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The NRA's New President Has Deep Experience With Foreign Arms Sales
Say you're the largest lobbying group in the history of lobbying groups. Sure, your paid membership only accounts for 3% or 4% of all America's estimated 140 million or so gun owners, but you are the undisputed loudest voice on firearms in America — serving industry manufacturers, lobbying legislators, and setting the agenda for concerned gun enthusiasts... even as you fight allegations that you hate schoolkids, lie and manipulate a lot, take foreign money for your star-spangled cause, and intimidate or talk past opponents rather than attempting to engage them.
It's time for the membership to pick a new president. Who can possibly navigate your lobby group through this minefield?
How about a former Marine who was convicted for secretly selling arms to the dreaded Islamic regime in Iran in order to finance an illegal war in Central America?
Who, after his conviction was overturned on a technicality, ran for Senate and was humiliated by his former fellow Marines in the losing effort?
Who, in search of new grifts, started a conservative charity that got accused of misusing funds after he hired the guy who raised money for his legal defense after the Iran thing?
Who eventually found a home in right-wing media, where he compared a president to Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Hideki Tojo, Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Ho Chi Minh for letting gays serve in the American armed forces?
Who just recently joined up with the founder of Blackwater, who recently lied his ass off to Congress about his involvement in the Trump-Russia affair, to pitch a non-government, Tom Clancy-style spy agency that they could run?
Yeah, that guy:
Let's elect him president of the National Rifle Association.
There's nothing quite like finding out that the nifty little trinket you blew a paycheck on when you were a junior enlisted service member is actually worth three-quarters of a million dollars. (Take that every SNCO who ever gave a counseling statement on personal finances.)
Special Operations Command review finds deployment and leadership issues but no 'systemic ethics problem'
The long-awaited Special Operations Command's ethics review has finally been released, which argues that there is no "systemic ethics problem" in the special operations community while acknowledging a range of underlying problems stemming from a high operations tempo and insufficient leadership.
John Kelly, the retired Marine general who worked as President Trump's chief of staff for more than 16 months, told a crowd in Sarasota, Florida on Monday that he trusted John Bolton and thinks he should testify in the Senate impeachment trial.
"If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton," Kelly said during a town hall lecture series, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, mentioning claims in a forthcoming memoir by Trump's former national security advisor that the president told him a freeze on military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on the country opening an investigation into the Bidens.
While the Army pours resources into Fort Wainwright after suicides, leaders stress one reminder: Look out for your teammates
While the Army is making strides at Fort Wainwright with hopes of improving the quality of life at the base and stopping suicide, Army leaders are also reminding soldiers of one simple thing that could make a difference: Get to know your teammates, and look out for one another.