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Attributes of Leadership
Whether subtle or overt, leadership attributes demonstrated by good leaders are instrumental in conveying values, guiding
strategies, and inspiring passion and interest in their subordinates.
The effects of good leadership are far more reaching and powerful than
merely directing people. Good leadership consistently tells the story of
not only of who you are, but of your values. The result of this is a
new generation of high-quality leaders. There is probably no better
example of this than in the Military where subordinates often take on
the characteristics of their commanders that win battles.
|General Robert E. Lee|
In the June newsletter
I talked about leadership verses management and I felt that it would be
beneficial to continue the subject of leadership in this month's topic
with some review and a focus on the essential characteristics of a good
We will start with authority which is where the need for leadership
originated. Here are some simple logical principles one should always
keep in mind whether you are a leader or a follower.
- The existence of authority does not imply the existence of leadership.
- The possession of authority carries the responsibility of leadership.
- The possession of leadership carries the responsibility of leadership.
This all leads to a concept that the existence of any organized group or entity demands the existence of leadership.
The most important areas in which this occurs are:
are six of the basic places where leadership is of absolute necessity.
The principle is that historical events produce a need and leadership
meets that need without it there is always disaster.
- Authority in marriage demands leadership which belongs to the husband.
- Authority in the family demands leadership which belongs to the parents.
in the military demands leadership which follows the chain of command. I
think it is important to also note, without good leadership the
military will not be successful. With good leadership they will not only
be successful but with minimum loss of life.
- Authority in
business or professional life demands leadership which
belongs to the owner and who he has delegated authority to.
- Authority in government demands leadership.
- Authority in the Church demands leadership which belongs to the Pastor.
may be defined as the authority, the ability, the capacity to direct,
to guide, to lead, to motivate and to control any organization where
legitimate authority exists.
|General Douglas McArthur|
The purpose of leadership is to
enforce, execute, motivate, and create policy, purpose and objective
concepts in the function of any legitimate organization in life.
is the responsibility of authority. However, being in a position of
authority does not imply the existence of leadership. In many areas of
life the existence of any organized group of people demands the
existence of leadership in some form or some category. Categories of
life that demand leadership include marriage, the family, government,
the military and professional organizations, like corporations, academic
institutions, athletic organizations-that's where the coach comes in.
principle again: Being in a position of authority does not imply
leadership ability which depends on and demands leadership capacity
rather than mere managerial function.
Management is what people
default to when they have no leadership ability. Being a father does not
imply the father has leadership and is a good father. Second being a
General does not imply that he has good leadership ability. Families
have suffered and wars have been lost because of the failure to
understand this principle. Being the president of the United States, a
member of congress, a governor of a state, a mayor in a city does not
imply that such a person is a leader or even possesses leadership
ability or I might add even have the qualifications for those positions .
We have many examples of this going on right up to the top in our
government today. I have noticed that people in general think that the
mere act of placing someone on the ballot implies they are qualified to
do the job, so they select the person that they like the most or will
give them the most or any number of silly reasons. The thing that amazes
me most is after these people have voted them into office and they make
a mess of things they never consider the fact that they were
unqualified for office to begin with and rarely take responsibility for
their bad choices. Unfortunately this represents many of the categories
in life where there is a tremendous amount of authority causing severe
consequences due to lack of leadership. This is one of the things that
has destroyed our military from time to time and has come close to
destroying our nation in the past. I believe we are now at one of these
defining moments with our future freedom and prosperity at stake.
versus management is also a part of this concept. We have to
distinguish between the two. So as a review from last month lets note
that leadership motivates people, management regulates people. Therefore
leadership is the proper function of authority. Management all too
often is arrogant and petty in its enforcement of regulations without
having either integrity or ability. Managers often cause the destruction
of corporations as opposed to the ones in charge of the corporation the
CEO, the president, the board and so on. One important attribute of
leadership is the ability to delegate. Leadership delegates authority
and responsibility while management abuses authority by failing to allow
initiative in subordinates.
Leadership delegates' authority,
management stands over a person and bullies him. Leadership produces
esprit de corps while management creates dissatisfaction, dishonestly,
gold-bricking and conspiracy. Leadership inspires integrity. Management
inspires hypocrisy and patronizing concepts. Leadership inspires
humility (teachability) management creates arrogance. Leadership
necessitates establishment and maintenance of authority, that's the
purpose of leadership.
This brings us to the attributes of leadership.
supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it,
no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
leader must possess self esteem so that he does not feel threatened by
any form of pressure in other words he will never be bullied by anyone
else. His responsibility does not require him to do what people command
him to do or try to force him to do; he must possess self esteem so he
does not feel threatened by any form of pressure.
A leader must
possess honor, integrity, loyalty and sensitivity to those under his
command. A leader must have an organized life in his thinking.
must have the proper motivation to make decisions and to take
appropriate action. Disoriented persons with inappropriate motivation do
not make good leaders. A leader must have a sense of responsibility
toward his own organization. A leader must be free from arrogance and
subjectivity; therefore he must possess humility, objectivity and
"Objectivity + Teachability = Humility"
leader must function within his own personality as a self object and not
through imitation of some role model. If you admire someone and try to
imitate them you are off base, you'll never fulfill communicating from
yourself. Leadership does not mean leaning on someone else, copying
someone else, it means to function under the principles of doing what is
best for the organization protecting them, and making it possible for
them to have privacy.
A leader must be free from arrogance and
subjectivity. He must therefore possess true humility not some phony
thing, true humility, objectivity and teachability. He must function
within his own personality as a self object and not through imitation of
some role model, for example not imitating macho personalities.
demands cognition and total knowledge of your own leadership
environment, this is true whether you're a husband, a parent, a soldier,
a pastor, a business executive or even a politician this is a
principle. In the military we call this "Situational Awareness" which
means knowing what is always going on around you.
principles of authority and leadership a leader must possess objectivity
and loyalty in two fields. One is to the responsibilities of his duty
in the case of the military higher rank and loyalty to those under his
command. The same is true in family and other leadership categories. The
other is to his integrity which is loyalty to the truth which
encompasses a higher echelon of command based on true principals or for
Christians The Lord Jesus Christ.
The leader in regards to
objectivity must neutralize potential personality conflicts and while
loyalty produces good command function a structured organization is
designed to protect from making the wrong moves in this area and to
neutralize personality conflicts which often divides and separates and
the leader is suppose to do something about it. So leadership exercises
both fairness and objectivity to those under his authority while not
using that authority to be abusive or dictatorial. Consequently the
leader must possess common sense along with academic understanding of
his responsibility, you have to understand before you can execute. This
includes freedom from prejudice, understanding of people, fairness to
all under your authority; this applies to the military and every
category that has been noted.
Leadership must develop and attain
executive ability. How are you going to attain executive ability? Well
the leader must learn to analyze, organize, categorize, systematize,
synthesize and then communicate. He must learn to analyze his command,
his company. Often in the military or other organizations leadership
applies in order to straighten out the analysis of the problem, the
system of solution. Therefore communicating what is necessary to resolve
the problem or in the military some call this a shared reality.
leader must train and teach those under his command to improve their
motivation and capacity. This is true of every kind of command
especially the military. A leader must constantly teach those under his
authority how to communicate and how to train which is an ongoing
process in the function of leadership. There must be constant
communication. A leader should have good health, physically fit,
presence and motivation.
You'd be surprised at how many leaders
get discouraged which is a terrible thing to leadership. He should have
nervous stability as well. What does that mean? You have to be calm.
Nervous instability is one of the great disasters in leadership ability
this is true in the military and any other system where we have
leadership involved. This means the leader must have concentration and
energy of mentality, two things that are important for a leader to have,
if he doesn't have that he is going to lose control and destroy his
authority. Add to this the fact that good leadership must have
confidence, poise, (control of oneself) dress, carriage, good manners,
and thoughtfulness of others. These are all a part of leadership.
last concept I will mention in this message is leadership versus
popularity. They are not the same (remember this). A good leader may not
be popular but he is more important than a good personality. Little is
remembered of General Huebner in WW II. Selected by Bradley and
Eisenhower, General Huebner was given command of the 1st Infantry
Division at its low and restored discipline and morale leading it to
many significant victories. As the commander of the "Big Red One",
Huebner led the 1st in the assault on Omaha Beach, followed by a
successful infantry attack at Saint-L. The 1st would later repel a
German counteroffensive at Mortain, and pursue the German Army across
France, culminating in the Battles of Aachen and the Huertgen Forest.
January 1945 Huebner took command of the V Corps, which he directed
from the Rhine to the Elbe, where his troops made first contact with the
General Huebner did not have the personality of
buttering up everyone and being popular with the troops. He kept a stone
face and he kept a mind that was so great that he was responsible for
defeating the enemy many times while other people took the credit. Even
General Patton took the credit for one of the things he did. General
Huebner was one of the great Generals of WWII as well as a phenomenally
great man. Yet there is little known about General Huebner - one of the
great men of our history. Leadership and popularity are not the same he
was never popular with his men. Why? Because he understood leadership
and he learned it well. Not everyone who is popular is a leader, that's
important. Someone who is very popular with the troops and mollycoddles
them is undermining his leadership and is doing a disservice to his men
these types of leaders have been noted to always fail their men in
combat. Leadership demands loyalty up and down, but it does not demand
popularity. The basis for popularity is personality or charismatic
appeal which is absolutely useless in any form of leadership. To be a
leader one does not have to be popular one must have honor, integrity,
virtue and self esteem.
"The leader shows that style is no substitute for substance that creating an impression is more potent than acting."
- Chinese philosopher (BC 600)
to God leadership plays the most important role in our lives affecting
us in every phase and facet of life, yet the majority of people possess
little appreciation or knowledge of the importance and impact leadership
has on our lives.
Next month we will continue on with perhaps the most important leadership attribute Courage.
make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no
leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous,
skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better"
- Harry S. Truman
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GREAT part of our history...
a small island, less than 40 square miles, a flat green dot in the
vastness of Pacific blue. Fly over it and you notice a slash across its
north end of uninhabited bush, a long thin line that looks like an
overgrown dirt runway. If you didn't know what it was, you wouldn't give
it a second glance out your airplane window.
On the ground, you see the runway isn't dirt but tarmac and crushed
limestone, abandoned with weeds sticking out of it. Yet this is
arguably the most historical airstrip on earth. This is where World War
II was won. This is Runway Able:
On July 24, 1944, 30,000 US Marines landed on the beaches of Tinian...
days later, over 8,000 of the 8,800 Japanese soldiers on the island
were dead (vs. 328 Marines), and four months later the Seabees had built
the busiest airfield of WWII - dubbed North Field - enabling B-29
Superfortresses to launch air attacks on the Philippines, Okinawa, and
Late in the afternoon of August 5, 1945, a B-29
was maneuvered over a bomb loading pit, then after lengthy preparations,
taxied to the east end of North Field's main runway, Runway Able, and
at 2:45 am in the early morning darkness of August 6, took off.
B-29 was piloted by Col. Paul Tibbets of the US Army Air Force, who had
named the plane after his mother, Enola Gay. The crew named the bomb
they were carrying Little Boy. A few hours later at 8:15am Japan time,
the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
later, in the pre-dawn hours of August 9, a B-29 named Bockscar (a pun
on 'boxcar' after its flight commander Capt. Fred Bock), piloted by
Major Charles Sweeney took off from Runway Able.
primary target of Kokura obscured by clouds, Sweeney proceeded to the
secondary target of Nagasaki, over which, at 11:01am, bombardier Kermit
Beahan released the atomic bomb dubbed Fat Man.
Here is "Atomic Bomb Pit #1" where Little Boy was loaded onto Enola Gay:
There are pictures displayed in the pit, now glass-enclosed.
This one shows Little Boy being hoisted into Enola Gay's bomb bay.
And here on the other side of ramp is "Atomic Bomb Pit #2" where Fat Man was loaded onto Bockscar.
The commemorative plaque records that 16 hours after the nuking of
Nagasaki, "On August 10, 1945 at 0300, the Japanese Emperor without his
cabinet's consent decided to end the Pacific War."
Take a good look at these pictures, folks. This is where World War II ended with total victory of America over Japan.
was there all alone. There were no other visitors and no one lives
anywhere near for miles. Visiting the Bomb Pits, walking along deserted
Runway Able in solitude, was a moment of extraordinarily powerful
solemnity. It was a moment of deep reflection.
Most people, when
they think of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, reflect on the numbers of lives
killed in the nuclear blasts - at least 70,000 and 50,000 respectively.
Being here caused me to reflect on the number of lives saved - how many
more Japanese and Americans would have died in a continuation of the war
had the nukes not been dropped.
Yet that was not all. It's not
just that the nukes obviated the US invasion of Japan, Operation
Downfall, that would have caused upwards of a million American and
Japanese deaths or more.
It's that nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki
were of extraordinary humanitarian benefit to the nation and people of
Japan. Let's go to this cliff on the nearby island of Saipan to learn
Saipan is less than a mile north of Tinian...
month before the Marines took Tinian, on June 15, 1944, 71,000 Marines
landed on Saipan. They faced 31,000 Japanese soldiers determined not to
surrender. Japan had colonized Saipan after World War I and turned the
island into a giant sugar cane plantation. By the time of the Marine
invasion, in addition to the 31,000 entrenched soldiers, some 25,000
Japanese settlers were living on Saipan, plus thousands more Okinawans,
Koreans, and native islanders brutalized as slaves to cut the sugar
There were also one or two thousand Korean 'comfort women'
(kanji in Japanese), abducted young women from Japan's colony of Korea
to service the Japanese soldiers as sex slaves. (See The Comfort Women:
Japan 's Brutal Regime of Enforced Prostitution in the Second World War,
by George Hicks.)
Within a week of their landing, the Marines
set up a civilian prisoner encampment that quickly attracted a couple
thousand Japanese and others wanting US food and protection. When word
of this reached Emperor Hirohito - who contrary to the myth was in full
charge of the war - he became alarmed that radio interviews of the
well-treated prisoners broadcast to Japan would subvert his people's
will to fight.
As meticulously documented by historian Herbert
Bix in Hirohito and The Making of Modern Japan, the Emperor issued an
order for all Japanese civilians on Saipan to commit suicide. The order
included the promise that, although the civilians were of low caste,
their suicide would grant them a status in heaven equal to those honored
soldiers who died in combat for their Emperor.
And that is why
the precipice in the picture above is known as Suicide Cliff, off which
over 20,000 Japanese civilians jumped to their deaths to comply with
their fascist emperor's desire - mothers flinging their babies off the
cliff first or in their arms as they jumped. Anyone reluctant or
refused, such as the Okinawan or Korean slaves, were shoved off at
gunpoint by the Japanese soldiers. Then the soldiers themselves
proceeded to hurl themselves into the ocean to drown off a sea cliff
afterwards called Banzai Cliff. Of the 31,000 Japanese soldiers on
Saipan, the Marines killed 25,000, 5,000 jumped off Banzai Cliff, and
only the remaining thousand were taken prisoner.
The extent of
this demented fanaticism is very hard for any civilized mind to fathom -
especially when it is devoted not to anything noble but barbarian evil
instead. The vast brutalities inflicted by the Japanese on their
conquered and colonized peoples of China, Korea, the Philippines, and
throughout their 'Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere' was a
hideously depraved horror.
And they were willing to fight to the
death to defend it. So, they had to be nuked. The only way to put an end
to the Japanese barbarian horror was unimaginably colossal destruction
against which they had no defense whatever. Nuking Japan was not a
matter of justice, revenge, or it getting what it deserved. It was the
only way to end the Japanese dementia. And, it worked - for the
Japanese. They stopped being barbarians and started being civilized.
They achieved more prosperity - and peace - than they ever knew, or
could have achieved had they continued fighting and not been nuked.
shock of getting nuked is responsible. We achieved this because we were
determined to achieve victory... victory without apologies. Despite
perennial liberal demands we do so, America and its government has never
apologized for nuking Japan... Hopefully, America never will.
Oh, yes... Guinness lists Saipan as having the best, most equitable, weather in the world.
And the beaches? Well, take a look:
we do not forget, history fades into the shadows of our mind and we
seldom think about it. But, we should remember and we should be
constantly reminded of our history, where we came from and how we got
Top 10 Military Photos of July
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PHOTOS STORED IN AN
OLD BROWNIE CAMERA
it amazing how a film could last so long in a camera without
disintegrating? Fantastic photos taken 69 years ago. Some of you will
have to go to a museum to see what a Brownie camera looked like?
Here is a simple picture of what we are talking about. . .
These photos are absolutely incredible.
you might find these photos very interesting; what quality from
1941. Pearl Harbor photos found in an old Brownie stored in a
foot locker. And just recently taken to be developed. These photos were
taken by a sailor who was on the USS Quapaw ATF-110
I think they are spectacular.
