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turcopolier
A retired Army officer with three terriers.
Interests: History (all kinds), theology, literature, cowboy boots, the War Between the States, Norwich Terriers.
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smoothiex12 you are and were not banned. pl
Toggle Commented 9 hours ago on The Syria "Deal" at Sic Semper Tyrannis
bth IMO the R2P/neocon/CIA faction in the Borg is working on a last throw of the dice in Syria involving a Turkish/Saudi/US/British invasion of Syria. David Cohen, the neocon (my opinion) deputy director of CIA was on 24/7 TV two days ago. When asked if the game were not "up," he said with an arch look on his face that the rebels were tough folks and should not be written off. That looked to me like a hint of things to come. Is Kerry a party to this "plot?" I know not if that is true or if he is trying to impede the progress of this scheme by reaching an interim arrangement with Lavrov. pl
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VV It is not a "relief." R+6 should get on with the process of eliminating the rebels and stabilizing Syria. pl
Toggle Commented yesterday on The Syria "Deal" at Sic Semper Tyrannis
kooshy What I said to you was that he has always been a sneaky character. pl
Toggle Commented yesterday on In Re Syria: at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Thirdeye When I was a new major I heard a USAF four star (ho-- something was his name) say that the Normandy invasion was unnecessary, because the German would have surrendered because of strategic bombing without it. The Joint audience laughed. pl
h I listened to Assad's interview with AFP today. He made it clear that the government's present offensive campaign to re-conquer all Syrian territory would continue and with Russian air support against jihadi targets. He said that negotiations and offensive action would go forward simultaneously. I think that is the real deal, and that Kerry/Obama knows that. Tthis must enrage the R2P/neocon crowd. pl
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jack So would I. pl
Toggle Commented yesterday on The Syria "Deal" at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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All I am impressed by the number of people for whom the humanitarian disaster in Syria is more important than the geopolitics of the ME. I am not numbered among them. I have a number of reservations concerning this agreement that depend on future developments. 1- Will the successful ground offensive against rebel forces continue all over the country. If it does not then the stage is set for eventual destruction of the Syrian government and its replacement by a jihadi dominated government favored by Turkey and Saudi Arabia. If this occurs it will a refutation of my dictum that you can't win by BS at the negotiating table what you could not gain on the battlefield. 2- Will Turkey invade Syria between Azaz and Jarabulos? The Turks are currently grouping large forces from their 2nd Army just north of that stretch of border. If they do invade will the offensive carry south as far as Aleppo for which some Turks have long harbored irredentist hopes? This is also true of Mosul in Iraq. 3- Is Saudi Arabia really going to send its trivial little ground force into Syria from the panhandle of Jordan? The mind boggles at the thought. The mind also boggles at the idea of SA maintaining that force in the field at the end of a logistical tether reaching back through Jordan to Tabuk in NW Saudi Arabia. So far as I know SA has no power projection logistics capability at all. 4- Did the USAF really bomb targets in Aleppo City? If so, what targets and to what end? pl
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b I agree. This is really an agreement to facilitate humanitarian aid to surrounded localities. IMO that will work to some extent but the "ISSG task force" will undoubtedly use people like Mercy Corps to deliver the aid and they will inevitably lose people in the process as NGO groups keep losing people in Syria.. "Tant pis pour eux." The national level cease fire aspect of this is really "pie in the sky." I agree that the warring parties will continue shortly. pl
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kooshy He did nothing of the sort. He happened to be in Baghdad on a task I gave him when the Fao offensive happened. The Iraqis offered to take him down there to see and he let them do that. BTW, he is not an aviator. pl
Toggle Commented yesterday on In Re Syria: at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"Statement of the International Syria Support Group 11 February 2016 Meeting in Munich on February 11 & 12, 2016, as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon,... Continue reading
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Macgupta IMO one should be careful not to accept self deprecating modesty for actual ignorance. pl
Will IMO there is not going to be a "Sunni Army." There may be an effort to send an American Army to Syria with a Sunni tinge, but not more. pl
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MRW I don't listen to the show but Carter and Breedlove seem to me to be a kind of social disease. pl
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TTG The Alderson Drive must be "in there" somewhere. pl
mbrenner From what I understand thus far the cease fire will apply only to those who sign up to it. The jihadis are not going to do that, and so the war will probably continue against them. This will allow humanitarian efforts to go forward for blockaded groups. The Turks, Saudis and Ash Carter will turn and burn. This is quite clever. pl
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kooshy Toward the end of what? He worked for me in DIA during the Iran-Iraq War. Because DIA is a Joint organization his parent service was irrelevant. He had no functions in my office that were air specific. He stayed in DIA after I left the government. pl
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kooshy Then Captain Francona was one of my staff assistants for several years in the 1980s. He is quite intelligent but I regret that I did not understand him better at the time. pl
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bth Are you suggesting that these people in clean track suits are deserters from the winning army? pl
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Linda Lau http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2015/05/httpwwwreuterscomarticle20150518mideast-crisis-iraq-iduskbn0o20lt20150518.html pl
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kooshy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cl6-DF0wVo pl
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A number of things: R+6 is learning to fight together better and better. It is clear that the Russians attached to the SAA have made major contributions in assisting; campaign planning, coordinating all arms, arranging re-equipping (T-90 tanks, aircraft, field... Continue reading
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fghk Ghana? Really/ I assume you may be an expat of some kind. No? I do not care if it is Dresden or not. I lived in Germany as a small boy in the immediate post-war period and the destruction was every bit as bad as this in many cities. I don't really care if the victims of strategic bombing were Germans, Japanese, Ruritanians or whatever. The concept of bombing populations into submission is abominable. pl
YT Somehow your generalization from HC to all Americans sounds like BS to me. pl