Professor’s Continuing Battlefront Reports

There is a reluctance of the MSM to report anything that is not sensational mon the wars, the many wars, we are fighting.

This is where I feel I must do their job for them.

We know that Americans are fighting, yet again, in Iraq and Syria, to mention only few conflicts…..

The Pentagon today reiterated that the US special forces on the ground in Syria are in a purely non-combat role, despite a new spate of photographs showing the troops embedded with Kurdish YPG forces in combat operations.

The photos showed the US Green Berets wearing the insignia of the Kurdish YPG on their uniform, likely to be a topic of contention with US ally Turkey, who considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization. Pentagon officials say it is “fairly common” for US troops to wear other factions’ insignia.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said that US special forces are aiming to “blend in with the community to enhance their own protection” by wearing the Kurdish insignia, while Col. Steve Warren said it was a “sign of partnership” with the Kurds.

Very similar to another one of our “wars”…..

Is it possible that training for rebels may not be the winning strategy that so many claim?

All the other Pentagon-trained Syrian rebel factions, from their costly and largely ineffective foray into training, have either defected or been destroyed. The last little group, which holds the Tanaf border crossing between Iraq and Syria, is now on the brink.

The rebels pushed their way in and surprised a small number of ISIS forces at the border, which is the southern-most crossing between Iraq and Syria, but now with ISIS conducting counter-offensives in the area, it seems only a matter of time before they face another attack.

The rebels complain they aren’t getting much support from the US, which they described as a “dereliction of duty,” saying that they are debating whether or not to flee rather than simply wait for the inevitable rout from the much-larger ISIS force.

Maybe a workable “Plan B” would be advised…..

There is some news….not earth shaking news…..but basically a confirmation of the use of US troops…..

As Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga launches a new offensive just east of the major ISIS city of Mosul, witnesses on the ground reported US troops loading into armored vehicles and heading eastward, toward the frontlines.The Pentagon refused to confirm where the troops were headed.

The Pentagon would only describe it as an “advise and assist operation to help Kurdish Peshmerga forces.” It is noteworthy that the troops warned reporters present not to take pictures, after similar pictures emerged of US troops embedded with Syrian Kurdish forces, sparking a row with Turkey.

I have always thought that the term “Advise and Assist” was a stupid thing to try and sell to the public….but apparently it works well on the mental midgets….

Once again just my small attempt to help my readers see what is happening since the MSM seems to prefer not to report some things that may be contrary to their paradigm…..

Stay tuned…..I am sure there is more to come….

The Libertarian Party has a cognitive dissonance problem

I have been writing a lot about the two parties and their candidates…..none of which I would hire to wipe my ass….and as I usually do around the election is also offer posts on the alternate candidates that the voter could have as a choice.  As it is today the two major choices are a lying bitch and babbling moron…..we are so F*CKED!

Recently I wrote a piece about the Libertarians and keeping with that line for now……I offer up some more insights into the Libertarian Party….

Who will lead the Party in 2016?

I am so glad you asked!

The Libertarian Party has nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate, and if his name rings a bell, that’s because he was the party’s nominee in 2012, reports the AP. Delegates to the party’s convention in Orlando on Sunday picked Johnson on the second ballot over Austin Petersen, the founder of the Libertarian Republic magazine, and John McAfee, sometime fugitive and founder of the eponymous anti-virus company. Johnson hit 49.5% of votes in the first round, which CNN notes was just short of the majority needed; he sealed the deal in the second round with 55.8%.

Johnson got about 1% of the popular vote in 2012. But the party is hoping for a strong showing in November because of the deep unpopularity polls show for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. The 63-year-old Johnson was governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 as a Republican.

There are so many thiongs to consider when looking at a third party……

How can you run to be the chief executive of an extremely statist entity from a perch that is diametrically opposed to the modern state?

The Libertarian Party selects its nominee in Orlando this weekend, and for the first time since the mid-1990s, their leading candidate is polling at or around 10 percent nationally. That man — former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson — is a regular on network and cable television, and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, is settling into his own public role quite nicely.

The Libertarian Party certainly faces structural challenges in a nation dominated by two political parties. But their main problem is different — and it’s one they have control over.

