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Absence

In luei of my favorite writer, Noah C. Rothman, I’m gonna write from his sober perspective. At Mediaite, he’s talking about Iran almost 3 years ago and the entire scope of the power of the Islamic world. He focuses mainly on the region; that is in flux, as Mr. Rothman stated while he was at HotAir.com.

Two years later, White House officials would tell that same reporter that they believed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a “chickens***

 You see, Rothman calls the proxie player, Iran, out directly in the HotAir piece. He’s been saying the region is in flux for quite sometimes. It seemed dire for a while. However, good news was circulated.  

Cut that supply line #Kurds and then roll into Raqqa. Put those sons of bitches to bed.-Me

And they did. 

#UPDATE Syria Kurds cut key supply road to IS-held Raqa: commander u.afp.com/Z4aT

Check the time stamps, I’m almost 24 hours ahead of that major publication. That’s just a display of my own ability to pay attention. While good news, no doubt, the region is in no way out of trouble. The Islamist-Baathist fused factions, Daesh or ISIS, are fracturing but have an uncanny ability to regroup. Which they will no doubt attempt to do. The more they’re driven from Raqqa, the more they’ll move towards Ramadi which fell a few months ago and Mosul, which was taken by them last year. 

“Let them rot” via @selectedwisdom.
Hopefully, the Kurds sped that up by cutting the supply line to Raqqa. 
1:07pm – 15 Jun 15

Clint Watts, another foreign policy expert, said

The recipe of the the “Let Them Rot” strategy should be followed: contain ISIS advances, starve them of resources, fracture their ranks, and exploit through alternative security arrangements. 

Which is a slightly less depressing way of saying, the United States and it’s coalition shouldn’t/isn’t going to do much more than it already is to intervene in Iraq and Syria. It’s too costly and neither Obama or the country can stomach a full scale return to that theater of operation. 

Here’s the really exciting news. 

If they got this guy and Belmokhtar, that’s huge.  longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/… 3:07pm – 15 Jun 15-Me
This guy is Nasir al Wuhayshi, al Qaeda’s (AQ) number two. 

Now we have this, confirmation of the afore mentioned Wuhayshi’s demise. That, with rumors of Belmokhtar’s death shows an end to the structure of AQAP and it’s affiliates. Mokhtar Belmokhtar did most of his dealings in the Maghreb, the north west part of Africa. Lybia is pretty Far East for his sphere of influence. 

To hit Yemen and Lybia in one day is quite a feat for our military and intellegence agencies. Rothman says:

The president did his best to shift blame for his failure of leadership onto Pentagon commanders. Obama claimed that Defense Department officials had not yet presented to him a “finalized” plan for victory in Iraq that consists of relying on Iraqi Security Forces to serve as the primary ground combat forces. But what if the plan that the president wants is simply unfeasible? The U.S. was reportedly caught “off guard” by the spectacular implosion of the ISF in the summer of last year, as waves of ISIS forces poured over the Syrian border and sacked city after city including Mosul, the second largest urban center in Iraq. By November of 2014, U.S. troops began speeding the training and equipping of Iraqi Security Forces in preparation for an assault on that city that never came. Now Ramadi, the capital of restive Anbar province and a city located just 70 miles from the seat of Iraqi governance, has also fallen to ISIS. The return on American investment in the ISF seems a long way off.

That’s Iraq, which I’ll mourn, but will celebrate the possible elimination of Belmokhtar and Wuhayshi. It may bring new obstacles, especially now that AQ seems to be decentralized, but I have faith in our imperfect military machine. Despite it’s Commander in Chief having no discernable strategy for that country, he so hastily pulled out of Iraq in 2011 and then blames his department of defense for not providing him with a strategy. I’m gonna guess the DOD did have a strategy, he probably just didn’t like what it was. That country is in deep trouble, for the most part our only reference to it is to blame the people who got us there in the first place. On one hand, people skreetch and bellow about the previous president, Bush the Younger, going in based on shoddy intel. He’s called stupid and brash. On the the other hand, we have our current POTUS, Barack Obama, who followed the strategy and policy to withdraw from Iraq drawn up by the previous president. It’s natural, except, Obama campaigned hard on not following Bush’s policies. Which is exactly what he’s doing. That’s the defense offered up by the White House and it’s supporters when Mr. Obama is criticized for the withdrawal. “He was just following Bush’s plan”, they’ll say. Well, if the criticisms of Bush are true, Obama followed the policies of an idiot, that hardly makes Obama some sort of exhalted intellectual. It makes him seem lazy, to be frank. I don’t think Obama, or any serious people, ever thought Bush was actually a highly functional simpleton. They just didn’t like his party or his willingness to fight and unwillingness to apologies for Americas exceptional ability to wage war. 

