The Army Returning to Its Roots?

Interesting concept: train to the standard to meet the standard. Also calls to mind a corollary borrowed from JFK: don’t change the standard before learning why it was created in the first place.

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Creating an Arms Race

Not since America’s children contributed one penny to fund the building of six frigates has America’s naval capabilities been in such straits. Like those days, plenty of Americans recognize their peril and have begun to reclaim our great Nation from Obama’s unilateral disarmament.

In every service there are different schools of thought that usually reflect the competing missions of that service. In the Air Force, the Fighter Jocks run the show, despite the Air Force being responsible for space, nukes, and high-falutin’ truck drivers for the Army, which does the fighting. The Navy has two schools: the sailors and the warriors. The CNO directed the new admiral in charge of surface warfare to ‘unite the clans.’

Personnel is policy, and policy got skewed away from the primary, secondary, even tertiary purposes for our Navy. GAO’s list of high risks threatening this nation include DoD’s security clearance vetting process. I know other agencies can do the job in roughly 20% of the time, but hey – it’s a money thing. Each new investigator will cost America $1 billion each, if the Defense Logistics Agency audit is any indicator.

Donald Rumsfeld returned. Not in person, but the idea he championed to return America’s military to the second half of the XIX Century. That was a period in which generals in America’s unCivil War remained generals all the way through the Spanish-American War 33-35 years later. Welcome to a return to the world of the career Second Lieutenant! The Professional Private! Given how far off course the Political Correctness Movement has infected the military, it’s only a matter of time before we return to fully segregated ships and units. Who wants to have their life destroyed, not in combat, because eggs get broken making omelets, right?

There’s more important fish to fry – high technology sails on with or without regard to PC. Whomever sees first, understands first, and shoots first tends to win an engagement. To that end, the Chinese PLAN are going SkyNet. They’ll regret that, but it will give them an edge. In a report of good news, General Dynamics is reinvesting in ship building. Can’t wait!

Why is a functioning Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps important? It is no longer obvious, but without naval capabilities, there is no America. It is time get on with rearming America, and its Navy is the first, best place to begin.

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An American Civil War: the Role of Faiths and Religion

One aspect of a new American Civil War that we’ve touched upon very lightly is what the combatants believe in. In the Civil War of 1860-1865, both North and South were predominantly Protestant Christian, with Catholics, Jews, Muslims, pagans and atheists participating. The primary crisis of conscience centered on the theology of slavery. Slavery does exist in the Christian Bible and in the Septuagint. But, is slavery acceptable to God? Similarly, in a modern civil war, the primary crisis of conscience centers on the twinned questions ‘who is God?’ and ‘what does it mean to be a god?’ Answering those two questions informs behavior, and therefore the conduct of war. The history of the Twentieth Century informs us of the effects of faith and religion on warfare today.

American warriors are familiar with the Just War doctrine of Saint Augustine. Just War is divided into two parts: right to go to war, and right conduct in war. The first part is political and rightly should be the topic of debate. The second is, for Americans, a non-negotiable. The tenets of right conduct are: 1) the Principle of Distinction, which is recognizing who is and isn’t a combatant; 2) Proportionality, which is using just the right amount of force to achieve an objective; 3) Military Necessity; 4) Fair Treatment of Prisoners of War; and, 5) Not to employ any means of combat that are evil in and of themselves (“malum in se”), such as Tamerlane-like massacres of entire cities.

What we’ve seen on the Left is the joyful acceptance of the Doctrine of By Any Means. As the doctrine’s title says, any means to end is acceptable. “It’s only a fair fight if you’re buddy’s winning” is one way to think about it. For our purposes, we are not going to examine the nazis of Germany and the communists of the USSR, China and America. Instead we will look at Mexico in the time from 1924-1929. Most Americans don’t know Mexico’s history beyond Cinco de Mayo (created in an American bar, just like Saint Patrick’s Day) and Taco Bell (created in New Jersey. New Jersey people!).

An early hero of Mexico’s freedoms was Father Hidalgo. Executed by Spanish troops in 1811, Father Hidalgo and the Catholic Church were seen as pro-people, pro-freedom of conscience. With the introduction of the French, and their alleged Enlightenment (never have thoughts grown so dark as in the Enlightened Age), a virulent anti-Christianity was given structure. Following the execution of the so-called Emperor Maximillian in 1867, the first president of Mexico, Benito Juarez, as his first official act, confiscated (stole) the property of the Catholic Church in Mexico City.

The anti-Catholicism and anti-Christianity waxed and waned up through the troubles of the Mexican civil war of the early Twentieth Century. Mexican political leaders had three characteristics in common: they were Free Masons, anti-catholic, and corrupt. These characteristics, and America’s very-hard-won freedom of religion inspired an enduring, century-long exodus from Mexico, Central and South America to the United States. These characteristics were enshrined in the Mexican constitution of 1917. The long and the short of this constitution was that Catholics were not permitted to engage in essential rituals like receiving the sacraments and attending mass, to speak, to vote, to hold property. These denials of inalienable rights were ruthlessly enforced. By any means necessary.

In 1924, General Plutarco Elias Callez (pronounced Ki as in kite, yez – Ki-yez), was elected on a Bernie-Bros platform of redistribution of wealth and greater democratic reforms (and then founded what we know today as Mexico’s dominant political party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, or PRI) which is a member of the Socialist International). Part and parcel of Callez’s socialist government was a rigid anti-Christianity which took the form of an extreme form of anti-clericalism. This resulted in some 17 states in Mexico not having any priests or churches. Even to speak in protest meant 5 years in prison. How very enlightened. With no brakes on the train of governance, Mexicans become even more oppressed.

Eventually, Catholic Mexicans had enough and revolted. The Cristero War was a bitter war which, like its Russian counterpart, and foreshadowing socialist military conduct in the Spanish Civil War and World War II, saw the Mexican army abandoning right conduct in combat and instead resorting to any means necessary. Massacres, mass rapes and other tactics were the rule for the socialists.

The Cristeros were supported by Irish patrons and the Pope (at least for a while). The Mexican government was supported by the United States (war is bad for business), and especially the Ku Klux Klan (funny how the KKK and socialists are always buddy-buddy, but in public they treat each other as the crazy uncle locked in the basement). The Cristero War ended with a peace brokered between Pope Pius XI (likely his Cardinal Secretary of State) and the American ambassador to Mexico, Dwight Morrow. To celebrate the new-won peace, Callez had a little under 7,000 leaders of the Cristeros executed.

In an American Civil War, the Left is dominated by Socialists. The history of Socialist conduct in war is bleak. Socialism is anticlerical, and by that standard where-ever there is no God, there is no mercy – whether Left of Right, and that leads directly to by-any-means conduct. By any means necessary is license to commit mass murder, rape, theft and other crimes without distinction between combatants and civilians (and permits crimes against one’s own supporters in the absence of enemies). Andersonville will be seen as the threshold, a ‘hold-my-beer’ moment, in the treatment of POW. More importantly, freedom of conscience to be Christian or Jew will be a capital crime. This has been true in decade after decade of the Twentieth Century, and today’s Left is as militant in its anti-Christianity and anti-Semitism as at any time in history.

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New Uniforms Will Be Expensive

In case you knuckle heads who think that Pinks and Greens will be cool, let me highlight some facts, it is going to cost you a bunch of money, let me show you.

Pinks and Greens will require the following:

Pin On Rank for Officers

DUI pin on for officers and Enlisted

Brown Shoes

Brown Boots for the Airborne

Brown Socks

Sew on Rank for Enlisted

Brown Shoulder Boards for Officer and NCOs

New Headgear (both saucer cap, brown beret (unless the SMA wants to get rid of beret), and cunt cap (if beret goes the way of the dodo bird).

Sam Browne Belts (for Officers only enlisted will wear leather belt)

 

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The Hell of the Wonder-weapon

History is the enumeration of facts about warfare. War forms the basis of the discipline of studying history. And one salient fact of war is the Wonder-weapon. The Wonder-weapon is a technological marvel that changes tactics, and initially provides a decisive edge. Initially, until a counter-wonder-weapon is created or the weapons become too expensive to maintain, causing a collapse of the economy of the culture that created the weapon.

First there was stone weapons, then metals. To protect against stone and metal man adapted hunting techniques to create ‘stand-off range’ in order to mitigate damage from mastodon or maniple. Stand-off distance was countered by speed of maneuver using horses and camel and oxen. Before the stirrup and horse bridles and side reins (before those, horses were choked as you can see from contemporary friezes), speed was achieved through the adaptation of carts in chariots, and combined with stand-off distance weapons in slings and stones, and bows and arrows.

