With Friends Like These…..We Are Screwed!

The big international news is that of Turkey and its lousy foreign policy and that of Saudi Arabia and its decimation of Yemen, al in the name of religion…..

We are fighting war after war….and we have friends that are lending a hand……countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey……and with friends like these we are so screwed!

For instance, our good friend Saudi Arabia…..their domestic policies are in line with the Taleban, Al-Qaeda and ISIS…..fundamentalist extremism and it is rumored that they are secretly funding these organizations…..even 9/11 was said to have been a Saudi operation  (with little actual proof)……

Their biggest concern is Iran…..since the Iranians are Shia and the Saudis are Sunni there is a battle going on for the hearts and minds of the faithful…..and while they are spreading the extremism the US and its allies are spreading their cash and weapons among the Saudis like peanut butter on a waffle….

And all that aid is going into the destruction of their neighbor, Yemen…..all the death and destruction and violence that a good war brings to the table.

Let’s move on to our next “friend” Turkey……just like Saudi we supply Turkey with cash and weapons to keep them on our side in any conflict….but is our trust in their friendship misplaced?

For instance, the US big plan to deal with ISIS a well trained moderate militia may be a group that Turkey breaks with the US……according to McClatchy…….

The kidnapping of a group of U.S.-trained moderate Syrians moments after they entered Syria last month to confront the Islamic State was orchestrated by Turkish intelligence, multiple rebel sources have told McClatchy.

The rebels say that the tipoff to al Qaida’s Nusra Front enabled Nusra to snatch many of the 54 graduates of the $500 million program on July 29 as soon as they entered Syria, dealing a humiliating blow to the Obama administration’s plans for confronting the Islamic State.

Rebels familiar with the events said they believe the arrival plans were leaked because Turkish officials were worried that while the group’s intended target was the Islamic State, the U.S.-trained Syrians would form a vanguard for attacking Islamist fighters that Turkey is close to, including Nusra and another major Islamist force, Ahrar al Sham.

Is this any way for a NATO ally to behave?
Is the US so desparate for friends that we will pay them to betray that trust?  What price will Turkey pay for this betrayal?  Turkey is becoming a waste…..wasted time, wasted money and wasted trust!

 

The Civilian Toll From the War Against ISIS Is Huge. Why Isn’t the Press Covering It?

Some may think that I dost protest too much…..about our foreign policy.

Maybe I do…….but we have proven time and time again that we are not capable of acting in a rational way toward situations on the international stage.

With the 2016 election we will be electing a prez that will be ass deep into diplomatic nightmares and so far the best any of the candidates can do is give the American people slogans and bumper sticker solutions to the problems.

T avoid any more war maybe we, the voter, should pay attention and educate ourselves on the basics of foreign policy……that could go a long way in keeping the US out of situations that we must use force to settle…..

Whatcha think?

 

The Civilian Toll From the War Against ISIS Is Huge. Why Isn’t the Press Covering It?.

Now You See ‘Em, Now You Don’t

Is North Korea playing a game of hide and seek?

I do not usually follow the happenings in Asia very closely…..I spend my brain energy trying to cope with the Middle East and North Africa……but from time to time there is a story that catches my eye and I will wait to see if the media covers it and other bloggers also….if not then I feel I must bring it to my reader’s attention.

VIOLA!  We have one of today’s posts.

For the last couple of months now there has been a wealth of stories coming from the Korean Peninsula…… the shots fired across the border or the music played by the South to drive the North batcrap crazy…….most of the stories are mostly fleeting…..usually on slow news days…..like weekends……

I waited a couple of days to see if the story I found would make it to the news…….I figured that the liars in the media would have all kinds of theories about the incident……so far I got nothing……

Let me enlighten you………

Top government officials from the Koreas met over the weekend in the border town of Panmunjom to discuss keeping the peace, Reuters reports. But North Korea seems to be hedging its bets after a South Korean military official said that 50 of its northern foe’s submarines have disappeared, the Yonhap news agency reports. “Seventy percent of North Korea’s submarines left their bases, and their locations are not confirmed,” an official told reporters yesterday, adding, per Chosun Ilbo, “Scores of subs that have left their bases on the eastern and western coasts are off our radar, which is an unprecedentedly serious situation.”

