It's easy to pick on President Trump for his treatment of allies, given his willingness to call out countries like Germany for not spending their fair share on defense. It's also easy to gloss over the fact that Europe has taken for granted a strong US presence that guarantees security. Relying on the US to … Continue reading It was always about burden sharing
It's like some people just want to watch the world burn. And by watch, I mean set it on fire themselves and then sit back and smugly gaze at their destruction. The latest sad example of this is the controversy over Hurricane Dorian's track. Dorian was a particularly nasty storm. It was big, had strong … Continue reading Biased media reporting has gone from annoying to dangerous
I saw the same picture you did when President Trump tweeted about Iran's failed satellite launch. The picture is pretty nice and detailed. It's resolution appears to be much higher than commercial imagery, and more than a few people are accusing the President of releasing classified information, and in doing so, demonstrating disregard for our … Continue reading Before you go there: NO, President Trump did not pull a Hillary Clinton
Norway is stuck in the middle. Russia has been pushing more aggressively past Norway. Recently Russia canceled a polar Norwegian Cruise Line entry into Russian waters, forcing the cruise company to reimburse passengers only two weeks before the cruise. Russia also surged naval forces off the Norwegian coast in its "Ocean Shield" exercise, causing a … Continue reading Norway: stuck in the middle
There is much ado about President Trump offering to purchase Greenland, and the Danish government politely turning it down. Was it stupid to make the offer in the first place? It's not the first time the U.S. has offered to buy Greenland, which captured the interest of William Seward in 1867 and President Truman in … Continue reading Greenland? Why Not?
Over 10 years ago, I was the electrical officer aboard a submarine. One of my Sailors was a massive slacker. Every time he was on duty, I would catch him gaffing off his maintenance responsibilities. Every collateral duty I assigned him was done poorly, and almost always required another Sailor to ensure completion. Luckily for … Continue reading The unused tools in the military
Normally Thanksgiving is about getting together and enjoying each others company. In my case, with no nearby family, I tend to host Sailors at my house who can't travel home to be with family. They come from a variety of backgrounds, so the conversations we have over the dinner table are always interesting. Despite the … Continue reading Is Thankfulness too much to ask for?
So it's Veteran's Day, a chance to have a Federal Holiday, get a free meal from local restaurant, and then go about my day. Sadly, that's how I spend most Veteran's Days. What I should be doing is talking to more people about what it means to be a Veteran, and try to dispel the … Continue reading Please talk to your Veteran today
Nuclear power is a pretty dangerous thing. Even if you can't see radiation, acute radiation poisoning can kill you very quickly. The nuclear Navy that I grew up in had a whole set of rules that safeguarded you from radiation poisoning and contamination. Not all of them made sense the first time you heard them, … Continue reading Throwing out the rules
Today was Scouting for Food, where the local scouts pass out plastic bags to be gathered the next week, hopefully filled with food donations to help feed the hungry. Instead of spending my morning catching up on the latest news on my phone, I spent most of the morning putting miles on the pavement with … Continue reading Locality trumps online
Imagine walking to work in the morning. Someone walks up to you with their hand in their pocket and says "I have a gun, give me your money." You could debate whether the gun is real or not, but most likely you'd hand over your wallet, not willing to risk getting shot. Now let's say … Continue reading Drop the norms and punch back in cyber
Well, the end is near: the Boy Scouts are soon accepting girls. I'm the Cubmaster for our local Pack, and unfortunately neither I nor my district executive was notified in advance (thanks for nothing BSA!). I'm still fielding questions from parents with little information to act on. What I do know is that I wasn't … Continue reading It’s all about the local Pack
Everyone is imposing on everyone. You'd think that reading the headlines. Today's latest is Jeff Sessions imposing religious beliefs on people: “Freedom of religion is one of our nation’s most fundamental values, which is why it is already strongly protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution,” Isaacs said. “But the freedom of religion does … Continue reading Don’t impose on me bro!
America never deserved Puerto Rico Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Know Puerto Ricans Are Fellow Citizens With headlines like these, who needs enemies? You'd think the continental US has hung Puerto Rico out to dry. Except...what's that in the background? https://www.dvidshub.net/video/554074/uss-kearsarge-puerto-rico-relief-efforts-b-roll-1 It's the USS KEARSARGE, unloading supplies and Sailors onto Puerto Rico! And look over … Continue reading Real Sailors and real news about Puerto Rico
Yesterday one of my more inquisitive petty officers asked me why China backed off on its promise to cut all banking ties with North Korea. Specifically, he asked me why China would support a regime that murders and brutalizes its own people. "Easy," I told him. "They aren't Chinese, so China doesn't really care." I … Continue reading Because they aren’t like us