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Navy Officers Pay When Senior Military Official Ignore Them

06 April 2020 - 03:53 PM

It looks like the U.S. Navy has a host of continual problems being reported by actual ship Commanders. The top levels of the Navy have continued to ignore them and lately when the shit hits the fan have taken it out on those below. There was always some of this I'm sure but it sounds to have gotten particularly bad in the past several years.

We'll start with a recap of the Navy Commander who was relieved of duty because he warned of the dangers of coronavirus in writing which then got leaked. He deserves a commendation for protecting his crew from any and all threats but was crushed when his warnings came true and made Dear Leader look bad. This Trumpy is, like all others, a f***ing asshole who can't accept responsibility for his own failures.

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly reportedly continued railing against the captain he fired after the captain raised concerns over the spread of COVID-19 on his ship.

In a transcript of remarks made to the USS Theodore Roosevelt crew and obtained by CNN Monday, Modly said that former Capt. Brett Crozier was either “too naive or too stupid” to be in command and accused him of purposefully leaking the memo he sent to Navy higher-ups about the dire COVID-19 infection rate on his ship.

“If he didn’t think, in my opinion, that this information wasn’t going to get out to the public, in this day and information age that we live in, then he was either A, too naïve or too stupid to be a commanding officer of a ship like this,” Modly said, according to CNN. “The alternative is that he did this on purpose.”

According to CNN, Modly also accused Crozier of committing a “betrayal.”

“And I can tell you one other thing: because he did that he put it in the public’s forum and it is now a big controversy in Washington, DC,” Modly said, according to CNN.

The New York Times reported Sunday that Crozier tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper came to Modly’s defense by telling CNN that he supports his “very tough decision” to fire Crozier.


Now that he himself is in the crosshairs for his clear incompetence and for ignoring the problem in the first place he's lashing out left and right about this getting to the media. Not a peep about his actual failure to protect the troops.

Marine Commandant Calls for Scaling Back

30 March 2020 - 01:49 PM

A sane voice in the military. Nice to hear it.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has triggered alarm and dislocation throughout American society. From fat cat bankers on Wall Street down to the humble dishwashers in restaurants, all walks of life have been affected. Lost in these headlines, however, is another alarm bell that’s ringing within the national security state.

This week, Marine Commandant General David H. Berger released his vision for the Marine Corps over the next 10 years. Shockingly, the general stated that “we need to contract the size of the Marine Corps to get quality.” Contract? In the Trump era of Make the Military Yuge Again, who in their right mind would be suggesting a reduction in the size of the military?

Maybe, just maybe, today is the opportunity to do it.

Military budgets have only increased during the Trump administration. Riding high on pork and taxpayer largesse, one would assume that America’s military leaders would be careful to not rock the boat. But Berger seems to be taking a different approach.

Shortly after his ascension to the Corps’ top post in 2019, Berger released a detailed but well written and easily digestible planning guidance document. The general’s primary focus: force design. After numerous war games and studies conducted last year, his intent has now been distilled into quantifiable policy actions for transformation, which were formally released this month. His plans are bold, ambitious, reasoned, and, given the current climate of the Blob, brave. If he gains traction, his vision has the potential to return the Corps to a lean, mean warfighting machine.

What is the method behind the madness? Simply put, force design is scope and scale. Each service is given a scope of missions they are responsible for achieving if called upon by the president and Congress. Scope is missions; scale is numbers: how many tanks, Marines, sailors, ships, planes, and helicopters, etc., each service will have on paper in order to fulfill said missions. Before 9/11, these missions were fairly straightforward. Each service trucked along orderly in peacetime, guided by bright yellow highway lanes painted between their mission sets.

The last 20 years have eroded these lines, because any bureaucracy by definition is always striving to make itself responsible for more, not less. With this added responsibility comes more funding, and hence ensures the survival of the organization. Trillions of dollars were in play, and volunteering to deploy translated to years of deployments to the desert and Afghanistan. Growth soon followed this “demand.” In 1999, active duty Marines numbered 172,000, then grew to a peak of 202,000 in 2009. An increase in troops also translated into an increase in their toys. As just one example, two new Helicopter Medium Light Attack (HMLA) Squadrons were created during this time to ease the strain of nonstop deployments.

