..the smaller the people.
..the smaller the people.
“This isn’t 1940. Moreover, as an instrument of coercion, that smaller army would be more lethal than the much larger one that helped defeat Nazi Germany and imperial Japan. Given a choice between a few hundred of today’s Abrams tanks and a few thousand vintage Shermans, Gen. George Patton would not hesitate to choose the former.”
Do we really need a large Army?By Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Post.
This is the same paper that whitewashes the drone strikes. George Bush would never have been given an article titled “5 myths of the Iraq war”.
And yet the “argument” for cutting the military persists.
This Ain’t Hell skewers Tom Rick’s argument for “going to a cadre-like military, with only two Army divisions kept at high readiness”.
The left believes that troops are stupid. Just draft the bodies you need, buy the tanks, trucks and planes and then send them off to war. Lefties won’t go of course, the draft dogers of the 60′s became to leaders of today.
No they want to cut to the bone and keep cutting. there is talk of a new round of BRAC. Closing MORE bases, gutting civilian towns, eroding the defense industrial base. All for more spending on “domestic programs”.
Once the troops leave, their expertise is gone forever. You can’t draft leadership, tribal knowledge or hours in the cockpit.
“In the meantime, the world, from East Asia to the Middle East, is “unsettled” and becoming ever more so. Does anyone doubt that the decision in Washington to slash its defenses has been fully noted in Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang, Tehran, and North Waziristan? Like Jeremiah, we say judgment is inevitable. Unless the present course is reversed, the wages of weakness will be paid in increased instability, crises, and ultimately conflicts that might well have been avoided.”
“Deeply Unsettling“, Gary Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly, WeeklyStandard.com
It’s 1938 all over again.
UPDATE: Told you so…
It’s time for a large number of Americans to hear what might seem like a harsh message: A degree from a four-year university might not be for you. Popular culture would cast this frank assessment as elitist. But that’s a toxic myth that needs to vanish because the stakes are too high. A new study by Young Invincibles, a think tank geared toward issues facing young Americans, estimates that high youth unemployment costs the government about $25 billion in lost tax revenue. All the while, there are three million jobs that employers can’t fill because too many workers lack the requisite skills.
Others have made this observation. Tuition rises because more are going to college. Student loans are given to young people to study “humanities”. Mostly fluff courses and liberal b.s.
All together the US produces many people with worthless degrees. Many jobs can’t be filled because Moma’s special little snowflake won’t take a vocational job. Mike Rowe was first to notice this and is now “uncool”. Wal-mart, Target, other local shops that cater to the middle class and the poor are pilloried in the media.
Income “inequality” is the left’s answer. Like global warming, it’s just Marxism with a fresh coat of paint. The Occupy “movement” didn’t succeed because it was all envy and hate not answers.
We need jobs not class warfare.
Expect the left to whine and cry as their recruitment dries up.
The war in Afghanistan continues. The war in Iraq is still fresh in the minds of the soldiers who fought it. The war on terror seems far from over. Good war movies will be made about these conflicts, but only after they’re long over.
Until then, speculative fiction allows storytellers to talk about the conflicts in a way that incompetent “realistic” crap like Lone Survivor and The Hurt Locker just can’t.
Matthew Gault in War is Boring
Consider the film Lone Survivor, which tells the true story of heroic Navy SEALs in Afghanistan. The film has been denounced by some critics; a “jingoistic, pornographic work of war propaganda,” in the words of one reviewer. Richard Corliss of Time chimed in: “That these events actually happened doesn’t necessarily make it plausible or powerful in a movie, or keep it from seeming like convenient propaganda.” Similar complaints (from non-conservatives, at least) about antiwar films made during the George W. Bush years are much harder to find.
Tinseltown’s Propaganda Problem , By Jonah Goldberg, NRO.com
Hollywood and the liberals in the MSM want blood and gore, sex and violence. As long as it makes America and her military look bad.
They want the fall of Saigon, US caskets. Hence the “demand” for “access” to Dover Air Force Base. With a Democrat in the White House?
Nope. And Lone Survivor is about the Navy SEALs. So was Zero Dark Thirty and Captain Phillips. And the left hates them. Oh they likes it when Bin Laden assumed room temp, we heard “Osama is dead and Detroit is Alive” over and over.
But then the economy and the ACA hit.
So the War On Terror(tm) grinds on. There will be no Deer Hunter, no psycho veterans shooting up bars or running around in fatigues and army surplus. Thanks to the internets vets are getting our voices out. There are directors who don’t want to do propaganda. We’re sick of 9/11 images and the left screaming about how “Bush/Cheney/the GOP” did [INSERT CONSPIRACY HERE].
The X-files and hippie anti-war b.s. had their day. I say let old Hollywood burn.
