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  • Army’s ‘Big Red One’ HQ going to Iraq: 1st Infantry Division soldiers deploy in October

    09/26/2014 4:35:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    <p>Roughly 500 soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division headquarters are headed to the Middle East, with 200 of them to end up in Iraq.</p>
  • Army sending division HQ element to Iraq (1st Infantry)

    09/25/2014 7:13:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 9/25/2014 | Jon Harper
    The 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq soon as the U.S. military steps up its campaign against Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said Thursday. It will be the first division headquarters assigned to Iraq since U.S. forces withdrew from the country at the end of 2011. About 500 soldiers from the Fort Riley, Kan.-based division will be heading for the Middle East next month with about 200 of them going to Iraq, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. “They’re going to provide command and control of the ongoing advise-and-assist effort in support of Iraqi and peshmerga...
  • Did the War in Libya Prove Hawks Right or Wrong?

    07/29/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 29 July 2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    The unintended consequences of military intervention are nearly impossible to predict. ___ "Islamist militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a lightly defended United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya," The New York Times reported on September 12, 2012. " The attack, which killed the American ambassador and three staffers, would ultimately reveal that the CIA was running a secret mission out of Benghazi. Ross Douthat: The worst-case situation has not come to pass in Libya itself. But thanks to the ripple effects from Colonel Qaddafi’s fall, it’s well on its way to happening in nearby Mali. Not...
  • Chuck Todd: White House Expected ‘Euphoria’ Over Bergdahl’s Release

    06/03/2014 2:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 3, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Todd: White House was 'caught off guard' MSNBC’S Chuck Todd observed Tuesday that the White House was “caught off guard” by the disastrous public roll out of their prisoner exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Todd and Andrea Mitchell agreed that the White House had likely thought there would be “some euphoria around this, the only POW that was remaining in Afghanistan, that there would be a rally around the flag. That didn’t happen.” “They were expecting criticisms of Gitmo, criticisms of the detainees that were chosen,” Todd said. “They did not expect this criticism of the attempt to...
  • "'Democracy' is a cult in the West." [-Robert Bergdahl]

    06/03/2014 9:28:26 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 28 replies
    twitter via UK Daily Mail ^ | 29 Mar 2014 | Robert Bergdahl
    @daqeqa Agree! "Democracy" is a cult in the West. I think most of afgs see law in terms of sharia not secular democracy, man centric laws.
  • Bob Bergdahl: "I'm proud of how much Bowe wanted to help the Afghan people"

    06/01/2014 12:31:23 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 76 replies
    Vanity | June 01, 2014 | CivilWarBrewing
    So.. Bowe abandoned his post to go help the Afghan people? WTF? Watching this news conference with his parents is a surreal and confusing experience.
  • Working to free all Guantanamo prisoners’ tweet from account of released soldier’s father deleted

    06/01/2014 11:05:18 AM PDT · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 42 replies
    Twitchy ^ | May 31, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    As Twitchy has reported, President Obama ordered the release of five Gitmo detainees to secure the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from his Taliban captors in Afghanistan. Recently, a tweet was published from the account of Bowe Bergdahl’s father, Robert, which stated a desire to see all Gitmo detainees released. Here’s the tweet from Bob Bergdahl’s account, which was published May 28 and deleted Saturday night (at the time of publication the deletion of the tweet has not been acknowledged on the account): @ABalkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of...
  • Obama Submits To Taliban Demands, Allows Praise For Allah

    06/01/2014 10:09:45 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 61 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/1/14 | Neil Munro
    At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.” After Bergdahl finished his statement and his praise for Allah, Obama hugged him. The Taliban echoed Bergdahl, saying the trade happened “due to the benevolence of Allah Almighty and the sacrifices of the heroic and courageous Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate.”
  • Hagel: U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorists in securing Bergdahl’s release

    06/01/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 87 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists in the process of exchanging the transfer of five terrorism suspects for the release of the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. “We didn’t negotiate with terrorists,” Mr. Hagel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I said and explained before, Sergeant Bergdahl is a prisoner of war. That’s a normal process in getting your prisoners back.” Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban Saturday, with the government of Qatar serving as a go-between. Qatar is taking custody of five...
  • Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. soldier held by Taliban, was "ashamed to be American," emails show (Flashback)

