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charly

A possibility if it wasn't for the fact that DC still prefers loosing publicly to Assad to a commie victory.

The Twisted Genius

mbrenner,

That is an excellent essay with a thorough explanation of the situation, a reasonable and plausible COA and an, unfortunately, realistic assessment of that COA ever being implemented. My only quibble is that you didn't explain who comprises the R+6 coalition. We all know, but the wider audience of HuffPost may not be familiar.

Babak Makkinejad

You wrote:

"...the drastic reduction in the scale and scope of government..."

Which ought to be followed by a drastic reduction in tertiary education.

Babak Makkinejad

The college students the world over are largely there to obtain an increasing worthless diploma - their meal ticket - and get on with their lives.

Only the students in hard sciences, medicine, law, business, and things of that sort are there to learn anything.

Students are behaving correctly - why would a nubile young woman, in her best years, care about John C. Calhoun? Or a young man about St. Augustine's City of God?

They have no skin in the game. As the commentator MRW has stated, demand for US Government bonds by foreigners is shielding the students to some extent form the foolish policy choices of their elders.

Let foreigners stop buying US Government bonds or impose draft on both men and women and ship to fight on that endless steppe called Russia and I am certain that they would become very alert indeed.

Babak Makkinejad

To your last paragraph:

Take the HUDNA offer of HAMAS & do not fight against the Shia Crescent.

PHil Cattar

Forget about the Middle East,most Americans don't care about France or the entire continent of Europe.There are only two reasons we are in the Middle East. The first is somehow our oil got underneath their sand and the second is Israel.............As far as the "truth" and lies go.The pure and simple truth is that the truth is never pure and seldom simple.A half lie is worse than a lie.It is much harder to detect.It is also a lot more common, used by good people with good intentions..Of Course!!!!

ISL

Dear Colonel:

Propose an alternative descriptor to the populace as "sheep" - "deer in the headlight."

Then the question is which way the deer will jump.

pA

as a new yorker i would like to point out a small fact,
joe Scarborough lives in Connecticut

steve

Thank you for your HuffPo article. It's the most intelligent and articulate formulation of an alternative to our present madness that I've yet to read.

Unfortunately, I suspect that the US will continue down that road.

Charles Michael

Yes Sci fi those days was very much an intellectual exercice in social critics and warning on some disturbing trend, and that on the eve of total consumerism take over. In the spirit of Swift Guliver's Travels.

This pair also wrote "Search the Sky" an amusing fantsy (?) on society's decay, while descarding some advanced technology.

So the heroes reach first a geriontratic dictartorship,next a entirely ultra feminist society, then escape to the Jones and finaly land in USA: a country of friendly, happy partiers and boozers.

Emad

Colonel,

I'd bask in the satisfaction of being a thorn in their side, if I were you.

MGJ

"...mentally flatulent..." Good one.

Charles Michael

A famous and not fully explained episode is the case of general Bazaine who retranched himself and 140.000 troops in Metz. He was branded a traitor.
Amongst other there was an explanation - puting the blame on freemasons - as a reward for the Valmy victory.

LeaNder

"base closure policies of Clinton years"

explain. Domestic or Foreign. If foreign, where exactly over the decades. Are you referring, however indirectly to BRAC? Or Base Realignment and Closure.

Full discovery. Why this catches my attention. I finally started to read the 2006 book on the increasing anti-Iran hype during those years by an old German-Iranian acquaintance. Interesting after all those years.

One minor note puzzled me. He wrote, if I understand it correctly that the US had no bases in Iran and Syria. Now was that the "faster-please" (Ledeen) impulse behind the neocon's idea to first take Syria and then Iran I recall from that time frame. Is the US military indeed represented anywhere else in the region?

Clinton years "base closure" activities, may well have included closures in Germany and moving them further East. Poland? No? But I am not sure.

LeaNder

Babak, may be interested in this interview with Spiegel online in 2010


http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/democracy-activist-ribal-al-assad-syria-is-today-a-vassal-state-of-tehran-a-692295.html

'Syria Is Today a Vassal State of Tehran'

...as Iran has a policy of expansion and destabilization in the Middle East.

Russ

Is Ribal Rifaat's son? That would make his comments really interesting as Rifaat was also exiled so Ribal may have no interest in sticking up for the regime.

LeaNder

" Immersion in video games ..."

Interesting article, Michael, but that seems a highly ironic and rather arbitrary list.

My eyes may have been glazing over often in university, mostly, here comes my basic prejudice: concerning babbling co-students, but also concerning some profs that confronted me with the necessity to do archaeological research into received wisdom.

Chris Chuba

Thanks for the link to the interview, I'd describe Minka and Joe as having more of a 'gee aint it a shame' look on their face which I kind of understand given Ribal al-Assad's comments. While he did say that Syria is pluralistic and not just a Sunni country and that you have to accept the facts on the ground and not demand that Assad step down. He also said that he is pessimistic regarding Syria's future and that there needs to be a constitution that ensures a secular democracy that protects the rights of all minorities.

It wasn't like he gave an endorsement to the current peace timeline that would include the Assad govt in elections with a new constitution. He was acting as if there was no solution on the table by anyone; it was as if he wanted some third party to emerge. At least this was my impression. The show even made a reference to Assad Sr. trying to kill him about 10yrs ago.

Kooshy

Sounds like he was another Green Revolution dreamer, long term speaking color green for a revolution, is more dangerous then red.

Babak Makkinejad

Iran is now a Mediterranean power - that much is true. Not seen since the days of the Great King.

confusedponderer

"has a policy of expansion and destabilization in the Middle East"

Sais who? The Turks, the Saudis? The Israelis? The US for that matter?

Every single one of those countries is expansionist - the Turks towards their old ottoman holdings, the Israelis with their settling and annexation of the Golan and the Saudis and the other Gulfies with their Sunni/Wahhabi chauvinism and their progeject to see Sharia rule from the Persian Gulf to the Mediteranean Sea. The US, given that she is the driving force behind EXPANDING NATO, can be with good reason accused to be, well, expansionist.

But with Iran ... these demons, they're expansionist!

What a joke.

Babak Makkinejad

An interview was published today in Iran with the German Ambassador to Iran since 2013, a certain (Baron ?) von Ungern Sternberg.

(It may be found here in Persian: http://tinyurl.com/pklhbbs).

It is quite clear that the German Ambassador could not satsifacorily answer the interviewer's question as to why Iran is subject to repeated Human Rights censures but not Saudi Arabia. The German Ambassador seems to be saying that "We do this because we want to."

On Syria, the German Ambassador is supporting regime change and implies, implicitly in my view, a future war crime tribunal for Bashar Al Assad and I suppose other members of his government. There is no "give" in the German position against SAR.

On ISIS, in spite of attacks in Lebanon, Egypt, France, and US, The German Ambassador is not revealing any substantial cooperation with Russia against ISIS - by Germany or EU; as I read between the lines.

I think Kooshy, Amir, and Patrick Bahzad can read Persian and can elucidate if I am reading this interview in an overly negative sense.

However, if I am correct, it seems to be consistent with an observation that Col. Lang made here a few posts ago - R+6 are on their own.

I would further think that the strategic containment of Iran and her allies remains the paramount goal of NATO states - regardless of how many inconvenient attacks on them are made by ISIS.

Seamus Padraig

You just spoke a parable there, jsn. I get most of my news/views from the internet now. I almost never bother having any political discussions with relatives, as they are all so brainwashed by what they see on TV.

Seamus Padraig

Yes, Ribal is Rifaat's son: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribal_al-Assad

steve

And he hails from Florida.

Outside of his elite circles, I doubt if the average New Yorker gives a ratzazz about Joe Scarborough. Maybe it's reverse carpetbaggerism, the South's revenge, lol.

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