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  • General Dynamics to beat out Germany for Saudi tank deal-report

    07/12/2013 4:37:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 12, 2013
    General Dynamics to beat out Germany for Saudi tank deal-report (Reuters) - U.S. defence firm General Dynamics is in talks to deliver battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, beating out German rival Krauss-Maffei Wegmann for the lucrative deal, a German newspaper reported. Handelsblatt daily cited industry sources as saying on Friday that a deal for Saudi Arabia to buy M1 Abrams tanks from General Dynamics was already in sight. General Dynamics and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann were not immediately available for comment. There has been speculation for months that Saudi Arabia could order more than 200 Leopard 2 tanks from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, though...
  • Analysis: George Zimmerman Probably Won't Be Convicted Of Murder Or Manslaughter -- Here's Why

    07/08/2013 3:14:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | July 8, 2013 | Dan Abrams
    I drew a legal conclusion on "Good Morning America" Saturday that would have surprised the Dan Abrams who covered the George Zimmerman case leading up to, and shortly after, his arrest.
  • Biden to Address AIPAC Policy Conference

    02/27/2013 6:33:36 AM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 2/27/2013, 4:09 PM | By Arutz Sheva staff
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference next Monday, it has been confirmed. His speech comes just ahead of President Obama's anticipated visit to Israel later in the month and amid renewed concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The 2013 conference, which will be held March 3-5, in Washington, D.C., will also feature addresses by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, House of Representatives, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD),...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Saudi, Egypt orders to keep US tank plant running

    05/12/2012 7:39:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/12/12 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    The U.S. Army says a decision by Saudi Arabia to have Abrams tanks assembled at a Lima, Ohio plant run by General Dynamics Corp will help maintain a low level of production at the plant despite a planned three-year halt in U.S. orders. General Dynamics is expected to receive $755 million in orders this year to convert old M1A1 tanks owned by Saudi Arabia to a "like new" M1A2S configuration at the Lima plant, instead of shipping kits for assembly in Saudi Arabia, as originally planned, Army officials said. The company will also receive about $650 million for continued work...
  • Elliott Abrams Caught Misleading on Newt

    01/27/2012 9:38:08 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 46 replies
    As Ronald Reagan used to say: Well. Yesterday we took note of former Reagan State Department official Elliott Abrams' piece over at NRO that went after Newt Gingrich on his relationship with Reagan. While voting regularly with Reagan as a young congressman from Georgia, Gingrich, claimed Abrams, "often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides and his policies to defeat Communism." Abrams then goes on to cite " a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986." Or sort of cites it. In fact, I'm sorry to say, what appears to be going on here is that Elliott...
  • Greece examining ‘free’ US tank offer

    12/07/2011 10:09:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Greece examining ‘free’ US tank offer ATHENS — Cash-strapped Greece is considering a free offer of hundreds of redundant M1A1 Abrams tanks extended by the US government, the Greek army said on Wednesday. “This is a free offer,” army spokesman Yiannis Sifakis told AFP. “A delegation of officers has travelled to the United States to examine tanks in storage; we are departing on the premise of picking 400 of them,” he said. “The only cost will be that of transport, which is estimated in the region of eight million euros ($11 million),” the spokesman added. Ta Nea daily reported that...
  • Despite revolution, US set to approve tank sales to Egypt

    07/08/2011 12:12:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/08/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Despite revolution, US set to approve tank sales to Egypt By YAAKOV KATZ 07/08/2011 18:21 If approved, the deal would increase the number of Abrams tanks in Egypt from around 1,000 to 1,13; Congress must approve deal. Despite the recent revolution in Egypt and continued anti-government demonstrations there on Friday, the United States signaled this week that it plans to continue business as usual when it comes to arms sales to the Egyptian Military. On Friday, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible sale of 125 M1A1 Abrams tank to Egypt – the first large arms deal...
  • Factbox: Most U.S. aid to Egypt goes to military

