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  • No Time To Scrimp On Defense

    08/11/2010 6:04:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Federal Spending: The secretary of defense announces that due to economic conditions, the military must be slashed by $100 billion. Since when did defending the United States become an optional budget item? As Chinese warships tour the Mediterranean and Iran adds four submarines to its navy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced this week the closing of the Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) in Norfolk, Va., the first step toward finding $100 billion in savings over the next five years. The command was just formed in 1999 to improve the ability of the various services to work together and find efficiencies. It...
  • China's Naval Game-Changer

    08/06/2010 4:12:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 6, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Military Superiority: By the end of the year, China could deploy an anti-ship missile capable of hitting U.S. aircraft carriers at long range. The naval dominance that American foreign policy depended on may be at an end. When the naval planners of Imperial Japan were laying out the attack on Pearl Harbor, the major question on their mind was — where are the American carriers? In the end, their failure to find them doomed Imperial Japan to defeat. Since World War II, every president alerted to a crisis has asked the same question — where are the carriers? These floating...
  • The President's False START

    07/29/2010 6:21:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 29, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    National Security: Think Moscow will violate the New START arms limitation treaty? A just-issued report says it never obeyed the first one. The motto of the Obama administration is blindly trust, don't verify and unilaterally disarm. You can forget about peace through strength, the Reagan doctrine that won the Cold War. Our policy is now peace through wishful thinking. If Neville Chamberlain and Jimmy Carter had a child, his name would be Barack Obama. The president is pushing ahead with what is called the New START Treaty to rid the world of nuclear weapons, but not those who would use...
  • The Lockerbie Lie

    07/27/2010 6:22:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 27, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Terrorism: The administration says it was surprised and angry at the Lockerbie bomber's "compassionate" release. Now a letter reveals that it actually lobbied for it. Was this malicious intent or mere incompetence? Last week, at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama was asked what he thought about a possible Senate investigation into the "Lockerbie bomber stuff" — namely that British Petroleum, among its other sins, lobbied the British government to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi in order to win oil contracts from the Libyan government. Obama replied: "I think all of us...
  • China Fills America's Vacuum

    07/21/2010 5:29:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 21, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Strategy: As the U.S. retreats from the world stage, the nation's top military officer is warning us about China's military buildup and intentions. Already, China is telling us to keep off the grass. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen, visiting U.S. troops at Camp Red Cloud in South Korea on Wednesday, talked about his growing concerns about China. "I've moved from being curious about what they're doing to being concerned about what they're doing," the admiral said. "I see a fairly significant investment in high-end equipment — satellites, ships ... anti-ship missiles, obviously high-end aircraft and all those kinds of things....
  • U.S. Space Program Bows To Mecca

    07/06/2010 6:16:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 56 replies · 3+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 6, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Priorities: NASA's chief says his mission is not to return us to space but to help the Muslim world feel good about its scientific contributions. The moon we should be landing on should not be crescent-shaped. At a time when the only missile programs in the Arab world, namely in Syria and Iran, are aimed at hitting Israel with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, NASA administrator Charles Bolden goes on Al Jazeera to tell the Muslim world his "foremost" goal was to make them feel good about their achievements in math, science and engineering.
  • Dropping The Shield

    06/30/2010 4:55:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 30, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    National Security: The administration is ready to sign a treaty stripping us of our ability to defend ourselves against enemy nuclear missiles, including Iran's and North Korea's. In space, no one can hear you surrender. On Monday, the ground-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, part of the U.S. missile defense shield, successfully shot down a ballistic missile launched from a ship's deck off Kauai, Hawaii. The test simulated an Iranian SCUD launched from the deck of a ship off the U.S. coast, which, if armed with a nuke, could devastate the American heartland. The simulated Scud was launched from...
  • The President's Memorial Daze

    05/28/2010 7:22:41 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies · 1,511+ views ^ | May 28, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily Sraff
    Leadership: Our commander in chief was to miss the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to go on vacation. Other presidents have missed it, but never at wartime. All presidents deserve a vacation, and no president is ever off the clock. But we are at war, and Memorial Day at Arlington has special significance even in peacetime. Those who defend President Obama's decision to take time off were not so understanding whenever President George W. Bush spent time at his Crawford, Texas, ranch. Obama was to be in his old Chicago-area stomping grounds, and those who attacked Bush for taking...
  • They Wore A Yellow Ribbon

