Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wrong Intell?

Oh snap!! Here's a shot of Jager for breakfast!

If 44's Intelligence Posse totally blew the IS chiz - reckon it's also wrong on Iran's new clear chicanery?

There is likely much gnashing of teeth in the intelligence community today in the wake of 44’s interview with 60 Minutes Sunday night. He laid the blame for the rise of the Islamic State at the feet of the intelligence community. “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said the commander in chief on national television.

Not true, reports Daily Beast. “One former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq was flabbergasted,” writes Lake, then quoting his source: “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshidding.’”

It’s not a good sign that the president and the intelligence community are at odds over intelligence on the Islamic State.
 
However, there’s an even more serious concern in the offing over the Iranian nuclear program. If, as 44 claims, the intelligence community was wrong about the Islamic State, how can it be trusted to get Iran right? Or, alternately, how can the president be trusted not to blame his own failures on others?

The White House has repeatedly claimed, “We have the capacity to monitor the Iranian nuclear program… We would know if they were to make a so-called breakout move towards developing such a weapon.” 
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Miss Understanding


Never have heard of the Khorasan group before? It is, to put it simply, al Qaeda.

Why, then, did officials and reporters have such a hard time, at first, explaining that the airstrikes targeting the Khorasan group were really just part of our long war against al Qaeda?

The confusion is no accident. The way 44, his subordinates, and some U.S. intelligence officials think and talk about al Qaeda is wrong.

First, the so-called Khorasan group is part of core al Qaeda. The idea that terrorists cannot be core al Qaeda solely because they are located outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan is obtuse. Documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound show that the al Qaeda master ordered some of his minions out of the drones’ kill box in northern Pakistan and maintained ongoing communications with terrorists around the globe. The general manager of al Qaeda’s global network today is in Yemen.

What administration officials also ignore is that al Qaeda’s geographic expansion, or “metastasis,” has always been part of the plan. Despite al Qaeda’s leadership disputes with ISIL, there are more jihadist groups openly loyal to al Qaeda today than on 9/11 or when Barack Obama took office in January 2009. Earlier this month, the group announced the creation of a fifth regional branch, Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which likely subsumes several existing jihadist organizations. On September 6, AQIS-trained fighters boarded a Pakistani ship. Al Qaeda says they were attempting to launch missiles at an American warship, which would have been catastrophic, both in terms of the immediate damage and the ensuing political crisis in Pakistan.

AQIS joins Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Jabhat al Nusrah (Syria), and Al Shabaab (Somalia) as formal branches of al Qaeda, all of which owe their loyalty to Zawahiri. Other unannounced branches of al Qaeda probably exist, too. These are not just “cells,”but fully developed insurgency organizations that challenge governments for control of nation-states.

It is no wonder that, initially, there was such public confusion over the Khorasan group. Its very existence refutes the U.S. government’s paradigm for understanding the terrorist threat. Now more than ever, the administration should revisit its assessments of al Qaeda.

The idea that there is a geographically confined “core” of al Qaeda in South Asia that has little to do with what happens elsewhere is undermined by a mountain of evidence. Al Qaeda is still a cohesive international network of personalities and organizations. 
 
The details of al Qaeda’s plotting in Syria make this clear.

Pic - "You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it."

Monday, September 29, 2014

WoW!!


