Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was charged (see Charge Sheet here) Friday with multiple murders and attempted murders. Sergeant Bales, confined at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has not admitted the murders, for which he faces the death penalty. Regardless, and seemingly instantly, his guilt is “understood” to be established fact and whatever happened in the night there in Belambay, Afghanistan—along with an American Army sergeant’s life and future—has become fodder for speculation and spin. This post collects a sample of the commentary from the astute to the bizarre. I look for the day when we may know the truth.
Archive for March, 2012
|Saturday, March 31st, 2012|
|Friday, March 30th, 2012|
The truth about Sergeant Bales is unknown to us.
The press reports are damning, but the press reports—we all know—are hardly truth. The mindless, lynch-mob mentality on display against George Zimmerman is something we all have to guard against. Likewise, the public knows almost nothing about what Sergeant Bales did, or did not do, thousands of miles away in Afghanistan.
We are told that Sergeant Bales “snapped,” walked literally off the reservation, and murdered Afghan civilians in their nearby homes. If so, his crime is “unbelievable.”
The press reports and the Army’s silence seem to establish as fact that Sergeant Bales murdered civilians in their sleep. Like so many other instant press indictments of the day, let’s wait and see. I have a feeling there is more to this then we are being told.
|Thursday, March 29th, 2012|
The Second Amendment Foundation announces victory in Bateman v Purdue. The plaintiffs asked the federal court to declare a state statute unconstitutional. That state statute authorized the state government to declare an emergency, and then make it illegal for a citizen to bring a firearm outside the home, or even to go out to buy ammunition, or to distribute ammunition to your neighbor.
(If you are a bitter anti-gunner, and want to pout and tell me that the law did not authorize the state to seize guns, just to force us to keep them in our homes, then what do you think would have happened had we tried to muster at the park with our arms?)
Indeed, North Carolina’s government should be ashamed! Do you not remember your own colonial history? You are King George! You pretend to the authority to order citizens to stay home, and you threaten to arrest them if they try to band together to protect themselves? That is pathetic.
The blogosphere is clinking beer glasses in celebration right now, so I will just add just these two important observations: (more…)
|Wednesday, March 28th, 2012|
toy tool is neat. FindTheBest.com has an online gun comparison tool. First, I appreciate FindTheBest including guns, as opposed to succumbing to mind-numbing political correctness. Thanks, guys. Second, this free tool is pretty nifty. You select your comparison criteria and someone has entered basic data about all manner of models. My search to compare compact 9mm pistols revealed models I would not have considered. You might overlook the arrow that scrolls right or left, to include more criteria. And, you can sort by each category.
I could have used this in my search for the “ideal” compact 9mm self-loading pistol. I settled on the—hold your breath for exotic gun choice—Glock 19! Ho, hum, but it works. It would have been fun and useful to run the decision-making process through the Findthebest filters.
|Wednesday, March 28th, 2012|
There are signs along the way, for those who will see. We ignore them at our peril. Sgt. Bales’ massacre of sleeping Afghan civilians is one of those—in huge, muzzle-flash lights and bloody video. Before Bales, came all manner of other warnings to us. (IEDs, Afghan allies shooting our people in the back, …)
In an eerie remembrance of the way the country backed away from the Vietnam War while leaving the troops to fight it out in the mud, we see public support for continuing combat in Afghanistan evaporating.
I want to be clearly understood, and have said before on this blog:
- It was right to go to Afghanistan to punish the Taliban for inviting bin Laden to tea and terrorism.
- It was smart to use Afghanistan as a base from which to run the Taliban and any other foaming-at-the-mouth terrorist wannabees through the western, allied, American-led meat grinder.
- It was a noble undertaking to try to carve a tiny time-slice out of history, in which the Afghan people might establish themselves in some form of Islamic liberty, if that is possible.
- It was a big mistake to hang around there. We needed to get in; do it; and get out. It’s that getting out part….
Our military forces have been going there now, for multiple tours of duty, for 10 years. It is time to come home.
If you are not convinced, then consider this: if we had saved a war chest, from which to fund grand strategies, thousands of miles away, over a decade, then at least we could afford to stay. We are broke.
Of course: We also need to be prepared to deploy crushing force anywhere in the world, on short notice. State a mission that our armed forces can objectively accomplish; accomplish the mission; come home.
And, instead of wasting the whole country’s wealth, stockpile cash for the war we must fight.
And, if you are not yet convinced, I want to remind you of something. Combat in Afghanistan began with smaller operations, and then larger infantry operations still with that lethal focus on hunting down and killing the enemy. Victory was readily definable in most of these missions. But, lurking behind the military’s skill and will to hunt and kill the enemy was a rotten base of political support back home. Wired’s Danger Room contemplates how “victory” has become “drawdown” and the writer is pretty brutally honest about how false one of the two political parties’ support for our troops has been:
The Democratic Party reluctantly embraced the Afghanistan war as a cudgel against President Bush and the Iraq war; both of which are memories now. The Republican Party never turned the Afghanistan war into an ideological issue, which helps explain why the two conservative alternatives to Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, feel free to envision a faster withdrawal.
