First Version of F-35s Won’t Outdo A-10 in Battlefield Capabilities | Military.com

This will mean little to anyone not familiar with a combat situation……bur READ IT anyway!

I have been a staunch supporter of the A-10, the Wart Hog, and opposed to the military retiring it in favor of some overpriced brick…….

The initial reports are that the A-10 replacement is too expensive and not nearly as effective as close support for our grunts…….

This report confirms what a piece of crap this plane is……I believe the grunts deserve only the best and the most effective close support ……….The F-35 are neither!

 

First Version of F-35s Won’t Outdo A-10 in Battlefield Capabilities | Military.com.

Is America Truly Prepared?

Inkwell Institute

It has been awhile since I posted something by the Inkwell Institute……world events have been changing so rapidly that it did not leave enough time for my research and analysis…..hopefully that can change and I can once again go back to finding the problems that we as a country need to be focused on in these days of conflict.

For almost 15 years the US has been engaged in all out war…..we can quibble what to term the actions taken…..but war is war….matters not how we cut it.

After the attacks of 9/11 we have decided that we should meet the ‘enemy’ on their ground not ours…….in essence we will go after them wherever they hide……..after two major wars and countless lesser ones……….the military is being called on to do more and more

ISIS has become a threat and we have jumped on them with both feet while eyeing the problems in Libya and Yemen and the rise of ISIS there.  Then we get word that Boko Haram in Nigeria has allied itself with ISIS and the US feels it must respond……

From the Marine Times…….

Marines could play an important role in containing — if not defeating — Boko Haram, according to a new study published just days after the radical organization announced its allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The study was commissioned by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and was conducted by the CNA Corporation. It proposes ways to defeat Boko Haram within the confines of what its authors describe as a complicated relationship between Washington and Nigeria.

The strategy proposed by CNA to combat the group includes the short-term goal of working with Nigeria’s neighbors to contain Boko Haram, all the while advocating for a “whole of governance” or counter insurgency approach to eventually dismantle it.

Yet another country for US troops to operate within…..there is Somalia, Ukraine, most of Eastern Europe and now ass deep in Nigeria….US forces are being spread a bit then for an all volunteer force.

What shall we term this expansion of military force?  National security?  American exceptionalism?  Hubris?  Surely there is a term that describes this intrusion into other countries matters.

How long can we be expected to keep this push up?

Now ask yourself……who does this intrusion actually benefit?

Is it the American homeland?  Or is it possibly the special interests within the Pentagon and White House?

If this exercise continues, and I believe it will, how long before the all volunteer military starts losing more people than it can recruit?  The more conflicts we are involved in the more demand on troops to carry out the policies.  When that occurs how long will it be before the propaganda machine (read media)  starts making the positive case for a re-reinstatement of the draft?

You think it is a silly idea?  Keep in mind that we now have combat ready troops in every continent of the globe…..if there were the 1950’s the world would see this as a form of imperialism in a bid to control the world……so what changed that makes all this acceptable?

The American people are asleep and shall awaken only when something monumental occurs………like a return of the DRAFT!

Consequences Are A Bitch!

By now the national outrage is at fever pitch…..ISIS has released the names and addresses of military members and called on supporters to do something to them for their part in the war against ISIS….As they say (whoever ‘they’ happen to be) that “actions have their consequences”…….

Their attempt to control the information on the wars being fought….information that would be positive………they inadvertently gave information to the enemy….information that can be used to harm……..

In its rush to gain public support for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan the government turned our serving veterans into propaganda tools to make their case for support…..and thanx to their thoughtlessness they have put members of the military at risk…..

A group calling itself the “Islamic State Hacking Division” posted the names, addresses, and photos of 100 U.S. service members on Saturday, claiming it had obtained the information by breaching military security.As it turns out, the group didn’t need to hack the Pentagon. At least two-thirds of the troops on the ISIS “hit list” had been featured on public Defense Department websites designed to promote the military, The Daily Beast has learned.Many service members were quoted or photographed in promotional stories talking about their work, often in the Middle East. Others were featured in news videos or in holiday messages to their families. Some were photographed after they returned home from long missions. Others were spokespeople or official photographers for the U.S. military.
Thank God these people were not in control during World War 2 or we would have readily gave info and comfort to the enemy……Is it just me or does anyone else see the culpability of the government in this situation?  This is a prime example of how NOT to use propaganda.  The really big news is that all the people on the list have been notified and told to take precautions when using social media….and that the government will NOT offer any protection for named families.
TMI……there is the problem!
 Consequences are a BITCH!

How Long, Mr. President, How Long?

For over 6 months the US has been playing tag with ISIS and its allies…….and all the reports I see states that it will be a long, long war……I know “doom and gloom”….but what else could be be when there is NO recognizable plan for dealing for ISIS other bomb the crap out of them

There has been part of a plan……..

The Pentagon has issued a statement regarding it’s ongoing air war against ISIS today, reporting 2,320 airstrikes, and claiming the direct costs of the attacks so far were $1.83 billion.

Conspicuously absent in the war, however, is any meaningful territory gained in either Syria or Iraq, despite thousands of airstrikes. The Pentagon is rather trying to change the focus to just the stuff they blew up.

Really?  Has anyone heard a bright optimistic assessment of this conflict?

How about a few of those “in the know”?

U.S. counterterrorism officials and experts, never known for their sunny dispositions, have entered a period of particular gloom.

In congressional testimony recently, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. went beyond the usual litany of threats to say that terrorism trend lines were worse “than at any other point in history.”

Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in the Middle East, told participants on a counter­terrorism strategy call that he regarded the Islamic State as a greater menace than al-Qaeda ever was.

Speaking at a New York police terrorism conference, Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, said he had come to doubt that he would live to see the end of al-Qaeda and its spawn. “This is long term,” he said. “My children’s generation and my grandchildren’s generation will still be fighting this fight.”

Yep all that gives me an extreme feeling of confidence (that is called SARCASM)….

Is anyone looking beyond Iraq and Syria?

Since the consensus by many military leaders predict a long trudge against extremism… if true….where will we be in 10 years?  Who or what land will US troops be forced to deploy?

Libya is kicking becoming a failed state….even though we have successfully installed a CIA operative as the military leader….extremism is on the rise as well as ISIS affiliates.  The atrocities have begun.

If not Libya how about Yemen?  Yemen has always been a hot bed of AQ….and now ISIS is gaining a foothold.  The recent coup by Houthis has set the country into a downward spiral…..the economy is in the crapper and violence is becoming a daily occurrence.  Will US troops be asked to become the referee in this situation?  If so, that will take troops and that will increase the chances of violence and death…..which in return will heat the situation up to a boil.

The one that few are talking about is Lebanon…….ISIS has made rumblings toward Lebanon…..the political situation is delicate and is always on the verge of collapse…..this will empower ISIS as soon as they decide that it would be in their favor to start work on Lebanon.

This one question needs answering and soon……How far are you willing to go, Mr. President?

19th Of March Came And Went

I waited a couple of days top see how many people would take the time to remember the 19th of March……as I figured it came and went and NO one cared!  Instead they spent their time on some moronic e-mail scam or whether or not a new AG will get her vote……..

What the Hell am I going on about, right?

19 March 2003 US invaded Iraq for the second time in less than 15 years…….

Let me help refresh your brain!

Total amount of approved taxpayer spending on the Iraq War through 2011 $1 Trillion
Total amount of money lost or unaccounted for from the Iraq War $9 billion
Total amount of money lost in unaccounted for or stolen equipment $549.7 million
Total amount of U.S. taxpayer dollars earmarked for the reconstruction of Iraq $6.6 billion
Total amount of Halliburton overcharges classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported $1.4 billion
Total number of bombs dropped on Iraq during the Shock and Awe Campaign 4,845
Total amount of monthly spending during 2009 on the Iraq War $7.3 billion
Total amount of U.S. spent monthly on Iraq War in 2008 $12 billion
Total number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq War 4,487 U.S. troops
Total percentage of male U.S. troops killed in the Iraq War 98%
Total percentage of U.S. non-officers that were killed in the Iraq War 82%
Total number of non-U.S. troops killed in Iraq 316
Total number of non-U.S. troops killed from the U. K. 179
Total number of U.S. soldiers wounded in the Iraq War 32,223
Percent of U.S. soldiers wounded with serious brain or spinal injuries 20 %
Total percentage of U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq War who developed serious mental health problems within 4 months of returning home 30 %
 Got it now?It was all a LIE!  And here is what you can do….try to keep up…A list of must-reads compiled by Scott Horton for the anniversary of the start of the Iraq WarJust thought you might want to know what happen on that day….I know there are many vets that will NEVER forget…..so WHY SHOULD YOU?

47 Years Ago in My Lai: ‘We were there to kill ideology’ – BSNEWS

History is a BITCH!

The year is 1968 in the sleepy little South Vietnamese village of My Lai…….and the incident is something that most Americans have erased from their memories.  But re-writing history does not erase the truth.

It was a dark day and should not be forgotten…..that way maybe it will never happen again……

 

47 Years Ago in My Lai: ‘We were there to kill ideology’ – BSNEWS.

Ten reasons to vote against the use of military force | Fox News

We are waiting to see how the AUMF vote will go….the problem is that the Congress in their limited mental capacity can only do one thing at a time and right now they are all twitchy about Clinton’s e-mails……maybe after that investigation they will actually worry about something that matters…..the e-mails are just a diversion from doing real Congressional work.

I am opposed to the AUMF because I feel that a lot more thought ought to go into sending Americans to die than politicians are willing to give it…..

This article list some pretty good reasons for voting against the AUMF…..some I agree with and others not so much…..read for yourself and say what you think……

 

Ten reasons to vote against the use of military force | Fox News.