Monday, January 7, 2019

TheList 4895

The List 4895 TGB

To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend. Great Bubba Breakfast this morning.
This day in Naval History
. This Day In Naval History – January 4, 2018
Jan. 4
1863 - Blockading ship USS Quaker City captures sloop Mercury carrying dispatches emphasizing desperate plight of the South
1910—USS Michigan, the first U.S. dreadnought battleship, is commissioned.
1943—USS Shad (SS 235) sinks German minesweeper M 4242 (ex-French trawler Odet II) in the Bay of Biscay.
1944—USS Bluefish (SS 222) and USS Rasher (SS 269) attack a Japanese convoy off French Indochina; Bluefish sinks a merchant tanker while Rasher damages another tanker. Also on this date USS Cabrilla (SS 288) sinks a Japanese freighter off Cape Padran, French Indochina while USS Tautog (SS 109) sinks a Japanese freighter off southern Honshu.
1945—During attacks against the U.S. Navy force bound for the Lingayen Gulf, a kamikaze crashes into escort carrier USS Ommaney Bay (CVE 79) in the Sulu Sea and damages her beyond repair. USS Burns (DD 588) scuttles the carrier escort.
1972—Secretary of the Navy John Chaffee approved the establishment of the Legalman (LN) rating.
1989—VF-32 F-14 Tomcats from USS John F. Kennedy shoot down two hostile Libyan MiGs with AIM-7 [Sparrow] and AIM-9 [Sidewinder] missiles in the central Med north of Tobruk in international waters.
. This Day In Naval History – January 5, 2018
Jan. 5
1776—The first Continental Navy squadron is ordered to sea by Congress to seek the British off coasts of the Carolinas and Rhode Island and in the Chesapeake Bay.
1855 - USS Plymouth crew skirmish with Chinese troops
1875—Cmdr. Edward Lull leaves New York to begin the Panamanian Expedition to locate the best ship canal route across Panama. The route mapped is followed 30 years later.
1943—While bombing airfields and installations during the Guadalcanal campaign, USS Helena (CL 50) becomes the first U.S. Navy ship to use Mk.32 proximity-fused projectiles in combat, downing a Japanese Aichi Type 99 carrier bomber (VAL) with her second salvo.
1944—USS Omaha (CL 4) and USS Jouett (DD 396) were summoned to engage the German blockade runner Burgenland under the guise of SS Rio Grande. Gunfire and scuttling charges, sank the German runner.
1945—Kamikaze attacks continued against the U.S. Navy force bound for the Lingayen Gulf. Eight ships were hit and Rear Admiral Theodore E. Chandler was among those who were killed.
1967  "Vietnam: Air Losses"(Hobson): One United States fixed wing aircraft was lost in Southeast Asia on 5 January 1967…
(1) LCDR RICHARD ALLEN STRATTON was flying an A-4E of the VA-192 "World Famous Golden Dragons" embarked in USS Ticonderoga on a strike mission to find and destroy a reported ferry at My Trach, 10 miles south of Thanh Hoa…Hobson: "Unable to spot the ferry the Skyhawks attacked four barges, which were moored nearby. LCDR STRATTON fired one Lau-3 pod of rockets and then came around for another attack. As he fired his next pod debris from one of the rockets was sucked through the aircraft's intakes and into the engine. The pieces of rocket destroyed the engine, which exploded, blowing the aircraft tail off. Although he tried to reach the sea, the sequence of events happened too quickly and Dick Stratton ejected over land and parachuted into a tree near a village and was captured. LCDR Stratton was VA-192's maintenance officer and was flying his 27th mission over North Vietnam when he was brought down… He was released on 4 March 1973 and after retirement from the Navy became a social worker specializing in drug abuse counselling. In 1978 Scott Blakely wrote "Prisoner of War: The Survival of Commander Richard A. Stratton," which is probably the most perceptive of all the books on POW experience."…  
1968 - First Male Nurse Corps officer in Regular Navy, LT Clarence W. Cote.
Jan. 6
1813—During the War of 1812, USS Hornet, commanded by J. Lawrence, captured the merchant schooner, Ellen, off the coast of Brazil.
1942—Japanese capture 11 Navy nurses in Manila, Philippines. They served most of their internment at Los Baños before being liberated in February 1945.
1943—PBY-5A (VP 83) sink German submarine U-164 off Brazil. Before being sunk, U-164 sank three Allied merchant vessels, none from the United States.
1945—USS Walke (DD 723) is attacked by four kamikazes while laying mines. After the third plane struck the ship, burning gasoline envelopes the bridge and Cmdr. George F. Davis, the commanding officer, is horribly burned. Remaining on his feet, he conns the ship, directs damage control efforts and sees to the destruction of the fourth plane. Assured of the ship's survival, Davis is taken down below, where he dies a short time later. For his heroic conduct, Davis is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
1996—USS Hopper (DDG 70) launches. The guided-missile destroyer is named for Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, a pioneer in computing.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Today's national headlines includes coverage on the House passing bills to reopen the federal government, the coming of a 'super blood wolf moon eclipse,' and the hunt in Texas for a suspect who shot a 7-year old girl. USS Somerset, USS Wayne E. Meyer and Special Purpose Marine Ari-Ground Task Force-Peru recently deployed together as Littoral Combat Group 1 in an effort to test the command and control concept of the grouping reports USNI News. Additionally, USNI News reports that the Navy has launched electronic Enlisted Advancement Worksheets in an effort to cut down on paperwork and errors.
3.      China Closer To Equipping Warships With Electromagnetic Railguns, State Media Reports
(CNN.COM 03 JAN 19) ... Euan McKirdy

China is getting closer to equipping its warships with electromagnetic railguns, state media reports -- which, if true, means its fleet could soon boast some of the most advanced weapons technology on the planet.
Citing CCTV, the state-run Global Times on Thursday reported the underlying railgun technology -- which utilizes electrical power rather than explosives to launch projectiles -- was based on "fully independent intellectual property," rather than copied from other countries.
Unconfirmed sightings of a Chinese landing ship apparently equipped with a test railgun in an undisclosed location have circulated around the internet this week.
Military expert Carl Schuster, former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, told CNN that if the reports were accurate, the weapon was likely to be "a year or two away from being operational."
"They'll say it's operational -- what that mean the operational evaluation has started, (and they're) testing it under more realistic conditions," he said. "Typically you're looking at a year before being deployed."
Schuster said it was significant that China appeared to be transitioning from copying foreign weapon designs to "developing their own" technology.
"It also tells you (that China) is no longer 10-15 years behind (the US)... They are now approaching parity with the west in terms of weapons development," he added.
Technological sea change
Railgun technology, which uses electromagnetic force to send projectiles up to 125 miles at 7.5 times the speed of sound, is cheaper and more accurate than traditional gunpowder-based methods.
"Using a massive electrical pulse rather than a chemical propellant, the railgun can launch projectiles much farther than the 13-nautical-mile range of the US Navy's standard 5-inch naval gun," the US Office of Naval Research says.
Railgun projectiles also don't need explosive warheads -- they do their damage with sheer speed.
"(Railguns) give you more firepower, more range, (and they can be better) guided, as you control acceleration in the barrel," Schuster added.
Today in History January 4

Robert Francois Damiens makes an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Louis XV of France.

Union General Henry Halleck, by direction of President Abraham Lincoln, orders General Ulysses Grant to revoke his infamous General Order No. 11 that expelled Jews from his operational area.

Utah becomes the 45th state of the Union.

France offers to sell their Nicaraguan Canal rights to the United States.

The U.S. Supreme Court decides in the Gonzales v. Williams case that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and can enter the United States freely, yet stops short of awarding citizenship.

The Negro National League, the first black baseball league, is organized by Rube Foster.

The Paris Conference on war reparations hits a deadlock as the French insist on the hard line and the British insist on Reconstruction.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt claims in his State of the Union message that the federal government will provide jobs for 3.5 million Americans on welfare.

Billboard magazine publishes its first music Hit Parade.

On the Greek-Albanian front, the Greeks launch an attack towards Valona from Berat to Klisura against the Italians.

