Saturday, July 31, 2004
The fact of the matter is, We did not have very much political sway with Joseph Stalin. The Allies, mainly Great Britain and the United States, would send war material and aid to the USSR, but Uncle Joe would merely whine whenever we asked for co-operation. Well, he would whine AND sit down in the mud and act insolent....like an overgrown moustachioed child.
On 4 August 1944, Churchill sent a telegram to Stalin saying that Britain was attempting to drop 60 tons, yes....tons, of equipment and supplies to the south west quarter of Warsaw. He appealed for Soviet aid. He heard nothing from Moscow until the next day when Stalin dismissed Polish claims as "exaggerated" and that it wouldn't be prudent for the Red Army to intervene.
Two RAF planes dropped supplies to the resistance on the 4th and three more planes made drops on the 8th. But they were flying from Italy and it was just plain too difficult to arrange mass drops from that distance.
Churchill and Roosevelt fired messages repeatedly to Stalin over the course of the struggle but could gain no co-operation, not even the use of Soviet Airfields.
This was mainly due to a disagreement over Soviet plans for post-war borders. Should we have acceded to their wishes at that time we would have had reason to apologize to Poland.
Stalin's telegram to Churchill on 16 August, in response to repeated personal entreaties and political maneuvering between the Allies and their diplomats in Russia, declared the Red Army's "disassociation" with the struggle in Warsaw. Effectively hanging the partisans out to dry.
Churchill recieved another telegram from Stalin on 22 August that referred to the Polish underground as a "group of criminals", I'm sure that this did not apply to the Polish communists who were being put in charge of areas overrun by the Soviet forces.
Stalin also justified abandoning Warsaw because in his military point of view, the situation in Warsaw was "unprofitable" to the Red Army and Poland.
The Allies continued fruitless pleading with Moscow into September.
What I don't understand is how we were expected to force Stalin to do anything that he did not want to do. If we with-held aid or assistance from him, he could have easily signed an armistace with Berlin, then we would have had the entire weight of the Wehrmacht to contend with on the Western Front and Warsaw still would have been reduced to rubble.
I want to hear Poland's apology for totally abandoning the Warsaw Ghetto jews and leaving them almost totally without assistance from the underground during their own uprising in 1943 before I hear them demanding apologies from others.
Then I want Poland to demand an apology from Russia, that is where the blame lies.
TeufelHunde of Hope
Well, we have all heard of Christian soldiers...But I know of one of Christ's Marines.
My esteemed friend, The Humble DevilDog, has a great series of topics on The Personal Relationship With Christ planned for his blog over the next few days.
He has interesting things to say, and I personally believe that he has a calling to say them.
His first topic is already posted and has every promise to make for a lively discussion.
So go on over, http://ajsneurons.blogspot.com/ , and be blessed.
Friday, July 30, 2004
An Army of One....and other ways that the U.S. Army is being emasculated
The Army brass has implemented a number of changes to that venerable organisation that are supposed to make it more efficient in a modern day or non-linear battlefield. Even more changes are in the pipeline for later. The problem is these changes are cosmetic, they are only one dimensional and work only on paper.
Indeed, the only real tests for the current changes were the war in Iraq, OIF, and according to reports, the results were underwhelming.
Take the much celebrated Stryker Brigade concept for example. You can read about it here http://www.geocities.com/air_mech_strike/ . These are extremely expensive and are totally unfit for any other task than paramilitary operations. There was a reason that they were kept out of the assault phase of the war. They are undergunned, lightly armored, carry a minimum of soldiers and are restricted to where they can travel. Moreover, they are singularly unsuited to strategic airlift. Bradleys and M113's can be rigged for airlift, which means they have the deployability which a seaborne Stryker lacks. Speaking of seaborne, the USMC has the LAV which seems to embody all of the attributes that the Stryker was intended to possess, plus it is amphibious, is all-terrain and is much less expensive.
Another example is the re-structuring of the Army's order of battle, their combat organization. Starting in 2005, for instance, the 82nd Airborne Division will be adding a fourth brigade to it's organization, re-activating the old 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, one battalion of which is already tasked to the newly re-flagged 173rd ABN BDE of Viet Nam fame.
Add another Brigade to the 82nd? Sounds great. That is, if it actually puts more troopers in the ranks. Apparently this is not the case though.
Currently this division, as do most U.S. Army divisions, consists of three combat brigades plus support battalions, slice elements, Headquarters and in some instances, round-out units from the National Guard and Army Reserves. The three brigades in the 82nd each have three infantry battalions. The idea behind the current organization is that any one brigade is strong enough that, when combined with it's slice elements, can act as a Brigade Task Force that can be deployed within 18 hours of notification, anywhere in the world. That is why the 82nd ABN is the flagship unit in America's Rapid Deployment Force. Our Strategic 911 if you will.
