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Russian media report unexplained blasts at 2 military bases
"They have been unexplained blasts at two military bases in Russia. Reports from Russian media say explosions have rocked two air bases in the country, one of them housing nuclear capable strategic bombers that have been involved in strikes against Ukraine. Neither Ukrainian or Russian authorities have commented on the possible cause of the blast when asked whether president Vladimir Putin had been briefed about one of the base explosions, Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry peskov, said that the president is being regularly informed about ongoing developments. This comes as many western nations have enacted a $60 per barrel cap on the price they will pay for Russian crude oil, part of efforts to put a financial squeeze on Moscow over Russia's 9 month old invasion of Ukraine. I'm Charles De Ledesma
N. Korea fires artillery near border in warning to S. Korea
"South Korea's military says North Korea has fired about 130 suspected artillery rounds into the water, near their western and eastern sea borders. South Korea's joint chiefs of staff say the weapons fell within the northern side of buffer zones, created under the 2018 integrand agreement to reduce military tensions. There's been, though, no immediate reports of shells falling inside South Korean territorial waters. The south's military says it communicated a verbal warning to the north over the firings and urged it to abide by the agreement the north's firings are possibly a response to the south's artillery exercises scheduled for Monday to Wednesday near an inland border town. I'm Charles De
Keep COVID military vaccine mandate, defense chief says
"The Pentagon chief says he wants to keep the military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate in place to protect the health of the troops. Defense secretary Lloyd Austin's making it clear, he supports a continuation of mandatory COVID vaccines for military personnel. He tells reporters we lost a million people in this country to the virus and hundreds in the Defense Department, adding that mandatory vaccinations are keeping people healthy. More than 20 Republican governors sent a letter to President Biden, asking the administration remove the mandate, which they say hurts the National Guard's ability to recruit troops. Congress may consider legislation this coming week to end mandates as part of the defense budget process. Jackie Quinn, Washington.
Official says over 10,000 Ukrainian troops killed in war
"A top adviser to Ukraine's president, has cited military chiefs as saying 10,000 to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the country's 9 month old struggle against Russia's invasion. Michael podolak has given new figures about Ukrainian soldiers killed in battle, while noting the number of injured troops was higher and civilian casualty counts significant. The rare comment is far below estimates of Ukrainian casualties from western leaders last month, general Mark milley, the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, said as many as 40,000 Ukrainian soldiers and well over 100,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded, he added that it was the same thing probably on the Ukrainian side. I'm Charles De Ledesma
Jim Hanson: Elon Musk Is Giving a Masterclass on Disruptive Change
"I want to talk about somebody who is doing positive disruption right now. I want to talk about my man Elon Musk. All right, and I'm not a fanboy in the pathetic or anything Elon does is brilliant and I thoughtfully will do whatever it is because you're not putting a chip in my head, brother, okay? That ain't happening. But the rest of the stuff he's been doing over the past couple of months has been a master class on disruptive change. There's a thing that in the military, fighter pilots called the ooda loop, observe orient decide act, and what it means is if you're doing the Top Gun thing and you're flying behind the guy and you can observe orient your plane, decide what to do and act faster than the other guy you can kill him. And Elon has been slaying people. He's been Snoopy killing the red dragon or the red baron. Bottom line, everything he's done that people have immediately gone, oh my God, Elon's gonna destroy Twitter. He bought it to destroy it because he's just a crazy billionaire. He's gonna fire everyone and there'll be no one left to Twitter to work. Well, guess what? Every time they say he's gonna destroy Twitter and he's gonna break it, what happens about a week later, everybody's going, wow. That went kind of well. Twitter, how many people did they need to go ahead and operate the bird app? Apparently not 7500 woke losers like they had. It seems like they may be needed a couple thousand. So the 5000 people that Elon chased out of that building, what were they doing? I think we all know what they were doing. They were shutting us down. And guess what? Good riddance to woke rubbish. They're gone. The bird app still works. They're making it better, right? Every day. He's coming out with new things that are going to happen. And every day, the usual suspects like, oh my God. They took the ban off, saying crazy things about COVID. Yeah, you know why? Because the government propaganda on COVID was the actual disinformation and all the people that the woke tools banned for telling the truth have now been proven right. So of course that ban is coming off on COVID misinformation because it's not coming from the Twitter users. People have a right to question authority
America Is Losing Trust in Our Military
"Wall Street Journal today, Americans are losing trust in the military. The rise of woke politics is undermined public confidence in the brass. Yeah. The current era is marked by fading trust in U.S. institutions. Thank you left. You've destroyed them all. But confidence in one pillar has held up the military. But now even that is eroding and the question is whether the brass will get the message. The Reagan institute releases an annual survey of public attitudes on national defense, this year only 48% reported having a great deal of confidence in the U.S. Military. That's down from 70% four years ago. Wow. Overwhelming majority to a minority. This is consistent with other surveys, Pew Research this year noted a 14 point drop since 2020 in Americans who said they had a great deal of confidence in the military to act in the public's interest. The Reagan poll asked Americans what is driving the decline? It isn't the ability to carry out missions or win in a fight. It is quote things going on outside the core competencies of the military.
EU seeks specialized court to investigate Russia war crimes
"Wants to set up a UN backed specialized court to investigate a possible war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine. European Commission president Ursula von der leyen says the EU will work with international partners to get the broadest international support possible for the tribunal, while continuing to support the work of the International Criminal Court, since Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, his military forces have been accused of abuses ranging from killings in the key suburb of butcher to deadly attacks on civilian facilities. Investigations of possible military crimes committed are underway around Europe and The Hague based International Criminal Court has launched its own probes. I'm Charles De
Mike Gonzalez: The Left Is Re-Racializing America
"I ask you a personal question? So I came here 14 years ago as an immigrant. I choose this atrocious country. I write for the man who wanted to fundamentally change America. I thought I'd left socialism behind in Europe and just after I arrived Obama. And I started working in D.C. and I'm working in a military base in the middle of the projects, all kinds of ethnicities, all kinds of officers in my classroom. And I didn't really sense any kind of ethnic tension. And today, it's incomparable. What Obama did to us. I mean, am I seeing something that I shouldn't be seeing? No, you're absolutely right. I have visited bases. I lived in South Korea for a very long time for two years. I used to go to the bays there all the time, especially in the militarized zone. This is in the 80s. And it was really just people getting it's like a baseball team. It's people just doing the job. You know, they don't really care what your last name is. I don't care where you color is. I don't care your provenance, they don't care if nation of origin, if you can get a hit, or you're a good person to be alongside in a war. That's all that matters. So it has gotten worse. Oh, but on purpose, they have introduced these ideas into the most, I would say that the American military was the most integrated institution in the country. But I'm talking about, in general, I'm talking about America written large. Oh, yes, of course. All we think about is race. Oh, we think about it. By the way, we have made, I have been here since 1974. We have made enormous strides as a country. Good strides. You know, we, you know, I lived in New York as a kid. Everybody was some things. We don't really put up with that anymore. You know, when we, and this is a good thing, but that's just, that was to de racialize America. Now we re racializing again. That's a great way of putting it, erased realizing America.
Iran bolsters border security to prevent 'infiltration'
"Iran is bolstering security at its northern border to clamp down on what the government says is infiltration by Kurdish opposition groups, Iran's news agency of reported that the country's revolutionary guard has deployed armored and special forces units to the western northwest provinces, the move is an attempt to stop the influx of Kurdish opposition groups that have been exiled in Iraq, Tehran believes the exiles are orchestrating country wide anti government protests. The Kurdish groups deny the claim and to date Iran has provided no evidence to back it up. Iran has several military bases near the Iraqi border and forces have been present there on a rotating basis for decades. I'm Karen Chammas
What Have We Learned and What Is Our Strategy?
