Feb 18

mosul-dam

Washington’s Machiavellian Game in Syria:

By F. William Engdahl

One of my often-cited sayings is around 2,500 years old. It’s from the respected Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu in his small masterpiece, The Art of War. For centuries it’s been one of the most influential strategy writings not only in Asia, but also the Western world. It goes as follows:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

In geopolitical analysis, when I examine a major political or economic development, it’s very important that I first look into myself, to feel if I’m blurring my analysis because of deep-felt personal wishes for a peaceful, more harmonious world, blurring the reality of a given nation or groups of nations. Similarly, if I take those malevolent patriarchs who dominate American and NATO policies today, I must be certain I know, not merely the surface of what an American President or Secretary of State might say on a given day. It can be a lie, a slick maneuver or it can be even honest. The work of any serious analyst is to sort out which it is, to go deeper, to “mine” the lode in order to see the real strategic implications. Continue reading »

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Feb 18

potential collapse of Mosul dam in northern Iraq

US military warns of ‘catastrophic’ Mosul dam collapse:

The US military is gearing up to deal with the catastrophic consequences of a potential collapse of Mosul dam in northern Iraq, the top US general in the Arab country says.

US Army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, head of the US-led coalition against Daesh (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, said Thursday that Iraqi authorities are aware of “the potential” for the collapse and the need for constant grouting of the hydroelectric dam’s foundation to prevent it. Continue reading »

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Dec 09

ISIS-Mosul

It Will Take 10 Years To Recapture Mosul From ISIS, US Army Officer Says:

When Mosul fell to ISIS in June of 2014, the world was shocked that the group – which at that juncture, was just beginning to make a name for itself – could possibly have overrun the US-trained and armed Iraqi army to take control of the country’s second-largest city.

“The city fell like a plane without an engine,” a Mosul businessman who fled to Erbil said at the time. “They were firing their weapons into the air, but no one was shooting at them.”

That account reinforces the notion that the Iraqi regulars effectively ran away in the face of the ISIS advance. Here’s what Ash Carter said after Ramadi fell: “The Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. They were not outnumbered. In fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they failed to fight and withdrew from the site…We can give them training, we can give them equipment. We obviously can’t give them the will to fight.”

No Ash, you can’t, and when you hand over equipment to soldiers with no will to fight, that equipment usually ends up in the “wrong” hands which is exactly what happened after the Iraqi regulars abandoned Mosul. After routing the Iraqi forces, ISIS seized 2,300 humvees and then proceeded to loot some $429 million in cash from the city’s central bank. This made Obama’s terrorist “jayvee squad” one of the most well armed, well funded extremist groups in history.  Continue reading »

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