Council Winners
Non-Council Winners Washington’s Ruling Class Is Fooling Itself About The Islamic State
submitted by Joshuapundit  
  • Second place with 2 1/3 votes – Matthew Barber/Syria CommentIf the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day submitted by The Glittering Eye
  • Third place with 2 votes – Kevin D. Williamson/NROThe Rape Epidemic Is a Fiction submitted by The Watcher
  • Fourth place with 1 2/3 votes – James Lewis/American ThinkerThe worldwide rise of sadistic political pathology submitted by Bookworm Room
  • Fifth place with 1 1/3 vote – Sultan KnishThe Rationing Society submitted by The Noisy Room
  • Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – War News UpdatesAre American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
  • Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Daily CallerStingray Developer Misled FCC To Sell Cellphone Tracking Tech To Police submitted by VA Right!
  • Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – All American BloggerWhy Is No One Bringing Up This Common Denominator In The NFL Domestic Violence Stories? submitted by Nice Deb
  • Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Blazing Cat FurUK: Work with extremist Islamic groups, says expert submitted by The Watcher
  • Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Phyllis SchlaflyThe Liberal Newcomers submitted by The Watcher
  • Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – International Campaign for Human Rights in IranDeath Sentence for “Insulting the Prophet” on Facebook submitted by Rhymes with Right
  • See you next week!

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Management Of Savagery

    Imperial Jihad by the book!

    It may not be as revealing as “Mein Kampf” or “The Communist Manifesto.”

    The “Savagery” manifesto proposes that the jihadists draw an overstretched America into a war in which it will eventually become “exhausted” and give up. This strategy requires polarizing the Muslim world and convincing those moderates who had hoped for U.S. protection that it’s futile.

    Published in 2004 by a jihadist who called himself Abu Bakr Naji, the book posits a world in which the superpower halo of the United States has disappeared and the Muslim world within the colonial boundaries known as the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement has descended into chaos — “savagery,” as the author bluntly puts it.

    Naji’s war plan was written in the aftermath of America’s 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and 2003 invasion of Iraq. His theme was the need to draw Great Satan even deeper into conflict across Muslim lands.

    Naji argues that if Great Satan overextends herself militarily, this will lead to her demise. “The overwhelming military power (weapons, technology, fighters) has no value without . . . the cohesion of (society’s) institutions and sectors.” Loss of America’s media reputation as an all-dominating superpower “removes the aura of invincibility which this power projects, [and reveals] that nothing at all stands in front of it.”

    The author’s premise was that Great Satan was a paper tiger that would become fatigued by a long war in Muslim countries and by social problems back home: “Work to expose the weakness of America’s centralized power by pushing it to abandon the media psychological war and the war by proxy until it fights directly.”

    The key to undermining American power is raw violence, the more shocking the better, he argues. It wasn’t just that this ultra-violence would expose the West’s feebleness but also that it would force Muslims to make a choice. In the disorder of formerly stable Arab lands, the jihadists would make their name through “management of savagery.” Naji even urged his readers to consult books on business administration.

    Naji had special contempt for Muslim softness. “The ingredient of softness is one of the ingredients of failure for any jihadi action,” he wrote. “It is better for those who . . . are also soft to sit in their homes. If not, failure will be their lot. . . . If we are not violent in our jihad and if softness seizes us, that will be a major factor in the loss of the element of strength.”

    To support his case for brutal tactics, Naji notes that two caliphs who followed the prophet Muhammad “burned (people) with fire, even though it is odious, because they knew the effect of rough violence in times of need.”

    In another passage, he notes that “we need to massacre” others as Muslims did after the death of Muhammad. Violence is beneficial, Naji argues: “Dragging the masses into the battle requires more actions which will inflame opposition and which will make people enter into the battle, willing or unwilling. . . . We must make this battle very violent, such that death is a heartbeat away.”
    Pic - "To assume that ISIL will be satisfied to remain within the bloody borders they’ve already carved is to mistakenly think that Cold War theories of deterrence apply to them."




    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Mission Creep

    The pacifists last non battle cry!

    As best understood, the def of 'Mission Creep" is the expansion of a project or mission beyond its original goals, often after initial successes. Mission creep may be considered undesirable due to the dangerous path of each success breeding more ambitious attempts, only stopping when an Epic, often catastrophic, failure occurs.

    See, 
    The mission of 44's September 10th speech so vaguely defined— “We will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. … If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven”—it's hard to tell what the mission is creeping from, or what it might be creeping to.
    Oh no!

    On the other hand, it could be argued it's an escalation type plan.

