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  • Questions Raised About Senator Reid’s Connection to Bundy Ranch Dispute

    04/14/2014 7:40:49 PM PDT · 1 of 15
    robowombat
    Convoluted but worth reading. This is the sort of thing Reid would set up.
  • The "Unintelligent" Are Not Wanted in Life!

    04/07/2014 9:42:33 AM PDT · 2 of 18
    robowombat to Heartlander; All
    This is indeed exactly what is coming, along with a host of other things such as biogenetic ‘breed for the best’ techniques, genetic manipulation of embryos, and embryos developed to full term outside the human body, essentially creating babies in an industrial sort of way. The faith community should think carefully , now, while it has time to try and frame a well thought out responses to what amounts to redefining what a person is.
  • Jeb Bush: Illegal immigration is an ‘act of love’ — it’s ‘not a felony’

    04/07/2014 9:32:26 AM PDT · 50 of 76
    robowombat to bestintxas; All
    ‘Has disqualified himself to be President as he is saying he will disregard the law.’
    Yes, but his brother effectively did the same thing and said about the same thing. That was back in 2005/6 , and there was a not so small cohort of Freepers who acted as an echo chamber for the Prez on this issue. There was very obvious attempts by GOPer stooges here to implement Republican ‘Political Correctness’ about the illegals. Indeed , I got threatened with banning permanently for commenting on the distinguished Senator from Idaho's being a stooge for agribusiness at the expense of ‘real Americans’. That last phrase just enraged the ‘illegals are just people who want to be good patriotic Americans’ cell that infiltrated this site. Make certain remarks about our damp friends and you got a barrage of ‘abuse’ tags sent to the moderators. Does anyone recall that sort of thing , or has it just gone down the Memory Hole ?
  • Japan orders military to strike any new North Korea missile launches

    04/04/2014 9:52:59 PM PDT · 16 of 69
    robowombat to JPG; All
    ‘Japan has had enough of the Fat Boy's antics.’

    To bad we won't give them another ‘Fat Boy’ to drop on Fat Boy with the following message. That's not an A-bomb, this is an A-bomb.’

    (Reference Avery Brooks in Spencer For Hire.)

  • Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries:

    04/02/2014 7:02:07 PM PDT · 51 of 100
    robowombat to driftdiver; All
    ‘No but as long as they go home safe they can divide and conquer. They’ll do Boston type tactics in a specific area and clean it out. Then move on.’

    This is true as long as a certain number of citizens don't resist with deadly force. The LEO’s will win the fight but getting shot at a couple of times a day definitely degrades morale. This is stark, but if it comes to this Americans are faced with the choice the Jews of eastern Europe were after 1940 or the ‘Kulaks’ had after 1930. People who will round up civilians or engage in food seizure actions are contemptible bullies and they know it and their morale is not that robust. Seeing one of your number get his or her face blown off by a load of 12 gage 00 shot would be definite downer. Having people snipe at you and fire on your vehicles and occasionally fight it out to the death would be very hard to sustain over any length of time. It would also lead to a slow moving but eventual general insurrection. The uniformed bullies leaders often exaggerate how much power they really can wield in a country as big as this one with as much open space as we have.

  • Soviet Sweden? Model Nation Sliding to Third World

    04/02/2014 4:21:20 PM PDT · 1 of 24
    robowombat
    If you took an undergraduate economics course at a US college in the last fifty years there is a very good chance you had to buy Robert Heibronner's 'The Worldly Philosophers'. Not a bad book as such go. The Prof, however, for many years spread toxic poison through other works such 'The Future as History' of the foredoomed nature of the US and all market economy states.

    Though an outspoken socialist for nearly his entire career, Heilbroner famously wrote in a 1989 New Yorker article prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    Less than 75 years after it officially began, the contest between capitalism and socialism is over: capitalism has won...Capitalism organizes the material affairs of humankind more satisfactorily than socialism.[3] He further explained in Dissent in 1992 that "capitalism has been as unmistakable a success as socialism has been a failure"[3] and complimented Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, and Ludwig von Mises on their insistence of the free market's superiority. He emphasized that "democratic liberties have not yet appeared, except fleetingly, in any nation that has declared itself to be fundamentally anticapitalist."[3] However, Heilbroner's preferred capitalist model was the highly redistributionist welfare states of Scandinavia; he stated that his model society was "a slightly idealized Sweden."[4]

    Heilbroner died on January 4, 2005 in New York, NY at the age of 85

    Sorry Prof, you correctly noted that socialist regimes become tyrannies but couldn't let go of the 'Social Democrat' mindset and pointed to Sweden as the land of the golden mean. A socialist welfare state with capitalism. What never goes way is the lust for power, hatred of western culture and the endless search for a surrogate proletariat by importing masses of unassimalateable natives of turd world states.

  • Ann Coulter: Ted Cruz is a Disaster, Says Romney Best Candidate for 2016

    04/02/2014 3:42:02 PM PDT · 112 of 212
    robowombat to pugmama; All
    ‘Is she drinking or taking some drugs? What is wrong with her?’

    I have posted this before. In short Ann has been told what will happen if she doesn't shut her snarky mouth up about the ‘good and the great’ who run the GOP. She really doesn't want a lot of sex tapes aired on Youtube and various other indiscretions appearing on the front page of the Compost.

  • Report: Shooting at Fort Hood; Multiple Injuries

    04/02/2014 3:35:03 PM PDT · 152 of 715
    robowombat to Blue Highway; All
    I wonder why Bush never repealed that order in his 2 terms of office, especially after 9/11.

    Aside from some hunting he, like most establishment GOPers, is not ‘gun guy’. Especially factor in his very ‘social Christian’ wife with her attitudes.

  • Beachy Head Lady was young sub-Saharan Roman with good teeth, say archaeologists

    04/01/2014 4:31:43 PM PDT · 18 of 23
    robowombat to SunkenCiv

    This would be about the time Septimus Severus and his sons were in Britain dealing with a massive uprising of the border tribes. Severus was fro modern day Libya and black slaves were a commonplace in the North African provinces.

  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

    03/31/2014 7:55:23 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    robowombat to Broker; All

    Here is something from the Huffing and Puffing Post in 2009 by one of Roger Hilsman, jr’s sons. He appears to be a reliable Democrat troll but the comments offer a few more bits of info on grandad Hilsman:

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    In late 1941, my grandfather, Roger Hilsman, Sr., was the US Commander of one of the southern islands of the Philippines that was attacked by the Japanese. Obeying the orders of General Douglas MacArthur, my grandfather surrendered his command and became one of thousands of Allied POWs in Asia. He survived the Bataan Death March, the transit to Japan, and harsh years in a prison camp in Northern Manchuria. Although his prison diaries do not reveal evidence of outright torture by the Japanese, the intimidation from his captors was intense, and the conditions were stark. Many men died in his camp, and, throughout Asia, Allied POWs were subjected to torture and execution in violation of the Geneva Convention, which had been first enacted by the international community in 1864, and amended to cover the treatment of prisoners of war in 1929. Fortunately, my grandfather survived his years in the prison camp, and was liberated at the end of the war by my father, a recent West Point graduate who had fought in Burma with Merrill’s Marauders, been seriously wounded, and then returned to fight behind Japanese lines with the OSS.

    While my grandfather was deeply scarred by his prison experience and harbored a lifelong hatred for his Japanese captors, he was able to keep in mind the distinction between those Japanese guards who had treated him honorably as a fellow soldier, and those who had treated him as something less than human. He understood, for example, that it was their job to get information from him and his fellow prisoners — even if it was as insignificant as the location of a hidden trowel for digging vegetables. And it was his job as a soldier to deny them that information. As an American officer, my grandfather understood about rules, discipline and punishment. In fact, as the ranking officer of the prison camp, he often had to mete out harsh punishment to the Allied prisoners under his command. But, true to the spit-and-polish ethos of the American Army, whatever was done had to be “by the book.”

    In the world of the prison camp, both the prisoners and their Japanese captors knew exactly what “by the book” meant. The Japanese knew about the Geneva Convention, and they heard regularly from the International Red Cross, even in Northern Manchuria. Whether they choose to abide by the rules was another matter, but the rules were clear. And, as my grandfather and all the other POWs throughout Asia and elsewhere learned, some of their captors obeyed the rules, while many did not. But the rules were clear, and after the war, trials were held to punish the offenders, all according to the rule of law. Even after their grueling wartime experiences, I doubt that my grandfather or most other POWs would advocate changing the Geneva Convention, either to strengthen or loosen the protections for POWs. His view, I believe, would be to punish those who broke the rules, and exonerate the others. This is a view that is shared, in large part, by most former POWs, including Senator John McCain.

    Which brings me to the current debate over the Bush-Cheney torture policies and the initial reluctance of the Obama administration to pursue investigations into the development and implementation of these policies. While it is painful and politically divisive to look back at the failures and abuses of the past, it is a necessary ingredient not only for our democracy to function, but also to implement the change that the President has championed. It would be betrayal of the sacrifices of Americans like my grandfather to selectively prosecute the low-level offenders at Abu Ghraib and ignore the policy makers who set the violations of the Geneva Convention in motion. While I am not personally convinced by the legalistic exceptions to the Geneva Conventions that distinguish “detainees” captured during the invasion of Afghanistan from “prisoners of war,” or the “exigent circumstances” argument that the Bush administration used to justify torture, perhaps there need to be exceptions carved into the Conventions. However, this will only get done if nations honestly investigate and prosecute violations.

    I understand that this is not a top priority for the Obama White House, nor should it be. There are many more pressing problems at their doorstep, beginning with the economy, health care reform, the energy crisis and global warming, to name a few. Revisiting the torture policies of the Bush era should be the least of their concerns. But the White House should not stand in the way of legitimate investigations of violations of American or international law. It is the responsibility of the Justice Department — free of political consideration — to investigate and determine whether laws have been violated, and by whom. This may be a dirty job and it may take a long time, but it has to be done. And it must be done, as my grandfather would say, “by the book.”

  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

    03/31/2014 7:50:21 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    robowombat to Broker

    Apparently Hilsman, Sr. was promoted while a POW. zThis book contains some information. He is listed as a Colonel and commander of Phil/American forces on Los Negros and being ill. He acceded to MG Sharp’s direction to surrender to Japanese forces:

    Stranded in the Philippines: Professor Bell’s Private War Against the Japanese
    By Scott A. Mills

  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

    03/31/2014 7:44:20 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    robowombat to Broker

    Some more detail on Hilsman, Sr and Jr. Nothing on Hilsman, Sr. as a Guest of the Emperor: Hilsman was born on November 23, 1919, in Waco, Texas[2] the son of Roger Hilsman, Sr., a career officer with the United States Army, and Emma Prendergast Hilsman.[3][4] He lived in Waco only briefly,[5] growing up on a series of military posts.[6] Hilsman spent part of his childhood in the Philippines, where his father was a company commander and later commandant of cadets at Ateneo de Manila, a Jesuit college.[5][7] His father was a distant figure whom the young Hilsman endeavored to gain the approval of, such as by choosing a military career.[5][8]

    Back in the U.S., Hilsman attended Sacramento High School in Sacramento, California, where he was a leader in a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduated in 1937.[5][9] After a year at a West Point preparatory school and another traveling around Europe, including a visit to Nazi Germany,[6] Hilsman attended the United States Military Academy and graduated in 1943[2] as a second lieutenant.

    Meanwhile, with the outbreak of U.S. involvement in World War II, his father, a colonel, fought under General Douglas MacArthur during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.[5] Two weeks into the conflict, newspaper reports described Colonel Hilsman as still holding Davao on the island of Mindanao;[10] later reports reflected his retreat to Malaybalay after facing overwhelming Japanese forces, followed by another move onto the island of Negros[7] after which he was captured by the Japanese once all the islands were surrendered during 1942.[5]

    After graduation, the younger Hilsman was immediately posted to the South-East Asian theatre of World War II and joined the Merrill’s Marauders long-range penetration jungle warfare unit, fighting the Japanese during the Burma Campaign.[4] There he found morale to be poor due to typhus outbreaks and unhappiness with the generals leading the unit.[8] He participated in infantry operations during the battle for Myitkyina in May 1944 and suffered multiple stomach wounds from a Japanese machine gun while on a reconnaissance patrol.[2][5][4] After recovering in army field hospitals, Hilsman joined the Office of Strategic Services.[5] By now a captain,[11] he at first served as a liaison officer to the British Army in Burma.[5] Then he volunteered to be put in command of a guerrilla warfare battalion, organized and supplied by OSS Detachment 101, of some three hundred local partisans, mercenaries, and irregulars of varying ethnicities, operating behind the lines of the Japanese in Burma.[5][4] There he developed an interest in guerrilla tactics and found them personally preferable to being part of infantry assaults.[5][8] Hilsman’s group made hit-and-run attacks on Japanese forces and kept a Japanese regiment ten times its size occupied far from the front lines,[5] all the while staging their own battle with ever-present leeches, other insects, and various diseases.[8]

    Soon after the Japanese surrender in 1945, Hilsman was part of an OSS group that staged a parachute mission into Manchuria to liberate American prisoners held in a Japanese POW camp near Mukden.[4] There found his father, who became one of the first prisoners to be freed.[4] His father asked as they hugged, “What took you so long?”[12] (Decades later, Hilsman related his wartime experiences in his 1990 memoir American Guerrilla: My War Behind Japanese Lines.[8]) Returning from the war, Hilsman served in the OSS as assistant chief of Far East intelligence operations during 1945–46, and then once the Central Intelligence Agency had been created, served in it in the role of special assistant to executive officer during 1946–47[3] (he belonged to the Central Intelligence Group during the interim period between the two organizations).

    Hilsman married the former Eleanor Willis Hoyt in 1946.[3] They raised four children together.[3][4] Sponsored by the Army, Hilsman attended Yale University.[13] There he earning a master’s degree in 1950 and a Ph.D. in political science in 1951.[5][3] There he studied under noted professor William T. R. Fox.[14] By 1951 Hilsman had risen to the rank of major.[3] He worked on planning for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with the Joint American Military Advance Group in London during 1950–52 and as part of the International Policies Division of the United States European Command in Germany during 1952–53.[3][4][13] Waiting for the end of hostilities in the Korean War, he resigned from the United States Army in 1953 but kept reserve status.[3][13]

    Lecturer and researcher[edit] Hilsman turned to academia, becoming a research associate and lecturer at the Center of International Studies at Princeton University from 1953–56 and a part-time lecturer with the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University from 1957–61.[3] In 1956 he published the book Strategic Intelligence and National Decisions. Based upon an expanded version of his dissertation,[13] it subsequently became well thought of in government circles.[4] He was a lecturer on international relations at Columbia University during 1958.[15] He was the chief of the foreign affairs division of the Congressional Research Service within the Library of Congress during 1956–58 and then deputy director for research for them from 1958–61.[3][4] There he met Senator John F. Kennedy and other members of Congress who were interested in foreign affairs.[5]

    Kennedy administration During staffing of the incoming Kennedy administration, Under Secretary of State-nominee Chester Bowles aggressively sought people from the ranks of academia and the press who would be committed to the ideals of the New Frontier.[11] As part of this, Hilsman was selected to be the Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research for the U.S. Department of State,[11] assuming the position in February 1961. There his duty was to analyze foreign events and trends as part of the department’s long-range planning.[2] Hilsman soon became a key planner within the administration’s foreign policy circles.[4]

    Like many of the “New Frontiersmen”, he had fought with distinction as a junior officer in World War II,[11] and Hilsman was particularly effective at talking to members of the U.S. Congress because that military background and war record appealed to hard-liners while his academic history and intellectual leanings appealed to those more of that bent.[5] Due to his background in guerrilla warfare, during 1961, Hilsman, together with Walt Rostow, pushed for the U.S. armed forces and the State Department to emphasize counterguerrilla training.[11] Hilsman was involved in the U.S. responses to Soviet actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, including developing informal communications with Soviet officials and the briefing of congressional leaders.[11][12][6]

    Hilsman became one of the main architects of U.S. policy in Vietnam during the early 1960s and, in January 1962, he presented the plan “A Strategic Concept for South Vietnam”.[2] It stated that the war was primarily a political struggle, and proposed policies that emphasized that the Vietnamese in rural areas were the key to victory.[2] It also recommended that the Army of the Republic of Vietnam start using guerrilla tactics.[2] Out of the report came Kennedy’s approval of U.S. participation in the Strategic Hamlet Program, the relocation of rural peasants into villages consolidated and reshaped to create a defensible, networked perimeter, with the goal of removing population from contact and influence with the Viet Cong. Implementation of the program by the South Vietnamese government became problematic, however, and Hilsman himself later stated that their execution of it constituted a “total misunderstanding of what the [Strategic Hamlet] program should try to do.”

    During 1962, reports from American journalists in South Vietnam about the progress of the conflict of the Viet Cong, and the characteristics of the South Vietnamese government under President Ngô Đình Diệm that differed from the picture the U.S. military was portraying.[11] President Kennedy became alarmed, and in December 1962, Hilsman, together with Michael Forrestal of the National Security Council staff, were sent by Kennedy on a fact-finding mission to South Vietnam.[17] The resultant Hilsman–Forrestal Report was delivered to President Kennedy on January 25, 1963.[17] It described weaknesses in the South Vietnamese government; the corruption of Diệm and his brother Ngô Đình Nhu and their cohorts; and the increasing isolation of, and lack of support for, the Diệm regime from the South Vietnamese people.[17] Overall, however, the report came to some optimistic conclusions:[17] “Our overall judgment, in sum, is that we are probably winning, but certainly more slowly than we had hoped. At the rate it is now going the war will last longer than we would like, cost more in terms of both lives and money than we anticipated ...”[18] It thus contributed to the escalation of U.S. involvement in Vietnam and to growing doubts in U.S. government circles about the usefulness of the Diệm regime.[17]

    In March 1963, the White House announced that Hilsman would become Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs, replacing Averell Harriman, who was promoted to an undersecretary position.[19] Hilsman had risen quickly in the government bureaucracy, partly because Kennedy liked his willingness to challenge the military.[6] Hilsman assumed the new position in May 1963. That same month, the Buddhist crisis began in South Vietnam, which featured a series of repressive acts by the South Vietnamese government and a campaign of civil resistance led mainly by Buddhist monks. Doubts grew further about Diệm, and within the administration, Hilsman became the most outspoken proponent of a coup against that government.[20]

    On August 24, 1963, in the wake of government raids against Buddhist pagodas across the country, Hilsman, along with Forrestal and Harriman, drafted and sent Cable 243, an important message from the State Department to Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., the U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam. It declared that Washington would no longer tolerate Nhu remaining in a position of power and ordered Lodge to pressure Diệm to remove his brother, and that if Diệm refused, the Americans would explore the possibility for alternative leadership in South Vietnam. The cable had the overall effect of giving tacit U.S. approval for a coup against the Diệm regime.[2] Hilsman was the point man for the cable – some contemporaries referred to it as the “Roger Hilsman cable” – as it was approved and sent while many higher-ranking officials were out of town, with each of those officials who were called to approve it doing so because they thought some other official had approved it.[20] The events surrounding the sending of the cable led to Kennedy becoming quite upset over the disorganization within his government.[21] They have also long been critiqued as at best an example of a bizarrely poor decision-making process[20] and at worse a case where a small group of secondary, anti-Diệm figures were able to circumvent normal procedures with a consequent harmful effect on the situation in Vietnam.[22] On November 1, the 1963 South Vietnamese coup came; although conducted by South Vietnamese generals, they had been encouraged by the U.S., which thus shared responsibility.[23] U.S. decision-makers did not want the coup to involve assassination of the current leaders,[20][23] but by the next day, the arrest and assassination of Ngô Đình Diệm and his brother had taken place.

    The coup set off a period of political instability in South Vietnam that opened the door to a greater U.S. involvement.[12] Hilsman was one of academics and intellectuals in the Kennedy administration whom author David Halberstam later grouped together in his book as The Best and the Brightest, for the erroneous foreign policy they crafted and the disastrous consequences of those policies in Vietnam. And Hilsman’s role has been variously interpreted. Mark Moyar’s 2006 book Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954–1965 paints Hilsman as one of the key Americans who short-sightedly and arrogantly pushed out Diệm when, Moyar says, the struggle against the Communists was being won.[24]

    Guenter Lewy portrays Hilsman as being “farsighted and correct” in his 1964-going-on perspective, while scholar Howard Jones views the coup against Diệm that Hilsman acted in favor of as “a tragically misguided move.”[20] Johnson administration[edit] Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Hilsman stayed in his position under the new president, Lyndon B. Johnson. But Johnson sought a narrower range of opinion on foreign policy matters than Kennedy had and Hilsman, along with a number of other formerly influential State Department figures, was now not being listened to.[22] Furthermore, by this time, in the words of Halberstam, “[Hilsman] had probably made more enemies than anyone else in the upper levels of government.”[25]

    Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and the Joint Chiefs of Staff disliked Hilsman for his constant questioning of military estimates and forthrightness, Secretary of State Dean Rusk had been angered by Hilsman’s tendency to go circumvent proper channels and by the friction Hilsman caused with the military, and as vice president, Johnson had not liked Hilsman’s brashness or his policies.[25] Kennedy as Hilsman’s protector was gone, and Johnson determined that he wanted Hilsman out.[25] At the same time, Hilsman disagreed with Johnson’s approach to the Vietnam conflict, viewing the new president as primarily seeking a military solution there rather than a political one.[26]

    Not liking anyone to quit outright, the president offered the position of U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, but Hilsman declined.[25][27] And while Hilsman would later say that he had initiated the resignation, Secretary of State Rusk later presented a different picture: “I fired him”.[28] In any case, on February 25, 1964, the White House announced that Hilsman had resigned; the statement was front-page news in The New York Times with Hilsman claiming he had no policy quarrels with the current administration.[1] As his tenure ended, Hilsman argued in favor of continued perseverance in the conflict using a pacification-based counter-insurgency strategy,[29] but against increased military action against North Vietnam, saying that until the counter-insurgency efforts had demonstrated improvement in the South, action against the North would have no effect on the Communists.[23]

    His stance lost out within the administration to those who advocated the virtues of air power.[23] Hilsman’s last day in office was March 15, 1964. He was replaced at the Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs by William Bundy. Professor and political candidate[edit] In his resignation letter, Hilsman had said that he considered university teaching his “basic profession”.[1] Hilsman became a professor of government at Columbia University in 1964.[15] The course he taught there on foreign policy decision-making became known for the anecdotes he told about the famous figures in the Kennedy administration and for the political theory he introduced in explanation.[30][31] Indeed,

    Hilsman became known as one of the expansive “Kennedy network”,[32] and his office at Columbia was adorned with Kennedy-era momentos.[33] He also became part of the university’s Institute of War and Peace Studies,[15] where his former professor William T. R. Fox was director.[14] Hilsman became one of the longest-serving professors in the institute.[14] He also regularly lectured at the various U.S. war colleges.[14]

    Hilsman lived in Morningside Heights, Manhattan,[34] but he and his family also became longtime residents of the Hamburg Cove area of Lyme, Connecticut, for weekends and summers.[3][8][35] He and his wife later became full-time residents there.[36] Hilsman was also one of the institute’s most prolific book authors.[14]

    Of particular note was his 1967 work To Move a Nation: The Politics of Foreign Policy in the Administration of John F. Kennedy, which combined a theoretical political science approach with a personal memoir.[26] It was the first book by a U.S. maker of policy to dissent on the course of the Vietnam War.[27] The New York Times Book Review called it a “highly informative study of the internal and external forces that shaped much of American foreign policy” and said that “Hilsman makes many wise and perceptive comments on the politics of policy-making.”[26] To Move a Nation became a National Book Award finalist[37] and has been viewed as influential.[6] His 1971 volume, Politics of Policy Making in Defense and Foreign Affairs: Conceptual Models and Bureaucratic Politics, was used as the textbook for his class[31] and went through three editions.

    Hilsman continued to speak publicly, in print and on television, regarding what he thought should be done in Vietnam, such as in Augsut 1964, when he warned against over-militarizing the conflict,[6] and in mid-1967, when he said the war was not politically “winnable” and that the U.S. should scale down its military involvement and stop the on-going bombing campaign against the North.[38] He consistently maintained that had Kennedy lived, he would not have escalated the war the way Johnson did.[6] Hilsman was an ardent supporter of Robert F. Kennedy and his 1968 presidential campaign, serving as one of the experts advising the younger brother.[39]

    He was part of a large “brain trust” of advisers to Kennedy during the crucial Democratic California primary in June 1968;[40] that eventual campaign victory ended with another assassination. Hilsman then tried his own hand at electoral politics: In the 1972 Congressional elections, he ran for election to the United States House of Representatives as the Democratic Party nominee for Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district.[35] He secured the Democratic nomination in a race where few Democrats wanted to run or thought the party had much of a chance of winning.[41] He campaigned on domestic issues as well as those of foreign policy, presenting a five-point plan for increasing employment in eastern Connecticut.[33]

    He predicted his chances of winning were directly linked to Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern’s performance in the state against Richard Nixon, the incumbent whom Hilsman termed a threat to civil liberties.[33] McGovern lost in a landslide, and Hilsman lost the congressional general election to the Republican Party incumbent, Robert H. Steele, by a wide margin[42] (66 to 34 percent).

    Hilsman retired from Columbia in 1990 upon reaching the then-mandatory retirement age of 70.[31] Reflecting upon his life, he said, “I’ve been doing the same thing in the military, on Capital Hill, and at Columbia. The content is the same. ... Of all my careers, I think university teaching is the most satisfying.”[31] He and his course, “The Politics of Policy Making”, were not directly replaced.[31] The variety of careers Hilsman had had led U.S. Senator

    Claiborne Pell to compare him to Lawrence of Arabia.[6] Later years[edit] In 1994, President Bill Clinton named Hilsman to the National Security Education Board,[2] where he served until his term expired in 1999.[43] Hilsman remained active in local politics, where he was a member of the Democratic Town Committee in Lyme for over two decades.[36] During the 1990s he led a letter-writing campaign to the Connecticut State Police on behalf of safer street speeds in Lyme.[36] He continued to publish books on a variety of subjects into his eighties.[6] He and his wife later lived in Chester, Connecticut,[36] and Ithaca, New York.[6] Through 2014, Hilsman was still listed as a professor emeritus at Columbia.[44] Hilsman died at the age of 94 on February 23, 2014,[45][46] at his home in Ithaca due to complications from several strokes.[6][12] Burial is to be at Arlington National Cemetery.[46]

  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

    03/31/2014 7:33:21 PM PDT · 18 of 22
    robowombat to Tugo

    Another comment:

    Regarding Hilsman, just another legend in his own mind IMO. His bona fides as a “...Merrill’s Marauder...” are beyond suspect, his insurgent and counterinsurgent experience is vastly over rated. There may be some fans here but I’m not one...

    He, like every other senior figure involved in the debacle that was Viet Nam (with the exceptions of Brute Krulak, Matthew Ridgeway and (much as I hate to admit it) Wayne Morse — plus a very few others lower in the food chain...) has much to answer for...

  • Pacifica Radio Executive Director Stages Sit-In...

    03/27/2014 9:00:01 PM PDT · 17 of 49
    robowombat to lexington minuteman 1775
    ‘I used to listen to KPFK back in my college days’

    Didn't Pacifica have another radio station over in the Bay Area besides KPFK ?

  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

    03/27/2014 8:55:07 PM PDT · 11 of 22
    robowombat to Squantos
    Thanks. Get a hold of a copy of Pat Frank's ‘Hold Back The Night’.and one is thrust right into this pressure cooker universe where after two world wars an even bigger conflict seems to loom on the horizon and the foe makes those we have fought before look pale by comparison. Pat Frank was a card carrying liberal who knew the Cold War had to be fought to its finish as our existence was on the block. This sensation of being locked in an existential conflict is what fueled those men of that time.
  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

    03/27/2014 8:50:41 PM PDT · 10 of 22
    robowombat to Broker
    That would be very interesting. For most of Hilsman’s time at the USMA is father was a Guest of the Emperor so that must have put an edge of determination on his matriculation. His father was regular army but not West Point. Like many successful officers ,who were not part of that power fraternity his father saw to it that he did go to the USMA.
  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

    03/27/2014 7:03:11 PM PDT · 6 of 22
    robowombat to aposiopetic
    Wow.

    Yes Hilsman was the real thing. USMA grad, commando in the Big War, super spook, Assistant Sec. of State for East Asia. Whatever can be said for the Kennedy people a lot of them had earned their stones in combat and were a piece of their time. Kennedy's Inaugural Address contains a valedictory on the generation who went from the Depression to the Big War to the Cold War without a break. Hard to remember what it was like back then when the combination of communists and H-Bombs meant things were really being played for keeps.

  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

    03/27/2014 6:54:19 PM PDT · 3 of 22
    robowombat to robowombat

    He who once helped move and shake the world ended up writing letters about speeding on the streets of the village he lived in.:

    Former Lyme resident Roger Hilsman remembered as author, statesman, with strong local involvement
    By Kimberly Drelich

    Publication: The Day

    Published 03/05/2014 12:00 AMUpdated 03/05/2014 12:05 AM
    COMMENTS (0)

    Lyme - Former Lyme resident Roger Hilsman, an author, professor and assistant secretary of state under President John F. Kennedy, died last week. He was 94.

    Hilsman was remembered this week as an active statesman, scholar and community member, as well as a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

    He was director of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and then served as assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern affairs under Kennedy. He continued to serve in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration until March 1964.

    Before beginning his role in government, Hilsman graduated from West Point and served in Merrill’s Marauders in Burma during World War II. He earned a doctorate in international relations at Yale University.

    A former professor of government at Columbia University in New York, Hilsman authored numerous books, including “The Cuban Missile Crisis: The Struggle Over Policy” and “To Move a Nation: The Politics of Foreign Policy in the Administration of John F. Kennedy.”

    His 1990 memoir, “American Guerrilla: My War Behind Japanese Lines,” includes how he rescued his father, Col. Roger Hilsman, from a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Mukden, China.

    Giving lectures in the region and writing commentary in this newspaper and other publications, Hilsman often tackled foreign policy issues. Born in Waco, Texas, he also participated in politics in Connecticut, in Lyme, where he lived, and later in Chester.

    In 1972, he ran against incumbent Robert Steele as the Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, but did not win. Amid safety concerns over speeding in Lyme, he initiated among his Hamburg Cove neighbors a letter-writing campaign to state police in the 1990s, according to newspaper archives.

    A member of the Democratic Town Committee for more than two decades, he was “instrumental in bringing people together,” said former chairwoman LeRay McFarland. Hilsman helped recruit new members and persuaded McFarland to run for committee chairwoman, a position she held for 17 years. Hilsman also hosted the committee’s annual fundraiser picnic at his house.

    “He liked the town very much and helped illuminate what the needs were and how to resolve them,” McFarland said.

    Hilsman is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his daughters, Amy and Sarah, his sons, Hoyt and Ashby, and his six grandchildren.

    Sarah Hilsman, his youngest daughter, said her father was equally proud to work locally as he was to be involved in international affairs. She said he always wanted to help people and to rectify the injustices he encountered. He encouraged his children to give back to their country, she said.

    “He would always tell us to serve our country and citizenry in any way that we could,” she said. The dedication to his “To Move a Nation” reads: “To Eleanor, especially, but also to Hoyt, Amy, Ashby, and even Sarah - none of whom ever had a chance to ask what they could do for their country, but were very quickly told.”

    Roger Hilsman also enjoyed life and living in Lyme, she said.

    “... We are proud of his service to our nation and his courage in battle and his courage in opposing the escalation of the Vietnam War,” the obituary from his family read.

    “He fought in war and served in high office, yet his greatest joy was to be surrounded by our mother, the love of his life, his children and grandchildren, whether driving his tractor, cooking Chinese food or singing old family songs together.”

  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

  • Remembering Roger Hilsman (The Last of the New Frontiersmen)

    03/27/2014 6:47:44 PM PDT · 1 of 22
    robowombat
    Hilsman's career was like a rocket flaring briefly across the firmament of Camelot. Then he was gone, spending decades teaching at Cornell. When he died in February there were the requisite obituaries in the Post and NYT but he had become a ghost long forgotten. Why I wonder? He seemed to have everything to become Director of the CIA bur instead he was pushed out of the DC tribe for some reason.
  • Slain Sailor Was "Heroic," Jumped in Front of Gunman, Navy Officials Say

    03/27/2014 4:38:51 PM PDT · 47 of 55
    robowombat to wtd
    The Mahan was docked in New Orleans for Mardi Gras week. First time a USN ship had been tied up in NOLA for about five years. Mardi Gras was wet, cold and miserable (coldest since 1899) hope the crew did manage to enjoy themselves.
  • Slain Sailor Was "Heroic," Jumped in Front of Gunman, Navy Officials Say

    03/27/2014 4:30:35 PM PDT · 46 of 55
    robowombat to livius

    ‘What’s going on there? And when will they tell us the name of the killer? ‘

    Good questions. Without PO2 Mayo’s timely and heroic intervention this would likely have been another event similar to the Navy Yard shootings this time on a US warship.

  • Zimmerman civil rights violations ruling coming soon? Holder hints Trayvon murder decision coming

    03/26/2014 8:38:07 PM PDT · 47 of 73
    robowombat to Clump; All
    ‘Eric Holder is the most politically driven AG in history by far.’

    And the most politically connected. His first appointment within the Department of justice was by Republicans , albeit NYC GOPers, during the Reagan Administration. He is truly a consigliere and represents K Street and Wall Street to the Mahdi while pimping race hatred. He is a truly sinister man. Just watch his very quiet composed iciness when he is not speaking. He is like some minion of Satan watching and waiting to do his master's bidding.

  • Woman explains what happened when roving mass mob of black teens attacked her in Louisville

    03/26/2014 8:32:33 PM PDT · 101 of 151
    robowombat to Gene Eric; All
    “Except the depraved behavior is not the rule for all Blacks.”

    No, but it has been my experience that the breakdown is that about 15% or so of blacks are normal decent people who will do the right thing as often or more often than white people. There is at least as large or larger set that are simply vicious and depraved in a way that is impossible to find in anything like the same numbers among whites or even our damp friends from south of the river. The rest are waverers who will be inoffensive or OK left to their own devices but will often let themselves be swept up in the moment if the racial attack dogs or on the scene as in this case. My take is that the civil rights era generation whose conduct frequently shamed white people in the South are now vanishing form the scene. In their place are new generations who have never heard anything but racial resentment, entitlement, defeatism, and excusal for the worse sorts of societal behavior incessantly preached by ‘black leaders’ from the street corner to the church pulpit to the city, state and federal governmental level. The result are people that are as bent and vitiated as the Palestinians. Bad times are coming, I guarantee.

  • Navy: Sailor in Norfolk base shooting died protecting [female] colleague

    03/26/2014 7:00:27 PM PDT · 23 of 78
    robowombat to Timber Rattler; All
    ‘Lots of more questions than answered here,’
    Yes, I suspect PO@ Mayo is responsible for saving a number of lives by his self sacrifice. If this individual had gotten on board the Mahan with a weapon a number of naval personal would have been shooting victims. This whole incident is disturbing.
  • Woman explains what happened when roving mass mob of black teens attacked her in Louisville

    03/26/2014 6:48:20 PM PDT · 54 of 151
    robowombat to RonPaulLives; All
    There are a number of Freepers who like to snipe at the ‘Dixiecrat’ Democrat party and all the bad things Southern Democrat white guys did to the blackamoors after the War between the States. After 1865 white people in much of the South were faced with basic public order issues with masses of the most ignorant and debased former slaves either hanging about the towns to collect rations from the Freedman's Bureau or roaming about the country stealing what livestock the federals hadn't taken or killed and engaging in arson and , if they could get away with it, mayhem, rape, and some murders. White people in Dixie reacted harshly and the violence that ensued was directed at the carpetbaggers and their black dupes and stooges. Thereafter the belief for decades was that blacks could never be allowed to have any political power and were to be ruthlessly subordinated and controlled . I remember older white people back in the 60’s saying the same thing would occur again if the segregation regime were dismantled. I dismissed such talk as foolish reactionary ignorance. Today when I see events like this reported constantly and with increasing frequency and when I see just how vicious and debased many blacks are where I live i can only feel a chill of apprehension that those now dead white men where right.
  • Staffer(conflict-resolution specialist) knocked unconscious at Bartram High(Philadelphia)

    03/26/2014 4:38:40 PM PDT · 6 of 42
    robowombat to Altura Ct.

    Schadenfreude alert.

  • New Levels Of Cruelty Reached by Arabs in Jerusalem (Muslims Throw Puppies at IDF)

    03/22/2014 11:35:41 AM PDT · 7 of 30
    robowombat to elcid1970
    ‘They are worse than any animal.’

    Arab or Arabized mudslimes consider dogs to be garbage. They know westerners, especially from cultures that have British or German antecedents idolize woof-woofs. This is how Arabs think. They knew cruelty to little dogs would upset the Israeli soldiers so that struck the human garbage that perpetrated this act as the cream of the jest. Do something to hurt dogs and upset Israelis at the same time. The pedophile prophet would be pleased. After all Jews are less than dogs to mudslime Arabs.

  • French, Germans Return Fallen GI After Pentagon Gives Up (American Buried As German)

    03/22/2014 11:25:51 AM PDT · 8 of 11
    robowombat to fso301; All
    ‘Why German clothing? Spy mission?
    That is strange. I would not expect an ordinary G.I. to be on a spy mission. He was a Canadian citizen. Did he have German relatives? ‘

    When I was in High School a lot of the male teachers were combat veterans of the Big War. One fellow , now deceased, was in the 505th PIR and was captured in Operation Market Garden. He said GI’s regularly scrounged German equipment items as they were far better than US ones. Mess kits, canteens, camouflage smocks even boots, if a dead German with the right sized foot could be found, were all eagerly sought items. US field grade and above officers continually harassed and disciplined US soldiers for doing this both because it was embarrassing to the self regard of the US Army and because there were real issues with the possibility of Germans executing Americans found wearing German uniform items.

