Are these things part of the military’s ‘core missions’? Really?

If you thought the role of the military was to break things and kill people and occasionally rescue people who need rescuing, you are a troglodyte of the first order.

No, the military must play a role in the administration’s overarching goal of transforming America into an all-embracing, tree hugging, green to our gills land of the emasculated.

Take this lede from an AP story this week:

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State and federal land managers working to keep the greater sage grouse off the list of endangered species have secured a $2 million grant from the Pentagon to help finance habitat restoration beneath thousands of square miles of U.S. Navy training airspace in Nevada.

This money is not being doled out because the Navy accidentally bombed any leks or any grouse hen eggs were cracked by l0w-flying supersonic jets.

It is to help restore more than 11,000 acres of prime sage grouse habitat by doing such things as cutting pinon pine trees that serve as perches for ravens that eat grouse eggs.

The military also approved $2 million to help protect 7,000 acres of gopher tortoise habitat near Fort Benning in Georgia and $2 million to protect 10,000 acres of forest in Maine near the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s survival school.

What any of this has to do with the role and responsibility of the military is an unasked question.

This is same military that brags about saving $1 million a year in power bills with its solar panels on Nellis Air Force Base while neglecting to mention they cost $100 million and will last only 25 to 30 years.

Yes, the military that paid $150 per gallon for 1,500 gallons of jet fuel made from algae, more than 64 times the price for fossil fuels.

This enhanced role for our military was explained by Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently when he explained why he is ending the military ban on transgender service members. He called the ban “outdated” and said it distracted from the military’s “core missions.” How did Bradley Manning work out?

Also, there are the two women who graduated Army Ranger school, after so many washed out. Might work out but at what cost?




9 comments on “Are these things part of the military’s ‘core missions’? Really?

  1. Rez says:

    And what critter’s habitat are they destroying by cutting down the NATIVE pinon pines??

    Words cannot encompass the idiocy of such policies.

    As to tortoise, if you want more tortoises, do more grazing. They eat dung, specifically large animal dung. University of Arizona research says so.

  2. USAF Ret. Colonel Robert Frank says:

    Thanks, Thomas. Bill Whittle’s video clip titled “Sir, I will not obey that order” corroborates your thinking.

    As a retired logistician, I have observed that political appointees in key, high level positions usually drive such inconsistent policy decisions. Commanders recognize that their military careers will quickly end if/when they challenge such political appointees at the service and defense department positions, so they feel they have to look the other way when such wasteful mission conflicts surface.

    I can not condone such behavior, but I can understand the terrible conflicts placed on today’s warrior leaders.

  3. Whittle has a way with words.

  4. Vernon Clayson says:

    Can’t say that two males in place of the two females would have finished the course but the two females took the place of males that could have been sent to war. Let’s hope those two women weren’t allowed lesser physical testing.

  5. Winston Smith says:

    Rumor in Ranger-land has it that the fix was in for the two girls, and the bar was lowered.

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  7. nyp says:

    Funny the things that get you guys riled up.

  8. Rincon says:

    While I certainly agree that the money for the environmental rehab should have come out of the EPA budget rather than the DOD, we should look on the bright side. Think how far we’ve come. 12 years ago, we embarked on a multitrillion dollar DOD boondoggle. Today, we’re looking at 2 million dollars. If that’s the worst we can find, then we’re not doing so badly.

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