    06/01/2014 8:51:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | AP/June 8, 2012, 2:51 AM
    Emails an American soldier reportedly sent to his parents before he was captured by the Taliban three years ago suggest he was disillusioned and considering deserting. Bowe Bergdahl told his parents he was "ashamed to even be American" and was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army, according to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine.
  • Father of American Soldier Freed From Taliban Deletes a Very Disturbing Tweet

    06/01/2014 7:47:01 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 54 replies
    soopermexican.com ^ | 6/1/14 | Soopermexican
    Father of American Soldier Freed From Taliban Deletes a Very Disturbing Tweet On Saturday morning the Obama administration happily announced that we were now negotiating with terrorists and that Bowe Bergdahl would be freed in an agreement with the Taliban that would allow five dangerous terrorists to be released from Guantanamo Bay. Bowe’s father Bob Bergdahl appeared with Obama for the announcement: Tarek S. Fatah @TarekFatah Follow Is @BobBergdahl, father of Sgt. #BoweBergdahl a Muslim? He opened his talk in Islamic greeting http://cnn.it/T2prlp
  • Paul starts new drone war

    05/05/2014 11:00:41 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Rand Paul has warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he will place a hold on one of President Obama’s appellate court nominees because of his role in crafting the legal basis for Obama’s drone policy. Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky, has informed Reid he will object to David Barron’s nomination to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, unless the Justice Department makes public the memos he authored justifying the killing of an American citizen in Yemen. -SNIP- The ACLU has sided with Paul, who has a handful of Democratic allies. “No senator should be voting...
  • Joe DeGenova: I'm delighted that Democrats don't want to participate

    05/05/2014 9:54:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5-5-14 | Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com) - Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova says he'll be happy if Democrats decide not to appoint members to the special select committee on Benghazi that Republicans plan to establish. "I'm delighted the Democrats don't want to participate. All they would do is obstruct," diGenova told WMAL talk radio in Washington, D.C. Monday morning. "The president is going to pay a price ultimately," he added. "It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but his performance and Leon Panetta's was shameful that night." DiGenova says on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans,...
  • Four U.S. military personnel being held by Libyan government [Released]

    12/27/2013 7:14:14 PM PST · by LSUfan · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 27 Dec 13 | Unattributed
    Four U.S. military personnel are being held in Libyan government custody, the State Department said Friday night. The circumstances and location of their detention were not immediately clear.
  • Obama reportedly to pen letter to Afghan people admitting 'mistakes,' as part of security deal

    11/19/2013 11:39:30 AM PST · by ColdOne · 44 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/19/13 | foxnews/ap
    U.S. and Afghan officials reportedly have reached a tentative agreement on a critical security pact -- which would include President Obama writing a letter to the Afghan people acknowledging mistakes during the "war on terror." According to Reuters, an Afghan spokesman said Tuesday that Obama agreed to write the letter, to be presented with the draft security pact at a meeting of tribal elders later this week. The New York Times, citing a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, reported that Secretary of State John Kerry proposed the letter in a conversation with Karzai. Karzai asked that Obama sign it,...
  • The 12-Year War: 73% of U.S. Casualties in Afghanistan on Obama's Watch

    09/11/2013 9:07:36 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | September 11, 2013 | Dennis M. Crowley
    Twelve years ago today, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. In the war that Congress authorized against al Qaeda only three days after that attack, the vast majority of the U.S. casualties have occurred in the last four and a half years during the presidency of Barack Obama. In fact, according to the CNSNews.com database of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan, 73 percent of all U.S. Afghan War casualties have occurred since Jan. 20, 2009 when Obama was inaugurated.
  • Obama cancels trip to California next week to work on Syria vote -White House

    09/05/2013 10:47:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 5, 2013
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has canceled a trip to California next week so that he can stay in Washington "to work on the Syrian resolution before Congress," a White House official said on Thursday.
  • Live Thread: Obama to Make Rose Garden Statement on Syria, 1:15 p.m. EDT 8/31/13

    08/31/2013 9:16:19 AM PDT · by kristinn · 596 replies
    Via Twitter ^ | Saturday, August 31, 2013 | Jay Carney
    The President will deliver a statement on Syria at 1:15 pm today in the Rose Garden today.
  • International weapons experts leave Syria, U.S. prepares attack

