Military Legitimacy


26 November 2018 – “Was Tear Gas Use at US-Mexico Border a Violation of Conventions on Chemical Weapons?”

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/dem-senator-tear-gas-use-at-us-mexico-border-a-violation-of-conventions-on-chemical-weapons/  NO. NOTE: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, “Article II. Definitions and Criteria.” at Paragraph 9,“Purposes Not Prohibited Under this Convention”, subparagraph (d) specified “Law enforcement including domestic riot control purposes.” https://www.opcw.org/chemical-weapons-convention/articles/article-ii-definitions-and-criteria Aside from this being a defense support to civil authorities (DSCA) mission in support of…


21 – 26 November 2018 – White House approves use of force, some law enforcement roles for border troops

  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/11/21/white-house-approves-use-of-force-some-law-enforcement-roles-for-border-troops/ and see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gej9FfbSAi4 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3121.01B, Standing Rules of Engagement (SROE)/Standing Rules for the Use of Force (SRUF) for U.S. Forces, dated 13 June 2005 are the result of a review and revision of the previous 2000 and 1994 editions. They provide…



August 31, 2018 – Thirteen Years On: Lessons (Re)Learned From “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Government Effort

New Orleans, LA–Aerial views of damage caused from Hurricane Katrina the day after the hurricane hit August 30, 2005. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA Thirteen Years On: Lessons (Re)Learned From “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Government Effort AUGUST 31, 2018 12:41:15 PM Kevin Govern…


FPRI – Disproportionate Force in Gaza? Context Matters – 23 May 2018

https://www.fpri.org/article/2018/05/disproportionate-force-in-gaza-context-matters/ If open-fire orders were violated, then those responsible must be addressed accordingly. In the same spirit that Hamas must respond to those residents it sent to the fence, the IDF must ask itself whether the response was proportional or if alternative measures (non-lethal) could have been implemented before open-fire…



CNN – Chinese military lasers injure US military pilots in Africa – 3 May 2018

  https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/03/politics/chinese-lasers-us-military-pilots-africa/index.html If true this targeting would violate the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, Protocol IV of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, issued by the United Nations on 13 October 1995. It came into force on 30 July 1998.  As of the end of April 2018, the protocol had been agreed…


Religion, Legitimacy and Politics – Musings of a Maverick on Military Legitimacy – 14 April 2018

 http://www.religionlegitimacyandpolitics.com/2018/04/musings-of-maverick-on-military.html?m=1 Saturday, April 14, 2018 Musings of a Maverick on Military Legitimacy  By Rudy Barnes, Jr. Does might make right?  It did in World War II, but since then U.S. military interventions have more often been wrong than right.  Military legitimacy is about might being right, and when public support…


CNN – Air Force Academy leader: Why diversity? – 14 February 2018

Air Force Academy leader: Why diversity? By Jay Silveria Updated 7:52 AM ET, Wed February 14, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mao6e03s0w0 https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/14/opinions/air-force-academy-superintendent-why-diversity-opinion-silveria/index.html Source: Youtube/USAFAOfficial Air Force Academy head to racists: ‘Get out’ 05:20 Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria is the superintendent of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The opinions expressed…