Back in 2003, the US was headed towards complete dependence on foreign oil. Additionally, the demand for energy (particularly from China) was growing far faster than production, which meant an energy price spike was inevitable.
Articles from Global Guerrillas
Over the past couple of weeks, the open jihad has taken ground in Libya, Nigeria, Syria, and Iraq. It's ongoing success is due to innovations developed by a large and growing number of contributing groups. Groups like:
Here's a new way to think about something that should be obvious...
To the politicians in DC and financiers in New York, Saudi Arabia is an island of stability in a sea of chaos. A reliable ally, willing to keep the oil flowing, year in and year out. A place that's not vulnerable to the instability that routinely guts the countries around it.
Of course, that line of thinking is utterly misguided. The opposite is true.
I've spent the last month writing about the inevitable collision between ISIS and Saudi Arabia. Here are some of the articles:
Here's an interesting US systempunkt -- a systempunkt is the point in a big network where even a small attack would cause the entire network to fail. This systempunkt would enable a prepared individual the unique ability to shut down a large part of the US without shedding a drop of blood. For example, this attack has the ability to:
For all the “4th Generation of War” intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc, I must respectfully say … “Not really”: Alex the Great would not be in the least bit perplexed by the enemy that we face right now in Iraq, and our leaders going into this fight do their troops a disservice by not studying (studying, vice just reading) the men who have gone before us."
Gen. James Mattis - 2013.
There's a report out today that ISIS jihadis attacked a Saudi Arabian border outpost south of Rafha (a city in southwest Iraq). The guards fled and several dozen jihadis were able to "melt into the general population" of the nearby border town.