Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The mud slide in Washinton State which took lives is so sad. Mud like this is like "quick sand." It reminded me of a "mud" experience that was more frightening after it was over than while it was going on. I was kayaking in the San Francisco Bay, paying no attention to the tide. It went out in what seemed like milliseconds. I was about a hundred yards from Shore. It was an emerging experience without any awareness on my part of how dangerous it was. Here I am, surrounded by mud, the tide had gone out and I have two choices. Stay where I am and wait for it to return or try to walk make it out. Laborious is not even close to the task. Here I am in mud, sometimes up to my elbows, I am pulling my kayak. About two hours later I dragged myself onto the shore. As I reflected for days on exactly the experience and told others about it, I came to realize the potential for disaster. I was lucky. Those poor folks in Washington State, not so. God bless them.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Keeping an affair of this nature secret is unheard of in modern theater. My suspicion is that the Captain was quite successful in helping do it, as well as the general. She probably fell "in" love with the f..ker which is the worst possible thing. Love is one thing but "in" love makes you crazy. I feel sorry for the "Captain." F..K the General.
Consider recent history. Two examples:
Bill Clinton and Patraeus came close to making it but were discovered by the fact that the "affairee" talked. Bill was done in, not by Monica, but a witch, Linda Tripp, that Monica talked too. And Petraeus almost succeeded as he engineered himself a job at the CIA. What he didn't count on was an egomaniac in FL who was playing "footsie" with his deputy when in the Army, which linked him to his "affair."
The Captain and the General is a strange case in light of all the publicity. And, to say there was no command and polical imfluence is the height of bullshit, not to mention lying to themselves, at the highest level, even.
Yep, my suspicion is that we have the "in" love element, they broke up: messy, threats, etc; but apparently what sunk the Captain's credibility was lying about dates--the General and the Captain got it on after she said it ended. Either the sex was that good or she was still trying or hoping (all speculation) to rekindle. But, at some point, it appears, it became, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."
However, the f..ker (pardon the pun) was her superior and taking advantage, even though she was willing, is not only a flimsy excuse but totally unacceptable.
All the other stuff is interesting and it is hard to know. Death threats: I will kill your family. Clint Eastwood. Sinclair may be capable, having been to all these macho schools: airborne, ranger, no telling what else. He couldn't have been an Assistant Division Commander in the 82d Airborne if he had not been a mean "mother." (Use your imagination).
Part of the issue is that we listen to media and they don't know "s..t" as well as Congress.
The investigation of the General and the Captain is what we call an Article 32. Unbelievably through. They have minions fanning out all over the globe investigating, checking facts, you name it. They are so through that the concept of "bring the guilty bastard in" is about 110% true. The General, you can on it, even if he had not confessed, would have been uncovered by the Article 32.
In addition to the cautionary tale, there are so many issues. Let's put aside the sordid details--a general who lost his way and a very sad victim who paid an unseen price for wanting love and who is victimized over and over. God bless her. But, there is an issue that may not be a greater one but still an issue. How in this world can we avoid this sort of blight on the military? We throw men and women together in crisis situations, they get involved. Plain and simple, it is going to continue to happen. The only way is to exclude women from combat. We are not going to do that, so what to do? We have to be prepared to accept it.
The military is not a social organization and it is not a social experiment. It has one purpose: to fight and win wars. We have f..ked it up by eliminating the "draft." The soldiers that are in the military are good soldiers. They are all volunteers and at all levels of the military, they are trying to improve. There will inevitably be some "f..k ups. The General and the Captain f..ked up.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
One of the stories I read recently was about the Obama factor which had to do with his lagging polls. This sort of bullshit becomes a type of self fulfilling prophesy. The best example I know are the vets I hang out with--Several receive various Vietnam benefits which they were only able to get because the President simplified the claims process. For instance for Vietnam vets or any veteran to file a claim for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), they had to have all this collaborating paperwork, the process was laborious and most Vietnam vets who needed the services of VA, plus the meager compensation, gave up. (I know because I was attempting to help them).
