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  • Marching as to War

    03/22/2014 5:14:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Sweeping through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this week, Joe Biden reassured all three that the United States' commitment to Article Five of the NATO treaty remains "solemn" and "iron clad." Article Five commits us to war if the territory of any of these tiny Baltic nations is violated by Russia. From World War II to the end of the Cold War, all three were Soviet republics. All three were on the other side of the Yalta line agreed to by FDR, and on the other side of the NATO red line, the Elbe River in Germany. No president would have...
  • Obama's a 'Colossal Sick Joke'

    03/20/2014 4:59:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    It was just gag gift. A joke. That Nobel Peace prize that the Norwegians, on behalf of the Swedes gave Barack Obama. I always found it ironic that the guy who was a major weapons manufacturer and inventor of dynamite would put up a prize for peace to begin with. But at least he tried to make amends for being known as a merchant of death. Not so with Barack Obama. As wars break out all over the world, our weakest man is stuck saying what he always says: “Who? Me?” This is the same man who so quickly returned...
  • Tune out the war party!

    03/03/2014 7:32:33 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 67 replies
    WND ^ | March 3, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With Vladimir Putin’s dispatch of Russian troops into Crimea, our war hawks are breathing fire. Russophobia is rampant and the op-ed pages are ablaze here. Barack Obama should tune them out and reflect on how Cold War presidents dealt with far graver clashes with Moscow. When Red Army tank divisions crushed the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956, killing 50,000, Eisenhower did not lift a finger. When Khrushchev built the Berlin Wall, JFK went to Berlin and gave a speech. When Warsaw Pact troops crushed the Prague Spring in 1968, LBJ did nothing. When, Moscow ordered Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski to smash...
  • Obama Makes Wars More Likely

    03/04/2014 6:50:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Among the academic set from which President Barack Obama springs, everyone agrees that wars are the result of "arrogance" and bullying by the United States. So concerned was then-Sen. Obama about the potential for U.S. aggression that he declined to vote for 2007 legislation that would have designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. The IRGC had been involved in training and arming terrorists worldwide, particularly in Lebanon (Hezbollah) but also in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian territories. But Obama worried that such a vote would be "saber rattling." Our standing in the "world community" (an oxymoron to...
  • ‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver to Play the Villain (From "Girls")

    02/27/2014 9:06:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Variety ^ | Fenruary 26, 2014 | Justin Kroll
    Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away. Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader. Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
  • 2014 Federal Budget in Pictures

    02/13/2014 9:34:00 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 20 replies
    Federal spending and debt are out of control If America does not change course, the future will be dramatically worse. Now more than ever, it is crucial that Americans understand what our nation's spending, taxes, and debt mean for them and their families. The Heritage Foundation's Federal Budget in Pictures offers a unique tool to learn about the federal budget in a clear and compelling way.
  • Why Certainly: Obama for Peace Brings Us War

    02/04/2014 6:47:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | John Ransom
    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Psalm 55:21 There are many things that are difficult to explain about the Obama administration. An apparently free and independent people not only elected him president of the United States, but also re-elected him even as it was apparent that his administration was mostly a miserable failure-- even by the measure of liberals. Historians will long ponder how a president who spent as much money and legislated as much produced very little that actually...
  • Senior UK Defense Advisor: Obama Is Clueless About ‘What He Wants To Do In The World’

    01/16/2014 2:03:22 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01.15.14 | Nico Hines
    Sir Hew Strachan, an expert on the history of war, says that the president’s strategic failures in Afghanistan and Syria have crippled America’s position in the world. President Obama is “chronically incapable” of military strategy and falls far short of his predecessor George W. Bush, according to one of Britain’s most senior military advisors. Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the Chief of the Defense Staff, told The Daily Beast that the United States and Britain were guilty of total strategic failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Obama’s attempts to intervene on behalf of the Syrian rebels “has left them...
  • Democrats, Republicans Failing To Live Up To Brands

    11/22/2013 6:23:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    If the Republicans can't fight wars and the Democrats stink at socializing medicine, what good are they? That would not be an altogether unreasonable question for a typical American today. No doubt spokesmen for the respective political parties would offer all sorts of objections to that summation. And many of those objections would be fair. A defender of George W. Bush's stint as commander in chief would point to the quick toppling of Saddam and the Taliban. He or she might argue that the Democrats undermined a wartime president and fomented defeatism. As for the Democrats, a partisan might...
  • Little Wars Turn Messy Because of Politics on the Ground

