Beyond the Cusp

January 27, 2013

Women in Combat, the United States Joins the World

Secretary of Defense Panetta told the press and the world that the United States ban on women in combat was to be terminated and now all military positions and MOS are now available to all regardless of gender. There were the expected gasps and exclamations predicting the end of the military as we have known it. Others congratulated the United States for finally joining the modern world and recognizing that women are equal to men and should be allowed entrance into all fields, especially those provincially thought to be the providence of men. We would like to make a bold prediction. There will be very few women lining up to enter into combat arms and of those who take that route the majority will decide it is not worth the effort demanded. There will not be an end to the world or the military as we know them and everything will continue on with barely a ripple. Oh, sure there will be a great din from the extremes still fighting the same battle over the wisdom of allowing women into combat arms, except the sides will have changed. Now it will be those who once argued against the status quo defending it and vice-versa. The only question left to answer is what will happen should the United States become involved in a war with women on the front lines?

The answer to that question has actually already been answered. Does anybody remember Jessica Lynch? Not how her story turned tragic, but the initial shock and reaction to her being taken captive in Iraq. Suddenly Jessica Lynch became the most important captive in the entire Iraq War. The rescue of Private Lynch became the highest priority for the military, the press and pretty much the entire country if not the world, or at least much of it. Special Forces went into high gear with planning and executing a plan without taking six months to do practice runs, or even six days. We heard all about the valiant Private Lynch who fought off as long as she could finally going down with serious injuries to which she finally succumbed allowing her capture. It was the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. There was even a movie made based on the theme of her resistance and capture. Then something really terrible happened, the truth. The truth sparked outrage and hearings in Congress where Private Lynch explained she never fired her weapon or put up any resistance or even knew any of the events. It turn out she was knocked unconscious when her truck wrecked and woke up captured. The whole house of cards collapsed and the brave woman fighting as bravely just like a man or even better was borne out as the lie it was. The arguments that Private Lynch’s heroic stance was proof that women could stand in combat just as strong and steady as any man also fell apart with the rest of the myth that was sold to the public.

The United States nearly fell apart over one woman caught by the freak instance, something which could become more prevalent with women in combat roles, so what happens when such is reported regularly on the nightly news. My question is what would happen should a battle go poorly and a fair number, say four or five, women be captured. Then what will happen when the press reports this incident? The truth about women being placed on the front lines is not the real question which ever needed to be answered. The real question is how will the United States public react when women are captured or worse, come home in numbers in caskets? Are the people of the United States ready when such occurrences become a common part of future conflicts? Whether or not women can perform in a combat role has never been the question. Even what affect women fighting and possibly dying or being captured will have on their male comrades was not the question. The training and daily rigors of being in a combat unit will weed out any women not physically strong or mentally capable of thriving or even barely surviving in a combat role. Thirty mile forced marches and the other physical and mental requirements which are a part of every year’s training along with the daily runs, calisthenics, weapons training, weapons maintenance and the rest of the rigors involved with being in a front line unit will weed out those who find such to be beyond what they are willing to do.

There are reasonable questions about unit cohesion and the possibilities of relation between soldiers within units are another angle which will produce problems which will need to be addressed. Such problems will not be as difficult as those faced since the change of the policy regarding homosexuals allowing them to serve openly. Any problem that has been predicted to result from women in a combat unit are not as critical as they have been made out to be and likely already there are procedures on how to handle them which can be adopted from other units which have had women and men serving together, even in the field, for as long as we have had a standing military. The military is not where the problem will lie as the one thing the military is adept at it is solving problems and taking care of those who do not follow the rules. The military has procedures, rules, regulations, and all that any organization could ever need to cover any situation which might crop up. It’s the civilians that are the largest potential for problems as we are not under any strict regimentation and stringent codes of conduct, nor are we used to the kind of environment which the military is at its most efficient. We need not concern ourselves with how the military will operate and adjust to women serving in combat units and on the front lines as the military will take it all in stride, write a few more rules, establish some new customs, and then march off to take care of business because that is what the military does. As long as we, the civilians, can give them our support or at least stay out of their way, then the military will take care and adjust to women within their combat ranks just as they have handled every other change societies have been placing upon their shoulders since before Thermopylae. So, hopefully we can have people stop claiming that the military will have big problems when what we really mean is that many in the public will have big problems adjusting and accepting women serving in front line combat units.

Beyond the Cusp

October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy, President Obama and Benghazi, Libya

The predictions for Hurricane Sandy have been quite dire and have claimed that this storm will be one, if not the, worst storm congruence, especially as there is what is called a nor’easter which will be striking simultaneously over almost the entire area with Hurricane Sandy. This is presumed to produce double the amount of precipitation, be it rain or snow. Anticipating the worst, President Obama declared a state of emergency for Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island thus enabling them to receive federal emergency assistance funds and other advantages to facilitate their recovery. While I am glad that the residents who are in the sights of this horrific storm system are likely relieved that they will be eligible for every form of assistance which the Federal Government is able to provide, there is something about declaring such a wide area as being in a state of emergency even before the calamity has arrived for what is an act of nature and the contrast it makes with last month’s complete lack of action for our personnel in the Consulate in Benghazi, Libya when they came under deadly attack from terrorist forces. This is another thing that makes people ask, why?

There actually are many parallels between the horrific events in Benghazi, Libya and the events unfolding on the northeastern coast of the United States facing off against nature. Both events fit under the classification of an attack, one by nature and the other by terrorists. Both had some amount of predictability, one by weather forecasters and the other through intelligence agency warnings. At the onset of both threats there are predictions of possible casualties and unavoidable dangers which demand remedial steps to be taken. And it is at this point where President Obama’s actions are in stark contrast. For the combined assault by two very potentially destructive storms over a multistate area President Obama declared a state of emergency well before either storm had arrived with their full fury. President Obama acted with anticipation for the inevitable results. While it is welcome that the President declared measures for dealing with a coming potential disaster of nature, his actions will hopefully prove premature for most, if not all, of the areas under threat from this combined assault by nature. The usual protocol for acts of nature is to wait until the damages are assessable and then declare the necessary state of emergency for the areas which suffered the worst that nature could deliver.

On the other hand, in Benghazi, Libya the President is reported to have seen the events from the White House Situation Room as they were unfolding and did not at any point declare the assault to be a state of emergency requiring immediate remedial actions. Had President Obama declared a state of emergency concerning the assets of the United States under assault in Benghazi, Libya; it could have resulted in military actions by protocols already in place which may have saved lives and dealt a blow to the terrorists at the same time. The nonsense excuse that one does not deploy troops into an area without having complete picture of the threats, their positions and any other mitigating conditions is pure nonsense. These are the exact conditions into which troops are usually sent. We did not have a complete picture of the threats and all other mitigating factors before the assault on Iraq and Saddam Hussein, sending troops to coordinate and execute the attacks against the Taliban in Afghanistan, nor was there much more than a complex plan and prayers on the eve of the D-day invasion of Europe that was the beginning of the end of World War II. Likely the sole battle which those entering the battle where the final results were known ahead of time was the Battle of Thermopile where King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan Warriors were fully cognizant that theirs was a final battle which could only end with their deaths. Even knowing this, the Battle of Thermopile very likely surprised even the Spartans who managed to hold off the inevitable through the first two days and gave their all refusing to desert their fatally stricken King to the Persians until they had fought to the very last man. Their effort and spirit of sacrifice for glory, country and honor was also carried forth in Benghazi by Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, the two Navy Seals who against orders entered into the battle with no real intelligence beyond that people were under attack and desperately in need of their specific talents. They never quit and in the end gave their every last ounce. May their actions and sacrifice become as legendary as that of King Leonidas and his Spartans. May the lack of action by President Obama and every other person who concurred with his lack of decision and commitment to the safety and lives of American personnel who were left to their own devices also be remembered for all his days.

So, in conclusion we have a President who declares a wide swath of area potentially facing the extreme wrath of nature as being in a state of emergency while making no declaration and taking no action when Americans were facing obvious threats to life and limb in real time while he watched and was appraised of every single action and moment. President Obama was completely unable to pull the trigger when Americans were being assaulted in the consulate in Benghazi in what classifies as an act of war but rushed to hold a press conference after a White House briefing in the same Situation Room where he had watched Americans under attack a few weeks earlier. Some actions simply make no sense though I am sure there will be some who will take it upon themselves to instruct me as to the logic and reasoning behind the Presidents unacceptable leadership.

Beyond the Cusp

October 25, 2012

Benghazi and Gaza Reveal Government Spin Over Action

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In the United States the public is being slowly traumatized by the horrors slowly coming to light as the putrefied onion that is Benghazi, Libya is slowly peeled one rotting later after another while in Israel there is the escalation by the terror governance in Gaza of rockets being hurled across the border at civilians and often timed to strike while children are transiting to or from school thus traumatizing the millions within the ever increasing range of these explosive projectiles. In both countries the government in general and the leadership in particular; President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, United Nations Ambassador Rice and others in the Administration in America and Prime Minister Netanyahu and the military and coalition leadership in Israel; are dodging responsibility and avoiding directly addressing the truth in a futile hope that neither problem will have any defining affect upon the upcoming elections. The similarities in both of these horrid and tragic instances go further than simply the attempt to wish them away by each nation’s leaders, they also have similar solutions which are based on honestly admitting some painful truths, taking responsibility for protecting the people and interests of the nation, giving an honest and complete assessment of the realities each nation faces, admission of mistakes and shortcomings committed by those in the positions of leadership and decision making, and finally refusal to take bold steps that would protect those in harm’s way and use necessary military steps that would prevent any further damages and show an understanding and consideration for protecting those who stand vulnerable from these threats.

