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  • 17 of 18 Families of the Fallen Denied Obama His Photo-Op at Dover

    10/29/2009 11:27:45 AM PDT · by kristinn · 177 replies · 11,588+ views
    Thursday, October 29, 2009 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama was nearly denied the photo-op he traveled to Dover Air Force Base for early this morning as all but one of the military and civilian families of the fallen refused permission for the media to report on the return of their loved ones.The sole family to allow media coverage was the family of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin.According to media reports, Griffin's casket was the last to be brought off the C-17 cargo plane that carried the bodies of 15 soldiers and 3 DEA agents killed this week in Afghanistan.That is a stark contrast to the reported 60% approval...
  • NY Times reporting “frustration” within military ranks??

    10/20/2009 6:51:25 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 512+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-20-09 | Mataharley
    I'm not sure what the bigger story is here... that the troops are feeling less than confident in their new Commander in Chief, or that this story is being reported in the New York Times. But here it is... yesterday's byline by Elisabeth Bumiller under the Military Memo, As the Commander in Chief Deliberates, Frustration Builds Within the Ranks A number of active duty and retired senior officers say there is concern that the president is moving too slowly, is revisiting a war strategy he announced in March and is unduly influenced by political advisers in the Situation Room. “The...
  • Respected Democrat Encourages 'Naive' Obama to Emulate Bush; Honored Vet Says 'Stan Not 'Nam

    10/11/2009 11:34:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 130 replies · 7,503+ views
    Sunday, October 11, 2009 | Kristinn
    As the debate on Afghanistan comes to the fore, a well respected Democrat has urged Barack Obama to emulate the wartime courage and leadership of former President George W. Bush by implementing the 'surge' strategy recommended by Gen. Stanley McChrystal.Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam war, wrote an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal Friday night that congratulated Obama on his Nobel Peace Prize but then went on to criticize Obama for being "naive" and apologizing for America too much. The news media has ignored this article by the former 9/11 Commission member...
  • Obama says will end 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

    10/10/2009 6:10:58 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 104 replies · 5,725+ views
    ap ^ | 10.10.09 | CHRISTINE SIMMONS
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama pledged to end the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military in a speech Saturday, but acknowledged to a cheering crowd that the policy changes he promised on the campaign trail are not coming as quickly as they expected. "I will end 'don't ask-don't tell,'" Obama said at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group. He did not give a timetable for the repeal of the law passed by Congress in 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton, who also promised to repeal the ban on homosexuals...
  • President Barack Obama says he will end 'don't ask, don't tell' military policy.

    10/10/2009 5:35:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 439 replies · 12,301+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Oct 10, 2009 | N/A
    Title only.
  • Troops Die While Obama Dithers(Winning Olympic gold for Chicago more important than winning a war)

    10/06/2009 12:59:59 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 16 replies · 612+ views
    foxnews ^ | 10/6/09 | Oliver North
    At the conclusion of the 1939 movie, "Gone With the Wind," Vivian Leigh, playing Scarlett O'Hara, defers decision on what to do about the major crisis in her life with the phrase, "After all, tomorrow is another day." Unfortunately, the Obama White House seems to have adopted Scarlett's decision-making process for the war in Afghanistan. Note to the O-Team: Kabul isn't Tara and Americans are dying while the commander in chief dithers. On Wednesday, September 30, a full month after General Stanley McChrystal submitted his "assessment" of the situation in Afghanistan, President Obama convened a three-hour meeting of his "national...
  • Obama vows "relentless" U.S. pursuit of al Qaeda

    10/06/2009 1:21:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,508+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/6/09 | Tabassum Zakaria
    MCLEAN, Virginia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed the United States would keep relentless pressure on al Qaeda and ensure extremist networks, which he called a "principle" threat, do not find safe havens overseas. "We know that al Qaeda and its extremist allies threaten us from different corners of the globe -- from Pakistan but also from East Africa and Southeast Asia; from Europe and the Gulf," Obama said in a visit to the National Counterterrorism Center. "And that's why we're applying focused and relentless pressure on al Qaeda," he said, citing intelligence-sharing, disruption of terrorism financing, and...
  • Obama Moves to Muzzle Top Military Commanders

    10/05/2009 5:40:45 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 59 replies · 1,952+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, October 5, 2009 | David A. Patten
    Sources tell Newsmax the Obama administration is muzzling its top military leaders, and keeping them from publicly airing their views on how to fight the war in Afghanistan. The administration's primary target: top Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, whose speech in London last week apparently caught administration officials off guard. In fact, The Daily Telegraph reported that Obama's advisers were "shocked and angered" by McChrystal's speech.
  • Voice of Bush’s Pentagon Becomes Harder to Hear (Libs Fear Petraeus in 2012)

    10/05/2009 5:52:20 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 14 replies · 1,691+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/05/09 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    WASHINGTON — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the face of the Iraq troop surge and a favorite of former President George W. Bush, spoke up or was called upon by President Obama “several times” during the big Afghanistan strategy session in the Situation Room last week, one participant says, and will be back for two more meetings this week.
  • As Obama Dresses Down His General Others Call The President Out On “Pathetic” Response ToAfghanistan

    10/04/2009 7:24:04 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 27 replies · 1,172+ views
    As the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband urged Obama to show some courage: David Miliband urged President Obama to embrace a renewed “hearts and minds” strategy in Afghanistan as ministers indicated that they would not send more British troops unless the US adopted such an approach. The Foreign Secretary did not mention America by name but called on every government in the coalition to back troops, aid workers and diplomats in support of a clear plan. “We came into this together. We see it through — together,” he told the Labour conference in Brighton. His words reflect a growing concern...
  • NYT: Obama meets his new general - McChrystal

    09/30/2009 8:56:35 AM PDT · by clyde_m · 4 replies · 414+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 30, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Here's the briefing being given to Republican US Senators on Obama's first-of-its-kind meeting with his hand-picked General in Afghanistan:
  • What not to wear to a Medal of Honor award (Michelle Tarts Up for Ceremony)

    09/20/2009 3:51:16 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 402 replies · 17,650+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 09/20/09
    You might think a posthumous Medal of Honor award ceremony would be a somber occasion, but not everyone would agree with you. Either this is an especially skillful photo shop effort or Michelle Obama has no clue whatsoever about the nature of this event. U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti’s parents received the award for him. I hope they didn’t notice the first lady’s stunningly inappropriate dress, but that’s unlikely.
  • Barack Obama ready to slash US nuclear arsenal(Pentagon told to map out radical cuts)

    09/20/2009 2:48:19 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 326 replies · 13,817+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | Sep 20, 2009 | Julian Borger
    Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country's arsenal, the Guardian can reveal. Obama has rejected the Pentagon's first draft of the "nuclear posture review" as being too timid, and has called for a range of more far-reaching options consistent with his goal of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, according to European officials.
  • Military growing impatient with Obama on Afghanistan

    09/18/2009 7:48:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 110 replies · 3,724+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/18/2009 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF
    Six months after it announced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Obama administration is sending mixed signals about its objectives there and how many troops are needed to achieve them. The conflicting messages are drawing increasing ire from U.S. commanders in Afghanistan and frustrating military leaders, who are trying to figure out how to demonstrate that they're making progress in the 12-18 months that the administration has given them. 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...
  • Obama must learn from Vietnam: Gen. Wesley Clark gives the President advice for Afghanistan

    08/17/2009 8:07:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,246+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | August 17th 2009 | Wesley Clark
    Much has been done in six months to deal with the ongoing war in Afghanistan. We have restated that our aim is to eliminate the threat of Al Qaeda; built a new leadership team, including Special Representative Richard Holbrooke; reinforced our troop strength and adjusted our tactics; and have begun augmenting our force with synchronized diplomatic, political and economic efforts. But can we explain how all of this adds up to an effective strategy that will sustain American engagement in one of the world's least accessible regions? The American people are growing increasingly wary. In a new CNN/Opinion research poll,...
  • Gates: 'A few years' of combat in Afghanistan

    08/13/2009 6:25:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 558+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/13/09 | LARA JAKES and ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon presented a grim portrait of the Afghanistan war Thursday, offering no assurances about how long Americans will be fighting there or how many U.S. combat troops it will take to win. Defeating the Taliban and al-Qaida will take "a few years," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, with success on a larger scale in the desperately poor country a much longer proposition. He acknowledged that the Taliban has a firm hold on parts of the country President Barack Obama has called vital to U.S. security.
  • 7 months after letter, mom of murdered Marine Sgt. Pietrzak gets form response from Obama aide

    08/08/2009 5:04:47 PM PDT · by ruination · 57 replies · 3,769+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 27, 2009 | Corky Siemaszko
    Seven months after she poured out her heartbreak in a wrenching letter to then President-elect Obama, the mother of murdered Brooklyn Marine Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak finally got a response - a form letter. "Thank you for contacting President Obama," the note to Henryka Pietrzak-Varga begins. "We hope the issue you brought to the President's attention has been resolved." Pietrzak-Varga, whose son and daughter-in-law were tortured and murdered last year allegedly by four other Marines, told a Polish newspaper she doubts Obama saw her letter. "This is a standard response, something that can be sent out to anyone for any...
  • Rosa Brooks: A Disaster at Defense

    04/23/2009 9:12:33 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 14 replies · 891+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2009 | Editorial
    Putting her in the policy shop is like Lyndon Johnson making Jane Fonda a senior adviser on Vietnam.
  • The truth behind maersk Alabama?

    04/16/2009 7:09:51 PM PDT · by mrmargaritaville · 117 replies · 9,495+ views
    Pulled from a boating message board
    Having spoken to some SEAL pals here in Virginia Beach yesterday and asking why this thing dragged out for 4 days, I got the following: 1. BHO wouldn't authorize the DEVGRU/NSWC SEAL teams to the scene for 36 hours going against OSC (on scene commander) recommendation. 2. Once they arrived, BHO imposed restrictions on their ROE that they couldn't do anything unless the hostage's life was in "imminent" danger 3. The first time the hostage jumped, the SEALS had the raggies all sighted in, but could not fire due to ROE restriction 4. When the navy RIB came under fire...
  • Obama Failed the Pirates Test Badly And Greatly Emboldened Our Enemies

    04/11/2009 11:13:15 AM PDT · by jveritas · 65 replies · 2,978+ views
    April 11 2009 | jveritas
    Obama Badly Failed the Pirates Situtation And Greatly Emboldened Our Enemies The test of the Somali pirates has come and gone and Obama failed this test very badly. This situation should have been solved easily in the first few hours of the incident by dispatching a Navy Seals team to kill the pirates and prevent anyone from being taken as a hostage. In fact it would have been solved yesterday when the brave Captain attempted to escape but orders were given not to interfere and thus he was recaptured. When the going gets tough the tough gets going but the...
  • Obama must get tough on pirates

    04/11/2009 10:30:21 AM PDT · by NoCmpromiz · 85 replies · 1,469+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | 4/11/09 | Jack Kelly
    THE opening stanza of the Marine Corps hymn is: "From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea." "To the shores of Tripoli" refers to the Marine role in Thomas Jefferson's war against the Barbary pirates. The "Barbary coast" was a collection of Muslim mini-states stretching from present day Algeria to present day Libya. The principal source of revenue for the Barbary states was attacking shipping in the Mediterranean, stealing cargoes, and holding the crews for ransom or selling them into slavery. The European powers of the...
  • Barack Obama rejects Normandy trip to avoid offending Germany

    04/08/2009 11:55:05 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 45 replies · 1,685+ views
    Notoriously ^ | 04 08 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    From the UK Telegraph: Barack Obama, concerned about offending Britain and Germany, rebuffed strenuous attempts by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to persuade the new American president to make a trip to Normandy this week. White House officials travelled to France at the start of March to discuss a visit by Mr Obama to Omaha Beach, the site of the American Cemetery, established in 1944 just after D-Day and where 9,387 American personnel are buried. Among them is Theodore Roosevelt Jr the eldest son of the 26th US President.French officials and senior American military officers walked with White House staff...
  • Surprise! Troops Welcome Obama In Iraq (Video)

  • Obama makes surprise stop in Baghdad

    04/07/2009 6:55:24 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 41 replies · 1,618+ views
    President Barack Obama made an unannounced visit to Iraq Tuesday During the campaign season, Obama visited Iraq on a multistop overseas trip. That trip also included stops in Afghanistan, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Obama's visit to Iraq was a surprise stop at the end of his first overseas trip as president. Turkey was the last scheduled stop on the president's tour abroad. There, he held a joint news conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and addressed the Turkish parliament. The stop marked Obama's first presidential visit to a Muslim country.
  • Time running out on Afghanistan, US fears

    03/27/2009 6:31:24 AM PDT · by Nutmeg08 · 90 replies · 4,261+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | March 27, 2009 | # Simon Tisdall and Ewen MacAskill
    Time running out on Afghanistan, US fears White House concerned it only has a year to turn around Afghanistan and Pakistan before US public support wanes * Simon Tisdall and Ewen MacAskill *, Thursday 26 March 2009 20.17 GMT A US counter-intelligence Marine and his translator meet with local villagers in Kirta, Afghanistan A US counter-intelligence marine and his translator meet with local villagers in Kirta, Afghanistan Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images The Obama administration believes it has only a small window of opportunity, possibly just a year, to turn around the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan before US public...
  • (B.O.) Leading Military at Time of War, but Not as a ‘War President’

    03/23/2009 10:32:22 AM PDT · by meandog · 7 replies · 689+ views
    NY "slimes" ^ | 3.23.09 | By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    WASHINGTON — President Obama rarely, if ever, uses the phrase “war on terror.” Like presidents before him, Mr. Obama has a top-secret intelligence briefing every day, yet it is not necessarily first on his schedule. And when he sent 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, he announced the news in a written statement, not a public address. Mr. Obama Says a Way Out of Afghanistan Is Needed (March 23, 2009) The latest on President Obama, the new administration and other news from Washington and around the nation. Join the discussion. More Politics NewsAs he heads toward his next big decision as commander...
  • Obama wants comprehensive strategy in Afghanistan

    03/22/2009 8:01:48 PM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 18 replies · 580+ views
    Business Week ^ | March 22, 2009, 7:42PM ET | MICHELE SALCEDO
    A comprehensive strategy in Afghanistan -- including an exit plan -- is key to America's "No. 1 mission" of preventing an attack on the U.S., its interests or its allies, President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday. "What we can't do is think that just a military approach in Afghanistan is going to be able to solve our problems," the president said on CBS' "60 Minutes." "So what we're looking for is a comprehensive strategy. And there's got to be an exit strategy. There's got to be a sense that this is not perpetual drift."
  • Obama: U.S. must have "exit strategy" in Afghanistan

    03/22/2009 4:34:22 PM PDT · by bill1952 · 52 replies · 1,282+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/23/09 | Chris W
    President Barack Obama insisted on Sunday that military force alone would not end the war in Afghanistan and suggested a U.S. "exit strategy" could be part of a new comprehensive policy he is expected to unveil soon... "What we can't do is think that just a military approach in Afghanistan is going to be able to solve our problems," Obama said. "So what we're looking for is a comprehensive strategy. And there's got to be an exit strategy ... There's got to be a sense that this is not perpetual drift..."
  • Coalition and Taliban forces battle throughout Afghanistan (Spring offensive begins)

    03/21/2009 6:10:07 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 15 replies · 914+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | March 20, 2009 | Bill Roggio
    Scores of Taliban fighters and several Afghan officials were killed in fighting throughout Afghanistan. The violence marks the opening of the spring fighting season in Afghanistan as the Coalition and the Taliban surge forces for what is expected to be the toughest year of fighting since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The largest battle took place in the Gereshk district in the southern province of Helmand on March 19. Afghan soldiers and their Coalition advisers conducting "combat reconnaissance in an area of known militant presence" took fire from Taliban fighters and engaged, the US military said in a...
  • Semper Fi! US Marine applause a bit different for Obama than Bush

    03/13/2009 6:48:34 AM PDT · by slomark · 23 replies · 1,429+ views
    [Watch incredible video highlighting contrast] This is a remarkable video. It clearly demonstrates the difference in how two presidents are greeted by the United States Marines. The jarheads’ greeting for President Bush is deafening. The greeting for President Obama is, well, polite. Semper fi, indeed.
  • Obama Admin Wants to Make Wounded Vets Use Private Insurance

    03/12/2009 1:08:56 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 49 replies · 1,386+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. But the proposal would be “dead on arrival” if it’s sent to Congress, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, said.
  • US warships head for South China Sea after standoff

    03/12/2009 5:22:43 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 108 replies · 2,467+ views
    From The Times ^ | March 12, 2009 | Tim Reid in Washington
    From The TimesMarch 12, 2009 US warships head for South China Sea after standoffTim Reid in Washington A potential conflict was brewing last night in the South China Sea after President Obama dispatched heavily armed American destroyers to the scene of a naval standoff between the US and China at the weekend. Mr Obama’s decision to send an armed escort for US surveillance ships in the area follows the aggressive and co-ordinated manoeuvres of five Chinese boats on Sunday. They harassed and nearly collided with an unarmed American vessel.
  • Obama to Delay Tanker, Kill Bomber

    03/11/2009 9:32:17 AM PDT · by pissant · 49 replies · 1,814+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/11/09 | Josh Rogin
    CQ's Josh Rogin reports: The White House has given the Pentagon guidance to delay procurement of aerial refueling tankers by five years and cancel plans for a new long-range bomber, according to three sources close to the discussions. No final decisions have been made, and the recommendations are part of negotiations between the Office of Management and Budget and the Defense Department over possible budget trade-offs this year, the sources said. The guidance represents two of the offset options that OMB gave the Pentagon last month regarding the fiscal 2010 Defense budget request. If the guidance survives the internal budget...
  • To Obama and his cronies-what orders US military will not obey

