|BAGHDAD/ARBIL - Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit on Thursday |
with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed
after taking fire from insurgents who have seized northern cities. Source: Reuters
From Denny: Yes, I took a month off from posting. It was interesting to observe how well the government and the Pentagon would do without me constantly fussing at them, pricking their bloated egos, prodding to action and offering solutions they usually adopted to some degree a few days later, trying not to be obvious they had no good ideas.
Sure rattled the Pentagon I took time away from posting any analysis. "Where the hell is she?" demanded them of former Navy Seal Richard Marcinko, trying to scorch his butt for thinking he had not kept up with me. They seem to be worried I'm too smart for them all - like a Snowden. These guys have a long standing caustic military culture of trying to dominate what they don't understand, attempts to control what they are clueless about and then go ballistic when things don't go their way. Yeah, we women are a mysterious bunch. Women are the new Snowdens. :)
FYI, Pentagon boys, take a load off and learn how to roll with situations and people. Life would be a lot less stressful if you would only overhaul your destructive company culture. Of course, being the Control Freaks they are, then they tapped their State Department snitches to find out if I'd been traveling to the Middle East because, after all, how is it I have figured out so much about the situation? Again, since when are you all supposed to be surveilling journalists when you know it's an invasion of privacy and downright illegal??
For a couple of decades now the Pentagon has given automatic promotions - whether deserved - or even if those promoted were interested in or trained properly for their new duties. As a result the Pentagon's top to middle management is now entrenched with far too many who have no real incentive to do well in their jobs as it came too easily to them. They did not have to truly prove merit or capability as leaders. Those who are competent in the military are tearing their hair out in sheer frustration for being surrounded by depraved indifference.
The other layers of the federal government have not fared much better. The State Department in particular has been staffed with Trust Fund Babies who have never experienced adversity in their lives. They are clueless as - you guessed it - how to solve serious life issues during times of global adversity. Some of them mean well and truly care but are just not well equipped to deal with issues other than possessing a grand degree from a name university.
In addition, there are the diva types who are only there to plump up their resumes and play politics, especially when they are members of any White House's current political opposition. This ugly mix creates dysfunction to say the least. To say more: what is really created is often a federal government of intimidation as is glaringly evident at the Veterans Affairs and Department of Justice as it is at the Pentagon.
There is a whole lot of screaming, yelling and finger pointing going on over at the Pentagon and intelligence communities since the White House has been lighting fires under their butts for gross incompetence. This President should be angry as he has not been well served by the Pentagon, the intelligence communities and his own White House sycophants and political hacks.
We all love to hear compliments, but, at the end of the day it just piles up the screw-ups when you allow that much incompetence to go unchecked. This President is guilty of depending far too much upon incompetent people. He has allowed the incompetent people to pet his ego into submission, ignoring the good advice he's been given over the years by competent counselors telling him the truth. (Think: endless stream of good economists in and out the revolving White House door. Good people giving good advice of how to get the economy off its knees and millions of people back to work.)
FYI, Pentagon Clueless, I don't have to travel to figure out what should be obvious to you. Nor do I have to be smarter than you to, again, figure out the obvious. Sadly, it looks like I just might be smarter than you for figuring out the obvious. But don't worry, America, if you worry our Pentagon is clueless: the Russians are far worse. Looks like America is still ahead in that race.
Besides, most world governments are bloated with Trust Fund Babies, political opposition types running interference and The Resume Polishers as badly as the U. S. government. Let's not forget The Sycophant Crowd who meddle in domestic and foreign policies in order to make a name for themselves and "be the guy" who controls a President. Putin has saturated Russia's government with the exploding population of sycophants and crooks. The sneakiest are The Crooks who siphon off government funds at every chance, hiding their corruption under the heading of "National Security." World governments are choking out their competence for all the "weeds" run amok. It's going to take a while and a huge amount of effort to get this world crowd up to speed and on the same page pulling together for the common good.
As to "Ree-chard" Marcinko, he is doing what I requested: gathering together more of my dragon warriors for more than just a military solution to world issues. It's going to require mentally tough people who are able to navigate adversity. Pentagon Clueless and State Department Ninnies, quit getting in Marcinko's path as he is paving the way for a new world paradigm shift that will benefit America and all the other countries as well.
It's a win-win, so quit with the fear mongering and hang wringing before I snail mail Ree-chard one of my autographed Louisiana baseball bats to swat you all. Marcinko will come collect me when he and my wonderful dragons have had time to gather a large enough group and spend some time together creating and ironing out an organized structure from which to operate. Get out of Marcinko's way so we can get this group up and running. (See you when you get here Ree-chard. I'm on "go.")
It's a good thing I love my country because the Pentagon and the federal government need a whole lot of love, tough discipline, and just someone to protect them from themselves to get through the crises coming down the road - and those that have arrived. For now, just hold your discipline and allow the Sunni ISIS/ISIL crowd to continue to coalesce. There never was any "Iraq" as the people do not truly think in those terms so quit trying to impose the typical artificial Western solution. As violent as they are, both Sunni and Shi'ite are carving out their space of governance. Wait for the right moment before considering any action, militarily or diplomatically. Do not do any drone strikes yet. The right moment has yet to arrive. Wait.
Exclusive: U.N. experts trace recent seized arms to Iran, violating embargo - I told you to reinstate those harsh sanctions months ago. We all knew Iran was double dealing and profiting behind the scenes.
Khamenei calls Iraq war a showdown between humanity and barbarity - read this outrageous lying attempt to recast the Sunni-Shi'ite fight in Iraq as something else. Of course, Iran is cast as the good guy in the fight.
Afghan election impasse revives suspicions about Karzai's role - a signal that Karzai refuses to leave office. Time for ALL the U. S. troops to come home and quit wasting our precious time and resources on a deadbeat country.
Obama blasts House Republicans over lawsuit threat - Republicans complain President Obama issues too many executive orders to make it possible to run the very government the Republicans have almost brought to a stand still for six years now. This lawsuit from the guys who plan to only be in session to "work" for a mere 26 days for the entire five months ahead. Seriously?? It's time the DOJ or a private law firm take Congress to court for "malfeasance in office" and "theft by deception." Taxpayers give these arrogant fools full time pay for not even a respectable amount of part time work.
Sharp rise in people fleeing eastern Ukraine: UNHCR - last week it was 40,000 refugees streaming into Russia. Now the count is up to 54,000 from Ukraine alone. There are over 110,000 refugees from various countries. Putin has done such an effective job of fearmongering for Russian speakers in other countries they are running to Russia. Well, you broke it, Putin; now let's see you fix it. Quit whining to Merkel, demanding she and Europe help Russia with this new refugee crisis Russia created in the first place.
BP seeks to recoup 'windfall' Gulf spill payments - this is the nastiest company in business in this century. They lie, cheat, steal, ruin entire seafood industries and complain they were taken advantage of??? we are still washing up oil clogs years later after the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico right here in Louisiana and elsewhere on the Gulf coast. this company has nerve to continue to insult America for their wrong-doing. this company had to be ordered by a court to pay the settlement they agreed to while they are in years of appeals. obviously, this latest court move is to get anyone but them to make the settlement payments. BP is a company of smelly skunks.
China looks to gain by joining big U.S.-led Pacific naval drills - this is red flag REALLY BAD IDEA, Pentagon and White House folks. I'm in agreement with these guys: "But analysts say the maneuvers may only help Beijing strengthen its growing naval capability by observing the forces of the United States and its allies."
Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is 'foregone conclusion' - oh, thank you, Israel for reading my political blog, A Truth Journal, and repeating my strategy. :) Israel is almost as entertaining as my favorite Russian yard cats. The way the Russians bluster in public sounds so 1300's. Who talks like that in the modern era anyway?
British spymaster John Sawers, head of MI6, to step down - this guy was as resistant to lifting veil of secrecy (possibly revealing serious incompetence in UK as in US) as now former NSA Chief Alexander was. Both needed to go.
U.S. Treasury says reaches foreign tax law pact with China - just one problem, why doesn't Obama do something similiar with the UK too? It isn't enough to just know who has money in foreign banks. Right now U.S. businesses are increasingly not paying tax here in America at all but are willing to pay taxes in the UK for around a mere 3 percent. They are running in droves to the UK. Yet U.S. businesses keep doing business here, have use of infrastructure and employees but do not contribute to the U.S. Treasury. Why does President Obama allow U.S. businesses to avoid their tax responsibilities?
Egypt defends itself at U.N. amid outcry over jailing of journalists - Egypt is over stepping International Smart here. If they want to continue to enjoy U.S. funding they would do well to free these journalists. Jailing journalists just makes everyone mistrust the new Egyptian government: everyone from business investments to other countries' government leaders. FYI, Egypt: don't expect good press from here going forward. It's just not smart to harm the guy delivering the message when they are not the originators of that message. Sisi started out well but has now lost his momentum by cracking down on journalists. Crack down on the actual terrorists doing the terrorism, not the guys who are reporting about terrorists.
Merkel calls Putin again on Ukraine - with no power or water in eastern Ukraine, those Russian speakers have now crossed the border as refugees into Russia, to the tune of 40,000. you broke it, Putin, now let's see you fix this humanitarian crisis.
West renews Russia sanctions threat as Ukraine ceasefire crumbles - what are waiting for???
Wars end. Nations move on. But for those who fought, the memories of combat -- of pain, loss, and desperate choices -- don't easily fade, which is why compassionate, effective ways of coping with war's aftermath are so important.
As the US again steps up drone attacks, the need for a clear policy on the use or sale of military drones becomes more urgent
The US already destroyed the political, economic, and social infrastructure of Iraq. There is no way it should attempt to re-enter this agony. This is not some jihadi apocalypse. In fact, ISIS is establishing the groundwork for what is emerging as a likely federalist structure of Sunni Arab, Shiite Arab, and Kurdish regions – the only way Iraq can survive for the foreseeable future.
Some in Congress are alarmed by reports of Iraqi forces throwing down their weapons and fleeing in the face of insurgents. They are asking the Pentagon if the same could happen after US troops leave Afghanistan.
Secretary of State John Kerry visited the semi-autonomous region today and urged the Kurds not to give up on Baghdad. But the Kurdish president told Kerry that 'We are facing a new reality and a new Iraq.'
Iraq's Kurdish minority have expanded their territorial control this month thanks to the collapse of the Iraqi army in the country's north. Kurdish leaders are unlikely to give it back.
Syrian regime gains in the strategic Qalamoun area face a counterattack by rebels holed up across the border in Lebanon. Post-Ottoman boundaries are dissolving in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
At Seeds of Peace, we bring kids from conflict zones together to learn to see each other and their differences in a new light. Now, our first generation of alumni are emerging as leaders of their societies and leveraging their experience to build peace.
Since the abduction of three Israeli teens, Israel has arrested about 350 Palestinians, conducted sweeps of 1,800 locales, and raided 64 Islamic charities with suspected links to Hamas. Concerns are growing about resulting Palestinian unrest.
By provoking US allies, Beijing is forcing Washington to choose between abandoning its friends or going to war with China. Both believe the other will back down. But there is a high chance that they are both wrong. America’s best move then is to change the game in Asia, by offering to share power if China behaves responsibly.
The unusually fast sentencing of over 300 terror suspects, mainly ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang Province, raises concern among human rights watchers.
Vladimir Putin today asked Russia's parliament to repeal the March 1 resolution that allowed him to send troops to Ukraine, as peace talks continue in the troubled country.
Thousand of Ukrainians have been displaced by fighting in the country's east. Some have found a safe harbor amid ex-President Yanukovych's sprawling, palatial estate.
The US Supreme Court tells Argentina that its sovereignty as a state is not above the principle of treating creditors equally in a bankruptcy. The decision helps set a moral norm that can boost the global financial system.
Letters to the Editor for the June 23, 2014 weekly magazine:
SEDAN: The May 12 cover story, 'The Nordic way,' reminded me of Sweden’s program to tackle its post-World War II housing shortages – which could be a model for the US.
JOHNSON: There are those who understand and honor the promise and vision of the Constitution and those who can’t seem to see beyond a simplistic, self-serving interpretation of its letter.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former captive of the Taliban, moved from inpatient to outpatient care at a military hospital in San Antonio Sunday. Officials say this is just one step in a long road to recovery.
Ibrahim's lawyer told The Associated Press that the 27-year-old was held along with two children and her husband at the international airport in Khartoum, the country's capital.
The Chibok girls were abducted in a state the size of Ireland that has 30,000 schools. Those basic logistics are not so easy to surmount.
Security forces denied the kidnappings. Government and military forces have been widely criticized for their slow response to the abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April.
A week-long nationwide sweep has recovered 168 children forced into prostitution in 106 cities. The increase in 'throwaway kids' not reported as missing is creating a larger pool of potential victims, their advocates say.
The Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail is joining forces with pediatricians and others in a literacy push aimed at low-income families: prescribed reading.
When publishing industry insider Jason Boog became a parent, the importance of his child reading integral to parenthood. Here are his thoughts on raising a kid who loves to read.
Shipwreck hunter Steve Libert and his crew found the debris this month about 120 feet from the spot where they removed a wooden slab a year ago that was protruding from the lake bottom.
Former 'News of the World' editor Andy Coulson was later communications director for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Rebekah Brooks, Coulson's former newspaper boss, was acquitted in the case.
What passes for news can be trivial or shocking. Careful news consumers think about what they’re taking in.
Twenty-six percent of Americans have no emergency savings of any kind, and a majority have less emergency saving than experts recommend, according to a study from Bankrate. Even as the rest of the economy improves, the US savings rate has been trending downward for decades.
Mutually distrustful diehards on the right and left have grown in numbers over the past two decades, says a new Pew study, which finds that liberals and conservatives also differ on whom they marry and where they live.
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki is reportedly seeking US airstrikes to halt advancing militants amid a crisis that is challenging Obama's claim to have responsibly ended America's Middle East wars.
Pomegranate juice company POM Wonderful can sue rival Coca-Cola for unfair competition over an allegedly misleading label, the Supreme Court ruled in a 8-0 decision. - SCOTUS refuses to take a case on an imminent execution of a person they know to be truly innocent but instead are willing to take a case on fruit juice. impeachment of the entire court, anyone???
The percentage of students who had smoked cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days was 15.7 percent, the lowest figure since tracking began in 1991, according to the CDC.
Eric Cantor's upset is a seismic event for Washington pundits and Republicans scrambling to replace him as House majority leader. But a game-changer for US politics? Not likely.
Former Rep. Ben Jones, a Georgia Democrat who played 'Cooter' on 'Dukes of Hazzard,' claims he was instrumental in Rep. Eric Cantor's defeat. Last weekend, Jones posted a letter online calling on Democrats to vote in the Virginia primary. The letter went viral.
David Brat lambasted Eric Cantor for his close ties to big business and Wall Street, perhaps striking a chord with Republicans who want the grassroots to exert more control over their party’s agenda, and corporate interests to exert less.
A stunning primary loss for the well-funded House leader Eric Cantor to a relatively unknown candidate may show voters in the Internet Age refuse to be treated as naive targets of expensive campaign tactics.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant shocked many with its swift capture of Iraqi cities. Despite US vows of a lighter military footprint, other countries still seem to expect it to step in.
Sunni Arab militants, with a jihadi group in the lead, have dealt a stunning series of defeats to the Iraqi central government in recent days.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, backed by other Sunni militants, now controls swaths of northern Syria and northwestern Iraq in which it can impose its harsh rule.
As the Muslim militant group ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria, its chances of establishing a strict Islamic theocracy will be weakened by its inherent flaws.
The shooting of an Islamic leader who preached tolerance adds to a string of unsolved murders of clerics and imams in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.
Americans spend more than $22 billion every year on air conditioning. Home owners can save money on air conditioning by replacing windows and calculating costs before purchasing air conditioners.
The role of women in the national labor force has been steadily rising over the last five decades. Since 1967, the percentage of the US workforce comprised of women has increased from 29 percent to nearly 50 percent. In 1960, only one in ten American mothers was the sole or primary family breadwinner, compared to four out of every ten mothers in 2011.
