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Africa Subsaharan
Africa's Forever Wars
Why the continent's conflicts never end.

BY JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

Great (and very long) piece in Foreign Policy. Very much worth the read.
Posted by: || 04/23/2010 08:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy to see this finally get posted. The take-away here is.... stay out of Africa! Of course this is Barry Soetoro's Barak Obama's (sorry, Chamaeleonidae Afri-name applies here) long awaited frontier, so we're in the kak clandestinely already, under the guise of World Cup Anti-Terrorism assistance of course.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2010 11:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Concur. Africa is garbage.
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 04/23/2010 11:24 Comments || Top||

#3  The take-away here is.... stay out of Africa!

Really? Somehow I think you started reading this article with that conclusion. In fact, I think you don't require any evidence for that "conclusion".

The reality is, this is the natural state EVERYWHERE. Africa has the misfortune of being the first continent to be allowed to slide back out of civilization. It will happen again elsewhere. Hell, it's already happening in pockets of Europe and the USA, and Mexico is well on its way.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/23/2010 11:36 Comments || Top||

#4  content instead to steal other people's children, stick Kalashnikovs or axes in their hands, and make them do the killing

Why does it sounds familiar?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/23/2010 11:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Didn't we have this a coupla weeks ago?
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/23/2010 11:46 Comments || Top||

#6  3/29/10. But it was good as I remember.
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/23/2010 11:51 Comments || Top||

#7  Aagh. I hate it when I do a duplicate, after all the lectures I give. My apologies.

To Besoeker: I read this as a warning. Carnage is the usual state of human affairs. Heinlein would agree.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 12:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Really? Somehow I think you started reading this article with that conclusion. In fact, I think you don't require any evidence for that "conclusion". Rob

Your are entirely correct. But I am not alone. Additional conclusive "evidence" is no longer required for the British, the Germans, the French, the Belgium's, the Israelis, or the Portugese.

These people have proven time and time again that western civilization is NOT welcome there. Why we cannot learn from history is beyond me.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2010 12:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Carnage is the usual state of human affairs. Heinlein would agree. Posted by: Steve White

A statement I might add, that is fully supported by both scripture, personal observation, and recorded history. My thanks to the good doctor.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2010 12:18 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Understanding Terrorism
NY Times - Letters to the Editor

As someone who has devoted many years of his life to fighting terrorism and who is personally familiar with changes in the Chechen Republic, and more broadly in the North Caucasus, over the past two decades, I would like to comment on some points raised in the article “What makes Chechen women dangerous?' by Robert A. Pape, Lindsey O'Rourke and Jenna McDermit (Views, April 1).

Throughout the article there is an attempt to present female terrorists as heroic freedom fighters against “foreign occupation,' and to depict recent terror attacks as a reaction against allegedly gross violations of human rights by the government of Ramzan Kadyrov.

It would seem that researchers of the University of Chicago should especially appreciate the need for balance when publicly discussing so complicated an issue, as well as a mature understanding of international law, moral decency and sensitivity at least toward the victims of last month's and, alas, future terror attacks.

But the article has nothing of the kind. Instead it has a fixed course, which we fail to understand, narrow and politicized, and, in essence, an anti-Russian bias from which stems an astonishing unwillingness to understand that terrorism, whatever clothes it wears, or of whatever gender, is always a crime punishable by law and cannot be justified for any reason. This is recognized by the entire world community and affirmed by the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly.

Yes, I agree that the appearance of female suicide bombers in Russia is not accidental. But one should at least be consistent: The situation in Chechnya is not that different from the 1990s, when there were no female suicide bombers; nor were there any in the early 2000s. Thus what brought about this barbaric phenomenon is not home-bred but imported to our land from outside as an example for imitation and is obviously borrowed abroad. Only deliberate tendentiousness can explain the fact that the article is silent about the well-known media reports about the ruthless methods, including psychological, to turn women into suicide-terrorists.

