Closing Thought–20Nov17

Before I close for the day I need to let my readers know that Della Reese has died at ago 83….may she RIP.

It’s A Bird!  It’s A Plane!  It’s A Penis!

Or

The Big Penis In The Sky

I could go on with more he said she said and who touched who where and how many times…..but  have had a snoot full of these sexual allegations…yes they are serious and should be investigated not speculated to death by the media…..so I have something else in mind……

It appears there is a Navy flyer who is in deep do do……

Even Maverick never pulled off a maneuver this ballsy. Residents of the tiny Washington state town of Okanogan tell the Spokesman-Review they saw a jet drawing something in the sky around noon Thursday. “After it made the circles at the bottom, I knew what it was and started laughing,” Ramone Duran says. What it was was a giant penis drawn in the sky over central Washington. Photos of the sky genitals spread around social media, and it was a popular topic Thursday night at a local sports bar in Okanogan. Twitter user Anahi Torres called it “the most monumental thing to happen in Omak.”

While a local mother called KREM to complain she would now have to explain to her children what the skywriting depicted, not everyone was upset about the penis hovering above. “I thought it was pretty funny, and so did he,” says Misty Waugh, whose 12-year-old son texted her a photo of it. “A lot of people have been talking about it.” Officials from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island say one of their planes was responsible for the skywriting. “The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable,” officials say. An official at the FAA says the agency “cannot police morality,” and there’s nothing it can do about people defacing the sky with penises unless it poses a safety risk.

What am I going to tell my children?  A busy body cop out….if the children are that young that they do not know what a penis is then lie to them and tell them it is a puppy.  God I hate busy bodies!

Personally, I think it is pretty damn creative and took some talent to get it right…..I give them an “A” for effort and an “A” for artistic content….now the rest of the world needs to cultivate a sense of humor and stop being such a stuffed shirt.

My day is over….I need some rest so I will sign off for the day but will return tomorrow with more stuff…..TTFN…….chuq

Deaths In Niger Update

Recently there were reports on the deaths of four special ops troopers in Niger….the info coming out is confusing at best….the American media reported on these deaths and the circumstances but then all the slap and tickle stories sucked all the energy out of one of American deaths in Africa.

But I have a blog and I will continue to report on their deaths until someone gets the story straight….

This is more on the deaths from witnesses on the ground……

New details of the attack in which four US special forces and four Nigerien soldiers were killed by militants suggest that they fought alone against a far superior force for hours – despite repeated calls for help by local villagers.

Testimony collected by the Guardian suggests that soldiers ambushed in Niger last month faced an overwhelming and coordinated attack – but one that might have been cut short if Nigerien authorities had reacted as soon as they were called.

Over the course of a week, the Guardian interviewed local politicians, military sources and residents of Tongo Tongo – the village where the attack took place last month, and found:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/15/niger-us-troops-military-ambush-attack

At least the UK press is doing their job and reporting the deaths….shame the American press is too wrapped up with the antics of perverts to care about Americans dying.

I shall continue to report on American deaths in these senseless wars that some feel we most fight.

IST feels that every American death is important and needs to be reported….I shall continue until my last breath.

Beirut Barracks Bombing

In 1983 a bomb went off in Beirut and killed US Marines in their barracks……A suicide bomber drives a truck packed with explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. That same morning, 58 French soldiers were killed in their barracks two miles away in a separate suicide terrorist attack. The U.S. Marines were part of a multinational force sent to Lebanon in August 1982 to oversee the Palestinian withdrawal from Lebanon. From its inception, the mission was plagued with problems–and a mounting body count.

After the barracks bombing, many questioned whether President Ronald Reagan had a solid policy aim in Lebanon. Serious questions also arose over the quality of security in the American sector of war-torn Beirut. The U.S. peacekeeping force occupied an exposed area near the airport, but for political reasons the marine commander had not been allowed to maintain a completely secure perimeter before the attack. In a national address on October 23, President Reagan vowed to keep the marines in Lebanon, but just four months later he announced the end of the American role in the peacekeeping force. On February 26, 1984, the main force of marines left Lebanon, leaving just a small contingent to guard the U.S. embassy in Beirut.

Now for years people in the admin have been trying to blame Iran for the bombing because the bomber was allegedly a member of Hezbollah, an Iranian backed militia…..but is that the truth?

Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster recently marked the 34th anniversary of the attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Their remarks may have comforted the families and honored the sacrifice of the 242 American service members—222 of whom were Marines—who were killed. But both officials presented such a distorted version of the events of that horrible day that, if not corrected, they will cause more harm than good to our national security.

According to Pence and McMaster, the attack on the Marine (and French) barracks was an early version of the attacks of 9/11. In their view, terrorist bombers, aided and abetted by Iran, committed mass murder and inspired Osama bin Laden by attacking U.S. and allied military forces that were simply in Lebanon on a peacekeeping mission. Moreover, the attack demonstrates that their boss, President Trump, was right not to certify the nuclear deal with Iran.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/setting-the-record-straight-the-beirut-barracks-bombing/

AS you can see….there is always more to the story than we get in the news or from our fearless leaders….

Death Of A Green Beret

I recently wrote a couple of posts about the death of a Green Beret at the hands of two SEALs in Mali…..(read them both before you continue)

https://lobotero.com/2017/10/31/usafricom-wtf/

https://lobotero.com/2017/11/13/death-in-mali/

I have been monitoring the situation and have not had much info on the investigation….but the Army has released a bit more information on the death…..

A jarring story emerged last month about US special operations forces: Two Navy SEALs are under investigation in the death of an Army Green Beret in the African nation of Mali. Details on a potential motive have been scant, but the Daily Beast has talked to five special-ops sources to lay out a narrative. Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, the 34-year-old victim, discovered that the Navy SEALs were keeping some of the money that was supposed to go to informants, according to the story. When Melgar found the cash, the SEALs reportedly offered him a share of the take, but he turned them down. This eventually led to a confrontation in the early morning hours of June 4, during which Melgar lost consciousness and stopped breathing, per the Daily Beast.

The SEALs and another Green Beret drove Melgar to a clinic, but he was dead upon arrival, US Africa Command officials tell the Daily Beast. At that point, the SEALs’ official account of what happened began to unravel. They reported that Logan had been drunk that night, but no alcohol was found in his system during an autopsy, and it’s believed that Logan didn’t drink, period. Perhaps worse, he had written to his wife about the problems he was having with the SEALs, and she has given those emails to investigators. The official cause of death is “homicide by asphyxiation,” per Military.com. No charges have been filed against the unidentified members of Navy SEAL Team 6, who remain on administrative leave as the investigation unfolds.

I am amazed how little concern there is for this situation….greed and Americans killing Americans because of it….

The media will go on ad nauseum with all the slap and tickle reports….I have to hear about every person that ever had their butt pinched but not a word on the death of an American at the hands of other Americans.

This is disgraceful and shameful turn of events….every American who dies fighting these senseless wars is news and as such needs to be reported.

Afghan Update–Nov 2017

Afghanistan the forgotten war….but the old professor missing toes and all will not let it be pushed to the back page of the local newspaper…..

This is just my update of the situation in the country that we have invaded and fought over for 16 years….

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump’s White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and—so they insist—win. “The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might,” said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban. Overturning Barack Obama’s planned (and stalled) drawdown in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that the Pentagon would send 4,000 more soldiers to fight there, bringing American troop strength to nearly 15,000.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/into-the-afghan-abyss-again/5618174

Every year there seems to be a record opium crop in Afghanistan and this year appears to be the same…..

Opium poppy cultivation has hit a record high in Afghanistan, according to a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Counter Narcotics. The milestone is just the latest in a long string of failures associated with Washington’s 16-year war in Afghanistan and its even longer ;war on drugs.

