Pentagon says yield from Yemen raid produced significant Intel

March 7, 2017

A January military operation in Yemen that took Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens’ life and was hyped by President Trump at his first address to the nation is now being touted as a significant Intel success story. On Thursday, Pentagon officials said, “they are now taking action to locate and monitor hundreds of people or contacts found as part the intelligence retrieved during the deadly raid.”

The terabyte’s worth of intelligence gathered from computers and cell phones is now being reviewed at the National Media Exploitation Center outside Washington, which analyzes documents, electronic media, cell phones, video and audio tapes seized on overseas missions.

Early reports suggest some of the information recovered provided the location of safe havens, explosives manufacturing facilities, training, and future targets were acquired in the January ground operation.

The Department of Defense confirms three alleged terrorists Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab, and Seif al-Nims along with 14 others were killed during the firefight. But Al Qaeda in Yemen claims more than 30 civilians were slaughtered, including Anwar al-Awlaki’s 8-year-old daughter. Awlaki was the first known American to be killed in a Yemen drone strike back in 2011.

“AQAP has taken advantage of ungoverned spaces in Yemen to plot, direct and inspire terror attacks against the United States and our allies,” US Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said last week following a series of US airstrikes in Yemen against the terror group.

The SEAL Team 6 mission ran into trouble the moment members reached the targeted housing compound in an isolated portion of Yemen.

“There were a lot of female combatants who were part of this… as it was taking place, female fighters ran to pre-established positions — as though they had trained to be ready, and trained to be combatants — and engaged with us,” Davis said.

Despite an hour-long firefight, the special operators were able to successfully acquire numerous computers and cell phones that contained valuable intelligence information.

However, the purportedly compromised operation injured three Americans, destroyed a $75 million MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and more tragically killed Owens.

Notwithstanding the loss of life and equipment, officials at the White House, as well as the Pentagon said the mission that was planned under the Obama administration was ultimately successful.

Critics were eager to discredit President Donald Trump’s first covert operation. “Given the public’s concerns about the raid’s costs and other media reports about the raid, the administration has an obligation to disclose support for this claim,” Democrat Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the Intelligence Committee said.

Perhaps more concerning is the fact military officials are saying the January raid was compromised from the get-go. Numerous reports indicate that the SEALs did not have a chance and were greeted by well-prepared terrorists. If this is true, then it means someone leaked classified information to residents at the terrorist hideaway.

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA) told reporters: “There’s been major crimes committed. What I’m concerned about is no one is focusing on major leaks that have occurred here. We can’t run a government like this. A government can’t function with massive leaks at the highest level.”

To this end, Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence fired three Pakistani brothers, Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan from their $160,000 IT managing information technology jobs. They worked for dozens of House Democrats on the Committee for Foreign Affairs and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including the now disgraced DNC chairwomen Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

The brothers along with a wife were told that a criminal investigation was ordered for the unlawful use of congressional IT systems, including the possible removal of classified data and overbilling.

Eva Malecki, communications Director for the US Capitol Police confirmed the ongoing investigation to this reporter. “At the request of Members of Congress, the United States Capitol Police are investigating the actions of House IT support staff. We have no further comment on the ongoing investigation at this time.”

According to the Daily Caller, “Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism… including covert anti-terrorism activity… including the Yemen operation” (emphasis added).

More fallout from the January military raid continued this week as  Yemeni Foreign Minister, Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi said in a statement that reports of a suspension of cooperation with the US military were unfounded.

“Yemen continues to cooperate with the United States and continues to abide by all the agreements. The Yemeni government is involved in talks with the US administration on the latest raid.”

Shadow government fights to preserve the “Establishment”

March 7, 2017

Quite frankly, I was astounded that President Trump won the election, not because his message did not resonate with voters, but because the “Establishment” has so much invested in the cronyism of Washington.

It is an irreconcilable oxymoron that our Capitol City, named to revere George Washington, who set the moral and ethical principles that have guided America for nearly 250 years, should become the hotbed of global corruption.

To many voters, Trump’s run represented an opportunity to break the cycle of corruption that the trillions of taxpayers’ dollars pose to the “Establishment.” While most Americans work hard to support their families and country, those entrusted to govern have used the US Treasury as their personal piggy bank, no offense to Miss Piggy.

The Trump movement gave the American heartland a reason to rise up against the entitlement states of California and New York and said enough; Get a job and pay your own bills.

But the “Establishment,” which overplayed its Hillary woman card, hoping to follow-up on the Barack Obama black card, miscalculated its control of the masses. Despite the crowds and under-polling, the “Establishment” was certain their worn-out candidate would win. They were wrong.

