It’s never a good thing when your mortar completely disintegrates during a live fire exercise. Continue reading “Venezuelan Army Mortar Disintegrates During Live Fire Exercise”
There are actually three different levels of armed forces in Venezuela;
It’s clearly understood that the Cubans are firmly in control of the official armed forces, but there are others on the ground in Venezuela calling the shots. As reported by VOANews.com, there are an estimated 20,000 Cubanos already in-country and essentially running the show;
Communist-run Cuba has been a key backer of the Venezuelan government since the Bolivarian Revolution that began under former leader Hugo Chavez in 1998.
Maduro retains the backing of Russia and China and control of Venezuelan state institutions, including the security services.
Less than a year ago, the everything political TheHill.com reported that on the heels of the Venezuelan government ordering the confiscation of all firearms by private citizens in 2012, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has seen the murder rate skyrocket; Continue reading “Gun Control, Venezuela-Style: Citizens Stripped of Guns, Maduro Arms 400,000 ‘Colectivos’”
They may not officially be called “Marines,” and their branch of the Japanese armed forces may not officially be known as the “Marine Corps.”
In fact, Japan doesn’t even have an armed forces. At least on paper. Continue reading “First Since WWII: Japan Resurrects Their Marine Corps”
In the 1988 race for the White House, for whatever bizarre reason, the Democrat Party nominee, Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-MA), thought it would be a good idea to cruise the parking lot of the General Dynamics facility in Michigan.
The same facility that also doubled served as a proving ground for the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
So there he was, manning the .50 atop the copula, helmet and all. Needless to say, Dukakis got his ass handed to him by George HW Bush. Continue reading “Maduros has his ‘Dukakis in a Tank’ Moment”
Well, the quarter-million number includes the 25,000 troops of the Mexican Marines (Fuerza de Infantería de Marina), but not tallied is the 11,000 with Mexico’s Federal Police (Policía Federal).
Please keep this in mind, it’s integral to the story.
But with all things considered equal, let’s just call Mexico’s armed personnel on their federal level at roughly 250,000.
As actor John Vernon’s character of Captain Fletcher stated so eloquently in the film, The Outlaw Josey Wales, “Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”
That’s pretty much the impression I had when I read today’s tweet shot out by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN).
You remember Steve Cohen, don’t you? He’s the yutz that stupidly stated that disgraced FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok deserved the Purple Heart medal.
In response to President Trump’s Helsinki presser with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the congressman from Memphis let his felling known via Twitter;
Where are our military folks ? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy! https://t.co/3eF7OLKEdN
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 16, 2018
Now’s the time to insert the line from Vernon;
Now Cohen is making noise claiming he never called for a military coup;
Talk about jumping to conclusions without talking to source. No coup called for . I seriously doubt anyone would use twitter to do .. one tweet if by land two if by sea…Wow https://t.co/3d0uhGa57t
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 16, 2018
In true liberal fashion, Cohen thinks the American people are utterly and completely stupid. I can’t speak for anyone else, but Mr. Cohen, I know exactly what you meant.
In the meantime, enjoy the response to Cohen by the aptly-tagged @Justin_Case;
Here’s some military vets you’ve blocked pic.twitter.com/Z42ngmtJqk
— Justin_Case (@Justin_CaseUSA2) July 16, 2018
Perhaps medically retired Marine, SSgt Johnny “Joey” Jones who lost both legs in combat, giving his thoughts on Cohen stating how much Strzok “deserves” a Purple Heart said it best;
President Trump will be winging his way to Europe next week, reportedly to demand that the leaders of the majority of NATO member nations start kicking-in their previously agreed upon 2 percent of their GDP to their NATO commitment.
To date, only the United States, the United Kingdom, Greece and Estonia have paid their dues in full.
In fact, it’s been the US that’s been doing all the heavy lifting.
Despite the US being just a single member, American taxpayer pays between one-fifth to one-fourth the total operating costs to protecting Europe from a possible Russian invasion.
Just in Fiscal Year 2010 alone, the United States dropped nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars on NATO ($711.8 million).
The number of American troops permanently stationed in Europe is usually between 60,000 – 65,000.
In the meantime, the EU has nearly 2 million active duty personnel in uniform.
At least on paper, the other 28 member nation of NATO are suppose to fight with the United States against the decades-old fear of an invasion from the Soviet Union/Russia.
Despite the American largess, the powers to be in Berlin, Paris, London and all the other leaders of the EU (European Union) have decided to stand-up their own EU military.
But the EU’s secret plan is just don’t call it a military.
Not to be confused with the Justice League or the Legion of Doom, the EU army shall be known forevermore as the European External Action Service (EEAS).
Even our stalwart British allies, who voted to leave the EU not all that long ago, have verified they’ll saddle-up with Team Euro Excitement Squad (or whatever the hell they’re called).
In spite of the EU swearing up and down they have no intention of starting a standing army for the European, there are 18 “Battlegroups”. Examples include;
Speaking strictly for myself, if the member nations of the EU so desire to create their own armed forces, that’s their call. But for the life of me, I just don’t understand why we continue to pump billions of dollars for the defense of Europe, especially in light that the Berlin Wall came down decades ago.
Maybe President Trump will fix that once and for all.
The Norwegian government has extended the invitation to the Trump Administration to slightly double the number of US Marines to participate in the Scandinavian version of “extreme cold weather training”.
If accepted, the number of Leathernecks involved in the six-month long training cycle would jump from approximately 300 to a whopping 700. And this has the Russians seeing red.
The Russian Embassy in Norway warned of “consequences” after Norway invited up to 700 U.S. Marines to the country.
“We qualify them as clearly unfriendly and they will not remain without consequences.”
Not quite done whining over a battalion’s worth Marines, the Russkie rant continued on with the warning that the mere presence of the Marines would lead to an “arms race and lead to destabilization of the situation in northern Europe.”
Possibly missing something in the translations from Russian to Norwegian to English, the insult/threat leveled at the Norwegians seemed to lack some oompf;
We believe that security in Europe must be equal and indivisible. It can only be built on the basis of respect for genuine national interests, mutual respect and cooperation. The better you see it in Oslo, the better.
For 65 years, the United States has maintained a military force in the Republic of Korea (ROK) that’s always numbered at least in the tens of thousands.
It’s time to bring that to an end.
Of the 28,500 American troops, the overwhelming majority are of the US Army, scattered throughout the nation on dozens of bases, both minor and major. There is also a sizable minority of US Air Force personnel stationed at Osan and Kunsan airbases.
The only others would be a smallish US Navy supply base at the end of the peninsula (in Busan, the ROK’s second largest city), and a microscopic US Marine Corps administrative and liaison facility in Daegu.
With all that aside, one of President Trump’s campaign promises was to start bringing our troops home. The Republic of Korea would be a great place to start.
I’m not advocating this because I’m a dove. I’m anything but.
And while it’s debatable if the South Korean people want us on their soil, it’s a sure bet we aren’t needed there.
On the heels of President Trump’s successful first meeting with NoKo dictator Kim Jung-un, don’t buy off on the liberal media’s hyper-ventilating that without US troops in-country, somehow South Korea is “wide open for invasion!” as I’ve recently heard some twit over at MSNBC breathlessly claim.
As previously stated, we have slightly under 30,000 members of all branches of our armed forces stationed in the Republic… but do you know the size of the ROK military?
Active duty strength alone stands at nearly a two-third of a million (625,000). Reservists number 5.2 million. That’s right, I said million.
Not bad for a nation roughly the size of Minnesota.
In fact, the everything military website GlobalFirePower.com ranks the ROK as the 7th most powerful military force on the planet.
Besides, right behind the ROK is Japan at number eight.
In spite of Japan’s post-WW II constitution forbidding an offensive military, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is doing his level best to amend such. And besides, Japan has one of the most technologically advanced navy and air force, not just in the Far East, but anywhere.
But back to Korea. To add insult to injury, the four million man ROK armed forces isn’t even commanded by a Korean.
A hangover from the Korean War, the United Nations commander of all allied forces in South Korea was and still is an American general.
As cited from the official website of the ROK/US Combined Forces Command;
The CFC is commanded by a four-star U.S. general, with a four-star ROK Army general as deputy commander.
Regardless that South Korean troops outnumber American troops 22-1, that’s got to be humiliating for our Korean allies.
Take my word for it, the South Koreans are more than capable of defending their own nation.
Besides, if the North Koreans ever do something unbelievably stupid, like invade the south, the 3d Marine Division, the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and the Navy’s 7th Fleet are right next door in Japan.
Perhaps it’s time to pull the plug on our permanent military bases in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria, Norway, Portugal, and Italy.
After all, they won’t even kick-in their fair share (and previously agreed upon) two percent of their GDP to their defense budgets.
To add insult to injury, American troops from the US Air Force detachment at Lajes Airbase in the Azores Islands, Portugal, to the soldiers and sailors assigned to the US Army Garrison in Stuttgart, Germany, to the US Marines stationed at the Royal Norwegian Air Force base in far-off Værnes, our servicemen stationed in Europe
are literally dropping millions of dollars worth of their paychecks every month in to above named nation’s economies.
As noted in a May, 10, 2018 report by the AtlanticCouncil.org, the official who’s been naughty and nice list is as follows;
Aside from the United States, only five allies met or exceeded the 2-percent guideline in 2017: Estonia, Greece, Poland, Romania, and the United Kingdom. Moreover, of NATO’s “big five” European allies, only the United Kingdom pipped the 2-percent post and only barely at that, with 2.14 percent of GDP.
The others are well below that: France at 1.79 percent; Germany at 1.22 percent; Italy at 1.13 percent, and Spain at a miserable 0.92 percent. Only Belgium (0.91 percent) and Luxembourg (0.44 percent) did worse than Spain, though Luxembourg can be forgiven as it has virtually no army and thus tends to provide cash as its main support to the military operations of NATO as well as the EU.
Just when it seems the entire Western World is slouching towards Gomorrah and America is without a single friend, along comes Poland.
#Poland wants a permanent #US military presence — and is willing to pony up as much as $2 billion to get it, according to a defense ministry proposal obtained by Polish news portal Onet.https://t.co/UJwAK9RotO
— Lukas Trakimavicius (@LukasTraki) May 27, 2018
As reported by The Daily Caller, the Warsaw government would very much like for the Americans to stay on a permanent basis, and their willing to pay quite a bit of money to prove it;
Poland is willing to pay the U.S. up to $2 billion for the installment of a permanent American military base in the nation, according to a document Polish news portal Outlet obtained.
“This proposal outlines the clear and present need for a permanent U.S. armored division deployed in Poland, Poland’s commitment to provide significant support that may reach $1.5-2 billion by establishing joint military installations and provide for more flexible movement of U.S. forces,” the Polish defense ministry states in the document.
The ministry goes a step further in trying to coax the U.S. into agreeing to the terms, adding it is willing “to share the burden of defense spending, make the decision more cost-effective for the U.S. government and allay any concerns for Congress in uncertain budgetary times.”
When President Trump recently awarded the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the Black Knights of the US Military Academy’s (West Point) football team, he seemingly caught the attendees and guests by surprise when he made mention of a possible fifth branch to the Department of Defense, the US Space Force.
In spite of the news wonks all opining that The Donald seemed to have made-up the notion of a Space Force on the spot, Fox News via the “Greg Gutfeld Show” (video seen below) acknowledge that certain members of Congress last summer have voiced the apparent need for a new military service.
Much akin to how the US Marine Corps and the US Navy are co-equals within the civilian-led Department of the Navy, the Space Force (also being considered to be tagged the Space Corps) would saddle-up as a co-equal with the US Air Force under the civilian Secretary of the Air Force.
In the meantime, the Business Insider notes of five rather bizarre weapons systems that our potentially newest branch of the armed forces;
First up is the Air Force’s extra hush-hush X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle. In light that the government has never made public as to exactly what the X-37 does, it’s speculated that craft could be used either as a spy satellite or as a weapons platform, maybe even a combination of the two.