The U.S. has spent more than $100 billion on reconstruction in Afghanistan since 2002, and more than $8 billion on counternarcotics efforts alone. Yet while 750 hectares of poppy fields have been eradicated there this year, another 328,000 hectares were cultivated in 2017—up from 201,000 hectares in 2016.

http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/15/2017-a-record-year-for-opium-poppy-culti

The big news is the Russia is once again in Afghanistan (a neocon dream with little proof)……

Three decades after a humiliating military defeat in Afghanistan, Russia has returned to the scene. This adds Afghanistan to a long list of hotspots – from Syria and Libya to Venezuela and Ukraine – where Moscow’s low-cost, high-impact foreign policy is challenging the West. In Afghanistan, the Kremlin is covertly supporting the Taliban and other groups, and hosting regional talks with Pakistan, Iran and China. And whereas Moscow was strongly opposed to the Taliban throughout Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990s, it seems a U-turn is underway.

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2017/11/15/why_russia_is_back_in_afghanistan_112636.html

Looks like the Marines will return to Helmand province soon…..

When U.S. Marines entered the Afghan military’s operations control center at an airfield here in April, they found a scene of confusion.

Afghan officers were coordinating operations against Taliban insurgents using paper maps taped to the walls. They were uncertain of the locations of key mosques, hospitals, bridges – even their own ground troops.

The war was going badly in Helmand, one of Afghanistan’s most volatile provinces and the deadliest for international forces in 16 years of hostilities. Since the Marines left in 2014 as part of a U.S. military drawdown, Afghan forces were losing scores of troops every month and had watched the Taliban march up to the outskirts of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, lobbing rockets inside the airfield.

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-afghanistan-marines-helmand-2017-htmlstory.html

The NATO head honcho made a statement about troop levels in Afghanistan for 2018……

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reported on Wednesday that the alliance is close to having its goal of 16,000 troops for Afghanistan, and said he is “absolutely confident” they’ll have enough by 2018.

After the US announced their own escalation of the Afghan War, they began to push NATO to commit more troops to the country. With many NATO nations having withdrawn from Afghanistan in recent years, they are not very interested in going back.

The 16,000 troops are to officially be on a “training mission,” though it’s not entirely clear that this will be the sum total of their activities. US forces are to be embedded in combat situations, for instance, though they are not included in the 16,000 NATO figure.

Facing mounting losses to the Taliban, the Afghan military is facing a constant rush to train up more troops for the war. This has been a problem throughout the 16 year conflict, with corruption and low pay meaning many Afghan troops don’t last long before fleeing.

(antiwar.com)

And then there is the big question to be asked…..Is NATO stuck in Afghanistan?

It’s not a question of NATO being stuck in Afghanistan. The alliance’s military mission is only a part of the long-term efforts that have been undertaken to help Afghanistan develop into a stable and developing society in the years to come. It’s of key importance to support the Afghan security forces in different ways, but defeating the Taliban can never be only, or even primarily, a military matter. When the Afghan state is seen as legitimate, effective, and fair by all of its people, the country will have a reasonable chance at stability. It’s certainly in our interest to help in that process.

NATO is indeed stuck in Afghanistan—and the only way out is political. Two of NATO’s vital interests, countering terrorism and alleviating migration, depend upon a stable Afghanistan. Yet, as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has publicly underscored, no purely military solution for the conflict exists.

http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/74745

The US has a new idea….a rehash of an old idea…..bring back to days of militias……

As the Afghan government struggles to stem the Taliban insurgency and shore up its dwindling security forces, the US military is turning to a controversial solution long known to stoke unrest and exploitation: local militias.

International donors, including the UN, have warned against such plans and lobbied the Afghan president to reject the US proposal. They say the new militias resemble the Afghan Local Police, a force notorious for grave human rights abuses and destabilising villages by undermining the central government.

The so-called Afghan National Army Territorial Force, essentially self-defence units of locally recruited men serving in their own villages, will be piloted with 1,000 men, once Afghan president Ashraf Ghani approves the proposal, and will eventually number some 20,000, officials say.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/19/afghanistan-militias-us-un-diplomats

Good plan!  Not only will our troops be fighting AQ, ISIS and the Taleban but now they want to make war lords stronger and arm them…..Good Plan!

There is your update of all the reports that you will never see in your local paper…..and after all that is why I am here.

Middle East Scorecard

Breaking News:

Charles Manson, the cult leader whose hippie followers terrorized Los Angeles with seven gruesome murders in 1969, has died after almost 50 years behind bars. He was 83. The California Department of Corrections says Manson, whose death sentence for orchestrating the killings was commuted to life imprisonment in 1972, died of natural causes Sunday night at a hospital in Kern County, the AP reports.

Let’s get to something more important…..

For too long most Americans have NO idea who is who in the Middle East…..mostly they only know what the MSM tells them and then it is who we are at war with at any given day.

I have found a source which will  help my reader with their knowledge of the Middle East and who is who in the game being played by the Western world……

Each has its own powerful allies, and enemies, in the region. Here is where the key players stand.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41945860

Now you too can follow the game of Risk that is being played………

But wait!  Wonder Boy Jared has been given orders to settle the Middle East thing…..

I was in my room in the Baghdad Hotel on al-Sadoun street last Sunday evening, writing about the chances for stability in Iraq taking hold, when the walls and floor began to shake. They jerked sideways and up and down several times as if my room was the cabin of boat in a rough sea.

My first confused thought was – this being Baghdad – that there must have been some huge bomb explosion, which would explain the rocking motion of everything around me. But almost simultaneously, I realised that I had not heard the sound of an explosion, so a better explanation was that there was an earthquake, though I had never thought of Baghdad as being in an earthquake zone.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/middle-east-saudi-arabia-us-iraq-israel-iran-jared-kushner-bin-salman-greatest-dangers-a8060886.html

Send in an amateur to fix the Middle East….is anyone else laughing as hard as me?

Even long time pros are finding it a hard nut to crack and now we have Wonder Boy that will do it on command….gets funnier every time I hear it.

The Rohingya Search For A Home

Who?

A little told saga here in the US is the saga of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar (Burma) and their plight along the way…….

First of all the Rohingya are Muslims in a Buddhist country that are not wanted and suffer horrific acts upon them and are being forced out of their country simply because of religion.  To me that is tacky and uncouth…..

The BBC does an excellent job explaining the situation in Myanmar (Burma)…….

The plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people is said to be the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

Risking death by sea or on foot, more than half a million have fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar (Burma) for neighbouring Bangladesh since August 2017.

The United Nations described the military offensive in Rakhine, which provoked the exodus, as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

Myanmar’s military says it is fighting Rohingya militants and denies targeting civilians.

Read more of the plight of these people…….

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41566561

The US is well aware of the plight of the Rohingya and is sending aid to Myanmar (Burma)…..this is a statement about that aid from the State department……

The United States supports a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Burma that respects the human rights of all its people. We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable populations, further national reconciliation, empower local communities and civil society, and strengthen respect for and protection of human rights and religious freedom.

https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/11/275606.htm

The US has sent $151 million in aid to Burma in the past….keep that in mind for my next piece of info…..

“We want to see Myanmar succeed,” he told reporters at a joint press briefing alongside Suu Kyi. “You can’t just impose sanctions and say therefore the crisis is over.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was speaking after a one-day stop in Naypyidaw, as global outrage builds over impunity for a military accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya.

His comments came as de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi hit back at accusations that she has been silent over the refugee crisis, saying she has focused instead on speech that avoids inflaming sectarian tensions.

http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/tillerson-sanctions-against-myanmar-will-not-solve-rohinyga-crisis

What utter bullshit from an a/hole that has no idea what he is doing…..he is an incompetent fool…..

You are telling me that sanctions and loss of US aid would not have an effect?

To that I say…BULLSHIT!

Something has to be done to help these people in their struggle….so try sanctions….bet we will get a response.  Who will protect the Rohingya?

More on the situation……

Kuala Lumpur – Rohingya refugees fleeing the recent outbreak of violence in Myanmar have begun arriving in Malaysia, amid warnings that this could mark the start of a dangerous new wave of people smuggling.

NGOs say traffickers are targeting Rohingya in Myanmar and those in refugee camps in Bangladesh, where conditions are dire, as this 101 East film shows.

https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2017/rohingya-exodus/index.html

My country needs to stand up for the principles it was founded on……if we cannot do that then all is truly lost.