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 […]

Once More Unto the Breach?

Who watched last night? I, alas, did not. There was a little intra-Op-For commentary behind the scenes, but I did not participate. Anyone care to comment?

There is more to strategy than bombs

In an earlier post on the philosophy of grand strategy, there were five elements to strategy presented for your consideration. [The] five elements that when synchronized to achieve unity of effort creates grand strategy. These five elements are Diplomacy (external but also internal to the US population), Industry, Military, Economy and Will (DIME-W). President of the United States Obama stated he has no strategy for protecting America from ISIS. The latest statement from the POTUS describes his goal as making ISIS “manageable,” like ISIS is just a perm gone bad. The way ISIS is being handled brings to mind an […]

(BTW, Fournier is No Sort of Conservative)

Again from the good offices of MDL, this from Defense One– “The Summer of  Obama’s Caution and America’s Discontent.” An excerpt, emphasis mine: He tries to manage the world as he hopes it will be, rather than lead the world as it is. Yes, foreign policy is hard. These issues are both historic and existential. The American public is fickle. Congress is all but useless. And our allies in Europe are loathe to lead—or even to pay a fair price for fighting threats closer to their borders than our own. But that’s why only one person gets to be president of […]

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.