Armed Forces

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.

Looking for a publisher

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I am getting back to a long-overdue project. If anyone has any ideas of where best to publish a book based on the letters of my grandfather’s experiences in WWII I would be most grateful. Here is an extract of the introduction plus three of the 120 letters he wrote.

BEYOND THE NORM

Introduction

Hidden amongst a stack of boxes accumulated over many decades in an attic lay a treasure trove of over 100 letters from World War II written by Lt. Norman Martin Peterson. This decorated ANZAC served from 1939-1945 in the 2/1 & 2/2 Australian Field Ambulance.

Lt. Peterson was a Rat of Tobruk. He served in the hell hole of Crete and saw hand-to-hand combat in the jungles of the Pacific Islands. Reading his letters and viewing the many photographs gave me an insight into a man, my grandfather, who I never really knew.

As a child, I only saw him as a larrikin given his wit and humour. He never discussed his experiences, but after reading his letters I developed a new found respect for him and wondered how he managed to maintain his sanity during, let alone after the war.

It is important his despatches be preserved as a reminder of how we must never take for granted the bravery of those who fought and died for our freedom.

Despite the often graphic details contained within his eloquent prose, he left some invaluable lessons about honour, courage and sacrifice. To read these letters in chronological order provides a powerful insight into what it’s like to serve in a theatre of war. Over time, the initial excitement of being in different surroundings and serving one’s country turns to fear, and eventually relief in the dying years of the war. His personal courage and bravery are never discussed. But anger and depression, in and after battle, make their presence felt.

Norman painted a very clear picture of the stresses and trauma faced by soldiers in the field. Whether the bitterness of losing a respected commanding officer, the courage shown when facing direct fire from a Messerschmitt Me-109 or moving wounded troops under mortar fire as a mate falls victim to shell shock, his letters bring to life what few Australians have ever experienced.

It wasn’t only Norman Peterson who bore the weight of war. From his letters, it is clear that his wife, Mary ‘Molly’ Peterson was suffering on the home front too. She never knew if or when she would become a war widow or whether their daughters, Margaret and Valma, would ever see their father again.

Sometimes communications were brief. They said almost nothing, but then again, everything. The telegram which cryptically advised her, “LEFT GREECE. STILL ALIVE. LOVE PETERSON” provided momentary relief before the nagging fear of how long it would be before she received another telegram telling her that Norman’s luck had run out.

TOBRUK – 1941

We were wakened by the drone of Italian bombers which have a distinctive note and easily recognizable at night…we heard 1/2 dozen explosions & wondered what they would be bombing…about 30 minutes later we got a message to go immediately to the prisoner of war compound as they had been bombed…

…it was a most ghastly sight imaginable. The prisoners without blankets were huddled together for warmth and had lit fires and their own planes had dropped big 500lb bombs…

…there were bits of bodies everywhere, like a slaughterhouse – brains, livers, arms, trunks. I couldn’t describe it. The bombs landed right into the huddled mass of prisoners & blown them to pieces. The doctors and the boys worked like Trojans doing amputations in the field. Arms and legs were put in a stack like a wood heap and to make it worse some desert dogs were having a feast on the remains. One of our blokes was doing an Italian, who had his arm just hanging by a bit of tissue, hacked the arm off with a jackknife. When he returned a bloody dog had the arm in his mouth. And was streaking over the hill when an MP shot it with his revolver. We worked all that day and through the night & done around 300 operations on the spot. Near one bomb crater, we shovelled bits and pieces in the hole and covered it in…it is not so much the shrapnel but the concussion that does the damage”

CRETE -1941

“We were in an olive grove with wounded men under every tree before we got word to get going and they gave us hell here, the guns tipped toward the men under the trees and straked is with machine guns. I nearly took a soilly here. I heard a plane roaring down & looking up saw a Messerschmitt 109 diving straight for me. You should have seen me move. I dived for the nearest tree and just got there before he opened up with his machine guns (6 of them, 3 in each wing).  The chatter of them was deafening as he flew as low as 100ft from me, the b———-d…any man on Crete who never prayed was a bloody liar…

