Kerry tries to soothe relations with Saudi Arabia but tensions evident

Riyadh views Syria\’s war as a critical contest for regional supremacy between a Shi\’ite coalition backed by Iran and a pro-Western Sunni alliance of Gulf countries, Turkey and Egypt.

I was once told by an Arab in the Maghreb that you can’t believe anything an Arab tells you in private, but you can believe everything he tells you in public.

I am not sure, but once you back your words up in public, it all goes into The Book. The words then becomes generational, and the Saudis, by location, have to think generationally.

So the above quote, is probably true. I know I believe it true.

For some reason, since 9/11, in the critical contest for regional supremacy between a shiite coalition backed by Iran and a pro-Western Sunni alliance of Gulf countries, Turkey and Egypt (Israel); the Shiites have been winning.

After a while, and upon deep reflection, it starts to seem that maybe Obama has something to do with this. While the last administration showed themselves to be holding hands with the Saudis, this doesn’t seem to be the case for this administration.

Yeah, Obama took a lot of heat, from those that hate him, for bowing to the King, but I am not sure that there has been much hand holding in the Saudi/American relationship.

I am also not sure what this all means, but sooner or later, and I am afraid, the King may get the feeling that we just don’t seem to appreciate him much anymore. At least we didn’t appreciate the family of Saudi, as much as the family of Bush did.

This less appreciation may have had something to do with most of the people on the same planes that wanted to see the crafts hit the towers were Saudi, but I am no expert.

The feelings of the King may be that we are pivoting away from him and towards the Indo-Pacific. The King should not worry. I am sure China will more than embrace and hold hands with you.

I am sure the Chinese would like nothing more than to see you through your troubles. They have no problems in the way you govern your people’s lands, as long as you protect the Chinese coming into the region, and there will be millions.

But that number (millions) will probably just depend on how well you are able to protect them. The Pakistanis are doing a pretty good job, but then they have an incentive. 🙂

via Kerry tries to soothe relations with Saudi Arabia but tensions evident | Reuters.

US commando raids: What did they achieve?

Yet when the most highly trained commandos from the most powerful military in the world attack a sandal-wearing militia and are forced to retreat, this will be seized on as a propaganda victory for al-Shabab.

I think what they achieved was to send these “sandal-wearing militias” a clear message that they need to move their operations further in land. Which is a shame (sarcasm).

Moving in sandals is not the most efficient way to move. While sandals represent an army that is able to get by with very little resources, how is it a winning strategy, when it ties, obviously, a very powerful force, as the SEALs found, to an area of the earth that is undefendable against U.S. forces?

After the debacle of Blackhawk Down in Mogadishu in 1993, the Pentagon steered clear of Somalia for years.

Buy now it is obvious that through its SOF (Special Operations Force) the Pentagon can hit anyplace on earth it chooses. The MICC (Military Industrial Congressional Complex) is a world wide structure, and there seems to be only one of them.

But more recently it has conducted a number of often unpublished raids into that country, with the blessing of the UN-backed government there.

This is because the U.S.A. has changed structurally and politically in the world. The U.S. has formed a World Consensuses.

So, While U.S. citizens are still mostly under the Washington Consensuses, the world has stopped forming a coalition with the U.S., but there is a consensus forming.

In fact our best partner, Great Britain, couldn’t even mass enough interest to form a Coalition with us into Syria. The U.S. has had to form a consensus and bring others into the Complex.

Sometimes they involve unmanned aerial drones, sometimes they involve US Navy Seals. A US Special Forces raid in 2009 on Barawe – the same town as this weekend\’s raid – located and killed its intended target, the al-Qaeda leader in Somalia, Ali Saleh Al-Nabhan.

Aerial drones and Navy Seals are a part of the consensus forming within the Complex, as the U.S. pivots towards the Indo-Pacific. The only real difference between a coalition and a consensus is that a consensus is like sitting down at a poker table, and there will be other players with different “cards”. The Navy Seals will eventually be replaced, as the U.S. pivots even closer to India, and the resources of the U.S. “moves” with it.

The US will undoubtedly be planning more such special operations raids, its plans given urgency by the scale and body count of al-Shabab\’s murderous attack in September on a Nairobi shopping mall.

Yes the US will undoubtedly be planning more such special operations, because the consensus is that these, more than the strategy of Nation Building, are working.

The message Washington clearly wants to convey to its enemies is: \”We will find you and get you, however long it takes.\”

And the message seems to be “working” pretty good. Good enough to turn it over to someone else that wants to get in on the Action #OODA #China #Russia #Turkey #Israel.

But to many in the countries visited by such raids, there will be accusations of a global superpower throwing its military weight around and acting outside the law to serve its own interests.

Somehow, when the interest also serves much of the developed or developing world, the U.S. interest seems OK 🙂

via BBC News – US commando raids: What did they achieve?.