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  • Is the American media and Political Class finally Waking Up to the threat of Qatar?

    12/11/2014 8:35:54 AM PST · by Randall_S · 12 replies
    Misterchambers.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Over the past two days, several news reports have emerged that suggest the media and, yes, even some politicians in Washington, have begun to appreciate the threat posed by the small Gulf State of Qatar. On December 9, a bipartisan group of 24 members of Congress wrote a letter to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David S. Cohen, that stated in part: “We are concerned about the ties between Qatar and Hamas, and we commend you on your speech before the Center for a New American Security, where you stated that, ‘Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally, has...
  • Cruz: Defense Department has higher turnover than 'a typical Burger King'

    12/02/2014 2:21:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond
    Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the White House on Tuesday for a "failure of leadership" as President Barack Obama prepares to nominate his administration's fourth defense secretary. The Texas Republican, who is considering a 2016 run in hopes of heading his own White House administration, called the unusually high turnover at the helm of the Defense Department emblematic of a White House that puts politics above U.S. national security. "It seems what the administration is looking for is a defense secretary who will follow the orders of a political White House rather than focus on defending the national security interests of...
  • Be afraid: This is the real Obama

    12/01/2014 5:59:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12-1-14 | Joseph Curl
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: In the weeks after voters cast a vote of no confidence on President Obama and his fellow Democrats, the president has gone on a scorched-earth campaign, unilaterally declaring amnesty for some 5 million illegal aliens, firing the only Republican in his Cabinet and rolling out a new federal rule dubbed “the most expensive regulation ever.” Yes, this is the real Barack Obama, the one Americans cast their votes against Nov. 4 in an election in which the president had declared his agenda most definitely “on the ballot.” “We all knew that an unrestrained Obama would be dangerous, but we...
  • Left Out of the Narrative (The Ferguson convenience store clerks, etc.)

    11/30/2014 11:06:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | November 30, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    Everybody recognizes the names of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in connection with the riots in Ferguson. But here’s a question. What was the name of the manager of the convenience store who Michael Brown strongarmed? We may not be able to cite a name, but Joe Biden can put us in the ballpark. ”You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.” We know that whatever his name was it was of Indian derivation. The Ferguson Market, where Brown allegedly grabbed a handful of cigars before his deadly encounter with police,...
  • As Democratic infighting intensifies, Hagel allies fire back at the White House

    11/30/2014 3:41:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Among Democrats, fighting is breaking out all over. The Senate’s third-ranking Democrat, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is hurling criticisms toward the White House over Barack Obama’s handling of the recession and his myopic and politically ruinous obsession with reforming the nation’s health care system amid that economic downturn.In response, the White House took what Reuters called the “unusual step” of publicly pledging to veto an overdue plan to reform the nation’s tax code which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has been in the process of negotiating with House Republicans. When Obama announced his intention to extend legal status to...
  • Dysfunction Washington can agree on: Firing Hagel won’t fix Obama’s foreign policy team.

    11/27/2014 11:44:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/27/2014 | By MICHAEL CROWLEY
    It isn’t often that left, right and center agree about the Obama White House. But the firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week produced a near-unanimous reaction: President Obama’s foreign policy team is dysfunctional and in need of a stronger tonic than the exit of a low-profile cabinet member with a light policy footprint. Both Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and The New York Times editorial page agreed that, in the words of the Times, Hagel “was not the core of the Obama administration’s military problem. That lies with the president and a national security policy that has too often...
  • Defense Secretary pick will be a challenge for Obama

    11/26/2014 9:13:25 AM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-26-2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Defense Secretary job opening is emerging as a thanks-but-no-thanks opportunity, as some of the top potential prospects have already said they’re not interested in the job. Within minutes of reports Monday that Secretary Chuck Hagel would resign, the names of Michele Flournoy and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed emerged as top prospects. But each made clear by the end of the day that they didn’t want the coveted but high-wire, Cabinet-level post. The new secretary would indeed step into a difficult and complicated world, with the emergence of the deadly and unpredictable militant group Islamic State, amid Defense Department...
  • Obama picks Maxwell Smart as Secretary of Defense and Gender Equality

