Apartheid: Then And Now !

An op-ed that I wrote for Ace News Room…….

There is much going on in the Holy Land but for some reason the media will not report on it……that is unless it has something to do with Israel…..any negativity will NOT be reported.

Israel is in the process of building an Apartheid State….something we thought was gone with the fall of South Africa……we were WRONG!

Please read the op-ed and comment if you would like to…..and visit Ace News Room for all the news you may have missed……

Source: Apartheid: Then And Now !

You just thought apartheid ended with the fall of white South Africa……Israel is doing all it can to keep the practice alive…..

Conflict News #1

The US is up to its butt in conflicts….yet the media has no time to report the news from these battlefields…..nope they had rather give the public mind numbing bullsh*t……like Brady’s balls or some hi-speed chase in Stupidville……or what dilettante musician is doing with his/her time……worthless info that Americans crave…..

I guess it is up to me to give the public the news the MSM never has the nuts to deliver…..all the Conflict News you can use……

1–Pentagon has made a momentous decision that should have been made months ago…..

Though an official announcement on the matter has not been made yet, reports are emerging that the Pentagon has suspended the “train and equip” program intended to create a new faction of “pro-US” Syrian rebels, which has been dubbed the New Syrian Forces (NSF).

If the first class was a failure, the second class was embarrassingly so, with the group almost immediately surrendering its weapons and vehicles to al-Qaeda. Centcom today released further details about the chain of events leading to this surrender.

Better late than never….or so they say.

2–Our war in Libya is not going as well as we had anticipated in the beginning…..Libya has sunk into a deep civil war……but after over 2 years of fighting the combatants have possibly found a way to work together…..

The Western-backed Libyan government in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based government are moving closer to some sort of power-sharing agreement, according to UN officials familiar with the ongoing talks, and have reached a basic “consensus” on the main points of how it will work.

Details aren’t being released on this framework agreement, but both sides are to submit a list of names for possible candidates in key positions in the unity government, including a list of prime ministers who would be agreeable to them.

Is it possible that they found a way to end their conflict without the US?  Would be a new trend if they have…….

3–Now Yemen……Saudis and their Gulf monarch buddies have been pounding Yemen for months and NO one cares…..

The Coalition is meant to be the first exercise of a GCC ‘rapid deployment force’ advised discreetly by Israeli and American officers. Such coordination in the attack of an Arab country is novel. How has this been marketed? The rage provoked by the deaths of the invading GCC forces in Mar`ib suggests that Yemen was dreamt of as a training programme for wars modelled on recent Israeli ones – a war to be determined by aerial bombardment, but without the international outrage at war crimes that Israel suffers.

But the real answer for the silence can be put a better way…….”the GCC can buy a lot of media, weapons, and people.”

4–Remember the “Sunni Awakening” in Iraq……we shortened it to the Surge….a way for the US to deal with the expansion of radicals in Anbar province…..but could such a program succeed in Afghanistan?

Source: Is an ‘Afghan Awakening’ the solution? – Al Jazeera English

5–It seems that ISIS is the number enemy at least for now, of the US….if that is true why has this news not been reported more widely……..

Early reports of ISIS trying to establish an affiliate in Afghanistan were mostly downplayed by the US and other Western powers, who believed the group to be little more than a handful of disaffected Taliban commanders trying to get international attention. That the rare ISIS activity was all fighting against Taliban rivals seemed to support that.

………the latest reports suggest that only about 10% of the ISIS force inside Afghanistan is Taliban defectors, and that the group’s parent organization in Iraq and Syria has sent roughly 70 seasoned commanders to serve as the leadership core of this growing branch.

The ability to recruit Taliban defectors might be growing with the latest leadership disputes in that group, but ISIS’ ability to form an almost entirely new group with so little cross-over with a Taliban insurgency that’s been in place for decades suggests they are resonating with a whole new group of peoples, and could be a hugely complicating matter in the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan

6–Finally…..We are failing against ISIS….could it be that our tactics are well known in advance?

Abu Omar al-Shishani, the red-bearded face of ISIS terror lately described in such headlines as ‘Star pupil’: Pied piper of ISIS recruits was trained by U.S. for the fact that he received American military training as part of an elite Georgian army unit in 2006 and after, did not stop playing for “team America” once he left his home country in the Caucuses. He actually enjoyed US backing and American taxpayer largesse as late as 2013, soon after entering Syria with his band of Chechen jihadists.

7–We have conflicts on top of conflicts…..and that is not the bad news…..

#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: The continuing financing of all US military operations by continuing resolution and not through a proper budget is generating a $38 billion deficit, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

How many more conflicts can the US afford?


You are welcome……

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The “War And Peace” In Syria

Like Russian novel…….

The really big news of the day yesterday was that Russia would join in the war in Syria……but in case you missed my post….here it is…..

Source: Could Syria be Putin’s Afghanistan? | In Saner Thought

Putin asked for permission to use Russian military in the fight and he got it…….

