Kurds, Screwed Again!

Iraq is a flaming wasteland…..both physically and literally…..and it does not look like it will get much better in the near future…..and then the Kurds.

Who are the Kurds….you ask……

This from Yahoo Answers……The Kurd population, stretching across at least 4 countries, with a diaspora in many more, historically has been hard to quantify. In 1987, estimates suggested that probably numbering close to 16 million kurds, inhabits the wide arc from eastern Turkey and the north-western part of Syria through Azerbaijan and Iraq to the north-west of the Zagros Mountains in Iran, represented the population of what has been referred to as “Kurdistan.” About half of all Kurds worldwide lived in Turkey. Most of the rest lived in adjacent regions of Iran, Iraq, and Syria.

They represent by far the largest non-Arab ethnic minority of Iraq, accounting in 1987 for about 19 percent of the population, or around 3.1 million, and also Turkey’s largest non-Turkish ethnic group. By 2008 Turkey still had the dominant Kurdish population in the region, with an estimated 14 million. Iraq was estimated to have a population of some 4-6 million Kurds, with another 4-5 million in Iran. Kurdish populations that represented less than 10 percent of the total population continued by that time in countries such as Syria and Azerbaijan as well.

The Kurds became famous as a tool to invade Iraq…you see Saddam put down an uprising in the Kurdish region with CWs killing thousands……then when we invaded in 2003 they were our best ally at the time and since have helped the US with its problems in the Middle East…..

When the renegade group ISIS started up it was the Kurds that were first to fight and have fought in Syria and Iraq ever since…..with some successes and some failures.

Along came Turkey, a US ally, they had dragged their feet to get involved in the fight against ISIS even when the group was on their border with Syria……for decades Turkey and the PKK (PKK stands for the Kurdistan Worker’s Party)have been in conflict….The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Kurdish: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan or پارتی کار که‌رانی کوردستان Parti Karkerani Kurdistan), best known as PKK (Kurdish language:په‌ که ‌که‌ and also called KADEK, Kongra-Gel, and KGK[6]), is a national independence movement militant and human rights organization that is recognized as a terrorist group by the EU, US and Turkey.

What does all this have to do with the situation?

Turkey finally relents and joins the coalition to fight ISIS….the problem is that Turkey is attacking Kurdish positions and not the terrorist group…..they are using the Coalition as cover to rid themselves of the PKK.

The US and NATO have been caught with their pants down yet again…..will they allow Turkey to continue this vendetta against the PKK?  Turkey is attacking our allies….at what point will it become a problem?

How many times can the US screw over the Kurds before they also turn their backs on us?

But wait there is more……

With all the problems that the Kurds are having with the Us and ISIS and now Turkey…..Iraq has joined into the war against the PKK and in essence the Kurds, at least in words only……for now….

In comments made at the Arab League,Iraqi central government spokesman Ibrahim al-Jaafari endorsed the Turkish war against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), saying Turkey had every right to “self-defence” against the Kurdish secessionist faction.

How much betrayal will the Kurds tolerate before they take off on their own…..apparently no one is in the mood to help them….and their long-held dream of a homeland maybe just that…..a dream.

Any ideas here?

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ISIS: The Day After The Day After

Or News From The Battle Front……

While the country was a marvelling at the gender transformation…..or trying to decipher the lunatic ramblings of a presidential candidate…..there has been some interesting happens in our battle with ISIS…..you remember them right?

In the beginning there the horrors of a group called ISIS……the be-headings and the people trapped on a mountain threatened with death, the Yazidis……think back it is not hard………

As usual in the moment the country was shocked and appalled (as usual did not last long) and the country demanded action (why they are not exactly sure but it seems to be the thing to do)…….to appease the M-IC the president went on TV and promised that the US would do all it could to “degrade and defeat” this terrorist group……and there we are……..

After that short retrospective behind me……let us look at how bad the group ISIS was “degraded”…….I chose “degraded” because we know we have not defeated them as of yet………after about a year of the US involvement through airstrikes in support of a limited ground action…..how have we done on the “degrading” front?

Recently a think tank (cannot remember which of the 100’s out there) issued a report declaring that ISIS over the past year of involvement has lost 9.4% of the territory that has captured…..now that should illustrate that the tactics used by the coalition are working …..but ever so slowly….good news……..right?

Hate to pee on y’all’s parade but the US intel people did it for me……

According to officials familiar with the situation, US intelligence agencies have offered a new assessment of ISIS, cautioning that a solid year of US airstrikes against them in Iraq and Syria hasn’t left ISIS any weaker than they were when the strikes began.

Surprisingly, even though the military has bragged about how great the war is going throughout the year, military commanders aren’t disputing the assessment, and are simply saying that they believe progress will come at some point in the future, when Iraq retakes Ramadi

To me that assessment is just “wishful thinking” and I do not see that as a viable tactic for victory……do you?

