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 [...]
URR brings something to our attention that needs our attention: Author and Middle East expert Barry Rubin gives an unvarnished appraisal of the Obama Administration’s embracing of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Faustian deal with Iran. It goes downhill from there. Or from here. As in, from here on out.
By way of BR F.– not to be confused with “BRF”– comes this: Good strategists always ask of any potential course of action two key questions. First, what will this do for us? And second, what will this do to us? Given the dearth of statesmanly impulse at the national level in modern America, it is perhaps unsurprising that in crafting the recent budget, Paul Ryan and Patty Murray asked only the former question, leaving the latter for others to worry about. The provision at issue retroactively renegotiated the deferred compensation of more than two million military veterans – including [...]
Realities intrude on utopian social engineering: WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs. The delay rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016. “More than half can’t” is another way [...]
Presenting three views on the Ryan Murray Budget compromise. Before we run around tearing our hair (or what’s left of it) out, we should remember Darth Vader’s words on the topic. Lawrence Korb presents an analysis on the depth of the impact on veterans. Korb knows a lot about DoD spending and DoD’s payroll, but he is a Progressive Activist with the Center for American Progress, and the Center for Defense Information. His message is tainted by his activism and opposition to a strong, capable defense of America. Elizabeth Harrington presents an opposing view. Some points to consider: 1. [...]
And under the sub-heading, “How Great Nations Commit Suicide,” while you’re at it. A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that “healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian” men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called “White Male Club.” “Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege,” reads a statement in the manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). Over [...]
Lots of conflicting items in the news on chaplains and contract chaplains being allowed or not allowed to celebrate Mass on military bases during the shut-down. This came in today, from– A regular reader of this blog A VMI graduate A retired Marine officer A fellow FPF Training graduate A deacon in the Roman Catholic Church Everything the [Archbishop] and his lawyer said are in all the op ed pieces -contract priests forbidden to celebrate Mass, baptisms, etc. The House passed a resolution, Senate sat on it, etc. But I can tell you that I have a priest friend (Franciscan) [...]
I’ve been told report to work at the Pentagon this morning. I have not, however, heard that Congress has passed an appropriations bill for POTUS to sign. So, how are we all going to get paid? Anyone else in the same boat?
Walter Russell Mead asserts that if Congress does not back the POTUS in bombing Syria, this amounts to destruction of the credibility and power of the Office of the President on the world stage. “It is precisely the President’s credibility as a spokesman for the “international community” (whatever that is) and for US foreign policy that is glaringly and horribly on the line. An effective leader would have consulted with key people in Congress and made sure of his backing before making explicit threats of force. Now the President is twisting lonesomely in the wind, and the question is whether Congress will [...]
I wrote this email to my three congress critters today and thought I’d share: I’m writing on the topic of Syria, as we keep moving warships off the Syrian Coast I would like you to make an observation. 5 DDGs are currently on station, and then a portion of the Nimitz battle group is now moving towards the Mediterranean Sea. Being a student of grand strategy myself I ask you to look and find your constituents what the interests are of us having already supported the rebels, many of whom are our enemies. Extremists, terrorists and Islamists. Bashar Al Assad [...]