  • If Europe Hates Itself

    03/21/2014 3:29:05 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    robowombat
  • The Religion That Will Destroy Western Civilization

    03/21/2014 3:18:05 PM PDT · 1 of 13
    robowombat
  • Hilaire Belloc on Islam

    03/21/2014 3:14:13 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    robowombat
  • Darryl Howard and the rampaging prosecutor: Durham learns little from Duke lacrosse debacle

    03/20/2014 2:18:38 PM PDT · 24 of 25
    robowombat to Red Badger; All
    ‘This guy was railroaded.’
    And there is a clear pattern of generalized prosecutorial misconduct over a long period of time. Even the rather flaky novelist Peterson seems to have been a victim of a vendetta and he was certainly crucified by programs like 48 hours.
  • The utter collapse of human civilization will be ‘difficult to avoid,’ NASA funded study says

    03/19/2014 1:06:42 PM PDT · 53 of 87
    robowombat to Dallas59; All

    Here is some more info on this over educated f—l.:

    Safa Motesharrei
    Graduate Research Assistant
    ssm@umd.edu
    410-919-4810
    Safa Motesharrei is a Research Assistant at SESYNC and a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics/Public Policy at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park. He has Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and Master degrees in Physics and Mathematics from UMD. The focus of his work is on integration of the Human System and Population into the Earth System Models. He works with a cross-disciplinary team of renowned scientists including Eugenia Kalnay (Atmospheric Science), James Yorke (Mathematics), Matthias Ruth (Public Policy), Victor Yakovenko (Econophysics), Klaus Hubacek (Geography), Ning Zeng (Meteorology), and Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm (Hydrology).

    Together with Jorge Rivas (Political Science, University of Minnesota) and Prof. Kalnay, Safa has developed a minimal dynamical model of Human and Nature, HANDY, which is the first model that shows not only Ecological Strain, but also Economic Stratification can lead to a societal collapse. Safa plays a leading role in the development of the five-sector Human-Earth System model, which includes Population, Climate, Water, Agriculture, and Energy. This project has received support from NASA.

    Safa’s studies were supported by doctoral fellowships from the School of Public Policy and the Department of Mathematics at UMD. In summer 2013, he was named the first recipient of the Lev Gandin Fellowship, awarded by Dr. Genia Brin.

  • Sexual Assaults In The Military Are At An All-Time High And Most Of Them Are Male On Male

    03/18/2014 1:10:29 PM PDT · 18 of 69
    robowombat to mbarker12474; All
    ‘The wolfpacking hypothesis doesn’t either.’
    Wolfpacking is not yet a major issue. It will be. The navy had a protracted struggle with this phenomenon when the steel navy came along with the requirement for much larger crews to operate vessels which were in effect a ‘system of systems’. It has been hushed up but for a number of years this fight went on and was finally largely won by reacting relentlessly about any complaint of queer conduct. John McCain may be a snook but his sudden and really agitated opposition to the end of DADT came from things he had heard from his father and grandfather. This problem is going to emerge again.
  • Best-Selling Author Kevin Trudeau Gets 10 Years In Prison For Massive Deception

    03/18/2014 1:05:38 PM PDT · 9 of 51
    robowombat to marron; All
    Of course he’s a fraudster. But no more than most writers of self-help books.

    Something doesn’t smell right here. They are criminalizing opinion. There are freedom-of-press issues here; they are going after low-hanging fruit to establish a precedent. Then they ramp up from there.

    I think you are correct. My wife has several of Trudeau's books and I have read parts of them. We both agree they contain useful information and insights. His offers of ‘free publications’ are not fraudulent. His people carefully tell you that other ‘other offers’ cost money and just say ‘decline’ and the free books will still be free except for a normal shipping charge. This whole prosecution really stinks.

  • ‘We Are Being Stormed’: Russian Forces Reportedly Attack Ukrainian Troops In Crimea,

    03/18/2014 1:00:23 PM PDT · 25 of 96
    robowombat to littleharbour; All
    ‘if the Mexican army invaded Southern California to “protect Spanish speaking peoples”, then promptly conducted a referendum giving Americans in those areas a choice between joining Mexico or having a “special” autonomous relationship with the US’
    That is why the La Raza/Atzlan types want Mex citizens in the US to keep voting in Mex elections irrespective of their citizenship. The goal is to get a sort of Atzlan which is an ‘autonomous ethnic area’ in parts of the SW. That is what the Crimea is, an ‘autonomous republic’ within the Ukraine. It is now seceding in stages. The La Raza types want ‘autonomous areas’ with Mexican police and soldiers within California or Arizona or Texas while still part of the US for purposes of drawing benefits.
  • ‘We Are Being Stormed’: Russian Forces Reportedly Attack Ukrainian Troops In Crimea,

    03/18/2014 12:54:20 PM PDT · 21 of 96
    robowombat to Hot Tabasco; All

    A military “storming” would certainly involve a hell of a lot more dead than just one.......
    Yes, but Putin knows a lot about various active measures and constant armed heckling and sniping by uniformed but ‘unknown parties’ would be a good tactic to unsettle a garrison that is already effectively in enemy territory and pretty much cut off from their country. The Russians don’t seek a war but the evacuation of the Crimea by all Ukrainian military forces. If they keep up ratcheting up the pressure they probably will get the desired results.

  • Sexual Assaults In The Military Are At An All-Time High And Most Of Them Are Male On Male

    03/18/2014 12:50:41 PM PDT · 1 of 69
    robowombat
    Interesting analysis. The queering of the forces, especially the Army and navy is going to lead to the emergence of a 'gay' phenomenon that is taboo to talk about; wolfpacking. Whereby cliques of violent queers subvert discipline and order by terrorizing other enlisted personnel through violent physical intimidation and sexual assault . So the barracks of Army and the crew spaces of the navy will become akin to America's prisons, ruled by violent queers by the threat of homosexual rape. The Marines are going to be under enormous pressure to dismantle much of their unique esprit de corps to accommodate the queer culture.
  • ‘We Are Being Stormed’: Russian Forces Reportedly Attack Ukrainian Troops In Crimea,

    03/18/2014 12:31:13 PM PDT · 1 of 96
    robowombat
  • CIA CHIEF: JIHAD A PRODUCT OF INJUSTICES, ECONOMICS, AND IGNORANCE

    03/17/2014 10:06:47 PM PDT · 24 of 52
    robowombat to Bibman

    Claiming BULL$HIT on that one!

