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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It’s a hell of a way to die

CAUTION:  This post contains graphic descriptions of a very unusual and extremely painful form of death.  Do not read it if you’re squeamish. I was shocked rigid – with bad memories – by a news report last weekend. Japanese authorities arrested a man Saturday after another person died when he allegedly shot compressed air into their rectum as a prank. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, 34, was arrested for the accidental killing of Akio Ishimaru, 46, according to Ibaraki Prefecture Ryugasaki police … The two were apparently fooling around on their break when Yoshida took the air compressor and injected a blast of air in

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Heh – terrorist edition

This news report dates from 2015, but I only just noticed it.  Better late than never, I guess! An ISIS commander in Syria became a figure of mockery, thanks to his battledress. Feared Isis commander Abu Wahib was posing to show off his brand new military fatigues recently, painfully unaware he bore a striking resemblance to a doner kebab. Anti-Isis activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered noticed the similarity and posted it online, where it quickly went viral. Wahib can ditch his ridiculous, yet strangely tasty looking outfit, but it isn’t only his sartorial choice which has caused people to mock him. His portly

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The world is NOT a big, happy, adventurous playground

. . . and, with surprising frequency, people who assume it is, die for their mistake.  The latest victims were a cycling foursome in Tajikistan. [JAY Austin and Lauren Geoghegan] dropped everything in pursuit of a worldwide adventure in July 2017 — but it would eventually lead to them being horrifically killed for being “unbelievers”. The well-travelled couple, both 29, kept a detailed blog and Instagram posts which revealed an incredible trip reaffirming their faith in humanity and seeing them reach some of the world’s most untouched paradises. The in-depth online accounts show there were moments of tenderness, euphoric highs and

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The politics of destruction

  What we’re seeing from the Democratic Party and the progressive far-left-wing of US politics, in connection with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Justice of the Supreme Court, is nothing less than the politics of destruction.  It’s straight out of Alinsky‘s book “Rules for Radicals“, aimed squarely at not just the discrediting, but the demolition, of a good man by any means, fair or foul.  If Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is defeated, he will be so damaged and besmirched that I don’t see any way he can continue in his present position as a judge on an appeal court. 

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Weaponized “hobbyist” drones – what did I tell you?

On several occasions I’ve warned about weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles of the sort used by hobbyists, for example in this article.  A number of readers expressed skepticism, claiming that the payload of such drones was simply too small to be useful.  Unfortunately, terrorists and criminals continue to ignore such criticism.  Drones are now a real and present danger. The first terror groups to use drone technology as a platform for IEDs originated in the Middle East. The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) was the most prominent of these, even using “drone swarms” to attack military and civilian targets. ISIS’s black-market UAVs are still

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