One for the Good Guys

The Cold War Warrior studies the legacy of the Cold War through many lenses;

Ohio State Garden of Constants

Ohio State Garden of Constants

memories of uniformed and non-uniformed participants, historic events, and through various government bureaucracies.  A high-profile legacy is today’s global Islamist terrorism (NOT all Muslims).  There is an indirect thread that links this class of terrorism to WWII.  However, a strong and unbroken chain manacles the current terrorist activity directly to the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and Western Civilization’s response.  Without diving into the murky waters of the Soviet Invasion, suffice it to say the U.S. and other Western countries failed to understand the Islamic and tribal cultures into which they were diving.  Thus, the diplomatic and subsequent warfighting efforts were and are disastrous.

Investigators work around the scene Monday afternoon on the campus of Ohio State University after an attacker allegedly drove a car into a group of students near Watts Hall and then got out of the car and attacked them. (David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com)

Investigators work around the scene Monday afternoon on the campus of Ohio State University after an attacker allegedly drove a car into a group of students near Watts Hall and then got out of the car and attacked them. (David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com)

On November 28, 2016, the Monday after the U.S.’s Thanksgiving holiday, the University of Ohio was attacked by a lone Somali refugee, a legal resident of the United States.  Cleveland.com’s Karen Farkas reported, “Eleven people were injured during a car and knife attack at Ohio State University early Monday and the suspect was then killed by police, authorities said. An hourlong (sic) campus lockdown was lifted at 11:14 a.m. All classes were canceled for the day…”

Terrorism isn’t the only legacy in this story.  There is another, far more proud, American legacy and its story lies behind the closed doors of the hour-long lockdown.  Written by journalist John Gray, it is a tale of duty, honor, and country.

“Lost in all the chaos at Ohio State University today was something that most people probably missed. About an hour into it, when everyone was “sheltering in place” all over campus, CNN took a phone call from a young woman who was locked inside a classroom right near where the suspect was hurting people. She said she was a graduate student and she and many others were huddled together scared and not sure what was happening outside. Then she said something made me tear up.
She said casually to the TV anchor over the phone, “But we happened to have a few ‘military guys’ in my class and the minute we got the text message alert of an ‘active shooter on campus’ they moved the rest of us away from the door and then all of them stood guard right by the door.” She said they were standing there as she spoke making certain if a shooter or someone with a knife or whatever calamity tried to come through that door, they would be the first thing he’d see and they’d stop it and protect the other students or die trying.
These guys weren’t armed, I’m guessing they weren’t in uniform, they were just students who happened to have military training. Those “military guys” instantly put themselves on the clock and assumed the position to protect those unarmed, vulnerable students.
I thought that was impressive. I thought that was brave. I thought that was oh so very American.
I also thought you’d want to know.”
John Gray

There will be other posts that examine U.S. Foreign Policy legacy and the terrible price we pay when policy fails. For tonight, I am once again proud to be an American and thrilled to share the military legacy that serves to protect the people, the nation and what we, the United States represents. We are a good people. The men and women who wear and wore the uniform are good the ‘Good guys’.

 

About John Gray:

John Gray graduated with honors from LaSalle Institute, Hudson Valley Community

John Gray

John Gray

College and SUNY Oswego.

Celebrating his 25th year on television John has covered many big stories including the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the Pope’s visit to America and has reported on a number of Presidential campaigns. However, his favorite stories involve helping people right here at home. John volunteers with a dozen local charities including, ALS, M.S., Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes, Hospice, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters to name a few.

He has won numerous awards for his television work and writing, most recently winning a prestigious Emmy Award. He has been awarded “Columnist of the Year” honors from both the Associated Press and New York News Publishers Association and received the Business Reviews 40 Under 40 Award and H.V.C.C.’s ‘Most Distinguished Alumni’ award.

John’s passion is writing and for nearly twenty years his Wednesday column in The Record and Saratogian newspapers has become a local favorite. He also writes a popular monthly column in Capital Region Living Magazine. John has three children and a German shepherd named ‘Max’. In his spare time John enjoys rollerblading, golf and travel.

