Mexican Troops Cross U.S. Border
June 27, 2011 by Personal Liberty News Desk
Mexican troops crossed the U.S. border via the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, also known as International Bridge Two, at Laredo, Texas.
Mexican troops in three trucks crossed the U.S. border on Thursday in what is a violation of international law.
incursion, which occurred at International Bridge Two at Laredo, Texas,
was reported by KGNS-TV. A photo on the station's website shows
gun-wielding soldiers riding in the back of three military pickups.
leaders say the soldiers, who had just been deployed to Neuevo Laredo,
didn't know the area, got lost and then made their way through Bridge
Two," according to the television report.
a separate story, KGNS-TV reported that several hundred Mexican
soldiers and marines were in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in an effort to
combat drug cartels and the city is under martial law.
troops are expected to move into the city to beef up security, and it's
not just in Nuevo Laredo but the whole state of Tamaulipas," the
television station reported. "Last week demonstrators took to the
bridges to protest the military presence. Many claim those holding signs
and chanting 'no more military' were paid as much as $100 a day by the
cartel members to protest at the bridges.
"Drug cartels don't want that information out; therefore, the Mexican media is not reporting it."
2 Green Berets Get Silver Star,12 Get Bronze With'V'
Stars and Stripes
by John Vandiver
Germany -- Two U.S Army Green Berets were recognized with Silver Stars
during a ceremony on Monday in Stuttgart, where 1st Battalion, 10th
Special Forces Group troops were honored for heroic actions on the
battlefield in Afghanistan.
the ceremony at Patch Barracks, which included a special videotaped
message from the commander of the Afghanistan mission, Gen. David
Petraeus, 12 other servicemembers received Bronze Stars with the "V"
device for valor. Two additional Soldiers received the Army Commendation
Medal with "V" device.
Sgt. William J. Dickinson was awarded the Silver Star for leading a
special operations team that thwarted an attack on Bagram Air Base on
May 19, 2010, when insurgents dressed as American Soldiers stormed the
Sergeant Adam B. Dorner was awarded the Silver Star for leading a team
of Green Berets and Afghan National Security Forces in response to an
ambush in Logar province in 2010. Dorner ran more than 150 meters
through open terrain to reach his unit's mortar system to return fire on
the enemy at "grave personal risk."
courage, relentless commitment ... and, of course, quiet but very
impressive professionalism," said Petraeus, in his videotaped message
from Afghanistan, of the 16 servicemembers who were recognized. "Their
courage not only saved lives, but also inspired, and continues to
inspire all of us here."
ceremony included multimedia presentations detailing the troops'
actions. In it, Dorner said of valor: "It just kind of comes out when it
needs to come out."
in ordinary life, the troops are anything but that on the battlefield,
said Maj. Gen. Michael Repass, commander of Special Operations Command
"These are men of deeds, not words," Repass said.
Following the ceremony, the medal recipients were whisked away to a private reception.
Here are more detailed accounts of the actions that resulted in the Silver Stars:
Master Sgt. William J. Dickinson:
May 19, 2010, Dickinson and his five-man special operations team were
getting ready for bed in the early morning hours at Bagram Airfield when
explosions reverberated around the north end of the base. Dickinson
immediately mobilized, according to a unit account of the events.
and the other men gathered their gear and moved toward the sound of
fire, exposed to enemy rocket-propelled grenades. Special Operations
Task Force 10 pressed forward, killing three insurgents who had breached
the outer perimeter wall of the base, according to the unit account.
Dickinson and two other team members cleared through to the outer
perimeter wall, evading thrown grenades.
with their own grenades, Dickinson and his team secured their position
and observed that the three insurgents from their first engagement were
dressed in the U.S. Army Combat Uniform and equipped with suicide vests,
hand grenades, RPGs and AK-47 assault rifles.
exposed to enemy observation, MSG Dickinson led four other team members
over the wall," according to the unit account. "Four additional
deceased insurgents were identified immediately on the other side.
Another, still living, tried to arm his suicide vest and was quickly
neutralized by MSG Dickinson and members of the HQ element."
20 more insurgents were massing 800 yards southwest of Dickinson's
position. Dickinson's five-man team and eight volunteers assembled to
hunt down the enemy.
Dickinson fearlessly took point in the front, skirting the (base)
perimeter to close with and engage the assaulting enemy," the unit
the patrol, one team member stepped on a land mine and was severely
injured. Dickinson ran 20 yards from the front of the patrol to deliver
first aid. After helping to get the injured Soldier back over the wall
and out of harm's way, Dickinson grabbed a mine detector from an
engineer on the perimeter, scaled the wall a final time and cleared a
path for the four patrol members still in harm's way.
In the end, eight insurgents were killed and the synchronized assault on Bagram was thwarted.
Staff Sergeant Adam B. Dorner:
Aug. 17, 2010, Dorner's team of Green Berets was conducting route
reconnaissance in Logar province with 20 Afghan National Security Forces
members when insurgents launched a complex ambush, using roadside
bombs, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, according
to the unit account.
who was dismounted at the front of the convoy, returned fire despite
lack of cover until his weapon malfunctioned. Dorner then ran more than
150 yards through open terrain to reach his unit's 60mm mortar system,
despite RPG rounds detonating within 30 yards of his location. He took
hold of the mortar and delivered 10 rounds on the insurgent positions,
according to the account.
then led a maneuver element consisting of seven Afghans and three
Soldiers from his Special Operations Task Unit 0116 and "fearlessly took
point of his element and led a bold assault across 300 meters of mostly
open terrain and dislodged the enemy from their established position,"
the unit account of the events stated.
Dorner accepted "grave personal risk" at four separate stages of the firefight.
tenacity and leadership were the vital ingredients in finally ending
the engagement, directly enabling the safe return of all U.S. and ANSF
service members," the unit account stated.
Fourteen other troops were honored on Monday. They were:
Bronze Star with "V" device
** Capt. Craig Bighouse
** Sgt. 1st Class Michael Murray
** Sgt. 1st Class McKenna Miller
** Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Reshel
** Staff Sgt. Sabriel Ashley
** Staff Sgt. Robert Murray
** Staff Sgt. Patrick Roberts
** Staff Sgt. Richard Telck
** Staff Sgt. Robert Malcher
** Air Force Staff Sgt. David Ibsen
** Air Force Staff Sgt. Theodore Hofkneckt
** Pfc. William Langley
Army Commendation Medal with "V" device
** Staff Sgt. Ricky Streeter
** Staff Sgt. Sean Pridemore
Texas Vets Told Not to Use 'God' During Services
Accuse VA, cemetery director of religious hostility.
