Did Trump make mistakes with his Finland trip? Not until today. Today he tried to "walk-back" his negative comments about US Intelligence. That's a BAD mistake.
Instead of trying to kiss MSM ass, Trump should have realized that he can't EVER play their game, because the objective of that game is PRIMARILY to make him look weak and indecisive, and he DID look indecisive today.
Trump has started the process of dealing with Russia by just meeting Vladimir Putin to get to know him personally. He made the meeting notwithstanding the efforts of his Intelligence chiefs, who don't WANT his personal diplomacy involved, they want to do their smoke-and-mirrors thing, which Russia, using their tried-and-true "Maskirovka" or deception-moves, well knows how to counter.
Vladimir himself is more than equal to the entire motley crew of US Intelligence alphabet-soup agency heads. Putin, after all, for years ran the most effective spy agency on the planet. Trump well knew that history, and knew that the only way to beat Putin at that game was to use his PERSONAL diplomacy to get inside that deception and expertise, and he just did. That drew jealous howls from the Intell Chiefs. Trump needs to counter those howls with orders: STFU or be fired. He hasn't, and instead kow-towed to the bleating of the Chiefs and the MSM, who took up those cudgels for the Intelligence community.
As THIS pundit sees it, Trump can still recover: his letters demanding the Intell Chiefs' resignations need to go out tomorrow morning. While his pen is warm, he can write one for USAG Sessions, whose mismanagement of FBI oversight led to this Intell Putsch to some degree.
Kick some ass, Mr. Trump, and the day can still be yours. Stand pat on this kow-tow you just did, and you've just put the 11/6 election in jeopardy.
The mustachioed FB Alarm-Clock avatar says to Rise and Shine, and I have done so, and so has my Linux Ubuntu. My first waking thought:
I read yesterday, courtesy of my Friend Anita, that the Chinese Communist Party has just elevated President Xi to the same status in the Party previously held only by Chairman Mao Zedong. Xi's very THOUGHTS become sacred Communist doctrine now. Best of luck to Xi, he has a big country to run, and it has a big Capitalist sector in the Three Provinces which are allowed that anti-Communist doctrine, Mao didn't have that dichotomy to work around.
Of course, we have our own Communists right here in our US of A, and they have a Militant Wing, calling itself the "Antifa". This gang of commie militants intends to put on a YUGE nation-wide militant display Saturday after next, and they say that their effort is aimed at ENDING the Trump/Pence Administration. In MY military counter-insurgency training, that would be called a Marxist Revolution, but I'm not Commander-in-Chief, President Trump is. Were I in charge, I would have gone before the UN Security Council by now, declared my Nation in a state of Armed Revolt, declared Article Fifty-One in effect, and then suppressed Antifa with great force and prejudice, using NorthCom troops. Trump won't do that, so We The Peeps will have to defend ourselves against this violent horde.
There IS one other possible way to handle Antifa, though. Suppose Trump appealed to President Xi, who is without doubt the strongest Communist leader right now (eat your heart out, Vladimir Putin!). Perhaps Xi could issue a command to Antifa that they act ONLY under the direct command of the Chinese Communist Party, and that the ChiCom Party would take it very badly if they refused to do that, perhaps badly enough to use Chinese PLA resources against Antifa. Perhaps those could start with terminating the Antifa command of George Soros, with great prejudice...
Maybe, just maybe, there might be some good available in ORGANIZED Communism....(satire/off).
I hear the the Crazy Fat Boy shot off another missile which flew over the Japanese land-mass in the past day. Ho-hum. Crazy fat-kid's toys, he will play with them, right?
Japan did something wrong, very wrong. They activated their National self-defense. They ducked and covered. They stopped schools and factories. What's wrong with that, you say? Everything, I say.
The little fat kid is going to keep doing this. All good estimates of his faulty thinking tell us that he will. Those same guesses tell us that he is a bluffer. He knows that the USA has the nuclear forces to destroy everything of military and strategic value in his pipsqueak country at least 50 times over. He also knows that once we begin a process of destroying the House of Kim and his insanity, we will not stop until he IS destroyed.
