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Interesting comments at USNI. As much as I think the 'war on Christmas' is the hyperbolic rantings of attention whores, MAAF is being obtuse. Assembling this nativity scene may not be my...scene; it certainly falls under the adjudicated paradigm of what Chaplains and military services can provide for those service members who desire it.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2012 on The Navy Cancels Christmas at BlackFive
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I used to follow Alex at his blog [pre-VA], and he never fails to impress.
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I think this is spot on, but I can't help wonder...if the current force posture of the Navy is so deficient.....why wasn't it a concern under a GOP Administration?
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2012 on Military Capabilities at BlackFive
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Excellent and timely post. COIN has been the bane of our experience in AFG, certainly since 2002. I followed the debates between Metz, Gentile, Nagl, McMaster and others while sorting through my own COIN revelations in Baghdad during the surge. From the beginning, we violated what is likely the most important tenet of COIN, that of a legitimate host government. In AFG, when the population generally sought out and trusted the Talib shadows courts for matters of district justice, our cause was essentially lost. Sadly, our elected officials, DoD and the media have allowed the public to perceive the disparate Taliban groups as not only a national security threat, but one on par with al Qaeda. This [and OIF] have shifted the vast effort of our military, intelligence and surveillance apparatus to a rural insurgency....rather than focused on the entity that attacked us. The narrative of showy political expediency seems to always win out over the more bookish intellectual arts and sciences of warfare.
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Thanks for posting this Froggy....it's informative to hear your perspective on this debate.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2012 on Who is the Better Man? at BlackFive
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".....believe that the U.S. government can't even efficiently deliver the mail in the United States...." But they can't. Provably.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2012 on Iraq helping Iran kill Syrians at BlackFive
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There are multiple problems with this assessment. We knew [but seemingly ignored] that we were removing the regional counterweight to Iranian dreams of hegemony in 2003....and allowing the installation of a regime friendly to Tehran based on the evident and historical Shi'a and political ties. How can we possibly be surprised now at the actions of Baghdad? Regarding the SOFA and withdrawal negotiations, presuming that our ultimate intention was to stay in near perpetuity is an after the fact smokescreen. Basis for this idea appears to only run in the Kagan/AEI circles. Please correct me if there is anything official that spells this out. Obama is erroneously and irresponsibly [in my opinion], using the withdrawal as a metric of success for his Administration...whereas all they had to do is abide by the previous agreement. What is also irresponsible, is the notion that a successful renegotiation was a foregone conclusion [which is required for your premise] or that any right minded American would support US forces not having immunity from Iraqi prosecution. There is no end of issues in which to oppose and argue the actions of the Obama Administration, so I don't understand why reason must be discarded in that effort.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2012 on Iraq helping Iran kill Syrians at BlackFive
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Wrong post. You're thinking of Ft Hood, not Ft Bliss.
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This is an interesting story. I use Palantir quite often, and have colleagues who use nothing but, to support the warfighter....and while I understand it's nature as COTS and proprietary...it seems a bit long to have to wait on software. However, Palantir does require a certain level of computer systems and the network ability to run and link the systems together...perhaps the unit didn't have the necessary requirements. Adding to this, Army units downrange are currently still using another system....and while Palantir is being fielded, the network infrastructure may not yet be in place where the SBCT is going to call home.
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"Would you be happier with war on Islamist radicals?" Sure, it'd be a step up from the latest iteration of the series on 'wars on.....' nonsense. I'm not the one parsing words of getting butthurt over misnomered operations. I would much rather we actually take the fight to the terrorists who attacked us, while others are apparently happy with sitting around and inventing gems like 'freedom fries'. But then again, political correctness resides on both ends of the spectrum.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2012 on Clear to anyone but a propagandist at BlackFive
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It's at least refreshing to see Fox implicated in the liberal media theory. @Vet66 - "We live in a wonderland of illogic where fighting terrorism is renamed Overseas Contingency Operation." It makes more sense than a 'war on terror'. Nevermind that the label is as illogical as 'war on drugs'....Overseas Contingency Operation, or OCO, is the Congressional budgeting framework to fund our adventures in places like Afghanistan. OCO also predates the illogical WoT.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2012 on Clear to anyone but a propagandist at BlackFive
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"She would be the popular one on the ticket, with the hope by Democrats that she would run in 2016." Ironically...I believe that's exactly the case with the Republican ticket.
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My what a bit of angst towards Libertarians.....does this keep you up at night? I have little doubt that neither Ryan nor Romney would characterize themselves as Libertaians, so your The fact that you use the term *entitlements* for the contractual obligations owed to Veterans certainly puts you light years closer to the Left than I am. You'd bet that I want to keep Social Security and Medicare? How much? I imgaine you fancy yourself as someone who holds deeply held values and votes his conscience...it's telling that you lash out at others who act likewise. The track record of the GOP in regards to smaller government renders your last statement moot.
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Hell...you win. If you can't see past your own extreme definition of Libertarians, I'm not going to bother; it's like arguing with a Liberal. "In the meantime, the adults have a country to manage." Well, there's always the hope that one day I can grow up, so I can sit around bitching about how every fault and failure is due to the Democrats....all the while wondering why nothing ever changes.
