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.


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”……..


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?

Army Vet Gets The Treatment

It is Sunday and on the weekends I try to give my readers something a little different….science or astronomy or humor or…..well anything but political crap we focus on every week day…….but I read a piece about the treatment of an American vet I got outraged and this post is a result of that rage.

All those that know me know how pissed I get when people act in a disrespectfully way to a veteran……any vet deserves respect……we have enough faux patriotism……..people that know me know how much I hate people that buy a flag or a ribbon or some such ‘patriotic’ paraphernalia……that does nothing but put money in some greedy f*cks pocket……of these people really want to show respect then force your elected official to get up off their donors genitalia and force them to act in the name of America’s veterans.

I have NO sympathy for anyone that belittles or embarrass a veteran for whatever reason they want to give…..there is NO excuse for disrespect….and my feelings lead me to this piece of crap from US Air…they will NEVER see a dime of my money!

US Airways is trying to contain a PR mess over what passengers on a flight saw as a flagrant insult to an Army vet. As WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, reports, it started simply enough when First Sgt. Albert Marle asked a flight attendant if he could hang his heavily decorated military jacket in a closet during the flight. The attendant told him the closet was only for first-class passengers, and he went back to his seat. It might have ended there had nearby passengers not overhead and raised a ruckus on Twitter. Sample: “USAirways is it really in your policy to disrespect brave men such as Sergeant Marle?” tweeted first-class passenger Laura Kirby.

That tweet and others like it explaining what happened quickly went viral, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Soon, the airline issued an apology: “We apologize for the situation and are reviewing the incident internally. We have a long and proud history of serving our military members and hold the men and women who serve our country in the highest regard.” The airline says the closet was full and the flight attendant had no choice, but passengers say if that was the case, she didn’t say so at the time. “I was really appalled at not only the way she looked at him but the way she spoke to him in an angry type of attitude,” Kirby’s husband, Brian, tells the Charlotte TV station. Marle himself hasn’t joined in the criticism.

This country owes these people, the vets, more than they could ever repay……the sad thing America does not even try to make things right….they have not cared for 40 years….there are Viet vets that are still waiting for this country to show them the respect they deserve……and I cannot see Americans doing much more for the most recent vets……

No one cares…they think a simple thank you is enough…it might be if vets did not know that it is only soothing a guilty conscience…….It is disgusting….and everyone should be ashamed of themselves for the treatment vets are subjected to in this society…..


Pressure Builds to Commit U.S. Troops Against ISIS; Why It’s Still a Bad Idea – Reason.com

The media and the admin has done a marvelous job selling this newest extension to our endless wars……why do I say this?

A new NBC poll shows that 41% of Americans are okay using US troops in this war with ISIS…..will the admin ramp up their case making machine and in the end…..we will be back ass deep in sand.

Personally, I think it is a bad idea……but that is just my thought….but there are arguments against this action…..


Pressure Builds to Commit U.S. Troops Against ISIS; Why It’s Still a Bad Idea – Reason.com.

Poll: 66% Favor Airstrikes Against ISIS, but 52% Oppose US Sending Ground Troops – Reason-Rupe Surveys : Reason.com

After Vietnam I never thought that we Americans ever find a war popular…DAMN! I was mistaken!

This poll tickles the crap out of me!  Shows the ignorance of the American people when it comes to war.  They think they can have their felafel and eat it too….

Sorry guys….we already have troops on the ground!  What happens when a plane gets downed and we need to rescue the pilot?

Americans need to pay attention!


Poll: 66% Favor Airstrikes Against ISIS, but 52% Oppose US Sending Ground Troops – Reason-Rupe Surveys : Reason.com.

Time Has Come Today

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A great song from the 60’s, Time Has Come Today by the Chambers Brothers…….and as in the song the time has come for you to face reality…..and reality is Afghanistan.  Ir a better title might have been….Afghanistan:  The Forgotten War.


In the year of our Lord, 2014, US troops will be leaving Afghanistan and we shall leave the country to its own devices.

Now the question is going around….will Afghanistan become the next Iraq?  I am so glad you asked!  Maybe not the question on your lips but international geeks like me it deserves some thought.

When the Russians pulled out in 1989 there was an immediate vacuum….and the Taleban waltzed in and took control and the rest, as they say, is history.

And now another invasion force will leave and the country once again will be to their own devices….this time the world will expect a different outcome…..for you see the US pressed for a democracy and the country has had some, well a couple of elections by now…..and almost every time they have been contentious……so what does the world expect with this withdrawal?