Here is the rub. This new fourth brigade is going to consist of battalions taken from two of the original brigades, with the superfluous battalion from the other original brigade being broken down to serve as scout companies for the four new brigades (the three original brigades already have scout/sniper platoons at the battalion level so I don't understand this necessity). A support battalion will then be added to each brigade, eliminating the previously independant command structure of these artillary, medical, mp, etc, etc, units (this opens up an entirely different can of worms). So now the combat assets of the brigade sized element has been reduced by an entire infantry battalion. Now when a brigade is used in a deployment, less rifles are available, even if the division has gained a whole new brigade. I guess you can call it the old army game. More units...less soldiers. It's like some illicit gambling operation on a New York street corner. KEEP YOR EYE ON THE BALL !
There is also talk of the Army abondoning the division altogether and going back to the pre-WWII regimental system. Does anybody remember why we abandoned that system in the first place? Once we get thses individual regiments overseas, they will be lumped together under a centralized command anyway.....we could call them divisions then!
Now there is talk about getting rid of the old organizational nomeclature and replacing them with names that are so lengthy that they are shortened to initials. A standard TO&E will look like a calculus problem. How about that for esprit de corps? "Grandpa....tell us again about when you served with the venerable and elite 123rd UA pi r squared!"
The LANDWARRIOR project sounds all techy and wonderful. Expiditing command and control ergo eliminating the dreaded fog of war. But when shrapnel starts cutting wires and smashing lenses and keyboards, when batteries run low and resupply is not immediately at hand or when cloud cover keeps a plugger from giving grid co-ordinates, are the soldiers of tomorrow going to be able to fall back on the old tried and true skills that have served the doughfoot of yesteryear so well? History has shown that when you have a finite amount of time to train soldiers in their particular skills on any given day, the skills that have been rendered obsolete by technology fall by the way side and the lion's share of the training time goes toward the re-enforcement of skills deemed pertinent to the equipment being used.
Can you imagine the Ranger Creed reading-"I will go on to my Ranger objective though I be the lone survivor, unless my plugger batteries die and I can't find my Ranger objective."?
And what about general Shinseki's brainchild? The black beret? Now every Army soldier who ever pounded a typewriter can feel like the elite warrior that he could have been should he have stepped up to the plate and gone that extra mile, should he have actually volunteered for special training and been accepted into an elite unit.
The plain fact of the matter is that not every soldier is a cut above. It is cetainly true that PROVING you had what it takes was an excellent way of joining the ranks of the elite.
But not anymore...Sign on the dotted line, become a fierce warrior! Here's your hat.
What else can we expect from an Army of one? What happened to unit cohesion? The old team concept? An Army of one quickly becomes a dead army in combat. This motto has to go, it is self defeating.
Now, I love and respect my Army, as everyone should. But I see disturbing trends here. Powers-that-be don't want an army that defeats enemies in detail. They want a touchy-feely SWAT team that takes care of small groups of troublesome vermin. Don't think for a second that China isn't watching and taking notes.
What ever happened to an infantryman and his three best friends: rifle, bayonet, entrenching tool?
Thursday, July 29, 2004
The Founding Fathers and Deism
If you believe that these men were inspired by anything less than a Supreme God, if you believe that Christ did not abide in the stout hearts of these men, if you believe that these very same men devised some "separation of church and state" to keep Godliness and Christian virtues out of public view, then you had probably better read the words of these men for yourself.
I could elaborate further, but my meager efforts could only but pale in comparison to what has already been written on the subject here http://www.wallbuilders.com/resources/search/detail.php?ResourceID=29 .
Have a nice read and....God Bless You!
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Short-Term Memory loss
Why Bush went to war in Iraq.
"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
- President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq 's weapons of mass destruction program."
- President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
- Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998
"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
- Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
"We urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq 's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs"
- Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI), Tom Daschle (D-SD), John Kerry ( D - MA), and others Oct. 9, 1998
"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."
- Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001
"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."
- Sen Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force-- if necessary-- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002
"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years . We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do."
- Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapon stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002
"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation . And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real."
- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
SO NOW THESE SAME DEMOCRATS SAY PRESIDENT BUSH LIED, THAT THERE NEVER WERE ANY WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, AND THAT HE TOOK US TO WAR UNECESSARILY ! TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PRESIDENT LEADING US TO WAR.
Napoleon nixed by colonic ala Mickey Finn
It seems another famous personage might have been felled by what I can only describe as The Turkey Baster of Fate. Go here http://www.iht.com/articles/531480.html for details on the not-so-glorious demise of the exiled Emperor of France.
