About

Call me Magus, a soldier serving in America’s Army. I hope to analyze possible future conflicts and technologies, as well as stategic issues as they evolve.

Oh, and I still believe that the American Soldier is the greatest force for good in the world. Everyone else just sits around talking about stuff.

Pacifism isn’t always ethical. Sometimes it’s just lazy or cowardly.

American Soldiers go overseas, away from their families and friends for a year at a time, and spill their own blood in order to make other cultures safer, and thus make America safer.

I am a student primarily of Samuel Huntington, Robert Kaplan and Lt. Col Ralph Peters (Ret). I do not believe that Democracy is a cure-all for the ills of collapsing states; I believe it is a reward and the result of doing things in mostly the right ways. In some instances, non-democratic forms of government may work better in the short term, until stability is established. I do not believe in The Noble Savage. The life of the savage is nasty, brutish and short. Everything that most humans don’t want it to be. Most savages are trying to eliminate their difficulties, but they lack either the knowledge or introspective powers to do so. In short, almost everyone wants  self-empowerment, but only a few cultures have figured out a way to maximize trhe individual’s potential. The rest become non-competative, and in the case of several Middle eastern countries, lash out in frustrated jealously.

Some of what you’ll see from me here is me pointing out the hypocrisy of the Left, whom, though correct in some circumstances, tend to be the loudest even when they are wrong. And generally, just as Orwell pointed out, the Left just wants to criticize the US. But most of the Left enjoy everything the US provides them; security and opportunity.

You can buy my book on Amazon, here: For Want of Knowledge.


18 thoughts on “About

    mamaneeds2rant said:
    May 6, 2009 at 3:16 am

    American Soldiers are the BEST! Thanks for serving our great country.

    kernunos said:
    May 6, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I second Mamaneed2rant!

    Josef Roubal said:
    July 20, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Hi Doug,
    I got mail from Michael R. He told me about your amazing success. Congratulations, it is a very big thing. He mentioned that you may appreciate some advice. I appreciate very much his and your trust in my combat abilities, but I think you know about the combat ten times more than I know. Maybe I can offer some tactical advice. The first thing I would do is avoiding milk and some milk products for two days before the competititon, milk makes us slower and easily tired. I did pay for this experience dearly.
    Please do not hesitate to call me at 802-878-1048.
    Best regards. Josef

    Laura said:
    July 24, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Hey! You disappeared off of FaceBook – everything ok?
    //Laura

    Amos Volante said:
    July 25, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Laura,

    He’s bustin ass at the Soldier of the Year competition in Washinton, D.C.

    He’s in the boonies with only his sweat and a rucksack to keep him company!

    Hoo-Rah!

    Josef,

    Thanks for sending!!

    Royce said:
    November 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Magus:
    You posted a very kind comment on my blog earlier in the year. My site got hacked so I shut it down until recently and in the process I lost you address. I just recently found it again. Clearly I am much older than you having served at the inception of Viet Nam, but I am very proud of you and all of your colleagues who are sacrificing so much. My 20 y/o nephew has joined the National Guard and has just returned from Huachuca where he completed his training as an Intelligence Analyst focusing mostly on Satillite feeds I gather. I do enjoy your postings and insight. I recently posted something on my blog regarding the draft. I have opposed this in the past but I am now conflicted on this issue. I would be interested in your opinion. In the meantime if there is anything I can do to make your life easier please let me know and I will do what I can.

    Royce

    magus71 responded:
    November 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Royce,

    Thanks for taking the time to find my blog again. And thanks for serving in Viet Nam. I’ll write a blog post sometime in the near future on the draft and what I think of it.

    Thanks for giving me ideas!

    lensofcontext said:
    December 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Magus,

    I’ve taken some time and looked at some of your posts on this blog. I want you to know that although I am new to the blogosphere, I’ve added a link to this blog on mine. I’m hoping that it might help increase your traffic. If you are so inclined to return the favor, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks for your service in the Army. I was active duty Air Force for six years and am a drilling reservist now. Proud to serve our nation despite the awful politics. I am sure you can relate.

