Tuesday, December 29, 2015

When Bugging Out is NOT an Option #2: Plusing-Up Perimeter Security Part I

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Team Skiff Sunday Read: Unicorns, Skittles and Fairytales: Deconstructing the Dishonest DOD December 2015 Final Report on Afghanistan

 Unicorns, Skittles and Fairytales:  The Powers Pretend-Play Doctrine

A brutal but necessary review of the DoD Report on Afghanistan

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Team Skittles:  Getting Americans Killed because you're not watching

DoD December 2015 Final Report on Afghanistan

We stated that we would get around to providing some analysis and commentary on the DoD Report (December 2015) listed above. Here you are.  The most recent attack on US Forces embedded in Afghanistan just restarted the Team Skiff wondering what the strategy was in Afghanistan. Luckily, that is spelled out by POTUS in the beginning of the document:

current U.S. strategy and objectives in Afghanistan are to disrupt threats posed by al Qaeda, support the ANDSF, and give the Afghan people the opportunity to succeed as they stand on their own.” - POTUS

Once strategy is lined up, what are the objectives to achieve with the strategy? They helpfully state the following:

continue building the capabilities and long-term sustainability of the ANDSF


U.S. Counter terrorism efforts remain focused on the defeat of al Qaeda and its associates, protecting U.S. forces, and preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists to plan attacks against the U.S. homeland and U.S. interests and partners.

It would be more helpful if strategy and objectives were something a bit more solid, like KILL THE ENEMY, ENFORCE POLITICAL WILL, MOVE ON.

Who makes up this stuff? Who is manning the ramparts in Afghanistan, so to speak?

Saturday, December 26, 2015

4th Generation Warfare and the Reluctant Suburbanite Part II of III

4th Generation Warfare and the reluctant Suburbanite
What it means for you and yours
A Three Part Series - Part II of III
By Partyzantski 
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In Part I, I opened up this series by saying this applies to you and your Suburban enclave, as well as your charges. It does. As that foreign dysfunction is now being imported directly here, it matters to you. That dysfunction, with Federal subsidies, payments and benefits that you do not even know about or are even eligible for (yet, YOUR tax dollars fund), are now going to compete with you and yours for jobs. It is as if the Romans made Christ pay for his own crucifixion. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

When Bugging Out is NOT an Option #1: Strengthening Security to Shelter in Place

You have Questions, we try to answer.  The following series of upcoming Tuesday Prepping posts are in response to Reader Questions about what basic steps should anyone new to prepping or becoming aware of their own home's vulnerability should take to prepare and secure themselves should the security situation in the USA begin to decline more precipitously than it is now.

There are a lot of posts about how to prep for a SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario and "bugging out" when that happens.

It's just not practical - for a variety of reasons.  Most people who subscribe to this romantic notion of packing it all up and fleeing to safety in the hinterlands are living in a world not grounded in reality.  Generally, they're people who have never lived off the grid or without modern amenities for any extended period of time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

LIES the President, Pentagon and Obamedia MAY have told me .... the Afghani Quagmire, A PZ Rant

"Lies the President, Pentagon and Obamedia MAY have told me ... the Afghani Quagmire, as explained by Partyzanski"

Taliban attacks NATO-Afghan patrol outside Kabul,  
6 American servicemembers KIA
2 gravely wounded

Stories like this make my blood boil. There are a number of issues here, but first, let us have a moment of silent thought for the dead and wounded, and for their families.

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US Intelligence Community: ISIS will seek to exploit "Refugee" pipeline

Republican contender Donald Trump is excoriated and demonized in the national and international press for suggesting that a moratorium on immigration intake – specifically, “refugee” resettlement from middle eastern majority muslim countries - be enacted immediately as a matter of national security.

Monday, December 21, 2015

6 US Troops killed in Taliban suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan

Dateline Mon Dec 21, 2015
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

Major media are reporting 6 US soldiers, on patrol outside the wire in a joint US-Afghan effort, were killed by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle.

A suicide bombing near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan killed six U.S. troops and wounded two other Americans and an interpreter, a senior U.S. defense official confirms to Fox News.

As reported by the UK Telegraph:

The attack comes 24 hours after Taliban insurgents stormed Sangin district centre in Helmand, deepening concerns that Afghan security forces are unable to contain the militant group without greater support from international troops. 

More than 100 British troops died to protect Sangin, an opium-rich district located in the Taliban’s traditional heartland. 

On Monday night, the Taliban still controlled key government buildings in Sangin and most of the surrounding district. 

Astute Readers of this blog will recognize that the struggle for control centers only around the "opium-rich district", an area of Afghanistan that has seen a
35-fold increase in opium capacity since the US footprint made itself known.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ICEBERG WARNING !! 4th Generation Warfare Brought Home

A brief overview of the Iceberg Doctrine - 4th Generation Warfare brought home
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

... About those Stolen Propane Tanks ... a Team Skiff Sunday Read

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Social Media has exploded in the last few days over concerns raised with the "See Something, Say Something" sharing of the out of the ordinary purchase of large quantities of cell phones and theft of propane cylinders in Kansas City, Mo.
Additionally, an alert citizen with the Twitter handle "Pokerman4Trump" tweeted a photo he took of what appeared to be "foreign" men loading a large quantity of propane cylinders in poor condition into the bed of a pickup truck which quickly began making the social media rounds.

Do average Americans have something to be alarmed about, or will these strange events merely be explained away by an innocent explanation?

The following post will provide readers some concept of what “propane tanks” could possibly be MacGyvered into by someone with ill intent.

In America, we are a mass consumer culture. If something breaks or is obsolete, we typically throw it out and buy something new to replace it. Repurposing things seems to have fallen out of favor with the mass culture, although America does have a robust “maker” subculture and many skilled craftsmen/women who can work material wonders.

