Armed Forces

Do the US Forces truly hate Trump?

Will the mainstream media show this? For all of their rhetoric about how much the military abhor Trump, especially post the “suckers and losers” comments he was alleged to have made, the Army-Navy game seemed to show otherwise.

While Trump’s days in the White House look numbered, it is refreshing to see that media narratives are proven wrong yet again. We really wonder what the media will do if he loses the election. Recall our study which looked at how Trump boosted social media popularity by multiples.

China lectures Australia on human rights

How apt that China, a country with a shocking human rights record, sought to lecture Australia on human rights abuses. No less a fake picture of an Aussie soldier with a knife at the throat of an Afghani child posted by a member of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Does the Chinese Foreign Ministry honestly think Australia is going to roll over with respect to the trade bullying by smears like this?

Imagine if DFAT listed the number of people that died on the Long March, during the Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square or in Uighur camps?

Unlike China, Australian soldiers have a far higher chance of being prosecuted if they’ve been found to have committed war crimes. Let’s get real. China is more likely to pin medals on those that are sent to suppress minorities.

Time for Australia to reassess the long term relationship with China. No time for half hearted measures. Japan shares our regional concerns. Vietnam,The Philippines and others in the region are also sick of the confrontational attitudes in the Pacific. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

5 Lessons to live by

Great speech made by Rep Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) on the 5 lessons he learnt as a Navy SEAL. Really worth listening to.

Texas Reloaded – unconventional political ad

Congressman Dan Crenshaw has released his latest campaign ad. As a former US Navy SEAL, you can guess which way the storyline goes…

NATO (lack of) commitment update

NATO

In 2018 we wrote the following piece on NATO funding after Trump called out those nations who weren’t keeping up with their own self-imposed military spending commitments of 2% of GDP made back in 2006. At the time, only 5 of the 28 member countries outside of the US had met the 2% commitment. Fast forward to today and only 6 countries (ex-US) have achieved it.

Yet the Left is howling that Trump is a hypocrite for looking to move an F-16 squadron, amongst other instalments from sub-2% Germany to Italy – a nation with an even lower commitment –  because he thinks that the Teutons are derelict with respect to their NATO promises. How ironic that German politicians are begging the US to reconsider the move, knowing the boost to the local economy those facilities bring.

What the Trump-hating world doesn’t see with the relocation of forces is that such decisions aren’t solely based on monetary commitments but the strategic implications of new bases, not to mention the approval of the new country to accept US forces on its sovereign territory.

Others are saying this is further evidence of Trump placating Putin. Were that the case, Trump would encourage an extension of the timeline for nations to meet their NATO commitments and recommend the redeployment of those forces to the western-most part of Northern Ireland so as to be the least effective deterrent to Russia.

Given the long-standing arrangement Putin has with Assad, the Russian navy has access to the Meditteranean port of Tartus in Syria. Relocating fighter jets in Italy makes more sense than having them in Germany were a skirmish ever to ensue.

Never mind. Orange man bad.

Will the left demand the US Army change the names of helicopters?

Now the left is piling on to force a name change on the Washington Redskins despite the fact that 90% of Native Americans showing no offense, will they demand that the US Army ditch the names of all the helicopters – the AH-64 Apache, the UH-1 Iroquois, the CH-58 Kiowa Warrior, H-13 Sioux, RAH-66 Comanche, UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook and the UH-72 Lakota – named after Native American tribes?

For context, the H-13 Sioux was named in honor of the Native Americans who fought Army soldiers in the Sioux Wars and defeated the 7th Calvary Regiment at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

The Department of Defense noted,

Native Americans also served as some of the fiercest fighters for the United States for more than 200 years. In fact, 32 Native Americans have earned the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

The tradition of naming helicopters after Native Americans was once an official regulation. That regulation no longer stands, but the tradition continues.

Yes, Army Regulation 70-28 was created in 1969. The regulation listed criteria on how popular names would be given to major items of equipment. Helicopter names required approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

These names had to promote confidence in the abilities, the aggressive spirit, tactical application of the helicopter and not sacrifice dignity. It was an honour. Not a slight. The helicopters, once confirmed, are part of a ceremony attended by Native American leaders, who bestow tribal blessings.

So it is a badge of honour, not a racist epithet.

Who knew? Atlanta Police push back & call in sick

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has acknowledged that police morale is “down ten-fold.”

Who knew? If the Atlanta Police feel scapegoated by its leaders, why is it a surprise that dozens of officers are calling in sick or refusing to leave their precincts?

The Fulton County DA has effectively ensured that a fair trial against officer Garrett Rolfe, charged with a felony murder of Rayshard Brooks, isn’t on the cards.

Why would Atlanta Police officers want to put themselves in harms way when the DA seems keen on hosting a kangaroo court?

The death of Brooks was avoidable. Had he not resisted arrest and not pointed a taser – ironically classified as a deadly weapon by the DA – at Rolfe he would be alive today.

Brooks had been released on parole due to COVID19 after serving a prison term for child assault. He was caught and arrested for DUI. Presumably he didn’t want to go back to prison. Perhaps he might have taken more responsibility given his new found freedom. That doesn’t make him any less worthy of life. Let’s be clear.

That also doesn’t automatically exonerate Rolfe but the media and public are not experts in what law enforcement officers are allowed to do in carrying out their duty.