"Says Charlie, this is actually a really good question. Charlie, what have we learned and what is our strategy? Look, a movement that does not adapt. A military that does not adapt. An organization that does not adapt will die. It's that simple. You must always constantly be adapting and improving. And one thing that we have to learn from is in Maricopa County, if we just all broadcast election day election day election day, it doesn't go well. You can sabotage ambushes all this nonsense. So instead, and I want to make sure I'm very clear about this. The ideal, the ideal way, how we want elections to operate is different than what we have to navigate. The ideal I would love to have a national day where everyone goes and votes. Voter ID, one day of voting, that's it. The way France does it, you know the winner by the election night, but that's not the world we live in. So if you live in Georgia, I would not recommend voting by mail. But in person early voting. In person early voting, go get your vote banked. We need the entire America first, the entire conservative movement in Georgia. I could tell you there's going to be shenanigans and nonsense and all of this, but we have got to get Herschel Walker across the finish line. This is the difference between the Democrats, having reliable 52 48 Senate or a 50 50 Senate. And with a 50 50 Senate, you're going to have cinema in a tough reelection fight and cinema with hopefully a tough primary challenge that seems to be bubbling up in Arizona with congressman gallego. And also Joe Manchin, who's going to have a very difficult race if he decides to proceed. Joe Manchin just might go become a lobbyist. Where it looks as if the popular governor justice might run Morrissey might run. There's a lot of different people in West Virginia that will keep pressure on Manchin. So this Democrat 50 50 majority won't really even feel like a majority.
US Bolsters Ukrainian Military With $400 Million in Aid
"The U.S. is sending more aid to Kyiv has Russia continues hammering Ukraine's energy sources. The latest package is $400 million in a weapon, same munition and generators. It'll come from The Pentagon's own stockpiles in a bid to get the aid out as fast as possible, but the continued push raises questions about just how long the U.S. and its partners can keep sustaining the fight without impacting their own military readiness. Many European nations say they've already pushed out all the excess equipment they could afford to send. The Pentagon's top weapons buyer met with partners in Brussels last week to discuss how to keep the weapons flowing. Sagar Meghani, Washington
Doug Is Thankful for the World's True Servants
"For servants. And I look around this world and I see so many. I say, I travel a lot. And I'm thankful for service. And I'll call them sorbet. Because they're out there serving others. I'm thankful for the Uber driver. I'm thankful for the taxicab driver. I'm thankful for the folks who clean rooms and my hotels when I'm out on the road. I'm thankful for the folks who work in the service stations and gas stations along the way. I'm thankful for the folks who get up and every day and still go to a fast food restaurant because when I'm hungry, I want something to eat and they actually showed up and work. I'm thankful for our police officers, our firemen, our first responders. I'm thankful for my fellow men and women in the United States military who serve selflessly all across this world, even on this day of Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for those servants. And
Carl Jackson: We Have a Manhood Crisis in America
"This manhood crisis. We see some of the manhood crisis that I think is transpiring with this defense of not the defense of marriage act, this respect for marriage act. I think there's a crisis there. I think we see a crisis when we see more and more men placate to the radical left when it comes to abortion. I think we see a crisis in our woke military as it's as it's turning into a center of diversity, equity and inclusion. Now, listen, I know a lot of recruits go there. They go to fight and win and to defend us, but the leadership is a real problem and we've got to do something about it. I also realize that there's real manhood and real heroes that still exist and they do pop up from time to time. I mean that happens to be the case in the shooting yesterday that occurred or the other day that occurred at club Q, which is the gay nightclub in Colorado Springs and I want to talk about the person ironically that happened to be the guy that ended up saving lives. Others jumped on to the shooter eventually, but there was a guy that happened to be in a club and guys, I'm a Christian. I believe that God works in mysterious ways. It's just unbelievable. It's unbelievable.
Rep. Chip Roy: The Terrible Recruitment Efforts for Our Military
"Congressman the Chinese Communist Party has to be saying to themselves gosh we are so lucky to have such a potentially incompetent enemies in this government over there I mean they're not doing any of this It's almost as if they could have intentionally infected us with this woke virus to create a substandard military I mean think about all the things you know are going on right now at our military Our nuclear triads falling apart we have a shipyard shortage So if we God forbid there was a national emergency and we needed to build more ships we barely have the capability to do it Our fighter aircraft are way behind schedule We can't figure out a way to get pilots anymore I mean these are just we can't recruit our army recruiting guidelines fell short The numbers As you said I mean the list goes on and on If I had a few minutes on the phone I could go through more and just research them These are real problems It's not as if Russia just invaded Ukraine and China is threatening across the straight either I mean this is a serious time requiring serious people And meanwhile the United States Army puts out a recruitment video that's focuses on a little girl raised with two moms who joined the military to find her inner strength and shatter some stereotypes In Pride Month the air force tweeted an image of an air man surrounded by a rainbow flag There was no American flag in the image Now compare that to the posters from World War II with Uncle Sam patriotic I want you Sacrificing Rosie the riveter All the things that this country has done and all the people have done And coming together over our differences figuring out how to make sure that we're integrating and doing the things we ought to do And not ostracizing individuals But having a culture of achievement the rallies around freedom and the American flag and isn't a woke indoctrination social engineering camp which is what it's become And I want to be very clear Republicans are just as guilty because we fund it We don't demand that they stop it and we do it because well chip what else are we going to do I'll tell you what you do Use the power to burst to tell those SOBs to stop screwing up our military so that we can defend this country
Rep. Chip Roy: There's No Time for Pettiness on the Battlefield
"The whole point of boot camp congressman boot camp and all of the in all of our services military service branches is you break down the individual of their allegiances elsewhere and you build them up as a team It doesn't matter what your skin color or your sex or whatever None of that stuff matters You're all going to go through the same experience in boot camp And when you get through whether it's the crucible and the Marine Corps whatever it is it's okay to shed a little tear is that eagle globe and anchor you get that I mean you talk to marines that matter to them It's the only pure meritocracy left to break that down and now make it some racial spoils game I mean I'm serious It's like planting a tactical nuclear weapon into destroying our military cohesion and Esprit de corps You know that's exactly right There was an old adage right that there are no atheists in foxholes Look there's no time for racism on the battlefield There's no time for all of those petty things that divide us up that are frankly a product of a broken society that is fixated more on race and gender ideology and all these things than they are on carrying out our faith and being patriotic Americans that stand up for each other Look we need strong men and women in the United States military We need strong men on the battlefield and we need to stop this woke garbage that's destroying the culture of the military where recruiting levels are now at sort of 50% levels depending on which branch you're talking about I met with some recruits at parris island in South Carolina which is the east coast training for the marines this summer And they're all there Patriotically serving their country but they told me you know I'm tired of this woke stuff And it's hard for me to get buddies to want to join this when we have to deal with this stuff So it's time to do something about it So I was proud to team up with Marco Rubio and put a report out
Rep. Chip Roy: We Need to Preserve the Culture of Our Military
"It would be really cool to have a military focused on Dan bongino and his listener is not getting dead So thanks for doing what you're doing there You can tell us what's going on in more detail and we'd appreciate it Yeah it's great I mean look at you and I both know and your listeners know wokeness is creating a destructive division And it's destroying our military destroying what you know creating division within the ranks It's creating a culture the rewards have failed incompetent leadership like abandoning Afghanistan and it's a Marxist derived ideology that's giving China a clear strategic edge over us And so senator Marco Rubio from Florida and I our teams teamed up and we put out a report to go to the American people can see some of the things going on right It's like secretary Lloyd Austin Signing a memorandum directing all service members and DoD civilian employees to get up to one day stand down to discuss extremism in the ranks Of course there was a report that said out of 2.1 million active duty and reserves there were fewer than a hundred cases which is .005% They hired a guy to put in charge of the countering extremism activity working group who's a total known leftist and activist Who denigrates conservatives and stated systemic racism is one of our great national security challenges I could go down the list The service academies right The admiral told midshipman at the naval academy that they need to read how to be an antiracist Professor at the airport said don't refer to mom and dad It might be offensive And I could go on and on and that were destroying the culture of the military We have vaccine mandates that are killing our recruiting ability We have sex reassignment procedures that are being funded by the military Hell they won't even let you be in the military If you've got frigging braces but they're going to say oh sure sex reassignment procedures I could go on and on but we've got to stop it We got to stop funding it Republicans could have got to get serious about making sure the culture of our military is preserved and protected
Bolsonaro Challenges Brazil Election He Lost to Lula
"The United States media and also the western media have kind of gone silent on Brazil following the Brazilian election. So it's almost like the media left heaved a collective sigh of relief. Oh, our man Lula da Silva socialist has beaten Bolsonaro and basically we are now looking forward to all of Latin and South America falling into the hands of the left. Which by the way is a danger as possibility. But in Brazil, the issue is not settled at all, it seems. There have been continuing massive demonstrations. Most recently a demonstration in front of the military headquarters, apparently over 2 million people. Think about that. 2 million people in Brazil make a big country, but nevertheless, this is a this is one of the largest crowds that you'll see anywhere in the world. And what are the people saying they're basically saying that this is an election that demands to be audited. So in other words, this is, in a sense, familiar territory. They're saying that there was a lot of cheating in the election, particularly in the Rio de Janeiro area, spent some discussion of whether there have been there was pre programming of the machines and apparently there's now a divide in Brazil between the Defense Department and the Supreme Court.
