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The Big Story — the Global War — Goes Mostly Unreported

March 18th, 2014 - 2:03 pm

The “news” is resolutely out of context.  A subject about which virtually nothing is known–the mystery of the missing airplane–gets saturation “coverage,” while events of potentially earth-shaking importance are largely unreported. Twitter is full of tweets, photos and videos from the streets of Venezuela, but the Maduro tyranny expelled CNN, and Wolf Blitzer crams his airtime with heads talking about the Malaysian passenger jet.  Any self-respecting “news network” would relentlessly run stories about the ongoing demonstrations from Caracas to Maracaibo–demonstrations surely the equal of those from Maidan Square in Kiev–but no.

The Venezuelan uprising may turn out to be the biggest story of all, because it is part of a world-wide battle that pits anti-Western tyrannies against their own people, and against their neighbors.  It is of a piece with Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and Russia itself, where, just a few days ago, fifty thousand Muscovites demonstrated against Putin’s imperialist moves in Ukraine.

I’ve been saying for years that we’re the target of a global war, that the Pyongyang-Beijing-Moscow-Tehran-Damascus-Havana-Caracas etc Axis of Evil is hell-bent to dominate and destroy us.  Now the evidence is so clear that only a willfully blind man could fail to see it.  When the pundits were saying that Assad’s doom was imminent, I warned that he had the full support of Russia and Iran, and they would not go quietly.  He didn’t, but the pundits are still trying to unscrew the inscrutable jihadi networks and alliances, invoking the tired chant of Sunni vs Shi’ite, and refusing to see the battle of Syria in the context of the real war.

Today, the repression of the Venezuelan people is under the command of Cubans and aided by Hezbollahis, which is part of the same picture that has Russian troops-in-mufti operating in Ukraine, Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah killers operating in Syria, Iranian-guided terrorists fighting in Yemen, Iranian-trained Taliban killing Afghans and Americans, and on and on.  That picture has been clarified by the announcement that Russia is opening naval bases in Latin America.

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Isolationism is appeasement. It's childish and displays a dangerous ignorance of the realities of the world. Michael Ledeen is right. If we don't engage economically, politically, and diplomatically, we will be FORCED to engage militarily later, and from a position of profound weakness.
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Oh, this is delicious. A good old-fashioned parlor pinko is here to preach the gospel.

Note how this creature proceeds. First, the false flag: claiming to be conservative while it hands us the Howard Zinn line. Next, holding up the ancientry of Old World civilizations while, in our corner, he puts only a -- restaurant chain. (That's fair, innit?) Next, alleging support for "traditional values" of the Old World (not specified: including human sacrifice? can't get any more "traditional" than that!) while kicking America in the nuts for upholding our own moral code. Don't be so judgemental, Dr. Nope!

As for its peregrinations in Russia and the Middle East, I'm not at all surprised. Nor is it surprising that this person lavishes praise on the nations of the Gulag Archipelago, Lenin & Stalin's genocides, and the home of the most hideously misogynist cult on the planet. Have you had your parts removed yet, ladies? well, step right up! Then don your bodybag and confine yourself to quarters, or you will be arrested and beaten!

The USSR ran a REAL empire, complete with enslaved nations. Just ask those poor sods in the Warsaw Pact. America is the sole great power in the history of the world that did NOT enslave other nations. We are a mercantile power (as this creature well knows). And American citizens haven't been kept prisoner in America -- we're all free to move to another country if we want to. Whereas hundreds of thousands risked death, and died, trying to escape the prison-planet "cultures" of every fargin' Communist nation that has ever existed. And ~110 million of those who were left behind were murdered by their own "leaders."

But hey! McDonald's is so tacky, don'tchya know? Have to keep your priorities straight!

Sigh. Arguing with a lefty is like playing chess with a pigeon: it scatters the chess pieces, craps all over the table, then struts with a triumphant air.

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." W. Churchill.

Oh, and that label "conservative"? that's just leftwing agitprop. America and the American ideal of freedom are the most radical political developments in the history of the human race -- Everything else is just one type of tyranny or another.
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Michael, currently America has no head for global affairs, no heart for fledgling democracy and no stomach for confrontation.

