Open Thread June
A CIA Guide to Assassination
The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins, Robert B. Baer
By DANIEL GABRIEL • June 4, 2015
by James Howard Kunstler
June 1st, 2015
There were two terror bombings in Saudi Arabia the past two weeks. Did anyone notice the significance of that? Or that the May 29th incident was against a Shiite mosque, or that the Shia population of Saudi Arabia is concentrated in the eastern province of the kingdom where nearly all of the oil production is concentrated? (Or that the newly failed state of neighboring Yemen is about 40 percent Shiite?) Have any of the 23 genius-level reporters at The New York Times tried to calculate what it would mean to the humming global economy if Arabian oil came off the market for only a few weeks?
Making the World Less Safe
Sending the wrong message to Russia, China and Iran
PHILIP GIRALDI • MAY 19, 2015
I argued that while Washington should be sympathetic to Ukraine’s aspirations it has no actual horse in the race, that the imperative for bilateral relations with Russia, which is the only nation on earth that can attack and destroy the United States, is that they be stable and that all channels for communication remain open.
I also observed that the negative perception of Washington-driven democracy promotion around the world has been in part shaped by the actual record on interventions since 2001, which has not been positive. Each exercise of the military option has wound up creating new problems, like the mistaken policies in Libya, Iraq and Syria, all of which have produced instability and a surge in terrorism. I noted that the U.S. does not need to bring about a new Cold War by trying to impose democratic norms in Eastern Europe but should instead be doing all in its power to encourage a reasonable rapprochement between Moscow and Kiev.
Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (2008)
by John Gray
The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths (2013)
by John Gray
Is ISIS Coming to Damascus?
by Patrick J. Buchanan
June 05, 2015
Half of Syria has been lost to ISIS, the Nusra front, and other jihadist and rebel groups. All of Syria’s border crossings with Iraq have been lost to ISIS. All of the border crossing with Turkey, excluding Kobani, have been lost to ISIS or rebels linked to al-Qaida. Syria’s border with Lebanon is becoming a war zone.
Some 100 Russian military advisers are said to have pulled out of Syria, suggesting Vladimir Putin may be reconsidering Russia’s historic investment.
Indicating the gravity of the situation, Syrian sources claim 7,000 to 10,000 foreign Shiite fighters, Iraqi and Iranian, have arrived to defend Damascus and launch an offensive to recapture Idlib.
Israel’s deputy chief of staff, Gen. Yair Golan, who headed the Northern Command, was quoted this week, “The Syrian Army has, for all intents and purposes, ceased to exist.”
Iraqi Sunni Tribes Announce Backing for ISIS as Sectarian Tensions Soar
Group of Tribal Leaders Vows to Fight Against Shi’ite Government
by Jason Ditz
June 04, 2015
Israel’s Unlikely Alliance
Is Israel helping al-Qaeda in Syria?
by Asa Winstanley
Gen. Allen: ISIS War to Last ‘A Generation or More’
Obama’s War Envoy Insists ISIS a Threat to Progress
by Jason Ditz, June 03, 2015