Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cutters.

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Consider this to be a very bad idea. From a military recruiting standpoint just about the worst possible idea you could come up with.

Thanks to Freeper and a variety of sources dysfunctional persons will now be allowed to enlist in the army.

Mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, self-mutilation [cutters] no longer be a bar to enlistment! Red flags no longer red flags.

1. "Self-Mutilators and Bi Polar Wackos – The Army’s Future Soldiers"

"I really have to stop asking myself what’s next in the military’s long, twisted, dark journey into the subterranean hell known as political correctness and general stupidity. As part of the military’s current trend of giving the unqualified a chance to serve; of allowing every freak of nature, social misfit, SJW [social justice warriors] and dud on active duty, the army has announced that they will be granting 'waivers' to certain recruits who violate criteria related to mental-health violations like having a history of bipolar disorder, or self-mutilation."

2. "Army lifts ban on cutters, mentally ill and drug abusers to meet recruiting goals"

"Facing low recruitment levels, the U.S. Army quietly lifted its ban on allowing people with a history of mental illness, self-mutilation and drug abuse to serve in the military – despite warnings from the industry about the risks involved."

3. "Army lifts waiver ban for recruits with history of depression: ‘It is a red flag’"

"The U.S. Army quietly relaxed standards over the summer to allow potential recruits to receive waivers for a host of previous mental health issues — including self-mutilation. A 2017 recruiting goal of 80,000 new soldiers through September appears to be at the root of a decision to reverse a 2009 waiver ban on mental health issues. Documents obtained over the weekend by USA Today show a willingness to consider applicants with a history of bipolar disorder, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse."

A bad idea? The worst possible idea you could just about come up with? Without question!!

From that era of the Vietnam War fifty years ago think "Project 100,000". American youth for a variety of reasons deemed as unfit for military service. Nonetheless a special program began for induction into the U.S. Army.

"Project 100,000 . . . was a 1960s program by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to recruit soldiers that would previously have been below military mental or medical standards. Project 100,000 was initiated . . . in October 1966 to meet the escalating manpower requirements during American involvement in the Vietnam War"

Read those consensus conclusions of the project with hindsight the entire program a flawed concept from the very start.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Plovdiv.

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Tearing down, desecrating and removing statues devoted to military war dead and famous military leaders not confined to the United States. Foremost in mind I have the unseemly and ill-conceived movement to remove all vestiges of the Confederacy, in particular those monuments honoring Southern war dead.

"Russian Foreign Ministry Condemns Desecration of Soviet Monument in Bulgaria"

All thanks to the Internet news outlet Sputnik and the article by Sergey Pyatakov

"The monument to the fallen Soviet soldiers in Bulgaria's Plovdiv was reportedly spray-painted on Friday with numerous anti-Semitic, anti-Russian and anti-communist graffiti."

"MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian embassy in Bulgaria has sent a note demanding Sofia to thoroughly investigate the desecration of a monument in Plovdiv commemorating Soviet soldiers who died in the World War II, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday."

Read from a most recent blog entry the comments of Ralph Peters on the topic!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Hader.

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From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter a Druze village within Syrian territory under attack from an Al Qaeda affiliate.

That goal to create conditions for an Israeli cross-border retaliatory strike?  I would suspect that any sort of Israeli intervention into the Syrian Civil War would be perceived as inimical to their interests!

"inimical - - adjective - - 1. adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful"

"A Syrian rebel massacre at a Syrian Druze Golan village presents Israel with new dilemma"

3 November.

"A suicide bomb car, which exploded Friday, Nov. 3, at the Druze village of Hader on the Syrian Golan, followed by shelling, killed 10 villagers and injured 30. It took place opposite an IDF position on Mt Hermon, 4km from Israeli Golan and so presenting Israel with an unforeseen dilemma."

"The attack was claimed by the Syrian rebel Tahrir al Sham (known formerly as Al Qaeda's Nusra Front) . . . Hundreds of enraged Druzes surged across to the Syrian side of the Golan border Friday afternoon and were chased back by Israeli soldiers. They were only calmed when Israel pledged to stand by the Druzes of the Golan and protect Hader from being overrun by the jihadists. Why the dilemma? a) Israel has gone to extreme lengths to stay out of the Syrian civil war, and b) Khader is not just hostile to Israel, it is under the Hizballah jackboot."

DRUZE BY AND LARGE ALIGNED WITH THE ISRAELI! THE ISLAMIC STATE THEIR COMBATANTS NO LONGER A SIGNIFICANT THREAT BUT TAHRIR REMAINING SO?

