"Jets from Russia and Belarus will hopefully make a key difference in the fight against ISIS in Iraq, the country’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said. He expressed regrets over Iraq's contract with the US, saying their jets are taking too long to arrive.
"God willing within one week this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists' dens," he toldBBC Arabic.
Meanwhile, Maliki criticized the process of purchasing US jets as “long-winded,” adding that the radicals could have been repelled if Iraq had proper air defense." RT
"... could have been repelled if Iraq had proper air defense." Really? How? This is magical thinking. Contrary to delusions created by advocates of air power, you must have; staff planning capacity, sound maintenance and actual targeting to make air power effective against ground forces or any other forces.
Who is going to fly these jets? Russians, Belorussians, Iranians? The Mahdi's Army? Who is going to do the maintenance, run the supply chain and do the targeting? Who?
The rebel coalition is also seeking to arm itself with captured aircraft, mainly helicopters. they have several advantages in this process. 1- A lot of the helicopters are of Russian manufacture. The old Iraqi army men who make up the real military capability of the rebel coalition include a lot of helicopter pilots and mechanics. 2- the airbases north of Baghadad are treasures filled with spare prts and ordnance. 3 - It's a lot easier to vector helicopters in CAS than to target fast movers (jet fighters).
"Kent Conrad’s phone hasn’t been ringing very much over the past few weeks, as Iraq, and the debate over America's future in the country, has once again dominated the news.
The architects of the Iraq war are back in TV studios and on op-ed pages, as are journalists and pundits who promoted the Bush administration’s ultimately bogus case for invading. But Conrad, a former senator who was one of only 23 to vote against authorizing the war in October 2002, hasn’t heard from CNN, MSNBC or any other TV outlet. "Not once," he said, when asked if anyone in the press had reached out regarding the current crisis in Iraq. Huff Post
I have been called several times in the last week and have declined. So this is not "sour grapes." I prefer to leave the whoring after network money to those who desire it and who have been well briefed by the US government. The same guys were on the TV payrolls and the briefing list in 2003. Major exceptions to this blanket condemnation are; Jack Jacobs and Andrew Bacevich.
"The Obama administration has proposed escalating US involvement in the Syrian civil war, asking Congress for $500m for the US military to train and equip "moderate" Syrian rebels.
The request to Congress on Thursday, heralded by Barack Obama's vow, made during a speech at West Point military academy, to step up assistance to a beleaguered Syrian force, comes as the administration searches for effective alternatives to the jihadist army that has carved out massive swaths of Syria and Iraq for an Islamic state." The Guardian
Why? Why? The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is one of the smaller and weaker elements in the galaxy of anti Syrian government forces. They have had their asses kicked by the SAG, al-Nusra and ISIS. They will continue to have their asses kicked. The SAG' armed forces have become a much stronger force and the notion that the FSA will somehow be transformed into the winners of the Syrian jug f--k is amusing.
Bashar Assad wants to be taken in from the cold, just as Qathafi wanted the same thing.
From the time we relented about Qathafi until we chose to get rid of him, Qathafi was not a problem for the US. Why will we not listen to the Syrian government? pl