USN PH2(AC) served from 82-92
Didn't occupation forces in Germany have continued assymetrical attacks from die hard Nazis until the early 1950's? Despite becoming our "friends" a small element still caused issues. Iran would be no different.
1 week, 4 days ago on Dealing with Iran—Turning Enemies into Allies
Marrying into a Christian Iranian family and becoming exposed to the greater Iranian Expat community here in the US, I've come to the realization that the first generation Iranian immigrants are very "Russian." 1st generation Iranian immigrants have an idealized nostalgia for Iran. But there is no amount of Nostalgia that will cover their repugnance for the "Elite" Theocracy that rules Iran. The sanction regime has only recently began to have real effect. You want a I-phone? You can buy it in Tehran, a Mercedes-Benz sedan? The latest bootleg DVD or Bluray? The Black market that has been in place for the last 30 years has only lined the coffers of the ruling elite. All thanks to ineffective UN Sanctions. Our allies that have been buying oil from Iran continuously since the beginning of sanctions have done nothing more than encourage and fund these elite families. The average Iranian does not view the Average American as a threat, they see our government as a huge threat. Iranians do not view our government as being representative of us, they separate it from our views. Dealing with the Iranians, we need to maintain that effective pressure on the Elites. Our nations are more similar than is comfortable for most Americans. Oh and just a personal insight, Iranians carry grudges like an Appalachian Moonshiner. I think the Sicilians learned about Vendettas from the Persians.
To this day I still must regularly download pictures and video to clear memory from my wife's phone! You're just beginning, enjoy every minute!
2 weeks ago on Green Beret Parenting Techniques: First Lessons
It's a real shame we didn't have much info coming into the US at that time. I was just a young college bound kid at the time, I remember the info/spin the US media put on S.A. and Rhodesia. I'm grateful for Dan's work, it is definitely filling in some of the details. The thing I recall from the region during the mid to late 1970's where the atrocities the Frelimo forces committed. Systematic rape and torture of entire villages, kinda got my attention. Wish I had known more at the time.
2 weeks ago on Africa Lost Chapter 6: The Rhodesian SAS Part 5 – The Cockleshell Heroes
Our first must have been holding on to something, she did not want to come out! 12 hour delivery, the Doc used a suction cup like device to grab her head and pull her out! Guy nearly fell off his stool! Time for a bunch of choices, Blake you're well prepared, but it still ain't easy. Again, love and prayers for your family!
2 weeks ago on Green Beret Parenting Techniques: Day Zero
I don't think it's the height, so much as it's the ground. My sister in law lent us her video, watching her on the tower made me smile so hard my face hurt! How did you get along with the mud?
2 weeks ago on No Shit There I Was…My First FTX
There's a reason Squids like Gyreens, when it comes down to it, we've got each other's backs. Look forward to reading this; again Pete, excellent work to be sure!
2 months ago on A Look At “Operation Red Wings”
It's intriguing to me that the discussion has almost totally been about specific weapons systems and not the core issue of killing by any means. Arguably when our State apparatus executes a criminal it is using a chemical weapon, since we find firing squads, hangings, and electrocution to be "inhumane." When the Russian Federation troops used chemical weapons against the Chechens that held a Moscow Theater Hostage I heard no "Cry and Hue" from the UN Security Council.
Strictly speaking killing anyone is immoral, even if we think they deserve it. Long a go I made my choice about that, and I find comfort in knowing that when I'm judged by my fellow man or by my creator I can stand tall. Threats should be met with all the force within your ability to deliver, what would be immoral is not using that force to defend/protect the innocent. "Collateral Damage" is brought about by forcing innocent bystanders into proximity of the fight, a choice generally made by the insurgent. The responsibility for all deaths due to "collateral damage" can logically be given to the insurgent forces. Though that is a tough argument to make with Drone warfare.
2 months ago on The Morality of Killing
@YankeePapa Seem to recall articles about UXO being found in France from the 1870's Franco-Prussian War. Farmers regularly turn up all kinds of nasty.
Think about the anti-mining conventions and the toll across Asia and Africa from long buried mines. Totally random amoral killers, so the general consensus is that weapon system should be pulled form military stores. Yet the US, China, and Russia are non-signators and refuse to divest military stores of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines.
Personally I understand the reasoning, but explain that to a Cambodian, Laotian, or Vietnamese kid that has his leg blown off while working his family rice paddy. Until we can successfully invent an IFF system that enables lethality only for legitimate targets we will have "collateral damages."
Thank you so much for this on the ground report. Back in 1990 my wife arrived in Athens as a refugee from Iran. The hospitality of the Greek people has always been a subject that our family promotes. I personally have visited the Greek mainland and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It's a shame what has happened across the EU. From Portugal to Greece the Continent has seen a rise in the public profile of these xenophobic minorities. Brandon Webb has said it time and time again, to paraphrase: "any extremist ideology is a threat." How I wish folks could stop blaming each other for compounded failures, and move towards an agreed upon course for solution.
2 months, 1 week ago on Greek SOF Coup d’état?
I'm curious to know if any links have been substantiated between Al-Shabaab and the Iranian Qods Forces? Since Khartoum seems to have close dealings with the Iranians we can surmise they already have a presence in the region. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/10/20121029223348264150.html
2 months, 1 week ago on Terrorism Update: Al Shabaab Maneuvers for Relevance in Kenya
@dickftr A good many of the "Golden Horde" converted to Islam, you'll find Muslims from the Urals across Siberia and to the Coast. ; )
2 months, 1 week ago on Russian Special Operations in Dagestan: The Other War on Terror
We use a modified Carver Matrix as an annual site inspection tool. We review each commercial contract for physical, online, and attacks against company reputation. The modern Security Contractor needs to look at the whole "presence" of his customer to be able to "tune" his product. You snooze, you loose!
I agree some of the analysis we've read here on SOFREP verges on the edge, but I also know none of our writers or regulars would make information available that is not open source. Love your writing Blake!
2 months, 1 week ago on CARVER Matrix
I've thought about it for the past decade; and this is reminiscent of your earlier post about the Rainbow 6 unit, are we working on a military exchange program with the Russians? We regularly exchanged aviators with the Luftwaffe and the Israelis back in the 80's and early 90's. Would not a similar program work to the advantage of all involved, just look at how the training programs for Foreign Officers has aided us through out South America and even in Egypt.
@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @majrod I see the fellows chimed in about the polymer debate. Sean, I carried steel frames for many years, all makes and models. When I finally bought and repeatedly used a polymer gun I turned a corner. Don't get me wrong I've owned some nice slightly customized carry weapons, but it's like comparing a bottle of Johnny walker Black to a nice 25 year old Macallan's. A quality item but the top of the line has just a bit more that makes it worth the price. Personally I've never been able to get my H&K USP .45 to double feed, stove pipe, or refuse to cycle,(except using rubber practice rounds.) Weak hand manipulation, gloved hands, I've tried any number of training scenarios. The poly guns really are worthy of all the hype, if you buy from a well respected maker, but you know that. Firing a .45 from inside a vehicle will make your ears ring for a couple of days, don't ask.
2 months, 1 week ago on MARSOC & The 1911: Tack Driver On the Range, Rusty Paperweight in the Field
It's a shame about the Rucks, that Image of Jack blowin' smoke is AWESOME! Much respect, and I hope y'all have great weather for the fun!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Last Call for Team Schlitz Tunnel to Towers 5k
Jeff, thanks for your hard work, always appreciate another eye on things!
Anyone vetted by the Iranian council of experts is nothing more than a puppet for the real power players. IRGC, Qods Force, and the Council of Experts are the guys with all the money and power, they aren't having any problems selling oil to our Asian friends who seem to give the UN Sanctions only the passing nod. Stangle the cash flow to the top of the food chain in Iran then we'll see some policy changes. The people of Iran have experienced economic issues,(inflation, fuel shortages, joblessness, shortage of imported goods,) since the war with Iraq began back in the early 80's. The people of Iran have suffered and held up very well despite all UN sanctions. You can always get a DVD player, satellite dish, or the latest cell phones and computers, via the nefarious black market.
We need to get our supposed allies on board with sanctions, they do work if all the holes are plugged.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Iran’s Puppet President: Meet Hassan Rouhani
Our next addition to the target deck: http://s1.lemde.fr/image/2013/09/24/534x267/3483692_3_1de9_photo-du-faux-passeport-sud-africain-de_a3fd3898f5c59bc1e6462ffeb8afdfc5.jpg
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Does Kenya Prove It’s Time for a Real Life Rainbow Six?
I'm sorry to see that the navel gazing that was always apparent in some units has become a viral epidemic throughout our DoD. Whooo Hooo! Way to lead from behind!!!
I'll be crying in the corner for a while......Good men lost, treasure spent, reputations tarnished......
Sweet Jesus, does it ever end?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Conventionalization of US Special Operations
@Virginstateofmind @MysterBlack @Old PH2 That moment when Slim Whitman singing Indian Love call exploded Martian Skulls is such a campy classic I love it! But then too I loved Eating Raul and Plan 9 from outerspace.