Well look at this….
The SEAL’s have come to see that white guys with steel eyes and crew cuts aren’t gonna be TOO hard to spot and ID as Special Operators in Africa or Asia…
I comment the Navy for getting on the ball and reaching out for MORE diversity in the Special Operations ranks…
It can only Help the units….
The homepage of the SEALs’ recruiting website
In nature, most seals are black, with relatively few white ones. The Navy’s SEALs have exactly the opposite problem – they’re overwhelmingly white, with hardly any blacks. So they’re trying to do something about it.
It’s a fundamental challenge in a democracy with an all-volunteer force: recruits may be drawn from all segments of society, but elite military units – and none is more elite these days than the SEALs, following their dispatch of Osama bin Laden last May – tend to draw from small pools of talent. For the SEALs, that includes athletic young men who are smart and good in the water. For whatever reason, that has led to an overwhelmingly white SEAL force.
Say the SEALs:
Gaps exist in minority representation in both officer and enlisted ranks for Special Warfare operators. Diverse officers represent only ten percent of the officer pool (for example, African Americans represent less than 2% of SEAL officers). Diverse enlisted SEALs account for less than twenty percent of the total SEAL enlisted population. Naval Special Warfare is committed to fielding a force that represents the demographics of the nation it serves. This contract initiative seeks effective strategies to introduce high potential candidates from diverse backgrounds to the opportunities available in Naval Special Warfare.
The SEALs are considering hiring help to attract thousands of “minority males in the 16–24 year-old target age range” to become SEALs. “This contract will create a mechanism to enhance Naval Special Warfare’s ability to conduct outreach, raise awareness, mentor, and increase self-selection to a career as a SEAL within minority communities,” a recently-posted draft contract solicitation says.
The Navy isn’t seeking only black SEALs: “Challenges for minority recruitment also exist in the Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander (API), Native American, and Arab American populations among others,” the announcement notes. “Given shifting demographics, these gaps in representation need to be corrected to ensure continued access. There are sustainment, societal, educational, and operational drawbacks to failing to correct this disparity.”
Ain’t that the truth. U.S. special operators have long acknowledged they face challenges mixing in with foreign populations because they look so American. The SEALs acknowledge as much: “Traditional SEAL Team demographics will not support some of the emerging mission elements that will be required,” it says.
Two pictures highlight the challenge:
On the cover of the latest issue of Newsweek are 10 SEALs. All of them appear to be Caucasian. That’s the reality.
But when you go to the SEALs’ recruiting website, there are only two SEALs. Both of them appear to be African-American.
That’s the desire…..
I want you to take a look at two places the US and it’s Allies have tried to HELP….
Iraq and Afghanistan….
I want to remind you of todays headlines….
In Iraq there have been steady bombing for last several days…..
In Afghanistan there have been protests……
The bombings in Iraq have been done as the political sides manuever for power in a THEIR country after the Americans and NATO packed up their combat troops and left….
The protests with shootings in Afghanistan have been ignited by a dumb decision by someone in the military to burn koran’s instead of disposing of them more ssesabliy …..
Or giving them away …..
Both incident demonstrate the limits of ANY outside power to HELP the natives….
While the ‘help’ will Always embraced with open arms……
History has taught us that sooner or later the help WILL become the enemy….
So while the US STILL has Special Ops ‘Hunter’ squads operating in Iraq…
The troops are gone…
The same will be the case in Afghanistan in a year or two…
Libya the last place the American’s and Allies offered help is a mess……
There is NO reason to think that Syria won’t be after this Civil War/Arab Spring fight is over….
There is news that the Arab states ARE shipping arms to the resistance…
That only means more guns….
We need to take a breather….
And wait to see how the slow ramp up of Special Ops in Africa play…
Let Syria be Syria….
We can deal with the survivor’s
Ron Paul may be right afterall…
There will be a “Linsanity” version of the Hyperfuse.
Jeremy Lin is getting his own shoe. Nike is reportedly planning to cash in on the Linsanity that is sweeping the basketball nation by releasing a Jeremy Lin “Linsanity” edition Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 shoe.
Global CP reports that Lin is currently by Nike and typically wears plain white, blue, or black editions of the Hyperfuse 2011.
The Linsanity edition will bear his name and will feature Knicks’ colors.
Last night I re-read the John Hellemann piece written right after last weeks Arizona debate…..
About half way into the piece that basically states that the Republican party has got itself into the mess that finds itself in now in the nomination race…
Hellermann writes this about about how Mitt Romney’s campaign apparatus chewed up Newt Gingrich and spit him out….
Sure Newt helped but in all the noise ….
The media ….And indeed most of us miss this….
An hour or so after the Republican debate in Jacksonville on January 26, Romney’s chief strategist, Stuart Stevens, was in the spin room employing his iPad as a weapon. Stevens asked if I knew how many times Gingrich was mentioned in Reagan’s memoir. Calling up the text onscreen andsearching the document, he revealed the answer: zero. Stevens then asked the same about a different memoir—Jack Abramoff’s. Here the number of mentions was larger: thirteen. Stevens asked, “What does that tell you?” I ventured, “That Newt is full of shit?” Stevens: “You said it, buddy.”
Stevens’s parlor trick was a minor, albeit delightful, element of the two-front assault waged by Team Romney on Gingrich in Florida: strafing him from the air with negative ads and badgering him on the ground, which involved not only working the press but sending operatives to Gingrich’s every event to offer instant rebuttals. One objective here was to refute Gingrich’s claims to being at once instrumental to the Reagan Revolution and a Washington outsider; another was to rattle him, to piss him off, to get inside his head.
Together with two stellar debate showings by Romney, the anti-Newt incursion accomplished all that and more, driving Gingrich to fits of defensive distraction, undisguised irritation, and an in toto effort in Florida that was every bit as feeble as his South Carolina bid had been robust. And in its indiscipline, lassitude, and wackiness—how many news cycles did he squander on that freaking lunar colony?—it made manifest why he was never a plausible Republican nominee…….*
Mitt Romney keeps screwing up when he opens his mouth…
But Mitt Romney STILL leads the field….
He is still the man EVERYONE is trying to knock off…
And that because of his campaign organization…
Not particularly him….
We look back to how Romney got slugged by Cain, Perry, Newt and now Santorum….
We see a Republican who HAS money…
Who CAN’T tell a story without backing up….
You HAS learned to attack…
(He got the best of Santorum last week…..Just like he got the best of Newt)
A week ago Rick Santorum was tearing up the polling charts….
Now HE is fighting for HIS political future……
Low on money……
Described by even Republican’s as a ‘throw back’ to the 1950′s….
And has the headache of having the Romney people defining him as the past Washington ‘Insider’ he was……
Let me finish this piece by reminding everyone…..
Rick Santorum IS the Blue collar, white guy, who wants to tell females to stay barefoot and pregnant…..
If he wins the GOP nomination……
With little or no organization and less money….
Being a Washington insider that was liked just a hair more than Newt……
It will be because in the end….
If the guy who has run a dogged campaign….
Looping off ALl of his opponents …..
STILL can’t make it as the parties BEST/WORST Choice against a younger challenger who appeals to a segment of the American population
That is shrinking everyday under the weight of a country moving into the 21st Century…..
In this Dogs mind….
The GOP REALLY does NOT want to elect a President….
And I’m ALL for that…..
Obama WILL WIN
It IS just that simple…
BREAKING: Gulf oil spill trial delayed, allowing another week for settlement talks, people close to case say -RJJ
The civil trial is set to begin in a New Orleans Courtroom while settlement talks continue….
The Trial could set the civil penalties and percent of responsibilities for the parties involved…
In addition, the outcome of THIS matter could effect other civil suits and a possible criminal investigation by the Justice Department….
An unfair resolution could also spell political trouble in the region for the Administration……
Lawyers involved in the case said settlement talks were continuing through the weekend. Unlike Exxon, which spent two decades fighting damage claims over the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill in Alaska, BP has been eager to put to rest the entire affair surrounding its ill-fated Macondo exploration well. But while opposing sides often reach agreement on the eve of trials, lawyers familiar with the case said the trial would probably move ahead. “The parties remain significantly far apart,” said one of the lawyers, on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing.
Firm numbers were hard to come by, but some sources said that the private plaintiffs group and the Justice Department were each seeking more than $25 billion in civil claims. If the Justice Department decides to file criminal charges, that would be a separate trial.
Any settlement by the Justice Department could have political impact if voters see it as not large enough given the size of the spill and of BP, still one of the world’s biggest oil giants. The associate attorney general in charge of negotiations, Thomas J. Perrelli, also oversaw talks that led to the recent $26 billion foreclosure abuse settlement with major banks. Perrelli, a law school acquaintance of President Obama, is leaving the department March 9 after three years as its No. 3 official.
If the trial moves ahead, lawyers for the plaintiffs’ steering committee and the Justice Department are expected to attack BP and rig owner Transocean, saying that their gross negligence and willful misconduct led to the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which caught fire and sankApril 20, 2010, killing 11 people and eventually spilling as much as 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
If found guilty of gross negligence, BP and Transocean could have to pay $4,300 a barrel instead of $1,100 a barrel in federal fines under the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act for oil that was not recaptured. (Under one scenario,BP pays $3.5 billion)