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Russian Caspian missiles ‘fell in Iran’:

Four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from the Caspian Sea landed in Iran, unnamed US officials say.

It was unclear whether the missiles caused any damage, they said.

On Wednesday, Russia said it had fired 26 missiles at 11 targets in north and north-west Syria – about 1,500km (930 miles) away. On Thursday, it reiterated that all the rockets hit their targets.

If you are launching in the Caspian and targeting Syria without going through Turkish airspace, you go over Iran and Iraq. For the Russians and their lack of spending on weapons for decades, a failure rate a little above 15% isn’t too bad. It is reasonable to assume that there are all kinds and types of US surveillance of the entire area, so US officials should know, but why would they talk about it?

October 8, 2015   14 Comments

Circular Firing Squad

'Weepy John' BoehnerThe rightwing ‘lint’ [too far out to be fringe] can’t even agree on a House Speaker: Republican Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race to be speaker of the US House of Representatives.

The GOP have 247 seats in the House. It requires 218 votes to elect a Speaker. Currently at least 30 of the ‘lint’ faction won’t support anyone who can win 188 votes from from the remaining 217 relatively sane Republicans.

Essentially they don’t want Boehner, and can’t elect one of their own, so we have a three party split in an organization designed for two parties.

Pass the popcorn. It’s a Wes Craven adaptation of a Chaplin screenplay, starring the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges with George Hamilton as the retiring Speaker of the House.

October 8, 2015   2 Comments