Category Afghanistan

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, And Pink Flamingoes To Watch In 2018

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, and Pink Flamingoes to Watch in 2018 mwi.usma.edu View Original December 28th, 2017 While driving along the shore of Lake Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island in September 2011, I saw them for the first time. Black Swans. My wife and I pulled over, jumped out, and spent a half […]

The Future of Conflict: Third Time Around : Global Brief – By Former Dep. CIA Dir.

The Future of Conflict: Third Time Around : Global Brief by John E. McLaughlin  globalbrief.ca The former CIA head revisits his predictions from 2009 and 2014, and projects forward to 2022 For the third time since the inaugural issue of GB in 2009, I will try to look ahead five years to estimate the future of conflict. […]

How Obama Manipulated Sensitive Secret Intelligence For Political Gain

‘Benghazi was…..a result of an anti-Islam video,’  lest we forget.  RCP, fortunascorner.com   How Obama manipulated sensitive secret intelligence for political gain washingtontimes.com · by Guy Taylor President Obama’s White House had a troublesome tendency to mishandle some of the nation’s most delicate intelligence — especially regarding the Middle East — by leaking classified information in an […]

How ISIS Members Fled The Caliphate, Perhaps To Fight Another Day

How ISIS Members Fled The Caliphate, Perhaps To Fight Another Day By Yusuf Sayman, www.buzzfeed.com View Original December 19th, 2017 SANLIURFA, Turkey — A notorious Australian jihadi left the ISIS caliphate this summer and crossed the Syrian border into Turkey. With him was a well-connected Syrian doctor who’d overseen medical facilities in the ISIS capital of Raqqa. […]

Obama Administration ‘SABOTAGED A DEA Operation To Stop Iranian-Backed Hezbollah Group From Bringing Illegal Drugs Into The U.S. & Helped Group Grow Into Global Threat So The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Go Through

Obama Administration ‘SABOTAGED A DEA Operation To Stop Iranian-Backed Hezbollah Group From Bringing Illegal Drugs Into The U.S. & Helped Group Grow Into Global Threat So The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Go Through   www.fortunascorner.com      The explosive headline above is from a December 18, 2017 article by Gareth Davies, which is posted in […]

DoD Releases Report On Enhancing Security And Stability In Afghanistan

  DOD Releases Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan 12/15/2017 09:19 AM CST IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-424-17 Dec. 15, 2017 DOD Releases Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan   Today the Department of Defense provided to the Congress the semiannual report “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan” covering events during the […]

David Petraeus Would Still Work For Trump, Under ‘Certain Conditions’

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/12/david-petraeus-would-still-work-for-trump-under-certain-conditions-216065 David Petraeus Would Still Work for Trump, Under ‘Certain Conditions’ Life is good for the former CIA director and four-star general. But he’s keeping his options open.   By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE December 12, 2017 NEW YORK—David Petraeus had a rule when he was in command in Afghanistan and Iraq: “Be first with the truth.” Recalling […]

Changing Calculus And Learning From Our Enemies

Excerpts: Again, it is helpful for to compare these worrying advances with the successful attack on Keating in 2009. Despite the technological superiority of their opponent, the Taliban used basic weapons, tactics, and technologies that had not changed substantially from similar attacks on Soviet forces in the same region decades earlier—probably because their dominance in […]

Elite Terrorist Interrogation Team Withers Under Trump

Elite terrorist interrogation team withers under Trump By Ali Watkins, www.politico.com View Original December 5th, 2017 Launched by President Barack Obama after CIA torture scandals, the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group is “floundering,” U.S. officials say. The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group was formed in 2009 as President Barack Obama moved to overhaul U.S. interrogation and detention policies […]

Future Wars May Depend As Much On Algorithms As On Ammunition, Report Says

Excerpts: “China intends to seize the initiative to become the ‘premier global AI innovation center’ by 2030, potentially surpassing the United States in the process,” according to a recent report by the Center for a New American Security.   That should serve as a call-to-arms “Sputnik moment,” Work said. “I personally believe that a national […]