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  • Carney: Apology to Karzai ‘Not Appropriate’ for Reporters to See

    02/27/2012 4:44:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 2/23/12 | Bridget Johnson
    The White House press secretary told members of the press pool aboard Air Force One today that President Obama’s “sincere” apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for a Koran-burning incident “is not appropriate to show” to reporters. Jay Carney spoke with reporters for about 20 minutes as the presidential entourage flew to Florida for a speech on energy at the University of Miami. Obama’s letter to Karzai that included the apology was “a lengthy, three-page letter on a host of issues, several sentences of which relate to this matter,” according to the travel pool report. “The president, following up on...
  • Taliban claims responsibility behind poisoned soldiers at Afghanistan base

    02/27/2012 3:01:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/27/12 | AP/fox
    <p>The Taliban claimed Monday that they had poisoned soldiers at a U.S. base in Afghanistan by recruiting a cook who worked there.</p> <p>Sources told Fox News that a "couple" of U.S. troops were sickened and have since recovered since traces of bleach were found in food at a NATO base in Nangarhar Province. No one was seriously injured.</p>
  • Petition to Free Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani -Still Alive But Execution Remains Imminent

    02/27/2012 4:22:00 PM PST · by PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut · 3 replies · 1+ views
    161,857 people have joined this cause online and their voice has sparked a global outcry. Media, government officials, and human rights leaders in Germany, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and nations on every continent in the world have joined our call to save the life of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on their Youcef resolution this week. Reports continue that Iran has ordered his execution. The White House, the U.S. State Department, and the world are speaking out; have you? Sign our petition calling for Pastor Youcef’s immediate release. It is absolutely essential that...
  • Brzezinski: Obama ‘Understands the World Better Than Any Other Politician’

    02/27/2012 3:59:03 PM PST · by lbryce · 57 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 27, 2012 | Staff
    President Obama got high praise from Jimmy Carter former national security adviser on his comprehension of foreign policy. Still, Zbigniew Brzezinski had some words of caution for the current commander in chief about his meeting next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying Obama let himself be “humiliated” last time Bibi visited. “Prior to the elections, they’ll be tempted to strike,” Brzezinski said of Israeli action toward Iran’s nuclear program on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” Sunday. “And this is why I think the president, when he talks on to Netanyahu on March 5th, might take into account the fact...
  • Hillary and Durbin Accuse Republicans of Playing Politics with the War in Afghanistan

    02/27/2012 3:27:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Rush ^ | February 27, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to talk about what's going on in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Force Base or air base. This is the story where Muslim prisoners were using books, occasionally Korans, to pass messages to one another -- incendiary messages. They were using books in the jail to pass message to each other. Some of the books were the Koran. Nobody knew this because they were not printed in English. When it was discovered, the books were taken away. The people that took the books away are not the people who discovered the books. The soldiers that took...
  • N. Korea: Sacha Baron Cohen dumps fellow dictator Kim Jong-Il's 'ashes' over Ryan Seacrest

    02/27/2012 3:25:51 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 3+ views
    Today Entertainment ^ | 02/26/12 | Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
    Sacha Baron Cohen dumps fellow dictator Kim Jong-Il's 'ashes' over Ryan Seacrest By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper Sacha Baron Cohen not only was allowed to stride the red carpet in costume as Admiral General Aladeen, "The Dictator" from his upcoming movie, but he brought a fellow dictator along with him. Kind of. Clad in full dictator regalia, he was accompanied by two beautiful women in short-skirted "army" uniforms and red berets. And in his arms, he carried a cremation urn with an image of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. But those ashes didn't stay in the urn long. When Baron...
  • China's Olympic runners raise chickens amid food fears: report(unwittingly doped)

    02/27/2012 3:03:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/23/12
    China's Olympic runners raise chickens amid food fears: report Thu, Feb 23 2012 SHANGHAI | Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:12pm EST (Reuters) - China's national marathon team, who are training for the London Olympics this summer, are raising their own chickens for food to avoid ingesting banned chemicals commonly found in meat in China, the Shanghai Daily reported on Friday. The athletes, who are training in China's southwestern province of Yunnan, are also procuring yak meat from local highland herdsman to avoid eating at local restaurants where banned additives are sometimes present in food. Clenbuterol, a banned chemical, is sometimes...
  • We Will Regret Having Qatar as an Ally Qatar a U.S. Ally? Think Again

    02/27/2012 2:36:20 PM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies · 2+ views
    After 9/11, it became commonplace to ridicule the status of Saudi Arabia as an “ally.” For decades, American leaders cuddled up to the Saudi Royal Family as it spent billions of dollars to export radical Islam around the globe. Today, the U.S. is eager to have our “ally,” Qatar, take a leading role in the region while it does the exact same thing. Qatar is home to Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the most influential Sunni theologian and top Muslim Brotherhood cleric. He uses his popular show on Al-Jazeera, also based in Qatar, to rally support for Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • How Israel might strike at Iran

    02/27/2012 2:28:08 PM PST · by mandaladon · 9 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 27 Feb 2012 | Jonathan Marcus
    For all the myriad challenges facing Israel over the past decade it is the potential threat from a nuclear-armed Iran that has preoccupied the country's military planners. It is this that in large part has guided the development of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) over recent years. The IAF has purchased 125 advanced F-15I and F-16I warplanes, equipped with Israeli avionics and additional fuel tanks - tailor-made for long-range strike missions. In addition, Israel has bought specialised bunker-busting munitions; developed large, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft; and much of its training has focused on long-range missions. Israel has a track-record of pre-emptive...
  • Pakistan seals assets of doctor who played key role in Usama bin Laden raid

    02/27/2012 1:11:32 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 27, 2012 | unattributed
    The Pakistani doctor who was instrumental in the raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound has had all his assets sealed by the government, according to local news agencies. Shakeel Afridi and his family also had their bank accounts frozen. He is currently being held for treason by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency and could face the death penalty for his role in the May 2011 raid that took down the world's most-wanted terrorist. The doctor allegedly helped conduct a vaccination program in the village of Abbottabad in an attempt to get within bin Laden’s compound and obtain DNA from the Al...
  • Taliban says Afghanistan airport blast 'revenge' for Koran burnings

    02/27/2012 12:54:10 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | 2/27/12 | AP
    KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the gates of a NATO base and airport in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, triggering a blast that killed nine Afghans, officials said. The Taliban claimed the attack was revenge for U.S. troops burning copies of the Koran. The bombing in the city of Jalalabad follows six days of deadly protests in the country over the disposal of Korans and other Islamic texts in a burn pit last week at a U.S. military base north of Kabul. American officials have called the disposal of the books a mistake and have...
  • Could Britain still defend the Falklands?

    02/27/2012 12:39:57 PM PST · by the scotsman · 37 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 27th February 2012 | BBC News
    'Diplomatic tension has been growing between Argentina and Britain in recent weeks over the Falkland Islands. The 30th anniversary of the war between the two nations is just over a month away. But in a hypothetical repeat of that conflict, could Britain hold on to the islands? And in the event of losing them, would they be able to recapture them from Argentine forces?'
  • Gingrich takes aim at Santorum, sees impossible task in Afghanistan

    02/27/2012 12:38:36 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 140 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 27, 2012 | Jeremy Redmon
    NASHVILLE – Newt Gingrich went on the offensive against Rick Santorum during a campaign swing through Tennessee Monday, calling him a “big Labor Republican” and predicting his surging opponent’s fortunes will quickly change amid a chaotic race that could remain competitive all the way to the Republican National Convention in August. Gingrich, who has said he must do well in the Southern states to win the GOP nomination, also predicted he would win the Alabama and Mississippi primaries next month. Turning to the escalating violence in Afghanistan, the former Georgia congressman said the United States is facing an impossible task...
  • Putin assassination plot foiled, although timing of the release of this information is questioned

