The Jury Talks Back


It makes sense to me now

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 6:41 am

Now I understand why Gates was kept by the Obama Administration as Secretary of Defense…

It’s because he’s just as much of a pussy as the rest of those feckless morons.

“We must still try and find a peaceful way to resolve this issue. The only path that is left to us at this point, it seems to me, is that pressure track but it will require all of the international community to work together,” Gates said at a joint news conference with French Defense Minister Herve Morin.

Well then we’re just fucked then, aren’t we.  If nothing else, there is no way the UN’ Security Council will ever allow “Serious Sanctions” (or whatever the fuck they are calling their latest pansyfied attempt at talking down Iran).  How do I know that?

Because I can God Damn read.

An independent survey of Chinese-language media for The Sunday Times has found army and navy officers predicting a military showdown and political leaders calling for China to sell more arms to America’s foes. The trigger for their fury was Obama’s decision to sell $6.4 billion (£4 billion) worth of weapons to Taiwan, the thriving democratic island that has ruled itself since 1949.

“We should retaliate with an eye for an eye and sell arms to Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela,” declared Liu Menxiong, a member of the Chinese people’s political consultative conference.

Yeah, those are totally the sort of people who want to work with us.  For Christ’s sake, they are talking about selling WEAPONS to IRAN!  Why would anyone but a brain-dead chipmunk think that such a place would agree to do anything to punish Iran?

He added: “We have nothing to be afraid of. The North Koreans have stood up to America and has anything happened to them? No. Iran stands up to America and does disaster befall it? No.”

Yeah, there’s the problem.  When all you do is talk, extend deadlines and ignore stated consequences, this is what happens – people and countries start to figure out that they can do whatever they want and we won’t (due to lack of will and/or anything resembling leadership) do anything about it.

“This time China must punish the US,” said Major-General Yang Yi, a naval officer. “We must make them hurt.” A major-general in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Luo Yuan, told a television audience that more missiles would be deployed against Taiwan. And a PLA strategist, Colonel Meng Xianging, said China would “qualitatively upgrade” its military over the next 10 years to force a showdown “when we’re strong enough for a hand-to-hand fight with the US”.

Awesome.  Because what we really need (ignoring the fact that we have troops committed in the Middle East) is a shooting war with a country with probably a billion potential foot soldiers.  Hell, at that point you don’t even need to teach them to reload, you just send wave after wave and eventually you get through.

This country is screwed because we have in charge a group of people who don’t understand that no, talking doesn’t always work.  In fact, it never works if you don’t show you both have the ability to use force, and the willingness to use it.  Why would they listen?  It isn’t like you could/would do anything about it, so just do your own thing, right?

We are screwed, and because we are screwed, numerous other countries are screwed as well.  With a Chinese military nearing parity with the US, what do you think of Taiwan’s continued “freedom”?  With a nuclear-capable Iran, what think you of the odds that Israel doesn’t risk disaster?

This is the end result of having lightweights and incompetents running foreign policy.  We got a year off, as everyone looked at us and gauged our reactions.  This year will see serious pushing back against our “will” (such as it is), and either late this year or by midddle of next year (at the latest), we’ll see something serious.  Some sort of all-or-nothing situation where only someone with a spine and the will/desire to lead can have any good impact.

We don’t have anyone like that in charge, and as a result, we are screwed.  So very screwed.

h/t to Drudge for the first link

h/t to for the second


  1. Scott – is it possible that, in spite of all you just said, we are probably better off with Gates in place than we could be with an Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Emmanuel pick ?

    At least Gates can try to challenge the ideas … (and, yeah, I may be giving Gates more credit that he may deserve)

    On a very-peripherally-related note (and DRJ made the classy decision by leaving comments closed on the John Murtha obit post) …

    First – condolences to Murtha’s familay and to those who cared about them and him …

    But … (with apologies, in advance, pre-denouncing, etc) …

    There *is* a part of me that has to wonder if Murtha may just have had a serious coronary when his Commander-in-Chief referred *more* than once, in a public speech, to a “corpse-man” in Haiti … since a Marine is always a Marine, could Murtha’s CinC’s speech have turned Murtha into a genuine Marine corpse ?

