Always a bridesmaid: I started talking a while ago about the Obama Administration’s issuance of a blank check to the Pentagon and to what they are building, a Military Family Complex, several months ago. Now everyone is stepping up to this very alter. Even the most extreme of conservative groups have decided to create a website specific to having some fun with this very issue (http://www.nomoreblankchecks.com/).

I hate to say it but the First Family could well be causing their own problems by undertaking projects like the call to give all they could to Strengthening America’s Families, given that that promise is really only for military and veteran’s families. People mistake this political convenience for a set of policies of reaching for the low-hanging, most enticing fruit.

The language of the Pentagon used this language directly. Now the president is using it again and everyone is jumping on the train.

So sad and another missed, hurtful opportunity.


Conservative groups are compiling their emotive resources to do some heart-string pulling on President Obama’s “blank checks” that are running the nation into debt. Please, no one share with them that this concept actually does exist within the administration’s efforts to bend over backwards to give military personnel and their families more than they ever wanted when it comes to therapy, education and other types of family assistance support. It was exactly why we put together Divorcing Obama to stop this trend. Perhaps we have fed the monster?

Monster Justice

Posted: May 2, 2011 in Allan Says, Military Wrongs

Americans shouldn’t do cowboy justice. The Bush clan could get away with it because they had no vision of alternatives. Our current Commander in Change can’t, shouldn’t. Monsters get justice too.

No matter how it gets packaged, If it is possible for armed military services to find and get in close personal contact with Osama Bin Laden, it’s possible for us to take him into custody and out of play in other ways. We don’t as a nation accept even the best of evidence as presented by our policing representatives as a given, even for blowhard idiots. We seek justice; justice affirms that we are what makes for a good and honest America/American.

I write this recognizing that few want to hear it. The populist trend is toward being happy that we used our military might to hurt someone we don’t like. That, however, isn’t what we knew undergirded the president we selected; not this guy. Progressives wouldn’t have founded our change hopes on that. Instead, what took place was yet another continuation of the same old, same old.

This is the same problem that made me put together Divorcing Obama, The Book. The First Family’s close association with masking progress in the form of sympathy for those who respond to calls for duty or war services is not what the nation needs. It won’t help us multi-nationally; won’t help philosophically.

I’m sorry we did it.

What we need are the headaches associated with capturing and holding our enemies and figuring out what to do with them. The ugliness of principles keeps us from inadvertently cutting out other new paths toward far worse uglinesses.

We’ve had many national horrors in the past – people, creatures, monsters who have hurt and destroyed innocent people because of their weird eccentricities or because they are mad, crazy mad. We’ve “known” they were the guilty parties. Yet we didn’t, we couldn’t bypass the system that we put in place to protect what they don’t deserve. We never put in place a system to pretend that because they are monsters they don’t get treated the same.

We should not have taken the path of least resistance. We should have found a way to augment what did occur with the resources needed for mission capture not mission kill. If we can get a dozen in, we can get three dozen in. Is the technology all that different?

That’s just the way it has to be. And I, for one, will not accept presidential initiatives as being successful when they fail to stay true to their core vows.

What excuse comes next for why we have to wait for fundamental improvements in empowering people, communities, ideals?


One doesn’t have to lack sympathy for soldiers and their family members to feel that the new White House initiative, Joining Forces (http://www.joiningforcesonline.org/home.shtml), is wrong hearted, a sympathy response to a major policy and emotional issue of concern.

The wounded and hurt of war need special attention; they just do, even if you fundamentally disagree with the wars. As do many of their family members. The people costs of battlefield diplomacy are horrific for the soldiers and sailors and for their loved ones. In fact, we all pay extraordinary and usurious costs for these fighting tactics and few can deny that those who give their lives deserve our enduring commitments.

Which is why this nation has previously invested massive resources into the building of comprehensive and complex networks of care for the service members and their families. The need is not a new consideration and we as a nation have not overlooked this obligation. Many of America’s programs for its veterans are operational and arguably second to none the world over.

The fact that these programs aren’t efficient or even operationally sophisticated even though they are housed inside the world’s most technologically advanced entity comes from structural problems inside the military institution. The departments of defense, Veterans Affairs and their web of associated service industries have come up short on their medical and care expectations for reasons other than money. The VA even “lost” a billion dollars and continues to function in ways that that they self-profess to be impressive for people living with the impact of conflict.

Pouring more money into these services, building more tenticales and expanding their reach is not the right answer, particularly not if the other cost of doing so is depriving other families in need of the resources they need worse. Programs that serve homeless veterans, for example, document that some 50% of their targeted clients get a roof on a regular basis, leaving about 120,000 who may not. Non-service homeless people and families, however, count into the millions and are losing massive subsidies while veteran homeless services are expected to gain hundreds of millions and perhaps even a billion of their own in new money.

In Divorcing Obama we go through the nearly 50 executive and command directives put together in an underlying Presidential Study Order entitled Strengthening Our Military Families: Maintaining America’s Commitment to show why these moves are wrong or unneeded an hurtful to the building of a better national system of care that could do more for more in a better way. (You can buy Divorcing Obama from this site. Click on the tab above and follow the directives to a paper or electronic version.)

The steps being taken and proposed by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden for the president and the vice president can easily amount to the pounding out of a fourth corner in the Military Industrial Complex that many of us boomers recognize as symbolic of the greed and selfishness of the armed corporate infrastructure.

What is being proposed here through Joining Forces is nothing short of starting the creation of a Military Family Complex that could well mirror the same self-interests and efficiencies America’s military already exhibit. And the cost of doing so will be truly devastating to the many, many millions of people who never step foot on a field of war but who still live with the traumatic impact of a nation in conflict.

In-Family Brainwashing

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Military Experts Say Psy-Ops Isn’t Brainwashing: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41833724/ns/health-mental_health/

Pulled quote: “the goal of psy-ops is ‘to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave.’ Usually, a representative said, that means persuading the other side to stop fighting and support the new government.

Usually.


GAO Waste Report – Wasted Health Excellence. The State of America’s Military Health Care System. The one now becoming the focus of the First Family’s mission to Maintaining America’s Commitment:

“Given today’s fiscal environment, Section II of this report summarizes 47 additional areas–beyond those directly related to duplication, overlap, or fragmentation–describing other opportunities for agencies or Congress to consider taking action that could either reduce the cost of government operations or enhance revenue collections for the Treasury. These cost-savings and revenue opportunities also span a wide range of federal government agencies and mission areas. … For example, while the Department of Defense is making limited changes to the governance of its military health care system, broader restructuring could result in annual savings of up to $460 million.”


EDUCATIONAL “FACILITIZATION”

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s this. Our nation’s children need a place to learn. We can’t agree on how it gets done, what lesson plans to use or what techniques, and we definitely cannot agree what we should pay those who do the teaching, but we clearly agree that the place of learning needs to be there.

Thus the beauty of statements of this nature, reflecting a clearly desirable goal: children must have school facilities that are safe, secure, in good repair, and capable of providing an optimal learning environment that supports current and future educational requirements.

Pretty good, huh? That’s Presidential Study Order 2.1.2 in the new initiative entitled Strengthening Our Military Families: Maintaining America’s Commitment. Except, of course, it applies only to military-connected children in the vast array of schools controlled by the Department of Defense. And, by the way, it mirrors the expectations of similar child care/early childhood education programs of DoD too, though most of those are already at 100% accreditation (versus 10% of private facilities).  

The rest of America’s students?

They get to rely on the disputes of the hows and whos not getting in the way of their race to the top.

Facilitizing education seems like a nice military term worth adding to our lexicon!