#2761
I would reckon Mike's job is being in charge of these guys whose responsibility is "getting the royal family's ass out of dodge."

#2762
the UAE princes seem to be busy abducting the wives of each other
#2763
https://ejmagnier.com/2019/07/14/the-uk-must-release-the-iranian-tanker-the-uaes-mission-to-tehran/

Iran promised to talk to the Yemeni officials to avoid hitting targets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as long as the UAE pulls out its forces from the Yemen and stops this useless war. Saudi Crown Prime Mohammad Bin Salman is finding himself without his main Emirates ally, caught in a war that is unwinnable for the Saudi regime. The Yemeni Houthis have taken the initiative, hitting several Saudi strategic targets. Saudi Arabia has no realistic objectives and seems to have lost the appetite to continue the war in Yemen.




#2764
it won't be covered this way, but fucking hell just think about what is potentially happening here. some of the worst colonialist psychopaths in the world are being forced into retreat by a half-starved volunteer army of yemeni guerillas. despite the best tech and advisors the US and UK could provide. so since 2001 that's, what, four wars lost? unreal.
#2765
It's like the Napoleonic wars or something when the feudal armies broke. You can't squeeze this kind of mentality out of mercenaries who work for pay:

#2766
*in breathy war nerd voice*

and in that sense Mike is right about Houthis being Yemeni Viet Cong because of this mentality and popular participation -- what are the other guys fighting for? Paychecks so rich princes can turn Yemen into a sex resort filled with trafficked Southeast Asian teenagers? No sense in dying for that. The music / war montage videos put out by the ISCY are also scary to watch because of the look on the guerrillas' faces. I can't describe it and you will have to look them up but if you saw their faces you would know what I'm talking about, and why they can't be beaten in any way the Saudis or Emiratis would know how to do.

Also they don't wear too much gear and they are nimble, and they know how to fight in the terrain. The Saudis meanwhile have been using these expensive, heavy vehicles first designed for Apartheid, with a new generation produced by the U.S. for Iraq after their lightly-armored recon vehicles started being blown up all over Baghdad. These are machines for armies afraid of dying, but they can't maneuver and they make for enormous targets. The American press presents these vehicles as technological marvels and will run articles worried about them "falling into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels" but everyone figured out how to deal with these turtles years ago. For instance the Yemenis blind the viewports with accurate, long-range rifle fire and then hit them with anti-tank missiles.

#2767
I’m sort of the Viet Cong of posting.
#2768

trakfactri posted:

*in breathy war nerd voice*

and in that sense Mike is right about Houthis being Yemeni Viet Cong because of this mentality and popular participation -- what are the other guys fighting for? Paychecks so rich princes can turn Yemen into a sex resort filled with trafficked Southeast Asian teenagers? No sense in dying for that. The music / war montage videos put out by the ISCY are also scary to watch because of the look on the guerrillas' faces. I can't describe it and you will have to look them up but if you saw their faces you would know what I'm talking about, and why they can't be beaten in any way the Saudis or Emiratis would know how to do.

Also they don't wear too much gear and they are nimble, and they know how to fight in the terrain. The Saudis meanwhile have been using these expensive, heavy vehicles first designed for Apartheid, with a new generation produced by the U.S. for Iraq after their lightly-armored recon vehicles started being blown up all over Baghdad. These are machines for armies afraid of dying, but they can't maneuver and they make for enormous targets. The American press presents these vehicles as technological marvels and will run articles worried about them "falling into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels" but everyone figured out how to deal with these turtles years ago. For instance the Yemenis blind the viewports with accurate, long-range rifle fire and then hit them with anti-tank missiles.



somebody described the saudi army and airforce as being staffed by the oil dynasty equivalents of aj soprano, which while true and lolsome also detracts from the remarkable efforts of the yemenis imo.

#2769

trakfactri posted:

*in breathy war nerd voice*

and in that sense Mike is right about Houthis being Yemeni Viet Cong because of this mentality and popular participation -- what are the other guys fighting for? Paychecks so rich princes can turn Yemen into a sex resort filled with trafficked Southeast Asian teenagers? No sense in dying for that. The music / war montage videos put out by the ISCY are also scary to watch because of the look on the guerrillas' faces. I can't describe it and you will have to look them up but if you saw their faces you would know what I'm talking about, and why they can't be beaten in any way the Saudis or Emiratis would know how to do.

Also they don't wear too much gear and they are nimble, and they know how to fight in the terrain. The Saudis meanwhile have been using these expensive, heavy vehicles first designed for Apartheid, with a new generation produced by the U.S. for Iraq after their lightly-armored recon vehicles started being blown up all over Baghdad. These are machines for armies afraid of dying, but they can't maneuver and they make for enormous targets. The American press presents these vehicles as technological marvels and will run articles worried about them "falling into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels" but everyone figured out how to deal with these turtles years ago. For instance the Yemenis blind the viewports with accurate, long-range rifle fire and then hit them with anti-tank missiles.


I dont think it needs to be much more complicated than what you get by a basic understanding of the political economy of weapons production in the US, read thru insights from vol 3 of capital, where Marx describes weapons sales as being unique in the sense that they exist only to be depleted or destroyed. They cannot be used to build new means of production so they can't affect the balance of payments between nations. Here they function as a means for saudi to pay off their liege lord while simultaneously asserting their authority in a grand murderous spectacle. Its primarily a transfer of capital captured by the KSA to the US imo.

#2770
*launches last perfectly aimed Hellfire missile into mountain as it crumbles to reveal my new pencil factory* The theories of the pervert Marx have been proven wrong once again.
#2771

cars posted:

Nikki Haley has no conscience. She's going to run for president of United States some day and win.







#2772
Maybe the biggest impact people will come to realize Trump's election had is, it greatly enabled even worse CIA/FBI interference in U.S. federal elections than before, in an unprecedented way, because Trump never held political office before becoming president. So the alphabet boys don't have to try to strong-arm a candidate who has their own national profile and established fund-raising clout, or play the game they failed to win with Trump where they wait until a potential rival's about to enter office and roll by beforehand to tell them to support all their ongoing shit or else.

Instead, in 2024 they can just run some podunk spook mayor against a former Trump official or whatever, and the press will say, Hey, at least everyone running is vastly over-qualified for the job, at least we finally have a choice between professionals who both know which browns, blacks and yellows to bomb, people who won't undermine our proud brave champions of democracy the CIA.
#2773
turkey is really desperate to do a genocide huh
#2774
saudi proxies and emirati proxies started to fight each other in yemen lol
#2775
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/turkish-kurdish-war-syria-190812081414833.html

US and Turkey reached some sort of deal but not over a "safe zone"
#2776
Turkey tried to send a military convoy through Idlib to support and re-arm the Al Qaeda orphan hospitals with antitank guided missiles, and to try to block the Syrians from cutting off and capturing several cities. Instead Syrian Air Force delivered the kebab and the army seized the highway to block their advance. A turkish army encampment will soon be under siege.

Updated map of the region from local sources: