He’s gutted their healthcare, plans to cut their pay and apparently, doesn’t trust them either. David Codrea over at Gun Rights Examiner points out that Marines marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade recently were caring rifles without bolts, meaning they were removed.
Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States. The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time-hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address.
Phi Beta Iota: The Marines should have refused to decommission their weapons and refused to march. This is a classic example of silence and complacency replacing integrity at multiple levels. Shades of Third World dictatorships and the “Palace Guard.”As for the Russians, they are stupid, so we put this down to perestoika’s revenge — they want the lunatic right and the military-industrial complex to continue death-spiral spending. A clever analyst would conclude that the Russians are vastly amused by the “pivot” to Asia and sick with laughter over how incoherent and inept US governance is, both at home and abroad.