Leadership Quiz

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 […]

The Case of Major Golsteyn’s Silver Star

DaveO brought this up a few days ago– “Afghanistan War Hero Stripped of Silver Star”– and George W ’64 is one of several who have mentioned it too. It’s a true story of heroism and treachery. From the original article, we learn that: [Then] Capt. Mathew L. Golsteyn was leading a Special Forces team in Afghanistan in 2010 when an 80-man mission he assembled to hunt insurgent snipers went awry. One of the unit’s five vehicles sank in mud, a gunshot incapacitated an Afghan soldier fighting alongside the Americans, and insurgents maneuvered on them to rake the soggy fields with […]

Getting Medieval

Recently ISIS  announced that burned one of its hostages alive. This was done while the terrorist army claimed the man still alive and worth exchanging. Burning to death is slow, painful, brutal. It isn’t a bullet to the head or the snap of the neck when the rope goes taught.  And, ISIS was not dealing in good faith. Not to be outdone when talking in bad faith,  President Obama, when it came his time to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast, took the time remind the Christians in the audience, adherents to Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Vatican II, that 600-800 years […]

Former DIA Chief Criticizes Administration (w/ Transcript)

Sent in over the transom today– Ex-DIA chief Flynn goes into opposition against Obama Administration on ISIS: It is striking to me how many security officials have gone public against this administration after leaving. This is not a normal pattern, and by this point amounts to a non-partisan indictment of how Obama’s White House has dealt with a variety of national security issues. Among other things, it makes me appreciate the restraint that the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, must be exercising on a daily basis. Well, maybe they’re disgusted at what they see, huh? […]

Zero for Twenty-nine

Thanks to USMC0802 who sent this in– *** The Marine Corps spokesperson, Captain Maureen Krebs, told the Free Beacon that the two officers, “did not meet the standards required of them on day one in order to continue on with the course.” Fifteen male officers also did not meet the standards. Of the 118 officers who began the course, 101 proceeded to the second day.   *** Doesn’t make them bad people or bad officers. But it doesn’t happen by accident. May the Corps hold the line here. The Marines have pledged to be the most ready when the Nation is […]

“They Fired the Wrong Guy”

This just in from Cop-Turned-Bureaucrat, regarding Hagel etc., “Failure of State: They Fired the Wrong Guy”– The firing of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense raises more questions than it answers. Is it correct to blame military failures on the military establishment when the executive has not articulated a foreign policy based upon clear and sustainable national interests?  Is it proper to criticize the Secretary of Defense for discussing foreign policy issues when the Secretary of State has failed to bring forth a coherent foreign policy? The state of play in Washington, not only currently, but over the last decade, […]

Ricks* on Hagel: Why It Went South

Ouch. Not pretty but based on my personal experience (not first-hand, but hearing directly from those who did have first-hand experience, in oblique but unmistakeable terms), also not inaccurate. Spontaneous cheers could be heard in many Pentagon offices as the surprise news of Hagel’s resignation spread. Although Hagel’s predecessors, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, were hugely popular, few Pentagon wonks developed warm feelings for Hagel. Drawing on conversations from a mix of senior executives and mid-level officials, political appointees and career government servants, hawks and doves, and Republicans and Democrats, this post presents an insider view on why Hagel failed […]

Rational Thinking about Ferguson

Ever since it happened it just rang true for me.  Every time a black man is shot/killed in an incident involving a white LEO, agitators make it about race.  However, every time a white man gets shot/killed by a black cop it quite rarely ends with agitators making it about race. To take Michael Brown’s life in separate incidences is only think about snapshots.  The reality is, that day Michael Brown committed one crime.  And based on evidence from the coroner, committed another when he got into an altercation with Brian Wilson.  I will readily admit that Darren Wilson did […]

Mathematics is Magic

Mathematics is magic. Evidence? 1. We all know that 2+2=4, but in our government, 2+2= 22,000,000,000 if there is a dollar sign around. 2. Sending government workers home on furlough saves the government big bucks – instead of only spending $483 billion more than we took in, we could have spent billions upon billions more! If we spend more than we take in, we save nothing. The Sequester is a lie. Debt = slavery. America has $18,001,891,623,000 (over $18 trillion) of debt. Therefore America is enslaved. What is the long term look at debt? Just as bad as we see Americans salivating […]

With National Security in near ruins, Obama finally listens to GOP

Buttercup has been fired. This may be the only good news. The POTUS always triples down with anti-war and/or left of left politicians. Is tax-dodger John Kerry next?