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  • NBC News Guest Calls Obama A Murderer

    06/03/2012 2:16:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/3/2012 | Mediaite
    Last Sunday, Up with Chris Hayes host Chris Hayes ignited significant outrage with his musings about the word “heroes.” This morning, Up panelist and national security reporter for The Nation Jeremy Scahill waded into controversial semantic waters by repeatedly accusing President Obama of “murder” through the administration’s use of drone strikes, which have killed an indeterminate number of civilians. Surprisingly, Scahill’s indictment of the President was challenged, not by Hayes, but by co-founder Joshua Treviño. The topic of discussion was the so-called “kill list” of suspected terrorists to be exterminated in drone strikes. Hayes began by trying to drill...
  • U.S. Army soldier from Jersey City killed in Afghanistan

    06/03/2012 8:02:07 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies ^ | June 2, 2012 | Star Ledger Staff
    Army Pfc. LeRoy DeRonde III was coming into his own, distancing himself from a hard-luck childhood and stepping up to take care of his family. The 22-year-old Jersey City man saw the military as a way to do that, his family said, in a plan that began to form eight years ago when his mother, Elizabeth, died of cancer. Her absence shook the family’s foundation and then profoundly galvanized her eldest son. "He realized he was going to put the family on his shoulders. The military was his calling to do that financially," DeRonde’s cousin, Jason Owen, said last night...
  • SAS free all four hostages in daring Afghanistan raid

    06/02/2012 11:27:00 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 26 replies ^ | 06/03/2012
    Defence sources said the “surgical” operation showed the “precision, skill and courage” of British special forces after they stormed the cave where Helen Johnston, 28, was held, and killed her kidnappers. David Cameron spoke individually to the soldiers to thank them for an “extraordinarily brave” mission. He warned that anyone who took British citizens hostage faced “a swift and brutal end”. Miss Johnston, a committed Christian, along with Moragwa Oirere, a Kenyan colleague, and two Afghan women who worked for the same aid agency, were said to be physically well after their ordeal. Miss Johnston’s parents expressed their gratitude to...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - The Dead Baby Media

    06/02/2012 4:50:11 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, June 01, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    THE DEAD BABY MEDIA If the text on that one is too small for you, it's a CNN piece headlined, "Why the Syrian regime is killing babies." There's not much to add to that. The Syrian regime may be killing babies, but CNN killed journalism. With some help from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the BBC. Anyone who has spent time in the Middle East knows quite well that parading around dead bodies is part of the Muslim ceremony of rallying for the next attack. These aren't funerals, these are corpse parades and the corpses are often...
  • Four kidnapped aid workers freed in Afghanistan

    06/02/2012 4:35:08 AM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 June 2012 | BBC
    Four aid workers kidnapped in northern Afghanistan last month have been freed by coalition forces, officials say. British nutritionist Helen Johnston, Kenyan medic Moragwa Oirere and two Afghans were rescued in Badakhshan province on Friday after being captured on 22 May, the Nato-led Isaf said. UK Prime Minister David Cameron called it an "extraordinarily brave, breathtaking" operation. Five hostage takers were killed during the rescue, Nato said The group - all employees of Switzerland-based aid group Medair - were making their way on horseback to the remote, mountainous province of Badakhshan, in north-eastern Afghanistan, when they were captured. A fifth...
  • Memorial Day MSNBC Epic Fail: Our Fallen Heroes Evidently Aren’t Heroes

    05/28/2012 7:54:51 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-28-12 | Don King
    I come from a family with a proud military history. My father was a Leatherneck in WWII, seeing heavy action in the South Pacific. He was in the invasion of Okinawa and stood awestruck one August morning when he saw that mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. My younger brother also served his country in the First Gulf War in the Navy, ultimately deciding to become a family man rather than take the PST to qualify for the Navy Seals after he was approached by his CO. Memorial Day and Veteran's Day mean a lot to me, personally and of course as...
  • Please Go Fight for My Country So I Can Take Your Job

    05/28/2012 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 5 replies
    New English Review ^ | March 2007 | John Derbyshire
    The United States will accelerate the resettlement of about 7,000 Iraqis referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and will contribute $18 million to the agency's appeal for Iraq, about one-third of the total, Undersecretary of State Paula J. Dobriansky said Wednesday. — Washington Post, 2/15/07 I hope it won't be thought impertinent, over-inquisitive, or — Heaven forfend! — mean-spirited of me to ask, but: Just what, exactly, are these refugees seeking refuge from? Us? A few more questions come to mind. Let us suppose, for example, that Sergeant John Q. American, a serving member of the U.S. armed...
  • Panetta Slams Pakistan’s Demand for $5G Per Truck at Border Crossing

    05/28/2012 7:56:29 AM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    Vision To America ^ | May 28, 2012
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday that the United States is not about to “get gouged” by Pakistan — which despite having received billions in U.S. aid is demanding $5,000 for every truck that carries supplies into Afghanistan across its border. The dispute over the border crossing is once again in the spotlight after Pakistan sentenced to 33 years in prison the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track down Usama bin Laden. Panetta on Sunday called that decision “disturbing,” though he said the U.S. government will continue to “work at” its troubled relationship with Pakistan. Yet with Islamabad continuing...
  • French Claim Prisoner is Full of bin Laden Info

    02/15/2005 7:31:07 PM PST · by Calpernia · 39 replies · 1,165+ views
    AFP via Yahoo, Singapore ^ | Monday February 11, 12:39 AM | NY Transfer News Collective
    Algerian radical spills beans on bin Laden "terror network" An Algerian Islamic radical arrested in France has proved a goldmine for investigators probing Osama bin Laden's militant network in Europe in the wake of the September 11 attacks, magistrates told AFP. French investigators now believe that after key testimonies from a handful of well placed members of bin Laden's al-Qaeda network the exiled Saudi extremist's secret organisation in Europe is unravelling fast. Since his arrest in Paris last Monday 27-year-old Yacine Aknouche has revealed his links with several al-Qaeda suspects including "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, the alleged "20th...
  • Ressam gets 22 years for millennium bomb plot

    12/03/2008 3:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 504+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 3, 2008 | Mike Carter
    Ahmed Ressam was resentenced this morning to 22 years in federal prison for conspiring to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport despite telling a judge that he recanted everything he has told the federal government about terrorist activities. Federal prosecutors had urged U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to send Ressam to prison for life — a sentence Ressam said he would accept now that he had cleared his conscience about his cooperation, which ended in 2003. Prosecutors pointed out that Ressam's defiance has cost two high-profile terrorism prosecutions so far, and that Ressam has actively tried to help the cases...
  • Of new U.S. veterans, almost half seek disability aid

    05/27/2012 2:36:53 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 63 replies
    AP ^ | 5-27-12 | Marilynn Marchione
    America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials said. What's more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones...
  • Afghan Parliament Approves Strategic Partnership with US

    05/26/2012 8:12:52 PM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Saturday, May 26, 2012
    Afghanistan's parliament on Saturday ratified a strategic partnership agreement between Kabul and Washington. The deal was approved in the Walasi Jirga with more than 150 lawmakers turning out for the vote. Only a handful of lawmakers voted against the measure. The pact covers security, economics and governance, and spells out the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan beyond 2014 when most NATO forces are planning to conclude their combat role. It does not commit the U.S. to any specific troop presence, but pledges U.S. aid for Afghanistan for at least a decade after most foreign combat forces leave. The agreement also allows...
  • Obama’s ego is writing checks cashed with the souls of men

    05/24/2012 9:27:49 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-24-12 | DrJohn
    This vainglorious administration is so self-absorbed that it refuses to keep secrets if it can in any way benefit politically from them regardless of the cost. Obama is so bent on preening he seems not to have any concern at all for those who actually make the sacrifices. First Joe Biden outs SEAL Team 6 as those who participated in the Bin Laden raid and then Leon Panetta outed the doctor who helped provide intelligence for the raid. That was catastrophic for the doctor. First he and his wife were fired for engaging in a "fake" vaccination program. In a...
  • The Bad/Good Idea of Removing Assad

    05/24/2012 4:41:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Who could not despise the tottering Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria? The Syrian strongman has killed some 10,000 protestors over the last year; thousands of Syrians are now refugees. The autocracy arms and aids the terrorist organization Hezbollah. It targets democratic Israel with thousands of missiles, and still does its best to ruin neighboring Lebanon. Theocratic and terrorist-sponsoring Iran has few allies -- but Syria remains its staunchest. Almost no country over the last half-century has proved more hostile to the United States than has Syria. With sanctions not working, and with the Chinese, Iranians and Russians not eager to...
  • US warplane tribute to L/Cpl Kieron Hill

    05/24/2012 3:02:09 AM PDT · by Caulkhead · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22nd May 2012 | BBC News Website
    A US warplane has been named after a young soldier from Nottingham who died while on duty in Afghanistan. L/Cpl Kieron Hill, 20, died in an explosion while on patrol in Helmand Province with the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment in 2009. The plaque in his honour has been put on an F-18 jet, part of the US fighter squadron. The jet is based on the USS Abraham Lincoln where L/Cpl Hill's American cousin is part of the crew. He said: "They (US Navy) were looking for a way to honour some of the soldiers that were taken during the...
  • U.S. Trying To Convert Taliban To Ways Of Freedom

    05/22/2012 6:03:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 22, 2012 | Editor
    Defeat: President Obama's failure to re-open a key Pakistan-to-Afghanistan supply route is symptomatic of overall diplomatic incompetence. The U.S. thinks the Taliban and other jihadists can be converted into good guys. Charm and brains (supposedly) and a Nobel Peace Prize. Armed with such tools — plus the mightiest military in the history of the world — why can't President Barack Obama convince piddly little Pakistan to clear the vital land route needed by the U.S. to haul tons of military vehicles from Afghanistan as the Yankees go home, which presumably is what the Muslim world wants? The route has been...
  • Turkey respects Pak decision on Nato supplies: Nine cooperation agreements signed

    05/22/2012 10:41:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Frontier Post ^ | Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | F.P. Islamabad Office
    Turkey on Tuesday said it respects Pakistan's decision on the Nato supply routes and endorses its demand for an apology from the United States over the killing of its troops at Salala checkpost. Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan jointly addressing a press conference with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani after the inking of nine agreements for cooperation in diverse fields said the opening of the Nato supply route was the discretion of Pakistan. "However, as a member of the Nato, Turkey believes that such issues should be resolved through mutual dialogue," he said... "We wish to make...
  • No Appeasement: 11 Reasons Why Israeli Concessions Will Not Bring Peace

    03/06/2011 11:02:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | March 6 2011 | Eldad Tzioni
    - NewsReal Blog - - No Appeasement: 11 Reasons Why Israeli Concessions Will Not Bring PeacePosted By Eldad Tzioni On March 6, 2011 @ 9:00 am In Email,Feature,Main,Right to Exist | No Comments The peace process.For years, weÂ’ve been hearing how important the peace process is. We are constantly being told that the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is the root of all the problems in the Middle East (and, sometimes, the world). Even if a solution were to be found, we are constantly led to believe, the entire Arab world will become friendly and cooperative with the West.The Europeans are frustrated,...
  • At NATO summit, warm welcome for most leaders, but not Pakistan's

    05/21/2012 11:29:09 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sunday, May 20, 2012 | David S. Cloud and Kathleen Hennessey
    President Obama won't meet with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. U.S. officials are furious over Pakistan's refusal to reopen supply routes to Afghanistan... Aides said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta planned to meet with officials from five Central Asian countries that have provided an alternative, but considerably more expensive, northern land route for NATO supplies since Pakistan closed its roads after U.S. airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November. After weeks of closed-door negotiations with Zardari's government, U.S. officials did not deny that they are seeking to send the Pakistanis a public message. "If they're feeling a little bit of...
  • When the Newsman Becomes the (Al Qaeda) News

    05/21/2012 10:07:12 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 2 replies
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 10/02/2009 | Sultan Al-Obathani
    With the lists of individuals wanted for links to terrorism by the Saudi Interior Ministry, it becomes clearer and clearer that Jihadist and Takfiri ideology has infiltrated the minds of the youth, minds of men of various ages, backgrounds, and social class. The surprise that came with the most recent list of 85 came with regards the 50th name on the list; the journalist Obaida Abdul-Rahman Al Otaibi.
  • Liberating Our Jerusalem

    05/21/2012 4:17:16 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 3 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Sunday, May 20, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    When Jordan's Arab Legion seized half of Jerusalem, ethnically cleansed its Jewish population and annexed the city-- the only entity to recognize the annexation was the United Kingdom which had provided the officers and the training that made the conquest possible. Officers like Colonel Bill Newman, Major Geoffrey Lockett and Major Bob Slade, under Glubb Pasha, better known as General John Bagot Glubb, whose son later converted to Islam, invaded Jerusalem and used the Muslim forces under their command to make the partition and ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem possible. Since then the annexation and ethnic cleansing has become an international...
  • Obama: Afghans will see ‘transformational decade of peace'

    05/20/2012 7:00:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 20, 2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama declared Sunday that the Afghan war "as we understood it is over" and that the country was on track to achieve a "transformational decade" of peace. "The Strategic Partnership Agreement, this NATO summit, are all part and parcel of a shared vision that we have in which Afghanistan is able to transition from decades of war to a transformational decade of peace and stability and development," said Obama after a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Chicago, where the leaders are attending the NATO summit. It was Obama's first meeting with Karzai since the two formally signed...
  • Prince Harry could return to front line in Afghanistan soon

    05/20/2012 6:38:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | May 20, 2012
    Prince Harry may return to the front line in Afghanistan flying Apache helicopters, with a top UK General saying that he is 'likely' to resume operational duties. Addressing the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee Parade and Muster military tribute in Windsor, General David Richards said: "Prince Harry's success in flying training means it is likely he will serve operationally again." It is the first time such a senior military figure has given such a clear indication of 27-year-old Harry's future deployment, the Daily Mail reported. Harry's return to the war zone will again raise fears he would be a 'trophy'...
  • Taliban Death Threats: The West's Afghan Workers Fear NATO Withdrawal

    05/19/2012 12:17:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/18/2012 | Matthias Gebauer and Shoib Najafizada in Berlin and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
    … By the end of 2014, at the latest, almost all international troops are to be withdrawn from the country in the Hindu Kush mountains, at least according to plans by nations present in the country going into the NATO summit in Chicago that begins on May 20. NATO leaders are hoping that the Afghan security forces can take over full responsibility for their country by then. The German government likes to call this plan the "responsible handover." But if that happens, then (Muhammad) Shah* and his colleagues will have to fear for their lives. "The Taliban knows exactly who...
  • Stone carvers defy Taliban to return to the Bamiyan valley

    05/16/2012 1:13:00 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 May 2012 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    "Afghan students learn the centuries-old skills that carved out the giant buddhas blown up by extremists. ... The cave-hall was part of a complex built around two giant buddhas that loomed serenely over Bamiyan for about 15 centuries – until the Taliban government condemned them as un-Islamic in early 2001 and blew them up. "I was interested in this course because I want to restore our culture," said Ismael Wahidi, a 22-year-old student of archeology at Bamiyan University, who set aside more conventional studies for a week to learn how to turn a lump of stone into a sculpture. "If...
  • The Evidence: Obama Is Undermining U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to Put the Taliban in Power

    05/16/2012 10:22:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/16/12 | Tara Servatius
    President Obama has spent the last three years trying to figure out how to turn over Afghanistan to the Taliban without taking the political heat for it. In the process, the Obama Administration has committed a betrayal of our troops so stunning that anything done to them in or after Vietnam pales in comparison. While the Taliban kills our troops and innocent bystanders in Afghanistan, the Obama Administration is fighting to give them the one thing they can't seem to win on the battle field: control over the whole country. It is no accident that despite the deployment of 33,000...
  • Israel Not Invited to NATO's Chicago Summit

    05/12/2012 9:54:38 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5-11-12 | Slobodan Lekic
    Israel will not be invited to NATO's May 20-21 summit in Chicago, the alliance's top official said Friday. But he denied that alliance member Turkey had blocked Israel's participation. Instead, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the reason is because Israel does not participate in NATO's main military missions. News reports have claimed that Turkey blocked Israel's participation because of the raid in 2010 by Israeli troops on ships heading to Gaza in which eight Turks and a Turkish-American died. NATO has a system of partnerships with dozens of nations across the globe such as the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO...
  • Man wearing Afghan National Army uniform kills American soldier, official says

    05/11/2012 6:31:21 AM PDT · by SuzyQue · 21 replies
    MYFOXNY ^ | Posted: May 11, 2012 3:06 AM CDT | Source: NewsCore
    KABUL -- A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform opened fire on coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing an American and wounding two others, officials said. "An Afghan Army soldier turned his weapon against US soldiers inside an Afghan-US military base in Kunar Province, killing one US soldier and injuring two others," provincial police chief Ewaz Mohammad Naziri told AFP. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Weary warriors favor Obama (Major Bravo Sierra warning)

    05/13/2012 9:28:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2012 | Margot Roosevelt
    Mack McDowell likes to spend time at the local knife and gun show "drooling over firearms," as he puts it. Retired after 30 years in the U.S. Army, he has lined his study with books on war, framed battalion patches from his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a John Wayne poster, and an 1861 Springfield rifle from an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. But when it comes to the 2012 presidential election, Master Sergeant McDowell is no hawk. In South Carolina's January primary, the one-time Reagan supporter voted for Ron Paul "because of his unchanging stand against overseas...
  • Protecting Afghani Dancing Boys Culture--raping young boys shouldn't be our mission

    05/13/2012 9:02:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/13/2012 | George Spelvin
    While our corrupt U.S. media bash every thing our military does, however minute, they spike any stories that depict the true Afghani culture that our soldiers are confronted with every day while in that country. Ann Barnhardt’s hard hitting four part series of youtube videos on Islamic sexuality brings home to audiences what our media refuse to tell you. Any type of charge against especially Catholic priests regarding pedophilia is reported over and over, yet when it comes to Afghanistan media hypocrites aren’t telling it the way it really is according to Barnhardt. BACHA BAZI is practiced by wealthy Afghani...
  • Insight: Afghan women fade from White House focus as exit nears

    05/10/2012 9:09:39 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/10/2012 | Laura MacInnis and Amie Ferris-Rotman
    Shortly after sending U.S. troops to Afghanistan in October 2001, President George W. Bush focused so intently on freeing Afghan women from the shackles of Taliban rule that empowering them became central to the United States' mission there. More than a decade later, as his successor Barack Obama charts a way out of the unpopular war, Afghan girls are back in school, infant and maternal survival rates are up and a quarter of the parliament's seats are reserved for women who at least on paper have the same voting, mobility and other rights as men. But Obama rarely speaks about...
  • Obama releases Taliban prisoners while taking none among Romney donors

    05/08/2012 4:19:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    Composites seem to be all the rage this month, with the revelation that Barack Obama used them for girlfriends in one of his books and now his campaign has invented Julia to represent something in the presidential campaign. So, we decided it's our turn to provide a composite of two current news stories that seem to have been largely overlooked in the topsy-turvy news that's afflicting so many of us with dizziness, even six months out from the presidential election. Both of these bizarre stories are true. They come to us courtesy of the Washington Post and the Wall Street...
  • The Shadow Cabinet; Obama meets with left-wing critics of Israel to plot next moves

    05/10/2012 5:50:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/10/12 | Adam Kredo
    President Obama sat down yesterday with a cadre of far-left foreign policy writers, several of whom regularly lambast the state of Israel, to get advice on a range of critical foreign policy issues, among them Afghanistan, Israel, and NATO, according to press accounts. The group of nine included several writers who promulgate fringe views about the state of Israel, advocate in favor of divestment from Israel, and describe the Jewish State as an “apartheid” state—views that are also endorsed by the most extreme anti-Israel advocates. Liberal author Peter Beinart—who has compared Israel to the segregated South and advocates boycotting areas
  • Police fears of being branded racist 'left grooming gang free to abuse teenage girls for two years,'

    05/10/2012 9:06:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 May 2012 | Martin Robinson
    Opportunity to catch the gang missed after original complaint four years ago. As many as 47 vulnerable girls were plied with alcohol, gifts and money before being passed around for sex with 'several men a day' . Former Labour MP Ann Cryer says that the gang were left to it because police feared being branded racist Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says 'there is no doubt this is a race issue' . All the men are from Pakistan, with one from Afghanistan and two will now be deported. Muslim leader warns that some British Pakistani men 'think that white teenage girls...
  • Obama’s disastrous war [U.S. president all but concedes Afghanistan defeat]

    05/07/2012 7:43:15 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies
    QMI Agency via Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2012-05-07 | Peter Worthington
    We’ve seen this before, and now we are seeing it again. This time it was U.S. President Barack Obama’s quick, unadvertised visit to Afghanistan to sign a partnership deal with President Hamid Karzai, and to assure U.S. troops and all Americans that “there is light on the horizon.” In other words, Obama is all but conceding defeat. We saw it in Vietnam when then-president Richard Nixon assured that the withdrawal of American troops meant “peace with honour” — and America’s South Vietnamese allies were abandoned to the forces of Ho Chi Minh. President Obama promises U.S. forces will mostly be...
  • Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

    05/07/2012 9:54:49 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2012 | By Kevin Sieff
    KABUL — The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks. ****************** But the releases are an inherent gamble: The freed detainees are often notorious fighters who would not be released under the traditional legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. They must promise to give up violence — and U.S. officials warn them that if they are caught attacking American troops, they will be detained once again.
  • U.S. Hostage Pleads to Obama to Save His Life in al Qaeda Video [Terrorists Stronger]

    05/07/2012 6:20:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    American hostage Warren Weinstein says in a video released late Sunday by al Qaeda that he will be killed unless U.S. President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. "My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Mr. Weinstein said in the video. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die."
  • US secretly releasing Taliban fighters, report says

    05/07/2012 4:52:36 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    FOX/NewsCore ^ | May 07, 2012
    The US has been secretly releasing captured Taliban fighters from a detention center in Afghanistan in a bid to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the insurgent group, the Washington Post reported Monday. The "strategic release" program of high-level detainees is designed to give the US a bargaining chip in some areas of Afghanistan where international forces struggle to exercise control, the report said. Under the risky program, the hardened fighters must promise to give up violence and are threatened with further punishment, but there is nothing to stop them resuming attacks against Afghan and American troops.
  • Congress' intelligence heads: Taliban stronger

    05/07/2012 4:33:47 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    The leaders of the congressional committees said Sunday they believed that the Taliban had grown stronger since President Barack Obama sent 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2010.
  • Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

    05/06/2012 7:51:59 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | kevin Sieff
    The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks.
  • Top General: Obama Knew About OBL’s Hideout in Abbottabad Since Summer of 2010

    05/06/2012 5:45:03 AM PDT · by jackv · 20 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-6-12 | Jackv
    This follows the news from yesterday that the Obama Administration drafted a memo to protect the president from blame if the mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden would have failed.
  • Bradley Manning: Political prisoner and hero ("whistleblower" and "gender queer")

    05/06/2012 12:40:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Green Left Weekly ^ | May 5, 2012
    Socialist Alliance gay and lesbian rights spokesperson Rachel Evans spoke in Sydney on April 24 at a rally calling to free accused WikiLeaks’ source Private Bradley Manning from prison in the US, where he is being held in solitary confinement. The protest was part of an international day of protest for Manning, who faces a court martial and possible life in prison if convicted. Evans’ speech is below. * * * We are one of the many groups across 14 countries around the world taking action today because Bradley Manning is, once again, being subjected to a kangaroo court —...
  • Web users angry at [racist] Iranian bid to expel Afghans

    05/05/2012 7:14:33 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 4, 2012 | Arash Ahmadi
    [...] Late last month, the deputy governor-general of Iran's northern Mazandaran Province, Hadi Ebrahimi, announced that all Afghans had to leave the province by 2 July, irrespective of their legal status. One shows a background photo of three men holding placards saying "I too am an Afghan", and "no to racism". The other page says it was set up by "Iranians opposed to ethnic discrimination against Afghan immigrants"... "Such undignified behaviour against immigrants in Iran - a country which itself has one of the highest number of emigrants in other countries - leaves a bitter taste," he was quoted as...
  • Obama Knew About OBL’s Hideout in Abbottabad Since Summer of 2010 (Video)

    05/05/2012 7:09:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 5, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    General Jack Keane (Retired), the former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, told Mike Huckabee tonight that Barack Obama knew about Osama Bin Laden’s hideout since the summer of 2010. But Barack Obama refused to act for several months. He wanted absolute proof first that Osama was living there. It wasn’t until May of 2011 that he agreed to attack Bin Laden’s compound, almost a year later. This follows the news from yesterday that the Obama Administration drafted a memo to protect the president from blame if the mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden would have failed.
  • The Politics of Troop Withdrawal

    05/04/2012 4:16:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 4, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    STANFORD, CALIF. - President Obama's bullish "new day on the horizon" speech in Kabul wasn't quite "mission accomplished" but he came close to that dubious claim. The trip had the trappings and full-blown rhetoric of a carefully worked out campaign event to squeeze whatever political capital he could from the year-old killing of Osama bin Laden that is now an old story. In five months, the first combat troop withdrawals will start taking place and Obama, with his job approval scores still stuck in the 40s, is reaching for any issue he can grab to offset his failures on the...
  • Soldier in Afghanistan dies in Skype chat with wife

    05/04/2012 4:27:37 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies
    AP via JamaicaObserver ^ | May 04, 2012 | staff reporter
    The wife of an Army officer serving in Afghanistan witnessed her husband’s death as the two video chatted via Skype, his family said Friday. The circumstances of Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark’s death were not immediately available. The Pentagon said it was under investigation, and his brother-in-law said he didn’t have details. “We are entrusting the military with investigating and with finding out what happened to Capt. Clark,” Bradley Taber-Thomas told The Associated Press. Clark, a 43-year-old Army chief nurse, grew up in Michigan and lived previously in Spencerport, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester and his wife’s hometown. He joined the...
  • Marine welder keeps heavy-duty trailers operable in Afghanistan, saves Corps thousands.

    05/04/2012 6:16:19 PM PDT · by sean327 · 18 replies
    DVIDS ^ | 28 April 2012 | Sgt. John Jackson
    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Adapt and overcome is a common phrase in the Marine Corps, and Cpl. Sean Castillo, a welder with Maintenance Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion (-) Reinforced, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), is embodying those words everyday in Afghanistan and saving the Marine Corps millions of dollars while doing so. Castillo, 23, a native of Yuma, Ariz., is the son of a retired Marine and the brother of an Army Ranger. He joined the Marine Corps to serve his country and do his part. He became a welder because he loves the trade. “I had a job prior...
  • Obama flirts with disaster, negotiates with Taliban

    05/04/2012 9:30:29 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 4 replies ^ | May 4, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    One day, a scorpion reached a river he wanted to cross. He saw a frog on the other side and called out, "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?" "How do I know that if I help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog hesitantly. "Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die, too, for you see I cannot swim!" So the frog agreed. He swam over, and the scorpion crawled onto the frog's back. Halfway across the river, the frog...
  • Theater of War (North on Obama)

    05/03/2012 3:58:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 4, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — My old American Heritage Dictionary defines the word "theater," inter alia, as "a large geographic area in which military operations are coordinated." Throughout World War II, official dispatches and press reports described military action and events in the European, Pacific and China-Burma-India "theaters of war." We now have a new definition, courtesy of our present commander in chief: a place to remind everyone that Osama bin Laden is still dead. On the anniversary of bin Laden's demise at the hands of U.S. special operators, the Barack Obama re-election campaign made a "surprise" middle-of-the-night visit to Kabul, Afghanistan....
  • Per Yemen being raised as an issue today by Gingrich: would Romney send Seal team(s) into Yemen?

    05/02/2012 3:08:18 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    5/2/2012 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    During Gingrich's speech today on the day of his suspension of his campaign, Gingrich raised and interesting issue about Yemen - saying that it, not Afghanistan, was the center of Al Qaeda. According to some sources, the U.S. is supposedly conducting drone attacks in Yemen against Al Qaeda. But... Would Romney favor sending in Seal team(s) into Yemen (or any other country for that matter in the ME, ally or not) to target high-value terrorists targets? If so, why did Romney say on Aug 1, 2007 the following: "I do not concur in the words of Barack Obama in a...