Tom Clancy wrote about it, back in the bad old USSR days. Those days might be coming back. The question to be answered in 20 minutes when the Russian ultimatum for Ukrainian surrender of all Black Sea military facilities expires.
We'll just have to wait and see. If we and Europe go with economic sanctions to kill the Russian ruble, we can expect a blow in return. The US Dollar isn't in much better shape than the Russian ruble, so any effort on the part of Russia to destabilize OUR currency might very well work like they want it to.
Are you ready?
I would take the usual steps: top off your fuel tanks, pull some dollars out of your bank account because if the currency wobbles badly enough, Obama will knee-jerk and close the banks. Be prepared for plenty of economic uncertainty.
One more thing. Now we will get to see if all those Russian computer hackers really ARE part of an organized army as some have warned. If they are, we're going to lose our commerce for a while. WE may lose the Internet for a while. All those smart-phones? Toast.
We might just get to see how ready the US populace is for a down-home, 21st Century war without bullets and bombs. A cyber-war.
I'm not betting on the US. In such economic war, we get to see how tough and resourceful we are. I'm betting that if there is such a cyber-conflict, the Free Shit Army will not have the patience to wait it out and take some level of privation along with the rest of us who might be more prepared. They will want what we have in the way of prepared stuff.
In most urban areas, the various Governments are not prepared for this, and Militia will be required to keep order.
Or, the USA will simply raise the White Flag. Actually, of all the scenarios, and considering the present leadership, I expect some level of surrender on the part of our Government. We aren't prepared to fight Russia. Europe used to be, but 22 years of no USSR has given them a soft belly the same as ours. The most likely communique from Washington DC and Brussels will probably be a joint surrender.
Just know that Vlady Putin won't have any KY jelly when he comes for us.
It took 20 minutes to write this. The Ukrainian deadline is now up...
The GOP got part way to the nuts and bolts that the failure in Benghazi represents, then they stopped when the (D)onks erected their stonewall.
The problem is this: prior to Obama, the United States Marine Corps protected our embassies. 230+ years of protecting our embassies. Generally doing a fine job, too. Along comes our Muslim-appeasing President, decides that the USMC presents too much of an "old-days" image, and orders them replaced with security "contractors". Well, that wouldn't be TOO bad if those "contractors" were of the usual make-up, that is to say, mostly ex-military, young Western hard men who know a thing or two about security and handling bad guys.
But no. These "contractors" were locals hired directly onscene by the State Department. The person in charge of security for the State Dept? A retired Army General or Colonel, maybe?
Not bloody likely, mate. The person in charge back in DeeCee was Eric Boswell, a career diplomat with two years or less of military service, none of it current, and his military time was served during the Vietnam War, 1968/1969, when he was 21 years of age. Sounds like a Private to me; had he been an officer with leadership training, he would have had a minimum 4 or 5 year committment to the Army, not a two-year committment. His military "experience" means nothing. Unless he had Pentagon officers kissing up to him during his career, he was not likely to have been involved with the military at all.
The Benghazi "contractors" had already shown their lack of value in the weeks prior to the attack, being notable more for their failure to appear for duty than anything else. There WERE a few attentive men in that crew, but it turned out that they were front-men for Al-Q's operation. They provided the details to enable the attack.
The GOP desperately wants to derail Hillary's expected candidacy (or so they say), and they have a ready-made issue with which to do it: that issue is NOT Benghazi per se, that issue is why she either agreed with Obama or suggested the de-militarization herself, we don't know which.
Senator McConnell, this hot potato is in your hands (or is it a turd in your pocket?).
The GOP either needs to give up trying to derail Hillary because their heart's not in the game, or they need to set Benghazi aside for the moment and attack the larger embassy security issue. I suggest that the GOP call on retired USMC GEN Mattis, who can speak to the use of Marines to guard embassies. In fact, if the GOP could get GEN Mattis to act as their military advisor, they would be miles ahead of Obama, who has to make do with the mess of a military that he and Gates created.
