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  • An open letter from the mother of the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq to General Martin Dempsey

    04/19/2015 5:11:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2015 | Debbie Lee
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey responded to reports that Ramadi, Iraq is on the verge of an Islamic State today by describing Ramadi as “not symbolic in any way.” In an open letter, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc was the first Navy SEAL casualty in Ramadi, responded to his remarks today. I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi. “The city itself is not symbolic in any way” oh really are...
  • Is Obama White House Holding Bergdahl Report Hostage?

    01/21/2015 10:02:07 AM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 21, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Taliban Swap: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the report on the possible desertion of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be produced "fairly soon." Does it expose his trade for terrorists as another administration disaster? bfrrIt's bad enough that the Obama administration is conducting a clearance sale of al-Qaida detainees at Guantanamo, releasing the worst of the worst like a candy dispenser. But as the Islamic State spawns terror cells in Europe, and al-Qaida, the demise of which was greatly exaggerated, is linked to the terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris as revenge for...
  • Is nervous Obama White House holding Bergdahl report hostage?

    01/16/2015 9:08:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2015 | Lt. Col. Bill Cowan (ret.)
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Last Sunday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, indicated that he expected a decision “fairly soon” on whether the Army will court martial Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for allegedly deserting his post in Afghanistan, or has cleared him, paving the way for separation from the service and back pay in excess of $200,000. Moreover, a decision to clear Bergdahl may well open the door for him to be designated a former prisoner of war, ensuring him substantial monthly pay, medical and educational benefits for the rest of his life. To those who have followed all angles...
  • Gen. Dempsey: Guantánamo creates ‘scar’

    01/12/2015 5:44:36 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/11/15
    Count the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman among those who believe it’s in the national interest to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said the facility at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba “does create a psychological scar on our national values. Whether it should or not, it does.”
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • How to lose a war before it begins

    09/21/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The inescapable impression that the administration is at war with itself over Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria has grown difficult to ignore and impossible to paper over. The most recent example of this phenomenon came when President Barack Obama decided to devote a significant portion of a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday to repeating his assurances that American troops returning to the Middle East would not “have a combat mission.” His insistence came just one day after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told members of the Senate that he would...
  • Halting ISIS Would Require Attacks in Syria, Top General Says

    08/21/2014 1:48:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/21/2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday afternoon that it would not be possible to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria without attacking its fighters in Syria. General Dempsey, speaking at a news conference with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, did not commit the United States to carrying out airstrikes in Syria, and the Obama administration’s broader strategy for defeating the Sunni militant group remained unclear. Earlier in the day, the Pentagon announced that American warplanes had conducted six more strikes on ISIS targets in the vicinity of the Mosul...
  • Military’s top general offers grim outlook on nation’s defense

    03/05/2014 3:32:19 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 123 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 4 March 2014 | James Rosen
    The nation’s top military commander painted a dark picture Tuesday of future U.S. defense capabilities clouded by shrinking Pentagon budgets and adversaries’ technological advances that he said would erode American battlefield superiority. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provided his sobering views as part of the Quadrennial Defense Review, a congressionally mandated evaluation of U.S. military strength issued every four years. Dempsey predicted that it would become increasingly difficult to balance the competing demands of protecting allies abroad, securing Americans at home and deterring future wars. “The smaller and less capable military outlined in...
  • U.S. Military Eyes Cut to Pay, Benefits

    11/18/2013 7:52:38 PM PST · by shove_it · 45 replies
    Yahoo/WSJ ^ | 17 Nov 2013 | Julian E. Barnes
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif.—The U.S. military's top commanders, groping for ways to cope with a shrinking Pentagon budget, have agreed to a plan that would curb the growth of pay and benefits for housing, education and health—prized features of military life that for years have been spared from cuts. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a weekend interview that without such changes, the cost of military personnel would soon rise to 60% from about half of the defense budget. "What we have asked these young men and women to do over the last 10 years,...
  • America's Top Military Chief to Visit Israel Next Week

    08/07/2013 11:15:09 AM PDT · by Lera · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/7/13 | Ari Soffer
    The top US military officer is scheduled to arrive in Israel and Jordan next week, in a visit which will focus in part on Iran and the war in Syria, the US military said Wednesday. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet in Israel with his counterpart, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, to discuss advances in Iran's nuclear program, which Israel regards as an existential threat, given the Islamic regime's declared ambition of destroying the Jewish State, and continued support for anti-Israel terrorist groups. "In Israel, the chairman expects to discuss the United States'...
  • Dempsey’s Bombshell: No US Attack on Iran, Ever

