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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
    Jpost.com ^ | 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
    dailymail.com ^ | 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
    Investors.com ^ | 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...
  • WHO LOST EGYPT? (Obama... And It Is Being Lost To Iran And The Muslim Brotherhood!)

    01/30/2011 7:38:32 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 49 replies
    In the 1950s, the accusation “who lost China” resonated throughout American politics and led to the defeat of the Democratic Party in the presidential elections of 1952. Unless President Obama reverses field and strongly opposes letting the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt, he will be hit with the modern equivalent of the 1952 question: Who Lost Egypt? The Iranian government is waiting for Egypt to fall into its lap. The Muslim Brotherhood, dominated by Iranian Islamic fundamentalism, will doubtless emerge as the winner should the government of Egypt fall. The Obama Administration, in failing to throw its weight against an...
  • Where did that come from?

    01/17/2011 8:18:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/17/2011 | WorldNetDaily
    U.S. intelligence apparently failed to figure out how quickly the Chinese were developing their newest fifth generation J-20 stealth fighter, which U.S. government analysts now say was based on critical U.S. stealth technology transfers that happened while Bill Clinton was president, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. Vice Adm. David Dorsett, director of naval intelligence, said that officials were aware of the development of the J-20, which is supposed to be comparable to the U.S. F-22 stealth fighter, but "the speed at which (the Chinese) are making progress, we underestimated." The U.S. has halted production of the...
  • Pentagon to cut spending by $78 billion, reduce troop strength

    01/06/2011 12:04:47 PM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 132 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2011 | Craig Whitlock
    The Pentagon will have to cut spending by $78 billion over the next five years, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday, forcing the Army and Marine Corps to shrink the number of troops on active duty and eventually imposing the first freeze on military spending since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The surprise announcement from Gates was a reminder for the military establishment - which has benefited from a gusher of new money over the past decade - that it will not remain exempt from painful austerity measures that federal lawmakers say will be necessary to control the soaring...
  • Body of murdered cyberwar expert found in landfill (Military man dumped into three-ring whodunit)

    01/05/2011 8:12:45 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | 1-5-2010 | Dan Goodin
    Body of murdered cyberwar expert found in landfill Military man dumped into three-ring whodunit Dan Goodin January 5, 2010 The body of a decorated US Army officer was found dumped in a Delaware landfill on New Years Eve day, a few days after he expressed concern that the nation wasn't adequately prepared for cyber warfare, according to news reports following the bizarre whodunit. Events surrounding the murder of John P. Wheeler III, who most recently worked part-time for defense contractor Mitre Corporation on cyber defense topics, read like a Tom Clancy novel. The 66-year-old worked for three Republican administrations, was...
  • UPDATE 2-Man with bullet parts arrested at Miami airport

    12/28/2010 8:56:48 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 89 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 28, 2010 | By Kevin Gray
    Law enforcement officials said they did not believe the incident had any links to terrorism. The FBI described the man as a 37-year-old nationalized U.S. citizen traveling en route to Jamaica. Authorities did not specify his previous nationality. Authorities detained the man after a baggage handler reported a small explosion while unloading luggage from an American Airlines (AMR.N) flight that arrived in Miami from Boston. FBI spokesman Mark Leverock said the man's luggage contained hundreds of bullet primers -- a key component of bullet cartridges.
  • Counterterror Officials (Incompetence on full display)

    12/21/2010 8:12:26 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 8 replies · 2+ views
    abcnews ^ | 12/21/10 | Diane Sawyer's
    From the interview..... "First of all, London," Sawyer said. "How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here? ... Director Clapper?" "London?" Clapper said, before Brennan entered the conversation explaining the arrests.
  • U.S. intelligence chief draws blank on London terror plot

    12/22/2010 3:01:12 PM PST · by hattend · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Dec 22, 12:48 pm ET | Brent Michael Dykes
    Surely with so many terror plots developing around the world in recent days, it's understandable that someone might miss one, right? Well, for ordinary Americans, sure -- but you're held to a different standard if you're the head of U.S. intelligence. That's why U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is having a very bad day Wednesday. Clapper appeared to draw a blank when ABC's Diane Sawyer asked him about the arrests hours earlier of 12 men accused of plotting an al-Qaida-type attack in London. What, Me Worry? YOU BETCHA!
  • New START treaty passes key Senate vote (Cloture passes 67-28, 11 R support)

    12/21/2010 1:25:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 22, 2010 | Lisa Mascaro and Michael Muskal
    The Senate voted 67-28 to pass a cloture motion, seemingly enough to assure final ratification. Eleven Republicans joined with 56 Democrats to pass the cloture motion. It will take 67 votes to ratify the New Start pact, which would give the Obama administration its top foreign policy goal in the lame-duck session. Among Republicans announcing their support were Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, George V. Voinovich of Ohio, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, and...
  • Reagan Aide Perle: START 'Seriously Flawed'

    12/21/2010 12:41:19 PM PST · by Qbert · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/16/2010 | Dan Weil & Ashley Martella
    Instead of pressuring reluctant Republican senators for rapid ratification of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, the Obama administration should just drop it, says Richard Perle, a key architect of President Ronald Reagan’s strategy to end the Cold War. “It’s a seriously flawed treaty,” Perle, now a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says during an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. “It’s certainly not the kind of treaty Ronald Reagan fought for and accomplished.” The pact is very weak on verification, he says. “For example, our right to inspections is limited to sites the Russians declare . . ....
  • Why Obama Surrendered the Missile Shield

    12/21/2010 12:44:34 AM PST · by neverdem · 63 replies · 2+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2010 | Zbigniew Mazurak
    Documents from the State Department published by WikiLeaks show that the Obama administration surrendered the missile shield previously planned by the Bush administration to Europe because of Russian demands, not because of any supposed intel reports. The original missile defense scheme was devised by the Bush administration, which persuaded Poland and the Czech Republic to authorize missile defense systems (ten unarmed interceptors and a radar) to be deployed on their soil.  In April 2008, Bush outmaneuvered Vladimir Putin by obtaining an endorsement of this scheme from all NATO allies before the Russian leader reached Bucharest for the NATO-Russia summit. Russia...
  • NASA sells off PCs with secret Shuttle data

    12/10/2010 8:27:39 AM PST · by epithermal · 18 replies
    PC Pro ^ | 8 Dec 2010 | Stewart Mitchell
    Officials looking into NASA's “sanitisation and disposal processes” said they discovered that 10 machines containing potentially classified information had been sold on, while another four were only properly processed once an emergency investigation caught them leaving the facility. -snip- The report said that although it was impossible to know what was on the ten computers released from the site, an inspection of the four PCs that were caught at the last minute showed at one contained material that would be subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
  • THE REAL PENTAGON POLL: 91% OF SERVICE MEMBERS REJECT HOMOSEXUAL LEADERS - 1 IN 4 WOULD QUIT

    11/30/2010 8:53:11 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 103 replies · 3+ views
    AIPNews.com ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | Gordon James Klingenschmitt
    Please forward widely to reporters and bloggers you know![Editor's note: Remember, these overwhelming numbers against the repeal of DADT were arrived at in spite of the fact that the Obama Administration survey as submitted to service members was incredibly biased and the questions asked were heavily skewed in an attempt to support the Left's radical homosexual agenda.] ---------------------------------------------------- THE REAL PENTAGON POLL:  91% REJECT HOMOSEXUAL LEADERS.  85% OF COMBAT MARINES DISTRUST, 71% WON’T SHARE SHOWERS, 24% WON’T RE-ENLIST.  HALF MILLION TROOPS, ONE IN FOUR, WOULD LEAVE THE MILITARY   Former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt just read the full Pentagon...
  • Write your congress! Impeach Obama for failure to protect classified US information.

    11/28/2010 11:59:12 AM PST · by Stayfrosty · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Freerepublic | 11-28-2010 | Stayfrosty
    We all know that the Wikileaks debacle is going to have severe implications not just for the federal government but also for you and I. If you are a tourist, or if you are visiting europe, the gulf states, or any country with close relations with the US you will now be viewed not as a person of your word. Our character and TRUST has been broken. WE all know President Obama has neutered our CIA. (It really started with the Church Committee)But the CIA could have stopped this, and we could have but the fear in god into this...
  • Has U.S. Foreign Policy Ever Been This Screwed Up? (A total state of disarray!)

    11/23/2010 8:03:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/23/2010 | Michael Filozof
    American foreign policy is in a state of total disarray. I don't think that our foreign policy has been in straits this dire since the early 1960s, when we rushed headlong from the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis straight into Vietnam. At least then our foreign policy was consistent in its anti-communism. Today's is incoherent, counterproductive, and sometimes downright idiotic (e.g., when Hillary Clinton went to Russia to push the "reset button"). The Obama administration is either doing nothing to preempt the coming disasters or actually making them worse. It's time for a full-blown, radical reevaluation...
  • 50 Nuclear Missiles Drop Offline

    11/14/2010 4:26:26 PM PST · by bronxville · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 26rd October, 2010 | John Noonan
    The Atlantic (and now Wired) is reporting that an entire squadron of nuclear missiles unexpectedly dropped into a "launch facility down" status on Saturday morning, taking a sizable portion of America's nuclear deterrent offline: President Obama was briefed this morning on a power failure at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming that took 50 nuclear ICBMs, one ninth of the U.S. missile stockpile, temporarily offline on Saturday. The base is a main locus of the United States' strategic nuclear forces. The 90th Missile Wing, headquartered there, controls 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles. They're on full-time alert and...
  • What is our central american strategy?

