Fighting For a Draw

Apropos of my previous remarks of the problems that attend fighting men in pajamas (or beards) with technology – there is even a more basic question: How do you fight a war if civilian casualties are off-limits?

In WWII, we PURPOSELY destroyed Tokyo, Dresden, Nagasaki and hundreds of other cities for the express purpose of ending the civilian support for the German and Japanese Armies! Germany did the same in England with London Plymouth and Coventry.

V-1, V-2, iron bombs, fire bombs, and atomic weaponry are not discriminating of military or civilian targets.

As you possibly remember, I have scanned two diaries (one photo with captions once primarily writing with photos) of the destruction of civilian center of London and much of Europe, as take by a couple of photographers – three amateurs and one professional.

The destruction was ENORMOUS and purposeful. We did it to our enemies, and our enemies did it to such of their enemies as they could reach – not just for destruction, but to destroy the will of the people. Those who could flee, did, but many died and those that fled soon tired of fleeing our bombers one city at a time. In resignation, they finally tired of war and were happy with peace, even in defeat.

Did it anger the residents? Absolutely, but with overwhelming force we imposed our will.

How do we use our technological superiority to divine which hooch has which farmer who plows during the day and picks up his rifle at night to kill Americans. Or which hovel has which sheepherder who gets his AK-47 from under the hay at night to kill Americans?

One defeats insurgencies with FEAR, denying them not just sanctuaries but anywhere they could lay there head with public support…something we have not been willing to use.

We fight and settle for a draw – but the draw is at a high price of blood and fortune.

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A Message for California

Tax refugees staging escape from New York

By ANDY SOLTIS Last Updated: 6:08 AM, October 27, 2009 Posted: 2:53 AM,

October 27, 2009 (NY Post)

 New Yorkers are fleeing the state and city in alarming numbers — and costing a fortune in lost tax dollars, a new study shows. More than 1.5 million state residents left for other parts of the United States from 2000 to 2008, according to the report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy.

It was the biggest out-of-state migration in the country.

The vast majority of the migrants, 1.1 million, were former residents of New York City — meaning one out of seven city taxpayers moved out. “The Empire State is being drained of an invaluable resource — people,” the report said.

What’s worse is that the families fleeing New York are being replaced by lower-income newcomers, who consequently pay less in taxes.”

Et Tu, Brute

New York Times

CNN Drops to Last Place Among Cable News Networks

By Bill Carter

CNN, which invented the cable news network more than two decades ago, will hit a new competitive low with its prime-time programs in October, finishing fourth – and last – among the cable news networks with the audience that all the networks rely on for their advertising.

The official monthly numbers will be finalized at 4 p.m. Monday and will include results from Friday. CNN executives conceded that will not change the competitive standing for the month. CNN will still be last in prime time.

That means CNN’s programs were behind not only Fox News and MSNBC, but even its own sister network HLN (formerly Headline News.) Three of its four shows between 7 and 11 p.m. finished fourth and last among the cable news networks. That was the first time CNN had finished that poorly with its prime-time shows…

… Individually, the CNN shows were beaten resoundingly by all the Fox News programs…”

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/26/cnn-drops-to-last-place-among-cable-news-networks/

 

 

The Nuts Get All the Press

From The Times  (of London)

October 27, 2009

Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet

Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas

Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor

“People will need to consider turning vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming.

In an interview with The Times, Lord Stern of Brentford said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”

Direct emissions of methane from cows and pigs is a significant source of greenhouse gases. Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas.

Lord Stern, the author of the influential 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, said that a successful deal at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December would lead to soaring costs for meat and other foods that generate large quantities of greenhouse gases.

He predicted that people’s attitudes would evolve until meat eating became unacceptable. “I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating,” he said. “I am 61 now and attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed radically since I was a student. People change their notion of what is responsible. They will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.”

Lord Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank and now I. G. Patel Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, warned that British taxpayers would need to contribute about £3 billion a year by 2015 to help poor countries to cope with the inevitable impact of climate change. ”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Way, Jose!

(Comment: This policy is supported by Mayor Gavin Newsome, Democratic Candidate for Governor)

S.F. to ease up on unlicensed drivers

Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross

Monday, October 26, 2009

“Call it sanctuary on wheels: San Francisco is about to give a big break to people, many of them illegal immigrants, who are caught driving without a license.

Beginning Sunday, cops will no longer impound cars the first time drivers are pulled over without a license.

The reason: Many such drivers are in the United States illegally – and thus unable to get a license – and the officials pushing the change think that impounding their cars is an unfair hardship.

Instead, unlicensed drivers will be given 20 minutes to phone a relative or other acquaintance with a valid license and insurance to pick up the car. If the driver doesn’t have a cell phone, police will help him contact someone.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/26/BA381A9A9N.DTL&tsp=1#ixzz0V5ltLF8C

 

The Afghan Conundrum

I read Three Cups of Tea — one of the best books I have read but one that addresses nothing that carries a message of how to address the Afghan Taliban question — EXCEPT that he is doing that which we presume to do…build schools.

You may recall that Vietnam was little different: Corrupt government, impossible to tell the good guys from the bad, impossible to be everywhere at all times and hold all ground. This is the problem of modern warfare. It exists everywhere, in many forms: How do you fight men in pajamas (or beards who look just like their neighbors) with a military force designed around technology.

This problem has been around for decades, and we are no closer to solving it that we were in Vietnam, but the Obama advisors KNEW THAT when they not “inherited” but worked hard and spent many fortunes to get the reins of government. The Obama shadow government (pre-election) and appointed advisors (post-election) KNEW that the Afghan government was corrupt, the population illiterate, the country controlled by drug warlords, and that the bad guys had a sanctuary — you may recall that Candidate Obama mentioned nuking Pakistan!

President Obama knew all of this when he said all of those things about winning, supporting the troops, etc.

Afghan is not Pandora’s box. Is there some unknown but vital piece of information about which we must wait?

If we had waited for information as to the disposition of German forces, we would still be awaiting Normandy.  Afghanistan contents are a known entity, and were a known entity when Candidate Obama lusted after, worked hard, spent handsomely, defeated opposition and eventually got the job of being “the decider.”

It’s time to decide!