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  • China: In the end, the Big Loser

    07/26/2020 10:27:25 AM PDT · by libh8er · 12 replies
    Telegraph Online ^ | 7.26.2020 | Paran Balakrishnan
    Many Indians thought former BBC journalist Humphrey Hawksley was being overly alarmist when he wrote the thriller Dragon Fire two decades ago about a war pitting China and Pakistan against India that ended apocalyptically with nuclear devastation. Hawksley, a veteran Asia hand, said his fiction was meant not just to entertain but also be a warning that China was expansionist and was a one-party state whose government had to prove itself to survive. Since then, though, we’ve seen China offering a different narrative in which global economic diplomacy was its choice weapon. The Chinese have been busy proving they’re responsible...
  • Duckworth to Block Promotions for 1,123 Military Officers Unless Esper Promotes Vindman

    07/03/2020 10:07:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/2/2020 | Kristina Wong
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced Thursday that she would block the promotions of 1,123 senior military officers until Defense Secretary Mark Esper promises that he will promote Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who is believed to have communicated with the “whistleblower” that sparked Trump’s impeachment. Her office called the move “unprecedented” but said it came in response to reports of “political interference in military matters” by Trump — the commander in chief.
  • Duckworth vows to block over 1,000 military confirmations until Pentagon proves Vindman will be promoted

    07/02/2020 3:12:38 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2020 | Louis Casiano
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday announced her intention to block Senate confirmations for 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms he will not block the "expected and deserved" promotion of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Vindman, an Iraq War veteran, served on the White House National Security Council and was thrust into the limelight last year when he testified about President Trump's July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that became the heart of a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Vindman said he listened to the call and filed a whistleblower complaint over concerns...
  • Duckworth vows to block over 1,000 military confirmations until Pentagon proves Vindman will be promoted

    07/02/2020 2:26:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2020 | Louis Casiano
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday announced her intention to block Senate confirmations for 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms he will not block the "expected and deserved" promotion of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Vindman, an Iraq War veteran, served on the White House National Security Council and was thrust into the limelight last year when he testified about President Trump's July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that became the heart of a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Vindman said he listened to the call and filed a whistleblower complaint over concerns...
  • Pentagon disarms National Guard activated in D.C., sends active-duty forces home(Going to blame Trump for the consequences)

    06/06/2020 7:47:43 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 74 replies
    Wash Post ^ | June 5, 2020
    The Pentagon has told National Guardsmen deployed to the nation’s capital not to use firearms or ammunition, and has issued orders to send home active-duty troops that the Trump administration amassed outside the city in recent days, a sign of de-escalation in the federal response to protests in the city. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper made the decision to disarm the guard without consulting the White House, after President Trump ordered a militarized show of force on the streets of Washington to quell demonstrations that were punctured by an episode of looting Sunday, two senior administration officials said. Trump had...
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper Orders National Guard in D.C. to Disarm, Wear Soft Caps Instead of Helmets

    06/06/2020 3:32:35 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 129 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | June 6, 2020 | Kristina Wong
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday ordered National Guard troops in Washington, DC, to disarm and wear soft caps instead of helmets, an official told Breitbart News on Friday afternoon. The official said the president told Attorney General Bill Barr that he wanted the National Guard to be armed so that they could protect themselves from rioters and looters coming in to the city, but Esper on his own told the D.C. National Guard leadership to take the weapons of National Guardsmen who were coming in from other states.“He’s not really on board with what the president is trying to do,”...
  • National Guard in Washington D.C. are told NOT to carry guns or ammunition by Defense Secretary Mark Esper as he orders all active-duty troops out of the capital

    06/05/2020 10:31:36 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 82 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 06 2020 | DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER and REUTERS
    The Pentagon has told Washington D.C.'s National Guard and guardsmen from other states who have are in the nation’s capital not to use guns or ammunition. The order came from Defense Secretary Mark Esper and made without consulting the White House, The Washington Post reported, and it's seen as a sign of de-escalation of the federal response to protests that sprung up in the wake of George Floyd's death. Trump has pushed for a strong militarized show of force, calling himself the 'law and order president,' and earning him criticism from several retired military generals, including his former chief of...
  • Military chiefs denounce Trump (barf alert)

