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    A baseball stats fan tries to rank history's best generals: Okay, so at least he gets a plausible winner. But his methodology seems pretty dubious: weighting each general's chance of winning by his share of troops in the battle, and then accumulating wins above chance. For example, Napoleon fought 43 battles and won 38, and...
  • Zhukov. He commanded the largest armies in history’s largest military operations in history’s largest war. And he ultimatelly won his war. You can’t put Western generals even in the same category for never having engaged in the type of epic operations Zhukov conducted. Take away Zhukov, and maybe Germany’s last stand on the Oder River holds long enough for an accomodation with the west.

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    Zhukov does deserve more credit than he is normally given. The idea that Soviet doctrine consisted of selflessly ordering hordes of peasants to zergrush is a simplification, and the exact impression Zhukov wanted to give to American commanders postwar for obvious reasons. However Zhukov proved his boldness and strategic brilliance before the German side of the war, when he quickly knocked out a Japanese attempt to take Siberia, which forced the Japanese to give a separate peace.
  • Few things attract more attention in the business world than new ways of making groups work well. As any fool knows, groups are a pain. They argue, dither, drift off course, waste time and resources, and produce loads of rubbish. Worse, all those participants draw salaries, so treasure is wasted. Surely, bosses think, any technique...
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    My old rule of thumb was that a committee was 20 IQ points stupider than its average member.

    Or as we said in the army while on staff duty, “none of us is as dumb as all of us.”

  • During the long Cold War many Russians grew sufficiently disenchanted with the lies and omissions of their own news outlets that they turned to Western radio for a glimpse of the truth. The growth of the Internet has now provided Americans with a similar opportunity to click on a foreign website and discover the important...
  • @Ron Unz

    Evidently, this whole Patton’s assassination rumor is a result of lack of grasp of the scale and proportions of WW II, in which Patton and his 3rd Army were merely a footnotes...The whole of notion of “fighting Russians” in 1945 is altogether a folie de grandeur.
     
    Well, I'm not a military expert on late WWII, but Patton's repeated argument was that although the Soviet military forces were enormously large and powerful, their supply-lines were extremely weak and over-extended. Therefore, he thought the Russians would have little chance of fighting more than a few weeks against America's massively-supplied military. Wasn't there some famous strategist who emphasized that while amateurs think tactics, professionals think logistics? I can't say whether Patton's opinion was at all correct, but that's what he was arguing to everyone.

    Also, Patton thought that large portions of the surrendered German military could be effectively used in the anti-Soviet military campaign. One of the things that got him into lots of political trouble was his unauthorized effort to quietly keep various German military formations intact and available for use.

    Reading between the lines of many of Patton's statements in 1945, it seemed like he'd half-concluded that America had actually fought WWII on the wrong side, and if one of America's most famous generals came home and began a national public speaking tour making exactly that argument, there might have been all sorts of domestic political problems, especially given all the Communist spies who were then still near the top of the U.S. government.

    I really don't feel that "motive" is the weak point of the assassination hypothesis...

    I have to back Ron on this one. Patton (and also Simson who commanded the 9th Army) were more competant than the Army’s “in crowd” of 1st Army (Hodges), 12th Group (Bradley), and Ike. With Patton’s death, the histories were written by the in-crowd. That is where Patton is historically important despite being a “mere” field army commander in a war of even larger formations.

    As to the Soviet Army at war’s end, it was a shambles in Europe. The best part was being transferred to Asia to invade Manchuria, while what was left had been shattered in the final offesnive against Berlin. The Soviets would require more than a generation to recover from the casualties inflicted by the Germans. They had shot their bolt in Europe and while I wouldn’t think a third world war on the heels of the second would have been wise, a firmer stance against the Soviets was possible.

  • The Patton death’s comingling of trails to both government and Soviet fingerprints (with perhaps some of the same possible suspects being linked to both i.e. an American official who is a communist working with the NKVD) matches another high-profile but unclear death – JFK’s. Indeed, putting blame into neat categories may be the obstacle to figuring out what happened when key players may have worn several hats. For example, a mafia member who does freelance work for an American intelligence agency yet whose contact is a communist infiltrator who works along the suggestions provided by a NKVD/KGB contact; in whose interests does he work?

  • Several years ago, my articles advocating a large hike in the minimum wage caught the attention of James Galbraith, the prominent liberal economist, and we became a little friendly. As president of Economists for Peace and Security, he invited me to speak on those issues at his DC conference in late 2013. And after the...
  • I share the somewhat dismissive attitude towards this. The military was just beginning to develop the SIOP, and apparently figured out that prior intell about Soviet capabilities was wrong and likely to stay wrong for another couple of years. In any fight, whether a street fight or global nuclear war, tactical advantage accrues to he who can hit first. Moral (and hence political) advantage accrues to he who gets hit first. So the intersection of military and political strategic planning is how to reconcile those two contradictions (defense in depth to absorb a firrst hit? False flag to justify your own first strike? Advertise an actual grievance to justify first strike? Claim rightly or wrongly that you were pre-empting the other side’s first strike?). Looks like in 1961 they talked about it and then didn’t do it. They would talk about it again in 1964 WRT China’s development of nuclear weapons, and again in 1969 when the Soviets proposed a joint nuclear attack against China. They’ve probably talked about it many other times as well.

    Besides, military plans tend to look different once the politicians implement them. Look at the disparity between the military’s plans to fight the Vietnam War and what the national leadership actually did (https://www.amazon.com/American-Plan-Victory-Vietnam-Implemented/dp/1482795329). Above comments about the realities of actually conducting a global nuclear attack (especially in the technology’s infancy in the early 60s) are apropos.

    What I really find potentially fascinating in this story would be if there is a tie to Soviet intelligence picking up on this similar to the 1983 Able Archer crisis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Able_Archer_83). If, as in 1983, some Soviet leaders really believed that the American first strike discussions reflected an imminent attack then the JFK assassination looks a lot different. The most plausible “conspiracy” theory about the JFK assassination is that the KGB engineered it (https://www.amazon.com/Programmed-Kill-Harvey-Kennedy-Assassination/dp/1566637619). However, the basic counter is whey would the KGB have killed a leftist president who was trying to attain early detente. However, if they believed him about to attack it makes more sense.

  • (9:30 pm PDT Thursday:) A problem with the Democrats' high-low coalition of the fringes is that the fringes are awfully fringy. Stoking black rage for political advantage is a high risk strategy. And it's not as if Obama and the Clintons didn't know that. Update: From the NYT (6:48 AM PDT Friday) The dead suspect...
  • @Connecticut Famer
    BLM provides the "muscle" for the demokrat party. They are to the demokrat party what the Gestapo was to the Nazi Party.

