As of: August 16, 2022
Articles and comments on military issues.
The Boys of Pointe
June 6, 2022:
June 6, 1944, was
D-Day, “the largest amphibious invasion in history since King Xerxes’s 480 b.c. combined sea and land descent into
Greece,” as Victor Davis Hanson has noted.
The Allied effort to free Western Europe from Nazi subjugation began on
the beaches of Normandy, stormed by thousands of brave soldiers, many of
whom perished in the act. It was ultimately successful, though that
success was no sure thing; not for nothing did Dwight Eisenhower, then
Supreme Allied Commander, prepare a
speech in the event of its failure.
Forty years later,
Ronald Reagan became the first president to speak at Normandy. To honor
the occasion more broadly, Reagan chose to focus on “the boys of
Pointe du Hoc,” choosing the “lonely windswept point on the northern
shores of France” as both the setting and the main subject of his address.
This redoubt was of great significance to the day’s fighting.
Please use the link
above to see the complete article by Jack Butler of National Review.
May 28, 2022 Mark Milke of National Review
A recent report on Canada’s military
is the most unserious, illiberal, anti-religious, bigoted piece of policy
tripe to emerge from any NATO ally anywhere on the planet.
unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February and its war on the same ever
since, you would think that Western policy-makers would grasp how critical
it is to ensure that our militaries are well-funded, well-equipped, and
ready to defend our allies in NATO — just in case.
The United States, the United Kingdom, and other selected allies
including the Baltic republics and Poland have grasped this; even neutral
Finland and pacifist Sweden want to now join NATO in response to Russian
aggression. Meanwhile in Canada? The military is being told to go “woke.”
A Canadian military
report released a few weeks ago alleges that Canada’s military is
shot through with “systemic” racism. It’s a typical claim from the woke
Left that sees racism everywhere and gives it as a monocausal explanation
for nearly every ill and observed disparity. This new report follows that
path. It’s obvious in the title and subtitle, which is an accusation in
addition to being verbose: “Minister of National Defence Advisory Panel on
Systemic Racism and Discrimination, Final Report: With a focus on
Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Black Racism, LGBTQ2+ Prejudice, Gender Bias, and
Please use the link above to see the complete article.
August 1, 2022 Douglas Andrews of
The former Marine Corps lieutenant colonel was relieved of his command
last year, but that hasn’t stopped him from speaking out.
“The American military,” said former Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel
Stuart Scheller in a recent op-ed in Human Events, “is currently led by senior
general officers lacking moral courage.”
Also, see my article on the failure of the Pentagon and the Biden
administration to deal with those responsible for the debacle in
Afghanistan in August, 2021.
August 14/16, 2022 -- J.M Phelps, The Epoch Times
The U.S. Army is expected to fall nearly 40,000 troops short of its
recruiting goals over the next two years. Fiscal year 2022 is expected to
miss the mark by 10,000 troops, while the number in fiscal year 2023 could
reach 28,000. Those figures mean that this year is on track to be the
Army’s worst recruiting year in almost 50 years.
The Army plans to circumvent the problem by offering $1 billion for its
recruiting program and placing more emphasis on the use of its reserve
The Epoch Times reached out to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command for
comment, and Maj. Charles Spears of the Combined Arms Center replied to
various inquiries about the state of recruiting. Spears offered several
reasons for the Army’s recruiting challenges in the years ahead.
The article is lengthy, and many had to speak anonymously. It's
clear that our military is in trouble. What is particularly
depressing is that this seems to be on purpose. "Whom the gods would
destroy they first make mad".