    06/05/2020 5:14:27 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 17 replies
    Press Reader ^ | 5th June 2020 | Ben Riley-smith
    DONALD TRUMP was yesterday facing questions about whether military chiefs fully back his handling of the anti-racism protests after an excoriating rebuke by his former defence secretary gained the support of a Republican senator. The US president tried to wave away a searing critique by Jim Mattis, his Pentagon chief until December 2018, by claiming he fired Mr Mattis – who resigned over Syria policy disagreements – and calling him “the world’s most overrated general”. However, Mr Mattis’s 640-word statement, which saw him argue Mr Trump was the only American president in history who tries to divide rather than unite...
  • Esper, on thin ice with the White House, reverses decision on troop deployments

    06/03/2020 9:57:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 06/03/2020 08:07 PM EDT | Lara Seligman and Meridith McGraw
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper abruptly reversed a decision to order active-duty troops home from the national capital region on Wednesday, capping a roller-coaster eight hours that have raised new questions about whether the beleaguered Pentagon chief will keep his job. Esper irked the White House Wednesday morning when he appeared in front of cameras to proclaim his opposition to deploying active-duty troops to respond to protests around the country — a move that many saw as a break with the president, who on Monday threatened to do just that if state and local officials fail to deal with violent protests...
  • Pentagon chief on shaky ground with White House after breaking with Trump over protest response

    06/03/2020 9:07:42 PM PDT · by blueplum · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 03 Jun 2020 | Zachary Cohen, etc
    Washington(CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is on shaky ground with the White House after saying Wednesday that he does not support using active duty troops to quell the large-scale protests across the United States triggered by the death of George Floyd and those forces should only be used in a law enforcement role as a last resort. Speaking from the Pentagon briefing room podium, Esper noted that "we are not in one of those situations now,"...Wednesday's press briefing by Esper went over poorly at the White House, where his standing was already viewed to be tenuous, multiple people familiar with...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 5/8/2020 Newsdump Friday

    05/08/2020 9:35:09 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/7/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    The United States stopping a United Nations Security Council vote on the coronavirus situation citing the inclusion of "false narratives" from China.... The United States tightening visa guidelines for Chinese journalists.... The unemployment rate in the United States was 14.7 percent for April...... Tesla trying to resume work at its factory in Fremont, California.... Ohio State University is paying out some 41 million dollars to settle lawsuits with 162 survivors of sexual abuse by a former school doctor.... (Warning: Disturbing Content) The woman who's accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 is ready to take a lie detector...
  • Leaked Report: Chinese Officials Told To ‘Prepare For WAR With America’ Amid Coronavirus Fallout

    05/06/2020 8:14:52 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 42 replies
    Right Journalism ^ | 05.06.2020 | Alex D.
    A sharp escalation in tit-for-tat retributions between China and the United States marks a deeply uncertain moment in relations between the two countries, already under strain from a longstanding trade dispute and a fierce debate over international use of Chinese technology. Both countries have scrambled over the last week to shape the international narrative surrounding both the inception and response to the COVID-19 virus. Trump began resolutely referring to the disease as the “Chinese virus,” brushing aside concerns about whether the phrase is racist and will incite unnecessary anger inside China. Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 4/24/2020 Newsdump Friday

    04/24/2020 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/24/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    A team of Chinese doctors sent to North Korea to help determine the status of ruler Kim Jong-un's health according to the Reuters News Agency. Also a report by Hong Kong Satellite Television stating that Kim was dead..... A police crackdown in Vienna, Austria today as hundreds protested against coronavirus house arrest restrictions.... You Tube censorship with word that "medically unsubstantiated" content will be banned..... President Trump signing the latest big spending bill..... Its beyond the statute of limitations, but the Metropolitan Police in Washington DC are investigating the sexual assault allegation of Tara Reade agains former Vice-President and presumptive...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 4/1/2020 Warning To Iran

