October 4, 2014 10 Comments
From Bill Whittle
Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk.
Margaret Chase Smith
The view from the Prairie, with an emphasis on Energy
September 29, 2014 22 Comments
I’m chary of Bill O’Reilly’s proposal to outsource the war on terrorism to a newly formed mercenary army for many reasons. Far from the least is the idea of a semi controlled force wandering around the world, we already have too much of that sort of nonsense. For me, it’s also a bit too reminiscent of the Romans hiring barbarian hordes to fight Rome’s battles.
But you know, Jonah Goldberg makes some good points here. American defense policy has become bogged down in the glut of policy and lawyers in the defense establishment. I’m not sure that it is possible for a soldier who know how to fight a war to succeed in the hierarchy anymore, it’s far more concerned with credentials and degrees than it is with effectiveness.
And that I think may be what O’Reilly is seeing as well, I haven’t read into his plan, I’m instinctively against it but, we need to do something, maybe anything, different. Because when the United States, which is immensely more powerful now, than it was 70 years ago when we defeated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan and then proceeded to face down the Soviet Union for 50 years, can’t defeat a bunch of lightly armed and indifferently organized terrorists, we have a structural problem.
In any case, here is Jonah Goldberg
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly wants a mercenary army to supply the ground forces in the latest installment of the War on Terror.
And it seems the smart set can’t stop laughing. The Washington Post’s media blogger, Erik Wemple, called it an “insane” idea and suggested that allowing O’Reilly to peddle the idea on CBS This Morning was an “insane departure from that show’s standard.” The whole spectacle, Wemple opined, proved that O’Reilly will “never be much of a thought leader in policy circles.”
It’s true that on the left and the right, O’Reilly’s idea is being scorned fairly mercilessly. That’s understandable on the left. Arguably the most hated host at the most hated news network (in large part because both are so successful), O’Reilly could come out in support of the law of gravity and the usual suspects would run the headline, “Fox Host Supports Law Requiring Babies and Puppies to Fall from Great Height When Dropped.”
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September 6, 2014 15 Comments
Saturday, again. Bill Whittle is not amused with the way the Middle East is going. I like Bill, because while I nearly always agree with him, he lays it out in a logical manner, like I wish I could do half as well. This one is no exception.
God knows, I’ve told Him enough, that I’m no fan of Uncle Joey Biden but, I have to admit he might make a better president than Obama, maybe in 2015?
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@peddoc63) September 4, 2014
Pushing ISIS to the gates of Hell, while not optimal, is surely better than managing them, I think.
My kind of girl, tough, self-reliant, and proud!
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) September 3, 2014
Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor at The Federalist, tweeted about her kid’s school. Now that is a school I’d send a child to as well.
guys, my 2nd grader gets to do copybook exercises. How awesome is that? Now read this poem. http://t.co/78rGNMjFRR
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 5, 2014
Laser Cannon! We’ve almost got a laser cannon guys! How awesome is that?
Read about it here. You know, this, like Israel’s Iron Dome, is a legacy of Ronald Reagan, himself. It’s a legacy of his hatred of Mutual Assured Destruction. That hatred led to the Strategic Defense Initiative (AKA Starwars) which is now coming to fruition. Yes there really will be Starship Troopers, someday, if we don’t throw our heritage away.
Peggy Noonan on Joan Rivers
There was nobody like her. Some people are knockoffs or imitations of other, stronger, more vivid figures, but there was never another Joan Rivers before her or while she lived. She was a seriously wonderful, self-invented woman.
She was completely open and immediately accessible. She had the warmth of a person who found others keenly and genuinely interesting. It was also the warmth of a person with no boundaries: She wanted to know everything about you and would tell you a great deal about herself, right away. She had no edit function, which in part allowed her gift. She would tell you what she thought. She loved to shock, not only an audience but a friend. I think from the beginning life startled her, and she enjoyed startling you. You only asked her advice or opinion if you wanted an honest reply.
Her intelligence was penetrating and original, her tastes refined. Her duplex apartment on the east side of Manhattan was full of books in beautiful bindings, of elegant gold things on the table, lacquered boxes, antique furniture. She liked everything just so. She read a lot. She was a doctor’s daughter.
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And yes, Spider Dog
September 5, 2014 6 Comments
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)—-
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”
Posted by: fixerupper at September 04, 2014 01:04 PM (NaV4z)
On Friday the 12th, call Putin and ask very nicely, “Hey Vlad, are you going to behave in the Ukraine?” and hang up.
September 4, 2014 7 Comments
The Germans have decided to help the Kurds out, with some weapons resupply. I’ll say this, when Frau Dr. Merkel resupplies you, she sends some nice (albeit for Germany perhaps obsolete) stuff. She’s also sending enough to be worthwhile.
Arguing that fighting extremism in Iraq is defending Germany as far forward as possible, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the provision of the weapons, not in lieu of diplomacy — “No conflict can be solved solely militarily,” she said — but because without a strengthening of the friendlies’ military situation, there will be no diplomatic option. Thst occasioned by the collapse of the Iraqi state and the growth of ISIL threatens the stability of Europe — and Germany — too. German military forces, which once staffed a Provincial Reconstruction Team and some specialist elements in Afghanistan, have long since come home, but Germany can send both obsolete and modern weapons — and is doing so. The German parliament, the Bundestag, has approved the initiative.
The first tranche of supplies, already on the way, includes 4,000 obsolete G3 rifles and a million rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. The list of the supplies made available by Germany includes:
- 8,000 obsolete G3 7.62mm rifles
- 8,000 current G36 5.56mm rifles with optics
- 40 obsolete MG3 (aka MG42) 7.62mm machine guns.
- 200 Panzerfaust 3 anti-tank recoilless weapons aiming units, with 2500 reloads (self-contained launcher tube with warhead, rocket, and countermass).
- 40 “heavy Panzerfausts” (possibly MATADORs).
- 30 MILAN ATGM launchers with 500 rockets.
- 8,000 obsolete P1 (Walther P.38) pistols.
- 10,000 hand grenades.
G3 Rifles are about as good as what Americans call battle rifles get, I think the M-14 might be better but I’m not exactly unbiased either. MG3/MG42’s? Ask any American infantryman from World War II about them. We made training films about them.
And yes as somebody said there are about 150 Germans fighting in ISIS, along with the Brits, the Americans and all. One of the commenters at Weapons Man sums up my reaction, and I suspect plenty of others
September 4, 2014 3 Comments
Heh! 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**.
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.