It’s worse than that, actually. Having read Walsh’s thesis, it’s not just that it’s only 14 pages of text; it’s that even if you ignore the plagiarism, it’s a pretty bad 14 pages. The thesis is ostensibly about whether the United States should prioritize democracy promotion in U.S. grand strategy. If I was supervising this thesis — and I’ve supervised a fair number them for my day job — then this is what I’d have e-mailed Walsh if he’d handed this in to me:
via On what academic planet does a 14 page paper merit John Walsh an M.A.? – The Washington Post.
That’s a pretty dang good question.
I’ve never spent any time reading theses from the AWC, but I have read quite a few from the Command and General Staff College. Most of them are quite a bit longer, and one heck of a lot better.
There’s an old Army saying that if you lock a private in a padded room with two anvils, when you come back, one anvil will be lost, and the other one broken.
Look what happens when you give a Staff Sergeant a gavel.
Just two days after receiving the nation’s highest award for battlefield valor, the Medal of Honor, former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.
The gavel never stood a chance.
via Video: Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts closes NYSE, destroys gavel, looks horrified – The Washington Post.
Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict.
“This clearly is a military escalation,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said, adding there is no question that Russian military — as opposed to Russia-backed separatists — are firing the shots.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf first made the accusation during a press briefing earlier Thursday. She also claimed Moscow is boosting its military shipments to pro-Russian separatists.
via Obama administration: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets | Fox News.
Well, that ups the ante a bit.
Of course, there’s not a heck of a lot we can do about it. The NATO countries are reliant upon Russian natural gas to keep from freezing to death in the winter, so they might grumble, but they won’t do much.
The Dutch are (quite justifiably) outraged over the shoot down of MH17, but they too have little real leverage.
Unless NATO is willing to stage a “no fly zone” operation over Ukraine (and they aren’t willing) there’s not a lot any soft power is going to accomplish.
How far Putin will push is the question. While I don’t sympathize with Putin, I do see that from his seat, his goal of restablishing Russian control over the territories to its west and south makes strategic sense. Just how far west, and how far south…
One opportunity Rusty says he was especially hopeful for was a receptionist opening in an allergist’s office near his kennel. “The benefits were solid and I thought I’d really enjoy working with people, but when I showed up for the interview they just apologized and said I’d be a bad fit. They didn’t say it, but I think it was because I’m a veteran.”
via Veteran Working Dog Has Trouble Marketing Skills To Local Employers.
Last year the left had the “SNAP Challenge” that purported to show just how tough it was to get by on food stamps.
This time around, they’re showing how hard it is to get by on minimum wage (never mind that most families that only earn minimum wage probably also qualify for SNAP).
Obama and his mindless liberal minions are at it again with their #LiveTheWage campaign. They’re trying to guilt Americans into supporting a minimum wage hike by living on what the average minimum wage earner would have to budget. So this is the only campaign a liberal can actually succeed at, because it depends on them NOT being able to budget, and NOT planning ahead – something every American does who earn any wage every day. Here are some examples:
via Liberal ‘Live the Wage’ Challenge is a Laughable Exercise in Failing to Budget or Plan Ahead | SOOPERMEXICAN.
As one of our friends asked, who pays $1.67 for an apple?!
I get my produce at the 99c store. It’s not the best, but it’s more than adequate. Rather than paying $2.37 for a can of Progresso (even the damn soup has to be liberal!) I pay $0.79 a can for macaroni and beef at Ralph’s.
Is it tough being poor? Trying to eek out a living on minimum wage? Yes! Yes it is! Which, maybe that provides an incentive to work harder, improve your skills, move up the chain to higher responsibilities (and pay).
And every time I see liberals trying to raise the minimum wage, I try to remind them, the real minimum wage is ZERO. If you make it too expensive for someone to hire you, you’ll get paid nothing.
WPTV in West Palm Beach says that they’ve talked with Cornelius Davis, the fellow who starred in the viral video last weekend at a funeral when he was cornered by a couple of Marines. Davis continues to claim that he’s a sergeant major and that he’s in the Army.
‘WPTV spoke with the man in the video, who refused to go on camera and said he was angry at the social media postings. He identified himself as 44-year-old Cornelius Davis, showing dog tags and scars.
A spokesperson for the United States Army says the items on the uniform do not make sense and are not correct.
The Army says it has no record of a Cornelius Davis with the date of birth he provided having served in the Army since 1999.’
via Cornelius Davis, the stolen valor SGM : This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here.
This guy is ate up like a soup sammich.
If you try to impersonate a soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine (or even a Coastguardsman) the gang at This Ain’t Hell will learn of it, and they will expose you as the fraud you are.
As TAH notes, they’ve done this so many times, they know beforehand the script the frauds will follow, even before the frauds know.
The miserable excuse for a human was first noticed by a couple of young Marines attending a funeral. A funeral for God’s sake.
One soldier’s career: Ranger with eight deployments, lost his hand to a grenade while saving his buddies, pinned with the Medal of Honor, met presidents and celebrities, smiling in dress uniform as grand master at parades and speaker at university commencements.
Now it’s time for the next chapter.
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry retired from the Army on Wednesday and was promoted to master sergeant in a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, three years after receiving the nation’s highest award for valor.
His next challenge?
“The hard part for me,” Petry said in an interview Tuesday, “is going to be choosing what I put on every day for clothing.”
via Medal of Honor recipient SFC Leroy Petry retires today | Military Times | militarytimes.com.
An awe inspiring man, with an incredible sense of humility.
I suspect we’ll continue to hear good things from MSG Petry.