    08/06/2013 2:27:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    INN ^ | Tuesday, August 06, 2013 8:32 AM | Mark Langfan
    On 19 July 2013, Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered an unclassified letter to Senator Carl Levin concerning the risks of US military intervention in Syria. While the letter is was ostensibly delivered to the Senate, it actually delivered the equivalent to ten American thermonuclear bombs hitting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem simultaneously. While the letter was supposedly written by Dempsey, it was surely approved and intensely vetted by President Obama himself. So while the letter had Dempsey’s signature, it was Obama’s policy. The Dempsey/Obama letter outlined all the catastrophic effects which would...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 August 2013

    08/04/2013 5:25:22 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 152 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 4th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Justin Amash, R-Mich.; Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Michael McCaul, R-Texas; and Sen. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y.THIS WEEK (ABC): Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.STATE OF THE UNION...
  • No-fly zone over Syria could run $1 billion a month to do … nothing

    07/23/2013 9:46:02 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    A day ago, Senator John McCain told Newsmax that the US needs to impose a no-fly zone in Syria to “negate Bashar Assad’s power” and force the regime to the negotiating table. Hours later, after McCain and Carl Levin demanded answers from the Joint Chiefs on why the military has not recommended this option, Joint Chiefs chair Martin Dempsey responded that a no-fly zone would cost between $500 million and $1 billion a month — and would largely be a non-sequitur anyway: "The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has told the Senate Armed Services Committee that establishing a...
  • Dempsey outlines Syria options, including deployment of ‘thousands’ of ground forces

    07/23/2013 6:38:01 AM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 23, 2013
    The nation's top military officer has laid out five options the Obama administration is considering on Syria, including "limited" strikes against the Assad regime and an all-out campaign to secure chemical weapons that includes "thousands" of U.S. forces. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed the options in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich. The letter was sent Monday as, on the other side of the Hill, the House Intelligence Committee signed off on the administration's call to arm the Syria opposition -- though the committee, which held that up for...
  • Another Chapter in the Saga of the Army Officer Allegedly Removed for His Teachings on Islam

    05/21/2013 10:42:32 AM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 1, 2013 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Some might recall Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley, the decorated Army officer (who says) he was fired last year from his position as a war college instructor because of his teachings about jihad and Islam. Now, he’s suffered another setback in his career: he’s been rejected as commander of a combat battalion.[snip]“But after 18 years of hard work, family sacrifice, six deployments and outstanding officer evaluations, Matt’s dream was shattered by Gen. Dempsey.”[snip]...“Yet, despite Gen. Dempsey’s personal attacks on LTC Dooley, a command review board consisting of generals and colonels voted to retain LTC Dooley on the list for battalion command....
  • DOD: Gen. Martin Dempsey opted to phone Florida pastor

    09/13/2012 3:06:36 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 Sep 12 | KATE BRANNEN
    <p>The military’s top uniformed leader decided on his own to phone an extremist Florida pastor linked to an inflammatory anti-Islamic online video, the Pentagon said Thursday – no one else asked him to do so.</p> <p>Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called Florida pastor Terry Jones on Wednesday to ask him to withdraw his support for the video that some reports have linked with anti-American unrest in the Muslim world, a spokesman said.</p>
  • Sen. Graham challenges Joint Chiefs' Chairman on Benghazi testimony

    05/09/2013 4:51:55 PM PDT · by what's up · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 9, 2013 | James Rosen
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued a sharp and unusual challenge to the truthfulness of the nation’s top uniformed military commander on Thursday, demanding that U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, return to Capitol Hill to provide fresh testimony on the Benghazi attacks. The point of contention involved whether any military officers issued an order to U.S. armed forces personnel on the night of Sept. 11, when the U.S. consulate and a nearby annex came under terrorist attack, to “stand down” from providing assistance. “I asked [Gen. Dempsey] directly,” Graham said in an exclusive interview...
  • Six Americans, including three civilians, killed in attacks in Afghanistan

