Archive for January, 2009

Two Three stupid things: tax cheats, the Bailout and a military FAKER

Posted in army life, HOOAH!, politcs, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 29, January 2009 by chockblock

the thing about all those ‘activists’ is that they don’t really care.

some of the people don’t go out and spend their time wanking to internet porn, others make a banner, go out, show it off and then come back home and make an image in their heads of all the good they did with a piece of paper and a pen.

and then wank. sin

1.) The media eats one of their favored politicians:

For the American public, Daschle became the latest symbol of everything that is wrong with Washington — the influence-peddling and corner-cutting and sacrifice of the public good to private interest. Now that this system has let them down, and left them poorer and anxious about the future, people are angry about it and no longer willing to accept the corruption of the public process and the whole notion of public service.

The irony, of course, is that Barack Obama understood all this and tapped into Americans’ frustration as the central message of his “change” campaign. But even he, with only four years in Washington, failed to see the depth of the problem or anticipate the ferocity of the backlash.

Stumbling on Their Sense of Entitlement, Steven Pearlstein, WashingtonPost.Com.

Rules for thee but not for me? I thought that Bush/Cheney were the corruptocrats. No wait, members of this administration are setting records in their race for the cash. It seems that the Left should look in the mirror when it talks about corruption.

(h/t: Neptunuslex)

2.) The “bailout”, “stimulus” whatever you call it. It’s a crap sandwich with a fecal milkshake chaser. Guess what, we had a “stimulus”. Ace put up this link, it seems that the last highway bill went about as far is Paris Hilton’s acting career.

Nowhere.

While banks buy $50 french jets, the Democrats are determined to reward EVERYONE who helped put them in power. With. Your. Money. Not some surplus. Not a slush fund. Your money.

They spend like crazy and they want more. Money gets wasted and they want more. They created this mess and now they want more. NO MORE!!! KILL THE $%$#@ BILL!

JONES—Ain’t r de Emperor? De laws don’t go for him. (judicially) You heah what I tells you, Smithers. Dere’s little stealin’ like you does, and dere’s big stealin’ like I does. For de little stealin’ dey gits you in jail soon or late. For de big stealin’ dey makes you Emperor and puts you in de Hall o’ Fame when you croaks –Brutus Jones, The Emperor Jones by Eugene O’Neill

The Democrats have perpetuated the myth that they know the economy. Uh-uh, They know how to spend. “Redistribution”? “Fairness”? Hogwash. They want us to swallow their socialist agenda and think that all will be ok.

But it’s not OK, We can’t afford it. And while you hope and pray for Nancy Pelosi and other democrats to save you, others are plotting to do you harm. Grievous bodily harm.

So said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November, and Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart. The 647-page, $825 billion House legislation is being sold as an economic “stimulus,” but now that Democrats have finally released the details we understand Rahm’s point much better. This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years.
….
This is supposed to be a new era of bipartisanship, but this bill was written based on the wish list of every living — or dead — Democratic interest group. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, “We won the election. We wrote the bill.” So they did. Republicans should let them take all of the credit.
Wall Street Journal

Hey L.A. Times, just because the Republican’s are “sniping” and ‘stubborn” does not mean you are right about the stimulus/crap on a stick.

Good work Democrats! We’ll enjoy voting you out of office as a reward for your epic FAIL. (and take your toadies with you)

(h/t: Ace O’Spades and Patterico)

and now on to #2 (and i do mean a no 2.)
3.)

Same old, same old. A deserter tells the MSM precisely what they want to hear about combat in Iraq, quits alleging war crimes and abuses, becomes a celebrity on the left, and garners huge praise for his “brave” book by major MSM organizations. Ace on military deserter Joshua Key

More at Blackfive.

I hate these guys. He deserted his battle buddies. Asshats like him perpetuate the stereotype of the “psycho” veteran. They are the homeless people in cammies or the attention whores who shout about war crimes they never saw or committed. We had one grade-A moron who was caught by the soldeirs in our unit. His class-A had awards for battles fought when he was 12. A purple heart and combat action badge that he did not earn. Fake documents. Needless to say our commander gave him 60 days in the stockade (actually he got sent to a civilian prison that has a contract to take soldiers of this caliber).

