Military Affairs

A (Temporary) Gubernatorial “Deployment”: Bravo, Governor

By Monique Chartier | April 18, 2012 |

There probably isn’t a single policy issue about which I agree with Governor Chafee. But this is a very good thing that he is doing. Governor Chafee is visiting with Rhode Island troops deployed in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan this week as part of a tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. “They were…

After Criticism, Ship Naming Reverts to Tradition

By Marc Comtois | February 17, 2012 |

A quick follow-up to my post last week on how Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has a high batting average when it comes to departing from naval ship naming conventions: apparently the complaints worked. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, under fire from Congress and veterans for naming ships after fellow Democrats and social activists, plans…

Air Force Soldiers Remains Dumped In A Landfill

By Patrick Laverty | December 12, 2011 |

This seemed like one of those articles that you read the headlines and think to yourself “Nah, it can’t really be about something like that.” The headlines read: Air Force: Remains of service members went to landfill Air Force dumped hundreds of remains of dead soldiers from Dover base into landfill: report Pretty horrible, right?…

Kunis and Timberlake: Two Stars Who “Get it”

By Marc Comtois | November 22, 2011 |

I’m hardly a regular consumer of celebrity culture, but the fact that Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis followed through with their promises to attend respective Marine Corps balls gives me hope that at least some of our contemporary Hollywood stars “get it.” By all accounts, both were good dates. Timberlake blogged about the experience and…

Veterans Day 2011

By Patrick Laverty | November 11, 2011 |

Some Veterans Day events in Rhode Island

Via WPRO, John Loughlin Checks In From Iraq

By Monique Chartier | October 1, 2011 |

John Loughlin, currently serving in Iraq, sent a letter to WPRO (was this via snail mail?), mainly describing his duties and schedule but also touching on living conditions. Below is an excerpt; inexplicably, WPRO did not put up the entire letter. I found his description of the living quarters especially enlightening. Keep in mind that…

Proactively Defending Himself: The Congressman from the First District Responds

By Monique Chartier | September 4, 2011 |

Further to Patrick’s post and in response to my question, You voted “No” on the following amendment. An amendment numbered 38 printed in House Report 112-88 to require that the rules of engagement allow any military service personnel assigned to duty in a designated hostile fire area to have rules of engagement that fully protects…

A “Proactive” Question for Congressman Cicilline

By Monique Chartier | September 1, 2011 |

Congressman Cicilline: I turn to this forum to communicate with you because your Congressional website bars you from receiving e-mail from anyone outside of your district. You voted “No” on the following amendment. An amendment numbered 38 printed in House Report 112-88 to require that the rules of engagement allow any military service personnel assigned…

Cicilline Votes To Not Allow Soldiers to Defend Themselves

By Patrick Laverty | September 1, 2011 |

We’re going to send you to war in hostile territory. We’re going to put you in the line of fire with your life on the line. Will we let you defend yourself when the enemy is shooting at you? No. Or at least so says Congressman David Cicilline. (h/t Helen Glover) An amendment numbered 38…

Anti-War Movement Hypocrites

By Marc Comtois | August 10, 2011 |

As the loss of a helicopter full of special forces operatives reminds us, war means casualties. Unfortunately, they can’t be eliminated and, as a nation, we need to be able to weather them and continue to support our troops in the war on terror. Our warriors deal with it every day while on the front…