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  • Is Ukraine/Crimea the "flexibility" Obama promised Putin?

    03/15/2014 4:07:02 PM PDT · by Ms. AntiFeminazi · 15 replies
    vanity
    So watching Obama's ineptitude in dealing with Russia's aggression to the Ukraine and Crimea, I keep asking myself - is this the flexibility Obama promised Putin once he got re-elected?
  • Russia Deploys Missiles in Western Region

    12/16/2013 2:18:52 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 16, 2013 | By Andrew Roth
    MOSCOW — Russia has deployed short-range ballistic missiles in the country’s west, a move that it contends does not violate international treaties, the Defense Ministry said Monday, though it conceivably would allow Russia to carry out a precise strike against the Baltic nations and Poland. The deployment of the Iskander missiles, which have a maximum range of about 250 miles and are capable of carrying conventional or nuclear payloads, has often been threatened by Russia as a response to proposed extensions of an American missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. However, the announcement on Monday was the first official confirmation...
  • The Chinese Space threat: A Clear and Present Danger (June 2013)

    12/16/2013 5:38:56 AM PST · by ETL · 15 replies
    shark-tank.net ^ | June 20, 2013 | JAVIER MANJARRES
    The Chinese Space threat: A Clear and Present Danger June 20, 2013 By JAVIER MANJARRESHow far has the U.S. space program fallen over the past five years? Well, let’s just say that the Chinese are now putting their best moon boot forward, as they gearing up to launch its first moon rover. Meanwhile, NASA has retired the shuttle fleet.China has recently launched three of their astronauts that linked up to one of their prototype space stations, leaving some, including [Republican] Congressman Bill Posey wondering why they didn’t link up to the international space station.We sat down with Posey, who sits...
  • Russia Nuke Attack Drill As China Selects U.S. Targets

    11/02/2013 6:27:05 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 39 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 2, 2013 | IND EDITORIALS
    Global Power: Moscow launches four ICBMs in a large-scale nuclear drill as Chinese state media, brandishing detailed maps, show how Beijing's nuclear submarines can attack U.S. cities. We press "reset," they press "launch." In March 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red "reset button" to symbolize improved ties. The era of confrontation when American presidents demanded the tearing down of walls was over. From now on, we would make nice. Fast-forward to 2012, when President Obama met with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's then-president and now prime minister, at the Nuclear Security Summit in...
  • Obama flips 2011 script in new debt ceiling fight with Republicans (Hussein's 'flexibility'?)

    10/06/2013 4:23:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/06/13 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama is taking a completely different tack in this year’s budget fight than in 2011, when talks with congressional leaders ended with him at a low point in his presidency. Administration officials and White House allies argue Obama learned from his mistakes in that round, and that this underscores his decision to not negotiate with Republicans over raising the debt ceiling and ending the government shutdown. “Nope, nope, nope,” one senior administration official said when asked if Obama would bend on the latest round of debt ceiling negotiations. “He’s not budging. Not this time.” “We took John Boehner at...
  • After Re-election, “More Flaccidity”

    09/18/2013 4:32:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    >Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. President Obama’s whispers to Russia’s then-President Dmitri Medvedev were picked up on a hot mic. “This is my last election,” the president confided to the Russian under his breath, “after my election, I’ll have more flexibility.” ABC’s Jake Tapper reported that exchange in March, 2012, at a G-20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea. It remains one of the most shocking incidents in the history of U.S.-Russian relations. Medvedev quickly chimes in to say: “I understand.” And he promised to carry the President’s words to Russia’s real strong man, Vladimir Putin. What...
  • This Is What "Flexibility" Looks Like

    09/13/2013 3:44:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | Mona Charen
    In March 2012, President Obama whispered to placeholder Russian president Dmitri Medvedev that he needed "space" on matters like missile defense until 2013. "After my election, I'll have more flexibility," the president blurted into an unsuspected open microphone. "I will convey this information to Vladimir," Medvedev promised, managing not to smirk outwardly. Medvedev did not need to deliver the message. Obama has telegraphed his weakness in a thousand ways, starting with the "reset" that was premised on the idea that relations between Russia and the U.S. were frayed because we had been without the transformative leadership of Barack Hussein Obama....
  • Obama and Putin: Mr. Flexibility Cancels Meeting with Russian Leader

