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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Smoking their own supply

The Saker interviews a Russian military expert who is rightly concerned about the way in which U.S. military planners are increasingly failing both aspects of Sun Tzu 101:
Martyanov does an absolutely superb job explaining some (not all, of course!) features of modern warfare to a reader which is assumed to be only a curious amateur whose intellect can be persuaded by fact-based and logical arguments (as opposed to delusional, imperial hubris and feel-good flagwaving and self-worship). As a matter of fact, Martyanov’s book could be an ideal “introduction to military analysis” or a “planning military forces 101” course.

Martyanov is clearly deeply frustrated with the willful ignorance shown by a lot of US academics, politicians and other talking heads and he places the blame on the US educational system which, according to Martyanov, teaches nonsensical theories which are not just useless, but actually self-deceiving and outright dangerous. In all fairness to US colleges and academies, I think that Martyanov is just a little unfair: while it is true that most “political science” and other “conflict and peace studies” schools mostly teach nonsense, there are other US colleges and academies – both civilian and military – which, at least in the 80s and 90s – did teach real military analysis and force planning. Those courses were typically taught by adjunct teachers taken from military personnel who taught evening classes while still working in their regular DoD positions. Furthermore, many students had a military rank (typically First Lieutenant and Captains). I don’t know how good these schools are now, but in the 1980s-1990s some of these schools had superb curricula, “heavy” on technical analysis and computer modeling. I can also say that most of the US officers I studied with were very competent specialists and honorable men who were all acutely aware that being an officer in a superpower’s military, places upon you a double burden: that to protect your country by deterrence, but also to avoid a conflict at almost any cost because this is the only way to really protect your country!

By the way, at that time a senior officer of the DoD’s Office of Net Assessment openly told us “no US President will ever sacrifice Boston or Chicago for the sake of Berlin or Paris; but we will never admit that publicly“. In my experience, US Cold War officers were very competent, cautious and acutely aware of the immense responsibility placed upon their shoulders. Furthermore, I will say this: during the Cold War both the USSR and the US acted responsibly, even during major crises. Finally, in spite of Reagan’s (stillborn) idea of “Star Wars” aka “SDI” – I never met a single US officer who believed, even for a second, that the US could ever stop a Soviet retaliatory second strike (never mind a first one!).

During the Cold War – deterrence worked and both sides played by the same rulebook. This is not the case anymore, and that is very frightening.
This is very typical behavior of an empire in decline. The imperial forces tend to overestimate their own capabilities and underestimate the capabilities of their potential adversaries. This is what leads to imperial overstretch and empire-shattering disasters like the Syracuse Expedition and the Peninsular War.

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73 Comments:

Blogger stevo December 05, 2019 8:26 AM  

Amazing how powerful the fear of nuclear war has been.

Blogger ZhukovG December 05, 2019 8:27 AM  

I don't think that any conflict between the USA and the Russian Federation would escalate into a nuclear war. I believe this, simply because you can more easily recover from losing a conventional conflict than from winning a nuclear one.

Where my hypothesis is at risk is at the personal level. A leader or group of leaders may believe nuclear war preferable to the consequences for them personally. Hopefully, if it comes to it, someone will shoot that person in the head before they press the button.

Blogger David Ray Milton December 05, 2019 8:27 AM  

“Sir, the invading forces are about to seize control of Chicago!”

“Let ‘em. That city sucks.”

“But sir-“

“Trust me on this one. They’ll give it back in a week.”

-Me as President

Blogger RandyB December 05, 2019 8:28 AM  

Is this also applicable to "corporate empires", or is SJW convergence a sufficiently distinct phenomenon? Or is "corporate empire" a misnomer and a category error?

Blogger Rakshasa December 05, 2019 8:33 AM  

Obviously they won't defend Berlin or Paris if it risks any US city, only Jerusalem receives that kind of consideration.

Blogger Richard Holmes December 05, 2019 8:43 AM  

It's good to understand Sun Tzu's strategy. But is that the only strategies that count? Just asking as I never studied Sun Tzu.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd December 05, 2019 8:52 AM  

But-but-but muh sooperweapons! We can't lose!

