Opinion – U.S. arms-makers strain to meet demand as Mideast conflicts rage | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

This piece from Dr. Alf is interesting and I can see the demand for smart bombs rising during the Syrian conflict, but ISIS fighters have tunneled through stone with jackhammers and are underneath civilians in Raqua.

The ISIS commanders have already moved to Mosul, where they are mingling with the population and no doubt have arranged for tunneling to take place there. That leaves the civilian populations of both places, sitting ducks irrespective of which types of bombs are used. The new ISIS headquarters in Libya and ISIS incursions into Afghanistan may be a different story and I can see the utility of drones with smart missiles for taking out ISIS fighters when moving about in areas where there are no civilian populations.

Sadly, you either have to root them out using soldiers in a series of brutal house to house clearance operations and withstand heavy casualties or you surround the area and use thermobaric weapons to clear the area and kill the ISIS fighters in their tunnels followed by napalm strikes to cleanse whatever is left – here there will be large collateral damage.

Pussyfooting around with ISIS gives them too much time to recruit more extremists, conceal themselves and hold people hostage and it allows them to make conditions so intolerable that they leave and become economic migrants heading for Europe.

I suggest that we need to take the ‘gloves-off’. It’s perhaps time to listen to America’s military  leaders not Obama’s excuses.

John Gelmini

Opinion – The Military Escalation in Iraq and Syria – Editorial – The New York Times – John Gelmini

Iraq Syria Locator

Iraq Syria Locator (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Advise and assist” are new words to describe what in Vietnam was called a “police action”.

The New York Times, in this telling article, brought to us by Dr Alf, are of course talking about the escalation in an illegal war.

Assad, odious though he is, is the legitimate leader of Syria and most Syrians want him to remain in power. He poses no threat to us and is entitled to defend himself against rebels, including those funded by us and indeed the Gulf States.

This policy, if carried out, risks World War III and Europe being overwhelmed by refugees, for which people will not stand.

Russia is already putting ISIS to the sword, so what will America actually do, other than try and topple Assad and go to war with Russia and Iran?

We have been here before, Saddam Hussein had “Weapons of mass destruction”, Gaddafi was “about to kill 8000 of his own people”,”The threat from Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction was credible, growing and was capable of reaching us in 45 minutes”.

For those with longer memories, there is the “Gulf of Tonkin incident”, which was the precursor to Vietnam, a war which claimed more than a million lives, saw more bombs dropped than in the whole of World War II on all countries involved combined, created 58,000 dead American soldiers, 2,200 missing in action and 225,000 North Vietnamese missing in action. Years later, we learned from a more contrite Robert Macnamara that the Gulf of Tonkin incident “never happened” and that the war was started on completely bogus premises under the old “Domino theory”.

We seem to learn nothing from each of these experiences and Obama, and whoever is telling him what to do, has learned even less. We truly do live in dangerous times and in the West we seem to be “led” by a “Leader of the Free World” who has taken leave of his senses, and has the strategic abilities of a lobotomised Armadillo.

John Gelmini