A further pee pee on the admin’s parade………

………reports have emerged of al-Qaeda’s Syrian faction, Jabhat al-Nusra, capturing a number of top members of the US-trained “Division 30,” also known as the “New Syrian Force.” The group is now reported to have been routed outright from its headquarters in northern Syria, and had to flee into Kurdish territory.

This is the most recent news coming to us from the front and you had to read it here and not hear it from the MSM……..does that raise a red flag for anyone?

“Degrade and defeat” is a cutesy slogan but the reality is that we are spinning our wheels and it is becoming a comedy of errors.

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Iraq: Fracturing a Nation

In the glorious year of our Lord, 2003 we as a nation took it upon ourselves to invade then occupy a sovereign nation, Iraq………the invasion was based on a collection of circumstances, right or wrong, that made it imperative that the nation should be invaded and its leader, Saddam, killed. And so it began.

Once GW had declared that we had won the war we set about doing what we do best……f*cking up a wet dream. Early on then Sen. Biden suggested that Iraq should be divided into 3 states, a federal type of country, divided along Sunni, Shi’a and Kurd lines.

Of course he caught flack over his proposal………as the ‘victory’ dragged on and violence was a daily occurrence it became clear that the 3 state thing may not be as bad as once thought. But still there was no movement to set this up and as the idea stalled the sectarian violence grew…..no region was exempt.

While the US struggled to get a handle on the violence the Kurds were quietly setting up their own little state within a state…….as the relative calm of the Kurdish region was noticed the government slowly started seeing that they became their own little state to include an off hand recognition by the US.

Obama once elected seem to imply that we had won….again and since no deal was finalized the US forces starting leaving…..as Obama had promised during his campaign. As we left the violence started all over again and within this violence emerged ISIS.

Once ISIS, which started its push in Syria, got its toehold the violence was back and with a vengeance…..once it, ISIS, created the humanitarian crisis with the Yazidis the US sprang into action and we were off to the races in Iraq……again!

That brief history of the Iraq situation has been brought to you by the ‘geniuses’ within the State and Defense Departments.

There is a reason that I have regurgitated the events in Iraq……what Joe Biden had proposed in 2004 (?) may be what will actually happen……..Jason Ditz reported on Antiwar.com……..

In an attempt to limit the prospects for overseas meddling, US law requires foreign military aid to be delivered direct to host countries, as opposed to just any old armed faction the US wants to throw weapons at.

That might seem like a straightforward rule, but House Republicans are seeing a pretty straightforward way to circumvent it, announcing their intention to declare Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as some Iraqi Sunni Arab militias, as “countries” of their own for the sake of aid shipments.

The latest defense bill includes $715 million in military aid to Iraq to fight ISIS, and seeks to give 25% of that to the Kurdish Peshmerga and a series of Sunni factions, some of which haven’t even been created yet.

What Mr. Ditz is talking about is the new U.S. National Defense Authorization Bill which, in Section 1223, calls for the recognition of Sunni and Kurdish militias as “a country” for direct armament and assistance………..in essence it breaks Iraq into parts, the Sunni, the Kurd and the Shi’a who already get millions for being the official national government.

I believe that this move flies in the face of the whole "Iraqi unity" thing…..by that I mean the existence of Iraq as a single country.

Could this be the beginning of Iraq as a single nation? Is this interfering with Iraqi political atmosphere?

Could it be a trial run for financing conflicts worldwide? Is it an expansion of American interventionism?

The big question is…..who will benefit the most with this attempt?

These are questions that need asking……these are question whose answers will never see the light of day.

What international relations could not do…..the US budget will do…….add fuel to the fire of the destruction of Iraq…….the nation of Iraq teeters on the edge of destruction and if it falls apart then the world cannot place all the blame on the people……for the US Congress will be more to blame than anything the Iraqi people may have done.

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How Long, Mr. President, How Long?

For over 6 months the US has been playing tag with ISIS and its allies.……and all the reports I see states that it will be a long, long war……I know “doom and gloom”….but what else could be be when there is NO recognizable plan for dealing for ISIS other bomb the crap out of them

Really?  Has anyone heard a bright optimistic assessment of this conflict?

How about a few of those “in the know”?

U.S. counterterrorism officials and experts, never known for their sunny dispositions, have entered a period of particular gloom.

In congressional testimony recently, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. went beyond the usual litany of threats to say that terrorism trend lines were worse “than at any other point in history.”

Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in the Middle East, told participants on a counter­terrorism strategy call that he regarded the Islamic State as a greater menace than al-Qaeda ever was.

Speaking at a New York police terrorism conference, Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, said he had come to doubt that he would live to see the end of al-Qaeda and its spawn. “This is long term,” he said. “My children’s generation and my grandchildren’s generation will still be fighting this fight.”

Yep all that gives me an extreme feeling of confidence (that is called SARCASM)….

Is anyone looking beyond Iraq and Syria?

Since the consensus by many military leaders predict a long trudge against extremism… if true….where will we be in 10 years?  Who or what land will US troops be forced to deploy?

Libya is kicking becoming a failed state….even though we have successfully installed a CIA operative as the military leader….extremism is on the rise as well as ISIS affiliates.  The atrocities have begun.

If not Libya how about Yemen?  Yemen has always been a hot bed of AQ….and now ISIS is gaining a foothold.  The recent coup by Houthis has set the country into a downward spiral…..the economy is in the crapper and violence is becoming a daily occurrence.  Will US troops be asked to become the referee in this situation?  If so, that will take troops and that will increase the chances of violence and death…..which in return will heat the situation up to a boil.

The one that few are talking about is Lebanon…….ISIS has made rumblings toward Lebanon…..the political situation is delicate and is always on the verge of collapse…..this will empower ISIS as soon as they decide that it would be in their favor to start work on Lebanon.

This one question needs answering and soon.…..How far are you willing to go, Mr. President?

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ISIS: Who Will Do The Dirty Work?

Do you listen or watch the news?  If so then the war on ISIS is going as planned and the Coalition is having great successes and few misses……if you are one of those people then you are sadly mistaken and maybe you should pull your head out of your butt and face reality.

There is NO one in the global community that believes a word of what Kerry and Obama has to say….the only ones that will play along are the ones that are getting their fair share of the goodies to fight ISIS.

I know that the Coalition has won the battle for Kobane…..and I know the media wants the world to believe that ISIS is bleeding from all the air-strikes….if all that is true then someone show me where ISIS is reeling……pick a spot and let it fly!

Now if the US is unwilling to do what is necessary…..then who?

Recently Jordan stepped up in retaliation for the death of their pilot……but how long will that last?  Plus Jordan, while a massive army is not capable of fighting ISIS on their own.  They can contribute but they cannot lead.

Now on to the monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula….one is ass deep in the extreme form of Islam and will be worthless for they will play both sides against the middle…..and another who does more whining that action to fight the bad guy……and the South end of the land is dealing with turmoil and rebellion…they will be useless.

How about our so-called western allies?  UK will only be a token force….so will Germany and France……Canada….well its Canada.  They will do as little as possible to fulfill any agreements made in the past.

Even the Arab League has weighed into the situation…..they offered up a statement concerning ISIS………Arab League foreign ministers agreed to take all necessary measures to confront ISIS and cooperate with international, regional and national efforts to combat militants who have overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria.

The Arab League also endorsed in the closing statement of its meeting in Cairo a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last month calling on member states to “act to suppress the flow of foreign fighters, financing and other support to Islamist extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Good statement.…but this group has all the authority of me over my daughter…..NONE!  They are a non-player in this drama.

Who does that leave to do the heavy lifting?

It boils down to the countries most effected by ISIS…..Turkey, Iraq and Syria.  Let’s start with Syria……the clarity of mission here is about as clear as a glass of mud.  There is NO one capable of defining this situation accurately.

That leaves Iraq and Turkey……we will tart with Turkey…..they have the capability to take on ISIS….they have a good air force and a large army…..just do not possess the resolve.  Turkey has a Kurd problem so anything they do to help the Kurds be successful will be seen as a weakness at home.  Now Iraq….they should be the most concerned and the most active, after all it is their country that is being ripped apart..  The problem there is in-fighting……….sect against sect……….ethnic group against ethnic group……..government against the population.

They will need more time and training to be capable of fighting the good fight.

We could always call in a favor from Kuwait for the Gulf War….but they would be worthless and probably do not care as long as the royal family keeps their bucks.

All that out of the way…..brings us back to the original question……Who will do the dirty work?

After looking at the situation and doing a little fundamental analysis the only answer is….……...U S of A!

A case could be made that we, America,  screwed the pooch in Iraq and we should clean up our mess.  Plus we are the only entity capable of inflicting the amount of pain on ISIS to claim it defeated………but then someone needs to define “defeated”.

Best estimate unless something drastic happens is that this will continue as is until there is a new prez in DC.  Why?  Obama ran as an anti-war candidate and h will not want to ruin his legacy.  Keep in mind decisions are made by leaders with their own agenda and the people play little part in their decisions.

In conclusion, the dirty work will be done by the US….just not right now….after all the Military-Industrial Complex has not decided how all this situation should play out.  When they decide…..so will the president.

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ISIS Strategy: K.I.S.S.

First are  you aware of what the acronym K.I.S.S. stand for?  In case it has eluded you…Keep It Simple,  Stupid!

