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I Yam What I Yam: A Vet in America Today by Casey Klahn

Illustration by Deitz

Look. The USA never did want a large standing army, and that goes back to that hair-muss the colonies got into with the greatest army on planet Erf: the Brits. You might notice that the next really, really big war was fought by irregulars or militia (national guard, essentially) – the Civil War. Enter the 20th century and the standing army got turgid with WWI, went back to small (too small by rebound), and then got BIG in WWII, and stayed relatively large during the follow-on event known as the Cold War. But, the big standing army is not our nation’s ethos (as founded).

However, for some reason, the army (and the other lil services) have enjoyed unprecedented social support among the people. This is because it has been drawn, primarily, from the people and the soldiers are young and sincere, for the most part. They do things no man should be asked to do, in war or in peace. They come out of the service and into the community as the obvious best and brightest, and you know that’s true. I’d rather talk with, work beside, or do just about anything with an army veteran than with a futhr-muckin Harvard graduate with a law degree. Or, God forbid, a politician.

So, that honeymoon is ending before our eyes. We survived, somewhat, the Pentagon Papers era. Nixon. Korea. ‘Nam. Iraq I and II. We have come this far with our beloved armed forces, even though the in-laws didn’t like them, and now that shit is ending. Milley walked across that street (Pennsylvania Ave?) to the church with Trump, and then somebody got to him and stuck a pair of pliers up his ass to get to his undescended huevos, and Bob’s yer gay uncle, the armed forces began a fast slide into hell.

The only thing weaker, now, is the paper tiger army the Russians are employing in that worse-than-Vietnam debacle in the Ukraine. God the ass-kicking they are receiving is epic. It’s as if God himself sees our plight in the formerly free world, and has smitten our adversaries. It’s a Biblical beat-down and is an exact parallel to the Finland Winter War of ’39-40, except much bigger and high-tech. My only complaint is that it lacks the elegance of the ski troops in Finland part.

I pray daily that the National Guard in the US has some come-to-Jesus experiences, and does its cool thing where they tell the feds to stick it up their collective asses when they get stupid orders. I expect, and this is my prediction, that the Biden clown party will try to shaft the NG because they know they aren’t bolted to the ground quite the same way the army is.

Oh, I also wanted to say that trans/critical/and vaxed shit is still not enough to wreck the men of the US Army. It’ll take more. But, the top-down is rotting and that is ultimately a death blow given certain circumstances. IOW, the army could divide and lose in even the smallest battles. Afghanistan Kabul airport was just a test run for the Fuckery they plan for your once-powerful and beloved military. So, expect more shafting of the active-duty military.

What else? Expect the US veteran to go overnight from being a smelly, tripwire but respected and somewhat socially protected class to being (I don’t even want to say what they’re going to make us into socially).

Anyway, just watch out. The military and the veterans are one of the greatest bulwarks against the reset class – which paints a huge target on their backs. It’s okay, though. After we attrit and shit down the necks of this generation of tyrants, we’ll pour some beers, and make our Valhallan beds and then fade away.

Because this, gentle people, is as far as I go. I am not a tripwire vet; I am a command detonation vet.

Out here.

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  • Gordon Scott May 16, 2022, 2:13 PM

    Hey, no one knows anything. About a month ago I suggested that the Russian military was not so good, and in fact did not have a great record. Everyone, well, a couple of folks wrote that I was a fool. Three weeks ago I read a very serious sober analysis of the coming battles that claimed that Russia was gonna slice and dice, unlike the first month of the war. Apparently they’d just been stretching and doing warm up exercises, and never really wanted to take Kiev.

    There is a Wiki entry for a particular Russian-made anti-air system. The section that lists who employs that system has been updated to reflect the Uke farmer who has one in his barn now. This is not a joke, well, it is, but it’s true.

    I was not Army. I have read that no matter what the high-level US doctrine on armor is, on the unit level, it is MOVE! Now, KEEP MOVING! Okay, can we stop now? FUCK NO KEEP MOVING. I would guess that the smart regimental commander who hires some retired Navy logistics guy to figure out how to refuel and resupply tanks while they are moving, that colonel will not get the credit he deserves. Imagine, if you will, the KC-M1B Abrams Main Battle Tanker.

    • KCK May 16, 2022, 11:44 PM

      You do a leapfrog refuel. You don’t engage all of your troops constantly, but have some in support and some in reserve and some at rest and some on the pointy-end of the spear.

      The Soves were particularly good at it, on paper. They would airlift big rubber bladders of tank fuel, lay them on the ground, and run their T-72s through a refueling line set up damn near anywhere.

      Now it appears to me that there have been several decades of absolute corruption in Russia, and it has taken the vaunted Russian military and made it basically non-op. There are some yacht-class oligarchs blowing coke off Russian hookertiddys, and this is with stolen defense money.

    • Aesop May 17, 2022, 6:45 AM

      Cheer up Gordon.
      Some of us have had similar experiences. Ignore the know-nothing World’s Foremost Experts, because their nonsense is always Overtaken By Events.

      Taking flak from featherheads and intellectual lightweights just means you’re over the target. (They think the same thing when they’re getting rhetorically shot to pieces; more’s the pity.)

      Russia is a paper tiger, absent their nuclear forces, and they remain a third-world country of semi-clever monkeys, with delusions of grandeur.

      That never pans out.

  • dc May 16, 2022, 2:53 PM

    John Ringo’s fantasy book, “The Last Centurion” covers a bit on refueling armor/fighting vehicles in motion. Also discusses vaccines and deadly pandemics and new ice age. Written in 2008… About our current years.

    As for the article; I live in a small Florida town with many veterans and retirees. Many recent combat veterans, if you can imagine. We will be fine in small town America.

    • Gordon Scott May 16, 2022, 3:11 PM

      It seems that book is in my Audible library, although I don’t remember listening. I will now, thanks.

    • Mary Ann May 16, 2022, 6:22 PM

      Great book.

  • Housewolf May 16, 2022, 4:43 PM

    It would be foolish to believe Putin has no purpose.

  • IcePickedSlim May 16, 2022, 5:06 PM

    “After we attrit and shit down the necks of this generation of tyrants, we’ll pour some beers, and make our Valhallan beds and then fade away.”
    Ha, ha, ha, ha…..Nigga please, 99.999% of my peers returned home, cucked out, fattened up, and joined the GOPsucking ranks of Cuckservative Inc., spending their days frenetically competing to be Muricas’ Low-T, SoyFlake, Beta-Cuck poster boy of the year.

  • Dan Patterson May 16, 2022, 5:24 PM

    We are being manipulated, emotions boiled, and news manufactured to fit a big government narrative, all meant to separate you from your good judgement, your money, and your liberty. Nothing different than we’ve endured before but this time things are more visible and discoverable, more difficult for the observant to ignore. While we were busy with our iPhones and American Idol, history, the great teacher, has been re-configured to meet the needs of the elite. That’s been done before but not on such a grand scale and not in such a thorough manner, but it is a familiar pattern.

    One upside of that characteristic is there is more room at the top for active, productive, and liberty-seeking individual people. And by that I mean men, mostly – women have strayed from where their natural tendencies best align with civilizing behavior (private family instruction, support, and nurturing) and have blasted into the public realm promoting tyranny and self-centered screeching. And those at the top have the chance to oppose the bizarre and nightmarish world we’ve been herded into. But it’s a chance not a sure bet.

    The proposition that small towns and linked neighbors can be secure in bunkered enclave is comforting and I spend some time each week in that fiction myself. Self-reliance, independence with like-minded people is really the ultimate in a peaceful world on earth. But it is not likely to find footing absent a total destruction of what we have now. Think Fear of the Walking Dead environs, and yes it could come to that. But more likely is a slow encroaching, a persuasion, a sad resignation that things just can’t be the way they should and it’s out of your hands now. So shuffle down the green line, don’t stray, and press the red button for your food pellet.

    Yeah, well piss on all that.

