Sunday, July 13, 2008

So the true story with the bogus missile flap, is that Iran likes to send out press releases and generate news to potentially counter the Israeli Wargaming that happened a few days before the missile test.


Sort of a PR tit-for-tat.

Although they hurt themselves with a little zealousness with their photoshop department.



The underlying nuclear ambition of Iran and the West's need to counter Iran's nuclear ambitions have not changed. In fact these PR battles only draw emotion into the conflict where it does not belong.

I figured I would finally comment on the latest Iran-Missile flap -

Where Iran "tested" a few missiles, which they claim was their new 1300 mile range missile.

It turns out I was right not to comment for a while (as this is a historical viewpoint blog), it is good to see current events with a few more days under the belt).


Here is a picture which aptly demonstrates what actually happened(above this post)


And here is the AP story on the updated information

Basically, the missile test was actually using old missiles, and the photo sent out by Iran was photoshopped (which is why someone ingeniously photoshopped the image above).



I got the image from Armscontrolwonk.com.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Another US - Taliban border clash in Pakistan-Afghanistan

Long War Journal post


The US military and Afghan National Army fought yet another major engagement in eastern Afghanistan along the border with Pakistan. An estimated 33 Taliban were killed in a battle in the Spera district in Khost province.

The battle began after the Taliban launched a complex attack on a US outpost in the Spera district, right along the Pakistani border. The Taliban followed up a rocket attack with small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. US forces beat back the attack with "mortar, artillery fire and close air support," the International Security Assistance Force reported in a press release.


This is another in a long series of clashes before the US Presidential election.