Chuq’s Daily Musical Interlude

The media is pouring every minute of the last election trying to find something that explains how they could be so wrong in their predictions……

Time for me step back and let the music care me far away from the maddening crowd…….

Today’s tune is from the VOICE of the 60’s and 70’s…….Janis Joplin……

 

Squabbling SEALs

Do you remember what you were doing when you heard the news that the SEALs had removed America’s number one enemy?  Dead is the worst prick of our time….Osama bin laden.

We heard about the raid and even a few docs that tried to explain what happened……and now we have a squabble by 2 SEAL team members over who fired the kill shot…….

Robert O’Neill says his bullet killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in 2011, but others aren’t so sure. It’s a little confusing, but as Reuters and the New York Times report, there were apparently three SEALs involved: a point man and two other shooters. In a 2013 Esquire article, O’Neill, identified only as “the Shooter,” said the point man saw bin Laden first, but his shot missed; O’Neill then fired two shots into a still-standing bin Laden. Fellow SEALs, however, say “the point man” fired not just the first shot, but possibly the fatal one—certainly one that wounded bin Laden.

A former commander calls O’Neill’s two shots “insurance” rounds that were fired into an already-collapsed bin Laden. In his 2012 bookNo Easy Day, Matt Bissonnette said the point man shot bin Laden in the head, but he “was still twitching and convulsing” when Bissonnette and another SEAL “fired several rounds.” Will the point man ever come forward as O’Neill and Bissonnette have? It sounds unlikely. “You’re never going to hear from him,” a former SEAL Team Six member told ABC News last year. He “doesn’t think he did anything special. He simply pulled the trigger when he was supposed to. That’s why he’ll never go public.” A rep for the US Special Operations Command says it could be at least 20 years before the official report on the raid is declassified.

Like a couple of strutting peacocks.

My thoughts are….what a couple of greedy pricks.  For one, the info on the raid is not declassified and that should put a silence on these two squabbling twats.

This is typical of the American mindset these days…..in search of fame and fortune….everybody wants to be the hero..

These two money hungry d/bags took an oath to serve this country…but it becomes a journey to fame and fortune….self-promotion becomes more important than the oath they took to serve……a man is only as good as his word……these two are worthless self-promoting douche bags……….

Their actions crap all over the concept of team……..for them it is not about the mission and the their oath….but rather personal gain….the modern day mantra of America.

There is NOTHING heroic about these two or anyone else that puts greed above their duty and their word…..it is shameful.

But these two will undoubtedly be rewarded for their betrayal……….BUT NOT FROM ME!

ISIS Coalition Situation Report #34

Good day….It has been a busy week with all the comedy surrounding the latest futile attempt to find an active government……all the while the war with no name is raging…..maybe now the results of this conflict will be news once again…….

Item 1–the big news over the weekend is that the prez has written a letter to the leader of Iran about the battle with ISIS……

President Obama secretly penned a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei last month, sources tell the Wall Street Journal, in an attempt to prod the Iranian leader toward a nuclear deal while simultaneously underscoring the two nations’ joint interest in fighting ISIS—with any cooperation on the latter being what the Journal calls “largely contingent” on the former. Senior American officials wouldn’t talk about the letter, and NPR notes that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today that he’s “not in a position to talk about private correspondence between the president and another world leader.” Khamenei has reportedly never directly responded to any of Obama’s previous three letters.

This could be a good thing for the war on ISIS….but there will be consequences that few are willing to see….

Item 2–In a Friday news dump the word is that more troops will be sent to Iraq as ‘advisers’……..

The White House has announced that President Obama has authorized a plan to more than double the number of US ground troops in Iraq, signing off on another 1,500 troops.

Officials declined to offer details about the timings of the deployments, or what the massive number of new “advisers” will actually be doing on the ground in Baghdad and Irbil.

This is not news to anyone watching the news but the question not asked is…..we are told that these troops are not a ground force but rather will be there to “advise, train and assist”…..there is my problem…the word “ASSIST”….NO one will define what it means to “assist”.

Item 3–There is no thing that will be a downfall moment….civilian deaths….

US airstrikes against the town of Harem, in the Idlib Province of Syria, killed a number of civilians, including at least four children, locals have confirmed. Images of slain children were released via social media.

The Pentagon confirmed the strikes in the area, insisting they were targeting “Khorasan,” which is to say Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusra faction, as Khorasan is a term the US invented to create a distinction other rebels say doesn’t exist.

I am still NOT convinced of the existence of this “super cell” of AQ.

Item 4–The conflict in Iraq is once again splitting along sectarian lines….this was the US big problem after the 2003 invasion…..nothing we are doing today will make that split any good.

