Do something… Hiding, or sitting back, is not going to accomplish anything. And the gunman would’ve been successful if my friend Spencer had not gotten up. So I just want that lesson to be learned going forward, in times of, like, terror like that, please do something. Don’t just stand by and watch.
Spencer Stone, U.S. Airman and recipient of France’s Legion d’honneur for taking down a rifle wielding Jihadi on one of France’s high speed trains
For his warrior spirit and frankly for ignoring DOD policies that tell service members to hide and barricade themselves during an active shooter situation, Airman Stone along with National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their longtime friend Anthony Sadler and British businessman Chris Norman are the latest inductees into Prepography‘s Wall of Honor.
A British sniper killed six enemy combatants in Afghanistan with a single shot when he hit the trigger switch of a suicide bomber, causing the device to explode.
Andrew’s Note: One shot, six kills…now that’s gun control! I trust that there’s a particularly nasty circle of hell reserved for those that recruit, arm and perpetrate suicide bombings.
You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text, It is serious in terms of sort of the modern manner with which nations are going to resolve problems… President Obama wants to emphasize to the Russians that there are a right set of choices that can still be made to address any concerns they have about Crimea, about their citizens, but you don’t choose to invade a country in order to do that.
Andrew’s Note: Watch out Putin…there may be a harshly worded letter in your future but the good news is that your 19th century aggression could only be countered by an early 20th century (size) force once we reduce our manpower to pre-WWII levels.
I’ve previously mentioned Blaine Harden’s article, Born in the Gulag: Why a North Korean Boy Sent His Own Mother to Her Death on the the account of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only child born into a North Korean gulag to escape. Harden has now released a book on Shin’s amazing story called Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom inthe West. In it Shin recounts the 10 Commandments of North Korea’s Camp 14.
Those drawn to socialism and communism should take the time to learn what happens when you take collectivism to it’s natural conclusion and human beings cease being valued as individuals and only have value relating to their utility to the collective.
Words don’t matter to tyrants and genocidal maniacs. They push until they are convinced there will be consequences if they go further. Our weakness invites their aggression and makes war more likely, not less.
Michael Goodwin via How the West was lost by the selfie president | New York Post
This is abject surrender by the United States.
Ambassador and former Maryland Army National Guardsman John Bolton describing our recent agreement to ease sanctions on Iran in return for Iran agreeing to let us ease sanctions on Iran via Abject Surrender by the United States | The Weekly Standard
We certainly don’t have a dog in the fight… We should be focused on defending the United States of America. That’s why young men and women sign up to join the military, not to… serve as Al Qaeda’s air force.
I’ll give you one of the simplest principles of foreign policy that we ought to be following… Don’t give weapons to people who hate you. Don’t give weapons to people who want to kill you.
Earlier this week I presented a short article titled the Top 10 Personal Protection Measures For Foreign Travel. The response to the short article was tremendous so I thought I’d expand the anti-terrorism, anti-crime and anti-kidnapping theme with an additional Top 10 Tips for Countering Surveillance While Walking. Many of these concepts can also be adapted for domestic use, a without rule of law (WROL) situation or even wilderness areas.
The tips presented run the gamut from passive measures to detect surveillance to active and even aggressive measures to deter, detect and disengage from surveillance.
Before we begin I want to point out that if you have a trained, professional surveillance team (rotating so the same person or persons isn’t always the one watching you) with state of the art communications and competent leadership following you…you will likely never know it unless they take overt actions. A surveillance team that’s trained and large enough can actually follow you partially from being in front of you by rotating team members down parallel streets. While such capabilities exist, you are much more likely and the techniques listed below should prove much more effective against the untrained, under-manned and under-equipped… street criminals and less sophisticated terrorist or kidnapping groups.
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to four of the seven continents and sometimes I’ve ended up in areas that were a little dangerous, a little anti-American or both. If you have a job that takes you to some of the world’s more interesting places (like countries where kidnapping is an industry) here are some tips and tricks that might help keep you safe from both terrorists and criminals.
… let me suggest a simple rule… Don’t give weapons to people who hate us. Don’t give weapons to people who want to kill us.
Senator Ted Cruz suggesting that arming the Al-Qaeda linked Syrian Rebels may not really be in our long term interests