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The Liberty of Defense

Sworn To Support And Defend The Constitution; Not Land, Government Or Even People

By Steve Schippert
National Security and Defense are no longer apolitical issues. In reluctantly acknowledging this fact, more thinking and writing on political issues has gradually made its way into the ThreatsWatch space. To put it succinctly, it's not just about Defense. It's about what we defend. There are two disparities at play in the American body politic that cause this deep politicization of Defense and National Security. The first is a wide disconnect between the leadership of both major parties - and...
Gaza Strip

Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

But Direct Israeli Negotiation With (Some) Palestinians Is Over-Sold

By Steve Schippert
Every American administration seeks to publicly position itself as the harbinger of Middle East peace and the new collection of minds capable of resolving a conflict beyond the reach of all others. It was true of the Bush administration and those before it and it is true of the Obama administration. So, before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama and the media get too carried away with a rare foreign policy achievement by the Obama administration, let's take care...

Wikileaks Hath Spoken

Now Step Aside Or Get Stampeded By Journalists Seeking Pulitzers

By Steve Schippert
Wikileaks has spoken. Again. And surely the news cycles I will miss while basking in sand and saltwater will be nearly breathless in their coverage. Personally, I find this latest episode amusing at best and reckless at minimum. There's nearly nothing (that I've seen thus far) new here. If you've paid attention to the Afghanistan conflict over the years, ask yourself if you really learned something you didn't know or definitively confirmed something you didn't already suspect or presume. The...
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From The Shadows of The New York City Skyline, A Homesick Longing For Simple, Silent Lessons

By Steve Schippert
There are many influences in the making of a man. Discipline instilled by parents, openness inspired by wives and the immediate maturity demanded at the birth of a child. There is also for some the peace of faith, the selflessness commanded by uniformed service and the pain of loss and error. These are the big things, hard to miss, and the man embraces each and all. Then there are the little things more easily missed. The images, sounds and smells...

July 19, 2011

Grab Their Belts to Fight Them

The book, by CTA fellow, Warren Wilkins, is available wherever books are sold - including Amazon. Let us know what you think of it....

June 2, 2011

"The Gauntlet"

UPDATE: SUSPECT APPREHENDED (6/5/11) WITH NO APPARENT CARTEL INVOLVEMENT. Motive TBD. On Saturday morning, May 28, Bexar County Sheriff Sergeant Kenneth Vann was ambushed at a local intersection in San Antonio responding to a (disturbance) call in the area. From...

May 9, 2011

Arms Race - South of the Border

It has long been argued that the violence in and from Mexico was being fed by the illegal smuggling of semi-automatic and automatic weapons from the United States purchased at gun shows and gun shops (most from Texas). 90 percent...

May 2, 2011

Usama bin Laden Killed by U.S. in Pakistan

Just over four months short of ten years after the unjustifiable attacks on the United States, we have justifiably killed Usama bin Laden in a likely JSOC operation near Abbottabad, Pakistan. Its too early to say exactly how, or by...

April 11, 2011

Ceasefire In Gaza? Hamas, Israel Lull as Halt Considered

A Hamas terrorist launched an anti-tank missile into an Israeli school bus. Israel launched its armor, air and infantry power into the Gaza Strip. That was Thursday. And that's how these things typically begin. Brutal business as usual. But a...

April 25, 2011

1. Documents now made public by Wikileaks have been siezed upon by media outlets to highlight that "dozens" of suspected al-Qaeda detainees at Guantánamo Bay were innocent. Considering Gitmo had over 1,000 detainees at one point, this is a good battlefield ratio, not a horror.

2. In Libya, Qaddafi's army - including mercenaries from around Africa - has retreated from the key city of Misurata, just east of Tripoli. It continues to shell the city in retreat, however. In the see-saw struggle between Qaddafi and Libyan rebels, the latest ebb for the rebels may put urgency into Qaddafi's negotiations for settlement. This, of course, was the idea of bringing in US drones.

3. A NATO airstrike (read: US Predator drones) destroyed Qaddafi's offices at a compound in Tripoli. The Libyan strongman claimed NATO tried to assassinate him. This is, of course, a claim not without merit. Western politicians have been calling for such, including US senators. UK foreign minister Hague would not rule out the use of US drones to take out Qaddafi. (See Item 2, above.)

4. Report says Pakistan's political leadership is considering approaching the UN Security Council citing territorial infringement in order to pressure the US into halting drone attacks on Taliban & al-Qaeda targets in its tribal areas.

5. Syria, using tanks on its citizens, locks them in by sealing its border with Jordan. US considers sanctions.

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