CDR Salamander’s front porch resident Byron (occasional visitor here) coined the term “Little Crappy Ship” a few years ago to more accurately portray the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program. It’s gone mainstream.
I’ve been watching North Korean saber rattling a long time, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it reach this level. Whether that’s an artifact of the way its being reported, or is in fact an increase in belligerence, I don’t know. It’s been three years since the Norks sank the South Korean corvette ROKS Cheonan, and a few months after the shelling of the island of Yeonpyeong. But we’ll see. What signs have we seen of mobilization and increased alert status by Nork units? ROK and US units?
As Craig noted on Facebook, the Red Dawn remake is starting to look like a documentary.
There’s little doubt the US foreign policy the last four years has been something of an unmitigated disaster. The GOP, chastised by public pushback (and a systematic Democrat smear campaign) over the war in Iraq, is loathe to press for a strong stance that even contains the possibility of opening a new war front. Hence the dithering over Iran’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons. A nuclear armed Iran would have potentially catastrophic consequences for decades, but the GOP can only see the potential for short term electoral problems should the press the White House and the public for a strong stance.
They’re missing the forest for the trees, argues Spengler, who notes that even after a decade of the War on Terror, the public generally places more faith in the GOP on national security issues then the Dems. And if the GOP won’t be strong on one of the few areas that they have an electoral edge, why vote for them?
Military reporting and the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect.
Most reporters end up reporting on subjects which they know little about. Not surprisingly, they therefore tend to get a lot of stuff wrong. How many times have you read an article about a subject with which you are very familiar, and shaken your head at how someone could get basic precepts to wrong? Move on the the next article, and not realize that the author of that article likely makes the same sort of errors, only you don’t know enough to notice them? That’s the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect.
Inside the Army has a nice little post showing this basic tendency to flub in action.
So… what’s that on the centerline station?