Lesson: Except where absolutely necessary never ever let the left hand know what the right hand is doing. In fact, chop off every hand you can and move as rapidly as possible to eliminate hands attached to humans altogether.
Category: War, arms trade, and all that nasty shit
Syria update IV: I am deeply shaken — morning after Mattis’ letter of resignation
It is BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY time.
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
Update 1: on Trump’s “we’re out of Syria” experiment
A border wall paid in pesos was more likely than this.
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.)
Once Upon a Time, U.S. Foreign Policy Worked
Once Upon a Time, U.S. Foreign Policy Worked https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/02/once-upon-a-time-u-s-foreign-policy-worked/ — Read on foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/02/once-upon-a-time-u-s-foreign-policy-worked/
Some notes on Israel – Iran story I’ve been working on for almost a year
the proxy war is well underway – who is minding the store?
“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 in Limbo in Europe Through 2016 — Foreign Policy