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  • Gates Pledges Mine-resistant Vehicles to Allies

    02/05/2010 3:44:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 192+ views
    ISTANBUL, Feb. 5, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today pledged surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles along with expanded access to classified information to U.S. allies to help in combating the threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates conducts a news conference in Istanbul after meeting with fellow NATO defense ministers and those of other countries supporting the effort in Afghanistan, Feb. 5, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The United States will now do whatever we can within the limits of U.S. law, and as soon as we...
  • Obama's visit to mark 70 years of Australia-US diplomatic relations

    02/01/2010 6:15:33 PM PST · by myknowledge · 34 replies · 664+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 2, 2010 | Brad Norington
    BARACK Obama will make his first official visit to Australia as president next month as part of a planned trip to Indonesia and the Pacific island of Guam. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed the trip today, saying the President's visit was an important part of his efforts to broaden and strengthen partnerships necessary to advance US security and prosperity. Mr Gibbs said that while in Australia, Mr Obama would commemorate the 70th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the US and Australia. The President also looked forward to holding discussions with Kevin Rudd on issues including the economic...
  • How Obama undermines US allies

    01/26/2010 6:48:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 293+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/26/10 | ABRAHAM KATSMAN
    Obama has made his own personality and identity cornerstones of US diplomacy. For those worried that US President Barack Obama is particularly antagonistic toward Israel, there's good news and bad news: The good news is that Israel is hardly Obama's obsession; the bad news is that his administration's conduct toward it is consistent with its pattern of backing away from embattled American allies - a predictable byproduct of Obama's approach to foreign policy through dictator outreach. Obama, more than any recent president, has made his own personality and identity cornerstones of American diplomacy. He assumes his potent charm can bend...
  • Jordan’s King due tomorrow; talks on major issues planned

    01/04/2010 5:13:13 AM PST · by bert · 3 replies · 375+ views
    Saudi gazette ^ | 01/04/10 | Faheem Al-Hamid
    JEDDAH – The two-day visit of King Abdullah of Jordan beginning on Tuesday will see discussions with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, centering on regional developments, reviving the stalled peace process, and moves to ensure Arab reconciliation and solidarity to “counter Israeli maneuverings.” King Abdullah will also discuss with the Jordanian monarch the Saudi-Yemeni border issue, Palestinian dialogue to end internal division, the Iranian nuclear issue and strengthening Saudi-Jordanian relations in a wide range of fields. According to Jordanian political sources, King Abdullah’s meeting with the Jordanian monarch has gained importance due to regional and international developments. “The leaderships...
  • Christmas 2009 (Australian Defence Force)

    12/24/2009 10:27:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 374+ views
    Around 3800 Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed on Operations overseas and in Australia this Christmas, spending the festive season away from family and friends. Defence is also gathering Christmas messages from ADF personnel who will be serving on Operations this Christmas. The majority of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas are working in a number of operational areas, including: Afghanistan as part of the Australian government's commitment to the international coalition against terrorism; Iraq and the Middle East as part of the Australian government's contribution to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq; East Timor as part of a...
  • India urges allies 'to stay the course' in Afghanistan

    11/25/2009 5:08:56 PM PST · by JimWayne · 17 replies · 572+ views
    Sify ^ | November 6, 2009
    Indian Premier Manmohan Singh Friday urged the international community to "stay the course" in violence-wracked Afghanistan. ... "We appreciate the efforts of international community to stabilise Afghanistan and it is our sincere hope that the international community will stay the course."
  • INDIA GETS WARY OF OBAMA (The Times of India)

    11/21/2009 11:44:08 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 44 replies · 2,044+ views
    The Times of India (New Delhi, India) ^ | 21 November 2009 | Indrani Bagchi
    China , Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan... US president Barack Obama ran through the gamut of nations as he articulated another elegant Asia policy speech in Tokyo this week. Conspicuous by its absence was India. Was India not on his radar? Or was it such a close ally that he skipped naming it at a public function? It left New Delhi wondering. Just two days later, bam! He did something even more astonishing by acquiescing in a Chinese demand to let Beijing assume the role of a monitor in South Asia, an area where China is seen by India as...
  • White House allies say Obama bungled Guantanamo closing