December 7th, 1941
Navy Seal Extaction
Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie and
the Rescue of Roger Locher
Sgt. Reckless - Korean War Horse
|Word of Truth|
By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC IN USAR (Ret)
Fear is sin! During my weekly sojourn to the county jail to teach the
prisoners the Word of Truth, an inmate asked me, "what defines sin?" My
answer was, "the Bible defines sin." There are many sins clearly and
directly stated in the Word of God. A good definition of sin is
anything that falls short of God's perfect standard. To understand what
sin is and what it is not, one must have a clear understanding of
scripture. God's perfect righteousness is the perfect standard of God
and He has revealed His standard in the Bible.
are two categories of fear mentioned in the Bible. Fear having the
meaning of reverence, respect, or awe which is documented in many
passages of Scripture, including 2 Sam 23:2-3; Neh 5:9; Job 28:28; Ps
19:9, 34:11-12, 111:10; Prov 1:7, 9:10, 10:27, 22:4; Mal 3:16; Eph 5:21.
Ps 111:10 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
Fear as a mental attitude sin is found in:
Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.."
Fear is a sign of reversionism. 1 Sam 18:12, 29, 28:20. Saul was afraid of David.
Fear is prohibited in the grace plan of God. Deut 31:6,8, Josh 8:1, 1 Chr 28:20;
41:10; 2 Tim 1:7. "Fear not, for I am with you." Spiritual maturity
is characterized by courage or lack of fear. Ps 3:6, 56:3, 11; Heb
11:27. This is true even when you are in battle. True love is the
absence of fear, 1 Jn 4:18. It is impossible to have fear and be
occupied with Christ at the same time.
Fear falls short of
God's perfect standard for redeemed mankind. We are commanded
repeatedly not to fear, and to stop being afraid. God has provided a
solution to fear in our lives, just as He has provided a solution to
every problem we would ever face. Fear is one of many emotional sins.
In an emotional state, you become irrational. Irrationality cannot
think or utilize Bible doctrine to stabilize your soul in adversity.
Fear, worry, anxiety, and guilt are sins that if left to fester will
completely shut down your ability to think.
and anxiety are a contradiction to God's plan, purpose, and will for
your life. No believer can execute the unique spiritual life of the
church age while in a state of fear, worry, anxiety, hatred, anger, or
any other emotional sin.
There is a legitimate fear however, of failure to utilize the faith-rest drill and make doctrinal application. Heb
4:1. Believers should be afraid of subjective thinking and failure to
claim the doctrines, promises, and logistical grace of God.
solution to fear is Bible doctrine in the soul of the advancing or
mature believer coupled with the faith rest drill. Faith rest is the
beginning of applying scripture to circumstance, resulting in
accelerated spiritual growth and trust in God and His Word. Christians
must learn to faith rest the adverse circumstances of life. Faith rest
is defined simply as claiming the promises of God.
The mechanics of the faith rest drill:
Rebound. The means of bouncing back into fellowship with God and the
filling of the Holy Spirit. I John 1:9 If we confess our sins to Him,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from
If we (believers) confess (name, cite, or
acknowledge) our sins to Him (God the Father) He is faithful (He does
the same thing every time) and just (God is justified to forgive us
based upon the perfect, efficacious, substitutionary work of Christ on
the cross) to forgive us our sins (known sins just named) and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness (forgotten or unknown sins). This simple
act of naming our sins to God the Father is God's grace plan to recover
the filling of the Holy Spirit. If we are in fellowship we are filled
with the Holy Spirit, if we have unconfessed sin in our life we are
carnal and the filling of the Holy Spirit is removed.
Filling of the Holy Spirit. Please do not confuse the filling of the
Holy Spirit (spirituality) with the permanent indwelling of the Holy
Spirit. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment you
believe in Jesus Christ and can never be lost. The filling of the Holy
Spirit is also given at the moment of salvation but is lost the first
time the believer commits a sin. The filling of the Spirit is recovered
by the grace provision of the rebound technique (I John 1:9) described
3. Claim a promise to stabilize your soul when disaster
strikes. Remember a promise from the Word of God and think about how
that promise relates to your personal situation. Then, believe it! As
long as there is breath in your body, God has a plan for your life and
your situation is never hopeless.
4. Use that promise in a doctrinal rationale. A rational is a reason or justification
which forms a conclusion. Believe it! 2 Cor 5:7 "For we walk by faith and not by sight."
Every promise in God's Word is explained, or justified by a doctrine or doctrines.
Reach a doctrinal conclusion. You have now been focusing on the
solution and not the problem. By this time, your soul is stabilized and
you have avoided panic in your soul. The promise and doctrinal
rationales lead to doctrinal conclusions. Paul gives us an excellent
example of a doctrinal conclusion in Romans 8:31.Rom 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
have all experienced situations that grip us with fear or anxiety. The
faith rest drill will handle all of the crises of life. The grace of
God is a marvelous thing. He tells us not to fear because He has
already provided a means of not being afraid. The faith rest drill
which after consistent use becomes the faith rest life. Ps 56:3-4
"What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose Word
I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid of what can
man do to me?"2 Tim 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and sound judgment."1 Cor 2:5 "That your faith should not be in the wisdom of man [human viewpoint], but in the power from God".Ex
14:13-14 "But Moses said to the people, `Do not fear! Take your stand
and watch the deliverance of the Lord which He will accomplish for you
today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see
them again forever. Ps 118:6 "The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?"Isa
41:10 "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about
you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
surely I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness."I Sam 17:47b "The battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands."II Chron 20:15b "Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude [huge army], for the battle is not yours but God's". I John 4:18a "There is no fear in love; but perfect love [virtue love] casts out fear".Ps
91: 14-15 "Because he has loved ME therefore I will deliver him; I
will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He
will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him, and honor him."Job 5:20 "in famine He has delivered you from death; And in war from the power of the sword."
you have already made the most important decision of your life (faith
alone in Christ alone) then you really have nothing to fear. Only
ignorance of the concepts listed above will get you into the destructive
pattern of emotional sins. If you have not made the most important
decision of this life, then let me say to you.Acts 16:31 "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." John
3:16 "God love the world so much, that He gave His only begotten
[uniquely born] Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but
have eternal life."
Fear is a mentally paralyzing
emotional sin. Utilize God's gracious provision, the filling of the
Holy Spirit, promises of scripture, doctrinal rationales, and faith. II Cor 5:7 "For we walk by faith, not by sight."Heb 11:6a "...without faith it is impossible to please Him."Click here to contact Reverend Rako >>
Taking on a Terrorist
July 22nd 2011, Oslo Norway a home grown terrorist set off a deadly
explosion in downtown Oslo before heading to a summer camp dressed as a
police officer to commit one of the deadliest shooting sprees in
history, killing at least 77 people as terrified youths ran and even
swam for their lives.
Behring Breivik the man suspected of the July 22 attacks in Norway made
a brief telephone call to local police stating, "mission accomplished"
just prior to his arrest.
1,500 page "manifesto" that Breivik posted on the internet before
embarking on his massacre is datelined "London, 2011" and signed "Andrew
Berwick", an Anglicised version of his name. Describing himself as a
successor to the medieval Knights Templar.
manifesto gives us an insight to a terroists ability to plan for combat
that sends a clear message to law enforcement that these mass murders
are becoming more and more sophistaced with their plans of attacks on
The Murderous Rampage
Snortheimsmoen, the head of the Norway's emergency Delta Force unit,
the Beredskapstroppen (BT) gave this account of the events that day to "SPIEGEL" reporter Sven Becker:
p.m.: An explosion rocked the center of Oslo. Shortly afterward, police
received the first news of the event. About 20 members of the BT
gathered at their headquarters, only a few kilometers from the scene of
the explosion. They grabbed bulletproof vests and helmets, loaded their
weapons and rushed over to the government quarter, with the blue lights
on their emergency vehicles flashing. Meanwhile, 15 other elite police
units were summoned to headquarters.
have been planning for this eventuality for a long time," said Delta
Force Commander Anders Snortheimsmoen. "Our soldiers are stationed in
Afghanistan. Norway has been spared terrorist attacks. Still, we
expected a slightly different organization to attack," he added.
p.m.: Delta Force officers reached the bomb-damaged Justice Ministry.
