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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.

More……..

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

The Zeigeist (economic data ) for the week of January 2, 2010…..

The Zeigeist (economic data ) for the week of January 2, 2010…..from the Atlantic Magazine……

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  48.1%

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability  53.7%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  34.6% / 57.6%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  25.2%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 5001  ,115.10 (up 281 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index  88.3 (down 0.9% from October)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index  44 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims  432,000 (down 153,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage  5.33%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in November  306,672

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index   +0.4 in November

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency   9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly)  6.54 million in November  (up 7.4% from October )

January 2, 2010 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Media, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Zeigeist (economic data ) for the week of December 27, 2009…..

The Zeigeist (economic data) for the week of December 27, 2007……the last one of the year……

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  47.0%

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability  53.6%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  34.6% / 57.6%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  25.2%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 5001  126.48 (up 288 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index   88.3 (down 0.9% from October)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index   42 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims4   52,000 (down 133,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage   5.26%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in November   306,672

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.4 in November

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency   9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly  )6.54 million in November (up 7.4% from October)

Note:…..Mortgage rates are starting to head up…and Obama stays above 50% in one poll…below 50% in another…..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Polls, The Economy | , | Leave a comment

The most read Atlantic Magazine articles of 2009……

Here’s the list…….

The eleven pieces are thoughtful and a little off beat…. a few of them have earned more that half a million hits….one a million hits!

The pieces are for thinkers…….there is a short summary with each link so you can pick which one’s interest you….

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Media, Other Things | , , | Leave a comment

The Zeigeist (economic data) for the week of Decemeber 20, 2009….

The Zeigeist (economic data) from the Atlantic Magazine for the week of December 20, 2009……

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  48.7%

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability  53.6%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  35.5% / 56.9%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  26.5%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 5001  102.08 (up 268 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index  88.3 (down 0.9% from October)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index  45 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims  480,000 (down 105,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage  5.03%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in November  306,672

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.4 in November

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency  9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly  )6.10 million in October  (up 10.1%

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Polls, The Economy | , | Leave a comment

The Zeigeist (economic data) for the week of December 14, 2009……

The Zeigeist (economic data) from the Atlantic Magazine for the week of December 14, 2009…….

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  48.4%

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability  53.5%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  36.8% / 58.2%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  25.9%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 500   1,106.41 (up 272 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index  88.3 (down 0.9% from October)

47 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims  474,000 (down 111,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage  5.01%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in November  306,672

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.3 in October

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency  9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly)  6.10 million in October (up 10.1% from September)

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Polls, The Economy | , , | Leave a comment

The Zeitgeist (economic data) for December 7……

Here’s the weekly Zeitgeist, economic data, compiled by the The Atlantic magazine for the week of December 9……..

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Obama Average Job Approval  47.8%

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Obama Favorability  52.7%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  36.5% / 60.7%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  23.8%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 5001  110.18 (up 276 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index  89.1 (up 0.3% from September)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index  45 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims  457,000 (down 128,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage  5.03%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in October  332,292

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.3 in October

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency  9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly)  6.10 million in October (up 10.1% from September)

December 7, 2009 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist) | , , | 5 Comments

Who really voted in 2008…….

Project Vote has released a study on who was eligible to vote, who was registered to vote, and who did vote in the 2008 general election……then then took that information and did comaprisons to past elections…..the highlights of the study by Douglas Hess and Jody Herman include these numbers…..

The highlights: 64% of the 204 million voting-age Americans voted, up about 6 million in number and 4 percentage points from 2004. Historically underrepresented groups made gains in this election. Non-whites made up more than 90% of the increase in the total number of voters. The authors conclude that had non-whites voted at the same percentage as whites, more than 5 million more votes would have been cast in 2008. The study, by Douglas Hess and Jody Herman, finds that had voters under 30 voted at the same rates as their counterparts over 30, more than 7 million additional ballots would have been cast.

Among other things…..young voters increased by 30%, 10 million more women voted, off year voters drop off by 15%, under 30 year voters increased, over 30 year old voters decreased, Latino’s are a hidden tresure making up only 7% of voters but, are 13% of unregistered voters on the whole….

By income, 30% of the under $25,000 didn’t register to vote…those in higher income vote more all precentages…..

November 23, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Zeigeist (economic data) for this week……..

Here’s the weekly Zeigeist ( economic data summary ) for Novemeber 23,  from the Atlantic Magazine ……….

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  49.2%

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Obama Favorability  55.5%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track3  7.9% / 57.6%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  23.8%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 5001,  108.43 (up 274 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index  89.1 (up 0.3% from September)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index  45 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims  505,000 (down 80,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage  5.03%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in October  332,292

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.2%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.3 in October

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency  9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly  )6.10 million in October (up 10.1% from September)

November 23, 2009 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist) | , , | Leave a comment

The weekly Zeigeist (economic data) from the Atlantic Magazine……

The weekly Zeigeist for November 19……. Continue reading

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist) | , , | Leave a comment