Who Killed Boris Nemtsov? by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.com

Sorry my friends but today is my day in the barrel with my doctor……depends on findings I may be missing for awhile………..but never fear……I will escape and make my way back to the internet…..

By now we have heard that the Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, has been killed in Moscow during a rally against Putin.

The stories run a wide gambit of who dunnits……from the most obvious Putin had him murdered to some whacky m,ember of his opposition killed him to turn him into martyr……

I am sure that speculation will go on and on until the culprit is caught and then it will be in question if everything was truly done to find his killer.

 

Who Killed Boris Nemtsov? by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.com.

ISIS: Oh Crap! Never Mind!

I wrote yesterday about the idea/plan for a Spring offensive by the Iraqi forces and its Coalition partners against ISIS….the plan being to retake Mosul from the clutches of ISIS.

The problem is that the US telegraphed this plan without really consulting it s allies……Iraq was pushing back saying that it was a premature announcement and that Iraqi forces could not be ready in that short of time…..

There was much back and forth about this announced plan……and in the end….guess what will happen?

After weeks of hyping their planned “spring offensive” against ISIS in Iraq, capped off with the capture of the major city of Mosul, the Pentagon is now said to have taken the plan entirely off the table on the grounds that Iraqi troops probably wouldn’t win.

“We don’t want to do anything until they are ready and can win decisively,” one Pentagon official explained, “they cannot now.” Apparently, Centcom announced the intention to carry out this attack before considering if it was winnable.

Pentagon officials are now saying that the invasion is being pushed back until at least autumn, though even that is tentative, and likely based on extremely optimistic timetables for getting the Iraqi military back into fighting form.

You would think that the US would coordinate with its coalition partners before a chest thumping announcement was made….

Questions……..I Have Questions

With all the news about the atrocities that are committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria and now in Libya with the execution of those prisoners on a beach…….and then there are reports of a possibility of ISIS harvesting organs from prisoners, selling ancient artifacts and the selling of captured women and they, ISIS keeps expanding the depth of their depravity……brings me to ask a single question…….How far will we go to ‘defeat’ ISIS?….

I know we have been told by numerous admin big shots that we will pursue and defeat ISIS……good propaganda but how far will we actually go?

I mean the influence of ISIS keeps growing and growing at an alarming rate……if it continues is the US willing to pursue and engage them any where they may be operating?  Apparently the government is willing but what about the people?

For the first time since this war on ISIS began….a poll shows that the American people are in favor of using American troops (57%)……the daily propaganda show coming from both sides of the conflict is working and working well.

Amid more executions by the militant group ISIS, Americans increasingly see the group as a threat to the U.S. Now, 65 percent of Americans view ISIS as a major threat – up from 58 percent in October – while another 18 percent view it as a minor threat. Majorities of Republicans (86 percent), Democrats (61 percent) and independents (57 percent) view ISIS as a major threat.

With concern about ISIS growing, support for the use of U.S. ground troops in the fight against ISIS has risen. For the first time, a majority of Americans (57 percent) favor the U.S. sending ground troops into Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS. In October, Americans were divided (47 percent favored and 46 percent opposed), and in September these numbers were reversed (39 percent favored and 55 percent opposed).

This result will most likely tend to keep growing …..and then the questions will have to be answered.

ISIS Coalition SITREP #76

Welcome my friends….shall we begin?

Most of the news is bout the same…..airstrikes………killed terrorists……….but then there are the propaganda points…….Christians kidnapped….then there is the report of ISIS burning books (shades of Germany in the 30’s)….like I said good quality propaganda……

Item 1–As we sit and wait to see if Congress will give Obama his request to use force wherever necessary……..there is something to consider….yep it will be used to fight ISIS….but will it stop there?

Does anyone else see the danger in this?

Item 2–Continuing the thought from Item 1……….thanx to Jason Ditz and his reporting………………

The language of the nominal ban on ground combat only applies to “enduring offensive combat operations,” which includes so many exclusions that almost anything could be allowed.

Kerry insisted that “enduring” combat only meant “weeks and weeks of combat,” and wouldn’t cover any operations which are meant to assist Iraqi or other forces on the ground.

If one thinks about this turn….then Ukraine should immediately come to mind.

Item 3–It is possible that ISIS and its AQ ally are prepping for a push into Lebanon…..

BEIRUT: Syria-based jihadi groups are gearing up for a major offensive deep into Lebanese territory along the eastern border with Syria to achieve two main goals: securing new supply routes and establishing a foothold as a prelude to setting up an Islamic emirate in Lebanon, analysts and military experts said.

According to retired Lebanese Army generals, ISIS and the Nusra Front, entrenched on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal, have long been preparing for such an attack, but have been hampered by bad weather conditions, particularly the severe blizzards that hit Lebanon in recent months.

“The two militant groups are just waiting for favorable weather conditions to launch their attack, which could happen in the second half of March,” they said.

It is possible this is a propaganda ploy to gain more aid from the West……if accurate then this campaign will expand and get a lot uglier.

Item 4–All the news is about the upcoming “Spring Offensive”…..lots of spin and lots of double talk….but there are those that do not see this move as a good one……

The Army general who oversaw training of Iraqi troops says the rushed mission to retake Mosul from the Islamic State this spring is doomed.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero said Mosul is booby-trapped with explosives and controlled by thousands of suicidal fighters. Evicting them will take a coordinated ground and air campaign with precise intelligence on enemy locations. It is a combat mix that Iraqis simply lack the ability to execute in accordance with an announced U.S. Central Command timeline to attack Mosul in April or May.

“They could be ready to attack. I doubt they’d be successful,” Mr. Barbero told The Washington Times. “Two months is clearly inadequate to think that they could start offensive operations of any effect in Mosul.”

“Urban fighting is the most sophisticated, complex fight there is,” Mr. Barbero said. “Multidimensional. It’s direct fire. Indirect fire. Precision fires. If you want to gain support from the occupants, the Sunnis, you can’t go in there and just run with it. So it has to be a very, very precise application of firepower against an enemy that has no regard for the population and will indiscriminately use violence to hold on. There’s no way the Iraqi Security Forces will be ready for this kind of fighting.”

Item 5–Iraqi minorities seem to be in the gun sights of ISIS……..

– Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern Iraq and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country’s ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday.

Several minority communities, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen, have been subjected to killings, rape and sexual enslavement, and women and children have been targeted in particular, a report by four human rights organizations said.

Item 6–ISIS is about to control the important province of Anbar in Iraq…….

The strategically important Anbar Province town of al-Baghdadi is entirely under ISIS control as of Thursday evening, according to provincial officials who say the last Iraqi troops withdrew from a residential compound in the town.

Various estimates in the Anbar Province has said ISIS controls roughly 80% of the territory. The Sunni-dominated province first began losing territory to ISIS over a year ago, and Iraqi forces have been unable to reverse the momentum so far.

Control here is a sign that they are about to consolidate the influence…..and US troops are relatively close to this fighting…..something to watch.

Item 7–Iraq has opened another front against ISIS…….

Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces began a large-scale military operation today to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from ISIS in a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants, according to state TV. The city of Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, fell into the hands of ISIS last summer along with Mosul—the country’s second-largest city—and other areas in the country’s Sunni heartland after the collapse of national security forces. Tikrit is one of the largest cities held by ISIS and sits on the road to Mosul—and any attempt to take Mosul likely would require Iraq to seize Tikrit first because of its strategic location for military enforcements.

The cooperation between Shiite and Sunni fighters is an important development in the battle against ISIS, though the presence of Shiite forces in the Sunni area risks prompting a backlash in the future. Hours ahead of the operation, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a Shiite, called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the extremist group, offering what he described as “the last chance” and promising them a pardon. “I call upon those who have been misled or committed a mistake to lay down arms and join their people and security forces in order to liberate their cities,” he said, adding that the “city will soon return to its people.”

This concludes today’s briefing…..thanx for your attention and your time……

Turn The Page!

CPAC hawks defeat ISIS with lots of angry hand-waving – Salon.com

I watched the CPAC show last week and came to an epiphany……any credible candidate for the GOP will be emphasizing foreign policy……which is a good play for they have pretty much shown that they have NO real domestic policy that could improve this country.

The problem is those that are thumping their chests on foreign policy have NO idea what that policy is all about…..they basically have NO policy there either but ….defeat ISIS….but when asked how that can be accomplished…..they are at a loss for words……

None of the big dollar headliners have NO idea…..not Christie or Cruz or Rubio or Bush….etc etc……none have any foreign policy experience……so what is this magical strategy to defeat ISIS?

Chest thumping is a campaign strategy…..but it will win NO wars without knowledge and a plan…….

I will be honest….the Dems are just as pathetic as the GOP when it comes to an actual plan to fight ISIS……..so unless someone on either side becomes a bit more knowledgeable then there will be NO substantial to fight much less win against ISIS……

Meanwhile….back to CPAC………

 

CPAC hawks defeat ISIS with lots of angry hand-waving – Salon.com.

Israel Working With Al-Qaeda? « LobeLog

I have been reading different sources that claim that the Us is arming ISIS and that Israel is arming and supporting AL-Qaeda in Syria……..I have dismissed most of these claims and then I got an earful from another source…..

I believe tomorrow the Master of the Political Universe, BiBi, will be addressing Congress…..and there is lots of controversy around this speech……

Maybe after the speech someone in the MSM will ask him this question…..HA HA I know NO one will for they prefer to let this lying SOB tell lies and pretend he cares about the US……I resonantly would like an answer to the question…..how about you guys?

 

Israel Working With Al-Qaeda? « LobeLog.

Spring: The Season Of Rebirth

Spring is approaching and the birds are chirping, the trees are budding and Iraq readies itself for the final push to Mosul.

There has been reports coming out of Iraq that the Iraqi military should be ready for the push to re-take Mosul from the hands of ISIS.  Now the Obama group is echoing the same storyline.  Airstrikes are going good,( according to the admin) and ISIS is being weakened almost daily and soon there has to be some form of success by the Iraqi military if Washington is to stay on board for the duration.

In the same time the admin keeps saying and preaching that NO US troops will be used and if they are it will be solely in a assist mode…..the public will stay in the pocket or in their place as long as there will be NO US troops involved in the re-taking of Mosul……all that is well and good but there may be a problem…….

US officials continue to hype the “spring offensive” during which the Iraqi government will try to retake the largest ISIS-held city, Mosul. Increasingly, they are conceding that US ground troops will be playing a role, though exactly how big of a role is somewhat unclear.

The official plan right now is to deploy five Iraqi brigades, 25,000 troops, against the city where between 1,000 and 2,000 ISIS fighters are setting up defenses.

That would appear to be a broken promise but after the execution of 21 “Christians” by ISIS the public may cut the admin some slack…..depends on how the admin plays it.

Even though the Coalition seems to be prepared to go all out there are some lingering doubts……..

Questions persist about whether the struggling Iraqi military will be ready for the operation to retake the country’s second largest city from Islamic State militants in just a few months.

Iraqi officials continue to insist they haven’t gotten the advanced weapons they need for the operation in the northern city of Mosul, and some question whether they will be ready for a spring offensive. But the Pentagon insists the U.S. has sent tens of thousands of weapons and ammunition and more is in the pipeline

Hakim al-Zamili, the head of the security and defense committee in the Iraqi parliament, told The Associated Press Friday that “any operation would be fruitless” unless the brigades are properly prepared and have the weapons they need.

Is this a true look at Spring Offensive?  Or is it just the usual BS?

The US has NO plan or strategy…..all they have is tactics……the admin needs something that they can use to show success for all our time and money.  And this “offensive” is just such a PR stunt…..since most polls show that the American people are willing to use American troops for the first time since this latest conflict began.

The admin has released what seems to be the schedule and plans for the offensive against ISIS……all this is just icing on a shit cake.  Plus the Iraqis are having a stroke that the info has been released.

Before Americans are too quick on the gun maybe they should tour their closest VA hospital and talk with the vets that have been there……….. and done that.