Getting AQ’s number two and their most effective commander in northwest Africa are bright moments for our military, even if they continue to take the blame for an increasingly bleak landscape in the region by the person who is suppose to be leading them. 

That’s my sober look at the info at hand. That’s my analysis. It didn’t seem hard. There is an absence, an absence of strategy. 

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Libya

So, the stories of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt, being beheaded broke. It sent shock waves through the world. Not ones that cause for outrageous outrage and shit-sandwich think-pieces, but the kind that of makes everyone be quite.

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Noah Rothaman wrote this, now a haunting foreshadowing, on the speed at which a global jihad grows and how the media down plays that very real fact. He gave it scope and scale. I highly recommend reading his analysis.

You young millennials find yourself, in a fight you didn’t start. Your enemy doesn’t care that you don’t care about them, it’s a non sequitur.

This particular atrocity occurred in the very country where then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, had an embassy over ran. It’s in the place where America had it’s first foreign incursion. If you can’t see the symbolism, you’re probably daft.

So what do we do? Hang the President out to dry and totally ruin our foreign policy or act?

I say we act, the president is lame duck. Let him quack. “He needs to stop this”, is what the next presidential Democratic candidate is telling this current administration. And the next likely Democratic candidate is the very former Secretary of State, who mismanaged Libya, to begin with. I can’t imaging she’d want the issue bogging down her campaign. I’m almost positive Mrs. Clinton doesn’t want to inherit this regional clusterfuck. She has enough to worry about with her accepting money from foreign governments and sending insecure emails. That damage control is a handful. 

Update:

The Egyptian military plans to hit the militant Islamist in Libya who beheaded Egyptian civilians with airstrikes.

Creating a new buzz phrase “Arab Neocon. Coined by the Middle Eastern consultant and a driving force behind the “Arab Spring Manifesto” in Norway, Iyad El-Baghdadi. 

 These “Arab Neocons” want to institute political, social, and religious reform but without due process – imposed through force and money.-Iyad El-Baghdadi.  

Update: the situation is still pretty bad, new factions are conducting airstrikes in Lybia. 

The Movement

So, Monday we got a story of a journalist in Anchorage, Alaska walking off her job out of protest for the legalization of cannabis. She actually says “Fuck it, I quit”. Of course she was instantly heralded as a hero for “the movement” . I wasn’t sold on the sincerity. I immediately questioned the ethics. Which, turned out to be a good hunch. The women owned a cannabis dispensary. People all across the board thought this move to be unethical. A lot of us, yes us—I’m pro-legalization—thought it was an abuse of the platform the network had given her. There was a long cogent discussion involving a moderator of a Missouri based cannabis advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis, two Canadians, and some other random people who gave their opinions. Here’s what the moderator said Monday.

A friend sent me that video this morning, and I think it’s hilarious.
I don’t have any problem with her saying that, however, her previous employer obviously would. That’s why she quit; she knew she would be fired anyway.
That’s what would happen in any industry where you were doing what you were prohibited from doing.
To me it’s no better or worse just because her job was in journalism.
Poor journalism, sure. But she’s no longer a journalist, anyway, so like she said, “fuck it”.

Mr. Hizer, A moderator

Clearly, there is no questions of the unethical nature of the reporters actions. 5 days later the Washington Post ran the story of Alaska having legal cannabis for 39 years. Making the actions of that edgy reporter all the more hollow. It wasn’t about “activism”, but her financial gain.

We’ve had a lot of hollow and empty gestures in Missouri lately. The removal of George Will, a syndicated columnist removed from The St. Louis-Post Dispatch, in “solidarity” of preventions of sexual assaults on campuses. Will wrote an op-ed about “progressivism” becoming dangerous and becoming something that potentially targets college men. If you’ve read about “The Title IX Office” you’ll see he wasn’t far off in his assertion. He was accused of victim blaming, by explaining that girls will in fact have an opportunity to abuse this new office. It’s not inconceivable for a spiteful college girl to contrive a story about a college boy, ruining his life. “The Title IX” office, now has that power. All the while, removing George Will won’t prevent one sexual assault. The truly baffling part was who replaced him, a former Bush speech writer. Personally, I like both of the writers. However, the silence from liberal-progressives was deafening with regards to who was brought on vis a vie that hollow gesture

The constant protest, rioting, and clashes with the police over the death of Michael Brown, something that was inflamed by people sharing speculation and wild theories, like Brown was “shot in the back” and “execution style”. It still goes on even today. It’s no longer about Brown but institutional racism that the entire St. Louis media community ignored, until Brown’s death. The peak of hollow gestures came when protestors decided to protest inside Busch stadium. Which distracts the people who paid to watch the game and is also incredibly dangerous. If you’ve ever been to a baseball game, they announce on the loud speakers to keep your eyes on the field of play. It’s not about watching the game it’s about not getting hit with a baseball.

