|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.