By NIK RAJKOVIC
They fought for their country, now they're fighting against it.
trio of Houston area veterans groups is suing Veterans Affairs and the
director of the local National Cemetery claiming they're trying to
censor religious freedom during funerals and other ceremonies.
all started just before Memorial Day when a pastor giving the annual
prayer at the National Cemetery was told he could not use Jesus'
name. A federal judge blocked the VA's attempt to censor him and
the two sides were back in court Tuesday.
Jeff Mateer represents the Liberty Institute; he says the cemetery
director won't allow the use of "God" or "Jesus" unless the family
submits the prayer in writing for her approval.
addition, director Arleen Ocasio has stated the National Memorial
Ladies cannot tell families 'God Bless,' they cannot communicate in
writing or orally," says Mateer. "And that violates the U.S.
Koepp is with the National Memorial Ladies. "I would have been
appalled if when the VFW did my father's funeral in 2004, if they could
not have said 'God,' what is happening to our country?" she asks.
veteran Nobelton Jones hands out shells from the 21-gun salute to
families, but says the cemetery director is trying to censor him as
March 15, she said that at the District 4 ceremony, that I could not
say 'We wish that God grant you and your family grace, mercy and peace,'
she specifically said that," claims Jones.
The case also has caught the attention of incoming state VFW president John Spahr.
is our contention and our concern that we be allowed to give this most
humble and important tribute to brothers and sisters as they pass away,"
says Spahr. "They are our comrades, and this probably the most
sacred ritual in the Veterans of Foreign Wars."
Calls seeking comment from cemetery director Ocasio were not returned, the VA says it can't talk about ongoing litigation.
The two sides are due be back in court next month.
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Barbara Walters comments on Jane Fonda
can lead her present life the way she wants and perhaps SHE can forget
the past, but we DO NOT have to stand by without comment and see her
"honored" as a "Woman of the Century".
Never Forgive A Traitor
those of you too young to remember, Hanoi Jane is a bad person and did
some terrible things during the Vietnam war. Things that cannot be
For those who served and/or died. . .
NEVER FORGIVE A TRAITOR. SHE REALLY WAS A TRAITOR!!
and now OBAMA wants to honor her......!!!!
In Memory of LT. C.Thomsen Wieland who spent 100 days at the Hanoi Hilton
IF YOU NEVER FORWARDED ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE, FORWARD THIS SO THAT EVERYONE WILL KNOW!!!!!!
She really is a traitor.
A TRAITOR IS ABOUT TO BE HONORED. KEEP THIS MOVING ACROSS AMERICA
is for all the kids born in the 70's and after who do not remember, and
didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and
older brothers and sisters had to bear.
Jane Fonda to be honored as one of the '100 Women of the Century.'
BARBRA WALTERS WRITES:
many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms.
Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who
served and sacrificed during Vietnam.
first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry
Driscoll, a River
1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho
Lo Prison the 'Hanoi
from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean
PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace
Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received.
spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away.
During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant
's feet, which sent that officer berserk.
1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which
permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied
application of a wooden baton.
1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6
years in the 'Hanoi Hilton', the first three of which his family only
knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was
still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and
clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation'
however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they
were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of
paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand.
paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking
each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you
sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane
treatment from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be
an act, they each palmed her their sliver of
took them all without missing a beat. At the end of the line and
once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs,
she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces
men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost
number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her
actions that day.
was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam, and was
captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968,
and held prisoner for over 5 years.
spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in
Cambodia; and one year in a 'black box' in Hanoi. My North
Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female
missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Banme Thuot , South Vietnam,
whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I
weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.)
We were Jane Fonda's 'war criminals....'
When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her..
said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we
POWs received....and how different it was from the treatment purported
by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient.'
of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms
outstretched with a large steel weight placed on my hands, and beaten
with a bamboo cane.
had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was
released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on
TV. She never did answer me.
first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored
as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we forget....'100 Years of
Great Women' should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with
the blood of so many patriots.
are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's
participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time
to forward to as many people as you possibly can. It will
eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will
RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt,
USAF 716 Maintenance Squadron,
It is always better to be judged by 12 then carried by 6.
And you can take that to the bank..........
The Three Eyed Monster.
1 2 3
A home invader's worst nightmare.
Words of Wisdom
If you own a gun, you will appreciate this. If not, you should get one and learn how to use it.
Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not to protect you.
let someone or thing that threatens you get inside arms length and
never say "I've got a gun". If you feel you need to use deadly
force for heaven's sake let the first sound they hear be the safety
clicking off, and they shouldn't have time to hear anything after that
if you are doing your job.
'The average response time of a 911 call is over 23 minutes... the response time of a .44 magnum is 1400 feet per second.'
Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is a drill instructor (Thunder Ranch
is a firearms training facility in Arizona ). Here are a few of his
observations on tactics, firearms, self-defense and life as we know it
in the civilized world.
"The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win - and cheat if necessary."
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. You may get killed
with your own gun, but he'll have to beat you to death with it, cause
it's going to be empty."
you're not shooting', you should be loading'. If you're not loading',
you should be moving', if you're not moving', someone's going to cut
your head off and put it on a stick."
you reload in low light encounters, don't put your flashlight in your
back pocket.. If you light yourself up, you'll look like an angel or the
tooth fairy... and you're going to be one of 'em pretty soon."
"Do something. It may be wrong, but do something."
"Shoot what's available, as long as it's available, until something else becomes available."
you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous. If
you have a gun, what in the hell do you have to be paranoid for?"
"Don't shoot fast, unless you're also shoot good."
can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work, but
I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty
much the universal language."
"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems. How long you live depends on how well you do it."
"You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family."
Global Warming or Climate Change?
Ian Plimercould not have said it better! Professor Ian Plimer is a
member of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the
University of Adelaide . He is also a joint member of the School of
Civil , Environmental and Mining Engineering.
If you've read his book you will agree, this is a good summary.
here's the bombshell. Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano The volcanic
eruption in Iceland , since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in
just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past
five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you.
