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27 June 2014

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turcopolier

Jim T

I have zero confidence in the integrity of the MSM. On the other hand, if the US government were to offer me an advisory position as on the PFIAB I would accept. pl

Jim Ticehurst

I wish doubt that will happen Half the Current Ones are Attorneys..The rest are Politically Correct and worked for George Tenent or helped cover up 9/11...

Jim Ticehurst

Even Wolf Blitzer just challenenged a State Department on the Wisdom of Assisting The "Moderate" Rebels ability to secure Weapons and Resources if we provide them 500 Million Dollars of Taxpayer money..Hell, We cant even secure our OWN Borders..

Jim Ticehurst

Come on Col..Put on your Green Beret and take One more Jump..POT-US(R)would never listen to you ..on the PFIAB
that's all political..Put Yur Boots on..Go Public and use the Best Forum available..Everyone will Listen..I can hear the Bugles now... It stirs up my Virginia DNA Now..

Ryan

"The "moderate" rebel claim is a convenient fallacy to justify doing the the wrong thing."

True, and tonight the Fox News All Stars (of David) did just this. Stephen Hayes and Charles Krauthammer were moaning that if we had simply supported the "moderates" 18 months ago none of this mess today would have happened. Despite this, both of these criminals called for spending this money. Krauthammer admitted it probably wouldn't do any good, but damn the torpedos, full speed ahead. It's a "three sided war", you know and we have to hope some of the "moderates" survive and take over so we have some friends in Syria. Of course, never are the course of action they recommend are to blame, but others' failure to appreciate the brilliance of these masters of the universe.

Krauthammer did make one interesting comment. Any training of the "moderates" should take place outside of Jordan. Jordan isn't to be put at risk. I suppose even someone as demented as Krauthammer has his moments of lucidity.

A.B. Stoddard was here as well. Her contribution was that Hagel had doubts the US could tell the "moderates" from the terrorists.

Highlander

PFIAB …… what is it exactly? A spooky advisory board?

turcopolier

highlander

Yes, but it would give me a license to reave. pl

turcopolier

Jim Ticehurst

Tell you what. I will post an announcement that I will take them on free of charge or briefings and I will never decline again. pl

alba etie

Presidents Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board according to the Wiki _

Ryan

President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board

John

I agree. The good Colonel's voice needs to be heard!

Fred

Matthew,

Spying on our enemies is exactly what our spies should be doing. We shouldn't be asking Maliki's permission and if he doesn't think everyone and their brother is doing the same in his country he's a darn fool.

Fred

Col.,

"sauve qui peut", God help us if it comes to that.

Ryan

Colonel,

I'd like to see you take them up on their offers.

Col. David Hunt needs reinforcements. Of all these folks on cable the only one who is arguing against going back in is Hunt. The rest of them are the same sorry crew who caused the problem in the first place. The other night Hunt was arguing with Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly, of course, is hell bent for leather to start bombing and lord knows what else. He asked Hunt what he thought. Hunt told him "let it burn".

robt willmann

Highlander,

PFIAB = President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Apparently, president Bush jr. renamed it the President's Intelligence Advisory Board in 2008--

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/piab/history/

Notice the troubling language explaining why Bush jr. renamed it: "... to reflect the fact that national intelligence doesn't begin or end at our nation's borders". In other words, domestic spying by the federal government; this Freudian slip describes the new policies adopted by Bush jr. and Cheney, exemplified by the Department of Homeland Security, the first secret, domestic, nationwide internal security organization, something not contemplated or authorized by the U.S. constitution.

As originally created when people were thinking in terms of a federal government somewhat limited in scope, the FBI was a very narrowly tailored organization, limited to law enforcement of federal crimes, which back then were largely based on interstate activity and espionage by foreigners.

eakens

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=PFIAB

Bandolero

All

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has a plan. Quote AP:

Kerry: Syrian Moderate Rebels Could Help in Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry signaled on Friday that the U.S. hopes to enlist moderate Syrian opposition fighters that the Obama administration has reluctantly decided to arm and train in the battle against militant extremists in neighboring Iraq.

...

Al-Jarba thanked the Obama administration for requesting the $500 million, but said his rebels want even more foreign aid to fight two fronts: a bloody insurgency and their so-far unsuccessful effort to oust Assad.

"We still need greater assistance," al-Jarba said, speaking through a translator. "We hope for greater cooperation with the U.S." He said General Abdullah al-Bashir, the head of the military wing of the Syrian opposition, "is ready to cooperate with the U.S. side."

...

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/kerry-syrian-moderate-rebels-iraq-24335746

Meanwhile in Turkey... Quote Daily Star/AFP:

Syria opposition sacks rebel command over corruption

... A statement by the opposition government said that its chief Ahmad Tohme "decided to disband the Supreme Military Council and refer its members to the government's financial and administration committee for investigation."

The decision came amid widespread reports of corruption within the ranks of the FSA, which is backed by Western and Arab governments in its battle to overthrow the regime of President Bashar Assad.

The government in exile said that it was also sacking FSA chief of staff Brig. Gen. Abdel-Ilah Bashir.

It called on "revolutionary forces on the ground" to set up within a month a new defense council and to fully restructure the rebel army's command. ...

Source: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jun-27/261814-syria-opposition-sacks-rebel-command-over-corruption.ashx

However, hours later came a reversion. Quote AFP:

Decision to Sack Syria Rebel Command Reversed

A decision by Syria's opposition government to sack the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) over corruption allegations has been reversed by the National Coalition chief. ...

Source: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/decision-to-sack-syria-rebel-command-reversed-549325

If that was a hollywood movie, I'ld probably criticize it as being kind of too unrealistic.

turcopolier

bandolero

"If that was a hollywood movie, I'ld probably criticize it as being kind of too unrealistic." And IMO that would be a realistic criticism. pl

turcopolier

Ryan

Hunt is right. We broke and set it on fire. We were so sanctimonious about this... We broke this emerging state. For shame. For shame. Hunt is right. Let it burn. There is nothing left to do but that. pl

Highlander

As an old bomb dropper, forward air controller, and naval gunfire observer, just how would Mr Keane purpose, we know just exactly which group of crazies we are bombing.?

Highlander

One more reason both Bushie and Darth Vader should be put in a damn penitentiary some place, preferably a very very hot place.

You add up all the nation's and constitution's previous enemies and the total doesn't add up to the damage these two vicious clowns have done.

samuelburke

Col Lang, there must be something to the strategy the U.S seems to be implementing all over the middle east. Gen Wesley Clarke told this story about "seven countries in five years", these plans he mentioned must have been well thought off at the time and must have had some strategic importance to what the neocons consider the U.S national interest because we are still going strong over there.

I am torn between believing that our gov't does not know what they are doing and are a bunch of bumbling imbeciles but, the plan Gen Wes Clark mentioned sits there like a splinter in my brain causing me to believe there is more afoot here than just a bumbling bunch of tools.

Chaos is a tool.

robt willmann

Here is an interview on 27 June of Gen. Martin Dempsey on National Public Radio about the Iraq situation. NPR unfortunately hopped on the "main stream media" bandwagon years ago and has now gotten so frilly and fluffy it is almost impossible to listen to. But at least they gave Gen. Dempsey 10 minutes--

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/27/326179051/in-iraq-coordination-with-iran-not-impossible-gen-dempsey-says

turcopolier

samuelburke

We have to remember that the concept Clark talks about did not originate in DoD. pl

fanto

yes, how catastrophically wrong were they - and yet Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rice, and who'm else I forgot to mention - they are parading on the main tv channels; it is either disgusting or maybe it is the sneaky way to show the culprits ... who knows

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