    11/14/2010 5:16:30 PM PST · by agee · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Founding Ideals ^ | November 14, 2010 | Aaron Gee
    Nicaragua invaded and assumed control of a small section of Costa Rica in late October. At first Nicaragua blamed the incursion on Google Maps. This farcical explanation belies the fact that Nicaragua has for years wanted the property on the other side of the San Juan River for its own canal from the Pacific to Atlantic. That project was originally dreamed up when Nicaragua was a Soviet Client state and a completed canal project would be a game changer. Currently the canal project is funded by Iran and Venezuela while Nicaragua is led by the same man that led the...
  • Daily Beast: Obama NSA didn’t agree to leave, he was forced out

    10/08/2010 3:52:38 PM PDT · by Justaham · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10-8-10 | Allahpundit
    “We have a lot of transition at this point here,” said one senior Obama aide. “They decided the time was right to bring forward his departure and for Jones to step aside. We always knew it was going to be roughly in this window, at the end of this year. But we’re making a lot of changes now with Rahm leaving, and there was a sense of just, ‘Let’s get this done now.’” But there was more to the timing than the ripple effects of Rahm’s departure. Next month President Obama begins to travel again overseas, and in December he...
  • Breaking On Fox: James Jones To Step Down As National Security Advisor

    10/08/2010 7:09:34 AM PDT · by careyb · 91 replies
    Fox | 10/8/10 | Fox/AP
    Nothing further yet. Just a one line headline from AP.
  • USN and USMC to adapt to changing budget

    09/23/2010 8:17:42 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Via Email
    The Navy & Marine portions of this Sustainable Defense Force, Copy & Paste: http://www.comw.org/pda/fulltext/1006SDTFreport.pdf report is summarized below and has a more complete display in the latest Navy League magazine, Seapower. Also enclosed in the magazine is an excerpt of CNO, Adm Gary Roughhead, comments on our Navy of the future. These pieces dovetail. Washington is taking the $1 trillion reduction in Defense spending over the next 10 years quite seriously. I honestly think we knew this was coming since 2008, but reading it is indeed a wake-up call. Would suggest reading the Executive Summary of the above report. The...
  • Barack Obama: “We can absorb a terrorist attack.

    09/21/2010 9:38:48 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 97 replies
    Barack Obama To Bob Woodward This Past July: "We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger." From Woodward's new book, quoted in the Washington Post.
  • Despite formal combat end, US joins Baghdad battle (nah, couldn't be...)

    09/05/2010 3:45:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 9/5/2010 | BARBARA SURK
    Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq's ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad on Sunday. The fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens. It was the first exchange of fire involving U.S. troops in Baghdad since the Aug. 31 deadline for formally ending the combat mission, and it showed that American troops remaining in the country are still being drawn into the fighting. The attack also made plain the kind of lapses in security that have left Iraqis wary of...
  • Department of Justice ditches red, white and blue stars and stripes

    08/31/2010 1:11:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 31, 2010 | Bruce Cunningham
    Well, how interesting! It seems the U.S. Department of Justice has changed its  website. Gone are the colorful red, white and blue U.S. flag decorations on the page, replaced by stark black and white. And at the top of the page, is a rather interesting quote:  "The common law is the will of mankind, issuing from the life of the people."  Catchy, huh? Just one tiny little (too small to be relevant obviously) point -- the quote is from C. Wilfred Jenks, who in the 1930's was a leading proponent of the "international law" movement, which had as its...
  • Pair on Chicago-Amsterdam Flight Arrested for Terrorism

    08/30/2010 3:20:14 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 35 replies · 1+ views
    ABC reports: Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been charged by Dutch police with “preparation of a terrorist attack,” U.S. law enforcement officials tell ABC News. A spokesman for the Dutch public prosecutor, Ernst Koelman, confirmed the two men were arrested this morning and said “the investigation is ongoing.” He said the arrests were made “at the request of American authorities.” The two were allowed to board the flight at O’Hare airport last night despite security concerns surrounding one of them, the officials said. The men were identified as Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al...
  • ABC: Men arrested at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport were preparing terrorist attack

    08/30/2010 3:44:57 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 254 replies
    ABC News via wire update .com Blog ^ | August 30th, 2010 | Monica Lawrence
    ABC: Men arrested at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport were preparing terrorist attack Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Monica Lawrence | By Monica Lawrence AMSTERDAM (BNO NEWS) -- Two men were arrested aboard a United Airlines flight after landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Monday, ABC News reported. The network, citing Dutch public prosecutor Ernst Koelman, said the men were arrested at the request of American authorities after the flight landed in Amsterdam. ABC said the men were subsequently charged with "preparation of a terrorist attack." The two were allowed to board the flight at O'Hare International Airport in...
  • Pentagon Issues Final Fort Hood Review

    08/20/2010 1:14:25 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 47 replies · 1+ views
    KWTX ^ | Aug. 20, 2010 | Staff
    The Department of Defense Friday released its final review of recommendations from an independent report ordered in the wake of the deadly Nov. 5, 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center that left 13 dead and more than 30 wounded. Read The Final Fort Hood Review [at link] The independent report was released in January and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said then it "raises serious questions" about the military's ability to cope with security threats within its ranks. Read The Full Report [at link] The Pentagon said Friday it will place a priority on implanting recommendations that...
  • Baghdad bloodbath casts doubt on army’s ability to secure Iraq

    08/17/2010 6:00:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | 8/18/2010 | Saad Abdul-Kadir
    A SUICIDE bomber sat for hours yesterday among hundreds of army recruits before detonating nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing 61 people and casting new doubt on the ability of Iraqi forces as US troops head home. Bodies of bloodied young men, some still clutching job applications in their hands, were scattered on the ground outside the military headquarters in central Baghdad. Some of the estimated 1,000 men who had gathered there before dawn for a good spot in line were so desperate for work they returned hours after being treated at hospitals for injuries in the attack. Though...
  • Hillary Touted to Replace Gates at Pentagon

    08/17/2010 1:49:34 PM PDT · by wmileo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010 | Russell Berman
    Sec. Gates's exit sparks talk of Hillary Clinton taking over at the Pentagon. Speculation in the nation's capital on who will replace Robert Gates at the Pentagon has centered on an intriguing possibility: Hillary Clinton. Gates told Foreign Policy magazine that he wants to step down as secretary of Defense sometime in 2011. A Republican, Gates was the only member of President George W. Bush’s Cabinet to stay on under Obama. “It would be a mistake to wait until January 2012 [to leave],” Gates said. “This is not the kind of job you want to fill in the spring of...
  • President Obama Not Worried About WikiLeaks Document Dump? (by Oliver North)

    07/31/2010 10:53:41 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 13 replies · 3+ views
    FoxNews ^ | July 31, 2010 | Lt. Col. Oliver North
    This week Obama brushed off the publication of more than 90,000 pages of classified U.S. military cables in WikiLeaks, a leftist, anti-military website. For the O-Team, this is no big deal. In short: "Don't blame me, blame Bush." ... an internal opposition group, describing itself as the "Voice of Afghan Youth," surfaced on the Internet. I stumbled on their videos this week (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyY1m43XA3I) ...the videos allege that Karzai, two of his family members and his closest adviser, Mohammad Omar Daudzai, are involved in massive corruption, opium dealing and colluding with the Iranian government... ...These "Afghan Youth" videos -- out there...
  • Banks won't take Fort Hood shooting suspect's paychecks

    07/30/2010 10:13:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 66 replies · 2+ views
    statesman.com ^ | July 29, 2010 | Jeremy Schwartz
    As he sits in the Bell County Jail, accused of the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead, Maj. Nidal Hasan continues to receive his monthly U.S. Army paycheck, which based on his rank and experience is probably more than $6,000. That's standard procedure for soldiers who are confined before military trial, according to Army officials. But Hasan, charged with a shooting spree that shocked the country, is not a standard defendant. And he's having a hard time finding a bank to take his money. According to his civilian attorney John Galligan , Bank of America notified Hasan...
  • Julian A gave White House Documents 2 Weeks ago. (Per Judge Napolitano breaking)

    07/28/2010 12:44:55 PM PDT · by Marty62 · 157 replies · 8+ views
    Fox News | 7-28-2010
    Judge Napolitano just reported that he has had an interview with Julian A of W@ikileaks. JA told him that he gave the docs to the White House for response two (2) weeks ago. Never receive a response. White House approved of Security Breach? Who at the WH received the Docs and who else did they give access to the docs?