Archive for 2 Dec 2009

This sounds promising! I hope it gets fielded ASAP. Sharks with frikkin’ laser beams baby!

Boeing Laser Avenger Destroys Improvised Explosive Devices in Test
By Boeing

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 1, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army successfully completed a test in September in which a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle destroyed 50 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) similar to those used by adversaries in war zones.

During the laser firings Sept. 22-24 at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Laser Avenger neutralized multiple types of IEDs, including large-caliber artillery munitions and smaller bomblets and mortar rounds. The system operated at safe distances from the targets and under a variety of conditions, including different angles and ranges. Soldiers traveling with Laser Avenger would not have to get out of their armored vehicles or wait for an explosive ordnance disposal team to destroy an IED and continue their mission.


One of my Navy brothers gives us a look at the President’s speech and what it means in the long run here. I personally believe that his speech was a disaster for AFG. By specifying a timeline in this manner, you have effectively given the Taliban/AQ the light at the end of the tunnel that they have been seeking.

All they have to do now is hunker down for 18 months, let the picture on the ground look all rosey and when we pull out, we get another Vietnam. If we stop all support as we did in ’75, then we just watch the Taliban/AQ take over AFG again.

There is now way in hell a time based strategy will work. It never has.

So, without further ado, here’s CDR Salamander’s take on this.

Driving to the Friendship bridge
CDR Salamander

As I thought about the CINC’s speech at West Point today, in hindsight I have to admit I was being an optimist. In my head, I decided that I had a rough idea what was coming, and as a result was going to title this post, “Give the CINC some room to work.” I wanted to support my President. Take 3/4 of the package and push on.

I have a buy-in in AFG – I want us to succeed, victory if you will. As you have read here, I have been confident that with with the USA taking back the keys from NATO, strategic patience, and going with what we know works – this is doable – doable with the right military and political leadership.



Flopping Aces also has a look at the speech.

Obama at West Point: Portrait of a US Commander in Chief on the defensive

Text of Obama’s West Point Afghanistan speech

Rarely do I compose a pure op-ed, as I’m doing here. Consider this one a “Mata vents!” moment. Comments or mass readership? I crave none of these save the grateful release of putting some thoughts and reactions to paper… er keyboard.

So take a pass if you wish, I shall not be offended. But I thought I’d add to Curt’s perspective of the Commander in Chief’s performance tonight at West Point. With somewhat of a twist… I’ve never seen a Commander in Chief so defensive.


Also related is this gem from Der Spiegel.

Searching in Vain for the Obama Magic
By Gabor Steingart

President Barack Obama’s Tuesday speech left a bad taste in many mouths.

Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America’s new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric — and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.

One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best to ensure that Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama’s speech would be well-received.

Just minutes before the president took the stage inside Eisenhower Hall, the gathered cadets were asked to respond “enthusiastically” to the speech. But it didn’t help: The soldiers’ reception was cool.

One didn’t have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama’s speech. It was the least truthful address that he has ever held. He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly


Also related, from Michelle Malkin:

All the president’s ClimateGate deniers
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate

“The science is settled,” we’ve been told for decades by zealous proponents of man-made global warming hysteria. Thanks to an earth-shaking hacking scandal across the pond, we now have mountains of documents from the world’s leading global warming advocacy center that show the science is about as settled as a southeast Asian tsunami. You won’t be surprised by the Obama administration’s response to ClimateGate.

With pursed lips and closed eyes and ears, the White House is clinging to the old eco-mantra: The science is settled.