ISIS in Iraq: The ‘pause’ IS the assault on Baghdad

Beyond Benghazi.

 

ISIS executes Iraqis during the seizure of Tikrit, just north of Samarra and Balad Air Base. (Image: AP)
ISIS executes Iraqis during the seizure of Tikrit, just north of Samarra and Balad Air Base. (Image: AP)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Defense cuts and the fragile, undefended bubble we now live in

Peace in our time.

What is there to say that most readers even need to hear?  As he did so often, Reagan summed it up nicely in a brief, well-known phrase:

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.

An especially important point here is that the converse is true.  The conditions for major war develop much more easily when the U.S. is too weak. They are developing as we speak. Continue reading “Defense cuts and the fragile, undefended bubble we now live in”

About that ‘Navy map of ships near Benghazi’

Less than meets the eye.

The map burst forth at the end of last week and quickly went viral.  It doesn’t show that the U.S. Navy had any assets that were capable of intervening in the Benghazi crisis, but of course it has excited much speculative commentary anyway.

Herewith a brief survey of what it shows.  (Map below.)

1.  No ship that is outside the Mediterranean Sea on this map was a candidate for responding to the Benghazi crisis.  That eliminates almost all the ships displayed.

Ships can’t “beam” from one body of water to another. Continue reading “About that ‘Navy map of ships near Benghazi’”

Black Sea naval charade continues

Monty Python and the Sochi Games.

If you ignore the Russians, you might think the U.S. Navy ships being sent to the Black Sea for the Olympics are there to provide security “back-up” for Russian forces.

The Russians aren’t ignoring their own government or media, however.  From their perspective, and that of others in the region, it doesn’t quite look the way it’s being reported in the Western media.

There’s been an interesting sequence of events.  In late January, after hints began surfacing in Western media that the U.S. would deploy warships to the Black Sea for the Sochi Games, Continue reading “Black Sea naval charade continues”