    10/29/2013 4:40:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Michael Barone
    "The examination of war from an exclusively military perspective, isolated from its social and political context, leads to false conclusions and poor strategy." That is the conclusion of Emile Simpson, a former infantry officer in the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, in his book, War From the Ground Up. The book has won extraordinary praise from the veteran British military historian Michael Howard, who wrote in the Times Literary Supplement, calling it "a work of such importance that it should be compulsory reading at every level in the military." Howard compares Simpson's book to...
  • Obama’s Welfare Cost More than Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Combined

    10/23/2013 10:00:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/23/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    America isn’t a warmonger. It’s a welfare-state monger. Liberals like to talk about how much money we could spend on welfare if we weren’t fighting all those wars. The good news is we’re already spending more on welfare than war.Average estimates of the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars come out at under 4 trillion dollars. The 2011 Costs of War estimate put it at under 3 trillion dollars.Meanwhile the cost of the welfare state easily tops that. New research from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee shows that over the last 5 years, the U.S. has...
  • Is the Sun Peeking Through the War Clouds?

    09/20/2013 8:31:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck is sometimes credited with the proverb, "God has a special providence for fools, drunks and the United States of America." Observing the unfolding of the Syrian crisis, the Iron Chancellor was an insightful man. In August, we were hours away from missile strikes on Syria and involvement in its civil war with the possibility that Hezbollah, Iran and Russia would be drawn in. Seeking a way out of the box into which he gotten himself with his "Assad Must Go!" and "red line" bluster, President Obama announced he was going to Congress to get its...
  • Burping John Kerry

    09/16/2013 4:07:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | September 16, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    John Kerry burped. Excuse him. That’s how he does foreign policy. Don a burping pad before asking him questions; you never know whether he will spit out war or peace. Last Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference. CBS reporter Margaret Brennan asked Kerry how Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a U.S. air strike on Syria. MARGARET BRENNAN: “…is there anything at this point that his government could do or offer that would stop an attack?” SECRETARY KERRY: “Sure. He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the...
  • When Is a War not a War?

    09/10/2013 8:14:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Barack Obama accelerated his political ascent in 2002 by positioning himself firmly as the voice of anti-war Democrats. Unlike Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards and John Kerry, then-Illinois state Sen. Obama announced that he opposed the effort to topple Saddam Hussein, not because he opposed all wars, but because he resisted what he called "dumb wars." What was "dumb" about the Iraq War? Sen. Obama didn't say precisely, but he inveighed against "the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats ..."...
  • What if Assad Wants the US to Bomb Syria?

    09/10/2013 3:51:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    While President Barack Obama and Congress pontificate over whether Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons on his own people and whether a limited U.S. attack on Syria would be justified, what Washington needs to realize is this: Assad launched sarin on its citizens in hopes of moving the U.S. like a chess piece into his civil war and deeper onto the Middle East war map. According to New York University political scientist Alastair Smith, Assad's use of chemical weapons is in reality "a brilliant play internationally" on the global field of politics and power -- if, of course, you're...
  • The Warmongering President

    09/09/2013 3:54:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2013 | Rachel Alexander,
    Who would have guessed that liberal Democrat Barack Obama would end up being one of the biggest warmongering presidents in history. It is suspected by many that his decision to militarily intervene in Syria is being done to deflect the public’s attention away from Obamacare, the IRS targeting of conservatives and the NSA surveillance scandal. Intervening on behalf of the Syrian rebels is unpopular because it is not clear that the rebels, who have been infiltrated by al Qaeda affiliates and Iranian-backed militias, are any better than President Bashar al-Assad's Shiite-controlled government, and toppling the regime may lead to instability...
  • Defend Veteran Lorance

    09/09/2013 3:24:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Lt. Clint Lorance needs your help. He is an American war hero who was unjustly sentenced to 20 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay, and dismissal from the U.S. Army because the Obama administration is apparently trying to appease the Afghan government. The day he turned 18, Lorance walked into the Greenville, Texas recruiting station and enlisted in the U.S. Army. The U.S. had recently invaded Iraq and he felt an obligation to serve his country. Before long, Lorance was thriving. Two years into his military career, Lorance was already a Sergeant. Throughout the 10 years he served in the...
  • Obama About to Suffer Glorious Defeat in Congress?

    09/08/2013 5:59:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    The coalition of the willing is now down to the US alone as France now wants to wait for more data on alleged gas usage. Yet, President  Obama rejects G20 pressure to abandon Syria air strike plan. Obama Plans Full Court Press  Inquiring minds note that Obama plans a 'full-court press' to sway Congress  and a speech to US citizens on September 10. Obama's address to the nation from the White House on Tuesday will be part of a rejuvenated lobbying effort on Syria as Congress returns to Washington next week. A Democratic congressional aide said the administration is planning...
  • What Syria Means for Future U.S. Influence

    09/07/2013 7:12:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    It is increasingly likely that President Obama's punt on Syria will doom effective action. Since announcing a week ago that he would seek congressional support for a U.S. military response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people, he's actually lost votes from those who appeared willing to back a strike. By Friday, "no" or "leaning-no" senators slightly outnumbered those favoring action, while nearly half of House members were either firmly against or leaning against U.S. intervention, with only 24 clearly in favor. And Democrats are generously represented among those opposed. Of course, the president could...
  • Hannity and Allen West: Bomb Iran Instead

    09/07/2013 3:54:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Cortney O'Brien
    Sean Hannity and Col. Allen West were in agreement last night that an isolated military strike on Syria is not the best course of action, fearing, among other outcomes, that the attack could spark an Iranian retaliation against our ally Israel. Hannity voiced his distrust of Iran and why he thinks a strike on the nation would be a better option. Their ideology is - they are the modern day Nazis. They want a modern-day Holocaust. So if you agree with me that they are the proxy here, wouldn’t it make sense that if we really wanted to have an...
  • War, War, What is it Good For?

    09/06/2013 4:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    President Obama's request for express congressional authorization for a limited aerial invasion of Syria raises profound legal and constitutional questions. For starters, there is simply no legal basis in international law to support an American invasion of Syria. Yet, notwithstanding that, federal law permits the president to commit U.S. military forces anywhere he wants for up to 90 days, without express authorization from Congress. So, why did Obama ask for the authorization he surely knows he already has? Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a civil war. Those seeking to oust the government of President Bashar...
  • 0-for-4 Obama Underdog in War Against…Syria?

    09/05/2013 3:31:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 5013 | John Ransom
    The culprit always returns to the scene of the crime. That’s why Obama headed to Sweden to um, well…I guess it’s kind of a cross between a layover and a wartime pep-rally for him. “President Obama is in Sweden on Wednesday,” reports USAToday, “preparing for a global summit and seeking support for a military strike on Syria…. The Sweden trip is a late addition to the president's schedule. The president had planned to fly to Moscow for a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but canceled that meeting after a string of disputes between the two nations that has...
  • The Vanishing Anti-War Left

    09/04/2013 2:12:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Barack Obama ran for president as the last of the red-hot pacifists, so it might have sounded preposterous to predict that after a few security briefings at the White House, President Obama would follow in the same policy footsteps of horrid warmonger George Bush, with his anti-terrorist wars and strategies. So where is the anti-war movement now? "What anti-war movement?" former Congressman Dennis Kucinich asked when called for comment last week. Medea Benjamin of the radical group Code Pink agreed: "The antiwar movement is a shadow of its former self under the Bush years." Cindy Sheehan quipped, "The 'anti-war left'...
  • Poisoned Minds, Poisoned Bodies in Syria

    08/30/2013 5:04:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    "Humane killer" appears to be an oxymoron that startles with contradiction. Yet talking of war is a way of drawing a fine distinction, not a contradiction. The civilized world clarifies an understanding of how a civilized man can kill an enemy while separating human from inhumane. When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned poison gas against the rebels and their families, everyone could agree that even in a civil war -- where passions burn hottest -- that's inhumane, and it's not forgivable. The harsh and mechanical reporting of war rarely invites poetry to make a correspondent's points, but a reader with...
  • President Obama's Iraq, His Other Iraq and His Third Iraq

    08/28/2013 10:17:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    President Obama has made his entire career off of not being George W. Bush. During his shockingly fast political rise, he differentiated himself by claiming that he had stood alone against the warmongers who wanted to depose Saddam Hussein (never mind that he wasn't in Congress at the time). During the 2008 campaign, he claimed that he wouldn't be the kind of president who would enter America into open-ended conflicts without true American interests at stake. Iraq, he said, was the bad war; Afghanistan was the good war. Well, so much for that. For a man who sees the war...
  • The Spirit of 2776 Violations of Civil Liberties

