Military Leadership And The Afghan Withdrawal

The withdrawal from Afghanistan was a disaster:  poorly planned and poorly executed. One need to look no further than the videos of the scene over the last two weeks at the Kabul airport and the pictures of the coffins of the dead and wounded in order bring home the human toll.

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The Problem With America’s Military? They March In High Heels!

The US military is formidable. However, the US military is not what it once was.

One need look no further than incidents over the last five years to be reminded of how things that once were taken for granted, now cannot be and are indicative of how far our capabilities have fallen. In 2017, in two separate incidents in the Pacific, US Navy ships collided with other vessels on the open seas which resulted in a loss of life. The year before, US patrol craft were captured by Iran and last year there was an in port fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard which resulted in its total destruction. That does not include things such as billions of dollars in cost overruns and two year delay in the delivery in the last aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford.

Though those dramatic examples are from the surface Navy, there have been similar concerns about readiness in other branches of the military.

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The “Do As I Say” Olympics

It seems that the last two weeks has seen an unusually large number of politicians have decided to show us that when they make rules and laws, they do not mean for those to apply to themselves…because, you know, they know better than you and all of us are just ‘the masses’ who must be led by the Woke enlightened crowd.

Here some recent examples:

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It Really Is Pretty Simple

In several large cities over the last year, police budgets were dramatically cut as calls to ‘defund the police’ spread after the killing of George Floyd.

In Washington DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the City Council cut the police budget by $15 M last year, only to see homicides spike in 2020 and are on track so far this year to reach the highest level in 16 years. Bowser has now reversed course and has proposed a budget to hire 170 additional officers over the next two years and has offered unlimited overtime immediately to combat the crime spike.

This is not rocket science:  you cut law enforcement, you get an increase in crime. Why have had so many big city mayors not been able to see this coming?

Every profession will have bad actors and, unfortunately, the police are no different. When that happens, we have to hold them to a higher standard because of the unique status that they hold. Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd, was tried and convicted and will spend most of the rest of his life in prison. That is the way it should be—was done. That is not to minimize the death of Floyd, but to say that when things are wrong, you address the wrong. To defund law enforcement across the board, everywhere gets predictable results that, unfortunately, the people in large cities are now paying for.

The Very Predictable Results Of Being Soft On Crime

he ‘Defund the Police’ movement has resulted in cuts to police budgets and a reduction in the number of police on the streets in several large US cities. Supporters argue they just want to move money to social services, so that problems with crime are addressed by social workers rather than police. So how is that working out? 

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What Does This Week Tell Us About Biden’s Governing Philosophy?

During the election, there was a good deal of debate about how Joe Biden would govern. Throughout his career, he had been a fairly moderate Democrat. As a Democrat, that meant that he leaned liberal but he also had never been on the left wing of the Party and worked in a bi-partisan way on many issues. Yet, many argued that the Democratic Party had become controlled by the extreme liberal wing, and his choice of Vice President, Kamala Harris, the second most liberal US Senator, seemed to give credence to the notion that Biden would become much more liberal as President than his previous record might indicate.

Biden seemed to go a long way toward answering that question this week.

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Biden Nominates Abortion Enthusiast As HHS Secretary

‘Abortion Enthusiast’ is a term you don’t often hear, but in the article below, Issac Schorr of National Review tells us why it applies to Biden’s nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/12/of-course-theres-such-a-thing-as-an-abortion-enthusiast/

The Latest Environmental Problem? Wind Turbine Blades and Solar Panels

For ardent environmentalists, they have two long-standing problems that they don’t seem to realize:  one is that they need to avoid making predictions. When it comes to climate, let’s just say it isn’t an exact science and those who have made global warming/climate change a religion seem to want to ramp up doomsday scenarios to increase the sense of urgency. We can look most infamously at Al Gore’s prediction that the world’s ice caps would disappear by 2016. Or the prediction from some in 2005 that climate change would cause more damaging hurricanes and unstable weather, right before the US had the longest period in history with no major hurricanes to hit the coast of the country (Oct. 2005-2015).

The second problem that ardent environmentalists have is that they are so quick to jump on a bandwagon to ‘take action and do something’ that sometimes there isn’t a lot of thought put into what that action is. A few of us may be old enough to remember when the big concern was about the loss of trees and declining forests. So the answer was to quit using paper bags and to switch to plastic. Of course, now that’s all changed. Plastic is bad, doesn’t break down in landfills and so the solution has created an even greater problem (at least paper bags were biodegradable). The same may be turning out to be true for renewable energy.

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Restoring Checks And Balances

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is one of the most partisan members of Congress.  Indeed, he was one of the impeachment managers when the House of Representatives brought charges against President Trump earlier this year.

Schiff has recently proposed a series of wide-sweeping bills that is, however, worthy of consideration and support from both Democrats and Republicans.

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SCOTUS Rules That Government Can’t Tell Parents Which Schools They Have To Choose

The Supreme Court ruled last week that government funds can be used to pay tuition and schools run by religious groups.

Some people don’t understand that and claim that the government is funding religious schools. No, the government is funding education, and then not telling you where you have to use the funds. You can use them anywhere that gives a child an education, even if it’s a religiously based school.