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If US troops (particularly special forces/SEALs) are inserted into Syria with mission objective of "securing" chemical weapons stocks, the following obvious problems would immediently present themselves. 1. special forces/SEALs are warfighters, not garrison guards 2. guarding a weapons depot puts troops at extreme risk since they are in an entirely defensive posture in case outside forces mount an attack 3. Syria is a nation embroiled in a civil war - there are no front lines…
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We continue to read of more waste and outright fraud connected with the US presence in Afghanistan. Perhaps warfare, with it more limited focus of attention, lends itself more readily to fostering waste. However to even the most casual observer it must surely be evident that a systematic and methodical process is undereway whereby the US treasury is being bled dry. When US regular troops are finally extracted from Afghanistan, and victory declared by consultants…
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  Piracy flourishes wherever ships are obliged to lie at anchor or travel without armed guards or alert national navies to patrol the area. For now the coast of Southwest Africa fills that bill nicely. We remind the readers that despite international bans of attacking ships on the high seas, lawless elements with financial or political agendas, continue to ply their trade. We note the deminution of piracy off the horn of Africa due to…
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Let the reader not misunderstand inent of the following questions, but our sifting of open source information clearly shows that no one has a definitive picture of who is in charge on either side of the Syrian civil war. And why is the alleged use of chemical weapons sufficient cause to move US military presence from covert (special forces advisors and battlefield technical support) to in-the-open in Syria? Indeed, who says chemical weapons were in…
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We were shocked to read of Iran's continuing obfuscation of its nuclear intentions, and intransigence to allowing meaningful inspections. We will not make lengthy comment here, but only remind the reader that this stalling has continued for years. One day, and very soon, the world will awaken to an earth quivering as a Plutonium bomb is detonated inside a mountain in Iran. We opine that along with their remarkably deep and effective tunnel system, Iran…
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Ibragim Todashev died from bullet wounds following some kind of altercation with an FBI agent. What happened, and why has the story changed at least twice since the event. We seem to be viewing a continuing evolution of half-truth. Violent encounters resulting in death are usually confusing in the telling. We therefore expect some subtle variation of time/place/action between any two descriptions. This one may be different. Circumstances surrounding this shooting are puzzling. What allegedly…
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As UK edges closer to a public admission that they will provide arms to Syrian "rebels", we offer a few notes for the readers' consideration. Toppling Assad will remove that last brick from national "stability" in the region. By that we mean that if the current Syrian government falls, the way will open for the pan-Arab caliphate project to advance. We also remind the reader of Iran's pending arrival inot the nuclear club, and opine…
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The Russians are likely to react intensely to the car bomb detonated by the wife of a dead insurgent. Probably intending to destroy a nearby police station, the woman driver touched it off as she was stopped at a police checkpoint. The presence of women suicide bombers throws the ongoing insurgent struggle into the most harsh possible context. This is a long and brutal war, with no foreseeable solution other than major changes within the…
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Not surprisingly we note that reports assert that Syrian "rebels" prefer highly mobile weapons as they maneuver and strike, mostly in platoon or smaller sized units. It seems that local ingenuity has enabled irregulars to construct multiple tube rocket launchers, mount 120 mm mortars on pickup trucks, salvaged tank turrets, and remote control machine guns sighted using commercial electric motors and web cams. Insurgents assert that many highly educated personnel have gone to great lengths…
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