    08/28/2013 4:11:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | John Ransom
    The great unifier, and Healer of Nations, has done it again. Like the man He most wishes to emulate, Jesus H. Christ, Barack H. Obama is a man of peace. Yet, in His wake He brings war. He divides this house against itself: brother against brother, father against son and daughter against mother. And now as His Team America, World Police gets ready to swing into action again-- now in Libya, now in the Sudan, now in Syria-- He has not forgotten the war on the Pharisees and the Scribes at home. The all-knowing “Eye in the Sky” penetrates everything...
  • Meaningless Concessions

    08/01/2013 12:52:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Egypt is in turmoil again. Syria is embroiled in civil war. Iran continues building a nuclear device. Militants in Iraq have killed more than 4,000 people so far this year, more than 800 of them in July alone, according to the aptly named Iraq Body Count. And what is Secretary of State John Kerry's focus? It is the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Again facing U.S. pressure, Israel has agreed to renewed peace talks. It rejected demands from the Palestinian side for withdrawal from "occupied" lands and the freezing of new "settlements" as preconditions, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did agree to...
  • Syria's Religious War

    06/05/2013 3:43:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    If there was a moment when the United States could have productively intervened in Syria, it looks like that moment has passed. Shiite militants, including Hezbollah -- partly at the behest of their paymasters in Iran -- are racing to the defense of Bashar Assad's regime. According to a witness account in the New York Times, there were some 11,000 Hezbollah fighters in the besieged town of Qusair alone. A Shiite religious student in Najaf, Iraq, told the Times that his colleagues believe the leader of Qatar, a backer of Sunni Syrian rebels, is a long-prophesied demonic figure who, it...
  • How Many Wars Is the U.S. Fighting Right Now? (Chickenhawk-in-Chief Has U.S. in 4/5 Wars)

    05/03/2013 4:34:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, May 3, 2013 | Joshua Keating
    The answer might seem obvious: one, at least since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. But Harvard's Linda Bilmes and UCLA's Michael Intriligator argue that it's at least four: In addition to these two large-scale conflicts the US is also fighting a number of unannounced and undeclared “wars”. These unannounced wars are fought mainly with air power and increasingly with drones rather than ground troops. If we define war to include conflicts where the US is launching extensive military incursions, including drone attacks, but that are not officially “declared,” then the US is directly involved in at least three...
  • Report: Lego To Stop Production Of ‘Star Wars’ Set Due To Anti-Muslim Backlash

    04/02/2013 5:45:54 AM PDT · by Third Person · 40 replies
    CBS Connecticut WTIC 1080 ^ | April 1st, 2013 | Staff
    ENFIELD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — Lego will reportedly cease production of a popular “Star Wars” toy set after Muslim communities complained about the product. The Independent reports that several Muslim groups in Austria claimed “Jabba’s Palace” was anti-Muslim as it showed popular “Star Wars” character Jabba the Hut in a mosque-like lair with a hookah, guns and an imprisoned Chewbacca. “This sort of thing does not belong in a child’s bedroom,” Melissa Gunes, spokeswoman for Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association, told The Independent. “The game is pedagogical dynamite. It depicts Muslims as terrorists.” RT News reports that Muslim critics felt “Jabba’s...
  • Post–Iraq War Lessons for the GOP

    03/29/2013 1:53:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 29, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    The unpopular war hurt Republicans, but Obama’s failures could help. Is the Iraq War to blame for the mess we are in?Now, I should qualify that question by explaining “mess” and “we.” By “mess,” I mean the dawn of Barack Obama’s second term, the predictably catastrophic rollout of Obamacare, the exploding debt and deficit, the stimulus boondoggles, etc. By “we,” I mean conservatives (particularly those, like me, who supported the war), but also anyone else who doesn’t think Obama has done a bang-up job.There seems to be a growing consensus that the answer to that question is “yes.” In a...
  • George Lucas’s Jedi estate planning, Why the “Star Wars” creator’s decision to sell

    11/01/2012 12:51:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    market watch ^ | 11/1/12 | staff
    In the “Empire Strike Back,” Yoda admonishes Luke Skywalker for spending his life dreaming of the future, “never his mind on where he was … what he was doing.” But at 68, George Lucas, the creator of the “Star Wars” saga, seems to be doing much thinking about the years ahead – in fact, experts say, his decision to sell his company to Disney DIS +1.36% was an estate planning move worthy of a Jedi Master. Disney will buy LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, the two companies announced Tuesday. By cashing out now, experts say the filmmaker...
  • UPDATE: BREAKING: ‘Star Wars’ Returns — ‘Episode 7'; Slated For 2015 And More Movies Planned As