…anyway I had the job of getting 300 walking wounded to the beach which was 45 miles away (they told us 7)…what a march keeping our movement secret & taking cover by day and moving only at night…the hours of daylight would drive you crazy…a road was being done over by Junkers 87s and heard Jerries trench mortars landing very close so I said to Kev & Bill “let’s go” daylight or not I was moving. Bill told me he’d had enough and couldn’t stand it any longer then I noticed for the first time he was bomb happy (shell shock) his head was nodding nineteen to the dozen, eyes staring and hands shaking…

…water was scarce. My mouth like blotting paper and we were in rotten condition until we came across a bombed truck so we drank the radiator water (rust, oil and all). It was like nectar…I never thought hunger was so crook…I couldn’t keep my mind off food, even dreamt of it and of the crusts I’d wasted (Kev admitted the same)

NEW GUINEA – 1942

Meanwhile Private Jenkins was sent through by jeep to act as a guide…however about 50yds from the corner; a sustained burst of MG fire whistled around us which was tragically funny as I looked behind to see the boys moving up the track. After the burst I dived for cover in the tall Kumai grass and when I looked back there wasn’t a man to be seen because when I dived they all dived too. We stayed about 1/4 hour and I decided I couldn’t stay all day so I decided to risk it and make a dash for it…a man every two minutes…without mock heroics my knees were knocking as I got to my feet and darted 200 yards long and expected to get one in the guts at any moment…

…to my sorrow around the corner we came across poor George Jenkins who had been the guide- shot-our first casualty and we’d only been in the place 5 minutes and a sniper had got him. The bullet had plowed through his scalp from ear to eye and his face was a mess. Poor bugger. All he was worrying about was that he wasn’t able to tell us about the snipers and was we alright? I slipped a shell dressing on his skull and carried him back – lucky bugger he’ll go home now…

…this bloody war is a terrible mental strain. You can get shot anywhere with snipers (who never live more than two hours anyway after they’ve climbed the trees) because our boys comb the branches with Brens and they dangle like rabbits from their perch). I’ve lost about 2 stone since I’ve been in action here. It’s tough believe me.”

Nancy gets out her scotch/tape

After ripping up a speech which was largely truthful in content and contained the story of a 100 year old member of the Tuskegee Airmen who was present at SOTU, Nancy Pelosi decided to post this.

Thanks Nancy. A bit late. You should have respected them at the time but you let your petty partisanship drive your behavior.

She is a piece of work.

Trump Derangement Syndrome in Space

Yes, it didn’t take long for the liberal media to find yet another talking point to mock Trump for supposedly ripping off Star Trek’s ‘Starfleet Command’ logo. CNN’s Jim Acosta pushed the narrative in a tweet. The BBC and other mainstream media outlets jumped on the band wagon to have a potshot at Trump. This is truly stuff that kindergarten kids do in a playground.

Unfortunately for Acosta, 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.

The delta symbol, the central design element in the seal, was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Force and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. Perhaps Star Trek channeled the US defence forces, not the other way around.

The orbit design in the new logo is also identical to NASA. The star clusters are also similar.

We only need look at the other US military branches in the US to see the outer circumference is consistent. Here is the Department of the Air Force replete with Roman numerals.
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It is amazing that this is even news. However the mainstream media so desperate to paint Trump as stupid, can’t help itself by resorting to such low resolution barbs. As is so often the case, a little bit of effort reveals the lack of rigour within media outlets to get to the truth.

So much for high-brow journalism. Everything is driven by clickbait and ‘trending’ stories. They can’t let high quality investigative journalism drive audiences. Then act surprised when ratings keep falling.

Which begs the question, who is stupid? The mainstream media or Trump?