We are uncertain how this ends…

You are an active member of the United States Armed Forces. The country’s top military officer just asked you to strap it on and go to combat, war, a kinetic military action with these inspirational words:

“There have been lots of options which have been discussed, but I think it’s very uncertain how this ends. I think circumstances will drive where this goes in the future.” –Admiral Mike Mullen Newsmax

Do you even know what kinetic means? And neither do most. I conclude that is the intent. Dropping bombs on people is palatable as long as we do not call it what it is. Just as terrorist acts are now man caused disasters.

Kinetic, to my limited knowledge of the word, is about producing movement. Maybe there is a physicist reading that can help us out. As a military action, it must mean that if we drop enough ordnance on Gadaffy’s tent he will move in the direction we desire, rather than fight back. Sound military strategy I’d say.

When I was a lost teenager, in Chicago in the late 60’s for amusement my buddies and I would go to hippie concerts at the Kinetic Playground. When the earsplitting music and strobe lights kicked off, hordes of hippies on various mind altering drugs would jump around in the middle of the floor until they vomited and passed out. I feel it was a necessary service to help you understand kinetic and that if the world’s most powerful military force kills kinetically, the hippies directing it from Washington will jump around until they vomit and pass out.

John, Jane, Hill, can we circle around and hold hands, maybe light some candles and paint crescent moons on our foreheads as we declare in unison that “this looks like another Vietnam” as do all liberal lead kinetic military actions.

Fortunately, where the proverbial rubber meets the road America has great and competent military leaders. Have no doubts. The men and women charged to lead and care for America’s sons and daughters and putting the tip of the spear on our nation’s enemies are unequaled on this planet. Period. Unfortunately for them and our country, they do not determine their mission, our national strategy or the often inane policies by which they must live.

For most military leaders, their hearts are firmly with the troops. Others prefer offering the palms inverted Homer Simpson salute to a gaggle of Pentagon reporters. Simply stated, some leaders choose the warrior side. Some choose the political side. Think Combatant Commanders versus the Joint Chiefs.

Since the national mission is not clear, Admiral Mullen’s uncertainty is understandable, but his words are inexcusable. Our nation’s top military officer is obligated to demand from the Commander in Chief a clearly defined mission with a clearly expected outcome (how this ends) – the objective. He owes that to the serving men and women and their families who are being asked to lay it on the line. If he does not have the fortitude to demand that from the CINC, then he needs to call on any remaining honor and courage that he has left and resign.

Sadly, the Secretary of Defense is not doing much better:

“We haven’t done something like this, kind of on the fly before,” Gates said. “So it’s not surprising to me that it would take a few days to get it sorted out.” Yahoo News

We must be on the fly now pay later plan.

The Admiral was much more decisive in his support of open homosexual service and it appears that Secretary Gates was taking no chances with this important mission. He was not making this one up on the fly. Clearly it was too important to our national security to lack clarity and certainty. Both were rather clear on how this ends.

Military members who have a problem with a change in policy to allow gays to serve openly may find themselves looking for a new job, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Thursday. – Fox News

ARLINGTON, Va. — Defense Secretary Robert Gates has instructed the Defense Department to accelerate a plan to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on openly gay military personnel and start rolling out its training within a “very few weeks.” Military.com

Here is an example of the Secretary’s well planned situational training.

“Situation,” it begins. “You are the Executive Officer of your unit. While shopping at the local mall over the weekend, you observe two junior male Marines in appropriate civilian attire assigned to your unit kissing and hugging in the food court. – Washington Times

I expect in this situation, the Marine Corps officer might vomit and pass out. If only we had the same focus and intensity directed toward our other kinetic military action.

When I was a boy growing up in the Southern West Virginia hills, my friends and I spent a lot of time playing in the woods. At the end of one day, we decided to take a break and sit for a while on a very inviting moss covered log. We sat there for a few minutes and got up to leave. It was about that time that the nest of Yellow Jackets that we had been sitting on initiated a kinetic action against us. We ran, swatted, yelped and ran some more until we were all the way home. As I shed my clothes, I was still being stung by the bees that followed me home. I am guessing those bees are still there.

