LTC. Allen West speaks at National Security Action Summit II

Posted September 30, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
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Ltc. Allen West speaks at National Security Action Summit II, September 29, 2014

(What are, and what should be, our strategies to combat the growing Islamist threat in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere? — DM)

 

 

“Goodbye, Dear Mum”: Iran Executes Rayhaneh Jabbari — UPDATED

Posted September 30, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
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“Goodbye, Dear Mum”: Iran Executes Rayhaneh Jabbari, Jonathan Turley, September 30, 2014

(Update: According to Fox News, her execution has again been postponed — DM)

[E]arly Tuesday, Shole Paravan said she had learned the execution had been postponed. That word came after Paravan and other supporters of Jabbari went to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to protest the pending execution, and after Jabbari’s farewell.

(Please see also Iran’s “Hanging Machine” to Execute Reyhaneh Jabbari. But what the heck; it’s not as though the Islamic Republic of Iran were Islamic or even evil. Just give them (or let them keep) nukes to play with. — DM)

Iran execution

It is another notch in the belt of Iran’s Sharia courts and medieval prison system.

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Over international protests, Iran has reportedly executed Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26. Jabbari claimed that a former Iranian Intelligence Ministry employee tried to rape her and that she stabbed in him the shoulder to escape. Despite the fact that a drink given to her was found to contain a date rape drug, the Iranian officials still wanted her hanged and they have now carried out their intent. As she was being led away to be hanged, a guard showed mercy and gave her his phone to type a final message to her mother. Her reported message below is poignant and tragic as a final goodbye to her mother.

Jabbari wrote:

“I am currently handcuffed and there is a car waiting outside to take me for the execution of the sentence. Goodbye, dear Mum. All of my pains will finish early tomorrow morning. I’m sorry I cannot lessen your pain. Be patient. We believe in life after death. I’ll see you in the next world and I will never leave you again because being separated from you is the most difficult thing to do in the world.”

When her mother called the prison to ask what she could do, they told her to pick up the body of her daughter.

Jabbari was a decorator who said that she was contacted Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, who arranged a meeting. She said that Sarbandi drugged her and tried to rape her after the two met at a café and she agreed to go to his office to discuss a business deal. She said that Sarbandi took her to a remote building and offered her a fruit drink which was later found to contain the date-rape drug. Her family noted that the wounds from a small pocket knife to the shoulder would not have caused death.

After her arrest, her family said that she was tortured to confess.

It is another notch in the belt of Iran’s Sharia courts and medieval prison system.

 

The Paradox of The “Advisor”

Posted September 30, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
Categories: Iraq war, Islamic State, Obama, U.S. Military

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The Paradox of The “Advisor” Blackfive, Debow, September 29, 2014

(Please watch the video. Is this what our “advisers” and “trainers” are doing now in Iraq? If so, in a fleeting moment of honesty might it be acknowledged by our “leaders?” — DM)

President Obama: Well, there’s a difference between them advising and assisting Iraqis who are fighting versus a situation in which we got our Marines and our soldiers out there taking shots and shooting back.

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So now, we don’t have “boots on the ground” fighting in Iraq.  Instead, we have “advisors” being deployed to Iraq in order to be “embedded” with Iraqi units.

So, when Steve Kroft from CBS actually finds a hardball in the bucket of questions he is lobbing at Barack the Teleprompter Reader, it is interesting to see how he qualifies and hedges his statement regarding exactly what their mission is.

Steve Kroft: You know, you’ve said no American boots on the ground. No combat troops on the ground. We’ve got 1,600 troops there.

President Obama: We do.

Steve Kroft: Some of them are going to be out, embedded with Iraqi units.

President Obama: Well, they’re in harm’s way in the sense that any time they’re in war, it’s dangerous. So I don’t want to downplay the fact that they’re in a war environment and there are hostile forces on the other side. But…

Steve Kroft: And they participated in combat operations.

President Obama: Well, there’s a difference between them advising and assisting Iraqis who are fighting versus a situation in which we got our Marines and our soldiers out there taking shots and shooting back.

As someone who has done this job, let me clear up any misconceptions that the President, or any of his camp followers have regarding what my role as an embedded trainer was; there is just as much or more combat as there is advising.

In fact, the entire deployment I was on in 06/07 was spent in the field with an Afghan unit, “advising” (fighting).  The Taliban and the Haqqani Network were eager for battle with Afghan units, because they knew that attacking American units was a bad day.