    11/25/2014 9:51:09 AM PST · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 25, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Immediately upon hearing of Secretary Hagel's decision to resign, President Obama began His search for the best available replacement. Today, He announced His eagerly awaited choice for a successor. I have too many personal problems. Statement of President Obama: My fellow Americans, as you are well aware, I pledged soon after taking office in 2009 that My administration would be the most transparent ever. In keeping with My solemn vow, I want to tell you this evening about My most important actions over the past few days, and how I decided to take them, to make our already exceptional national security even better. A few days ago, My very close personal friend and scapegoat Republican...
  • Ted Cruz: Joe Lieberman for Defense secretary

    11/24/2014 4:02:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 24, 2014 | Seung Min Kim
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a person in mind to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Joe Lieberman. Cruz floated the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option to succeed Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday. President Barack Obama has not yet named a proposed replacement. “One strong option would be former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a member of the president’s own party with deep experience and unshakable commitment to the security of the United States,” Cruz said. “I urge the president to give him full and fair consideration for this critical position.”(continued)
  • Hagel First Obama Domino to Fall After Midterms

    11/24/2014 2:27:18 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Now that Hagel is on his way out, the only question that remains is, "Who's next?" The Obama administration is cleaning house, or members of the failed Obama presidency are running for their political lives. They each have their reasons, political ambitions, and the way the media has been spinning each departure, but the reality is clear: President Barack Obama is a failure (or a success, if you are a hard left statist calling for an authoritarian regime in the White House), and he is expanding the executive branch’s powers in ways the framers of the United States Constitution never...
  • Who Will Replace Chuck Hagel?

    11/24/2014 1:54:29 PM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 24, 2014 | Russell Berman
    President Obama will be naming his fourth secretary of defense in six years. Will he choose the first woman to run the Pentagon? Even before Chuck Hagel's resignation from the Defense Department became official, the names of a pair of longtime Pentagon veterans had already surfaced as top contenders to replace him as secretary: Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter. Flournoy and Carter have been through this wringer before: Both were floated as possible Pentagon chiefs earlier in Obama's presidency, and both have served at the highest levels of the department. A third candidate, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, said...
  • Flashback: When DoD Hopeful Flournoy Attacked Romney for Saying Iraq Withdrawal was Mistake

    11/24/2014 12:53:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    free beacon ^ | 11/24/14 | staff
    Former Defense Department official Michele Flournoy, who is considered to be on a short list to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, attacked Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign for recognizing that the decision to withdraw troops from Iraq in 2011 was a “tragic” mistake. “Governor Romney called the ending of the Iraq War and the bringing of our troops home ‘tragic,’ which is really hard to understand,” Flournoy recited for an Obama campaign video in October 2012. “He wanted to keep our troops there longer, tens of thousands of them.”
  • Defense Secretary Hagel Is Out – Too Stupid For Even Obama

    11/24/2014 12:11:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was fired by the Obama administration today. The former senator is even too stupid for Obama. Obama said Hagel had “been in the dirt” of combat like no other defense chief. The New York Times reported: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises. In announcing Mr. Hagel’s resignation from the State Dining Room on Monday, the president, flanked by Mr. Hagel and...
  • Ugly ouster: 'Frustrated' Hagel faces unfair sniping on way out, says McCain

    11/24/2014 11:00:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 43 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-24-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Sources told FoxNews.com that Obama's dissatisfaction with Hagel, as well as a desire to shake up the cabinet following the devastating midterm elections, played a role in the president seeking Hagel's ouster. “Make no mistake, Secretary Hagel was fired,” a senior U.S. official with close knowledge of the situation told Fox News. This same official discounted Pentagon claims it was a mutual decision claiming President Obama has lost confidence in Hagel and that the White House had been planning to announce his exit for weeks. “The president felt he had to fire someone. He fired the only Republican in his...
  • Obama removing DoD's Hagel

    11/24/2014 7:02:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 23, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama will announce the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday in the first high-profile personnel move since Democrats suffered significant losses in this month's midterm elections. "In October, Secretary Hagel began speaking with the President about departing the administration given the natural post-midterms transition time," a senior administration official said. Obama will make the announcement with Hagel at 11:00 a.m. According to the White House, a successor will be named "in short order," but Hagel will remain in the post until that person is confirmed by the Senate. A senior administration official praised Hagel as "a steady...
  • Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure

    11/24/2014 6:43:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | Helene Cooper
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team amid an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said.
  • Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure

    11/24/2014 6:26:14 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 124 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | Helene Cooper
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said.
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man

    11/20/2014 5:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Hagel to order nuke force overhaul to fix failures

    11/13/2014 10:52:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 13, 2014 10:42 PM EST | Robert Burns
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded that problems in the nation’s nuclear forces are rooted in a lack of investment, inattention by high-level leaders and sagging morale, and is ordering top-to-bottom changes, vowing to invest billions of dollars to fix the management of the world’s most deadly weapons, two senior defense officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. Hagel ordered two lengthy reviews of the nuclear force after a series of stories by the AP revealed numerous problems in management, morale, security and safety, leading to several firings, demotions and other disciplinary actions against a range of Air Force personnel...
  • Exclusive–Jerry Boykin: Generals Should Resign to Protest Obama's Misuse of Military

    11/13/2014 10:11:20 AM PST · by kimtom · 15 replies
    www.breitbart.com/ ^ | 12 Nov 2014 | Jerry Boykin
    A new survey finds only 26 percent of those in the military community approve of the performance of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. But the blame for this low approval rating extends higher up the chain of command. Retired Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the latest former Obama loyalist to write a tell-all exposé, knows this all too well. In his memoir, Panetta describes how he warned the President (to no avail) that allowing Iraq to slide into violence would create “a new haven for terrorists to plot attacks against the U.S.” This revelation should come as no surprise, but regrettably,...
  • Hagel, Dempsey testify at House hearing on fighting ISIS

    11/13/2014 7:55:57 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2014-11-13 | House of Representitives
    Hagel, Dempsey testify at House hearing on fighting ISIS
  • Hagel wants to give some Vietnam veterans a second chance

    11/12/2014 3:52:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KBMT-TV ^ | November 11, 2014 | Jamie Crawford, CNN
    Memories of his own service in Vietnam and the destructive nature of combat are never far from the mind of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the first former enlisted man to lead the Pentagon. "Every Vietnam veteran understands," Hagel told CNN's Barbara Starr during an interview outside his office in the Pentagon. "Any veteran who has ever served in a war understands that, and I think we should never forget the consequences of war." Decades after the U.S. conflict in Vietnam, Hagel is using the power of his office to help some of the most troubled veterans of that war get...
  • What Do John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and John Brennan Have in Common?

    01/22/2013 5:33:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 22, 2013 | Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel
    President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia; seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad; pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program; and putting “daylight” between his administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA. Kerry opposed Congress’ 2009 hold on appointing an ambassador to a regime...
  • Hagel Approval Rating Just 26 Percent Among National Security Workers, Troops

    11/08/2014 4:30:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Defenceone.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Gordon Lubold
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has just a 26 percent approval rating among individuals currently serving within the national security community, according to findings from a new survey commissioned by Defense One. The findings come as scrutiny on the Obama administration’s handling of the war in Iraq and Syria grows. At the same time, a variety of media reports hint that President Barack Obama, himself trailing in the polls after a poor showing for the Democrats in Tuesday’s election, is considering a shake-up of his national security staff. That could include Hagel. The “Defense One National Security Survey” released Friday found...
  • The United States' Adversarial Stance with Israel

    11/01/2014 1:51:48 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    YNET News ^ | Alex Fishman
    When senior US administration officials say to you, "I won't be in town when you get here," they're actually saying, "It doesn't suit me to meet with you now." And sometimes, the response is a little more subtle: "I won't be in town, but let's coordinate your visit at a later date." In the case of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon, Washington experienced a mass exodus; all of a sudden, no one was home...
  • Report: Troops, vets to get checked for chemical exposure in Iraq

    10/30/2014 9:32:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 30, 2014
    The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to servicemembers and veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq as part of a review of how the military handled encounters with chemical munitions during the American occupation, The New York Times reported Wednesday. An Oct. 15 Times story found that while the United States had gone to war looking for an active weapons of mass destruction program, troops instead quietly found and suffered from the remnants of the long abandoned arsenal. Since that article, which detailed instances of exposure that the military kept secret in some cases for...
  • Pentagon Says Global Warming Presents Immediate Security Threat(Not Russia, Iran, ISIS)

    10/13/2014 12:49:18 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 57 replies
    nyt ^ | 10/13/14 | c davenport
    The Pentagon released a report Monday asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster response as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises. The report lays out a road map for how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic defense planning situations to a rethinking of the...
  • Hagel: Climate change will challenge US military

    10/13/2014 5:05:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 13, 2014 4:02 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America's military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. […] “Climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’ because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we already confront today—from infectious disease to armed insurgencies—and to produce new challenges in the future,” Hagel said. He spoke during the opening session of the conference, which was attended by defense ministers and military chiefs of more...
  • U.S. Military Now Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Serve (Obama's Orders)

    09/26/2014 2:40:14 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 98 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | 25 Sep 14 | Daily Author
    According to a newly revealed Department of Defense policy, undocumented immigrants with “high-demand skills” and “mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training” will now be allowed to serve in the military, USA today reported. The program is called Military Accessions in the National Interest (MAVNI). Immigrants lacking proper documentation will be allowed in if they came to America with their parents before the age of 16 and are approved under President Obama’s 2012 DACA, or Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, policy. Interesting announcement from our government, considering that the Army had just announced back in May that...
  • Report: US military examining relationship with NFL

    09/19/2014 6:46:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 19, 2014 | Will Brinson
    The blowback against the NFL over the recent domestic violence incidents -- a pattern, if you will -- is growing and growing rather quickly. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on a new sponsorship problem and the White House issued a stern edict to the NFL Friday morning about getting "a handle on" the problem. Enter another branch of government: the military. According to CNN, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is asking his staff for "detailed information about the US military's relationships" with the NFL.
  • Obama's ISIS Policy is a Total Joke

    09/18/2014 12:38:57 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 9-18-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: So I checked the e-mail again, and I can guarantee what's gonna happen. When I quote an e-mail asking me, "Why aren't you doing X?" then the, "Why aren't you doing Y?" crowd shows up, and the next crowd asks, "Why aren't you spending more time talking about what Obama's doing in Syria with ISIS and ISIL?" I'll tell you why. Because I don't think he even cares what he's doing! This is an absolute joke. John Kerry gets up there and says absolutely inane things. He was taken to down by Bob Corker yesterday, sent Boxer shuttering away...
  • Cruz: Hagel, Dempsey more ‘social workers’ than military leaders

    09/17/2014 9:33:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 17, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz accused top U.S. military officials of behaving like “social workers” in Iraq and Syria rather than showing military strength. In an interview Tuesday night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Mr. Cruz said he was disappointed by responses from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey after he questioned them at a Senate hearing on the administration’s plan to defeat the Islamic State. “Frankly, their answers were far more those you would expect of a social worker, than of military leaders,” Mr. Cruz said. The Republican senator, who is considering a...
  • Why would we trust U.S. intelligence about anything, including the lack of an ISIS threat?

    09/15/2014 3:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    http://www.nationaljournal.com ^ | 09/15/2014 | Ron Fournier
    What is the enduring lesson of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, when the Bush administration overestimated and, in some cases, exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein? Some say it's to be skeptical of government officials who are making the case for war. I say the legacy should be skepticism toward government officials, period—all of them. Their hidden agendas can shade the case for peace as well as war, which might explain why there's no consensus among so-called experts about the threat posed today by ISIS. On a scale of zero to panic, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint...
  • Chuck Hagel tries to clean up Obama’s comments about making ISIS ‘manageable’

    09/03/2014 2:57:53 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | POSTED AT 5:41 PM ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Hagel suggested that America should focus on Obama’s prepared remarks and ignore the president’s extemporaneous musings on America’s objectives and capabilities. Obama was “pretty clear,” Hagel insisted. America’s goal is to “degrade and destroy the capability of ISIL to come after U.S. interests all over the world and our allies.” “However way he addressed that later in the news conference, I wasn’t aware of that,” the secretary added, if you can believe it. “That’s the end game? Degrade and destroy, not contain?” Sciutto asked. “No, it’s not contain,” Hagel replied. “It’s exactly what the president said: ‘Degrade and destroy.’” But...
  • Congress Hates Military-Base Closings, but Can Chuck Hagel Do It Without Their Approval? [From 3-'14

