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Thought for the Daze: Casey on War and War Prep

Let’s see. War, huh?

I’ve never fought one, and I’m aware that some here have. I did graduate from the top infantry school, which means I graduated from every other infantry school lading up to that, and I’ve made a life’s study of Clausewitz and his peers. Sun Tzu isn’t in that group. Put him away and read the grown-up books. So, I guess as far as preparation is concerned, I’ve done some of that.

After I retired from mountain guiding in the PNW, I took up a gentlemanly sport: hunting. Some things I learned in that endeavor were not learned in the army or in the high mountains. Adopt your sights quickly and efficiently – it must be second nature to you. Suppressive fire is all good until you meet someone or something that won’t “be suppressed”. You must hit your target, whether from the offhand or from a field-expedient support.

Bipods are heavy, but essential in certain country scenarios. Carbines are fun but they don’t match rifles. Shotguns are like gold, but train to aim them; your cheek will be black and blue but expend some money on target loads for your .12 gauge. They are available, I think.

Learn to think inductively. That’s what I said and I didn’t stutter. There is an art to war and to hunting and to any extreme endeavor outdoors.

Study up on the OODA loop and understand how to get inside your enemies’ decision arc. I found out how to get inside the coyote’s skills arc, and he’s one of the sharpest adversaries you will find; sharper than the normal human by a longways.

Killing animals is a start. I have no idea what it’s like to kill humans but when the ABC and the BLM begin in on killing, you’ll know what to do.

Does that sound harsh? I was reflecting on the woman who was murdered in cold blood inside the capitol building on Jan 6th. She was surrounded by more law enforcement, uniformed and plain-clothed, and by BLM and Antifa types, and FBI types, than by her own kind, when she presented herself in that broken window aperture. The cuck who shot her (who knows his name?) went for a head shot, at almost point-blank range, and in as ideologically comfortable a place as he could be as far as his cohort is concerned, and the muthafugga missed the head and got her neck. Probably the reason no one else needed to be shot that day was there were too many fukn govt. agents, undercovers, and Antifa APs to get any decent shots.

How’s that make you feel?

The Vietnamese high command waged an offensive defense against the USA and the West. The Italian campaign was an offensive defense. It is a strong position, my friends. Keep your arms, don’t give the Left even an inch ideologically. There ain’t a GD thing wrong with America, as founded. The races aren’t at odds, and the fukn planet is just fine. Private property is not a vice, and Marx is as wrong now as he ever was.

That’s what I’m thinking today. — Casey Klahn March 1, 2021

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  • James ONeil March 2, 2021, 8:40 AM

    Never studied the OODA loop but reading, https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/ooda-loop/, I found I’ve spent a lifetime exploring and practicing it.

  • Phil in Englewood March 2, 2021, 10:15 AM

    Thanks James for the link to the post about OODA loop. I have read and recommend Robert Coram’s book “Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War”, a fascinating story of a true genius.

  • Kevin in PA March 2, 2021, 10:38 AM

    “The cuck who shot her (who knows his name?) went for a head shot, at almost point-blank range, and in as ideologically comfortable a place as he could be as far as his cohort is concerned, and the muthafugga missed the head and got her neck. Probably the reason no one else needed to be shot that day was there were too many fukn govt. agents, undercovers, and Antifa APs to get any decent shots.

    How’s that make you feel?”

    My answer to the question:
    Angry and sick to think that the shooter walks without so much a a charge of manslaughter.

    In lethal force doctrine (civilian use of lethal force) it has been established that use of lethal force is only justified when 1) The threat is immediate and otherwise unavoidable. 2) The assailant has the ability, means and opportunity to inflict grave bodily harm (rape meets this criteria) or death. 3) A reasonable person would concur that the shooter was in fear of their life.


    I will say it again. Had the shooter been white and the deceased victim been black we would surely know his name and it would be on the front page of every newspaper in the land.

  • gwbnyc March 2, 2021, 10:43 AM

    learning your quarry’s ways pays. right down to trapping mice.

    the first antelope I shot I hit in the front right leg, it ran for miles. we cut a large corner (because the outfitter I was with knew where it would head to) . we caught up with him as he was going up a hill- the outfitter said wait he’ll stop and turn around to look and that’s exactly what happened and that’s as far as he got.

    altho I’d been hunting for years prior the not-randomness of it made an impression on me and did not present itself to me until that later date.

    I shoot crows (or at crows a lot of times) and learning about them has increased my success.

  • enn ess March 2, 2021, 11:33 AM

    The only actual “true goal of war”, can be summed up in one word, it applies throughout the history of the world. “WIN”……

  • Anonymous March 2, 2021, 11:48 AM

    @Kevin in PA Even the website you provided a link to states – “know your state’s law”. That is to say there is no such “universal doctrine”.

  • rabbit tobacco March 2, 2021, 12:34 PM

    “Kill the head and
    the ass will die.”
    Quietly spoken by many a cop.

  • ghostsniper March 2, 2021, 2:58 PM

    Kevin sed: “In lethal force doctrine…”
    I recognize no such thing.
    I get to make all decisions regarding my life and no one else has any say in it.
    Think about it, as complex as people and their ways, are, how can there be a specific pattern to follow when a person goes astray? There can’t, and if you live your life following rules set by others you will most likely become a victim. Only the people directly involved at the time know the nuances of the situation and everybody else can go pound sand. Rules are made by rulers for them that wish to be ruled. fuk em ded

  • Casey Klahn March 2, 2021, 4:26 PM

    It’s too high an honor to have my words, as simple as they are, read by this cohort.

    I reiterate: I have not been to war. I visited a still hot war zone. I listened, in detail, to fresh war stories by privates and majors and sergeants whose eyes had the thousand yard stare, and whose clothes still smelled of oil and cordite. Stories so tense you could cut the air between the veteran and yourself. The more I heard, the greater the gulf between them and I, except for a small connection between hearts. I awoke at night to my roommate’s nightmare yelling: “I can hack it!” He was a point man in his platoon with the buck seventy-third Sky Soldiers. Later, he taught me mortar gunnery inside out, upside down and backwards. I became so proficient at mortars that I ran company-sized mortar batteries (all the battalions’ platoons consolidated) and I did much of the laying-in in my head and laid the guns reciprocally. Anyway, I am going to stop talking about myself. Shit. Soldiers are full of shit; you know that, right? It helps, I think.

    I really just wanted to take advantage of the focus on Clausewitz to color his philosophy in a bit more for you. Others have written on war, but fucking Clausewitz wrote On War. It remains the best philosophy of war. Sun Tzu is interesting but ancient and circular like inscrutable ancient Orientals are. When Japan and Vietnam and Korea were meeting us blow for blow at war, they were following Clausewitz. The reason is that CvC is linear and presents a whole philosophy. It’s unified, even in spite of the fact that he never finished it or published it. He was a battle lieutenant and a staff officer when staff officers did their jobs with their balls out (this is before gayness, so quiet your mind). War was always about maneuver, but by the 17th/18th Centuries, the whole enterprise reached its peak skill set. The fundamentals of war were there; they did not get better afterwards. They just got more lethal in some senses and super-mechanized. Now, they are digitized. But, the Prussians and then Napoleon (in a fluke of a Frenchman being great at war) perfected maneuver war (it was the logistics that moved with the combat troops). You can learn everything you need to know about war from the Prussians, napoleon, and the American Civil War. The rest is just tools. Sweet tools, but tools and not the elements of war.

    Learn it. Pick up Clausewitz and read it three times. It’s dense but the basics are objective, initiative and energy. Intellect and will. He said that friction (think: lazy corrupt politicians and citizens and also generals) keeps war from going total. That’s what the friction of war means. War will always roll out to total energy except it can’t because shit happens to prevent the totality from happening.

    Enjoy your evening, everyone.

  • Kevin in PA March 2, 2021, 5:16 PM

    I always appreciate your comments here at AD and especially the Clausewitz analysis.

    Now, Ghostie, You may choose to recognize any thing you wish, or not.
    However, in the world of criminal defense law (and I am not a lawyer), there is a thing known as Lethal Force Doctrine. No, it is not a set of hard and fast rules that must be followed in a live-fire, two way shooting situation.
    Rather, it is a rough outline of what is acceptable under the law in terms of use of lethal force in order to meet an assertion of self defense. The beginning premise is that killing someone is a crime. So, if you find yourself in the unhappy circumstance of having done so, you had better have a damn good reason that will hold up in a court of law or you will likely be spending time in prison for the crime of murder, manslaughter, etc.
    Finally, my point as it relates to the murder of Ashli Babbitt was that, from the short video I saw, she was not threatening anyone, certainly not a direct threat to the cop that shot her. I believe the cop who shot her should be charged with murder.
    As tertiary to this discussion, I think Miss Babbitt made a very stupid mistake, in the heat of the moment, but she did not deserve to die for that stupid mistake.

  • Casey Klahn March 3, 2021, 3:48 AM

    Lefty owns the protest tool. Don’t fukn protest unless you wanna be played like a fiddle. Every commie revolution is at critical mass when a lot of dupes take to the streets. They are the fuel and the agitators are the accelerant. Lefty owns that move. Fuhk your “right to assemble” and speech and all that shit. Next time you assemble your speech needs to be actions. That entire capitol protest was Lefty takes the middle of the chess board and you move around like an idiot doing his will.

    The national guard. And the regular army. Lefty has always hated the military because it resists politicization and is “popular” in the sense it is common people in the ranks. The military is not popular in the sense that americans like a big military; we don’t. We like militias. that’s a fact. The big military is a 20th Century thing.

    How will it be when Lefty destroys the will of the NG to act, and beats their pride to a pulp and whips them like so many cur dogs? I’ve said this a lot, and I want to repeat it here because I haven’t read it elsewhere and it’s a key event. Lefty attacked full-court all across America during the fake pandemic shutdown, all of course to defeat Trumpists. He burned shit down whenever he could, and the mayors and governors gave him the tools and permission slip to do it. This is the exact equivalent of the Brownshirts; Godwin can suck it. Was SCOTUS cowed by the violence? They said as much, didn’t they?

    So, what I want to say is Trump was told not to use the NG, or the Insurrection Act, to prevent the White House from being torched. When the NG did step in, the tide of that battle turned. This happened in lots of cities. Lefty din’t like that.

    Trump shouldn’t call the Insurrection Act? So said 10 former SECDEFs. Now, the fukn capitol is occupied by the National Guard – no Insurrection Act. Lefty hates the military and he hates veterans. That’s fine with me, cuz I hate Lefty, too. But I see what he’s up to. His biggest fear is armed Americans, and that includes the military itself. Lefty wants nothing more than to turn that as much to his advantage as possible. It’s a tall order, but I give him credit for trying.

    I write too much. Sorry.

  • M. Murcek March 3, 2021, 5:54 AM

    WRT “You’ll know what to do” when it comes to shooting two legged varmints, I always remember this remark from Polish mercenary Rafel Ganowicz when he was asked how he felt about killing human beings: “I wouldn’t know. I’ve only ever killed communists…”

  • Donald Sensing March 3, 2021, 6:45 AM

    Re: the opening Clausewitz quote-meme: During the Gulf War an American mechanized unity attacked a dug-in Iraqi brigade in Kuwait. The Iraqis had dug a complex trench system, which as all Western armies learned from 1914-1918, is brutally and bloodily difficult to clear.

    Every US mechanized task force had a small number of M60 tank chassis with a massive bulldozer blade attached to the body of the tank. At the time, the M1A1 tank had no such adaptation. (Photo here: https://imodeler.com/uploads/2014/10/m60a-800×719.jpg?v=1413655868)

    So the TF commander sent the blade tanks forward and they simply dozed the trenches full of dirt, burying alive at least a couple of hundred Iraqi soldiers. This was covered by reporters embedded with that unit.

    Back in the Pentagon, where I was stationed at the time, the Pentagon press pushed hard at the next daily briefing conducted by Assistant Secretary of Defense Pete Williams on the inhumanity and cruelty of burying the Iraqis alive like that. ( I was present at this briefing.) Williams replied that the alternative was sending US soldiers on foot into the trenches where hand grenades and bayonets would be used. Reporters brushed that off and insisted that what the dozers had done was inhumane (as if bayoneting a soldier in the neck is not?).

    In what can only be described as a moment of inspiration, Williams responded, “We have never learned of a kind and gentle way to kill people.”

    Believe it or not, that shut them up completely.

  • Jack March 3, 2021, 11:57 AM

    I have always, always despised the silly idea of ‘rules of war’ and one reason for that is that the rules are usually made by some cowardly, non-combatant sob who thinks war should somehow be fair. The only goal of it should be to turn enemy soldiers into corpses and to destroy everything that they, as a political and combative force, represent.

    Now, that is not to say that those who surrender should be shot but it does mean that those who continue to fight should be given no mercy and no reprieve. And, I also think that, because most infantry troops and others of the line seldom, if ever have an axe to grind, it’s far more important to direct all the firepower and subterfuge available, to destroy the generals, the colonels, the majors, captains, lieutenants and their staffs who, in combat, represent the sobs who wanted the fight in the first instance.

    I’ve thought many times that I would have loved to have been a sniper and I know that I would have been very, very good at it.

  • Casey Klahn March 3, 2021, 2:06 PM

    Donald, do you remember the Beetle Bailey cartoon strip, a Sunday, where Beetle is standing among the barracks and an artillery shell appears in frame, and slowly creeps across the frames, as Beeetle’s pug nose watches it float passed him. It lodges barely into the corner of a barracks, and sags. Unexploded. Beetle remarks that this must be the new safe, dumb and kinder round they’ve been developing.

    Civilians don’t realize that the rounds civilians use for wild game are meant to tumble and mangle, whereas military rounds pass through. Are they prepared for the horrendous outcome of a civil conflict in that regard?

    The undersecretary did a nice job shutting up the reporters. I wish he’d turn that intellect on his one-time boss (Rummy) and tell him to STFU on policy like which president gets to call the Insurrection Act.

    Heard the report on the Senate kangaroo hearing today where the NG commander in DC (adjutant general is the title of the head of a state or whatever NG force) said they couldn’t get the go order to deploy on the 6th until late in the day or actually early evening it was. The order finally came, he said, from the acting SecDef and from military authorities in the pentagon. The DC powers that be, that is the civilians, knew the riot was imminent, and did not want the guard there. They were in on the riot; convince me otherwise.