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Don Gomez knocks the draft arugement out of the park

Posted in army life, politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2, December 2013 by chockblock

Via Hotair.com:

“The most important point in arguing against bringing back the draft is that we don’t need it. That is, the armed forces are currently having no problems with recruiting, and in most cases, are recruiting over 100% of their target goals. To bring back the draft, the military would have to do one of two things in order to make room for the conscripts: increase the size of the overall force or partition off a certain quota of positions to be made up of conscripts. Considering the current economic situation and the planned reductions in troop numbers, increasing the size of the overall force is a nonstarter. Given the military’s current recruiting success, partitioning off “slots” for draftees could work only by turning away otherwise qualified recruits. Then, there would still only be a tiny portion of the armed forces that were draftees in a mostly all-volunteer force.
Why Bringing Back the Draft Makes No Sense Don Gomez, Small Wars Journal

Given that the Army has gone from a high of 500,000+ to a low of 470,000 and dip below that, why on earth do we need to put Americans who don’t want to join into the service?

I suspect that it’s part of the left’s plan to gut the military to pay for more social welfare. Lefty policy wonks want draftees so that they can scream about “skin in the game”. Sorry this isn’t football.

Most positions in the military are combat service and support, not shooting or kicking down doors. Most draftees would wind up fixing trucks and mopping floors. The old school Keyensian economics numbskulls think that’s a good idea. Reality is that it’s a bad idea and will turn the clock back to the hollowed out force of the 1970’s.

“The worst argument in favor of the draft ever”

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2, December 2013 by chockblock

Dana Milbank beclowns himself in the never-ending leftie quest to call for a draft. While some in government cling to the lie that military pay will “destroy the DoD”. Milbank, Tom Ricks, disgraced former general Stanley McChrystal. All trying to make good and “help” America.

Well, if they though that the right and those of us in the military would join them they were wrong.  In fact many have begun to dogpile on this forward into the past approach to the so called “civil-military divide”.

Outsidethebeltway.com’s James Joyner has some choice words for them:

That few in Congress have served in the military is lamentable for many reasons, the most obvious of which is that it not only makes them less intimately familiar with the demands of combat but also tends to undermine civil-military relations by making our civilian leaders afraid to challenge our military brass. But the notion that having worn a military uniform somehow makes one immune from partisanship and foolishness is absurd.

Milbank provides no evidence for this assertion, by the way, other than the fact that Congress seems to be more dysfunctional that it used to be.

Jonn Lilyea pulls no punches in calling a draft a horrible idea. How will we get a spoiled rotten generation through boot camp? Can we punish the “gold sticker participation trophy” kids?

No. We’ll just end up with a repeat of McNamara’s 100,000. An ill fated attempt to “educate” the young (mostly men unless the left wants to re-write the law). And given that their time in service would be two years, not much will be gotten from draftees with no sense of commitment or pride in country. And as Lilyea points out, an education, sense of civic pride are the jobs of the public education system.  If that doesn’t work boot camp won’t save the little darlings.  In today’s military Forest Gump is roadkill.

Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw follows up:

But I’m equally positive that prior service not only doesn’t need to be a requirement, but that it shouldn’t be. We keep the leadership of the civilian and military worlds separate for a reason, and we keep a very close eye on the one place where they overlap. (That being the dual nature of the President of the United States also being the Commander in Chief of the armed forces.)

Some in the left are horrified that voluntary military service is a tradition. GASP! they say. Hogwash. Either we have a first class military and honor our promise to those in uniform or we surrender the US to being a 3rd world country.

I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don’t think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful. If a country can’t save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say : Let the damned thing go down the drain!

Robert A. Heinlein Guest of Honor Speech at the 29th World Science Fiction Convention, Seattle, Washington (1961

A word about benefits and costs in the Military

Posted in army life, army training, HOOAH!, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 26, November 2013 by chockblock

Gee seems personnel costs aren’t eating the DOD alive. That the DOD’s senior leadership was lying and cost are up elswhere in larger ammounts than ”’personnel”’!.

