Marcus Aurelius: Daniel Goure on Needing an Army — Robert Steele on Irresponsible Government

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

I think article below is spot on, but I also don’t think it will matter.  Given the current national trajectory, it will take another Kasserine Pass, another Task Force SMITH, to get America to pay attention to T.R. Fehrenbach (“… young men in the mud. …”), to the eternal truth that the ultimate arbiter of foreign policy and international diplomacy is a man with a rifle and bayonet.  And then, the refresher learning will only be transient.  I hate to be present Santana as an inviolable sage with respect to history, but I’s sure this is one of those cases where he is right. And, in the interim, funds and focus will be diverted to trendy left-wing social issues. …

When America Realizes It Needs the Army, It’ll Need It Really Bad

A small Army is smart until it’s not

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Oct 17

Steve Aftergood: US Army Says “Disenchanted Idealists are … a fertile source of information for adversaries.”

Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

“Disenchanted idealists are… a fertile source of information” for adversaries, according to Army Regulation 530-1 on Operations Security, updated 26 September 2014.

Phi Beta Iota: We don’t make this stuff up. “Cognitive dissonance” is the canary in the coal mine.

See Also:

Cognitive Dissonance @ Phi Beta Iota

 

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Oct 9

SchwartzReport: $26 Billion Later, Iraqi Military a Disaster — the True Cost of US Government Corruption and Idiocy

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

As you read this think about how many schools this money would have built and staffed. How many elder care facilities could have been built. How much prenatal care this would have paid for. All lost on a losing strategy, that has failed over and over, and will fail again.

$26 Billion in US Aid Later, the Iraqi Military Is a Total Disaster

Alex Park  –  Mother Jones

As US bombs rain down on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, analysts agree that this war will ultimately be won on the ground. Too bad the Iraqi defense forces are a shambles. The New York Times reports that the United States still has to train the country’s 26 “intact and loyal” brigades. And the Iraqi government has yet to recruit and set up national guard units. “It is not going to be soon,” says a State Department official.

Sound familiar? Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the US government spent billions trying to rebuild Iraq’s security forces so they could fight insurgents such as ISIS. By the fall of 2012, about a year after the full withdrawal of American troops, this effort had consumed about half the money the US government spent on Iraq’s reconstruction, according to the final report of the Special Investigator General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR).

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Oct 5

Berto Jongman: Obama (and Hagel, Clapper, Vickers) Forced General Flynn Out for Telling the Truth

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Former CIA Director: Obama Forced Out Intel Chief Who Warned About Weak Iraqi Army

Wednesday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” President Bill Clinton’s former director of the CIA James Woolsey said President Barack Obama’s attempt to blame poor intelligence is getting “less and less true” as he pointed to the forced resignation of the Head of [Defense Intelligence Agency] Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn who was “making it very clear he was very worried about the stability of the Iraqi army.”

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Oct 3

Berto Jongman: Clint Watts on Seven Flaws in US Strategy to Counter ISIS

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Seven Flaws In the U.S. Strategy to Counter ISIS

(Editor’s Note: This blog post is derived from Clint Watts’ Ginsburg Lecture delivered at the National Liberty Museum on September 16, 2014.)

The past week’s debate on how to counter ISIS has proven just how effective terrorism is as a tactic for extremist groups.  Two videos showing the beheading of American hostages have provoked the largest U.S. response since the attacks of 9/11, compelling President Obama to hastily gather up a strategy to counter ISIS. Aside from the general confusion over what to call the group, there is even greater disagreement over what to do.  Overall, I don’t disagree with most of the actions the U.S. is taking to counter ISIS, but I am baffled why ISIS, America’s third or fourth most pressing national security concern right now, requires such a reaction.  The lesson for other extremist groups scattered from Morocco to Malaysia is clear – fly a black flag, film an atrocity and post it on the Internet and you too can capture the American media cycle and provoke a U.S. response.

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1. Syrian Civil War
2. Turkish Border
3. Double-Edged Sword of Saudi Arabia
4. Arab Partner Nations
5. Iran is a bigger adversary to the US than ISIS
6. Sunni partners in Iraq
7. Shi’a dominated Iraqi Government

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See Also:

ISIS @ Phi Beta Iota

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Sep 20

Berto Jongman: US in 5-134 Wars (Right Now)

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The US is now involved in 134 wars or none, depending on your definition of ‘war’

The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word “war” was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was at first reluctant:

“We’re engaged in a major counterterrorism operation,” he told CBS News on Sept. 11. “I think war is the wrong terminology and analogy but the fact is that we are engaged in a very significant global effort to curb terrorist activity… I don’t think people need to get into war fever on this. I think they have to view it as a heightened level of counter terrorist activity.”

Kerry said similarly hedgy things during interviews on CNN and ABC.

By the next day, the Obama administration appeared more comfortable with the word war, yet hardly offered any more clarity. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters, “The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates.”

The problem is that our traditional definition of “war” is outdated, and so is our imagination of what war means.

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Sep 20

Mongoose: Attaboy Australia — Beheading IO Stopped — But What Should US Do?

Mongoose

Mongoose

Very well done, Australia!

Australia raids foil reported ISIS beheading plots

Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning public beheadings in two Australian cities to demonstrate its reach.

About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across 12 Sydney suburbs as part of the operation — the largest in Australian history, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the Associated Press. Separate raids in the eastern cities of Brisbane and Logan were also conducted.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the plan involved kidnapping randomly selected members of the public off the streets in Sydney and Brisbane, beheading them on camera, and releasing the recordings through Islamic State’s propaganda arm in the Middle East.

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Sep 18