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 […]

The Last of the Pearl Harbor Survivors

Time takes its toll. In 1991, Davis was one of at least two dozen Pearl Harbor survivors living in Shreveport-Bossier City. Today, that number has dropped to three. “There’s not many of us left to think about it,” Davis told the paper. With Pearl Harbor survivors well into their 90s and some passing the century mark, their numbers are shrinking not just in Louisiana, but all over the United States. How many of the 60,000 or so survivors are left? Nobody seems to know, exactly. :-(

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 […]

Domestic Enemies: 2014

In August of 2013, I posed the question “Who are ‘Domestic Enemies?’” This question stemmed from comments in an earlier post provided by Mike Burke and Slater. In September of 2013, Colonel Joseph L. Prue, USAF, in his post  “Identifying the domestic enemy” pulled this definition from our Constitution: Amendment 14, Section 3 states, “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of […]

Are you free to be whatever you resolve to be?

“You may be whatever you resolve to be” summarizes Stonewall Jackson’s philosophy, but the question that arises from Jackson’s philosophical synopsis are whether a Keydet, or anyone else, possesses enough freedom in America to become what they have resolved to be? With absolute freedom from outside coercion, as proposed by Peter Kropotkin, comes the anarchy permitting one to do whatever one wants comes chaos – a Hell on Earth as each person does exactly as they wish to do without regard or consequence. That is the desire of anarchists. We do not subsribe to anarchy, or even  Therefore, what does it take in terms of liberty […]

Does following the law matter?

Does law matter? Why should we obey law? The recent riots in Missouri, and growing unrest in New York and other urban centers demonstrate two not-unrelated points: the body of laws, rules and regulations are neither uniformly applied nor unbiased; and, there are professional troublemakers who are exploiting the divide between the law and the people for whom the law exists. These groups include anarchists, communists, fascists, and some oddballs like Sovereign Citizens. We will address these Domestic Enemies in a later post, because they are professionals – paid, organized, hierarchical in organization, well-equipped and trained. For them no law […]

Identity and Brand Management

When it comes to Identity and Brand Management, no one beats the United States Marine Corps. Many nations have their own units of Marines, or if Naval Infantry. Some of them fall into the “Badass” range: Royal [British] Marines and the Royal Dutch Marines come to mind. But they are not United States Marines. With their tailored midnight blue jackets with the choker collar, quatre foil hats or red piping, or the new Marpat and the ageless 8-corner fatigue caps, you know the wearer is a United States Marine. Billboards up and down the American highways remind wannabemarines that a United […]

Really, Really, Why do we need New Colored Boots and T Shirts

It is bad enough that the Army is once again changing it Camo Pattern, but apparently they are also going to change the color of the boots and t shirts.  I have a suggestion to the CSA, do not allow the Sergeant Major of the Army to have anything to do with uniforms, other than wearing his own.  The Army has spend more in changing its uniforms over the last twenty years and still no one is happy.  Changing uniforms cost money–real money–usually out of the soldiers pockets.  Think about the 2nd and 3rd order effects.

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 […]

Nomination in for Next SecDef

Ashton Carter. His name is not unfamiliar to those of us who work in the building. What I found most impressive, however, are his credentials from his earlier uniformed service, such as this:   And this–   Holy shit!! Did you see that?? I had to read it again, just to be sure I got it right. I don’t know about you, but there’s a man I’d follow into battle. Just the man we need in times like these.