'87 Sir

Thirty years of service ----USNA Class of 1987 '87 Sir

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Today is my Birthday

Today is my birthday, so here is my wish list:

1. I wish that Congress and the entire U.S. government would have to live with the effects of their decisions. I mean seriously, a PAY RAISE !$^#. After the most do nothing, failed Congress in recent memory, with a lower approval rating than even the constantly trumpeted approval rating of W?

First of all, every member of Congress and the Obambi family should be forced to send their children to DC Public Schools. Then let's wait and see how many microseconds it takes to get real education reform done, including a voucher program for failed inner city schools.

Second, instead of their own separately funded pension plan, every member of Congress should get a 401K with matching contributions and Social Security, just like the rest of us. Let's see how their tax policies change and how quickly they decide that maybe offering an option to privatize your Social Security account isn't so evil after all.

2. I wish that the U.S. and the entire Christian West should say to the Islamic world that we will begin treating their religion with the same respect that they treat Christianity. Therefore, until Christians are allowed to worship freely, build churches and preach the Gospel throughout the Middle East, there will be no more mosques, imams or "cultural centers" built in the U.S. or our allies. After all, why shouldn't there be a new Bishop of Antioch or Alexandria? They were of course, pillars of the Early Church, a fact often forgotten in the ignorance of the lamestream media. It is absolutely insane that the Saudis are able to fund mosques to spread their questionable brand of Wahhabbi extremist Islam, but there is no Catholic Church in Saudi Arabia. The cowardly West should stand up for our culture and faith and demand equal rights...after all isn't that the left's favorite phrase?

After all, there are few groups better at the victimization concept than Muslims in America...if I hear one more time about prejudice against Muslims because someone questions the tennants of suicide bombings in the Koran or questions the veracity of the Prophet, maybe those whiners should see what real religious prosecution is and see how Christians in Iraq live.

3. Finally, I actually agree with the Obambi and his statement about Pakistan and I wish he follows through with his threat of hot pursuit of terrorists into Pakistan. If they can't or won't control what goes on in their country, then maybe it's time for India and the United States to do so. I know Pakistan is a nuclear power and all that, but if they all want to meet Allah, then we should afford them the opportunity. There is virtually no chance of victory in Afghanistan, no matter how many troops we surge into that #$%hole of a place until the border "ratlines" are shut down by any means needed. And of course, we need to secure our supply lines as well. So, either Pakistan can step up and join the 21st century, or we should finish sending them back to the 8th century where they seem to want to go anyway.

4. Finally, I wish for blueberry cheesecake and Beef Wellington, which is likely the only wish on this list that I will actually get!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Et Tu Israel?

The current Israeli air campaign against Hamas appears eerily reminiscent of their failed 2006 campaign against Hezbollah. One would hope that the Israels would understand the Arab mindset best of all, after fighting five wars and a constant insurgency for the last 60 years.

Although western air power is a wonderful thing and can do a lot of urban renewal, how can you really tell in the slums of Gaza city?

More importantly, as long as one Hamas fighter or leader is left standing when world opinion finally makes Israel stop the attacks, Hamas will claim victory by enduring the Israeli airstrikes and still claiming to be alive- i.e. as long as they aren't annihilated, they win.

Therefore, the answer is obvious, although not a pleasant one to face. Israeli ground forces must go into the Gaza strip and kill or capture every member of Hamas they find until they sue for a return of the cease fire. It will be ugly, the Israelis may take a lot of casualties, Al Jazera and the American left will scream "War Crimes" and "Israeli Genocide". But who cares? They will scream that anyway. The only way to bring back some semblance of the cease fire is bullets and tank shells. Sadly enough, you can't defeat an insurgency with airpower, no matter how much the pilots will tell you otherwise. The lessons of 2006 appear to have been filed away again and Israel will not be safer. The Iranians are already up to their usual tricks, and how long will it be before their lackeys in Lebanon, Hezbollah, open up a second front on Israel? Can Israel stand up to Hezbollah's arsenal which will likely dwarf whatever rockets and mortars Hamas has? What will Israel do when faced with two potential ground wars? Or, in the nightmare scenario, what happens when, unfortunately, this process repeats itself after the Iranians get the bomb?

Looks like Obambi's new National Security team will have their work cut out for them.....I hope they are ready.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Remembering the Bulge

No, I am not talking about Oprah's weight gain.

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the the German 1944 Ardennes Offensive, popularly known as the Battle of the Bulge. This was the biggest battle for the U.S. Army in World War II and involved over 31 divisions and 500,000 troops. Although the battle is probably unknown to over 98.9% of Americans today, unlike Brittany's comeback story or who A-Rod is sleeping with on vacation, this battle is significant for many reasons and offers a number of lessons for today's military:
* The Germans were able to achieve complete operational surprise, despite the success of the Allies "Ultra" codebreaking effort. Almost 600,000 Germans troops and 2,000 tanks were successfully gathered and concealed despite almost total Allied superiority in SIGINT and aerial reconnaissance. Clearly, intelligence is never perfect and should never be taken for granted.
* The ability of the Germans to assemble this force after the debacle of the Normandy and Russian 1944 summer campaigns is an amazing testimony to the prowess of the Wehrmacht. Too bad German soldiers today are fat and unfit to fight. Erwin Rommel and Heinz Guderian must be rolling over in the their graves.
* The courage and ingenuity of the American soldier were never so brightly shown. Although the stand of the 101st Airborne at Bastogne is one of the most well known stories, there were many instances of brave stands by American troops to hold off German attacks and eventually blunt the offensive. It may seem incredible today, but almost 80,000 American troops became casualties by the end of the campaign in January 1945. Can you imagine casualties of a similar magnitude today? Certainly no congressman demanded of FDR that he pull out our troops and negotiate a peace with Hitler to avoid more casualties and destruction. War is tough, things don't always go your way and unfortunately soldiers die in battle.

So let's remember those brave soldiers that turned back Hitler's last throw and hastened the end of the war. Their worthy successors are keeping us safe from a different kind of totalitarianism, Islamofacism.

A couple of excellent books on the battle

This is the story of the men who made the stand at Bastogne possible.

This is probably the best account of the battle. MacDonald actually fought in the battle and uses a number of post-Ultra declassification sources not available in the earlier official Army account of the battle.

Friday, December 12, 2008

If it walks like a duck...

The recent news (or not news but just reported) out of Illinois should not surprise student of American political history. From the 1960 election, when Mayor Dailey I threw the election to JFK to the latest scandal involving Gov. Buy-a-vowel-ovitch, Illinois has clearly been taking over from Louisiana as the most corrupt state in the Union. Is it any wonder that Obambi just bought the Presidency for $650M (way more than Buy-a-vowel-ovitch could get for a Senate seat). I mean seriously, does anyone think that something fishy isn't going on when Obambi rakes in the dough from disposable credit cards? Did anyone at MSNBCABCCBSNBC think to check George Soros's recycling bin on trash day? But, hey, as Obambi likes to brag, that's just the "Chicago Way." Does anyone doubt a black-bag group isn't in the work? After all, everyone thinks Nixon was a vindictive crook, but LBJ could teach him a lesson or two on dealing with political enemies. And of course, speaking of get even at all costs Democrats, has there ever been a better political hatchet job than the Clintons (well likely Hillary since she thinks with the big head).
Alas, I doubt the lamestream media (I picked that up from Monica Crowley :) will dig up anything that even remotely ties Obambi to this mess. Now, if this happened in Arizona after a McCain victory, we would hear about it 24/7 all the way to inauguration and likely hear about Palin's wardrobe some more too.
What's even better is that the media, no matter how hard they try and how much the desperately want to-- CAN'T BLAME THIS ONE ON BUSH. That must really hurt. But, not to worry, they will bury deep, deep, deep, any possible connection to Obambi and this story will be quickly shuffled off to page A34 of the New York Times (if they can afford a page A34), particularly if Buy-a-vowel-ovitch is forced to resign and someone else appoints Obambi's successor.
It will be instructive to watch how this plays out. Don't look for any Woodward and Bernstein to emerge since journalism is mostly dead, especially when it comes to investigating uberliberal Democrats, especially minority uberliberal Democrats....

