Tag: Military

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. We’re Veterans, Not Victims

 

Most of America is celebrating Veterans Day. But several progressives can’t join the rest of us in giving a simple “thank you” to the millions of men and women who guaranteed our freedoms.

For example, Salon.com featured an article titled “You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy”:

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Sleep When You’re Dead

 
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SecNav Ray Mabus in a Trident Submarine bunk room.

An article in Navy Times asks the question: should our forces get more rest?

The fleet’s top submariner said getting sub crews the sleep they need is a necessary culture change inside a force that has long viewed sleep as a luxury.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Lower Your Expectations — and Your Defenses

 

The Pentagon is in the midst of reducing our armed forces to levels not seen since 1940. Thirty thousand active duty Army troops are to be eliminated in the next two years. The Obama Administration has since announced that they want 1,500 illegal aliens inducted into service. This is madness.

Just this year, since the beginning of the southern border crisis, at least 40,000 detained illegals have been released and vanished into the wider population. No one knows who they are, what their intentions are, or even their health status.

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Charles Krauthammer reinforces my doubts about NATO under current leadership. Is NATO still a serious alliance? Does Putin fear it? Would the alliance be called into action to defend some members but not others?  More

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EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo interviews Walid Phares, Allen West, and David Lazar on the subject of ISIS and America’s current operations in the Middle East: More

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The money quote, for me: “Is it overkill? Yeah, it is. I mean, for our use, it’s more armor than we need. But it’s free,” he says. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. What Should Happen To Surplus Military Equipment?

 

If local police forces should not receive surplus military equipment, what should happen to it instead?

Should the military sell it all for scrap, even when it’s relatively new and perfectly usable?

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Coming Out

 

It’s still summer, but autumn felt close this past weekend. Daughter #2 has returned from camp. We were hosting a family barbecue as a sendoff for daughter #1, who will be spending the year in Israel before entering college. The crispness of fall has yet to set in, but the heat and humidity of summer were gone.

At the barbecue, we talked about my daughter’s classmates, and their plans. About half are going to Israel next year, the rest straight to college. What happened to the boy who applied to West Point? He discovered he had a disqualifying health problem. My parents expressed relief. Ilana, their friends’ daughter, was injured in Iraq, and years later she is still fighting to get proper care from the VA.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Return to Coercion

 

With Iraq collapsing, Russia attacking, and China rising, the Obama administration is only now taking the first steps toward forceful action. It will have at its disposal a broad spectrum of options, thanks to new military technologies such as cyber-weapons, unmanned drones, precision munitions, and robotics. But it has yet to free itself from outmoded ways of thinking of war.

In an article just posted, co-written with Jeremy Rabkin of George Mason University, I argue that the United States should use these new weapons in the way it has used economic sanctions and blockades (as means to coerce other nations to pressure their leaders to change policies, rather than consider them kinetic weapons like artillery or armor.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Tunnels and Tactics

 

In an article in the Times of Israel, Avi Issacharoff describes the Israeli military’s upreparedness — and quick adaptation — in dealing with Gazan tunnels:

Many commentators and officials speak of the attack tunnels leading into Israel.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Sword, Juno, Utah, Omaha, Gold

 

D-DayEach June 6th, those words leap to the front of one’s consciousness. They were the code names of the five most important beaches in the history of the United States — and the free world. (Ok. The men who landed on Iwo, Tarawa, Guam, Saipan and dozens of others in the Pacific might argue that point).

Seventy years ago, the largest armada ever assembled crossed the Channel from England headed for Normandy. It was called “Operation Overlord” and it almost didn’t take place.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Obama’s Casual Contempt for the Military

 

Sitting in the boardroom, a dozen social workers, salesmen and developers were waiting for the Health IT CEO to kick off the meeting. As we rocked in our chairs, my boss — an MSW-cum-Chief Sales Officer — complained about his “black sheep” cousin who was shaming the family name.

“The rest of us went to college but he’s stuck in the Army,” he said.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. On Sgt. Bergdahl and Unrequited Allegiance

 

You know at the very instant Susan Rice appears on television that, A) something has gone horribly wrong, and B) you are about to be served a whopper that not even Burger King would touch.

“We have a sacred obligation that we have upheld since the founding of our Republic to do our utmost to bring back our men and women who were taken in battle,” said the National Security Advisor, whose mind was blissfully unclouded by a sacred duty ignored when it came to Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans in the heat of battle.

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Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (quoting Shakespeare): “What a piece of work is man, in form and movement how express and admirable. In action how like an angel.” Sergeant Buster Kilrain: Well, if he’s an angel, all right then. But he damn well must be a killer angel. – Gettysburg (1993) More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Cue Up The Band

 

shutterstock_106322621Peggy Noonan writes today in the Wall Street Journal that the US needs a military that acts swiftly and doesn’t brag. I agree with that first point — especially with the suggestion that we should have cut to the chase and sent in the troops to rescue the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. The military would have been delighted to execute such an assignment, a good thing would have been accomplished, and we would have demonstrated that America hasn’t completely forgotten how to flex its muscles. Nigeria’s not going to declare war on us. And is the international community likely to get on their high horse over the rescue of innocent girls? And so what if they do?

I wasn’t as convinced, however, by her assertion that great militaries shouldn’t brag. I understand the principle behind it: don’t showboat and let the guns do the talking. But I suspect the truth is that pomp and ceremony have always been a component of military might — and probably for good reason. Triumphalism is actually pretty effective at producing the “shock and awe” factor that great militaries like to inspire in civilian populations, both at home and abroad. I myself tend to react reflexively against propaganda, so the flag-waving jingoism often misses with me, but there’s no denying that plenty of people like it and it tends to make an impression. Compared to missiles and tanks, flags and musicians are cheap and safe. If there’s a chance of forestalling a war with a parade … throw the parade.

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The Call of Duty video game series has tens of millions of registered users. So you can bet that this promotion video for the next sequel is going to get plenty of attention. What does it get right? What does it get wrong? Where should debates about mercenary employment go from here? More

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Larry Thornberry at American Spectator makes quite a case for how the current administration threatens our long term national security in a piece titled Uncle Sam Wants You–Sort Of. Having served and faced the life changing question of reenlistment I concur fully with his assessment that Obama and company are “an administration that has an […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Why Won’t Europe Defend Itself? — Peter Robinson

 

Back when the United States had no qualms about maintaining an enormous defense establishment, I could see why the Europeans wanted to let us do all the nasty work, maintaining only nominal defenses themselves. But now? President Obama has devoted the last five years to reducing our commitments abroad, shrinking our armed forces, and making us, withal, much less reliable allies than we used to be.

The European response? To make their defense budgets even smaller.

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