Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 23, 2013
We are very ready for war but not for peace.
The 22 Feb Erie Times guest voice, an ROTC company commander and Penn State history major, attempts to compare the use of militias in the war of 1812 to “lack of readiness” as the cause of our “problems” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Payne could write for the Weekly Standard.
There is much to compare that was not mentioned.
The US defense budget is more than most of the industrialized world combined. Who else has 7 or 8 carrier fleets, ICBMs, spy satellites, the most advanced aircraft, 700+ bases in 170 countries, cameras in soldiers helmets and innumerable varieties of special forces? No one. How on earth can the US not be ready to defeat countries barely out of the stone-age? Yet we continue to get our butts kicked.
Men, women and matériel are not the issue. The people running the show are the problem. Today’s political and military leaders are like 1812′s William Hull. The incompetent Hull lead us to disaster in Canada. Defeated by forces that were half militia. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Afghanistan, Erie Times, Iraq, ROTC, war party | 2 Comments »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 11, 2012
I have always been of the mind that the reason we are in Iraq is oil and oil pipelines. Initially we were told we had to capture the weapons of mass destruction. When the public discovered there were no WMDs the reason changed to freeing the people from their yoke. We are performing our divine duty bestowing the nation with democracy they don’t want. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Empire Building | Tagged: 9/11, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Fed, Gary Johnson, Iraq, Libertarian | 1 Comment »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 8, 2012
The Associated Press (translator for Big Brother Broadcasting) tells us Goddess of Statespersonship Hillary hails Afghanistan as our newest “major non-NATO ally”. The blurb fails to tell us what Afghanistan has done to be worthy of this honor. Apparently it is their ability to absorb $4B a year’s worth of taxpayers dollars for “stabilization”. “International donors” will contribute. The donors are unnamed as is the US fraction of the total. I therefore estimate the US fraction will be approximately 100%. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 26, 2011
I heard on NPR this morning that after ten years of recruitment and training, the Afghan defense forces are totally worthless. So the US training command is doubling the number of training personnel “in country”, adding 800 “Trainers”. I think I will call this military Keynesianism. If you are losing big-time, fix the problem by throwing a bunch more (money, lives) down the black hole. I won’t bore you with Einstein’s definition of insanity. I am sure this was OK’d by the Obamatron, who gave it his bobble-headed official pentagon rubber stamp of approval. If you were wondering why the USA is going to hell in a handbasket, you ought to be able to stop wondering. Just for the fun of it check out this monograph about Republicans and why Obama is no different from Bush. In things military I think Bush may have had something of a plan in mind. A single-celled plan maybe, but a plan. Obama just gets led by a five sided collar.
Posted in Empire Building, Government Sponsored Terrorism | Tagged: Afghanistan, hell in a handbasket, Keynes, lives lost, NPR, Pentagon | 2 Comments »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 20, 2011
if you had any doubts they should have been put to bed by Leon Panetta. He recently declared we are staying in Iraq through 2012. Maliki denied this. Whether the denial is for show or not I don’t know. But I know the War Department is going to continually tell Iraq they want us to stay until they agree. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Empire Building | Tagged: Afghanistan, AIPAC, Iran, Iraq, Obama, Panetta, Ron Paul | 1 Comment »