Trump’s Afghanistan War Strategy

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Well, tonight is the night.  President Trump will officially own the war after his 9PM address to the nation tonight for better or worse.  Will he pull us out?  Will

US Moves Closer to Full Scale War in Syria with Russia and Iran

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To say there have been a few distractions in the news cycle lately is an understatement.  The establishment (aka: Deep State) will continue to create scandals to mire the Trump

North Korea to use Chemical and Biological Weapons Against the US

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Too many Americans are completely detached from the horrors of war as the US has enjoyed an unprecedented period of peace within its continental borders.  The ability to not know

President Trump’s Misplaced Faith in the Generals

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Approximately, one month ago, President Trump tasked the Pentagon with delivering him a plan to defeat the Islamic State or IS.  What Trump failed to understand was the same people

The Price You Will Pay for Trump Dumping the Iran Nuclear Deal

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The current “deal” with Iran over its nuclear program is better defined as policy capitulation.  To be viable, the deal must have teeth and achieve the endstate desired by the

Prepper Update of World Events for Week of October 10, 2016

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The following summary of recent world events is decidedly negative.  This is not due to overt pessimism as much as the facts are just plain bad.  In fact, I didn’t

Prepper Relocation Part IV: The Fatal Error of Relocating to an Isolated Region

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One of the single biggest mistakes preppers make is that they buy into the myth that relocating to a small region in the North West corner of the United States

Global Updates July 12, 2016: World Chaos is Accelerating

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It has been some time since I posted.  I apologize as a lot has transpired over the last two weeks.  To make up for lost time, I am going to

To serve in the military today is to swear an oath to destroy America and serve the global elite

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Today, I watched as Secretary of Defense Carter gave “a major announcement” that transgender people will now be allowed to openly serve in the military.  As absurd as this should

Memorial Day Weekend Message: How to truly help veterans according to veterans

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I hit my saturation point with the Memorial Day weekend lip service and memorials to those who died “fighting for our freedoms.”  We can argue about previous generations, but the

White House Planning to Send Weapons to Libya: What could go wrong?

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Our leadership at the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and State Department are unbelievably incompetent, reckless, and corrupt.  I just can’t make this up.  In another example of the absolute rampant

A Message to the Members of the US Military

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Instead of exposing lies and treason within the top tiers of government, today, I am going to simply make a plea to the service members of the US armed forces

One Step Closer to Major Middle Eastern War between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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Readers of Last Minute Survival are well aware that I have been correctly predicting for years the progression of events in the Middle East toward a total regional conflagration. Speaking

Veterans forge a wild kind of peace

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NC Outward Bound School Veterans

Outbound course lets Vets unplug

Relationships begun on rope courses, rock climbs and backpacking treks translate into an ease around the campfire where many US Army veterans start to talk about themselves, willing to share their stories about that most difficult of subjects for a male – how they feel.

Forty feet up in the air, eye-level with the autumn treetops, Rusty Achenbach felt his heart racing as he inched his way across the scariest part of the ropes course — a wobbly beam dubbed “Too Slack Jack.”∙”Watching, Rusty,” his spotter called below. Everybody in Crew 6 was watching, rooting for him. Strangers he hadn’t known four days before were now his trusted band of brothers and sisters.∙At the end of the ropes course, Achenbach found himself perched on the edge of a platform, stepping into thin air to swing in a huge arc back and forth through the bright leaves. “Awesome!” he yelled.∙Just another “aha” moment at the North Carolina Outward Bound School.

Achenbach and Crew 6 aren’t the typical teenagers or corporate executives who tackle wilderness adventures under Table Rock Mountain overlooking Linville Gorge. These military veterans have seen combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they were fighting to find peace for themselves back home.

“I’m scared of heights. My boss won’t even let me get on a ladder at work. You guys getting me up there was pretty impressive,” Achenbach said, safely back on the ground as Crew 6 circled up for the debriefing. No adventure goes without a discussion of the emotions released and the lessons learned.

Every ropes course has its significant moment, explained instructor Shane Ambro. “You can feel the collective energy joining one person on part of the course.”

“The look on your face was priceless,” Army vet John Moder teased. “They ought to make you the poster child for Outward Bound. The motto could be ‘You’re dumb if you don’t come.’”