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
With females in the ranks in such numbers and a bunch of stupid men, we will see more and more of it, I fear. Answer? Probably none. Will readiness of our military be effected. Sure, it already is if we are honest. And, thinking about my old Unit, the 82d Airborne, I can only surmise--If I was a young male soldier, trying to avoid being stupid, I would avoid contact with female soldiers at all cost.
"I think that the chickens are coming home to roost! The "grand experiment" of making everything "equal" in the name of 'political correctness' has demanded that we turn a blind eye to the realities that are inherent in gender differences. I don't want to imply that we should just "let boys be boys with uncontrollable hormones." But there has to be some systematic way to utilize the skills of males and females without having them essentially live together 24/7. We need to get creative about that. Don
"If the problem does affect Military Readiness, and I believe, like you say, it already has, then the leaders need to bite the bullet and let the administration and society know. However, the politically correctness influence is so strong that no one wants to take the chance."
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Thursday, March 06, 2014
It is hard to get your arms around what has happened in Ukraine. What we can get our arms around is that we have no part in what Russia does on its borders or anywhere for that matter; yet we are at the center of the potential conflict. What the hell? Our potential for stupidity is overwhelming. We have all these voices acting like, as usual, this is our battle. It ain't our fight. Putin is going to do what he is going to do.
I just think we want the heck out of it. I hear voices like John McCain and John Kerry and I wonder what the Hell!!! Really. People who have known war don't want to even contemplate it but these two are "sisters under the skin:" maxed out hawks. If not war, even the tough talk. McCain is really a mystery. This guy has suffered in war. POW/tortured. He surely knows about Vietnam--we could have stayed over there forever. We could not beat HO.
And John Kerry is talking tough. What the hell. He is still battling the Swift Boat Vets who kept him from the presidency maybe. I have always thought they were "used." Who knows. But, Kerry's hawkish attitude bespeaks of unresolved issues along his time in Nam. Here is a guy who during Vietnam became a peacenik. Now, the ultimate hawk. What I don't get is something that is almost universal for combat vets. They hate war. If you have known it, the horrors of it, you sure as shit, hate it and want to avoid at all costs. Maybe the Swift Boat vets knew something about Kerry that we don't. Kerry talking tough bullshit is a mystery.
What worries most people and it surely does me. Some little disagreements add up to big trouble. While the two vets like NcCain and Kerry ought to be tamping down the rhetoric, they are leading the chorus. Come on!
Americans who care are weary of war. Our problems at home are enormous. Let's take a step backwards here. We are almost universally hated and blamed for meddling.
Time to chart another course? I think so. Listening to some young State Dept issuing threats ain't helping the situation. Let's SHUT THE F..K UP!!!!!!
Monday, March 03, 2014
Downsizing the military is really called "firing." It happens after every conflict. As a country we are so stupid. With the present SecDef, Chuck Hegel, I had hoped for more. He is acting like an Alice in Wonderland character who just woke up in a new world. Hegel has been in the Army and should "get it" more.
I saw it after Vietnam, we threw soldiers out of the Army who had given their life's blood for their country with barely an Elvis "thank you very much." Promises that were made were discarded. And worse still were those like Mel Laird who let economist Mort Friedman lead him down the prime rose path of ending the military draft. Suddenly youngsters in America didn't have to confront choices like serving their country.
We've had a good military since the AVF (All Volunteer Force) but they've come from a socioeconomic pool, not representative of our country. A smaller military resulted in repetitive tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, handicapping soldiers both physically and emotionally--something we will be dealing with for years, PTSD/TBI. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain Injury)
And, then there are "base closings." By the time Military Installations are turned over to civilians, the cost savings are negligible. Worse still is the "loss of presence" to the civilian community. The San Francisco Bay Area is a good example. Relatively speaking, they have seen all military go. The Presidio, Oakland Army base; others too numerous to mention. This is a great loss to our culture. The civilian community loses the sense that the military belongs to them.
And, it isn't good for the military. They become cloistered, a subculture. They go to war and have an experience that defines them while less than one percent of Americans have any idea of who they are. And, they will go to war. After Vietnam, we thought, "lesson learned," we will never be this stupid again. Guess what? We were: Iraq/Afghanistan. And, we will be that stupid again.