Morning Report: 2008-11-07

Seeing past Russia's distractions, and more on West Asia. In our commentary, we bemoan the state of liberalism yet again, and find a friend in Korea.

Russia and a "future Ukraine scenario". Information Dissemination:

Russia understands well the art of distraction. Heard about Russian missiles moving around Europe, or perhaps new political maneuvers in Russia? Whatever, background noise all of it, a reminder that in baseball no one stairs at the center fielder unless he is doing the moonwalk when the ball is actually bouncing towards 3rd base.

The missiles are the moonwalk, while 3rd base is in the Ukraine. This looks like early planning for a future Ukraine scenario to me.

Details at the link.

North Waziristan strike. Long War Journal:

After a one-week lull, the US has struck an al Qaeda training camp inside Pakistan's lawless tribal belt.

US unmanned Predator aircraft fired four missiles into a camp in the village of Kumsham in North Waziristan, AFP reported. Up to 14 people have been reported to have been killed.

"The strike successfully destroyed the camp," one source told AFP. "The militants were using the facility for training," another source said.

Seven al Qaeda operatives and one local Taliban commander was killed in the attack, sources told the news agency. But there is no indication that senior al Qaeda or Taliban leaders were killed in the strike.

The attack occurred in the Wazir tribal areas right along the border with South Waziristan. This is likely an area run by Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadar. He shelters al Qaeda fighters, operates training camps in his tribal areas, and sends his fighters into Afghanistan to fight Coalition forces.

Briefly noted. Small Wars Journal covers the Afghan awakening and more.

Commentary. Liberal American voters have elected Barack Obama, and Winston at The Spirit of Man isn't impressed.

What I have seen in the past few days in my travels across the US is the level of ignorance and illiteracy among the liberal or left leaning voters. Most of them are not aware of world events and act like adolescent people. None know any thing about history. That's a big problem for an America which wishes to remain a superpower. Aside from "affirmative action" who has already got all of us an Obama presidency, ignorance and leftist values have played major roles in damaging this once great country. Uninformed people tend to be liberals. For example, I held long conversations with those who voted for Hussein Obama and none of them knew any thing about the world beyond their county or state borders. Honestly, none of those idiots I talked to did know what G8 is or, what is the name of the Canadian captial city.

Remember, these are the folks who talk long and loud about America's need to be more cosmopolitan and "global". Who elected a leader who complains about Americans who go to France and don't speak the language, but qui ne parle pas Fran├žais himself. Who ... oh, don't get me started.

Anyway, the title of this blog pretty well says it for me, and it's always nice to find more kindred minds out there. Here's Roland's comment on Obama and Rahm Emmanuel

The “Electronic Intifada” has posted a piece criticizing Obama for picking Rahm Emanuel, a Jewish supporter of Israel to be his Chief of Staff. That’s a good sign in my opinion. They write:

“In Congress, Emanuel has been a consistent and vocal pro-Israel hardliner, sometimes more so than President Bush. In June 2003, for example, he signed a letter criticizing Bush for being insufficiently supportive of Israel. "We were deeply dismayed to hear your criticism of Israel for fighting acts of terror," Emanuel, along with 33 other Democrats wrote to Bush. The letter said that Israel's policy of assassinating Palestinian political leaders "was clearly justified as an application of Israel's right to self-defense" ("Pelosi supports Israel's attacks on Hamas group," San Francisco Chronicle, 14 June 2003).”

The Hufftards hate this pick too. Yet another good sign.

Kuraeyo! I'm pleased to welcome BIAAL to the DiL blogroll.