7:17 AM, Oct 3, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The partial federal government shutdown is certainly serving to illuminate the stark divide between what everyday Americans care about—being free to visit monuments to American heroes on the National Mall, watching the Air Force-Navy football game—and what the modern Democratic party cares about—forcing other people to buy health insurance against their will. After all, if Democratic senators and President Obama would simply agree to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for a year, on the heels of Obama lawlessly having delayed Obamacare’s employer mandate for a year, the federal government shutdown would immediately be averted. Fortunately, however, private citizens and companies are starting to step up and fill the void caused by the Democrats’ commitment to coercion.
The Washington Times reports:
“For fans complaining that the government shutdown could scrub one of the biggest college football games of the weekend, United Airlines may be saving the Navy-Air Force game, originally scheduled for Saturday in Annapolis.
“With the service academies saying they must call off their athletic events in light of the budget freeze, United said Wednesday it would fly the Air Force team to the game at no charge.
“‘We hate cancellations, so we’re offering to fly @AF_Academy to this year’s Air Force-Navy game. Retweet if you agree,’ the airline posted on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.”
The decision to cancel the game wasn’t made by the service academies but by the Obama Defense Department. In fact, Allahpundit reports that the game wouldn’t cost any federal money at all.
UPDATE: The game is back on:
ANNAPOLIS, Md.--The United States Naval Academy and United States Air Force Academy have received approval from the Department of Defense to play on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11:40 AM and the game will be televised by CBS. Saturday's game is sold out and a record crowd is expected. There has been no indication if the other 24 athletic events scheduled from Thursday-Sunday will take place. Navy enters Saturday's contest with a 2-1 record, while Air Force is 1-4. The winner of the last 13 Navy-Air Force games has gone on to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. Three of the last four Navy-Air Force games has gone to overtime.
11:23 AM, Aug 5, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In the midst of a fair amount of depressing news from Afghanistan (e.g., al-Qaeda backers get U.S. military contracts, U.S. cites “due process rights” as reason not to cancel), here's a report from the front that offers some grounds for hope.
8:32 AM, May 9, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Pentagon has been on a long and expensive quest to make its personnel invisible. Or something close to it. So new camouflage patterns have been researched. Several of them, in fact. At least one for every branch of the service, including the Air Force, most of whose people do not need to hide from anyone. Still, as David A.
10:33 AM, Mar 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Stephen D. Abney, the chief public affairs official for the Army’s Joint Munitions Command, recently sent a message to all 6,000 employees he speaks for: Don’t criticize President Barack Obama or any political party to members of the press. The message was received by civilian contractors as well.
10:10 AM, Feb 20, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
For three years, a private citizen named Steve LeBard has led the effort to build a privately funded memorial in Orcutt, California—a tranquil small town located on the Golden State’s gorgeous Central Coast—to honor military veterans. And for the better part of those three years, he has run into a toxic blend of political correctness, anti-Americanism, and bureaucratic senselessness. Today, the memorial, which was to be built with private funds on a small piece of public land, remains unbuilt.
3:25 PM, Jan 24, 2013 • By JESSIE JANE DUFF
On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the U.S. military would lift its long-standing ban on women in combat. The national media, as can be expected, is popping the champagne corks in celebration.
9:02 AM, Dec 28, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The death of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf recalls a moment in history that now seems far more distant than the actual twenty-one years.
11:35 PM, Nov 1, 2012 • By KATE HAVARD
It is no surprise Barack Obama’s campaign is running ads to highlight the support of former chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell. After all, for the most part, the military overwhelmingly supports Mitt Romney.
8:56 AM, Oct 15, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The official Twitter account of the United States Army sent out a message to its more than 186,000 followers recognizing the 47th anniversary of the "first public burning of a draft card." Here's the tweet:
3:38 PM, Oct 4, 2012 • By CHERYL MILLER
Last year, when elite universities began announcing their intentions to bring back ROTC, Jonathan E. Hillman and I cautioned that if Ivy League ROTC was to succeed, it would require a real commitment from both the schools and the military.
12:10 PM, Sep 15, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas Republican House candidate Tom Cotton has released a new ad, highlighting the political lessons Cotton learned serving in the U.S. Army.
"The Army taught me in an ambush, you fight through the fire. You don't hesitate, you don't retreat," Cottons says. "Our country needs strong leaders right now." Watch the ad below: