Military news round up from around the world, 1/27/15

Hey guys,

I’ve done a poor job of posting on here of late. I apologize about that and will try to do better.

And with that, let’s run through a quick military news round up.

The Russians are causing trouble again in Ukraine, and it seems Mr. Putin is a terrible economist. Yesterday, S&P cut Russia’s credit rating to junk for the first time in ten years.

This is great news long-term, as Putin needs to learn that when you act like a third world dictator, you get treated like a third world dictator. Unfortunately in the short term, as their economy tanks, it could encourage further invasion of Ukraine and possibly other countries.

The U.S. is increasingly taking this threat serious, and if the Cold War didn’t start several months ago, consider it full on now. We’ve got the Army looking to store tanks and equipment in eastern Europe, a Russian spy ship visiting Havana, and Russia just ended its deal to work with the U.S. to secure its loose nuclear materials.

In other news, score one for the Corps! A Marine has been tapped to lead Defense Intelligence Agency for the first time ever.

And finally, in Iraq/Syria, there was some good news. In the war torn city of Kobani, the Kurds ousted Islamic State fighters with a ton of help from U.S. airstrikes. But this city was crucial strategically, so I don’t belabor the point of who did what.

And we needed some signs of progress in this war, that’s for sure.

On that note, we’re deploying 1,000 paratroopers from 82nd Airborne to Iraq to conduct further training.

Sincer we’re talking about training Kurds, I’ll sign off with a quick video of the Brits training the Kurds.

So, what’s your thoughts on the news?

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps.

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8 thoughts on “Military news round up from around the world, 1/27/15

  1. Wonder where the Peshmerga got those A2s from? Wouldn’t it be easier to equip them with AKs? 7.62X39 has got to be easier to find in that part of the world than 5.56. Same with the Ma-Deuce. And Gen. Stewart, the Marine tapped for DIA director went in the Corps in 1981? Boot. SF.

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    • I think on the A2s adn Ma-Deuces, we’ve probably pretty much decided to just supply them with ammo. Remember those parachute drops of supplies they’ve talked about (some of which went directly into Kobani)?

      Plus, I think quite a few of the enemy fighters — maybe even a majority — of ISIS/Daesh are using American-made weapoons from teh bases they’ve over-run from Iraqi troops. Think about the Hummers and tanks we’ve seen them with. They probably looted vast stores of American-made ammo, unless corrupt Iraqi Generals had already sold it off for side profits…

      So, I’d love to hear your opinion of Putin. Will he go all in on an invasion?

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  2. This oil game Obama and the Saudis (and their Gulf brethrens) are playing could just well back fire. I agree with you, Putin seems like a guy that actually wants war, so pushed further into an economic corner, and anything goes.

    Obama’s all about leveraging American’s other mechanisms of power, and hey it’s smart, but in this case maybe too smart. Time to ease out the oil choke, give Putin some time to think things over. Know who you’re fucking with.

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