…a new elite commando team is operating in the region. The primary, day-to-day mission of the team, known as Joint Special Operations Task Force-Gulf Cooperation Council, is to mentor military units belonging to the U.S.’ oil-rich Arab allies, who collectively are known as the Gulf Cooperation Council… the task force is responsible “for coordinating all SOF [Special Operations Forces] engagements and training with Gulf Cooperation Council nations.”
The special operations forces of those nations have shown a notable improvement over the past year. Qatari commandos quietly traveled to Libya ahead of Moammar Gadhafi’s downfall to prepare Libyan rebels for the successful capture of Tripoli. The United Arab Emirates, another close U.S. ally, has also made its elite forces a priority, even hiring Blackwater’s founder to bolster their training.
The United States was not an onlooker in the Libyan events and took full control over the NATO operation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said… “Now American political scientists are promoting the concept, ‘leading from behind’, i.e. ‘leadership from the second rank, from the back’.”
“I think that Americans’ reaction to our proposal to investigate the death of civilians, including children, during NATO strikes in the U.N. is conditioned by this fact… We are concerned about the attempts to repeat the Libyan scenario in Syria. We sincerely tell our American and European partners about it by warning against repeating any variants of using force regardless who and wherefrom is it,” Lavrov said.
When coverage of an unfolding drama ceases to be fair and turns into a propaganda weapon, inconvenient facts get suppressed. So it is with the results of a recent YouGov Siraj poll on Syria commissioned by The Doha Debates, funded by the Qatar Foundation… The pity is that it was ignored by almost all media outlets in every western country whose government has called for Assad to go… Some 55% of Syrians want Assad to stay, motivated by fear of civil war – a spectre that is not theoretical as it is for those who live outside Syria’s borders.
General Chiarelli said that 164 active-duty Army, National Guard, and Reserve troops took their own lives in 2011, compared with 159 in 2010 and 162 in 2009… Asked if he was frustrated by the jump last year in suicide by active-duty soldiers, General Chiarelli said no.
“The question you have to ask yourself, and this is the number that no one can prove, what would it have been if we had not focused the efforts that we focused on it?… for all practical purposes, for the last two to three years, it has leveled off.”
General Chiarelli said that if nonmobilized National Guard and Reserve units were included, Army suicides dropped to 278 in 2011, from 305 in 2010.
Active-duty Army suicide rates have been higher than civilian rates since 2008… The Army projects that final 2011 numbers will be more than 24 suicides among active-duty soldiers per 100,000, another record high.
Are the people back home catatonic? I asked, and continue to ask. Is it just ‘not our problem’ that ‘our’ government is sending so many of us to murder or be murdered overseas, or to kill ourselves when we return? While all the while they are cutting ‘benefits’ of our ‘volunteer’ armed forces?
And, oh yeah… they’re making more new enemies for us everyday, running up the deficit and national debt doing it… and THEY’VE ALREADY KILLED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE!
William Bowles writes in A captive nation
I’m more often reading and thinking about events than writing about them, in an attempt to get a handle on why we inhabitants of Empire are standing by as we watch our leaders head straight for disaster yet again as they try vainly to keep the ‘good ship capitalism’ afloat. The myopia of the media is palpable in the face of the disaster that unfolds around us.
The myopia of the media is accounted for by its corporate ownership. What accounts for the myopia, the catatonia of the masses? That’d be us.
I linked to the originals above because they are the originals, but I found most of them at Information clearing house… where they’re ‘playing real good for free’… and in need of cash to keep going.