    05/18/2010 6:08:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 451+ views ^ | May 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    War On Terror: Attempts to punish the Haditha Marines and Navy SEALs for their courage and bravery under fire failed. Now some would reward timidity and cowardice with a medal for "courageous restraint" under fire. A nonsensical proposal circulating in the Kabul headquarters of the International Security Forces in Afghanistan would give a medal to soldiers in battle who show restraint in the use of deadly force in situations where civilian casualties might result. This will not protect civilians as much as it will endanger the lives of our troops. Our soldiers are already disciplined and trained not to wantonly...
  • Apologies To China

    05/18/2010 5:23:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 645+ views ^ | May 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Diplomacy: The administration's apology tour continues with a mea culpa to the world's worst human-rights violator for Arizona's enforcement of U.S. immigration law. You'd think Tiananmen Square was in Phoenix. In talks last week with China on the subject of human rights, the U.S. delegation volunteered how sorry we were for Arizona's decision to protect its citizens and its border against illegal immigration — the operative word being "illegal." You would assume the Chinese broached the subject to blunt any criticism of their policies and record. But our delegates beat them to it by groveling on their own initiative in...
  • Gates To Navy: Anchors Away

    05/07/2010 5:30:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies · 2,553+ views ^ | May 7, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Military Advantage: Our defense secretary proposes doing what no other foreign adversary has done: sink the U.S. Navy. We don't need those billion-dollar destroyers, he says. Meanwhile, the Chinese navy rushes to fill the vacuum. Once Britannia ruled the waves, later to be replaced by America and its Navy. From the Battle of Midway to President Reagan's 600-ship fleet that helped win the Cold War, naval supremacy has been critical to the protection and survival of our nation. Which is why we find the recent remarks of Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the Navy League at the Sea-Air-Space expo so...
  • America's Nuclear Surrender

    05/04/2010 5:57:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,087+ views ^ | May 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The administration proudly reveals a state secret to our enemies before a U.N. conference on nuclear nonproliferation. It wants to lead by example on disarmament, but Iran and North Korea aren't following. Not since the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact that sought to outlaw war as an instrument of national policy has there been such a stunning display of dangerous naivete. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disclosed U.S. nuclear secrets to the U.N. conference while proudly proclaiming it showed America is sending "a clear, unmistakable signal" that this nation is committed to nuclear disarmament. Kellogg-Briand laid the groundwork for Munich in...
  • (Obama's) Bowing To China

    04/13/2010 4:44:43 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 22 replies · 874+ views ^ | April 13, 2010 | Investors Business Daily Staff
    Realpolitik: At the start of the Nuclear Security Summit, we see an all-too-familiar gesture from our president. Is it a matter of courtesy, an idiosyncrasy or the administration's acceptance of a new world order? If there ever was an iconic tribute to the idea of U.S. exceptionalism, it was the fact that the American flag was never dipped during the parade of athletes at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. We never dipped or bowed to anybody, with the possible exception of figurehead royalty.
  • Prague Surrender

    04/08/2010 4:48:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,063+ views ^ | April 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Arms Deal: President Obama signs away U.S. nuclear security and gives the Russians a veto over whether we can defend ourselves. Our nuclear umbrella is in tatters as another piece of paper proclaims peace in our time. Completing a process of disarmament and appeasement that manifested itself in the dismantling and defunding of U.S. military power that began with his inauguration, President Obama signed a new strategic arms limitation treaty with a grinning and very happy Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday in the Czech capital. How fitting this document was signed in Prague, which isn't far from Munich where...
  • Obamalateral Disarmament

    04/06/2010 4:51:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 1,115+ views ^ | April 6, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    National Security: Aiming at a world where nuclear weapons are obsolete, the administration's nuclear posture review leaves a world without American nuclear weapons and the backbone to use them. After his stunning bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto lamented that all that had been accomplished was to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. Under policies announced by the Obama administration, a devastating chemical or biological attack on this country might merely awaken our very own Hamlet and fill him with a terrible sense of angst. We have said before that rather...
  • 'Good Enough' Isn't