The Obama/Kerry/Hagel/Power chaos machine has blundered away American status, influence, credibility and ability to beat back the predatory instincts of our enemies who smell blood in the water.

Worse, the Buchanan/Paul tag team takes our weakened resolve and exacerbates it.

They slur out a few invectives ( be ready, in 3-2-1) about "neocons" and warmongers and "imperialism".

We are no longer made of the stuff necessary to assist. The Right Stuff is not going to have a sequel made about current America.

We are sideline sitters. Benchwarmers. The totalitarians at home are more than we can handle. Totalitarians abroad can do whatever they want to the world...eventually to us.

Obama, Buchanan and Paul.
Sprang up to lead us all
But it was exactly that spring
That will be the thing
That we point to
When describing The Fall
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"I’ve been saying for years that we’re the target of a global war, that the Pyongyang-Beijing-Moscow-Tehran-Damascus-Havana-Caracas etc Axis of Evil is hell-bent to dominate and destroy us."
Yes, Michael, and after all, there is NO care nor attention by president Obama and his defeatist administration about the massive wave of evil on the globe that would be caused by those evil countries!!!
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"Now the evidence is so clear that only a willfully blind man could fail to see it."

I guess voters and vetters failed to pick up on exactly how ideological Obama was. Willful blindness is the hallmark of the ideologically inflexible. Everyone knew or should have known he was inflexible. He's never done anything that would hint of a facility for compromise.
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MB4,
Thanks for your service during Vietnam. Our country did a sorry-a$$ job of appreciating men like you when you returned.

Navy? Hell yes. Naval Aviation to be precise. The leaders of my branch served, and some got killed, and some shot down, and some in POW camps. They were my heroes. And I remember one man, a Navy Blue Angel pilot, “Pogo” was his callsign, who started out his career as an Army Loch (sp?) pilot. He got shot down 5 times in Vietnam. He was a small guy who had to carry his door gunner through the jungle after his 4th shootdown, and decided to fly without one after that. That lack of a gunner led to his 5th shootdown, which was the the topic of the S.E.R.E brief he gave us. He was nearly overrun, and an Air Force CAS aircraft refused to drop on his position because the enemy was too close. A Navy A-7 responded in its place and dropped ordnance right where Pogo requested it. After the war he decided he wanted to fly jets, transitioned to the Navy to fly Tomcats, and eventually became a Blue Angel. He chose Navy because they were aggressive enough to do what needed to be done. So yes, Navy.

So friend, I have a picture to paint for you. Artillery is the King of Battle, right? But it cannot be used (most effectively) without a spotter. If the enemy is unlocated, precious ordnance is wasted. So someone has to spot the enemy. If they do, and if they spot the enemy soon enough, the enemy can be engaged and devastated by artillery before ever making contact with our infantry brothers. Early identification of the enemy, early spotting of the enemy, saves American lives.

Michael Ledeen is spotting our enemy for us.
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I did alright. I saved a lot of money when I was in RVN, about $750/mo, which was a lot back then. And I didn't get there until latish 1971, so I wasn't an FO (numero uno enemy target). And, contrary to rumors, nobody spit on me when I got back. And, like the vast majority of those who were in RVN, I'm not "bitter", also contrary to popular rumor. And I get a 10% discount at Home Depot. I'm good.

Artillery is called the "King of Battle" and Infantry is called the "Queen of Battle", and the spotter is the Artillery FO.

"One class of men (not always, but usually idiots) makes war and leaves another to fight it out" - William Tecumseh Sherman
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Forward Observer, got it. Sometimes the acronyms change.

If the enemy is not spotted at all, first contact occurs with the first friendly KIA during the assault. Potentially it gets to hand to hand combat. Not optimum.

If the FO spots the enemy early enough, artillery can engage.
If Battalion Intel spots the enemy before that, air power can engage on the ground.

If Division Intel spots the enemy while it is on rail cars, air power can engage with dramatic results on the ground.

If Naval Intel spots the enemy before it gets to the rail cars in the ports, maritime transports can be sunk with even more dramatic results (relative to killing those troops and destroying that equipment once it deploys on the ground).

If National Military Intelligence spots the enemy as they begin arming or making plans, preparatory mobilizations can be executed, equipment procured, vital training conducted.

