Trump versus Milley – the knives are out!

No doubt you had already figured out the knives are out in the Biden’s administration over who is going to take the fall over Afghanistan. Things took a strange twist with the forthcoming Woodward book in an attempt to turn the tables on Trump one last time and finish him. At least that is the suspicion, or was it Milley who planted much of this story thinking it would elevate him as the man?  The question left is how much truth is there to it, and if Milley went to the dance or is it more of a figment in Woodward’s mind.

The framework of the CNN article is that General Milley:

…”called a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the process for military action, including launching nuclear weapons. Speaking to senior military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center, the Pentagon’s war room, Milley instructed them not to take orders from anyone unless he was involved.

“No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of that procedure,” Milley told the officers, according to the book. He then went around the room, looked each officer in the eye, and asked them to verbally confirm they understood.
“Got it?” Milley asked, according to the book.

“Yes, sir.” ‘Milley considered it an oath,’ the authors write. (read more)

First here is the orange man himself with his take.

Trump himself has difficulty believing the Woodward on Milley.

Former President Donald Trump reacts to new reports about General Mark Milley story – Via Newsmax’s ‘Spicer and Co.’

We have Tucker Carlson. Retired Army colonel reacts to accusations against Gen. Mark Milley on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ and gives us a good overview.

The Conservative Tree House posted an interesting outline of the players involved yesterday before much of the story had shaken out. Worth checking it out.

TEAM One – The Department of State is aligned with the CIA.  Their media PR firms are CNN, CNNi and the Washington Post. Their ideology is favorable to the United Nations.  Their internal corruption is generally driven by relationship with foreign actors.  References: Hillary Clinton, Clinton Global Initiative, John McCain, Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood, Samantha Powers, Susan Rice, Cass Sunstein, Brookings Institute, Lawfare, China-centric, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Council on Foreign Relations.

♦ TEAM Two – The White House is aligned with the Pentagon (DoD) and National Security Council (NSC).  Their media PR firms are domestic in nature. New York Times, Politico, etc.  Their internal corruption is generally driven by domestic influence.  References: Barack Obama, George Bush, Wall St, Big Banks, Multinational Corporations, Defense Contractors, FBI (state police), Judicial Branch, and community activists writ large.  [Presidential elections only affect Team Two (nationalism -v- globalism).  In the modern era Team One is independent.]

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Bonus time! All the old players want in on the game.

The Lieutenant Col. who broke chain-of-command and usurped his authority is complaining about the Joint Chief’s Chairman breaking chain-of-command and usurping his authority.

Alexander Vindman was the national security council operative who worked with the CIA to frame Donald Trump by leaking a manipulated transcript of a presidential phone call.   Today he tweeted this about General Mark Milley:

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Where the Buck Stops

by Mustang

President Joe Biden recently parroted an earlier Democrat, who famously stated, “The Buck Stops Here.”  Well, it sounds nice, but no president or high-ranking cabinet official ever faced more “buck” than losing an election or being asked to resign.  It occurs to me that “accountability” should involve more than looking for another high-paying job.

I actually do marvel at our system of government.  We (sort of) choose our president; he alone determines the people who serve in his cabinet and whom, for the most part, dig our graves (with the blessings of the Senate, of course).

History tends to suggest that cabinet secretaries, particularly those involved in foreign policy and national defense, too often do more harm than good.  No matter who these people are (whether they benefit the American people or make matters worse), their product is always associated with the president who appointed them.

For example, American citizens suffered the consequences of the Truman Policy or doctrine, even if Truman had little more to do with it beyond some vague idea that he passed along to a subordinate.  Truman’s Policy led to armed conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, where nearly 100,000 Americans died.  So far in his administration, Biden’s foreign policies appear to rival those of Neville Chamberlain.

Presidents and their spokespersons often explain policy decisions in this way: “I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to …”  They never seem to get around to providing any details, of course, because for the most part, the specifics are none of our business.  We still do not know how the invasion of Afghanistan or Iraq was in the United States’ national interests.  All we know is that thousands more Americans (and coalition partners) died, along with tens of thousands of Afghan/Iraqi civilians.  Did either of these decisions benefit the United States or the American people?

The State Department (also known as Foggy Bottom) claims that it has four primary policy goals: (a) Protect the United States and Americans; (b) Advance democracy, human rights, and other global interests; (c) Promote international understanding of American values and policies, and (d) Support US diplomats and other agencies at home and abroad.

Well, the State Department did not protect the United States or its people in 2001.  Given the amount of human suffering that resulted from our invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, we cannot say that the State Department achieved its second goal, either.  None of our allies seem interested in lining up behind our attempts to promote international understanding … in fact, most of our allies shake their heads in wonderment and may even ask themselves, “Who are these idiots?”

In protecting the United States, the State Department argues that it uses diplomacy to address terrorism.  Well, again, it hasn’t worked because most terrorists hold little interest in floating position papers with American diplomats.  Terrorists are, for the most part, non-state actors who receive the direct or indirect support of states known to sponsor terrorist activities.

We know, for example, that Saudi Arabia sponsors terrorism.  They send vast amounts of money to Pakistan, whose intelligence service launders the money and uses it to purchase and distribute arms and munitions to their surrogates — Wahhabists who are more familiar to us as “Taliban.”  The Saudis also fund the massive increase in Islamic mosques throughout the western world — physical structures that proselytize Islamic imperatives and recruit madmen to assault western societies.

We also know that Pakistan, in partnership with Saudi Arabia, funnels lethal weapons to terrorist organizations and diverts US Foreign Aid, intended to help feed the masses, into terrorist-centered programs and to help pay for their nuclear weapons platforms.  The Pakis also shift US technology to China and North Korea.  In essence, Pakistan provides our technology to our potential enemies, who will undoubtedly use these platforms against our armed forces.

Given the foregoing, I can’t understand how our State Department can assert “friendship” with either the Saudis or the Pakistanis.  We also know that Saudi Arabia started the civil war in Syria. Yet, we side with the Saudis against the Syrians — and do so for no other reason than to maintain the pretense of Saudi-American friendship.  Why?  What have Syrians ever done to the American people?

Has the State Department protected the United States and the American people from Saudi-sponsored terrorism?  Answer: NO.  In fact, by virtue of the government’s reassurances that the Saudis and Pakistanis are our friends, our presidents and State Department have made ongoing terrorism a near-guarantee.

As responsible citizens, realizing that once we elect a president, he alone appoints cabinet secretaries, and armed with the knowledge of recent history, who are these selected people who contrive to make our lives more complex and, in some cases, horribly miserable?

Bill Clinton appointed Madeline Albright as the first female Secretary of State.  Her name at birth was Marie Jana Korbelova, a Czech who immigrated to the United States and obtained advanced degrees from Columbia University.  Before becoming Secretary of State, she worked as an aide to Senator Edmund Muskie and later as an acolyte of Zbigniew Brzezinski on the National Security Council.  This made her an “expert” in foreign affairs and a much-sought-after advisor to Democratic candidates.

Today, Albright remains a celebrity and continues to inflict her hubris upon the American people. She believes (even today) that the United States has a moral obligation to interfere in the affairs of other nations.  She insisted that the United States was justified in imposing sanctions against Iraq, even if a half-million children had to die due to them.

In defense of this incredible “foreign policy objective,” Academic (with no real experience outside the classroom or air-conditioned NSC offices) Albright asserted, “We stand taller and see further into the future.”  There is no evidence to support her claim, but that’s where she was coming from. On the use of military force, she asked Colin Powell, “What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?”

As Secretary of State, Albright thought of our service personnel as pawns in a global chess game, readily sacrificed if she determined that it was necessary.  But how much “good” has Albright, and others just like her, done for the United States in implementing failed foreign policies?  Succeeding Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Rex Tillerson just continued to dig that bottomless hole to contain the human remains of people whom some of us loved.

And then we have other cabinet secretaries, few of which deserve more than our scorn.  As Secretaries of Defense, we’ve had Dick Cheney, Les Aspin, William Perry, William Cohen — all of whom we could classify as obnoxious pricks.  Donald Rumsfeld had a few good ideas, and he was honest enough to admit to his staff that he was out of his depth about the Afghanistan situation. Still, we cannot offer him or Paul Bremer our gratitude for his handling of the invasion/occupation of Iraq.

Robert Gates may qualify as our best Defense Secretary since 1947, a man who seemed to care most about the injury and death of our forward-deployed combat troops, but I cannot think of one Interior Secretary whose policies substantially improved the lives of our Native American populations.

So, then, where does the buck stop?  Do we ever ask, before an election, specifically whom the presidential candidates have in the queue to advise them?  If we did ask, would they tell us?  And if they didn’t know, should we vote for them?  I’m only asking because grasping at straws does not a policy-maker make.

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Biden and ‘Stranded’ in Afghanistan

A terrible day for America. Some times the words don’t cover it. Sadness and anger fill America. Just for the memory. A few brief moments recorded for a day we shall never forget.

The first clue that Milley was willing to sell out his men and women. For what?

Expresses the sentiments exactly.

Trump sums it all up.

Hard decisions. When there were leaders. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

No Jen. Not stranding. Allowing to be killed.

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America’s ailing society

by Mustang

We live in a vast country.  In 2019, our population was 328.2 million people.  According to Johns-Hopkins Medical Center and the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders, one-quarter of our population suffers from clinical and manic depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Many of these people suffer from more than one mental disorder at any given time, such as depressive illness concurrent with substance abuse and anxiety disorders.  Ten percent of our population suffers from depression, bipolar disorder, or dysthymia in any given year.  Women are nearly twice as likely to suffer from major depression as men, but men and women are equally likely to develop bipolar disorder.

The average age of the onset of mental disorders is the mid-20s.  Most people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental illness, such as clinical depression and substance abuse.  In this group, men are four times as likely to commit suicide than women.  Women, however, attempt suicide more than men.  Whatever the outcome, scientists say that mental health issues begin to manifest themselves in both men and women during adolescence.

Mental health books

Emphasis: one-quarter of our population of 328.2 million.  Do the math.  It must be one of America’s dirty little secrets because we hardly ever hear about this.  If government policy has anything to do with the quality of life in the United States, then someone should be asking our elected officials very pointed questions.  Not that we would ever get any answers, of course.

Politicians are never held accountable for the things they “do to us.”  No government official went to jail for testing nuclear weapons in New Mexico, which caused massive spikes in radiation cancers all across the United States.  No one went to prison for performing human experiments on black men, injecting them with socially transferrable viruses. No one is likely to go to jail to fund COVID-19 viruses in China.

Speaking of government policy, Boston University tells us that since 11 September 2001, 7,057 active duty service men and women lost their lives in the Middle Eastern wars.  Since then, 30,177 active duty and veteran service men and women have taken their own lives.

There may have been undiagnosed mental illnesses within this exceedingly large group of people, but much of it had to do with extended exposure to combat, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from IED explosions, and the complete indifference of the civilian public to the reality of post-traumatic (war-related) stress.

The average suicide rate for post 9/11 veterans between 18-34 is 32.3 per 100,000 service men and women.  In 2018, that number increased to 45.9%.  In other words, nearly three times the suicide rate of the general population.

Suicide is one of the costs of war that no one wants to address or acknowledge.  And, or so it appears, suicide is a cost of war no one in the government thinks is worthy of acting on.  We could start, I suppose, by demanding that the government refrain from involving us in 20-year-long conflicts that the US government has no intention of winning.

But no … that’s too hard.  Besides, all of us know that government doesn’t care what we (the people) think. This is because we (the people) never hold politicians accountable for the horrific circumstances they’ve created for our society.

The preceding opinion probably makes me a racist, but if either study is valid, then all I can say is that American society is very, very sick.

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The Forgotten: Afghan Women, Girls; the Forgotten Golden Age of Afghanistan

 

What about the women and children left behind? Who speaks for them? Afghanistan was once peaceful and democratic. A history when they had a Constitutional Monarchy. A fledgling democracy. That should be part of the kaleidoscope through which we view it

Now the country descends into hell. Where are all the “woke” women’s groups?  The pictures below are a refresher.

What it was that caused many of us, as women, to empathize with the barbaric actions of this vile group against women and young girls. Yet women now remain silent for the most part. Let’s review lest we forget. The world is different now with the 24 hour news cycle and internet. We see and can feel. 

 

Let us not forget

While men fret about how America will look leaving the interpreters behind, little if anything is mentioned as to what will happen to the civilians/women and girls left behind. Heard is “We did what we could.” “They are tribal and have been fighting for years.” “Americans are tired of the war.” Yet we can leave 34,000 U.S. military for 70 years to support our indifferent ally Germany. 

In 2017, the Defense Manpower Data Center noted that the US military had at least 200,000 active-service members abroad, being deployed across 170 countries worldwide. 

But we do not have 2500 for the Afghans. No deaths in 18 months. Did you know that NATO had roughly 7,000 non-American forces in country? AP. This was our idea to exit. Here is something else we are not told about:

Afghanistan’s Golden Age: The Land Where Women’s Rights Were At Par With Western Nations | NewsMo

 

 

I went back and looked at my posts starting in 2009 regarding Afghanistan and especially the women and children under sharia law. Strange looking back, I realize I had become indifferent through the years. After all, what have we heard about this war in the last years?

Here is what I wrote then in 2009:

 

And so, have we forgotten those images of the woman being murdered in a soccer field in front of thousands? Have we forgotten the oppression of the women? Have we no caring that we would turn back the clock and allow the Taliban once more to abuse them in the most hideous manner? Condemn them to Sharia Law? 

 

The shock of the first pictures we saw:

 

Treatment of women by the Taliban - Wikipedia

 

File:Taliban execute Zarmeena in Kabul in1999 RAWA.jpg

“File:Taliban execute Zarmeena in Kabul in1999 RAWA.jpg” by Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Child Brides. Go ahead and look at the slide show at Foreign Policy

Here

The Young and the Betrothed – Foreign Policy

Child Bride

Women of Afghanistan

You will have to watch on YouTube.

 

 

 

I concluded my 2009 post with this and a certain naivete not knowing how the years would unfold.

I hear the men of war, speak of war. Let the women speak of a better time for the women of Afghanistan. Of all of  compelling reasons to sustain this war to victory, let it be the World’s humanity towards these women. They have no voice.  

Conclusion: My ambivalence now. The argument can be made that the country will be turned into a cesspool of wicked terrorists groups that plot and plan against us. After all we cannot help the entire world. But do we have a moral responsibility to remain? There is a generation of young girls who have not experienced Sharia law as dished out by the Taliban thanks to the United States. Having seen the desperation it is a heart breaker. They know what the future holds. But for anyone to say our military was wasted, no. Have we been lied to by our government about numerous aspects? No doubt. What did we do? We planted the seeds of a golden age again for many, that there is another way to live. They lived that way before. Did we have to call it quits? 

The total desperation.

 

 New York Times:

Remembering Afghanistan’s Golden Age

…But as President Obama debates whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan, and whether, more pointedly, he might be sending them down a black hole of civic hopelessness, American and Afghan scholars and diplomats say it is worth recalling four decades in the country’s recent history, from the 1930s to the 1970s, when there was a semblance of a national government and Kabul was known as “the Paris of Central Asia.”

Afghans and Americans alike describe the country in those days as a poor nation, but one that built national roads, stood up an army and defended its borders. As a monarchy and then a constitutional monarchy, there was relative stability and by the 1960s a brief era of modernity and democratic reform. Afghan women not only attended Kabul University, they did so in miniskirts. Visitors tourists, hippies, Indians, Pakistanis, adventurers were stunned by the beauty of the city’s gardens and the snow-capped mountains that surround the capital.

Afghans today say that the view of their country as an ungovernable “graveyard of empires” is condescending and uninformed. “Unfortunately, we have a lot of overnight experts on Afghanistan right now,” said Said Tayeb Jawad, the Afghan ambassador to Washington. “You turn to any TV channel and they are experts on Afghan ethnicities, tribal issues and history without having been to Afghanistan or read one or two books.”

“Afghanistan,” Mr. Jawad asserted, “is less tribal than New York.”

….

But the current downward spiral did not begin until 1978, when the president, Sardar Mohammad Daoud Khan, was killed in a Communist coup, setting off three decades of conflict.

In 1979, the Soviets invaded, occupied Afghanistan for the next decade and were finally driven out by American-backed mujahedeen fighters, some of whom went on to form the Taliban, an Islamic student militia, which took control in Kabul in 1996. The Taliban in turn were toppled by the Americans in 2001, but fighting continued.

….And by the end of the 1970s, many of the educated elite had fled and resettled across Europe, Asia and the United States. Gone with them was the promise of those earlier decades, when Kabul solicited foreign aid from both Washington and Moscow that brought in electricity, dams and irrigation, and when a young Parliament was trying out a fledgling democracy.

For a short history  The Golden Decade of Afghans’ history .

And you say the U.S. did not accomplish anything in twenty years in Afghanistan?  What did the billions if not trillions that we spent on Germany in over 70 years get us? Did it improve the quality of one life?

Women, once again, back in school. Judges. Women politicians. Women T.V. reporters.

These Female Afghan Politicians Are Risking Everything For Their Homeland

But we were never given any stories that were positive out of Afghanistan. Not about the three female district governors in Afghanistan. The mayors.

 

Because the stories were only about war. Not the 270 women Afghan judges now.

Not education. Not about girls now back in school.

The Afghan all-girls robotics team have been offered scholarships at ‘incredible universities,’ says Oklahoma mother who helped them escape the Taliban

On Tuesday, 10 of the so-called “Afghan Dreamers,” aged 16 to 18, were able to leave Kabul on a commercial flight to Doha, Qatar, after several failed attempts to flee the country. 

One of the people who helped them get out was Allyson Reneau, a mother-of-11 from Oklahoma, who first met the girls at a Humans to Mars summit in Washington DC in May 2019. 

 

Indeed, the best of the swamp of the world. You thoughts are welcome. I know this is a different point of view from many.

 

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The Pentagon’s leadership lies to Americans – America’s Toxic Military

 

By Mustang

The subject of command ability arises because of recent claims by retired Army Colonel Doug MacGregor (appearing recently with Tucker Carlson), who asserted that our problem in Afghanistan is the result of toxic leadership within the Armed Forces.  He may have been thinking of JCS Chairman Mark A. Milley, whose exhibited leadership would confuse even a recent graduate of Army boot camp.

