“Fuelling ISIS”

Maddeningly impervious to airstrikes, at least this bit of it is. This is a pretty interesting article and I strongly recommend it. Here’s a telling passage, one that the article doesn’t expound upon but one that goes to the heart of of combating an insurgency, that is the answer to the question, “Who do you pay taxes to?” Western investigators have sought to trace bank account numbers in the Gulf and locate jihadi donors as far afield as Indonesia. In addition to nefarious ransom and extortion rings, Isis taps areas under its control for money, charging retail stores about $2 […]

BullNav, JPP, and Townie76

“I Don’t Think We Should Reassure Our Enemy”

General Mattis and Ambassador Crocker weigh in on the emerging strategy to manage confront ISIS ISIL IS. There’s more to it than just that, so I enjoin you to read the whole thing. I had not yet heard Gen Mattis on the subject; as usual he’s very much worth listening to. As ETP0802 pointed out in a different forum, he has some experience in these matters.

Diversity Thursday: A Gaggle of Bigots??

Commander Sal nails it again. AGAIN. We have an all volunteer force. You get those who have the interest and entering qualifications to raise their right hand. Does [SecNav Mabus] think there is active discrimination against women and minorities in accessions and promotion? If so, who is being brought up on charges? I hope he doesn’t, because that would mean that he has led that gaggle of bigots for over half a decade – but don’t worry, he doesn’t. No, he is just trying to sound all aflutter because graphs don’t match. He wants them to – but to do […]

INCHON DAY!

15 September 1950. Amphibious landing, the way it ought to be done– a stunning stroke of operational art. Could we do it today? Not on that scale, we don’t have the amphib lift, nor do I think we have the true capability, even adjusting for improvements in ships and weapons systems. Check me if I’m wrong but be sure to justify your answer.

Why Emergency Plans are Necessary

There is a great story over at the Daily Kos about the actions taken by the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Roger Fergerson’s actions on September 11, 2001.  His actions not only preserved the United States Economy but most probably stabilized the world economy. While they had no plan for something like 9-11; they had a plan for Y2K.  As a result of that plan there were redundancies within the IT and communications networks of the Federal Reserve.  From this plan, Ferguson was able to call audibles and move out to protect our economy. This is a reminder to […]

Back on Deck…

Brother Rat BullNav and I were down in Lexington for our 25th reunion, hence the light posting. But we’re back. More to follow, possibly with pics!

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?

Clinton Review Henry Kissinger’s World Order

I have always admired Henry Kissinger as someone who understood power politics.  He wrote his dissertation on Metternich and Congress of Vienna, and in his new book according to Hillary Clinton’s review he takes a long view of what is happening and puts the events of today into the historical context of a particular region or country.  Here is the review from the Washington Post.