    Some of the enemies of liberty are self-identifying and others hide behind quasi-military behavior and structure. I don’t trust anyone. What I do trust is history, my instincts, and my experience. I sadly do not have a military background, there are plenty of people around to provide instruction should it come to that. What I also have is a bad temper and I’m not alone.

    I know the solution to the current dilemma and it is not what is being practiced. Voting harder will not correct the path, just listen to Bill Barr et at and get a read on that plan. Other people reading this will get the wrong slant on my point, so to be clear: A strict adherence to the US Constitution by any elected person is a requirement, the penalties for abusing power are well-ensconced in case law. It really is that simple, obey the agreed upon rules or suffer the consequences. It’s black and white for the most part.

    But if it comes to the ugly parts, well, as others have said there are lots of people just across that line that won’t take that with calm resignation. The lessons of history are well learned by some who can make a difference.

    • ghostsniper May 17, 2022, 4:44 AM

      Keep it small and tight.
      The poison is everywhere and sometimes heavily concealed.
      It’s anger some we have to think this way.
      The times are such.

    • Stilicho May 17, 2022, 5:01 AM

      @Dan Patterson well said. The idea of focusing on building/rebuilding local communities is twofold: 1) it is where normal, patriotic American live and can have a real, immediate impact; and 2) such communities will be the building blocks, the foundation on which our larger effort to rebuild/retake our nation is built.
      So get involved. Do what you can locally, then reach out to neighboring communities to help them and form form coalitions to influence and take back state govt.
      Fact is, the local GOP committees and our local churches are the only avenues of organization available to us for the most part. Everything else is being run as a Fed op to entrap and discourage patriots.

      • Terry May 17, 2022, 9:16 AM

        “Fact is, the local GOP committees and our local churches are the only avenues of organization available to us for the most part.”

        I am sorry to inform you that this is a myth. The GOP is not on our side. I personally do not trust churches anymore. Who controls all religious tax free operations? The dot gov.

        The fact is, the GOP has been very well infiltrated by the left/NWO operatives. This is very apparent if you watch the “GOP” backed candidate choices. Small communities are the targets and are being totally turned. Not all, but many if not most. Money is the tool of choice along with the spreading of Silicon Valley “local investment” snakes.

    • Bear Claw Chris Lapp May 17, 2022, 9:13 AM

      Dan I have taken not of your comments over the last few months. Your one simple little statement, “And those at the top have the chance to oppose the bizarre and nightmarish world we’ve been herded into,” speaks volumes because surely we have been herded.

      I to do not have a military background. Came close but unfortunately no. I to have a bad temper when made so and age has helped me steel that when necessary and I’m pretty sure it will be necessary because history is a love of mine although not an expert.

      The best I can hope for is to take a few of them when I go.

  • Chris May 16, 2022, 5:37 PM

    We shall see.

  • Tiger Stripe Dermis May 16, 2022, 6:55 PM

    Vets should shun this destroyed by the Uniparty globalist minions society as it considers you a baddie.
    You are on your own and that is a good thing.
    All Anarcho-Tyranny tactics work both ways.

  • Bones May 16, 2022, 7:25 PM

    A biblical theme is that of the “Remnant.” Noah and the family – remnant of the world. Lot and daughters – remnant of Sodom. Elijah tells the LORD that he’s the only one left, and God tells him that He has 7000 that have not worshiped Baal.

    I believe that in this country there are many of us who love it and who will stand in the gap when necessary. There is a remnant of Americans who will stand. I’m one of them, many of you are as well. I think that we are all waiting for the sign to take action, and for a sign as to what that action is.

    Vote? Protest? Go Galt? Start shooting the bastards? I’m hoping that when it becomes necessary for one of these actions, we will know, and know what to do.

    I pray it’s not start shooting.

  • Boat Guy May 16, 2022, 8:21 PM

    I’m with Dermis and Bones. Merely because “society” considers us to be untermenschen does not mean we are and we should pay no attention to these yapping dogs.
    Yes, there are many of us and because of training, experience and equipment we are a force far more powerful than our considerable numbers.
    Vote? Yeah maybe once more just as an exercise. Don’t expect much beyond what we saw in 20.
    Protest? Nah. Buncha those folks are still being held illegally; suckers game.
    Go Galt? Best be ready.
    Start shootin? Again, best be ready…and more importantly; be willing.
    Praying is good; something one ought to do daily. But, as a minister once told me ” Pray like it’s all up to God and work like it’s all up to you”

  • KCK May 17, 2022, 6:13 AM

    The scope of my comment become post (TY, Gerard; it’s humbling) is just that slice of the 5th GEN conflict that touches the US military. 5G conflict is governed by the same principles of warfare that Clausewitz laid out, in case you’re wondering what to do.

    If war is politics by other means, then 5th GEN is direct action politics. Shaped charge news. It is not unlike the “Color Revolutions” all of the intel agencies used to practice throughout the world. 5G conflict is summed up as a warfare of information and perception. Does it fit a narrative of incitement? Then it passes as information. Is it capable of being perceived through emotional responses, biases, and causes anger? That’s what they want for you.

    How does it feel to be the center of gravity in the current war?

  • Steve May 17, 2022, 6:34 AM

    Found your site through knuckledraggin.com. Some thoughts of a grey haired old man living in a military town.
    I would say that any troop below an E5 isn’t capable of thinking with their big head.
    Now before the spittle forms on the corner of your mouth. I have neighbors that have served for 20+ years. They all live on this side of the base and laugh at the “E’s” that live on the other side of the base.
    I know I’m splitting hairs here. I think every situation needs to be carefully looked at, before you decide to “adore”.
    Heh, just reread what I wrote….looks like a politician answer.

  • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL May 17, 2022, 6:41 AM

    Sigh. I’ve posted this before on the WRSA site: The .mil will do whatever their paymasters tell them to do. The Orcs and Orcettes with badges and handcuffs will do whatever their paymasters tell them to do. I saw it with my own eyes the last few years I was a Peace Officer in SoCal. That is why I got out. I saw it with my own eyes when I went back in as an active army reservist from ’79 to ’89. I have had futile debates with these people and have observed their body language and mindset. It is frightening.
    Thoughtful people only have to look at Venezuela to see who ended up on top of that socialist garbage heap when their economic meltdown occurred. Courses of action for the American Remnant have been discussed at length on this and other sites. Plan accordingly. Bleib ubrig.

  • Aesop May 17, 2022, 6:51 AM

    I wouldn’t write off the bulk of the military below E-5; despite all predictions, they know what’s what, and shouldn’t be judged by a few pink-haired trannies who squeezed into the fold.

    The rot starts at the head, not the tail, and it’s senior officers (who put the “ech” into echelons) – including pretty much the entire general officer corps, in all the services – who need nothing more than a good purging, with fire.

    • Boat Guy May 17, 2022, 7:28 AM

      Spot on, Brother. One cannot lump all enlisted or officers for that matter by paygrade ( though it’s useful right now above O-5) but rather by branch or MOS. Haven’t seen any obese pink-haired trannies in Infantry formations. Not to say there are none, but such are unlikely in combat units.
      As for “fire” I can still do the pre-op checks on a flamethrower if such were needed.

    • Bones May 17, 2022, 9:18 AM

      I retired from the .mil, and belong to a retiree group. Sons and grandsons of men in that group have joined up, and joined the pipe-hitters in the mil. These young men report back that they are surprised that what they are seeing is not what they expected. Theres a lot of weakness and wokeness there, and these young men didn’t sign up for that.

      The E-4 mafia may be the only ones we can count on.

  • Dirk May 17, 2022, 7:05 AM

    Never underestimate one’s enemy.

    Am amused “Paper tiger army”. Fuck.

    Ukraines winning!. Russia has turned the place into a fucking parking lot. Only cost the US 40 Billion Dollars. Heck of a deal.

    And my fav, Russia Started it! Sure!

    • Casey Klahn May 17, 2022, 12:43 PM

      Reminds of that ‘Nam-Era cartoon of some grizzled GI standing in an entire world of steaming rubble, and the caption: “I won!”

  • Dirk May 17, 2022, 5:30 PM

    Brother Casey, great article, I just see things differently.