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Saturday, November 04, 2017

The failing US military

It was simply silly to believe that the military would magically survive the societal decline that has affected the rest of US society. One could hardly expect that a military that wears high heels, has no standards for its officers, and permits women to serve was going shoot deserters, or even hold them accountable.
First and foremost, standards at West Point are nonexistent. They exist on paper, but nowhere else. The senior administration at West Point inexplicably refuses to enforce West Point’s publicly touted high standards on cadets, and, having picked up on this, cadets refuse to enforce standards on each other. The Superintendent refuses to enforce admissions standards or the cadet Honor Code, the Dean refuses to enforce academic standards, and the Commandant refuses to enforce standards of conduct and discipline. The end result is a sort of malaise that pervades the entire institution. Nothing matters anymore. Cadets know this, and it has given rise to a level of cadet arrogance and entitlement the likes of which West Point has never seen in its history.

Every fall, the Superintendent addresses the staff and faculty and lies. He repeatedly states that “We are going to have winning sports teams without compromising our standards,” and everyone in Robinson Auditorium knows he is lying because we routinely admit athletes with ACT scores in the mid-teens across the board. I have personally taught cadets who are borderline illiterate and cannot read simple passages from the assigned textbooks. It is disheartening when the institution’s most senior leader openly lies to his own faculty-and they all know it.

The cadet honor code has become a laughingstock. Cadets know they will not be separated for violating it, and thus they do so on a daily basis. Moreover, since they refuse to enforce standards on each other and police their own ranks, cadets will rarely find a cadet at an honor hearing despite overwhelming evidence that a violation has occurred. This in tum has caused the staff and faculty to give up even reporting honor incidents. Why would a staff or faculty member expend the massive amount of time and energy it takes to report an honor violation-including writing multiple sworn statements, giving interviews, and testifying at the honor hearing-when they know without a doubt the cadet will not be found (or, if found, the Superintendent will not separate the cadet)? To make matters worse, the senior leadership at West Point actively discourages staff and faculty from reporting honor violations. l was unfortunate enough to experience this first hand during my first tour on the faculty, when the Commandant of Cadets called my office phone and proceeded to berate me in the most vulgar and obscene language for over ten minutes because I had reported a cadet who lied to me and then asked if “we could just drop it.” Of course, I was duty bound to report the cadet’s violation, and I did.

During the course of the berating I received from the Commandant, I never actually found out why he was so angry. It seemed that he was simply irritated that the institution was having to deal with the case, and that it was my fault it even existed. At the honor hearing the next day, I ended up being the one on trial as my character and reputation were dragged through the mud by the cadet and her civilian attorney while I sat on the witness stand without any assistance. In the end, of course, the cadet was not found (despite having at first admitted that she lied), and she eventually graduated. Just recently a cadet openly and obviously plagiarized his History research paper, and his civilian professor reported it. The evidence was overwhelming-there was not the slightest question of his guilt, yet the cadet was not found. The professor, and indeed all the faculty who knew of the case, were completely demoralized. This is the new norm for the cadet honor system. In fact, there is now an addition to the honor system (the Willful Admission Process) which essentially guarantees that if a cadet admits a violation, then separation is not even a possibility. In reality, separation is not a possibility anyway because the Superintendent refuses to impose that sanction.
The USA is a multi-ethnic empire in rapid decline. It will fall in due course, and almost certainly before most people will believe possible. The God-Emperor is engaged in a heroic endeavor, but unfortunately, his role is almost certainly that of the tragic hero whose brave and inspiring struggle proves insufficient in the end.

Flavius Mauricius Tiberius Augustus, better known as Maurice, was a brave and capable emperor. He defeated the Persians, the Avars, and drove back the Lombards. But he was betrayed and deposed, a cataclysmic act that led to a defeat at the hands of the Persians that left great swathes of the empire vulnerable to their subsequent conquest by the Muslim armies.

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Blogger Steven Johnson November 04, 2017 9:30 AM  

Modern multi-ethnic empires fail suddenly after a long decline: I'm thinking USSR, British Empire, and before that, Austria-Hungary.

But ancient multi-ethnic empires (Rome, but also Alexander's empire) hung on for centuries after the crisis point, and stubbornly preserved local survivals for centuries more.

So what changed? In other words, is there anything we can learn from Rome that can save our own experiment?

My guess is literacy. When Rome conquers you, you have to learn to speak enough Latin to obey the conqueror's commands. But when USSR takes over, they make you learn to read Russian. Maybe it's easier, or less humiliating, to learn a new spoken language than a new written language. I know some of the stories out of the USSR, which they behave like sleepwalkers, make more sense to me when I consider how much harder it is to think clearly in a language not my own.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright November 04, 2017 9:30 AM  

We are in a tremendous decline...but it is a post-Christian decline, a moral decline caused by not having a moral standard that people agree to refer to--so no one bothers trying to have morals.

Everything else follows the loss of God.

Blogger Kona Commuter November 04, 2017 9:31 AM  

I'm not trying to be funny when I say this but for years I have read comments from patriot blogs / forums (about the US military) "They'll never fire on US Citizens".

Well, there was that commie clown that at West Point who was only outed because he insisted on showing off on social media about it. It took pressure from social media for something to be done (apparently he wasn't really shy about his politics).

Got Rice? Because itz coming

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 04, 2017 9:33 AM  

As I tell my friends all good "Murkans that America is in the looting phase, the 1% has set the example and it will end with the government employees stealing their office equipment.

But they are generally conservative and they and their mindset will never leave the year 1945 till the grocery and liquor store shelves are empty, and even then they will be brave and attempt to live on Facebook likes.

As for West Point when the looting takes place there I would like some George Custer memorabilia, thanks in advance.

Anonymous Zionheart November 04, 2017 9:35 AM  

The Romans attacked the Jews, and lost.

The Germans attacked the Jews, and lost.

Trump Voters attack the Jews, and will lose.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 04, 2017 9:37 AM  

Lighten up Zionheart, I just want my freedom from you, nothing else. If you are all wound up about that then you have serious issues.

Blogger Kona Commuter November 04, 2017 9:39 AM  

Mr.MantraMan wrote:As for West Point when the looting takes place there I would like some George Custer memorabilia, thanks in advance.

If we're looting I want to take a leaf out of the collapse of Yugoslavia and grab some small arms, something belt fed would be awesome but logistics.....

Anonymous Godfrey November 04, 2017 9:40 AM  

Zionism is racism.

Blogger cavalier973 November 04, 2017 9:43 AM  

Heh. The Jews attacked the Church, and lost.

Blogger VD November 04, 2017 9:46 AM  

The Romans attacked the Jews, and lost.

No. The Romans completely defeated the Jews. Twice. Now the "Jews" are genetically half-Italian.

France drove out the Jews and became the most powerful kingdom in Europe.

Spain drove out the Jews and became the richest empire on Earth.

England drove out the Jews and became the empire on which the sun never set.

The US provided refuge to the Jews and is on pace to collapse barely 75 years later.

You are historically ignorant. At best.

Blogger mike mike November 04, 2017 9:48 AM  

Beat Navy!

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Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 04, 2017 9:48 AM  

June 25th 1876 was the White man's high water point, that was when white men wanted to fight to take territory, after that day it became the White man's burden of first policing the captives then wet nursing the captives, then enslaved to the captives.

