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In reply to @dandcaldwell
I meant “shitty sniper” like I’m a shitty sniper. Not as in “lower end of certified snipers.”
Replying to @Navy_Hipple @wesleysmorgan and 1 otherfalse
Lol yeah I get it wasn’t disputing you just that is the thing that blew my mind the most from the book about Alpha platoon is that Gallagher basically claimed to be a school-trained sniper for close to 15 years and he never got called on that BS.
 
In reply to @wesleysmorgan
He’s a shitty sniper & his most famous hand-to-hand was murdering an injured guy. What training were they looking for?
Replying to @Navy_Hipple @wesleysmorgan and 1 otherfalse
He wasn’t even a school-trained sniper - he apparently lied about it and got away with it. He was a corpsman at the Marine Scout Sniper school before he joined the SEALs and told people he graduated from the basic course but there is no record he ever did.
 
Great, the police department of a major American city is having Eddie Gallagher train its officers pic.twitter.com/hpHy8zHL2z
Replying to @wesleysmorgan
Obviously there are the clear issues with ethics, morals, and lack there of but @David_Philipps did a good job documenting in his book how Gallagher actually kind of sucked when it came to gun handling and CQB. So I hope these officers quickly forget what he taught them.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
SUN| Stand Together's Vice President of Foreign Policy Dan Caldwell (@dandcaldwell) will discuss veterans' issues and his group's opposition to NATO expansion.

Watch live at 9:00am ET!
 
The war wasn’t fought to a stalemate. The Taliban were gaining ground from 2015- even after Trump surge + increased airstrikes from 2017 to 2019. Unlikely you could have left “small” CT without another surge of conventional forces and continued massive use of air power.
Replying to @dandcaldwell
Important to remember when Afghan government collapsed, US drawdown to US embassy SECFOR wasn’t even fully complete and US was still conducting airstrikes in support of ANSF. Leaving a small CT in that environment likely not viable - it was surge or withdraw.
 
The war wasn’t fought to a stalemate. The Taliban were gaining ground from 2015- even after Trump surge + increased airstrikes from 2017 to 2019. Unlikely you could have left “small” CT without another surge of conventional forces and continued massive use of air power.
In reply to @alexplitsas
This also speaks to the question posed by those opposed to the complete withdrawal. We fought a war to a stalemate but should a force have been left behind to conduct counterterrorism operations? Most military leaders said yes as we did the in adversarial Syria and allied Iraq.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
As the conflict in Ukraine has dragged on, Russia’s security service has been at the forefront of the country’s total war effort at home, with terrifying consequences for Russian citizens, write @AndreiSoldatov and @irinaborogan. trib.al/BZjzwKn
Putins New Police State
foreignaffairs.com
 
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
The damage Dick Cheney did in his drive for the Iraq War is innumerable and life-altering for many of the brave men and women who had to carry it out. We are still facing second + third order effects of it — distrust in government, bloated defense/national security spending, etc.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
Really pleased to announce my new post as Director of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at Cato.

More good news: Cato has folded together Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, so that frees up @EricGomezAsia to spend more time on his own scholarship and less on bureaucracy. #LFG
 
missed this Caldwell on Italy nytimes.com/2022/07/27/opi…
Replying to @CurtMills
Great name (no relation unfortunately)
 
In reply to @dandcaldwell
Oh, @RepSpartz "crashed" your precious CODEL to Ukraine (where she grew up!) and so you whine to CNN about it? Absolutely pathetic. Reminds of me @rachelbovard's observation about DC being more like Mean Girls than House of Cards.
Replying to @dandcaldwell
.@RepSpartz supports an aggressive response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and I suspect we would have some disagreements on that front. But her concerns about the Ukrainian government are legitimate and apparently increasingly shared by the Biden WH: twitter.com/dandcaldwell/s…
I am very curious to the “why” behind the Biden admin choosing to telegraph the below through Friedman at this particular moment.

