I wrote this email to my three congress critters today and thought I’d share: I’m writing on the topic of Syria, as we keep moving warships off the Syrian Coast I would like you to make an observation. 5 DDGs are currently on station, and then a portion of the Nimitz battle group is now moving towards the Mediterranean Sea. Being a student of grand strategy myself I ask you to look and find your constituents what the interests are of us having already supported the rebels, many of whom are our enemies. Extremists, terrorists and Islamists. Bashar Al Assad [...]
The title comes from a comment made by RD6, in response made 8 weeks ago to Townie76′s post on Army Functional Area 59. RD6 hit the nail on the head. The direct quote is: Fact: DoJ, DoS and FBI have already figured it out;They just take our ancient ways of Inept personnel management and wait to be presented the next brillliant volunteer. One takeaway of the situation in Syria is the absence of strategic thinkers dedicated to America’s well-being. The absence can be noted by the many questions centering on the immediate impact on America – and by the lack [...]
This is just cool history. H/t to Instapundit.
Thank you to Mike_Burke and Slater for your ”Food for Thought” post and comments. Dear Reader, if you are just joining us, please visit Slater’s post first. Then go here, courtesy of Mike_Burke for a history on the Oaths of Enlistment and of Office which gives us the term domestic enemies. The requirement for the oath with those words traces to the US Constitution, Section 8: 12-16 & 18. The Constitution is not too helpful in providing a definition. Article IV, Section 2 mentions a person charged with treason once, in context of the States’ responsibilities for extradition; and Section 4 [...]
In 1953. Newly declassified documents offer more details of how the CIA executed the overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected prime minister 60 years ago, describing the political frustrations that led the U.S. to take covert action against a Soviet ally — and echoing the current frustrations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. Not unknown (as the article states), but still fascinating. If I remember correctly, wasn’t one of Theodore Roosevelt’s sons or grandsons the primary coordinator of that action? I speak from hazy memory, so someone please fill in the gaps. Oh, and who says the Great Game ended in [...]
G U A D A L C A N A L . The long march to Tokyo Bay, by way of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and many other points in between took a huge step forward on this day in 1942. We met the Jap on land, at sea and in the air, and we beat him. It was not without cost, it was not without reverses and battlefield defeats, it was not without hard lessons, but it ended in victory. Recommended reading: THIS. As well as this, which deals not just with Guadalcanal but is worth the price for that campaign [...]
As a former targeteer, I was always surprised how essentially fragile civilization is. Remove a link or three, and the target country is left blind, deaf, uncommunicative, and leaderless. Do this here, and America enters a state of barbarism until pre-computer technology reasserts itself.
THE BIG ONE. This day, in 1945. Of course, that was back when we knew how to prosecute a war.
This day, 60 years ago. Recommended reading on those last few months of the Korean War, The Last Parallel, by Martin Russ. It’s got some memorable lines.
… In western North Carolina. In the Appalachian foothills of western North Carolina, archaeologists have discovered remains of a 16th century fort, the earliest one built by Europeans deep in the interior of what is now the United States. The fort is a reminder of a neglected period in colonial history, when Spain’s expansive ambitions ran high and wide, as yet unmatched by England. I am amazed. I knew the Spaniards were active along the coast, but I never knew they had penetrated that far inland. A stunning find.