Now it's down to reading, listening to and following genius conservative intellectuals discern between isms and their legitimacy. Nothing really new of course, the Jews of Egypt and their leaders debating the construction of bricks.

Anonymous Chris November 04, 2017 9:50 AM  

What a coincidence how this occurs precisely when every single institution of importance and value is admitting non-Whites and women.

Anonymous DissidentRight November 04, 2017 9:52 AM  

One man's soul-crushing black pill is another man's excuse to disband the Imperial Army and order to the States to take up the slack.

Anonymous Godfrey November 04, 2017 9:53 AM  

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville November 04, 2017 9:59 AM  

Well this explains my shock that Bergdahl's court martial let him go with a hand slap.

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Anonymous Longtime Lurker November 04, 2017 10:02 AM  

So much rot. So little time. Anyone else feel the same way?

Blogger James Dixon November 04, 2017 10:04 AM  

> ...and it will end with the government employees stealing their office equipment.

Look at the history of what happened when Bill Clinton left office and Bush came in. We're already past that point.

Blogger justaguy November 04, 2017 10:05 AM  

The military’s professionalism and capability reflects the threat that our society feels to the country. Currently most of the country really doesn’t feel threatened. This was not always the case and military reflected the perceived threat.

During the Cold War, we had an enemy that most of America believed was out to destroy us. From Stalin's "Iron Curtain" to Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe and telling us we would be conquered. It wasn’t until after Vietnam, that the traitorous left finally got into power. Before 1974 election, the Blue Dog Dems still thought that America was worth defending and they controlled the party until then.

After Carter let over a dozen countries be conquered by the commies, most of America still thought we needed to resist to be free. Our military had a real enemy and actually was able to do something. We may not have invested enough funds, but we had professional people and a culture that emphasized warriors. The military that held the line until the USSR finally fell in the 1990s was professional as the world saw in Dessert Storm.

Now without any perceived enemy and a large portion of the population that isn’t sure that we are worth saving, is it any wonder that our military has huge issues. Our Navy can’t even drive ship around without getting lost or running into things. It is more important to appease the SJWs that run DOD than be able to actually fight. Even if an enemy showed up, too much of our population now thinks everything is our fault, so it is hard to create a culture that emphasizes professionalism and warrior abilities. Some highly appointed older female from DOD will take away funding and remind those commanders trying to keep fighting ability up that they haven’t done their LBGT integration training every week as required.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr November 04, 2017 10:05 AM  

I refuse to yield to despair. It helps that I remember the late 1970s, the broken force of the Carter years.

Yes, things are bad. Obama left a military that had been subjected to SJW bombardment, Carter just cut the budgets.

On the other hand, the problem is known and acknowledged. Which gives us a fighting chance to correct it. It's like the Navy's recent problems...which are now out in the open (with official sanction). Correcting the problems won't be a small undertaking, but it's do-able.

My big worry at this point is that the forces are on a constant war footing. After Vietnam, the American military had a hard decade fiscally, but the 1970s were very rich in military thinking. Everything we used to smash the Soviets, from the Strategy of Technology to the training reforms that whetted tactics to a razor edge, was developed in those hard years. And that's hard to do when you're preoccupied with the next deployment.

Blogger James Dixon November 04, 2017 10:06 AM  

> Trump Voters attack the Jews, and will lose.

Not yet, but keep it up and we'll get there.

Blogger Lovekraft November 04, 2017 10:08 AM  

Administrative violence, a term I first heard from ex-military youtuber Redonkulas.

Having been on the receiving end of false allegations, I know what it is like, but when you have a clear conscience, it doesn't go nearly as bad as one thinks.

An analogy would be puppies nipping at your ankles while you are staring far ahead and upward. Also, remember this:

don't underestimate the laziness of your superiors. Challenge them to provide evidence, with the subtle indication that a lawsuit could be in the future, and you can mostly rely on them being too lazy to investigate further.

Blogger Akulkis November 04, 2017 10:09 AM  

At least Bergdahl is considered a felon for the rest of his life. Any court-martial conviction, no matter how small the offence, is considered a felony conviction outside the military.

This is why so many caught doing something in the armed services agree to take non-judicial punishment -- the paperwork doesn't follow you for life.

Blogger Dirtnapninja November 04, 2017 10:13 AM  

Zionheart wrote:The Romans attacked the Jews, and lost.

The Germans attacked the Jews, and lost.

Trump Voters attack the Jews, and will lose.


That's funny, because most trump voters are actually very pro-israel and pro jew and spend a great deal of time signalling it. Of course the news is getting out just how much contempt Jews have for the white goyim, so things are starting to change.

Blogger Lovekraft November 04, 2017 10:17 AM  

Somewhat OT, but related to VD's darkstream in which he mentioned the game is now about playing the IdentityPoliticsInc game, rather than dying on a hill of virtue.

Bar in Texas puts Bruce Jenner and his alter ego photos on bathroom doors. Twitter, as expected, loses its sh!t:

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/11/02/left-erupts-trans-jenner-bathrooms-labels-texas-cafe/

Blogger WynnLloyd November 04, 2017 10:19 AM  

The Romans didn't lose to the Jews. They totally crushed them and scattered them all over the place. The empire's invaders were totally different.

Blogger WynnLloyd November 04, 2017 10:19 AM  

Lol!

Anonymous DDT November 04, 2017 10:21 AM  

The Romans attacked the Jews, and lost.

May want to check your history books on that one. And the Germans managed to take out the five hundred gorillion. Some "win".

Blogger Arthur Isaac November 04, 2017 10:21 AM  

Yes, the wonders of Babel. When do we get to the part where we can do anything we set our minds to? Probably when all we want to do is murder each other and diddle children.

Blogger ZhukovG November 04, 2017 10:22 AM  

Our military, which has never been as good as our mythology would have us believe, is spiraling down to the level of tragic comedy.

We have soldiers in high heels. An air force that bombs sand when it manages to miss the odd elementary school. A navy that has become little more than a hazard to maritime navigation. Now our elite officer school is racing to the bottom.

We need to avoid a war with a real power.

Blogger Johnny November 04, 2017 10:30 AM  



WynnLloyd wrote:The Romans didn't lose to the Jews. They totally crushed them and scattered them all over the place. The empire's invaders were totally different.

While the Jews were crushed militarily, the dispersal of the Jews by the Romans is a modern day story with little to support it based on evidence from the time period. The Jews, like the Phoenicians with whom they were associated, were a trading people right from the start and there was a Jewish diaspora that predated the two big revolts against the Romans. And it was not Roman custom to disperce populations. And a big Jewish group remained in Palestine. Its actually decline in relative numbers in the region took place under the spread of Islam.

It makes a political difference in that arguing that the Jews were forced out gives them a better claim on the territory than if they left voluntarily and remained away voluntarily.

Blogger Ceasar November 04, 2017 10:30 AM  

I served in the Army for 9 years, no one ever took West Point ring knockers seriously. These officers were coddled and given multiple chances in command leadership even after it was obvious they did not belong. While you can point to a couple of outstanding officers from West Point, they most likely would have been outstanding no matter what school they attended. As far as I am concerned, kill West Point Officer program and turn the campus into a public housing for the poor. It would be turned into rubble within a decade or less.

Anonymous Zionheart November 04, 2017 10:32 AM  

Genesis 12:3 will prove to be the doom of you anti-semites...

Rome was completely destroyed, as was Nazi Germany. You’ve been warned.

