Boots on the Ground? – Wrong Question

It feels like we are finally awakening frthom a long nightmare where national security policy was being set by sugar-infused 5th graders who got their foreign policy training by watching back-to-back episodes of Barney.

Can we please take a shot at understanding the threats we will likely face over the next twenty years? Can we then design a military that is capable of handling those threats?
Not that it is just the Obama administration that has proven itself unbelievably incompetent in this area, we have a long embarrassing history of allowing politics to dictate readiness. It would be nice to break the trend. We were in the middle of severe cutbacks in our armed forces based on a “peace dividend” theory that said that since the Soviet Union collapsed that we no longer needed a large, heavy-division, combined-arms based military. Then – we had to face at least two wars with opponents based on the Soviet model. Large, heavy-division-based tactics.

We won, largely due to the complete incompetence of our opponents, poor leadership, and outclassed weaponry. Keep in mind, we were coming off of our peak of readiness to fight the heavy division battle of the future. Also, our opponents were operating without their support structure of Soviet advisers and access to newer Soviet equipment and parts.

Since then we have continued to draw down our military, and focus primarily on small unit patrol and raid operations. Our elites in DC seem to have a problem in separating tactics from strategic risks.

Sure, we can drone-strike whoever we want in the Middle East. And, we can send guys in to kick in doors in urban environments. And, we can send in observers to watch the various armed groups blunder through confrontation after confrontation. To what end?

Did our military positioning do anything to prevent the Russian invasion of Georgia or the Ukraine? What message does our military positioning send to the big threats in the world like Iran, Russia, China or North Korea? Watch out Putin, we will drone-strike some of your lower-level officials in the contested territory in the Ukraine? Really?

Finally, belatedly, we are frantically running through an exercise I call Reforger Redux. (Reforger was an acronym Return of Forces to Germany to augment our forward positioned units should the Soviet Union invade Europe.) And no Obama, this isn’t the 80’s asking for their national security strategy back. (Snarky, but ignorant.) Geopolitics is geopolitics and all the tree-hugging and Barney-song singing in the world isn’t going to change it.

Russia’s strategic center is exposed, and it has always been exposed, to invasion from the West. There are no natural lines of defense in this direction and the landscape is perfectly suited for large armor formations. So, Soviet was and now Russian defense is focused on heavy division structures, and building a buffer to its West to protect itself. Until the geography changes, this will always be the Russian focus, which creates an existential threat to all of the European countries bordering it.

Since this has always been the case, it makes one wonder why we removed all of our heavy units from Germany in the first place? The geography didn’t change, the aspirations of Putin have been clear from day one, and he is a threat to the security of Europe, period. But our politicians in DC apparently couldn’t, or wouldn’t learn from history.

As we now frantically try to establish new bases in Eastern Europe and push armor units forward to be a credible force we are very weak and exposed. We don’t have the forces in place yet, we don’t have the logistics in place to sustain those forces, and we don’t have a network of partners to fill in the gap should something occur while we try to fix the problem. And, we are still drawing down our military.

The whole boots on the ground question is a red herring. We need forces in the right locations structured correctly in order to respond to the strategic threat, period. These military leaders that wisely nod their heads recognizing the threat, then claiming that we cannot put “boots on the ground” and must rely on others are simply politicians in uniform. We should never submit our strategic decision making to popularity polls of those that have only the vaguest clue of what the true issues are.

We need a heavy, combined arms formation in Europe if we decide we want to defend our interests there. We need a slightly different mix in the Korean peninsula based on the landscape. If we want a strong position in the Middle East we need a force capable of countering the threat from Iran.

Wishful thinking is not going to preserve our interests going forward. We have seen a significant reduction in our standing in the world based on ideological rather than strategic planning. We can argue about how to pay for what we need, but how we pay for it doesn’t change what the threat is.

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Florida man dies in meth-lab explosion after lighting farts on fire

A prime example as to why we should take the warning labels off everything and simply let nature take its course!

The Valley Report

DAVE WEASEL

GAINESVILLE, FL – A 37-year-old man is dead after his trailer home was destroyed in a meth-lab explosion, caused by him lighting up ‘blue angels’ to amuse his wife.

