Archive for June, 2019

How to shut down Israeli Air Force

June 28, 2019

Jerusalem 28 June 2019

Haaretz says today that it could be that Russian hackers have got into systems operating out of Ben Gurion. Many civil and military systems are common.  So it could be a twitchy day at the office for the head of the Israeli Defence Force. There’s a connection between Iran and USA. We are into new warfare.

For decades airborne and ground-based ECM (electronic counter measures) have been part of the phase into operations. Specialised units have been used to jam radars, especially target acquisition units in opposing forces. Simple really: bland radars and cannot see you easily.

The Iran connection showed up last week.  After the Iranians took out an American Intel drone, instead of bombing a couple of bases in Iran, the Americans cyber-hit Iranian target acquisition units. Job done. No blood. No lost votes at UN. And basic jamming is a cheap and easy job.  The kit is sold in Ukraine for $20,000 a unit.  It has an operational range of 500 kilometres. Good enough for border warfare. Does it work? Takes out GPS signals. So, yes it does. It’s the new world transition to war order of combat.

Last Night’s TV Debate – the winner? Boris

June 17, 2019

Boris was told not to join the meeting. That way he could not make a cock-up.  He need not have bothered. The five were dull and only Hunt looked like a PM and that, as Boris’s people will tell us, is all that matters. But there was one new aspect: A Monk in Waiting.

Rory Stewart, is way behind and showed himself as lacking the bite needed in Number Ten. He chews things over instead of biting the most obvious bit off any argument.  PM’s when good are biters.  But take heart, Stewart may not be a leader but he could be the new Sir Keith Joseph – known in the 70s as the The Monk of the Tory gov. Moral keeper of the Party. Stewart is far the best to take up Joseph’s role as keeper of the Tory conscience. 

And the others? Low bred Tory ore for the highest office. In the end, we follow the numbers and to prove his people right, Boris lost nothing last night. None of them had anything to say. 

  • Gove was embarrassingly gushing and assumed an audience of fools.
  • Hunt fouled his pitch by selling himself as a former entrepreneur and multi millionaire – the second most detested type in Britain today.
  • Raab and Javid? Who?
  • Stewart, a fine housemaster in a good school.
  • So it’s Boris (about whom the First Minister of Scotland was right). All a bit sad.

Trump’s Gone – it was a Good Visit

June 8, 2019

He’s gone.  Trump came to UK and was supposed to cause problems. Apart from voting for Boris when he should be voting for Jeremy, he got the politics right. He was supposed to crowd the Royals who supposedly don’t care for him. They got on fine. Ninety minutes nattering with the Queen is more than most make.

And his family? His wife looked grim.  The rest? Missed them all together. Duchess of Sussex.  She was doing the 4 o’clock feed. Didn’t see her. Prince Harry stopped by, said Hi, and that was that.

So what about the eye-balling and grump stuff?  Not there.  Why did we think it would be?  Because our newspaper and broadcasting pundits told us that it would be a bit of a farce with every one waiting for the President to cause.  But they were wrong, just as they have been wrong about most Brexit things.

When Trump says fake news, what he should be saying is that far too many of the correspondents don’t make it up, they just get it wrong.

So trump with Piers Morgan was the best bit of the visit. The fact that the BBC devoted so much coverage to him with commentators saying nothing because they had nothing and didn’t know the rest.

We should be glad he came. Trump has sharpened up. He’s learned how to act the part of President and can play the humour game. His aside when he publicly asked Jeremy Hunt if he thought Michael Gove would make a good Prime Minister was beautiful timing and worthy of Jack Benny.

Mind you, the US election is to come. It may be that he returns to being the grotesque and nasty guy that he was last time.  For now, Trump’s fine and a lot better than the thirteen Tories lining up to do what Mrs May couldn’t do because it cannot be done. Trump told them so. They smiled smugly and waved him farewell. Hunt was the only one who showed respect rather than sycophancy – could be Hunt learned that from his father Nick, one of the finest and shrewdest admirals the Royal Navy had. Trump will remember that.