A Revolution Against the Human Soul – Today’s Quote

This war was a revolution against the moral basis of civilization.  It was conceived by the Nazis in conscious contempt for the life, dignity and freedom of individual man and deliberately prosecuted by means of slavery, starvation and the mass destruction of noncombatants’ lives.  It was a revolution against the human soul.

Time Magazine, May 14, 1945

Andrew’s Note:  Time’s comment ‘a revolution against the human soul’ exquisitely describes not only the war that national socialism (NAZI) forced upon the world but also the evils of socialism itself…both the national socialism of the past century and it’s international successor in this. 

 

A Prestigious Line Of Work – Today’s Quote

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!

Don’t Become Al Qaeda’s Air Force – Today’s Quote

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.

Senator Ted Cruz via Ted Cruz: US Is Not ‘Al-Qaeda’s Air Force’

Bierce Defines Battle – Today’s Quote

Battle, n., A method of untying with the teeth a political knot that would not yield to the tongue.

Journalist & Civil War First Lieutenant Ambrose Bierce

Andrew’s Note:  Do you think Bierce ever experienced “red line” diplomacy?

Mike Hoare’s Top 10 Rules of Battle

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:

5 Commando’s 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. (more…)

Gettysburg at 150 – Today’s Quote

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

President Abraham Lincoln

Gettysburg at 150

Andrew’s Note:  When President Abraham Lincoln uttered these words less than four months after the Battle of Gettysburg (at the consecration ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery)  it was still unclear whether the United States would survive as a single nation.  From time to time I hear extreme voices calling not for individual, family or group preparedness, but for preparations for civil war.  Patriots of every political stripe should renew their study of the horrors our Civil War and vow to never again let our disagreements result in armed confrontation on a national scale.  Peaceful resolution of divergent views for the future course of our Republic will remain the most likely outcome if we, in Lincoln’s words remember that our nation was “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Water or WARter – Today’s Quote

Water is the essence of life.  But drinkable, fresh water is at a premium.  Rising populations, poor water use and shortages in key areas are all major factors.

NATO Review Magazine via Water or WARter Video?

EMP Threat – Today’s Quote

If terrorists do obtain a nuclear weapon, it will likely not be a one-kiloton weapon but a far more sophisticated one from Russia or a rogue state…

The “brain drain” from Russia enabled North Korea to make (and potentially test) “Super-EMP” low-yield nuclear weapons that can generate very powerful EMP fields over wide geographic areas…

Even a low-yield weapon could knock out the [electronics and electrical grid on the] entire Eastern seaboard if detonated from a higher altitude…

Jordan Harms via EMP Attack: The Threat Is Real

Book Review: American Sniper by Chris Kyle

I recently finished the book American Sniper:  The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.  Kyle’s wife Taya wasn’t credited but also contributed significantly to the book.

When I bought the book I expected it to be an account of the weapons and tactics that led Chief Petty Office Chris Kyle of S.E.A.L. Team 3 to become the most ‘lethal’ U.S. sniper in history surpassing the legendary Marine Carlos Hathcock’s Vietnam era record by over 50%.  I expected Kyle’s book to be very similar to Hathcock’s Carlos Hathcock: Marine Sniper : War Stories And Tactical Tips From The Master Sniper which is also a great read…but what I ended up with was a love story.  Don’t get me wrong, Kyle’s book has lots of war stories and countless humorous anecdotes of his life as a Navy S.E.A.L.,  but he didn’t focus nearly as much on the mechanics of shooting as he did on the decisions, situations and loves that led him placed him in the positions that led to his lethal record.

I love a good military autobiography and the psychological makeup of snipers makes their stories particularly compelling.  As I mentioned above I’ve read Hathcock’s book as well as the autobiography of  Vassili Zaitsev, NOTES OF A RUSSIAN SNIPER which was made into the movie Enemy At The Gates.  As much as I enjoyed those books Kyle’s was something broader and in some ways more compelling.

Kyle told the story of his life, his S.E.A.L training, peacetime duty, and his four tours of duty in Iraq (including his contributions to the Second Battle of Falluja, the Battle of Ramadi, as well as various incursions into Sadr City) interspersed with the story of and the conflicts between his three great loves.

Love of Profession (more…)

The Real North Korean Threat

Frequent Prepography contributor Roger Reality wrote in to ask that I remind our readers that the 27 year old Leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un just scrapped the 1953 Armistice that ended…really just hit the ‘pause button’ on the Korean War.  His declaration technically returns us to state of open warfare with the Stalinist state.

This puts us in a state of war with another nuclear armed nation…the first time this has ever happened.  I should also mention that this nuclear armed nation has also successfully launched a satellite into orbit demonstrating what is essentially an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability.  Put together ICBM and nuclear capabilities and we’ve got a whole new kind of threat to worry about…and it likely isn’t the one you’re thinking about right now. (more…)

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