RANGER AGAINST WAR: Amps in Their Panties, II <

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Amps in Their Panties, II

My first duty is to France.

I cannot shed French blood in a foreign cause

--Napoleon, in a letter to
Countess Maria Walewski

You keep hearing about these-a these-a terrorists masterminds

that get killed in the middle east.

Terrorists masterminds.

Mastermind is sort of a lofty way to describe

what these guys do, don’t you think?

--Underwear Goes Inside the Pants
, Lazyboy

When the bully, gives a wedgie

Pray that they won’t ever tear

God bless my underwear, my only pair

--God Bless My Underwear
Boy Scout tune


Yesterday Ranger postulated that foreign intelligence is a key weakness in any war project, but especially in the Low Intensity Conflict (LIC) and Counterterrorism (CT) realms.

Let us look at the facts surrounding the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:


  1. The attacks of 9-11-01 were not conducted by Afghanis or Iraqis
  2. Saudi Arabians played a major role in planning, funding and executing those attacks
  3. United States policymakers ignored these inconvenient facts
  4. Saudi Arabia has an economic interest in controlling the price of their major commodity, oil
  5. S.A. acts in the interest of S.A
  6. U.S. intel in S.A. and Yemen is weak at best; faulty, at worst
  7. The Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) keeps the oil market unstable and funnels cash to S.A.
  8. S.A. wishes to remain autonomous S.A.
  9. S.A. intel will favor S.A. interests

Now to the 2nd Underwear Bomber Manque (UBM), so toothsome a story that the Feds were not sure how they wanted to spin it. For the first two days, it was a major foiled plot. Then, it became another undercover coup, the double agent providing most of the wherewithal to make the dastardly plot (not) happen.

The reports agree that "an asset who is a Saudi works for the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Saudi intel presented the U.S. with a compromised model of the and improved 2nd Generation underwear bomb." The
dud bomb is then played up to the extent that it causes as much fear as an Iranian and North Korean missile launch.

Ranger's analysis:

  1. How much did the U.S. pay the agent?
  2. For whom does he work?
  3. To whom does he claim allegiance?
  4. How do we know the origin of the dud device?
  5. Did S.A. intel fabricate this piece to keep the U.S. in Yemen to protect S.A. dominance in the grid square?

These are key questions that need answers prior to the release of any intel claiming to be authentic.
Are we being played like foolish amateurs? It seems a bit strange that the U.S. cannot find one single bomb maker in a place like Yemen.

he question of why the bad guys can't seem to get past airplane bombing attempts is a provocative one; it seems to show a poverty of imagination . . . or could it be something else? The U.S. is routinely played by foreign intel producers -- are we too stupid to even ask ourselves if the product we are consuming is even reality-based? Allies -- like adversaries -- should be constantly evaluated. All is fair in love and war.

Never trust foreign intelligence. This dictum applies to any country standing to benefit from playing us against ourselves.

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Anonymous Nikolay Levin said...

As you will Ranger, I'll summarize my thoughts on this part.

The Colonel's speech I provided is a pretty dense read but his conclusion agrees with yours more than you think. The military knew that there was nothing to win in VN before it even happened. They were the hippies before it was cool. This is more common than is widely believed right up to the Iraq War.

Dumb counter-culture types who believed in free love as well as... ehem, free spit weren't immune to such ignorance and almost damaged future credible criticism of the oppressive and burgeoning National Security State on top of that.

Fact of the matter is, the leeches who send young men to die are more gung-ho about it than the military themselves.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 2:01:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thank you for the excellent link. Per the Dumb counter-culture types who believed in free love as well as... ehem, free spit, I couldn't agree more re. these unthinking knee-jerk liberals.

Who could take them seriously, as most are actually about personal indulgence and furthering / justifying their own supposed counter-cultural agenda. To borrow from John Lennon "You're all f*cking peasants as far as I can see" (using the f-bomb as adjective, not verb)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 3:15:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Deryle said...

Ouch Y'all..
As the kids would say:"Whappup wit de hippie bashin'?
Y'all having a bad day or what?

As my sainted late wife, who was a master educator used to say to her high school students when they'd go off on hippies: "Hippie is a state of mind."
Same same as Levin noted about the anti war military types.

Y'all get outside, do some deep breathing.
Walk around.
Work on that judgementalism.

I'm still counter culture and I got witnesses that I've done a little good out there, like many who don't look walk, smell like everybody else, thank you.

I'll get down on knee jerk liberals with the best, but won't paint all "hippies" with the same brush.

Lisa doesn't sound like you.
Am I misreading something here?

There it is,


Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 1:45:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

To Deryle,

Haint never been one to hide my personal self, 'specially not from you; this was a most personal response.

To clarify: Mr. Lenin mentioned the "free lovin'" thang, and that struck a chord.

Having had relations with a one-each SDS fellow traveler (much apres the affiliation), who turned out to be still a fan of free-love late 60's. Um, a few things have happened 'tween now and then socially, and I thought some evolution had occurred; silly me. While I am liberal about most things, intimate love is not one of them.

Like Lennon, you all think you're so clever and classless and free, but sometimes, it's not all that cool; in that realm I don't personally dig it. So it was a personal reaction to the hippy free love ethos.

Mostly, I'm a pretty laid back chick; just not all in for the hippy state of mind in this realm.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 4:52:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Bruce Schultes said...

The only way to keep from being played is to have a concrete objective. That way, intel from all sources, especially your own operatives, can be filtered in terms of progress toward those objectives. Front channel counterspin can then be resultant vectored to expose pushback players on the public grids. Dots you have already connected. The only people really being terrorized are the mothers and wives and sisters and daughters of the dumb bomb makers and those with a confused worldview.

P.S. I cannot prove I am not a robot but I can demonstrate advanced pattern recognition heuristics. I hope that is sufficient.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 5:06:00 PM GMT-5  

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