Previous 11 - 20 Next
In response to:

Historic Rescuers

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Jun 05, 2013 12:08 AM
IMHO what the south lacked was logistical staying power. Their last chance to gain and maintain what they needed vanished in the Battle of Glorieta Canyon in 1861. That would make it the most critical battle of the war. After that their only hope was a psychological knockout of northern power brokers causing them to throw in the towel-----but leaving the rest of the north believing they had been betrayed. I doubt there would be an America today had that happened. Which means that all those who played their assigned role(s) honorably did God's Work.. May they all Rest in Honored Glory.
In response to:

Historic Rescuers

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Jun 05, 2013 12:01 AM
Do not forget that the Alternative to Lincoln in 1864 was "Tardy George" McClellan. In addition to his shortcomings as a General, Mac was (a) anti-secession and (b) pro-slavery. An ideology that was a prescription for disaster. In addition, I firmly believe that any other damnyankeee Generral, including Grant, would have taken two years to take Atlanta and proceed to the coast. In that case the food shortages of the south would be declined to outright famine in the winter of 1865. Everybody owes "Uncle Billy" for avoiding that.
Let's see now. Vladmir Putin has designs in the mideast, designs that show no consideration to our well-being. His only mooring point is the Assad regime in Syria. If Assad goes, Putins resurgent soviet empire takes a thumping. In addition to this we have the Iranian Mullahocracy to consider. Khameni now finds it necessary to spread his poiisonous charm via surrogates like Hamas and Hezbollah. These worthies can only function under the sanctuary of the Assad regime. This makes Russia and Iran de facto allies cooperating in their current sine-qua-non of saving Assad-----an outcome detrimental to the future of Israel and the USA. Predictably, the Buchanan-Paul-Rockwell axis now concludes that the anti-Assad forces are our real threat and that the incumbent regime must not be interfered with in any way. Put all this together and you have a darned good reason for a judicious intervention.
To prevent that very bad precedent ( making the UN into a supra-national government with a standing Army); hire mercenaries. There are certainly present-day versions of Denard and Hoare who can qualify. Members of national armed forces can be given leaves of absence in order to participate. Just like the Flying Tigers were. So forth and so on. Mercs operate under an explicit contract to accomplish explicit goals within an explicit time frame and then their formations are disbanded. Problem(s) solved. Thank you for your time and thank Col Bay for illuminating something the public needs to know about.
Everything that enhances and is necessary for species survival can be misused-----and will be. Eternal vigilance is not only the price of liberty----it is the price of life.
My second (of three) Vietnam tour resulted in five months or so of hospital time. On convalescent leave I took correspondence courses in Political Science. I distinctly remember Paul Douglas's stories on campaigning. Even in that setting, you could tell that he typified "SEMPER FI". BTW: the course was sponsored by a Texas Democrat named Kent Hance. Kent is now a Republican------the kind that would make Charles Percy soild his underthings.
In response to:

Shut Up, He Explained

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 3:35 AM
The Democrats used to be defined by the Klu Klux Klan. Now they are dominated by the Klu Klux Tan. The color has changed but not the odor.
Had Sr Fontova and Herr "Rothbart" known each other I've no doubt they would have been great buddies in spite of, or perhaps because of, their differences.
As a personal friend of the late Murray Rothbard, I gotta say that you did catch Unca Murray with his pants down. Rothbard was a born iconoclast whose choice of polemics missed the target about 35 to 40 percent of the time. His greatest weaknes was a rather persistent failure to translate his Austrian principles from purely economic matters into the geo-political sphere. Hence he all too often failed to recognize that the people and activities that he disliked were or could be right, proper and necessary for the well-being and survivial of his country and for that matter the human race. In the case at hand he obviously fell for the concocted notion of Che as romantic Paladin rather than the psychopath that he really was.
In response to:

Murder for Hire

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 8:56 PM
These principles are easy to enumerate and explain. Implementing them takes some doing-----no naysayers need apply. "Nuff said. Final comment on "drones". The ethics of their use is NO different from that of manned aircraft, snipers, artillery or atomic bombs. Claims to the contrary are red herrings. But there is a danger to remote control. (Thank you Tom Clancy) A remotely piloted craft can be taken over by hostile forces and turned on our own men. Can somebody do this today? Maybe but I doubt it. Will such a capability come about at some future date? You can bet your aspartame-coated posterior on it. And THAT should be the primary discussion. I've talkked enough See ya next time.
In response to:

Murder for Hire

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 8:46 PM
As to the targeting of individuals: The purpose is to reduce enemy capabilities and render them as harmless as possible. How much does his or her death advance that cause? Operative example: This is World War Two; You are an OSS sniper in Germany. You are at a public event. On the stage are Hitler himself, Heydrich, his even more thuggish heir and a decent soldier named Erwin Rommel. You can get off two quick rounds, so of the three whom do you shoot? Answer you shoot Rommel twice just to make sure. Fuherers and their heirs are a dime a dozen. First-rate Field Marshalls are hard to find. End of lesson.
Previous 11 - 20 Next