The real headline: Russians buy air space with cruise missile demo, as U.S. forces retreat

Cruise missile as geopolitical forcing mechanism.

Russian Caspian fleet frigate launches a long-range land attack cruise missile on 7 Oct. (Image: Russian MOD/YouTube)
Russian Caspian fleet frigate launches a long-range land attack cruise missile on 7 Oct. (Image: Russian MOD/YouTube)

The Pentagon released information Thursday that some of the cruise missiles launched by Russian warships into Syria the day before (Wednesday, 7 October) had crashed in Iran, instead of making it to their targets.  The missiles were launched from the Caspian Sea, between Iran and southern Russia.

The global audience was apt to note the point that four of the 26 missiles launched by Russia crashed.  But the more important point is that Russia launched the missiles in the first place.

The question is why.  The answer is not darkly nefarious (not particularly, anyway), but it’s not obvious from the standpoint of tactical military operations either. Continue reading “The real headline: Russians buy air space with cruise missile demo, as U.S. forces retreat”

Did U.S. private security contractors engage with ISIS in Anbar last week?

Interesting times.

Private security contractors fight in Iraq in 2004. (Image via UK Telegraph)
Private security contractors fight in Iraq in 2004. (Image via UK Telegraph)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

ISIS promptly outflanks Obama’s new strategy, neutralizes Syrian opposition

Overexposed and undermanned.

Iraqis flock to ISIS during conquests earlier this summer. (Image via Tea Party Tribune)
Iraqis flock to ISIS during conquests earlier this summer. (Image via Tea Party Tribune)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!