Well we’re acting in Iraq, indirectly it seems.
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. […]
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 […]
“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.
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 […]
In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl’s recovery “is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.” Ambassador Chris Stevens couldn’t be reached for comment. Update: is SGT Bergdahl’s father collaborating with the Taliban?
Young officers are like moldable clay; they take lessons to heart fast. Some of them will be amazing, most will be good, and then you will have a lot of bad. It is easy for them to become enraptured by their own image when they’re doing well; it is even easier for them to fall flat on their face. How do I know this? I’ve been there. When a new officer comes into the FORCE/FLEET he needs to be embraced by the battalion and company level organizations he is a part of. In the Army we tend to have a […]
URR brings something to our attention that needs our attention: Author and Middle East expert Barry Rubin gives an unvarnished appraisal of the Obama Administration’s embracing of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Faustian deal with Iran. It goes downhill from there. Or from here. As in, from here on out.
I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known. The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.” It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001. However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in […]
By way of BR F.– not to be confused with “BRF”– comes this: Good strategists always ask of any potential course of action two key questions. First, what will this do for us? And second, what will this do to us? Given the dearth of statesmanly impulse at the national level in modern America, it is perhaps unsurprising that in crafting the recent budget, Paul Ryan and Patty Murray asked only the former question, leaving the latter for others to worry about. The provision at issue retroactively renegotiated the deferred compensation of more than two million military veterans – including […]