The feeling is, that the major attack on it which will be the hallmark of Obama's failed presidency is but weeks away, maybe days away.
Yesterday, Obama made a speech about terrorism and internal security. I listened. As the lies started to flow, I was lulled momentarily by the fact that it was all, well, so BOILERPLATE. We will kill ISIS....yada-yada. Home-grown terrorists are harder to catch and get ahead of....yada-yada. I almost zoned the prez totally out as I was doing scut work in the kitchen at the time.
Then the alarm bells started going off. the "Ruh-Roh Alarm" sounded loudly. I re-focused. I followed Fox' handy talking points crawl at the bottom of the screen. The Obama-rama Show wrapped up, and the alarms were still going off.
Why? What alarms? Glad you asked!
OBAMA NEVER MENTIONED GUNS IN THAT SPEECH, NOT ONCE.
He not only didn't mention it, but his two favorite follow-ons were missing: no words on "it's Congress' fault", no "It's the NRA's fault", no "gun-show loophole's" fault. Especially, no "I have a pen and a phone" reference to Executive Action.
Here's a little thing from my military days: when you are at war, a shooting war, and you stumble right onto the enemy and THEY DON'T SHOOT AT YOU, that is worth some brain work to find out why. In infantry warfare, when this happens with reconnaisance patrols, the usual reason is that the enemy has something major going on nearby they don't want you to discover (a hidden HQ, for example), so they let you on through without resistance, hoping that the major-something doesn't get discovered and quickly attacked by a larger force than you represent.
I had this vibe about Obama's speech yesterday. Just now, I got up at 0645, went downstairs to get a clean coffee cup, and while I was getting it, Fox News was expounding on the thoughts I have just expressed, above. Apparently, they did some digging (or just read some O-flunky's lips), and Fox has concluded, as I did yesterday, that some Gun Control Executive Action is forthcoming, fairly immediately.
Well, if Bloomie was in on it, it will bring at least a National Capacity Limit for magazines (resurrect Clinton's, most likely), likely some sort of "Assault Weapons Ban" (again, resurrect Clinton's, but tighten it up so that chosen manufacturers can't grease palms like Bill Ruger did with his Ranch Rifle and buy their way out of it). I'm guessing that there won't be confiscation in it, for now. Obama is likely content to leave that up to Hillary, who has said that she would go down that road. If Hillary doesn't make it to POTUS, there won't be Federal confiscations, except maybe for a 50-cal ban and grab. 50BMG weapons are at risk because they are one RCH (look it up, it's military slang) away from being designated as Destructive Devices now, and that could be done easily by edict.
So, it's time to ask: if POTUS tries to kill the 2A by edict (Clinton did it with Congress, you will recall), what will the GOPe Congress do?
Absolutely Nothing. Need proof: Look at the super-pork bill they just passed. These are NOT the Conservative droids you are looking for...
What will Yours Truly do? Absolutely Nothing. Yep, I am not going to go to war over anything less than active confiscations, which I WILL use my skills against. Why am I promising nothing? You haven't read this blog for long, have you, my friends? If you had, you will note that I advised the purchase of all firearms, magazines and ammo that might be banned from sale, way back in '08, when it began to look like Obama was going to get the (D) nomination. If you DIDN'T follow this blog, and DIDN'T accumulate your weapons since then, you have an immediate task to do so, if you want any.
The events unfolding in San Bernardino show us a different threat. Not an unknown threat, just a different one.
We have been used to seeing various formats of homicidal/suicidal Jihad here: 9-11, the various Jihadi gun attacks since then, etc. All these attacks had one common characteristic: the Muslims involved were all determined to kill members of the Western Civilization, but pretty much stuck to methods which left their shock troops dead with the event. One-way attacks. Don't "pass go", Get your 72 raisins immediately.
With San Berdoo, we have just seen an attack in which the Jihadis had trained and prepared to strike with force and effect, but moved on quickly to, presumably, strike again later. Far from the normal homicide/suicide attack, this is more like revolutionary attack. This resembles what we used to refer to as a "partisan" attack. Similar to the tactics of the French or Yugoslavian partisans who attacked the Nazis during WW2. What we just saw could have been very successful for the Jihadis, and the only reason it wasn't, was better training and discipline/communication on the part of the police authorities.
My purpose here is not to figure out how to defeat this different flavor of Jihad, but to prepare the average citizen to survive it. Methods of defeat for the Muslim Jihad will have to wait for a National Command Authority determined to defeat Islamic Jihad itself, and we don't have such leadership now, we have the opposite. We have political and command leadership determined to NOT face down islamic Jihad instead of the other way around. The effect for John Q. Citizen is that he will probably have to face the shock troops of Jihad alone, possibly with the help of local police.
A personal note: I am trained in various aspects of public safety, and as events unfolded and were reported yesterday in San Berdnardino, I evaluated the events as if they were the result of criminal gang activity, since, to me, the events more resembled the activity of, say, Mexican drug cartels or the criminal gang MS-13 (both very active in San Bernardino), and both are orgs not unwilling to create mass murder to get their point across. I was wrong in that analysis, mostly because I applied the usual standard of homicide/suicide Jihad, then rejected it, and this event did not fit that model.
So, how to prepare?
Arm up. The protected citizen will be armed at all times, with handgun(s) within hands' reach at home and away, and a long gun close by as well. You will have to figure out how to conform to "safe storage" laws to accomplish this in your home and in your car (presumably, your "away" long gun stays in the car). At home, I have quick-reaction pistol safes (plural), and the long gun goes back in the big safe when kids are present, so I comply. In the car, I carry on my person as I am permitted to do, and my long gun is a Kel-tec folding rifle with internal lock, carried in a locking gun case, kept in the locked trunk of the vehicle.That complies with local law as well (it would NOT comply in CA or several Eastern states though).
Train up. At this point, if you have not already done so, join a local gun club or commercial firearms practice facility. Your preference should be one which has practice facilities for handgun (any caliber), rifle (any caliber) and shotgun. With the exceptions of no 50BMG and no full-auto, my club fits these requirements. You will need to allot sufficient funds for ammo, and/or begin to reload your chosen calibers. You will need to allot sufficient time to practice, probably a minimum of once per month in the training phase, and four times per year with all defense firearms as a maintenance-of-training effort.
Smarten up. Apply some common sense as to your selection of events to attend, particularly if you will be responsible for others' safety. Large outdoor events are Jihad targets of opportunity, as are crowded shopping malls. Organized athletic events in arenas and stadia are probably safer to some degree, but the Jihadis wouold love to target one for the kill ratio that they could achieve. Consider applying a sliding scale of risk to your life and it's chosen events. Yeah, that's a bummer, but we are at war, dude! You are probably safest at home, relatively safe out and about in your vehicle, safe enough doing shopping that is NOT done in large, crowded venues at peak predictable times. You are less safe in any public crowd, on mass transportation, at any outdoor event which has been heavily advertised as to attendance prospects. The training and/or dedication of your local policing authority is a factor in your relative safety also. Evaluate it.
Vote up. National elections are close at hand. Regardless of your political affiliation, you need to vote for your own safety. Safety is personal, and politicians and political parties which refuse to recognize your personal safety as their Job #1 should NOT get your vote. This is not about flavors of morality, this is about survival. See my note on National Command Authority, above.
Again, we are at war. The war has been brought to these shores by Islam, and it's not going to get "wished away", even though this seems to be the primary "combat strategy" of the current political Administration. YOU are responsible for your OWN safety, so make safety happen for you, NOW!
A final word. Religion. Your personal religious creed should give you the mental strength to survive the mental rigors of mortal combat. It is NOT required for that purpose, but if you hold to a creed, it will pay you to increase your attention to it in these anxious times. Your creed is your business under our Constitution. Your survival is a natural AND Constitutional Right under our system. You MUST consider anyone who attacks you for your creed or attacks your Right to survival as your enemy. Islam is attacking/denying both.
Note: that title can NOT mean "Islamic Terrorism and how to END it", because until and unless the entire Qu'ran is re-written to exclude it's main inclusionary theme of "convert or die", defeating Islamic Terrorism is not possible if ONE true believer is left alive with freedom to move around. The best we non-islamics can do is corner the Islamist killers in far-away places, applying continual and heavy enough force to keep them cornered.
The Paris attacks of 11-13-2015 are significant, because many citizens in many free nations will now realize the serious difficulty of keeping their citizens safe.
This question must be answered: What does it take to convince the leaders, parliaments, congresses and judiciaries of these free nations to put their War Faces on and effectively fight Islamism in toto?
Your blogger has had plenty of military leadership training, including (enlisted) Basic Leadership School, advanced leadership courses such as Train the Trainer, etc; (Commissioned officer) Officer Training School, Squadron Officer School (didn't finish it, skipped to Air Command & Staff College instead, per regulation). All these schools prepared me the same way, to manage conflict and lead people in conflict with a goal of winning the conflict. I received many more months of training in conflict management as a Deputy Sheriff; about 9 months' worth of formal training including 9 graduate hours of Abnormal Psych courses.
So much for me. I can lead, but I'm a bit too old to take the field, except in a gross emergency, but perhaps not all my readers have my handicaps, so here's what THIS Major thinks will work and what won't work, in short-format:
Works: First, Identify the Enemy. People, you MUST know who you are fighting. Simple concept, yes? Simple enough, but our President REFUSES to utter the words "Islamic Terrorist". Since elected, he has "talked around" the issue of enemy identification. His obfuscation here has hurt our cause by diluting our efforts in the eyes of the Islamic world.
Works: Partner with all prospective allies, and engage THEM as well as yourself. We have done a poor job here as well. WE are the "spine" of NATO, and NATO has paid lip-service only to the idea of fighting Islamism. Russia could be a great partner, but we have maneuvered them into the position of enemy instead - a huge mistake.
Works: Show your Flag. Flags have one purpose, to raise emotions for a cause. This Cause is perhaps the most important that all of Civilized Earth has ever faced, and the cause itself deserves a flag, but figuratively, our leadership has prohibited flag-making.
Works: Armor up. This is a basic, grunt-level war. Where is the USA's vaunted wartime production? There isn't any. Where is the large Army which will be needed? Our leaders are shrinking it, not building it up. Where is the military Intelligence apparatus required for this fight? Mostly missing, and what is there is riddled with spies for Islam.
What needs re-working? Here, we might do better by simply taking the brightest 10% of Second Lieutenants with fresh "butter-bars" and give them the job of re-working our military mission against Radical Islam. They WILL do a better job than all the PeeCee Generals we have running the show right now.
Fails: We have NOT partnered with all our prospective allies, and those we HAVE partnered with cannot abide our present leadership and it's failures in this war.
Fails: We don't HAVE a flag. We have Leaders who don't even show proper respect for our National Flag, let alone any possible anti-Islamist flags.
Fails: We have relegated our Military to idiotic roles in this "fight". Senator Cruz said that we are only flying 20 to 30 air missions per day against ISIS, where we used 1,100 per day against Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War. What Cruz DIDN'T say was that 80% of the missions we DO fly are coming back with the bombs still on the wings because of insane Rules of Engagement, so we may actualy be dropping bombs from less than 5 aircraft per day. Russia, on the other hand, is flying DOZENS of missions per day, and all their aircraft come back in condition Winchester*.
This advice Ain't No Big Thing, as the troops used to say in MY war, Vietnam. No big thing, very elemental, but until we begin to respect the knowledge and leadership which starts with Corporals and Second Lieutenants, we will continue to LOSE this war. Losing is not an option if we are to remain Free Nations. The price of losing is that we will LOSE OUR FREEDOM.
There is a relatively small population of blacks in the undergrad population at Mizzou. The issues of why haven't been addressed in the media, but the fact is that the small cabal of black students is well-organized. Said cabal has somehow blamed the University for the fact that there "aren't enough blacks". Mizzou is a State school, so all you have to do to go there is qualify by GPA, be from MO, and have the coin to pay your tuition and fees. In 1961, I got in with a 2.74 GPA! I guess that whatever standard the State has set is too high, and the inner-city kids can't qualify because their schools were dumbed down two generations ago. AFAIK, this is the lowest GPA qualification of any state school:
Can someone please explain to me just how it is this University's fault if black students can't meet this minimum requirement? This, my friends, is simply more Black Marxism at work, and these revolutionaries won't be satisfied until a quota of admissions is imposed on the school, or at least until the school is forced to spend huge dollars to "recruit" black students.
As for the beer-hall putsch put on by 32 members of the football team AND their Coach, Mizzou finds itself with a 1-5 conference record in the SEC East division this year, next to last, won't be bowl-eligible. I suspect that their poor performance on the field will now be "excused" by the liberal sportz press. #BobCostas, where are you? This story is tailor-made for your brand of sports "journalism".
So, the President of the University just resigned, after some commie lapdog of a State legislator got upset, and when Governor Nixon (D), ever the apologist for all things race-baited, echoed that sentiment.
I lay all of this at the feet of the biggest lapdog of all, President Obama, whose Presidential policies seem very well organized just to foment racial discord.
"War! huh-yeah What is it good for? Absolutely nothing Uh-huh"
(Lyric by Edwin Starr, covered by Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, Chris Christie's favorite musician.)