This Seismic activity started at the end of 2009 and gradually increased
in intensity until on 20 March 2010, a small eruptionstarted rated as a
1 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index. Beginning on 14 April
2010, the eruption entered a second phase and created an ash cloud that
led to the closure of most of Europe 's IFR airspace from 15 until 20
April 2010. Consequently, a very high proportion of flights within, to,
and from Europe were cancelled, creating the highest level of air travel
disruption since the Second World War.
course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to
suppress - it's that vital chemical compound that every plant requires
to live and grow, and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans, and all
know, it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon
emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience
and expense of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags,
sitting up till midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution"
science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies,
using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet
tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home
instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle,
replacing all of your 50 cents light bulbs with $10.00 light
bulbs...well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the
tubes in just four days.
volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days -
yes - FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland, has totally erased
every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast,
carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet
spewing out this crud any one time - EVERY DAY.
don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention
that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991,
it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire
human race had emitted in its entire YEARS on earth. Yes folks, Mt
Pinatubo was active for over one year - think about it.
course I shouldn't spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and
mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized
800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite
our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.
I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact
of the matter is that the brush fire season across the western USA and
Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in
our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every
remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping new
carbon tax on you on the basis of the bogus "human-caused" climate
isn't it interesting how they don't mention "Global Warming" any more,
but just "Climate Change" - you know why? It's because the planet
has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming
bull artists got caught with their pants down.
just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme -
that whopping new tax - imposed on you, that will achieve absolutely
nothing except make you poorer. It won't stop any volcanoes from
erupting, that's for sure.
Just remember the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland on May 21, 2011.
But hey, relax, give the world a hug and have a nice day!
USSOCOM Outlines Restart for Precision Sniper Rifle
Written by: Scott R. Gourley on June 7, 2011
student of the Special Forces Sniper Course at the John F. Kennedy
Special Warfare Center and School fires at four inch targets from
distances of 600 meters to 1000 meters at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Jan. 27,
2011. The students of the 8-week course practice techniques of
marksmanship, fieldcraft, and communication to become elite Special
Forces snipers. Photo by Sgt. David William McLean, 22nd MPAD
from United States Special Operations Command used a recent "Industry
Day" venue to outline the anticipated restart of the command's Precision
Sniper Rifle (PSR) program. The PSR weapon system will consist of a
rifle, an enhanced round of ammunition, and other associated subsystems.
the anticipated formal cancellation of the original PSR request for
proposals in early May, the subsequent Industry Day was designed "to
provide an update to the current program changes." Although not
mandatory for program participants, the event reportedly provided
interested vendors with an overview of the revised PSR program against
the backdrop of current requirements and future needs of United States
special operations forces operators.
to the overview, the newly revised PSR solicitation will include:
rifle, enhanced round of ammunition, suppressor, bipod, cleaning kit,
operator's manual, drag bag, spare parts, magazines, sling, and hard
The new solicitation is not caliber-specific.
solicitation changes from the previously cancelled solicitation center
around an "increased product focused approach" featuring the go/no-go
assessment involving weapon and ammunition performance, conducting
operational suitability/operational effectiveness assessment prior to
entering proposal evaluation, and use of a critical threshold matrix as
opposed to the "performance specification" process used in the initial
recent Industry Day event also included an overview of several "Draft"
go/no-go requirements. Examples included: "The PSR product sample shall
weigh no more than 18.0 lbs with 12 o'clock MIL-STD 1913 rail, and an
unloaded magazine. Weight excludes any protective MIL-STD 1913 rail
covers and all other ancillary equipment...The PSR rifle shall have an
overall length of no more than 50 inches in the fully extended
configuration, less suppressor...The PSR shall have a safety mechanism
that prevents the weapon from firing when the trigger is depressed and
the safety is in the 'safe' position."
terms of the ammunition performance, announced "draft" requirements
range from: "The projectile shall have a remaining velocity no less than
1,228 feet per second under nominal conditions at 1500 meters (1640
yards)" to "The projectile shall have a minimum of 700 ft-lbs. of
kinetic energy at 1500 meters (1640 yards)."
the assessment process precision capability "shall be demonstrated by
the vendor at 914 meters (1000 yards). A total of twelve (12) five
shot groups shall be fired for record. The offeror shall fire two of
the product sample rifles for six groups each. The offeror shall
select five of the six groups from each product sample to submit for the
Government to acquire an average. The 10-group average shall be
1.0 MOA or less. Groups shall be measured for Extreme Vertical
Spread (EVS). The offeror has the option to shoot his rifle from a
fixture (to be supplied by the offeror), off the ground/bipod or from a
bench rest to demonstrate precision. "
The government expects to release the new PSR solicitation in June 2011.
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U.N. Agreement Should Have All Gun Owners Up In Arms
Jun. 7 2011
UCSON, AZ - JANUARY 15: A woman shoots a gun...
Image by Getty Images via @daylife
may not come as surprising news to many of you that the United Nations
doesn't approve of our Second Amendment. Not one bit. And they very much
hope to do something about it with help from some powerful American
friends. Under the guise of a proposed global "Small Arms Treaty"
premised to fight "terrorism", "insurgency" and "international crime
syndicates" you can be quite certain that an even more insidious threat
is being targeted - our Constitutional right for law-abiding citizens to
own and bear arms.
What, exactly, does the intended agreement entail?
the terms have yet to be made public, if passed by the U.N. and
ratified by our Senate, it will almost certainly force the U.S. to:
- Enact tougher licensing requirements, creating additional bureaucratic red tape for legal firearms ownership.
- Confiscate and destroy all "unauthorized" civilian firearms (exempting those owned by our government of course).
the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons
(any that have magazines even though they still operate in the same one
trigger pull - one single "bang" manner as revolvers, a simple fact the
ant-gun media never seem to grasp).
- Create an international gun registry, clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.
short, overriding our national sovereignty, and in the process,
providing license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers
over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in
addition to our Second Amendment rights.
no doubt that this plan is very real, with strong Obama administration
support. In January 2010 the U.S. joined 152 other countries in
endorsing a U.N. Arms Treaty Resolution that will establish a 2012
conference to draft a blueprint for enactment. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton has pledged to push for Senate ratification.
