Why we should act in Iraq

Why should we act in Iraq? Please read Slater’s post before reading this one. Here is another article on ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). The discovery of chemical munitions being captured by the Islamist ISIS adds a number of variables to the equation. Next to nukes, chemical munitions are the most desired weapons sought by Islamist terrorists. History tells us that some of those weapons will find their way to Hamas and Hezbollah for use against Israel. In the main Islamists murder their co-religionists with an alarming regularity. These weapons will be used against Assad and his Ba’athist regime. […]

Why We Should Not Act

I grew up in the background of the Iraq War.  Many people said then that it was the wrong war.  Truly it was the wrong war if we were going in there to take chemical weapons from a dictator.  The truth of the matter was that Saddam had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda and it’s attack on us.  Some said Bush wanted take out a man that had put a price on his father’s head. Our aims under George W. Bush were quite different.  What I think his vision for Iraq was very clear.  It was to establish a “City […]

Cats and dogs, living together

As a kid living on West Point in 1981, the newly-released Marines and other Embassy personnel held hostage in Tehran for 444 days were brought into the cafeteria of the old Elementary School building. They were outwardly calm, but had eyes as big as saucers. Looking back, I question the judgement of exposing those men to a crowd of any type and size so soon after release. What was apparent then to my friends and me then was that those men were in shock. Since pulling Iran out of poverty as a British and Soviet piss pot, Iran and America were good […]

Operation Eagle Claw: 24/25 April 1980

I remember it, but was only 12 years old. Although, when I was a lieutenant at Lejeune our battalion CO organized a PME at the O Club with the senior Marine -53 pilot on the mission, and that was fascinating. He’s long since retired, of course, but as of 2006 he was working as a civilian at Quantico, if I remember correctly. The Iran hostage raid was the significant catalyst in the formation of a national coordinated special ops capability, resulting eventually in what we know today as SOCOM and all things thereunto belonging. If I may be so bold, […]

America’s enemies have read Alinsky

America’s enemies have read Alinsky. Chickens seem to be roosting. Japan has noticed. SecDef Hagel delivered a passive-aggressive response. Passive-aggressive? Is that like a “Don’t cross this red line” paired with “Ahhh just kiddin’!” Meanwhile… …and in America?

Without a Respectable Navy, Alas America!”

China is involved in a series of increasingly tense territorial disputes in the East China Sea with Japan and in the South China Sea with Vietnam and the Philippines. The US, along with several other governments in the region, believes that China is pushing these claims as part of a broader strategy to exert greater control over large areas of the western Pacific.   Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday.    John Paul Jones summed it up:   “…without a Respectable […]

Material for Thinking

Robert Kaplan whom I first encountered when I read his Balkan’s Ghost prior to deploying to Kosovo in 2000, is in my opinion one of the big thinkers of our age.  Over at Foreign Policy, he has a fascinating article that I urge all to read and think about, entitled Augustine’s World. Syria is the Levant, the geographical core of Late Antiquity. And its disintegration, like the crumbling of Libya, Yemen, and Iraq, along with the chronic unrest in Tunisia and Egypt, signifies not the birth of freedom but the collapse of central authority. Rome could not save North Africa, […]

If only the Republicans were Iranian mullahs

If only Republicans were Iranian mullahs. Or the Taliban. Can we even be sure Putin will permit President Obama the passage of a clean CR just for DoD? Человека судят по его делам, а не по его словам.*       *A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words.

CIA Ops in Iran…

In 1953. Newly declassified documents offer more details of how the CIA executed the overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected prime minister 60 years ago, describing the political frustrations that led the U.S. to take covert action against a Soviet ally — and echoing the current frustrations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. Not unknown (as the article states), but still fascinating. If I remember correctly, wasn’t one of Theodore Roosevelt’s sons or grandsons the primary coordinator of that action? I speak from hazy memory, so someone please fill in the gaps. Oh, and who says the Great Game ended in […]

“Not to be intimidated. Not to be rushed. Time is on our side.”

“Big Zbig’” says not so fast: Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski warns Newsmax.TV that a confrontation with Iran would be disastrous for the United States, lasting for years and possibly devastating America’s economy. “A war in the Middle East, in the present context, may last for years,” Brzezinski, who served in the Carter White House [not noted for its wildly successful foreign policies], tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “And the economic consequences of it are going to be devastating for the average American. May last for years. Or for minutes, depending on what kind of war it is. […]