    02/27/2012 12:14:59 PM PST · by Hunton Peck
    Yahoo ^ | 2/27/2012 | Laura Rozen
    Russia's security services say they've foiled a plot by Chechen separatists to assassinate Russian leader Vladimir Putin, according to Russian media reports on Monday. The alleged hit job revelation comes a week ahead of Russian presidential elections that Putin is expected to easily win. Two suspects, reportedly acting under the leadership of Chechen warlord Doku Umar, "were arrested in Ukraine's Black Sea port city of Odessa after an accidental explosion Jan. 4 while they were trying to manufacture explosives at a rented apartment," the Associated Press reported Monday, citing Russian state television channel One. They were reportedly "preparing to kill...
  • Text message Tells Ft Stewart Wife of Husband's Death

    02/27/2012 10:49:39 AM PST · by TSgt · 36 replies · 2+ views
    WSAV ^ | February 24, 2012 | WSAV
    Two Fort Stewart soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. 25 year old Sgt. Joshua A. Born of Niceville, Florida and 22 year old Cpl. Timothy J. Conrad Jr. of Roanoke, Va. died Feb. 23, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their unit came under small arms fire. They were assigned to the 385th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Stewart, Ga. According to an interveiw she did with WPSD-TV in Paducah, Kentucky, Joshua Born's wife lives in Illinois, and found out about her husband's death not through military channels, but when someone sent...
  • Learning the Wrong Lessons From the Fort Hood Massacre

    02/27/2012 9:43:08 AM PST · by The Shrew · 38 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 27, 2012 | Scott Swett
    Submission to Islam has been institutionalized by our national security apparatus. The official handling of the Fort Hood massacre proves the case. On November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist who had previously served at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, shot 45 of his fellow soldiers at the deployment center at Fort Hood in Texas, killing thirteen. It was the most deadly shooting attack ever on an American military base. Maj. Hasan, who had been scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan, was charged with murder and attempted murder, but not terrorism. His court-martial will begin next month....
  • U.S. Navy Photo of the Day: A Very Impressive, Very Awesome View of U.S. Military Might

    02/27/2012 9:23:02 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 53 replies ^ | August 14, 2007 | U.S. Navy MC1 Hana'lei Shimana
    Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Guam, USA: A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress and fighter jets fly over the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) carrier strike groups during Exercise Valiant Shield 2007 on August 14, 2007. Via (medium, large) The Photographer Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (MC1) Hana'lei Shimana, United States Navy  
  • Head of state 'funded al-Qaeda and knew of 7/7 terror attacks'

    02/27/2012 8:44:34 AM PST · by bayouranger · 20 replies ^ | 25FEB12 | By Christopher Hope, and Robert Winnett
    Members of an Asian head of state's family have funded al-Qaeda and had advance knowledge of the July 7 terrorist attacks on London, according to claims made public by MPs and peers on Friday. A Parliamentary committee published a document revealing the details of one of Britain’s last remaining super-injunctions. In the submission to the 26-member committee, Mark Burby, a businessman based in the Channel Islands, claimed that he had been gagged by the “ex-spouse of an Asian head of state” in 2009. He said the “Asian head of state” — who he does not identify — was a “substantial”...
  • Why Muslim Student Group Concerned the NYPD (MSA)

    02/27/2012 8:17:26 AM PST · by bayouranger · 13 replies · 2+ views ^ | 24FEB12 | IPT News
    The Muslim community expressed its outrage this week over a New York Police Department surveillance report from 2006 that the Associated Press reported on Monday. The report disclosed that the NYPD monitored Muslim Students Association (MSA) chapters in the Northeast. The outrage, centered on the perceived violation of privacy, is based on an incorrect presumption that law enforcement had no cause for concern with the MSA. The organization's history with radical dogma, convicted terrorists and radicalized alumni tell a different story. NYPD officials visited websites and forums of different MSAs and noted the posted information, all of which was in...
  • Hamas Supporter Speaking on London Campus

    02/27/2012 8:04:38 AM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 24FEB12 | IPT News
    London's Queen Mary University will allow Hamas-supporter Azzam Tamimi to address the student body on Tuesday, at a Palestine Solidarity Society event called "One State or Two State Solution." The move has sparked outrage on the campus because of Tamimi's outspoken support for terrorism and the destruction of Israel. "Anybody in the world, with faith or without faith, must come together in order to eradicate this cancer from the body of humanity," Tamimi said about Israel on a 2006 YouTube video of a London "al-Quds Day" rally. "It is just a matter of time. You count my words and you...