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Army Pain, Army Shame…Nation’s Gain?

 

Interesting comment at a Tuesday morning breakfast with Army Col. Kevin Galloway, the service’s pain czar*:

You used to drive around outside a military post and what was outside — pawnshops and tattoo parlors. You know what you see now? You see pain clinics popping up. They’re meeting an unmet need that’s inside the gate. Some

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Good Riddance x 2

First, Iraq makes it clear it doesn’t want U.S. troops hanging around. Then, over the weekend, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says:

If fighting starts between Pakistan and the U.S., we are beside Pakistan. If Pakistan is attacked and if the people of Pakistan need Afghanistan’s help, Afghanistan will be there with you.

Sure, he was …

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Gaddafi’s Death: A Fox Rerun?

The long-forgotten television show Second Chance aired on the fledgling Fox network from September to November, 1987. This bit from its pilot episode 24 years ago — that would be after Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi ordered a Berlin disco bombing that killed two U.S. servicemen, but before his henchmen blasted Pan Am 103 from the …

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F-22 Raptors Grounded, Again, Due to Thin Air

It was only a month ago that the Air Force let its F-22 warplanes — the most costly fighters in world history — back into the skies after more than four months confined to the tarmac.

As we noted September 21:

The Air Force has decided to let its fleet of F-22 fighters back into the air beginning Wednesday without fixing the

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Trick or Treat, Moammar Goblinafi!

Somehow seems appropriate that NATO’s mission in Libya is now slated to end October 31, a week from Monday. That would be Halloween (want to scare your neighbors? Get your Gaddafi mask here). “We have taken a preliminary decision to end Operation Unified Protector on Oct. 31, and we will take a formal decision in the next few days,” …

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Iraq: Tanks for the Memories

The U.S. military invaded Iraq in 2003 without permission. But now that it no longer has approval from Baghdad’s post-Saddam government to stay beyond 2011, all U.S. forces will be pulling out by year’s end, President Obama said Friday. “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said at the White House. …

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“You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Vet”

The Department of Veterans Affairs released a study Friday into how to care for veterans…of 1991’s Gulf War, notorious for a spate of ailments lumped together as Gulf War syndrome. It notes:

Of the 529,034 Servicemembers who served in Operation Desert Shield (of whom approximately 6.8 percent were women), 152,126 Veterans filed

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