Coming Full Circle

Time for a rant……

From time to time I have written about events happening within the US military…..most recently it has been the plan to retire the A-10 Warthog… my opinion a very bad decision for the combat ground forces in the military that are asked to carry out ops all over the world….

As a combat vet of the Vietnam War I appreciate the pilots and the aircraft that gave us close support in hot situations…..back in the day it was planes like the P-40, P-38 and the P-51…….these planes were called upon during WW2 to provide close air support of our troops……


It will become clearer why I included these photos as one continues to read…..

The A-10 Warthog has been the most successfully modern day aircraft in close support of troops in the field…..heavily armored and armed and flies slow enough for the pilots to get good accurate bearings before engaging….this is ugly but a piece of art in flight…..

This plane has performed close support in time of war it was pivotal in the defeat of Saddam on both occasions……and the troops love this “beast” over all others….but now this plane is said to be replaced soon by this expensive piece of brick…..the F-35……

After throwing billions at this program we have a couple of flying models but there seems to be more problems developing…..

  • Current aircraft software is inadequate for even basic pilot training.
  • Ejection seat may fail, causing pilot fatality.
  • Several pilot-vehicle interface issues, including lack of feedback on touchscreen controls.
  • The radar performs poorly, or not at all.
  • Engine replacement takes an average of 52 hours, instead of the two hours specified.
  • Maintenance tools do not work.

And those are the problems we know about…God only knows how much of the “secret” stuff is faulty……and we still throw billions at this thing all in an attempt to replace the Warthog…..a silly waste of time and money.

The B-52 has been in operation since the 1950’s it is continuously upgraded to meet 21st century situations…..why not do the same with a reliable plane for close air support…..the A-10 Warthog?

Okay I made my point that the A-10 deserves to remain in service to the troops and that the F-35 is a piece manure that some defense contractor convinced Congress that we cannot live without…..but how does this live up to the name of the post…..Coming Full Circle?

I am so glad you asked!

You see there is another attempt to give the troops a close support place that is as effective as the ‘Hog…..and that will be a major operation…..

A company called Hawker-Beechcraft has come up with a design that I could approve of…..the AT-6

It may not have all the weapons as the A-10 but it can be modified to act in the same capacity as the ‘Hog……personally I would trust this design over s supersonic brick if I was in need of close support….

Now do you understand the title?

The best idea may well be the original idea.



 Wars America Should Never Have Fought

I do enjoy my history…..and I hope that my readers appreciate it when I try to give them a little more knowledge that they may already possess….

There are those, which include me, that thinks that the Gulf War of 2003 was a huge mistake and the repercussions are being felt today.

But history has shown that Iraq is not the only war we should have avoided with a passion……actually history has shown that our misadventures in war goes back as far as 1812.

5 wars that the United States could have, and should have, kept out of.

Source: Misfire: 5 Wars America Should Never Have Fought | The National Interest

There are a few ‘minor’ wars that I feel we would have been well advised to avoid that will not be counted by most……the wars of Grenada and Panama come to mind handily.  Both of those wars were fought to prove a point not necessarily to solve a problem.

There may be others……Please if you can think of others throw them out there and we will discuss them.

Is It time to withdraw from the Middle East?

This post is going to make all those that fear everything to think that I have lost my ever loving mind…..I may have but not about this situation.

I also realize that there are those that think that if the US leaves the Middle East that somehow makes us look weak….was America weak when Reagan pulled our troops out of Beirut?  Nope he saw that our presence was becoming a magnet for every wacko with a cause and as a result many Marines had to die.

A case can be made, although there are many who will not see it no matter how much evidence is presented, that our invasion has lead to much of the problems we face today….

There is an alternative to sending more and more troops to an area that has become a death trap…..

American-led airstrikes recruit as many terrorists as they kill. How many times must we repeat the same mistakes?

Source: It’s time to withdraw from the Middle East: Military intervention is only making terrorism worse. It’s time for a radical pivot –

Your thoughts on this issue would be appreciated.

Veterans Day 2015 #1

Today is the day that the government has set aside for the recognition and remembrance of our veterans and their contributions to this country.

A day that I usually go on my rants about the treatment of our veterans and this year will be NO different.

This country owes a debt that cannot be paid to our veterans…..mainly because of the moronic belief that the government owes these people very little for their service.  Think I am wrong?  Then look at Congress and the inactivity there is on veterans issues and the budget cuts to the VA….just to mention a couple of the cowardly moves by politicians.

Veterans make great props for their re-elections, a good photo ops and great slogans but that is as far as they will go to see that veterans are cared for in an appropriate manner.

This country calls out and our people volunteer to go and fight for this country and when they return they get….SQUAT!

The ones that are wounded have to depend on begging the citizenry for money to help make them whole again.  These are wonderful organizations that do great work… point is that vets should NOT need to beg for the help they need and the people should get off their lazy asses and demand that the veterans get everything they need to recovery from their injuries…..FREE!

Look at the latest conflict….the righteous war against the barbaric ISIS……just the money alone……

Ongoing operations in Iraq and Syria to confront the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State cost an estimated $7 million to $10 million per day, the Department of Defense said

An analysis of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a “lower-intensity air campaign” would cost between $2.4 billion and $3.8 billion a year, a “higher intensity air campaign” would cost $4.2 billion to $6.8 billion, while an all-out “boots on the ground” campaign would cost $13 billion to $22 billion.

That amount of budgetary cash would treat how many veterans?

The American government treats troops like tools……good until it breaks then you discard and get some new tools…….these tools are our sons and daughters, fathers and mother, brothers and sisters….they deserve better than this country seems willing to give.

It is Veterans Day….take some time to remember all those that never return home…..and the ones that return with debilitating injuries……..then take a moment and ask yourself if you truly support our troops or if it is all just a way to soothe your conscience.

Supporting that troops is more than a bumper sticker or a flag or kind words…….these brave people did what you wanted of them….now it is time that YOU do what is needed to truly support them.

Is A US Empire Inevitable?

I am always in search of topics that I can offer my readers with the hope it will set them to thinking and in the end respond to my questions and insertions.

I read an article in the American Conservative (that is correct…I read a conservative source) that got me to thinking about the US and what appears to be the beginning of a possible empire….

For instance…….The United States’ State Department recognizes 195 independent countries around the world and of those countries the US has troops operating in 147 of them….

“In the last decade, Green Berets have deployed into 135 of the 195 recognized countries in the world. Successes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Trans-Sahel Africa, the Philippines, the Andean Ridge, the Caribbean, and Central America have resulted in an increasing demand for [Special Forces] around the globe,” reads a statement on the website of U.S. Army Special Forces Command.

The Army’s Green Berets are among the best known of America’s elite forces, but they’re hardly alone. Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, Army Rangers, Marine Corps Raiders, as well as civil affairs personnel, logisticians, administrators, analysts, and planners, among others, make up U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF). They are the men and women who carry out America’s most difficult and secret military missions. Since 9/11, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has grown in every conceivable way from funding and personnel to global reach and deployments. In 2015, according to Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw, U.S. Special Operations forces deployed to a record-shattering 147 countries – 75% of the nations on the planet, which represents a jump of 145% since the waning days of the Bush administration. On any day of the year, in fact, America’s most elite troops can be found in 70 to 90 nations.

Also we have major deployments elsewhere in the world like Germany, UK, Korea, Japan, etc…….a total of 147 countries…..if my math is correct that is over 75% of the world’s nations have an American troop presence.  At the height of the British Empire there was not that many nations that the British troops were involved in…..(check out the article in American Conservative….)

Source: Is Empire Inevitable? | The American Conservative

The US seems to be trying to out do the Romans and the Brits as far as occupation of foreign lands go…..

How long before the world starts calling our involvement for what it appears to be…..Empire building?

Does Patriotism Have a Price?

Back in May of this year I wrote about a program where the Pentagon was paying pro teams for their patriotic programs…..

In case you do not recall my piece……let me refresh your memory……

Source: Patriotism Has Its Price | In Saner Thought

I bring this up because this scandal has once again been foisted into the national dialog……

You know when you go to a baseball game and invariably during some inning break the team points out a group of soldiers or national guard members in the stands and tries to get a big round of applause going? That doesn’t just happen.

A new report from Sens. John McCain (R – AZ) and Jeff Flake (R – AZ) revealed that the Pentagon has spent over $10 million in recent years to keep those “shows of patriotism” active across sporting events.

Whether it’s paying for special VIP parking for generals or for some team to show the military’s logo on their jumbotron, these programs are overwhelmingly pay-to-play sponsorship schemes. If 20 members of the military are getting the “Richard Petty ride-along experience,” it comes as part of a $1.5 million annual expenditure.

Interestingly, Congressional leaders seem to be of two minds about this heavily subsidized pretense of a pro-military environment, insisting it is a waste of money but largely expecting the teams to continue the programs irrespective of whether they pay for them.

That’s probably not going to be realistic, particularly in the long run, and while it’s certainly a waste of taxpayer money to have the National Guard buying a block of Red Sox tickets, Congress may be about to learn that in the absence of “paid patriotism” there’s going to be a lot less VIP treatment coming the military’s way.


I have been a critic of Americans and their patriotism……

I want to know why the American people are NOT more outraged at this practice…..I mean they are always telling veterans that they are loved and that we appreciate their sacrifice….and yet this seems to be a “not a big deal”… is pathetic that these people need to be paid to show some respect……

Could it be that some form of misplaced loyalty to some team is more important than the integrity of the veterans?….if that is it then I have NO use for you or your moronic loyalty…..and definitely no use for these money grubbing sports teams.

There is absolutely NOTHING important than the well being of our veterans…….

Will anyone else speak up?