sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Life in the ObamaNation

There is nothing to say about the Obama Administration that hasn't been said by others more eloquent than I am. For me it is simply the daily outrage.

The blatant racism displayed by Obama's Administration, the horrible out-of-control spending that Congress has unfortunately tolerated, the scandal - after - scandal, Benghazi, Obamacare, Fast and Furious, IRS, NSA, etc. seems to have no limits.

And now Syria. What's up with that?
(Fox News) Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the Obama administration’s strategy on Syria is a “complete humiliation,” calling the inability to gather allies like Britain and France to take action against the Assad regime a diplomatic failure. 
“Here's Obama trying to gather an ally or two for a pinprick and he gets nothing,” he said. Krauthammer questioned the administration’s competency, saying, “Did nobody actually think to check on the allies? I mean, these are guys who couldn’t organize a three-car funeral.”
Can't this golfing, vacationing, jet-setter do ANYTHING right?

And with Amerca's diminished fleet capacity in the Mediterranean, there is a downside to attacking Syria (which may be able to rely on Russian assets for targeting information). The Russians sold the Syrians have effective anti-ship cruise missiles. 

The P-800 Oniks (Russian: П-800 Оникс; English: Onyx), is a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile (SS-N-26). Standard batteries of these missiles consist of four self-propelled launchers with two missiles each (and supporting vehicles)

The Onyx features over-the-horizon firing range, full autonomy of combat use ("fire and forget"), a set of flexible ("low", "high-low") trajectories, high supersonic speed on all phases of flight, full harmonization for a wide range of platforms (surface ships of all major classes, submarines and land-based launchers), low profile RCS ("STEALTH" technology), the use of missiles in electronic countermeasures. The Syrians have 72 of these anti-shipping missiles according to reliable sourcing.

They each have a range of 300 km and if they have good targeting information (that the Russian fleet may be able to provide), they can give US Destroyers a warm reception. I suspect that the US submarines will fire cruise missiles in an attempt to take these missile batteries out before the surface ships close for an attack. There may be coordinated air strikes as well to reduce the threat to the small fleet of destroyers that President Obama is using to send the American message.

What is the message? Obama has a navy and he's prepared to use it against Assad in support of the Muslim Brotherhood which opposes Assad....really Barack?

The Syrian government denies responsibility and claims its own forces suffered from a rebel chemical attack. The government is winning the fight and has no obvious motive to undertake action that would invite US military intervention that might affect the momentum of its successes. At least, that is what the Syrian government has said.

The rebels have strong motives to internationalize their fight and to manipulate the US into fighting on behalf of Islamists whose colleagues attacked the US in 2001. Some American officials and experts have asserted that the rebels have no chemical weapons. Not even the rebels say that.

What has not been reported nor evaluated are rebel claims, published by Sky News in July 2013 for example, that they have a sarin chemical weapons program and delivery systems.

Sick Twisted Little So and So

I realize that many who read this will feel that I'm cold, harsh and extreme. However, PFC Bradley Manning, US Army, is a traitor and was lucky to have his sentence set at 35 years. It is a pity, but it's a condition of the nation that he was not sentenced to 35 years at hard labor. Maybe it's because Manning could break a finger nail if he was doing hard labor for 35 years at Ft. Leavenworth, KS? Private Manning's lawyer, David Coombs has said that it's time to end Manning's suffering. Coombs wasn't suggesting a bullet be fired into his client's head (which would have been my interpretation of "end his suffering"). He feels that Manning should be released because he's a sodomite. What does sexual preference have to do with being a traitor?
Will be entertaining the other
convicts at Ft. Leavenworth, KS

And what's with the US Government providing prisoners with gender reassignment while they're in custody? I realize that there are sick, twisted people who do this in society, but why must the American taxpayer pay for traitor Bradley Manning's sexual kink? Prisoners often turn to homosexuality to satisfy their needs. I get that, and Manning enters the general population by announcing that for the next 35 years, he's available to the highest bidder in the graybar hotel.

The US Army (whose prisoner Manning is) has stated that they won't make a woman out of him, the way that the Federal Bureau of Prisons would. But the Obama Administration has very kind feelings toward this sort of gender reassignment. And Barack Obama is the Commander-in-Chief. President Obama's nanny, "Turdi", was a transgender man who used to dress him up like a girl, so it's not as if there isn't some history in the back story. (LINK)
(Fox News) Bradley Manning plans to live as a woman named Chelsea and wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the soldier said Thursday, a day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified material to WikiLeaks. 
Manning announced the decision in a written statement provided to NBC's "Today" show, asking supporters to refer to him by his new name and the feminine pronoun. The statement was signed "Chelsea E. Manning." 
"As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible,"
Private Manning's defense for releasing over 700,000 classified documents to the press has always revolved around his homosexual preference, though what one thing has to do with the other, eludes me. Will the USGOV pay for his sex change? And does that mean that he'll spend his 35 year sentence in a women's prison? Or will he just be Chelsea for the benefit of all of the inmates in the US Military Prison at Ft. Leavenworth?

Parole Speculation?

(duffleblog) “Even if parole is successful, he will not have the skills to live as a female impersonator upon leaving prison. By then, the best life he can hope for is that of a dried up fruit fly, chain smoking Virginia Slims during happy hour at The Man Hole,” said lawyer Coombs. “This young man — woman, tranny, whatever — is having the best years of his cabana boy life being taken from him.”
Maybe a paroled Bradley Manning will end up like Obama's Nanny, "Turdi", pictured above - right? He just has to find a little Barry Soetoro to mentor, and paint lipstick on.

Flying Tigers

Not many people recall the P-66 Vanguard. More equate the Flying Tigers (American Volunteer Group) with the P-40. As I recall my history, they were also equipped with Brewster Buffaloes, which were promptly shot down.  

WATCH THIS  More than a news reel (circa 1942)

P-66 Vultee Vanguard

P-40 Curtis Warhawk

F2 Brewster Buffalo

The Film (above) is a genuine part of history.

The A6 Mitsubishi "Zero" provided much of the competition that the AVG faced in China. Though there were several variants of the basic aircraft, it changed very little over the course of WW 2.

Even in 1943 it was capable of holding its own against Allied naval aircraft; but by then the fortunes of Japan were already on the decline and in 1944, as the Americans pushed back the enemy, there was no truly effective metropolitan-based interceptor available to combat the heavily armed and escorted Boeing B-29 bombers. Such an eventuality had never entered the Japanese war planners' minds. (oops)