Blogger marco moltisanti November 04, 2017 10:34 AM  

"Flavius Mauricius Tiberius Augustus, better known as Maurice, was a brave and capable emperor. He defeated the Persians, the Avars, and drove back the Lombards. But he was betrayed and deposed, a cataclysmic act that led to a defeat at the hands of the Persians that left great swathes of the empire vulnerable to their subsequent conquest by the Muslim armies."

I'm reminded of Majorian too, forbidding destruction of ancient monuments in Rome and planning to retake north Africa from the Vandals, only to be betrayed and murdered by Ricimer, his barbarian right-hand man. The last great western emperor.

Blogger VD November 04, 2017 10:36 AM  

And it was not Roman custom to disperce populations.

You have literally no idea what you're talking about. See: Carthage, Gaul, etc.

Anonymous BBGKB November 04, 2017 10:36 AM  

The senior administration at West Point inexplicably refuses to enforce West Point’s publicly touted high standards on cadets,

This is a better situation than I thought it was, I thought they would still enforce standards on Asians/Whites

Got Rice? Because itz coming Got rice, I know a prepper that purposely grows hemlock for what is coming.

Trump Voters attack the Jews, and will lose.

You only gave 2 examples but jews have been kicked out of nations over 200 times, including in the past decade. If I was kicked out of 200 bars I would start to question if I could have done something different.

That's funny, because most trump voters are actually very pro-israel

Wanting to send godless bacon eating jews to Israel might be Zionist, but I am not sure it is pro Israel

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Blogger VD November 04, 2017 10:37 AM  

Genesis 12:3 will prove to be the doom of you anti-semites

The Synagogue of Satan will perish in the Lake of Fire, as will all who serve it.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams November 04, 2017 10:49 AM  

Jews and blacks have the same problem: scream "you're raaaacis/anti-seeeeeeemite" often enough at others and eventually others are.

Blogger Johnny November 04, 2017 10:58 AM  

You have literally no idea what you're talking about. See: Carthage, Gaul, etc.

The Romans were willing to do race genocide if that is what would work, and so populations were apt to flee for the sake of survival. But if there is evidence that they as a matter of imperial policy dispersed populations, as say the Assyrians did in their empire, I have never seen evidence of it. The population of Gaul was dispersed? More like killed or taken into slavery. It would be harder to know what happened to the population of Carthage because they were Phoenician and the Phoenicians as an ethnic group were already scattered around the Mediterranean and thus a dispersal would probably go unnoticed.

Blogger Wanderer November 04, 2017 11:01 AM  

Zionheart wrote:Genesis 12:3 will prove to be the doom of you anti-semites...

Galatians 3 says that Christians - not the physical Jews - are the chosen people now. Genesis 12:3 refers to Christians and will prove to be the doom of you anti-Christians.

Blogger Reed Schrichte November 04, 2017 11:03 AM  

Imperial Overreach is what brings down empires. If West Point is not enforcing the cadet code of honor, it's because it doesn't matter and would not change the outcome if it were carried out to the letter.

Anonymous kfg November 04, 2017 11:05 AM  

". . .there was a Jewish diaspora that predated the two big revolts against the Romans."

The Romans crushed Judea and its temple cult, but the largest population of Jews at the time were the Hellenized Alexandrians.

Blogger VD November 04, 2017 11:07 AM  

The population of Gaul was dispersed? More like killed or taken into slavery.

Being taken into slavery IS dispersal.

Blogger Zimri November 04, 2017 11:07 AM  

At least it wasn't internal ethnic strife or decadence in his ranks that brought Maurice down.

Having "beat" the Avars the emperor kept his Greek-speaking army in the Balkans to remind the Avars that they were beat. Oh, and he cut their pay IIRC. When they mutinied there wasn't any way of getting loyal troops to Thrace on time to punish them. Which made him look weak and invited a coup.

The lesson of Maurice's tragedy is what happens to empires when they run out of money. It might be a provincial rebellion; it might be an invasion. In his case it was his own army.

Blogger Reed Schrichte November 04, 2017 11:08 AM  

And when making your Fall of Rome analogies, please keep in mind that the capital of the Empire was not Rome but Constantinople, and the Empire continued on for another thousand years.

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Blogger pnq8787 November 04, 2017 11:14 AM  

I, for one, am pleased at the news of a declining U.S. military. My belief is that the U.S. empire has many of the other nations of the world cowed to liberalism. The other nations are unable to defend themselves at a fundamental level because they fear the U.S. military is the enforcer of progressive values. When the U.S. military finally takes a convincing public defeat I will rejoice. If you are a white man who loves his nation, I hope you get out of the U.S. military. Do not be part of the necessary tradgedy that if God has any mercy he will be sending your way! God defeat the globalists!

God bless Russia!
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God bless China!
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God bless Japan!
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Outstanding!

Blogger Zimri November 04, 2017 11:18 AM  

... by the way, eventually the Byzantine solution for protecting Constantinople was to switch from provinces supplied from the capital to "themes" supplied from the local populace. Constantinople got the Obsequium (Opskion) Theme. The Arabs and Slavs attacked Opskion several times but never un-Greeked it. That took the Turks centuries later.

Themes wouldn't have worked in the old polyglot empire; the Copts would have taken over Egypt and seceded, for instance. But by the 660s AD the Byzantine "Rhomania" was left to mostly Greek regions.

Anonymous Godfrey November 04, 2017 11:21 AM  

There are few people on the planet who do more to engender dislike of Jews than Zionists.

We have a perfect example posting right here on this topic. I half wonder if he's really a neo-Nazi shill.

Blogger Alpha Jed November 04, 2017 11:22 AM  

Air Force Academy Commandant of Cadets is now an open Lesbian with a wife & 2 kids. https://www.jqpublicblog.com/openly-gay-general-named-new-usafa-commandant-mrff-questions-usaf-not-made-public/

Blogger Duke Norfolk November 04, 2017 11:23 AM  

Kona Commuter wrote:I have read comments from patriot blogs / forums (about the US military) "They'll never fire on US Citizens".

Indeed. I've certainly changed my mind on that issue over time. All too many people are making that judgment based on what they knew of the military (or police) decades ago.

It's not that same people now, and it gets worse every year.

Of course this will vary by location. You may know your local sheriff's force well enough to be confident of that, but you certainly don't want to go making assumptions based on outdated info (or romantic/naive' notions, of course).

Blogger Frank Brady November 04, 2017 11:26 AM  

Zionism and Judaism are NOT the same.

Blogger Zimri November 04, 2017 11:27 AM  

"There are few people on the planet who do more to engender dislike of Jews than Zionists."

For this troll, we need a better word than Zionist. He's not focused on the Eretz Israel. Although you are right he's also (to his credit) not focused on tikkun olam. He's a naked Jewish supremacist, wherever they live.

He's Richard Spencerstein.

Blogger Johnny November 04, 2017 11:28 AM  

Being taken into slavery IS dispersal.

Now that I think of it the Romans did disperse their own Italian population. It was part of the military occupation. Along with the troops they installed colonies of their own people. Not so much to expand the Italian race as to maintain control of the local population. Britain as an example is something like one or two percent ethnic Italian.

Slave breeding as they did in the Antebellum South is not common. Most slaves are biological dead ends.

Blogger James Dixon November 04, 2017 11:31 AM  

> Rome was completely destroyed,

Funny, the last time I looked, Rome was still there.

