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  • Can anyone recommend any good books on American foreign policy?

    02/05/2014 7:55:55 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    February 5, 2014 | Ennis85
    About a year ago, I posted a thread asking for recommendations for good republican memoirs. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2981964/posts Since then I've complied quite a reading list. Going on the recommendations that were given to me(which I'm pretty grateful for), I got a few Richard Nixon books(No more Vietnams, The real war, Leaders) George Bush and Dick Cheney's books and others. I'm still to get through the last two, but I've finished reading through No more Vietnams and currently getting through the other Nixon books. But No more Vietnams really quite impressed me by how well detailed and informative it was and this...
  • Tarnished Brass: Is the U.S. Military Profession in Decline?

    02/01/2014 6:27:41 PM PST · by robowombat · 49 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Spring 2009 | Richard H. Kohn
    Tarnished Brass: Is the U.S. Military Profession in Decline? Richard H. Kohn Nearly twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the American military, financed by more money than the entire rest of the world spends on its armed forces, failed to defeat insurgencies or fully suppress sectarian civil wars in two crucial countries, each with less than a tenth of the U.S. population, after overthrowing those nations’ governments in a matter of weeks. Evidence of overuse and understrength in the military abounds: the longest individual overseas deployments since World War II and repeated rotations into those deployments; the...
  • Saturday Night Lies

    01/13/2014 10:00:44 AM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 6, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    In October, shortly after her controversial MTV Video Music Awards act, Miley Cyrus hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” She gave audiences another R-rated performance by donning a brown wig to cover her blond Mohawk and grinding to the song, “We Did Stop”—a spoof of her summer hit, “We Can’t Stop.” Who was Cyrus supposed to be? Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), partying with a flamboyant Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), portrayed by cast member Taran Killam. Bachmann (Cyrus) and Boehner (Killiam) were celebrating the successful shutdown of the federal government, thus proving they could “do whatever they want.” Ha. Politically...
  • Athletes' Minds Excel at Motion Tracking

    01/31/2013 2:34:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 31, 2013 | Tanya Lewis
    What made Wayne Gretzky a hockey legend or Ronaldo a soccer star may have had more to do with brains than brawn. Professional athletes process complex visual scenes faster than other people, a new study finds.
  • Navy Expected to Recommend a Force of About 300 Ships

    03/23/2012 9:08:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 30 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/16/2012 | Sandra Erwin
    A "force structure" review that is about to be completed is likely to recommend that the Navy needs around 300 ships to meet its future demands. The study is not yet finished, but could be presented to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as early as next week, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert. A 300-ship Navy is slightly larger than the current fleet of 285, but it is smaller than previous recommendations. Navy leaders since 2006 have said the fleet should grow to 313 ships. During a breakfast with reporters March 16, Greenert said the review is not...
  • 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...
  • Mark Steyn on Obama's lack of conviction on foreign policy.....

    04/01/2011 2:13:29 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 1 Apr 2011 | Mark Steyn
    HH: I begin with Columnist To the World, Mark Steyn. You can read all of Mark’s work at www.steynonline.com. I’m going to be seeing you out this way in a couple of weeks, Mark Steyn. I find you in the Big Apple tonight. Do they have any better sense of what the American foreign policy is in Libya in New York than they do in California? MS: No. And indeed, it may be an entirely different foreign policy in New York than it is in California. This war is getting more incoherent by the day, and I think the reason...
  • Obamas National Security Strategy

    03/26/2011 6:44:35 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | May 2010 | White House
    SNIP Disrupt, Dismantle, and Defeat Al-Qa’ida and its Violent Extremist Affiliates in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Around the World The United States is waging a global campaign against al-Qa’ida and its terrorist affiliates. To disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qa’ida and its affiliates, we are pursuing a strategy that protects our homeland, secures the world’s most dangerous weapons and material, denies al-Qa’ida safe haven, and builds positive partnerships with Muslim communities around the world. Success requires a broad, sustained, and integrated campaign that judiciously applies every tool of American power—both military and civilian—as well as the concerted efforts of like-minded states and...
  • U.S. considering combining military, international affairs budgets

    11/18/2010 11:20:53 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 18, 2010 | By KEVIN BARON
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Obama administration is considering creating a unified national security budget that would combine elements of the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development with the Pentagon, according to a draft copy of a long-awaited foreign policy strategy review shared with Congress this week. Citing the joint planning required between U.S. military and civilian agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the proposal is one of several that would put the U.S. diplomatic corps and its lead global humanitarian agency on a stronger national security footing, according to a draft of the State Department’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy 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...
  • Openings Give Obama Chance to Shape Military - mass exodus of military brass "virtually unheard of"

