Flight of the Wild Geese

Mustapha Sejari, one of the rebels already approved for the U.S. training program, told The Daily Beast that he and his 1,000 men are on the verge of withdrawing from the program. The issue: the American government’s demand that the rebels can’t use any of their newfound battlefield prowess or U.S.-provided weaponry against the army of Bashar al-Assad or any of its manifold proxies and allies, which include Iranian-built militias such as Lebanese Hezbollah. They must only fight ISIS, Washington insists. [emphases by author] Didn’t we learn the downside of creating mercenary armies when the CIA fought the Congolese? Who […]

Journalism and Civil War

 “If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.” Hunter S. Thompson Absolute truth is a dangerous thing. The proverbial wish for a gaining a nickel every time someone wanted absolute truth would pay off our great Nation’s debt. Journalism started with two branches: strict reporting of facts, and advocacy. Facts are boring, and boring doesn’t sell. Strict reporting was abandoned in the […]

Sue and Settle

Back in the old days, “Climate Change” was called “seasons.” Anthropogenic Global Warming was called “lighting a fire in the wood stove.” Just like the new EPA rules regulate livestock water sources, which will cause ranchers and farmers to dump a lot of animals onto the market, driving down the meat resource and driving up the cost of meat, eggs, and dairy products; the new EPA rules also govern wood-burning stoves. ‘Preposterous!’ you say. ‘The courts will save us!’ you say. No. Not at all. Someone will sue! No, because of several rules, such as determining who has the legal […]

Post-secularism and ISIS

Recently America got harf’d twice last week. The genesis of ISIS is a lack of jobs; but we Americans are too stupid to understand State’s spokeswoman. The only fumble worse than harfing is this one. So glad they got rid of Tebow so the Broncos could be the Seahawks’ ride to the Ring. As a Cowboys fan I’m not bitter about Tebow’s temporary setback, but the reaction to his faith is something of the canary choking in the coalmine. In DC the idea that there is anything worth believing in outside of post-modernist nihilism and cynicism simply does not compute. DC tells […]

Good Articles on Islamic Terrorism in Europe

Over at Sic Semper Tyrannis there are three great articles on Islamic Terrorism in Europe, here, here, and here.

“[W]e are in need of a religious revolution”

So says Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. This speech is a truly remarkable for its direct assault on the heretofore unaccountable Muslim clerisy. The speech made by Egypt’s latest military strongman ensures he won’t die peacefully in his sleep of old age, but that said, the implications are enormous. Raymond Ibrahim provided the translation, which was picked up by Roger Simon at Pajamas Media. Michael Ledeen, also of PJ Media, notes the deafening silence. Key graph from Raymond Ibrahim’s translation: I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I […]

Fall of the Wall: Where Did the Stasi Go?

An interesting essay from Robert Wargas on the Stasi and its ‘day after.’   The Stasi’s methods of controlling the East German population were often wickedly creative. Even among those fairly knowledgeable of the German language, the word “Zersetzung,” used in a political context, is likely unfamiliar. Translated variously as “degradation,” “decomposition,” “disruptiveness,” or “disintegration,” the word is most often used in a biological sense. When it comes to espionage, Zersetzung refers to the Stasi’s practice of destroying a target’s personal life. [emphasis by DaveO] The methods, however, were much more subtle than the word implies. The Stasi perfected their ability […]

The Long War

When I was studying in France back in 2009 one of the many unique opportunities I had was to attend the Collogue Guerre Irreguliere/Irregular Warfare Conference at Camp Coetquidan.  And one of the things a British General said was that NATO knew Afghanistan would be a 20 year war.  That it would take an entire generation to fight and rebuild that country. The reason I bring this up, one of our categories here on OPFOR is The Long War.  I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that my generation’s war never ended.  That this irregular enemy, the non-state actor, would continue to […]

The Day Our World Stopped Turning

As the junior member of the group I haven’t really reflected on this today.  11 September 2001, I was in the seventh grade.  12 years old, mom almost kept us home, but the college decided they were going to push and she dropped us off at school.  I honestly don’t know if she got much work done that day. As much as my teachers may have wanted it to remain normal, they exacerbated the issue by not playing the news for us that day.  We’d all watched the beginning with the towers smoking, I didn’t see either collapse until that […]

George Santayana doesn’t blog here

But our readers and commenters here at Op-for.com have taken to heart the prescriptions of the venerated American man of letters, philosopher, essayist and novelist. Thank you to George Warren and others for the reminder. From Austin Bay: Expansionist dictators take until stopped by superior power. For these beasts, peace is war by other means, and the other means always involve deception. Idiots walking. Indeed.