Do You Have To Work At Being This Stupid?

Posted By Deebow

I was going to invent a new game show.  Only senior military field grade officers would have been allowed to play and the questions would be asked by a neutral Regimental Sergeant Major of my choosing.

And this would have been the title.  But Col. Ellen Haring over at the US Army War College has already beat me to it, and she is the first contestant in her own sad show.

The Colonel, you may remember, was one of the escapees from the Asshatery who filed suit saying that women needed to be allowed in combat arms branches, and I think that she thinks she is on a roll; because from the deep depths of her vast combat experience she pulls this nugget out.

Col. Ellen Haring, on the staff of the  U.S. Army War College, says commanders need to downplay obstacle courses and  judge a service member’s ability to stay calm and think quickly.

Yeah, that will work Colonel.  I pray this isn't what passes for "intellectual gravitas" at Army College.  I hope she washed her hands after she pulled that fact out of whatever nether region it came from.  Based upon this demonstration of intellect, I wouldn't let her be in charge of the copy machine, let alone a brigade of steely eyed killers.

So I am calling her out so that her peers won't have to suffer from having their careers shortened from laughing in her face for such a statement.  I want the Colonel to use her ability to be calm and think very quickly to stop me from overpowering her by smashing her in the jaw with the butt of my rifle and then driving a bayonet through her ribs.  C'mon, it ought to be easy.  Just use your noggin!

All of your neurons firing and becoming the eye of storm aren't going to stop me from doing that; you are going to need physical strength to stop me Colonel, and I am confident I could do it right now even in my prior service, dirtbag civilian, light walking workout, semi chubby state. 

But it ain't about me.  She called out Audie Murphy, and I ain't gonna let that go...

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Being A Moron Is Apparently a Defense

Posted By Grim

I just have one comment about the verdict today.  The defense moved to throw out the count of aiding the enemy recently, and the judge disallowed the motion.  The reason the defense thought the motion was reasonable is striking.

The judge heard a request from the defense on Monday to drop the charge. David E. Coombs, the lead defense lawyer, argued that Private Manning did not have “actual knowledge” that by leaking the documents to WikiLeaks he was aiding the enemy.

In the past, the government had argued that through his extensive training, Private Manning should have known that the information could end up with groups that wanted to harm American military personnel. But the government acknowledged Monday that “should have known” was not enough to define “actual knowledge.”

A hundred thousand OPSEC briefings later, only an absolute moron would not realize that publishing classified documents on the Internet would mean that the enemy would have access to them.  

The judge refused to drop the charge, but apparently was convinced by the argument.  Being a moron is apparently a positive defense here, justifying an actual acquittal of the charge of aiding the enemy.  No doubt this precedent will improve the standards of good order and discipline in the US Army.



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ROE: Killing More Troops Than The Enemy

Posted By Laughing_Wolf

Over at This Ain't Hell, Jonn links to a very well done piece by Paul Szoldra (aka StrikeFO at TAH) in Business Insider.  It is well worth a read, some good thought and discussion, and well placed to get it out where more of the public might notice and discuss. 

LW

PS:  Yes, it is a year old, doesn't change that it is good and we need to find a way to kick this discussion off again. 



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What Not To Wear....

Posted By Deebow

It is becoming increasingly apparent to many Americans that we are going to have to rely on the cast of Mama Mia' and Rent, augmented by the LBGT community for our survival as a nation in times of war.  In fact, it appears that the US Army is taking some significant steps to ensure they look FABULOUS!!! 

The March debut of the Combat Uniform-Alternate is the first in a series of moves the Army hopes to make in the next three years to help female soldiers feel like more professional members, officials said.

With narrower shoulders, a slightly tapered waist and a more spacious seat, the unisex clothing line has been in the works since 2009 and is being issued to all installations – except Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. – for men and women with a smaller or more slender body.

Now we are concerned that they don't "feel" professional in their uniform?  Can someone throw a lifeline down this f'ing rabbit hole to me please?  I just keep tumbling and tumbling.....

And let me correct the the Media; it ain't a "unisex" uniform if you can't sell it at Fort Benning; home of the Airborne, The Infantry, Sniper School, Ranger School and the factory where the crucible is located that cranks out a good portion of the world's supply of Modern Combat Bad-Assery.

The trousers feature wider areas at the hips, waist and backside; elastic around the waistband instead of pull string; adjusted pockets and knee-pad inserts; and a shortened rise in pants.

The jackets include adjusted rank and name tape positioning, adjusted pockets and elbow-pad inserts, slimmer shoulders, a thinner and more fitted waist, and a longer and wider coat bottom.

Because Matty O' has always asked lovingly to keep it as PG as possible, I am going to refrain from jokes regarding wider areas for hips, waists and backsides, changes in knee pad placement, the need for elbow pad adjustments and anything regarding "longer and wider" in regards to jacket size. Please work on your own for this portion.

IMHO, unless that uniform also has an electro-hydraulic up-armored exoskeleton attached to an Arc Reactor from Stark Industries, I am not certain how it is "better" for female soldiers.  I guess it will look fabulous on them when they are sweating that 81mm baseplate up the hill.

Roughly one in every six soldiers is a woman, and last month, the Army announced that the ratio likely will increase by early 2014, when the service will continue its efforts to open all closed units and military occupational specialties to women

Great thinking Big Army, create a "unisex" uniform that fits 1/6th of the Army (and those waify looking dudes in finance) because that's what will make them want to make them choose a career with attributes like lifting heavy things and walking them all over God's Green Earth and then living in the mud when you get there; new, form fitting and flatteringly spiffy uniforms.

Someone in the puzzle palace is making the bold move of staking their career on sexual harrassment in the Armed Forces going up I guess.

Do they get a nifty beret to go with it?  Did the US Army hire the PIO team from The Onion and Clinton and Stacy from What Not To Wear?  Are they really f'ing serious about the direction they are taking the Army in?

Make a new uniform for the ladies all you want.  I thought they had what it took to be professionals all along.  Just not Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Armor or Special Forces professionals....



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"How To Lose A War"

Posted By Grim

ZenPundit has composed a piece that is a thoroughgoing sketch of what has been done wrong in Afghanistan and, to a lesser degree, was done wrong in Iraq.  I suspect all of you will find much to agree with in his commentary, and most of you will find at least one or two things to object to as well.  

It should make for a good discussion.



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Email from W.E.B. Griffin on the 60th Anniversary of the Ending of the Korean War

Posted By Blackfive

July 27th is a notable date, the ending of the Korean War.  It is hard to believe that sixty years have passed; yet, this conflict still makes the headlines with the despotic North Korean leaders constantly calling for genocide against the South Koreans and Americans. 

Best-selling military fiction author W.E.B. Griffin whose real name is William E. Butterworth III emailed a piece about his impressions, having served in Korea from 1952-1953 as a combat correspondent assigned to the 223rd Infantry Regiment, 40th Division and the 10th Corps Headquarters.

His article is noteworthy since it reflects on how the draft was able to incorporate all segments of America’s society, making the armed services accountable to all citizens, not just the ones who, today, put their lives on the line by stepping up to the plate and volunteering.

The article by W.E.B. Griffin is listed below:

The late General Donn W. Starry, universally recognized as both a distinguished warrior and one of the Army’s greatest intellectuals, began his address to the Corps of Cadets and several hundred of his fellow graduates on the 50th Anniversary of his West Point graduation with this comment: “I have many memories of my four years as an inmate of this institution, none of them favorable.”

Similarly, I have many memories of my service in Korea , few of which reflect favorably on our society today.

I remember, for example, standing at a cross-road in the Punchbowl behind Heartbreak Ridge in a freezing rain waiting for a jeep to pick me up. I had just come from seeing Captain George S. Patton, who commanded a company “Up On The Ridge”  of 140th Tank Battalion tanks named after his father. With me, also rain-soaked, un-shaven, shivering, hungry and miserable, waiting for a jeep to pick him up, was a young major. His name was Eisenhower, and his father was President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of its armed forces.

I remember, too, a week or so later, being in a sandbagged bunker, command post of an infantry company of Colonel (later Major General) Curtis W. Herrick’s 223rd Infantry Regiment, quite literally on the front of the front line. In the bunker were the company commander, a captain;  his brother, a lieutenant assigned to the regiment on our left flank; and a GI correspondent―a PFC―of the Army newspaper Stars & Stripes.

As we tried without much success to warm ourselves with coffee heated on a small stove, we heard the grinding of gears on a truck, and moments later a first sergeant made his way into the bunker to announce ‘six replacements, Captain, one of whom insists he shouldn’t be here.”

A moment later, a nice looking young man appeared. He told the captain a mistake had been made. He didn’t belong in the infantry, he said, because he was a Harvard graduate.

“Wonderful,” the captain said. “You’ll be right at home here. I’m Harvard ’49. My brother here is ’51. And I’m surprised you don’t recognize PFC John Sack. He was famous around Harvard Square as the only man ever to be simultaneously editor of both the Lampoon and the Crimson. First Sergeant, take this splendidly educated rifleman to his platoon sergeant.”

At the time, I thought it was hilarious.

Sixty years later I’m saddened by the thought that exchange would not have occurred in Iraq or occur now in Afghanistan . With rare and notable exceptions―Vice President Joe Biden’s and Senator Jim Webb’s sons leap to mind―the sons of the politically powerful and the alumni of the Ivy League seem now to feel that picking up a rifle and going off to fight for the United States is something best left to the untermensch. 

W.E.B. Griffin
Late Sergeant/Combat Correspondent
X Corps, Korea



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Prints Out: Did You Get Yours?

Posted By Laughing_Wolf

Everyone who donated $100 or more to the Normandy effort (excluding those who said they did not want the incentive, did not have an address that could be accessed, and one person who asked for a delay in shipping) should have their photos today.  If you donated $100 or more, and did not get the photo you should have, please let me know asap.  The signed and numbered prints are limited and I want to be sure that everyone is taken care of.  Thank you! Remember, donations to http://www.gofundme.com/2wwguw help with embeds, books, shows, and more.

LW



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West Point Class Ring Found In Huntsville AL

Posted By Laughing_Wolf

Just got pinged on Facebook that a 1971 graduate of West Point named Jacobson seems to have lost his class ring.  If you know this person, or are them, the ring can be claimed by contacting news.department at WHNT

LW

UPDATE:  Owner found, WPPA can stand down, repeat stand down.  :) 



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IABU: Interview with LTC Anthony P. Flood, TXARNG

Posted By Laughing_Wolf

If you are Army South and needing to train a unit that will be patrolling, scouting, moving to secure locations or other, and generally making life interesting for the enemy, who do you call?  Why, you call the Cav, of course.  It's a natural. 

In this case, to train the Guatemalan Inter-Agency Border Unit (IABU), you call the Texas Army National Guard because not only are they Cav, they've done similar missions in Europe and South America.  Below is an interview I did with LTC Anthony P. Flood of the TXARNG about the mission.  It is a bit rough, and why is below the fold as it has nothing to do with him or the mission.

 

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Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor

Posted By Laughing_Wolf IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton



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