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  • US, Israel shocked by undamaged captured drone

    12/13/2011 5:25:36 PM PST · by BCW · 42 replies
    DEBKA ^ | 14 DEC 2011 | DEBKA File
    Iran exhibited the top-secret US stealth drone RQ-170 Sentinel captured on Sunday, Dec. 4. Its almost perfect condition confirmed Tehran's claim that the UAV was downed by a cyber attack, meaning it was not shot down but brought in undamaged by an electronic warfare ambush. This is a major debacle for the stealth technology the US uses in its warplanes and the drone technology developed by the US and Israel.
  • Iran Mocks Obama Who ‘Begged' for Drone

    12/13/2011 11:55:18 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Israel National News ^ | November 13, 2011 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Iran is having a field day over the latest downed Drone, saying that President Barack Obama “begs to give him back his toy plane.” “Obama is hoping that the Iranian government is in a Christmas mood because he has asked Tehran to send him his Christmas present. Iran mocks Obama who ‘begged' for [his] Drone back,” chided the semi-official Fars News Agency. "We have asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," Obama said following a meeting at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
  • Obama: We Have Asked Iran To Return Downed U.S. Drone

    12/12/2011 10:15:16 AM PST · by edpc · 90 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 12 Dec 2011 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday said the U.S. government had requested the return of a spy drone downed over Iran but declined to discuss if its loss could compromise U.S. national security. "We have asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," Obama said during a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki after the two met at the White House.
  • 'We've asked Iran to return downed US drone'

    12/12/2011 4:27:49 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 12, 2011
    US President Barack Obama on Monday said the US government had requested the return of a spy drone downed over Iran but declined to discuss if its loss could compromise US national security. "We have asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," Obama said during a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Maliki after the two met at the White House. Iran’s state television showed pictures Thursday of the drone while Revolutionary Guards Commander Ali Hajizadeh said that Iran’s military had tracked the unmanned aircraft, which had entered Iran’s eastern territory in order to carry...
  • Obama administration 'pressured Air Force general to change testimony'

    09/16/2011 3:07:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/16/2011 | Toby Harnden
    Barack Obama's administration has been accused of pressuring a top US Air Force general into changing his congressional testimony to make it more favourable to the company of a major Democratic donor. According to Republicans on Capitol Hill, General William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command, told them in a closed session the White House urged him to alter his testimony about the Pentagon's concerns about a new wireless project by a satellite broadband company. The furore over the issue comes as an increasing number of Democrats, many of whom are concerned about their own re-election prospects, begin to...
  • Pakistan’s Failed National Strategy

    05/04/2011 10:53:12 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 5 replies
    The American Interest ^ | August 17, 2010 | Walter Russell Mead
    August 17, 2010 Pakistan’s Failed National Strategy Walter Russell Mead The unremitting spate of bad news from Pakistan continues; rains are still drenching the highlands and the devastation continues to spread down the river valleys.  This year’s harvest has been ruined; increasingly, it seems unlikely that farmers will be able to plant fall crops.  While visiting Pakistan earlier this month, I posted on the roots of Pakistan’s rage, doing my best to explain why so many Pakistanis are so angry with the United States.  That is one side of the story; but equally mysterious to many people and especially in...
  • Libyan Rebel Commander: ‘Cut Gaddafi’s Throat, Then Establish an Islamic State’

    04/04/2011 5:37:29 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 4, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    “The Jihadists Go to the Front.” This is the title of French journalist Julien Fouchet’s report from eastern Libya that appears in the latest edition of the French Sunday paper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD). Whereas American officials have been straining to make out “flickers” of intelligence suggesting a jihadist influence in the eastern Libyan rebellion against the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi, Fouchet encountered a flagrant jihadist presence and met with participants who talked openly about their dedication to jihad and/or their desire to establish an Islamic state.(snip) In Darnah, Fouchet also spoke to a rebel commander whom he identifies...
  • White House: Libya Fight Is Not War, It's 'Kinetic Military Action'

    03/23/2011 8:39:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 74 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Byron York
    In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it? In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer. "I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone," Rhodes...
  • Germans Pull Forces Out of NATO as Libyan Coalition Falls Apart

    03/22/2011 6:53:59 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 243 replies ^ | Last updated at 11:42 PM on 22nd March 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign. A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S. The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the operation to enforce a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, diplomats said. Yesterday a war of...
  • The Politics of Picking an FBI Director (Jamie Gorelick considered by the rookie Hussein? WTF!)

    03/16/2011 11:20:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/16/11 | Evan Perez
    The Politics of Picking an FBI DirectorBy Evan Perez March 16, 2011, 12:11 PM ET. For a job designed to be apolitical, there’s plenty of politics to consider as the Obama administration picks the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mark Filip, deputy attorney general during the Bush administration, said one reason FBI Director Robert Mueller has many admirers in both political parties is that he’s viewed as honest and non-political in handling sensitive national security and criminal investigations. Mr. Mueller’s 10-year term ends in early September. Among the candidates being discussed, according to U.S. officials, are James...
  • Dereliction of Duty: Obama AWOL While Crises Pile Up

    03/15/2011 4:57:16 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 29 replies
    Fox Nationm ^ | March 15, 2011
    Obama Urged to Seize Reins as Crises Pile Up A conflict approaching civil war in Libya. An end-times tsunami in Japan. A Congress that can't reach a budget. And ... gender inequality? The topic of President Obama's weekend radio address has raised some eyebrows, as Obama has met mounting crises with the same restraint and cool that characterized his slow-and-steady campaign for president. To some critics, the tone set by the White House in light of recent upheaval may hurt the president's public image. Amid chaos around the world and on Capitol Hill, Obama's Saturday radio address was devoted to...
  • WH Releases 'Readout' of Obama Meeting with Security Team on Libya: Two Whole Paragraphs

    03/15/2011 5:15:33 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 23 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/15/11 | Aurelius
    The world can rest easy now, President Obama has met with his National Security Team. They met about what to do with Libya and, golly, they got so far ahead and did so much that the "readout" they released was three whole sentences, made into two paragraphs. And, man, just here the concrete steps that they decided upon. Here is the entire release, unedited: At today’s meeting, the President and his national security team reviewed the situation in Libya and options to increase pressure on Gaddafi. In particular, the conversation focused on efforts at the United Nations and potential UN...
  • The White House Disengages

    03/15/2011 4:52:24 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 60 replies ^ | March 15, 2011
    Leadership: When Democrats held Congress, the Obama agenda was audacious. Today, faced with global unrest and an economic reckoning, the president is filling out basketball brackets and scolding school bullies....The soothsayer famously told Julius Caesar to "beware the ides of March." One of the priority items for Obama on Tuesday, March 15, was taping his picks for the NCAA basketball tournament. Last week, the president and the first lady were holding a "White House Conference on Bullying Prevention," at which he recalled being taunted because of "big ears and the name that I have."... Then, of course, there is the...
  • An Administration Adrift

    02/26/2011 3:58:07 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Mar 7, 2011 | Stephen F. Hayes
    What? Us do something about Libya? On February 15, thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of several Libyan cities demanding the departure of the strongman who has ruled the north African nation for more than four decades. The Libyan regime immediately ordered state-backed militias and mercenaries to put down the violence, with force. A bloody battle followed. As the crackdown began, and then escalated, it was early afternoon on February 16, halfway around the world in the State Department briefing room, when the Obama administration faced questions about how it regarded Muammar Qaddafi. “Is Qaddafi a dictator?” State Department spokesman...
  • Arrested US official is actually CIA contractor

    02/21/2011 10:53:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    WASHINGTON – An American jailed in Pakistan for the fatal shooting of two armed men was secretly working for the CIA and scouting a neighborhood when he was arrested, a disclosure likely to further frustrate U.S. government efforts to free the man and strain relations between two countries partnered in a fragile alliance in the war on terror.
  • The Obama Administration has entered into direct, secret talks with senior Afghan Taliban leaders

    02/19/2011 9:12:46 AM PST · by library user · 54 replies
    The New Yorker | Feb. 28, 2011 | by Steve Coll
    Per FR policy, I can only link to this New Yorker article. FULL STORYCheck out the third paragraph.
  • How to Lose Friends and Not Influence People

    02/18/2011 8:20:16 PM PST · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    CFR ^ | February 18, 2011 | Elliot Abrams
    The Obama Administration cast its first veto in the United Nations on Friday, February 18, killing a Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlement activity. Its poor handling of the entire episode has left just about everyone angry at the United States , and is therefore a manifest failure of American diplomacy. The Palestinian Authority began to talk about this resolution months ago. The United States could then have adopted a clear position: put it forward and it will be vetoed. That very clear stand might have persuaded the Palestinian leaders and their Arab supporters to drop the...
  • Did Anyone Read the Egyptian Constitution? (WH and State Department Stupidity on Full Display)

    02/08/2011 3:58:29 PM PST · by mojito · 26 replies
    Commentary ^ | 2/8/2011 | Rick Richman
    When reporters have to ask State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley the same question multiple times, it is generally a sign the administration (1) does not want to answer it, or (2) does not know the answer (even if it should). Perhaps one of those two theories explains the following colloquy from yesterday’s press conference: QUESTION: … without repeating the well-worn talking points … about orderly transition, et cetera, et cetera, free elections, does the Administration believe that Mubarak’s departure at this point would be unhelpful and might actually complicate the reforms? MR. CROWLEY: Well, we believe there should be an...
  • WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain's nuclear secrets

    02/04/2011 2:03:33 PM PST · by tje · 394 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9:25PM GMT 04 Feb 2011 | Matthew Moore, Gordon Rayner and Christopher Hope
    The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week. Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
  • Clueless in Washington

    02/01/2011 2:55:42 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Caroline Glick
    The Egyptian multitudes on the streets of Cairo are a stunning sight. With their banners calling for freedom and an end to the reign of President Hosni Mubarak the story these images tell is a simple one as old as time. On the one hand we have the young, dispossessed and weak protesters. And on the other we have the old, corrupt and tyrannical Mubarak. Hans Christian Andersen taught us who to support when we were wee tots. But does his wisdom apply in this case? Certainly it is true that the regime is populated by old men. Mubarak is...