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Humanities on Campus- The Current State of Affairs

I wrote the following email to Victor Davis Hanson, one of my favorite historians, bloggers and columnists in response to this article on the current state of the humanities on college campuses.

I read your article with great interest and not a little regret about how spot on target is your assessment of the situation. I was very fortunate to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and major in history. Although we had a diverse faculty with our own "Closet Communist" and "Closet Nazi" as we called our Russian and German history professors, I did not have to endure any of the gender, ethnic, sexual, and other 'isms' that seem to have taken over many liberal arts programs on college campuses.

I did receive the unvarnished truth about American history, although it was balanced by the genuine patriotism and appreciation of America I felt my instructors had, and was fortunate to learn about military history from some really outstanding professors like Craig Symonds, who was also my advisor, and Col. John Ripley, who was head of the English and History department my 1st class year.

Fortunately, my son is attending Franciscan University in Stubenville, Ohio, so I feel he will be pretty safe from the P.C. police as well as he studies Thucydides and Homer in his Great Books Honors program.

My point is I feel you are less than enthusiastic about distance learning schools such as American Military University and how they operate. I am taking my 5th class in their Military Studies program and I have been extremely satisfied with the program. I searched for military history programs in Virginia and found none, the closest similar program was George Washington, which I could not afford, or George Mason, which seemed a little wishy-washy for my taste. Unfortunately, there are virtually no traditional brick and mortar Masters or Doctoral programs left that specialize in military history outside of a few mid-western universities, so I feel AMU has been an excellent alternative. When, and if, AMU gets a Doctoral program going in Military History, I plan on being one of their first students. I realize that distance learning is not for everyone and does take a great deal of independence and self-discipline, but there are few alternatives if you want to study Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, and Jomini.

The Humanities and Classics are thriving via distance learning, and although it does not have the traditional give-and-take of a lecture environment, it is the only alternative I see to gender, racial and other anti-American, anti-white male, anti-military offerings in "traditional" universities for Masters and Doctoral programs in History.

Thanks for your efforts to bring the issues to light. I hope one day that military history will regain its place on traditional university campuses.

Grouchy Historian (not my real name, but my attitude most of the time!)
USNA '87

Friday, December 5, 2008

Pirates Ahoy

I have been reading with a lot of fascination for the last couple of week all of the teeth gnashing and wailing about pirates off the coast of Somalia and how the West is "powerless" to do anything about it. This almost makes me want to puke. I really wonder sometimes if the Christian West wants to or even deserves to survive the 21st century. There is, of course a very simple solution to this problem, although it is messy, not very politically correct, or, oh my gosh might kill pirates and break things. To wit:
  1. Take the various naval forces in the region, give them the cover of some UN Security Council Mandate (which would, of course put the Russians and the Chinese on the post, an added bonus) or not. At this point, the power of the U.S. Navy oughta do it, if the rest of the world wants to come along, that's fine too.
  2. Since there is some legal issue with chasing pirates within a countries so-called territorials waters (links and references below); establish a naval blockade beyond the 12 mile limit of Somalia. Any Somalia vessel of any size not identified and checked in with the naval force will be sunk beyond 12 miles.
  3. Give the pirates, government, whoever is supposed to be in charge there 7 days to release all the ships and crews or the urban renewal will begin.
  4. Send a carrier battle group and flatten a town or two where pirates are known to be, concentrating on docks, piers, wharves and palaces owned by pirate lords, kings, head thugs or whatever.
  5. Repeat as needed.
Now I know there is a lot of hand wringing about the failed state of Somalia, etc and killing innocent civilians or whatever. to which I politely answer TOUGH NOOGIES (I can't print what I really feels since my wife may read this:) how about all of those innocent merchant crewman?

Somalia is going to become another Iraq or Afghanistan, mark my words, but since Billy Bob Clinton screwed it up in 1994, when we should have leveled Mogadishu (it probably would have been tough to tell the difference, I'm sure) and Obamabi is not likely to make war on African Muslim terrorists, it will become the next sewer pit of Al Queda bases. Put together pirates and terrorists and you have a sure recipe for disaster at one of THE MOST important maritime choke points in the world.

And as always, there is historical precedence for this. The Barbary Wars, America's first major overseas war against Islamic terrorists (anyone seeing a theme here) were waged to stop pirate attacks on American commerce, only now its worldwide commerce.

So civilization, as it were, can let the thugs run rampant because we are so wrapped up in our "laws" and "civilization" and watch maritime commerce become expensive and potentially impact a global economic recovery or we can go after these vermin and give them what they deserve by tradition.

We shall see, but I would bet on the pirates winning.....

1) Wikipedia on Piracy
2) White Paper on Piracy from Chatham House, a UK think tank
3) Maritime Terrorism Center

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thoughts for the end of this week

Well, another week closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have been listening and trying to sort through all the static about the incoming Obambi Presidency and a few things struck me:

(1) Every President starting his (or her) first term wants a second term. SOOO, does this mean, as many pundits say, that Obambi will move more to the center so he doesn't scare the hell out of white, more conservative (cough) blue collar voters? After all, as I said in a previous post, even with 99.999999% of the black vote, it's not enough to win re-election. I think the probability of this is good. Just watch out if he wins a second term and the Defeatocrats are still in change of Congress. Then it might truly be time to head for the mountains of Idaho and buy that cabin. BUT

(2) There are going to be a LOT of egos as work the next two years. I don't picture Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid playing second banana to the Obamessiah in any event. So, I don't know if there is going to be a lot of Defeatocratic Kum-By-Yah moments or not. This is the perfect place for the Republicans to work their insurgency for the next two years, reaching out to the Blue Dog Democrats and trying to keep a lid on the Barry-Nancy-Harry Trioka.

(3) I think that the recession is going the be deep, hard, and long and no matter how much the media, Defeatocrats, nutroots and academia will try to blame it on Bush, it won't stick at the 2010 mid-term elections. W will be happily at his ranch writing his memoirs and waiting for history to resurrect at least some of his reputation. It may take 20 years like it did for Reagan, but he will watch with satisfaction as the Bailout Stinkbomb starts to go off. Barry will be riding into Washington on an ass (too many possible jokes here, I will resist) with Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Katie Couric, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, MSNBC all holding palm branches and singing Hosanna. I hate to sound blasphemous, but remember how that ended? I don't picture Barry will escape that. Remember, it's always the disillusioned followers that become the worst enemies.

(4) And lets not forget that like another failed Defeatocratic President, the Obambi WILL find his domestic agenda interrupted by that pesky foreign policy/terrorist/war going on thing. I don't think Smilin' Joe Biden is going to get many people to be "patient" with this Administration if it screws up Iraq/the Iranian Bomb/Russian Resurgence/Terrorist Strike on US. So keep an eye out for that, since you can't vote "present" when you need to decide how to respond to the very, very likely Iranian nuclear test during his first term.

So, like many thoughtful conservatives, I will watch and see how the Republicans regroup. I think electing Michael Steele as chairman of the RNC is an outstanding first step. I will hold me feelings on reelecting Boehner and probably McConnell to leadership positions, but we shall see. I don't think there should be much in-fighting...if you are a RINO, just become a Democrat and save us the trouble of ejecting you. I for one do not bemoan the "Loss" of New England for the GOP, there were no true conservative Republicans there anyway.....I do agree that conservatives need a message and a plan, a new "Contract with America 2.0". More on that later.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Posting on Thucydides

I am just starting my next M.A. class in strategy at AMU and this one looks to be the most challenging yet. Our first assignment was to read Masters of War, an exhaustive comparison of Clausewitz and Sun Tzu and their theories of warfare. Then, for our first case study we are to analyze and decide if Thucydides, in his classic The Peloponnesian War agrees more with Clausewitz or Sun Tzu. It is my analysis that Sun Tzu, who wrote The Art Of War at nearly the same time as Thucydides wrote his tome is very much in agreement on the issues of strategy, politics and warfare.
What's interesting to note is that almost 2,000 after the Peloponnesian War, the issues of alliances, strategy, misunderstandings and military blunders are still as relevant today. I remember some talking head during the run-up to the Iraq War blathering about how the U.S. was like Athens and we were going to overreach on some foreign adventure which would lead us to disaster. Anyway, I guess a little knowledge about history can be a dangerous thing.
I am looking forward to examining 2,000 years of warfare and strategy through the prism of Clausewitz and Sun Tzu.
I can only hope President-elect Obama and his gang are reading something besides the latest BCS rankings......

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My 2 cents

Well it seems that every other conservative blogger has done their election post-script, so here is mine. I prefer to think of it as the after-action report of a battle. After all, Clausewitz said that "War is the continuation of politics by other means," so I prefer to think of politics as war. Unfortunately, not everyone on the conservative, nee Republican side thinks so. Let's look at this election through the lens of a battle analysis.

This was a in all likelihood a Democratic year and McCain faced an uphill battle from the start. Getting a 3rd term for the incumbent party is very difficult unless you are succeeding someone as popular as Ronald Reagan. Even Al Gore couldn't capitalize on a 3rd Clinton term, and many Democrats now pine for the 90s as the "good old days."

Strategically, all McCain had to do to win was take all the states that Bush took in 2004 and that should have been the Republican strategy all along. I will discuss leadership factors later, but the bottom line is that strategically, the Republicans should have been organized to protect their territory at all costs.

Operationally, the Republicans did not lay the ground work for a successful campaign. Obama has so many skeletons in his closet that if Lee Atwater had been running McCain's campaign, Obama would probably never have made it past the convention. The fact that McCain and the Republicans were not pounding everyone with Rev. Wright, Rezko, Ayers, ACORN, and every wacko sound bite that came out in the last 2 weeks for at least 6 months (since McCain sewed up the nomination) is poor strategic thinking and a massive intelligence failure of the highest order. POLITICS IS WAR, so don't assume because you are nice that your enemy will be. ALL TOOLS must be used to defeat your opponent, whining about dirty campaigning aside, if you use your opponents own words against him, how much dirty campaigning is that? And don't worry about being called racist, because no matter how true or fact based your criticism is, the LLM will ALWAYS support the Democrats in playing the race card which they will ALWAYS use to deflect any criticism. Obama has been more guilty of this than people realize, he's just more subtle about it. BTW, anyone who doesn't think that race was a huge, probably the defining factor in this election is very naive. If Obama had been accused of murder, the press would have spun it away and 99% of blacks would have still voted for him. (Does the name Marion Barry ring any bells?)


The key factor in this race was the enthusiasm of the troops and quite frankly, the Republicans did not have it this year. It was only after Palin became the VP that McCain became competitive. I would be sorely disappointed to see the so-called Republican leadership cast blame on her for their defeat. McCain should have been kissing up to the conservative base since last Christmas to get the troops motivated. He had the nomination sewn up months before Obama and should have been getting the grass-roots out to counter ACORN and their fraudulent voter efforts. The failure to use this time was a criminal mistake by the McCain campaign. One bright spot in all this is that the RINOs should be purged from the party (politely of course) and encouraged to just go ahead and register as Democrats.

Terrain analysis is key to any military victory. By this I mean the media environment that a campaign plays out in. Let's face facts, the LLM (legacy liberal media, I don't consider them mainstream) was completely in the tank for Obama FROM DAY ONE of his campaign. So, screw'em, instead of whining about it, McCain should have pumped up talk radio, Fox News, bloggers and very selected LLM appearances under tightly controlled circumstances. The media is almost a co-belligerent in any political campaign and should be treated as such. Sending Sarah Palin to ABC and CBS was a monumental blunder. She should have been on Chris Wallace or Sean Hannity or even Bill O'Reilly first before charging up the hill into the media machine guns. She actually did very well considering she was ambushed from the start. Republicans owe the LLM nothing and should never, ever, ever, expect a fair shake during a political campaign. Anything else is just foolhardy.
By the way, if any Republican supports campaign finance reform or public financing of campaigns, they should be immediately expelled from the party. The use of public funds was McCain's #1 strategic and tactical mistake. Obama had money to burn and buried McCain in advertising, including those ridiculous infomercials. If this doesn't convince Republicans of the foolishness of not raising money, money, money by any means possible (not illegally, of course, since the LLM would crucify them, unlike the Obamasiah). MONEY TALKS, and limiting yourself to a fixed amount is like trying to hold fixed defenses, it is strategically stupid.

Here is where everything could have come together if the Republicans had prepared the battlefield. Depending on the heroic efforts of Joe the Plumber to salvage a shambles of a plan was just stupid. McCain should have been pounding Obama on taxes, health care, and socialism long before Joe the Plumber came along.

Given all the above, McCain-Palin made a heroic effort to make a bad plan work. I believe that Palin could be the silver lining in this campaign, if Republicans are smart and don't try to pin their poor planning on her "negative press" believe me, this woman could have cured cancer and AIDS while holding Trig and the press still would have savaged her. THE PRESS HATES CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS. I think this should be on the wall at RNC headquarters.

Still, all in all, I can't wait to see how this all plays out. Expectations are not the same as performance and I don't seriously think that Obama can cure world hunger, solve global warming or pay people's mortgages and gas bills. So he basically has two choices, either of which is likely to blow up in the Democrat's face and give Republicans an opening in 2010.
a. He actually does what he says, and scares the crap out of the white middle class and blue collar voters. I don't care how you dress it up, his economic and social plans are just another welfare give-away to minorities. That may seem like a racist comment, but it is nonetheless true. The US is also likely to suffer another serious terrorist attack, which will finish Obama with the average voter.
b. He tries to be pragmatic and not scare the crap out of the white middle class and blue collar voters and his base goes nuts, accusing him of "betraying their principles." He then has to put down a revolt by the loony left wing of the Democratic party, which is, in reality, the mainstream of the Democratic party of the 21st century.

Let's face it, even with 99.999% of the black vote, Obama needs white voters to stay in power, so who does he choose to annoy? McCain took just over 50% of the white vote, so a few more percentage points and Obama is done.

Now, I am betting on A, which means that those blue collar voters that won Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana for Obama will be voting Republican again in 2010.....stay tuned....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Band Of Brothers 2008

I missed posting on October 25, which is St Crispin's Day, but maybe now is a better time. Here is a little history on the Battle of Agincourt, which was an unexpected victory of the British over the French in Hundred Years War. Although outnumbered by the French, the superior technology of the longbow allowed the English archers to decimate the French mounted forces.

Of course the battle was immortalized by Shakespeare in his play Henry V. (For those of us that were taught about dead white guys in public schools way back when). This is one of my favorite scenes from the play.

King Henry V:
What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmorland. No, my fair cousin:
If we are marked to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will, I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It ernes me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England:
God's peace, I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more, methinks, would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more.
Rather proclaim it presently through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart. His passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is called the Feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a-tiptoe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall see this day and live t'old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say "To-morrow is Saint Crispian":
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars
And say "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day. (IV, iii)

I thought this was an appropriate passage for election day next week, for it will be a happy few band of brothers (and sisters) that saves our country from the hands of the modern Socialist Democratic Party. So everyone remember to vote!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Obama Presidency

This is a pretty long post, but I think well worth reading. It is my own scenario of an Obama Presidency

I have been considering how an Obama Presidency might play out after watching the Debates and the scenario I see isn’t pretty.