    10/27/2009 7:00:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 679+ views ^ | October 27, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War On Terror: Sen. John Kerry, who was so wrong about Iraq, now says our commander in Afghanistan is "reaching too far, too fast" and that a "good enough" policy should suffice. It won't. Offering his advice on how to micromanage the war against the Taliban, Kerry said Gen. Stanley McChrystal, President Obama's hand-picked general to fight what he called a "war of necessity," is wrong in saying he needs 40,000 more troops to fight and win it. Speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday, Kerry advocated a "good enough" policy designed not to achieve victory in al-Qaida's...
  • 'Good Enough' Isn't (Kerry Vs. McChrystal)

    10/27/2009 5:52:35 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies · 1,290+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 27, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    War On Terror: Sen. John Kerry, who was so wrong about Iraq, now says our commander in Afghanistan is "reaching too far, too fast" and that a "good enough" policy should suffice. It won't. Offering his advice on how to micromanage the war against the Taliban, Kerry said Gen. Stanley McChrystal, President Obama's hand-picked general to fight what he called a "war of necessity," is wrong in saying he needs 40,000 more troops to fight and win it. Speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday, Kerry advocated a "good enough" policy designed not to achieve victory in al-Qaida's...
  • Obama Concludes U.S. Can't Beat Taliban; May Wait Until Late November for Afghan Decision

    10/28/2009 9:09:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 204 replies · 7,234+ views
    Thursday, October 29, 2009 | Kristinn
    The Washington Post reports tonight that Barack Obama and top administration officials have concluded the Taliban cannot be beaten and that they are looking for ways to cede parts of Afghanistan to the Taliban without those regions becoming safe havens for al Qaeda.The article also reports that Obama may wait until after he returns from a 10 day visit to Asia that begins November 11 to decide his policy for Afghanistan.The Post article is largely about Obama's request made this week, two months after he received Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for tens of thousands more troops to fulfill Obama's counter-insuregency...
  • Russians violating treaty, developing missile

    10/22/2009 8:36:58 AM PDT · by Thunder90 · 19 replies · 1,095+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/22/09 | Bill Gertz
    START 'cheating' Republicans in the Senate are gearing up to battle the Obama administration over the high-priority plan to finish a new arms-control treaty with Russia before the end of the year.
  • Obama Considers Strategy Shift in Afghan War

    09/22/2009 8:08:50 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 44 replies · 1,371+ views
    NYTimes ^ | September 22, 2009 | By PETER BAKER and ELISABETH BUMILLER
    President Obama is exploring alternatives to a major troop increase in Afghanistan, including a plan advocated by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to scale back American forces and focus more on rooting out Al Qaeda there and in Pakistan, officials said Tuesday. SNIP The sweeping reassessment has been prompted by deteriorating conditions on the ground, the messy and still unsettled outcome of the Afghan elections and a dire report by Mr. Obama’s new commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. Aides said the president wanted to examine whether the strategy he unveiled in March was still the best approach and whether...
  • EDITORIAL: Afghanistan is not Vietnam ... yet--But Obama's '60s flashback could be a real downer

    09/17/2009 3:30:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 338+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 17, 2009 | Editorial
    The United States is stuck in a 1960s flashback. In an interview on Monday, President Obama rejected comparisons between the war in Afghanistan and the Vietnam conflict, saying "you never step into the same river twice." The Amu Darya is not the Mekong. There are superficial parallels between Vietnam and Afghanistan, especially at the tactical level. The new joint counterinsurgency doctrine addresses many of these aspects, and it is noteworthy that Gen. David H. Petraeus, who oversaw its development, wrote his doctoral dissertation on Vietnam. The Pentagon is well aware of the battlefield lessons of our country's only military defeat....
  • Air Force may buzz before bombing in Afghanistan

    08/13/2009 11:51:45 AM PDT · by james500 · 49 replies · 2,497+ views
    AP ^ | 8/13/2009
    The Air Force general in charge of the air war in Afghanistan says a new strategy means warplanes in some cases may be buzzing rather than bombing some insurgents. Lt. Gen. Gilmary Hostage said Thursday that his job is to support the strategy of winning Afghan support as formulated by the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. As part of that, McChrystal imposed restrictions on air power to limit civilian casualties. ... But the three-star general said that at times, it may be better to fly low over enemy forces and disperse them with noisy warplanes that threaten...
  • Our Aging Deterrent

