sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Libya and Mali

The Obama Administration is quietly expanding its involvement through peace keeping troop placement in Mali, Egypt and Jordan. No, you haven't heard about it on MSNBC or in any of the mainstream media. They don't cover that sort of thing anymore. That's why there are blogs.

Despite fmr SECSTATE Hillary R. Clinton's hopes of an Arab Spring -- the folly of which resulted in the Benghazi Massacre and subsequent cover-up, Libya has become a haven for terrorists and the principal transit point for al Qaeda (and it's clones) in Africa.
While attending a regional security meeting in Oran, Algeria last week, the African Union's special representative in charge of counter-terrorism, Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, said, "I have many reports which say Libya has become a major transit hub for the main terrorist groups travelling from one country to another."

"We have information according to which some terrorists active in Mali consider Libya as a refuge and a place to reorganize." Madeira described the situation as something "extremely dangerous."
Benghazi has become the center of spreading violent jihad from Mali to Syria. Hillary Clintons secret arms deal-gone-bad with al Qaeda that spawned the Benghazi Massacre is creeping across Africa (and to a lesser extent in Syria). Libyan borders don't exist in a functional sense and it's become a transit point and a logistics hub for jihadists. Despite direct threats from USGOV to al Qaeda in regard man portable air defense systems (MANPADS) that Secretary Clinton facilitated delivery of to the Libyan al Qaeda affiliate, the Obama Administration is sitting on the potential hostile use of US military hardware against US citizens or interests. (Never trust a terrorist, Hillary)


Jump to the Jihad in Mali
The UN Security Council approved the deployment of a new peacekeeping force in Mali starting 1 July. After closed consultations Tuesday the council unanimously agreed that the 12,600-man force should go ahead on schedule, despite serious logistics problems and the extreme heat in Mali.
The UN force officially will replace the 6,000 African soldiers in Mali. In fact, the Africans will merge into the UN force. France will maintain 1,000 soldiers in Mali under a separate command. This means that the peace keeping force will be UN funded. Funding seems to be a key ingredient to neutered peacekeeping. 

Blackhawk Down Redux?

This deployment had a shocking resemblance to the UN mission in Somalia which was approved by the Security Council despite shortfalls in troop commitments and chronic, critical logistics shortages. US military airlift forces appear to be the main logistics and transportation resource for forces in Mali, providing critical assistance to the French and the Africans. The French want to transfer and distribute security responsibilities and costs as quickly as possible.

France has a strategic interest in Mali. 80% of all electric power in France is supplied by nuclear power. Mali provides the French with uranium. But France understands that skin in the game in Mali is not popular at home, inexpensive uranium notwithstanding. Thus they want to back out (generally) and allow the UN to pay for 12,600 troops to protect their vital interests. (which means US taxpayer dollars) And the US will slowly continue to expand its operations in Mali. First with air lift support and special forces acting as force multipliers, training the locals. Sound familiar? Don't worry, the liberal press will consider this to be a 'good war' because it's one of Mr. Obama's wars. Do you remember Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize?
Army Times news service reported that the U.S. is expected to deploy more than 3,000  additional soldiers to Africa in 2013. They will be assigned to every part of the continent. Major General David R. Hogg mused: “As far as our mission goes, it’s uncharted territory.” 
Let's tick off what happened last year (in addition to secret operations such as the one surrounding the Benghazi Scandal):

Atlas Accord 12  provided training to Mali’s military in aerial delivery.

Cutlass Express was a U.S. naval exercise that focused on piracy in the Somali Basin region.

Africa Endeavor 2012 was based in Cameroon and involved coordination and training in military communications.

Obangame Express 2012 was a naval exercise designed to ensure a presence in the Gulf of Guinea, an area that is in the heart of West Africa’s oil operations.

Southern Accord 12 was based in Botswana and its objective was to establish a military working relationship between southern African military forces and the U.S.

Western Accord 2012 was an exercise in Senegal that involved every type of military operation from live fire exercises to intelligence gathering to combat marksmanship.

There were a number of other comparable exercises with names like: “African Lion,” “Flintlock,” and “Phoenix Express.” In addition, U.S. National Guard units from around the country have been rotating in and out of countries that include, among others: South Africa, Morocco, Ghana, Tunisia, Nigeria and Liberia.







The Scorpion

FJ Cruiser Build-Out

Some of you on this blog expressed an interest in what I have done to my FJ Cruiser in terms of adding/bolting on/modifying to suit.

Near Baker, CA in the dry lakebed 

FROM THE DEALER
2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Model 4704C
Titanium
Upgrade Package 1
CQ and C7 Convenience Packages
Curtain Shield Airbags
Roof Rack

Build Date: November 2006

Significant Mechanical Problems: None so far. Original Windshield.

Vehicle Build out: Scorpion
  • ARMOR
  • ARB Bull Bar - Front Bumper
  • DeMello Offroad rear bumper w/swing arm
  • Bud Built Front Skidplate
  • Bud Built Middle Skidplate
  • Bud Built Transmission & Transfer Case Skidplate
  • Bud Built Rear Crossmember
  • Bud Built Fuel Tank (Beefy) Skidplate
  • Bud Built ARB Spacer Armor Plate
  • Inchworm E-Locker Motor Skid (sustained trail damage, cut down in size to repair)
  • Rear Lower Shock Skid
  • Rear Trailing Link Skid
  • Rear Differential Plate (welded)
  • DeMello Hybrid Sliders
  • Manic Tail Light Guards (Real Wheels guards took 5 trail hits -saves- then gave up the ghost)