    To be historically accurate, you mean what the SA (Sturm Abteilung or storm detachments) were to the Nazi Party. The SA were party, not government, people. The Gestapo were government employees for the “secret state police” which Gestapo was the official German acronym for. The Gestapo equivalent today for the Democrats would appear to be the FBI.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    How would you characterize the SS (Schutstaffel)? They began as Hitler's personal bodyguard, until he used them to suppress the SA (the Army didn't want to do the dirty work). Eventually they grew to be rivél of the Army, although if you want to create an elite military unit, the SS is the model of how not to do it.
  • A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a Taki's Magazine column looking back on the bizarrely large historical influence of football player, actor, and murderer O.J. Simpson. One point I want to reinforce is that O.J.'s college career of 1967-68 more or less marked the beginning of the modern era of offensive specialists in college...
  • @meh
    @Dave Pinsen "Football players would look more like soccer plays if they all had to play 60 minutes."

    Or rugby players. USA won two Olympic rugby union (fifteen players, not the new rugby sevens they are introducing to the Olympics this year) gold medals in the 1920s, using many converted gridiron players as the two football codes were more similar to each other back then due to the lack of substitution in gridiron at the time.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_at_the_Summer_Olympics#1920

    Historians of the college gridiron football game please advise: in that video, are they still required to "touch down" the ball in the end zone to score a touch down, as is still done in rugby "tries"? It looks like someone is doing that. Was the extra point taken from behind where the ball was touched down as is still done in rugby? Was play restarted at the point a tackle was made, even close to the sidelines? There don't appear to be hash marks. Was the ball still the old fat ball? When did the pointed ball come into use? The passes don't appear to go very far so I am guessing they are still using the old fat ball. And I see that already, in the college game at least, the goal posts have been moved back ten yards behind the goal line.

    The gradual introduction of greater padding (especially helmets and shoulder pads) changed American football to the point where it is today such a vastly different sport than rugby. I like to use the comparison of the change in boxing from bare-knuckled to today’s gloved version in the late 19th/early 20th century. Rugby/football or bare knuckled/gloved boxing may appear broadly similar from afar, but the change in hitting allowed by the pads changed the game dramatically. Interestingly, the padded versions of the two sports resulted in worse and more numerous injuries.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    Good point about padding. Watching sandlot football today or college game film from the early days shows guys tackling more by steer wrestling the runner down. Todays defensive players launch themselves ballistically at the runner. Impact of collision is much greater with concomitant catastrophic injuries.
  • Years ago, when I was tech writer for weird magazines such as Signal and for other more-normal techish pubs, Jews littered the intellectual landscape. They were all over high-end research, such as Bell Labs. The big names were often Jewish, Einstein, von Neumann, Feynman, Gell-Mann, Minsky. The staff list for the Manhattan Project read like...
  • Isn’t the HBD assumption that all those successful Jews marrying hot gentile wives is what has driven down Jewish achievement? Although the obervation of no longer being “hungry” is also apt since Jews command such overwhelming percentages of power postions in America – similar to WASPS at the beginning of the 20th Century. Perhaps the Jews are the new WASPS, and the Asians are the new Jews? At least that was what I thought Unz was driving at.

    • Replies: @TJM
    No moron, nice try, there is no such thing as "Jewish exceptionalism", just Jewish nepotism. Jews dominate central banking/Wall Street and use that financial ill gotten gains to insure their "tribe" gets a leg up.

    We see this most glaringly with Facebook: A few guys create facebook, but the ONE who rises above the rest to get the billions, a Jew. Not because he is smarter, or had more a hand in it, but because that is who his Zionist Jew benefactors would fund.

    See the same thing in music, movies, entertainment, if you are a Jew, you have a leg up over non Jews in the industry.

    And what has all this Jew influence given us over the past 50 years or so, bullet trains, universal health care, the best education system in the world, NOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These fuckers have used their advantage to rape America of its culture, its resources, and its morals.

    Look at AIPAC, NJC, ADL, AEI, CNAC, CFR, and so many more Zionist Jew organizations that push for military spending, at the cost of our infrastructure, wars in the Middle East, at the cost of our morals, open borders, and ignorance of our population through media control.

    Maybe the Chinese can save up from this parasitic infestation!
  • From Marine Corps Times: Here are the new rules for transgender troops Andrew Tilghman, Military Times 5:18 p.m. EDT June 30, 2016 Transgender people can serve openly in the U.S. military, effective immediately. In an historic and controversial move, the Pentagon on Thursday lifted its longstanding ban on transgender troops and began outlining how the...
  • 1. We all know this isn’t about “accessing more capable Americans as potential recruits” it’s about further politicizing the military. The left hates the military – it represents one of the vehicles of western ascendacy and its ranks typical schew politically conservative. So they picked up where they left off in the Clinton admin with socially re-engineering the military into another liberal jobs program.

    2. Keeping with the “liberal government jobs program” re-engineering of the military, that they will lose wars is probably seen a a feature, not a bug.

    3. How many people will flood the military to take advantage of the free sex change operation, and then get out? So just that much more deadweight in the ranks.

    But keep heart, dropping the “don’t ask” policy really just revealed that many career females were lesbians, while dissapointingly few males have come out. I am curious how many transexuals actually are either already in the ranks or will now seek to join. I suspect not many.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    I think it's fair to say that 99% of the people clamoring for acceptance of TG's in the armed forces, just as with women on ships, subs, and combat units, and as with open gays and lesbians, have never served in the armed forces of the United States of America. And they have no intention to serve.

    The only good thing about today's Appomattox in World War T is that it's over. And it looks like there will be no more wars. I mean, what's left? I can't think of anything.

    I know at this point people start to talk about polygamy, or incest, or pederasty, or child molesting, or bestiality. I suppose necrophilia and cannibalism are also on the table. But no one can claim genetic necessity or essential quality for these things, excepting for those who were "born" attracted to children, and we already know that sort of thing is just never going to be normalized. So maybe the Sex Wars are over. Or maybe not, they'll find something else to be persecuted about.

    On a side note, tomorrow is the Centennial of the Battle of the Somme, where it is usually said that 60,000 Britons were casualties on the first day. They deserve a calm and respectful memory at some point tonight or tomorrow. Cheers!
    , @dr kill
    I'm thinking in a few years a parade on Memorial Day will resemble the Folsom Street Fair. It will be fabulous.
    , @jay igaboo
    It's all part of the assault on masculinity, and as per Marcuse, keeping the proles permanently disorientated and sexually disorientated is about as confused as it gets.)

    "The left hates the military "...nah, they just hate masculine men, especially servicemen. They LOVE being able to send these men to their death or grave injury when they send them to wars based on lies, in their futile attempts to impose Libtard standards on other nations.
    The Left are full of beta males who, by appeasing feminists and every other fecked-up but shreikingly voluble section of society, gain power over much better men.
    The people are idiots to not see this simple fact-- all other things being equal, when a masculine force takes the field against a feminised force, it loses.
    My parents, having been blitzed out of their home in WW2 just before dad had to go to the RAF, were not anywhere near as stupid as this, and raised four masculine boys to manhood.
    Not so easy to do, nowadays, with so many boys who lack a father's guiding hand or a mother with the common sense to let boys be boys, and, thanks to the FemiNazi and their enablers, a general hostility to masculinity running in tandem with pandering the petulant whimsy of "wimmin" and the weirdo lobby.
  • David Frum interviews Barry Latzer, a professor at CUNY, in The Atlantic: The Cultural Roots of Crime A conversation about the rise and fall of violence in America with criminal-justice scholar Barry Latzer. DAVID FRUM JUN 19, 2016 POLITICS Barry Latzer is that rare academic with both practical and theoretical knowledge of his subject matter....
  • @Steve Sailer
    "He reportedly drove around several possible targets that night and probably settled on his gay nightclub hangout because it was a target rich environment that he was familiar with. ... He seems to have shot the club patrons becaus he saw them as American infidels, regardless of how the victims may have self-classified."

    Very interesting perspective. Does this seem correct?

    I cannot now find where I first saw all this. But some quick Google found the Orlando Mayor reporting that the shooter had driven around the city to other sites before the shooting

    http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/06/orlando-nightclub-shooting/486713/

    And another report is that the shooter’s wife claimed their April trip to Disney was to “case” it as a possible attack site

    http://nypost.com/2016/06/14/orlando-shooters-wife-knew-about-his-plot/

  • Slightly OT, but I’ve noticed that all the MSM Orlando shooting talk has been either about homophobia or gun control. However neither appears to be a factor. The gun control angle has been addressed here before, but the fact the shooter chose a gay club on Latin night appears from available evidence to be a matter of picking an easy target, not homopobia. Granted, the shooter’s father has expressed typical Muslim attitudes against homosexuality, but the shooter himself appears to have been gay. He reportedly drove around several possible targets that night and probably settled on his gay nightclub hangout because it was a target rich environment that he was familiar with. All his communications before and during the shooting referenced ISIS or US bombing of Afghanistan, never anything against gays. He seems to have shot the club patrons becaus he saw them as American infidels, regardless of how the victims may have self-classified.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "He reportedly drove around several possible targets that night and probably settled on his gay nightclub hangout because it was a target rich environment that he was familiar with. ... He seems to have shot the club patrons becaus he saw them as American infidels, regardless of how the victims may have self-classified."

    Very interesting perspective. Does this seem correct?

    , @Almost Missouri

    "the shooter’s father has expressed typical Muslim attitudes against homosexuality, but the shooter himself appears to have been gay"
     
    I thought this was already chewed over, but in most of the world (pretty much everywhere not having NW Euro culture) it is not considered homosexual to be the penetrator rather than the penetrated. So the US media, not at all being the multiculturalists they profess to be, don't understand Mateen from his own point of view.

    Or one could just adapt the sarcasm of Kathy Shaidle's old chestnut:

    "It's not really gay when you beat them up [shoot them] afterwards."
    , @markoh
    The Bataclan theatre influenced his choice?
  • Was MacArthur a Japanese agent? For my generation, clickbait. For the younglings, it’s “Who’s MacArthur”? Douglas MacArthur was, in the words of an admiring biographer, “the American Caesar”, the brilliant military commander who won the Pacific War (the Japanese end of World War II), ruled postwar Japan with a sure imperial hand from 1945 to...
  • @Faust
    I hope someone else can supply the names, as thy now escape me. It seems to me that it is no longer disputed that Roosevelt was surrounded by communist sympathizers.

    Some of the more commonly named-names are Alger Hiss, Harry Hopkins, and Harry Dexter White.

  • All sorts of facets to the decision to drop the bombs. Roosevelt wanted Soviet participation in the war against Japan from the beginning, and probably didn’t want Japan weasiling out of the war before that happened. So plenty of “FDR was a commy agent” room for theorizing, especially given the importance of the August ’45 Soviet invasion of Manchuria in the ultimate triumph of Chinese Communism.

    The other thing to remember is that Truman was simple guy. We had an invasion plan moving inexorably forward, and nobody could answer this question “if we made the atom bomb and kept it secret from everyone [except the Soviets] then how do we know for absolute certainty that Japan isn’t about to do the same?” In other words, once we had the bomb, it pretty much had to be dropped absent an immediate Japanese surrender. Not to mention the threat of Japanese biological warfare possibly someday amounting to something – why wait to find out when you can end the war right now?

    • Replies: @Faust
    I hope someone else can supply the names, as thy now escape me. It seems to me that it is no longer disputed that Roosevelt was surrounded by communist sympathizers.
  • From the NYT: Review: ‘O.J.: Made in America,’ an Unflinching Take on His Rise and Fall O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA NYT Critics’ Pick Directed by Ezra Edelman Documentary 7h 30m FIND TICKETS By A. O. SCOTT MAY 19, 2016 ... “O.J.: Made in America,” a staggering five-part, nearly eight-hour installment in ESPN’s ambitious and innovative...
  • @Mis(ter)Anthrope
    I will never understand "white guilt" over slavery. Africans sold each other into slavery. They were purchased by Jews, Whites, Arabs, and other Africans. Why should only Whites be blamed?

    The Royal Navy, with some minor assistance from the fledgling US Navy, put the stop to the slave trade. Part of this accomplishment required colonizing pieces of West Africa. So white people stopped slavery, yet get blamed for it.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Thomas Fuller
    Matters are even more complicated by the fact that the Royal Navy of the period depended on impressment which, in practice, was barely distinguishable from slavery:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressment

    The history of human relations is so complicated and unknowable that present-day attempts to denounce, or (even more ludicrously) apologize for, the deeds of our forebears are as ridiculous as they are futile – except of course for those with an axe to grind.
  • The greatest problem with most universities today is that tuition is much too high, forcing an entire generation of students into long-term debt-servitude. Total student loans now exceed $1.2 trillion, and millions of students will probably never be able to pay them off. During the mid-1970s, tuition at UCLA, Berkeley, and the other UC campuses...
  • As much a role as cronyism and bureacratic agrandizement have in the increase in admistration, don’t forget the role of federal regulations. All those regulations end up requiring administrators to track or enforce compliance and mandatory reporting. Part of the solution would be for the Department of Education (and parts of the Department of Justice) to also be reduced as a first step.

  • Tuesday last week I had the satisfaction of casting a vote for Donald Trump. This was of course in theNew York state Republican primary—a closed primary, in which only registered Republicans get to vote. Some of you in the rest of the country, those great spaces west of the Hudson where the buffalo roam and...
  • Of course Hillary will get an overwhelming amount of the gay vote; there are persistant rumours that she is herself either a lesbian or has had bisexual relations and that’s enough to trigger gay tribal loyalty.

    • Replies: @Ace
    The transgenders are solid for Hillary. That's 127 votes right there.
  • From the WSJ: As we all know, the old White Male Power Structure -- as exemplified by individuals like former Secretary of State George Schultz, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Senator Sam Nunn -- hates young women and constantly conspires to block them from bestowing their brilliant high tech medical inventions on the...
  • @vinteuil
    The "old boys network" which supposedly privileged young white guys at the expense of women & minorities has got to be the single biggest crock of b.s. ever.

    In my rather extensive experience, the "old boys" mostly hated & feared their younger white male competition, and welcomed the opportunity to install 2nd rate women & minorities in their place.

    I’ve often felt that a big part of pushing women in any industry or profession (like police or military as well as business leadership) is the desire of mediocre or otherwise threatened males to subvert other males. Look for example who is inflicting women in the infantry – nobody from the infantry but lots of civilian executive leadership of the DOD who probably felt threatened by more masculine males holding their ostensible superiors in contempt. Make an organization a certain percentage female and its male luster disappears and its high performing males go elsewhere.

  • My wife's friend A., a mainframe programmer, got a new job recently after she'd been out of work for half a decade. She's legally blind and deaf (although not Helen Keller levels) so she's not a high draft pick, but back before H-1B got fully cranked up, she worked steadily for two decades. Of course,...
  • As with any government database, the fact that some easy information is unavailable can be assumed to mean that the results would be what we presume they would be from their absence. It seems everyone reading this presumes the lack of H1B demographic data by sex is due to the fact they would show a tremendous male bias. I remember back in the 90s we got told we were switching to some FBI crime stat form; a three-page form was replaced with a much longer form that asked all sorts of demographic data on crime suspects. Yet race was strangely absent from an otherwise comprehensive questionnaire – transparently so the government would be unable to produce such data if asked.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I remember back in the 90s we got told we were switching to some FBI crime stat form; a three-page form was replaced with a much longer form that asked all sorts of demographic data on crime suspects. Yet race was strangely absent from an otherwise comprehensive questionnaire

    In a past job, I once had to run a database report on the criminal histories of a bunch of Africans (i.e. born in Africa, but arrested in the US). At time of arrest, all the subjects were coded in the database as race = black. A few years later, the DOJ changed the race of all these Africans to African-American. Of course, they're not African-Americans, they're African-Africans. Some clerk must have been instructed to run an automated script to globally change all "black" to the more PC "African-American."
  • It is curious how little military men know about war. You would think they would think about it more. Yet, oddly, they regularly misjudge practically everything concerning the dismal trade. Their errors are not the sort that inevitably must occur in a contest, as when a quarterback doesn’t pick up a blitz. They are fundamental...
  • Today’s American military fails because it is not what you think it is. It is a huge government bureaucracy (comprised of large numbers of civil servants and civilian political appointees in addition to the uniformed military) that exists for its own internal purposes and that of the contractor benefactors. Above the unit level, nobody is concerned with victory in war, only in budgets and expanding fiefdoms. This is why today’s military is squandering billions on things like the F35 that will never work and asking for new bases in Europe while having troops gender-integrate and get “training” on not raping the just-integrated females. Little involved in there for war fighting. The special ops community does some occasionally competant war fighting, but they are targeted for social engineering to get them to stop.

  • To awaken Thursday to front-page photos of U.S. sailors kneeling on the deck of their patrol boat, hands on their heads in postures of surrender, on Iran's Farsi Island, brought back old and bad memories. In January 1968, LBJ's last year, 82 sailors of the Pueblo were captured by North Korea and held hostage with...
  • There can be valid reasons to go to war. However, to avenge the brief detention of incompetent buffoons who drifted into another nation’s waters is not among those reasons. This was an embarrassment to America, but not because of what Iran did but because of what our own navy did. I suspect today’s PC navy will not have a board of inquiry that results in the relief of every leader in the chain involved in this demonstration of inadequacy, though. Nimitz must be rolling in his grave.

  • From the Washington Post: A lot of effort has been put into stuffing the UVA - Rolling Stone gang rape on broken glass hate hoax down the Memory Hole by making the scandal seem as boring and technical as imaginable: mistakes were made in following proper journalistic procedures. Nothing else to remember here, move along....
  • @Jimmy Docherty
    I have recently read something nearly identical to what you said. Was it on this blog or somewhere else?

    I first read it on a Facebook post by a guy I follow there. Then I heard an identical statement from a retired journalist. Or the other way around; about a week ago the reading and the telling happened so close together that it easily stuck in my mind.

  • Lawsuits create legal documents and sworn statements that reporters can use with fewer problems than when they simply quote people on the street. Court documents are also a one-stop shop for making a deadline. Thus, the lawsuits have a chance of returning this stupid story back to public awareness.

    • Replies: @Jimmy Docherty
    I have recently read something nearly identical to what you said. Was it on this blog or somewhere else?
  • I had only been vaguely aware of the Elizabeth Holmes saga until recently. My impression from all the magazine covers had been that the celebrated Silicon Valley startup foundrix had invented some revolutionary disruptive new method for testing blood and made the Forbes 400 off her invention. Back in 2014, this high tech startup's board...
  • Hmmm, hot young blonde manages to get older male has-beens to do what she wants because she mysteriously manages to appeal to them? Notice her board comprises people with government contacts, but nobody who knows anything about business or science. But all guys who probably more easily fall for some hot chick whispering in their ears and stoking their egos.

    I perceive that a lot of feminism’s success is thanks to powerful but on the decline older guys who sentimentally promote females while simultaneously undercutting the up and coming younger males. Promote the cute and smart young female (who reminds you of your daughter?) and be happy while remaining in charge, or promote that fired-up young male who is seeking to supplant you.