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The man’s wife was found lying naked on the couple’s front yard, reportedly still laughing. “A Blue Angel is when you put a lighter up to your butt and fart on it, making it catch on fire. It’s funny as s—,” explains the mans wife, who claims to be an expert on the subject. “Normally we go to Del Taco because of their $0.59 tacos, but we made some extra cash this week so we went to Chipotle. The farts you get from there could fill a gas chamber. I know he’s looking up from hell laughing his ass off saying it was worth it,” she says smiling through blackened teeth, apparently not caused by the fire.

The woman…

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Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth

Al Gore is an extremely rich man!  He has been peddling a “Climate Change/Global Warming” scam that gullible left-wing Americans have bought into hook, line and sinker. Gore somehow even managed to win both a Nobel Peace Prize and an Academy Award for his nonsense from easily-led pseudo-intellectuals.  But, the real fact is that none of Gore’s dire predictions have actually come true!

Ten years ago Monday, Al Gore stated emphatically that we had only a decade left to save the planet from global warming.  According to his predictions, we should now be living in some kind of a giant frying pan! But surprise surprise, the Earth has been trucking along just fine.  Why do so many still listen to this man?  Generally they are the same people who still believe Barack Obama’s lies!  In short, they blindly drink the progressive Cool Aid!

I do remember how, at the  Sundance Film Festival in January 2006, during the premiere of his grand documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth”, Gore made his grand prediction. The former vice president stated, according to the AP reporter taking down his story, that “unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return.” In Gore’s own words, he claimed we were in “a true planetary emergency.”

Ten years later, he’s probably hoping that everyone has forgotten about his categorical statement.

The terrible truth for Al Gore is that there is no planetary emergency. Not one of the dire predictions he and the rest of the alarmist community made has come to pass. In fact, there is plenty of evidence that they have been getting rich from this hoax.

 

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Investor Business Daily has a few more “inconvenient truths ” that Al Gore would rather not have the public hear (You will not find these truths on any of the left-wing, lap-dog media outlets; you know, the ones who felt a shiver run up their leg when Obama spoke and who now drool over Hillary Clinton):

  1. Earth hasn’t warmed in nearly 20 years. Yes, 2015 supposedly “smashed” the previous temperature record. But actually it was the third-warmest year on record and maybe “not even close to the hottest year on record,” says James Taylor of the Heartland Institute.
  2. Predictions that climate change (the re-branding of “global warming” when it turned out that predicted warming wasn’t happening) would cause catastrophic weather damage have simply not panned out. German insurance giant Munich Re says losses from natural disasters were lower in 2015 than in 2014 and lowest since 2009. The facts are sharply at odds with Gore’s 2012 claim that “dirty weather” caused by “dirty fossil fuel” has created “extreme weather” that “is happening all over the world with increasing frequency.”
  3. Despite all the self-congratulatory international conferences and pseudo-agreements, the world has done nothing to “fight global warming.” He cannot claim that his deadline has been extended because some governments have forced their citizens to cut carbon dioxide emissions. CO2 levels keep climbing and now exceed 401 parts per million in the atmosphere. It is simply not the dangerous greenhouse gas we’ve repeatedly been told it is.
  4. In the mid-to-late-2000’s, Gore repeatedly predicted that an ice-free Arctic Ocean was coming soon. But as usual, his fortune-telling was wrong. By 2014, Arctic ice had grown thicker and covered a greater area than it did when he made his prediction
  5. Gore’s movie, which somehow won an Oscar, was found by a British judge to contain nine errors. The judge said it could not be shown to students unless it included a notice pointing out the errors.

I suppose Al Gore is laughing all the way to the bank.

 

 

“Snapback” My A$$!

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An interesting observation:

Remember Obama’s statement that he used to get congress to approve the Iran deal … that the deal had a “snapback” provision that would reinstate all the sanctions if Iran did anything that violated the agreement?  Well guess what … not so much!

Iran, according to both US intelligence agencies and the UN, has violated a whole range of things in the agreement . What does the Obama administration do?  Absolutely nothing!  In fact, the Obama administration viciously fights back against congress when they attempt to impose any sanctions on Iran at all!

In the meantime, Obama goes full speed ahead with giving Iran (the number one sponsor of terror in the world) 100 billion dollars.  That money will pay for attacks on US citizens and interests around the world. We have a President who has put in place a system where U.S. taxpayers fund the terror attacks against themselves.  

How is that for Hope and Change!

Baltimore Protesters Protest Their Own Success!

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Activists in Baltimore fought to keep the trial of Officer William Porter for his alleged part in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore where the jury would to be made up of Baltimore’s citizens … a true jury of his peers.  They got what they wanted and Officer Porter was tried in Baltimore.  However, the result was not what they wanted.  The trial resulted in a hung jury!  Of course the activists do not like this result and vow it is not over.

Prosecutor Mosby was present in court when the mistrial was declared and she was visibly upset.  She’d had planned to use testimony from Porter in their cases against the other officers and therefore is surely quite exasperated at having her grand political agenda thwarted.

“They didn’t offer him immunity. So now, they are in a situation where they have this charged defendant hanging out there, and they can’t force him to testify against these other officers,” CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said. “And so, I think that this is, in many respects, a game changer for this prosecution.”

Prosecutors are in “serious trouble,” CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.

“A hung jury is a defeat for the prosecution, especially when they needed Porter to make some of these other cases,” Toobin said. “Now, it’s not impossible that at least some of these other cases can go to trial without Porter, but his testimony was going to be important.”

So …  protesters in Baltimore will continue to call police officers racist and march in the streets chanting, “No justice, no peace” and, “All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray.”  I guess what this really means that these activists define justice as getting what they want … whether it is right or wrong!

Random Musings

AG Loretta Lynch is on CNN announcing a Justice Department investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s use of force in recent shootings of young black men. It is interesting to hear the CNN pundits prattle on aimlessly and pointlessly that somehow baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, George W Bush, global warming and Chevrolet are at fault! Yes, it is certainly a tragedy! However, I wonder when it will dawn on them and black Americans that this not taking place in “right-wing, earth-destroying, granny-pushing-off-the-cliff, bible-and-gun-clinging-to conservative America , but rather in a longstanding democratic stronghold; a veritable Alinski-inspired Utopian paradise with very strict gun laws … and one that is brilliantly led by an enlightened Obama administration former member, Rahm Emanuel! Keep on drinking that progressive-liberal cool aid!

On a second note:

Under the Obama administration, ISIS (or ISIL or Daesh or man-caused disasters or overseas contingencies or disgruntled workers or whatever the hell he wants to call radical Islamic terrorism) is growing more and more powerful. Meanwhile back in the good old U.S.A., the U.S. Air Force is running out of bombs! Maybe when the Air Force runs out of bombs, they can start dropping Obama’s bullshit on ISIS and bury them in that. I means, it seems to be working on many Americans!

Pearl Harbor battleships after WWII: part I

A great post by GP Cox remembering Pearl Harbor Day

Reblogged on WordPress.com

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Will You Defend America?

The one thing the majority of this year’s mass shootings, acts of terrorism and other violent attacks have in common is that they all happened in either gun free zones or places where the weapons used aren’t legal to begin with. A prime example is the city of Chicago. Literally thousands are murdered in Chicago every year and in Chicago it’s nearly impossible for law-abiding citizens to carry firearms. California already has bans on high capacity magazines and assault rifles. How well did that work out for them?

The cold hard truth is that law enforcement simply cannot prevent violence. They can only respond and try to figure out who did it and hopefully apprehend the criminal. The only thing that can prevent more murder in these violent attacks is good people with the ability to defend themselves against a criminal or terrorist shooter by using firearms of their own. Obama’s security experts want you to simply hide and hope the shooter overlooks you. This, however, does nothing to stop the shooter from killing other less fortunate victims. The harsh reality is that only an armed citizen already at the scene would have had any chance to shoot Syed Farook and Tashfeen Mailk and stop the slaughter. The problem is that the left simply cannot see reality through their ideology-colored glasses.

To the left, the idea of being responsible for your own safety (or for anything else for that matter) is very foreign. They get their collective panties in a wad over this idea and passionately wring their hands, uttering things like “do you want war in the streets?” What they fail to comprehend is that there already is war in the streets. ISIS, domestic terrorists inspired by ISIS, gang-bangers, drug cartel killers, and other evil people are already in the streets and they are killing defenseless people. The cold hard fact is that yesterday multiple terrorists walked into a “soft target” facility and opened fire on anyone in view. Arguing that both sides shouldn’t be able to shoot because it would be war is sheer lunacy. The left is essentially giving its blessing to the open slaughter of helpless innocent people.

