"The contrast between the two approaches could not have been more obvious after an elite unit, the Navy SEALs, dispatched Osama bin Laden the other day without losing a man. Meanwhile, our conventional forces remain bogged down in a couple of countries, losing men and blowing through billions while achieving little of strategic importance to the United States." Mulshine
18 minutes in. I would recommend to the UN forces that they launch a psyops campaign in the media and with leaflets warning the Qathafi forces that if they see aircraft they should run away from their vehicles. pl
It appears to me that the US has decided to do nothing for the Libyan rebels in a military way. The ships being positioned in the Med will evacuate refugees, etc. The abandonment of the Libyan rebels by the US will signal the beginning of the end to American power in the Mediterranean. pl
"Colonel W. Patrick Lang, USA (Ret), spoke on The Islamic World Today at the 24 February Defense Intelligence Forum held at the Pulcinella Restaurant in McLean. Colonel Lang is a retired Army Military Intelligence, Special Forces, and Foreign Area Officer. In his last active duty assignment, he was Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia, and Terrorism. Following retirement, he became the first Director of the Defense HUMINT Service for which he was awarded Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. He was the first Arabic Language professor at West Point. After leaving government, he served ten years as a business executive for a company operating in the Middle East and South Asia. He is a consultant for television and radio, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He wrote Intelligence: the Human Factor, a definitive text on human intelligence collection operations, as well as several novels based on Confederate secret services in the Civil War. He is a VMI graduate and has a Masters Degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Utah.
Several people have asked me to make a clear statement on the rendition program and the part that Omar Suleimen played in it. First - this arrangement was made between the US Government and that of Egypt, not between CIA and Omar Suleiman. Whatever his agency did in accord with the agreement we Americans as a whole should take responsibility for whether we had the opportunity to vote for the program or not. Second - He is and was a public servant, not a "loose cannon" as is implied by many. Third - The present situation in Egypt is so serious and complex that the ability of individuals to contribute to good outcomes should not be decided on the basis of single issues.
My opposition to the use of barbarous (by my definition) methods of warfare is long established. pl
I was on "Outside the Beltway" radio last night with James Joyner and Dave Schuler. This three sided conversation lasted an hour and covered a lot of ground. If you want to hear this podcast, the link is below.
I recommend to those interested that they take the time to watch the lecture I gave on Islam at St. Mary's University in March, 2007. It can be found on "The Athenaeum." It was posted on 17 March, 2007. Category - Religion. pl
I was invited some time ago to be a panelist today at the Columbus Law School at CUA in Washington. The conference will address Catholic morality and torture. Because of this commitment I will be unable to post today. pl
I was at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia on September 11th, 2006. I have put this post back at the head of the cue because of its relevance to Barak's recent discussion of IDF readiness. pl