Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless? The Future of Freedom Foundation

Recognized!  I have been saying this for a very long time and now others are seeing it also……

The good old boy network is failing….time for a change to people that actually know the regions they are assigned….OJT is fine but a working knowledge would go a long way to solving some of the problems…….

 

Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless? The Future of Freedom Foundation.

ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #9

Good Day

The war is going well or as well as the powers that be want it to go……but since the public has signed on to the situation in the Middle east and approve of the tactics the media has pushed it to the background……but these reports will continue until they are NO longer needed……

Shall we begin?

Item 1–One of the first things that the military said before this air war began was that they would try to limit the killing of civilians…….has that changed?

The Obama Administration’s previous promises not to launch drone strikes unless there is a “near certainty” that the strike won’t kill any civilians, much publicized in the lead up to the new ISIS war, doesn’t apply to US strikes in Iraq or Syria, according to Centcom.

The “near certainty” standard was meant to apply “only when we take direct action outside areas of active hostilities,” according to Centcom spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden, who says that the war with ISIS doesn’t count.

Now that the public has given its overwhelming approval the civilians are of No concern…..

Item 2–Seems the Iraqi military is ‘accidentally’ supplying ISIS……

Iraqi military supply helicopters were supposed to be taking shipments of food, water, and ammunition to besieged troops in the Shaqlawah base in Anbar Province late last week, where they’ve been out of the normal supply lines for a week. The supplies were dropped, just not where you’d want them.

Instead of dropping the shipments of food, water, and ammunition on the besieged base, many of the pilots mistakenly dropped the supplies on the ISIS fighters themselves.

Consider the ever changing loyalties in Iraq….was this truly an accident or was it an intentional act?

Item 3–Turkey recently moved tanks into the area of the border with Syria to ‘protect’ from cross border skirmishes and to prevent fighters from going over to join ISIS…….and now they are trying to do more……..

Turkey’s parliament is debating a government-requested mandate allowing the country to get its war involved in Iraq and Syria, and they are seeking an unlimited mandate for “all possible threats.”

That includes not only the prospect of fighting ISIS in both countries, a prospect that looms large, but also mentions the possibility of striking “Kurdish militants” across both countries if they move toward secession, and striking the Assad government as well.

This will give the coalition a new member in the fight….but it will also give Turkey cover for their war on the Kurds……which is more of a concern than ISIS to them.

Item 4–Because of this newest war the ethnic and sectarian divisions are becoming more and more deeply entrenched……..and even with the possible defeat of ISIS the countries will NEVER be the same…….so are we fighting for some form of normalcy in the Middle East?  If that is our motivation then we are failing miserably.

Item 5–The UAE and Saudi Arabia have taken an active role in this war……..a good thing right?  But why would these two countries that have avoided any interference in the events in the Middle East suddenly become more proactive?

The decision by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East.

But the use of force for what end?  As this conflict carries on more and more theories will be put forth…..this is one thing that needs to be watched and watched closely…..even though they are our coalition partners there could be ulterior motives at work here.

Item 6–It seems that no country is willing to acknowledge the validity of the Islamic State…but is that completely true?

The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) intends to inaugurate its first diplomatic mission in Istanbul in order to provide consular services for all who wish to join the extremist group in Iraq, reported Turkish daily Aydinlik as saying.

Abu-Omar Al-Tunisi, the ISIS de facto head of foreign relations issued a statement, saying that the Islamic Caliphate is determined to launch its first diplomatic mission in a friendly and Muslim country. He further noted that the ISIS hopes that the bilateral relations with Ankara will witness more developments under the aegis of newly-elected president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

So far this is the only mention of the event…I will continue to try and confirm the validity of this report.  If true…..is Turkey playing both sides against the middle?

Events will start to spiral and the news coverage probably will not be as it should be…..these briefings I will try to fill in the gaps.

Thanx for your time and attention.

Next briefing as needed.

Turn the page!

Chuq, What To Do?

Opinion from the desk of the Editor:

 

Has anyone else noticed that the war on ISIS has all but slid off the front page?  I guess it is the old “outta sight, outta mind” thing.

We Americans are a fickle bunch.  Once we lose interest then we move on to the next “big” story that the media feeds us.  And then begin to bitch about that little piece of info fed to is through an eye dropper.

It is almost predictable just how fast the war thing becomes a distant memory once the case has been made to do it and the public gives it it’s approval.  Once we digest the new events then we start bitching about what is being done and how we cannot understand the situation at all.  And the bitching will continue until the media decides it is time to move on and give Americans another diversion.

Bet you would like an example…..look at the latest war on Gaza…..while the bombs were falling and people dying every pundit was trying to get to the “real” facts of the conflict….now the bombs have stopped but the dying continues and NO one cares enough to do a follow up….this accomplishes things like diverts the attention from the possible war crimes of Israel and diverts attention to other bigger things (to be determined by the media)…….

Or the latest news………..Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-awaited security pact today that will allow US forces to remain in the country past the end of the year. At a ceremony held at the presidential palace in Kabul, newly appointed national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar signed the document along with US Ambassador James Cunningham. The deal will allow about 10,000 American troops to stay in the country after the international combat mission ends Dec. 31.

