Category Archives: Unconventional Warfare

Spanish Foreign Deployments Documentary

First, it’s en español, or as my South American counterparts would insist, en castellano. But it’s an overview for Spanish audiences of “The Spanish Army, Overseas.”

Spain is an interesting country. It was once one of the dominant empires in the world. A series of defeats and some economic “bad luck” (c.f. that great economist, Bob Heinlein) impoverished the nation, and a fratricidal Civil War in which many Spanish factions became cats’ paws for foreign powers all but finished it off.

Generalissimo Francisco Franco’s attemts to rebuild a greater Spain under his Falangist leadership foundered on more economic “bad luck,” and one truly disastrous foreign adventure, the deployment of the Blue Division of volunteers to Germany’s Russian Front, soured Spaniards on foreign adventures for decades.

After Franco, Spain rejoined NATO, and gradually integrated more and more in NATO training and exercises. Spain has been an important coalition partner in such adventures as the Afghanistan war and Kosovan peace-keeping.

Spanish grunts, engineers, and Eurofighter pilots all make an appearance in the film. Enjoy.

Are the Wheels Coming Off in Mali?

Abandoned Russian or Warsaw Pact MRL, beneficiary of African maintenance, recently captured by UN forces.

Abandoned Russian or Warsaw Pact MRL, beneficiary of African maintenance, recently captured by UN forces.

There’s a rumble of undernews out of the UN’s various missions in Mali,  and — fans of giant international NGOs should probably sit down for this — it does not seem like the Blue Helmets (and their camp followers, the Armies of Overpaid Asshats in White SUVs) have ushered the poor Saharan country into the bright sunlit uplands of civilized states yet.

Instead, it looks like the mission might be failing, unless the mission is to spend lots of money and let white people from New York and Geneva feel important. (That box has been checked).

A year after a peace document, the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, was signed with great fanfare, and immediately after its one-year anniversary was feted by UN diplomats, the signatories continue merrily blowing hell out of each other, and, from time to time, their would-be UN masters. Twelve peacekeepers found the peace of the grave in May, and more in June.

The big dog — the “peacekeepers,” if there were any peace for them to keep — has the soporific title: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission. (Numberless Powerpoint decks were sacrificed in the deveopment of those buzzwords).

UNMISM — the opposite of ORGASM?

It’s also known as MINUSMA, which is (we believe) the Francophone version of the acronym. French is widely spoken in Mali, a former French colony.

Thee are several other UN missions in country, including a countermining element, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

Most of the UN Peacekeepers are from small and poor countries’ small and poor armies (it’s actually a profit center for these nations’ leaders, just like it was for Landgraf Friedrich II of Hesse-Kassel). The real teeth of UNMISM are Dutch attack helicopters (highly capable Apaches) and UNMISM’s cooperative relationship with French troops also supporting Malian sovereignty. (The French have sensibly kept their troops under their own command).

And of course, it wouldn’t be the UN without a “No $#!+ Sherlock,” moment:

The UN Security Council, in a press statement, reaffirmed that all forms and manifestations of terrorism represent a serious threats to international peace and security.

Terrorism is a threat to peace. Really? How many >100 IQs in >$1000 suits worked on that statement for how many hours?

But They’re Still Trying

UNMISM (aka MINUSMA) does have a website where they issue press releases. Most recent good news is the seizure and destruction of a large cache of weapons including grenades and a lot of crew-served and artillery ammunition.

Des actions terrestres, aériennes et héliportées de la Force de la MINUSMA ont permis d’identifier le 21 septembre une importante cache d’armes dans les environs de In Tachdait, localité située à 80 km au Nord de Kidal.

Cette cache d’armes abritait également un important stock de munitions, dont des roquettes de 107 mm et 122 mm, utilisées lors d’attaques indirectes de villes, ou la fabrication d’IED.

Le stock a été neutralisé sur place.

En anglais:

Actions by the land, air and heliborne forces of UNMISM made possible on 21 September the identification of an important arms cache in the vicinity of Tachdait, a village located about 80km north of Kidal. 

This arms cache also comprised an important ammunition dump, of 107 mm and 122 mm rockets, used in indirect-fire attacks on towns or for the manufacture of IEDs.

The dump was neutralized in place.

Prepared for FOOM:

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These particular rockets are not going to hurt anybody. But finding enough weapons never seems to be a problem in Africa. No matter how little food, water, and education is available, there’s always rifles, rockets, and artillery.

Is Yoshitomo Imura Out of Prison… and Tweeting?

The Japanese 3D Printed gun inventor was arrested in May 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison in October of that same year, for posting a video on YouTube which showed him firing a 3D printed gun of his own design. This is that video.

Imura’s Zig Zag revolver (he named it so, because of the similarity of its lockwork to the 19th Century Mauser Zig Zag revolver) was only designed and manufactured to shoot blanks, and that’s all it ever did, but that didn’t stop Japanese officialdom landing on him with both tabi. 

Prosecutors for the case argued that Imura could have caused major damage to society as he had made data for the 3D models of his firearms easily available on the internet.

Imura-san’s sentence seems to be up, a little bit ahead of time. Or, at least, someone claiming to be him is tweeting up a storm in both English and (mildly broken, probably robotranslated) Japanese using the handle Yoshitomo Imura. (Hmmm. Wouldn’t a Japanese say he is Imura Yoshitomo?) The bulk of his tweets stake out a principled and absolute position in favor of a borderless, international and unalienable natural right to bear arms.


Among his follows are conservative and libertarian-leaning politicians worldwide, including Texas Governor Rick Perry.

It’s worth keeping an eye on the doings of this martyr for freedom and former prisoner of conscience.

 

Priorities, Priorities

Prepare for Global Warming

Prepare for Global Warming, gang.

The United States faces many national security challenges. In no particular order, these include:

  1. The unchecked rise of Islamic terrorism;
  2. The failure of the US-sponsored governments in Iraq and Afghanistan;
  3. Rise of the Islamic State;
  4. Rise of Iran, encouraged and funded by a self-destructive American foreign policy establishment;
  5. The fraying of NATO, illustrated by Turkey’s collapse into Islamist dictatorship and the EU’s pursuit of an independent (but oppositional to the US) military strategy;
  6. Failure of diplomacy to unite us with the Russians against the common enemy in Islam;
  7. …leading to, the necessity to marshal resources to counter Russian adventurism;
  8. Chinese seizure of the sovereign territory of US allies in the Pacific, including the Philippines (the one bright spot is the potential for US alliance with Vietnam, of all places);
  9. Chinese and Russian espionage and the complete failure of American leadership to take it seriously;
  10. Damage to US-Israeli relations from an ill-advised clandestine regime change attempt in Israel;
  11. The hollowing out of the military by 15 years of COIN war and numerous botched and cancelled procurement programs.
  12. Degrading of military readiness by pursuit of social engineering at the expense of combat effectiveness.

We could go on, and on, and on, but this list already goes to elebben — and beyond.

You may want to put them in a different order, but the live question today is, which of these crises has the United States national command authority made a priority for Defense?

Ah. It was a trick question. The answer? None of the above. The White House:

Today, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans.

To achieve this, 20 federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence analysis, and national security policy development missions and responsibilities will collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security.

There are several advantages that accrue to them by doing this.

  1. It diverts attention from all the problems above;
  2. It’s great for virtue signaling, and the big one,
  3. It allows them to loot the defense budget even further for non-defense purposes.

There’s a dirty little secret in the “fact” that the United States outspends everybody else on “defense”: a lot of stuff completely unrelated to defense is packed into the budget: handouts for Senator Manchin’s daughter’s company, money for Social Justice Entrepreneurs in the Beltway, fat padding of contracts for union bosses. Ever wonder why a government building takes longer to go up, and costs more, than a Wal-Mart, a factory, or an office block of the same size? Government procurement is packed with a century of embedded handouts.

And now, the Defense tit is offered to the Global Warming industry to suckle.

Meanwhile: sharpen your bayonets, boys, the ammo budget’s being cut again.

