America is Weak, and So are Her Leaders

I can safely say that we are in the decline of Rome.  Instead of being overtaken from the interior by an enemy who joined the ranks of our military.  We are succumbing to something that our parent nation would find despicable. We no longer have a stiff upper lip, we no longer press for individuals to assert their responsibility and do everything they can to be someone.  Someone who will leave a mark.  This lack of back-bone can be ween with what happened in Charleston, say what you will, people became angry and emotional over a piece of cloth.  That […]

The Return of the Hollow Force

As the youngest of us here on Op-For, I remain in service to Columbia. I signed that dotted line prior to my rat year at VMI, the War in Iraq was at its height, the surge going into full swing and there was an initiative from President Bush Called “Grow the Army.”  “Grow the Army” the Army reached a height of 570,000 Soldiers.  We all thought then, that all of us would be going to war.  Many of us have, yet most of us have not.  I would say we’re both lucky in different ways. There was an officer in […]

Games with bears and dragons

One wonders just how deeply Obama bows as he does what he is told. He is as he promised: very flexible. I’m sure the State Department has its latest demarche, “#PleaseNotTheFaceAgain” in the Ambassadors’ hands. If Russia nuked Sweden, would Obama cancel his golf game? Have our Paulistinian isolationists learned their lesson yet? Games with bears and dragons aren’t fun when you’ve been dipped in BBQ sauce.   Thanks to R. M. Hollander for the link on the South China Sea.

A fable on why information network security matters

Fabulists are writers of fables. A fable is story that drives home Very Important Lessons to be learned by the reader and listener. Fabulists work in three locations: Broadway, Hollywood, and Washington, DC. Last week the news was of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email network to conduct Official Government Business. Given the nature of Hillary’s job, Secretary of State, and that she was given access to the most highly classified information in the US of A in order to conduct her job, there are Very Important Lessons to be learned here. I know Hillary’s Fixers have begun a defense, and the […]

A Man worth Following

Yesterday Senator James Webb announced an exploratory bid for the presidency.  I honestly never thought of him as a Candidate for the job.  The reality is that the bench on the Democratic side is extraordinarily slim.  The Republicans have a few guys I’d take a look at.  Many of you might recall him as the combat boot wearing candidate who ran for the Virginia Senate seat.  Although it was in solidarity of his son who was deployed at the time.  Webb, a Marine, is a Combat Veteran of Vietnam who was award for conspicuous gallantry on numerous occasions, an accomplished […]

November 4th: a day of privilege

Tuesday, November 4th is the day America corporately chooses its political leaders. Elections are bloody, outrageous, angering, bewildering contests of philosophy: political, social, and financial modes of thought and action that may or may not serve you best. Serving you, and by extension your community and nation is what the politicians swear (or affirm) to do, and every day they serve is a day in which they must perform. Elections are Performance Reviews in which you decide if the incumbent has satisfactorily served, or if new ideas are needed to invigorate your situation. Your vote does have an impact – political parties […]

HQDA and Congress need to stop

Any time something about race in the military comes up I amped up.  This most recent article about the Army wanting to make the military and really the officer-corps more cosmopolitan gets my dander up.  Why Slater, why would you say that?  Well, when they first hit the nail “they,” and whoever “they” are is the enemy, talk about the percentage of black officers within the Army.  The truth is, you can’t force an all-volunteer force into being something unless you make racial quotas and deny folks that are qualified for folks that are unqualified. That’s how you get things […]

What is the proper role of DoD in political elections?

Seriously? Old scandals from Panetta’s circus brings up the question: can Buttercup’s DoD do any better? Something to consider: because people who wear the uniform are perceived to be uniformly conservative (and many of our readers can enjoy a hearty laugh about that), servicemembers and employees who are Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians and whatever else political affiliation had their privilige stripped from them for the sin of relying on DoD to follow the law. What is the proper role of DoD in political elections? Is it right and proper for DoD to do anything more than giving servicemembers and employees time off to […]

The Burden of War

Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman.  But on the people who sent him to that beach without water.  Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool.  When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it?  The hammer?  I would say no.  It must be the person hammering the nail.  To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]

The threat facing VMI (and every other college in America)

Update: You can read the bills for yourselves at: S.2692 Campus Accountability and Safety Act (Introduced in Senate – IS) and the House version at HR.5354 Campus Accountability and Safety Act (Introduced in House – IH) In previous posts about VMI’s sexual assault problem, the threat of increased litigation was touched on. VMI, with it’s new reputation for preying on women now faces a new challenge: lawsuits for following the law. VMI will be watched very closely for its adherence to feminist doctrine (colleges as centers for rape culture). Remember the Bill of Rights? Current, bipartisan legislation (hey! It’s an […]