Category: U.S. Military

What is missing from this revelation?

Yesterday I had a post about how a communication by the NAVY Sec Mabus clearly showed that the military was about to lower standards for access into some of the most demanding and dangerous combat specialties due to the demands from the PC political class. Today we have a revelation form retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis about how horrible the current US foreign policy landscape looks.

Because the United States lacks a global strategy, “volatility is going to get to the point that chaos threatens,” a former Central Command (CENTCOM) commander told a Heritage Foundation audience Wednesday.

Speaking in Washington, D.C., retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis said, “the perception is we’re pulling back” on America’s commitment to its allies and partners, leaving them adrift in a changing world. “We have strategic atrophy.”

Again the missing item here is what? I am not even gonna bother with a long lead up and just point out that the elephant in the room is that the idiots that were going to stop the rise of the oceans, heal the rift that warmonger devil Boosh caused with his cowboyism between us and every civilized nation on the planet, and show the world that the dog that rolls over and exposes it’s neck and belly to the aggressors would garner their sympathy and get them to stand down.

Yes, this for me is an opportunity to again point out that I told you so. In my wildest nightmares I couldn’t think anyone would do more harm than Carter did, but Team Obama has usurped that title with panache and certainty. People forgot how dismal democrats are at anything that has to do with the real world, and it reflects, not just in the current economic and political climate at home, but in our foreign policy and the disasters of the last 6 years, as well. I wonder if that Nobel Peace Committee has thought about asking Obama to return the prize they gave him to spite Boosh? I am certain that all the other idiots around the globe that rooted for an Obama win – with the exception of the ones in countries such as China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela amongst a long list of rogue nations that were salivating at the chops for another weak ass in chief – and the subsequent “maturity” in the new US foreign policy are kicking themselves these days.

Our enemies get treated like a hooker afraid of pissing off her pimp, while our friends get treated like the hooker by her pimp. It’s a shame and a travesty. The world is now a more dangerous place because the supposed adults have been in charge and have done a “reset”. The consequences of having these in charge will be felt for a long time, and we have not yet seen the worst of it.

So the Politicians still actively at it

An ongoing debate in the military community is that despite all the wishful thinking by the PC desk jockeys in DC, reality has been a harsh mistress. General physical requirements for women already differ from those that men must qualify for, and without exclusion the requirement for females is far lower than that for males. I will not bore you with the logic that was used to get this to pass. Basically the argument has always been that while physical strength will matter on the battlefield, non-combat jobs shouldn’t have the same restrictions. The problem some have pointed out is that on the modern battlefield all jobs tend to, at one point or another, end up as combat jobs. Someone less qualified, because of lower physical standards, not only runs the risk of performing poorly when that happens, getting themselves killed in the process, but actually costing others their lives. I remain ambivalent about women in non-combat military jobs, but I detest the fact that we can’t have either an honest discussion or get the military to accurately report the facts. That ship has already sailed, and we now must live with what is.

The problem is that the SJW types still demand more, because as things stand right now their argument that there is no difference between men and women is easily disputed based on facts. For decades now the political class has been demanding women be given access to combat billing in the military that have remained exclusively male. It should be no surprise that these billets usually are highly specialized combat infantry billets with extremely demanding physical requirements. Amongst the billets that the PC Police has targeted to push their agenda to prove that there is absolutely no difference between men and women are the Marine Infantry Officer program, NAVY SEAL program, the Army Ranger/Delta Force programs, and the Air Force Special Operations program. These programs have actively resisted lowering standards for anyone because lives would be lost. So far not a single female to try out has succeeded in passing the rigorous and demanding physical part of any of these programs, and the reason is simple biology.

But the SJW types remain undeterred in their quest to be able to say they were right, so this announcement by Navy Secretary Mabus should come as no surprise. Here is a snippet, emphasis mine:

Fair fitness standards,/b>, less online training, more educational opportunities and a better balance of work and family life. Those hot button issues for sailors and Marines are now at the forefront of a new campaign by the Navy’s top civilian to boost quality of life and recruit more women into the ranks.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is set to unveil a host of far-reaching initiatives and policy changes Wednesday, aimed at improving quality of life and careers for sailors and Marines, many which came directly from the deckplates, a senior Navy official has confirmed to Navy Times.

Mabus plans to to ease body fat restrictions, boost career flexibility, andpush to recruit more women in the Navy and Marine Corps, while opening up the last billets that remain closed to them.

