Another piece by this Mattis guy. Once again, he seems to know what he's talking about.
A New American Grand Strategy by someone called "James Mattis." Sounds like he knows what he's talking about. He must have an interesting background.
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.
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....
Jeff W. sent this one. It's awesome! From last summer:
The only king that ever kicked me out the door was MSG Larry King.
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.
...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...
Go read this post over at Commander Salamander's place about the Jordanian response...based on History, he doesn't think we've actually seen one, yet.
Pour les porcs d'amour lâches qui n'ont pas la virilité pour plaire à une souris: apporter. Comme vous l'avez semé le vent, vous pouvez récolter la tempête et il peut détruire ce qui vous soutenez. Que le monde et des milliers d'intensifier dessiner et écrire de vous et ce que vous soutenez moquer. Vous avez tué, et peut tuer plus, mais vous ne pouvez pas tuer une idée, et le rire vous moquer encore et de l'écho à travers les âges. Nous ne sommes pas peur, et nous sommes fiers de dire Je Suis Charlie!
Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with good things. Photo was taken outside a shop in Doura, Iraq 2007.
Contemplating this morning the intense irony, and odd appropriateness, of Sony -- a Japanese company -- delivering the first major public defeat of the growing cyberwar in December no less. Discuss.