    08/12/2009 5:53:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 648+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: President Obama dreams of a world without nuclear weapons. Unless testing and maintenance of our nuclear deterrent is resumed, it will be a world without American nuclear weapons.In his Prague speech this spring, the president spoke of "America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons," ignoring the fact that before 1945 we lived in such a world and it was neither peaceful nor secure. We recently observed the anniversaries of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, actions that brought an abrupt end to the carnage of World War II and arguably...
  • Britain and US Prepared to Open Talks With the Taliban

    07/27/2009 7:56:44 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 20 replies · 1,331+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | July 27Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Even though the Taliban has admitted that there no "moderate" Taliban members, President Obama has promised nonmilitary solutions for Afghanistan. Well here comes the talks in which we will end up giving up ground to the Taliban.
  • Obama Announces Treaty with Russia to Reduce Nuclear Arsenals by One-Third - Video 7/6/09

    07/06/2009 9:12:04 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 20 replies · 1,059+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 6, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of President Obama announcing a "joint understanding" he has signed with Russian President Medvedev that would reduce U.S. and Russian Nuclear Arsenals by one-third. Obama called the treaty he has signed a "legally binding agreement." Nothing was said about the U.S. Constitutional provision requiring the approval of the U.S. Senate to ratify treaties. . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Obama Pledges Early End to Missile Defense Review ( More "Amateur Hour" )

    07/06/2009 11:44:53 AM PDT · by kellynla · 11 replies · 834+ views ^ | 7/6/2009 | staff
    MOSCOW (AP) — President Barack Obama says he expects to complete a review of the U.S. plan for building missile defense systems in Europe by the end of the summer. At a joint news conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE'-tree med-VYEH'-dyev), Obama said that once the review is finished he will provide the Russian government with his assessment of how to resolve differences over the project. Obama said he expects that to lead to extensive negotiations. Russia strongly opposes the U.S. project, which was initiated by the administration of President George W. Bush. Earlier, the two leaders issued a...
  • Medvedev hopes for progress in nuclear talks with U.S. President Barack Obama

    06/20/2009 6:10:19 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 15 replies · 673+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 20/06/2009
    AMSTERDAM, June 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday he hopes his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in July in Moscow will promote a new nuclear disarmament treaty. "We are ready to cut our strategic delivery vehicles by several times compared to the START-1 treaty. As for warheads connected with these delivery vehicles, their number should be lower than the level envisioned by the Moscow Treaty of 2002," Medvedev told journalists. "We are for real, effective and checkable cuts," he said, adding that at the meeting with Obama they will also discuss economic and regional problems,...
  • Under the Radar, Dems Inexplicably Block Missile Defense (Updated)

    06/17/2009 1:38:38 PM PDT · by astyanax · 16 replies · 1,318+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 17Jun09 | Jennifer Rubin
    Perhaps no part of the Obama administration’s planned Defense Department budget makes less sense than its effort to slash $1.2B from missile defense programs for FY 2010. In light of the recent behavior of North Korea and the reminder that we face the prospect of a nuclear-armed revolutionary Islamic state in Iran, a group of Republican congressmen on the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday offered a series of amendments seeking to reverse the proposed cuts.
  • Weapons Makers Look Overseas as Pentagon Scales Back

    06/13/2009 6:20:21 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 11 replies · 932+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Saturday, June 13, 2009
    With the United States looking to cut defense costs and rethinking the way it fights wars, many defense companies are looking for international buyers to take the big, pricey weapons that the Pentagon no longer wants or needs fewer of. U.S. contractors are chasing some lucrative deals, but could also face some legal and political hurdles as they hawk weapons overseas.
  • Russia 'could drop nuclear arms'

    06/11/2009 4:50:33 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 24 replies · 1,064+ views
    BBC News (U.K.) ^ | June 10, 2009
    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said his country could give up nuclear weapons if everyone else that had them did the same. The remarks came as Russian and US officials negotiate a successor to the 1991 Start treaty on arms reduction, which expires in December. US President Barack Obama will discuss the issue in Moscow next month with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. Meanwhile a top general said Russia should not go below 1,500 warheads. Col-Gen Nikolai Solovtsov, who commands Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces, said Moscow needed this number to ensure its own security. But he added that the...
  • US and Russia Can Still Work Together, Clinton Says