I just listened to Obama's speech, given at Arlington National Cemetery. In the speech, he said ALL the right things to the assembled Veterans. Trouble is, his words don't match his deeds, AGAIN (see Healthcare Reform Act).
The sad facts for veterans have not changed:
VA medical care is a shambles, a pretense of comprehensive modern medicine;
Veterans are treated, almost universally, as if they are all dangerous crazies, almost forced to "admit" PTSD, leading to their Second Amendment rights being removed without benefit of due process;
The current GI Bill is like a penny in a beggar's cup compared to the post-WW2 benefits;
Above all, Obama LEADS the military of the USA, he leads it in war, and he has forgotten how to win a war, or even why winning is necessary.
As a Veteran, I am terribly disappointed in my Commander-in-Chief.
This article begins to speculate that perhaps Obama's de-facto purge of US military leadership has a sinister, a VERY sinister intent: Could Obama be desirous of having total personal (not just military, PERSONAL) control of US nuclear weapons?
His purposes for that could be only one of two:
To order immediate and total nuclear disarmament, bypassing Congress.
To be able to bypass all the remaining controls and be able to use nuclear weapons for purposes other than military.
Total PERSONAL cointrol of the nukes, as opposed to National Command Authority control, which he already has, would enable him to say, give control of them to Valerie Jarrett, who is not in the NCA chain below him. It is said that VJ is the one actually behind the purges of the military leadership. She wants Obama to have an absolute command of the military to be able to use the troops to enforce political directives, which they currently would not do.
Here are two messages for VJ:
You can fire all the generals you want, ma'am, but they don't do the fighting. In fact, if the grunts don't have leadership which inspires them to fight, they won't fight.
All you are doing, Mizz VJ, is generating a fine set of leaders for the coming revolution, which will certainly arise at the first serious Constitutional provocation, say, the directed abandonment of the Second Amendment. BTW, the entire military you will have left at that point, due to mutiny and mass desertions, will be those few Obamabot generals and colonels. The rest of the military will self-disband and join the Resistance, probably arming it to the teeth as they do so.
I would be VERY worried about a nuke-enabled Chicago Mafia in that case, because they would be badly outnumbered, and likely to try to use some of those nukes on the mutineers. Hopefully, they haven't the tech smarts to do that...
If Obama shows the first concrete sign of wanting to bypass the proper nuke-deployment rules, he and his gang should be removed from office by force, with extreme prejudice.
...this article says why. Apparently, a significant fraction of these refugees are Al-Shabab cannon fodder. Al-Shabab, if you don't follow news from the Sandbox, is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Remember the Somali taxi drivers in Minneapolis who refused to take fares to bars or deliver bottles of booze to hotels (a normal part of cabbing)? Yeah, THAT group.
Remember Keith Ellison of Minnisota? Congresscritter of the leftward persuasion? Yeah, THAT Keith Ellison. His name will be linked in some fashion to Al Shabab, I'm certain of it. His tolerance and support of Somali refugees has caused many problems for the city he supposedly represents.
Any bets on the FBI looking into the whole Somali-gang thing in Minneapolis and elsewhere as to this link to overt terrorism?
It's entirely possible that this "Unit 450" was made up in a back room at the White House, and it doesn't exist. Obama wants to keep pounding the war-drums, so his peeps might have made this outfit up.
Normally, military units aren't called "Unit 450". A Chemical Weapons outfit would likely be a branch of Divisional Artillery, or maybe it would be a Strategic Operations outfit, or something like that. If, as the article says, it is composed entirely of the Alawite Sect, it might even be akin to a Palace Guard unit.
It is unlikely that "Unit 450" is it's real name, if the unit exists.
Assad may have made up "Unit 450" out of whole cloth.
