Last of the year and we shall go out with a BANG!
This tune is one of my faves from my youth……
Last of the year and we shall go out with a BANG!
This tune is one of my faves from my youth……
Today is the last day of the year and I will start doing a year end assessment of In Saner Thought…….
This ends my 8th year as an opinionated SOB of a blogger…and hopefully my readers would have it NO other way.
This year I went over the 1000 follower mark……which to me is just wonderful…I could have more followers if only I would pay for the PR to get people here….but these people chose to follow my blog on their own and that means more to me than anything. Thank you….Thank you…..
This year I also posted my 7500th post…..now I know why my fingers bleed and are arthritic….LOL I do so much reading that I need an outlet and this blog is a fantastic outlet.
Comments! You guys have helped me get over the 19,000 comment goal….Most of them were insightful and well done…I will admit that I did have a couple trolls appear but they soon went by the wayside…..I will tolerate a lot but not some insulting twat that just wants to try an exercise what little intelligence they my possess…..they are quickly smash like the invertebrate they are…..if not by me then one of my regular readers….thank you guys.
All in all been a great year for IST and I sincerely hope that I have helped my readers understand some of the more baffling issues of the day.
Please have a great New Year’s and may the coming year bring all the happiness you can stand…….Have fun….Be safe!
On ward and Upward to 2015!
Now the Sony has made a hefty deposit of cash thanx to the sheer ignorance of the American people….let’s take a moment to actually talk about the “hack” and terrorism.
In case anyone is interested……
A strong counter-narrative to the official account of the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment has emerged in recent days, with the visage of the petulant North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, replaced by another, more familiar face: former Sony Pictures employees angry over their firing during a recent reorganization at the company.
Researchers from the security firm Norse allege that their investigation of the hack of Sony has uncovered evidence that leads, decisively, away from North Korea as the source of the attack. Instead, the company alleges that a group of six individuals is behind the hack, at least one a former Sony Pictures Entertainment employee who worked in a technical role and had extensive knowledge of the company’s network and operations.
One of the big questions of 2014…..would be….How has Assad managed to stay in power with all that is happening in Syria?
The year is waning…..news is bordering on absolute boredom….and now time for some music to relax for the rest of the day…….
Today’s selection is an all time fave for anyone that likes Rock……
Good day…..news coming out of the battle with ISIS has slowed to a leak……I have decided to postpone any further briefings until 05Jan15……this will be the final report of 2014.
We have learned about the plane falling out of the sky into the Java sea and a ferry burning off Greece and a new Ebola person in UK…..but with all that the war continues and people die…….
Item 1–Finally! Someone has spoke the truth within the Obama inner group…….
Trying to decipher this complex enemy — a hybrid terrorist organization and a conventional army — is such a conundrum that General Nagata assembled an unofficial brain trust outside the traditional realms of expertise within the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies, in search of fresh ideas and inspiration. Business professors, for example, are examining the Islamic State’s marketing and branding strategies.
“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it,” he said, according to the confidential minutes of a conference call he held with the experts. “We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”
General Nagata’s frustration is shared by other American officials. Even as President Obama and his top civilian and military aides express growing confidence that Iraqi troops backed by allied airstrikes have blunted the Islamic State’s momentum on the ground in Iraq and undermined its base of support in Syria, other officials acknowledge they have barely made a dent in the larger, longer-term campaign to kill the ideology that animates the terrorist movement.
Item 2–US and ally airstrikes are down to a dribble…..lack of targets is the culprit…..
Item 3–100’s of Iraqis and Syrians die daily……we should ask them what they desire…..maybe in 2015 might be a good time.
I apologize for the brevity of this briefing situations are under-reported…..hopefully a war becomes a priority in the media and the story is better told than today.
I will return to the briefings on 5Jan15….have a good holiday.
Thanx for your time and attention.
Turn The Page!
That is the story that the Pentagon keeps spreading through the airways……thus making the MSM an accomplice in the use of propaganda……Americans are reassured that the USA and its allies are handing ISIS their asses on a plate…….
There is a slight problem with all the successes we are told about……
The first Western journalist to receive wide access to ISIS-controlled territories says the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than the West knows, the Independent reports. The ground it controls has “dimensions larger than the UK,” Jürgen Todenhöfer, who has returned to Germany after 10 days with the group, tells German-language media. And its support is apparently expanding: “Hundreds of willing fighters arrive from all over the world” every day, and they show “an almost ecstatic enthusiasm that I have never encountered in any other war zone.” What’s more, in Mosul, Iraq, some 5,000 ISIS members sleep so far apart that bombing them all would require destroying the city, he says. And “with every bomb that is dropped and hits a civilian, the number of terrorists increases.”
ISIS continually says it wants to take over the world, and it “plan(s) the biggest religious cleansing in history,” Todenhöfer says. Meanwhile, it has worked to create “social welfare” and develop education—including for girls, which surprised the journalist. “The only ones who could stop this now are the moderate Iraqi Sunnis,” he says. “If you want to defeat an opponent, you must know him.” Todenhöfer, 74, headed to Mosul after extensive discussions with ISIS fighters via Skype, al Arabiya reports. He was joined by his son, who was in charge of filming the journalist’s interviews, Deutsche Welle adds. Today he’s set to publish a reflection on his experiences, with a book also to come.
