Do We Want to Win?

Larry Kudlow has a piece up called If We Want to Destroy ISIS, We Can Destroy ISIS. This raises the question: Are we willing to destroy ISIS? Do we want to win?

Here’s what winning a war looks like:Atlanta 1864That’s a picture of Atlanta in 1864. Here’s what Berlin and Hiroshima looked like in 1945.1945

In the wars we’ve won, the United States crushed our enemies. We killed them and laid waste to their countries until we destroyed their will to continue fighting. Even if we knew how to go about doing that in the present circumstance with ISIS, I’m not sure we are willing to do the hard work of inflicting sufficient pain of our enemy to win.

Veterans Day

On the wall in a hallway in our house there is a pencil sketch of a young Army captain. It’s dated August 14th, 1945, Dachau. A grateful former prisoner drew the portrait of my father.

My father joined the Army in 1940 as an enlisted special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps. In 1943, he was commissioned as an Infantry officer but continued to serve in Counterintelligence. In the final days of the war, he commanded a counterintelligence team attached to the 66th Infantry Division, and after the war, he was involved in the detection and arrest of Nazi war criminals.

The FBI, the Army, and 9 mm

The Army is looking to replace its current stock of M9 and M11 9 mm pistols with newer, more modern weapons. One interesting twist in the request for submissions from potential vendors is that the choice of caliber has been left open. This has led to speculation that the Army may wind up joining the Coast Guard in adopting the .40 S&W round or the Marines who have partially readopted .45 ACP. Some have suggested that the .357 Sig round might be chosen.

Meanwhile, the FBI has announced that it will begin transitioning its agents from .40 S&W to 9 mm. Apparently, a significant number of Special Agents have difficulty mastering a pistol chambered for the more powerful round. Given that 9 mm ammunition has been greatly improved over the past couple of decades (and is significantly less expensive than .40 S&W), the change is not unreasonable for a large, bureaucratic organization.

If the Gentle Reader were to spend some time pursuing the comments on various sites reporting on these two stories, he will find them filled with the pontifications of a plethora of Internet arm chair experts, almost none of whom have any real world experience or practical knowledge of combat shooting with a handgun. My personal preference is for a Model 1911 pistol in .45 ACP, but that is based on my training and actual combat experience. I suspect that the FBI will wind up swapping their .40 Glocks for 9 mm Glocks or something very similar. It will be interesting to see what wins the Army’s shootout.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

The IT drones at the Massachusetts National Guard loaded a bunch of filtering software on to the computers of the 1/20th Special Forces which prevented them from being able to access certain websites.

This site is prohibited. Reason: weapons/violence.

The software was part of a effort by the Massachusetts Adjutant General to end workplace violence.

Honey, we are a special forces company. We are all about workplace violence!

The software stayed, but the Green Berets were able to accomplish their work using personal computers and a cellular Internet connection.

Read the whole thing. Scroll down to Number V.