Friday, June 12, 2015

Under The Radar

This tidbit seems to have slipped under our collective radar during this week's news cycle. After you read it, stop and think about the implications - the primary one for me being "How on earth did a bunch of third world ragtag rebels get access to Scud missiles?", followed closely by "Why on earth did we give a Middle East country, purported ally or not, access to our sophisticated anti-missile technology?"

Saudi Arabia shoots down Scud missile fired from Yemen
Saudi Arabia said it shot down a Scud missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels and their allies early Saturday at a Saudi city that is home to a large air base, marking a major escalation in the monthslong war.

Two missiles launched from a Patriot missile battery shot down the Scud around 2:45 a.m. Saturday (2345 GMT, 7:45 p.m. EDT Friday) around the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

The agency did not report any casualties in the attack, the first use of a Cold War-era Scud by the rebels since Saudi-led airstrikes began in March.
Talk about a proxy war...

In related, yet unsurprising news, obama stated that he has no strategy for defeating ISIS.

No, this is not satire or a spoof. The President of the United States openly admitted that he has no plan to defeat terrorists we have been at war with for years.
Obama said during an August (2014) press conference his administration was still devising a way to fight ISIS.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet," he said at the time.
Fast forward to June 2015.
"We don't yet have a complete strategy..." Obama said during concluding remarks at the G7 conference in Germany...
That drew a quick response from, among others, John McCain.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Arizona, hammered Obama on the Senate floor Monday, saying the lack of a strategy is alarming "while ISIS goes from house to house in Ramadi with lists of names and they execute people and they kill 3-year-old children, and they burn their bodies in the streets and the atrocities in Syria continue as Bashar Assad barrel bombs innocent men, women and children."

"One can wonder, one has to wonder, whether this President just wants to wait out the next year and a half and basically do nothing to stop this..."
For once I find myself agreeing with McCain.

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