The Iran-Venezuelan Missile Crisis of 2011
2009 Middle East
· In February 2009, President Obama and SECDEF Wesley Clark announce the US troop withdrawal plan for Iraq-all US troops gone by summer 2010, coincidentally right before the mid-term Congressional elections.
· Watching the televised address, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sends Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Quds forces into Iraq to rebuild the Shia Mahdi Army. Sectarian violence begins to rise through the summer of 2009 as Shia death squads start killing Iraqi Sunnis around Baghdad. Iran also sends arms into Afghanistan.
· Attempting to appear tough on the war on terror, President Obama publicly demands that Pakistan attack Taliban positions in Waziristan and authorizes US troops to attack Taliban strongholds inside Pakistan. During one of these cross border raids, US forces are fired on by Pakistani troops, losing several helicopters and troops. Thinking they are under attack by Taliban units, US forces fire back, killing dozens of Pakistani troops.
· In retaliation, Pakistan closes the primary supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan. President Obama, under the advice of Secretary of State Richard Holbrook, cuts off foreign aid to Pakistan. By year’s end, the civilian government has fallen and a pro-Taliban military coup had gained power.
· Iran also increases aid to Hezbollah and covertly sends IRGC forces into Lebanon with advanced surface to air missile (SAM) systems provided by Russia.
· By year’s end, the Sunnis have pulled out of the Iraqi government as sectarian violence increases. US troops, cut in half, do not intervene and the Sunnis begin to rearm their militias and forbid the Shia dominated army from entering Anbar Province. The Maliki government, dominated by pro-Iranian Shia politician, does not stop the killings or attempt to disarm the Mahdi army. Moqtada Al-Sadr returns from exile in Iran and openly defies the Iraqi government by assuming “command” of the Mahdi forces. As Iraq sinks into chaos, President Obama resists calls to halt the troop withdrawals, stating “Iraqis must solve their own problems, we can’t afford $10 billion a month when we have pressing economic issues at home.” Intelligence showing direct Iranian involvement in the violence is ignored.
2009 South America
· Venezuela continues its military buildup of Russian weapons and restarts covert aid to FARC guerillas in Colombia. Chavez travels to Iran to coordinate efforts against America and offers training camps to the IRGC in Venezuela.
2010 Middle East
· With supply lines through Pakistan cut off, US casualties begin to increase as the Taliban rebuilds in new safe havens protected by the Pakistani military. Because all supplies must be brought in over a tenuous air route, the cost of the war begins to go up as the Pentagon thinks it might double by year’s end. Left wing groups such as MoveOn.org and ANSWER begin demanding an end to all US military action in the Middle East to meet “pressing domestic social welfare programs” as Afghanistan is becoming a “lost cause and another Iraq.” NATO also begins considering a pull out as Taliban units specifically target NATO units, inflicting dozens of casualties on German, Dutch and Norwegian troops. The Afghan government weakens and local warlords begin dealing directly with the Taliban to protect their drug trade. Large swaths of the country essentially pass to Taliban control.
· By early summer, Iran tests its first nuclear device and announces that it has a “Rocket Corps” able to “rain holy fire” on Israel if Iran is attacked. Israel prepares a full conventional strike on Iranian nuclear facilities but is halted by extreme pressure from the US after a steep rise in oil, threatening the US economy before Congressional elections, where Democrats are trailing due to a severe recession brought on by the Obama tax increases and public perception that the US is losing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel responds by stating that nuclear-armed missiles are pointed at Iran and begins preparing nuclear cruise missiles for its submarine force and a covert group of merchants ship armed with Israeli Jericho IRBMs. Iran and Hezbollah begin preparing for another war with Israel, this time planning to force all the Arab states into the conflict.
· In the 2010 elections, Democrats lose 5 Senate and 20 House seats as oil prices continue the recession. President Obama, seeking to salvage his domestic agenda, announces that “10 years in enough” and plans on withdrawing all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011, just in time to kick off his reelection campaign. NATO also announces that all of their forces will be removed in 6 months.
2010 South America
· IRGC forces set up bases in Venezuela and start to coordinate efforts with FARC. Violence increases in Colombia and President Obama and the Democratic Congress continue to deny Colombia a free trade agreement, to “Keep American jobs in America.”
2011 Middle East
· With all US troops gone from Iraq, the Shia dominated army invades Anbar Province, backed by IRGC forces. Thousands of Sunni refugees flee into Jordan and Saudi Arabia as Syria closes its border with Iraq. Iraqi Kurds declare independence and prepare for and attack by the Iraqi Army.
· In Afghanistan, US troops begin to pull out and Taliban forces flood across the border from Pakistan, taking control of most of the country outside Kabul and preparing to take over the government after the US and NATO leave.
· Iran makes a secret pact with Venezuela to place nuclear missiles at several sites controlled by the IRGC. 10 missiles and warheads are placed in the jungle, capable of reaching the southern US and most of South America.
· IRGC and Hezbollah forces move into position along the Israeli border while hundreds of SSMs and IRBMs are prepared in firing positions. Noting the buildup, the Israelis send their submarines and covert missile ships to sea.
· In the summer of 2011, almost five years to the day from the 2006 war, Hezbollah launches dozens of missiles into Israel in a sneak attack. These new missiles are capable of reaching Haifa and Tel Aviv and hundreds of Israeli civilians are killed and wounded. Israel responds with a massive air attack into Lebanon and mobilizes its army. Because Hezbollah has placed its missiles in civilian neighborhoods, many civilian casualties ensue, which Al Jazera endlessly replays to show Israeli “aggression.”
· Undeterred and still smarting from the 2006 war, Israel sends massive ground forces into Lebanon and also bombs installations in Syria it says are used as Hezbollah bases. Syria mobilizes and sends armored units opposite the Golan Heights.
· President Obama calls an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, but Russia vetoes a cease-fire resolution, saying Israel must withdraw from Lebanon and face sanctions as the “aggressor” state. President Obama makes a personal appeal to Iran, which is rebuffed.
· As the Israelis move deeper into Lebanon, Hezbollah appeals to Iran for help as the Israeli Air Force (IAF) continues to pound any locations where missile launchers may be. Iranian funded Hamas launches a surprise SSM attack into Israel from the Gaza Strip, firing missiles into Tel Aviv, Haifa and Eilat. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) units move into Gaza and the IAF flatten the neighborhoods where the missiles were launched, all dutifully broadcast by Al Jazera. Iranian funded groups begin rioting in the streets of Cairo, Amman, Riyadh and Dubai, demanding that Arabs defend the “oppressed members of the resistance.”
· As the IDF rolls over Gaza and the West Bank and approach the suburbs of Beirut, Iran threatens “holy fire” on Tel Aviv, if Israel does not pull back its forces from all “aggressively invaded lands.” Israel refuses and threatens retaliation if Iran uses nuclear weapons. Iran also says it is “time for the destruction of the Great Satan” and tells the US that 10 nuclear armed missiles are located in Venezuela and will be fired at the US if Israel does not withdrawal.
· Arab governments, shaken by the Iranian saber rattling and the weak US response, which consist of continuous appeals to the UN, EU and Arab League, as well as constant appeals by President Obama for direct negotiations, begin to mobilize their armies and demand Israel withdraw its forces.
· President Obama, under pressure from the Chairman of the JCS, General David Petraeus, orders full mobilization of Reserve and National Guard units but does not allow preemptive strikes on known missile positions in Venezuela, stating “preemption is one of the failed policies of the previous Administration.” Obama continues to make personal appeals to all parties for a cease-fire and direct negotiations. Gen Petraeus moves three Navy warships with advanced Aegis ABM capability into the Gulf of Mexico and near Key West as a defensive measure.
· Four weeks after the fighting began, Hezbollah and Hamas tell Iran they are out of ammunition and nearing defeat. Iran launches 4 nuclear missiles at Tel Aviv and 2 nuclear missiles against the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Battlegroup in the Southern Arabian Gulf. Israeli Arrow and Patriot missiles shoot down all 4 missiles, scattering debris across Syria. Aegis cruisers also shoot down both missiles aimed at the Reagan. IRGC units in Venezuela launch all 4 available missiles at the U.S. The locations are immediately targeted and attacked by cruise missiles from the USS Ohio, an American SSGN lying off the coast of Venezuela and three launchers are destroyed and the fourth damaged. 3 missiles are shot down by the Aegis ships off the US coast, but the fourth missile impacts on Miami, Florida. The primitive warhead yields about 20 kilotons, roughly the same yield as the Hiroshima bomb, but it devastates Miami. 150,000 Americans are dead or dying and another 200,000 are injured and panic sweeps the country and the world as Israel launches 2 missiles at Iran, obliterating Tehran and Qom. A further wave of American cruise missiles strikes Venezuela and Israel threatens to destroy the three largest cities in every Arab country if they do not start demobilizing within 48 hours. The Venezuelan military quickly overthrows Chavez and pleads for a cease-fire with the US
· The mullahs and Ahmadinejad, hiding in an installation in the Zagreb Mountains, mobilize their entire army and militia, sending it through Iraq and into Syria to sweep into Israel from the north. The Arab armies, except for Syria and the Shia dominated Iraq, stop mobilizing and threaten Israel with destruction if more nuclear weapons are used.
· In Afghanistan, the remaining US and NATO troops are nearly overrun by scores of suicide bombers and human wave attacks. The remaining survivors are forced to escape and evade in the hopes of eventual rescue.
· Pakistan now enters the fray, offering to send 20 missiles and nuclear warheads to Saudi Arabia to “defend our Arab brothers” and dispatches these missiles by air and sea. The US urges restraint as oil nears $300/barrel and President Obama is forced to open the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to stave off an economic collapse as National Guard units are rushed to Miami.
· As Al Jazera shows footage of the nuclear devastation of Tehran and Qom, Iranian forces sweep through Iraq and into Syria. The Israelis, already fully engaged in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank, informs the US that “all available means” will be used to repel the Iranians. President Obama is seized by indecision as the situation spirals out of control and the magnitude of the disaster in Afghanistan sinks in-of the 50,000 American and NATO troops, 10,000 are dead or missing and 40,000 are cut off, on the run and likely to be lost-10 times the casualties of “George W. Bush’s War” in Iraq. Only the steady hand of General Petraeus keeps the situation under control. Informing the President that no other options are available, the USS Kentucky, an Ohio class SSBN is ordered to target Iranian nuclear, naval and military targets. Although President Obama continues to desire direct diplomacy, even the SECDEF and SECSTATE acknowledge that diplomacy is gone.
· On September 11, 2011 fifty nuclear warheads shower Iran, completely destroying all military targets and killing millions of Iranians. The Israelis also launch missiles not only at the Iranian Armies massing in Syria, but Damascus, Baghdad and Basra. The Iranian Army is wiped out and millions more killed. Israel declares a unilateral cease-fire and demands Pakistan not assemble the missiles in Saudi Arabia or Mecca and Median will be “wiped off the map.” Exhausted and out of ammunition, Hezbollah and Hamas agree to the cease-fire, which Israel says it will honor only if all remaining fighters lay down their arms and surrender. To make the point, the IAF launches one last massive air campaign, prompting a reluctant surrender by the “martyred fighters of Allah.” Under Saudi pressure, Pakistan does not assemble the missiles, but keeps them in country.
· By the end of 2011, the Middle East is ruin, the US economy is in tatters and millions are dead, dying, wounded or refugees. The entire Arab world repudiates peace with Israel and only a major rescue effort saves 20,000 of the 50,000 troops in Afghanistan. Republicans in Congress begin demanding hearings as recovery continues in Miami and even though President Obama's allies in Congress try to control or divert the hearings, details of weakness, vacillation and a misguided faith in personal diplomacy come out. With his approval ratings at 10%, by May 2012, President Obama announces he will not run for a second term. Retiring 6 weeks after the announcement, General David Petraeus beings contemplating his running mate…….

