Tuesday, June 29, 2010

CNSNews.com - Napolitano: ‘You’re Never Going to Totally Seal That Border’

Washington (CNSNews.com) – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, whose agency is charged with securing America’s borders, told an audience in Washington, D.C., in reference to the U.S.-Mexico border, “You’re never going to totally seal that border.”

Secretary Napolitano's brilliance has never been more evident, not! Alexander the Great would direct his troops to attack the strongest point, something that is almost counter-intuitive. He reasoned that if an enemy spent that much energy to protect something, then capturing or destroying it would be the quickest way to get the enemy to fold. The rest, as they say, is history. Similarly, if we continue to focus all of our energy and forces on the border it only makes it more attractive. Like Alexander, those wanting to enter illegally believe there is great wealth to be earned on the other side.

Napolitano and the rest of the myopic minions of the Obama administration lack a holistic approach to securing our borders. Border security is nothing without working with Mexico to improve wages and job opportunities to on the Southern side. Border security will continue to fail if there are no incentives for employers on the Northern side of the border to hire local workers versus illegal workers. Border security will continue to fail as long as we do not see the connection with demanding higher minimum wages.

CNSNews.com - Napolitano: ‘You’re Never Going to Totally Seal That Border’

Friday, June 25, 2010


Why aren't the Canadian citizens outraged about this crap? Of course the United States has no room to gloat; on this day our great legislator Chris Dodd effused about the 2,000 pages of financial reform "No one will know until this is actually put in place how it works". We have to turn to actor turned savior Kevin Costner for a solution to the oil spill. Egads!

'Secret' law lets police arrest for failing to show ID near summit

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Confidence Waning in Obama, U.S. Outlook - WSJ.com

Why is this surprising? We want elected officials who have a blank slate. If they have had an opinion on anything, they won't make it through the election process. Imagine someone like a Teddy Roosevelt running today, he would get annihilated in the media. Instead we get people like our current President, who was able to survive the election process because he lacked any track record to predict his future performance. He made speeches in in an even tone without ever getting emotional. Unfortunately the world tends to abuse even keel kind of guys. The war in Afghanistan has only gotten worse since he took office and the President has been disconcertingly quiet on the oil spill in the Gulf. There was a piece out last week asking if the President should become an "angry black man". The piece went into a bunch of silly nonsense for at the end, President Obama is the quintessential 21st Century, race not withstanding. He has no experience for experience would have caused him to have a track record. He has no track record because he has never had to make a decision. Had he done either, it would have been used against him in the election. The question we must ask ourselves is do we want to continue to elect political savants or actual leaders?

Confidence Waning in Obama, U.S. Outlook - WSJ.com

Chaos at Conn. airport renews tarmac-time debate - Yahoo! News

This crap won't change until someone finally dies of a heart attack or gets killed by an outraged fellow passenger. TSA and DHS are playing with a ticking time bomb for no reason.

Chaos at Conn. airport renews tarmac-time debate - Yahoo! News

Earthquake tremors empty college

A reminder that Southwestern Ohio can experience earthquakes. Northern Ohio has experienced several smaller quakes along the shore of Lake Erie. Canadian earthquakes can be felt in Ohio even though more people focus on the New Madrid fault to the south. When Mt St Helens erupted, the tremors here were strong enough to shake windows and glasses in cabinets.

Earthquake tremors empty college

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dubai to have security cameras 'everywhere' - Yahoo! News

If we aren't careful, the US will follow Dubai's same road led by Secretary Napolitano. In this journey US citizens will be asked to forsake our civil and Constitutional rights to have a safer homeland. The Bush Administration gave us the US PATRIOT ACT which overrode many civil rights in the name of homeland security.

President Obama ran on a campaign promise of change. In regards to homeland security, he and Secretary Napolitano aren't changing and seem to be only furthering the dilution of civil rights started under the previous administration. The President is seeking the power to shut-down the Internet in the event of a cyber attack. The definition of such an attack of course remains illusive. One hacker living overseas attacks the Pentagon servers, does this mean no Hulu for the rest of us?

Now Secretary Napolitano wants to increase surveillance of Internet usage by US citizens for fear if she doesn't, homegrown terrorism will run amuck. Secretary Napolitano hasn't met a US citizens that doesn't pose some kind of homeland security issue, rather it be a convert to radical Islam or merely a drug dealer. of course, where is her outrage and laser like focus on real threats to the homeland like BP? The entire ecological and economic systems of the Gulf Coast are in jeopardy, yet she is off worrying about what some undergrad may be looking at in his or her dorm.

