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June 21, 2006

The Unholy Trinity

Filed under: Politics — mlah @ 8:05 pm

a long time ago i asked myself why all of the worlds bad guys didn’t get together and act up at the same time.

looks like they finally are.

the last time saddam moved troops to the border with kuwait, and the us, (kaiser willie) moved troops to the region again, i listened to the news which was claiming we were spread too thin. way back when.

and by the by, i was on MY way to the persian gulf as part of that movement.

not to lambast bill too much, but as he drew down the size of the us military, he refused to call it downsizing. the administration of the time came up with the new term of ‘right sizing’.

we’re paying for that re-sizing now.

i find it humorous that the same group which was so eager to ‘right size’ the military is the same group who’s screaming so loudly that the actual use of the military has resulted in a spreading of it too thinly.

maybe we should increase the size of the military?

but back to track.

i was wondering then what was keeping saddam, kim jong il, and fidel all from acting the fool at the same time, or just in taking turns.

you see, to quote stormin norman, anyone can talk strategy. but experts talk logistics.

everytime saddam moved the republican guard south of basra, it cost a fortune to move units half way around the world in repsonse. if the worlds bogey men just took turns acting the fool, they could run the us military dry logistically in short order.

come to present day. we’re in the middle east. saddam is gone, we have an insurgency to fight that is finally starting to wane.

and kim jong il looks to be set to launch an icbm. that’s really what it is. you launch it in asia, and it has the range to hit north america, that’s two different continents. ergo, an icbm.

i don’t so much fear fidel acting a fool. he was always pretty sharp, and i think he’s just relaxing. he’s just enjoying the sunset so to speak.

but hugo isn’t. nor is evo. and the mujahideen just seized mogadishu. their are still asstards in power in sudan.

how long can we sustain our international commitments with the current reduced military? will we be in sudan/darfur next year? or tehran?

what about mexico city? anyone ever think about how anti illegal immigration in the us is going to be viewed down there? and with a supposed socialist set to take power from senor presidente fox, our relations with them are going to get even worse. what will they really be like when we start deporting people?

we need to restaff the army. finish converting the airforce to f-22s, and take the navy back to 18 carriers from 10.

at least iraq is looking better.

3 Comments »

  1. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea launched an ICMB a decade ago. Suprised hell out of us. Of course, they said it was only a space launch vehicle that sent a capsule up into low earth orbit, but anyone who knows anything about space history knows this is exactly the sort of thing that an ICMB is based on.

    Speaking of North Korea, the DOD is apparently seeking civilians willing to go there to work. No kidding, they’re advertising here. Well, the advertisements could be a mistake, posted by one of those high school graduates who can’t find the United States on a map…..

    Comment by yup — June 22, 2006 @ 12:21 am

  2. Having spent 2 years in the ROK, which I loved, I could not fathom going north of the Z. Man, when I was over there, the defectors were coming over telling how grim the situation was for food. Of course, Uncle Bill decided to send them food and some nuclear reactors if they promised not to make the Bomb and rockets. Where are we now???

    I don’t disagree that Uncle Bill sliced the nuts of the US military and we are paying the price for that now; however, why do we still have troops in Germany? UK? Italy (sorry, yup)? Spain? Pull them back into more defendable positions (both strategically and politically speaking)!!!

    With some carefully planned and executed consolidation and a few pertinent upgrades, the US will be able to handle L’il Kim and his sidekicks. Otherwise, we will just see more of the same that we have seen in the last 6 years.

    Comment by rojoxia — June 22, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

  3. “a long time ago i asked myself why all of the worlds bad guys didn’t get together and act up at the same time.”
    Were you reading comic books at the time? Didn’t that happen to Superman once?

    “i find it humorous that the same group which was so eager to ‘right size’ the military is the same group who’s screaming so loudly that the actual use of the military has resulted in a spreading of it too thinly.”
    Why, in the 6 years Repugs have controlled the executive, haven’t troops levels been brought back up to the level Clinton inherited? I mean, they could do that if they really wanted to, right? But I thought Rummy’s organizational genius was to “do more with fewer” and outsource non-combattant positions.

    “and with a supposed socialist set to take power from senor presidente fox, our relations with them are going to get even worse”
    According to all the sources I’ve seen, no one is honestly worried about this dude. He’s no flaming revolutionary.

    “at least iraq is looking better.”
    What makes you say that? I’m not giving you a hard time about it (yet)– really I’m just curious what makes you say that?

    Comment by trick_shot_f-n_cheney — June 24, 2006 @ 12:12 am

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