    03/11/2009 8:21:23 AM PDT · by conservativegramma · 158 replies · 5,189+ views
    Defend Our Freedoms Blog ^ | March 11, 2009 | Orly Taitz
    From: U. S. Military, Veterans, and Peace Officers Our oath is to the Constitution of the United States of America. It is NOT to the President..., and that oath will be kept,...... Oath Keepers is a non partisan association of currently serving military, veterans, and peace officers who will fulfill our oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God. Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the President, not to Congress, and not to any political party. In the long-standing tradition of the U.S. military, we are apolitical. We...
  • Congress Will Uphold 1993 Law Regarding Gays in the Military

    03/04/2009 9:17:31 AM PST · by meandog · 54 replies · 921+ views
    Center for Military Readiness ^ | 3.3.09 | Elaine Donnelly
    Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, predicted today that efforts by liberals in Congress to repeal the 1993 law regarding homosexuals in the military would not succeed. “Members of Congress are starting to take this issue seriously,” she said. “Indications are that repeal of the 1993 law would hurt the ‘Three R’s,’ recruiting, retention, and overall readiness in the volunteer force.” On Monday Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) announced that she will soon re-introduce legislation to repeal the 1993 law, Section 654, Title 10 click here , which is commonly mislabeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In response, Donnelly...
  • Obama Looks To Repeal Military Gay Ban

    03/03/2009 10:44:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 2,276+ views
    The White House says President Barack Obama has begun consulting his top defense advisers on how to lift a ban on gays serving openly in the military. But the administration won't say how soon that might happen or whether a group of experts will be commissioned to study the issue in-depth, as some Democrats have suggested. The move enables Obama to say he's making good on his campaign promise to reverse the law, but doesn't lock him into doing so anytime soon. The carefully calculated statement, released this week by White House spokesman Tommy Vietor, leaves enough wiggle room to...
  • Obama plans to hit retired military with huge increase in annual healthcare premiums

    03/02/2009 1:19:34 PM PST · by pabianice · 62 replies · 2,736+ views
    CBO ^ | 3/2/09 | Vanity
    Per VFW
  • Declining Defense - Obama's budget does cut one federal department.

    03/02/2009 10:41:55 AM PST · by Gabrial · 72 replies · 2,339+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/2/09 | WSJ
    For all of his lavish new spending plans, President Obama is making one major exception: defense.
  • Obama faces test on gay military ban

    03/02/2009 4:57:58 AM PST · by shove_it · 59 replies · 1,283+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 3/2/2009 | JEN DIMASCIO
    On Monday, buoyed by a stronger Democratic majority in Congress, Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation to overturn the ban against homosexuals serving openly in the military, a Tauscher aide said. Clinton’s handling of the issue was widely condemned, and the entire fiasco became a textbook example of the sort of avoid-at-all-cost political controversy that can seriously undermine a new president. For Clinton, it knocked him off message, sapped him of auathority, damaged his popularity ratings and left him with a reputation for being wishy-washy that stuck. And it left the military with a policy that no one...
  • Defense chief says Obama more analytical than Bush

    03/01/2009 12:04:27 PM PST · by Justaham · 16 replies · 922+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-1-09 | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON – Tell us, Robert Gates, what's the difference between working under Barack Obama and working under George W. Bush? "That sounds like the subject of a good book," Gates said with a smile. "It's really hard to say," he continued during an interview aired Sunday on "Meet the Press" on NBC.
  • Obama Iraq Plan Might End the War, But Will It Complete the Mission?

    02/27/2009 3:49:33 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 7 replies · 410+ views ^ | Friday, February 27, 2009 |
    In 18 months, President Obama plans to give America what it hoped it had six years ago -- its "Mission Accomplished" moment in Iraq.Obama announced Friday his plan to end combat operations in Iraq by the end of August 2010, saying the goal of a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant" Iraq is achievable. Senior officials said the war, effectively, will end before Labor Day next year. But even supporters of the plan warn that any success in Iraq is fragile. And even if the war is over, the job still is far from done. President Bush was accused of prematurely declaring victory in...
  • The Bush Pullout

    02/27/2009 5:21:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 740+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 27, 2009
    Iraq War: President Obama traveled to Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Friday to announce that the U.S. would stay in Iraq at least until 2012 and keep 50,000 troops there even after combat ends. Sound familiar?Obama's withdrawal plan would take U.S. forces in Iraq down from a current 142,000 troops to 35,000 to 50,000. Under the status of forces agreement between the U.S. and Iran, negotiated and signed last year by the Bush administration, all forces must be out of Iraq by the end of 2011. In short, though President Obama will get credit, it was Bush's plan — not Obama's....
  • Obama's Troop Drawdown Decision Will End Iraq War in Late 2010, Officials Say

    02/27/2009 8:40:02 AM PST · by kellynla · 106 replies · 4,848+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | February 27, 2009 | Major Garrett
    Obama told top leaders in Congress on Thursday that he will transition the mission in Iraq to training, advising and engaging in limited counter-terrorist operations.
  • Caption Barack at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C

    02/27/2009 3:06:39 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 121 replies · 3,165+ views
    President Barack Obama steps off Marine One as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 President Barack Obama reacts as he sees cheering Marines after he spoke about combat troop levels in Iraq at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. Obama moved to fulfill the defining promise of his campaign, announcing that all U.S. combat troops will be withdrawn by September 2010.
  • Marines Enthusiam for Obama on Display at Camp Lejeune Speech on Iraq

    02/27/2009 9:19:59 AM PST · by kristinn · 244 replies · 12,242+ views
    Friday, February 27, 2009 | Kristinn
    The Marines at Camp Lejeuene are maintaining a stony silence during Obama's speech on his plans to withdraw combat brigades from Iraq by August 31, 2010 and all troops by the end of 2011. The contrast of the enthusiasm the military had for President Bush and this occupant of the White House is stunning.
  • Live Streaming: Obama Will Deliver an Address at Camp Lejeune 11 AM

    02/27/2009 3:34:46 AM PST · by freema · 278 replies · 10,777+ views
    WITN, JDN ^ | February 27, 2009 | Various
    Live Video beginning at 11 AM He will deliver an address that could touch on future military strategy in Iraq.
  • Officials: Pentagon OKs media photos of war dead

    02/26/2009 9:56:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies · 1,494+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | February 26, 2009 | By PAULINE JELINEK and ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON – News organizations will be allowed to photograph the homecomings of America's war dead under a new Pentagon policy, defense and congressional officials said Thursday. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to allow photos of flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base, Del., if the families of the fallen troops agree, the officials told The Associated Press. Gates planned to announce his decision later Thursday, they said. The current ban was put in place in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush. At least two Democratic senators have called on President Barack Obama to let news photographers attend ceremonies at...
  • Pentagon critic tapped to be weapons buyer

    02/25/2009 11:57:15 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies · 1,191+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 25, 2009 | Stars and Stripes
    President Barack Obama has nominated Harvard professor Ashton Carter, a leading authority on arms control and a longtime academic, to serve as the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, the White House announced Monday. The choice of Carter to run the office that oversees hundreds of billions of dollars for new weapons and research — and is the focus of intense lobbying by defense firms, retired generals, and members of Congress — sparked concern within the defense industry and parts of the Pentagon bureaucracy when it was first rumored last month, the Boston Globe reported in its Tuesday editions. But that may...
  • Gitmo Detainee to be Released Next Week

    02/20/2009 10:31:51 PM PST · by BAW · 32 replies · 1,777+ views
    ABC ^ | February 20, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that the Obama administration will begin the process of releasing a prisoner from the Detainee Center at Guantanamo Bay next week, perhaps as early as Monday. Binyam Mohamed, a 30-year-old Ethiopian and legal resident of the UK, will be transferred into British custody, government officials told ABC News. The British will fly Mohamed back to England. The British government has signaled it intends to subject Mohamed to surveillance, but he is not expected to be arrested. British authorities have long expressed concern that any evidence against Mohamed would be inadmissible because of alleged torture against him...
  • Stealth Surge (Oliver North)

    02/19/2009 9:05:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies · 1,891+ views ^ | February 20, 2009 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON -- The economy is stuck on "meltdown." The Cabinet still has vacancies. The ruling political party on Capitol Hill is obsessed with pork, and the mainstream media are fixated on Ottawa's Obama-mania. When nothing else seems to work, dial 911 at the Pentagon and call for those who get things done: soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines. And just to be different, send them on a stealth surge. That's what happened Tuesday, when Mr. Obama decided that "urgent security needs" require the deployment of a Marine Expeditionary Brigade and an Army Stryker Brigade to Afghanistan. Rather than making the...