Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said. At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to two U.S. officials. What difference does it make? Jimmy Carter pushed for and nearly succeeded in eliminating human spies in favor of satellite imagery. The bad guys discovered underground facilities and multi-million […]
Sad news this hour of the passing of the great historian Robert Conquest, at the age of 98. Conquest surely deserves to be counted among the top five most important historians of Communism and the Soviet Union in our time. His book The Great Terror, about the Soviet purges and deliberate famine policy of the 1930s, made it impossible for anyone to deny the essential character of Stalin’s regime. But leftists tried anyway. As the Wall Street Journal explains in its new story: Mr. Conquest’s master work, “The Great Terror,” was the first detailed account of the Stalinist purges from 1937 […]
What say you, historians of the Confederacy and of the South? The fact is, “the south” was never fully under the control of the central Confederate government in Richmond (and Montgomery, Alabama before that) and neither were the Confederate state governments able to completely control their own states because of constant internal resistance from their own citizens. There was internecine warfare going on in North Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and other southern states throughout the civil war. Revisionism? True truth?
So last week a group of UCI students passed a piece of legislation that took down the American Flag from the the student government work room or lobby, to which I’m unsure. Since apparently Old Glory breeds intolerance and represents Imperialism. The bill’s author, Matthew Guevara, I wonder if he understands irony. You see, a distant cousin of his somewhere down the line of centuries ago was Ernesto Guevara de La Serna, whom we all know as a doctor, but more so as a murderer. His face became a symbol of rebellion, see the El Che shirts everywhere. I wonder […]
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 […]
“You may be whatever you resolve to be” summarizes Stonewall Jackson’s philosophy, but the question that arises from Jackson’s philosophical synopsis are whether a Keydet, or anyone else, possesses enough freedom in America to become what they have resolved to be? With absolute freedom from outside coercion, as proposed by Peter Kropotkin, comes the anarchy permitting one to do whatever one wants comes chaos – a Hell on Earth as each person does exactly as they wish to do without regard or consequence. That is the desire of anarchists. We do not subsribe to anarchy, or even Therefore, what does it take in terms of liberty […]
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 […]
News from the Middle East is a dog’s breakfast, to say in the least. Hezbollah, which is always ready to threaten Israel, and then runs home, tail firmly tucked between its legs to its momma, the UN, is spooked by ISIS. The Sunni terror army reached in Lebanon to kidnap hostages and defeated the Kurds two countries away. That speaks to a very sophisticated command and control system. And one that learns: good ole Eddie Snowden gave AQ and its affiliates an education and the terrorists applied fixes. Pakistan is claiming its troops have not been deployed to the Saudi border […]
From last week, our pal CDR Sal nails it again– http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2014/07/diversity-thursday_17.html?m=1 Does this sort of activity help or hinder readiness? Readiness is, after all, the only thing that matters. Why, indeed?
This needed to be written, the question needed to be asked. In fact, the military conditions under which we’ve operated for the past two decades have been historically atypical. They have allowed too many in uniform to believe the hype. What happens when men whose whole professional life has known only success meet real challenges and the threat of defeat? The article is aimed at the Army, but applies to all the Services. And think too, of the coming austerity, the political correctness, the quotas, the feminization of combat arms, the punishments for anyone who speaks out. The worst is […]