See previous blog entries the Israeli/Druze connection in the context of the Syrian Civil War:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/09/golan-heights.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/02/jebel-druze.html

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Turtles.

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From Russia with love! Torpedo los! Thousands of them.

"The trend that is now emerging ins switching from heavy to light torpedoes. IN terms of weight, this means moving from two ton weapons to 35-40 kg ones. That's fantastic and it is an essentially different conception."
 

"When there is only one large enemy target, neutralizing it is difficult but possible. But if there are thousands of 'combat turtles' and you don't know which are real and which are just an imitation, it is a much more difficult"

"TINY RUSSIAN TORPEDOES"

Thanks to WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

"The Russian defense industry has embraced a new trend in manufacturing torpedoes; the development of a mini-torpedo with artificial intelligence. A mini-torpedo is expected to have a weight of up to 40 kilo-grams [88 pounds] and its main combat advantages is that such weapons are silent running and wake less"

". . . A turtle-type torpedo moves at very low speeds (2-3) miles per hour, but generates almost no noise and wake."

A swarm! NO wake! NO noise! Love that image too! 

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Valentina.

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We see nothing, we hear nothing, we know nothing?

DPRK = NORTH KOREA.

Valentina is a very sexy older looking woman too!!

From the Russian Internet web site Sputnik and the article by Vladimir Vyatkin as reported an alarming headline:

"Kremlin Unaware of Letter Saying DPRK Was Ready to Conduct Nuclear Strike on US"

"The letter that the North Korean delegation has submitted through Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Pyongyang was prepared to conduct a nuclear strike against the United States, a source familiar with the talks told Sputnik."

KIM REALLY IS UP TO NO GOOD? HIS INTENTIONS HAVE BEEN MADE CLEAR NONETHELESS ARE ALMOST BEYOND BELIEF? KIM MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AND MEASURES TAKEN  BY U.S. MILITARY PLANNERS THAT ARE PRUDENT, REASONABLE AND VITAL?

FEAR NOT DON! FEAR KIM! 

I would be terribly remiss not to mention that Russian media outlets such as Sputnik are not thought to be wholly 100 % independent and totally dispassionate/disinterested observers/reporters.

Within context consider these most recent blog entries:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/11/grid-ex.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/11/skyking.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/11/traffic.html

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Boukamal.

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I spoke too  soon? So did everyone else. See my previous blog entry first!

ISIS = ISIL and ISIL = ISIS.

NOW from the Chicago Tribune  "NEWS BRIEFING" only today:

"Activists: ISIL regains control of Syrian border town near Iraq"

"BEIRUT - - Islam State fighters have regained control of a town near the border with Iraq near the border with Iraq that the government said it captured a few days ago. Syrian opposition activists said Saturday."


"Boukamal [Abu Kamal], the last major ISIS stronghold in Syria, was taken by government soldiers and their allies Thursday, ISIS militants withdrew from the town and launched a counteroffensive over the past two days."

". . . ISIS figthers are once again full control of the town."

In all cases the Islamic State resilient, aggressive, determined and even fanatical.

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Abu Kamal!

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Also from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter yet one more worrying development.

Abu Kamal the border crossing between Iraq and Syrian now capture by proxy forces as aligned with the despot Assad.

"Last ISIS stronghold in Syria Abu Kamal falls to Hizballah-Iraqi Shiite force"

9 November.

"Syrian Abu Kamal was captured from ISIS Thursday, Nov. 8, by a non-Syrian army - a combined Hizballah-Iraqi Shiite militia force fighting under Iranian command . . . The last push into the fallen ISIS bastion was conducted by Hizballah units, which crossed the Syrian border and first headed east into Iraq to fight jihadist targets in the Iraqi province of Anbar."

"Crossing in the opposite direction, from east to west into Syria, were the Iraqi Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU), to join Hizballah and together mop up the last remnants of ISIS resistance in the Syrian-Iraqi border area"


"Hizballah played the dominant role in this operation and makes up 80 percent of the fighting strength in the east. Since both Hizballah and the PMU were fighting under the same officers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, their victory presented Tehran with full control over the central segment of the Syrian-Iraqi border. Israeli leaders, who declare tirelessly that Iran and its proxies will not be permitted to deepen their military grip on Syria, made no effort to thwart this achievement and have yet to respond."

THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR IN MEASURE CHARACTERIZED BY THE PRESENCE OF PROXY FORCES UNDER THE COMMAND OF THE IRANIAN!

LAND BRIDGE BETWEEN IRAN AND SYRIAN NOW COMPLETE!

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