The good folks over at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) have sent the pilotless “space plane” into orbit only a handful of times. There have been five different flights since first introduced in 2010 – the shortest duration at eight months, the longest time clocking-in at a solid two years.
Pretty much the only thing the Pentagon has admitted to the public is that the reusable craft has been testing “an advanced propulsion system.”
In joint US-Israeli venture, the THEL reportedly is capable of destroying “incoming munitions as they fly through the air.” Does the Business Insider (BI) mean inter-continental ballistic missiles?
Drone strikes launched from space? Not just any drones… we’re talking entire swarms of miniature drones.
While the BI reported on the X-37 as the drone in question, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility of the space plane being its own micro-aircraft carrier carrying hundreds, if not thousands of high explosive suicide drones.
Either remotely piloted or pre-programmed, the mini-drones could conceivably attack anything from mass troop formations, to destroying everything from command, control, and communication (C3) systems, to possibly even anti-air or anti-ship weapons.
It may be misspelled, but the MAHEM system is just that.
According to BI, “[The MAHEM] warhead can be placed on something as large as an ICBM or as small as an RPG and shoots an ‘explosively-formed jet’ of chemically molten metal into (and probably right through) any reinforced or armored structure.”
In his book “American Arsenal: A Century of Weapon Technology and Strategy” by Patrick Coffey, the author tells the tale of Dr. Edward Teller, known to history as “the father of the hydrogen bomb”. As it turns out, Teller is also the father of the Excalibur laser project.
Development on Excalibur began in the 1970s, but kicked into high gear when President Reagan advanced the Strategic Defense Initiative, better known to the public as “Star Wars”.
Long story short, the Excalibur Project consisted of focusing the output of a nuclear explosion into X-rays. A single Excalibur laser could attack multiple missile targets up to thousands of miles distant.
As Coffey noted in his book;
He [Tiller] planned to place Excalibur in high orbit. As enemy missiles left the atmosphere, the Excalibur controller would pick-up the bright plumes of the missiles’ rocket engines. Excalibur’s hydrogen bomb would then detonate, its x-ray lasers would flash for a few milliseconds, and the Soviet missiles, warheads still inside, would disappear.
Warming the cockles of the hearts of every American who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton, word is out in DC that the Trump Administration is seeking an Arab solution for an Arab problem.
Mark Moore of the New York Post is reporting that President Trump “is seeking to build a coalition of Arab forces to replace the United States military in Syria and help stabilize the region after the defeat of the Islamic State.”
While it has long been suspected that the official Arab past-time has been getting their asses kicked militarily by the Israelis, maybe there’s a chance that the Arabs, collectively, might have a bit more luck against their jihadist brethren.
And not only is the president looking for the Arab nations to take charge militarily in the once-ISIS held eastern third of Syria, but also pony-up the cash. It is there that roughly 2,000 American troops are wiping out the remaining nests of ISIS terrorists.
Reportedly, the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar have all been contacted to fund the military expedition.
As it turns out, it’s not only the Persian Gulf nations being approached by Team Trump.
While not technically Arabs but descendants of the Coptic race, word is bubbling to the surface that the Egyptians have been approached, albeit unofficially;
National security adviser John Bolton has reached out to Egypt’s acting intelligence chief, Abbas Kammel, to see if he would take part in the effort, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz may be the Saudi Arabian sovereign on paper, but savvy Middle East watchers overwhelmingly agree that the real power rests in the arms of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, popularly known simply as MBS.
And as many news hawks are already aware, the prince has recently ordered the arrests of dozens of Saudi princes, senior military officers, and businessmen on corruption charges. Among the most notable of such would be Saudi multi-billionaire and playboy, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Alwaleed is also seen as one of the loudest of the anti-Trump voices in the House of Saud. Whether that has anything to do with the openly pro-Trump Crown Prince’s clamp-down on radicals has yet to be made public.
Seen as a sudden and to be perfectly honest, a massive shift in the political, cultural, and religious landscape of possibly the entire Muslim World, the Crown Prince is making an obvious power grab. But in a rare change of pace, MBS’s coup isn’t the usual shift to the extreme, but rather to the moderation of Islam as well as against radical Islamic terrorism emanating from within the Saudi government itself.
Yet what’s missing from the headlines is the role Israel may be playing not-so behind the scenes.
As reported by The Jerusalem Post, the Crown Prince made a secret visit to the Jewish State two months ago;
The times are changing in the Middle East as alien nations find common ground in a bid to avert Iran supremacy within the region. Thrown into the mix is the strong international desire for the ousting of Syrian leader Assad. The opening of the dialogue between Israel and Saudi Arabia is perhaps the most significant shift in the region. There have been no diplomatic ties between the two nations, with Saudi Arabia has been a supporter of Palestinian sovereign rights.
A more open relationship has not come overnight, however, with the two nations having shared intelligence on enemies within the region, including Iran. Both nations hold a common view on Iran and its rise to power within the region. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have a common ally in the U.S and the acting president also shares a similar view on Iran. In recent years, there has been plenty of reports about Israeli-Saudi relations.
One particular article claimed that the Saudis had run tests on bringing down air defense systems to provide the Israeli Air Force a path of least resistance to Iran.
Just this summer, former Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that Sunni Arab countries and Israel face the same threat of a nuclear Iran.
News of a secret visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Israel in September suggests that the need for stronger ties is ever increasing. Adding to the media frenzy over the possible opening of diplomatic relations between the two nations was news of Kushner visiting both countries last month. Kushner is Trump’s chief Middle East adviser. The U.S administration is keen to see Israeli-Palestinian talks resume and for relations between Israel and Arab nations to improve.
I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2017
….Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2017
Maria Bartiromo’s stunning interview with crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Very quietly, very behind the scenes, President Trump has let slip the dogs of war against the Taliban, al-Qaeda and ISIS in Afghanistan.
And by dogs of war, I mean CIA hunter-killer teams heavily augmented by military Special Operations personnel.
So what will these CIA “paramilitary and contractors” along with a handful of quite lethal Leathernecks and GIs be up to? Long story short, lightning quick assaults on jihadist leadership as well as bombmakers.
As reported by The Daily Caller;
CIA paramilitary forces are expanding partner operations in Afghanistan to hunt and kill high level Taliban operatives, The New York Times reports.
These CIA missions will reportedly include both paramilitary personnel of the CIA along with U.S. special operations forces detailed to the agency for specific missions. The use of special operations forces allows hunter killer teams to call in air support, if necessary, as they hunt Taliban bomb-makers across the country.
The loosening of restrictions on CIA ground operations in Afghanistan is part of a broader push by President Donald Trump’s administration to accelerate pressure on Taliban militants. Trump previously loosened CIA drone strike rules in Afghanistan that will now allow for some civilian casualties relative to the importance of the target.
Also reported by the Washington Examiner, more specifics on how President Trump, Secretary Mattis, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joe Dunford, USMC, plan to crush the jihadists;
Mattis and Dunford looked at the performance of the Afghan military and determined that special forces units and other troops with embedded U.S. advisers usually won, while conventional Afghan troops often lost. So a key aspect of the plan is to put U.S. or NATO advisers with all the Afghan forces on the front lines. That means sending another 3,000 or so U.S. troops, and several thousand more from other NATO countries. Those troops will accompany the Afghan forces into the field, and — this is a critical change — they will be authorized to call in U.S. and coalition airstrikes to support the ground operations. “Make no mistake, this is combat duty, but the Afghan forces remain in the lead to do the fighting,” Mattis said.
How is it different? Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. was operating under the pretense that combat operations with the Taliban ended in 2014, and U.S. offensive strikes were limited to cases of self-defense, or when the Taliban were close enough to present a direct threat. Afghan forces were left on their own, with no air cover to battle the Taliban, often taking heavy casualties. Now Mattis has taken the gloves off. There are no restrictions on airpower, and no requirement for “proximity” to provide close air support. “We did not give the young Afghan boys the sense that they had the high ground when they were fighting against this enemy, that the NATO air support could have given them,” Mattis said. “Today, I can bring that air support to them.”
