This Week in National Insecurity

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Whichever side of the fence you land on, chances are you agree that America’s not a very secure nation these days: economically, electorally, and of course, physically. So we grabbed our lensatic compass, rucksack, and canteen, then mounted out across the global media landscape for a quick recon. Whether you’re scared because our military isn’t good enough—or you’re scared because it’s too good—here’s all the ammunition you need, in a handy debrief.

In this installment: the crusade to protect Texas from fertile evildoers; Iranians keep digging that hole; dude, who’s my Caucasian emir?; Afghanistan oops; damned Army wives; damned bad ships’ captains; damned badass West Point cadets; and damned sad/funny DADT news.

The sitrep:

The United States government’s national threat level is Elevated, or Yellow. You’re welcome.

  • If I’ve said it once, sailors, I’ve said it a thousand times: When you get command of a ship, you have to carefully guard against the natural and totally understandable temptation to commit sexual harassment, maltreatment of a subordinate, simple assault, conduct unbecoming an officer, drunk and disorderly conduct, and use of indecent language, or you might lose your job. Just sayin’. (Navy Times)

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