But-but-but muh vibrant trannies! We can't win!

That's most of what we're going to read in the next 100 comments. Come on, prove me wrong.

Martyanov is clearly deeply frustrated with the willful ignorance shown by a lot of US academics, politicians and other talking heads and he places the blame on the US educational system which, according to Martyanov, teaches nonsensical theories which are not just useless, but actually self-deceiving and outright dangerous.

It sounds as if Martyanov is disgusted with our ruling class more than with our officer class. So are we all.

Blogger SemiSpook37 December 05, 2019 9:14 AM  

It also doesn't help that much of the doctrine governing military activities and operations hasn't been updated since before the end of the Cold War. A lot of the bloat within the DoD happens to be within the Acquisition vein (the people who write the contracts and are supposedly viewed as jacks-of-all-trades/masters-of-none). I had my LTC at my first job tell me as I was perusing the Defense Acquisition University's materials straight up tell me not to do that and keep on being an engineer.

15 years later, they were right. There's too much focus on process and procedure by these leeches that it doesn't surprise any of us in the contractor pool (or on the front lines, for that matter) why the technologies and services needed end up being extremely late, insecure, and insanely over budget.

That was my major disappointment with GEN Mattis. I thought he would be bold enough to blow some of this crap up, but unfortunately that never actually happened.

Blogger Doktor Jeep December 05, 2019 9:24 AM  

This is the military the left thinks they can use on the deplorables.

Blogger Miguel December 05, 2019 9:26 AM  

The empire is drunk with past power.

Blogger Brett baker December 05, 2019 9:26 AM  

Well, in sort of fairness to the people The Saker is complaining about, they don't really think there will be a war. Just a lot of chest thumping and jostling around, but not a "real" war.
Which is why they might end up starting one.

Blogger Andrew Jackson December 05, 2019 9:43 AM  

The Russians are the enemy ,do not listen to the disinformation they foment.

Blogger Matt Robison December 05, 2019 9:46 AM  

Interesting. Especially in light of just having finished Liddell Hart's Sherman. Part of the confederacy's downfall was their unwillingness to give up Richmond.

Blogger Oswald December 05, 2019 9:48 AM  

US leaders have seriously overestimated the US ability to project power into distance realms. How long can the US sustain this projection of power as the National Debt continues to climb into the stratosphere? Clever bankers have been able to manipulate the currency in such away as to keep people believing that the Dollar is still worth something.

As long as people continue to believe in the Dollar all will be well, but the first sign of trouble and a serious crisis could arise. That is why I believe we must completely withdraw all forces for Asia, Africa, and Europe and focus our efforts more locally. Pay down the National Debt. Let China waste its resources projecting its power into distant realms. They too will suffer a severe check in time.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 05, 2019 9:50 AM  

This is a description that applies to economic, financial, industrial, foreign, and tax policy, client services (AKA welfare for poor, for the aged and for corporations), etc.

The post-modernists succeeded wildly in replacing the notion of studying reality in order to properly navigate, in favor of believing that rulers of empires create their own reality. Tl;dr version: "Brawndo, because it has electrolytes."

Blogger Barbarossa December 05, 2019 9:57 AM  

Having attended a war college within the last decade, some of this analysis is correct. The nuts and bolts of operational planning are still very strong. I'm not sure if any military has ever mastered the operational art like the U.S. has.

Where the entire thing comes off the rails is in the venue of strategy. The strategic study itself is what you'd expect: Thucydides, Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Mahan, Corbett, etc. The issue is it can't be tied to national interest because the notion of globalism, liberal internationalism or whatever you want to call it has either completely infected the officer corps or kept the dissenters mute (or out of the flag ranks). Not once did I hear or read a statement of what was defined as an American interest that looked even remotely like something a Pericles or Trajan or Pitt would have recognized as something worth fighting for to benefit his land. Don't believe me? Go look up the documents for the nested chain of National Security Strategy (NSS)-National Defense Strategy (NDS)-National Military Strategy (NMS). Pick some from the Obama years for a real good laugh, but in truth none of them are worth the paper they're printed on. And this is an open secret. One professor at the war college bemoaned the fact that "we no longer do strategy in this country." He was also a flaming liberal, so I had to chuckle at the irony of him not understanding why we can't do strategy anymore. To actually posit a meaningful national strategy is to throw light on the entire nation-destroying project of globalism.

