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ב - מֵרָחוֹק, יְהוָה נִרְאָה לִי; וְאַהֲבַת עוֹלָם אֲהַבְתִּיךְ, עַל-כֵּן מְשַׁכְתִּיךְ חָסֶד

'From afar the LORD appeared unto me.'
'Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love;
therefore with affection have I drawn thee.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A blessing and a curse...

Corps to Recall Marines in Individual Ready Reserve to Active Duty

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps will soon begin ordering thousands of its troops back to active duty because of a shortage of volunteers for Iraq and Afghanistan — the first involuntary recall since the early days of the war. - MORE>>

Am I gonna say I told you so? You bet. I told you so. Fire Rumsfeld, and reinstate the draft. The volunteer military is a BAD idea from the git-go, made even worse by a Secretary of Defense whose concepts of what our defense architecture should look like are seriously flawed, mainly because of his disregard for the value of sheer numbers in warfare (of both men and machines).

I have been saying these things for over two years, and so have many generals and admirals. An all volunteer military is a really bad idea for a nation, especially a nation like the United States. War is not a "lifestyle choice." To protect one's country is everyone's duty, and to make it a lifestyle choice, or just another profession, is not a moral position, nor does it build the character you want in a nation's young people who will be the future leaders and, hopefuly, responsible citizens.

An all volunteer military sends the wrong message to everyone. It allows and promotes self doubt and self hate as an accepted fixture of the national psyche. It is a symptom of a society that is no longer sure enough of itself to ask people to risk all to defend it. It tells people they can have the benefits, but not the responsibility, and that they can leave it up to the other guy (or the UN). It also allows naive anti-war liberals and assorted moonbats to become "useful idiots" manipulated by dedicated leftists and other sinister forces with an agenda.

This is why I no longer see the United States as a trustworthy ally when it comes to war, and it is also why petty little dictators like Ahmadinejad think they can beat us by waging prolonged asymmetrical warfare to break out will. They aim directly for the weak point: our national psyche and moral character.

America's enemies have studied Vietnam and its after effects, both on our national psyche and our military theory and post-Vietnam transformation. They have learned how to fight us from the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. It is interesting to note that Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad have all issued statements calling for the release of the two Fox News journalists, and condemning their kidnapping. That tells you that they understand just how much the war is being fought in the media as a propaganda and psyops campaign. The media is all part of the overall asymmetrical strategy.

And they have learned how to fight Israel as well. Hizballah has learned these lessons perhaps better than any other Islamic terror orgnanization. Israel has become vulnerable because it has become like America and "the nations" in both its corrupt PC politics, and its military theory and architecture. Israel's crisis is one of will and character.

"Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if ye shall hearken unto the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day; and the curse, if ye shall not hearken unto the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. " - Deuteronomy 11:26-28 (from Parsha Re'eh)

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The House Intelligence Committee has issued its report on Iran (.pdf file) The threat from Iran's conventional forces is minimal, and disruption of shipping in the Strait of Hormuz would be the main threat. Iran would be defeated quickly in a conventional war with the U.S. or Israel. A more serious threat is Iran and Syria's support for the insurgency in Iraq and for Hizballah in Lebanon. A prolonged pan-Middle Eastern terror campaign and guerilla style insurgency could stir up the entire Islamic world and cause chaos and outbreak of hostilities in multiple places. The big threat, of course, is Iran getting the bomb, and the continued development of missiles to deliver the nuclear warheads.

Syria threatens to shut Lebanon border. Syria has rejected the presence of UN troops on the Lebanon-Syria border, and calls it a "hostile position." Siniora more or less tells Assad that Lebanon can handle its own affairs. Israel, of course, is demanding that the border with Syria be patrolled by the UN force, to stop arms shipments to Hizballah, as was called for in the UN resolution.

From Yoni the Blogger: "Battalion Commander's Anger." I have known Danny (a pseudonym) for many years but never have I seen him as angry as now... MORE>>

2 Comments:

At Wednesday, August 23, 2006 8:47:00 AM, Anonymous Elvera said...

I agree with you about the draft, Kilo. If people aren't willing to "stand a post" then they should not have the privilege of citizenship or domocile in the US. I believe every person, male and female, should serve a 2 year mandatory military service.

Elvera

 
At Wednesday, August 23, 2006 2:12:00 PM, Blogger Kilo Echo 4 said...

Everyone should have a stake, and it should be fair across the board. No special rules for the rich and privileged.

It used to be accepted that everyone could be called to service, and it was frowned upon if someone was a shirker of their civic and patriotic duty.

Today, it is a badge of honor for many to not serve, and the military is looked down on. The treatment of recruiters on college campuses is a prime example this thinking.

A volunteer military allow people to divorce themselves from war and the fate of the nation. It allows them to live in a fantasy world.

It's not that volunteer soldiers are not good soldiers, they are. I was a volunteer enlistee myself back during the days of Vietnam and the draft, and I wouldn't trade my time in the Navy for anything.

But we should not have the notion that we can pay others to fight the nation's battles, no matter how well they are paid.

The military and War involve momentous moral decisions for a nation, and that is everyone's business and responsibility.

 

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