    08/07/2013 7:54:28 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 8-7-13 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    If that infamous fly that usually lands on Obama’s face in the East Room were to make its way to a wall in Putin’s office, there’s a good chance Mr. Fly would get quite an earful. Imagine Vladimir Putin’s private reaction to a US president canceling plans to meet with him during his visit to Moscow next month. Like the rest of us, Vladimir is finding out what Americans – from Supreme Court Justices to governors of red states to conservatives and Tea Party members – already know: If you differ with Barack Obama, he doesn’t take it well. Lest...
  • The Real National Scandal: Putin’s Letter to Obama

    05/22/2013 3:38:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 5/22/13 | Trevor Loudon
    Appalling as the Benghazi, AP, and IRS scandals are, this dwarfs them all. This puts US national survival, and hundreds of millions of lives at stake. The head of Russia’s National Security Council has arrived in the US on a two-day visit for top-level talks on key stumbling blocks in bilateral relations. He will also deliver President Putin’s response to a letter President Obama sent in April. Putin aide Yury Ushakov confirmed on Tuesday that Patrushev is carrying the presidential letter and is scheduled to meet Obama. Among the US officials Nikolay Patrushev will meet during his trip is National...
  • Flexibility achieved: As Promised, Obama pulls missile defense system from eastern Europe

    03/20/2013 8:18:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/20/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>The Pentagon is canceling the planned fourth phase of an anti-missile system that had been scheduled for deployment in Poland in 2022. The SM3 IIb missile was significant for two reasons: It was the only interceptor planned for the Europe-based system that could have defended the United States against an attack from Iran; and it was the component of the system most decried by Russia, which claimed that it could be used against its intercontinental missiles.</p>
  • Alabama Legislature Rams Through School Choice/Flexibility Bill

    03/01/2013 7:07:35 AM PST · by alancarp · 41 replies
    al.com ^ | Feb 28-March 1,2013 | numerous al.com sources
    **Note to the moderators: this is a summary post for a number of stories on this same topic. All cited links below include full original titles. No single story/link was sufficient; trying to also prevent multiple posts. Summary: An Alabama Legislative Conference Committee transformed an 8-page education reform bill into a 27-page "bombshell" bill that has now passed both Houses and awaits the Governor's signature. This new bill includes the following provisions: 1. Parents of children in "chronically failing" schools will be allowed to either (a) move into a different (non-failing) public school; or (b) take 80% of the school's...
  • Obama administration embraces major new cut in nuclear weapons

    02/08/2013 5:03:03 AM PST · by Monty22002 · 48 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/8/13 | Jeffrey Smith
    WASHINGTON -- Senior Obama administration officials have agreed that the number of nuclear warheads the U.S. military deploys could be cut by at least a third without harming national security, according to those involved in the deliberations. Such a reduction would open the door to billions of dollars in military savings, which might ease the federal budget deficit. It also would improve prospects for a new arms deal with Russia before President Barack Obama leaves office, those involved said, but it’s likely to draw fire from conservatives, if previous debate on the issue is any guide.
  • Let Freedom Ring!

    12/22/2012 6:23:59 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    How about that? Not just Barack Obama can "reset" American policy toward Russia, or give it more "flexibility," to quote his not-so-confidential promise to that country's newest czar. (Our president didn't realize he was talking into an open mike at the time.) It turns out that, in this remarkably well-designed government of divided powers, Est. 1787, Congress can do a little resetting itself. Now that co-equal branch of government has reset the terms of trade with Russia, formerly the Soviet Union of unlamented memory, sic semper tryannis. Congress even got the president to sign on to the effort. This latest...
  • Obama explains Russian 'flexibility' comments

    10/27/2012 8:56:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/27/12 | BYRON TAU
    SNIP "The discussion there very much just had to do with the fact that it's hard to negotiate additional treaties when i'm off campaigning and doing all kinds of stuff," Obama said.
  • America's Choice Between Flexibility Vs. Backbone

    10/23/2012 10:10:32 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-23-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • IN FOCUS: Russian's next-generation bomber takes shape

    10/16/2012 11:27:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Flight International ^ | 15 Oct 2012 | Vladimir Karnozov
    IN FOCUS: Russian's next-generation bomber takes shape Confirmation came on the occasion of the Russian air force centennial celebrations in August. Addressing media, air force commander-in-chief Lt Gen Victor Bondarev revealed that development of a new strategic bomber, the PAK-DA, had commenced. Its name is a Russian acronym that approximates to "future aviation complex for long-range aviation", and the aircraft is intended to supplement and partially replace the Tupolev Tu-160s, Tu-95MSs and Tu-22M3s now forming the backbone of Russia's land-based strategic bomber fleet. Vladislav Perminov Touching on a recent meeting with Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, during which long-term procurement issues...
  • Obama's Ersatz Space Program - Questionable Agenda

    10/15/2012 12:56:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2012 | Bruce Johnson
    ........Of all the waste by the Federal government and with all the other Federal agencies that could be moved to privatization, Obama selects our space program. This detracts from the progress of our missile technology that is shared with our military, it inhibits our national defense, and it damages our national identity.Space X is Obama's choice for supplanting NASA. It appears Obama has picked another loser. Move over Solyndra.Let's begin with the performance to date of the ersatz space program called Space X....."Thus far, NASA has awarded at least $2.1 billion in SAA money to private space companies,including a total...
  • While Increasingly Anti-Western, Russia Needs Foreign Military Technology

    10/13/2012 11:53:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 10/11/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Last week, US federal prosecutors announced they have broken up a network of Russian agents that allegedly supplied the Russian military, intelligence agencies and defense industry with smuggled US-made electronic and microchip components. A Houston company, Arc Electronics Inc., allegedly illegally shipped some $50 million worth of electronic components to Russia. Its executive, Alexander Fishenko, was arrested together with seven other former Russian and other former Soviet republic citizens. All, apparently, are today naturalized US citizens, and some also hold valid Russian passports. Three other suspects have avoided arrest, apparently hiding in Russia. The US Department of Commerce announced it...
  • Did Stephanie Cutter Just Win The Foreign Policy Debate For Romney?

    10/11/2012 1:58:38 PM PDT · by maggief · 77 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 11, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    In case you haven’t seen the video, watch it. Drink it in. Obama campaign Deputy Communications Director Stephanie Cutter, in a craven and flailing attempt to salvage the White House’s ebbing credibility surrounding their response to the 9/11/12 attacks in Libya, said that it was her estimation that the attacks were only an issue because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan made it one. In effect, Cutter said that this attack, one of the most comprehensive and successful Al Qaeda attacks on American assets since September 11, 20001 in which an American ambassador overseas was killed for the first time since...
  • OBAMA & Medvedev CAUGHT ON MIC 'After My Election I Have More Flexibility'

    09/24/2012 3:29:39 AM PDT · by Son House · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 27, 2012 | by 829speedy
    Obama "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility" Medvedev "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir"
  • Imagine The Disaster Our Foreign Policy Will Be When Obama Has The Flexibility He Wants

    09/12/2012 4:42:19 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-12-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Naval expert: Ships shown during Democratic convention tribute to veterans were Russian

    09/11/2012 10:51:32 PM PDT · by iowamark · 56 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Sept. 12, 2012 | David Martosko
    The Democratic National Convention’s final night included a stirring tribute to America’s veterans from a retired naval four-star admiral, complete with a backdrop of jets flying over a row of proud warships. But convention organizers may soon regret it. Norman Polmar, author of “The Naval Institute Guide to the Soviet Navy” and other military handbooks, told the Navy Times on Tuesday that the ships were Russian vessels. “The ships are definitely Russian,” Polmar told the military newspaper. “There’s no question of that in my mind.” The ships depicted in the Democrats’ backdrop had radar designs that the U.S. fleet doesn’t...
  • God, Jerusalem and 'Flexibility'

    09/05/2012 6:56:18 PM PDT · by morethanright · 26 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-09-05 18:44:13 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Democrats meeting at their national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, were in a bit of a pickle. Word got out that God and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was struck from the Democratic Party platform, and so a hasty decision was made to rectify the telling blunder.Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention, put a motion before the convention's delegates to suspend the rules and allow an amendment to the party platform. The measure passed by a roaring voice vote.That was the easy part.Then former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, platform committee chairman, rose...
  • Russia to get stronger nuclear navy, Putin says

    08/01/2012 1:27:20 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 July 2012 | Gleb Bryanski
    (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin oversaw the start of construction of one of Russia's newest generation submarines on Monday and vowed to boost nuclear naval forces to safeguard the country's position as a leading sea power. Warning that its navy would protect top energy producer Russia's interests in the oil-rich Arctic, Putin led the ceremony to begin building the submarine Prince Vladimir, named after the ruler who founded a precursor state to modern Russia. The vessel is the fourth Borei class submarine, designed to carry one of the country's newest and most powerful intercontinental nuclear missiles, the Bulava, or Mace....
  • Obama: "Our Union May Not Be Perfect, But It Is Perfectible"

    07/26/2012 5:03:06 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 76 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 7-25-012
    <p>"And I confess the progress didn't come quickly, and it did not come easily," President Obama said about his time as a community organizer in Chicago. "Sometimes it didn't come at all. There were times where I thought about giving up and moving on. But what kept me going day in and day out was the same thing that has sustained the Urban League all these years. The same thing that sustains all of you. And that is the belief that in America, change is always possible. That our union may not be perfect, but it is perfectible."</p>
  • Russia: The Bear and the Bison Streamline the CSTO

    07/16/2012 1:21:36 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 7/12/2012 | Roger McDermott
    Moscow has recently reacted with caution and patience following the announced suspension of Uzbekistan’s membership of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), while leading Russian military officials and experts continue to emphasize that the General Staff regard the risk of military conflict in Central Asia to be growing. In fact, Moscow closely coordinated the resolution to the impasse with Tashkent in the CSTO through its strong defense relations with Minsk, in order to convey a message to Uzbekistan that it either had to cooperate more closely within the body or find a way to leave (RIA Novosti, July 5). Colonel-General...
  • Obama's Plan For World Without Nuclear Weapons—Ours (he must be defeated)

    07/07/2012 1:51:42 PM PDT · by no-llmd · 86 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 7-7-2012 | Investors Business Daily
    The Obama Record: In pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons, the president finalizes plans to decimate our nuclear deterrent and reduce our warhead count beyond even treaty commitments. (snip) President Obama has decided that indeed we are going to tempt them with weakness. According to an Associated Press report on conversations with current and former administration officials, Obama is finalizing plans, perhaps to be released later this month, to cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal to between 1,000 and 1,100 warheads with the goal "in the longer term, (of) eliminating nuclear weapons."
  • Putin’s July 4th Message

    07/07/2012 4:16:26 AM PDT · by No One Special · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 6, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    Two Russian strategic nuclear bombers entered the U.S. air defense zone near the Pacific coast on Wednesday and were met by U.S. interceptor jets, defense officials told the Free Beacon. It was the second time Moscow dispatched nuclear-capable bombers into the 200-mile zone surrounding U.S. territory in the past two weeks. An earlier intrusion by two Tu-95 Bear H bombers took place near Alaska as part of arctic war games that a Russian military spokesman said included simulated attacks on “enemy” air defenses and strategic facilities. A defense official said the Pacific coast intrusion came close to the U.S. coast...
  • Obama edges toward decision on plan that could mean large new cuts in nuclear arms

    07/04/2012 9:17:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    AP/Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2012 | AP
    The Obama administration is moving toward decisions that would further cut the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly to between 1,000 and 1,100, reflecting new thinking on the role of nuclear weapons in an age of terror, current and former officials say. The reductions under consideration are in line with President Barack Obama's vision of trimming the nation's nuclear arsenal without harming national security in the short term, and in the longer term, eliminating nuclear weapons.
  • Russia Violates U.S. Airspace--Russian nuclear bombers violated U.S. airspace

