This Is Why I Hate Politicians.

They Bamboozle You with Words.

by Thomas Wictor

Sat, January 5, 2019

The US Senate voted to stop supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Because we’re so moral.

And here’s what we just did. In Yemen.

A terrorist credited with orchestrating a 2000 attack against the USS Cole was reportedly killed during a US airstrike in Yemen earlier this week.

"Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi has long been wanted for planning the bombing plot against the United States Navy destroyer, a strike nearly 20 years ago that left more than a dozen soldiers dead and even more injured."

According to CNN, the al Queda operative had been driving by himself on Tuesday when the US launched a strike in Yemen’s Ma’rib Governorate.

"An administration official, who was not named, said all evidence indicated al-Badawi was fatally struck in the joint US military and intelligence operation."

Why isn’t miniature senator Rand Paul complaining that the US is carrying out air strikes in Yemen, in exactly the way that the Saudis are carrying out air strikes?

Because Rand Paul is all about words, not actions.

I estimate that 99.99 percent of politicians are about words, not actions.

Which is why I can’t be bothered to go back to social media. Yesterday I checked my Facebook page, which had been temporarily blocked until I confirmed my identity by sending a photo of my driver’s license. After months of not hearing anything, I checked and found that Facebook has banned me for violating their terms of use. They won’t tell me what the violation is, because there was no violation.

The good news is that this attempted silencing of dissent is futile. President Trump will not be stopped. There’s no “soft coup,” and there will be no impeachment. Here’s what Trump said about James Mattis.

"General Mattis was so thrilled. Well, what’s he done for me? How has he done in Afghanistan? Not too good. Not too good. I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan. And I shouldn’t be happy. But he was very happy. He was very thankful when I got him $700 billion, and then the following year, $716 billion.

So, I mean, I wish him well. I hope he does well. But as you know, President Obama fired him, and essentially so did I. I want results."

Remarks by President Trump in Cabinet Meeting | The White House

Cabinet Room January 2, 2019 12:04 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Thank you very much. Thank you all for being here and joining the first Cabinet meeting of 2019. It's going to be a very exciting year. I think it's going to be a very good year.

Trump is all about actions, not words. Nobody is indispensable in the Trump administration. I personally like General Mattis, but if he was not getting results, then he needed to be replaced.

I recommend that you read Trump’s January 2 remarks. He’s hinting at massive changes in all fields of endeavor. I support Trump’s approach of shaking up EVERYTHING. Why shouldn’t we do it? What have our traditions accomplished? I’m sick to death of stalemate and paralysis.

The “withdrawal” from Syria is another military deception. By announcing our withdrawal—with no timetable—Trump gave cover to the Saudis and Emiratis to operate in the open. As Trump admitted in his remarks.

"We’re hitting them. We’re hitting them very hard. When I met with the generals in Iraq, I said to a couple of the generals — I said, 'Why didn’t you do this before?' He said, 'Sir, our commanders were telling us what to do.' I said, 'Well, don’t you tell them?’ 'No, sir. We take orders.' And they do. You know, they’re great soldiers. They listen. I do it differently. I sat around, and after a few minutes, they loosened up and they said, 'This is what we should do.' But we were supposed to be out of Syria many years ago."

Reading between the lines, I conclude that Secretary of Defense Mattis was not implementing new ideas as effectively as he should have. When I was on social media, I wrote about the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), the Second Revolution in Military Affairs (2RMA), and the Third Revolution in Military Affairs (3RMA). The RMA was the adoption of smart weapons and other high technology, the 2RMA was the creation of strategic special forces, and the 3RMA is training ALL combat troops to fight as autonomous combined arms micro teams.

A combined arms micro team is a unit with one motorized infantry squad, one heavy machine-gun squad, one mortar squad, one antitank squad, one sniper squad, one tank, one self-propelled artillery piece, one aerial reconnaissance platform, one helicopter gunship, one multirole jet fighter, and one fixed-wing gunship. The micro teams DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES how to carry out their orders. The battlefield appears on digital maps. The micro teams and Joint Operations Commands (JOCs) can see each everyone on the maps.

The idea of combined arms micro teams goes back to World War One. The Germans invented them. Officers and civilian leaders must delegate authority down to lieutenants and sergeants. It takes the ego structure of Donald John Trump for the 3RMA to be successful. Many American military leaders reject this new-old method of fighting. Well, our Arab and Kurdish allies used it in Mosul and Raqqa, and they won. Spectacularly.

Like Trump, all I care about is results. If we have to junk centuries of tradition, I say we should do it.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

About the author
Thomas Wictor was born in Caripito, Venezuela, and has lived in Texas, the Netherlands, Norway, Great Britain, Oregon, Japan, and California. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lewis and Clark College and has worked as a stevedore, library archivist, conversational English teacher, editor of the world's first online newspaper, voiceover actor, delivery driver, process server, field representative for a document-retrieval service, and music journalist.


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