Yet More News From The Battlefield

My continuing series of news from our on-going wars that the media seems to think is unimportant…….I learn so that you can learn.

A few months ago the Iraqi military was preparing to go into Mosul in Iraq and retake it from ISIS….at that time some general was boasting on the fact that it would be a short conflict and that the Iraqi military would soundly defeat ISIS and take back the city…..

Well the long anticipated action began last week and there is news about the Iraqi success…..there was NONE…..

The notion that ISIS fighters are unrivaled on the battlefield doesn’t always stand up to close scrutiny, but the ISIS leadership can certainly continue to push that narrative this week, after routing an Iraqi military offensive near Mosul.

As has so often been the case, the Iraqi troops didn’t handle coming under fire particularly well, and fled en masse as soon as the shooting started in earnest, with analysts warning that the Iraqi troops simply aren’t combat ready, and lost what little ground they took almost immediately.

Having ISIS drastically outnumbered by most estimates, Iraqi officials have been talking up the idea that the entire war would be won by year’s end, only to have this preliminary offensive put on indefinite hiatus, as they wait for reinforcements to replace the deserters.

I would say that the cash we are spending on their training is money flushed down a toilet.

After many mont6hs of denial on the fact that we will escalate our troop[ involvement in the Middle East….news has come out……

Speaking today during a visit to the naval command ship USS Blue Ridge, Defense Secretary Ash Carter insisted that the ongoing political battles within the Iraqi government will in no way impact the ongoing efforts to escalate America’s war against ISIS on Iraqi soil.

We’re going to accelerate the military campaign as fast as we can,” Carter declared. It is believed that the escalating US involvement is going to include significantly more ground troops, along with the introduction of Apache attack helicopters.

So much for the pledge of NO Troops……how many times have I , as well as others, said they were lying when that stated NO Troops?

Spring and a young Afghan’s thoughts turn to…..war……

The Taleban has announced that it will get serious about their attacks……

Margherita Stancati for The Wall Street Journal reports: Taliban’s announcement of their spring offensive occurs just days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the capital Kabul to reaffirm U.S. support for the government led by President Ashraf Ghani.

The Islamist movement usually begins its jihad operations backed by suicide and guerilla attacks with the onset of spring, when the mountain passes get cleared from snow, making it easier for combat groups invade many parts of the country. This year’s offensive is going to commemorate the Taliban leader Mulah Mohammad Omari’s death, which occurred two years ago.

“With the advent of spring it is again time for us to renew our jihadist determination and operations,” read the Taliban statement, saying fresh military operations would “employ all means at our disposal to bog the enemy down in a war of attrition.” It was estimated that now the Taliban forces are stronger than ever since they were hit by U.S.-backed forces in 2001.

Source: Afghan Taliban Announce Spring Offensive

More chances of Americans dying……..and for what?

The US has had many problems arming the “moderate” rebels in Syria…it seems these weapons get into the hands of ISIS and other bad guys…..so you would think that we would look for a way to get these weapons in the right hands, right?

Think again!

While most people are focusing on the Syrian ceasefire, which has held since February, as an opportunity to negotiate a settlement to the civil war, the US and its “vetted rebels” are looking beyond it, making plans for the day when it collapses.

According to officials familiar with the situation, the CIA has been drawing up a “plan B” for the collapse of the peace talks, which will see a massive new influx of US weapons to “moderate” rebel factions, in another attempt to shift the war in favor of those groups.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because the CIA already had programs for arming “vetted” rebel factions earlier in the civil war, programs which ended with those groups no more powerful, and large amounts of US weapons winding up in the hands of ISIS and al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

What;s that old saying about doing things over and over and expecting a different outcome?

All the news the media deems unsuitable for public consumption…..and that is why I am here.

Drudge Report Emerges as Factor in GOP Race

One of my biggest bitches about the American voting public is that they do not try to learn all aspects of an issue before voting….instead they find sites that will do nothing to enhance their knowledge but rather just reinforce their particular stands……

Take the Drudge Report, many Righties use this site as some sort of prophetic site….I am not one of those….I feel that Drudge like Infowars and others are nothing but rags not suitable for toilet paper………..but it appears that the Drudge is becoming very influential in the GOP race….

Matt Drudge and his Drudge Report have become a big focus of the Republican race this week. Things really took off Monday when Ted Cruz told a conservative radio host that Drudge’s website “has basically become the attack site for the Trump campaign,” reports BuzzFeed. Cruz took exception to several headlines on the site suggesting that he had won in Colorado over the weekend thanks only to insider politics by party leaders bent on defeating Donald Trump. “And most days, they have six-month-old article that is some attack on me, and it’s whatever the Trump campaign is pushing that day will be the banner headline on Drudge,” said Cruz. He added that “they no longer cover news.” As the Hill reports, Drudge has responded by linking to a January story in which Cruz sounded pleased with the site: “We have got the Internet, we have got the Drudge Report,” he said at the time.

Drudge also linked to an analysis in the Washington Post headlined, “Ted Cruz’s war with Matt Drudge could become a huge problem for his campaign.” In that piece, James Hohmann writes that a “word cloud” from social media shows that Drudge is making an impact, with the words “cheating” and “drudge” showing up among mentions of Cruz’s Colorado win. This should worry Cruz because it could make his victories seem illegitimate to conservatives. “If Cruz wins the nomination at a contested convention in Cleveland, he will need these grass-roots activists to rally around him,” writes Hohmann. “If regular Drudge readers believe he did not win fair and square, they will be less inclined to do so.” A blogger at the American Spectator, meanwhile, dismisses the “reprehensible” coverage on Drudge as “cheap tabloid tricks.” Trump is looking for a “distraction” from the reality that he was beaten soundly in Colorado, where the rules were clear, writes Ross Kaminsky.

Sites like this are not for information and education….they serve only as an ideology portal.

So will Drudge work as a paid agent for the Trump campaign?  That would eliminate the “fair and balanced” bullsh*t that most of the Right push almost daily.

What say you?

“I WILL NOT Accept!”

This election is a wealth of entertaining skits……and thanx to them the media can go around speculating their butts off….after all it is what they do….news means nothing to them.

The most recent comedic skit was that of Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, and his presser yesterday….

His name keeps coming up as a savior candidate for the GOP, and Paul Ryan keeps insisting he’s not interested. But on Tuesday afternoon, the House speaker sought to end the speculation once and for all. “I do not want, nor will I accept the Republican nomination,” he said emphatically at a news conference, reports the AP. If nobody has the necessary number of delegates to secure the nomination at the GOP convention, the party should then choose someone from among those who were declared candidates, he said. “Count me out.” (One forecast had put his odds of becoming the nominee at 54%.)

He sounds forceful in his claim, don’t you think?

Keep in mind that this the same thing he said when the story circulated that he would be the Speaker of the House.

I did not believe his act then so why would I believe it now?

After his campaign like video of him in the House as Speaker and his history of BS….I would say that this is just a set up for if and when he is offered the nomination.

Will he or won’t he?

The Enemy Within: Terrorist Enablers on the Potomac

I am in the process of writing a white paper on terrorism…..people do not understand the terror or the action….they have nothing to relate to other than mindless rhetoric in the news and on some blogs…..

Of course the people that want to hate are going to hate….but I hope that some would care enough to learn about the subject……

The US has a  tendency to jump mindlessly into different situations that in turn have dire consequences…..at times.

Hillary Clinton and CIA director David Petraeus had a brilliant idea: they would fund, arm, and train a proxy army in Syria, overthrow the regime of strongman Bashar al-Assad, and jump on the rapidly moving train of the “Arab Spring” to extend US influence in the region. What could go wrong? Plenty. The “Free Syrian […]

Source: The Enemy Within: Terrorist Enablers on the Potomac – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

“Unrealistic” Candidates and the Prophetic Tradition

I have to be honest….I am enjoying the theatrics in this election on both sides…..it is better than watching a hockey game with all the body blows.

I am fascinated by the media’s fixation on the Dem side and the super-delegates….a worthless bit of reporting….but that is what I have come to expect from the MSM.

My favorite one was recently when MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, a reporter with a significant amount of experience asked a Sanders supporter…..”Your candidate has accused Cliton of selling her soul to Wall Street…..do you believe she actually has sold her soul?”

Sorry that alone illustrates the total lack of accurate reporting that is occurring in the media.

Meanwhile back to the super-delegate thing…….

I should say right away that this is no brief for the Sanders candidacy. I am sympathetic to both sides of the discussion. I myself am a realist. 

But I am also highly intrigued by the “unrealistic” meme in Democratic Party politics these days. Secretary Clinton has leaned heavily on this meme in response to her crushing defeat in Wisconsin. 

I am old enough to have been politically active when the Democrats put their superdelegate scheme into effect: the Hunt Commission’s report and all that. The year was 1984, and the new crop of convention superdelegates that year ensured that Jimmy Carter’s loyal VP, Walter Mondale, a loyal party regular, secured the party nomination and blocked Gary Hart’s insurgent campaign (which Hart himself, needless to say, had also helped to sabotage).

Source: “Unrealistic” Candidates and the Prophetic Tradition – LA Progressive

It is fun!  This circus is far from over and there is still plenty of time for antics and drama…..enough to keep us all amused until November when we will have voters withdrawal.