The other big change: There is no timetable for victory, no announced withdrawal date, so the Taliban cannot just wait out the U.S. “There was always a sense that the United States was going to pull out in 12 months,” Dunford told the Senate panel. “And the Taliban, frankly, fed that message to their fighters, and that’s how they motivated their people year after year, was, ‘One more year in a fight, and then we’re going to defeat the coalition. They are going to leave Afghanistan.’”
Interestingly enough, word is on the streets that small (less that 100 Marines per detachment) and highly mobile Marine artillery units will be peppered across the country to respond at a moment’s notice for “thunder from the sky”.
Even more interesting, Marines from the 6th ANGLICO (Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company) have spent the last seven months in Germany training the 31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion on the intricacies of calling-in pin-point airstrikes and artillery fire missions.
Also reported is that when the Georgians deploy to Afghanistan, a number of Marines from 6th ANGLICO will deploy with the 31st;
The role of the 6th ANGLICO SALT (Supporting Arms Liaison Team) was to serve as the battalion’s fire support coordination center and to plan, coordinate, and execute surface to surface fires, air to surface fires, and assault support in support of the battalion’s mission. These Marines will also deploy to Afghanistan with the 31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion in October, 2017.
Surprisingly reported by the reliably hard-Leftist New York Times, the CIA’s new director Mike Pompeo was quoted expressing an opinion that Generals Kelly and Mattis would be proud of;
“We can’t perform our mission if we’re not aggressive,” Mr. Pompeo said at a security conference this month at the University of Texas. “This is unforgiving, relentless. You pick the word. Every minute, we have to be focused on crushing our enemies.”
The latest mania sweeping liberal America is this “taking a knee” nonsense at everything from NFL games to Pee Wee football. Ostensibly performed as a sign of protest regarding racist (white) cops gunning down black males on a regular basis.
However, as the New York Post recently reported, the truth is far for the narrative perpetuated by the likes of Colin Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter;
Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks.
In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous, according to the Washington Post. The paper categorized only 16 black male victims of police shootings as “unarmed.” That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest.
Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer.
Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers — committed vastly and disproportionately by black males.
But now that the light of truth has been shone on the liars on the left, let’s get back to the topic at hand.
As I recently covered, Jesse Benn (a proud Communist) from the reliably America-hating Huffington Post, opined that white NFL players who stood for the Star Spangled Banner are actually standing in defense of white supremacy.
Or as Benn so eruditely notes;
We’ve all heard the typical argument against kneeling. “Kneeling during the anthem disrespects the flag and the soldiers who fought for your right to protest and blah blah blah patriotism!”
Now, I’m not going to spend much time with the most obvious counter, but it’s worth stating. In the fairytale we Americans tell ourselves where soldiers fight wars for freedom and not imperial conquests, the story says they’re fighting for someone’s right to protest, not the opposite. So using the troops as a cudgel against protest wholly misunderstands even our own national fairytale.
Obviously this yutz, along with Kaepernick, BLM and the entire Democratic Party never bothered to ever listen to the National Anthem.
Imagine being a young American soldier stationed at Baltimore Harbor’s Ft. McHenry during the Second War of American Independence (aka: The War of 1812). You and your fellow soldiers have been shelled all night by eight of the massive bombardment ships of the Royal Navy.
Rockets red glare, bombs bursting in air, all the heroic words. Of course, minus the madness of knowing that you could be ripped to shreds at any moment in a very painful and agonizing death that was rarely instantaneous.
Every time one of the Royal Navy’s Congreve rockets exploded, the American soldiers, sailors, Marines, militiamen, citizens and slaves of Baltimore (yes, slaves willingly helped erect and fortify the defenses) who spent the night erecting ramparts to the east of the city to fight off the impending British land invasion, well… with every flash of light they looked to Ft McHenry to see if the Stars and Stripes were still flying over the fort.
As dawn broke, Francis Scott Key, Esq., the people of Baltimore, the American troops both in the fort and in Baltimore, and all of those in His Majesty’s Service saw that it wasn’t the British Union Jack, but the flag of the United States of America that was snapping in the wind.
With that bit of reality done with, please read the words carefully while you follow along with the Marine Band;
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
The story of the defense of Ft. McHenry.
Obama gets his participation trophy…
The countdown is almost at zero, but the Barack Obama FU Tour to America rolls on. Continue reading “Closing days – Obama awards himself a medal”
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (via the Reuters news service), roughly 22 American military veterans kill themselves every day. That equates to one dead vet every 65 minutes. Especially with cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through the roof, the Marine Corps is now taking flack for developing a “Spiritual Fitness” syllabus to strengthen any given Marine’s “mental resilience necessary for war.” Continue reading “Atheists Threaten USMC with Lawsuit over ‘Spiritual Fitness’ Training”
As most Americans are unaware, by federal law those serving in the nation’s military are suppose to receive a yearly pay raise in accordance with a formula utilized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The House of Representatives traditionally uses whatever figure the BLS sends them to factor into any given Fiscal Year Budget to be sent to the Commander-in-Chief. Continue reading “Again, Obama cuts military pay”
If the OV-10 Bronco were an automobile it would qualify for “Antique” classification license plates. Nonetheless, Barack Obama’s Department of Defense is recalling the 50-year-old turbo-prop aircraft to be used for close air support combat missions against the ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Continue reading “Antiquated aircraft resurrected by Obama administration to fight ISIS”
With one of the trademarks of the Trump for President campaign being the claim that the media is either hard left leaning or nesting comfortably in the hip pockets of the establishment political parties, or both, the latest from the Fourth Estate just may be proving Trump’s point. Continue reading “Fact check: Trump never called for ‘murder’ of terrorists’ families”
For a third time, the campaign promise made by Team Obama/Biden during the 2012 presidential race has been matter-of-factly relegated to the dustbin of politics as usual. While Joe Biden’s promise to the American people that all US troops would be out of Afghanistan, in Biden’s words, “We are leaving in 2014. Period,” the truth of the matter is that particular Democratic Party talking point has proven itself to be a blatant lie.
It’s been almost a half a century since America stopped drafting poor and middle class males. Fortunately for the nation, in the 70s, 80s and 90s there were enough young men available to fill the ranks of America’s newly resurrected all-volunteer Armed Forces.
But that was then. This is now. Continue reading “Precious Snowflake Alert: Time to bring back National Service”
In what his political foes may describe as a prime example of double-talk, Barack Obama has given an apocalyptic vision of the things to come due to his belief that humanity has played a key role in climate change.
As reported by the CSNNews.com portal on Nov. 30, 2015, Obama warned the world of “submerged countries” while addressing the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. As cited, Obama stated, “unless the nations of the world acted now to combat climate change, countries would be submerged, cities would be abandoned, fields would no longer grown, and there would be new conflicts and floods of refugees.” Continue reading “Obama contradicts himself on global warming, China’s faux-islands”
While breaking news travels literally at the speed of light, the hours-old announcement by Barack Obama that American combat troops are not only going to remain in Afghanistan, but staying in-country even after he leaves the White House, is arguably considered by many as old news. Despite the Commander-in-Chief’s announcement widely reported by the legacy media, what’s not being mentioned is that Team Obama promised on live television that American troops would be out of the Central Asian nation as of 2014. Continue reading “Obama-Biden 2012 campaign promise to end Afghan war ignored by media”
While the Republican Party rank and file on the grassroots level has made it clear to the party big-wigs that the seemingly endless game of the same old, same old needs to stop, many of the GOP faithful are still wondering if the honchos even bother listening. Frustration by many of the working-class Republicans saw the emergence of not only the Tea Party, but also of the House Freedom Caucus who many inside the DC Beltway credit for the resignation of Ohio Republican John Boehner from his post as Speaker of the House. Continue reading “Ryan mulls Speaker run, past history of slamming military retirees haunts him”