Why do Americans fear Liberty?
Why do Americans seek to be controlled?
Why do Americans understand Anarchy as inherently criminal?
Why do Americans so long to Obey?
YOU ARE FREE to OBEY!!!
In America, one is said to be free.
As long as one pays one’s taxes and obtains the approved healthcare.
As long as one entertains oneself in the proper and approved manner.
As long as one partakes of the proper and government approved Narcotics.
As long as one travels to approved Nations.
As long as one is amenable to being groped and searched and invaded.
As long as one stands at the pre-approved moments and recites the pre-sanctioned pledges.
As long as one heeds the conventional wisdom of the Leftists of the GOP and DNC.
As long as one obeys.
One is free.
Obey. Vote for State Approved Candidates. Obey.
I’ve been a victim of Sexual Harassment. I’ve also been accused of Sexual Harassment. I am a male.
There is a distinct difference in the ways that men and women deal with sexual harassment. Men usually do something to end it. Women usually let it go along until something bad happens or until they decide to file a complaint.
That is my experience.
I was in Egypt in 1997. I had a female Officer who would become intoxicated and then proceed to paw at every dude she encountered. She finally got around to me. When she did, I simply turned her down and then told her to police herself as she was acting foolishly and, eventually, someone was going to ruin her career over her behavior. Simple right?
I guess not.
Women, apparently, can’t do this. They let men paw at them for months or years. They let the men to accost them go on to harass and assault others for months or years. Women take pay offs and remain silent for years as other victims pile up.
Then years later, like Rose McGowan, they “courageously” come out about the behavior.
Rose McGowan is not a hero. She is a coward. She remained silent for decades and allowed other women to allegedly be victimized by Harvey Weinstein and others in the Entertainment Industry. There are more. McGowan is not the only cowardly “heroine” of the moment.
Anyone in the Democratic Party who speaks out against Weinstein and continues to protect and support the Clintons are equally cowards. Bill Clinton’s reign of terror in Arkansas and Washington, D.C, last a few decades. Hillary Clinton’s cover ups are ongoing today. Hillary was Bill’s attack dog. In order for Hillary to consummate her ambitions Bill could not go down to “loose women of questionable moral values.” Bill could not be at fault when it came to rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment. The victims had to be blamed and Hillary was the attack dog that made it so. She destroyed the women who, in an earlier Weinstein like episode, came out against Bill Clinton.
And the whole of Hollywood protected them and shamed Bill’s victims. The whole of Hollywood remained silent. 40 years later, the whole of Leftist Hollywood are still covering for Hillary’s behaviors.
Neither Donna Karan nor Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson have done or said anything worse than Hillary Clinton. They made statements. Hillary Clinton actively destroyed the victims of her husband.
I’ve always been suspicious of sexual harassment allegations myself. Why? I’m a victim of a false allegation. A woman who worked for me falsely accused me of sexual harassment because she wanted to go to an easier job. I had attempted to train her and make her a competent employee. She had no desire, at that time, to be such. She falsely accused me of sexual harassment. She was proven to be a liar. There was not one person who had witnessed anything of any sort that could have been construed as sexual harassment and the other female in my employ testified to this. Aside from that, I have a known dating preference and this female was as far removed from that preference as could be imagined. All and sundry testified that I treated male and female in my employ exactly alike. Even if she had been “my type”, I’d not have sexually harassed her as I want competent employees not a personal dating pool where I work. As a rule, I do not date where I work. I’ve simply seen that behavior become too messy.
When women speak out about sexual harassment, I am always skeptical. I can’t help it. I’ve been falsely accused and I’ve seen others falsely accused.
Yet, I know it happens as I have seen it. It makes me feel queasy when I see it. If I am in a position to say something, I usually do. I’ve done it several times in my 30 plus years in the workplace.
What I rarely see, outside of places like Hollywood, is a person capable of 40 year careers as sexual opportunists. Politicians, Hollywood Elitists, CEOs, Generals in the Military — these are the folks who usually are proven to be career perverts and/or harassers. Usually, it turns out that those who are loudest about empowering women turn out to be the worst. These Champions of women are usually attempting to divert attention from their pathological attacks on women. Either that or they wish to somehow assuage their guilt. These folks will destroy others for lesser behaviors while continuing to act out and attacking women whom they perceive to be susceptible, weak and vulnerable.
Rose McGowan and Asia Argento are no better than Harvey Weinstein. They profited from their attacker and remained silent for decades so that Harvey Weinstein could remain out in the open and attack hundreds or thousands of other women. They suddenly became “courageous” only after they could no longer use their allegations to profit from the Weinstein Company. This is not courage. This is convenience.
Hollywood should clean up their act. I’m tired of all of the preaching. I’m tired of the lies and duplicity. I’m tired of the double standards. I’m tired of the very people who pretend to be above it all being so far down into the gutter.
Stop calling these women courageous who remained silent for profit.
Harvey “I made a mistake” Weinstein was/is wrong. Harvey Weinstein is a predator. Harvey Weinstein is to blame for his behaviors. Sorry, Harvey, but 40 years of actively assaulting women and forcing yourself on them is not a mistake. That’s a pattern of behavior. That is psychoses. That is simply being a horrific human being. If Harvey Weinstein were poor, he’d be referred to as the Jeffrey Dahmer of serial rapists. He’s wealthy, though. In America, money turns a monster into a sympathetic human being. Even a Harvey Weinstein and a Bill Clinton. In America, money turns a woman who enables a serial rapist and harasser into a Presidential Candidate.
Rose McGowan and every other Hollywood Actor who remained silent in order to work with and profit from the Weinstein Company are complicit. They are guilty of enabling these and other predators.
I see not one hero or heroine in any of this saga. Certainly not Rose McGowen, Asia Argento or any of those who remained silent.
The Dreamers are descendants of people who “took land from the Indians” as well. I find it hilarious that most people including many of them are too ignorant to recognize this basic fact.
A rise in #WhiteNationalism is a natural outcome of the push for diversity in Western European descendant dominated Western Nations.
It is irrational to push a group of people to relinquish political power and not expect a backlash. It is also irrational to tell a group of people that they are evil because of their skin color whilst telling them that it is wrong to judge others by the color of their skin and to not expect a backlash.
In an age when Leftist will attack any White person simply because they “look like a Nazi”, this White Nationalism will continue to rise. Racism and bigotry cannot be fought with racism and bigotry. Hate does not defeat hate. Hate only inflames further the passions of all parties involved. Antifa is the epitome of this ignorance. There is no difference between Antifa and the American Nazi Party.
Wedge Politics and Identity Politics have been weaponized by the Left. To expect the targets of those weapons to not react is as irrational as the belief in superiority based upon skin color.
Afghanistan is not the Graveyard of Empires. There is not one Empire in the history of humankind that has ended specifically because of Imperial Adventures in Afghanistan.
To the contrary, Empires have rarely attempted to conquer Afghanistan. Parts of modern day Afghanistan have been co-opted into various Empires. Afghanistan has been used as a stepping stone to other conquests. Most often, the lands that are now called Afghanistan have been worthless in and of themselves. Instead, Afghanistan is a crossroads of Empire. No one has ever wanted to rule the people here. They’re far too stubborn and unruly or they used to be.
Now, the people of Afghanistan have become bastardized miniaturized versions of Islamic takfirin or salafis. They aren’t quite certain what it means. Most of them have no idea of their owns history. Many who strive to live peaceably, do so with a bent towards the Western world and our Globalist, consumerist homogeneity. Still others have been fatigued by decades of war with the Soviet Union, Mujahideen, the Paki-Saudi birthed Taliban, America and the West or the various insurgents, Taliban, al Qaeda and IS movements within the country. A very small minority will fight to the last man, yours or theirs, until they are simply left alone to be what they wish to be without interference from a foreign created, centralized State.
No great Afghan Army has ever defeated a foreign power. They have won key battles only to lose the larger war. This has happened with every incursion into their territory. More often than not, foreign armies simply lose interest in the area as it loses its momentary geographic importance or various empires declined and withdrew their forces from the region for reasons having absolutely nothing to do with the people of this historical crossroads.
If we were to compare the region to other historical crossroads, the most apt comparison would the the Levant. Empires arose. Empires conquered the area as they moved through. Empires fell. The people of the Levant rarely ruled anyone but were ruled by everyone.
Afghanistan has been the same. Empires have risen and entered the region. Perhaps, they stayed for a while as did the Greeks when they created the Bactrian civilization. Empires fell and withdrew through the same route leaving the area called Afghanistan to its petty, metropolitan potentates who rarely ruled anymore than 100 miles from the cities which they ruled. The tribes have been co-opted into Imperial Armies and then left to fend for themselves as these same Empires fell away to be replaced by others.
