Sky Views: Tanker crisis requires decisive action on Iran or UK will be seen as soft target | World News | Sky News

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Pictured is the HMS Montrose, a Type 23 (Duke class) frigate of the Royal Navy which successfully fended off an Iranian attempt to board a tanker a week ago, but was too far away to intervene in time, this time (the tanker ignored radio instructions from the Montrose, which did not help). Montrose is the only warship Britain currently has in the Gulf, to cover the 90-mile Strait of Homuz.

Source: Sky Views: Tanker crisis requires decisive action on Iran or UK will be seen as soft target | World News | Sky News

An increasingly belligerent Iran has now seized a British tanker, and the UK and its Royal Navy seems, to all appearances, to be almost helpless to respond, or at least to respond promptly, sufficiently, and effectively.

“Another factor looming large over all response options must be the reality that the Royal Navy no longer has sufficient warships to dedicate to escorting maritime traffic through the Gulf and at the same time maintain its other commitments around the world.

“I know such an operation would be done as part of an alliance but it is troubling that a maritime nation like the UK, which is also a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, is no longer able to offer even the semblance of a sovereign capability to protect its interests at sea.”

Indeed! The author of this piece continues, Continue reading “Sky Views: Tanker crisis requires decisive action on Iran or UK will be seen as soft target | World News | Sky News”

China should think twice before threatening to attack Americans | Fox News

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Pictured: the name-ship of the newest class of the US Navy’s nuclear-powered supercarriers, the USS Gerald R. Ford, officially commissioned on July 22, 2017.

China is betraying a level of strategic anxiety not yet seen as the impact of trade tariffs looms and its return to its historical power role in the Asia seems to have stalled.

Source: China should think twice before threatening to attack Americans | Fox News

People – mostly people on the political left, and media “talking heads” (who are often also people on the political left) – often complain about U.S. President Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff and sometimes controversial remarks on Twitter.

But even his most outrageous “tweets” can’t match Chinese Rear Adm. Lou Yuan, who, while speaking at a military trade conference, “announced that what the United States feared most was casualties and that the easiest way to defeat China’s main rival was to sink two American supercarriers, killing over 10,000 sailors in the process.”

China is not the first Great Power to misunderstand and under-estimate American capabilities, and American resolve. Japan made that mistake once, and Germany twice. It did not end well, for either. China should take the advice of the author of this essay, Captain (USN, Ret.) Jerry Hendrix, who writes,

“Those who would believe that the sinking of two aircraft carriers would trigger an impulse toward retreat would do well to make themselves aware of the United States’ history and the impact events such as the sinking of the Lusitania, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the collapse of the World Trade Center had on the national psyche.”

Noting that

“Any attack upon a single U.S. aircraft carrier by long-range aircraft, cruise missiles or ballistic missiles would surely generate a response against the bases from which those weapons were launched, the sensors associated with them and the command-and-control nodes that directed them, and then the United States would turn its attention on the Chinese naval and merchant fleet.

“Before China knew what was happening, it would be cut off from the overseas sources of energy and raw materials that fuel its import/export economy. Within weeks it would be without fuel and its factories would be shuttered. The American economy, established in a nation that has most resources domestically available, would be able to ride out the storm, even if China attempted to climb the escalation ladder and attack targets in North America,”

he cautions that

“[Chinese President] Xi Jinping should try harder to understand his real strategic position while remembering that he who rides the tiger finds it difficult to dismount.”

Trump extends Veterans Day celebrations through all of November | Military Times

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Wednesday to proclaim November 2018 as National Veterans and Military Families Month.

Source: Trump extends Veterans Day celebrations through all of November

Missed this at the time!

“President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Wednesday [October 31, 2018) designating November 2018 as National Veterans and Military Families Month.

“’I encourage all communities, all sectors of society, and all Americans to acknowledge and honor the service, sacrifices, and contributions of veterans and military families for what they have done and for what they do every day to support our great Nation,’” the president said in a press statement posted to the White House’s website.

“Trump issued the proclamation while also championing his commitment to the veterans community,” including signing legislation that will “rewrite the department’s community care programs, expanding veterans ability to access private health care at taxpayer expense.”

“I have also mandated greater collaboration across the Government to support veterans transitioning to civilian life,” Trump added. “Additionally, Second Lady Karen Pence and I have collaborated on ways to elevate the career and educational opportunities for military spouses and children in partnership with State, local, and tribal officials.”

I like this President more and more, all the time!

Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey speaks on the Pink & Green Uniform – YouTube

While I’m on the subject of uniforms: I am very pleased that the U.S. Army is giving serious consideration to reintroducing the WW II-era “Pink and Green” (actually khaki and dark-olive-drab) Service Dress uniform, one of the sharpest service-dress uniforms – I would say, the sharpest – the Army has ever had.