What's Next for the Ukrainians?
"Let's get right to the essential thing, which is the Ukrainian winter offensive. Two stories about this in The New York Times that Ukraine expects to go over to the offensive. Now, I don't, I'm not a military experience. I just read the books about the winter war in Finland. And the Russians, you know, what do you think are the odds that any significant change in the battlefield will occur now that winter is descending upon Russia and its neighbor Ukraine? I think the odds of a significant shift are low, but not impossible because of the ongoing collapse of Russian brow. Having said that, you are sufficiently tuned in to military tactics to know that offense is. One is to three meetings. You got to have three times as many troops on offensive overcome a dug in component and that's why the Russians had a lot of trouble at the front end of the Ukrainian defense, Russia didn't have that three to one ratio overwhelmed them. Now, down south, the Ukrainians who have to come up with the three to one. But here's how they're compensated. They're using special force brilliantly. They are used in the advanced Thrones. They are maneuvering around and cutting out supply lines. So there's a balance there. What I'm watching also suited to kind of conclude an overview is the electric grid on the Ukrainian side. You know, in a sense, we're in a tale of two wars here. One is the groundwork to the south. Ukrainian winning. But in the air war over you in the strike against the electric grid going into the winter very significant. That's the other war we ought to be focused on.
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"u.s. military" Discussed on ToddCast Podcast with Todd Starnes
"All right, want to go to the phones here, and then I've got to talk to you about fried chicken, which I had no idea was racist. Who knew? But before we get into that, let's go to North Carolina Ron, listening to us on detox station. And what's to weigh in on Kevin McCarthy high Ron, what's going on? It's going good and join your program anyway back when the January 6th committee was set up capital McCarthy did a point Republicans to the committee, which natural Pelosi refused to sit. She said, two O two pain Republicans there. One of the wand McCarthy had nominated for that committee was mister Jordan up there in Ohio, which had been an ideal person for that committee. So the fingers doesn't need to be pointed out for Republicans and need to be pointed right score for it belongs at 90 Pelosi for refusing to set Republican appointed members on that committee. No, no, no, don't get me wrong. Look, I'm pointing fingers at everybody, but I'm saying that McCarthy could have pushed that issue and he could have, well, let me take that back. I would like to think that he could have gotten Cheney and kinzinger to go along with that plan. But if they had not, then at that point, they could have been exposed early on for and we all knew we all know what Liz Cheney is up to. We all know what kinzinger is up to. We get that. McKinsey, especially he's vying for a spot on MSD and C or C and then the most profane name in news. Yes, there are what you're saying now and I just didn't receive that point. Clarity of appointment, but I decided exactly what you're saying. And yeah, that's entirely violent. Because I have the holy stuff that hit on a lot of things he could have put harder and he has in the past. Yes, look, I'm not one of these people that hates McCarthy. I think he's doing an okay job, but we need a fighter like Jim Jordan, a fighter like Mark Meadows, we need somebody of that caliber willing to take on the Democrats and actually lead lead the House of Representatives. We haven't had anybody like that since going back to speaker newt. Yes, sir, exactly. They need to have a fire in the belly, or they are as much done as the need to be done. That's it. That's it. Ron, thanks for the call. Appreciate that. Ronald, the love all of our good listers out there and morehead city North Carolina and parts beyond. Let's go to Arthur in North Carolina. Also on the talk station, hey, Arthur, what's up? Well, how are you today? I'm pretty good, Arthur? That's good. I'm glad to hear it. I want to know why the Republicans and your media group does not push the narrative of the capitol police officer murdering an innocent woman, daughter. Are you there? Yes, sir. You broke up there. Go ahead. I'm sorry. You hear me now? I can hear you now. Okay, I wanted to know why that the Republican narrative doesn't push why the capitol police officer murdered that girl. She didn't have a weapon. Nobody had a weapon, and the only one that got killed was an innocent woman. She was murdered. And we're not holding the Democrats. That's what's wrong with the Republican Party. They don't want to hold anybody responsible for anything. So I know we can't do much right now. Right. Let me jump in here. I have a different take on the Ashley babbitt situation. First of all, I don't care about narratives. I just want the facts. I want the truth. I don't care about the Republican narrative. Don't care about the Democrat narrative Arthur. I just want to know the truth. I want to ask you a question. The law enforcement officer who opened fire. Do you think he knew that Ashley babbitt did not have a gun? I would tell you that there was no immediate threat to him. How did he know that? Because from his vantage point, from his vantage point, you've got people that are knocking glass panes out of doors. You've got a large crowd gathered at doors that are locked. You have a crowd that is, and then you've got somebody who looks like she's about to climb through that glass broken glass. If you're a police officer, you're in the moment. And you're seeing that happen, what do you think is going on? Well, first of all, they were ushered in through the ushering in. Well, they weren't ushered in there. I mean, they may have been ushered in at the beginning. Don't get me wrong. Now again, Arthur, I have been the one conservative out there saying we need to get all of the facts. I think there is blame people dead good things, people that horrible things on that day. Yes, I do too. So the question is, at that snapshot in history. And again, I don't know, was what was in the going through the mind of that officer who opened fire who fired the one shot, and I don't know the answer to that. It needs to be investigated and clearly it was and they sealed up the records. We don't know anything about that guy. That's a problem in my estimation. That's exactly what I'm getting at because if we get it unwrapped, you're going to find out that this police officer or whatever you want to call them, I call them a murderer, murdered that girl. She was no threat. And yes, she was coming through a window, but she didn't have her hands, didn't have anything in them..
"u.s. military" Discussed on ToddCast Podcast with Todd Starnes
"No doubt about it. No doubt about that. All right, patty, we've got a skedaddle. Thank you for the call. And what patty is fired up over this. And I think a lot of people are still fired up. Maybe they don't call into talk radio. But a lot of people are really angry about what happened. Because we don't know what happened. We do know this, the narrative, they're trying to shove down our throats, the narrative that they're spewing on the television networks. It's not adding up. It's not adding up. I think we can all agree that should not go out there and you don't attack police officers. You don't fight with police officers. They're there to keep the peace. But beyond that, if you've got police officers that are welcoming you into a building, to me, that looked like a setup. So you're going to set aside the barricades and you're going to welcome these people into the building. By the way, does anyone find a just coincidental that Nancy Pelosi was not even at the capitol building that date when she should have been? Does that not cause you to wonder, well, why is that? Why is that? A lot of questions. A lot of questions and no answers. And that's why we should have had actual Republicans on the January 6th committee. Not people who already had decided without seeing any evidence, guilty as charged. We needed Republicans on that committee with open minds to if nothing else get the full story, but they didn't want to do that. I think that was a mistake. Hang tight everybody, we've got to take a break for the news, we'll get right back to you, Steve dais from the blaze coming up as well. 8 four four 747 88 68 is our number. This is the Todd star in show. Life from the Liberty University studio in Memphis Tennessee. It's common sense conservative commentary from Todd starnes. That's right. I love this American ride by the way for the record inflation now at a 40 year high ladies and gentlemen, a 40 year high. And President Biden is absolutely clueless. Welcome to hour three of the big show good to have you with us. Want to play two audio clips for you from President Biden just mere moments ago. The president was, it was gibberish. That's all I can tell you, he was talking about Abigail somebody. This is again in front of the cameras in front of the reporters in front of The White House press corps, take a listen. Look, healthcare is part of Abigail, congresswoman, are your congresswoman's background. What? What? What did what? Let's go back, I just want to make sure maybe so on listening configure out can untangle what was coming out of the president's mouth here. Look, healthcare is part of Abigail, congresswoman, are you your congresswoman's background? Again, you know who has the worst job in America, right? You know who has the worst job in America? No, not you, grace baker. You've got the best job in America. No, the best job at the worst job in America is whoever has to sign language the president's speech. That person clearly may have a drinking problem. All right, the transcript. Oh, the transcripts are. They're eligible. I will, after the show, I normally go and The White House website to read what the, it's unbelievable. Unbelievable. Yep. So he says that. So clearly, there is something there's something rattling around and it's like a tiny little Lima bean and it's just bouncing around inside that vast cavernous black hole. I don't mean that in a racist way, but that's what they call it. What is known as the president's head? His noggin. Or if you're from Sweden, his knockin. So he says that, and then he acknowledges and addresses the big elephant in the room, which is why we ought to be talking about the president's cognitive skills every single day. I was hospitalized in a long time. I had a couple of years ago, cranial aneurysms, hospitalized for a long time. A hair. Does that peak the interest of any of the White House press corps? I know most of them are children. I know most of them were just born in the past, I don't know 23, 24, 25 years. Typically in The White House press corps, you would have to work your entire career. To get to that point where you are honored to be a White House correspondent. Now, they literally go trolling through college journalism departments. Trying to find somebody that's going to work for, I don't know, $10 an hour. They don't pay anything up there. At the networks. Dirty little secret. But it's true. And so what happens is you have a lot of kids up there and look, I don't begrudge. Grace baker. Grace Baer, you are in your 20s. This is true. And you are you're an intelligent person. Well, thank you. You're an informed person. I try. But even though you are intelligent and informed, it's hard for you to understand the context of when I say, you know what? What's happening right now reminds me of what it was like back when Jimmy Carter was president, and we had the big oil crisis, said the gas shortage. You didn't live through that. Goes right over my head. You didn't have that life experience. No. You weren't around when Biden had to drop out of the presidential run because of the plagiarism charges, did you? Yeah, nope. No. You weren't around when he was running for president and he had the brain aneurysm. Yeah, no. Back in the day. So and I guarantee you, because you're about the age, you're at the average age of the person in The White House press corps right now. That's crazy. And these people do not have the life experience they need to be able to ask the tough and smart and relevant questions. Fair enough. They just don't. And that's why that job is so vitally important. That's why someone who is 18 years old can not run for the presidency of the United States. The founding fathers knew that. Yes, that's taking nothing away from a young person, you just don't have the life experience necessary. Not yet. And here's and this is where we are right now, folks, because not a single person, at least, I haven't read the transcript, so to my knowledge, not a single person called out the president and said, so about those brain aneurysms. That's a legitimate question. And one, by the way, that he brought up, but that's why we need to be asking these questions, and the reason why they're not is because they're ignorant. And it is not ignorant is not a slur. It is just a statement of fact. They don't have the knowledge necessary to ask those kinds of questions..
"u.s. military" Discussed on ToddCast Podcast with Todd Starnes
"Take a break. 8 four four 747 88 68 our toll free telephone number 8 four four 747 88 68. This is the Todd stern show. It's the Todd starnes radio show. All right, want to give a shout out to all of the good people of Memphis, Tennessee, folks, if you, if you don't vote for Republicans, it's a hopeless cause. I mean, it really is. So we are what day 8 day 9 of the power outage tens of thousands of Memphis still without power. They've had something like 1200 reports of fires and so now apparently when the power comes back on, I don't know what happens here, but the houses are just catching on fire. And they've had what 55 or so residential fires it's a mess. And nobody cares. You know, grace baker, I haven't heard a single Republican leader in this part of the state of Tennessee, condemning the Democrats for the way they have allowed the infrastructure to crumble. No, in our governor's been pretty silent too. Where's the governor? The governors are Republican. Yeah. I just don't get it. He signed off on an emergency declaration, but they've got to start, look, we've got an election cycle coming up. But this is what I don't understand. The Republicans here on this end of the state they don't like to fight. They need to have the fight in the fire in the belly. That's the thing. I mean, how do you expect people though to vote Republican when really the Republicans aren't doing what you do? No, they're not. They're not. I mean, it's ridiculous. I think they think they can't win so they don't even try. It's frustrating. I had one kid and I will not name a name, and I thought, you know, I'm going to try to support this candidate. I like the positions like the platform, the whole 9 yards. And so I had a question about giving because you're only allowed to give a certain amount of money. You can't go over. Well, they didn't have that information on their website. So I'm sending an email. Grace, I've sent two emails. I want to give a candidate some money and they will not return my calls. That's a lost cause. You know what? That's exactly right. I would go put that money somewhere. That's right. Okay, fine. That explains why there is only one Republican elected in all of the leadership of the just one. The district attorney and Soros has come in after her. So anyway, here's the point I was trying to make. Ford has announced that they are building what will be the largest maker of electric cars in all of America right here in the Memphis area. Yes, all that. Meanwhile, we can't even get the power back on. I think we need to take care of her. At the piggly wiggly. Yeah. Just something to think about there. Unbelievable. But Republicans and Memphis shame on you, you gotta get out there and you gotta start speaking out about this nonsense. All right, let's go to Bill cordova, Tennessee, a listening to us on kwa, bill I hope you have power. I do, you know, I was out for, and I don't want to make anybody feel bad. And we were out of power for literally about 20 minutes. I'm hanging up on you, Bill. Yeah. I don't blame you for that. I probably shouldn't have said that. I feel for all the people in your absolutely right about the leadership here, both Democrat and Republican. Democrat leadership and all of our major cities have let everything crumble. Socially economically and at every level. And Republicans aren't standing up and saying, look, this is what happened. I need to be campaigning on the democratic failures of these cities. And these areas. And it would be so much easier. It would be so easy to do and it would be so much easier if they did to win an election. Well, Bill. They just need to do that. They do..
"u.s. military" Discussed on ToddCast Podcast with Todd Starnes
"Right, we got to take a break in. I told you it was weird, folks. But stick around. Our two coming up next. Life from the Liberty University studio in Memphis, Tennessee, it's America's conservative blowtorch. I love this American ride ton stars. Grace baker, I'm having a difficult day around here, and you gotta stop sending me those text messages like that. She's alone. So, you know, I got the new iPhone 13 grace, and I can't figure out there's something wrong with it. And I may have been overtly called 9-1-1, so if the police show up just tell them it was a mistake. Oh my gosh. No, I was trying to turn off the phone and start it back up again. I'm not sure that was in my job description. All right, well, you know what? I'll tell him a boomer was trying to operate a smartphone. Okay, first of all, I am not a boomer. Second, I am generation X, we are the cool people generation. So thank you very much. Okay. At least our generation had good music. I'll give you that one. I'm just saying, you know what I want to do is ask the guys that are the DoJ guys that secret ops team that's investigating all the lawmakers. Maybe they can help me figure this out. Probably they could. All right. Welcome back to the show, everybody good to have you with us. Want to go right now to the patriot mobile newsmaker line. We were talking about congressman Troy Nell's yesterday on this program. Congressman, I hope your ears were burning, but it was all good. What we had to say about you. Well, good afternoon, Todd. It's good to be with you and with all your listeners. Congressman, you have been targeted and we're curious to know if you know why and I want you to take us through and explain to our listeners what happened to you and your staff at your office up on Capitol Hill. Sure. Yes, I'd be targeted because of my positions as it relates to January 6th, leader McCarthy asked me to be one of the 5 on the select committee. Of course, Nancy for the first time in the history of Congress, rejected a minority leader's picks to be on a select committee. So we didn't get to participate. And so I continued to investigate January 6th, look at all the data, look at all the intelligence and what I discovered was very disturbing because what we know is that the leadership in the intelligence section of the capitol police, all the information was there. They knew the capital was going to be the target. They knew the extremist groups are going to be there. They knew that individuals were threatening with violence and it was just going to be a horrible day, but the intelligence section did nothing with it. They did nothing. They kept it they hid it. And I've also been very vocal about the death of Ashley babbitt. Lieutenant Berg killing Ashley babbitt. I've been very vocal critic about that as well. So I feel certain that the leadership of the capitol police are not very happy with me. And then all of a sudden, now I find out that I'm being criminally investigated by the capital police as it relates to content on my whiteboard inside my.