Priorities.

Update:

Clayton Cramer asks, about something he found on Yahoo News, “Why isn’t this getting more attention?”

Obama is poised to veto legislation exposing Saudi Arabia to court action over the 9/11 attacks, stepping in to defend legal precedent and an awkward ally, but inviting election-time opprobrium.

White House officials say Obama will reject the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” by a Friday veto deadline, after a little over a week of deliberation.

Obama’s aides tried and failed to have the legislation substantially revised….

Why, indeed. 100% of the US Citizens in Congress supported it. (Yes, its passage was unanimous. When was the last time that happened?) It is opposed only by the Saudis, the State Department, and the President.

Could it be a question of priorities?

What Separates First and Third World Armies?

Pipe WrenchWhat’s the difference between the military of a first-world nation like Germany, Britain or the US, and the army of some banana republic or sub-saharan kleptocracy? It’s best expressed either as two words or one. The one word would be discipline, but since that’s a small word with a very large portfolio, instead we’ll talk about the two words that best illustrate why some can fight and some can’t, and they might not be the two words that you expect.

Preventive maintenance.

Earlier today, we posted a US DOD auction for an early-1940s halftrack. The thing was a mess, there have been no parts in the system for it since circa 1955, and all the mechanics who knew the ins and outs of the M2 Half Track Combat Car are resting in veterans’ cemeteries, or drooling in veterans’ homes. But it ran and moved under its own power, still, when Uncle finally decided to sell it off — some 75 years after it first got put on the property book.

An American officer knows when he reports in to take command of a new unit that the vehicles will run (or will have a documented reason why they don’t, and measures will be underway to fix them). His unit’s weapons will have seen a technical inspection some time within their last couple or years or appropriate cycles of rounds fired. Stuff that needs logbooks will have the logbooks, and they will have the complete history of the equipment in them. His soldiers will have sturdy boots that won’t let them down and fall apart if they have to walk 25 kilometers.

This is because the US Army (and Marine Corps, etc.) has a culture of preventive maintenance, enforced by one of the US military’s secret weapons, a professional NCO corps (petty officers, in the Navy and USCG).

None of these things is assured in a third world military. Many of them have had extensive efforts by advisors (British, American, Russian, Chinese) to teach them the supporting nation’s perfectly logical and effective maintenance system — you know, the one that ensures that when you crack the box on a surplus Mosin that some Russian armorer packed up in 1946, it’s still ready to go to war. And that tells some American logistician where to lay hands on the crates of 1911s to send them to CMP. But these educational efforts always fall short, and they fall short in predictable ways.

The memoirs of Russian advisors knocking themselves out trying to teach the Arabs of the 50s and 60s, the Americans who despaired at getting maintenance across to the South Vietnamese, and just about anybody who struggled to teach African students are remarkably similar. Indeed, some of the officers who tried to teach aviation to the Chinese under Chennault, or modern army operations to the Filipino Constabulary in the early 1900s, or raised sepoy regiments for the East India Company, could have written interchangeable tales, with only the native names being different.

That’s because PM is not just a process, or something that can be written in books and taught from a podium. It’s cultural, and trying to teach culture requires a set of students willing to have their culture changed, or building one ab initio. (Hence, Japan’s transformation from feudal backwater to modern world power in a few short decades).

We have a lot of funny PM stories over the years, like the generators in Suriname that were derelict and stripped of salable parts a year after a refugee task force donated them to the Suriname Army; the Nigerian Airborne MTT that failed because Nigerian officers had sold off the instruments, engines, propellers, and landing gear of their C-130s (the general assumption was, to South African sanctions busters); the Bolivian officer who pressed us for high-tech equipment like GPS receivers and night-vision equipment for his ill-equipped Ranger battalion.

Hognose: “But, mi coronel, your men don’t have serviceable boots. They’re tough guys and will walk till their feet bleed, but we could do more to raise the combat power of this battalion by getting your guys boots, and I’m pretty sure we could get the Milgroup to buy off on that.”

El Tte. Coronel: “I am offended at the suggestion, my dear Nez de puerco. Every soldier gets two new pairs of boots when he reports to basic training. Regrettably, some of them do not maintain their boots.”

Hognose: “Sí, señor.” Because, really, what else can you say? Either the distiguished lieutenant colonel, or some crony of his, was working a racket where the men were reported as getting new boots, but they actually got incredibly worn and crudely patched and resoled US Army surplus Direct Molded Sole combat boots. As a result, the battalion could do a 25k road march — once, to be followed by a period of convalescence.

Sooner or later, no doubt, someone broke down and ordered high-speed low-drag electronics for these guys, most of which probably went the way of the new boots, into the black market.

When you see the field forces of a non-European/non-Anglosphere military, look at their feet. You’ll learn if they aspire to first-world professionalism (you’ll never see Brazilian grunts in unserviceable boots, for instance), or if the whole Army is there for show, in which case every piece of gear they have will be either new and shiny — freshly donated by the taxpaying chumps of some foreign land — or two years old and already cannibalized for parts or scrapped.

Preventive maintenance culture. It’s what separates the powers from the popinjays.

So How Bad was the Iran Bad Deal?

whiteflagIn a review of the new book The Iran Wars, by WSJ correspondent Jay Solomon, Omri Ceren boils down the essence of the incredibly bad deal into less than two paragraphs. Excerpted:

In exchange for sitting down and talking, the Iranians would get hundreds of millions of dollars monthly, stabilizing their economy. Eventually U.S. diplomats offered Iran a deal that legalized full-blown uranium, plutonium, and ballistic-missile work on a timeline—with international sponsorship for Iranian work in the meantime—and did not force the country to disclose its previous nuclear cheating.

The deal also immediately released roughly a hundred billion dollars to Iran, shredded the international sanctions regime, would have American officials traveling to drum up business for Iran, removed restrictions on a range of Iranian terrorists, and allowed Iran to keep spinning thousands of centrifuges throughout the deal—and then, to sell all of that, the president and his allies said that American diplomats did the best anyone could have.

via Let’s Make a Bad Deal | commentary.

The party to the negotiation that is more anxious to make a deal gets the worst of the deal. And if your anxiety rises to the level of desperation, you really get the worst of the deal. You don’t need to have spent time in the souks of Tehran to grasp that. And the US was so desperate for this deal, that it cut a deal that was fundamentally an unconditional surrender. Pathetic.

Meanwhile, in other diplomatic triumphs, the State Department’s spokesmen (and their useful idiots in the press) are still raving about the great cease-fire deal that we cut with the Russians in Syria, even though Russian jets bombed the US’s proxies last week, and US jets bombed the Russians’ this week. Or maybe that was the other way around: Peace in Our Time® is confusing.

Update

But wait, it gets worse. Former terrorism prosecutor Andy McCarthy (he’s the guy who put the first batch of WTC-bombing terrorists, from 1993, in Club Fed) has a rundown on what Iran is doing with its American cash.

The part that was hostage ransom — about $1.7 billion — went to the IRGC to promote terrorism and jihad. Some of this probably shores up the Syrians that we’re ineptly sort-of fighting. (And Russia is ineptly sort-of supporting). The dispostion of the tens of billions more that is not hostage ransom, but simple tribute, is murkier, but as McCarthy points out, money is fungible and will be spent according to Iranian priorities. As Andy wraps up:

Not to worry, though — it’s not like they’re threatening our naval vessels, humiliating our sailors, massing Hezbollah forces on Israel’s border, or chanting “Death to America,” right?

This agreement is all bad, every bit of it, even to the punctuation marks and white space therein;  it could have only been negotiated and approved by persons who loathe America and the West, and . And it’s one more data point on the 5,000 year pile of evidence that appeasement, acquiescence and self-abasement are no source of national success or even survival.

A Last Great Act of Defiance

We don’t know this cat. We don’t know his name, his history or why he wound up where he was. It was what he did next that assured that his name is written forever in the saga of the great warrior race, the Pathans (Pushtuns).