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Today in Catholic History

Today, is October 7, the commemoration of one of the greatest naval victories in history, the defeat of the Ottoman Islam Turks by the Christian Holy League at Lepanto. Few Catholics are taught today that the Rosary so dear to many of us had its origins in a military victory.

Here is a little write up from the Faith and Family Magazine Blog
at http://www.faithandfamilylive.com/blog/queen_of_victory/
Queen Of Victory
Posted by Rebecca Teti on October 07, 2008

Today’s feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is vividly explained here.

Michael Novak sets the scene:

The two greatest naval forces ever assembled — 280 ships in the Turkish Armada, some 212 on the Christian side — came into each other’s sight on the brilliant morning of October 7. So confident was the Turkish admiral, Ali Pasha, that he sailed proudly at the center of his own Armada, bringing with him on vessels just to his rear his entire fortune, and even a part of his harem.
Historians tell us that all over Europe a pall fell. Few had hopes that the Christian fleet could avoid the doom that seemed to hang over Italy.

Well, the Pasha didn’t count on Our Lady, and therein lies a tale, which you must follow the link to read.

You history buffs already familiar with the Battle of Lepanto may not know of its surprising connection to the Patroness of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe. For reasons you can read about here, her image--having been touched to the miraculous tilma of Juan Diego-- was mounted in Admiral Andrea Doria’s cabin.

During the battle, Andrea Doria was compelled to separate from the center force of Christians. Uluch Ali then broke through the gap and was prepared to destroy Andrea Doria’s fleet. Doria knew he was facing destruction, together with his fleet. His was the ship with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in his cabin, and the battle was thus under her intercession.
At this critical moment a tremendous wind came up and blew the Turkish navy into total disorganization. Their squadrons were thrown into panic and, thus stricken, most of their fleet was captured or destroyed.
The historian may record this only as fate, telling us, at the same time, that it was the last sea battle fought with oar propelled vessels and enormous casualties. About 8,000 Christians were killed and 16,000 wounded. Among the Turkish fleet, about 25,000 were killed, and it is not known how many were wounded. About 15,000 Christians, who had been chained to the oars in the Turkish galleys, were freed. This victory of Lepanto ended the Moslem threat to Christians.
The pope ascribed the victory to the Queen of the Rosary, since he had sponsored the rosary crusade for victory. He evidently did not know of the Miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Pope St. Pius V established the Feast of Our Lady of Victory to celebrate the October 7 victory. His successor, Pope Gregory XIII, changed the title of the feast to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and decreed that the month of October should be dedicated to renewing the praying of the rosary.
Our Lady had told Juan Diego and his uncle, Juan Bernardino, that she was the Immaculate Conception. Her image aboard Doria’s ship, according to devout Christians, was an instrument of Mary’s moral presence as the Warrior Queen and the Mother of the Church, “fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array.”

Isn’t that cool? And all the more reason to renew this year what has become the practice of American Catholics in recent years: to pray to Our Lady for the wisdom of our people as we approach the ballot boxes, and for God’s blessing on our nation and its citizens.

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the feast (besides praying the rosary!), culinary legend has it that the croissant and the crescent-shaped almond cookie were developed to celebrate Christian victory over the Turk at Lepanto and later at Vienna.

This day was commemorated in Vienna by creating a new kind of pastry and shaping it in the form of the Turkish half-moon. It was eaten along with coffee which was part of the booty from the Turks.

This may or may not be true, but it would still be delightful, no?

At any rate, all this is why October is the month of the rosary.

Our Lady of Victory, Queen of the Rosary & Patroness of the Americas, Pray for us!

P.S. The photo is from a re-enactment of the battle held last year.
Article URL: http://faithandfamilylive.com/blog/queen_of_victory/

I can only hope that Christianity today will have the courage to stand up for what we believe and fight for our civilization with the same courage our forefathers did.

And of course, here is the Wikipedia entry and picture

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Debate Breakdown and Book Roundup

The debate last night was, I have to say, very illuminating. After wanting to slap Jim Lehrer for spending way, way too much time on the financial crisis, the debate was not too bad. If Jim had moved OFF the bailout deal, since I am sure we will hear about it in the next 2 debates, sooner instead of wasting 1/2 hour we might have heard more about China or the GLOBAL War on Terror.
The actual answers were illuminating. Obambi stuck to his talking points, and I don't think McCain did a good enough job pounding away the point that although Iraq and Afghanistan are important, this is a global war and the U.S. needs to be able to deal with Al Queda wherever they go. I actually agreed with Obambi about blasting Al Queda and Taliban targets within Pakistan if needed, but I doubt he actually has the stones to do it when push comes to shove.
I am also concerned about Obambi's staying power. Afghanistan will probably take another 4 years to fix, if possible and what will happen when we start seeing more casualties and spending $10B a month in Afghanistan? What will Obambi do when his supporters in MoveOn.Org and the Daily Kos kooks decide it's time to bring ALL the troops home so we can pay for socialized medicine or more fraudulent loans to people who can't pay for them? Will the Democrats be able to prosecute the war or will they fold? History does not seem to be positive for them.

But, if you want to read about Iraq, here are a couple of books I recommend:

This is a really excellent book as an overview of the entire war and how the American strategy evolved from late 2003-2007

Another excellent book about the surge and how U.S. troops are winning the war.

An outstanding account of the major battle of the war.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Why isn't Christianity Like This Today

Okay, for today's way politically incorrect post...I have been thinking about the whole issue of the war on terror and how I have read many articles and such on whether it is a religious war. Clearly to our enemies it is, no matter what our namby-pamby political leaders and far too many Christian religious leaders say. Here is what Pope Urban said in 1095 at Clermont to launch the First Crusade (yes, there's that word Crusade) and he hits it on the head.

"Although, O sons of God, you have promised more firmly than ever to keep the peace among yourselves and to preserve the rights of the church, there remains still an important work for you to do. Freshly quickened by the divine correction, you must apply the strength of your righteousness to another matter which concerns you as well as God. For your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help, and you must hasten to give them the aid which has often been promised them. For, as the most of you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania [the Greek empire] as far west as the shore of the Mediterranean and the Hellespont, which is called the Arm of St. George. They have occupied more and more of the lands of those Christians, and have overcome them in seven battles. They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire. If you permit them to continue thus for awhile with impurity, the faithful of God will be much more widely attacked by them."

Remember, most of the early conquests by Islam were Christian lands where the Church had existed since the time of Christ. Why don't we want to stand up to the violent expansion of Islam today?

Europe is clearly on the downslide, and I really wonder if the situation is salvageable. The current Pope sure seems to be trying to give the European bishops and laity a wake up call to renew the Church, but I wonder if it isn't a little too late.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

R.I.P. Network News

In my house, today marks the official death of the legacy liberal media, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the "mainstream media". Referring to the ABCBSMSNBCCNN crowd as the "mainstream media" is similar to calling Ted Bundy "someone with social issues". The final death throes of this group of disillusioned individuals was the interview of Sarah Palin by Charles "my glasses are falling off my nose because of the condescension dripping off" Gibson. I actually forced myself to watch it just to see if he could give a decent interview.

Silly, silly me, what was I thinking? It was actually painful to watch Charlie repeatedly try to trap Sarah in a "gotcha" answer that the Obama campaign could turn into a commercial. I mean, how many times can you ask her about Israel and Iran? It was actually amusing to watch Charlie become frustrated as Sarah stuck to her answer word for word. This is, of course, what they teach us in SERE school as young aviators. In Search, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school they teach you how to handle intense questions from hostile interrogators. Stick to your answer and don't change it or the enemy interrigator will pounce and pick you apart. Obviously John McCain has imparted some of this wisdom to Sarah for dealing with the press.

Charlie repeated this tactic over and over, obviously something they teach in journalism school right after they remove the common sense and decency as part of your partial lobotomy. But Sarah field dressed him like a caribou and did it all with a smile.

Of course, I never, ever heard of any liberal legacy media interviewer asking the Obamaessiah about his connections to Bill Ayers, unrepentant domestic terrorist or his housing financier, Tony Rezko. The only reason the Rev. Wright connection came out is because they couldn't contain it because that guy was such a kook that even they couldn't defend him (of course having the YouTube videos meant they couldn't "edit" out the bad parts). Not to say that losers like Bill Moyers didn't try to rehabilitate the wacko Reverend with the most softball interview ever done by a fawning liberal reporter.

So, needless to say, I will continue to get my information and news from Fox News from now on. Sadly, they can't get rid of Alan Colmes or Geraldo Rivera, but even Fox News isn't perfect. In any event, the anger and bias of the press is so obvious that even disinterested Americans are starting to notice what conservatives have known, the legacy liberal media is completely in the tank for Obama and is just the P.R. wing of the Democratic Party.

This also cracks me up...the press is already setting the stage to diminish the possibility of sending Osama to hell by wrapping it up as an "October Surprise" to help McCain get elected. These people are sad, and I have little sympathy for the diminishing readership and business problems of legacy liberal newspapers.

So Rest In Peace, legacy liberal media, 2008 will go down as the year that the average American finally figures out that there is NO SUCH THING as an objective reporter anymore, at least at ABCBSMSNBCCNN or the New York Times or Washington Post, or LA times or.....(insert your local paper here).

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sad, But True

Loved this soooo much...from the All American Blogger

If CNN Covered the Gettysburg Address…
By Andrew Min • Sep 10th, 2008

George Bush is often compared to Abraham Lincoln in that both fought unpopular wars, both were immensely unpopular at the time, and both were hated by the press. That made me wonder… what if CNN was around during the Gettysburg Address with its same bias?
Before the speech

Wolf Blitzer: And I’m here with longtime CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. We’re up in the booth, getting ready for Abraham Lincoln’s address here at the dedication at Gettysburg. Anderson, how are you?

Anderson Cooper: Happy to be here, as always.

Wolf: And we also have down on the field our CNN support staff, including CNN correspondent and former advisor to Democratic president James Buchanan Donna Brazile and Chicago Times editor John Doe.

(Brazile and Doe wave)

Wolf: So Anderson, am I correct in suggesting that Lincoln definitely needs to reunite a fractured Republican base?

Anderson: Definitely. Senators Benjamin Wade (R-OH) and Henry Davis (R-ME) and abolitionist Wendell Phillips have been rallying the party against “Honest” (*cough*) Abe. Governor Horatio Seymour of New York, though a Democrat, has attracted much support even in Republican states when he protested Lincoln’s draft. Even Secretary of War Edwin Stanton has been criticizing Lincoln lately. Lincoln’s support is faltering, and he knows it. Wade and Davis have even attacked the idea of him running for re-election, although Lincoln seems to intend to do so. And he’s been as stupid as a rock, defending the massive Civil War, killing American lives, and refusing to meet with Confederate president Jefferson Davis. When Davis reasonably asked to be recognized by a title, Lincoln compared him to Charles I, reminding him that Charles “lost his head”.

Wolf: I know, it’s shocking. Lincoln’s approval polls are going down the drain, the war is unpopular, and he’s even begun suspending civil liberties, including the writ of habeas corpus. Bloggers have even suggested that Lincoln never recovered from his physical trauma that he had suffered and that the man is demented.

Anderson: Certainly a possibility we must consider.

Wolf: Moving on, today the president is speaking. What do you think’s going to happen, Anderson?

Anderson: It’s obvious that Lincoln will simply use today’s speech and the hundreds dead here as a political stunt. Re-election is coming up, and Lincoln needs all the support he can get. So he’ll turn this dedication ceremony into a celebrity speech spreading fear-mongering about the war and the “evil” south.

Wolf: Definitely agree. We now go to an ad break. When we come back, Lincoln’s speech.

(roll ads)
The speech

Four score and seven years ago

Wolf: Oh, so nothing about the Constitution? Just talking about the Declaration, eh?

our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation,

Anderson: Nothing about the natives, or the African-Americans, just plain old white folks!

conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Wolf: Here we go again, another stump speech about the injustices of slavery. More pandering to the Christian Right.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.

Anderson: We can’t! Pull out!

We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

Wolf: So that I can get re-elected.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate - we cannot hallow - this ground.

Anderson: Then why are you here?

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.

Wolf: Then stop speaking.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,

Anderson: Got that right, pal.

but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Wolf and Anderson: Told you so!

(rousing applause)

Wolf: And as you can see, only a few people even paying attention to Lincoln’s speech, as most came to hear Edward Everett Hale. We break for an ad. Don’t go away. When we come back: CNN takes apart analyzes the speech.

(roll ads)
After the speech: Donna Brazile

Wolf: And now, we go to our CNN analyst and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile.

Donna: Well Wolf, as you can see, Lincoln shows again his integrity by using a dedication ceremony for a political means. He obviously didn’t believe a word he said.

Wolf: What was your overall impression of the speech?

Donna: Well, it was nice and all, but he didn’t speak at all about the economy or indeed any of the issues. He didn’t talk about the Homestead Act, enlargening the railroad, or anything else. He’s offering the same old same old, pandering to the rich who aren’t fighting this war. George McClellan is offering change from the same old same old. George McClellan is for the middle class. And George McClellan will end this illegal war and bring our troops home!

Wolf: And now the story is that Lincoln is trying to gain Democratic votes by making a stir that Andrew Johnson, governor of Tennessee, could be the VP pick over incumbent Hannibal Hamlin. Donna, what do you think?

Donna: No question about it: Lincoln is catering to the South. He’s a white boy running as a white boy in a white party. They talk about anarchy and despotism, but give no answer except to keep fighting this bloody war. He hates everyone, even the media. You know the Republicans just called us the (Mc)Clellan News Network?

Wolf: why ever would they think that?
After the speech: Chicago Times

Wolf: And now, we go to Chicago Times editor John Doe. John, good to have you.

John: Good to be here.

Wolf: Now that you’ve heard the speech, what will your paper say?

John: Here’s an excerpt from the article I’m writing tomorrow: “I think that the cheeks of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat, and dishwatery utterances.”

Wolf: Strong words.

John: For a strong occasion.

Wolf: Can’t argue there.
After the speech: Retired general

Wolf: We now bring in retired general Ambrose Burnside. General, what do you think of the war?

Ambrose: It’s an utter mistake. Utter, utter, utter mistake. I supported it initially, but it was an utter mistake.

Wolf: And you have experience in this war, right?

Ambrose: Definitely. I was at Antietam, Bull Run, Fredricksburg, and more. I’m an unbiased soldier, just wanting what’s best for the country. And Lincoln is a disaster.

Wolf: What do you have to say to those biased rightwingers who suggest that you and your fellow generals are responsible for the war?

Ambrose: *bleep* them.
After the speech: Republican response

Anderson: Because we are such an unbiased non-partisan news reporting station, we’re interviewing Republican vice-president Hannibal Hamlin.

Hannibal: Hi.

Anderson: Thank you very much for your comments. We’ll pause here for an ad break.

(roll ads)
After the speech: CNN Correspondent Gloria Borger and Republican Secretary of State William Seward

Wolf: We now break to CNN Correspondent Gloria Borger, who has cornered Secretary of State William Seward. Gloria, over to you.

Gloria: Thanks, Wolf. Pleasure to be here. I just have one question for Mr. Seward, as we already covered what the Republicans thought with Vice President Hamlin.

William: You did?

Gloria: I am asking the questions, Mr. Seward. My question is, has the big tent of the Republican Party, which you always talk about — has that gotten a little narrower?

William: I think it got a lot bigger when Andrew Johnson stood up for Abraham Lincoln and stayed loyal to the union. I didn’t see a prominent Republican support the movement to secede.

Gloria: But what about with those differences on the cultural, social issues?

William: I…

Anderson: Oh dear, it appears it’s time for another ad break.

(roll ads)
After the speech: Jack Cafferty

Wolf: Now, over to CNN contributor Jack Cafferty. Jack, I want to ask you what you think of Lincoln’s cabinet.

Jack: I think that Stanton is an obnoxious jerk and war criminal. He should be tried before a civilian court and then be sentenced.

Wolf: Thank you Jack. What do you think about the Lincoln administration and the war?

Jack: The Lincoln administration used slavery as an excuse to start the war. People make a lot of money during wartime and a lot of that money has gone to friends of the administration, and of course there is all that arms production.

Wolf: Thanks again, Jack. I guess that just about wraps up CNN’s coverage of the so-called Gettysburg Address. We thank you for watching. Tune in later tonight to watch Larry King and the Democrats’ response to Lincoln’s speech. For the Corrupt Cable News Network, I’m Wolf Blitzer. You’re watching CNN.

Newsflash: CNN just discovered that Ambrose Burnside is working actively on the McClellan campaign and is a close friend of McClellan. CNN should have identified Burnside as such.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Are Tanks Obsolete?

Another update at this link.

Updated article at this link 

Any interesting commentary today on the continuing usefulness of tanks and heavy armor in modern combat. I agree that the U.S. has become a little too enamored with snake eaters and smart bombs. Now I certainly believe that SEALs, Delta Force and other quiet problem eliminators have their place in hunting down Abdullah the terrorist and his friends, but there is something joyful about a 120mm calling card in Fallujah, Ramadi or if needed, Tehran.

Contrary to a lot of military analysts, American forces have been very successful in operating armor on the streets of Iraq and there is no sign that the usefulness of tanks is at an end.

Hopefully this lesson will not be lost on American generals as they begin to rebuild our military for operations in Iraq. The Russians certainly still believe in the tactical employment of tanks.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Personal Note

Lost in all the hubbub about how mean and nasty ol' Sarah was to the Obamasiah and Joey Biden {Wow, it must be tough to get picked on by a girl huh?..Just think how nice Putin and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be...anyway I digress.} What most impressed my about Sarah was her connection to parents of children with special needs. Often lost in the sturm and drang about health care is what a tremendous sacrifice many parents make to raise these children, and, more importantly, how these parents show other people the dignity and purpose their children have in the world. I would think the soft, fluffy PROGRESSIVE liberals would understand that someone who has to go above and beyond to care for a child like Trig would know all about the importance of health care, families, what it takes to be a working Mom...but no, they just want to portray her as a lightweight airhead who didn't go to Harvard, Yale or Wellesley. That will, of course, be their mistake.

Reminds me of General McClellan before the Battle of Antietam "If I can not whip Bobby Lee, than I shall go home" I figure Joe Biden will say the same before the Vice-Presidential debates...after all he's soooo much smarter and more experienced than that hockey mom.

She would have my vote for her role as a special needs parent alone, but, of course there are so many more....something about a blond with an automatic rifle.

Border! We don't need no stinkin' border!

It's good to see the U.S. military finally taking some decisive action in northern Pakistan, or as it should be called, south Talibanistan. The last couple of days have seen military actions taking place to go after the Taliban and their supporters. Much, much more of this needs to occur unless Pakistan controls its borders and suppresses this activity, which clearly pushes the bounds of "neutrality in war." If Pakistan is going to pretend that large parts of its population, military and intelligence services are not supporting or sympathizing with the Taliban, at least pretend with a little effort. Otherwise, under the traditional laws of war, the missiles should continue to fly.


Hague V, 1907

With a view to laying down more clearly the rights and duties of neutral Powers in case of war on land and regulating the position of the belligerents who have taken refuge in neutral territory;

Being likewise desirous of defining the meaning of the term "neutral," pending the possibility of settling, in its entirety, the position of neutral individuals in their relations with the belligerents;

Have ... agreed upon the following provisions:


The Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers
Article 1. The territory of neutral Powers is inviolable.
Art. 2. Belligerents are forbidden to move troops or convoys of either munitions of war or supplies across the territory of a neutral Power.
Art. 3. Belligerents are likewise forbidden to:
(a) Erect on the territory of a neutral Power a wireless telegraphy station or other apparatus for the purpose of communicating with belligerent forces on land or sea;
(b) Use any installation of this kind established by them before the war on the territory of a neutral Power for purely military purposes, and which has not been opened for the service of public messages.
Art. 4. Corps of combatants cannot be formed nor recruiting agencies opened on the territory of a neutral Power to assist the belligerents.
Art. 5. A neutral Power must not allow any of the acts referred to in Articles 2 to 4 to occur on its territory.

Of course, let's not forget that Pakistan has nuclear weapons and the Taliban just tried to assassinate their PM...does anyone wonder what will happen if these thugs take power in a coup?

The Hits Just Keep Rolling Along

The hits just keep rolling along...from Ace of Spades website

Sarah Palin: Die Hard
Barack Obama: The Crying Game

Obama = Moose
Sarah Palin = Sarah Palin

Palin = George S. Patton
Obama = Weeping candy-ass

Obama = Turks at Battle of Lepanto
Palin = Christians at Battle of Lepanto
Republican Convention = Battle of Lepanto

Sarah Palin: The Death Star
Barack Obama: Alderaan.

Obama: The most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
Palin: The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Palin: Dirty Harry
Obama: Punk

Obama Xerxes: "Lay down your weapons and you will live."
Leonides Palin : "Come and get them."

Obama = Toyota Prius
Palin = H2 Hummer

Obama: Tokyo
Palin: Godzilla

Palin: Chuck Norris roundhouse kick
Obama: whatever gets in Chuck Norris's way

Palin: Capt. Kirk
Obama: A Red Shirt

Obama = Bambi
Palin = Godzilla

Obambi - John Bobbit
Palin - Lorena Bobbit

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I love this website

These are awesome
From http://www.palinfacts.com/

• Sarah Palin was kicked off Survivor for killing a man and eating his entrails.
• Sarah Palin isn't allowed to wield the gavel at the convention because they're afraid she'll use it to kill liberals.
• Sarah Palin's finishing move in the VP debate will be pulling Biden's still beating heart from his chest & taking a bite.
• Sarah Palin uses French Canadians as bait to catch giant king salmon.
• When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.
• Sarah Palin begins every day with a moment of silence for the political enemies buried in her yard.
• Sarah Palin's enemies are automatically added to the Endangered Species List
• Sarah Palin as VP increases Depends sales among scatalogically frightened Democrats
• Fox is starting a new reality show… when Sarah Palin Attacks
• Sarah Palin is the reason compasses point North.
• Sarah Palin's son is going to Iraq after the Surge, because a Palin during the Surge would have been unfair.
• Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.
• Sarah Palin will send Biden a pre-debate cheat sheet. The sheet will have tips on defending against Kung Fu Death Grip.
• Sarah Palin knows the location of DB Cooper's body because she threw him from the plane.

This is a real woman

Monday, September 1, 2008

Anbar Province

Lost in the hysteria over Hurricane Gustav...look at the difference having five, yes five Republican Governors in charge compared to the incompetence of the previous Louisiana Democrat and the absolutely venomous, scum sucking, bottom dwelling left wing blogger assault on Sarah Palin's family (real manly having a bunch of anonymous bloggers picking on a mother, daughter and grandchild) is the real no-kidding military victory in Anbar Province in Iraq.

Once considered a lost cause and the center of Al Queda activity in Iraq, and the scene of the largest battle of Iraq, Fallujah in November 2004, the province has been turned over to the Iraqis to assume security responsibility.
There's a big difference between withdrawing our troops and bringing our troops home victorious. Clearly that difference is lost on the modern Democratic party...can you imagine FDR calling for withdrawing the troops from Europe before Hitler was defeated?

Anbar Province is in yellow

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Wow these people are not only desparate by incredibly pathetic

I was checking my daily news when I came upon a link to this incredible story.
Now normally I don't waste my electrons on the Daily Kos (or Daily Kooks as I call them) since they do nothing but spend their time ranting about George W. Bush, but this time they have sunk lower than low.
To say that Sarah Palin is covering up her daughter's child as her own, not only clearly shows how unhinged and loony these people are, but that they spend way too much time watching Desperate Housewives. More on the left's loony obsession here.

Anyway, just another reason that I will NEVER EVER vote for a Democratic candidate in the current Democratic party that associates with Daily Kos, MoveOn.Org or the Huffington Post. Of course, it also shows how very, very, very afraid of this women they are....

These people are certifiably insane....

Friday, August 29, 2008

I always knew this was true

Okay, couldn't pass this up. From the Military Motivator

At Last, John McCain pulls his Cannae

John McCain's choice of a running mate was absolutely inspired this morning. Not only does he shore up the conservative base, but he has outflanked the Democrats by appointing a woman, something the Progressive Democrats did not do:(. The shear audacity and brilliance of this move is almost awe inspiring and is probably the 2nd best thing McCain has done in the last 5 years, besides supporting the surge and VICTORY, not withdrawal from Iraq.

I can't wait to see big, bad Joe Biden bloviate at the debates as he tries to pontificate his foreign policy experience.

I find it beyond absurd that a total foreign policy lightweight like Obama, the top of the ticket for the Defeatocrats would criticize anyone's experience, particularly the number 2 for the Republicans.

This is why I love to be a political junkie.....

Oh and by the way, she also has a special needs child...and doesn't play it up for politics...figure the odds of Obama ever doing that...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Update-The night the lights went out in Georgia

The blogosphere has been buzzing over the Georgian Situation. I think Ralph Peters' column in the New York Post sums things up the best. Clearly a watershed moment on Russo-American relations. Looks like its time to buy defense stocks again. The former Eastern Bloc countries are nervous and not looking to Europe to protect them. The new treaty to deploy ABMs in Poland is far overdue. I recommend we pull the rest of our troops out of Eastern Europe and place them in Poland and the Ukraine....the Russians might not like it, but tough....the newest members of NATO deserve our protection as much as the Froggies or Belgians...

The next Administration will have its hands full. If this isn't enough evidence for energy independence to cut off funding to petro-dictatorships, what more evidence do we need? Will the next Axis of Evil become Iran-Russia-Venezuela? A scary thought, but probably not that far fetched...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Bear is Back

Watching the news coverage, it is obvious that the Russian Bear is back and on the prowl. The wholly disproportionate response to the Georgian attack into their breakaway promise clearly showed the Russians were spoiling for a fight. Ralph Peters has some excellent columns (Link and Link) to try and put it all in context, but the short answer is Russia is back and on the prowl. Another good column by Max Boot on the subject. It will be interesting the see the reaction from the former countries ruled by Russia, i.e. Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Czechoslovakia,etc. versus the tepid reaction of the Germans and French. It will be a true test of NATO to see if the alliance is ready to stand up to the resurgent Russians. Given the alliance's lackluster response in Afghanistan, I'm not holding my breath. Clearly Europe has gone fat, lazy and apathetic, more interested in their six weeks of vacation than defending their freedom.

However, it's just as interesting to note the Russian's performance from a military point of view. The Russians clearly did very well, but I wonder how they would have fared against a country with an Air Force, or even well dug in soldiers with a lot of modern anti-tank weapons.

Look at these fat targets for an Apache Helicopter or a trooper with a Javelin missile.

I mean seriously, do the Russians still do this? One good artillery barrage and these guys are hamburger.

Of course, it helps to outnumber you enemy 4 or 5 to 1 and have complete air domination.

It will be interesting to see a cold analysis of how each side actually fared in combat.