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November 1, 2014

“Hagel devises new mission for Army: Coastal defense force.” As Dave Barry says, I am not making this up.

In the real world, the first question facing any proposal for “defense” is, what is it supposed to defend us against? Before an enemy could land in strength on our shores, it would have to defeat the U.S. Navy. Exactly who is in a position to do that is not clear. Neither Russia or China qualify. The Royal Navy just isn’t what it used to be. The French are dastardly enough to try anything, but how much threat is posed by landing the French Army is not clear. If it met our Army on the field of battle, the question would be, which is the better French Army? Do we fear a flotilla of a million sampans coming from China? A million dhows from the Persian gulf? --The View From Olympus

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 1, 2014 6:34 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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He's right about the coast artillery being a bunch of perfumed princes and barracks lawyers. The ladies loved them, and they were posted in a gentrified and arbor arena where they drilled, drank, and waited for the Spaniards to appear up sound.

I'm good with that, come to think of it.

Posted by: Casey Klahn [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 1, 2014 9:07 PM

Coastal Defense Force is what the British Navy is now. That which kept the Falklands from becoming the Malvinas now couldn't keep the Isle of Wight from becoming the Isle of Wong.

Obama's wet dream for us.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2014 3:06 AM

DC is concerned about controlling its subjects. The Homeland Defense forces have been built up. Controlling the borders is not about keeping others out but about controlling those within.

This link from the ACLU demonstrates how much freedom we have let slip away:


Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2014 5:48 AM

Wasn't there once some guy who said something about a rifleman behind every blade of grass?

Are the hunters of Pennsylvania not the world's third largest army? Are not the hunters of all the states not the world's largest army?

Posted by: Fred Z [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2014 6:22 AM

Before we raise a cheer for the brave lads of the Obie's Coastal Defense Force, shouldn't we check to see in which direction they're pointed?

Posted by: Onthenorthriver [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2014 6:59 AM

Coastal Defeat Force maybe. In a bit over another month Obama probably will celebrate the tearing up of the Treaty of Ghent, 12/24/1814.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2014 8:10 AM

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