We know how this turns out Admiral.


The Leadership Equation

When George Bush was the President, the assertion put forth by a powerful mass media was that because of his abhorrent leadership the United States lost the respect of other nations. We were convinced that he was a poor communicator and that was his great weakness. It is comforting to know, now that we have been gifted with hope and change, that we are turning that around.

Unlike those who hold the nation’s ear, I am not afraid to admit that there is much that I do not know. It is a thought that hopefully keeps me grounded. What I do know is that the people who steer world opinion via our mass media do not possess anymore knowledge than me or the average man and woman in our blessed nation and a far cry less common sense. Many of them actually know far less than the rest of us. They also do not have a greater ability than anyone else to think critically. They are gifted only with an above average ability to orate from scripts and Teleprompters, but that is where the difference ends. We will do well to focus on what is said rather than how well it is said. Those who earn great paychecks to lead us from Washington are also not smarter or better thinkers than the rest of us.

There are things I do know. They do not come from text books or a college professor’s utopian world theory and thankfully not from the mouths or keyboards of the media elite. Nor do they come from alleged nuanced deep thinking politicians. Important lessons are learned during times when life smacks us in the face with an often harsh reality. These lessons are best not forgotten. Americans are being schooled now. Heck, we are completing post graduate studies.

I have observed and studied many leaders close up. It was once a critical aspect of my profession. Leadership is the difference between success and failure and too often life and death – life and death of people, organizations and even nations. The leadership equation helps me understand why leaders are either good or bad.

The leadership equation is:

  • Modeled Principles plus Modeled Values equals Character.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge and Skill plus Demonstrated Ability equal Competence.
  • The sum of Competence plus the sum of Character equals Trustworthiness.
  • Trustworthiness equals the level of Trust others have in potential leaders.
  • The level of trust someone has equals his or her ability influence others – the led.
  • Their ability to influence others based on demonstrated competence and character equals the quality of leadership.

The root of leadership is the ability to influence others. People most certainly can be influenced by means other than the quality of character and competence. When that happens, it eventually looks like Libya. If any part of the leadership equation has a negative value, leadership fails. The first failure of leadership comes when what is modeled (the walk) does not measure up with what was sold (the talk). If you want to decide if a leader measures up, put aside your political ideology and do some thinking for yourself. Your other choice is to allow agenda driven propaganda to do your thinking for you.

When leaders cannot measure up because they are untrustworthy, the void created by their incompetence and dereliction is filled by others. Unfortunately for the led, it is not always the best leader that emerges to fill the empty space. Given the chance to choose, which in America we are still fortunate to have, more often than not we focus on the talk more than the walk.

People need leadership. Organizations need leadership. Countries need leadership. All need someone to point the way. That is our human nature. It is a herd mentality and at the roots that is what we are. Even in the wild, the leader of the herd has positive values in the leadership equation. Otherwise the reign is short and vultures swoop in to pick the carcass clean.

The world needs a leader too. Not in the sense of global governance, but in the sense of the will and wherewithal to confront and solve problems whether they are genocidal dictators, natural disasters or suicidal economics. That leader was once the United States of America, the world’s lone superpower. At present, in the eyes of the world, the United States has negative values in the leadership equation. Others are gladly stepping forward to fill the void and we are becoming isolated yet dependent followers. We cannot survive it.

If we want our country to measure up, we have to start by choosing leaders who measure up. There are some out there that can get the job done. If you want to know who, just look at who is the most criticized by the people who hope to do our thinking for us. The same people who convinced us to choose our currently failing leaders.


Who Is Our President?

