Friday, October 31, 2014


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From that prior blog entry:

"Two retired U.S. Army generals have blasted President Barack Obama’s decision to send U.S. troops to West Africa to battle the Ebola virus epidemic, saying the military is to fight wars, not disease."

Again we can find fault with this argument the American military the role of which is to "fight war" to the exclusion of all else!

This being so at least during the last one hundred years the fighting of wars and winning of same the primary role of the American military man but not totally so within the historical context since the time of George Washington.

During that period at least prior to the Great War [WW1], the career American military officer predominantly serving in a capacity other than a combat commander. A military man his mission quite often beyond that of the soldier on the battlefield. Missions and duties quite often to include but not limited to:

* Explorer. Clark/Lewis/Pike.

* Cartographer. John Fremont.

* Civil engineer. R.E. Lee.

* Territorial governor. Lew Wallace.

* Medical administrator. William Gorgas.

* Diplomat. W.T. Sherman.

* Educator. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

It can be noted that Fremont, Jackson, Lee, Wallace and Sherman all did see active service in a combat role during the American Civil War. NOTE also that their military duty PRIOR to that conflict quite often NOT that of the combat commander!


Thursday, October 30, 2014


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From a recent article by Colonel Austin Bay:

"On Point"

"To Defeat the Islamic State Obama Needs Clausewitz, Not Alinsky" by Austin Bay
. . . .

"Obama has mastered Saul Alinsky politics: a narrow, confined know-how mixing cynical pragmatism, polemical populism and elitist ego that in the U.S. can produce electoral and media success."

"Obama, however, does not know zilch about Carl von Clausewitz. The great German strategic theorist (and combat veteran) understood philosophically and viscerally the wicked, non-linear complexity of unbridled passions, mass violence and rational use of capabilities to pursue strategic goals that is the inescapable condition of international affairs in diplomacy and war."

. . . .

"War is simply the continuation of political intercourse with the addition of other means," Clausewitz wrote. The other means include force and violence and dead bodies. Clausewitz also called war a contest of wills. To successfully fight a war -- to win a war -- requires committed leadership. The Islamic State's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi demonstrates commitment; he cuts off journalists' heads and then shoots Iraqi and Syrian prisoners en masse. His forces have also overrun Eastern Syria and Northern Iraq."

That magnum opus of Clausewitz "On War" an unfinished work.

The master also elucidating on warfare of the Napoleonic Era, massed armies fighting massed armies in the conventional manner as understood.


NOTHING in "On War" gives a hint on how ISIL can and should be fought. The President does also not have to be a military expert. He does however have to be an expert on picking experts who he can rely on and can TELL him what is the correct course of action to follow. And the President must be wise in selecting that correct course of action within the constraints of what is politically feasible.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014


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As extracted some interesting comments from that previous blog entry:

"Female Sailors to be Assigned to Submarines with Female Officers"

Women in submarines is a done deal? Indeed, the goal again is to have two of the Virginia class nuclear attack submarines with all-female crews.

* "I wonder I they will/should/could make all female crewed submarines. Combat is no place for a woman let alone a submarine, bad enough the men that served in combat don't want to be there. Don't get me wrong I know there are plenty of historical female military leaders, but is the exception not the rule. Its just a recipe for disaster."

Strength, separate toilet and berthing facilities and possible POW status is not a problem with an all-female crewed submarine? This is do-able?

 Qualification, efficiency, and just plain ability to do the job is an issue?

* "As a retired submarine Captain, I would love to conduct qualification exams, ashore and afloat for these females. I conducted the same for male SSBN officers and found them woefully unqualified. Great engineers, lousy submariners"

Understand that any crew member of a submarine is qualified at their particular skill BUT ALSO MUST BECOME FULLY QUALIFIED AT A NUMBER OF SUBMARINE SPECIFIC TASKS THAT ARE OJT AND ARE NOT TAUGHT AT SCHOOL!

Of major concern among the men also seems to be the monthly female menstrual cycle.

* "The only way that's going to work is if they make sure that everyone has their periods at the same time. Then they will have 'hell week' once a month. Can you imagine what it's going to be like with someone on their period all the time?"
* "I understand that, thrown into close quarter situations, women begin to 'cycle' together. Daunting thought."


Aberrant mental behavior as normally associated with PMS and the monthly female menstrual cycle not a problem as might be thought? American nuclear attack submarines are no longer equipped with atomic munitions of any sort? So it is reputed!



This is coolbert:

From and thanks to the tip from Freeper we have more on a topic I have been following for some time.

Female submariners!!

Women already to a degree integrated into the submarine force and evidently doing quite well for themselves. Making a mark even?

