Monthly Archives: June 2006

Hurry Up and Wait

I’m still in CONUS.  The CRC Experience is much like the Wyndham Experience, only easier and more organized.  The accomodations aren’t as nice.  I’m in billets up three flights of stairs, with a guy on the top rack above me and six other guys in that room.  The gear issued is better.  Got ACU-pattern IBA and a DCU helmet cover instead of the blue vest and blue helmet.  Chow hall here is not as good as the South DFAC at KAF.   

I’m pretty much finished with all the stuff they want me to do here.  Just waiting on a ride.

I’m bored.  I got bored last time, too.  Gotta go some place and do something.  Or take a nap. 

Advertisements

3 Comments

Filed under About

If At First You Don’t Succeed

Sit around the house and get fat.

Seriously, I’ve been back in the rear way too long.  Time to get back in the game. 

Praying that I don’t get culled this time.  Failure really sucks.

Probably be awhile before I post again.  Maybe the lovely but computer-illiterate Cannonette will post while I’m gone. 

2 Comments

Filed under About

Never Again

Jack Kelly knows psyops when he sees it.

The one great similarity between Vietnam and Iraq is that our enemies, despairing of victory on the battlefield, sought to win with a propaganda campaign. In Vietnam, this strategy succeeded. If it fails in Iraq, it will be chiefly because of the emergence of the new media.

The turning point in Vietnam was the Tet Offensive of February, 1968. It was a crushing defeat for the Viet Cong.

“Our losses were staggering and a complete surprise,” said North Vietnamese Army Col. Bui Tin in a 1995 interview. “Our forces in the South were nearly wiped out. It took until 1971 to re-establish our presence.”

“The Tet Offensive proved catastrophic to our plans,” said Truong Nhu Tang, minister of justice in the Viet Cong’s provisional government, in a 1982 interview. “Our losses were so immense we were unable to replace them with new recruits.”

The news media reported this overwhelming American victory as a catastrophic defeat.

“Donning helmet, Mr. Cronkite declared the war lost,” recounted UPI’s Arnaud de Borchgrave. “It was this now famous television news piece that persuaded President Lyndon Johnson…not to run for re-election.”

Shaken by Tet, he planned to seek terms for a conditional surrender, the North Vietnamese commander, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, wrote in his memoirs. But our news media’s complete misrepresentation of what had actually happened “convinced him America’s resolve was weakening and complete victory was within Hanoi’s grasp,” Mr. de Borchgrave said.

The relentless drumbeat of negativity has had its effect on support for the war in Iraq. But it’s been nothing like the change in public opinion brought about by the massive media mendacity that followed Tet. That’s because in those days journalists could lie with impunity. This is no longer the case.

The MSM and the Jihadis are in it together.  One needs bleeding and leading, the other needs publicity.  This mutualism makes the American MSM a willing purveyor of Jihadi propaganda and Democrat defeatism.  They are protected from prosecution because the Bush Administration and the Gonzales Justice Department chooses not to expend the political capital and endure the pain to fight that battle.  But they are not protected from us.

3 Comments

Filed under Old Media, PSYOP

He’s so ronery


Kim Jong Il: Now you see, the changing of the worrd is inevitabre!
Lisa: I’m sorry, it’s what?
Kim Jong Il: Inevit, inevitabre.
Lisa: One more time.
Kim Jong Il: [shouts] Inevitebre! Jesus Christ, open your fucking ears!

Comments Off on He’s so ronery

Filed under Moonbats

Death Before Dishonor

Honor and dishonor.  What do those words mean anymore?  My country is at war, my country’s enemies are without honor, and far too many of my fellow citizens do not honor our country’s heroes. 

They found those two guys.  They had been mutilated, probabably beheaded, video likely to follow.  Bill O’Reilley and Colonel Hunt are foaming at the mouth with rage.  I understand why O’Reilly and Hunt are enraged.  I’m pretty pissed myself.  I don’t believe many of my countrymen understand why.  I have come to the conclusion that many of my countrymen are not honorable.

What got me thinking along these lines was Jamie Glazov’s interview with, James Bowman,  author of Honor:  A History:

At its most basic, honor is the good opinion of the people who matter to us. The people who matter, those whom we regard as our peers and whose right to judge us we implicitly recognize, I call the honor group. We are all part of various honor groups: our families, our classmates when we are in school, our workmates or professional colleagues, and different kind of behavior are approved of or disapproved of by each of them.

My good opinion, and the good opinion of the people who believe as I do, does not matter to millions of my countrymen on the left.  They can act dishonorably with impunity; without consequences, rarely if ever held to account for their lying, cheating, stealing, and toleration of those who do.  Just as my good opinion of them matters not, I can think of very little I am willing to say or do that might increase their estimation of me.  There is no basis for mutual respect.  This situation will have to change, or tragedy will ensue.  Two opposing camps can not long peacefully share the same country, especially when the country itself is at war, and one of the camps aids and comforts the enemy.

One of the biggest things that separates service members from the society they defend  is the concept of honor.  Most of the flock does not understand honor.  That part of the flock who were once sheep dogs mostly do.  That part of the flock who love sheep dogs know that honor is very important to their loved ones, whether they understand it or not. 

Honor is the single most important aspect of character that defines military service. Honor transcends integrity. It transcends honesty, selflessness, compassion and duty. Indeed, honor encompasses them all. Honor is a pillar of military service.

Helping my daughter with her homework one day, she asked me, “Daddy, what is honor?” I told her simply, “Honey, honor is doing the right thing…even when no one is looking.”

She got it.

It’s really no more complicated than that. — Steve Schippert

But the Kossacks and the moonbats and the deranged don’t get it.   These are people whose concepts of honor and dishonor, right and wrong, truth and lies, loyalty and treason are so radically different from mine that it becomes increasingly difficult to pretend to have any respect for them.  My country is at war.  These people want my country to lose.   They got their wish 31 years ago.  They won’t this time. 

Is there no decency, no honor left in the Democratic party anymore, Dr. Sanity asks?

5 Comments

Filed under Idea War

The Last Round

Never surrender.  Never let them take you alive.

Privates First Class Thomas L. Tucker and  Kristian Menchaca,  1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

1 Comment

Filed under Heroes

This war is being fought on a basis that the Western mind is not prepared to contemplate

Iraq is no doubt a war, but it’s a different war from what it is imagined to be. One of these days the MSM is going to discover that neither OIF nor the War on Terror bears any but the most passing resemblance to Vietnam. That occurred on a different continent, against another enemy over another ideology with a different type of warfare and in another century. Once an aging generation stops looking for napalm, punji sticks, carpet bombing, air strikes and helicopters in the headlines they may realize that this war is being fought with propaganda, networks, educational systems, religion and nerve gas anywhere and everywhere. In word, it is being fought on a basis that the Western mind is not prepared to contemplate. 

Wretchard, The Fourth Mutation

2 Comments

Filed under Idea War