“A villain/overlord so evil that they literally eat babies.”-TvTropes
“I hear women talk about how “hard” it is to raise kids and manage a household all the time. I never hear men talk about this. It’s because women secretly like to talk about how hard managing a household is so they don’t have to explain their lack of real accomplishments. Men don’t care to “manage a household.” They aren’t conditioned to think stupid things like that are “important.”
– “Amy Glass”: “I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry.”
When I was in college, my friends and I used to joke that extreme feminists ate babies. It was a tasteless joke made by two 20-something slackers who got bored between classes.
This is “Amy Glass” seems to hate families and really hate children.
Women CHOOSE to stay at home with children.
Women and men CHOOSE to have families just like some chose not to.
This is another “how dare you disagree with me” liberal. The thing that turns America off from liberalism is the smug asshole factor. Glass hates families and assumes that she’s better for being single. Frankly if she did eat babies it wouldn’t be a surprise.
Already Wendy David‘s lie about being a single mom is frying her political future. If she had told the truth, the “Amy Glass” crowd would have loved a woman who used a rich man for his money and stuck him with the children. Liberals are all about hedonism and child abuse.
But that don’t play with working Texans.
“Glass” might be an epic level troll. I suspect that she could be a /b/tard or a creation of Gawker.com.
If she’s real then the left once again shows why they are made of fail.
Every year we have some leftie intellectual murder electrons to say that “technology is ruining our lives!!11!!1!”
He dares to say the MLK couldn’t get his message out? How stupid does he think his readers are? If Youtube and Twitter were around back then, Bull Conor, George Wallace and the rest would’ve folded. TV was the the “info superhighway” of the 60′s. It made MLK a household name and buried the Jim Crow era.
We went from pony express to the telephone and telegraph, then to radio. Soon television and then the internet. From wooden airplanes to laning on the moon 60 years after the Wright Brothers first flight.
And this ^%$##% thnks technology is bad?
No he’s just another usefull idiot giving the Democrats cover for the lackluster ACA rollout.
Chockblock on January 17, 2014 at 4:45 AM
That’s from my comment on the politico article “How technology killed the future”.
Yeah, it’s actually titled that. It’s a rambling screed on how technology and the information age has made society less civil, politics more mean and……*yawn*…..
Sorry the left’s stock excuses bore me…
So Prof. Reynolds says:
This is just a tech-themed version of the “America has become ungovernable” columns I predicted some time ago. It’s not that Obama’s incompetent! It’s that technology has made us ungovernable!
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 9:00 pm
All proceeds as he has foreseen however.
Excuses are all the left has these days.
So this happened:
SEATTLE (KING) – Boeing machinists have voted to approve Boeing’s latest eight-year contract proposal, securing assembly of the company’s new 777X airplane in Washington state.
Thousands of union members cast their ballots – some waiting in line for hours outside of the union hall in Everett – in Friday’s crucial vote.
– “Seattle machinists approve Boeing 777X production contract“, Ksdk.com
So Kshama Sawant must be spinning, she called for Boeing workers to “Take Over” their plant if Boeing left. Yeah, talking like a Batman villain makes all kinds of sense…
Boeing’s workers have working brains. Their Union doubled down and lost. Boeing could move to those “right to work” states. The voted to keep their jobs. Hopefully they will vote new union leadership.
“It is no accident that American progressives put so many of us in mind of our Puritan ancestors: not for their virtues, such as they are, but for their sanctimoniousness, their humorlessness, their grim little mouths set permanently in rictuses (surely Mr. Salesses would insist on “ricti”) of self-satisfaction biting down on disgust. Like the accusers in 17th-century Salem or the contemporary Wahhabist eager to behead such witches as may be found lingering upon Saudi soil, the progressive sees the work of the Archnemesis everywhere at all times — especially when there is something to be gained from doing so.”
Racism! Squirrel! By Kevin D. Williamson , NRO.com
“Why did I have to listen in music humanities to this Mozart?” she groused in a discussion of the curriculum reported by David Denby in “Great Books,” his 1997 account of re-enrolling in Columbia’s core curriculum. “My problem with the core is that it upholds the premises of white supremacy and racism. It’s a racist core. Who is this Mozart, this Haydn, these superior white men? There are no women, no people of color.” These are not the idiosyncratic thoughts of one disgruntled student; they represent the dominant ideology in the humanities today.
W.E.B. Du Bois would have been stunned to learn how narrow is the contemporary multiculturalist’s self-definition and sphere of interest. Du Bois, living during America’s darkest period of hate, nevertheless heartbreakingly affirmed in 1903 his intellectual and spiritual affinity with all of Western civilization: “I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas. . . . I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension.”
–The Humanities Have Forgotten Their Humanity, Heather MacDonald, WSJ.com
So yeah, it’s National Review and the Wall Street Journal’s online arms, but it needed to be said.
The American Left has nothing to offer America execpt warmed over Marxist talking points and witchhunts for “racism”.
