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  • Obama: US won't be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail

    03/02/2014 5:47:53 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 182 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2014 | Adiv Sterman
    Ahead of meeting with Netanyahu, president says unprecedented ‘aggressive settlement construction’ detrimental to peace process Israel can expect to face international isolation and possible sanctions from countries and companies across the world if Benjamin Netanyahu fails to endorse a framework agreement with the Palestinians, US President Barack Obama cautioned on Sunday ahead of a meeting with the Israeli prime minister. In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama stressed that time was running out for Israel to achieve a peace deal, and added that he believed Netanyahu had the capacity to rally Israel’s citizens behind an agreement. But if Netanyahu “does not...
  • Global Effort Needed to Defend Earth from Asteroids, Astronauts Tell UN

    10/27/2013 4:35:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Laura Poppick - Space.com
    NEW YORK — Members of the United Nations met with distinguished astronauts and cosmonauts this week in New York to begin implementing the first-ever international contingency plan for defending Earth against catastrophic asteroid strikes. Six of the space travelers involved in these U.N. discussions discussed the asteroid defense effort Friday (Oct. 25) in a news conference hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History. Their goal: to drive home the very-real threats posed by near-Earth objects (NEOs), or asteroids traveling within the radius of Earth's orbit with the sun. You can see a video of...
  • White House Memo Shows Obama Administration’s Painful Efforts To Defend Valerie Jarrett

    07/03/2013 12:05:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 7/3/13 | Andrew Kaczynski
    A soon-to-be-released book by Mark Leibovich reveals in excruciating detail the White House’s efforts to defend longtime Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett in the run-up to a New York Times profile that ran in September 2012. Leibovich, himself a reporter for the New York Times, got ahold of a White House memo titled “The Magic of Valerie” that included 33 talking points circulated throughout the administration. Here are the talking points excerpted in Leibovich’s forthcoming book, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital: The magic of Valerie is her intellect and her...
  • Unabomber lawyer to defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on taxpayers’ dime

    04/30/2013 8:28:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/30/13 | David Sherfinski
    <p>The Boston marathon bombing suspect has added to his legal defense team a prominent death penalty lawyer who has worked on high-profile cases such as the Unabomber and the gunman who killed six and wounded 13, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson in 2011.</p>
  • Netanyahu: Israel reserves the right to defend itself

    03/02/2012 12:45:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 3/2/12 | Reuters, by Staff
    Ottawa - In his first public comments on a North American visit that will include talks with US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Friday Israel reserved the right to defend itself against Iran. Netanyahu will meet with Obama on Monday to address growing differences over what Washington fears could be an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites. (Snip) "As for Israel, like any sovereign country, we reserve the right to defend ourselves against a country that calls and works for our destruction," he told reporters in Ottawa at the start of a meeting with Canadian Prime
  • New CIA chief Petraeus pledges to defend America (We could use a few more leaders like him)

    09/06/2011 10:29:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/6/11 | Tangi Quemener - AFP
    David Petraeus pledged to confront the many threats facing America as he took the reins of the CIA, a decade after the 9/11 attacks that led to two wars where the former general made his name. Petraeus was sworn in to lead the civilian covert war against Al-Qaeda having hung up his army uniform less than a week ago after a 37-year career that ended with years of difficult command roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wearing a business suit and burgundy tie, Petraeus took the oath of office on a Bible at a ceremony led by Vice President Joe Biden...
  • Jew Beaten by Arab Mob in Jerusalem

    06/26/2011 12:22:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/11 | Chana Yaar
    A 27-year-old Jewish man was yanked out of his car and beaten by an Arab mob Sunday afternoon in a Jerusalem neighborhood, according to police. The Cellcom employee made a wrong turn and entered the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. He was moderately wounded as dozens of Arabs hurled rocks at his car, and then pulled him from the vehicle and savagely beat him up. Other Arabs who live in the same neighborhood rescued the Jew, police said, and protected him until an Israel Police patrol car and Border Police officers arrived. The victim, reportedly was led to the area...
  • Critic of ATF gun-trafficking program raised no objection when briefed last year

    06/22/2011 8:49:04 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 69 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | June 21 2011 | Jerry Markon and Sari Horwitz
    A chief Republican critic of a controversial U.S. anti-gun-trafficking operation was briefed on ATF’s “Fast and Furious” program last year and did not express any opposition, sources familiar with the classified briefing said Tuesday. Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), who has repeatedly called for top Justice Department officials to be held accountable for the now-defunct operation, was given highly specific information about it at an April 2010 briefing, the sources said. Members of his staff also attended the session, which Issa and two other Republican congressmen had requested. Fast and Furious targeted Mexican gun traffickers but was linked to the killing...
  • Senators and TSA Defend "Love Pats" at Airports

    11/17/2010 9:54:05 AM PST · by rawhide · 76 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 1-17-10 | By Joshua Norman .
    Transportation Safety Administration chief John Pistole and several senators from both parties defended the new, enhanced airport security screening procedures as necessary in the face of a persistent and evolving terrorist threat in a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Pistole, calm and confident in the face of an increasing public outcry against the procedures, talked extensively about the repercussions of last year's attempted Christmas Day bombing being the impetus for the enhanced screenings before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, TSA's oversight committee. "We know the terrorists' intent is still there," Pistole testified. "We are using technology and protocols...
  • Donors Send Millions to Defend Arizona Law

    10/25/2010 8:12:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/25/10 | Miriam Jordan
    Arizona has attracted more than $3.6 million of donations to help defend its law to crack down on illegal immigration, with one whopping contribution—and thousands of smaller ones—from out of state. Timothy Mellon, an heir to a Pittsburgh steel and banking dynasty, has donated $1.5 million to a legal-defense fund established by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, according to the governor's office. Mr. Mellon, who is identified on a donor list as a Wyoming resident, is among more than 42,000 people who have contributed to the border state's legal battle for the right to enforce the law, which Arizona's legislature
  • $500K donated to Ariz. to defend immigration law

    07/08/2010 1:49:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Paul Davenport The Associated Press
    Money donated from all across the spectrum and country to defend Arisona against the O-bum-a-loser administration.
  • Clinton pledges to defend gay rights at home and abroad

    06/22/2010 2:58:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    cnn ^ | 6/22/10 | Elise Labott,
    Washington (CNN) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians at home and abroad Tuesday, as the Obama administration moves to extend further benefits to gays working in the federal government. "We are moving together in the right direction," said Clinton. "We reaffirm our commitment to protect the rights of all human beings." Clinton drew several standing ovations from the standing-room-only crowd of several hundred during her address at an event co-hosted by the State Department's Office of Civil Rights and GLIFAA, the organization for Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies....
  • Kagan helped defend late-term abortion ban veto

    06/04/2010 6:25:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 250+ views
    wapo ^ | 6/4/10 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON -- As a domestic policy adviser to former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan helped defend the veto of a measure that would have banned late-term abortions with few exceptions. Files handed over to Congress by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library reveal Kagan's role playing defense against a Republican Congress that was trying to place new limits on abortion rights.
  • Blumenthal Tries To Defend His "Misplaced Words"

    05/18/2010 11:44:42 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 10 replies · 444+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 05/18/10 | CaroleL
    With his lie about serving in Vietnam exposed, Connecticut Attorney General and Democratic Senate Candidate Richard Blumenthal went into major damage control mode today trying to explain why he has claimed he "served in Vietnam" when he did not. In a press conference not-so-coincidentally held at a Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, Mr. Blumenthal surrounded himself with men who actually served in Vietnam, invoked his own son who is currently serving in the Marines and then tried to minimize his lie by stating, "Now on a few occasions, I have misspoken about my service and I regret that and I...
  • (Video) The Lawyer and the Blind Sheik - USA (Lynn Stewart, the Blind Sheik's "honorable" lawyer)

    03/10/2010 12:40:53 PM PST · by DGHoodini · 2 replies · 199+ views
    YouTube ^ | ? | BBC via ?
    A blast from the past in regards to those who eagerly defend terrorists...And we are not allowed to scrutinize... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9kdgRDUu3U BTW: Stewart was disbarred and sent to prison for 26 months...The ACLU plague rat got off easy IMO.
  • U.S. senators defend Pakistan drone attacks

