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On this week’s edition of The Conservative Beacon Podcast, Josh discusses the need to not be intimidated by or afraid of political correctness in the liberty-threatening times in which we live.
Last month The Washington Times put together a wonderful tribute section for Jimmy Doolittle’s Tokyo Raiders on their website. To mark Monday’s 70th anniversary, The Times has created an equally wonderful tribute to the Battle of Midway and its significance to winning World War II.
The video below is in an overview of the battle, as well its significance and importance to victory in the Pacific Theater. I encourage you to head over to The Washington Times site to check out the rest of the exhibit.
On this Memorial Day Weekend edition of The Conservative Beacon Podcast, Josh Price interviews author Warren Kozak about the life of a genuine military hero and American patriot, General Curtis Lemay.
God bless all of have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this great nation and their families. We are infinitely indebted to you but eternally grateful for your sacrifice.
Have a safe Memorial Day and may God bless America!
You had a job to do, and you just did it. You got in a plane and shut up unless you were supposed to talk.
–Maj. (Ret.) USAF Navigator of Crew 9 Thomas C. Griffin
This Wednesday, April 18, 2012, marks the 70th anniversary the Doolittle Raid on Japan.
The raid had a relatively insignificant physical impact on Japan but it destroyed the perceived invulnerability of the Japanese. Perhaps even more importantly, the raid provided a necessary morale booster to Americans who were reeling following the December 7 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Washington Times is commemorating the 70th anniversary with well-produced, touching, and inspiring profiles of the five remaining survivors of the raid.
I strongly encourage you to check them out. The bravery and unbridled patriotism of these men is absolutely astounding and inspiring.
On the return of The Conservative Beacon Podcast, Josh Price gives a real assessment of the state of our union and you might be surprised by what you hear.
US debt now equals GDP
America’s credit rating downgraded
Record number of Americans on food stamps
Prices of beef and bacon up 22%
Obama halts deportation of illegal aliens
The New American Divide
The State of History 2012
In his latest op-ed, columnist and fill-in host for Rush has a compelling case for a leaner military.
America is responsible for about 43% of the planet’s military expenditure. This is partly a reflection of the diminished military budgets of everyone else. As Britain and the other European powers learned very quickly in the decades after the Second World War, when it comes to a choice between unsustainable welfare programs or a military of global reach, the latter is always easier to cut.
It is, needless to say, a false choice. By mid-decade the Pentagon’s huge bloated budget will be less than the mere interest payments on U.S. debt, much of which goes to bankrolling the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Nevertheless, faced with reducing funding for China’s military or our own, the latter will be the easier choice for Washington.
So the assumptions of the last 60 years are over — and not just because of the cost. If America’s responsible for 43% of global military expenditure, why doesn’t it feel like that? Why does the United States get so little bang for the buck?
It is two-thirds of a century since this country won a war (and please don’t bother writing in to say what about Grenada or Panama).
In the days after 9/11, many Bush administration officials assured us this time it would be different, and even liberals believed them. A decade later, Washington can’t wait to get the hell out of the Hindu Kush, and the day after they do it will be as if they never set foot on that benighted sod.
Illiterate goat herders with string and fertilizer have tied down the hyperpower for twice as long as it took America to win the Second World War. Something is wrong with this picture.
The sad, inexcusable truth is that we have not decisively won a war since World War II. As Steyn points out, the Bush administration attempted to assure us that the War on Terror would be run much differently than Vietnam; it would be waged with a strategic but decisive use of force designed to achieve one singular, unambiguous goal: undeniable victory.
We have not seen a decisive use of force since October/November 2001 in Afghanistan and, as consequence, we have not attained unmistakable victory — that is if we have achieved victory at all.
Let me be clear: we have failed to win the wars of the last half century not because of our military servicemen and women or their capabilities, but because of four primary reasons:
- Refusing, due to political correctness, to label our enemy just that — the enemy;
- Unwillingness to use the requisite force to quickly and decisively defeat the enemy;
- Too many MBA-types in high-level military leadership positions;
- Cowardly and politically correct presidents civilian leaders.
What do I mean by too many MBA-types in our military leadership? I’m referring to those in high-ranking positions in the various branches of the military who believe that wars ought to be fought and managed like a corporation — that every decision and battlefield action must be analyzed through the lense of political correctness.
Cabinet departments, including the Defense Department, can and should, to some degree, be managed like a private sector enterprise. An approach that emphasizes not only increasing efficiency but also improving results and promoting visionary, innovative thinking.
Wars, however, cannot and must not be managed. When wars are managed we get results like Vietnam and the War on Terror post 2001. Wars must be fought — fiercely and swiftly.
A leaner military should not necessarily mean a weaker, smaller military force. A truly lean military force is one that is continuously improving, able to adapt to both conventional and unconventional threats, and can inflict maximum, lethal force through the use of a variety of weapons, technologies, and strategies.
This is precisely what the much-maligned former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld set out to accomplish prior to the Islamofascist attack’s of 9/11. Secretary Rumsfeld took the Defense post with the intention of transitioning the military away from focusing solely on 20th century threats like protracted ground wars to those of the 21st century like terrorism. This is not to say that we should not prepare for a surprise naval attack from China or a protracted ground war with Iran (these are just examples).
He is ridiculed ad nauseam for it, but Rumsfeld summed up war planning quite well with his “Known and Unknown” remarks:
I am in agreement with Rumsfeld and Mark Steyn. To quote Steyn, “I am in favor of a leaner, meaner military — emphasis on both adjectives.”
Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence and suggested political correctness is being placed above the security of the nation’s Armed Forces at home.
During a joint session of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, the Maine Republican referenced a letter from the Defense Department depicting the Fort Hood shootings as workplace violence. She criticized the Obama administration for failing to identify the threat as radical Islam.
Political correctness allowed the Ft. Hood terrorist attack to occur and it will continue to lead to more attacks.
To all of our veterans, active duty servicemen and women and their families, thank you for your service to and sacrifice for the greatest country on Earth!
May God bless you and your families. And may He bless America.
Happy Veterans Day!
(KCBS) Pacific Ocean (CBS8)- A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught on video Monday evening by a KCBS news helicopter.
The spectacular contrail could easily be seen up in Los Angeles, but who launched this missile and why, remain a mystery for now.
The magnificent images were captured from the KCBS chopper around 5pm. The location of the missile was described as west of Los Angeles, north of Catalina Island, and approximately 35 miles out to sea.
A Navy spokesperson tells News 8, this wasn’t its missile. He said there was no Navy activity reported in that part of the region.
On Friday, November 5, Vandenberg Air Force Base launched a Delta II rocket, carrying the Thales Alenia Space-Italia COSMO SkyMed satellite, but a sergeant at the base tells News 8, there have been no launches since then.
News 8 showed the video to Robert Ellsworth, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and a former Deputy Secretary of Defense.
He said it didn’t appear to be a Tomahawk missile and said it would be safest to wait for definitive answers to come from the military.
Based on pure speculation, however, Ambassador Ellsworth said, with President Obama in Asia, perhaps this could have been a show of our military muscle.
“It could be a test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile from a submarine underwater submarine, to demonstrate mainly to Asia, that we can do that,” he said, stressing that it was just a theory.
UPDATE: Here is video of the missile:
UPDATE 2 Pentagon has no idea who or what launched this “mysterious” missile. Maybe they do know and they’re just not telling us. Maybe the Navy or Air Force did launch this missile and we’ll never know.
Or maybe it came from a Chinese sub…
UPDATE 3: Pentagon is now saying that it cannot rule out a threat. The Pentagon also believes the missile was launched from the sea.
Missile from a Chinese submarine anyone?