    01/30/2011 9:16:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 29, 2011 | Susan Cornwell & Jim Wolf
    Factbox: Most U.S. aid to Egypt goes to military (Reuters) - The United States has given Egypt an average of $2 billion annually since 1979, much of it military aid, according to the Congressional Research Service. The combined total makes Egypt the second largest recipient of U.S. aid after Israel. The White House said on Friday it would review U.S. aid to Egypt based on events in the coming days amid mass protests aimed at ending President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. Here are some facts about the aid: -- In 2010, $1.3 billion went to strengthen Egyptian forces versus $250...
  • Egypt Protests Show George W. Bush Was Right About Freedom in the Arab World

    01/28/2011 6:29:12 PM PST · by kristinn · 100 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, January 28, 2011 | Eliott Abrams
    "Are the peoples of the Middle East somehow beyond the reach of liberty? Are millions of men and women and children condemned by history or culture to live in despotism? Are they alone never to know freedom and never even to have a choice in the matter?"... "Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe - because in the long run, stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty," Bush said. "As long as the Middle East remains a place where freedom does not flourish,...
  • Iraqi army builds up first tank division (M1A1 Abrams)

    12/27/2010 7:02:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies · 2+ views
    Iraqi army builds up first tank division Published: Dec. 21, 2010 BAGHDAD, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The new Iraqi army has started building up its armored forces with the first batch of 140 U.S.-built M1A1 Abrams main battle tank, the same type that crushed Saddam Hussein's military in March 2003. The 9th Armored Division, based near Baghdad, will be the spearhead of an army that will likely have a strength of more than 300,000 troops in up to 20 divisions, six of them armored. That's a far cry from the 1 million-man army, with 5,500 mainly Soviet- built T-72 and...
  • Is the Louisiana forest monster Super 8 viral marketing?

    12/11/2010 8:15:30 AM PST · by Raymann · 10 replies
    io9.com ^ | Dec 11, 2010 | Cyriaque Lama
    Is the Louisiana forest monster Super 8 viral marketing? Remember yesterday's creeptastic news report about a ghoul shambling through the Louisiana woods? Bad news, cryptid fans — this creature is now being pegged as some extraterrestrial horror from the Steven Spielberg-produced and J.J. Abrams-directed alien flick Super 8. According to Movieweb, this image is Super 8 viral marketing that began on a hunting supply site's Facebook page and wended its way to mainstream media: It first appeared on Wildgame Innovation's Facebook page. It is a picture reportedly snapped by a deer hunter on a reserve in Berwick, near Morgan City,...
  • FRINGE Season 3 Thread

    10/21/2010 9:35:29 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 143 replies · 2+ views
    Heading into its mind-bending third season, the critically acclaimed FRINGE continues to explore otherworldly cases with endless impossibilities. Set in Boston, the FBI's Fringe Division was introduced when Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv) enlisted institutionalized "fringe" scientist WALTER BISHOP (John Noble) and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, PETER (Joshua Jackson), to help in the investigation of an airline disaster that defied human logic. After the defining case was solved and revealed to be one of a series of unusual incidents linked together, the unlikely trio supervised by Special Agent PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick) and assisted by Junior Agent ASTRID...
  • Channel 39 changing its newscast format [Houston]

    07/25/2010 5:36:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    chron.com ^ | July 23, 2010 | David Barron
    Channel 39 will end its traditional newscasts by this fall to launch a new format called NewsFix, which discards on-camera anchors and reporters and focuses on natural sound and video to tell stories. KIAH employees were informed Thursday about the changes, which apparently involve reassigning anchors and reporters to new, off-camera duties and signal a sharp reversal from the station's recent advertising campaign focusing on its lead anchor, Mia Gradney. Roger Bare, Channel 39's general manager, said KIAH will be the pilot program for Tribune Broadcasting's NewsFix, which is expected to launch in late September or early October. "The core...
  • 4 8 15 16 23 42 Lost Season 6 The Final Chapter

