Today, our President illustrated all too well a very bad choice he made. Words cannot be minced here:
President Obama's Administration, by it's action in refusing to join the rest of the Western World's leaders in Paris as a show of support for France and her people, made a stark choice. The choice was made to NOT stand with Western Civilization in the denunciation of Islamic Jihad and it's associated terrorism, but instead, the President denied the very civilization to which this Nation belongs.
One just does not make this decision idly or by default. Today, our President stood with Islamic Jihad and terrorism and stood against resisting this singular evil. There is just no other way to say this.
...this article says why. Apparently, a significant fraction of these refugees are Al-Shabab cannon fodder. Al-Shabab, if you don't follow news from the Sandbox, is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Remember the Somali taxi drivers in Minneapolis who refused to take fares to bars or deliver bottles of booze to hotels (a normal part of cabbing)? Yeah, THAT group.
Remember Keith Ellison of Minnisota? Congresscritter of the leftward persuasion? Yeah, THAT Keith Ellison. His name will be linked in some fashion to Al Shabab, I'm certain of it. His tolerance and support of Somali refugees has caused many problems for the city he supposedly represents.
Any bets on the FBI looking into the whole Somali-gang thing in Minneapolis and elsewhere as to this link to overt terrorism?
It's entirely possible that this "Unit 450" was made up in a back room at the White House, and it doesn't exist. Obama wants to keep pounding the war-drums, so his peeps might have made this outfit up.
Normally, military units aren't called "Unit 450". A Chemical Weapons outfit would likely be a branch of Divisional Artillery, or maybe it would be a Strategic Operations outfit, or something like that. If, as the article says, it is composed entirely of the Alawite Sect, it might even be akin to a Palace Guard unit.
It is unlikely that "Unit 450" is it's real name, if the unit exists.
Assad may have made up "Unit 450" out of whole cloth.
Put yourself in Assad's shoes: you know that the USA would like to target the chemical weapons, and you don't want them destroyed. Your Intel boys leak the existance of a sooper-secrit, hyper-loyal outfit, and you even give it some some special equipment to drive around, knowing that US sky-spies will spot those vehicles. The whole thing takes on a life of it's own.
This is not new strategy. If you watched the excellent WW2 docu-drama "Patton", you know that the Supreme Allied Command built just such a unit around General Patton, complete with some real and some dummy equipment and plenty of real radio "chatter". The Germans bought this ruse completely, and put most of their anti-invasion forces at the Pas de Calais, instead of down-Channel in Normandy, where the D-Day landings actually took place.
Back to the actual business of chem weapons. They DO require expert handling and preparation before firing. It MIGHT be possible to build chemical weapons that could be handled by ordinary soldiers, but it's unlikely that Syria would have any. They would have older, Soviet-style rocket warheads, artillery shells and aerial bombs. These weapons might or might not have Russian advisers to go along with them.
Bottom line: there is way too much drama and mystery here. Unless a ruse is being run, by one or possibly both sides, "Unit 450" is a political fabrication, by one or both sides.
Look to see who is watching when the mystery unit gets mentioned. That will tell you all you need to know.
Possibly IS a ruse, but it may sell among the bystander nations, further complicating the problems/decisions for the Obummster...
As a propaganda tool, the Russ offer rates an A-.
Putin would have gotten a top mark if the Russ had offered to have "UN Monitors" along, but he only said "International Control", presumably meaning Russia alone...
Earth to Obama: you need some propaganda help now. Putin is making a fool out of you, and he hasn't had his second drink of the day yet...
...the situation is "fluid"...meaning that Val Jarrett is having a fight with someone else in the Obama Administration...
...this in earlier, the ChiComs are reportedly sending a People's Liberation Navy assault ship of some size to Tartus...looks like the Other Side will have more littoral Navy there than we will, hmmmm...wonder if it's going to be a coastal fight if/when the balloon goes up?
The one sure thing is that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are probably even now working on their 62d war plan...
...when the Congress signs on to it with the open-ended Authorization for Use of Military Force.
It will be the USA's war, in Syria, and probably Iran. Russia will be involved too, maybe shooting, maybe not. They can REALLY put the screws to Europe by cutting off most of their natural gas, all in the face of what is predicted to be a very cold Winter.