U.N. ambassador John Bolton has cautioned gun owners to take this
initiative seriously, stating that the U.N. "is trying to act as though
this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between
nation states, but there is no doubt that the real agenda here is
domestic firearms control."
professing to support the Second Amendment during her presidential
election bid, Hillary Clinton is not generally known as a gun rights
enthusiast. She has been a long-time activist for federal firearms
licensing and registration, and a vigorous opponent of state
Right-to-Carry laws. As a New York senator she ranked among the National
Rifle Association's worst "F"-rated gun banners who voted to support
the sort of gunpoint disarmament that marked New Orleans' rogue police
actions against law-abiding gun owners in the anarchistic aftermath of
Obama's record on citizen gun rights doesn't reflect much advocacy
either. Consider for example his appointment of anti-gun rights former
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as an alternate U.S. representative to the
U.N., and his choice of Andrew Traver who has worked to terminate
civilian ownership of so-called "assault rifles" (another prejudicially
meaningless gun term) to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
in a move unprecedented in American history, the Obama administration
quietly banned the re-importation and sale of 850,000 collectable
antique U.S.-manufactured M1 Garand and Carbine rifles that were left in
South Korea following the Korean War. Developed in the 1930s, the
venerable M1 Garand carried the U.S. through World War II, seeing action
in every major battle.
an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama was an aggressive advocate for
expanding gun control laws, and even voted against legislation giving
gun owners an affirmative defense when they use firearms to defend
themselves and their families against home invaders and burglars. He
also served on a 10-member board of directors of the radically activist
anti-gun Joyce Foundation in Chicago during a period between
1998-2001when it contributed $18,326,183 in grants to anti-Second
someone breaks into your home when you are there, which would you
prefer to have close at hand: 1) a telephone to call 911, or 2) a loaded
gun of respectable caliber? That's a pretty easy question for me to
answer. I am a long-time NRA member, concealed firearms license holder
and a regular weekly recreational pistol shooter. And while I don't
ordinarily care to target anything that has a mother, will reluctantly
make an exception should an urgent provocation arise. I also happen to
enjoy the company of friends who hunt, as well as those, like myself,
who share an abiding interest in American history and the firearms that
are many like me, and fewer of them would be alive today were it not
for exercise of their gun rights. In fact law-abiding citizens in
America used guns in self-defense 2.5 million times during 1993 (about
6,850 times per day), and actually shot and killed 2 1/2 times as many
criminals as police did (1,527 to 606). Those civilian self-defense
shootings resulted in less than 1/5th as many incidents as police where
an innocent person was mistakenly identified as a criminal (2% versus
how effectively have gun bans worked to make citizens safer in other
countries? Take the number of home break-ins while residents are present
as an indication. In Canada and Britain, both with tough gun-control
laws, nearly half of all burglaries occur when residents are present.
But in the U.S. where many households are armed, only about 13% happen
when someone is home.
clear statistical benefit evidence, 41 states now allow competent,
law-abiding adults to carry permitted or permit-exempt concealed
handguns. As a result, crime rates in those states have typically fallen
at least 10% in the year following enactment.
the majority in our Senate is smart enough to realize that the U.N.'s
gun-grab agenda is unconstitutional, politically suicidal for those who
support it, and down-right idiotic-right? Let's hope so, but not
entirely count on it. While a few loyal Obama Democrats are truly
"pro-gun", many are loathe to vote against treaties that carry the
president's international prestige, causing him embarrassment.
don't forget that Senate confirmation of anti-gun Obama nominee Supreme
Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Many within the few who voted against
her did so only because of massive grassroots pressure from constituents
who take their Constitutional protections very seriously.
more than ever, it's imperative to stick by our guns in demanding that
all Constitutional rights be preserved. If not, we will surely lose
"Send 'em up, I'll wait!"
Love it! This has got to be one of the greatest quotes of all time.
I thought this might make you smile. :-)
...conversation overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai.
Iranian Air Defense Site: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'
Air Defense Site: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!'
Air Defense Site: ( ... total silence)
God bless our troops. There is something about a Marine that makes other countries listen to reason.
Wounded Ranger to Be Awarded Medal of Honor
June 01, 2011
Wounded Ranger to Be Awarded Medal of Honor
-- An Army Ranger who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds
after throwing an armed grenade away from his fellow Soldiers will be
the second living Medal of Honor recipient from the conflicts in Iraq
July 12, 2011, President Obama will award Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur
Petry with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Petry will
receive the honor for his courageous actions during combat operations
against an armed enemy in Paktya, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008.
Petry now serves as part of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.
very humbling to know that the guys thought that much of me and my
actions that day, to nominate me for that," said Petry, on learning he
had been nominated for the medal.
the time of his actions in Afghanistan, Petry was assigned to Company
D, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,
Wash. Petry's actions came as part of a rare daylight raid to capture a
that day, he was to locate himself with the platoon headquarters in the
target building once it was secured. Once there, he was to serve as the
senior noncommissioned officer at the site for the remainder of the
one of the assault squads needed assistance clearing their assigned
building, Petry relayed to the platoon leader that he was moving to that
squad to provide additional supervision and guidance during the
clearance of the building.
the residential portion of the building had been cleared, Petry took a
fellow member of the assault squad, Pvt. 1st Class Lucas Robinson, to
clear the outer courtyard. Petry knew that area had not been cleared
during the initial clearance.
and Robinson, both Rangers, moved into an area of the compound that
contained at least three enemy fighters who were prepared to engage
friendly forces from opposite ends of the outer courtyard.
two Soldiers entered the courtyard. To their front was an opening
followed by a chicken coop. As the two crossed the open area, an enemy
insurgent fired on them. Petry was wounded by one round, which went
through both of his legs. Robinson was also hit in his side plate by a
wounded and under enemy fire, Petry led Robinson to the cover of the
chicken coop. The enemy continued to deliver fire at the two Soldiers.
the senior Soldier, Petry assessed the situation and reported that
contact was made and that there were two wounded Rangers in the
courtyard of the primary target building.
hearing the report of two wounded Rangers, Sgt. Daniel Higgins, a team
leader, moved to the outer courtyard. As Higgins was moving to Petry and
Robinson's position, Petry threw a thermobaric grenade in the vicinity
of the enemy position.
after that grenade exploded -- which created a lull in the enemy fire
-- Higgins arrived at the chicken coop and assessed the wounds of the
Higgins evaluated their wounds, an insurgent threw a grenade over the
chicken coop at the three Rangers. The grenade landed about 10 meters
from the three Rangers, knocked them to the ground, and wounded Higgins
and Robinson. Shortly after the grenade exploded, Staff Sgt. James
Roberts and Spc. Christopher Gathercole entered the courtyard, and moved
toward the chicken coop.
three Soldiers taking cover in the chicken coop, an enemy fighter threw
another grenade at them. This time, the grenade landed just a few feet
from Higgins and Robinson.
the threat that the enemy grenade posed to his fellow Rangers, Petry --
despite his own wounds and with complete disregard for his personal
safety -- consciously and deliberately risked his life to move to and
secure the live enemy grenade and consciously throw the grenade away
from his fellow Rangers, according to battlefield reports.