They are full of shit. Each and every one of them. I hope he gets outed. The Media loses this shit. Soldiers are criminal thugs in their eyes. We never get the fair shake we deserve. Until now. With mil-bloggers on the case, guys like this will know no peace. Until they stop with he bullshit.

Chew on this: Che, a $50 French Jet and Sarah Palin’s new book UPDATED

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 27, January 2009 by chockblock

Tasty links, a movie celebrating a murderer and a French Jet for your banker (but not for you):

  1. Gov’t bailout poster child Citibank buys $50 Million French Jet With Taxpayer Money and all I got was this lousy tax bill
  2. Bill Kristol vs. Matt Damon, FIGHT!
  3. Girls basketball coach fired after his team wins a game 100-0. only in America.
  4. “He was a man full of hatred,” said Armando Valladares, the Cuban dissident imprisoned by the revolutionary regime in 1960. Named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, Mr. Valladares is the author of “Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag” and a board member of the Human Rights Foundation. Speaking through Glenda Aldana, a translator who works for the foundation, Mr. Valladares points to Guevara’s writings as proof.”
  5. 10 Movie Clichés That Must die, now.
  6. The Saudis re-arrest former Gitmo terrorists, I mean prisoners of the Bush regime.
  7. Tax cheat becomes Treasury Secretary, only in America.
  8. “This is the network that has opened its heart to change — to change and its possibilities. Let’s be honest about it. These — these people watch this network out here,” – MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
  9. It’s Sarah Palin, GET HER! (part XIII, the media strikes again).
  10. Can you afford Congress’s economic stimulus plan/finical coke binge?
  11. Hollywood’s sexyist couple: Evan Rachel Wood & Mickey Rourke (if you stretch the definition of sexy)
  12. The very lovely Zooey Deschanel
  13. Republican object to Democrats plan to spend stimulus money to help a radical activists group accused of widespread voter fraud.
  14. “culture of corruption”: yet another mayor busted for bribery, guess which party?
  15. 9/11 Family member angry at the closing of Gitmo

and now, something that has to bee seen to be believed:

War and Pieces II: Why I can’t stand the loony Left and the rabid Right

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25, January 2009 by chockblock

So you are new to the internet. Or you have a myspace, facebook and/or a blog. Or you were there when the web was all text, and remember usenet (don’t forget to take your brain medicine you old geezer). You go on the message boards. You read the blogs. You believe that: Aids was created in a CIA laboratory, that Princess Diana was murdered by the Secret Intelligence Service, and that the 9/11 attack on New York was orchestrated by the Bush administration.

You suck. No really, you are a flaming idiot.

That is called counterknowledge.

The author Damian Thompson has labelled the phenomenon “counterknowledge”. This includes the propagation of totally false legends. They may well stem from a completely unbalanced person who genuinely believes in a conspiracy — usually a government one — and who, through the internet, makes it sound plausible to tens of thousands, even to millions of others who also have grievances and are eager to believe the worst. This is done by seizing upon one or two minor discrepancies in a government report, then joining up all the wrong dots to create a monstrous fable that runs completely counter to the facts.

Read the article in the Sunday Times. Just because you can post, wikipedia or youtube anything, that does not make it true. All the yelling and shouting, the absence of evidence and bad press you guys get does not make your case. In fact, history as refuted you.

The loony left and rabid right are coming together in a perfect storm of idiocy, Holocaust deniers find a welcome audience witht he destroy Israel crowd. From blogs, Facebook to street protests, their bile knows no barrier, no bounds.

But you people are still stupid.

(h/t: Counterknowledge)

Chew on this: Simulus package, size does matter edition

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 24, January 2009 by chockblock

Tasty links, remeber it’s not the size but how you use it:

and now some Breaking Benjamin:

War and Pieces: why I can’t stand the left.

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 23, January 2009 by chockblock

You, yes you, behind the “Stop the War!” banner, stand still laddie! With your signs, your chants, your commie buddies on the street or in the classroom. You rail against America, against Israel. You accuse Israel of war crimes. Even as a cease fire dawns. Even as Israel makes the tough choices and fights a war with it hands tied (an investigates the ‘war crimes’ you accuse them of). You clamor that “Bush’s war” is over, and you rejoice now that his plans are being undone.

I have the following to say to you:

  1. You suck.
  2. Your are all dumb, ignorant morons.
  3. You do not know what you are talking about.
  4. You really, really suck.

