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July 18, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

ARE THEY EQUIPPED WITH FLYING GEISHAS?....Hmmm. "Comfort capsules" for senior Air Force officers? That's sort of an unfortunate choice of phrasing, isn't it?

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Most expensive La-z-boy ever.

Posted by: enozinho on July 18, 2008 at 1:10 AM | PERMALINK

"...existing seats on transport planes, including some that match those on commercial airliners, may be fine for airmen and troops but inadequate for the top brass..."

"Changing the seat color and pockets alone was estimated in a March 12 internal document to cost at least $68,240."

"Officials say the Air Force nonetheless decided last year to take $331,000 from counterterrorism funds to cover a cost overrun, partly stemming from the design changes, although a senior officer said yesterday in response to inquiries that it will reverse that decision."

In all, for the past three years the service has asked to divert $16.2 million to the effort from what the military calls the GWOT, or global war on terrorism."

Congress turned them down twice and they diverted funds anyway (until they were caught at it). Sounds about par for the course these days. At least Congress tried to do the right thing.

The "comfort capsule" project is expected to cost $20 so that VIPs can cruise in the comfort to which they are accustomed. Explain to me again who the elitists are?

Posted by: Everyman on July 18, 2008 at 1:12 AM | PERMALINK

This is so effing sad.

During WWII both Churchill and FDR travelled on uncomfortable military aircraft for hours and naval ships for days with no extra comforts.

I'm pretty sure these new comforts are more for the flag officers rather than politicians, and reflects on the continuous degradation of the contact to reality that has been shown these last 6 years, both between the administration and the generals, and the generals and their men.

This so much reflects the decline of any past power. All done by GWB. Please, let's turn this around.

Posted by: notthere on July 18, 2008 at 1:16 AM | PERMALINK

No wonder they call it a theatre of war. I'm willing to bet a lot of money on the spec's also containing an instruction that the entrance to the capsule is to be marked with a star.

Posted by: SteinL on July 18, 2008 at 1:48 AM | PERMALINK

This is nothing new. The General at Edwards AFB spent $1 million in a complete redesign of his office back in the 90's, mainly adding a back, private entrance to the upper floor so he would not have to engage with the little people when he arrived. It sure was nice when he was done.

Military people may not make high salaries, but they get loads of perks.

Posted by: bubba on July 18, 2008 at 7:20 AM | PERMALINK

Perfect reflection of the Bush administration's style-over-substance approach: If we make the seats Air Force blue, we can call the whole boondoggle patriotic!!

I hope this article has some impact, though it's impossible shame the shameless...

Posted by: eparker on July 18, 2008 at 7:24 AM | PERMALINK

And all this time, I thought Sleeper was a comedy.

Posted by: MeLoseBrain? on July 18, 2008 at 8:05 AM | PERMALINK

Is this like the "airstream trailer in a C-17" that Cheney used on trips to Iraq and Afganistan?

You, know, the plane that was christened "Spirit of Strom Thurmond"

(and no, you just can't make this stuff up, here's a link to a partial article)

In Cheney's case, he rightly should be traveling by "transport tube", but that's too much to ask for.

Posted by: Snarki, child of Loki on July 18, 2008 at 8:35 AM | PERMALINK

Military people may not make high salaries, but they get loads of perks.

and nice cushy appointments to board of directors' seating and/or advisory positions upon retirement at the assortment of defense contractors gobbling up those billions and billions in taxpayer dollars.

Posted by: linda on July 18, 2008 at 8:52 AM | PERMALINK

During WWII both Churchill and FDR travelled on uncomfortable military aircraft for hours and naval ships for days with no extra comforts.

Well, they did install a bathtub on the Iowa for FDR...only bathtub in the Navy, I believe.

This is just another example of an Air Force gone completely and insanely out of control. The Air Force should be put back under the aegis of the Army - where it should have stayed in the first place.

Posted by: Susan on July 18, 2008 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

capsules is to be "aesthetically pleasing and furnished to reflect the rank of the senior leaders using the capsule," with beds, a couch, a table, a 37-inch flat-screen monitor with stereo speakers, and a full-length mirror.

carnality capsules.

Posted by: linda on July 18, 2008 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

Well, they did install a bathtub on the Iowa for FDR...only bathtub in the Navy, I believe.

More a matter of handicap accommodation than luxury, I suspect.

Posted by: rea on July 18, 2008 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK

My favorite parts of the article:

The organization that blew the whistle on this travestry is the Project on Government Oversight, known as POGO (i.e, we have met the enemy ...)

The full name for the unit is the Senior Leadership Intransit Comfort Capsule, or SLICC (and they called Clinton Slick Willie ...)

The color change from brown to blue was ordered "because blue shows dirt less" ... you just can't make this stuff up!

Posted by: dcsusie on July 18, 2008 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

My favorite parts of the article:

The organization that blew the whistle on this travestry is the Project on Government Oversight, known as POGO (i.e, we have met the enemy ...)

The full name for the unit is the Senior Leadership Intransit Comfort Capsule, or SLICC (and they called Clinton Slick Willie ...)

The color change from brown to blue was ordered "because blue shows dirt less" ... you just can't make this stuff up!

Posted by: dcsusie on July 18, 2008 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

When I read that I thought it meant some kind of new drug in capsule form. Like a new antidepressant or valium.

Posted by: Jen on July 18, 2008 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

More a matter of handicap accommodation than luxury, I suspect

Yes, definitely.

Posted by: Susan on July 18, 2008 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

I am absolutely flabbergasted.

Posted by: optical weenie on July 18, 2008 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

I dislike generals.

Posted by: Brojo on July 18, 2008 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone else notice it's a 463L pallet?

Posted by: 1SG on July 18, 2008 at 12:22 PM | PERMALINK

I dislike generals.

Coffee hit monitor. You've been pretty damned funny lately, brojo. Thanks for the smile.

Posted by: shortstop on July 18, 2008 at 12:37 PM | PERMALINK

"There's a comfort gap!" - Gen. Buck Turgidson III

Posted by: AC on July 18, 2008 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

This is peanuts. I mean, come on. We're spending billions with a "B" every month to enrich the portfolios of Dick Cheney's friends. This is news?

Posted by: charles on July 18, 2008 at 2:11 PM | PERMALINK

I assume there will be "Comfort Women," also. We've already espoused torture as the law of the land for the United States. So now in the future when we drop a bomb on a house in Iraq and kill an entire extended family of 40 or so innocent people, if there's one or two women who don't get killed, we can bring them back in chains to work as government-sanctioned sex slaves.

It's about as moral as anything else Bush has instituted.

What about having swarthy middle-easterners brought back in chains to fight to the death in arenas???

Posted by: Anon on July 18, 2008 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't that what Pickles had on her recent trip East?

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr on July 18, 2008 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

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