    11/10/2010 1:24:24 PM PST · by opentalk · 20 replies
    AOL News ^ | November 8, 2010 | Andrea Stone
    Here's one place with plenty of job openings: the "E" Ring of the Pentagon. In the next several months, the secretary of defense and four of the six uniformed members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are expected to retire. This kind of mass exodus of military brass is "virtually unheard of," said John Ullyot, a Republican strategist and former spokesman for the Senate Armed Services Committee. "It's very rare to have so many service chiefs up" all at once, he said. "Even in peacetime this would be a lot of turnover, a lot of change for the biggest part...
  • 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.
  • Retiring Air Force intel chief sounds alarm on American air superiority

    09/14/2010 2:19:37 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 14, 2010 | Kevin Baron,
    OXON HILL, Md. — The U.S. Air Force’s former top intelligence officer warned a roomful of generals this week that the U.S. has lost its air power advantages and is dangerously ill-prepared to stop the gap-closing efforts of China and Russia. Lt. Gen. David Deptula, a former F-15 pilot , challenged Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ fundamental belief that U.S. air power vastly overmatches any foreign military. “For the first time, our claim to air supremacy is in jeopardy,” Deptula told the Air Force Association’s national convention on Monday. At the same forum last year, Gates defended ordering a halt to...
  • Obama's US Assassination Program? Part 1

    07/27/2010 11:03:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies · 10+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/27/2010 | Chuck Norris
    Sound too conspiratorial to be true? Like the cover-up ops of spy novels? Well, it's reality. And it is possibly the most bizarre, inhumane and abusive way that the White House is expanding its power over the American people. It's not an extremist belief or theory of the far right. It's a fact that has been confirmed by The New York Times, The Washington Post and MSNBC and even documented by the far-left online magazine Salon.com. And it's the gravest nightmare of U.S. citizens and abandonment of our Constitution to date: a presidential assassination program in which U.S. citizens are...
  • White House shifts Afghanistan strategy towards talks with Taliban

    07/19/2010 8:17:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 3+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | 7/19/10 | Ewen MacAskill and Simon Tisdall
    The White House is revising its Afghanistan strategy to embrace the idea of negotiating with senior members of the Taliban through third parties – a policy to which it had previously been lukewarm. Negotiating with the Taliban has long been advocated by Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, and the British and Pakistani governments, but resisted by Washington. The Guardian has learned that while the American government is still officially resistant to the idea of talks with Taliban leaders, behind the scenes a shift is under way and Washington is encouraging Karzai to take a lead in such negotiations. "There is...
  • Pressure on Petraeus to ease war rules

    06/25/2010 10:30:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies
    JPost ^ | Jun 26, 2010
    Troops want more protection from the new US commander in Afghanistan. NATO forces fighting in southern Afghanistan face a Catch-22 dilemma: how to protect troops against an enemy that lives — and fights — among the population without killing civilians and turning the people against the US-led mission. There are complaints from the ranks about restrictive policies which place their lives at risks and this is one of the issues facing General David Petraeus — along with relations with a weak Afghan government and jittery allies; slow and uncertain progress
  • In Afghanistan, doubts grow and weariness deepens

    06/23/2010 11:58:15 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 24, 2010 | Laura King
    For many Afghans, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's dismissal over intemperate remarks in a magazine profile has served mainly to underscore their own weariness with a conflict that has dragged on for nearly nine years with no end in sight.For some, the general's woes have sharpened fears that the Western campaign against the Taliban movement — which ruled the country for five long, harsh years — is floundering. And many Afghans think that the Americans, like the Soviet Union two decades ago and so many would-be conquerors, ultimately will fail.McChrystal won the respect, even affection, of many Afghans with...
  • McChrystal forces Obama into a no-win situation

    06/23/2010 2:03:42 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 49 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jun 22 2010 | Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama faces two grim choices on Wednesday: Fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal and risk looking like he’s lost control of the war in Afghanistan. Or keep him and risk looking like he’s lost control of his generals. Even before McChrystal’s very public slap at his boss surfaced on Monday night, the White House was already bristling at the perception that the war in Afghanistan was becoming unwinnable. The decisive military offensive to clear the strategic town of Marjah has foundered. Another, bigger offensive to drive the Taliban from its home turf in Kandahar has been delayed. U.S....
  • Obama's mixed Afghanistan messages

    06/17/2010 10:53:21 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 227+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 17, 2010 | By Doyle McManus
    Choices are stark: Stick to the timetable and drawdown, or stick it out until the job is done. And so far, he has signaled intent to do both. The news from Afghanistan has been bad lately. The military campaign to win control of Kandahar, the country's second-largest city, has slowed to a crawl. Taliban insurgents have filtered back into parts of southern Afghanistan that U.S. Marines had cleared in the spring. President Hamid Karzai, the erratic leader of Afghanistan's civilian government, has given only halfhearted support to the U.S.-led military effort — and has done little to clean up the...
  • The Other Great Debate (NASA AA Garver Put on Hot Seat Over Obama Space Policy)

    05/30/2010 6:45:28 PM PDT · by anymouse · 8 replies · 408+ views
    Space Politics Blog ^ | May 30, 2010 | Jeff Foust
    The so-called “Great Debate” at the National Space Society’s (NSS) International Space and Development Conference (ISDC) in Chicago on Saturday afternoon featuring Mars Society founder Robert Zubrin and former Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart was something of a dud, in part because it wasn’t that much of a debate: after ten-minute opening statements by Zubrin (who opposes the agency’s proposed plans) and Schweickart (who supports them), the floor was turned over to the audience, some of whom asked questions of the two, and others who simply expressed their opinions. Conference organizers explained that the event wasn’t intended to be a debate...
  • Obama’s security strategy falls short

    05/30/2010 6:14:20 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 6 replies · 454+ views
    FT.com ^ | May 30, 2010 | By Clive Crook
    The administration of Barack Obama sees its new National Security Strategy – a statement the White House sends Congress from time to time – as a work of great importance, a radical departure from its predecessor’s thinking. It is neither; nor, for that matter, is it a strategy.
  • Brennan's Surrender

    05/28/2010 5:40:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 570+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 28, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    War On Terror: We've seen the enemy and it's not just the jihadists. It's also our own government, which refuses to see this very real enemy. How can we fight and defeat what we refuse to see? First it was the Pentagon, which whitewashed jihad's obvious role in the Fort Hood massacre. Then it was the attorney general, who during congressional testimony couldn't bring himself to say that "radical Islam" motivated the turncoat Muslim soldier who opened fire at the base. Or the Muslim terrorist who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner. Or the Muslim terrorist who tried to...
  • New National Strategy Takes 'Whole-of-Government' Approach

    05/28/2010 1:11:57 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 433+ views
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | May 27, 2010 | Jim Garamone
    Note: The following text is a quote: New National Strategy Takes ‘Whole-of-Government’ Approach By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010 – The Obama Administration has instituted a “whole-of-government” approach within the new National Security Strategy presented to Congress today. The security strategy is the first presented by President Barack Obama, and it builds on the lessons learned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and on the research conducted for the Quadrennial Defense Review issued in February. The National Security Strategy is used to formulate the National Defense Strategy and the National Military Strategy. “Our strategy...
  • Obama redefines national security strategy, looks beyond military might (HUGE BARF Alert)

    05/27/2010 12:20:36 PM PDT · by pabianice · 14 replies · 317+ views
    In a broad redefinition of U.S. strategic priorities, President Obama has said that the United States must revitalize its own economic, moral and innovative strength if it is to continue to lead the world. Just as it did following World War II, the United States today must also shape a new international order and system of global institutions that reflect a 21st century reality in which "America's greatness is not assured," Obama says in a 52-page "National Security Strategy" released Thursday morning. "As we fight the wars in front of us, we must see the horizon beyond them," he writes...
  • President Obama's national security strategy looks beyond military might

    05/26/2010 9:59:20 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 46 replies · 877+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2010 | Karen DeYoung
    Implicitly rejecting the antiterrorism rhetoric of the Bush administration, Brennan said that "our enemy is not terrorism, because terrorism is but a tactic. Our enemy is not terror, because terror is a state of mind and, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear." "Nor do we describe our enemy as jihadists or Islamists," Brennan said, because use of these religious terms would "play into the false perception" that al-Qaeda and its affiliates are "religious leaders and defending a holy cause, when in fact, they are nothing more than murderers." "...an action that eliminates a single terrorist but causes civilian...
  • "Securing the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and Values" [ John Brennan]

    05/26/2010 4:01:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies · 510+ views
    Whitehouse.gov - Speech ^ | For Immediate Release May 26, 2010 | n/a
    www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-assistant-president-homeland-security-and-counterterrorism-john-brennan-csi # Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 26, 2010 Remarks by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan at CSIS “Securing the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and Values” Thank you very much John, and I would like to take a moment to express my appreciation to CSIS for inviting me back. You invited me here a little after six months after I came into this administration and I greatly appreciate the invitation...
  • White House can be a tough fit for ex-military officers

    05/24/2010 10:00:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies · 729+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2010 | By Anne E. Kornblut and Scott Wilson
    President Obama's firing of retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair as director of national intelligence highlights a pattern of problems involving senior officials in Obama's administration who once served in the upper ranks of the military. In addition to Blair, national security adviser James L. Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry and Sudan special envoy L. Scott Gration have faced questions about their performance inside and outside the government. All four achieved the rank of admiral or general before joining the administration. White House officials say that, other than Blair, the men have largely succeeded after sometimes difficult starts,...
  • Obama's new security strategy: Too soft?

    05/24/2010 9:52:44 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 239+ views
    theweek.com ^ | MAY 24, 2010
    Best Opinion: Riehl World View, Wash. Independent, Power Line President Obama has outlined a new national security strategy rooted in diplomacy and international alliances, which some see as a repudiation of George W. Bush's policy emphasizing America's right to wage pre-emptive war. Obama previewed his new approach in a commencement address at West Point — the same place his predecessor had introduced what became known as "the Bush doctrine" in the aftermath of 9/11. Is Obama's strategy wise, or is he going soft on terrorism? (Watch Obama's comments on "international order") Obama's weak, like past Democratic presidents: "There's nothing new...
  • Obama: U.S. nat’l security strategy to be based on education, clean energy, rights for terrorists

    05/23/2010 10:01:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 32 replies · 762+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 5/23/10 | Byron York
    President Obama’s speech at West Point Saturday is the most sweeping statement yet of his plan to create a national security policy emphasizing education, clean energy, green jobs, anti-climate change measures, the granting of full American constitutional rights to accused terrorists, and “engagement” with America’s enemies. Obama is set to release his first formal full-scale national security strategy in the coming week. At West Point, he told the Class of 2010 that the United States must “see the horizon” beyond the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To reach that horizon, he explained, “we must pursue a strategy of national renewal...
  • At West Point, Obama talks of a new 'international order'

    05/22/2010 8:26:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 148 replies · 3,886+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2010 | By Michael Shear
    WEST POINT -- President Obama on Saturday pledged to shape a new "international order" as part of a national security strategy that emphasizes the president's belief in global institutions and America's role in promoting Democratic values around the world. "The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times,'" he said in prepared remarks. "Countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds."
  • PHILOSOPHY: WHO NEEDS IT? (The IMPORTANT West Point Commencement Speech)

    05/22/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 34 replies · 843+ views
    Gifts of Speech ^ | March 6, 1974 | Ayn Rand
    Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York - March 6, 1974 Since I am a fiction writer, let us start with a short short story. Suppose that you are an astronaut whose spaceship gets out of control and crashes on an unknown planet. When you regain consciousness and find that you are not hurt badly, the first three questions in or mind would be: Where am I? How can I discover it? What should I do? You see unfamiliar vegetation outside, and there is air to breathe; the sunlight seems paler...
  • At West Point, Obama talks up national security strategy ("international order we seek")

    05/22/2010 10:06:09 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 65 replies · 1,820+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2010 | Michael D. Shear
    "The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times,'" he said in prepared remarks. "Countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds." "Yes, we are clear-eyed about the shortfalls of our international system. But America has not succeeded by stepping outside the currents of international cooperation," he said. "We have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice -- so...
  • Rudderless

    05/21/2010 7:19:01 AM PDT · by KosmicKitty · 7 replies · 289+ views
    Pajama Media ^ | 5/21/2010 | Richard Fernandez
    Noah Schactman at Wired argues that the real national security choices that Barack Obama has made over his tenure have been largely misunderstood. They are not between competing models of security but are driven by somethng else. To make his point, Schactman cites a Reuters article quoting counterterrorism officials as saying that the closure of Guantanamo Bay has made it necessary to drone-kill more militants because “there’s nowhere to put them”.
  • Dennis Blair out as Director of National Intelligence

    05/20/2010 3:31:37 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 81 replies · 2,608+ views
    Politico ^ | May 20, 2010 | Politico
    BREAKING: President Obama will replace his Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, POLITICO has confirmed. "We expect Admiral Blair to offer his resignation tomorrow," an official said. "We have been interviewing several strong candidates to be his replacement. "
  • Intelligence director leaves after feuding with White House