    Regards!

    magus71 responded:
    December 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Lens,

    I’ve added you to my blog roll and thanks for doing the same! Hope to hear from you again….

    Victoria Yes that one. said:
    August 19, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Glad to see you are still writing, hope everything is going well.

    WTP said:
    December 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Magus….curious your thoughts on this. Pertains to the “most soldiers in WWII never fired their weapon” story, which I’ve always found hard to believe. Anyway, subject came up on Classical Values blog…see my comments at:

    http://classicalvalues.com/2013/12/on-killing-the-psychology-of-warfare

    This references a different blog by a Marine, but the wording on his site is rather suspicious. Also the attitude. This guy is not open for discussion. Which raises more questions for me. Being a lifer civilian I only have reliable second-hand knowledge which is bumpkis as far as any standing goes. I realize the natures of the various wars since WWII are significant in that “the front” has lost much of its meaning, but the seeds of such were in the 1940’s Pacific in many ways. Here’s the original article, which is also linked to via Classical Values:

    http://www.military-sf.com/Killing.htm

    magus71 responded:
    December 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    WTP,

    The writer references “On Killing” by Lt Col. Dave Grossman. Grossman asserts that most people in WWII did not fire their weapons because they did not want to take human life (essentially). I believe this is very incorrect. In my experience, soldiers actually get caught up in a desire to “get at” the enemy; think of football players in the NFL and the attitude you see in those games, the willingness to sacrifice one’s body just to feel the rush of winning in the ultimate stakes. Many people have problems with Grossman’s conclusions. I’m familiar with him from my law enforcement days. In fact, most soldiers and cops interviewed and debriefed post shooting feel great about what happened. The average person will not understand this.

    As for the relation of this phenomena to to “most soldiers not firing their weapons” in combat, it is true that most soldiers did not fire their weapons, but probably not for the same reason as Grossman et al believe. First, on the larger scale, most soldiers are not front line infantryman, they are support troops. The modern day US Army holds a 10:1 support to combat soldier ratio. The ratio was probably closer in WWII, most likely around 5:1. So most soldiers in the Army in total probably did not fire their weapons. As for troops on the line that actually saw combat, it is possible that even in this case most did not fire their weapons. Why? Not because they hated the idea of killing other humans even when threatened with death, but *because finding individual men whoa re trying to avoid rifle bullets is incredibly difficult*. That is one of the first things you notice when being shot at: Where the heck are the bad guys? Since the bad guys are so tough to find, the number one killer in post Civil War combat is artillery (The King of the Battlefield) and post trauma disease. So, if you can’t pin-pointy a bad-guy in WWII, you shell him to death.

    This blogger says, at the beginning of his article:

    “I brought up the fact that you want as high a proportion of psychopaths as you can get in front line troops because they will be less affected by the stress of modern warfare.”

    In fact, the opposite is true. I am my battalion’s suicide prevention officer, and have studied the matter a bit. IQ, a stable personality, empathy, spirituality, family, personal values, are all protective factors against psychological damage in combat. This is why(in part) Special Operations tests some of these.

    magus71 responded:
    December 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    WTP,

    I meant add: For a good view of what I’m saying about few men firing weapons, Orwell’s “Homage to Catalonia” gives a good perspective. It’s about the Spanish Civil War which Orwell went to fight in; it was tough to find the enemy and people are not eager to get killed. Yet there were 500,000 casualties in that war according to wikipedia. But eagerness to kill the enemy is a different matter.

    WTP said:
    December 13, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Thanks. That was kind of my take as well if you see my comments on the Classical Values post. I hadn’t considered the rush that some feel after a close call with death. I’m not sure that was my dad’s experience. He had told me about having a bullet or bullets pass right past his ear and the snapping sound it makes. He didn’t seem to express any memory of a rush but perhaps it was because the intensity of battle that he was both currently in and was expecting to continue for a much longer time, if it hadn’t been for the Bomb. Though I’m sure on a smaller, more limited scale that rush is there. Possibly a biological response that keeps the fight alive in men when faced with the more limited kinds of battles and/or hunts experienced over the many, many centuries before the more mechanized era.