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This is what those “embedded trainers” are doing right now in Iraq, so with the Pak border over my right shoulder, here I am “advising” the company commander with my terp on what our next move is, which for him was to get out of his truck and do his damn job instead of hanging out like a spectator.  About an hour before this we had found a rocket launcher that was hidden in the trees and had been firing on FOB Bermel.  It turned out our next move after this little confab (sarcasm doesn’t translate well into Pashto BTW–ed) was to get in a firefight about 5 minutes after this picture was taken with an LP/OP that had been watching us.

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This is the Weapons Company (yep, that is all of them) in Zerok, where we put a COP in 2006.  It was also where we saw our heaviest fighting in our sector.  In 2009 on July 4th, this attack took place there.

 

There are quite a few of us who know exactly what the job of “advisor” entails and when the PINO says “Well, there’s a difference between them advising and assisting Iraqis who are fighting versus a situation in which we got our Marines and our soldiers out there taking shots and shooting back.” I promise you, there isn’t a difference from where they are standing, because if they are doing their job, they are standing next to those Iraqis helping to advise them on how to get the job done.

These are the types of words games that we play with our moms and wives and girlfriends in order to convince them that it isn’t what it looks like on the news and despite all that, they lay awake at night wondering and contemplating the “ifs” that no one wants to contemplate.  These aren’t the words of a leader by any measure.

So when the PINO tries to hedge and minimize and play words games about what the US Military Units forward deployed are doing in Iraq, he is only doing so in order to somehow make Code Pink and Media Matters happy with his statements of his non-Bush war stance during his “extended counter-terrorism operation” that may last “years.”

For those of us who have lived it, it is exactly what it is…

US poised to become world’s leading liquid petroleum producer

Posted September 30, 2014 by Louisiana Steve
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US poised to become world’s leading liquid petroleum producer
By Ed Crooks in New York and Anjli Raval in London
September 29, 2014 5:10 pm
Via The Financial Times


(Thanks to little American ingenuity, we’re taking back our freedom one barrel at a time.-LS)

The US is overtaking Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of liquid petroleum, in a sign of how its booming oil production has reshaped the energy sector. US production of oil and related liquids such as ethane and propane was neck-and-neck with Saudi Arabia in June and again in August at about 11.5m barrels a day, according to the International Energy Agency, the watchdog backed by rich countries.

With US production continuing to boom, its output is set to exceed Saudi Arabia’s this month or next for the first time since 1991. Riyadh has stressed that the rise of the US should not detract from its own critical role in oil markets. It says it has the ability to increase its output by 2.5m b/d if needed to balance supply and demand.

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s deputy oil minister, said earlier this month that the kingdom was the “only country with usable spare oil production capacity”.

However, even Saudi officials do not deny that the rise of the US to become the world’s largest petroleum producer – with an even greater lead if its biofuel output of about 1m b/d is included – has played a vital role in stabilising markets.

Global crude prices have fallen in the past two years, in spite of the turmoil in Syria and Iraq, fighting in Libya and Russia’s conflict with Ukraine. Brent crude hit its lowest level in more than two years last week at about $95.60 a barrel, down from a peak of over $125 a barrel early in 2012. Over that period, the growth in US production of more than 3.5m b/d has almost equalled the entire increase in world oil supplies.

New extraction techniques and high oil prices boost US oil production. The US industry has been transformed by the shale revolution, with advances in the techniques of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling enabling the exploitation of oilfields, particularly in Texas and North Dakota, that were long considered uncommercial. Crude prices that are high by the standards of a decade or more ago have made it profitable to use those techniques to extract oil.

US production of crude hit 8.87m b/d earlier this month, up from 5m b/d in 2008, and is on course to break through 9m b/d before the end of the year. Rising oil and gas production has caused the US trade deficit in energy to shrink, and prompted a wave of investment in petrochemicals and other related industries. It is also having an impact on global security. Imports are expected to provide just 21 per cent of US liquid fuel consumption next year, down from 60 per cent in 2005.

Although that decreased import dependence has not led the US to disengage from the Middle East, it has encouraged calls for a reduced military commitment to the region. China’s emergence as a larger oil importer than the US has increased its interest in the Middle East, reflected in the first visit by a Chinese warship to Iran this week.

US crude oil production in August was still lower than either Saudi Arabia’s, at about 9.7m b/d, or Russia’s at 10.1m b/d. The overall US leadership in petroleum is accounted for by its higher production of natural gas liquids such as ethane and propane, which have a lower energy content and are often used as feedstocks for the petrochemical industry rather than for fuel. Still, on current trends the US could catch up with Saudi Arabia and Russia on crude production alone by the end of the decade.

US disagrees with Netanyahu on Iran, ISIS and Hamas

Posted September 30, 2014 by Joseph Wouk
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US disagrees with Netanyahu on Iran, ISIS and Hamas.

“Obviously, we’ve designated both as terrorist organizations, but ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

The US State Department said Monday in a press conference that it disagrees with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s assertion during his UN speech on Monday that “ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.”

“Obviously, we’ve designated both as terrorist organizations, but ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “And that’s just a fact.”

Later on in the speech, Netanyahu said that Iran is still a great threat to Israel’s existence. He also warned that Iran is not actually willing to give up nuclear weapons but rather just wants to get rid of the sanctions against them.

In response, Psaki said that the US would like Iran to reintegrate into the international community by showing that their nuclear program is peaceful.

“I can assure anyone that an agreement reached would not be based on a charm offensive or how that impacts us, but on the facts and the details,” she said. “And we’re not going to agree to a comprehensive agreement that doesn’t meet our standards and meet our threshold.”

She brought up other issues, such as Iran’s poor human rights record and terror funding as other factors straining the US relationship with Iran.

When asked at the press conference if she was worried about Iran wanting to use militant Shia Islam to “take over the world,” Psaki said she was more concerned with getting Iran to agree to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.

“I can assure you…that obviously we’re focused on the here and now, and our effort is focused on these negotiations and the upcoming deadline in November.”

Netanyahu tells UN: Israel’s fight is the world’s fight

Posted September 30, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
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ISIS Baghdad March: Islamic State 1 Mile Away From Iraqi Capital

Posted September 29, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
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ISIS Baghdad March: Islamic State 1 Mile Away From Iraqi Capital, International Business Times, September 29, 2014

(If the Islamic State takes Baghdad, use of airstrikes by the “coalition of the willing” without “boots on the ground” will bring multiple civilian casualties and be problematical, at best. Iraqi boots? They might help, but only after a year or more of training. — DM)

image-456313666Peshmerga fighters hold a position behind sandbags at a post in the strategic Jalawla area, in Diyala province, which is a gateway to Baghdad, as battles with Islamic State (IS) jihadists continue on September 27, 2014. The United States, which leads the coalition, initially launched strikes in Iraq on August 8 and widened its campaign on September 23, 2014 to include Syria, where IS has its headquarters. SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

The Islamic State group is allegedly closing in on Baghdad, according to a report from a vicar at Iraq’s only Anglican church that claims the jihadists formerly known as ISIS are roughly one mile away from the Iraqi capital. Airstrikes against ISIS targets were supposed to stop the group from taking Baghdad.

“The Islamic State are now less than 2km (1.2 miles) away from entering Baghdad. They said it could never happen and now it almost has,” Canon Andrew White of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, a British-based charity that supports Iraq’s only Anglican church in Baghdad, said on his Facebook page early Monday morning. “Obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well, you only need to be here a very short while to know they can do very, very little.”

The Christian aid group was referring to the U.S. president’s interview Sunday night on “60 Minutes,” the CBS news magazine show, where Obama conceded that his administration underestimated the ascendancy of ISIS. More than 1,000 Iraqi troops were reportedly killed Sunday in clashes with ISIS about 10 miles outside of Baghdad.

The advance by ISIS toward Baghdad shows that the group isn’t weakening despite U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq. ISIS executed 300 Iraqi soldiers last week during their march toward the Iraqi capital and attempted to break into a prison in northern Baghdad.

“This attack is very significant. It is the first infantry-like, complex, and penetrating attack in Baghdad city by ISIS since the fall of Mosul in June of this year,” the Washington-based nonprofit Institute for the Study of War wrote on its website, referring to Iraq’s second-largest city, which is in the Islamic State’s hands. “ISIS likely carried out the attack to release some of the pressure it is facing as a result of the recent U.S. air campaign targeting its positions. The attack also signifies that, despite the heightened defenses of Baghdad in the aftermath of the fall of Mosul, ISIS is still able to carry out attacks in an area where it is unlikely to have active sleeper cells.”

U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria have come under criticism over their effectiveness. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended the military action last week in a CNN interview. Kerry claimed“Baghdad could have fallen” if it weren’t for the airstrikes, which have predominantly been launched in the northern part of Iraq.


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