    02/02/2010 8:22:27 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 447 replies · 8,117+ views
    Lost Season 6 Episode List Episode 1: LAX Episode 2: LAX (2) Episode 3: What Kate Does Episode 4: The Substitute Episode 5: Lighthouse Episode 6: Sundown Episode 7: Dr. Linus Episode 8: Recon Episode 9: Ab Aeterno Episode 10: The Package Episode 11: Happily Ever After Episode 12: Everybody Loves Hugo
  • Lost: The Final Chapter

    02/02/2010 3:33:57 PM PST · by Neoavatara · 4 replies · 570+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | February 2, 2010 | Neoavatara
    I love ABC's Lost. It is by far my favorite TV show of the last decade. Unfortunately for new viewers, it is one of those shows that is virtually impossible to come into halfway.
  • FRINGE Season 2 Thread

    01/11/2010 3:01:03 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 112 replies · 1,680+ views
    FRINGE returns for a second thrilling season that will continue to explore the unexplained phenomena and terrifying occurrences linked throughout the world - known simply as "The Pattern" - in pursuit of a larger, more shocking truth. Set in Boston, the FBI's Fringe Division formed when Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv) enlisted the help of institutionalized "fringe" scientist WALTER BISHOP (John Noble) and his son, PETER (Joshua Jackson), to save her partner and lover from a mind-bending death. Through unconventional and unorthodox methods, the FRINGE team imagines and tests the impossibilities while investigating unbelievable events, macabre crimes, and mystifying...
  • The Vietnam War We Ignore

    10/19/2009 12:20:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 595+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 18, 2009 | LEWIS SORLEY
    AS President Obama and his advisers contemplate a new course for Afghanistan, many commentators are suggesting analogies with earlier conflicts, particularly the war in Vietnam. Such comparisons can be useful, but only if the characterizations of earlier wars are accurate and lessons are appropriately applied. Vietnam is particularly tricky. While avoiding the missteps made there is of course a priority, few seem aware of the many successful changes in strategy undertaken in the later years of the conflict. The credit for those accomplishments goes in large part to three men: Ellsworth Bunker, who became the American ambassador to South Vietnam...
  • WHY ISRAEL IS NERVOUS

    07/31/2009 4:43:18 PM PDT · by granite · 23 replies · 1,017+ views
    WSJ ^ | AUGUST 1, 2009 | By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
    The tension in U.S.-Israel relations was manifest this past week as an extraordinary troupe of Obama administration officials visited Jerusalem. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, National Security Advisor James Jones, special Middle East envoy George Mitchell and new White House adviser Dennis Ross all showed up in Israel’s capital in an effort to…well, to do something. It was not quite clear what. Since President Obama came to office on Jan. 20 and then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 31, the main motif in relations between the two governments has been friction. While nearly 80% of American Jews voted for...
  • Ex-U.S. official: Bush agreed to Israel settlement construction: IS HE CALLING HILLARY A LIAR?

    06/25/2009 8:25:56 PM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 14 replies · 1,208+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 21:14 25/06/2009
    A key Bush administration official is disputing the Obama administration's contention that there were no understandings between President George W. Bush and then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the issue of continued West Bank settlement construction. In an op-ed piece which appeared in Thursday's editions of The Wall Street Journal, Elliott Abrams, who served under Bush in the National Security Council and who held a series of discussions with the Israeli leadership, said that Bush and Sharon did strike a deal which constituted U.S. acquiescence to continued construction in Israeli settlement blocs that Jerusalem intended to keep under any final status...
  • 4 8 15 16 23 42 - Official Lost Season 5 Thread

    01/21/2009 9:35:18 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 344 replies · 7,059+ views
    SEASON PREMIER "Because You Left" - Part 1 "The Lie" - Part 2 Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 @ 9/8c In the season premiere, the remaining island survivors start to feel the effects of the aftermath of moving the island, and Jack and Ben begin their quest to reunite the Oceanic 6 in order to return to the island with Locke's body in an attempt to save their former fellow castaways. And Hurley and Sayid are on the run from the cops after stumbling into trouble at the safehouse; the island survivors come under attack by unknown forces; and an old...
  • 'Star Trek' Sequel Will Deal With 'Unpredictable Future'

    05/12/2009 12:06:58 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 64 replies · 1,792+ views
    MTV.com ^ | 05/11/09 | Larry Carroll
    When J.J. Abrams and his team first signed on to resurrect "Star Trek," Hollywood insiders questioned whether sci-fi fans still cared about the franchise. After a $76.5 million opening this past weekend the previous franchise record-holder was "First Contact" with a mere $30 million — you can consider "Trek" successfully rebooted. And as you read this, a whole new series of sequels are being planned for this new alternate reality. "One of the obstacles that we found ourselves butting up against [when we took on the job] was this idea that we already knew the fate of the characters," writer/producer...
  • Fringe Gets Second Season from FOX

    05/06/2009 4:40:15 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 595+ views
    associatedcontent ^ | May 05, 2009 | Jeffrey Weeks
    Hit Sci-Fi Show Finishes First Season with Appearance by Leonard Nimoy: Fans of Fringe can relax. FOX has given the sci-fi/fantasy series a second season. Fringe is a weekly paranormal thriller starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble as an FBI team that Fringe Gets Second Season from FOX investigates mysterious and terrifying events that are related to an upcoming war between parallel universes. Fringe Gets Second Season from FOX The announcement is not a huge surprise, because Fringe has been one of just a small number of new shows that premiered last fall to become ratings hits. J.J....
  • STAR TREK STAR TREK STAR TREK

    05/08/2009 2:38:49 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 88 replies · 2,430+ views
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  • Star Trek: Movie Review by LS

    05/08/2009 1:26:01 PM PDT · by LS · 259 replies · 5,431+ views
    self | Star Date 5/8/09 | LS
    This is simply a great movie. For those of us who grew up first on the television series, then the series of motion pictures, then "The Next Generation," this is the TV series on special-effects steriods, and in my opinion the second best movie of all Star Trek movies, next to "The Wrath of Khan." The first 20 minutes is jarring, and you have to pay attention. It runs the viewer from Capt. Christopher Pike (played by a one of my favorites, Bruce Greenwood), to the evil Romulan Nero (Eric Bana, sans Hulk get-up), to the young Spock, to the...
  • "Star Trek" looks to enter new box-office galaxy

    05/08/2009 12:03:09 AM PDT · by dr_lew · 140 replies · 2,455+ views
    reuters ^ | may 8, 2009 | reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Trek" debuts in movie theaters on Thursday backed by huge hype, but whether the film based on a 43-year-old franchise can win young fans and big box office returns has industry watchers scratching their heads.
  • M1 Abrams Tank Provides Cover Fire for Soldiers in Iraq - Video - So Aweomse

    04/03/2009 1:47:51 PM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 7 replies · 1,016+ views
    Notoriously Conservative.com ^ | 04 03 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    Video on siteThe M1 Abrams is a main battle tank produced in the United States. The M1 is named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army Chief of Staff and Commander of US military forces in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972. It is a well armed, heavily armored, and highly mobile tank designed for modern armored ground warfare. Notable features of the M1 Abrams include the use of a powerful gas turbine engine, the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. It is one of the heaviest tanks in service, weighing in...
  • World just not into U.S. battle tanks anymore

    03/27/2009 4:59:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies · 1,906+ views
    World Tribune ^ | March 25, 2009
    World just not into U.S. battle tanks anymore WASHINGTON — The end of U.S. dominance over the main battle tank market has been projected. A leading U.S. consultant asserted that non-U.S. MBTs were expected to dominate the global market over the next decade. In a report, Forecast International asserted that MBTs from China, Pakistan and Russia would account for most of the market through 2018. "In terms of sheer numbers, Forecast Internat ional expects Pakistan's Al Khalid, the Type 98 of the People's Republic of China, and the Russian Federation's T-90 — including India's licensed T-90S production program — to...
  • 'Fringe': What did you think of J.J. Abrams' latest?