As for the risk of the next Sicilian Expedition, I met very few officers with any real Alcibiadean or Napoleonic thirst for glory during my time in uniform (and I dealt with them up to 2 stars regularly, 3 occasionally). The real danger is that our officer corps is politically ignorant (not inter-office politics, but in the sense of not having read Aristotle's Politics and realizing there are other options to democratic republicanism) in the bizarre way multiculturalism makes people see the world in one hue (everyone wants rights for women and homosexuals!!!!) and will allow itself to be drawn into one of those meat-grinder wars to make the world safe for transgenders to wander the streets naked in downtown Beijing.

Blogger Shane Bradman December 05, 2019 10:03 AM  

Nukes are less effective than conventional weapons. Many more Japanese died from firebombing than from Little Boy and Fat Man combined. Nukes did not change the outcome of the war. If you are losing a war, nukes are useless. If you are winning a war you don't need nukes. Russia and China have developed conventional weapons far better than America these past 20 years. American military is stuck with the 1950s mindset.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 05, 2019 10:09 AM  

I skimmed it, basically a paperwork American telling me the obvious. But I did catch the part about aircraft carriers and the Kola peninsula versus Commie anti-ship missiles while the admirals knew such actions by the carriers was just propaganda. So it begs the question, and what are the carriers worth these days?

Anyway the Empire is not long.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd December 05, 2019 10:16 AM  

If the Russians were our enemy, they would be quietly chortling as we implode. Instead, they are warning us that our military is inadequate to our needs, that our self-appointed ``leadership'' is misleading us.

I know that once upon a time Russia seemed synonymous with the Communist International and globohomosatanism, but that fairy tale was never as real as it seemed. Russia is another nation, with many common interests and few conflicts of interest with the American nation. America has no need to pretend they are an enemy. Globohomosatan has a need to pretend that they are.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 05, 2019 10:17 AM  

Analyses like this cause me to review the series of missteps, blunders, miscalculations, arrogance and egocentric stupidity that led to World War One (and its eventual Act 2.) No one wanted that war. Fat lot of good that did our European cousins.

The existence of massively-destructive weapons all but guarantees their eventual use. All we await is the necessary set of spontaneously-organizing precursors. The only hope is that the concentrated wealth that enables production of such weapons is dissipated when the era of our vast, overpopulated nation-states finally ends. The fear is that it will end in a worldwide cataclysm that, again, no one wants.

Political entities made up of tens or hundreds of millions of people are the path by which humanity threatens its own destruction. We are not capable of collectively managing the accumulated innovations of our brightest, for wisdom does not align with intelligence.

Blogger Rattlesnake_Kid December 05, 2019 10:46 AM  

Andrew Jackson wrote:The Russians are the enemy ,do not listen to the disinformation they foment.

You are a moron. The architects of Soviet rule were based in the US from day one, and that never changed. Contrary to your ignorant analysis, the Russian's Soviet history is far more a reason we should desire them as allies. Before Russia was hijacked they were our true greatest ally and likely the only reason the US survived into the 20th century.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 05, 2019 11:10 AM  

Andrew Jackson wrote:The Russians are the enemy ,do not listen to the disinformation they foment.
OK Boomer

Blogger Silent Draco December 05, 2019 11:12 AM  

Semispook37, GEN Mattis couldn't make it disappear. Congress needs to repeal the acquisition reform acts and the Goldwater-Nichols Act as well. That eliminates all the DAWIA garbage, also. The manpower savings in overhead and reporting, alone, justify this. Ryan and McConnell missed their chances. Their successors should keep failure's consequences in mind. Then get the warfighter, developer, and evaluator in one room to discuss O3,4 and O4,3 mapping of operational needs with technical capabilities. Allow one knife.

