Mike Ford

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Colonel. He has served in Europe, Central America and in Southwest Asia, commanding at the Detachment, Company, Battalion and Brigade Levels.

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It’s not The Wall Schumer is scared of

Jan 22, 2018 — Mike Ford

It’s not The Wall Schumer is scared of
You can tell what scares Democrats, by what they aren’t talking about.

Democrats, in the form of Senator Chuck Schumer and now Representative Luis Gutierrez have indirectly given away Democrat fears. First, Senator Schumer came out of his Whitehouse meeting with President Trump, claiming that he had offered some compromise with the President on the wall.

In Niger—and other African Countries, the United States Uses Smart Power

Oct 24, 2017 — Mike Ford

In Niger--and other African Countries, the United States Uses Smart Power
The recent deaths of 4 US Army Special Forces Soldiers in Niger have prompted questioning, some legitimate and some merely political posturing. Two articles, one in The American Conservative (What Are US forces Doing in Niger Anyway?) and the other in Politico (Niger Attack Fuels New Push for War Vote) ask two very cogent questions: “Why are we there?” and “What is Congress’ role?”

The purpose of this article isn’t to focus on the hypocrisy of these questions coming at this time. However, I would be remiss if I failed to point out that this particular mission originated under the previous administration. During Obama’s tenure, there appeared to be very little pushback (except perhaps from Rand Paul) about Congress’ role and authority to authorize foreign military adventures. Rather, the effort from Congress appeared to encourage such (I’m talking to you, Senator/Captain McCain).

Manners, Even in the Age of Williamson

Dec 24, 2016 — Mike Ford

In the Friday edition of National Review Online, Kevin D. Williamson pens an article entitled “Manners, Even in the Age of Trump.”

His intent is to bring to light an ever increasing lack of decency in our public life when it comes to discussing politics. This could have been a great article. He leads off discussing the human genome & differences between Orangutan, Chimpanzee and Human behavior. He then describes the incident on the Jet Blue flight where an obviously disordered person sought to harass Ivanka Trump, her husband and her kids and was subsequently removed by the flight crew.

Mr Williamson then writes the following (emphasis mine)

Open and Notorious Criminal Activity

Oct 16, 2016 — Mike Ford

“Open and Notorious” is defined as—Known by the public, and at odds with the community’s accepted moral values. Wikileaks has released some transcripts from some of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to various business leaders that I believe qualify as “open and notorious” criminal acts. The linked transcript contains several highlighted segments which I believe might contain classified information/analysis. As a former senior officer in the United States Army, I am very concerned that she may have disclosed some very sensitive and likely highly classified information. Here is a sample:

One of the biggest concerns I had over the last four years was the concern that was manifested several different ways that the PLA, the People’s Liberation Army, was acting somewhat independently; that it wasn’t just a good cop/bad cop routine when we would see some of the moves and some of the rhetoric coming out of the PLA, but that in effect that were making some foreign policy.  And Hu Jintao, unlike Jiang Zemin before him, never really captured the authority over the PLA that is essential for any government, whether it’s a civilian government in our country or a communist party government in China.

Clinton’s Felonious E-Mails

Oct 15, 2016 — Mike Ford

The constant “drip, drip drip,” regarding former Secretary of State Clinton’s e-mail is starting to sound like so much inside baseball. Secretary Clinton continues to stand on her statement that none of the e-mail she sent or received had classified markings. Other folks in the conversation comment that many of the e-mails Secretary Clinton wrote and received were “born classified,” at the time she wrote or received them. Director Comey’s assertion that he could not prove “intent” and therefore couldn’t charge Mrs Clinton, is garbage, pure and simple. First of all, for that particular violation, “intent” is not required. Secondly, the very existence of certain information on Mrs Clinton’s unauthorized, private server, is in and of itself, proof of intent.

We need to cut to the chase. Somebody committed a felony, likely several. If, as some reports have indicated, there was certain overhead imagery, marked or unmarked on Secretary Clinton’s e-mail server, someone committed a serious crime. The way government information/automation systems are set up, someone had to take a deliberate series of felonious actions in order for that imagery to get there. Period.

Corruption Most Foul

Oct 13, 2016 — Mike Ford

There is a foul odor emanating from Northeastern United States. Its epicenter is Chappaqua, NY. However, other locales such as New York City, Washington DC, Charleston, SC, and wherever else the Hillary for President campaign happens to be traveling, do their fair share in polluting the atmosphere. That odor is now also emanating from the Hoover Building, the Washington DC Headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That odor is the fetid, smell of in-your-face, arrogant, public corruption.

Public corruption (protection, bribery, bid rigging and the like) is ubiquitous throughout the entire civilized world. Different languages even have their own little colloquialisms for it…Baksheesh (Persian & Arabic), Na Lyeva (Russian), Mordida (Spanish), Under the Table & Kickbacks to name two common American ones.

Clueless in the GOP

Oct 11, 2016 — Mike Ford

Many among the Republican Establishment are not getting the message.

POLITICO reporters Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan wrote, in an article entitled “Ryan Abandons Trump,” that:

“Ryan stopped short of formally rescinding his endorsement of Trump – but just short. His move carries immense risk and Ryan faced blowback from all sides: Trump and his surrogates preemptively warned Republican leaders they would pay a price for breaking from the nominee.”

“It’s a huge risk as well for Ryan and House Republicans, as they could face a potential backlash from Trump supporters.”