I can think of few Great Empires which bothered to conquer the area we now call Afghanistan.
The Brits did not try to conquer Afghanistan (it didn’t exist). The Brits came in and created a buffer zone between their Brit Raj and the Russian Empire. Yes, they had set backs. All in all, they accomplished what they set out to accomplish.
The Soviets would more than likely still be in the Stan if the US and Saudi Arabia had not funded the Muj and given them modern arms.
The Greeks established a lasting culture in the Stan. We can still see the remains of it. The Pathans didn’t defeat Alexander. Legend has it that Qandahar (Iskandhar) was originally settled by Alexander and named for him [by him]. The Bactrian Civilization, created by Greek settlers and soldiers, lasted for hundreds of years. Remnants of this civilization can be seen today.
The Mongols kicked ass in the Stan. It was never a case of the Mongol Empire(s) being unable to hold this land. They crushed the Islamic rulers in the Stan. Absolutely crushed the bastards. The Mongols who settled and ruled the area eventually converted to Islam. They weren’t defeated. They simply became one and the same. The Hazara, said to be the descendants of the original Mongols, are still in the Stan as a lasting legacy. Balkh is still a ruin as a lasting legacy of the power of Jinghiss Khan and his progeny.
Tamerlane came in and took the joint then ignored it.
The Moghuls led by Babar Khan conquered the Stan and kept it until the British Raj weakened them. One can visit Babur’s grave and the mini-Taj built for him by his grandson Shah Jahan.
The Sassanids held Khorasan for quite a long time.
There were other conquerors who passed through.
What is now Afghanistan has never been valuable as a whole. Khorasan was a center of Islamic learning for hundreds of years. It was said to be the most beautiful city and the most learned city in this part of the world. It is one of the few cities that was an actual center of learning FOR WOMEN in the Islamic World thanks to the wife of Timur the Lame.
There were others.
This is not the graveyard of empires. This is a place that has always been on the periphery of empires because there has, historically, been nothing of value that empires desire except for the ability to pass through on the way to the conquest of India, China, Eurasia, Europe, Persia, etc.
There has been no Empire which has fallen specifically because of that Empire’s adventures in the land of the Pathan.
I so wish that the media would stop perpetuating this inane nonsense.
Even so, I still love the cartoons that the myth produces.
No Middle Eastern Army can stand against the US Army. None. Not one. North Korea’s Military will be crushed in a few weeks, if they and we are foolish enough to engage in that war. The question would not be military defeat of North Korea. The question as it was in 1950 is Chinese reaction.
Insurgents can hold out because the US, Israel and other Western Forces will attempt to minimize civilian casualties. Conversely, the insurgents such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Hamas, the PLA, ISIS, al Qaeda will purposely target civilians and manifest amongst civilians in order to raise the civilian death toll so that Western NGOs will place blame on the Western Armies and on Israel.
If Israel or the US Military were to turn loose and not care about civilian casualties or infrastructure, these insurgents would be defeated swiftly. Western Politicians send Western Armies into the field with one eye blinded, one arm tied to one leg with trigger fingers glued to the palm. The US military could defeat the insurgents if they were allowed to plow through and kill everything in sight. If the US Military were to wage total war, there is not an insurgent group which could withstand the pressure of such a war. The will of the people would be destroyed.
If an American General was to be set loose in the fashion of W. T. Sherman or Genghis Khan, there is not a force extant in the Middle East who could stand before them. Not one.
The West attempts to be civilized. We are back to the gentlemanly wars of the 18th Century. Tea at noon. Battle at 1330 sharp. Turns at volleys. Pish Pish.
The Cold War with the Soviet Union turned the American Military soft. That same Cold War destroyed the will of Western Europe to survive.
I enjoy movies that are well crafted regardless of who is in the lead role. It could be a Black Man or a Blonde Woman.
Why is the Army in the business of charging people with adultery?
Why can’t the Army get out of the adultery business?
Recently, MG John M. Custer III was allowed to retire with full rank and benefits. The charge? ADULTERY!
This guy wasn’t the average adulterer, though. He actually used his staff and military funds to buy presents for his fornicatress.
The Army inspector general was unsparing: The two-star general had an inappropriate relationship with a woman and lied to investigators about it, made his staff buy sexy clothing for her, subjected his underlings to racist and sexist emails and allowed himself to be photographed with another woman licking the medals on his formal dress uniform.