I am sure that this news will be written off as a reporter with an agenda or that ISIS put on a strong face just for this guy…….but the real news tells a different story….yes they have had some setbacks but they do NOT look like they are losing the war……
Amazing this guys access ro ISIS was under reported….why is that?
The conflict with ISIS rages on….the US has put together a sterling list of part-time allies and among these is one of NATO’s “strongest members…..Turkey.
But this “strong” ally seems to be playing games at the expense of so many others……this is a well written article that tells a lot about our “strong” ally…..
Slow day……so I will leave you a song that uses just about every sale’s pitch you have ever heard…..Tom Waite’s “Step Right Up”………
Good day….I do hope that everyone had a lovely holiday…..shall we move on to what is happening in the Middle East?
Item 1–During the Xmas break a Jordanian plane was downed by ISIS and the pilot captured and put on display. This could open another front in this war….Jordan has its supporters of ISIS.
A warplane in the US-led coalition that is bombing ISIS in Syria went down near Raqqa today, the AP reports, and Jordan is confirming ISIS claims that one of its pilots has been captured by the militants. The pro-ISIS Raqqa Media Center published photos to Facebook showing a bleeding man they claim is the Jordanian pilot, reports the BBC. The photos show a man in a white shirt being taken out of a body of water by armed men, as well as an image of a military card and a caption identifying him as Royal Jordanian Air Force Flight Lieutenant Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh, the BBC notes. The lieutenant’s father confirmed to a Syrian newspaper that his son’s plane went down in Syria and passed a message along to ISIS: “May Allah plant mercy in your hearts and may you release my son.”
It would be the first warplane shot down by the Islamic State since airstrikes began three months ago, and the first foreign soldier to fall into the group’s hands, notes the AP. Activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claim ISIS used an anti-aircraft missile. Some worry what this incident means for how well ISIS fighters are armed, how well US-led aircraft can protect themselves, and whether Arab nations will be more reluctant to join. In its air mission against Syrian ISIS sites, the US has been joined by Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, with Qatar lending logistical aid, the AP notes
Item 2–Some are searching for a negotiated settlement of the war in Syria…….
The search for a negotiated settlement to the Syrian civil war is gaining steam, as President Bashar Assad’s forces feel increasingly squeezed on the battlefield and Islamic extremist groups proliferate across the region.
Russia, Assad’s chief international ally, is trying to convene peace talks in Moscow between Syrian government representatives and the mainstream opposition on how to move toward a political transition. Its diplomats have been shuttling between various sides of the conflict to try to arrange talks without preconditions.
Elsewhere, U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura is attempting to decrease the level of carnage in Syria through a plan that calls for “freezing the conflict” in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo as a building block for a wider solution to the war.
So far, there is little to suggest that either of those plans has a real chance of success. But analysts say there is a greater chance now for a settlement as a result of recent government losses in the north and south as well as growing resentment toward Assad among his traditional supporters ? particularly after the mass killings of soldiers by militants.
The longer the war in Syria goes on the worse everything will become…..this will gain traction in 2015….as the war in Iraq gets further expanded….
Item 3–As the US continues the military build-up of troops so with the defense contractors……those overpaid people that do what the troops should be doing….
As the Pentagon continues to add ground troops to Iraq for the ISIS war, it is expected that considerable numbers of private military contractors will follow.
The Pentagon made it clear, before they even started going into Iraq this next time, that they were looking for contractors for long-term deployments. Officials say the exact size will depend on how spread out the actual ground troops are, but signs are it will be considerable.
What this means is that corporations will be raking in massive profits from the use of US Troops.
Item 4–Reports are that the Islamic State is a failed state……
Recent reports out of ISIS territory are declaring the region a “failed state,” with shortages of medicine and rising food prices. The major city of Mosul has run out of chlorine, making its drinking water dangerous.
Though being spun as a failure of leadership by ISIS, such sights are pretty common in war zones, and all of ISIS territory is undergoing regular bombardment by the US and its allies, while US sanctions aim to prevent commerce from the oil-rich Syrian territory ISIS holds.
This of course sounds more like a propaganda piece…..yes there are difficulties but I do not think the end is near…..right now.
Item 5–Is there a sign that the Us will be more involved than today in the battle with ISIS?
For years, the US was wondering what it was going to do with many thousands of war vehicles it shipped to Afghanistan when the drawdown left so many of them in surplus. At times they talked about giving them away, or shredding them.
Instead, 3,100 such vehicles have been sent to Kuwait, where the US is massing them for use in the ever-escalating war against ISIS. Officials simply found another war for them
US Transport Command says that the Army has “room” to hold all the gear in Kuwait, and is simply storing it there until they figure out what they have a need for. History suggests they’ll invent needs for it, if nothing immediately springs up.
A small piece of intel but warrants keeping an eye on…….these vehicles are close….”if needed”.