the deployment of US troops to Ukraine would be an explainable reason for the political leadership in NATO to walk away from the article 5 commitments. They didn’t start going after AQ when the Cole was bombed, they did it because we took the hit on home turf with no provocation. Losing a chunk of 2nd Stryker deployed out of Rose Barracks across borders into Ukraine isn’t going to motivate the Germans to suddenly commit their paltry forces to avenge us. It’s going to give them the logic they need to tell their populations “this isn’t our war.” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I mean let’s not lie we are guilty of the same kind of “looks good to me” future progression type of thinking. How often have we seen the chosen son/daughter or one of the anointed favorites of a commander seemingly progress to loftier positions ahead of peers often times more deserving and at the detriment to the long term health of the system. The dangerous ones (both politically and militarily) are the ones with selfish ambition to higher position because of the power it brings and early recognition that they are amongst the beautiful peoples club. Those are the careerists/politicians they scare me, because they’ve figured out how to weaponize the stratification in the system in a way that ceases being a meritorious reward and merely checks all the right boxes in the visual check. And not one damn bit of their motivation to do a job has any override on the desire to merely progress higher up the ladder. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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