Two Paul Vallelys? – Same Name, Polar Opposites

By Scott W. Winchell, SUA Editor

Opinions vary widely on all subjects, especially existential issues like the never ending and complicated situation in the Middle East and Iran’s role in the community of nations.  Critical thinkers find that utter frustration is the usual result because you may not know the authors, you may not know all facets of the issues and you cannot avoid being skeptical, so you ask yourself; who is more believable? How can one side of an argument be so diametrically opposed to the other that intrinsically you know one of them cannot be believed and the other, by process of elimination must be more correct. The problem is, how do you know?

First, you read the words of one side, parse them carefully, check their sources and citations, then do the same with the other. In the process, you also have to ask yourself, is anything missing from either argument? Did the author of either viewpoint intentionally leave out critical information, is any of it incorrect?

Polar Opposites - Same Name

Secondly, you ask yourself, who are the authors? What association to their ability to publish do they align themselves? What background does each have? From where does their experience emanate and are there any hidden agendas or associations that would taint or add more credence to their words? Who is the more credible author?

In this brief treatise, and posted below, are two takes on the world, especially Iran, and certainly the greater issues of our troubled times. So, as you read excerpts of each, consider who each is, and then apply the appropriate weight to the argument each shares.

Interestingly enough, in the case I bring before you now, the opposing viewpoints come from two people with the same name. How ironic is that?

The two men I refer to are Paul Vallely, and Paul Vallely.

Paul Valley number one:

The first is a British subject who is considered by many to be an expert on political issues involving Africa, especially regarding revolutions, famine, and upheaval. He was awarded the “The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George” and is a close friend of many left-leaning people like the singer Bob Geldoff, himself a very liberal fellow by all accounts. Paul Vallely, CMG, wrote the book “Bad Samaritans: First World Ethics and Third World Debt” in 1990 from which groups such as Jubilee 2000 and Live 8 adopted his slogans and the mantra of eradicating all third-world debt. He is very active in Catholic organizations and has travelled extensively through war and famine ravaged lands for over two decades.

Paul Vallely number two:

The second is retired Major General Paul E. Vallely, US Army. He retired in 1991 from the US Army as Deputy Commanding General, US Army, Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. General Vallely graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the Army in 1961 serving a distinguishing career of 32 years in the Army.

General Vallely is a graduate of the Infantry School, Ranger and Airborne Schools, Jumpmaster School, the Command and General Staff School, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Army War College. His combat service in Vietnam included positions as infantry company commander, intelligence officer, operations officer, military advisor and aide-de-camp. He has over fifteen (15) years experience in Special Operations, Psychological and Civil-Military Operations.

He served in many overseas theaters to include Europe and the Pacific Rim Countries as well as two combat tours in Vietnam. He has served on US security assistance missions on civilian-military relations to Europe, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Central America with in-country experience in Indonesia, Columbia, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras and Guatemala. He has served as a consultant to the Commanding General of the Special Operations Command as well as the DOD Anti-Drug and Counter -Terrorist Task Forces. He also designed and developed the Host-Nation Support Program in the Pacific for DOD and the State Department. He has in-country security assistance – experience in Israel, Iraq, Kuwait, El Salvador, Columbia and Indonesia in the development of civil-military relations interfacing with senior level military and civilian leadership.

General Vallely has been a military analyst on television and radio for over ten years. He is also a guest lecturer on National Security, international political, economic issues, strategic planning matters and the Global War against Radical Islam and other threats to Amercia. He and LTG Thomas McInerney authored the book, “Endgame” – Blueprint for Victory for Winning the War on Terror”, “Warfooting” and “Baghdad Ablaze”. He is a member and founder of the Iran Policy Committee. He is the Chairman of the Stand Up America. He was the senior military analyst for the Fox News Channel from 2000 -2007. General Vallely conducts an average of 4-6 national radio show interviews per week and is well known for his published articles on a multitude of subjects and issues.

He and his wife, Marian, are the co-trustees of the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund and reside in Montana. He and Mrs. Vallely are deeply involved in state and local issues as well as supporting a multitude of community events and activities.

Now that you have a better understanding of each, and I suggest you “Google” their names and read other articles, and listen to their speeches and decide for yourself, who earns my confidence? Notice also that Paul Vallely number one did not do his homework on who number two is now.

Article Number 1 – By Paul Valley 1

Paul Vallely: War on Iran has begun. And it is madness

Paul Vallely - British Columnist

The parallels with Iraq are disturbing: we are convinced of a sinister threat to the West and we have a dodgy dossier to prove it

From The Independent

One of the more embarrassing features of the internet is that, from time to time, I find myself being confused with a namesake. Paul E Vallely is not me. He is a retired US major-general who is now the senior military analyst for Rupert Murdoch’s outrageously right-wing Fox News. Among other things, he wants to bomb Iran, which I decidedly do not.

There is something deeply disquieting about the deterioration in relationships between the West and Iran in recent days. William Hague was well within existing protocol to expel all Iran’s diplomats from Britain after a mob sacked the British embassy in Tehran. But what is proper is not always wise.

…read more here, and…

But Iran is a big, politically sophisticated country whose constitution of parliament, president, councils and assemblies of religious experts, creates a system of checks and balances in which change is possible. Reformers have held sway at times in this political pluralism. The Iranian establishment is fragmented into factions; a third of MPs did not vote for the measure to reduce the diplomatic status of Iran’s relations with Britain last Sunday. But it is precisely the wrong reactionary factions which are strengthened by the bellicosity of the West.

And make no mistake, the war has begun. Virulent computer viruses disabled Iran’s nuclear centrifuges last year. Two of the nation’s leading nuclear physicists have been assassinated, and a third was wounded by assassins on motorbikes. The UK’s decision to freeze $1.6bn of Iranian assets – which is what provoked the violence at the British embassy – was the fourth round of sanctions. Hawks like my military namesake talk openly of deploying unmanned drones against nuclear power stations and provoking an uprising against the government in Tehran. And now comes all the EU sound and fury about not bowing “to Iran’s intimidation and bullying”. The hollow laughter from Tehran reflects heightened nationalist resolution and increased hostility to the West.

Read the rest here.

Article Number 2 – By Paul Vallely 2

The Decline of the West, and the Rise of the Rest

MG Paul Vallely

Front Page

The panel discussion below recently took place at David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida (Nov. 17-20, 2011). The transcript follows. To view the question and answer session, click here. Also, see the video of MG Vallely’s speech. He is the second speaker behind Bruce Bawer starting at time stamp 11:50. of Video Part #1.

Paul Vallely: Thank you very much, Michael. Good morning, everybody. We came from Montana two days ago, it was nine degrees.

(Laughter)

So even if it’s raining outside, it’s wonderful. And I’ve got my nurse’s assistant here, Muffin, who you’ll get to meet.

(Applause)

Michael Ledeen and I won’t cover with you all of our medical problems last year, but it really put us out of action for a while. But we’re standing, Michael, and we’re here with all of you. Wonderful friends, you know, we’ve known you for so long now. Years. And it’s always a pleasure, and appreciate when Michael and David invite us to be a part of this each and every year.

Stand Up America, just to tell you a little bit — we have 16 research intelligence analysts that work for us around the United States. And that’s what’s the basis of us being able to produce and publish a lot of articles that are pertinent to the subjects that we’ll be discussing this weekend.

But specifically, let me try to address the decline of the West and answer the questions, Michael, as best I can. But certainly, we really want to have a heavy question-and-answer period, where we can get more into the Middle East and more specificity of some of the major issues that we’re looking at today.

But you know, when you look historically back — and I learned as a cadet at West Point, when we studied all the great battles — all the revolutions that had taken place, the tactics and the strategies that were used to restore a society or a culture — we certainly have to look at what were the root causes of the decline. And if you typically look back at revolutions and the demise of empires, the fall of empires over the centuries, you will see it comes back basically — something has happened in that culture with those people, from tyrannical governments, dictatorial governments. And it comes down a lot to the economics, and what kind of pain that is placed on any kind of society.

So when we look at what’s happening around the world — and I’ll talk more specifically about it, and what I call a chessboard, the international global chessboard, to lay out exactly how we see things as the world exists today. But examining the past again, and reflecting — yes, we have been in a decline.

If you track back culturally in America, I can track it back to the ’60s. And then, when we look at the financial — the stability of our markets over a period of time. But mixed in with that was the innovation of America, and the high-technology developments. So as a decline occurred in certain parts of our structure, even the political decline of effective leadership over the years, effective government.

So you tie all of those things in together while you’re trying out there in the private sector, and those that do have common sense and are innovative, to be creating products, activities, corporations and organizations — really still today, that’s the glue that’s holding us together.

We did a strategic study — we completed it two months ago. I’ll be happy to provide you a copy of it. But guess what the four or five major threats to America are, when we look at this decline? Number one, the greatest threat to America is an inept and a dysfunctional government. Okay, think about that. The second major threat in the decline — as we’ve seen, and we’re experiencing right now — is the financial collapse of the United States and the Western countries. Third, the greatest threat was our southern borders and our borders. The fourth was Iran and what’s happening in the Middle East. And fifth was Afghanistan and Pakistan. So when you analyze that, and you talk about the decline politically, when you look at a dysfunctional government that we have so bureaucratized, and we’ve so over legislated, then our hands are almost tied.

So the question is, as we come back — what are the solutions? And I call it the restoration. As we’ve seen a decline now with still a strengthening of the glue within the American society, still with many of us having what I call the warrior spirit, the ability to restore the Constitution, the ability to restore the republic, and get back to the basic values and traditions — that’s how you get after the root cause.

But let me tell you a little bit of difference. As you restore, and as countries, as societies, restore themselves after tremendous upheaval and tremendous pain, it all comes back to superb leadership. But above that — I define it even further — is the warrior. And the difference between warriors and leaders — warriors will fall on their sword. I will die for you, I will die for your children, to restore this country and to make it what it should be today to deal with today and tomorrow.

So we all need to have that warrior spirit. Because, as Herman Cain pointed out, we are in the battle for America. It’s not business as usual. This is a different situation in 2011, going into 2012. And your neighbors, your local communities, have to realize they’ve got to get out of their bubble.

I talked to 60 corporate leaders yesterday. Honest to goodness, I couldn’t believe it. It’s like they’re all in their corporate bubble, except for a few. And I find that amongst many intelligent, educated individuals. So in this restoration, to go from the decline that we’ve seen across the board to restoration now, and coming back up — and Michael Ledeen and I talked earlier this morning — we want to be on a positive note.

Yes, we have to look at the threats out there. We have to understand that we’ve got to have a government, we’ve got to have an organization within this country, that can meet those threats. Because listen, you can talk about unemployment, you can talk about economics, you can talk about all those other issues out there. They mean nothing, unless we can secure you and your families. The security of you and your families is the utmost important thing we can do. Because once we have the security of America, we have strong leadership and we have strong warriors leading our country, we can do anything. And that’s the key to it all.

So within my 10 minutes, that’s it. And very happy to address the Middle East and some other things.

See the rest of the speakers and watch the videos posted at Front Page.

Now who are you going to watch more closely and what are you going to believe? Which agenda is more credible?

National Call to Battle Series – “To Secure the Nation”

By Paul E Vallely

As the Declaration of Independence states:

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”

We started the National Call to Action series early in 2011 to alert America of the dangers facing the Nation and that immediate action needed to be taken by our elected leadership. This has failed to occur and now we know now that we are in a Battle to save the country before much more aggravated pain is afflicted on the society. The arrogance of power and incompetence in Washington has generated widespread dissent across America. From our research and analysis at Stand Up America, we have found that the following are the greatest threats to America and must be dealt with immediately to save the Nation and the Republic.

  • Dysfunctional, corrupt and inept government
  • Financial Crisis/Collapse
  • Inability to develop and execute a viable US “forward strategy”
  • US Borders, particularly, the Southern Border
  • Rogue nations like Iran and North Korea
  • Islamists/Enablers of Radical Islam
  • The Progressive Socialist Media
  • Russia and China as enablers against America
  • Globalism and multi-culturists, New World Order zealots
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan Region
  • United Nations and their subversives
  • Cultural decline

All these take on different degrees of severity and threat to America’s well-being.

Each member of the House of Representatives, the United States Senate and even the President of the United States placed their hands on the Bible, raised their hands to swear on their sacred honor to protect, defend and serve the people of the United States. Sadly, we see them in violation of their oaths and their responsibilities. We should see a massive resignation demand on the steps of the capital and the call for the Impeachment and arrest of Barack Obama and others. We should be seeing them groveling before those who instilled their faith and trust in them by electing them to public service. Most have violated the Constitution of the United and many are guilty of treason. Fraud and corruption are rampant in the use of the peoples’ money.