Then came weapons of defense: the shield and body armor. Shields were defeated by different weapons, such as hooks or simply stabbing through them or around them. To counter-defeat the attacks the shields got heavier, and once warfare progressed so that the shield became irrelevant, they become smaller and more ornate. From stone-age hunters through Romans to knights, each age saw new technology, but combat remained infantry grunts going toe-to-toe with the enemy.

In the US we saw the battles of the Monitor and the Merrimack, but it was the battle of the shovel around Richmond that finished off the Confederacy. The Germans of World War II provide the most dramatic search for wonder-weapons. The V1 and V2 missiles, jet planes and monstrous tanks that sank into the earth. For every weapon developed, an army division had to maintain horses and mules in order to transport logistics. Lacking quality, quantity, or speed of delivery of logistics, once the close battle was closed, the Germans got their butts kicked. Today in the US we are seeing the same phenomenon: for each wonder-weapon like the Zumwalt and the F-35, our military becomes less capable. For each new thing, we have to give up the core of combat: to close with and destroy the enemy.

Impossible!, you say? Our Navy lacks a projectile to support Marines and soldiers. When combined with the naval gunfire capability of the Littoral Combat Ship, our Marines are on their own. Our Navy has no plans to create such a round. Meanwhile China is mass-producing warships. Thank you Slater for this article on China’s PLAN.

But wait! There’s another wonder-weapon on the horizon that will completely change naval artillery and defeat China’s quantities! Except the weapon is reliant on the internet-of-things, also known as ‘imminently hackable’ and easily mitigated.

Warfare is changing and technology and easy money are driving those changes. Historically, whenever a country relies on a single weapon that country fails relatively soon after. That includes reliance on humans forming that weapon: the Roman legion, the Japanese samurai, the Cossacks and the Field Artillery. Example: US Navy sailors who are politically correct, and can’t sail their ships. Wonder-weapons are hell, and the US military is bathing in brimstone.

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Birth of a Marine Corps and Other Nuclear News

Japan is birthing a Marine Corps after 73 years. Japan, thanks to China and North Korea, is rearming finally. What will be interesting will be how Japan rebuilds its society to include warriors over the legal and cultural obstacles America imposed on the Japanese in 1945.

Popular Mechanics presents an article on yet another naval threat: the Russian Doomsday Torpedo – another nuke weapon, another threat we will forced to go hat in hand to Big Defense for their latest wunderwaffe. I wonder how much this is going to cost us? At least as much as teaching the Navy that water is wet and Port has 2, 2!, sea-faring definitions.

Since North Korea now has a credible nuclear threat, as well as having an expectation of Pakistan taking revenge by giving yet more nuclear technology to terrorists, here’s a guide to get you ready for surviving a nuclear strike. For me, the first way is not to live in some out of the way town in the Midwest. Bombing San Fran, while edifying, may cause America to get pissed off. Smalltown, Kansas, eh, so what? They’re bitter clingers and know the point count in NASCAR. Give Kim what he wants before the next Broadway premiere…

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War in the Pacific

Several articles today on war in the Pacific. The first covers China’s strategic moves inside the US of A. American campuses are particularly vulnerable due to the Leftist Authoritarianism (but I repeat myself) of the college and university administrivialists; and the cultural, pseudo-intellectual Marxism of the Professariat. The problem for students starts sooner, but what has me scratching my head is the lack of intellectual curiosity. But hey, Google, which totes ain’t evil, is a thumb swipe away.

China’s strategic maneuvers focus on the economy and operational maneuvers in space. Recall what the US Navy did to the Confederacy. Everything after 1861 was just the South’s death-twitching. To have a manufacturing base, one needs raw materials, and China figured that out and is acting accordingly. It’s a race to see who’s vision controls the future, but fortunately for the Chinese, America is focused on white trucks blocking the cameras at Mar-a-lago, and whether or not the POTUS described Haiti in the most aromatic of terms.

What is a bona fide crapper is DoD’s finances. One strategic move that I expect will get tossed away in political chess is an overdue audit of DoD.

The last article discusses the tactics that North Korea could use against America and South Korea. These are not new tactics by any means. In WWI the Germans called these Stormtrooper tactics, and America saw similar in its many wars with the Indian nations. Still, the enemy has a vote. And so do those students mentioned above. Would our 17 Intelligence Agencies even know there’s a war? Education – our first strategic resource to win the Pacific.

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