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?

If You First Don’t Succeed

The Pentagon has a new idea for fighting the “bad guys” in Syria…..not as moronic as the “moderate” rebels……nope it is far more idiotic than that…..

After their last attempt to recruit and train a whole new rebel faction for Syria ended in disaster, the Pentagon is angling to try again. US officials are bursting with confidence, saying they have more Arabs volunteering than they know what to do with.

Described as an “eclectic” group, the new recruits seem even less suited to the role than the last ones. One US military adviser described them as “raw, literally civilians coming off the streets,” which plays well to the US narrative of locals rising up to resist ISIS.

But the US training missions have struggled enough with training proper militaries and rebels with considerable existing experience. Carving a whole new fighting force out of untrained civilians is the very thing President Obama mocked as “fantasy.”

(antiwar.com)

They could hardly do worse than the last attempt, however, with the Pentagon’s previous training attempts not only ending with the “first class” of recruits wiped out in a matter of days, but with the second class defecting to al-Qaeda almost immediately with a large amount of US equipment.

The Pentagon is already trying to same scheme again so soon after such an embarrassment reflects the lack of realistic ideas among US officials on how to win the ongoing war, and continued pressure to “do something,” even if it clearly won’t work.

What was it that Einstein had to say about doing the same things over and over?

NATO Should Not Enter Syria

When Obama nominated Chuck Hagel as SecDef I was very pleased…..for one, he and I served in the same unit in Vietnam and two, he was a sergeant in the Army…..for me that made him more than qualified because he was not some bureaucrat that spent his time behind a desk and never tasted what war feels like close up…..plus I was disappointed when he resigned his position but I understand why….he could not be part of this war in Syria….he preferred another approach than the “big stick” philosophy.

He has weighed in on whether the US and NATO should get involved ass deep in the Syrian civil war…

Former SecDef Chuck Hagel believes that NATO should not have a military role in Syria.

“I would be very careful to advise a president of the United States to get NATO actively involved in Syria.” Hagel said Tuesday at the Atlantic Council. “I think we can help, we should help, and many of us are, in our own way. But that problem in the Middle East is so deep, so wide, so combustible, so rift with so many uncontrollable elements, that it ain’t gonna be solved by NATO.”

Source: Chuck Hagel: NATO Should Not Enter Syria

Hagel makes a lot of sense and should have been allowed to make his mark on US foreign policy…..but sadly it was more important to make the M-IC happy so Hagel had to go to make room for a “yes man”…….Carter.

America lost the best man for the job of SecDef……but that is the way we do things…..replace competence with a “yes man”…..

Can You Explain Al-Qaeda?

May the fourth be with you!  Today is Star Wars Day….go figure.

Remember back to 9/11…..all the deaths and destruction was the result of one organization and only one….Al-Qaeda.

Osama became the world’s most wanted fugitive and resources were spent hand over fist to find him and eliminate him….Hell we even went to war to get the SOB that attacked the US on 9/11.

After 15 years of war and drone strikes killing more people than the attacks on 9/11…we are still NO closer to eliminating this group from the face of the earth….we did however eliminate the head of the snake but the snake still lives.

They have moved into Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria……and all those locations we are dropping ordinance on them like a summer rain…..that is all over but in Syria……

Say what?  Why would the US give AQ Syria a break from the battering?

There is an easy answer….AQ Syria is on our side in our battles with ISIS, the scourge of the Middle East…..

Now we see the extraordinary situation where the US government admits that the militia groups Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham are fighting alongside and are “intermingled with” al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front, but resoundingly rejects the Russian request to therefore classify these two groups terrorist.

In fact, not only does fighting alongside and “intermingling with” al-Qaeda not get a group classified “terrorist,” the US government is actually asking Russia and the Syrian government to stop shooting at such groups!

So the State Department is urging the Syrians and Russians to stop bombing Aleppo because Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham are operating there, even though it also admits that the groups are “intermingling” with al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

Do you find this unusual?

You should not….think back….Noriega, Saddam, etc….those bastards were once friends with the US and the CIA but found themselves on the wrong end of the politics of DC…..

Now the question is…..Is AQ still a terrorists organization?  Or do they get a deferment but only in Syria?  What will happen when ISIS is NO longer a threat?  Will AQ once again be on the “bad boys” list?

I wrote a op-ed for my friends at Ace News Room about how confusing the conflict in Syria has become……

I thought at the very beginning of the civil war in Syria that the situation was confusing…..we had 34+ factions fighting the Syrians, the US, ISIS, each other and God knows what else.  And t…

Source: Syria: Just How Confusing Can One Conflict Be?

Now this turn of events……do you get the feeling that these jokers have NO idea what they are doing in Syria?

While you were worried about all those refugees our country is in bed with the same organization that caused the attacks on 9/11……

Is anyone listening?

Does anyone know what SNAFU means?

 

Can The ISIS Threat Be Eliminated?

Now there is a question for the ages.

I know that ISIS is not grabbing many headlines these days….but I am still watching the situation so others do not have to…..

Some will say that it is a pipe dream……but I think there is a way and it is probably staring us in the face…..

Of course there is NO one with half a brain that does not want to see the end of ISIS and their murderous ways…so far the best and brightest have a plan to do so….arm moderate rebels, airstrikes and ……well that is about it for now.

The Syrian Army is doing well against ISIS, they have re-taken Palmyra and seem to have the thugs on the run….plus there is a peace process in the making and it seems to also be making some headway but there is a long way to go to end this thing.

I have seen 7 things that could end this thing once and for all……

  • Full cooperation between the two coalitions fighting ISIS — i.e. the coalition spearheaded by Iran, Syria, Iraq and Russia and the one by the United States and its regional and international allies. This will assure cooperation among the key regional and international powers in the ISIS fight and is the only effective way to destroy the group.
  • In Syria, the ground offensive against ISIS led by the Syrian army and Kurdish forces should immediately be supported internationally and be intricately connected to Iraqi military and paramilitary efforts against ISIS. For that to happen, the Saudis, Qataris and Turks must command their proxy rebel forces to adhere to a complete ceasefire and allow them to cooperate with government and Kurdish forces fighting ISIS if possible.
  • In line with that, the Syrian government, opposition, as well as regional and international powers, should move beyond the current “cessation of hostilities” towards a formal and durable ceasefire. Parallel to this, prisoners should be released by both sides and humanitarian assistance should be administered to all areas.
  • International peacekeeping forces, numbering in the thousands, should be sent to guarantee the ceasefire and reopen the contested cities and towns to resettle as many displaced refugees as possible. Investing in the creation of such a force will be far cheaper to do than the billions spent to destroy the country and the cost of settling refugees outside of the country. In light of the proxy nature of the conflict, no Arab or Iranian forces should be a part of this peacekeeping force. A huge reservoir of forces exists in Asian, Latin American, European and African countries that could be used in this regard.
  • “We will not talk to anyone who talks about the position of the presidency. Bashar [al-Assad] is a red line,” the Syrian foreign minister, Walid Muallem has said. However, the fate of Assad and the Syrian presidency should be left to the people of Syria through an election supervised by United Nations. In parallel, the opposition forces must precisely define who would negotiate for a national unity transitional government that would have full executive powers. This process will lead to a new constitution and ultimately to an internationally sponsored election. Terrorist and radical religious groups should be excluded.
  • There is a major need for a strong post-war rebuilding plan; a type of mini-Marshall plan that would foster stability during the fragile recovery period with economic support, enabling the re-inhabiting of destroyed cities and towns and preventing a chaotic and prolonged recovery.
  • The refugee centers in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon should be gradually dismantled to prevent them from becoming a long-term security threat to the region, as refugee camps unfortunately tend to become. Every effort should be made to return refugees to their towns and assist them in reconstruction and participation in the political process.
  •  For all these elements to succeed, there must be unity among the international community, specifically the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. They need to control their regional allies and direct them towards these goals. Moreover, the Security Council should implement plans to stifle the deadly sectarianism spreading in West Asia

    Like I said….a long way to go….but what is the old saying…….”nothing ventured nothing gained”……..

    I say why not try this?  What could we possibly lose?  There has been enough death and destruction…..

 Then let’s say that the best case scenario comes true…..what then”
n the day after ISIL, that is the day when the organization is completely defeated militarily, a simple question may emerge in the minds: Have we all been hyping this “thing”, giving it more than what it is worth, hence contributing to an elusive sense of relief which we will certainly see spreading everywhere when this group of killers is militarily defeated?
Any questions?

Syria: Just How Confusing Can One Conflict Be?

I love it when some pundits speak as if they have some magical insight on the Syrian conflict….always makes me smile a bit.  After reading this explain just how anyone can have a adequate grip on this situation.

Below is a piece that I wrote for my good friends at Ace News Room…..they were gracious enough to publish on their site….please stop by their place and say hello…..

I thought at the very beginning of the civil war in Syria that the situation was confusing…..we had 34+ factions fighting the Syrians, the US, ISIS, each other and God knows what else.  And t…

Source: Syria: Just How Confusing Can One Conflict Be?

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?

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