The Colonel is a student of history.
The word, "student," is used here in the strictest definition: one who studies something.
The Colonel makes no claim on mastery of history, or any subject for that matter. But, it takes no more than just a casual glance at the current world situation to see clearly that if history doesn't repeat itself, it certainly rhymes well.
The current United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced to the world the other day -- during his sneeze-in-a-whirlwind visit to Kiev -- that Vladimir Putin's thinly disguised occupation of the Crimean Peninsula was "not 21st-century, G-8, major-nation behavior."
The problem with Mr. Kerry's worldview is that it is hopeful at best, woefully naive at worst.
The Colonel is always hopeful. But, he always plans for the worst case.
He can't help but. The Colonel was trained by some of the world's foremost skeptics -- Marine NCOs.
Mr. Kerry, himself, was presumably exposed to similar instruction prior to and during his self-aborted tour in Vietnam.
It didn't take.
The John Kerry's of the world -- including his boss -- view the world as they wished it was.
A world in which no one acts in self-interest -- that is, self-interest as the John Kerry's determine it.
A world in which nations play by the rules -- that is, the rules the John Kerry's decide are appropriate.
A world in which appeals to common sense and propriety (as the John Kerry's define those concepts) are met with immediate repentance and reparation by transgressors.
A world in which, in order to lead, the United States need only stand in the background and nod sagely at appropriate behavior and give stern looks at misbehavior.
A world in which bluster and drawing of "red lines" is sufficient.
Surely the John Kerry's of the world know better.
Surely the John Kerry's of the world know that for millenia, statesmen and politicians have hailed new centuries in which men and nations were far more "civilized" or "progressive" or whatever than the men and nations of the preceding century.
Surely the John Kerry's of the world know that history shows each century's statesmen have been wrong in that assessment.
As long as a gracious God delays the end of man, little men will seek to make themselves and their nations bigger than they see themselves.
Vladamir Putin is such a "little" man.
The oligarchy in the People's Republic of China are such "little" men.
Turning the calendar page to a new century does not change the nature of man any more than setting the clocks forward adds more daylight to the day.
Our national leaders will serve and protect us best to see the world as it is -- and forever will be -- rather than risking our security and prosperity through inane naivete.
By the way, John Kerry, the Colonel sees you for what you are -- a little man who abandonned his comrades in arms and threw them under the bus to further his political ambition.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
It doesn't take a history professor to see the coming revolution.
But, it ain't gonna be the revolt that the Colonel and his fellow (little r) republicans would prefer.
It's not going to be a Tea Party party.
Frankly, most of the Colonel's fellow (little r) republicans, despite disgust with the extra- and un- constitutional political machinations of the political ruling class, are far too comfortable and have far too much to lose to consider pledging their sacred honor in order to save America for their posterity.
Talk is cheap. Action costs more than most are willing to give.
Then how do you explain not one percentage point of increase in military enlistment from the upper middle, and above, classes post 9-11?
That's right. For all the flag-waving, and despite anecdotal evidence to the contrary, there was no appreciable increase in volunteers for military service. The Colonel knows this from first-hand experience leading a sizable portion of the Marine Corps recruiting effort for two years following 9-11.
But, make no mistake, a revolution is coming.
The revolution will be led by those who, in a few years, will find the governmental largesse upon which they have become dependent, has dried up.
The coming revolution will be against the Colonel and his fellow (little r) republicans.
The next American Revolution will be a socialist movement.
It pains the Colonel to tell you this. Recognizing the truth is always painful.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Something has to give.
The Colonel's LOP (List of Projects: compilation of great landscaping, terra forming, and woodworking ideas) far exceeds his grasp. The Colonel's PL (Project List: landscaping, terra forming, and woodworking projects begun but not completed) far exceeds the prioritization capability of his ADD addled mind.
Further, adding insult to injury, the Colonel's once robust, if diminutive, physique has begun to atrophy at an alarming rate matched only by the rate at which his cognitive abilities are becoming less cognitive and far less able.
And then there's the weather.
Climate change is a fact folks.
One needs only spend a modicum of time outdoors, or examining the monthly electric bill, to see the proof of significant change.
One season it is unbearably hot and humid; the next it is unbearably cold and wet.
Oh, how the Colonel longs for the good old days before corporate greed and rampant consumerism raised CO2 levels and turned our atmosphere into an ice sheet-melting greenhouse, spawning mega hurricanes, massive desertification, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, sunspots, tsunamis, killer bee invasions, mega fauna extinction, Walmarts, (deep breath), pet-eating pythons, libertarians, shovel-ready projects, S & L failures, falling test scores, alien abductions, and...
It was a simpler time in the halcyon days of the Colonel's misspent youth/young adulthood.
BCCE (Before Climate Change Era), life had meaning.
BCCE, our enemies were bigger, badder, and tangible. Darn you, Gorbachev, you gave up too easily.
Must have been the weather.
BCCE, there was no such thing as Seasonal Affect Disorder.
BCCE, our children were less self-absorbed and much more polite.
BCCE, birds weren't as angry, cows weren't as flatulant, and John Wayne was... well... John Wayne.
BCCE, the Colonel's writing made infinitely more sense.
The Colonel is tempted to follow Gorbachev's lead (there sure ain't any American leaders behind which to queue up any more) and throw in the towel.
Anything he builds is just gonna get washed away in a couple hundred years when sea levels rise back to where they were a couple million years ago...