The little shit is simply testing our will, looking for weak points which he might exploit to bring out a greater fear in us, and then he will use that fear to extort the USA for food shipments to keep his people (barely) fed, while he gives all the food HE grows to his bloated military. This extortion game is what his family of rogues has been doing to the USA for three generations now.
Let's look at the history book.
When the Japanese, who had held the Korean peninsula on and off, mostly on, for generations, was finally defeated, the Communists, the USSR and China, decided that the Korean Peninsula was the place where they would test our then-nascent policy of "containment", which basically granted the Reds the territory they held after WW2 when they were our "allies", and USA would fight any new expansionism. Our war leaders, fresh off their winning of WW2, decided on that theory after the USSR ate up all of Eastern Europe and after Mao pushed the fractured Nationalist Chinese dynasty off of mainland China and onto Formosa. That delineated all of the commie territory until the mid-50s, when the French gave up their colony of Viet Nam after more Red pressure and then we decided to fight THAT Red expansion, but dicked up that war badly, and lost it over the next 16 years.
Back to Korea. After a couple of years of hard fighting 1950-1952, the USA (carrying a UN flag then), pushed the Reds back to the 38th Parallel, where a formal truce was signed which supposedly exists to this day. South Korea then became an economic and insustrial powerhouse, rivalling the Japanese, who we helped rebuild after our victory over them in 1945. Various peacenik Presidents and Congresses here since then have said that the economics would eventually unify the Koreas, we didn't need a military solution, but that hasn't happened and will not happen, because of the crazies in the House of Kim.
So, the History Book closes for now on the present. Lil-shit Kim has missile tech, actually that tech is about 40 years old, but getting more modern thanks to the world's other major Rogue Regime, the Mad Mullahs of Iran, whose oil revenues have brought their missilry into at least the 90's as to technology. Ours is till mostly stuck in the 90s, not because we don't have the rocket science, but because we lack the will to build better weapons.
In the meanwhile, we have allowed the Lil-shit to keep firing his missiles, guaranteeing that he gets to IMPROVE his technology. His tech is that of liquid-fuelled rockets, and he has that tech to about as modern as it can get. His next work will be in solid-fuelled missiles, like most modern missile-armed nations possess now, and have for 30 years or so. With solid-fuelled missiles, he can build silos all over North Korea, leave the missiles in them, and be as much of a threat as our Minuteman and Peacekeeper missiles are in THEIR silos.
If we let the Lil Fat Shit get to that point, he will be able to inflict severe damage with a larger barrage of missiles than he can now. He probably can't loft more than three long-range missiles now before our counter-strike terminates his regime, With Great Prejudice. In DeeCee, we seem to believe that we can soak up that first attack, so our official position is that he is not worth starting the war over right now.
We could be wrong about the House of Kim now, though. We've been wrong about it before. From my not-so-hmble strategic mind comes the notion that NOW is the time to strike the House of Kim, not later when he is better armed.
Sixteen years ago, I was just grasping the significance of the attacks in New York City, then Pennsylvania, then DeeCee. Today, I still have most of that analytic mind left, and have looked back to that Day of Terror once again.
As I look back at our Longest War, the War on Terror, I note several things. Here they are:
The designation, "War on Terror", is incomplete. It should have been the "War on Islamic Terror". It still could be. See to that, Mr. President.
Even as we've fought against Islamist terror for the past 16 years, we've only done so sporadically and NOT effectively. We have killed NO Islamist mullahs at all.
Our own politicians, notably President Obama (raised in Islam), have acted sometimes as a Fifth Column against our war efforts. NONE of them has been indicted for Treason, yet many have committed it. Fix that, Mr. President.
President Trump, today we again read Twenty-nine Hundred and Seventy-Seven names. Honor them properly. Make this war a Total War, and vanquish Islamism. If there is a "peaceful religion" there, it can stay, but if there isn't, the entire farce of a giant death-cult needs to be shoveled into the dustbin of history. Thank you Sir.
Now that the crazy little fat turd has shown that North Korea and Iran, maybe Pakistan, now know how to built a proper Thermo-Nuclear weapon (H-Bomb), our Nation must revert to what has prevented other Rogue Nations who have those weapons from ever using them - Assured Destruction policy. Note that I did not say MUTUALLY Assured Destruction. For CRAZY dictators, one simply has to kill them, not PROMISE to kill them.
An Assured Destruction Policy means we tell the Norks (and the rest of the world which cavils before the House of Kim, and by that trembling, gives him his power that he does hold), that North Korea will be destroyed with OUR nuclear weapons, at a time of our choosing. That we have sentenced the Little Fat Crazy Jerk to death for crimes against humanity. Lord knows, he has committed as many such crimes as has or had any dictator of modern time.
If we do that, will WE have committed a crime against Humanity?
I say no, your mileage may vary. It is NOT wrong to kill a rabid dog BEFORE that dog can bite anyone, is it? In such a kill, we kill to prevent worse kills.
Note that Assured Destruction ASSUMES that Kim built those nukes and those delivery systems so that he WILL use them on other Nations. WILL, as in he has the WILL to use those weapons offensively, on his whim, not just for defense.
Then so must we, BEFORE he uses his.
Yes, it really IS that simple: Kill or be killed.
For tactics, we shoot SLBMs (Sea Launched Ballistic Missiles) at him and assess. Assess means look for him to run his mouth, as he will if we've failed to kill him. In that case, we shoot MORE missiles, and if we find he has escaped to China, we give the Chinese 24 hours to turn him or his dead body over to us on pain of using our missiles against their territory to kill Kim.
IF the little fat shit has GOOD escape plans, and that includes escaping from his own military, who will want to end our barrage by killing him themselves, we might have to fire several barrages of nukes at the Norks. We might even kill a substantial number of civilians, amongst whom Kim will hide, using his own countrymen as hostages, a la Saddam Hussein. We shoot anyway.
We have to kill him now. Failing to do so will mean we are INVITING him to kill us. 100 kilotons of H-Bomb in the middle of New York kills millions, and who knows, he might be able to set off several such bombs at once on our soil. I can put four of those in the bed of my mini-pickup. They aren't hard to hide.
Kill him. Kill him now. Kill him before he kills us. We have the right to do so. We have the Natural right, and the right as a UN Member also. Lastly, we are legally still at war with North Korea. Declare the ancient Truce ended, and resume hostilities. Tell the world we get Kim or we get North Korea, to give to South Korea if that's our choice.
Just kill him.
BTW, killing him might convince the Mad Mullahs that we are serious about THEIR nukes also.
It's a guessing game. We don't have a clue what NoKo missile tech will do and won't do, so some educated guesses are appropriate, but we don't go to war on guesses.
The long view of NoKo has gotten lost: North Korea is a client-state of communist China, and is just one tool in the Chinese bucket of tools they use to counter the West.
NoKo missile tech likely has NEVER come from the minds of North Koreans, it is ALL of Russian, Chinese and Iranian-Russian origin. We forget this at our peril.
Since NoKo is just a communist tool to counter the West, and since NoKo is run by an unpredictable cretin with little native smarts (inbreeding?) or even criminal cunning, we should not give the "Only Fat Man in North Korea" more credit as a threat than he is due, and that's not much.
With those bullet-points in mind, what should our course re: #NoKoFats be?
Ignore Fatty's bluster. That steaming heap of cabbage-crap can only bluster, has little to show as real threats. Yes, he can LAUNCH missiles: from exposed, above-ground launch pads, but we can only GUESS at what those missiles can do in the way of hitting a target. He is counting on the USA assuming a worst-case scenario that every missile is as good as our tested and proven ICBMs. To be an effective threat, an ICBM has to have proven, reliable launch history, "throw weight" (payload capacity) suitable to available warheads, and Re-entry vehicles that have been demonstrated to survive the extreme physical re-entry stresses. Additionally, those re-entry vehicles have to be ACCURATELY GUIDED so as to be able to HIT a US target, and the nukes on them have to be demonstrated to function in a war environment, not just inside of a tunnel where technicians have had months to tinker them to operational status.
All we have seen from the Fat Kid is some launches of missiles which flew a few hundred miles, and a few nuke test shots done underground after extensive preparations. THAT.IS.ALL. Those demonstrations meet, what, 10% of the credibility tests I just listed?
