For a country of dragons, Communist China more resembles a leech

For a country of dragons, Communist China more resembles a leech. Is it even communist? Has China ever created anything on its own since 1949? Sure, the Chinese are more efficient in production, but they have the benefit of having zero R&D costs and hiccups. Leeches in ones and twos are an annoyance. Armies of them are deadly for their host. Why hasn’t the PLAN deployed an aircraft carrier yet? They haven’t stolen a complete set of plans but they are sure they are missing something. They just don’t what. Why hasn’t the PLAAF deployed the J-20 (the PLAAF F-35)? They are waiting […]

Hitching a Ride to Riot?

Is a riot simply a concentrated local disturbance, a brief violent outburst by folks who live in the same place under the same conditions and react as a body– or can at least once– to a grievance real or perceived? If so, what then is a riot when it attracts outsiders, what does it become? The data mining firm that found between 20 and 50 social media accounts in Baltimore linked to the violence in Ferguson, Mo. is now reporting a spike in message traffic in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, with “protesters” trying to get rides to […]

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

More on the Saint himself. Recommended reading, from this time last year. And THIS is now en route. And a little rebellious musical accompaniment. (Please note which “IRA” these lads are referring to.)

Information Is Subversive

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis added by author] Information is subversive. Information undermines the castle walls that secure tyrants. For this reason, on six of the seven continents tyrants went to great and horrible lengths to keep information away from their subjects. In America, suppression of the press began under the satraps of the British kings, and ended with […]

Leadership Quiz

1. Does your plan require a Hero to make it work? A “Hero” is defined as one person, and one person only, whose action creates success. 2. Does your plan resemble the business plan presented by the Underpants Gnomes? 3. Does your plan require your competitor to play nicely? 4. Does your plan require critical thinking skills? If you answered yes to any or all of these, you have a future in our State Department, where Miracles exist, and America is always a loser! Not that you’ll ever know, once the internet is gone and you’ll only have MSNBC for […]

Domestic Enemies and Broken Windows

The editor of the graduate newspaper of the City University of New York calls for armed violence under the cover of revenge for Eric Garner. There are a number of groups providing the infrastructure of armed insurrection against America. One of the better organized is A.N.S.W.E.R. They are getting better and recruiting, along with the NBPP and KKK at every protest. Meanwhile, our government is focused on enforcing it’s illegal Bill of Attainder against conservative/libertarian military veterans.  That DHS Intel report published in 2009? Never rescinded. There is one policy pushed by the genuine and peaceful protests that I support: […]

Book Review Sunday

Two books caught my interest today as I read the Washington-Post. The first book is “Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and in Practice” by John Nagl.  I think this book will be a very interesting read.  The reviewer points out that John Nagl was sent to command a non-deploying tank battalion which essentially ruined his career.  That is true, it also ruined the career of his Brigade Commander, who won a Silver Star as an Armor Battalion Commander in OIF 1.  Both mens career ended because they went where the Army sent them, obeyed the orders […]

The Long War

When I was studying in France back in 2009 one of the many unique opportunities I had was to attend the Collogue Guerre Irreguliere/Irregular Warfare Conference at Camp Coetquidan.  And one of the things a British General said was that NATO knew Afghanistan would be a 20 year war.  That it would take an entire generation to fight and rebuild that country. The reason I bring this up, one of our categories here on OPFOR is The Long War.  I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that my generation’s war never ended.  That this irregular enemy, the non-state actor, would continue to […]

The Day Our World Stopped Turning

As the junior member of the group I haven’t really reflected on this today.  11 September 2001, I was in the seventh grade.  12 years old, mom almost kept us home, but the college decided they were going to push and she dropped us off at school.  I honestly don’t know if she got much work done that day. As much as my teachers may have wanted it to remain normal, they exacerbated the issue by not playing the news for us that day.  We’d all watched the beginning with the towers smoking, I didn’t see either collapse until that […]

Deserters: CPL Wassef Ali Hassoun surfaces.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who has been declared a deserter on two separate occasions a decade ago, has turned himself in to U.S. custody and will face charges, the Marines confirmed. The 34-year-old arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to go Monday to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his case will be adjudicated, according to a Marine spokesman. He had been in the Middle East, the spokesman said. I must say summer is a crazy time of year.  Bring one home and another wants to come back.  Should he be found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty […]