“Balochistan is a strategic center of gravity in South Asia” by Lawrence Sellin, Phd.

 

“Balochistan is a strategic center of gravity in South Asia”

By: Lawrence Sellin, Phd.

November 19, 2017

 

It seems like all the players in the South Asian power game think Balochistan, Pakistan’s southwest province on the Arabian Sea, is important – except the United States.

For the sake of argument, imagine that Balochistan reverts to its previous condition as an independent and secular state before it was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan or, more simply, is a blank space on the map.

Here are a few things that would change.

–        The single most important Taliban safe haven, training and support infrastructure would be eliminated, isolating the Taliban’s Peshawar Shura and the Haqqani Network to be dismantled piecemeal.

–        Afghanistan would have a reliable route to the sea and no longer be subjected to Pakistan’s economic stranglehold.

–        An embryonic transnational terrorist epicenter containing the Islamic State (ISIS) and other extremist Wahhabi groups would be prevented.

–        The flow of opium and heroin originating in Afghanistan, which fuels the Taliban, other insurgent elements and the world’s illicit drug market, would be disrupted.

–        Chinese regional hegemony as represented by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the related construction of Chinese military bases on the Arabian Sea would be thwarted.

–        Iranian infiltration and military action in Balochistan to counter groups supported by Pakistan and Saudi Arabian would be halted and reduce the likelihood of another Syria-like crisis.

–        An independent and secular Balochistan would drive a stake into the heart of Pakistan’s Islamization policy and its reliance on Islamic terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy.

 

Two questions arise from those speculations.

 

Why is the U.S. still fighting a war in Afghanistan under rules of engagement determined by Pakistan?

Why is the U.S. not exploiting opportunities to influence the strategic conditions in South Asia that might favorable affect the outcome in Afghanistan and future American influence in the region?

The ugly truth is that, lacking any new ideas or alternative approaches, the counterinsurgency and nation-building program in Afghanistan remains on automatic pilot, where everyone is being reassured that everything is going according to plan and that “progress is being made.”

Within the military bureaucracy, the tendency to give and accept happy talk is pervasive. Negative views can only be expressed as whispers in private conversations. Public criticism is suicide and, contrary to popular belief, changing the system from within is at best serendipity or at worst urban myth. In a system highly resistant to change, innovative thinking can be a risky proposition.

Military careerism fosters the development of political correctness, a finely-tuned sense of risk aversion, and a laissez-faire attitude toward demonstrable progress, where the appearance, rather than the substance of success, is a satisfactory outcome. The longer you are in such an environment, the more the bureaucracy can shape your thinking and behavior. You become a stakeholder in maintaining the status quo.

Current U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is not designed to win, but not to lose, until a graceful exit can be achieved.  Even if a long-term presence could be sustained, it is not a viable strategy when Pakistan determines what is sustainable.

The time is long overdue to take a serious, comprehensive look at the manner in which the war in Afghanistan is being conducted, whether the continued and exclusive pursuit of a yet unsuccessful 16-year-old strategy is, in actuality, suppressing our options and setting us up for future failure.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

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Iran Nuclear Development Program – Part 4 of 6 by MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (ret.)

 

 

 

 

Iran Nuclear Development Program – Part Four

Access to Military Facilities – Verification Process

            Just being released ………via Stand Up America US (MG Paul Vallely)

One of the key issues of the verification process has been access to Iran’s military sites because of the lack of cooperation between the Iran regime and the international community. The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, raised the problem on September 5, 2017 – “for decades, the Iran military conducted a covert nuclear weapons program, undeclared and hidden from international inspectors. Ambassador Haley also stated, “The biggest concern is that the Iranian leaders – the same ones who in the past were caught operating a covert nuclear program at military sites – have stated publicly that they will refuse to allow IAEA inspections of their military sites”.

Given the regime’s track record, unfettered access to military facilities is essential to a viable verification process. The regime’s highest officials have consistently rejected any access. IRGC MG Hassan Firouzabadi, top military advisor to the Supreme, said in 2017 “that in Iran, no official, foreign or Iranian, nor even other unrelated members of the Armed Forces, can inspect these centers except with permission of the Commander in Chief”.

 End of this fourth edition of the intel report………………” Iran’s Nuclear Core”

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Remembering and Honoring Our Veterans by MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (ret.)

 

 

Remembering and Honoring Our Veterans

By MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (ret.)

 

On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time.On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.

In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.

There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11:00 AM.

This day is often confused with Memorial Day because this day is celebrated differently in many other nations, here in the US it has a specific meaning for all veterans:

In the U.S., the function of Veterans Day is subtly different from that of other 11 November holidays. Unlike the situation in other countries, where that calendar date is set aside specifically for honoring those who died in action, Veterans Day honors all American veterans, whether living, dead in action, or deceased from other causes.

The official national remembrance of war dead is instead Memorial Day, originally called ‘Decoration Day’, from the practice of decorating the graves of soldiers, which originated in the years immediately following the American Civil War.

We pause this day in America to remember our fallen heroes, the men and women who answered the call of freedom and paid the ultimate sacrifice and all who wore the uniform in defense of America.

 

 

Let us remember and thank them for the nights they slept freezing in a tent,

…for the grueling times sweating in the desert

…for the lonely days they spent fighting boredom and missing loved ones,

…for the hours they spent sick in pain from battle and without someone holding their hand other than their fellow soldiers,

…for the moments of sheer fright in the heat of battle,

…for the wounds suffered fighting evil,

…for the endless days in hospitals undergoing painful surgeries,

…for the precious occasions missed at home with family and friends.

For all of these sacrifices, we need to thank them on behalf of millions of Americans who are so grateful. We truly appreciate their dedication to duty. A special thank you to all families and friends, to the parents who raised them, stood by them and made them honorable men and woman. We thank the wives, husbands, and loved ones who stood by them and supported them with their love.

May their legacy be honored for generations to come, may the tears shed over their coffins fertilize the fields of patriotism in our nation. The new generations to come must be built on strength, duty, honor and country, willing and able to follow in their Warrior footsteps when duty calls to defend America.

May their blood not have been shed in vain. May we prove worthy of their sacrifice.

You who have served and are serving as our brave ones, our heroes, are our national treasures. You are the pride of our nation, our strength and our foundation. Thanks to you, millions have been freed around the world.

Those who criticize our country, burn our precious flag, and speak ill of you, are able to do so because their freedom is built upon your blood and your sacrifice.

 

 

Our son speaks from his resting place below our feet in Bigfork.

He speaks to me each day from his hallowed space with beautiful skies and mountains majestic white with snow.

God bless his soul and the others buried here and I thank him for his wonderful contribution to our life.

He lives forever in our hearts. I fear no evil when I walk with Warriors.

We walk in the valley of death but we fear no evil.

We are the Masters of our Destiny and the Captain of our souls. You are the wind beneath my wings. I fly with you forever in eternity.

WE salute you one and all. WE bow before you in respect and humility.

On Monday, our Nation officially comes together to honor our veterans and commemorate the legacy of profound service and sacrifice they have upheld in pursuit of a more perfect Union. Through their steadfast defense of America’s ideals, our service members have ensured our country still stands strong, our founding principles still shine, and nations around the world know the blessings of freedom.

As we offer our sincere appreciation and respect to our veterans, to their families, to those who are still in harm’s way, and to those we have laid to rest, let us rededicate ourselves to serving them as well as they have served the United States of America.

Our men and women in uniform are bearers of a proud military tradition that has been dutifully passed forward—from generation to generation—for more than two centuries.

In times of war and peace alike, our veterans have served with courage and distinction in the face of tremendous adversity, demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to America and our people.

Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the country they loved. The selflessness of our service members is unmatched, and they remind us that there are few things more fundamentally American than doing our utmost to make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Just as our veterans stood watch on freedom’s frontier, so have they safeguarded the pros­perity of our Nation in our neighborhoods, our businesses, and our homes.

It is our moral obligation to ensure they receive our support for as long as they live as proud veterans of the United States Armed Forces. On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families.

To honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country’s call. As we fulfill our obligations to them, we keep faith with the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve our Union, and with the ideals of service and sacrifice upon which our Republic was founded.

On this day in 2011, we formally announce here in the Flathead Valley of Montana in the United States of America, a formal announcement to Restore the Constitutional Republic of the United States and a Declaration by all Veterans and Patriots to restore and stand by our beloved Constitution and renew our oath.

We CALL upon every member of federal, state and local government, legislative, judicial, law enforcement and military, who have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitutional Republic from all enemies, foreign and domestic, to act upon those oaths for the stated purpose of restoring the Constitutional Republic.

We CALL upon ALL veterans and veteran organizations in America, who still believe in their oath to protect and defend, to unite with us at once – in this Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic.

We CALL for ALL citizens who still desire freedom and liberty, to stand with us and carry our demands to right the wrongs against our nation in the preservation of freedom, liberty, justice and the rule of law.

“We are Facing a Battle That Will Decide our Fate as a Nation!”

 

 

 

 

Iran Nuclear Development Program – Part 3 of 6 by MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (ret.)

 

 

 

 

 

Iran Nuclear Development Program – Part Three

Two Nuclear Programs of Iran

Hafte Tir Site

            Just being released ………via Stand Up America US (MG Paul Vallely)

The Hafte Tir site belongs to the Defense Ministry and is in the military zone of the Hafte Tir Military Industrial complex near the city of Isfahan in a mountainous area. It is adjacent to the Isfahan-Shiraz highway, about 10 Km from the town of Mobarakeh southwest of Isfahan. The site was constructed in secrecy under the supervision of the government and Imam Hossein University of the IRGC. IRGC BG Mohsen Fakhrizadeh directly supervised the construction project.

In addition to all the security advantages and its location far removed from public sight and cover up activities without raising any suspicion. To access the site, one must pass through four layers of security and check-points. The Ministry of Intelligence has a robust presence and directly supervises the site’s security safeguards.

The research site related to nuclear activities is located inside of a tunnel and contains four galleries. Since Hafte Tir military industries in Isfahan constitutes a major part of the regimes ammunition production, the cover of a conventional military site protects the work and keeps the shroud of secrecy. Intel probes proved that the same individuals and officials in the construction of the Fordow enrichment site were also directly involved in the construction of this site.

The Fordow site was originally a military site until it was revealed and eventually the international community exerted enough pressure to gain access to the site. After revelation of this site by inside intel to the outside world, the regime made some changes in the location and location of this project in the Hafte Tir complex. Workshops in this location were used in the past to produce centrifuge components. This site still has the capability to produce these components clandestinely.

End of this third edition of the intel report………………” Iran’s Nuclear Core”

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Iran Nuclear Development Program – Part 2 of 6 by MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (ret.)

 

                                                                  Imam Hussain University

 

 

 

 

 

Iran Nuclear Development Program – Part 2

Two Nuclear Programs of Iran

Just being released ………via Stand Up America US (MG Paul Vallely)

During the past twenty-five years, it has been established that two systems have been totally functional inside Iran for nuclear development. Features of the Iranian regime’s nuclear program is the relationship between the civilian and military sectors.

The civilian sector of the program has systematically provided a plausible logistical cover for the military sector and acts as a conduit. The results of the research, accomplishments and advancements of the civilian program have been directed to the military which has benefited from achievements. The military sector has gone through changes in names, location and reorganization over the years. However, it has never halted its work!

An important feature of the nuclear program is that several sites and centers where nuclear related activities are conducted are situated in sprawling military complexes with scores of tunnels and silos. This not only makes the IAEA access to these locations more difficult but makes it possible to relocate these centers and projects to other location with the vast military complex. This makes pinpointing the exact locations of activities more challenging and reduces the chance of exposure.

The civilian sector has provided a plausible cover by establishing nuclear energy projects at universities. It has also provided a conduit for procuring dual-purpose technology and equipment that is ultimately used in the military sector. Scores of authorities and senior officials of the two systems have exchanges positions and responsibilities. It is common practice to utilize scientists and researchers in both sectors to increase efficiency.

Entities at the highest levels of the Iranian government, including offices and centers affiliated with the President’s office have been involved in smuggling or skirting sanctions to obtain illicit or dual-purpose equipment of projects.

End of this second edition of the intel report………………” Iran’s Nuclear Core”

*Published and authorized by National Council of Resistance of Iran