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  • Rand Paul: Bring the troops home now

    07/10/2020 9:40:08 AM PDT · by RandFan · 16 replies
    Kentucky New Era ^ | July 10 | Sen. Rand Paul
    It has been almost 20 years since our country went to war in Afghanistan. After 9/11, the American population rightfully demanded our forces take action against those who attacked us. Had I been in Congress I would have voted for that action. When a country goes to war it should have a desired end state that delivers a better state of peace. It should have a theory of victory that can deliver that end state. It should align the ends, ways, and, means to that theory of victory; and continually, honestly measure and track progress of the war’s conduct. This...
  • American Contractor Charged as Part of Theft Ring Responsible for Stealing Government Equipment from U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan

    07/09/2020 3:45:02 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies
    justice.gov ^ | July 9, 2020 | DOJ
    A three-count indictment was returned today in the Eastern District of Virginia, charging an American military contractor for her alleged role in a theft ring on a military installation in Kandahar, Afghanistan.Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbit of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia, and Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko made the announcement.The indictment charges Varita V. Quincy of Snellville, Georgia, with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit theft of property of a value to the United...
  • Colin Powell suggests media had 'hysterical' reaction to reports on Russian bounty intelligence

    07/09/2020 1:30:09 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 09 2020 | Sam Dorman
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell indicated on Thursday that media figures overreacted to a recent report that Russian officials placed bounties on the lives of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. "What I know is that our military commanders on the ground did not think that it was as serious a problem as the newspapers were reporting and television was reporting," Powell told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "It got kind of out of control before we really had an understanding of what had happened. I’m not sure we fully understand now." He added: "But [commander of U.S. Central Command] General [Kenneth] McKenzie...
  • America’s Taliban Wants Lennon’s Marxist “IMAGINE” As National Anthem

    07/09/2020 7:39:32 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | July 6, 2020 | Daniel John Sobieski
    We’ve seen this all before – the attempt to erase history through the destruction of statues and monuments to any historical event but today’s anarchy and any vestige of authority, real, institutional, or symbolic other than the authority imposed by the nihilists themselves. As columnist Charles Krauthammer once pointed out, one the first acts of the Taliban in Afghanistan was to blow up centuries-old statues of Buddha carved in a mountain cliff. They did it not because they were built by the United States or Israel or represented Western colonialism. The giant Buddhas of Bamiyan were destroyed by the Taliban...
  • Biggs, Massie call on Trump to remove troops from Afghanistan

    07/08/2020 11:21:37 AM PDT · by RandFan · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 8 | BY JULIEGRACE BRUFKE
    Two House conservatives are calling on President Trump to “immediately withdraw" all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, arguing the country needs to stop engaging in “endless wars.” In a letter sent to President Trump on Tuesday, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) said keeping a military presence in the region could mean a loss of power for the U.S. “Throughout your entire presidency, you have worked tirelessly to Make America Great Again. We are confident you will repeat this feat again after this pandemic. However, the United States will not remain a great power for...
  • Murder in Afghanistan, a Trump pardon, and the soldiers left behind

    07/07/2020 11:45:02 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    Clint Lorance had been in charge of his platoon for only three days when he ordered his men to kill three Afghans stopped on a dirt road. A second-degree murder conviction and pardon followed. Today, Lorance is hailed as a hero by President Trump and conservative media. His troops are still haunted by his crimes....
  • SCOOP: Liz Cheney votes with Democrats to stop Trump's withdrawal from Afghanistan

    07/07/2020 7:57:47 AM PDT · by RandFan · 68 replies
    Twitter ^ | July 7 | Ryan James Girdusky
    @RyanGirdusky SCOOP: Here are the House Republicans who voted for the amendment to try and stop President Trump's withdrawal from Afghanistan: Thornberry, Wilson, Bishop, Turner, Rogers, Conoway, Lamborn, Wittman, Hartzler, Cook, Stefanik, Gallagher, Bacon, Cheney, Mitchell, Bergman, Waltz Here are the House Republicans who voted WITH @realDonaldTrump on Afghanistan: Brooks, Byrne, Banks, DesJarlais, Brown, Abraham, Kelly, Gaetz, Scott Here are the Democrats who joined them: Khanna, Gabbard Here are the Dems that voted against leaving Afghanistan: Smith, Davis, Langevin, Larsen, Cooper, Courtney, Garamendi, Speier, Norcross, Gallego, Moulto, Carbajal, Brown, Keating, Vela Jr., Kim, Horn, Cisneros, Houlhan, Crow, Torres Small, Slotkin,...
  • VIDEO: Senator Paul Offers Amendment to End The War in Afghanistan

    07/07/2020 1:28:27 AM PDT · by RandFan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 1st | Sen. Rand Paul
    Senator Paul Offers Amendment to End The War in Afghanistan. It was voted down 60-33. Click Excerpt link for Video...
  • Bin Laden is late pope's 'miracle': Peru leader

    05/02/2011 1:36:29 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    AFP Google ^ | May 2, 2011
    LIMA — It was more than just an answer to prayer. A US military mission that cornered and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan was nothing short of a miracle, said Peru's President Alan Garcia, who attributed the divine intervention to newly beatified pontiff John Paul II. "His first miracle has been to rid the world of this incarnation of evil, this demon of hatred and criminality," the Peruvian leader said, referring to the Al-Qaeda leader. The late John Paul II showed uncanny timing, with his miracle falling on the very same day as a Rome ceremony beatifying him. Pope...
  • Bolton dismisses Trump claim that he wasn't given intelligence reports

    07/05/2020 1:32:02 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/7/20
    Speaking on "Face the Nation," former National Security Adviser John Bolton dismissed US President Donald Trump's claims that he wasn't briefed about intelligence suggesting that Russia commissioned Taliban-linked fighters to kill US soldiers, The Guardian reports. "All intelligence is distributed along the spectrum of uncertainty," Bolton said. "And this intelligence ... by the administration’s own admission, was deemed credible enough to give to our allies. So the notion that you only give the really completely 100% verified intelligence to the president would mean you give him almost nothing. And that’s just not the way the system works." Former National Security...
  • With Only These Four Exceptions, Senate Republicans Just Abandoned ‘America First’ Foreign Policy in Afghanistan

    07/05/2020 10:03:49 AM PDT · by RandFan · 37 replies
    FEE ^ | July 3 | Brad Polumbo
    "The American people say, ‘Come home,’ and this is your chance.” - Sen. Rand PaulWith Americans growing ever more divided amid national upheaval over racial inequality and a global pandemic, it has perhaps never been more apparent that the United States has no business trying to fix the world with so many problems on our own doorstep. Whatever his faults, President Trump at least seems to understand this. Even though he hasn’t fully followed through on it, President Trump campaigned on an “America First” foreign policy and promised to end the United States’ decades-long military intervention in Afghanistan. While controversial...
  • Family Wins Fight With Coronavirus Bureaucracy To Bury An American War Hero

    07/04/2020 12:32:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 4, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    The ask from Phillip was simple: I will watch from the parking lot with my wife and our four children if we must, but please let my sister-in-law, her family, and my parents bury my brother. At noon on Thursday, the Velasquez family followed Joseph’s casket out of French funeral home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on its way to meet the escort. Draped in the American flag and on the side of the volunteer biker’s chopper hearse, he’s a hard man to miss even aside from the police honor guard — and before the long line of motorcyclists waiting on...
  • Report: Natanz 'accident' was Israel's fault

    Kuwait's Al-Jarida newspaper on Friday reported that Israel was responsible for a Thursday "accident" at an Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz. It is believed that the Natanz facility is used to enrich uranium. According to the Al-Jarida report, the explosion was caused by an "Israeli cyber attack" which targeted the computers which control the pressure gauges inside gas containers. Tehran has allegedly lost 80% of the uranium hexafluoride gas it needs in order to enrich uranium. The report also claimed that Israel is responsible for the Parchin blast which occurred last week. On Thursday, Iran's state news agency IRNA published...
  • House Democrats, Working With Liz Cheney, Restrict Trump’s Planned Withdrawal of Troops From Afghanistan and Germany