Romney has little political choice but to oppose whatever Obama decides. But Romney doesn’t emphasize Afghanistan on the campaign trail, except to say that he wants “victory,” something that few in Washington have ever bothered to define during a decade of war.
The military was able to rally a reluctant president to triple troop levels in 2009 and 2010. But judging from its paltry support, the brass may not be able to slow the drawdown.
Now would be a really good time to define “victory” in Afghanistan. Or, just come home. I am listening for some national leader to carry on a hot debate about how America will deal with the New Islamic Invasion over the next 200 years.
For, we seem to have no plan after Afghanistan, other than oppressing American citizens here. Our leaders are arguing at the edges of the Islamic onslaught while they send our troops into the landing zone of No-planistan.
|Friday, March 23rd, 2012|
This post from The Smallest Minority, reminds us all a variation on the Rule One theme: Have a gun. Even a .25 automatic. Yep.
|Friday, March 23rd, 2012|
You never know how a pistol will shoot for you just handling one. Must shoot it. But this one, …. I would definitely like to try out the Arsenal Firearms Strike One. Thanks to The Firearm Blog for the review.
|Thursday, March 22nd, 2012|
Follow this link to a good compilation of articles about Mohammad Merah, 23, the now-dead Islamic terrorist. His story foretells the West’s future. I will add, addressing this sentence to Muslims who seek liberty and peace: you do not escape the wrath of radicalized Islamists, either.
Special warning to Jews and Muslims
Among his victims were Jews and Muslim French soldiers, the first group chosen simply because they were Jews, and the second, apparently seen by Merah as apostate traitors of Islam.
Lessons in terror tactics and errors
Purely as a matter of studying his operations and how he was tracked down, the articles also discuss his tactics, his tactical mistakes, and the investigation’s multiple clues to his identity and whereabouts. For example, he inquired at an auto-body shop about how best to re-paint his scooter to change its color. The alert paint shop people apparently alerted police.
This war between the worlds began about 1,300 years ago, got stalled at the uneasy, shifting lines snaking through Europe separating the West from the Muslim world, and now the Islamists have renewed their war. Lacking the capability to invade and conquer, they have discovered the new warfare tactics we call “terrorism.” Our defenses are breached; our might is a wonder to behold, yet ineffective to stop this kind of warfare; our fearful reactions oppress our citizens and change the very nature of our country.
People: They are not going away for the foreseeable future. The West for the most part no longer sees its civilization as worth preserving, much less dying for. That is why nations fail; they no longer believe that saving their way of life is worth their death. Even many in the United States fail to see the power of the blessing that was our founding. We are degenerate, at spiritual and philosophical war among ourselves, and—as a result—we are weak prey.
And, I think it all has to get worse before we turn.
In the meantime, note that one of the French soldier victims was targeted because he advertised a motor scooter for sale. The “buyer” who answered the ad specifically targeted the French Muslim soldier, and shot him, I suppose as they looked over the scooter.
Be armed; be alert. Anytime, anywhere. When you least expect it. You are at war.
|Wednesday, March 21st, 2012|
This woman is the literal face of the argument for hanging murderers-–in something less than 20 years after the crime. If you are not local, just search Christa Pike or Colleen Slemmer. Short version: Christa Pike is a satanic torture-killer, on death row for her 1995 devil worshiper-inspired crime. Two guys just tried to break her out of prison. Tell me that 1) You really want Christa Pike out roaming out streets and 2) that frying her in the chair years ago would not prevent her jail-break.
Some people are just given over to evil. Yes, there is such a thing as evil, as outdated as that notion may be. She proves it. Puuhleez do not try to explain her away by any mechanistic, “humans are just products of their learning” paradigm. Evil.
And I do not want her out here among us.
For you habitual Democrat and Rhino voters who are outraged that she is still unexecuted: It’s your party. You voted for the leaders, who appointed the judges, who neutered the states’ power to deal with pentagram chest-carving killers like Christa Pike. It’s your fault she is still alive. This abortion of justice has been going on in Tennessee now for decades.
First degree murder, and attempted first degree murder are not funny. There is no other, comparable message to the would-be murderer like the sight of his buddy’s corpse, at the end of a rope, on the courthouse lawn on a Friday at noon.
For you gun controllers mouthing about “guns and crime.” Prove you are serious about crime by advocating capital punishment; then talk to me about disarming law-abiding Americans.
|Wednesday, March 21st, 2012|
New York prosecutors are relieved. What to do with Meredith Graves, from Tennessee and Ryan Jerome from Indiana? The prosecutor offered deals, and Graves and Jerome took them. No one wants to be a test case; Graves and Jerome will not go to jail; New York City’s governing elites escape further playing the fool—and watching their illegal, oppressive disarmament scheme evaporate in protracted litigation. I bet the Second Amendment Foundation was salivating over representing these plaintiffs.
I share Graves’ and Jerome’s relief, and I am glad they will not be forced to endure the life-crushing full weight of the system. However, there are powerful lessons in this for all of us: