Law enforcement agencies across the country are scrambling to get free armored vehicles that once protected soldiers from terrorists overseas. What in the world is going on here? Norvell Rose reports…
China has been described in many ways. It has been called a sleeping dragon. It has been called the Yellow Peril. It has been shown in a bad light for centuries. Movies have shown evil Chinese characters and gang members more than they have shown people like Charlie Chan, who is a stereotype since the role has been played by white men who seem to always spout Confucius in an attempt to show wisdom. But no one should underestimate China’s power. It has over three times more people than America, with a middle class larger than our entire population. We owe China nearly $2 trillion. We are also competing with China in many ways. With their desire to fully possess some islands off its coast and the coasts of Japan and South Korea, we are getting a look at their military power, including a potential manpower of over 200 million soldiers. Even the Bible mentions in the book of Revelation that the armies of the East will wage a 13-month war that will claim a third of the world’s population. It will be mainly a ground war, evidently, since the Bible mentions a weapon that sounds like a tank that will be used extensively. Also, there will be an army of 200 million.
China held the Olympics, which is an indication that it is a modern country equal in many ways to all the other developed countries. It can also hack into many of our computer systems, which makes it a cyber threat. It also likes to violate copyright laws, which makes it a commercial threat. And since the government and people have enough wealth, they can buy up significant amounts of silver, gold, strategic metals, and oil to make them scarce for the rest of the world. If the government in Beijing had friendlier ties with Moscow, the Chinese would purchase oil, platinum, and diamonds from the Russians and make that nation richer.
There are reasons to worry about the Chinese besides the predictions of the Third World War taking place in Asia. America is not mentioned as an opponent of the Chinese, which could mean our military will someday be no match for the Chinese military. Their navy may have a single aircraft carrier that doesn’t have planes aboard it yet. But with many more people needing work in China than in America, if the government decides to militarize the nation to become the greatest military in the world, tens of millions of people could be put to work building ships, planes, tanks, and guns in more factories than we have to turn out weapons. Since the next world war won’t use nuclear missiles but will be mainly a conventional war, I wouldn’t put it past the Chinese military to use nuclear-powered weapons systems. If a Chinese aircraft carrier used charged particle beam weapons and the planes used my injection reactor and compression-field engines, the ship could destroy missiles, ships, subs, and planes while the planes could travel at hypersonic speed and even destroy targets in space. A Chinese battleship or destroyer that used electromagnetic discharge guns could hit targets that are on the horizon in less than half a minute. Tanks with injection reactors, electromagnetic discharge guns, and charged particle beam weapons would be maybe twice as long as an M-1 tank. But they could slice them apart like a hunk of Swiss cheese. And if the soldiers are able to wear fighting suits and wield discharge weapons and particle beam weapons, they would be nearly unstoppable.
If WW III doesn’t happen, the Chinese economy will make them the strongest nation in the world. I know that there are economic experts who expect China to eventually come to the end of economic dominance. I hope it doesn’t happen before my book THE BELT sells millions of copies over there since most of the characters look Chinese and are the type of people China would be proud to have as citizens. But there is something there that could sustain the economy and make it even stronger. It’s the Chinese people. There are enough brilliant minds over there to bring China into a glorious future in which miners in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and in the Kuiper Belt can recover more minerals than what can be found in hundreds of earths. Factories could turn out more items than what 1,000 factories could produce. The Chinese Space Agency may develop technology that could send the Chinese to the stars after it establishes colonies on the moon, Mars, and throughout the solar system. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Russians and Americans will need China’s help in many areas before the turn of the 22nd century.
One of the big reasons why China may become the most powerful nation in the world during this century is because the government is totalitarian. Obama was envious of China and how it achieved its goals without a Republican Congress to combat. But there are some bright hopes that could alter the nation dramatically. The middle class is powerful and likes the technology and entertainment of the West. There are also more people attending churches in China than attend church regularly in this nation (and possibly Europe combined.) If the people force the government to truly be a people’s republic, and God blesses the nation, America will quickly be replaced by China as the greatest nation in the world. If China were to demand repayment of what it has invested in America, our economy would collapse, and China would soar to the top. If Obama gets his way, and our military is reduced in power, China may be allowed to be the most powerful military in the world sooner than expected. That would make a WW III, fought and won by the Chinese, more inevitable.
If a nation of over 1.3 billion people is determined to get its way, get out of the way, or you will be crushed.
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The Chinese Defense Ministry last week expanded its Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea, unilaterally increasing its claim on the Japanese-administered Senkakus Islands. China is demanding that any aircraft in the Zone must identify themselves and obey air traffic control from Beijing. Any “threats” over the disputed area will be identified, monitored, or engaged according to Chinese policy. Past history has included verbal threats and close formation ramming by outdated fighters.
China and Japan both claim ownership of the islets known as the Senkakus, while China claims Diaoyu. Located in the middle of the East China Sea seabed, which is “potentially rich with oil, gas and other mineral deposits,” possession of the islands has been a matter of contention between the nations since they were purchased from a private owner last year by the government of Japan.
In a show of support for its Japanese ally, the Pentagon authorized the flight of Guam-based B-52s over the disputed Senkakus Islets. The Strategic bombers were sent to challenge China’s “claim of exclusive control of the airspace over the chain of land patches in the East China Sea.” China’s response was pure bluster, claiming “The Japanese and U.S. hysteria is unnecessary and potentially dangerous, because it is based on a serious misreading, if not intentional distortion, of Chinese strategic purposes.” America’s debt holder is insisting that Washington had no business challenging its sovereignty in a regional misunderstanding of the long-term designs of the People’s Republic.
China is the second largest importer of oil and natural gas and has become the world’s largest energy consumer. Their demand for hydrocarbon fuels is expected to increase rapidly in the near future. China’s encroachment on the Japanese-owned islands is not based on improving its defense posture. Rather, it involves the overt theft of underwater resources for the purpose of securing oil for its ambitions to become a sole world power. By expanding the Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, China is using its military to grab oil and gas fields in East and South China seas. As they are closer to home, China hopes to minimize the effects of a possible blockade or embargo by the world community should the Chinese government decide to invade, hypothetically, Taiwan.
Naturally, this will all be of little concern to America’s low information voters. They are just too busy loving their Chinese-assembled iPhones.
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The magnitude of this Obama administration’s “progressive” radicalism becomes more evident with each passing day. In recent months, there has been a drastic spike in acts of both anti-Christian and anti-conservative discrimination and intimidation on military bases across the country. This mounting harassment is not being carried out at the hands of regular enlisted folk but, rather, at the hands of high-ranking officials who, in their official capacity, are targeting Christian and conservative organizations and individuals in an effort to silence them.
It has long been suspected that the Obama administration is using propaganda circulated by the roundly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a left-wing extremist group that, in recent years, has adopted two primary goals: 1) raising truckloads of money and 2) smearing as “domestic hate groups” dozens of mainstream Christian ministries like the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA.)
This suspicion has now been verified.
The problem on military bases has gotten so bad, in fact, that the U.S. Congress is demanding answers from the Pentagon. Recently, the AFA-affiliated OneNewsNow.com newsgroup reported that “Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Mississippi) is 1 of 38 members of Congress signing off on a letter to the Secretary of the Army – especially about an incident last month at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in which the Tupelo-based American Family Association was labeled in Army training material as a ‘hate group.’ The Army initially claimed it was an isolated incident.
“‘But as we looked into it, [we found] this is not an isolated incident,’ Nunnelee [told] OneNewsNow. ‘There are a number of cases where the Army has singled out the American Family Association and other Christian organizations as hate groups, and service men and women have been threatened with sanctions if they support these groups.”
After a tremendous public outcry – and in an embarrassing slap to the face of the SPLC – the Pentagon quickly backpedaled, later apologizing about the Camp Shelby incident and publicly admitting that, despite the SPLC’s absurd claims to the contrary, the AFA is not a “hate group.”
Still, rather than distancing itself from the anti-Christian SPLC as one might expect, the Obama administration has, instead, strengthened ties to the hard-left outfit. Even after this string of military scandals.
For instance, I recently learned that on its official website, the FBI lists as one of its primary “hate crimes resources” the Southern Poverty Law Center.
This is especially mysterious when you consider that the FBI’s own verified hate crimes statistics are completely at odds with numbers put out by the SPLC in its fundraising propaganda. Whereas the FBI indicates that there was a sharp 24.3 percent decrease in hate crimes from 1996 to 2010, with racial hate crimes dropping by 41.9 percent, the SPLC incongruously claims that since 2000, the number of “hate groups” has somehow increased by 67.3 percent.
So send your money right away!
The FBI’s empirical data doesn’t track with the SPLC’s political propaganda. Consequently, by partnering so closely with this discredited organization, the Department of Justice significantly undermines its own credibility.
Still, while the SPLC has proven utterly unreliable in its actuarial acumen – as well as intentionally dishonest – it has also proven demonstrably dangerous in its prolonged campaign of anti-Christian agitation.
You may recall that it was the Southern Poverty Law Center’s somewhat clever, yet patently dishonest and reprehensible, strategy of juxtaposing, as fellow “hate groups,” mainstream Christian organizations like the FRC and the AFA alongside violent extremist groups like the Aryan Brotherhood and the Skin Heads that, on Aug. 15, 2012, led to an actual act of domestic terrorism.
On that date, “gay” activist Floyd Lee Corkins II – who later confessed in court that he was spurred-on by the SPLC’s anti-Christian materials – entered the lobby of the Washington-based Family Research Council intending to kill every Christian within.
Corkins was armed with both a gun and a backpack full of ammunition. He also had 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches that he intended to rub in the faces of his would-be victims. (FRC had recently defended the food chain’s COO Dan Cathy for pro-natural marriage statements he made.)
The only thing standing between Corkins and mass murder was FRC facilities manager and security specialist Leo Johnson. As Corkins shouted disapproval for FRC’s “politics,” he shot Johnson who, despite a severely wounded arm, managed to tackle Corkins and disarm him.
Of Johnson’s actions, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said, “The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned.”
Upon hearing of Leo’s selfless act of heroism, I was reminded of John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
But according to both the SPLC and the FBI (by virtue of its close ties to the group), Leo’s heart is, instead, full of hate. Everyone at FRC is hateful.
In fact, if you happen to be a Bible-believing Christian, you too are hateful.
You get the drill.
The Obama administration has absolutely no business partnering with this extremist organization – and it’s an outrage that it does. If this troubles you as much as it does me, please contact the FBI at (202) 324-3000 and respectfully voice your concern. Then call or email your local FBI office. (Click here to find that location.) It’s critical that freedom-loving Americans light-up the FBI’s phone lines and demand that all facets of government completely disassociate from the SPLC and disavow any further use of its anti-Christian propaganda.
The Southern Poverty Law Center must be held accountable for its inflammatory and potentially deadly anti-Christian bigotry.
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Obama’s uneasiness with Generals
A hallmark of dictators is the purging of senior military officers in the hope of eliminating any viable opposition to future tyrannical actions. A large number of senior military officials–around 200 flag officers–have been relieved by the Kenyan Muslim in Chief in the last five years.
Obama is working diligently to create a totally obedient, Democrat Party-controlled military. After the Arab Spring uprising overthrew the old government and installed Muslim Brotherhood President Muhammed Morsi in Egypt, both Morsi and Obama expected Egyptian Military officers to subordinate themselves to the whims of a tyrant with Washington and terrorist connections. Obama watched that experiment closely because it was essential to his roadmap to total power in the United States.
Compliant Officer Class
The blogosphere is becoming keenly aware of an ongoing purge of Generals and Admirals in the US Military who are not in lock-step with Obama’s agenda. Senior military officers are being intimidated against speaking out. The real damage will be created if the left create a “compliant officer class” to carry out the wishes of America’s first elected dictator of the modern era. What is going to stop the Kenyan from ordering the Armed forces to suppress insurgent Tea Partiers?
Obama has a history of destroying any opposition, and the mainstream press has always been more than willing to help him out. If Obama succeeds, leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces will not have the backbone to tell the political class “no” to future commands. Even today, there are few combat Generals in the ranks; most senior officers are political animals. That is why there was little opposition to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. If any officer spoke up, they were first booted out of the cocktail parties and later drummed out the military. In the service, this is called a “Soft kill” of someone’s military career.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik told Politico Magazine that “There are several basic models of civil-military relations.” The first is the traditional one of separate spheres of authority: “Civilians do policy; the military executes”—but still decides the means of execution. In a second model, “Civilians are the principals, the military are specialized employees. The military can advise, but they must do what the boss says in the way the boss wants, no more and no less.” He points out the separation of the military from civilian leaders where the leadership sets policy and the military executes.
Unfortunately, too many politicians expect military officers to be their unquestioning loyal servants. This breeds discontent among the ranks. Politicians tend to be short-sighted, whereas the traditional military must plan for all contingencies. The Obama administration does not have a grasp of this concept, nor will they. As in Syria, Libya, and Egypt the administration didn’t have a clue as to the long-term effects of their policies. They were interested only in focusing on favorable political spin for Sunday morning talk shows. But bombing something or killing someone as a symbolic gesture has consequences.
Gen. Paul Eaton sums it up best when he said “The military does not take kindly to people asking them to do things without thinking them through.”
Troop cuts and civilian layoffs are imminent unless Congress and the White House reach a deal to avert another round of automatic budget cuts this fall, according to the Pentagon’s No. 2 official.
Ashton Carter, the deputy Defense secretary, told USA TODAY on Monday that unless Congress and the White House reach a deal to avert the cuts, the Pentagon will have to make a series of tough and dangerous cuts in military and civilian personnel. The cuts, known as the sequester, call for about $500 billion in defense cuts through the end of the decade.
“We can’t rule out reductions in the civilian workforce and involuntary separations of military personnel,” Carter said. “That’s something none of us wants to do. But again if you have to have reductions this fast and this steep you have to go where it is possible to get money that fast. Those are not the most strategically and managerially sound places.”
The Pentagon recently completed a review of military-spending alternatives directed by Carter that forecast an austere future complete with troop levels not seen since 1940.
Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the Strategic Choices and Management Review indicated a smaller force with modern weapons or a bigger one with older gear.
Read more at USA Today. By Tom Vanden Brook.
Between Leon Panetta’s unconstitutional order that combat units be opened to women and impending Sequestration this week, America can kiss goodbye its military superiority and ability to fight wars effectively. As readiness goes, so goes our security both at home and abroad.
The top military brass is already under pressure to show diversity and prove it doesn’t discriminate. Indeed, that is now its foremost mandate, not military readiness. With the repeal of laws barring women from combat units and special forces, they will now be forced to prove they’re giving women a “fair” shake by discriminating against more qualified men, since no comprehensive testing was done to prove women can make it through their training. (And the only two we know of who attempted such, two in the Marine Infantry Officer course, failed in the first day and the first week of training respectively.) It won’t matter that the women can’t make those standards that most of the top men in every branch can’t achieve.
It will go something like this at the officer level: “Suzy-Q failed the training? You’re up for promotion, aren’t you? Take another look at Suzy-Q.” And from DOD to the top brass: “We expect X% pass rate for females. Anything less will be seen as discrimination. Next year’s budget will reflect the success of this program. Understood?” The military will have to lower the standards of its toughest units in order to fill quotas of women to show they’re not discriminating.
Under Sequestration, equipment isn’t the only thing on the chopping block. Personnel will be as well, and all will have to prove their value in the positions they hold or want to hold. With the conflicting directives of cutting fat vs. compliance with female quotas in the combat units, it is qualified and experienced men who will be purged first. Combined with the inevitably lowered standards in these units to accommodate women, it is combat readiness that will suffer the most.
Cutting spending is vital for every department of government, including the military. The Marines have always been in the lead when it comes to working with the least, then cutting even more. With so many other ways to cut the excess – from non-vital programs like the National Endowment for the Arts to stopping the fraud and waste so pervasive in government programs from Social Security to Medicare – Sequestration is totally unnecessary. But this was Obama’s idea, and it put the military in the cross-hairs from the start. It’s easy to see why. This administration thinks the military is too masculine, too white, too conservative, and too straight. They’ve repealed DADT, opened the toughest units to women who can’t make it through one week of their training, and sold our equipment to our enemies. This is just the next phase in destroying the last bastion of merit and strength our country has against enemies both foreign and domestic.
Originally known as Decoration Day until 1882, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of America’s war-fighters who died in the service of our nation. The origin of the day is uncertain, but it most likely started with Southern Ladies decorating the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers’ graves during the Civil War. Or it could have started with the random organization of groups to honor the dead in several locations around the nation on both sides of the War. The Civil War tapped the need of decent people to honor their side’s dead as well as their loved ones who had fallen for their cause.
The first official proclamation establishing the day was from General John Logan on 5 May, 1868 and was first observed on May 30 of that year, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The Northern states were the first to observe Memorial day on the last Monday of May; Southern States honored their dead on separate days until the end of World War I. After the Great War, Memorial Day changed from a day to honor the fallen warriors of the Civil War to one of remembrance of all Americans who died fighting for our nation.
The placing of American Flags on the graves began with the Boy Scouts at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in 1951. Later, the 3rd U.S. Infantry would place flags on the graves of the fallen at Arlington and maintain a constant vigilance to ensure the flags never falter. Nationally, American Flags will be raised and flown at half-mast until noon in remembrance and raised to full mast for the remainder of the day.
Traditional observance has diminished somewhat over the years; far too many Americans have become complacent about remembering what made us and kept us free. Many of the graves of the fallen are being ignored, and most people don’t know the meaning of the flag being flown at half-mast. Outside of many military communities, the fallen are forgotten until the war-fighters are needed to fend off another threat to our nation. Soon after, however, people forget our war dead once again.
Too many Americans take Memorial Day for granted as another day off. Like Christmas, Passover, and Easter, the true meaning may be forgotten because it is not being taught to our children by our generation.
For those who know and observe this day of remembrance, may God bless you and keep you close.