The main concern is that the subs could cross the Northern Limit Line (the maritime line in the sand between the two countries) or take on South Korean Navy vessels in surprise attacks from the rear, the paper notes. It adds that although North Korean submarines—described by the National Post as” largely outdated and technically obsolescent versions produced in the 1960s for the Soviet Union”—make a lot of noise (meaning they should be easy to find), there are so many missing it would be hard to keep track of them all. Also worrisome, per the military official: North Korea has apparently doubled its number of artillery troops along the DMZ since Friday, per Chosun Ilbo. “They seem ready to shoot,” the official says.

50 missing subs from a country that has nuke weapons……any thoughts?

While I was writing this news came out about a deal (of sorts) in Korea…….

South Korea says it has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts in a matter of hours after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that maimed two South Korean troops, and CNN reports that it will lift its “semi-state of war.” South Korean national security adviser Kim Kwan-jin made the announcement in a televised briefing, after more than 30 hours of talks with North Korea ended. The talks were the second round of negotiations the rival Koreas began Saturday after events at their heavily guarded border pushed them to the brink of a possible military confrontation. Kim says the two Koreas have also agreed to hold talks to improve their ties soon in either Seoul or Pyongyang.

Now that the Koreas are making nice…..will the missing subs reappear?

Thoughts?

Testing……1…..2…..Testing……Anyone out there?

 

Will There Be Peace For The Middle East? | Ace News Room

An op-ed that I wrote for Ace News Room……they are always publishing the news from around the world…..keep up with an ever changing world and read Ace News room every day…..

I touch on a subject that few people think about these days with the war on ISIS and all the other violence in the Middle east……

I want to thank them for showing the confidence and have me write for them from time to time…..thanx, guys.

 

Will There Be Peace For The Middle East? | Ace News Room.

The Foreign Policy of the GOP

Once again I will be away from the keyboard today……still have doctors and their probing and squeezing……I apologize for the short day of posting……hopefully all this will be over today and I can get back to normal (whatever that is)…..thanx for your patience……

Yes, I am a foreign policy geek……so should our elected officials…..but that is a bit much to ask for these days…….

I admit it….I was a sucker and watched the first GOP debate…..since this election has been called the foreign policy election I wanted to see just what kind of softballs were lobbed at the candidates…..I was not disappointed….FOX News did not ask a hard question…

The world is going to Hell and these people would rather go on and on about e-mails or something else as droll…..the GOP needs to come up or at least debate solutions for the problems we are facing in the world….the next president will be up to his/her ass in international situations the day they take office…..

As it is today just what is the GOP’s foreign policy?  There is lots of criticism but NO original ideas……I ask again…..what is their foreign policy?

The Foreign Policy of the GOP by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.com.

Here is an idea….the way one comes up with ideas is by discussing, arguing and debating…..something that the GOP has lost the capability of doing…..it appears.

Just once I would like to hear an idea coming from the minds of the GOP….instead we get  hyperbole, misinformation, criticism and outright LIES!

There are more debates to come…..maybe with a little work they could have a true foreign policy in place by the general election……and there is a place to start……….

The Republicans Need To Debate Foreign Policy by Ivan Eland — Antiwar.com.

But alas I will not hold my breath for it is easier to make crap up than to actually find solutions to problems……

Shifting Priorities: The Rise and Fall of Arab Revolutionary Discourse by Ramzy Baroud — Antiwar.com

About 5 years ago the world was a fire with the situation in the Arab world….it appeared that a case for democracy was breaking out all over the place…….what began in Tunisia quickly moved through the region…..to Algeria and Jordan and Syria and Egypt and even to a smaller extent to Saudi Arabia…..but all this quickly broke down into regional conflicts involving violence and death…….

But what happened to that desire for democracy…….for freedom and security…..what happened?

 

Shifting Priorities: The Rise and Fall of Arab Revolutionary Discourse by Ramzy Baroud — Antiwar.com.