Source: The Libertarian Party has a cognitive dissonance problem

Each election has its alternative candidates the problem is….while they have some interesting policies the voter will not give them much notice because they are too busy drooling over the worse possible candidates this country has to offer.

This election is NO different!

I will soon be posting of the Green Party and its candidate, Dr. Jill Stein.

The Neocon-Liberal Hawk Convergence

I truly hope that everyone had a good and restful holiday weekend…..and on to more important things that we need to consider….

The 2016 election looms large…..and if you are a person that fears our international interventionism then you have NO real choice in this contest….a protest vote could be wasted…..

As most readers will know I have been writing and posting about the combo, the marriage if you will,  of neocon and Dem warhawks……it is getting to the point that they are almost indistinguishable from each other…….

And to me it is a disturbing occurrence….there is No one left to be the voice of reason within our government….especially when war looms……

I read an article last week that sort of touches on this point…..

by Jim Lobe

Late last month, I published a post entitled “Hillary’s Foreign Policy: A Liberal-Neoconservative Convergence?” that featured the announcement of a new report by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) to be rolled out May 16. I was traveling that day, so I missed the formal launch and only got around to reading the report this past weekend.

It was even worse than what I had anticipated.

The report, entitled “Extending American Power: Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement in a Competitive World Order,” is based on the deliberations of a bipartisan task force of 10 senior members of the foreign policy establishment augmented by six dinner discussions with invited issue and regional “experts.” The task force was co-chaired by former Assistant Secretary of State (under Madeleine Albright) Jamie Rubin and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Bob Kagan, who also apparently doubled as the principal co-authors.

Source: The Neocon-Liberal Hawk Convergence is Worse Than I Thought « LobeLog

This convergence is disturbing on so many levels….but the most disturbing is that it could lead to even more international entanglements…..and no one cares…..

Inside the hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

I know that are some that do not have any idea what is happening in the terrorism because it is more important to worry about something that has not happened yet…..but believe it or not the world is actually trying to hunt down and eliminate the leader of ISIS…..

The US has tried to do this prick in….especially with drones….there have been reports that he has been hurt….or maybe paralyzed…..or maybe even killed….but as of yet there is little confirmation of much of what is said about this a/hole.

All that aside there is an effort to hunt this brutal toad and capture or kill with the hope that it will weaken ISIS to the point of collapse….

Intelligence officials have pieced together details of the recent movements of the world’s most wanted man….

t the closest point they can reach to the Islamic State heartlands, the Kurdish Peshmerga can almost feel their enemy. Most days Isis fighters fire mortars or bullets at their frontline, 10 miles south of Sinjar, sometimes crawling through long grass for hours until they are close enough to shoot.

Several miles further south, some of Isis’s most senior leaders regularly gather in the grey concrete villages of the terror group’s northern vanguard, which for more than a decade had been the safest corners of Iraq for them to come and go. Moving among the nearby towns of Ba’ej and Billij, according to the Kurds watching from the ground, and intelligence officials keeping tabs from other vantage points, is the world’s most wanted man, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Intelligence officials, who have spent the past two years trying to pinpoint Baghdadi’s movements, are now convinced that he moves within a tight arc of north-western Iraq and north-eastern Syria, within sight of this frontline, an area in which he has remained for almost all of his time as self-anointed leader.

Source: Inside the hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi | World news | The Guardian

Again this pressed is for those that actually care about the war to end the brutality of ISIS…..

Climate Change And The Middle East

My readers know that I am forever watching international relations and looking for the causes of all the conflicts we are having these days.  There is one area that is overlooked when analyzing security…..food and water….

Climate change is a hot button issue most of the time especially here in the US…..there are so many deniers that it becomes almost humorous (I said ALMOST)……

Regardless what one wants to believe there are changes occurring around the world in the climate that we all depend on for a living.

Look at California….the drought there and in parts of Ethiopia and yes even the Middle East are pointing to warning signs that too many are trying to ignore.  Food is a extremely important section of what we all like to call “national security”.  Why?

Hungry people and unemployed people when they feel they have NO other option will resort to violence in an attempt to satisfy their needs.  What starts off as a protest on conditions and a government’s lack of interests can escalate into armed conflict and even a destructive civil war…..only need to look no further than Syria.