It is unlikely that we could mount a CONVENTIONAL lightning war against North Korea and win it without severe casualties in Seoul*, which is in range of thousands of pre-aimed artillery tubes on NoKo's side of the DMZ. A conventional war on the Korean Peninsula would be VERY ugly. US forces would likely suffer more casualties there than in all of the War on Terror including the Iraq war. A PRE-EMPTIVE NUCLEAR strike has the best chance of victory without huge civilian casualties in South Korea. Of course, there is the HUGE socio-political stigma against the USA ever doing a pre-emptive nuke-strike again after WW2, and so we have to discard our best chance to end the NoKo-China communist hegemony.
Add it all up, readers: We can't do it the efficient, victorious way, and we don't have the stomach for the mass slaughter of Koreans which would result from a conventional war that either side started. What does that leave us?
Nothing. It leaves the USA no viable choices except to prepare to fight the war that NoKo-China brings us, WHEN they decide to bring it. And so we continue to try to appease our way out of the NoKo-Chinese trap, because we won't make the SMART and REALISTIC play or just IGNORE the little fat shit.
*As a B-52 Navigator, I sat on nuclear alert on Guam against the NoKo threat in the early 70's. I've had the briefings which include the expected casualties under various war scenarios, and the Seoul population is five times larger since I was briefed.
As an Honorably Retired peace officer, I have a National Carry privilege. Okay, all you Constitutional Carry peeps, got the hate out of your system? If not, click elsewhere. I protected my community as a Patrol Deputy for 25 years, so I deserve this. Want some of it? Kick your CongressCritter in the buttski and tell that DeepState weasel to bring forward the Reciprocity Act.
Enough politicking. This post is about working up skills, long rusty. Why rusty, you say? I'm going Retro*. Turning back the calendar to 1986, the last time I carried a revolver on duty. Yep, I'm going to leave the europellet** flingers, the Glocks, the Remington R51 and the Ruger LCS-9-Pro in the safe and pull out my Ruger Service-Six 38, a stainless 4"-bbl service revolver with fixed sights. Original wooden grips, only "custom" on it is a dab of VERY bright orange nail polish on the front sight blade. It rides, along with a 2X-Speedloader unit, on a 2" pants belt in an Uncle Mike's #2 nylon holster with top-strap. Retention Level-0 equipment. Yes, I do, in fact, carry revolvers concealed. My favorite is my Charter Arms pair, a 44-Special Bulldog and a 40 S&W Pitbull. Speedloaders for the Service-Six are HKS #10. Additional equipment for training are two sets of 6 rounds each Pachmayr dummy loads in 38/357. Lots of dry-firing involved in my work-up routine.
My "Training Range" is the second-floor hallway in Schloss Schneiden. The hallway is 25 feet long, and by using part of the master bedroom, I have 15 yards to work with. The K-5 section of a standard #28 Silhouette target is tacked to the linen-closet door at the far end of the hallway. Lighting is about the same as range lighting.
Here is the Police Qualification Course for Off-Duty weapons in Oregon (DPSST standard). I have to meet this standard. Score = 100% hits on the K-5, within the time limits for each stage:
Practical Qualification Course (PQC) I
Scoring: 100% hits within the 5 zone
1. 10-Yard Line - 3 Rounds Two hand strong hand fire only The student starts at the 15-yard line, one step right or left of the fire lane. On the signal, the student conducts an "L" movement to the cover barrel at 10-yards, draws and fires from cover one round strong side, and round over the top and one round support side. Time Limit: 15 seconds
2. 7-Yard Line - 6 Rounds On the signal, the student draws and fires 2 rounds Time Limit: 4 seconds Repeat for a total of 6 rounds
3. 5-Yard Line - 8 Rounds On the signal, the student draws and fires 2 rounds. The student takes one step right or left and reloads firing 6 additional rounds. The student then steps back where they started and conducts a tactical reload. Time Limit: 15 seconds (to fire the 8 rounds, not counting final step and tactical reload.)
