Afghanistan

Disclaimer: I’ve never been to Afghanistan. I can assess only from afar, and from what I read.

I do observe that we are more than a decade into our heroic efforts to pacify Afghanistan, and bolster Afghanistan into a modern, democratic nation.

I think it’s fair to say: Not gonna happen. Noble effort. But, not gonna succeed.

“Democracy” does not free float around like some spirit which may possess anyplace if enough US money and technology are shipped in. Democracy is a result that springs directly from what people believe about who people are. In the West, democracy derived directly from our Founders’ concept of a Creator God making mankind in His image, reflecting God’s nature, with God’s boundless liberty, and with God’s boundless love for his created people.

In Afghanistan, it appears that such a notion has not taken hold. How could it?

So, what now? Wish I had a good answer to that question.

Obama wants to draft your daughters

You young millennial moms out there! Take a pause from your racing around for just a moment: attune. Your little daughter’s life depends on your finally letting the cost of liberalism sink in.

Your toddler’s life is at stake. Picture little Jessica, all grown up — butchered and bled out into the sand.

I’ve written here before, that the liberal Democrat idea of the Army is that it’s some bureaucracy “stood up” for something other than slaughtering our enemies. I get that: in times of peace and prosperity, all manner of frivolous fallacies proliferate. It’s always been this way, nothing unique. It’s human nature. But, when the peace comes crashing down suddenly, and a voracious predator enemy storms your borders, then you desperately look around for that Army full of manly killers.

You young liberal moms thought it just fine that Obama and your Democrats opened up the foxholes to women. You were not thinking “foxholes” and all that goes with that word. “Foxhole” is just a word. Foxes are cute, you might think. You probably did not think about it at all, and you envisioned joining the Army to be more like doing a Barre workout, or going to “Orange Theory,” or even maybe doing some trainer’s “boot camp” get-in-shape routine.

Hint: a military boot camp has a different and deadly purpose.

“Foxhole” is not just a word. Go see “Hacksaw Ridge” for a better visualization of what it is like to be an infantryman. Then, as you emerge from “stunned” to leave the theater in shock, ask yourself if you want your little Jessica in a foxhole, behind a sandbag barrier, at some hot, filthy, faraway, undermanned outpost when the maniacal fanatics of the New Caliphate top the rise to strike and overrun her position. Picture your last sight of her face on her dead head, cut from her body and held aloof by an Islamic fiend boasting on Youtube.

Then, make your mind up never, ever to vote Democrat again. Because, sure enough, just like I warned, your President Obama announced that he is for registering women for the draft.

The draft. Haven’t heard of it? Need to look it up? Don’t be a fool. You had better get yourself up to speed on what it means to send women to jump school, Ranger school, and an infantry battalion.

The USA may, some day, need women with rifles in hand, to defend our country. I pray not, because those would be desperate times, indeed.  We have plenty of men to do the job and there is no need to assign women to combat units — or to draft them.

But, if you think “equality” requires putting women in uniform into foxholes as infantry, then you have no basis for objecting to your Democrats wanting to register your little Jessica for selective service, and being drafted right along with our sons.

If you voted for Hillary Clinton, you had better think harder in the future about who you want as Commander-in-Chief.

Because, it’s a life and death decision for that little one you so cherish, so soon grown up and turning 18. And, you should not forget who it was who sent our fine people overseas to Benghazi, left them unguarded, watched as they were overrun, and then lied to us all about it.

Cling to your gun…

You and your AR-15 might be called up in an emergency as the militia, since our purported leaders have let our military strength decline so much. Bring your own ammo. (I know you have lots and lots of it in the basement, in quantities guaranteed to make a liberal quiver in fear and outrage.)

I favor a smaller standing military, with massive reserves and National Guard, possibly universal military service. I do not favor weakness, in any scenario. Weakness invites warfare.

Army Reorganizes Special Operations Authority

Chief lesson of 9-11: technology is terrain.

The USA is shielded from enemies by the vastness of two oceans. Technology creates “hyperlinks” across them. I simply point out that the 9-11 hijackers and other Islamic infiltrators since, showed their passports stamped with visas by our State Department, boarded airliners, and flew over our oceans, using our legal system and the technology of air travel to erase our naval terrain advantage.

It gets worse: the Islamic enemy’s terrain is not the Middle East or North Africa, it’s communication. There is no “front” to secure other than our own borders, seaports and airports. The enemy occupies space at his peril, and is better off to move on, once his butchery attracts enough of our attention. The enemy has proven that he may hit anywhere, from an embassy in Kenya, to a rock concert in Paris, to the Boston Marathon.

Technology is a new dimension of terrain: communicate instantly to erase distance, and use the West’s airliners and legal system to erase topographic barriers.

So, all of that is prelude to this question. How do we Americans change the way we fight, to account for what is literally a new dimension — technology that warps or even erases terrain advantages?

In one acronym-laden article, we learn that the Army is reorganizing to free Special Operations Command from the geographic restraints formerly imposed by the separate geographic worldwide “commands.” In other words, for example, if the CIA reports an increasing threat in Benghazi, must all go through the current geographic Command before we strike? The 4-star general in charge of that part of the world probably thinks so. But, now, the people wanting to strike have to work through the geographic command structure to get not only the green light, but the support necessary.

The obvious advantage is coordination among our forces, and those resources found within a large army command. The obvious disadvantage is that the new terrain — technology — does not remain static. The enemy may move, our information may become quickly dated. Speed: we need speed.

SOCOM — Special Operations Command — is being given new authority to conduct operations independent of the necessity of obtaining the order through the affected geographic command. This is a major change. It may not work. But, when technology changes the way wars are fought, we either adapt to the new terrain dimension, or we die. If it creates other problems, or does not work, then we adapt again. And again.

Because, technology has changed the world we live in, and the way wars are fought. Technology changes so rapidly that it is likely to warp the “terrain” again and again, sometimes by surprise. We don’t want to be surprised.

We should have learned this at Pearl Harbor, and we did not. General Doolittle’s raid even taught the Japanese that technology made their Pacific Ocean barrier permeable, too, but, somehow we forgot the lesson. We overlooked that other enemies arose and saw how the new technology of air travel made long range raids possible, even by motley handfuls of suicidal fanatics.

I’ve written that mobility — that ability to deploy the crushing force necessary, fast, over great distance, anywhere in the world — is the key. You can’t do that when everybody and his grandmother have to hear about it, criticize it, have a piece of it, and give permission. I hope this works, without letting SOCOM “go rogue.”

“I Go Where I Please”–Once Obama’s Gone

“I go where I please,” said Commodore Stephen Decatur, in 1815, when challenged by the Islamic tyrant of that era.

Democrats like to accuse people proposing prudent foreign policy as being “isolationists.” This is a mere conclusory insult, meant to dodge serious thought and debate about the lawful and practical deployment of American power in the world. (No, foolish Democrats, “I go where I please,” does not mean that men get to use the women’s bathroom.)

For example, I view our defense of the world in multiple theaters as illegal under our law if not pursuant to a congressional declaration of war. And, I see such as practically impossible and financially ruinous. Such deployments often betray our armed forces, using them as expendable pawns. I point out at VirtualMilitia.com often, that we are at war in Afghanistan and Iraq for over a decade, with fitful results to show. We remain bound by the NATO treaty to engage in World War III on behalf of peoples who are lackluster about their own national defense — even mocking our right to keep and bear arms in our own defense, while they shun taking up arms themselves, in their own defense, with Russia poised a short combined-arms armored-infantry-air offensive away.

Instead of “isolationism,” I advocate for massive American power exercised in the world as necessary on behalf of Americans. The rest of the countries can look to themselves to defend their citizens and interests.

For example, I believe that the American military should deploy to protect American citizens who travel or do commerce about the world. Hijacking an American owned vessel, or kidnapping Americans on vacation should summon the crushing power of the USA, whether a .338 Lapua magnum bullet in the head, or a cruise missile on the parliament building, or an infantry division dropped from the sky. Whatever it takes, in sufficiently crushing force to do the job — almost with ease. Nations who aid the hijackers and kidnappers should be targets of a declaration of war. “Allies” who choose to be complicit in the attack on America get their own punishment. If Democrat readers here scoff at what I write, then read the story of Leon Klinghoffer for an example. American weakness after his hijacking at sea and murder, encouraged more of the Islamic terrorism we see today.

And, so, yes, the US Navy should already have wrought destruction on Iranian naval patrol vessels. “I go where I please,” is a great motto for the US Navy — now that we are back on track to make America great again.