The right has been accused of hiding behind the American flag, God and tradition in the past. Fair enough. During the Cold War, the US backed despots and a group of politicians used the “Red Scare” to buy votes and ruin some innocent people. Televangelists, crooked politicans and cranks have been using the Bible and “Christian” values for decades. Appeals to traditional values have been a staple of politics as much as doom and gloom.
But with the Affordable Care Act going down in flames, Al Queda re-taking a city in Iraq and their agenda in flames the left needs a crisis. If they didn’t have Duck Dynasty, Fox News, George Bush or GOP scands, they’d invent’em.
The left did invent climate change, income “inequality” and hyped “homelessness”. Welfare and government giveaways are “entitlements” but money to corporate donors (and donor lists) are not discusses because of reasons.
Racism works because it’s such a toxic thing. No one, NO ONE wants to go back to Jim Crow, segregation or the dark past. 50 years ago a black man could be arrested for using the wrong bathroom, now one is president. We’ve beaten racism.
But when you don’t have an agenda it’s better to scream from the rooftops and accuse people of being Nazis/KKK etc. Everything they can’t understand somehow “promotes” white supremacy. Or is racist. Because when asked for a working agenda, they default to the Marxism or screaming that you’re a racist for questioning their agenda.
Freedom Of Speech as long as you agree with them.
But when called out on their McCarthyism they cry crocodile tears.
Cracks appear in the liberal front.
For the most adamant, personnel costs are about to eat the entire Department of Defense budget, reducing it to just a welfare agency and leaving the United States at the mercy of its enemies. Since the creation of the All-Volunteer Force, spending per servicemember has risen inexorably. The Department—as with the rest of the country—has watched its healthcare costs dramatically outpace inflation. Since the defense budget started expanding in the late 1990s, Congress has consistently heaped largesse on defense personnel. It repealed the retirement reform passed in the 1980s just before it kicked in, let former military members double dip by taking their military retirement pay while drawing a full civil service salary, allowed retirees to keep both their retirement and disabled pay, created the $10 billion-a-year TRICARE for Life Medicare supplement, and expanded eligibility for both healthcare and retirement benefits.
–Budget Deal Proves That Congress CAN Take On Military Pay & Benefits Costs , Russell Rumbaugh, BreakingDefense.com
I’ve said before that personel costs are NOT eating the DoD alive.
If anything it’s a ploy to keep the big projects going. SO the recent budget deal screwed vets 62 and younger. Their COLA (cost of living adjustment) is slightly below inflation. Ouch. Pensions are fixed and for some who can’t work it’s their only income. Oh it is supposed to save $1 billion a year but future budget numbers are always 1 part projection and 2 parts fantasy.
This Rumbaugh clown thinks that pay and benefits are some luxury to be “cut”. No there is no personnel vs. readiness battle. During the 90′s the problem was cuts across the board. Now we have things like ARMY FAMILY COVENANT:
The pledge states simply: You are changing your life for the Army, so it seems that a bond should be formed that lets you know this is not a commitment taken lightly. The Army will look out for you, your soldier and your entire family. For we are all one family in the Army and should act accordingly.
– via GoArmy.com
So what does Rumbaugh use to illustrate this?
A picture of a pet in a vet clinic.
There isn’t a middle finger big enough.
You have spat upon every child, spouse and retiree who’s had to go under the knife, see a doctor, pay for food and balance a budget. Pet care is an OUT OF POCKET EXPENSE YOU DIPSTICK!!!
Ahem. Child care isn’t free either, service members pay on a scale based on rank and/or income.
Health care, pay and the tax free food and clothing sales keep service members in uniform. You should know that Rumbaugh, you were in the Army in the 90′s when people were on food stamps due to low pay. I noticed several references to the “All Volunteer Force” like it’s a bad thing. I’m starting to suspect that this is another stealth call to bring back the draft because a drugged out, unprofessional military is cheaper somehow…
According to MOAA calculations, a service member who retires as an E-7 would see an average loss of more than $3,700 a year in retired pay by the time he or she reached age 63, while an O-5 stands to lose more than $6,200 a year.
“A 20 percent reduction in retired pay and survivor benefit values is a very substantial cut in military career benefits, and does not represent good faith to our men and women in uniform,” MOAA president and retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said.
William Thien, the Veterans of Foreign Wars national commander, said the provision puts the all-volunteer military in jeopardy.
–Levin: Proposed COLA reduction to get second look
Good for the veteran advocates and military associations, we need to push back before the idiots and arm chair generals ruin the military.
All over America there are jobs waiting to be filled. Many trades are losing experienced people because a generation is getting old. Lefties told children “go to college or you’ll flip burgers!”
And what are they doing? Flipping burgers deep in student loan debt.
Instead we should invest in vocational training and skills to get jobs instead of massive debt.