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The National Guard may discipline a deployed lawmaker for criticizing Wisconsin's governor
The Wisconsin National Guard is considering taking action against a congressman currently deployed with his Air National Guard unit for blasting the governor's decision to withdraw troops U.S.-Mexico border.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman from Illinois and lieutenant colonel with the Wisconsin Air National Guard, tore into Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' decision on Monday to join several other states in withdrawing National Guard troops from the southwest.
Kinzinger is a Republican. Evers is a Democrat. But all that really matters is that Gov. Evers is the commander-in-chief of the Wisconsin National Guard, which means Kinzinger technically dissed a commanding officer.
According to the Associated Press, Wisconsin law states that commissioned officers who use "contemptuous words against the president, the vice-president, members of congress, the secretary of defense, the secretary of a military department, the secretary of homeland security, or the governor or legislature of the state of Wisconsin shall be punished as a court-martial may direct."
When the Associated Press asked the National Guard if Kinzinger might be disciplined for his comments, spokesman Capt. Joe Travato responded that both the Guard and Evers' office "are looking into the matter."
A Kinzinger's spokeswoman told the AP that the Wisconsin statutes only apply to members while "on service."
Kinzinger had previously flown RC-26s for surveillance and reconnaissance missions and invoked his military service to justify his support for President Donald Trump's efforts to construct a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
"As a member of the Air National Guard, I work with Customs and Border Protection officers on our southwest border and know firsthand how an unsecure border jeopardizes the security of our country" his website says.
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Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led a Marine task force to Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, said the Washington Post's recent reporting about the U.S. government's pattern of lies about the war over the last two decades is not "revelatory."
Mattis, who was interviewed by the Washington Post's David Ignatius on Friday, also said he does not believe the U.S. government made any efforts to hide the true situation in Afghanistan and he argued the war has not been in vain.
Here are 10 key quotes from Mattis regarding the Washington Post's reporting in the 'Afghanistan Papers.'
The Taliban may not have breached the walls of Bagram, but they damaged the hell out of its main passenger terminal
Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
The pictures, which are part of a photo essay called "Bagram stands fast," were posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service's website on Thursday.
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Shortly after seven sailors died aboard USS Fitzgerald when she collided with a merchant ship off Japan in 2017, I wrote that the Fitzgerald's watch team could have been mine. My ship had once had a close call with me on watch, and I had attempted to explain how such a thing could happen. "Operating ships at sea is hard, and dangerous. Stand enough watches, and you'll have close calls," I wrote at the time. "When the Fitzgerald's investigation comes out, I, for one, will likely be forgiving."
So, am I forgiving? Yes — for some.
Editor's note: a version of this story first appeared in 2015.
Most people haven't heard of an elderly Belgian-Congolese nurse named Augusta Chiwy. But students of history know that adversity and dread can turn on a dime into freedom and change, and it's often the most humble and little-known individuals who are the drivers of it.
During the very darkest days of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, Chiwy was such a catalyst, and hundreds of Americans lived because of her. She died quietly on Aug. 23, 2015, at the age of 94 at her home in Brussels, Belgium, and had it not been for the efforts of my friend — British military historian Martin King — the world may never have heard her astonishing story.
More than $20 million of the Pentagon aid at the center of the impeachment fight still hasn't reached Ukraine.
The continued delay undermines a key argument against impeachment from President Trump's Republican allies and a new legal memo from the White House Office of Management and Budget.