Service Dress occupies an intermediate stage of formality between Battledress (BDUs or the newer ACUs – Advanced Combat Uniform) and Full Dress uniforms, and as Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey, who is a staunch advocate of the Pink & Greens, points out in this video, provides “something the soldier can wear day-to-day, when they’re not wearing the battledress uniform, and they can feel and look like professional soldiers.”

I am all for it – admittedly, with my father having been a member of the “Greatest Generation,” a decorated combat soldier of WW II, I am biased in the direction of this classic uniform! – and hope it comes about. It seems to be getting a lot of positive feedback (in many ways it remains the classic US Army uniform, in the minds of many people), so I am hopeful!

Leaked recording: Berlin police instructor calls Muslim recruits ‘enemy in our ranks’

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Source: Leaked recording: Berlin police instructor calls Muslim recruits ‘enemy in our ranks’

Sadly, this does not come as a surprise!

On the tape, the unidentified police instructor complains that many officers who come from migrant backgrounds, particularly those of Turkish and Arabic origins, refuse to pay attention in the academy classrooms and many have trouble speaking or writing German, Die Welt reported…

These Muslim recruits have put the future of the Berlin police force in jeopardy according to the instructor who said the migrant police officers would be “a second-class of police that will only be corrupt”.

“These are not colleagues, that’s the enemy. This is the enemy in our ranks and I have never felt such hostility in this class,” he added.

An English friend of mine on Facebook comments, “My son attended an Uniformed Services course at College prior to joining the Paras, and he said the same thing about the Middle Eastern [students] on his course. He said 50% of the class were made up of them, they were lazy, cheeky, stupid, bereft of discipline and he thought they were there for inside information to help them fight against us.”

Unfortunately I would not be a bit surprised. I am reminded of the fact that the 9/11 terrorists here in the U.S. learned to fly the airliners they used as weapons at American flight schools. The idea of Muslims in Germany and Britain learning information, tactics, etc., from the police and military of those countries seems all too credible, to me.

Kindness, openness, and willingness to share information has been a hallmark of Western society for centuries, and especially following the end of the Second World War – and heretofore, it has been a source of strength. But in the present environment, it seems to be more a source of vulnerability.

Muslim Cadet Refuses To Remove Hijab – Military College Responds

Muslims have no respect for American culture or history, and they have no intention to assimilate… A Muslim student, who is about to attend a historic military academy in South Carolina, is attempting to force the school to allow her to wear a hijab. The school refused her request and told her she is not above the rules. 

Source: Muslim Cadet Refuses To Remove Hijab, Military College Wipes Smug Grin Off Her Face

The school is The Citadel, and I salute them! As this article points out,

The military college, the Citadel, has a long history and has operated as a school for 175 years. It has not allowed an exception to the dress code once in its entire history.

The academy’s president announced the decision earlier this week explaining that, “The standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions, and privileges is essential to the learning goals and objectives of the college.”

“This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self, during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit,” the president said, justifying the almost two-century long guideline.

[I would here note that “guideline” is imprecise, indeed incorrect: it is not a guideline, it is a requirement for all Cadets. Period.]

The Citadel allows for religious accommodation so long as it does not undermine the objectives of the school such as morale, health and safety, or good order. Breaking unit cohesion for a head scarf is not acceptable.

The Muslim student is not accepting the school’s decision in good spirit. Instead, she is suing the school with the support of the terror-funded Council of American-Islamic Relations. She says the lawsuit will go through unless the school allows her to attend in a hijab.

The Muslim-led attack on our historic institutions is being launched in an attempt to undermine our history. Muslims have convinced short-sided liberals to abandon their principles in the name of protecting the supposedly oppressed.

The Muslims are not fighting for equality, as the school policy treats people of all faiths equally. Instead, they demand special privileges for only themselves.

We see this time and again! Look at Moslem insistence on halal-only meats in school cafeterias, attempts to prevent people from walking dogs in neighborhoods where Moslems live and to get women to cover up on the beach, even a Change.org petition, a few years ago, attempting to ban Oktoberfest in Munich, of all things!

This is a part of the process known as creeping Sharia, where Muslims are able to trick a country into adopting Sharia law one principle at a time.

Indeed it is. The pattern, seen over and over again at many times and places, is for Moslems to appear accommodating and peaceful until they perceive themselves to be in a sufficient position of strength to make their real demands known (see taqiyya and dawa). This needs to be recognized, and it needs to be stopped.

Again, I salute The Citadel for taking this action! God grant they stick to their guns. And if it comes to a law suit, I hope and pray that it is settled in favor of the school. This is yet another front in the war against the West!