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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...