Closzing Thought–01Nov17

 

In case you have been away from the boob tube…..here is what the indictments were about……

It has only just begun…..
That is it for me for today……see you guys tomorrow with more stuff……… chuq
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A Good Chuckle From Afghanistan (Nothing Funny In Afghanistan)

Since day one the the CIA has been on the ground in Afghanistan…..first they were after the dick Osama….then they went silent but just there in the background……doing whatever it is the CIA does in the back ground (use your imagination)…..and since someone let Osama sneak passed them and into Pakistan and we have been fighting the Taleban for the hearts of the Afghan people the CIA hang whatever it is from the shadows (again use your imagination)….and all that time the Taleban has been killing and maiming….but now Trump and his at Langley have a new plan……….

CIA director Mike Pompeo has talked about the need to be more “aggressive” against militants, and the New York Times reports that his words are turning into reality in Afghanistan. The agency is ramping up its mission against the Taliban in the country, sending out small paramilitary units with Afghan forces to hunt down members of the group. Previously, the CIA focused more on al-Qaeda and in assisting Afghan intelligence services, but the newspaper says the aggressive new turn fits in to President Trump’s strategy of eventually bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

“We can’t perform our mission if we’re not aggressive,” Pompeo said at a security forum earlier this month. “This is unforgiving, relentless. You pick the word. Every minute, we have to be focused on crushing our enemies.” Trump himself had previously sounded a similar sentiment, declaring that “the killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms.” One particular target of the new units will be Taliban bombmakers

One question……what have these f*ckers been doing for the past 16 years?

The Major Fight For Grenada

My hospital stay has limited the amount of mind numbing history I have offered up to my readers ( I know some have welcomed the respite from the history but others appreciate my little trips down memory lane).

In 1983 a truck bomb with 2000 lb of TNT was detonated in Beirut at the US Marine barracks killing 220 Marines and shortly after the attack the Marines were painkilling out of Beirut and their peacekeeping  mission.

After that humiliating attack the Us had to do something to get the mojo back that they lots in Beirut……and what better place than an island the size of a grape on the Caribbean?  Grenada.

On October 25, 1983, American troops invaded the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada. It took less than a week for American forces to subdue the country. One correspondent famously called the whole endeavor a lovely little war. So why exactly did the US invade a country the size of Philadelphia with a population the size of Dayton, Ohio? Well, it is a bit complicated. A little back story is in order. Grenada was a British colony until 1974. For most of the 1970s it was ruled by a rather violent president, Eric Gairy. His secret police, the Mongoose Gang, terrorized the population. Who supplied said Mongoose Gang? The American backed dictator of Chile, General Augusto Pinochet.

Source: Why Did the United States Invade the Tiny Island of Grenada in 1983? | HistoryBuff | The Future of History

And this is how the US got its war mojo back to where it needed to be……

Thirty-four years ago, this week (October 25th) the U.S. invaded the Caribbean island of Grenada, rescued some medical students, and rounded-up a gang of thugs and criminals, along with their Cuban communist backers. Remember that? More than a few people back then had a hard time pronouncing the name of the place or even locating it in the right hemisphere. The conflict was wrapped up in a matter of weeks and America moved on, the Spice Isle all but forgotten. But in U.S. military history the invasion of Grenada turned out to be a very big deal indeed because the post-mortem on the inter-service bickering and lack of communication led directly to reforms and a new kind of cooperative warfare bearing more than tropical fruit today. The road to Abbottabad and the takedown of Osama bin Laden arguably begins three-decades before in Grenada.

When President Reagan gave the order to take the island, the Defense Department was new to the game of small wars and did what it always did: sent everyone to the party but without an experienced organizer. The Marines, freshly bloodied in the Beirut barracks bombing only days before, got a ride from the Navy which would be in charge. At the last minute, the 82nd Airborne was called in to insure enough of the right people were present. Those new small teams of Special Ops forces–the Deltas and SEALS–would be part of the mix too. In fact, they were originally the party and then the invitations expanded. Seven-thousand troops, in all. Looking back now, it was a dysfunctional family, gathered in duress, with each service trying to outdo the other. What we had here, too often, was a failure to communicate. Army helicopters bringing casualties were waved off Navy decks for a lack of Army helo pilot to Navy ship radio. And, the famous incident, the SEAL officer and his men pinned down rescuing Sir Paul Scoon forced to use his ATT calling card to ring up the command in North Carolina to direct an air strike of the AC-130 gunships overhead due a positioning anomaly.

Source: Grenada 1983: How the U.S. Military Got its Mojo Back | Small Wars Journal

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How the U.S. Military Got its Mojo Back

 

First off–another round of doctors todayso posting may be a bit low….I apologize for that and will be back as soon as possible–love you guys.  chuq

After the Beirut barracks bombing in 1983 killing US Marines the US was reeling from the defeat and the forced withdrawal of troops from Lebanon…..the US was embarrassed and they had to find away to reassert their dominance in the world.

Reagan and the Boyz were presented with perfect solution…..Grenada.

Thirty-four years ago, this week (October 25th) the U.S. invaded the Caribbean island of Grenada, rescued some medical students, and rounded-up a gang of thugs and criminals, along with their Cuban communist backers. Remember that? More than a few people back then had a hard time pronouncing the name of the place or even locating it in the right hemisphere. The conflict was wrapped up in a matter of weeks and America moved on, the Spice Isle all but forgotten. But in U.S. military history the invasion of Grenada turned out to be a very big deal indeed because the post-mortem on the inter-service bickering and lack of communication led directly to reforms and a new kind of cooperative warfare bearing more than tropical fruit today. The road to Abbottabad and the takedown of Osama bin Laden arguably begins three-decades before in Grenada.

When President Reagan gave the order to take the island, the Defense Department was new to the game of small wars and did what it always did: sent everyone to the party but without an experienced organizer. The Marines, freshly bloodied in the Beirut barracks bombing only days before, got a ride from the Navy which would be in charge. At the last minute, the 82nd Airborne was called in to insure enough of the right people were present. Those new small teams of Special Ops forces–the Deltas and SEALS–would be part of the mix too. In fact, they were originally the party and then the invitations expanded. Seven-thousand troops, in all. Looking back now, it was a dysfunctional family, gathered in duress, with each service trying to outdo the other. What we had here, too often, was a failure to communicate. Army helicopters bringing casualties were waved off Navy decks for a lack of Army helo pilot to Navy ship radio. And, the famous incident, the SEAL officer and his men pinned down rescuing Sir Paul Scoon forced to use his ATT calling card to ring up the command in North Carolina to direct an air strike of the AC-130 gunships overhead due a positioning anomaly.

Source: Grenada 1983: How the U.S. Military Got its Mojo Back | Small Wars Journal

And, as they say, the rest is history…….