    04/06/2013 1:05:33 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 6, 2013 | Ernesto Londońo
    Three American civilians and three U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, marking the deadliest day for Americans in the country this year and suggesting that even as the military coalition has shifted its focus to drawing down, the Taliban remains committed to fighting. The attacks came as Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Afghanistan to take stock of the war as U.S. officials continue to deliberate how quickly they should pull out the 68,000 American troops still deployed in the country. Coming days after an unusually deadly coordinated attack...
  • The war on 18-year-old girls (women in combat, draft registration)

    03/04/2013 8:57:32 PM PST · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    WND ^ | March 4, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The real war against women is the announced plan of the Obama administration, using outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as the fall guy, to assign women for the first time in American history to fight our nation’s enemies in military ground combat. That’s real war, with real guns, real bullets and real deaths. This war doesn’t involve only women who have volunteered to serve in our military. It’s a real war against all 18-year-old American girls, because for the first time in our nation’s history they will be required to sign up for the draft and be ready for...
  • Benghazi – Five months later the degree of the media’s dereliction of duty becomes clear…

    02/11/2013 3:13:17 PM PST · by Starman417 · 22 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-11-13 | Vince
    Of all of the characteristics one might ascribe to Susan Rice, prescience is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Surprisingly however, five years ago she said something that demonstrated a momentary clarity of vision that is staggering. In a March 2008 interview she said the following: “Clinton hasn’t had to answer the phone at 3:00 in the morning, and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready. They’re both not ready to have that 3 AM phone call.” If the events immediately following Benghazi showed Ambassador Rice to be a hapless marionette of the administration, the...
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman: ‘We Can Figure Out Privacy’ for Young Ladies in Frontline Combat,

    01/26/2013 9:26:55 AM PST · by chessplayer · 139 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Gen. Martin Dempsey, President Obama’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that the U.S. military could figure out ways to preserve the privacy of young ladies serving in frontline combat units, including special forces combat units such as the Navy Seals and the U.S. Army’s Delta Force.
  • Dempsey opposes demotion of 4-star accused of wasting funds

    10/04/2012 10:27:00 PM PDT · by Rabin · 51 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 4, 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR (AP)
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's top military officer is opposing the demotion of a four-star general for lavish travel and other expenses in a case that has been sitting on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's desk for weeks... Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believe that Gen. William Ward, (who claims a place in history as first) commander of Africa Command, should retire at his full four-star general.</p>
  • Memo that prompted Pentagon to purge ‘Offensive to Islam’ material released

    09/23/2012 9:37:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    Examiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER COLLINS
    The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced late last week that it is representing U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, a 1994 Graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and released the letter sent by 57 Muslim groups demanding the removal of military instructions that they say is offensive to Islam. In April 2012, LTC Dooley, a highly decorated combat veteran, was publically condemned by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved of his teaching assignment because of the negative way...
  • Top U.S. Military Officer Calls Pastor Over Film

    09/12/2012 12:09:03 PM PDT · by kristinn · 369 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Phil Stweart and David Adams
    General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with Pastor Terry Jones by phone on Wednesday and asked him to withdraw his support for a film whose portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad has sparked violent protests - including one that ended with the death of America's envoy to Libya
  • When Israel strikes Iran in October

    08/20/2012 9:41:27 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 31 replies
    wnd ^ | 08/20/12 | Joseph Farah
    Israel is in a political and security quandary. Officials are convinced it’s only a matter of time before Iran uses its nuclear capability against the Jewish state, living up to the dire threats its leaders have been making for years now. But Israeli leaders also fear they will lose the window of opportunity to deal a devastating military blow to Iran’s nuclear development if such a strike is not conducted by October of this year. Why? Because they believe Barack Obama has a reasonable expectation of being re-elected to the White House – and, if he is, he is likely,...
  • Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before US elections, claims Israel’s Channel 10

    08/20/2012 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | August. 20, 2012 | Times of Israel staff
    <p>The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.”</p>
  • Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before US elections, claims Israel’s Channel 10

    08/21/2012 5:45:20 AM PDT · by crosshairs · 32 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 8/20/12 | Times of Israel Staff
    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the US elections,” Israel’s Channel 10 News claimed on Monday night, and Israel is now “closer than ever” to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive. The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is...
  • Israel's October Surprise

    08/21/2012 1:20:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | August 20, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    I find it difficult to know if this is merely a further attempt to ratchet up the pressure on the Obama administration and Iran or if it is the real deal. Israel's Channel 10 reports the PM Netanyahu is determined to strike Iran's nuclear capabilities before the US election. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the US elections,” Israel’s Channel 10 News claimed on Monday night, and Israel is now “closer than ever” to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive. The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given...
  • Chilling

