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November 20, 2012

Poll: David Petraeus’ legacy remains (mostly) intact

  • 55-11 the national approval/disapproval rating of former General David Petraeus back in May, according to a Gallup poll conducted at the time.
  • 40-30 the current national approval/disapproval rating of former General David Petraeus according to a new poll from Gallup. While he lost 15 points among those who view him favorably, it doesn’t appear that the former CIA director’s recent indiscretions will shape the way he’s remembered. source
14:45 // 1 year ago
October 31, 2012
Anybody else suddenly feel like there’s something that our government isn’t telling us? We don’t recall the zombie apocalypse ever being mentioned when the Obama Administration introduced the National Terrorism Advisory System back in 2011. We’d like to humbly suggest that a “Threat Level Gray” warning accompany any word of a zombie attack from here on out. source

Anybody else suddenly feel like there’s something that our government isn’t telling us? We don’t recall the zombie apocalypse ever being mentioned when the Obama Administration introduced the National Terrorism Advisory System back in 2011. We’d like to humbly suggest that a “Threat Level Gray” warning accompany any word of a zombie attack from here on out. source

16:30 // 1 year ago
May 28, 2012

thedailyfeed:

This Memorial Day, we took a look back at how the U.S. soldier has evolved over the years. Did you know camouflage wasn’t introduced until the end of World War II? 

A very smart piece by The Daily on the evolution of the soldier.

(via nedhepburn)

11:20 // 2 years ago
May 8, 2012
producermatthew:

Massive Military Mistake: The U.S. Defense Department admitted on Monday that an airstrike in Afghanistan three days earlier accidentally killed a mother and her five children. The airstrike mistakenly targeted a family home in the Sangin district, according to the New York Times. The strike was in retaliation for a Taliban attack, the paper said. The regional commander, Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, is expected to issue a formal apology for the strike in a few days. [Photo: AP]
New York Times: U.S. confirms Afghan strike that killed mom, children

Feels like the U.S. is stepping on eggshells after prior incidents hurt their rep in the region.

producermatthew:

Massive Military Mistake: The U.S. Defense Department admitted on Monday that an airstrike in Afghanistan three days earlier accidentally killed a mother and her five children. The airstrike mistakenly targeted a family home in the Sangin district, according to the New York Times. The strike was in retaliation for a Taliban attack, the paper said. The regional commander, Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, is expected to issue a formal apology for the strike in a few days. [Photo: AP]

New York Times: U.S. confirms Afghan strike that killed mom, children

Feels like the U.S. is stepping on eggshells after prior incidents hurt their rep in the region.

15:22 // 2 years ago
April 14, 2012

U.S. Military members in Colombia may have committed “inappropriate conduct”

Some breaking news from Colombia, where the President is attending the Summit Of The Americas. Politico quotes General Douglas Fraser as saying he’s “disappointed by the entire incident and that this behavior is not in keeping with the professional standards expected of members of the United States military.” This ties in uncomfortably with yesterday’s news regarding prostitution use by some members of the Secret Service – it all took place in the same hotel, which also happens to be where President Obama himself is staying. All in all, this is becoming a major black eye for the United States.

17:01 // 2 years ago
March 13, 2012
This is not the first of those events, and it probably won’t be the last. But we cannot allow these events to undermine our strategy or the mission that we’re involved in.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta • While discussing the recent shooting of 16 Afghan citizens, by a member of the U.S. military, with reporters on flight to Kyrgyzstan. During his remarks, the Secretary of Defense also mentioned that the government’s goal was to see the suspect tried in the U.S. military justice system. Panetta’s comments come amid increasingly loud calls for the soldier in question to face trial in Afghanistan, and for the United States to re-evaluate its long-term plans for operating inside the country. The calls have grown louder in recent weeks after a series of incidents including Sunday’s shooting, and the mass-burning of Korans at Bagram Air Base last month. source (viafollow)
13:50 // 2 years ago
June 8, 2011

producermatthew:

Delta Airlines charges troop for bags: A military unit returning to the United States from Afghanistan was charged $2,800 — or $200 per soldier — in extra baggage fees on a June 7th flight.

Delta Airlines says its policy is to waive extra baggage fees for up to four bags in business and first class, and three bags in coach, to accomodate active duty US military service members. It’s not clear where the soldiers appearing in the video were seated, but one says he was charged $200 for his fourth bag.

Delta Airlines released a statement explaining their policy and apologizing to the soldiers, but offered no information on whether or not the troops in the YouTube video would be reimbursed their expenses.

The above video was sent to ProducerMatthew.com by a news producer at KING-TV in Seattle.

A while back, we posted a relevant video to this called “United Breaks Guitars.” Same concept — slice-of-life complaining about airlines — except set to music. Difference between that and this, not downplaying what the musician went through? This involves soldiers who were told they could check four bags, only to have someone drop the ball. Screwing with soldiers is the worst.

0:10 // 3 years ago
March 19, 2011
producermatthew:

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This information is also being reported by FOX News, NBC News.

15:39 // 3 years ago
March 14, 2011
8:27 // 3 years ago