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  • ‘Flexibility’ run amok

    03/28/2012 4:34:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Editorial staff
    Ah, yes, get ready for the post-election Barack Obama. And we thought it was all going to be about the economy and his redistributionist agenda. Far from it. In fact, it’s the Obama free to be himself on foreign policy that really poses a threat. -excerpt- Back in September 2009, Obama basically scrapped a system of land-based interceptor missiles that were to be placed in Poland and the Czech Republic and aimed to protect Europe from a possible rogue missile threat from Iran — deals negotiated by the Bush administration. -excerpt- Well, apart from Putin, the only person who will...
  • Russian president swipes at Romney over 'flexibility' attack [Medvedev endorsement to Barry]

    03/27/2012 4:19:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 27, 2012 | Kathleen Hennessey
    Reporting from Seoul— U.S. politics combined with diplomacy as Russian President Dmitri Medvedev took a swipe at Mitt Romney and President Obama, pointing to an uncooperative Congress and a toxic political environment at home to explain why he was delaying negotiations with Russian leaders over missile defense. Romney, in a CNN interview Monday, had referred to Russia as "our No. 1 geopolitical foe," prompting Medvedev to tell reporters here that the Republican front-runner's language seemed out of date and "smelled of Hollywood" stereotypes. "Regarding ideological cliches, every time this or that side uses phrases like 'enemy No. 1', this always...
  • Obama's 'secret' plea to Russia plays right into Romney's meme

    03/27/2012 4:18:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 27, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    Barack Obama has, like most in public life, made his share of gaffes--the president of Canada, 57 states, the Austrian language, E Pluribus Unum, the pronunciation of corpsman, among others. To be sure, they are stunning signs of ignorance of things that are common wisdom for most, even Harvard alums. Closet Obama supporters will seek to downplay the incident. But his Monday mis-step is huge politically and may well come to haunt and hurt him as Republican Mitt Romney rolls out the attack plan for this fall's campaign and before. Of all the GOP wannabes, Romney has been Obama's most...
  • Obama asks Russia for 'space' through election [Disgusting: Obama caught on audio selling out USA]

    03/26/2012 4:42:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 173 replies · 82+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/26/2012 | Jennifer Epstein
    President Barack Obama offered a private request Monday to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for some “space” on missile defense ahead of November’s elections. “On all these issues, particularly on missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama said, referring to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a TV pool reporter who heard audio recorded by a Russian reporter who was in the room moments before the two leaders spoke to reporters after their 90-minute meeting. “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you,” Medvedev responded. A...
  • Obama Demands Smaller U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, Praises Russia (Unilateral Disarmament alert)

    03/27/2012 11:52:13 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 9 replies
    New American ^ | 3-27-12 | Alex Newman
    President Obama promised on Monday to pursue yet another controversial agreement with Russian officials to further slash both governments’ nuclear arsenals, saying the United States already controls more than enough atomic weapons. Speaking ahead of a global “security” summit in Seoul, South Korea, Obama also blasted the regimes ruling North Korea and Iran. Despite several high-profile disagreements in recent years, outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev praised the Obama administration, saying relations between the two governments had reached their “best level” in a decade. Obama, meanwhile, thanked Medvedev for his “cooperation” and said he could not have asked for a “better...
  • Obama's Zone Defense

    03/27/2012 10:30:41 AM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 4 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | March 27, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    resident Obama, under mounting political pressure following disclosure of comments to Russia’s president about future flexibility in missile defense talks, told reporters on Tuesday he is not “hiding the football” regarding secret talks on the issue. The president was overheard Monday through an open microphone in Seoul having a private conversation with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. The president said Moscow should give him “space” from political pressure during the reelection campaign. In exchange, he promised more “flexibility” in addressing Moscow’s opposition to planned missile defenses in Europe, comments widely viewed as offering additional concessions on U.S. strategic defenses. Medvedev said...
  • Obama and Medvedev exchange caught on open microphone - VIDEO (Obama pleeds for mor time)

    03/26/2012 5:06:54 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 35 replies · 22+ views
    An open microphone captured US President Barack Obama assuring Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have "more flexibility" to deal with missile defense after this year's US presidential election.
  • The terrible truth told by Obama's open mic slip

    03/27/2012 2:04:31 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 147 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/27/12 | Christian Whiton
    President Obama just gave the world a glimpse into his future foreign policy plans this week, should he win a second term. On tap for Obama II: more faith in our adversaries, more betrayal of our traditional allies and more unilateral indulgence in nuclear abolition fantasies. Monday, President Obama told Russian President Medvedev that “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” Medvedev responded that he would dutifully report that tidbit to Vladimir Putin back in the Kremlin. The men apparently did not realize their discussion was being caught by a live microphone. Given that the...
  • Obama Explains His Secret Plans to Sell Out America That Were Caught on Open Mic

    03/27/2012 12:43:55 PM PDT · by forbushalltheway · 17 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | March 27, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama explained his secret plans to sell out America and her allies that were caught during an open mic discussion with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Obama told Medvedev to wait until after his reelection to sell out American security. Politico reported, via Lucianne: President Barack Obama offered an extended explanation here Tuesday of the hot mic moment that caught him asking Russia’s president for some “space” and “flexibility” until after November’s election. “The only way I get this stuff done is If I’m consulting with the Pentagon, with Congress, if I’ve got bipartisan support and frankly, the current environment...
  • Krauthammer: Obama Admitted To Medvedev That Second Term Will Be Hard Left

    03/27/2012 10:45:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 3/27/12 | Staff
    KRAUTHAMMER: I think that the key word here in that exchange was Obama saying to the Russians, 'this is my last election.' It's not just that 'I have another election and I'll be occupied with other issues, let's talk about this. It's a complicated want in December.' 'This is my last election.' That's his way of saying with a nod and a wink, 'Look, you guys have a free hand because you run a dictatorship, your elections are rigged. Well, ours aren't rigged, but once I get passed my last election, I'm unleashed. I can do anything
  • Obama on hot-mic moment: I wasn’t “hiding the ball” (on missile defense)

    03/27/2012 7:02:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    After a day of spin from the White House didn’t tamp down outrage over Barack Obama’s sotto voce conversation with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, the President himself addressed the controversy. Earlier today, Obama insisted that nothing he told Medvedev was out of the ordinary, and that he wasn’t “hiding the ball” on missile defense: A defensive President Obama said Tuesday he wasn’t guilty of “hiding the ball” when an open microphone caught him pleading with the president of Russia to delay missile shield talks until after this year’s elections.“The only way I get this stuff done is If I’m consulting...
  • Obama Compounds the Problem

    03/27/2012 6:53:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 17, 2012 | William Kristol
    President Obama's explanation today of his private request yesterday, captured on an open microphone, of Russian president Dmitry Medvedev for some "space" and "flexibility" until after November's election, simply compounds the problem. "The only way I get this stuff done is if I'm consulting with the Pentagon, with Congress, if I've got bipartisan support and frankly, the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations," Obama told reporters. And Obama insisted his comments to Medvedev were "not a matter of hiding the ball—I'm on record" about wanting to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles. Obama is being disingenuous: His...
  • Obama says he's not 'hiding the ball' on Russia

    03/26/2012 8:50:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 78+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 26, 2012 | ANNE GEARAN and CHARLES BABINGTON
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's not trying to "hide the ball" in negotiations with Russia over U.S. plans for a missile defense shield in Europe. The shield is opposed by Russia in its current form; new talks that might lead to U.S. concessions are opposed by Republican in Congress.
  • Obama’s Russian Comments ‘Destructive of American Interests,’ Gingrich Says

    03/26/2012 6:59:29 PM PDT · by VinL · 24 replies · 45+ views
    ABC ^ | 3-26-12 | Goldman
    Newt Gingrich, the first candidate to campaign in Delaware, came here Monday night pushing his $2.50-per-gallon-of-gas energy plan and jabbing President Obama about comments caught on an open microphone with outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Gingrich said that Obama’s suggestion that he would have more flexibility to negotiate on nuclear arms after winning the 2012 election, was “destructive of American interests.” “This is a president who is amazingly destructive of American interests, something by the way of which we were reminded of today, when he didn’t know there was an open microphone,” he said to meeting of local Republican groups....
  • President Obama’s Treacherous Deals with the Russians

    03/26/2012 6:04:32 PM PDT · by null and void · 35 replies · 18+ views
    Conservative Daily ^ | Mar 26, 2012 | Kyle Becker
    President Obama gave a hot mic supplication to departing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that Putin should give him more “space” and “flexibility” on such national security issues as Anti-Ballistic Missile defense. According to Obama, this will be his “last election,” after all. Of course, any mention of this eye-popping exchange outside the credentialed press will be spun by Pravda West as mere blog fodder for de-contextualized right-wing hysterics. Well, comrades, let’s at least make sure our hysterics are properly contextualized, shall we? The exposed convo between the two outgoing presidents runs as follows and was originally reported by Jake Tapper...
  • All the Pravda

    03/27/2012 4:40:42 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Monday, March 26, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    For a man so in love with the technology of image, the camera, the microphone and the teleprompter, the leader of the increasingly less free world has a natural tendency to put a little too much faith in it. This is the second time that an open microphone has let Obama down, the first time it recorded him stabbing an ally in the back, the second time it recorded him stabbing a few dozen more in the back. Medvedev, whose bosom buddy just managed to cling to power with a stolen election and brutal suppression of protests, surely understands how...
  • Obama’s ‘Flexibility’ on Missile Defense

    03/27/2012 12:23:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies · 147+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | March 27, 2012 | Rick Moran
    President Barack Obama’s open mic comments to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, asking for “space” on missile defense until after the US presidential elections in November when he believes he will have more “flexibility” to negotiate have the White House in full damage control mode. Obama’s request that the Russians hang tight until after the election is not in itself all that surprising. This is an election year and something as vital to US security as missile defense should not be negotiated in a partisan atmosphere. But the key word in the president’s comments is “flexibility.” And the key question is:...
  • Obama makes light of, clarifies hot mic moment

    03/26/2012 11:41:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 37 replies · 341+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 26, 2012 | Kimberly Schwandt
    President Obama made light Tuesday of the hot microphone moment he had the day earlier with Russian President Medvedev, where he said that after the November election, he'd have more "flexibility" on the issue of missile defense. Just as leaders were greeting one another and about to sit down at the opening session of the Nuclear Security Summit, Obama spotted Medvedev, looks over at him, puts his hands over the microphone in front of him with a big smile, and then goes to greet the Russian president. Obama was asked about the "flexibility" statement later while making remarks to the...
  • US eyes missile-defense shields for Asia, Middle East

    03/26/2012 9:22:08 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies · 57+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/25/2012 | Jerusalem Post/Reuters
    The United States is seeking to build regional shields against ballistic missiles in both Asia and the Middle East akin to an emerging bulwark in Europe, a senior Pentagon official disclosed Monday. The effort may complicate US ties with Russia and China, both of which fear such defenses could harm their security even though the United States says they are designed only to protect against states like Iran and North Korea. The US push for new regional bulwarks includes two sets of trilateral dialogues - one with Japan and Australia and the other with Japan and South Korea, said Madelyn...
  • Will Voters Give Obama The Flexibility To Surrender?

    03/26/2012 6:19:45 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies · 66+ views
    IBD editorials ^ | March 26, 2012
    National Security: The president tells his Russian counterpart to give him space until November when, if re-elected, he'll be able to give away missile defense and the rest of the store without political consequences. It seems President Obama has a space program after all, one in which the Russians cool it on the dismantling of U.S. missile defenses until the least transparent administration in history can razzle-dazzle, smoke-and-mirror and divide-and-conquer its way into a second term. One of the subtexts of the 2012 campaign has been the fear of what a second-term Obama will do unfettered by the need to...
  • Seoul poised to shoot down NK rocket debris

    03/26/2012 5:59:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 3 replies · 23+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 3/26/2012 | Lee Tae-hoon
    The military is mulling ordering the deployment of missile interceptors to shoot down any debris that could fall on South Korean territory in the event that a satellite bearing North Korean rocket strays from its planned trajectory. The Stalinist regime recently announced that it would launch a satellite from a long-range rocket sometime between April 12 and 16 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the April 15 birth of its founder Kim Il-sung. “We are preparing measures to track the missile's trajectory and shoot it down if by any chance it deviates from the planned route and falls into...
  • President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election

    03/26/2012 2:44:46 PM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies · 6+ views
    ABC News ^ | Mar 26, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    Full title: President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’ SEOUL, South Korea — At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense, but incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.” The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders. The exchange: President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this,...
  • McCain calls Obama an ‘Etch A Sketch leader’ for 'flexible' comment

    03/26/2012 3:11:12 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped President Obama as "a real 'Etch a Sketch' leader" for suggesting he could switch his policy on missile defense after the election. In the midst of an often tense discussion between the United States and Russia over plans for a U.S.-led NATO European missile defense system, Obama was heard asking Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for more time on the subject and promising he will have “more flexibility” following the election in November. The comments came across a live mic the two leaders did not appear to realize was on. "Pres Obama tells Medvedev he'll be...
  • Obama to Medvedev: “Give Me Space” on Missile Defense

    03/26/2012 1:31:00 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 16 replies · 6+ views
    The Foundry/Heritage Foundation ^ | March 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Michaela Bendikova
    The United States does not need to protect itself from the threat of ballistic missiles right now. At least that is what President Obama suggests with his recent exchange between himself and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. The exchange was as follows: President Obama: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.” President Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you.…” President Obama: “This is my last election. After my election I have more...
  • Obama’s Comments to Medvedev Reveal Missile Defense Policy

    03/26/2012 1:30:49 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 2 replies · 5+ views
    The Foundry/Heritage Foundation ^ | March 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Baker Spring
    It is a fundamental trust the American people put in a President that he will do all within his power to defend them against foreign military threats. This trust is no less applicable to threats posed by ballistic missiles. President Obama, however, apparently thinks very little of his responsibility to honor this trust. In an unguarded comment to outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in Seoul, South Korea, on March 26, President Obama made it clear that he will exhibit more “flexibility” in accommodating Russian objections to the U.S. expanding its missile defense capabilities after he is re-elected. What President Obama...
  • Congressman to Obama: You’d better not be trading away our missile defense, champ

    03/26/2012 9:29:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies · 35+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/26/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    It remains to be seen how the media will cover the explosive revelation from ABC's Jake Tapper that Barack Obama asked Russian president Dmitri Medvedev to get Vladimir Putin to give him some "space" on missile defense so that he could be more "flexible" with the Russians in a second term. So far, the tepid coverage from National Journal and the Washington Post suggests that the media doesn't consider a request to another nation to pipe down so an American President can win a second term and deliver more favorable policy to a potential antagonist more than a "gaffe". They...
  • S. Korea to shoot down N. Korea rocket if it strays

    03/25/2012 10:30:18 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies · 3+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/26/2012 | Space War/AFP
    South Korea is preparing to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it strays into the South's territory during a launch planned for next month, the defence ministry said Monday. The South Korean and US military are closely monitoring activity at the Tongchang-ri base, a ministry spokesman said, a day after Seoul confirmed the main body of a rocket had been moved to the site in the North's northwest. Seoul is concerned that the first stage of the rocket, scheduled to drop into the Yellow Sea between South Korea and China, may fall onto the South's territory, the spokesman said....
  • Congress seeks more U.S. aid for Iron Dome

    03/23/2012 7:36:46 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/23/2012 | UPI
    Key leaders of the U.S. Congress want U.S. President Barack Obama to provide funds to help Israel, should it request it, to produce more batteries of the Iron Dome counter-rocket system. Israel's air force has three batteries deployed to protect cities in the southern Negev Desert against rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip but budget problems mean it can't fund more batteries needed to shield the rest of the country. Iron Dome, which racked up a 90 percent kill rate against Palestinian Qassam and Grad rockets in recent weeks, was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems...
  • House Strategic Forces Chairman Slams Obama On Missile Defense

    03/20/2012 10:49:07 PM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    Aol Defense ^ | 3/20/2012 | Sydney J Freedberg
    The chairman of the House subcommittee on strategic nuclear forces slammed the Obama Administration today for what he called its lackadaisical approach to missile defense in the face of rising threats from North Korea, Iran, and – implicitly – China. "We all know that the world is getting less safe," Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) told reporters at a breakfast talk in Washington, D.C. "Look at North Korea, look at Iran," he said. "These are real and emerging threats that we need to stay ahead of," he said, "[but] if you listen to the hearings in our committee, there is a...
  • Disarming America: Obama Betrays Reagan's Dream

    03/19/2012 2:30:05 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 19, 2012 | IBD editorials
    The Obama Record: The president's shredding of the Constitution began at the Preamble's provision for the common defense. He gave away our missile defense to appease Moscow and betray our allies. Derided as Star Wars, the Strategic Defense Initiative announced by President Reagan on March 23, 1983, was to be the fulfillment of his dream of being able to deter or even defeat a nuclear missile attack, rather than avenge one, with a multilayered system of defenses aimed at enemy missiles in all stages of flight. SDI and its concept of defending America and its allies were attacked as destabilizing...
  • Missile Defenses Offering Israel Calm in Conflict

    03/14/2012 10:43:08 PM PDT · by U-238 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/13/2012 | Joshua Mitnick
    Facing the worst barrage of rockets from Palestinian militants since 2009, Israel is getting a boost from a new interceptor system that destroys missiles in midair before they fall on population centers. The "Iron Dome" missile system has provided an added layer of security for Israel's homeland by downing dozens of rockets in the past four days, buying more time for the country's leaders to confront militants with less citizen pressure to stem hostilities. The system underlines Israel's shifting doctrine of emphasizing defense capabilities in addition to its offensive firepower, and offers a preview of how Israel will handle any...
  • Enhancing NATO’s Missile Defence

    03/14/2012 8:41:30 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Defense Aerospace ^ | 3/14/2012 | Defense Aerospace
    The proliferation of ballistic missiles poses an increasing threat to Allied populations, territory and deployed forces. This is the reason why the Netherlands decided to contribute to NATO’s Missile Defence system. “From intelligence we know that now more than 30 countries have or are acquiring ballistic missiles. They do not pose an immediate threat, but in the long run it could become a threat and in order to be prepared for that, we think it is important that NATO develops ballistic missile defence capability and that the Netherlands participates in contributing to that capability,” says Pieter-Henk Schroor from the Dutch...
  • U.S. DoD and the Army Have Their Math Wrong on Missile Defense Cuts

    03/13/2012 10:32:02 PM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 3/13/2012 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D
    The way the Department of Defense does math, two plus two never equals four. Take this simple equation. Add the growing threat from theater ballistic missiles to the Army’s search for relevance in the post Iraq/Afghanistan world and the answer should come up: expand the Army’s role in missile defense. What does the Pentagon/Army do? They have decided to cut the number of batteries of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that will be acquired in the near-term by a third, from nine to six batteries. The THAAD is an extremely capable, mobile, land-based system that can perform...
  • Game Changer: Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System

    03/12/2012 5:45:53 PM PDT · by U-238 · 30 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 3/12/2012 | Rick Moran
    Palestinian terrorists fired more than 160 rockets at dozens of civilian targets from Friday through Sunday, injuring three Israeli citizens and causing extensive damage. The escalated rocket attacks were in apparent retaliation for an Israeli strike against one of the major commanders of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), which was planning terrorist attacks by infiltrating through the Sinai. The commander, Zuhair al-Qaissi, also planned and carried out attacks through the Sinai last August that killed eight Israelis. Three other terrorists were killed in the strike which precipitated a blizzard of rocket fire from the PRC that struck several towns in...
  • Iron Dome ups its interception rate to over 90%

    03/11/2012 6:40:29 PM PDT · by U-238 · 34 replies
    the Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/10/2012 | Yaakov Katz and Yaakov Lappin
    The Israel Air Force’s Iron Dome rocket-defense system intercepted 27 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip over the weekend, raising the interception rate from 75 percent last year to over 90%. Israel currently has three Iron Dome batteries in operation – in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beersheba – and plans to deploy the fourth in the coming months. Its plan is to deploy a total of nine batteries by mid-2013. The battery in Ashdod intercepted 11 rockets out of 13 fired into the city; the battery in Ashkelon intercepted one rocket and purposely did not intercept four others since they were...
  • Obama To Give Missile Secrets To Russia With Love?

    03/08/2012 2:02:32 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 8, 2012 | IBD staff
    Security: A deputy defense secretary tells Congress that the administration is indeed considering giving Moscow sensitive Aegis ballistic missile defense data. We've gone from "trust but verify" to "appease and surrender." Brad Roberts testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday that the Obama administration was actively considering giving Moscow classified missile defense data to allay Russian concerns about the capabilities and intent of our proposed ballistic missile defense system based in Europe to guard against missiles launched from Iran. Roberts testified that the administration believes "cooperation could be well-served by some limited sharing of classified information of a certain...
  • Obama To Give Missile Secrets To Russia With Love?

    03/07/2012 8:13:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    investors.com ^ | March 7, 2012
    Security: A deputy defense secretary tells Congress that the administration is indeed considering giving Moscow sensitive Aegis ballistic missile defense data. We've gone from "trust but verify" to "appease and surrender." Brad Roberts testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday that the Obama administration was actively considering giving Moscow classified missile defense data to allay Russian concerns about the capabilities and intent of our proposed ballistic missile defense system based in Europe to guard against missiles launched from Iran. Roberts testified that the administration believes "cooperation could be well-served by some limited sharing of classified information of a certain...
  • Arrow Weapon System Intercepts Target During Missile Defense Test

    03/05/2012 12:28:52 AM PST · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/4/2012 | US Missile Defense Agency
    The joint U.S.-Israel Arrow Weapon System successfully intercepted a ballistic target missile during a flight test conducted today. This test is part of the Arrow System Improvement Program (ASIP) and was conducted jointly by the Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency at the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division-Pt. Mugu Sea Range. At 10:30 p.m. local time (Pacific Standard Time), the target missile was launched from a Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) off the coast of California, within the Pt. Mugu test range. The target was representative of potential ballistic missile threats facing Israel. The Arrow...
  • US mothballs airborne laser missile defense weapon

    03/04/2012 11:28:49 PM PST · by U-238 · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/1/2012 | CBS News
    The Pentagon has mothballed a laser-equipped jumbo jet after 15 years and $5 billion worth of research to develop an airborne missile defense system. Budget cuts shot down the Airborne Laser Test Bed but some research into anti-missile lasers will continue, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. "We didn't have the funding to continue flying the aircraft," agency spokeswoman Debra Christman told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/xEnw3z ). The plane, a Boeing 747 mounted with a high-energy chemical laser, has been sent into storage at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, the agency said. The base near Tucson, Ariz., serves...
  • IDF to deploy Iron Dome in Central Israel

    02/19/2012 8:26:02 PM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies
    Ynet ^ | 2/19/2012 | Yoav Zitun
    The IDF is planning to deploy an Iron Dome battery in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area for the first time as part of a drill simulating a missile attack, Ynet learned Sunday. The Iron Dome system aims to provide protection from medium-range rockets used by Hamas and Hezbollah and is part of Israel's multi-layered defense layout which also includes the Arrow 2 and Magic Wand systems. Residents of Central Israel will be able to get a closer look at the Iron Dome battery which has been found to be effective in intercepting rockets fired at southern communities. The aim is...
  • Turkey will not allow NATO to share intelligence with Israel

    02/17/2012 10:28:20 PM PST · by U-238 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/17/2012 | Breitbart
    Turkey will never allow any third country, particularly Israel, to use intelligence obtained by a NATO radar system, its foreign minister said on Friday. "We will never allow any third country to use any NATO facility. Our position will be even more clear if it is particularly Israel," Davutoglu told a joint news conference with visiting NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Ankara. His remarks came after some media outlets reported that the United States and Israel have carried out a joint missile test by using intelligence gathered by a NATO radar system based in eastern Turkey. Last year Ankara...
  • Obama To Betray Missile Defense Secrets To Moscow

    01/09/2012 6:09:03 PM PST · by raptor22 · 41 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 9, 2012 | IBD staff
    Appeasement: From ObamaCare to recess appointments, honoring the Constitution has not been an administration hallmark. But when it comes to betraying secrets to mollify the Russians, it becomes a document the president hides behind. It was bad enough that the 2012 defense authorization bill signed by President Obama set America on a downward spiral of military mediocrity. He also issued a signing statement, something he once opposed, saying that language in the bill aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on the U.S. Standard Missile-3 — linchpin of our missile defense — might impinge on his constitutional foreign-policy authority. Section 1227...
  • A Revolution Descending [dismantling of America]

    01/08/2012 9:23:38 AM PST · by DBCJR · 5 replies · 2+ views
    The President and the Defense Secretary announced $487 billion in cuts over 10 years to the DOD. This includes tens of thousands of troops from the Army and the Marines. In 2013 another $500 billion in cuts from the failure of the Budget Super Committee will increase the total $1 trillion. This continues the trend of over cutting the military in the wake of war. Each time it precipitated the events that led to the next conflagration. At the same time the President has decided to give our missile defense codes to the Russians. These people who have never done...
  • Ron Paul’s Soros Defense Plan

    01/02/2012 8:38:41 AM PST · by mnehring · 89 replies
    It was recently observed that Ron Paul was to the left of Obama on national security and the best evidence for that statement can be found when one year ago Ron Paul joined forces with Barney Frank​ on a proposal to gut national defense via a panel of experts, quite a few of whom were tied to George Soros​. In July 2010, Barney Frank and Ron Paul co-authored a Huffington Post article rolling out their Sustainable Defense Task Force. The Task Force “consisting of experts on military expenditures that span the ideological spectrum” would recommend a trillion dollars in defense...
  • Turkey Reassures Iran Over NATO Missile Defense Shield

    12/25/2011 3:34:04 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/11 | Chana Yaar
    Turkey's foreign minister made a special effort Saturday to reassure Iran that his country will not join any "foreign interference" against the Islamic Republic, according to a report published by the official Iranian news agency IRNA. The NATO defense shield missile radar system placed on Turkish territory in September has been a point of contention with Iran since it was installed. A similar system was also installed in Romania. Speaking in a live Turkish public television political talk show, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that in spite of a number of differences in the viewpoints of the two countries over...
  • INDIA, NATO ALIGN ON MISSILE DEFENSE

    11/01/2011 12:33:41 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 10/31/2011 | Ilan Berman and Richard Harrison , eds.
    Although the South Asian nation of India and the Atlantic Alliance face missile threats from very different sets of actors, there may yet be reason for them to cooperate on missile defense. The Indian government seeks to defend against the ballistic missile arsenal of neighboring Pakistan and - further afield - from Chinese missiles. NATO, meanwhile, is preoccupied with the threat posed by Iran. Nevertheless, the Times of India reports in its September 4th edition, India's efforts to develop an indigenous anti-missile platform built around its "Prithvi" interceptor, has opened up the possibility of collaboration with NATO. NATO officials confirm...
  • U.S. invites Russia to measure missile-defense test

    10/18/2011 11:54:30 PM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 October, 2011 | Susan Cornwell and Jim Wolf
    The United States has invited Russia to use its own radars and other sensors to size up one or more U.S. missile-defense flight tests as part of a new push to persuade Moscow that the system poses it no threat, a Pentagon official said on Tuesday. Ellen Tauscher, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, told the forum that the United States was prepared to offer Moscow written assurances that the system being built is not directed against Moscow. Russia would not receive any classified performance data on the U.S. system, said Richard Lehner, an MDA spokesman, but...
  • Vallely: Iran Goal EMPs on US Coastal Cities in Reach

    09/05/2011 5:56:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    Note from Bob Beauprez: The Telescope feature editorial in the August issue of A Line of Sight, "Iran at our Doorstep," documented increased uranium enrichment and the announced plans for an Iranian missile base being constructed on the extreme northern borders of Venezuela stocked with Russian weapons.  A Line of Sight contributing editor, Major General Paul Vallely, an acclaimed national security expert, and his sources at Stand Up America have just released the following analysis that also confirms increased uranium enrichment by Iran.  Vallely also states that SUA believes Iran "now possesses low yield nuclear war heads that can be...
  • Arrow missile-defense may be installed on new warships

    08/04/2011 8:49:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/05/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Arrow missile-defense may be installed on new warships By YAAKOV KATZ 08/05/2011 03:11 The General Staff has yet to decide whether it will buy two new surface vessels, estimated to cost over $500 million, is expected to make decision within weeks. The IDF is considering installing Arrow missile-defense systems on new missile ships that it might acquire under the multi-year budget plan currently under review. The General Staff has yet to decide whether it will buy two new surface vessels, estimated to cost over $500 million, and is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks. The navy had...
  • Classified report: Russia tied to blast at U.S. embassy

    07/27/2011 2:40:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2011 | Eli Lake
    U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a classified report late last year that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at an exterior wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September. ... The Times reported last week that Shota Utiashvili, director of information and analysis for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the embassy blast and others in his country were the work of a Russian military intelligence officer named Maj. Yevgeny Borisov. “It is written without hedges, and it confirms the Georgian account,” said one U.S. official familiar with the U.S. intelligence report. This official...