Category Archives: Military

Syrians, Kurdish, Turkish Realignment: Regional Conflicts Require Regional Solutions

America, Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, Middle East, Military, War

The Syrian, Kurdish, Turkish realignment is not “a moment of geopolitical whiplash.” But rather, a return—we hope—to regional politics in the Middle East.

America thinks that it must and can be a decisive force for good in the Middle East. However, the region’s players march to their own drumbeat. Always have.

in fact, the move had been in the works for more than a year. Fearing U.S. abandonment, the Kurds opened a back channel to the Syrian government and the Russians in 2018, and those talks ramped up significantly in recent weeks, American, Kurdish and Russian officials told The Associated Press.

[Via AP]

In Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East 1789-1923, Efraim and Inari Karsh marshal prodigious scholarship to show that, “Twentieth-century Middle Eastern history is essentially the culmination of long-standing indigenous trends, passions, and patterns of behavior rather than an externally imposed dictate.” The trend continues.

Keep it regional. The Kurds are safest aligning with regional power players against Turkey.

* Image courtesy of VOA.

POTUS On Heartbreak At The Dover Air Force Base

Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, Military, War

President Trump spoke movingly and poignantly today about comforting families waiting on the bodies of their dead boys at the Dover Air Force Base. POTUS mentioned Eisenhower’s prophetic warning against the power of the military-industrial-complex to launch and sustain wars.

In 2013, I wrote about the achingly beautiful ceremonies at Dover:

Watch this ceremony at the Dover Air Force Base. Soldiers receive the coffined body of a slain comrade on its arrival in Dover. They handle it with exquisite care, hands clad in white gloves. What a stark, pathos-filled, sad ceremony, every move so tender and respectful.

Yes, “every move so tender and respectful.”
And every death so futile.

UPDATED (8/1/019): Tulsi Gabbard Gets It Right About Creepy Kamala Harris

Democrats, Elections, Foreign Policy, Homosexuality, Military, War

The Democratic representative for Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, has cautioned that California Sen. Kamala Harris’ lack of military experience would continue a “dangerous” cycle that would exacerbate the US “military industrial complex.”

Kamala’s spokesperson clawed back by bashing Gabbard’s past, peace-making efforts in the Middle East. Unlike kamala, Gabbard grasps that Bashar Assad is against ISIS and, with all his flaws, represents the civilized, pro-Christian option for Syria. (See “Lies About Putin, Syria & The Alawite Alliance.”)

VIA CNN:

Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has taken aim at presidential primary rival Sen. Kamala Harris, arguing the California Democrat “lacks the temperament” to be commander in chief.

“Kamala Harris is not qualified to serve as commander in chief and I can say this from a personal perspective as a soldier,” Gabbard said on Fox Sports Radio. “She has no background or experience in foreign policy and she lacks the temperament that is necessary for commander in chief.”

Harris has been the subject of increased attention after she made steep polling gains for confronting Democratic frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden during the first round of presidential debates. Gabbard and Harris will share the debate stage during the second night of CNN’s Democratic primary debates on July 31.
Gabbard said Tuesday that Harris’ lack of military experience would continue a “dangerous” cycle that would exacerbate the US “military industrial complex.”

The anchor activists at CNN dislike Gabbard for her anti-war views and because she’s not as progressive as she’s “supposed to be” on the gay marriage and LGBTQ political production.

UPDATE (8/1/019):

#KamalaHarrisDestroyed is trending after Democratic debate:

#Kamala creep intimates ‘she couldn’t be bothered to care about #Gabbard’s criticism because the Hawaii congresswoman isn’t polling as highly as she is.’

A house is a human right.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg: The New Face Of The Military

Gender, Government, Left-Liberalism, Military, Political Correctness

Samuel P. Huntington offered “a now-classic description of the military mind — conservative, realistic, and pessimistic about human nature.” Elsewhere in one of his books, Huntington mentions that the military was once, almost to a man, Republican.

No longer. And Mayor Pete Buttigieg is hardly exhibit A as to the progressive nature of the military. But he is a damn good one, for the military is reliably liberal.

The military is government. The military works like government; is financed like government, and sports many of the same inherent malignancies of government. Like all government-run divisions and departments, the US military is manacled by multiculturalism, feminism and all manner of outré sexual politics, affirmative action, and political correctness that kills.”

In other words, the military’s impetus is liberal.

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