    05/08/2009 10:50:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 782+ views
    Gulf News ^ | May 08, 2009
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday played down tensions with Russia over Georgia, saying they would not cloud arms control talks and Washington wanted ties with Moscow to hit a new level. At a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Clinton said "people in families disagree" and she did not want to dwell on differences over Georgia's or Russia's strong opposition to Nato military exercises there this week. "It is old thinking to say that we have a disagreement in one area, therefore we shouldn't work in something else that is of overwhelming importance. That is...
  • Russia's Lavrov and Clinton to meet for START talks in May

    04/23/2009 1:41:52 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 1 replies · 458+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 23/ 04/ 2009
    MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on May 7 to discuss the START agreement, which expires at the end of this year. The director of the North American Department at the Foreign Ministry, Igor Neverov, told RIA Novosti on Thursday that the first round of Russian-American expert-level consultations on preparing the new Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (START) agreement would take place in Rome this week. "There will be a meeting of experts in April, and the experts will continue to work until the minister...
  • Russia and America pledge to slash nuclear stockpiles

    04/01/2009 10:47:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 1,652+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 04/02/09 | Tom Baldwin and Philip Webster
    Russia and America pledge to slash nuclear stockpiles Tom Baldwin and Philip Webster Russia and America have pledged to slash their nuclear stockpiles in a groundbreaking agreement in London on the eve of the G20 summit. President Obama and President Medvedev issued a statement that promised a “fresh start” in relations that could include a legally binding arms reduction treaty by the end of the year. White House officials indicated that the number of nuclear warheads was likely to be reduced to no more than 1,500 each. It was the first time that the two leaders had met. Mr Obama...
  • Kissinger meets with Russians, echoes Obama's line

    03/20/2009 5:21:32 PM PDT · by melt · 21 replies · 752+ views ^ | 3/20/09 | Megan K. Stack and Sergei L. Loiko
    Reporting from Moscow -- The octogenarian Republican is an improbable go-between to push the diplomatic line of a young Democratic president. But here he was in Moscow on Friday: Henry Kissinger, the architect of Cold War detente with the Soviet Union, meeting informally with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to try to smooth over a new generation of animosities between the two countries. Kissinger led a team of prominent former U.S. officials in meetings in Moscow this week, acting on their own but echoing the message of cooperation from an Obama administration that has pledged to "reset" relations that have become...
  • Russia Snubs Obama Overture

    03/03/2009 4:00:23 PM PST · by AJKauf · 16 replies · 1,104+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 3 | Kim Zigfeld
    On Tuesday, it was reported that U.S. President Barack Obama had written a “secret letter” last month to Russian “president” Dmitri Medvedev. The letter seemed to propose that the U.S. would back away from its planned missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Russia would force Iran to shut down its long-range missile program. When asked about the document, Obama stated: "What I said in the letter was that obviously to the extent that we are lessening Iran’s commitment to nuclear weapons, then that reduces the pressure for or the need for a missile defense system. In no way does...
  • Obama 'ready to drop shield plans for Russian help on Iran'

    03/02/2009 3:48:05 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 121 replies · 5,769+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/2/09 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, March 2 (RIA Novosti) - Washington has told Moscow that Russian help in resolving Iran's nuclear program would make its missile shield plans for Europe unnecessary, a Russian daily said on Monday, citing White House sources. U.S. President Barack Obama made the proposal on Iran in a letter to his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, Kommersant said, referring to unidentified U.S. officials. Iran's controversial nuclear program was cited by the U.S. as one of the reasons behind its plans to deploy a missile base in Poland and radar in the Czech Republic. The missile shield has been strongly opposed by...
  • Report: Obama Offers to Scrap Missile Shield If Russia Cooperates on Iran

    03/02/2009 1:23:55 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 114 replies · 2,517+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 02, 2009 | staff
    President Obama offered to consider scrapping plans for a missile defense shield in Europe if Russia helps rein in Iran's nuclear program, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported. -------snip---- Obama inherited plans to build the system in Poland and the Czech Republic from the Bush administration, but the new administration has equivocated over the project. Though the plans were put in place to deter nations like Iran and North Korea from launching attacks and developing nuclear weapons, Russia has interpreted the planned installation as a threat.
  • Iran angered over films 'The Wrestler' and '300' (Want visiting Hollywood bigwigs to apologize)

