Iraq: Situation Whose Time Has Come

For some time now there has been a call for those people in the Bush admin to stand for their decisions to invade Iraq…..to answer for the lies and misinformation……

There is a situation brewing in the UK that could be a template for any such investigation…..

Tony Blair should stand trial on charges of war crimes if the evidence suggests he broke international law over the “illegal” Iraq war in 2003, the Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Corbyn called on the former prime minister to “confess” the understandings he reached with George W Bush in the run up to the invasion.

Asked on BBC Newsnight whether Blair should stand trial on war crimes charges, Corbyn said: “If he has committed a war crime, yes. Everybody who has committed a war crime should be.”

The veteran MP for Islington North was a high-profile opponent of the war and became a leading member of the Stop the War coalition. He said: “It was an illegal war. I am confident about that. Indeed Kofi Annan [UN secretary general at the time of the war] confirmed it was an illegal war and therefore [Tony Blair] has to explain to that. Is he going to be tried for it? I don’t know. Could he be tried for it? Possibly.”

Corbyn said he expects the eventual publication of the Chilcot report will force Blair to explain his discussions with President Bush in the runup to the war.

He said: “The Chilcot report is going to come out sometime. I hope it comes out soon. I think there are some decisions Tony Blair has got to confess or tell us what actually happened. What happened in Crawford, Texas, in 2002 in his private meetings with George [W] Bush. Why has the Chilcot report still not come out because – apparently there is still debate about the release of information on one side or the other of the Atlantic. At that point Tony Blair and the others that have made the decisions are then going to have to deal with the consequences of it.”

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Please weigh in…….should those that lied us into war be held accountable?

Rangers Lead The Way

The US Army Rangers were the big story in the media last week………. for the first time in the group’s history women have graduated from the months long trial……no small accomplishment…..and yes I have something to say about the situation……

In my youth I was in the military and served in Vietnam….I was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta……my unit was the LRRPs or Co.E 50th Infantry……we did the long haul recon for the division……in 1967, October to be exact my new boots hut the red clay of Vietnam running……we were a unit within the 9th Division and in 1969 all LRRPs were reassigned to the newly constituted 75th Rangers……while I was in Vietnam I was not a Ranger, I will always be a LRRP regardless,  but my unit was reflagged as Ranger……so I have an interest in the Rangers and their legacy…….

Now let’s talk about those industrious young ladies, shall we?

The first female soldiers to complete the Army’s rigorous Ranger School pinned on their black-and-gold Ranger tab at a graduation ceremony today to cap their history-making week. At a ceremony on the shore of “Victory Pond” at Fort Benning, First Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut, graduated alongside 94 male soldiers. Their success casts new attention on the obstacles that remain to women who aspire to join all-male combat units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment. Although Haver and Griest are now Ranger-qualified, no women are eligible for the elite regiment, although that could change eventually.

Griest, 26, is a military police officer and has served one tour in Afghanistan. Haver, 25, is a pilot of Apache helicopters. Both are graduates of West Point. Of 19 women who began the Ranger course, Haver and Griest are the only two to finish so far; one is repeating a prior phase of training in hopes of graduating soon. Griest told reporters yesterday she hopes her success shows that women “can deal with the same stresses and training that men can.”

I do not want to take anything away from the accomplishment of these women…..it took fortitude, bravery and determination to complete this of….even if they were men…….nothing easy about the course.

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My problem with this situation is that these women do not intend on using their training as a Ranger….it is basically to pad their resume….for promotions and assignments.  I realize that women are not allowed in combat situations…..this could change and it should for women are just as capable as men of handling stress and such under combat conditions.

My problem is with these women and anyone that goes through this rigorous course just to prove a point……this objection applies to men that do the same thing (Sen. Tom Cotton)…..it is not that they want to serve in an elite unit but rather how it looks in their personnel records…….

If these types want to test themselves then try base jumping or banjey jumping…….or if one graduates from the course then there should be a mandatory 18 month tour as a Ranger……..

The Ranger tab is an honor….not a PR tool.

 

Scorecard on US Interventionism by Ivan Eland — Antiwar.com

Today and tomorrow is my days with the doctors….so I will be a bit light in the post area…..most of them will be presses and thin on original posts…..I apologize but I am usually not in the best of moods when I return from my visits…..please bear with me.

