“Either the commander of the Fifty-First Mechanized Division is going to surrender his army in the field to me, or he and all his guys are going to die.” – Maj. Gen. James Mattis. 1st Marine Division CG, prior to the invasion of Iraq.
In what some are calling yet another diplomatic thumb directly in the eye of Barack Obama, Iranian special forces have reportedly landed in Syria to join with the relative handful of Russian Naval Infantry already in-country to aid the regime’s strongman retain power. As reported by Mark Rivett-Carnac of the Reuters news service via Time magazine, and also by Johnlee Varghese of the International Business Times (IBT) India edition, both on Sept. 11, 2015, a mixed force of approximately 1,000 Iranian Marines and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps are within a figurative stone’s throw from the roughly 100 Russian Naval Infantry (Marines) who recently touched down in the war-torn nation. Continue reading Syria: 1,000 Iranian Marines link up with 100 Russian Marines for combat ops→
The standing joke in the world of politics is that campaign promises are often broken. But much like the old school Mafiosos unwritten law that women and kids are off limits, it’s widely understood within the Washington, DC belt line that our troops in uniform aren’t to have their collective fates carelessly bandied about in the form of balloon juice by any given politician.
“Obama’s coalition is effectively dead shortly after conception…”
Matt Fox of the right-of-center news portal The Daily Surge has picked-up where the Obama Administration left off by designating a catchy title for the “broad coalition” the Commander in Chief promised: The Coalition of the Wilting. Not as snarky, but certainly as hard hitting was CNN also reporting on Sept. 12, 2014 that the much ballyhooed allied effort may sound nice, but of little real war fighting substance.