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From Time:

Robert Maginnis, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and West Point graduate, fears that won’t happen. He spells out what he sees as the dangers of opening combat billets to women in his new book, Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women into Combat. His key concern is that, under political pressure, the military will ease its standards, resulting in a less-capable force. Battleland recently conducted this email chat with him. …

What do you see as the three biggest risks to letting women serve in the combat arms?

There are a multitude of risks—far more than most people realize, especially those without military experience. Among the many risks I discuss in “Deadly Consequences” are these three:

– First, standards will be lowered. As a practical matter, there has to be a certain minimum number of women in combat units for the policy to succeed. That can be accomplished only by “gender norming” the standards for combat service. Lower standards will inevitably degrade combat effectiveness, and the nation will be less secure. There is also good evidence that the policy will harm military recruitment and retention.

– Second, women who serve as ground combatants, whether by choice or under compulsion, will suffer disproportionate physical and psychological harm.

– Third, the already serious problem of sexual assault in the military will get worse. Notwithstanding the Administration’s wishful thinking, this prediction is borne out by the statistics.

His points in general are the same ones hit on here in previous posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

There is nothing to gain from this.  There is much to lose.

On the battlefield, there is no agency to appeal to for gender bias.  The enemy, the weather, the conditions, the misery do not care that things aren’t fair.

Torsion bars don’t care if you’re too weak to change them.  Track doesn’t care if you’re too weak to break it and rebuild it.

breaking_track mlrs

You can yell at artillery shells all you want that they’re sexist for weighing too much, but they will not care.

155 shells

90 pounds of gear on your back does not care… and the inability to do any combat job gets passed on to someone more competent, who then has to carry two loads instead of one.

US infantry

Your buddy who needs your help does not get lighter just because you’re a girl (or a weak man who only meets a girls’ standard).

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Men who do these jobs have to be physically strong athletes.  Those who can’t meet the standard are a continuing drag on their unit and/or are mustered out.

The few individual women who could meet the standard (and could probably get waivers and be welcomed into units that might find utility for them) are not who is being looked at here.  This is a push for cocktail party circuit politicians to say “look at the good social justice thing I did for women” that will put girls into positions that break many men, and will break women much faster and much worse.

From Breitbart:

Playboy, Penthouse and other sex-themed magazines will no longer be sold at Army and Air Force exchanges _ a move described by the stores’ operators as a business decision based on falling sales, and not a result of recent pressure from anti-pornography activists.

The 48 “adult sophisticate” magazines being dropped are among a total of 891 periodicals that will no longer be offered by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service at its stores on U.S. military bases worldwide.

Good news is the Navy and Marine Corps haven’t dropped anything yet.  With different deployment schedules and different institutional cultures, hopefully they don’t.

 

Remember, though, Hagel already declared war on pinups and is out to make the military into something else.

Morality in Media, a Washington-based anti-pornography group, called the decision “a great victory” in its campaign against sexual exploitation in the military, and said it would continue to urge operators of Navy and Marine Corps exchanges to follow suit.

Ah, yes, morality enforced by government, in this case, removal of products by a government-run store.

Hopefully the first part of the story is correct and this is an economic decision and not a morality one.  Given Hagel’s declared war on pinups, I’m very skeptical of the explanation.  If falling sales dictate removal of titles, that’s the market making a decision.  If it’s Morality in Media and other anti-freedom groups pushing for further restriction on morale-improving leisure materials (I won’t say reading) and being successful as it dovetails with Hagel’s politically correct agenda, they fall in the same category as any other group that wants more state control.

They’re just going to “nudge” people into proper behavior with coercive paternalism.  Government orders you to eat your vegetables.  Government orders you to work harder.  And government says put a coat on, it’s chilly out.

Penelope Jiminez

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As usual, Col Kurtz had this to say:

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We train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won’t allow them to write “fuck” on their airplanes because it’s obscene!

Memorial Day 2013

Posted: May 26, 2013 by ShortTimer in Military, US Military, Veterans
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I’ve got a lot of stories saved up to blog about, but like a lot of folks, have things to do besides blog.  As such, I’ve got a large number of those news stories that are still worthy of comment, but not timely enough any more for full posts.  So here goes with a few of those:

NY Post: Occupy Wall Street Mob Steals Sacred Chalice From Church

There’s no longer room at the inn at a Manhattan church that’s sheltering Occupy Wall Streeters after a holy vessel disappeared from the altar last week.

When the Rev. Bob Brashear prepared for Sunday services at West Park Presbyterian Church on West 86th Street, he noticed parts of the bronze baptismal font were gone.

In a fire-and-brimstone message to occupiers later that day, he thundered, “It was like pissing on the 99 percent.”

In Brooklyn, at another church housing OWS protesters, an occupier urinated on a cross, according to Rabbi Chaim Gruber, who has angrily abandoned the OWS movement.

The artifact vanished just three weeks after a $2,400 Apple MacBook vanished from Brashear’s office. He told the occupiers that even when the 100-year-old Upper West Side church extended help to addicts during the 1980s drug scourge, no visitors touched its $12,500 sacramental instrument.

“Not even crackheads messed with that,” he said.

Occupy Wall Street: Piss-spraying desecrating thieves that are worse than crackheads.

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NY Post: JFK’s Teen Mistress.   The UK Daily Mail’s version of intern Mimi Alford’s story it is directly from the book:

‘This is a very private room,’ he said. The next thing I knew, he was standing in front of me, his face inches away, his eyes staring directly into mine.

He placed both hands on my shoulders and guided me toward the edge of the bed. I landed on my elbows, frozen halfway between sitting up and lying on my back.

Slowly, he unbuttoned the top of my shirtdress and…

presidential casting couch

Morally objectionable is an understatement, but at least the guy understood free markets a bit and how reduced taxes help the economy.

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And from SadHill news, and sadly, it looks like it’s not parody – US Army Troops Forced to Wear Fake Belly And Empathy Breasts To Understand Pregnant Troops’ Concerns:

And if you don’t believe it, notice the video is from Stars and Stripes.  And so is this story:

This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers.

Army enlisted leaders all over the world are being ordered to take the Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Exercise Leaders Course, or PPPT, according to U.S. Army Medical Activity Japan health promotion educator Jana York.

Somewhere, there is a balance to be struck on gender issues between having a Democrat president exploit his position to overwhelm and overpower a 19 year-old girl and the PC-gone-totally-weirdo idea of strapping a “pregnancy simulator” on Army Sergeants.

(Yes, technically field daying the folder would mean cleaning it into nothingness, but I’m just going to use it as a term to title & tag these clean-up posts.)

http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN3/

Goes for a few hours yet.

If you have the time, much like the Fast and Furious hearings, it’s worth watching.  It’s fascinating to see exactly what happens and is discovered versus what the media will report afterwards.

The US Navy’s chief of information, Rear Admiral Kirby, laments that there’s a “military-civilian gap”.   But what he doesn’t understand is that it exists only to him and those in Ruling Class circles.

In more than 10 years of war, we in the military have gone to great expense and trouble to listen to the concerns of foreign peoples and cultures. We have learned Dari and Arabic and Pashto. We have sat cross-legged in shura and tribal councils. And yet I worry that we do not pay our fellow Americans the same courtesy.

It’s time that we do a better job understanding and relating to the people we serve.

Really?  Has he been reading William “Troops are vile scumbag mercenaries who should grovel before their betters” Arkin‘s pieces?

Kirby’s perspective is horribly distorted.

We do not talk with them. Too often, we talk at them. We are the guest speakers, the first-pitch-throwers, the grand marshals. We show them the power of our capabilities through air shows, port visits and other demonstrations. This outreach is important, but it isn’t always a two-way street. And it doesn’t improve our understanding of the society we defend.

No, Kirby, you’re an admiral and chief of informationYou talk at people, you are the guest speaker, the first-pitch-thrower, the grand marshal.  You attend and orchestrate the dog-and-pony shows.

This lament comes up a lot from the left, and sometimes it comes up from those stuck inside the DC bubble.

I’ll address it the same way I did last time:

There are two Americas.  There are those who serve, those who know those who serve, who understand service to the country, and those who don’t.  Leftists and mainstream media writers are constantly scribbling about this.  Read enough and you’ll find it shows up all the time.  They lament that that the military isn’t representative of the nation, especially since we’ve switched to a volunteer system.  It’s not an uncommon thing to notice.  But it’s not a disconnect between the broader US public and the military.

It’s a divide between the Country Class and the Ruling Class.  The military is the Country Class, and the Ruling Class always wonders why they aren’t represented enough.  They wonder why the military is societally so far away from them, the same way they don’t understand farmers, truckers, miners, etc.

I guess I should amend that.  Once you’re an O-7, you’re crossing over into the Ruling Class.

Kirby is an admiral and chief of information – he’s firmly in the Ruling Class.  Off the top of my head, I can name 10 coworkers who are veterans in my job.  Outside of work, back in regular life, I can come up with at least two friends from circles as far back as high school who are veterans – in circles that weren’t very military-oriented.  If I count family and those who’ve served, I end up with 5 off the top of my head.  The military and veterans don’t talk at people the way the Chief of Information Admiral does… because they aren’t the Chief of Information Admiral.

They’re people you have conversations with.  The only “talking at” comes in the form of telling people about things they have limited to no experience about – which is true of any profession.

If you end up hanging out with a gearhead and know nothing about cars, you may feel “talked at”, but that’s just because you’re getting up to speed.  Even if you know about muscle cars or imports, you may find yourself getting “talked at” as you’re brought up to speed on rat rods.

32 ford rat rod

If I talked to the owner/builder of that ride, I expect to get talked at, because I know very little about it – but if I’m engaged in conversation, I’m probably going to learn.

The rest of the Admiral’s piece, when seen with the understanding that he’s part of the Ruling Class, makes sense.  He seems to lament a disconnect between himself and the civilian world.  But it isn’t a military-civilian disconnect.  It’s between himself and his DC cronies against the Country Class.  He even writes about cultivating relationships with the Ruling Class, and yet somehow doesn’t understand that’s the problem.

Naturally he, as a Ruling Class professional leader who talks at people, has decided to talk at us again and tell us all how we need to live and act.

Secnav Mabus, in addition to naming ships afterer labor leaders like Cesar Chavez, lying blue falcon scumbags like John Murtha, is naming a new Navy littoral combat ship after Democrat Gabby Giffords… a naming purely for political purposes.

The Navy’s newest ship will be the USS Gabrielle Giffords.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made the announcement at a Pentagon ceremony today, calling Giffords someone whose name is synonymous with courage.

Getting shot in the head by a madman and suffering through recovery is not synonymous with any kind of courage that would warrant naming a ship after a congressman from a landlocked state.  This is politics.  It’s doing favors for Democrat politicians and it’s been doing favors for the administration by keeping Giffords and her head wound in the spotlight.  If it weren’t for her head wound, she wouldn’t be important to the Democrats at all.

The contrast is very sharp when you note that then-HM1 Holly Crabtree was shot in the head by a sniper while on patrol – and the courage it takes to go on patrols in hostile territory, risking her own life just by being there – and then surviving a headshot – is the kind of courage that might well warrant naming a ship after her… a sailor wounded in combat.

crabtree & sis

Chief Crabtree just retired from the Navy after 14 years and that serious wound that she still hasn’t recovered from.

Of course, Secnav Mabus was more interested in scoring Democrat and anti-gun political points by keeping Giffords in the spotlight:

Mabus said the notion occurred to him that this would be a “fitting tribute” not only to Giffords but to Navy families because she was a Navy spouse.  Her husband, Mark Kelly, was until recently an astronaut and Navy pilot.

Really, it’s a fitting tribute because she married a guy who drove boats?

In the navy, pilots drive boats.  Aviators fly planes.  One could probably safely assume it’s a typo, but either way, it shows that the ship is being named for no reason other than politics.

Giffords is a political prop for gun control and undermining the Constitution, and has been used as willing a political tool since she was shot.  She was also used to blame Sarah Palin, too.  The left exists only for politics.

By contrast, again from the Crabtree story:

After being wounded, Crabtree was attached to James A Haley Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tampa, Fla. While there, besides receiving therapy, she “inspired and motivated several critically wounded soldiers and instilled a positive, can-do spirit.” For that, she received her fourth Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal on Friday.

Somewhere there’s a bitter combat arms guy who’d joke about the way NAMs are handed out like candy for making people feel good, but I’d say Crabtree is the exception, not the rule.  In 2005 the GySgt in my platoon got a NAM for getting some ice out into the field when it was hot.  HM1 Crabtree is out getting people to push through serious injuries – she’s probably earned hers.

Crabtree, 32, grudgingly accepted medical retirement.

I can still move my hand. I can still walk a little bit. I’m still good. I can do something,” she said of wanting to continue her career. Finally, she gave in.

She’s a 14 year veteran and she’s only 32 years old.  She was 18 when she joined, and spent 14 years of her life in naval service.  Reread her statement again until it sinks in.  Crabtree is worthy of a ship.

I can still move my hand. I can still walk a little bit. I’m still good. I can do something.

 

chief crabtree 2

Fair winds and following seas, Chief Crabtree.

Air Force Chaplain Awarded Bronze Star for Powerpoint Presentation:

After the accidental burning last year of Qurans by U.S. troops in Afghanistan sparked deadly rioting, an Air National Guard chaplain from Springfield stepped in and potentially saved countless American lives.

For his effort, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer received the prestigious Bronze Star — a medal given for heroic or meritorious achievement in connection with operations against an armed enemy.

And he did it with a PowerPoint presentation

Pentagon Planning Combat Medals For Drone Pilots Nowhere Close To Battle:

The blue, red and white Distinguished Warfare Medal will be given to servicemembers that demonstrate “extraordinary achievement” related to a military operation after 9/11. But unlike every other combat award, it does not require the recipient to risk her or her life…

An official speaking on condition of anonymity prior to the announcement from the Pentagon has indicated that the award will be higher ranking than a Bronze Star, but lower than the Silver Star — the nation’s third-highest award, the Army Times reports.

US Military Begins Annual Exercise “Enduring Freedom”:

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – With tensions in the Middle East rising over Iran’s nuclear program and the Syrian civil war, the United States and NATO began their largest annual joint-exercise this week, Operation Enduring Freedom. …

“In an uncertain world, we believe that Enduring Freedom shows that the NATO alliance is still a relevant force,” said International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) spokesman Colonel Nick Page.

Marines Told To Save Every Round:

United States Marines are being told to preserve ammunition and gasoline as a deal softening the impact of automatic spending cuts continues to elude leaders in Washington.

Marine Corps Commandant James Amos urged personnel in a video posted online Friday to “save every round, every gallon of gas,” and to “take every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck,” a reminder of the cuts’ immediate effect on the U.S. military.

Good luck.

Former Texas State Representative and Luby’s Massacre survivor Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp said these words that are allow instant understanding of almost every political figure:

How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.

Generals are ultimately politicians, and retired General McChrystal gave his opinion the other day on how citizens shouldn’t own effective guns.  It’s also worth noting he’s lived on military bases where everyone is disarmed except for the military police.  His interactions as a younger officer are often dealing with discipline problems among troops.  I have little doubt this has colored many of his views about what people should be allowed to do and what they shouldn’t be allowed to do.

Now yesterday, he says this:

I personally believe that national service is important for the nation, and that’s having all young people serve a term of national service. Certainly not all military. But I believe those things do have two effects. One, those things that bind people to their nation are important, and another thing is that we’re also a nation that doesn’t get to know each other too well. Someone from one part of an inner city never meets another person from an upper class neighborhood. We need some things that pull people together in shared experience. We need to be ten years after the fact when they are meeting somewhere, ‘Where did you serve?’ begins a connection that allows them to move on because we are getting too fragmented in my view.

No.

We don’t need a peacetime draft.  During wartime, if it’s necessary, it’s one of the burdens placed upon members of a society.  During peacetime, it’s an expansion of standing armies that we don’t need.

McChrystal is pushing for a draft (or alternate service) as some kind of a “shared experience” and cultural social program.  He wants to bring people together by herding them into military camps so they can have “experiences”.

The reason for the slow, ongoing Balkanization of the US is that there are politicians who benefit from the Curley Effect (Democrats) and encourage it.  The reason someone from one part of an inner city never meets another person from an upper class neighborhood is because the limousine liberal has made the inner city dude his pet cause – someone he taxes the suburban joe to subsidize – while all the while hating both; and driving wedges between Americans.  Look at the tax fight for the last few months wherein Democrats fought the government to a standstill so they could begin to liquidate the Kulaks.

There isn’t a lack of connection because of lack of military service – there’s a lack of connection because social engineer politicians have developed their constiutencies that way.  Instituting another social engineering program – that of a peacetime draft for “service” is just as bad.

The reason we honor military men and women is because they provide the peace that we enjoy.  They fight so we don’t have to – that’s why they’re given respect.  I fought so others wouldn’t have to.  It’s a volunteer military for a reason.

America is supposed to be a society without classes and castes.  In many places, it still is.  Ranchers who own 20,000 acre spreads still talk to their ranchhands, and while one’s the employer and the other the employee, that’s all there is.  They aren’t from different classes, just different income levels.  In cities where half the people or more live off handouts extracted from the other half at gunpoint by a sliver of a redistributor class, there is a divide – and it’s a divide that didn’t used to exist.

McChrystal is one of those who believes Americans to be a crowd that needs to be lorded over and controlled, supervised and taken care of.  The whole reason we have the class problems we do now is precisely because of social engineer progressive politicians like him.  Instituting one more policy will only exacerbate the harm as it brings people into the military who don’t want to be there.  Try telling the 47% that get handouts that they owe someone else something and are being drafted.  That’s going to lead to a schism within the military and a breakdown of good order and discipline all around.  People whose lives consist of “gimme gimme gimme” are not going to be exemplars of civic virtue and rectitude.

