Category Libya

Pentagon Issues Statement On Air Strike On Somalia-Based & al-Qaeda-Linked al Shabaab Group

Pentagon Statement on Somalia Strike 06/11/2017 08:53 AM CDT IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-219-17 June 11, 2017 Pentagon Statement on Somalia Strike Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following: On June 11, at approximately 2 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the Department of Defense conducted a strike operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia. The operation occurred […]

The Thucydides Trap

Excerpts:   Although China’s rise presents particular challenges, Washington policymakers should heed five Cold War lessons. Lesson 1: War between nuclear superpowers is MADness. Lesson 2: Leaders must be prepared to risk a war they cannot win. Lesson 3: Define the new “precarious rules of the status quo.” Lesson 4: Domestic performance is decisive. Lesson […]

Full Speech: POTUS Trump Address In Saudi Arabia

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SPEECH IN SAUDI ARABIA http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/334454-full-speech-president-donald-trump-address-in-saudi FULL SPEECH: President Donald Trump address in Saudi Arabia BY THE HILL STAFF – 05/21/17 12:00 PM EDT 32 26 181   Autoplay: On | Off I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received […]

The Return of Marco Polo’s World And The U.S. Military Response

Very looooong essay/article.  But, if you have the time and inclination, it is rich and interesting, with much to think about.  RCP Dave Maxwell:   Below is the text of Robert Kaplan’s long essay.  The original with graphics, photos, and citations can be read at this link:  http://stories.cnas.org/the-return-of-marco-polos-world-and-the-u-s-military-response. We should read, ponder, and discuss this […]

Might IS, al-Qaida Team Up In Iraq?

     This team-up — if it happens — isn’t just going to be in Iraq.  Gareth Davies wrote in the Daily Mail Online earlier this week that “Messengers representing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his counterpart, Ayman al Zawhiri have discussed what is understood to be a merger deal.”  Mr. Davies cited the […]

The Twin Goals Behind North Korea’s Resolve On Nuclear Weapons

The comments below highlighted in blue are by/from Col. (Ret.) Dave Maxwell and his contact info is at the bottom of this article.  RCP Dave Maxwell:  Please understand the highlighted portion especially and we should also keep in mind that China does not have the same fears or view the north as a threat in […]

North Korea Says The U.S. Strike On Syria Validates Its Nuclear Weapons Program

North Korea Says The U.S. Strike On Syria Validates Its Nuclear Weapons Program By Bonnie Kristian, theweek.com View Original April 7th, 2017 The Trump administration’s Thursday strike against a Syrian regime air base in response to Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack was “an unforgivable act of aggression against a sovereign state,” a statement from North Korea said Saturday. The strike also […]

Two Articles/Studies: ‘Iran’s Assad Regime;’ & ‘The Pitfalls Of Relying On Kurdish Forces To Counter ISJIS’

Iran’s Assad Regime The Pitfalls of Relying on Kurdish Forces to Counter ISIS_ Both studies were produced by the Institute For The Study Of War; and can be accessed at the links provided above.  V/R, RCP

What An Egyptian-Iranian Thaw Would Mean For U.S. Foreign Policy In The Region

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/322293-what-an-egyptian-iranian-thaw-would-mean-for-us-foreign What An Egyptian-Iranian Thaw Would Mean For U.S. Foreign Policy In The Region BY HAISAM HASSANEIN AND WESAM HASSANEIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 03/04/17 09:00 AM EST 6 51 51   © Getty Images The Trump administration has adopted an aggressive approach towards Iran.  It seeks to establish a unified front of Arab Sunni states against Iranian […]

Detachment A: Clandestine Special Forces Missions From Berlin To Iran

Detachment A: Clandestine Special Forces Missions From Berlin To Iran By Det-a Book Authors, www.detachment-a.org View Original February 6th, 2017 It was the early 1970’s, at Andrews Barracks in Berlin, where a stern looking Special Forces Sergeant Major paced down the hallway for roll call. Daily army accountability formations are normally held outside, but due to the […]