Friday, May 25, 2018

Highlights of the "The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019"

via The Hill
It would also authorize about $68.5 billion for a war fund known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account.
The money would go toward a slew of new equipment, including $7.6 billion for 75 F-35 fighter jets. That’s two fewer than the Trump administration requested, a decision made “to realign the program towards sustainment,” according to the summary.
Interesting.  First time in awhile that we haven't seen them add to the number of planes.  Would love to hear the real deal stuff on the costs of this program.
 It would also authorize $23.1 billion, or $1.2 billion more than requested, to fund 10 new ships, including three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, two Virginia-class submarines and one littoral combat ship.
 The bill also targets Turkey by including a provision that says the Senate believes Ankara should be sanctioned if it goes through with buying a Russian air defense system.
Can't wrap my head around this one.  Sanction Turkey if they buy a Russian anti-air system?  I think Turk leadership is insane but I don't understand the desire to punish them for buying gear that they think they need.  We can choose to sell or not to sell them what we have, but to sanction cause they buy stuff we don't like?  Doesn't seem right.
“I am also deeply humbled that my colleagues saw fit to do me the undeserved honor of designating this year’s NDAA in my name,” McCain said in a statement Thursday. “In the committee’s work, I have found high purpose in the service of a cause greater than self—the cause of the women and men in uniform who defend America and all she stands for. That is why it has been one of the greatest honors of my tenure in the U.S. Senate to serve as its chairman." 
Meaningless flourishes.  No one cares who this defense authorization is named for.  Do these people actually think this means something?  Do they really believe it matters?

This proves that death is the only equalizer.  As painful as it is to see a loved one pass, death makes us all equal.  Whether you're rich or poor, King or serf we all die.

McCain's passing is instructive.

Most people suffer the long good bye in silence.  With their family.  In quiet dignity.

Am I being too cruel or does it seem like he's flailing about wanting attention?

Doesn't matter the article is here if you want to read it. 

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