About Israel, Gaza and the middle east, their has been a war. Rounds were fired by the IDF into Gaza because rockets were fired into Israeli homes and schools. Not for empire, not for the rich. The people of Israel want peace, Hamas and other Jew-hating maggots want genocide. Not hope, not change nor the international struggle against capitalism. No, they want to kill every Jew in Israel.

Yet you on the left want us to sympathize with the Hamas and the Palestinians:

Israel guarantees civil liberties to all its citizens, Jew or Arab alike, but it is dubbed “an apartheid state”; Hamas, ever the bully, kills its opponents and denies the rest the most basic rights, but we march on behalf of Hamas. The Left prefers the bully because the bully represents a finger in the face of the establishment? Almost no one on the Left has any understanding of militant Islam. Their politics is a politics of gesture, where wearing a keffiyeh is cool but understanding its symbolism is too much effort even for intellectuals.

Alan M. Dershowitz makes a similar point:

…consider the recent wars waged by Russia against Chechnya. In these wars Russian troops have killed tens of thousands of Chechnyan civilians, some of them willfully, at close range and in cold blood. Yet those radical academics who scream bloody murder against Israel (particularly in England) have never called for war crime tribunals to be convened against Russia. Nor have they called for war crime charges to be filed against any other of the many countries that routinely kill civilians, not in an effort to stop enemy terrorists, but just because it is part of their policy.

Nor did we see the Nuremburg-type rallies that were directed against Israel when hundreds of thousands of civilians were being murdered in Rwanda, in Darfur and in other parts of the world. These bigoted hate-fests are reserved for Israel.

Terrorism? Gitmo? Torture? You don’t know what the F*!K you are talking about. Those animals in Guantanamo Bay practise more extreme forms of torture than your silly waterboarding street theater. Yet you want Gimo closed, you dance in the streets wearing ornage and wear orange ribbons. You are stupid!

from Newsbusters:

The MSNBC host continued, “What you are doing and, Mika, what you are doing and the rabid left, not you all, but the rabid left has done for the past seven years, is just say, ‘We are going to apply new standards to the Geneva Convention.’” An undeterred Capehart retorted, “How about following the Geneva Convention?” This prompted Scarborough to lecture, “Oh, guess what, Jonathan? We are! Al Qaeda terrorists that don’t wear uniforms. How about reading the Geneva Convention! Because, terrorists that try and blow up civilians are not protected under the Geneva Convention.”

In order to be protected by the Geneva Conventions, a fighter must:

  • Wear national insignia or some other declaration of nationality
  • Wear a uniform

NATO Soldiers carry ID cards as part of our Geneva Convention obligation to identify ourselves as soldiers. Terrorists dress to blend in with the civilian population. that way when civilians are killed by mistake, or dead terrorists are paraded for news cameras, they can claim that the U.S. is eeevil and kills civilians.

Spies, and special forces are not protected by the conventions because they do not wear uniforms. Terrorists do not deserve protection because the are cowards who hide behind women and children to kill.

Have the security measures snagged one single innocent American by mistake? Has a single Amercian citizen been whisked abroad to be “tortured”? NO. NOT A ONE. That does not stop the stupid moves, tv shows, protests and the lies from the media. Via Patterico.com comes an LA Times story with the headline: “In-Flight Confrontations Can Lead To Charges Defined As Terrorism”. Yet they get every single fact wrong. An example:

  • The Times:”Tamera Jo Freeman was on a Frontier Airlines flight to Denver in 2007 when her two children began to quarrel over the window shade and then spilled a Bloody Mary into her lap.”
  • reality (via Popehat):”Tamera Freeman appeared intoxicated and violent towards her children before she boarded the flight in San Francisco;
    . . . .When denied further alcohol, Freeman threw a drink on the ground at FA Fleming. At one point, Freeman followed FA (flight attendant) Fleming into a common area and began yelling and pointing her finger at FA Fleming.”
  • The Times: Carl Persing and Dawn Sewell are arrested for making out on a 2006 Southwest flight to Raleigh, N.C.
  • reality: Pershing was found guilty by a jury of threatening a flight attendant, his girl friend said that if the police were waiting on the ground that he “would not go quietly.”

This was available on publicly searchable data bases. The LA times could have had a brain dead chimp look this up. Yet anti-American, leftist propaganda wins out. You people suck.

Thanks to your alliance with the rabid anti-semitic elements, the left is now a laughing stock. You welcome jew-haters from around the country to your protests. You villify Israel and it’s people.

… This is the same anti-Semitism that has haunted our civilization for two thousand years. And, sadly, in some cases it is the same wishful thinking by Jews who have assimilated and believe they are among civilized people, among friends. I often wondered how German Jews could not have seen the writing on the wall, not have fled Nazi Germany when they had the chance. Well heads up. Once again, we have Nazis marching in the streets of Toronto, uttering death threats against Jewish children in full view of the police and hundreds of thousands of smug young progressives who will smile as they send another generation of Jews to the fire, serene and confident of their virtue.

Ghost of a Flea responds to you.

I hope you grow up and realise that Isreal is a thriving democracy. While our president moves to close Gimo, even he has to come to grips with the terrorists threat. Israel is not the enemy. Terrorists, genocidal jew-haters are. Terrorista, punks and other wastes of vita air do not deserve our sympathy. They do not need to be forgiven. They are not heroes. Pop culture lied to you. As the killers are freed from Guantánamo Bay, they kill again. And Again. Some even become leaders. The Main Stream Media, long in favor os closing Gitmo, is trying to do an about face. Where do the terrorists go? Not in my back yard.

The world is a tough place. It’s complex. But men and women who kill, maim and torture are easy. They are not your friends. they are not misunderstood. they are EVIL. They want to KILL YOU. Bush kept them at bay. Your ignorance and mushy thinking will not change that fact. While the west agonizes over violence, the terrorists and despotic regimes bathe in blood. We weep for the dead and they keep on killing. you and coutless millions in Iraq, Afghanistan and the West owe your freedom and security to President George W. Bush and all of us in uniform. Not your “dissent”, “speaking truth to power” or “hope and change”.

But hey, that harsh reality clashes with all those hateful posters and slogans don’t it.

btw: threats against the Jewish community will get you a visit by the police, you can’t hide behind the 1st Amendment.

Chew on this: The Return of the Chew

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 22, January 2009 by chockblock

Tasty links and a bailout for the gray lady:

  1. nuance: Execuitvie order drafted to close Guantanamo, but they are trying to find out where to put all those terrorists.
  2. Two from Patterico: Washing D.C. is a disaster Area and the comedy of errors over New York’s next senator.
  3. Wrong Bush: Classy Leftists Deface George Bush Monument. (Bush 41 the father that is)
  4. Chris Matthews wonders if Rush Limbaugh Hates his country. Funny Rush said the same thing to him during the Bush years.
  5. BBC news flash; Women may have “have cute baby instinct”in other BBC news, men have cute women instinct and the pope is Catholic.
  6. UN official busted for kidde pr0n. So that is where the oil-for-food dollars went.
  7. “We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished.” guess who said that. (h/t: Jawa)
  8. Also from JAWA: Obama inauguration sets new record for private jets
  9. Michelle Malkin, rips the GOP a new one over spending.
  10. Clinically depressed poodleviciously mauls Former French President Jacques Chirac. (via LGF)
  11. Even the Palestinians admit that the Gaza death toll was inflated. (also from LFG)
  12. Hope, change, arms shipments: Iranian ship carrying arms to Hamas stopped by the U.S. Navy. (h/t: JAWA)
  13. Taxes, the bane of the common man (unless you are being appointed to the post of treasury sec.)
  14. Troubled times: NYT gets a little bailout, but is it enough?

And now Holst’s Jupiter,

p.s.: Ace of Spades now has romance tips:

Scenario: She’s tired and can’t have sex because kids are awake in the house.

Strategy: “The Gulf of Tonkin Incident” -

This maneuver works best with multiple children. You either move something they were told not to touch or break some minor appliance. Call them all together and demand to know who did this. Of course, being innocent, they will all deny it. At that point, you blow up and scream “ALL OF YOU GO TO YOUR ROOM AND DON’T COME DOWN UNTIL ONE OF YOU ADMITS IT!!!! I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN YOU!!!”

They’ll head upstairs in tears, and while Mommy is securing her own ball gag to the sounds of crying and accusations flying between your children, you can rest assured that you have at least ten minutes of uniterrupted scrogging to look forward to.