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(photo via screen grab)

The hiring of a super-sketchy PR firm to handle the media, turned out to be hollow. And distracted people even further. Especially, given that this owner of the PR firm claims to fight “4 social justice”—but has a private jet on his profile. I’m no intellectual, but that seems inconsistent and frankly disgusting that a PR firm outside of St. Louis would profit off protest that are suppose to be about the death of 18 year-old. Yes—profit.

These are stunts, justified as “any means necessary”, but at the end of the day are about money—ethics be damned. Even when you point out that these protest really aren’t about Brown any more, it’s quickly deflected to it being about larger social justice. It’s done in such synchronized lock-step, it’s almost impressive. When a heated moment was brought to the public attention of the same moderator, along with his director. The indignation was thick. No commentary was given, just the standard talking points.

“If you don’t see the societal benefits of legalizing (or even decriminalizing) cannabis, completely outside of and removed from the business aspect of it, then you miss a large part of why I fight against the drug war. Sure, someone who is already rich may get richer from the deal, BUT, it keeps minorities and low income citizens out of jails and prisons and allows them the opportunities in life that the drug war presently prevents them from pursuing. It significantly reduces the excuses police can use to search your person and property. The benefits are vast beyond the monetary appeal.”

I actually do moderator, I’ve had those talking points shoved down my throat for 2 years now.

I’m not going to change any minds. The director just called me crazy and ended our friendship, vowed to ignore me, but continued to insinuate I was, crazy, stupid, or a “conspiracy theorist”. Never addressing the unethical practices I mentioned. In my opinion, it’s because he and the “elite” in the movement do stand to gain monetarily. The wheels are moving on legalization in Missouri. This “policy maker” is quite chummy with the local media, namely Charles Jaco, who’s made an appearance on this blog due to his rousting of a mob to where “white cops” live. That’s the progressive media here, those are the progressive policy makers, and their activist wanting progress. The rhetoric is loose and people are now acting on it. The tension in the region is palpable, but those “leaders” won’t dare except some responsibility for inflaming tensions. Why? Because highlighting tensions furthers the narrative of a racist police state. It’s more than about money, it’s ready made justification for the movement. That’s more valuable than money, it’s free PR.

Self-Perception

I was asked recently what I did. My short answer was

I don’t do anything

I stay at home with my three daughters. I’ll explain more. This is my meager platform. You’ll get conext.

My photo.

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That is my buckeye. It was given to me by my wife’s grandfather. It means something to me.

Zone Defense

It’s Sunday—it’s extremely laid back. Coffee, music, and my wife going places with our girls. Pretty typical.

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(My Photo of our bucket of hair styling equipment.)

Tomorrow, will be a completely different story. Their mother will leave on a business trip. Which by now, has become a regular occurrence. The girls are assimilating to that reality, each, in their own way. My assimilation is something different. Monday morning I have to default into a parenting zone defense.

I have a meet and greet with my 3 year-old’s pre-school. Something their mother does better, but in her absence, it’s my zone to defend. I have to completely ignore all the things that make me nervous or reluctant to go. My second oldest, needs that from me.

I have picture day to handle. I have to do hair for that—doesn’t sound that important, but the pressure is immense, trust me. Their mother usually is around to make sure their hair looks perfect when the occasion calls for it. I have to cover that zone. I have to calmly plan, coordinate, and execute a solid hair strategy. My oldest needs that from me. That’s apart of my job.

My youngest, is to young to explain why her mother won’t be home at 5:35 in the afternoon. She also doesn’t understand that she’ll be back in a few days, so I have to comfort her uncertainty.

It’s surreal to be in this stage of life. Especially given the stage of life I had came through. The positions couldn’t be more juxtaposed. My resilience and resourcefulness served me well in that previous stage of life and it serves me well now.

These tests, these obstacles as a father have propelled my own personal growth, far more than irrational self-destruction ever could. Monday is on my mind, but it’s not impossible, it’s just going to be difficult. I can’t maintain the intense one-on-one attention that each parent wants to give all of their kids—I just can’t. So, I revert to my zone defense.

These are not problems, they are blessings that often become mislabeled by frustration.