Says retired Marine General John Allen: Make no mistake, the abomination of IS is a clear and present danger to the U.S. The only question really is whether the U.S. and its allies and partners will act decisively now while they can still shape events to destroy IS, an act that seems increasingly self-obvious. Oh, I concur, Marine. But your “only question” brings up other questions: Is the President of the United States temperamentally suited for, and capable of, forming a course of decisive action and leading us to its successful execution and conclusion? Do our allies and potential coalition partners […]
So far the shape of the drawdown only affects us the plebeians of the American Warrior Society: the junior and field grade officers, junior Soldiers and Lower Non-Commissioned officers. What I’ve been saying is that the Army has not been serious like the Marine Corps has by offering Early retirement. The current 15 year retirement only pertains to those with enlister and commissioned service. The current Reduction In Force some could say was looked at strategically. I would say that it has not. Just barely has it reached the Field Grade Level. Majors and Lieutenant Colonels just had the OSBs […]
Col (R) MacGregor is arguing that the Army needs to get smaller. Supposedly members of congress are listening. One thing I don’t agree with is the dismantling of the Brigade Combat team. That transformation that took place under Rumsfeld although done very painfully is a good thing. Brigades are self-sustaining. The negative with that in the last decade of war you have not seen Division headquarters actually have to maneuver the entire formation. But what is even more fun is that MacGregor wants to eliminate divisions and make small formations of “Battle Groups,” the description sounds like a BCT to […]
Updated with new links. The Childrens Crusade of 2014 presents four issues that are being mashed together, by design. With the first issue, there is the tussle between one’s faith, and one’s religion. In Christianity, the prime commandment is to love one’s neighbor as Xt loved his disciples. The children who’ve been brought here are neighbors, and even the criminals among them. The religious aspect is to respect the law and rule by law, rendering unto Obama what is Obama’s. These children were brought to America with evil intent, and the only way to fight that is with good. And a good […]
What does that mean? It does not mean it needs to control the narrative, but that is an added plus. VMI is out there to teach young ladies and young gentlemen to be leaders in this harsh world. If VMI cannot be left of the bang, how can it teach cadets to be leaders that can analyze situations in a way that they identify solutions and stay a step ahead. That is what being left of bang is: a step ahead. The reason why I said it did not mean to control the narrative was specifically because of what occurred […]
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 […]
I grew up in the background of the Iraq War. Many people said then that it was the wrong war. Truly it was the wrong war if we were going in there to take chemical weapons from a dictator. The truth of the matter was that Saddam had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda and it’s attack on us. Some said Bush wanted take out a man that had put a price on his father’s head. Our aims under George W. Bush were quite different. What I think his vision for Iraq was very clear. It was to establish a “City […]
Leaders never blame subordinates because Leaders are responsible for their subordinates’, as well as their own actions and inactions. Meanwhile, Virginia’s Leader awards spoils. Three points to consider: 1) we’ve had a spoils system since the Constitution was ratified and while people profess outrage, they vote incumbent; 2) governors’ political philosophies translate into education philosophies and budgets; and 3) the donor connected to VMI contributed the least. Perhaps those contributing over $100,000 would be so kind as to donate that money to VMI’s English and History professors? Or pay off some keydet loans?
Shinseki is out as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Now that the politicos can claim something has been done, America will return to its Brigadoon-like state. Another feel-good non-measure wins against taking true action.
Whatever else he is, GEN (R) Eric Shinseki is not the problem at the Department of Veteran Affairs. Firing him solves nothing, and serves only as a distraction: everyone offended by the criminality and incompetence of the VA will feel good about his ouster. “Feeling Good” is what the Leftists preach – our veterans and their families and care-givers need results instead. Taking ‘feel good’ actions only serves to distract from the structural problems of the intrinsic lack of respect for the Secretary, philosophical homogeneity, and resistance to change that makes the VA a collection of rogue satrapies that murder veterans. […]