Saturday, 29 May 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Speaking to graduating cadets at West Point last Saturday, President Obama noted the "ultimate sacrifice" of 78 of their predecessors who gave up their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. But he did not mention that just days before, five U.S. soldiers were killed in Kabul, bringing the toll of American dead in Afghanistan to over 1,000. The picture here could be captioned ' Yippee - let's go zap Charlie Towelhead'. How does Obama think this stuff (including the images) plays across the world and in the Middle East?
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010
8,000 British soldiers from the occupation force are to come under direct command of General Richard Mills of the US Marine Corps.Under the arrangements, expected to be implemented by the end of the summer, the existing Regional Command (South) will be split into two new headquarters based in Helmand and Kandahar. Build up to the Kandahar Offensive which is being incompetently lined up
There will be a new Regional Command (South West) based in Helmand and the first commander will be Maj Gen Mills. It has been agreed in principle that this rotational command will be shared between US and UK forces.The existing Regional Command (South), headquartered in Kandahar, is under the command of British Major General Nick Carter. Also under the changes, the command of the 1,100-strong British battle group based in Sangin, scene of some of the bloodiest fighting involving British troops, and Kajaki will transfer to a US-led force from June 1.
The changes were announced by Major General Gordon Messenger at a press briefing at MoD headquarters in central London. He said: "This command and control change makes complete sense and is welcome. The span and complexity of the command challenge in southern Afghanistan has increased enormously in recent months and these changes provide the best command support to the troops on the ground."
The new strategy follows negotiations between the US, Britain and the other main contributors to the Isaf force. It has proved sensitive in Britain and until now UK troops answered to Maj Gen Carter, who was in charge of the whole of southern Afghanistan. Maj Gen Messenger said that when Maj Gen Carter left his post in November as commander of Regional Command (South) the "likelihood" was that his replacement would be an American Army two-star commander. Asked if the announcement meant Britain was effectively giving up its responsibilities and handing them over to the Americans, Maj Gen Messenger said: "That is simply not the case, this is us doing exactly the same job as we have been doing up to now, under slightly different arrangements.The whole business of a greater American presence is a reflection of the scale of the challenges that the British have faced in Helmand.'' Standard NATO/ISAF bullshit, in other words. "I think we should take considerable pride of the families and the soldiers themselves should take enormous pride in the fact that for several years they were facing that challenge without this level of force." Oh,should we now?
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Friday, 14 May 2010
President Dmitry Medvedev's is meeting with the leader of Hamas.
"Hamas is not an artificial structure," Andrei Nesterenko, the Russian foreign ministry spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday. "It is a movement that draws on the trust and sympathy of a large number of Palestinians. We have regular contacts with this movement.
"It is known that all other participants of the Middle East quartet are also in some sort of contact with Hamas leadership, although for some unknown reason they are shy to publicly admit it," Nesterenko said. Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, on Thursday briefed Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, on the meeting in Damascus, the Syrian capital. The Russian president urged Hamas to work on a reconciliation deal with its rival Fatah, and insisted that "no one" should be excluded from the Middle East peace process, according to his spokeswoman. "Issues related to the re-establishment of Palestinian unity as an indispensable condition for the success of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations were at the centre of the meeting," Nesterenko said.
The usual Tourettes-response from the robotic Israeli spin men was not far behind. Israel's foreign ministry said it was "deeply disappointed" that Medvedev had met Khaled Meshaal, the group's exiled leader, during a visit to Syria this week.
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Did you hear the joke about the predator drone? Obama might have picked a better week for his joke than one on which this story appeared. More Russian roulette with innocent villagers in Afghanistan and Pakistan. How crass can you get about this kind of thing?
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Bathed in the light of a perfect sunrise, he made the Anzac connection to the illegal invasion of Afghanistan in which, on 12 February last year, Australian soldiers killed fivechildren. No mention was made of them. On cue, this was followed by an item that a war memorial in Sydney had been "defaced by men of Middle Eastern appearance". More war, please. Full article here