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Danziger on Trump's war stories

Danziger: Bone Spurs Are Hell

How would Donald Trump break the ice with two old soldiers like Secretary of Defense Mattis and National Security Adviser McMaster? To Danziger the answer is obvious: Boasting about his “military experience” at a boarding school for badly behaved punks (without mentioning those “bone spurs” in his heels that kept Trump from the battlefields of Vietnam).

February 25, 2017
Gen. James Mattis, ret., selected as Defense Secretary

Trump Will Nominate Retired Marine Corps General Mattis for Pentagon

Mattis would be the first former U.S. general to become defense secretary since George C. Marshall took the job in 1950.

December 1, 2016
A U.S. army soldier stands guard in front of a F-22 stealth fighter jet flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek

U.S. Army Fudged Its Accounts By Trillions Of Dollars, Auditor Finds

The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.

August 20, 2016

Trump Adviser Accused Of Making Anti-Semitic Remarks

Joseph Schmitz, named as one of five advisers by the Trump campaign in March, is accused of bragging when he was Defense Department inspector general a decade ago that he pushed out Jewish employees.

August 18, 2016
Ashton Carter

The Pentagon’s New Rules Allow Anti-ISIS Airstrikes When Civilian Deaths Are More Likely

Previously, US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that risked civilian deaths were permitted in limited cases.

April 21, 2016
Ashley Madison phone text privacy policy whispering

Fake Female Profiles Abounded on Ashley Madison Site, Data Research Shows

Niche dating sites need women in order to attract men. And how do you attract attractive women? With fakes.

August 26, 2015

U.S. Shuts Down Last Detention Center In Afghanistan

The Defense Department no longer operates any prisons in Afghanistan.

December 11, 2014

Pentagon Orders Changes For Deficient Military Health Care Facilities

Change is coming to health care for veterans.

October 2, 2014

Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Sparks Bipartisan Backlash In Congress

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday battled a bipartisan storm of criticism over President Barack Obama’s decision to order the exchange of Taliban leaders for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Senior lawmakers from both parties are questioning the administration’s justification for acting without first consulting members of Congress […]

June 4, 2014

Obama Launches Measures To Support Solar Energy In U.S.

Washington (AFP) – The White House Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at increasing solar energy production in the United States, particularly by encouraging the installation of solar panels in public spaces. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress want laws to fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but Republicans, […]

April 17, 2014

Pentagon Proposes Deep Cuts For U.S. Military Bases, But Would Spare Some

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sweeping budget and personnel cuts proposed Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would hit some military bases hard while protecting others. With the Army targeted to lose as many as 80,000 active-duty soldiers from its current 520,000-strong force, reaching its smallest size since before World II, major […]

February 25, 2014