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It IS HOT in India right now!…….

From MyDD……

For those of you who prefer celsuis, that’s 50C and that’s the forecast for northern India. Right now it’s 113F across most of the Indian subcontinent though last week the mercury hit 119F in coastal Gujarat. And it’s not even June yet.

The Guardian has more on the heatwave in India which has already claimed hundreds of lives.

Record temperatures in northern India have claimed hundreds of lives in what is believed to be the hottest summer in the country since records began in the late 1800s.

The death toll is expected to rise with experts forecasting temperatures approaching 50C (122F) in coming weeks. More than 100 people are reported to have died in the state of Gujarat where the mercury topped at 48.5C last week. At least 90 died in Maharashtra, 35 in Rajasthan and 34 in Bihar.

Hospitals in Gujarat have been receiving around 300 people a day suffering from food poisoning and heat stroke, ministers said. Officials admit the figures are only a fraction of the total as most of the casualties are found in remote rural villages.

Wildlife and livestock has also suffered with voluntary organisations in Gujarat reporting the deaths of bats and crows and dozens of peacocks reported dead at a forest reserve in Uttar Pradesh.

“Because of the heat, lakes and other water bodies have been reduced to parched land, making dehydration common in such birds,” said Neeraj Srivastava, a wildlife campaigner

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May 31, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Updates, Weather | , | Leave a comment

Pakistan is solely focused on one issue….UAV attacks….They could care less about the Taliban….

In a piece in MYDD.com, by Charles Lemos, he highlights the problems the administration has in Pakistan…which the White House is pushing to step up its campaign to go after the Taliban…I just did a post on how Aftghanistan has essential told the United States that it can’t and won’t be able to take care of itself for the next 20 years….Here in Pakistan is a country that is saying we’re not in any hurry..what’s the problem?…and by the way stop flying your Predator’s in our country( and maybe the bad guys will the go away, huh?)…..we’re more worried about getting respect and keeping an eye on India….

This from Shayan Khan of the Pakistan Spectator is typical. Back in October he wrote:

Pakistan’s concerns over Kerry-Lugar bill are there for sure, but they are not that important. The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has backed a bill that would triple economic assistance for Pakistan, a key US ally in the fight against terrorism, to 7.5 billion dollars over five years. But it perhaps come as a surprise for the Kerry that Pakistanis don’t really think much of any aid or such things. They want US to take them as humans like themselves and to understand that the people dying from the drone attacks are 99% Pakistanis, and only perhaps 1% are anything to do with militancy. (The) war on terror has given Pakistan the gory gifts of suicide attacks and bomb blasts and the economic life in Pakistan has come to a grinding halt.

The Taliban are not going anyplace if the Predators stop flying….

and then there is this……

Instead of funding an educational system, Pakistan prefers to invest in tanks. Pakistan spends only 2.3 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education – the lowest level of any country in South Asia – as compared to 3.6 percent on average for other nations in Asia and 3.4 percent in low-income countries overall. This puts Pakistan in the bottom quarter of countries world-wide. Military spending, meanwhile, accounts for 3.5 percent of GDP, an amount that places Pakistan in the top quarter of countries world-wide. The result of inadequate funding for education is that only about half of Pakistani adults can read and write, compared to 92 percent in Sri Lanka and 60 percent in India.

This is not going to be easy folks…….

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Government, Military, Politics | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

A serious look at the long term Aftgan and region's stratergy…….

If you’ve been following me here, you know that I believe that the only way the  United States can ‘win’ in that country is to surge now as Gen. McChrystal has requested, and then, under that protection do nation building to preserve any gains……..

Two things have occurred within the last 24 hours for me that have made me think that Obama is taking a longer time then expected,tenets because some basic tenets of my  above argument stand on wobbly legs…..I did an earlier post in which I said Aftghanistan is just too darn backwards to ever have the US declare ‘victory’……and that view should not be discarded….

First of all Yesterday I have a look discussion with a guy who regularly travels to India……he’s an American now but he was born and lived his youth in India…..And he’s been to Afghanistan….

His point to me on the subject was that , in agreement with my feelings, Afghanistan was a hard sell for anybody to ‘win’…he felt that the people of that country simply did not want anybody coming in to change their way of life, and their country…and that the political system of ‘forced democracy’ was flawed and corrupt. He was emphatic…the country was simply not capable of changing due to economic, political and religious constraints ……

In the case of Pakistan…my friend argued correctly that the bad guys in Afghanistan were put there by the Pakistani’s to work against India, their arch enemy…….He pointed out that it was inconceivable for the Pakistani’s to remain in a fight against these forces…why?…because in the end..when the US leaves the area, they, The Pakistani’s, will still have to deal with India….and that was their principal concern……not the United States problem with terrorism….

I also just go finished reading a strategic paper from the Democratic Strategist which is biased in one way, but which clearly lays out the argument my friend gave me yesterday……which is that any counterinsurgency campaign must deal with the three constraints I have laid out above…..

