VMI Needs to be Left of Bang

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 […]

Has the American Economy Hit the BRICS?

The American dollar is worth only what other countries will pay for it. Now it looks like a healthier alternative is available. So what happens when no one will buy US debt? Guess what pays for your military and Social Security retirements?

Why we should act in Iraq

Why should we act in Iraq? Please read Slater’s post before reading this one. Here is another article on ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). The discovery of chemical munitions being captured by the Islamist ISIS adds a number of variables to the equation. Next to nukes, chemical munitions are the most desired weapons sought by Islamist terrorists. History tells us that some of those weapons will find their way to Hamas and Hezbollah for use against Israel. In the main Islamists murder their co-religionists with an alarming regularity. These weapons will be used against Assad and his Ba’athist regime. […]

Why We Should Not Act

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 […]

JHU’s Global Net Assessment

JDM shot this our way, remarking that we might find it both useful and interesting. He might just be right… Go take a look!

“Yep. Climate Change.”

This might be getting into more of the political realm than we like to, but URR has laid down a fairly blistering screed (I mean that as a compliment) on what passes for our foreign policy. He links to an article on Our Very Serious-Sounding Secretary of State– you know, the chap with the yacht and the pedigree– in which said cabinet member is quoted as having stated just yesterday (!), these things: Washington (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on American ambassadors around the world to make the fight against climate change a top priority […]

HASC Chairman Rejects QDR

Yep. WASHINGTON— Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement upon receipt of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) for 2014.  The QDR is a legally required strategy that the Department of Defense must issue every four years.  The statute mandating the QDR includes a series of  elements the review must include. So, now what?

Bear and Dragon

ETP0802 and I were chatting last night about the possibility that Russia and China would find common ground amid the Czechoslovakian Ukraine crisis, for no better reason than to shank the US while of course advancing their own interests. And so they have: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Ukraine by telephone with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Monday, and claimed they had “broadly coinciding points of view” on the situation there, according to a ministry statement. Fair enough, since we all look out for our own interests, yet it is clear and growing clearer that both countries are […]

Meanwhile: In the Sudetenland…

Nothing good is happening. Russia did not respond directly to charges of new troop movements, saying only that any action it was taking was within the confines of existing Russia-Ukraine agreements to protect Russia’s Crimean naval base at Sevastapol. “As you know, we have an agreement with Ukraine on the presence of the Russian Black Sea Fleet,” said Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s U.N. ambassador. “We are acting within the framework of that agreement.” This just in– SecDef plans massive cuts to Army!

Retrench: a strategy for the times

America does not have a strategy, and has not had one since the USSR died in December of 1991, and Russia was reborn with the Alma-Ata Protocol of 1992. At the time, the Pax Americana was proclaimed and US strategy went from a coherent ‘defeat the USSR’ to ‘oh crap, maybe we just protect our international markets or something.’  In these times, what should America’s strategy be? I offer this: “Retrench.”  Diplomatically, our foreign service officers need to understand that America always wins, always. A number of smart folks have commented that our treaties and agreements resemble Europe’s of June 28, 1914. […]