Petry released the grenade in the direction of the enemy, preventing
the serious injury or death of Higgins and Robinson, it detonated and
amputated his right hand.
a clear mind, Petry assessed his wound and placed a tourniquet on his
right arm. Once this was complete, he reported that he was still in
contact with the enemy and that he had been wounded again.
the blast that amputated Petry's hand, Roberts began to engage the
enemy behind the chicken coop with small-arms fire and a grenade. His
actions suppressed the insurgents behind the chicken coop. Shortly
after, another enemy on the east end of the courtyard began firing,
fatally wounding Gathercole.
Higgins and Robinson returned fire and killed the enemy.
later, Sgt. 1st Class Jerod Staidle, the platoon sergeant, and Spc.
Gary Depriest, the platoon medic, arrived in the outer courtyard. After
directing Depriest to treat Gathercole, Staidle moved to Petry' s
position. Staidle and Higgins then assisted Petry as he moved to the
casualty collection point.
Higgins later wrote in a statement, "if not for Staff Sergeant Petry's actions, we would have been seriously wounded or killed."
is the ninth servicemember to have been named a recipient of the Medal
of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Of prior recipients, all
but Petry and Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta were awarded the honor
among those recipients are Spc. Ross A. McGinnis, Sgt. 1st Class Paul
R. Smith, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, and Marine Corps
Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, all for actions in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Salvatore
Giunta, Staff Sgt. Robert Miller, Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti and Navy
Lt. Michael P. Murphy were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in
currently serves as a liaison officer for the United States Special
Operations Command Care Coalition-Northwest Region, and provides
oversight to wounded warriors, ill and injured servicemembers and their
enlisted in the Army from his hometown of Santa Fe, N.M., in September
1999. After completion of One Station Unit Training, the Basic Airborne
Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program -- all at Fort
Benning, Ga. -- Petry was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger
has served as a grenadier, squad automatic rifleman, fire team leader,
squad leader, operations sergeant, and weapons squad leader.
He has deployed eight times in support of the war on terrorism, with two tours to Iraq and six tours to Afghanistan.
Petry and his wife Ashley have four children, Brittany, Austin, Reagan and Landon.
The Tipping Point and the Future U.S. Navy Fleet
Written by: George Galdorisi on
May 26, 2011
Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) leads a
formation of ships from USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike
Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for a photo exercise
during the final day of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. The U.S. Navy seems
headed for a "Two-Hub" scenario, concentrating on the Western Pacific
and the Middle East and Indian Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass
Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas
Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) leads a
formation of ships from USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike
Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for a photo exercise
during the final day of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. The U.S. Navy seems
headed for a "Two-Hub" scenario, concentrating on the Western Pacific
and the Middle East and Indian Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass
Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas
first 10 years of the 21st century have seen profound change for the
U.S. Navy, the United States, and the world. Today, as the Navy takes on
increased responsibilities in a globalized world, its ability to
influence events may be challenged - even compromised - unless
far-reaching and substantial changes in Navy force structure and force
laydown are put into place.
2001, the U.S. homeland experienced its first attacks in more than 50
years - resulting in two conflicts with an enormous cost in lives and
national treasure. We are engaged worldwide in a war with radical
extremism at the same time that the United States continues its drawdown
in Iraq and surge of combat operations in Afghanistan. We are watchful
of the rise of a "peer competitor" that looks intent on becoming a
global superpower. These dynamics are complicated by the ambitions of
regional powers. We have also witnessed a re-ordering of global
political and economic power not seen since the end of World War II and
the Bretton Woods accord. It is little wonder that the National
Intelligence Council's "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World"
predicts daunting change will accelerate and broaden:
international systems - as constructed following the Second World War -
will be unrecognizable by 2025 owing to the rise of emerging powers, a
globalizing economy, an historic transfer of relative wealth and
economic power from West to East, and the growing influence of nonstate
actors. By 2025, the international system will be a global multipower
this change has accelerated in the past several years in the wake of
the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, the
economic pain still being felt by all Americans, and the spiraling
national debt, a fact of life that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, termed the greatest threat to U.S. national
security. Add to this China's growing economic and military strength, as
well as Beijing's intransigence regarding maritime claims in the South
China Sea - a position that is totally without substantiation and one
that turns the entire idea of the global commons on its head - and there
is little question that this decade will see continued conflict and
strife. Concurrently, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will have a
less robust funding posture than it has today.
dynamics will make it even more challenging for America and its Navy to
execute the strategy articulated in its first new maritime strategy in a
generation, the 2007 tri-service "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st
Century Seapower," a strategy that some have said has the U.S. Navy
trying to be everything, to everyone, everywhere. And while the Navy
comprises far more than just ships, for most people the number of ships
is the measure of naval capability and capacity. The U.S. Navy today is
half the size of the Reagan-era Navy, and while some point to improved
capability of today's U.S. Navy ships, the fact remains the U.S. Navy
can no longer be everything, to everyone, everywhere with today's
approximately 280-plus ships, nor can it do so in the future, where most
observers predict ship numbers will further decline.
The Tipping Point
the past two decades, we have witnessed the inexorable decline in the
number of U.S. Navy ships and the concomitant stress on the Navy's
ability to carry out its myriad missions. And in light of the
aforementioned DoD and Department of the Navy budgetary pressures, and
in spite of the Navy's strategy and posture statement that call for a
naval force that is second to none, there is no believable scenario that
envisions the Navy achieving the capacity to do everything, for
everyone, everywhere. As a result, some observers began to ask whether
the U.S. Navy needed to consider changing its strategy, shipbuilding
plans, and force laydown to be able to carry out its missions in the
Aircraft Carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Kitty Hawk (CV
and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) sail in formation at the start of
Exercise Valiant Shield 2006. A "Surge Navy" would be based on a
powerful but smaller home fleet comprising high-end platforms such as
carrier and expeditionary strike groups, and would seek to maintain
global influence based on the ability to quickly deploy a
combat-credible force worldwide. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's
Mate Spike Call
the "Tipping Point." In late 2009, the Chief of Naval Operations asked
the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) to evaluate the characteristics of a
globally influential navy and address the tipping point at which the
U.S. Navy would no longer be globally influential. The study "The Navy
at a Tipping Point: Maritime Dominance at Stake?" concluded that
although a Navy of fewer ships than today's fleet of 285 or so could
still be influential globally, the potential is great for tomorrow's
fleet and especially the Navy-after-Next to lose this capability unless
decisions are made - and soon - to reverse current trends.
Navy at a Tipping Point: Maritime Dominance at Stake?" study has
sparked a spirited debate within the Navy, Department of Defense,
Congress, think tanks, and numerous blogs regarding CNA's five
alternative futures for the Navy. As one indicator of the intensity of
this debate, the authoritative U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings
featured two substantial articles on this subject in just a four-month
Tipping Point study draws what it calls the "inevitable conclusion"
that a shrinking status quo Navy (meaning a Navy that evolves as current
shipbuilding trends suggest it will) will do all things, but none of
them very well, and that this steady erosion in capacity would be a de
facto hollowing out of the fleet that could easily erode combat
capability. It suggests that this "thin slicing" of the Navy, where no
major changes are made and capacity continues to dwindle across the
board, is the worst of all possible scenarios and asks the question, "At
what number of ships does the Navy reach a point where it is no longer
able to project combat credibility with constant forward presence?" The
study then suggests five potential choices or scenarios for U.S. Navy
force structure and force laydown that the Navy could employ to attempt
to meet its worldwide commitments (see sidebar at bottom).
what the Tipping Point study did not do was to draw a conclusion as to
which of these five potential scenarios seemed the most likely, and to
those who are comfortable with a straightforward solution, that was
unsatisfying. And as the study suggests, even as the conversations wax
and wane, prevailing trend lines and dynamics will result in one of
these futures (or an extrapolation) for the Navy, almost by default.
Indeed, the momentum pointing toward a most-likely alternative future is
powerful and, absent dramatic changes, one of the five already looks to
be the Navy we will have in 2025 and beyond.
The Geostrategic Context
understand some of the impetus behind the Tipping Point study, it is
important to understand the overarching geostrategic context and the
"high-end" missions the U.S. Navy may be called on to perform. As Norman
Friedman points out in the Spring 2010 Year in Defense Naval Edition,
nations such as China and Iran are fielding substantial anti-access/area
denial (or A2/AD) capabilities that could substantially inhibit the
U.S. Navy's ability to carry out its missions. In the case of China,
according to Friedman, "The Chinese are interested in convincing the
U.S. government that the U.S. Navy's carriers cannot survive anywhere
compelling nature of this threat has raised serious concerns within the
DoD regarding the ability of the Navy and the Air Force to project
power in East Asia and the Arabian Gulf. This concern led directly to
two studies conducted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary
Assessments (CSBA) in early 2010: "Why AirSea Battle?" and "AirSea
Battle: A Point-of-Departure Operational Concept." CSBA analyzed
possible options to deal with compelling A2/AD threats nations such as
China and Iran possess. The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)
provided greater clarity on the scope and raison d'tre behind this
concept. As part of its guidance to rebalance the force, the QDR
directed the development of the AirSea Battle Concept in order to:
adversaries across the range of military operations, including
adversaries equipped with sophisticated anti-access and area denial
capabilities. The concept will address how air and naval forces will
integrate capabilities across all operational domains - air, sea, land,
space, and cyberspace - to counter growing challenges to U.S. freedom of
is important to recognize that neither the term AirSea Battle Concept
(ASBC), nor the concept itself, are brand-new. This integration of sea
and air forces has roots that extend back more than half a century and
was highlighted two decades ago by then-Cmdr. James Stavridis (now
admiral, Supreme Allied Commander Europe) in a 1992 National Defense
University paper where he suggested, "We need an air sea battle concept
centered on an immediately deployable, highly capable, and fully
integrated force - an Integrated Strike Force."
is new is the compelling nature of the A2/AD capability of nations that
threaten to use them against U.S. power-projection assets and
especially against U.S. Navy carrier strike groups. As the CSBA studies
and other analysis suggest, China and Iran are investing in capabilities
to raise precipitously over time - and perhaps prohibitively - the cost
to the United States of projecting power into two areas of vital
interest: the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf. By expanding their
A2/AD capabilities, these potential adversaries seek to deny U.S forces
the sanctuary of forward bases, hold aircraft carriers and their air
wings at risk, and cripple U.S. battle networks. In other words, strike
at the weak point of U.S. power-projection capability. (This, too, is
not new, as the Chinese military philosopher, Sun Tzu, explained 3,600
years ago: "The Army led by the wise general avoids the strong and
rushes to the weak.") To understand the compelling A2/AD challenge
facing the U.S. Navy, a word or two regarding China and Iran's
capabilities and capacity is in order.
impressive store of missiles hedges against a "Taiwan contingency"
while simultaneously undergirding its anti-access/area denial efforts in
the Asia Pacific region. One notable effort in this regard is the
development of the world's first anti-ship "carrier killer" ballistic
missile, the DF-21D. Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia Program
at the Center for a New American Security, wrote, "The DF-21D is the
ultimate carrier-killer missile." Moreover, Commander of U.S. Pacific
Command Adm. Robert F. Willard, in August 2010, warned that the DF-21D
is "close to being operational."
continues to be a source of instability throughout the Central Command
area of responsibility. Even with national and international sanctions
in place, the rhetoric from the regime has not abated. More troubling,
Iran's nuclear program continues to vex regional and international
powers, with no resolution in sight. CSBA's Andrew Krepinevich
characterizes the Iranian threat mainly in terms of its development of
A2/AD capabilities. These include mobile anti-ship cruise missiles,
submarines, small high-speed coastal vessels, and sea mines. He noted
that "while the situation may be manageable for U.S. maritime forces
over the near term, Iran seems determined to continue developing more
formidable A2/AD capabilities that could impact commercial shipping and
energy production throughout the region."
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a mass
formation of ships from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, France, Canada,
Australia, and the United States through the Pacific Ocean July 24,
2010, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. RIMPAC is the world's
largest international maritime exercise and is designed to increase
mutual cooperation and enhance the tactical capabilities of
participating nations in various aspects of maritime operations at sea. A
"One+ Hub" Navy would focus on a "combat-credible visible forward
presence" in the Western Pacific to the exclusion of much else. DoD
photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Taylor, U.S. Navy
the ASBC has traction, as subsequent to publication of the QDR,
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates directed the Navy and the Air Force
to operationalize the ASBC and there is compelling evidence that the
two services are formulating plans and strategies to do just that: take
ASBC from concept to reality. And as the focus of the U.S. Navy shifts
to the high-end threat in both theaters of operations, it will likely
lead directly to a U.S. Navy force structure and force laydown along the
lines of one scenario laid out in the Tipping Point study.
What Navy Will We Have?
raising the issues it did in "The Navy at a Tipping Point," CNA
highlighted several realistic options for a future U.S. Navy force
structure and force laydown. And the report has sparked a vigorous
debate as to which option would be best to enable the Navy to fulfill
its missions and to provide combat credible power to the U.S. combatant
the Tipping Point study also defined what type of Navy the United
States wants: one that is influential, dominant, and ready. These three
criteria form the case for U.S. Navy force structure and force laydown.
As the study explains:
global navy is influential. It exerts international leadership in
peacetime and in war. It provides a framework for coalition operations.
It is a visible force for reassuring allies and partners that a global
navy's government is committed to them and that it has the resolve to
place military forces in harm's way in their support. It is a force
flexible enough to exert influence at any point over a range of
dominant naval force must be compared with its potential adversaries
and challengers. This has traditionally meant the capability to exert
sea control when and where needed, to sustain operations in these areas
indefinitely, to support and influence operations on land, and to ensure
freedom of movement for the nation's military forces.
global navy is a ready navy. Both its deployed and surge forces are
trained, manned, and adequately equipped. They are deployed globally so
they can be ready to quickly respond to crises. They also have the
capacity to call in forces from other global deployments to areas of
instability or to serve as a home fleet that can surge forward for major
these criteria for an influential, dominant, and ready U.S. Navy, the
Tipping Point study suggests several ways the Navy can achieve this
end-state with its future fleet. Each option has trade-offs and there is
no perfect "school solution." And while it is impossible to predict the
future, and wild-cards or "black swan" events could dramatically change
the way the world looks even a decade hence, given today's geostrategic
realities and the extrapolation of these trend lines into the near-,
mid-, and distant-future, one Tipping Point scenario looks to be first
among equals. The compelling nature of the threats presented by two
powerful regional actors, and especially their increasingly robust A2/AD
capabilities, strongly suggest that regardless of what kind of future
Navy advocates of various U.S. Navy force structure and force laydown
want, the Navy America will have is one that is heavily focused on two
major hubs: the Western Pacific and the Middle East and Indian Ocean.
as the Tipping Point study points out, strategy is about making choices
regarding what to do, and just as importantly, making choices as to
what not to do. The "Two-Hub" option is not without its challenges and
risks. By choosing to focus on the high-end and on two distinct regions,
this Two-Hub Navy would be less capable of supporting today's low-end
operations and have less surge capacity for unanticipated/emergent
domestic and global tasks. But it is a risk the United States will
almost certainly have to take.
littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts flight deck
certification with an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Sea
Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22. A Navy based on the
"Two-Hub" model would have to reduce the "emphasis and force structure
for amphibious forces and low-end, tailored mission presence ships, such
as the LCS." U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
The reasons for this Two-Hub model
traction are as compelling as they are clear, especially given the U.S.
commitment to operationalize the AirSea Battle Concept. The United
States has compelling national interests that depend on security and
stability in both regions. Further, these interests must be supported by
influential, dominant, and ready naval forces continuously deployed to
both regions to assure allies and friends and to also deliver
combat-credible power. In 2011 it appears that challenges in the Western
Pacific and Middle East will almost certainly drive tomorrow's fleet to
a Two-Hub construct.
A Call for Action
is more than an intellectual exercise or a process to watch passively.
It is about setting priorities and making hard choices. The long-term
nature of naval investments demands a deliberate process to commit to a
force structure and force laydown model and then make the investments
and long-term resourcing and basing decisions that support this choice -
and commit to them again year over year. Most importantly, the Tipping
Point study highlights decisions needed today and in the next few years
for the United States to provide a U.S. Navy that is influential,
dominant, and ready.
such an effort will need to enlist the support of a wide range of
stakeholders, from the other U.S. military services, to the Office of
the Secretary of Defense, to the executive branch, to Congress - as well
as many others. But clearly, the first step is the most important, and
that is for the U.S. Navy to decide it can no longer be everything, to
everyone, everywhere, and focus instead on meeting America's most
compelling security needs.
Sidebar: Five Scenarios
cooperation with the Chief of Naval Operations' Naval Warfare
Integration Group (N00X), the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) addressed
the hard question - "At what point might the U.S. Navy cease to be
globally influential?" - examined the dynamics that would shape five
possible futures for the U.S. Navy, and presented five scenarios of
future force structure and force laydown:
the status quo scenario, no hard decisions are made and the Navy
continues to try to meet all its commitments from an increasingly
wide-ranging and demanding mission set, but without adequate resourcing.
The Navy attempts to maintain a combat-credible set of two hubs
simultaneously, while at the same time continuing to substantially -
some would say dramatically - grow its ballistic missile defense forces
for strategic leverage as well as continue to perform a breathtaking
array of peacetime engagement missions such as proactive humanitarian
assistance. This scenario has the Navy trying to do everything but
managing to do none of it well. CNA dubs this "salami slicing" the
fleet, and the study points out this is arguably the worst possible
scenario and one that will lead almost inevitably to a breaking point
from which the Navy may never recover.
Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships under way in
formation on the final day of Keen Sword 2011. The exercise enhances the
Japan-U.S. alliance, which remains a key strategic relationship in the
Northeast Asia Pacific region. Keen Sword caps the 50th anniversary of
the Japan-U.S. alliance as an "alliance of equals." The Tipping Point
study's "Shaping Navy" scenario focuses on continuous engagement and
interoperability with partners such as Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass
Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob D. Moore
"One+ Hub" Navy focuses on "combat-credible visible forward presence"
in the Western Pacific, partly as a counter to North Korea but
explicitly as a hedge against the People's Republic of China. Forces in
this scenario are centered on strike assets and especially on carrier
strike groups, providing assurance to allies and partners in the region
(such as South Korea, Japan, and Australia, among others) and fully
capable of performing strike, deterrence, and sea denial missions for
extended periods. The One+ Hub Navy would remain engaged in the Central
Command Area of Operations (CENTCOM AOR), but in a more limited
capacity. This force structure and force laydown scenario would be far
less capable of responding to surge requirements worldwide and
especially increased demands by CENTCOM. Without putting too fine a
point on it, this scenario is a de facto "all eggs in one basket" one.
