21 thoughts on “International News (Update)

  1. It’s always Merry Christmas! You lot need to stop saying Happy Holidays! Although holidays means holy days so I guess it’s semantics.

    I always fancied a trip to the Philippines…

    Syrian soup, by the way, is very tasty 'Chorbat el Ads’ Get yourself some lentils, onions, garlic and a bit of cumin and let it get on with itself. Proper winter warmer. Good for those cold SoCal days, LL. Keeps a White Wolf warm!

  2. and then there is this… "Russia's ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated by an off-duty police officer in front of terrified witnesses allegedly in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo.

    The gunman -smartly dressed in a black suit and tie – reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" and said in Turkish "We die in Aleppo, you die here" after shooting Ambassador Andrei Karlov in the back."

  3. Yes, and it underscores the need for the Russians to keep their own security people around their high value targets instead of trusting Muslims. It's a mistake that I suspect will not be repeated.

  4. The Philippines aren't worth stopping. Trust me.

    I will use the bone in the Christmas honey baked ham and the left overs to make navy bean soup. I make make it Syrian style with some different spices.

  5. I thought you would like to see this. The craze is catching on in CA it seems. thefirearmblog.com/blog/2016/12/15/apex-moving-california-arizona/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=2016-12-17&utm_campaign=Weekly+Newsletter

  6. I'm definitely not the only one. I know of half a dozen gunslinger friends who have moved across the border in the past six months or so. None are nearly so off-the-beaten-path as I will be, but the idea is the same.

  7. The Russians are at war in Syria and I expect that the US will be working more closely with them in a month to eradicate the ISIS savages from the planet.

  8. Thanks for the analysis. A lot of Obama's bankrupt foreign policy will come back to haunt Trump as he takes the reigns of the US government. For example, today's shooting in Turkey of the Russian ambassador is only a sign of things to come with a failed Syrian strategy. It also signals an encroaching Shi'a radicalism spewing from Iran that threatens to destabilize the entire Mideast.

    Which may have been Obama's policy all along.

    On the other front, maybe Trump will get the Chinese to play nice for a few more years.

  9. Somehow I don't expect shills from the Russian government to blame this on an obscure video made by some Copt living in exile in Novosibirsk.

  10. I have no idea what Obama's foreign policy was. We behaved fecklessly for eight years, drone striking at will, picking people off irrespective of what third world hell hole they were in. We botched the Middle East on a BIBLICAL scale.

  11. Thanks for the update, LL.
    No thanks to Obama for anything.
    I have to admit, I was surprised when I heard the Russian Ambassador to Turkey had been assassinated. Who would want to make the Russians mad?

  12. ISIS is trying to show the Russians their fangs. Not a smart move, but then again, they're not known for winning any prizes for brilliance. They're brutish savages.

  13. They were definitely worth stopping BY as a serviceman, though! Their politicians and upper class are corrupt as all get out, and made the Vichy French look like pikers in WWII, but once you got away from the bases (or were extremely lucky and persistent), the local nationals were Good People. Corrupt as all get out (Family Uber Alles [unto 3rd cousins twice removed]), but many good people. As a country, they're crabs in a bucket — every time somebody starts to claw their way out, the rest drag him down and devour him. If it wasn't for their strategic position, I'd say let them go. Letting China in is a bit too much like letting the old Soviet Union take effective control of the Dardanelles. Just a bit too dangerous for my taste.

  14. I remember a respected English newspaper (NOT a tabloid) wondering if the US even had a foreign policy ~1996. Seems like the Dems from Carter onward had only high schoolers to draw on for that. At least LBJ had a foreign policy, wrongheaded as it was in some ways. From Humphrey or McGovern onward, the Democrats have been Vichy at best, and Quislings at worst.

  15. Goat Rodeo. Well, that's Obama's forpol geniuses for you. Putin? Different story, but maybe I'm wrong?

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