Food and water will be the next major obstacle to a peaceful world in the next decade……

The whole region, already arguably the least water-secure in the world, draws heavily on groundwater and desalinated sea water, and faces exceptional water-related challenges for the foreseeable future, says the WRI’s report: Ranking the World’s Most Water-Stressed Countries in 2040.
Water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing Near East and North Africa countries: fresh water availability in the region is expected to drop by 50% by year 2050.

Source: Is Climate Change drying out the Middle East even More? | Informed Comment

While the article focuses on Bahrain it will encompass the entire region very soon….

(Middle East map of Köppen climate classification; h/t Wikipedia)

“Within this century, parts of the Persian Gulf region could be hit with unprecedented events of deadly heat as a result of climate change, according to a study of high-resolution climate models,” a recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) research warned.

The research–titled “Persian Gulf could experience deadly heat”, reveals details of a business-as-usual scenario for greenhouse gas emissions, but also shows that curbing emissions could forestall these “deadly temperature extremes.”

Source: Will Climate change make the Middle East Uninhabitable? | Informed Comment

I realize that these days the major concern is that ISIS will make gains in the Middle East and possibly endanger the world as a whole…..but to ignore the effects of climate on the region could be more dangerous than we think.  Not to mention more volatile.

(Please if you would like to comment at least read the articles and comment on their conclusions)

Memorial Day–2016

Today is Memorial Day….a day set aside to remember our fallen service people during a time of war.

We build monuments to them and then they are soon forgotten…at least this day the public is forced to remember…..all the “sunshine patriots” come out of the woodwork…..and most will beat their chests like sex crazed primates….the sound and fury that signifies (what?)…….

But first a musical interlude….

This will be my only post of the day for I intend to honor our vets in my own way…..first I post this video of the group that I was part of during the Vietnam War…the LRRPs…..with the 9th Infantry Division….Mekong Delta….Republic of South Vietnam…..

Please take the time to learn about a group of men that did all asked of them and for the most part have been forgotten….something I hope to rectify…..

 

9th Infantry Division RECONDO Qualification Badge, LRRP, LRP | Vietnam ...

Although the LRRPs of Vietnam became the 75th Rangers…..I was a LRRP then and will always be a LRRP.  I refuse to let my guys be eaten up by the legend of the Rangers…..we were there first and we did it better…….

In closing let me leave my readers with a couple of thoughts……

Our veterans are having a rough time…as they always have when they return home from war……we need to do better in their care…..we need to care more than we do today……

The Veterans First Act, does almost nothing to fix the structural problems with the VA. Instead, this bill will increase costs and further entrench an unaccountable bureaucracy. Worst of all, under this bill, veterans will continue to be left waiting for the critical medical care they need.

“The VA, riddled with scandal, needs an overhaul focused on accountability and choice that leads to improved delivery of health care to our veterans. The Isakson-Blumenthal bill meets all the demands of the federal employees, but none of the demands of veterans.

Don’t let mere political activity be mistaken for actual progress.  Our veterans deserve better. We strongly urge Senators to reject the Isakson-Blumenthal bill, and keep the door open for real VA reform.

One last thought……

Please take a moment of your time today to remember all those that did not return home to their loved ones…it is the least we can do!

Go now and enjoy your Holiday activities….I shall return tomorrow in full force….

Peace Out!

And You Think You Are Having a Bad Day

My weekend….and I will be doing what I always do….avoiding anything remotely newsworthy while I spend time with one of my fave people, my granddaughter…..it is her time to pick the game…..but yesterday’s post was as popular as a turd in a punch bowl…..I will NEVER try to give a little history on weekends again…..maybe today’s post will be more wisely accepted…..

We all have a bad day now and then……some are small others are big and life changing…..and then there are those days that you just thank whatever deity you believe in that it is not happening to you……

I read a story that by definition is the best example of “having a bad day”…..

Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the toilet. Coconuts Bangkok reports Thai resident Attaporn Boonmakchuay was five minutes into his “usual bowel movement” Wednesday morning when a huge python bit him on the penis. The 10-foot snake had, well, snaked its way through his home’s plumbing, according to the AP. Sky News reports Attaporn’s wife and neighbor entered the blood-soaked bathroom to help, but their efforts with a knife and rope were fruitless. It seems getting a snake off one’s penis is just something a man has to do himself. “All of a sudden … it began to lose some strength, so I used my hand to prize open its mouth,” Sky News quotes Attaporn as saying. “Then the snake released its grip.”