Okay, lemmie ‘splain:

In the 90’s, weapons tech was teh smexy, but the budget was low. Pay, the housing allowance and other bennies ”barely” kept up with inflation. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines were on food stamps. Units were cut right and left (look at a map of pre-1989 West Germany, 1995 Germany and now). Many qualified troops left as flying hours were cut, 2 aircraft were cannibalized to keep one flying and the whole being military on food stamps thing.

Slick Willie agreed to the Future Combat System, JSF and a few other weapons programs, that were delayed. He punted and was more interested in oval sex in the oral office.

So 9/11 happened, BAH and pay were on the upswing. While recruitment was up before OIF, ~2004 the numbers went down. I was there, headlines like “empty seats at Benning” were in the Army times. Then some brain dead git addicted to power point came up with the “moral waiver”. Promotion points dipped and many idiots got in. So to preserve the proggies and hardware (and fat contracts) This Aint Hell gives us the money quote:

“Congress is deeply resistant to cutting pay and benefits. So the Pentagon leadership’s rhetorical focus on soaring personnel costs may help reduce pressure on the broader military budget.

“If you focus on the least doable thing, what you gain is leverage to bring the whole budget up,” Adams said. “By pointing to the hardest thing to change, they hope that the whole budget will continue to be high.”
Stars & Stripes: Report: Pentagon emphasizing personnel, but budget costs up across the board”

Well, not only is it the “hardest thing to change”, it impacts fewer voters, because cutting actual defense spending impacts contracting and manufacturing jobs and entire local economies. Whereas, cutting the number and pay of troops affects far fewer people – people who wouldn’t ordinarily vote for the current administration and it’s less likely to have any real impact on elections.
— Jonn Lilyea slams the DoD

Yup, because having good troops leave because they can’t feed their families, pilots leave because of poor maintenance and low flying hours and a garrison military nitpicking every little behavior worked so well in the Clinton Era.

If the Bush era was one of fat waste and flushing money down the toilet, the Clinto era was one of dry rot. It was Clinton’s DOD that came up with contractors and no-bid contacts to DynCorp, KBR et al. Bush just went over the top. Far from saving money, the new soldiers of fortune cost much, much more:

“We know that sergeants in the military generally cost the Government between $50,000 to $70,000 per year. We also know that a comparable position at Blackwater costs the Federal Government over $400,000, six times as much.”

The left wants to go back to a draft so they can take money from readiness, going back to the era of a small army/navy swelling with draftees. We have members of Congress saying that we need to “slash” future bennies.

Bollocks.

What is needed is to fire the contractors, replace them with Reservists/National Guard, enlarge the Guard and Reserve and slash the DoD Civlians, O-5 and up, E-7 and up armchair warriors who’ve never deployed. End the draft.

When an Active duty US Vice Adm. Bill Moran has to “dispell rumors”, things are bad (go click on that link).

The 90’s sucked. As troops leave for better pay elsewhere, the military rots from within. I suspect that’s what some want, but do we really want a return to the 30’s Army?

Check Yourself

Posted in rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , on 5, November 2013 by chockblock

The New York Times gives us this gem:

ISTANBUL — The Pentagon quietly announced last month that the U.S. military is leaving the air base it has operated in Kyrgyzstan as a staging area for American troops and matériel since 2001. While the move will complicate American efforts to wind down the war in Afghanistan, the decision has much broader ramifications: It marks the end of a brief experiment to extend American power and influence into the distant strategic arena of Central Asia

The move to Romania is suggestive, too, of a strategic retreat Westward. The edge of the Black Sea is the farthest east that NATO has been able to advance. Romania and Bulgaria are both members of the European Union and the Atlantic alliance. The future of the countries farther east on the Black Sea, notably Ukraine and Georgia, may still be up for grabs. But Central Asia now appears to have been a bridge too far.
U.S. Checked in Central Asia: By JOSHUA KUCERA

Oh Joshie my boy. I suspect that it’s not doom and gloom so much as the MSM is on the other side, to borrow a line from Professor Reynolds.

Ever since the 1960’s there has been the drumbeat of “America shouldn’t intervene”, “America should make peace” etc. From leftist profs. who were Soviet stooges to “peace movements” that hate America, the left wants so see the US recede from the world.

So with the current administration playing into Iraq and Afghanistan war fatigue, now comes US withdrawal from central Asia.

Just in time for that region to start boiling over.

So the Gray Lady sez that the US is “checked”. Of course we are! That’s what they wanted. The US out of the Middle East, the US to lay of Russia and China. Our heads in the sand and our eyes on the latest drek for Hollywood as we get our gov’ment cheeze. They can bemoan the lack of US bases in central Asia, but if we were still there, the NYT would be slamming the US for being there. “Why antagonize the Russians? Why provoke China?” or my favorite “China/Russia/Al Queda/Iran can’t fight the US directly! All this defense talk is scare/warmongering!”

It’s 1939 all over again folks. The media and many in DC have their heads up their forth point of contact. They are more concrened with winning over the dumb “low information voters” than the state of the world. We’ll have peace in our time, until the first shots are fired.

Elections mean things

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , on 8, September 2013 by chockblock

So America’s youth voted for free stuff and Obama, hope and change because it wasn’t Bush or Romney. We heard a lot about Iraq and Bain Capital:

“Millennials’ future is summed up by joblessness, part-time work, and a cozy futon in mom and dad’s basement. But it didn’t have to be this way. Our economic struggles are a direct result of years of an ever-growing regulatory regime, in which reams of red tape are making steady, full-time employment for young people harder to find and more difficult to keep.
Millennials Have Nothing To Celebrate When It Comes To Employment, Forbes.com via Instapundit

The democrats seem to enjoy being the party of “youth”. There was the ad where John McCain was accused of not being able to use a computer (because the NVA beat him when he was a POW). Mitt Romney was a greedy Bain Capitalist who was gonna fire everyone for the Koch Brothers….

And we see that most of America is unemployed. Part time work is the new normal and we’re getting ready to strike on Syria.

How’s that hope and change? Good thing we didn’t elect Romney right?

Huh…

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , on 30, June 2013 by chockblock

Via Instapundit:

All in all, I became convinced that high levels of low-skill immigration are good for wealthy Americans and bad for poor Americans. Far more important, high levels of illegal immigration—when you start to get into the millions, as we have—undermines unions and labor standards, lowers wages, heightens social tensions, strains state budgets, widens income inequality, subverts the rule of law, and exacerbates class divides. The effects go far beyond wages, because few undocumented workers earn enough to cover anything close to the cost of government services (such as education for their children) they require, and those services are most important to low-income Americans. In short, it’s an immense blow to America’s working class and poor.
–“Why Liberals Should Oppose the Immigration Bill It’s about low-wage American workers “: T.A. FRANK,THE NEW REPUBLIC.

It’s all about the “poor”. In Star Trek, Guinan the Bartender[tm] talked about disposable people. Ironically, Star Trek actress Kate Mulgrew boasted about having a Mexican Maid[tm] as the perks of being in Hollywood.

It was never about “right” or “immigrants”, it was about a new underclass the wealthy left can exploit. From Wal-Mart, Tyson Chicken, the Fast food industry and other places that employ those who live on low wages, the new immigration bill is a godsend. More people they can employ for crap wages. For democrats, a bumper crop of votes from those dependent on the welfare state.

Look at Detroit, California and other “blue state” areas to see how the left has ruined everything it touches.

Remember, the Boston Bombers were on welfare, as were many domestic terrorists here and in the UK.

Oh yeah, also from Insty, liberal rag the Atlantic asks: ” 10 Years After the Fall of Saddam, How Do Iraqis Look Back on the War?

Hot Crew! A cute libertarian girl…

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , on 15, June 2013 by chockblock

Liberals love cute girls (especially if they are under 18, ask any Hollywood director).

So here’s a cute girl:

and another one:

See more at Token Libertarian Girl.

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