If the left succeeds in disarming all law-abiding citizens we will not see a decrease in these shootings! What we will see is an increase because then the criminals and terrorists will literally have no fear. There is a reason why FBI statistics show there is lower violent crime rates in areas with concealed carry laws and why the crime is rampant in areas with stricter gun laws like those in Chicago, California or Washington, DC. The criminals are the only ones with guns. Obama is even actively working to disarm law enforcement agencies which is unbelievable in light of recent global terrorist events.

Obama wants to force us to put our trust in him and his left-wing administration to protect us as sheeple. However, Obama can’t even utter the term Islamic terrorist without wetting himself and he has repeatedly shown himself to be totally incapable of understanding and reacting effectively to violence anywhere you look in the world; Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Mali, Ukraine, Paris, Ft. Hood, St. Louis, New York, Chattanooga, or San Bernardino! Hillary essentially wants to do the same thing. Despite her complete “ignorance” of any national security issues as Secretary of State and the secret email server scandal she created because she “did not think it through”, we are supposed to put our safety in her hands.   Clinton’s failure in protecting her own people in Libya and her later involvement in the cover up to try and make the Benghazi disaster simply go away make that idea an uninspiring proposition to say the least.

The cool aid drinkers and low information voters will ignore all this and vote for Hillary because … well, she is a woman and it is simply her turn. Please do not be one of those who vote simply based on a favorite bumper sticker slogan! Use the thinking brain God gave to you and vote based on facts, real convictions, and a logical assessment of where we as a nation are in real danger of going. Thank you!

Rahm Emanuel Blames Chicago Crime Increase On Backlash Against Police Brutality

Source: Rahm Emanuel Blames Chicago Crime Increase On Backlash Against Police Brutality

How about some non-PC brutal honesty!

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The media has been reporting that the Oregon school shooter’s father has been speaking about the need for stricter gun control measures.  In a recent interview with media, he said (referring to his son),”How on earth could he compile 13 guns?  How can that happen?  They talk about gun laws, they talk about gun control.  Every time something like this happens, they talk about it, and nothing is done.

How about a little brutal TRUTH and HONESTY:

Bobby Jindal, a republican presidential candidate writes:

This killer’s father is now lecturing us on the need for gun control and he says he has no idea how or where his son got the guns.  Of course he doesn’t know.  You know why he doesn’t know?  Because he is not, and never has been in his son’s life.  He’s a complete failure as a father, he should be embarrassed to even show his face in public.  He is the problem here.

If we as a nation are serious about stopping these kinds of horrific crimes, we must address the root causes of the problem … and not simply ban the tool used. Pipe bombs are already illegal and banned but several of these mass killers have used or attempted to use them as well. There were pipe bombs at Columbine!  Cain slew his brother Able with a rock!  Are we going to ban rocks, knives, sticks and sharpened pencils? Our society is devolving into a cesspool of decay.  We truly are seeing the breakdown of the family, the complete abdication of fathers, the devaluation of human life and the glorification of evil.

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The father also …

brags that he has never held a gun in his life and that he had no idea that his son had any guns?  Why didn’t he know? Because he failed to raise his son.  He should be ashamed of himself , and he owes us all an apology.  When he was asked what his relationship was with his son, he said he hadn’t seen him in a while because he lived with his mother.  Case Closed.

We as Americans no longer raise our children.  We just have them.  Far too many “parents” (and I use the term loosely) are not teaching their children about personal responsibility, the value of human life, self-respect, social skills, the greater good.  Other human beings are seen by many of these kids as nothing more than CGI figures in the violent video games they play; video games where other human beings are simply targets for killing … killed by kids doped up on pills to keep them docile in the classroom.  And, when these kids finally act out … those with an agenda rush to blame a tool … an inanimate object.  Much easier than looking at the real problem which is this …. when our culture decays and we rot our children’s minds with garbage … these are the results we reap!

And Obama … he simply jumps behind a podium and politicizes it, seizing on the emotional distress he needs to push toward disarming all law-abiding Americans who do not accept his tyrannical version of hope and change.  Because like Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro and others … Obama knows a disarmed society is a compliant society.

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