Posts by spetznaz

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  • Carrying One in the Chamber

    09/17/2014 12:43:16 PM PDT · 25 of 69
    spetznaz to rktman
    Condition one or Condition three. One will always be faster, although there are some people who can bring a gun to action from three faster than one would believe. Which is best? Well, when SHTF one is better. However, if someone doesn't feel comfortable with one - for whatever reason - then three is perfectly valid as long as someone practices consistently to engage from it (including from disadvantageous positions).

    What irks me, however, is when some people say that people who carry in three should not own a gun. Truth is that most people will never need to use their firearms for self defense, and moreover, those who need to use it will almost never be in a situation where they don't have that second to rack the slide. Sure, situation like the Trayvon /Zimmerman situation can arise (someone on top of you pounding your face in), or a situation where your arm is injured and you're trying to rack the slide using your night sights off your belt ...but most self defense situations are not that.

    Thus the argument that gun owners who carry in three need to sell the gun and buy mace is moot. A gun will always be a prudent choice.

    And talking about statistics ....I am sure there are SIGNIFICANTLY more people who have had negligent/accidental discharges carrying condition one than there have been people carrying condition three who have been killed by assailants because they didn't have that second to rack the slide.

  • Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 3:34:08 AM PDT · 17 of 61
    spetznaz to Olog-hai
    Assad is a monster. A monster of the same vein as Saddam Hussein, Moumar Qaddafi and Hosni Mubarak. Sure, all of them are not at the same level - for instance Mubarak is not a monster of the same ilk of Saddam - but all are dictators (or at least dictatorial). No arguments there.

    The problem is regime change. There are some in government - both houses - who believe that when someone is a monster it is their obligation to take them out. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but what is absolutely stupid is that they push for that change without considering what would come in its stead to fill the vacuum.

    Assad is not someone I would want to invite for Sunday brunch, but he represented stability in Syria. Sure, he was friends with Iran. He did not like Israel. America was not on his nightly prayer list. But the same can be said for those fighting him. People concentrate on ISIS, but the other groups - such as Al Nusra (in essence, Al Qaeda), the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, Ahrar ash-Sham, and the Fahrouq Brigades are not people who will be celebrating the 4th of July!

    While folk like McCain may claim that they are 'good people,' they are absolutely not. Now, that does not mean that Assad is a good person. People tend to think of everything in terms of pure Black or White. The truth is that there are many instances where both situations are Black AND Black, or maybe a dirty charcoal black versus deep obsidian, or maybe soot vs midnight.

    Saying one group is bad doesn't mean the other is ok.

    Assad is a monster, but the West should never have tried to take him out. Same thing for Qaddafi! Daffy Duck was a joke ...he had mellowed a lot from what he used to be in the 80s, and was some old idiot who would wear ill-colored robes and a necklace made of someone's picture portrait. Look at Libya now.

    Now, my only point is that the next time the West decides a country or region needs 'freedom' they better ensure that they come with a credible ALTERNATIVE to the person/regime they are trying to change. Certain regions in the world seem to require a strong hand, and taking out the strong man (even someone like Saddam) should not be done unless a credible alternative is first sought.

  • In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

    09/16/2014 9:32:14 AM PDT · 12 of 65
    spetznaz to MadMitch

    Salient points. I have also wondered why they are so willing to keep Scotland in if it is so ‘worthless.’ If it costs the UK money then England, NI and Wales should be more than happy to get rid of the Scots.

  • Judgement day for Oscar Pistorius [Verdict in hours]

    09/11/2014 3:33:01 AM PDT · 25 of 33
    spetznaz to BunnySlippers

    Thanks B.Slippers. Let me have a look - see.

  • Judgement day for Oscar Pistorius [Verdict in hours]

    09/11/2014 1:04:18 AM PDT · 14 of 33
    spetznaz to latina4dubya
    25 days in a South African prison is a death sentence. That's enough time for some to be repeatedly raped by any one of the various 'Numbers' gangs that exist in South African prisons, and I'm certain the 28s (for example) are already waiting for him. He'd be raped by people who harbor a whole host of various pathogens, and 25 days alone are sufficient to ensure it is a death sentence.

    25 years, on the other hand, would be tantamount to taking a slug from a vat of brine (25 days) to dropping it in the middle of the Pacific (25 years).

    If Pistorious is convicted his goose is literally cooked.

  • Fiji may have jumped the gun by saying its 45 captured UN peacekeepers would soon be released

    09/10/2014 12:02:21 AM PDT · 4 of 6
    spetznaz to Citizen Zed

    The Filipinos made the right decision. Being captured by any of the Jihadi elements carries a whole host of travails and dangers.

  • #BREAKING: A potential case of #Ebola is being treated at a Miami-area hospital...@CDCgov confirmed

    09/08/2014 11:05:28 AM PDT · 38 of 146
    spetznaz to KC_Lion
    On a scale of 1 to 10? Maybe a 2, at most a 3. Ebola, like other similar viruses (e.g. Marburg and Hanta) are bad bad news to those infected, with their virulence being something nigh biblical. But, in a place like the US that has proper medical procedures (I am not talking about care ...I mean simple procedures and basic hygiene and handling procedures) it will not spread. As the virus is still being transmitted via body fluids (thus hard to transmit, even though it is quite infectious if those fluids get into contact with you ), and it has a short gestation period (thus no problems like those brought by Hepatitis and HIV ), it will not spread.

    Thus my ranking of a 2 to 3 (with 3 being a worst case ).

    Now, if it is airborne that would be a whole other kettle of fish. And in my opinion, the thing that worries me is that there is some super virulent bug hiding in the forests of Africa or Latin America or South East Asia, which will jump into a human host and be the son of the Spanish Flu. Some airborne virus that though virulent has a long enough gestation period, and you could see a third of mankind dying. Imagine the Spanish Flu ...which in 1918 killed between 25 million to 100 million people, at a time when mass air transport and mega cities were Sci - Fi. In today's world, that would kill billions.

    Anyways, Ebola is a bad M@#$#, but what should be worrying people is the next bug that crawls it's way into an airport.

  • How Our Allies in Kuwait and Qatar Funded Islamic State

    09/07/2014 2:41:43 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    spetznaz to nickcarraway
    This is my question. As it is common knowledge that a lot of funding has been stemming from Kuwait and Qatar, why has the US and other Western governments not being putting tons of pressure on them to stop? Those 100 Dinars that bought that handful of mortars may cost four American lives if/when those mortars are converted into an IED that takes out a vehicle. That paltry 5 Dinars may purchase the round that some sniper with a Dragunov uses to make some young woman a widow.

    I can understand why the government doesn't go after Saudi Arabia (oil) or Pakistan (a volatile government that just happens to have atomic weapons). But Kuwaiti and Qatari oil reserves are not that huge and they simply don't have the same level of influence outside certain areas (ironically journalism, sports sponsorship and terrorism sponsorship).

    Why is the US government not doing anything? Why are the Congress critters not being pressured to raise this issue? Why are their phones not ringing off the hook?

    My home country is nowhere as developed as the US, but when people realized the rot that had led to terrorists coming to a neighborhood in our capital city to live and thrive, while all the while planning attacks on us, we had a twitter campaign so massive that the entire immigration procedures were changed (the Somalis were buying Kenyan citizenship) and people were transferred. If us backwater folk can do that, why are you letting your Congress critters remain passive while countries like Kuwait and Qatar raise funds to start movements that your sons and daughters may have to eventually face?

  • Japan Enters Global Submarine Market With Soryu Offering

    09/04/2014 1:30:18 AM PDT · 12 of 28
    spetznaz to doorgunner69
    This must be what you saw. The Soryu:

  • Young jihadists are twisted, evil and clueless

    09/03/2014 4:40:22 AM PDT · 7 of 16
    spetznaz to servo1969

    Thanks for posting the article.

  • Filipino Soldiers Defied UN Order to Surrender to ISIS

    09/02/2014 8:49:00 AM PDT · 31 of 34
    spetznaz to SeekAndFind

    Surrendering to the likes of ISIS would only mean a terrible death. Thus, one might as well fight to the bitter end, even if it means fighting with one’s bare hands.

  • Protesters clash with Pakistan police, storm TV

    09/01/2014 3:19:23 AM PDT · 2 of 3
    spetznaz to Olog-hai

    This may not end well.

  • Kurdistan: The one-state solution for regional stability in the Middle East

    08/31/2014 10:44:10 AM PDT · 8 of 29
    spetznaz to Eccl 10:2
    Be a little careful what we wish for. The Kurds are the good guys when up against Saddam or IS, for sure, but that’s because they have their own agenda, too. If they get their own state, things may be different.

    Hallelujah! It is always refreshing to read some sense. While most people only look at the now, some - like you - look at the now AND the future. The Kurds are a strong people, and would definitely help against IS. However, even as we help them it is important to ensure that we do not end up with yet another situation where short term gains turn rancid down the line.

    Training and supporting the Mujahadeen made sense against the Soviets, but turned rancid after. Getting rid of Saddam made perfect sense, but no thought was given as to who would fill the vacuum left and the situation turned rancid. Supporting a popular revolt against Hosni Mubarrak seemed like a good thing to do, but when Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood took over it turned rancid. Getting rid of Qaddafi got a lot of support, but with the crazy chap gone the vacuum created turned rancid. Then it was time for Assad, and both sides of the aisle supported getting rid of him and gave training and coin to the 'freedom fighters' that sought to get rid of him. When certain elements became so radical that Al Qaeda itself excommunicated them (!!!!!), and those elements ended up controlling a third of Syria and a quarter of Iraq, it is easy to see that the situation turned rancid.

    There's a strong track record of people getting excited of 'solutions' that appear to be quick fixes, with those quick fixes quickly leading to an even worse situation down the road. It should be obvious that there is no way a solution in the ME will be a quick fix. Impossible, and I almost never use that word.

    However, I know for a fact that the temptation of a 'quick' solution will be too much to be avoided, and the Kurds will get their state. However, those in Turkey will not, and that country will get into a civil war. Or something rurally ironic will occur.

    With that said, it is refreshing to see someone take a pause and ask what the situation might be down the line.

  • UK Germany say urgent action needed to avoid all-out war with Russia

    08/31/2014 7:05:53 AM PDT · 28 of 49
    spetznaz to canuck_conservative
    Once all of that is done, and Russia has nothing more to lose, will they not simply go and finish taking the rest of Eastern Ukraine? Their economy would be devastated, they would be an international pariah, so why not finish what they started in the Ukraine?

    Additionally, I am sure sanctions and international distancing have done much to make the likes of Iran and North Korea behave, right? Worked wonders for those countries, thus I am sure the same magic will work for Russia. /sarc

    Or threatening to put local hoodlums in jail (a sanction on their freedom). Quite successful in stopping crime, right?

    So far all that these sanctions have done is bump up Putin's approval ratings in Russia, and done nothing to stop his nefarious intent for Ukraine. If the Russians are going to lose anyway, why not get a chunk of land in the process?

    Well, what is needed is for strong leadership by the US and Europe. With that, even sanctions can work when there's veritable leadership. Unfortunately the US falls short on that, and Europe is dithering (with the Germans appearing to be under Russia's thumb). This enables Putin to continue his monstrous acts, and the only response from the West are sanctions that will either not have enough effect, or may have such an effect that it will make no sense.for Russia not to finish their ugly play.

  • SAS troops, Hornets in frame for Iraq mission (Australia)

    08/29/2014 11:16:27 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    spetznaz to spetznaz

    The Audience and New Zealand SAS = the Aussie and New Zealand SAS

  • SAS troops, Hornets in frame for Iraq mission (Australia)

    08/29/2014 11:15:26 PM PDT · 4 of 5
    spetznaz to Dundee
    The foreign SAS (the Audience and New Zealand SAS) are every bit as good as their British brothers. Even the former Rhodesian SAS was very good to the point of being considered the best counter - insurgency group in the world at the time. Once Mugabe took over, and Rhodes is became Zimbabwe, many went to South Africa or joined mercenary groups.

    Anyways, selection for SAS is still one of the most difficult, and if the SAS - any of the SAS groups - is going after ISIS then that is good news.

    As an aside, I always feel bad for the SBS. Tougher selection than the SAS (to be in the SBS you have to finish SAS selection, then continue with some water based selection), but considerably less 'fame' than the SAS. To make matters worse, a good number of missions said to be SAS are actually SBS. For example the joint Delta Force/SAS mission to capture Bin Laden at ToraBora was actually a Delta/SBS mission. I've even seen work done by the SBS mistakenly credited to the SAS' boat troop!!!!

    The Shaky Boats never get the credit they deserve. Ironically, in the US, it seems to be the opposite. DEVGRU, aka Seal Team 6 (which is the American version of the SBS) seems to get credit that should have been equally shared with Delta (the American version of the SAS).

  • Military skill and terrorist technique fuel success of ISIS

    08/28/2014 7:14:38 AM PDT · 5 of 11
    spetznaz to Rashputin
    A much better solution would have been to not remove Saddam Hussein until a viable replacement was available. This is the biggest failing of American foreign policy - espousing regime change without any real consideration of what happens after.

    Thus, you see Saddam being removed (active participation). Qaddafi removed (active participation). Mubarak removed (passive participation). A hearty attempt to remove Assad. In all of these cases hardly a thought on who would step in once the Big Bad Baddie was removed from power.

    Unfortunately, in these cases the replacement has always been worse than what was there before. In Egypt the only thing that helped was that Mohammed Morsi, and his Muslim brotherhood, were kicked out by Al Sisi and the military. Otherwise it would have been more of the same story.

    To be honest I would not be surprised if right now there are plans to kick out Putin - which would not necessarily be a bad thing, were it not for the probability that - as usual - none of the people working on such a plan have taken the time to think about what happens next.

    While people like Assad, Mubarak, Qaddafi and even Saddam are no saints, it is folly to take them out without a passing thought as to who or what will fill the vacuum left.

  • Darren Wilson is a Hero!

    08/23/2014 12:08:21 AM PDT · 3 of 19
    spetznaz to 2ndDivisionVet
    Comment? Well, the definition of hero has become quite diluted. A cop doing his job is now considered one? True heroism is a rare thing, but all and sundry can now be heroes simply by doing the necessary.

    Anyways, I agree with the article but find it interesting how everyone is considered a hero nowadays. The chap who threw himself on a grenade to save his mates - that's a hero. The guy who jumped onto rail tracks to rescue someone who was a stranger - that's a hero. Wilson? No, not really.

  • James Foley's Executioner Is a Known Hostage Negotiator for ISIL

    08/21/2014 3:12:14 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    spetznaz to LeoWindhorse

    Since he is British, have the SAS and SBS ghost him. I’m sure most of the people in the Regiment and the ShakyBoats would absolutely love to get their hands on the sot!

  • Everyone Who Wants To Destroy ISIS Needs To Know One Hard Truth

    08/21/2014 12:14:15 AM PDT · 29 of 53
    spetznaz to luvbach1; blam; ifinnegan; melsec; LeoWindhorse; LegendHasIt; Zhang Fei; GeronL; StormEye; ...
    I've said this before and I'll say it again. 'Regime change' is more often than not going to be a mistake in the Middle East. More importantly, the need to trigger regime change needs to be tempered with proper prudence and geo-political due diligence in order to establish whether taking out 'Bad Person A' will only bring about 'Badder Person/People B.'

    Some people tend to have a very simplified black/white approach to issues, where the fact that a certain person is a monster means that the person needs to be kicked out. So far not a bad thing, but where the seminal mistake kicks in is that these powers-that-be NEVER seem to consider what/who will replace the vacuum.

    Thus, a decision is taken to take out Saddam Hussein. A decision is taken to take out Qaddafi. A decision is taken to take out Hosni Mubarak. A decision is taken to take out Assad.

    Decisions are taken that are rife with good intention, but unfortunately there is no consideration given to what will replace them. I often use the analogy of taking out the angry dog in your backyard and replacing it with a rabid wolf. Yes, the angry dog needed to leave, but making changes blindly without considering what happens after is ...mildly put ....stupid.

    Now, ISIS has become a veritable monster. It is taking over ground in Iraq and Syria. Add to ISIS a resurgent Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Add to those two Al Qaeda in the Mahgraib and Boko Haram. Add to those four Al Shabaab. Add to those five Al Qaeda in the Philippines (Abu Sayyaf). Then have the radicalized elements in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom. The state of events in Pakistan. The Sword of Damocles that consistently hangs over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    People think that the Long War on Terror will be long and global, but the ironic thing is that it is only just beginning AND it is not even gone truly global yet.

    With that said, I will not be at all surprised to hear the powers-that-be deciding that yet another country will benefit from 'regime change.' There are absolutely no lessons learned when it comes to government.

    And the sad thing is that eventually something will have to be done to stop what I call Amalgamated Terror, but because of all the wasted time it will lead to a far greater cost in terms of lost lives and increased monetary cost. If people think the Iraq war was expensive they have no idea how expensive the coming wars will be. Additionally, the enemy has been adapting to the US style of warfare. JDAM attacks will not be as easy as people know what to expect when the congregate, and while the West will always maintain a significant advantage the enemy has been learning. A good example is the attack that Al Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, did against Abu Ghraib prison - freeing hundreds of prisoners. Not a commando style attack in the style of the SAS/SBS or Delta/DEVGRU, but all the same very different from what jihadis used to do before.

    An Africa proverb states that the best time to kill a crocodile is when it is still in its egg. The next best time is when it is a little youngling the length of your finger. But it appears the way some would prefer to take would be to wait until it is an 18 foot leviathan before trying to go to engage it.

    When Al Baghdadi says 'see you in New York,' believe him. Whether or not he can achieve it he definitely does intend to do his best. The West needs to reconsider regime change ....unless they also consider who replaces the person they took out. There is also a need to hit these various groups hard ...NOW ...before they get even bigger and start joining. Sure, Boko Haram is currently a Nigeria-centric problem. Abu Sayyaf is only an issue in Indonesia and the Philippines. Al Shabaab in East Africa. ISIS in Syria/Iraq. However, they will get bigger, get richer, join up. They will move from killing Kenyans in malls and Iraqi/Syrian Christians in villages to turning their attention on the US. Many of their plans will not be successful, but the one that will be will make the US take a stand against them ...then.

    The problem is that it will have cost more lives and coin that would have been necessary.

  • ISIS militants appear to behead abducted American journalist James Wright Foley in graphic video

    08/19/2014 5:14:33 PM PDT · 13 of 90
    spetznaz to markomalley
    More probably someone facing the horrible prospect of a more - than - horrible death. There were some Mexicans who had been caught by a cartel and similarly executed (it was written that one was beheaded by chainsaw and another by a knife), and they were also apparently very calm. Almost chatty, and warning others from stealing from the cartel in a very calm manner.

    Whether this poor soul was 'liberal' or 'conservative' doesn't matter much in the face of a beheading, and per people who have been rescued from such groups there are often several mock executions, before which they are often told to make various statements. For example the same happened when some UK forces were captured by the West Side Rebels in Sierra Leone. Before their rescue by the SBS and SAS they had undergone several mock executions and had been absolutely worn down after several days.

    This man was with these guys for a far far longer time.

    The prospect.of beheading, coupled with several mock executions, can have most people saying almost anything.

  • Maserati Patrol Car Raises Police Suspicions

    08/13/2014 4:21:39 AM PDT · 55 of 59
    spetznaz to UCANSEE2
    The problem with the Veyron is that if the suspect can elude them for 20 miles, the Veyron runs out of gas.

    12 minutes is enough for the Veyron's 26.4 gallon gas tank to run dry. However, your vehicle would have to go faster than 431 KPH (268 MPH). Kind of like being the gazelle chased by a cheetah only need half a minute of endurance before the cheetah is too tired to continue chasing you, but the problem is the cheetah only needs ten seconds to get you.

    As an aside, there are very few roads (and fewer sober drivers) that can allow the Veyron to achieve its top speed.

  • Russia Brings Together Some of the World’s Best Fighter Pilots

    08/12/2014 2:04:30 AM PDT · 9 of 11
    spetznaz to pfflier; Sequoyah101
    The SU-30 is a big plane. Considerably bigger than the MiG-29 and F-16, and comparable in size to the F-15. See the small picture below showing how large the SU-27/30 and the F-15 are compared to the people around them:

  • Chief: Police killed California robbery hostage [police shot hostage 10 times]]

    08/11/2014 11:18:31 PM PDT · 64 of 119
    spetznaz to grundle
    According to the Police Marksman Association of 180 police-involved shootings - where the police won the confrontation - at a distance of between 4 to 12 feet the average rounds fired ranged from 2.3 rounds per officer (for the .357 Magnum) to 5.5 (for the 9mm), and accuracy ranged from 14% (for the FBI) to 62% (regular cops).

    Now, while an actual shooting is quite different from an IDPA match, that level of accuracy multiplied by the number of cops at scene means that there will be a lot of rounds flying that are not hitting their target. Many people worry about over-penetration, when the real danger is a round that totally misses the target and is going at full steam towards something - or someone - else.

    Many police are apparently not good shots, and according to some reports many only shoot to qualify yearly. Add to this lack of proficiency some jurisdictions, like New York, that have some crazy trigger pulls (the NY trigger), and THEN add to that SOME cops' attitudes regarding civilians (where the public is not that important to some LEOs), and you end up with a situation where you have a person with limited shooting ability and, possibly, an attitude problem, shooting almost 6 9mm rounds ...and his comrades doing the same.

    Add to this that there will, in most cases, be no consequences for a 'stray bullet,' and you have a bad situation. For example, did anything ever happen to those cops who shot up a truck occupied by two women (who fortunately survived due to bad shot placement) when the cops thought the truck was being driven by that cop killer? I doubt anything happened to those cops.

    Try doing that as a civilian.

  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 8, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/08/2014 11:20:07 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    spetznaz to Vision

    Thank you.

  • AZ;FL;CT:Three Gun v. Knife Incidents in a Day

    08/07/2014 12:41:15 AM PDT · 40 of 46
    spetznaz to marktwain; Oberon; Uncle Miltie; NY.SS-Bar9; taxcontrol; Billthedrill; Durus; tacticalogic; ...
    I know many people often joke that someone should never bring a knife into a gunfight, but the fact is that a knife can be an exceedingly effective attack weapon. Note, not defense …attack. Most knife attackers that are shot are often inexperienced people that were using the blade as an intimidation tool rather than experience and committed attackers. Someone who wants to attack you with a knife – as opposed to showing you a blade and hoping you will handover your wallet – will do the following:

    (.i) He will approach as close as he can, (ii) he will keep the knife hidden, and (iii) the sudden attack will involve multiple stabs (not just slashes).

    As for the poster who asked about knife training – there are several effective systems for blade use, with some of the more effective ones being Filipino with styles like Pekiti Tirsia Kali teaching a very effective knife system. There are also other systems ranging from a South African system often used by criminals (they use cheap switchblades and like to shake or ‘shimmer’ the blade as they attack), to a very effective American-created style called Libre Fighting Systems that, in my opinion, is even better than Pekiti Tirsia in terms of using a knife. Some of the things taught in Libre border on the criminal. And talking about criminal, there are some prison-style attacks that are almost exclusively stabbing-type moves, and they are very effective (and yes, there are people who teach prison-style knife, and even a prison-style boxing system called 52 Blocks).

    Anyways, underestimating a knife is something that can be quite dangerous. Fortunately most knife users are only employing the blade to threaten/intimidate their target, which means that the target has sufficient time to – if a CCW holder – defend themselves. However, if the knife user is going for the attack, by the time the target knows he is a victim he will already be stabbed multiple times.

    As an aside …many of the knife defenses taught in martial arts are completely useless. Against a committed attacker NONE of those fancy wrist movements will work for over 90% of their users. The most effective self-defense against a knife attack is situational awareness. That is even more effective than having a firearm when it comes to a committed knife attacker.

    Sources: Before I got licensed and got my 2,500 Dollar Glock (in my country things are expensive and prices ridiculously ramped up ...that 2,500 Glock would cost about 550 in the US), I studied a variety of different knife combative systems that taught me just how dangerous a knife is in the right hands. I honestly couldn’t over emphasize just how dangerous a committed knife attacker can be, and that within 5 feet I would be more effective with a blade than with my overpriced G19 (and I say this as someone who does very well in IDPA). I have also realized that many gun owners think they own death rays, and a number develop very bad habits/expectations where they feel they are somehow protected because they have a firearm. A firearm is simply a tool, and a tool that without proper dynamic training (and I don't mean plugging paper), situational awareness and proper mindset, will only work against people who are even less prepared than you are. Against someone who is better prepared, even when he 'only' has a knife, many gun owners would not even get a chance to understand what is happening before they have at least 7 critical stabs in their torso.