So now, with too many secrets to protect, the “Establishment” is preparing to offer and repackage the political messiah of Barack Obama in 2020.

After a stellar performance by Trump at his first address to the joint session of Congress, the opposition is so terrified that he will succeed in “Making America Great Again” and be re-elected that they have resorted to attacking anyone who is willing to stand with Trump and the American working class.

The first causality, General Mike Flynn, was feared by the Intel community, and this week the shadow government took aim at newly posted Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Presumably, the next target will be Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; plus it appears Congress is now hedging its bets by delaying and obstructing President Trump’s cabinet from confirmation. Such conduct is not just shameful — it threatens the will of the people to choose the trajectory of the country against the ill-intentioned “Establishment.”

Never mind that the people have spoken, that won’t be enough, the people must continue to stand together and repel the onslaught of those miscreants who suck the life from the Constitutional government of the people and steal its wealth for their personal gain.

The battle began on November 8th with a resounding victory, but the people were unaware that a new war against the “Establishment” began in earnest. To regain control of the government, Americans cannot take off their packs or lay down their resolve. Like all warriors on a dangerous battlefield, we must stay vigilant, adapt and overcome.

Our individual and collective freedoms are at stake. As Ben Franklin reportedly said, “if we do not hang together we will definitely hang apart.”

Semper fi, Colonel sends

 

Reduce taxes – payoff $20 trillion debt

March 1, 2017

As many people have observed, the $20 trillion of federal debt is unsustainable but for the artificially low-interest rates the Federal Reserve forces on the markets. At “historic” rates for US Treasuries (5+ percent), nearly the entire US budget would be absorbed into debt servicing. That has been the beauty of the Obama-McConnell-Boehner-Ryan Continuing Resolution system of government spending versus the Constitutionally required budgeting process, nobody knows or cares how much the government is spending.

It’s time to care. First off, let me state the obvious, individuals, families, and businesses can spend more than they earn for a limited period of time, we all know that. But eventually, either you increase income, reduce spending, or go bankrupt. Governments are not any different. Several cities have filed for bankruptcy and there is debate as to whether states and territories, like Puerto Rico, can file bankruptcy.

Now, for all of you statistical wonks (always wanted to use that word), let me throw some statistics at you in the “lightning round.”

Claiming 93 million Americans are not in the workforce is a true statement, but it is not an accurate statement. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Some … 93.8 million Americans age 16 and older are deemed “not in the labor force,” 9.7 million of them are between 16 and 19 years of age. Another 5.7 million are between 20 and 24. And 37.8 million are age 65 and over. In fact, 17.5 million are over 75 years old.

BLS reports the employment-to-population ratio of 60 percent is a macroeconomic statistic that indicates the ratio of the labor force currently employed to the total working-age population of a region, municipality or country. It is calculated by dividing the number of people employed by the total number of people of working age.

According to the Social Security Administration 66 million people (not necessarily Americans) receive benefits, 45 million are 65 or older, 14 million are less than 65 and receive disability benefits.

Mitt Romney was famously correct in claiming 47 percent or more of workers do not pay federal taxes and the top one percent pay 87 percent of income taxes collected.

Furthermore, FAIR.com estimates the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion per year; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local levels. This does not account for the life-long commitment of billions paid to support refugees from Cuba and the Middle East.

So, like other enterprises, the US must increase revenues or reduce spending, or preferably, both. By controlling our borders we can begin to cut into that $113B per year devoted to illegal immigrants. My colleague, Kimberly Dvorak, has long proposed that all of those Sanctuary Cities and open border people volunteer to take in a few illegal immigrant families in a show of solidarity with them. So, open your doors to support open borders. It is easy to not pay any taxes and march in favor of spending $113B for open borders when you do not have any direct costs. But watch out for the indirect costs!

As an aside, can you appreciate all the Bernie students protesting against their student debt but marching for open borders? What are they teaching at universities?

Nevertheless, LEGAL immigration is important as our death rate exceeded our birth rate in 2015. The difference with LEGAL immigration is that legal immigrants contract not to go on the dole for five years, demonstrate financial worth, pass health and civics tests, and pledge an oath of allegiance to the USA.

By chipping away at the $113B, we will see an almost immediate return on investment.

Now another big-ticket item is the defense budget. My problem with defense spending is that the US has not defined our national interests (red lines in the sand over which we would go to war) in any meaningful way. We have a reactionary foreign policy and a commitment to nothing.

First, a little geography, our country is nearly surrounded by great moats, the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans and the Caribbean Sea. We have a mere 2,000 miles of land border with Mexico and 5.5 million with Canada.