    08/22/2012 8:16:58 AM PDT · by george123 · 30 replies
    Vanity | 8/22/12 | gesully
    I read on Drudge and other places (certainly not the MSM) that Israel is going to attack Iran before the election. I couldn’t figure out why they would do that until I listened to Mark Taylor sitting in for Dennis Prager yesterday. He says the reason they want to do it is to force Obama to back them which they figure he would do because of the election. If they wait until after the election they are afraid he will not…will probably condemn them. And they can’t take the chance that Obama will lose because their country is at stake....
  • Obama to Israel - Drop Dead

    09/01/2012 12:55:51 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 14 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | August 31, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    Karl Vick and Aaron Klein report in Time Magazine, August 31, that the Obama Administration has decided to drastically reduce US involvement in planned joint military exercises with Israel scheduled for October. Time also reports that long promised missile interception systems will not be delivered by the US to Israel at that time. This news comes as Iran tests missiles and ramps up rhetoric calling for Israel's destruction. Time reports that Patriot missiles will be delivered to Israel without trained personnel and one instead of the two promised Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense warships will be docked on Israel's coast. Obama's...
  • Decision by Netanyahu, Barak to strike Iran is almost final

    09/01/2012 3:31:41 PM PDT · by xzins · 91 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Aug 31 | Times of Israel staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have “almost finally” decided on an Israeli strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities this fall, and a final decision will be taken “soon,” Israel’s main TV news broadcast reported on Friday evening. Channel 2 News, the country’s leading news program, devoted much of its Friday night broadcast to the issue, detailing the pros and cons that, it said, have taken Netanyahu and Barak to the brink of approving an Israeli military attack despite opposition from the Obama administration and from many Israeli security chiefs. Critically, the station’s diplomatic correspondent Udi Segal said,...
  • Israel About To Go Nuclear, Iran to Re-enter Stone Age

    09/01/2012 5:45:27 PM PDT · by Bob Leibowitz · 31 replies
    Leibowitz's Canticle ^ | 9/1/2012 | Leibowitz
    Dateline: Tel Aviv, sometime in the next six weeks From this moment the State of Israel declares a state of war exists between the State of Israel and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Because Israel views the threats by the government of the IRI in conjunction with its efforts to develop nuclear weapons and means of delivery as existential threats, Israel will take all actions necessary, specifically including unilateral and preemptive military action, to protect its citizens from the threats posed by representatives of the government of the IRI and to assure Israel's continued survival. To minimize...
  • Why Israel Doesn't Trust Obama The U.S. is harder on its ally than on Iran's nuclear program.

    09/02/2012 1:52:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/2/12 | editor
    Barack Obama is fond of insisting that he "has Israel's back." Maybe he should mention that to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. In remarks to journalists in London quoted by the Guardian, General Martin Dempsey warned that any Israeli attack on Iran would "clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran's nuclear programs." He also said economic sanctions on Iran were having an effect and needed more time to work, but that the good they were doing "could be undone if [Iran] was attacked prematurely."
  • Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before US elections, claims Israel’s Channel 10

    08/23/2012 7:54:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | August 20, 2012 | attack’By Times of Israel staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the US elections,” Israel’s Channel 10 News claimed on Monday night, and Israel is now “closer than ever” to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive. The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting...
  • Is Bibi Bluffing on Iran Strike?

    08/27/2012 8:59:57 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 22 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08.16.2012 | Jonathan S Tobin
    In Israel this week, people are lining up for gas masks, a new Homeland Defense has been set to work to deal with the task of readying the country for the possibility of attacks from Iran, Lebanon and Gaza, and pundits are working overtime trying to figure out whether the nation’s political leadership is serious about launching a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities sometime this fall. Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, is doing his best to convince Americans that the saber-rattling coming out Jerusalem is not a bluff aimed at forcing the West to toughen sanctions on...
  • Netanyahu's dangerous decision-making on Iran

