Good on you Blake! These is why we need MIL and SOF guys like you in the media!
1 hour, 29 minutes ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces
Thanks for touching on this subject, I've often wondered how involved US and other nations are in building and training foreign/allied wings.
NATO has good deal of aviation cooperation, but it is for Russia, in Europe, obviously. And because they won't or can't commit resources otherwise. Countries like with aviation assets like US, UK, France are cutting back costs and have pressure at home.
Just look at how Europe treated Libya or Syria, minimal involvement and commitment of resources...somewhat due to push for minimal military involvement. But also for the whole "FID" concept, a more plausible deniability, behind the scenes approach.
17 hours, 32 minutes ago on Aviation Foreign Internal Defense (FID): Giving Our Allies An Assist
@shooten @KineticFury *Tolkien not Tokien...don't know how I messed that one up
5 days, 17 hours ago on A Look Behind the Al Qaeda Curtain – An Interview with Abu Sulayman Al Muhajir
*not to say the rift between ISIS and AQ is permanent, for as Tokien wrote (after what "fragging" looks like among fictional orcs.)
"Orcs have always behaved like that, or so the tales say, when they are on their own. But you can't get much hope out if it. They hate us far more, altogether and all the time. If those two had seen us, they would have dropped all their quarrel until we were dead."
6 days, 3 hours ago on A Look Behind the Al Qaeda Curtain – An Interview with Abu Sulayman Al Muhajir
To me it seems Al Qaeda is hesitant to break their motus operandi and view any of their "branches" or "tentacles" that do as roguish loose-cannons. Whether they see that from a strategic standpoint or human pettiness (as in, breaking the hierarchy-ladder game that everyone else plays) I can only speculate.
I mean, they themselves don't want to take credit for amateurish attacks because they're somehow "below them." Seem to be stuck in a model that is not benefiting them long-term. Sure they still have influence and relations all over the place, but I think ISIS' Rebellion has the capacity to demonstrate to other hard-core leaders and groups out there that not everyone needs to be spoon-fed by an established group that is very conservative or measured in their approaches.
It's like they have a superiority complex. Human nature I guess, you'll find that anywhere.
@BrandonWebb @HonestBroker247 I whole-heartedly agree. Absolutely terrible conclusion. The piece could've easily taken a pragmatic approach to a legitimate issue, but instead uses spray and pray slant that throws a stereotype on a group that doesn't need it.
6 days, 13 hours ago on The Kathleen Belew Veteran Stereotype
Don't know if Belew's intentions are well meaning or not, but I'd like to point out a few things from the NYT piece.
2nd paragraph: "...it would be a mistake to dismiss him as a crazed outlier. The shootings were consistent with his three decades of participation in organized hate groups."
12th paragraph: "Mr. Miller obviously represents an extreme, both in his politics and in his violence. A vast majority of veterans are neither violent nor mentally ill."
Seems a little inconsistent.
14th (last) "That Mr. Miller was able to carry out an act of domestic terror at two locations despite his history of violent behavior should alarm anyone concerned about public safety."
Seems rather ignorant, unless covert fear-mongering. Any nut job can pull a trigger. And if we're talking about checking backgrounds of extremists in the military, why is it silent as to Nidal Hasan and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting?
I like my journalism Clear, consistent, concise, and comprehensive .
6 days, 14 hours ago on The Kathleen Belew Veteran Stereotype
@ArcticWarrior Not sure which I'd rather have...
2 weeks, 1 day ago on NCIS and Navy Investigating Stolen Military Technology
@JohnChristopher1 @ArcticWarrior If I could time travel, I would've had the Founding Fathers insert a protection for Dodgeball in the 2nd Amendment...
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Shots Fired! What To Do If You Encounter An Active Shooter or Terrorist
The good kind of ka-boom!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Sniper kills six Taliban with one shot
@ArcticWarrior @KineticFury Princess Leia chick- ha! Plus he has that Crimean AG or whatever she is, now also an internet celebrity, http://www.deviantart.com/#/art/Natalia-Poklonskaya-443096267?hf=1
Remember reading a piece on the Bush43 administration and their take on Putin. Cheney's response was everytime he sees him he can't help but think "KGB, KGB, KGB!" ha.
haven't read that book, thanks for the share. It is interesting to see how different he thinks.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Russia continues to mass troops on Ukraine border
@ArcticWarrior He truly wants piece everywhere...
...a piece of Ukraine, a piece Georgia, a piece of the Arctic, and so on and so forth.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Russia continues to mass troops on Ukraine border
@JHR13 @Fred82@ajgamble Some of the people I talk to are like "what? There are 'Islamic terrorists' in Malaysia (or anywhere besides ME/Africa)?"
People say you can't fix stupid, personally I'm more worried about ignorance .
1 month ago on A Look at an Al Nusra Terrorist Training Camp
"everyone needs to become offensive in order to hold the line"
Best part of the article, Well said.
1 month ago on Airline Security: Reflections Of A Lost Line In The Sand
@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) Hey look, I found another SOFREP Gold Nugget!
Great input. I admit I'm in the crowd of avoiding any news on the subject. When I first heard it was missing I decided I would wait a few days as I figured it would be quickly resolved. I've assumed SOMEBODY knows what happened all along, just hasn't been released for whatever reason.
It's actually embarrassing for the pathetic "analysis'" I'm seeing elsewhere.
Nobody else seems to have a theory this well-rounded.
1 month ago on “Alright, Goodnight” – Does Malaysia Want To Know What Happened To Flight MH-370?
Feedback line is 1-800-IED-sRus
1 month ago on Somali Suicide Bomber Accidentally Kills Self Prematurely While Parking VBIED
Official spokesperson for al-Shabaab announced that due to recent tragedies, "Student VBIED Driver" stickers will be issued to help curtail unnecessary complications.
@Virginstateofmind @ArcticWarrior@KineticFury Ohhh, ok, sure! Here ya go.
1 month, 1 week ago on Thin Red Line
@ArcticWarrior @KineticFury@HonestBroker247 Flipped through a small book at a bookstore of political cartoons throughout U.S. history, pretty funny. Politics as usual, be it 1828 or 2014.
The Adam/Jefferson campaign was pretty ugly... this stuff has gone on since the America's beginning..
What I'm getting here is that it's not necessarily an inherent "conventional" fault, but rather those with power and influence in certain spheres that are the problem.
My rather uninformed opinion is that the problem is much of the conventional side of the military is playing politics, not working on actual warfighting. Be it internal politics or outright D.C. influence, probably both.
That's the vibe I'm getting.
1 month, 1 week ago on How SOF got Screwed by the Conventional Force–A Lesson from Jim Gant
@ArcticWarrior @HonestBroker247 I can't believe I've never seen that Jefferson one before!
@Virginstateofmind Google "Thin Red Line" painting by Robert Gibbs. Despite the name has more bite than bark.