War Games

Featured image This week’s geopolitical news should raise a lot of questions about what is going on, and whether the “strategists” in the Biden Administration have any clue what they are doing. So we’re going to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine—eventually (because it will take months to get them deployed). This decision is apparently thought necessary to get Germany to send 200 of its smaller and simpler Leopard tanks. Abrams are »

Notes on the Twitter Files (8)

Featured image Lee Fang has made a previously unannounced appearance as chronicler of the Twitter Files. He posted part 8 here yesterday. Who is Lee Fang and what is he doing here? This is the beginning of Fang’s thread with the subject heading and topic sentence. 1. TWITTER FILES PART 8 *How Twitter Quietly Aided the Pentagon’s Covert Online PsyOp Campaign* Despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs »

Pompeo For President?

Featured image As regular readers know, I am a fan of Ron DeSantis. I think other Republicans, like Marco Rubio, could also make good presidential candidates in 2024. And I think former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should be included in that mix. Pompeo is a brilliant and extraordinarily competent guy who has succeeded spectacularly in every part of his career, from the military to academia to business to Congress to the »

Tweets of the Day

Featured image There are so many to choose from: we are in a target-rich environment. Here are three. First, from my colleague Bill Glahn: This used to be a serious country. — Bill Glahn (@billglahn) June 1, 2022 Next, Tom Cotton, as Joe Biden tries to dodge responsibility for the infant formula fiasco: What a pathetic lack of leadership. — Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 1, 2022 And finally, the great »

Stories to tell

Featured image We noted the commencement addresses President Biden gave over the weekend in “The Biden corrections.” In his remarks at the Naval Academy — White House transcript here — Biden disclosed a previously unknown element of his glorious life. He told the graduating midshipmen that he turned down an appointment to the academy: Before I begin my speech, a thought crossed my mind as I was told the Class of ‘72 »

China’s “Sputnik moment”

Featured image China is developing a hypersonic missile designed to evade American nuclear defenses. This summer, it conducted two tests of that missile. The U.S. knew about the tests, but our military officials were silent on the subject until last week. After the Financial Times reported the Chinese tests, presumably based on a leak, our government finally discussed this development. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley called it “very close” to a “Sputnik »

Milley promotes himself

Featured image Senator Marsha Blackburn asked Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley about the books in which he is quoted to inflammatory effect. He acknowledged that he had sat for interviews with the authors of each of the books she specified. In his Washington Examiner Daily Memo yesterday, Byron York cited them and extracted a few of the quotes: Three of the biggest such books, all bestsellers, were Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert »

Did he lie or did it slip his mind?

Featured image In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos last month, President Biden denied ever having received military advice to maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan — not that he recalled, anyway. The generals who testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday wanted it to be known that the debacle in Afghanistan was not their fault. It was Biden’s. They had recommended the maintenance of 2,500 troops in the interest of stability. »

Col. Scheller in the brig

Featured image We have followed the fate of Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller since he posted his video on Facebook in late August seeking military accountability for our national humiliation in Afghanistan. Task & Purpose reports that Col. Scheller is held in the brig. According to the Task & Purpose story, the Marines have now issued the following statement confirming its report: “Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. is currently in pre-trial confinement »

Did Biden’s political needs lead to tragically mistaken drone strike?

Featured image Unintentional killings of innocent civilians are an unfortunate but inevitable occurrence in sustained wars. The wars associated with our attempt to curb terrorism seem particularly prone to producing such killings by American forces. I don’t think there’s any doubt that the wars fought under Presidents Bush (43) and Obama resulted in U.S. forces unintentionally killing innocent civilians. This might well have been the case under President Trump too, despite the »

About that drone strike: Mistakes were made

Featured image On September 1 Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley pronounced the August 29 drone strike in Kabul “a righteous strike.” The strike allegedly prevented a horrendous ISIS attack. The Biden administration touted the drone strike as proof of our so-called “over the horizon” capability to deal with national security threats in Afghanistan following our departure in disgrace. On September 10 the New York Times reported that the evidence suggested “no ISIS »

General Milley: Guilty As Charged

Featured image Bob Woodward alleges in a forthcoming book that General Mark Milley conspired with senior military officers of the Chinese Communist Party against his boss, President Donald Trump. Yesterday I expressed skepticism that any American military officer would do such a dishonorable thing, while noting that Milley had not yet disputed Woodward’s charges. Now, based on this statement by Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler, it appears that Woodward’s reporting is, »

Gen. Milley: A Traitor, Or Not?

Featured image Bob Woodward has written a new book, in which he makes the sensational allegation that Gen. Mark Milley conspired with counterparts in China against then-president Donald Trump. This is from today’s Washington Post: In the book’s account, Milley went so far as to pledge he would alert his counterpart in the event of a U.S. attack, stressing the rapport they’d established through a backchannel. “General Li, you and I have »

The Real Existential Threat

Featured image David Horowitz puts the wood to our woke military leadership, and explains where the real threat to our country comes from. Spoiler alert: it’s not white supremacists. Our Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin – our leader who presided over the worst, most incompetent, most humiliating military defeat in the history of our nation – is black. Of course, he’s black. He was appointed by Biden to display the wonderful diversity »

About that drone strike

Featured image The New York Times has just posted this intensely interesting investigative scoop by Matthieu Aikins based on reporting by him as well as Christoph Koettl, Evan Hill, and Eric Schmitt: ” In U.S. Drone Strike, Evidence Suggests No ISIS Bomb.” Subhead: “U.S. officials said a Reaper drone followed a car for hours and then fired based on evidence it was carrying explosives. But in-depth video analysis and interviews at the »

An update on Col. Scheller [updated]

Featured image Washington Examiner breaking news reporter Kaelan Deese has a disturbing update on Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller, who last week posted the video seeking accountability for the fiasco in Kabul from his superiors in the chain of command. So far as we know, Col. Scheller is the only military or civilian official to have been held to account. In an update last week, I noted his statement that he had »

The 10 [make that 2] percent solution

Featured image President Biden gave his statement on our departure from Afghanistan yesterday. The White House has posted the text of Biden’s remarks here. It has also posted video of his remarks on YouTube. I have posted the video below. We have been following Biden’s statements and remarks over the past two weeks. He had nothing new to say, but he said it louder and more belligerently than he did last week »