That would be excellent advice to our policy makers.…..they have been all over the map with their assessment of the ISIS operation……they appear to be a dog chasing its tail……

This all started with a stutter step when Syria turned ugly…..and then there was a humanitarian effort for people trapped on a mountain…..escalated into airstrikes after the Iraqi army failed to live into its high marks that the admin was giving it…..then the US realized that we could not do it alone and we put together a coalition to hide our true intent……more airstrikes in Iraq and then expanded those into Syria….all the while ISIS kept getting stronger and expanding its control.

The whole time we, the public, were told that we had a plan and it was working well…..the problem was that No one could elucidate just what that plan was and how it was proceeding….other airstrikes were being effective while ISIS continued to expand….

Now the dialog is turning…….

The nation’s top military leader told Congress Thursday that the United States would consider dispatching a modest number of American forces to fight with Iraqi troops as they engage in more complex missions in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Iraqi forces are doing a better job, but he said an effort to move into Mosul or to restore the border with Syria would require more complex operations.

There you have the beginning of the end of the BS that NO American ground forces will be used……

Sec. of Defense, Hagel to Congress……

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will intensify and that the American people must prepare for a long and difficult struggle.

Hagel defended the U.S. strategy during a House of Representatives hearing, saying, “As Iraqi forces build strength, the tempo and intensity of our coalition’s air campaign will accelerate in tandem.”

“A long and difficult struggle”….setting the stage……the perfect timing is amazing…….

And then the news from today……US will go after Assad…….

The Obama Administration today realized what everyone else has known for some time, that their strategy in the new ISIS war in simply not working. Unfortunately, they seem to be shifting toward even deeper escalation of the war, particularly in Syria.

Officials are now describing the “Iraq first, then Syria” strategy for destroying ISIS as “untenable,” and while continuing to present the war goal as the destruction of ISIS, they seem to be heading down the road of less direct conflict with them.

Interesting turn…..we must deal with Iraq first….the sectarian problems….the problem of ISIS…..and the need to keep an eye on Iran……and praying that the Iraqi military will stand up when needed.

Then we bite off the head of another worm with Syria…..Assad forces, Khorasan (SEAL team of AQ), al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, ISIS and Kurds that are about as dependable as a rattlesnake in heat…..

All the while this strategy is working itself out……we need to keep an eye on Lebanon, Turkey…..Jordan is hinting at problems….and then the bully of the neighbourhood, Israel…..all it will take is this group to do something stupid and all this strategy will go to crap and in a hurry.

At what point does this strategy start making sense?

Apparently I have missed it.

The more complexity built into the plan the more possible for a complete breakdown…….and this is where K.I.S.S. comes into play!  Maybe a better strategy would be to set small attainable goals before moving onto a total picture.

K.I.S.S.!

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Iraq: A Hidden Agenda?

Since my days serving the military of the US I have studied war…the causes and results.  In my studies there have been wars started by lies, misinformation and hidden agendas.

World War 2, South Vietnam and Iraq of 2003…just to mention a few.

What made me think of a hidden agenda in today’s war with the forces of ISIS is two prong…...

Prong 1--The president is being adamant that no US ground forces will be sent and used in the war with ISIS in Iraq.  But he steadily sends more and more troops, “advisers”, to the region and these forces will be stationed on or near the front lines in this conflict…..exposing our troops to attacks from the militants and they, US troops,  in return will respond with deadly force.

Prong 2--US troops are being sent to be stationed in the heart of ISIS controlled regions, al-Anbar, Iraq……which will most certainly warrant a deadly response from the extremists and Americans will respond in kind.

Now for the hidden agenda.

The Nazis used a faux attack by Polish troops to whip the German people into a patriotic lather to get support from the public and the military to make the invasion of poland more acceptable…..

Then there is the attack by a North Vietnam gunboat against a US naval vessel with little damage and no causalities and this incident made it possible for the expansion of the US forces in South Vietnam….and as they say….the rest is history.

On to 2003 and all the lies and misinformation that lead to public support for the invasion of Iraq…all of which are well documented.

The events taking place in Iraq today leads me to believe that there is a hidden agenda being pursued by the government.

The president has ordered US troops deep into al-Anbar province knowing that ISIS will take exception to this incursion and will no doubt respond, and respond in force.  And this deployment is being called the “new” phase of this operation……that term scares me because I know that our troops will be attacked.

This attack will be used to lather up the patriotic fervor of the American people to accept an expansion of this conflict….as it stands today….the public is not thrilled with the prospect of using American troops……HuffPo has published a survey……

Americans are split on President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize the sending of up to 1,500 more noncombat troops to Iraq, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

Forty-three percent of survey respondents support the potential troop increase, while 39 percent oppose it, with another 18 percent unsure.

But if American “advisers” are attacked for “no reason”….it will give the administration the perfect excuse for an expansion of the conflict……if that occurs…it will be deja vu….all over again!

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