War Weary?

2272458246_b77147169e_zIt seems Washington is convinced that America is war-weary. It’s not a completely inane remark. But I’m not sure that it is exactly accurate either.

I don’t think there is any doubt at all that America is very tired indeed of watching as Washington sends our matchless military into conflicts with one hand tied behind their backs and dragging a weight around behind them. That’s some idea of what the rules of engagement (ROE) that we have forced them to operate under have done to them. Not to mention the number of our guys killed and wounded (often catastrophically) to assuage the conscience of some twit in DC who couldn’t figure out (with the manual) which end the bullet comes out of.

If you say we are tired of fighting wars by rules that politicians designed without reference to the real world. We’d plead guilty, or I would anyway.

I think America is plenty tired of watching our military to which we have given our best young men and women and a large amount of our treasure, be wasted on doing silly crap like trying to build Iraq and Afghanistan into little United States, I’d say Yep, I’m weary of that as well.

You see in this Colin Powell was wrong (he was wrong about a lot of things actually), we’re America, if you anger us enough to get us to  come over and blow your little sandbox to smithereens, it’s your problem, we have no obligation to rebuild it. You angered us deeply, we broke it, you fix it if you can, if not, well, too bad. Let that be a lesson to you, Don’t make us come back. Mostly we figure if all you idiots would settle down, get jobs, or do something productive, pretty soon you’d have enough money to not want to break the china, but maybe that’s just a rule for the civilized world.

I don’t think America is really war-weary, we still love watching our guys do their thing, and making the world safe for Americans. We’re tired of the nonsense we talked about above, but I’ll bet we’d almost all enjoy sitting mesmerized again, as we were watching our guys and girls parade across the Iraqi desert a few years ago, and I doubt many of us will really forget the looks on the crowd’s faces as old Saddam’s statue came tumbling down. I liked that feeling, it had something of Berlin, 1945 about it.

Now they are trying to tell us that the war against ISIS will take at least three years. Three years–why? We gonna build new factories in Kurdistan first, and then recruit Koreans to fight and wait for them to walk over. Or maybe we are going to keep calling one bomb an air raid.

By the way, why are we using smart bombs or Hellfire missiles on a pickup truck with a machine gun and a short squad of idiots, in the middle of the desert? Yeah it makes neat videos, but 50 or so rounds of cal 50 would be at least as effective, and a hell of a lot cheaper

Here’s an even better idea, turn loose the Air Force, and the Navy, for say a week, every sortie they can manage, every target we can find. After that week, we ask anybody who’s still around if they want some more. If they do, how about a Marine Division through Iraq, another one through Syria, and say an armored corp through Kurdistan, should have it done in a couple of weeks. A month at the outside.

Three years, my foot!!

Let’s see, on 7 December 1944 (that’s three years after Pearl Harbor for you kids) Germany was just getting ready for its last gasp in the Battle of the Bulge, on the frontier of Germany itself, the Russians were rolling through East Prussia with most of their troops in GMC deuce and a half’s, and the officers in jeeps. Germany was a smoking ruin, the air forces were running out of targets, and mostly shooting up trains and making the rubble bounce.

On the other side of the world, The Imperial Japanese Navy, the remnants that hadn’t been sunk, was rusting away at its piers, out of fuel. The liberation of the Philippines was well in hand, next month North field on Tinian will welcome the 6th Bomb Group, which will commence to start burning down Japan which is already starving because of the American submarine campaign.

All of that was accomplished in three years, seventy years ago. They must have been supermen compared to us, huh? Since it will apparently take us that long to conquer a piece of the middle east the size of the United Kingdom and held by irregulars with ragtag equipment captured from here and there, instead of two of the foremost militaries in the world in 1941.

And I’ll bet that’s a lot of it as well. Americans are an impatient bunch, we got places to go, people to see, tyrants to topple, and all the rest. We don’t have three years to play around in some damned sandbox.

And if anybody is stupid enough to use the phrase ‘Boots on the ground’ in my presence-he won’t do it twice.

Let’s try something completely novel here. How about this: Decide what we need to do, and then decide what we need to do it. You know, instead of deciding we’ll put in ‘A’ so maybe we can do ‘B’, but what happens when ‘C’ unexpectedly does ‘D’. Now what are you going to do, Genius?

Or maybe we are just tired of leadership that can’t tie its own damned shoes, and is more worried about its cronies getting rich(er) than about the guys carrying the rifles. Maybe war really is too important to leave to the politicians (or the political generals).

