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?


America’s Nightmare Scenario

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Iran’s Nightmare Scenario is the headline of a story by Eli Lake in the New York Sun this morning. It outlines some possible plans for Iranian attacks in response to an Israeli move against Iran. Included among them are actions against Saudi oil infrastructure (driving up the price of oil) and terrorist attacks in Israel and the U.S. Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is quoted as saying that an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities would turn the Middle East into a “ball of fire.”

This analysis comes as speculation continues that Israel will attack Iran before Bush leaves office.

This is a thorny situation. There is an obvious and very real danger in letting Iran develop a nuclear weapon. The bottom line is that it can’t be allowed to happen. On the other hand, if Israel attacks Iran, Iraq, and all of the progress we’ve made there, will be destroyed. Iran has substantial influence in the country and the capability to bring about chaos, if they so choose.

I hope the Bushies are truly thinking about both America’s best short- and long-term interests as they deal with Israel on this. We are already at war. Are we ready to start all over again in Iraq? Are we ready for a massive conflagration that may spread far beyond the Middle East? Is it really time to bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran?

Trying to squeeze this neocon wet dream in before Bush leaves office leads me to believe that the decision along these lines is being made by political considerations and not strategic necessity.


Whither Obama? November 2, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

O Obama, how you disappoint. First campaign financing, and now FISA. You’ve got you’re eyes on the prize and your tacking to the center and you figure what difference will it make because McCain, of course, supports the new FISA legislation that legalizes previously illegal spying and gives immunity to the telecoms. And you’re better than McCain. We all know that.

Except, maybe, we don’t. Maybe we just know that you’re a bright guy with a biracial background who is capable of conveying a sense that you possess sound judgment and an inherently decent character. After the pathetic farce that was Bush, we’re desperately desperate and you know it. But DO NOT continue to test us. It’s an election year and we know that if you vote the right way they could turn it against you. They’ll say you’re soft on terror. You’re not experienced enough to face, as McCain puts it, the “transcendent” battle of our time.

But you are wrong. Support for this bill is wrong. You know it and we know it and we know you know it. You’re a lecturer on constitutional law. Here, as you well know, is the fourth amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

As I’ve written before, you want a strict constructionist interpretation? Here it is: The bill, and all the previous illegal spying by Bush, is unconstitutional. This is a disgrace to our founding principles and another notch on the belt of the terrorists.

So shame on you. We all understand why you did it, but that doesn’t make it right. For shame!


Dems Ready to Cave on Illegal Surveillance

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It’s an election year, and the Dems are poised to win big, so I understand why they are doing it, but I am deeply, deeply disappointed by the news from this story by Carrie Johnson in the Washington Post.

The story reports that a bipartisan group of congressman are nearly finished ironing out a deal to extend the illegal warrantless surveillance instituted by the Bush administration. Furthermore, the legislation forwards a decision about retroactive immunity (why is this necessary unless the law was broken?) for the telecoms to U.S. district courts, where the Attorney General simply needs to certify that the spying was authorized by the president and took place in the period between September 11, 2001 and January 17, 2007 for the case to be dismissed. WTF? The ACLU is quoted as saying, “It sounds like they’ve crafted a bill that gives the president everything he wants.”

Strike another blow for the terrorists. Contact Congress now!


Bush: Appeaser-in-Chief

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Here’s a photo of Bush holding hands with the leader of a state sponsor of terrorism.

W is telling us that begging the Saudis to produce more oil despite the fact that they continue to sponsor madrassas all over the Arab world that teach hatred of America and, that 15 out of the 19 hijackers of 9/11 were Saudi and, that Osama Bin Laden is a Saudi and, that King Abdullah has proclaimed the action in Iraq illegal and, that they’re an authoritarian state with no regard for democracy and human rights and, so on…isn’t appeasement.

Do you think he’s spoken to McCain and Holy Joe about this?