This resulted in a service like the Marine Corps, whose roots are at sea, playing second fiddle to the Army. And that was in addition to fulfilling the traditional role of force projection aboard Navy ships in the form of Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEUs), which didn’t slow down one bit during the war on terrorism.

General Berger’s intent is clear: the Marine Corps will return to its roots as a Fleet Marine Force (FMF) and focus on becoming integrated with the Navy. Berger’s argument is that the Navy and Marine Corps began parting ways after the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986, which created “separate Navy and Marine Corps components with joint forces.” This was a departure from the original intent of the FMF as established in 1933. The last 20 years only exacerbated this departure. General Berger’s vision is to lead the Marine Corps back to familiar pastures, while at the same time acknowledging the changing nature of warfare and fiscal reality.

Bandits, Victims, and Idiots

25 March 2020 - 03:03 PM

This is a very interesting piece written by somebody who is not at all political.

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I have been thinking many times these last four years, and much more these last few days about the late Italian economic historian Carlo Cipolla. Not because of his economic theories, of which I know very little, but rather because of his theory of stupidity. You can read the principles in brief for yourself at the link above, or the original paper here, but I can summarize thus:
  • Powerful smart people take actions that benefit both themselves and others.
  • Victims lack the power to protect themselves. They are unable to find actions that benefit themselves, and are victimized to the benefit of others.
  • Bandits take actions that benefit themselves at the expense of victims.
  • Stupid idiots take actions that benefit neither themselves nor others.
These are value-laden terms so let’s be clear here that neither I nor Cipolla are suggesting that victims, bandits or idiots are not intelligent:
  • No matter how intelligent you are and how many precautions you take, you can be victimized by a bandit or an idiot. Victims are not to blame for their victimization. We’ll come back to this in a moment.
  • Bandits are often very intelligent; they just use their skills to victimize others. Whether that’s because they are genuinely not intelligent enough to make a living helping others, or because they are that intelligent but psychologically enjoy being a bandit, or are bandits for other reasons, it doesn’t matter for our purposes. Assume that bandits are extremely intelligent and devious, but motivated by gain.
  • Idiots, ironically, are often very intelligent; a great many idiots have fancy degrees from excellent colleges. As Cipolla points out in his paper, there is no characteristic that identifies idiots other than their inability to act in a way that benefits anyone including themselves. That includes intelligence or lack thereof.

Sign of the End Times

12 March 2020 - 01:24 PM

Sarah Palin Marks End Times With ‘Masked Singer’ Performance of ‘Baby Got Back’

And no, I couldn't watch or listen. I want my lunch to stay down.

Sean Spicer, Newsmax, and the Show You've Been Waiting For!

13 February 2020 - 09:27 AM

Loser and general political joke Sean Spicer finally found a job.

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After being rejected by every major network and almost two years after recording a chat-show pilot, Sean Spicer finally has a TV show.

Admittedly, it’s only on Newsmax TV, a downmarket Conservative rival to Fox News, but it's a welcome offer of steady employment for Trump’s first White House press secretary.

The show, to be called Spicer & Co., is scheduled to launch on Super Tuesday, when the highest number of states hold primaries, which falls on March 3. A press release announcing the new program sent to Page Six seems to tout Spicer’s often controversial reputation, especially during his largely humiliating twirl on Dancing with the Stars. “With interpretations of the dance-floor favorites, Spicer lasted an impressive nine weeks on the popular show,” Newsmax TV’s press release brags. “Spicer is expected to blend the same buzz and excitement with the news of the day.”

The show won’t feature dancing—we hope—nor will it just be a panel of talking heads and one-sided political debate, according to Page Six, which announced the news. Spicer says he plans to shine the light on the media and call out fake news, a term he embodied in his gig as Donald Trump’s spokesman when he blatantly lied about the size of the inauguration crowd at his first press conference.