    Similarly as you say “because finding individual men whoa re trying to avoid rifle bullets is incredibly difficult”. Probably more true in the guerrilla warfare and limited engagement/ambush situations of patrol warfare (or whatever you call it). Though one thing my father spoke of was their fear of snipers. Especially in down-time situations. In the movies a gun shot goes off and those in the target area behave as if they know approximately where it came from. In reality this is practically never the case. Especially in rocky or concrete dominated areas. On several occasions I’ve been in areas where jet fighters on training missions are moving low through the mountains. Trying to spot them is damn near impossible even though you can hear them coming from miles away. Probably once in three or five times could I get a slight glimpse. Did get one picture once while we were up on a mountain looking down on the plane, but I was very lucky and it was damn near impossible to find it when I got the picture developed. Though I suppose with some training one could improve over my untrained skills.

    Also, that psychopath comment really got under my skin.

    magus71 responded:
    December 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

    You’ve got me thinking about this now. I’ve done a little research and will probably write a post on it in the next week. I’m finally getting 21 days leave starting today, and will have a lot more free time.

    apollonian said:
    January 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Hello: I find I’m being censored now over at LaBossiere’s blog–he’s now got me on “moderation,” and now my latest entry in answer to urs of today at 5:44 pm (“another Christmas, another war on it”) is now held up, not appearing (yet). But I want to make sure u get this as it has many important references u could ck out.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    apollonian said, on January 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Magus: Jews are liars–it’s their religion. Ck this u-tube vid showing Jews complaining about 6 million being persecuted, etc., BEFORE WW2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paNIlYasCvA.

    Ck Don Heddesheimer’s great book: “The First Holocaust: Jewish Fund Raising Campaigns with Holocaust Claims During and After World War I,” Second Edition Paperback–ck the ad and some brief reviews at http://www.amazon.com/The-First-Holocaust-Raising-Campaigns/dp/1591480035.

    Remember “religion” merely refers to that mode of habit by which both conscious & sub-conscious are integrated–reason, philosophy, and science are religions. Jew Bolshevik murderers were quite religious and dedicated to mass-murder of Christians, u may be sure–just like present-day Israelis are dedicated to mass-murder of Arabs, Muslims, and Iranians.

    To Jews, loyalty to Jews is paramount. Did u know Pres. Eisenhower was Jew?–ck http://www.jewwatch.com/jew-leaders-eisenhower.html.

    FDR was Jew: http://www.jewwatch.com/jew-leaders-roosevelt.html

    Magus, there was NO “genocide” (the holohoax) of the Jews–these are just Jew lies pushed by the Jew-dominated mass-corp. “news”-media–see Codoh.com, also Ihr.org, esp. http://ihr.org/leaflets/holocaust_remembrance.shtml, also ZundelSite.org, esp. http://zundelsite.org/faurisson-articles-engl.html.

    The truth is Jews are murderers, beginning w. TRUTH; did u know at least 9 and up to 13 million Germans were deliberately murdered after WW2?–ck James Baque’s works, “Other Losses” (see http://www.amazon.com/Other-Losses-James-Bacque/dp/1551681919/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389046087&sr=1-1&keywords=james+baque), also, “Crimes and Mercies,” (http://www.amazon.com/Crimes-Mercies-Civilians-Occupation-1944-1950/dp/0889225672/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_4).

    Note once again: all gentiles are anti-Semitic, by definition, according to Jews.

    And magus: u didn’t answer the question–should Talmudism be tolerated?

    magus71 responded:
    January 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    It may be that the number of links is automatically placing you in moderation.

    apollonian said:
    January 7, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Yes, thanks–I see other entries of mine have now appeared too. Just didn’t want all that research to go to waste. Take care. A.

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