Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hiz"B"Allah's Overextention


Moqawama!

Little Satan's recent mini blitz that knocked off Revo Gurad Corps Generals and an especial HbA legacy - son of Imad Muganiyah - got a mini counter attack in Lebanon. Little Satan instantly responded with a few air sortees.

So what now? Escalation time?

Wednesday’s ambush raised many other questions. Did Hezbollah now believe that it had settled its score with Israel, that this round was over? The two sides have exchanged rocket fire since the initial Hezbollah ambush, but questions remained about whether Israel would try to engage the group in a new war, stretch its resources, and precipitate an angry backlash against it in Lebanon.

Ensuing clashes between the two sides also killed a U.N. peacekeeper and threatened to blow open a front that had largely been dormant since the devastating war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006.

A new conflict could further erode support for Hezbollah in Lebanon; it’s also plausible that the Lebanese would grudgingly rally around the group as it battles its original foe, if Israel exacts collective punishment against Lebanon and not just against Hezbollah fighters.

During the 2006 war with Israel, southern Lebanese, who form the bulk of Hezbollah’s constituency, were sheltered by Lebanese in other parts of the country and in Syria. Where will those people find refuge if another conflict erupts? Can Hezbollah risk bringing out the mass internal displacement of Lebanese while the country is struggling to cope with the huge influx of displaced Syrians?

There are broader regional calculations as well. Both Hezbollah and Syria’s Assad are politically and financially backed by Iran. Plummeting oil prices must be straining Iran’s (and Russia’s) economic lifeline to Assad. A new Hezbollah front with Israel would make further demands on Tehran’s purse.

Can Iran afford to foot Hezbollah’s bill? If Israel escalates the conflict, can Hezbollah choose not to respond without losing face? Is Israel just engaged in election-season muscle flexing? Would Hezbollah draw some of its forces back home from Syria to fight Israel, if that front reopened?

Pic - "Hezbollah considers any attack on any faction of the resistance movements, or on the two supporting nations of Iran or Syria, as an attack on all of them"

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Long Range Strike Bomber

 
AF plans to pick, sometime in the next couple months, a contractor to develop the new Long Range Strike Bomber. Boeing and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to offer a joint design. But Northrop, with its recent experience building the B-2 and the reams of useful data it’s gleaned from the X-47B, seems poised to win.  
The new “Long-Range Strike Bomber” would be slightly less sophisticated and therefore cheaper than the Next-Generation Bomber: just $550 million per copy for up to 100 copies, with production beginning in the early 2020s. The U.S. Congress approved the first $300 million in development funding in late 2011. The Pentagon has vowed to cancel the Long-Range Strike Bomber if the total projected program cost exceeds $55 billion. Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman will compete for the contract, details of which are a closely guarded secret.
 
 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Shia Crescent


Eons ago - after ascending the Hashemite Throne in Amman - Jordon's King Abdullah caveat'd that Iran was crafting a "Shia Crescent" that would be a real prob.

Tons of ppl LOL'd the idea and passed it off as a regional fear.

Only thing, see, since Yemen's government collapsed and shialicious elements have seized power, it doesn't look so funny.

As best understood - Iran"s Sunni Free Imperium would look sump like this here:

Stretching from Persia to the Med and Red Seas the southern horn would sweetly snatch up ancient wicked woman worshipping Imperialist Colonial Crusader created cats like Kuwait, Southern Iraq, Bahrain (outright annexation by Iran) Qatar, the UAE and the oil rich Shia bearing regions of Saudi Arabia, and deserty Yemen.

Northern Horn would like do Baghdad, intermittant pock pock pockets of shias across Iraq all the way to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and an out post or two in the Strip and West Bank.

Obviously - fighting the ISIS ISIL in what's left of Iraq and Syria are queering the mix on hegemonic designs, yet Yemen's fall is a victory of sorts for Iraq's Preacher Command.


Pic - “Shiites in the region are more loyal to Iran than their own countries"

Monday, January 26, 2015

Audie Murphy Day!!



For those of us born betwixt the Fall of the Wall and 911, we kinda grew up with Great Satan unbound. Until Operation Iraqi Freedom, for older Americans - battles and history were old school stuff that would probably never happen again.

As "Rock of The Marne" blitzed through the largest Arab army in history in 20 days, her combat power was unparalled:

"An infantry division in name only, fielding 270 Abrams M1 tanks with mobile infantry that could be hastily formed into adhoc battle groups to handle a variety of missions"

Thunder Running into downtown Baghdad, even phoning up the Iraqi Minister of Misinformation at Palestine Hotel to request "Parking for 88 tanks" seemed like the debut of audacious American war fighting.

Actually - "Rock of the Marne" was following in the footsteps of their spiritual great grandfathers

"On 26 January 1945, 2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. 

"Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 

"2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machinegun against the enemy.

"He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank.

"Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw.

"His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective.

"The President of the United States of America has awarded in the name of The Congress the MEDAL OF HONOR to LIEUTENANT AUDIE L. MURPHY, UNITED STATES ARMY

Today is the anniversary of Lt Murphy's heroic achievement - Americans everywhere should get on their knees and thank God Almighty for raising up this laughing race of free men.


Pic - "Our Heroes Live In Our Hearts"

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WoW!!


The Watchers Council - it's the oldest, longest running cyber comte d'guere ensembe in existence - started online in 1912 by Sirs Jacky Fisher and Winston Churchill themselves - an eclective collective of cats both cruel and benign with their ability to put steel on target (figuratively - natch) on a wide variety of topictry across American, Allied, Frenemy and Enemy concerns, memes, delights and discourse.

Every week these cats hook up each other with hot hits and big phazed cookies to peruse and then vote on their individual fancy catchers

Thusly sans further adieu (or a don"t)


  • *First place with 3 1/3 votes!The Noisy RoomAn American Intifada – Communists and Radical Islamists Join Forces


  • Second place with 2 2/3 votes Joshuapundit-The ‘Selma’ Controversy And What It Says About Race In America


  • Third place with 1 2/3 votes Ask MarionAmerican Sniper… Hollywood and Sharpton


  • Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes Bookworm RoomMt. Holyoke, The Vagina Monologues, and why “The Coming College Decline” is a good thing


  • Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes The RazorConsensual Incest Puts Progressives on Slippery Slope


  • Fifth place with 1 vote The Right PlanetThe Marxist Dialectic – From Lenin to Obama


  • Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote Simply JewsDeborah Maccoby to Jews of Europe: denounce Israel and live happily thereafter


  • Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote Nice Deb The Obama Regime, CAIR, and the Doctrine of Taqiyya


  • Seventh place with 1/3 vote VA Right! - Hanover Photo-gate Deepens – New Photo Casts Doubt on Statement to Mechanicsville Local


  • Non-Council Winners


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    Friday, January 23, 2015

    The King Is Dead


     
    The King is Dead! Long Live The King?

    The original Women Hating Hijaz Kingdom will soon be doing the Royal Succession dance...

    Crown Prince Salman, born Dec. 31, 1935, who is also defense minister, has been chairing Cabinet meetings for several months and handling almost all foreign travel responsibilities for the monarchy since he became the heir in 2012. He has visited China, Japan, India, Pakistan, the Maldives and France since becoming crown prince after the death of his predecessor, Prince Nayif.

    Salman was governor of Riyadh province for 48 years. When he became governor in 1963, Riyadh had 200,000 inhabitants; today, it has more than 7 million. Salman presided over this remarkable transformation with a record for good governance and a lack of corruption. Since most of the royal princes and princesses live in Riyadh, he was also the family sheriff, ensuring any transgressions were dealt with smoothly and quietly with no publicity.

    Salman also oversaw the collection of private funds to support the Afghan mujahedeen in the 1980s, working very closely with the kingdom's Wahhabi clerical establishment. In the early years of the war, before the United States and the kingdom ramped up their secret financial support for the anti-Soviet insurgency, this private Saudi funding was critical to the war effort. At its peak, Salman was providing $25 million a month to the mujahedeen. He was also active in raising money for the Bosnian Muslims in the war with Serbia.

    Salman's sons include the first Muslim astronaut, Prince Sultan, and the governor of Medina, Prince Faisal. Another son, Prince Khaled, is a fighter pilot in the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and led the first RSAF mission against Islamic State targets in Syria last year. The family controls much of the Saudi media.

    Salman has his own health issues and suffered a stroke. His successor was announced in February 2013 to ensure continuity. Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Muqrin was born Sept. 15, 1945, and was educated at the Royal Air Force College in England before becoming a pilot in the Royal Saudi Air Force. Later, he was governor of Medina province and then head of Saudi intelligence. Muqrin is very close to Abdullah.

    All three are sons of the modern kingdom's founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, who had 44 recognized sons. The survivors and their heirs constitute the Allegiance Council, which Abdullah created in 2007 to help choose the line of succession. In practice, it has only ratified the king's decisions after the fact.

    Muqrin is widely believed to be the last capable son of Ibn Saud. So if and when Muqrin ascends to the position of crown prince, the kingdom will face the unprecedented challenge of picking a next in line from the grandsons of Ibn Saud. That will raise questions of legitimacy not faced in the last century of Saudi rule.

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Meanwhile In Yemen


    If anyone noticed...44 didn't mention Yemen or al Qaeda once in SOTU...

    The situation in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, deteriorated very rapidly over the weekend and developments are still unfolding. Yemen’s President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi has “no control,” according to his information minister, who also called yesterday’s takeover of the presidential palace a “coup.” The US military is on alert should US Embassy Sana’a require an evacuation, especially after an embassy vehicle was fired on yesterday.

    Here’s what we know:
    • The al Houthis, a Zaydi Shiite movement in Yemen, are in power in the capital. The president is under al Houthi guard in his residence, and the al Houthis now hold key state infrastructure, including the presidential palace. They entered Sana’a in September and, under the cover of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement, have held the Yemeni government hostage since then.
    • The trigger was President Hadi’s decision to press forward with Yemen’s constitution. That document, in the al Houthis’ eyes, is illegitimate because it is a byproduct of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) that concluded—and was rejected by the al Houthis—a year ago. The drafted constitution would formalize a six-region federal system that divides the al Houthis’ stronghold between two regions. The al Houthis kidnapped Hadi’s chief-of-staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak on his way to a meeting to submit the draft constitution and used negotiations for his release to press their demands against the current draft. The al Houthis said they would not let the NDC move forward and they have carried through on that promise.
    • It’s not a coup, at least not yet. The al Houthis have personnel in the National Security Bureau, Political Security Office, Yemen’s state media, and even took control of a missile base on the outskirts of Sana’a. But they have kept Hadi in charge. It’s not clear whether the al Houthis will oust the government and take full control after all of this. Except for this hiccup, Hadi’s puppet government was working well for them.
    The latest crisis in Sana’a draws more international attention to a country already under scrutiny because of the Yemen-headquartered al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s claims of responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks. But a resolution of the ongoing power struggle in Sana’a will barely scratch the surface of Yemen’s troubles.  The more intractable problem, as the US and France should know all too well, is al Qaeda. And while the Iranian-backed al Houthis may well be creating more space for al Qaeda, the truth is that the much-touted “Yemen model” for fighting terror was broken long ago.