    08/31/2013 8:19:58 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 80 replies
    Reuters US Edition ^ | | Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:35am EDT | Erika Solomon
    U.N. experts investigating a poison gas attack in Syria left the country on Saturday, paving the way for the United States to lead military strikes to punish President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States, which has five cruise-missile equipped destroyers in the region, was planning "limited, narrow" military action to punish Assad for an attack that Washington said killed 1,429 people. "We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale," Obama said on Friday after Washington unveiled an intelligence assessment concluding Assad's forces were to blame for...
  • President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria

    06/15/2013 9:41:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 June 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    By authorizing the arming of Syrian rebels known to be led by members of al-Qaeda, is Obama violating the National Defense Authorization Act? President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria The New American 14 June 2013 President Obama has given the green light to the shipping of weapons from the United States to opposition forces in Syria. In a statement released by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, the White House claims that “our intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin.” The Syrian...
  • Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid

    03/25/2013 9:19:50 AM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2013 | C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT
    With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders. The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and...
  • Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.

    03/25/2013 12:23:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2013 | By C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT
    With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders. The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and...
  • Obama: You Can't Understand Syria Policy 'If You Haven't Been in the Situation Room'

    06/18/2013 6:01:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 78 replies
    Obama: You Can't Understand Syria Policy 'If You Haven't Been in the Situation Room' Obama: I hear folks saying, "Katie, bar the door, let's just go in and knock out Syria." 7:03 AM, Jun 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER Charlie Rose last night asked President Obama his new Syria policy. The president first objected to it being called a new policy. "I'm not sure you can characterize this as a new policy. This is consistent with the policy that I've had throughout," he said. Obama then explained the goal is regional stability, and especially in Syria. "Really, what we're...
  • ‘Don’t arm maniacs’: London’s mayor opposes weapon support for Syrian rebels

    06/17/2013 1:27:53 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 8 replies
    RT ^ | 06/17/2013 | RT
    Arming the Syrian rebels would be “pressing weapons into the hands of maniacs and Al-Qaeda thugs,” London’s mayor has warned. His is the latest call in a wave of rhetoric urging the UK prime minister not to provide the Syrian rebels with weapons. Writing for British publication The Telegraph, Boris Johnson wrote that the UK must not use Syria as “an arena for muscle flexing.” “We can’t use Syria as an arena for geopolitical point-scoring or muscle-flexing, and we won’t get a ceasefire by pressing weapons into the hands of maniacs,” wrote Johnson. He joins a number of prominent British...
  • Iran to ‘deploy 4,000-strong force’ to Syria as US military set to stay in Jordan

    06/17/2013 1:33:30 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 06/16/2013 | RT
    Iran will deploy 4,000 Revolutionary Guards to Syria to bolster Damascus against a mostly Sunni-led insurgency, media reported. Meanwhile, US F-16s and Patriots will stay in Jordan – speculatively, to help establish a no-fly zone to aid Syrian rebels. The deployment of the first several-thousand strong military contingent was reported by The Independent on Sunday who quoted Iranian sources tied to the state’s security apparatus. The sources said the move signals Iran’s intention to drastically step up its efforts to preserve the government of President Bashar Assad. The Islamic Republic’s heightened military commitment could reportedly extend to the opening up...
  • US troops on Syria border as Obama arms rebels

    06/14/2013 4:31:30 PM PDT · by mykroar · 137 replies
    The Times Middle East ^ | 6/14/2013 | The Times Middle East
    Three hundred US Marines have been deployed to northern Jordan to pave the way for the West to arm Syrian rebels. A Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, designed to protect Jordanian territory from attack by Assad missiles, has also been moved into the area.
  • Obama Supports Al Qaeda

    06/14/2013 2:55:52 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 16 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 6/13/2013 | Matt Drudge
    "Syrian 'rebels' pledge loyalty to Al-Qaeda...".... "WAR: USA TO PROVIDE MILITARY SUPPORT TO SYRIA 'REBELS'" !!!
  • President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria

    06/14/2013 4:13:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | 6-14-2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. - Opinion/Editorial
    June 14, 2013 President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. ..... As The New American has chronicled since it was first proposed, the National Defense Authorization Act purportedly authorizes the president of the United States to deploy the armed forces to apprehend and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of providing support to terrorists. Section 1021 of the NDAA reads in relevant part:Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C.1541 note) includes the authority...
  • We probably would have said that Assad had crossed the “red line” even if we didn’t have evidence

    06/14/2013 9:59:19 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    An unusually damning Kinselyan gaffe, tucked away by Politico inside a story about how circumstances in Syria have supposedly forced Obama’s hand on intervention or something. You would think, in light of the endless criticism of Bush over Iraq, government officials would studiously avoid the impression that they’re using WMD claims as a pretext for intervening in a Middle Eastern country. But here we are: “The decision was ultimately driven by the discovery Assad used [chemical weapons] but there were a number of other factors in place that were also important,” conceded an administration official with direct knowledge of the...
  • U.S., citing use of chemical weapons by Syria, to provide direct military support to rebels

    06/13/2013 6:56:07 PM PDT · by don-o · 59 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June13, 2013 | Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan
    Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) welcomed the chemical weapons assessment. The two have been among the sharpest critics of the administration, saying it has not been doing enough to help the rebels. “U.S. credibility is on the line,” they said in a joint statement. “Now is not the time to merely take the next incremental step. Now is the time for more decisive actions,” they said, such as using long-range missiles to degrade Assad’s air power and missile capabilities.
  • White House vows no 'rush to war' in Syria

    06/16/2013 12:34:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/15/13 | Ben Geman
    The White House on Sunday defended its approach to the Syrian conflict as Republicans launched fresh accusations that the Obama administration is doing too little and has moved too slowly to aid rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad. “We have to be very discerning about what's in our interest and what outcome is best for us, and the prices that we're willing to pay to get to that place,” White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” “We've rushed to war in this region in the past. We're not going to do it here,”...
  • Mr. Obama's War

    06/16/2013 1:20:28 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    political outcast ^ | 6-16-13 | tad cronn
    That buildup has been going on for some time. For the past two years, the government opposition in Syria has been getting aid from the U.S., which has smuggled surface-to-air missiles and other heavy weaponry into Syria through Turkey. Along with arms, the U.S. has supplied fighters for the conflict, drawing mainly from al-Qaida-linked militias in Libya and elsewhere. This operation was at the root of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. The Obama Administration has been working to cover up the facts about Benghazi not just because of the glaring incompetence of...
  • Islamic extremist' gunmen attack government buildings in Benghazi

    06/15/2013 10:23:48 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    AP - via The Guardian ^ | June 15, 2013
    Gunmen staged overnight attacks on at least six security buildings and outposts throughout Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, killing five soldiers, military officials said on Saturday. The assaults, which included snipers, rocket-propelled grenades and explosives thrown on to rooftops, came after a number of smaller targeted attacks and assassinations of security officials in the city over the past several months. A spokesman for the army's chief of staff, Ali el-Sheikhy, said no group had claimed responsibility for attacks. Officials have not announced any arrests. An elite military unit known as Saaqa claimed on its Facebook page that Islamic extremists were...
  • Dozens killed after Benghazi militia opens fire on protesters

    06/09/2013 8:51:08 AM PDT · by don-o · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 9, 2013 | Chris Stephen in Tripoli
    At least 26 people were killed and 80 wounded when a militia in the Libyan city of Benghazi opened fire on protesters gathered outside its base on Saturday. The demonstrators had gathered outside the headquarters of the Libya Shield brigade to demand it to submit to the authority of Libya's security forces. Television pictures showed people and cars fleeing in panic from the scene amid the crackle of gunfire. Benghazi's Jala hospital was overwhelmed with casualties being brought in by ambulance and private vehicles, with doctors saying they were struggling to cope. The Libyan prime minister, Ali Zidan, made a...
  • FLASHBACK: US spends $70,000 on Pakistan ad denouncing anti-Muslim film

    05/13/2013 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 20, 2012 | NBC News
    The U.S. has bought $70,000 worth of air time on seven Pakistani television channels to air an ad showing President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denouncing the anti-Islamic video that has sparked violent protests in the Middle East and North Africa. In the 30-second ad that began running Thursday, Obama says, "Since our founding the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate religious beliefs of others."
  • Benghazi: The Question Nobody is Asking