the "Two-Hub" scenario, the Navy would be centered on robust forces
forward based and deployed in the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific. The
emphasis would be on combat-credible forces designed to meet peer and
near-peer competitors, principally comprising carrier strike groups in
both hubs as well as a heavy complement of additional strike and
projection assets such as Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile-equipped
submarines and surface combatants. This high-end-focused Navy would
inevitably result in "reducing the emphasis and force structure for
amphibious forces and low-end, tailored mission presence ships, such as
the [littoral combat ship]." This force structure/force laydown would
provide tangible reassurance to allies and partners in the
most-challenged regions and ensure U.S. naval dominance in areas where
future threats to U.S. core interests as well as regional stability are
judged most likely. The obvious downside of this scenario is that
presence and engagement outside of the hubs would be substantially - and
even dramatically - decreased, perhaps even to the point of foreclosing
options to respond to crises in other regions. And clearly, by choosing
to focus on high-end warfare and on two distinct regions, this Navy
would be less capable of supporting today's low-end operations.
stark contrast to either the One-Hub or Two-Hub models, the Shaping
Navy focuses on continuous engagement and interoperability with partners
- a goal that is consistent with "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st
Century Seapower" and one well suited to an uncertain world of irregular
threats and challenges, but no peer competitors. By design, this Navy
maintains a strong amphibious force, leveraging these assets as afloat
staging bases for a range of operations ashore and as large assets to
carry personnel and bring training and expertise to many parts of the
world, especially to perform the proactive humanitarian assistance
efforts that undergird the Navy's slogan: "A Global Force for Good."
This scenario envisions the largest ship numbers for the U.S. Navy but
achieves these numbers by sacrificing high-end combat capability and
than focusing on particular regions or choosing to be engaged in
shaping activities worldwide, the Surge Navy is instead based on a
powerful but smaller home fleet comprising high-end platforms such as
carrier and expeditionary strike groups. Low-end forces available for
engagement and security operations would be reduced, with resources
instead devoted to training with naval forces of allies and partners. It
would seek to maintain global influence through virtual presence - the
ability of the Navy to quickly deploy a combat-credible force worldwide.
This Surge Navy assumes that U.S. foreign policy shifts toward one that
relies on deterrence rather than on engagement.
This article first appeared in Defense, Spring 2011 Edition.
The Thinking of our Earliest Educators and Founders
establishment of most private and public academic institutions for the
young was, first and foremost, for the purpose of reading the Bible.
Indeed, most Christian denominations established schools, colleges and
universities to train clergy. The nation's oldest academic
institution, Harvard University, was established in 1636 and named for
Puritan minister John Harvard. A 1643 college brochure identified
Harvard's purpose: "To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity;
dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry to the Churches." Harvard
alumnus John Adams (class of 1755) wrote in 1776, "It is the duty of
all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the
SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe." In his
Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, Adams wrote, "Liberty cannot be
preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a
right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great
creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a
desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable,
unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied
kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their
the nation's third oldest academic institution, was established
in 1701 by royal charter "wherein Youth may be instructed in the Arts
and Sciences [and] through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted
for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State." Yale alumnus
Noah Webster (class of 1778), wrote in the forward of his 1828
Webster's American Dictionary, "In my view, the Christian religion is
the most important and one of the first things in which all children,
under a free government ought to be instructed. ... No truth is more
evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis
of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a
was founded by "New Light" Presbyterians of the Great Awakening for
the purpose of training their ministers. Jonathan Dickinson, a
Presbyterian minister and leader of the Great Awakening of the 1730s,
was the school's co-founder and first president. Princeton alumnus
James Madison (class of 1771) observed, "The belief in a God All
Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world
and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be
drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to
the different characters and capacities impressed with it."
College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, was Anglican. Baptists
founded Rhode Island College, now Brown University, in 1764.
Congregationalists established Dartmouth College in 1769 to extend
Christianity to native populations.
Benjamin Rush wrote, "[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a
republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no
virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the
object and life of all republican governments." But teaching
reliance upon Essential Liberty as "endowed by our Creator," in support
of Rule of Law
as affirmed by "the Law of Nature and nature's God" and as outlined in
our Declaration of Independence, is in direct opposition to those who
would advocate for tyrannical rule of men.
Franklin asserted, "A nation of well informed men who have been taught
to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be
enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins."
importance of government education as a tool for denying Rule of Law
has been advocated by generations of tyrants. In order to achieve
totalitarianism, they must undertake to expel God from the academy.
Marx wrote, "The education of all children, from the moment that they
can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions
at state expense." His student Vladimir Ilyich Lenin concurred, "Give
me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never
be uprooted." As Josef Stalin understood, "Education is a weapon,
whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is
also understand that the earlier socialist indoctrination is applied,
the greater its force, and the greater the likelihood it will stick.
promised in his inaugural speech that he would "transform our schools
and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age." It was
a promise that he'd previously fleshed out in "The Audacity of Hope,"
the second of his self-congratulatory autobiographies: "It's time to
redesign our schools -- not just for the sake of working parents, but
also to help prepare our children for a more competitive world.
Countless studies confirm the educational benefits of strong preschool
programs, which is why even families which have a parent at home often
seek them out."
its sunrise-to-sunset year-round application could provide further
assurance of successful indoctrination. "The same goes for longer school
days, summer school, and after school programs," writes Obama.
that end, according to the Communist Party Education Workers Congress,
"We must create out of the younger generation a generation of
Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into
real, good Communists. ... We must remove the children from the crude
influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak
frankly, nationalize them. From the first days of their lives they will
be under the healthy influence of Communist children's nurseries and
schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists."
Of course, the Left's indoctrination agenda has been subject to exposure since its inception.
Disraeli, the conservative 19th-century British prime minister, noted,
"Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is
found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to
insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery." His
contemporary, John Stuart Mill, warned,
general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be
exactly like one another; and as the mold in which it casts them is
that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this
be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation;
in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a
despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the
great 18th-century philosopher Edmund Burke observed, "The people
never give up their liberties but under some delusion." Indeed, that
delusion is dependent on erasing the knowledge of the past, as
20th-century philosopher George Santayana concluded, "Those who cannot
remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
the words of Thomas Jefferson, "If a nation expects to be ignorant --
and free -- in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and
never will be."
emptor, my fellow Patriots! The ultimate objective of Leftist
Apparatchiks in the Democrats' dumbed-down Directorate of Indoctrination
is to disenfranchise Liberty.