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04
Jul
12

Women in the Army

Women in the Army.

10
Mar
09

Addendum–Uncle

To let everyone know–I’m not giving up blogging.

I’ll be posting on my other blog (which has grown lonely and cold):

Soldier-Citizen.

I appreciate everyone that has been a fan over the last two years. I learned a lot and learned to think in new ways. That’s what my writing is all about for me: Learning. Right now, I’m very focused on my military career. Soldier-Citizen promises to further enable me to understand the world around us and the emergent threats that America will face in the future.

I would be honored if the people who have followed this blog took a trip over to my new one. Soldier-Citizen began a few months ago, but with my work-load at 66 MI BDE HHC, I was unable to maintain up-to -date entries in both The Political Realist and Soldier-Citizen.

I’m staying away from domestic policy unless it has a relationship to national defense. Soldier-Citizen will focus on all matters military, including new and emergent technology, open source strategic analysis, and issues within the military community. Virtually anything to do with the military community will be a “Go” at Soldier-Citizen. The Ad Homonyms will be gone, too, unless they’re very warranted.

The blog will take a while to build to the quality that I’d like to have it at.

21
Jan
09

Obama’s biggest challenge: Afghanistan

My new Commander In Chief, whom I must with all honor stand fully behind, now has in his hands the key to Peace In Our Times.

The Long War will end in the arid mountain regions of Kashmir. The war in Afghanistan was known from the beginning to be a tougher challenge than Iraq. Counterinsurgency operations require that we win the minds of the innocent civilians, while at the same time marginalizing and cutting off the insurgency.

01
Jan
09

Relevent article from back in July.

https://magus71.wordpress.com/2008/07/19/the-medias-unceasing-war-on-america/

I wrote this back in July, but I think it fits the situation we’re seeing in Gaza.

30
Dec
08

Rudyard Kipling Rules.

I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint o’beer,
The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:

O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mr. Atkins,” when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls,
But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.

Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy how’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints:
Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;

While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind,”
But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind,
There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind.

You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires an’ all:
We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country,” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
But Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!

~Rudyard Kipling~

 

!Notes

“Tommy Atkins,” or just “Tommy,” is the name popularly given to the typical British soldier.
red-coat — an old fashioned term for a soldier (they used to wear red coats)
public-house — a pub, drinking house
publican — the pub owner
stalls — best seats near the stage
blackguards — ruffians (pronounced “blaggards”)
the Widow — here – Queen Victoria

22
Dec
08

Article by General Wesley Clark

Retired General Wesley Clark is a staunch Democrat. Here he addresses what the Democrats must do to remedy the accepted view that Democrats and the military don’t play nice together.

It’s an excellent article, where Clark makes the point that complaining liberals don’t generally enlist–so things don’t change to their liking within the military. Probably a good thing. 

I don’t agree with Clark’s assessment of the Clinton years being some sort of Shangri-La for military service. To all of my knowledge, the armed forces were gutted to all time lows and morale was terrible.

20
Dec
08

New Developments here in Germany

So I’ve been with my unit, the 66th Millitary Intelligence Brigade Headquarters for a few weeks now. Do to all of the in-processing I really haven’t gotten to do a lot of work yet, though my unit did put on a three-day firing range, which left us all exhausted. One day last week I worked at a place called “The Dagger” in Darmstadt. It’s the largest intelligence complex in the European theatre and some parts of it look like their taken out of the show “24”.

The next two weeks are Christmas break. I’ll only be working half-days. I’ll be dropping my packet for Officer Candidate School, as I now have enough college credits (90 is required) and I’m also signing up for Krav Maga classes here on base. Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art designed for their military and police. I’m familiar with the system and had some instructional videos at one point but no formal training.

 

I hope everyone has a great Christmas, and thanks for stopping by as much as you do, to read my scribbles. A couple of days ago, this site reached a new record of single-day hits, so everyone’s support is paying off!

When our New Year comes, let’s pray for peace and prosperity for our great nation. Spend time with and appreciate family and friends; they’re there when no one else is and it’s family that makes America the greatest place in this world.




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