In all, it took the 38-year-old Attaporn—who understandably passed out immediately afterward—more than half an hour to free his penis from the python’s jaws. Emergency workers arrived to find the snake still partially inside the toilet. They freed it with hammers and planned to release it back into the wild. Attaporn was rushed to the hospital with a 3-inch wound on his penis. Doctors say he was lucky the python’s bite didn’t puncture his urinary tract, and he is expected to recover. “He has a really good attitude … even though his own wife and children were in shock,” the AP quotes the hospital director as saying. “He’s been smiling and giving interviews all day from his bed.”

Now…how is your day?

Mysteries Of The Desert

The weekend and it begins….(my poem for the day)…..

Since I love some history and I try to be fair to all parts of the planet…..I have a couple of stories about the continent of Africa…..that reminds me of line from a movie…”It is Africa…No one cares about Africa”….for the most part it is true.  Americans care little about the continent….so I try to write about it as often as I can especially when I find something that I think will interest my readers.

Ever see the movie “Sahara”?  It is a story about some guys searching for a civil war ironclad shipwreck in the desert…..may not be as far fetched as one would think……

Miners have been pulling diamonds from a vast area of Namibia’s Namib Desert called the Sperrgebiet (or “forbidden territory”) for more than a century. But in 2008, workers hunting for diamonds where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean found something even more precious: the likely remains of the Bom Jesus, a Portuguese sailing ship that disappeared some 500 years ago on its way to India. It’s a discovery, per recent coverage by News.com.au, that solved “one of the biggest maritime mysteries.” Also, says archaeologist Dieter Noli, it’s the oldest shipwreck ever found in sub-Saharan Africa. And there’s treasure as well: Included in the find were some 2,000 gold coins from Spain and Portugal, according to Gainesville News. Upon unearthing the site of the shipwreck, per CNN, workers found pieces of metal, wood, and what looked like pipes.

Not sure what they had found, they called in Noli. “It just looked like a disturbed beach,” he told CNN earlier this month, “but lying on it were bits and pieces.” Among those were a centuries-old musket and an elephant tusk. “I thought, ‘Oh, no no, this is definitely a shipwreck,'” Noli says. Ultimately, in addition to the gold, workers recovered cannons (the pipes), navigational instruments, tons of copper ingots, swords, and a lot more—some 5,438 artifacts. Not much of the actual structure of the ship remains. But archaeologists have matched the cargo with that of the Bom Jesus (which means the “Good Jesus”) based on details found in a 16th-century book that lists the ship as lost. The stretch of coastline is known for storms. Speaking to CNN, Noli speculates that the Bom Jesus “came in, it hit a rock, and it leaned over.

Then back in the day Southern Arabia and the Horn of Africa were some of the earliest evidence of humans…..there has been new evidence that it goes back some 20,000 years ago……

THE last Ice Age made much of the globe uninhabitable, but there were oases – or refugia – where people 20,000 years ago were able to cluster and survive. Researchers at the University of Huddersfield, who specialise in the analysis of human DNA, have found new evidence that there was one or more of these shelters in what is now Southern Arabia.

Once the Ice Age receded – with the onset of the Late Glacial period about 15,000 years ago – the people of this refugium then dispersed and populated Arabia and the Horn of Africa, and might also have migrated further afield.

Read on and learn something….even it is the weekend….it is never too late to learn a thing or two…..

Source: Researchers prove humans in Southern Arabia 10,000 years earlier than first thought | EurekAlert! Science News

Your history lesson is complete….now go enjoy your weekend and feel a little smarter…..you are welcome.

As per usual this will be my only post of the day…..Have a day, my friends.

Confusion Is Their Business

I have written a couple of posts about the situation in Syria and their civil war…..reporting is difficult because it is so damn confusing that few want to try and explain…(read my last post on this subject)…..

Source: And You Think That The Syrian Conflict Is Confusing – In Saner Thought

The big news, at least for now, is that there is a big armed push to attack the ISIS capital city of Raqqa in Syria….there is a combo of Kurds and Arabs teaming up to give those bastards in Raqqa the what you for……

A US-backed alliance of Kurdish-Arab fighters has started to clear ISIS fighters from the area north of Raqqa, the jihadists’ de facto capital, a US official confirmed Tuesday.

“The SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) have begun operations to clear the northern countryside, so this is putting pressure on Raqqa,” Baghdad-based US military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said.

The US military will conduct air strikes in support of the “several thousand” SDF forces, some of whom have been trained and equipped by the United States.

Source: Kurdish-Arab Alliance Starts Operation Against Islamic State in Raqqa | World Affairs Journal

The coalition is an attempt to make this armed conflict something for everybody……and the media has done an excellent job passing on the propaganda that the government wants the American people to have……but there is  problem….not all is as that want it to appear…..

Though they have, throughout US involvement in the Syrian War, been America’s go-to ally, the Kurdish YPG hasn’t had the rosiest of track records. Several times throughout the war, when offensives have put them in control of Sunni Arab territory, they have engaged in ethnic cleansing, killing Arabs they see as “pro-ISIS” and burning entire villages worth of homes.

This is informing the almost exclusively Sunni Arab population of the ISIS capital city of Raqqa as the YPG launches a major offensive just north of the city, and according to locals, is prompting many civilians to join the ISIS effort to defend the city.

I am sure the US does not intended this to be a recruitment program, right?

Well this clears up the situation in Syria, right?

Feel informed now?

“Cowgirl” Diplomacy!

Back a couple years ago we had what some termed “Cowboy Diplomacy”……that was the so-called diplomacy of GW Bush…the shoot first and worry about the consequences later  style of  “diplomacy”…….and those days are about to return….and from an unlikely (in some peoples mid) source.

I have been trying to get my readers to see where Clinton will be if and when she is elected president…..especially in the area of foreign policy.  I have said that she is a devout hawk and our international entanglements will only get deeper and a lot worse….few listen…but I soldier on…….

America’s mainstream media, ever attracted to the splashy rather than the serious, has a new topic to occupy the time until Election Day: President Trump. What will he do first? How will he translate his hazy “America First” theme into policy? Who will be in his inner circle? (Specifically, will he appoint people who really know something about foreign affairs?) There’s just so much room for playful speculation about Donald Trump that something important has been lost sight of: He’s going to lose – big time, as Trump would say.

So let’s get real: We need to be thinking about another Clinton presidency. Granted, it’s early, but then again, we already know a good deal about Hillary Clinton’s perspectives on the world, the advisers she relies on, and the policies she advocated while secretary of state. We also know she is not going to simply carry on where Barack Obama left off. In fact, on some important foreign-policy matters, we may look back nostalgically on Obama’s record.

Source: Cowgirl Diplomacy? Foreign Policy Under Hillary Clinton – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

But Hell do not take my word for it……meet the Hawks that are swooning all over Clinton…..

A running list of military interventionists who have declared preference for the long-hated Democrat

With the op-ed declaration in Wednesday’s New York Times by former Bush foreign policy hand Eliot A. Cohen that “On foreign policy, Hillary Clinton is far better” than Donald Trump, the list of Hawks for Hillary has officially become too large for handy memorization. So to keep a running tab, as well as highlight some common themes within the genre, here’s a handy guide to your conservative (or conservative-friendly) military interventionists who would rather vote for Hillary Clinton than the Republican nominee.

These are by no means the only righties in the #NeverTrump club, as this post of mine from last fall details, and their critiques of the presumptive GOP nominee mirror several of my own. But the rise of this cadre is at least a half-fulfillment of a prediction I made in 2013 and again in 2015: that neocons-for-Hillary would become a thing.

Without further ado, here are some members of Hillary’s unusual (if predictable) new fanclub. Please leave other nominees in the comments:

Source: Meet the Hawks for Hillary! – Hit & Run : Reason.com

There is only so much I can do to help people realize that she will be a disaster in the realm of foreign relations and that our military will be asked to do more and more…..until there is little left for the rest of the world to claim.

Do you really want another Bush policy running our foreign policy?

If so then please vote for Hillary

Me?  I have bigger and better things to do.