    09/01/2014 4:36:52 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    Government Executive and National Journal ^ | March 6, 2014 | By Jordain Carney
    The Pentagon's budget sets up an uphill battle with Congress by requesting further domestic base closures and realignment, but the Defense Department's top official could try to give members the slip. As part of the department's fiscal 2015 budget request, the Pentagon wants a round of base closures and realignment—known as BRAC—for U.S. bases in 2017. "We think BRAC is a smart position to have, as you know we have called for it again, we're going to continue work through all this," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at an Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday. "I've got some options...
  • Report urges Pentagon to allow transgendered military personnel to openly serve

    08/27/2014 11:13:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Gay military service personnel may now serve openly, and now former top Pentagon officials believe that another group should be afforded the same treatment: transgendered Americans. A report issued Tuesday by retired Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, former acting surgeon general of the Army; Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender, former chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Kolditz, a Yale University professor and professor emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, opened the door for ending a de-facto “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for transgendered individuals, the Washington Examiner reported.
  • Obama Meeting with Chuck Hagel on Strategy against Islamic State

    08/25/2014 11:34:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/25/14 | Charlie Spiering
    Back from his vacation, President Obama is scheduled to meet with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Monday for an update on the series of air strikes launched against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Obama may increase military action against the terrorist group after the beheading of American journalist James Foley, as members of his administration continue to escalate warlike rhetoric. “When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done,” Obama said in a statement during his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard last week. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes signaled Friday that the United...
  • Pentagon Warns Of Islamic State Obama Once Downplayed

    08/24/2014 11:36:30 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    IBD ^ | August 22, 2013 | EDITORIAL
    To get an idea of why this White House has placed America in what Senate Armed Services Committee ranking Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma calls "the most dangerous position we've ever been in as a nation," we turn to one of Obama's biggest mainstream media devotees. In "The Promise," the fawning book about Obama's first year in office by ex-Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, we read of a May 2009 meeting with the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan on how to "Disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida." Alter writes, "Nothing much concrete was accomplished ... . The session was kicked off not...
  • Chuck Hagel Goes Full Fearmonger: "ISIS Poses Greater Threat Than 9/11, Prepare For Everything"

    08/21/2014 6:53:25 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-21-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/21/2014 US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks about the "imminent threat" ISIS poses to the US and the World.. .and pulls no punches in his total fearmongery..."ISIL poses a threat greater than 9/11. ISIL is as sophisticated and well funded as any group we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology with a sophisticated strategic and tactical military prowess and they're tremendously well-funded. This is way beyond anything we have seen. We must prepare for everything. Get Ready!" Time for some QE-funded deficit-busting war spending...
  • Obama, Hagel pay tribute to Robin Williams

    08/11/2014 10:48:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 12, 2014
    President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel paid tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams Monday. Williams, 63, was found dead in his northern California home Monday and officials said it appeared to be a suicide. Obama said in a statement issued Monday night that Williams "arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit," referring to Williams' late 1970s role in the TV show "Mork and Mindy." The president was on vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
  • Pentagon Official: The Facts Are In, And Obama’s Policy Is A Direct Danger To The United States

    08/01/2014 10:16:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:42 PM 08/01/2014 | Joseph Miller
    The report is in, and the review of the president’s foreign policy is clear: If there is not an immediate course-reversal, the United States is in serious danger. In 2013, the United States Institute for Peace, “a congressionally-created, independent, nonpartisan institution whose mission is to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflicts around the world,” was asked to assist the National Defense Panel with reviewing the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The National Defense Panel is a congressional-mandated bipartisan commission that’s co-chairs were appointed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. On July 31, the National Defense Panel released its long-awaited report on...
  • Air Force command nominee is 1st woman, non-pilot

    07/17/2014 8:20:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation. The Pentagon announced this week that Air ForceLt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated for promotion to four-star general and as commander of Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force component of U.S. Pacific Command. It is a major combatant command whose air, ground and naval forces have broad responsibility for security in the Asia-Pacific region. Her nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation....
  • Search for Lois Lerner's lost emails leads to NSA

