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turcopolier
Interests: History (all kinds), theology, literature, cowboy boots, the War Between the States, Norwich Terriers.
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Castelio "but due to the generality and laziness in the argument that can render conclusions facile and meaningless." Insulting, but I will let that go for now. You are yet another sucker for the economic deterministic laziness that lets you escape from learning anything important about the ME and to ignore the deep cultural and social divisions among peoples in the ME. pl
All "Hence, the Blackbeard avatar." Old school Army Special forces. i was up at the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks a decade ago to give a talk in the "big bedroom" (lecture hall) on some fool subject. My escort officer was a woman Lieutenant Colonel who seemed "jumpy" about something that I could not perceive. I was doing my inadequate best to be pleasant. she finally worked up the courage to ask if I were really a "greenie" from olden times. When I said I was, she said " It isn't really true, is it?" "What?" "That back then you all just did whatever you thought best to get the job done?" "Yes, that was true. We wuz picked and growed that way." Her face turned red and she stopped talking to me. I saw that little had changed. pl
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"What induced Netanyahu to start selling the snake oil of Iran as menace to Israel was not any new evidence of Iranian interest in nuclear weapons or hostility toward Israel. It was the fear of a rapprochement between the Clinton... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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All "And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death..." pl
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"AVAD ZARIF: Unlike others, I'm not going to interfere in the internal affairs of the United States. I consider the-- I mean as-- as I read the American constitution, I believe the-- executive has the prerogative over foreign policy and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Aka Is this a joke? Nusra is a wahhabi jihadi group that is a branch of AQ. You think they are going to become a reliable ally of the U?. Qatar is the only Wahhabi state in the Arab World other than SA. They have been instrumental in funding jihadi groups, particularly in Syria. Why do they allow the US to have facilities in the "sand bar?" They are afraid of SA and Iran. The other resistance people you refer to are just riff raff who will not fight anyone and have not. pl
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Two major elements of the regime's approach are attrition and position. It seeks to wear down the opposition's forces and will by inflicting material and morale losses in sustained fighting, even if these engagements are not necessarily intense or decisive.... Continue reading
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"According to the Feb. 19 Central Command briefing, the assault force might include five Iraqi Army brigades, with three smaller Peshmerga and Iraqi brigades in support. Other reporting suggests that a follow-on gendarmerie force of Mosul policemen would be inserted... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
All At no point did Bibi say that there was no military option. IMO Bibi's plan is to start a war with Iran that he cannot win and then use his propaganda apparatus here and the Kiwannis club alumni called the House of Representatives to force the US into the war as well while the Israelis stand back and watch. pl
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The Speech to Congress at Sic Semper Tyrannis
notlurking In the last year of the Iran/Iraq War the Iraqis conducted a series of massive offensives that destroyed the Iranian forces and captured most of their equipment. I was there. I should know. When Iran accepted the UN sponsored armistice the Iraqis were everywhere on Iranian soil. they did not advance farther because they did not wish to try to occupy Iran with its vast territory. " During the 1988 battles, the Iranians put up little resistance to the Iraqi offensives, having been worn out by nearly eight years of war.[49]:253 They lost large amounts of equipment; however, they managed to rescue most of their troops from being captured by the Iraqis, leaving Iraq with relatively few prisoners.[39] On 2 July, Iran belatedly set up a joint central command which unified the Revolutionary Guard, Army, and Kurdish rebels, and dispelled the rivalry between the Army and the Revolutionary Guard. However, this came too late, and Iran was believed to have fewer than 200 remaining tanks on the southern front, faced against thousands of Iraqi ones.[133] The only area where the Iranians were not suffering major defeats was in Kurdistan.[104]" wiki on Ira-Iraq War. pl
b There is no doubt that there are Sunni in the Iraqi government's forces. There is also no doubt that the whole thing is Shia run for Shia purposes. pl
Adam Silverman "one of the consistent components of Israel's responses to strikes into Israel from outside its borders" The contention in this case is that the FSA/Nusra force fired into the Golan in coordination with an Israeli need to justify IDF artillery and air attacks on the Syrian Government's effort to halt an advance on Damascus. We are talking fraud, no? pl
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The South Syria Front at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"The biggest offensive against ISIS so far happened without American help—but with plenty of assistance from Iran. The Iraqi military launched a major campaign to take back a key city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State over the weekend—a move that... Continue reading
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makosog There is a great deal wrong with this speech before the Congress. Israel is a country that in spite of not having a constitution functions as a parliamentary government. the PM is a member of the knesset and he derives his actual power from his party or coalition's majority in the knesset. He wields power as a first among equals. That is why we constantly hear on the news of this committee or that committee meeting to approve an action with the PM as a member. Our government is nothing like that. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the US Constitution. In our government the president and the Executive Branch have completely separate powers from those of the Congress. The president is charged with the conduct of foreign policy. He is NOT subject to the authority of Congress in the conduct of foreign policy. Obama can conclude an agreement with Iran and the other negotiating parties as an executive order. It is only if Obama submits the agreement to the senate for ratification as a treaty that the Congress has a "say' in this matter. Many people have argued for the transformation of the United States into a parliamentary democracy but this has never been a popular idea. Until such a transformation takes place the introduction of the leader of a foreign government to speak from Congress against the foreign policy of the US is a direct assault on our constitutional separation of powers. That is why it is important. pl
Fred The Jordanians and their kings have been more willing to trust us than they should have been. pl
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The South Syria Front at Sic Semper Tyrannis
seydlitz89 A very Southern point of view? I suppose Southerners prefer reality in self defense against all the BS about Yankee destiny. pl
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"The southern offensive has been ongoing for over a month. The insurgents went from Jordan along the Golan up to the Lebanese border under cover of Israeli artillery. Whenever they were attacked by the Syrian army they fired a mortar... Continue reading
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Thaumaturge IMO America was defeated in both VN and Iraq. The armed forces were not defeated. We pretty much won all the battles but KvonC's sacred triangle of "people, state and army" was defeated in both cases. In VN, the Congress and the people simply gave up on the long term policy goal of a non-communist state in SVN and in Iraq the foolish policy of invading a country that had not attacked us and which was the enemy of our enemies was fatally compounded bydestruction of all the element of the Iraqi state. This created a chaos in which we then sought to reverse the social order by placing the Shia Arabs in charge. This triggered a civil war that is still raging. IS' policy goal? When I was on the parish council of St. Mary's in Alexandria, a managerial type, also on the board asked the pastor of souls of th eparish what his "mission statment' was. The reply was "Teaching the Gospels." IS does not have a mission statement in the sense that western groups understand such things. It intends t ospread it version of God's message wherever it can using both actual preaching and the sermon of the deed. We need to defeat IS militarily and then adopt a policy of containment on the contaminated ground using the local states. That would be an economy of force policy. pl
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This man is in the United States for the specific purpose of wrenching control of US foreign policy from the hands of our elected president and the Executive Branch of the federal government. He does not shrink from saying that... Continue reading
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David Habakkuk I was taught the play as part of a Freshman Year study of Eliot (Prufrock, the Wasteland, etc.) April is still the cruelest month for me, breeding lilacs out of the dead land. "Murder in the Cathedral" was taught as much for the moral effect as for literature. That kind of study is all dead now at my alma mater, killed by the engineers and materialism. pl
rjj I knew there was an Indian reservation at Old Town. Make canoes don't they? Eh? pl
TTG My mistake. I like the Baikonur thing. Why would he want an old airplane? pl
tigershark "Murder in the Cathedral?" pl
TTG My guess is that the airline is hiding the fact that the pilots dealt poorly with the weather and the sudden massive updraft. pl