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(Ret.)Adm. Davor Domazet Lošo – by attacking Syria, US have sent a message to a power other than Russia
Posted by picard578 on April 8, 2017
Posted by picard578 on February 17, 2017
Source: Večernji list
A day after new US defense minister James Mattis requested allied countries to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP, Croatian Minister of Defense Damir Krstičević stated that a decision on Croatian Air Force can help Croatia meet the target, increasing defense expenditure from current 1,23% of GDP. At this moment, only seven NATO members has no air force. Reaching the 2% target would mean increasing the defense budget by 400 million USD (2,8 billion HRK). Currently, United States are responsible for 70% of NATOs military capabilities. Mattis has also stated that “Americans cannot care more for the future of your children than you can”.
Freedom is not free but unfortunately Croatian politicians do not want free Croatia. For this reason, the Communist Party of Croatia (divided into so-called HDZ and SDP) has systematically gutted Croatian military.
Posted by picard578 on November 15, 2016
In the beginning, I believed that Trump was just an average plutocrat who will either not change anything, or make the matters worse. However, this changed. Main reason for the change was the fact that Trump is being opposed by George Soros, a man who has done much and more to try and destroy democracy in Croatia, my homeland. Anyone whom Soros does not like must, at the very least, be a better option than anyone whom Soros does like. Wether this means that Trump will be objectively good, or simply not as bad as Hillary would have been, remains to be seen.
Some more reading:
Posted by picard578 on November 5, 2016
Posted by picard578 on March 22, 2016
34 people were killed and over 200 wounded in a newest example of Islamic terrorism. Responsibility for the attacks was claimed by the ISIS, a Western-supplied terror group operating in the Middle East and Northern Africa. A suicide bomber struck at Brussels Zaventem airport, followed by a Maelbeek metro station an hour later. Both places were logical terrorist targets due to large number of people typically present at such locations. Both these and earlier Paris attacks were helped by a combination of large number of Muslim refugees and open borders Schengen policy implemented by EU plutocracy.
Posted by picard578 on July 24, 2015
USAF has decided not to sell the A-10 to its allies.
Why this decision? Because selling the A-10 would run contrary to everything USAF was and is saying. USAF has for years, and against all evidence, maintained that the A-10 is unsurvivable and that fast jets can and will do its job – close air support – just as well if not better. Further, selling the A-10 would reduce – however slightly – prospects for F-35 sales. F-35 is primarily a ground attack aircraft, while A-10 does nothing but ground attack, and thus two are competitors. A-10 can also be easily maintained by countries they get sold to, which means no profits for Lockheed Martin and co. from lucrative maintenance contracts.
As it stands, greed and low selfishness will kill the A-10. USAF has no interest in close air support, and it seems that it will finally manage to get rid of the mission alltogether.
Posted by picard578 on July 16, 2015
Source: Defense News
Eurofighter Typhoon has been tested in a new configuration that significantly improves agility and weapons carrying capability. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by picard578 on November 23, 2014
Trivia: on 23/11/14, an amphibious assault ship Cavour visited Dubrovnik. So I went and took a few photos. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by picard578 on October 4, 2014
Despite Iraqi Army having the most modern US equipment as well as large numerical advantage, it has performed badly against Islamist fighters of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, also called ISIL). Before going into how and why, a little history is needed.
ISIS has first appeared on scene after the US invasion of Iraqi in 2003. It was taking actions to broaden the scope of Sunni-Shiite civil war in Iraq by targeting Shiites, and it has been trying to take over Shiite territory for far longer. Since US troops withdrew in 2011, ISIS has focused its attack on government targets. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by picard578 on January 12, 2013
While I welcome serious military intervention against terrorist groupations (it has happened as a response to request by Mali government, and is thus not illegal like intervention in Afghanistan or Iraq), I have my doubts.
First, much like South Vietnam, Mali’s armed forces do not seem to be sufficiently trained or motivated. Without ground troops – infantry in particular – you can’t win a war.
Second, as noted in article, France – which has intervened due to Mali President’s request – is former colonial overlord of Mali. Unlike United Kingdom during post-World War 2 decolonization period, France generally refused to withdraw from its colonies without fight. As could have been expected, insurgents have quickly chosen to capitalize on that fact for propaganda purposes. This move by insurgents is likely to be at least somewhat successfull, further eroding domestic support for Mali government.
Third, Western countries already have intervened in Afghanistan in 2001 – so far, results are lacking, which does not inspire confidence. Lack of results in Afghanistan is mostly due to international and governmental forces trying to control cities, while leaving countryside – where Taliban get most of their recruits from – without control. This could repeat in Mali.
Best solution would be for France and NATO to provide exclusively logistical and intelligence support, with possibility of on-request air strikes against insurgent positions with A-10s and helicopters. Ground troops should be provided by other African countries, with whom Mali people can identify, thus not giving insurgents any propaganda materials. In fact, article states that Senegal and Nigeria have positively responded to Mali request for military help.