Secrets The Dead Reveal

I once heard a major say that the “dead reveal their secrets”….he was referring to the Viet Cong that been killed and the intel that was garnered off their bodies…..but the same could be said for many other dead….like those Americans killed around the world or more specific in Africa…..

Because of American dead we learned that we have troops operating in countries like Niger and Mali to mention only a few……in Niger we had 4 Americans killed in an ambush and in Mali we had friendly killing friendly…..

Further Reading:

https://lobotero.com/2017/10/27/what-are-u-s-forces-doing-in-niger-anyway/

https://lobotero.com/2018/11/07/suspicious-death-in-mali/

As the Pentagon was in the midst of reviewing new plans for special operations missions in Africa reducing overall troop numbers on the continent, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis designated three new named contingency operations.

The most recent quarterly report from the Department of Defense Inspector General notes the creation of Operation Yukon Journey, a counterinsurgency operation, and counterterrorism operations in both northwest and east Africa.

Those were named in February, according to the report. The report covered activities in Operations Inherent Resolve from July to September.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/11/06/report-reveals-few-details-about-new-named-contingency-operations-in-africa/

Another report is out and it looks like AFRICOM will be losing some of its operating overhead…..

The Pentagon is mulling plans to wind down special operations missions on the African continent and reassign troops to other, more in-demand regions.

The plans, submitted by a top U.S. military commander, align with the Trump administration’s strategy to focus on near-peer threats from countries like China and Russia.

“No decision has been officially made regarding the U.S. counterrorism forces operating in Africa,” a Pentagon press official told Military Times. “In light of the [2018 National Defense Strategy’s] updated priorities, the [DoD] is reviewing plans, operations, and military investments across the globe to develop the best options that address the evolving threat to U.S. national interests.”

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/08/02/report-africom-looks-to-cut-special-ops-missions-pull-out-hundreds-of-troops-from-africa/

I for one would like to see more of our troops return home…..we already have enough wars we are fighting why look for more?

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Afghanistan–And The War Goes On And On

I shall attempt to move beyond the vote yesterday…..

The war has been pushed way back by the Midterms…..there is more stories about election posturing than there is about a War and Afghanistan…..

IST refuses to ignore the war in the room…17 years counting and Americans keep dying…..

You know this war is getting ugly when the home of Neocon thinking is calling for an end to it……

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST: American forces are still fighting in Afghanistan, it’s been 17 years since we first sent troops there to topple the Taliban government. We still have thousands of Americans in the country.

So far this year, eight of them have been killed. President Trump hates this. We happened to know, he has often complained to people around him about the quagmire that Afghanistan has become.

You remember that when he ran for President, one of Trump’s central promises was to keep America out of pointless foreign wars like this one. Washington despised him for saying that because it implicated them and their failures, but voters appreciated hearing it. And yet somehow the war in Afghanistan has continued to this day fruitlessly. That’s thanks almost entirely to bullying from our thoroughly discredited foreign policy establishment. They are happy to keep things the way they are.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/10/31/tucker_carlson_time_for_trump_to_end_afghanistan_war_keep_campaign_promise.html

Finally people are starting to ask the question that many of us have been asking for years……how did Afghanistan become a war without end?

The war in Afghanistan hit the seventeen-year mark for the United States and its partners this month. Soldiers in the US-led coalition have been fighting and killing and dying for almost eight years longer than the Soviets occupied Afghanistan. The reasons for this protracted stalemate are manifold, but the momentum that would bring the war in Afghanistan to an end remains elusive in large part because the coalition has until now been unable to link the grammar of war to the political object it seeks. For the logic of strategy to work, ends should drive means, not the other way around. The value of the political object, or the worth of the ends sought, determines how long and what costs the United States should be willing to pay. In Afghanistan, if those political goals are articulated clearly, their worth should relate directly to the will of the US polity to persevere in the war to a successful end.

https://mwi.usma.edu/afghanistan-become-war-without-end/

After $900 million and 2000+ lives lost and we keep staying for some reason……and spending cash and losing lives….why?

A new report is out from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR)—the government’s watchdog for the war—and its findings paint an ugly picture: despite billions spent and thousands of U.S. lives lost, Afghanistan is facing worsening violence and instability.

SIGAR’s quarterly report to Congress—its 40st since the conflict began—found that the U.S.-backed Afghan government controls or influences just 56 percent of the administrative districts in the country, down from 72 percent in 2015. By comparison, some 14 percent of districts are now controlled or influenced by insurgent forces, and another 30 percent are rated “contested.”

https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/01/despite-900-billion-spent-and-2400-us-li

The American general has announced that there will be a new push in Afghanistan…..question?  WHY?

American keep dying for NOTHING….so why does it contiue?

It wasn’t until history class in college that I heard of the Thirty Years War. My immediate reaction was: No way! It just wasn’t possible that a war could last 30 years. Nobody would be that dumb.

But given that the U.S. war in Afghanistan has now been going on for 17 years, it’s now easier for me to understand how a war could go on for 30 years. Just think: Another 13 years, and the U.S. government can tie that record.

Over the past weekend, another U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan and another was wounded in what the media calls an “insider attack.” That means that a member of the Afghan military or police was the one who killed and wounded those two soldiers. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, it is rather difficult to protect against an attack from your friends.

That was the sixth U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan this year, bringing the total death toll to 2,200.

https://www.fff.org/2018/09/04/still-dying-for-nothing-in-afghanistan/

When we hear about Afghanistan these days it seems to always be something positive,,,,any negativity is omitted by the media….negativity like this news….

Taliban forces launched nine separate substantial attacks in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, killing at least 59 security forces nationwide and overrunning several bases and outposts in different parts of the country.

Attacks were reported as far north as Kunduz, and as far south as Kandahar. The biggest attack was in the far west, along the Iranian border in Farah, where Taliban overran a border post, killing 20 soldiers and capturing as many as 25.

The Taliban confirmed that the Farah base was not only seized, but that they were able to seize substantial numbers of weapons and equipment at the site as well. Only a handful of the border patrol were able to escape the attack.

Taliban forces seized posts in Ghazni, Kandahar, and in other areas. Afghan officials are unusually quiet about the fighting, and it’s not clear where the defense ministry will give priority for reinforcements.If recent events are any indication, they will only be able to reinforce a handful of the targeted areas.

(antiwar.com)

Not the news they want the people to hear…it appears nothing is going well…..

Finally someone concurs with me and others……Afghanistan is insanity…..

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry returned from a trip to Afghanistan and proclaimed, “reconciliation can lead to a representative political solution and a sustainable U.S. presence in Afghanistan . . . [because that] is the only way we can reliably defend America from the dangerous terrorist organizations that continue to operate in Afghanistan.” If that sounds familiar, it should. It’s just more of the same old Washington groupthink: “stay the course.” But we’ve been staying the course now for over seventeen years with no end in sight. This is the very essence of the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.

To begin, while it would certainly be preferable to have a representative, multiethnic, democratic government in Afghanistan, that is not essential to American interests. Ultimately, U.S. national security is served as long as whatever government controls Afghanistan understands that the United States will not tolerate support for or the harboring of any terrorist group with global reach that directly threatens the United States. Al Qaeda and ISIS are terrorist threats in Afghanistan, but neither represents a direct, existential threat to the American homeland.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/staying-afghanistan-definition-insanity-34247

Finally I read a piece that talks about the perils of a US withdrawal from Afghanistan…..

Recent events in Afghanistan have reenergized those in favor of a U.S. military withdrawal. “Let someone else take up the burden,” urged one opinion piece in Slate. Another in the UK-based Guardian newspaper bluntly noted: “It’s time for America to end its war in Afghanistan.” Some media reports have also suggested that U.S. negotiators in Doha, Qatar have agreed to discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan as part of a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.

Yet without a political settlement, which is still a longshot, a U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan would have serious risks. Chief among them would be the resurgence of terrorism and the deterioration of human rights—including women’s rights—that come with a Taliban victory.

https://defense360.csis.org/the-u-s-strategy-in-afghanistan-the-perils-of-withdrawal/

I do need agree with the solution put forth in above article…..it would be easier and less expense and deadly to declare a victory and bring the troops home……but that is too simple for the complex minds in the Pentagon…..after all they are being paid by the taxpayer and the M-IC….good work if you can stomach it.

Another American Death

While most Americans were busy being political another American dies….and NOT ONE a/hole noticed…….(those “patriots” are the biggest joke in America these days even bigger than their Supreme Leader)

After 17 years of constant war and a constant flow of American troop deaths…..Last week the insider attack in Afghanistan has claimed another American…..

Maj. Brent Taylor, the 39-year-old mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed on Saturday in an insider attack in Afghanistan. Taylor was a member of the Utah Army National Guard, and was training Afghan commandos.

There are conflicting reports on the incident, in which one of the trainees opened fire, killing Taylor and wounding another soldier. Initial reports said the gunman was killed as well, though subsequent reports have not confirmed that this was the case.

Taylor was a mayor since 2013, and has done multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. This most recent tour was scheduled to end in January. His death is the latest in a growing string of insider attacks in Afghanistan.

(antiwar.com)

When will the American public decide there have been enough American deaths and demand an end to all these wars that are going NO place?

Not to worry vote for one d/bag or another….matters not they will keep this dumbass war going.

I am so proud of you people! (that is sarcasm in case you missed it)

Wait For The Whites Of Their Eyes!

All have heard about the infamous “caravan that is inching its way to the US Southern border….and likewise the US troops that have been ordered to the border to deal with the “slow moving invasion”……

But Our Dear Supreme Leader has issued more “standing orders” to the troops waiting for the invasion to begin on our border…..

In response to a caravan of migrants making its way north through Mexico, President Trump has ordered the biggest deployment of troops along America’s southern border since the days of Pancho Villa—and he says any migrants throwing rocks will be treated like gunmen. “I will tell you, anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military … we will consider that a firearm,” the president said Thursday. He was referring to a clash between asylum seekers and Mexican police at the Guatemalan border Sunday, Politico reports. “They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” Trump said. “We’ll consider—and I told them—consider it a rifle.”

Trump said that he plans to bring in an executive action next week that will deal with what he called the “abuse” of the asylum system, the Washington Post reports. He didn’t provide details of the order, but said the military is helping to erect “massive tent cities” at the border. “We have a lot of tents, we have a lot of everything,” he said. “We’re going to hold them right there, we’re not letting them into our country.” Asked about Trump’s “consider it a rifle” remark, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davies said he wouldn’t discuss hypothetical situations, but added that troops involved in “Operation Faithful Patriot” are “trained professionals who always have the inherent right of self-defense.” (Trump says he plans to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship.)

What coward would order troops under his control to use deadly force on children with rocks?

You can tell the cowards that never served their country they equate a pebble with a bullet.

Plus have you ever seen the protective gear that our troops wear?  A rock will have little effect on their effectiveness.

Only a spineless tool would even consider firing on unarmed innocent civilians……but then loo who I am talking about….

More To Worry About

The conflict awaits the US troops on the border as the murderous horde marches on (that is sarcasm before some person thinks I meant that drivel)……

President Trump said Wednesday the number of military troops deployed to the US-Mexican border could reach 15,000—roughly double the number the Pentagon said it currently plans for a mission whose dimensions are shifting daily, per the AP. The Pentagon said “more than 7,000” troops were being sent to the Southwest border to support the Customs and Border Protection agents, and officials said that number could reach a maximum of about 8,000 under present plans.

That about equals the troop deployment we have an actual war zone, Afghanistan……

There may be more to worry about than some bare foot walkers…….While the president is using the troops as a political prop word has come out from China….

China’s President Xi Jinping ordered the military region responsible for monitoring the South China Sea and Taiwan to “assess the situation it is facing and boost its capabilities so it can handle any emergency” as tensions continue to mount over the future of the South China Sea and Taiwan, while diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing hit rock bottom.

……

“It’s necessary to strengthen the mission … and concentrate preparations for fighting a war,” Xi said. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly. “We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen’s capabilities and preparation for war” the president-for-life added.

https://theantimedia.com/china-military-prepare-war/

Maybe the military would be better used to counter the possibility of an actual threat.

Just saying.

OMG! The “Caravan” Nears!