We the people have had enough of this inept Government, elected officials and appointees. Our political system is broke…all branches appear dysfunctional and unable to solve any problems. Where are leaders with Wisdom, Courage and Common Sense? Have we no “Warriors” anymore. Where are the national security and “policy wonks” as well as our Generals and Admirals to reset the military strategy to deal with today and tomorrow’s threats.

We are on a progressive socialist suicide march. WE, the people have watched the President and his Cabinet, Congress and other bureaucrats defile our founding documents and sacred principles for several years now with no end in sight.

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was overheard saying to Madison:

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves therefore are its only safe depositories.”

In Lincoln’s 1861 Inaugural address, he issued this warning to his peers:

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one. This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world”.

A change in government leadership must be conducted by the People of those elected and appointed political leaders who have violated the Constitution, which states in Article One, Section Five, Clause II “Each House may determine the Rules of its’ Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly behavior, and with the concurrence of a 2/3 vote, expel a member”

The Constitution and the States, however, provide the people the right and authority to do either of the following:

Per the 10th amendment to decide domestic matters within individual states, also grants the right to the state to refuse federal aid and to sever from the Federal Government’s authority entirely or per Article Two, Section Four, “The President, Vice President and ALL CIVIL OFFICERS of the United States shall be removed from office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

The current oath of office was enacted in 1884: The Oaths of Office is administered to:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Supreme Court
  • Congress

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

  • When a young man or woman enlists in one of the armed forces, he or she takes an oath to protect and defend the United States of America.
  • When an officer in any of the armed services raises his hand and takes an oath to protect and defend his or her country, the Officers are expected to keep the vow.
  • When any officer of the court takes an oath to perform their duties it is done with an expectation they will do so.

Why not the same for any member of the United States Government, but especially those that are elected by the people? Each member of the House of Representatives, the United States Senate and even the President of the United States raise their hands and swear on their sacred honor to protect, defend and serve the people of the United States.

BERATING and CONDEMING the United States before the world, overseas and in the United Nation is a flagrant violation of Trust and Honor.

The American people must do their duty to God and Country and use the power of their votes and remove the violators from office. WE need to establish a “Vote Of Confidence” measure. In the event there may be some doubt in certain individuals then for the good and welfare of the country ALL must go. We will start over if we have to! We will seek out those who have a strong desire to see America continue as created and designed by our Founding Fathers.

The majority of American people have lost trust and faith in those they have elected to serve the country because they have abrogated their oaths, given comfort to the enemy both foreign and domestic. The American confidence level of Congress has fallen to 12%. 545 men and women (that includes the President and Vice President as well as Members of the Supreme Court) have sworn to serve the nation. They have willingly taken an oath to protect and serve and defend the people and interests of this great country. Sadly, we see them in violation of their oaths and the moral strength to do what needs to be done.

America, Act Now for our survival as our strong and trusted nation is in great jeopardy. This is our National Call to Battle. This is a battle to save America.

Paul E. Vallely – Major general, US Army (Retired), Chairman of Stand Up America

Staying Alive as a Nation – American Pursuit of Greatness

MG Paul E. Vallely, US Army (Ret.)

By Paul E. Vallely

From: “The Dragon Lies Bleeding” – Hammerfall

“Ride through the valley in thunder and rain. The battle is raging, redeem this domain. The castle of Eden lies silent above. Darkness surrounded us, away we must go. I look through the eyes of the world. I see there are strangers among us. Awaiting a sign from above. To conquer the power and the glory. Enter the battle, our will to enchain. Bringing us forward, defeating the pain. Into the meeting with swords made of steel. We’re standing together the secret reveals. Come across to the Promised Land. Close your eyes, I will take your hand. Through the river of steel we’ll go. When the dragon lies bleeding.”

The enemies and certain identifiable demagogues of the United States have taken to view our country as a Dragon that must be bled of its power and stature. As the mythology of the dragon goes, you could not slay the dragon with one spear but that it would take many spears into the body of the dragon to slay it and “bleed it to death”. As you look at the world today, our enemies, both foreign and domestic, are sending those spears into the body of the United States. I do not have the opportunity in this writing to discuss the various spears/threats in detail other than to list some of them here:

    • Dysfunctional government and Cultural decline

      “The Dragon Lies Bleeding” – Hammerfall
    • Financial Crisis/Collapse
    • Weak, misguided leadership in Congress, the White House, and in our Courts
    • US Borders, particularly, the Southern Border
    • Islamists/Enablers of Islamists
    • The Progressive Socialist Media
    • Russia and China as enablers against America
    • Globalism and multi-culturists, New World Order zealots
    • United Nations and their subversives
    • Rogue nations like Iran and North Korea

These are the “spears” that must be dealt with by new leadership through common sense, wisdom, knowledge and initiating a revised forward US National Strategy to survive and restore the Republic. The US has always drawn operational plans from strategic doctrine. Currently, the NATION faces unprecedented threats and vulnerabilities. Should we continue America’s near-total reliance upon the logic of deterrence and appeasement, we will be doomed to be bled to death. Continued belief in classical threat-system dynamics could be problematic, even if American planners were to focus on just state sponsors and radical Iranian jihad proxies (like Hezbollah and Hamas). These states, like their surrogates, value particular religious or ideological preferences more highly than their own lives and freedoms.

At the start of the nuclear age, there was the threat of “massive retaliation” and mutual assured destruction (MAD). This gave way to “flexible response” and “nuclear utilization theory” (NUT). Interpenetrating these strategic doctrines, first conceived with reference to the USSR, were fierce debates over enemy targeting options. President Obama and team appear to be clueless to today’s threats and definable threat options. These very sensitive examinations will be divisive, but the pertinent issues concern America’s physical survival.

It is not a simple world, strategic doctrine is always a complex matter, and any improved US plans will have to be creative as well as comprehensive. If, for any reason, Iran is permitted to be the hegemonic (masters of the Middle East Chessboard) and nuclear power of the Middle East, our doctrine will have to identify viable global options. In turn, these options will require enemy perceptions of persuasive American power and of an American willingness to actually use this power.

An example of one major threat and spear: Moscow markets cruise missiles launched from a freight container – Russia’s Club-K Freight Container cruise missile. This relatively cheap, extra-smart, easy-to-use Club-K Container Missile System, which Moscow has put on the open market (Iran is the first acquirer), allows cruise missiles or Shehabs to be concealed in freight containers which can then be launched from a sea platform container ship. I have warned of this “spear” threat for over a year now; with no response from the powers-to-be. It is virtually undetectable by radar until activated. No wonder, Iran and Venezuela were keenly interested when the Club-K was put on the market at the Defense Services Asia exhibition in Malaysia for $15 million.

Western military experts are calling it a “real maritime fear for anyone with a waterfront.” The container-cum-missiles, carried by a ship, fishing vessel or truck can approach a targeted coast, highway, or international railway and strike behind the target’s missile defenses without alerting radar monitors or even surveillance drones and satellites. The capability is able to wipe out an aircraft carrier up to 400 kilometers away. The system’s manufacturer, Novator, is directing its marketing tactics at anyone under threat of military action from the United States. One expert accused the Russians of proliferating ballistic missiles on an unheard-of scale.

At the Malaysian exhibition, the marketing film showed the Club-K being activated from an ordinary truck. The truck pulls up, whereupon the container roof lifts up to reveal cruise missiles ready to fire. The operator then pushes a button and the missiles, which have a range of 350 km, are launched without further preparation.

Club-K Missile delivery system.

Military sources warn that the sale of Club-K cruise missile systems to Iran and their transfer to Hezbollah would give them an edge substantial enough to be a game-changer into the Middle East balance of power and strength. They are capable of surreptitiously approaching any coastline in any region and send missiles flying against American, Western, or Israeli strategic targets before they know they are even under attack.

The missile specialist, Novator, which maintains a manufacturing plant in Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, produces an array of missiles against air, sea, and land targets, including cruise missiles launched from submarines, as well as the advanced S-300 missile interceptor, which Russia contracted to sell Iran.

How should we deter a nuclear Iran, both from launching direct missile attacks, and from dispersing nuclear assets among terrorist proxies? And for Deterrence against Nuclear Terrorism (DANT), how should one power compensate for the absence of “fingerprints,” and for the limits of satellites and radars? This is significant because Ahmadinejad says that soon there will be a world without the United States and Israel. Coupled with his regular pronouncements to wipe Israel off the face of the earth; this sends nuclear alarm signals that cannot be ignored.

Threats to American cities could come from cars, trucks, and ships. Ballistic missile defense would be of no use against such ground-based attacks. Could we truly convince Tehran and its surrogates that any proxy act of nuclear terrorism would elicit a massive nuclear retaliation against Iran itself? The planned use of EMPs against specific US target cities like New York with a low level nuclear detonation will serve to freeze our grid systems and cause urban chaos. Meaningful action and policies must emerge from a carefully re-conceptualized US strategic doctrine and “Warrior” leadership.

Enemy state proxies were once limited in the damage that they could inflict and the logic of economic, cultural, and military warfare was traditionally based on reasonable expectations of victory. Today, some Nations, their proxies and the terror and radical Jihadi groups/cells could bring greater disasters to the American homeland. These are the “spears” that will bring us greater pain than was deliverable by our national enemies in World War II.

The Chessboard is set and the pieces are being moved deftly! It is time to change leadership in the USA to restore America and our Constitution!

Paul E. Vallely is a retired Major General in the US Army, and is the founder and CEO of Stand Up America.

Waking the Sleeping Giant – American Tragedy

An American Tragedy – The Sleeping Giant Must Awaken

By Paul E. Vallely

Many of us who were alive during World War II and slightly thereafter may remember the famous quote regarding America being the “sleeping giant”. ‘Be fearful of waking her!” Do not wake a sleeping giant. This is an idiom which means: Do not disturb/annoy/provoke someone powerful who was not disturbing you in the first place. Japan woke a sleeping giant when they invaded Pearl Harbor.

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is portrayed at the very end of the 1970 film Tora! Tora! Tora!, and in the 2001 film Pearl Harbor, as saying after his attack on Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”  The quotation was abbreviated in the film Pearl Harbor (2001), where it merely read, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant.”

Randall Wallace, the screenwriter of Pearl Harbor, readily admitted that he copied the line from Tora! Tora! Tora!  The film’s producer, Elmo Williams, had found the line written in Yamamoto’s diary. Williams, in turn, has stated that Larry Forrester, the screenwriter, found a 1943 letter from Yamamoto to the Admiralty in Tokyo containing the quotation. However, Forrester cannot produce the letter, nor can anyone else, American or Japanese, recall or find it.

In The Reluctant Admiral, Hiroyuki Agawa, without a citation, does give a quotation from a reply by Admiral Yamamoto to Ogata Taketora on January 9, 1942, which is strikingly similar to the famous version: “A military man can scarcely pride himself on having ‘smitten a sleeping enemy’; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack.”

Yamamoto believed that Japan could not win a protracted war with the United States, and moreover seems to have believed that the Pearl Harbor attack had become a blunder — even though he was the person who came up with the idea of a surprise attack. The Reluctant Admiral relates that “Yamamoto alone” (while all his staff members were celebrating) spent the day after Pearl Harbor “sunk in apparent depression.” He is also known to have been upset by the bungling of the Foreign Ministry which led to the attack happening while the countries were technically at peace, thus making the incident an unprovoked sneak attack that would certainly enrage the enemy.

After the war, a similar rumor disseminated among occupation insiders that upon learning the attack had been a success, Admiral Yamamoto had said to those around him, “Gentlemen, we have just kicked a rabid dog.” This would have been a tactical metaphor and not intended as an insult, since he was generally fond of America and Americans.

Similar to the above quotation was another that, while real, was widely misinterpreted in the US press. Yamamoto, when once asked his opinion on the war, pessimistically said that the only way for Japan to win the war was to dictate terms to the White House, requiring them to eventually invade the United States and march across the country while fighting their way to Washington — i.e., Japan would have to conquer the whole of the United States. Yamamoto’s meaning was that military victory, in a protracted war against an opponent with as much of a population and industrial advantage as the United States possessed, was completely impossible — a rebuff to those who thought that winning a major battle against the US Navy would end the war. However, in the US, his words were recast as a jingoistic boast.

In a recent discussion with friends, we explored the issue of whether the United States is a “Sleeping Giant” any more, and if it is, what percentage of the population would constitute that “sleeping giant”? Best estimates indicated that maybe 10-15% of America now would be considered the “sleeping giant” and the remainder of population is unaware of the serious threats to the United States, or are truly asleep at the “switch” and clueless to our continuing demise and weakening as a people and country.

There are so many more threats and risks to our families today than before 9/11 with thousands upon thousands of Americans having been killed across the globe since then. While walking my dog, I look at the faces of people with these thoughts in mind, and I see people who look strangely blank or “normal.” But this is not normal. This is acting normal in the face of insanity. Therefore, I cannot remain calm, I must act.

I find myself thinking about World War II and the refusal of the United States to aid the millions of people being killed by the Nazis. The safety of our American sanctuary was shattered by Pearl Harbor and we woke up. Denial was no longer an option, and isolationism was no longer the rule of the day. Today we play politics to death. We talk amongst ourselves and the politicians talk and talk in Washington. While I know rational thinking may ultimately rule, rational thinking without emotion ignores the passion that lights the fire of definitive action; and now is the time for definitive action.

Personally, I do not believe in turning the other cheek. Yet, I do not want to become what I so despise – a fanatic driven by virulence and hatred as to do violence. I do not sanction any kind of fanaticism, because fanaticism feeds on itself and is driven by blind emotion. It demands unquestioning obedience and intolerance, rather than acceptance of diverse and genuine viewpoints. However, I do not believe in passivity either. Nothing goes away until you are willing to take a stand that says: “you may not cross this line because if you do, this will be the consequence”. Well, I am convinced that this line has been crossed. You hurt my people, you hurt my country – you hurt me.

I do not excuse dishonesty, corruptness, and behavior by members of Congress and the White House. Behavior counts, character counts! If a child of mine is threatened, I become a lion. If my people are threatened I feel a personal sense of violation that I need to react to in much the same way. If my country is threatened, my patriotism soars to its highest level, and my blood boils. Punishment for this transgression of my person and my country’s boundaries and way-of-life is essential; it is in my opinion, mandatory as a citizen. Instead of our current dissolution and chaos, we must reunite and roar like the lion we are, the father who is reacting to a wrong done to his child.

Enough politicking and talk. Action is crucial. We have been so afraid to be the lion, afraid to be seen as the bad guy, that we have NOT drawn the line in the sand and said: “you may not cross this line or these are the consequences”. To take a stand is not being the bad guy. It is quite the opposite, it is to be lauded; taking a stand with very clearly defined consequences is being responsible. We need to do more than simply reacting, we need to be pro-active and pre-emptive.

I want to see our people; our fellow citizens do just that, not just as a reaction to the current economic and security threats, but on a continual basis. It’s the equivalent of being a parent who is afraid of being firm and setting boundaries, letting their child run out of control for fear we may be thought the ogre, and then reacts only situation by situation, each time confirming softness instead of resolve. That parent needs to step back, size up the situation and say this is what MUST be done now, so we do not have to face it again. We must change our political philosophy, awaken from our lethargy, erase our apathy and above all, we must abide by our well designed Constitution.

Similarly, it must be conveyed that it is folly and foolish for other countries to confuse our softness and courtesy with weakness. However, we ARE, more than ever, a soft country. Politically, we make so many mistakes; most in the name of misguided politics, foreign perceptions ill-understood, and isolationism. We do not speak out strongly enough about abuses to people in so many other countries, and the blatant evil that exists.

To confuse our softness with weakness is beyond STUPID, it is perilous and self-defeating, and you cannot fix STUPID with politicians who think and act as they do here at home today. When this country is threatened, when our allies face any external threat, we can be very dangerous, and our enemies need to understand this with clarity and utter fear. At home, concerning our internal problems and our outward projection, we, as a unified country, must change that perception for our country’s safety. We must act now, decisively.

I believe we must reclaim our status as courageous warriors, as outraged fighters, as the parents of the child that has been set upon, and say to those that have crossed the line and caused us pain: “there will be reprisal and punishment”.

In our American Exceptionalism, one borne of varied and mixed cultures, peoples with differing origins, of diverse religious affiliations; putting aside our petty differences which keep our combined culture fragmented, is crucial. I am one of those “Sleeping Giants” that has been awakened and want you to be awakened, and join me as a “Sleeping Giant” freshly awoken, a giant no longer asleep that sees the light of day before it is too late and is willing to ACT.

Please America; help us stir the “Sleeping Giant”.

Oliver North – Security is the prime issue

Editorial Note – Lt. Col. Oliver North, along with MG Paul Vallely, former Congressman Duncan Hunter, Lt. Gen. Boykin, David Keane & Wayne Lapierre  of the NRA and many friends and associates arrived home this weekend from the 2011 Freedom Cruise. Reporting from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, SUA Kitchen Cabinet Member Oliver North penned the following article after discussions with fellow cruise members about the now impending troop withdrawal from Iraq and our overall readiness. The noteworthy assessment he gives pertains to the lack of leadership in office today, and any similarity to truly great leaders like Ronald Reagan running to be the Republican Party’s nominee to run against Obama in 2012 seems non-existent. Again, it is clear, unless we are secure as a nation, all else takes a back seat. Unfortunately, few understand this foundational philosophy, in either major party.

Republicans and Risks

By Oliver North, SUA Kitchen Cabinet Member

Lt. Col. Oliver North

Fox News/War Stories with Oliver North

St. Thomas, USVI – We arrived at a tiny outpost on St. Thomas on Wednesday, October 26. As we stepped ashore, the gentleman beside me said, “28 years ago at this very minute, I was lining up my thirsty A-7 to land on the deck of the USS Independence (CV-62) not far from here. It was day two of Operation Urgent Fury. We were flying nonstop close air support missions for troops in contact on the island of Grenada.”

The retired naval aviator went on to describe his admiration for the then commander in chief, who boldly ordered more than 5,000 American troops ashore to prevent the 800 medical students and staff members from being taken hostage by the Cuban-supported communists who had seized control on the island. He added, “It was a high-risk decision, the right thing to do and the beginning of the end of the Soviet empire. President Reagan knew who our enemies were, knew what needed to be done — and did it.” My interlocutor then asked a question I could not answer. “Are there any Ronald Reagan Republicans running for president?”

“There do not seem to be,” was all I could reply. Anyone paying attention can see Barack Obama is taking us down the path of massive defense cuts and unilateral disarmament. Unfortunately, none of the leading GOP candidates has addressed our national security risks or set forth a plan to defend us.

“Well, there’s a lot more at stake in this election than just the economy,” the former attack pilot said. As we shook hands and parted, he added, “If the Republicans don’t realize we still have enemies in this world and fail to come up with a plan to defend us, we’re finished. It won’t matter what they do about Obamacare and all these entitlements.”

Unfortunately, the old Navy pilot is right. Republican candidates are busily defending competing tax and spending plans, alternative health care policies and strategies for Social Security. But other than Newt Gingrich, none has articulated a strategy for defending Americans and our way of life.

It ought to be apparent where the “O-Team” is taking us. As Jimmy Carter was more than 30 years ago, Mr. Obama and his allies in Congress are on course to unilaterally disarm. On October 21, in the midst of euphoria over the demise of Muammar Qaddafi, Mr. Obama was lauded for announcing that the war in Mesopotamia was over and “the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.”

The decision to withdraw more than 40,000 U.S. military personnel from Iraq by December 31 means massive quantities of valuable mission-essential gear — armored vehicles, heavy generators, engineer equipment, trucks, aviation support materiel and even air defense and communications infrastructure — must be left behind. According to officers on the ground, the Iraqis lack the logistics systems and training necessary to maintain most of the gear our troops will not bring home. In a matter of months, most of it will be inoperable — or, as it’s described by our military, “deadlined.”

Former House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter says, “The price tag for this hasty withdrawal and no residual base rights goes well beyond the cost of abandoning this gear.” Units returning to home bases in the U.S. will remain combat ineffective for months or years to come because we are not buying replacement equipment necessary for the next fight.

Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, who served as a deputy undersecretary of defense during the George W. Bush administration, warns that “the inevitable loss of unit readiness will provide a rationale for the White House and Congress to make even further cuts in U.S. Army and Marine ground combat and combat support units for years to come.”

Major General Paul Vallely notes, “We’re making the same mistakes we made at the end of the Vietnam War. After a decade of fighting, cutting defense is popular, but it emboldens our enemies, and whether the politicians know it or not, we do have enemies.”

These experts are spot on. The ayatollahs in Tehran, intent on acquiring nuclear weapons, and radical Islamists, such as those grasping for power in Egypt and Libya, are the immediate beneficiaries of the Obama Doctrine and the “O-Team’s” already-announced cuts in defense. In Asia, Japanese, South Korean, Australian and Taiwanese defense officials have told anyone who will listen that Beijing is building offensive capabilities to fill the vacuum created by “America’s withdrawal from the Pacific.”

Today’s U.S. military is smaller than it was in 1938. We now have fewer combatant ships at sea and carrier battle groups able to project power than we had at the start of World War II. Jimmy Carter believed his cuts were a risk we could afford to take. Ronald Reagan disagreed, and he beat Carter by promising “peace through strength.” In rebuilding our military, he created millions of new jobs, restored American credibility and brought down the Evil Empire.

Will any of today’s Republican presidential candidates follow the Reagan model and replace the current occupant of the Oval Office? We should hope so.