Dissent is still patriotic

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 22, January 2009 by chockblock

As our new president takes charge in his first 100 days, one cannont help but wonder if it is okay to criticize the new movement for change sweeping the land.
Is dissent still patriotic? by David Harsanyi :

Do all Americans truly have a yearning to fundamentally “remake” our nation? There must be a subversive minority out there that still believes the United States — even with its imperfections and sporadic recessions — is, in context, still a wildly prosperous and free country worth preserving.

To be fair, I’m uncertain what Obama is going to require of me during these next four to eight years. I do know, right off the bat, that if he passes his centerpiece trillion-dollar, ideologically driven government expansion (in the guise of a “stimulus” plan), he will be demanding my grandchildren work overtime to pay it off — and that’s after they’re done paying Bush’s tab.

Obama challenges Americans to have “a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves.” So if you find massive concentrated power in Washington a turn-on, you’ve found your higher purpose.

It’s not that those of us on the right hate the guy. He is my commander in chief. But the policies of the left seem to be a choice between spend our way out of problems or do the exact opposite of what the Republicans are doing.

My father worker for a defense contractor in the 1990′s, those lean years for defense. The problem he had with Clinton was not just that he was cutting defense, but his first 100 days seems to be more about being 180 degrees opposite from Bush (41), his predecessor, than being president.

For the past eight years we have had “dissent is patriotic” thrown at us. While George W. Bush was in office, the left screamed bloody murder when the right talked about morals. But how the worm does turn.

With President Obama, it is not right to question a call to service or his administration. While I cannot comment on the man himself, others are questioning the people that the left are trying to place in his cabinet.

So while I am willing to give our new president a chance, I will not give the left the next four years off. I will not be kind to those who hide behind “hope and change”, patriotism and a “call to service” now that we have a Democratic in the White House.

We never got a break in the past eight years. The media savaged us on the right and those of us in uniform. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, we are supposed to be silent while those in power get a free pass? I don’t think so.

Dissent is still patriotic. No one is above constructive criticism or above the law.
Despite what turbo Tax says.

Again David Harsanyi:

But surely, most of you have found meaning in something greater than yourselves long before some politician demanded it.

To require such fealty to power in the name of patriotism was once repugnant to the left. Now, with the right guy in charge, apparently it can once again be embraced.
Change, indeed.

H/T: Hot Air, Big Hollywood and Gate Way Pundit.

To President Obama,

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 20, January 2009 by chockblock

Mr. President, you have my full support form 20 Jan 2009 to 20 Jan 2013. You are now in charge of the finest Army in the world. I have tanked you to task before when you were a candidate, I saw you staff parroting the party line about the military and the wars we are in.

However you have shown that you are able to change. You will be briefed on the missiles that our enemies are pointing at the U.S. and our allies. Several briefings will cover new critical gear for the U.S. military. Our airforce, army, marines and navy find their aircraft and ships are wearing out, ground vehicles nearing the end of their useful lives.

As an air defender, my brothers and sisters have taken so much unfair criticism from the press and those on the left end of the political spectrum. But we go to work, deploy and come home. We proved ourselves in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and will do so again. Where ever you see fit to send us, we’ll go.

As president, you are my commander in chief. You are now in charge of the finest air and missile defense in the world. THAAD, Patriot, NMD, C-RAM may be so much alphabet soup now, but these are the system by which the U.S. Army Air defense artillery defense the free world. Some systems are so new we have to peel the factory stickers off of equipment, but rest assured, we are at your call, night and day.

I may post links from other web sites who criticize your policies. I will never criticize you as a president or a person. Not only is it against the UCMJ, but name calling is best left in the past.

Good Luck Mr. President, your air defenders stand ready.

FIRST TO FIRE!

The defense we need

Posted in army training, guns, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , on 20, January 2009 by chockblock

I’m a little late on this, I had computer trouble. However, a paper of “record” hit me where I live. It seems that the New York Times rang in the new year with some defense advice for our new president. Now keep in mind none of their editors, reporters or “fact checkers” have ever served a day the U.S. Armed forces. Their “experts” are taking for the money that the NYT pays them. So given their excellent pedigree here is what the gray lady had to say to our new president:

Cancel the DDG-1000 Zumwalt class destroyer. This is a stealthy blue water combat ship designed to fight the kind of midocean battles no other nation is preparing to wage. The Navy can rely on the existing DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class destroyer, a powerful, well-armed ship that incorporates the advanced Aegis combat system for tracking and destroying multiple air, ship and submarine targets. The Navy has sharply cut back the number of Zumwalts on order from 32 to two.

Cutting the last two could save more than $3 billion a year that should be used to buy more of the littoral combat ships that are really needed. Those ships can move quickly in shallow offshore waters and provide helicopter and other close-in support for far more likely ground combat operations.

Halt production of the Virginia class sub. Ten of these unneeded attack submarines — modeled on the cold-war-era Seawolf, whose mission was to counter Soviet attack and nuclear launch submarines — have already been built. The program is little more than a public works project to keep the Newport News, Va., and Groton, Conn., naval shipyards in business.

The Navy can extend the operating lives of the existing fleet of Los Angeles class fast-attack nuclear submarines, which can capably perform all needed post-cold-war missions — from launching cruise missiles to countering China’s expanding but technologically inferior submarine fleet. Net savings: $2.5 billion.

Pull the plug on the Marine Corps’s V-22 Osprey. After 25 years of trying, this futuristic and unnecessary vertical takeoff and landing aircraft has yet to prove reliable or safe. The 80 already built are more than enough. Instead of adding 400 more, the Marine Corps should buy more of the proven H-92 and CH-53 helicopters. Net savings: $2 billion to 2.5 billion.

Halt premature deployment of missile defense. The Pentagon wants to spend roughly $9 billion on ballistic missile defense next year. That includes money to deploy additional interceptors in Alaska and build new installations in central Europe. After spending some $150 billion over the past 25 years, the Pentagon has yet to come up with a national missile defense system reliable enough to provide real security. The existing technology can be easily fooled by launching cheap metal decoys along with an incoming warhead.

The Weekly Standard’s Stuart Koehl hits back with a few points :

Overall, then, the Times editorial is an exercise in strategic fatuousness, full of errors of fact and of reasoning. It is, really, nothing more than the same sort of appeal we saw throughout the 1980s and 90s–that we cannot afford an effective defense, therefore we must design a defense that we can afford, effective or not. How much we can afford depends entirely on where your priorities lie. If you believe that the principal role of government is the defense of our country, then the current spending level of 4 percent stands as the barely acceptable minimum; if you believe that the main purpose of government is providing everyone with free health care, free college education, a lavish retirement and excursions into environmental extremism, well, 4 percent is more than we can afford. The Times has made its choice, but we don’t have to follow.

Viewed from a rational, strategic perspective, our defense R&D and procurement priorities must focus on the Navy and the Air Force, while the Army must accept the idea that its future lies not in “big wars” involving tanks and tracks, but smaller operations such as counter-insurgencies, stabilization and reconstruction, and even the dreaded humanitarian assistance. The challenge for the Army is maintaining its hedge capabilities in conventional high intensity combat at the same time, because the Army has never really been very good at doing these two things concurrently–it either shifts from one extreme to the other, as we saw before, during and after the Vietnam war. Perhaps a new generation of leadership will be able to break this cycle. But we won’t get there if President Obama takes the advice of the armchair strategists at the Gray Lady.

Commentary Magazine’sGordon G. Chang has this to add.

The premise is that the United States is not going to be fighting major conflicts in the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, that’s an assumption we should not make. After all, history teaches us to be wary: both World War II and Korea started for us with surprise attacks.

The Times also assumes that no big power is going to take us on. Is that so? China, with a rapidly modernizing military, wants Taiwan and islands belonging to others in its surrounding seas. Moreover, it is configuring its military to fight us. Moreover, a desperate North Korea continues to covet South Korea. And is it really inconceivable that an aggressive Russia will try to grab more neighboring land?

What i would like to hit upon is the Time’s naive stance on missile defense.
“After spending some $150 billion over the past 25 years, the Pentagon has yet to come up with a national missile defense system reliable enough to provide real security. The existing technology can be easily fooled by launching cheap metal decoys along with an incoming warhead.”

Let’s see:

BTW: “cheap metal decoys” used to work for AIRCRAFT. missiles in space have to use more expensive measures. The missiles we as air defenders intercept are deadly, but do not have these decoys installed. So much for media experts.

But I’m just an active duty solder who uses these systems. I’m not a journalist. And people wonder why the New York Times is losing money. History has shown that wars cost money, good gear costs money. When you short change the military, you lose wars and needlessly lose lives.

h/t: CDR Salamander

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