Are Armed Citizens Effective?

A powerful 3 minute video well worth watching.

Warning: imagery may be disturbing to some, as would be expected in a video dealing with terrorism.

Armed citizens can help stop terrorist massacres like Nairobi and Paris: Explicit Images from Westgate Mall Massacre

from Ronald K Noble on Vimeo.

Best Benghazi Movie Review

PJ Media covers 3 Stunning Indictments of Obama and Hillary in Benghazi Movie which is hardly unexpected in a movie review from a conservative news source.

But then this:

In the end, 13 Hours isn’t about a terror plot to destroy America, or the potentially damning decisions of elected officials in Washington. It’s about six home-grown American family men who lay their lives on the line for each other against impossible odds. And that’s a hero’s tale worth telling, no matter the political fallout.


13 Hours: Weekly Standard Review

Stephen F. Hayes at the Weekly Standard calls 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi “powerful” and a film “well worth seeing” in it’s film review titled 13 Hours: Stranger than Fiction. First, they talk about the movie and the impact it has on the viewer:

The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by Boston University journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff with five CIA contractors who participated in the many battles in Benghazi that night. The authors announced in the book’s introduction that they had sought to avoid the politics of Benghazi in favor of a fact-based account of what happened during the 13 hours of fighting there. And while the film tracks the book’s narrative closely, Bay’s depiction of the sense of abandonment felt by those men, as they wait for help that never arrives, heightens the outrage.

Stephen also talks about the political ramifications (read the whole thing!) and the impact on the GOP primary but the money quote:

Whatever its impact, 13 Hours is a powerful film that is well worth seeing. From beginning to end, it forcefully rejects the sanitized, no-fault version of Benghazi. In scene after powerful scene, it assigns blame: to policymakers in Washington who naïvely overestimated our ability to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys in post-Qaddafi Libya; to Washington bureaucrats who paid little attention to repeated warnings about the security of U.S. facilities in Benghazi; to CIA officials more concerned with career advancement and positive performance reviews than saving lives.

But perhaps the strongest indictment made by 13 Hours is an unspoken one. The film itself is an implicit but devastating critique of the American media that refused to report this story in this way, an establishment media that left to Hollywood the responsibility of telling these important truths.

It’s refreshing to see anything come out of Hollywood that attempts to tell the unvarnished truth about anything. To see a movie that addresses an issue that has current political ramifications spin is almost astounding. I urge you to support these rare events to deliver the message to the west coast that Americans want to see the truth without liberal spin. Read the book and see movie. Maybe even see another of Michael Bay’s movies; voting with your dollar is the most effective vote you can cast.


CIA Operators Denied Aid in Benghazi Attack

CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11

Read more:

Keep peeling the onion and impeach somebody.

Brit military Loses “Hundreds” of UAVs

Drone drama as British military admits hundreds of lost UAVs – SlashGear.

Over 400 drones ranging from palm-sized helicopters to a $16m combat-capable Reaper have been lost in action, blown up, or simply stopped working over the past five years, the British military has admitted. …

The single most expensive loss is probably that of a Reaper drone, which is capable of carrying both reconnaissance technology as well as Hellfire missiles for actively attacking remote targets. With a price tag of around £10m ($16m) it is yet to be replaced; it’s unclear whether it was hostile destruction, pilot error, a fault with the UAV itself, or problems recovering the downed hardware – all reasons for drone losses given by the MoD – that was at fault.

Far more common, however, are smaller drones falling out of service. 412 of the UK army’s Desert Hawk 3 drones – which resemble hobby airplanes – have been destroyed or otherwise lost in the half-decade period, while the Black Hornet and Tarantula Hawk “micro air vehicle”, both smaller models, have totalled 25 losses.

Posted February 13th, 2013 Filed in War, Terrorism,& the Military

Obama’s Feckless Nuclear Posture

Obama has finally released the details of his new nuclear weapons policy. In short:

  • No further development of any new nuclear weapons — even while tyrants and terrorist organizations around the world aggressively pursue nuclear options. (Note: the average age of America’s existing warheads is 26 years. It does not take long to fall behind in modern times.)
  • No nuclear retaliation against non-nuclear nations, even if we have been viciously attacked through biological or chemical means. (Note: exceptions are made for N. Korea and Iran.)

