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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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TTG et al IMO eastern Syria; Deir Al-Zor and Raqqa are important to the fight against IS but not really essential to the survival of the Syrian state. If the Trumpists have caused him to cancel the "finding" that allowed support to the AQ connected jihadis in the west, so much the better, but actually I don't think the "mix" of forces on the anti-IS fight in the east matters very much so long as there are enough of them. Nevertheless, Aleppo city and no Idlib Province were and are core and vital centers of Syrian population and economy. Idlib Province can not be left in enemy hands. pl
Toggle Commented 6 hours ago on Syria Strategy for R+6 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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I have discussed the present situation in Syria and Iraq with Larry Johnson. We speak daily. IMO it is true that US Rules of Engagement on air attacks have recently been loosened and that US ground advisors are pressing their... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sic Semper Tyrannis
LeaNder I had to look in the archive to remember who MM was. He liked to kvetch about the details of city life here in Alexandria, bus routes, etc. He (or it) expressed opposition to my wife's successful political campaign to keep developers and the subway system from building rental apartment buildings on one of the few remaining pieces of open space in the city. Aarrghh! pl
ann I don't have a problem with women who are both intensely sexual and intellectual. My issue with Mika is that I think she is a dummy. pl
LeaNder It is my job to be provocative. I am a gadfly. I take raven to be a person of the left who supports people of Mika's class from reflex rather than reason. pl
raven Yes, I know she regrets the damaging words. So what? pl
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"In a stunning display of how the media views its job, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski declared Wednesday morning that it was the job of the establishment press to decide what the American people think. While discussing President Trump’s push to destroy... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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lars "largely manufactured in the editing room" Where? Who? pl
KH OK, then I see you as not favoring improved relations with Russia. pl
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Hating the Bear at Sic Semper Tyrannis
LeaNder "b" told me here long ago that he had been an oberleutnant in the Bundeswehr. mike is a retired USMC senior NCO I believe. My observation about their experience is that however great they are as auto-didacts in the military field a lack of actual experience in senior headquarters leaves a lacuna difficult to fill. This lacuna can often lead to making judgments that are based on a lack of information but that seem appealing on the surface. As to your question about "orders," this has always been a tradition in the US Army. Example in the WBS/CW was a major of cavalry in a New York Regiment who was ordered by Phil Sheridan to burn a small town in the Shenandoah Valley from which shots had been fired at patrols. Major Stevens went to look at the place, talked to the locals and returned to tell Sheridan that he would not burn the town. The town is now named Stevens City. whether or not the ethos is the same in the USMC is unknown to me. I have had marines say some strange things to me about "orders." pl
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on HR McMaster at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Razor If you want to comment here you must explain your position and not just make cryptic statements like this. pl
Babak IMO Muslim permanent immigrants arrived in France in waves. some are clearly deeply French in culture. Just look at the "crawl" for French TV and you will be surprised how many there in the French arts. pl
sharac You don't think Russia would like to have US sanctions lifted? Don't outsmart yourself. pl
OldCoastie I have about a thousand rounds, bought on the internet. Am I also incomprehensible to you? Ammunition gets cheaper and cheaper as you buy larger lots. Are you an insurgent troll? pl
Larry Kart You seem to believe that the Muslim immigrants are the aggrieved party. pl
walden5 His thesis is that the generals screwed up badly both in Washington and VN. He has no criticism for the troops that I remember and none was deserved. I fought there and would remember. The principal failing of the generals was that they continued to tell people up the line of command that this was easy and that we would inevitably win. In spite of that we and the RVN had defeated the enemy's conventional forces and pacified most of the country by the time the communists accepted a cease fire. That is why they did so, and that defeat was culminated for them in Linebacker 2. pl
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on HR McMaster at Sic Semper Tyrannis
pundit No, not Dunford, Martin Dempsey did that and he got away with it. plp
English Outsider Does this apply to Sweden as well as England? pl
All Active duty military officers have exactly the same responsibility and duty as civilians to tell the boss the truth in private. The "perfumed princes" do not do that because they are the same kind of slippery courtiers who destroyed the Byzantine Empire before Manzikert. pl
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on HR McMaster at Sic Semper Tyrannis
MRW Yes. pl
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on HR McMaster at Sic Semper Tyrannis
robt willman I wish I was down your way so that we could go out for some good Tex/Mex food. SWMBO is severely lactose intolerant so ... I heard Mika say that. Joe tried to shut her up without success. To quote my equivalent to TTG's old SOG sergeant major, she is an example of the power of the the ..." She must be a great disappointment to Zbig. Yes, she thinks it is the media's job to control mass hysteria in "la foule." pl
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on HR McMaster at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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1. General Dunford, USMC, the uniformed head of the US armed forces, is meeting the week at Baku in Azarbaijan with General Gerasimov, the head of the Russian General Staff. 2. My sources tell me that US and Russian air... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Cee How about a citation on the McCain/Churkin thing? pl
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on HR McMaster at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Eric Newhill IMO you are conflating two different things. !. Bannon is a counselor to the president. That has nothing to do with the NSC or McMaster. 2. Bannon has wheedled himself into a seat on senior NSC run committees. This has everything to do with McMmaster and we will see if he accepts that. pl
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