They encountered dazed people wandering about, papers from the building
blew through the air. Shards of glass were lying all around. The
explosion had created a huge crater. "This force. We knew immediately it
was a bomb," Snortheimsmoen said. Police officers scoured the city
center for further bombs and pulled injured people out of the destroyed
said he didn't accompany his colleagues to the scene. Instead he stayed
behind at headquarters and went upstairs to the office of Oslo Police
Chief Johan Fredriksen, which served as the center of operations. The
special-forces officer warned Fredriksen that the bomb could be merely
the opening salvo in a series of attacks, as proved to be the case on
Sept. 11, 2001 in New York and with the attacks in the London subway and
in Madrid and Mumbai.
in Oslo, Anders Breivik drove his Fiat Doblo van to his next target:
The island of Utya. A traffic jam prevented him from getting there
quicker, and possibly killing even more people.
p.m.: Police headquarters received a call from Utya. A person at the
youth camp on the island said shots had been heard. Snortheimsmoen spoke
to the caller. Eight more officers threw on their gear and jumped into a
white Mercedes van.
the Oslo police force has a helicopter, it was being serviced at the
time of the attacks. The media later criticized the fact that the
Eurocopter E-135 had not been available, but Snortheimsmoen said his men
wouldn't have reached their destination any faster, even if they had
access to it.
reason is that the helicopter has the latest technical equipment like a
thermal imaging camera, but it can't carry any officers. The police are
thus forced to work together with the Norwegian army, from which they
can borrow Bell 412 helicopters. Two of the aircraft were dispatched to
the city center shortly after the explosion. When the operations center
got the call from Utya, police diverted the helicopters to the island.
They had orders to pick up the Delta Force officers on the way and drop
them off near the site of the shooting.
p.m.: The delta officers in the van raced toward the island at high
speed. Three-quarters of the way there, they reached a hilltop. This was
their last chance to switch to the army helicopter for the rest of the
trip. Beyond that point, there was no place for it to land. The officers
stopped the vehicle and gazed skywards. Because the helicopters hadn't
arrived yet, they decided to drive all the way to the shore of the lake.
p.m.: The unit reached the shore near Utya. The local police force
organized a boat to bring the Delta Force men over to the island. But
the boat proved to be too small, and an engine broke down on the way
across. The officers then had to transfer to two speedboats instead.
denied that this had cost the officers any precious time. "We got to
the island even faster by speedboat," he said. Five Delta Force officers
were in the first boat. The second also contained two local policemen,
bringing the total number of officers to 10. As they headed across the
lake to the island, they could hear shots. Youth who had been on the
island swam past their boat, heading for the mainland.
at the operations center in Oslo, Snortheimsmoen could monitor what was
happening on the island on the police radio. His men didn't have
cameras installed on their helmets, so Snortheimsmoen couldn't see what
was happening. As this all transpired, he recalled, his thoughts were
filled with worries -- about both the children and youth and his men. At
that point, no one knew how many people were on the island firing
p.m The police officers reached Utya. Youths' were hiding behind the
jetty. The first group of officers headed directly toward the sound of
the gunfire, while the second group proceeded along the shore, where
they could see lifeless bodies in the water. In the campsite, they found
young people who had been shot lying in pools of their own blood.
officers found Breivik near the shore, disguised in a police uniform.
The first unit walked straight toward him as the second closed in from
the side, hidden behind trees. At this point, Breivik still had several
loaded magazines in his jacket and one round in the barrel of his
semiautomatic Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle. His Glock 17 pistol had been
emptied, but was still attached to his clothing, the slide pulled
was standing no more than 50 meters (150 feet) from the officers. The
policemen told him to raise his hands and drop his weapons. Breivik laid
his rifle on the ground and spread his arms out, but he didn't put them
over his head.
walked toward the Delta Force men slowly. The officers could see a wire
sticking out of Breivik's jacket and worried that he might be wearing a
vest laden with explosives.
policemen had permission to shoot Breivik down if he took another step
closer. At that moment the officers behind the trees noticed that the
wire was leading up to Breivik's ear. "They then knew he wasn't wearing
explosives," Snortheimsmoen said, and they decided to make their move.
The police officers walked up to Breivik and grabbed him. The bloodbath
ended at 6:27 p.m.
they have arrested Breivik, the officers discovered his iPod. "I assume
he was listening to music," Snortheimsmoen said, just as he had
predicted he would in his manifesto. "I will put my iPod on max volume
as a tool to suppress fear," Brievik had written in his 1,500-page
treatise. "I might just put Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell on repeat as it
is an incredibly powerful song."
6:45 p.m.: Twenty-seven more Delta Force officers landed on the island.
They began searching for possible further assailants, but what they
found were gasoline-filled plastic bottles hanging from trees. Were
these incendiary devices that Breivik intended to light later as a kind
of final inferno? Snortheimsmoen said he doesn't know. The sole
responsibility of his unit, he said, was capturing Breivik.
Investigators in Oslo are refusing to comment.
p.m.: The Delta Force men began helping the injured. "We used up all
our bandages," Snortheimsmoen said. "My guys ended up ripping their own
shirts to shreds to use as bandages." Meanwhile, scenes of indescribable
horror were still playing out on the island. Many of the youth didn't
trust the police. "Have you come to kill us?" they asked the Special
Forces officers. Some children remained hidden in the woods for an hour
after the last shot had been fired.
was kept at the place where he was captured for at least a half-hour. A
single policeman guarded him while the others scoured the island for
accomplices and explosives. Breivik was cut off from the rest of the
island. He couldn't see the suffering he had caused, though he could
hear the police sirens, the sounds of the speedboats and perhaps even
the cries of the terrified and injured youth. Once they had secured the
island, the officers took Breivik to a house.
a.m.: The Delta Force officers left Utya. Their deployment had come to
an end. At this point in time, Andres Breivik was still being held in
the house. Eyewitnesses would later state that he smiled as he was being
The Planning Stages
in 2008, Breivik begins to create the infrastructure needed to obtain
his supplies without arousing any suspicions. He creates two different
business models one for a mining company and the second for a small
farming operation. This allowed him to go unnoticed when purchasing
fertilizer and other chemicals later used to make explosives.
legally purchases a Ruger Mini 14, Glock handgun, scopes and lasers,
LaserLyte pistol bayonet, ammunition for the Ruger, the Glock and for a
Benelli shotgun, which he previously owned.
Another Coward Murderer
again one thing remains consistant with other like minded terrorists,
Breivik hit soft targets and didn't want to fight the police. His plans
of bombing a crowded area and then attacking an isolated youth camp was
intentional. His surrender was anticipated as he had no plans to fight
suspect he feels a sense of victory from all the media attention he has
gained from his operation and unfortunetly since he survived his take
down he will gloat in his twisted glory for some time.
The one thing for sure is that law enforcement must be prepared and equipped for a rapid response to combat any active shooter.
quick response is key in any active shooter event. The mission from the
first responder must be "to put the shooter to ground". That means he
must be cornered somewhere unable to commit further murders, handcuffed
and secured or laying dead in his tracks.
matter what your department tactics and protocals are we must get into
the fight as quickly and safely as possible. Do not throw out good
tactical planning and proper tactical movements in your quick desire to
end the rampage but maintain a high level of situational awareness to
keep a calm clear mind as you make your decisions in the stress of
and training is key in keeping yourself alive when you respond to an
active shooter incident. You should have a rifle and/or a shotgun,
plenty of extra loaded magazines and ballistic armor. You and your
comrades must have small unit tactics or some organized method of
response, wether it's a single officer response, diamond formation or
small unit tactics. An organzied response will minimize casulties from
the vicitms and the responders.
You should be equiped with
a tactical trauma kit and you should have the proper training to use
it. Even in the event you or a comrad doesn't sustain injuries as you
read earlier the invloved officers conducted combat casulty care on the
victims of the shooting rampage. These victims will need treatment
for gun shot wounds, airway management and massive hemorrage control.
Get the training and get the gear, if you don't you may live to regret
it as you stand witness to an innocent child or a fallen partner.
truly believe that these terrorist are aware of the quick reponse by
U.S. Law Enforcement and that may be a deterent in choosing our soils as
a battle field but we must remain vigilint and if the day comes we will
respond and put our foes to ground.
Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company and founder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge. Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column is the"SWAT Operator".
has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses,
Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper
Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French
served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation
Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable
experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching
operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.
Analyzing Napoleon's Maxims and Principles of War has convinced me that
the art of war is susceptible to, two points of view. One relates
entirely to the acquirements and genius of the general and the other to
matters of detail.
The first is the same in all ages, and with all nations, whatever be the
arms with which they fight. Hence it follows that great commanders have
been governed by the same principles in all times.
of detail, on the contrary, are under the control of existing
circumstances. They vary with the character of a people and the quality
of their arms.
It is with a view to impress the justice of the
remark to illustrate these Maxims, and to prove that nothing is
problematical in war, but that failure and success in military
operations depend almost always on the natural genius and science of the
Military Maxims by Napoleon
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Societies Downward Spiral
was in the hardware store the other day and a guy walks in and was
wandering around the store waiting on his grandmother. He was in his mid
to late twenties I would say; I'm going to call him "Kid" for our
purposes here. The worker in the store asked if he could help the Kid
and the Kid suddenly became overly defensive. He then asked what the
workers problem was to which the worker responded he just wanted to
help. The kid made an off the cuff remark about security cameras and the
Kid then told the worker he'd best not disrespect him because he's not
some punk ass from 'around here'. The worker then sternly said "Sir, I
was just offering to help, if you don't want it you can leave", well,
that sent the Kid over the edge and he started cussing out the worker
and wanted him to fight outside. The Kid went outside and the worker
started to go but was stopped by his brother who owns the store. The Kid
came back in a moment later and the worker was staring a hole through
him. The Kid responded that he'd better wipe his thousand yard stare off
his face before he knocked it off. The worker didn't back down a bit
and that made the Kid start cussing him again until his poor granny
shooed him away to the car.
The worker was in his early 50's
and all this took place in a nice suburban town in Southern Indiana
where I was picking up parts for my mom's leaking sink. I just stood by
watching at the counter, waiting for something to happen so I could cuff
the young douche bag and send him to jail, but more than that I was
really in awe at how this is becoming the norm in society.
I don't watch much
television unless it's History or Discovery Channel; but when I catch
the shows my wife or kids watch (or, attempt to watch until I come
in...) it really confirms for me the reasons guys like the Kid act like
they do in public. Shows like "Secret Life of the American Teenager"
which is a show about teens getting pregnant and running around with
each other with their parents support; on ABC Family (of course). And
just about every Disney and Nickelodeon show now prominently displays
homosexuals in their children's shows with hints of socialism. On top of
that, parents are now buddies instead of parents; authority in the home
has been replaced with some sort of therapy session and the rod of
discipline exchanged for the "time out". Of course the more liberal a
society becomes the more tolerant they are of their rights and freedoms
being stripped away from them in the name of "peace", "diversity" and
We're all well aware of
the current economic issues within our country as well as the growing
welfare mentality of the people. People can now make more on welfare
than they could if they worked full-time. Couple that with unemployment
extensions that last up to 18 months; someone can live pretty good
collecting all their government checks every month while doing nothing
at all. I truly believe that we as a country are circling the toilet
bowl and that a massive shift is imminent and if we're not prepared for
it physically, spiritually and practically with adequate gear and skills
then we'll become a statistic.
The economy cannot
continue on its current course, everyone knows it and there's no way to
fix it. Our education system is broken and it would take a couple
generations to change the issues that are currently affecting society.
Enough of the soapbox - So, how does this all relate to survival?
Change first begins in
the home! We all have to step up and make a decision on just how much
junk we're going to allow ourselves, our wife and kids to ingest through
the media, from liberal teachers and even religious groups. Just
because something bears the label "Christian" does not mean that it's
Biblical or truly Christian. Everything coming into the home and into
the eyes and ears of our families needs to be monitored for the sake of
their spiritual survival. Define the rules of what is right and what is
eternal in your home and don't bend to the pressures of friends, family
or societal trends.
Obtain the skills
necessary to defend yourself and others. When some idiot comes into your
local hardware store starting trouble, be ready; you never know when
their erratic behavior will be turned your way. Know how to defend
against weapons of all types and use the same and know how to fight hand
to hand against someone bigger and stronger than you. Styles such as
Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu are a good place to start- mix it up and keep it
real. Maybe fighting isn't your thing. Then get your Concealed Carry
Permit and carry a weapon with a back up (be it another gun or knife)
and know how and when to use them. These skills when applied correctly
will ensure your Physical Survival.
What if the economy
failed tomorrow and there was no foreseeable solution to the issue for a
period of weeks, months or even years? What if, during our economic
crisis Terrorists ran amuck and caused massive amounts of damage to
major city centers around the country. How are you and your family
prepared NOW to deal with that situation? There is no money; no way to
pay your bills which means electricity and water services will be short
lived. Your Practical Survival depends on your ability to utilize
resources readily available to you. If that means taking $10 a week from
your paycheck to start stocking food or water, then that's what you do.
Start a survival kit for every member of your family and stock it with
Water Tablets, Emergency Blanket, 50' of Snare, Fire-steel or Blast
Match and Lighter, Storm Proof Matches, Fishing Kit (Tin), Knife, Dry
Tinder, Signal Mirror, Compass, Rescue Whistle, Saw or Multi Tool, Duct
This material can be put
into a small bag or backpack and carried around all the time. You can
put a kit in your car large enough for the family and leave it there
under a seat or hidden away somewhere or have everyone get into the
habit of grabbing theirs as they leave the house. We just never know
when a disaster will strike or when we'll be forced into a survival
situation. As society continues down its current path you still have
valuable time to make your preparations. We'll soon come to a point
where a line in the sand will be drawn and we'll have to choose a side
and once our side is chosen, there will be no going back.
About the Author: Jason Hunt is the Chief Instructor at Hunt Survival, Inc. and Frontier Christian University. You can learn more by visiting www.huntsurvival.com or www.frontierchristianuniversity.org
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The POMEGRANATE and Apple-Tree disputed as to which was the most
beautiful. When their strife was at its height, a Bramble from the
neighboring hedge lifted up its voice, and said in a boastful tone:
"Pray, my dear friends, in my presence at least cease from such vain
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In 1952, Armon M. Sweat, Jr., a member of
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Clichs of Socialism
"Customers ought to be protected by price controls."
There are still great
areas of confusion and ignorance relating to something with which we are
all familiar-the price of goods...
It is in this area of
pricing, wherein the customer comes face to face with the market place
that myths and legends abound. It is in this area where those who do not
understand economic laws create a whole series of fictions on which
many people act, and act to their own detriment.
It is axiomatic that
what people do not understand they fear. Most people do not seem to
understand the pricing processes and hence they fear them, and end by
hating businessmen and having a widespread distrust of the market place
All of which ought to go
toward exploding another maxim, namely; that "what you don't know won't
hurt you." As a matter of fact, it is usually the things we don't know
which kill us. Man's greatest enemy is ignorance.
There is no excuse for
any of us in this day and age misunderstanding or being in ignorance of
the matter of pricing. So, as a sort of primer review, here are some
things to keep in mind about pricing.
- Prices are never set by costs of production, nor by
manufactures, merchants or bankers. Prices are set by;
- Customers set process in the market by
demonstrating, through their choices in the purchase of goods or
services, what they are willing to buy. The customer will only buy those
items he would rather have than what he has to exchange for them. Any
item, regardless of the price tag, which the customer does not want more
than the money he has for trading, he will not buy.
There are millions of items on the market place which, regardless of
the lowness of the price tag customers will not buy. There are also
millions of items on the market place which, regardless of the high
price tag, customers will buy.
- Many merchants
believe that they set prices. They do not. They merely write out a
figure on a tag and indicate they would be willing to part with their
goods or services for that figure. Whether they are able to do so or not
depends entirely upon the customer who decides he will or will not pay
the tagged price for the goods as offered. When the customer agrees to
purchase (either at the tagged price or some other price), he sets the
price. The holder of the purse strings controls prices. This has always
been true. Economic rules do not change with the passing of time.
It is frequently argued,
when prices rise, that the way to keep prices from climbing too high is
to have the government pass a law compelling merchants to price goods
below a certain level. Such a law if passed does not control prices.
What happens is that the government will make it impossible for
customers to get the goods or services they want at the price the
customer will pay. Why is this? Isn't it true that the government
is only trying to protect the customer from the gouging merchant?
The answer is that
irrespective of the motive of the men in government, a price ceiling
maintained by law works against the best interest of the customer. When
prices are prevented by force from going up, manufacturers and merchants
will stop dealing in such goods and services. This will rebound against
the customer, who will now no longer be able to get what he wants at
any price-unless of course, a black market opens, which frequently
happens. In other words, men conspire to evade the price ceiling by
dealing sub rosa, and probably at fantastically high prices.
Much confusion in the
area of pricing could be avoided if Americans could be taught
universally that all prices are set by; the customer and by no one else.
The customer, in his search for the best bargain he can obtain, is
totally disinterested in the costs of production, in the problems of
merchant, manufacture, or distributor.
The customer is
concerned only with his own problems. And that is why he sets the
prices. For he purchases only what he wishes at the time and place he
chooses. In any country where a free market operates, the customer is
truly a king.
|What Has Really Changed?|
What Has Really Changed?