The Canadians have been pretty good at controlling their sea and air ports of entry and pose little to no threat to the US (despite PM Trudeau’s commitment to “open borders’). Mexico, on the other hand, is a problem as the border has not been enforced to the extent Mexico enforces its own southern border, and, millions of undocumented and unvetted persons enter the US each year. Enough said.

By controlling our southern border and ports of entry we can greatly reduce the risk of land invasion. If the Chinese were to invade us, we would see them coming. They would have to come by ship or plane and those avenues of approach are easily defended.

By focusing our defense in space, cyber, and EMP we could build a secure defense against most vulnerabilities at a much more manageable rate than huge armies and navies. By maintaining strike forces capable of quick and lethal attacks, we could deal with threats without the necessity of seizing and occupying foreign territories. The psychological effect on those who would do us harm would be considerable as they would learn “here today, gone tomorrow” applies to threats against America.

Peace through strength is a good motto and effective tool, but the temptation to intercede in other nations’ business is great. It is true we are safer when everyone is at peace but politics and scarcity drive war and the world’s military-industrial complex has proven war makes money. We must control the temptation to “nation-build” or “export democracy” or “search-out WMDs”.

The military-industrial complex has been addressed ad nauseum in this column so it will not be repeated. But reversing those defense industries (as we did in World War II – “The Arsenal of Democracy”) into infrastructure behemoths would retain jobs and produce a return on investment by improving roads, ports of entry, bridges, dams, power grids and engineering and technology. We should not have to invest in killing to the degree our economy is dependent on it!

Now let’s turn to taxes. Despite the hype about the rich not paying their fair share the facts tell a different story. The top 1 percent pays 87 percent of US income taxes, the next tier pay the rest. At least 45 percent pay no federal income taxes. That is not a fair system by any means. It is understood we all pay sales taxes, but those go to states and local governments (except excise taxes).

So the idea of capitalism is that we vote with our pocketbooks. By exempting almost half of the society from paying taxes we are eliminating an important check and balance against government excess. When LBJ increased US war making in Vietnam the Congress passed a 5 percent surcharge on existing income taxes to pay for the war. The effect of the draft and the surcharge caused people to take notice of what the government was doing. People must be interested in the workings of government to maintain a strong democracy and paying a “fair share” is a major step in forcing the taxpayers to take note.

My warped thinking suggests that controlling spending, increasing the number of taxpayers, and investing tax revenues in the US, not on perpetual war, the US can reduce taxes overall, reduce spending overall, eliminate deficits, and begin a systematic pay-down of the $20 trillion in debt. The result will build a more vibrant economy, stable infrastructure, promote political awareness, and leave a better world to our children.

Semper fi, Colonel sends

Democracy by bureaucracy

March 1, 2017

How many times have we repeated President Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex or MIC? Despite the acronym, there is nothing Mickey Mouse about the power, tenacity, and viciousness of the “Establishment” in Washington DC and its realms.

The MIC orchestrated the takedown on General Flynn through the selective leaks of highly classified information. Whether General Flynn was guilty or liable for improper conduct is not something to be determined by the shadow government that lurks inside the Establishment.

Some commentators have called the leaks appropriate, despite constituting felonies, because of the seriousness of the information. But where were those voices when Edward Snowden was warning America that our government agencies were capturing metadata that could jeopardize the entire operation of the government. It was not the Russians that blackmailed President Trump’s former national security advisor Gen Flynn it was the shadow government lurking behind every text, tweet, email, phone call and any other electrons flying across the airways.

Despite the claims of Intel and law enforcement agencies’ that all metadata collected was within the letter and spirit of the law and properly protected, we know now that the information is not just destined to surveillance operations and court proceedings, but can be used indirectly assailing individuals without Constitutional and statutory safeguards. In actuality, it can be used to “blackmail” or threaten government officials with whom the shadow government is at odds … like General Flynn. Suppose “they” did not just want him gone from the NSC but instead intended to blackmail him into a separate agenda?

Did not Senator Schumer (D-NY) specifically threaten General Flynn of grave consequences if he tangled with the “state security” agencies? Did not Senator Feinstein rail against the CIA for spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee?

For many years we have been writing about the power entrusted with the state security services and the potential for abuse. Clearly from disclosures of Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, William Binney, Private Manning and others the temptation to leak such information is oftentimes overcome by personal agendas.

While it may be too late to put the metadata genie back into the bottle, it is clearly time to revisit the necessity for so much secrecy and the need to collect it. Big Brother is no longer a fiction but a faceless bureaucracy of tens of thousands that must be corralled and controlled.

A first step would be to ban the secrecy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and its non-Article III courts. Secondly would be to provide severe prison sentences for leakers who are not designated as “whistleblowers” by an independent tribunal composed of citizens and no government employees. Thirdly, limit the scope of data collection, both routine and targeted, to matters pertaining to external national security threats. Fourth, Article III courts based on probable cause MUST handle any internal threats. Fifth, ban National Security Letters (NSL). Sixth, prohibit the sharing of tax and banking information between state and federal agencies without a pending, active, criminal case and subpoenas based on probable cause. Seventh, eliminate the practice of demanding email and other electronic media providers from producing records without subpoenas or notice to the consumer.

There are plenty of smart people that know how all this metadata is collected and analyzed that can develop much more effective methods for limiting and controlling the government’s insatiable desire to spy on us. But we must have a public dialogue about the subject as the current practices run counter to our governing document.

Another issue that is looming on the horizon is the cashless society. While many find the idea of a cashless economy quite appealing as a means of controlling illegal drugs, money laundering, and black marketeering, it is the electronic trail that would give Big Brother the inside track to every financial move. It’s bad enough Google® tracks your web surfing and offers up your musings for weeks after, but for the government to have capabilities would truly be the beginning of the end of a democratic society of, by, and for the people.

So, back to General Flynn and the shadow government, all of these things threaten the very foundation of our Constitutional society. Either we come to grips with controlling the electronic melodies of our lives or we will be facing a society that is run by the holders of the metadata and their agendas.

So to those who say you have nothing to hide believe the young peeps, an all-knowing government is a dangerous threat to our freedom.

“National security” and “deep state” on the attack

February 21, 2017

Last week General Mike Flynn, President Trump’s top NatSec advisor resigned under a cloud of controversy for allegedly lying to VP Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. His crime? He allegedly discussed sanctions during the transitional phase of the Trump administration and his telephone conversation was caught-up in the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program.

However, the real offense in question here may actually be a criminal conspiracy perpetrated by a deep cyber-bureaucratic state that leaked the private conversation of a US citizen and gave it to the press in an effort to destroy a political career.

Bloomberg’s Eli Lake told CNN such a tactic is what police states do. “I guess to use a word that’s sort of gaining a lot of traction today my hope is that that is not normalized in our country because I believe that is a kind of police state tactic where you do not have an opportunity to confront your accusers. And this is a public trust, the ability to eavesdrop, and we need I believe, the government to do this to stop terrorism and criminals and foreign intelligence subversion.”

Late last week the FBI said it wouldn’t pursue charges against General Flynn.

While President Trump accepted General Flynn’s resignation, he did defend his close advisor. “I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the fake media, in many cases. I think it’s really a sad thing he was treated so badly.”

The president lamented the intelligence community for selectively releasing classified information like his phone conversations with world leaders.

“From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, and it’s criminal action. It’s a criminal act, and it’s been going on for a long time before me, but now it’s really going on. People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton.”

“The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!” he tweeted.

Staunch Trump and Flynn supporters suggested that the general was targeted because he planned to trim the fat within the Intel community, reign in the military industrial complex and put more sunshine on the Obama administration’s Iranian deal.

Back at the White House, Sean Spicer, the press secretary said the President accepted Flynn’s resignation because the trust issue had “eroded” with the Vice President over the false accounting of his discussion with, Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador. “There is not a legal issue but rather a trust issue,” Spicer said.

Meanwhile, the Congressional House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes (R-CA) said his committee would be looking into the latest spate of leaks. “There does appear to be a well-orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration. From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern.”

The intelligence brouhaha has been percolating for some time now. Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and NSA’s William Binney have repeatedly told private citizens’ the US is building a massive surveillance state for some time and warned that absolute power by a few could come back to haunt the political process with threats of blackmail and corruption. Ordinarily, intercepts of American officials, as well as its citizens are the most tightly kept intelligence secrets. “Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do,” Lake reiterated.

In light of this revelation, the Washington Free Beacon reported: “former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.

The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration. “It’s actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”

If those reports were accurate, how easy would it be to find the culprit? ” Former CIA analyst and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer told Fox Business, “I would even go so far as to say the [Obama] White House was directly involved before they left — Ben Rhodes and those folks. I put this right at the feet of John Brennen (CIA Director) and James Clapper (former Director of National Intelligence,” He added, “I would even go so far as to say the [Obama] White House was directly involved before they left — Ben Rhodes and those folks.”

Shaffer confirmed the leaked audio from Flynn’s phone call was “beyond top secret,” and said the leaker could be criminally liable.

The retired agent supported Congressman Nunes request to fully investigate the leaking of classified information. “The fingers they are going to be finding are going to be pointing back at the former White House and some Democrats,” Shafer explained. He also pointed out that some Republicans could be implicated in the latest round of leaks used to undermine the new President.

