LTC Carlton Myer is another US hero, he really gets it. The stuff he puts out is well researched/documented. He has also wrote a great book on war. It is all at G2mil.com. I will post weekly updates from his blog.
Dec 20, 2010 – Games Generals Play
The long awaited report on the April 2010 CV-22 crash in Afghanistan was finally released, four months late. The Generals disapproved of the first investigation, so they ordered a second. They weren’t completely happy with that one either, but the media was probing so they released it. A three-star General who didn’t participate overruled the findings, and the one-star who wrote the report was fired/retired. I disagree that the cause of the crash is uncertain. That CV-22 was too heavily loaded to hover land at the LZ. I may write yet another article, but here is one thought:
In an article from the March 28, 2010 “Aviation Week”, an Army Spec Ops Colonel dissed the CV-22 flown by his USAF co-workers in the press, saying the Army doesn’t want them. Col. Clay Hutmacher said:
“above 4,000 ft., there’s a significant [hovering] limitation on the V-22, Tiltrotor engineers concede that while the V-22 hovers well in many situations, the special twist and size of its proprotors leave it unable to carry as much useful load pound-for-pound as most helicopters hovering in similar conditions. I’m not disparaging the V-22, Hutmacher said. Hovering ability, however, is critical to the 160th, because at the end of the day, our mission is going to terminate in a hover.”
Certainly, everyone in the small CV-22 community read that. One week later, “someone” decided to send three fully loaded CV-22s with 16 passengers each to hover land at 5226 ft. in their first Afghan combat mission. The first CV-22 crashed because it couldn’t terminate in a hover. Was someone trying to prove Colonel Hutmacher wrong?
Dec 19, 2010 – Border Fights
One topic forbidden by our corporate media is violence on the U.S. side of the Mexican border. This Border Patrol agent was recently gunned down in Arizona, but no one seems to care. He wasn’t just a wandering agent, but part of a para-military team trained and organized for combat. To its credit, Fox News is the only major media outlet that covers such border violence.
Its owner, billionaire Rupert Murdoch, supports open borders, so its strange that he allows his Fox News to report on border violence. I suppose since Fox News leads in the ratings and makes him lots of money, he allows some slack. Given that all other networks refuse to report on this topic that most Americans feel is harming the nation, covering the problems of border violence and mass illegal immigration is one reason it is the most highly rated network. Unfortunately, there are many simpletons, Bill O’Reily included, who do not understand that having the highest ratings does not mean its the most accurate news network, just the most profitable.
Dec 18, 2010 – The Gay Card
When you read that homosexuals can now serve in our military, keep in mind that this has been allowed for two decades. The only stipulation was that they had to “stay in the closet” and not discuss their perversion openly, just like heterosexuals with perversions. Despite heavy media coverage, it is uncertain what impact this will have, other than numerous lawsuits by some homosexuals in uniform who will play the “gay card” whenever they get into trouble. When some are denied promotion, or not selected for reenlistment, they will claim that it must because they are gay. Perhaps “affirmative action” goals will include homosexuals, so promotion boards are pressured to promote a quota.