Japanese forces begin the evacuation of Guadalcanal.

UN forces abandon Seoul, Korea, to the Chinese Communist Army.

The French Army in Indochina launches Operation Nenuphar in hopes of ejecting a Viet Minh division from the Ba Tai forest.

Spain returns the Ifni province to Morocco.

A 7.7 earthquake kills 15,000+ people in Tonghai County, China.

Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England.

President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

The Khmer Rouge launches its newest assault in its five-year war in Phnom Penh. The war in Cambodia would go on until the spring of 1975.

The Ulster Volunteer Force kills six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day 10 Protestant civilians are murdered in retaliation.

Ohio officials approve an out-of-court settlement awarding $675,000 to the victims and families in the 1970 shootings at Kent State University, in which four students were killed and nine wounded by National Guard troops.

Over 300 people die and more than 700 are injured in Pakistan's deadliest train accident, when an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train.

Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former professional wrestler, is sworn in as populist governor of Minnesota.

The euro, the new money of 11 European nations, goes into effect on the continent of Europe.


NASA Mars rover Spirit successfully lands on Mars.


Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the Rose Revolution of November 2003.


Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) becomes the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Burj Khalifa (Khalifa tower) officially opens in Dubai, UAE. At 2,722 ft (829.8 m) it is the world's tallest man-made structure.

Thanks to Chuck
Subject: An Interesting Story  SEE THE ATTACHMENT
Between a different language & culture and a lot of aviation technical terms for fighting another aircraft it might be hard to understand everything.  However, you will get the gist of what leadership is about when life and death are always in the balance. 
In the Navy they have a punishment referred to as you are in Hack.  Fundamentally you go to your room and stay there until called to return to the ready room and flying.  This could last hours or days with food sent to your room.  Sounds a bit childish and certainly can be career limiting but not necessarily.  Yup I got to do that for doing the right thing but disobeying a direct order in the process from my CO's boss.  My CO got me out after a day or so.  Another is grounding you to stand the duty in lieu of flying missions for minor infractions or just being stupid.
Bottom line better to have a JO pissed off at you or even all of them then attending a burial.
First lesson like this I received is when the XO dead stick (the only engine failed) an A-4 to a landing.   Afterwards he assured us all that if we tried that we would be grounded permanently.   Pilots are expensive and time consuming to train (2 years) ejecting over friendly territory less risky.  That is the official rationale but truth is who wants to attend another burial.
Can not remember how or where I got this but, in my computer and rediscovered.
I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon
thanks to THE Bear - 
Dutch.... good change of pace read... Bear
The Atlantic
I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon.
There's a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company, in playing for the team that's winning big.
DEC 25, 2018
Author and longtime Sports Illustrated senior writer
Holiday parties were right around the corner, and I needed a cover story. I didn't feel like admitting to casual acquaintances, or even to some good friends, that I drive a van for Amazon. I decided to tell them, if asked, that I consult for Amazon, which is loosely true: I spend my days consulting a Rabbit, the handheld Android device loaded with the app that tells me where my next stop is, how many packages are coming off the van, and how hopelessly behind I've fallen.
Let's face it, when you're a college-educated 57-year-old slinging parcels for a living, something in your life has not gone according to plan. That said, my moments of chagrin are far outnumbered by the upsides of the job, which include windfall connections with grateful strangers. There's a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company—Time Inc.—in playing for the team that's winning big, that's not considered a dinosaur, even if that team is paying me $17 an hour (plus OT!). It's been healthy for me, a fair-haired Anglo-Saxon with a Roman numeral in my name (John Austin Murphy III), to be a minority in my workplace, and in some of the neighborhoods where I deliver. As Amazon reaches maximum ubiquity in our lives ("Alexa, play Led Zeppelin"), as online shopping turns malls into mausoleums, it's been illuminating to see exactly how a package makes the final leg of its journey.
There's also a bracing feeling of independence that attends piloting my own van, a tingle of anticipation before finding out my route for the day. Will I be in the hills above El Cerrito with astounding views of the bay, but narrow roads, difficult parking, and lots of steps? Or will my itinerary take me to gritty Richmond, which, despite its profusion of pit bulls, I'm starting to prefer to the oppressive traffic of Berkeley, where I deliver to the brightest young people in the state, some of whom may wonder, if they give me even a passing thought: What hard luck has befallen this man, who appears to be my father's age but is performing this menial task?
Thanks for asking!
The hero's journey, according to Joseph Campbell, features a descent into the belly of the beast: Think of Jonah in the whale, or me locked in the cargo bay of my Ram ProMaster on my second day on the job, until I figured out how to work the latch from the inside. During this phase of the journey, the hero becomes "annihilate to the self"—brought low, his ego shrunk, his horizons expanded. This has definitely been my experience working for Jeff Bezos.
During my 33 years at Sports Illustrated, I wrote six books, interviewed five U.S. presidents, and composed thousands of articles for SI and Roughly 140 of those stories were for the cover of the magazine, with which I parted ways in May of 2017. Since then, as Jeff Lebowski explains to Maude between hits on a postcoital roach, "my career has slowed down a little bit."
This proved problematic when my wife and I decided to refinance our home. Although Gina, an attorney, earns plenty, we needed a bit more income to persuade lenders to work with us. It quickly became clear that for us to qualify, I would need more than occasional gigs as a freelance writer; I would need a steady job with a W-2. Thus did I find myself, after replying to an posting for Amazon delivery drivers, emerging from an office-park lavatory a few miles from my house, feigning nonchalance as I handed a cup of urine to the attendant and bid him good day.
Little did I know, while delivering that drug-test sample, that this most basic of human needs—relieving oneself—would emerge as one of the more pressing challenges faced by all "delivery associates," especially those of us crowding 60. An honest recounting of this job must include my sometimes frantic searches for a place to answer nature's call.
To cut its ballooning delivery costs—money it was shelling out to UPS and FedEx—Amazon recently began contracting out its deliveries to scores of smaller companies, including the one I work for. Amazon trains us, and provides us with uniform shirts and hats, but not with a ride. Before 7 a.m., we report to a parking lot near the warehouse where we select a vehicle from our company's motley fleet of white and U-Haul vans.
I'm an Aries, so it stands to reason that I'm partial to Dodge Ram ProMasters. I like their profile and tight turning radius: That's key, since we make about 100 U-turns and K-turns a day. Problem is, most of the drivers in our company—there are about 40 of us—share my preference. The best vans go to drivers with seniority, even if they show up after I do. Before it was taken out of service for repairs, I was often stuck with a ProMaster that had issues: Side-view mirrors spiderwebbed; the left mirror held fast to the body of the van by several layers of shrink-wrap. The headlights didn't work unless flicked into "bright" mode, which means that when delivering after dark, I was blinding and infuriating oncoming motorists.
I drove that beast on my worst day so far. After a solid morning and early afternoon, I glanced at the Rabbit and sighed. It was taking me to that fresh hell that is 3400 Richmond Parkway, several hundred apartments set up in a mystifying series of concentric circles. The Rabbit's GPS doesn't work there, the apartment numbers are difficult to find, and the lady in the office informed me that I couldn't leave packages with her. She did, however, hand me a map resembling the labyrinth of ancient Greece. I spent an hour wandering, ascending flights of stairs that took me, usually, to the incorrect apartment. By now deep in the hole, with no shot at completing my appointed rounds for the day, I set a forlorn course for my next stop at the nearby Auto Mall. That's when I heard a thud-thud-thud from the area of my right front tire, which was so old and bald that it had begun to shed four- and five-inch strips of rubber, which were thumping against the wheel well.
Although it was only 4 p.m., I called it quits. Some days in the delivery biz, the bear eats you. But I got some perspective back at the lot, where a fellow driver named Shawn told me about the low point of his day. A woman had challenged him as he emerged from her side yard—where he'd been dropping a package, as instructed. "What are you stealing?"
"That sucks," I said. "I'm sorry that happened to you."
"It's cool," he told me. "I called her a bitch."
For both days of my safety training, I sat next to and befriended Will, who now shows up for work wearing every Amazon-themed article of clothing he can get his hands on: shirt, ball cap, Amazon beanie pulled over Amazon ball cap. I found that odd at first, but it makes good sense. If you're a black man and your job is to walk up to a stranger's front door—or, if the customer has provided such instructions, to the side or the back of the property—then yes, rocking Amazon gear is a way to protect yourself, to proclaim, "I'm just a delivery guy!"
That safety training, incidentally, is comprehensive and excellent. After two days in the classroom, all of us had to pass a "final exam." It wasn't a slam dunk. In my experience, however, some of the guidelines Amazon hammers home to us (seat belts must be worn at all times; the reverse gear is to be used as seldom as possible; driveways are not to be blocked while making deliveries) must be thrown overboard if we're going to come close to finishing our routes.
The google search Amazon driver urinates summons a cavalcade of caught-in-the-act videos depicting poor saps, since fired, who simply couldn't hold it any longer. While their decision to pee in the side yard—or on the front porch!—of a customer is not excusable, it is, to those of us in the Order of the Arrow (my made-up name for Amazon delivery associates), understandable.
Before sending me out alone, the company assigned me two "ride-alongs" with its top driver, the legendary Marco, who went out with 280 packages the second day I rode shotgun with him, took his full lunch break, did not roll through a single stop sign, and was finished by sundown. Marco taught me to keep a lookout not just for porch pirates—lowlifes who swoop in behind us to pilfer packages—but also for portable toilets. In neighborhoods miles from a service station or any public lavatory, a Port-a-John, or a Honey Pot, can be no less welcome than an oasis in the desert. (The afternoon I leapt from the van and beelined to a Honey Pot, only to find it padlocked, was the closest I've come to crying on the job.)
Delivering in El Sobrante one day, I popped into a convenience store on San Pablo Avenue. I bought an energy bar, but that was a mere pretext. "I wonder if I might use your lavatory," I asked the proprietor, a gentleman of Indian descent, judging by his accent, in a dapper beret.
A cloud passed over his face. "You make number one or two?"
"Just one!" I promised. He inclined his head toward the back of the store, in the direction of the "Employees only" bathroom.
After thanking him on my way out, I mentioned that I was new at Amazon, still figuring out restroom strategies.
"Amazon drivers, FedEx drivers, UPS, Uber, Lyft—everybody has to go."
But where? When no john can be found, when the delivery associate is denied permission to use the gas-station bathroom, he is sometimes left with no other choice than to repair to the dark interior of the cargo bay—the belly of the beast—with an empty Gatorade bottle.
It was late afternoon on a Monday when I may or may not have been forced to such an extreme. I was dispensing packages on Primrose Lane in Pinole, and I remember thinking, afterward: Aside from the fact that my checking account is overdrawn and I'm 30 deliveries behind and the sun will be down in an hour and I'm about to take a furtive whiz in the back of a van, life really is a holiday on Primrose Lane!
Pinole, incidentally, is the hometown of the ex–Miami Hurricanes quarterback Gino Torretta, a great guy who won the Heisman Trophy in 1992. I covered him then, and a few years later when he was playing for the Rhein Fire in the NFL's World League. Gino and I hoisted a stein or two at a beer hall in Düsseldorf. Some of the American players were having trouble enunciating the German farewell, auf Wiedersehen. To solve that problem, they would say these words as rapidly as possible: Our feet are the same!
going to be fun.
Performing my new job, I'm frequently reminded of my old one, whether it's driving past Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, where I covered countless Pac-12 games, or listening to NFL contests during Sunday deliveries. I've talked and laughed with many of the players and coaches and general managers and owners whose names I hear.
Sitting in traffic one damp December morning, I turned on the radio to hear George W. Bush eulogizing his father. His speech was funny, rollicking, loving, and poignant. It was pitch-perfect. In the summer of 2005, after returning from the Tour de France—cycling was my beat during the reign of Lance Armstrong—I was invited, along with five other journalists, to ride mountain bikes with W. on his ranch in Crawford, Texas. The Iraq War was going sideways; 43 needed some positive press. I jumped at the chance, even though I loathed many of his policies. In person, Bush was disarming, charming, funny. (These days, compared with the current potus, he seems downright Churchillian.) I wrote two accounts, one for the magazine, another for the website. Got a nice note from him a couple weeks later.
Lurching west in stop-and-go traffic on I-80 that morning, bound for Berkeley and a day of delivering in the rain, I had a low moment, dwelling on how far I'd come down in the world. Then I snapped out of it. I haven't come down in the world. What's come down in the world is the business model that sustained Time Inc. for decades. I'm pretty much the same writer, the same guy. I haven't gone anywhere. My feet are the same.
When I'm in a rhythm, and my system's working, and I slide open the side door and the parcel I'm looking for practically jumps into my hand, and the delivery takes 35 seconds and I'm on to the next one, I enjoy this gig. I like that it's challenging, mentally and physically. As with the athletic contests I covered for my old employer, there's a resolution, every day. I get to the end of my route, or I don't. I deliver all the packages, or I don't.
That's what I ended up sharing with people at the first Christmas party of the season. It felt better, when they asked how I was doing, to just tell the truth.
This is also true: Gina and I got approved for that loan last week, meaning that our monthly outlay, while not so minuscule that it can be drowned in Grover Norquist's figurative bathtub, is now far more manageable, thanks in part to these daily journeys which I consider, in their minor way, heroic.
Jim lived near me at Vandeberg AFB and then came to USC on a Navy scholarship a year after I did. Even became a fraternity brother. Then in the Spring he was accepted to the Naval Academy along with another end and away they went.  I agree with shadow he did write some great books.
I was "In The Building" while he was SECNAV, which was for less than a year (May '87 - Feb '88) - from what I saw, I doing think this is a good idea - 

From: Dutch R
Sent: Friday, January 4, 2019 7:08 AM
Subject: Fw: former Virginia Senator Jim Webb to fill the position of Defense Secretary???
Thanks to ted - 
Trump allies are rallying around former Virginia Senator Jim Webb to fill the position of Defense Secretary, after the abrupt departure of retired Marine General Jim Mattis.
The support for Webb may come as somewhat of a surprise, since he is a Democrat and has been largely out of the headlines since the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, when he launched a bid for president.
However, supporters say he aligns with President Trump's more realist world view — something that was a problem with Mattis, a foreign policy liberalist.
"Former Navy Secretary and former Asst Sec Def @JimWebbUSA would be someone to consider seriously for SecDef. His foreign policy views line up better with @realdonaldtrump and are not Bush 3.0," Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted on December 21.
Laura Ingraham
Former Navy Secretary and former Asst Sec Def @JimWebbUSA would be someone to consider seriously for SecDef. His foreign policy views line up better with @realdonaldtrump and are not Bush 3.0.
On Thursday, the New York Times reported the White House is considering Webb, citing three officials. A source also confirmed to Breitbart News that he is being considered.
The White House did not confirm any candidates, but indicated a search was underway.
"We will let you know when we have an update. No personnel announcements at this time," spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.
Webb, 72, is a graduate of the Naval Academy AND CLASSMATE OLLIE NORTH and a former Marine captain who fought in Vietnam as a Marine rifle platoon and company commander. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Navy Cross, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.
Webb, then a Republican, served in the Reagan administration as an assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, and then secretary of the Navy. He then ran as a Democrat senator in Virginia in 2006, serving one term.
Webb has a following among libertarians and foreign policy realists in Washington. He was a critic of the invasion of Iraq, and also disagreed with former President Barack Obama's interventions in Libya and Syria.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News during a conference call Wednesday that he thought the next defense secretary needs to be someone who agrees with Trump on ending unnecessary wars.
"The president deserves people who do agree with him," Paul said. "The president campaigned on the fact that we've been at war for too long in too many places."
"He's the first president really in a lifetime who has had the ability to declare victory and say, 'We need to come home.' He needs a defense secretary who agrees with him and will carry out the policy, not try to stymie the policy," he added.
However, some who know Webb are skeptical he would be a good fit. While he would have the experience for the job, they say he also has an independent streak.
"There are a lot of advantages out of that, but there is also a big danger," said Jim Hanson, president of the Security Studies Group. "Webb's an arrogant bastard. That doesn't always work. [Rex] Tillerson was also an arrogant bastard."
"Trump needs an ally. Tillerson and Mattis both didn't agree with him on his foreign policy agenda. They were almost the opposition to Trump. He needs someone who isn't going to fight him on things," he added.
However, Hanson said Webb would be good for military reform. "He's not a force deployment guy — he's someone who is going to look at the structure of the force."
Other names being floated to the White House include Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Army Secretary Mark Esper, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, and retired Army Gen. Jack Keane.
James Carafano, vice president of the Heritage Foundation's Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute who served as an adviser on the Trump transition team, also recommended that the president choose someone onboard with his agenda.
"We've already seen what happens when you pick someone who's not really a team player. You can't do that on Defense, you can't do that on State. Maybe you can do that on some agency somewhere, but not on the two most key critical cabinet posts," he said.
Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, agreed.
"The president cannot run the whole government. He has to delegate, and he has to delegate to people he trusts to run the departments the way he would run them if he could run them all," he said.
"And if you've got people who have a lot of interesting skill sets, but won't do what he wants done, it's a formula for a disastrous administration."
thanks to Shadow - 
Back in the eighties… I was involved in a very dicey international incident. I was in a unique position, in such that very few people knew who I was or what my involvement was. But myself and my boss both felt it was just a matter of time before they got around to me; but first they had some bigger fish to fry, which gave me some time. I talked to my boss and she was very candid and said… "The way I see it, even though everything you were doing was approved… there doesn't seem to be any loyalty to anyone up here. Everyone from the top down is running for cover, covering their own ass first. It would help if you had an ally in D.C. Someone you trust, that knows the ropes and can give you advice as to what to expect". (If it reminds you of Tailhook; there was a lot of similarities. The "Heavies" being more than willing to let the politicians eat our young, while they covered their own asses).
Now I didn't know Jim at the time, but I knew of him and we had a couple of mutual friends. I was talking to one of them and he suggested I meet with Webb… explain my situation and ask for advice… he then gave me Webb's phone number. I called and asked for an appointment and gave a snap shot of what I was involved in and needed advice. To my surprise, he set aside a whole afternoon the next day for me to come in. If I remember correctly, he was the Under Secretary for Reserve Affairs at the time (DoD).
Hopped a plane the next morning and spent the whole afternoon with Jim and his EA. I filled him in from beginning to end. At the end of the day, he told me he would do some checking around and get back to me as soon as possible, in the meantime, keep a low profile and avoid the media at all costs. Two days later, he called me back and told me he felt I was out of harm's way for the time being and then told me what to do if anyone started sniffing around. His advice was spot on! I've been a Webb fan ever since. Actually I was a Webb fan, before I ever met him. I'd read "Fields of Fire" and "A Country Such as This"; which I believe is the best historical fiction account of what those of us who were in Vietnam went through in both combat and personal relationships before and after the war. If you haven't read it, you should.
I know about his resignation as SecNav… Webb resigned as a matter of principle. He was SecNav and was being ordered to reduce the force beyond what he was originally told was the goal. Jim felt it put the Navy in a weak position for the future and the architects of the force reduction were a bunch of political hacks that did not have the best interest of the Navy or the country in mind, for that matter. Pure political grandstanding.
His switching to the Democrats had a lot to do with Republican neocons and their influence in the party. I think his views were similar to mine; assholes who rattle sabres, talked a good game, but almost universally folks who'd never spent a day in harm's way or ever worn a uniform. Frankly, I think I know enough how the "Bear" thinks and believe he might be surprised that Webb thinks almost exactly the same as Bear and me.
Last, he is honest to a fault… he is loyal to the military and those who serve beyond any politician. And gents, he has been there… he has led and bled on the field of battle. I personally think he'd do great in the job, given a chance. Besides, McCain hated him and I can't think of a greater endorsement than that.
My two cents for what it's worth.

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THE MYSTERIOUS PHONE CALL Jack Blanchard's Column February 13, 2021

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