Gun show interview explains the newest M72 FFE (fire from enclosure) IAW (individual awesome weapon). For those not familiar with the M72 LAW it is best explained as a single shot, disposable, Vietnam-era small bazooka. “LAW” stands for “light anti-tank weapon.” A Fort Benning training booklet tried to make the infantryman think he was more than a match against a tank with the M72. Just pop up, pop open the LAW, and pop the tank. Yep.
But, like any other rocket launcher, “backblast” is a problem. All of that rocket energy has to go somewhere, and “back” is that zone. Backblast is rough on guys standing behind the excited infantryman thinking more about the bad guys in front. And, once fired, the gunner is marked by a big cloud of dust and debris.
I’m not sure how NAMMO’s engineers manage to turn this into a fire-from-enclosure weapon, but I’d sure like to take one to the range to try out.
Good article here discussing probable urban battle terrain of the future. This is, indeed, a radical shift from the Cold War I era (we are in Cold War II now, you know) where the Army thought in terms of the European forests and plains, and jungles in far-flung places.
The world forces of evil pressure all of us toward urbanization, where we are better “regulated.” Just look at any American political map, and see that the land space is red-state, but the city minions go Democrat. Yes, I’ll admit here to some provincial prejudice, but massively urban people more willingly accept government control than country cousins. The same is true all over the world. Might as well recognize the reality, and prepare for battle in a massive urban warren like this.
Picking up on “The Matrix” (see link in last post), here’s an article about underwater drones — launching other underwater drones. Before you Russians get too emboldened by Democrat weakness, understand that most of our military officers and NCOs are just waiting for the bizarre Obama era to end. Oh sure, the highest ranking who want to continue in career and politics are giving lip service to the foolishness coming from the White House, but you can’t think they take Obama seriously. In the meantime, they are doing what they do best: getting ready to hunt you down and kill you.
Our enemies should be very afraid. Places to hide are shrinking.
On any given day, we have around 2,000 troops in Africa. This article is about the benefits of training there.
When our leaders squander our loyal, young lives on foreign soil, those politicians not only betray our troops and mire us in debt, they tear our country down. They become an illegitimate government, elected to serve Americans but, instead, using Americans to play grand on the world stage. Sometimes, these ventures are begun from the most noble of motives. But, without the firm will of the people, and without victory and conclusion within some reasonable time frame, endless warfare frays any culture.
Having said that, you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs, and training gets an army only so far. Even training is dangerous, and men die. But, we cannot have the toughest fighting force in the world without sending them off to kill some bad guys from time to time. “How stealthy is the stealth fighter?” is a question we cannot truly know the answer to, until some pilots take it on some missions where they might have otherwise been detected and shot at. The people who join know this regardless of youth and motive for joining up.
So, I am pleased we are exercising with different armies in Africa. If we start to think that we have the responsibility to take the continent over and refashion it into some sort of liberal la-la land like America has become, then I refer to President Washington’s well-known warning about foreign entanglements.
The flag and the anthem are powerful visual and vocal symbols of who America really is. This “we the people” phrase is not just a mantra. No king, no khan, no Communist Party. No dictator. We are not a nation led by a “strong man” or founded around a tribe sharing race as our uniting force.
We are — or we were — united by the single idea of individual liberty. We express that individual liberty by having no government other than “we the people.” We the people express that government in our Constitution; we carry it out through our elected Congress and President. We celebrate it and remind each other of how precious liberty is and how rare liberty is through our national symbols.
America is an idea, a dream, an aspiration, an experiment — a fragile experiment at that. We always were; we always will be for so long as the USA lasts. We are abnormal to the human race. We took power back from the powerful, and wrote a plan of limited, self-government, in the king’s place. Never before, had this been done by any people, anywhere.
The loss of respect for our national symbols reflects the loss of understanding among our people of who we are. Such a misunderstanding of America is dangerous to us all. Everyone here should wake up every day glowing in gratitude that he is here, participating in this glorious experiment. The success depends on each of us. The Founders are long dead; they could only declare themselves independent. It is up to each generation of Americans to continue to insist on independence from those who from within claw their way toward greater power, and from those enemies outside who watch for us to weaken enough to be conquered.
