The War Intensifies
Everyone’s talking about “ransom,” but it’s virtually impossible to find anyone who’s trying to figure out how to win the world war we’re facing. The two keystones of the enemy alliance are Iran and Russia, and the Obama administration, as always, has no will to resist their sorties, whether the Russians’ menacing moves against Ukraine, or the Iranians’ moves against us.
Just today, Iranian ships buzzed our Navy, and we sent radio messages and shot off some flares. It would have been more appropriate to sink the Iranian vessels. But there is no will to win the war in Washington.
Meanwhile, Iran has created a new fighting force, the “Shi’ite Freedom Army,” to carry on its war in Syria on behalf of Bashar Assad, as well as the ongoing battles in Iraq and Yemen. It’s a big deal, at least on parchment. They’re talking about five divisions of between twenty and twenty-five thousand men, thus between a hundred and a hundred fifty thousand soldiers, all under the command of the country’s current hero, General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. (Just why he’s so lionized, when he’s hardly been a big winner in the fighting, beats me, but that’s another story.)
The Shi’ite Freedom Army is not entirely, or even primarily, to be composed of Iranians. The mullahs don’t like to send their own to die in battle; they prefer to pay Arabs to do their dirty work for them. Hence the Freedom Army will be drawn in large part from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Iraq.