At a much younger age I read Boyd's works and Hughes' book on fleet tactics. Applying the lessons to ground combat and analyzing results were easy; not getting fired for the 'heresy' of truth was much harder. Did my part to kill several ill-considered programs early, but no recovering the lost time or money.

Blogger Balkan Yankee December 05, 2019 11:15 AM  

"I met very few officers with any real Alcibiadean or Napoleonic thirst for glory during my time in uniform . . . "

Those types died out with MacArthur and Patton. And were replaced by technicians and organization men who coordinate operations well.

True strategic competence, however, requires true strategic genius.

Coup D'oeil. That which cannot be taught.

Blogger Hammerli 280 December 05, 2019 11:40 AM  

@8: Yup. Fixing the acquisition system will take someone who knows it, and the DAIWA personnel system...and despises both. I've been personally involved in both the normal process (sounds of retching), and a program that went outside the DOD-5000 process...and got an ACAT-I ISR system fielded in four years.

@16: Part of the strategic problem is that the unclassified "strategy" papers are pure propaganda. Pap for the public. Classified documents might have more meat.

The other strategic problem is that Goldwater-Nichols prevents the creation of grand strategy. It treats the world as separate theater chessboards, never stitches them together into a coherent whole.

Blogger Crew December 05, 2019 11:44 AM  

The imperial forces tend to overestimate their own capabilities and underestimate the capabilities of their potential adversaries.

Perhaps another entity has taken control of the US and hopes the US and Russia will perish in mutual destruction.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd December 05, 2019 11:57 AM  

Hammerli 280 wrote:@16: Part of the strategic problem is that the unclassified "strategy" papers are pure propaganda. Pap for the public. Classified documents might have more meat.

Tainted, rotten meat? I've never seen anything to make me think that the putrescence in our military doesn't start at the top, and get pushed down from there.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd December 05, 2019 12:04 PM  

Barbarossa wrote:To actually posit a meaningful national strategy is to throw light on the entire nation-destroying project of globalism.

Crew wrote:Perhaps another entity has taken control of the US and hopes the US and Russia will perish in mutual destruction.

Russia is the enemy of the globalist ``other entity.'' So should we be. Another interest that our two Christian nations share.

Blogger Skyler the Weird December 05, 2019 12:10 PM  

Russia quietly nudged the British and French to keep them from intervening in the Civil War. They decided to grow cotton in India and Africa instead.

Blogger Deus Vult December 05, 2019 12:29 PM  

@1
I didn't comprehend this until a couple months ago at dinner a legend of a male father-figure said something to the effect of "think of all the wars nuclear bombs have prevented". HA! Name one Boomer.

He is still a legend, but that really opened my eyes to the depth of propaganda and fear surrounding the nukes.

Isn't it wonderfully fearful that MAN can choose to end it all and self destruct this entire realm at the push of a button? If the big bad Mooslims, Wrong Koreans, or Red October haven't nuked anyone or had an unfortunate accident in the past 70 years I'd say the spell is finally wearing off.

Blogger Silent Draco December 05, 2019 12:34 PM  

Wait a minute, Snidely, that was a shorthand taught for three generation, and it takes time to unlearn. Russia will always be a rival, friendly or not. The Soviets were an enemy, and to our detriment we accepted some of them. A Russian will deceive rivals and enemies. A Soviet or (((Soviet))) lies reflexively, like breathing.

Ominous Cowherd, calling those docs tainted and rotten is being kind, more like sewage waste and hazmat. When I saw blank faces after asking some presenters about Clausewitz, Jomini, or even Patton and Guderian, just paid everything off and left. I felt the stupid grabbing for brain tissue, and the evil digging for my soul. Will survive the financial hits, but could not survive the other perils.

Blogger Andrew Jackson December 05, 2019 12:47 PM  

Ok Boomer is a term used by leftist scum.Thank you for identifying yourself to me.

Blogger Brett baker December 05, 2019 12:53 PM  

Carriers are for sinking your enemies' ships in the middle of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, before they get to US shores.

Blogger Barbarossa December 05, 2019 1:20 PM  

@25 Pap for the public. Classified documents might have more meat.

They really don't. Without amplification, I'll state that I've seen the campaign plans for two separate theaters. The operational detail is impressive. As I mentioned earlier, no one does "get asset X to point Y at time Z" better than we do, but all of this is utterly devoid of any true national strategic purpose.

Also, unlike operational plans whose specific details can impossible to discern from the outside (short of the obvious "Somehow the Allies are going to cross the English Channel and land somewhere in France sometime soon"), grand strategy can be intuited from diplomatic initiatives and budgetary choices. When the Germans went on their dreadnought building binge under Wilhelm II, the First Sea Lord didn't need to go hunting for any secret codicils to Tirpitz's Naval Laws. All those hulls meant that the Germans intended to either challenge British naval supremacy or use said opportunity as a bargaining chip. The Germans also didn't need a spy in Whitehall to see the Anglo-French Entente Cordiale was the strategic response to the naval buildup.

And it's easy to see from our choice of (in)actions where American "strategic" interests lie. Leave the Mexican border open, but obsess about the arcane goings-on in Syria. Bang on the Chinese for not adhering to rule of law while we allow almost unfettered corruption in our corridors of power. The list is endless.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine December 05, 2019 1:27 PM  

"Isn't it wonderfully fearful that MAN can choose to end it all and self destruct this entire realm at the push of a button?"

That's never been even close to true. Same as the "crack the planet in half" propaganda.

"Ok Boomer is a term used by leftist scum."

OK, Boomer.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 05, 2019 1:27 PM  

Ok Boomer

Blogger Nate December 05, 2019 1:34 PM  

"Ok Boomer is a term used by leftist scum.Thank you for identifying yourself to me."

OK Boomer.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd December 05, 2019 1:47 PM  

OK Boomer is obviously a magical incantation which forces Boomers to reveal their stupidity.

Blogger Tom December 05, 2019 1:54 PM  

"Ok Boomer is a term used by leftist scum.Thank you for identifying yourself to me."

Shut up, Boomer

Blogger BassmanCO December 05, 2019 1:58 PM  

Andrew Jackson wrote:Ok Boomer is a term used by leftist scum.Thank you for identifying yourself to me.

Ok, Boomer.

Blogger Mr Smith December 05, 2019 2:15 PM  

Muh,communist Russians are everywhere! The Cold War never ended!
Ok, Boomer, you know who else sees Russians behind every corner? Adam Schiff and the Democrats.

Blogger Balkan Yankee December 05, 2019 2:17 PM  

@32: Mit dem Boomer stimmt etwas nicht.

Blogger pdwalker December 05, 2019 2:49 PM  

> The Russians are the enemy ,do not listen to the disinformation they foment.

i honestly thought he was trying be funny. You mean he was serious? damn, if so, that’s stupid boomer talk.

Blogger justaguy December 05, 2019 2:51 PM  

#33: SSNs are for sinking enemy ships. Land based aircraft are for sinking ships when they get within a couple of hundred miles of your shore. Carriers are for bombing third rate countries. We have lots more SSNs than carriers although they can ship enemy ships too. A CVBG is better off completely cutting a supply line such as oil to China someplace many, many hundreds of miles away from China. The SSN, which can be almost anywhere undetected, is better for sinking things where no one knows they are there until boom.

Blogger Michael December 05, 2019 3:17 PM  

I was trained as an Army infantry officer at during the wind down of the Vietnam war. There are a lot of take away that from my training that I still have today. First, always, always assume that you are missing something, and that the enemy is smarter than you. Do not act rashly. Otherwise, you can get a lot of your soldiers killed. Even after my service, I always assumed that there was something I was missing that was critical to what we wanted to do. This training helped make me successful in life.

Plus, this does apply, when first in command. I was told by my Colonel to pay attention to what my Non-Coms were saying – they had more experience that I did; and they would help me be successful keeping my soldiers alive. Thank God I did.

