Military Roundup

Jason on the Two-Timers. Jason van Steenwyck of Countercolumn rebuts Jay Rosen's soft talk on the duplicitous New York Times and Los Angeles Times:
Watch this: Rosen is going to admit that what the paper did is against the law, that it potentially harmed national security, and further stipulate that newspapers are "not above the law." And yet it's "too far" to talk about prosecuting the paper.

is there some chance that the story could have aided terrorists? I suppose I would say that there probably is some chance of that, yeah. And the Times is not exempt from the laws of the country, no.

Wow. Breathtaking.

What's it going to take, Jay? I mean, any of the rest of us would go to jail for divulging such details in a heartbeat. Sandy Berger got in heap big trouble for doing next to no damage to national security, other than perhaps tampering with records. I'd be sitting in Leavenworth right now if I posted about the SWIFT program on the web. Why? Because I'm not above the law, that's why.

If the Times is not above the law, as you say, then it is by definition not too early to talk about prosecuting them. The only way it is too early to talk about prosecuting them is if you do believe that they are, in fact, above the law that governs the rest of us. Sauce for the goose.

And Jason is just warming up. Go read it all at the link.

Good news from Yemen. By way of Jonah's Military Guys:
Task Force Rebuilds School, Clinic in Yemen
By U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert Palomares

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa

ADEN , Yemen , June 20, 2006 — The quiet, yet steady, humanitarian efforts of U.S. and coalition forces continue to foster stability in the region.

Thomas Krajeski, the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen , and U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen Johnson, the chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa , were on hand to officially dedicate the Zenab Girls’ Secondary School and the Al Mansura Clinic here on June 6.

"We believe the school will inspire young women to learn and we are confident that it will provide educational opportunities for future leaders. This work represents another step towards peace and prosperity throughout the region", U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen Johnson.

“I am happy to be here with you all today to dedicate - or rather, to rededicate - the Zenab Girls’ School,” Krajeski said.

“This project is for you,” he said to the young women who will study at the school. ...

Which is not to say that all the news from Yemen is good ... be sure to stay on top of Yemen events with Jane at Armies of Liberation.

Michael Yon says: Reach out and care. Michael Yon profiles Brad Blauser:
1. How do you describe what you do with your project?

Through emails and networking, I help raise funds for donations to ROCWheels.org in Montana. ROC Wheels, among other projects, provides pediatric wheelchairs to soldiers in Iraq shipped via the Denton Program for distribution to disabled Iraqi children.
2. What inspired you to undertake this work?

In Summer of 2005, I asked friends and family on my email list to send over pediatric wheelchairs for disabled Iraqi children. One of my friends at Chapel, then MAJ David Brown (now LTC) with ‘Deuce Four’ (1-24 Infantry Strykers) told me of kids he meets while out on Medical Missions in the city who were disabled from Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and various other maladies. I offered to send an email home to ask friends and family to coordinate the donation and shipping of twelve pediatric wheelchairs for these kids, and David accepted the offer. Within four weeks, 31 chairs were on location ready to be distributed. In the weeks that followed, CPT Matthew Fargo and medics of the 1-17 Strykers from Alaska were able to give a special gift of a different type of freedom to 31 Iraqi families. ...

Go visit the ROC Wheels site, and donate if you possibly can. I can personally attest that their online donation form works.