“Ponder … Why?”

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?

Seduced by Success?

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 […]

More on Edward Snowden

This came through on email today, I’m taking the liberty of quoting it nearly in toto: Intense debate continues to rage over the legality, constitutionality and morality of the National Security Agency’s data collection, as well as the status of Edward Snowden, the contract employee who leaked the documents to a British newspaper last week. Is he a Patriot or a traitor? (Regarding the program itself, read Mark Alexander’s essay, It’s the Profiling, Stupid! One noteworthy addition to the essay is that the administration’s surveillance seems to have excluded mosques, which are often jihadi programming centers. Target conservatives with the […]

Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

READ. What say we? Is he different from that detestable little worm, Manning? If so, how? Has he done a great service to the cause of Liberty, or has he dealt a serious blow to national security? What would become of you, all of you who have clearances, if you did what he did? (One thing’s clear to me. We need to get him back on US soil, before a none-too-friendly foreign power offers him a deal he can’t refuse.)

Is There A Military Caste

Over the weekend, C-Span asked the question is there a divide between those in the military and civilian sectors. While the answers were interesting, perhaps the more important question which should have been asked, has the military become a separate caste which sees itself as being superior to the other citizens of our nation? I am undecided as to my answer to the question proposed. Your thoughts would be appreciated.