Asked if he was concerned about the investigation interfering with politics as usual, he said, “Bring it on.”

Swamp Monsters

February 21, 2017

“Drain the Swamp” was intended to be more than a campaign slogan; it was a call to action to rid our government of the obstructionists, self-interest, and warmongers. But these swamp monsters are tough to overcome. They are so embedded in the very fabric of our political society from politicians and parties to bureaucrats, contractors, and lobbyists that re-education camps maybe the only answer – since firing squads are frowned upon.

Regrettably, not all the swamp monsters are red, some are such chameleons that it is really difficult to identify them for re-education. Many of the swamp monsters are blue and hold high-level positions such as Senate Majority leader and Speaker of the House.

The GOP itself is no longer a political party, it is a collection of misfits that have lost sight of Republican ideals of fiscal conservatism, fair taxes, the preservation of individual freedoms as enumerated in the Bill of Rights, and, the promotion of American products and trade. Fair trade and American products serve as American ambassadors to the world that lead people to want to be more like Americans. The quality, durability and fair pricing of American products made us the envy of the manufacturing world.

Then the globalists came along and decided the best thing for the world would be to lower the wages of Americans to Third World levels because the Third World could not compete with American ingenuity and quality. So we jumped into NAFTA and allowed products Hecho en Mexico to be imported duty-free into the US, except most of the products were made in Asia and assembled or had some minimal value added operation in Mexico to qualify for NAFTA’s tariff-free import. Mexico prospered because foreign companies built plants and assembly operations in Mexico and exported products at Asian and Mexican labor rates that competed direct with American workers.

The big competition problem for American companies and American workers is that American companies are held to higher environmental and worker safety standards, as well as privately paid medical care and retirement programs, that the Asian and Mexican countries completely disregard. To drive a final nail in our collective coffins, the NAFTA “free traders” sell these cheaply made foreign products in the US at US retail prices! We do not receive the cost benefit of cheap labor and relaxed environmental standards, the companies that have moved off shore do, their bottoms lines have swollen on the backs of American labor.

Have you noticed year-after-year the financial magazines report the shift in wealth from the people to a few dozen multi-gazillionaires worldwide. Believe me, no one believes in competition and survival of the fittest than me, but the governments of the world have so tipped the scales against competition by picking favorites (Read: banks, pharmaceuticals, and defense, to name a few) from which trillions of dollars of American taxes are transferred from the people to the elites every day.

Unfortunately for the ruling class, Mr. Trump, a billionaire himself, comes along and says the globalists are wrong and American workers are getting a major league shave. He wants to “Drain the Swamp” of those who would put the interests of themselves and their friends above America and Americans. His message resonated with a resounding defeat of “the Establishment” and the hemorrhaging of US jobs and wealth.

But there are always at least two sides to every story, for Mr. Trump the other side of the story is the embedded elites aka “the Establishment,” that is just not going to rollover and watch the trillion dollar pay days come to an end.

The Establishment is fighting as Winston Churchill demanded of the Brits during the Battle of Briton, “… we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender …” The swamp monsters have modified Churchill’s call somewhat, “we shall disrupt town halls, we shall publish fake news, we shall violate laws to eavesdrop, we shall file lawsuits …”

Incredibly, my colleague Kimberly Dvorak is publishing this hour, an incredible piece exposing the extent of the swamp monsters reach from George Soros to Barak Obama.

It seems that Soros/Obama have mobilized millions of lost souls looking for the promised land of Marx, Lenin, and Bernie Sanders, where everything is free, except your speech, press, religion, right to bear arms, unreasonable search and seizure, self-incrimination, etc. Under what misconception are these people laboring that they would work with such vigor to reestablish a system that has taken their freedoms, their jobs, their wealth, and subjected them to a lifetime sentence of living with their parents and worrying about student debt?

Hopefully, these warriors of the ultra-rich will stop, take a breath as Judge Ito used to say, and examine the FACTS not the inflammatory rhetoric. Open borders and sanctuary cities cost tens of billions of dollars per year to finance. Couldn’t we put that money to better use, say, for example, creating good-paying, meaningful jobs, right here in America?

I would say the logic escapes me, but, of course, there is no logic. The only answer is to Drain the Swamp and set our priorities on rebuilding America because without an America the world will definitely be much the poorer. God bless America.