    06/28/2012 7:59:06 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 48 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 28, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    Northcom says Russian nuclear bombers violated U.S. airspace during arctic war games The U.S. Northern Command and joint U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command said two Russian bombers violated U.S. airspace near Alaska during recent arctic war games.Disclosure by the command in charge of U.S. homeland defense followed a report in the Free Beacon quoting U.S. officials who said the Russian aircraft had threatened U.S. air space but did not cross into it and were met over the Pacific by U.S. F-15 interceptor jets. “There was a single out-of-area patrol by two Russian
long range bombers which entered the Alaska...
  • US zaps target in high-stakes missile shield test (Successful Iran/Korea missile type Intercept)

    06/27/2012 12:58:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 Jun 12 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces using a new Raytheon Co interceptor missile downed another missile in space in a high-stakes test of a shield built to thwart growing capabilities of countries like North Korea and Iran. The mission off Hawaii late Tuesday was against a medium-range, separating ballistic missile, the Pentagon agency responsible for it said. The mock warhead split from the target's booster section, presenting what is supposed to be a more realistic attack scenario. "Initial indications are that all components performed as designed resulting in a very accurate intercept," the Missile Defense Agency, or MDA, said in a...
  • SLBM Bulava Ready To Enter Service With Russian Navy

    06/26/2012 8:59:54 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 24 replies
    RUS NAVY ^ | 25 June 2012 | Staff
    Technically, ballistic missile system Bulava is ready to be commissioned into Russian Navy, said its commander-in-chief Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov on June 25 at the graduates honoring ceremony held in the Konstantinovsky Palace, St. Petersburg. "At present, we're preparing legal documents required to put the missile in service", said the naval chief. VADM Viktor Chirkov also pointed out that the lead submarine of Project 955 Borei K-535 Yury Dolgoruky would be commissioned before the Russian Navy Day which is to be celebrated on July 29 this year.
  • Putin to meet Iran's Ahmadinejad in China: Kremlin

    06/04/2012 5:25:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 2, 2012 | AFP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of a summit in Beijing next week as tensions rise over Tehran's nuclear drive, a Kremlin official said. "Meeting Ahmadinejad will let Putin personally feel the tension around the Iranian issue and how it is perceived in Tehran," Kremlin foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told reporters last week in comments that were embargoed for release until Sunday. Putin and Ahmadinejad agreed to meet over the phone and the initiative came "from both sides," Ushakov said. The meeting will come as Russia prepares to host the latest...
  • NEW RUSSIAN ICBM IS NO SOLUTION - Missile Defense Briefing

    05/24/2012 12:16:25 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies
    AFPC Missile Defense Briefing Report ^ | 5/23/2012 | Ilan Berman and Richard Harrison, eds.
    NEW RUSSIAN ICBM IS NO SOLUTION Russian plans to upgrade their "Voyevoda R-36M2 Satan" intercontinental ballistic missile began in 2009, but are only now coming to fruition. Russian weapons maker NPO Mashinostroyeniya predicts the creation of a new liquid fueled ICBM will take a decade to design and deploy. And when it does do so, it won't be a panacea for current Kremlin concerns over European missile defenses; Russian experts fear that the missile, as currently designed, won't be capable of piercing the missile defense shield currently under construction by the United States and NATO. (RIA Novosti, May 8, 2012)...
  • [Red] China and Russia hold joint large scale naval exercises

    05/12/2012 1:26:07 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 5/11/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    Amid heavy fog and strong winds the Chinese and Russian navies conducted five days of joint live-fire military exercises codenamed “Maritime Cooperation-2012” in the Yellow Sea. The joint exercises, which began on April 21 when a Russian ship formation arrived at Qingdao, Shandong, focused on underwater and airborne threats. During a night drill an “enemy” submarine sent divers to attach a mine to a “friendly” ship’s hull. Depth charges were fired and a team of divers removed the hostile object. Then 11 Chinese warships and the Russian squadron detected a hostile submarine “hiding.” Hostages were also rescued from a ship...
  • Russia threatens to strike NATO missile defense sites

    05/03/2012 12:33:33 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 156 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | Shaun Waterman
    Russia’s most senior military officer said Thursday that Moscow would preemptively strike and destroy U.S.-led NATO missile defense sites in Eastern Europe if talks with Washington about the developing system continue to stall. “A decision to use destructive force preemptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov said at an international missile defense conference in Moscow attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials. The threat comes as talks about the missile defense system, which the U.S. and its allies insist is aimed at Iranian missiles, appear to have stalled. “We have not been...
  • Romney Insists He Is as Consistent as Humanly Possible