Moder was surprised to learn that the courses were free to military veterans. Outward Bound picking up not only the tuition, but also air travel and hotel stays.

“The vets have given for the country. We want to be able to give back to them,” said Matt Rosky, the veterans program coordinator for the NC Outward Bound School.

The Outward Bound School at Hurricane Island, Maine started a veterans program in the 1970s, working with those returning from the Vietnam War. The programs soon spread to other Outward Bound schools nationwide, but funding started to peter out by the late 1990s.

With the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the global war on terror with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, more veterans have gone on multiple tours of duty and cycled back into civilian life, some more successfully than others. With post-traumatic stress disorder, loneliness, depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, younger veterans are also less likely than older veterans to seek help or counseling at the VA.

The North Carolina school launched courses for veterans in 2009, serving 792 veterans at Linville, the Outer Banks and in the Everglades National Park in Florida.

Nationwide, the Outward Bound schools have served 5,574 veterans.

A significant percentage of vets taking the therapeutic adventures offered by Outward Bound showed significant decreases in anxiety, depression and loneliness, and increased social interaction and self-confidence, a 2013 study showed.

Fitting back in

Achenbach, 32, served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan from 2002-10. Now he works as a part-time mechanic and carpenter.

“The military spends years training you to go to war, but then they spend only a few hours debriefing you before you go home,” he said.

Drugs and alcohol became an easy medicine for his loneliness. “After my third DUI, I woke up. I was going to drink myself to death. It took me five years before I could ask for help.”

He learned about the Outward Bound veterans courses through his VA counselor in Wisconsin.

Fitting in with a crew of strangers, especially military veterans, wasn’t hard.

“Actually it was pretty easy. We were laughing and joking in no time. It makes me think my trust issues aren’t as bad as I thought.”

The relationships forged on rope courses, rock climbs and backpacking treks translate into an ease around the campfire where many of the vets start to talk about themselves, willing to share their stories and what they feel.

“We’re trying to create a space for camaraderie and conversations between the crew members,” said Stiles Rader, an Appalachian State University graduate who started with the Outward Bound as a college intern and slowly worked her way up to instructor.

Instructing veterans was intimidating at first, but she read books about the wars. She tries to be prepared and professional in the field — attributes that military personnel expect and respect. “They do bond as soon as they start training. They get super close.”

The staff work hard to accommodate vets and their needs. “You can’t babysit these people,” said Bernie Trudeau, the chief instructor.

He recalled one vet who arrived, carrying a long Bowie knife. “He said the blade had five confirmed kills, No way was he going out into the woods without it,” Trudeau said. The vet was prone to night terrors, so the instructors made sure the knife was safely out of reach after he went to sleep.

Drugs and alcohol are forbidden, but Outward Bound made an exception for its tobacco ban when it came to the veterans.

“Some of these guys have insomnia and don’t sleep. They might want to stay up most of the night around the fire.”

Getting soldiers, Marines and sailors to follow orders isn’t difficult, given their training. Getting them to open up emotionally and socially is difficult. “We’re not therapists, but if you spend time in the wilderness, you can open yourself up to new experiences,” Trudeau said.

Instructors discourage sarcasm and snark when working with teenagers, but they tell veterans are bonding when they start teasing each other.

Rivalries between branches are set aside, along with ranks, salutes and protocol. Everyone is an equal on this field.

“We’re all veterans here. We’ve been through the wars,” said Kenyan-born Samuel A. At 41 he was among the oldest on the course. Still active in the service with tours in the Middle East, he asked that his last name not be given as a security precaution.

Sam liked the time spent in the woods, unplugged from both civilian world and the combat zones overseas. “With no cell phones, it’s just us and nature. You can reflect on positive opportunities and it’s easier to talk with like-minded folks.”

Dawn Cary, an Air Force vet, is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, eager to go skydiving or tackle the ropes. What really scared her about coming to Outward Bound was the social interaction. Since leaving the service, Cary said she missed the military camaraderie, that sense of shared purpose.

She appreciated the hike up to Table Rock where the crew members had a short time to reflect. They regrouped and raised a cairn of rocks to mark their memories and their time on the mountain.

