One less skill for soldiers to master

United States Army Pvt. Jose Hernandez rams a ...

Should we end Bayonet training? 

Recently bayonet training has been dropped from basic training.  Now there are two ways to look at this.  One is that we don’t really do bayonet charges anymore and there are many other skills that are needed on today’s battlefield.  I generally agree with this.  I personally have not done any bayonet training since basic in 1984.

The other train of thought is that bayonet training instills the mindset to close and kill the enemy.  Well heck I have to agree with that also. 

But in the end those skills, to close and kill the enemy, can still be taught without the bayonet and the time developing more current skills will pay off more in the end.  Plus bayonet training can always be institute at the company level if a commander feels it’s necessary.

What do you think?

One less skill for soldiers to master at boot camp: bayonet training – CSMonitor.com

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Mid-East peace again…

It appears the last chance for peace between Israel and Palestinians isn’t working out so well.  Peace talks have stalled and both sides have remained locked in their positions.  Is this a surprise?  No it’s not of course.  I often wonder are these talks designed to politically help someone.  If they are it’s certainly not the United States.  We continually look silly as our diplomats claim imminent peace only to have little or no progress followed by terror acts or bombings.

Octoberfest

Well it’s that time of year.  Munich is alive with the sounds of polka music and flowing beer.  In the three years I was stationed in Germany I never attended Octoberfest.  It really didn’t seem necessary since nearly every weekend was like Octoberfest it seemed to me.  I love German Beer, I really don’t think anyone else makes it better.  Yes you can keep your Belgian beer. 

All across America you’ll see this weekend some form of Octoberfest.  Near Colorado Springs we have woodland park that has conducted an Octoberfest for quite a few years now.  I don’t think it’s nearly the same though.

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Two very good reasons for Octoberfest….

Afghan Study Group thoughts

For those of you interested in the debate over how we should be fighting in Afghanistan I give you three links.  The first link is from the Afghan Study Group who’s report on Afghanistan and their version of a way forward.

Afghan study group report  This was the conclusion

The United States should by no means abandon Afghanistan, but it is time to abandon the current strategy that is not working. Trying to pacify Afghanistan by force of arms will not work. A costly military campaign there is more likely to jeopardize America’s vital security interests than to protect them. The Study Group believes that the United States should pursue more modest goals that are both consistent with America’s true interests and far more likely to succeed.

The second link is a critique of the Afghan study groups report by Joshua Foust.  Here is a just a bit.

The ignorance underlying the ASG report goes further still: because no one on their panel has studied Afghanistan in any detail, they are unaware of ongoing and failed efforts to resolve the conflict in non-military ways. This is a critical failure on their part, as the centerpiece of their argument is that we must adopt a “radically new approach” to the war. Most of their recommendations, however, are already on-going, and several of them are completely unworkable.

The third is Herschel Smith at Captains Journal and his thoughts on this subject. Here is a bit from Herschel.

Logical contradictions are death to an argument, and this report is chock full of them.  Consistency is not the hobgoblin of small minds.  It is the stuff of life.  Logical inconsistencies are to me a complete turnoff.  I close my mind quickly to someone who can’t maintain logical attention to detail.

What I find most enlightening are the comments on all the sites.  Joshua’s in particular. 

If Afghanistan interests you these three postings are a good look at the differences in opinion and strategies. They are not in depth answers but pose many good questions.