> I half wonder if he's really a neo-Nazi shill.

The age old question, what would he be doing differently if he were?

Blogger Duke Norfolk November 04, 2017 11:32 AM  

Alpha Jed wrote:Air Force Academy Commandant of Cadets is now an open Lesbian with a wife & 2 kids.

Of course. I can’t even be surprised or shocked anymore.

Thank God I'm retired. There's no way I'd survive serving in today's AF. It was getting bad enough 10 years ago (hell, 20 years ago for that matter). I can only imagine how bad it is now.

I do wonder how many have been screwed over after daring to open their mouths and challenge the lefty nonsense.

Blogger Frank Brady November 04, 2017 11:32 AM  

Being anti-Zionist is NOT the same as being anti-Semite.

Blogger James Dixon November 04, 2017 11:33 AM  

> ...but you certainly don't want to go making assumptions based on outdated info (or romantic/naive' notions, of course).

The safest bet is to assume all government employees will follow orders until proven otherwise.

Anonymous Logprof November 04, 2017 11:34 AM  

I'm currently reading Grant's Memoirs. Absolutely the opposite of West Point today.

Blogger Zimri November 04, 2017 11:38 AM  

Being anti-Zionist is NOT the same as being anti-Semite.

Anti-Zionists say that the Jews - not just the half-Italian Ashkenazim, but the Mizrahi as well - have no right to their homeland. Imagine if I said that the white nations had no right to keep (for instance) England as English.

Anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism in that it denies nationalism to one people you probably wouldn't deny to others.

Anonymous trev006 November 04, 2017 11:39 AM  

Interesting that most American Jews are hostile to Trump. Once the Hollywood and DC swamps have their corruption exposed and purged, they would look to safety in Israel.

That is to say, a state with legalized racial supremacy laws and deep unpopularity worldwide.

Don't mind us though. All empires end. That is the point of this post. And if Jews believe they are a divinely ordained exception... well, that led to two millennia of wandering. So keep up the smug, it motivates us.

Anonymous Bohm November 04, 2017 11:56 AM  

In keeping with today’s Late Antique theme, VD in full Jeremiah mode reminds me of Gildas and the anonymous author of De Rebus Bellicus. They too railed against moral decline. How seriously do we treat their analysis today?

One thing shared Rome shares with the US, it preferred peace and tolerance and was capable of delivering industrial savagery on anyone who disagreed.

The obvious cause of Rome’s decline was the frequency and effect of its civil wars, as the example of Emperor Maurice illustrates. Was this due to moral decline? I reckon it was a bit more complicated than that.

Is the US a multi-ethnic empire? Yes, but not in the VD thinks. It is a multi-ethnic state on the New World colonial model, not comparable to old world empires. However, the US is exceptional. The ‘empire’ is the projection of power internationally, it is not a function of its domestic racial make-up.

Blogger ZhukovG November 04, 2017 11:57 AM  

@Zimri: I'm fine with the Jews having a homeland. I think it's great. What I object to is having my pocket picked and my government subverted to maintain it.

Anonymous Full-Fledged Fiasco November 04, 2017 11:57 AM  

"Imagine if I said that the white nations had no right to keep (for instance) England as English."

We don't have to imagine. (((Echoes)) say this everyday.

Blogger Cloudswrest November 04, 2017 11:58 AM  

I'm not a fan of John Podhoretz, but he's just the messenger in this case. This is quite shocking. It appears the judge went easy on Bergdahl specifically as a F.U. to Trump. https://twitter.com/jpodhoretz/status/926477291844141057

Blogger D. Bay November 04, 2017 12:10 PM  

OT: Vox, could you please add some new posts to the Alpha Game blog? Cheers.

Anonymous T November 04, 2017 12:12 PM  

The original inhabitants of Judea still live there... they are called Palestinians.

Blogger tuberman November 04, 2017 12:15 PM  

Oh, FUD!

My dad was a communications sergeant in WWII, and had contempt for most West Pointers, and not just of the lowest ranks, as he told stories about Captains and Majors that all the regular troops thought were cowards and despised.

I'm sure it's gotten much worse, but it is still reversible.

Anonymous Avalanche November 04, 2017 12:18 PM  

@3 "read comments from patriot blogs / forums (about the US military) "They'll never fire on US Citizens"."

"Major" Hasan. (fire and brimstone be upon him.)

Blogger tuberman November 04, 2017 12:23 PM  

The truth is that many of the "West Pointers" are completely superfluous, and need to be let go, and being selective about this process at the Right time could be huge.

Blogger Phelps November 04, 2017 12:31 PM  

Zionheart wrote:The Romans attacked the Jews, and lost.

The Germans attacked the Jews, and lost.

Trump Voters attack the Jews, and will lose.


No.

God judged the Jews using the Babylonians, and then destroyed the Babylonians when the Jews repented.

God judged the Jews using the Romans, and then destroyed the Romans when the Jews repented.

God judged the Jews using the Nazis, and then destroyed the Nazis (but not the Germans.)

Unless you are willing to admit that the Jews deserve to be judged again, there will be no destruction of America for being the instruments of judgment.

Anonymous Bohm November 04, 2017 12:37 PM  

Phelps, what nonsense.

Anonymous Avalanche November 04, 2017 12:43 PM  

@31 "We have soldiers in high heels. An air force that bombs sand when it manages to miss the odd elementary school. A navy that has become little more than a hazard to maritime navigation. Now our elite officer school is racing to the bottom.
We need to avoid a war with a real power."

On the contrary, a war with a real power would wipe out these flaming incompetents (and alas, all too many actual soldiers and sailors!) and leave us leaner meaner and a helluva a lot angrier! But I'd rather we brought them all home and had our little war here at home-- put OUR military on the border (hey! all those non-citizens can walk home from there!!) and have them BUILD the Wall while they GUARD the Border!

Blogger Zimri November 04, 2017 12:45 PM  

"God judged the Jews using the Nazis, and then destroyed the Nazis (but not the Germans.)"

Huh. So the anti-whites in the Diaspora deserve to be judged and destroyed, but not the Zionists.

I can live with that.

Anonymous MJimmy November 04, 2017 12:50 PM  

Zionheart dindu nuffin he fixin da world and whatnot

Blogger Skyler the Weird November 04, 2017 12:54 PM  

The first time a U.S. carrier sinks since the Battle of Okinawa, the Empire crumbles.

Blogger Chris Mallory November 04, 2017 12:56 PM  

Phelps wrote:God judged the Jews using the Romans, and then destroyed the Romans when the Jews repented.




For the Jews to have repented after Christ, they would have had to accept Christ as Messiah. They have not done that, so they are lost and doomed to eternal hellfire.

Anonymous Didas Kalos November 04, 2017 1:07 PM  

This is too good to not retweet. LOL
The Romans attacked the Jews, and lost.

No. The Romans completely defeated the Jews. Twice. Now the "Jews" are genetically half-Italian.

France drove out the Jews and became the most powerful kingdom in Europe.

Spain drove out the Jews and became the richest empire on Earth.

England drove out the Jews and became the empire on which the sun never set.

The US provided refuge to the Jews and is on pace to collapse barely 75 years later.

You are historically ignorant. At best.