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"That's 8 four four 747 88 68. Let's go to North Carolina. Roger is listening to us on WS, roger, what is on your mind today? Well, a couple of things. First, you're absolutely right about inclusivity and diversity. The mission of the U.S. Military, especially the army, is to close with and destroy the enemies of the United States. Bottom line. Close with and destroy. The enemies of the United States defending freedom at home. Okay? Sending someone who is transgender into a combat situation when they require injections of hormones. So that they can maintain the illusion that they are what they think they are. Is not combat effective. You don't send somebody into combat that needs constant medical care. That's why you don't have diabetics in the military. So just because they want to be a soldier, I want to be 20 years old and back in the ranger battalion is not going to happen. Okay? That's the first thing. They need to stop using the military as a social experiment laboratory. And roger, let me jump in. Let me jump in here on that. And that is something that uniquely happened in the Obama administration. That did not happen in Bill Clinton's administration or Jimmy Carter's. This happened in Barack Obama. He's the guy that turned this into a social engineering Petri dish and Joe Biden is just following up on that. Well, it's a great segue into the second thing. The problem with the Ukraine is our fault. And also back to it goes back to Obama. Well, it goes back further in 93 when the Warsaw Pact broke up, we made assurances to the Soviets. That we would not bring former Warsaw Pact countries into NATO. What the Russian opinion is, it's the same thing as a Mexico went into a military alliance with China and China parked 18 divisions off of Texas. This is how the Russians are looking at it. 2008, Barack Obama goes to NATO summit and promises Ukraine. Yeah, you can join the EU and you can join NATO. The problem with bringing Ukraine into NATO is an article 5 of the NATO charter says any native member that's attacked, the rest of NATO has to jump in with them. And Angela Merkel, the British and the French have all said, no, this is not happening. So if Obama had just left it alone, Putin would not be the strong man he is, we would not have Russian troops mounting in the Ukraine. You can not look at Eastern Europe with 21st century American liberal eyes and say what they ought to do. Roger, we're going to have to leave it there. It is a good thought and again, I hope and pray we do not get into a shooting war with the Russians. I don't think we're ready. And I suspect a lot of you feel the same way. A folks who have got to take a break when we come back we're going to.
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"I'm saying big platforms as that's what you guys know what I'm talking about here. It's just digging a hole. Dig it up. You are. So the point is, this is this kind of mentality. I think is just dangerous overall for the culture. Because it's destabilizing the church and its marginalizing their impact on the culture. And if you've listened to this program for any amount of time, we're not a church service, we're not a Christian show, but our show is flavored by Christian values and teachings, and we believe that we are a nation that is in fact a Christian nation. That's what I believe. How can you say that? How can you say that Todd? How can you say that America is a Christian nation? How can you say that? Well, it's my show. I can pretty much say whatever I want to. But anyway, this has caused a big kerfuffle in the Christian community. So a lot of Christian women are saying that they should be able to go out there and I guess run around naked. If they want to. But others are like, okay, so what does this mean? Is it now permissible to show up to the lady prayer circle on Wednesdays? Where in daisy dukes and Pong bikinis? You okay? They're grace? Oh, Todd, just keep digging the hole go ahead. No, seriously. Does anybody have a problem with what the preacher wrote? I don't like the way he said it. And that's fair. That's fair. I mean, I think that low cut shirts is very subjective. I don't know. But we are stuff that he pointed out. But it goes both ways. Yeah. I mean, if you're gonna go down that road, you never heard a preacher preach to men about modesty ever in my entire life. So only heard it to women. All I can tell you is I was in junior high school when the dukes of Hazzard came out, and I know a good many baptist who watched that show. It was daisy duke. You know? It wasn't boss hogg. Oh no, it was daisy duke. I'm just saying. All right, we got to take a break here. I know it's a weird way to start off the show today, but I told you I warned you it was going to be weird. We got a lot more to get into, including some breaking news on the spygate story. And we're going to be taking your calls on this as well. I'm just curious to you, have a problem with what this pastor said about modesty is that old fashioned should we be more progressive like Beth Moore 8 four four 747 88 68 that's our telephone number. 8 four four 747 88 68..
"u.s. military" Discussed on WSJ Tech News Briefing
"Cheap hobby drones have become a big problem for the U.S. Military, mostly overseas. The unmanned flying gadgets have been used by enemy forces for years, but with technology evolving so rapidly, defending against them has been a constant game of cat and mouse. Here's how marine general Kenneth Mackenzie head of U.S. central command put it at a House armed services committee hearing last April. They'll have a ways to go to get on the right side of the curve with this. Because right now, you can go out and buy one at Walmart or some other location. You can weaponize it very readily. Sometimes it is very difficult for us to detect them until it's too late. We have a variety of systems that we're testing now and a free market of competition to find the best and most integrated capabilities. We are not there yet and it remains a very concerning priority of mine. So why exactly are drone attacks so difficult to combat and what strategies are the military deploying? WSJ's Middle East correspondent Stephen kaelin joins me now to explain hi Stephen. Thanks for coming on the show. It's good to be with you. So Stephen, these kinds of attacks aren't new, the first small attack drones the U.S. Military encountered were in 2016 that was in Iraq by Islamic State militants. What did those attacks look like? Yeah, so the drones have developed rapidly over the past few years. And the challenge of the military is having in addressing this threat. Apparently has to do with the rapid speed of development and the accessibility of drone technology. So a few years ago what militant groups like Islamic State were using were sort of these quadcopters that you can buy at Walmart or Costco and they started out just flying them with a camera or something like that, then they figured that they could attach a small amount of explosive or hand grenade that would drop from the drone onto enemy position. And so at that time, the military addressed the threat that it was facing. And so one way to do that, the obvious way was soldiers in the field, would often just turn their weapons, their rifle is M 16s up to the sky and try to shoot the drone down with traditional bullets. When the military started looking at this, obviously, that's also dangerous because you have bullets falling down. So a technique that they developed was to try to jam the signal between the drone itself and the operator somewhere else on the ground wherever the Islamic State position was. And that proved effective for a while until the drone technology developed the capability to be pre programmed so that even if the signal between the drone and the operator were cut, the drone would continue on to whatever it was pre programmed destination. And so that jamming technique no longer worked as a defensive option. So what's the military doing now since jamming the signal isn't as effective? So they've tried a few different options. There have been some pretty wild ideas like shooting nets at these drones, one option was to have another drone, go after the first drone with a net and capture it. That didn't really work for some technical reasons. The methods that the military seems to have landed on for the time being are called high powered energy systems, which are basically lasers and high powered microwaves. So the lasers literally burn holes through the motors or other important parts of the drones. And the microwaves can be used to interfere with the electronics, basically disabling the drone itself. So they're testing lots of different options and in addition to the techniques for intercepting the drones or downing them or basically bringing them out of the sky. The other part of this is the detection of the drones because a lot of the traditional detective systems, the radars that have been used for years to identify aircraft or incoming missiles are mostly geared toward high big fast moving objects. And these drones generally fly much lower and slower. And they have the ability to change course pretty quickly. So they're often able to evade traditional radars. So what folks have had to do is try to stitch together data from radars and other sensors, cameras and try to get all that information together so that any sort of defensive response can be activated quickly enough. You kind of touched on this just now, but the U.S. Military has been partnering with companies to help them against this challenge like Lockheed Martin and Boeing to name a few. Who are some of the big players in this field and what exactly are they working on? Yeah, so I'm a number of the companies are working on different systems. Boeing in general atomics, working on a laser to shoot down missiles and manned aircraft that could also be applied to drones. Raytheon and KBR are working with the army to develop a laser that can be fixed onto a tactical vehicle, basically a vehicle that the military can drive in combat situations. And Boeing is also working as well as Raytheon on laser systems that can be either fixed or deployed on vehicles to provide perimeter security to a military base or be deployed on vehicles to go closer to the front lines. The focus seems to be mostly on lasers and also these high powered microwaves. So Lockheed is working on a system that can be carried in a backpack and then when deployed, fired out of a tube and uses microwaves to take down the incoming drones. And then there's a Silicon Valley startup that we've talked to you. They're working with General Dynamics to put a microwave weapon on some of those military vehicles as well. And the aim there is to be able to target not just single drones, but also swarms of drones that are coming in together or sometimes even communicating with each other and coordinating. And that swarm tactic is one of the newer development in drone offensive technology, which is sort of the next challenge we think. Where are these attacks happening and how common are they? So they're very common these days in the Middle East, just this week there have been, it seems like every day there have been attacks in Iraq and Syria against spaces housing U.S. forces. They're very common in Saudi Arabia, where I've been living in the past 6 or 7 years since the Saudis intervened in Yemen. There have been almost a thousand drone attacks from Houthi militants firing across the border into Saudi Arabia. So the Middle East seems to be really a nexus for this activity. We saw it with Islamic State, and now we're seeing it increasingly with militias, once docked by Iran, which we know has developed a capability for building drones, both sort of the very basic small ones to bigger, more sophisticated ones that sort of mimic the very sophisticated ones that the U.S. and some other countries have developed. But we're really seeing it all over the world. It's becoming a global phenomenon. So the same comp commander said this is the biggest tactical threat in nearly two decades. But the Secretary of Defense has also been very clear that this is one of his top priorities and to that end The Pentagon put the army in charge of an office to coordinate the military's entire response, because we're seeing these increasingly in Latin America, in Asia, in Africa. So this is something that's.
