Hu do you think you’re foolin’?

My first trip to Korea was in 1972. I ended up at Camp Red Cloud, which is located in Uijongbu and named for Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud Jr. When I was there, Camp Red Cloud was the I Corps headquarters. Now it carries the designation of US Army Garrison (USAG) Red Cloud and is the Headquarters for the US Army’s 2nd Infantry Division (2ID). In 1972, the 2ID headquarters was located at Camp Casey in Tongduchon a few miles north of Uijongbu.

The demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates North Korea from South Korea is only 34 miles and a few yards from Seoul. Uijongbu is 12 miles north of Seoul. As they say in the Army the BLUF (bottom line up front) is that North Korean artillery has the capability of hitting both of these cities.

In 1972, when I first experienced life in Korea it was still quite rural. Uijongbu was barely 20 years beyond being completely flattened – as in no buildings left standing – during the war. Nowadays, it is difficult to discern where Uijongbu ends and Seoul begins. Since my first trip to the land of the morning calm, Seoul’s population has practically doubled in size nearing 11 million.

Koreans mostly do not live in the countryside these days, they have migrated primarily to the metropolitan areas with the capital city of Seoul by far the largest. You might find it interesting to hear that South Korean farmers hire migrant workers to help with their harvests. I suppose they do the jobs that most Koreans will not do. North Koreans do not have that problem because they have no harvest. They are starving. It is a byproduct of repressive communist dictatorships.

With the artillery attack on the island off the coast of South Korea along with the sinking of a South Korean ship by a North Korean submarine, we have reason for concern. The People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (PDRK) is not predictable and its leadership unstable. Make no mistake however. It is China who pulls the puppet strings of the PDRK. Recently, the Chinese put some troops in North Korea. But, there is nothing to see here so move along.

The Chinese are flouting their new stealth fighter, bragging about their anti-aircraft carrier cruise missiles and they own way too much of our debt. Chairman Hu believes that the dollar should be replaced with China’s yuan as the currency used for international trade. The Russians believe the dollar should be replaced too as do the Iranians and Hugo Chavez. They are a happy little cabal of communist dictators and Islamic fascists.

During the first year of the Obama Administration, [Secretary of Defense] Gates canceled the Air Force’s next-generation bomber and prematurely terminated production of the stealthy F-22 fighter at only half of the service’s stated warfighting requirement.

Gates said at the time that the F-22 was not relevant to counterinsurgency campaigns in Southwest Asia or to the most likely warfighting scenarios the joint force would face in the future. He also noted that Air Force leaders agreed with him on the need to end F-22 production. However, Gates conveniently omitted the fact that he had fired Air Force leaders who opposed termination of the F-22, and that dozens of studies conducted inside and outside the Air Force had found a need for more than the 187 planes he decided to buy (the independent study his office commissioned to make the case for early termination recommended 260 planes, so it was quietly shelved). Gates argued that plans to buy over a thousand smaller F-35 joint strike fighters would meet the nation’s future air-superiority needs, neglecting to mention that the F-35 was designed to operate in tandem with the more lethal F-22. – Forbes

Do you remember how Jimmy Carter abandoned Taiwan? If there is a dust up on the horizon, it will start there and possibly onto the Korean peninsula. The Pentagon is slowly becoming alarmed as China steadily prepares for an eventual war with us.

Our economic strategy is to continue spending so that the Chinese can own more of our debt. Our defense strategy:

“… I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful [defense] spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems.

“I will institute an independent defense priorities board to ensure that the Quadrennial Review is not used to justify unnecessary defense spending.

“Third, I will set a goal for a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenal.” – President Obama

Do you remember the Whitehouse Christmas Tree adorned with an ornament of Mao Zedong? The image of a Communist Chinese mass murdering dictator gracing the Christmas tree in America’s house is more than a little disconcerting. Well, to me it is. I do not pretend to speak for anyone else. It should come as no surprise that we honored the current Chinese dictator with a state dinner at the Whitehouse.

At some point, probably not too far down the road the Chinese are going to believe (they may already believe it) that they are as strong militarily as they are economically and then, if allowed, they will push us around even more. We will be slapped in the head as one might do to an apologetic bowing subordinate who did not do as he was told. Maybe the next time the origin of the missile plumes will not be much of a mystery.

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What do we deserve?

What sort of people are we and what sort of leaders do we deserve?

There are few things that can be called universal truths. I believe one of them is that we create the environment in which we live. Or we tolerate the environment that is forced on us. An extension of that is that we get the leaders we deserve.

It appears that we do not deserve a leaders who are God fearing and of common stock. At least we have not shown that we do. We tend to crucify those types, literally and figuratively. Or we stand passively by why others do it.

No, we demand that intellectual snoots lead us. Ideologues mostly, people with which most of us have little if nothing in common. We fawn over supposedly learned individuals with their ivy league pedigrees. Their images are built up to a level that places them and their conduct, no matter how reprehensible, above honest questioning. Question any facet of their lives and you will be labeled as a certified loon. We cannot get real leaders so will settle for manufactured ones who are measured by the magnitude of the tingles they send up the collective legs of an adoring liberal media and mushy headed college kids.

We do not deserve a leader who has lived a common life, has a commoner’s education obtained from a public school, and who loves God, loves freedom, loves the United States of America and who have also soiled their hands doing common work. Clearly we do not want or deserve a leader who has something in common with most of us. No, given the choice, we generally pick some media fabricated American royalty over Robin Hood.

As Sarah Palin was blamed by the liberal pundits for the mass murder that happened in Arizona, I had to ask myself what this woman has done that deserves such hatred …Ahem…such blood libel. That the punditocracy, not all of it liberal, and other assorted political miscreants have the audacity to even introduce the word vitriol into any discussion about any person other than the bonehead looking back at them from the mirror is astounding to me. Breathtakingly astounding. Don’t you think by now if there were any real skeletons in Mrs. Palin’s closet, that they would not be daily above the fold of the New York Times? Nonsensical fabrications such as this and the many others are proof to anyone with two firing brain cells who the liberals, establishment politicians and the punditocracy who steers them truly fear. Common people.

Politicians who claim to be conservatives will not directly defend Sarah Palin. Why is that? Stupid question. Quick answer. For one, they are spineless and they would never defend a potential political opponent. Worse yet, their fears of the Washington punditocracy and the liberal press are stronger than the courage of their convictions. That is truly sad for our country. I do not believe Mrs. Palin would burn those political bridges, but those weak political bridges with their frail underpinnings will not stand for very long anyway. They will collapse. In tough times, those people will scatter like cockroaches when the light switch is flipped on. They choose to avoid controversy rather confront it.

My perception is that Sarah Palin is not a political minded person. If she was, she would not call death panels what they are and she would not call blood libel what it is. I see her as more like one of my neighbors. Someone who could come to my backyard for a barbeque, bring some moose burgers, and not look down upon me as if she was doing me a favor by gracing my lowly backyard with her royal presence.

Unlike Mrs. Palin, typical politicians hedge their bets. No words come out of their mouths that are not politically motivated, focus group tested, measured for political effect and worked on by speech writers and publicists before they ever appear on a teleprompter. Sarah Palin is clear about what she believes is right and good for the United States. She has no problem putting those beliefs out there without dressing them as something else and not retreating from them. Unfortunately for Mrs. Palin, the beltway elitists cannot handle frankness and clarity and most of them are more than a little insecure in life because of it. That is why she garners their hatred. That is why I do not need the Beltway’s Chuck Krauthammer et al doing my thinking for me.

Unfortunately, many of us do allow others to think for us and that is why America has the leadership it deserves.

Romans 12

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Fixing Yesterday

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

Have you noticed how many people try to predict what will happen tomorrow? Most of them are professional prognosticators. Some of them lettered intellectuals or they are portrayed to us as such. Others are people with opinions, life experiences and some of them with large audiences. They look to history and not always accurate history, compare it to the events of the day and then predict what will happen tomorrow. Some of them entice groups of people to live as yesterday’s victims rather than considering today’s opportunities.

I certainly do not get the impression that any of them are divinely inspired prophets, although some of them appear to believe that they are.

Then you have politicians and ideologues who are constantly gaming. They live in a made up world and most of them are themselves made up – manufactured by public relations firms or political image consultants. They throw out all sorts of nonsensical predictions so that if there is a disaster or tragedy, they can point to the” I told you so” cause and affect. Global warming produced Hurricane Katrina and Sarah Palin is responsible for Jared Loughner.

Here is what I know. We cannot be certain of what will happen tomorrow anymore than we can fix yesterday. We do not control tomorrow. What we can and must do is focus on doing the right things today. Then when tomorrow arrives we will not have to worry about what we did yesterday. Does that sound irrational? It is like the axiom if you tell the truth; you never have to remember what you said.

