SOFREP: A week in review

The last week at SOFREP has been quite interesting. Our writers try to keep a finger on the pulse of defense and foreign policy, technology and military culture. We try to create an editorial mix that is informative, entertaining and relevant to current events. We hope that by reading the SOFREP pages, you will feel like you know more than when you logged in.

Honorable discharges for soldiers refusing vaccination

Our story about Congress striving to ensure that military personnel refusing to be vaccinated would receive honorable discharges will continue to grow. We have been watching this story for months now and are very concerned that the Pentagon will take very severe punitive action against those who have refused the vaccine on medical or religious grounds. Hearing from service members who refused, it was evident that they weren’t at all anti-science or did not embrace a fringe religious belief at all. Their objections were reasonable and fair in our opinion. The Pentagon’s actions in this matter were quite deplorable. There is a process in place that allows service members to request waivers for certain policies that might violate their religious beliefs that stem from laws passed by Congress. In this case, the military was subverting the law by allowing members to request waivers while telling them that no waivers would be granted.

During World War I, our government jailed thousands of Americans who had sincere religious objections to doing violence against another human being. In many cases, these conscientious objectors have been locked up for years and convicted for refusing to submit to conscription. After the war, it was recognized that real damage had been done to the First Amendment’s “free exercise” clause by throwing all of these people in jail for refusing to be enlisted. Some were conscripted into the army against their will, then court martialed and incarcerated in military prisons where they were subjected to treatment that would today be criminal offenses. Religious sects subject to this were churches well known for their pacifism such as the Quakers, Mennonites, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and African American Pentecostals.

Americans on the whole are ready to fight to protect our way of life and our civil rights under the Constitution, but there is a limit to how far the government can go to restrict our rights as we let’s fight to defend them.

At SOFREP we are not against vaccines at all. We believe they can protect people from the potential damage COVID can cause. We also understand that the government wants people to protect themselves from this potential harm. In this case however, the government (Pentagon) told Americans in uniform that if they did not act to protect themselves from the potential damage of COVID by taking the vaccine, that the government would be doing the very real and serious harm of giving them. court martial and labeling them all for life as criminals. In a very real sense, this meant that military personnel seeking redress from the government for exercising their civil rights would lose them instead. That is not the way the Constitution or the Bill of Rights works.

We will continue to follow this story.

The Russian-Chinese hype for the end of the world

You hope you’ve had the chance to read our analysis of the much-publicized “Russia-China Apocalyptic Scenario” which imagines China invading Taiwan and Russia invading Ukraine at the same time. It would leave the United States in the position of having to wage a war on two fronts, a war that experts predict we would lose. Let’s forget for a moment that the United States is the only country in history to have won a war on three fronts at once in World War II. We include the Mediterranean campaign as a third front.

We looked at the scenario in terms of strategic military doctrine and found that neither Russia nor China is ready to invade Taiwan or Ukraine with the hope of quick success. We also oppose any idea that America losing a battle is enough to cause us to lose a war as well. It is a serious miscalculation of who we are as a people. We hope that Putin and the Communists in Beijing are not as blind as some of these television experts.

The withdrawal of French forces from Mali should come as no surprise

In this story, we give direct news about France withdrawing its combat troops from Mali and moving to an advisory and assistance role in this country that Islamist terrorists are desperately trying to take control of. This is completely understandable and it is a reaction to American policy. in Iraq, where we are replacing our combat troops with advisers, and in Afghanistan, where we have suffered a humiliating political defeat in the manner of our withdrawal. It would be perfectly reasonable for our partners in the global war on terror to say to themselves, ‘If the Americans are pulling the stumps, why should we stick around? It also gives an idea of ​​how much the rest of the world expects from the United States for leadership in the face of this threat. We also give them the tone and the posture. If we engage with strength, so will they. If we back up and back, so will they.

John David Mann on Character Creation in Fiction

This week we aired a seven part series from John David Mann, co-author of “Steel Fear” with our own Brandon Webb. If you’ve ever wondered how fictional writers create fascinating characters from their imaginations, here is a Master Class given by a bestselling author on how to do it.

Alwyn Cashe and the Medal of Honor

We were happy to see Alwyn Cashe’s family finally receive her Medal of Honor as well as two more medal presentations to Special Forces Soldiers Christopher Celiz and Earl Plumlee. These awards are long overdue and SOFREP did its part in advocating for this award to Alwyn Cashe in particular, whose actions and sacrifice were certainly worthy.

SEAL Team Eight loses its CO

We also highlighted the passing of the SEAL 8 team commander, Commander Brian Bourgeois. We were particularly saddened to note that Commander Bougeois had twenty years of service which has seen him fight for the entire war on terrorism since the attacks of September 11, with all the dangers that involved dying in a fall. helicopter during routine training. evolution.

In the Army / Navy match, the Annapolis boys wore the SEAL Team Eight crest on their uniform and beat the Army in a shocked victory no one predicted. Commander Bougeois was in the class of 2001, graduating just months before the September 11 attacks that propelled him to the rank of SEAL. We think Commander Bourgeois would have liked that very much.

Drones and AI

We’ve been writing more about drones and AI (artificial intelligence) lately, as it’s coming up more and more. As the war on terror moves away from direct military action on the ground, we believe it will now be overshadowed with drone strikes on people and facilities around the world where terrorists attempt. to gain a foothold. When this conflict started, we didn’t really have that ability, but we now have it some 20 years later. We hope it will be put to good use.

The rise of tar

We’ve decided to jump on the tech bandwagon and have added an audio feature to your content that lets you listen to our stories. We hope you find this helpful during your commute or while you are at work. You can still look like you’re doing your job while you listen to our stuff.

Read more : From Congress to the Pentagon: No dishonorable rejections for vaccine refusals

To keep up with the technological age, we’ve also added TARS, our AI editor to the mix. Let us know what you think of its content. As far as we know, SOFREP is the first medium to offer an AI writer (fully disclosed as such anyway). It is then verified and edited by a human. It’s really no different from the process one of our human writers goes through, so what’s the difference? TARS, in many ways, is like editing for any other human writer, except they don’t argue with us over titles and content edits.

Well this is the last week in review. We hope you got something useful out of all of this and will come back this week for more.

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