    11/14/2011 11:00:40 AM PST · by John Semmens · 15 replies · 1+ views
    GOP presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney sought to rebuff critics’ contentions that he is a “flip-flopper” by insisting that he has “been as consistent as is humanly possible.” “Everyone knows that variety is the spice of life,” Romney suggested. “No sane person orders the exact same item from a menu every time he dines. Different days, different occasions call for different decisions. Americans want a president who is consistent enough to recognize this reality and revise his policies to fit constantly changing circumstances. They don’t want somebody who robotically strives for lower taxes and spending regardless of circumstances.”...
  • Morning Bell: Obama Offers Flexibility to Implement Single Payer Faster

    03/01/2011 2:36:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 3/1/11 | staff
    Obamacare remains tremendously unpopular with the American people. According to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll, only 14 percent of Americans believe they have benefited from the law, compared to 17 percent who say the law has already harmed them. Only 28 percent of Americans believe Obamacare will help the nation’s economy, compared to 45 percent who believe it will make it worse. Overall, 48 percent of Americans oppose Obamacare while only 43 percent favor it. Some provisions, like the individual mandate, are particularly unpopular, with a full 67 percent of Americans favoring its repeal. President Barack Obama knows all...
  • Obama's Healthcare "Flexibility" Ruse

    03/01/2011 8:45:48 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/28/2011 | Guy Benson
    I fleetingly touched on this point in a previous post, but it's important enough to merit its own item. The MSM is reporting President Obama's newly articulated support for state-led alternatives to his healthcare law as if it's a major concession to post-partisan consensus. It's nothing of the sort, as CATO's Michael Cannon incisively describes: The New York Times reports: Seeking to appease disgruntled governors, President Obama plans to announce on Monday that he supports amending the 2010 health care law to allow states to opt out of its most burdensome requirements three years earlier than currently permitted.[CATO again]: It's...
  • Obama Offers States ‘Flexibility’ to Adopt Single-Payer instead of ObamaCare

    02/28/2011 11:37:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Cato-at-liberty.0rg ^ | 2/28/11 | Michael F. Cannon
    Seeking to appease disgruntled governors, President Obama plans to announce on Monday that he supports amending the 2010 health care law to allow states to opt out of its most burdensome requirements three years earlier than currently permitted. It's significant that the president is finally acknowledging that ObamaCare is unworkable and will impose enormous burdens on the states. Or is he? A closer look shows that the president is not lifting the burdensome requirements ObamaCare imposes on states. All he's doing is proposing to move up, from 2017 to 2014, the date on which states can apply for federal permission...
  • Georgia Transportation Plan Demonstrates U.S. Flexibility, Responsiveness

    08/15/2008 6:01:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 133+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2008 – The transport of more than 1,800 Georgian soldiers from Iraq to Tbilisi and humanitarian supplies from Germany to Georgia highlights the flexibility and responsiveness the U.S. military manifests, a senior U.S. Transportation Command officer said today. “When this requirement came up, we had to figure out how do we make this happen quickly,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael C. Gould, TransCom’s director of operations and plans, aid in an interview today. “We had to get the Georgian troops back, and sustain what we have going in Iraq and Afghanistan.” When the Russians attacked into South...
  • Rumsfeld: Military Demonstrates Flexibility While Pursuing Goals in Iraq

    10/26/2006 4:58:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 266+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2006 -- The U.S. military continues to adapt to changing circumstances on the ground as it works with coalition partners and the Iraqis to confront terrorists, help build up the Iraqi government and pave the way for Iraq’s security forces to become self-reliant, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters today. Rumsfeld, speaking at a Pentagon news conference, dismissed arguments that military leaders are sticking blindly to their tactics. “The idea that U.S. military leaders are rigidly refusing to make adjustments in their approaches is flat wrong,” he said. The secretary pointed to examples of this...
  • Opinion - Asymmetry and other fables

    08/18/2006 12:18:39 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 10 replies · 823+ views
    Jane's Defense Weekly ^ | August 18, 2006 | Helmoed-Roemer Heitman
    Today we are fascinated with asymmetric warfare, net-centric warfare and precision warfare and we are convinced that heavy forces and the tank (yet again) are passe. Asymmetry works both ways. There is nothing quite as asymmetric as a tank driving over an infantryman.
  • Zarqawi Air Strike Shows Aerial Flexibility, General Says

    06/15/2006 4:54:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 562+ views
    BAGHDAD, June 15, 2006 – The attack that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi demonstrates the flexibility that air assets give commanders, officials here said today. Air Force Brig. Gen. Stephen Hoog, an air planner with Multinational Force Iraq, gave a timeline of the operation that resulted in the death of the most wanted terrorist in Iraq June 7. An F-16 Fighting Falcon jet dropped two precision bombs on a safe house near Baqubah, killing Zarqawi and his spiritual adviser. Nothing indicated this day would be different from any other for Air Force pilots over the country, Hoog said. A flight of...
  • Military Needs Flexibility to Fight Terror, Rumsfeld Says

    02/17/2006 3:13:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 286+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 16, 2006 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2006 – In the face of the dispersed, ever-changing threat posed by terrorists, the only way to protect the American people is to give the military a wide range of options and capabilities, top defense officials told a House of Representatives committee here today. In the war on terror, the U.S. is facing an enemy unlike any it has seen before -- one that is spread out, uses nontraditional means and employs terror, lies and atrocity to achieve its goals, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at a hearing of the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations...
  • Court OKs the seizure of weapons

    11/09/2004 7:51:23 AM PST · by TERMINATTOR · 58 replies · 1,817+ views
    Times Leader ^ | Nov. 07, 2004 | TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER
    A Pennsylvania appeals court upholds an order to search an alleged abuser's home. In a decision that pits the rights of gun owners against domestic abuse victims, the state Superior Court has ruled a judge acted properly when he ordered law enforcement to search an alleged abuser's home and seize his weapons and those belonging to another family member. The controversial 2-1 ruling, issued Thursday, also extends the ability of authorities to seek weapons of an alleged abuser. Previously, a judge could order weapons to be turned over, but did not have the authority to direct a search to ensure...
  • More Work, Less Pay--They Call It Family Time Flexibility

    04/29/2003 3:25:09 PM PDT · by Calpublican · 3 replies · 148+ views
    L. A. Times | Steve Lopez
    Someone emailed me a scathing article written by Steve Lopez in the LA Times. The exact title is listed above if anyone would like to access it at the LA Times site. I'm not familiar with procedures since I almost never post, but don't think we can directly link to the LA Times.I can see plenty to criticize about the article since it is a real hitpiece on Bush, but don't know any of the technicalities of the issue and don't know how to respond. My friend asked me what I had to say about it. According to the article,...
  • Proposed Law Would Give NASA More Hiring Flexibility

    03/13/2003 6:41:17 AM PST · by boris · 2 replies · 178+ views
    Space News ^ | 03-10-2003 | Randy Barrett
    NASA is asking Congress for more hiring flexibility to attract new engineers into the space program as a massive wave of retirements sweep over the agency in the next five years. NASA Administrator Sean 0'Keefe said in testimony March 6 that NASA continues to have severe difficulties wooing top-quality scientists and engineers. "Today, NASA faces an increasing management challenge in attracting, hiring and retaining the talented men and women who, inspired by our amazing discoveries and innovations of the past four decades, will help mold the future of our nation's aeronautics and space programs," said O'Keefe. NASAs work force is...
  • Saddam Hints At Flexibility, US Ships Set Sail

    11/04/2002 1:02:59 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 260+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 11-04-2002 | Samia Nakhoul/Evelyn Leopold
    Saddam Hints at Flexibility, U.S. Ships Set Sail By Samia Nakhoul and Evelyn Leopold BAGHDAD/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Monday he would consider cooperating with a new U.N. resolution on arms inspections provided it was not merely a pretext for the United States to attack Iraq. As intense diplomatic wrangling went on among major powers over how to deal with Iraq, there were growing signs that Washington was preparing for possible war. U.S. officials told Reuters three U.S. military cargo ships capable of carrying tanks had left U.S. shores. "If a resolution is issued which respects...