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That Didn’t Take Long

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Michelle Malkin posts that gunmen have fired at the US embassy in Yemen.

Gee, Obama’s been in office less than a week. But I suppose it’s somehow still Bush’s fault. 

One of the reasons that I cannot pull the lever for a democrat for president – indeed the single most important reason – is their fecklessness on matters of national security. Do you think the hot air coming out of Washington about Gitmo might have something to do with this? All of a sudden, our enemies around the world great and small (and these guys in Yemen do seem to fall into that latter group) know they’ve got a neophyte to deal with. Worse, a neophyte who doesn’t actually take terrorism seriously. After all, they’re talking about turning back the clock and making it a law enforcement matter. Because that worked so well under the Clintons. 1930s economic policies and 1990s terrorism policies. This is not ‘change’ we can believe in, unless Tinkerbell is somehow involved.

Carter Redux – we’re on our way. Elections have consequences folks. They’re just beginning to roost.

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January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Shields Up!

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The future is upon us as ‘boffins’ (a curious term) at the UK Ministry of Defence appear to have invented a working force field. Star Trek gets closer all the time.

Also here.

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June 11, 2004 at 1:31 pm

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Stealth Ships

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Gizmodo an article from the BBC revealing – surprise – the Swedes are ahead in the race to build a stealth warship for their navy – a 73 meter corvette named ‘Visby.’ It has been some time since Sweden has been a first rate naval power, but with companies the likes of BoforsSaab, and Kockums, their defense industries have produced some fine systems. 

Stealth ships are a very cool idea, and the U.S. and Royal navies are also planning such ships, although in their case much larger destroyers.  The American version is planned as a replacement for the Arleigh Burke class destroyers, and will be built by Northrop Grumman.  Their spokesman claims:

The DD(X) will be as revolutionary as the Dreadnought was when the British introduced it at the turn of the last century.

That’s a big statement.  HMS Dreadnought was indeed that rare ship which made all others warships obsolete.  The Union ironclad Monitor and the Confederate Virginia (more commonly known by her former name – Merrimack) also enjoyed that distinction.  There aren’t many others.  The first galley to sport a ram – if we knew her name – might qualify, and perhaps the first cog sporting a cumbersome, primitive cannon would also be in the running. 

Some might claim the honor for the CSS Huntley – the first successful submarine.  While it took the Huntley three tries, and two crews, she did sink the Union blockader USS Housatonic.  However, in my view, the Huntley added a new kind of warship, destined to play a pivotal role in naval conflicts, but not one which rendered the ships of other navies obsolete.

In the same fashion, the development of the aircraft carrier by the British towards the end of World War I provided the kindling for a revolution lit by General Billy Mitchell when he successfully sank the former SMS Ostfriesland with an airborne bomb from a plane flown off the deck of a ship.  The aircraft carrier (of which, coincidentally, I’ve just seen two from the air as I type this, the Forrestal and the Saratoga) eventually supplanted the all big-gun battleship – the first of which was HMS Dreadnought – but it took twenty years and the experience of World War II before that happened.

So it would be quite the feat to even equal the HMS Dreadnought.  Sounds like fun.

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June 10, 2004 at 9:35 pm

Wake Up Call

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The BBC is reporting that the US will withdraw 12,500 out of 37,000 troops in South Korea by the end of 2005.  This is a good thing.  I seriously doubt that the numbers make much difference to our military capabilities on the peninsula, but it’s bound to be some cold water in the face for South Korea.  The North has an awful lot of primitive but nasty missiles aimed across the parallel, and the ROK has rather liked the fact that a lot of Americans are in harm’s way, thus giving us skin in the game.  But the ROK has also gone a long way down the appeasement trail with the last Stalinist government.  Maybe this will serve as a wake up call to the real danger lurking in Pyongyang.

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June 7, 2004 at 10:30 am

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We Do Have a Choice in November

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A friend of mine forwarded this picture and story.  Captain Dodge’s own words say it all:

Attached is a picture of one of my best friends in the Army, Mike 
McNaughton.  We were privates together in 1990-1994.  He stepped on a 
landmine in Afghanistan, Christmas 2002.

President Bush came to visit the wounded in the hospital.  He told Mike 
that when he could run a mile, that they would go on a run together.

True to his word, he called Mike every month or so to see how he was 
doing.  Well, last week they went on the run, 1 mile with the president. 
Not something you’ll see in the news, but seeing the president taking the 
time to say thank you to the wounded and to give hope to one of my best 
friends was one of the greatest/best things I have seen in my life.

It almost sounds like a corny email chain letter, but God bless him. 
CPT Justin P. Dodge, MD 
Flight Surgeon, 1-2 AVN RGT 
Medical Corps, U.S. Army


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June 2, 2004 at 10:31 am

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