Contemplating this morning the intense irony, and odd appropriateness, of Sony -- a Japanese company -- delivering the first major public defeat of the growing cyberwar in December no less. Discuss.
U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer had this message for ISIS, via Scout.com:
Let me say what a lot of us are thinking...If ISIS is using social media to track me, that's a dream come true in my book. These guys are a bunch of bullies that just prey on the weak," says Meyer. "I can't travel over there anymore now that I'm out of the Marine Corps, so having them come to me would help out a lot. ISIS targeting the U.S. military is like a sheep targeting a lion. Hopefully one of these assholes actually shows up. They'll definitely get more than they want at my place!
Visit Scout.com to read the whole piece and see a hilarious photo of how worried he is...
My main problem with the ISIS threats is the federal government asking veterans to take down any online reference to their service. This is an absolutely ridiculous request and one from the nanny state. Let me get this straight...we are supposed to not be proud of our service, particularly against the evil that is Islamic Fanaticism?! What? Should I take down the flag in front of my residence, too? What the @#$%?!
We should be aware of the threat. We should not fear the threat.
We should know what ISIS is capable of. We should end that capability.
Last, Dakota Meyer and RangerUp have teamed up to create a new shirt that says it all.
Of those bothering to read, and then actually respond to our completely scientific survey, over 70% are both disinclined to allow, nor want our fighting men and women to be able to smoke weed, should their areas decriminalize it. It goes for both the AD and the NG/Reservists.
What makes the survey interesting (other than involving some really out of the way area) is that by nearly the same margin, people want VETERANS to have access to medical marijuana as a treatment option.
This last bit was surprising, as I would have thought that, based on the sample, it would have been much closer to a split than that; I hypothesized that it would have been turned down, by much smaller margins than disallowing current military to use it.
I'm not advocating or pushing for a total ban here. Being in Colorado, I'm used to seeing/smelling the stuff everywhere. I wanted to see what the general populace was considering. And they seem to want the VA to open it up. Seeing as how the VA follows FEDERAL rules, that's not likely to be an option anytime soon. But, if the VA is sending some people far from facilities to local docs, could they possibly open it up? Likely only if the vet pays for that medication themselves.
I believe it's only a matter of months before a major battle ensues over Reservists/Guardsmen testing hot from areas where MMJ has been allowed. And I'm also convinced that it will be both a civilian AND military court battle.
- Do you think Soldiers in states that have passed legalized marijuana (medical or personal use) should be able to use it?
- Do you think Veterans, no longer having a service requirement, should have medical marijuana as a treatment option (covered by the VA)?
Should Reservists/National Guardsmen from legalized marijuana states be able to use it without repercussion?
I'm posting up my first Survey Monkey survey to ask just a couple of important questions regarding use of marijuana for military members and veterans.
I've been looking to see if anyone has been asking this question; I don't see much out there, and I think it's now time to put it out there. The issue has basically three components:
1. Active duty military- should they be able to use it, if they are in a location that permits it? (Think Ft Carson in Colorado as an example)
2. Should guardsmen, who are not on duty full-time but subject to duty recall, be able to use it if their state permits it.
3. Should medical marijuana be a treatment option for veterans in the VA system?
I know this is going to be an issue; as I'm in CO, and several units are being spun up to support the Ebola mission, this is likely to make an appearance. I'm not aware of any prosecutions for it, or any unit discussion on it. Yes, I do know that in the FEDERAL legal system it's illegal to use, but Sammy Soldier who also attends Colorado University, or Cindy Clerk who has a doctor prescribing it for nausea may test 'hot' prior to deployment.
So, just to ask the question: (please click the link- couldn't get the survey to embed)
Have some appropriate motivation. NSFW, unless your job is awesome.
The first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club.
Evidently, that is slipping a little for some in the SEAL community.
No one here has weighed in on this yet, but others have elsewhere. Whether it was a night firefight and looked exactly like the last 30 minutes of Zero Dark Thirty, or whether it was over in 90 seconds on the third floor because they hit that building first is not really what is at issue. It isn’t if Navy SEALs defiled the corpse (I would have wrapped him in bacon and put him inside a pig purchased from a Jewish deli in NYC before firing what was left of him out of a cannon) or who fired the shot, or what happened on that day amongst the individuals who touched down in that compound behind enemy lines.
What is salient here is what happened the whole of that night, and that we don’t talk about Fight Club, especially when it involves operations that have Non-Disclosure Agreements and Q-Level clearances. Having been involved in a few things that have had these attached to them, I can tell you that these things are taken seriously. Being in DevGru, Detachment Delta or any other SMU is the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket to Life’s Badass List. If you are on it, the only ones that will know are also exclusive members of this club.
In the audio interview, O'Neill says he believes some details about the bin Laden mission, such as how he was killed, were no longer classified because they had been repeatedly leaked in the aftermath by high-level officials.
"Once anyone says anything at that level, it's not classified," he said.
"...I was told by people that I can't even say I'm a Navy SEAL, so I don't give a f*** what they think."
This is why leadership is important. The Occupant in Chief of the Office of the President got this ball rolling about 15 minutes after the SIPRnet message about the successful completion of the flight back and accordingly, others followed; except the two top people in the SEAL Community, and a bunch of other guys who understood that you don't talk about Fight Club. When the civilians and politicians who don't live by the same code spend their time talking about how "I got Bin Laden" when it blatantly isn't true (in the case of the OinC) it can be maddening and frightening and leads to the unintended consequences inherent in human nature.
This is why civilians don't get many invitations to join Fight Club.
The guy(s) that fired that shot, regardless of who he or they are, should have this story told to Fox News by their sons about 50 years from now. As someone who operates in the shadows of places where the intelligence world and direct action world intersect, the shooter should be able to reflect back on what he did, and in all the cool things that he can never talk about, except for with the other members on the above mentioned list.
Would I like to buy a beer and a cook a steak on my back deck for whoever pressed the Boom Switch and put an end to the number one guy on everyone's Islamist excrement list that certainly deserved it? Hell Yes, beers are on me and how do you like your steak? More than that though, I want that guy or guys to STFU about what went down in that OP.
Because the human nature I was talking about leads us to this:
They should just all smile knowingly and deflect it all back to the "team" and be glad the dude is rotting in hell.
So please, FFS, let's stop talking about Fight Club.
From the folks at A&E:
DOGS OF WAR spotlights combat veteran Jim Stanek, who returns home struggling with PTSD. He looks into getting a service dog to help him heal, only to discover how expensive they are, and how long the wait to be paired with one is. So he starts his own nonprofit to rescue dogs from kill shelters, train them as service dogs and partner them with struggling veterans at little or no cost.
The show premieres Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10PM ET/PT and then moves to Sundays at 10PM ET/PT beginning Nov. 16.
In an era when most reality TV is hypersexualized, about cutthroat competition or designed solely to make us laugh at the culture of its “stars,” it is so refreshing to be associated with a series like this, which spotlights a man who uses the greatest pain in his life to offer the greatest comfort to the lives of others.
Dogs of War is really the culmination of the work that Jim and Lindsey Stanek have done with their charity - Paws and Stripes. Jim and Lindsey found the perfect intersection of veterans needing a companion to deal with feeling isolated and shelter dogs (most likely heading to an untimely death) needing a home. In turn, they rescue each other.
Catch "Dogs of War" on A&E this Veterans Day. Spread the word!
David French in the National Review explains why our "moderate allies" seem especially prone to dropping their guns and fleeing.
All of this should be elementary, but the increasing lack of combat experience in the highest echelons of our government suggests it’s not. At the most elementary level, a soldier has to find the moral courage to overcome primal fear. And when fighting jihadists, the Iraqi soldier or Syrian moderate faces a sudden, terrifying reality.
They are coming, and they will not stop.
That is the reality of fighting disciplined armies, but it is also the reality of fighting fanatics — of people who give the impression that they don’t care whether they live or die, that the normal rules of human preservation have been utterly discarded, and they exist only to kill or be killed. In the face of such ferocity, there is but one response:
We shall not be moved.
This is the response of the American fighting man...
This is so fundamental that it explains why storied units like the 3rd Infantry Division go to such trouble to maintain their unit history, and teach it to new members. The sense of belonging to a tradition like this, and having a heritage to uphold or to shame, is one of the things that motivates young men to stand their ground. They know their predecessors went through terrors just as bad, and somehow managed to find the way. They know it can be done. They just have to do it too.
When you are fighting an army that literally believes that God is on its side, you are going to need a tremendous amount of moral courage. A force must be found, or made, that has such courage if this enemy is to be defeated. It will not be the forces supporting a corrupt government that has deserved little loyalty.
As everyone is looking for information, this article has it all- history, current efforts, and the backgrounds of those fighting it.
A MUST-READ this weekend for you.
The Ebola Wars
How genomics research can help contain the outbreak.
Over at the Burn Pit, there's a nice write up on the older VSOs like the Legion and VFW and the newer ones. I've been a fan of the Legion's work (especially, recently), as well as work with Team Rubicon (should not surprise anyone here). I still work with Soldiers' Angels (right now, supporting those in and headed to Africa) and fully support TR.
Go read the Burn Pit post now.