    10/30/2012 6:40:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Deadline.com ^ | 10/30/12 | THE DEADLINE TEAM
    BREAKING…. Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd, and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise that will now continue on. The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow as the the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years. “The last Star Wars movie release was 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith – and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand”, Disney said. The deal also includes rights to the Indiana Jones franchise. The stock and...
  • HORSES AND BAYONETS

    10/23/2012 10:02:04 AM PDT · by redinIllinois · 48 replies
    I hear a lot of people sticking up for bayonets, how about someone calling attention to the fact that Obama made a glaring error by mocking horses, when they were an important part of the war he says is the one we need to focus on, Afghanistan? http://video.foxnews.com/v/1912138721001/horse-soldier-memorial-unveiled-at-ground-zero/ This is the link for Fox, but there was also lots of other coverage about the Horse Memorial at Ground Zero.
  • Is the First Balkan War Really Over?

    10/10/2012 9:24:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2012 | Austin Bay
    Montenegro's Oct. 8, 1912, declaration of war on the Ottoman Turkish Empire and its Oct. 9 attack on neighboring Albania, an Ottoman protectorate, stunned Europe. Montenegro, a military midget, attacking Albania, another poor and backwater Balkan nowhere? Can a tiny statelet like Montenegro spark great havoc? When the spark strikes a powder keg of ethnic, sectarian and nationalist conflict, the tragic answer is yes. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First Balkan War (October 1912 to May 1913). It was the second in a series of three wars that led to the great and not...
  • Obama visits Texas to mark Iraq war anniversary

    08/31/2012 7:27:36 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | Aug 31,2012 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is serving up an election-year reminder that he ended the Iraq war, visiting a Texas military base two years to the day that he formally declared the end of the U.S. combat mission
  • ‘Understood properly, the Death Star is not worth it.’

    05/11/2012 10:16:54 AM PDT · by SLB · 27 replies
    Wonkblog ^ | Gregory Koger
    I wish to address the most important policy question of the millennium: Should we build a Death Star? This debate picked up this year after some Lehigh University students estimated that just the steel for a Death Star would cost $852 quadrillion, or 13,000 times the current GDP of the Earth.
  • Lawmakers snub official war memorial

    12/19/2011 8:14:02 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Fox 25 Boston ^ | December 18, 2011 | Mike Beaudet
    (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - They served our country during a time of war, but now some Massachusetts veterans say state lawmakers are turning their backs on them. The Korean War is already known as “The Forgotten War”. Local veterans of that war say Beacon Hill is forgetting about the state's official Korean War Veterans Memorial in Charlestown.
  • “Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis” By Jim Rickards

    11/13/2011 12:09:04 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 11 replies
    King World News ^ | November 11th, 2011 | Jim Rickards
    In this interview Rickards discusses his extraordinary new book Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis. He also lets King World News listeners know what to expect regarding gold manipulation, the ongoing currency wars and much more. The KWN audio interview with Jim Rickards is available now...
  • The reality behind reality TV's storage wars (Bleeding heart liberal point of view)

    09/26/2011 9:14:30 AM PDT · by ExTxMarine · 78 replies
    CBS Sunday Morning ^ | 9/25/2011 | Conor Knighton
    A&E's "Storage Wars," a show about people who bid on the contents of abandoned storage lockers, had its second season premiere this summer to 5.1 million viewers. It's the HIGHEST RATED show in the network's history. Tru TV's nearly identical "Storage Hunters" has become a breakout hit - ALMOST as big of a hit as Spike's nearly identical "Auction Hunters." That's right. There are three DIFFERENT shows on TV about STORAGE LOCKERS. Reality TV is frequently trashy, but never before has it featured so much actual trash.
  • Cost of US wars since 9/11? At least $3.7 trillion, study finds

    06/29/2011 12:03:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Reuters via MSNBC ^ | 06/29/2011
    When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America's wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.S. Treasury and ignores more imposing costs yet to come, according to a study released Wednesday. The final bill will reach at least $3.7 trillion and could be as high as $4.4 trillion, according to the research project "Costs of War" by Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. In the 10 years since...
  • Red Star Wars