    09/10/2008 11:24:10 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 61 replies · 493+ views
    http://www.fox.com ^ | Sep 10, 2008, 09:05 AM | by Gary Susman
    From J.J. Abrams ("Lost"), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind "Star Trek," "Mission: Impossible III" and "Alias," comes a new series that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between the possible and the impossible. When an international flight lands at Boston's Logan Airport with no signs of life, FBI Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv) is called in to investigate as part of an inter-agency task force. After her partner, Special Agent JOHN SCOTT (Mark Valley), is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to DR. WALTER...
  • Video: Six minutes of Abrams action

    02/08/2009 6:48:35 PM PST · by clyde_m · 5 replies · 643+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | February 8, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Nicely produced video focused on the Abrams tank in Iraq. There is no way we can't be proud of the service of the crews to our country.
  • New Photos from Abrams' "Star Trek" Reboot

    10/16/2008 7:51:32 AM PDT · by SnakeDoctor · 208 replies · 4,205+ views
    Trekweb.com ^ | 10/15/2008 | Trekweb
    Interesting bit of light news in a heavy news cycle. The first images from J.J. Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek franchise have been released. Initial screenings of the movie have apparently been so positive that they've moved the release from Winter 2008 to Summer 2009. The first picture includes, from left to right, Chekov, Kirk, Scottie, McCoy, Sulu and Uhura.
  • Maddow Gets Her Own MSNBC Show

    08/19/2008 5:48:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 205+ views
    The Washington Post (excerpt) ^ | August 19, 2008 | Howard Kurtz
    Excerpt- ~ snip ~ The liberal commentator and Air America host, who has become a breakout star for the cable channel during this campaign, is taking over the 9 p.m. slot following Keith Olbermann, who she often subs for on "Countdown." Olbermann broke the news in what he called a "fully authorized leak" this afternoon on the left-wing Web site Daily Kos. Dan Abrams, the former MSNBC general manager who had been hosting "Verdict" at that hour, will continue as NBC's chief legal correspondent and will be a daytime anchor for MSNBC. ~ snip ~
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • Tankers Leave the Beast to Patrol in Humvees

    01/05/2008 8:19:18 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 103+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Eric A. Rutherford, USA
    AL JURN — With their 72-ton M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks parked in the motor pool, Soldiers loaded their gear into wheeled trucks less than half the size of the tracked vehicles. Tankers of Punisher Platoon, Dragon Company, 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, switched from their traditional jobs of manning the tanks as the squadron’s heavy element to driving patrols mounted in up-armored Humvees. “It’s kind of like going from a Corvette to a Volkswagen,” said Sgt. 1st Class J.C. Jensen, the platoon sergeant for Punisher, about making the switch. “The tank has 1,500 horsepower, it will go anywhere...
  • (Australian) Diggers fired up as new Abrams tanks roll

    09/12/2007 7:16:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 690+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 12, 2007 | Andrew McGarry
    Diggers fired up as new tanks roll Andrew McGarry | September 12, 2007 THERE was no red carpet, just a thick layer of dust coating the gibber plain at Cultana Training Area yesterday. But there was a big, excited crowd of soldiers in the hills outside Port Augusta to look on and take a few pictures of an action premiere: the first big hit-out for the Abrams tanks that have recently arrived to bolster Australia's military armoury. For the next few weeks, the crews of 30 Abrams will be part of a huge influx of personnel at Cultana, on the...
  • Spaceship Abrams (Our high-tech tanks)

    08/10/2007 4:14:22 AM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies · 1,134+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 8-10-07 | James Dunnigan
    August 10, 2007: Crews of the latest model (M1A2) Abrams tank can't help but notice that, while their workspace is well protected, air conditioned and a smooth ride, it also resembles the inside of a space ship. The current generation of recruits grew up with video games and spectacular science fiction films. The number of gadgets inside a tank has just kept increasing over the last decade. And all the new computers, and their software, have been redesigned to make them faster and easier to use. That's handy when you are under a lot of stress, or tired from being...
  • What the MSNBC General Manager & NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent wanted to discuss tonight.....

