Club-K Container Missile System

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Said to be a carrier killer (and a terrorist’s dream). In a big war, it all comes down to cyberwarfare and who can knock out more satellites. The air determines who controls the field.

Here is a story about the Air Force’s X-37B Spacecraft.


Leon Panetta at CIA

Monday, January 5, 2009

I’m trusting that there is some reasonable underlying motivation for this pick, but on the surface it’s just…weird.

Then again, maybe not. If Panetta really is a strong manager, an outsider may be just what the CIA needs to get it’s shit straight after the embarrassment of the Tenet years. Those guys should withhold judgment until Panetta gets the job.

Nevertheless, he has no experience going into, what seems to be, a job that strongly resists outsiders.

Right now, just have to give Obama the benefit of the doubt.


Behind the Mumbai Attacks

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a man named Yusuf Muzammil of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba was the mastermind behind the attacks in Mumbai last week. From the story:

India has accused a senior leader of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba of orchestrating last week’s terror attacks that killed at least 172 people here, and demanded the Pakistani government turn him over and take action against the group.

Just two days before hitting the city, the group of 10 terrorists who ravaged India’s financial capital communicated with Yusuf Muzammil and four other Lashkar leaders via a satellite phone that they left behind on a fishing trawler they hijacked to get to Mumbai, a senior Mumbai police official told The Wall Street Journal. The entire group also underwent rigorous training in a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, the official said.

Needless to say, Pakistan should act swiftly to arrest this asshole and crush this group. The problem is, of course, in the murk of the Pakistani military and intelligence apparatus, this group probably has supporters, as they undoubtedly have some popular support.

The article notes that moving against Laskar-e-Taiba could have negative politic consequences for the fragile Zardari government:

Any move by the shaky civilian government of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari against Lashkar-e-Taiba could create a huge backlash, however, particularly from Islamic groups, said a senior official in Pakistan.

For reasons that I haven’t given a lot of thought to, perhaps purposefully, this kind of geopolitical mess fascinates me; particularly the unending tensions between India and Pakistan. Maybe because the nuclear weapons they both possess makes the stakes seem very high.

In any case, it seems clear what should be done.

But here’s a thought experiment. If you’re Asif Ali Zardari, what would you do?


Obama’s National Security Team

Monday, December 1, 2008

At the press conference, one journalist asked him if India had the right to take action against terrorists on Pakistani territory (as Obama has suggested he would do). Obama dodged the question, but it does point out the geopolitical complications of such a policy.

Right.

Anyway, I am please with Obama’s team. I know Hillary will work very hard and I’ll bet (any takers?) she will be more loyal and less complicated than most people expect. I understand that GEN. Jones is a good choice, and I respect Gates (despite whatever murk is in his past) as a manager and as a forward thinker. As for the rest, we’ll see. I do expect big things from Eric Holder. There are many important legal issues surrounding Bush and the “War on Terror” that needed to be sorted out and/or rectified. I am cautiously optimistic that Obama/Holder will act accordingly.


Zardari Elected President of Pakistan

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Asif Ali Zardari was elected president of Pakistan today. He’s corrupt and dishonest, but he’s probably America’s best bet for that country. Afghanistan/Pakistan is, of course, the new front against al-Qaeda (the only real front to begin with) and he has vowed to fight them.

He is Benazir Bhutto’s widower.

Look for their recent terrorist troubles to continue.


Pay Attention to Pakistan

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pakistan is arguably the most important country in the fight against terrorists. It is a predominantly Muslim nation with nuclear weapons and out-of-control frontiers (including Taliban strongholds bordering Afghanistan).

At the moment, a political scrum has brought near chaos to the country.

The latest news is that Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani came under fire in an assassination attempt on his motorcade. This is not an uncommon occurrence in Pakistan. In the last few years alone, Pervez Musharraf was nearly assassinated a number of times and former president Benazir Bhutto died at the hands of assassins.

Gilani is a member for the Bhutto’s political party, the Pakistan Peoples Party, which is led by Asif Ali Zardari (Benazir Bhutto’s husband).

This assassination attempt, which the government attributes to al-Qaeda linked militants, is likely part of the power struggle now taking place; the outcome of which will have vast and important ramifications in the “War on Terror.”

More on Pakistan later…


Charting Bush’s Crimes

Friday, July 25, 2008

Check out this great interactive graphic on Slate. You can rollover the crimes or the names of the officials involved for a snapshot look at the illegal activities of the Bush administration. This is a basic dossier for understanding how our criminal justice system has failed America to date.

These are real crimes by real criminals. Real laws were broken. Contact your representatives and let them know you care.