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Category: military
May 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Kudos to U.S. Rep. Adam Smith for taking lead on military budget savings

I would like to thank U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, for his leadership during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act last week [“GOP congressman pushes for immigration vote,” Politics, May 19]. His amendment proposed a transparent and independent process for considering realignment or closures of military installations — an important step toward realizing…


Comments | More in military | Topics: National Defense Authorization Act, Pentagon, State Sen. Karen Keiser

March 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Gen. Sinclair avoids jail in sexual-misconduct case

Punishment hardly adequate Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was convicted by a jury of his peers, presumably other general officers, of adultery, misuse of his government credit card, soliciting sexually explicit pictures of female officers, possessing pornography in a combat zone, and mistreating his mistress, who was a subordinate officer. [“General won’t go to jail in sexual-misconduct…


Comments | More in crime/justice, military

December 28, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Whidbey jet noise: Haughty attitude is angering

I’m writing in regard to the story on the controversy about Navy jet noise on Whidbey Island [“Roaring controversy,” page one, Dec. 23].

Despite occasional lip service, the Navy generally pays no mind to the concerns of local residents who are affected by the much louder — and increasingly frequent — roar of the EA-18 Growlers practicing touch-and-go landings at the Outlying Landing Field southeast of Coupeville. The Navy misrepresented to the community the volume and impact of the noise of the Growlers before the jets arrived, so it should come as no surprise that neighbors now feel angry and frustrated.


Comments | More in military | Topics: jet noise, Whidbey

December 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Whidbey jet noise: Don’t be selfish

I don’t normally write letters to the editor, but I just had to weigh in on Monday’s Whidbey “Roaring controversy” article [page one, Dec. 23]. I’m with the Navy, all the way.

Even though I served as an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam era, a time when we weren’t exactly thanked for our service, I have always respected the special skills of Navy pilots. And training is critical to develop and maintain those unique skills. To those who are complaining about the activity at Outlying Landing Field (OLF), Coupeville, what happened to “thank you for your service?”


Comments | More in military | Topics: Air Force, Navy, Whidbey

September 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Not the responsibility of the U.S. Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, speaks during a press conference following a Security Council meeting Syria on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. U.N. inspectors said there is “clear evidence” that chemical weapons were used in Syria. [AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews] I am writing regarding Syria. This is a problem…


Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military | Topics: bashar assad, rebels, russia

September 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Change begins at home A Syrian elderly man who lost his toe during the civil war rests under shade, at a temporary refugee camp, in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour in the Bekaa valley, near the border with Syria. They are a few of Syria’s refugees in Lebanon, driven out of their homes by a…


Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bombs, chemical weapons, Drones

September 12, 2013 at 7:02 PM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Exhibit democracy U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, during a press conference before their meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sept. 12, 2013. Secretary of State John Kerry and his team have opened two days of meetings with their Russian counterparts…


Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bomb, chemical weapons, democracy

September 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The Syrian crisis

Punish chemical-weapons manufacturers Hundreds of demonstrators protested against the U.S. intervention in Syria outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 2013. [Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT.] If chemical weapons are outlawed to be used on planet Earth, why are companies still allowed to manufacture them? [“‘This is not a world we should accept,’” page one,…


Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, bashar assad, chemical weapons

September 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Remembering 9/11

Need for compassion President Barack Obama, left, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, center, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, on stage at the Pentagon in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. [AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais] Twelve years ago, I sat in my office in New…


Comments | More in military, Politics | Topics: 911, New York, september 11

September 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

U.S. military involvement in Syria

Nonviolent solution Syrian demonstrators carry an image of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration against US military action in Syria, Sept. 9, 2013, outside of Capitol Hill, in Washington. [AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana] My 10-year-old son suggested what might be a workable, nonviolent solution for Syrian citizens to deter and even survive Assad’s purported gas attacks:…


Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, bashar assad, humanitarian

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