We don’t even know he was a Pathan, as he says not a word. He might not have been; the ISIL followers in Afghanistan, like the Taliban before them, have made their ate-up religion an excuse for the ethnic cleansing of minorities such as Tajiks, Uzbeks, and especially Hazaras. (Our hero doesn’t look like a Hazara to me, but it’s a crummy video). So the Pathans who remember his story for the centuries may be his own people, or whatever survivors ultimately remain of the doomed tribe he was fighting.

This is what it comes down to: the choice between life, and perhaps death, as a free man, and the slavery inherent in allah hu akbar. 

Some day, that phrase will sound exclusively in the ears of the demons of Hell, because it is incompatible with the existence of free men, and free men shall win.

Gitmo Terrorists: Released, Not Reformed

camp_delta_guantanamo_bay_cubaYeah, this is our shocked (type)face. But it seems like the guys the Administration is hell-bent on springing from Guantanamo Bay tend to revert to committing acts of terrorism… you know, like the ones they did before they went inside, in the first place. Jonn Lilyea at This Ain’t Hell aggregates two stories on these members of the all-pro jihad team who were on the Temporarily Incarcerated Disabled List prior to the Lightbringer’s ascent to Olympus Washington.

Vice News reports that at least four Guantanamo grads have returned to what they know best. That makes a total of 208 out of 693 detainees (about 30%) who have returned to terrorism or are suspected of returning to their trade according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

The ODNI’s report was released shortly before the House of Representatives voted 244-174 in favor of a bill that seeks to prohibit the federal government from using funds to transfer any more detainees out of the detention facility. The White House has already said Obama would veto the legislation.

Twenty of the remaining 61 Guantanamo detainees have been cleared for transfer to other countries. The Pentagon is expected to move them off of the naval base by the end of the year. The Obama administration has released 32 detainees so far in 2016.

Speaking of Gitmo grads, the fellow in Uruguay, Abu Wael Dhiab, who absconded from his supervised release earlier this year is slipping in and out of a coma brought on by his hunger strike because he wants to return to the Middle East. He’s Syrian, but he’s been sentenced to death in that country in absentia because of his terrorist activities, so he can’t be returned home.

via Guantanamo recidivism : This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here.

Dude’s slipping in and out of a coma? Doctor Weaponsman, in for the consult:

  1. Turn up his morphine drip.
  2. Monitor his heart rate for 60 minutes.
  3. If he still has one, give the morphine drip another twist.
  4. Repeat until the bed’s available for a patient someone gives a hairy rat’s ass about.

Next patient, Nurse Ratched?

What’s the big deal, says the Administration. They’ve only killed a half dozen Americans, and those were unimportant servicemen, not Acela Corridor princelings.

For news on Gitmo, also read sometime WeaponsMan.com reader, Rand Koch.  He’s also written a short book on the subject that’s available on Amazon.

Update

A little birdie whispered this URL in our ear:

https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/FINAL%20-%20GTMO%20Unclass%20CDA%20Response%20-%20September%202016.pdf

It’s the DNI Recidivism Report (.pdf, obviously), which, even though it was given maximum possible skew by the Administration’s intel cherry-pickers, still lists 208 sprung detainees as confirmed (122) or suspected (86) of committing new terrorist acts.

And they expect that releasing the rest will, indeed, precipitate new terror acts:

Based on trends identified during the past eleven years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred. Transfers to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal instability as well as recruitment by insurgent and terrorist organizations could pose problems. …some detainees who are determined to reengage will do so regardless of any transfer conditions….

Shorter DNI: Terrs gonna terr. And:

Former GTMO detainees routinely communicate with each other, families of other former detainees, and previous associates who are members of terrorist organizations. The reasons for communication span from the mundane (reminiscing about shared experiences) to the nefarious (planning terrorist operations). We assess that some GTMO detainees transferred in the future also will communicate with other former GTMO detainees and persons in terrorist organizations. We do not consider mere communication with individuals or organizations—including other former GTMO detainees—an indicator of reengagement.

In other words, just hooking up coms to other recidivist terrorists doesn’t count. What else doesn’t count?

[E]ngagement in anti-US statements or propaganda does not qualify as terrorist or insurgent activity.

We pull that out, just because some apologist — some paid jihadi flack or mouthpiece from some nest of traitors like al-Qaeda’s law firm Covington & Burling — will say, “these guys are not really terrorists, they’re just criticizing the US.” That’s not how they got on the list, sweetheart.

The Listening / Security Halt

Getting ready. You don't skyline yourselves like this forward of the lines.

Getting ready. You don’t skyline yourselves like this forward of the lines.

The most annoying person in the world is the write-only device. You know that guy: he never shuts up, yammering on and on, and never stopping to listen, only to take a breath. As you might expect, that habit which makes everyone want to kill him in a peacetime classroom or office, makes it easy for the enemy to literally kill him in combat.

There is much to be said about stealth and silence. The first thing that we will say is this: truly silent motion across terrain is not possible. It is an ideal for which you must strive, but even Mark Twain recognized it as nothing but a literary convention, when he was beating the defenseless James Fenimore Cooper senseless in a battle of wits:

Another stage-property that he pulled out of his box pretty frequently was the broken twig. He prized his broken twig above all the rest of his effects, and worked it the hardest. It is a restful chapter in any book of his when somebody doesn’t step on a dry twig and alarm all the reds and whites for two hundred yards around. Every time a Cooper person is in peril, and absolute silence is worth four dollars a minute, he is sure to step on a dry twig. There may be a hundred other handier things to step on, but that wouldn’t satisfy Cooper. Cooper requires him to turn out and find a dry twig; and if he can’t do it, go and borrow one. In fact, the Leatherstocking Series ought to have been called the Broken Twig Series.

It was always a Cooper white man who broke the twig, because Indians were born to patient stealth, at least in his universe. (Cooper, one must remember, was no frontiersman, but a cashiered Naval Academy midshipman). The Indian, in fact, was no more capable of silent movement than a ninja, an SF soldier, or you.

It was a crushing disappointment to learn that we would not, in SFQC, learn the Indian ninja art of silent walking on dry oak leaves. Instead, however, we learned something more practically useful: how to be quieter than the other guy, and as quiet as we needed to be.

If silent movement is not possible — and it isn’t, if your enemy can’t hear you, his dogs, with their superhuman hearing, can — then moving stealthily at night requires several things:

  1. Masking local noise with background noise;
  2. Altering the kinds of noise to attenuate sound travel; and,
  3. Periodic listening halts.
Not hard enough? Try it in MOPP.

Not hard enough? Try it in MOPP.

The first two are fairly obvious: you can move much more rapidly without giving yourself away when a train is passing by, and high-pitched sounds travel poorly. (You do need to bear in mind that sound travels differently in different atmospheric conditions). The most complicated of those three principles of night movement to apply is the periodic listening halt.

Immediately after inserting, assembly, or crossing a danger area (of which more in some subsequent article), the patrol or team must conduct an initial listening security halt. While the details of the halt may vary, something like this works:

  1. Freeze in place.
  2. Remain there for five full minutes. 
  3. Maintain 360º security.
  4. Actively listen the whole time.
  5. After five minutes, make a decision: move, or continue listening?

Why five minutes? You can change that time if you like, but it’s a good minimum because it’s quite a long time to be frozen in one place. Even a patient enemy, who stops when you do, will move and give his existence and position away before five minutes is up.

Active listening? That means concentrating on listening. You’re not only listening for the enemy, but also to develop a mental picture of what normal night sounds in your location are like. What are they like immediately when you stop? If you have been halted for a time, are there animal noises that come back (and that presumably stopped while you were moving)? Knowing this gives you an edge in the woods, compared to someone who doesn’t.

After the initial halt, the element leader must have a way to silently signal the element to begin moving again. If there is sufficient illumination, hand and arm signals may be effective; if not, touch signals should be used. Only in the most extreme case should a command be verbalized, and then, it should be whispered (remember, a higher-pitched whisper will travel much more poorly than a normal-pitched vocalized word — which is a good thing in a night full of hostiles).

It goes without saying that all these modes of command and control, and the listening security halts themselves, must be practiced in controlled conditions in garrison before attempting them in the face of an armed enemy. Night combat patrol operations are at the far end of a long crawl-walk-run pipeline; they’re the Boston Marathon of crawl-walk-run.

Animal and bird sounds make both effective stealth command and control means, and also excellent “cover” if you inadvertently make a sound in the possible presence of the enemy. Do a Leatherstocking and break a twig, or snap back a branch? The risk of exposure may be mitigated, if you can fake the snort of a deer or porcine species native to the area.

Once the element is on the move, further listening security halts should be executed at relatively short but variable periods. You can set these by distance or by time; it’s also helpful to be cognizant of terrain. If you have just passed through some stuff that was impossible to be truly quiet in, like dense mountain laurel or the dry leaves of an oak forest in winter, a listening security halt on the far side should be able to reassure you about the prospect of being tracked or tailed. As in all patrol technique, principles are iron but the means of serving those principles are best mixed up so as not to simplify the enemy’s counterpatrol planning.

Don’t be the foot-shufflin’, twig-snappin’, noise-makin’ equivalent of the yammering guy in the first paragraph. On patrol, the silent man comes home; the guy who loves the sound of his own noise dies from it.

No Christians, Please, We’re American

Hey, they don't exterminate all the Christians. They find something for the women to do!

Hey, they don’t exterminate all the Christians. They find something for the women to do! (ISIL slave auction)

One of the things that is happening in the middle east is that ISIL is murdering non-moslems. Everyone agrees with that; certainly, they do as they’re quite proud of what they’re doing, and make it the centerpiece of their social media campaign. Even the President and the State Department admit it, albeit grudgingly.

So, when the United States decided, or rather, when the President unilaterally decided, to admit tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, correction, “refugees”, certainly the persecuted must have been given priority. Mustn’t they?

Well, actually, no. The President and the State Department actually favor the persecutors, rather than the persecuted. Hardly any of the admitted refugees have been religious minorities like Yasidis, Alawites, Baha’is, and Christians — the groups targeted for extermination by ISIL.. Instead, they’ve been Sunni moslems, same as the men behind I still themselves.

Patrick Goodenough at CNS News:

State Department Refugee Processing Center data show that of the now total 11,491 arrivals this fiscal year, the vast majority – 11,300, or 98.33 percent – are Sunnis.

Just 54 of the 11,491 – 0.46 percent – are Christians. They comprise 14 Catholics, six Orthodox, four Protestants, one Greek Orthodox, plus 29 refugees identifying themselves simply as “Christian” rather than by denomination or sect.

The writer of the article did miss, or dismiss, four Jehovah’s Witnesses among the 137 remaining refugees, excuse us, “refugees”; while some sects of Christians don’t accept JWs as fellow Christians, that would be news to the Witnesses themselves, who practice an austere version of the Christian faith.

Of the remaining 133, 110 are moslems of one kind or another, and:

17 Yazidis… five refugees identified as “other religion,” and one as having “no religion.”

That dude’s the only atheist in Syria. Talk about a tough position to be in! He might be the one real no-quotes refugee in the bunch.

About three quarters of Syrians were Moslems before the Civil War, and about 10% were Christians. But, the US State Department’s insistence on using the Hezbollah-controlled UN refugee agency to “vet” the refugees, guarantees that we’re not going to get Christians, we’re going to get people who share Hezbollah values: Islamic terrorism.

European agencies have broken enough ISIL cells among their refugees, er, “refugees,” and enough of the migrants they’ve admitted have dropped off the radar, to suggest that the usual rule of thumb that 1 in 10 wartime refugees is an enemy agent might be a little bit low. Who gains by a US “refugee” policy that is willfully blind to the security implications? Not even the persecuted people to whom State’s mandarins want to be charitable (with your money).So who? Cui bono?

And yes, we did notice that the numbers don’t add up. But that’s far from the only thing in this policy doesn’t add up.