The US Submarine Force is Sunk


When you look at the larger disaster of American arms and readiness, all the services are in the hazard of being mission ineffective. The US Navy surface fleet has been an unmitigated building debacle with the Little Crappy Ships, Zumwalt class and the USS Ford carrier not performing up to speed for any of the anticipated mission sets assigned to these failed programs.

I’ve often thought that the sole discriminator for the US military apart from the aging and decrepit USAF nuclear land-based missile forces and bomber organizations that sets the US apart is the submarine force and now the more I discover about the state of contemporary nuclear submarine construction, maintenance, readiness and improvements, the less convinced I am of the efficacy of the US submarine forces.

Jerry Hendrix wrote a disturbing essay on the state of the force and predictably, it is a hot mess.

His indictment is well-researched, terribly disconcerting and a dim prognostication for future strength.

…of the submarine force already in commission, sixteen of those forty-nine boats—or nearly a third of the Navy’s premier offensive force—are in dry-docks or tied to piers, lacking required dive certifications. These submarines cannot get underway due to a three-year maintenance backlog in the U.S. Navy.

The bottom line is that the American submarine force, the “point of the spear” of American power, upon which so many military plans depend, is unprepared to meet the current threat environment, and there are no quick fixes. It has taken decades—and a sequence of bad assump­tions and poor decisions—to fall into the current state of unpreparedness, and it will take years, as well as significant investments in both new ship construction and submarine repair capacity, to recover.

Thanks to CDR Salamander for introducing me to the splendid Hendrix essay.

He opines:

Back to the effects of bad assumptions. The issue really isn’t the bad assumptions. In all human institutions, you have imperfections and bad assumptions that don’t survive for long in the wild. The key is how fast you can notice the error, and then take corrective action. If you quickly execute bad assumptions, but then in an accretion-encumbered, happy-talk laden, and bureaucratically inept manner slow-roll the correction, well, you find yourself here.

I am less optimistic and think we have reached the point of no return; there is no recovery from this.

The Conscientious Objector As Hero


The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor granted in the US armed forces.

Out of the 41 million who have served in the U.S. military, the Medal has been presented to only 3,517 service members (618 awarded posthumously) who went above and beyond the call of duty, each of whom can be researched in the Medal of Honor Recipient database located here. The citations are a well-rendered description of the exploits that led to the awarding of the medal.


Three conscientious objectors have received the highest medal for valor granted by US forces. The most famous is Desmond Doss who was depicted in the splendid Mel Gibson movie, Hacksaw Ridge. Doss received his Medal of Honor for exploits in Okinawa, Japan in the Pacific during The War to Save Josef Stalin.

The other two recipients are Thomas W. Bennett (died age 21) and Joseph G. LaPointe Jr (died age 20), both died in 1969.

Doss’ citation:

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Thomas W. Bennett:

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Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr:

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The Pentagon Follies Continue


The most expensive paper tiger in Earth’s history.

The F35 continues to bleed out the treasury for no return.

The House Armed Services Committee draft version of the bill, released today, also includes $33.8 billion in defense spending at other federal agencies such as the Department of Energy, for about $883.7 billion total in national defense spending.


The bill also proposes slashing 10 F-35s from the Pentagon’s request of 68 jets while fencing off funding for 10 additional jets — a measure senior staff members said is meant to free up funds that would allow Lockheed Martin to make needed investments to get the program on more stable footing. Among the stipulations is a mandate to resolve all deficiencies identified in the 2024 F–35 Initial Operational Testing and Evaluation report submitted by the Pentagon’s independent weapons tester and to create a “digital twin” of the F-35.

The Pentagon is currently not accepting deliveries of the F-35 as Lockheed struggles with validating software associated with Technology Refresh 3, which has contributed to lawmaker frustrations with the program, said a senior majority staffer.

A senior minority staffer added that some members questioned whether the program should be terminated but ultimately decided, “The answer is no. We need this program to succeed.”

ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The Prosecutor of International Criminal Court (ICC) today announced that he is seeking arrest warrants for two Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and three top Hamas officials for evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The ICC Prosecutor sought warrants for Yahya Sinwar, who is the head of Hamas in Gaza; Mohammed Diab Ibrahim Al-Masri, the head Al-Qassam Brigades, which is Hamas’s military wing; and Ismail Haniyeh, the exiled head of Hamas’s political bureau. All three are charged with atrocities committed in Israel on October 7, 2023.

Warrants were also sought for the arrest of Netanyahu and the Israeli Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant. Both Israeli officials are charged with criminal actions in response to the October 7 attacks during its ongoing “Operation Swords of Iron” operation in the Gaza Strip, which has been deemed a plausible genocide by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a separate legal body at the Hague in the Netherlands.

Netanyahu and Gallant are both accused of using starvation as a method of warfare, willfully causing great suffering of the civilian population, intentionally attacking the civilian population, and other inhumane acts.

In his statement announcing the warrant request, ICC Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan described Israel as having committed “crimes against humanity” as part of “a widespread and systematic attack against the Palestinian civilian population pursuant to State policy.”

In addition to indiscriminate attacks on civilians and systematic targeting of civilian infrastructure, Khan said that Israel has “intentionally and systematically deprived the civilian population in all parts of Gaza of objects indispensable to human survival.”

Arrest warrants have not yet been issued by the ICC as Khan’s request still requires approval by a panel of three court judges.

Israel is not a member of the ICC, but arrest warrants could make it difficult for Netanyahu to travel to any of the court’s 124 member states.

Israel has perpetrated its atrocities in Gaza with openly genocidal intent, notwithstanding Israeli officials’ public relations messaging denying any wrongdoing.

Defense Minister Gallant proclaimed the policy of intentionally depriving the civilian population of items necessary for their survival on October 9, 2023, saying, “I have ordered a complete siege on the Gaza Strip. There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel. Everything is closed. We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly.”

The next day, Gallant said, “We are fighting human animals. . . . Gaza won’t return to what it was before. We will eliminate everything.”

Netanyahu has repeatedly invoked Biblical language to justify Israel’s assault on Gaza’s civilian population, with over 35,000 Palestinians killed, about 70% of whom have been women and children.

On October 16, Netanyahu described the situation as “a struggle between the children of light and the children of darkness”.

On October 29, Netanyahu invoked the Israelite genocide of the tribe of Amalek in the Bible (see 1 Samuel Chapter 15), telling fellow Israelis, “‘Remember what Amalek did to you.’ We remember and we fight. . . . This will be a victory of good over evil, of light over darkness, of life over death.”

On November 3, he reiterated, “‘Remember what Amalek did to you’. . . . This is the war between the sons of light and the sons of darkness. We will not let up on our mission until the light overcomes the darkness – the good will defeat the extreme evil that threatens us and the entire world.”

The case at the ICJ was brought against Israel by the government of South Africa, which included in its application several pages documenting genocidal statements by Israeli leaders.

Last week, on May 15, a detailed analysis by international legal experts was published documenting why Israel’s assault on the civilian population of Gaza meets the definition of genocide under international law.

The report, titled “Genocide in Gaza“, was jointly produced by the University Network for Human Rights, the International Human Rights Clinic at Boston University School of Law, the International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell Law School, the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, and the Lowenstein Human Rights Project at Yale Law School.

As I detailed in my article “US Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Is a Cynical PR Ploy“, Israel’s genocide in Gaza has been supported by the US government under the administration of President Joe Biden, including using its veto to block ceasefire resolutions at the UN Security Council and providing Israel with arms.

Biden responded to the ICC Prosecutor’s statement by condemning it as “outrageous” and vowing to continue supporting Israel.

The 1948 Genocide Convention, which Israel is accused of violating in the ongoing ICJ case, prohibits states from acting complicitly in the crime of genocide, which means that, however unlikely, US government officials could also be prosecuted by the ICC for crimes against humanity.

[Correction, May 22, 2024: Due to an editing oversight, language from a first draft of this article made its way into the final, and although the originally published version explained that the arrest warrants have been requested but not yet issued, the overlooked early language said the warrants had been issued. This has been corrected.]

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The heroic Robert Fisk would be rolling in his grave!

The West, Inc prides itself on the rhetoric of individual rights. We know this not to be true, collectivism reigns supreme!  War and foreign policy, the collectivists delight, where racism and every -ism is validated and enforced.  You see, Palestinians right now are officially evil. They are all “snakes”, terrorists. Remember the Islamo-Fascists? Well they are located in the enclaves known as Palestine, even the Christians and atheists among them are all Islamic Jihadi “Mohammedan” killers we are told. Many across the globe can watch genocide occurring, able to find evidence of children murdered, innocent of any actions committed by Hamas or the PLO or PFLP even. They are children. In fact, adults as well who live and survive every day as best as possible are held captive, blamed, hated, no homes, hungry, thirsty, dirty, refugees with no where to go. They are to blame for the 7th October we are told.  Even the babies born in the days and weeks after that time.

Nuance is impossible. Because everyone is a demographic, stained by the government or faction that rules over them. Maybe it’s their race, remember “all Japs are the same”, even those born in the USA> To the camps with them! or they can earn their freedom as Nisei fighting “All them Germans” as well.  Little has changed.  Technology allows us to peer through a digital key hole, voyeurs indifferent or with an opinion from bed, scrolling through the feeds, “oh, dear better swipe past that or block that truth,”. Dead babies, the world over, send more weapons to their killers.  The innocent, unarmed, they are individuals. Human beings.

Innocent human beings are not profitable, they don’t market themselves well, they can’t even collect taxes. They are the many candles snuffed out by the winds of war. Thoughts and prayers, likes and shares, angry protests and flags flapping far away, have never been a shield to save them.  The powerful and their killers actually fear you, truly. They are scared of you, yes, YOU> but cowards crawl or shrug with sighs, “life’s too busy, everything is so expensive,” who made it so?  The incompetent, corrupt, cynical, coercive, collectivists do. Never forget that, and even when they kill in your name, or support the killers of  babies elsewhere, they do it with one eye always on you. Frightened of what you may do or say, ever notice that cops always run away when the crowd is too large? Soldiers don’t want to shoot at their own mum, administration staff and doleys too may both have their bread buttered from the same source, but that knife is very much blunt.

When the next big war comes, because it will. You will let it. Sleepwalkers all of us. Next time you see that young face of a unarmed begging Russian or Ukrainian soldier pleading with the drone that stalks him down, crying, running, asking for a reprieve in the moments before the feed ends.  It ends with him.The drone explodes, blowing meat from bone, limbs from torso, skin from life. Look closer to home, the teenage boys walking to school, your government will kidnap them too. Swapping school colours for the uniform of war. It’s done it before, so why not some more?  You can thank them for their service when the drone eats their meat or the pistol falls from their own hand in the after when the war chased them to the bitter end.

Those babies pulled from the debris, they are innocent, so will yours be. As will the ones killed by the government that rules you. Innocent. The Congo, West Papua and Yemen too have innocent dying, killed in some way for you. The West, the good guys, will support their killers through and through but they want the big one, war with Russia, Iran, China and North Korea, then will it finally end?

Robert Fisk spent most of his life covering the Middle East, reporting and writing on it for decades with an understanding and constant warning to us all. He was often accused of picking sides, his reporting seemed imbalanced. When asked whose side was he on, he answered, “I’m on the side of the innocent.”

Whose side are you on?








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