Who Works for Whom?

The information that an Iranian man wanted to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in Washington, by hiring a Mexican Cartel came a cropper.

It failed because the Cartel contact, it appears, was an information for the United States.  Now the NY Times reveals the obvious — that the US is active in penetrating the Mexican Cartels with informants, something that is highly sensitive given the Mexican hatred for US “Imperialism.”

So the Mexican government knows that we are doing it, but they won’t ask, and considering the corruption of the Mexican government from top to bottom, we wouldn’t tell anyway.

But apparently, the infiltration is widespread and successful, capturing many cartel leaders, finding the murderers of our DEA agents, and most importantly, ending a possible massacre at a restaurant on our soil.

My study of US, Soviet, German, Norwegian, French and Dutch infiltration and spying efforts, and all I can say is that the US is good. very, very good.

The Mexican Cartels are very wary about doing anything that brings the might of the US down upon their heads. They may be crazy but they are not stupid, and I don’t know if they have decided to tolerate the infiltration or are simply unable to detect, or even if detected, end it.

The Mexican Cartels have studied the Columbian experience, and probably have even seen the film Killing Pablo. They know that as well armed and passionate as they are, Seal Team Six and other units are even better armed and much more professional.

It is a thin line they walk — making the most money possible while not attracting so much US involvement as to end their very lucrative business.

Cartels could not conduct business while holding off the US military. They have seen the US rip through more powerful and well organized forces. They just want to keep their business without huge problems, and to them, the infiltration is at this point just an annoyance.

The Cartels do not want an escalation with the US, so they tolerate the minor inconvenience of infiltration.

They know about drones.

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San Diego Silly Council Discovers…(Ready for this?)…POTHOLES!

There is no more obvious example of poor government than the potholes in San Diego City streets.

When it comes to local government, the first thing you expect them to get done is to fix potholes.

If you cant do this most basic duty, what can you do? Could you expect an organization that could not fill potholes to negotiate multi-billion dollar contracts with the kind of lawyers, say, the San Diego Chargers might hire? Hardly.

(O.K. We have already proven THAT!)

So when you drive on San Diego City streets, including ones in Rancho Santa Fe, you see broken streets – and what do you think of the management of the city?

The San Diego Silly Council is FINALLY addressing the problem. They drive on the streets also.

The voiceofsandiego.com has been addressing this overtly obvious problem for some time now, and the Silly Council has finally awakened:

“This is a very sick patient,” Councilwoman Lorie Zapf said.

“It’s a little embarrassing that we’re sitting there approving all these things and they’re not happening,” Councilwoman Marti Emerald said.

“There’s no oversight,” Councilman David Alvarez said. “There’s no real management.”

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/government/thehall/article_cd4ae5c4-fe9d-11e0-beeb-001cc4c002e0.html

 

So, both the voiceofsandiego and, belatedly the Silly Council has awakened. The City Auditor wants to establish a new City Bureau to oversee city expenditures but the Mayor says he is trying to reduce bureaucracy not expand it.

There is a lot of unspent funds in the San Diego city roads division even while the potholes grow and multiply. The Mayor borrowed $100 million to fix the roads, and the money is there but the roads remain unfixed.

The Silly Council says that it will not consider the Mayor’s plan to borrow another $400 million over the next few years until the city bureaucracy can demonstrate the most basic of local government responsibilities – filling the POTHOLES!

I personally knew two previous San Diego Silly CouncilCritters. Neither could pour piss out of a boot with the directions written on the heel! Today there appear to be several – perhaps three – who could actually be reasonable members, but three is not enough.

A Clash of Cultures

There was a great article in The Daily about a pair of twin sisters on either side of the Occupy Wall Street barriers.

Each sister is a recent college graduate of an Ivy League college, but one is making her way up the ladder of Wall Street with twin degrees in International Relations and Business From Penn, while the other in the Occupy Wall Street ranks is a Sociology major from Brown.

One could have predicted this clash of cultures simply from the majors that the two young Black women chose, so it is not a great surprise that they have vastly different outlooks on life.

Born only five minutes apart, they are sisters but with vastly different DNA mixes. The father was an activist in his home country, and the Sociology major is said by the mother to have inherited his activist interests.

The story again demonstrates my opinion that ones propensity for liberalism or conservatism is DNA based. It is not foreordained that one will be one or the other — in fact the propensity may be weak or strong or exist not at all, but where it does exist, one way or another, it is a propensity.

It is a vastly more complicated subject than we are currently capable of comprehending..

Withdrawing Troops Has a Price, Absent New Policies

The withdrawal of troops from Iraq comes with a challenge, a challenge Iraq shares with Europe.

It takes three times the number of troops to take territory than it does to hold territory.

It’s as simple as that.

When you add to that the logistics to provide for three times as many troops and several thousand miles of provision tail, it makes sense to have troops and provisions prepositioned.

The alternative is to withdraw and tell everyone that they are on their own.

Taking that position is my desired position, but it does not set well with most Americans. They could not sit idly by and let Europeans be overrun by vicious armies, we have proven that twice.

Iraq is gambling that having spent much treasure and blood that we would not sit idly by and let Iran overwhelm them, and considering our problems with Iran and their nuclear program I suspect the Iraq government is entirely correct. We would rush back with out forces to blunt an Iranian attack.

The Iranians suspect that also, so they will not mount a frontal attack but will use the Sadr Army as a force to totter the current Iraq government, throw the nation into turmoil and make Iraq a seemingly independent, but actual vassal state of Iran.

Our options are limited without trip-wire and reactive forces.

At some point, we must understand that our reach is limited, particularly in the Middle East where there are unseen currents, counter currents and cross-currents we do not understand. Religion and tribes combine and mix ( or don’t) in chemistry that is beyond both Middle Eastern and Western understanding.

When you see the “president” of Afghanistan say that the Afghanis would side with Pakistan, their age-old enemy that currently supports attacks against Afghanistan, if Pakistan is attacked by the US, then you know that it is an area in which we should simply not be participating.