Nerdwallet broke down a list 522 cities into large, medium-sized and small cities to find the best of various types of places for women in the workforce. For more information on affordability in each of these cities, check out NerdWallet’s Cost of Living Calculator.
Angelina Jolie and Britain's top diplomat, William Hague, are dashing myths about the use of rape as a war tool. The world can work to end this crime, as seen in a summit in London this week.
The Internet was outraged after Google posted a Doodle honoring a Japanese game player on Google.co.uk without mention of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Though Google made amends for the mistake with an extensive online collection of D-Day artifacts, this isn't the first time the tech company has caused controversy with its Doodle choice.
If the US truly honors its veterans, reforms at the VA must move swiftly.
As other attempts for Middle East peace fail, the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority joined with the heads of two Christian churches in prayers for peace. The event Sunday at the Vatican serves as reminder about the universal source of a desire for peace.
Stepping up America’s direct role in advancing a resolution to the simmering conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan is an essential step to serve not only American interests, but to put Vladimir Putin on the defensive.
As an opposition member of parliament, I can happily say that Modi appears to have realized that he will have to lead the nation from the center and not from the extreme right, where he built his base. But if he backslides, we will resist him robustly. India's democracy deserves no less.
Facebook announced Thursday that users can give feedback about which ads are relevant to them. The social network will now be gathering more data on users for these targeted ads, but will also tell people how to opt-out.
Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ (August 2013)
Sigint – how the NSA collaborates with technology companies (September 2013)
NSA: classification guide for cryptanalysis (September 2013)
'Tor Stinks' presentation – read the full document (October 2013)
U.S. activists slam possible Walgreen tax move as 'unpatriotic' - time to quit doing business with Walgreen's. they enjoy the use of American workers, American consumers and American infrastructure but don't want to pay ANY taxes to the United States Treasury. if this White House and Congress do not stem the tide of U.S. businesses only paying taxes overseas and not at home then the middle class will be hit harder than ever to make up the shortfall.
Senate passes bill aimed at fixing veteran healthcare delays - this Congress, primarily Republicans, choked the budget of the Veterans Affairs, creating this health crisis by not allowing veterans to visit outside health care facilities and to hire more medical staff at the VA.
"If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" famous phrase
U.S. House Republican No. 2 Cantor to step down after election shock - Republicans eat their own and fast. Cantor would have insisted upon taking over quickly if this shocking election trouncing was another politician's fate. ruthless people making ruthless choices: live by the sword, die by the political sword in the Republican Party...
Over-confidence and neglect fuel Republican Cantor's stunning fall - up by 36 points Cantor lost to a no name Tea Party professor in a low turn out election.
Senator Ted Cruz officially gives up Canadian citizenship - obviously this guy is suffering from the delusion that America will violate or change its Constitution to allow someone not born in America to become President: not. Cruz was born in Canada not the U. S. Cruz thinks if he tells the lie long enough people will not challenge him.
Russia would react to NATO build-up near borders: minister - Putin sure is whining here. what did he expect? now he knows how it feels to be Ukraine and the other small countries neighboring Big Bully Russia.
Thousands of naked bicyclists stage festive Portland protest ride - OK, this has absolutely almost nothing to do with global security but it was such a bizarre funny story, well, you know, a Monday Morning Laugh is good for all. wait: it's about energy dependence, so, I am redeemed after all.
Israel 'disappointed' that U.S. will work with Palestinian unity government
Putin: Hillary Clinton Has 'Never Been Too Graceful' in Statements - Putin admits he is fearful of strong women.
Exclusive: As bank fines soar, U.S. threatened $16 billion BNP penalty - punitive penalties on the rise for wrong doing. it's about time!
Ukraine says no humanitarian crisis, no U.N. resolution needed - "Ukraine said on Wednesday there is no humanitarian crisis in the country and dismissed a Russian draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that seeks to create corridors to allow civilians to escape fighting in the east."
Pro-Russia Rebels in Ukraine Say Putin Gave Us 'False Hope'
Dramatic Taliban video shows dazed Bergdahl in handover (2:07)
More foreign fighters break cover among Ukraine separatists
Obama's counterterrorism doctrine: Let locals lead the fight