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LC - I generally agree; I would rearrange my sock drawer over watching the Obama-Romney debates. But the Ryan-Biden showdown will get my attention.
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""Libertarian" has no real functional definition." Of course...to someone who's not a Libertarian. Whereas I see the modern definition of Conservative to be a perverted specter of it's former self. "Bullshit. It is a cultural phenomenon." My point still stands...it has no universal definition. We've seen the notion of American exceptionalism morph into American infallibility. It's turned into a bullshit cheerleading bumper sticker, rather than a concrete belief in the concept of America. You are way off track in comparing Libertarians to Socialists....Libertarians don't want an 'intellectual elite' [something found within modern Conservativism as well] to run roughshod over the populace. We want to chip away at the insane culture of regulation, licensing and taxation that both major parties have aided and abetted. But given your outlook, I have now doubt that you'll be satisfied to endure the continued back and forth between the GOP and Democrats, over wedge issues and hyperbole....while your life becomes even more regulated and the size of government continues to grow.
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Since there's a boatload of speculation and prognostication in your post, I won't belabor those points. You obviously have a lot more optimism in Romney than I do. "if you are claiming that Romney/Ryan are not libertarian enough for you), then nobody can who can win an election" I'd go so far as to say that they're not Libertarian at all; but please don't presume that even a sizable segment of Libertarians believe that "government should [not?] even build roads". "He will make it OK to believe in American exceptionalism again." This is interesting.....since what constitutes 'American exceptionalism' can only be defined by the individual, it says something about said individual if they believe that another can define or give approval. "You may not like the "teeter-totter" of the United States, but that's what our demographics are." I don't disagree with this at all. But then again perhaps I have a rather pessimistic view of what comprises a plurality of our demographic: fat, lazy, intellectually stunted people who know more about celebutwits than they do about our system and processes of governance. This is exactly why I believe that we need a shock to the system. If we continue to spend every four year cycle sparring over the same wedge issues and electing the same type of politicians...we'll continue to stagnate. You may be content with that....but I am not. I've also seen too much track record from the GOP to expect anything different...meaning that the GOP and Democrats will continue the teeter-totter.
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I disagree. 1) The base was already solidified. Republicans weren't going to vote for anyone else. Whether one describes themselves as a Libertarian first or a Republican first, will determine who from that segment votes for Romney/Ryan. Ryan is no Libertarian...Romney is far, far removed. 2) Ryan can't hope to win over voters like me [in the time remaining], who have seen the GOP tout the limited government line for too long, only to see them govern like Democrats. And 'anti-American' is fodder for true believers...not those who understand that it's universally undefinable. Instead of owning the civil liberties debate, the GOP has surrendered it to the left, who have been only too happy to use it for their own ends. 3) If Walker was able to survive recall, this was probably in the Red column already. 4) Romney has failed to create any tangible amount of excitement until today. Ryan will outshine Romney, but it's a gamble that this will be enough to push the team across the finish line first. Given the state of the economy, Romney should be head and shoulders above Obama; while many polls have him behind before today. We'll see how long the Ryan bump will take the ticket. The bottom line for me is that while I generally like Ryan in many aspects.....in the end we're still simply settling for the status quo. The teeter-totter duopoly that we've been on will continue with an R&R Administration......as opposed to the significant shock to the system that I believe this nation needs to both recover, and realize it's long past identity of a Republic that values liberty.
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Sure...that makes perfect sense, if you had the foggiest notion of who or what I paid attention to. The point stands, that across the twitterverse, blogosphere and pundit arcade....today's announcement is the first spark of enthusiasm I've seen since the start of the campaign.
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This really illustrates how sad of a candidate Romney is. Ryan is going to outshine Mitt, and I'm not sure that's going to translate as a win for the GOP in November. That said, Ryan is probably the better of the probable VP candidates, at least on fiscal policy [if you exclude NCLB, TARP, bailouts, etc.] Not enough to get me too excited nor enthused to sway me to pull the lever for R&R on Election Day.
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"America hasn't always been right." There you go apologizing for America.... Pretty good speech though.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2012 on The Speech I Would Give.... at BlackFive
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Blame is shared here. Daqduq could have been removed from Iraqi territory prior to our withdrawal [as per SOFA]. He also could have been removed anytime after he was captured in early 2007.
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I have an identical photo with me in front of the window, and a NorK on the other side. Of course, at that time he knew he wasn't looking at anyone consequential.
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2012 on Under Watch BY North Korea at BlackFive
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He has quite a resume of great commercials!
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2012 on Obama calls me out at campaign event at BlackFive
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Fox is "questionably left or right"?? Really? I don't even disagree with most characterizations of MSNBC....but really? Sorry, but I simply don't engage in slapping the 'liberal media' sticker on any story that doesn't paint the GOP in pure light. Both parties have run the country into the ground, and the media has been a willing accomplice. But yes, if you can get R. Lee Ermey here for a visit...I'll be in your debt. I have a nice bottle of SMS that I've been saving for a special occasion.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2012 on Obama calls me out at campaign event at BlackFive
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