The idea of reasoning with terrorists without force or with appeasement is naive, and I think it’s dangerous.
Former Virginia Governor and Senator George Allen
Our nuclear deterrent and those of our closest allies appear to be under attack by our own Executive Branch of Government again…but this time we’re flirting with unilateral nuclear disarmament…
First it was accusations in 2011 that President Obama had sold out our British cousins’ nuclear secrets to the Russians…I’m not sure of the truth of these allegations but the British sure seem convinced.
Then in early 2012 the President was caught on camera and microphone privately promising Continue reading
We are always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money.
How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money?
The Prepper Investment Guru (P.I.G.)
Andrew’s Note: My buddy P.I.G., The Prepper Investment Guru recently sent me this thought…and whodathunkit…but it happened in at least a few states earlier this week when a computer glitch shut down the E.B.T. (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card system. A related glitch actually removed the charging cap at other stores and led to a massive spending spree by some welfare recipients who found that they no longer had a spending cap. God help us on the day that this entire ‘entitlement’ system suddenly crashes hard or shuts down for good because the only thing scarier than an zombie apocalypse is an E.B.T. riot…come to think about it, it might be hard to tell the difference.
Andrew’s Note: Don’t dismiss this information on surviving a nuclear accident as farfetched…I was serving in Egypt months after and thousands of miles away from the Chernobyl, Ukraine meltdown in 1986 and we had a radiation injury in our public affairs office (PAO) when our PAO team (Military journalists) went out to cover a story on a migratory bird die off…guess where the birds had just migrated through.
How far do you live from a facility that’s the next Chernobyl, Fukushima or Three Mile Island? Nuclear proponents argue that nuclear energy is safe and it mostly is but human and (multiple) mechanical errors occur and for some reason we build these plants on rivers that flood, coasts that receive tsunamis and right on top of earthquake faults.
I’ve hired you to help me start a war. It’s an prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition.
Vizzini from the classic movie, The Princess Bride
Andrew’s Note: Hopefully we dodged the bullet this time no thanks to the anti-war activists we’ve elected and appointed to high office. Maybe we should make a rule of only getting involved in civil wars where at least one of the sides doesn’t hate us!
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.
The U.S. Army’s own Insider Threat and jihadist,
Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death yesterday for his self-confessed and cowardly attack on a group of unarmed soldiers preparing for deployment to Afghanistan at Fort Hood, Tx.
Depending on who you ask, the Hasan attack was either an act of ‘workplace violence’ or a terrorist attack. You know, if a radicalized zealot attacks soldiers preparing for deployment to a war zone in order to protect our enemies (that was really his defense) from those soldiers I don’t care what you called it…he got what he deserved.
The fact that a traitor with his set of ideals could become a field grade officer in the United States Army is not just disturbing, it’s also an indictment of how certain elements of our armed forces have become so concerned about ‘sensitivities’ and being politically correct that they’ve forgotten that the armed forces primary mission is to protect this country and our way of life. Continue reading
Andrew’s Note: I’m a big fan of Living Colour and every time I see this flag with the President’s picture superimposed on the field where our stars should be I’m reminded of this song’s cautionary commentary on the danger of personality cults. The artists juxtapose positive and negative historical leaders within the lyrics to remind us that the power of a personality cult can be used for great evil or great good. I have no doubt that the president sees himself and his policies as a force for good but I fear that the ‘fundamental transformation’ he seeks will leave us with a system that’s financially bankrupt and with so much centralized power that we could have a subsequent chief executive who exercises authority in the tradition of Stalin instead of in the tradition of Jefferson. Living Colour fans will notice that I’ve left out the fourth verse… that was intentional as I don’t want anyone to misconstrue my meaning as being anything other than a warning on the dangers of a personality cult.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
I love reading books about history and I especially enjoy military history. Currently I’m listening to Lieutenant Colonel Mike Hoare’s memoir Congo Mercenary which he self narrated. You don’t expect an adventurer and mercenary to to have a flair for writing but I’m really enjoying the book and am especially enjoying Hoare’s descriptions of the characters he met and commanded as well as what life was like in central Africa in the 1960′s. As you can tell by his rules, he had rather a romantic outlook on life but many of his rules are nevertheless, timeless maxims for soldiers and those going into harm’s way. I’ve added a few notes at the end if any of the rules leave you a little puzzled.
Hoare named his Congo Unit, 5 Commando (he’d led 4 Commando in a previous action in the Congolese province of Katanga). Here are Mike Hoare’s Top 10 Rules of Battle:
1) Pray to God daily.
2) Make a fetish of personal cleanliness; take pride in your appearance. Even in the midst of battle; shave every day without fail.
3) Clean and protect your weapon always. They must be bright clean and slightly oiled. Examine your ammunition frequently. Check and clean your magazine springs and clips. Continue reading
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.