Russian lawmakers gave Vladimir Putin the thumbs-up to conduct airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, and the president didn’t waste any time. Giving the US Embassy in Baghdad just an hour’s notice, Russian military aircraft started the strikes near the city of Homs in western Syria, a senior US official confirmed to ABC News. The advance notice given to the US Embassy came in the form of a senior Russian military official who would only say Russian aircraft would be flying in Syria’s airspace, reportedly keeping mum on exactly where the strikes would take place, ABC notes. Per Russia’s Interfax, Putin said that the strikes were born of a Syrian request and that they were in accordance with international law. What’s not clear: whether he’s targeting ISIS, which doesn’t have a major presence in Homs, or rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad.

“There doesn’t seem to be any operational effect on (ISIS) where they are flying,” says the US official. That conflicts with what a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman told Russian news agencies Wednesday, noting that targeted strikes are being carried out on sites that Russians believe are under the control of ISIS, per the AP. The US official said US operations in Syria would remain unaffected by Putin’s latest move, even though Russia had asked the US to keep its warplanes out of Syrian airspace, CNN reports. It’s not clear what kind of aircraft was used.

The hope of the world was that Russia would join in the fight against ISIS and there was a hint that it would do just that……but as with everything Russian….there is a slight problem…….


All the airstrikes by Russia were against Assad foes not one was that of ISIS and their infrastructure……if he were after ISIS Raqqa should have been high o the list of targets…..not so much as a ripple…..only targets were those of rebels fighting Assad and Assad alone.

The US has issued a statement to Russia…….

State Department officials warn they view Russia’s involvement with “grave concern” and are demanding that Russia not launch any airstrikes against non-ISIS rebel forces.

WTF?  They are already attacking non-ISIS positions…….what purpose is that statement?

I do not think that many people really considered Putin as an ally to anyone but Assad…..but could his intervention be a bad idea?  (that will be a separate post)

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The Syria Russian Roulette | Middle East Briefing

I do a lot of research on the Middle East…..most of it comes from the region…….trying to get accurate information from the Western media is virtually impossible.  Regardless of what these toads have to say the Western media is anything but unbiased.

I get the Middle East Briefing which has some of the best analysis on the region…..

This piece is about the situation in Syria…it is well worth the time it takes to read it……

US and its allies, the Coalition, have been banging away at targets…now it appears the Russia has decided to do more….what will this mean for the region and the conflict?

Source: The Syria Russian Roulette | Middle East Briefing

What Goes Around Comes Around

I believe that is called karma…..right?

You guys know me…that is if you are a regular……I enjoy making my readers look at history of the world and especially of the adventures the US has had that is now driving the geopolitics of the 21st century.

There are times when our actions have not been followed up with programs that would keep America safe……in other words we, the people, lost interest.

It happened in Vietnam….we finally ended things and brought the troops home and we lost all interests in the country or the region……..again look at Afghanistan in the 80’s….we were so worried about the USSR that we went all in in the fray between the Russians and the rebels…….then after 10 years the Russian cut and run and we pulled assets out of Afghanistan and forgot about it….and the Taleban and AQ came back to bite us in the ass.

We are at it again in Iraq……read on, my friends…..

Source: Recognize That Iraq Is History by Ivan Eland — Antiwar.com

Ever since the Cold war we, the US, have looked for proxies to fight our adventures for us…..Africa in the 70’s……Central America in the 80’s…….Middle East in the 2000’s……

We seem to be at it again in Central Europe and Southern Europe…

It is getting more complicated by the year………I am afraid that all this will make history not kind to the US at all.

I have a question for you……in how many countries does the US have special ops people operating?  (Pause for thought….I can hear the jeopardy music……)……..time up!  135 countries!

If you would like more info then please…..read on……..

Source: A Secret War in 135 Countries by Tom Engelhardt — Antiwar.com

Does anyone else see a problem in the making with this large number of operations going on at one time?

How many is too many?

Please let me know your thoughts…….

State of the world: In search of leadership – Al Jazeera English

The American Exceptionalism thing is all about leadership in the world…..if that is true then we have failed miserably.

Think about it…..who can be considered a world leader?  Obama?  Putin?  Cameron?  Merkel?  Or maybe one of those lying toads that are running for their party’s nomination?  Is one of they capable of being the next world leader?

To be a leader one needs leadership qualities…..and who do you think is capable of having those qualities?

Personally, I see NO one in the current world of international relations that I would consider a leader……there is nothing in the US that shows leadership of any sort….anybody can start a damn war.

There are many world leaders, but why is there no leadership?

Source: State of the world: In search of leadership – Al Jazeera English

“Assad Must GO!”

Remember those days?

Nothing better than a good slogan to lull the people into a false sense of hope….slogans make the world a safer place (that is sarcasm)……..

