Monthly Archives: May 2008

I Ran Out of Cheeks Way Before the C-in-C Did

Tom W., in a comment over at MilBlogs, expresses the anger of the Counter Insurgent Supportive Irregular Information Operator better than I ever had. The Jacksonian element among the die hard third of the country who won’t quit are pretty well disgusted.

Pelosi I understand. She’s all about power, and she doesn’t care about the country, our troops, or Iraq. One look at that repulsive mug tells you the whole story.

President Bush, however, clearly cares about the country and the troops, so he should have clamped down on this dried-up hag years ago. But he hasn’t.

President Bush has failed us. And I say that as a Bush supporter.

He has utterly failed in his duty as commander-in-chief to vigorously and forcefully defend his policies. Instead, he personalized the attacks against him, which he had no right to do.

He chose to “turn the other cheek” and “let history decide.” As a result, he allowed an information vacuum to form, which the Democrats filled.

Now, we all know–thanks to Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA)–that the Dems never had any intention of surrendering in Iraq. They only said that to get elected.

I suppose President Bush knows this, too, so he chose to never defend himself or to refute the lies told about him, or to criticize Nancy Pelosi for her many seditious and defeatist statements and actions. It was more important to “get along” and be “gentlemanly.”

Bush knew that the Dems wouldn’t surrender in Iraq, but our enemies don’t know that. They’ve chosen to fight on, costing us thousands of more American lives.

President Bush has allowed this to happen. He has shown no courage or leadership in confronting Pelosi. In fact, he smiles at her in public as if he loves her. And she smiles back.

As angry as I am at Pelosi, I’m even angrier at President Bush.

His refusal to refute the worst allegations against him continues to this day. He said he has no comment about McClellan’s book. His former press secretary accuses him of lying us into a war, and he has no comment.

President Bush’s refusal to engage in information operations is pathological. He is mentally unbalanced in this area, and I don’t say that lightly.

He let us all down. He had no right to personalize the attacks against him. He has a duty as our president to refute the allegations that U.S. foreign policy is based on lies.

His decision to play the long-suffering martyr has negatively impacted our national security.

Bush’s failure to punish domestic enemies encourages them to multiply and discourages the otherwise well-disposed.

Carrying his water in a leaky bucket has been demoralizing to the only people left still trying to maintain national will for prosecuting the war.

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Taliban – MSM Collaboration

phil found this before I did.

“The Taliban have not been very advanced as far as the media war is concerned. But we are making efforts to catch up with the latest methods, and we will soon be available on YouTube,” a non-Pashtun and non-combatant member of the Taliban’s media cell told Daily Times, his face covered up to evade the identifying gaze of invited lenses.



Nice of the Daily Times to bestow noncombatant status on this Taliban information operator. No doubt when the Predator launches a Hellfire on his propagandizing ass there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Go over to Amicable Collisions and read it all.

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Red Chinese Cyber-Militia

Computer hackers in China, including those working on behalf of the Chinese government and military, have penetrated deeply into the information systems of U.S. companies and government agencies, stolen proprietary information from American executives in advance of their business meetings in China, and, in a few cases, gained access to electric power plants in the United States, possibly triggering two recent and widespread blackouts in Florida and the Northeast, according to U.S. government officials and computer-security experts.

This is Computer Network Attack by Chinese Civilian Irregular Information Operators.

Brenner, who works for Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, looks for vulnerabilities in the government’s information networks. He pointed to China as a source of attacks against U.S. interests. “Some [attacks], we have high confidence, are coming from government-sponsored sites,” Brenner said. “The Chinese operate both through government agencies, as we do, but they also operate through sponsoring other organizations that are engaging in this kind of international hacking, whether or not under specific direction. It’s a kind of cyber-militia.… It’s coming in volumes that are just staggering.”

These “other” organizations the Chinese Regulars sponsor are the plausibly deniable cats they herd.

The Chinese make little distinction between hackers who work for the government and those who undertake cyber-adventures on its behalf. “There’s a huge pool of Chinese individuals, students, academics, unemployed, whatever it may be, who are, at minimum, not discouraged from trying this out,” said Rodger Baker, a senior China analyst for Stratfor, a private intelligence firm. So-called patriotic-hacker groups have launched attacks from inside China, usually aimed at people they think have offended the country or pose a threat to its strategic interests. At a minimum the Chinese government has done little to shut down these groups, which are typically composed of technologically skilled and highly nationalistic young men. Officially, Chinese military and diplomatic officials say they have no policy of attacking other governments’ systems.

CNA is way outside my lane, and I’m only a self-tutored amateur PSYOPer, but countering any form of hostile irregular information operation, be it PSYOP, MILDEC, OPSEC, EW, or CNO, is a way for friendly irregulars to annoy the enemy, and I’m for it.

“The U.S. government doesn’t really have a policy on the use of these techniques,” said Michael Vatis, a former director of the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center. “The closest analogy is to covert actions,” he said, meaning spy operations undertaken by intelligence agencies against foreign governments. “They take place, and people have strong suspicions about [who’s responsible]. But as long as they’re not able to prove it, there’s very little that they can do about it. And so there’s often not as much outrage expressed.”

The U. S. Government is always going to be a day late and a dollar short, hindered, hampered and handicapped by bureaucratic infighting, information hoarding, and Lefty congresscritters. Cyber Space Command may as well accept that and commence outreach to develop networks of Irregular iWarriors and prepare to conduct People’s Information War with Concerned Netizens.

Here’s an oldie but goodie about Civilian Irregular PSYOP counter propaganda:
The Unorganized Cyber Militia of the United States

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Michael Nazir-Ali and the Last Crusade

Bishop says collapse of Christianity is wrecking British society – and Islam
is filling the void

Finally, some push back. The Bishop of Rochester has had personal experience of dhimmitude.

The collapse of Christianity has wrecked British society, a leading Church of England bishop declared yesterday.

It has destroyed family life and left the country defenceless against the rise of radical Islam in a moral and spiritual vacuum.
The Pakistani-born bishop dated the downfall of Christianity from the ‘social and sexual revolution’ of the 1960s.

He said Church leaders had capitulated to Marxist revolutionary thinking and quoted an academic who blames the loss of ‘faith and piety among women’ for the steep decline in Christian worship.

Dr Nazir-Ali said the ‘ newfangled and insecurely founded’ doctrine of multiculturalism has left immigrant communities ‘segregated, living parallel lives’.

Christian values of human dignity, equality and freedom could be lost as the way is left open for the advance of brands of Islam that do not respect Western values.

The KGB succeeded in undermining the West. That was what 1968 was all about. That was what Soviet support to Arafat was all about. The situation the West finds itself in today has been forty years in the making.

I went to Afghanistan an agnostic. I came back a Christian; lapsed, back-sliding, only born once, but comfortable lining up on the Christian side.

I am a Proud Infidel, and I Will Not Submit.

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“We do not wear our politics on our sleeves.”

Some of you do, Admiral.  Or did.  Many of your Soldiers wear combat patches and American flags on their sleeves, which, according to CJCS, when our new overlords demand they take them off because vocal constituencies of theirs are offended, they must willingly subordinate their pride in service and pride in their country to the greater good of appeasing vital party special interests. Guess that’s why they’re velcro’d on. 

The handwriting is on the wall for all who can be pegged as Former Regime Loyalists come January 20.

 

 

 

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Where They’ve Been, What They’ve Done

 AFGHANISTAN

 KOSOVO

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE

LIBERATION AND DEFENSE OF KUWAIT 1991    SOUTHWEST ASIA CEASE-FIRE 1991-1995     

 

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY

GRENADA 1983      PANAMA 1989-1990     

 

VIETNAM SERVICE

VIETNAM DEFENSE 1965
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1965-1966
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE II 1966, 1967
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE III, 1967-1968
TET COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1968
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE IV 1968
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE V 1968
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE VI, 1968-1969
TET 69/COUNTEROFFENSIVE, 1969
VIETNAM SUMMER-FALL 1969
VIETNAM WINTER-SPRING 1970
SANCTUARY COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1970
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE VII, 1970-1971
CONSOLIDATION I 1971
CONSOLIDATION II 1971-1972
VIETNAM CEASE-FIRE 1972-1973   
  

 KOREA

UN OFFENSIVE 1950
CCF INTERVENTION 1950-1951
FIRST UN COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1951
CCF SPRING OFFENSIVE 1951
UN SUMMER-FALL OFFENSIVE 1951
SECOND KOREAN WINTER 1951-1952
KOREA SUMMER-FALL 1952
THIRD KOREAN WINTER 1952-1953
KOREA SUMMER 1953     

 

 WORLD WAR II, EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN THEATER

AIR OFFENSIVE, EUROPE 1942-1944
ALGERIA-FRENCH MOROCCO 1942
TUNISIA 1942-1943
SICILY 1943
NAPLES-FOGGIA 1943-1944
ANZIO 1944
ROME-ARNO 1944
NORMANDY 1944
NORTHERN FRANCE 1944
SOUTHERN FRANCE 1944
NORTH APENNINES 1944-1945
RHINELAND 1944-1945
ARDENNES-ALSACE 1944-1945
CENTRAL EUROPE 1945
PO VALLEY 1945     

WORLD WAR II, ASIATIC PACIFIC THEATER

PHILIPPINE ISLANDS 1941-1942     
BURMA 1941-1942
CENTRAL PACIFIC 1941-1943
EAST INDIES 1942
INDIA-BURMA 1942-1945
AIR OFFENSIVE, JAPAN 1942-1945
ALEUTIAN ISLANDS 1942-1943
CHINA DEFENSIVE 1942-1945
PAPUA 1942-1943
GUADALCANAL 1942-1943
NEW GUINEA 1943-1944
NORTHERN SOLOMONS 1943-1944
EASTERN MANDATES 1944
BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO 1943-1944
WESTERN PACIFIC 1944-1945
LEYTE 1944-1945
LUZON 1944-1945
CENTRAL BURMA 1945
SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES 1945
RYUKYUS 1945
CHINA OFFENSIVE 1945 

  

WORLD WAR II, AMERICAN THEATER   

  WORLD WAR I

SOMME DEFENSIVE 1918
LYS 1918
AISNE 1918
MONTDIDIER-NOYON 1918
CHAMPAGNE-MARNE 1918
AISNE-MARNE 1918
SOMME OFFENSIVE 1918
OISE-AISNE 1918
YPRES-LYS 1918
ST. MIHIEL 1918
MEUSE-ARGONNE 1918
VITTORIA VENETO 1918

 

PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION

ILOILO 1899
MALOLOS 1899
LAGUNA DE BAY 1899
SAN ISIDRO 1899
ZAPOTE RIVER 1899
CAVITE 1899-1900
TARLAC 1899
SAN FABIAN 1899
MINDANAO 1902-1905
JOLO 1905, 1906, 1913 

 

CHINA RELIEF EXPEDITION   

YANG-TSUN 1900
PEKING 1900     

 

WAR WITH SPAIN

PUERTO RICO 1898
MANILA 1898     

  INDIAN WARS

TIPPECANOE 1811
CREEKS 1813-1814, 1836-1837
SEMINOLES 1817-1818, 1835-1842, 1855-1858
BLACK HAWK 1832
COMANCHES 1867-1875
MODOCS 1872-1873
APACHES 1873, 1885-1886
LITTLE BIG HORN 1876-1877
NEZ PERCES 1877
BANNOCKS 1878
CHEYENNES 1878-1879
UTES 1879-1880
PINE RIDGE 1890-1891 

 

WAR OF THE REBELLION 

 BULL RUN 1861
HENRY & DONELSON 1862
MISSISSIPPI RIVER 1862-1863
PENINSULA 1862
SHILOH 1862
VALLEY 1862
MANASSAS 1862
ANTIETAM 1862
FREDERICKSBURG 1862
MURFREESBOROUGH 1862-1863
CHANCELLORSVILLE 1863
GETTYSBURG 1863
VICKSBURG 1863
CHICKAMAUGA 1863
CHATTANOOGA 1863
WILDERNESS 1864
ATLANTA 1864
SPOTSYLVANIA 1864
COLD HARBOR 1864
PETERSBURG 1864-1865
SHENANDOAH 1864
FRANKLIN 1864
NASHVILLE 1864
APPOMATTOX 1865

  MEXICAN WAR  

RESACA DE LA PALMA 1846
MONTEREY 1846
BUENA VISTA 1847
VERA CRUZ 1847
CERRO GORDO 1847
CONTRERAS 1847
CHURUBUSCO 1847
MOLINO DEL REY 1847
CHAPULTEPEC 1847     

  WAR OF 1812

CHIPPEWA 1814
LUNDY’S LANE 1814
BLADENSBURG 1814
MCHENRY 1814
NEW ORLEANS 1814-1815     

  REVOLUTIONARY WAR

TICONDEROGA 1775
BOSTON 1775-1776
QUEBEC 1775, 1776
CHARLESTON 1776, 1780
LONG ISLAND 1776
TRENTON 1776
PRINCETON 1777
SARATOGA 1777
BRANDYWINE 1777
GERMANTOWN 1777
MONMOUTH 1778
SAVANNAH 1778, 1779
COWPENS 1781
GUILFORD COURT HOUSE 1781
YORKTOWN 1781 

    

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Hodes-DeLauro-DeFazio amendment

Congressman Paul Hodes Submits Amendment to Defense Authorization Act to Prevent Propaganda

House aims at Pentagon ‘propaganda’ on Iraq war

“In a free and democratic society, our government should never use the public airwaves to propagandize our citizens,”

Thank God for cable.

So much for PSA’s. Somebody investigate the fair housing guy with all the accents. I’ll miss Smokey The Bear. Only you can prevent forest fires, and perpetual incumbents.

 

 

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