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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just announced he will not be attending the Future Investment Initiative Summit in Saudi Arabia next week. Obviously he didn’t decide this on his own. His announcement stated that this was done after consultation with Trump... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Jamal Khashoggi went missing on 2 October after entering the Saudi Embassy in Ankara. His fiancee was left waiting outside the embassy entrance. That much is fact… and only that much. Turkish authorities, including Turkish Intelligence, believe Khashoggi was interrogated,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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The world's largest modern Viking ship and her international crew of thirty-five arrived at the District Wharf today as part of her North American tour. She will be in DC through 15 October with daily ship tours, a nearby Draken... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Presidential candidate Trump promised to stay out of foreign wars. In April, the US president said the forces would leave Syria soon with the decision taken “very quickly” on how long they will remain there. “We’ll be coming out of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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The reconciliation process initiated by the Russians in Syria has saved countless lives of soldiers, civilians and even jihadists. It also preserved SAA fighting strength, brought a lot of Syrian territory back under the control of Damascus. It brought former... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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One of the joys of retirement is having the time to leisurely read the local newspaper while enjoying a mug of tea. Alone. In silence. No internet. No TV or radio. When the weather permits, I may perform this ritual... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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VV Putin and S Shoigu have quickly and calmly moved to insure that another incident like the IL-20 shoot down does not occur again. After laying the blame for the incident squarely on Israel, both men announced Syria will receive... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Putin and Erdogan are meeting in Sochi today to discuss a solution to the situation in Idlib. I don’t think an official statement has been released yet, but I did find a couple of articles in Al Masdar News discussing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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A few days ago, someone brought up Fisk’s recent article in the Independent, “After warnings of mass murder and catastrophe in Idlib, I prowled the front lines for two days. I didn’t find what I’d expected.” Fisk took a whirlwind... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Stated policy means nothing without some kind of implementation. This Washington Post article describes how CENTCOM is already implementing the stated Syria policy on the ground in al Tanf. In my opinion, we stand a good chance of deconflicting ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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I doubt we have to worry about Nikki Haley or even her handler/assistant, Jon Lerner. Most of what they can do at the UN is the equivalent of howling from the trees and flinging their poo at people passing by.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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For some reason, Colonel Lang’s recent essay reminded me of the plight of labor unions in the United States. Derided today by all except those union laborers who have gained entry to the great middle class through their hard work... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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“The Russian Defense Ministry stated earlier that the US-led coalition was "building up a group of cruise missile carriers in the Middle East region," in preparation for a possible strike, while French President Emmanuel Macron declared that France was also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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An article of interest to both techno-geeks and hyper-partisans came out Tuesday in, of all places, Computer Weekly, a UK-based online magazine dedicated to the IT business community. In an investigative piece entitled “Briton ran pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign that helped... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Yesterday, Colonel Lang and I had a short email conversation extending over several hours. ************************ PL: Do I understand that DoS has been wide open for penetration by any sort of phishing expedition in e-mail? And that the HC breach... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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A little over a month ago, I wrote about a possible diplomatic breakthrough in southwest Syria. The core of this breakthrough was and remains an intense effort to speed peace negotiations between Damascus and various opposing forces in Syria. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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The Caps, my beloved Caps and their crazy 8 captain, Alex Ovechkin won the Lord Stanley Cup in Las Vegas tonight. Slava Sasha! During an interview before the season started, Alex was asked how the team would perform this year.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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A long sought thaw in US-Turkish relations appears within reach following yesterday's talks in Washington between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Answering reporters’ questions in the Turkish city of Antalya today, an upbeat... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Several sources are reporting the arrival at an agreement among multiple parties that will leave Damascus and the SAA in full control of southwest Syria without the risk of a full scale conflagration involving Israel, Iran and the US-led coalition...... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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The genesis of this article stems directly from Richard Sale’s recent piece on his experiences in pre and post revolutionary Iran. It reminded me of an artifact I kept from my days in ODA 334, 10th Special Forces then stationed... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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A long time reporter out of Syria has sent out a series of tweets over the last six hours describing an Israeli missile attack on the Damascus area. What is unique about this attack is that the SAA is not... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Yes! Absolute proof! And it all became crystal clear last night at PPG Paints Arena during game six overtime of the NHL round two Stanley Cup playoff series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. At ground zero of... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Location of the four de-escalation zones The recent advances by the R+6 in Ghouta, Yarmouk, Qalamun and beyond have laid bare the true strategy of the de-escalation zones established by the Astana Accords. They certainly were not meant to establish... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Fred, You must have been a hippie back in the 60s. Actually, damned near everything you say sounds fine to me. We are at peace with Russia... at least for now. For Syria, we should declare our intentions to leave after convincing/preparing the Kurds to seek an agreement with Damascus. Then, after taking a few more swings at the remaining Daesh jihadis, just leave. We did do a joint counter-terrorist exercise with the Russians in 2012. A detachment of the 45th Guards Spetsnaz Brigade trained in Colorado with the 10th SF Group. We should push for more of these JCETs (Joint Combined Exchange Training). Africa would be a good place to hold these as well as joint operations against AQIM, Boko Haram and the like. Hell we have no problem cooperating in space, why not do the same here on Earth. We should also try to fix the mess we made in Ukraine. Accept the fact that Crimea is part of Russia and do our best to get the Nazis out of Kiev. If there ever was a case of "you break it, you buy it" that is it. Then get out. As far as the Baltics go, I have no problem maintaining our small presence there. Although that may be my Lithuanian blood talking. I met an influential Polish Communist Party member in 1987. He was Jaruzelski's principle civilian advisor during the martial law crackdown on Solidarity. It was an academic affair. I was introduced as a Green Beret by my thesis advisor. The old commie visibly shuddered and his face looked like he saw the devil himself. He probably believed all those tales told about us by his political officers. After several vodkas he relaxed and we had a good conversation. We proudly told me of the WTO plans for the Polish Corps. He also told me it was widely accepted among his peers that all this war in Europe talk was just rhetoric and political posturing. They all knew war would destroy Europe, east and west, no matter who won. It was unacceptable. They quietly went about the business of keeping the real hot heads corralled while creating the socialist paradise. We parted friends. Too bad I wasn't a case officer yet. I tell you this to illustrate my central point. Our militaries will continue to use each other as bogeymen to extract resources from our respective governments, but there's no need to be so loud about it. We have to keep the crazies corralled.
Fred and J, What do you recommend we do in the face of even more dreadful Russian doomsday systems? And what does it say about the Russians who willingly develop and deploy those doomsday systems? We and the Russians have been capable of destroying a large part of each others population and treasure many times over for decades. How much more doomsday can you pile on the potential for doomsday that already exists? I doubt the Russians want to hasten doomsday anymore than we do, but I do think the Russians are firm believers in MAD as the best guarantor against deliberately marching or mistakenly stumbling towards that doomsday. Until something better comes along, I agree with that notion. My perhaps forlorn hope is that a core of sober realists exist who can use MAD's promise of a mutual suicide pact to cool down the hottest heads on both sides. Below that threshold, all the belligerent talk is just internal jockeying for resources and political influence.