President Biden’s Question and Answer Time Today Was Very Confusing

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Well, I missed my blogging date for yesterday. I am at the Oregon Coast relaxing. I will be here until tomorrow morning. It has been good for me to get away from the rat race for a few days.

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I listened to President Biden’s question and answer session today. I actually thought he did pretty good for a “politician.”

He evaded several important questions to where they made no connection to the question.

The deadline to get troops out of Afghanistan is May 1st. When asked about it, he said, I can’t predict when we will exactly move them out. It is a big planning session to do it right.

My thoughts were that it was planned many months ago by President Trump. Why does it need a new planning session?

He was extremely vague about the immigration issue. He was asked when will the press be able to actually go see the area where thousands of children were placed? He pushed that aside and said that he wasn’t going to see them, because he felt it would be too much of a distraction to have him and all his agents, etc, to come. President Trump did it without much disturbance.

I could go on, but my point is that this president is not capable of answering questions directly. He avoids them with new thoughts from his own head.

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No excerpts today. I am winding down, because I am getting close to publishing my book, Signs of hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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The Inauguration Went Very Smoothly. Now what Happens?

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Well, the inauguration is over and there weren’t any problems. I guess having over 25,000 plus troops there made a difference. .

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More military news:

White man who killed newly commissioned Black Army lieutenant sentenced to life in prison.

One of the original members of Delta Force has died at 80.

Army cav scout arrested for allegedly plotting with ISIS to ambush fellow soldiers.

Air traffic controller at Kirtland Air Force base credited with saving lives of Osprey crew.

Navy to name ship after Medal of Honor recipient Robert Simanek.

He fell on a grenade to save his friends.

Trump to leave office with vastly more troops in DC than in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria combined.

America’s oldest living Marine, a trailblazer for women in the service, has died at 107.

Three militants killed in New Year’s Day airstrikes on al-Shabaab compounds.

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I have been mentioning to you for the last couple weeks that the format for this site will be changed by the 1st of February. I think you will like it even more than what you see now.

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I was amazed how calm the inauguration was this morning. Now we will see what happened in the 50 state capitals of our country.

I live in Salem, Oregon, which is the capital of Oregon. Haven’t heard of any problems yet.

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Are Our Troops Losing Their Pay Raises?

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Long article to start with, but it is a vital situation for our troops.

U.S. troops will continue to receive their base pay and their next 3% pay raise will still take effect in January if President Donald Trump vetoes the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, congressional aides told Task & Purpose.

However, the defense policy bill also authorizes reenlistment bonuses, hazardous duty pay, and other special pays, the aides said on condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act would raise hazardous duty pay from $250 to $275 per month.

If Trump vetoes the bill, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is prepared to introduce separate legislation to ensure that troops get all special pays and bonuses, said a Senate Armed Services Committee aide.

Congress could vote next week on the annual defense policy bill, which includes a provision that would create a commission to change the names of all military installations, ships, streets, and other Defense Department assets that honor Confederate leaders.

Trump has said his administration will never allow 10 Army bases named for Confederate officers to be renamed, even though Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has indicated he is open to doing just that.

More recently, Trump has vowed to veto the National Defense Authorization Act unless Congress also repeals a federal law that protects tech companies from being sued for the content that users post. The law is known as Section 230.

“Very sadly for our Nation, it looks like Senator @JimInhofe will not be putting the Section 230 termination clause into the Defense Bill,” Trump tweeted close to midnight on Thursday. ”So bad for our National Security and Election Integrity. Last chance to ever get it done. I will VETO!”

Trump’s tweets have caused some confusion about whether troops’ pay would be protected if the president carries through with his repeated threats to reject the defense policy bill.

When asked about Schumer’s tweets, a spokesperson for the senator told Task & Purpose that the National Defense Authorization Act includes a pay raise, so if Trump vetoes it he would be hurting service members and weakening national security. (Not true!)

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It looks like there will more troops getting reassignments. This time from Somalia.

President Donald Trump has ordered most of the roughly 700 U.S. troops in Somalia to leave the country by early next year, the Pentagon has announced.

“As a result of this decision, some forces may be reassigned outside of East Africa,” a Defense Department news release says. “However, the remaining forces will be repositioned from Somalia into neighboring countries in order to allow cross-border operations by both U.S. and partner forces to maintain pressure against violent extremist organizations operating in Somalia.”

The U.S. military will still be able to carry out counterterrorism strikes within Somalia, the news release says.

While the Defense Department is not saying exactly what prompted this move, Trump has ordered drawdowns in both Iraq and Afghanistan and he has repeatedly vowed to end the U.S. military’s commitments overseas.

Somalia has been a failed state for decades. The U.S. military has been helping local forces fight al-Shabaab, which declared allegiance to Somalia on 2012.

Earlier this month, a CIA officer who had served as a Navy SEAL was killed in Somalia, the New York Times reported.

Read the entire Defense Department news release below:

The President of the United States has ordered the Department of Defense and the United States Africa Command to reposition the majority of personnel and assets out of Somalia by early 2021.

The U.S. is not withdrawing or disengaging from Africa. We remain committed to our While a change in force posture, this action is not a change in U.S. policy. We will continue to degrade violent extremist organizations that could threaten our homeland while ensuring we maintain our strategic advantage in great power competition.

As a result of this decision, some forces may be reassigned outside of East Africa. However, the remaining forces will be repositioned from Somalia into neighboring countries in order to allow cross-border operations by both U.S. and partner forces to maintain pressure against violent extremist organizations operating in Somalia.

The U.S. will retain the capability to conduct targeted counterterrorism operations in Somalia, and collect early warnings and indicators regarding threats to the homeland.

African partners and enduring support through a whole-of-government approach.

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