This guy who was obviously guilty of violations of UCMJ Code and Behavior Unbecoming of an Officer, much less a General Officer, was allowed to retire. He had top cover from GEN Martin Dempsey. More than likely, Custer and Dempsey had known each other a long, long time. Custer probably had the goods on Dempsey. Aside from being a fellow General and being good buddies, Dempsey more than likely feared what could be released to the Army Inspector General’s Office by John M. Custer.
So, Dempsey cleaned the record, provided top cover and lied by omission to the American Congress.
Nothing new here.
Generals cover for Generals all of the time. General Keane, whilst Commanding Genera of the 101st Screaming Eagles, was picked up for DUI on a near weekly basis. Cover and Concealment was provided and Keane was promoted to the Pentagon.
Here’s my issue.
MSG Snuffy or his soldier PVT Blase’ gets a DUI or is charged with the Big A and…
General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand!
They tattoo a HUGE LETTER “R” on one’s forehead and crush you. Oft times, they don’t stop there. Unsatisfied with merely ruining a career and kicking one out of the military. They proceed further and attempt to leave a permanent stain on the record. Removal is not enough. They desire more than anything to hand out that DD Form 214 with a General or Other Than Honorable Discharge. It sounds a bit like a bad villain in a James Bond knock off.
Officers are quick to break out the Uniform Code of Military Justice on an Enlisted Soldier or a junior Officer. Field Grade and General Officers are quick to preach and ruin careers. GEN Petraeus and MG Custer have ruined careers over adultery. GEN Keane ruined careers over DUI. They like many of their peers were guilty of the same acts. Other Field Grade and General Officers are fully aware of the behaviors of these Officers. Yet, nothing happens to a General unless they are found out by the media or some other source which can hurt the image of the Army. The Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are guilty of this same behavior.
I currently work with a guy who was charged with adultery and drummed out of the Army. This person was a Captain at the time. He was legally separated from his wife. However, the Army does not recognize legal separation. One is either Single, Married or Divorced in the Army. If you are active duty, remember this.
This former Army Captain was charged with adultery by none other than, then, MG John M. Custer III. Apparently, simultaneous to Custer administratively processing this person out of the Army for violation of the UCMJ over adultery, Custer, himself, was in an adulterous affair.
Custer’s impropriety occurred whilst Custer was married but was swept under the rug by GEN Dempsey. The Captain was harassed and charged with adultery despite the fact that he was legally separated.
I’ve seen these actions happen time and again in the US Army. A Staff Sergeant at my unit in Fort Belvoir was given Article 15 and reduced to Sergeant. He was administratively removed from the Army. His crime? The appearance of impropriety with a soldier in the same command. The Battalion Commander could not prove that he had done anything wrong. However, he could trump up a charge and ruin this man’s career. At that same time, this Battalion Commander was having an affair with the wife of an Non-commissioned Officer in his command. Nothing was ever done about this. No investigation. No charges were ever proffered. The whole affair was swept under the rug and the Battalion Commander was allowed to retire.
Will the Army every resolve these issues? I have no doubt that it will not. As long as there is a US Army, there will exist the *RHIP attitude amongst General Officers and these same men and women will protect those whom they deem loyal to themselves.
No one in Congress cares. No President cares. The little guy will always get the short end of the stick.
Many Liberals believe that those who join the military have a mental illness. I disagree.
In most cases, people join the military to “defend the country” and are misused by the politicians for whom you vote. You and anyone who votes are complicit. Many people join the military to obtain a skill with which to, later, market themselves. Some join the military to pay for education.
Not all of us were born with a silver spoon up our asses. Some of us didn’t even have a spoon. Some of us were beaten with the spoon and it was wooden.
The US Military is supposed to be a Defensive Military. It is called the Department of Defense after all. It is misused because Americans vote for Presidents such as George Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. All of these Presidents have misused the Department of Defense to protect and further Corporate and Bank goals and profits.
Perhaps, that means that those who vote for these creatures have a mental illness. At the very least, those who vote for Republicans and especially those who vote for Democrats are gullible.
Certainly, anyone who abhors the military or believes that those who join the military have a mental illness and who voted for Hillary Clinton are either gullible or bi-polar. Hillary made it clear that she was a War Candidate. Well, it was clear to all but the gullible Far Left.
This is not bigotry. The Transexual Ban is not bigotry.
Transgender persons fall into one of three categories.
The 1st category does not belong in the military. The 2nd category does not belong in the military.
The Third & Fourth Categories, I would allow in the military. However, they would have to, during duty hours, appear and act as their birth assigned gender during their military service.
I agree with the “Trump Ban” on Transgender Persons joining the military. The only exception that I would make is for persons who are willing to sign a lawfully binding agreement stating that they will not undergo the transformation process until AFTER their terms of service. In explanation, if one joins as a Female, one remains a Female and acts as a Female until one leaves the Military. (Same for Males, of course.)
The military is not the place to be on the journey of transformation from one gender to another. The military has a mission. One must be deployable to conflicts or other missions while in the military. The physical transformation process from male to female or female to male and the mental and emotional issues that accompany the transformation process would necessarily make these persons in these processes non-deployable. At which time, the servicemember would become useless to the needs of the military.
The US Army and Marine Corps, etc are not the places for self discovery of this type.
Take those damnable monuments to imbecility, racism, arrogance and ignorance down.
I see the Confederate monuments as a slap in the face to the people who were enslaved and then kept under the thumb of their former masters from 1871 to 1970…give or take. I can completely see why a Black American would look at those statues and feel the oppressive stare of the South and the KKK gazing upon them.
The South has not been good to our Black American brothers and sisters.
Those statues should not be on PUBLIC land and no PUBLIC funds should go towards their maintenance.
If we could divorce the South from her racially oppressive past, I’d be all for keeping those Statues up. However, it is not possible. Especially at a time when the drug war started by Nixon to take out his enemies whom Nixon characterized as “damned Niggers, Spics and Hippies” is still legislatively criminalizing millions of Black and poor White Americans each year and when American Law Enforcement are killing Americans, to include but not limited to Black Americans, with qualified immunity (aka qualified impunity) to the tune of 1,000 American Citizens each year. Mostly, this idiot war on drugs is waged to keep Americans from partaking of a substance which grows in the wild in my home state AND the Feds come around every so often to burn it out…coz it’s demon weed.
Jeff Sessions is proof positive that the attitudes of many in the South have not changed since that idiot Nixon’s Southern Strategy was used to win the Presidency.
I say all of that to say this. The injuries of the War between the States are still fresh over 150 years later.
Each new injury by the State opens the wounds anew.
No person who waged war against the State is owed a statue or honor in that State. State in this instance, of course, being the State which was created or, rather, cemented with Lincoln’s Northern War of Aggression.
If the South had won, they could have all of the Statues on public lands that they wished to erect to idiots such as Jeff Davis and Braxton Bragg.
They get no statues.
Again, those statues were erected for one purpose. The same purpose as the sudden eruption of the Confederate Battle Flag in the 1960s. Intimidation of Black Americans.
Either we have moved past that stupidity and we take them down or we admit that we are still petty pieces of shit who can’t get past the color of a person’s skin to get to know the human who exists within that skin.
Every Black American with an ounce of self respect is angered by those statues. I don’t expect a fellow cracker to fully comprehend it. I can’t. I only know that if I had to look at a statue of some guy who thought it right and proper to enslave me all of the time, I’d be pissed. If I was taxed to maintain that statue, I might be pissed enough to commit to an act of terror and blow that fucker up. If I had to look at a flag that symbolized every act of oppression against me and part of my taxes went to maintain that flag, I’d throw gasoline on that flag and burn that fucker down.
Any person with an ounce of dignity, self respect and honor would be angered by a State which insisted on maintaining statues and flags which were erected as a slight against their person would feel the same way.
Only a slave would feel otherwise.
New Guy walks up to me, hands me a pair of scissors.
“Thanks man. Appreciate it.”
Me; “Cool. Who’d you get them from?”
New Guy: “I didn’t get them from you?”
Me: “Nah…but I know. All of us White dudes look alike.”
New Guy laughing; “Ya got me. Ya got me. Pay back. Pay back.”
I just chuckled and let him in the office to give them back to the other White guy in the office.
I love people who hide behind the “Conspiracy Theory” trope. It’s like a grand security blanket. Nice, cozy, warm.
Years later, we learn that, after all, these weren’t conspiracy theory but actual conspiracy. In the meantime, in the winter of our denial, men have died to bring us truth. Lives were destroyed by the State whilst attempting to reveal the criminal actions of the State. Still, the denial lives on flowing through the ages as a muddied river hiding the great sins of the State.
I can’t count the number of conspiracy theories that have been found to have been actual plans, acts and, yes, conspiracies, not theoretical, but real.
No one thought that the Government of the United States would subvert the Media. Yet, #OperationMockingbird.
No one believed that the CIA would be involved in the importation and sale of drugs. Yet, the evidence is everywhere and is, now, spoken of openly. It’s common knowledge.
No one thought that the US Government would experiment on it’s own citizens. Yet, we now know all about MKULTRA, Tuskegee, and the practice of dropping clouds of gasses on American Cities to test the dispersion patterns of CRBN agents.
And every time these “conspiracy theories” are proven to be, not theory, but actual acts of the State, people say; “Well, who could have known?” and immediately go back into denial. Who could have known? The Men and Women who are now dead or whose lives have been destroyed in the effort to bring these truths to the fore.
The only thing that keeps Liberty alive is knowledge and the will to act on said knowledge. The person who screams “conspiracy theory” at every turn is the exact enemy of knowledge and acts, willingly or not, knowingly or not, on the part of the State to destroy the will to act on that knowledge.
One of the bigger problems in the Stan is continuity. The Military come and go with a frequency that is mind numbing.
Category 1 are usually exemplified by a willingness to sit around and do nothing (aka shitheads or duds). They either don’t want to do anything and don’t care about the mission or they truly suck and are incapable of doing anything but damage.
We recently had the pleasure of a guy of the second sort receiving the heave ho from our area. He tried poorly to do everything and I mean everything but accomplished nothing. We likened him to a puppy chasing around silver, bouncy balls. He’d catch one. He’d start a project. Then he’d see another shiny ball bouncing down the path and chase after that one. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
This, of course, left others playing catch the ball behind him because much of what he’d start affected other lines of effort or, more accurately, threw wrenches in other lines of effort. We had just been getting the Afghans to take responsibility for themselves and to actually DO things on their own. It all ended within a month of his arrival as he let them do what they do all too well. They suckered him into doing their work so that they could sit back and relax. This Captain thought that it made him popular with the Afghans. Alas, they all saw him for what he was and couldn’t stand him.
He also had an issue with Black people. I couldn’t pin it down but the guy had problems with any Black person who did not outrank him or couldn’t help him chase bouncy, shiny balls around camp.
This guy was worse than worthless. He did real damage to the effort. This should not be tolerated. Unfortunately, this is the affect of a great many of the WIAS Tasking output. In many AORs, WIAS tasker is a profane curse.
Another of these WIAS worthies used open source email to put out SECRET information. This mental giant was actually an Intel Officer. Yes, they’re that bad.
Category 2 are usually lazy and are just riding out the year. Some of them can be motivated to act. Some of them can be tricked into acting. Others couldn’t be dislodged from their complacency and F’hobbitian methods with a strike from Thor’s Mjolnir.
Category 3 are usually guys who are motivated and will help get things done. Most of these folks will listen to those who have been here a minute. They have military imperatives that they must, at least, attempt to accomplish and that a guy like me must understand and, if possible, assist him in accomplishing.
Cat 3 guys usually do some good. Especially if they listen well and/or have taken some time to learn about Afghan culture and the history of the ANDSF.
Unfortunately, Cat 3s are about One in 10,000.
Some Special Units rotate in for 90 days a pop. These guys are hard chargers who want to go to war and kill something. Some of them do well and do good. Others…well, not so much.
Last but not least, the Commanders. We get guys who go with the flow. We get guys who think they are making GREAT CHANGES that are mere reinventions of wheels tried in’ 07 or ’13. You get Commanders who land on the ground with a Squadron of Good Idea Fairies with unworkable nonsense. And you get some good Commanders who try to take what is working and improve it, discard foolishness and try to rework seemingly insoluble problems.
Back to continuity.
Individuals pop in and out of Afghanistan on 90 day to 9 Month tours. The WIAS tasker guys may stay a full year or may not. We’ve had quite a few of these guys get Pink Slips and head home 3 to 6 months early.
Some Contractors do a year and roll out.
However, you also have Contractors who stay for years at a time and know the lay of the land.
Deliverables may or may not be vague as hell.
You’ve got some Contractors who do some really great things AND you’ve got some who sit around and do as little as possible. Skaters who do just enough to seem relevant and not be descoped.
