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03 January 2016


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Of course! Slip of the thumb...apologies


T90 is T72. Same base model with every component including active defense upgraded to modern realities. Every soviet/russian/ukrainian tank right until Armata is an upgrade on T64 or T72 base model.


Remember when Slaughter advocated bombing Syria to save Ukraine? Has there ever been a more aptly named woman? My god, the best gift she could give to the world would be to retire.


Found the Zakaria show on youtube


Fat fingers on minuscule touch screens, Col. Sir.


The Saudis can't juggle worth a damn, and they just keep picking up more balls. What sort of Borg do they have advising them?

Looking forward to an ISIS-contained world in Iraq and Syria.


"The Saudis can't juggle worth a damn, and they just keep picking up more balls. What sort of Borg do they have advising them?"

I propose that they don't need Borg for that but that they ARE like that.

Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud seems to be the real thing, an original product of an exclusive (in the sense of exclusively Saudi) education. Anti-Shia bias he probably absorbed with his mother's milk. He holds a bachelor degree in law from King Saud University i.e. in Saudi Arabia that must basically mean that he studied religion. A poster child, so to speak.


yes, Slaughter's idea to bomb Syria to teach Putin and save Ukraine is a brainfart so foul that it should disqualify her from teaching at university, alas ... In any event, she provides ample opportunity for puns:

Slaughter's Plan For Peace - Carnage.


love your comment, Michaeel. Reminds me of an article I read and put aside several times, before I decided it was worth the trouble.

Beneath the highly forbidding surface or barrier, the seemingly impressive juggling with Kant and the sublime in the paintings of one specific artist, it turned out to be absolutely vapid. But carefully aligned with the established wisdom on the topic, only raising higher barriers for the reader. ;)


My response, kao, simple projection, room full of mirrors. No need to distinguish between academics and non-academics. Besides to us military nitwits ...

Although, I like your sarcasm.


It's interesting to see the topic dressed up in the wisdom of the humanities, I found the philosophical bracket interesting.
Starting with Axial Age (Karl Jasper) ending with Heidegger.

I only read it once*, but yes the not quite outspoken matter I sense at the center seems to be close to what Isis feels like to me. Is it a "Western" consent by now? At least as far as Isis is concerned?

* would I read it again, for more personal reasons, I would read Burke's treatise first again:


Odd typo, I agree.

chantose, somewhat suggests France to me.

Charles Michael

Scot Atlan'views has been aired on RT in mid December.

Thanks for giving the opportunity to peruse through its largely tedious gibberish. There is not much substance if you cast aside the mandatory references to past thinkers. I have some predjudice against this type of academic desplay of credentials to substantiate common sens about the "mal de vivre" in part of the young adults.
Specially in today social and cultural meltdown.

Branding Daesh as the largest revolutionnary movement post WWII is preposterous IMO.
Daesh appeal is based on a fully reactionnary, sanctinomous, nostalgia on a past that never was. In total opposition to the much larger longing for modernity and secularism, expressed by the youth of Tunisia,Egypt and Turkey were a real arab spring did emerge. Daesh is dependant on their supporting Monarchies, the ones that were emancipated at the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate and installed by colonial powers and Oil.

The usefull idiots manipulating the Lost Children or maybe I should say chicken.


The indispensable Rightweb on Stephen's views:

"Stephens has pushed the idea that the Obama administration has presided over a U.S. "retreat" from world affairs, making this claim the central argument of his 2014 book, America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming World Disorder.[4] In the book, Stephens claims that the American-dominated international system is "a world in which the economic, diplomatic, and military might of the United States provides the global buffer between civilization and barbarism."[5] He asserts that "since Barack Obama took office in 2009," the United States has become "more reluctant than it has been for decades to intervene abroad, judging that there is better security in inaction than action." He adds: "Traditional allies of the United States, uncertain of its purposes, are beginning to explore their options in what they suspect is becoming a post-Pax Americana world, encouraging freelancing instincts which Washington has a diminishing ability to restrain."



I overlooked this gem:

"Stephens went on in the piece to praise Saudi Arabia for signaling their intent to lower their dependence on the United States and posited that Israel should take similar steps."


Jack, seems I do think about capital once I see destruction by war almost immediately.

But since I live in a house here in Cologne built in 1933 that apparently survived the war, apart from certain covered traces that are still suggestive of it, it feels people sometimes take what they can get. ...

they have to.


b: I guess they don't teach Stalingrad at Princeton.

Babak Makkinejad

You should be more kind to Fareed Zakariya since he is a testament to the greatness of the United States; a Indian Muslim moves to America and makes it big - no discrimination, no malice, no envy.

Would not have happened in any other country in the world - certainly not in any Muslim country, nor in EU, nor in India.

ex-PFC Chuck

Patrick Cockburn has a piece up at "Counterpunch" this morning arguing that ISIS is transiting to a guerilla strategy and focusing less on seizing and holding territory.


The article which you backhandedly complement/reference may be bracketed by the Humanities (Jaspers to Heidegger) but it is steeped in the methodologies of the Social Sciences and the language (notice my avoidance of the word "discourse") of contemporary sociology, from my perspective. Glancing references to the Jasper's Axial Age and and Heidegger's knee bend to Hitler hardly constitute a deep dive into the Humanities. I always try to keep in mind Aristotle's analysis of rhetoric: that is, be mindful of the strategy of the speaker--logos, ethos, and/or pathos as well as the audience to which the text is directed. His text is directed to a French/Frenchified educated audience. I read it quickly, not deeply, yet find it worth pondering more than dismissing by lamely stating if you want to learn of the beautiful and the sublime then read Burke and Kant (talk about stating the obvious). My point is this: the author tries to get at what most bedevils people in the West--what motivates these people in the first place and keeps them so committed. I think he's on to something--a longing for something bigger than one's puny self, a desire for transcendence, an atavistic longing for union with a non-existent past whose allure is the more powerful/believable precisely because it never was (kind of like Heidegger's longing for "Being" that never was--if you will allow me a reference to the Humanities). In short, what the Colonel and others refer in a shortened way by using the word "tribal."

ex-PFC Chuck

"Slaughter's Plan For Peace." Oh, the implicit irony!


sorry, dear Michael Brenner, Dr. Michael Brenner for the more polite among us, watching. My love of your comment made my fingers on the tabs move a bit too hastily. Hoping you forgive my typo.

One of my favorite profs once admitted to me, making me feel less lonely in this context. He knew the type of emotion that makes you throw a book against the wall. ;)



IS never gave up guerrilla operations. They have been doing that as well as more or less conventional operations to hold ground and control of populations. They have a big problem in that they will have to give up the lands now held by their caliphate to revert altogether to guerrilla warfare. If they do that the y will become just another jihadi terrorist nuisance. I doubt that they can manage that internal ideological dissonance. pl


Thanks for the comment, I was aware he deserved further analysis from the moment I finished. And my comment wasn't dismissive at all. I did enjoy reading it. ... and with the exception of one lapse resulting from curiosity, I didn't look into the exchange in the comment section. ...

Besides, I didn't suggest to anyone out there, neither you or anyone else out there:
"if you want to learn of the beautiful and the sublime then read Burke and Kant (talk about stating the obvious)"

What I freely admitted was that, if I where to take a closer look at the essay, that's where I would start "for personal reasons".

Did I forget to add that?

In case you mix up my response to Michael Brenner above with this comment. I hadn't read this comment, when I responded to Michael. That really was a coincidence.

"His text is directed to a French/Frenchified educated audience."

Ok, no one warned me on the site.

Charles Michael


There are lot of IS in Lybia talks these days, some UN sponsored Governments' agreement (second one) ; and this :


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