With friends like that....who needs enemas?
Canada on the alert for fake strippers
The Canadian government has just come up with a fool-proof way to prevent foreign women from posing (no pun intended) as strippers in order to enter the country-make them take nude photos. http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1035646.html .
Because no self-respecting liar (or spy/saboteur) would even think of removing her clothes to prove she was actually a stripper, right?
This is either a very clever or a very bad joke.
You ever wonder why so many comedians are Canadian?
Maybe nobody cares....but
Hey, I never promised to be interesting to everyone all of the time. :P
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
A Very Big Thanks
Well, I now have reason to consider myself the richest man in town. We still love ya George Bailey!
I am a veritable babe in the blog woods and would undoubtedly be lost if it were not for those people who comprise my wealth.
So, without further ado, I would like to extend my appreciation and thanks to all of you who have offered and given me help, who have read my humble screeds and left comments and also to those who have simply stopped by and invested a few moments of your life in my blog.
The HumbleDevilDog, Denita TwoDragons, Steve, Pupehed, ElephantMan, Mikenchi, Muck4doo and the rest....You guys are the cat's pyjama's.
I especially thank Mr Minority for taking the time to explain in detail the more technical administrative aspects to an uneducated Gravel Agitator.
Remember, anything I can do to return your gracious help and friendship, this is for you all, just name it. If I can possibly do anything for my friends, I won't hesitate.
And to borrow a page from that worthy fellow, The Humble DevilDog, If you have any suggestions for topics that might be interesting, don't be shy....fire way. And don't worry about being OT, I rather enjoy the way a thread takes on a life of it's own. It's interesting to see what people really think and thats why the comments section is there.
Again thank you, each and every one of you...and if I forgot to mention somebody, give me hell about it. I remember more easily after a good butt-kicking.
Monday, July 26, 2004
The Mouth that Bored
Can somebody please flip Al Gore over and play the other side for a change?
Tonight he has ,predictably I might add- (Thanks Brian), spouted out the same tired memes that he has been spouting since he lost the 2000 election. Only he, of course, had to take the edge off of his vitriol so that America would not be subjected to another grandiose display of left-wing vapidity.
After asking if Pro-Bush voters had gotten what they expected out of President Bush (at least he seems to have come to terms with the fact that George W. Bush is President), He posed the question,
"For that matter, are the (Bush's-me) economic policies really conservative at all? Did you expect, for example, the largest deficits in history? And the loss of a million jobs?"
What would Gore care if Bush's economic policies aren't conservative? That's like Michael Moore complaining that his twinkies aren't fat free.
The mere fact that Gore is stomping around in an apoplectic rage ranting about Bush's policies points to their being rather conservative in nature, no?
I frankly didn't expect the largest deficit in history, no. But since we don't actually have the largest deficit in history, that point is rendered moot. As for the loss of a million jobs, perhaps Mr. Gore could elaborate more fully on that since it was under his watch that it started....and is on the upswing now.
Pray tell Mr. Gore, what exactly did President Bush do to lose a million jobs in under three years?
Another question the former VP asked was simply mind boggling,
"Regardless of your opinion at the beginning of the war, isn't it now obvious that the way the war has been managed by the administration has gotten us into very serious trouble?"
Well, err, ye-es.
If you mean that the fact that we haven't suffered any terrorist attacks on American soil since we took the war home to the bad guys is a sign that we are in very serious trouble then, yes, it is obvious. If instead, you mean that France and Germany don't act like they like us anymore, then, no, I fail to see how that translates into serious trouble for us. I would have thought that exposing the weakest links in the chain was a good thing.
Perhaps if we had as many terrorist attacks on American interests as we had during the Clinton administration, we would be in less serious trouble?
If this maroon represents the Democratic party, I'll take vanilla.
What can the malodorous offender be?
The neighbors' bull mastiff, Napoleon, has been tethered in it's own yard for weeks and the soles of my corcorans are clean. So it's not that. Whew!
It's not Auntie Kate, she hasn't smelled like that since Uncle Barty made her that telescoping thing-a-ma-jiggy so she could reach her underarms with a washrag.
When ever the Maniacal Matriarch of the little Green Pickle opens her bilious yapper, the un-named scent wafts through the air. She offers neither hope or praise, but vituperation. She preaches civility to others yet spews vitriol in her own comments. She criticizes the herculean efforts of her betters and offers no viable solutions with which to replace those efforts. Demands that the world be apprised of sensitive information during a time of war.....yet doesn't deem the American public worthy to know about her tax information.
