Syria update III: Mattis Resigns, Sky Falls

“My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.”
—Secretary of Defense James Mattis

Syria Update II: OMG SHIT GOT REAL FAST

Then came the wave: MATTIS RESIGNS

So, Trump said we beat ISIS and we’re leaving Syria, so this should be interesting…

So, yeah, this should be interesting.
I have thought for a very long time that “civilian control” of the military was an adorably cute notion. 
(I also don’t believe in the Tooth Fairy, in case you were wondering.)

“Shock and Awe – Achieving Rapid Dominance”

“Theoretically, the magnitude of Shock and Awe Rapid Dominance seeks to impose (in extreme cases) is the non-nuclear equivalent of the impact that the atomic weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had on the Japanese.”

Foreign Policy: One Million Refugees

Half of Europe’s asylum seekers in the last two years were still awaiting word on whether they could stay at the end of 2016. via Study: About One Million Refugees Left … Continue reading Foreign Policy: One Million Refugees

America’s assumptions about our threats may be very outdated. WE are seen as the enemy by most. (Even most allies, now.)

“”…it’s time we stopped willfully misunderstanding the situation we are in and the leverage we no longer have.
The world is uniting against us with stunning rapidity.