4. 3-Yard Line - 6 Rounds Student draws and fires 3 rounds strong hand only. The student then takes one step right or left, transfers the weapon to the support hand and fires 3 rounds with support hand only. Time Limit: 10 seconds
5. 2-Yard Line - 2 Rounds Student draws while taking 1 step back and fires 2 rounds. The student then takes 1 step right or left to get out of the line of attack. Student starts with hand encumbered. Time Limit: 3 seconds
I have shot this course a number of times with a semi-auto pistol. It was designed for cops shooting quick-reloading pistols. It is easier to shoot with a pistol, probably half-again as hard with a revolver. Unless you are Jerry Miculek, reloading speed with a revo is WAY slower than with a pistol UNLESS you spend hours working with the gun and dummy rounds.
I set up my timer and started in on Stage One. I was three seconds over on my first try. I found that I was performing the "L-approach" to the barricade wrong, and when I started on the proper foot, planted the proper foot to drop behind the barricade, I worked up to 12 seconds for the three shooting positions, and repeated that 4 times. Best time was 10.5 seconds. That will work.
Stage two is easy. It is draw quickly, raise to a two-handed stance and double-tap. No problems, mostly in the 2.5 second range from the git-go.
Stage three is the most difficult of the lot. This is a lead-pipe cinch with a Glock: double-tap, drop-free mag change, drop the slide and hammer, then six more downrange, easy to do in 8 to 10 seconds. With a revo, the draw and double-tap takes 2.5 seconds, THEN you have to do a two-handed cylinder-clear, THEN grab a speedloader out of your pouch, guide it to the the open cylinder face, insert the rounds, activate the speedloader latch, drop the rounds into the cylinder with that tricky little shake-move, then close the cylinder, bring up the gun to two-handed grip and dump the six rounds into that target. First three of my attmpts were over the time limit by 2-3 seconds. I practiced the speedloader work separately for about 10 evolutions and tried again. Dead even with the timer. Tried five more times, eventually settling on a 1.5 to 2 second time UNDER the timer's beep. I need to work that down to a 3-second pad.
Stage four is a piece of cake. Never took more than seven seconds for this stage.
Stage five is easy, it's a 2-second evolution for me. I remember doing this stage when I wore the Star. The hard-ass Rangemaster demanded that we actually used an interview stance (which doesn't line your gun up well with the target), and flip our police notebook in the FACE of the silhouette before killing the silhouette with the fast-draw and double-tap. This course of fire doesn't require for the notebook-throw, but I still practice it that way. One may also throw up the off-hand in the perp's face, scream your Death-Word in his face, then draw and fire while doing the step-back. Also effective, but some risk of shooting your hand as you pull it back from the distraction-move.
Practice today was 90 minutes after my afternoon nap. More practice tomorrow and Monday, then Qual Day on Tuesday with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office range crew.
Pew-Pew days at the range, expending 340 rounds, already in the logbook. This form-of-stages practice is the more important, though.
Your best read is published by the Washington Examiner. It has headlines and in-depth stories regarding military and State Dept issues relating to National Security. Just facts, as little partisan crap as can be put out. It also has a schedule of meetings of NatSec wallahs, so you can get ahead of the twits and Face-mongers.
Do the Democrats want to leave, as the final "legacy" of Obama, a total distrust of US Intelligence agencies? That's where they are headed. Check out this Breitbart poll, which shows only 29% of US citizens believe this fake news story. Since 52% of Democrats believe the fake news, that means that just about NOBODY but Democrats believe it.
This means two things: first, since the lead US Intelligence official, General James Clapper, head of Obama's D.N.I., swore to Congress today that the hacking happened, President-elect Trump has a LOT of damage to repair in the US Intelligence "Alphabet Soup".
How should Mr. Trump repair that damage? Try these ideas, Mr. Trump:
Dump Clapper, and hard. I would ask that the Congress look into indicting him for Contempt of Congress for lying on no less than three separate occasions to the House.
Appoint as Clapper's replacement a leader of impeccable integrity, not necessarily a spook and especially not necessarily a politician.
Establish a new standard of de-politicizing US Intelligence.
Do these things, Mr. Trump, and you MIGHT repair the damage that Clapper has done at the urging of the Left.