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The Special Ops War between the SOCOM and the CIA in Afghanistan and Pakistan….Part 3

The Dog has written two pieces on the Special Ops war in Afghanistan and Pakistan…..

Part 1 Here………….….and Part 2 Here………….

We have Part 3 which clears the Forest from th Tree’s….

In   a piece in the Atlantic….Marc Ambinder flushes out why Part 1 and 2 ended up ….

The issue is …..The CIA has been given Carte Blanche to operate in Afghanistan to hunt and kill bad guys……The Military does not….

The orignal orders came from Theatre Commander Patreaus from US CEntral Command/CENTCOM

US Special Operators ROE’s* require them to phone home for clearance……

While Ambinder writes that Greg Miller of the Washington Post had an exclusive on the Issue…..

The Dog has been following the issue in two pieces in the New York Times that I have posted up by Mark Mazzetti……

Ambinder goes on to point out that the info in the WashPost and NY Times seem to be systemic leaks by the Special Operations Command/SOCOM ) military complaining about the arrangement that gives the CIA free rein to ‘deal with’ anyone on a approved ‘bad guy’ list and the US service Special Ops teams have to ‘call it in’….

No of course Ambinder relates there is a political Bullshit line that US Troops don’t operate in Pakistan…..So ofcourse the way around that is make sure the people operating in- Country are CIA Operators…NOT Military Operators….

Mazzetti goes into a bit about is the all this stuff legal…..And the Dog points out that the reporter puts in the the Generals prosecuting the war don’t mind getting the ‘takes’ info …no matter where it comes from…..and no one really wants the thing to stop…so the legal question really isn’t an issue…the whole thing works……

Ambinder goes on to confirm that contrary to earlier times…The Paksitanis ARE working with the US and get real time feeds from Prator drones…

When the drones find stuff the Pakistanis get it, SOCOM gets it…..and yes the CIA  intel teams get it…..The difference is the CIa teams can act on it…the SOCOM teams have to again…’phone home’…..

SOCOM’s operators are very much on the periphery of the shooting in Pakistan. They have much freer reign in Afghanistan. But even there, they’re being constrained by the intelligence they receive, and most of the human tips come from the CIA, or are laundered through the CIA’s relationships with foreign intelligence organizations.
SOCOM is not questioning the effectiveness of the drone program. What they want is encapsulated in these paragraphs:

U.S. Special Operations teams in Afghanistan have pushed for years to have wider latitude to carry out raids across the border, arguing that CIA drone strikes do not yield prisoners or other opportunities to gather intelligence. But a 2008 U.S. helicopter raid against a target in Pakistan prompted protests from officials in Islamabad who oppose allowing U.S. soldiers to operate within their country. The CIA has the authority to designate and strike targets in Pakistan without case-by-case approval from the White House. U.S. military forces are currently authorized to carry out unilateral strikes in Pakistan only if solid intelligence were to surface on any of three high-value targets: al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, or Taliban chief Mohammad Omar. But even in those cases, the military would need higher-level approval.

Read that carefully. The regular special operations forces have less authority to target … targets than the CIA, a strategic intelligence gathering agency, … IN A WAR. That’s the embedded news in the piece. SOCOM is trying to send a message to policy-makers and the public: they’ve got the capacity to help a lot more then they are helping, and they’re being hamstrung by legal authorities that don’t make sense to them. One point of the joint task force concept embraced by the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and SOCOM is to crowd out the CIA’s paramilitary operations in the Af-Pak war theater.


May 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Memo to the New York Times…..New Yorkers want Paterson the finish his 9 months in office……

From PoliticalWire….

Paterson Has Support to Stay in Office

A new Siena Poll in New York finds 55% of voters would prefer Gov. David Paterson (D) serve the remainder of his term, compared to 37% who would like him to resign and allow Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch to serve as governor for the remainder of the year.

This from The New York Daily News……

The findings of today’s Siena poll will no doubt bolster Gov. David Paterson’s resolve to stick around through the end of his term in spite of calls for him to throw in the towel.

Although most New Yorkers have an unfavorable opinion of the scandal-scarred governor (21-67 compared to 35-55 two weeks ago) and think he’s not doing a very good job (19-80 – the lowest marks of his two-year tenure), a clear majority feel he should remain in office.

Fifty-five percent of voters polled said Paterson should serve through the end of December, while 37 percent would prefer to see him step down and let LG Richard Ravitch lead.

An even larger majority – 71 percent – said Paterson shouldn’t be impeached by the Legislature if he makes good on his pledge to stick around.

“Clearly voters have turned even more negative against Governor Paterson, yet there appears to be a sense that more disruption in Albany is not the answer at this point in time,” said Siena poll spokesman Steve Greenberg.
“And if he doesn’t do it on his own, voters overwhelmingly oppose the Legislature taking on the role of impeaching the sitting Governor.”