If National Intelligence spots a clandestine non-governmental enemy as they begin making long-range plans by pre-positioning personnel and training sites and finances and equipment with foreign governments, then various national resources can be put in place to prevent, frustrate or delay this process. Criminal/law enforcement agencies, trade treaties/sanctions/limits, restriction of technology transfers, restricting financial avenues, and beginning espionage, crypto, and surveillance.

None of these actions actually create the enemy. They only spot the enemy. Early is better. Michael Ledeen believes he has spotted a clandestine non-governmental enemy as they begin making long-range plans… If that is true, and if our government acknowledges it, then there are a multitude of steps that can be taken before any American lives are put at risk. On the other hand (if it is true), if we do not spot the enemy, we will lose our opportunity to intervene at every previous step, and our first contact will be a KIA of an American citizen or soldier/airman/seaman/marine.
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Fascinating stuff. One correction to Mehitabel, the source of all ideals of political freedoms expressed in 1776 already existed, in Jerusalem and Athens. To the extent that America returns to itself, it returns to those sources. To the extent that Israel's gov't is true to those ideals, it stops banging on 'settlers' and considers what the real Jewish sources are. But that's a side point.

The isolationists are now merging here with the full-on, full-time, conspiracy theorists, the same ones who say that everything is the work of the Freemasons and the infamous Illuminati. People can't handle complexity, mishap, bad luck, cancer, auto accidents, broken love affairs and what-not, so everything is somebody's fault. Why, without the Banksters, the world would be, well, paradise. That's what Marx thought, build paradise, the 1917 revolutionaries. Communism would alter the face of human history; there was no chance it could cause mayhem and mass killing and dislocation, but it did.

It did because human nature is like all these events that interfere with our visions of a perfect life, sweet roses, and harmony between all peoples. It did because human nature is a very messy thing, and only a conservative approach, the type represented in 'classical' Jewish or Christian values, or those of the Founders of the US, has a chance to deal with that very messy reality.

Oh, and conspiracies do exist, and many events have strange sides, and yet the master conspiracists are nearly always those of the far left, or true fascists, people who have clambered to the top of totalitarian systems in societies in which decent values have never taken root. The best conspiracists, those who will tell any lie to win, are always those like Vlad Putin and Bashar Assad. Don't like it, too flipping bad..
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Obama and his crew are allies of putin
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"IN A 2006 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, civil rights historian Shelby Steele argued that the reason the US has lost every war it has fought since World War II despite the fact that it has had the military might to vanquish all of its enemies is “white guilt.”

White guilt, he argued, makes its sufferers in the West believe that they lack the moral authority to act due to the stigma of white supremacy and imperialism.

Writing of the then raging insurgency in Iraq, Steele explained, “When America – the greatest embodiment of Western power – goes to war in Third World Iraq, it must also labor to dissociate that action from the great Western sin of imperialism. Thus in Iraq we are in two wars, one against an insurgency and the other against the past – two fronts, two victories to win, one military, the other a victory of dissociation.”

This neurotic view of America’s moral underpinning is what explains the instinctive American tendency to strike out at those who do not oppose the West – like Gaddafi’s regime in Libya and Hosni Mubarak’s regime in Egypt – while giving a pass to those who do – like the Palestinians and the Iranians.

But whereas white guilt has afflicted the US leadership for the past several generations, past administrations were willing to set it aside when necessary to advance US national security interests.

This cannot happen with Obama.

Obama owes his presidency to white guilt. His promise to American voters was that by voting for him, they would expiate their guilt for the sins of European imperialists and southern racists."

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Our-world-Why-Obama-will-not-change-gears-345647
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And now...I'm going to make their heads explode. Come out, come out, wherever you are.