    07/09/2007 6:18:46 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 22 replies · 1,832+ views
    MSNBC | 7/9/07
  • Saudis may make weapons with US

    02/20/2007 7:36:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies · 892+ views
    Gulf News,UAE ^ | 20/02/2007 | Ahmed A. Elewa, Staff Reporter
    Saudis may make weapons with US By Ahmed A. Elewa, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: The United States is planning to jointly produce tank components, light armoured vehicles and other products in Saudi Arabia, according to a senior US military official. "Our biggest co-production project in the Middle East is in Egypt, where we jointly produced 1025 M1A1 tanks. In Saudi Arabia we are still in the planning phase, though the project initially will not be as big as what we have in Egypt, but there is good potential for growth there," Brigadier General Clinton Anderson, head of the US Army's...
  • Covert US group plots to isolate 'rising' Iran (guess that secret's out)

    01/02/2007 9:46:01 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 694+ views
    theage.com ^ | JAn. 2, 2006
    Covert US group plots to isolate 'rising' Iran Farah Stockman, Washington January 3, 2007 A SELECT group of US officials has been quietly co-ordinating actions for nearly a year to counter the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, including increasing the military capabilities of Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The group, known as the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group, is also giving covert help to Iranian dissidents and building international outrage towards Iran by publicising its alleged role in a 1994 terrorist attack in Argentina. Pentagon officials involved with the group intend to...
  • New tanks to see battle, warns Nelson (Australia begins to take delivery of Abrams)

    09/22/2006 12:34:47 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies · 1,069+ views
    The Age (Melbourne) ^ | 22nd September 2006
    The Australian Army has begun taking delivery of new tanks which, unlike their predecessors, are likely to see battlefield action, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has warned. The first 18 of 59 Abrams battle tanks - bought from the United States at a cost of $528 million - were unloaded at Port Melbourne on Friday. Each weighs in at 63 tonnes and at full-throttle can hit almost 70 kph. Chief of Army Lieutenant General Peter Leahy told a delivery ceremony in a container terminal that the Abrams were much superior to the army's 30-year-old Leopard tanks, which are being retired without...
  • Rice appoints Iran-Contra figure Abrams to head NSC's Mideast section

    12/03/2002 10:30:56 AM PST · by RCW2001 · 26 replies · 266+ views
    Associated Press
    URL: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2002/12/02/national2032EST0775.DTL (12-02) 17:32 PST WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iran-Contra figure Elliott Abrams, who received a pardon from the first President Bush for his role in the scandal and has served in the White House for over a year, has been promoted to a key post among the current President Bush's national security aides. Abrams was appointed to lead the National Security Council's office for Near East and North African affairs. The senior director job oversees Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to promote peace in the troubled region. His appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was announced Monday by Bush's...
  • MSNBC Adds Editorial Director Position (Deck Chair Re-Arrangement Alert)

    07/31/2006 12:05:23 PM PDT · by abb · 24 replies · 886+ views
    MediaBistro.com ^ | July 31, 2006 | Staff
    Dan Abrams is adding an editorial director to MSNBC's management team. Davidson Goldin has joined the cable news net from The New York Sun, where he was a columnist and acting city editor. Goldin will report to Abrams. "Together with Meghan Schaefer in her new role as Senior Executive Producer of Dayside Programming, David will assist Susan Sullivan with the editorial content of our live coverage -- everything from scripts and teases to chyrons and presentation," Abrams said in a memo this afternoon. Goldin has guested on MSNBC and other nets numerous times. He produced for Fox News before moving...
  • MSNBC Fumbles Coverage of N. Korean Missle Launch (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/05/2006 4:37:14 PM PDT · by abb · 49 replies · 1,336+ views
    Movieweb.com ^ | July 5, 2006 | Staff
    The Dan Abrams regime at MSNBC got off to an embarrassing start on Tuesday as the cable news channel was caught unprepared to cover Korea's test launch of a long-range missile in defiance of U.S. warnings. The channel aired mostly canned programs while rivals Fox News Channel and CNN presented live telecasts dealing with the launch throughout the day. TV news bloggers excoriated MSNBC for failing to devote appropriate coverage to the affair, with one writing, "Now, it's not really even a cable news channel after ignoring an international crisis."
  • 'Aussie' Abrams tanks roll off line

