The Russian Army learned many lessons from its experience in Grozny. These
(1) You need to culturally orient your forces so that you don’t end up
being your own worst enemy simply out of cultural ignorance. Many times
Russian soldiers made serious cultural errors in dealing with the Chechen
civilians. Once insulted or mistreated, they became active fighters or
supported the active fighters. Russians admit they underestimated the
effect of religion on the conflict.
(2) You need some way of sorting out the combatants from the
non-combatants. The days of uniforms and organized units is over. The
Russians were forced to resort to searching the pockets of civilians for
military equipment and to sniffing them for the smell of gunpowder and gun
oil. Pretty crude. Trained sniffer dogs were used, but were not always
effective. Nevertheless, dogs are probably the best way to determine if a
person has been using explosives or firing a weapon recently.
(3) The psychological impact of high intensity urban combat is so intense
that you should maintain a large reserve that will allow you to rotate
units in and out of combat. If you do this, you can preserve a unit for a
fairly long time. If you don’t, once it gets used up, it can’t be rebuilt.
(4) Training and discipline are paramount. You can accomplish nothing
without them. You may need to do the training in the combat zone.
Discipline must be demanded. Once it begins to slip, the results are
(5) The Russians were surprised and embarrassed at the degree to which the
Chechens exploited the use of cell phones, Motorola radios, improvised TV
stations, light video cameras, and the Internet to win the information war.
The Russians admitted that they lost control of the information coming out
of Grozny early in the operation and never regained it.
(6) The proliferation of rocket propelled grenade launchers surprised
them, as well as the diversity of uses to which they were put. RPGs were
shot at everything that moved. They were fired at high angle over low
buildings and from around buildings with little or no attempt made to aim.
They were sometimes fired in very disciplined volleys and were the weapon
of choice for the Chechens, along with the sniper rifle. Not only were the
Russians faced with well-trained, well equipped Chechen military snipers,
there were also large numbers of designated marksmen who were very good
shots using standard military rifles. These were very hard to deal with and
usually required massive fire power to overcome.
(7) As expected, the Russians reiterated the need for large numbers of
trained Infantrymen. They said that some tasks, such as conducting logpack
operations, could only be conducted by Infantrymen, the logistical unit
soldiers being hopelessly inept and falling easy prey to the Chechens.
(8) They found that boundaries between units were still tactical weak
points, but that it wasn’t just horizontal boundaries they had to worry
about. In some cases, the Chechens held the third floor and above, while
the Russians held the first two floors and sometimes the roof. If a unit
holding the second floor evacuated parts of it without telling the unit on
the ground floor, the Chechens would move troops in and attack the ground
floor unit through the ceiling. Often this resulted in fratricide as the
ground floor unit responded with uncontrolled fire through all of the
ceilings, including the ones below that section of the building still
occupied by Russians. Entire battles were fought through floors, ceilings,
and walls without visual contact.
(9) Ambushes were common. Sometimes they actually had three tiers.
Chechens would be underground, on the ground floor, and on the roof. Each
group had a different task in the ambush.
(10) The most common response by the Chechens to the increasingly powerful
Russian indirect and aerial firepower was hugging the Russian unit. If the
hugging tactics caused the Russians to cease artillery and air fires, it
became a man-to-man fight and the Chechens were well equipped to win it. If
they didn’t cease the supporting fires, the Russian units suffered just as
much as the Chechen fighters did, sometimes even more, and the morale
effect was much worse on the Russians.
(11) Both the physical and the mental health of the Russian units began to
decline almost immediately upon initiation of high intensity combat. In
less than a month, almost 20% of the Russian soldiers were suffering from
viral hepatitis (very serious, very debilitating, slow recovery). Most had
chronic diarrhea and upper respiratory infections that turned to pneumonia
easily. This was blamed on the breakdown of logistical support that meant
units had to drink contaminated water. Unit sanitary discipline broke down
(12) According to a survey of over 1300 troops, about 72% had some sort of
psychological disorder. Almost 75% had an exaggerated startle response.
About 28% had what was described as neurotic reactions, and almost 10% had
acute emotional reactions. The Russians recommended 2
psycho-physiologists, 1 psycho-pharmacologist, 1 psychiatrist, and 1
medical psychologist at each (US) Corps-sized unit. Although their
experience in Afghanistan prepared them somewhat for the physical health
problems, they were not prepared for this level of mental health treatment.
Many permanent combat stress casualties resulted from the soldiers not
being provided proper immediate treatment.
(13) Chechens weren’t afraid of tanks and BMPs. They assigned groups of
RPG gunners to fire volleys at the lead and trail vehicles. Once they were
destroyed, the others were picked off one-by-one. The Russian forces lost
20 of 26 tanks, 102 of 120 BMPs, and 6 of 6 ZSU-23s in the first three
day’s fighting. Chechens chose firing positions high enough or low enough
to stay out of the fields of fire of tank and BMP weapons. Russian
conscript Infantry simply refused to dismount and often died in their BMP
without ever firing a shot. Russian elite Infantry did much better, but
didn’t coordinate well with armored vehicles initially.
(14) Chechens were brutish, especially with prisoners. (Some reports say
the Russians were no better but most say the Chechens were the worse of the
two sides.) Whoever was at fault, the battle degenerated quickly to one of
“No quarter asked, none given.” Russian wounded and dead were hung upside
down in windows of defended Chechen positions. Russians had to shoot at
the bodies to engage the Chechens. Russian prisoners were decapitated and
at night their heads were placed on stakes beside roads leading into the
city, over which Russian replacements and reinforcements had to travel.
Both Russian and Chechen dead were routinely booby-trapped.
(15) The Russians were not surprised by the ferocity and brutality of the
Chechens, they expected them to be “criminals and animal brutes” but they
were surprised by the sophistication of the Chechen use of booby traps and
mines. Chechens mined and boobytrapped everything, showing excellent
insight into the actions and reactions of the average Russian soldier. Mine
and boobytrap awareness was hard to maintain.
(16) The Russians were satisfied with the combat performance of most of
their Infantry weapons. The T-72 tank was dead meat. Too vulnerable, too
awkward, not agile, no visibility, poor weapons coverage at short ranges –
Russians removed them from the battle. Replaced by smaller numbers of
older tanks and more self propelled artillery, more ADA weapons, and more
BMPs. Precision guided weapons and UAVs very useful. Some need for
non-lethal weapons, but mostly riot gas and tranquilizer gas, not stuff
like sticky foam. The Russian equivalent of the M202 Flash flame projector
and the Mk 19 grenade launcher were very useful weapon. Ultimately, a
strong combined arms team and flexible command and control meant more than
the individual weapons used by each side.
*Official Russian After Action Review translated by an American
Humans have been walking the Earth for about 50,000 years. 10,000 or so of which has been “civilized.” 1700 of those years has seen Christianity. Approximately 400 of those years has seen Christianity spread beyond the Med-Euro who stole it from the Middle Eastern deserts.
I’m thinking that most of humanity did fairly well without Christianity and that we’d survive without it.
Billions and billions of good, moral humans have lived and died and been fortunate enough to never have heard of Abraham or his spawn.
I have no problem with getting rid of Columbus. However, I have questions?
WHO was here first?
I’m not asking who was here with Christopher Columbus arrived. Who was in the area that now comprises the United States, Canada, Mexico and the rest of the Americas first?
Does anyone know this?
Who of these so called “indigenous peoples” were simply folks who conquered, raped and pillaged BEFORE the arrival of Europeans?
There are theories about the land bridge. There are theories about Phoenicians arriving thousands of years ago. There is evidence of Welsh, Vikings, Romans, Jews, Chinese and others arriving before the 1492 expedition.
Who was here first? Who migrated to the Americas peacefully and inhabited lands in which no Homo Sapiens had existed before?
When someone can tell me that, I’ll be interested in celebrating THOSE people.
Everyone else were simply conquerors of another era who have no justification for whining that someone else came and took from them what they had previously taken from others.
Islamic Empires stole all of the land that they now claim in the Middle East. Islam is a Colonial Occupier.
I’m betting the Trump is too damned dumb to understand what he did here.
Palestine has never existed as a State.
It was a Province of Rome, of the Ottoman Empire, of other Arab Islamic and Turko/Kurdish Islamic Empires.
Palestine has always been a tool of Empires.
That is the funny part.
All of the ignorant Leftist fools who are against Imperialism and Colonialism have championed THE longest existing tool of Empire still extant.
Palestine was created by Rome to punish the Jews. The Roman Empire in the East ultimately fell to the Islamic EMPIRE. Various Islamic Empires rose and fell over the centuries after the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire. They all kept the Palestine name for that Province.
That province was NEVER a State. It was never a Nation.
Yet, most Leftist Social Justice Warriors are too stupid to realize that they’ve been duped.
Israel has committed no crimes that every other Nation now extant and in history have not committed. By virtue of being American, Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Chinese, Russian, English, British, Canadian, Mexican, Irish, Scottish or any other member of any other Nation-State, you are guilty of the same crimes of which you accuse Israel.
Except…the Western Social Justice Warrior pretends that they are better because they are willfully ignorant of your own history.
Show me one Islamic nation now or in history that has not committed the same “crimes” as Israel. You will have to lie to do so.
Centuries from now after the break up of the US, there will be some dumbass that points to signs and refuses to understand that Indiana was never actually a country. He’ll point to signs and say; “See! It existed!” And ignorant people will say; “Hell Yes! Indiana deserves to exist.”
This wasn’t a witch hunt. It was/is a distraction by the Dems. They have a single goal. Delay until the election. Attempt to grow their numbers in Congress. If successful, stop appointment of any non-Abortion SCOTUS Justice.
The Democrats do not care about Ford or Ramirez or any other looney puppet that they’ve paraded across the American Kabuki theatre in Congress.
They care about power.
Ford is a tool.
Trump could have nominated Bill Clinton and the Democrats would have turned on him and put his sorry ass through the ringer.
This is about power and maintaining a woman’s “right” to kill her offspring.
The American political spectrum is constrained to Mid Far Left (DNC) to near Center Left (GOP). All any of them want is more power and more control.
The Kav-Scotus kabuki theatre is so obviously not about justice or victim’s rights that I can’t believe that people actually ARE falling for it. It’s all about power.
America is dead. Only the corpse called the United States is left rotting and being pored over by Democratic and Republican vultures.
All civilizations come to an end.
I do love one thing about Trump even if I did not and would never vote for him. He pisses everyone off. GOP, NATO, DNC, Russia, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, NoKo, Canada, Mexico…..almost every group that can get all up in their feelings has been angered by The Donald.
I think that there is a place for the old NTV and the old light, unarmored HMMWV type vehicles.
We have weighted down our forces so much so that we are no longer agile in great part because we [our political leaders] are frightened to death of casualties of any sort.
Though, part of the reason for this is that most of our wars are not wars that are “of necessity.” Most of our wars are not for defense of the Nation or against existential threats.
The wars with which our politicians and Presidents have involved us since the end of World War II have been either political or commercial wars. There has not been a true threat to the US since the American Civil War.
Not even World War II was an existential threat to the United States of America even though the American people were fooled into thinking that it was. Neither the Germans nor the Japanese had a force capable of invading and conquering the United States of America.
Politically, a light force with lightly armored pax and vehicles is non-viable for the US Military today because politicians cannot afford high casualties because all of our wars are motivated by economics as opposed to a real, existential threat.
If Germany had won World War II, they would control the continent of Europe.
Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez are paid operatives of the Left.
It is not clear what their payment is. They are probably sponsored by George Soros.
Trump said that women will let Rich and Famous men do anything and then gave the example; “grab ’em by the pussy.”
Guess what? There ARE a great many women who will allow Rich and Famous men to do anything up to and including grab them by the pussy. That is real. Leftist Feminists wish to deny this. They are lying or live in some fantasy world. Gold Diggers are real.