Ya’alon’s criticism of Obama’s foreign policy went beyond Iran. The defence minister alluded several times during his speech to Washington showing weakness in the world. “The moderate Sunni camp in the area expected the United States to support it, and to be firm, like Russia’s support for the Shi’ite axis,” Ya’alon said. “I heard voices of disappointment in the region. I was in Singapore and heard disappointment about China getting stronger and the U.S. getting weaker. Look what’s happening in Ukraine, where the United States is demonstrating weakness, unfortunately.”
An image of “feebleness” and weakness can only damage America’s own national security, Ya’alon said. “If you sit and wait at home, the terrorism will come again,” he said. “Even if you hunker down, it will come,” he added. “I hope the United States comes to its senses. If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer.”
Discussing security ties between Israel and the United States, Ya’alon said that U.S. military aid to Israel needs to be seen in context. “It isn’t a favor America is doing, it’s in their interest.” Israel not only takes from Washington, the minister added — it also gives. “They get quality intelligence and technology,” he said. “We invented Iron Dome. The wings of the F-35 stealth fighter – we invented. We invented the Arrow,” an anti-ballistic missile.
Ya’alon spoke as world powers and Iran are set to start a new round of talks Tuesday and Wednesday in Vienna over Iran’s contested nuclear program. On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif predicted that the talks would not produce a final deal.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/03/18/Israeli-Defense-Minister-Obama-projects-weakness-Israel-can-t-rely-on-US-to-deal-with-Iran
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The comments here actually give me some hope.
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"Indeed, if we had a pro-American government in Washington"

Beautifully put.
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It's amazing what one can find on the internet, if one only looks. And something like this gives one a very good idea of how someone views American troops.

In my entire life, I do not think I have ever come across anyone who holds in lower regard, even despises, American troops more, not even John Kerry, nor Jane Fonda, nor the Westboro Baptist Church [http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/219679/surge-and-its-critics/michael-ledeen]

"We’ve got lots of soldiers sitting on megabases all over Iraq. They should be out and about, some of them embedded, others just moving around" - in other words, he thinks American troops are lazy bums and wants them where their heads will be much better targets for snipers and their legs and crotches will be much better targets for IED's so they will earn their pay, such as there is of it.

"I don’t know how many guys and gals are sitting in air-conditioned quarters and drinking designer coffee, but it’s a substantial number. Enough of that." - in other words, he thinks our troops are a bunch of pampered high-living slackers not earning their pay, such as there is of it.

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MB4, you don't know squat.

No soldier wants to deploy across the world and sit inside a tent, or a barracks.

They leave behind wives and sweethearts and family.

When they deploy, they want to take action, and make a difference.
They want to come home and tell people they helped bring freedom to regular people on the other side of the world, that they helped defeat evil. Because that is the only thing that makes their separation from their loved ones worthwhile.

So to conflate a discussion on proper use of military troops with having a disrespect for those troops reveals you as someone who never served, and further as one who looks for an angle on an agenda rather than the truth.
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"reveals you as someone who never served"

It reveals nothing of the kind except to a complete idiot. I served as both Enlisted and Officer in the U.S. Army. I went to the same Field Artillery OCS [that's where the 'name' MB4 comes from] as Tommy Franks, just a few years after him. And if you don't believe me, that just makes you more of an idiot.
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MB4, then you have forgotten your service. Or maybe you never served away from the barracks like the Navy or USMC. No offense there, seriously, but when you deploy AWAY from your family, or your sweetheart, you want it to _mean_ something. Nothing bugs sailors or marines like doing nothing, drilling circles in the Indian Ocean or wherever. You ought to know that.

I posted a response to you elsewhere in the thread. I know you have different positions than others who frequent PJM, and that is fine, but do you realize that you have somewhat reflexively/automatically gotten in the habit of opposing certain people/writers, and that by doing so you are currently in the position of distracting people from the very real march of tyranny and evil in the world? Bryan Preston just posted two short articles on the Russians teeing up Estonia and a Serbian opposition group. Coincidence?
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"opposing certain people/writers"

I oppose certain ideas, like using American Soldiers as cannon fodder and/or in stupid "Great Islamic Society Nation Building" Mad Hatter Sociology Experiments.

"Bryan Preston just posted two short articles on the Russians teeing up Estonia and a Serbian opposition group. Coincidence?"

Believe it or not, I am not a Russian agent.
26 weeks ago
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MB4,
Thanks for your service during Vietnam. Our country did a sorry-a$ job of appreciating men like you when you returned.