    05/20/2010 10:42:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies · 1,100+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM | Jonathan S. Landay McClatchy Newspapers
    The nation's top intelligence officer, director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, announced his resignation Thursday after months of friction and repeated duels with White House officials. WASHINGTON — The nation's top intelligence officer, director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, announced his resignation Thursday after months of friction and repeated duels with White House officials. The retired Navy admiral gave no reason for his departure in his public statement, nor did he express thanks to President Obama for the opportunity to serve in his administration. A U.S. official indicated Obama had asked Blair to resign, saying a job search was well...
  • Air Force to Fully Align with National Security Strategy

    05/15/2010 9:37:22 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 309+ views
    executivegov.com ^ | May 14, 2010 | by Michael Cheek
    The U.S. Air Force is looking to align its work with “a new National Security Strategy, the Department of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review, and strategic reviews of the Nation’s space, nuclear and ballistic missile defense postures,” according to testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. During a hearing earlier this week, Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force, and General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff, testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the Air Force’s FY2011 Budget. The budget, a proposed $119.6 billion, is spread out between meeting the current and future needs of the...
  • Krauthammer: Not Using "Radical Islam" Like Not Using "Nazism" in WWII or "Communism" in Cold War

    05/15/2010 3:27:44 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 30 replies · 614+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 15, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Charles Krauthammer reacting to Attorney General Eric Holder's unwillingness to use the term "Radical Islam" to describe what incites terrorists to attack the United States. Krauthammer said it is absurd to not call the ideology behind the enemy what it is - "Radical Islam." In fact, he likened this politically-correct attitude displayed by Holder in a recent hearing to how absurd it would have been to never speak of "Communism" during the Cold War, or "Nazism" during World War II as the ideologies behind the enemy. Krauthammer could not be more right! But in the PC...
  • Defense in the Driver’s Seat

    05/10/2010 9:33:18 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 247+ views
    NRO ^ | May 10, 2010 | Mackenzie Eaglen
    This weekend, the secretary of defense called for additional spending cuts to keep the defense budget flat for the future. But flat budgets aren’t always smart budgets — or even an effective way to cut waste. The defense budget doesn’t need simple cuts. It needs true reform. The Heritage Foundation has long argued that internal defense-budget imbalances continue to threaten the modernization of America’s military equipment. Real reform — beyond weapons system cuts — must be enacted to funnel money back to this priority. Unfortunately, Sec. Robert Gates continues to let the defense tail wag the foreign-policy dog. His Kansas...
  • After the Times Square Bomber: What Is Obama's Terrorism Strategy?

    05/08/2010 8:53:18 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies · 808+ views
    politicsdaily.com ^ | May 5, 2010 | Walter Shapiro
    The 53 hours from the primed-to-explode Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square to the nick-of-time arrest of Faisal Shahzad underlined the single undeniable truth of 21st-century terrorism. The best defense against a terrorist attack is not the CIA, the FBI, Predator drones or Jack Bauer, but the New York Police Department. The FBI lost Shahzad on his way to Kennedy International Airport on Monday night and his name on the do-not-fly list failed to prevent him from initially boarding an Emirates jet to Dubai. But from the moment a street vendor alerted a mounted police officer in Times Square about white...
  • PC on Islamic extremism puts us at risk

    05/08/2010 9:30:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 2 replies · 157+ views
    cnn.com ^ | May 7, 2010 | S.E. Cupp
    (CNN) -- In the hours following the Times Square car-bombing attempt, some in the media -- as well as some public officials -- insisted we shouldn't rush to judgment about the identity or motives of the person responsible for the failed attack. He could be, they insisted, just a homegrown nut job.
  • Administration downplays Islamic extremism

    05/08/2010 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 585+ views
    mysanantonio.com ^ | May 8, 2010 | Jonathan Gurwitz
    At this point, the Department of Homeland Security might want to reconsider the proposition that veterans, gun rights activists and people upset about illegal immigration pose the greatest threat of domestic terrorism. A DHS intelligence assessment released to law enforcement agencies last year warned that right-wing extremist groups were advancing their recruitment efforts among such crowds. Not that white supremacists and militia goons don't deserve close scrutiny. Given their rhetoric and propensity for violence, it would be foolish not to keep a wary eye on them. But it would be even more foolish if you were a president or a...
  • Policy Chief ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Afghanistan

