Now More Than Ever – a Strong Navy and Peace 5

The Navy League has been tireless in its mission to support the sea services throughout the last 116 years. From its founding in 1902, they have tried to always live the spirit that Theodore Roosevelt embodied when he said “A good Navy is not a provocative of war, it is the surest guarantee of peace.”

Three years after he said those fateful words, the world was changed forever on May 27, 1905 when a smaller Japanese fleet defeated the powerful Russian Navy in the Straits of Tsushima.

This unexpected naval battle set the tone for naval conflict for the next century. It showed that a willful and resourceful nation could project sea power and influence the course of history in a way that the world would have to notice. It clearly demonstrated that no country, no matter how small or limited in resources, should ever be taken for granted.

Despite that warning, America was not ready for the Great War that was to come. We had lulled ourselves into thinking that the vastness of the oceans surrounding us would keep us from harm. We were wrong. An entirely new menace called the submarine destroyed that perception of safety once and for all. 100 years ago today, fighting men and women would serve in a cause that should have been avoidable. But the oceans brought the threat to us.

As many countries did, we relied on the promise of peace through disarmament when that war completed. The navy was shrunk and a peace dividend was expected in its place. It never came. Instead, the Axis of Japan, Italy and Germany once more used the oceans to project their power. We were ill prepared for that war too, but the drive and determination of the American people carried the day once more.

The global situation is much the same today as it was before the major wars. Countries are once more expanding their forces and influence through sea power.

  • China is pushing the boundaries in the seas and islands around her country that once enjoyed freedom;
  • A resurging and aggressive Russian Navy has a global reach and an eye on returning to their once unlimited status
  • Rogue nations that are seeking to capitalize on technology are once more challenging freedom around the globe.

 

On Memorial Day, we honor the fallen. We remember their sacrifices. But we honor and remember them best when we remain ever ready and ever vigilant. We pay them the ultimate tribute when we are once more ready to defend that which they gave everything for.

The Navy League stands with all of our sea services in paying honor and tribute to our fallen. We stand for maintaining the strongest military on the face of the planet. America stands for freedom in this world. In the face of so many challenges, maintaining that strength is the only way to maintain our freedom. America needs to be alert now more than any time in history.

Mister Mac

Never Again 4

I enjoy reading the foreign press from time to time. Its nice to see how others in the world see things and of course its always a nice break from having to see our lapdog press cuddling up to the President with favorable stories about how great he is, what miracles he has achieved in such a short time, and how awful those Tea Party people are. Some of the articles are actually pretty refreshing since “over there” they are pretty disappointed with “The One” . Their illusions about him being someone who was going to bring about such huge sweeping changes in America’s foreign policy have melted away like an ice cube in a hot summer’s day.

Reset!

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Is it just me or does it seem like the Russians and Iranian governments are just as far away as they were under that other guy? Chavez (as sick as he probably is) finds time to openly throw stones at our bully in chief. The other famously close to dying despot Castro even chuckles up his sleeve at the way America bought into not just an empty suit with a teleprompter, but a whole building full of them. Frankly, I am shocked that they have not rebuilt those missile sites and invaded South Florida.

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The news today about that recent  “accidental” explosion in Iran’s “ammunition dump” has been pretty interesting. It turns out a fairly well known Iranian Guards Brigadier General Hassan Moghaddam was present and allegedly killed during the event which shook windows in Tehran over twenty five miles away. Must have been a heck of an ammo dump. Interesting that the Father of the Iranian Missile program was visiting an ammunition dump that accidently exploded.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/8887322/Iran-missile-development-commander-killed-in-explosion.html

Fantasy Foreign Policy… it’s a lot like Fantasy Football but with more ways to lose

Our sharp eyed foreign policy advisors have continued to allow the current inexperienced commander in chief to live in a fantasy land of potential foreign policy opportunities. My favorite one today was the agreement with the Soviet Union  oops, I meant to say Russia, sorry about that. This agreement is that the USA and the USSR oops, I meant to say Russia must first agree to any action Israel or any other country might take against the Iranian nuclear program.

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History of course reveals how many times the Communists crap, sorry about that, I meant the Russians have worked closely with the Americans at the UN and other locations around the globe when it comes to crisis’s that could effect the balance of power, peace in the world, and of course cataclysmic events that could push us into a nuclear holocaust. (I am not sure if it is proper to use the word Holocaust when talking about Israel but I have seen it used many times in this fashion and I will probably stick with it.) I was on my first patrol in October of 1973 and I remember saying something like, “Well thank God for the dictators sorry, leaders of the Soviet Bloc who would keep this thing from boiling over.”

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I am not privy to any more information than any other blogger on the internet. My clearances expired years ago and anything I may have known has long since been destroyed along with the brain cells that kept them by a fair amount of alcohol use in my earlier days. But I can, as they say, read a map.

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Iran wants a bomb.

No one else in the world (except for the Russians and Chinese) seems to want them to have one. The leaders of Iran (both religious and puppets) want to see Israel eradicated off the face of the earth. They have spent a lot of time, money, and resources to help them achieve that goal. Israel stands virtually alone today since a certain party in political power kind of leans away from them (not being Muslim and all.) Israel is surrounded by countries that have recently been destabilized by the so called Arab Spring. A lot of guys who used to man a very tenuous level of support for coexistence are now sitting in prisons or dead.

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I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a country that is surrounded by enemies and knowing that your best friend is trying to break it off with you (while not losing the Jewish voters and money they provide). But I guess it would be kind of frightening and maybe even push me over the edge a little bit if one of those enemies suddenly had access to nuclear weapons. It would sincerely frighten me if I knew that the leader of the country I used to rely on was adamantly opposed to nuclear weapons. We aren’t talking about a Harry Truman here folks. The guy has stated publicly he wants to live in a world free of nuclear weapons.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/09/global-zero-obamas-distant-goal-of-a-nuclear-free-world/245806/

What is acceptable damage? Would the world really miss Israel after over sixty years of wars and squabbling? Could a Harvard intellectual perhaps envision a world without such headaches from a country that seems to give him daily headaches? Hell, even the French consider the Israeli leadership liars and untrustworthy.

Here’s a thought. Just for a moment, put yourself in Bibi’s shoes. Look at the world around you from the frame of reference of the leader of a people who were once targeted for destruction by a megalomaniac and his armies. How long did it take for an isolationist world to intervene? In a world where a missile travels faster than diplomatic communiqués, how will you fulfill your promise to the people of Israel:

Never Again.

Jude

“In Mr. Netanyahu’s eyes, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is another "Hitler" whose aim is to complete what the Holocaust failed to do by wiping out the Jewish race.”

"People outside Israel don’t understand how profound memories of the Holocaust are, and how they affect future policy making," said Mr. Bergman, the military analyst. "At the end of the day, this policy of ‘never again’ would dictate Israel’s behavior when intelligence comes through that Iran has come close to a bomb."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/8886543/Israel-refuses-to-tell-US-its-Iran-intentions.html

It should prove to be an interesting Fall I think.

Mister Mac

By the way, whether you are a believer or not, I would take a few minutes and read Psalms 27. I can assure you that anyone who is of the faith has.