    08/27/2012 9:07:22 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 14 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 21 Aug 2012 | John Bell
    Israeli PM Netanyahu and his Defence Minister Ehud Barak may be on the verge of making a decision to attack Iran against the views of many in their own country and abroad. ... the Israeli leadership may feel compelled to act, because of its concerns regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions, and because rhetoric has boxed the leaders in: they either strike or look like they have been crying wolf. Of course, many view the noise from Israel as a ploy aimed at ensuring the preferred option: an American strike (and that ploy is working); however, many keen observers of Israel believe...
  • 'PM tells US 'time has run out' on Iran diplomacy'

    08/31/2012 7:31:40 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    J Post ^ | 8/31/2012 - 13 Elul 5772
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu got into a diplomatic shouting match with US Ambassador Dan Shapiro over US President Barack Obama's handling of Iran's nuclear program, saying "time has run out" for diplomacy, Yediot Aharonot cited a source as saying on Friday.
  • U.S. to Israel: If You Attack, We Don’t Have Your Back

    08/30/2012 1:05:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 61 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/8/12 | Gil Ronen
    The U.S. military's top officer made statements Thursday which appear to warn Israel that it should not expect U.S. assistance if it chooses to attack Iran's nuclear weapons program. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, said such an attack would "clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran's nuclear program," The Guardian reported Thursday. He added: "I don't want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it." Dempsey said he did not know Iran's nuclear intentions, seeing as intelligence does not reveal intentions. What was clear, he said, was that the "international coalition" applying pressure...
  • US denies drill with Israel pared down due to lack of trust (Missile Defense)

    08/31/2012 7:53:52 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/31/2012 | Unattributed
    A US-Israeli ballistic missile exercise postponed until this autumn will involve fewer US military personnel than initially planned, the Pentagon said on Friday, but it rejected a media report portraying the decision as a sign of US mistrust. The exercise is being planned amid rising war talk in the Israeli media and reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are debating a unilateral attack on Iran to knock out its nuclear installations. Washington has cautioned Israel against going it alone. .... Time magazine reported on Friday that initially about 5,000 US troops were planned to be...
  • Exclusive: U.S. Scales-Back Military Exercise with Israel, Affecting Potential Iran Strike

    09/01/2012 8:26:35 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Seven months ago, Israel and the United States postponed a massive joint military exercise that was originally set to go forward just as concerns were brimming that Israel would launch a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The exercise was rescheduled for late October, and appears likely to go forward on the cusp of the U.S. presidential election. But it won’t be nearly the same exercise. Well-placed sources in both countries have told TIME that Washington has greatly reduced the scale of U.S. participation, slashing by more than two-thirds the number of American troops going to Israel and reducing both the...
  • WSJ in Scathing Editorial Justifies Israel's Mistrust of Obama Largest U.S. paper says Obama's

    09/02/2012 1:56:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    INN ^ | 9/2/12 | Gil ronen
    The largest-circulation newspaper in the United States, the Wall Street Journal, has penned a scathing editorial against the Obama Administration's handling of the crisis with Iran, saying that its attitude is pushing the Jewish state to strike Iran on its own. Following Gen. Martin Dempsey's statement that "I don’t want to be complicit" if Israel chooses to attack Iran, the Journal writes acidly: ”We don’t know what exactly Gen. Dempsey thinks American non-complicity might entail in the event of a strike. Should the Administration refuse to resupply Israel with jets and bombs, or condemn an Israeli strike at the U.N.?...
  • US disowns Israel over Iran strike: No weapons or military backup

    09/01/2012 10:33:37 AM PDT · by bkopto · 19 replies
    DEBKA ^ | Sept 1, 2012 | Staff
    US Gen. Martin Dempsey’s assertion Thursday, Aug. 30 that the US would not be “complicit” in an Israel strike against Iran, together with the drastic reduction in the scale of next month’s joint US-Israeli war game disclosed by TIME, add up to a blunt message from US President Barack Obama to Israel: You are on your own! See how you manage without special US weapons and US military backup, including a shield against missile counter-attack, if you decide to defy us and go through with a military operation against Iran. Instead of the 5,000 US troops originally assigned for Austere...
  • Netanyahu Goes Nuclear on Obama

    09/02/2012 9:37:59 AM PDT · by Justaham · 98 replies
    .breitbart.com ^ | 9/2/12 | Awr Hawkins
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly shouted "Time has run out!" at U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, as the two met in Israel earlier this week and discussed the Obama administration's position on Iran. The Jerusalem Post reported that Shapiro was in Israel for meetings with Netanyahu, and at some point the PM couldn't hold his frustration with President Obama in any longer: "Instead of pressuring Iran in an effective way, Obama and his people are pressuring us not to attack the nuclear facilities." Those present say Netanyahu then said assertively: "Time has run out!" Shapiro responded by alleging that Netanyahu...
  • Why Israel Doesn't Trust Obama

    09/02/2012 2:59:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Barack Obama is fond of insisting that he "has Israel's back." Maybe he should mention that to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. In remarks to journalists in London quoted by the Guardian, General Martin Dempsey warned that any Israeli attack on Iran would "clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran's nuclear programs." He also said economic sanctions on Iran were having an effect and needed more time to work, but that the good they were doing "could be undone if [Iran] was attacked prematurely." And to underscore the firmness of his opposition to an Israeli strike, the Chairman added...
  • Top US General Blasts Ex-Officers for Attacking Obama

    08/21/2012 4:32:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 233 replies
    AFP ^ | Tuesday, August 21, 2012
    ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT — US military chief General Martin Dempsey denounced ex-officers Tuesday for waging a campaign against President Barack Obama, arguing that soldiers had a duty to stay above the political fray. Wading into a potential minefield during a hotly contested White House race, Dempsey voiced his disapproval of a group of retired military members and CIA officers who have accused Obama of spilling sensitive national security details to help secure his re-election. Asked if the group's criticism was valid or useful, Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he would not comment on...
  • Senators Back Netanyahu in Pentagon Row

    02/25/2012 8:27:00 AM PST · by Library Lady · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | Gavriel Queenann
    US Senator John McCain backed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this week in a growing divergence of views with Washington on how to confront Iran's nuclear program. On Tuesday, Netanyahu charged that US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey was "unwilling to aid Israel" in ensuring Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. Netanyahu added that Dempsey's assertion a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would be "destabilizing” for peace talks and “not prudent” for America’s efforts "served the Iranians." Siding with Netanyahu, McCain told reporters in Jerusalem “There should be no daylight between America and Israel in...
  • US General: We Can Successfully Attack Iran

    12/21/2011 4:59:14 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said Tuesday that the United States can successfully attack Iran, if necessary. His biggest worry is that Iran will "miscalculate our resolve. Dempsey, speaking to CNN during a worldwide tour, spoke one day after Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that the American government will not allow Iran to produce a nuclear weapon. He said that if Iran continues to enrich high-grade uranium, it could produce a nuclear weapon within a year, an estimate formerly given by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. "My biggest worry is they [Iran] will miscalculate...
  • Top U.S. General: Military option on Iran 'executable if necessary'

    12/21/2011 2:43:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | 12/21/11
    Top U.S. General: Military option on Iran 'executable if necessary' In an interview with CNN, General Martin Dempsey says miscalculation may draw the country into a prolonged conflict, which would be 'a tragedy for the region and the world.' By Haaretz Published 09:12 21.12.11 Latest update 09:12 21.12.11 The United States is capable of carrying out a military strike on Iran, according to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. In an interview with CNN, Dempsey stated that a military option would be "executable if necessary", but warned that the United States should not “miscalculate” its...
  • Obama Chooses Dempsey to Be Next Joint Chiefs Head

    05/30/2011 8:42:00 AM PDT · by kristinn · 56 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Monday, May 30, 2011 | Robert Burns
    President Barack Obama moved Monday to complete an overhaul of the national security apparatus, selecting Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as his new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman amid a winding down of the war in Iraq, protracted battle in Afghanistan and American assistance to the NATO-led effort against Libya's Moammar Gadhafi. Obama announced a new lineup of his top military leadership group in the Rose Garden of the White House just before venturing across the Potomac to pay tribute to the nation's war dead at Arlington National Cemetery. The Memorial Day announcements had been expected, although there was no immediate...
  • Army General Martin Dempsey to Become Central Command Chief

    03/28/2008 5:16:10 AM PDT · by RDTF · 21 replies · 1,023+ views
    fox ^ | March 28, 2008 | AP
    WASHINGTON — One of the Army's most Iraq-savvy generals is taking charge, at least temporarily, of arguably the most important command in the U.S. military, with responsibility for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a ceremony Friday at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey is to assume command of U.S. Central Command from Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, who announced unexpectedly on March 11 that he was quitting. Fallon cited press reports that he was at odds with President Bush over Iran policy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has denied that Fallon was out of step...