    SUSPENSION AND TIRES
  • Walker Evans Beadlock Rims
  • Nitto Terra Grapplers - 305/70R17
  • Demello Frame Chop
  • Icon Racing Shocks and Front Coil-Overs
  • Old Man Emu Heavy Duty Rear Coil-Overs (OME-886)
  • Icon Racing Upper Control Arms
  • Light Racing Jounce Shocks (Chubbies) replacing bump-stops
  • Icon Signature Lower Control Arms
  • Gorilla Lugs
Florence, AZ
  • EQUIPMENT ADDITIONS
  • Lowrance Baja 540C GPS & Freedom Maps Chip F103EX-S and F104EX-W & Shadow GPS R/V Mirror Adaptor Mount
  • Man-A-Fre Auxillery (22 gal.) fuel tank
    --Providing a total capacity of 40 gallons
  • Wet Okole Seat Covers
  • Scanguage 2
  • K & N Air Filter - Replaced by OEM Air Filter
  • Aux. Optima Yellow-Top Battery
  • Dirty Parts Auxiliary Battery Kit
  • Circuit Boss 7 Circuit Fuse Block
  • 6 x REL40 40 Amp custom amber switches
  • Stebel Nautilus Compact Air Horn
  • Passenger-side arm rest
  • Fuel Can Options: 2 x Wedco Jerry Cans (gas/water)
  • Relocated Rear Differential & E-Locker Breather - Scuba Driver Mod.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • ARB Safari Snorkel
  • I-Pod
  • Death-Stalker Scorpion transfer case shift knob

    COMMUNICATIONS
  • SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
  • Midland 75-822 Handheld CB Radio with Vehicle Adapter
  • Antenna – 5' and 3’ Firestick/CB
  • Yaesu FT-1802 M/E 2 meter transceiver (50 watts output)/HAM
  • Comet 3D5M mobile mounting hardware/HAM
  • Antenna - Diamond NR-770HA 2M/70CM 3/5.5dB Mobile Antenna/HAM
Overlooking Death Valley, CA
  • LIGHTING
  • Airflow Headlight Covers
  • Hella Black Magic 6” Driving Lights (mounted to ARB Bumper)
  • N-Fab Front Light Bar/Bracket w/3 x Acro X1870M Driving Lights & 2 x 40 B/U PIAA Flood Lights
  • N-Fab Rear Light Bar/Bracket w/2 x 40 B/U PIAA Flood Lights & 1 x LEDQUAD LED Strobe Light Bar
  • 2 x Oznium Flexible Super Thin (red) LED Dome Lights
  • 2 x Puck (white) LED Dome Lights
  • LED Red dash lights replacing white instrument gauge lights

    TOOLS & TRAIL EQPT.
  • Fiskars Axe
  • Short Handle Shovel
  • Crowbar/Pry Bar
  • Eagle Talon (RJM Forge)
  • Husqvarna 350 18" Chain Saw
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tool Kit
  • JB Weld
  • Spool (1000 ft) OD Green Parachute (550) Cord
  • Roll(s) of 100 MPH Tape (milspec rigger's tape)
  • FJC Spare Parts Kit (on extended load-out): including 2xCV Boots, 2xCV Sway Bar Links, Serpentine Belt, rear lower control arm, front axel, spare fuses, tire valves, etc.

Scorpion Mount Rack
View from the rear
Scorpion Mount Rack
View from the front
  • GEAR STORAGE
  • SCORPION MOUNT - An endoskeleton in the back to provide hard points and additional M-PAC storage.
  • Pelican Cases - Allow modular load out depending on the nature of the trip.
  • Fourtreks Shovel/Axe mount
  • Fourtreks HiLift Jack Mount
  • Fourtreks Dual Mount
  • Fourtreks Fuel Can Rack Mount
  • Fourtreks Modular Roll Bar Handle
  • Springtail M-PAC rack and MOLLE gear
  • Springtail M-PAC Side Rack
  • 2 x Expeditionware Jerry Can Holders (currently one mounted)
  • Power Tank Roof Rack Mount - (Custom Fab using Four Treks parts)

    PNEUMATICS
  • 20 lbs. CO2 Auxillery Tank (Internal Mount)
  • 10 lbs. CO2 Power Tank
  • Ingersol Rand #2135 Ti (composite titanium) pneumatic impact gun
  • Power Tank Super Coupler
  • Power Tank HD Tire Inflator Handle
  • Oasis Trailhead Deflator / Stebel Trailhead Deflator (both onboard)
  • ARB Tire Repair Kit
  • Spare valves and valve cores
Rose Garden Hill, Moab, UT
  • RECOVERY
  • Warn XD9000 Winch
  • Viking Kevlar Winch Line (100')
  • Winch Safety Thimble
  • Viking Delrin Fairlead Rollers
  • Warn Hitch Shackle
  • 30’ Rescue Strap
  • 100’ of braided steel cable
  • ARB Snatchblock
  • Pull Pal
  • 4 x 3/4 ton D-Rings
  • ARB Bushranger X-Jack
  • Hi-Lift Jack
  • WabFab Slider Attachment
  • Hi-Lift Jack Base
  • Hi-Lift Jack handle keeper

    EMERGENCY EQPT.
  • Basic Survival Kit (on standard load-out)
  • Very Large First Responder First-Aid Kit including an adult bag/valve mask
  • Smoke Grenades (pyro-red and green)
  • Chemlights (red and green)
  • Polish Model 78 Flare Gun (26.5 MM) with star flares
  • Lensatic Compass
  • Pulse light markers - Blue, Red, IR
Beatty, NV