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Monthly NewsletterAugust 2011
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Dave's Message
Voice of the Soldier
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The Blue Warrior
Warrior's Wisdom
Special Forces History
Aesop's Fables
Embroidered Items
Featured T-Shirts
Special Product Coupon
Quotes & Jokes
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Clichs of Socialism
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Dave's Message


Attributes of Leadership



Whether subtle or overt, leadership attributes demonstrated by good leaders are instrumental in conveying values, guiding
General Robert E. Lee
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.


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 leader.


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:
  1. Authority in marriage demands leadership which belongs to the husband.
  2. Authority in the family demands leadership which belongs to the parents.
  3. Authority 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.
  4. Authority in business or professional life demands leadership which belongs to the owner and who he has delegated authority to.
  5. Authority in government demands leadership.
  6. Authority in the Church demands leadership which belongs to the Pastor.
These 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.

General Douglas McArthur
Leadership 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.

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.

Leadership 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.

The 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.

Leadership 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.

"The 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

A 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.

He 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 teachability.

"Objectivity + Teachability = Humility"

A 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.

Leadership 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.

Through 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.

A 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.

The 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.

In 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 Red Army.

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)

Next 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.



"Men 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...


 It's 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...

Eight 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 mainland Japan.

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.

The 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.

Three days 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.

Finding its 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.

I 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 why:

Saipan is less than a mile north of Tinian...

The 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 cane.

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.

The 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:

Although 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 here.

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Isn't  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?


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 These  photos are absolutely incredible.



Thought  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
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Word of Truth
The Word Of Truth - Alive and Powerful

By Rev G.J. Rako



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.
There 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; 

Isa 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.

Fear, worry, 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.

The 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:
1. 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 all unrighteousness.

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.

2. 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 above.

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.

5. 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?

We 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."

If 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."

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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.


Anders 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.


A 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.


This 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 innocent persons.


The Murderous Rampage


Anders 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:


3:22 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.


"We 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.


3:35 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 buildings.


Snortheimsmoen 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.


Elsewhere 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.


5:30 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.


Although 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.


The 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.


6 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.


6:09 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.


Snortheimsmoen 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.


Back 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 weapons.


6:25 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.


The 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 backward.


Breivik 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.


He 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.

The 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.


After 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."


Approx. 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.


7 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.

Breivik 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.


1:30 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 led there.


The Planning Stages


Sometime 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.


Breivik 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


Once 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 the police.


I 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.


A 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.


No 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 combat.


Equipment 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.


I 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.      



Stay safe,

Sgt. Glenn French 



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".

Glenn 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.

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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.

The matters 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 chief.

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Societies Downward Spiral


I 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 "equality".


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 the basics:


Water Bag/Container, 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 Tape.


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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"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 in general.


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.

  1. Prices are never set by costs of production, nor by manufactures, merchants or bankers. Prices are set by; customers.  
  2. 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.  
  3. 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.  
  4. 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.



R. L.


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WHERE does "FEDERAL aid" come from?



"These new roads, schools, harbors, post offices, bureaucrats, pensions, government aid won't cost you anything-it's Federal money."


And where does Federal money come from? YOU. The government has nothing except what it collects from you. And a lot of what it collects is wasted in the costs of collection. You'd be far better off  if you paid for your own "benefits" direct.

Of course there is one other place the government can get money-by printing it. But that makes savings accounts, bonds, pensions, life insurance worth less and less; print enough and they're worth nothing.

So next time some politician promises you something for nothing, remember it's your money he's giving to somebody else. Treat him the way that deserves.


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.

Cairo, 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.

German 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 teams.

Labrador retrievers are also favoured by various military organizations around the world.  



Like 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).

The 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.

As 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
replaced 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 with
anything even vaguely resembling a set of shiny metal chompers.

When 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.

Jim 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 military dogs.

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.

And 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 he
jumped into bin Laden's lair.

Here's an explanation of all the K9 Storm Intruder special features:

Just 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
deployed 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.

As 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 not dogs?

At least the U.S. now treats its war dogs as full members of the military.

At the end of the Vietnam War, the U.S. combat dogs there were designated as "surplus military equipment" and left behind when American forces pulled out.

U.S. suspends some aid to Pakistani military

The 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.


Pakistani 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


With 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.


President 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.


Pakistani 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 York Times.


Describing the 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."


Since the 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.


The 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.


Then, on 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.


Concern 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.

Not 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 worse."

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 extra exertion.


On occasion, 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 English."


Knights on a treadmill

Like 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.

The modern-day 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.

Fit soldiers

Few 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.

"It requires 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!


"Jud 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 problems!        


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.


This 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.


In 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 refueling exercise.


At 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. 


My 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.


My 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.


I 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.


I 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.


 I 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. 


The 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!


Fuel 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!


I 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.


Nothing  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.


My 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.


The 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!


It 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 impact.


I 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.


Was 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.


I 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.


Then 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.


I 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.


Frantically, 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.


I 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!


Again, 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. 


I 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.


Suddenly, 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!


The 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 vest.


A 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.


There 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.


Once 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.


I 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 the ocean.


At 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.


In  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.


I 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.


The 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 .


In 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.


The 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.)


I 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.


I 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.


An 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?


I 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. 


He 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.


Somehow they got me into a wire stretcher, and hauled me,  dangling and dipping, across the watery interval between the Embattle and the cruiser.


In 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.


My 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.


By 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.


The 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 .


At 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.


Once 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.


Within 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.


The 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."


Do 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.


He 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.


Cliff Judkins


Author's Note: 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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