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Washington Post: Scales-Ollivant & The Age of Smart Terrorist Armies


Opinions Terrorist armies fight smarter and deadlier than ever Masked Hamas supporters take part in a protest against against the Israeli offensive on Gaza strip, in the West Bank city of Nablus July 31, 2014. (Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters) By Robert H. Scales and Douglas Ollivant August 1 Robert H. Scales, a retired Army major general, … Continue reading

[[RE-EDITED]]ISIS & IRAQ: The Hidden Facts and Consequences for Regional and International Security


What has recent surprise operational successes in Iraq by the militant Islamic group known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Sham taught us? One is that the organisation is without a doubt a mix of the old Baathist Special Republican Forces with excellent military knowledge and skills who somehow ‘became Islamized’ or ‘radicalised into extremist … Continue reading

Iran & The New Middle East Great Game: Time For Iran To Act Like A Great Power Not A Powerless Victim!


If there is a state that benefited from contemporary Middle Eastern Chaos (from the Invasion of Iraq 2003 to so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and most importantly the Syrian War), is without a grain of doubt, is Iran. But the question now is; is Iran up for the glorious opportunities afforded (and open) to them? Strategists appreciate … Continue reading

The Kaki Earthquake: Did Iran Just Tested Her Nation’s First Nuclear Bomb?


The report (The Guardian) said the earthquake struck the town of Kaki, 60 miles (96km) south-east of Bushehr on the Persian Gulf and home of Iran’s first nuclear power plant….. The question is, was the earthquake, normal indicator during nuclear bombs tests, an indicator that the Islamic Rep of Iran just tested her nation’s first … Continue reading

Demystifying Mighty Drones: Another Generation, Another Self-Congratulatory Over-Hype Over Air-Power


Many have vindicated drones and other robotics, digital or similarly self-automated weapons of war as the future of warfare. The same story, the same hype, and of course, to most of us specialists on the subject of military affairs (unless of course one is on ”retained commission” from arms industries and their lobbying groups) the … Continue reading

Are The Contemporary Islamic Fighters Dictating The ”Terror Wars”?


A simple unmissable fact: Modern Islamic Insurgencies appear to be firmly in control of the general status of the contemporary global violence, in the sphere of so-called ”global war on terror”. It does seem that, utilizing the popular guerrilla tactics and strategies and the general wisdom of military strategy, the Contemporary Islamic Insurgencies are [a] … Continue reading

Is Thailand Next After Mali?


The simple question is: Is there a pattern of strategic master-strokes of Islamic Insurgency Worldwide and their abilities to shift contemporary battlefields from Central Asia to Middle East, to Africa, Europe, to Far East Asia etc?

US-Qatar-UK On Syria Chemical Weapon ”Conspiracy”


U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’ Leaked emails from defense contractor refers to chemical weapons saying ‘the idea is approved by Washington’ Obama issued warning to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that use of chemical warfare was ‘totally unacceptable’ By Louise Boyle PUBLISHED: 19:16, … Continue reading

Gordon Adams FP Article: Continental Shift


  Continental Shift Why the Pentagon should pay less attention to Africa. BY GORDON ADAMS | JANUARY 25, 2013 The U.S. military has left Iraq and will leave Afghanistan soon. One might assume that this means a lower level of U.S. military operations overseas. Not so fast. Military operations in Mali and the connected Algerian … Continue reading

Plots Thickens: 3-Articles On The New CIA Adventures in Latin America


Article One: RT & Ecuadorian Claims of ”Assassination”: Go to main page   News   Ecuadorian president warns of possible ‘CIA attack’ before elections Ecuadorian president warns of possible ‘CIA attack’ before elections Published: 6 January, 2013, 15:31 Edited: 7 January, 2013, 12:44 Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has said the CIA may try to kill … Continue reading

From The Wired (David Axe Article): Jason Bourne Armies of the Future


This Scientist Wants Tomorrow’s Troops to Be Mutant-Powered By David Axe 12.26.12 6:30 AM Follow @daxe Greater strength and endurance. Enhanced thinking. Better teamwork. New classes of genetic weaponry, able to subvert DNA. Not long from now, the technology could exist to routinely enhance — and undermine — people’s minds and bodies using a wide range … Continue reading

My New PressTV article is up: On Contemporary Geopolitics


Here is the direct link to PressTV website.

Messr. Hubert Vedrine (France’s Former Foreign Minister, 1997-2002) On FP: Western Decline Is a ‘Choice’ (Good Reading)


  Decline Is a Choice The West has nothing to fear but fear itself. BY HUBERT VÉDRINE | DECEMBER 10, 2012 The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was supposed to mark both the “end of history” and the birth of an international community founded on the universal acceptance of Western values — a … Continue reading

FP Article: Don’t Let The Syrian Rebels Win


The article below support my ever-shouted out opinion that it would be better for the West to approach Syria a la Machiavellian strategy, make a deal which would set out to keeping Assad in position, though a forced sharing of political power with others, and this would mean naturally ”an enemy who now is a … Continue reading

Who Is The White-Skinned Fighter In Syria (photo attached)?


The photo below was taken from The Atlantic it clearly shows a white-skinned fighter with racial profile not fitting to the usual suspects within the ”Jihadists” portfolio of Chechnyans etc. He looks more British or Gaullish. Have a look for yourself, by the way, the picture shows himself among the hailed ”Syrian liberators” (”the rebels”) … Continue reading

From Washington Times Blogger: Why US fight? [”Dollar Wars”]


Looking forward to WW3: Iran, Russia and China vs. the USA Comment | Tweet | Share | | | | More | Saturday, November 17, 2012 – Politics from the Blue Collar by Mike Shortridge Mike Shortridge Ask me a question. WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2012 — Now that we have picked our commander in … Continue reading

Rome Is Falling: Links to Great Articles on The ‘America In Decline Series’


Here is a selection of great reading links to some of the partially brilliant analyses on the contemporary United States, looked at home and abroad, but perhaps the most important reading-article, highly recommended, is this from Power and Policy blog at Harvard School, why America is her own enemy (”I looked at the enemy, and … Continue reading

Updated Note To Yesterday’s Post On ‘America In The Age of Decline: Not Another Revision of Nye’s Soft Power Thesis (more anti-thetical)


To: Those Who Made Further Enquiries On the Matter,   Yesterday I noted how the United States should approach contemporary international affairs within the Bismarck paradigm to international diplomacy rather than the Kaiser-ian arm-centric model, and any knowledgeable reader might be forgiven to believe that the thesis presented seemed to echo another attempt for a … Continue reading

Award-Winning Articles By Der Spiegel On Contemporary United States: Part 2, The International Affairs (Reprinted In Full)


11/05/2012 06:33 PM Divided States of America Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation By SPIEGEL Staff The United States is frittering away its role as a model for the rest of the world. The political system is plagued by an absurd level of hatred, the economy is stagnating and the infrastructure is falling … Continue reading

Al-Qai’da Jihad:Is It Not A Model Of Military Strategic Excellence But Not An Overall Strategic Execellence (Making Strategy: Mixing Political Strategy Is The Key To Total Victory)


Every time I analyze Al-Qa’ida strategic behaviour I am left just amazed and at time with a true admiration, as a defence-security analyst, in recognition of how the group’s military strategy is, and has been, without a doubt an absolute model of a military excellence. However, when also examined one thing that comes out fairly … Continue reading