    The only saving grace is that most knife attackers are (a) inexperienced and (b) almost always interested in intimidating rather than doing the stealth/surprise attack that you normally see in Filipino/Prison knife systems (where the victim literally doesn’t know what’s happening before the blade is in their body).

    Some knife attack videos:

    What a knife attack may look like

    The Truth behind Knife Attacks

  • Deadly Libya Violence Pushes Country Toward 'Failed State'

    07/31/2014 9:06:58 AM PDT · 30 of 31
    spetznaz to SoFloFreeper
    At times - scratch that, most times - I mull on whether bringing 'freedom and democracy' to some places is the right thing. While it seems like a good thing at the beginning, it quickly deteriorates into hell on earth for the people there.

    It is my belief that involvement in such conflicts should only be based on a direct and significant national interest. Direct (directly affecting the US) and significant (e.g. while the oil in Saudi Arabia or the oil sands in Canada are significant/important, the waxy limited supplies in Uganda are not and would merely add to a rounding error). However, if a situation doesn't have a direct and significant national interest to the US, then there is no way to go and spread (real) democracy and/or (merely feel-good) 'democracy' there. It only leads to excessive pain and suffering for the people there.

    Sure, Libya and Syria were not gardens of Eden under Qaddafi and Assad, but things are definitely far worse now for the people. Libya is not a failed state is a series of failed states that are still called Libya in aggregate. Syria on the other hand has become the birthplace for the most competent Qaeda offshoot so far - ISIS - and the rebel controlled areas have become veritable hells on earth. Egypt managed to go from Mubarak into the hands of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, something that was amazingly cheered at first - but the real colors of the MB came through, and Morsi's attempt at being the next Pharoah backfired and ...amazingly we have a younger version of Mubarak. Another army chap, but now several decades younger than Mubarak.

    Anyways, I am not knocking democracy. However, the larger picture needs to be taken into consideration. Removing monsters only to give place to far greater and more vicious monstrosities is not proper. It is wrong. Especially when there is no direct and significant national interest to the US.

    By the way this is why I have left Iraq - another country that is currently more of a mess than it was under Saddam Hussein - from my list above. Sure, Saddam was a monster, and his sons had certain habits that were not pleasurable to anyone who had a daughter, was part of the national soccer team, or happened to be an ethnic Kurd. However, the situation currently for your average Iraqi is far worse - probably the only people who are better off are the ethnic Kurds, who have come together to form their own defacto state, and are protected by their (effective) Pershmarga militia. However, the saving grace is that the US had a direct and significant national interest, which is a case that is not applicable to Libya/Syria et al.

    Democracy, and even 'democracy', is ok when there is a direct and significant national interest. However, doing it for the sake of it, or because a country's leader is a bad, bad man, is not proper ...especially when it leads to more bloodshed in two years than was caused by the bad, bad man in over a decade.

  • Hollywood Builds Iron Man Suit Prototype for Pentagon

    07/14/2014 3:34:24 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    spetznaz to WhiskeyX
    The main problem with such designs boils down to one thing - a (i) power source that is (ii) potent enough to drive the main/sub-systems, but that is (iii) small enough to be carried and has a (iv) efficient running time for it to have real combat capability. With such a power source then the armor part is simple, the sub-systems (e.g. targeting, life support, medi-kit and cooling) are easily doable, and actual field capability becomes demonstrable.

    In movies/fiction/comics this is easy to do, as all that is needed is some unobtanium plot device that produces a small hyper-powerful ultra-efficient power source. For example Tony Starks chest-reactor that can almost power a small city.

    But in real life coming up with a power source that is small, powerful, and efficient is supremely difficult! I have seen some solutions that call for a small engine, whereby the suit would incorporate a small engine in the back to power the suit and its various systems. This has promise, but size is a problem. Diesel gives efficiency but can be loud, and chemical engines are silent but have various dangers. There are others that have incorporated batteries, which provides a silent option. However the energy density of batteries still has some ways to go.

    Leading solutions may incorporate a hybrid approach, but then there is the weight issue.

    What is most probable - in the short term - is that the sub-systems will start making it into theater long before we ever see an actual 'suit'. By this I mean that some of the targeting sub-systems will be incorporated into the helmet designs used by some of the US 'Tier-1' units like ACE/CAG (Delta Force), DEVGRU (Seal Team 6), ISA (Activity) and SAD/SOG teams. Some helmet designs attributed to ACE have looked 'interesting,' and it would not be hard to see in the near-future targeting systems integrated that are similar to the prototype helmets intended for the F-35 (which are still very heavy, but I am assuming that is something that will be tackled in the next 5 years).

    Other sub-systems will be body/health monitoring systems and medi-kits that will ensure those operators are at optimum. Also add next generation communication and situational awareness modules (incorporated into the targeting helmets), whereby the operators know where each member is in real-time, meaning that anyone who is not identified as friendly is probably a hostile. I am sure such stuff is already present but at an early stage, thus this will be more of taking it to the next level.

    And finally conventional body armor ...but that has been breathed upon with the research dollars that such teams have. Not close to anything found in movies, but better than anything your Marine or Army rifleman has. In the same way that DEVGRU was shown to be using multi-sensor night vision goggles during the Osama raid, which were different from the typical single or dual tube NVGs used by 'normal' soldiers, or for that matter, normal SEAL teams and Army Special Forces. In the same way that ACE and DEVGRU have better NVGs than SEALs and Green Berets, with that tech trickling down to the SEALs/GBs in a couple of years, and then 'normal' combat units after that ...they will also have body armor that is the best that current conventional technology can produce.

    Thus, I anticipate the various sub-systems hitting the bleeding-edge units probably now, trickling down to 'normal' SEALs and Special Forces in maybe another 5-7 years, and maybe hitting normal combat units in another decade and a half.

    However, it will be a long time before there is an actual combat suit that is similar to movie-land interpretations, and the sole reason for this is the power source. Without a small, powerful, efficient power source the best to be hoped for is the various 'land warrior' systems shown by the US, Europe, China and Russia that incorporate targeting, communication and health sub-systems.

    But no Iron Man.

    China does have a separate path they are pursuing. While they are also looking at 'sub-system suits,' they are also looking at genetic modification. There is some very interesting material available on the genetic plays they have been doing on their Olympic swimmers, and how those outcomes can be applied to special forces.

    John Leonard, the American director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, asked the Olympic authorities to check if Ye Shiwen, the 16 year old Chinese swimmer who broke a world record at the London Olympic, had normal genetics as her performance was 'unbelievable.'

    Genetic work would focus on endurance (erythropoietin manipulation), strength (myostatin manipulation), cognitive awareness, alertness, pain resistance, and speed (ACTN3 manipulation).

    Human augmentation will not make these chaps into super-soldiers, but imagine a person who has been trained to the utmost, and then at that apex given the ability to give 110% rather than 100%. That extra 10% can enable a 16 year old to break records in a manner considered impossible, and could potentially make a special operations soldier do things that, while not belonging in comic books, would make it difficult for a similarly trained person to keep up.

  • Russian stealth corvette put British Navy on alert off Danish coast - media

    06/26/2014 7:35:16 AM PDT · 14 of 20
    spetznaz to Marko413

    Stealth in a ship is similar to stealth on a plane, in that it is about making the target harder to detect. not impossible, just harder. However, as ships are much bigger than planes the point for stealthy ships is not to make them disappear in the clutter and noise, but rather to make a large naval ship appear to be a smaller non-military vessel. In a busy shipping lane that can allow a vessel to get closer than it would otherwise be able to do, at least close enough to launch its missiles.

  • John Kerry tells Russia to disarm Ukraine separatists "in hours"

    06/26/2014 7:27:53 AM PDT · 18 of 36
    spetznaz to McGruff

    Communication is partly what you say and partly how you say it. The ‘how’ guarantees that the Russians will not comply (not that they would have complied anyways).

  • Russia’s Backfire Bomber Is Back!

    06/18/2014 7:36:23 AM PDT · 29 of 29
    spetznaz to AppyPappy; mountn man
    The B-1Ski is actually the Tu-160 'Blackjack' heavy bomber - although the TU-160 is significantly larger. Apart from the Blackjack being white and the Lancer black, from a distance, and with a quick glance, the two planes look remarkably similar.

    The Backfire is quite different from the B-1B Lancer and the TU-160 Blackjack.

  • Iraq Crisis ... The Bare Faced ISIS Executioner Who Beheads Those Who Fail 'Quranic Quiz'

    06/15/2014 1:19:20 PM PDT · 16 of 53
    spetznaz to DogByte6RER

    It appears they’ve moved away from the ubiquitous Kalashnikovs to M-16s.

  • Loot $429m from City's Central Bank to Make Isis World's Richest Terror Force

    06/11/2014 9:27:20 AM PDT · 16 of 17
    spetznaz to winoneforthegipper
    Which will be a mistake that will come back to bite the US in the future. Thing is, ISIS (or ISIL since that seems to be the new name taking root) is not your usual Qaeda offshoot. These guys are very professional and technically very capable. A good example is that prison break they did where they broke out a couple hundred prisoners from Abu Ghraib.

    Assad is a monster, but he is a cuddly cherub compared to these guys.

  • Haqqani Network, Pakistan terror group, grows into worst enemy for U.S.

    06/09/2014 12:46:55 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    spetznaz to EQAndyBuzz
    That would help. A more effective solution would be to have a serious look at two of America's allies - the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the nation of Pakistan.

    This will never happen, but tackling those two would put a serious hurt on global terrorism. The Wahhabi faith from the Saudis, coupled with funds from the Saudi business and religious community, and the Pakistani madrassas religious education system, are the main lynch pins of terrorism. Be it against the US, in Nigeria, in the Levant, you name it and the Wahhabi sect, Saudi money and Pakistani intermediaries are somewhat involved.

    An interesting example is to look at the type of Islam practiced in Somalia and Afghanistan jn the 70s before the infiltration of Wahhabi/Salafi preachers. In Somalia, for instance, the local brand of Islam was very loose, with the local garb for women being a colorful translucent fabric. In Afghanistan women were studying in the university of Kabul. Add Wahhabism and suddenly burkas are at play.

    However, the US needs Saudi oil, and as for Pakistan the US military doesn't attack strong nations - particularly those with nuclear weapons. Thus in both cases nothing will be done, and the situation will be to continue smacking symptoms hard but ignoring the source.

  • Japan, Australia consider submarine deal that could rattle China

    06/01/2014 2:01:44 PM PDT · 6 of 12
    spetznaz to DeaconBenjamin

    As the article states, the Soryu class is quite arguably the most advanced D-E submarine in the world.

  • From bad to worse: Dr. Ben Carson cannot be trusted on gun rights

    05/30/2014 1:16:26 AM PDT · 46 of 79
    spetznaz to Artcore; Taxman; cherry; who_would_fardels_bear; Political Junkie Too; Joe 6-pack; RitaOK
    You've raised a great point. So much energy was spent in the 2012 GOP Primary proving why a certain candidate had fatal flaws, while all along Romney was standing at the standlines enjoying what was basically a free ride to the nomination. The GOP nominations saw candidate after candidate spend a week or two as the frontrunner, then get hit with some aspect that discredited him/her as a real choice, and then another candidate would emerge as a frontrunner to face the same treatment. Virtually EVERY single candidate spent at least some time as frontrunner before getting their legs cut out under them. Santorum, Cain, Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich ...I am sure with more time even Paul may have had his week in the sun!

    While all this was happening Romney was standing pretty.

    Finally, after everyone from a Texas governor to a retail industry businessman to a former House Speaker had had their time in the limelight - and a spectacular crash - the only person left was Romney.

    What happened next? Romney moves in and sweeps 43 delegates. His NEXT competitor was Santorum with 6. SIX!

    Now, I cannot vote. I am not an American citizen, and all I could do is watch from the sidelines. I used to think the Achilles heel of Conservatism was lethargy (from when I was helping in grassroots campaigning for the Bush admin, and realized most young people couldn't give a damn), and then I thought it was not having a proper narrative that espoused the advantages of Conservatism (I still think that is a BIG issue). However, I have realized another big issue exists. Maybe even bigger than our apparent inability to craft an appealing narrative.

    That flaw is that we eat our own.