  • From Police Chief Magazine: That was an issue for Blackwater in Iraq: its mercenaries tended to be roided up. From CNN in 2007:
  • @Jim Christian
    "Like most steroid abusers, he was in love with himself, with his own ripped body. I guess 20 years down the line he will discover his inner woman and turn into a granny tranny like Bruce Jenner."

    No, but likely, he will turn into Lyle Alzado, the granddaddy of all steroid abusers AND, by the way, dead.

    A very good piece on this is "A Football Life, Lyle Alzado". No discussion on PED is complete unless all the contestants have seen this video. It's on NFL.com. Rags-to-riches-to dead, brought to you by PED. There is always a piper to be paid. Lyle only damaged other football players, who always wind up damaged and thrown away in exchange for cash and prizes anyway. Football-Fodder.

    The tragedy of our police on PED is, on the way to a cop's death-by-Roids, the oft-lethal attitude, the anger, the approach on every citizen in the simplest of interactions as combative and adversarial. And that friends, gets people dead. Cops already aren't the brightest of folks, when you add in the steroids, when you equip these bovine nitwits with the best killing gear the American taxpayer can buy, you have what we have, cops killing a lot of citizens in everyday transactions that oughtn't have been.

    Cops may not be “the brightest of folks” as you say, but they are far from the dumbest. Most non-rural police departments favor college degrees as a hiring filter since in today’s economy the police is a good job. In unionized departments, after you get your tenure you don’t even have to arrest anyone anymore if you aren’t motivated.

    As for this problem you portray of cops killing a “lot” of citizens in transactions that ought not to have been deadly, I would be curious for some data. The only anecdotal cases I know of are SWAT raids on wrong addresses, and shootouts with crossfire that hits bystanders. And those are few cases (even giving that one can be considered too many). The cases of someone interacting with a cop for a minor issue that then escalates is not so much a wanton cop killing spree as it is stupid people being stupid. If someone has a gun pointed at you, would you run your mouth or be combative as much if it were not a cop?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    I would steer you toward the work of William B. Scott, a gentleman who has worked up extensive statistics on cops and their misdeeds with handguns. He was inspired by the death of his son, murdered by Las Vegas police outside a Costco in broad daylight some years back. As of around 2012, the toll of citizens shot by cops numbered in the tens of thousands with deaths in the 4ooo-5000 range since 9/11 alone. We have empowered our police to the point of tyranny. We have armed them to the point of military force they clearly aren't qualified to use. High percentages of them are of questionable judgment, temper and moral character. Further, we have empowered them to seize assets, ordinary amounts of cash from citizens in simple traffic stops and there is ALWAYS a question of how much money was seized and later, (forfeited). The stats are out there, check them out if you're interested.

    If your grandfather was a good cop, that's good. That was also quite awhile back, things have changed, but the cops always have the crooked among them. The police of recent years and the PEDs many of them use make for an aggressive and nasty lot. Uniform police oughtn't never have been issued semi-automatic handguns in my opinion either. Police exercised better fire control equipped with 6 shooters and speed loaders. The safety of the police should never have taken priority over the safety of the citizen. The cops become their own special hazard to the public safety the way they spray lead all over the neighborhood with their Sigs and Glocks these days.

    Most uniformed police officers and detectives couldn't shoot their way out of a piss-soaked paper bag and compounding that, they also have the tactical control of your average Dindu gang-banger. You do not hand the beginning street cop a 15-shot semi-auto and three magazines with minimal training and send him out. It's a risk to the public health, we've seen it over and over and yet..Inertia is hard to overcome. Federal officers are little better, but the Feds at least have resources for practice, not that the human factor is any better. Add in the fact that the police investigate their own shootings, often drop weapons at the scenes of bad shootings, lie in the Grand Juries and you have a situation rife with corruption and tragedy.

    Now, I'm not talking about the Michael Browns, the terrorist shootings, the mass murderers that get what's coming to them when they don't comply. Those are "good" shootings, justified. There are PLENTY of those. But the bad shootings, I venture are far more routine, far more numerous. I would implore all to look up William Scott's work and interviews. The FBI stats he's compiled, the records of local and state police agencies and their recent histories in all this are shocking and are easily verified. First responders have gotten a free ride the past 15 years and it's time a little more of a jaundiced eye was cast upon their greater excesses. They make big dough these days, we're entitled to some accountability.
  • @Thomas O. Meehan
    A large part of the bodybuilder cop phenomenon is obvious. Police officers have been stripped of those old use of force standbys, the sap and the nightstick. This was justified by all the damage done to civilian skulls and the attendant law suits. As far back as the sixties federal studies found that cops were far too quick to use nightsticks on people's noggins. Saps (Blackjacks) had an even worse image and can kill. Mace and Tazzers have proven less than perfect substitutes.

    My point is that when police are expected to physically grapple with others, they are going to to "arm up" in order to prevail. This is particularly so when faced with minority offenders who are physically fit and have no basic internalized respect for authority.

    A man with a stick will prevail over one or more opponents if sufficiently trained. You don't have to be really big. You do need to keep up practice, which used to be the pride of the old city cops. Ever wonder why those old Irish cops were constantly flipping and twirling their sticks? Now you know.

    Another problem is that our civil rights obsessed legal environment keeps PD's from having realistic height requirements. We keep hiring small and female cops, then wonder why they try to muscle up.

    Finally if we want cops to overpower people with their bare hands, we need to train and constantly retrain them with the best, most effective martial arts regimen. To remain a cop you should gain and retain at least a brown belt in jujitsu if you are forced to grapple with your hands.

    My grandfather was big city cop 40s to 70s and spent much of that time walking a beat in the ghetto. Pulled his pistol once his entire career and never fired a shot on duty; but he could twirl his nightstick like a bandleader (and reputedly used it, hence little need for deadly force as you point out).

    As for martial arts training for cops, that is what Tokyo’s police department is famed for; although they spend enormous time on it which is the major obstacle to its implementation here in the U.S.

  • @Doug
    "Roid rage" is largely an inflated myth with very little scientific evidence to back up its claims.

    But a heck of a lot of anecdotal evidence. Remember that case a few years ago of an army sergeant in Afghanistan who walked out of his little patrol base one night, killed a bunch of Afghans in a nearby village, then walked back in? It was learned he was a big steroid user as well. Not a lot of toxicology ability in that environment, and it was a PR disaster by the time they got him back to the states for court martial, so no way we could ever get scientific evidence of the role of steroids in his behavior.

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  • "I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here ... and ... around the world, that there is a 'clash of civilizations.'" So said Hillary Clinton in Saturday night's New Hampshire debate. Yet, that phrase was not popularized by Donald Trump, but by Harvard's...
  • @Kamran
    "Did the worst attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor, 9/11, have nothing to do with the Islamic faith?"

    This question, and many others like it, are kind of stupid to be honest here.

    " until stopped at Poitiers by Charles Martel."

    To be honest, again. Nobody in the Muslim world ever heard of, or gives a fuck about Charlie Martel. I discovered him from Internet comments.

    I don’t know about the Muslim world’s education program, but Charles Martel was once among the pantheon of men studied in western civilization. He not only stopped the Muslim invasion, but he was the grandfather of Charlemagne. I can remember my grandfather telling some poem about Martel stopping “the Moors at Tours.”

    Given French military units that use Martel as an honorific, I suspect he remains better remembered in Europe.

    • Replies: @Jim
    While Charles Martel was no doubt handy with a battle-axe he was not the fundamental reason why the Arab advance halted. The fundamental reason was demographic. The number of Arabs at that time was far less than the number of Europeans. Until the coming of the Mongols and Turks the general trend after the eight century was for the Christians to gradually regain many areas conquered by the Arabs - Southern France, Southern Italy, Sicily, Spain, Malta, Crete, Cyprus, the Crusader Kingdoms, etc.
  • Commenter Anon writes: That reminds me: Perhaps what America needs now is a rewriting of the history of immigration in which the role of Jewish ethnocentrism in shaping today's ruling mindset is forthrightly celebrated as a victory of Jewish ethnocentrism: e.g., Emma Lazarus wasn't calling for letting in a lot of hot-headed Muslim anti-Semites, she...
  • This whole “nation of immigrants” schema is arguably a Jewish cultural imprint on Americana. Before the 20th Century, Americans understood themselves to be a nation of settlers.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "Before the 20th Century, Americans understood themselves to be a nation of settlers."

    Heck, judging from all the cowboy movies and TV shows up through 1969, that was the assumption for 70% of the 20th Century.

    , @Hail

    Americans understood themselves to be a nation of settlers.
     
    Because they were. The typical European to come to America settled land and farmed -- until -- when?

    The Jewish view of America is very heavily filtered through the lens of New York City, no earlier than 1885 or so.
    , @the cruncher
    Yes. Samuel Huntington ('Clash of Civilizations', 'Who Are We?') said in the latter that he estimated by last names, that even as late as 1990, 50% of Americans were descended from pioneers. I guess they had big families back then.
  • I will now respond to some hereditarian scholars who wrote some articles in response to my data and arguments on the Black-White IQ Gap (Fuerst, Frost and Thompson). I hope to cover every valid concern brought up so far, including technical issues on data reliability, etc. I will also address some of the alternative explanations...
  • As a non-scientist reading this, I have to say I have yet to see where HBD and Mr. Chisala have incompatible positions. Hereditary basis to intelligence appears well established, to include variances in averages between populations. However, when we examine the “at first glance” anomaly of African immigrant achievement, we may be seeing the interplay of some genetic influence (e.g. Igbo over representation?), plus macro-environmental impacts such as influence the supposed Flynn and Super-Flynn phenomena, plus simply the exploding African population that would, when combined with the previous influences, result mathematically in a larger total number of smart Africans.

    However, Mr. Chisala has been setting us up for his fourth installment in this series where he will provide his theory of why African-American academic achievement apparently halted decades ago and has yet to reach the average white score for IQ or other academic achievement. I for one am anxious to see what he has to say.

    My own pet hypothesis is that development might differ by race. Physical development clearly differs by race, with blacks generally maturing earlier than white with consequent advantage in sports since early advantage in sports leads to early skill development. Perhaps mental development works similarly in some populations; and possibly opposite to physical development? As academic achievement relies upon early school mastery, later development would be little noticed in academia. This may not explain African immigrant data, but might play into African-American experience.

  • From the NYT:
  • @inertial
    The most common role for women in the WWII era Soviet military was the medic. Not exactly a combat role, but medics were expected to go into the battlefield while the bullets were flying and drag away the wounded men on their own back.

    In addition to medics (which can mean anything from a front line medic to someone working in a rear area hospital) the WWII Soviets drafted women into all their signals units. This led to the practice of officers obtaining “field wives” from their radio operator ranks. Interestingly, the Israelis (who draft females) staff their brigade signals companies with young women, with apparently a similar “field wife” phenomena between the HQ officers and the supporting radio operators.

  • @reiner Tor

    On closer examination is appears to have been largely nonsense to help morale, not any sort of accurate battle account.
     
    Where can I read up on that? I think I read in more serious sources (perhaps Glantz?) that female snipers were, relatively speaking, quite successful.

    Short answer, the only source for Soviet female snipers is wartime Soviet propaganda. Can’t find anything on it from the German side.

    Longer answer, Glantz indeed has the best access to Soviet archives. His “Colossus Reborn” indicates that up to a million women served in a uniformed capacity during the war at one point or another (out of 35 million total) mostly in traditional roles and a few pilots. He has a footnote for a source that says about 100,000 women may have received “sniper” training (which might indicate marksmanship, not actual sniper, training). He has another footnote that yes there is anecdotal information on Soviet women in combat but he had yet to find conclusive archival information.

  • @Yak-15
    There is one combat group that could use women soldiers - snipers. With higher levels of empathy to better find enemy positions and a smaller stature to hide from opposing forces, women snipers have proven deadly in the past. In this role they would also be able to carry less gear and their other physical shortcomings would be minimized.

    It's not ideal, but it is a solution that would be more acceptable than having female squad leaders. It may even prove wise. Female pilots are well suited to better absorbing g-forces because of their small stature. Furthermore, operating cargo planes/tankers/etc with their reduced accident rates has proven beneficial as well.

    Much of the “deadly female sniper” idea came from World War II Soviet propaganda. On closer examination is appears to have been largely nonsense to help morale, not any sort of accurate battle account. Full Metal Jacket was make-believe; the real Battle of Hue pitted Marines against a North Vietnamese infantry division, not female insurgents.

    Snipers carry more, not less, gear than most infantry. This is because they need to sustain themselves in a hide site for a long period of time without moving much. They also carry heavier rifles, and often a secondary weapon (in case they need to shoot their way out of being discovered), plus their own long range radio. Shooting well is the least significant attribute of a good sniper.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor

    On closer examination is appears to have been largely nonsense to help morale, not any sort of accurate battle account.
     