Leftists often lament the fact that the military is becoming more rural and Southern, but that was going on well before they started noticing it.  That all started happening because their own institutions and beliefs demonized the military.  Those in deep blue states often don’t have much interest in the military because it often stands counter to ideas they’ve been taught.

The idea of self-sacrifice by choice in order to preserve the liberties of their land is alien to people in a world where the government disarms them, won’t let them drink a 16 0z soda or have a cigarette.  Their liberties have been taken by their masters, they have nothing to stand up for.

(Also keep in mind that the people in those deep blue states are the kind that reward, promote, protect and have as educators the terrorists who planned to kill troops and their dates at an NCO dance at Ft. Dix.  So as a general rule, should it be surprising that someone who’s venerated by the left as an educational hero, and who dominates education and brainwashes the children for 12 years, might be an indicator of why there’s a divide?)

That whole cultural divide has been built with a lot of effort by devotees of Cloward and Piven and the Curley Effect.  If you want to change it, you don’t change a victim of 12 years of state-sponsored indoctrination and expect it to wear off in 2-3 months of training.  You get rid of the 12 years of indoctrination.

Now, if the retired general was advocating something like Starship Troopers, wherein completion of voluntary service risking one’s life was required to vote, I could see the logic to that.  He’s trying the reverse.  He’s trying to make everyone serve in order to instill virtue and understanding that cannot be instilled.  If he was saying “hey, if you aren’t willing to put your butt on the line and ‘some skin in the game’, then you don’t get a voice when it comes to government”, he’d find some sympathy for that – but he’s also find that 47% of handout voters would be vehemently against it because they’ve been trained by their political leaders to vote themselves largesse.  This is also why McChrystal’s draft will never pass, and why even if he wished it into existence, it would never work – he’d be drafting people with this mentality:

ask not what you can do for your country ask what your country can do for you occupy

All you’ll do with someone of that mentality is waste the military’s time and add to the 10% of shitbirds already there who join up anyway.  Drafting them in peacetime will be a failure in every way.

General McChrystal on Gun Control

Posted: January 9, 2013 by ShortTimer in Government, Guns, Military, Second Amendment

From Yahoo:

Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said some weapons should be carried only by soldiers, not civilians.

The entire purpose of the Second Amendment was to put the citizen at parity with the government to prevent tyranny.  McChrystal is an idiot and doesn’t understand his own oath.

“I spent a career carrying typically either an M16, and later an M4 carbine,” he said. “And an M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed to do that. And that’s what our soldiers ought to carry.”

He’s a general.  Generals have men to carry rifles for them.

The .25-06 is a pretty common deer rifle where I live (deer are usually kinda small around here).  The .25-06 puts out a .257 caliber round, which is 6.5 millimeters, at about 3230 feet per second.  When it hits any body, the effects are devastating.  And that’s why our soldiers carry something weaker.  Those traditionalists who still like the .30-06, a cartridge designed over 100 years ago, is .308 caliber, about 7.8 mm, and moves at about 2910 feet per second.  When it hits a human body, it’s a much heavier, more devasatating bullet that does much more damage.  All firearms propel projectiles, that’s what they do.  Saying the semi-auto M4 clones that citizens can own are dangerous due to some numbers is just a precursor to banning everything else – because so many other firearms are more effective.

Photo by Oleg Volk.

Photo by Oleg Volk.

That they are effective is the point.  It establishes parity in order to preserve liberty against tyrants, whether governmental or individual.

McChrystal is an idiot, but he is a politician.  Saying “guns are bad, m’kay”, sounds good when he’s playing politics to people who hate guns.

In the real world, the reason McChrystal isn’t Generalissimo McChrystal the Exalted Great Leader is because we, Joe and Jane and Jamal and Jesus citizen, have the Second Amendment and have rifles that are comparable in order to maintain the security of the free state that our Constitution was intended to create.  We maintain a republic by virtue of those tools.

The general added, “I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we’ve got to take a serious look. I understand everybody’s desire to have whatever they want, but we’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we’ve got to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that.”

rhett butler frankly i don't give a damn

He’s a general.  He’s used to being a control freak.  He says “jump”, people say “how high” on the way up.

“Desire to have whatever they want” is the reason we formed the nation he chose to serve.  We protect our children by maintaining a free society.  The job of police is to enforce laws.  We do not crush the freedoms of millions (and by extension set up a nation for tyranny) because Officer Barbrady wants his job made easier.  If we want to do that, let’s throw out the 4th, 5th, and 8th Amendments, take kids from their parents, and  just make a police state right now.

Oh, wait, there is no doing that.  Because of this:

oleg volk rifle girl force multiplier for liberty