Dispute among U.S. officials; IRG Terror Designate? Trump administration Iran arms control report

(Reuters) Exclusive: Dispute flares among U.S. officials over Trump administration Iran arms control report. Quoting The report’s publication follows the administration’s formal designation on Monday of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iran’s elite paramilitary and foreign espionage unit, as a foreign terrorist organization. The case that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism has the … Continue reading Dispute among U.S. officials; IRG Terror Designate? Trump administration Iran arms control report

Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to ‘watch Iran’: CBS interview

This will not be an attempt to interpret Trump’s statement, except to note that “watch” is a passive activity.  Even presidents who have communicated in the most direct manner have seldom accurately predicted the implications of their own statements.  The influence of senior Republicans is growing. But whatever the intended future is, it is subject … Continue reading Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to ‘watch Iran’: CBS interview

The Kurd Referendum; Implications for U.S. Policy

(CNN) Kurds vote overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Iraq. and (Reuters) BRIEF-Fitch says Kurdish referendum shows persistent Iraqi political risk. The vote is the basis of a potential revolt, determined by geography associated with ethnography,  differing from a revolution, which is based on general discontent. The prediction is that this will go hot. Kurdish … Continue reading The Kurd Referendum; Implications for U.S. Policy

Plan to Defeat ISIS Part 3; 1000 Troops to Kuwait; New Doctrine

A continuation of Plan to Defeat ISIS, Part 2, this is prompted by (Reuters) Exclusive: U.S. weighs deploying up to 1,000 ‘reserve’ troops for IS fight, which suggests a new military strategy is in the offing. The most famous quotation of Carl von Clausewitz is “War is a mere continuation of policy by other means.” … Continue reading Plan to Defeat ISIS Part 3; 1000 Troops to Kuwait; New Doctrine

Ash Carter says the Iraqis Have “…’no will to fight’ in Ramadi”…Patton’s Response

CNN. Carter’s statement of the situation is doubtless accurate. He has reliable observers, and no inclination to bias. But “will to fight” sounds like description of a virtue. In places and times, it is. The phrase risks mislabeling Iraqi soldiering as a moral issue. It distracts from our issues, which are U.S. interests. If one … Continue reading Ash Carter says the Iraqis Have “…’no will to fight’ in Ramadi”…Patton’s Response