On a humorous note, there was a standing (abet informal order), that if we saw some soldier drunk, laying in a ditch, we were to pull them out of the ditch so that they wouldn’t drown. I guess you had to be there to get it.

Blogger Jim the Curmudgeon December 05, 2019 3:21 PM  

@12 "The Russians are the enemy ,do not listen to the disinformation they foment."

The "Russians" are no more in charge of Russia than the Americans are in charge of the USA. The Bolshevik revolution was effectively a Jewish takeover of the Russian Empire. Jacob Schiff and other bankers had been targeting Russia for years, funding the Japanese war in the East (for example).

That would be the same Jewish merchant and banking cartel that holds tremendous power in the USA, England, Canada, France, etc. You'll notice that Ukraine, Russia, Moldova (etc) are saddled with Jewish leadership and Jewish oligarchs who are tightly intertwined with their co-ethnics in the USA. (Simply look at the impeachment proceedings and play 'spot the gentile').


Blogger MidnightSun December 05, 2019 3:31 PM  

How we can expect our military to be unaffected by the virus if government, church, academia and culture have all been converged? Most of the truly brilliant have been run out of the institutions hence the educational system now imploding like everything else. I can't help but think that the military is now training to destroy its own. And God help us should the radical left every regain power.
For 100+ years the country had been infiltrated by enemies of the Cross who have been allowed the freedom to roam and destroy everything good true and beautiful.
However, I will fight till the plague is eradicated.
DeusVult


#26 This is going on now as we speak with the current impeachment hearings.

#12 You can't be serious.
(OK Boomer)

Blogger Andrew Jackson December 05, 2019 3:35 PM  

You boys sound like Gamma's! LOL!!!

Blogger Unknownsailor December 05, 2019 3:46 PM  

I used to say, while floating in the Persian Gulf on a carrier during one of my two deployments there in the 1990s, that the Navy was cut back way to far in 1993/1994, and that we need many more ships to cover our committments.

Nothing that happened in the ensuing 14 years before I retired did anything to change my mind, and if anything, it got worse, because by the time I left all the old salts from the Cold War Navy were long gone. In their place were the pencil pushers, people who valued self promotion over mission accomplishment, and those who couldn't make it anywhere else. I watched the acquisition pipeline literally stall for almost the entirety of the Clinton presidencies, with programs that were started while I was in High School delayed over and over again. Four entire classes of surface combatant ships have been decommissioned without replacement, and those left have been worked to death, along with their crews.

I'm glad I am retired.

Blogger Dark glasses Woody December 05, 2019 3:55 PM  

A house divided will not know a Sputnik moment.

Blogger Crew December 05, 2019 3:56 PM  

@48: You use LOL like a little girl. Who's your BFF?

Blogger Gettimothy December 05, 2019 3:58 PM  

You boys sound like Gamma's! LOL!!!

Wall of text in 3...2...1...


Blogger Russell December 05, 2019 4:08 PM  

Andrew Jackson wrote:You boys sound like Gamma's! LOL!!!

OK BOOMER

Blogger Daniel December 05, 2019 4:18 PM  

Andrew Jackson wrote:You boys sound like Gamma's! LOL!!!

OK Gamma.

Blogger Crew December 05, 2019 4:34 PM  

What neither Brooks nor Stephens, as well as the vast majority of American Political class, have as credentials is even an infinitesimally small background in the subjects on which all of them are trying to comment, analyze and (for those in positions of political power) even make decisions -- warfare.

From the first para of the preface. He is correct. Quoted verbatim, including a missing definite article.

Blogger Hunsdon December 05, 2019 4:58 PM  

Andrew Jackson, make your argument.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf December 05, 2019 5:18 PM  

Did the Roman's ever suffer military imperial-overreach?

Is it possible that after daringly conquering all their neighbours, Romans reached a level of prosperity that allowed for dysgenesis, and slowly suffered the decline of a mentally and physically genome. It could be observed they were a multicultural-like society at the end. There's ok evidence outbreeding may lead to mental and immune systems that are less than optimal.

Blogger SullyRob December 05, 2019 5:43 PM  

So... your solution to these issues?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 05, 2019 5:45 PM  

Andrew Jackson wrote:You boys sound like Gamma's! LOL!!!
OK Boomer.

Blogger Matt December 05, 2019 5:56 PM  

That's never been even close to true. Same as the "crack the planet in half" propaganda.

A full-scale nuclear exchange would probably kill a majority of the people in the US, Europe, and Russia. If that sounds implausible, keep in mind that good ol' germs have done that on an only slightly smaller geographic scale during the Black Death and in the Americas circa 1492. True, the planet as a whole would be fine, and so would humanity in a century or so. Still, not something you want to experience.

Blogger Avalanche December 05, 2019 6:15 PM  

@39 Ok Boomer is a term used by leftist scum.

Is that how thing are done inside your bubble? Funny how it's not the way of things out here...

Blogger Avalanche December 05, 2019 6:20 PM  

@46 "(Simply look at the impeachment proceedings and play 'spot the gentile')."


Ooooh, interesting thought! Wonder if anyone has made a poster/meme for that, such as exist for CNN and the other media empires... Saw an interesting one showing six mass-shooter kids who were "white" -- except they were jewish. There are several of them floating around-- even one for porn! -- but not 'central' gathering. CDC/medicine; academia; Wall Street/banking; could be a while slew of posters....

Blogger Andrew Jackson December 05, 2019 6:38 PM  

"Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people.As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life.Family life may also collapse and the increaseof mixed breed bastardsmay some day challenge the supremacy of the white man"Abraham Lincoln.

Blogger RedJack December 05, 2019 9:12 PM  

I have worked with many retired officers. A few of flag rank, most of mid range (Captains, Majors, Colonels). A few things stood out.
They were much more afraid of offending the current SJW flavor of the week than do the job.
A massive sense of entitlement. We had an O5 from the navy who was shocked he had to get his own coffee, talk to people "below" him, and that people didn't open doors for him. He did not last long.
Overall, they were much more more liberal than many cucks would believe.

I will say my opinion of the military changed. The guys at the tip of the spear, actual combatant troops, were a bit better, but they all were deathly afraid of running afoul of some sort of PC rule. One guy told me a fellow solider was drummed out by a jealous woman who wanted his position, and made up an allegation. The guy telling me the story left the Army because he say this play out so many times he knew it would happen to him eventually.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine December 05, 2019 9:15 PM  

"Gamma's! LOL!!!"

Who bitch dis? You need to get a handle on your property. Poor thing humiliatin' herself.

"A full-scale nuclear exchange would probably kill a majority of the people in the US, Europe, and Russia.

The propaganda ranges from strongly implying to outright stating that a full scale nuclear war would kill every last person on the planet. Often cockroaches are referred to as the true scions of evolution with the next breath.

Blogger Rattlesnake_Kid December 05, 2019 9:49 PM  

AJ, buddy. That you think that's gonna reel something in makes it clear you are out of your league here, don't embarrass yourself.

Blogger Andrew Jackson December 05, 2019 10:23 PM  

That's because I'm a Major leaguer Gamma snake! You be a leaguer.

Blogger Andrew Jackson December 05, 2019 10:27 PM  

Keep reading comic books.The ruling class has nothing to sweat with enemies like you. OK Gamma.

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei December 06, 2019 12:38 AM  

Unknownsailor wrote:Four entire classes of surface combatant ships have been decommissioned without replacement, and those left have been worked to death, along with their crews.

"Why don't we just buy one airplane and let the pilots take turns flying it?" - Calvin Coolidge

Blogger OneWingedShark December 06, 2019 10:34 AM  

@Barbarossa — Interesting, thank you for sharing your experiences.

Ominous Cowherd wrote:If the Russians were our enemy, they would be quietly chortling as we implode. Instead, they are warning us that our military is inadequate to our needs, that our self-appointed ``leadership'' is misleading us.

