Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Don't get stuck on stupid

Gen. Russel Honore is the man. I don't care much for this word but he deserves it. HOOAH!

Read all about it at Radio Blogger

Silencing Success

Here's somthing I found from found it interesting, hope you do as well.


September 19, 2005: There's a war going on in the U.S. Department of Defense,
between the Information Warriors, and the OPSEC (Operational Security)
traditionalists. It goes like this. Many American military successes in Iraq and
Afghanistan are being kept secret because of traditional attitudes towards OPSEC
(keeping the enemy from knowing what you are up to). But troops on the spot,
especially the Special Forces, realize that the rules of OPSEC have changed in the
age of cell phones and the Internet. You snatch an al Qaeda big shot in Iraq, and
his buddies are going to know about it real quick. The OPSEC advocates (generally
senior intel officers in the Pentagon, and the intel "establishment") will respond
that it is still important to keep the bad guys in the dark about how their boy was
taken down. That's because whatever tricks were used to pull that off, could be used
again. But not so if the terrorists know details, and have time to come up with
countermeasures. The Information Warriors, who want more of these successes
publicized, point out that you don't have to describe every detail of these
operations. All you have to do is release information that the terrorists are going
to get anyway, and usually before the American public. Indeed, most Americans have
little idea just how successful their troops have been in Iraq and Afghanistan, for
all their operations are distorted by reporters who only want to do stories about
failures or missed opportunities.

The Information Warriors also point out that misleading details, of how U.S. troops
pulled some operations off, could be released, in order to confuse the enemy. This
suggestion gets Pentagon lawyers and political advisors a tad hysterical. We can't
have the Pentagon feeding the enemy deceptive information via the mass media. This,
despite the fact that the enemy does it all the time, and that the practice has been
in use for thousands of years. It works. The downside exists in some mythical world
that no one has ever lived in. But the political problems are real, so you have to
deal with it and step very carefully when it comes to military deceptions involving
the mass media. .

The result of all this is something of a stalemate. The troops have tried to fight
back via their blogs, but there the Pentagon OPSEC traditionalists have come out on
top as well. Troops with blogs have been ordered to be careful, or else. The
Information Warriors are trying to convince the senior brass, but this is a slow and
time consuming process. Meanwhile, many victories go unreported, making the enemy
look more formidable than they actually are.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

A Cavalry Charge

Strike up the band...

It's time for a little Garryowen

Garry Owen

Let Bacchus' sons be not dismayed,

But join with me, each jovial blade;

Come booze and sing, and lend your aid,

To help me with the chorus.


Instead of spa we'll drink down ale,

And pay the reck'ning on the nail;

No man for debt shall go to jail

From Garryowen in glory,


We are the boys that take delight in

Smashing the Liverick lights when lighting,

Through the streets like sporters fighting

And tearing all before us.


We'll break windows, we'll break doors,

The watch knock down by threes and fours;

Then let the doctors work their cures,

And tinker up our bruises.


We'll beat the bailiffs out of fun,

We'll make the mayor and sheriffs run;

We are the bys no man dares dun,

If he regards a whole skin.


Our hearts so stout have got us fame,

For soon 'tis known from whence we came;

Where'er we go they dread the name

Of Garryowen in glory.


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I'm So Sorry

Sorry, there hasn't been any updates lately. I really haven't had anything to say...still don't, but I thought I'd post this to get a co-worker off my ass.

It's updated now...are you happy?

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Pictures of the Week

Heritage Flight fly-by with an F-16 and a P-51 Mustang

F-16 Fighting Falcon from the USAF F-16 East Coast Demonstration Team, Shaw AFB, SC.



Monday, September 05, 2005

Great read from Eject, Eject Eject.

If you have a few moments I beg you to read "Tribes" by Bill Whittle over at Eject, Eject, Eject

One of the better lines;
"It's always such a pleasure to have Germans enlighten us on the best way to move large groups of sick, downtrodden people by rail. The only motivation I can ascribe to such behavior is that same one that propels young dim boys to tear the wings off flies."

And you thought Cindy was nuts!

Check this out from our friends at Veterans for Peace-Maine Chapter



When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005

Where: March begins at Brunswick Mall,
and ends at NASB Main Gate

Time: 9 A.M. (at the Mall)

The Event We're Protesting:
The Navy's "Blue Angels" Air Show

Theme of Our Protest:
"Stop the Worship of the Gods of War!"

Let me get this straight, there are people still worshiping Mars?

Yeah, I know what they are getting at...but they are still blithering idiots.

May GodZeus bless them!



Sunday, September 04, 2005

What the HELL is going on in the Army?

In the grand scheme of things, this won't ever make the paper and the only ones who will bitch about it will be the guys assigned to the units in question...But when people wonder what's happened to esprit de corps, to pride, to knowing and appreciating the legacy of the unit to which you are assigned, remember this story.

1st Squadron, 6th United States Cavalry was recently assigned to the 21st Cavalry Brigade at Fort Hood, TX. 1-6 CAV was formed in the 80's at Fort Hood as part of the 6th Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat) and was one of the first units in the Army to receive the AH-64 Apache. 6th Cav was regimentally affiliated with the 6th Cavalry Regiment which had a history going back to the Indian Wars.

To anyone who as ever been assigned to a Cavalry unit there is nothing like the esprit and élan associated with the crossed sabers.

The Army in its process of transformation has decided to reassign the 1-6 CAV to the 4th Infantry Division. As part of this move 1-6 CAV has been dissolved along with all it's history and traditions and has been renamed 4-4 AVN. So much for tradition. In addition to that, one of the troop/company call-signs was deemed inappropriate. It seems Assassin Troop or Company, the name that unit has been since at least the late 80's is now inappropriate. The soldiers were told to change the name by their chain of command. So much for tradition.

Reminds me of a briefing slide I saw not too long ago who's tag-line read, "You bet your ASS on what you know." Except the word "ASS" was rendered as such, "A**"

I now serve in an Army where a Cavalry unit with a history going back 100 years is having its name changed to a generic one who's sole purpose is that it fits with 1-4 thru 3-4; an attack helicopter company can't have Assassin as a call sign and a unit whose job it is to destroy the enemy in our nations behalf won't put the word "ASS" on a briefing slide. Right now in Luxembourg, George S. Patton's body is spinning at a rate that could power most of Europe.

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

President responsible for world shortage in Tobasco Sauce

I just thought I'd add that to the long list of everything the President is being blamed for...I mean he's changed the world's climate. He caused people not to evacuate from a major city even after they were told to. He's caused people to loot, rampage and generally act like animals. He's caused the cost of gasoline to go up. So what's not to say that shoddy planning by the White House didn't cause flooding to endanger the world supply of Tobasco?


The government is not your personal baby sitter...maybe the one good thing that will come out of this may be that more people will realize that.