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"u.s. military" Discussed on WSJ What's News
"After a frenzied evacuation and chaotic withdrawal from Kabul, many Afghan evacuees have been given temporary residents at military bases here in the U.S.. These bases normally designed for military training have now been transformed into small cities. In total, they're hosting more than 50,000 evacuees. And that's come with some challenges, Wall Street Journal Midwest correspondent Ben kesling took a trip to fort McCoy in western Wisconsin in September, where about 13,000 Afghans are being housed. And he joins me now. Hi Ben, thanks for being here. Thank you. So Ben, can you describe fort McCoy for us? What is life like on the base? If you have been on an army base, it looks like an army base. It's a big sprawling complex of fields, military equipment, barracks that seem like they were built decades ago. Men and children mostly or knowing about outside in the street, some women, a lot of women stay inside the barracks. Kids play in soccer and frisbee on the streets and American soldiers are milling about in between and volunteers from different volunteer groups. There's a lot of activity on the streets of form McCoy. From that description, it sounds like things are going fine, but you heard from one evacuee who said that there have been some difficulties as well. Let's hear from her. For the food, it was easy to see, okay, these are the male that they are these people eating. So we can bring changes on the food. But some of them are more deep cultural behavioral kind of needs. We also need sometimes to see American culture and also maybe finding some way to adopt to this, also Americans need to understand that our culture. So Ben, let's talk about that. Tell us more about some of the cultural issues that she's referring to here. The beginning of all this, one contract was providing a lot of a lot of shrimp dishes. So the Afghans had this completely completely foreign food in so many ways. And some didn't want to eat it, some didn't know what it was and they ended up not eating it. And you know, this may seem like small things to some people. But, you know, when you're taken out of your cultural context and put into another one, sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. Even things like toilets, all the toilets on base are western style sit toilets. And a number of Afghans were used to eastern style toilets where you don't have to sit on a toilet seat to use them. And there was a cultural disconnect there that had been worked through to overcome some of this. The American soldiers have set up a sort of feedback system. Where they use shuras and asura is gathering of senior representatives and a community. And so they have these meetings where the Afghans will convey some of the issues that they're facing some of the concerns and then American representatives will work through that and say, hey, these are changes that we can make to things to make things more comfortable for you. Or here's some things that we really can't change. So we know that most of the Afghan evacuees had some connection to the U.S. Military. They'd worked as drivers or interpreters, for example. Did you meet any of them there at fort McCoy? Yeah, I did meet a couple of them. I met one Afghan who had who had served as an interpreter for a U.S. soldier like a decade ago or something. The soldiers names, lieutenant colonel Joe mickley. And he actually serves as what the army calls a mayor or a few thousand of these Afghans on the space. It's the kind of official army liaison. And in that job he has been able to interact and reconnect with his old interpreter naseer, who he hadn't seen for years until they met again in the middle of Wisconsin at fort McCoy. I got a message the day before we deployed up here and he sent him a Facebook message and he said no, sir, I am in the fob McCoy. I said, oh, wow, I'm coming up there in two days. And so, you know, kind of got eyes on, got to see his family. It's been great to help him and take care of him. And colonel Mickey and the sear plan on fan connected even after the resettlements complete, he hopes to help Nasser find his footing in a new life here in the United States once he gets all his paperwork and is able to leave fort McCoy and go on to his final destination. So they hope that it's not going to be another decade before they see each other. So what's next for many of the Afghans who are now living on this base? What do we know about the timeline for them to get off and actually resettle? Do you understanding was they things would move along pretty quickly? Maybe within weeks by the end of the year, possibly, but no one knows when the in timeline is. Department of Homeland Security who is in charge of the entire effort has said, there is no hard and fast timeline. We're working to get it done when we can get it done. And we're coming into a Wisconsin winter. And if you know Wisconsin winter, it gets cold and it gets snowy. And some of the Afghans on this base have politely turned down the offer for winter boots because they fully expect it to leave the base by the time winter sets in. But up in Wisconsin, it's already starting to get cold and the soldiers up there have made sure that the Afghans as polite as they are know that they should take those winter boots because they might be there for a while. Nevertheless, a lot of them are overjoyed to be in the United States. A lot of them are happy to be to finally be in this process. And some of them have a real hope for the future. And no matter what's happening to them right now, they are optimists. One woman I met farzana. She was a member of the Afghan women's Paralympic basketball team. I continue and I work at for my better future. This is my wish. I can again start at my wheelchair basketball and go.
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"Future of the legislation seems bright. And that's a good thing because if a solution is not found. The problem could hinder recruitment efforts for years to come. So what's lost if the us military can't retain and promote women the military will become as some people already are you. It is out of touch. With american people with american civilization with what goes on in the outside world and that goal that they have to reflect the people that they serve will be lost and there are people who argue that back in the eighties and nineties when women were all in support roles pretty marginalized that we were still the greatest fighting force but the issue becomes. You know we're living in this modern world. This modern world includes women in leadership roles and it only stands to reason that you would see that in the military as well and the other thing is that the services are having a harder and harder time attracting high quality recruits to man these organizations and so if you alienate women from that population. You're alienating roughly fifty percent of the american people and kind of hamstringing your chances.
