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.