Paterson fared much better in this survey than one released last week by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which found a precipitous drop in Paterson’s support and increase in the number of people who said they’d like to see him resign.

Overall, voters believe (57-38) that AG Andrew Cuomo’s investigation of Paterson and his alleged efforts to influence the domestic abuse case of his top aide, David Johnson, will be fair and impartial. But at least two-thirds of voters in every party and every region of the state believe an independent outside prosecutor would be preferable.

Cuomo’s favorable/unfavorable rating remains high – 63-25 – compared to 66-21 last month.

Their continued beating up of the Governor is going to turn the public against them and their campaign to further discredit him….

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

What makes a Good Teacher?

My wife is an Assistant teacher in a reading program…….

My wife and I ran a Daycare Center and private school for 13 years…….

We know about teaching……

And there are good teachers…and there are bad teachers……

Good teachers like their jobs and their students..they can control their classrooms,  their student’s like them, and they connect and learn…..

Bad teachers are just there…getting a paycheck and doing their time….at the students expense…...

This piece in the New York Times examines the search by a consultant for the key to finding….or making a good teacher…..while it may be standing still while you are talking to students, or a natural affinity to getting your message and knowledge out….or just plain being taught the nuts and bolts of comuincation….people are working on this using information gleamed from the No Child Left Behind statistics that are being analysed by researchers and education consultants….

In the end it really comes down to this my wife and I agree…

Good teacher ‘s are born...just like good sergeants in the army…oh, you can teach people to be teachers…as the consultant in the piece trying to do…but the lucky school’s find those naturals in their classroom’s and hold on to them….absent of that…. this piece ties the natural teachers skill sor natural abilities to something written by  Doug Lemov, a 42 year old veteran teacher , principal and charter-school founder who is now a teaching consultant in upstate New York….who has written Lemov’s Taxonomy. (The official title, attached to a book version being released in April, is “Teach Like a Champion: The 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College.”) …..this piece is really an extended book review of Lemov’s search for a template for good teaching and it is welcomed…there certainly are a lot of teachers new and old who have no idea of what they are doing in the classroom…..

This at the conclusion of the piece…which is thoughtfull….The author praises (of course ) a young teacher who has embraced some of Lemov’s principles

But of course, content comes up for every teacher that uses the taxonomy. I met one such teacher, Katie Bellucci, this winter when I visited Troy Prep in Troy, N.Y., just outside Albany. She had been teaching for only two months, yet her fifth-grade math class was both completely focused on her and completely quiet. Pacing happily in front of a projector screen, she showed none of the false, scripted manner so common among first-year teachers. She moved confidently from introducing the day’s material — how to calculate the mean for a set of numbers — to a quick cold-call session to review what they had already learned and finally to helping students as they tackled sample problems on their own. She even sent a disobedient student to the dean’s office without a single turned head or giggle interrupting the flow of her lesson. Her cold calls perfectly satisfied Lemov’s ideal. First, she asked the question. Then she paused a slightly uncomfortable second. And only then did she name the student destined to answer.

Bellucci, the daughter of two teachers, is a slim brunette with natural presence and a calm confidence. But her control of the classroom, she says, is thanks to the taxonomy, which she began to learn last summer, practicing different techniques in classroom simulations with her fellow teachers. The simulations were specific and practical; Bellucci told me she spent several hours practicing how to tell a student he was off task. “Without it, I’d be completely on my own,” she said. “I’d be in the dark.”

Good stuff…..and his book and technique’s should be required for teachers and others who pass on knowledge…….

Here’s a link to watch…..

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Education, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

They want David Paterson gone………

The New York Times and others…are smelling blood and want New York Governor David Paterson’s hide…….

Most New Yorks agree that the nearly blind Governor is in over his head…..that’s obvious…but it appears that the mob…led by the Times want’s more…….

The State Commission on Public Integrity has turned it’s information over to ‘prosecutors’ (which one’s? )…..

While most of Paterson’s trouble are of a civil nature…the notion that the Commission would want to go after the Governor criminally for baseball ticket’s seems to be a first…….

As a matter of fact in the New York Times piece….it ends with this……

The commission also compared the check with the handwriting of Mr. Paterson’s signatures on annual disclosure forms submitted by the governor to the commission and concluded that while the check was eventually sent to the Yankees, it was not signed by Mr. Paterson. Moreover, Mr. Paterson could not explain why the check was dated Oct. 27, the day before the game, when he testified that he had written it out the morning of the game.

Other e-mail messages obtained by the commission suggested that administration officials had solicited free tickets to sporting events on other occasions.

“Yankees the only sports franchise that gives us problems,” Mr. Johnson wrote to the governor’s scheduler, Matthew Nelson, two days before the game.

In a statement, Alice McGillion, a spokeswoman for the Yankees, said the team had cooperated fully with the investigation.

Mr. Paterson has had a contentious relationship with the Commission on Public Integrity; he sought to abolish it, and early last year called on its members to step down after a critical report by Inspector General Joseph Fisch.

Efforts to scrap the commission have stalled in the Legislature, but last May, the governor appointed a new chairman, Michael G. Cherkasky. The governor later clashed with him too over whether the commission needed to be overhauled.

Seats at sporting events have long been a temptation for public officials. As the new Yankee Stadium was being built, the Bloomberg administration pushed for a free luxury suite. And when Rudolph W. Giuliani was mayor, he regularly attended Yankees games, sitting in box seats but paying only occasionally.

People in this state have gone batshit crazy……Blood is in the water…it’s everywhere…and the sharks are biting at everything…The Governor is now being dragged through the mud by an agency he tried to get rid of, and is headed by someone he appointed, and has an axe to grind against his boss……..New York just got rid of a Governor for having sex with someone other than his wife…..and she has now forgiven him…..now this?

This is just stupid and embarrassing for the state…..

Lets leave the guy alone for five minutes and let him finish his term…….

And get rid of the Commission on Public Integrity…..and give their job up to the local DA’s and the state’s Attorney General…..

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

The New York Times story on New York State Governor Paterson everyone was waiting for?

[ Paterson and aide David W. Johnson ]

It seems that the if the Governor did what the piece says he did…..he is really not that sharp…..As a matter of fact…the Times seems to has pulled a fast one…..they had to have had the story when the first story about the Governors relationship with his close aide David W. Johnson came out…but either didn’t have everything in order…or deliebertly held this story to make the thing a twofer….anyways………

Paterson is not gonna get reelected..but now he’s given the media and voters another reason why…….

Here’s the beginning of the piece which alleges that the Governor interceded in a domestic dispute that involved his close aide (The Times laid this out last week, how clever ) and involved the usage of State Police ( the Governor’s detail ) officers to harass the victim……The case as stated here does involve anything criminal by the Governor.…but shows lack of political common sense…..and shows again….that the politician’s police protection detail officers are subject to the whims of their boses or aides…..

Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov.David A. Paterson, and to seek a protective order against the man.

In the ensuing months, she returned to court twice to press her case, complaining that the State Police had been harassing her to drop it. The State Police, which had no jurisdiction in the matter, confirmed that the woman was visited by a member of the governor’s personal security detail.

Then, just before she was due to return to court to seek a final protective order, the woman got a phone call from the governor, according to her lawyer. She failed to appear for her next hearing on Feb. 8, and as a result her case was dismissed.

Many details of the governor’s role in this episode are unclear, but the accounts presented in court and police records and interviews with the woman’s lawyer and others portray a brutal encounter, a frightened woman and an effort to make a potential political embarrassment go away.

The case involved David W. Johnson, 37, who had risen from working as Mr. Paterson’s driver and scheduler to serving in the most senior ranks of the administration, but who also had a history of altercations with women.

On Wednesday night, in response to inquiries from The New York Times, Mr. Paterson said in a statement that he would request that Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo investigate his administration’s handling of the matter. The governor also said he would suspend Mr. Johnson without pay.

This about the Governor’s direct involvement…..

Through a spokesman, Mr. Paterson said the call actually took place the day before the scheduled court hearing and maintained that the woman had initiated it. He declined to answer further questions about his role in the matter.

The woman’s lawyer, Lawrence B. Saftler, said that the conversation lasted about a minute and that the governor asked how she was doing and if there was anything he could do for her. “If you need me,” he said, according to Mr. Saftler, “I’m here for you.”

Mr. Saftler said the governor never mentioned the court case, but he would not say if the call had influenced her decision not to return to court.

The call also came as The Times was examining the background of Mr. Johnson, whose increasing influence with the governor had disturbed some current and former senior aides to Mr. Paterson.

The woman’s lawyer asked that she not be identified by name because she feared retaliation, in part because she works at a public hospital.

The alleged assault happened shortly before 8 p.m. on Halloween in the apartment she had shared with Mr. Johnson and her 13-year-old son for about four years, according to police records.

She told the police that Mr. Johnson, who is 6-foot-7, had choked her, stripped her of much of her clothing, smashed her against a mirrored dresser and taken two telephones from her to prevent her from calling for help, according to police records.

The woman was twice granted a temporary order of protection against Mr. Johnson, according to the proceedings in Family Court in the Bronx.


February 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Health, Home, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

This is your Congress………

Members of the United States Congress do not look much like the public they are elected to represent.

[YOUNGEST: Representative Aaron Schock, 28, Republican of Illinois]

Congress now includes more women and Asians than ever, but it is considerably less diverse, older, better educated, more likely to have served in the military and not as likely to have been born abroad than Americans over all.

A statistical profile released this week by the Congressional Research Service also found that the average age of representatives (57.2) and senators (63.1) at the beginning of 2009 was among the highest ever. They range in age from 28 (Representative Aaron Schock, an Illinois Republican) to 92 (Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia).

Members include 16 doctors, 2 dentists, 3 nurses, 2 veterinarians, a psychologist, 4 ministers, 38 former mayors, 10 former Congressional pages, 5 accountants, 3 physicists, 2 radio talk show hosts, 2 vintners, 2 professional musicians and a casino dealer.

Members of Congress tend to change jobs less often than most other Americans. When Congress convened in 2009, the average length of service in the House was 11 years. In the Senate, it was 12.9 years.

Only 27 representatives and one senator, Mark Begich of Alaska, have no educational degree beyond a high school diploma. Twenty-four House members hold doctoral degrees, and 168 congressmen and 57 senators have law degrees.

[ OLDEST: Senator Robert C. Byrd, 92, Democrat of West Virginia]

The proportion of military veterans has been steadily declining. The House has 96 veterans, the Senate 25.

Twelve representatives and one senator, Michael Bennet, Democrat of Colorado, who was born in India to American parents, are foreign-born.

A record 93 women (17.2 percent of the total membership) include 76 in the House (59 Democrats and 17 Republicans) and 17 in the Senate (13 Democrats and 4 Republicans).

A record 12 Asian, Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders (2 percent of the membership) include 2 senators, 8 representatives and 2 delegates.

The number of black members of Congress surpassed 40 for the first time in 1993, but since 1999 has remained between 39 and 43. Today, 41 (or 7.8 percent) serve in the House and one in the Senate (Roland W. Burris, Democrat of Illinois).

Twenty-eight House members and one senator (Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey) are Hispanic, or 5.4 percent of both Houses.

Most members are Protestant, but Roman Catholics constitute the largest single religious denomination.

The profile included 435 representatives, 100 senators, 5 nonvoting delegates and one resident commissioner from Puerto Rico.

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Education, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

The war comes to Yemen……

Well… what do you know?……Sen. Lieberman mentions Yemen and the New York Times writes the story……

It turns out…. like I said in my earlier post on the senators remarks….. that the CIA IS operating there (and so are the military’s Special Ops people)…..

It used to be quietly to world (the people there… good and bad, of course, know who they are)….but now that they have made the New York Times…I’m sure there will be danger craving reporters going there, to get interviews, and pictures for the “news at 10” programs……

More to come….I’m sure………

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Year in Pictures from the New York Times……

There will probably be a lot of  ‘Year in Pictures’ stuff…..check out these from the. NY Times…here’s the link….

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media | , | Leave a comment

The Healthcare Bill schedule up till Christmas for the Senate……

Here’s the schedule for the Healthcare Bill to move through the Senate from the New York Times……everything is subject to change……

From the New York Times:

Absent any unexpected quirks, Mr. Reid needs to hold five votes before he can get to a final, simple-majority vote on the health care legislation:

• 1 a.m. MONDAY – To end debate on “a manager’s package” that includes all the latest changes to the bill. 60 votes required.

• 7 a.m. TUESDAY – To approve the manager’s package. Simple majority required.

• Also TUESDAY – To end debate on Mr. Reid’s original health care proposal, as amended by the manager’s package. 60 votes required.

• 1 p.m. WEDNESDAY – To approve Mr. Reid’s original proposal. Simple majority required.

• Also WEDNESDAY – To end debate on the finalized health care legislation. 60 votes required.

• 7 p.m. THURSDAY, Christmas Eve (or anytime after the prior vote if all senators agree) – To approve the final bill. Simple majority required.

If Reid does get 60 on the Managers Amendment this thing goes through I believe.

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Media, Politics | , , , | 7 Comments

The attraction of those store credit cards….and the REAL deal…

In this piece from Tara Siegel Bernard in the New York Times…..Buyer beware!

…….’But before you start filling out the application, there are some things you need to know. If you carry a balance on store-brand cards, known in the industry as private-label cards, or if you miss a payment on your no-interest purchase, you can end up wiping out those initial savings, and then some. And when you open a new credit card, your credit score can suffer, too.’

‘Would you really chose a card with an interest rate of say, 25 percent, or about 9 percentage points higher on average than many other credit cards?’

She goes over some very good points to think of before you succumb to the impulse to spend, spend, spend…..

I only have one credit card these days…..screw’m…….

December 12, 2009 Posted by | Media, The Economy | , , , , , | Leave a comment