Archive for the ‘Military’ Category

Were civilians killed in Yeman raid?

February 2, 2017

If wearing civilian clothes means you’re a civilian then I suppose they were all civilians.

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The U.S. military said on Wednesday it was looking into whether more civilians were killed in a raid on al Qaeda in Yemen on the weekend, in the first operation authorized by President Donald Trump as commander in chief.

U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was killed in the raid on a branch of al Qaeda, also known as AQAP, in al Bayda province, which the Pentagon said also killed 14 militants. However, medics at the scene said about 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement that an investigating team had "concluded regrettably that civilian non-combatants were likely killed" during Sunday’s raid. It said children may have been among the casualties.

Why? Because these A**holes surround themselves with their women and their never ending number of offspring.

Some of the women were firing at the U.S. force, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.

Sorry, it’s not about civilians, they are not innocent. The Raid was not botched as some media outlets are portraying it. In fact it appears a large amount of very valuable intelligence has been found at the raid site. 

This is the environment we are fighting in and have been for over 15 years. We are not just fighting the terrorist but the media and dishonest reporting.

#Raid, #Yeman, #Terrorist, #civilians, #dishonest media

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/02/trump-approved-yemen-raid-five-days-after-inauguration

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-commando-idUSKBN15G5RX

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-military-probing-more-possible-civilian-deaths-in-yemen-raid_us_5892bf5de4b0af07cb6b8930

Female Green Berets?

September 15, 2016

First female soldier in Green Beret training fails to complete the course

The first female soldier to participate in the Army’s initial training program for the Green Berets — side-by-side with men — has failed to complete the course this week, The Washington Times has learned.

The enlisted soldier is the first woman to attend the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), the first step toward earning the Special Forces tab and the coveted Green Beret. The Times reported in July that two female officer candidates have been accepted to attend an SFAS class that begins in the spring.

I’ll once again go into the dangerous territory of women in the military. The Washington Times reports that the first female soldier to participate in SFAS has failed to complete the course. First off, it appears she made it to the Star Exam. All former SFAS candidates and older SF Soldiers know the STAR. It is a tough land navigation course, unlike any other I’ve ever come across. Bones Fork anyone? So, on the surface she did a hell of a job. Many if not most don’t make it past this part of Selection.

I am not a fan of Women on Special Forces Operational Detachments (SFODA). I think the mission of SF soldiers doesn’t normally require the skills that women bring to the table and the potential downside is too high. That said I’m not against women in combat roles or Special Operations roles. But the skills they bring to the fight should be addressed and how those skills best fit into the total force or Special Operations.

I have no doubt there are women who can and probably will pass the various selection and training course for the services combat roles. But why? Is the return on the investment worth it?

Female Engagement Teams (FET) or Cultural Support Teams (CST) which served with Special Forces and SEAL teams in Afghanistan Do seem to be a good idea. The Marines have their version also. I didn’t work directly with any FET teams so I can’t say from experience how it worked out. But I can certainly see how they could be very useful and with additional training in Unconventional Warfare a very important tool in the total toolbox.

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Remember many women were key players in the French resistance, granted that was more out of necessity.

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I feel for the women of today’s military and how the political class is using them for their own agenda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/14/first-female-soldier-in-green-beret-training-fails/

https://www.sofx.com/2016/09/15/first-female-soldier-green-beret-training-fails-complete-course-washington-times/

Are journalism degrees real?

August 29, 2016

The media can be pretty funny.  Take the Sun.  It has a report with the headline:

ENEMY IN THE RANKS

German army reveals more than 60 ISIS militants have secretly joined its ranks

Senior military officials said all applicants should now be screened by the intelligence services for jihadist links

But that’s not the funny part. That part is just sad.  This is the funny part.

“The German Army trains all of its members in the handling and usage of weapons of war,” a leaked report said, “[terrorists] could use those skills acquired in the army to carry out well-prepared acts of violence at home or abroad.”

Umm.  No shit, it’s the ARMY….. I doubt most people would need a “leaked report”, to deduce this little fact. The “weapons of War”, part is hilarious.  I wonder if the German Army is trained in the Battle Axe, because that is a really cool weapon of war. 

And yes Germany, you might want to screen your Military applicants a bit.  Not that you’d be allowed to ask them tough questions though. Just like us Americans. We all must be sensitive.

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Note:  I’ve worked with the Bundeswehr and found most of them pretty competent.  Unfortunately, for the most part, they were not allowed to fight in Afghanistan. 

Fight against ISIS? 1 tank and 2 vehicles!

August 1, 2016

Headline: US opens new front against ISIS with airstrikes in Libya

"I don’t want to predict the pace" of any future strikes, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters at a news briefing. He denied the U.S. was leading from behind, describing the strikes as "providing military support for a partner on the ground."

Fayez Serraj, the head of the U.N.-brokered presidency council, said in a televised statement that American warplanes attacked the ISIS bastion of Sirte, "causing major casualties," adding that no U.S. ground forces were deployed. The precision strikes targeted an ISIS tank and two vehicles, officials said.

I sure hope the attacks didn’t waste million dollar munitions on just one tank and two vehicles.  Although, it wouldn’t be a surprise.

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/08/01/us-launches-airstrikes-targeting-isis-in-libya.html

Apple Refuses US Government’s request to open IPhone.

February 19, 2016

 

Opening a phone is one thing. Creating a backdoor is another. It must be made clear what is really being asked by the government.

When the Government takes terrorism and security serious I’ll think about endorsing a backdoor. Well actually no I won’t. When the Government takes security serious we won’t need that backdoor.

We know how terrorist operate, we know where they operate, and we know most if not all of their leadership. We know how they infiltrate into western countries and where, once in these countries they recruit and train. Yet we open our borders with little or no supervision and refuse to allow law enforcement to investigate places and people with known terror ties out of fear of being called phobic. We allow terror training camps to flourish with little to no consequences.

No, I won’t endorse giving up citizen’s right to privacy or a company’s right to maintain their client’s privacy, when we can’t take the steps we already know will make us safer, steps that are already available to our (US) Government. Beside, our Government has proven it’s not capable of keeping our own secrets and information of its own employees protected. Do you really think your information will be kept any better?

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/is-law-enforcement-crying-wolf-about-the-dangers-of-locked-phones/470055/

US Soldier dies, but no boots on the ground

October 24, 2015

When Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler died Thursday in combat in Iraq, the Obama administration took great pains to prove the U.S. was not involved in combat in Iraq.

U.S. forces are not in Iraq on a combat mission and do not have boots on the ground," Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, commander of U.S. troops fighting the Islamic State, said earlier in the day.

A http://www.hood.army.mil/leaders/images/s_CG.jpgUS Soldier dies fighting in Iraq and Lt. Gen. MacFarland says no boots on the ground. Same commander of US troops fighting Islamic State.

Umm..

George Orwell himself would be scratching his head.

V-E DAY

May 8, 2015

When we knew how to win wars and what Victory was.

Thanks to those the did their part.  There aren’t many left. 

They came from a generation that understood good and evil and could call it by name.

May I kiss you? Pentagon waste

April 13, 2015

The pentagon in all its wisdom (read very little) according to a report by Elizabeth Harrington at the Washington Free Beacon is paying a Mike Domitrz to conduct his “May I kiss you,” training to US Forces. Ok so what you ask. Maybe our troops need a little training in continual approval. It’s not so much the subject that is interesting but how much he’s getting.

For three training session that are roughly 60 to 90 minutes the Air Forces awarded Mr. Domitrz $10,000. Nice huh? Wait there’s more. He’s doing about 50 military bases a year. According to the report his normal rate per visit is $6500. The report estimates that Mr. Domitrz is raking in about $325,000 a year doing this. Damn, I’m in the wrong line of work.

But this guy is probably a real expert right? Well this is what the report says.

It took a while for Domitrz’s speaking career to take off. He worked as a DJ and high school coach for a decade, honing his skills in “interactive education, educating teenagers, working with college students, and performing in front of big and small audiences.”

In 2002 Domitrz, then a stay-at-home dad, attracted notice from “educational experts” while delivering his “Can I Kiss You?” talk at a national conference. Advocacy groups, college campuses, and eventually the U.S. military began calling.

You see folks the military is so paranoid about perception that they will hire and pay anything to prove how hard their working on the sexual assault/harassment issue that they will pay for sh.. ummm excellent training like this.

Oh did I also mention he sells his “May I kiss you,” books at these events also?

I don’t blame him at all. The government knows what they are buying so good on him, but it’s kind of screw the taxpayer

Gen Mattis understands one of the problems

March 6, 2015

General Jim Mattis has some thoughts on war and ISIS.  But mostly he says what I’ve been saying for a while now.  Be sure to read the whole thing.  Also the comments are interesting.  I’m with the one that agrees but will find it hard to support and military action while this administration is in place.

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A strong “Authorization to Use Military Force” (AUMF), supported by a majority of both parties in both houses of Congress, will send an essential message of American steadfastness to our people and to the global audience. Its passage will demonstrate our country’s fundamental unity and enable a broader commitment to deal firmly with a real and growing menace.

Following more than a decade of fighting for poorly articulated political goals, the Congress needs to restore clarity to our policy if we are to gain the American people’s confidence and enlist the assistance of potential allies, while sending a chilling note that we mean business to our enemies. With enemy influence expanding rapidly, patience or half-measures cannot replace a coherent strategy for taking measured steps, aligned with allies, to counter the mutating Islamist threat in the Middle East. The AUMF that Congress passes should be constructed as one building block in a coherent, integrated strategy for dealing with a region erupting in crises. Thus the AUMF needs to serve an enabling role for defeating this enemy, and not a restrictive function. Congress’ voice in the AUMF must not reassure our adversary in advance about what we will not do:

Special Forces huh?

February 24, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has admitted that he lied about serving in the special operations forces in a conversation with a homeless veteran that was caught on camera earlier this year.

We keep picking only the best to represent us. 

But then again, hell aren’t we all special?  I mean the Army went to cool ass black berets because everyone should feel as special as Army Rangers. 

Robert MacDonald was picked to clean up the VA not for his military service. Oh wait..  hum  Well anyway truth really isn’t that important in the big picture.  As long as he contributes to the correct narrative. 

Look folks all kidding aside, you don’t misremember shit like that.