Chuq’s Daily Musical Interlude

Friday and a week’s worth on BS running through the synapses of my mind…..and now kick back and feel the tunes….

Back in my younger years I was a typical teenager…..I got a guitar and started my road to rock and roll stardom…….but then I had an epiphany…..I saw this man in a club in Boston and realized that no matter how I tried I would never be as good as this man…….

 

ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #24

Good Day and thanx for joining the conversation……

Item 1–The US wants to end ISIS funding from oil……their plan is to bomb the pipeline that carries this oil…..that may cause a fire, an oil fire…..did we not appreciate it when Iraqi troops set wells on fire back in 1991?  What would the difference be?  A fire to prevent an enemy from using the oil….not a lot of difference there.

Item 2–The disturbing part about the Coalition’s fight with ISIS is the lack of reliable intel…….

The lack of intelligence on ISIS, both in failing to predict the various ISIS advances in both Syria and Iraq, and in lack of information on the organization’s current operations, is a major concern, particularly as the US continues to escalate an open-ended war against them.

Yet the official response so far is a broad exercise in blame-shifting, as administration officials point their fingers at the intelligence community for “underestimating” ISIS.

Finger pointing is what our bureaucrats do when times get tough……we need to  form a reliable intel gathering apparatus…..

Item 3–Coalition fixation on ISIS has allowed the Syrian forces to make gains……..

With the US air war and fighting with Kurds more or less keeping ISIS occupied, the Syrian military is moving apace in the central Hama Province, where they ousted al-Qaeda and its allies from the key town of Morek.

Rebel mouthpiece the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Morek has more or less entirely fallen, and that it is under the control of the military. Syrian state media’s most recent report merely said they held the majority of the town.

This situation needs monitoring closely……..the Coalition’s success could be aiding the Assad forces….which could present yet another obstacle to across…..

Item 4–A new report from the Iraqis say that ISIS is using CWs……..

Iraqi Defense Ministry officials have reported three separate incidents recently in which security forces, either police or military, have fallen suddenly ill in clashes with ISIS, and were hospitalized with symptoms consistent with chlorine poisoning.

Iraqi forces say that the incidents are signs that ISIS is increasingly turning to the use of crude chemical weapons, in the form of chlorine gas attacks, and warn that ISIS might be increasing its capabilities.

A turn of events that has yet to be independently confirmed…..if true would make another level of worry…..

Item 5–The Iraqi army had a major set back at the beginning of the Iraq sector of the ISIS war…….and there have been questions about their capabilities………

….Iraq’s fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday.

“We’ve seen them start to act like an army,” one official said in a lengthy exchange with a group of Washington reporters who were invited to U.S. Central Command headquarters for the command’s most extensive briefings on operations in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi security forces, trained for years by the U.S. prior to its departure from Iraq in 2011, have suffered sectarian divisions, a breakdown in leadership and a loss of confidence. To compound the problem, they surrendered tanks, armored personnel carriers and other U.S.-supplied equipment several months ago when IS fighters overtook Mosul.

Slowly may not be the most prudent action…….

The news reported in the media seems to be fair to good….the problem with that is that it is all hype….the only successes the coalition is having is from the air and that cannot continue before someone has to take it to the ground…..

That concludes today’s briefing…..I hope that it was informative…..

Next briefing will be Monday unless something breaks that needs covering….

Thanx for you time and attention……..

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Sweden: Catch Us If You Can

You guys know that I prowl the internet for news……mostly dealing with the Middle East but from time to time there is a report that catches my attention…..for I can see more to the story than the report would indicate………….

For a week now I have been watching a saga play out….a saga of cat and mouse……there seems to be a submarine, possibly a mini-sub, that has been playing a game with the navy of Sweden…..Russia sez “not ours”……The Dutch had been blamed by Russia…..and all the while the Swedish government has been steadfast that they want to find and identify this sub operating in their waters…..operating covertly…….

Then this morning news came out……..

Swedish authorities say they have called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Military authorities have ordered naval and amphibious forces to end their hunt for the submarine, though some ground forces will remain involved. Last Friday, Sweden’s military launched its biggest anti-submarine operation since the twilight of the Soviet Union after receiving credible reports of foreign underwater activity. Military officials haven’t blamed any country for the suspected intrusion, though most Swedish defense analysts say Russia would be a likely culprit. Earlier this week, the military said it was willing to use armed force to bring the sub to the surface, but admitted finding it would be very difficult.

Okay….wassup?

Just two days ago it was imperative that this sub be located and identified……and now…..Sweden has thrown up the hands and called it “operation finished”……..

Why?

I read it is costing about $1.5 million a day for the operation…..was that too expensive?………or maybe the culprit has been identified and may cause some international embarrassment……..just why did the importance wane in two days?

This is a good mystery……I will be watching.

Any ideas?

Objectifying female fighters | openDemocracy

I have been reading stuff about the women that are engaged in the fight against ISIS and wanted to comment………

In the fight against ISIS there has been a wealth stories about the Kurdish women that are fighting alongside the men……

My problem with these stories is that the MSM makes out that it is some sort of miracle that women are capable of this action……

I am not sure where the MSM has been but women have a long history of fighting for the “cause”…….it is not a modern day phenomenon….women, all women, are more than capable of handling the rigors of war.

Please read and weigh in in this stuff……

 

Objectifying female fighters | openDemocracy.

21 US Cities Restrict Sharing Food With Homeless People | PopularResistance.Org

I wish I had a good intro to this press….but the best thing I can think of…….it is a disgusting idea…..that any American would consider this a good idea and if they do………. how can they sleep at night.

At what point does this fly into the face of what this country stands for?……..has compassion been replaced with selfish indulgence?

A shameful story…….

 

21 US Cities Restrict Sharing Food With Homeless People | PopularResistance.Org.

Chuq’s Daily Musical Interlude

The world keeps turning…..the brain keeps working….and in between there is the reality that we are all just marking time…….research gives me brain farts!  Time to sit back and groove with the sounds of the past.

Today’s selection is probably the best band that you have never heard of in your search for those great old tunes……The Electric Flag.

 

What do Kobani airdrops mean for regional politics? – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

There has been a wealth of news about the latest air drops of supplies and weapons to the defenders of Kobane in Syria……Turkey is not happy about them…..ISIS intercepted at least one of the drops…….something that is a seemingly minor occurrence has generated a couple of days of news ……….

But what of the air drops themselves….good or bad?

 

What do Kobani airdrops mean for regional politics? – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.