Anonymous Pitcrew November 04, 2017 1:08 PM  

The decline permeates all functions and roles. We had ICBM missile crews cheating on tests. We've favored low-yield low reliability nukes because they're cheap instead of a mix of large and small that actually deter. This is happening all over the West too- North Korea has higher yield nukes now than Britain.

We have sub-standard diversity/affirmative action officers who don't even know what tritium is (its in their gun sights, nukes and other stuff). We don't have enough qualified people to do basic maintenance work so very expensive contractors have to be brought in. EEOC people treat everyone with more know-how than them as a threat, because in a fair job competition they'd take their jobs.

And that is the nature of problem. Some affirmative action fat lip is more concerned about ego-damage from a smart white guy than actually performing the mission. To much more of this and when we really, really need gear and nukes to work to mitigate the Sinic threat, it won't be there, it won't work. Hopefully the Chinese are following international law by then regarding targeting of innocents, because they sure aren't now.

Blogger tz November 04, 2017 1:18 PM  

Not so much the God-Emperor, but God's Emperor

500 years and a few days ago, someone nailed a paper to a church door. And ignited a reformation. It split Christendom.

The USA IS split. And along similar lines of corruption - see the previous post on the open letter on racism. Or why Hillary, etc. still isn't in prison. The courtiers of corruption, from the illegal aliens, to welfare mothers to hedge fund and tech billionaires are all part of one side.

Aslan is on the move. God starts judgment with prophets exposing the evil. Do not think Hollywood and Tech and Media corruption's timing isn't providential. Or this letter. "Hollywood Babylon" was published in 1981.

It is subtle but if you look you can see it. There is a separation of the Sheep and Goats. The Lots leaving Sodom. Noahs building Arks.

It isn't just America. China's crony mix of capitalism and communism will fall. Europe will have a new Muslim war. When the economy collapses and there is famine, many will go back. And the only thing I don't know is which plague - Madagascar's white death, the left coast's Hepatitis - coming to a blue area near you, or Syphillis that becomes resistant to all antibiotics (rots the brain like Alzheimers) - STIs ARE A PANDEMIC TODAY, but even the right wing news outlets don't want to talk about it.

Will the military fire on Americans? Where, in blue or red areas. The red areas will shoot back and they haven't been graded on a curve. The blue areas, I've observed you can fix the problem of an undesirable "living here" by altering either of the two words.

Anonymous Steve Canyon November 04, 2017 1:19 PM  

Jews attacked Christ, and lost

Blogger DonReynolds November 04, 2017 1:36 PM  

I will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do.

How can that not be the same rule that always existed at USMA.
Douglas McArthur was correct when he said..."The things I believe in never change."
Duty, Honor, Country

When these three words are replaced, it will be with the words....
Blood, Chaos, Want

Blogger DonReynolds November 04, 2017 1:39 PM  

Nothing but Tears and Defeat.
Shame and Dishonor.
Filth.

Blogger darkdoc November 04, 2017 1:54 PM  

The Christian West saved the Jews from Germany. Without that happening, the Jews would have been eliminated from eastern and western Europe - every man, woman, child, and pet.

Blogger Student in Blue November 04, 2017 1:54 PM  

Probably the main reason why I never re-upped.

Blogger DonReynolds November 04, 2017 2:00 PM  

James Dixon wrote:> ...but you certainly don't want to go making assumptions based on outdated info (or romantic/naive' notions, of course).

The safest bet is to assume all government employees will follow orders until proven otherwise.


Completely agree.
If they can do so without any danger to themselves, they will follow orders....if they are convinced they can. The assumption during dangerous times is that government employees will do nothing.

Reminds me of the female Military Police in Panama during the US invasion (December 20, 1989).
Once the shooting started, they ran like scalded dogs. Otherwise, they were pretty aggressive with the bullying.

Anonymous Random #57 November 04, 2017 2:10 PM  

"Well, there was that commie clown that at West Point"

The rot is so deep that it looks like he was radicalized by one of his professors, who to make it perfect is a Muslim.

Blogger Duh-ave November 04, 2017 2:24 PM  

To Zionheart at 34. Are we anti-semites because we voted for Trump or like country music? Could it be because we worship God/Jesus/Holy Spirit instead of Jews who won't return to Isreal? I believe Zechariah 12:3 may work both ways so I now limit my support to "praying for peace in Jerusalem" so to avoid being "cut to pieces". God is jealous for Isreal and and will save it, after he lets 2/3s of you be killed.

Blogger dienw November 04, 2017 2:30 PM  

Genesis 12:3 will prove to be the doom of you anti-semites...

Your first problem is to somehow prove- lying perhaps - that the Japhethite Ashkenazim are Semites let alone Judahites; your next problem is proving that God considers the Edomites as Judahites (He doesn't; read what Ephraim is going to do to the Edomites when the Northern Tribes are returned to Israel - yes that is a promise yet to be fulfilled); your third problem is proving Judaism (Phariseeism/Babylonianism/Talmudism) is Hebraism (.e., the actual religion of the Bible); Your fourth problem is that the dispersion and migrations of the Northern Tribes is known; however replacement theology a true heresy of both the Pharisees and the RC Babylonian "church" and then progressively ignorant Protestantism has mislead the descendants of those tribes; once the descendants of those tribes wake up, we are not going to take lightly being called ant-Semites by non-Hebrews or actual Judahites: for it's you who may very well by cursing Israel.

BTW, the term goy includes in its definition the Israelites; for, you see, the Israelites have been strangers/goy/Gentiles ever since the separation of the tribes after Solomon.

Anonymous grayman November 04, 2017 2:35 PM  

History would suggest that the contemporary "invincible" forces of the Empire get decimated by a inferior force in what should be an easy victory.
You could argue that that has already occurred in Iraq 2.0 or on Afghanistan. However I suspect that moment I f stark realization is still in front of us.

Blogger liberranter November 04, 2017 2:42 PM  

At the honor hearing the next day, I ended up being the one on trial as my character and reputation were dragged through the mud by the cadet and her civilian attorney

THAT is the root of the problem. While the PC multiculturalization of every American institution would have eventually made the infection and rot inevitable, it was the "estrogenization" of the military academies in 1976 that ignited the trend. "Women ruin everything" has been proved to be an absolute truth time and time again, and nowhere else has this been so disasterously evident as in the armed forces. A fish rots from the head down, as this incident proves. With "leadership" like that generated by today's sorry excuses for military academies, the nation's future in the face of external danger is non-existent.

Vladimir Putin, Xi Xinping, and Kim Jong Un, among others, must be nearly stroking out from uncontrollable guffaws whenever the U.S. threatens military action against them.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener November 04, 2017 2:44 PM  

Rot within West Point is like a cancer that's perfectly positioned for metastasis. This is not going to end well.

Blogger tuberman November 04, 2017 2:59 PM  

Nonsense people, West Point has always been at least 85-90% careerist, and career people have never been warriors. Elite warriors come from a different stock, with just a few of the West Pointers joining into that group. Often, the good West Pointers are guys that have come from a family of warriors, and usually they are Southerners. It is still possible to get rid if the chaff, as there are hoards of unnecessary brass in all our military.

Leftist judges will slowly be replaced, it has begun already. This stuff needs to be done in order. Possibly, it will all fail, then you know the consequences.

I would like some of the White GenZ to grow up trained for the smart changes that will be necessary.

Anonymous Jonathan November 04, 2017 3:03 PM  

I read a book about 15 years ago called "Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point" by David Lipsky. The author was a Rolling Stone writer who spent four years with a group of students.

You could tell at that point political correctness had overtaken the organization. They recruited black cadets who couldn't meet the standards and sent them to prep school. They held their hands and pushed them through no matter their deficiencies.

The male cadets were busy having sex with the female cadets, who had no standards at all.

Since the writer was liberal he praised the "advances" of the organization but it really depressed me because I know how great of an organization it once was.

Blogger Duke Norfolk November 04, 2017 3:14 PM  

Both the Superintendent and the Commandant of Cadets are both women now (the latter a lesbian); what could go wrong?

The super was my squadron commander at one time. She had/has this weak little beta husband. Very weird seeing the two of them together.

Anonymous Didas Kalos November 04, 2017 3:20 PM  

Phelps must have read 'the four blood moons' 3-4 times. LOL God destroyed the Pharaoh and army in red sea, Goliath, Amalekites, Ammon/Moab/Mt. Sier were destroyed. Rome was around for 200-300 years at least after invading Israel.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 04, 2017 3:27 PM  

The Bergdahl sentence was exactly what I thought it would be.

Whenever the Left falls head over heels for military criminal, the UCMJ system always goes lightly on them.

Basically it's always going to be Dishonorable Discharge and that's about it.

The generals are much more interested in doing what they can to preserve the prestige of the military as an institution within our society as a whole.

That means not pissing off the Left with a harsh sentence when they fall in love with a shitbird.

That was a hard pill for me to swallow when I first ran into it. It was some shitbird cook who decided to heroically come as gay back when Clinton first tried to do that and blew it. He got a wrist slap and an RE4 that came with $40,000 attached.

The next one I recall was Kelly Flynn, she was the first female B-52 pilot. She got caught banging an enlisted woman's husband. Flynn then got something no man in her position had received in twenty years. Namely a second chance, the whole thing was supposed to be swept under the rug with Flynn getting nothing worse than an ass chewing from her wing commander.

Except Flynn kept banging the guy.

Fine she has to go to the wall. And then the feminists started shrieking. And Hillary Clinton noticed. Suddenly Flynn is allowed to resign her commission with (and this was the infuriating part) a general under other than honorable discharge.

Bottomline Bergdahl's not serving a day in Leavenworth was no surprise to me.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim November 04, 2017 3:29 PM  

"The USA is a multi-ethnic empire in rapid decline. It will fall in due course, and almost certainly before most people will believe possible. The God-Emperor is engaged in a heroic endeavor, but unfortunately, his role is almost certainly that of the tragic hero whose brave and inspiring struggle proves insufficient in the end."

This is not so much of a foregone conclusion if you still live here with your children.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( Fine Purveyor of Quality Artisanal Gorm ) November 04, 2017 3:36 PM  

91. grayman November 04, 2017 2:35 PM

History would suggest that the contemporary "invincible" forces of the Empire get decimated by a inferior force in what should be an easy victory.


91. grayman November 04, 2017 2:35 PM
History would suggest that the contemporary "invincible" forces of the Empire get decimated by a inferior force in what should be an easy victory.
You could argue that that has already occurred in Iraq 2.0



wut?

the enemy losing orders of magnitude more casualties than we take is us "being decimated"?

we 'won' Iraq and Afghanistan in the actual conflicts. crushingly.

we lost the occupations ... but that was a political and RoE failure. and it's also a political loss, not a military one.

pretty much all the actual mil engagements are still one-sided hidings in our favor. the only way the 'insurgents' get their numbers up is with IEDs and suicide bombers.

there's a serious risk of major military embarrassment ( see the Navy ships who can't figure out how to not get themselves rammed by transports, imagine how badly those idiots are going to Failboat in an actual military confrontation ), but that is yet in our future.

even Vietnam wasn't a 'loss' by the military. it was rendered politically untenable by Johnson's refusal to prosecute the war he involved us in.

95. Jonathan November 04, 2017 3:03 PM
the female cadets, who had no standards at all.



funny. why, if ONLY someone could have foreseen that. that women ( as a group ) can't meet the most rudimentary male standards and, thus, can't tolerate standards at all.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr November 04, 2017 3:40 PM  

@81: Yup. Bismark claimed that God looked after fools, drunks, and the United States. This time, he's sent us Trump...the Flipper of Rocks and Drainer of Swamps.

Which is important. I see the American military as being in the same situation as the mid 1970s. Bad times, with a serious drug issue, significant race issues, and poor budgets. Ships that couldn't sail, planes that couldn't fly. It took work, but we pulled out of it.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 04, 2017 3:43 PM  

Regarding the question of would US troops fire on American citizens?

The answer is some troops would fire on U.S. citizens.

Other troops would fire on the troops firing on the U.S. citizens.

Some troops frag their officers and elect new ones from within their ranks, then go over en masse to whatever rival government had been set up. There is zero doubt in mind that there would be one under those circumstances.

Some would turn bandit.

Some would desert outright and just go home because the constitution they had sworn their oaths to was as dead the Caesars.

Bottomline: My own insider's view is that the US military would fall apart if ordered to suppress the American Right wing.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr November 04, 2017 3:45 PM  

I will add that the service academies have long been problematic. When you recruit varsity moneyball players with no regard for their potential utility as officers (because you have no intention of actually using them as such), it corrodes standards. Having "untouchable" groups doesn't help, either.

I'd recommend either going to a wide-open competitive examination process (like the USCG Academy), or to ditch the idea of using the service academies as a four-year college and turn them into a "finishing school" for ROTC products.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab November 04, 2017 3:48 PM  

Fish rots from the head. It's gotten to the service academies. We have unwinnable wars by design and ships that can't avoid each other.

Best to start over.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 04, 2017 4:06 PM  

Napoleon 12pdr wrote:I will add that the service academies have long been problematic. When you recruit varsity moneyball players with no regard for their potential utility as officers (because you have no intention of actually using them as such), it corrodes standards. Having "untouchable" groups doesn't help, either.

I'd recommend either going to a wide-open competitive examination process (like the USCG Academy), or to ditch the idea of using the service academies as a four-year college and turn them into a "finishing school" for ROTC products.


Sadly, I am inclined to agree.

It is what it is.

The days when America didn't produce enough college graduates to officer it's military is long since over and done with.

Turning the acadamies into something closer to an American Sandhurst might be a better way to go.

Anonymous Redjack November 04, 2017 4:22 PM  

The Military is a paper tiger.

We burned up the fighters and the good FOBBITs, and all that are left are those who couldn't get a job anywhere else.

Conservatives mock government employees, yet pretend the military is not the government. Heck, we had TWO destroyers drive like a drunken teenager and get hit by supertankers. Guys, that isn't a sign of a functioning military.

There is a reason Russia is looking West. They don't see anyone who can slow them down till they hit New York. And I doubt they want to go that far just yet. China is going to do a soft take over of the West Coast.

Heck, we may have "Man In the High Castle", just with different players.

Anonymous Redjack November 04, 2017 4:34 PM  

tuberman wrote:Oh, FUD!

My dad was a communications sergeant in WWII, and had contempt for most West Pointers, and not just of the lowest ranks, as he told stories about Captains and Majors that all the regular troops thought were cowards and despised.

I'm sure it's gotten much worse, but it is still reversible.