If Officer Rolfe openly violated internal protocols then justice ought to be dispensed by the book. If he didn’t break any of the existing rules then the DA has no place inventing his own interpretation to ensure a guilty verdict because it is fitting for the times.

That seems to be what is at stake.

If Rolfe’s actions are no longer deemed to be an acceptable use of force then the regulations need to be changed, not make an honest cop who abided by his training into an example for political point scoring.

No wonder the Atlanta PD is feeling marginalized. Who could blame them?

SWAT team resigns after Boss kneels & 22-yo Vice Mayor chucks them under bus

In September 2017, incoming Chief of Hallandale Beach Police, Sonia Quinones was reported as “a ground breaking hire” by the media. The new chief pledged she wanted to be “an agent or change…my key goals are to improve public safety, public trust and employee morale.

In an effort to be an agent of change, she kneeled with protestors to support BLM. Her SWAT team were having none of it and expressed their morale by all resigning from their posts.

Apart from highlighting they were minimally equipped, under trained and restrained by the politicization of their tactics, the resignation letter noted

The risk of carrying out our duties in this capacity is no longer acceptable to us and our families. The anguish and stress of knowing that what we may be lawfully called upon to do in today’s political climate combined with the team’s current situation and several recent local events, leave us in a position that is untenable.

In yet another Democrat controlled district, proud BLM supporter Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana was mentioned in the letter as,

“[taking] pleasure in besmirching the hard work and dedication of the members of this professional agency, having the gall to compare us to the Minneapolis Police Department.

22-yo Javellana proudly displays #GoodTrouble on her Twitter hashtag and happily notes on her Hallandale Beach public profile that she is “a progressive activist in Hallandale Beach and Broward County, Sabrina works to be an advocate for social justice especially in terms of economic, racial, and gender based issues,”

She happily retweeted several posts made about the move by the SWAT team to resign.

You have to wonder how it comes to pass that the very people who set the guidelines for policing go out of their way to throw their team under a bus? Go figure.

As we have mentioned many times in recent weeks, this constant pandering to the hypocritical BLM movement which has such questionable ethics boggles the mind. Just like the Webster Police Chief who laid prone with his hands behind his back after saying all of his cops were good.

Why don’t these chiefs and politics leaders defend their police instead of cowardly acts to appease the mob who openly encourage defunding and in some cases disbanding?

We repeat. This constant push by the left to hijack George Floyd’s death for political purposes works in Trump’s favour come November. He is the only candidate that is speaking common sense – if you can believe that – about keeping law and order and American citizens safe.

Japan aggressively steps up its Space investment

It wasn’t so long ago that the mainstream media went into a frenzy over the Space Force logo mimicking Star Trek’s Starfleet Command. Never mind that the US Army Air Force had used the delta symbol since 1942. Never mind that the Air Force Space Command has had the following insignia since it’s inception in 1982. As you can see the delta and globe shapes comes from that. We run through the history here. Such is the chronic nature of Trump Derangement Syndrome that no cure has yet been found.

Of course, the Trump-haters bashed him senseless over the moves to grant Space Force an independent status on the basis that he was indulging his immaturity. We have written for over a decade that the US has held deep concerns for its space assets given the astronomic (no pun intended) rise in China’s home-grown space technology which jeopardizes America’s ability to manage its huge military arsenal that relies so heavily on satellites.

China established the People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force (PLASSF) at the end of 2015 with a mission responsible for outer space, cyberspace, and electronic warfare. Where was the media bashing President Xi for this petulant behaviour?

Space investment has grown globally. In 2018, China launched 29 military satellites, exceeding six for the United States and eight for Russia.

So it made perfect sense to give the US Space Force proper recognition to counter the growing threats in orbit.

China to Launch 3 Astronauts to Chinese Space Station in June

Japan has raised similar concerns as the US. It will expand its own space investment under the name of Space Operations Squadron.

Janes Defense Weekly reported

The new squadron, which will now conduct personnel training and system planning in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and US forces, will be in charge of operating a space surveillance system designed to track space debris and the position of satellites in order to avoid collisions in space…The system, which includes a network of ground radars, has also been designed to monitor the activities of satellites of countries that may seek to disrupt Japanese and/or US satellite operations through, for instance, the use of anti-satellite missiles, laser irradiation, communication jamming, or so-called ‘killer satellites’.

Japan’s 2019 Defense White Paper openly states the growing risks in space.

There is no concept of national borders in outer space, meaning that the utilization of satellites enables the observation of, communication at, and positioning on any area on the Earth. Thus, major countries make efforts to enhance the capabilities of a variety of satellites and launch them for the purpose of enhancing C4ISR functions. Such satellites include image acquisition satellites for reconnoitring military facilities and targets, early-warning satellites for detecting the launch of ballistic missiles, for gathering radio signals, communication satellites for communications between military units, and positioning satellites for navigating naval vessels and aircraft and enhancing the precision of weapons systems. In outer space, various countries are thus rapidly developing their capabilities to ensure their military superiority.

From the viewpoint of ensuring their military superiority, various countries are also rapidly developing their capabilities to impede each other’s use of outer space.

So before the mainstream media pillories Trump over Space Force, if the most pacifist nation on earth is stepping up its investment substantially, know that there is a method in the madness. Weaponizing space isn’t about indulging childhood SciFi TV programs but navigating unchartered waters in military defence capability. It is nothing to be scoffed at.