    05/05/2010 6:21:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 30 replies · 352+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 5, 2010 – The Pentagon’s top policy official told Congress today she’s “cautiously optimistic” about progress in Afghanistan as the new strategy there begins to show signs of success. “I believe we are achieving success. We are on the right road for the first time in a long time in Afghanistan,” Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy told the House Armed Services Committee. “I would argue for the first time, we finally have the right mission, the right strategy, the right leadership team in place. And we have marshaled both the international and Afghan resources, civilian and...
  • Ann Coulter: OBAMA NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY: HOPE THEIR BOMBS DON'T WORK (Tea Party Activists)

    05/05/2010 2:20:28 PM PDT · by Syncro · 44 replies · 1,529+ views
    Ann Coulter.Com ^ | May 5, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    OBAMA NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY: HOPE THEIR BOMBS DON'T WORKMay 5, 2010 It took Faisal Shahzad trying to set a car bomb in Times Square to get President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to finally use the word "terrorism." (And not referring to Tea Party activists!) This is a major policy shift for a president who spent a month telling Americans not to "jump to conclusions" after Army doctor Nidal Malik Hasan reportedly jumped on a desk, shouted "Allahu Akbar!" and began shooting up Fort Hood. After last weekend, now Obama is even threatening...
  • White House proposed taking development role away from State

    05/04/2010 11:18:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies · 633+ views
    thecable ^ | May 3, 2010 | By Josh Rogin
    The White House is moving closer to finishing a sweeping review of U.S. development strategy that aims to put development on par with diplomacy and defense as a "central pillar" of U.S. national security, according to sources familiar with the issue. The Cable has obtained a draft copy (pdf) of the review, which is titled "A New Way Forward on Global Development" and is known internally as the Presidential Study Directive on Global Development or PSD-7. "The Obama Administration recognizes that the successful pursuit of development is essential to our security, prosperity, and values," the draft document reads. It promises...
  • Obama NSS To Drop Preemption

    05/03/2010 8:37:48 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 51 replies · 1,134+ views
    dodbuzz.com ^ | May 3, 2010 | By Abraham D. Sofae
    The Gates’ Pentagon will make significant changes to the language used in its National Security Strategy, dropping: the controversial concept of preemptive attack, also known as preventive force; the idea of a “war” on terror; and the identification of Islamists as the root of terror. An NSS is always one of the most important defense policy documents of any administration is its National Security Strategy. While it may not guide every action, an NSS — required by the Goldwater-Nichols law — serves as a template, a broad statement of how and why an administration will go to war and what...
  • U.S. Army report: Ground forces would be needed to fight Hizbullah

    05/02/2010 7:55:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 283+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/02/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    The U.S. Army has commissioned a study that concluded conventional ground forces would be required to battle the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. The Rand Corp. has relayed a study to the U.S. Army that analyzed Israel's 2006 war with Hizbullah. The report, titled "Military Capabilities for Hybrid War," concluded that Israel's air combat strategy against Hizbullah was flawed and that infantry and armor would be required to fight the Lebanese-based militia, trained by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. "Finally, heavy forces — based on tanks and infantry fighting vehicles — are key elements of any force that will fight sophisticated irregular opponents,...
  • Obama's lawbreaking Pentagon

    04/28/2010 9:15:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 826+ views
    gouverneurtimes ^ | April 28, 2010 | James Jay Carafano, Ph.D
    President Obama's push for health care raised more than a few hackles, including the ire of 19 state attorneys general. "On behalf of the residents in Florida, and the states joining our efforts," declared Bill McCollum, who is spearheading one of the lawsuits, "we are committed to aggressively pursuing this lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary to prevent this unprecedented expansion of federal powers, impact upon state sovereignty and encroachment on our freedom." Questioning the constitutionality of Obamacare raises another question: Is flouting the law a pattern for how the president plans to govern? By law, the Pentagon...
  • Say Goodbye To U.S. Air Dominance -- And Perhaps To Victory In The Next War

    04/27/2010 9:12:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Lexington Institute ^ | 4/27/2010 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D.
    Some militaries are defeated in battle; others lose the war before the firing even begins. For example, it is the general consensus among military historians that the French military lost in World War Two before the first German panzer had crossed the frontier. A combination of preparing to fight the last war, inadequate investment in modern air and ground power, the wrong organization and French politics basically ensured that Germany would defeat France. The United States may be replicating the French experience. Rather than maintaining control of the high ground and with it control of the initiative in future conflicts,...
  • Gates satisfied with US planning to counter Iran threat

    04/27/2010 9:21:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 259+ views
    reuters ^ | 4/27/10 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday he was very satisfied with Pentagon planning to counter the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program.