Our frenemy, Adam Weinstein at Mother Jones discovered the name of the “US National Guardsman” who was training with the Neo-Nazis I wrote about earlier by actually reading the arrest affidavit. So, I went and found him on AKO. Here’s what the affidavit said about Ryan Riley;
It said that Ryan trained these nimnils in hand-to-hand combat and edged weapon techniques, breaking down weapons, water purification and survival skills. Ryan is a specialist (an E-4) in the Guard – it says he’s assigned to A Co. 1/138th Infantry, so here’s my question. How much training have you guys in the Guard had in hand-to-hand combat and edged weapon techniques. They might have actually learned something in breaking down weapons, but their weapons probably came with a book that would have done a better job. Survival techniques? What, like picking out a good MRE? (I stole that one from an email I had with Weinstein) Water purification – I guess it takes skill to drop a pill in a canteen.
Yeah, I know, if the Neo-Nazis paid Riley, they got screwed. None of those are subjects they have much time to cover during their weekend drills in the Guard what with all of the sensitivity training and common skills training they get saddled with. Even if his duty MOS is 11-series, the AKO account isn’t clear on his specialty.
Now, in Adam’s piece, he writes;
[M]any of the nation’s most infamous political criminals and terrorists—from Lee Harvey Oswald to Timothy McVeigh to Nidal Malik Hasan—were veterans.
With the exception of maybe Oswald, those guys didn’t learn the skills they used to accomplish their nefarious goals from the military. I was in the same unit as McVeigh during Desert Storm and I don’t know how to build a truck bomb. And the Army doesn’t train it’s psychiatrists on the combat pistol range, that whole Hippocratic Oath thing, ya know. Although Weinstein says it would be unfair to paint with a broad brush all people in the military with the actions of a few, it’s also unfair to blame military training. And since Adam reads this blog, he knows that;
As conservative military blogger Jonn Lilyea points out, “One guy in the Missouri National Guard doesn’t a conspiracy make.”
Had to use that “conservative” in there didn’t you, Adam? Everyone else calls me a milblogger without mixing in the politics.
If Riley is in fact using his military know-how to prepare for war with American blacks and Jews, it’s fair to ask what the military can do to keep guys like him out of uniform.
Simple enough to say out loud, but much more difficult to practice. How about some suggestions as to how the military can weed out racists, since they already check police records and credit records. What else can they do? Lie detectors?