The Cold War Warrior – Evolution

April Fools’ Day 2013 marked the beginning of an adventure with the launch of the Cold War Warrior blog.   Spurred on by my oldest and best-loved friend, who believed others would

And the beat goes on...

And the beat goes on…

enjoy my tales, I delved into the Internet and found a detailed ‘how-to’ blog manual and began to learn.  Armed only with a deep conviction that the legacy of the Cold War was the world we live with today, and an untold admiration of the warriors of all shapes and that toiled in that 66-year mist, the writing began.  There was no business plan, goal, or path, only tales to tell by people ‘privileged’ to dance on the Cold War stage.  The Cold War, you see, was not cold and it is not over.   The beat goes on.

Although there were no expectations as to number of readers, I was hoping for hundreds.  The 160,000 page views to date blow my mind and provide wind under my story-telling wings.   My profound thanks for taking the time to read and comment!   You keep me going.   Maturing the disciplines of research, analyzing, writing and honing my craft has been and continues to be exciting, and only progressed through the forbearance of long-time colleagues and friends.  The Cold War Warrior quest has been every bit as exciting as The Hobbit’s adventure.   It has been an honor to include some wonderful writers; Steve Traywick, John Malch, Gus Myers, and Dan Jackson.  Thank you for your stories.  I am looking forward to reading more and watching the cabal grow over the next year!

The support the Cold War Warrior blog has received from many others is an adventure unto itself.  If you follow the links, I believe you will enjoy these resources as much as I have.

FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE

Full Spectrum Dominance is a news docking station, which follows the geopolitical winds of globe3d-puzzlechange.  The site is updated throughout the day.  Checking in with this site regularly will keep a body in tune with the rhythms of change in a volatile world.  The site is, generally, three to five days ahead of most other media.  The webmaster, has been very supportive of the Cold War Warrior blog; directly and through continuing dialog and discussion.  It’s impressive how inclusive folks on the Internet are.  The ‘Net’ is still a forum of individual liberty and voluntary action.  Refreshing!

EXPLORER’S FOUNDATION

Founder, Leif Smith, is an advocate of freeorder.  He describes freeorder as one word, made by welding together free and order. Explorers Foundation uses freeorder to state our

I see freeorder lighting hope through interesting patterns around the globe.

I see freeorder lighting hope through interesting patterns around the globe.

conviction that orders arising from freedom work best for people intent on using their full powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of their own happiness, and in service to people and things they love.  The Explorer’s Foundation has supported numerous feeorder projects including the James C. Bennett & Michael J. Lotus book, America 3.0 released by Encounter Books, May 2013.   The Explorers Foundation has assembled an impressive library of Glyphs that represent freeorder in the world around us; they are a terrific resource.

Leif Smith and the people he brings to freeorder forges are amazing.  He has read and commented on many of my pieces of purple prose.  Sometimes, his belief in me bridges the ‘abandon hope all ye who enter here’ gorge that I can dive into on occasion.

America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century—Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come

This is a book whose authors, James C. Bennett and Michael Lotus, offer hope in a turbulent sea of geopolitical unrest.  It helped place the Cold War Legacy in perspective for a hopeful future.  Before their December interview with John B. Wells, I wrote:

Some decades ago, the U.S. marked a sea change of ideas. I write about the legacy of the Cold War because I lived it and, right or wrong, contributed to its propagation.  The Cold War was the implementation of the ideas perpetrated during the time that Bennett and Lotus call America 2.0.  The ideas and their implementation have led the American people down a garden path of debt, socialism, massive central government, a standing military, loss of individual rights, and entitlement.  They have achieved what Frédéric Bastiat described as a Complete Perversion of The Law in the late 1840s:

The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.

There is a restlessness, an uneasiness among the population that is palpable.  The federal government’s response has been one of fear.  The government gets more abusive as it becomes increasingly fearful.  The tide will change. The people will rebel at the ballot box and in the picket line but then what? What is the plan?  Voices decry the current situation but few offer solutions.  America 3.0 is the right idea presented at the right time. 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP GROUP, INC.

Having spent years within the military-industrial complex working for a select group of companies, I could write a book about management by insanity.  Do not misconstrue this to mean that I did not completely enjoy my journey, because I had a great time.  What success I had was because of my open, agile, management style.  The teams that I had the privilege to support grew out of bloody, fragmented arenas. They became sustained, high performance teams that returned excellent profits to our employers.  It was my little niche and I thought I was pretty much alone.  Little did I know that very smart people were way ahead of me.

Bill Casey and Wendy Peck run what I consider to be a dream company.  From their website:

        • We do what we do because we love it. We’re not gutting it out until retirement. We think we’re making the world a better place, and we find it exciting to solve organizational problems such as:
      • Getting a senior team on the same page, so they can cooperate with each other and all move in the same direction. (This is one of our favorites.)
      • Designing end-to-end processes that ensure high efficiency and maximum value delivery.
      • Obtaining “ground truth” on challenges and opportunities in order to effectively inform strategic change while building buy-in for achieving desired results.
      • Engineering collaborative problem solving and innovation among organizations experiencing tensions, which may be “natural tensions” or otherwise.
      • Designing education and training curricula, so that new skill sets (a) respond to the organization’s needs, and (b) actually show up on the job. (We also deliver executive education on a variety of leadership topics.) This includes everything from project management to strategic thinking.
      • Designing organizations. This includes installing matrix organization structures (yes, they do work, if set up properly), usually with the goal of ensuring that subject matter experts get the care and feeding they need from über-experts, while working for other leaders who are trying to get work done that requires different types of expertise.

Bill Casey has, from time-to-time, constructively commented on one thing or another I have written.  Without knowing it, he’s provided just the right words at just the right time to keep me going.  One of his best questions was “Why are you doing this?”  Someday I intend to seek them out to say thanks.

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVES

This is one of my most frequent and first go-to site for the research I do.  I love all of their sites, which include Unredacted and the Nuclear Vault.  On February 3, 2014, Julia Blase wrote about a service I did not even know existed:

First off, did you know that the Archive not only collects documents received from the government via FOIA and MDR request, but also accepts archival donations from analysts and researchers in the foreign policy field? The Archive has around 4,400 boxes of archival items, stored off-site, most of which can be accessed by researcher request for viewing in the on-site reading room. I found it difficult to link to the catalog search from the Archive’s webpage, but can tell you how to do it via the George Washington University Gelman library webpage: from the landing page, go to the “Research” tab on the top left of the navigation bar. When you hold the pointer over this tab, you’ll see a list appear; click on the “Classic Catalog” option. This link takes you to the WRLC research page. In the search box, type “National Security Archive,” change “keyword” to “author name,” and hit search. The corporate name, National Security Archive, will appear at the top of your search results with a hyperlinked number next to it. Click on that number and you’ll see all of their physical collections. Or, for now, just click here! [ed note: Julia’s working to help us get these collections displayed more prominently!] 

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

I visit FEE probably ten times a week, reading, learning and researching the Cold War Legacy issues buzzing in today’s world.  “FEE, one of the oldest free-market organizations in the United States, was founded in 1946 by Leonard E. Read to study and advance the freedom philosophy.”  Some months ago, the old Cold War Warrior was thrilled and honored to win the Thorpe-Freeman Blog Contest for The Borg Generation.

AN OPEN INVITATION

Research for the Cold War Warrior takes place all over the U.S. and abroad.  It occurs in the form of personal interviews, presidential libraries, the Library of Congress, government departmental archives, and site visits.  In 2014, I look forward to visiting at least the Redstone Arsenal, Savannah River, several NASA sites in the southeast, and Warner Robbins AFB.   History lives through us all. Please accept this as an invitation to contribute to the conversation with a story or a post.  Together we can save the planet and solve its problems, one person and one issue at a time.