She gets as much face time as her spouse. You'd think that she was running for office. ( What is it with the wives of liberal politicians anyway? First Hillary now Tay-RAY-za!)
Kerry must sic her at the cameras and microphones whenever he runs out of positions that he can hold on any single issue.
But I digress, the odiferous scent that follows THK around like a Gaul slave at a Roman victory parade is the scent of brimstone....just a hint of it in the air.
And if we allow her or her husband even the slightest chance of getting into the big white house on pennsylvania ave. after this November, the whole joint is gonna reek. And holding our noses won't do any good.
Sunday, July 25, 2004
I'm passionate about old jazz, blues and swing. The music moves me like few other things can. What is it about the music that has this effect on me? I'm not sure if I can adequately articulate it. That would be a job for someone more eloquent than I. I'm not quite sure that I can even put my finger on it.
How do you describe a sensation?
How do you quantify an emotion?
A rather middle-aged lady from the elite New York social scene once asked Fats Waller what jazz was. His simplistic reply, "Lady, if you have to ask then you'll never know.", seems wanting when trying to explain what jazz does to you.
Perhaps I should try to explain it by breaking it down into musical moments that I have enjoyed. Think of it as a musical experiment. Or maybe an intellectual massage.
For this experiment we need a control subject. So grab the person nearest you, shove some hip hop CDs in their hands and banish them to their bedroom. Okay. Okay. That was really just an excuse to get everyone outta the room so you can perform the experiment in quiet.
Now put on a pot o' joe, light a lucky and put on that dusty old big band recording....don't be afraid, it won't hurt you.
Ideally you want one part Benny Goodman(1936-1938 band, with Harry James and Gene Krupa), two parts Count Basie (any vintage will do), One heaping Tbs. of the Bunny Berrigan trumpet solo from "Did I remember" and one whole Billie Holiday (fresh, not canned).
Add to this concoction, Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll", Two jiggers of Artie Shaw, a pinch of Jimmy Dorsey's "Parade of the milk bottle caps", Turn it up on high heat and mix in Chick Webb to taste.
Pour this over a Glenn Miller ballad and garnish with Larry Clinton's "Heart and soul". Try it with a side of Bessie Smith's immortal 1928 rendition of "After you've gone" just to add some vintage.
If after listening to these recordings, you don't understand my passion, I can only paraphrase Mr. Waller.
"You never will".
Saturday, July 24, 2004
You might be Airborne if....
You Might be Airborne If:
You would rather smoke a Private then a Marlboro.
You consider a "spit cup" part of your TA-50.
Your POV doesn't have seat belts. It has "hook and pile" fasteners.
Every time you see a sawdust pit, you jump in it and roll around.
You used your wife and kids to practice PWAC.
Your doorbell sounds off with the current Challenge and Password.
You know that "Blackout Drive" has nothing to do with driving under the influence.
You make your daughter sign out on pass on Prom Night.
Your newborn must attend the newcomers' orientation briefing within the first 30 days.
All your possessions are military issue.
A kick to your groin area does'nt faze you, because you've felt the opening shock numerous times.
Your joints sound like rice-krispies when you get out of bed.
Your wife left you and you held a "Change of Command Ceremony".
You LOVE the verticle drop ride at Six Flags, looking straight down the entire time.
When you have dinner guests in between paydays, you try to pass off a hamslice as canned ham.
You do a PLF off of the roof rather than climb down the ladder.
You have sector sketches and range cards posted by every window in your house.
You have pull-up bars outside the kitchen door.
You answer the phone and say "Airborne" instead of Hello
You've given your children an Article 15.
You go to a barbecue and insist that your family feed tactically.
You have a parachute next to you in your 70 story office building, just in case of a fire. You ARE Airborne if . .
You yell "GO, GO, GO" at the car in front of you when the stop light turns Green!
I am the Red Falcon. I am a 32 year old from Michigan with a lovely wife and a wonderful 4 year old son.
This is the first time that I have ever tried something like this. I am painfully aware that there are many things I don't know about running a blog (or even working with computers for that matter.) .
I have been reading blogs for some time now and have been inspired to try and get one rolling. Many thanks to His Imperial Rottiness, the Emperor Darth Misha I, for inspiring me to take a whack at this blog thing myself. It is his blog, The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, which I read every day, which gave me the yen become a blogger.
I may never achieve greatness with this blog. I might not even achieve mediocrity. I am not really computer literate, but I am learning. Hopefully, with the grace of God....and cast iron patience from any potential readers, I might be able to make something of this site.
Who knows? In time I might get good enough to post interesting topics and make it worth while for you worthy readers to stop by and pay me a visit. And perhaps pay me a piece of your mind as well.
The Red Falcon