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29 September 2015

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VietnamVet

Colonel,

Your Notes on Syria are clear, concise and practical. Why can’t DC grasp this?

My take is that the moneymakers at the top of the chain are by their nature predators and scoundrels. Since 2008 they have been out of control from Volkswagen/Audi to JPMorgan Chase since they no longer fear jail time. Their acolytes have moral and practical difficulties getting ahead unless they believe corporate propaganda and wholeheartedly board the gravy train. Besides the Israel Firsters pushing for a Sunni Shiite Jihad and the Neo-Cons destabilizing Russia; greed is the reason that the US government is aiding the Jihadist groups fighting to seize Damascus and as a result flooding Europe with millions of refugees.

This is clear. Europe is in the crosshairs. Chaos is coming and no western politician is stopping it.

ex-PFC Chuck

Thank you for this post and its awesome clarity of thought.

My friend Dave, the small town car dealer whose store is about an hour west of here, forwards to me a lot of the viral stuff that's circulating in his area. Some of it is encouraging, some very disturbing and a lot of it humorous. One of his offerings today is in the latter category as well as pertinent to this post and thread:
----snip----Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to go fishing.

He called the royal weather forecaster and asked about the upcoming weather conditions. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the days ahead. So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen. On the way he met a farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the king the farmer said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because in just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area". The king was polite and considerate, he replied: "I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced professional. And besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way."

A short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The king and queen were totally soaked. Their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a drenched condition. Furious, the king returned to the palace and fired the weatherman at once!
Then he summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of Royal Forecaster. The farmer said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey's ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain." So the king hired the donkey.
And thus began the practice of hiring asses to work in the government and occupy its highest and most influential advisory positions."

Kooshy

Colonel LANG bravo well said sir.
All hats off to you, all true men of military should salute you for this words.

PeterHug

Did you ever have occasion to read this Onion article? It's from 2001 but is still in my opinion one of the best they've ever done. Unfortunately.

http://www.theonion.com/article/northern-irish-serbs-hutus-granted-homeland-in-wes-305

David Commins

Thanks for spelling out your position so clearly. Is it correct to suppose you believe that US-Russian-Iranian support for the Syrian government would suffice to end the civil war there, without US land forces? Or does "fight the jihadis" mean send US forces to fight them side by side with the Syrian army?

Sans Racine

You can't put it any plainer than that.

ISL

Dear Colonel,

Reading your well argued briefing, I had a moment of understanding.

Russia: We will support the Assad govt in the fight against ISIS.
Intel : They are moving assets to support the Assad govt in its fight against ISIS.
Kerry: Its unclear what the Russians are up to. But in any case, its unconstructive.

Analyst: FIGHT THE JIHADIS, NOT THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT.
Kerry: Its unclear what our analysts are saying. So we are going to continue with more of the same.

user1212

Col. Lang,

Yes! Very well put!

As far as recommendations, I would be much more happy if the US simply stayed out and left the cleanup to someone else. And not because we don't have an obligation to do it. But if we made a financial contribution rather than sending people or managing the effort, I think that would come out better for everyone.

In any case, thank you very much for your observations and recommendations. I found this sentence about the exceptionalist mindset in particular very pointed and central to all the rest:

"For people who hold such beliefs, resistance is not only futile (history is on their side - irony alert) but such resistance to the civilizing mission of the US is also evil and prima facie evidence of disordered thought."

Babak Makkinejad

You think you are not appreciating the fact that Muslims are destroying what had been built, with great difficulty and at an enormous cost in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

Babak Makkinejad

Inhabitants of majority-Muslim countries are busy destroying that which had been built, at enormous cost, over the last 70 years in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan and Egypt.

To this list must be added Tajikistan and Lebanon and Sudan.

All of these countries belong to a region with poor and slow capital accumulation; likely a century or longer will take before restoration of their antebellum infrastructures.

The United Sates will not experience anything at this scale as a consequence of her policies in the Islamdom.

Neither would European Union.

In regards to Mr. Obama's speech; I think you are being inaccurate - he re-affirmed US commitment to the institutions of the Peace of Yalta and admitted US mistakes in going against them. He further sought cooperation from Russia, Iran, and China publicly.

I do not know if this was a major revision of US position from those of the Unilateral Moment or not; let us hope that it does.

We would know in a few weeks.

Origin

Do any of the members of the Committee have a take on what this is about?
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/pro-defense-farkas-wrightewing-214223

FB Ali

"...the Prophet himself...signed a ten year truce with Mecca..."

That is certainly the 'official' narrative, even among Muslims. However, it is false. In case you're interested, please see:

http://rediscovering-islam.blogspot.ca/2015/02/

Farooq

Quagmire of Muslim states and population is that of mass psychosis. It predates the very creation of US by many centuries. Muslims lie to themselves and their children about the reality of the world every day and that is their biggest sin. The first order of business for recovery is to open their eyes, observe reality objectively and stop lying to themselves and their children.

different clue

different clue

G von H . . .
A further addendum: it just occurred to me that perhaps Europe will switch sides and policies if the group it should join were given the catchiest possible name. So I offer a slight tweak on the name I suggested just above, to increase its recent-past historical resonance . . .

Behold! The Coalition of the Willing Co-Belligerents. If that doesn't inspire Europe to reject the Neo-ConLib Wilsonian-R2P agenda for Syria and join the anti-jihadi side, then something is the matter with Europe.

different clue

William R. Cumming,

I don't think the Boomerness-as-such of the previous Administrations is what explains their wish to destroy Country-State sovereignty in favor of the Forced FreeTrade Corporate Globalonial Plantation. Some of NAFTA's bitterest opponents were also from Generation Boom. So Clinton's (for example) Boomerness can't explain Clinton's behavior in and of itself. Some other explanation must be sought.

(There were also Greatest Generation members who supported Forced Free Tradism when the Boomers were still children. Everyone who supported GATT Round One, for example . . . and all the GATT and other-such rounds which came after, for example).

crone

Col, I would vote for you if you ran for president. You have wonderful common sense, which appears almost non-existent in the current group of seekers of said office.

Very sound advice...

turcopolier

David Commins

IMO if you did all the things I recommended you could limit US ground force participation to air base defense and air strike control parties but you would have to see how things worked out. pl

Cee

Col. Lang

I got the breadth of fresh air that I came for. From your lips to God's ear!!
I fear that our hijacked government is in too deep and when Bibi and his boys use their Chechen Friends and the Yughgers in Syria against any Russians or Chinese who may be present,all hell it's going to break loose.
Just this evening Gaza is being attacked again because the Palestinian flag will be raised at the UN for the FIRST time.

Ryan

I can add to your list, William, and I believe the worst thing the WWII generation did was to saddle the rest of us with the 1965 Immigration Act. Of course there were a number of people who opposed but far too many were either indifferent or supported this abomination.

I know that it has caused me problems and others my line of work.

Between this disastrous change to the demographics for the worse and the promotion of "diversty" have sown the seeds of assure destruction unless addressed.

As for the title "the greatest generation" if anyone deserves it it is those who fought in and supported the American Revolutionary War.

Ryan

PL,

Good post and something that should be done.

If not, I hope public pressure like that occurred over the Ghouta nonsense is sufficient to prevent anymore stupidity.

Interestingly enough, I believe that Trump is coming closer to your view on this and the situation in the Donets Basin. I've heard him say we let the Russians and the SAA handle the Islamists while simply staying out of Ukraine. He thinks the Germans should take the lead there. In fact, he believe that others should do the heavy lifting for a change instead of America.

Balint Somkuti

Well put Sir.

If the unconfirmed news happen to be true, namely that chinese forces (naval and air alike) are on their way to help Syrian govt can signal the end of R2P or even uncontrolled (and unchekced) US interventions, not to mention a really new world order.

Patrick Bahzad

General,

Thx for the link. I was aware of the controversy surrounding the Treaty, and one can certainly debate it from a scholar point of view, but that would not be relevant in this context, as the point I am making is that this would/could be JaN's (AQ) position and attitude towards the possibility of a truce. We can't dismiss the possibility they might take us at our own game, and accept even "dishonourable" conditions, in so far as in their view, this is a temporary arrangement that doesn't preclude resorting to violence when it suits them again.

I've heard it time and again "from the horse's mouth" if you will and I have no doubt, the groups that are being considered as possible partners in a powersharing settlement have been infiltrated for months, if not years, by genuine AQ personnel.

And by AQ, I don't mean the globalist organisation that it used to be prior to 9/11. That AQ is gone, dead. But it has been replaced by a new franchise system of local brands, very decentralized, with few links to what is left of the leadership. That doesn't change the fact they sharing the same worldview and the same goals.

Besides JaN and allies know we don't expect them to join any negotiations, settlement or agreement. This would single them out and make them easier targets for the future. Do they want to make our task any easier ? Obviously not. This means they have both a tactical interest and a theological reason to enter into the process and then turn against us.

I've seen this before and it would be a shame if the US in particular did the same mistake over and over.

LeaNder

With all due respect to cp, I suppose the passage Babak cites was meant to be sarcastic.

But, Babak, lets stay with 'the opportunistic melee'. Fact is a lot of German communities have housing problems, so occasionally refugees stay in huge halls with hardly a minimum of privacy available. If hundreds of people have to share the same space there's gonna be troubles, if you add a growing awareness maybe that some may have a better chance to stay then others.

That's the core problem. In some regions there aren't any empty places (rooms/flats) available. For the refugees it's a lottery, some are more lucky then others.

Locally they use what they can, with some communities better then others. If we leave out our extreme right friends out for a while that set fire to places that are built or renovated before people can move in for a while.

alba etie

Ishmael Zechariah
Any predictions regarding Turkey 's next national elections- in November I think ? And should the Kurdish parties gain more seats , could the peace talks between Erdogan & the PPK be begun anew ? And would a political solution with the Kurdish separatist help or hurt the fight against Daesh ?

Macgupta123

The 10-point prescription of what to do is, in my opinion, absolutely and completely the right set of things to do!

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