I got an email the other day. The subject of it was “Obama’s Citizenship.” It talked about his time at Occidental College. Being familiar with this particular circulating email, I hit the reply to all button and sent the addressees the Snopes link on the topic. Lord knows I do not hold Snopes as the arbiter of truth on the planet. In the absence of hard documents pointing in one direction or the other, they can no better proclaim something false as someone else may proclaim it true. I sent the link intending to suggest that we should not put forth things that we do not know or have reasonable evidence to support lest we become labeled. I probably should have ignored it.

At breakfast, I commonly have email and news with my oatmeal. The very next day, one email leaped out at me. It was from a person named Barry who had a last name that is quite familiar to me. Otherwise, it may have met the same fate as similar email – unceremoniously deposited into the cyber trashcan.

Here is the full text of Barry’s email.

“You can deleate [sic] me from your e-mail list….I voted for our President…enough said.”

My first thought was that Barry used that possessive pronoun our quite loosely. I assumed that he meant our in the context of country rather than in the context of his and mine. Or, he may have meant his and the mouse in his pocket, but who knows, a mind reader I am not. Snarky email is generally deleted and forgotten. Unfortunately, that does let the sender have a momentary feeling of a keyboard courage victory and the last word. I am sorry that I must spoil your moment Barry.

None of us can proclaim to know what we do not know and none of us can decide at what point enough is said. We do not know because any evidence that would shine light on the subject is sealed up tighter than the Fort Knox gold reserve. Enough is said, when there is nothing left to say. A profound statement I know. So, Barry I must not let you declare the discussion over. Maybe, however, we should take it in a different direction.

A legion of well paid lawyers have prevented anyone from seeing documents that might tell us who our President is, but they cannot keep us from the evidence that clearly tells us who he is not.

He tells us that he became a follower of Jesus Christ in the church pastored by Jeremiah Wright. Jeremiah Wright preaches liberation theology while damning America. Examine the word. Theo comes from the Greek word Theos, which means God. Ology is a field of knowledge or study. Theology then is the study of God. If anything is placed before God, whether in a Church or elsewhere, it becomes false teaching and something other than Christianity. Period. Liberation theology is a Marxist “social justice” political movement placed before God in Wright’s church. Our President spent many years there. He may have found something, but it was not Christ. When Rick Warren asked him when life begins, a Christian would have unhesitatingly declared at conception rather than declaring the answer is above his pay grade. A Christian cannot support abortion and most assuredly cannot support allowing a baby that survived a botched abortion to die. Our President supports both. There are more examples, but in the interest of space we will leave them for another time. Suffice it to say that it is like a bad rock and roll song where the doo-wops from the backup singers drown out the message in the lyrics. Some believe our President is a Muslim, but we have nothing to prove that definitively. He can call himself whatever he likes, but the evidence is clear that he is not a Christian.

He does not support American exceptionalism and has so stated. That in and of itself is quite telling. It does not require much discussion other than to question how one can enthusiastically lead a nation that he believes is just another nation.

He does not support the free market. If he did, failing businesses would be allowed to succeed or fail without government intervention. The words “wealth redistribution” would not be in his vocabulary.

He does not believe in states’ rights. If he did, he would not meddle in political affairs of individual states and he would not try to force a healthcare mandate on them. He would not support states’ governments operating at the whims of not elected public employee unions – unless he truly bought into Marxist liberation theology.

He does not believe in our Constitutional Republic and its three branches of government. If he did, he would use his duly appointed and congressionally confirmed cabinet and not rely on nearly 3 dozen czars who answer to him only (or maybe he answers to them) and who operate without constitutionally required Congressional oversight. That is how dictators function. He would not assume the role of the Supreme Court and unilaterally declare a duly passed law (Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional leaving Americans to wonder which law that he does not like is next. That was, if you are wondering, the next logical step following open homosexual service in the military.

He is not interested in the security of the United States or the effectiveness of our Armed Forces. If he was, he would not be in the process of disarming us while placing his military social engineering agenda ahead of all else at the same time his Soldier’s are engaged in seemingly endless combat operations.

Then there is that energy issue. He places the fantasia view of energy ahead of reality and national security. He will not allow us to drill for our own oil. He has already said he is okay with 4 dollar gasoline and he plans to bankrupt coal powered electric power plants. Windmills will not produce an energy independent USA. In some century, alternatives to fossil fuel may do that, but not in this one. His buddy, the CEO of General Electric will get more powerful, but you and I will be left riding the mythical bullet train to nowhere.

Our President Barry? He has an odd way of showing it.


The Lone Wolf Pack

I spent nearly a decade of my life in cold war “West Germany.” I have been to Ramstein Air Base and Rhein Main Air Base and also to the Frankfurt Airport more times than I can recall. Also, I have been a passenger on countless military shuttle bus rides in and around Germany’s US military communities. These busses carry everything from school children, to military personnel going to and from work and families headed for the shopping centers. For would be attackers, they are soft targets. They are not defended, they are low risk, and they produce maximum damage, and provide maximum impact.

The attack on Air Force personnel at the Frankfurt Airport, we are told, is another lone wolf attack. Just another guy who woke up in the morning and decided, not influenced by anyone or any group, to go out and shoot up a bus load of Americans while praising his Muslim god. He was an employed German born citizen obviously suffering from American oppression.

The lone wolf attacks are adding up, but our government will not properly label them as terrorism. In mental health circles, I believe this is called suicidal ideation. We had the mass murdering Army major at Fort Hood. We had a would be bloomers bomber and the Times Square bomber. We had the shooting at the Arkansas military recruiting station. We also had the recent Texas Jihadi. There are probably more that I don’t even recall. Most thinking people can see a developing pattern here and an obvious common denominator. We are left to wonder how many of these so-called lone wolf killers are roaming the streets in American communities.

I imagine out in the wild there is a lone wolf or two running outside the pack, but I am fairly certain they are of a single motivation and influence. They are influenced by their need to survive, which motivates them to kill something and eat it. Our lone wolves are too of a single motivation and influence.

The United States Attorney General, when asked about it, was unable to bring himself to say that radical Islam influenced any of our so-called lone wolf killers or want to be killers. The chief law enforcement officer of the land cannot concede that these hopeful killers have a common motivation, which is to kill infidels preferably of the American and Jewish variety that originates from a common influence. Islam. Holder is not an imbecile, so I do not know what conclusions to draw from his inability to concede the obvious and then work hard to protect Americans from it. Unless these are also the Attorney General’s people.

When asked if the attack in Germany was considered a terrorist attack, State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley asked, “Was the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords a terrorist attack? I mean, you have to look at the evidence and look at the motivation and then you make a judgment.” Wow! P. J., there was come commonality, both were lunatics. One however, was influenced by his psychosis and the other by his religion, which tells him to kill infidels. Even the stupid infidels who work for the State Department.

These people are killing or trying to kill Americans while proclaiming the greatness of their Muslim god. Hey Eric, in police work I am told they call that a clue and modus operandi. If you believe that any of these murderers decided of their own volition and without any outside influence to murder or attempt to murder Americans, there is probably room for you in our current State Department or US Attorney General’s Office or at a minimum a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission now that Libya lost their spot.

In Iran, when the people wanted to rid themselves of the Islamic theocracy, our national position was to “not meddle.” In Egypt where the secular regime was friendly toward America we cheered for a new government. As daffy Khadafy bombs, shoots and strafes his own we offer little beyond stern finger wagging.

We have yoked ourselves to this region and to the Islamic culture that is irreconcilably incompatible with our freedom and representative form of government. We are engaged in a war that is as old as Isaac and Ishmael and it will continue until the last confrontation between good and evil. We cannot stop it, but we do need to have leaders with common sense enough to protect us as they are sworn to.

The angel of the LORD also said to her [Hagar]: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” Genesis 16:11-12

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