    02/17/2006 7:10:26 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 93 replies · 4,334+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 18 February 2006
    THE first five of 59 Abrams battle tanks for the Australian Army rolled off a United States production line this week. Defence said the newly refurbished tanks remained on schedule for introduction to Australian service. The first are destined for army training schools in Australia later this year. They will enter operational service in Darwin by mid-2007. Defence said in a statement a ceremony marking completion of the first five vehicles was held at the Joint Services Manufacturing Centre in Lima, Ohio. It was attended by Australian Defence Organisation representatives. These tanks will go to Fort Hood, Texas, in preparation...
  • Miller's Lawyer Says He Sought Deal

    10/02/2005 7:57:38 PM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 44 replies · 1,430+ views
    AP ^ | October 2, 2005
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Floyd Abrams, the attorney for New York Times reporter Judith Miller, said Sunday he had tried a year ago to reach an agreement with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald concerning Miller's testimony about the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity. Instead, a federal judge ordered Miller jailed when she refused to testify before the grand jury investigating the Bush administration's disclosure of CIA officer Valerie Plame's name. The reporter spent 85 days in jail before being released Thursday after she agreed to testify.Appearing Sunday on CNN's ``Reliable Sources,'' Abrams said: ``I tried to get a deal a...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers MACV HQ and the TET Offensive (1968) - July 21st, 2005

    07/20/2005 9:37:05 PM PDT · by SAMWolf · 75 replies · 2,269+ views
    Vietnam Magazine | February 2001 | LTC James Jay Carafano
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • US Armor in Operation “Iraqi Freedom”

    07/05/2005 9:53:04 PM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 31 replies · 1,175+ views
    Moscow Defense Brief ^ | #1, 2005 | Vasiliy Fofanov
    US-led Operation “Iraqi Freedom” and the subsequent occupation have fueled debate on the future of armor systems over the next few decades. Supporters of the latest generation tank designs can justifiably claim that the Main Battle Tank (MBT) and the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) have proven their value on the Iraqi battlefield. This was clear especially during the initial stages of combat, when heavy brigade combat teams made up of the M1AHA Abrams and the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems (BFVS), and the British Challenger II Mk2 and Warrior IFVs, destroyed Iraqi combat systems with little resistance along the road...
  • Boca Islamic Group Under Scrutiny for Neo-Nazi Ties (TROP™ and homegrown fascists)

    04/16/2005 11:27:04 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 797+ views
    The Boca Raton [FL] News ^ | April 16, 2005 | Sean Salai
    A new Islamic advocacy group in Boca Raton is under scrutiny for its ties to William W. Baker, a former chairman of the neo-Nazi political party of presidential candidate David Duke who was run out of town last year when he attempted to speak at Florida Atlantic University. Local Jewish and civic leaders said Friday they were alarmed that the Assadiq Islamic Education Foundation, whose headquarters are listed at 831 E. Palmetto Park Road in Boca, had invited Baker back to Boca as featured speaker at an April 30 banquet at the Boca Marriott. Invited by Muslim students to speak...
  • The FReeper Foxhole's TreadHead Tuesday - Drummers, Warriors and Storytellers - May 24th, 2005

    05/23/2005 9:41:38 PM PDT · by SAMWolf · 91 replies · 2,792+ views
    Army Magazine | July 2002 | Gen. Donn A. Starry, U.S. Army retired
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • Abrams enters familiarisation phase

    05/20/2005 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Dundee · 15 replies · 693+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 21, 2005 | John Kerin
    Abrams enters familiarisation phase Australian Army personnel are set to work with US marine corps before the arrival of Abrams tanks next year, reports John Kerin ONE hundred Australian crewmen are in the US preparing for the arrival next year of our M1A1 AIM Abrams tanks. Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan Hayward, of the Australian Army Abrams implementation team, says men from the Army's 1st armoured brigade in Darwin had been despatched to work with the US marine corps, and familiarise themselves with the tank before the first vehicles arrive in June next year. Australia has bought 59 tanks dating from the mid...