There are contractors over here who are hot shit and WANT desperately to accomplish something…anything. BUT, for the most part, if a Contractor makes a suggestion, the suggestion is all but ignored.
It’s not an atmosphere conducive to accomplishing much.
Contracts in the Stan are horribly written and are, oft times, inflexible.
Another huge problem is the low pay of the interpreters. The interpreter/translator is key. You get what you pay for. When I worked with Dyncorp, I was able to draw in the best around the country because we paid them better than anyone else.
Other contracts throw interpreter/translators into the verbiage as if an afterthought. “Oh yeah, we need some of those local talky fuckers.” That makes for some wretched hiring practices. You get guys who can barely speak English and can’t translate to save their lives.
These are some of the issues.
With high Military turnover, no one really cares. They’re here to do their year and roll out. You get a few who do care but not many.
We have one Major who thinks that it is his job to make the Afghans fail.
We have Generals who tell us that the Afghans cannot fail.
There are zero consequences for failure, corruption, incompetence, outright criminality, etc within the Afghan Army.
The ANSSF conduct something like 80% of the operations against the enemy even though they make up less than 15% of the force. The regular ANDSF who make up 80 to 85% of the force can’t fight their way out of their own FOBs.
It’s a seriously and incredibly strange endeavor in the Stan.
Personally, I think we’ve done about all we can do. UNLESS we have a serious leadership paradigm change.
And maybe we’ve got that with Trump/Mattis. Somehow, I doubt it.
Oh yeah…don’t get me started on the ISAF folks. The turks are worthless.
The Spaniards can’t do anything. The Italians drink wine. The Brits look hard but do very little except create rules that adds red tape to everything that they touch.
I went over to RS HQ once. You need a letter signed by a Colonel in triplicate just to get a room for the night. Everything else is correspondingly difficult to accomplish there.
The RS (ISAF) Badge is a great example of the cohesion of the effort here.
US bases won’t accept the ISAF badge for much, if anything.
In order to get onto HKIA, one must have an ISAF badge or one must be escorted. Even if one has a CAC.
It is quite possibly the dumbest thing in the world.
All of this is before anyone even thinks of going outside of the wire which doesn’t happen for about 99% of the US and Coalition Forces. Thanks to Dan Bolger, the whole of the US and Coalition Forces are F’hobbitized. Stuck on some base somewhere and can’t find their way to a local Nan shop much less a Taliban stronghold even though most any Afghan knows exactly where the Talibs. Insurgents and bandits are holed up at any given moment.
Hell, I used to be able to ride around Kabul and tell you exactly where the insurgents were hiding. I could point out bandit houses.
Now, though, I doubt that there are more than 20 American SMs who know jackshit about the Afghan countryside or where and who a local insurgent, bandit or bad guy might be.
Yet, even Hekmetyar has come in from the cold. lol That old bastard is playing some game. I can smell it.
Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table at which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes are the rule.
Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway!
Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries tax his tears.
Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways to tax his ass.
Tax all he has, Then let him know, That you won’t be done till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers, Then tax him some more, Tax him till he’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in which he’s laid.
Put these words Upon his tomb, ‘Taxes drove me to my doom…’
When he’s gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply the inheritance tax.
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I’m a White Dude. I’m not a Liberal. Not a Snowflake. Not a Leftist.
Nor am I a Conservative or Neo-Con.
I fall somewhere in the margins. I believe fully that the American Citizen should be legally able to own any and every Fire Arm that is owned by the US Government. That includes everything from a .22 Pistol or Revolver to a Browning M2 .50 Calibre Machine Gun. If the State has it, the Citizen should be allowed to have it. I’d even include Grenade Launchers and 90MM Recoil-less Rifles.
A Private American Citizen should be able to purchase and own Body Armor and Kevlar Helmets. All types. Again, if the State has it, the Citizen should be able to own it if they so choose.
I believe in the right of the Citizen to Self Defense. Against all enemies. Foreign and Domestic. We should be able to defend ourselves against local and State Police, the DEA, the ATF, the FBI, the CIA, al Qaeda, ISIS, Antifa, the Weather Underground, Ted Kazinski, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), AIPAC and any other organization that seeks to undermine our Rights as Human Beings.
Note: I left out the Black Panthers. I’ve researched the Black Panthers. They were not a Terrorist Organization. They organized themselves to fight against the Terrorism of the Local and State Police as well as J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. The FBI has been a terrorist organization since they first handed the reigns over to Hoover. J. Edgar was nothing more than an American State Sponsored quasi-secular Osama bin Laden. The Panthers were not Terrorists. They were a reaction to Jim Crow era Terrorism directed against Black Americans.
I do not like Political Correctness. While I do agree that we should be sensitive to the pain that we may cause others, I will not alter everything about myself or my beliefs to satisfy the moronic hypersensitivities of the thousands of Special Interest groups that cling to the Leftist quasi-Marxist cultural authoritarians of the Democrat Party. The Democratic Elite do not care about these groups. They use these groups as wedges and cultural swords against all who dare defy the Power of the Democratic Party Elite.
Dare ye question Hillary or Chelsea Clinton and you shall surely have these sharp edged morons at your person, your career, your life. The Left as it stands now should be destroyed.
I abhor the Right Wing Xties. These people are not followers of Christ. They know nothing of the words or message of the man whom they call Jesus Christ. They know nothing of Constantine and the truth of how Christianity spread throughout the world. They think God worked mysteriously. No. That’s not how it happened. Christianity spread much as Islam did. By the sword. Through brutality, force, rapine and pillage.
The original Church (Cult) of Christ spread through the word. Through letters and gospel. That ended the moment that Constantine lied about seeing a cross in the sky at Milvian Bridge. It ended the second that God “spoke” to Constantine telling him to conquer in his name.
The great lie of Christianity is that Constantine, the Roman Emperor, saved the religion and raised it to Imperial power. If it weren’t for this event, Christianity would be another backwater religion in the lands of Islam. Christianity was saved by the very Empire who hung their Messiah from a pole at the behest of the Jews.
These are some of my beliefs. No, I’m not an Atheist. I refuse to label my beliefs. There may or may not be a God. If a God there be, he either cares nothing for human events or, if he is directing them, this God or Gods is a monster.
The history of the world is nothing but conquest, thirst for power, thirst for gold and thirst for land. Unquenchable thirst, it is. For the quest for power, gold and land never ends. Not even in this supposed civilized age.
This brings me to Islam. Islam arose in the deserts of Arabia. Muhammad walked to a cave, heard voices and exited the cave with a new message for his people. He attempted to preach that message and was chased from Mekkah with a few followers. He fled to Medina where he picked up followers overtook the power base and took the city for his own. He then returned to Mekkah at the head of an army. He conquered Mekkah.
From that conquest, he built an Empire based on cave ramblings which he called Islam (Isss-LAHM). Submission to Allah was required of every human being on Planet Earth. Muhammad had no idea of the size of the Earth at that time. He spread Islam by the sword. His armies conquered, raped and pillaged all over the Middle East. His soldiers were paid via plunder. They took from those whom they conquered. They took gold, silver, swords, land, women and slaves.
They gave those whom they conquered three choices:
1. Revert [convert] to Islam
2. Pay at tax (Jizya) to remain as they were and live under special rules as second or third class citizens in their own lands.
These are not the actions of a Religion of Peace.
Various Islamic Qaliphate conquered the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, parts of Eastern and Central Africa, Spain and Portugal, Eastern Europe, and much of Asia. There was a part of Vietnam conquered by an Islamic Kingdom called the Cham. The Cham didn’t arrive in the area now known as Vietnam and Cambodia and simply invite people in to create a new Kingdom based upon Islam. They conquered!
When they Leftist Cultural Marxists recite the Pledge to Islam and claim that it is a religion of peace, they fail to reconcile Islamic history with their errant claim.
Islam was born in blood. Islam rises now in blood. The bloody history of Islam is a deluge of violence, conquest, rapine, pillage and slavery.
Oh…and there is that Hijab. Supposedly, this is a symbol of chastity and closeness to God. God needs women to put on a veil to be close to them but men can be close to Allah in shorts and tank tops. How stupid are these women?
I often wonder if any of the members of the Democratic and Republicans are capable of critical thought?
When I reflect upon their attitudes towards God [the Gods] and religion, I come to the only possible conclusion.
Democrats and Republicans have been so brainwashed by the Public Education System that none of them are capable of independent thought. The Christian Right has been further dumbed down by Sunday School. The Left has been lobotomized by Political Correctness.
Neither the Party nor Candidate Matters.
Democrats and Republicans Are Controlled by the Same Money…