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The Military & Politics; Politics & The Military
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Social Experimentation In The
Living With America's Social Experimenter in Chief
A Treatise On The Impact Of The Signal Corps On Society
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Some have criticized us for making the content
of this Home Page too political. If you are one
of those, our apologies. However, from our
perspective, having fought for America and
having kept our tongue all of those years we
were in uniform, we feel we have now earned the
right, as civilians, to speak our mind as to how
those that run the country we fought for are
In this regard, don't think of the content in
this and many of our other Home Page articles as
political in nature, think of it as a course in
social studies... because although we do wax
political at times, most of the time it is
because we are making comment on what our
corrupt political system has given us in terms
of the kind of society we are about to leave our
So too this month it is necessary to bring
politics into our conversation. Not from the
standpoint of telling you who to vote for—that's
none of our business—but from the standpoint of
explaining the impact of the ways those we elect
think and act on
In our first article we examine the situation
behind what brought women into combat, and what
we should do about it. In this case we comment
on politics because it was politics that brought
women into combat.
The same is the case with our second article,
but here we look more closely at the role the
Signal Corps played in helping America form its
value system, and comment on how today's
political thinking could overturn the good that
came from certain Signal Corps actions of the
past. A surprising conclusion on our part, we
think you will find it intriguing how we link
the U.S. Army Signal Corps to that which makes
America what it is today, and politics to the
risk that much of the good that the Signal Corps
started over 70 years ago could be undone by
Nevertheless, read it and we think you will see,
while military actions like those the Signal Corps
unknowingly, through their actions, become a
global cause for good, politicians can undo the
benefit we bring.
Finally, this being the beginning of summer, we
will try as we can to refrain—from next month
forward anyway—from writing deep, analytical,
introspective articles on what makes the world
tick. That is, we'll give you a break for the
summer. Beginning next month, and for the next
several more, we'll post videos each month
instead of ruminative articles of military
focused social commentary.
Enjoy your summer. Take us along with you to the
beach, and enjoy the short videos we post
instead of all of this thinking about thinking.
Social Experimentation In The Military
America's Social Experimenter And Chief
Let’s get the political haranguing out
of the way before we go too much further...
The destruction this administration
has done to our country in the past 7+ years is mind
blowing. It’s nearly impossible to find any vestiges of the
old America in this new version Obama has created. For the
sake of social experimentation, he has systematically
disassembled the very foundations of our greatness, and left
both us Americans and the rest of the world with a nearly
non-functional, mostly useless bureaucracy without purpose
or leadership. Worse, he has brought this virus to the one
element that until now all Americans could rely on: the U.S.
We talk here not just of the
destruction he has wrought by emasculating the military in
terms of size and budget, but also in terms of its mission.
Rather than stand to protect America, as our military of old
used to, the U.S. Military now stands as yet another social
miasma for experimentation. Experimentation in terms of how
this leftist leaning President that we have in office can
play his game to see how he can change society to suit his
view of what we should all be. A game he plays, one
sickening twist at a time.
How else to explain his decision to
fully integrate women into the combat roles of the military?
Not for the purpose of improving America’s combat
effectiveness, that’s for sure. Not for the purpose of
strengthening the military’s ability to achieve its mission.
Not for any purpose, other than to play at social
engineering. To try and change the America we have built for
over 200 years into Barack Obama’s version of what America
When recently surveyed, over 92.5% of
the women presently serving in the U.S. Military stated that
they preferred to stay as far away from front line combat as
humanly possible… that they were quite content to serve in
rear echelon jobs. Yet the President ignored this and other
similar information that showed that combat would suffer
with girls on the front line, in the lineup of people who
busted down doors in concrete row houses in places like
Basra, Al Anbar, and Al Kut… or in this author’s time in the
Battle of Cu Nghi, Battle of Xa Cam My, Battle of Ap My An,
or any of the
hundreds of other sweaty, stinking little battles that we
fought in Vietnam.
Instead, he carried on, pushing his
social agenda in full ignorance of the realities of war. To
hell with winning wars, under his form of government there
would be no wars, so what difference would it make if women
were on the front line or not?
And he won.
Such is it that in America
the military follows the rules, and though the rule he
enacted to open every combat role to women fails to serve
any purpose other than social engineering within the
military, to those that serve it is still a rule… that is,
it is a command, and we military men follow commands.