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"Regular meeting on top of that to really rub salt in the land. A gave me a letter from the brigadier general the secondhand straightening officer in the state of missouri. Reprimanding me. because i should have been more professional right. So how long did you stay after that. Soon as i can't wasn't very mcglade. So i got the verdict in she nori. I believe environment out by april. I'm just so incredibly. Sorry thank you. I really appreciate you guys shining line on to obviously really important. We reached out to the missouri army national guard and they replied that they were prohibited from commenting on personnel matters or investigations. Heather story is just one of many thousands and according to the statistics in recent years less than one percent of survivors have seen their case carried through to conviction. So what sort of sentencing do we see in the military system you know. What are the punishments. How often are they handed out. It can be all over the place. You know anywhere from. Just a discharge. Something other than an honorable discharge and you know docking pay or reducing someone in rank you know there are people who are in prison for rape in the military. It's very rare that that happens only because much like in the civilian world out of thousands of reports that they get every year a small handful of those. We'll go to trial and an even smaller handful result in a conviction and a sentence. So what has the military done to address this over the years. One of the things they have done is basically trying to train their way out of this crisis. That hasn't been effective. The training i think falls on deaf ears yet has resulted. I think a lot of backlash. There's i could turn being sharped. Sharp stands for sexual harassment. Salt response program has an army program and so they'll use that as a derogatory term to a soldiers complaint. Oh she's trying to sharp. Somebody like made up the feeling here. Among senior leadership is basically that the awareness and the infrastructure that the services have built around trying to first trying to respond to it but also prevent it that has been going on for nearly a decade now and there have been no measurable drops in the incidents of sexual assaults and no measurable increases in the prosecutions or convictions of sexual assaults. And so the feeling is we tried all these other things. A lot of very smart experienced people think that changing the way we prosecute them may make a difference and so they are willing to try that to see if the numbers bear out for decades efforts focused on prevention victim support and bystander intervention the educational content was disseminated through videos posters and classes but experts say this strategy missed the mark and as time went on repeated attempts to fix. This problem failed but things may be reaching turning point last week. The department of defense announced a plan that aims to comprehensively address. This issue chief among its proposals is a change that would move prosecutorial decisions outside the chain of command in cases of sexual assault. The news broke after our guest interviews but we reached back out to them for comment. Both agreed that the plan contains many good ideas however they said that it's eight year implementation. Timeline could be reversed by a new administration or a new secretary of defense and despite this major push the dod still cannot remove authority from the chain of command without congress. The department of defense is not the only potential source of reform before the announcement had already been to proposals in congress to address the problem in the senate. There is the military justice improvement and increasing prevention. Act helms by kirsten gillibrand. It has garnered bipartisan support. And is expected to pass bills washington that has the support of both bernie sanders and ted cruz. Both chuck schumer and mitch mcconnell. But this bill does and in the house. There is a similar bill. The vanessa jian military justice improvement and increasing prevention act. There are still some questions about how the congressional legislation and the dod's plan will interact but if passed they would be some of the most significant military reforms of our time the pentagon announced earlier this year that they will start taking steps toward removing sexual assaults and what they consider related crimes like i said earlier sexual harassment domestic violence child abuse out of the chain of command but kind of an parallel lane. You have legislation from new york. Senator kirsten gillibrand that has a lot of support in the senate and likewise a decent amount of support in the house of representatives. That would take all major crimes out of the chain of command away from commanders authority. It's a little fuzzy. As to where the definition is but that could be all felonies so that could be assaults and du is and things that are crimes but are not inherently related to military service. It is possible that those things will be handled independently still within the military but not at commander's discretion so commander's discretion would go more toward accidents on a shooting range or you know vehicle accidents mishandling that sort of thing. Where does the legislation. Currently stand was part of the most recent national defense authorization act which is the law that congress passes every year. That basically tells the military how it's going to spend its money but that is all kind of in a holding pattern right now because it's such an immense bill and so the house in the senate like they always do have gone back and forth about which version they're most interested in so it will be a little while longer until we know whether that ends up in that law and also you know there's negotiations going on about whether congress even needs to get involved now because the pentagon said okay we're going to do sexual assaults. We're going to fix this. This was the most important thing and so maybe they will back off on taking all other felonies out of the chain. So what's your take on these different proposals Firmly believe senator gillibrand represents spearheaded the right view on those two. We should be moving. All felonies over senator. Jeff lebron's senator ernst have over sixty co sponsors in the senate. They have the majority of the senate armed services committee. Her legislation was put into the markup of the national defense authorization. Act so it looks like it's going to come out the senate virtue so i think as long as part of the nda and they're virtually identical which they are. It's a really good chance so pass. The.
"u.s. military" Discussed on Why It Matters
"Lot of time is spent focusing on impartiality. That's a core. Tenant of how justice is supposed to be carried out in the us but critics of the military system point out that commanders often face a conflict of interest when deciding cases so the commander is accountable for the good order and discipline of the unit that also means that a commander can face their own repercussions for not having control over the good order and discipline of a unit and so there's also a very high temptation to underreport push things aside couch incidents so that the commander doesn't look bad and that becomes a real conflict of interest. Obviously when you have a rape in your formation and you have to decide whether it there's going to be a trial or not because your name is going to be on that to victims. Have the option of just opting out of all this and going to the civilian police. It depends if it happens on a military base no on a military base. The military is responsible for justice. If it's something that happens you know at an off base residents. There's off base business something like that. Especially if it's servicemember on servicemember. Generally the law enforcement in military communities will defer to commanders on the base for adjudicating. Something like that. The military justice system comes from a very old tradition one that was aimed at maintaining order within the ranks and the structure of command advocates of this system. Say that taking cases out of the chain of command would undermine the authority of commanders and therefore compromised discipline and battle effectiveness but there are some examples from other countries that seem to contradict that prediction. Is this unique to the united states. I mean to other major countries have similar legal rules for their military most of our allies and moved to a case where the military commander does not make prosecution decisions. The default is to go to the civilian prosecutors australia. Germany canada great britain and israel prosecute major crimes outside the chain of command professional military prosecutors and by most reasonable measures their military's remained effective. Israel has come down particularly hard on this issue with israel defense force chief of staff aviv. Havi saying quote any attack on sexual grounds in speech or indeed is an attack on human dignity and constitutes a severe breach as we look for answers at home or abroad and comb through so many complexities. We risk forgetting the living breathing. Human beings who have suffered as a result of this problem so we decided to speak to a survivor to hear her story. She served with the national guard which essentially follows the same justice protocols as other active duty branches. My name is there sexton. And i am currently a biologist pharmaceutical testing company. But i used to be a captain and the missouri army national guard. Can you tell us a little bit about your assault. Yeah we are going to a huge event in utah. And i was part of the ad von team which basically means there is a team that gets Ahead of time to set everything up. So that when the exercise starts with already to go and everyone else just has to show up and start training so it was a small group of probably about eight people and i was the highest ranking so i was in charge of everyone and i was also the only female there there. Was this really long dark sidewalk leading down to the female barracks and just because they're supposed to be like thirty different states there and it was just this huge conglomeration of people. I wasn't really comfortable walking back to the barracks after we were done setting up late at night. So i started. Having some of the members of my team walked me back to my barracks which honestly a little embarrassing when you're the highest ranking one there. But i felt like it was really necessary about point. Heather told us that on one of these evenings at the end of the walk she was sexually assaulted by team member. The next morning. I went and reported everything to the chaplain. And the victim advocate there but that was in utah so It doesn't really correlate our sate. Since i was in the national guard so basically they got me out of there but i kind of had to redo everything all of their reporting months ago back misery. What was the atmosphere like. When you went to report the assault that second time was honestly awful immediately. Everybody now But the worst part was that they had immediately transferred him to a new unit and brought him home from utah and the new unit. They transferred him to was the unit. I had to go to report it. Sarma standing there two days after he walked in the office. Oh my gosh. So what was the process for handling your case you were you optimistic about them. Doing the right thing as it went along. No not really. I heard a lot of horror stories. that's why i wasn't sure initially wanted to report together or not but then in the end i know because i thought what a haunted me forever even now knowing the outcome don't regret reporting that. So how did the assault change your experience at work. Because you know waited for the system to do its work. How long did you wait at. And what was it like for you continuing to report and continuing to work through that. It was almost two years and it was terrible. A small unit. It was embarrassing friends with everybody. It was tough going and showing up knowing everyone knew knowing everyone didn't have my up. Yeah so you know. What was the ultimate outcome. They validated my whole story. They said that everything happened. But ultimately might claim was unsubstantiated. I honestly it was so confused. I thought i had mentally prepared myself for everything. I thought i already knew how it works but i never thought they would tell me in happened. But it's okay that app so they just treated it like a regular business meeting at drills. That can you come off really quick in just rent it off to me like it was. I don't know i couldn't believe it. It had been destroyed my life for two years. Them act was a.
