Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Highlights 25th January 2006

US Army Near Breaking Point:
Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon. Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon's decision, announced in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven in part by a realization that the Army was overextended....more in NYT
  • 'India needs to refocus attention on Gilgit, Baltistan routes'
"If we are to be dependent on the uncertainties and unreliability of Pakistan for our energy supplies, it is also necessary to look elsewhere. Land routes from Russia and Kazakhstan through Kashgar could also reach India," former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing Vikram Sood said in an article. He said this would imply some negotiations with China on boundary and trade issues. "It also means that we should now put 1962 behind us without forgetting the lessons of realpolitik. China may be described as a competitor or a threat on different occasions but it is equally an opportunity.....more in Deccan Herald
  • The re-declared War on Terror
Saddam is at last on trial for his crimes. The first trial, now underway, is for crimes he committed in 1982. 1982 happens to be an important year in US-Iraq relations. It was in 1982 that Reagan removed Iraq from the list of states supporting terror so that aid could flow to his friend in Baghdad. Rumsfeld then visited Baghdad to confirm the arrangements. Judging by reports and commentary, it would be impolite to mention any of these facts, let alone to suggest that some others might be standing alongside Saddam before the bar of justice. Removing Saddam from the list of states supporting terrorism left a gap. It was at once filled by Cuba, perhaps in recognition of the fact that the US terrorist wars against Cuba from 1961 had just peaked, including events that would be on the front pages right now in societies that valued their freedom, to which I'll briefly return. Again, that tells us something about the real elite attitudes towards the plague of the modern age.......more in Info Clearing

  • Pakistan Intelligence agencies warn India may stage terrorists’ drama ahead King Abdullah, President Bush visit
National Intelligence Agencies have given exclusive warning report to Pakistani officials on responsible position numerating strong indicators that India may stage-manage high profile terrorist incidents in Indian Held Kashmir (IOK) on the eve of two important upcoming events and visits in India. Sources in exclusive chat informed Tuesday Online that firstly as King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia was visiting India to be the Chief Guest on the January 26 India Republic Day Parade. Later, and secondly US President George W Bush is likely to visit New Delhi roundabout February or March 2006...... more in Online News Pakistan

  • ANALYSIS: China's pearl loses its luster
In Bangladesh, China is building a container port facility at Chittagong and is "seeking much more extensive naval and commercial access", according to reports. In Myanmar, China is building naval bases and has electronic intelligence-gathering facilities on islands in the Bay of Bengal and near the Strait of Malacca. In Cambodia, China signed a military agreement in November 2003 to provide training and equipment. In Thailand, Chinese navy ships took part in a joint search-and-rescue exercise with the Thai navy in the Gulf of Thailand December 13, 2005. The drill, the first between the two navies, was launched after a Chinese navy ships formation concluded a four-day visit..... more in India Monitor

  • China wants to broker for Iran
China believes that the Iranian issue has a lot of potential from the viewpoint of trade and strategic leverage, and it conveyed its readiness to mediate between the US and the Ahmadinejad regime last week, which is now under active US state department consideration. Western diplomats said it is unlikely China will find a lead role now since Iran is heading for a confrontation scotching efforts to find a meaningful solution to the crisis....more in NewsInsight
  • Bangladesh-trained rebel caught in Bengal
The arrested ultra have been identified as Bhabesh Roy alias Bakul, a resident of Shamuktala, who police believed had gone to Bangladesh's Chittagong area at the end of last year to take arms training at a camp run by the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), a militant group based in Tripura with bases in Bangladesh. The arrested woman could be the sister of KLO chief Jiban Singha. Police have recovered several firearms and incriminating more in New Kerala


Blogger ptg said...

I wouldn't be too quick to believe anything I read about the status of the US military in the New York Times. The editors there vacillate between criticisimg the Army for not being strong enough and whining that we shouldn't really have one at all.

January 26, 2006  

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