We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Imagine you are a young midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy processing the news that Jim Webb—Annapolis class of '68, recipient of the Navy Cross, former senator and secretary of the Navy, former member of the Annapolis faculty, bestselling novelist and acclaimed journalist—has been forced by political pressure to decline an award for distinguished alumni at your school this week...
"At the U.S. Naval Academy, just as at Middlebury College, a heckler's veto is apparently possible—though it is hard to imagine midshipmen themselves doing the protesting."
And let's not forget that Princeton Seminary just rescinded awarding the Kuyper Prize to Pastor Tim Keller because his denomination does not ordain women or homosexuals, despite the fact that Keller is one of the leading pastors and Reformed theologians in the U.S.
if that wasn't the final nail in the seminary's being able to attract serious Christians as students, I don't know what is. The liberal seminaries are competing for an ever-declining pool of "progressive," "social justice" types, and more and more of them are having to close their doors because no one wants their product any more.
The Common Catastrophic Systems Collapse, 1177 BC and All That
We don't see history's patterns and don't appreciate that history is about people. Our technology, tools, and other details may change, but the essential nature of man remains the same. As such, we are not all that different from Upper Paleolithic hunter-gatherers that we all were in a historical blink of an eye. Our minds are the same. Logic, drive, fear, greed, sloth, envy, vanity; it is here as it was then.
We are subject to the same strengths, weaknesses, vices and desires of all those who came before us. So are our institutions created by us in all our imperfections.
Will it be small and localized somewhere else, or a cascading global collapse driven by its own inertia and logic?
Is it in 10 years? 100? Are we going to be lucky and have another 500 yrs to so to go? Or, are you living right in the middle of one yet, being part of it, don't have the perspective to see what is going on?
All these things came to mind again while watching the below video from Eric Cline, PhD, professor at George Washington University in DC, and author of a book new book, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed.
With all due respect feeb, I don't think we know enough about the sins of Upper Paleolithic hunter-gatherers to to conclude that Logic, drive, fear, greed, sloth, envy, vanity; it is here as it was then, as asserted in the quote. We know a lot about them from the fossil record, but about the the sins they fancied, I don't think so.
What kind of military do we have? Can they fight, will they? They have not fought a peer or near peer since 1945, and have spent the interim losing one war after another. They even lose to third world militias, and leave whole regions devastated, with hundreds of thousands of civilians dead, millions displaced, and cities razed to the ground.
And yet, the Deep State keeps finding or inventing one new war after another even though the old ones are still underway: Sudan, Somalia, ... Belarus appears to be next at bat. That should help our relations with Russia.
When was the last time the US was at peace? Counting the Indian Wars, the likely answer is never, not one day since the landing at Roanoke.
oh well... another chance to set the record straight
Korea: stalemate, facing a more determined marxist enemy
Korea: 60+ YEARS LATER: Vibrant, strong First-World state
Vietnam: WIN - we bludgeoned the NVA, left with an improving
ARVN, forced them to sign a PEACE TREATY in 1973(!!!) and pulled out our army with our PROMISE to South Vietnam that we would provide them the materiel needed to fight HoChi if he ever came across the wire again. In 1975, after watergate, a DEMOCRAT controlled Congress re-NEGED on our promise. This resulted in the collapse and conquest of South Vietnam, the subsequent genocide in Cambodia -all this blood is on the DEMOCRAT's hands.
Cold War: WIN
Gulf War '91 WIN
Gulf War '01 WIN
these are the wars we have fought - why do you say we've lost them? We have NOT lost to 3rd world militias. We do NOT leave whole regions devastated. 100's of thousands civilians dead? Killed by whom? Are you implying by the USA?
Obama did the same thing in Iraq as the Democrats did in Vietnam, losing the country that so much American blood had been spilled to free, and then deciding to side with and arm the Islamic terrorists instead.
You are asking the wrong questions. The U.S. military hasn't lost a major engagement since MacArthur's giant screw-up in 1950.
Vietnam was a won war in 1971. It was the politicians who negotiated away the victory and then didn't even try to keep their promises to the South in '75.
Afghanistan was a brilliant raid by our Airborne and light forces. Then our idiot politicians decided to make a western democracy in a place Alexander and the British couldn't tame.
I first enlisted in the Marines in '89. We were ready for WWIII and tight. Since then Clinton and Obama did everything in their power to screw it up - included forcing women and gender whatever people into combat slots where they have absolutely no business.
Military capability and success has always been a reflection of the strength and determination of a civilization. Our recent failures and weakness are a reflection of the weakness of our civilization, not our military.