    03/01/2009 9:51:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies · 4,488+ views
    An adviser to Iran's president on Sunday demanded an apology from a team of visiting Hollywood actors and movie industry officials, including Annette Bening, saying films such as "300" and "The Wrestler" were "insulting" to Iranians. Without an apology, members of Iran's film industry should refuse to meet with representatives from the nine-member team, said Javad Shamaqdari, the art and cinema adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "In my viewpoint, it is a failure to have an official meeting with one who is insulting," Shamaqdari told The Associated Press. The film "300," portrays the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., in...
  • Obama banks on pollution reductions

    02/26/2009 2:52:16 PM PST · by topfile · 27 replies · 1,742+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Tom LoBianco
    President Barack Obama's first budget includes $15 billion a year for renewable energy programs and an ambitious plan to raise $646 billion from a carbon reduction proposal. "Because our future depends on our ability to break free from oil that's controlled by foreign dictators, we need to make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy," Mr. Obama said Thursday morning. "That's why we'll be working with Congress on legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy." The plan uses money from a cap-and-trade program — which would allow companies to...
  • Peace through weakness?

    02/20/2009 7:16:27 AM PST · by ihatedemocrats · 14 replies · 619+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | Frank Gaffney
    Fresh from reworking the domestic economic order via the "stimulus" bill in favor of vastly expanded U.S. government influence and power, President Barack Obama proposes a set of changes with respect to American security policies and programs that will have the opposite effect. If equally successful, he stands to transform the "world's only superpower" into a nuclear impotent, with possibly catastrophic consequences. Such a transformation would be the more extraordinary for it coming against the backdrop of others' buildups of their nuclear arsenals. Every other declared nuclear weapon state is modernizing its stockpile and the most dangerous wannabees - North...
  • Obama Plans Major Shifts to Reduce Nuclear Arsenal

    02/18/2009 1:11:39 PM PST · by mojitojoe · 36 replies · 976+ views ^ | 2/16/09 | Dave Eberhart
    If he has his way, President Barack Obama will dramatically change the nuclear weapons policy of the U.S. – leaving behind Cold War doctrine and looking to a model of a minimal nuclear arsenal -- just ominous enough to do the job of deterrence. Obama may be mired in the economic stimulus debate, but the clock is also relentlessly ticking on some volatile policy decisions regarding the nation’s aging nuclear arsenal – the stuff of that deterrence. Foreign nations, friend and foe, are poised to discover Obama’s nuclear agenda, while some critics within the U.S. are fearful that the new...
  • Will Obama Trade Away Our Defensive Capabilities?

    02/17/2009 6:15:30 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 17 replies · 486+ views
    IBD/Yidwithlid ^ | 2/17/09 | Yidwithlid
    In the few short weeks since inauguration day, President Obama has gone a long way to making the United States a more dangerous place. His first act as President was tying the hands of the people interrogating terrorists, and closing Gitmo Prison. He followed that with a "suck up" interview on Arab TV network that made the US seem weak. When he tried to implement his promised policy of making nice and "engaging" terrorists, Iran smacked his hand away. President Obama's next move in weakening the defense of the United States may be reversing a move by President Ronald Reagan,...
  • Trading Away Missile Defense

    02/17/2009 5:45:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 682+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 17, 2009
    National Security: The proposed missile defense system for Europe may be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Russia. Is Ronald Reagan's "We win, they lose" now "Let's make a deal"?When President Reagan began the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983, the only ones who took it seriously were the Soviets. Their global ambitions depended on an America inhibited and even intimidated by the threat of nuclear war. They still do. Just ask Georgia. When Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev met Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 1986, he hoped Reagan would be willing to trade SDI away in exchange for...
  • U.S. may moderate shield plan if Russia helps on Iran

    02/13/2009 10:45:24 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 85 replies · 4,267+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 13, 2009 | Ross Colvin
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will review "the pace of development" of its missile defense shield in Europe if Russia agrees to help stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. The official was speaking as U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns was in Moscow to push ahead with Washington's vow to hit the "reset button" on U.S.-Russian relations and halt a drift in relations. "If we are able to work together to dissuade Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapons capability, we would be able to moderate the pace of development of missile...
  • Stimulate Defense (Oliver North)

    02/05/2009 9:07:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 1,141+ views ^ | February 6, 2009 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON -- This past Wednesday, President Barack Obama chastised the U.S. Senate to get on with delivering an "economic stimulus package," saying that "failure to act, and act now, will turn a crisis into a catastrophe." Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives did their best -- and passed the largest spending bill in history without a single Republican vote. The unprecedented shoulder-to-shoulder stand by GOP members of the House alerted the American people to a disaster in the making. As a consequence, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admits that he doesn't...
  • President Obama seeks Russia deal to slash nuclear weapons

    02/03/2009 7:29:03 PM PST · by CalifScreaming · 105 replies · 3,663+ views
    Times Online ^ | Feb 4, 2009 | Tim Reid
    President Obama will convene the most ambitious arms reduction talks with Russia for a generation, aiming to slash each country’s stockpile of nuclear weapons by 80 per cent. The radical treaty would cut the number of nuclear warheads to 1,000 each, The Times has learnt. Key to the initiative is a review of the Bush Administration’s plan for a US missile defence shield in Eastern Europe, a project fiercely opposed by Moscow. Mr Obama is to establish a non-proliferation office at the White House to oversee the talks, expected to be headed by Gary Samore, a non-proliferation negotiator in the...
  • San Diego Citybeat has an interesting to-do list for Barack Obama: (Ultra Barf Alert)

    02/01/2009 12:48:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 591+ views
    Progressive Democrats of America ^ | February 1, 2009 | Bryan Buchan
    San Diego Citybeat to do list We’ve compiled a list of things, in no particular order, to keep the president busy for the next eight years Now that the historic-inauguration hype has died down, President Barack Obama’s getting down to business, handling such necessary chores as giving the Freedom of Information Act some sharper incisors, planning the shutdown of Gitmo and raising auto-emissions standards. Well done, sir. But in case Obama has any notion to start slacking on the job, we’ve compiled a list of things, in no particular order, to keep him busy for the next eight years. As...
  • Obama, Gates Argue Over New Nuclear Weapons

    01/27/2009 10:34:22 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 31 replies · 1,460+ views
    newsmax ^ | Tuesday, January 27, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    President Barack Obama is at odds with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and others in the military over America’s need for a new generation of nuclear warheads. While serving as President George W. Bush’s defense secretary, Gates repeatedly spoke in favor of the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program because the country’s weapons, mostly produced in the 1970s and 1980s, are aging and their effectiveness may be in the question, Time magazine reports. “Even though the days of hair-trigger superpower confrontation are over, as long as other nations possess the bomb and the means to deliver it, the United States must maintain...
  • Time for the Obama Administration to Get to Work on a Clear and Present Danger (Ollie North)

    01/26/2009 12:13:57 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 8 replies · 1,057+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 26, 2009 | Oliver North
    Item No. 1 ought to be preventing the world's No. 1 exporter of radical Islamic terror from obtaining nuclear weapons: Iran. Unfortunately, the new administration is not off to an auspicious start. On Wednesday - less than 24 hours after his inauguration - the Obama White House Web site announced, inter alia, that they will engage in "tough and direct" diplomacy with Iran "without preconditions"... ... This "new approach" includes little more than what our European allies have been trying for more than five years. Before issuing such a "bold initiative" and "outreach" toward the theocrats ruling in Tehran, Obama's...
  • U.N. Ambassador 'Restates' Obama Position on Direct Diplomacy With Iran

    01/26/2009 11:31:48 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies · 783+ views
    U.N. Ambassador 'Restates' Obama Position on Direct Diplomacy With Iran Susan Rice restates President Obama's calls for direct negotiations with Iran. Monday, January 26, 2009 The United States looks forward to vigorous and "direct diplomacy" with Iran, President Obama's U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said Monday. Rice, who was confirmed last week for the post, said Iran's refusal to meet international obligations will increase pressure on Tehran to drop its nuclear ambitions and cooperate with the United States and global community. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Rice merely restated the administration position that no...