The pundit class never noticed…..but a DUI from some swimmer makes in the evening news…..matters not that we will be fighting in Afghanistan for at least 25 years.  Or their fixation on some American blue blood that squirts out a baby…..NO one cares!

There is NOTHING more important that our soldiers and especially fighting a war they cannot win……saying nothing about the damage these wars have done to lives and families….but somehow it is not that important.  It is SHAMEFUL!

This is one blogger that will NOT take the bait.  And because of my stubbornness I will possibly lose some readers because I will not bow to social convention and take the bait.

When I write I write for truth and understanding….NOT for popularity.  If my style loses me readers then so be it…..but I will NOT compromise just to gain popularity.

As the war continues….so will be my posts……..

For my readers that appreciate my attempts to paint a more factual picture of our involvement in the Middle east….Thank you for your time…..and to those that will move on…..sorry to see you go.

Turn the page!

Is there a moderate Syrian opposition? – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The big question on anyone’s mind that has an interest in the affairs of the Middle East…..Americans are told almost daily about these ‘moderates’……but is there such a thing?

A good piece from the Middle East that tackles that question……..

 

Is there a moderate Syrian opposition? – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

Syria: F.U.B.A.R.

Inkwell Institute

Middle East Desk

FUBAR?  Anyone ever served in the military?  FUBAR is a term one uses when a situation is spiraling out of control…….it stands for “F*cked Up Beyond All Repair”.  And that is about the best description I can think of that accurately describes Syria.

There are four conflicts going on within the borders of Syria.  First, Assad’s military against the Free Syrian Army, which is not an army, more a loose confederation of militias, second it is Assad against ISIS, third it is militias against ISIS, fourth, militias against each other all trying to be the power that takes down Assad…….in that cluster f*ck where do you put your resources of assistance?

A better question is…….where in the mess do we find allies, those ‘moderate’ rebels?

The latest series of airstrikes in Syria proper…….what is the word coming out of the country?

Though Syrian officials had previously expressed opposition to US airstrikes on their territory, Reconciliation Minister Ali Hayder today said the government believes the strikes are going in “the right direction.

Good to know that Syria’s Assad thinks we are doing the right thing………..but what are the Syrian rebels saying?

Syrian rebels are expressing growing anger about the way the US airstrikes in Syria have gone, complaining that not only did the US not strike Syrian military targets, but that they also attacked al-Qaeda’s Khorasan group.

Those are the people, the fighters, that will be the hammer to drive in the nail of the airstrikes…….

Sorry, but there are more holes in this whole war thing than in a piece of Swiss cheese…….NONE of this is sounding like we will have any ‘friends’ to be our troops on the ground by proxy………

One more point, if and when we train these fighters and turn them loose…..will we protect them from attack from Assad forces since their main concern is the defeat of Assad….will we protect them?  If so is that not an expansion to a war with Syria?

Every day more questions are being asked about these so-called ‘moderate’ rebels that the coalition wants to train……and so far NONE of the questions have been answered with the truth……..we have NO idea who will be those fighters we will depend on to keep Americans from having to intervene…….

Turn the page.

 

They’re Making Up Stuff by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.com

One last jab at the total nonsense from the war propagandists……fear is a potent motivator…….and a well used tactic by those wanting war……and we Americans fall for the bullsh*t every time.

I have suggested that the appropriate name of our operation to ‘degrade and destroy’ ISIS should be….”Operation We Make This Sh*t Up As We Go”……….

 

They’re Making Up Stuff by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.com.

McCain: Will He Ever Withdraw Head From Butt?

When it comes to American foreign policy Sen. john McCain has been wrong for 30 years….ergo he has his head firmly lodged in his butt.

The only part of the American political scene that is worthy of my attention is the slap fight that McCain is having with Rand Paul……and the slap fight he is having with Obama.  And all the slaps are over American foreign policy.

After a couple of weeks of Paul/McCain back and forth about foreign policy…..he, McCain, has once again turned his attention to Obama……I knew it would not take long , now that the war has begun…..McCain needs to poke at the prez as often as he can…..I believe he gets bonus funds for doing so from the M-IC special interests…..

In a 60 Minutes interview last night, President Obama asserted that the US had “underestimated” the looming threat posed by ISIS, but John McCain strongly disagrees. “We predicted what would happen if we didn’t leave residual force [in Iraq],” McCain tells CNN. “His intelligence comments—the intelligence people are pushing back hard. We predicted this and watched it. It was like watching a train wreck and warning every step of the way that this was happening.” The latest crisis, he adds, is “a direct result of [Obama's] failure to leave a residual force behind,” Politico reports. Are we currently at war? “Of course we are,” he notes.

It is just pathetic that this “real American hero” cannot keep his mouth shut.  He refuses to believe that the Iraqi prez, Maliki, did not want American forces left in the country….NONE what so ever.  Now in hindsight he may have screwed himself with that policy…..but was just that…HIS policy NOT Obama’s……..

This is really not that hard to grasp for someone with a small brain……..but apparently McCain has lost the capability to tell or recognize the truth……a common malady of and aging Republican.  Just like most of the mental midgets in the GOP……they have lots of criticism but kinda thin on solutions ……but to be truthful…….they have NO solutions to any problem this country is facing.

At least McCain is consistent…….he has proven that he has NO grasp of international relations…..all he has is a mouth that will not stop and a brain that will not start.