The Dog That Cornered Osama Bin Laden
When U.S. President
Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell , Kentucky, last week for a highly
publicized, but very private meeting with the commando team that killed
Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL
DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog.
like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian
Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller
and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.
shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but the
lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem
parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL
Labrador retrievers are also favoured by various military organizations around the world.
their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly
skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform
extraordinary military missions by SEa, Air and Land (thus the acronym).
dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military
teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater
than a human's, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both
explosive material and hostile or hiding humans.
The dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is
not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies.
The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones
first, allowing their handlers to see what's ahead before humans follow.
I mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping
either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water.
Last year canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog
Cara set the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment,
jumping from more than 30,100 feet up - the altitude transoceanic
passenger jets fly at.
Both Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the jump.
Here's a photo from that jump, taken by Andy Anderson for K9 Storm Inc. (more about those folks shortly).
As well, the dogs are faithful, fearless and ferocious - incredibly
frightening and efficient attackers.
I have seen it reported repeatedly that the teeth of SEAL war dogs are
with titanium implants that are stronger, sharper and
scare-your-pants-off intimidating, but a U.S. Military spokesman has
denied that charge, so I really don't know (never having seen a canine
SEAL face-to-face). I do know that I've never seen a photo of a war dog
anything even vaguely resembling a set of shiny metal chompers.
the SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation, Team 6) hit
bin Laden's Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairo 's feet would have been
four of the first on the ground.
And like the human SEALs, Cairo
was wearing super-strong, flexible body Armour and outfitted with
high-tech equipment that included "doggles" - specially designed and
fitted dog googles with night-vision and infrared capability that would
even allow Cairo to see human heat forms through concrete walls.
Now where on earth would anyone get that kind of incredibly niche hi-tech doggie gear? From Winnipeg , of all places.
and Glori Slater's Manitoba hi-tech mom-and-pop business, K9 Storm
Inc., has a deserved worldwide reputation for designing and
manufacturing probably the best body Armour available for police and
Working dogs in 15 countries around the world are currently protected by their K9 Storm body Armour.
Jim Slater was a canine handler on the Winnipeg Police Force when he
crafted a Kevlar protective jacket for his own dog, Olaf, in the mid-1990s.
Soon Slater was making body Armour for other cop dogs, then the Canadian military and soon the world.
The standard K9 Storm vest also has a load-bearing harness system that
makes it ideal for tandem rappelling and parachuting.
then there are the special hi-tech add-ons that made the K9 Storm
especially appealing to the U.S. Navy SEALs, who bought four of K9 Storm
Inc.'s top-end Intruder "canine tactical assault suits" last year for
$86,000. You can be sure Cairo was wearing one of those four suits when
jumped into bin Laden's lair.
Here's an explanation of all the K9 Storm Intruder special features:
as the Navy SEALS and other elite special forces are the sharp point of
the American military machine, so too are their dogs at the top of a
canine military hierarchy.
In all, the U.S. military currently has about 2,800 active-duty dogs
around the world, with roughly 600 now in Afghanistan and Iraq . Here's
the link to a dandy photo essay about U.S. war dogs that just appeared
in the journal Foreign Policy.
Several of the photos I have included here are from Foreign Policy, as you will see. Other photos are from K9 Storm Inc.
for the ethics of sending dogs to war, that's pretty much a moot point,
don't you think? If it's ethical to send humans into combat, then why
At least the U.S. now treats its war dogs as full members of the military.
the end of the Vietnam War, the U.S. combat dogs there were designated
as "surplus military equipment" and left behind when American forces
U.S. suspends some aid to Pakistani military
Obama administration's decision to withhold $800 million signals more
strain on relations since U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden in a May
raid in Pakistan.
soldiers take part in an exercise. The U.S. is suspending about a third
of its $2 billion in annual aid to Pakistan's military, a sign of
continued tensions since U.S. commandos found and killed Osama bin Laden
inside Pakistan in May. (European Pressphoto Agency, M.K. Chaudhry /
January 18, 2010)
By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
July 11, 2011
ties between the two nations strained after American commandos killed
Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison city, the Obama administration
said it will suspend more than one-third of the $2 billion in annual
U.S. aid to Pakistan's military.
Obama's chief of staff, William Daley, confirmed Sunday that the United
States will hold back $800 million of the money the administration had
committed to assist the Pakistani military.
Pakistani authorities have pulled back on the country's level of cooperation with the U.S. in recent months.
officials "have taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on
some of the aid which we were giving to their military," Daley said on
ABC's "This Week." The suspension of aid was first reported in the New
relationship with the Pakistani government as "very complicated," Daley
said that Obama's decision to launch the raid against Bin Laden without
giving the Pakistani government advance notice is "something that the
president felt strongly about and we have no regrets over."
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pakistani security forces have worked
with the U.S. to target Al Qaeda operatives inside Pakistan and in the
tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan. But U.S. officials often
have expressed frustration that Pakistani authorities appear to be
willing to target some fighters and leave others untouched.
relationship was further tested in January when a CIA contractor named
Raymond Davis shot and killed two men who he said were trying to rob him
in the city of Lahore. He was charged with murder but ultimately was
released and left Pakistan in March.
After that incident, Pakistan ordered several dozen U.S. special operations trainers to leave the country.
May 2, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs killed Bin Laden in Abbottabad, about a
two-hour drive from the capital, Islamabad. The raid was seen in
Pakistan as a violation of its sovereignty and sparked violent
anti-American protests. But in the U.S., the action raised questions
about how Bin Laden could hide in a Pakistani garrison town for five
years without the knowledge of Pakistani authorities.
about what the Pakistani military and intelligence services knew about
the hide-out will hang like a cloud over the relationship with
Washington, said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who is a senior
fellow at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East
Policy, a Washington-based think tank.
"It eats away," he said.
only is the U.S.-Pakistani relationship in a "downward spiral," Riedel
said, "it doesn't look like there is any bottom in sight. It is hard to
imagine things getting better, and easy to imagine things getting
This tombstone is actually in the Attica Cemetery, Harper County, Kansas.
120 year old tombstone.
And this guy died 121 years ago!
Medieval Knights Brought Down by Heavy Metal
By Stephanie Pappas
A modern re-enactor walks on a treadmill in a full suit of 15th century armor. (Graham Askew, University of Leeds)
As if flying arrows and burning pitch weren't enough to worry about, medieval knights also had to battle their own armor.
A new study
that put armor-wearing volunteers on treadmills finds that wearing a
full suit of armor (which might weigh up to 110 pounds, or 50
kilograms), takes more than twice the energy of walking around
unencumbered. Even lugging around a backpack of equal weight is less
energy-intensive than wearing armor, the study found, because wearing 17
pounds (8 kg) of steel plates on each leg requires no small amount of
armor's weight may have turned the tides of battles, said lead study
researcher Graham Askew of the University of Leeds. In 1415, heavily
armored French knights advanced across a muddy field toward a lightly
armored English force in the Battle of Agincourt.
"By the time
they advanced across the field, they would have been exhausted," Askew
told LiveScience. "It's possibly one of the reasons why the French lost,
despite there being many, many more French soldiers than there were
Knights on a treadmill
many casual museum-goers, Askew, a biomechanics researcher, became
curious about how medieval knights moved around after seeing suits of
armor on display. Unlike most museum visitors, however, Askew had an
opportunity to answer the question using hard numbers.
He and his
colleagues recruited four volunteers, historical re-enactors who were
accustomed to wearing their own sets of replica 15th-century armor. Each
man agreed to walk and run on a treadmill (a task Askew called, "very
clanky") while wearing a breathing mask to measure how much oxygen they
took in and how much carbon dioxide they excelled, as well as their
breathing rate. These measurements allowed the researchers to calculate
the energy they used during the exercise periods.
knights used 2.1 to 2.3 times more energy walking with their armor on
compared with walking without it. Running with armor took 1.9 times the
energy as running armor-free.
The result, Askew said, is that men
in armor end up moving much more slowly than men without armor. This
effect is only exacerbated with age: At his maximum aerobic capacity, an
average 38-year-old man could cover about 5.5 feet (1.7 meters) per
second, compared with 8.8 feet (2.7 m) per second for an unarmored
38-year-old. With a maximum walking speed of 4.6 feet (1.4 m) per
second, an armored 55-year-old would have trouble keeping up.
people face the occupational hazards of medieval knights today, Askew
said, with the possible exception of bomb disposal experts, who wear
full-body protective suits that are also very heavy. But the study could
be of help to historians trying to understand the outcomes of ancient
battles, Askew said.