I am not so angry with the likes of NFL players who show such ignorance, as I am at those who taught them to be so dangerously foolish.
Warfare without the wholehearted will of the people, brings down governments. Warfare without the wholehearted will of the military — ought to be reconsidered. Warfare over decades without strategy or victory wears both out. There are reasons why the people who do long, multiple deployments are questioning continuous Middle East warfare.
This survey of about 2,200 active-duty troops, reported at “Military Times” shows a skeptical military, more ready to defend America than faraway foreign lands.
We are not going to fix the Middle East. We are not going to fix Africa. We are not going to fix anywhere, and the question is whether the United States may remain united. We are $20 trillion in debt.
And, plainly, whatever our strategy in the Middle East might be, it’s not working. “Degrade ISIS” is not a strategy. Let me propose a strategy that illustrates the vacuousness of the Obama administration’s “degrade Isis” wishful thinking.
I had long ago proposed that one strategy would be to pick a strategically and tactically advantageous location in the Middle East, and occupy it. Wait for the enemy to come, and kill every one of them. Settle down, repeat. I called this the “meatgrinder” strategy. For example, instead of taking Iraq first, perhaps we should have taken and liberated Syria first, and used Syria’s ports and proximity to allies to our advantage. We would have blocked flight and shipments of WMD from Iraq into Syria. Maybe. With sufficient American might and will, we could have picked our place, and launched our meatgrinder strategy. Let European jihadist Muslims flock to the trap. And kill them. Keep killing them, until those drunk on the presumed glory of the New Caliphate awaken to the reality: fighting America is death. (Of course, counter the martyr motive by burial with a tablespoon of Spam.)
We began something similar in Iraq. Then, we quickly degraded our own mission by rules of engagement and nation-building motives. We are now fifteen years later, and for what?
So, why do thinking Americans want to continue to shed American blood over there? And, the troops think about this more than most because they are the ones deployed to hot, dusty lands to occupy lonely outposts or run convoys along isolated roads.
Future leaders in Washington need to comprehend that things have changed. As my brother-in-law in the National Guard put it when his unit was activated and deployed to Saudi Arabia for Gulf War I, “I’m in the ‘National Guard.’ We are supposed to ‘guard the nation.'”
It’s time for America to guard the nation. It’s time for other peoples to guard or build their own nations. We might help. But, another fifteen years of American deployments, IED’s, amputations, and pictures of motivated guys making a comeback with artificial limbs?
Democrats: you need to accept this harsh reality — your presidential candidate has no idea what to do. She will continue the same fitful, sporadically successful, mostly ineffective, lack-of-a-strategy strategy. In that mode, we are not the meatgrinder. We are the ground meat returning home in caskets.
Over which she lies to us about why they died.
Liberty. Liberty is government restrained at every turn. This is no starry-eyed faith in the individual citizen. “Liberty” is recognition of the historic fact that individual citizens empowered by the force of law become, at best, no better than the rest of us and, at worst, utterly given over to a lust for power and riches.
Limited self-government follows.
Fiscal responsibility. Money is the fuel stoking the fires of tyranny. Or, as Marx put it, “Capital is social power.” Money talks. Money is power. Say it how you want, when people we entrust with government power cut themselves free from the constraint of fiscal soundness, they sail their haughty ships on a sea of debt and taxes.
Equal justice under the law. Equal. The law treating you, the same as me. Democrats who claim this principal fail to realize that they are the ones who have strayed far from equal justice under the law. Law, blind to all of the characteristics they separate us into so that they can apply the law unequally to some. Commit the crime, do the time. No special groups who get to sue other less favored citizens. No financial aid based on which blocks you check. No preferences. No affirmative action other than affirmatively, doggedly, even aggressively making sure that every citizen is treated exactly the same under the law.