Finally, and most importantly, nowhere in the world — not in Iraq, nor Afghanistan, nor the North Caucasus — is it possible to resolve the problem through appeasement of terrorists or through “diplomatic negotiations' with them. By the way, a question to the authors — what or who (to use the language of the authors) renders Afghan or Iraqi women dangerous?

Anatoly Safonov, Moscow,

Special representative of the president of Russia for international cooperation in the fight with terrorism and transnational organized crime.
Posted by: john frum || 04/23/2010 16:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: Politix
NSA Suspends Collecting Data, Worsens Intelligence Gap
By Marc Thiessen

The Washington Post reports this week that a “special federal court that oversees domestic surveillance has raised concerns about the National Security Agency's (NSA's) collection of certain types of electronic data, prompting the agency to suspend collecting it.'

The Post added: “The data under discussion are records associated with various kinds of communication, but not their content. Examples of this ‘metadata' include the origin, destination and path of an e-mail; the phone numbers called from a particular telephone; and the Internet address of someone making an Internet phone call. It was not clear what kind of data had provoked the court's concern.'

Republicans in Congress are complaining that the hold-up creates a dangerous intelligence gap. An intelligence official quoted in the article concurs, declaring: “Every day, every week that goes by, there's just one more week of information that we're not collecting. You sit there and say, ‘This is unbelievable that we have this gap.''

Apparently the NSA stopped gathering the information in December or January—which means we are now in our fourth or fifth month of the delay.

The Democrats have long defended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by arguing that it is not an impediment to the timely collection of intelligence. If it is true that we have now gone four to five months without collecting this intelligence information because of the court's objections, that would tend to undermine the Democrats' case.

House Republicans say that the problem can be solved immediately with a technical fix to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but House Democrats are resisting. Writes the Post: “Some Democrats on Capitol Hill are confident, the officials said, that NSA Director Keith B. Alexander and the Justice Department can address the court's concerns without resorting to legislation. ‘I'm satisfied he's working as quickly as he can but at the same time making sure that he's doing it as thoroughly as possible,' said House intelligence committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas).' Message for Chairman Reyes: Four to five months is not “quickly.'
Posted by: Sherry || 04/23/2010 14:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The judges have just crippled Traffic Analysis beyond all belief. Damned arrogant fools! Knowing who is talking to who, and when they do it is often times MORE important that the message being passed.

I am furious beyond belief!

Those judges should be shot after a trial for treason. They have actively endangered the safety and welfare of the nation.

God Damned LAWYERS - hang the LOT of them!

Posted by: OldSpook || 04/23/2010 14:46 Comments || Top||

#2  And hang the obstructionist Democrats who are responsible for the delay.

If they pop a WMD that we dont catch due to this, Mr Reyes should be drawn and quartered in front of his wife and children.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/23/2010 14:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Needless to say, this will have an immediate and devastating effect on computer network defense. There must be dancing in the streets in Dearborn, MI.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2010 15:57 Comments || Top||


Free all the SEALs from travesty
Posted by: lotp || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why has this administration taken the word of terrorists and let American heroes twist in the wind?

Different reasons, I suspect. It probably started with some kind of turf war, and was allowed to continue by those who for some reason distrust America and their fellow Americans.
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Why has this administration taken the word of terrorists and let American heroes twist in the wind?


....because we need proof that too many General Officers are just political animals who are not to be relied upon to uphold their oath [to the Constitution] when the time comes. Only some one in uniform can bring charges and the court martial against another member in uniform. Since the 'administration' is not composed of uniform members of the service, to bring this theater to this point, it shows the validity of the first point.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/23/2010 5:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Why has this administration taken the word of terrorists and let American heroes twist in the wind?