    Which one?

  • CIA CHIEF: JIHAD A PRODUCT OF INJUSTICES, ECONOMICS, AND IGNORANCE

    03/17/2014 9:56:00 PM PDT · 22 of 52
    robowombat to Eagles6; All
    Look up jihad johnny brennan’s interview with the Washington Times editorial staff. He is freaking nuts.

    Please post the url so we can read these words of wisdom.

  • CIA CHIEF: JIHAD A PRODUCT OF INJUSTICES, ECONOMICS, AND IGNORANCE

    03/17/2014 9:50:31 PM PDT · 20 of 52
    robowombat to clintonh8r; All
    Brennan and Clapper are both psychos.

    Clapper started his USAF career as an ‘aircraft commander’ in the old Air Force Security Service. He appears to be just what those types typically were. The old saying was the USAF wanted extremely dull men who had never left the united States as they were easy to qualify for the very restrictive requirements for the above TS clearances required. What it gave the Security Service was a host of dim bureaucratic plodders for administrators. That seems to be Clapper to a ‘T’.

  • CIA CHIEF: JIHAD A PRODUCT OF INJUSTICES, ECONOMICS, AND IGNORANCE

    03/17/2014 9:42:07 PM PDT · 13 of 52
    robowombat to bigbob; All
    ‘Wahabbi, wasabi, baloney... if they do jihad here, we’ll send their sorry asses to allah, let him sort it out.’

    I would like to believe that is true, however, after watching the demoralized and uncertain response to 9-11 from ‘inside the beltway, and then watching the solicitude for hastening the Saudi princeling who got injured in the Patriot's day bombing in Boston I have some real reservations about how our compromised and sleepily complaisant foreign policy and political and defense elites will react to anything short of an actual nuclear attack.

  • CIA CHIEF: JIHAD A PRODUCT OF INJUSTICES, ECONOMICS, AND IGNORANCE

    03/17/2014 9:11:12 PM PDT · 1 of 52
    robowombat
    If Brennan is a Muslim he is almost surely a Sunni and probably converted by Saudi neo-Wahabbists. As such he sees protecting the House of Saud as coextensive with protecting Islam as the Royal House are the 'Protectors of the Holy Places of Islam'. That means only certain jihadis (those who see the Saudi Royal Regime as a corrupt and illegitimate one) can be called terrorists. Thus the effort to deny the centrality of the armed jihad doctrine to the Islamic faith and the need to claim certain terrorists are just lashing out against 'injustice' such as the actions of israel or 'economic injustice'. It is all a smokescreen to confuse the unbelievers and protect the Saudi regime while advancing the cause of Wahabbism.
  • National Guard Reservist Arrested In Alleged LA Subway Attack Plot

    03/17/2014 5:27:28 PM PDT · 34 of 34
    robowombat to BenLurkin; All
    This assclown is shown to be a Muslim here in the comments. He represents just the sort of half educated marginalized white male the mudslimes are beginning to seriously proselytize. If the CAIR types can get the anti-polygamay statutes overturned (and i fail to see how that will not happen) offering clowns like this three or four nice Arabic girls as a reward for becoming one of the umma should go down well. The large families hat are expected to be produced can be supported by a combination Saudi petro bucks and American welfare checks. In this way the muzzies can grow their own fifth column right here.
  • Virginia Honors 9/11 Mosque

    03/17/2014 5:16:39 PM PDT · 16 of 30
    robowombat to jazusamo; All
    There have been a lot of mudslimes in Falls Church for a long while. I purchased a copy English language of ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ published by the ‘Kuwaiti Student Association’ in a muzzy store in that town back about 1990.
  • Ukrainian government refuses to remove troops from Crimea, prepares for war

    03/17/2014 3:10:45 PM PDT · 12 of 14
    robowombat to themidnightskulker; All

    Yes, then there is this from today:

    March 17, 2014, 04:21 pm
    NATO plans to bolster Ukrainian forces
    By Kristina Wong

    NATO officials don’t expect to see near-term military “stand offs” with Russia as President Vladimir Putin appears poised to annex the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, but are planning to bolster Ukrainian forces in the long-term, a NATO official told the Hill.

    NATO plans to help Ukrainian forces build capacity via joint exercises, advice and other unspecified things, the official said on background.

    Although the official did not specify exact exercises, U.S. soldiers are planning to conduct an exercise in Ukraine this July, according to the Army Times.
    Exercise Rapid Trident 2014 is expected to take place near L’viv, Ukraine, and will involve units from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom and Ukraine, Lt. Col. David Westover Jr. told the Army Times.

    Westover said the exercise will focus on training for peacekeeping, not repelling an enemy invader.

    “As of today, the plan is to train a U.S.-Ukrainian combined battalion headquarters in a Field Training Exercise with a peace support operations scenario,” Westover said in an email Friday to Army Times. “Exercise planning will continue until we are told otherwise.”

    Meanwhile, NATO forces have bulked up in the region. The United States has sent 12 F-16s fighter jets and 150 airmen to Poland to augment a U.S.-Poland training mission there, and has sent six F-15 fighter jets and a KC-135 refueling plane to augment a mission to protect Baltic airspace.

    NATO has also deployed an Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft to Polish and Romanian airspace help monitor the situation in Ukraine.

    On Monday, the U.K. announced plans to send additional fighter jets to bolster a NATO mission to police Baltic airspace.

    “I hope that will provide reassurance to our Nato allies in the east,” Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told members of the British Parliament on Monday.

    The aircraft will arrive by late April as part of the long-enforced NATO mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

    “We are doing everything we can to reassure our NATO allies about the protection we offer,” Hammond said.

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  • Boeing Source: Missing Plane in Pakistan

    03/17/2014 3:01:29 PM PDT · 1 of 222
    robowombat
    This is from LIGNET so a large dose of salt needs to be applied.
  • Tranny Time: US Military Becoming Global Joke

    03/17/2014 2:01:00 PM PDT · 1 of 21
    robowombat
    Sometimes it is hard to sort out news from comedic satire. This unfortunately is a news commentary. Those who have a copy of 'This Kind of War' by Fehrenbach might check out the opening chapters as the 8th Army units that went to Korea were the Three Hundred Spartans compared to what the 'Diversity Force' will be like.