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Daily Archives: July 21, 2011

Whatcha gonna do, patrol leader?

Never had the joy of going off to the US Army Ranger School, but I worked and trained with a lot of guys who had been there. I have no idea what the current training program, standards, and methods are, but a common remark by trainers who’d been there, when evaluating your performance during a tactical scenario, was some form of “Whatcha gonna do about it, patrol leader?”

Another version of the comment can be found in this clip:

The prompting for this question on my part is this bit, where we are told that Marcus Stephen, the president of Nauru, wrote in a piece in the New York Times, “The security council should join the general assembly in recognising climate change as a threat to international peace and security. It is a threat as great as nuclear proliferation or global terrorism.”

Since not a lot seems to have been done about nuclear proliferation, other than the Haves attempting to deny technology to the Have Nots (with not much success), that leaves the equating of the threat of global warming with that of global terrorism.

This brings the question to the front – just what is the President of Nauru proposing as a solution? The American Way™ would involve bombing the living crap out of any offender, along with anyone who happened to be nearby at the time. Or simply anybody living in an area where offenders live. Or are reported to live. Or share the same time zone. The UN Way™ is more likely to be passage of ineffectual resolutions, unless the interests of one of the Important Industrial Nations is at stake. So one can only wonder which of those two methods President Stephen is proposing as a solution to the issue of global warming.