It seems that Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, aged 44, has been booted out of the Navy for being a cocaine user. The NY Post has the story. The younger(-ish) Biden is reportedly “embarrassed” by taking the oath of a Commissioned Officer in the US Armed Forces under knowingly false pretenses, violating Article 92 and Article 112a of the UCMJ on what I suspect strongly was a regular basis by seeking out drug dealers, buying the coke, and either smoking, snorting, or ingesting the psychostimulant narcotic. And please, spare the nonsensical bullshit about how this might have been his first time and how he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
One has to wonder how many strings were pulled, and how many waivers signed, to get Biden, aged 43 at the time, into the United States Navy Reserve as a Public Affairs Officer. One also has to wonder how many lies he told during his recruiting interviews, if he had any at all. And what aspiring and honorable person was bumped out of serving in this time where the Navy and the rest of the services are shrinking like a puddle in the sunshine.
But, of course, young Hunter there is “embarrassed” to have popped for coke as Navy Officer. Most people are “embarrassed” by getting a parking ticket or having an overdue water bill. What he really deserves is to be recalled to active duty and disciplined. A Summary Court Martial would do nicely. Sixty days’ restriction has a nice ring to it. At least he has a good civilian job to go to, and Dad can always send him some taxpayer-provided spending money, once Burisma gets its cut, at least.
Ahh, the US Navy. A Global Force for Padding Your Resume for when you seek office. Perhaps the coke pop hurts poor Hunter in that quest, perhaps not. It isn’t as if he would be the first elected official to openly admit to using illegal drugs routinely. If elected, he might go ahead and tell us that coke is less harmful than cigarettes.
And if he doesn’t win, we can always commission a USS Hunter Biden.
Know what? I was wrong in my above assertion about what Hunter Biden deserves. I am not afraid to admit my error. For a first offense, I think Ensign Biden should be retained. In fact, he should be activated on an individual call-up. And sent to Liberia to have direct contact with ebola patients.
Heavy seas mean a pitching deck.
The Skyraiders are all the EA-1F (or rather AD-5Q) variant. The F11F Tiger was the US Navy’s first supersonic fighter, but wasn’t in fleet service very long. It did spent quite some time as an advanced trainer, and of course, was a long-time mount of the Blue Angels.
Jerry Hendrix, late of the Naval Historical Center and now a fellow at CNAS, addresses a letter from Randy Forbes (R-VA) to CNO Admiral Greenert. Read it all on DefenseOne.com.
A response, but certainly not a rebuttal. I think the good Captain (Retired) is spot on with his assertions of the victory of the “Technical Rickovers” over the “Humanities Mahans”. And that the very lack of being able to verbalize the importance of seapower is a major factor in the dearth of strategic eloquence from our Navy leadership.
When senior admirals speak strategically, their message can be summarized as “we do what we do because we have always done what we have done. The oceans are peaceful, we created that environment, and there is no need to change the formula.”
Indeed. We are saddled with senior Navy leadership that assiduously avoids meaningful discussion about why the US Navy is building a fleet so entirely contrary to the requirements of the Cooperative Strategy. Inherent in that avoidance is the unwillingness to discuss true ship numbers, or anything approaching a proposition for a high-low mix. We have ever-smaller numbers of very large and very expensive warships which bodes poorly for forward presence. The result is an increasing tally of unmet requirements, and of capital ships being employed in very low-end missions, to the detriment of other missions more appropriate and important.
That shipbuilding is a colossal mess, with LCS being the poster-child, should be no surprise. This is the Navy, after all, that has its senior leadership in critical c0mmand positions offering up such gems as the Navy’s mission not being war at sea, and the most dangerous threat to US interests in the Pacific is not China or North Korea, but global warming. And, though less openly now, the rather curious assertion that forcible entry is no longer possible or required, that somehow the sea as strategic or operational maneuver space is an outmoded idea.
Have a read, folks, and let me know what YOU think of Hendrix’s assertion.
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Our dear friend Boston Maggie damn near made me spit coffee this morning with her outrage at the ignorance of the contestants. She is all about the Revolutionary War, having lived most of her life amidst the historical geography of Boston. So when she gets the category of “American Revolutionaries” she is guaranteed to be all but crawling through the television screen. Of course, she calls it “Jeppidy”, but she excels at it. No surprise, with her quick wit and impressive intellect. Mixed with the educational boot camp of Catholic school.
