Death of a Cadet

From this week’s News Gazette, a newspaper known to be friendly to the establishment of Rockbridge County, Washington and Lee, and VMI.  This story begs more questions than it answers. I just read the account in the Rockbridge Advocate.  I have to wonder why VMI allowed the Cadet to go retrieve the gun from his truck without sending an Official of the Institute.  Was it because he was to be commissioned, was it a breach, was it a belief he would do what is right.  I don’t know, but what I do know it is tragic.  I have to wonder […]

Firearms Friday: Upcoming Opportunities

The often-talked-about-but-seldom-seen MDL and I will both attend the Collapse Medicine Course by Greg Ellfiritz and hosted by John Murphy of FPF Training, on 19 Oct 2014 in Culpeper, VA. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS IT. Short of one of the high-speed live tissue courses, this is one of the best opportunities you’ll find on handling medical emergencies in absence of the existing system. At a hundred and fifty bucks it’s a bargain. Here’s the link on the FPF site, scroll down a bit. (I attended last year, and posted a review HERE.) How many other Op-Forians can we […]

There is more to strategy than bombs

In an earlier post on the philosophy of grand strategy, there were five elements to strategy presented for your consideration. [The] five elements that when synchronized to achieve unity of effort creates grand strategy. These five elements are Diplomacy (external but also internal to the US population), Industry, Military, Economy and Will (DIME-W). President of the United States Obama stated he has no strategy for protecting America from ISIS. The latest statement from the POTUS describes his goal as making ISIS “manageable,” like ISIS is just a perm gone bad. The way ISIS is being handled brings to mind an […]

Items From (and Thanks to) Our Loyal Readers

One of the best parts of this blog is receiving notes from our loyal, regular, readers. Two came in recently with links that deserve some air time. MikeB 73 sent in a great photo essay on the withdrawal from Af’stan. Parker Longbaugh sent in a somber update on a tragic event at VMI. To all of you, from all of us, thanks and appreciation for making this little climb up the hill of science a noble pursuit. As I often reply to those who write in, “Visit often, leave comments, spread the word!”

(BTW, Fournier is No Sort of Conservative)

Again from the good offices of MDL, this from Defense One– “The Summer of  Obama’s Caution and America’s Discontent.” An excerpt, emphasis mine: He tries to manage the world as he hopes it will be, rather than lead the world as it is. Yes, foreign policy is hard. These issues are both historic and existential. The American public is fickle. Congress is all but useless. And our allies in Europe are loathe to lead—or even to pay a fair price for fighting threats closer to their borders than our own. But that’s why only one person gets to be president of […]

BUY NOW, BUY LOTS (Excellent Advice, That)

MDL tossed this through the transom, with the self-evident truth annotated, “Excellent advice.” We concur. Same goes for guns, with demand dropping off slightly from the recent all-time highs, but with both quality and quantity in evidence. The time to act is now. Make the most of the opportunity.   The last couple of years of “strong consumer demand” (panic buying) has finally come to an end. .22 LR ammunition is still thin on the ground (although easy to purchase online) but centerfire inventory is good, retailers are flush with AR-15 rifles and there is a higher level of discounting […]

George Santayana doesn’t blog here

But our readers and commenters here at Op-for.com have taken to heart the prescriptions of the venerated American man of letters, philosopher, essayist and novelist. Thank you to George Warren and others for the reminder. From Austin Bay: Expansionist dictators take until stopped by superior power. For these beasts, peace is war by other means, and the other means always involve deception. Idiots walking. Indeed.

Obama Strategy Discovered

As presented in 2009, and updated for 2014.

And So It Began (1939 Version)

URR reminds us, in this this centennial of the Great War, of the follow-on act and how it was brought about. In 1914, the world was plunged accidentally into a bloodletting that spiraled out of control, by incompetent and irresponsible leaders in the nations of Europe.   In 1939, the world was again plunged into bloodletting, this time deliberately so by monsters who spewed their hatred and made no secret of their plans for conquest and subjugation.  Following a half a decade of weakness and appeasement from the Western democracies, whose desperation to avoid war only fueled the appetite of the […]

Idiots Walking

As I watched various college football games last night it dawned on me that those sitting in the stands were unaware that the world they know is slowly disintegrating. When the history of 2014 is written a hundred years hence (provided of course there are any humans left) instead of a historian calling his work Sleepwalkers a historian in 2114 will entitled it Idiots Walking.  Why do you ask, for it is clear that the current administration and much of the world does not understand the dangerous games being played out in the Ukraine and the Middle East.  Too many, […]