A new potential war trigger in the Middle East?

I haven’t seen this reported anywhere else, but Strategy Page claims: Syria is apparently granting citizenship (and Syrian passports) to thousands of Iranian mercenaries like Hezbollah from Lebanon, some Iranians and Shia from other countries Iran recruited to fight in Syria. These newly created Syrians will be wearing Syrian Army uniforms as they take up position near the Israeli border. Israel suspected that Iran was planning this and now has to respond before these Iranian forces can carry out any attacks (as Iran has vowed to do) on Israel itself. Iran is desperate for a win because their recent efforts to

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SNAFU is right: we’re not winning, and we can’t win by doing it the same old way yet again

Solomon, a former Marine writing at his SNAFU blog, posits that the current counter-insurgency strategy, tactics and training of the US armed forces is fatally flawed. This is about our wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, the Philippines and other places I don’t know about. It ain’t working. We’re wasting lives and money.  Don’t get it twisted.  Anyone that dons the uniform to carry out the policy of the United States IS NOT wasting his life. But leadership pursuing a failed policy CAN!!! It should be beyond obvious to anyone watching this thing that Afghanistan is spiraling out of control.  We’re looking at

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Pakistan: the epicenter of instability in South Asia?

Strategy Page points out that Pakistan’s own internal instability is destabilizing South Asian nations around it.  It’s not a hopeful picture for US involvement in Afghanistan. Imran Khan, the newly elected prime minister of Pakistan, has proved himself very much a tool of the Pakistani military. Khan openly and enthusiastically supports the Islamic terrorist violence in Indian Kashmir and denies any Pakistani responsibility for it. The Pakistani military can now do whatever they like without any risk of criticism from Pakistani politicians. The new head of the ISI is noted for his enthusiastic support for Islamic radicalism and the use of Islamic

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SNAFU is right: we’re not winning, and we can’t win by doing it the same old way yet again

Solomon, a former Marine writing at his SNAFU blog, posits that the current counter-insurgency strategy, tactics and training of the US armed forces is fatally flawed. This is about our wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, the Philippines and other places I don’t know about. It ain’t working. We’re wasting lives and money.  Don’t get it twisted.  Anyone that dons the uniform to carry out the policy of the United States IS NOT wasting his life. But leadership pursuing a failed policy CAN!!! It should be beyond obvious to anyone watching this thing that Afghanistan is spiraling out of control.  We’re looking at

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Pakistan: the epicenter of instability in South Asia?

Strategy Page points out that Pakistan’s own internal instability is destabilizing South Asian nations around it.  It’s not a hopeful picture for US involvement in Afghanistan. Imran Khan, the newly elected prime minister of Pakistan, has proved himself very much a tool of the Pakistani military. Khan openly and enthusiastically supports the Islamic terrorist violence in Indian Kashmir and denies any Pakistani responsibility for it. The Pakistani military can now do whatever they like without any risk of criticism from Pakistani politicians. The new head of the ISI is noted for his enthusiastic support for Islamic radicalism and the use of Islamic

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War with China?

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”, as Bob Dylan reminded us.  China’s economy is suffering serious setbacks right now, largely due to President Trump refusing to allow the USA to continue to subsidize China by up to a trillion dollars every year due to trade imbalances and disadvantages.  That nation can’t tolerate that level of economic pain, because its internal stability is inextricably bound up with providing full employment and rising wages to its people.  Take away the latter, and the former suffers.  Therefore, in response, China is becoming more and more belligerent towards the

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Trump, Putin, Helsinki – and reality

All the fuss and bother over President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is giving me a delicious case of schadenfreude.  The Deep State and its minions in the news media were so sure that they’d set things up in such a way that President Trump could not help but be embarrassed, or come a cropper in some way . . . and he outsmarted them all.  The current screaming and carryings-on are so over the top as to be obvious to anyone with half a working brain cell.  Let’s examine things in the cold, hard light

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Mass hysteria indeed!

“Mish” Shedlock, from whom we’ve heard many times in these pages over the years, calls the outrage – from both left and right – over President Trump’s Helsinki summit with Russian President Putin “mass hysteria“. A friend I highly respect commented “There is simply no question that they did it. You can legitimately claim that it’s not important or that there has been no tie to Trump shown. On the Russians’ side, they can say, screw off, we were pursuing our interests. But you can’t take the view it did not happen. It happened.” There is a question who did

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President Trump on Putin, Russia and the future

Watch the second part of this interview President Trump gave to CNBC yesterday.  I’ve started it at 9:34 into the clip, but the whole thing is worth watching if you have the time.  In this segment, President Trump discusses his meeting with President Putin, his intentions and desires for a future relationship with Russia, and possible next steps.  You’ll note it sounds nothing at all like the furious demonization and speculation we’re seeing in the news media. If you ask me to choose whom to believe, between President Trump on the one hand, and the Deep State, partisan politicians and the mainstream

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I think these two have the right of it

I’ve previously made it clear that, despite possible missteps, I think President Trump was on the right track in dealing with Russia.  If you didn’t watch the video interview with him I posted over the weekend, I suggest you do so now, because it makes even more sense in the light of the clip below. Two US academics and foreign policy specialists, Stephen F. Cohen and John Mearsheimer, state bluntly that President Trump may be absolutely correct to blame many of the problems in our relationship with Russia on previous US administrations – and that he may be absolutely correct about the way forward. 

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