Kind of like "elite" MBA's. My parent company learned, painfully, that they are more dangerous than good. My father was in the Army just after Korea. He hated the Pointers (forgot that). Loved the ROTC guys. Of course, they (The pointers) got all the brass rings while the rest had to actually work.

Blogger Brad Matthews November 04, 2017 4:47 PM  

Our combat fighting forces are still capable. It is support personnel that are dragging the military down. Lazy, low IQ, infested with SJW. Leadership is mixed. Some smart, fit, young men with an equal mix of the above in all the support areas. A big problem are politician leaders. Want the deployment and big training opportunities on their watch no matter what the unit has recently been through. It never stops and turnover keeps it from ever running smooth for more than a year.

Blogger Bobiojimbo November 04, 2017 5:04 PM  

The more I read about the failings of the military - from this to transgender bull shit - the happier I am that I got out.

The schooling for enlisted personnel isn't much better. Back in 2008-2009, when I was in A-School, the staff were far more concerned with passing us on time and on schedule than they were with our understanding of the fundamentals we would need for C-School. Because of this, I quickly memory dumped the information after every lesson. I don't remember most of what I learned about electronics or the system I was trained to maintain. I am to blame for this as well - I simply didn't care about, and didn't use that information.

Blogger James Dixon November 04, 2017 5:26 PM  

> ...even Vietnam wasn't a 'loss' by the military. it was rendered politically untenable by Johnson's refusal to prosecute the war he involved us in.

It doesn't matter who causes us to lose a war, only that we lose and that we didn't learn our lessons from doing so.

> Yup. Bismark claimed that God looked after fools, drunks, and the United States. This time, he's sent us Trump...the Flipper of Rocks and Drainer of Swamps.

We can only hope that's still true. Though only he knows why he would at this point, since we certainly don't deserve it.

Anonymous Daniel H November 04, 2017 5:47 PM  

@10, VD
>>No. The Romans completely defeated the Jews. Twice. Now the "Jews" are genetically half-Italian.<<

Wouldn't it be more correct to say that the Jews are 1/2 Celtic/Gaulish. Apparently, the Ashkenazi Jewish population is descended from a handful of medieval Levantine men and Northern Italian women, who, while Romano/Italic in culture, were most likely Gaulish (with a smattering of German and Latin ) in genetic origins, not that it makes much difference because Latins and Gauls were likely very close genetically.

Blogger Gospace November 04, 2017 5:53 PM  

Bobiojimbo November 04, 2017 5:04 PM
The schooling for enlisted personnel isn't much better. Back in 2008-2009, when I was in A-School, the staff were far more concerned with passing us on time and on schedule than they were with our understanding of the fundamentals we would need for C-School.


When I went through "A" school in the early 70's, there were beer vending machines in the barracks. A significant number of days we were let of class shortly after lunch as the instructors headed off to the club to grab a brew or two or many. An instructor who didn't have alcohol on his breath after lunch was an exception, not the rule. If you failed out, you failed out. It was your fault, and away you went to the fleet as a non-rate.

When I taught at class "A" school in the mid 1980's, there were no beer machines. An instructor with alcohol on his breath was taken off the podium and headed for NJP. Mandatory study hours in the barracks for the students. And if someone failed a test, the instructor was evaluated to see how he was at fault. 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th chances were given to well, really stupid or unmotivated students.

Was the end product any better? No. The knowledgeable students at the end of the course both ways were the ones that wanted to learn.

The really funny (well, not so funny) thing is that everyone was encouraged to get their "Master Training Specialist" designation. A lot of paperwork and tasks to be accomplished. very few of the actual good instructors ever got the designation. After 8 hours on the podium, no one wanted to stick around for more. The people who usually got it were admin weenies who had been taken OFF the podium because they couldn't teach worth a damn. They had time to work on dotting the T's and crossing the I's during the mandated work day.

Anonymous Daniel H November 04, 2017 5:57 PM  

@21
>>I refuse to yield to despair. It helps that I remember the late 1970s, the broken force of the Carter years.

The Carter years were apogeic compared to today. That "broken force" was a good thing. It may have led us back to our roots as a constitutional republic. But no, Reagan, and the go-go years had to come along. Bullshitting, blustering, bluffing. Credit, mass migration, war, credit, mass-migration, war, credit, mass-migration, war.............. Give me the shabby seventies any day.

Anonymous AB.Prosper November 04, 2017 6:04 PM  

The US military is getting a double whammy , not only is it infected with Cultural Marxists but its configured for a peer war we can't win or risk fighting

A proper configuration would be an advanced sub fleet, more nukes, a basic core just in case and not much else.

What we have is a failing cold war/peer war system designed for people to loot

And yes its possible to build a hardened massively redundant system for peer wars, the expense is more than we can bear. we can't even afford roads because wage arbitrage and automation has impoverished much of the country and basically there isn't nearly as much money.

If we end up getting our asses handed to us, we'll deserve it for tolerating shit leadership

As an aside, J.M Greer's excellent Twillight's Last Gleaming is based on the topic, in summary, the US loses a skirmish with China badly just as a Constitutional Convention was going on and a series of events causes the union to separate

Blogger ZhukovG November 04, 2017 6:06 PM  

@Redjack: I wouldn't worry about Russia and China. Neither country can project serious power more than a few hundred kilometers from their borders. Also neither country really wants a war with us. If we get into trouble with either of them it will be because we got too close and they decided they had no choice but to hit us.

Unfortunately our national hubris may get us into exactly that kind of trouble and within their zone of control, Russia and China can hit really hard.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( Fine Purveyor of Quality Artisanal Gorm ) November 04, 2017 6:42 PM  

102. Cataline Sergius November 04, 2017 3:43 PM
Bottomline: My own insider's view is that the US military would fall apart if ordered to suppress the American Right wing.



and yet, the fact remains. by your own admission, some large fraction of the .Mil would follow orders.

Blogger VD November 04, 2017 7:09 PM  

This is not so much of a foregone conclusion if you still live here with your children.

It is a high probability regardless of where you live or what you do.

Blogger VD November 04, 2017 7:30 PM  

Wouldn't it be more correct to say that the Jews are 1/2 Celtic/Gaulish.

No.

Blogger cheddarman November 04, 2017 8:18 PM  

The parasites are killing the host, simple as that.

Blogger WynnLloyd November 04, 2017 8:53 PM  

Right. I always thought there was something fishy about that narrative. Thank you.

Blogger WynnLloyd November 04, 2017 9:00 PM  

Rome wasn't destroyed. It still exists. Ib the form of the Church.
Every Empire falls.
The Kingdom of Israel was destroyed. The revolts of the zealots were destroyed. Masada fell.
Your rhetoric means nothing.
I'm moving away from anti-semitism, but guys like you don't make it easy.

Blogger WynnLloyd November 04, 2017 9:00 PM  

Good one. Heraclitus too seems relevant here.

Blogger WynnLloyd November 04, 2017 9:06 PM  

I can't believe I didn't mention that earlier when arguing with him. Very good point.

Blogger Dire Badger November 04, 2017 9:12 PM  

The Berghdal decision was such a joke that the judge even ADMITTED that he was only doing it because he was a traitorous nevertrumper.

He seriously needs to be removed from the bench. Hopefully one piece at a time.

Blogger Dire Badger November 04, 2017 9:17 PM  

Gospace wrote:Bobiojimbo November 04, 2017 5:04 PM

The schooling for enlisted personnel isn't much better. Back in 2008-2009, when I was in A-School, the staff were far more concerned with passing us on time and on schedule than they were with our understanding of the fundamentals we would need for C-School.


