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July 15, 2005

I *was* gonna do a milblog linkfest...

...but I can't beat Mrs. Greyhawk's - so I'll just send you there.

Guess I'll have to work on Gun Bloggers and RINOs and other stuff.

Like this. From the Financial Times, a Good Sign, if Mr. Malik can get some real traction within the Muslim community.

The knowledge that the bombers were British Muslims, living what were, to all appearances, respectable and unremarkable lives, has sent us a signal we can no longer ignore, that there is indeed an “enemy within”. The battle for the soul of the community has begun.

Good luck, sir. Truly.

Les Jones channels John Howard, the PM of Australia.

Say Uncle gives english lessons to anti-gunners.

Carnival of Cordite #22 is being ably hosted this week by the Baboon Pirates.

Speaking of Carnivals - how about SWWBO's Carnival of the Recipes, ably hosted this week at One Happy Dog Speaks?

I am soooo jealous - not. Rusty at My Pet Jawa scores CNN. I don't think my blogging would survive that level of exposure. However, if I were to ever get mentioned (without her choking on spittle anyway) by Janeane Garofalo... I'd have to kill myself.

Heh. Looks like Random Fate and My Pet Jawa are ahead of the Washington Post in calling for Rove's head on a platter - if Jack and Rusty and Demosophist all for different reasons.

If you don't read the Huffington Post for amusement, you should. The comments (way to have the courage to allow comments, though, Arianna) are worth the imbecility of the post itself.

I am particularly tickled by this line:

While you're soaking your broad brush in the dumb-bucket, can you tell me when the next Greg Gutfeld post is coming?

For the record - the Armorer has gay friends, knows gay soldiers, and routinely takes abuse from fellow-right wingers because I'm not all pissy about 'Don't ask, don't tell," as in they think *I'm* a troglodyte because I'm not all that keen on a unisex military. Hardly the monobloc construction that Mr. Stone implies. Of course, I routinely lump all you lefty loons into one bin, so I'll just acknowledge I'm a hypocrite and move on.

Speaking of moving on... I do *so* love a good bit of satire. The choice of music is simply an added benny. H/t Rich B.

Meet some new recruits.

Parental concerns about safety are understandable. But as I listen to Burns and the recruits, I begin to suspect that some parents still view the military through the prism of Vietnam and are skeptical about the value of any armed service. Others see Army life as rigid and restrictive, and want to protect their children from losing their individuality.

A little updating on how the Army is trying to rapidly integrate lessons learned into training. Of just as great an import... will we continue to keep that focus, or, when OPTEMPO finally slips, will we slip into the bad habits we've had in the past... especially for CSS units?

A little peek into the Heartless Libertarian's world - the world of Basic Training (even though he's leaving it for other work now).

John Deutch makes some interesting points. I'm not sure I agree about Iraq and Afghanistan, but I sure do agree with him regarding our impulses to try and nation-build. I *don't* believe that the US model will work for everyone. Because our system didn't spring fully formed from the forehead of Zeus - it evolved over centuries, with numerous changes in society and economics needful to support the enterprise. I'm not the hawk many people assume. I just don't like to go house-wrecking and leave.

How's this for some straight talking? From a General?

"These are detestable murderers and scumbags. I'll tell you that right up front."

"It doesn't matter whether we are in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world. They want to break our society. I actually believe that,"

Wow. Kewl. The twist? The speaker of those words is General Hillier - Chief of Defence Staff... Canada.

Hee. But this is the best line - we 'Muricans must have rubbed off on the good General when he served with us, as the Deputy Commander of the largest Armored Corps in the world... III Corps.

"We're not the public service of Canada, we're not just another department. We are the Canadian Forces, and our job is to be able to kill people."

Word, General. Word.

Hat tip to CAPT H and Damian.

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