The United States leadership needs to admit that it is very possible and even likely that the changes brought on by the so-called Arab Spring are more likely to result in situations less favorable to the West, freedom, liberties and even the economies of the nations where the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist entities have taken over the governance and are going to resemble an Arab Winter and relations are going to turn colder, not warmer. This places our personnel in the embassies, consulates, and other assets in greater threats of danger either directly from the new governance or from other terror-like threats acting with the permission of the governments if not directly being organized by these governments. It will not only be unwise to allow for security to be provided by the governments of the countries in which there are personnel and must insist on having United States Marines on duty guarding these people or should let it be known that American personnel will be pulled if forced to do so as well as financial and other consequences. Niceties cannot be extended if they will result in the death or threats of violence to American personnel. There are times when niceties must be put aside and putting forth a steel gloved hand becomes necessary instead of a white silk glove that President Obama appears to believe will solve everything. Reality is often not as pretty and in this case is extremely unseemly and ugly, but the truth is the truth.

Meanwhile, in southern Israel there have been close to one hundred rockets, mortars, bombs and other attacks originating from the Gaza Strip in less than one week. While the Iron Dome system protecting the city of Ashkelon has been of adequate success by intercepting at least eight rockets fired in its theater, there are simply not sufficient Iron Dome systems to protect all of the communities. There have been mounting casualties and an even larger number of people suffering stress and other nervous attacks and disorders as a result of this seeming declaration of war. If this many explosive rockets and mortars had been fired across a border into any country in the world other than Israel, the United Nations would be holding emergency sessions and there would be world-wide concern and denunciations against the senseless violence and provocations. Of course, since these attacks are against Israel there will be no fury of concern, hand-wringing and denouncements unless and until Israel should retaliate with any appropriate force which will be labeled as disproportionate as is the custom of the world in its current state of affairs. But just because the rest of the world will likely get their panties in a wad should Israel launch a ground attack that is carefully planned and executed sweeping through the entire length and breadth of the Gaza Strip searching every single building, shed, hospital, and mosque for rockets, mortars, rocket launchers, mortar launch tubes and any other such equipment of war and confiscate and destroy every single piece found does not preclude the possible necessity for just such an action. There should also be arrests of every leading terrorist and the rocket, mortar, bomb and explosive expert should be arrested or taken as prisoners of war to be released once all violence originating from the Gaza Strip has ceased for twelve straight months and a treaty negotiated. It may even have reached the point in time where returning IDF forces into the Gaza Strip to patrol the area and keep the peace has become a desirable and necessary option. Simply promising to reinforce the homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, malls, and other buildings to make them better able to withstand the rocket attacks is insufficient, irresponsible and completely inadequate. Election or no election in the offing, protecting the people of Israel is job one Mr. Netanyahu, not the strengthening of your coalition in the Knesset. What may not be obvious to you is that by assuring the safety and security of the people you also assure the size and loyalty of your coalition in the Knesset.

In both the United States and Israel there will be elections within a few months. The United States will have their election within fourteen days and may very well end up a referendum not only on President Obama’s performance in his first term, Obama Care, the economy, or any of the other items the American people have been fed for the whole election year thus far, it may well be a referendum on Benghazi and who will most likely keep the American people safe and the United States strong and respected with a sufficient dose of feared that nobody would ever consider attacking Americans anywhere in the world. In Israel the election might be a referendum on the authenticity of a return as an innocent man into politics by Ehud Olmert, or the return of Tzipi Livni. What should be the issues are a leader who will put the final nails to seal the coffin where the Oslo accords have been laid for some time by Mahmoud Abbas and his refusal to compromise or even discuss compromise, protection of the citizens living under constant threat in southern Israel from the rockets, mortars and other attacks originating from the Gaza Strip under the direction of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and related terror groups, the acceptance and application of the Levy Report along with all it implies, and stand firm before the hatreds and bigotries of too much of this world and establish that Israel is entitled to every millimeter of lands guaranteed under the numerous agreements including but not limited to the Peel Commission, San Remo Conference, Churchill White Papers, and Article 80 of the United Nations. The other way in which the United States and Israel are facing a similar situation is the possibility that the upcoming election in each country could have an effect on the entirety of each country’s future beyond what anyone can anticipate. Act One in two weeks and Act Two scheduled for late January of next year. The time between these two important dates should prove interesting, especially on how the results of the first could have influences on the second. These surely are interesting times but as such, are these a good thing or a curse as the Chinese believe.

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