Today we know this: the decision to
let women compete for all military combat positions is as
irreversible as earlier edicts that allowed gays and
lesbians to openly serve. Dislike it though many may,
the rule stands... women will be in combat. All we can hope for at this point is that
the promise our commanders have made that standards won't
be lowered will prove to be true.
For now, the debate is over. We are
past the decision. Now we must make it work. Now we must
implement the program.
As to what the program is, that
remains to be seen. The Marine Corps, clever as ever, tried
to keep certain infantry and combat jobs closed to women,
citing studies showing combined-gender units are not as
effective as male-only units. That didn’t work. The White
House overruled them.
Since December, the military services
have been scrambling to put together plans outlining exactly
how these combat seeking Big Booty Judies will be integrated
into male-only units. So far, their ideas have evolved
slowly. Is it foot dragging on the part of the military? Or
are they really lost as to how to go about it?
Many of us sitting out here on the
fringe—50 years removed from combat—are glad we don’t have
to go through this dim-witted exercise.
Could we cope with it, or would we
revolt? Likely as not, if we could put up with a war being
run from the Oval Office like the one Johnson famously ran,
we could put up with this too… or at the very least, after
fighting it with classic passive aggressive military
tactics, we would eventually adapt to it… because after all,
we’re soldiers and we follow orders, no matter how stupid
they may be.
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8 March 2016
The daughter of Candidate Harold Bercu, OCS Class
42-11, recently sent us a mini-bio covering her
dad's time in the Army during WWII. Harold died this
past January, but before his passing Julie, his
daughter, sat and spoke with him and captured for
posterity his memories of his time in service. It's
a wonderful piece; short, poignant yet full of
history too. Take the time to read what Julie sent
us, and take the time to put your own memories
together... while you can. Our thanks to Julie Bercu
for caring enough to capture her dad's military
memories; click here to read them.
1 February 2016
(2015) pictures have finally been posted. Click here
to see and enjoy them.
Continued from left column...
So it’s time to move on. Chalk one up for the Social
Experimenter in Chief. He won. We lost. Forget about
retention, injury rates and unit effectiveness, the order
has been given. Now it’s time to move out. And while some
may hope that everything will work out for the better, we
know something else: hope is not a course of action on the
battlefield. Those girls that serve better be damned good at
what they do, or men will die.
As for what happens next, let’s see what Congress does about
making it a law that if we have to serve with them,
they have to serve. That
is, by making it a law that just as men are required, every
sweet young girl in America that turns 18
must now be required to sashay down to her local Selective
Service Office and register for the draft.
Welcome to equality sister. Enjoy the ride.
• • •
A Treatise On The Impact Of
The Signal Corps On Society
Further down this page you'll find a film. The film is the
official documentary report compiled from over 80,000 feet
of film shot immediately after liberation by U.S. Army Signal Corps military
photographers, in the German concentration camps that were
It’s an interesting point to ponder how much of America’s
value system comes from things like this film... something the Signal Corps did. In a
moment we will talk of the impact this film's footage has
had—or not had—on society, but for the moment let's talk of
the impact of the many advances we Signal Corps people have
brought to all of the various forms of communication man
uses, from telegraph to telephone, radio, satellite, cyber,
digital and more. In no small manner, many of the things the
Signal Corps has invented—and done—have driven
society’s evolutionary progress... from the time of the Civil
War until now.
Who can say that the kinds of people our children turned out
to be was not affected by the types of communication devices
the Signal Corps brought to the world? One need only look at
our children’s addiction today to smartphones to see that
much of their character, system of belief and values come
not from parental guidance, but from the communicative
interaction they participate in with their peers.
And these smartphones, although commercialized by industry,
they too stemmed from Signal Corps advancements. To wit, by
definition, a smartphone is a cell phone that includes
additional software functions, as well as some form of
visual display to make the data being transmitted to it more
easily able to be internalized by the user. From the outset
then, any decent Signal Corps Officer will immediately
recognize any one of today’s new smartphones as nothing more than
commercialized form of a 1980s military field radio with digital
readouts and texting capabilities.
