There is a great story over at the Daily Kos about the actions taken by the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Roger Fergerson’s actions on September 11, 2001. His actions not only preserved the United States Economy but most probably stabilized the world economy. While they had no plan for something like 9-11; they had a plan for Y2K. As a result of that plan there were redundancies within the IT and communications networks of the Federal Reserve. From this plan, Ferguson was able to call audibles and move out to protect our economy. This is a reminder to […]
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 […]
I have always admired Henry Kissinger as someone who understood power politics. He wrote his dissertation on Metternich and Congress of Vienna, and in his new book according to Hillary Clinton’s review he takes a long view of what is happening and puts the events of today into the historical context of a particular region or country. Here is the review from the Washington Post.
The greatest horror stories take place in your mind. H. P. Lovecraft planted suggestions, such as the renewed vigor of Robert Suydam that grew into terror at the discovery of mysterious clawmarks on the body of his wife in “The Horror at Red Hook.” Artillery is most effective because it invisible in action, but its affect morally devastates those who survive. We respect and fear snipers for this same reason. Facing your enemy decreases the senses of horror and helplessness. Whether in the boxing ring or on the battlefield, a face is humanizing, and humans can be defeated, especially non-Americans. But the […]
I recently shared amongst the five of us the first dispatch from VICE News on the Islamic State. If you don’t have HBO, fear not VICE News posts everything onto their website and youtube channel. Where these guys go makes Michael Yon look an amateur of epic proportions. They go and get the story, for you and I. Today the top American Advisor in Iraq, LTGEN Mick Bednarek, was quoted saying: “This is not just an Iraqi issue. This is not just a regional issue. This is a common enemy issue that we’ve got to address.” Remember the $100M that went […]
From the New Yorker a wonderful essay on the war poets and World War I.
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 […]
Anti-Pentagonian populism. More, please.