    01/08/2010 3:02:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 245+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/10 | Michael Georgy
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. senators on Friday defended American drone aircraft strikes in ally Pakistan, an issue likely to become more volatile if Washington intensifies the attacks to hunt down enemies after the bombing of CIA agents in Afghanistan. Pakistan officially objects to the attacks on suspected al Qaeda and Taliban militants along its border with Afghanistan, saying they violate its sovereignty. And Islamabad has pushed Washington to provide it with the drones to allow it to carry out its own attacks on Taliban insurgents, a move that could ease widespread anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. "We don't agree on every...
  • Religious Freedom (LDS Apostle Says Prop 8 Intimidation Not Anti-Religious but Anti-Democratic)

    10/19/2009 3:15:47 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 29 replies · 772+ views
    LDS Newsroom ^ | 10/13/09 | Dallin H. Oaks
    Transcript of Elder Dallin H. Oaks speech given at BYU-Idaho on 13 October 2009. My dear young friends, I am pleased to speak to this BYU-Idaho audience. I am conscious that I am also speaking to many in other places. In this time of the Internet, what we say in one place is instantly put before a wider audience, including many to whom we do not intend to speak. That complicates my task, so I ask your understanding as I speak to a very diverse audience. In choosing my subject I have relied on an old military maxim that when...
  • VIDEO: Blair trying to defend 8 month wait in British Health Care system

    07/17/2009 11:31:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1,416+ views
    Handsoffmyhealth.org ^ | 7/17/09 | staff
    Around the world, government-run health care is failing patients. Long waiting times, rationing or denying life-saving treatments and lower-quality care are common in government systems like Great Britain and Canada. Maybe that’s why major government systems are looking to the United States for innovations that make health care work better for everyone. Some policymakers in Congress want a public plan to “compete” with private health insurers. Everyone agrees that we can improve our health care system, but why would anyone expect government-run health care to work for patients in the United States when it doesn’t work for other countries? Click...
  • Bush and Clinton joke, defend each other in Canada (refused to criticize anything Obama is doing)

    05/29/2009 6:50:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,919+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/09 | Andrea Hopkins
    TORONTO (Reuters) – Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton traded jokes about life after the Oval Office and took turns defending each other as they shared a stage in Toronto on Friday to discuss global affairs. In a sold-out event billed as their first conversation on stage since they left office, Bush and Clinton disagreed politely about a couple of issues, backed each other on others and refused to criticize anything current President Barack Obama was doing. Bush's vice president, Dick Cheney, has emerged as one of Obama's toughest critics and the staunchest defender of the Bush...
  • Top Obama officials defend tax hikes in budget

    03/03/2009 10:43:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,238+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/09 | Stephen Ohlemacher - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's top economic officials on Tuesday vigorously defended tax hikes in the administration's $3.6 trillion budget against Republican claims that they would affect nearly all Americans. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, in separate appearances on Capitol Hill, stuck to the administration line that the president's budget would benefit 95 percent of working Americans. Higher taxes for affluent Americans would not come until 2011 once "we are safely into recovery," Geithner told the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. "I'm confident this is the right path for the country," Geithner said.
  • 40 DAYS FOR LIFE - Day 6

    03/02/2009 10:27:56 AM PST · by Faith · 11 replies · 250+ views
    http://www.40DaysforLife.com ^ | March 2, 2009 | Faith
    40 Days for Life consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, 40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices and 40 days of active pro-life community outreach. Your community may be participating in this prayerful vigil. If so, please join others in your area or unite with thousands across America during the 40 days of Lent in praying for an end to abortion in this nation.
  • The CIA-Censors Model: Killing Rush Softly with 'Localism'

    02/02/2009 8:04:12 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 24 replies · 1,829+ views
    Our late colleague Jim Boulet last year unearthed the facts here and here and here on how the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ‘localism' schemes could shut down or inhibit talk radio. Last Thursday, Ishmael Jones, nom de plume of a former officer in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) clandestine service, gave his take on the danger radio ‘localism' poses to free political speech in his American Thinker article "What the CIA's Censors Can Teach Us about Plans to Muzzle Talk Radio" here. Here is Ishmael Jones on this Administration and their possible ‘localism' approach to shutting down political speech on...
  • Oil executives defend size, profits before Senate

    05/21/2008 8:08:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 99 replies · 82+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5-21-08 | Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - Senators told oil executives Wednesday that high oil prices cannot be explained by supply and demand and the oil industry's concentration — and OPEC price collusion — is contributing to the costs facing consumers. ADVERTISEMENT Executives of the five largest oil companies were appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said there's an unexplained "disconnect" between prices — at nearly $130 a barrel — and legitimate supply and demand. "We need to get prices under control.... We can only conclude that the oil markets have failed," said Sen. Herbert Kohl, D-Wis. But Shell Oil...
  • Protect Fort Huachuca Nov 18th! Freak-A-Zoids Coming!

    11/14/2007 6:02:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 112+ views
    On November 18, in solidarity with the School of the Americas Watch vigil and protest at Ft. Benning Georgia, hundreds of people from around the country will gather at Fort Huachuca to continue the nonviolent witness against U.S. policy sanctioning torture. These are the supporters and followers of-- Fr. Louis Vitale, OFM, (75) and Fr. Stephen Kelly, SJ (54) were sentenced on Wednesday, October 17 to five months in prison for attempting to deliver a letter to then-commander Major General Barbara Fast at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, denouncing torture and the Military Commissions Act of 2006. October 17th is the first...
  • Analysis: Hillary dances to defend Bill

    08/05/2007 1:20:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 928+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/07 | Ron Fournier - ap
    CHICAGO - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president on her husband's White House record, and it's a strategy that cuts both ways. The New York senator and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, constantly remind voters of the nation's economic prosperity in the 1990s and his record on the environment, college aid and family medial leave. Press releases from the campaign often include sentences that start , "Under the Clinton administration ..." "Yesterday's news was pretty good," Bill Clinton said last month in Iowa while campaigning with his wife. But yesterdays' news isn't always easy to explain today....
  • Castro vows Cuba will defend itself against U.S.

    06/18/2007 1:20:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 1,005+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/18/07 | Todd Henson
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will continue to build up its defenses against the United States and Cubans should be prepared to make more sacrifices to remain independent, Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in an editorial published on Monday. In his commentary in the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma, the first time in a series of such articles that he has turned his attention directly to Cuban affairs, Castro called on Cubans to safeguard the island's socialist system against Havana's long-time ideological foe the United States. Castro, 80, has not been seen in public since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery in July...
  • Justices defend Florida recount decision ('had no choice but to intervene' in the Florida fiasco)

    01/24/2007 11:26:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 116 replies · 2,496+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/07 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - Three of the five Supreme Court justices who handed the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000 say they had no choice but to intervene in the Florida recount. Comments from Justice Anthony Kennedy and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor are in a new book that was published this week. Justice Antonin Scalia made his remarks Tuesday at Iona College in New York. Scalia, answering questions after a speech, also said that critics of the 5-4 ruling in Bush v. Gore need to move on six years after the electoral drama of December 2000, when it seemed the...
  • Bush getting 2nd chance to defend plan (in the State of the Union address on Tuesday)

    01/20/2007 6:46:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies · 815+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/07 | Deb Reichmann - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday gives him a second chance to defend his new Iraq strategy to a nation soured on the war and a Congress poised to vote against the plan. It will be the president's last major opportunity to shape America's legislative agenda before the fast-moving 2008 presidential campaign begins to drown out his message. Bush is expected to strike a conciliatory tone on some domestic issues where he believes he can work with the first Democratic Congress in 12 years. On Iraq, he is expected to stand firm. The nationally televised...
  • Coast Guard drops shooting plan (Military Exercises on Lake Erie)

    12/19/2006 7:39:27 AM PST · by EBH · 6 replies · 326+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 12/19/2006 | Michael Sangiacomo
    The U.S. Coast Guard has scuttled a plan to fire live ammunition into Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes following a tidal wave of protest from environmental groups and others. But the plan is not dead. A Coast Guard spokesman said Monday that officials would re-examine the proposal and look into other ways to allow live-fire training on and off the Great Lakes. The Coast Guard wanted to establish 34 zones on the Great Lakes, four on Lake Erie, where crews could practice machine gun firing two or three times a year, for two to six hours at a...
  • Iraqi Troops to Learn by Defending U.S. Garrisons

    11/15/2006 12:25:06 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 4 replies · 182+ views
    www.scrappleface.com ^ | November 15, 2006 | by Scott Ott
    (2006-11-15) — Sen. Carl Levin, soon to be chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today said that reducing U.S. troop levels in Iraq is the best way to train Iraqi soldiers, since they’ll have to defend weakened U.S. garrisons from insurgents emboldened by the American retreat. “Iraqi troops need to get more fighting experience,” said Sen. Levin at a hearing on Capitol Hill. “By having them guard U.S. bases as we redeploy our troops from the country, they’ll gain confidence and skill.” The Michigan Democrat said an immediate phased withdrawal of U.S. troops would also bring more insurgents out...
  • It is Hard to be a Soldier, Video Tribute.

    08/08/2006 10:03:45 PM PDT · by noodlehead · 5 replies · 324+ views
    SaveTheSoldiers.com ^ | August 9 2006 | Noodlehead
    A Video tribute has been created by the SaveTheSoldiers.com honoring our heroic friends. The song is Superman by Five For Fighting... Visit Hero.savethesoldiers.com to view the video!
  • Iran's supreme leader urges Muslims to 'defend' Hezbollah

    08/08/2006 10:09:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 319+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/06 | AFP
    TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has renewed calls on Muslims to rally to the defence of the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah in its war against Israel, state television reported. "Today it is the entire Muslim community's duty to defend Hezbollah," Khamenei told a meeting Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the birth of the Shiites' first Imam, Ali. Iran helped to create and arm Hezbollah in 1982 in response to Israel's invasion of Lebanon, and Tehran stands accused by the United States and Israel of fomenting chaos in the region by channelling weapons to the guerrillas....
  • Schwarzenegger officials defend prescription drug discount plan

    07/22/2006 5:29:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 275+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/22/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration on Saturday defended his proposal requiring drug companies to give discounts to up to five million uninsured, low-income residents within five years or face state sanctions. California Health and Human Services Secretary Kim Belshe said the Republican governor's election-year plan was better than Democratic bills he has vetoed the last two years. Schwarzenegger has unsuccessfully pushed a voluntary plan since taking office, and the one he formally announced Saturday gives drug companies five years to comply on their own terms - with a stick at the end if they don't, Belshe said at a Capitol news...
  • New York, Los Angeles papers defend publishing terror stories

    07/01/2006 2:26:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,017+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 7/1/06 | AP
    Top editors from the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, responding to criticism over publishing stories about a government program that tracked millions of financial records in search of terrorists, on Saturday defended their decisions to publish government secrets. "We weight the merits of publishing against the risks of publishing," wrote Dean Baquet, Los Angeles Times editor, and Bill Keller, New York Times executive editor, in an op-ed piece that ran in both newspapers. "There is no magic formula, no neat metric for either the public's interest or the dangers of publishing sensitive information," the piece continued. "We...
  • Marines defend their space - Military says Miramar won't fly as joint-use airport

    06/03/2006 5:15:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 571+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/3/06 | Jeff Ristine
    In a public relations push punctuated by a continual stream of roaring jet aircraft, the Marine Corps opened Miramar Air Station yesterday to bolster its campaign against the notion of a civilian airfield. “Joint use is fundamentally incompatible with what we do,” said Maj. Gen. Michael R. Lehnert, commander of Marine Corps Installations West. “It's simply a function of physics, and you cannot repeal the laws of physics.” The air base conducted a guided tour for reporters three days before the expected vote by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority board on a future replacement for Lindbergh Field. Despite...
  • Sailors, Iraqi Marines Defend Offshore Terminals

    05/02/2006 6:18:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 351+ views
    AL BASRA OIL TERMINAL, Iraq, May 2, 2006 – It looks like a scene from the movie "Waterworld" here off the Iraqi coast. More than a thousand meters of catwalks tie the Al Basra Oil Terminal together miles off the shore of Iraq in the Northern Arabian Gulf. The Iraqi facility pumps oil into waiting supertankers. U.S. Navy and Iraqi marines guard the facility. Photo by Jim Garamone   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Two oil terminals - this one and the Khawr al Amaya a few kilometers away - rise from the sea, miles out of sight...
  • Rice Doctrine Advocates 'Soft Power' To Defend US

    03/16/2006 6:41:19 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 450+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-17-2006 | Alec Russell
    Rice doctrine advocates 'soft power' to defend US By Alec Russell in Washington (Filed: 17/03/2006) The long-awaited new United States national security strategy unveiled yesterday will almost certainly come to be known as the Condoleezza Rice doctrine. It is assertive yet nuanced, reflecting the shift in US foreign policy since she became secretary of state last year. Condoleezza Rice on board the Port Royal The 49-page document pays homage to its revolutionary September 2002 predecessor which unveiled to a wary world Washington's new- found belief in pre-emption and the abandonment of America's Cold War policy of deterrence. It has a...
  • Shark Shield Bites Back

    03/05/2006 9:00:44 AM PST · by voletti · 29 replies · 1,085+ views
    Business Week ^ | 3/5/06 | Ian Cochran
    In the wake of two especially brutal attacks in Australia, ocean-lovers can try a new invention to ward off the toothy terrors This year got off to a bad start in Australia, which had its first fatality in January when 21-year-old Sarah Whiley died from shock and blood loss after being savaged by up to three bull sharks while swimming off a Queensland beach. A short time after, Bernie Williams was mauled on the elbow by a Great White, diving not far from Perth. The animal then proceeded to stalk him while he hid in a crevice on the ocean...
  • Bill Makes Deadly Force Legal When Defending Property (South Carolina

    02/10/2006 9:16:24 AM PST · by neal1960 · 27 replies · 773+ views
    www.wyff.com ^ | 07/10/2006 | AP
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The House has passed a bill that lets residents use deadly force to defend their homes, businesses and vehicles against attackers without fear of being prosecuted or sued.
  • Hamas Vows To Defend Itself After Three Die In Israeli Air Strike

    02/05/2006 6:24:14 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 821+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-6-2006 | Tim Butcher
    Hamas vows to defend itself after three die in Israeli air strike By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem (Filed: 06/02/2006) Hamas reacted angrily yesterday to the first Israeli air strikes on Gaza since the Islamist group won the Palestinian election, vowing that it would never give up the right to "self-defence". The missile raids - in retaliation for a rocket fired from Gaza that injured three Israelis, including a baby - were a setback for international efforts to persuade Hamas to recognise Israel and give up its armed struggle. Palestinians gather around the wreckage of a car destroyed after being targeted...
  • Iran Races To Defend Nuclear Facilities

    01/24/2006 5:48:30 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 1,094+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-25-2006 | Thomas Harding - Anton La Guardia
    Iran races to defend nuclear facilities By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent and Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor (Filed: 25/01/2006) Iran is racing to dig a network of tunnels and upgrade its air defences to protect its nuclear facilities from possible attacks by America or Israel, it was reported yesterday. Israel this week issued thinly-veiled warnings that it has drawn up plans for pre-emptive strikes against Iran. The United States insists it will not take the military option "off the table". Seeking to avoid a repeat of Israel's 1981 air raid on Osiraq, Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah...
  • Problematic Support // Moscow is getting ready to defend Iran

    09/13/2005 3:23:31 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 22 replies · 792+ views
    Kommersant.ru ^ | 13.09.2005 | Mikhail Zygar and Dmitry Sidorov
    Iranian Vice President Gholamreza Aghazadeh arrived in Moscow Monday. The main subject of his negotiations is the upcoming discussion of Iran’s nuclear program by the IAEA. Moscow has more or less decided to support Tehran during the decisive voting at IAEA in a week — support which could cause the Kremlin a lot of problems. This is extremely important for the new Iranian authorities. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to victory during July’s presidential elections in Iran. However, until now he has been a very obscure figure in the political arena. Tehran’s foreign partners have only been able to judge the character...
  • Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Keeping Sadr Streets Safe

    08/24/2005 10:08:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 630+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Aug 24, 2005 | Army Spc. Ben Brody
    Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Keeping Sadr Streets Safe Travelling through the streets and alleys of Sadr City, U.S. troops search for signs of terrorist groups, and get acquainted with the neighborhoods. By U.S. Army Spc. Ben Brody 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs SADR CITY, Iraq, Aug. 24, 2005 - U.S. and Iraqi Army soldiers now patrol Sadr City, and the result is safer streets in what was once a hotly-contested area. After a change in their area of operations, troops from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division got to know their new...
  • 9/11 Commissioners Defend Intel Omission

    08/12/2005 10:46:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies · 943+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/12/05 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    9/11 Commissioners Defend Intel Omission By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 59 minutes ago WASHINGTON - The leaders of the 9/11 commission late Friday disputed a congressman's criticism that the panel did not adequately investigate a claim that four hijackers were identified as al-Qaida members more than a year before the attacks. In a joint statement, former commission chairman Thomas Kean and vice chairman Lee Hamilton said a military official who made the claim had no documentation to back it up. And they said only 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta was identified to them and not three additional hijackers...
  • Official Warns Against Misinterpreting Iraqi Forces Report

    07/21/2005 5:26:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 493+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 21, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2005 – A Pentagon report detailing the readiness of Iraqi security forces should not be interpreted to mean that Iraqis aren't meeting expectations, a military official in Baghdad said today. In a briefing from Baghdad, Air Force Brig. Gen. Donald Alston, spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, said the report -- which shows that the majority of Iraqi forces aren't ready to operate independently -- should be assessed using all the facts and the history of the situation. "The reality is, we've been building an army from scratch for the past year under combat conditions," he said. "These...
  • CA: (FResno) Police defend their arrest of 11-year-old girl (Strike 1?)

    07/19/2005 7:48:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,152+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/19/05 | Juliana Barbassa - AP
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno police on Tuesday defended their arrest of an 11-year-old girl on a felony assault charge for throwing a rock at a neighborhood boy who had pelted her with a water balloon. The department released more details, color photos and a testimonial from Fresno's mayor. "This incident has been distorted and misrepresented," Mayor Alan Autry said in a statement. "In Fresno we love our children too much to treat this like it was just a childhood dispute, when in fact the consequences could have been tragic." Police said an Associated Press story last week should have...
  • Panama - General strike to defend social security (New snapshots of rioters)

    05/22/2005 8:13:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies · 706+ views
    Marxist.com ^ | 9/23/03 | Jorge Martín
    Panama General strike to defend social security By Jorge Martín On Tuesday September 23 a 24-hour warning general strike called by the National Front brought Panama to a standstill. It was called in protest against attacks on welfare. The National Front is an umbrella organisation that brings together the main trade unions and social organisations in the country, including the National Independent United Trade Union Confederation (CoNUSI), the National Council of Organised Workers (CoNATO), and the unions of building workers (SUNTRACS), social security workers, teachers and others. This latest warning general strike was the highest point in the mass movement...
  • Okay Americans, it's Time. .Let the Revolt Begin!-(Action! Defeat liberalism NOW!)

    05/16/2005 12:47:29 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 58 replies · 3,263+ views
    GOPUSA.COM ^ | MAY 16, 2005 | DEBBIE DANIEL
    We cannot stand by any longer and let our soldiers give their lives for freedom and democracy when we're exercising neither here in The United States of America. We can fight and win wars on many fronts, but if we can't take care of business here at home, none of the others even count. When we have men and women on the battlefield trying to protect our country, and we're sitting back and letting it go to "hell in a hand basket," we ought to be ashamed. Soldiers should not be fighting for our freedoms when we're throwing them down...
  • Cow chip tossing champ to defend title

    04/15/2005 6:14:40 AM PDT · by bedolido · 2 replies · 340+ views
    AZ Family ^ | 04/15/2005 | (Associated Press)
    BEAVER, Okla. - James Pratt has a chip on his shoulder -- a cow chip. The local fire chief is ready to defend his title Saturday at the World Champion Cow Chip Throwing Contest. About 150 people usually compete in the event, choosing from about 230 cow chips. Each contestant gets two throws, with the longest distance winning. Pratt throws with an overhand, baseball-like motion. "I've seen people throw like a discus and under their leg," he said. "They've tried everything." He says he doesn't practice but takes care selecting his chips, looking for those that are about 6 inches...
  • CA: Unspin - Reactionary libs defend failed status quo

    01/20/2005 9:37:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 276+ views
    OC Register ^ | 1/20/05 | Chris Reed
    The Issue: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ambitious plans to regain control of state spending and change the face of California public education by requiring merit pay for teachers. The Spin: Lefty lawmakers and pundits assailed Schwarzenegger for "myopia," gave him an "F" for critical thinking and said he had made defenseless children his main political punching bag. The Unspin: George F. Will and others have documented how so many "reactionary liberals" in Washington fight even the most incremental change in federal taxes and entitlements they have always championed. But here's a news flash: The problem is far worse in California. At...