Navy? Hell yes. Naval Aviation to be precise. The leaders of my branch served, and some got killed, and some shot down, and some in POW camps. They were my heroes. And I remember one man, a Navy Blue Angel pilot, “Pogo” was his callsign, who started out his career as an Army Loch (sp?) pilot. He got shot down 5 times in Vietnam. He was a small guy who had to carry his door gunner through the jungle after his 4th shootdown, and decided to fly without one after that. That lack of a gunner led to his 5th shootdown, which was the the topic of the S.E.R.E brief he gave us. He was nearly overrun, and an Air Force CAS aircraft refused to drop on his position because the enemy was too close. A Navy A-7 responded in its place and dropped ordnance right where Pogo requested it. After the war he decided he wanted to fly jets, transitioned to the Navy to fly Tomcats, and eventually became a Blue Angel. He chose Navy because they were aggressive enough to do what needed to be done. So yes, Navy.

So friend, I have a picture to paint for you. Artillery is the King of Battle, right? But it cannot be used (most effectively) without a spotter. If the enemy is unlocated, precious ordnance is wasted. So someone has to spot the enemy. If they do, and if they spot the enemy soon enough, the enemy can be engaged and devastated by artillery before ever making contact with our infantry brothers. Early identification of the enemy, early spotting of the enemy, saves American lives.

Michael Ledeen is spotting our enemy for us.

-- accidentally replied in the main thread, so I apologize for the duplicate post...
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"Or maybe you never served away from the barracks like the Navy or USMC. "

The Navy? I remember being able to swing by Camp Ten Shaw (Navy) a couple of times by shear luck and it was like an hour of R and R where they even had a Chinese restaurant just like in the world, and even the enlisted there had air conditioning. My other "haunts" like 15 miles north of Da Nang and sometimes Phu Bai, Cuh Lai and Dong Ha, not so much.

The Navy?!!!.
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In explaining why he is seeking a change in the White House, Franks said, "I think our troopers and military and veterans deserve to have the best equipment in the world, best manpower, best training in the world. They deserve respect and love at home and they deserve to be feared abroad. It seems to me that is what military leadership is all about. It seems to me leadership comes from the front, not the back."

He said in Iraq, President Barack Obama's administration failed to "get the status of forces agreement that would have eased transition from our forces, our security, to the Iraqi forces and security. The result of that was a knee-jerk, a snap reaction to the (U.S.) forces leaving."

Franks faulted the administration for announcing a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

"I'm not a fan almost anywhere of announcing to the enemy of what I'm going to do . . . if you put it in very simplistic terms, that is what we have done," he said. "By announcing date certain, there is a theory that will force our friends to take their destiny. Maybe there is a value in that argument. Downside, it also tells our enemies what we'll do and allows them to plan for our intended actions."

On last month's attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador, Franks said it was important to gather all of the details.

But Franks faulted the administration's handling of the Benghazi issue.

"I describe it as feckless," he said, as he urged the president to "stand up, here is who I am, here is what I said, and not all of it went well. I'm still waiting for the president to make this statement."



Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/retired-general-franks-backs-romney-kg79tqp-175107741.html#ixzz2wS0o5LlA
26 weeks ago
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I wish there was a thumb's down button 'cause I'd ding the snot out of you for your shameful misintertrepation of Ledeen's quotes.
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I wish there was a steel-toed boot button, because hijacking every thread with a string of lies deserves so much more than a thumbs down, Mandy.
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Shouldn't you be back in 6th grade class by now? You are the most pre-adolescent hot air mouthed weirdo I have ever come across on the internet. At least Ledeen acts like an adult even if I think he's all wet on foreign affairs and military matters, but you can't even manage that.
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You come here, call Michael Ledeen a Soros agent, you slander my country and you attack my friends here.

If you expect someone like me to sit back and let you do that...you need to have your head examined.

I'm a very soft touch...except with bullies, traitors and slanderers.

Leave my friends alone, creep. Or amend your ways.

Either way, you don't belong here at the adult table. Get lost.
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Your interpretation doesn't seem right - he's not saying they're lazy since they aren't the ones calling the shots (or lack of). He's criticizing the decisionmakers. Just like a basketball player isn't lazy for sitting on the bench - it's the coach who puts him there.
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