“George Patton pick up the red courtesy phone, please.”

Strategy and Stuff

B52BomberOK, I gather we lost our strategy for ISIS, maybe it got left in the Roosevelt room or something, but the President can’t seem to find it. That’s bad, things work a lot smoother when you have one.

See, a strategy is nothing more really than a plan for a specific area. We should have several running right now, one for Russia-Ukraine, one for the Mexican border, one for illegal immigration, one for countering ISIS, and to be honest, one to get your favorite Congresscritters reelected. If you’re a Democratic president, I might perhaps agree with some of your goals, although it’s very, very unlikely I’ll agree with all of them. I rather liked John Kennedy for not entirely valid reasons but, I didn’t agree with everything he wanted to do. Similarly with Reagan, although I agreed with more of what Reagan said than I did with what Reagan actually did. That’s life, essentially, we all have to deal with it to make this Leviathan called America work at all.

But what I’m really concerned about here is ISIS. What, Mr. President, do you want to happen to them? I have my givens and druthers, and so does pretty much every American, and likely every middle east resident, and European as well. There some people out there that think the proper thing is to convert and surrender, there are also people who think a few hundred megatons of nuclear fire from space will fix it. I’m somewhere in between, so likely are you, and most everyone with a couple of brain cells to rub together.

See the problem is, what is the overarching thing we want to do with them; whether it’s degrade and manage them or drive them to (wouldn’t through be better in that case) the gates of Hell. Or I suppose we can stick our head in the sand and hope we live till your replacement shows up, that’s highly unrecommended, though.

Likely, I’m different from most Americans, I don’t, in general, care if anyone likes us or not. We’re not running for Miss Congeniality here. I want everybody from the most American loving Brit on the street to our worst enemy in Damascus (or Moscow) to be afraid. Not only afraid of what he thinks we might do but especially afraid of what we might do that he never even thought of in his worst dreams. That save lives (ours). The thing is when you get right down to it, in a war zone there are only two animals, ‘sheep’ our people, civilian and military, and ‘goats’, which defines as everybody else.

It’s desirable to not kill too many non-combatant goats, it’s easier on the conscience and generally less of a health hazard, but it’s not a critical thing, ask the Germans who survived Dresden in 1945, if you can find one. Uncle Billy said it “War is Hell”. And Americans have been pretty good at proving that since long before there was an America.

Now pay attention here, Mr. Obama. I don’t want you up there blathering about how Company C of the 506 PIR will do such and so. One, you don’t know what you’re talking about, and second, I have no need to know, and its better for the sheep if the goats don’t know. I need to know, really know, that you’re going to fight the war through to victory, somehow. That’s all, really. I know it doesn’t sound like much. But it’s apparently a big deal, because you, and your predecessors, back to Truman in Korea, especially the ones with a D behind their names, have never managed it. Granted the Rs haven’t been all that much better, but they seemed to have some clue.

A tip from the old Soviet Union seems in order here. You see the Sovs were a thoroughly political culture, every damned thing was political, kind of like Washington is now, maybe even a bit worse. That sort of thing leads to believing your own bullshit, which works short-term at best in politics. Long term it brings you to 1989, oops! But if you do that in a wartime military you get dead rather quickly. The Sovs recognized that, and their military ran on ‘objective conditions‘ in other words the truth, or as close to it as they could get hold of. I recommend that policy.

What would I like to see done. I’d like to celebrate 9/11 this year. Maybe with some fireworks. Like every strategic bomber in the inventory (read that as every airplane that can both get there and carry a bomb) over Syria/Iraq (the parts being destroyed by ISIS) taking out every obvious emplacement, every leadership group, every communication node, every group of more than 5 rifles. Yeah, we’ll miss some, and we’ll kill some innocent people but, you know probably not as many as ISIS will in the next month.

The last plane in parachutes a big billboard down to the survivors, it says this, from AoSHQ

35 Posted by: ace at September 04, 2014 01:02 PM (/FnUH)—-

Pithier version.

Invade their land.
Flatten their capital.
Kill their leaders.
Hang a sign on the gate.

“Up to you now. Don’t make us come back”
Leave.

Posted by: fixerupper at September 04, 2014 01:04 PM (NaV4z)

Emphasis mine.

On Friday the 12th, call Putin and ask very nicely, “Hey Vlad, are you going to behave in the Ukraine?” and hang up.

Filipino UN peacekeepers ordered to surrender to Islamist fighters.

Philippines_flagHeh! If I’ve got the story straight some idiot of a UN commander gave a group of Filipino peacekeepers, with guns in their hands and ammo on their belts, in the Golan Heights an order to surrender to ISIS.

If you’re an American who knows our history, or for that matter a Spaniard or Japanese, you already realize what an idiotic thing that was to do. The Filipinos, of course, ignored it, and are now calling for an investigation of said commander.

Moe Lane (and if you’re not reading him-why not?) covered this. His main paragraph is epic.

Some idiot in the UN military (God help us) told Filipino forces – men with weapons in their hands and ammunition in their pouches – to meekly surrender to irregular fighters who do not recognize the laws of war.  And this fool thought that those soldiers would do that?  Even if you don’t actually believe the legend that we adopted the .45 because you can’t reliably stop a charging Moro warrior with a .38*, the fact is that if you want to kill a squad of Filipino soldiers, forget packing a lunch: you’re going to need the room for more ammunition.  Or maybe an artillery battery**.

Moe Lane » Filipino UN peacekeepers ordered to surrender to Islamist fighters. …Well, what do you THINK happened?.

What? You don’t remember the Philippine Insurrection? It was the first time we fought an unconventional war (as opposed to waging one). In short, and it was anything but. We won. And the Filipinos won the undying respect of the American Military, not excluding William Howard Taft, and Douglas MacArthur.

The Self-Loathing of the British (and American) Left

George Orwell

You know, this is pretty interesting, and in truth, more and more it applies to the US as well. It’s not a pretty picture, and it’s not new either. Everytime I read this type of thing I’m reminded of senior British Labor politicians, as well as American ones like Teddy Kennedy visiting Moscow and advising the Soviets on how to work against the interests of the free world, and especially Reagan and Thatcher.

It’s often been observed that a certain type of British Lefty hates Britain – and that they reserve particularly hatred for Englishness. Back in 1941 George Orwell made this acute remark:

England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution.

So what’s new? The difference today is that this shame and self-hatred now dominates Left-wing thought, whereas it was once balanced by the decent Left: who were proud to inherit the noble traditions of radical English patriotism.

Evidence for this disease is all around us, but shows up particularly in two red-button issues-of-the-day: the independence referendum, and the appalling revelations from Rotherham.

First, Scotland. The latest polls show that the United Kingdom is close to breaking up. This is a remarkable state of affairs when you consider that, a year ago, polls were two to one against partition. How has this occurred? Because we have allowed the British Labour party to lead the No debate.

This was a disastrous decision, given that, as Orwell noted, Labourites and Lefties revile and deride so many of the things perceived as quintessentially British. Take your pick from the monarchy, the flag, the Army, the history of rampant conquest, the biggest empire in the world, the supremacy of the English language, anyone who lives in the countryside, the national anthem, the City of London, the Royal Navy, a nuclear deterrent, the lion and the unicorn, duffing up the French, eating loads of beef – all this, for Lefties, is a source of shame. …

The self-loathing of the British Left is now a problem for us all – Telegraph Blogs.

Must really suck to be them, I think.

Happy Saturday, Finally!

Redneck environmentalism? You bet.

Tip of the Stetson to Cultural Limits at Rat Nation

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And I think I’ll move to the Republic of Bill

 

What’s a Strategy?

Well, we have no strategy, he says. I would bet a lot of money that I don’t have that the intelligence and defense communities, and maybe even the state department have some ideas and probably some full blown strategies but, he doesn’t like them. Why? Most likely because they consist of the military breaking some heads. Can’t go around breaking (even misguided) Muslim head, don’t you know.

Besides he’s advocated running away from Iraq for 10 years now, and managed to do it. For a while. But you know, and I know, and even David Cameron seems to know that evil must be confronted, and ISIS is evil. Godwin’s law be damned, it is every bit as evil as Nazi Germany was. Right now it is not that powerful but, if we let it fester it will be.

Here’s Cameron’s press conference. I’m far from his biggest fan but, at least he seems to have clue, and he’s not off fundraising somewhere, he’s actually doing his job.

 

We all know that a full blown plan isn’t put together, we expect that when the boss is on a continual vacation, but maybe it would be possible to do a bit of something instead of leaving town every couple days.

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