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After five years active duty service, Mitch Harris became the first Naval Academy graduate to pitch in the major leagues in almost 100 years. Mitch debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015, pitching in 26 games, earning a 2-1 record. He is currently on the disabled list but expects to return to the mound in 2017.
After hitting .347 for the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 1944, Stan “The Man” Musial enlisted in the Navy where he served in a ship launch unit, ferrying sailors from damaged ships to shore at Pearl Harbor. He received his discharge in March, 1946 and returned to the majors in time to lead the Cardinals to another World Series title and his second league MVP title, batting .365.
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“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it. We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”
– Maj Gen Michael J. Nakata, Army officer picked to train Syrians to combat the Islamic State
For a good explanation why our military and political leaders still don’t understand the threat, read The Council on Global Security’s white paper, The Flawed Science Behind America’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy
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Turn on the news today or log into your social media and you will see headline after headline of attacks on our liberty and security. Whether it’s anti-police riots, jihadist gunmen, or corrupt politicians, our nation’s traditions and principles are under heavy assault. It is demoralizing. We know who seeks to destroy our society and what their objectives are. But what can we actually do to stop them?
What we face today are multiple “wars of ideas.” While enemy combatants are not an invading force shooting bullets and dropping bombs, the outcome is the same. Our way of life is up for grabs. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is an opponent in one of the idea wars. The attacks on our police officers – and law and order itself – coming from their protests across the nation are a threat to our justice system and could have far-reaching effects if we do not engage.
Fortunately we do not need to adopt their tactics of lawlessness and violence to defeat them.
Author Robert R. Reilly lays out four maxims for winning wars of ideas in The Knowledge Group’s 2015 special report, The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement:
- “the first thing one must do is formulate the ideas that are so central to one’s life that one is not willing to live without them.”
- “one cannot go into a war of ideas until one understands the ideas one is at war with.”
- “wars of ideas, by definition, can only be fought by and with people who think.”
- “along with a consistency of purpose, one must have the organizational and
financial means for conducting a war of ideas over the course of generations.”
The right to free speech and to bear arms, freedom of religion, a limited and constitutional government, a right to due process, and equal protection under the law are all ideas that no American Read the rest of this post »
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According to former KGB propagandist Yuri Bezmenov, the Soviet intelligence agency devoted a mere 15 percent of their resources on espionage. The remaining 85 percent of their time, manpower, and money was devoted towards something called ideology subversion – psychological warfare. Prior to his defection from the Soviet Union in 1970, Bezmenov worked for the news agency Novosti, where he says three-fourths of the workers were KGB officers and the remainder were, like him, co-opted into service. He repeatedly uses the term “useful idiots” for the carefully selected American journalists, professors, actors, and political figures like Sen. Ted Kennedy that Bezmenov and the KGB welcomed into the Soviet Union, feeding them propaganda, and then using these leftist “political prostitutes” to influence public opinion and advance the Kremlin’s agenda worldwide.
There are four stages to ideological subversion. Demoralization began in the 1960s and Bezmenov states that the politburo never dreamed their efforts would have such a profound effect on the United States so quickly. Destabilization is reaching critical mass under the Obama administration. Next is crisis, which we are rapidly approaching, and then finally normalization. He explains what each of these stages look like in the video below, and even how Americans can overturn the process of ideological subversion. Although this video was shot in 1984, it explains precisely what we deal with today. The relevant part of the interview starts at the 1:07:00 mark, but is definitely worth watching in its entirety if you have the time.
Bezmenov decided to defect when he realized how evil the Soviet regime truly was upon learning that many of the most useful pro-Soviet figures (including many friends) he worked with in India would be executed once the revolution took place, “because they know too much” and could become disillusioned. He listed numerous examples of KGB-backed Marxist leaders in other countries being executed and replaced with a less threatening Marxist puppet once they were no longer useful.
The Soviet Union may be gone, but their extremely effective ideological subversion efforts explain so much of what we face in today’s decaying and irrational society.
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It is useless to fight against people’s rigid ways, or to argue against their irrational concepts. You will only waste time and make yourself rigid in the process. The best strategy is to simply accept rigidity in others, outwardly displaying deference to their need for order. On your own, however, you must work to maintain your open spirit, letting go of bad habits and deliberately cultivating new ideas.
– Robert Greene
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We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.
– C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
FOX News military analyst Lt. Col. Bill Cowan, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), has joined the team of national security experts at S.C.-based National Defense Consultants (NDC); an addition that will heighten the organization’s already strong counterterrorism advisory component.
“National Defense Consultants could not look for a better addition than Lt. Col. Bill Cowan,” says Clare Lopez, deputy national director of NDC’s Counterterrorism Advisory Team, the vice pres. for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy, and a retired CIA operations officer. “We are so honored to welcome him as an advisor and consultant and look forward to the tremendous advantage that his extensive expertise in counterterrorism and the Middle East will bring us.”
Cowan’s military and counterterrorism experience spans decades.
A U.S. Naval Academy graduate and combat Marine officer during the Vietnam War; following the spate of terrorist attacks in Beirut [Lebanon] in the early 1980’s, Cowan became one of the first members of the Pentagon’s “most classified counterterrorist unit,” the Intelligence Support Activity. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Cowan participated in numerous special anti-terrorism and counterterrorism activities and operations in the Middle East, most notably working against Hezbollah, Iran, and Syria as regards the rescue and release of Western hostages in both Lebanon and later Kuwait following its invasion by Iraq.
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Energy – especially availability and most especially foreign oil dependency – is a huge national concern. In the aggregate, energy is perhaps the greatest of all concerns related to American national security. If we look at foreign oil dependency alone, we see that the U.S. spends hundreds of billions of dollars each year on energy imports, with much of this energy imported from Middle Eastern nations.
Since there is no way to adequately determine – much less direct or demand – where that money is spent once it is funneled to these nations, we may be sure that some of it is ending up funding the very terrorists we send our young soldiers to fight.
Thankfully, it does not have to be this way anymore. America has its own massive reserves of clean, abundant, and relatively inexpensive energy. This energy will continue to create jobs in the U.S. and, most importantly, these domestic sources of energy have the power to dramatically reduce our dependency of foreign imports.
Aimed at fighting childhood obesity, the six-month program will provide academic and applied knowledge of outdoor activities to 24 adolescents (grades nine–12), inspiring in them a passion for the environment and – as a result – reshaping the priorities of the children, their families, and the broader community through awareness.
“We believe that the problem of childhood obesity is simply not talked about – much less addressed – because of the stigma associated with it,” says GEA founder and pres. Tom Mullikin, who is also pres. and founding partner of the Camden-based Mullikin Law Firm. “But it is nevertheless a killer, and with our state ranking 7th in the U.S. in terms of obesity, we have to not only talk about it, but stem the tide of this growing threat to our public health through education, the eradication of destructive sedentary habits, and the creation of new exciting – even self-esteem building – lifestyle changes. That’s where GEA, members of our law firm, and our sponsoring partners come in.”