I have heard women utter these words; “You don’t make enough money to date me.”
If women do not wish to be thought of in this way and treated this way, perhaps, they should stop acting the part.
Here the Ford-Kavanaugh timeline:
1982 – Something may or may not have happened with another 2 (or 4 or 6) teenagers at a party that she may or may not have attended. Ford can’t remember who threw the party, where the party was held, who she was with, how she got to the party or how she got home. She was drinking. She said nothing to anyone.
The rest of the 80s fly by.
The 1990s zoom on past. Bill Clinton is President and she probably voted for him even after the allegations and the semen stained dress. She became a Hillary Clinton fan even as Hillary was destroying any and all of Bill’s victims.
2000 comes and goes. It’s a new Century. A new Millennium.
2001 – She still says nothing.
2002 – She still says nothing.
July 25, 2003 – George W. Bush nominates Kavanaugh to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit. Ford remains silent.
2004 – Absolutely nada.
2005 – Not a peep.
May 11, 2006: The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary recommends confirmation. Kavanaugh by the United States Senate. Not a word from Ford.
June 1, 2006: Kavanaugh sworn in by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Utter silence from Ford.
2007 passes into 2008 and on into 2011. Silence from Ford.
2012 – She remembers ‘something’ happened way back in 1982. Kavanaugh’s name is not mentioned. She says nothing to anyone except a therapist and, maybe, her husband.
Neither she nor her husband say anything to the authorities.
2012 passes into 2013 and then into 2014, 2015 & 2016. Somewhere in those years, Ford decides that Hillary the Enabler is her girl and that Trump is the enemy.
2017 – Ford decides that she is anti-Trump. She becomes an anti-trump activist.
2018 – 36 YEARS LATER. Kavanaugh is nominated to SCOTUS. Ford pens an anonymous letter with grave accusations against Kavanaugh regarding foggy circumstance that occurred when they were both minors. The Senators who receive the letter keep it TOP SECRET until the last moment and THEN spring it on the Confirmation Committee so as to derail the Confirmation Hearing.
Ford reveals herself to the World as the ultimate Victim and the #WhiteIDidntReport hashtag movement is born. Ford demands an FBI investigation into her vague memory despite the fact that every “witness” she names has no memory of her “event.” She refuses to testify. Agrees to testify. Refuses to testify.
Finally, she agrees to testify but only if she is queried by people who will throw soft ball questions her way and who understand that SHE is the VICTIM in all of this.
This woman is not brave. Ford is a scam artist. The woman is holding the country hostage to her memory that might not be a memory of an event that may or may not have occurred and may (probably is) a figment of her imagination.
Lest we forget, these three are Democrats. These three destroyed hundreds, perhaps, thousands of lives to accrue power and to maintain that power. Christine Blasey Ford voted for the Clintons. There is no record of her ever having opposed Bill Clinton for President. To the contrary, it is not a question that she supported Bill Clinton and voted for him.
John McCain was a far more interesting, colorful and controversial man than most Americans and no journalists know. If you saw the Sunday political shows you would think a saint had passed on. John McCain was a man driven by two ghosts: His father and grandfather. Both were four-star Admirals in the US Navy so John’s appointment to the US Naval Academy was his destiny, but John McCain graduated 894th in his class of 899 students. He was known for being wild, chasing young women. He was in a student group calling themselves “The Bad Bunch.”
John married Carol Shepp, a swimsuit model who had been married to one of his classmates with whom she had two children. She and McCain were parents of a daughter in that marriage. At heart a playboy, John was soon bored with domestic life and as advancement was more likely in the military services in combat he requested active duty in Vietnam. While there Carol faithfully stayed at home looking after the children.
His plane was shot down in 1967 when he ignored mission instructions to stay above 15,000 feet he went “down on the deck” and was shot down, survived and became a Prisoner Of War, POW.
On Christmas Eve 1969, Carol and slid head-on into a telephone pole taking gifts to friends. She was thrown from the car through the front window. Her legs, spine, and right arm were crushed and she was in the hospital for six months. Ross Perot was an advocate of POW’s and paid her extensive medical bills. She requested John not be told feeling he had enough to deal with.
McCain was released in 1973 and returned home to much fanfare. Carol’s several surgeries cost her five inches in height, and she gained weight. McCain told reporters he was overjoyed to see Carol again. But friends said he was appalled by the change in her appearance.
As a war hero, McCain moved in elevated circles. Reverting to his old ways he started “running around with women.” according to Robert Timberg, a retired Marine, journalist, and author of four books, including “John McCain: An American Odessy.”
McCain admitted he started having many girlfriends and affairs during this time. On one trip to Hawaii, at a cocktail party. he met Anheuser Busch distributor heiress, Cindy Hensley. She was 17 years younger than McCain and worth $100 million dollars. He invited her to have drinks with him at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. He said by the end of the evening he was in love.
They had an affair for nine months, while he was still married to and living with his wife Carol. McCain wanted to marry Cindy but needed to get a divorce. He and Carol separated in January 1980. He requested a divorce in February; the divorce was sped along and granted in April. John and Cindy married five weeks after the divorce was final on May 17, 1980. Carol and their children were devastated. McCain callously left his first wife and children behind. He and Cindy moved to Arizona. Cindy’s father was well-connected and helped McCain move smoothly into Congress representing Arizona in Washington DC. John McCain has been in Congress since 1983.
McCain’s new wife and her family were extravagantly wealthy. Her father was one of the largest distributors of Anheuser Busch in the country and she an only child. The divorce settlement afforded Carol McCain full custody of their three children, alimony, child support, including college tuition, houses in Virginia and Florida, and lifelong financial support for her continuing medical treatment from the car accident.
Carol said the reason for the divorce was John turned 40 and he wanted to be 25 again. Carol was extremely hurt. She went to work as the press assistant for soon-to-be First Lady Nancy Reagan. She was respected in Washington and kept a dignified silence about the way John McCain had treated her.
Some of the McCain friends were less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centered womanizer who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to “play the field.” They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen with a barn full of money.
Ever the opportunist, John McCain ran as a Republican, but spoke, voted and collaborated as a Democrat. No wonder all the national television shows treated John McCain as a modern saint. He was not, but we can understand the “ants in his pants.” He lived haunted by his father and grandfather. Two bona fide war heroes.
Ross Perot paid her medical bills years ago, says both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel, even by the standards of modern politics. Perot said, “McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory.”
Cindy has also had to learn the lessons about her husband the hard way. Even though she and McCain put on a perfect front for the public, especially when he is running for office, she is an invisible wife.
Tom Gosinski, who served as the Director of Cindy McCain’s nonprofit American Voluntary Medical Team, AVMT wrote in his journal of the McCain marriage: “During my short tenure at AVMT I have been surrounded by what on the surface appears to be the ultimate all-American family. In reality, I am working for a very sad, lonely woman. Her marriage of convenience to a U.S. Senator has driven her to distance herself from friends, cover feelings of despair with drugs, and replace lonely moments with self-indulgence. She became addicted to Percocet and had a doctor prescribing them for her illegally. When her parents learned she was taking them, they helped her stop.
Washington rumors were saying McCain had an inappropriate relationship with the young and lovely lobbyist, Vicki Iseman. Ms. Iseman began visiting McCain’s offices and campaign events so frequently in 2000 that his aides were “convinced the relationship had become romantic.” One staff member supposedly asked, “Why is she always around?”
His staff members began a campaign to “save McCain from himself” by restricting Iseman’s access to McCain during the year 2000 Presidential Primary. According to the Washington Post, McCain’s political advisor John Weaver met with Iseman at Washington’s Union Station to tell Iseman not to see McCain anymore.
It is not a real marriage between John and Cindy McCain. Real marriages involve living together. McCain and Cindy have not “lived” together for 20 years. To defend this, McCain brags the family takes two vacations together every year and Ms. McCain is the one who has always made that happen.”
