Just a Reminder: John Kerry Saved My Life in Vietnam.
I’ve never told anyone this before; John Kerry saved my life in Vietnam. I haven’t mentioned it till now because doing so requires an admission of wrongdoing on my part – an admission, which, to his credit, John Kerry (whom I’ve always known as “Skipper”) has shielded me from making. The time has come though, to pay back old debts, to demonstrate my gratitude to | Read More »
The New York Times – Ignorant Times Twelve
Ah, the New York Times. Once the paper of record, now the paper that has broken all records for idiocy and irrelevance brings us the ruminations of a dozen “Americans who don’t labor in politics or the media” on “what they’d do if they were president.” Searching for, ” ideas that might challenge or inspire, ” Jesse Kornbluth assembled a group of 12 illuminati and asked them what they | Read More »
Counter Insurgency and the Constitution
Just as it used to be fashionable to talk about the “Revolution in Military Affairs,” defense experts and analysts are now talking about “Counter Insurgency” as the new way of waging war. At the NATO Operational Planning Course in Oberammergau, Germany, and at the Joint Combined Warfare School in Norfolk, Virginia, students learn not about operational planning for warfare, but about planning to cope with | Read More »
White House Defines Libya Mission
Congressional leaders from both parties expressed relief today after a last-minute meeting with the President to discuss Libya. A source who wished to remain anonymous said that the President had laid out his objectives for the North African country in a clear, concise manner and had answered legislators’ questions. Lawmakers were particularly heartened to find that they agreed with his explanation of why the operation did not | Read More »
Why Can’t We Finish Wars Anymore?
Because we don’t begin them: Lately there has been a significant shift in US defense doctrine. Just as it used to be fashionable to talk about the “Revolution in Military Affairs,” defense experts and analysts are now talking about how “Counter Insurgency” is the new way of waging war. Large force engagements, we are expected to believe, are relics of a bygone era. Now, instead of | Read More »
Mugabe, Ahmadinejad, and Kim Jong Il protest New York Times
The New York Times no doubt expected to take some flak for its publication Monday of an Op-ed piece by terrorist Mahmoud Abbas, but one doubts whether this was what they had in mind. On Tuesday, spokesmen for despotic ruler of Zimbabwe and platinum-earning rap artist Robert (Kronic) Mugabe issued a statement decrying the publication in light of the fact that the Old Gray Lady | Read More »
Business as Usual in Yemen, our “Ally Against Terror”
Some things never change. After holding them in prison for only two years, including time served awaiting trial, the Yemeni government is releasing Saddam Hussein al-Rimi and Rami Hermel Hans. Al-Rimi and Hans, who is originally from Germany, were convicted of carrying out terrorist attacks on behalf of al-Qaeda, one of which was a bombing that resulted in the deaths of eight Spanish tourists in 2007. | Read More »
Musharraf is peeved.
Pakistan’s so-called leader Pervez Musharraf is vexed. He’s upset – not that his nation remains an example for third-world nations of how not to conduct their affairs, and not because his country is a cesspool of corruption and inefficiency. He’s embarassed – not because he can’t account for the millions of dollars in foreign aid his nation has received, and not because his intelligence agencies can’t seem | Read More »
POTUS reads my blog!
I’ve had my suspicions for a while now, but this settles it. The President referred to “carnival barkers” in his most recent speech. Hardly common parlance for a presidential speech; it probably induced a double-take on the part of the presidential teleprompter. But if you read this blog, as I now know President Obama does, you know that just four short posts ago, I referred to | Read More »
Threat to Halt Military Pay
The Optimisic Conservative is reporting that the White House is threatening, in the event of a government shutdown, to interrupt pay for active duty military members. This would mean that the 15 April paycheck would contain payment only for duty up to 8 April. There are dozens of readily apparent reasons why this is a bad idea, and almost all of them have to do with | Read More »