    11/11/2009 8:25:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 525+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 11/11/09 | Steven Thoma
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison by Jan. 22 was followed by a series of mistakes and missteps by his administration that will delay the prison's closure for months, according to a report from a policy organization with close ties to the White House. Those mistakes — which ranged from initially having too few people on board to handle the workload to misreading Congress — have put the timetable months behind schedule and will push the prison's closure well beyond the January deadline, which Obama announced with great fanfare two days after...
  • Navy frigate deploys on counter terrorism mission (HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337))

    10/25/2009 1:11:09 PM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies · 622+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2009-10-25 | John Lewandowski
    HALIFAX, N.S. - Canada's latest contribution to the war on terrorism and piracy slipped out of Halifax harbour in driving rain Sunday on a six-month deployment to the Middle East. Before it left, family and friends gathered on the deck and in the helicopter bay of HMCS Fredericton for a couple of hours to bid an emotional farewell to the 245 crew members who won't be returning until next spring. As Evan and Bianca Entwhistle hugged, their 20-month-old son Finn sandwiched between them, it was hard to distinguish the tears from the rain. "The sad part with this little guy...
  • Japan tells US it will stop Afghan refueling mission

    10/17/2009 6:08:30 PM PDT · by gaijin · 50 replies · 2,927+ views
    AFP, via SpaceWar.com ^ | Oct 15th, 2009 | AFP
    Japan has told the United States it will end a naval refueling mission [in the Indian Ocean] that supports the war in Afghanistan, a top defence official said...Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who took office last month, has said he wants "more equal" relations with the United States and that he opposes plans to build a new US air base on the southern island of Okinawa...
  • Sarkozy says no more French troops

    10/16/2009 7:02:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 107 replies · 2,942+ views
    UPI.com ^ | 16 Oct 09
    UPI) -- President Nicolas Sarkozy of France says he wants to see victory in Afghanistan but has no plans to send more French troops to that country. Speaking to the Le Figaro newspaper, the French leader said he believes there should be a build-up of more Afghan troops, CNN reported. As for staying on in Afghanistan, Sarkozy told the newspaper: "I answer yes -- and stay to win. "But France will not send one more soldier," he added. "My belief is that more Afghan soldiers are needed. It is them who will be the most efficient to win this war...
  • Obama Lights White House Diwali Lamp

    10/16/2009 10:55:54 PM PDT · by SupplySider · 58 replies · 2,516+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/15/09 | Aseem Shukla
    The Dow Jones reached a significant milestone yesterday, and news outlets were abuzz with excitement. Olympia Snowe's vote for the Baucus bill was plenty fodder for the 24-hour news cycles. But, for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists in the United States, an epochal event transpired at the White House afternoon that should not slip notice. Lead me from Untruth to Truth. Lead me from darkness to light. Lead me from death to immortality. (from the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad -- I.iii.28) As the ethereal sounds of a Hindu priest's chanting of this Sanskrit prayer from ancient Hindu scripture filled the East Room,...
  • The USS America is sinking—and Japan is getting off while it can.

    09/27/2009 11:10:34 AM PDT · by Orange1998 · 72 replies · 4,672+ views
    For over 50 years, one party ruled Japan virtually uninterrupted. During that time, Japan remained a loyal ally and supporter of U.S. policy. This month, a historic event took place. Japan has new leadership. In a landslide victory, a new party has done the seemingly impossible. A new freshman class of leaders now governs the Land of the Rising Sun. The effects are already rippling across the Pacific toward America. Yukio Hatoyama is Japan’s new leader. He officially took office last Wednesday, and he is already threatening to split with the United States. Hatoyama blames America for the global economic...
  • Sweet: Eleven countries walk out of Ahmadinejad’s Israel-bashing UN speech

    09/23/2009 6:15:41 PM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 17 replies · 979+ views
    Hot Air ^ | September 23, 2009 | Allahpundit
    The eleven, according to a European source: Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand … and the United States. I assume our guys wouldn’t have bolted without the White House’s approval, so kudos to The One for showing a bit of principle. Every year this degenerate does his same Jew-baiting shtick — “It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks” — and every year our moronic media lines up to interview him. And every year, it’s the...
  • US, France walk out during Ahmadinejad's UN speech

    09/23/2009 6:23:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 2,574+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/23/09 | AFP
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – France on Wednesday led a walkout of a dozen delegations, including the United States, to protest a fiery speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the UN General Assembly. "It is disappointing that Mr Ahmadinejad has once again chosen to espouse hateful, offensive and anti-Semitic rhetoric," Mark Kornblau, spokesman to the US mission to the United Nations, said in a statement. Delegations from Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand and the United States left the room as Ahmadinejad began to rail against Israel, a European source said. Israel had already...
  • Barry to Allies: "Screw You"

    09/18/2009 7:44:55 AM PDT · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 16 replies · 931+ views
    The Tusk ^ | 09/17/2009 | R Hargraves
    No longer content with destroying our nation on the domestic front vis a vis his healthcare reform proposals, President Obama today unleashed one helluva whopper today, essentially giving the finger to two American allies in eastern Europe. Demonstrating Democrats' staggering inability to forget anything that happened prior to this morning, our head of state and commander-in-chief decided to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland by, well, giving Poland the finger. Our glorious leader, in all his wisdom, has decided to kill a planned missile defense system in that country as well as the Czech Republic. All...
  • Missile shield cancellation disappoints Poles

    09/21/2009 2:30:45 PM PDT · by tflabo · 12 replies · 416+ views
    TELEGRAPH.CO.UK ^ | 9/20/09 | By Matthew Day in Warsaw
    Poland and the Czech Republic, which only shed Moscow's yoke 20 years ago, had hoped that the missile shield would provide tangible, if symbolic, evidence of the United States' commitment to their interests and the defence of the region. Now deprived of that, many in Central Europe fear that Russia's influence in the region will go unchecked. This has rekindled latent fears across Central Europe that its security has been sacrificed at the altar of great power politics.
  • Barack Obama changes American missile plans in Europe, causing fear among allies

    09/20/2009 6:19:28 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 37 replies · 2,074+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | September 20, 2009 | Philip Sherwell, Andrew Osborn and Leonard Doyle
    For the Czech prime minister Jan Fischer, the news came in a call hastily placed by President Barack Obama, shortly after midnight on Thursday in Prague. In Warsaw, his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk initially declined to answer the phone from the White House - as he guessed the purpose, from the unusual timing, and wanted to prepare a response. Mr Obama last week unveiled the most dramatic national security reversal of his presidency by scrapping his predecessor George W Bush's planned anti-ballistic missile shield in eastern Europe. With this volte face, the Obama administration has brought the curtain firmly down...
  • Did America betray us? Or it was just Obama?

    09/20/2009 2:26:30 AM PDT · by kingattax · 36 replies · 1,355+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 20, 2009 | Michal Wisniewski
    It was the worst thing that the American government could do. This decision was announced on 17 September, when Poland was commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Invasion Day, when the Soviet Union allied with Nazis and stabbed our country in the back. This was an effect of the Nazi- Soviet Pact that was signed on 28 August in Moscow. After this day, all dreams about resisting Hitler's invasion perished -- two evil empires combined their powers to destroy our freedom and sovereignty. At the same day, 70 years later, Obama bowed to the Kremlin. It was something that...
  • Adios, Poland!

    09/19/2009 6:30:35 AM PDT · by tjbandrowsky · 11 replies · 643+ views
    The Treatyist ^ | 9/19/09 | TJ Bandrowsky
    The gist of the article is this: Obama's line of reasoning may be off but the outcome is still useful from an isolationist perspective. Isolationist do not want USA in Poland or anywhere else for that matter. Then we argue that, if you have to have an ally with someone, may as well make it Russia, because at least they fight. Has a cool picture (from Wikimedia) of a bunch of Russian soldiers at Stalingrad with Poposhovs.
  • OBAMA BLINKS...RUSSIA/IRAN WIN! WE LOSE!

    09/19/2009 10:40:29 AM PDT · by Edisto Joe · 6 replies · 466+ views
    The Edisto Joe Outlook ^ | 09/19/2009 | Edisto Joe
    President Obama blinked first and the Russians took advantage. Not that he really tried anyway...He has no stomach for confrontation. Our allies, Poland and The Czech Republic won't be receiving the missile shields promised under the previous administration. Iran will be pursuing it's nuclear ambitions, Russia is free to do pretty much whatever it wants and Israel is just pissed and who could blame them. And to top it all off, Joe Biden makes the statement, "there is no threat there", referring to Iran. It's obvious foreign policy is not one of Obama's strong points, so we're going to dig...
  • Abandoning our allies

    09/19/2009 8:40:57 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies · 626+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 19, 2009 | Editorial
    The very worst foreign-policy move an American president can make is to reveal a willingness to back down to an aggressive tyrant. The second-worst move is to back the wrong horse during an internal dispute in a foreign county — or, for that matter, to back any horse without gathering all of the pertinent information. A third wrong move is to disregard the legitimate sensibilities of foreign peoples. President Obama has managed to commit all three blunders in three short months, and the world is a less safe place for it. As has been well documented, Mr. Obama performed his...
  • Turkey Moves Away From Democracy

    09/18/2009 2:09:34 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 558+ views
    PoliGazette ^ | September 18 2009 | Robert Ellis
    In August an editor from Kazakhstan was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for “divulging state secrets” in an article which dealt with the relationship between the state security service KNB and a local distillery owner. Therefore the European Union has issued a declaration which states that journalists should be free to report on all issues of interest to the public, including commentary on how the state is run. All member states have signed as well as candidate countries Croatia and Macedonia, potential future members Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro together with Island and Norway. The only country which has...
  • Which Countries Would US Defend

    09/14/2009 5:34:37 AM PDT · by SJackson · 46 replies · 1,152+ views
    of Americans: 59%: 29% U.S. should offer military assistance to defend Israel if attacked Toplines - Which Countries Would US Defend - September 3-6, 2009 See Article See Crosstabs Daily Snapshot National Survey of 1,000 Adults Conducted September 3-6, 2009 By Rasmussen Reports www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/econ_survey_toplines/september_2009/toplines_which_countries_would_us_defend_september_3_6_2009 1* Sometimes, when a country is attacked, the United States provides military assistance to help defend that country. Now, I'm going to read you a short list of countries. For each, please tell me if the United States should offer military assistance to defend that country if it is attacked? France 45% Yes, the U.S. should...
  • The next 100 years (Poland America's closest ally)

    09/12/2009 1:57:16 PM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 1,578+ views
    New Statesman ^ | 27 August 2009 | George Friedman
    The next 100 years George Friedman Published 27 August 2009 Japan and Turkey form an alliance to attack the US. Poland becomes America’s closest ally. Mexico makes a bid for global supremacy, and a third world war takes place in space. Sounds strange? It could all happen. . . In 1492, Columbus sailed west. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. These two events bracketed the European age. Once, Mayans lived unaware that there were Mongols, who were unaware there were Zulus. From the 15th century onwards, European powers collectively overwhelmed the world, creating the first truly global geopolitical system in...
  • Senate panel seeks end to F-22 export ban

    09/10/2009 6:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies · 1,827+ views
    Rueters ^ | 9/10/09 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate panel urged the Air Force on Thursday to start developing an export model of its F-22 Raptor, the most advanced U.S. fighter jet, even as it voted to end U.S. purchases. Japan, Israel and Australia have shown interest in buying the supersonic, radar-evading F-22 Raptor, designed to destroy enemy air defenses in the first days of any conflict and clear the way for other missions.
  • German Chancellor Merkel: No timeline to bring troops home from Afghanistan

    08/23/2009 5:18:57 PM PDT · by NCjim · 3 replies · 734+ views
    Edmonton Sun ^ | August 23, 2009
    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that German troops would stay in Afghanistan until their goals were achieved, dismissing the possibility of setting a timeline for withdrawal. In an interview with ZDF television being aired Sunday night, provided in advance to the AP, Merkel said she could not commit to bringing the troops home in a specific timeframe. She said she wanted them home “as soon as possible” but not until the mission was complete. “We have a goal, and that is self-sustaining security for Afghanistan,” she said. She would not speculate on when that goal might be reached....
  • Officials: Lithuania Hosted Secret CIA Prison To Get "Our Ear"

    08/22/2009 7:31:01 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 27 replies · 2,724+ views
    ABC ^ | August 20, 2009 | Matthew Cole
    "Irresponsible" To Identify Secret Sites, Says CIA; Lithuania Denies Allegation A third European country has been identified to ABC News as providing the CIA with facilities for a secret prison for high-value al Qaeda suspects: Lithuania, the former Soviet state. Former CIA officials directly involved or briefed on the highly classified program tell ABC News that Lithuanian officials provided the CIA with a building on the outskirts of Vilnius, the country's capital, where as many as eight suspects were held for more than a year, until late 2005 when they were moved because of public disclosures about the program. Flight...
  • Aussies ready for a deadly welcome

    08/09/2009 6:41:01 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 954+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | August 10, 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    AFTER two days of intense preparation in searing 45-degree desert heat, Australia's newest band of brothers went to war under the command of 22-year-old Lieutenant Todd O'Callaghan. The troops from the Townsville-based 1st Battalion's Pioneer Platoon will face the most intense enemy threat of the seven-year campaign just 10 days out from crucial national elections. The Taliban launched four roadside bomb attacks against Diggers from the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force in Oruzgan Province over just 24 hours, wounding two men and damaging two armoured vehicles. The threat from the insidious weapons, known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs), has featured...
  • Behold Oh Israel

    08/07/2009 6:29:46 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 1 replies · 365+ views
    Prepare, Before it is Too Late by Ari Bussel One often relies on government at all levels to protect one’s long-term interests, to be ready for unforeseen eventualities. In an emergency, all that needs to be done is open a manual and follow the instructions. Preparedness and training support this readiness assumption. Yet, real emergencies and disasters never resemble those we anticipate and for which we train. Thus, improvisation, flexibility and thinking outside the box must all be exercised for real-time events. Israel is said to have the necessary “drawer plans” for almost all eventualities. Its readiness is constantly tested,...
  • German Forces Launch Offensive in Northern Afghanistan

    08/02/2009 10:28:41 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 169 replies · 6,553+ views
    Several hundred Bundeswehr soldiers, backed by heavy “Marder” tanks and fighter jets, are currently helping about 1,200 Afghan National Army forces conduct major anti-terrorist operations near the Taliban stronghold of Chahar Dara, southwest of the city of Kunduz, where the bulk of Germany’s roughly 4,000 troops are stationed. The fighting--which started on Sunday and involves looking for Taliban / Al Qaeda fighters “village by village and house by house”--is expected to go on until at least next week. The Bundeswehr soldiers are part of the German-led NATO Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which provides force protection and serves as emergency back-up...
  • Flag lowered as last 12 Diggers leave Iraq

    07/31/2009 4:19:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 469+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 1st August 2009 | Mark Dodd
    THE last 12 Australian troops serving with US units in Iraq have finished their mission and are heading home, formally ending Canberra's controversial six-year involvement in the bloody conflict. ..... Under an agreement between Canberra and the Iraqi government all Australian troops except those serving with an embassy-based security detachment had to be withdrawn by July 31. ..... Departing Australian troops were farewelled with flag-lowering ceremonies, with the honour of the last Australian soldier to leave Iraq going to Corporal Don Mander. ..... Defence Minister John Faulkner said the withdrawal of the last Australian troops marked an end to Operation...
  • Last Diggers out of Iraq

    07/31/2009 3:35:14 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 508+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 31st July 2009
    AUSTRALIA has officially ended its six-year military presence in Iraq three days ahead of the deadline. Some 20,000 members of the army, navy and air force have served in Iraq since 2003. The honour of being the last Digger to leave the strife-torn country went to Corporal Don Mander. He stepped aboard an RAAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft at Baghdad International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, the last of 12 Australian personnel embedded within US units operating in Baghdad. They arrived home last night. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Australia's troops did a "fantastic'' job and Iraq has now achieved "a...
  • Colombia To Aid U.S. In Taliban Fight

    07/28/2009 3:33:35 PM PDT · by Flavius · 8 replies · 478+ views
    cbs ^ | July 27, 2009 | cbs
    CBS) U.S. forces are about to get some much-needed help as they fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, reports CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan in an exclusive report. The Colombian commandos are U.S. trained and battle-tested from having defeated terrorists in their own country. Ten years ago, they didn't even exist. Today, elite Colombian Special Operations troops are preparing to fight alongside the U.S. in Afghanistan, reports CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan.
  • Obama's Congressional Friends & Foes

    07/18/2009 7:42:27 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 443+ views
    U.S. Snooze & Whirled Reports ^ | July 09 | Katherine Skiba
    Remember all the talk about Barack Obama's "Team of Rivals"? Hooey. In fact, he relies on friends, wins some converts and loses others, and takes fire from the GOP...
  • Barack Obama embraces Russia as a 'great power'

    07/07/2009 9:16:33 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 676+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 8, 2009 | Brad Norington
    PRESIDENT Barack Obama said last night the US wanted a strong, prosperous and democratic Russia, as he set out his vision of the US relationship with its former Cold War era foe. In the most eagerly awaited address of his two-day visit to Moscow, Mr Obama reached out to Russia by emphasising its place as a "great power" but did not shy away from the differences between the two countries. The speech to students graduating from the progressive New Economic School came as Mr Obama sought to revive ties with Russia frayed by a string of crises over the past...
  • Kyrgyz Parliament Approves Manas Air Base Agreement

    06/25/2009 6:35:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 236+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2009 – The Kyrgyz parliament today ratified an agreement between the United States and Kyrgyzstan to extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base, a key logistics hub that supplies troops in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman confirmed today. The agreement must now go to Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev for signature. “It’s not a done deal until the president signs it,” Whitman said. “Out of respect for their processes, we’ve been trying to give them the time and space to give this the consideration that it needs.” The agreement provides for a transit center at Manas International Airport,...
  • Kyrgyzstan agrees to allow US troops to stay in country

    06/23/2009 7:43:24 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 11 replies · 433+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:54PM BST 23 Jun 2009 | Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
    Kyrgyzstan has reversed a Russian order to evict the US military from an airbase close to Afghanistan in a significant foreign policy victory for Barack Obama. After winning major financial concessions from Washington, the Kyrgyz government said it had agreed to allow the US Air Force to retain control of the Manas Airbase for at least one more year. The move, which comes a fortnight before Mr Obama visits Moscow, was welcomed by the United States, which has emphasised the base's importance in the campaign to defeat the Taliban.
  • Romanians Prepare to End Iraq Mission

    06/23/2009 6:13:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq | Sgt. Allison Churchill, USA
    Col. Ion Manci (right), senior national representative, Romania, presents the Honor Emblem of the Romanian Land Forces to Lt. Col. Brian Pierce, Forward Operating Base Delta garrison commander, during a ceremony at the Romanian contingent headquarters, June 16. Manci also presented the award to Maj. Jennifer Finch, 41st Fires Brigade military intelligence officer-in-charge. Photo by Sgt. Allison Churchill, Multi-National Division – South. FOB DELTA — The Romanian contingent here recently signaled the end of their Army's operations in Wasit province with a ceremony at their headquarters building. The ceremony gave both the Romanians and U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to show...
  • $550 million-plus to be spent on Australian troops in Afghanistan

    06/15/2009 4:17:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 164+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16th June 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    MORE than $550 million will be spent during the next 12 months to better protect Australia's 1090 troops fighting in Afghanistan. The money will fund armoured vehicle improvements, protected living containers, more bomb disposal robots and boost spy plane flights targeting Taliban forces. The half-billion dollar taxpayer investment is by far the biggest chunk of a proposed financial "surge'' that will double annual military spending on Operation Slipper to $1.4 billion in 2009-2010. That is a massive $26,923,076 a week, or $3,835,616 for every day of operations. On a per head basis it amounts to $1,288,403 for every Australian soldier...
  • Dutch queen presents commando highest medal (equivalent to MoH or VC)

    06/14/2009 5:23:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 1,042+ views
    Queen Beatrix awarded a Dutch commando the country's highest military medal on Friday for his heroics leading an elite military unit in Afghanistan. Beatrix pinned the Willems Order cross and orange ribbon on Capt. Marco Kroon before slapping him on the left shoulder with her right hand to knight him at a ceremony in The Hague. It was the first time in more than 50 years that the medal has been awarded to an individual soldier. It also can be awarded to entire military units. Beatrix said Kroon showed "courage, discretion and dedication" in leading a commando unit in the...
  • Romanian Forces End Mission in Iraq

    06/09/2009 4:38:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 361+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Mark Miranda, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, June 9, 2009 – Military operations in Iraq formally ended for Romanian forces June 4, as one of America's coalition allies prepared to ship out some of its remaining troops with an end-of-mission ceremony held by Romania’s 26th Infantry “Red Scorpions” Battalion. Lt. Col. Gabriel Toma, commander of the Romanian army’s 26th Infantry Battalion, conducts an inspection of troops with Romanian President Traian Basescu during an end-of-mission ceremony June 4, 2009, at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mark Miranda  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Romanian flag was...
  • Driving Our Allies into Bomb Shelters-The effects of Obama's Middle East policy will be deadly

    06/02/2009 8:34:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies · 727+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 6-2-09 | Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
    From this vantage point, two events this week appear to be ominous straws in the wind, warnings of a "man-caused" maelstrom that inexorably may plunge the Middle East into another, potentially cataclysmic war. The first is that Israel feels obliged to undertake an unprecedented, countrywide civil defense exercise this week. At one point, every man, woman and child in the Jewish state is supposed to seek shelter from a simulated attack of the kind Iran may shortly be able to execute against it. The second is President Obama's latest effort to reach out to the Muslim world, on Thursday from...
  • Report: U.S., Allies Put October Deadline on Progress from Iran

    05/15/2009 11:22:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 326+ views
    arutz 7 ^ | 5/15/2009 | Ernie Singer
    (IsraelNN.com) The United States and its European allies have set a target of early October to determine whether engagement with Iran is making progress or should lead to sanctions, according senior officials quoted Thursday by the Wall Street Journal. The officials said there are specific tests of that progress. They include willingness by the Tehran government to let United Nations monitors make snap inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities, as well as a halt in uranium enrichment if new economic sanctions are put off ahead of formal negotiations.
  • Why attacking Iran may be morally and militarily necessary

    05/07/2009 2:37:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies · 731+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 07, 2009 | James Lewis
    The decision to go to war is always a profound moral question, for any sane and civilized country. It is also a military and political question, and in the case of Iran, situated as it is at the head of the Persian-Arab Gulf, a major economic question. All the ducks have to be in a row for the decision to be made. SecDef Gates argued in public testimony last week that knocking out Iran's nuclear installations would make little sense, because it would only slow down the mullahs' rush to nukes, and not bring them to a screeching halt. But...
  • Holder Urges Allies to Take Share of Detainees ( Liberal Idiot Alert! )

    04/30/2009 5:18:24 AM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 681+ views
    google.com ^ | 4/29/2009 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    BERLIN (AP) — The United States and its allies must make sacrifices to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday in a high-profile appeal for Europe's help. Holder spoke to the American Academy in Berlin, not long after telling reporters that the United States had approved the release of about 30 Guantanamo detainees. "We must all make sacrifices and we must all be willing to make unpopular choices," said Holder. "The United States is ready to do its part, and we hope that Europe will join us — not out of a sense of...
  • Mikheil Saakashvili : Where Are My Western Friends?

    04/13/2009 6:11:49 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 36 replies · 905+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Apr 11, 2009 | Anna Nemtsova
    In the largest opposition demonstration in Georgia since November 2007— WHEN President Mikheil Saakashvili tested his democratic credentials by sending in riot police to quash the protests—tens of thousands of people filled Tbilisi's leafy Rustaveli Avenue last Thursday to demand Saakashvili's resignation. The president retreated to his residence, where he spoke with NEWSWEEK's Anna Nemtsova about the crowds on the street, his difficult relationship with Russia and how the West has largely abandoned him in recent months. Excerpts: Nemtsova: Who wants your resignation? Saakashvili: Mostly unemployed people. We fired about 250,000 people as a result of our reforms. A big...
  • Under Obama, World Sees America Toothless As An Enemy, Treacherous As A Friend

    04/08/2009 9:33:25 AM PDT · by Michael Eden · 11 replies · 1,260+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | April 8, 2009 | Michael Eden
    AmericanPowerBlog has an article entitled "Barack Obama's European Apology Tour" that does a fine job of cataloging the sheer number of times Barry Hussein sought to point out what a horrible country we've been. I have my own offering focusing on the irony of Obama going to France of all possible places to apologize for American arrogance. At the same event in which Obama took it upon himself to announce to the famously humble French how profoundly sorry he was for America's past arrogance, Barack Obama also shared his vision for "a world without nuclear weapons." This would possibly be...
  • US gives 50,000 dlrs for quake-hit Italy

    04/06/2009 1:02:42 PM PDT · by devere · 52 replies · 2,459+ views
    AFP ^ | April 6, 2009 | AFP staff
    The United States said Monday it would donate 50,000 dollars in emergency aid to Italy after a powerful earthquake killed at least 100 people. "We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the earthquake. Our embassy in Rome will provide 50,000 (dollars) in emergency relief funding," State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters. Italian authorities told the United States they did not need rescue teams, Wood said. President Barack Obama earlier offered his condolences on a visit to Turkey and voiced hope that the United States could send rescuers. The earthquake killed at least 100 people...
  • US gives 50,000 dlrs for quake-hit Italy

    04/06/2009 11:12:08 AM PDT · by Abathar · 123 replies · 4,046+ views
    The United States said Monday it would donate 50,000 dollars in emergency aid to Italy after a powerful earthquake killed at least 100 people. "We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the earthquake. Our embassy in Rome will provide 50,000 (dollars) in emergency relief funding," State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters. Italian authorities told the United States they did not need rescue teams, Wood said. President Barack Obama earlier offered his condolences on a visit to Turkey and voiced hope that the United States could send rescuers.