Meanwhile, Russia announces that it has the option of backing out of the recent nuclear disarmament agreement with the U.S. any time it “feels threatened” by US missile defence plans. For instance, deploying new missile interceptors in Europe.

China continues to upgrade its growing nuclear arsenal in a veil of secrecy. Iran continues to develop nuclear capabilities in the face of a feckless Obama and an ineffectual U.N. North Korea will continue to ignore everyone in its quest to develop nuclear weapons.

In the end, nothing has changed except that America will not be developing bunker busting tactical nukes or even modernizing the capabilities of our existing aged nuclear arsenal. And that we promise to play nice if attacked.

Change, yes. Hope, no.

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Airborne Laser Kills Missile in Test

The Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) is an experimental military program that intends to destroy missiles with a basketball-sized laser beam mounted on a modified 747. The military performed a successful test earlier this week:

An explanation of the technology can be found in this video.

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Posted February 13th, 2010 Filed in War, Terrorism,& the Military

Who Does the Military Back?

The Army Times conducted a poll of military personnel. In summary:

  McCain Obama
Overall 68 23
By Service:    
Army 68 23
Navy 69 24
Air Force 67 24
Marines 75 18
By Race/Ethnicity    
White Non-Hispanic 76 17
Hispanic 63 27
Black/African-American 12 79
Other 58 30
By Rank    
Enlisted 67 24
Officers 70 22
By Duty Status    
Active-Duty 67 24
Guard & Reserve 71 21
Retirees 72 20

A word from academia:

“The military has been perceived as a conservative Republican institution,” said Peter Feaver, a political science professor at Duke University and a special adviser to the National Security Council from 2005 to 2007.

“A lot of people thought that eight years of frustration with the Bush administration was going to undermine that,” he said. “This evidence suggests that it hasn’t undermined it as much as they thought, at least not yet.”

Indeed not. After all, the total lack of experience (and understanding) of B. Hussein Obama doesn’t bode well for a Democrat takeover.

But the interesting thing about this poll is the answer to this question:

What is the most important issue for you in deciding for whom you will vote for president?

Character of the candidate:    
  Overall 42%
  Whites 45%
  Hispanics 39%
  Blacks 18%
  Other 40%
The economy:    
  Overall 25%
  Whites 23%
  Hispanics 28%
  Blacks 50%
  Other 28%
War in Iraq:    
  Overall 16%
  Hispanics 21%
  Blacks 23%
  Other 17%

Note: percentages estimated from looking at a graph for anything
other than "Overall", but they are pretty darn close.

Who would have thought that the prosecution of the war would be third on the list of priorities for those charged with carrying the fight to our enemies? Could it be because they know they are winning, and thus other items take precedence? Or could it be because character counts, no matter what the issue? Well, for Whites, Hispanics, and "Other" anyway.

Anyone see any ACORN representatives staking out military bases? No? I wonder why . . .

The War on IEDs

A detailed look at how the military has attempted to rise to the challenge of the deadliest component modern urban warfare. For once, WaPo impresses.

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Bots with Guns in Iraq. Too Cool

Precursor to the Terminator series? Who’s to say? But what was once saving lives as a bomb disposal robot has been retooled to SWORDS_robot carry weapons for combat. Pictured is a SWORDS* bot, 3 of which have been deployed to Iraq. None have fired a shot to date, but expect that to change.

They are designed to be used in high-risk situations, like scouting narrow streets infested with snipers before a foot patrol is sent in. Major Saitta, a consultant for the program, nails it when he says:

Anytime you utilize technology to take a U.S. service member out of harm’s way, it is worth every penny.

Although these metal soldiers were ready to go in 2004, they had a tendency to spin out of control from time to time. As this isn’t exactly desirable during a firefight, they were kept at home while work continued. But now, according to Danger Room:

So the radio-controlled robots were retooled, for greater safety. In the past, weak signals would keep the robots from getting orders for as much as eight seconds — a significant lag during combat. Now, the SWORDS won’t act on a command, unless it’s received right away. A three-part arming process — with both physical and electronic safeties — is required before firing. Most importantly, the machines now come with kill switches, in case there’s any odd behavior. “So now we can kill the unit if it goes crazy,” Zecca says.

Danger Room also has a video from Future Weapons, while Gizmodo has additional pictures. Via Digg.

* special weapons observation remote reconnaissance direct action system