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06 July 2016

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ISL

All, particularly those more knowledgable than I,

On another thread, Cee noted :

The FBI Re-Wrote 6 Criminal Laws to Let Clinton Off the Hook

Q:,

Can the FBI (legally) change statutes?

Can congress (who wrote the laws) take action?

If so, this seems a winning republican election strategy.

VietnamVet

Colonel,

Last night I watched PBS’s documentary “The Bomb”.
http://www.pbs.org/show/bomb/

It brought back childhood memories of grade school duck and cover drills which may have saved my life if a Soviet Union dropped an atomic bomb over Boeing Plant 2. However, the explosion of the Russian deployable hydrogen bomb in 1953 made Civil Defense a moot point since one bomb would destroy Seattle and its inner suburbs.

What is weird is the show is only a year old and is already out of date. It did say that Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) worked. Not one nuclear bomb has been ignited since 1945 in a war and pointed out the possibility of a nuclear winter if a Pakistan India war escalated out of control. But it does not mention the western led Ukraine Maidan Coup in 2014 or the restart of the Cold War 2.

William Perry was interviewed. He was in the meetings with John Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and said that he feared for his life back then. He says the threat of a nuclear war is greater today:
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/07/14/a-stark-nuclear-warning/

Hillary Clinton still promotes regime change in the Kremlin and a no fly zone over Syria which will start World War III without Russian agreement. Corporate media ignores this. More than anything else, this makes today more fearful than when I was a kid watching an unidentified jet bomber flying overhead towards Boeing Field.

Kooshy

Colonel Lang, can you please let us know if the fallowing curent war fronts, are includes in this new category. Here is the short list that comes to mind, war on terror , war on drugs, Afghanistan , Iraq, Ukraine, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Russia, China? Should we include various cope and color revolutions and newly adopted technique of parliamentary impeachment regime change,how about Briexit? I appreciate to learn your thoughts on that.

Origin

Does the category refer to wars promoted or waged by the Borg or to wars waged within the Borg itself?

Serge

Germane to the greater topic I believe, this incredibly interesting piece released today on the much-hyped(in MSM) series of Iraqi/Coalition strikes on the Fallujah convoys near the end of June serves as a great illustration of the type of dirty, shady things that we are continuing to get our hands stained with today in the ME, and how incredibly thick the fog of war is in an arena where the only actors on the ground capable of giving contrarian reports are ISIS themselves:
https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2016/07/06/an-open-source-analysis-of-the-fallujah-convoy-massacres/


Reading the MSM coverage of this filtering out in late June, couldn't help but feel disheartened at the incredibly shady Iraqi government reports being taken at face value and retransmitted as fact for the consummation of the masses. We are left with precious little to piece together truth

turcopolier

kooshy

make your own list. I'll tell you if you are right. pl

kooshy

Colonel Lang you say "wars" which means you have more than one war in mind, for this new category you named, but also it could mean that there is one war that covers all other currently ongoing wars that America is covertly and overtly participating in, and, that war can be the war on americanism, or what America stood for, or yet, war on american constitutionalism? IMO Borgism survives on fears and wars, for Borg 911 was manna from heaven.

Akira

In case Hillary wins:

https://archive.org/details/pdfy-JqxMy58hd_NpnWT8

Life After Doomsday is still the best single book on surviving a nuclear war.

Fred

Borg Wars:
Afghanistan (can't leave now);
Iraq, check.
Libya, check
Georgia , oops. (Harboring Chechan militants? That’s so pre-Boston bombing it couldn’t be a concern for the USA) see a relevant timeline here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/world/europe/2008-georgia-russia-conflict/
South Ossetia, oops. (See Georgia, above).
Ukraine, oops? No, no just F the EU (Thanks Victoria Nuland aka Mrs. Kagan. How diplomatic of you)
Western Europe, no. That's just the free flow of labor, ah, the tired huddled East of the Diocletian line "refugees/immigrants/deserving of welfare" masses seeking a better standard of living (as long as they don't have to work, obey the law or be Western).
USA - war on the Constitution, check. But not to worry, we've found a white cop who shot a black man so disregard all the above for the next couple of weeks.

turcopolier

origin

Wars promoted and waged by the Borg. pl

Mark Logan

Fred.

Can we add "Pivot to Asia"? Cold though it be?

Brunswick

Two today,

Here's the other one

http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/falcon-heights-minnesota-police-shooting-lavish-reynolds-facebook-live-video-watch-uncensored-shooting-youtube-shot-by-police/

That brings the total so far this year to 546.

Tyler

"Shut the door, you're letting the dust in," he said to the person entering.

Fred placed his coffee cup on a laminated map to keep the gust of wind that the man brought with him. It carried, faintly, the odor of gun powder and the man's sweat with it as it rushed in, past the blackout curtains over the door that led into the cave.

"You're becoming an old woman Fred," the man replied, pulling down the keffiyeh that had covered his face the last three days on patrol. To the man, it smelled like spilled food, old breath, and the faint green scent of barrel cactus pulp he had strained for water.

"Yeah Tyler, this old woman thought of your needs, young man. Have some coffee," he said, pushing the cup across the map towards Tyler. With the keffiyeh down, it was indeed true: the scout in his dun parka and pants was indeed younger than the man sitting at his table. He shifted the AK46 on his shoulder, his web harness all cordora sighs as he moved.

"My man," said Tyler, taking the coffee eagerly. It was harsh and black, but after three days of drinking iron water or squeezed cactus pulp it was flavor, and even the bitter was to be savored in these days.

"You're both the prettiest women at the ball," said a third voice, coming from deeper in the complex. He was indeed older, and grunted as he sat down, pouring his own coffee as he looked at Tyler. "So, report?"

Tyler shook his head. "If I hadn't been doing this from the beginning TTG, I'd have thought we were being suckered in. Me and Jack almost tripped over a sentry sleeping on his machine gun. By the way, we have a new 240, once Minnerath knocks the rust off it," he paused, giving the men time to chuckle before continuing. "Anyway, there's concertina wire up, but its just loose strands. No posts holding it together."

"Did we get more strands of wire?" TTG asked, and everyone chuckled.

"All this laughter, you'd think we were having a grand old time," said a fourth voice, coming from where TTG did.

"Pat, you're up?" asked TTG.

The old man waved his hand. "I could ask you the same thing. I can't sleep, too much to think about. We've got a new machine gun?"

Tyler nodded. "Yeah, but its all rusted up. No weapons maintenance. So like I was saying, guards asleep, with me, Jack, and the rest of the squad ghosting through the camp. We were tempted to go full on sapper and start blowing generators and setting up the boys in front of the tents with claymores but we were two days out from here and some of the guys are still pretty green when it comes to counter drone movement," he said with a shrug.

"They've all got the right gear though?" asked Pat.

Tyler nodded and flapped his poncho. Faintly, the sound of foil woven between layers could be heard. "Can't shoot what you can't see, Sir, but the last thing I needed was them air assaulting commandos on my head and droning anyone trying to E&E."

TTG waved his hand. "You did like we taught you. So what else?"

"Battalion sized element. Got the USB drive from the political officer, like you said," he told them, handing over the little device. "No info security over there."

"Fish rots from the head," murmured Fred as he accepted the device. "Thank you. So you going to tell them the rest or should I?" he asked, allowing himself to grin.

Tyler grinned back. "I can't tell a story, you go ahead," he said with a laugh, taking a seat.

"This young asshole," said Fred, "is back so quickly because he stole three of their vehicles. Caused a panic when I had my ears on listening to their signals. Apparently they were lost defending the guard post, probably the same one these Ghosts got the machine gun from. Did you know the rebels lost thirty fighters?"

Shakes of the head from the two older men. "It'll be fifty you think when it reaches HQ?" TTG asked Pat.

"Probably 60, with medals for everyone involved," muttered Pat. "Pour an old man some of that coffee, Top?" he asked TTG, and the old NCO did as was asked. "The more things change, the more they stay the same. Anything good in the trucks?

"Well, not at first Sir," Tyler began, and then laughed. "Yeah, my scrounger stories weren't bullshit. Plenty of chow and pogue bait... On top of the near 100 gallons of gas, demo kit, and explosives we managed to liberate. Especially the AT-4s you wanted," he said to the men.

"You did well. Let the regulars get a little further in the valley and we'll come down on them. Men on the hills with those AT-4s so you don't need to run," Pat told him.

Fred twirled the USB in his fingers. "The Polite Green Men promised us something for the drones as well, if we delivered. They've kept their bargains so far. Might be time to wrap up this campaign here."

"Just the first of many before these Borg Wars are over," agreed TTG.

johnf

We could even be having our own post-BREXIT color revolution in Blighty. There is an almighty Borg backlash to the vote:


"Has Brexit triggered an anti-democractic “Color Revolution”?

It’s important to remember, it was never supposed to get his far.

The Prime Minister didn’t want it. The Chancellor didn’t want it. The Queen didn’t want it. The opposition didn’t want it. The President of the United States didn’t want it. JP Morgan didn’t want it. Goldman-Sachs didn’t want it. Parliament didn’t want it.

None of the heads of state of Europe wanted it. None of the banks wanted it. None of the corporate oligarchs wanted it. None of the corporations wanted it. The IMF didn’t want it. NATO didn’t want it.

JK Rowling didn’t want it. David Beckham didn’t want it. Bob Geldof didn’t want it. Eddie Izzard didn’t want it. Lily Allen didn’t want it. George Soros didn’t want it.

…and yet it happened."

https://off-guardian.org/2016/07/04/has-brexit-triggered-an-anti-democractic-color-revolution/

Christopher Fay

In the Great GWOT there is the spreading involvement in countries in north Africa through central Africa. There were fundamentalist attacks in Kenya put down mostly by retired English veterans.

Christopher Fay

Southern front, Honduras involvement with the coup and destabilizing Venezuela and Brazil where possible.

Peter Reichard

I would define the Borg Wars as all post Cold War American military interventions to establish US domination, driven by a delusional world view that history or even providence itself has chosen America to lead. Inspired by the British Empire it seeks to create a new more universal neocolonialist version of it to promote in order of importance American hegemony, utopian capitalism, Zionism and a distant fourth democracy, the latter of course put out front for propaganda purposes.

JJackson

You missed Somalia and its overflow into Ethiopia & Kenya - and then there is Turkey which is developing nicely.

F5F5F5

To me Borg Wars sounds more like a conflict between two or more faceless factions within the Borg hive.

[KWATZ!]

turcopolier

All

Little Bob Corker was on MJ today engaged in mutual masturbation with JS over the issue of whether or not we should have kept residual force in Iraq in the long ago. they assert we should have. I keep asking "how?" How would we have done that without yielding on the issue of legal extra-territorial status for our soldiers in Iraq? I will say to these people who never served and whose children did not serve, would you want your son or daughter to be subject to Iraqi law for actions performed in line of duty? The soldiers here will understand that. In places like Iraq the locals hate you because you are there and if given the opportunity will use any means available (including their law)to harm you. I am not in favor of turning any American military person over to a foreign government for punishment including in Okinawa. If we judge them to have committed a criminal act then we should punish them ourselves. pl

Fred

Brunswick,

Please clarify:
white Minnesota police officers have shot 546 black men? Or is that 546 police shootings of black men in Minnesota regardless of race of the police officer doing the shooting or is that total police shootings nationwide?

Chicago, civilian on civilian shootings 2,096 YTD, up 100% from 2015 - zero speeches by the rally the usual voters politicians:
http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chicago/shootings/

I believe the LA Times has a similar map for their similarly gun controlled city. Here is one listing of police killed in the line of duty YTD (52):
http://www.nleomf.org/facts/officer-fatalities-data/

The Beaver

Fred,

You are forgetting Iran
The Green revolution was a fiasco and when the new Queen Boadicea of the 21st Century rises next January, she will make sure that both Assad and the Ayatollahs will not sleep well at night. Just wait for the clique of Kagans et al and the Israel firsters like Dennis Ross and his ilks within the beltway.

ISL

I see my my comment was off-topic, so a ramble of relevant on topic thoughts.

The Star Trek Borg were not defeat-able by direct confrontation, only by internal infection.

The US Borg wars are expensive - mores than during the cold war (based on budgets) and the US economy to pay for them needs global stability, how far can the Arc of Chaos expand before the system collapses?

The Arc of Chaos associated with the Roman Empire became critical when it started approaching (the Huns, Moors, etc.) the Italian heartland (but Rome had no equal contender). Spain ran into Great Britain. Did Britain approach its colonial wars Borg-like? Strange how the US became like its cold war enemy, the Soviet Borg, who faced internal defeat after financial collapse began by initiating instability in Afghanistan.

I can't see Middle East wars being fatal to the US (chronically-degrading of the republic, yes) as long as there is plenty of domestic energy. Same for Africa. Russia (Ukraine) - there is the nuclear trump card that prevents useful analysis (if it happens, all is over). IMO the true Borg war will be internal and based on financial terms. I presume the US will not create such wars in central America, which then spreads to Mexico - many would arm the opposition against the US.

Fred

Tyler,

I do make one mean cup o'joe.

BabelFish

I volunteer to play the crusty former corpsman whose signature line is "Dammit Tyler, I'm an old medic, not a brain surgeon!"

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