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 [...]
I’m starting to believe the “fierce moral urgency” of ending the “good war” in Afghanistan is like Obamacare. Why not make Afghanistan a US state? While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.
URR remembers. Says it better than I can. Go read.
You need to see this. I don’t have words to describe it.
The Religion of Peace spreads more horror, vile cruelty, and wanton bloodshed. Calling Urban II… or, Grand Master de la Valette. Yes, indeed, the Grand Master would know exactly what to do. UPDATE: The boys at WRSA get it. They understand. The leadership here, in zip code 22202, and on Nebraska and Pennsylvania Avenues, don’t. Or, perhaps they do but don’t want to do anything about it. I shudder to think about it. The grand Republic, brought low by its own hand.
October 11, 1784: Moroccan pirates seize the US-flagged merchant ship Betsey. July 25, 1785: Algerian pirates seize the first of two US-flagged merchantmen. The First Barbary War: 1801-1805. The US and Swedish navies defeat the navy and privateers of Pasha of Tripoli, an Ottoman governor of the region known as the Vilayet of Tripolitania. Of note is the invasion of enemy territory by Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon and 8 US Marines, along with 500 mercenaries, ending in the battle for and capture of the Tripolitan city of Derna. The Second Barbary War: 1815. While the US was engaged with war with [...]
Today, we remember. (I prefer, in addition to remembering the events of 2001, to recall the victories of Western and Christian arms at Malta on 11 Sep 1565, and at Vienna on 11 Sep 1683.) Questions: Have we learned anything about the nature of The Long War, or the nature of our enemy? Are we in a weaker or stronger position, nationally? Have we strengthened our defenses, or are we flailing with half-measures and ill-considered ventures? What say you? (Oh, and this should be interesting– the “Million Muslim March” in DC today (!) cheek-by-jowl with a couple million bikers.)
As I was checking my email, I looked at my linkedIn discussions, a title hooked me in from the US Army Armor and Cavalry group. The discussion is about the “Myth of the Savior Generals” and the adoption of counter-insurgency tactics and how General Petraeus became that savior. As you dig deeper into the review of COL Gian Gentile’s book on his use of Counter-Insurgency doctrine: Then-Lt. Col. Gentile referred to FM 3-24 as a “superb piece of doctrinal writing”, and felt that its middle chapters were particularly useful for commanders in Iraq. However, he heaped scorn upon a section of the [...]
It seems today was another morning where I had spit out my coffee. I turned the news on, as this road to war with Syria, it seems the speed bumps are getting flattened by the POTUS’ steam roller. Although when I read that the Admiral Kuznetsov will be sailing for Tartus and becoming the flagship of the current naval task force, it put me at ease a little. The total of Russian ships on stations would be less than ten, although the sheer firepower will not the equal the USN’s it will be enough to cause the USN to take pause. [...]
I saw this going on yesterday, but did not have the time or opportunity to sit and watch so I have to rely on press reports (something I’d prefer not to do). What I read is not encouraging. Obama administration officials told lawmakers Tuesday that a military strike against Syria would “degrade” the country’s ability to carry out attacks — the most specific military objective they have laid out yet — but faced sharp questions about whether such an operation would accomplish much. Appearing before a Senate panel, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel struggled [...]