On the mountain, Stewart Edmiston of Durham reflected on the changes in his life. He had joined the Air Force out of high school in 2001.

“We saw the Twin Towers come down during our basic training.”

He knew then that military service was serious business.

Now Edmiston works with a nonprofit in Durham, trying to help veterans become entrepreneurs. The time in the wilderness was also prelude to another turning point in his life

The Durham resident had packed not just for his Outward Bound course, but a short vacation afterward with his girlfriend up at Banner Elk. Edmiston was planning to propose to her.

Finding compassion

Just as the veterans were wrapping up their four days in the woods, another crew of Outward Bound instructors in training were coming out of the wilderness after 49 days. Waiting for dinner, former Marine Anthony Droz did a few pull-ups on a bar suspended from the rafters.

After two tours in Iraq, Droz said combat wasn’t the worst part, but losing the camaraderie. No matter what hell you were going through, you could count on your buddies.

Back in the States, drugs and alcohol proved no substitute and he was plagued by survivor’s guilt. Droz has seen other leadership training programs run by Navy SEALS, Special Ops veterans and Army Rangers, where civilians pay money to simulate the grueling training for special forces.

Basic training is about breaking a recruit down to follow orders. Outward Bound doesn’t run participants at a grueling pace, but challenges them emotionally and mentally.

Compassion, one of the pillars of the Outward Bound experience, becomes part of leadership, being able to look at people from different perspectives. Droz said he was surprised that he would learn that from seven weeks in the woods.

“The brotherhood you felt in the military doesn’t change when you take off the uniform for the last time, it moves to other areas,” Droz said. He hopes to return next season as an instructor for Outward Bound, serving his fellow vets. “Oh, I”ll be back.”

For information on Outward Bound’s programming for veterans, click on www.ncobs.org/veterans.

The relationships forged on rope courses, rock climbs and backpacking treks translate into an ease around the campfire where many of the vets start to talk about themselves, willing to share their stories and what they feel.

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America is fed up with Obama’s lies: American puts boots on ground in Syria as predicted by LMS

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It should come as no shock to our readers that the Third Iraq War President Obama initiated has already faltered.  As predicted, the strategy (or lack thereof see: http://www.blackboxwire.com/2014/10/11/islamic-extremism-and-what-lies-ahead-part-ii-the-war-on-isis-and-syria/) did

More Than 100 Killed as 7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

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By Mark Leberfinger – AccuWeather

A major earthquake rocked Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Monday.

More than 100 people were killed, according to the Associated Press.

Dozens of homes were destroyed in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, in two remote and sparsely populated rural districts, local police told the AP.

The 7.5-magnitude temblor struck at 1:40 p.m. local time Monday, 45 kilometers north of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan, the United States Geological Survey reported.

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Monday Mania – 10.26.2015

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In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Understanding & Employing Man’s Oldest Weapon, Maine Now Allows Concealed Carry w/o Permit, How To Improvise & Use A 3 Stick Roycroft Pack Frame, New Anti-Drone Gun, Billionaire Preppers, America After Collapse, & 8 More Monday Mania My apologies for being AWOL (Absent W/O Leave) for the last … Continue reading Monday Mania – 10.26.2015

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World News and It’s Hunting Season!

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World News and It’s Hunting Season!
Mathew Gilman “The Collapse Experiment

On this episode of the Collapse Experiment… Around the world the hunt is on. Here in Michigan bow season for deer is in. Turkey season is in full swing with me unable to get a license in time, sigh.

World News putinIn Syria, Putin is also enjoying the hunt going after ISIS with air strikes that has started to drive the group into Turkey. The US and Russia have gone back and forth about Syrian airspace and coordinating attacks against the radical militant group. Like I said before, you know you’re a special kind of jerk when Russia and the US will work together to get rid of you. The Syrian army has joined the fight with an offensive following a series of Russian air strikes against ISIS targets.

World News US_10th_Mountain_Division_soldiers_in_AfghanistanTo the north, Obama has decided to leave 5,500 troops in Afghanistan for another year delaying our leave of the country. This comes after attacks from the Taliban and a coalition helicopter crash in Kabul on October 10th killing two American soldiers. The move is to ensure the security of the country after the US is completely gone.