    06/15/2011 2:39:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    Jane's ^ | 5/1/97 | Steven J Zaloga
    LEVEL 1 - 2 OF 45 STORIES Copyright 1997 Jane's Information Group Limited, All Rights Reserved Jane's Intelligence Review May 1, 1997 SECTION: EUROPE; Vol. 9; No. 5; Pg. 205 LENGTH: 2629 words HEADLINE: RED STAR WARS BYLINE: Steven J Zaloga HIGHLIGHT: As far back as the late 1960s, scientists in the USSR had beensecretly theorising about the possibilities of space-based weaponry.In the early 1980s, however, spurred by US President Ronald Reagan'sannouncement of the Strategic Defense Initiative and a firmconviction that the US space shuttle programme was geared towardmilitary ends, Soviet efforts in this area took on a new...
  • U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes

    06/08/2011 6:45:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 48 replies · 1+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | June 8, 2011 | Mark Mazzetti
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials. The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power. Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to Al Qaeda in the south have been pulled back to the capital, and American officials see the strikes as one of the few...
  • 'Kinetic military action' is still hell

    03/26/2011 2:41:36 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 26, 2011 | Editorial
    President Obama says there's no reason for him to return the Nobel Peace Prize he won two years ago, shortly after taking office, despite the obvious "irony" of America being involved in three different wars. Uh, make that two wars and one "kinetic military action." That, at least, seems to be the administration's preferred term for describing the enforcement of the UN-declared no-fly zone in Libya. In fact, military and national-security officials can't seem to stop talking about America's current "kinetic options" and "kinetic capabilities." Certainly, administration spokesmen have taken great pains to avoid referring to the ongoing operation as...
  • IDF prepares over fears of Egypt-style W. Bank demos

    02/19/2011 6:13:30 AM PST · by Flavius · 6 replies
    JP ^ | 2/19/11 | By YAAKOV KATZ
    Military begins building rapid-response teams to be used to contain potential marches, protests by Palestinians. Talkbacks (22) Concerned by the prospect of the Palestinians replicating Egypt-style mass demonstrations with dozens of simultaneous marches and protests in the West Bank, the IDF is beginning to build rapid-response forces and to identify vantage points throughout the territories that could be used to contain such protests. The IDF’s Central Command assesses that the Palestinians could resort to so-called nonviolent resistance, on a scale previously unknown to Israel, in the absence of peace negotiations.
  • Next Year's Wars

    01/01/2011 12:23:02 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 3 replies
    I'm not sure of copyright requirements with this site, so please link to site: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/12/28/next_years_wars?page=full
  • New Feature: Dumb Things Libs Say!

    11/10/2010 3:45:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    ResistNet ^ | November 9, 2010 | Admin. II, Dee
    As we all know, Libs say the darnest things be it in blogs, posts, discussions or on TV. So we want you to scour the net and post the dumbest quote you can find from a Liberal/Progressive...or whatever they are calling themselves today! I'll start the thread with one of the most ridiculous ones I've seen today: You've seen the video, you know how silly it is: “Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for revolution?” Dylan Radigan asked yesterday on his MSNBC show. His unequivocal reply: “The answer is obviously ‘yes.’ The only...
  • Stop the war bots before they decide to kill us all, British scientist warns

    10/24/2010 7:01:08 PM PDT · by Flavius · 52 replies
    news ^ | 10/6/10 | news auy
    * Lecturer wants robot arms control * Unmanned weapons systems encourage war * Drones not as discriminating as thought AN Australian lecturer has warned of dangers to humanity if we continue further developing military robots. Dr Robert Sparrow, senior lecturer for the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University, says that unmanned weapons systems encourage war and can give the "illusion of a god-like power". Dr Sparrow is part of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), a group dedicated to halting the development of robot weapons. Their online mission statement states: "Machines should not be allowed to make...
  • China accused of invading disputed islands

    10/03/2010 5:55:04 AM PDT · by Flavius · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | October 2, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    Anti-China protesters gathered Saturday in Tokyo and six other major cities in Japan to rally against what it calls an invasion of disputed islands that both claim are part of their territories. Protesters held up Japanese flags and chanted, "We will not allow Communist China to invade our territory."
  • Obama pressed to weigh Iran strike

    10/02/2010 2:47:28 PM PDT · by Flavius · 22 replies
    ynet ^ | 09.30.10 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    US President Barack Obama is under pressure to consider a military strike on Iran, according to the Financial Times.