Tonight is a history lesson and it is one that seems more appropriate everyday. Read even just the first few paragraphs of the Fall of France and consider how we stand today poised on the edge of a precipice that will result in the failure of the West. The leaders of both the free world and our putatitive NATO allies have now met and spoken with the leader of the free world and if they haven't rushed back to urge their parliaments to start immediately rearming then they will bear much of the responsibility for the failure to come.
As I read the entire article I was struck by all the parallels between the pre-war world and the situation that prevailed in France and the situation we have today. We have spent the years since 1996 designing and building warships that have never deployed. Think about it. The new generation nuclear carrier that was to replace the NIMITZ class is woefully inadequate and more than 3 year behind schedule. We're talking about a carrier where the catapalts to launch the planes are iffy, where the weapons elevators to move ammunition from the magazines to the planes on deck don't work and nobody has been able to make them work for over 3 years. It also has a dodgy arresting gear system and the ship just doesn't work. It is joined in dismal failure by the entire class of Littoral Combat Ships which are about as dangerous as the USS Panay on the Yangtze River back before World War II started. The Ticonderoga class cruisers are falling apart and the replacement doesn't exist. They build the giant stealth destroyer with a weapon system so expensive not even the United States can afford to use it and so it was scrapped. The Zumwalt class ships have been in the fleet for years and have never deployed since they suffer engineering casualties at a rate similar to the LCS which breaks down so often the crews qualify for the sea service deployment ribbon as they sit in Canadian ports for the winter since they cannot even get out of the Great Lakes.
With the French it was bad doctrine that doomed their army and with us it is the same thing. We are now engaged in extensive witchhunts and purges of 'extremists'. I wonder if I would qualify. My extremism is that I hold to the oath I swore to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. I believe that the FBI, democrats and the high command all now view people like me as extremists because we don't believe that the most important thing about the military is making everyone comfortable and safe and eligible for sex reassignment surgery at our expense.
Read the article if you have the time. It is fascinating. You can see the same ossified national command authority, internecine battling in a disintegrating government and massive split in the two Americas that are now fully in effect. Those on the left who despise the Americans and the Americans who despise the communist progressives who seem to think everything is an entitlement and guaranteed under the Constitution and that our enemies get better treatment than our industries outside of Silicon Valley.
Putin saw Biden and Biden and the left have already given Putin everything he wants. They are doing the same to their allies in Iran and they are destroying America's energy independence for some reason that defies comprehension. This is not JFK the neophyte and Johnson the leader of the Senate now vice president. We have an imbecile in charge backed up by an ignorant moron with zero background or ability to accomplish anything working with the levers of power in DC. It is not Nixon alone or backed up by Ford. Ford was a power in the House and well up to the job of running the country.
We come now to Obama. There was a sort of joke going around that he chose the moron to be his vice president because by doing that he made himself virtually immune to being turfed out since everyone could look at bumbling Joe Biden and know that maybe there was truth to the old saw that one president cannot destroy the country. With Biden now in charge it looks like he can. Hyper-inflation, reduced energy availability, insane policies that place migrants ahead of citizens and all the rest.
When I was younger I thought there was still a chance of a nuclear war with the USSR. It wouldn't be pretty. Now? I see a future more like what happened to Detroit. Gutted, hollowed out, destroyed by its own ruling class. Remember, these cities in the midwest were for a long time some of the richest cities in the entire world. Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh they are bare shadows of what they were and what happened to all of them was done by the ruling class that ran them into the ground.