    If a candidate is not perfect - in any way - we fire away. Now, I am not saying that we should accept compromises left, right and center.


    However, before we start destroying (mostly) Conservative candidates, we should first ensure that the RINOs/CINOs are eliminated first. First get rid of the Romneys and McCains from the running, and then once that is done y'all are more than welcome to turn guns on each other to your heart's content. This is because, once it is only (mostly) Conservative candidates left, then whomever wins will at least be mostly conservative.

    However, if we destroy our own first - even with their flaws - we guarantee that the last man/woman standing is a barely Conservative.

    My hope is that the next GOP primaries will include lessons learned from the 2012 Cycle. That we will work towards ensuring that the Barely Conservatives are kicked out early, and then people can pound away at each other.

    However, I am convinced that the party as a whole is not that ....logical (I wanted to say 'intelligent') ...and that it will be a repeat of 2012. We will destroy anyone who is 80% of what we want, and yet we will not be turning focus on the Barely Conservative who is around 35% of what we want.

    Result: That is how a Jeb Bush can become the nominee! Yes, you read that. That is how a Jeb Bush can end up as the nominee.

    Now, once something like that (not necessarily Jeb) happens, the Conservative Base is demoralized, the GOP elite guy will not ahve full support, and that GOP nominee will face a Democrat nominee (maybe Hillary Clinton) and a Liberal base that is very energized over the 'First Female President.' This will be more formidable than the 'First Black President,' but I do not expect the GOP to realize that. Hillary can be defeated, but it will require serious work.

    Result? Another replay of Obama beating McCain or Obama beating Romney. I know some say it was due to rigging, but the truth is that any rigging was simply icing on the cake.

    Then there will be 4 more years of posting on FR, following which the whole cycle will be repeated.

    The GOP elite really laugh at Conservatives, but not as much as the Liberals do.

    NOTE: This is not support for Dr. Carson. It is a general post about the general field of Conservative Candidates once the GOP Primary starts. Defeat the Barely Conservative candidate first, and then we can sling mud at each other.

  • Shooter's Parents Sped to Try to Stop Him

    05/26/2014 7:37:43 AM PDT · 94 of 122
    spetznaz to HiTech RedNeck

    Absolutely ridiculous. It is almost as if the gun levitated and started chasing people down and shooting them.

  • Confirmed: Urine is not sterile

    05/26/2014 7:18:19 AM PDT · 40 of 57
    spetznaz to equalator; sakic

    Actually that is not Kenya. That is a Dinka tribesman from South Sudan. Now, I know to most here it will not matter, and I am sure there are similar stupid (really stupid) pictures of Kenya and Kenyans one can find on the net - for instance Obama - but, for the sake of accuracy that is not Kenya.

  • Santa Barbara slayer mimicking Warcraft character (Garrosh Hellscream- Leader of the Horde)

    05/26/2014 5:13:50 AM PDT · 41 of 41
    spetznaz to equalator

    True. They look very similar. Also, that ‘boy’ looks very gay to me as well. He also talks gay per the released video.

  • Santa Barbara slayer mimicking Warcraft character (Garrosh Hellscream- Leader of the Horde)

    05/25/2014 12:36:47 PM PDT · 6 of 41
    spetznaz to equalator

    His real mother is Chinese/Malaysian I believe. The woman in your pictures is not his birth mother.

  • What Exactly Do People Think #BringBackOurGirls Will Accomplish?

    05/12/2014 10:28:48 AM PDT · 28 of 73
    spetznaz to therightliveswithus
    It actually accomplishes a lot. A whole lot. What it does is make it seem like something is happening, that attention is being paid, and the sheeple will eat it up (and maybe even join in by adding their 'voice' to the hashtag). It's purpose is the appearance of action, and in that it is doing its 'job.'

    As for Boko Haram. Here is what I had written on the 21st of April on why it makes sense for the West to crush such groups now - while they are still relatively small and/or locally-focused before they merge with other 'sons-of-Al-Qaeda' and focus on the West. Here is that post:

    There will be a time when the world will miss Al Qaeda prime - the original group started by UBL and currently headed by Zawahiri. Now, by 'miss' I do not mean with fondness, but rather out of the fact they were not as smart, not as tenacious and not as evolved as the current groups coming up. Apart from the main Al Qaeda, there are four Qaeda based groups mucking about. There is Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Al Shabaab (AQ in East Africa), Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). These groups have seen what the West did to the original group, and they have evolved. Their sources of funding are no longer solely Pakistani and Saudi, their communications take into account the NSA and The Activity, and their methods have advanced. Take for instance ISIS. Led by Abu Balr Al Baghdadi it has established a mini caliphate that covers part of Iraq and Syria, freed HUNDREDS of prisoners out of Abu Ghraib in an operation the SAS would be proud of, and has both Hezbollah and Al Qaeda main worried (and fighting them ...but losing).

    What does this have to do with Boko Haram? Well, I predict a union of this group with one of the Qaeda groups my estimation AQIM. You may also see Al Shabaab and AQAP join. Finally all will join with ISIS.

    Result? Rather than the original Qaeda's control of part of Afghanistan, you may now see a true hydra controlling parts of West, North and East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Syria.

    All is needed is for Abu Sayyaf, which mucks about in the Philippines and Indonesia, to join in and you have what I was calling global agglomerated terrorism last week.

    The West has so far largely ignored these groups. After all, Boko Haram and AQIM attack places in West Africa most Americans can't pronounce, on FR I saw FReepers making light of the mall attack in Kenya by Al Shabaab (I guess to some FReepers the dead were not humans), and even ISIS is ignored because it is making life difficult for the likes of Assad and Hezbollah in Syria, and hey, Al Baghdadi told Zawahiri to shove it, thus he cannot be all bad ....right?


    What you have here is a 16 foot King Cobra eating a 5 foot Russels Viper, and people cheering for the King Cobra not realizing the cobra is not their friend and is not doing that for their benefit. It is removing competition, following which it will focus on you.

    Today it was Nigerians dying. The day before Kenyans. Maybe tomorrow it will be tourists in Indonesia. But mark my words that the targets of these animals extends beyond Nigerians and Kenyans. Their main target is the West, and they need to be stopped.

    Kill the King Cobra first, or better yet, kill the cobra and the russels viper at the same time. People like Al Baghdadi make Zawahiri look like a stupid piker, and when these groups join they will focus on the West. Baghdadi is keen on re establishing the Abbasid Caliphate, and by taking over towns like Raqqa he has done something even UBL was unable to do.

    Boko Haram is not just a Nigerian problem. Al Shabaab is not just an East African problem. ISIS is not just the bane of Assad's existence. All of these groups are like seeds sprouting, with the focus of their eventual fruit being to attack the West.

    There's a saying by my people that the best time to kill a crocodile is when it is in its egg. It gets much harder to do so when it is an 18 foot leviathan.

    Maybe the West prefers hunting adult crocs rather than squashing eggs. At least the behavior towards some of these groups by the West seems to indicate that.

  • Syrian rebels surrender their strongholds in Homs

    05/07/2014 3:14:49 PM PDT · 8 of 28
    spetznaz to dfwgator; Vigilanteman
    Exactly. Compared to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), an Al Qaeda splinter group so vicious and radicalized that the parent Al Qaeda was fighting against them, Assad comes across as the better evil. Assad is a monster, but ISIS and a good deal of the other 'rebels' in Syria are far far worse. Not all the rebels are bad, but all the ones that achieved success seem to be.

    This is yet another example that the REAL world is never black and white. Sound bites and political opinions fit well into a binary matrix of black and white, where the good guys wear white hats and the bad guys black. However, just because folk like Assad and Qaddafi and their ilk are veritable monsters - who need to be taken out of power - does not mean that there is no need to look at the alternative. Many times the alternative can be far worse. A rat in the house is a bad thing, but substituting it with a rattlesnake will never be prudent.

  • Terrorists want 300 machine guns in exchange for captured officers

    05/07/2014 3:56:20 AM PDT · 7 of 10
    spetznaz to WhiskeyX

    ....and then they will use those 300 machine guns to capture or kill many more officers. I’ve never understood the logic behind such exchanges, and hopefully the request will be rejected. After all, it is not as if once these people receive the weapons they will melt them down into ploughshares and go farming.

  • Ukraine's Burning Desire to Turn Westward Surely Inspired by Neighbor Poland's Glittering Example...

    05/06/2014 4:00:45 AM PDT · 5 of 25
    spetznaz to Reaganite Republican
    The Poles truly punch way above their weight class, and are a stellar example of what proper management of a country can achieve.

    Also, their military is well respected. In particular their special forces - GROM - who are well regarded and considered virtually equivalent to any tope-tier unit in the world. In Iraq the US Special Operations (Army Special Forces/SEALs as well as Tier 1 Devgru/Delta) had one sector, the Brits (SBS/SAS) another, and GROM the third.

  • Samsung’s record of IP theft, other ruthless business tactics, and why Apple might still lose

    05/06/2014 12:32:01 AM PDT · 5 of 38
    spetznaz to 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

    I have the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (not the newer S5). The iPhone is an amazing device, but the Samsung is simply better.

  • WWII London, in Color:

    05/05/2014 10:06:22 AM PDT · 9 of 10
    spetznaz to Reaganite Republican
    Long story, but the elevator pitch version is as follows: my country was attacked by Al Qaeda when they targeted the US embassy, and when I joined FR some years later the issue of a screen name came up. Around that time a magazine had an article on various special operations forces - I believe they included Sayeret Matkal, US Army Special Forces, Navy Seals, the SAS and the Spetsnaz. The Spetsnaz entry had a story of the Beirut incident, where in response to a terrorist kidnapping of some Ruskie officials the Spetsnaz had, in turn, kidnapped the relatives of the terrorists, and per what I remember of the article, cut off their private parts, cut off their heads, stuffed said gonads in their pie hole, and sent the Package to the terrorists with a promise of more to come.

    Allegedly the Ruskie hostages were released.

    Now, to a college kid (then) reading the story, it was the perfect moniker as it seemed those chaps knew the right and proper way to treat Jihadis.

    Hence my screen name.

    My first choice was the Sayeret Matkal, who also don't have much political correctness in treating scum, but that name is a mouthful. I also wanted to include the SBS (SAS' lesser known, but arguably more capable, cousin) but I didn't.

    Had I known the questions the moniker would have raised I would have probably opted for the Salvation Army. During the Georgia conflict some years back it became veritable flypaper for a number of FReepers who thought they'd found the perfect target to direct their anger over Putin at.

    Anyway, that is the genesis of the name.

  • WWII London, in Color:

    05/05/2014 4:33:09 AM PDT · 4 of 10
    spetznaz to Reaganite Republican

    Amazing photographs. Thanks.

  • ‘Goodbye Mama’: Tornado Victim Sends Heartbreaking Final Text

    05/05/2014 12:38:51 AM PDT · 7 of 11
    spetznaz to montag813


  • Boeing: Here's Why the F-35 Australia Is Buying Is Flawed and Needs Our Help

    04/30/2014 1:36:11 PM PDT · 20 of 24
    spetznaz to ryan71
    You did not have to respond to anyone who would call the ALQ-99 a patch. A patch so effective that even the Australians, trusted allies, were not given the same specifications/capabilities as the USN.

    Calling it a patch is akin to calling the space shuttle a paper plane.

  • Russian Su -24 scores off against the American "USS Donald Cook"

    04/27/2014 5:40:46 AM PDT · 14 of 74
    spetznaz to Renfield
    Several points. How would they know the reaction of the DDGs crew? How would they know the screens went blank? Considerable levels of hyperbole in that report. It is possible to jam radars, but an aircraft-borne radar (on a single plane) jamming something like an AEGIS system is not at all easy. That would have to be a powerful transmitter to burn through the AN/SPY1, and if the plane had disabled the AEGIS that could technically be considered an act of war. For decades NATO and the Warsaw Pact would play all sorts of games, games that apparently still continue to this day, but there were certain lines in the sand that were not to be crossed (with the exception of accidental and 'accidental' submarine collisions). A plane doing an aggressive run towards a ship, and disabling its radar and fire control systems, is not a line that is to be crossed.

    Anyways, I think the real story is the Fencer flew towards the DDG, was obviously not armed, and like several times in the past was allowed to do its maneuvers. There was no jamming of the AN-SPY1, no plasma stealth or other make-believe technologies, and it was another silly game.