Dubai to have security cameras 'everywhere' - Yahoo! News

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Boxer Declares Climate Change as the Greatest Threat

The author of this piece is overlooking the obvious; Boxer is stating why the US military will be used to protect the planet. Regardless of where you fall on this topic, the US government sees a lot of opportunity to further its agenda under the guise of "climate change". The oil spill in the Gulf coast is generating outrage from the President but rather a rehash of the cap and trade policy. How the hell does selling carbon credits help clean-up the Gulf coast?

The residents of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and even Texas rely on the Gulf of Mexico to provide their livelihood. Fishing and tourism are two of the biggest industries based on a healthy Gulf. What has escaped the notice of the media is how many residents as rely on the Gulf to provide their food. Yes, we saw the President choking down some mudbugs but for many, eating the local fauna is their only source of protein. Imagine what is going to happen to these people who can no longer catch or hunt their own food. They will be forced to leave but to where? Will they be able to catch or hunt the same kind of food that they are used to? Will these relocated people be accepted by their new neighbors?

Instead of thinking about this, we get Senator Boxer and others making nitwit claims that the environment WILL become the next reason for war and not admitting that for our brothers and sisters on the Gulf and may already by too late.

FOXNews.com - Boxer Declares Climate Change as the Greatest Threat, But Opponents Slam Theory

Monday, June 14, 2010

Of Turkey, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan

Once upon a time, Turkey served an invaluable role both geographically as well as politically. Turkey served as a bridge between the East and West for centuries and basing using military forces provided a strategic advantage for dealing with both the Soviet Union as well as keeping an eye on the Middle East. Turkey is a moderate Muslim nation that gave the US one of its only allies when dealing with other Muslim nations.

Times though are a changing. The Global War On Terror (GWOT), which is no longer politically correct, combined with the fall of the Soviet Union allowed military forces to be based for the fist time ever in former republics of the Soviet Union which serve the same purpose as Turkey. They are Muslim nations strategically located near areas of interest of the United States. Kyrgyzstan is the now the major air base for US forces operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. US forces are also now ensconced in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well. These new developments mean cooling relations with Turkey are not as significant as they once were.

Today's news is carrying the "surprising" news that Afghanistan possesses over $1 trillion in copper and lithium resources. Mining companies are falling over themselves to get the mineral rights. Somehow this sounds eerily similar to the situation in Nigeria where 40 different foreign oil companies control 90 percent of Nigerian oil exports.

Afghanistani citizens are complaining that the only reason for the GWOT was to exploit their resources. At $1 trillion dollars, it is hard to argue with them.

BBC News - Are regional issues splitting US and Turkey?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Maastricht Treaty

In 1993, the Maastricht Treaty went into effect forming the European Union. The EU was formed to create a single market economy and hopefully prevent some of the problems that lead up to World War I and WWII. The fall of the Soviet Union and reunification of Germany spurred on the goal of creating a European state that would do away with borders and spreading wealth more evenly amongst nations to dissuade future conflicts. However, long standing feuds over languages and cultures run deep. The economic collapse of Greece has caused some of the European Union members to rethink the concept. Whilst out attention is turned to things economic, apparently in Belgium old disagreements are threatening to turn Belgium into two separate countries. The European Union tries to pretend the centuries of conflicts in Europe don't matter. Apparently to the Walloons and Flemish, it still does.

Flemish Separatists Win in Belgium - NYTimes.com

BP Given 48 Hours by U.S. Coast Guard

The Empire State building was completed in 1931 after only one year of construction. Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 after 5 years of construction. The Golden Gate bridge was completed in 1937 without a single loss of life. It is hard to imagine these were accomplished by the same country that now sits on its hands while BP bungles yet another attempt to fix the oil spill. Wake up folks! MIT, Cal Polytech and a legion of other US engineering colleges puke out graduates every year. Surely they are able to come up with plan that works since they are NOT beholding to the BP executives.

The Gulf Coast oil spill is not the only major one going on. Google Nigeria and oil spill. You will find out some very depressing and disturbing facts.

BP Given 48 Hours by U.S. Coast Guard to Step Up Capacity to Contain Spill - Bloomberg

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hispanics abandon Arizona, fleeing economy, immigration law - Yahoo! News

If you chuck a large rock into a creek, the water goes around it. In Cincinnati, our rock was something called "Vortex" which targeted the highest crime neighborhoods in Cincinnati. The results were good, Vortex chased out the criminals. Vortex did nothing about the criminal's behavior, it merely provided an incentive to relocate. In the end, Vortex only served to push the problem to outlying neighborhoods which were not equipped to deal with the rapid influx of crime.

Similarly, Arizona has addressed its problem (regardless of which side of the issue you fall) by pushing its problem out. Illegal immigrants continue to flood into the country and other states may have few resources to deal with the increase. Arizona deserves credit for bringing this issue to the forefront but their approach may have long term repercussions for other states.

Hispanics abandon Arizona, fleeing economy, immigration law - Yahoo! News

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Old School

The United States has spent billions of dollars on developing stealth technology. Stealth technology is the electronic equivalent of camouflage designed to defeat the digital eyes of radars.

Stealth uses a combination of radar absorbent paint and oblique angles to reflect radar beams away from the radar antennae, hence rendering the aircraft or ship undetectable, at least by radar.

Stealth aircraft and ships are of course still visible to the naked eye. Stealth aircraft operate at night and are painted black to minimize being spotted. Surface ships though are slower and spend much more time on station thus making them much more easier to detect visually.

The US pursuit of high-tech stealth technology seems to have left with the myopic view that everyone else uses the same type of technology. What gets overlooked is that not everyone can afford cutting edge technology.

On a previous blog, I wrote about the Taliban outgunning US and NATO forces by using ancient, large bore rifles. North Korea followed suit by sinking a South Korean navy vessel using a diesel power mini-sub.

The asynchronous approach was able to defeat the US backed South Korea navy and elude detection. The seemingly impossible was accomplished due to the diminutive size of the mini-sub and its operating location being coastal as opposed to deep sea. Apparently, the US assumptions continues to miscalculate that potential enemies will rely on the same technology and tactics.

Defense contractors must also be held culpable as they continue to sell flashy, high-tech solutions that continue to show their failings against older technology. Years ago as a new intelligence analyst, the An-2 Colt proved be an earlier example of the advantages of older technology.

The An-2 is a single engine, high-mounted wing observation aircraft from the Soviet Union. US forces were confronted with the challenge of spotting this aircraft which flew below radar coverage at sub-sonic speeds and could carry troops into areas such as South Korea.

Twenty-five years later and the US and her allies still can't seem to come up with an answer for Soviet era technology. The term used in the article for this dilemma is asynchronous warfare which means basically that advantages can be won by going old school.

AP Enterprise: Sub attack was near US-SKorea drill - Yahoo! News

Thursday, June 3, 2010

After Flotilla Raid, U.S. Is Torn Between Allies

First the oil spill in the Gulf Coast shows a lack of resolve by the President. He is going to aggressively demand accountability yet the oil continues to spew unabatedly. Now the Israelis overreact to a vessel in international waters. The US is caught firmly between their long-term relations with Israel and Turkey. An impartial, transparent investigation is not going to satisfy Turkey and shows how little affect the United States has on either ally. And lest we forget, hurricane season is now upon us and North Korea is ready to go to war....

After Flotilla Raid, U.S. Is Torn Between Allies - NYTimes.com

BP drops diamond saw; 'top hat' plan back - CNN.com

The Gulf Coast oil spill has provided many learning points useful in the emergency management class I'm teaching this term. Upon announcement that the Top Kill operation had failed, one of my students asked "Is BP trying to play Tetris?". It seems BP has moved from Tetris to McGiver with equally unimpressive results.

BP drops diamond saw; 'top hat' plan back - CNN.com

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flotilla Raid Further Frays Turkey-Israel Ties

Not to be outdone by US posturing with Iran and North Korea, Turkey has decided to test the mettle of Israel.

Turkey has a large, modern military force that easily outguns the Israelis. Israel enjoys an almost mythical reputation for their military but toughness alone is enough in the face of overwhelming numbers. Israel has no inhibitions about using nuclear weapons, especially if facing an all attack from Turkey.

Turkey is a Muslim nation and a NATO nation. Any conflict between the two nations would pose several dilemmas for the United States. First, the United States has been a long time all of Israel. Supporting Israel over Turkey would put the US at odds with NATO, the very organization the United States helped formed in response to the Cold War. It would also affirm in the eyes of the Muslim world that the US has really be waging a war against Islam all along. The US would lose any leverage it may have in dealing with Iran and Ahmadinejad's nuclear weapons program.

If the United States comes out supporting Turkey, it means abandoning long time ally Israel. It will be spun by both Islamic and Jewish supporters as a victory for the Muslim world and the US will be condemned for abandoning a long-term ally.

Israel's policies regarding the Gaza strip are untenable and places the United States in a precarious position. The US is already engaged in two wars, with the possibility of additional conflicts in either North Korea and Iran, can ill afford to be drawn into another conflict in the Middle East. The United States has thus far been able to minimize comparisons of the current wars to the Crusades. A conflict between Turkey and Israel would enjoy no such pardon.

Flotilla Raid Further Frays Turkey-Israel Ties - WSJ.com

Update: The UN has just condemned Israel's actions.