Head Muscle Press (11 April, 2010) – This past week Obama has dramatically reshaped America’s security policy by pledging to reduce our nuclear arsenal by thirty percent, and promising our adversaries that we would not use nukes on them, even if they attacked with chemical or biological weapons. Though the President has received harsh criticism for these moves, it would seem that he is only just beginning. In a surprise announcement early this morning, a White House spokesperson told stunned reporters that military units deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan will be issued blank cartridges for their weapons. “We have studied this very closely,” the spokesperson announced, “and we have determined that the leading cause of enemy fatalities on the battlefield, is US inflicted gunshot wounds. The President feels that this cannot continue, and that we must take immediate steps to reduce these tragic combat-related enemy casualties.” According to the President’s plan, military units will begin deploying into the theater with blank cartridges by late this summer. These units will be deployed to areas where fighting has been heaviest over the past year, and coincidentally where the most enemy gunshot fatalities have been recorded. “Obama believes that, by focusing in these areas, we should see and immediate and substantial increase in enemy survival rates during combat operations,” the spokesperson noted. “The President’s revolutionary new approach should put a stop to combat related enemy casualties once and for all.” Some military analysts are already projecting that, under Obama’s plan, America is on track to reach French levels of wartime non-lethality by 2012.
Our source then invited us to a desert shooting range, to observe a group of troops already training in this new type of non-combat. While at the range, our source also agreed to a short interview. Transcript follows:
(Shooting in the background)
HM: (yelling) Thank you so much for the opportunity to come out to observe this new training. Can you tell me exactly what is going on?
Source: (yelling back) Sure, it is really quite simple. Each person you see shooting has their magazines loaded with the new round, and they are familiarizing themselves its operational capabilities.
HM: So are they all firing blank cartridges?
Source: Please! Obama would never send our troops into combat with “blanks!” How absurd! They are actually Projectile Deficient Simulated Rounds, or PDSRs as we call them.
HM: (pausing) So, what exactly are they shooting…at?
Source: Well, if you look downrange, you will see a number of hostile pop-up targets appear. When the Soldier sees the target, he fires his new PDSR equipped weapon at it.
HM: (confused) But there are no bullets to hit the targets with? What’s the point?
Source: (rolling eyes) Well – obviously – the point is not to kill them! Were you not listening at the press conference?
HM: Yes, but I’m still not sure that I get it. All these new rounds do is make noise.
Source: (exhaling heavily) Well, Obama believes that if we can make enough noise, over time, our enemies will see the futility of their resistance and just…well…give up.
HM: That sure sounds like a crazy plan to me.
Source: It worked for the health care bill didn’t it?
HM: Oh…good point. So how long before everyone in-theater is shooting the new blanks…I mean PDSRs?
Source: Well a logistical movement of this magnitude will take time. We have millions of conventional rounds which will have to be used up first. But the good news is, we’ve come up with a couple of contingency plans to minimize enemy casualties in the meantime.
HM: Oh really? Can you tell us about them?
Source: Well first, Central Command has issued a directive to all combat units that, when engaging in combat, they are to miss their enemies when firing on them.
HM: Miss their enemies?
Source: Yeah, I mean, they shoot and everything.. just not at the people shooting at them. We are suggesting that they pick a pretty cloud or a sand dune, and shoot at them if possible. It’s a pretty good interim plan, but not foolproof.
HM: Why not?
Source: Well, for 8 full years, the Bush administration had a policy of training our Soldiers and Marines to kill our enemies. Obama really inherited a mess in that respect. It is going to take him some time to fix things.
HM: So you are concerned that until the new PDSRs arrive, some enemy casualties are inevitable even with the “mandatory miss” order?
Source: Regrettably so but, if it becomes a real problem, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have come up with a plan to deal with that as well.
HM: Oh really? What is it?
Source: Well…this is technically top secret, but…..oh what the heck. If enemy killing gets too rampant, we have a plan to deploy a US led UN Security contingent to protect them from our US forces.
HM: (baffled) What? You mean a US led force would actually protect our enemies from other US forces?
Source: Why of course! Obama would never allow US troops to be led by a foreign UN commander? Do you think he’s a nut or something?
HM: So we could actually see a scenario where US forces are fighting each other to protect our enemies?
Source: Yep. What a powerful way for Obama to show the world his commitment to ending the war! It really makes me well up with pride….
HM: (in disbelief) Well it’s a “change”…that’s for sure.
Source: Well I have to run. We are testing Obama’s new hand grenade design today.
HM: (encouraged) Oh, so our troops will still have hand grenades?
Source: Well kind of…these new grenades are a little different though.
HM: How so?
Source: Well for one thing – they’re chocolate.
HM: (shocked) Chocolate?
Source: Yes, but only a mild milk chocolate. The terrorists don’t seem to digest the dark stuff to easily. They get….well….the poopies.
HM: So we are going to throw chocolate grenades at our enemies?
Source: Yeah, but that solid chocolate can leave quite a welt if it hits one of them on the head. I think that we may end up having to fill them with fluffy nougat to soften the impact. It will make them lower fat as well…
With that our source departed for the an undisclosed proving ground to observe the new chocolate grenade test. At the end of the day, it seems as if Obama has mandated a fundamental change to the way our forces will fight…or not fight during combat. Though unprecedented, it seems very much in line with his self-imposed nuclear restrictions, stockpile reductions, and passive acceptance of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Whether or not his new policies will actually work, will undoubtedly be a subject of considerable debate over the next several months. One thing seems certain however, thanks to Obama, the US will be firing blanks on the world stage for some time to come.
LOL That was fun. The jury is still out with me on the “we will not nuke you” strategy. At first blush, I like it. But I also must admit the less you communicate with potential enemies about your military strategy the better.
It’s a tricky balancing act in an age where it is in our best interest to eliminate the use of nuclear arms and get a handle on the “loose nukes”.
Hey Rutherford! Thanks for stopping by. My general rule of thumb is never call your own bluff. I am afraid that is what this administration has done. I suppose we will see what comes of it. Many of my fellow conservative bloggers think that Obama is just firing for effect here. In a way, I agree.
The fact of the matter is (and I work in this area) an engineered bio attack on the US could kill millions of people. It could quite possibly be far worse that even dropping a nuke would be. If this happened and we knew who sponsored it, I just do not see Obama telling the American people that, with hundreds of thousands of Americans dead, that he is still not willing to use a nuke. There would be rioting in the street. if that happened.
Ahhh but Chuck, who says we don’t have bio weapons of our own to use? 😉
Even if we had them, which we don’t, we would never employ them. They are way out of our moral envelope. I would rather see us use a nuke.
Your post reminds me of the 2 years that I was in the Army (under Carter’s MIS-leadership) and never qualified, or even practiced, with my assigned rifle because the budget had no funds for ammunition to allow such activities. No harm, no foul, of course – after all, why should an Infantry soldier be tasked with remaining proficient with his assigned weapon?
What really made me choke, though, was the concept of making enough noise so that our enemies will simply give up (after all it worked for the health care bill). Priceless!
The value of nuclear weapons lies in the fact that they are indeed a deterrent and we seem to have fewer and fewer of those these days.
I got a good belly laugh out of that one as well. For some reason, I was thinking Slaughter House IV when I was writing it. Not an exact parallel, but the same frame of thinking.
Thanks as usual for your readership!
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