To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude that the fiery destructive passions of war reign in the human breast with much more powerful sway than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace; and that to model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquility would be to calculate on the weaker springs of human character.
– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34, January 4, 1788.
China is the next world power. Good news for them, not so much for the rest of the world. Communists have never been known for their sensitivity and surely China won’t be the exception in history. They may have become communism with a plush exterior but in reality they are just as rough and mean as can be. Their just smart enough to hide it.
China is growing its military and developing superior weapons systems to equal what the United States fields, while the US is downsizing, and castrating its military while also not even knowing what a military is for anymore.
On top of that China has spent the past several years carrying out cyber attacks against the United States. There are literally swarms of keyboard tapping Chinese who have been doing this everyday while the US occasionally grumbles about setting up a cyberwarfare command.
Adding in economics and Chinese aggression versus American passivity and it’s easy to see why people predict the 21st century as the Chinese century.
What will this change entail when it comes? War possibly?
China is already in conflict with Japan over some islands, but this isn’t particularly new news as China has a history of territorial disputes ongoing with about half a dozen nations anyway.
Some suggest that China will not engage in large wars because they do not have a history of such things. While it’s true that their have not been many offensive wars in the history of China it doesn’t mean that China does not think of itself as deserving of as much as possible, a la WW2 Germany and Japan.
Still it will be at least a few more years until China acts on its aggression. The United States, weak as it is, could still win a war with China if China were the unnatural aggressor.
China will take a patient approach. They will wait for the United States to continue destroying itself. When the American economy has fully gone into the tank and the military can barely function China will be free to act and they will.
If I were a Japanese politician I would be very concerned with getting the US back to strength.
To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
– George Washington, First Annual Message, January 8, 1790.
How do you beat this kind of overwhelming firepower? With overwhelming manpower, as was done on the beaches of Normandy.
If I move this piece, what will be the advantages of my new situation? What use can my adversary make of it to annoy me? …which surveys the whole chessboard, or scene of action, the relations of several pieces and situation, the dangers they are respectively exposed to.
If you have incautiously put yourself into a bad and dangerous position, you cannot obtain your enemy’s leave to withdraw your troops and place them more securely; but you must abide all the consequence of your actions.
-Benjamin Franklin, from The Morals of Chess.
Failure of leadership is one of my pet peeves. Being incompetent is one thing, but allowing incompetent people to remain or allowing a situation to develop into a true clusterf*ck because you’re a bad leader is sooo much worse.
I’ve been critical of President Obama for being a poor leader before, and though I do criticize his politics, when I am critical of his lack of leadership that is a matter void of politics and I will criticize anyone who is a bad leader.
One place you don’t expect to find bad leaders is in the military. Training men to stand and fight requires leaders, everyone in the military is in some form or another versed in leadership. That is what makes it so inexcusable when dumb things happen there.
One of those dumb things is the Armies camouflage pattern.
In 2002 the Marines selected their own independent camo patterns using a fractal or digital pattern, now known as MARPAT(Marine Pattern).
The tiny little colored squares were cool looking and all the rage. Soon the Army decided it wanted in on the action, but the Marines guarded the rights to their pattern and wouldn’t give it up. So what did the Army do? Why hold trials for a new pattern and pick the one that was least effective of course. But it looked cool, almost. It too was digital, but instead of a distinct two sets for woodland and dessert settings like the Marines, the Army ended up with a greenish-blue that most closely that similar color of 1950’s sedans…or couches.
All this for a measly cost of $5 billion dollars, because when you’re running two wars you might as well spend money on small things that “look cool” and can be rushed into the field.
Nine years later and now we get the chance to spend another $2-4 billion to replace the ugly useless Army uniforms. Hopefully this time they’ve learned their lesson and will integrate it more slowly so as to save some money since they wasted enough already.
There’s countless better options but likely the Army will pick a new pattern and spend the money to implement it. While effective camouflage makes a difference and the old UCP pattern definitely needs to go, something should be done to simplify the matter.
Do all four branches really need there own pattern? How many decades did we go with one and there were no problems? If they want to distinguish themselves they can add collar and cuff differences to set them apart, Blue for Air Force, Red for Marines, and Gold for Army. The Navy can wear blue jumpsuits or go back to dungarees.
It shouldn’t take a failure of leadership to create a situation where someone else can then make the right decision 9 years later. That is a failure of leadership and it’s amazing to think that we even spend time and money on this stuff again so soon.
The only thing worse than the current Army uniform debacle is that of the Navy.
Here’s a story on the matter for more details.
This is an Odins Lounge exclusive. We have detailed plans of President Obama’s plans in response to an attack of any kind by North Korea.
There it is folks. That’s the Presidents plan and as you can tell he’s been working just as hard on it as he has with Libya, Egypt, and Afghanistan.
Hold on to your hats.