    07/02/2020 6:04:48 PM PDT · by rintintin · 50 replies
    The Intercept ^ | July 2 2020 | The Intercept
    THE U.S. MILITARY HAS BEEN fighting in Afghanistan for almost nineteen years. House Democrats, working in tandem with key pro-war GOP lawmakers such as Rep. Liz Cheney, are ensuring that continues. Last night, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment — jointly sponsored by Democratic Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado and Congresswoman Cheney of Wyoming — prohibiting the expenditure of monies to reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan below 8,000 without a series of conditions first being met. The imposed conditions are by no means trivial: for these troop reductions from Afghanistan...
  • Rep. Schiff's Anti-Trump Crusade Backfires, Report Says His Staff Knew of Russian Bounty Plan Months Ago....

    07/02/2020 5:36:16 PM PDT · by caww · 31 replies
    westernjournal ^ | 7/2/2020 | Elise Ehrhard
    A new report raises serious questions regarding what House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff knew about bounties allegedly paid by Russia to Taliban-linked terrorists for killing American soldiers, and when he knew it. Sources told the outlet that top committee staff for Schiff were briefed all the way back in February on intelligence about a Russian military intelligence unit covertly offering the bounties to militants. But the California Democrat “took no action in response,” the outlet reported, citing those sources. What has surfaced is an allegation that Schiff did exactly what he is accusing Trump of doing right now...
  • Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany

    07/01/2020 11:04:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT A bipartisan group of senators is trying to place limits on President Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany unless the administration is able to meet a slew of requirements. The proposal, spearheaded by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), would prohibit the administration from reducing the number of active-duty troops in Germany below 34,500 unless the Pentagon can certify to Congress that it is in the national security interest of the United States and would not negatively undermine European alliances or NATO....
  • House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops

    07/01/2020 10:45:12 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/20 11:24 PM EDT | REBECCA KHEEL
    House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops BY REBECCA KHEEL - 07/01/20 11:24 PM EDT House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops © Getty The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to put roadblocks on President Trump’s ability to withdraw from Afghanistan, including requiring an assessment on whether any country has offered incentives for the Taliban to attack U.S. and coalition troops. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment, from Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), would require several certifications before the U.S. military...
  • VIDEO: Rand Paul is FED UP with the War in Afghanistan

    07/01/2020 4:20:05 PM PDT · by RandFan · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 1st | Rand Paul
    Sen.Rand Paul introduces a Bill to end America's longest War and makes a speech to the US Senate. THe Bill was voted down 60-33 (The Uniparty strikes again...) Click Excerpt Link for Video: >>>
  • Trump national security adviser surprised NY Times 'ran with' Russia bounty story, says info was 'uncorroborated'

    07/01/2020 7:54:23 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 01 2020 | Julia Musto
    National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Wednesday that he was "surprised" after The New York Times and The Associated Press published explosive reports alleging that President Trump and his top officials had been aware of classified intelligence indicating that Russia was offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of American soldiers. In an interview on "Fox & Friends" with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, O'Brien called the events that have unfolded since the reports were released "an unfortunate story." "Number one, no one is more concerned about the safety of America and the security of our...
  • NSA Differed From CIA, Others on Russia Bounty Intelligence

    06/30/2020 7:17:02 PM PDT · by Stravinsky · 43 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 30, 2020 | Gordon Lubold, Warren P. Strobel
    WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency strongly dissented from other intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia paid bounties for the killing of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, according to people familiar with the matter. The disclosure of the dissent by the NSA, which specializes in electronic eavesdropping, comes as the White House has played down the revelations, saying that the information wasn’t verified and that intelligence officials didn’t agree on it.