Curious, because I just heard Chris Christie the candidate for POTUS claim during a Fox News interview that our current situation in the Syria mess wouldn't have happened with His Tubbiness at the helm, because he would have set up a "no-fly zone". It sounded like Tubby the One-Note Tuba thinks we could use that "solution" now.
Look, I'm no General Patton, but I did have years of military leadership training, and I seem to remember that the thing about employing forces in battle is that the nation employing them MUST consider just how those forces could be supported BEFORE committing them to battle.
The current Air Order of Battle over Syria would involve Russian, Chinese, (maybe Israeli*) frontline fighters, all versus our forces. We have just pulled our last Carrier Task Force out of the Persian Gulf, so whatever forces we could employ on short battlefield notice have to come from Turkish bases, where we have a few aging F-16 fighters on a VERY tenuous basing agreement with NO permission to use them to fight Russians over Syria. Realisticly, if push comes to shove, we would need several re-inforced Wings of fighters and three Carrier Air Groups available to fight the current forces arrayed against the US interests. That's not going to happen, so when the first US fighter fires the first missile at a Russian/Chinese/Israeli fighter, within an hour there won't be a single US aircraft left in the region.
The Russians have maybe only a squadron or two of fighter-bombers in Syria, and the Chinese maybe just a few aircraft, but the Russ are BASED there, on the coast, and have small carriers available for naval attack variants. We are (tenuously) based in Turkey, and the unstable Ergodan government could order us out at any point with little notice. We have already sent all our US forces' dependent families home, so we KNOW our basing agreement in Turkey is tenuous.
Sorry, Governor, if you are going to sound Presidential, blow that One Note** on your tuba, this speech did little to advance your cause.
* Two days ago, the Russians sent a member of their General Staff to Israel to discuss the Russian's request to have the Israeli Defense Force involved in the current military situation vs. ISIS. The Russians announced that they wanted to use IDF intelligence, which they value highly as to it's quality, and would not object to Israeli aircraft flying reconnaissance missions over Syria, either. The two militaries discussed how to keep in constant communication, possibly even to the point of establishing credentials on each others' digital battle networks. Israel, in turn, asked for, and presumably will get, Russian help to stop Syrian groups from shipping war materials to Hezbollah. That means that The Russians will mount air attacks when the IDF spots convoys of such materials moving overland towards Lebanon, or permit the IDF to do so.
** Christie's One Note: "but-but-but, I killed the UNIONS in New Jersey" (he didn't, but he still claims he did).
On Wednesday, the pro-2A site, Bearing Arms, published an article detailing several parents of Roseburg shooting victims who had objected to President Obama's political blood-dancing for gun control immediately after the horrific crimes were committed.
Yesterday, as the parents/families of the victims were assembled at Roseburg High School to meet Obama for his supposedly-humanitarian trip to Roseburg, one parent was excluded. Note that he was one of the parents who had expressed his displeasure at Obama's blood-dancing.
This puts the definite lie to Obama's claim that the trip was solely for humanitarian purposes, to "hug" the parents and family members of the victims. Even if Mr. Cooper had had an angry moment before, he should have been invited. He could have been privately frisked for weapons and accompanied by several Secret Service agents if there was any threat past verbal anger, but he should have been invited, not excluded.
Obama can't stand the heat, and should stay the HELL out of the kitchen.
Politically, Obama just lost ALL of the bona fides he might have built up for making the trip, and the National orgs which protect the 2A ALL need to follow my example and spread this news far and wide. NOW!
Anyone who still lacked an insight into Obama's character need look no farther than this display of discourteous cowardice.
Resign, Mister President. You are unfit to hold office for another minute.
Various loosely-connected groups, most connected only by the fact that they have standardized their armaments, have announced that they will "Defend Roseburg" when POTUS makes his "sell the angst" trip there tomorrow.
Ummmm, okay then. Since the groups are using military terms, and will be armed with military-looking weapons (which they prefer to carry openly, don'tcha know), let's consider their operation from a military perspective (because you can be sure that the Secret Service and Homeland Security will).
A military operation is always preceded by an operations plan. Other than "show up", "Defend" has given adherents few instructions which could be considered part of an op-plan. One must presume that the "Defend" leaders will assign protest locations, etc, on the fly as their folks show up. This operation looks very un-military.
A military operation generally is led by leaders who have had experience leading other operations. There are two possibilities to consider here: Bundy Ranch and Sugar Pine Mine. Both of those operations were carried out by coalitions of Constitutionalists, with the organization Oath Keepers being the glue that held the outfit together. Let's look at Oath Keepers, shall we?
