Mindless Twit, Playing with Fire

The Krampus sent this in, regarding a truly stupid airhead American girl. Watch what you wish for, little one, you have no idea! And also from the Krampus, this with the note, “Coming soon to America.” Only if we let it! The UK might be sunk, but we’re not yet.  

“Destroy the Islamic State NOW”

Says retired Marine General John Allen: Make no mistake, the abomination of IS is a clear and present danger to the U.S. The only question really is whether the U.S. and its allies and partners will act decisively now while they can still shape events to destroy IS, an act that seems increasingly self-obvious. Oh, I concur, Marine. But your “only question” brings up other questions: Is the President of the United States temperamentally suited for, and capable of, forming a course of decisive action and leading us to its successful execution and  conclusion? Do our allies and potential coalition partners […]

Corporal [sic] Hassoun Gets His (First) Day in Court

ETP0802 sent this along and wondered aloud, “Will be interesting to see how touchy/feely this one goes…” Any bets?  

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Theory and Practice of Jihad”

Well worth a look: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is not a formally trained military commander. However, he is not illiterate or a common thug such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who led al Qaeda in Iraq until his death in 2006. Al-Baghdadi holds a doctorate in theology from a theological seminary and appears to be a keen student of American tactics as they were passed on to the Iraqi Army, as well as the military practices of his Syrian Baathist opponents. Whether he is a military prodigy or merely a very talented student and practitioner of military art is irrelevant. To date, […]

“To the Shores of Kurd-i-stan…”

Interesting: ABOARD MILITARY AIRCRAFT, OVER THE BERING SEA — The military has sent 130 advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamic militants, according to a senior Defense Department official. The Marines and special operations forces have been sent to the city of Irbil in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq to assess the humanitarian crisis in the Sinjar mountains and ways to end it, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because officials were not authorized to speak publicly about the mission. Too little, too late? What say you?

Let’s Arm Terrorists

Well we’re acting in Iraq, indirectly it seems.

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. […]

ISIS seize WMD that Certain People screamed were never there

Won’t W be surprised! Since these WMD never existed, according to certain people, where did this all come from. Darth Cheney is truly a Dark Master for pulling this off with his neo-con minions! 17.09 Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Here is the CIA’s file on the complex. Stockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These […]

Iraq– The WaPo Wades In

“Now the pretense is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain.” No kidding. “Pretense,” being closely related to “lie,” or “falsehood.” We did not end “the war,” with the withdrawal of US forces– we ended a named operation. The War continues. The War predates OIF, 9/11, Desert Storm, the founding of the State of Israel, European, colonialism, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the Barbary Wars, in fact the founding of these United States. The War does not end just because we say it does.

Iraq– What to Do?

This NYT article certainly paints a grim picture. So does this article. What does it mean for the United States and what should we, or must we do about it? What, indeed can we do about it? For all of us who have served there, and especially those who did tour after tour, this is an awful thing to watch. Is it a preview for the upcoming attraction in Afghanistan? Update. Just saw this (with accompanying link), written by a man called, “SLAB,” whom many of you will remember well: I’m starting to gain some appreciation for how Vietnam veterans […]