Jim W. Dean – It is “game on” time now. The Russian command has just termed the SDF in Deir Ezzor as “militants” who will have all their firing positions suppressed, that are caught firing on Syrian coalition forces.
Jim W. Dean – We were happy to see Dr. Salami take a key role in supporting the UN’s effort to recognize the special needs of the female victims through these annual conferences. Gordon and I were happy to be video panelists for last year’s session.
Jim W. Dean – While it is always a good break to catch getting historic shows like a state of the union address, or a UN one in this case, it was sheer torture having to listen to Trump’s entire diatribe.
Jim W. Dean – Turkey has armored forces deployed north of Idlib province on the Syrian border, and on the Iraqi border, also. Both are invasion forces but there has been little press on the infantry and air cover that would be needed for them.
Jim W. Dean – Trump is American unexceptionalism at its best, or maybe I should say its worst, and that makes him what he claims others to be…a serious threat.
Thomas Mattingly – A new Gallup Poll shows that Americans widely favor a Trump military strike on North Korea and Kim Jong-Un to stop Kim & Co. from developing nukes and ICBMs that can hit the U.S.
Jim W. Dean – These ISIS guys learned the hard way that attacking a position with superior fire power, where they were out in wide open terrain has significant downside, which they got a bitter taste of.
Jim W. Dean – This was a vague threat by Khamenei, but politically he is domestically required to stand up to bully America as the Iranian people are so tire of being treated like a colony. Iranians are nothing if not a proud people.
Jim W. Dean – The dishonesty and lunacy of the West was on front row display in the run up to the Zapad war game exercises in Belarus this year. The same old worn out, fake claims were trotted out.
Jim W. Dean – The Russians have “double downed” on the US claims of its SDF proxy forces, fighting outside of Kurdish territory, being bombed by Russian planes while they were in the company of their US advisers.
Jim W. Dean – Phil Butler gives us a front and center seat to hear our top military command give their predictions on how WWIII would turn out, and it is not pretty.
Jim W. Dean – I think the US knows that Kim’s main goal is to get a peace treaty, which the US cannot do as Germany is still waiting for theirs and would be really mad.
Jim W. Dean – To “Fake News” we can now add “Fake Diplomacy” which has even a longer history. Someone forgot to explain to the US psyops people that these kinds of photos are usually reviewed quite carefully for any giveaways of a staged event.
Jim W. Dean – I was surprised to see Damascus holding back on what its position would be on the Kurds claiming that they would take whatever territory in Deir Ezzor province they could, despite the SAA making a huge investment in liberating the whole area.
Jim W. Dean – The ink is hardly hardly dry on the deconfliction agreement and we now hear 25,000 Turkish troops will take over northern Idlib, including its airport. I don’t see any way that Russia or Iran could deploy that many troops each for their respective areas.
Jim W. Dean – This was good but expected news from Astana, where all three guarantors are aboard the deconfliction arrangement not only by agreeing to it, but also manning checkpoints to layout and enforce the borders between the designated jihadis and “opposition” groups.
Jim W. Dean – The SAA struggles logistically with too many key tasks that all need to be done right away, like clearing ISIS from Deir Ezzor, widening the airport perimeter, and getting its forces west of the Euphrates to keep the Kurds from taking the oil fields there.
Jim W. Dean – You just can’t make this stuff up. The US, after all these years and countless billions, air-dropped leaflets asking Afghans to report Taliban positions, but used one of the most degrading images for Afghans possible.
Jim W. Dean – More in-your-face Netanyahu duplicity here, pushing for the Kurds “to attain a state of their own”, while he has always blocked such for the Palestinians, despite the UN resolutions supporting it, and none for the Kurds.
Jim W. Dean – Iraq needs a civil war now like it needs a hole in the head. But the Balkanization of the country would be worse; so its decision, though an unpleasant one, will be simple…better and less costly to fight now than later.
Jim W. Dean – Former Israeli Deputy Chief of Staff General Yalon tells a Washington audience that the US has to help Israel fight Iran because its people are a lot like Israelis. You just can’t make this stuff up!
Jim W. Dean – This is the game-changing day, with the main road open for civilian and military supplies to flow into Deir Ezzor. There is great news below that ISIS is not going to fight for every inch of Deir Ezzor.
Jim W. Dean – Uri brings us a reflective piece today, on the eve of his 94th year. Below is a concise overview of his journey and its historical benchmarks, with his usual bluntness.
Jim W. Dean – The alleged Myanmar insurgent attacks which triggered the regime’s take-no-prisoners retribution attacks on defenseless villagers has the smell of a planned event. Does someone want to start a new war when the Syrian war will be winding down?
Jim W. Dean – Iraq could find itself between a rock and a hard place on this Kurdish referendum provocation. If it is not a real call for secession, then the goal may be as a show of political force to renegotiate keeping a bigger share of their oil revenues.
Jim W. Dean – We are seeing a war of attrition going on now with ISIS doing all that it can to stave off the inevitable. Those commanders with good Gulf State and US coalition connections will miraculously be helicoptered to safety, to be redeployed.
Jim W. Dean – The current Syrian Arab Army offensive is a wonderful display of combined operations, good target Intel over a fluid battlefield, with artillery, air power… both fighter bombers and helicopters, supporting infantry and armor on the ground.
Jim W. Dean – Trump took to Twitter once again to play the twit. He threatened to stop trade with all those doing business with North Korea – an economic act of war not only on China, but the American people.
Jim W. Dean – Uri has a great piece for us today, as he shines when he goes digging into the history of his current home country, that has belonged to so many others for its many years of human habitation.
Jim W. Dean – An aircraft carrier is a floating island and goes wherever it wants and carries a big stick. The Chinese stationary islands currently have nowhere near the firepower, but they are much less expensive to capitalize and operate.