Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Syrian Army, allies retake Palmyra from the Islamic State | The Long War Journal

Syrian Army, allies retake Palmyra from the Islamic State | The Long War Journal

Friday, March 25, 2016

'Dangerously Low' Number Of Officers Patrolling UIC At Times, Union Says

'Dangerously Low' Number Of Officers Patrolling UIC At Times, Union Says: "We are surrendering our campus to the criminal element," the police union said in a letter.

'Dangerously Low' Number Of Officers Patrolling UIC At Times, Union Says

'Dangerously Low' Number Of Officers Patrolling UIC At Times, Union Says: "We are surrendering our campus to the criminal element," the police union said in a letter.

Whitney Young Offices Burglarized, Ransacked, 'Completely Trashed'

Whitney Young Offices Burglarized, Ransacked, 'Completely Trashed': It's the third time the school has been vandalized in the last six weeks.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

US Army Plane Crash near Erbil

Some dignitary onboard was lucky. Damage looks light. Now I wonder who was inside.

Why so little news on offensive against ISIS in Mosul?

I'm sitting here in Sister Bay paying little attention to the TV. Maybe that explains it, but I sure have a hard time finding out what Americans and our allies doing to liberate #Mosul.

Iraqi Forces Preparing for Mosul Assault, OIR Spokesman Says

Iraqi Forces Preparing for Mosul Assault, OIR Spokesman Says: Speaking to reporters from Baghdad, Army Col. Christopher Garver said the Mosul assault will happen in the coming months on the timeline of the Iraqis, who are planning the operation.



I'm not entirely convinced this is real.  Very little getting reported. A lot of troops over there and US news filled with Trump.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Iraqi Shia militias show US-made equipment on road to Samarra | The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shia militias show US-made equipment on road to Samarra | The Long War Journal

Continetti on Trump


Via  Matthew Continetti,
The spectacle made me ill. On screen I watched decades of work by conservative institutions, activists, and elected officials being lit aflame not only by the New York demagogue but by his enablers who waited until the last possible moment to criticize and try to stop him. And even then it may be too late. 
I sometimes wonder whether Trump chose to run as a Republican because he identified the GOP as the weaker of the two parties. His politics line up favorably with Democrats, and he has supported Democrats in the past. But the Republicans had been so buffeted by 20 years of inattention to the costs of globalization, by the growing estrangement of traditional constituencies who have lost status and resources in the twenty-first century, by the mistakes and narrow-mindedness of the party elite, that clearly the party of Lincoln was the easier mark. Trump called the bluff of the Beltway establishment. He proved that the ghost of Jack Kemp doesn’t move the party base. The ghost of Nixon does.
The whole column here. 

Trump redefining 'so-called conservatism' one primary at a time: Jonah Goldberg


Jonah Goldberg nailing the odd moment Conservatives find themselves in.
This redefining of conservatism into Trumpism will hardly be limited to defending America’s most successful abortion mills. Donald Trump is fundamentally opposed to entitlement reform. He is vaguely for some kind of health care mandate and praises European nationalized health care systems. He suggests that those who disagree are for letting people “die in the streets.” 
Indeed, across a range of issues, Trump argues for his own brand of strong-government conservatism grounded not in, say, Bush’s faith in God, but in Donald Trump’s faith in himself. He has never shown more than the briefest nod to traditional conservative concerns about limited government, personal liberty or the Constitution. Winning is his lodestar, and he will do what is required to “win” and he will proclaim that “common sense.” Democrats can’t see it, but Trump represents a massive victory for the left in so far as he’s the first major Republican figure to successfully reject libertarianism, even rhetorically. 
If Trump is successful, liberty-oriented conservatism will be replaced by so-called common sense statism. And those who complain will be dismissed as “so-called conservatives.”

Thursday, March 03, 2016

A quarter million dead in Syria and the worst refugee crisis since WWII because of Obama's idiotic concept


 Al-Monitor's lookback on five years of Obama's policy towards Syria.
At the root of the Obama policy's failure, argues former Ambassador Ryan Crocker, was the mistaken impression that Bashar al-Assad would be as easy to dislodge as other dictators felled by the Arab Spring. As ambassador to Syria, Crocker had formed firsthand impressions of the Syrian regime's "near-perfect police state" in one-on-one discussions with the future Syrian leader in the late 1990s, but no one in the administration asked for his opinion before announcing that Assad had to go. 
"It's Diplomacy 101: Never set a policy if you don't have the means to achieve it," Crocker told Al-Monitor. "That was a policy based on hope, which we all know is a fairly idiotic concept."

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/03/syria-war-us-officials-five-years-failure.html#ixzz41t9egNxS