I have 5 dogs, and I know the heroes of the US Army. I even know a few snipers and some special operations people.
This essay by Lt. Col. Allen West, now the Exec of the Dallas based think tank, National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) definitely a sheepdog, explains the problem of pacifism and weakness in the face of danger and threat–the inanity of people who think appeasement and cheap talk solves the problem of threat.
In the past I have applauded Lt. Col. West, who was with the 4th ID in Iraq.
I doubt if Allen West supports the duck and cover approach to active shooters or the appeasement strategies now on display with regards to Russian, Chinese, North Korean and Iranian bellicosity and savage aggression.
i have a special place in my heart for the sheepdogs of the 4th ID and their colleagues in special ops. I even know a few special ops docs who are remarkable examples of heroic Americans and great physicians.
My admiration for snipers is based on what I know they must do just to be what they are. They are special indeed, and trained not just in proficiency with a rifle, but in cover and concealment. Chris Kyle was a Seal sniper, imagine his training and preparation and the demands of his high level sheepdog achievements.
I also recommend the writings of Victor Davis Hanson, who is a classics scholar and prolific writer on military and political subjects.
I recently read a collection of Hanson’s essays gathered into a book titled The Seduction of Appeasement that explains the insanity of duck and cover, or negotiations and cowardice in the face of evil aggressors of the small game or international game type.
I read Hanson’s essays as an e-book.