'87 Sir

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

Saturday, November 26, 2011

SERE school for Republicans

Being the political junkie that I am, it always amazes me to watch or read about Republican candidates trying to gain the favor of the old-line media. Now when I went to SERE school many years ago as part of my flight training...that's Search, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, or as we called it POW school, we were taught that everything we read or saw was a propaganda plot and to believe 1/2 of what we saw and none of what we heard...pretty good advice for the current CLM..that's Criminal Liberal Media.  I rarely believe anything I read online in the NYT or WaPo and almost get physically ill trying to read their editorial pages....I mean Paul Krugman gets a Nobel Prize??? Oyyy, clearly no better than a crackerjack prize.

Seriously, do ANY of the Republican candidates think they are going to get a fair shake by the likes of ABCBSNBCNNMSNBC? REALLY?? John McCain is a good guy and a true American hero, but he was utterly WRONG, FOOLISH and NAIVE to believe the entire liberal media machine wasn't going to hammer him in 2008 to protect and advance their anointed Obamassiah.  They tried to stick him with some ridiculous scandal about an affair with a lobbyist....and when that didn't stick, they went after his running mate.  The hit job the media did on Sarah Palin is epic even by CLM standards...I really wanted to probie slap Charles Gibson for his punctilious condescending interview nee quiz show interview he gave Sarah...but I shouldn't have been surprised.  Anyone who considers Sarah Palin less intelligent that Joey "Big F--in Deal" Biden is clearly in their own little propaganda world. He thought they loved him in 2000, and they certainly loved him anytime he crossed swords with George W...but there is no way, no how that the media is going to do anything but lie, cheat, steal, and coverup to protect Barry O in 2012. They literally made him out of nothing and they (the CLM) cannot bear to be proved wrong by their guy losing in a landslide.

So no matter how bad the economy gets or even if Iran gets the bomb, everything will be Bush's fault, the Tea Party will be evil racists and all Republicans will want to kick puppies and eat babies. From Hermann Cain to Rick Perry...any Republican should assume the media is their enemy and treat them accordingly...they certainly should expect every media encounter to be a potential maccaca moment if the likes of Diana Sawyer or Ed Schultz had the chance.

So what should they do? Take a page from Ronald Reagan and go around them...use the internet, talk radio and, of course my favorite news outlet Fox News to ignore and show the utter obsolescence of the CLM. I seriously wonder...who watches network news anymore? The last time I did, it was so vapid I had to change the channel to E! News daily...it was more topical. I have not even wanted to watch the ENDLESS debates this fall because I knew they would be moderated by idiots from CNN, CBS and other CLM outlets...I just catch the highlights, or lowlights as it were the next day.

SO, today's lesson...believe none of what you see on the CLM this political season.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Grouchy Guy Magnum Opus

If you are a junior officer, intelligence analyst, policy maker, policy wonk, or just a concerned citizen, go buy Ralph Peter's new book Lines of Fire.

I have been reading Mr. Peters' works for nearly five years, and this volume-a compilation of his best columns and articles from the last 15 years- is simply outstanding.

To be clear, Mr. Peters is curmudgeonly, cantankerous, and sooooo not politically correct...which is of course, why I love his work.  NOT to say I don't disagree with him, or actually consider him a pipe dreamer on some issues (see his article on "Blood Borders").

But anyone who is intellectually honest can only be duly impressed with his prophetic writings on terrorism, insurgency and the types of enemies and conflicts the US would be fighting in the 21st century...from his writings in the early to mid 1990s!  Mr. Peters was clearly a man ahead of his times and his concepts and understanding on the emotional, religious, and tribal nature of terrorism and insurgency are not only profound, but the truth!

The distinction he makes between political and apocalyptic terrorists should be posted on the inside of every government office that deals with terrorism.  His ideas will make people on the right and left very uncomfortable-not surprising since I think Mr. Peters pretty much drew fire from both Code Pink and Don Rumsfeld over his columns during the Iraq War-but he calls it like he sees it and makes it clear what needs to be done to win against Islamic terrorists and their supporters.

Two essays really stand out...his 25 Do's and Don'ts of fighting terrorists (see the article "When Devils Walk the Earth")is almost worth the price of the book, just to use as a comparison for how the US is and has dealt with Al Qaeda and Islamism in general.  His other essay on the "12 Myths of 21st Century War" is one of many articles that should be required reading of every serving officer in the US military.

What I really enjoy about his reading is his writing style, ability to create intellectual snark, and the way he can gut an idiotic touchy-feely notion with literary flair.  The book was not only a joy to read, but a thought-provoking look at the threat we face, where our military and intelligence community have failed to understand how the world is and works and more importantly, how the politicians have ignored the nature of our enemies and what must be done to secure America.

Pick up this book and read it, re-read it, highlight it, and think about it.  You will be glad you did.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Another Hit Series

Brain Candy Break!
Yes, before I begin the end of the year push to try and pump up my reading list-(Oy, I am behind from last year's pace)- I took a brain break with Larry Correia's new book Dead Six, the beginning of another new series that he is co-authoring with Mike Kupari.

This book is another Correia rocket ride, where you just strap in and hang on for over 600 pages of guns, action, violence, fairly chaste romance, and a fairly predictable plot done exceedingly well.  This is the real strength of Correia's books.  I pretty much figured out where the story was gonna go, at least in the big picture, but I happily went along for the ride anyway.  I won't give too much away, but there are a few surprises and enough twists to make the journey most excellent.  The most annoying certainty is that it ended with the usual sequel setting cliff hanger...and darn it, I was ready to pick up the next book that won't be out until next summer...rats, rats, rats.
One of Correia's major strengths is his ability to make what could become cardboard characters lovable and endearing.  Yes, not words associated with guys, guns, grenades and explosives, but if I don't like the characters in a novel, ehh, what's the point?  More important is the author's ability to make the secondary characters equally compelling, something other authors don't do nearly as well, the major exception being Nora Roberts-(Yes I said Nora Roberts)-who probably has the best secondary characters EVER in her novels.

An interesting concept I noticed as a wanna-be writer is the use of the two main characters switching 1st Person POV throughout the book.  Now I know James Patterson does an excellent job of switching between 1st and 3rd Person POV in many of his books, but to have two 1st Person POVs in the same book, even in the same scene and have it done well pleasantly surprised me and made the story flow extremely well.

This book is HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended if you like Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, or bacon.  I would rank it NEARLY as high as his AWESOME Monster Hunter series and a must read for guys who like books for guys.  I haven't gotten into his other series, the Grimnoir Chronicles, which is about magic and private detectives yet, but maybe soon.

In the meantime, back to those boring history books (as my son calls them) as I sample the new wave of World War II volumes being published this fall.