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A Canadian strategic assessment of the American mood: cranky and disengaged

Americans are unhappy and in a hunker-down mode, says a strategic assessment by a Canadian defense institute that is being rolled out today:

Americans are war-weary, disappointed with what has been achieved at great expense, and feeling exploited by ungrateful allies. Debate is intensifying over how national interests should be defined and the degree to which the security of Americans requires expenditure of lives and treasure in faraway places. The rising mood of disengagement coupled with a fragile economy will make it very difficult for the administration to send large forces anywhere in 2012 unless security interests are openly threatened or humanitarian need is overwhelming.


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Hey vets: Not a job fair, a hiring fair

This sounds like a nice innovation to me. It's all happening this weekend at the old Bethesda Naval Hospital, which has a stupid new name.

My friend Shannon O'Reilly writes:

The 100,000 Jobs Mission is holding a hiring event with the U.S. Navy this Saturday, Feb 25, from 10:00 to 15:00, at Naval Support Activity in Bethesda, Maryland, home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The event is open to all veterans, transitioning servicemembers and military spouses. This is different from traditional job fairs by aligning candidates to specific companies and positions based on their interests and qualifications BEFORE the hiring event begins. Hiring managers will be on site to conduct interviews and are prepared to make offers that day. Registration is strongly encouraged prior to the event. (URL:

More than 20 employers from diverse industries will be at the event, seeking to hire veterans and military spouses for jobs ranging from entry level to management positions. Participating companies include: JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, ManTech International Corporation, Orbis and many others. If you or someone you know is a veteran and is looking for a job, please share this information and encourage them to register! Please note, proof of military service is required for base access (military ID card, veteran ID issued by VA, or DD-214 plus a photo ID).