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.
Westerners are in denial. And, the deniers are even more afraid of Jihad and terrorism than those of us who are crying out against it. Thus, like battered women, they seek to appease the violent offender; they also engage in self-blame in the misguided belief that if they do not “offend” their batterer that he will not batter them.
McCain, the fighter pilot, has gotten inside Obama's OODA loop. Something the Navy teaches fighter pilots to do.
The OODA Loop, often called Boyd's Cycle, is a creation of Col. John Boyd, USAF (Ret.). Col. Boyd was a student of tactical operations and observed a similarity in many battles and campaigns. He noted that in many of the engagements, one side presented the other with a series of unexpected and threatening situations with which they had not been able to keep pace. The slower side was eventually defeated. What Col. Boyd observed was the fact that conflicts are time competitive.
Elections are nothing if they are not time competitive. Evidently the "freezing of the opponent" that Alinsky recommends has not worked on McCain. He was not frozen. Once that happened McCain was operating inside Obama's decision loop.
Evidently Boyd is beating Alinsky. Or to put it another way. The fighter pilot is beating the community organizer. As a Navy man myself, I'm not surprised.
The e-mail addresses I had for contacting the owners went away when my puter crashed (pre-Dr. Mercury), they aren't on the website anymore. Another list I subscribe to (music-related) went down two months ago; before anyone knew what had really happened (traitorous hard drive), many members had sent in money (via PayPal), and the owner was able to get some back-up eqpt!
Us ground-pounders call it the "decision cycle." If you can use speed and shock to get inside the enemy's decision cycle, he will be in a purely reactive mode. Thereby, you are able to dictate pace and plan his destruction.
The Islamic Jihad is well on its way, irrespective of what our deluded State Department would have us believe. There are countlesss examples in the world of Islam's successes, many were outlined in Ms. Chesler's article. Closer to home, the Tyson Foods Eid al-Fitr holiday replacement decision provides evidence of the assault on our way of life. There has been a subtle pressure placed on our political and academic class for years. Many of our university departments have been endowed by the Saudis; even former Presidents have been purchased by Arabia.
We are at war and we must remember that it is easier to preserve our freedoms than to get them back.