Two vacations per year! Little of this man was real. He had no compassion or empathy for anyone except himself. The only real thing emotion he was capable of was anger. He is famous for his anger.
His father and grandfather were both decorated Navy Admirals. He was given special privileges and extreme preferential treatment while he served in the Navy. He was a pilot but according to his colleagues, he was a very bad pilot. He actually crashed three planes. There was a horrendous incident that happened on his aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Forrestal, that killed 134 men. There has been a rolling debate since the incident and some are convinced John McCain was responsible.
Witnesses reported McCain attempted a “wet start.” When a pilot wants to be a show-off, with a “wet start” his engine start creates a large startling flame and lots of surprise noise from the rear of a jet engine on startup. McCain did the “Wet Start.” The flames torched the launch of a Zuni rocket on the plane behind him. Zuni rockets were notorious for problems. It shot across the carrier’s deck hitting other parked planes that were packing 1,000 high-explosive pound bombs which exploded. Destruction and fire went several decks below and nearly sunk this major 82,000 ton U.S. aircraft carrier.
This stunt caused the death of 134 sailors and blew off arms, legs, and caused blindness and burns to another 161 sailors. McCain jumped from his plane, rolled across the flames, and escaped. He watched the men dying and the burning from a closed circuit television on the ship.
The ship off line for two years in port for $76 million dollars of major repairs, not including the cost of the airplanes or ammunition. Any other Navy pilots causing this type of death and destruction would have been arrested and still be in prison, but not John McCain III. McCain was not even reprimanded. When there is a cover-up, the soldier is usually simply assigned to another ship. McCain was quietly assigned to another ship. There is an ongoing debate about the incident to this day.
John McCain’s lack of character was further demonstrated when he voted not to repeal Obamacare. He ran his 2016 Senatorial race under the banner he would lead the fight to repeal Obamacare! But, he hates Donald Trump so very much he gleefully held his thumb down for his vote rather than give a thumb up. He laughed afterward saying, “Let’s see Donald Trump save America now!”
John McCain there stabbed his constituents and the citizens of America in the back. John McCain, Liberal Socialist Hero!
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The New and Improved First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances…as long as the troublemakers assemble and redress said grievances in an acceptable place and at an acceptable time so as not to offend anyone’s sensibilities.
And no one should ever offend the Patriots who have never served the Nation in the Armed Forces by sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem or “misrespecting” the Stars and Bars.
Oh…and the Confederate Flags that flew over the State Capitals of the former and short lived losers of the War Between the States should not be considered offensive to anyone even though Jefferson Davis was a piece of shit loser who probably beat his wife and raped his slaves (boys and girls) for enjoyment.
A wise man never drinks his own koolaid. Same goes for the people of any State.
The State should always be critiqued. It should always be distrusted.
When the wolves become sheep, it’s all over but the slaughter. We have become a nation of sheep. I don’t trust the Sheep or the Sheepdogs. I only trust wolves. Wolves will always act in their own self interest. Sheep are easily led to their own demise. Sheepdogs pretend to care for the flock even as they lead them to that demise…on orders of the wolves.
The Sheep will be slaughtered.
The Sheepdogs will obey. No matter the cost.
The Wolves SHALL eat.
Those who trust the State are Sheep or Sheepdogs. In the end, they face the same fate.
The Founding Fathers did not trust the State. Hence the Constitution set up to impede the accrual of power and the Bill of Rights delineating certain Rights that exist prior to the State and upon which the State should never be allowed to infringe.
Yet, we live in an age when the State is allowed to infringe upon those inalienable Rights. More than that, we beg the State to infringe upon those Rights. We worship the State and the minions of the State with our Thin Blue Line stickers and our blind defence of Law Enforcement. We denigrate those who protest the State in defense of the rights upon which the State has trampled.
America is living the Orwellian Nightmare.
We have descended into the Soviet Gulag. We are now mandated to possess a national ID card or we will be forbidden air travel now…vehicle travel later.
These things occur now and all I hear is “Impeach Trump!” or “God Bless Trump!”
It is madness.
What can you do without permission of the State?