Put yourself in Assad's shoes: you know that the USA would like to target the chemical weapons, and you don't want them destroyed. Your Intel boys leak the existance of a sooper-secrit, hyper-loyal outfit, and you even give it some some special equipment to drive around, knowing that US sky-spies will spot those vehicles. The whole thing takes on a life of it's own.
This is not new strategy. If you watched the excellent WW2 docu-drama "Patton", you know that the Supreme Allied Command built just such a unit around General Patton, complete with some real and some dummy equipment and plenty of real radio "chatter". The Germans bought this ruse completely, and put most of their anti-invasion forces at the Pas de Calais, instead of down-Channel in Normandy, where the D-Day landings actually took place.
Back to the actual business of chem weapons. They DO require expert handling and preparation before firing. It MIGHT be possible to build chemical weapons that could be handled by ordinary soldiers, but it's unlikely that Syria would have any. They would have older, Soviet-style rocket warheads, artillery shells and aerial bombs. These weapons might or might not have Russian advisers to go along with them.
Bottom line: there is way too much drama and mystery here. Unless a ruse is being run, by one or possibly both sides, "Unit 450" is a political fabrication, by one or both sides.
Look to see who is watching when the mystery unit gets mentioned. That will tell you all you need to know.
The US wants "teeth" in Putin's UN proposal to divest Assad's military of it's Chem weapons. Channeling Jack in "A few good men", "Teeth, you want teeth? You can't handle teeth".
Note that Russia was the vendor for all these gas weapons, can fake up "1,000 tons" of them very easily. There is NO way to effectively inspect after the "hand-over". WE will have to trust Putin...and he has bridges for sale.
Thud Subject Two: Colorado anti-gun recall: Two round burst selected:
Read the actual results. The recalls succeeded, but only because they were polling-place elections, had less than 20% turnout. Okay then, two GFW* pols are gone. The gun laws aren't, and the Kingfish, Gov. Hickenlooper, who signed the laws after hinting he'd veto them, wasn't touched. Phyrric Victory. Magpul's departure from CO is a much harder hit than this.
Now we get to see how the NRA-ILA will use this "victory" to keep the save-the-2A ball rolling. My guess: a money solicitation is in the mail. Not being a member of NRA, I won't get one, but I'd bet on it happening. If the NRA would double-down now, and go after Hickenlooper, I might send some shekels their way, but I bet they don't go after the real prize.
Thud Subject Three: US Public Schools: Three-round burst selected:
Just saw on Fox News this ayem that the idea of paying dropouts to come back to class is upon us again, like a bad 'Nam foot-rot that won't go away forty years later. Let's see, what do we REALLY accomplish with this idea: Nothing! These louts and loutesses who would come back for a $100 gift card will stay only until it's spent. While they are there, they will either sleep off their dope in class or worse, be disruptive to those who are there voluntarily to learn. Portland Public Schools tried this out up in the North End. It failed.
Have you noted the drumfire of liberal writers in the liberal blatts trying to shoot down the No Child Left Behind testing? The harassing fire is getting louder. You will recall that this "program" was passed during the Bush Administration, when the (D)s had a lock on both houses of Congress.
NCLB is a Liberal-owned program, and even it's watered-down testing shows that schools are doing a worse and worse job on the kids all the time. The entire Liberal approach to education, that is, to just keep dumbing the lesson plans down until the dummies finally can "get" them, has failed.
Thud Subject Four: Obama masked bandit: Full-auto, empty the magazine!
Check it out. Now stay tuned on this subject to see if this WHITE guy is charged with racial intimidation for wearing an Obama mask during a bank robbery. Get your bets down!
Thud Subject Five: Climate Hooey: Reload, fire another full-auto magazine:
New study finds that out of 117 recent model-based climate studies, only three were "roughly accurate", and the other 114 "over-estimated the amount of warming" on the average, the over-estimations averaged on the order of double. That is not science, that is propaganda, and not very good propaganda at that.
That's it, readers. Your thud-gun recoil therapy for this week.