    04/01/2020 9:46:31 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/1/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    The coronavirus story later but first... An interesting sidebar to this evening's White House coronavirus news conference is the annoucement of US military and law enforcement operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea said to be aimed at drug trafficking..... President Trump saying on Twitter that Iran is planning to attack US troops in Iraq..... Efforts to form a unity government in Israel are stalling.... Turkish forces shelling Syrian army positions in northwestern Syria late Tuesday.... Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussing the situation in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin.... The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today...
  • Trump Launches Massive All Out Military Offensive On Drug Cartels

    04/01/2020 4:16:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 04/01/20 | Ryan Saavedra
    President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the administration was launching an all out assault on Mexican drug cartels using the U.S. Military.  “As governments and nations focus on the Coronavirus, there is a growing threat that cartels, criminals, terrorists, and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain and we must not let that happen,” Trump said. “We will never let that happen. Today the United States is launching enhanced counter narcotics operations in the western hemisphere to protect the American people from the deadly scourge of illegal narcotics.”“We must not let the drug...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Edition

    02/15/2020 9:17:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/15/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    "Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles, a number one song from early 1968 here in the USA. That's around the time my father left the factory to higher paying and longer lasting government employment as inflation kicked in here in the USA. Lyndon Johnson was ramping up government with Medicare and Medicaid and the cost of medical care was beginning to skyrocket, debt was beginning to accumulate and wow here we are 23 trillion dollars plus later. The 2021 federal budget proposed by President Trump adds another 966 billion to that. Well the currency is devalued and its easy to tell...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 2/14/2020 Newsdump Friday (Holiday Weekend)

    02/14/2020 9:40:42 PM PST · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/14/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Jury deliberations in the rape and sexual assault trial of movie mogul and Democratic Party donor Harvey Weinstein set to begin Tuesday.... Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who was a vocal critic of President Trump and lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against the President, found guilty of attempted extortion... The Russian and Turkish military leader talking about the situation in Syria's Idlib province.... In Syria today two Syrian soldiers killed when their helicopter was downed with Turkish weaponry..... Another pro-Israel delegation making a trip to Saudi Arabia.... The Acting US Attorney in Washington opting to drop a criminal...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night Version Middle Finger In The Middle East, Rigged For Biden And...

    02/01/2020 8:50:15 PM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/1/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Great music from Gordon Lightfoot about the "Rainy Day People" who help us instead of hurting us. On Canada's CTV Lloyd Robertson had a conversation with Gordon Lightfoot broadcast in December 2017.... Where do we go after impeachment? In 1998 Bill Clinton opted for military action in Kosovo and Serbia siding with its Muslim population against the Serbs. What will the Trump post-impeachment policy be?.... And back here in the USA Kelli Stewart, John Lamb and other activists taking a stand for the rights of parents in the Kylee Dixon Case in Oregon..... The Middle Finger In The Middle East,...
  • Tougher Huawei restrictions have stalled after the Pentagon objects, sources say

    01/27/2020 10:46:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 26, 2020 | Ana Swanson, The New York Times
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has temporarily shelved a proposed rule change that would further restrict American sales to Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, after some officials in the Defense Department and other agencies argued that the measure, which was intended to protect national security, could actually undermine it, according to people familiar with the matter. The rule change, which multiple government agencies were reviewing, would close a loophole that allowed technology companies like Intel and Micron to continue shipping chips, software and other products to Huawei despite a ban that prevented the Chinese company from buying some American products....
  • 'His Time Was Due': Defense Secretary Esper Lays Out Exactly

    01/07/2020 3:11:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2020 | Julio Rosas
    Secretary of Defense Mark Esper defended President Trump's decision to order the strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force, during a press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday. Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes were killed by a U.S. airstrike while they were in a car at the Baghdad International Airport. In a statement, the Pentagon said Soleimani was in the country to carry out more attacks against Americans in the region. Iranian-backed militias were under Soleimani's orders to attack the American Embassy in Baghdad on New Year's Eve.Esper said they are not...