Since the end of World War 2 the US has not had a good scorecard on the inventions that we have ventured into…..Korea could be a good one….but it was a draw….Vietnam was a disaster…..Grenada was moronic….Panama was a waste…..Somalia was a horror show…..Iraq has been a nightmare that has NO end……

There is always the future and the way we are flexing our muscle around the world more interventions are coming…..and how many of those will be worthless and disastrous?

 

Scorecard on US Interventionism by Ivan Eland — Antiwar.com.

The Paranoia Was For Naught

Think back to last month and the attack on the Navy reserve office……4 people died at scene and one died later…….I know a lot has happened since then but does anyone remember this incident?

About a week later a warning was issued that there were threats to other military installations and the military went on alert……the report said there was nothing specific but that chatter had been picked up and it was not good……….recall that?

At the time that the warning was issued I was suspicious of the timing of the warning…….a little too coincidental for my liking.  I recall that there was at least one person that thought I was a bit too cynical…..and I got a tongue lashing……

A news report has come out about the incident……..

MARIETTA, Ga — A National Guard soldier was arrested for filing a false report of a threat that took social media by storm and created fear among local military personnel.

Cobb County police said the threat to the lives of soldiers was a hoax.

Brett Downing, 23, of Cumming, filed the alleged report of a terroristic threat against American soldiers on July 21, 2015. Two weeks later he admitted he made it up.

Downing is an information technology specialist with the National Guard.

He claimed he found a note underneath his windshield wiper after he left work at a private company in Marietta. He told police he believed he was targeted in the parking lot of the business because his car has Army Reservist plates.

The type-written note said this:

dear american soldier,

death to you coward women child killer and all of the american military. mohammed will show no mercy on you

attacks will come full force

death is to come to you

According to an arrest warrant obtained by 11 Alive News, Downing was re-interviewed on August 4th. According to the warrant “during the interview he admitted to manufacturing the letter/note and falsely reporting a crime.”

Yep…….a HOAX!

It is stupidity like this that keeps Americans lathered up and spouting crap they have NO idea about……….so I will utter the three most beautiful words in the English language……..TOLD YOU SO!

Afghanistan: The Forever War by Rachelle Marshall — Antiwar.com

Here’s an idea….let’s talk about America’s longest war…….Afghanistan.

You remember Afghanistan…..that place that the news media has all but forgotten.  There seems to be NO end to this conflict……no matter how hard we try to find a way out……there is NONE!

Maybe if we spent a little more time trying to understand the country we invaded…..maybe then we could find a way to remove our troops and let them spend some time with their families……..

 

Afghanistan: The Forever War by Rachelle Marshall — Antiwar.com.

Ukraine And The World

While most everyone else is watching the carrying ons in the Congress and states I have been watching Ukraine and the situation the West is setting up for itself…..

Russia is playing a talking game……while it positions itself along the borders with NATO…….NATO is sending in troops and equipment to position along the borders with Russia……….

The “spearhead” force was initially meant to forestall a Russian invasion of Europe, something which US officials were constantly predicting was imminent. A year later and with the invasion still looking extremely unlikely, officials just keep doubling down at every opportunity.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has headed to Europe this week to try to convince various European nations, notably Germany, to dramatically increase military spending so they can afford to send a bunch of excess troops to the Russian border. He will also commit US troops and equipment to the plan.

If a full scale invasion seems unlikely…..what is all this troop movement about?

Why is the world playing the Cold war game again?  Is all this weaponry really a good idea?

 

Why Arming Ukraine Is a Really Bad Idea | The National Interest.

Why the US Military Opposed New Combat Roles in Iraq by Gareth Porter — Antiwar.com

There has been a promise by the president that there will be NO combat role in Iraq for US Troops…….many have argued that they have such a role as the conflict stands now.

There has been a multi-facet conversation on this subject……some on the Right are chest thumping about ending the conflict once and for all with US troops…..the Left has not been so bold but secretly are saying that there has to be a way to end this thing in Iraq……..

The Joint Chiefs have voiced an opinion and some will not like or appreciate their thoughts……

 

Why the US Military Opposed New Combat Roles in Iraq by Gareth Porter — Antiwar.com.