Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Winning in Afganistan

Very frustrating to listen to the "experts" talking about there not being a road to victory in Afghanistan; not true!   They talk about the inability of our forces to win over the Taliban and Isis, but they fail to realize that the main reasons are the rules of engagement and providing safe sanctuary in Pakistan for the enemy.   So simple, if we want to win, we simply go where they are and kill them.  We should have learned that lesson from history, but our country is so concerned about the cost that we fight ten year wars without winning.  I was in Vietnam in 1964, and we could have won that war quickly, but our leaders did not  have the courage politically to take out North Vietnam, and then they were able, with Russian help, to get an air defense system that cost us many lives;  that would  not have happened in 1964.  I only hope that our new administration has the guts to do what it takes to win.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Our country remains divided over the results of the 2016 election; the losing side continues to be focused on opposing  our elected President.   We have heard Hillary Clinton refer to being part of the "resistance", and now our former President has created a new non profit organization to bring about change in America and fight the new administration on all fronts.   This has never happened in our history where we have a losing side in an election decide to resist the lawful government.   We have already seen the attacks on our new President as he works to carry out the agenda that elected him.  The opposition party has put resistance ahead of country and refuses to work to make America better.   It is a sad state of affairs, but more than that organized resistance can border on treason and should be carefully watched.  The citizens of our country must not allow any further erosion of patriotism and loss of civility in America.

Friday, December 23, 2016

A New Direction

The 2016 election was critical for  America, and the victory of Donald  Trump may well have stopped the decline of our nation and will begin the recovery process so  needed.   Those who are not happy with the outcome need to give this man a chance to govern.   A quick look at his appointments gives us even more confidence in the future.   People who have the expertise and skills in each area have been appointed.   Especially important is our new national security staff, military experience and knowledge of the world's political landscape.   Building up our military is the first and most important step in re-establishing American power and prestige in the world.  President Trump has committed to that and put in place the people to make it happen.   The next four years will be unlike anything ever seen in our American political experience, a new president who operates in a different way, and has surrounding himself with smart and dedicated people.   Things will be different, but is it time for a new direction.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Benghazi and Pearl Harbor

I have just read over one hundred pages of the Benghazi Report and I see some striking similarities to the history that surrounds Pearl Harbor.    First, a disregard for obvious signals that increased security was needed and the threat was mounting.  Second,  a failure to respond as soon as the attack began as was clearly shown in the report.   Third, the order to the military to "deploy" and take action to rescue those in Benghazi by the SECDEF, and for some reason that still us unknown, was not followed.  No forces were sent!
Those who say it was too late to do anything totally disregard that the length of the battle was unknown, and in fact in thirteen hours help could have reached the battle.   The report also mentioned a failure of DOD to respond on what SOF forces were in the area, those assets were not defined and the committee could not get a clear answer.   I wonder if there were AC-130s available that could have, by themselves, saved our people.
Benghazi was a failure of the national command authority on many fronts down through the chain of command and should be examined closely just as it was in Pearl Harbor where we saw people get fired.   The DOD Inspector General should retrace the steps that took place because the ball was dropped.
Hillary Clinton has responsibility for Benghazi and the people of this country should not even consider hiring her as our Commander in Chief.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

American Impotence

Iranian forces seized two American boats and 10 sailors without a shot being fired,  why have a Code of Conduct.

1.     I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
2.     I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
3.     If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
4.     If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
5.     When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
6.     I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

The President Got It Wrong (Again)

President Obama during his SOU mentioned "lessons learned" in Vietnam and Iraq, we did learn some lessons, but not the ones he covered in his speech.    What we learned was win the war, finish it, and stay engaged; good examples would be  Germany, Japan, and Korea where we finished and stayed (still there today).  How can he get it so wrong, his ideology drowns out his common sense and understanding of fighting a war.    We watched Vietnam fall when we pulled out and cut off aid, and Iraq is following when we did the same thing.  We can only hope that because of ISIS we may re-engage in Iraq and still have a chance to finish.   We must also apply the same strategy to Afghanistan; finish with a victory and stay engaged until the threat is over.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

No Deal with Iran

For those of us who fought for our nation, it is pretty simple - we don't make deals with people or governments who chant "death to America" and kill our troops.   A world view that thinks you can reason and talk to our enemies will surely get us in a war not prevent one.   Since our President thinks he can talk and reason with Iran, the deal is still bad; we get  nothing not even our people out who are being held, and we make sure Iran has funds for a  new round of terror in the Mid East.  The administration is pulling out all the stops to get congress to approve this deal, including asking retired general officers to show their support.  Many of our general officers had political careers as they rose to higher rank.  Many are not  warriors.  General Barry McCaffrey is a warrior general who I served with, he has come out against the Iran agreement.   I share his email below.   Veterans, we  need to step up and warn our nation of the futility of trying to appease our enemies.

From: Barry McCaffrey
Subject: Iran Nukes--White House Request
Date: August 4, 2015 at 11:43:35 PM EDT
4 August 2015


In my view the Iran nuke deal is a deeply flawed agreement. Cannot sign your letter of support by retired senior officers to support the White House position.

The agreement is opposed by our Allies ---Israel and the Gulf States. Greeted with joy and relief by the Iranians.

No linkage to the increased threat from billions of dollars flowing into Iran and reinforcing their conventional muscle.

Inadequate inspection regime.

Zero possibility to "snap back" economic sanctions.

Legitimizes Iran as a nuclear power in 15 years.

We are in a bad place. Better to have not had an agreement. The Iranians will have a nuclear program with or without this agreement.

The option was not war. The option was walling Iran off for another decade--- and threatening nuclear retaliation if they attacked their Sunni neighbors will nuclear weapons.

This agreement will likely accelerate nuclear proliferation in the region. The Sunni Arab states will want a nuclear deterrence to the Persian Shia capability.

Do not support this agreement. Probably too late to back out. We have shed our allies.

Feel free to share this email as you wish.

Barry McCaffrey

General USA (Ret)