The United States is not perfect, but even with Washington corruptocrats in charge it is still the best place on the planet. Why is it? Could it be that on one day in the history of the world, our most important yesterday, we did something right? And in spite of the doubled down efforts to undo all that is right with our country, we are still here.

We have managed to remain free in spite of ourselves. I wonder how.

Our founders contrary to liberal historians were not rich, evil, white men. Most were God fearing men who clearly knew the origin of freedom.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – The Declaration of Independence

In the modern United States of America, there are some who believe there is no Creator and actively fight to remove any mention of a Creator God from public discourse. If there is no Creator then there cannot be Creator endowed unalienable rights. The right to life? We have taken that right from more than 50 million unborn and now with health care changes perhaps from the aged and infirm. Liberty? There are many who are actively trying to take away our right to bear arms, our freedom of religion along with the most recent assault on our freedom of speech. Pursuit of happiness? Who gets to define the happiness that one should pursue?

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. The Declaration of Independence

We got it right one day. It was our first day. It was our most important yesterday. We must remember who we appealed to and asked to judge the goodness of our intentions and who we relied on for protection on our first day. Maybe that is why, in spite of ourselves, we are still here. But, for how many more tomorrows?

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Destruction of the Warrior Culture

If you could put your finger on a point in time when it started it would have to be the decade of the 1960s. That is when Americans stood by and allowed the destruction of the warrior culture to start.

The warrior culture is the unique culture that exists in varying degrees in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. To use the lingo of the day, it is the American spirit and probably the last stronghold of it, only on steroids.

In the Special Operations and the Combat Arms branches of service it is by necessity intense. It is the invisible to the uncultured, but is their crucial tool bag item for survival. These forces represent the tip of the arrow that strikes our nation’s enemies. It is smaller than the rest of the force, but it is the deadly piece. It is the piece, without which the remainder is useless. Like a bee without a stinger, an arrow without an arrowhead is just a buzzing annoyance. A much larger shaft, representing the remainder of the force, enables the arrowhead to strike its target. From the arrowhead to the vane, the warrior culture is the glue that holds it all together and makes it work. The culture is commonly focused with strongly held core values as its foundation. If any piece of its foundation falters, the rest will fail. The results for our warriors and ultimately our country? Catastrophic.

How does a nation allow the destruction of its military force, clearly the world’s most powerful, whose cornerstone is that strong and dedicated warrior culture? Social engineering is how. The weapons of choice are anti military liberal ideology and its abject offspring – political correctness. Their method? Through social engineering, destroy the core values.

I enlisted into the Army in 1971. It was not a popular career choice at the time. Our military was still in Vietnam and hamstrung by inept politicians of the Ted Kennedy genre. Soldiers, many of whom were conscripts, were commonly greeted as baby killers by the Jane Fondas and John Kerrys of the day. They were welcomed home from war, one in which their country called them to serve, by the ignorant reprobates of the me generation. Today, we call them the President’s czars.

As the draft was winding down, I was introduced to the new VOLAR Army. VOLAR is short for volunteer Army. Haircuts and other appearance standards were relaxed and basic trainees got to wear civilian clothes on the weekends. The recruiting pitch was not “join the Army.” It was “let the Army join you.” To attract volunteers, the assumption was that the warrior culture needed to be more like the culture outside the gates of the military bases. Or, at least give the appearance that it was.

From my perspective, that was the jumping off point for the slow turn away from the warrior culture and toward a politically correct culture. Fortunately for our country, our Warriors hung on to the culture that is dear to them and necessary for the survival of our nation. They brought our Armed Forces back from the precipice on which it stood after Vietnam. They survived Jimmy Carter and were blessed with the leadership of Ronald Reagan. The concern is can it survive in the current political culture and under our current political leadership.

Political correctness cost lives at Fort Hood, because Army officers feared a discrimination complaint would be filed against them if they challenged a jihadi lunatic in an Army uniform. I do not need an investigation to tell me that is the case. I lived it.

The other day I was trapped in the waiting room at the eye doctor. The first thing I had to endure on the flat panel television hanging from the wall was Ellen. For me, that glorification of homosexuality is like water boarding. Or maybe worse. Oprah followed Ellen. Oprah’s guest? Ellen’s wife. Trying to sell her book about anorexia and bulimia. With tears running down her face she read excerpts about puking up Nachos followed by accounts of how hard it was hiding her homosexuality. Good thing DADT was repealed.

Hang on to the warrior culture Americans. With all of your might.

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