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Missing-marineTen years ago ex-U.S. Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun walked off Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Hassoun was a reservist from Utah and caused quite a stir in the earlier days of the Iraq War pretending to be a captured POW. It was later found out that he had close family in Fallujah and it was all a ruse. I personally remember this vividly as at the time I was also a Marine two months from deploying to the very base that Hassoun disappeared from. Read more…

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Troops Fed Up with Ridiculous Rules of Engagement

↳ Posted on February 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

U.s. Marines Continue Suppression of InsurgentsI experienced escalating ridiculousness of the rules of engagement between my two deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2006. I can only imagine how asinine they have become at this point. When the inanimate property of foreign individuals is of more importance to our government than the lives of our servicemen, we have a serious corruption of priorities. When calls for artillery from our men are denied due to the possibility of collateral damage to civilian property, we have a problem. Read more…

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Via RT International:
Military hand-me-downs: US police getting leftover armored trucks from Iraq
The US military is handing over leftover equipment from the Iraq conflict to police under a military surplus program. Civil liberties groups have criticized the initiative as unnecessary and a move toward the militarization of American law enforcement.

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Marine-FuneralA University of Pennsylvania report, titled Mortality of American Troops in Iraq, breaks down American casualties by many different demographics. One statistic that hits close to home for me is the disparity between Marines and other branches. The Marine Corps death rate in Iraq is more than doubled that of the Army, and ten times higher than that of the Navy and Air Force.

This is due to the heavy Marine Corps presence in the most volatile area of Iraq, the al Anbar province, which includes the cities of Fallujah, Haditha and Ramadi. Major battles in both Fallujah and Ramadi, particularly the Second Battle of Fallujah, are considered to have been the heaviest fighting American forces encountered during the entire war.

Source: University of Pennsylvania

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Amos-ap_s640x430In an unprecedented act of open criticism of a sitting President, two 4-star Generals have publicly blasted President Obama’s policies. Several weeks ago Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, first spoke out about the President’s border crisis, and now the Marine Corps top commander, Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, publicly ridiculed President Obama’s handling of Iraq and the subsequent mess that ensued.
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