Similar thoughts on ISIS

If You Want To Stop ISIS, Here Is What It Will Take ~By Angelo Codevilla

Angelo Codevilla has some similar thoughts on war as I do.  Read his piece at the

Key points:

Killing the IS requires neither more nor less than waging war—not as the former administration waged its “war on terror,” nor by the current administration’s pinpricks, nor according to the too-clever-by-half stratagems taught in today’s politically correct military war colleges, but rather by war in the dictionary meaning of the word. To make war is to kill the spirit as well as the body of the enemy, so terribly as to make sure that it will not rise again, and that nobody will want to imitate it.

Note the material sources of the Islamic State’s power: supplies from and through Turkey’s Muslim Brotherhood government, paid for largely with money from notables in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, as well as from the government of Qatar. Beyond religious sectarianism, the motivation for this support is the Qataris’ and the Turks’ foreign policy seemingly based on promotion of Sunni political Islam wherever possible.

The first strike against the IS must be aimed at its sources of material support. Turkey and Qatar are very much part of the global economy—one arena where the U.S. government has enormous power, should it decide to use it.

Codevilla also mentions Saudi Arabia a country playing games with us and the world. Much of the Muslim world unrest can be linked backed to the US supported Saudi’s. 


Mixed messages on ISIS or ISIL or is it IS

So, is ISIS a threat to the US or not? If you follow the White House and the Pentagon it would be very hard to tell. In another sign that this Administration is clueless they have in recent days continued to send out conflicting messages. Just a few days ago General Dempsey and Chuck Hagel were declaring ISIS a great threat. Now it seems after the White House played that down the defense side of the house has revised their assessment. Now it’s “if” ISIS becomes a threat to the homeland then we should do something. Why? Probably because the previous statements back the President into a corner where he would be forced to make a decision. In order to do this he would have to break away from his golf game and the very time consuming NFL regular season coming soon.

I do wonder about this statement.

Dempsey said that so far, there is no sign that the Islamic State militants are engaged in "active plotting against the homeland, so it’s different than that which we see in Yemen."

Umm… what about this video?


Ok I hear this guys is dead now and was just brash talk so I don’t suppose it matters.

Look folks, there are over 500 British citizens that have joined ISIS and as many as 50 Americans. But I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about.

(note: conflicted reports on how many Americans)

JB’s basic rules for foreign policy and war

Don’t go to war unless you intend to win. Winning is not lobbing a couple of missiles and holding a press conference. Winning is total submission of the enemy. This must require the consent of Congress.

Don’t hand out aid without reciprocal outcomes. In other words don’t continue to aid those that aid the enemy in any way at all. Aid must come with conditions. Those the support us should be rewarded very well.

If you make an agreement to support someone, support them. If they break the agreement stop all support.

If action is necessary for the greater national interest, make your case to congress get approval and act. Act decisively and leave no room for confusion or misinterpretation.

When dealing with Terrorist organizations, those countries that continue to fund and support terrorist should be considered and openly labeled as enemies of the US. They should be isolated and never funded with US dollars. Other nations that support these countries should be put on notice also and penalized for their support.

There is no such thing as humanitarian aid to the enemy. It is all aiding the enemy. When they cease hostilities they will have their humanitarian aid in the form of no more attacks on them.

Don’t nation build. Destroy enemies and advise them once they have completely surrendered that we can help but under our conditions. If you must nation build expect to stay for at least 50 years and allow only those that are competent and support our ideas of governance to be placed into office. At some point they can have their government back but not until they have proved themselves capable and not a threat to us and our allies.

When you send troops to war they should stay until the job is done. This motivates both the leaders and the population in general to get on with the winning.

Respect is not gained through passivity and appeasement. More war or violence is only guaranteed.

Predictability in policy is a plus in dealing with others. If they know where you stand and it’s a strong stance they will be less likely to challenge you. This is not a tactical issue which does not follow this rule.

"No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full." ~ Epitaph of Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Nicolo Machiavelli

on whether it be better to be loved or feared.

Upon this a question arises: whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved? It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with. Because this is to be asserted in general of men, that they are ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous, and as long as you succeed they are yours entirely; they will offer you their blood, property, life and children, as is said above, when the need is far distant; but when it approaches they turn against you. And that prince who, relying entirely on their promises, has neglected other precautions, is ruined; because friendships that are obtained by payments, and not by greatness or nobility of mind, may indeed be earned, but they are not secured, and in time of need cannot be relied upon; and men have less scruple in offending one who is beloved than one who is feared, for love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.

A country of no laws

Good people forsaken for the likes of bad.  Police get bad coverage and say screw it, defend yourselves.  Maybe they have a point.  I feel for those that are just bystanders.  If I owned a business there I would sure as hell leave town never to return. 

I’m sure this won’t change the way they vote though.

FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- Police presence is in question after St. Louis County and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers left the scene in Ferguson once looters began attacking businesses overnight.

Looks like the hug-fest didn’t quite work.

The rioting erupted after Thursday night’s and Friday’s peaceful protests that had followed Gov. Nixon’s appointment of state highway patrol led by Capt. Ron Johnson to oversee security and the subsequent relaxation of the previous heavy police presence and tactics. Mr. Johnson grew up in the area.

Some didn’t wait for the Police

Two store owners, standing outside their business holding guns, told that when they called 911, they were sent from one police agency to another, and got no response.

One of the owners, with a large black gun resting on his shoulder, told the station that police were lined up blocks from the looting, and did not engage looters making off with large boxes from these stores.

"There’s no police," he said. "We trusted the police to keep it peaceful; they didn’t do their job."

But then how could they when everyone was looking for a reason to find them guilty of abuse?

What a mess.

Ferguson MO and ZO’s thoughts

I think I’ll just post Alfonzo’s response.  It pretty much covers mine.

Ok maybe a couple of thoughts.

There are a couple of issues and each should be addressed separately. I don’t know why or how Michael Brown was shot.  So, that’s one particular issue and should be followed up. 

As to the riots?  No justification for destroying your own neighborhood. Hell I might understand this if it was directed at the city jail or police department building but local stores?  Nope it’s not about justice. 

Police Militarization:  I’m on the side of limiting the militarization of the local police forces.  They have forgotten their primary mission which is preservation of the peace.  They are the Hammer and everyone else becomes a nail. That doesn’t mean police shouldn’t have good equipment though.  I’m not sure why they didn’t stop the looters yet arrested reporters and protesters.

It’s interesting the in nearly every third world country and a few first world countries, the Military is trusted more than the police.  

Lauren Bacall gone

I remember picking up Lauren Bacall’s Autobiography back in the early eighties.  It was my Grandmothers book.  My grandmother was a pretty hard nosed women and two of her favorite actors were John Wayne and Lauren Bacall.  She was also an avid western novel reader and would pass the books on to me.  So, If she like Lauren Bacall I had to read the book.  What I like about Lauren Bacall was she was part of a time when strong women were really strong and not whining little nerds. Like Katherine Hepburn, Lauren didn’t seem to be afraid to say what she thought anytime anywhere.  Just read any interview with her.

A self proclaimed liberal who was good friends with the self proclaimed conservative, John Wayne. 

These were real people with grit and we sure do need those type more than ever now.  Another good one gone.

Robin Williams, Sad

It’s sad to hear about the death of Robin Williams. He was a one of a kind. I can’t think of any other comic/actor that had the energy the Robin Williams had. Like everyone else of my age, we grew up with Robin Williams. I watched Happy Days when he emerged and watched Mork and Mindy every week. I was surprised when he was able to show so much dramatic emotion when taking on deeper roles. A shame and a loss for us all.

Do we help the Kurd’s and Yazidi’s


President Obama is considering a rescue mission for the Yazidi’s of northern Iraq. While I’m not a fan of sending troops back into Iraq I do support the Kurds and Yazidi’s. Every encounter I’ve had with both groups has been a good one. Crossing into Kurdish controlled areas while I was in Iraq the feeling of dread would lift. The problem is that we don’t have any will to finish any foreign involvement. It’s like we never have a real plan. So, I hesitate to support fully anything we do these days until I feel we have a serious President and a serious group of military leaders. I see neither at this point.

We will however, be forced to deal with ISIS at some time in the near future. When we finally realize threats like this require total destruction and not negotiation, I’ll completely support military action again.

Back at it soon

It’s been pretty hectic here.  Lots of travel and delays.  I’m a bit surprised I haven’t yet had a TSA pat down.

I hope to be posting on a regular bases again real soon.

There is certainly enough to comment on these days. ISIS in IRAQ, Afghanistan insider threats, Ebola, IRS, HHS, Employment, and many other issues of the day.

Till then to tide you all over here is a little quote for Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas_Jefferson_by_Rembrandt_Peale,_1800Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

~Thomas Jefferson