Are they concerned about Ukrainian mil-strategy? Do they think Zelensky is vulnerable to a coup? Lots of possibilities.
 
The continual attacks against @RepSpartz by her colleagues for stating her legitimate concerns about the Zelensky government is the perfect example of how even the slightest dissent on Ukraine will invite anonymous smears and insinuations of strengthening Putin from Russia hawks.
Replying to @dandcaldwell
Oh, @RepSpartz "crashed" your precious CODEL to Ukraine (where she grew up!) and so you whine to CNN about it? Absolutely pathetic. Reminds of me @rachelbovard's observation about DC being more like Mean Girls than House of Cards.
 
The continual attacks against @RepSpartz by her colleagues for stating her legitimate concerns about the Zelensky government is the perfect example of how even the slightest dissent on Ukraine will invite anonymous smears and insinuations of strengthening Putin from Russia hawks.
NEW: Victoria Spartz crashed a codel in Ukraine. Members of the Ukraine parliament are raising alarm about her outspoken criticism of their government. And intel briefings & private pleas from top Rs have failed to rein Spartz in.

w/@NatashaBertrandcnn.com/2022/08/05/pol…
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
Our own @AkashJC on how 1️⃣ Senate Democrat can STOP a tax hike for the middle class:
Via @RealClearNews

👀 at “swing state” senators like @SenatorSinema, @SenCortezMasto, @SenMarkKelly or @SenatorHassan to pursue common-sense solutions to inflation.

➡️ realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/…
 
I knew this Dick Cheney ad reminded me of something:
youtube.com/watch?v=7HBwxb…
Replying to @dandcaldwell
"So, wake up Mr. Freeman. Wake up and smell the ashes."
 
I knew this Dick Cheney ad reminded me of something:
youtube.com/watch?v=7HBwxb…
New campaign ad for ⁦@RepLizCheney⁩ features her dad former VP Cheney saying "In our nation’s 246 year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump….
youtu.be/H6Nq9SpGzic
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
The Post’s Opinion section is as monolithic on foreign policy as Pravda and as wrong as… well, as wrong as it was 20 years ago.
 
In reply to @dandcaldwell
The rehabilitation of Dick Cheney is one of the most disgusting things that has occurred within American politics over the last several years. Criticizing Trump does not require elevating and whitewashing individuals that did immense harm to our country but here we are.
Replying to @dandcaldwell
And even post 1/6, I still believe this @ggreenwald piece is largely correct about how by any objective measure, the Bush-Cheney years were more harmful to the U.S. than the Trump years. greenwald.substack.com/p/no-matter-th…
No Matter the Liberal Metric Chosen, the Bush/Cheney Administration Was Far Worse Than Trump.
greenwald.substack.com
 
Dick Cheney as VP was the chief advocate of the disastrous war in Iraq that killed up to a million people, unconstitutional government surveillance programs, torture, and many other horrific policies.

He should have no standing to accuse anyone of being a threat to our Republic.
Replying to @dandcaldwell
The rehabilitation of Dick Cheney is one of the most disgusting things that has occurred within American politics over the last several years. Criticizing Trump does not require elevating and whitewashing individuals that did immense harm to our country but here we are.
 
Dick Cheney as VP was the chief advocate of the disastrous war in Iraq that killed up to a million people, unconstitutional government surveillance programs, torture, and many other horrific policies.

He should have no standing to accuse anyone of being a threat to our Republic.
New campaign ad for ⁦@RepLizCheney⁩ features her dad former VP Cheney saying "In our nation’s 246 year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump….
youtu.be/H6Nq9SpGzic
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
Mitt Romney thinks clarifying that the NATO treaty can't supercede the Constitution's requirement for Congress to declare war would make the U.S. "appear to be going wobbly on Article 5." That's a funny way to admit democracy can interfere with war.
thehill.com/policy/interna…
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
Standing athwart your legislative colleagues and acting alone when you think you are right is virtuous. Definitely the case with @RepBarbaraLee in 2001. Also @HawleyMO more recently.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
In reply to @ggreenwald
Each time a new country joins NATO, it means the US --nominally other countries, but really the US -- is extending a permanent, limitless vow to defend that new country in any war and to treat its wars as our own. Who does this benefit? How are Americans' lives improved by this?
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
Looks like I’m about to have to defend @HawleyMO here.

And I will. We don’t need to fund the defense of any more countries or further commit American lives to other countries’ conflicts.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
Today’s vote to expand NATO presents a simple choice: either we do more in Europe - more troops, more resources, more spending - or we focus on our #1 adversary, China. We can’t prioritize both
 
Neither Macedonia nor Montenegro share a 900 mile border with Russia.

I don’t think either should have been admitted to NATO but it’s dishonest to pretend there isn’t a difference between these accession votes and their respective impacts on US security.
In reply to @AndrewDesiderio
Full quote from Cotton, aimed at Hawley: “It would be strange indeed for any senator who voted to allow Montenegro or North Macedonia into NATO to turn around and deny membership to Finland and Sweden. I would love to hear the defense of such a curious vote.” #2024
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
Catch @dandcaldwell just after 1PM Eastern on @WilkowMajority talking about NATO expansion. Listen live on Sirius XM!
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
"Adding Finland and Sweden to NATO could cost the United States billions of dollars, require the regular deployment of troops to both countries, and raise the risk of a confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia." @dandcaldwell

cv4a.org/news-media/cva…
 
Or another way to put it... 48 members of the United States Senate just voted to restrict health care access to veterans exposed to burn pits.
48-47: Senate along party lines defeats Blackburn (R-TN) amendment allowing toxic-exposed veterans' access to health care through non-VA community health care providers. 60 votes were needed. pic.twitter.com/qPTfF54cp2
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
And putting it on mandatory spending / autopilot without paying for it is the Swamp being the Swamp and must stop. We can fix it. My bill is paid for, returns to discretionary, and fixes the presumptions.
 
.@chiproytx brings up an important point re: the PACT Act. In the early 2010s', much of the VA disability claims backlog was due to the VA expanding Agent Orange presumption.

The VA wasn't ready for a rush of claims then. I hope they are ready now (but not holding my breath).
The PACT Act is a reckless bill that will put HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of spending on autopilot & WORSEN the VA backlog

Rep Roy introduced an amendment to help fix PACT; Dems BLOCKED it

Obviously veterans deserve support, but they deserve MUCH BETTER than what the swamp is selling
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
The ignorance of the last 20 yrs in this piece is striking. He says that because of the withdrawal, AQ “is back in Afghanistan.” Guess he wasn’t paying attention to the drumbeat of AQ figures JSOC has been killing in Afg since the height of the war. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…
 
It would be better for the people of Taiwan if they were receiving a plane full of the Stinger missiles they ordered instead of a plane full of Nancy Pelosi and her aides.
(The Stingers and other weapons are delayed due to US prioritizing arms to Ukraine: washingtonpost.com/world/2022/05/…)
Replying to @dandcaldwell
I have heard a lot about the importance of the symbolism of this visit. Symbolism won’t enhance Taiwan’s ability to deter China. It can’t sink a Chinese ship or shoot down a plane full of Chinese paratroopers. All this visit does is increase tensions at the worst time.
 
It would be better for the people of Taiwan if they were receiving a plane full of the Stinger missiles they ordered instead of a plane full of Nancy Pelosi and her aides.
(The Stingers and other weapons are delayed due to US prioritizing arms to Ukraine: washingtonpost.com/world/2022/05/…)
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan despite China's threat of 'serious consequences.'
 
I am very curious to the “why” behind the Biden admin choosing to telegraph the below through Friedman at this particular moment.

Are they concerned about Ukrainian mil-strategy? Do they think Zelensky is vulnerable to a coup? Lots of possibilities.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
I don't know what the empirics are behind this claim but the solution to this seems pretty easy (if it's even a problem). The Pelosi visit doesn't matter to US interests. Arms shipments do. Stand up for the one that matters. Don't pick a fight over the one that doesn't matter.
 
.@HawleyMO is right to oppose NATO expansion to Finland and Sweden.

With more pressing challenges at home and abroad, it is not in America’s interest to commit to defend two more wealthy European welfare states. Uncle Sam can’t afford to continue to be Uncle Sucker in Europe.
New from @HawleyMO: Why I won’t vote to add Sweden and Finland to NATO

"Expanding American security commitments in Europe now would only make that problem worse—and America, less safe."
nationalinterest.org/feature/why-i-…
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
Been seeing these and wondering if they were real. A Vogue fashion shoot of Ukraine's first lady at the wreckage of the Antonov AN-225? The answer is yes. instagram.com/p/Cgeb5SzLHFv/
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
In reply to @josh_hammer
"Munich moment"—this is all they have. News flash: Geopolitics is complicated, and not every single global conflict so neatly fits onto a WWII-esque binary "rally all the world's good to defeat all the world's evil" black/white paradigm.
 
This whole photoshoot - especially the stuff with the UKR soldiers - comes across as really cringe and will turn off a lot of Americans.

But when you think about who reads Vogue and who the most hawkish supporters of Ukraine are - center-left elites in the West - it makes sense
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
NEW: @QuincyInst President Andrew Bacevich says this "represents a serious misstep by a government that aspires to stand for democratic values such as freedom of speech."
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
In May the White House announced a re-deployment of hundreds of American troops to Somalia to combat Al-Shabaab. Veteran @RealSamRogers and Gold Star sibling Christie Palcisko ask an important question: Does this make Americans safer? bit.ly/3vdrbwL.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
The US manufacturer makes about 9000 HIMARS missiles per year. At the below expenditure rate of missiles, the entire annual US peacetime production would be spend in less than 2 month in Ukraine.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
In reply to @radleybalko
One of the main libertarian arguments against war is that it makes liberal politics all but impossible. So of course it’s unsurprising. That said, Ukraine having been attacked shouldn’t make us acquiesce to its wartime illiberalism.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
Excellent response from Cato’s president Peter Goettler to the Ukrainian government’s sliming of ⁦@Doug_Bandow⁩ as “promoting Russia propaganda.”

Government disinformation boards were and are a terrible idea. cato.org/blog/ukraines-…
 
Lets be clear: this is an attempt by an increasingly illiberal Ukrainian government to silence, intimidate, and smear several prominent American foreign policy scholars whose views are increasingly shared by the American people and policymakers.
@StateDept should condemn.
Replying to @dandcaldwell
Yes there are some goofballs on this list. But that is the point. The Ukrainian government wanted to lump Mearsheimer, Bandow, Luttawak et al in with the loony toons to make it harder to defend the ones who are actually well-respected and credentialed.
 
Lets be clear: this is an attempt by an increasingly illiberal Ukrainian government to silence, intimidate, and smear several prominent American foreign policy scholars whose views are increasingly shared by the American people and policymakers.
@StateDept should condemn.
🚨The Ukrainian Government has issued a blacklist of individuals spreading "Russian propaganda," including Prof Edward Luttwak @ELuttwak, Prof John Mearsheimer and Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald.

They respond exclusively in @UnHerd:

unherd.com/thepost/ukrain…
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
It's outrageous the Ukrainian government can besmirch a bunch of Americans (and others) by calling them Russian propagandists, including John Mearsheimer and Paul Pillar, and get no public pushback from our government saying they are engaged in freedom of speech, not treason.
 
Dan Caldwell 🇺🇸 Retweeted ·  
America's on-again off-again relationship with #masks has entered another phase, with @CountyofLA reinstating its mask #mandate effective July 29. Paragon's Joel Zinberg explains why "burdensome, population-wide mandates have no justification."

More here: ow.ly/G6qX50K2AEa
 
 
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