The Iranian funded, Houthi-controlled news agency, Saba, reported that Houthi forces in Yemen launched a ballistic missile at a military base just west of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Saba posted that "the rocketry of the army and the popular committees" launched a ballistic missile at a military base in Al Muzahimiyah area, west of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The Houthi army said the operation was a success and that "the capital of the Saudi devil is now within the range of the Yemeni missiles."
The Saudis have not confirmed that a ballistic missile hit any facilities near Riyadh. There are no reports of damage or casualties, but that is normal for any incident that embarrasses the Saudis.
If the missile attack is confirmed, it would be the longest range missile attack conducted by the Houthis. It also would be the first attack against Riyadh.
The Houthis continue to receive significant outside missile support or expertise (from Iran) because the pre-war inventory of the Yemen Army had no missiles that could travel the 600 or so miles between northwestern Yemen and Riyadh.
The American position in all of this is one of bystander without a significant horse in the race. However it does point (maybe just to me) to an Iranian timetable to recover Jeddah/Medina/Mecca for the Shiite Muslims.
I hear your counter argument, "LL, it was just one poorly-aimed ballistic missile." And that may be the case. But if they can put a missile in the air with the lift capacity, they can put a nuclear weapon on it and they won't have to be all that accurate.
It's one more persuasive argument for energy independence in the USA.
Mexico understands that they must deal with President Trump because they (and the US) have a symbiotic relationship.
My sense is that three years from now, things will be working like clockwork...the wall will be built, etc. However there's a chance that the PRI party (center left - Partido Revolucionario Institucional) will be out and the PRD party (communist - hard left - Partido de la Revolución Democrática) will take the presidency and the legislature. It's going to take a lot of cash to keep the PRI in place.
There is an old adage that a nation can make guns or butter but has difficulty in doing both at the same time. I think that's true in the USA today. There is inherent vast expense in running a military. This blog has many veterans who read it and I thank you for your comments, for your experience and for your service.
There is the tip of the spear where kinetic action takes place in the military. Then there is the logistics and support mechanism (the shaft of the spear), heavily populated with staff, general officers and their (bloated) staffs. At the moment, it's a very long spear with a very short (but razor sharp) point.
Making changes to this vast human machine is always fraught with challenges. The bureaucracy which created the machine, fights like the third monkey on its way up the ramp of Noah's Ark when it's starting to rain.
Encouraging redundant generals and admirals to retire and then quietly retiring their billets when they're gone may be a prudent step in the right direction, but I don't think that President Trump will take that approach in draining the swamp. Maybe Vice President Pence will do that in his first term as President, 8 years from now?
To me simply getting the assets we have pushed through maintenance schedules until we're all caught up, replacing spare parts and munitions and rotating people who need to be rotated would be a huge victory.
I recall a Naval Special Warfare Command environment when we were still using World War 2 surplus in the 1980's. That all changed when the Army started running the SEAL Teams (through JSOC) and they understood the need for modern equipment. My point is that before we start talking about new toys, we need to fix the operational matrix that we have and that along with funding, will likely take a couple of years at a peacetime military tempo.
There is the eight year old child standard that needs to apply to national policy.
If you ask any eight year old child whether you should check out somebody before you let them into your house, they will likely tell you that they don't let strangers in without telling a parent.
Neither should your teenage girl pick up hitchhikers strange to her on a lonely highway at night. The eight year old will set you straight on that too if you ask.
The protesters who are upset at a TEMPORARY travel ban from seven countries where those countries of origin can't keep track of who received a passport need to consult an eight year old...and listen to the advice.
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Welcome to Virtual Mirage
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad," asked Alice?
"You must be," said the cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
Virtual Mirage - What's on the other side of the mirror? Ask Alice how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
This blog is an extension of MY JOURNEY because sometimes my journey needs more explanation, and sometimes there is more to be said than can be expressed on one ordinary blog.
Sometimes it's politics (very serious), sometimes I address the human condition with a dose of humor, and other times it may seem as if the track is headed in a unique direction. I can be a complicated guy at times.
There are a few things you'll find I consider:
* Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
* Sometimes the questions are complex but the answers are simple.
* Love is the only condition where the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
* Steers do not sign treaties with meat packers. (think on that)
* Taxes are NEVER levied for the benefit of the taxed.
* The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no victory possible in defense.
WHITE POWDER (Novel)
There is something intoxicating about a secret.
THE OLD WHORE (NOVEL)
In the peculiar culture of the Central Intelligence Agency, "old whores" are people who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, irrespective of the cost.
EXILES FROM EDEN (NOVEL)
Sparks fly as two star-crossed lovers meet. He runs toward trouble as she yearns for something missing. And it ends in a flight from and toward justice.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.
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