Why Both Candidates Are Bad for Defense

The empty rhetoric that U.S. armed forces are the best masks serious problems that have been festering for decades. Obama tolerates the problems; candidate Romney would make them even worse. All of it will continue until leaders emerge who understand that more money has meant more decay, and less money can mean the start of reform.

via Not All That It Can Be – By Winslow Wheeler | Foreign Policy.

Matt Bai’s Cold Shower

Is There Life After Mitt? – NYTimes.com.

Matt Bai offers all of us on the Bull Moose wing of the GOP a sobering explanation of why a Mitt Romney loss in November would not automatically force a party-wide rethink of its rightward shift.

Waiting is not the answer. Activism is. Starting in December, it will be time to reawaken the sleeping silent majority.

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“Our military leaders have seen too many half-baked ideas for the use of military force advanced in the Situation Room by hairy-chested civilians who have never seen combat or fired a gun in anger.”

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
“The Militarization of the Presidency”
Armed Forces Journal
July 2012

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt