Iran Makes a Deal

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Ok just saw the deal quickly on CNN and I hope to write more when I have time.

Initial Cons of the deal:
Iran still calls for the destruction of Israel
They are allowed to keep enriching for nuclear power

Pros
Weapons grade enrichment frozen
We don’t need military intervention yet
Possibly future reduced weapons grade material as this is a first step.

To the critics remember this is a first step Rouhani can take back and prove toIran that their concessions were worth it. This makes more possible later. Without it Iran cod return to a more hard line stance.

I am trying to be optimistic on this deal as the alternative is bleak. I know the Republicans are in a tizzy, but you are not going to get a complete dismantling on the first round of negotiations. Even Putin sees this as an important first step.

To Israel and Saudi Arabia, you are just going to have to wait this out. The US has been placed in the lead here and here’s the first deal. If you don’t like it you are welcome to step up and offer your countries blood and tears. We certainly don’t need anymore at the moment.

This is the first step and we can take a few days to look at the specifics.

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Surprise – ANSF Not Ready

Surprise ANSF Not Ready

Despite our optimistic reports on the Afghan National Army and the transition, they are not ready to assume control.  Expect casualties to continue to climb as we transition more areas for our timeline based pullout of AFG.

For the last 5 years I believe our reports on the ANSF have been hugely optimistic  in order to meet our “timeline” to pullout of AFG.  I don’t believe it was ever meant to be “mission ready” for transition.  The Army there is weak, undereducated, and open to corruption.  Unfortunately I don’t think they will last long as a complete force, and their effectiveness will decrease 100 fold after the loss on US Intelligence and leadership.  Many reports of “Afghan led” operations have been misleading the past few years, and the truth will show soon.

2 good books I’ve read recently on the topic include The Forever War by Dexter Filkins and Little America by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. The former mainly deals with our time in Iraq, but touches on Afghanistan. The latter deals with Afghanistan, even adding some history of American missions there 50 years ago and some insight on why some areas were chosen for our US Marine missions there recently.

I highly recommend both books. I was even able to download them online from my local library for free.

Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time

Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time.

Sorry, but its hard enough getting sleep with my job, to then come home and have my dogs and kids waking up at 4:30.  Its time for DST to go.

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