Military strength. I am going to add, “general” military strength. Defending the nation is the responsibility of every citizen. Own a firearm suitable for combat. Have an assigned place among your fellow armed citizens — a militia. Take training. Return to the draft. Every nation in history has fallen to some other nation. Every one. Why do people in the United States fantasize that we are any different? Where are the Hittites, the Assyrians, and the Babylonians? Where for that matter, are the seemingly invincible Soviets of only a few years ago? Where are Mohammed’s waves sweeping across Europe — other than as bedraggled, frightened, desperate refugees? Gone. Gone, that’s where. Even the Romans. Empires lasted for centuries, and then they were not more. We need armed forces brimming with weapons and strong, tough men. There is no room in a strong, tough military for those wanting sex-change operations.
The flag. The National Anthem. Our armed forces. Our battle legends. Our Founders. Our landmarks and symbols from Valley Forge to Gettysburg to Pearl Harbor. All of these should be revered as the historic and living manifestation of the dream of liberty under limited self-government, where no title is honored greater than “American citizen,” where no American is any more special than any other American. We share these powerful symbols and traditions — and those who tear at them, stomp on them, and mock them are either our avowed enemies, or they are deluded by our avowed enemies. Perhaps the most powerful American symbol is the rifle, the flintlock of our Revolution years, and now the AR-15. Never give it up to those other people who demand a monopoly on firearms.
Unity. Shared basic principles stated above define “Americans.” When Americans dishonor our history and our principles, we become weak. Our enemies sharpen their knives and lick their chops. Black Americans influenced by the incessant anti-American propaganda we hear every day: get down on your knees and thank God that — for whatever purpose — your African ancestors were sold into slavery by other Africans, and dropped off at Charleston or Savannah instead of into South America, or Haiti. Thank God they got to America, or you might live in Equatorial Guinea. Never forget that only a few short centuries ago, white people were bought and sold and chained and whipped and died in slavery, too. Understand that white Christian people who were so revolted by the notion that one of God’s children could “own” others, that they broke the chains slavery. White Christians repealed the putrid laws that enforced slavery. White Christians died by the tens of thousands ending slavery in America. Indeed, angry young black college students acting so entitled: the most recent slaves are the oppressed white people of central Europe, only recently set free from the Evil Empire formerly known as the Soviet Union. They were finally freed only because of America.
Leaders would unite us. Leaders would draw deeply from the well of American principles, teach those principles to the ignorant, and stand on those principles to inspire the misguided. Leaders would refrain from using their power to plunder our wealth. Leaders would guard us from outside threats. Leaders would not abuse our military volunteers by moving them like pawns across the world. Leaders would rebuff sycophants seeking favors, instead of embracing them into a bloated club where they all meet at the Hamptons and share government contracts and speaking engagement invitations. Such “leaders” view the rest of us as a “basket of deplorables.”
Finally, and most importantly, I have to write what many Americans do not want to hear. Even my libertarian friends think that liberty exists somehow of its own nature, as if some particle inherent in the Big Bang. Liberty is man’s nature because man was created by man’s God. No God? No liberty. No goodness. No reason to exist. No purpose, no direction in history. No God, and there is merely the coincidental collision of restless animals who are born, live and die and are no more. Without God, there is no America and there never could have been an America. Without God, might makes right, and the most violent horde rules — for a time — until swept away by a later ruthless horde. Understand, those of you mocking the notion of God: the anti-God propaganda and the anti-American propaganda are companion murderers seeking to kill our country. Attacks on human physical nature and Christians are intentional subversions of the very ideas that make America possible. I know you do not want to hear this, but, look around you, and see the evidence of an America without God, and tell me it’s good. Tell me it will last. Tell me it ought to last.
Without God, America won’t endure and there’s no reason why America should.
We have to get organized. Eighty million armed Americans, each huddled away with tricked out AR-15’s (plural), a bazillion rounds of ammo, and survival gear, make up no army. An army requires a command structure and training.
But, perhaps, the infrastructure for organizing multiple militias already exists — in the world of Airsoft units. You might start locally at TennTak’s facility: a mock up of East Fallujah. No joke. And, you might start young. They host birthday parties for 8-year olds.