Semper fi, Colonel sends

 

 

The General Disaster

February 14, 2017

Having met Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Advisor, when my colleague, Kimberly Dvorak, interviewed him in Cleveland (view interview here), I was saddened to learn of his resignation. Whatever he did not fully disclose to VP Pence, I am sure his reasons were innocent. He is a patriot, soldier, and man of integrity, but he was unprepared for the assault against him by the Pentagon and the press. The press, for crying out loud, attacks Ms. Conway for liking Ivanka Trump fashions. What happened to the March for Women? Isn’t Ivanka a successful businesswoman, mother, daughter, wife, etc. etc.

Anyway, General Flynn deviated from the Military-Industrial Complex crowd in Washington, which made him a highly visible target of Russian détente. The elites of Washington know that ISIS is not a sustainable enemy and that it will meet its well-deserved defeat in a direct confrontation with US and NATO forces. But the defeat of ISIS will not end terrorism and the “War on Terror” is not of a magnitude that can justify the trillions of dollars to be spent by the Trump Administration on defense.

To justify those expenditures you need a “real enemy” with staying power and who plays the game of statecraft like the Ruskies in the Cold War.

Thank God for Russians. Everyday the Military-Industrial-Cyber-Intel establishment thanks God for the Russians. They have an army, a navy, an air force, rocket forces, spetznaz special forces, rockets and satellites, and spies. They know how the game is played. They develop weapons systems and we develop counter-weapons systems and vise-versa. Talk about your endless cycles and job security.

ISIS is too small and confined. Sure it is capable of conducting terror ops worldwide, but so is any enemy willing to die for the cause.

General Flynn was the counterpunch to the perpetual war concept of the Military-Industrial Complex. Heck, President Eisenhower warned us of the danger of war for profit 60 years ago.

General Flynn recognized that we have more in common with the Russians than the rest of the Asian Continent. The Middle or Muddle East will continue to transition through despotic leaders based on Islamic fervor, as we are seeing in the transformation of Turkey into a dictatorship that will be fully consolidated in April.

Let’s face it, the major factor that drives US involvement in the Mid-East is Israel. We can try to couch our arguments for interventionism in terms relative to weapons of mass destruction, nation building, and fighting terrorism, but it’s all about Israel.

The Russians are the Israeli bogeyman for working with Iran, Turkey, and the Islamic ‘stans that border Russia. So relaxing of hostility towards Russia could lead to a pullback of the US commitment to Israel. So, Russia and everything and everyone that favors opening channels with Russia must be marginalized.

Middle East oil is not such a major factor to Europe and the West as it was post World War II. The North Sea, Nordic, Russian, Venezuelan, Canadian, Mexican, and American oil production have shifted the economic focus from the Mid East. Today, most of its oil has pivoted to India and the Far East.

So in an effort to keep us engaged in war, Bush 43, following in the footsteps of Bush 41, initiated war against Iraq, and which the emasculated Obama expanded into Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Everyone who knows anything understood Osama bin Laden’s hatred of America, not for helping the mujahidin in defeating the Russians in Afghanistan, but for basing American armed forces to fight against Saddam Hussein on “sacred soil,” the birthplace of Mohammed in Saudi Arabia.

Besides oil, what does the Middle East offer the world? A life controlled by 7th Century religious and political institutions that seek the destruction of everything else.

So the loss of General Flynn at the president’s ear is the loss of the counter voice to the concept of perpetual war favored by the Military-Industrial Complex. War-weary Americans must now brace for more war in the Mid-East (read –Iran). It ain’t gonna be pretty.

Fair winds and following seas, General Flynn, your measured counsel will be missed.

Semper fi, Colonel sends

President Trump directs the military to plan the destruction of ISIS. Plans are emerging…

February 8, 2017

One of the first executive memoranda signed by President Donald Trump requested a plan from the Pentagon to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/ISIL/Daesh/al-Qaeda et al.

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is not the only threat from radical Islamic terrorism that the United States faces, but it is among the most vicious and aggressive.  It is also attempting to create its own state, which ISIS claims as a ‘caliphate,’” the president’s memo read. “But there can be no accommodation or negotiation with it…  ISIS is responsible for the violent murder of American citizens in the Middle East, including the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and Peter Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as well as the death of Kayla Mueller.  In addition, ISIS has inspired attacks in the United States, including the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, and the June 2016 attack in Orlando, Florida.  ISIS is complicit in a number of terrorist attacks on our allies in which Americans have been wounded or killed, such as the November 2015 attack in Paris, France, the March 2016 attack in Brussels, Belgium, the July 2016 attack in Nice, France, and the December 2016 attack in Berlin, Germany.”

President Trump also directed military strategic OPLANs identify regional allies, establish a cyber operation to delegitimize ISIS, cut off and seize ISIS’ financial assets, as well as, the cost to taxpayers that should be included in the next Congressional budget.

