Ross Mackenzie

How's it going in the new year? Let's see....

--Defense Secretary Robert Gates ventured to China for strategic negotiations. But the Chinese largely stiffed him. They have recently disclosed development of (a) their first stealth fighter, the J-20, and (b) an anti-ship ballistic missile (the Dong Feng-21D), that can vaporize -- please sit down for this one -- aircraft carriers.

--The inquiring mind asks why -- what uses could China possibly have for such weapons? And it asks why, in the face of them, Gates is proposing $78 billion in defense cuts over the next five years?

--Meanwhile, the U.S. military? It's left to wonder whether the nation's prestige universities now will lower themselves to reinstate ROTC on their campuses, given the departed Congress' repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. It is left, as well, to cogitate the prudence of installing shower curtains and designating homosexual barracks.

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--The Tucson horror has generated mountains of rhetorical nonsense about blame. Many of the same people who cautioned about over-reacting in the aftermath of Ft. Hood are mired in the fever-swamps over-reacting about the likes of...Sarah Palin. Please.

--Just as conservatives were initially blamed (wrongly) for the shootings of the brothers Kennedy, so today conservatives are said to be responsible for the "climate of hate" that gave us Tucson. Or is it that the alleged lunatic triggerman in re Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords et al. suggests the alleged lunacy of all non-leftists?

--Here's a thought: If Mrs. Palin is so stupid, and herself such a lunatic, then why does the left regard her as such a threat?

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--Maybe you missed it. Given key advantages by a unionist Obama administration, two unions held fall elections to organize the 56,000 employees of Delta Airlines after Delta -- the largest U.S. airline with a non-union workforce -- acquired Northwest. This was Big Labor's most important effort to unionize a company since putting the union label on 70,000 Ford workers in 1941.

--The unions lost all the Delta elections, one by a margin of 72-28. The three-member National Mediation Board, boasting two former union bosses appointed by Obama, is investigating. Of course.

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Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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