ISIS/ISIL wants to plant the Black Flag in the Oval Office

Might as well. It’s unoccupied. The Won used to teach Alinksy and Cloward-Piven in his days before the Presidency, when he just used to just golf and give speeches. We will find out in 5 months whether his foreign policy is by design, or purely accidental.   h/t Slater for the video link  

What is the philosophy of grand strategy?

**Updated** The times make the man, and the men who defined strategy for the past two hundred years have been shaped by near-constant or very long wars, and informed by philosophies that brought perspective to the question of what assures victory in war? Clauswitz spent his years fighting, learning and teaching about Napoleon. The French Emperor at the time was more a force of nature, and master of the operational and tactical arts. While Napoleon owned the battlefield, he failed France and Europe in terms of economy, diplomacy, and industry. France’s strategic force, its navy, was expended in futile combat with the […]

Is North Korea’s military imploding?

The prioritization of the military over civilian sectors has run the North Korean economy into the ground. To give you an idea of the scope of the failure, North Korea has a population of 24 million and trillions in untapped natural resources. Despite that, North Korea’s gross domestic product (the total worth of goods and services produced by the country) is roughly the same as North Dakota’s, a state with only 700,000 people.

The Shape of the Drawdown

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 […]

The dog that isn’t barking

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 […]

General Dempsey finds a fight he can win

The original editorial here. And the hat tip goes to the Washington Free Beacon, who’s translation is found here. It is a reasonable attempt at saying something, but beyond having Captain Obvious write the filler for him, what is Dempsey saying? Help me Obi Wan, I don’t speak Pentagonian! Interest paragraph: It would be difficult enough if all we had to grapple with was what Naím calls the “decay of power.” But the waypower relationships are changing varies greatly from region to region across the globe.  

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 […]