Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oddball.

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Here yet with one more instance of Hollywood personalities involved in "business" with an actual military dimension.

A rare occurrence the last time prior to Lara Croft/Angelina Jolie Clint Eastwood and William Shatner participants.

Think Kelly [Kelly's Heroes] and Captain Kirk [Star Trek].

 "Left Behind: Cinematic Revisions of the Vietnam POW"

II.   REAGAN OPENS DISCUSSION /RAMBO RESPONDS

"Starting in 1979 and continuing into the early 1980's, POW films would revisit Vietnam and the POW image in super-hero rescue films."

Super-hero rescue films. Such as might have been Lara Croft as played in the cinema by Angelina Jolie!

"One military officer attempted to find out first hand if POWs remained. In 1982, Special Forces Colonel James 'Bo' Gritz organized a search and rescue team with donated money from Clint Eastwood and William Shatner among others, to go into Laos. Eastwood wanted the movies rights if the mission proved successful."

MISSION TO LOCATE OR RECOVER AND REPATRIATE AMERICAN PRISONER-OF-WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA UNSUCCESSFUL. BUT THE IDEA AND INTENTION AND FINANCING WERE THERE!!

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Kirkuk III.

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Continuing that situation in Kirkuk and the semi-autonomous regions. The Iraqi National Army and Kurdish peshmerga militia at odds with one another:

1. "Kirkuk: US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq - CNN - CNN.com"

"4 hours ago - Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Kurdish fighters and Iraqi forces -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed territory. Iraqi forces seized the coveted oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday after ..."

2. "US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army ..."

"1 day ago - Iraqi forces patrol in the streets after they retake the control of the city center from peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday."

3. "Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city - BBC News"

"13 hours ago - Iraqi government forces have taken control of the two largest oilfields near the disputed city of Kirkuk after Kurdish forces left the area."

4. "Kirkuk: The city that highlights Iraq's war within a war - BBC News"

"7 hours ago - Over the last week, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have redeployed into the capital and oilfields of Iraq's Kirkuk province for the first time since the ..."

5. "Iraqi Forces Sweep Into Kirkuk, Checking Kurdish Independence Drive ..."

"2 days ago - Three weeks after the Kurds voted for independence, Iraqi forces overtook the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and its valuable oil fields on Monday."

Push has already come to shove. We hope for nothing beyond that. Too much is at stake here. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

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USAFA.

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"We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does." "Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably."

Cadets behaving badly and most ashamedly so!!

USAFA = United States Air Force Academy.

From the Russian Internet web site Sputnik:

"Cheating, Hazing, Assault: Misconduct Investigations Rock US Air Force Academy"

"Scandals and investigations have rocked the US Air Force Academy (USAFA), as over a dozen students have been accused of cheating on tests as well as allegations of misconduct in the elite academy’s lacrosse team."

"Thirteen freshmen students at the academy have come under investigation after they were accused of cheating on a test of Air Force knowledge given to new students to test their basic understanding of the US military's history and doctrine."

"'These tests are part of their military instruction and consist of questions related to military history, rank structure and other general knowledge,' . . . 'Because that investigation is ongoing as well, I can't divulge any further details.'" - - Lt. Col. Allen Herritage.

This cheating as alleged can best be described as Jack's Valley stuff. First year cadets EVEN BEFORE THEY BEGIN FRESHMAN CLASSWORK.

We are talking about drill and ceremonies, wearing the uniform, Code of Conduct, Chain of Command type of "stuff". More of less identical to what is taught to any enlisted raw basic training recruit no matter what the service!

Hardly advanced science, technology, engineering, math [STEM] type of material for which the Air Force Academy rates very high and is very proud of.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Saudi AF II.

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Conclusion!

AWACS = Airborne Warning And Control Systems.

Yet one more appraisal of Saudi air force combat capability courtesy of Strategy Page. As extracted an evaluation much more sanguine. Observations as made germane to the current intervention in the Yemeni civil war.

"sanguine - [sang-gwin] - adjective - 1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident"

"Attrition: Arabs Advance As Aerial Adversaries"

"Iran was less eager to publicize the fact that the Arabs had succeeded in carrying out a sustained air campaign using modern aircraft (mostly F-15s, Tornadoes, Typhoons, F-16s and F-18s) and weapons (GPS and laser guided bombs and missiles) using targeting pods and AWACS aircraft. There were also several Arab operated aerial tankers as well as dozens of helicopter gunships and search and rescue helicopters. All this stuff performed well with Arab crews and under the supervision of Arab commanders."

Saudi aircrews, ground personnel, commanders all showing an unexpected mettle? 

A combination of air power in totality the coordination difficult as best. Combat aviation to include fighter/tanker/rotary wing/AWACS all in a combat role the RSAF their performance on this occasion exemplary!

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Saudi AF I.

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AF = Air Force.

"pa·per ti·ger - noun - a person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual."

From the Internet Web site Strategy Page an index to a whole series of articles and forum the topic of which is the Saudi Air Force and their relative inability as a fighting force, top-gun state-of-the-art flying hardware in abundance notwithstanding.

1. "The Royal Saudi Air Force - A Paper Tiger, Minus the Tiger"

"The Royal Saudi Air Force couldn't fight (or fly) it's way out of a wet paper bag. They spent a whole lot of money on 72 new F-15S's, but have a ..."

2. "Attrition: Saudi Arabia Destroys The Yemen Air Force"

"Apr 2, 2015 ... In late March Saudi Arabia destroyed the Yemeni Air Force How that came to be is a strange tale indeed Saudi Arabia began air strikes against ..."

3. "Leadership: Why the Saudi Air Force Will Still Suck"

"Nov 17, 2005 ... Saudi Arabia is out shopping for new warplanes Since Saudi Arabia has the money to buy the best stuff out there, warplane manufacturers are ..."

4. "Murphy's Law: Why Arabs Need Their Foreign Mercenaries"

"Mar 17, 2011 ... March 17, 2011: Saudi Arabia recently bought 72 Typhoon jet fighters from ... they are considered marginally better than other Arab air forces."

5. "Misconceptions about the Royal Saudi Air Force as well as musings."

"please excuse my spelling and grammar, English is a third language to me) First of all regarding the lack of capable Saudi air craft maintenance ..."

6. "How hard to invade Saudi?"

". . . the Saudi air force scored several air-to-air kills against Iraqi fighters during Desert Storm without losing any or just one or two planes ..."

Perspectives of the Saudi air force in all cases harsh, cynical, skeptical!

EVEN OVERWHELMINGLY SO! DESERVED OR NOT THIS IS THE QUESTION/

More to follow.

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Kirkuk II.

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More and continuing updates on the Kirkuk, Iraq situation.

Combat units of the Iraqi National Army and fighters of the Kurdish peshmerga in mortal battle. This is all a simple "dispute" that can be easily mended?/

1. "Kirkuk: US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq - CNN - CNN.com"

"3 hours ago - Baghdad (CNN)The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Kurdish fighters and Iraqi forces -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed territory. Iraqi forces seized the coveted oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday after three ..."

2. "US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army ..."

"18 hours ago - Iraqi forces patrol in the streets after they retake the control of the city center from peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday."

3. "Iraqi Kurds' dream of independence seems more elusive than ever"

"The establishment of an independent Kurdistan — a decades-old dream for many people here — was starting to take shape. In a nonbinding referendum held by the Kurds three weeks ago, more than 92% of voters favored breaking away from Iraq. But on Tuesday, the dream all but died."

4. "Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city - BBC News"

"5 hours ago - Iraqi government forces have taken control of the two largest oilfields near the disputed city of Kirkuk after Kurdish forces left the area."

JUST AT THAT EXACT MOMENT WHEN THE COMMON FOE THE ISLAMIC STATE IS ON THE ROPES AND EVERYONE IS PREPARING FOR THE PROVERBIAL KNOCK-OUT PUNCH THIS HAPPENS. PURPORTED ALLIES IN COALITION NOW FIGHTING OVER "DISPUTED" TERRITORY. SAY IT IS NOT SO JOE BUT YOU KNOW BETTER.

This is far from over I fear. Has the potentiality to get far worse.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kirkuk I.

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The Kurds and their ways! Hold the presses!

It doesn't get much worse than this. At the exact wrong moment trouble fomenting where no trouble is needed.

As is the headline in the proverbial nutshell from the Wall Street Journal today:

* "Iraqi forces clashed with fighters from the Kurdish semi-autonomous region near the oil-rich province of Kirkuk."

Further an index the topic of the Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi National Army units at odds even to extent of mortal combat:

1. "Iraqi troops clash with Kurds in effort to gain control of oil-rich Kirkuk ..."

"10 hours ago - Iraq's national army advanced overnight and took areas in and around the oil city of Kirkuk that is usually dominated by the country's Kurdish ..."

2. "LIVE: Iraqi forces, Shiite militia engage in fighting with Peshm - Rudaw"

"5 hours ago - “Trying to seize the will of the people of Iraqi Kurdistan using military .... in Kirkuk amid clashes between Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army, ..."

3. "U.S. military says clash between Iraq, Kurdish forces is a ..."

"14 hours ago - Iraqi federal forces entered disputed territory held by Kurds early Monday, seeking to end a nearly month-old political fight over areas taken ..."

4. "Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds - BBC News - BBC.com"

"Iraqi forces move on Kurdish-controlled areas, weeks after the region voted to ... Baghdad said the Peshmerga had withdrawn 'without fighting', but clashes were ... Earlier, the Iraqi military announced that elite units had been 're-deployed' at ..."

5. "Peshmerga: Baghdad to pay heavy price for declaring war"

"The Kurdish Peshmerga command has said the Iraqi government will pay a 'heavy price' for its military campaign in Kirkuk, which it described as 'a declaration of war against the nation of Kurdistan'."

Conspiracy and intrigue of a global grand-strategy geo-political are at work here? This needs to be played out and I fear for the worse and in short order too! Stand by everyone. Hold on to your hats!

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