Archives: Military

Only Nixon can go to China, and only a Republican can clean up military procurement.

July 3, 2015 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Only Nixon can go to China, and only a Republican can clean up military procurement. | Filed in: GOP, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics, War On Terror.

There’s a new report out from a former F-35 test pilot, blasting the military’s latest and “greatest” jet fighter’s ability to do, well, anything. The F-35 jockey tried to target the F-16 with the stealth jet’s 25-millimeter cannon, but the smaller F-16 easily dodged. “Instead of catching the bandit off-guard by rapidly pull aft to • Read More »

Channelling Heinlein

November 30, 2014 | By KevinC | Comments Off on Channelling Heinlein | Filed in: Books, Crime, Current Events, Guns, History, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics, Quotes, War On Terror.

“With national governments in collapse at the end of the XXth century, something had to fill the vacuum, and in many cases it was the returned veterans. They had lost a war, most of them had no jobs, many were sore as could be over the terms of the Treaty of New Delhi, especially the • Read More »

Mumbai…Oklahoma City…Nairobi…Woolwich…Ottawa?

October 9, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Mumbai…Oklahoma City…Nairobi…Woolwich…Ottawa? | Filed in: Crime, Current Events, Guns, International, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics, War On Terror.

Mumbai: An attack by militant Islamists shooting randomly into crowds kills dozens and injures hundreds. Military and police forces were almost powerless to stop the rampage. Oklahoma City: A convert to radical Islam beheads one coworker and attempts to kill others, but he’s stopped by a good guy with a gun. Nairobi: Radical Islamic terrorists • Read More »

How to fix the mess in Ferguson

August 14, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on How to fix the mess in Ferguson | Filed in: Crime, Current Events, Guns, History, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics.

Think that dealing with a heavily-armed police force is something that’s happened only in a world of M4’s and MRAP’s?  Think again.  The English dealt with this same issue almost 200 years ago, and Sir Robert Peel laid out nine rules to help society and an armed law enforcement play nice together.  To prevent crime • Read More »

It’s not us, it’s you.

June 4, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on It’s not us, it’s you. | Filed in: blogging, Democrats, International, Kevin, Law, Military, War On Terror.

The Obama administration’s new attempt to spin away their decision to free five Taliban generals in return for one American soldier deserter may seem as stupid as the decision to make the trade, but it makes sense.  From a liberal point of view.  White House aides were aware Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been tagged a • Read More »

Putin tells Obama, “Crimea river”

March 2, 2014 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, global warming, History, International, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics.

There was a time, a long time ago, when modern liberals understood there were enemies abroad as well as enemies overseas. My political heroes in my teens and twenties were men like Democratic senators Sam Nunn and Joe Leibowitz Leiberman and New Republic editor Marty Peretz, men who understood that freedom abroad and freedom at • Read More »

We talk a good game, but…

January 23, 2014 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, Economics, GOP, Kevin, Military, Money, politcs, Politics, space.

… I’m afraid Chuck Schumer might be on to something here.  Schumer will argue that Democrats must defend popular government programs such as extended unemployment benefits and student loan subsidies to persuade Tea Party voters that they can benefit from federal programs. “The average Tea Party member, like the average American, likes government run Medicare, • Read More »

The dog that no longer barks in the night.

November 29, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The dog that no longer barks in the night. | Filed in: History, International, iraq, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics, War On Terror.

Ever notice that  the liberal left is no longer constantly telling us, “We support the troops, we want them brought home!”, even as Obama is making plans to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan into 2024 and beyond?  It’s almost as if their hand-wringing and outcries of concern for American troops was just some kind of • Read More »

The sad legacy of the Navy Yard Shooting

September 19, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The sad legacy of the Navy Yard Shooting | Filed in: Crime, Current Events, GOP, Guns, Kevin, Military, War On Terror.

Allen West is 100% correct here: We’ve just sent out a message to terrorists around the world that if they want to kill American servicemen, the place to do it isn’t Kandahar, it’s Kansas.  Real lesson of #NavyYardShooting is we've turned military installations into gun-free free-fire zones for attackers. Our enemies r watching. — Allen • Read More »

Apocalypse Now

September 9, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Apocalypse Now | Filed in: Democrats, International, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics, War On Terror.

“Who’s the commanding officer here?”  “Ain’t that you?”  This is what happens when you have a Commander In Chief more concerned with his golf game and partying with celebrities than he is with the duties of being President.  Deputy national-security adviser Tony Blinken says “No, um, I didn’t mean to say that Obama wants to • Read More »

Ghosts of Benghazi

September 8, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Ghosts of Benghazi | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, History, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics, War On Terror.

Shockingly, the people who screwed up and left Americans to die in a Middle Eastern country in the midst of a chaotic civil war aren’t too happy when people remind them of that fact.  “The administration has a serious credibility issue with the American people due to the unanswered questions surrounding the terrorist attack in • Read More »

I *was* going to do a long post about how it’s Amateur Hour at the White House

September 6, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on I *was* going to do a long post about how it’s Amateur Hour at the White House | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, History, International, Kevin, Military, War On Terror.

But Victor David Hanson went and did a better one.  Curse him and his extra-large brain!  How did Obama get himself into this mess? It was bound to happen, given his past habits. All we are seeing now is the melodramatic fulfillment of vero possumus, lowering the rising seas, faux Corinthian columns, hope and change, the bows, the Cairo speech, • Read More »

Yeah, about that “The DHS Is Hoarding Ammo” meme….

August 23, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Yeah, about that “The DHS Is Hoarding Ammo” meme…. | Filed in: Crime, Culture, Current Events, Guns, Kevin, Law, Military, politcs, Politics.

Remember earlier this year, when ammo couldn’t be found, and people were wondering why the Department of Homeland Security was buying millions and millions of rounds? The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reserves the right to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years and currently has “two years worth” • Read More »

But it’s different when OUR guy does it!

August 9, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on But it’s different when OUR guy does it! | Filed in: Arizona, Crime, Culture, GOP, Guns, Kevin, Law, Military, politcs, Politics.

I hear a lot of grumblings these days from right-wing pundits about the militarization of the police, decrying the apparent need to roll out in full battle-rattle for every traffic citation.  Those same people turn around and applaud Sheriff Joe giving AR-15’s to his officers and mandating they have them with them on and off-duty.  • Read More »

Is Valerie Jarrett the person behind the deaths at Benghazi?

August 8, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Is Valerie Jarrett the person behind the deaths at Benghazi? | Filed in: Crime, Current Events, Democrats, International, Kevin, Law, Military, politcs, Politics, War On Terror.

Some interesting tidbits here. Normally, I’d say let’s wait for more info, but given the 2nd most dangerous place to be in Washington is between the President and a celebrity appearance (the first is, of course, to be between him and a tee time), it only makes sense that Obama would outsource managing the security • Read More »

A rope, a light pole, some assembly required.

April 27, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A rope, a light pole, some assembly required. | Filed in: Crime, International, iraq, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics, War On Terror.

Not so long ago, the anti-war left and the media (but I repeat myself) were all outraged, OUTRAGED over the Iraq War and ChimpyBu$Hitler’s evil overlord, Darth Cheney, were (allegedly) lining their pockets over the misery of others.  We all by now know that Dick Cheney retired from the Pentagon in 1993 to accede to • Read More »

Maybe speculation, maybe not.

April 16, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Maybe speculation, maybe not. | Filed in: Current Events, International, Kevin, Law, Military, politcs, Politics, War On Terror.

The bombs at the Boston Marathon used pressure cookers to contain the explosions. Pressure cookers aren’t all that common in sea-level areas like Boston.   Pressure cookers are common, however, in the high altitude regions of Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan… … where they’re used to make bombs and IED’s. Terrorists groups tend to stick with • Read More »

$50k a year to remember the Maine.

March 20, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on $50k a year to remember the Maine. | Filed in: Canada, Democrats, Economics, International, Kevin, Military.

Look, I get that we owe our military veterans a huge debt. They’re willing to die for our safety, and I think we should honour and reward their service as much as we can.  But paying out $20 million a year in benefits to spouses and families of veterans… of World War One? Is that • Read More »

When Is V-T Day?

March 7, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on When Is V-T Day? | Filed in: Kevin, Law, Military, politcs, Politics, War On Terror.

Rand Paul’s filibuster yesterday, aside from being a an absolutely brilliant piece of political showmanship, brings up a good point: Are there limitations on the scope of the enemy we’re fighting? How do we know when/if we’ve defeated Al Qaeada/The Taliban/etc., declare victory and go home? What does victory look like in a war on • Read More »

Rand Paul Is The Next Guy

March 6, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Rand Paul Is The Next Guy | Filed in: Current Events, GOP, International, Law, Military, politcs, Politics.

I wrote back in November, after Romney’s @ss whuppin’ in the general election:  Republicans have ran the next guy in line as their Presidential candidate ever since the Eisenhower administration. The candidate after Eisenhower was Nixon. In 1964, the candidate after Nixon was Goldwater, who challenged Nixon from the right in 1960. In 1968, it • Read More »

That all depends on what your meaning of Jihad is

February 25, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on That all depends on what your meaning of Jihad is | Filed in: Crime, Kevin, Law, Military, politcs, War On Terror.

Daniel Pipe asks, ordinary crook, or the start of something bigger?  Because the media, law enforcement, and elected officials are so reluctant to give out information about the attackers’ religion, much less their motives, it’s basically impossible to tell from the outside if they represent a wave of jihadi attacks by Islamists or are just • Read More »

Show me what sequestration looks like

February 16, 2013 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Arizona, Economics, GOP, Kevin, Military.

This is what sequestration looks like.  Citing budget concerns, Luke Air Force base announced Friday they are cancelling the “Storm on the Horizon” air show scheduled for March. “While I value the importance of this event to both the Air Force and our local community, given the budgetary pressures and expected repercussions if sequestration goes • Read More »

A kinder, gentler machinegun hand.

February 5, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A kinder, gentler machinegun hand. | Filed in: Democrats, GOP, International, Kevin, Law, Military, politcs, War On Terror.

  “The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in • Read More »

New tone for Newtown

December 21, 2012 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Crime, Culture, Guns, Kevin, Military.

Remind me again how we’re supposed to play all nice and such when people start with “crazy”, “decadent” and “depraved” and then go downhill from there?  I think a Fisking is called for!  LaPierre: “Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so • Read More »