Sunday, May 10, 2009

So Much for 'Respecting the Troops'

"Well, if I had to choose — in terms of being a Republican — I’d go with Rush Limbaugh, I think. My take on it was that Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican."
- Dick Cheney

The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Here's who our ex-vice-president is dissing (from Wikipedia):

Colin Luther Powell (born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a former four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American appointed to that position.[1][2][3][4] During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

This is 100% bona-fide proof that the Republican Party does not now, or has ever, respected our troops.

If Powell hasn't earned the right to speak his mind and get respect, who has?

Cheney, by any tradition, should immediately fall on his sword - oh, wait... that tradition is for real soldiers - who served and did something dishonorable - Cheney's just a shitty politician who lied and threatened his way -almost- to the top.


Asleep at the Yoke

I thought DHS and our glorious chimperor made us safer.

Not so:
"Hackers have repeatedly broken into the air traffic control mission-support systems of the US Federal Aviation Administration, according to an Inspector General report sent to the FAA this week, and the FAA's increasing use of commercial software and Internet Protocol-based technologies as part of an effort to modernize the air traffic control systems poses a higher security risk to the systems than when they relied primarily on proprietary software, the report said.
Oh great.
Intrusion detection systems (IDS) are deployed at only 11 of hundreds of air traffic control facilities. In 2008, more than 870 cyber incident alerts were issued to the organization responsible for air traffic control operations and by the end of the year 17 percent (more than 150 incidents) had not been remediated, 'including critical incidents in which hackers may have taken over control' of operations computers, the report said."
Are these people asleep? I mean, WTF.

The Statue of Liberty flyby bullshit was just that, but this just proves more resignations are needed - now, before we have something much worse than 9-11... of course that could be the plan...