Another fine example of the American way

The Mail Online (ever notice that if you want to know what’s going on you have to read the foreign press?) has a wonderful story about an American Army office with a an all-around great idea.

A female army intelligence officer is set for success in the fashion world after coming up with the idea to transform discarded tents, sleeping bags and parachutes into handbags and backpacks.

Emily Nunez, 23, who is stationed in Colorado and will be deploying overseas this June, started working on her military-inspired line of accessories called Sword & Plough last year.

To get the bags made Emily partnered with Green Vets Los Angeles, a nonprofit started by U.S. Army Reserve Major Jim Cragg in 2009 that gives veterans, both injured and non-injured, jobs in sewing factories.

Ten per cent of profits will be donated to the Veteran Green Jobs and the Wounded Warrior Project – two agencies which help U.S. military veterans transition to civilian life.

 She can’t be much more that a wet behind the ears shave tail lieutenant, but here she is, working up another American success story.  More details at the link, a really great story.

Bush did not lie.

The 10th anniversary of the Iraq war has rolled around and the anti-war Left is still repeating the same old falsehoods that were the party line a decade ago.  It is truly said that the victors write history, and the Party of (false) Peace is still in the business of repeating their lying doctrine until either it is universally believed or all contrary witnesses have been silenced, and that is truly sad.  But true witnesses are still around; once in a while their voices momentarily pierce the clamor.  Perhaps many years from now the truth about Iraq will be fully known, as it now known about Vietnam, though seldom spoken.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Commander Salamander:

My executive summary is founded on this – on 9/11 I was actually in theater, a quick jump to the Iraqi border. In those first few days after the attacks, you know what the N2/J2 folks were kicking out as threats? All coming from Iraq. From small groups of terrorists to actual chemical weapons coming over the walls in mortar shells. The message traffic, the briefings … it is all part of the public record now. Either the US military and all our allies were suffering from mass delusion, were part of a huge conspiracy, or … perhaps … we were making estimates based on the information and intelligence available to us – and what we saw – at that place in time – without the benefit of 20/20 hindsight from pampered agenda-driven, foam flecked partisan haters.

Go read the whole thing.

No to guns but “Yes!” to Chicom cyber spies

Bill Gertz over at the Washington Free Beacon details how the Obama administration opted not to act against Chinese government cyber spying two years ago.

President Barack Obama two years ago rejected a series of tough actions against China, including counter-cyber attacks and economic sanctions, for Beijing’s aggressive campaign of cyber espionage against the U.S. government and private businesses networks, according to administration officials.

Meanwhile, China recently issued a veiled threat to the United States about U.S. accusations of Chinese military cyber espionage. China told U.S. officials that continued U.S. public accusations of cyber espionage would render future bilateral discussions unproductive during recent U.S.-China talks following the release of a security firm’s report linking the Chinese military to cyber spying.

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According to administration officials familiar with internal discussions, the options were dismissed as too disruptive of U.S.-China relations.

Go read the whole deal.  Bill Gertz has been an immensely respected reporter on issues of national security for many years.  In age in which “journalist” has a synonym for “Leftist propagandist” Gertz remains, a man unabashedly in favor of a strong America without being jingoistic or obscuring the facts.