Korea turns hot

Korea heats up: Cloward-Piven, meet Kim.

Stupidity Eventually Loses

Not necessarily before it wreaks havoc, but eventually: Again, this pet vanity project of the Great Green Fleet beyond experimentation is a waste of money and personality based folly in the extreme. Most of the time, hard critique is not out of malice, but out of heartbreak. Let’s not speak of this anymore, m’kay? Our Navy needs the SECNAV’s attention elsewhere from here on out… (We’ll see if the good Mr Secretary gets the hint. Remember, economics always wins. Always.)

Adminstration to Kill Tomahawk and Hellfire Programs?

Seriously?? The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy. In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016. The Navy will also be forced to cancel its acquisition of the well-regarded and highly effective Hellfire missiles in […]

“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 […]

Hagel: The Gift that Keeps on Taking

Very probably not a very good idea: “Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level.” In fact, a very bad idea. Here’s the money quote, the one excerpt (among several) that lets you in on the woolly thinking of the progressive left with regard to the defense of the Republic: “We’re still going to have a very significant-sized Army,” the official said. “But it’s going to be agile. It will be capable. It will be modern. It will be trained.” Is the Army now lethargic? Incapable? Outdated? Ill-trained? If yes to any or all, will making it smaller […]

Donald Rumsfeld, A Documentary

I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known.  The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.”  It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001.  However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in […]

1714, 1814, 1914, 2014?

1714, 1814, 1914, and now 2014? Around the thirteenth year of each century, the nations of the world find it necessary to engage in warfare (economic, diplomatic, and military/naval) so intense that the world order gets upset worse than the BCS rankings every other Saturday. And like OU’s decisive and enjoyable thrashing of Bama, the underdog plays the game of its life against the respected favorite. This is the cycle of time. Professor Margaret MacMillan, of the University of Cambridge, writing for the Brookings Institute makes the argument that today’s economic, political and military environment finds our world looking at […]

Foreign Policy? Hadn’t Noticed.

Duffel Blog spoofed our non-existent foreign policy about a month ago. Now, more serious appraisals are beginning to appear in various journals outside the Beltway. One, (hotel tango to GW64), was in Sunday’s otherwise Marxist and mostly idiotic Roanoke Times. * Each one of these decisions [on Syria, Iran, China] indicates a profound reluctance to protect what generations of American policy makers have regarded as areas of vital U.S. interest. Of course, Obama’s recent foreign policy decisions may simply indicate rank incompetence at the highest levels. But it is a sad commentary when incompetence is the more charitable (and more […]

America gives thanks as the World marches to War

Echoing my co-bloggers wishes to each of you, our readers and commenters for a Happy Thanksgiving. Today, America gives thanks while the World marches to war. Whether you liked it or not, America brought security and stability which President Asterisk set out to fundamentally transform. Having surrendered America’s power wherever the human dignity was once held in high regard, and most recently in places where human dignity is notoriously cheap like the Middle East (bet you thought I was going to say Hollywood), there is one area left to be given to America’s sworn enemies: the Pacific. Joe Pappalardo at Popular Mechanics presents scenarios a la Harold […]

Stray Shots from Across the Net–Thursday Edition

Stray Shots From Around the Web.  I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane.  So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac)  and two dogs. Item 1:  Our USAF Missile […]