When I went through "A" school in the early 70's, there were beer vending machines in the barracks. A significant number of days we were let of class shortly after lunch as the instructors headed off to the club to grab a brew or two or many. An instructor who didn't have alcohol on his breath after lunch was an exception, not the rule. If you failed out, you failed out. It was your fault, and away you went to the fleet as a non-rate.

When I taught at class "A" school in the mid 1980's, there were no beer machines. An instructor with alcohol on his breath was taken off the podium and headed for NJP. Mandatory study hours in the barracks for the students. And if someone failed a test, the instructor was evaluated to see how he was at fault. 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th chances were given to well, really stupid or unmotivated students.

Was the end product any better? No. The knowledgeable students at the end of the course both ways were the ones that wanted to learn.

The really funny (well, not so funny) thing is that everyone was encouraged to get their "Master Training Specialist" designation. A lot of paperwork and tasks to be accomplished. very few of the actual good instructors ever got the designation. After 8 hours on the podium, no one wanted to stick around for more. The people who usually got it were admin weenies who had been taken OFF the podium because they couldn't teach worth a damn. They had time to work on dotting the T's and crossing the I's during the mandated work day.


You make me glad I cross-rated instead of going to "A" school. Unfortunately, they merged the tech rates just as I was finishing out Data and wanted me to learn RM.

Too damned Boring, so I went FC instead.

Blogger James Dixon November 04, 2017 10:00 PM  

> If we end up getting our asses handed to us, we'll deserve it for tolerating shit leadership

That pretty well sums it up, yes.

> Rome wasn't destroyed. It still exists.

If he had said Roman Empire, I would have let it slide. But no, he had to say Rome.

Blogger DonReynolds November 04, 2017 10:18 PM  

@115 ZhukovG
"Unfortunately our national hubris may get us into exactly that kind of trouble and within their zone of control, Russia and China can hit really hard."

I completely agree.
The Chinese and Russian military are traditionally tactical. The best comparison would be our experience fighting the American Indian. If we get too close, they will break it off in our hinnie, but they are also not foolish enough to cross an ocean to get here....nor do they have any such capability.

I have only been alarmed anytime the NeoCons insist that we need to directly intervene in Georgia, or the Crimea, or the Ukraine. NATO is starting to give me a rash, wanting to push wolf meat up to the lair of the wolves. (None of those NATO military formations are anything more than a tripwire. Yes, a suicide post for anyone they care to send.) No, we do not need to invade Syria...or Iran. We very much need to pack our gear and pull out of places where we have no business being.

Blogger IreneAthena November 04, 2017 11:23 PM  

vox day you need to get yourself a cannoli and quit being morose about the prospect of the USA's losing its empire status. As principled warrior-quality people are discovering the disconnect between "preserving our freedoms" and helping the CIA cause chaos all over the world, OF COURSE their departure has lowered standards in the armed forces. When patriotism is rediscovered and redirected, with war-effort level of enthusiasm, to solving problems here at home, we will be better off. The world will be better off.

Blogger Rashadjin November 04, 2017 11:57 PM  

@128 - IreneAthena

Rather agreed. The God-Emperor is a special figure in American history, so we should have hope that things will work out to the good no matter how bleak it is now or even how ugly it gets. We're at a turning point and people are waking up, so 'miracles' are distinctly possible. Even the expected breakup of the U.S. could end up a quite temporary phase; needed for a new core civilization to harden into place.

Also,

I need to apologize to you, IreneAthena, about the slavery thing, because yeah, those people decided to show up in force on me. Finally. Sorry, my mistake on that slice of it all.

Blogger IreneAthena November 05, 2017 12:20 AM  

@129 It's all cool, Rashadjin. Stay hopeful.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd November 05, 2017 1:10 AM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:Bottomline: My own insider's view is that the US military would fall apart if ordered to suppress the American Right wing.

Read up on the Whiskey Rebellion and the Bonus Army. Has there ever been a case where the US armed forces disobeyed an order to fire on American citizens?

Also, Cataline, are you currently an insider? My sense as an outsider on the periphery is that every careerist has taken an oath to preserve his pension at all costs.

Blogger Bobiojimbo November 05, 2017 1:27 AM  

@Dire Badger

> so I went FC instead.

That was my rate.

Blogger Dire Badger November 05, 2017 5:13 AM  

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Blogger Dire Badger November 05, 2017 5:22 AM  

[em]Bobiojimbo wrote:
@Dire Badger

> so I went FC instead.

That was my rate.[/em]


It's a great rate for people who HAVE a brain, but don't want to get trapped in the engine room of a sub or Carrier. Sure Nukes get cash bonuses out the wazoo... but being stuck in engineering isn't worth it unless you plan to ditch after your first or second tour.

Lots of fun to be had as an FC, plus, in the Amphib fleet (Where I spent my whole career) if you aren't manning the CIWS or birds you are on the guns with the jarheads and GM's.

The most valuable lesson?; Academy officers are idiots. even after 15 years in. You can learn to deal with the Martinets and wannabe warriors, but the asskissers are impossible to deal with, and even worse when you have to correct their screwups, because shit always rolls downhill. Warrants, chiefs, and firsts run the real navy, and the only officers worth a damn went through OCS.

They were starting to push cum dumpsters even in the Amphib fleet, so I finally just got the hell out at 20 and three quarters. You could see what was happening in the fleet even back then... Every time deploy orders were cut, half the whores got pregnant and the other half got pregnant as the cruise wore on. I was one of the ones favoring imprisoning them for dereliction of duty, but of course the liberals won.

But I still love America and would do it all over again. It was worth it.

There are many like me, and we don't mind risking or even losing our lives. We just want to be directed with intelligence and wisdom by decent men.

That's why I am always confused by all the alpha/beta/gamma talk by jackasses that never even fired a .50. There is no dishonor in being a good Indian and trusting a real Chief... most 'natural alphas' I have met I would gleefully hang and do a favor to the human race (Not to mention emptying the Jails). You don't have to be at the top of the food chain to prove your value.

Anonymous Clay November 05, 2017 5:37 AM  

Are they all now showering, shitting, throwing tampons around together?

If so...how's that working out?

Anonymous Clay November 05, 2017 5:53 AM  

Hey! I've dropped a few animals with a Hawken rifle in my life. .50 cal.

Will again, I assure you, when the season is right. I'm sure those critters I've shot felt they were on top of the "food chain" too.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 05, 2017 7:32 AM  

((( bob kek mando ))) - ( Fine Purveyor of Quality Artisanal Gorm ) wrote:102. Cataline Sergius November 04, 2017 3:43 PM

Bottomline: My own insider's view is that the US military would fall apart if ordered to suppress the American Right wing.


and yet, the fact remains. by your own admission, some large fraction of the .Mil would follow orders.


Ominous Cowherd wrote:Cataline Sergius wrote:Bottomline: My own insider's view is that the US military would fall apart if ordered to suppress the American Right wing.

Read up on the Whiskey Rebellion and the Bonus Army. Has there ever been a case where the US armed forces disobeyed an order to fire on American citizens?

...



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Blogger Shimshon November 05, 2017 7:38 AM  

Vietnam may have been a military victory, but it was a political defeat. Such a victory may be considered Pyrrhic, at best.

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