Nimble Archer/Praying Mantis

Closing Thought–01Mar19

Once again the Old Professor wants to force feed some history to his readers……

Both of these are “Operations” of the US against Iranian targets in the 1980s…….

First Operation Nimble Archer…….

On 16 October 1987, Iranian troops fired a Silkworm anti-ship missile from a launcher on Iran’s northwestern coast. It streaked across open Gulf waters and struck the MV Sea Isle City, a reflagged Kuwaiti oil tanker at anchor off Kuwait. The missile exploded, blinding the tanker’s American captain. It was the first successful strike against a tanker reflagged as part of Operation Earnest Will. U.S. officials took pains to point out that the attack had happened after the tanker had been turned loose by its naval escorts, but the White House nevertheless decided to deal a retaliatory blow. Three days later, on 19 October, the U.S. Navy mounted Operation Nimble Archer.

Two oil platforms were selected as targets; both were being used by Iranian forces as command-and-control posts. Four U.S. destroyers lined up — USS Hoel (DDG-13), USS John Young (DD-973), USS Kidd (DDG-993), and USS Leftwich (DD-984) — and began to steam past one of the platforms. At 2 p.m., Gulf time, the ships began firing hundreds of naval gun shells at the platforms. The facilities stubbornly refused to crumble; their steel lattice proved almost impervious to the blasting shells. But the incendiary effect eventually set them afire.

http://www.navybook.com/no-higher-honor/timeline/operation-nimble-archer/

Then in 1988 another “attack” was being planned…Operation Praying Mantis……

Lieutenant Commander Mark “Micro” Kosnik—my one-officer “battle micro staff”—from the Enterprise to Bahrain at the direction of Commander, Joint Task Force Middle East (CJTFME), Rear Admiral Anthony Less, to assist in planning and executing the response. We were joined on the flagship, the USS Coronado (AGF-11), by the MEF Destroyer Squadron Commander and began working on the plan with the CJTFME staff and other players. The objectives were clear:

  • Sink the Iranian Saam-class frigate Sabalan or a suitable substitute.
  • Neutralize the surveillance posts on the Sassan and Sirri gas/oil separation platforms (GOSPs) and the Rahkish GOSP, if sinking a ship was not practicable

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/1989/may/operation-praying-mantis-surface-view

I give these two as examples of what the US has been doing in history and as an example of what could come…..all the chest thumping is getting louder and Israel is holding the megaphone.

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The Growing Hate

By the title one might surmise that this post is about the tensions between races or religions or whatever else us humans attempt to hate……well if so….you would be mistaken.

I have been writing and attempt to teach people about war and its complexities and in that time I have also been an antiwar activist and because I have been such I have hated those we call “Neocons”….or if you prefer “warmongers”….or if you would like a more political correct title….”hawks”……

Since 9/11 it has been out of fashion to hate these people because they are keeping us “safe” from another attack by taking the fight to the terrorists. Since those days slowly but slowly the US has expanded its reach with war all in the name of fighting terrorists…..this overreach was sold to the people by the MSM with their constant drumming of propaganda….

But I can glad announce that the “old days” seem to be returning (at least for others…… for I never stopped hating)…..the public is starting to wake up to the reach of the M-IC and the propaganda of the MSM……

American Conservative has published an article titled “Why Are These Professional War Peddlers Still Around?”, an excerpt from a book by Fox’s Tucker Carlson, which documents neoconservative thought leaders Max Boot and Bill Kristol’s consistent track record of supporting spectacularly awful US war policies. Carlson goes over the many, many acts of military interventionism which have been pushed for by these two legendary failmeisters, documents what they predicted would happen as the result of that interventionism (freedom, democracy and prosperity) and what actually ended up happening instead (needless death, terrorism and chaos), and marvels at how they both somehow remain in positions of high esteem with high-profile, high-paying jobs.

The article was shared today on Twitter by Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna, who commented that Carlson “offers a devastating critique [of] interventionism and shows how much of the foreign policy establishment has failed the American people. There is an emerging, left right coalition of common sense for a foreign policy of restraint.”

 
I am an old fart but it is good to see a trend developing to maybe check the expansion of our many many wars.
 
We can only hope.

Beto: A White Obama?

***There is nothing derogatory in this post….only that the media is looking for someone they can push like the candidacy of Obama in 2008***

The media is looking for someone that they can caudal…..they like Kamala of the announced candidates but they truly want their pick, Beto, to say he is running….the MSM has dispatched many journalist to cover him no matter what he does…whether at the dentist or in some giant arena…just about everything he says is news (remind you of anyone?).

He is going to meet with Oprah and the world waits……but what is ahead of him…president, VP, senator……or just cash for talking?

Beto O’Rourke says he hasn’t ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate, even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he’ll seek the presidency himself. Answering a question in Spanish about possibly being another candidate’s running mate after an El Paso event Tuesday, the former Texas congressman answered in Spanish: “I’m going to consider every way to serve this country. And, yes, that will include anything.” O’Rourke, who became a political star by nearly upsetting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November, said in English that he may yet opt to challenge Texas’ other Republican US senator, John Cornyn, in 2020.

“I’m trying to figure out how I can best serve this country—where I can do the greatest good for the United States of America,” he said in response to the Cornyn question, per CNN. “So, yeah, I’m thinking through that and it, you know, may involve running for the presidency. It may involve something else.

Beto has exciting news…..(but we already knew all this)….

Texas constituents may be disappointed to hear that, after trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, Beto O’Rourke won’t be trying the same against Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. That’s what sources said to be “close” to the former Democratic congressman told the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, though a short, cryptic statement from O’Rourke may give devotees something else to get fired up about. “Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country,” the statement notes, referring to his wife. “We are excited to share it with everyone soon.”

That announcement has fueled further speculation that O’Rourke, 46, is on the cusp of announcing a run for US president, which some political observers have been trying to steer him away from due to the oversaturation of candidates, per the New York Times. CBS News reports on O’Rourke’s incremental shifts on an Oval House run, noting that he first insisted he wouldn’t run during a 60 Minutes interview before Election Day, then changed that a few weeks later to say he and his wife would “think about what we can do next to contribute to the best of our ability to this community.” He then told Oprah Winfrey in early February that he’d make a decision on a 2020 run “by the end of the month.

Me? I do not like or trust him……he reminds me too much of that other “pretty boy” Dem….Bubba Clinton.

He will be a centrist to make all the old farts happy (everyone but me) and if elected will be a disaster as Clinton was……he will allow big money run rampant to add to the suffering of the Poor and the Middle Class…..

I do not understand the so-called excitement around this “candidate”……

He is NOT the candidate the country needs at this time……the media is coalescing around Beto (and Kamala for now) all I can say is…….do not let the media pick the candidate for you…..read and learn.

What Happened In Hanoi?

I have been waiting to see what will be said about the massive failure of the Trump/Kim “summit”……so far it has pretty much taken a backseat to the Congressional hearing with Cohen a Trump fixer from the past……

So let me help out……the talks collapsed….epic failure on Trump’s push for some sort of positive foreign policy legacy…..!

“Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times,” President Trump said Thursday after his second summit with Kim Jong Un abruptly collapsed. A working lunch and the signing of a joint agreement were scrapped after talks fell apart on the summit’s second day, causing confusion among the press corps, the New York Times reports. “It was about the sanctions basically,” Trump said at a press conference. “They wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do that.” Trump said Kim had been willing to dismantle some of the country’s nuclear infrastructure in return for sanctions being lifted, but wanted to leave other parts of the program intact, the Guardian reports.


Trump said a third summit with Kim might not happen for “a long time,” but defended him as “quite a guy and quite a character.” Trump said Kim had promised him he would continue the suspension of nuclear and long-range missile testing. He said the US would continue not taking part in joint military exercises with South Korea, which he was already opposed to because of the “unfair” cost to the US military. Trump, who departed Vietnam on Air Force One soon after the talks collapsed, said he still has a “great relationship” with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, the BBC reports. Earlier Thursday, Kim surprised observers by answering a reporter’s question, Time reports. The North Korean leader, asked if he felt confident about the talks, said he had a “feeling that good results will come out.”

Talk about putting “lipstick on a pig”…….but then Trump will lie as often as he has to to massage those 35% supporters……

According to NK’s foreign minister the talks did not end the way that Trump tried to pass off…….


When President Trump explained to reporters why his summit with Kim Jong Un ended prematurely, he cited one big reason: North Korea wanted the US to lift all sanctions in exchange for the dismantling of its main nuclear facility. Not so, says North Korea’s foreign minister. The North asked for only a partial lifting of sanctions, Ri Yong Ho said at a hastily arranged news conference, reports the BBC. “We offered a realistic proposal in this meeting,” he said. Specifically, the North agreed to decommission its nuclear facility at Yongbyon under the supervision of US experts, reports the Washington Post.


In exchange, the North wanted the US to end only those sanctions that affected civilians, though he did not provide details of exactly what that means. “Given the current level of trust between North Korea and the United States, this was the maximum step for denuclearization we can offer,” Ri told reporters, per the New York Times. However, the AP reports that Ri also said the North had been prepared to offer a written pledge to halt nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and that Washington wasted an opportunity that “may not come again.”

Let’s break it down to make it simple to understand……

 

US Version:
According to President Trump, the split came entirely on the basis of North Korea’s demand for “full” sanctions relief. Though he dodged some reporters’ questions seeking specifics, he gave the impression that the North Korean proposal was to close the Yongbyon nuclear reactor, but only for full lifting of all international sanctions. Trump walked away at this point.

Trump said that there was basic agreement to have more talks in the future, and that the US and North Korea would continue to talk until a future meeting.

North Korea’s Version:
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Trump’s claim was inaccurate. He says North Korea offered to dismantle all its nuclear material production, including everything around Yongbyon, and was only asking for “partial” sanction relief. It was at this point Trump walked away.

Ri was much less hopeful of future talks, saying that North Korea’s position isn’t going to change, and that right now North Kora believes that the US is not ready to make a deal. Subsequent reports from North Korea’s state media, however, did anticipate future talks would happen.

Who to believe? After all Trump trust Kim at his word…..so should we just go about this whitewash?

But South Korea (we seem to forget about them in this kabuki play) has a version as well…….

South Korea Says:
Former South Korean Unification Minister Chong se-hyun, however, suggests that neither of these was the real problem. Instead, John Bolton showed up at the last minute, and started demanding that North Korea not only provide a full accounting of its nuclear program’s past, but also full accounts of North Korea’s chemical and biological weapons to.

Interestingly, this didn’t immediately derail the talks, but led North Korea to ask for more sanctions relief in return. It was at that point, apparently, that the US walked away.

So can we blame the war hawk for the failure? I am talking about the slug Bolton.

This opportunity will not come again under the Trump heavy fist…..it will take years for the opportunity to return…..maybe now we will return to diplomacy and stop the theatrics.

So to answer the question…..it failed because there was NO prep work done by diplomats….all there was was a president trying desperately to look like a statesman…..and he FAILED miserably!

The Iran Situation

We do not hear much about Iran these….any events are blocked out by legal shenanigans or the “wall” controversy or …..well a wealth of other ramblings by the media….

I have decided to return to what I know the best (if anyone can claim that) the Middle East….might as well use that degree that I paid dearly for, huh?

Iran is the change bird…..a friend that became an enemy that became a major player in the Middle East…..of course we could argue that the US involvement in the region for 40 years could be a major influence in Iran ascendancy to the top of the movers and shakers. (More on this in a later post)

Since 1979 there have been major sanctions on Iran and every president since has added o the suffering of the Iranian people by imposing more sanctions….but if these sanctions actually worked why is Iran still a thorn in the side of the US?

The Middle East Conference at Warsaw, co-hosted by Poland and the US State Department on February 13 & 14, and the Munich Conference. Differences between the EU and the US over dealing with challenges in the Middle East, as well as Iran, were reiterated during both these events.

The Middle East Conference in Warsaw lacked legitimacy, as a number of important individuals were not present. Some of the notable absentees were the EU Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, and the Foreign Ministers of Germany, France, and Italy. Significantly, on February 14, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi, Russia to discuss the latest developments in Syria and how the three countries could work together.

The sanctions have been a gamble with the US pushing more and more chips into the hand and losing on most fronts….

As usual the rhetoric from Israel continues to threaten Iran with the urging of the US…..and now Iran has responded to Trump and his neocon buddies…..

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused Israel of engaging in “adventurism” with its bombing campaigns in Syria and said he could not rule out the possibility of a military conflict between the countries.

Zarif told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Iran was in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, while Israel was violating Lebanese and Syrian air space, as well as international law.

“There is adventurism on Israel’s side, and adventurism is always dangerous,” Zarif told the newspaper in an interview to be published on Thursday.

Asked if he saw an emerging military conflict between Iran and Israel, Zarif said, “I do not, but we cannot exclude the possibility.”

Let us see how Israel responds….this is dangerous talk from both sides…..

As usual the US uses a proxy….this time it is possibly the Saudis……in a recent attack in Iran by terrorists the Iranians responded…..

The commander of the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threatened Saudi Arabia with revenge over a suicide bomb attack in southeastern Iran on Feb. 13 that killed 27 Guards members, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday.

“Saudi Arabia is building its regional influence with money only. This is a false influence and a failure…We will take revenge for our martyrs…(and) it might be anywhere around the world,” Qasem Soleimani said, according to Tasnim.

The Islamic Republic has accused arch regional rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of backing militants who carry out attacks on security forces in Iran. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have denied any connection with the attacks

The Sunni Muslim militant group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for ethnic minority Baluchis in Iran, claimed responsibility for the attack near the border with Pakistan.

Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighbouring country to crack down on them.

“I am warning you: Don’t test Iran’s tolerance,” Soleimani said in the latest in a series of warnings issued by Iranian officials since the attack was carried out.

(reuters.com)

But why is there such rivalry between the Saudis and the Iranians……

But this statement is in contrast to what the Iranian president has recently stated…..

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Tehran wants to co-operate with its Gulf neighbors, after decades of hostility and proxy wars, even as the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard hit out at the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

“Iran is ready to work with regional states to preserve security in the Middle East … Our enemies, America and Israel, want to create division among Iranians,” Rouhani said in a public speech in southern Iran, broadcast live on state TV.

“We want to establish brotherly ties with all countries of the region … Iran has never started any aggression in the region.”

Confused? Learn stuff!

Hopefully those videos were helpful…..

Will all this sanction stuff and the rhetoricmeet with failure?

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are pushing Trump down a proven path of failure.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/americas-effort-isolate-iran-will-backfire-44342

The question that most of the world is asking is….will Trump start another war this time with Iran?

Keeping track of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We’re pulling out of Syria (not right away). We’re leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn’t). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North Korea — one day friends, another day foes.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/13022019-could-trump-really-launch-a-war-with-iran-oped/

Even with a scorecard, it’s hard to tell who’s on first.

Except for Iran, where a policy of studied hostility has been consistent from the beginning.

The drama continues while you were following the “shiny objects” the MSM gives you.

Pompeo and others think the only way to peace is a war…or some sort of confrontation….

Decades of US interventions and outright wars across the Middle East haven’t proved nearly the cure-all that a lot of hawks had promised they would be. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sees the continued existence of Iran as the key to all of this.

During the Warsaw anti-Iran conference, Pompeo declared both peace and stability to be “just not possible” without confronting Iran. And to be clear, administration officials maintain they’re confronting Iran at an unprecedentedly high rate.

This suggests that when Pompeo says confronting Iran is vital to peace, and the key to solving effectively every problem in the Middle East, he’s using the term “confront” the same way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s transcript was changed from “war” to “confrontation.”

(antiwar.com)

People and faces change but the song remains the same.