Since the January 28 memo, military plans have outlined a strategy for the much talked about end game for ISIS’ destruction in symmetrical and asymmetrical warfare. An officer with experience in strategic planning suggested the planning is one way for the Trump administration to make good on a campaign promise of eradicating ISIS.

For those wondering why Trump undertook a broad travel restriction against seven countries (all but Iran have no functioning government) out of the gate, his military strategy illustrates why the US should be concerned about refugees. Many advisors, including Trump’s closest advisor, National Security Advisory, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn say it’s time to either declare war, defend our borders by reducing immigration or both.

“Unfortunately, killing ISIS won’t stop attacks on Christians and Jews. Only securing borders, enforcing the law and halting immigration until we can sort out who is actually in the country will work,” said retired US Army Colonel and author of five military books, Douglas Macgregor.

Nevertheless, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the Department of Defense will finally be released from its current restraints of assuming Islam is a religion like any other when in fact, many observers claim it is a subversive ideology targeting the overthrow of non-Islamist governments.

One military plan allegedly presented to the administration identifies the US strategies have not worked thus far to eliminate ISIS in the Middle East: Air power combined with Special Operations Forces (SOF) lack enough punch to seize territory, and, ground forces under the current rules of engagement (ROE) to control populations and territory. If the President is serious about destroying ISIS the following approaches have been suggested:

Ask congress for a declaration of war against ISIS/ISIL and the camels they rode in on. Also, bar Islamist jihadis regardless of origin from entry into or residing inside the United States.

— If Congress agrees, then, direct the Army Chief of Staff to assemble a force for deployment through Jordan (via Aqaba) of no less than 4 brigade equivalents of armored forces (roughly 360 tanks plus 400+ Bradley IFVs and MLRS, Mortars, etc…) with support elements (25-30,000 troops) for use in close cooperation with US air power to systematically attack concentrations of ISIS fighters until ISIS is annihilated. Simultaneously, coordinate the movement of the US Army ground force into the region with the Russians, Turks, Syrians, Saudis, Iraqis and Jordanians.

— Wartime ROE would apply. Tactically, ISIS would be compelled to hold its ground to preserve the “Caliphate” making ISIS vulnerable to destruction. Those that fled could be herded into kill zones for airpower or toward the borders of surrounding states where they could be rounded up and incarcerated/killed.

–Make sure the ports, airports, and borders are sealed and the Islamists are expelled and kept out. Why? The above-recommended action will recruit new Islamists to attack the US, but it will crush the geographically oriented ISIS Caliphate out of existence. It simply won’t halt new attacks against Europe and us unless we secure the borders, and impose tough security measures against Islamists that are already here.

–The Army Chief of Staff could assemble such a force in less than six months and if he can’t, the administration needs to fire the Army Chief of Staff and put a young two star in charge and tell him to get the job done or he’s fired too.

Commenting on the proposed OPLAN Macgregor suggested “There is no way to eradicate the threat of Islamism with limited military operations.  The Muslim Near East is too vast, there are too many Muslims, and there are too many Muslims willing to seek martyrdom rather than live with what they feel is the constant humiliation of Allah.”

He also firmly said if there is no buy-in with Congress, “then the US should immediately withdraw all US ground forces from the Near East and Afghanistan and focus on the homeland, period.”

This is a simple plan, but one that Trump’s generals’ feel would be quite effective. While there are multiple plans headed to President Trump’s desk before the end of the month, most agree Congress must be supportive.

Backing the new president, Secretary of Defense retired Marine General, James Mattis set the tone at his Senate confirmation hearing when he told committee members, “We have to deliver a very hard blow against ISIS in the Middle East so there is no sense of invulnerability or invincibility there.”

With the GOP controlling two branches of government, there is no excuse for not bringing President Trump’s eventual plan to fruition. But this action is likely to separate politicians committed to the military industrial complex, from those who stand behind their president. Who wins? Will it be the US military? In either case, the country should unite to rid the planet of ISIS, then after winning again, refocus on President Trump’s “America First” policies.

President Trump directs Pentagon to plan the destruction of ISIS. Plans are emerging…

February 8, 2017

One of the first executive memoranda signed by President Donald Trump requested a plan from the Pentagon to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/ISIL/Daesh/al-Qaeda et al.

