Posted by Rojas @ 11:28 pm on September 26th 2014

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Posted by Jack @ 7:47 pm on September 25th 2014

Saluting Fundamentalists and Arab Pilot Programs

Having spent most of my adult life in uniform and the rest of it along side those still serving, I can say with some confidence that the vast majority of military personnel have, at some point, distractedly saluted with something in their hands. Usually its a pen or a tool, but I think I have seen a coffee cup or two mistakenly brought to the forehead. So POTUS demonstrating a bit of this same human distraction does not remotely justify the hacktastic and utterly manufactured freak out going on in the usual circles. A note to Sean Hannity and any of the other agit-prop operatives at Fox news: while you are expressing your deep felt concern for the President’s supposed disrespect for your heroes in uniform, perhaps you should take a second to heatedly condemn your douche nozzle coworkers on The Five for their far, far more derogatory and intentional disrespect to the legitimately ground breaking heroine from the United Arab Emirates flying combat missions against ISIL. While these frat boy asses can devalue Major Mariam Al Mansouri with their tired jokes about not being able to park her fighter jet and “boobs on the ground,” she is facing vastly greater danger and potential horror than they ever have or ever will.

Posted by Brad @ 10:35 pm on September 10th 2014

The Chain of Possession for Arms in Iraq

So, America, with great weapons (guns, artillery, tanks, explosive, etc) rolls into Iraq in 2003. Saddam’s army, with relatively crappy weapons drops their stuff and abandons their posts. The Kurds and other local militias pick those crappy weapons up and arm themselves. We set up a new Iraqi army, and give them our great weapons.

Later, ISIS rolls into Iraq with crappy weapons picked up in Syria (the progeny of which I won’t even get into). Iraq’s army, with their great weapons we just gave them, drops their stuff and abandons their posts. ISIS picks up those great weapons, and proceeds to roll into Kurd territory, who have those relatively crappy weapons from the last time the Iraqi weapon dropped their stuff. So, basically, the Kurds are fighting with Iraqi Army weapons 1.0, and being beaten back by ISIS with Iraqi Army weapons 2.0 – the weapons we pumped into the country for the explicit purpose of fighting the old Iraqi Army weapons 1.0.

Solution: America rolls back in, sets up a new Iraqi army and outfits the Kurds, and pumps into the country new great weapons, such that they will be outfitted with Iraqi Army weapons 3.0, designed to overpower Iraqi Army weapons 2.0, held by ISIS, which we had pumped into the country to defeat Iraqi Army weapons 1.0 — which I guess I should have mentioned we had pumped into the country in the 80s to overpower Iranian weapons 1.0.

I mean, at some point, should we just put our entire military in the middle of the desert and have them throw guns at each other and call it a day?

Posted by Brad @ 8:43 pm on September 9th 2014

“World War III is at Hand”

A nice roundup.

ISIS is an “imminent threat to every interest we have,” warned Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. “This is beyond anything we’ve seen. We must prepare for everything.” In an article appearing in The Hill, long-time Congressional staffer Brent Budowsky argued that it is “highly probable” ISIS will…obtain nuclear, chemical, biological or other weapons of mass death…to use in attacks against New York [or] Washington”. Texas Governor Rick Perry added, There is a “very real possibility” that ISIS forces may have crossed the US-Mexican border. Speaking on television, Senator Inhofe asserted, “We are in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation.” Former Marine four star General John Allen went further. “World War III is at hand.”

And suddenly, another war in the Middle East appears to be upon us.