And the process continues. The final objective two of the newest Virginia class nuclear submarines to be "manned" fully and completely by all-women crews.

"Female Sailors to be Assigned to Submarines with Female Officers"

"The Navy said it will deploy enlisted female sailors in 2016 aboard submarines with female officers already assigned to them."

. . . .

"There are currently more than 100 female Navy officers serving on submarines"

"'They are doing well,' Connor said." [Vice Adm. Mike Connor, commander Atlantic submarine force]

As you might expect they are doing well. That process of selection for those women of the officer class I might think that MOST METICULOUS POSSIBLE. And my understanding officers with the function of nuclear propulsion specialists. Running those nuclear reactors and keeping them working in good order. WOMEN POSSESSING PHYSICS DEGREES FOR THE MOST PART!


Space Plane.

This is coolbert:

The two year secret mission is over and is evidently successful. And the purpose of the space flight is a mystery. Well kept it seems, everyone is guessing.

The little space plane that works!

   "X-37B Space Plane Returns: 5 Theories About Its Secret Mission"

"After spending nearly two years in orbit on a secret mission, the U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane landed today (Oct. 17) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California . . . very little is known about the record-setting flight."

The cut-down version of the space shuttle but without crew, remotely controlled. That American space program it seems confined now to the X-37B. At least it flies well.

"But what has the space plane actually been doing in orbit? The top-secret nature of the X-37B missions has sparked a number of conspiracy theories. Here are some ideas about the X-37B's purpose":

* "Surveillance"

* "Space bombing"

* "Interfering with other satellites"

* "Spying on the Chinese space station"

* "Deploying spy satellites"

Maybe all of the above? Radio relay too? MUOS is out there but Iridum is slowly decaying away and the X-37 allows for instantaneous American military communication from any point on the planet?



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A favorite topic for the main stream media is military service academy scandal. Normally blown out of proportions and endlessly talked about over and over. Here with one more instance.

Loud music, strobe lights, drinking of alcohol, "making out" with the cheerleaders!! OH MY!

"West Point Superintendent Takes Blame for Football Scandal"

 "West Point's top officer Sunday took full blame for the school's recruiting violations this year that included courting high school football players with alcohol and VIP treatment on a raucous bus ride."
. . . .

"The incident involved 20 cadets, including 17 football players, and 14 recruits who were taken by a chartered bus under police escort to a bowling alley and bar at New York's Palisades Mall. There, cadets and recruits used entertainment money from the football team -- $40 each -- to buy alcohol."

"Cadets reported drinking as many as seven drinks in 90 minutes before a bus ride home that included loud music, strobe lights and cheerleaders making out"

Those military service academies [Naval, Army, Air Force] take their sports very seriously. And all want to be THE WINNER! And the recruitment process to find the top athletes is very difficult. That regimen of academics, military drill and discipline and sports is difficult for anyone. Producing the winning team is hard enough under normal circumstances and for the military academy that much worse. And woe to those caught cheating.

And the American people EXPECT the military academies to maintain the highest level of decorum, sportsmanship and honor all at the same time, yes indeed, EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGH!!

The army football program used to be right up there with the top dozen collegiate teams in the nation but has not been so for many decades now. The competition for the top high school prospects is too great and most students shy away from the military life style. You go with what you can get!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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These headlines are misleading?

Headlines that suggest an overland relief of the besieged town of Kobane.

Kobane for weeks now under attack by ISIL combatants.

The city defended by Kurdish YPG militia, aided by American air strikes the situation tenuous as best.

Historically sieges the capture of a city only averted by OVERLAND RELIEF!

"VIDEO: Peshmerga on route to Kobane"

"ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Kurdistan Region troops head across the border to Turkey on Tuesday, in the direction of the besieged Syrian-border town of Kobane. Half the Peshmerga flew out of Erbil. Others are in trucks accompanying heavy weapons to be used in the attempt to break the IslamicState siege."

"Peshmerga fighters head for Turkey en route to Kobani"

"Iraqi peshmerga fighters left Iraq for the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds in their battle against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, a senior Kurdish official has said. Hemin Hawrami, an official in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK), wrote on his Twitter feed that the peshmerga fighters were flying from Arbil to Turkey, from where they will travel by land to Kobani."

I had thought that this was overland relief in the form of units from the Kurdish autonomous region moving en mass toward Kobane. But this is not so. A company sized unit of Kurdish militia [not YPG] attempting to reinforce those Kurdish forces already defending Kobane and nothing more. NO help or assistance from the Turk too I might assume.

Kurdish militias are organized by political party affiliation. YPG has a nominal communist alignment with the PKK. The Kurds at least to a minor extent now acting with agreed upon concerted force?