The initiatives have been in the works for some time. Mabus has publicly voiced support for increasing the number of women and the jobs open to them, while Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran’s office has been collecting fleet feedback on everything from revamping Navy Knowledge Online and the PFA to beefing up education and civilian training opportunities. Mabus is also expected to highlight recent moves to accelerate promotions for top performing corporals.

So there you have it: physical standards will again be reduced because “fairness”. My bet is, barring a reduction for show purposes, that they will only be reduced for one gender. I doubt the SEALs or the Marines will be happy to go along with any of this crap. SJW will not care who loses their lives as long as they get to pretend the dumb shit they believe is true however.

For those not in the know, this is being coupled with early promotions if you have the right plumbing. To me, that line about early promotions of corporals, which means Marine Corps enlisted females, since there are no corporals in the NAVY, basically means they are running the risk that they will promote people that might not have had enough time to be prepared. That’s neither fair for those people promoted or those that could suffer from this bad choice.

Women belong in the military. Many have served and will serve with distinction. However, just like no one bats an eye when some programs wash out overweight, physically unqualified, or mentally lacking men, nobody should be surprised that without compromising standards women will not make it into these elite combat forces. It’s simple biology, and no amount of mental fortitude will overcome the physical reality that there is a difference between the sexes. Meddling by inept people that have not served a day in the military or worse, don’t give a shit who gets hurt by their political agenda, however, might just make that happen. And we will all lose when that does happen.

Impotence Rendering

The right wing blogosphere is literally on fire over a report (trying to confirm it as these things tend to take on a life of it’s own) that the Marines guarding our Yemen Embassy were ordered to give up their weapons to the local rabble;

Central Command reportedly is furious over a State Department order that Marines guarding the U.S. Embassy in Yemen were told by the State Department to turn their rifles over to Yemeni officials before boarding a private plane to evacuate the country, Fox News reports.

The order is humiliating to Marines, who are essentially being told to break an oath they take during training, Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, told Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File.”

“We’re surrendering our embassy. And now we’re asking U.S. Marines to surrender their dignity, give up oaths they made, creeds that they lived by, and surrender their rifle,” Hegseth said. “I’m no Marine, but I know a lot of them and fought alongside a lot of them. Without their rifle they are nothing. They are taught you never give that up.”

The Rifleman’s Creed reads, in part, “My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless.”

You can see some of the video here;

This duplicity never exists in a vacuum, so once exposed the tap dancing ensued;

Fox News later reported that the Marine Corps clarified that no “crew-served weapons” were turned over to anyone, but were destroyed at the embassy before the evacuation. “They say their personal weapons were not destroyed at the embassy. They were instead ‘rendered inoperable’ at the airport and the destroyed components were left behind at the airport,” Megyn Kelly said.

Like that is any better? This action still renders the Marine as useless since he is without his weapon. The symbolism of destroying the weapons first, rendering them inoperable rings hollow and is laughable on it’s face. And how about the destruction of government property? What signal does that send? More taxpayer money pissed away by grocery clerks at the State Dept. with way too much power and a distorted sense of their own self worth.

Honestly, I am so sick of the Obama minions politicizing our military and making it a laughing stock around the world. Again, stuff this outrageous needs verification but if it went down as portrayed here, heads really need to role. But they won’t, more humiliation from the income re distributor.

Even Sailors Want To Get Lucky

A mini rant before the main one, I hate salacious tag lines without the pay off. If you’re going to hook me with ,”Navy Admirals charged with bribery for trading state secrets for free pussy”, I want to know exactly what they gave up, albeit missile diagnostics, carrier deployment schedules, or specific nuclear launch codes, whether Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wears boxers or briefs does not qualify.

OK, on to the topic at hand. 3 top Navy Admirals got busted for accepting bribes in the performance of their duties;

Three more Navy admirals have been reprimanded in connection with the Fat Leonard bribery scandal after they accepted expensive gifts in exchange for Navy secrets but none will face criminal charges, the Navy said.
The widening ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal has seen senior sailors implicated in a long-running bribery scheme that included rewards of prostitutes, Lady Gaga tickets and payoffs in Southeast Asia.
So far, the massive bribery scandal has cost the government $20 million and the admirals censured represent the highest-ranking officers to be punished in the case so far.

All manner of booty {snark} was used to entice, everything from kobe beef (those bastards) to Lady Gaga tickets (what, no Starland Vocal Band reunion tour tickets?).

I remember reading about this Fat Leonard dude before. After making tens of millions involving illegally obtained navy contracts and supply procurement orders, he got caught, most greedy bastards of his ilk usually do (looking at you, Sheldon Silver, you putz).

