Monthly Archives: September 2017

Is this what is driving US Kurdish policy?

  "Maj. Gen. Yair Golan also said that he saw ISIS fighters walking on the Syrian-Israeli front, and that he “can cope with that”. However, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan said that he can’t cope with Iran, and said that Iran … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Syria | 79 Comments

Deir al-Zor Province – the wild east of Syria

  According to "reports,"  IS has launched a serious counter-attack to keep the US backed SDF from reaching the city of Deir al Zor for the purpose of occupying the part of the city still under IS control.  If this … Continue reading

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Is there a SAG-SDF deal?

 "On Sunday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMZ) announced that they reached the industrial zone in the northwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor city. However, the SDF didn’t announce that the industrial zone is … Continue reading

Posted in As The Borg Turns, Russia, Syria | 58 Comments

Israel is testing Russia …

  "If reports are confirmed, this will be another sign of the growing Israeli military activity over the ongoing Syrian war caused by a series of success of the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance against ISIS across the country. On September 7, the … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Israel, Middle East, Russia, Syria | 125 Comments

3 Parties; Democrats, GOP and Trump

SWMBO has said for some time that the present two parties should be replaced with quite a few more political players so that they would need to reach coalition compromise solutions.  She also sees the need for action to prevent … Continue reading

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Don’t even think about it – TTG

Earlier this evening, Colonel Lang asked me a fairly simple question. “What would you say is the actual deployment ground force capability?” Just from the top of my head, I gave the following response. “Since we're already committed in Iraq, Afghanistan … Continue reading

Posted in Korea, TTG | 39 Comments

“The Art of the Deal?” revisited on 6 September 2017

  I posted this just after DJT became president.  In light of today's DJT agreement with the Democrats over McConnell and Ryans' heads it seems of continued relevance.  pl ************** "First, the President-elect must make a stab at uniting the … Continue reading

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When Russia does this it is condemned …

"Israel must prepare its American ally sooner rather than later to know that Israel may not be able to sit idly by while Iran’s uses its new base to transfer more and more powerful weaponry to Hezbollah. Serious questions need … Continue reading

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  AMERICA-HYSTERICA. "A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack" finally got the VIPS analysis into the mainstream. (Briefly: Guccifer 2.0 documents were locally downloaded and doctored to give a Russian flavour). Has this killed the story? … Continue reading

Posted in Patrick Armstrong, Russia | 4 Comments

MAYDAY KOREA! by William R. Polk (Part 2)

America on the Brink of Nuclear War (Part 2): What should we do?             In the first part of this essay, I gave my interpretation of the background of the current confrontation in Korea.  I argued that, while the past … Continue reading

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