Retired Army Colonel Doug MacGregor discusses collapse of Afghanistan, arguing he ‘can’t think of anything worse’ on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

In the past, the selection of officers to command Marine Corps companies was the prerogative of the battalion commander.  A regimental commander selected his battalion commanders, and a division commander picked his regimental commanders.  While commanding generals still have a say in the commanding officer selection process, a bureaucratic screening board in Washington now decides which officers shall be deemed “good enough” for assignment to command the Marine Corps’ combat organizations.

The problem, or so it seems, is that given the number of command officers relieved of their duties, “for cause” suggests that individuals “deemed good enough” by Washington bureaucrats to command combat organizations weren’t good enough at all.

 

This process, whatever it entails in all the military services, isn’t simply a matter of selecting the best of the best to lead combat units; it involves all the elements that have destroyed the entire process of military performance evaluation.  Anyone today who receives an average fitness report has reached the end of their career.

The reality of this suggests, very strongly, that “average” is no longer good enough; it also indicates that “average officers” should have been discharged before advancement to captain, rather than allowing them to languish around “taking up space” until they reached the rank of colonel.

It is hard to imagine that any officer serving as a senior field grade officer would ever be judged “not good enough” to command an appropriate level combat organization.  If, for example, a colonel was determined “not good enough” to command a regiment, then why was this person promoted to colonel in the first place?  Any officer judged “not good enough” to command a brigade would never advance to brigadier general — so, why the double standard?

On the other hand, maybe there isn’t a double standard.  As it turns out, the services canned more than a few general officers because they exhibited poor leadership, which again begs the question: how does a poor leader ever become a flag-rank officer?  The answer is politics.

Rather than promoting officers into senior ranks with distinguished service in combat, which given the essential mission of the US military, to begin with, is what officers are supposed to do for a living, many flag-rank officers today have NO distinguished combat service awards at all.  They seem to have a plethora of administrative awards and commendations, which almost entirely encourage sycophantism and rewards or recognizes superior degrees of political correctness.

We are all familiar with the case of Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, promoted to flag rank because she was one of the Army’s first lesbian colonels, who gave us the debacle of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.  One might conclude from that incident that a better system to identify qualified colonels for promotion might be in order.  No, that isn’t the case at all.

Janis Karpinski - Wikipedia

Janis Karpinski

A few weeks ago, Military Times reported that while serving as Commanding Officer, 50th Space Wing, (then) Colonel Jennifer Grant’s poor leadership resulted in the worst toxic environment Air Force investigators had ever seen within the active duty force.  The Air Force interviewed more than sixty witnesses. Most of them claimed that Grant treated her subordinates with disrespect, created and maintained an environment of fear and that she even accepted gifts from junior personnel (apparently seeking her favor).  However, the most troubling of their findings involved three instances of suicide and increased incidents of alcohol abuse since she assumed command.

This is the official portrait of Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Grant.

BRIGADIER GENERAL JENNIFER L. GRANT

Despite these findings, the Air Force advanced Grant to brigadier general early this year.  In another case, the Air Force fired Major General Dawn Dunlop for her poor leadership in creating and maintaining a toxic environment.  Dunlop continued to serve as a major general but in a different (less demanding) assignment.  In other words: no accountability.

At present, we have a horrible situation in Afghanistan, which Colonel MacGregor claims is essentially the fault of poor senior (general officer) leaders who had command authority in that country.  According to an article published in BizPacReview, MacGregor said:

“I think there are three things we have to take into consideration. First, of course, is there was never an exit strategy; no glide path out of Afghanistan. When I was in the Pentagon, the only thing I could find out was an intention to stay indefinitely. For some of the reasons you outlined in your opening remarks, lots of people were benefiting. Not the American people and certainly not our soldiers and Marines, but there was no glide path out of the place.”

“Secondly, is the problem with [toxic military leaders] [Note: with an inserted reference to General Mark A. Milley, CJCS] — toxic because they simply don’t tell the truth and for 20 years they’ve been lying, frankly, to the American people to soldiers and Marines doing the fighting telling them things were getting better, that we were making progress when the truth was we weren’t.”

MacGregor continued to criticize the decision to invade Afghanistan in the first place, laying much of the blame at the feet of retired Army General Tommy Franks, but returning then to the situation in Afghanistan over the past two years, he said:

“We don’t have democracy [in Afghanistan], we haven’t defeated terrorism per se, we have probably created some new ones [terrorists].  We have the largest Narco-state in the world that is now falling into the hands of new criminals and new terrorists.”

“When we first went into Iraq, there was an argument between [Donald] Rumsfeld and some others in his office, and finally Paul Wolfowitz interjected and said ‘look, we just want to get the army into Iraq.’  I think there were a lot of people that decided they just wanted to get the military into these places and that somehow or another, we would muddle through, that things would improve.”