"u.s. military" Discussed on Why It Matters
"Seeking justice for survivors of military sexual assault and sexual harassment so the military's required by congress to do a survey of the active duty force. Every two years to get an estimate of the prevalence rate a sexual assault rape among back to duty men and women who serve and that has been going on since two thousand six and averages well over twenty thousand sex assaults year. that's just the active duty. Force doesn't count reserve card or civilians are sexually assaulted by active duty. Members over six percent of the women are sexually assaulted or raped year. and we see very little accountability. Some people in the military will say one in four women in uniform is sexually assaulted and that is pretty on par with the rest of the united states. The incidents of women being sexually assaulted but the big difference is that one in four american women are not sexually assaulted at work by their coworkers. And that's the big rub in the military is that these are your peers. And why is so prevalent. This is megan. Meier's pentagon bureau chief for military times which provides news about servicemembers at home and deployed around the world. You know if one in four female reporters were sexually assaulted by the reporters in the newsroom. Right or one in four female. Nurses were sexually assaulted by doctors and the hospital. That would be outrageous. You know we would never accept that. In those you know small small communities that prevalence these are again supposed to be the people that you would die for and yet you. Are you know victimizing them. According to the defense department's annual report on sexual assault in the military in the fiscal year of twenty eighteen. Twenty thousand five hundred members were sexually assaulted or raped including thirteen. Thousand women and seventy five hundred men of these only two hundred and three incidents resulted in conviction. That's less than one percent. These are wounds that cut deep. A twenty twenty dod report found that sexual assaults in the military is more likely to cause post traumatic stress disorder than combat. This statistics clearly show that both men and women are suffering sexual assaults in the military. But it's a huge topic so in this episode. We're going to be primarily focusing on women so obviously the deepest consequence of this issue exists in the damaged lives of survivors the pain that they have had to endure. But what are the other consequences. How does this problem hurt the military. Well let's start with this an all volunteer force. The american military cannot meet its requirements of women. Don't serve they make a fifteen sixteen percent of the military. You take that fifteen to sixteen percent out week. Do not have enough qualified men who are willing to serve to fill the Sex thing is just the cost. You know these women range from brand new trainees at basic training to colonels and even generals and admirals are sexually saw. They choose overwhelmingly to leave. That's a huge cost that we have in that. It costs so much to train. A pilot are trained. Infantry officer are medical personnel in to have them choose to leave or forced out because of this is a massive talent pool drain for the services more than one in four survivors of sexual assault harassment. Or discrimination have taken steps to leave the military. The talent drain creates serious consequences for military capabilities including tasks that only women can perform so the best example of women in a mission in combat. Doing something that men could not do does involve this most recent operation afghanistan. basically the idea was when counter-insurgency which is having troops go into villages into neighborhoods win hearts and minds. You know that was what we called it in order to integrate with those people and to learn about what they needed in the village getting women on board being able to talk to women about what they needed was crucial and in these very conservative muslim communities women are not allowed to talk to men who are not in their families so they could not talk to the male soldiers who were coming to the village to speak to the village elders and so special operations decided. Okay how about we train. You know teams of women who can go in and do that engagement. And that's what they've been doing all along a woman ashley white was. Her name actually died in combat in afghanistan in one of these teams and she was serving with army special forces so while women who serve just want to be seen as a servicemember like any other service member there are examples like that where being a woman made somebody more useful in a situation than the men who they were serving with so how to sexual assault impact units on the ground. So you can ask anybody in the military you know. What are the most important things for. Combat effectiveness and unit cohesion is chief among them which means everybody is watching out for each other. They're on the same page. They're willing to defend each other. Under any circumstances and along those lines there are also senior leaders in the military who were referred to sexual assault as fratricide which is basically killing your brother sister attacking your brother sister and that is you know. Ideally the way that senior leaders want issue to be looked at because when women in a unit do not feel safe. You have destroyed the credibility and the combat effectiveness of that unit. Because you are supposed to be watching out for each other and obviously if you're assaulting each other it's not watching out for each other to truly understand what's going on here. It's important to understand the long historical struggle for equality in the military and the way that women's service roles have changed over time when women were first formally able to serve in uniform dates back to world war two. There were a couple of voluntary organisations within the army and the navy and those were largely medical health care and otherwise you know secretarial administrative roles women started to be more involved in direct action. You know if you will more into the eighties in the nineties. When women were first allowed to serve on ships when women were allowed to pilot aircrafts and then things were very status quo for awhile in the early nineties. There was a ban on women in direct combat roles so that was no infantry no artillery no.
"u.s. military" Discussed on Newt's World
"I would think of the five services. County new space for the marines may be unit dedicated to cohesion and the idea of the extrordinary historic march. The chosin reservoir. You had to have a marine corps that had drilled into people so deeply they. You don't leave people behind that you work as a unit et cetera. That i would think in many ways range would be the most threatened by this kind of approach. Any unit on the ground is gonna do far plan. Where your weapons. You have a defensible perimeter. Even if you're postured for offensive action and abuse going to use this metaphor that if you have individuals and fighting positions and you account for the weapon that they're carrying they will have left and right lateral limit you know. How far left should they train. How far right should they train. And if they focus in that area they're going to be very effective and they won't miss something with the reason they can do that. Is it the next marine to their right or left is also covering their area. So if you can't trust that your fellow marine is doing what they're supposed to be doing. You can see how that whole system breaks down and so this is an example of the broader community that these small units going out half two trusted air support is going to be there. The -gistically resupply is going to occur the mechanics. Show up fix broken equipment and if we have to start doubting that because some structures in place that keeps the white guys in charge and the black guys aren't gonna count for anything or if you're hispanic you speak with a funny accent somehow. You're going to get west support. Emitted just destroys cohesion unity. Trust loyalty the focus on nisshin. You're not so much concerned about mission. Goes you're concerned about your own personal safety and security in it up ins everything that we try to teach these young americans coming into the military regardless of service. Do you know any other country is putting military through something now..
"u.s. military" Discussed on Newt's World
"It's like a marriage or business sewer football team or something. I mean you want to know what perfection is that if you don't realistically assess the terrain that you're going across the enemy capabilities than whatever battle plan you might have is just absolutely dente fail and so i think where this failure i think it's a strategic level with afghanistan pertains is understanding the nature of culture of people of what is normal to them. You know we might view that handing out favorites and having your son being your exo or whatever it might be is nepotism and corruption and those things but in another world in a different culture. If you're taking care of tribe and family i if your responsibility is long-term longevity and viability of your particular clan well from a us perspective. How can you leverage that as opposed to changing it into a liberal western democratic representative government sort of order. Right i mean. They have systems at work for them. We weren't good at all in appreciating a thousand years of history. And how you can work with that is opposed to changing so successful in every military engagement on the ground was certainly tried to convey liberal western ideas and christian principles and getting your girls in school and working power grid and all those sorts of things. But if you're dealing with a culture or which that isn't natural you have to plan to be there longer than twenty years. So i think it's a mistake at the strategic level and how we carried out twenty years of effort fully appreciating that sanctuary can be given to terrorist groups and with the withdrawal. We won't have is on. What's occurring in western china with the wieger her pakistan or iran won't have bag romero base. So it makes it extraordinarily hard to maintain a close understanding and shape events in our direction. I was looking at just. And i didn't realize what they still have a plan to have about six hundred fifty americans in afghanistan. Isn't that extraordinarily dangerous..
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"This episode of neutral the issue of critical race theory has now taken hold in the united states military. And i have to say. I find it. Perplexing father served for three decades in the us army and i grew up understanding the military's about forming a bond a unit the team working towards the same goals and protecting each other while achieving. So you can imagine my shock. When i started to learn how seriously leaders at the pentagon who and integrate critical race theory curriculums in fact a professor at the us air force academy len chandler garcia wrote in a washington post op. Ed quote. i teach critical race series to our nation's feature military leaders because it is vital connect- understand the history of racism but a shape both foreign and domestic policy and his mark davis pined news recalled findings such warped content and today's liberal. College classrooms is not surprised and finding the us air force. Academy is unacceptable. I couldn't agree more so of invited to discuss critical race theory in the united states. Military great guest dakota would. He served two decades united states marine corps retiring as lieutenant. Colonel is currently senior research fellow defense programs at the heritage foundation. Koto thank you for joining me. It's a great pleasure. Thanks for having me on a wish. We were talking about something more positive. Something more designed to help. American continue we safe and to be the leading country world but i have to ask you since i grew up as an army. I understand that you've graduated from the naval academy with a degree in oceanography then earn a master's degree national students. Tj studies nieto's naval war college and then chose to the united states marine. That's obviously option coming out of the naval academy..