Now, let’s fast forward to the present. As a society, we expect rapid and massive technical innovation in the creation of physical objects. We measure the speed of directional changes in the allocation of resources for such innovations in milliseconds, rather than years. Our “Sharps” Shooters no longer have a range of 200 yards. A trigger pulled in Washington can hit a target in Islamabad. I keep coming back to the idea that we, as a society have reached a tipping point, but I feel at a total loss as I try to imagine where it may lead.
With the results of the election a couple of months ago, I took note of how a certain part of the winning team took their victory lap. Concededly, I was venturing into the realm of rank speculation. Nevertheless, it then rang true to me then that we were seeing the shape of things to come. In the Google Purges, aimed first at General Patreus, the Elite that Knows Me took information and used it as a weapon against those that served in our military. I saw this a prelude to the strategy the Obama administration would use as sequester approached.
This week, the only voice from the military side of things that one could hear in favor of our present levels of military spending was Leon Panetta. This was no principled dissent or voice of altruism. It was a carefully planned trap to move Republicans away from a “letting it burn” strategy through sequester. The rest of the military voices, however, stayed mute. So mute, that there was little to no voice in opposition to the “savings” that will result in the draw-down by 2/3 of our nuclear arsenal.
As the Greatest Generation drifts into the alluvium of history, so does the voice for strong national defense. I recently saw a sign that our flight from military might is inevitable. I went to see a band play on New Year’s Eve – a true guitar prodigy really. They were all guys in their 20’s, that played southern and 60’s music. It was a three piece band, with no percussion. The bass player was really that good. The keyboard was an electric organ that used a mechanical tone wheel, which gave them a Greg Allman type sound.
There it was, stuck on the organ - a “Ron Paul” sticker. My friend, a major liberal, said that his son, a brilliant 18 year old kid probably on his way to med school, loves Ron Paul. He communicates with all sorts of like-minded people from the safety of his bedroom. To this generation, it seems that Ron Paul is what I would call "cool." At 52 years, I am too old now to know the current analog to that expression. My liberal friend said his son and his friends say that anything is better than these people in Washington. I said, “No, they realize that nothing is better than these people in Washington.” So as I see it, the future holds little promise for our American military.
I can only wonder whether our ability to acquire and process information will be enough to maintain our security, as we stand on the brink of the savaging of our American military material might. After all, with our low information voters, what we have been calling here the Snookie mentality, the most important question is what would Carrie Bradshaw say about all of these military thingies? Don't we have drones to do what those aircraft boats thingies do?
Today, it is about information. As Tom pointed out early on, the Feinstein Bill is basically dead on arrival. However, deep within this new legislation, the Elite that Knows Me seeks what they believe to be the real gem. Your information - because that will ensure your silence.
00:06 EST, 10 February 2013 - Webb said his sources in the FBI told him federal agents wanted to close down their investigation when they learned that nothing illegal had happened, but they were told to keep digging. The FBI investigators, Webb says, never wanted to out Petraeus' affair. Into what? - 20,000 pages of email. From where?
02/09/2013 23:17 - February 3, Nan'an, Fujian Highway 308, artillery units practical exercise for several days. February 3 to 6, Fujian, Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Huzhou, a large troop movements, nearly 100 vehicles of various types of military vehicles, armored vehicles, artillery filled the entire road, endless, Xiamen and even the scene of a traffic jam 10 kilometers. In addition, on February 3 in Shiyan, Hubei, a large number of tanks, wheeled military base from Shiyan room counties is delivered to the coastal areas.