Victories and Defeats

This page is a repository for Victories and Defeats.  Victories are given for acts of distinction – Defeats are given for dubious acts of distinction.  Each Victory or Defeat comes with a citation, which is posted initially on the main page, then relegated here for safekeeping.


According to the New York Times, the US Government is ditching the “Food Pyramid” for a new graphic which resembles a dinner plate.  Apparently, the primary criticism of the Food Pyramid is that it provided exactly zero useful information.

“The circular plate, which will be unveiled Thursday, is meant to give consumers a fast, easily grasped reminder of the basics of a healthy diet. It consists of four colored sections, for fruits, vegetables, grains and protein, according to several people who have been briefed on the change. Beside the plate is a smaller circle for dairy, suggesting a glass of low-fat milk or perhaps a yogurt cup.”

The change was apparently part of an initiative, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, to get Americans to stop eating like shit, get up off their fat, lazy asses, and exercise.

Okay, maybe that isn’t the exact wording of the First Lady’s initiative, but you get the idea…

Anyway, the new food logo is simple enough for even the most cognitively-challenged obese American to understand.  For example, the fruits and vegetables portion of the graphic takes up about half of the circle, suggesting that half of your dinner plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables.

Oh, yeah.

And Michael Moore is still fat.

Victory: SECDEF Robert Gates

February 26, 2011

Defense Secretary Robert Gates waves to West Point graduates on Friday.FOR THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT GRAND STRATEGY.

At least someone in the federal government is thinking about Grand Strategy.  Amid calls by some to put US troops in to Libya and other places in the Middle East and Africa, Secretary Gates bluntly responded, “Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as Gen. MacArthur so delicately put it,” (Read the entire article at

If only we had Robert Gates around back in 2001 instead of that other guy….

Defeat: Department of Defense

February 16, 2011


According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, all of the US military services issued a report on the murderous rampage at Fort Hood, Texas in November 2009 when Nidal Malik Hassan, a terrorist, killed 11 Soldiers, 1 civilian, and wounded 32 others.

None of the reports mentions radical Islam.

The same misguided, politically correct culture which contributed to the tragedy may be inhibiting the lessons learned.  It is widely believed that Hassan’s supervisors overlooked his professional incompetence and jihadist attitudes in the name of multi-culturalism and political correctness.  .

Translation: they were afraid to discipline or report Hassan because he was a Muslim.

Now it appears this same culture is not only absent from the report, but is actually causing the Department of Defense to deny, as an institution, one of the fundamental causes of this incident.

Not misinterpret.  D E N Y.  As in, we know that Hassan was a terrorist, but we are going to look the other way.

Of course, this shouldn’t be a surprise to those who remember Army Chief of Staff George Casey, who, immediately following the shooting, said his chief concern was that the incident might “cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.”

Victory: Doctrine Man

February 16, 2011


Doctrine Man hits another home run with his unique way of exposing the absurdities of Army culture:

Victory: Army Vice Chief of Staff GEN Peter Chiarelli

February 13, 2011


At a recent Washington D.C. dinner, White House staffer Valerie Jarrett requested that General Chiarelli, a four-star general, get her a glass of wine.

Apparently, she mistook him for a waiter in his dress mess uniform(left).

In a display of humility, class, and a little self-deprecation (qualities not seen in large amounts in many general officers), GEN Chiarelli laughed it off, poured her a glass of wine, and invited her to dinner.

Defeat: Army Leadership Training

February 12, 2011


The US Army Combined Arms Center, home of Army Leader Development and Education, conducted a survey asking why mid-level officers are leaving the Army.  The answer was…well…ouch….


Victory: Those Damn Kids

February 12, 2011


Who says kids don’t read history nowadays…?

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