“What you see now on television, this mass chaos and dissolution is the end of the illusions that began long ago in the aftermath of desert storm.  Well, we have employed it [the Army] and the Marine Corps all over the Middle East, and what have we created?  Chaos.  What have we established that’s in the interest of the American people?  Nothing”

 

The preceding is enough to lead one to this conclusion: the mission of the US military is defending the United States.  This mission strongly suggests that the Armed Forces’ critical duty is combat, combat support, combat logistics support, and combat readiness.

It is not vital race theory indoctrination; it is not making women equal to men in the combat arms, it is not righting the wrongs of past generations, it is not leveling the playing field for minorities through affirmative action programs, and it certainly is not nation-building or protecting Afghan women from their abusive husbands.  It is raw, horrific, blood and guts combat.  America’s senior military officers have (a) forgotten this essential mission, or (b) the mission has become secondary to their advancement.

But we must not lay this entire mess at the feet of senior field grade and flag rank officers.  The civilian leaders who tell the military what to do, have created most of this mess.  They encourage yes men by firing combat leaders and replacing them with men and women devoid of personal and professional integrity.

If you want to put stars on your collar one day, go with the flow.  Understandably, there will always be some element of politics in any organization, but to encourage it within the Armed Forces has produced, as we have seen, men who value their careers over that which is best for the United States of America.

And this is not simply toxic for our junior officers and enlisted men and women of our armed forces; it is dangerously unhealthy for our Republic.  Can any of this be “fixed?”  Sure — and it wouldn’t take long to accomplish — but only if Congress has the wisdom to see that it is necessary and the will to make it happen.

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Jake Sullivan arranges evacuation of Indian Nationals from Kabul

 

In a stunning report we learn that Sullivan himself is personally arranging evacuation of people from India stuck in Kabul. 400 so far. I could ask why not Americans first but we already know the answer to that question. In several news reports published in the India Times we learn the fine details of the “how” of it. So India figured out a way to get its folks out but what about the USA.

Americans Last – Biden will not prioritize Americans in Afghan evacuation

“Once we get more airlift out of Kabul, we’re going to put as many people on those planes as we can,” Kirby told Fox News:

The form: Use the form the Embassy says: Do not call the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for details or updates about the flight. This form is the only way to communicate interest in flight options.

Afghanistan“Afghanistan” by United Nations Photo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Let’s start here:

 

Indian Times:

As part of efforts to evacuate its officials and staffers from Afghanistan, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday evening spoke with his American counterpart Jake Sullivan for a smooth evacuation of Indians from there.

Top government sources told India Today TV that Ajit Doval had a long conversation with the American NSA Jake Sullivan regarding the evacuation which had become ‘difficult’ due to the lack of clarity about authorities on ground.

It was after the conversation that the Indian officials were taken inside the secure American zone at the Kabul airport last night from where they took off this morning, sources said.

The National Security Council has been working towards smooth exit of Indian citizens and officials from Afghanistan in coordination with other authorities and has also been coordinating the special military flights going to Kabul. The Americans have taken over the airport and have helped the Indians also to leave from there, sources said.

 

Top government sources told India Today TV that Ajit Doval had a long conversation with the American NSA Jake Sullivan regarding the evacuation which had become ‘difficult’ due to the lack of clarity about authorities on ground.

It was after the conversation that the Indian officials were taken inside the secure American zone at the Kabul airport last night from where they took off this morning, sources said.

The National Security Council has been working towards smooth exit of Indian citizens and officials from Afghanistan in coordination with other authorities and has also been coordinating the special military flights going to Kabul. The Americans have taken over the airport and have helped the Indians also to leave from there, sources said.

 

August 16-17 Operation | How was it done?

The Indian embassy in Kabul has a large contingent, therefore, taking everyone out would have been a very risky proposition, sources said, adding that it was, hence, decided that the transportation will be done in two batches. The two batches also included some of the Indian nationals working or staying in Afghanistan.

“There were various options that were being looked at. We are happy that they are all back safely,” said the source.

 

How India evacuated Indian Nationals:

Minute-to-minute monitoring, a well-calculated strategy and real-time assessment of the security scenario in Kabul were among the key elements of India’s complicated evacuation operation to fly the Indian nationals out of Afghanistan. In the absence of a government to coordinate with in the territory that is now under the Taliban, here’s how India pulled off the evacuation op.

The focus was on two main movements:

-Mission to the airport

-Airport to India

While the latter was under control, it was the former that posed a huge challenge, since there was no government to coordinate movement with. Cops had vanished from the streets, there was utter chaos and things were getting messy.

Like the first batch, the decision was to take the whole lot of people in the dark of the night to the airport and wait there till the flight was ready for take off. But, unfortunately, on August 16, the Taliban announced a night curfew, disabling the movement from the Indian mission to the airport.

The embassy made calls to all those Indians who were to travel to the airport with them and asked them to reach the mission. They all spent the night at the mission, prepared to leave in the wee hours of August 17.

The Taliban had cordoned off the entire stretch of the road leading up to the Indian embassy. Nobody was allowed to pass without showing documents. While they allowed Indians to pass, Afghan nationals certainly were not allowed to go past the Kalashnikovs.

The decision to have everybody within the embassy compound was because it is safer than other places in the city.

For the movement, the biggest concern was the presence of rogue elements that are not taking orders from the Taliban leadership. India Today has learnt that the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba elements have infiltrated the city. Any untoward incident with the Indian convoy could have major political repercussions back home.

But, there was no option to airlift them from the mission to the airport. A convoy of 14 vehicles was arranged to ferry all the passengers, with two pilot vehicles in the front and two at the back of the convoy. The pilot vehicles had trusted local staff of the mission who spoke Dari and Pashto and were familiar with the location and the areas very well.

There were about 15 check posts from the Indian mission to the airport that were to be crossed. Most knew that a high-security convoy was passing and that it had left the Indian embassy. All movements were in bullet-proof cars.

Every checkpoint was being monitored and reported to Delhi. Officials were awake all through the night. Each check post led to tense moments for those monitoring movement in Kabul and in Delhi, sources said. The convoy was stopped and questioned once or twice, the added.

The Indian side informed the Americans of their movement and details of vehicles that would be entering the airport but did not inform any of the Taliban on the ground since there was no way of trusting their security and assuring no leaks to rogue elements.

 

The main concern for India remains the evacuation of remaining Indian nationals. While exact numbers have not been shared, it is estimated to be in the hundreds.

After Indian nationals, the priority would be Afghans from the minority Hindu and Sikh communities, sources said, adding that some religious leaders are in touch with MEA. India is planning to send some chartered flights to bring them to India. All this is in the planning stage.

This appeared in the Indian Times today August  23, 2021.

The desperation of Afghan and foreign nationals to escape the Taliban’s clutches have led to tragic scenes at the airport, with seven people killed in a crush at the gates on Sunday.

 
In order to control crowds and ensure smooth evacuation operations, the US Embassy in Kabul has issued an advisory detailing who should gather at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
 
 
 

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‘Truth about BLM’ flagged by Pentagon as possible extremist identifier

The woke Pentagon continues. The purge of good men and women is on the horizon as their social media interactions and searches are examined. No, this is not tin foil hat nonsense. We simply have picked up from the Obama agenda. And just who are these dangerous folks? Back in 2013 I posted:  West Point Think Tank warns of dangerous “Conservatives”

A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”

The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” And just who are these “Violent Far-Right” folks?

It says anti-federalists “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.”

The report also draws a link between the mainstream conservative movement and the violent “far right,” and describes liberals as “future oriented” and conservatives as living in the past.

“The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.”

Shouldn’t the Combating Terrorism Center be combating radical Islam around the globe instead of perpetuating the left’s myth that right-wingers are terrorists?” the staffer said. “The $64,000 dollar question is when will the Combating Terrorism Center publish their study on real left-wing terrorists like the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and the Weather Underground?” Read more: Washington Times

What is the purpose of indoctrinating West Pointers to fear those of us who love Liberty? Since when do those who support freedom are to be perceived as dangerous? A new look into the machinations of those in power to grind away the perception that those who love God and Guns are dangerous folks.

And now the latest on the Pentagon’s investigation as they prepare the purge.

Former Air Force Commander Matthew Lohemeier reacts to Pentagon investigation ‘extremism’ on ‘Fox News Primetime.’

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Cell phones will be nation wide tested by the government for emergency takeover

Cell phones will be tested for emergency takeover by the government as needed.This latest effort by the government in the innocuous notice released by the FCC yesterday. Of course it’s first for those who opt in for alerts. But we were warned what could happen back in 2011 when the first takeover of the air waves occurred.  For the first time in 2011 the government integrated control over local and state emergency broadcasting.  First they came for the radio,TV, cable and satellite. Then they come for our phones.  One has to ask why the military was involved. From the earlier post:

he (Colonel Dietz) also asks whether it would make more sense to focus on mass messages to cell phones, given how people rely on them for communications. “Perhaps mobile phone ‘takeover’ technology would be in the SOCOM procurement pipeline down the road,” he writes.

Earlier June 2021 release:

WASHINGTON – FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this summer.

The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests will begin at 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 11 2021.

The Wireless Emergency Alert portion of the test will be directed only to consumer cell phones where the subscriber has opted-in to receive test messages. This will be the second nationwide WEA test, but the first nationwide WEA test on a consumer opt-in basis. The test message will display in either English or in Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.