I know that once upon a time Russia seemed synonymous with the Communist International and globohomosatanism, but that fairy tale was never as real as it seemed. Russia is another nation, with many common interests and few conflicts of interest with the American nation. America has no need to pretend they are an enemy. Globohomosatan has a need to pretend that they are.

To understand, all you have to realize is this: Russia has always been a friend of the US, except for that time when (((Russians))) were in power. And, given their experience with those (((Russians))), I think it not unreasonable to think they might have a bit of empathy seeing how (((Americans))) are in power.

Andrew Jackson wrote:Ok Boomer is a term used by leftist scum.Thank you for identifying yourself to me.
No, it's not.
"OK Boomer" is a response to the arrogant tendency of the Boomer to criticize someone of a younger generation while (a) refusing to acknowledge that things have changes, (b) condemning them, and (c) usually without any degree of human empathy. — Example: "Millennials aren't buying houses because they're lazy, entitled losers." without considering that (a) the 2008 crash destroyed a lot of millennial-jobs, (b) it happened just as they were entering the workforce, (c) they are just now recovering from that, and that's ignoring both (d) the cost of getting a degree has gone up so significantly that it is impossible to "pay for college working a part-time job over the summer" and (e) the cost of renting is absurdly high because H1Bs and illegals cram two-dozen to a house and can pay off a more-than-a-single-month's-pay worth of rent.

Blogger OneWingedShark December 06, 2019 10:37 AM  

David Ray Milton wrote:“Sir, the invading forces are about to seize control of Chicago!”
“Let ‘em. That city sucks.”
“But sir-“
“Trust me on this one. They’ll give it back in a week.”
-Me as President

That's a hilarious mental image; thank you for the laugh.

RandyB wrote:Is this also applicable to "corporate empires", or is SJW convergence a sufficiently distinct phenomenon? Or is "corporate empire" a misnomer and a category error?
It's probably mode distinct than not, though there is some overlap (eg people from different cultures) there is the more 'slippery' nature in a multinational in that they could divest entirely from one nation and base in another.

Oswald wrote:US leaders have seriously overestimated the US ability to project power into distance realms. How long can the US sustain this projection of power as the National Debt continues to climb into the stratosphere? Clever bankers have been able to manipulate the currency in such away as to keep people believing that the Dollar is still worth something.

As long as people continue to believe in the Dollar all will be well, but the first sign of trouble and a serious crisis could arise. That is why I believe we must completely withdraw all forces for Asia, Africa, and Europe and focus our efforts more locally. Pay down the National Debt. Let China waste its resources projecting its power into distant realms. They too will suffer a severe check in time.

Perhaps this is the reason that Trump is emphasizing a "great economy" rather than progress on the wall, mass deportations, or draining the swamp… but I suspect that the numbers are so manipulated that they have no reflection in reality. — Sometimes "fake it `till you make it" is the absolute worst thing to do, certainly it seems to be the case in software projects, as I've never seen a "we faked the demo, we'll implement that functionality later" management-style project succeed.

Barbarossa wrote:And it's easy to see from our choice of (in)actions where American "strategic" interests lie. Leave the Mexican border open, but obsess about the arcane goings-on in Syria. Bang on the Chinese for not adhering to rule of law while we allow almost unfettered corruption in our corridors of power. The list is endless.
A lot of this is explained by a ruling-class that is utterly disconnected with the native-citizenry and seed such people as hampering their own lusts for money and power.

Blogger Unknownmikeli December 06, 2019 12:39 PM  

AJ must be role playing in this comment section as a gamma boomer. From saying "leftist-scum" to ending a sentence in "LOL!!!" it is almost too much to be a real person.

Blogger flyingtiger December 06, 2019 12:41 PM  

The last time the American army followed the principles of SunTzu was in the Autumn of 1950. They knew that the Chinese would never intervene in force. If the Chinese sent one or two divisions in the summer of 1950, they could have driven the American forces into the sea. The USA knew that you do not commit a large force to fight for a stalemate with heavy losses. They learned too late that the Chinese were not afraid of wasting lives.
Sun Tzu- overrated.

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