    Moving an entire squadron of the beloved A10 Warthog Thunderbolt II to somewhere in the 'Mideast' and creating a new HQ for an American Army division in Iraq could signal a new pivot to the Middle East!

    Pic - "Wouldn't be the 1st time a limited war spread like wildfire"

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Khorasan Group

    The recent Air Blitz on what's left of Iraq and Syria have made the knowledge of al Qaeda's Especial Einsatzgruppen nationwide ya'll!!

    Named after a future posse from m"Hammedist prophecy these creepy cats are AKA Khorasan Group. 

    The Khorasan Group is a relatively small al Qaeda unit – made up of just some 50 hardened fighters with mixing jihadist affiliations, according to a half-dozen officials with knowledge of the group. As the U.S. military’s Central Command put it, they are “seasoned al Qaeda veterans.” A senior administration official told reporters the group grew out of al Qaeda's old core group in Afghanistan.

    "It's the same cast of characters we have had our eye on for some time," the official said.

    Back in June, an alliance had been building inside Syria between al Qaeda operatives there and those from al Qaeda’s dangerous Yemen-based branch, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), home to expert bomb makers. Sources told ABC News today some of those allied jihadis, then unidentified, made up the Khorasan Group.

    The group is not thought to be affiliated with ISIS, which had a public falling out with al Qaeda earlier this year. In fact, the Khorasan Group’s leader may have been tasked with fighting ISIS in Syria as well as the West, according to government documents and reports in the Long War Journal, as part of the larger, violent conflict between ISIS and al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, al-Nusra Front.

    The Khorasan Group is believed to led by Muhsin al-Fadhili, a Kuwaiti native. While there’s scant information about the organization he leads, al-Fadhli has a long international rap sheet.

    He’s wanted in the U.S. for his work as an “Iran-based senior al Qaeda facilitator and financier,” according to the State Department, and is suspected of being one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted operatives – one of the few aware of the 9/11 attacks before they happened.

    Al-Fadhli, 33, was designated a terrorist by the U.S. back in 2005 for providing “financial and material support to the al-Zarqawi Network and al Qaeda,” the State Department said. Ironically over the years the al-Zarqawi Network in Iraq would mutate into what is now ISIS.

    Unlike ISIS, which is attempting to establish an Islamic kingdom centered in Syria and Iraq through large land grabs and local governance, U.S. officials say that as an al Qaeda group, Khorasan’s goal is to attack the West in spectacular fashion – and that such plots appear to be “imminent.”

    Pic - “In terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as the Islamic State.”

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Significant Strike


    Whoa!

    Great Satan just bush wacked the brand spanking new Caliphate with a historic series of air raids. Arab air forces from Whahabbi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Jordan were sweetly escorted into combat courtesy Great Satan's Air Force Raptors and Navy Super Hornets from USS GHW Bush.

    USS Philippine Sea and USS Arleigh Burke launched drones and world famous Tomahawk crusade missiles.

    Target sets look like headquarters and weaponry supply depots in Syria. Logistics capabilities and infrastructure in MILSPEAK. Qatar – who bears some responsibility for the entire sorry mess to begin with - may have ratted out certain sites in the ISIS caliphate

    This is a significant strike.


    Using bunches of jets from Araby is a first – and could be considered a blue print of sorts for a Persian panty raid down the line. Also the F22 Raptor made her combat debut

    Qatar has to make a choice. Giving up righteous intell and deets on certain tender portions of al Qaeda's einsatzgruppen nom d'guerr'd "Khorasan Group" is a good start.


     The Ottomans have changed their tune regarding their air bases as every neighbor IS has is starting to turn against it either through out right belligerence or hapless by stander mode.

    The regime in Syria and their creepy bff's in Hiz”B”Allah and al Quds are no doubt doing some serious thinking as the caliphates Capital in Raqqa gets some overtly robust aerial attention...

    Pic - "Tonight, the international community has joined our fight against ISIS in Syria“