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  • Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan

    07/29/2010 4:53:11 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 78 replies · 7+ views ^ | July 29, 2010 |
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials say the body of a second U.S. sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan has been recovered.</p> <p>The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information, says the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove — a 25-year-old from the Seattle area — has been notified of his death.</p>
  • 3 US troops die, deadliest month of Afghan war

    07/30/2010 1:39:59 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 30 2010 | ROBERT H. REID
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Three U.S. service members were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly 9-year-war.
  • The Lockerbie Lie

    07/27/2010 6:22:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 27, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Terrorism: The administration says it was surprised and angry at the Lockerbie bomber's "compassionate" release. Now a letter reveals that it actually lobbied for it. Was this malicious intent or mere incompetence? Last week, at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama was asked what he thought about a possible Senate investigation into the "Lockerbie bomber stuff" — namely that British Petroleum, among its other sins, lobbied the British government to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi in order to win oil contracts from the Libyan government. Obama replied: "I think all of us...
  • New Terror Threat On Mexico Border

    07/19/2010 5:35:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 3+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 19, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Border: A Hezbollah-like car bomb explodes in a border town as a congresswoman asks Homeland Security about links between the terrorist group and Mexican drug cartels. This is more than an immigration problem. Car bombs are a terrorist specialty and not a drug cartel modus operandi. The heavily armed cartels are more into shootings and kidnappings. So the car bomb that exploded Thursday in Ciudad Juarez, near a federal police headquarters, killing four, was either a change in tactics for the cartels or a sign of teaming up with a terrorist group, one of which could be Iran-linked Hezbollah. Officials...
  • Make Case For Afghanistan — Or Get Out

    06/30/2010 7:59:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 30, 2010 | LARRY ELDER
    We need "a warrior," not "a flower child." The anguished mother of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan said this about President Obama. She objects to the rules of engagement, which she feels caused her son's death. The recent Rolling Stone piece on the former Afghanistan commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, showed widespread troop disapproval of these rules, designed to minimize civilian casualties but which increase the danger to coalition soldiers in the field. But this is the mind-set of Obama. As a candidate for president, Obama criticized President George W. Bush for "wrongly" taking the nation to war in Iraq...
  • Petraeus' Job Now: Salvage This War

    06/24/2010 8:08:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    C hicago Sun-Times ^ | June 24, 2010 | Editorial staff
    All that mattered Wednesday was the mission. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal deserved to be fired for the contemptuous remarks that he and members of his staff made to a reporter about President Obama and his national security team. But Obama would have been justified in sticking with McChrystal if, in the president's estimation, firing General Loose Lips would have done significant harm to the mission -- achieving our nation's goals in Afghanistan. Fortunately, Obama struck on a way to do what's best for the United States -- reaffirm the primacy of civilian command over the military -- without compromising the...
  • June deadliest month for troops in Afghan war (Obama's Rules Of Engagement Is Killing Our Troops)

    06/24/2010 3:46:02 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    afp ^ | 6/24/2010 | Karim Talbi
    The deaths of another four NATO troops in an accident in Afghanistan made June the deadliest single month for US-led foreign forces in the nearly nine-year conflict, according to an AFP tally Thursday. The grim landmark followed the sacking of NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, which was greeted with dismay in Kabul where Afghan officials and foreign diplomats praised his bold efforts to reshape the war. The four troops died as a result of a vehicle accident in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the NATO-run International Security Assistance Force said in a statement that gave no further details. The...
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal to Face Obama: 'I've Compromised the Mission'(The buck stops where?)

    06/23/2010 6:47:53 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    abc ^ | 6/22/2010 | MARTHA RADDATZ, JAKE TAPPER and HUMA KHAN
    The White House is reviewing a list of possible replacements for Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who admitted to top Obama administration officials that he "compromised the mission" by making disparaging comments in a Rolling Stone interview. The White House has asked the Pentagon for a list of possible replacements, even though administration officials insist a decision on whether McChrystal will keep his job will not come until after he has made his case to the president in their face-to-face meeting. Possible successors that administration officials are reviewing include Gen. James Mattis, U.S. Joint Forces Command chief; Lt. Gen. John Allen ,...
  • Obama, McChrystal conclude Oval Office talk

    06/23/2010 9:17:57 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 6/23/10 | JENNIFER LOVEN and ANNE GEARAN
    An Afghanistan strategy session is under way at the White House as scheduled without word from President Barack Obama about the fate of war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is under fire for blistering remarks in a magazine. McChrystal came to the White House for a 30-minute face-to-face with Obama over his remarks and then left. He was not seen returning for the bigger war meeting, as he had been expected to. Obama was expected to make an announcement on McChrystal's future later Wednesday, but there was no word from presidential aides on when that would happen. With the White...
  • McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan (Flash Back Sept 21, 2009)

    06/23/2010 11:05:45 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | Sept 21, 2009 | Bill Roggio
    Within 24 hours of the leak of the Afghanistan assessment to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal's team fired its second shot across the bow of the Obama administration. According to McClatchy, military officers close to General McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources (read "troops") to implement a change of direction in Afghanistan: Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, not submit his request for...
  • General faces unease from 'handcuffed' troops (McChrystal frustrated at Obama's spitball war)

    06/23/2010 3:18:37 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6/22/2010 | C.J. Chivers/NY Times
    Riding shotgun in an armored vehicle as it passed through the heat and confusion of southern Afghanistan this month, an Army sergeant spoke into his headset, summarizing a sentiment often heard in the field this year. “I wish we had generals who remembered what it was like when they were down in a platoon,” he said to a reporter in the back. “Either they never have been in real fighting, or they forgot what it’s like.” The sergeant was speaking of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and the circle of counterinsurgents who since last year have been running the Afghan war,...
  • Gen. McChrystal needs to stop blabbing and start winning war in Afghanistan (Impeach Obama!)

    06/23/2010 4:14:57 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/22/2010 | Richard Sisk
    Stan McChrystal came out of the military's Special Ops with an unwavering faith in his specialness that went against the strict code of fellow snake-eaters. The "black ops" types hardly ever talk, much less brag, about what they do and how they do it. But Gen. McChrystal went on "60 Minutes" to display his warrior-monk ethos, show off his Spartan living quarters and jog around the camp in the predawn darkness while lesser mortals of the "regular" Army slept. And what Special Ops commandos really don't do is this - provide color commentary on the failings of the regulars, and...
  • Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation

    06/22/2010 10:30:09 PM PDT · by brityank · 173 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | June 22nd, 2010 | Toby Harnden
    Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation A senior Capitol Hill source tells me that General Stanley McChrystal had tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama and that the White House is actively discussing a replacement who could be quickly confirmed by the Senate. The source said that among the names being touted as possible successors are General James Mattis, the outgoing head of the US Joint Forces Command and due to retire after being passed over as US Marine Corps commander, and Lieutenant General William Caldwell, commander of Nato’s Training Mission in Afghanistan. Of course, offering to resign...
  • The President's Memorial Daze

    05/28/2010 7:22:41 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies · 1,511+ views ^ | May 28, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily Sraff
    Leadership: Our commander in chief was to miss the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to go on vacation. Other presidents have missed it, but never at wartime. All presidents deserve a vacation, and no president is ever off the clock. But we are at war, and Memorial Day at Arlington has special significance even in peacetime. Those who defend President Obama's decision to take time off were not so understanding whenever President George W. Bush spent time at his Crawford, Texas, ranch. Obama was to be in his old Chicago-area stomping grounds, and those who attacked Bush for taking...
  • Let’s cut the euphemisms and speak the truth

    05/23/2010 5:08:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,892+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | May. 22, 2010 | E. THOMAS McCLANAHAN
    Attorney General Eric Holder was having a bad day. He was sitting at one of those tables before a congressional panel, looking up at his inquisitors. One of them tossed what should have been a softball. Were the three terrorist attacks that have taken place since Obama’s inauguration motivated by “radical Islam?” Holder lapsed into two minutes of agonizing, anal-retentive quibbling. Was it radical Islam? Well, it was a “variety of reasons.” Could one of those reasons be radical Islam? “I don’t want to say anything negative about a religion …” And back and forth, until the questioner, Republican Rep....
  • Congress Rejects Illinois Gitmo

    05/23/2010 5:32:17 AM PDT · by GVnana · 9 replies · 542+ views ^ | 5/23/2010 | Warner Todd Huston
    In an interesting development the House Armed Services Committee unanimously approved legislation that would block Gitmo, Illinois from coming to fruition. In fact, they’ve blocked any Gitmo terrorist from being transferred anywhere into the interior of the USA. This is a blow to Obama’s desires to shut Gitmo down and to bring terrorists to a prison near you. Wednesday the committee approved a defense bill for 2011 that includes language to prevent moving detainees into any US facility inside our borders and also blocked any funding to even study the possibility.-snip-Amusingly, the New York Times tried to spin this as...
  • U.S. casualties in Afghanistan hit 1,000 with massive Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul

    05/19/2010 7:28:50 AM PDT · by MestaMachine · 49 replies · 732+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 19, 2010 | Stephanie Gaskell
    Yesterday: Seven U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday - five in a massive Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul that filled the streets of the capital with blood. The attack brought the U.S. toll to a grim new milestone - 1,000 American soldiers dead in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, the independent Web site reported. The fighting continued into today as insurgents launched a predawn assault against the U.S.-run Bagram Air Field. Seven militants had been killed during the "ongoing attack" on Bagram, which included rockets, small arms and grenades, a U.S. statement said. Five service...
  • They Wore A Yellow Ribbon

    05/18/2010 6:08:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 451+ views ^ | May 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    War On Terror: Attempts to punish the Haditha Marines and Navy SEALs for their courage and bravery under fire failed. Now some would reward timidity and cowardice with a medal for "courageous restraint" under fire. A nonsensical proposal circulating in the Kabul headquarters of the International Security Forces in Afghanistan would give a medal to soldiers in battle who show restraint in the use of deadly force in situations where civilian casualties might result. This will not protect civilians as much as it will endanger the lives of our troops. Our soldiers are already disciplined and trained not to wantonly...
  • How Faisal snuck through: Easy path from terror camp to US

    05/15/2010 3:02:30 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 298+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 15, 2010 | PAUL SPERRY
    Of all the holes in US secu rity highlighted by Faisal Shahzad's failed effort to blow up Times Square, here's the most outrageous: Almost every major domestic anti-terror operation over the past several years has involved travelers from Pakistan -- yet Homeland Security still lacks a comprehensive strategy to shut down "terror tourism" from that nation. US intelligence reports show that officials have agonized for years over this threat, while deploying an insanely ad hoc system to ID and catch such "tourists." Shahzad, who trained at Pakistani terror camps, merely exposed again just how ineffective that system is. Six years...
  • Holder Evades Questions on Probe into Alleged White House Quid Pro Quo

    05/14/2010 4:53:17 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 26 replies · 1,003+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 14, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    Washington ( – Attorney General Eric Holder would not answer whether the Justice Department is looking into an allegation by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) that the White House offered him an administration job as an enticement to drop his primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.). After five minutes of evading the question from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Holder’s final answer was no comment. “It’s the department’s policy not to comment on any matters to say there is an investigation, to say there is not an investigation,” Holder said during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. “That’s not the...