The most common criminal use of propane tanks in America is seen in rural, agricultural areas. The tanks are used as receptacles for stealing anhydrous ammonia from farmers. Farmers use anhydrous ammonia for fertilizing and conditioning soil and often have large quantities on hand. Criminals steal the ammonia for use in the manufacture of illicit drugs such as methamphetamine and transport their stolen goods in propane cylinders.

Propane Tanks used for this criminal but non terrorist purpose (stealing ammonia) have vividly corroded brass valves, with a distinct blue-green patina on them. Any tanks that look like this should not be handled and should be reported immediately, as they are a safety hazard and indica of methamphetamine manufacture

However ... a more disturbing repurposing of propane tanks other than garden variety criminal theft has been adopted by jihadis worldwide.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

CLEAR AS A BELL: Understanding Islam's real enemy: Individual Liberty

Recently I've participated in a few online discussions about the most recent multivictim terrorist attack against innocent civilians that took place on US soil in San Bernardino, CA on December 2nd, 2015.

Most commenters who are aware that the issue is Islam, not "workplace violence" or disingenuously, "guns", then go on to comment that Islam is at war with the "West".

I think it goes deeper than that.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

5 Things to Know about Baltimore, Freddie Gray, Foco Theory and Contemporary American Urban Unrest

As the seasons change, the same old human drama continues to play out in Baltimore. The dialectic of: generate a problem, propose the solution, and implement the final solution continues apace. Inquiring minds will want to know: what is the intersection of some guerrilla warfare theorists and modern American urban (i.e. “black” or “minority”) unrest? How does this impact the Reader and inform as to the shape of things to come?

"Refugee" Gate-Keeper: Has Greece's Alignment Choice Been Made?

The visuals of military-age male "refugees" originating from the mideast now flooding into Fortress Europe are impossible to ignore, no matter what your news source.  As alluded to in the post "Five Myths About Greece" , a dramatic realignment of allegiances that has been percolating for quite some time is now taking place within Fortress Europe.

The Greek islands have been a waypoint/staging area for the muslim "refugee" deluge for months now, but this recently "made visible" crisis (cui bono?) was previously overshadowed by the EU/IMF/Greek Default drama breathlessly and endlessly reported upon by the corporate chorus media as a deliberate misdirection for the uninformed and easily distracted.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Backgrounder About Yemen and the Middle East Reset

Guest post by Blogger PZ, Plank hold Member of The Skiff...

Yemen lurks in the back corner of news bureaus in America due to the sheer discomfort that the subject brings up for the talking heads of D.C. What is it about this remote, yet strategic corner of land at the south east corner of the Arabian peninsula that should captivate the reader's attentions?

Information Bullet # 1

Geography.  Like most things, geography will explain a lot to the observant. 

Yemen's position is astride the Strait of Mandeb (Bab al Mandeb), which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. Appropriately, this means “Gate of Tears” ( باب المندب) in Arabic .  A narrow passage about 20 miles wide, with small islands interspersed throughout, it hosts two internationally significant shipping channels.

Graphic courtesy of Iron Mike @ Rapid Republican Blog
Through this key and narrow choke point, trade flows to and from Europe. It is a major export route for petroleum to Europe, and finished value-added goods from Europe to all points in the East, as the primary shipping route between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian ocean.

The British, French, Ottomans and Portuguese all vied for control of this strategic trade route over time. The basis for that conflict and struggle for control remains the same, although the players may change.

The Houthis have sought to reassure Egypt, over concerns this will have on shipping transiting through the Suez Canal, which Egypt controls and brings it billions of dollars in revenue.  However, should the Houthis lose control of the region, all such "assurances" are moot.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Rub Raw The Sores of Discontent ....

This is the first article written by The Skiff - a group of "analytical" professionals, who want to provide short, easily digestible wave tops of key geopolitical events for readers.

"The despair is there; now it's up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change. We'll give them a way to participate in the democratic process, a way to exercise their rights as citizens and strike back at the establishment that oppresses them, instead of giving in to apathy....We'll not only give them a cause, we'll make life goddamn exciting for them again -- life instead of existence. We'll turn them on. Saul Alinsky

Summer is looming for Baghdad, providing ample opportunity to "rub raw the sores of discontent" of the many factions fighting for control in the spreading mideast conflict.

Recent unverified news reports filed by the english speaking Arab press that Dae'sh (ISIS)  had taken control of the Baiji refinery and co-located power plant speaks to the nature of the asymmetrical battle being waged in a region Americans were assured by Obama had been pacified when he "declared victory" at a speech at Andrews Air Force base in 2010 and announced his decision to withdraw stabilization and occupation forces from Iraq.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREXIT watch: Greece establishes "Public Debt Truth Commission"

Greece's parliament voted to establish a "Public Debt Truth Committee" and conduct an examination and audit of the public debt, and the circumstances under which the former Greek government entered into the agreement.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

5 Myths about Greece the Banksters need you to believe

Greece's Prime Minister Alex Tsipras will be heading to Moscow tomorow, and the legacy media that is the de facto public relations wing of the IMF and World Bank are in overdrive to continue to advance the narrative that Greeks are irresponsible, indolent, the visit is an amateurish attempt to blackmail Germany, and further evidence that the Syriza government is out of its depth.

Those who continue to buy into the IMF propaganda without pause should consider these points, before they decide whether or not they want to continue to do the legacy media's work for them by reporting their key talking points almost verbatim in the comments section of every blog or media account of the current contretemps.

This should not be relied upon as a comprehensive list, but rather a starting point for your own investigation and research: