Lots of people in Our Thing — me included — think we’re headed for some serious political violence in the not-too-distant future. But since people in Our Thing read history, I have to ask: Why aren’t we terrified by this? There seem to be some obvious things we’re ignoring. For example:
How’s the Army doing these days?
Most of the regular army, I suppose, is policing the empire overseas. Which makes the issue doubly important, because that means the National Guard will be the first responders, and will determine how the crackdown goes. What’s up with them?
I honestly don’t know, but my impression is…. not good. I remember getting contacted by a Guard recruiter when I was in graduate school — which should tell you something right there, as graduate students are not, by definition, paragons of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. And as much as I’d like to believe that a 40 year old accountant can put down the pen and pick up the sword at no cost to his military efficiency, I know that the American citizen-soldier myth is just that: A myth. The idea that half-trained citizens can whup legions of professionals has cost more American lives than smallpox, influenza, and the Designated Hitter rule combined. For proof, see “every American war ever,” starting with King Phillip’s War (1675, and proportionally as devastating to Plymouth Bay as WW1 was to Germany) and on through our current adventures.
Moreover, as I understand it — and I could well be wrong, please correct me if so — our armed forces have an “up-or-out” promotion policy. That is, you can get passed over for the next highest rank only once; miss it again, and you’re out. Which means two things, both horrifying:
- The guys in command positions in the Guard are lifers, way better at desk-jockeying than fighting; and
- The company grade officers who will be making actual decisions in the field are…. gulp…. Millennials.
Which, on the one hand, means you can probably buy off the new SS (Soy Sissies) with venti half-caff frappucinos… but on the other hand, they’re still Millennials with guns. Talk about trigger warnings!!! (thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week, try the veal and don’t forget to tip your server).
And all that’s before you consider the Army’s #WokeAsFuck gender policy. Lots of platoon leaderettes and company commanderettes out there on the front lines, rounding up badthinkers under the new Commissar Order…. Millennial commanderettes. Jesus, was On the Beach supposed to be a documentary?
And that’s leaving aside all the… let’s call them “Adjacent-Americans”… currently in our armed forces. In other words, are we sure these guys will obey orders? Or not obey orders, depending?
The American military has long prided itself on being apolitical… but so did Turkey’s, and Recep Erdogan thanks you for your custom. If I were really serious about this Civil War II: Hillary’s Revenge! stuff, I’d start taking a long hard look at the officer corps, particularly frustrated junior staff officers — captains, majors, and lieutenant-colonels staring one-and-done in the face. How’s the
propaga…err, indoctrin…. errr, team building going at West Point these days? Who’s the American equivalent of the old Soviet divisional Political Officer, and what’s he up to? If I knew any of these guys, I might “accidentally” send them a link to American Renaissance or something… you know, just to see how it goes.
I still think (as I wrote somewhere) it’ll happen in Europe before it happens here — the whatever-you-call-the-Wehrmacht-these-days being ordered to open fire on a crowd of their fellow countrymen, on behalf of Muslim “refugees.” How’s their officer corps looking, political-reliability-wise? There probably aren’t enough soldiers in the Wehrmacht Lite to take over Dusseldorf, much less the whole country, but it only took a few tanks around the Kremlin to settle Yeltsin’s hash. I’d bet on it there before here, but… we should be looking anyway.
You know, if we’re worried about that kind of thing.Loading Likes...