    Where can I read up on that? I think I read in more serious sources (perhaps Glantz?) that female snipers were, relatively speaking, quite successful.
  • There are above and below level supports for women in combat positions.

    1. The moderate American figures we are unlikely to need major ground combat ops anytime soon, so nice government jobs like in the military should be open to any “qualified” woman just like with police and fire departments. No thought, just the input of anecdotes of women succeeding and the cultural imperative of “equality.”
    2. The more liberal idea from Senator Fulbright in the 60s “if we have a military that can go anywhere and do anything, we’ll forever be going somewhere and doing something.” So the inclusion of women might drum capability down so we surely wouldn’t invade Iraq again. So this dumb but apparently widely held idea goes. Plus, the military then becomes another civil service spoils, so for equality the girls should get their fair share.

    The below level imperatives are:

    3. The military ultimately is another (and huge) government bureaucracy. Those at the top are those who win at bureaucracy, not those who win at war. Women, and men who leverage women to defeat macho competitors, want women in combat positions to justify more women general officers.
    4. Since the end of the draft, the civil service has taken over much of the military bureaucracy. They don’t like pushy macho military types bossing them around; and they like the added civil service responsibilities of more females in the military. Things like more health care, day care, and social services.
    5. Finally, there are the actual feminists who are all over D.C. who want to deliberately de-masculine the military as part of their overall cultural marxist project.

    On the positive side, as long as we have a volunteer military I suspect this initiative will have as much impact as opening the military to open gays; i.e. very little as few women actually want to be in combat (as opposed to those many women who are OK with some other girl being in combat) just as there turned out to be few gay men interested in working in the mud with a bunch of straight men.

  • On 9/11 there were numerous reports of celebrating Middle Easterners in New Jersey, but this is the one that appears to have been most carefully documented. From ABC News on an incident that has since been pretty much memory-holed: Were Israelis Detained on Sept. 11 Spies? Millions saw the horrific images of the World Trade...
  • @Ron Unz
    Well, I just finished tracking down a difficult bug, so I might as well summarize my own casual perspective regarding the 9/11 attacks, which hasn't much changed since the mid-2000s.

    (1) First, I think that the totally disorganized and frightened behavior of Bush and some other top American officials conclusively proves that the American government *as a entity* did not know about or expect the attacks; thus, the left-fringe claims of an "inside job" in that sense are absurd. However, there seems a very real possibility that a tiny number of key enemy agents or collaborators situated at crucial nodes within the governmental machinery were involved in the conspiracy, which is an entirely different thing. Needless to say, I doubt any of these American conspirators were Islamicist fanatics.

    (2) A considerable number of Israelis were caught in the immediate vicinity of the 9/11 attacks behaving in an *exceptionally* suspicious manner, and in some cases reportedly carrying explosives. At least a number of these individuals were later revealed to be Mossad agents, and others among their close associates quickly fled the country to avoid interrogation. Meanwhile, not a single Islamicist agent was caught anywhere in the vicinity, or indeed (as I recall) anywhere in the entire country. At the very least, this almost conclusively proves that Mossad knew the exact time and location of the planned attacks, while there is absolutely no evidence that the leadership of the FBI or the CIA had any such information.

    (3) Israel is a normal country, with a normal government. If Mossad knew the exact time and location of the planned attacks and had deployed a considerable number of its agents to observe, report, and record the attacks, it is absolutely certain that the top Israeli leaders also had this information and had approved those deployments.

    (4) Does this prove that the Israeli Mossad was actually behind the attacks? Not necessarily. But the key conclusion is that aside from the attackers themselves, the only government in the world with absolute, precise knowledge of the exact timing and nature of the attacks were the Israelis. Under these circumstances if America were a normal country run by a normal government, we would have certainly taken all necessary measures---howsoever harsh---to ensure that we learned every last iota of what the Israelis knew, when they knew it, and how they came to know it, while also tracking down and eliminating each and every American collaborator in the attacks, together with their entire network of fellow-travelers and co-conspirators.

    However, America is not a normal country run by a normal government, so almost no one cares about any of these things.

    In an above comment I reference an expose´about MOSSAD that discussed their use of Jewish locals to augment their otherwise meagre operational force. That same book also alleges that Israeli intelligence had specific advance warning of the 1983 attack on our Marine barracks in Beirut and decided to not share the information with us. The book implies that it was done out of sheer indifference; but I would imagine such decisions would be made by people thinking about strategy and not emotions. If Israel had specific advance knowledge (or even just suspicion) of 9-11, it would be very interesting to somehow know why they kept it to themselves. My guess is because they knew America’s retaliation would be to Israel’s benefit, whereas thwarting the attacks would not trigger the same retaliation. So it is plausible that they decided to just sit back and watch while eating popcorn.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    A lot of intelligence stuff is kind of random with reports that turn out to be accurate being overlooked: "My wife's cousin's kid is kind of a 'tard. He's an illegal alien working as a mover in Paterson, NJ with a bunch of other morons from the old neighborhood in Tel Aviv. My wife's always begging me to give him some Mossad work to make his mother proud of him. So, on the grounds that he does speak Arabic, I put him on the budget to keep tabs on the Arabs in Paterson for $4700 per year, which he keeps in his sock if you can believe that. He thinks he and his buddies are Mossad agents and they sent me a weekly report about what they overhear at the falafel huts where they eat lunch. It's mostly gibberish. But the evening of 9/11, the Prime Minister ordered us to go back through all our reports to see if anybody had reported anything. Sure enough, at 5am I find it there in black and white: at a gas station in Paterson, two Arabs in line ahead of him said: "The Two Towers will fall." I must have figured at the time they were probably Tolkien fans and paid no more attention to to it than to the rest of the nonsense he sends me.

    "Then it turns out my wife's cousin and the other idiot movers got picked up by the local cops for celebrating their big spy coup predicting 9/11. Ehud told me he'd kill me with his bare hands if we didn't shut them up before the Americans found out. Fortunately we had a line into an Israeli close personal friend of New Jersey governor McGreevey and he made sure a friendly prosecutor got into see them and give them our proposition before the FBI took them away and sweated them for six weeks."

  • @cwhatfuture
    Israel does not pick intelligence agents at random, nor do they "trust" any Jewish Israeli or foreign Jew. They pick intelligence agents from the pool of army recruits. They have the full intelligence and physical and pyschological profile of every 18 year old Israeli. And from that pool, they do not pick idiots. The same pool provides the persons they use to screen at airports. To survive in Israel's neighborhood, you need a good intelligence agency, not one staffed by illegals working at a US moving company.

    Don’t confuse professional intelligence agents, who in Israel’s case are very well vetted and trained, with the thousands of various contacts and assets they utilize. A German just got convicted for having been retained by the CIA; he worked as a mail handler for the German intelligence agency. The German was the asset, the actual “agents” worked in another country.

    • Replies: @cwhatfuture
    The implication in several of the posts here is that very low level assets (the moving company illegals) would have had knowledge of a Mossad plot on 9/11. That is absurd. That would mean the Israeli intelligence agency would be staffed by idiots and that persons posting on this blog and various internet nuts would have uncovered the great secret. If the Mossad can penetrate Iran and kill Iranian nuclear scientists, which by all accounts they did, despite the scientists being under tight guard and despite the Iranians being aware the Israelis had every intention of killing them, no one on this blog has uncovered anything at all about the Mossad. Or maybe I am a secret Mossad Elks Club Masonic Temple Super "Shabbo Goy" - as someone here so eloquently put it.
  • A disgruntled MOSSAD officer wrote an expose´ (“By Way of Deception”) that detailed how MOSSAD is small and poor, but punches above its weight by employing Jews to spy in their local countries and use their businesses to pay for it all. Sort of like how Pollard suddenly got employed on Wall Street or something. The actual professional case officers are very few in number, but who needs them when high-status Jews throughout the world will hook you up with either information or influence.

    • Replies: @Chiron
    They're called 'sayanim', its well known among some circles that what really makes the MOSSAD so powerful is wealthy and influential jews in countries like US, UK, France and Russia gaving premium information for the israelis.

    Jacob Cohen, a French-jew who became anti-Zionist admitted in a book that the MOSSAD recruits sayanim inside the French Freemasonry (the Judeo-Masonic conspiracy is quite plausible when you look into it), its likely that high-level Masonic lodges are used by the MOSSAD to recruit powerful jews and gentiles (known às Shabbo Goyim).
    , @Cwhatfuture
    If he had been anything but a low level clerk, which is what he was, he would already be dead or have been "brought back" to Israel for trial.
    , @Zed, Lord of the Brutals
    Many intelligence agencies do the same thing. If you're in a technical field of interest to the US IC and a 'reliable' US citizen, you may be approached and interviewed, either before and/or after you've attended any sort of foreign technical events (symposiums, conferences, etc etc) or simply involved in routine foreign business.
  • With the U. of Missouri football team and coach overthrowing the University's president for insufficient racial hysteria today, it's worth taking a look at the Missouri athletic program's moral bonafides. From ESPN: Missouri has second-highest number of alleged ... sex assaults in OTL study 6/13/2015 Paula Lavigne, ESPN Staff Writer An examination last year of...
  • This just shows the power ranking of left wing identity politics. It’s been long-established, and now re-established, that race trumps gender in the grievance industry.

    • Replies: @unpc downunder
    Indeed. I'm guessing this is because women are less likely to riot and burn down cities if they don't get their way.

    Perhaps the radical feminists should start a "burn, sister burn" movement.

  • From Amazon: There's another military cognitive testing fiasco story from the following decade. In about 1976, the Pentagon fouled up how to grade the AFQT enlistment exam, letting in lots of new recruits who didn't score high enough. Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) frequently called in military officials to explain to Congress why
  • @Jack D
    The Iraq War turned out great in this sense: combat deaths were 10% of losses in Vietnam and 1% of losses in WWII. In some years, losses were less than in the peacetime years of the Cold War. A lot of this can be explained by the fact that we had a smaller, smarter army in Iraq.

    The biggest reason for our lesser casualty count was smaller exposure (fewer troops in contact) against far less competent opponents. When sending lots of troops to actually win a war against uber-competant Germans, one is likely to rack up huge casualty counts. Rotating the regular army to Iraq to patrol against buffoons whose only effective tactic is roadside bombs is not nearly as dangerous. As for the smarter army in Iraq, IQ scores for the military have dropped since the 1990s; the military which fought Panama and Desert Storm was probably our “smartest” military.

  • Low performance at the tactical level in Vietnam was not just the low quality of recruits; all the World War II vets hit their 20 at the beginning of the war and punched out leaving the army bereft of good sergeants (especially since the WWII vets had jammed the natural promotion pipeline for so long).

    The operational and strategic problems with the war were due to a failure of political leadership that senior military leaders refused to confront. There were war plans on the shelf for how to win the war but they were never implemented. Things like cut the Ho Chi Minh highway with ground troops instead of endlessly stepping on mines while hunting guerrillas in the south.

    • Replies: @NotAnonymousYet

    There were war plans on the shelf for how to win the war but they were never implemented. Things like cut the Ho Chi Minh highway with ground troops instead of endlessly stepping on mines while hunting guerrillas in the south.
     
    That would have meant ground invasion of Laos/Cambodia. There was no domestic political support for this.
  • Jeb Bush has spent the week debating with himself over whether he would have started the war his brother launched on Iraq. When he figures it out, hopefully, our would-be president will focus in on the campaign to drag us into yet another Mideast war -- this time to bring down Bashar Assad's regime in...
  • So let me get this straight, we are to intervene in Syria against the pro-Iranian Assad regime and in support of ISIS, while we already are back in Iraq supporting the pro-Iranian Iraqi government against ISIS. Seems like we picked sides in the Shiite-Sunni war and chose everyone!

  • But, now the New York Times has found a New Face of Prison Rape to try to get Lynch Law excited about doing something with the 2003 anti-prison rape law: a shaven-headed black gay male inmate who recently decided he was a lady named Passion Star: You know,
  • The prison rape elimination industry is another bunch of nuts, though. Maybe the administration finally came to realize that. Eliminating prison rape is of course a laudable ideal, but the details of what they want are total belief in all allegations made by prisoners (a notoriously unreliable body), and staff and/or cameras at every point in a prison that a sex act could physically occur. Plus all sorts of social welfare staff to cater to the prisoners. The expense of all of this would be mind-boggling, and prisons would turn into something akin to giant child-care centers.

  • One of the odder aspects of the Baltimore brouhaha is that there has been strikingly little media concentration on the races of the police officers involved with Freddie Gray. We are just supposed to assume that Gray's death was the fault of Straight White Males. Even though Baltimore's Police Department is 43% black, and has...
  • The race of the police officer was “announced” when it wasn’t announced. As soon as it was apparent that there was a blackout (couldn’t resist) on the cops’ races it was then apparent what they must be.