Archive for October, 2012

Turkey attacks Syria…again

October 12, 2012

From the Debka files, those guys never miss a thing:

Turkish fighters attack Syrian helicopter near border
DEBKAfileOctober 12, 2012, 2:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKAfile: In another step towards enforcing a buffer strip inside Syria, Turkish fighters Friday attacked a Syrian helicopter bombing rebel positions in the village of Azmarin near the Turkish border. This attack brought the Turkish Air Force closer to a clash with the Syrian air force over the control of Syrian air space.

I’ll go out on a limb and predict that things will get more interesting AFTER Assad is toast. Salafists will come out of their burrows to rule yet another Middle East country.

Decades ago, my father and I would talk about the Soviet Union and how it seemed impossible for it to fall. Nuclear war seemed the only endgame that had much probability of occurring. Boy were we surprised!

Now the Arab world, simmering with pent up Islamic rage, has exploded into conflagration. To see an ally turn against another ally this quickly makes me believe the situation is so fluid that you can’t rule out anything..

Nukes from Iran? Sure, why not? All alliances shattered and reformed? Sure, why not? WWV? (That’s World War five, yep) Sure, why not?

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Have we learned nothing?

October 10, 2012

So…

After our intervention in Iraq, which was a near defeat that was turned into a victory by Bush, and then lost again by Obama, plus our disaster of an intervention in Libya, and now the war slipping away in Afghanistan, who in their right mind would put troops in harm’s way for the benefit the Islamists who are endemic throughout the Middle East?

Yeah, that guy. 

From the Marine Corps News, (or as that guy says, “The Marine Corpse News.”)

BRUSSELS — The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country’s military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

Speaking at a NATO conference of defense ministers in Brussels, Panetta said the U.S. has been working with Jordan to monitor chemical and biological weapons sites in Syria and also to help Jordan deal with refugees pouring over the border from Syria. The troops are also building a headquarters for themselves.

Of course, those chemical and biological weapons were manufactured by Assad’s regime…all by their lonesome, right?  Right?…

Riiiiight

The liberal press is careful to insulate Obama from the decision to put our Marines there, but in the end, he is the Commander in Chief.

Yes, yes, I know there are special forces in many areas of the world we are not “officially” putting troops in, but I sense something’s different in this case.