You really gotta ask?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/23/2010 6:29 Comments || Top||

#4  This has been going on for a number of wars.
The brass wants to burn a few snuffies from time to time to mollify the New York Times and other true believers.
Problem is, it doesn't mollify the NYT and other lefties, and the military is watching and the guys are drawing conclusions.
Lose/lose.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 04/23/2010 9:55 Comments || Top||

#5  I forever remember the images of the Blackwater employees killed, burned, and hung on the Fallujah bridge. The mastermind of this was the guy they supposedly roughed up. Where's the outrage regarding this event? Personally, I think the guy should have been killed, burned, and hung on the Falluja bridge--except he doesn't deserve to be hung up there in the same place where these brave men were. The guy's a liar. AQ is taught to fake such injuries. FREE THEM ALL IMMEDIATELY!
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/23/2010 10:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Procopius2k's cmnt #2.... spot on!
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2010 11:08 Comments || Top||

#7  I forever remember the images of the Blackwater employees killed, burned, and hung on the Fallujah bridge. The mastermind of this was the guy they supposedly roughed up. Where's the outrage regarding this event?

Outrage? Markos "Kos" Moulitsas infamously said "screw them"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2010 11:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Its the oldest military battle: REMFS (lawyers) versus Warriors.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/23/2010 13:35 Comments || Top||

#9  I think oldspook hit the nail on the head. But I also think the JAG got an unexpected answer from the SEALs: "NO Article 15" It wasn't smart for the SEAL to hit the guy in front of witnesses, but we don't know why. Lawyers are Lawyers in and out of uniform.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 04/23/2010 18:31 Comments || Top||

#10  I wanted to add that Barry is doing this right. This is military justice and let the military conduct it.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 04/23/2010 18:40 Comments || Top||

#11  But I also think the JAG got an unexpected answer from the SEALs: "NO Article 15" Cyber Sarge.

Ditto! It was my experience that innocent men very, very rarely accept Article 15, Non-Judicial Punishment under the UCMJ.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2010 19:08 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Our true friends
Posted by: lotp || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  G-d said to Abraham in Genesis “I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you…”Let us work together with those who bless us and support our right to live in the land G-d gave us.
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Are made in Dimona.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/23/2010 6:06 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
University of Turku, Finland, Spots A Glaring Error In IPCC Report
A University of Turku Department of Physics study shows that carbon dioxide has a significantly smaller impact on global warming than previously thought. Its results are based on spectrum analyses. According to research led by Professor Jyrki Kauppinen, increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide accounts for only 5-10 per cent of the observed warming on Earth . "The climate is warming, yes, but not because of greenhouse gases," says Kauppinen.

According to him, projections made the UN climate panel, the International Panel on Climate Change, constitute a class-size error. The IPPC's calculated value is more than ten times larger than our calculated results, Kauppinen says. He intends to publish his results in the June issue of the magazine Nature.

The UN Climate Panel claims that global warming is almost entirely the result of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

"I think it is such a blatant falsification," Kauppinen says.

He is not the first IPCC critic. The Panel has had to admit errors, including the melting of Himalayan glaciers, in its forecasts.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/23/2010 16:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Water vapor has a far greater effect.

Now, how can we twist this to create grant money and how can governments take advantage of this to increase their sway over the serfs by creating more agencies and more regulation and more money in their own pockets?
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 21:22 Comments || Top||


Barack Obama Strangelove Backing A Weapon Too Crazy For Bush/Cheney
Some key points from the post, by Tom Maguire
My cynical guess - Obama is backing this now in preference to maintaining a nuclear stockpile; later, the obvious problems with this weapons system will become obvious to him.

This is bait and switch by Obama - a guy who couldn't back a missile defense system because it is too destabilizing will never back this, not too mention that his base will howl, but it may be expedient right now to pretend to be a tough guy.
And in the comments:
The larger point is the usual Obama scam: Install poison pills in programs he does not like, but at the same time back a flawed "even better" idea so as to dodge the political pain. We see it everywhere: dropping the missles in Poland etc for a "cheaper faster more relaible alternative" that somehow escaped that idiot Bush. Or: let's install a new and better insurance overlay to healthcare so existing arrangements can be abrogated, know full well that the new plan will crash and burn soon so he can get the single payer plan he wanted all along.

This story is just another one of those.

So far the muddle and the media let him get away with it.
Dhimmicratic standard policy is always to endorse the next, unproven weapons system and disparage the currently being developed system as unproven, impractical, destabilizing or too expensive (since we need to spend more on free health care). When the next pie-in-the-sky system comes to the point of being developed, repeat the cycle.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/23/2010 10:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's Dr. Steve, right?

Anyway, you can see that in progress with the F-35 program. It's gone from the greatest thing since sliced bread to a massively expensive and impractical boondoggle more or less instantly since the cancellation of the F-22.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/23/2010 12:30 Comments || Top||

#2  The salmon hilite is indeed Dr. Steve, Snowy Thing. Not, not, not!!!111!!@! pink. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2010 18:06 Comments || Top||

#3  looks like pink
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2010 19:45 Comments || Top||

#4  must be my monitor(s)
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2010 19:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Probably so, Frank. Come on over to the Club for a complimentary drink and I'm sure it will start to look salmon. ;-)
Posted by: lotp || 04/23/2010 19:52 Comments || Top||

#6  You really need a Mac with a color calibrated monitor, it really brings out the subtle differences between salmon and pink.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/23/2010 19:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Pink. Even on a Mac.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/23/2010 21:05 Comments || Top||

#8  WAFF > {NYT] US FACES CHOICE ON NEW WEAPONS FOR FAST STRIKES.

* SAME > OBAMA REVIVES RUMSFIELD MISSLE SCHEME, RISKS NUCLEAR WAR [says Russia].

* TOPIX > AIR FORCE LAUNCHES HYPERSONIC GLIDER OVER PACIFIC [13,000-mph over 4000 miles to crash into the Marshall Islands test range].

Cold War AFBS like GUAM's Andersen AFB [joint use wid USMC from Okinawa] are safe from the BRACS + other for a little while.

2018-2020 = US GMD-TMD is expected to mostly be in place around the World???

OTOH WMF > BY 2020 US MAY NO LONGER BE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY DEFEND TAIWAN AGZ CHINA [unless the USA = US Navy is willing to risk or accept incurr massive or prohibitive levels of AREA, REGIONAL mil casualties at the hands of Chin's modern military systems forecasted to be oper at that time].

* BHARAT RAKSHAK > CHINA'S NAVAL POWER TO SAIL IN WATERS THE US DOMINATES. + JAPAN LEERY/WARY OF CHINA'S NAVAL ASCENDANCY.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/23/2010 23:33 Comments || Top||



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Fri 2010-04-23
  50 killed, 85 wounded in series of Baghdad blasts
Thu 2010-04-22
  First Navy Seal tried in Baghdad found innocent
Wed 2010-04-21
  Algeria sez Qaeda in North Africa emir ''cornered''
Tue 2010-04-20
  Iraq announces killing of another senior al-Qaida leader
Mon 2010-04-19
  Abu Ayub al-Masri, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi: dead again
Sun 2010-04-18
  Lashkar-i-Jhangvi claim responsibility for Quetta blast
Sat 2010-04-17
  Suspects in Quantico terror plot appear in court
Fri 2010-04-16
  Hospital kaboom kills 10 in Quetta
Thu 2010-04-15
  Missile strike kills 4 in NWA
Wed 2010-04-14
  Syria arms Hezbollah with Scud missiles: Israel
Tue 2010-04-13
  Dronezap kills 5 in N.Wazoo
Mon 2010-04-12
  Hamid Gul's house bombed in Tirah, 60 deaders
Sun 2010-04-11
  Strikes in Orakzai, Khyber kill 96 militants
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  Qaeda Threatens World Cup
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  Suicide bomber attempts to shoot North Caucasus Ingush police chief, blows self up

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