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Feast Of Stephen – Quote

So, on this Feast of Stephen, spare a thought not only for the leftovers in the fridge, but for the driven, kidnapped, enslaved, raped, tortured and murdered Christians our sloth and scorn have left to a hell on earth. LTC Ralph Peters via The feast of Stephen: Middle East’s persecuted Christians need our help If you only read one article this week… read Colonel Peter’s piece on the state of Christianity in the Middle East.  If you aren’t familiar with Peters he’s an enlisted soldier turned Military Intelligence officer who left the Army in order be able to write candidly about it.  I was introduced to Peters as a young Captain by one of my military mentors. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

19th Century Rules – Today’s Quote

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. Secretary of State and Vietnam War Protester John Kerry via Kerry Complains… 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. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Powell On War – Today’s Quote

War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support. Former Secretary of State, National Security Adviser and General (RET) Colin Powell   FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Two Cases of Just War – Today’s Quote

There are only two cases in which war is just: first, in order to resist the aggression of an enemy, and second, in order to help an ally who has been attacked. Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Incidents & Hazards

Andrew’s Note:  For today’s lesson in preparedness we return to our U.S. military manuals, notably the MULTI-SERVICE DOCTRINE FOR CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, AND NUCLEAR OPERATIONS , FM 3-11, MCWP 3-37.1, NWP 3-11, AFTTP 3-2.42 dated July 2011, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.  Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear is abbreviated as CBRN.  Today we introduce the types of incidents and the introduce the hazards.  Check back later this week as we go into more detail on those hazards. INCIDENTS 1-19. A CBRN incident is any occurrence involving the emergence of CBRN hazards resulting from the use of CBRN weapons or devices, the emergence of secondary hazards arising from counterforce targeting,  or the release of toxic industrial material into the environment. A CBRN incident is characterized on the basis of the intent, opportunity, and capability of the occurrence. There are three basic reasons why a CBRN incident happens, regardless of the type and nature: Intentional. An intentional CBRN incident may include: Criminal acts such as the deliberate dumping or release of hazmat to avoid regulatory requirements. Malicious acts such as the poisoning of one or more individuals. Terrorist acts that involve serious violence to persons or property for a political, religious, or ideological purpose and/or that are a matter of national interest. Accidental. An accidental CBRN incident is an event caused by human error or natural or technological reasons.  Accidental incidents are usually referred to as hazmat accidents and may include: Spills. Releases. Leakages. Natural. A natural CBRN incident is a second- or third-order effect from a natural disaster.  Examples include: Toxic chemical release. Biological waste. 1-20. Intent is the distinguishing difference between the three reasons that CBRN incidents happen. To ensure proper assessment when filtering through the information pertaining to an incident, it is important to know the intent category. Note. A CBRN weapon is a fully engineered assembly that is designed for employment to cause the release...

Unilateral Nuclear Disarmament?

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 Russian President Medvedev thathe would “…have more flexibility” after his “last election” to kill or curtail the planned ballistic missile defense shield over Europe…a defensive shield for the Europeans that Putin, Medvedev and the Russian government strongly oppose. Then in February 2013 we appointed Chuck Hagel as our Secretary of Defense even though he had previously served as a director of Ploughshares Inc. whose mission included encouraging “concrete steps to limit and reduce current [nuclear] arsenals.”  The naiveté of former and future government officials expecting rogue states and non-state actors to buy into their dream of a nuclear weapon free war and their willingness to abandon our nuclear deterrent is simply stupefying. A reader asked me recently about the number of U.S. flag (generals & admirals) that have been forced out of the service lately and I brushed off the insinuation that there was something unusual going on…but in retrospect, several of those flag officers coincidentally served at one level or another in our nuclear deterrent including Strategic Command’s Deputy Commander Vice Admiral Tim Giardina and Major General Michael Carey who was in command of the 20th Air Force / Task Force 214 and it’s 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. Now it appears that our Commander in Chief is considering unilaterally decreasing the number of weapons in our nuclear deterrent and going beyond the START obligations by destroying additional infrastructure. It’s all well and good to wish for a nuclear...

War Drums – Today’s Quote

We have made it crystal clear – in all possible forums, that Israel will not stand by and watch Iran develop weaponry that will put us, the entire Middle East and eventually the world, under an Iranian umbrella of terror. Israeli Deputy Defense Minister & KM Danny Danon via USA TODAY FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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.    FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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! FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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’ FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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