The invasion looms!

You have heard the silliness I am sure.  The mass of people walking their way to the border with the US is somehow a threat to our national security……first what moronic bullshit!

The Defense Department says it’s sending 5,200 active duty troops to “harden” the southern border against a migrant caravan making its way through Mexico, the AP reports. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy tells reporters that 800 soldiers were en route on Monday and that the remainder of the troops would be at the southwest border by the end of the week. That’s in addition to the more than 2,000 members of the National Guard already providing assistance at the border now. Officials say the troops will provide “mission enhancing capabilities” and will be armed. The announcement comes as President Trump has been trying to focus on the caravan just a week before the midterm elections.

O’Shaughnessy says the military will cooperate with US Customs and Border Patrol as it first strengthens the border in Texas, then Arizona and California, the Washington Post reports. Among the deployed are US Army Corps of Engineers members, three combat engineer battalions, helicopters with night-vision capabilities to tell the CBP where help is needed, military police units, and cargo aircraft including a C-17 and three C-130s. The Pentagon has already sent down 22 miles of concertina wire and plans to send enough to cover 150 miles. The operation is called Operation Faithful. “Border security is national security,” O’Shaughnessy said Monday, per USA Today.

Another thought—–S Forces Deployed: Africa — 1000 Syria — 2000 Iraq — 5000 Afghanistan — 8000 US Southern Border — 8200* + regular CBP * Total includes: 5200 active duty + 2000 National Guard

First why the need for troops?  We already have 2000+ on the border.  What happens if they make it to the border…..are the troops willing to shot and kill unarmed civilians?

Of course if you ask a supporter there are diseased ridden people in the midst and/or gang members with all their weapons and drugs and stuff.

This is all so fucking silly!

Then we need to have a debate on immigration…..that is about as worthless an endeavor as climate change or guns….Americans are NOT capable of having a discourse on these subjects because critical thinking has bee replaced  with personality worship and slogans and most important…HATRED!

Then there are all those “really bad people” that are in this caravan, according to Our Dear Supreme Leader, Trump….there are these bad people but they are not in the “caravan” these people are Trump and the spineless enablers….THESE ARE HOLLOW PATHETIC LITTLE PEOPLE!

The Saudis Hired Killers

With the accusation of an assassination the Saudis have been in the headlines for about a month…..their story is winding down because more important news has been made….the attack on Jews and the multi bomb threat here in the US….

There are so many question that need to be asked about the Saudi involvement in world conflicts…..so the question is just what is the Saudis getting from the Trump administration?

It’s time to ask an uncomfortable question: What exactly is the U.S. getting out of its partnership with Saudi Arabia? The answer is: nothing but headaches, human rights abuses and national embarrassment. In the cynical past, the U.S. could at least argue that it needed Saudi oil, but that’s no longer the case, due to the shale-oil boom (though that fact is not necessarily good for an ever-warming planet).

Recently, the crimes of the Saudi government managed to pierce the Trump-all-the-time-Kanye-West-sometimes media-entertainment complex due to Riyadh’s likely murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That the U.S.-Saudi relationship is, however briefly, coming under the proverbial microscope is a good thing. Still, it is astonishing that this incident—rather than dozens of other crimes—finally garnered attention. Even so, President Trump appears reluctant to cancel his negotiated $110 billion record arms deal with the kingdom

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/what-keeps-washington-indefinitely-in-bed-with-riyadh/

Washington is in bed with the Saudis and the Saudis are the ones with the smiles on their face….so who is doing who in this relationship?

Speaking of assassination…..I agree with the idea that the US basically was a co-conspirator in Khashoggi’s murder…..

And since the US consistently undertakes to endow its own savage behaviour with a veneer of democracy-freedom-and-human-rights talk, it’s only natural that egregious euphemisms be deployed on behalf of its pals as well. Which is how we end up with the state of Israel – executioner and dismemberer extraordinaire of Palestinians – whitewashed into the position of angel-hero, while Saudi Arabia and other notorious regional human rights abusers are catapulted into the role of “modernising reformers”.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/west-enabled-khashoggi-s-demise-not-mention-all-those-other-saudi-crimes-1430264193