The research also gives a hint into how fit
the knights of old must have been. Although modern soldiers lug around
equipment as heavy as a knight's armor, Askew said, they expend less
energy doing so because their legs are unencumbered.
a great deal of physical exertion to even perform a medium-speed walk
in a suit of armor," Askew said. "I certainly don't think you'd be able
to put on a suit of armor and walk around with it without suffering
quite badly if you weren't used to it."
It's amazing this pilot survived...
1st Lt Cliff Judkins, USMC
fell 15,000 feet and lived!
you're on fire, get the hell out of there!" Needless to say that
startling command got my attention. As you will read in this
report, this was just the beginning of my
It had all started in the brilliant sunlight 20,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean as I nudged my F-8 Crusader jet into position
behind the lumbering, deep-bellied refueling plane. After a
moment of jockeying for position, I made the connection and matched my
speed to that of the slowpoke tanker. I made the graceful task of
plugging into the trailing fuel conduit so they could pump fuel
into my tanks.
in-flight refueling process was necessary, and routine, because the F-8
could not hold enough fuel to fly from California to Hawaii
. This routine mission was labeled "Trans-Pac," meaning Flying
Airplanes across the Pacific. This had been going on for years.
Crusaders in-flight refueling from a C-130 Tanker
Soon, after plugging-in to the tanker, my fuel gauges stirred, showing that all was well. In my cockpit, I was
relaxed and confident. As I was looking around, I was struck for an
instant by the eeriness of the scene: here I was, attached, like an
unwanted child, by an umbilicus to a gargantuan mother who was
fleeing across the sky at 200 knots as though from some unnamed
danger. Far below us was a broken layer of clouds that filtered the sun
glare over the Pacific.
my earphones, I heard Major Van Campen, our flight leader, chatting
with Major D.K. Tooker who was on a Navy destroyer down below. Major
Tooker had ejected from his aircraft, the day before, in this same area,
when his Crusader flamed out mysteriously during the same type of
that time no one knew why his aircraft had flamed out. We all
supposed it had been some freak accident that sometimes happens
with no explanation. One thing we knew for sure, it was not pilot
error. This accident had to be some kind of mechanical
malfunction, but what? Our squadron had a perfect safety record and was
very disturbed because of the loss of an airplane the day before.
Eleven minutes to mandatory disconnect point, the tanker commander said.
I checked my fuel gauges again, everything appeared normal.
thoughts were, In a few hours I knew we'd all be having dinner at
the Kaneohe Officers Club on Oahu, Hawaii . Then after a
short rest, we'd continue our 6,000-mile trek to Atsugi , Japan ,
via Midway and Wake Island . Our whole outfit - Marine All Weather
Fighter Squadron 323 - was being transferred to the Far East for a
one-year period of operations.
Nine minutes to mandatory disconnect.
fuel gauges indicated that the tanks were almost full. I noticed
that my throttle lever was sticking a little. That was unusual, because
the friction lock was holding it in place and was loose enough. It grew
tighter as I tried to manipulate it gently.
Then - thud! I heard the crack of an explosion.
could see the rpm gauge unwinding and the tailpipe temperature
dropping. The aircraft had lost power the engine had quit running this
is a flame-out!
I punched the mike button, and said, This is Jud. I've got a flame-out.
Unfortunately, my radio was already dead; I was neither sending nor receiving anything via my radio.
quickly disconnected from the tanker and nosed the aircraft over,
into a shallow dive, to pick up some flying speed to help re-start the
engine. I needed a few seconds to think.
yanked the handle that extended the air-driven emergency generator,
called the Ram Air Turbine (RAT), into the slipstream, hoping to get
ignition for an air start. The igniters clicked gamely, and the
rpm indicator started to climb slowly, as did the tailpipe
temperature. This was a positive indication that a re-start was
beginning. For one tantalizing moment I thought everything would
be all right. But the rpm indicator hung uncertainly at 30 percent
of capacity and refused to go any faster. This is not nearly enough
power to maintain flight.
fire warning light (pilots call it the panic light) blinked on.
This is not a good sign. And to make matters worse, jet fuel
poured over the canopy like water from a bucket. At the same
instant, my radio came back on, powered by the emergency
generator, and a great babble of voices burst through my earphones.
Jud, you are on fire, get out of there!
was pouring out of my aircraft; from the tailpipe; from the intake
duct; from under the wings, and igniting behind me in a great awesome
trail of fire.
The suddenness of the disaster overwhelmed me, and I thought: This can't be happening to me!
The voices in my ears kept urging me to fire the ejection seat and abandon my aircraft.
I pressed my mike button and told the flight leader, I'm getting out!
took my hands off the flight controls and reached above my head for the
canvas curtain that would start the ejection sequence. I pulled it down
hard over my face and waited for the tremendous kick in the
pants, which would send me rocketing upward, free of the aircraft.
happened! The canopy, which was designed to jettison in the first
part of the ejection sequence did not move. It was still in place
and so was I.
surprise lasted only a second. Then I reached down between my knees for
the alternate ejection-firing handle, and gave it a vigorous
pull. Again, nothing happened. This was very surprising. Both, the
primary, and the secondary ejection procedures had failed and I was
trapped in the cockpit of the burning aircraft.
plane was now in a steep 60-degree dive. For the first time, I
felt panic softening the edges of my determination. I knew that I
had to do something or I was going to die in this sick airplane.
There was no way out of it. With great effort, I pulled my thoughts
together and tried to imagine some solution.
A voice in my earphones was shouting: Ditch the plane! Ditch it in the ocean!
must have come from the tanker skipper or one of the destroyer
commanders down below, because every jet pilot knows you can't
ditch a jet and survive. The plane would hit the water at a very high a
speed, flip over and sink like a stone and they usually explode on
grabbed the control stick and leveled the aircraft. Then I yanked
the alternate handle again in an attempt to fire the canopy and
start the ejection sequence, but still nothing happened. That left
me with only one imaginable way out, which was to jettison the
canopy manually and try to jump from the aircraft without aid of
the ejection seat.
such a thing possible? I was not aware of any Crusader pilot who
had ever used this World War II tactic to get out of a fast flying
jet. I had been told that this procedure, of bailing out of a
jet, was almost impossible. Yes, the pilot may get out of the
airplane but the massive 20-foot high tail section is almost
certain to strike the pilot's body and kill him before he falls free
of the aircraft. My desperation was growing, and any scheme that
offered a shred of success seemed better than riding that aircraft
into the sea, which would surely be fatal.
disconnected the canopy by hand, and with a great whoosh it
disappeared from over my head never to be seen again. Before
trying to get out of my confined quarters, I trimmed the aircraft
to fly in a kind of sidelong skid: nose high and with the tail
swung around slightly to the right.
I stood up in the seat and put both arms in front of my face. I
was sucked out harshly from the airplane. I cringed as I tumbled
outside the bird, expecting the tail to cut me in half, but thank
goodness, that never happened! In an instant I knew I was out of
there and uninjured.
waited . . . and waited . . . until my body, hurtling through
space, with the 225 knots of momentum started to decelerate. I
pulled the D-ring on my parachute, which is the manual way to open
the chute if the ejection seat does not work automatically. I
braced myself for the opening shock. I heard a loud pop above me,
but I was still falling very fast. As I looked up I saw that the
small pilot chute had deployed. (This small chute is designed to
keep the pilot from tumbling until the main chute opens.) But, I
also noticed a sight that made me shiver with disbelief and
horror! The main, 24-foot parachute was just flapping in the breeze
and was tangled in its own shroud lines. It hadn't opened! I could see
the white folds neatly arranged, fluttering feebly in the air.
This is very serious, I thought.
I shook the risers in an attempt to balloon the chute and help it
open. It didn't work. I pulled the bundle down toward me and
wrestled with the shroud lines, trying my best to get the chute to
open. The parachute remained closed. All the while I am falling
like a rock toward the ocean.
looked down hurriedly. There was still plenty of altitude
remaining. I quickly developed a frustrating and sickening
feeling. I wanted everything to halt while I collected my
thoughts, but my fall seemed to accelerate. I noticed a ring
of turbulence in the ocean. It looked like a big stone had been
thrown in the water. It had white froth at its center; I finally
realized this is where my plane had crashed in the ocean.
Would I be next to crash? were my thoughts!