And she is, of course, correct. Jeppidy contestants are sposta be smaaaahht. Smart enough to know George Washington wasn’t in the Navy, for cryin’ out loud.
But what happens when the category is “Civil War”? Or “Mayberry”? “Who is…. Mayor Pike”?
This is Johnny Gilbert speaking….
Former SECDEF and CIA Director Leon Panetta has released an excerpt from his memoirs, Worthy Fights, in which he lays out precisely what nearly everyone who paid any attention at all (to someone other than Chris Matthews, at least) in the last four years knew to be true. Obama cut and ran from Iraq for domestic political reasons. The WAPO, of all places, has the story.
(Michele) Flournoy argued our case, and those on our side viewed the White House as so eager to rid itself of Iraq that it was willing to withdraw rather than lock in arrangements that would preserve our influence and interests.
Barack Obama threw away a victory paid for with the blood of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. He did so with the cavalier disregard of someone discarding old socks. Obama rendered the blood and sacrifice of our service men and women moot. Watching ISIS roll over Anbar Province, taking control of places whose names evoke such strong emotion in those who were there, Ramadi and Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit, engendered in me a seething anger that has not really dissipated. Anger at Barack Hussein Obama for his dereliction of duty, and for the Useful Idiots who believed his far-fetched fabrications, and who yet refuse to place responsibility for ISIS and Iraq’s current troubles on the man whose blithe and egregious neglect of his responsibilities brought on precisely what he was warned about. It must be akin to a Vietnam Veteran watching the fall of Saigon.
Maybe it was Leon Panetta’s time in uniform (He was a United States Army Intelligence Officer) that would not allow him to ignore the despicable falsehoods perpetrated by his boss, especially when he knew the price that had been paid for the gains Obama was throwing away. Whichever, Panetta puts paid to the lies of this Administration regarding ISIS and his headlong skedaddle from Iraq. Panetta goes further.
To this day, I believe that a small U.S. troop presence in Iraq could have effectively advised the Iraqi military on how to deal with al-Qaeda’s resurgence and the sectarian violence that has engulfed the country.
Barack Obama has not told the truth about a single act or decision he has made. His is the most malignant, corrosive, dishonest, and damaging presidency in the history of our nation. The blood of the mass murders committed daily in Iraq is largely on his hands. Not that he cares. He got re-elected. Much to this great nation’s detriment.
“The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world.” – Ayn Rand
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The Royal Navy in the age of sail was a force so dominant that it led a small island nation to rule over a quarter of the world’s population. How many of us are avid readers of historically inspired fiction of the era, such as the Aubrey/Maturin series, or Horatio Hornblower, among many others?
The Royal Navy was the greatest naval power in the world until World War II. The stupendous cost of the war, coupled with the unprecedented growth of the US Navy saw the end of the RN as the master of the seas. Even so, for some time after, she would remain a significant force, with ships deployed worldwide for a variety of roles.
One such ship was HMS Dampier. Laid down as a Bay class anti-aircraft frigate in World War II, she would be commissioned in 1946 and serve for over 20 years as a hydrographic survey ship, mostly in the Far East.
In 1967, returning to Britain, the ship lost a screw near the off the coast of southern Africa. To be sure, the ship had twin shafts. But a 3000 mile journey, with only one shaft on an elderly machinery plant was a long way to limp home. And there were only three weeks until Christmas. It would be nice to reach home and hearth in time for the holiday. What to do?
Yes, they fashioned lug and square sails from awning canvas.
And made it home on the 23rd of December.
The crew apparently became quite adept at trimming and jibing. Old traditions, like old habits, die hard.
An interesting and informative look at the truly herculean effort sometimes overlooked in the epic that was World War II.
Salvaging and reclaiming tanks and vehicles destroyed in combat was sometimes a disturbingly gruesome task, as the late Belton Cooper wrote so eloquently about. But the salvage effort was truly impressive, and saved the cost of manufacture, transport, and time to supply the gigantic American arsenal in Europe and the Pacific with the spare parts needed to keep fighting.
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