The Emergency Alert System portion of the test will be sent to radios and televisions. This will be the sixth nationwide EAS test.

U.S. military plans method of taking over airwaves

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission held the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test occurred at 2 p.m. ET and was carried on all broadcast television, radio stations and cable and satellite television systems in the U.S. and U.S. territories. Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

Only the President has the authority to activate EAS at the national level, and he has delegated that authority to the Director of FEMA.  The test was conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through  FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS).

In essence, the authority to seize control of all television and civilian communication has been asserted by the executive branch and handed to a government agency.

Many of us have been predicting that this is one of the moves the Government would prepare to do in order that they would be successful under the “right” circumstances. While this “test” will be for 3 minutes, there is nothing about the Executive Order process that limits the amount of time in the future.

On that day, federal authorities were to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert. Right in the heart of the day. This is no tin foil hat theory anymore.

From Forbes:

If you want to take over a nation, then first take over its airwaves. Broadcast your messages and interdict the enemy’s ability to broadcast theirs. When the U.S. attacked Iraq in 1991, or NATO bombed Serbia in 1999, among the first targets destroyed were TV and radio stations. When there is a military coup in Africa, the first buildings the rebels usually grab are the radio and TV studios.

National Emergency Alert System Test (November 9, 2011)

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission held the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test occured at 2 p.m. ET and was carried on all broadcast television, radio stations and cable and satellite television systems in the U.S. and U.S. territories. Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

 Here is a question? Are we going to buy this bad boy from China?
Prior to initiating the FCT, USSOCOM wishes to identify all firms (both foreign
and domestic) which could provide a non-developmental light-weight,
multi-frequency, simultaneous over-broadcast system that has demonstrated a Technology Readiness Level of 8 or higher.

So it is illuminating that the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the organization that oversees America’s elite special forces, is quietly searching for equipment that will effectively give it control over every FM and AM radio station in an area. The short, innocuous-sounding announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities site states that SOCOM seeks vendors to provide “a radio broadcast system capable of searching for and acquiring every AM and FM radio station in a specific area and then broadcasting a message(s) in the target area on all acquired AM and FM radio station frequencies.” SOCOM wants equipment that is both lightweight and sophisticated enough to detect and broadcast over multiple frequencies simultaneously.

This is what the Pentagon now calls Military Information Support Operations, or MISO. This is a far less sinister name for what the rest of us call Psychological Operations, or Psyops.

Some might wonder whether this technology can be used inside the United States. The answer is yes. “The requirements outlined for this technology are specific to conduct operations overseas,” Cohen says. “However, in some instances and when directed, the MISO forces and equipment can be used during Civil Authority Information Support operations.  During these events, MISO equipment simply is a platform that is used to support organizations such as FEMA to disseminate information to the public regarding safety, and so on.”

Lawrence Dietz, a retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel who participated in Psyops for 13 years and writes a Psyops blog, suggests that a mass broadcast capability would be very useful during a Katrina-like natural disaster that can transmit emergency information when civilian transmitters have been knocked out. However, he also asks whether it would make more sense to focus on mass messages to cell phones, given how people rely on them for communications. “Perhaps mobile phone ‘takeover’ technology would be in the SOCOM procurement pipeline down the road,” he writes.

And what became of Lawrence Dietz

Lawrence Dietz

Dietz, is General Counsel of TAL Global where Tal Global’s international business has given him extensive experience in international contracts. Prior to joining TAL Global Dietz served in senior roles at Symantec Corporation to include Director of Market Intelligence and Global Public Sector Evangelist. He retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. His degrees include BS in BA, MBA, JD, LLM in European Law. He is the author of the authoritative Blog on Psychological Operations (PSYOP), http://psyopregiment.blogspot.com. He is a member of the Bar of the US Supreme Court, California and the District of Columbia.

Press release by FCC acting Chairwoman July 20, 2021.

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Additional sources used from B-ville.

Obama to shut down airwaves on November 9th UPDATE

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Bonus:

President Obama signed an executive order this week (July 12, 2012) that could give him control over the web in times of emergency.

According to The Verge, critics of the order are concerned with Section 5.2, which is a lengthy part outlining how telecommunications and the Internet are controlled. It states that the Secretary of Homeland Security will “oversee the development, testing, implementation, and sustainment” of national security and emergency preparedness measures on all systems, including private “non-military communications networks.” According to The Verge, critics say this gives Obama the on/off switch to the Web.

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Memorial Day – Bugler’s Holiday

 

We remember all those who have given so much so that we may have a day with friends and family. It seems fitting to honor the humble “Bugler Boy.”

Here is presented “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson, composed in 1954. This is the original version played by Leroy Anderson and the Boston Pops Orchestra’

 

 

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

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