Russians simulate an attack on our ship sand of course we do nothing.
On April 11, Donald Cook was conducting deck landing drills with an allied military helicopter when two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes at approximately 3 p.m. local. One of the passes, which occurred while the allied helicopter was refueling on the deck of Donald Cook, was deemed unsafe by the ship’s commanding officer. As a safety precaution, flight operations were suspended until the SU-24s departed the area.
One of the measures of a vibrant civilization is an ability to aggressively–and even sometimes disproportionately–respond to threats, and yet the USN and the American military in general is humiliated time and time again.
Good men are already leaving the military in droves because it has decided to spend more time fighting its own men than our enemies in the world. The last vet I ran into, a decent and hardworking family man, left the military after ten years because he couldn’t stand how much time was wasted on sensitivity training. Mind you, that man went to Afghanistan twice. Is that a culture that breeds warriors? Absolutely not.
We’re turning our military into a laughingstock. In ten to fifteen years, at the current rate of degeneration, we will not have an effective fighting force. All service branches (except–possibly–the Marines) are doing yeoman’s work to drive away the best people for the job. There’s a simple reason for that, and it lies in the fact that there’s only one demographic who should be fighting: aggressive young men. There is only one group besides that who should even be in any military, and that is the men who used to be those young men. Is this–women should not serve in the military–such a shocking idea? It has been a good rule for all of human history until yesterday.
Unfortunately, our military is finally catching up to society at large in the opinion that this demographic is to be despised. What was once a bastion for keyed up young men has just become yet another place which hates them. Since the values of the modern military are now antithetical to those of the soldier, all of the soldiers will leave. Who remains? No one you would want to share a foxhole with.
If the Donald Cook has orders to sit on her stern while under potential attack, why don’t we scrap her, retire her crew, and save a literal boatload of money? If we don’t have the wherewithal to properly run a Navy we shouldn’t be putting destroyers in the Baltic in the first place. If our military is going to turn into a jobs program which hasn’t the will or capability to fight, it should be completely disbanded. It’s no good as a jobs training program anyway, due to its ridiculous expense and the limited application for much of its training. What are we paying for?
Europe disarmed themselves and they seem to be doing alright. Well, of course, they are getting invaded. Why have a border if you don’t defend it? Why have laws if you don’t enforce them? The same reason you have military that doesn’t respond when provoked, I assume. What is the purpose of all these sovereign nations if they can’t fulfill their raison d’être.
Pacifistic rules of engagement are shortsighted. In the interests of appearing peaceful and rational, they create an image of weakness. That image of weakness will kill far more people and carries with it a much greater threat of war. When the bloom finally comes off the rose of US military might–and it will, because our military has been overtaken by a fast-acting cancer–the West is in for a world of hurt. Perhaps it deserves to be.