Item 5–The key to this coalition was always going to be Turkey…..but is Turkey the good partner?

A former member of ISIS has revealed the extent to which the cooperation of the Turkish military allows the terrorist group, who now control large parts of Iraq and Syria, to travel through Turkish territory to reinforce fighters battling Kurdish forces.

A reluctant former communications technician working for Islamic State, now going by the pseudonym ‘Sherko Omer’, who managed to escape the group, told Newsweek that he travelled in a convoy of trucks as part of an ISIS unit from their stronghold in Raqqa, across Turkish border, through Turkey and then back across the border to attack Syrian Kurds in the city of Serekaniye in northern Syria in February.

If true….how can an action be successful?

This concludes today’s briefing…….

Thanx for your time and attention.

Turn The Page

Good News From The Middle East?

For months now the US abd its partners have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIS targets and with limited success……they hit the targets they go after but it has done little to stop the onslaught from ISIS especially in Iraq.

But the wires are all a buzz with info that could be good…….

Newser) – Iraqi officials said today that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—but Pentagon officials say they have no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded. Iraq’s Defense and Interior Ministries issued statements saying al-Baghdadi had been wounded, without elaborating. An Interior Ministry intelligence official tells the AP that al-Baghdadi was hit during a meeting yesterday with militants in the town of Qaim in Iraq’s western Anbar province. That official and a senior Iraqi military official say the operation was carried out by Iraqi security forces. (US officials said yesterday that American airstrikes had likely hit ISIS leaders.)

Al-Baghdadi, an ambitious Iraqi militant believed to be in his early 40s, has a $10 million US bounty on his head. Since taking the reins of the group in 2010, he has transformed it from a local branch of al-Qaeda into an independent transnational military force, positioning himself as perhaps the pre-eminent figure in the global jihadi community. Meanwhile, Islamic militants have taken over the Libyan city of Darma, making it the first city outside of Iraq and Syria to join the “caliphate” announced by the Islamic State, the AP reports. Long notorious as Libya’s center for jihadi radicals, the city has seen religious courts ordering killings in public, floggings of residents accused of violating Shariah law, as well as enforced segregation of male and female students.

This is not confirmed…..and Iraq has put out stories, success stories that have not been accurate in the past…….

As a blogger that does not like to pass on lies and misinformation….I went on a tear on Arabic news sources looking for that second confirmation…..after a couple of hours I found it on Arabic site, al-Akhbar…….

An aide to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an airstrike near the city of Fallujah, Iraqi state television reported on Monday.

State television identified the man as Abu Huthaifa al-Yamani. It did not say when the strike took place or give further details. It was not immediately possible to confirm the death or whether Yamani was an aide to Baghdadi.

Contradictory reports have emerged over the fate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after US-led airstrikes against the group in Iraq on Friday.

That was my second source…..but knowing the sitation….I am still not convinced that these reports are accurate…..most likely some sort of disinformation ploy……

The question that will be asked is…..if true will this be a game changer for the conflict with ISIS?

Let me be one of the first to answer…..if true the generals running his battle plan will have been prepared for this eventuality and will adjust their their plan accordingly.

I will continue to monitor the situation for more news on this event…….

Please stay tuned……

Just How Disgusting Is Congress?

We are told by the media that the American voter is disgusted with Congress, the president and the economy……and yet they will vote for the same worthless bunch time and time again……

But the question is….just how disgusted are they?

The first exit polls show that those who turned out to vote today are in a foul mood politically, and it applies to both President Obama and Republicans. Some highlights:

  • Obama: More than half, 54%, disapprove of Obama, a figure just shy of George W. Bush’s 57% in the 2006 midterms, reports NBC News.
  • Congress: A staggering 79% disapprove of the job Congress is doing, one percentage point shy of the all-time low in exit polls.
  • Both: About a quarter of voters say they’re unhappy with both Obama and GOP leaders in Congress.
  • Country: Two-thirds say the nation is on the wrong track, and just 22% think the next generation will be better off, reports CNN.
  • Trust: Only 1 in 5 say they trust the government to do what is right most or all of the time. Most (61%) say they trust DC to do the right thing only “some of the time.”
  • Economy: It’s still voters’ No.1 concern.
  • Health care: The AP notes that those who ranked it as their top concern were “about as likely to say Obama’s health care overhaul didn’t go far enough as to say it went too far.”

What  amuses me is that if the people polled told the truth….then why do we keep sending the same mental midgets to DC?

Is this a paradox?  Or is it just stupidity?

When will we ever learn?  (that is rhetorical because we all know the answer)……