Chaos in the Republican Party

Chaos in the Republican Party. McCarthy might have been able to get to 218 Republican votes continually — he might have been able to do it once, but he could not do it with continual success.
The Freedom Caucus, a 40 vote block threw this into a mess. While they could not win with their candidate they had enough to be a spoiler. 

McCarthy still has the most votes, and could still win if he twisted enough arms, but his comment about the Benghazi Committee is just too new and raw.

It is an outside chance, but an outsider could win — and they don’t have to be a House Member. I have seen Newt mentioned, but I would like a name NO ONE has mentioned: Romney!

He is an organization man. He can negotiate with the Members, the Senate and the president with a background of success — and he has wide support from most in the Republican Party!

Political Generals

I had this very liberal Commanding Officer who deployed with us to WestPac, and, when we arrived in Pearl, he went to get briefed by the highest Admiral in the Pacific, COMSUBPAC.
When he arrived back in the Submarine Sanctuary, I went to see him, because I was the Operations Officer and needed to find out our overall deployment strategy. He had his head on his arms, and it was obvious he had been crying.

He pulled himself together and said, “Al, I lied. The Admiral asked if my men were properly trained. I lied and said, ‘Yes.”‘  You and I know this crew is marginal, but if I said ‘No”‘ he would simply replace me with someone who knows the crew less, and take us out to patrol anyway.”

I fear that is the sort of rationalization that our Admirals and Generals are using. They know that for the past long period of time, as is normal in peacetime, high rank is attained by political means. They are men and women who can easily carry on polite conversation in cocktail parties. We have fighters in high rank, but they are eased out, and their names are known…Allen and Petraeus. Gone!

Unless several Generals and Admirals decide to resign simultaneously, and this is as unlikely to happen as a Virgin Birth…oooops, they can do that, now…it just won’t happen. These are political Admirals and Generals, and I suspect they contend in their minds that they will promptly be replaced with new material not nearly as savvy, who will also never tell the president that it would be smart to nip Putin in the bud, while he is on the wrong end of a long supply line…

But no one will, and Putin will be allowed to attain first parity with the U.S. Sixth Fleet, and then superiority…and it is Putin who will establish a “No Fly” Zone over Syria, and then Iraq, and then Iran…and any Israeli or US threatened strike over Iran’s’ building a nuclear bomb will be off the table.

That will be a lot fewer than 10 years. Iran will have the bomb, the US threats will be off the table, and Iran WILL rule the Middle East.

Will Iran then strike Israel? I have no clue, but if that is currently on their strategic plan, it will suddenly appear on their short-term tactical plan.

Service Academy Football

Most people simply do not comprehend the depth of emotion in the military that goes with the rivalry in service football. In the bases and the fleet, it is important, but to the service academies it is not life or death, but something more important.
Partly, it is a chance to play against someone our own size, literally, and someone who has similar recruiting challenges. When we play Notre Dame and many other teams, we give away 75 pounds a man in the line, and our academy student bodies are tiny — each Service Academy has only 4,000 students, and a quarter of those are women!

So, when Service Academies meet, life stands still at an Academy.

Last week, Air Force lost narrowly to then #2 in the Nation Michigan State, and an Air Force player said it was “frustrating.” Asked how he would feel if Navy defeated them today, the same player said he would be “heartbroken.”

He is heartbroken because Navy routed Air Force 33-11, but it wasn’t that close. Navy’s record breaking Quarterback, Keenan Reynolds, personally gained 183 yards.

Navy will now win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy by beating Army, which it will do unless Navy cancels its football program. Navy has beaten Army 13 consecutive times and that streak will continue. Army/Navy is supposed to be the big event, but for the past decade or so Air Force has provided more competition. Nevertheless, the chant “Beat Army” is unlikely to be changed to “Beat Air Force” anytime soon — more than 100 years of tradition dies hard.

Since all Academies recruit for the same small pool of athletes who are academically prepared and inclined to serve their nation, winning the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy gives a program a leg up. Navy is 4-0 on the year, and will be Bowl bound, but there is little chance to be undefeated — Notre Dame looms large, but Navy will have an exceptionally good year — the polls are starting to notice.

This next week, Navy faces Notre Dame, and that should be the main test. Whatever Notre Dame’s record, their recruiting is legendary. Today Notre Dame is in the Top Ten in the nation, but they have not played well and will drop. Navy is not in their league because the Service Academies cannot fit a 330 pound lineman into a jet cockpit, or a submarine.

Washington Post football reporter, Patrick Stevens, says, “Verdict: Looks like a Navy team content to handle business when it should, and that could add up to a 10-win regular season.”

“could” is the operative word. We shall see if the Navy can do it!

New Sheriff in Town

It’s hard to say what the proper bromide is: The Russians screwed us and we didn’t even get a kiss, or to be less risqué perhaps, Putin ate Obama’s lunch.Whatever, Ivan smuggled fighters into Syria under other cargo, and went active in just days. 

As I understand the numbers Ivan has 30 or so first-line fighters, so our nearby Fleet can sweep them from the skies in a single morning. Of course that requires Obama to order it done, and it ain’t gonna’ happen…not now not ever. 

One wonders where our “Intelligence Services” are these days…hell, ever. They missed 9/11, thesaurus Towers, all sorts of Embassy bombings, and now, this. 

Not that knowing this in advance would have done any good with Obama in the presidency. 

It wouldn’t.

Would someone please ask Hillary about that Reset Button?

Morning Musings

With the Gentle Giant as president, we are in retreat throughout the world. The Chinese hack our government and industry computers with impunity, and build islands to claim massively increased territorial waters in worldwide shipping lanes. Russia enters Syria for a military and economic expansion far beyond their borders — with a military that has been reduced to Third World status. Syria is their new training ground, and our Gentle Giant simply watches.
That Russia can warn us to leave an airspace they intend to control, says volumes.

In my racing youth, the Racing King was Phil Hill, who was so good a California sports car driver that he won the pinnacle of all-world racing, Formula One (F1). 
But that was long ago, before cars by teams like Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes. Ferrari is paid $100 million a year just to appear on the grid, plus what they earn!

The top teams can expend $250 million in a racing season, and the United States has never had a modern team get off the drawing board — until now. After years and years of promises, someone with buckets of money (George Haas), years of NASCAR experience (winning the NASCAR title last year), and the drive to win has started to assemble an American team.

Well, not all-American at the start. F1 is far too expensive to go all-American team — the first announced driver is a Swiss-born driver, living in France, Romaine Grosjean, and the engine is Italian, Ferrari. The team will race out of Britain, where many teams are headquartered.

Grosjean is a known driver with Grand Prix experience — he finished third at the Belgian Grand Prix this year in an underpowered Lotus. He is a great bargain, driving far above his $1.5 million salary at Lotus. (Not counting endorsements, Fernando Alonso earns $50 million annually.)

The Ferrari engine will not be the latest 2016 edition, but a 2015 engine — “Works” (Factory prepared) engines are not sold to competitors. (This is so expensive a sport because for each race, the engine magicians must find more horsepower!)

But it is a start. Fortunately, Haas is a near-Billionaire, because each engine in a two car team will set Haas back $8 million, and the steering wheels alone cost $50 thousand apiece. Haas is a driven racing man who will eventually bring credit to America.

I just hope I live to see it!

“…if you have to tell people you are (powerful), you aren’t”

Although Trump has lost some of his luster, he remains formidable because he is the Anti-Obama, and American voters typically respond to the last years of a failed presidency by electing the opposite.
Obama has ruled as he promised, by apologizing for our power, and gradually permitting that power to rust, following the dictum:

O, it is excellent

To have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous

To use it like a giant.

-William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act 2, Scene 2.

In doing so, Obama has weakened our strength and our resolve, leading to a democratic yearning of the opposite — Donald Trump, a man fully willing to wield power, nay, anxious to do so!

A willingness to wield existing economic and military power would send shock waves throughout both our allies and our adversaries. Europeans rightly see Trump as the embodiment of the post WWII “Ugly American” — a demanding man, uneducated in the diplomatic niceties, and as George Will deftly defined Trump, “crude and vulgar.”

Will, whom I greatly admire, might have added, “successful.”

And it is this latter point that a segment of the voting population greatly admires. No, Trump gets no points for style, but he certainly ploughs ahead, seeking the one thing that has been denied this nation for too long, success. There are those like myself who have noted a singular lack of military success In Korea, Vietnam, and to some extent in Kuwait and Iraq, although those were military victories overshadowed by diplomatic defeats.

We have not had a full-throated leader of the Roosevelt/Churchill model in my adult lifetime, except Reagan, and the least full-throttled amongst the Republicans, Walker, has dropped out. (He was a one-trick pony, and although I supported his anti-government Union trick, it was not sufficient.)

I had hoped that some candidate other than Trump would see the advantage of bluntness on the grand scale, and there is a long way to go so perhaps more will, but there is only a little evidence . Carson could not be intimidating under any circumstances nor could Bush. Fiorina could — she has demonstrated flashes of it, and that leaves only Cruz of the Top Tier candidates.

Only Trump, Fiorina and Cruz currently fit the Anti-Obama mold.

Rich Lowery of National Review famously said of the last Candidate Debate, that Carly, “cut his (Trump’s) balls off” and we need a president who can do that in a private meeting with Putin, or Assad, or fill-in-the-blank!  

We should find a president who is not feared by the average farmer or baker in Denver, Kyoto, Coventry or Hamburg, but seriously feared by Mullah Omar, Putin, and Assad because they can no longer move on the worlds’ chessboard with impunity.

The moves by a Russia with their impotent military into Syria and the Ukraine, the Chinese stealing our secrets and claiming the nearby sea lanes, shows that there is zero fear of retaliation, and indeed there has been no pushback, and there will not be unless we elect Trump, Fiorina or Cruz.

 Obama has emasculated the nation, and we desperately need the Anti-Obama who will act, rather than just proclaim that we are back.

Dame Maggie Thatcher understood power: “Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

Morning Musings

The introduction of Russian fighter jets into Syria changes the game, enormously!
Aside from the obvious opportunity for a US or other nation getting into a kerfuffle, a chance intercept of an Israeli jet is even more possible. Syria has been the staging point for Russian missiles being trans shipped to Hamas, and Israel has often taken those warehouses under bombing runs. In the future, Russia may be able to trans ship those missiles with impunity.

Putin knows that there is a vacuum in the Middle East, and he can fill that vacuum with impunity. Considering Obama’s reluctance to face China in the southern Pacific or, more importantly the huge and continuing cyber attacks, ISIS in the Middle East, or Russia in the Ukraine, Putin takes chances he would not rationally take. 

Estonia may be next. 

At some point the United States must face this obvious fact — some one will be the major player in the world. 

The world will not be better if China or Russia is that leading country.


Dr. Ben Carson is a Creationist who believes in the Young Earth theory — that the earth is just 6,000 years old.

I believe that this disqualifies him to be president, and he had been one of my five potentials for president. 

How is it that someone so brilliant could hold such insane ideas? The answer is that his “Belief” gene is stronger in his DNA sequence than those who simply believe in religion — at least that is my unscientific opinion. 

Dr. Carson thinks that Darwin was influenced by the Devil. 

If you scratched many of the Republican candidates, you will find a Creationist.

We need to identify them, but it cuts both ways — it could be a big positive for the Evangelical wing of the Republican Party.

Stay Tuned!


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