    07/17/2014 8:10:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Rebecca Kaplan
    The House Armed Services Committee has come up with a creative approach to look for emails from embattled former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner that were apparently lost in a computer crash: they're asking the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Department. The panel approved a resolution Wednesday authored by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, that directs the Secretary of Defense to send the House of Representatives "copies of any electronic communication in the possession of the Secretary, the Director of the National Security Agency, or any office that reports to the Secretary or the Director that was...
  • Hagel quietly notifies Congress of transfer of 6 Gitmo detainees

    07/16/2014 4:32:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/16/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel quietly notified Congress last week that the military is set to transfer six Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Uruguay as soon as next month, The New York Times revealed Wednesday. The deal has been waiting for Mr. Hagel’s approval since March, but stalled after the Obama administration received a wave of backlash for releasing five Taliban detainees to Qatar in exchange for the release Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The administration did not give Congress 30-days notice in that deal, but argued it was still legal because any delay could have risked Sgt. Bergdahl’s life. Of the six...
  • New TV Ad from Gary Bauer Hits Thad Cochran for Supporting Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

    06/20/2014 9:45:05 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 1 replies
    Gary Bauer CWFPAC ^ | 6-20-14 | The Wolf
    A new TV ad by Gary Bauer's PAC, Campaign for Working Families, exposes Mississippi Senate candidate Thad Cochran for his support of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of State. Hagel has been a rubber stamp for Obama's disastrous foreign policy agenda.
  • Hagel orders US aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf

    06/14/2014 1:02:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier—the USS George H.W. Bush—to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq. Hagel’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the order will give the president added flexibility if military action is required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq. …
  • 2009 Chuck Hagel keynoted George Soros’ J-Street conference (prophetic)

    06/12/2014 7:44:47 AM PDT · by mgist · 3 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 1/29/13 | NA
    Yid with Lid has the down low on this, including the video: YWL – In 2009 Chuck Hagel was a keynote speaker to the J-Street Conference (J-Street is the fake pro-Israel group created by George Soros to give cover to anti-Israel activists). … Succumbing to the pressure, J-Street finally posted the video this afternoon. In viewing the video (30 Minutes long-embedded below) we learn that Hagel is a believer in the meme created by former Secretary of State James “F**K The Jews They Won’t Vote For Us Anyway” Baker as part of his Iraq study group. This falsehood is that...
  • In Bowe Bergdahl hearing, Chuck Hagel hedges the tough questions

    06/12/2014 5:37:52 AM PDT · by don-o · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 11, 2014 | Byron York
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is not a lawyer. He's not famous for lawyerly evasions. But when it came to a few of the most critical issues discussed at the House Armed Services Committee's hearing on the Bowe Bergdahl case Wednesday, Hagel was full of wiggle words. Actually, just one wiggle word -- "direct" -- but Hagel used it repeatedly to sow confusion about some key questions. The first question concerned the background of the five Taliban commanders traded by the Obama administration for the release of Bergdahl. Hagel sought to downplay the threat posed by freeing the five. "They've been...
  • How can Bowe Bergdahl be a POfWar if he ceased waging war and deserted?

    06/11/2014 9:47:07 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    6/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Bowe Bergdahl: a Prisoner of WAR, a deserter taken hostage by the Taliban or an enemy combatant? If it isn't the first of the three rather the second, why then are all cable news outlets describing this as a prisoner swap? Why aren't they calling this an enemy combatant ( Taliban 5)/deserter or a EC/deserter swap? If Bowe Bergdahl deserted, then would he have then as well forsake the military, and thus his uniform? Would Bowe Bergdahl then be an enemy combatant?
  • Hagel Admits Obama Ignored Law in Taliban Release ‘The trust has been broken’ between Congress

    06/11/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/11/14 | Adam Kredo
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted that “the trust has been broken” between the White House and Congress following the Obama administration’s decision to skirt U.S. law and release five top Taliban leaders without first consulting with lawmakers. Hagel admitted to lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the administration unilaterally inked a deal with the Taliban to release five top prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp without first notifying Congress, as is legally mandated. The deal was signed “without providing 30 days notice to Congress,” as is required by law, Hagel told lawmakers before attempting to justify...