Current Affairs

"The Wall", "The Shield", "The Team" -The Latest Batch of Commercials Take a Queue from the USMC

While I appreciate that the Marines stopped using lava monsters in their commercials long ago, they always tend to have the best ones.  Here's the latest USMC commercial...and, as usual, no mention of benefits, jobs, or college, only being a part of something greater than yourself..."The Wall":

 And here the Army talks about sports...or do they? "The Team":

And the Navy, after foundering on a Global Force for Good campaign, has also followed suit with "To get to you, they have to go through us...". Here is "The Shield":

So Air Force, it's been a year since the "Its what we do" commercial...what you got?!

Jordan Allies with the Tribes

This is the policy likeliest to succeed, provided that you're willing to accept the secession of Western Iraq.  Our government is opposed to that, but I see no reason why we should be at this point.  Baghdad has proven it was, and remains, unwilling to treat the Sunni population justly.  It held together while the US remained in Iraq to enforce the peace, and perhaps in time if we had stayed they would have learned to trust each other and work together.  We left, and the Shi'a led government chose the path of fear.  

It is that very dynamic that allowed Daesh, the so-called "Islamic State," to spread rapidly through Western Iraq.  They are horrible people, though, and are preferable for Iraq's Sunnis only to the hostile and corrupt government in Baghdad.  I would not be surprised to see a Sunni kingdom built around one of the larger tribal groups emerge from this conflict, a state perhaps like Jordan itself:  not perfect but better than what they have now, and a buffer against Iranian efforts to dominate the Levant.

Marine Sniper - Rob Richards Laid to Rest

Article here by Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post...

His three combat tours in Afghanistan had been boiled down to a 38-second video clip, played and replayed on YouTube more than a million times. In it, Rob Richards and three other Marine Corps snipers are seen urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters they had just killed.

“Total dismay” were the words then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used to describe the video when it surfaced on the Internet in January 2012. “Utterly deplorable,” agreed then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Richards’s career in the military was finished.

More than two years later — long after the rest of the country had moved on to other scandals — Richards, 28, died at home and alone from an accidental painkiller overdose...

Now an ammunition can carrying his cremated remains sat on the table of a hotel bar in Arlington, Va., as his family, friends and fellow Marines swirled around it....

Read the whole thing.  


Westerners Fighting ISIS

The Stars & Stripes has an AP article about westerners fighting for the Kurds against ISIS:

"I'm not going back until the fight is finished and ISIS is crippled," Matson told The Associated Press, using an alternate acronym for the militant group. "I decided that if my government wasn't going to do anything to help this country, especially Kurdish people who stood by us for 10 years and helped us out while we were in this country, then I was going to do something."

Go here to read the whole article.  

There's another "westerneres fighting for the Kurds" piece by Time about Dean Parker, a painter with zero military experience who joined the Kurds. The article goes on to state that the Kurds need arms more than Americans.

From the Daily Caller:

...According to The Wall Street Journal, the Kurdistan Regional Government has provided a military base outside Kirkuk to train a newly formed Christian “battalion.” 500 recruits are expected to undergo training this month...

The Kurd Facebook recruiting page is here.