So these 3 get cashiered but do not face criminal charges, a sweet deal and they did not even have to desert to get it. But does the punishment fit the crime? The article points out that this will involve career ending reprimands, like this is somehow sufficient justice. I think an immediate dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank, and an order for restitution to pay the fair value amount of the bribes rendered. I’m sure some Navy clerk can determine the dollar equivalent of all the happy endings that occurred with their bang bang girls.

Admittedly, one of my pet peeves is rendering swift proportional justice to those public figures that abuse powers and duties given to them by the people. Whether it be military, politicians or LE, with power given comes the responsibility and duty to wield it in the manner given and when abuses of authority are committed, to come down hard with extreme prejudice.

Too bad they don’t go after tax cheats, even those that break bread with the president, as enthusiastically.

Keeping Their Feet To The Fire

One of the main reasons I was glad that the GOP took both house of Congress in the last election is that now Republicans will chair the various sub committees. A residual benefit is that congress critters (Harry Reid) will not be able to derail the process, run interference for the president, or sit on legislation that deserves at the very least a passing purview. But back to the sub committees, congress will now be allowed to remove itself from the personal bidding of the president and actually do it’s job, separately as was intended. With the GOP at the helm, the administration will not be allowed to sweep things under the carpet or hinder any attempt at fact finding. Although the president and his supplicants have turned manipulation and subterfuge into an art form, it is encouraging to know that folks like Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and Lois Lerner should not get too comfy or complacent, retribution (hopefully) is inching toward fruition.

A GOP packed Senate Armed Services committee will make it even harder for Obama to fulfill a 2009 promise that still gnaws at him, closing Gitmo. Even McCain has seen the light;

Just last month, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) promised to help Obama close the detention center where terrorism suspects have been held for years without being charged. But on Tuesday, McCain and three other Republican colleagues introduced plans to sharply restrict the removal or transfer of detainees from the facility, which has served as a long-standing target of worldwide criticism.

Although it has not been for lack of trying. And no, we will not forget about the 5 high level AQ terrorists traded for the cowardly deserter, or allow them to delay the out come indefinitely. The final report is finished and from what I have read, desertion charges will be filed. Although I don’t expect Bergdahl to serve a single day behind bars, a conclusion to this whole sordid affair is owed, both to his fellow soldiers and the rest of the nation. And a further delay, orchestrated by WH pressure on the pentagon, should not be allowed to stand.

And speaking of Gitmo;

Tom Cotton just achieved Trey Gowdy status.

My opinion of Gitmo has evolved a bit over the years, not because of it’s need or relevancy in caging terrorists, but as with pretty much everything with Obama, we spend way too much money keeping these vermin housed. We all heard about the multi million dollar soccer field, the lavish buffets offered at every meal, and the palatial digs they use for their worship services. Whatever happened to prisoners making little rocks out of big ones, and eating only when they work? This Mottle Coddling of killers is infuriating.

I am starting to doubt the efficacy of keeping any bases open in Cuba and if a better (cheaper) solution can be found for housing captured terrorists, I am willing to listen. But for now Gitmo stays open for business, and bring on a top to bottom analysis of the costs. Prison should be a hardship, this should not be Clubmed.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Talks with Iran fail for the umpteenth time…

While the idiots that think you can negotiate with evil people are all surprised that the Iranian Mullahs have decided to thumb their efforts. I have to admit that I expected nothing else. When GWB chose to let the Europeans talk and talk instead of acting back when, I pointed out the result would be the same. Obama, the narcissist that he is, ignored that record, and did all but drop to his knees to suck the Ayatollah’s cock, but the result again is more of the same.

At this point it is obvious that Iran will only be stopped by force. That’s because of the lesson of Pakistan and North Korea. That lesson being that if you defy the rules and get a nuke, then you not only get to keep it, but you can use it to give cover to all sorts of illegitimate and illegal behavior. Of course, the first problem is with Iran choosing to use the thing or giving it to others to use. But the next one, which is the one that frightens me more, is with everybody in the ME – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, and even Iraq – deciding that the only counter Iran is for them to also have nukes. And that is because they all know damned well that Iran with a nuke is not just an existential threat to Israel, but to all of them. Especially if they end up with a president as weak and as ineffective as Obama some time in the future dictating US actions and responses. An American guarantee of support with democrats in charge is not worth the paper it is printed on.