I shook the parachute risers and shroud lines, but the rushing
air was holding my chute tightly in a bundle. I began to realize
that I had done all I could reasonably do to open the chute and it was
not going to open. I was just along for a brutal ride that may
kill or severely injure me.
descended rapidly through the low clouds. Now there was only clear sky
between me and the ocean. This may be my last view of the living. I
have no recollection of positioning myself properly or even
bracing for the impact. In fact, I don't remember hitting the
water at all. At one instant I was falling very fast toward the
ocean. The next thing I remember is hearing a shrill, high-pitched
whistle that hurt my ears.
I was very cold. In that eerie half-world of consciousness, I
thought, Am I alive? I finally decided, and not all at once, Yes, I
think I am . . . I am alive!
water helped clear my senses. But as I bounced around in the
water I began coughing and retching. The Mae West around my waist
had inflated. I concluded that the shrill whistling sound that I had
heard was the gas leaving the CO2 cylinders as it was filling the life
sense of urgency gripped me, as though there were some task I
ought to be performing. Then it dawned on me what it was. The
parachute was tugging at me from under the water. It had finally
billowed out (much too late) like some Brobdingnagian Portuguese
man-of-war. I tried reaching down for my hunting knife located in the
knee pocket of my flight suit. I had to cut the shroud lines of
the chute before it pulled me under for good. This is when I first
discovered that I was injured severely. The pain was
excruciating. Was my back broken? I tried to arch it slightly and
felt the pain again. I tried moving my feet, but that too was
impossible. They were immobile, and I could feel the bones in them
grating against each other.
was no chance of getting that hunting knife, but I had another,
smaller one in the upper torso of my flight suit. With difficulty,
I extracted it and began slashing feebly at the spaghetti-like
shroud line mess surrounding me.
free of the parachute, I began a tentative search for the
survival pack. It contained a one-man life raft, some canned
water, food, fishing gear, and dye markers. The dye markers
colored the water around the pilot to aid the rescue team in
finding a down airman. All of this survival equipment should have
been strapped to my hips. It was not there. It had been ripped
away from my body upon impact with the water.
How long would the Mae West sustain me I wondered.
wasn't sure, but I knew I needed help fast. The salt water that I
had swallowed felt like an enormous rock in the pit of my gut.
But worst of all, here I was, completely alone, 600 miles from
shore, lolling in the deep troughs and crests of the Pacific Ocean
. And my Crusader aircraft, upon which had been lavished such
affectionate attention, was sinking thousands of feet to the bottom of
that moment, I was struck by the incredible series of
coincidences that had just befallen me. I knew that my misfortune
had been a one-in-a-million occurrence. In review, I noted that
the explosion aloft should not have happened. The ejection
mechanism should have worked. The parachute should have opened. None
of these incidents should have happened. I had just experienced
three major catastrophes in one flight. My squadron had a perfect
safety record. Why was all of this happening was my thinking.
about ten minutes I heard the drone of a propeller-driven plane.
The pot-bellied, four-engine tanker came into view, flying very
low. They dropped several green dye markers near me, and some
smoke flares a short distance from my position. They circled overhead
and dropped an inflated life raft about 50 yards from me.
was so pleased and tried to swim toward the raft. When I took two
strokes, I all most blacked out due to the intense pain in my body. The
tanker circled again and dropped another raft closer to me, but there
was no way for me to get to it, or in it, in my condition.
water seemed to be getting colder, and a chill gripped me. I
looked at my watch, but the so-called unbreakable crystal was shattered
and the hands torn away. I tried to relax and surrender to the
Pacific Ocean swells. I could almost have enjoyed being buoyed up to the
crest of one swell and gently sliding into the trough of the
next, but I was in such excruciating pain. I remembered the words
W.C. Fields had chosen for his epitaph: On the whole, I'd rather
be in Philadelphia .
about an hour, a Coast Guard amphibian plane flew over and circled me
as though deciding whether or not to land. But the seas were high and I
knew he couldn't make it. He came in very low and dropped another
raft; this one had a 200-foot lanyard attached to it. The end of
the lanyard landed barely ten feet from me. I paddled gently
backward using only my arms. I caught hold of it and pulled the
raft to me. Even before trying, I knew I couldn't crawl into the
raft due to my physical condition. I was able to get a good grip
on its side and hold on. This gave me a little security.
Coast Guard amphibian gained altitude and flew off. (I learned
later that he headed for a squadron of minesweepers that was
returning to the United States from a tour of the Western Pacific. He
was unable to tune to their radio frequency for communications.
But this ingenious pilot lowered a wire from his aircraft and
dragged it across the bow of the minesweeper, the USS Embattle.
The minesweeper captain understood the plea, and veered off at top
speed in my direction.)
was fully conscious during the two and a half hours it took the
ship to reach me. I spotted the minesweeper while teetering at the
crest of a wave. Soon, its great bow was pushing in toward me and
I could see sailors in orange lifejackets crowding its lifelines.
A bearded man in a black rubber suit jumped into the water and
swam to me.
Are you hurt? he asked.
Yes, I said. My legs and back.
was now very cold and worried about the growing numbness in my
legs. Perhaps the imminence of rescue made me light-headed, for I only
vaguely remember being hoisted aboard the ship. I was laid
out on the ship's deck as they cut away my flight suit.
Don't touch my legs! Don't touch my legs, I screamed.
I don't remember it. Somebody gave me a shot of morphine and this erased part of my extreme pain.
hour or so later a man was bending over me and asking questions. (It
was a doctor who had been high-lined over from the USS Los
Angeles, a cruiser that had been operating in the area.)
He said, You have a long scar on your abdomen. How did it get there?
told him about a serious auto accident I'd had four years earlier
in Texas , and that my spleen had been removed at that time.
grunted, and asked more questions while he continued examining
me. Then he said, You and I are going to take a little trip over to the
USS Los Angeles; it's steaming alongside.
they got me into a wire stretcher, and hauled me, dangling and
dipping, across the watery interval between the Embattle and the
the Los Angeles 's sickbay, they gave me another shot of morphine,
thank God, and started thrusting all sorts of hoses into my body. I
could tell from all the activity, and from the intense, hushed
voices, that they were very worried about my condition.
body temperature was down to 94 degrees; my intestines and kidneys were
in shock. The doctors never left my side during the night. They
took my blood pressure every 15 minutes. I was unable to sleep.
Finally, I threw-up about a quart or more of seawater. After this
my nausea was relieved a bit.
listening to the medical team, who was working on me, I was able
to piece together the nature of my injuries. This is what I heard
them saying. My left ankle was broken in five places. My right
ankle was broken in three places. A tendon in my left foot was
cut. My right pelvis was fractured. My number 7 vertebra was
fractured. My left lung had partially collapsed. There were many
cuts and bruises all over my face and body, and, my intestines and
kidneys had been shaken into complete inactivity.
next morning Dr. Valentine Rhodes told me that the Los Angeles was
steaming at flank speed to a rendezvous with a helicopter 100 miles from
Long Beach , California .
3:30 that afternoon, I was hoisted into the belly of a Marine
helicopter from the USS Los Angeles' fantail, and we whirred off
to a hospital ship, the USS Haven, docked in Long Beach, CA.
aboard the Haven, doctors came at me from all sides with more
needles, tubes, and X-ray machines. Their reaction to my condition
was so much more optimistic than I had expected. I finally broke
down and let go a few tears of relief, exhaustion, and thanks to
all hands and God.
a few months I was all systems go again. My ankles were put back
in place with the help of steel pins. The partially collapsed left
lung re-inflated and my kidneys and intestines were working again
without the need of prodding.
Marine Corps discovered the cause of my flame-out, and that of Major
Tooker, the day before, was the failure of an automatic cut-off switch
in the refueling system. The aircraft's main fuel tank was made of
heavy reinforced rubber. When the cut-off switch failed, this
allowed the tank to overfill and it burst like a balloon. This then
caused the fire and flameout. We will never know why the ejection seat
failed to work since it is in the bottom of the ocean. The parachute
failure is a mystery also. Like they say,
"Some days you are the dog, and others you are the fire-plug."
I feel lucky? That word doesn't even begin to describe my
feelings. To survive a 15,000-foot fall with an unopened chute is a
fair enough feat. My mind keeps running back to something Dr.
Rhodes told me in the sickbay of the Los Angeles during those grim
and desperate hours.
said that if I had a spleen, it almost certainly would have
ruptured when I hit the water, and I would have bled to death. Of the 25
pilots in our squadron, I am the only one without a spleen. It
gives me something to think about. Maybe it does you as well.
Amazingly, Cliff Judkins not only survived this ordeal but he also
returned to flight status. He was flying the F-8 Crusader again
within six months after the accident. After leaving the Marine
Corps he was hired as a pilot with Delta Airlines and retired as a
Captain from that position.
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