A former US Air Force officer, Justin Pavoni,  that served two tours in country has come up with the perfect checklist for when the US finally walks away from Afghanistan……..

  1. Behind the scenes the United States will broker a handshake deal with the Taliban in vain hopes that they do not simply overrun the country again and uproot the Kabul government. This has been going on for years. It is also the primary motivation behind the recent Bergdahl prisoner exchange.
  2. An Active Duty military drawdown from theater will be followed by the eventual announcement that the “last” American boots are off the ground in Afghanistan. Instead of conventional active duty troops the United States will keep a small contingent of extra-governmental and special operations operators (CIA, private military contractors, JSOC personnel) in theater. Sorties will still be flown in country but all active duty airmen will launch from one of the permanent bases in theater (e.g. Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar). American aviators will drop bombs with “civilian” controllers (in very limited areas) but will be hesitant to do so with exclusively Afghani personnel on the mic (the vast majority of the country).
  3. Some of the military gear is being shipped home as part of the military’s retrograde equipment program but the much of it “in theater” is likely to stay exactly where it is. From a financial perspective it would be more efficient to let it sit in the Afghan dust forever because the cost of transportation far outweighs the value of the equipment. Eventually I suspect much of it will be turned over to the supervision of an inept Afghani government or sold to other foreign nations somewhere along the silk-road (sound familiar?). This is a real-world example of how the military industrial complex works.
  4. To “compensate” the United States government, Kabul is likely to “buy” some military gear at a greatly discounted rate. Considering the fact that the entire GDP of Afghanistan is less than $35 billion (much of which comes from US service-members shopping at the base bazaar), it should be obvious that Afghanistan can’t actually pay for the equipment itself. Therefore the United States is likely to “help” them through the provision of foreign aid and a fiat money loan presumably coordinated by the IMF (which of course does not expect to actually be paid back except through further fiat loans). The net effect will be an attempt by the United States to buy soft power in yet another foreign administration and to justify government spending (despite the obvious losses) as a statistical contribution to American GDP.
  5. A little bit of time will pass – say, for example, one or two years after the removal of ground troops. There will be small news stories along the way about a skirmish here or there. Most incidents will go unreported as most news agencies will be evacuated from large portions of the country.
  6. The Kabul government’s deal with the Taliban will eventually fall apart. The Afghani military (that is entirely infiltrated by Taliban) will fall apart, and the United States government will be faced with the question of whether or not they want to ramp up bombing in Afghanistan again (sound familiar?).
  7. Some Talibani soldier will execute a former Kabul government loyalist and will publish their video on the Internet. People will justifiably be outraged by the cruelty of such an act. There will be calls by the press for the “international community” to do something. Women are also highly likely to be oppressed in some form or another. Despite the utterly disastrous and counterproductive occupation of Afghanistan, it is a credit to the United States’ effort that the situation for women in the country has been much improved. This will not last and unfortunately, this situation creates a lot of potential danger for women in the absence of American imperial protection.
  8. The Taliban will take over a portion of the country – likely in the largely Pashtun areas surrounding Kandahar. They will focus their efforts on remote outposts and will start to take command of former American outposts and military weaponry (just like they did with Soviet weaponry). The ANA and/or ANP in that area will completely fold – they will either run away or surrender (sound familiar?).
  9. The Taliban, although presently weakened, will eventually start to gain momentum in the country. They will also garner support from foreign fighters who will flood the country. At this point the neo-conservative and neo-liberal war maniacs in D.C. will start to bang the drums for more American intervention in the region (sound familiar?). Eventually the president, whoever it is at the time, will concede. An increased bombing campaign will be authorized and the president will claim that it’s a limited action in that no “boots are on the ground.” This of course means no conventional active duty soldiers. The Special Forces and paramilitary types will have never left but they will be ill-equipped to fight the larger Taliban on their own. The war authorization will not be debated and the new war will not be declared. The president will act unilaterally using either the War Powers Resolution or a United Nations declaration and international consensus (which has no legal relevance) to lawfully protect him or herself. Congress will ignore the situation (being conveniently relieved of their responsibility to commit to a “yea” or “nay” vote and thus subject themselves to public scrutiny). Moral authority for such action will remain vague and most people will refuse to take any responsibility for their individual actions.
  10. Soldiers will pretend they’re defending the Constitution or will be entirely ignorant to the fact that such a document holds zero legal authority with regards to war in the modern American government. As such they will do exactly as they are ordered or they will be sent to prison.
  11. The Supreme Court will ignore any cases brought before it. Any alleged standing in court will be dismissed as irrelevant under the “political question” doctrine.
  12. The increased war spending will be monetized as required by the Federal Reserve System.
  13. Most Americans will continue to vote for their local zombie. They will be entirely unsatisfied with the Congress but will support their district’s incumbent nonetheless – it is the other ones that are the problem after all. Those who care enough to speak out will largely continue to pay their taxes because the IRS backlash will be individually devastating if they try to withhold their finances from perpetual war. Feeding their children will understandably take precedence in their mind and the war machine will carry on.

The future does not look bright for the country with our departure……if one wants a good look at the future then look to Iraq.  But there is one saving grace….the US will have about 10,000 troops in the country……and just how is that a positive sign?

The last election showed the deep divisions in the country and the ideology……..those divisions can only get deeper and more violent with the departure of the only thing keeping the country together…….the good old U S of A…..

Look for the Northern Alliance to walk away from the power sharing deal the US helped broker……in case you are not sure who the NA is let me assist…..they are the ones that did the most to defeat the Russians….they are the ones that fought the Taleban…..they are the ones that helped the US when we invaded in 2001…..in short they are the only people in Afghanistan that we can trust…..they will be waiting for Ghani to screw up and they will rise in revolt.

America’s grand experiment of democracy will most likely break down as one warlord against another and the Taleban as the thief in the woodpile…..waiting for the best moment to strike.  Afghanistan will return to the days of yore….the days of constant fighting and destruction and democracy will be the final victim of this American experiment.

The Us has signed a deal for Afghanistan……….

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. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had refused to sign it despite US threats of a full withdrawal in the absence of legal protections for American forces. US officials have said that the delay in the deal’s signing does not affect plans for next year.

A second agreement allowing NATO troops to stay in the country was also signed between Afghanistan and NATO during the same ceremony. President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who was sworn into office a day earlier, told the assembled crowd that the agreement signaled a fundamental shift in the country’s relations with the world. “This agreement is only for Afghan security and stability,” he said. “These agreements are in our national interest. The Bilateral Security Agreement will pave the ground for Afghanistan to take control.” Government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah also welcomed the agreement as beneficial to the country. “It has been signed after very careful considerations,” he said, adding that “the BSA is not a threat to our neighbors. It will help strengthen peace and stability in the region.”

Let’s be honest….Afghanistan signed this deal as a way for the government to hold onto power….they will use the presence of troops to control the situation…….the Afghan army is no better prepared to help the country as the Iraqi army was……

In short even with the departure of the bulk of American forces….this war is far from over.


Are You Sick Of All The Patriotic Bullsh*t!

Opinion from the desk of the Editor


WARNING:  This post contains a vulgar language that may offend some of my readers sensibilities…..but there is only ONE way to get this point across….so if my reader is offended I apologize and they need to get over it!


This post is for all of you that think using the terms “patriotic” or “Patriotism” is somehow cleansing your soul of responsibility for the condition of our veterans care……actions speak louder than words and so far MOST Americans are cowards!  That is right….I said……COWARDS!

You thump your scrawny chests and yell about this person is a socialist or that person is a Muslim but when it comes to the vets returning home you are a bullshit artist.  Why?  You know what shape the veterans care is and yet you keep voting for slogans and bullshit solution………..you vote for the biggest cowardly cocksuckers on the planet……..you, in your mindless state think that all will be alright because there are charities the vets can turn to for help……Really?  Charities?

YOU by your thoughtless voting have done this to our veterans….,you mindless TWATS!  These charities, most of them, are doing all they can and should be congratulated…..but the point is the country did this to our vets and the country should be held responsible……by that I mean YOU and the worthless ASSHOLES you elect!

I thought that after Vietnam the nation and itrs people had maybe learned a lesson…..WRONG!  They are still the same coward pricks that crapped on the vets then as they are doing NOW!




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It does not end there.  What about the vets that return without injuries of any kind….how is their reintegration going?

A new study released Tuesday says half of U.S. troops return to civilian life with untreated mental and physical illnesses, and one in every 10 has thought of suicide or planned to take their lives.

The survey of Los Angeles County veterans showed that 80 percent of veterans didn’t have a job when they left the military, and close to a quarter earned salaries at or below the poverty level.

It also discovered that 40 percent of the veterans surveyed hadn’t made arrangements for a permanent place to live before leaving the armed services, contributing to veterans’ homelessness.

Conrats America!  Not only are your a screaming asshole to our wounded vets but you are doing NOTHING for the ones that return without major medical problems….Could you people be more PATHETIC?  The country is getting more so with each new war….it had rather ignore the problems of the vets than work for a goddam solution.