Oath Keepers started out about ten years ago (or that's when I became aware of them). Initially, they had one mission, to remind members of the military and police departments of their duty to their Constitution, and to do this, they promulgated a list of the "Ten Orders we must never obey". I signed their pledge, as did a number of my police buddies of the time. The Ten Orders are obvious, because they would be the orders of a dictator to facilitate a dictatorial coup d'etat and suspension of the Constitution. I still believe in Oath Keepers' proscription of those Ten Orders.
Then "mission creep" happened at Oath Keepers. The outfit decided to assume Militia duties.
Bundy Ranch happened, then Sugar Pine Mine, and at the last one, the Oath Keepers appeared as a Militia from the start, and carried out an armed Militia operation, holding ground by force of arms. They never exchanged fire in either of their operations, but they were very well prepared to. They had good discipline and were "well-regulated" in the full sense of the term.
While I was encouraged by Oath Keepers' obvious good discipline in their first two Militia operations, what they did in both cases amounted to a staring contest, and the Federal forces blinked first, both times.
Oath Keepers is still not proven under fire.
They might get that chance, though, and within 24 hours, in Roseburg, Oregon. In case Oath Keepers hasn't employed any intelligence for their operation, I will give them the benefit of mine, which in the past, has involved working directly with the Secret Service's Presidential Protection Detail. I have actually gotten to inspect the Presidential vehicles and talk with the Special Agent In Charge of that unit (at the time, he was a good friend of the family).
The intel nugget for Oath Keepers: This will NOT be a Bundy Ranch or Sugar Pine Mine. You will NOT be dealing with some over-promoted BLM Enforcement Supervisor and his storm troopers. You will be dealing with the Presidential Protection Detail, which just happens to be the best at what they do of any such units. This Detail also has wide latitude to employ deadly force in the protection of the President. They do not have to issue deadly force warnings. If they detect a threat to the POTUS, they will shoot first, and they will kill. Period. End of story.
If the Detail has to employ deadly force against Oath Keepers, you can bet that every one who ever had the first contact with them will be heavily interrogated. I expect to be contacted in that instance, myself. The organization WILL be taken apart, and that will be the end of THAT story.
If you plan to travel to Roseburg tomorrow, here is the best advice from a freedom-loving patriot: Stay home. Don't loan your car to anyone to travel there, either. We patriots do have a mission which might eventually result in our defending our Constitution by force of arms.
Roseburg is not that mission. Oath Keepers may not be that militia, either. This could easily be their "bridge too far".
On 9-11-01, 19 un-noticeable radical Islamic men hijacked 4 aircraft and kicked off a serious war with the USA. We have fought that war, even though our current President won't even call it a war, ever since. Introspection and history reveals that we should have been fighting it a lot sooner.
In most terror-related events since 9-11-01, we have seen terrorists express their Islamic fanaticism in stereotypical ways (shouting "Allahu Akbar"), while dressed and even armed stereotypically. The terrorists want us to see their evil side, the better to strike fear into our hearts.
Suppose, for a moment, that there ARE some smart terrorists leading Islam's war with the West, and they recognize the political fact that with Obama and the Left, Islam has an opportunity of winning it's war with the West faster*, but to gain that advantage, they would have to end the practice of in-our-face-jihad, because the images of jihad give us a mental picture of who to hate. Would they change their tactics to suit the political reality here?
How do we fight this war if the terrorists hide among us and don't show themselves until they strike?
Short answer: with great difficulty, given the present leadership. We have to re-think strategies and tactics ourselves, because in reality, what difference does it make if we lose our war to radical Islam or lose a war to a Socialist dictatorship? Liberty is gone in both cases.
The answer for us is to raise our personal levels of awareness, raise our personal levels of combat-readiness, and sell these higher levels of conflict-consciousness to the less-committed at every turn.
What if there had been a couple of trained concealed-weapons carriers in that Roseburg classroom? What if the de jure State position allowing campus concealed carry did translate to the de facto side and the campuses were forced to accept that? School shootings end when the campuses are properly armed. Israel proved that over 40 years ago.
*Obama is losing the war for us, quickly. Ineffective military leadership from a de-professionalized and hyper-politicized military, deliberately pushing group-weakness over individual personal strengths (the rise of the gimme-gimme class), disarming veterans (the very people who, given a weapon, are the most likely to use it successfully against the enemy), all of these are war-losing strategies, not war-winning strategies.