Echoing my co-bloggers wishes to each of you, our readers and commenters for a Happy Thanksgiving. Today, America gives thanks while the World marches to war. Whether you liked it or not, America brought security and stability which President Asterisk set out to fundamentally transform. Having surrendered America’s power wherever the human dignity was once held in high regard, and most recently in places where human dignity is notoriously cheap like the Middle East (bet you thought I was going to say Hollywood), there is one area left to be given to America’s sworn enemies: the Pacific. Joe Pappalardo at Popular Mechanics presents scenarios a la Harold [...]
Stray Shots From Around the Web. I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane. So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac) and two dogs. Item 1: Our USAF Missile [...]
And under the sub-heading, “How Great Nations Commit Suicide,” while you’re at it. A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that “healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian” men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called “White Male Club.” “Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege,” reads a statement in the manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). Over [...]
It seems today was another morning where I had spit out my coffee. I turned the news on, as this road to war with Syria, it seems the speed bumps are getting flattened by the POTUS’ steam roller. Although when I read that the Admiral Kuznetsov will be sailing for Tartus and becoming the flagship of the current naval task force, it put me at ease a little. The total of Russian ships on stations would be less than ten, although the sheer firepower will not the equal the USN’s it will be enough to cause the USN to take pause. [...]
Walter Russell Mead asserts that if Congress does not back the POTUS in bombing Syria, this amounts to destruction of the credibility and power of the Office of the President on the world stage. “It is precisely the President’s credibility as a spokesman for the “international community” (whatever that is) and for US foreign policy that is glaringly and horribly on the line. An effective leader would have consulted with key people in Congress and made sure of his backing before making explicit threats of force. Now the President is twisting lonesomely in the wind, and the question is whether Congress will [...]
I saw this going on yesterday, but did not have the time or opportunity to sit and watch so I have to rely on press reports (something I’d prefer not to do). What I read is not encouraging. Obama administration officials told lawmakers Tuesday that a military strike against Syria would “degrade” the country’s ability to carry out attacks — the most specific military objective they have laid out yet — but faced sharp questions about whether such an operation would accomplish much. Appearing before a Senate panel, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel struggled [...]
Bill Roggio and Lisa Lundquist ask some good questions. I’ll add one to their list: what if the US hits Syria’s WMD stocks? The British reporters seem to have caught on. The Wall Street Journal: Champion of OPSEC? With the WH broadcasting the basic plan, the USAF vs. Russian ADA fight is going to be intense. Meanwhile, cyber warfare continues. Hacking financial systems have more impact than Tomahawks and bombers.
Are you an interventionist or an isolationist? An interventionist-isolationist following the Powell Doctrine (“You break it, you buy it”)? Or, like the President, undecided? The importance of Syria is its indirect location. The ultimate goal of this phase of the Great Game is control of the Gazprom- and OPEC-breaking oil under northern Israel. Previously, Israel only had to worry about its border with Lebanon. Now, Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood deposed, and Syria in chaos. the conditions are perfect for regime change. Target: Jordan’s King Abdullah II. Egypt is in danger of neutralizing itself as a danger to Israel. Jordan has a long border that will stretch Israel’s defenses, including [...]
TLAM strikes: The last argument of great powers that couldn’t formulate a coherent policy, can’t implement it steadfastly, and won’t commit to decisive action: … The U.S. Navy will expand its presence in the Mediterranean with a fourth cruise-missile armed warship because of the escalating civil war in Syria, a defense official said on Friday. The USS Mahan had finished its deployment and was due to head back to its home base in Norfolk, Virginia, but the commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet has decided to keep the ship in the region, the defense official said. (I wonder what the [...]
As a former targeteer, I was always surprised how essentially fragile civilization is. Remove a link or three, and the target country is left blind, deaf, uncommunicative, and leaderless. Do this here, and America enters a state of barbarism until pre-computer technology reasserts itself.