October 5, 2015
When I first heard of the Air attack on the Doctors Without Borders (DWB) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, my first thoughts were, we don’t make mistakes quite like that. What I mean is that we don’t mistakenly bomb the same target repeatedly. So, the question then was why did we bomb the hospital? Had the Taliban taken over? Where US forces underfire from the hospital? DWB says, no. The Taliban weren’t there at that time. The US has some pretty restrictive rules on attacking hospitals and religious sites.
Remember, we have at times (not sure if these rules are still in effect) not allowed our soldiers to fire at buildings if there was even a remote chance of civilians located inside. So, how could this happen?
The AP is reporting that US Military officials say it was the Afghan Military calling in the air strikes.
It appears in our inept attempt to push the war to the Afghan Government (Iraq, Syria) we are relying on non-US or ISAF allies to call in air strikes. Didn’t anyone think this might not be a good idea? We have in the recent past had incidents where one rival warlord, Sheik, Muktar, gave bad information on the whereabouts of insurgent forces just to assault another rival. Have we forgotten that local forces are not always working in the same interests are US forces? They also don’t have the same qualms about killing innocent people.
I also wonder, what lower ranking US military officer will take the blame for this and have his career ruined because they followed a piss poor policy.
Our leaders either don’t understand the culture and people we are dealing with or they do and this is just part of the plan. Either way doesn’t bode well for US foreign policy, which is a complete goat rope.
Remember this incident when someone says we can support non-US/NATO/ISAF ground forces from the air without “OUR” boots on the ground.
September 28, 2015
Taliban capture major city in Afghanistan, free hundreds of prisoners
DEVELOPING: Afghanistan said Monday that the Taliban have captured the northern city of Kunduz after a series of battles with government forces, marking the first time the insurgents have seized a major urban area since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
Just a few years ago Kunduz was pretty quiet. What fighting there was, took place in the south. Luckily our crack foreign policy team and military leaders have created a nice little vacuum in AFG, IRQ, and well hell, nearly everywhere.
Europe has been invaded and the President is worried about climate change and transgender opportunities in the military.
I wonder what our grandchildren will think when they look back at this time in history. Actually, I wonder if they’ll be allowed to think or speak.
September 27, 2015
The pictures would have been better had there been fewer street lights I would think, but still pretty cool.
September 24, 2015
THE European Union has lost control of its borders and risks total collapse if they are not sealed, a senior Brussels diplomat has warned.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, warned the EU was now facing a “critical point” and that the migrant crisis hadn’t even reached its peak.
As he chaired an emergency meeting of EU leaders in Brussels last night Mr Tusk painted a bleak picture of the EU’s future, saying the 28-member bloc was on the verge of breakdown with “recriminations and misunderstanding” pitting nations against one another.
The future of free movement was at stake, he said, as the continent had lost control of its borders as well as a “sense of order”…
…He appeared to lay much of the blame with Germany, accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel of exacerbating the problem by sending the signal to desperate Syrians fleeing their war-torn homeland that Germany had no limit on the number of migrants it would accept.
It is amazing the stupidity at which the German government has acted on this issue. In the name of political correctness (Multi-Culti), Germany and the EU have created one of the largest immigration and security crises that the EU may face. In fact it may change if not bring the EU down.
Already there are reports of normal hard working Germans being displaced by their own government to appease the invaders (sorry their not refugees). Crime by immigrants is up and so are clashes with officials trying to help them. You’ll note, if you follow European news sites, that much like the US media, when crime is committed by a “protected” group, there is little information on the criminal.
What was Angela Merkel thinking?
September 23, 2015
I found this site a few days ago. I love the images here. If your into retro design or really anything from the recent past it’s pretty “cool”.
There are many articles on design, architecture, style, furniture, and Kitsch. Below are some examples of images that form the articles.
Stylish Mid-Century Hotels & Motels
This image is from an article on
The American Dream of the 1940s & 1950s
And example of something I found there I want. This Philco PC comes from the Schultzework.com, another “cool” site.
September 21, 2015
A reporter is killed while meeting a source, her former Assistant District Attorney boy friend is left sorting out what happened. Meeting the source, the boy friend finds himself running from a certain government agency with a young genius.
The story involves high government officials, corruption, secret interrogations and plenty of shooting and running.
In other words it’s a pretty typical bad CIA, story. With that said, it’s fast-paced and pretty fun to read. This isn’t great literature, but is good beach side, pool-side, or killing time material.
Fun and fast.
September 21, 2015
We’ve all heard of Ahmed the clock making kid. The narrative goes, a young non-white man, builds a simple clock and everyone at his school assumes because of the color of his skin it’s a bomb. He is arrested and treated like a third class citizen. Oh the evil of it all.
The reality is a bit different. Ahmed, did in fact build a clock, a pretty cool clock actually. Did it look like a bomb? Well if you watch any movies these days, don’t they use briefcase with a circuit boards and a digital screens? Granted without some sort of explosive it’s not a bomb. I spent a number of years dealing with explosive materials in the military so I might not be excused for overreacting here, but a teacher? The teacher probably did their job and brought it to the attention of the authorities. What else could they do, not knowing what it was? Granted it wouldn’t take a genius to figure out this was just a clock. Strike one for the teacher.
The real tragedy here was when the police were called, why did this issue go any farther than taking a quick look and being a bit embarrassed? Why the police actually cuffed and took the young man in for questioning is beyond me. That’s a strike against the cop.
Where this went wrong was when it was realized that this was only a clock. Why any further action was taken is not exactly a mystery. The left has created this zero tolerance overacting school system. To go past checking the clock was just idiotic, not racist. Is this any different from the hundreds of times kids get in trouble at school for silly, rules? It seems schools are where the least amount of thinking by adults takes place these days.
Was it Islamaphobia? I don’t think so; it was schools and police that can’t use critical thinking skills out of fear that any mistake they make will be used against them. This has been a result of 40 + years of liberal leftist attacks on schools, school children and parents.
Update: There appears to be some question if Ahmed actually built the clock or just bought one and took it apart. A bit of a difference in the coolness but not much in the reaction.
September 8, 2015
I just completed Ruins of War by John Connell.
The story is a crime drama set in post war Munich, Germany. A killer is stalking the city killing and dismembering his victims. He sets their appendages in the shape of a cross.
Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Warrant Officer Mason Collins must track him down and stop the killing spree.
The backdrop is of a post war Germany and a desperate German populace that not only must survive the killer but the cold German winter amid the destruction.
I enjoyed the book. It’s always fun to read about a place you been and recognize the names of areas or buildings. Granted I was there in the 90s and not the 40s but it was still easy to picture the city and how it must have been.
The main characters were solid, not great but solid. The story had enough twists to make it interesting and not unbelievable. Overall a good read.
I really hadn’t planned on two books in a row about serial killers though.