Iraq has finally put on their big boy pants and is preparing an assault against the ISIS held Ramadi. This is after the Iraqi army an with their tail between their legs a few years ago when ISIS took over the area in a Blitzkrieg style offensive into the country.

In political collapse news everybody agrees with Bernie. The first democratic political debate had everyone repeating the comments of the oldest man on stage. Bernie Sanders had no problem telling people how it is and everyone would reply with “I agree with Bernie…” The debate was a stale version of the republican debate with no Trump for everyone to attack. Even Hillary was non existent on stage.

World News south_china_sea3China is warning the US about their presence in the south china sea. The US is concerned about the Chinese building military facilities on a series of islands that are in dispute. China warns the US to stay away from the region after the US made comments about patrolling the area.

A Scottish nurse that contracted Ebola over a year ago in Sierra Leone is in critical condition after the virus came back. The doctor are convinced that the virus is not contagious and that a weakened version of the virus has returned after not being fully eradicated.

To finish up, silver is on the cheap side these days and some hunting safety tips for those who are hitting the woods this time of year. All of this and more on the Collapse Experiment Podcast.

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Various Things

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Part of me wants to get in a fight on a crowded dance floor with techno music going and kick butt while somehow staying generally in time with the music.

Tam brings up the excellent point that you can’t lose a fight you do not get in. Discretion is the better part of valor folks.

Weapons Man’s original quote:
These odds of survival are improved by training to hone your skills and survive an armed encounter, but they’re improved more by using your superior judgment so as not to have to make a vulgar display of your superior skills. Too few people do the former, and far too few people do the latter. (A lot of cops who are involved in shootings are just unlucky. But there are others, where none of their cop friends are surprised they were in a shooting. Why do you think that is?)
Most of us are not cops, and not soldiers (any more), and therefore, do need to saddle up and go into places where you’re likely to be engaged by gunfire. So here’s our version of some guidelines for fight avoidance:

  1. If you must go where the sharks feed — you may have reasons; we had a friend whose elderly mother would not leave her house in South Central LA until the Rodney King riots burned it down and settled the question for her — don’t look like bait. Don’t act timid, walk boldly with your head up, like you belong there — and are the baddest mother in the valley. Also, don’t flash stuff that is irresistibly attractive to the sort of people who have been listening to TV and therefore think they’re entitled to take it from you.
  2. When you have to go into the badlands, take a lesson from the cops and don’t walk alone. If you can’t help looking like prey (maybe you’re small, or elderly person), bring a buddy who looks intimidating if you can.
  3. Don’t get distracted. This is the wrong time to be facebooking, texting or reading WeaponsMan.com on your jeezly phone. In fact, it’s the wrong time to be taking calls. You need to be 100% in the analog world. We don’t know what the percentage of mugging victims in NYFC and San Francisco is, who had their ear buds in, but we’d take a guess it’s fairly high.
  4. Be conscious of concealment. Don’t give anyone the chance to ambush you.
  5. Manage the Clock. Most criminals stay up late and sleep late, too. If you have unavoidable business in their precincts, do it at seven o’clock in the morning when they’re down for the count, not at midnight when they’re just warming up.
  6. Be conscious of the fact that you may have to be ready, and always be ready to deliver a violent counterstrike.
  7. Work on avoidance, but once avoidance fails you should immediately execute a drilled, conscious plan. Strike hard and decisively. (George Z. got this bit exactly right, and every day’s life he has now, he only has because he did).
  8. If you err, and are attacked, act. Save regrets and recriminations for later.

FerFal shows the contents of various refugees bags. Interesting stuff. If they could have had (or retained) compact handguns, secure rugged USB storage devices and rolls of Krugerrand’s I bet those would have made the cut for their small bags.

The Taliban have taken Kunduz. I knew they would do well when we left but they are exceeding my expectations. I figured the government would at least hold on for the most part until we stopped giving them enough money to fund their Army and buy off warlords. In light of this the already low odds the ‘legitimate GIROA’ could somehow keep violence below the (admittedly pretty high) accepted cultural boiling point and not have the kettle spill over while they eventually shrink the massive Army and Police forces to levels they can actually afford to fund seem pretty low.

Anyway that is what seemed worth mentioning today. Tomorrow I’ll get you a real post.