Basic claim is that unless Russia ceases to back Assad, the Saudis, who claim to control the Chechen rebels within Russia, will let them have their way and disrupt the Winter Olympics, or something like that. Izzat Saudi state-sponsored terrorism? Sounds like it to me.
Putin, upon hearing of this threat, said that Russia would wipe Saudi Arabia off the face of the Earth if that happened. We are pledged to support the Saudi King militarily, so that would put us toe-to-toe with Putin and the Russian Federation, if the pledge means anything, which I doubt with the Chief of Weasels in charge in DeeCee.
All very interesting, but "woo-woo" nontheless (as the Rivrsis would say).
A good friend, former police partner, put it this way:
Imagine that a resurgent Klu Klux Klan had camped out on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Their stated objective is to make the Southern Baptist Church the National Religion, and they have been conducting a terror campaign against the Catholics, Jews and Mormons, as well as some lesser Christian Evangelicals. They are very well organized, and actually took over the Democratic Party in the last election, with the result that their people are in charge of the Federal Government.
The US military has decided to restore the Constitution, and they are backed by the opinion of the People. The military has fought pitched battles with the Klan in various places, and they have now decided to move them off the mall. The Klan goes all-in for the fight, the bodies start to stack up, and all those who can, flee Washington DC, which begins to look like the loser of a World War.
Cairo = Washington in this example, and the Klan = the Muslim Brotherhood.
At six ayem local, Fox News shows new spin. Some pol, possibly Rep Ruppersberger, (D) - MD, claims now that "thousands of Al-Qaeda operatives were broken out of jail, and they're all back on the battlefield.". I hadn't heard that "thousands" of inmates escaped in the attacks on the three prisons, in fact I had heard that the majority of the 1,500-1,800 escapees were local bad boyz not affiliated with Al-Q, and maybe 500 were Al-Q hard boys being held. Ruppersberger and his fellow Big Gov't pol from New York, Peter King (R) - NY, have been the loudest pols shouting "fire" in the whole security theater since it was revealed that we all have the NSA in our daily lives. Both of them have been screaming that the NSA's no big deal, the data is only used to keep us safe so many times that it's a joke on the Beltway now. Both of them have also been claiming that they are privvy to many actual operations that the NSA has stopped by use of the metadata.
I lived in Missouri, so you gotta show me, boys. Unless and until you can actually cite even one instance of this snooping-booty being used to thwart terrorism, and now that the use of it has been revealed, secrecy is no longer important, please shut the f**k up.
The fact is, we have had signals intelligence ever since World War Two, and raw signals intelligence, this "chatter level" the two above gasbags refer to constantly, has always been used just like it is used today, as a more-or-less reliable indicator of enemy activity. At present, it seems to be the ONLY indicator we are using, and THAT is a severe departure from the past use of SigInt, what was previously used only to point out the places to which more detailed intelligence-gathering would be directed.
Next, Fox News offered the REAL reason behind the embassy closures, and that was an insider opinion that Susan Rice doesn't want to have her reputation sullied as NSA Director. THIS one, I believe. She IS "operating out of an overabundance of caution." Yep, this is all about fragile egos, as usual with this Administration.
Readers, this is simply a case of a person with NO military, and little diplomatic experience being thrust into a job that requires it.
It all boils down to that, and that distillation comes right out of the Oval Office, where bluster now replaces rock-solid experience, and where lies replace the truth.
The History books are replete with examples of incompetent empty suits gaining power and wielding it carelessly, with tragic results for the Nations they were leading. Two recent examples are Adolph Hitler and the Kims of North Korea. There IS another side to this. It IS possible to have a person do the job well despite lacking the experience that ought to be required of leaders. That type of President has the uncanny knack for picking helpers of great experience and great leadership talent. Ronald Reagan was one such example. Harry Truman was another. The Chicago Machine currently running our country seems to hail from the first, ugly list of examples, not the optimum-outcome second list.
This Nation has a wealth of leaders who could successfully guide it through this thorny, but not insoluable, issue of Muslim extremism. Our problem at present is that we elected someone who doesn't know how to use a phone book.
Just as well, since we apparently now lack the hegemony in our "own ocean", the Caribbean Sea, to stop and arrest a North Korean ship for smuggling ballistic missiles of Commie origin going from Cuba to wherever.
Hat tip to the Panamanians for helping us out there. Say, compadres de Panama, could you just deport the crew and keep the ship?