    05/13/2013 8:13:55 AM PDT · by varmintman · 23 replies
    The question which nobody is asking: Did Bork Obunga and his puppet-master George Soros generate an immense reservoir of hatred against Americans in Libya in 2011 by taking down what amounted to the best government in the Islammic world for motives amounting to little if anything other than pure greed, and THEN set the stage for a US ambassador to be tortured, raped, and then killed by sheer fecklessness with no meaningful response in the picture even eight months later? http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MD14Ak02.html Ellen Brown noted (2011) that: Another anomaly involves the official justification for taking up arms against Libya. Supposedly it's...
  • Libya deadly car bomb near Benghazi hospital

    05/13/2013 7:04:36 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | May 13, 2013
    At least nine people have been killed in a car bomb explosion near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi, an official has told the BBC. "I saw people running and some of them were collecting parts of bodies," a witness said. This follows a string of bombings in the eastern city in recent days. Security remains precarious in Libya since the uprising against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, with protests by militias and attacks by Islamists. At the end of April, a car bomb exploded outside the French embassy in the capital, Tripoli, wounding two French guards and several...
  • House Holds Hearing on Benghazi Attack

    05/08/2013 1:42:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 8, 2013 | By SCOTT SHANE
    Eight months after four Americans died in a terrorist attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a House committee held another hearing on Wednesday to examine whether the Obama administration mishandled the tragic events. What follows is an update on what is known about the Benghazi episode and why it has become such a political flash point: Q. Why is the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform holding a new hearing on Benghazi? A. Committee investigators found two State Department officials who previously had not spoken publicly and who are scathingly critical of the administration’s response to...
  • White House: Clinton’s 'Signature' on Benghazi Docs Doesn't Mean She Knew of Them

    04/25/2013 2:44:58 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 114 replies
    White House: Clinton’s 'Signature' on Benghazi Docs Doesn't Mean She Knew of Them April 25, 2013 By Fred Lucas (CNSNews.com) – The White House dismissed the signature of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on documents ignoring security concerns in Benghazi, calling it “protocol” for government official “signatures” to appear on documents they did not sign. “It is standard protocol that cables originating from the department in Washington go out under the authority of the current Secretary of State with their signature, i.e. their name, typed at the bottom,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday, using his fingers...
  • Boston bombing suspect cites U.S. wars as motivation, officials say (Bush's fault)

    04/23/2013 1:55:24 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2013 | By Scott Wilson, Greg Miller and Sari Horwitz
    The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews. --------------snip------------------------------ The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation, said Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police as the two attempted to avoid capture, do not appear to have been directed by a foreign terrorist organization. Rather, the officials said, the evidence so far suggests they were “self-radicalized” through Internet sites and U.S....
  • New Evidence That Team Obama Misled Us About the Drone War

    04/10/2013 10:25:33 AM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 10, 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf
    The Obama Administration is deliberately misleading Americans about the drone war it is waging in Pakistan. Can anyone read the McClatchy Newspapers summary of top-secret intelligence reports and continue to deny it? Set aside the morality and effectiveness of the CIA's targeted-killing program. Isn't it important for Congress and the people to know the truth about the War on Terrorism? Many Americans remain furious that the Bush Administration gave Iraq War speeches that elided inconvenient truths and implied facts that turned out to be fictions. Is the objection merely that the Iraq War turned out badly? Or is misleading Congress...
  • Report: FBI Benghazi Survivor Interviews Delivered to Senate Intel Committee

    03/03/2013 7:56:23 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-3-2013 | Kerry Picket
    March 3, 2013 Report: FBI Benghazi Survivor Interviews Delivered to Senate Intel Committee Kerry Picket (Excerpt) A source told CBS News that FBI transcripts of interviews with Benghazi survivors were turned over to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday........ The documents that came from the White House is the second set to be sent to Congress. The initial set of documents related to the attack were considered “insufficient” due to massive redactions.... The documents that were sent on Thursday had fewer redactions. They show that e-mail correspondence reveal “talking points” that were sent around the White House, the FBI, and...
  • Obama's Good War

