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  • How Rupert Murdoch & Fox Created the Fake News Industry
  • With Trump, we've all Entered the Dark Dimension of Dormamu
    • sorta like the offspring of Republicans, fresh out of college, appointed to run Iraq in 2003.
      They all pretty much sought out Iraqi counterparts to tell them what to do. None of these counterparts knew anything about governance.
      It turned out as should have been expected.
      .

  • Is Trump "Pro-Russian?" How will Russia Fare? Russians want to Know
  • IC Annual Fundraiser: Now more than Ever
    • I promise to match my modest contribution from a year or two ago
      IF
      you commit to hiring some kind of staff so that there is a foundation for this enterprise to grow.
      I assume that a couple of your Grad students help out; that's not a solid foundation.

  • Neofascist Trump Appointee Bannon: "Anger is a Good thing" "if you're Fighting to Take this Country Back"
    • Trump is certainly a con man. That is his essence.

      But he has no core beliefs.
      He is not "right-wing." His beliefs and foundational principles are flexible. The "right wing" shtick was to get elected; who knows what's next ?
      (with apologies to kevin Hart)

    • being pro-Israel (like me) and being pro-Likud (not me) are two very different things.

  • How can Progressives get through the Next 4 Years? Organize!
    • progressives WERE mobilized this cycle.
      Their standard bearer sold out.
      Pick a better leader next time, someone who is more committed to your values.

      Bernie decided that winning for the neocon Dems was more important than losing for progressive principles. He woulda kicked Trump's butt, if he had more conviction.

  • Growing Global Nuclear Threat - as if Election 2016 weren't already bad enough
    • The US planted Aegis Missile Defense sites in Romania and Poland,
      ostensibly to defend against Iranian missiles.
      But when I look at a map, those sites appear to be intended to shoot down Russian missiles.

  • Turkish Gov't arrests 15 Opposition MPs in Further Descent into Dictatorship
    • if we kicked them out of NATO,
      where would we move the Nukes stored there ?
      .
      from whence would we launch drone attacks on Syria, or MLRS missiles ?

  • Emails and Groping: Our Halloween Election keeps Scaring us to Death
  • Is the Islamic State finished? Five possible scenarios
    • ISIS needs to upgrade to a more charismatic leader. On 9 November, just such a leader becomes available.
      Can you imagine the synergy of Trump - ISIS collaboration ?

  • De Mistura: al-Qaeda must leave E. Aleppo to save it from Destruction
    • My misunderstanding of the situation in Syria is legendary. Still, didn't you leave out two extremely consequential combatant groups, when you only mentioned 4:
      Kurds as a whole, working to create or revitalize Rojava; and
      Turcoman forces that enjoy strong backing from Turkiye ?
      The simmering conflict between Turkiye and Kurds may have greater potential to incite a wider war than anything strictly within the borders of Syria.

  • Iraq: Bush DoD paid PR Firm millions to Plant fake I.S. Videos, False Stories
    • By way of an apology, I think, on 9 May 2004, Colonel Tunnicliffe forwarded an "email trail discussing the mistakes made." He told me that "The hard truth is that they come down to some pretty fundamental issues that require a change in national policy and indeed a cultural change in the way the US does business here."
      .
      He had received and scanned my "Model Communities" proposal to try treating the authentic indigenous local leaders of small communities in Sunni Iraq with dignity and respect, and collaborating with them, as a way to bring stability to individual villages.
      He and Dayton Maxwell from USAID rejected my offer in May 2004.
      In December 2005 George Casey took my idea to Amman and asked the former high command of the Iraqi Army to partner on just such an effort. They asked to be given leading roles in the stabilization effort, with Americans in the background, and when General Casey refused, they also refused.
      The most hurtful bastardization and plagiarism of my 2004 proposal was when Dave Petraeus remade my concept into a ratcheting up of colonial oppression with one particular indigenous tribe as the Iraqi face of the "Sons of Iraq Anbar Awakening." For a high enough price he got a tribe to sell out their communities.
      Now that we have some perspective, how did that "Surge" work out over the long term ?
      .

  • Syria: Russia warns of Mideast Apocalypse if US attacks al-Assad's military
    • maybe the bombing of a static Syrian Army position, a position they held for more than 6 months, a position we had under continuous surveillance for weeks, was a mistake.
      In the same vein,
      maybe the timing of that strike, less than 2 days after the Syrian Army killed a US Navy SEAL and one other SF warfighter embedded with Kurdish forces, was just a coincidence.
      .
      but don't we claim to have such good Intel that we don't kill innocents ?

    • maybe referring to one combatant party or another as "terrorists" doesn't really help the discussion.
      In ground combat, the tools of "terrorism" are how one protects his fellow soldiers.
      .
      I ask you to examine the battle field in terms of specific organizations involved in the fighting. Use the names they have chosen for themselves, or the names that others have labeled them with. But do whatever you need to do to examine specific groups involved in the fighting. As long as you are thinking in terms of one huge mass of homogeneous "terrorists," you are unlikely to discern where the different groups get their support from.
      .
      When a DOD-backed group of notionally Syrian fighters crossed the Turkish border 2 weeks ago, escorted by Turkish armor, they were trying to find, fix and finish a group of non-Syrians, the "Free Syrian Army," that is backed by the CIA.

  • Vote For Hillary Clinton Or Die in a Fiery Apocalypse: A Letter To Young Progressives
  • In Massive Intel Error, US Kills 80 Syrian Troops, Helps ISIL Advance
    • the decision whether or not to bomb a target is more a factor of who is asking for the bombing than what we may or may not know about the target.
      In this case, we had someone on the ground calling the airstrikes in.
      Maybe the US government should tell us who that was.

    • Syria is in the way of a gas pipeline that the USA is pushing.
      Yes, it may be all about oil, after all.

  • Monsters to Destroy: Top 7 Reasons the US could not have forestalled Syrian Civil War
    • the USA has already been deeply involved in intervening in Syria,
      getting the "civil war" going by employing Mercenaries to get the Syrian government forces to return fire into crowds of civilians.
      But that isn't reported here.

  • "We're talking Survival": Pacific Islanders call out Australia on Coal
    • "Australia is the biggest polluter per capita ..."

      I suspect that correlates with them being the most productive, per capita.

      I don't know the answer,
      but these island nation representatives seem to be calling for Australians to inflict economic wounds on themselves, and in return get what ?

      I know some Australians. I have some in my family. These are hard-working folk, and it takes energy to be productive.
      What compromises are being offered ?
      What incentives ?
      .
      and yes, I have some idea of the harm that comes from getting energy from coal.

  • Leftist Corbyn win as head of UK Labour alarms Israeli Right Wing
    • If this guy opposes the brutal treatment of civilians by the Israeli government,
      then he has that in common with most Israelis.
      .
      The hate-mongers like Lieberman and Natanyahu are the ones who are out of touch.
      Go back and get quotes from more balanced Jewish media outlets.
      .

  • Nearly Half of Republicans Could imagine backing Military Coup
    • sorry,
      but who would General Petraeus seize control from ?
      Admiral Rogers, Director of the NSA ?

      some other figurehead of the invisible military-industrial-congressional-banker-security complex ?
      .

  • Russia Ramping up Military Involvement in Syria?
    • According to our 1903 "treaty" with the Cuban Dictator Tomas Palma,
      who was succeeded as head honcho of Cuba by Wm. Howard Taft in 1906,
      Guantanamo Bay Naval Base is officially for supplying coal to US Navy ships.
      .
      This could also be a response to the "European Reassurance Initiative."
      See link to whitehouse.gov
      Under ERI, US European Command has initiated acquisition of facilities and stationing of officials in 6 Eastern European countries this month, all bordering Russia.
      Or maybe a response to our sending US troops into western Ukraine (we've had troops there continuously since February 2015.)
      Or maybe it's just what they say, they are supporting a historical ally. Check, eg, the language in the WH press release on ERI.

    • John Kerry just accomplished more than all Secretaries of State since Dulles.
      Maybe he qualifies ?

    • that's easy.

      SF missions include "insurgency," "counterinsurgency," and what 20 years ago was called "internal defense and development."

      If the US military is to salvage a "win" in Syria,
      we need to ally with al-Assad and the Russians.

  • How the Sept. 11 Attacks Changed American Lives Forever
    • I got an email from Dick Cheney yesterday.
      If I buy his book, he and Liz will sign it.
      I suspect he admits his errors in the book, takes responsibility, and asks for forgiveness.
      But I'm not going to pay $ 60 to see if that's correct.
      .

  • Pope Francis' call to host Refugees contrasts w/ anti-Immigrant US "Religious Right"
    • "It seems to me that there is a real question as to whether any of those who speak in such hateful ways are actually Christian at all."

      Oh, we're Christian, alright.
      Recall that being a hypocrite, being a sinner, is part and parcel of that package called "Christian."

      I'm not an authority on most aspects of Catholic doctrine and magesterium,
      but I know that you missed in your analysis when you compared today's Muslims to the good Samaritan of scripture.
      The better analogy might be seeing the Muslims as lepers: Helpless, rejected, vulnerable, dependent.
      Maybe someone smarter than me can cite some passages on that.

      Juan, an earlier blog entry suggested these were "regime change" refugees.
      I have repeatedly tried to argue here that the US government was instrumental in turning peaceful protests in Syria into violent suppression, usually only citing sources like PressTV and RT. You seem to allow those posts more, suggesting a recognition that we might have played a role.
      If so, that makes the USA the engine behind all of the attempts at regime change that have destroyed societies, forcing these refugees to flee to Europe.
      .
      so why does Pope Frank let American Catholics off the hook ?
      .

  • Donald Trump Fails Foreign Policy 101, calls Interviewer "Third Rate"
    • Hewitt has it in for Trump.
      He supports another candidate.

      this was a cheap shot. Hewitt could have been more forthright, but was obviously trying to trip Trump up.

      The real test would be if a disinterested questioner asks benign questions, and Trump is confounded. That didn't happen here.

  • Is Israeli military using Barak in struggle w/ Netanyahu over Iran Deal?
    • as to whether Israeli jets could attack Eshafan,
      perhaps the Saudi King would allow them to use his airspace, if coordinated in advance.
      SANG could shoot them down with ADA furnished from the USA, if they flew near the sites protected by the ADA umbrella.
      .
      And who could stop IDF from flying through Syria, or Northern Iraq ?
      This wasn't the case in 2010, pre-ISIS, but today it is possible.

  • Hard to get Good Help: Are US Generals just Incompetent?
    • Good article, Mr. Pastore.

      The Air Force declares 3 core (aspirational) values:
      1. Integrity First.
      2. Service before self.
      3. Excellence in all we do.

      But the USAF Academy has one true core value: Take care of your boss.

      In 2005, the leadership of the Academy conducted research into how they were doing.
      They asked the units that were receiving their “product,”
      newly graduated cadets,
      what they liked about the 2nd Lieutenants they received,
      and how they could improve the product.

      In a classified briefing, while working as a mid-level AF Civil Servant, I learned that those customers responded clearly.
      They said that the Academy put too much emphasis on technical (book) knowledge.
      What they preferred was for these new officers to have a better grasp of the cement that held the AF together, loyalty to one’s boss.
      .
      That stuff written in the West Point library, that was about loyalty to the country, and to the service.
      But today’s Air Force wants loyalty to one’s boss: covering for him or her.
      When someone like Petraeus spends the first 20 years of his career kissing up to this or that rater (the person who writes his evaluation report,)
      Without any concern about right or wrong,
      or what’s best for the unit,
      He is then completely unprepared for the responsibilities of leadership.
      As a General, he has become a craven politician,
      And at that level,
      He advances by kissing up to civilian politicians.

      Look at the track record of Ray Odierno, who just retired from his CSA gig.
      If Eric Shinseki had stayed on as CSA, someone like Odierno might have faced an Article 32 hearing, and maybe even been brought up on charges under the UCMJ.
      But Shinseki didn’t follow the cult of personality that is a cancer in the US Army. His loyalty was to the Constitution, and to the American people.
      So, he had to go.
      .
      How to fix this ?
      Heck, the careerists in the military are invested in this system.
      They don’t see it as a problem.

  • How many thousands US troops would GOP Hopefuls send to Iraq and Syria?
    • GOP,
      listen to Ray Odierno.
      He oversaw widespread crimes against Sunni Arab Iraqis in Nineweh Province in 2003-04,
      and they still haven't forgotten him.

      After the shocking awful invasion in March 2003, we tried to win the hearts and minds of the people we conquered.
      Crimes against humanity have a way of interfering with trying to win hearts and minds.

      And the unstated theme of current GOP proposals to send US ground forces back is that,
      once our guys are there,
      the local populations will shift their support to us,
      because we're the good guys.
      .

  • Young Muslim-American entrepreneurs Fight ISIL Online
    • in the intro remarks,
      the news anchor says that these "initiatives" are funded by the US government.
      I would call them "government contractors" rather than "entrepreneurs."

      heck,
      what is the business model ?
      collect payments each month from the CIA.
      .

  • How Black Lives Matter is making Bernie Sanders a better candidate
    • as a non-Republican conservative,
      I read BLM as a black flag op to help Clinton.

      The leaks from her meeting with them only confirm that.

  • First Time at the Rodeo? (Political Cartoon)
    • I love Trump;
      I love that he's running.

      But if just one serious journalist would take a look at his campaign staff,
      what he is spending money on,
      it quickly will become clear that this is a joke to him.

      If he was serious,
      he would have a serious staff, a serious manager, a serious campaign lawyer, and a serious budget.
      It appears that he hasn't even made the basic calculations about what it will take to get on the ballot in at least 30 states,
      let alone what it will take to win in each of those states.

      The "Ballot Access" hurdle is something that takes careful planning to overcome,
      and even with gobs of money,
      the state GOP in each state has the discretion to keep him off of their ballot.

      To run a serious 3rd Party campaign,
      he would have had to start the petition process by now.

      This is a joke, Trump is doing this for his own amusement.
      He has spent less than $ 3 Million so far, not counting his personal and travel expenses.
      Even Rand Paul has spent more on a campaign organization.

  • The Long Knives Come out in Baghdad
  • California at the Cutting Edge of our new Mega-Drought Normal
    • Over the last 3 months,
      (see link to weather.gov,)
      Colorado Springs has had 16.99 inches of rain. Normal for this period is 7.37 inches. We have had 9.62 inches more than normal. 230% of normal.
      If the total amount of rain that falls around the world is relatively constant (is it ?,)
      including what falls on the oceans,
      then there must be other places that are also getting more rain than normal.

  • ISIL: What nonviolent steps could the US take to defeat it?
    • If the USA wanted there to be Peace in Afghanistan,
      instead of fighting the Taliban,
      and consolidating their position as the only legit protector of Pashtuns,
      we would invest in nurturing an alternative organization to protect and govern Pashtuns,
      with that new Pashtun self-governance and self-defense entity visibly independent of the US proxies ruling Afghanistan from Kabul, the Northern Alliance.

      Similarly,
      the path to Peace in Iraq is to allow, if not nurture, a structure or framework for Sunni Arab Iraqi self-defense and self-governance that is an alternative to ISIS.
      This new alternative must not be controlled by the US, or by our Shi'ite Iraqi proxies.
      .
      Either we believe the grand proclamations in our Declaration of Independence, or we don't.

    • First,
      the title of this post does not match the content.
      Professor Shamoo does not limit his policy recommendations to just non-violent approaches.
      He advocates for the application of violence when he says:
      "Nothing short of strong self-defense to defeat them is likely to work."
      The third and fifth steps he advocates for diminishing ISIS's influence both entail significant violence, but specifically violence inflicted by Iraqi, Kurdish and Iranian forces, rather than by the USA.

      Dr. Shamoo is saying that the USA should stop using direct violent means (drones, ground forces) that the local populace ascribes to the USA, and instead support and work through proxies.
      .

      Second,
      Professor Shamoo recognizes that the people (Sunni Iraqis) who provide support to ISIS have a conceptual framework
      ("... an overall moral framework that justifies their existence and operations ...")
      through which they integrate their perceptions of American harm to their community.
      It is through that framework that they decide on how to respond, to ISIS, to the "Iraqi government," and to acts of violence by the US military and US Mercenaries.
      The brutal US occupation of Sunni Iraq just ended less than 2,000 days ago. During that era, the USA caused the death or grievous injury of around 25% of all Arab Sunni Iraqis.
      As of today,
      these people calculate that they and their families are better off with ISIS large and in charge,
      than with any forces aligned with the USA (the government in Baghdad, for example.)

      I respect that Dr. Shamoo is not a Sunni Arab Iraqi. That colors his perceptions, and his recommendations.

      .

      The key to US failure in Afghanistan is the bedrock principle that the US cannot allow the Pashtun people,
      (the majority of Afghans, if we treat the Durand Line the way Pashtuns treat it,)
      to govern themselves, to protect themselves, or to live away from subjugation under our proxies, the foreigners / non-Afghans / interlopers of the Northern Alliance.
      We adopted that policy to ensure Afghans never enjoy Peace. It is an evil policy. We do it to punish the Pashtuns for resisting our brutal occupation, for trying to protect their families.

      The USA seems to have the same policy in Iraq with respect to the Sunni Arabs.
      There can be no Peace as long as the USA ensures the Sunni Arabs cannot live decent lives. The only "solution," the "final solution," is thorough genocide. Not even the evil neo-cons who demand constant war against Islam will publicly advocate that position. Yet it drives our policy.
      .

  • Why Partitioning Iraq is a Terrible Idea
    • unfortunate to see you to treat a man with Ray Odierno's track record as a serious commenter on world affairs.

  • Memo to Jeb Bush: It was W's Surge that created ISIL, not Hillary
    • I live in Colorado Springs, one of the most Republican areas of the country.
      Most folks here believe Jeb's version.

  • Where did the anti-War Movement go?
    • Tom got caught up in the protest movement because he thought that he, personally, could make a difference.
      .
      While one of my sons was visiting recently, one of his friends who stopped by told me that my campaign for political office many years ago was eye-opening for him.
      I was running on a largely anti-war, anti-mercenary platform.
      Born around 1982, he said that he never got the idea growing up that he could have any impact on the larger world around him, and that participating in my campaign was the first time he felt he could.
      .
      The "system" has changed, and our youth have lost their natural-born idealism. That's the appeal of that loser pig Donald Trump: maybe he can change something. Anything. Just to show that folks not part of the "establishment" are still alive.

  • Game of Groans: How focus on Trump Taunts hides GOP war on Middle Class, Workers
    • Too much hyperbole.

      "... promoting the rights of blastocysts over those of raped women ..."

      Of course, blastocysts aren't aborted.
      Neither are they protected by pro-lifers.
      That's because, when a woman has a blastocyst inside her, she doesn't know it.
      Heck, sometimes the formation of a blastocyst does not even result in a pregnancy.
      A woman doesn't find out she's pregnant until the blastocyst has developed into something recognizable as distinctly human
      (yet still quite small.)

      "... evangelicals and ... Catholics ... make ... women ... impregnated by rapists bear their rapists’ children ... [to] support[ ] the fatherly rights of the rapist element in society."

      Actually, in secular language, it would be more correct to say that we oppose abortion in order to protect the "right to life" of the child in the womb.
      Informed (or if you prefer, affectated) by faith, I would prefer to say that the child in the womb was given life by God, and we have no business taking that life away.
      I don't think the issue of purported "parental rights" of a rapist is acknowledged by Catholics, let alone a cause for action.

      Among the Catholics I know and live in communion with, we don't explicitly say there is an exception when the life of the Mother is at serious risk, because we think that's between a woman, her husband, her Confessor, her God and her Physician. As soon as such an exception is written into law, it will be abused.

      But if the central issue is the fact that God has created a child, then the fact that a certain child was conceived as the result of a rape does not in any way reduce the value of that child in the eyes of God*. Neither would that fact alienate the child's secular inalienable right to life.

      * - (Actually, I don't know what God thinks about this or most other specific issues, but the tradition, scripture and magesterium of my church give me a confidence that God loves every child He creates.)
      .

  • If Germany can get 27% of its Energy from Wind/Solar, why can't US?
    • as I understand the linked story,
      for one instant,
      one one particular day,
      renewables provided 78% of the demand at that instant.

      If it was windy in the South Baltic,
      where Germany is building extensive wind farms,
      and it was a comfortable Sunday evening as people slept,
      without air conditioning,

      that's a very different situation from
      renewables furnishing 78% of the nation's demand for electricity for an entire day.

    • only criticism,
      I would have preferred that the narrator and translator were German.
      as a former US Army German linguist,
      I love that accent when Germans speak Englisch.
      .
      readers should know that the German government made huge investments to lead this transition.
      The video doesn't make any mention of that.

  • Daesh/ ISIL takes 250 Captive, including 60 Christians in Syria
    • Perhaps Prez Obama will ask our new ally in Tehran to help the Syrians out.

      IDF makes regular air patrols over this area.
      perhaps they can help their old friend in Dimashq.
      .

  • How Likely are the GOP Presidential Candidates Top 10 to drag us into War?
    • what you say about Paul is accurate.
      But I rate him least likely to start a pre-emptive war of this bunch.

      Paul is less likely to start a vanity war than Clinton.

      Only Sanders is less likely than Paul to start an unnecessary war.
      in my opinion.
      .

  • Top 5 Ways Obama's 'All of the Above' Politics led to Sanders & Trump
    • " He has mostly ended the war[] in ... Afghanistan."

      that's an interesting take.
      When Obama took office, there were about 33,000 uniformed military and 10,000 US Mercenaries in A'stan, plus assorted support contractors.
      Today there are about 13,000 military troops. see link to rs.nato.int
      I haven't kept up on the number of Mercenaries. Maybe someone else knows. But even if their numbers are about the same, the totals went from about 45,000 to about 25,000.

      I wouldn't call that "mostly ended."
      I'd agree that that's a significant reduction,
      but don't overlook that Obama tripled the number of military in A'stan in 2009.
      .

    • plenty of progressive ... action ?
      unless you mean social issues like homosexual marriage and abortion,
      I doubt the veracity of that assertion.
      .

  • Jimmy Carter: US "Now is just an Oligarchy . . . Subversion of our System"
    • what business did an adult have running for and getting elected to the office of the president ?

      Jimmy Carter had no business being Prez.
      Thankfully, we will never suffer another adult as our leader.

  • Syria's al-Qaeda captures US-Linked Free Syrian Army Commander, troops
    • oh, the irony.

      some of the leaders of the support front,
      the guys who captured our guys 2 days ago,
      were part of the first cohort of "moderates" that the CIA had Eric Prince train in Jordan in late 2010.
      .
      So far, the USA has trained and equipped leaders in every single faction fighting in Syria, except for the al-Assad Syrian Army, and maybe one or two tiny splinter groups.
      .

  • Revealed: The private firms tracking terror targets at heart of US drone wars
    • Great journalism.
      .
      While Blackwater is sort of a symbol for the employment of Mercenaries in Iraq,
      and despite the fact they had the most and the largest contracts to furnish Mercenaries,
      my research suggests that they were not even close to being the most lethal Merc outfit, as far as killing Iraqi civilians.
      .
      4 companies were hired by the US Army Corps of Engineers, out of Huntsville, Ala., to collect and destroy captured enemy munitions (mostly artillery rounds and aircraft bombs.)
      The Corps did not bother to provide any oversight of their activities.
      These companies provided their own "security."
      They were famous for expending more ammunition (assault rifle, machine gun, grenade launcher) per day than an entire US Army Brigade engaged in combat.
      .
      By my inartful calculations, one of these 4 companies - Zapata Engineering - killed more than 80,000 Iraqi civilians, and raped more than 5,000.
      .
      Sure, Blackwater, and anyone who worked for them, deserve whatever contempt you can muster. But they at least had some oversight by government personnel.
      The cowboys who were cut loose to do whatever damage they could, by the Corps of Engineers, did their worst.
      .
      The employment of Mercenaries to kill and subjugate the Iraqi people is the main reason we lost the war, whose success depended on winning the support of those locals.
      .

  • Is our Fossil Fuel addiction setting even our wettest Rainforests Ablaze?
    • regarding the burning tree video,
      I think what we saw was just the burning of the moss.
      The real damage started once the flames got up to the leaves in the crown.

  • Top Six Signs ISIL/ Daesh is Doomed
    • what I meant to say in that last bit:

      "As long as their best hope is with ISIL, they will support that group.
      That’s why ISIL will be around for a long time.

      US and other foreign military interference, superiority and hegemony only strengthens that support."

    • missing from this analysis is the role of the Sunni minority in Iraq.

      They are not represented by the current Iraqi government.
      They cannot participate in the "Iraqi Security Forces" sham, which is 95% Shi'a.

      As long as their best hope is with ISIL, they will support
      and military superiority and hegemony only strengthens that support. that group. That's why ISIL will be around for a long time.
      .

  • Is the ISIS War About Oil After All?
    • a year ago, comments about
      "secret US-run camps in Jordan and Turkey"
      weren't allowed.

  • As the Iraqi Army takes on ISIL in al-Anbar: How did we get here?
    • while some of the details recounted by Professor Williams don't square with my recollections (one of us is wrong,)
      I agree with the overall thrust and conclusion.
      .
      Those who feel that they were wronged by US foreign policy actions (like the invasion) are smart enough to identify specific policy makers who made those policies.
      Any reasonably intelligent person in the US can search public records and find where those former policy makers live.
      I will believe that ISIL is directing attacks in the US
      AFTER I hear about attempts to kill those folks.
      Until then,
      when someone attacks an Army Recruiting Station or other generic symbol of the brutal military occupation of Iraq,
      I will ascribe that to someone operating on their own,
      a "lone jackal,"
      and not consider it a retaliatory strike by an organized adversary.
      .

  • Iraq: As Battle Royale to take Falluja from Daesh/ ISIL Looms, Fears for Civilians
  • Dirty Energy vs. Clean Power The Past Battles the Future at Seneca Lake
    • 15 - 30% of gas captured through fracking never makes it to a furnace to be burned.
      Yes, it burns cleaner than oil, and much cleaner than coal.
      But the gas that seeps out of the distribution system goes right into the atmosphere.
      .

  • Why defeating ISIL/ Daesh with military might is starry eyed idealism
    • this article is an endorsement of USAID and their brand of interference in other countries.
      The author admits to forming his views working for part of the USAID mafia, which USAID calls their "implementing partners."

      but I can remember what happened in al-Kut in 2003, when RTI took over the city and required townsfolk to go through feminist reorientation before they were allowed to collect their food rations.

      USAID, in their haughty contempt for locals and tradition, piss the occupied people off even more than soldiers
      (but not as much as Mercenaries.)

      No,
      the way to fight ISIL is not to lecture the people under ISIL "governance" that they would be better off serving US values and US corporations.
      The way to undermine ISIL is to quit insulting and aggravating those locals.
      And for the USA and our "do-gooders,"
      that means we have to leave them alone.
      We cannot treat folks in other countries with dignity.
      It's not in our DNA.
      .

  • Obama: No more US troops to fight Daesh/ ISIL, but more Training
    • folks who talk about "training local forces" as a way to stop and push ISIL back must have little understanding of what soldiering and fighting are about.

      I can teach a guy to operate and care for an assault rifle in 15 minutes.

      I can teach a small unit leader to coordinate the efforts of a squad or platoon in a coupla weeks.

      What I cannot teach is motivation to fight for a cause that the fighters do not believe in,
      no matter how much time I have.
      .

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