The piece, as does my friend..and my prior post,  repeats, loud and clear, the reason why no  has been able to hold, as their own, that region…..

The Aftgan’s don’t want anybody to, never have, and it seems, never will…..

But we now know this…..the United States and NATO are moving the troop levels above the 68,000 troops they have been saying are in country…..President Obama, the Commander-in -Chief is going to have to decide (take your time, Sir) WHAT HE WANTS?, WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED?……and the DEFINITION of a win, victory or just a get out point…….

This one is a problem  that may not have  solution….. A true Kobarishi Maru…….

October 13, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A serious look at the long term Aftgan and region’s stratergy…….

If you’ve been following me here, you know that I believe that the only way the  United States can ‘win’ in that country is to surge now as Gen. McChrystal has requested, and then, under that protection do nation building to preserve any gains……..

Two things have occurred within the last 24 hours for me that have made me think that Obama is taking a longer time then expected,tenets because some basic tenets of my  above argument stand on wobbly legs…..I did an earlier post in which I said Aftghanistan is just too darn backwards to ever have the US declare ‘victory’……and that view should not be discarded….

First of all Yesterday I have a look discussion with a guy who regularly travels to India……he’s an American now but he was born and lived his youth in India…..And he’s been to Afghanistan….

His point to me on the subject was that , in agreement with my feelings, Afghanistan was a hard sell for anybody to ‘win’…he felt that the people of that country simply did not want anybody coming in to change their way of life, and their country…and that the political system of ‘forced democracy’ was flawed and corrupt. He was emphatic…the country was simply not capable of changing due to economic, political and religious constraints ……

In the case of Pakistan…my friend argued correctly that the bad guys in Afghanistan were put there by the Pakistani’s to work against India, their arch enemy…….He pointed out that it was inconceivable for the Pakistani’s to remain in a fight against these forces…why?…because in the end..when the US leaves the area, they, The Pakistani’s, will still have to deal with India….and that was their principal concern……not the United States problem with terrorism….

I also just go finished reading a strategic paper from the Democratic Strategist which is biased in one way, but which clearly lays out the argument my friend gave me yesterday……which is that any counterinsurgency campaign must deal with the three constraints I have laid out above…..

The piece, as does my friend..and my prior post,  repeats, loud and clear, the reason why no  has been able to hold, as their own, that region…..

The Aftgan’s don’t want anybody to, never have, and it seems, never will…..

But we now know this…..the United States and NATO are moving the troop levels above the 68,000 troops they have been saying are in country…..President Obama, the Commander-in -Chief is going to have to decide (take your time, Sir) WHAT HE WANTS?, WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED?……and the DEFINITION of a win, victory or just a get out point…….

This one is a problem  that may not have  solution….. A true Kobarishi Maru…….

October 13, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan…………

Any war planning for Afghanistan is going to have to include Pakistan, also….I know the White House knows, and is acting on this….But most Americans probably have no concept of this…..

I see the United States as successful in Iraq because of the surge, and the fact that the Iraqi’s themselves, are at least trying to get their act together…..I see the major problem for President Obama in Afghanistan as the fact there is hardly any infrastructure, and army…I see the problem in Pakistan as the bad guys trying to do the same thing they tried in Iraq…….terrorizing the population…..

With the US pushing the bad guys east into Afghanistan, and further into Pakistan (some where already there moving back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan), things are already getting hot in Pakistan……yesterdays brazen attack on the military headquarters, was for psychological effect…..And the hostages have been quickly rescued…and this was a warning to that countries peoples, that siding with the US, and it Allies, will bring trouble down on them….

With all this mind, do not forget that Pakistan has nukes……they are under the control of the army….But they remain there nevertheless…..

President Obama …the CIC, must take all of this into account………but we’re not finished

There is India to consider……

Once the bad guys get a hard time in Pakistan..they they will be running to the border of India….another country with nukes, and Pakistan’s arch problem elder…..The two countries have had a checkered history , and have been flexing at each other for long while…..all this the United States must  consider when dealing with the problems, and solutions presented by Gen. Stanley McChrystal for the area……

No wonder it’s taking such a long time……

October 11, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Feingold will be against any troop increase in Afghanistan……

Next week Gen. McChrystal, who is in charge of the Afghanistan war campaign, is most assuredly going to ask for more troops. Mindful of the mistakes Rumsfeld  made going into Iraq, and emboldened by the progress with ‘surge’,  he has to ask for more troops………

Sen. Feingold  is staking out the opposite position upfront. Namely:  that more troops will just push the Taliban into Pakistan….. He makes a good point… But what do we do?……If you don’t keep pushing…… you lose the current gains on the ground, since the Taliban WILL regroup and come back stronger………my feeling is that the US wants to push the Taliban back to India, where there is a stronger army, that will present a wall to the fundamentalist’s……….

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment