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Defense Secretary Gates tells his troops…’back to uniforms’ in the Pentagon…

Since 9/11 most of the officers working in the Pentagon have had the option of wearing BDU’s…or Battle Dress Uniforms to work……the BDU’s or combat fatigues’,  are the work uniforms of the military…..camofluge pants, shirts and informal hats…….

But with move into the new year….. the ‘Boss’…Secretary Gates, has let it be know that he would prefer his troops in uniforms….. And so it shall be……

The only service that won’t have to change will be the Navy……The never went to BDU’s……

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January 18, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, September 11, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Defense Secretary Gates tells his troops…'back to uniforms' in the Pentagon…

Since 9/11 most of the officers working in the Pentagon have had the option of wearing BDU’s…or Battle Dress Uniforms to work……the BDU’s or combat fatigues’,  are the work uniforms of the military…..camofluge pants, shirts and informal hats…….

But with move into the new year….. the ‘Boss’…Secretary Gates, has let it be know that he would prefer his troops in uniforms….. And so it shall be……

The only service that won’t have to change will be the Navy……The never went to BDU’s……

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, September 11, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Could the Commander-in Chief be sending 40,000 troops to Afghanistan?

Back on Saturday, I did a post on Obama giving his authorization for more troops to General McChrystal for Afghanistan?……Well, I said lets wait for the leaks…he, he, he….It hasn’t taken long……here’s the first…..40,000 troops?………Everyone is gonna have to wait the week……Obama’s getting out of D.C and going to Asia!

November 9, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afghanistan is not Iraq……General Patreaus’s strategy dropped……….

General Patreaus’s counterinsurgency strategy of sending the troops out to the boonies to meld with the population, and take the fight to the enemy was successful in Iraq, combined with the ‘surge’……but not so in Afghanistan ( several local bases have been overrun, with casualties ). And so, the White House, seeing headlines of these situations, and the causality reports (which are very sensitive to the US media) , has decided that instead of bolstering up that policy… they will begin to go to the century’s old ‘castle and protect the population one’…….

It has become evident that the President ( echo’s of Viet Nam?) really has no choice but to increase the troop level in the country. McChrystal has been successful in pushing the Pentagon, and the White House in that direction……but the Commander-in-Chief…ever the organizer and compromiser (and politician ) seems to be moving towards a middle ground between Vice President Biden’s call for a smaller footprint and an aggressive ‘hunter killer’ units in the bushes strategy, and McChrstal’s original do the ‘whole 9 yards’ scenario……..

Wel….after all……Patreaus was Bush’s favorite…wasn’t he?

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Afghanistan is not Iraq……General Patreaus's strategy dropped……….

General Patreaus’s counterinsurgency strategy of sending the troops out to the boonies to meld with the population, and take the fight to the enemy was successful in Iraq, combined with the ‘surge’……but not so in Afghanistan ( several local bases have been overrun, with casualties ). And so, the White House, seeing headlines of these situations, and the causality reports (which are very sensitive to the US media) , has decided that instead of bolstering up that policy… they will begin to go to the century’s old ‘castle and protect the population one’…….

It has become evident that the President ( echo’s of Viet Nam?) really has no choice but to increase the troop level in the country. McChrystal has been successful in pushing the Pentagon, and the White House in that direction……but the Commander-in-Chief…ever the organizer and compromiser (and politician ) seems to be moving towards a middle ground between Vice President Biden’s call for a smaller footprint and an aggressive ‘hunter killer’ units in the bushes strategy, and McChrstal’s original do the ‘whole 9 yards’ scenario……..

Wel….after all……Patreaus was Bush’s favorite…wasn’t he?

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

McChrystal doesn't give an inch…….

While the President works his way thru policy meetings on the grand strategy for Afghanistan…and  Pakistan…The commander in charge of the AFPAK region goes on….Steadily asking for more troops and resources, and fighting the war, on two fronts…..

He is overseeing the campaign in country….And his commanders are pushing hard on the ground…which has resulted in ground gaining but, US and Allied troops are running into a determined enemy, that has caused a spike in causalities. McChrystal is worried that his gains will slip away if he doesn’t get more troops to hold ground…..And so the general has become engaged in a second front….

McChrstal is now also in a campaign to get more troops……and more resources to rebuild Aftganhistan……make no mistake about it., this is the second front…..The  for at the Pentagon is over…the General and  Admirals are behind him, So is Joint Chief Mullen, and  it appears that Defense Sec. Gates is backing him also…….. Congress is probably not gonna be a hard sell, since there have been leaks to the press, that the CIC will have to get help on funding the ‘surge’, from the Republicans……

My advice to McChrystal would be to watch the White House…….That ‘s the mine field….Experience tells me that there are going to be people over there that will resent, and not forget the general’s moves to get the President ( McChrystal’s CIC ) on board his push for the surge (which is gonna anger sections of his party), with nation building that will prolong this war……..

The general seems to be on point, marching hard…and focused on his objective……

Update……..A piece from the Washington Post on the CIC meeting with the General aboard Air Force One……

Update#2…..Jones of the NSC does a pushback on McCrystal…..I told you he has a two front war…..

Update#3….and someone uses the Washington Post to leak a another warning shot…..things are getting hot on both fronts!……

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

McChrystal doesn’t give an inch…….

While the President works his way thru policy meetings on the grand strategy for Afghanistan…and  Pakistan…The commander in charge of the AFPAK region goes on….Steadily asking for more troops and resources, and fighting the war, on two fronts…..

He is overseeing the campaign in country….And his commanders are pushing hard on the ground…which has resulted in ground gaining but, US and Allied troops are running into a determined enemy, that has caused a spike in causalities. McChrystal is worried that his gains will slip away if he doesn’t get more troops to hold ground…..And so the general has become engaged in a second front….

McChrstal is now also in a campaign to get more troops……and more resources to rebuild Aftganhistan……make no mistake about it., this is the second front…..The  for at the Pentagon is over…the General and  Admirals are behind him, So is Joint Chief Mullen, and  it appears that Defense Sec. Gates is backing him also…….. Congress is probably not gonna be a hard sell, since there have been leaks to the press, that the CIC will have to get help on funding the ‘surge’, from the Republicans……

My advice to McChrystal would be to watch the White House…….That ‘s the mine field….Experience tells me that there are going to be people over there that will resent, and not forget the general’s moves to get the President ( McChrystal’s CIC ) on board his push for the surge (which is gonna anger sections of his party), with nation building that will prolong this war……..

The general seems to be on point, marching hard…and focused on his objective……

Update……..A piece from the Washington Post on the CIC meeting with the General aboard Air Force One……

Update#2…..Jones of the NSC does a pushback on McCrystal…..I told you he has a two front war…..

Update#3….and someone uses the Washington Post to leak a another warning shot…..things are getting hot on both fronts!……

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment