'87 Sir

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

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stalingrad Book Reviewe

This is the first case study in my Urban Warfare class. Beevor writes a comprehensive account of the battle, including soldier's first hand accounts from both sides. It was particularly fascinating to me that nearly 2,000,000 casualties were inflicted on both sides in this single campaign (from about August 1942-February 1943), and thousands of civilians as well. Can you imagine CNN trying to report on this battle today? The staggering bloodletting on the Eastern Front of World War II is sometimes hard to grasp to the modern Westerner, even those that actually study military history.
The contrast between Hitler and Stalin was also interesting. Even though both men made horrible blunders due to their ideology and political power-grabbing, Stalin learned to let his generals fight the battles and not to interfere unless he felt it would imperil his political aims. Hitler was just delusional and didn't want to be bothered with mundane things like exposed flanks or logistical problems. Some dictators are clearly smarter than others, so to speak.
Highly recommended book...sort of replaces the previous best-selling work on the battle by William Craig, that the awful, but kinda spellbinding movie was named after.

Here it comes...the tsunami of liberal whining about military spending

As predicted in numerous previous posts, Obamabi is starting to get lots of pressure from his loony base to cut defense spending to pay for social programs.

Take my word for it...their whining won't stop with "expensive and useless" weapons systems. THEY WILL DEMAND a withdrawal from Afghanistan, pulling ALL our troops from Iraq and generally abandoning Israel to their fate at the hands of Hamas and Hiz'bullah.

But, the good news is, we won't have to send our troops halfway around the world to fight a vicious insurgency...just send them to Fort Bliss and they can commute everyday.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Glenn Beck and his 9-12 Project

Okay, I know Glenn Beck can be a little verbose sometimes, and as he admits, he turns into Tammy Faye Baker way to easily, but he is definitely on to something with his 9-12 project. We have indeed lost our moral compass in this country (Bernie Madoff, Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel, etc) and until we have restored our confidence in our GOVERNMENT and our business leaders, any economic recovery will be short lived. His 9 principles and 12 values are certainly a good starting point.

From his 912 project website- Check it out.

9 Principles
1. America Is Good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the external rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is know. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson

12 Values

* Honesty
* Reverence
* Hope
* Thrift
* Humility
* Charity
* Sincerity
* Moderation
* Hard Work
* Courage
* Personal Responsibility
* Gratitude

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Iran Will Get the Bomb-What will the world do?

Map From Global Security.

See their Iranian WMD Page-lots of good information

Well, everyone knew it was just a matter of time.

The question is what will anyone do about it? The current Iranian regime is not merely nuts, they are deranged and dangerous. The lefties scoff at America's "Jesus Freaks," while the "Mahdi Freaks" in Iran anxiously want to cause the return of the 12th Mahdi.

For all those realpolitik types out there, how do you expect traditional MAD deterrence to work on a country's leadership that is perfectly willing to die for their faith?

I honestly think Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the chief loon in Iran is perfectly willing to trade a couple of Iranian cities for Tel Aviv and Dimona, the home of Israel's nuclear reactor.

What really scares me though, is how fast the Obambi Administration (or freakin' circus, as the case may be) will throw the Israelis under the bus if the Iranians threaten U.S. or European targets. I mean, after we throw Poland and Czechoslovakia under the bus and withdraw our missile shield.

Crazy, just crazy...you don't negotiate with a rattlesnake, it is a waste of time and will just piss the snake off, you must kill it.

We and/or the Israelis should tell Mahmoud, that the day after an Iranian nuclear test, the facilities will disappear, operational or not operational. Oh, and we should inform Pooty Poot Putin, that if Russian technicians happen to get in the way, so sad, too bad, incedental damage.

OH, and by the way, expect wailing from the Arabs for about 24 hours before they start thanking us through back channels for eliminating the Persian bomb.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

More Humor from http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/

Send it to all your friends at PETA

Marines Tell the Truth

You may have seen this YouTube video on other websites.

I think it pretty much says it all.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Roadmap to Defeat Obama, Liberals, Democrats and other enemies of Truth, Justice and the American Way

Yup, a long title for a long post. Republicans are adrift and in reaction mode to Obambi and the liberals. In order to take the offensive and put Defeatocrats on the road to exile in 2010 and 2012, Republicans and conservatives need a plan. There is no better example than the Contract with America, which brought Congress back into Republicans hands in 1994. Simple, direct and common sense measures.

Here they are (or at least as I see them)

Common sense immigration reform is needed now. Clearly, deporting 12 million illegals is not feasible, but closing the border, instituting common sense legalization and revamping the legal immigration system is needed. Republicans need to stand for fair LEGAL immigration and STOPPING illegal immigration.

The Community Reinvestment Act must be repealed and replaced with legislation to encourage RESPONSIBLE home ownership, not just home buying. Lenders and borrowers can be encouraged through changes to the tax code to save and make financially sound home buying once again the cornerstone of the American dream. But it must be clear that home ownership is not a RIGHT that will be secured by the Federal Government, and obviously Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will require wholesale house cleaning (no pun intended) to make home ownership possible to RESPONSIBLE borrowers.

Marginal tax rates and full charitable deductions will be restored to undue the confiscatory policies of the Obambi Administration. The Child Tax Credit will be maintained and essentially the Bush Tax Cuts will be made permanent.

In addition to the above act, the business tax rate and the capital gains rate will be cut by 50% to encourage businesses, particularly small businesses to grow again. The "Mark to Market" rule will be repealed. Full secret ballots for union elections will be restored if needed to ensure fair and honest elections for unionization.

A fully functional and in-depth missile defense shield will be developed and deployed, consisting of both land and sea based systems to ensure America and our allies security against Iranian, North Korean and other rogue states that will, unfortunately, have nuclear weapons and ballistic missile delivery systems by the end of 2010. Israel will be placed squarely under the American nuclear umbrella and the Global War on Islamic Fascism will be prosecuted toward victory. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, we will tell the rulers of Pakistan that if they don't control their borders and stop negotiating with terrorists, we will deal with the problem in our own way. If they want to be treated like a sovereign country, they need to act like one.

Real health care reform means letting Americans use the free market to purchase and make their own health care decisions. Common sense insurance reforms to allow Americans a greater choice in purchasing their own insurance through tax credits will increase competition and force Americans to make BETTER decisions about their health care.

Social Security and Medicare must be reformed now or a generational war will erupt in 10-20 years and tear this country apart. The Government's liabilities for the Baby Boomers dwarfs any bailout or spendulous bill passed by Obamabi and his allies. CONCRETE, COMMON SENSE steps must begin now to PRIVATIZE, yes, there's that word, Social Security or the tax increases to maintain current benefit levels WILL bankrupt this country. If 401Ks and IRAs are good enough for Americans, why not open the Federal Savings Plan used by all Federal employees to ALL Americans. Americans HAVE to make the the choice to manage their retirement planning and not count on the government. Fortunately, in spite of Obambi and the Defeatocrats, most, if not all Americans have some idea about investing and managing their retirement, and the rest of the folks better learn fast. Our grandkids are not going to pay a 50% FICA tax to fund our retirement, period.

Well, there it is, rude and crude, but Republicans need some talking points and a plan to point to when American asks, "What's your idea?" instead of letting Obambi spread his lies about Republicans wanting to say no, do nothing, and let America fail. Nothing could be further from the truth, but without a concrete manifesto, to use the Commie saying, there is nothing to stand on.

And that's all I've got to say about that.

Here are the 10 Items in the Original Contact with America
From Newt Gingrich's Web Site

A balanced budget/tax limitation amendment and a legislative line-item veto to restore fiscal responsibility to an out-of-control Congress, requiring them to live under the same budget constraints as families and businesses.

An anti-crime package including stronger truth-in-sentencing, "good faith" exclusionary rule exemptions, effective death penalty provisions, and cuts in social spending for this summer's "crime" bill to fund prison construction and additional law enforcement to keep people secure in their neighborhoods and kids safe in their schools.

Discourage illegitimacy and teen pregnancy by prohibiting welfare to minor mothers and denying increased AFDC for additional children while on welfare, cut spending for welfare programs, and enact a tough two-years-and-out provision with work requirements to promote individual responsibility.

Child support enforcement, tax incentives for adoption, strengthening rights of parents in their children's education, stronger child pornography laws, and an elderly dependent care tax credit to reinforce the central role of families in American society.

A $500 per child tax credit, begin repeal of the marriage tax penalty, and creation of American Dream Savings Accounts to provide middle class tax relief.

No U.S. troops under U.N. command and restoration of the essential parts of our national security funding to strengthen our national defense and maintain our credibility around the world.

Raise the Social Security earnings limit, which currently forces seniors out of the work force, repeal the 1993 tax hikes on Social Security benefits and provide tax incentives for private long-term care insurance to let Older Americans keep more of what they have earned over the years.

Small business incentives, capital gains cuts and indexation, neutral cost recovery, risk assessment/cost-benefit analysis, strengthening the Regulatory Flexibility Act and unfunded mandate reform to create jobs and raise worker wages.

"Loser pays" laws, reasonable limits on punitive damages and reform of product liability laws to stem the endless tide of litigation.

A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators.