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  • CURL: Benghazi is the only scandal that matters

    05/20/2013 4:28:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 49 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2013 | Joseph Curl
    Meanwhile, no one even knows where the president was the night a U.S. ambassador was murdered, or why the U.S. military sent no help. No one knows who inserted into official talking points a false story that an anti-Islam video led to the massacre. And no one seems to care — least of all the White House. But be warned, White House: Bob Woodward, who knows a thing or two about scandals and cover-ups, isn’t falling for the double head fake. “If you read through all these emails,” the Watergate reporter said, “you see that everyone in the government is...
  • Rep. Issa subpoenas Benghazi auditor Thomas Pickering

    05/17/2013 1:07:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/17/13 | Julian Pecquet
    The lawmaker leading the charge to investigate the Benghazi terror attack on Friday subpoenaed the co-author of a report that slammed the State Department but didn´t interview Hillary Clinton. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) formally demanded that retired ambassador Thomas Pickering submit to being deposed by the committee next Thursday. The subpoena comes in the wake of a series of acrimonious public exchanges this week between the two men. Issa didn´t issue a subpoena to former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen, who co-authored the Benghazi report with Pickering.
  • Obama urges Russia to work with U.S. to extend arms pact

    12/03/2012 7:40:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/3/12 | reuters
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Russia on Tuesday to work with the United States to "update" a decades-old agreement on dismantling nuclear and chemicals weapons that is set to expire in mid-2013. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in October that Moscow intended to end the 1992 agreement, the latest sign that the much-vaunted "reset" in relations between the Cold War-era foes may be running out of steam. Obama, attending a conference of nuclear anti-proliferation experts at the National War College in Washington, took note of Moscow's complaints and expressed optimism the pact would be extended. "Russia has...
  • I’m guilty of arms deal with Iran, Christopher Tappin tells US court

    11/01/2012 8:53:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | Friday November 2, 2012 | Cyril Dixon
    Retired British businessman Christopher Tappin, extradited to the US accused of selling surface-to-air missile parts to Iran, pleaded guilty yesterday in court in Texas. Tappin, 65, of Orpington, Kent, changed his plea at a hearing in El Paso, as part of a deal with US prosecutors which should allow him to return to the UK. …
  • Highland Park man charged with Taliban weapons deal

    02/19/2011 1:13:45 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2011 | Sue Ter Maat and Erika Slife
    A 52-year-old Highland Park father is one of two U.S. citizens charged with agreeing to sell missiles and other weapons to the Taliban for their use against American troops in Afghanistan, according to a complaint unsealed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan last week. Oded Orbach, born in Israel, was among seven men arrested in an international sting operation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Paid informants posing as Taliban representatives conspired with the men to ship narcotics through West Africa — with a portion intended for the United States — and to use the proceeds to buy weapons for protecting Taliban-owned...
  • US-Saudi arms deal on track

    11/19/2010 5:11:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    AFP via Yahoo.com ^ | 11/19/2010 | AFP via Yahoo.com
    Barring unlikely 11th-hour objections, a 60-billion-dollar US arms sale to Saudi Arabia was set Friday to go into effect despite initial worries from US lawmakers over its impact on Israeli security. The Pentagon unveiled plans for the sale on October 20, and the US Congress had 30 days to move to block or change the terms of the transaction, which partly aims to help Saudi Arabia counter Iran's regional influence. "Thirty days are up at the end of today, after which the administration may proceed. There is no sign that Congress will block the sale," said a Senate Foreign Relations...
  • Congress to be told of 60-billion US-Saudi arms deal (Obama's New Best Muslim Friends)

    09/13/2010 8:56:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 9/13/2010 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – In the largest US arms deal ever, the administration of US President Barack Obama is ready to notify Congress of plans to offer advanced aircraft to Saudi Arabia worth up to 60 billion dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The newspaper said the administration was also in talks with the kingdom about potential naval and missile-defense upgrades that could be worth tens of billions of dollars more. [....] In its notification to Congress, expected to be submitted this week or next, the administration will authorize the Saudis to buy as many as 84 new F-15 fighters,...
  • Angry China retaliates over US arms deal for Taiwan

    01/31/2010 10:57:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 588+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/30/2010 | AFP via Space War
    China lashed out with a raft of reprisals Saturday after Washington announced a 6.4-billion-dollar arms package for Taiwan, escalating the biggest Sino-US crisis yet under President Barack Obama. Berating the year-old Obama administration for "crude interference" in its affairs, China said it was suspending military and security contacts with the United States, and imposing sanctions on US firms involved in the Taiwan deal. The furious riposte came a day after the Pentagon approved the sale of Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters, mine-hunting ships and communications equipment for Taiwan's F-16 fleet of fighter jets among other weaponry. Chinese defence ministry spokesman...
  • Lockheed wins 841.9 million dollar Morocco F-16 contract

    01/04/2010 8:54:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 239+ views
    Space Mart ^ | 12/22/2009 | AFP Via Space Mart
    US defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin is being awarded an 841.9 million dollar contract to produce 24 F-16 aircraft for Morocco, which ordered the jets in 2008, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Lockheed also won contracts to supply the Pentagon with "advanced counter measure system electronic warfare system, along with associated support equipment, alternate mission equipment and support elements," the Pentagon said in a statement. The total value of the contract between the United States and Morocco is estimated at around 2.4 billion dollars, not all of which will be handled by Lockheed. Other firms that manufacture or supply parts and equipment...
  • Indian PM arrives in Russia for arms, nuclear deals

    12/06/2009 3:17:31 PM PST · by myknowledge · 11 replies · 646+ views
    Reuters South Africa ^ | December 6, 2009 | Guy Faulconbridge
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Moscow on Sunday to ink billions of dollars of weapons deals and for talks on a landmark nuclear deal that could significantly widen atomic fuel imports from Russia. India, along with China, is one of Russia's biggest clients for arms sales but New Delhi has been upset in recent years by long delays in the delivery of a refurbished Soviet-era aircraft carrier under a $1.6 billion (9.72 million pounds) contract. The signing of arms deals and talks on a civilian nuclear deal to widen uranium fuel deliveries are set to...
  • Indian Army to purchase Bell 407 Shen helicopters

    09/18/2006 3:00:01 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 4 replies · 545+ views
    Six years after American defence firms forayed into the Indian arms market after the lifting of US embargoes, a company is set to bag the first commercial deal for selling 197 light helicopters to the Army. After almost two years of evaluation, including trials at the world's highest battlefield on the Siachen glacier, the army has, according to highly placed sources, opted for Bell Helicopter's 407 Shen model in preference to EADS' Eurocopter. Though the army has given its technical evaluation to the defence ministry, the deal is yet to be cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence...
  • US offers Pakistan two naval frigates, P-3C Orions

    09/01/2005 8:35:53 AM PDT · by Gengis Khan · 7 replies · 261+ views
    Rediff.com ^ | September 01, 2005 14:21 IST | K J M Varma
    US offers Pakistan two naval frigates, P-3C Orions K J M Varma | September 01, 2005 14:21 IST The United States has offered to sell two Perry class naval frigates to Pakistan, besides providing eight long-range maritime patrol aircraft fitted with Harpoon missiles. The offer for sale 'has been made by the US Navy' and the price of the frigates will be negotiated once the US Congress gives its approval, Chief of Pakistan Navy Admiral Shahid Karimullah told reporters on Wednesday. Named after an American naval hero, Oliver Hazard Perry, the frigates were designed by the US in the 1970s as general-purpose...
  • Israel asks Russia to shelve arms deal

    01/13/2005 7:03:00 PM PST · by seacapn · 3 replies · 212+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | January 13, 2005 | HERB KEINON
    Jerusalem asked Moscow not to go through with a sale of sophisticated weapons to Syria, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Thursday, in the first public acknowledgement by Jerusalem that such a deal is being contemplated. "I passed this message on to the deputy Russian foreign minister [Alexander Saltanov], who visited the region recently. I passed on the message that Syria is a country that supports terror and transfers weapons to Hizbullah and that the whole world is working to isolate it. There is no reason why Russia should go against this trend. I hope that a satisfactory solution will be...
  • MUGABE IN $10 BILLION CHINESE ARMS DEAL

    11/10/2004 11:32:43 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 7 replies · 316+ views
    Zim Online ^ | 11 November 2004
    HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has ordered Z$10 billion worth of arms and anti-riot equipment from China, ZimOnline has learnt. Well-placed sources said Mugabe negotiated the arms supply deal when he met a joint delegation of government and private business representatives from Beijing in Harare two weeks ago. The Chinese delegation returned home last week. Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, who helped Mugabe negotiate the deal, last night confirmed that the government held defence and trade talks with the Chinese. But he would not be drawn to disclose the details of the negotiations. Sekeramayi said: "There were discussions which centred on...
  • Israel Tries to Stop U.S.-Jordan Arms Deal

    08/01/2004 9:13:07 AM PDT · by DougT · 4 replies · 229+ views
    Guardian ^ | Sunday August 1, 2004 10:46 AM | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel is trying to prevent an arms deal that would put high-tech U.S.-made air-to-air missiles on Jordanian aircraft, Israeli government and security officials said Sunday. Israel has asked Congress to delay approval of the deal, which is already in advanced stages, while Jewish-American lobbyists and Israeli officials press their case with the Bush administration, an Israeli government official said on condition of anonymity.
  • India signs $1b PHALCON arms deal (with Israel)

    10/10/2003 12:10:10 PM PDT · by anotherview · 4 replies · 265+ views
    AP/The Jerusalem Post ^ | 10 October 2003 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Oct. 10, 2003 India signs $1b PHALCON arms deal By ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI, India India, Israel and Russia on Friday signed an agreement for the US$1 billion sale of PHALCON airborne early warning systems to India, a defense official told The Associated Press. India's rival, Pakistan, has said the system would upset the balance of power in South Asia, where the two major powers have fought three wars since 1947 and now have nuclear weapons. The advanced Israeli-made PHALCON radar systems are to be fitted on converted Russian-made Ilyushin transport plane that India will purchase from Moscow. The deal,...
  • Russia's Lower House OKs U.S. Arms Deal

    05/14/2003 10:50:34 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 198+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 14 2003 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV/AP
    MOSCOW - Reaching out to improve relations with the United States, Russia's lower house of parliament ratified a landmark nuclear arms control treaty Wednesday that slashes the nuclear arsenals of both countries by two-thirds. The Duma voted 294-134 in favor of the so-called Moscow Treaty after a closed-door debate. President Vladimir Putin called the vote a "convincing ratification," Russian news agencies reported. Putin had urged lawmakers to ratify the treaty, calling it an "important document in the sphere of strategic stability." The U.S. Senate approved the accord in March, but the Duma delayed the vote amid Russian opposition to the...
  • US-Russia reach nuclear arms deal to cut arsenals, treaty to be signed May 24

    05/13/2002 6:34:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 157+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-13-02 | RON FOURNIER, AP White House Correspondent
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) --  President Bush announced Monday that he will sign a landmark accord in Moscow this month to dramatically shrink American and Russian nuclear arsenals. "The treaty will liquidate the legacy of the Cold War," he said.</p> <p>Under the agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Cold War-era arsenals will be reduced to 1,700 to 2,200 warheads, Bush said.</p>
  • Fei Hung-po leads arms group to US

    04/18/2002 5:19:14 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 137+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 4/19/02 | Brian Hsu
    Fei Hung-po leads arms group to USDEFENSE NEEDS: High on the Taiwanese admiral's list will be finding a way to secure the 12 submarines the US agreed to provide the nation in earlier talks, but have yet to materializeBy Brian HsuSTAFF REPORTERA delegation led by Deputy Chief of the General Staff Admiral Fei Hung-po (¶OÂEªi) flew last weekend to the US to discuss arms procurement with the US military, defense sources said. The meeting is a temporary substitute for annual arms talks between the two countries, which came to an end last year. At last year's talks, the George W....