    03/31/2011 12:48:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 31, 2011 | James Lewis
    Well, well, well, so Obama has embarked on his third war in little more than two years. You've got to admit that "flexibility" is his middle name. Or at least one of his middle names: Barack Barry Hussein "Flexibility" Soetoro Obama, Jr. Those are the names we know so far, but The Donald thinks there might be more. Whodda thunk? Here we are barely into the first week of what started out as a "No-Fly Zone" and it is now turning out to be Air Al Qaida. Ten years ago, AQ had a mere four civilian airplanes to crash into...
  • Obama’s Amazing Achievements: His military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. (VDH)

    03/31/2011 12:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s Amazing AchievementsHis military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:(a) War-mongering liberals: Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio commentators cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong,” fashion. Apparently, liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best...
  • What Is Samantha Power Thinking? The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping “genocide”...

    03/31/2011 1:26:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 29, 2011 | Matthew Shaffer
    What Is Samantha Power Thinking?The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping "genocide" is the United States' top foreign-policy priority. On March 18, President Obama explained his decision to mobilize the United States military for international intervention in Libya. “Left unchecked,” he said, “we have every reason to believe that Qaddafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.” (As if it hasn’t been already?) That last sentence was a Realpolitik, national-interest justification for the U.S. intervention. But it rang hollow....
  • Libyan stalemate is bad news for Samantha Power, Obama key advisor

    04/13/2011 5:30:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 33 replies
    Irish Central ^ | April 13, 2011 | Niall O'Dowd
    The continued stalemate in Libya is not good news for Samantha Power widely seen as one of the architects of the Libyan intervention. Power, who works with the National Security Council, has been touted as the next secretary of State if Obama is re-elected but if Libya continues to be a stalemate it will not help her case... But the original script went wrong from there with rebels advancing, then retreating like a bad Charlie Chaplin scene before the current stalemate. Stalemate is not good in that corner of the world, and a leaderless state, like Somalia can soon become...
  • Another stunner behind Obama's Libya doctrine (R2P- Holocaust denier helped devise policy)

    03/30/2011 9:30:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    WND ^ | March 29,2011 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – A staunch denier of the Holocaust who long served as the deputy of late PLO leader Yasser Arafat served on the committee that invented the military doctrine used by President Obama as the main justification for U.S. and international airstrikes against Libya. As WND first reported, billionaire philanthropist George Soros is a primary funder and key proponent of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, the world's leading organization pushing the military doctrine. Several of the doctrine's main founders sit on multiple boards with Soros. The doctrine and its founders, as WND reported, have been deeply tied...
  • Samantha Power’s Power

    04/05/2011 8:25:47 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | April 5, 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    A member of the president’s National Security Council who shares Noam Chomsky’s foreign-policy goals? An influential presidential adviser whom 1960s revolutionary Tom Hayden treats as a fellow radical? ... Samantha Power, senior director of multilateral affairs for the National Security Council and perhaps the principal architect of our current intervention in Libya, is all of these things. These scary-sounding tidbits might be dismissed as isolated “gotchas.” Unfortunately, when we view these radical outcroppings in the full sweep of her life’s work, Samantha Power emerges as a patriot’s nightmare — a woman determined to subordinate America’s national sovereignty to an international...
  • RECONSIDERING MICHELE BACHMANN (Most of her policies were right and spot on in hindsight)

    01/21/2013 4:59:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Powerline ^ | 01/21/2013 | John Hinderraker
    The Washington Post reports today that al Qaeda’s successful attack on the Algerian natural gas plant has greatly boosted al Qaeda’s prestige in Africa. Along the way, the Post notes rather casually: The assailants were well-trained and armed with what appear to have been weapons from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s arsenal. The overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi has turned out to be a terrible blunder. It has empowered radical Muslims, led directly to the Benghazi debacle, and scattered Gaddafi’s armory among terrorist elements, including al Qaeda. There has been, of course, no accountability for the Libya decision, either with...
  • Somalia says US forces snatch militants hit in drone strike (boots on the ground)

    07/03/2011 11:09:49 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 41 replies
    AP via Boston Globe ^ | July 3, 2011 | Malkhadir M. Muhumed
    NAIROBI, Kenya - US military forces landed in Somalia to retrieve the bodies of dead or wounded militants after a US drone strike targeted a group of insurgents, Somalia's defense minister said yesterday. The operation is at least the second time US troops have landed in Somalia after a targeted strike, ...