Something along the lines of the old AN/GRC-215 comes to
mind, with its digital readout. The GRC-215 was an HF
shortwave SSB transceiver originally intended for hardened
use in the event of a nuclear war in Europe. While it fell
by the wayside when the Berlin Wall came down, it originally
was loaded with digital communication features, covering 2
MHz to 30 MHz in 10 Hz steps, using a high-speed
DDS synthesizer, it was capable of USB, LSB and CW as well
as data. Of importance to us today, the technology behind it
and many other forms of AN/GRC radios from back in those
days morphed over time into today’s
Other than technology itself, many of the other things the
Signal Corps has done through the ages have brought to
America—and the world—society changing benefits.
As the film below will show, U.S. Army Signal Corps efforts to
document the atrocities performed by Nazi Germany during
WWII, for the purpose of supporting the war crimes trials
which were at that time still to be held, exposed to the
world how inhumane man can be to man.
By documenting on motion picture film the facts of the
German concentration camps spread throughout Europe, the
Signal Corps was able to provide irrefutable evidence, of a
kind that would insure the conviction of German military and
civilian leaders, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Among the war crime trials where the
footage you are about to see was used were the:
Nuremberg Trials, which focused on the 23 most important
leaders of the Third
Chełmno Trials of the Chełmno
extermination camp. Held in both Poland and Germany, it
focused on the personnel that ran the Chełmno extermination
camp. Long and involved, the cases were decided almost
twenty years apart, thanks in great measure to the film
footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
While it is great that the Signal Corps documented this
evidence, even going so far as to attest to the authenticity
of the scenes on the film by presenting affidavits both
filmed and signed by those who gathered the footage, our
point of interest is in the impact the publication of these
films had on society.
Thanks to the Signal Corps the world
now recognizes that crimes against humanity exist, and has
set its collective mind to say that acts of these kind will
never again be
tolerated… or at least that's what the world used to say. Today,
one can not be sure. Today that determination
seems to have slipped from our collective memory… drifted away to the point that global
leaders no longer fear committing atrocities like those
found in the attached movie.
To make our case of the dangerous trend this portends, let us give you two examples: first, let us look at
President Obama, and then let's look at Donald Trump.
Watch the attached film, and then ponder how it is possible
that President Obama would display nothing but spineless
ineptitude in how he handled Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad’s gassing of his own people.
Ghouta chemical attack, as it has come to be known, is
nothing short of exactly the kind of inhumanity that the
attached film of Nazi perdition portrays. Yet the leader of
the free world, the leader of the one country on earth that
should stand up to inhumanity, the leader of our country,
the great and righteous United States of America, did
nothing. He did absolutely nothing. When the world found out
that it was true that Assad had gassed his own people, our
President slinked back into his hole. Essentially, he stood
down and let Assad live to kill another day.
Click here for another view on this topic
What has happened to America, that we let these kinds of
things happen and do nothing other than to close our eyes
and turn away? One wonders if the Signal Corps needs to go
back into the real world and film for humanity again the
atrocities sanctioned by not only those that commit them,
but the leaders of our own country, who allow things like
this to happen in today’s modern age. Happen with impunity.
Today everyone talks of Obama’s quest for a legacy. If he
wants one, he should have earned it, by doing things like
bringing Assad and his henchmen to justice. Having a legacy
of using the power of the U.S. military to take down Assad
and bring him to trial for crimes against humanity would be
far better than building a whimpering legacy around enacting
trade agreements that will hurt American business as much as
it helps it.
This man’s priorities are all wrong. What if it were
American children that died in
Assad’s gas attack, what would he have felt then, seeing their
lifeless forms on the ground… cold, still, without color or
life? Why then did he show no empathy, pity or commiseration
for the families of the children that died in the Ghouta Attack,
for the townspeople who suffered this attack on humanity? Why did he take no action?
The footage in the above film provides a camp-by-camp
record, an objective and lasting record and proof of the
horrors the U.S. Army liberators witnessed at the end of
WWII. Similarly the photos and videos courageous global
press staffers took and smuggled out of Syria of the gassing
of so many children do the same.
Where is the outrage? Where are the trials
for Assad's crimes against humanity? Why has
America abandoned its duty to the world to stand up for
right, and draw a clear, irrefutable line as to what it will
tolerate and what it won’t. Gassing civilians must be one of
those items that clearly stands on the other side of the
line from where we stand, and every time it occurs, no
matter where it occurs, America must spur the world to act
to immediately bring those that ordered and performed it to
justice. And if the world doesn't act to do so, then we
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