Get ready for things to get far worse as the impotent and weak shitbags let this travesty go on. Maybe Israel will do the world a favor, yet again as it did with Saddam’s nuclear program in Iraq, and do what is needed, only to be ostracized for doing what we all should have done ourselves in the first place. But then again, when it comes to Israel and the Jews, the anti-semites run that show these days, so I am sure they know better than to care what the court of public opinion of the anti-semites tell them they can or can’t do.

if you doubted that the usual idiots in the LSM have no clue

Then read the Yahoo story on how IS is now training pilots to fly combat aircraft:

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.

The group, which has seized land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report and U.S. Central Command said it was not aware of Islamic State flying jets in Syria.

U.S-led forces are bombing Islamic State bases in Syria and Iraq. The group has regularly used weaponry captured from the Syrian and Iraqi armies and has overrun several military bases but this was the first time it had been able to pilot warplanes.

“They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for (former Iraqi president) Saddam Hussein,” Abdulrahman said.

“People saw the flights, they went up many times from the airport and they are flying in the skies outside the airport and coming back,” he said, citing witnesses in northern Aleppo province near the base, which is 70 km (45 miles) south of Turkey.

It was not clear whether the jets were equipped with weaponry or whether the pilots could fly longer distances in the planes, which witnesses said appeared to be MiG 21 or MiG 23 models captured from the Syrian military.

Emphasis mine, because people that actually know military hardware reported a different type of aircraft:

Although the report does not name the aircraft types being used, the Syrian group Jaish al-Islam captured a number of Aero L-39ZA Albatros trainer/light attack jets when it overran Al-Jarrah (also known as Al-Jirah or Kshesh) Airbase in May 2013. The Islamic State reportedly took the base from Jaish al-Islam in January.

Big difference between a Czech trainer and a MIG 21 or a MIG 23. And the important thing is the logistics. Training pilots is of no use unless they have people to maintain these old crates, spare parts to do the maintenance with, and fuel and ordinance to do anything with. Not to mention that all these aircraft wouldn’t be more than easy targets for any actual air assets operating against them or ground launched anti-air ordinance.

In short, this story is much ado about nothing, and they couldn’t even get the details right.

Why tell little lies when you can get away with big ones?

While I will admit that anyone making the case that there is plenty of competition for all the lying done by this WH, the argument can be made that the ludicrous claim they are transparent in their dealings and want an independent press can be seen as taking the cake. With so many key Obama people, all under investigation, destroying subpoenaed evidence, or the history of Obamacare and the lies and vote buying that went along with what will likely be remembered as the most destructive and insane thing put into law in the US, the VA scandal and the attempt to CYA, which I should add portends the future of Obamacare, the long running IRS targeting political opponent scandal, the lies about Benghazi, the fact Obama, after claiming a victory in Iraq, now pretends it is not his fault it is lost, the Snowden revelations of government spying on citizens, the whole illegal invasion debacle, the shady anti-business green bullshit, and countless other such stories of abuses and cover-ups, one is hard pressed to not do a double take at this brazen lying.

Brave new world it is, though. Tell the lie enough times, and the idiots should buy it, seems to be the strategy of this criminal gang. The only thing transparent about this WH is that they are crooks and care very little for what you think about that. Of course the cock gobblers in the LSM will just ask for some more splooge on their face instead of asmitting Obama uses them for Bukkake fun.

Keep Him Away From Me

Keeping Bergdahl front and center in the news may seem counter productive (why rub our nose in it) but since this administration views his release (and the price paid for it) as a smashing success, much like bagging OBL, I suspect we will see no end to the Bergdahl Reunion Tour, I smell a WH beer summit in the offing. But is putting him back on active duty really a smart thing?

Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.

Sergeant Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said.

He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.

Sergeant Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.

Ya think, maybe, this new job of his might involve the handling of live weapons?

I think it is a terrible idea to put him in the general population among other soldiers, I would want to kick his ass.

Six weeks is plenty of time to interview him, interview all the pertinent personnel that were there, plenty of time to get a handle on what happened and to make a decision to either court marshal him and file desertions charges, or release him from military service. Either or as far as I’m concerned, if he did not desert, in which case he has suffered enough and warrants an early release, or he did, in which case his next stop should be a prison cell.

I know he deserves a presumption of innocence and should get a fair hearing, your typical soldier may not be as magnanimous. Given what facts I know now (probably incomplete, I admit) I would not want him anywhere near my platoon, keep him isolated and preferably off any military installation. Shit or get off the pot, but let’s put an end to this Bergdahl saga.