    Comment by Alasdair — 2/8/2010 @ 3:26 pm

  2. Lest anyone doubt the reality, the video wherein President Obama mispronounces corpsman as corpse-man can be found here

    I know that our President Obama is remarkably dependent on his TelePrompter (affectionately known as TOTUS), but one would hope that anyone born in the US whose education took place mostly in the US would be able to correctly pronounce corpsman as ‘core-man’ and NOT as ‘corpse-man’ …

    (Yeah, yeah, I know … it’s about Haiti where ‘corpse-man’ could well make more sense, but even then … could he not have used the Creole word for ‘zombie’, instead ?)

    Comment by Alasdair — 2/8/2010 @ 3:34 pm

  3. I disagree, Scott. Us selling weapons to Taiwan is action of the right kind. The Heyboys saying “Me no rikee Amelica” is the (empty) talk.

    Comment by nk — 2/8/2010 @ 5:35 pm

  4. I believe, tomorrow, the 11th, is when the Iranians are scheduled to test their first A-bomb. Well, that’s the prediction, they did promise to demonstrate something huge.

    Comment by Thomas — 2/10/2010 @ 2:40 pm

  5. To know about or to talk to a veteran of the Korean War is to know the truth of, “Hell, at that point you don’t even need to teach them to reload, you just send wave after wave and eventually you get through.”

    The father of a childhood friend of mine had all fingers/thumbs amputated at the first joint from frostbite resulting from throwing hand grenades down-hill all night (gloves made fingers to thick to easily “pull the pin”).

    Islamofascists are willing to fight and die at impossible odds because of their fanatacism that overrides the instinct of self-preservation and the belief in the value of life. Tyrannical governments are willing to send their citizens to die because they don’t care about human life either. This causes a major problem if one counts on deterrence alone as a military strategy.

    Comment by MD in Philly — 2/11/2010 @ 6:47 am

  6. Vietnam was much the same. The average age of the VC/NVA when we left was what… 15? 14?

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 2/11/2010 @ 6:56 am

  7. From Thucydides: Javelins do not distinguish between brave and coward.

    Comment by nk — 2/11/2010 @ 7:33 am

  8. the PLA is impressive only to those who don’t follow the maxim “Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics.”

    China can project power only as far as it’s army can march and still be supplied with necessities. the PLA has no way to get anywhere other than overland.

    the PLA lacks a real air force and a blue water navy worthy of the names, and neither item is going to magically appear anytime soon, no matter how much money they throw at the problem.

    in the meantime, their population imbalance bomb is ticking louder and louder, as are other pressures, such as the economy, pollution, government graft & corruption, and dashed expectations amongst the masses.

    as for them selling arms to Iran, et al, the solution is rather easy, except that Ear Leader will never go there: ID the ships via intel, then, when they are out there in the big lonely ocean, have a sub sink them. no muss, no fuss, and no acknowledgment. a Mk-48 under the keel won’t leave any evidence worth mentioning.

    Comment by redc1c4 — 2/12/2010 @ 12:58 am

  9. as for them selling arms to Iran, et al, the solution is rather easy, except that Ear Leader will never go there: ID the ships via intel, then, when they are out there in the big lonely ocean, have a sub sink them. no muss, no fuss, and no acknowledgment. a Mk-48 under the keel won’t leave any evidence worth mentioning.

    Except that the “leakers” would never let it stay quiet and the accusations would fly no matter who did it. Besides life is not a Tom Clancy novel.

    Comment by Sabba Hillel — 2/12/2010 @ 8:16 am

  10. there’s a reason the Submarine Force is called “The Silent Service”. its amusing how there is always an argument against action, usually by the same people demanding that something be done.

    ships disappear all the time. the Chinese aren’t in a position to do anything about it, so who cares?

    Comment by redc1c4 — 2/12/2010 @ 11:35 am

  11. A line by Powers Booth in Red Dawn might apply, something about xxx-million Red Chinese; he’s corrected by a listener about the population of China being over 1-billion; well, it was, but isn’t anymore…

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! — 2/20/2010 @ 12:29 pm

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