Light posting this week. I will be traveling for a few days so here is some interesting reading.
- Air Mobility Command passed a major milestone Nov. 19, when an AMC aircraft flew the command's one millionth sortie since September 11, 2001. The landmark flight was a C-17 mission flown to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. The crew was from the 62nd Airlift Wing's 10th Airlift Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
Other mobility facts: - About every 90 seconds a mobility aircraft lifts off somewhere in the world.- Since Sept. 11, 2001, AMC tankers have passed nearly 1.2 billion gallons of fuel to U.S. and allied aircraft.- AMC airlift is keeping about 12,000 people and almost 5,000 trucks off Iraqi roads each month, helping to defeat the enemy's IED strategy. - AMC aircraft are responsible for transporting the nation's senior leaders, including the president. - AMC is rushing about 12 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to Iraq and Afghanistan every day. The command has delivered more than 1,000 MRAPs. - AMC aeromedical crews provide timely airlift and medical care to their fellow warriors, rapidly moving injured service members from the battlefield to the U.S.
- HRC's buying of political endorsements with the promises of money and ambassadorships.
- "The tragedy of the Commons", 1st Thanksgiving style by John Stossel.
- Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on the Democrats and Waterboarding. Dershowitz is always interesting because he is a liberal who is a strong supporter of Israel, he wrote a book on pre-emptive warfare and is a supporter of torture in the "ticking time bomb" scenario.
- There is no way to understand the nexus of the world, globalization, and foreign policy without reading Thomas PM Barnett's blog. It's a must-read for this international affairs neophyte. There is a new video of the Pentagon's New Map brief up at TED. I am on a international affairs, strategy, and military reading kick lately. Please feel free to recommend books to me. For Christmas, I will take the C-SPAN video.