Another Manufactured War

As a man who dedicated a large part of his adult life to the Military and the Security of this Nation, and a man who has had over a decade to reflect and learn about the LIES told to him by his own Government regarding the Manufactured War in Iraq, where I lost so many good friends, here is my take on what is happening right now with Russia and Ukraine.

I will start it off with a Question:  Why is it Saber Rattling War Mongers are ALWAYS the People who have never actually Fought in a War (Politicians) and more to the point, Do Not stand to LOSE anybody to War but yet are ALWAYS the First ones to Scream about Needing to GO TO WAR?

Paul Craig Roberts wrote a short, succint article last week on the “crisis” in the Ukraine that I think clarifies the matter greatly.

My Top 3 Reasons why a War with Russia is Ridiculously Stupid:

  1. Why are we worrying about another country’s borders while our own Country is in the shitter? That question really answers itself. Nothing like a War to get people’s minds off the fact their country is literally being invaded by all manner of violent criminals and terrorist meanwhile ridiculous inflation and debt keep soaring upwards while a marxist totalitarian Government continues to wage war on Whites while letting any other color get away with murder, literally.

  2. Our Military is in no shape to fight a conventional prolonged conflict with a Modern Army. Our leadership in the JCS are a bunch of clowns who over the past decade have drained the NCO and Officer ranks of experience in lieu of multi-culturalist, WOKE box tickers. The average recruit is borderline obese and cannot meet even minimum weapon Qualification Test Standards.

  3. Nobody seems to want to address the real Elephant in the Room Foreign Threat: China, why is that you think? Maybe because so many politicians are OWNED by China?

Texas News: NAACP urges pro athletes to avoid signing with Texas teams due to the state’s ‘dangerous attacks on freedoms’

NAACP urges pro athletes to avoid signing with Texas teams due to the state’s ‘Dangerous attacks on Freedoms’

 

One unforeseen upside of being a State that actually believes in the Freedoms the Constitution and Bill of Rights gives us:

We get to keep Anti-American, Anti-White, Lib-cuck Black athletes out of our State!

SCORE!

 

 

Texas News: Operation Lone Star

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Unveils “Operation Lone Star” Program to Secure Texas’s Border Against Drug and Human Trafficking

 

For those lucky few out there that still have a State Government with steel in their balls, Instead of worrying about the First and Second Amendment being trampled on, see to it that the Tenth Amendment stays intact, because when you have a Federal Government that is completely off the rails and is no longer UPHOLDING and DEFENDING the Constitution, State’s Rights are your last vestige of hope before the shooting starts.

Prepare Accordingly.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Modern Warfare: Getting Schooled on Deterrence – What is it Exactly?

I could really care less about Politics, Politicians or the Lies they tell.

I am posting this article so you guys can get a textbook definition of “Military Deterrence” and understand what it really is so you can THINK for yourselves regarding Foreign Affairs and not have some Talking Head D.C. Zombie mislead you.-SF

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In a recent interview with The New York Times, Donald Trump suggested that the United States can continue to deter aggression even if it withdraw from its overseas bases and reduces its commitments to longstanding allies. “If we decide we have to defend the United States,” the Republican presidential candidate proclaimed, “we can always deploy [from American soil] and it will be a lot less expensive.”

Trump’s critics seized upon this statement as further evidence of his ignorance of foreign affairs. They argue that Trump understates the economic costs of this strategy, and they are right. But there’s an even more fundamental issue at stake.

Even if Trump is correct that some allies are not paying their fair share, there are at least two compelling reasons to remain committed to those allies and retain military bases abroad. The first is deterrence. The second is anti-area/access-denial, or A2AD, technology. Both are inexorably linked.

To deter aggression the United States must convince potential adversaries that they will pay an unacceptably high cost for attacking. Successful deterrence therefore requires that the United States communicate that it is willing and able to carry out the threat. Deterrence fails when an adversary thinks the United States either cannot or will not follow through.

For decades, the United States has relied upon overseas bases to demonstrate that its deterrent threats are credible. Forward-deployed troops offer a tangible symbol that the United States has “skin in the game” and that it will pay the price to make good on its threats.

Forward-deployed troops also enhance deterrence because they put military personnel, aircraft, and ships close enough to potential hot spots to be of immediate use in a fight. Deterrence is better than fighting, but successful deterrence paradoxically means being able to fight well.

This observation leads us to consider the technological dimension that characterizes contemporary military affairs — anti-access/area denial. This is the practice of preventing an adversary — in this case, the United States — from getting to the battlefield and operating there effectively.

Read the Remainder at War is Boring

Russian Corner: The Hybrid State as Adversary

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Oceans of ink and terabytes of electronic musings have been expended on the subject of hybrid warfare. The classic formulation is a non-state actor with appurtenances of state power and, in many cases, support from traditional nation states. Of particular concern to defense planners and intelligence experts was the ability of these non-state actors to acquire and employ advanced military systems such as anti-tank guided missiles, artillery rockets and man-portable anti-aircraft missiles. Insurgents and terrorists would employ advanced systems to increase their lethal capabilities without changing either their strategies or organizations.  The concept of hybrid warfare was soon expanded to the realm of strategy.

As explained by Frank Hoffman, perhaps the best scholar on the subject:

The most distinctive change in the character of modern war is the blurred or blended nature of combat. We do not face a widening number of distinct challenges but their convergence into hybrid wars.

These hybrid wars blend the lethality of state conflict with the fanatical and protracted fervor of irregular warfare. In such conflicts, future adversaries (states, state-sponsored groups, or self-funded actors) will exploit access to modern military capabilities  . . .

Prior to 2014, hybrid warfare was generally believed to be a strategy of the weak, groups or nations lacking the military means, financial resources, territorial base or organizational skills to fully exploit modern military means. The Russian invasion of Crimea and the initiation of a proxy war in Eastern Ukraine stunned Western strategists, generally, and the community of hybrid warfare theorists, in particular. Here was a major power relying largely on a mix of special forces, proxy forces, limited numbers of traditional military units (often in disguise) and a very sophisticated campaign of political subversion, economic attack, cyber warfare and information operations to conduct a campaign of territorial conquest while reducing the risk of escalation to conventional inter-state conflict.

This led some observers to propose the idea of multi-vector hybrid warfare and of political and information operations intended to undermine target states either to support more kinetic operations or even to obviate the need for physical coercion as somehow a new concept in inter-state conflict. Others drew a close correlation between actions by the current Russian government and the history of Soviet political and propaganda operations during the Cold War.

More recently, a number of authors have brought a measure of historical perspective and dispassionate analysis to the issue. While the means available to Russia are somewhat different, notably access to the world’s banking system, the presence of Moscow-supported news outlets in Western capitals, the ability to conduct cyber attacks on critical networks, as these authors and others point out, the use of all national sources of power to influence the behavior of adversaries and prepare the battlespace for possible kinetic conflict is as old as the organized state.

While it is true that many states have practiced some forms of hybrid warfare, not all have done so successfully and few have been able to implement it as an integrated strategy.  We have seen examples of this recently when repeated attempts by this White House to forge an alliance with so-called moderate Syrian rebels against either Assad or ISIS foundered over concerns for the rebel groups’ political bona fides. Government efforts to develop information operations against Islamic violent extremists have foundered over concerns about not being allowed to engage in propaganda, e.g., to lie.

In reality, only a few nations and non-state actors have demonstrated a real proficiency at conducting hybrid warfare. What distinguishes the masters of the art of hybrid warfare from the average practitioners is that they learned these skills in their struggles for domestic power. The tools for hybrid warfare – deception, infiltration, corruption, the use of cover organizations, paramilitary forces, the creation of new domestic security entities and conventional military capabilities – were all used first to seize and consolidate domestic power.

Today, Russia is the ultimate hybrid threat. I describe it as such not merely because it has developed a panoply of official and un-official tools with which to pursue its strategic objectives but because it is the quintessential hybrid actor. Hybrid actors are generally defined as non-state entities able to employ both traditional and non-traditional elements of power and, in many cases, support from traditional nation states. Russia is unique insofar as it is controlled by a cabal that has many of the characteristics of non-state groups that have acquired hybrid capabilities and developed strategies based on their use. Moreover, many of the tools and techniques employed by the Kremlin in the pursuit of its external strategy are the same as it has employed to maintain and even increase its domestic controls.  It is hardly surprising that the Russian ruling circle, the Vertikal, with its core of former and current secret police officers and close engagement with criminal elements in the pursuit of pecuniary interests, has been able to employ with such effect bribery, blackmail, hacking, intimidation and outright murder in its domestic and foreign operations.

Read the Remainder at National Interest