I can remember Obama, Boehner, Graham, et al were all on the same page at the beginning of this situation.  The civil in Syria has raged on for over 4 years now and what has been accomplished?  Assad still in power.  Country divided and destroyed.  People fleeing the violence and causing a humanitarian nightmare.  Billions of dollars wasted on trying to accomplish one simple end….Assad must go!

I recall when a few people called on the world to attempt tot all this death and destruction by using diplomacy….of course they were scoffed and mostly laugh at because they were what some call….”head in sand” people.

But after four years of a basic stalemate there are some people asking the question…..why not try some form of diplomacy to end this situation?

The Prez of Germany or whatever her title is…..has mentioned that maybe some peace talks should be considered……

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that President Bashar al-Assad should be involved in any Syrian peace talks amid pressure from the rising number of refugees from Syria.

Merkel made the comment on Thursday after a European Union summit on the asylum seeker crisis.

“We have to speak with many actors; this includes Assad, but others as well,” Merkel said. “Not only with the United States of America, Russia, but with important regional partners, Iran, and Sunni countries such as Saudi Arabia.”

Has the refugee problem forced governments to look past their past demands?

The US, as you would expect, is not on-board with a settlement….especially one made by Russia……

For the past several months, there have been reports that the US is increasingly coming on board with Russian calls for a “unity government” made up of the current Syrian government and secular rebels to fight against ISIS. It was therefore unsurprising that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov brought the matter up again in comments today.

The US has let such comments come and go several times, but today angrily rejected the report, saying that America’s position on Syria, and its opposition to Russia’s involvement in the fight against ISIS, remain wholly unchanged.

It could be that Western governments are warming up to the notion that Assad could be part of a government after all.

The latest round of comments from Western officials could be summed up as “Bashar Assad has to go, but,” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former Assad ally turned outspoken Assad opponent, saying that the “process” by which Assad is eventually removed from power could give Assad a role, even though “nobody envisages a future” where he isn’t gone eventually.

Openly the US is still defiant toward Syria and Russia……

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Kerry said he had told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov the United States was worried by Moscow’s military backing for Assad in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year.

“These actions could provoke a further escalation of the conflict and lead to the loss of more innocent lives, increasing the flow of refugees and risking a confrontation with the anti-ISIS (Islamic State) coalition operating in Syria,” Kerry said.

Kerry’s comments are what I would expect from a SecState…..but what is being said behind the doors of meetings around the world?

Why would I be suspect of what is being said?

Our plan for fighting the “bad guys” is inadequate and basically a failure…..even our so-called ISIS War Czar sees it……

The official announcement isn’t expected for some time, but State Department officials are confirming that retired Gen. John Allen, who has held the position of ISIS War Czar for the last year, will resign in November because of his growing frustration with the White House’s policies.

Officials said that Gen. Allen had been pushing the White House to escalate the war on numerous levels, in particularly on the Turkish call to establish a “safe zone” out of northern Syria and the deployment of more ground troops to pick targets for airstrikes.

Again…I ask….what is really being talked about behind closed doors?

Apparently something not at all what we hear in the media….to answer the question…….

In an interview on Syrian state media today, top Syrian government adviser Bouthaina Shaaban claimed that there is a “tacit agreement” between the US and Russia on coming to some sort of agreeing on the ongoing civil war, and that some sort of negotiated settlement could happen soon.

But of course the Pentagon crapped on the idea of a deal…….

If that wasn’t confusing enough, Pentagon officials are now talking up the idea that there are “overlaps” of interest between the US and Russia on Syria, suggesting the two sides could work together. They also, however, talked up the need for a “transition” to a new pro-US government.

After all the death and destruction…a poll was taken of the few Syrians left in the country…….

Syrians are overwhelmingly opposed to the division of the country and believe a political solution is still possible, according to a new poll.

In spite of the continuing carnage and a spiralling refugee crisis, the survey by ORB International said that 64 percent of Syrians believed that a political solution was still possible “despite the differences that exist between the Syrians”.

The survey also revealed that 70 percent of Syrians were opposed to the division of the country, with only the Kurds being divided on the issue, split evenly 48 percent in favour and against.

The poll, which surveyed a cross section of 1,365 people across all of Syria’s 14 governorates – including areas controlled by IS – also suggested that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was slightly more popular among ordinary Syrians that any of the opposition groups – though no one was ranked as having a net positive influence.

– See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/new-poll-suggests-syrians-believe-civil-war-resolvable-despite-social-strife-1647775093#sthash.nubeGJAH.dpuf

Odd thing is the Kurds have weighed in to the debate on Assad…….an interesting turn……
While I was in the process of writing this piece another situation developed…..
But they seem to be getting flexible on that matter suddenly, with British Premier David Cameron now reportedly in favor of keeping Assad in power for the sake of forming a “unity government,” which is the exact same Russian plan that the US and Britain have been repudiating for months
What has happened to last year’s mantra?  Assad Must Go!
At what point does the world realize that may not be the answer?
Now I return to a question I have asked time and time again……..Should Assad go or should he stay?