Military

North Korea Missile


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Donald Trump ran for president promising he was going to rebuild our military, as though it is falling apart and in ruins. If you want our military to be the best, which means you want the best people. You don’t ban people from serving because they make you uncomfortable.

You’re also not going to bolster our military if you view it as something to be used to throw red meat to shore up support from your base of haters. I would hope the Commander in Chief would have more respect for our armed forces than to use them as political props. I also expect those who say they support our troops, to support all of our troops.

North Korea tested another missile last week and experts are in agreement that they’re getting closer to acquiring the capability of not just hitting targets in Asia, but also Hawaii, Alaska, and the continental United States. We probably need to focus on how to prevent that from happening instead of wasting time on problems that don’t actually exist. North Korea launching a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile is the kind of stuff that should keep Trump up at night, not transgenders in our military.

You would think there’s a better way to handle the issue of North Korea’s nuclear and missile program other than tweeting at China. Of course, we’re talking about a man who doesn’t understand the nuclear triad.

Trump needs to focus on real problems. He needs to give our military and those who serve more respect than something he can use to distract us from his personal problems. Donald Trump will never truly respect the military, not just because he didn’t serve, but because he’s not intelligent enough.

The world doesn’t need the threat of an insane madman propped up by a cult of personality who has nuclear weapons at his disposal. It doesn’t need Kim Jong Un either.

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The Few, The Proud, The Perverts


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The Defense department is investigating after members of the military “allegedly” shared nude photos of female colleagues online without their permission.

Business Insider was the first to report that Marines were posting nude images of their female colleagues on message boards and porn sites. Soon it was discovered it was rampant in every branch of the military.

Along with the nude photos were derogatory comments, names of the females, and where they were stationed. This is often referred as “revenge porn.” The photos are often of ex girlfriends or someone else that a male holds a grudge against.

The photos were first shared on a Facebook page and it was reported last September. It’s taken this long for the military brass to start investigating. After the page was taken down a new one popped up in its place, and another, and another, etc. They’ve extended beyond Facebook and onto other sites where members can share their collection of photos and trade comments with other users.

I’m a big believer in privacy. Just because someone takes a nude photo of themselves, or allows someone else to, that doesn’t give anyone else the right to share it with the world. That’s an invasion of privacy and intimidation. In the past it has destroyed lives. When hacked photos of nude celebrities are shared online I’ll refuse to look at them. I don’t believe I should have that right to violate someone and I don’t want to support future invasions of privacy. The victim’s fame doesn’t make it acceptable.

The women in this military scandal are not famous. They’ve put their lives on the line as much as the men in the military and they don’t deserve to have their patriotism rewarded by being publicly shamed and degraded.

The military says prosecuting the people who posted the photos will be difficult as it will be hard to prove they did so without permission. What? Shouldn’t the burden be on the posters to prove they did have permission?

Perhaps we should keep Guantanamo open for every single individual who posted one of these photos. I won’t protest.

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