Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Patton-esque American Citizen Soldiers vs the Islamo-Jihadists Assassins

I just finished watching "The Path to 911" Part II last night and the insight into the Assassin's mentality of an Islamo-Jihadist is Spine Chilling and Hair Raising causing my skin to ripple up into Goose Bumps. The key to understanding the Jihadist Mentality of Al Qaeda is when Mohammed Atta tells his fellow Hijacker in Maine before boarding a plane to go to Boston that when a Priest in Hamburg told him love of God means "to forgive and turn the other cheek" and Atta responded that he his willing to do more for his God....,that he is ready to begin a War for his God"...
I can not believe the timing of my Post about the Military Pilots and the scrambling of F-15 & F-16's had only one response available. 
Another source outlining the bravery of Americans is found in the cache of The Detroit News:
  • Lt. Col. Doug Champagne, a pilot with the Michigan Air National Guard, has been deployed to Iraq four times.
    But it was a near mission closer to home that would have been more harrowing.
    When one of the four airliners hijacked by the terrorists reached the outskirts of Cleveland, the military briefly considered using Champagne's fighter jet to ram the wayward plane.
    But United Airlines Flight 93, which was the subject of a movie earlier this year, turned away from Michigan, later crashing into a Pennsylvania field.
    "People look to us for their safety," said Champagne, 42, a father of three who is stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.
bottom line is That our Nation was not ready and the Elites in Power did not listen to their Men and Women in the Trenches.  In the "The Path to 911" the FAA and NSA Crisis Manager Richard Clark imply that all we had was our Pilots and they truly were Johnnies on the Spot in an incredibly Clutch situation.  Given the opportunity they would have Rammed Commercial Jets and the inspiration came from Citizen Soldiers in the DC Air National Guard!  My buddy's wife was Pregnant and he an active duty Naval Aviator in an F-16 was diverted from Pensacola to Miami with low Jet Fuel to take out any would Flying Molotov Cocktails headed for the Skyline in Miami. This story was a major major undercurrent in the Drama of 911 and the Path to 911 Movie.  People need to read about it because it mirrors the Bravery and Guts of the flight 93 heroes and present in our Military.  Thank God this trait is woven into the fabric of our Culture and embodied by our fellow Americans.  This noble courage is emblematic of Americans and it reminds me of the strength depicted in the fictitious protagonist leader of the resistance, John Connor in the Movie Terminator.  Indeed, it is the trait found in fallen Arizona Cardinals football Player Pat Tillman and all our Soldiers Volunteering to fight this World War on Islamo-Jihad(WWIJ).  It is the "STUFF" found in WWII Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient George E. Wahlen as out lined in the "Quiet Hero." It the reason why I believe in America for this is a Shakespearean like Henry V trait that Americans have. This insight is what gives me hope about the current conflict.  Americans will prevail because of this Fighting Spirit as outlined by George C. Scott(hear it @ American Rhetoric) as Patton in his Oscar winning performance said "
  • "Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and never will lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans."
" in spite of our bumbling Politicians... 
Some will argue that Patton's line referred to another generation of Americans long gone and not the current one but I beg to differ.  Citizen Soldier Military Pilots or part time warriors willing to "Ram Wayward Planes" gives me a window not into the mind of the long gone "Greatest Generation" but a bird's nest view of people from the "Greatest Country", the USA and what President Lincoln describe as "America The Last Best Hope"(the title of Bill Bennett's new book).
The Ramming Plane Strategy is a legacy of World War II known as"XP-79 Flying Ram
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It was an innovative design flying wing fighter aircraft and had several notable design features. Among these the pilot would operate the aircraft from a prone position – allowing him to endure much greater g-force.  The most interesting idea about its design is that it is the inspiration for 911 Pilots' Ram a Wayward Commercial Airliner as a defense tactic!  This WWII aircraft's design of the XP-79 was envisioned with a concept which earned it the nickname "Flying Ram".  One of its unique features was the reinforced leading edges on the wings. It was envisioned that the XP-79 might actually employ the combat tactic of deliberately colliding with enemy aircraft -- perhaps diving into them from above. The idea was that the reinforced XP-79 would slice through the enemy aircraft, perhaps at the wing or tail-boom, causing it to crash, but that the XP-79 itself would survive the encounter.  The XP-79 project met its own doom on 12 September, 1945 when the single prototype entered an uncontrollable spin and was lost on its maiden flight, killing test pilot Harry Crosby. Shortly thereafter the project was cancelled.  
However our Pilots on 911 where will to use the concept behind "The Flying Ram" with their svelte F-15 and F-16 to do the same.  For me this little known story embodies the American Spirit of a Winner and although a reluctant a fight when threatened an American is a Gallant and Noble Warrior!  Indeed this we Americans are Patton-esque sand this American trait is Shakespearean like as in the Barbs Hank the V!  Indeed Jihadist Assassins us Americans will not Cave for and I close with the words of the Great Blood and Guts General George Patton:
  • Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight - wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and never will lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.
  •  Now, an army is a team - it lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap.
  • The Nazis(Jihadist) are the enemy. Wade into them. Spill *their* blood. Shoot *them* in the belly.
Todd Beamer's "let's roll" can do spirit is reflected in our National Guard F-16 would be modern day "Flying Ram Pilots"
Hooraaa USA and our American Fighting and Can Do Spirit!
Dominus Vobiscum!

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