Going Off the Air

by H. Thomas Hayden on October 8, 2013

This is to notify my faithful readers that this is a notification that poliquicks.com is going off the air.

Thank you to all who have read this blog over the years.

God bless the US Marine Corps and God Bless all of you.

Semper fi,

Tom Hayden

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Al Qaeda on the run?

by H. Thomas Hayden on October 6, 2013

Just a few months ago many in the current Administration, declared that Al Qaeda was on the ropes. The president, the SecDef and the Director of the CIA, maybe even the SecState – do not recall, but all had a message that it was time to start winding down George Bushes’s Global War on Terrorism because Al Qaeda was “on the path to defeat.”

The assault on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, by an Al Qaeda affiliate called Al Shabab, has been reported as a local matter between the jihadist in Somalia and the Kenyan government who has troops in Somalia helping the African Union try to keep some kind of peace in that failed state.

The SOF raids in Somalia and Libya seemed to be reported as mixed results. The SOF raid in Libya may have gotten their intended target but what about the killers of the ambassador and three other Americans. This raid will surely send the attackers on the U.S. counsulate into deep hiding.

The raid into Somalia by SEAL Team 6, according to news reports, seemed to have been repulsed by the Al Shabab fighters with no know results about their intended target.

Nevertheless, the two SOF raids over the weekend may send a short term message to all Al Qaeda affiliates.

The most surprising thing of the Al Qaeda revival is the extent that its ideology, now aided by the failures from the “Arab Spring,” continues to spread through madrassas, mosques, and jihadist websites and TV channels.

Most will agree that Al Qaeda will never go away any time soon and the West can only attack their bases, as in Somalia and Libya, to show them that the U.S. will not lay down and give up the fight.

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Talks with Iran – why?

by H. Thomas HaydenSeptember 29, 2013

Why is Iran ready to talk? Could be that Hezbollah and the war in Syria is costing them billions. Sama Nakhoul, Reuters, 26 Sept 2103, wrote an article called “SPENDING BILLIONS: ”The war is imposing huge costs on both Hezbollah and Iran, which is already under crippling international sanctions because of its nuclear ambitions. A [...]

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The Kurdish question?

by H. Thomas HaydenSeptember 16, 2013

The peace process between Turkey and the Kurds is moving slowly. The Kurdish leader in Turkey, Abdullah Ocalan, of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), is in a cell on a prison island. The PKK has said it was halting the withdrawal of fighters from Turkey to the Kurdish controlled Northern Iraq due to intransigence of [...]

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The Syrian question drags on

by H. Thomas HaydenSeptember 8, 2013

My wife, a dual citizen, just returned from London where she heard many comments and saw TV news and news papers on the U.S. and Syria. The British do not trust Mr. Obama was the main theme. Comments were very negative and they felt that they cannot believe what has been said in the U.S. [...]

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Credibility and world leadership?

by H. Thomas HaydenSeptember 2, 2013

Charles Krauthammer said it best in the Washington Post, 30 August 13: “Shamed into war? Obama should act on Syria with a straight purpose:” “Having leaked to the world, and thus to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a detailed briefing of the coming U.S. air attack on Syria — (1) the source (offshore warships and perhaps [...]

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U.S. confusion in the Middle East?

by H. Thomas HaydenAugust 25, 2013

Is it simple enough to say that the U.S. is too wary of taking sides to explain the confusion in the Middle East? This is too simplistic a comment after the deep mistrust and bumbling by Washington, D.C. power brokers and this includes the Republicans, led by the ill-informed Sen. John McCain, as well as [...]

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Poland: stalwart of NATO

by H. Thomas HaydenAugust 18, 2013

Poland, out of friendship with the U.S., joined the “coalition of the willing” and sent a brigade of 2,600 soldiers to the eastern province of Ghazni, Afghanistan, where 40 soldiers have already died. Increasingly Poland seeks more influence in NATO that reflects their size of the armed forces and their economic stability. The economy has [...]

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Work place violence or terrorism?

by H. Thomas HaydenAugust 11, 2013

“There has not been a successful attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.” Who said that? Barack Hussein Obama. What do you call the Boston marathon bombing and the Ft. Hood, TX, massacre? Nearly four years after Maj. Nidal M. Hasan opened fire at the Fort Hood military base, killing 13 people and wounding 32 others, [...]

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Israel standing alone?

by H. Thomas HaydenAugust 5, 2013

An Egyptian security sweep in the Sinai Peninsula this week resulted in 10 killed and 20 arrested, after a month in which jihadists killed at least 30 people and injured over 150 in the territory. Attacks on Egyptian soldiers and civilians are now occurring daily, and the Washington Post raised fears that an insurgency is forming. Additionally, news [...]

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