Defense Department has decided to remove 20 areas from list of locations qualifying for imminent danger pay:
Beginning June 1, soldiers deploying for 12 months to certain countries across the globe will have to go without their two-week rest and recuperation leave.
The change is being sparked by a recent Defense Department decision to remove 20 areas from its list of locations that qualify for imminent danger pay.
It goes without saying. Washington politicians continue to retain their generous vacation schedule.
Speaking of generous vacations schedules, remember when Dear Leader, his family and his entourage jetted to Ireland to attend the G8 summit in 2013? I know it’s difficult tracking the myriad of lavish Obama vacations, fortunately Judicial Watch continues keep tabs on these extravagances and recently filed a Federal lawsuit to obtain the records for the Ireland ‘summit’. What they found was a shocking $7.9 million tab for the June 17 – 19, 2013 trip:
Judicial Watch announced today it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealing that President Obama’s June 2013 trip to Belfast, Ireland, including a Dublin sightseeing side trip by Michelle Obama, her daughters, and her entourage, cost the taxpayers $7,921,638.66.
According to the Department of Air Force documents, the flights to, from, and around Ireland for the June 17 – 19, 2013 trip totaled 33.6 hours at $228,288 an hour, which comes to a flight expense alone of $7,670,476.80 The records came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit filed on January 13, 2014.
According to the DHS documents, the total cost for “security and/or other services” for the Dublin side trip by Michelle Obama and her entourage was $251,161.86, including $55,004.85 at the Shelbourne Hotel and $70,855.44 at the Westbury Hotel. Vehicle rental charges were $114,721. The records also came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit filed on January 13, 2014.
After accompanying the president to a meeting with Northern Ireland youth on the morning of June 17, the First Lady, her daughters, and her entourage departed on their own, apparently aboard Air Force Two, for a sightseeing side trip to Dublin. Though the White House claimed the trip was for diplomatic purposes, WashingtonDossier.com reported the itinerary showed, “She and her daughters will visit the Trinity College library to explore President Obama’s Irish family roots, attend a performance by the world-famous Riverdance troupe, and visit the Wicklow Mountains national forest.”
In a June 2013, article, on the Michelle Obama side trip, the Washington Times reported, “First lady Michelle Obama is sparing no expense on her trip to Ireland, staying at a $3,300-per-night hotel suite in Dublin. Irish press reports Monday said Mrs. Obama and her entourage have booked 30 rooms in the five-star Shelbourne hotel. The first lady is said to be staying in the Princess Grace Suite …. ” According to the hotel’s website, the Grace Kelly Suite features two guest bedrooms, a living room, and a dining area, and measures 1530 square feet.
Soldiers (the 99%) have their 2 week R&R’s removed while the Obama’s travel like the 0.1%…
Remind me again who, precisely, is the party of the 99%…