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is not the only threat from radical Islamic terrorism that the United States faces, but it is among the most vicious and aggressive.  It is also attempting to create its own state, which ISIS claims as a ‘caliphate,’” the president’s memo read. “But there can be no accommodation or negotiation with it…  ISIS is responsible for the violent murder of American citizens in the Middle East, including the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and Peter Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as well as the death of Kayla Mueller.  In addition, ISIS has inspired attacks in the United States, including the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, and the June 2016 attack in Orlando, Florida.  ISIS is complicit in a number of terrorist attacks on our allies in which Americans have been wounded or killed, such as the November 2015 attack in Paris, France, the March 2016 attack in Brussels, Belgium, the July 2016 attack in Nice, France, and the December 2016 attack in Berlin, Germany.”

President Trump also directed military strategic OPLANs identify regional allies, establish a cyber operation to delegitimize ISIS, cut off and seize ISIS’ financial assets, as well as, the cost to taxpayers that should be included in the next Congressional budget.

Since the January 28 memo, military plans have outlined a strategy for the much talked about end game for ISIS’ destruction in symmetrical and asymmetrical warfare. An officer with experience in strategic planning suggested the planning is one way for the Trump administration to make good on a campaign promise of eradicating ISIS.

For those wondering why Trump undertook a broad travel restriction against seven countries (all but Iran have no functioning government) out of the gate, his military strategy illustrates why the US should be concerned about refugees. Many advisors, including Trump’s closest advisor, National Security Advisory, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn say it’s time to either declare war, defend our borders by reducing immigration or both.

“Unfortunately, killing ISIS won’t stop attacks on Christians and Jews. Only securing borders, enforcing the law and halting immigration until we can sort out who is actually in the country will work,” said retired US Army Colonel and author of five military books, Douglas Macgregor.

Nevertheless, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the Department of Defense will finally be released from its current restraints of assuming Islam is a religion like any other when in fact, many observers claim it is a subversive ideology targeting the overthrow of non-Islamist governments.

One military plan allegedly presented to the administration identifies the US strategies have not worked thus far to eliminate ISIS in the Middle East: Air power combined with Special Operations Forces (SOF) lack enough punch to seize territory, and, ground forces under the current rules of engagement (ROE) to control populations and territory. If the President is serious about destroying ISIS the following approaches have been suggested:

Ask congress for a declaration of war against ISIS/ISIL and the camels they rode in on. Also, bar Islamist jihadis regardless of origin from entry into or residing inside the United States.

— If Congress agrees, then, direct the Army Chief of Staff to assemble a force for deployment through Jordan (via Aqaba) of no less than 4 brigade equivalents of armored forces (roughly 360 tanks plus 400+ Bradley IFVs and MLRS, Mortars, etc…) with support elements (25-30,000 troops) for use in close cooperation with US air power to systematically attack concentrations of ISIS fighters until ISIS is annihilated. Simultaneously, coordinate the movement of the US Army ground force into the region with the Russians, Turks, Syrians, Saudis, Iraqis and Jordanians.

— Wartime ROE would apply. Tactically, ISIS would be compelled to hold its ground to preserve the “Caliphate” making ISIS vulnerable to destruction. Those that fled could be herded into kill zones for airpower or toward the borders of surrounding states where they could be rounded up and incarcerated/killed.

–Make sure the ports, airports, and borders are sealed and the Islamists are expelled and kept out. Why? The above-recommended action will recruit new Islamists to attack the US, but it will crush the geographically oriented ISIS Caliphate out of existence. It simply won’t halt new attacks against Europe and us unless we secure the borders, and impose tough security measures against Islamists that are already here.

–The Army Chief of Staff could assemble such a force in less than six months and if he can’t, the administration needs to fire the Army Chief of Staff and put a young two star in charge and tell him to get the job done or he’s fired too.

Commenting on the proposed OPLAN Macgregor suggested “There is no way to eradicate the threat of Islamism with limited military operations.  The Muslim Near East is too vast, there are too many Muslims, and there are too many Muslims willing to seek martyrdom rather than live with what they feel is the constant humiliation of Allah.”

He also firmly said if there is no buy-in with Congress, “then the US should immediately withdraw all US ground forces from the Near East and Afghanistan and focus on the homeland, period.”

This is a simple plan, but one that Trump’s generals’ feel would be quite effective. While there are multiple plans headed to President Trump’s desk before the end of the month, most agree Congress must be supportive.

Backing the new president, Secretary of Defense retired Marine General, James Mattis set the tone at his Senate confirmation hearing when he told committee members, “We have to deliver a very hard blow against ISIS in the Middle East so there is no sense of invulnerability or invincibility there.”

With the GOP controlling two branches of government, there is no excuse for not bringing President Trump’s eventual plan to fruition. But this action is likely to separate politicians committed to the military industrial complex, from those who stand behind their president. Who wins? Will it be the US military? In either case, the country should unite to rid the planet of ISIS, then after winning again, refocus on President Trump’s “America First” policies.

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