Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Reading

CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday covers a Hollywood legend who supported the troops.

Xformed points to a National Guard sergeant who is a "winner" in more ways than one here.

For those of us who served in or around Vietnam, here's an article that confirms that John Kerry and his "Winter Soldiers" were just as full of hooey as we thought at the time. Not that there may not have been real problems which should have been addressed through channels - remember the helicopter pilot, Hugh Thompson, who reported the My Lai mess...What's the big deal? Another Winter Soldier "investigation" is looming on the horizon.

John has a tale of a hero who you've never heard about.

Chap provides some intel on how AFRICOM is proceeding. Hmm. Priorities.

Lex looks a possible plan for O-6 retention. I guess those of us on the older retirement plan always figured at some point the work was for 1/2 pay (since if you retired at 20 years, you'd get 1/2 of the base pay for life) but new pay plans seem to have created some odd wrinkles. Naturally, Salamander has an thoughts. Inside baseball? Maybe...

Interesting look at the North Korean shell game on its nuclear program here. Not that duplicity on that subject should be a surprise, as the DPRK seems to me to be down to two bargaining chips: (1) its nuclear program and (2) invading South Korea. Good quote: "History is not likely to be kind to most of those involved in the North Korean nuclear negotiating fiasco." Amen. Read the comments, too.

Econbrowser has thoughts on possible recession and the Fed.

A look at Kosovo in the greater scheme of foreign relations. Feel free to disagree, but it might give you pause to ask what relationships we are willing to trade so that the Kosovar Albanians have their own country which cannot support itself but which may fester into something much worse.

Update: A look at the Kosovo economy from a couple of weeks ago here:
As Kosovo seeks international recognition of its declaration of independence, the round-the-clock rumble of thousands of portable power generators threatens to drown out the celebratory fireworks. And its problems go far beyond an electricity grid so unreliable that just keeping the lights on can be a daily struggle.

Roads are badly rutted or unpaved. Joblessness runs close to 50 percent, and much of the work force is uneducated. The average monthly salary is a paltry $220.

By virtually every measure, Kosovo joins the family of nations with the dubious distinction of being one of Europe's poorest.

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