Archive for 11, August 2012

Small Wars Journal Jumps the Shark (or how the left loves to curbstomp dissent)

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 11, August 2012 by chockblock

The Computer is happy. The Computer is crazy.
The Computer will help you become happy. This will drive you crazy.”
— Tagline For Paranoia: The Roleplaying Game

“Under present law, which initially stemmed from bad feelings about Reconstruction, the military’s domestic role is highly circumscribed. In the situation we lay out below, even though the governor refuses to seek federal help to quell the uprising (the usual channel for military assistance), the Constitution allows the president broad leeway in times of insurrection. Citing the precedents of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and Dwight D. Eisenhower sending troops to Little Rock in 1957, the president mobilizes the military and the Department of Homeland Security, to regain control of the city. This scenario requires us to consider how domestic intelligence is gathered and shared, the role of local law enforcement (to the extent that it supports the operation), the scope and limits of the Insurrection Act–for example maintaining a military chain of command but in support of the Attorney General as the Department of Justice is the Lead Federal Agency (LFA) under the conditions of the Act–and the roles of the local, national, and international media.”
Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future : by Kevin Benson and Jennifer Weber

Ultimaratioregis, over at Brad’s blog has a detailed takedown (he’s nice compared to the comments at the SMJ article). Wikipedia notes that

“An exception to Posse Comitatus Act derived from the Force Acts allowed President Eisenhower to send federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, during the 1958 school desegregation crisis. The Force Acts, among other powers, allow the President to call up military forces when state authorities are either unable or unwilling to suppress violence that is in opposition to the constitutional rights of the people.”

Okay, fair enough. However, the Tea Party is a non-violent movement. Unlike the Occupy movement, or the 60’s many lefty movements. There are many domestic terrorists groups, from Skinheads to the radical left and Islamic extremists that have drawn blood at the drop of a hat. Yet the left, from pundits and academics to the DHS seems fixated on conservatives, vets and those not buying the party line.

Make no mistake it’s the left’s fantasy: call opponents enemies of the state and use force to knock’em down. Remember, the left believed that in 2008, George Bush was going to somehow overthrow the government with the help of his Blackwater friends. And that would be bad.

Now we have two kunckleheads, a history professor and a retired full bird, who think it’s okay to shred the Constitution and have US troops fire on the American people. *headdesk*

What we have here is the real civil-military “gap”. The left sees the military as a toy it can play with. In their world, the military is a lower caste used for grunt work as needed then put away. I had a professor actually claim (back when I was a civilian) that the military attracts stupid people. Since our names and rank are sewn on our uniforms people know who they are talking to. Yea really, he went there.

They want to underpay us, give us crappy equipment and take away our benefits AND be stormtroopers. Remember, while Bill Clinton was exploiting the Oklahoma City Bombing, Bin Laden planned 9/11. While the DHS and the left attempt to connect the Tea Party to recent events. All while Iran tried to get nukes and the economy sputters.

In the roleplaying game “Paranoia”, a fictional holocaust has occurred. A domed community is ruled over by the Computer. However this all seeing, all knowing machine has only a boy scout manual and 1950’s era propaganda to guide it’s programming because all information was lost. The characters have a slapstick adventure trying not to be labeled “commie mutant traitors” while trying to do the Computer’s bidding. Of course the players are post-Apocalypse mutants and are trying to escape the computer. It’s 1984 by way of Monty Python. to paraphrase TVTropes.

The left is much like the fictional Computer. They have 60’s era propaganda, a 30’s era view of the economy and a desire to crush those who disagree with them. Paranoia indeed.