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I smell a new Interagency Theater Crisis Working Group. Lots of field grades, some stars and a budget. Problem solved, or at least turned to advantage. Pournelle's Law in action.
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@JohnStum A chicken in every pot, a rapist behind every bush.
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@fg42 @Sisyphus @Rubber Ducky
The question is whether the law has any power of its own, or whether it is subject to be thrown out through mob hysteria manipulated by demagoguery at any arbitrary point. I, being a skeptic on the whole American project, think that the question has been moot for a very long time. Soon, the law will be changed to accommodate the hysteria, and nothing will stand in the way of the current sexual Lysenkoism sweeping through the US armed forces. I personally think it is not even necessary to change the laws-once the public crucifixions of Generals Franklin and Helms demonstrate to the rest of the generals that they are not governed by written laws but unwritten ones, subject to instant revision and retroactive revision at that, I doubt any of them will put their careers on the line for unjustly convicted subordinates. All serving will be subject to instantaneous destruction on he-said, she-said accusations, with no possibility of reprieve.
Whooo, it just got way crayzay up in here. Fellas, take note-though sex with the mentally unstable may be fun, and the relationship intensity is enjoyable, you can see the aftermath-false profiles and all. Your superiors, clueless about these things themselves and terrified for their career, may undergo a magical transformation.
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>Lying, cheating, theft, etc., are ethical lapses not cultural.
Here you are showing your cultural bias. Of course there are plenty of cultures where lying, cheating and theft are considered praiseworthy if done to outsiders and to an advantage, and what is really despicable and worthy of contempt is to be the mark. Ever been to Iraq?
>A homosexual is what he or she is in the same manner that I was born with brown hair and hazel eyes.
But this is not self-evident; rather, it is an assumption you believe in because of a software update. Until about 30 years ago, the party line of the homosexuals themselves was that homosexuality was a perfectly valid lifestyle CHOICE, that sexual orientation was fluid, etc. I know, I'm a bad person for not stuffing that hatefact down the Memory Hole. If you were to ask Nimitz or Washington, they would tell you that homosexuality was a matter of choice, and a contemptible, immoral choice at that.
>as we both know all religions are notorious for their hypocrisy and frequent lack of common sense
I'd ask you to speak for yourself. Do you think, by the way, that your sainted Nimitz got his values by meditating in a cave, or by logically reasoning from first principles? Or did the fact that he was the heir of thousands of years of Judeochristian religious thought maybe have something to do with it? You seem to be avoiding making the connection between the moral degeneracy of many of today's military leaders and the fact that they grew up in a society where religion is relegated to an optional social activity.
>women have been fighting in wars throughout history
As individual exceptions, remarkable by their very exceptionalism, or as a last ditch effort of a society forced into total war for its existence. Not in a massive social engineering experiment designed to disprove the blatantly obvious truth. You are making up your standards as you go along, or rather having them made up for you and accepting them unconditionally.
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So how is it that homosexuality, single motherhood as a lifestyle choice, sexual promiscuity and using women to fight your wars went from shameful and dishonorable to perfectly acceptable, if not for software updates? How did being repulsed by all of the above become shameful? In 20 years,the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be a tranny, but of course "character and honor" will not have changed at all-we will know because the NYT will tell us so.
Well, since apparently invoking the Ghost of Admirals Past is an acceptable way to determine an appropriate course of action for today's armed forces, let's be consistent. WWND with the flagrantly homosexual members of the Armed Forces? WWND about mixed crews of combat vessels? WWND about women getting pregnant to get out of deployments, or the spate of single mothers using the military as green welfare?
As it happens, I have successfully contacted Admiral Nimitz. Unfortunately, his rotational frequency is too great and I couldn't sync up, so all I got was some garbled cursing.
Thanks, man, appreciate the heads up.
>And then she does something of incredible courage:
She...stalks him. So courageous. Certainly a welcome contrast to some coward who spends his life hiding in a submerged tin can on top of a nuclear reactor in the service of his country. A round of applause for jilted lover stalkers!
It is frankly hilarious to see out-of-touch white knights proclaiming that women have some sort of innate legal right to demand that their men are punished for acting like cads. This is the remnant of a social contract which was hollowed out, then voided by society a long time ago, and the other half of the contract was that women were punished for acting like sluts.
I doubt this Ph.D. with a distinguished career was blind to the officer's caddish qualities throughout their relationship-it's more likely her devotion was inspired by those very qualities. Which is fine-it's her choice. But now she doesn't like the long-term consequences of sleeping with a cad, so of course he must be crushed with the full weight of the system, despite having done nothing illegal. I see an implicit demand here that women enjoy the same sexual freedoms of men while being protected from the consequences of their sexual choices, freely made.
This behavior has a name in street slang. It's called being a "Captain Save-a-ho."
>most of the problems between the sexes in today's Armed Forces, are a direct result of officers and SNCOs misusing their rank, to intimidate their subordinates for sexual favors.
And never as a result of their subordinates using their gender to get ahead, or just being drawn to their dominant superiors. Right? I mean, the second a servicemember puts on that uniform, millions of years of evolution just...vanishes.
There really isn't.
Where do you think it's all going, given that this thing is constantly growing and becoming less efficient at imposing its will on its intended subjects?
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I for one am shocked, shocked! to see a female servicemember see the military as a giant social welfare/engineering scheme. Stupidly, I keep being blinded by my patriarchically-biased assumption that the only legitimate purposes for a military are defense and profitable aggression.
1. "all citizens must be engaged" and "this framework is based on voluntary participation": which is it? Or is this the military concept of volunteering?
2. Who will be responsible for the legions of bastards which will inevitably follow from this scheme involving taking huge amounts of young men and women at peak fertility and sending them off to remote locales with no other forms of entertainment? The US military is already knee deep in single mothers; does American society need more? Will Colonel Cope take responsibility for said bastards, who owe their existence to her scheme, when they jack my ride 20 years later, or for their care and feeding in prison?
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I thought your glory days involved helping Pashtuns maim conscripts from Omsk. Which, in retrospect, turned out a lot worse than the Laos thing. Or better, if one considers its long-term effects from a Keynesian stimulus perspective (G-d forbid.)
And what will we do with all the excess government employees, academics, pundits, journalists, contractors and consultants? Lady Sky is not too old to learn a trade such as plumbing or woodworking, perhaps, so she could continue serving humanity in some fashion, but I doubt she would take kindly to such a career change; it is more likely that she would use every ounce of pull she has to fight against this sort of initiative, as would everyone else involved in the grandiose patronage scheme. You yourself in your glory days probably would not have taken kindly to the suggestion that your apparat be hacked down to a tiny fraction of its size and all surplus employees be sent off to grow cucumbers.
@beltwaycynic USG is run by committee, and a committee is first and foremost a machine for dispersing responsibility. Had her advice been taken, it would have been diluted by committee, and in the ensuing abortion she could have pointed to that dilution and said "see, they didn't do ENOUGH of what I said." Since the point of the exercise is the production of more prestige and budgets for those involved and not stable governance for those upon whom it is inflicted, I'd say from the point of view of Lady Sky and Lord Odierno, it's a resounding success.
Oh, I'm quite sure the typical American can relate to this analogy without the Chinese in it. Just explain it in terms of Detroit, they'll get it.
Careful, you're about to go off the reservation :)
>I wonder, will the United States proactively develop, articulate, and adopt strategies to engender a better balance of power in the region -- or reactively respond to the inevitable fallout with tactical measures
Or maybe let the Iraqis sort out their own mess, like they were a sovereign nation responsible for their own domestic situation? Nah, not as long as there's money to be printed and distributed "engendering" the Chatham House Version.
Had I had the sort of involvement in the abortion that is today's Iraq that Lady Sky did, I would refrain from commenting on it and in general pretend I'd spent the last decade doing something less shameful, like heroin distribution.
@Gold Star Father @schneibster
I'm sure that's not the first retard the admiral has danced for, and it won't be the last. The point is, how can you take anything these people say or do seriously?
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/10/military_gun_ownership_and_suicide_give_commanders_the_hand_they_need_to_help