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  • Are African Americans Being Recruited by ISIS?

    08/24/2014 7:43:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Considering the social conflict between cops and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, the terrorist group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is using the strategic moment in American history to recruit African-Americans to join the Islamic State's jihadist movement. Those fighting alongside ISIS, a globally growing terrorist group in which U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any terrorist we have ever seen", have made no secret that they have vowed to bring turmoil to America. ISIS members promised to "divide America in two", while their spokesman Abu Mosa promised...
  • Chelsea Manning 'denied gender dysphoria treatment

    08/23/2014 1:12:01 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 August 2014 Last updated at 15:15 ET | BBC Staff
    The US military has yet to offer Pte First Class Chelsea Manning sex change treatment despite medical recommendations, her lawyer has said. Defence secretary Chuck Hagel approved treatment for a condition known as gender dysphoria in July. But lawyer David Coombs says her requests for hormone therapy and other accommodations have been "ignored". The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking secret files to Wikileaks. "This time last year I publicly asked that I be provided with a treatment plan, to bring my body more in line with my gender identity," Pte Manning said...
  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 6:56:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and gave a stark assessment of the global security situation: "The world is exploding all over." The remark came in response to a question about the Obama administration's realignment of the military towards the Asia-Pacific theater:
  • (Ron) Paul: No such thing as an independent Israel (Iran's State TV- Press TV Interview)

    08/26/2011 10:10:01 PM PDT · by mnehring · 164 replies
    Iran's Press TV ^ | 12/2008 | Jihan Hafiz
    Ron Paul, House representative of the 14th district of Texas, believes that US foreign policy must be reformed to avoid conflicts around the world. The interview was conducted outside the Foreign Relations Committee. Press TV: What is your opinion on the idea of the US blocking Iran's oil exports and preventing its gasoline imports from reaching the country (based on H. Con. Res. 362 previously sought by US congressmen)? Paul: I think it is an outrage I think it is a blockade. It is the use of force to stop the inflow of petroleum products and people and goods,...
  • Obama Admin Orders US Aircraft Carrier to Persian Gulf

    06/14/2014 9:42:28 PM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 14 Jun 2014
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier — the USS George H.W. Bush — to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq.</p>
  • How can Bowe Bergdahl be a POfWar if he ceased waging war and deserted?

    06/11/2014 9:47:07 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    6/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Bowe Bergdahl: a Prisoner of WAR, a deserter taken hostage by the Taliban or an enemy combatant? If it isn't the first of the three rather the second, why then are all cable news outlets describing this as a prisoner swap? Why aren't they calling this an enemy combatant ( Taliban 5)/deserter or a EC/deserter swap? If Bowe Bergdahl deserted, then would he have then as well forsake the military, and thus his uniform? Would Bowe Bergdahl then be an enemy combatant?
  • Obama Administration: Bergdahl Was Chuck Hagel's Call

    06/10/2014 7:55:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 06/10/2014 | BY MICHAEL WARREN
    The last question asked at Monday night's closed-door briefing of members of the House of Representatives was a simple one: Who made the decision to transfer five top Taliban officials held at Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for the return of the Taliban's lone American POW, Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl? According to Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services committee, the Obama administration's briefers told he gathered House members that the person responsible for the decision to make the deal was not President Obama but Chuck Hagel, the secretary of defense. "Now wait a minute, are you...
  • Will Chuck Hagel Tell Susan Rice Not To Praise Bergdahl Until All The Facts Are In?

    06/05/2014 8:39:06 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    6/5/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Susan Rice, United States National Security Advisor under the Obama administration, said that Bowe Bergdahl 'served the United States with honor and distinction.' Sounds like praise to me. But Chuck Hagel, who said very recently that Americans should not pre-judge Bowe Bergdahl, seems to take one line with - I guess "regular" Americans - and another with Susan Rice. Hmmm... Should Hagel and Rice both say that Bowe Bergdahl should be neither judged nor praised until all the facts are in? Funny how some WH aides can accuse Bergdahl's fellow soldiers of 'swift boating,' but won't tell people to not...
  • Crickets: Troops React With Silence to Sec. Hagel's 'Happy' News About Bergdahl's Release

    06/04/2014 12:42:56 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06-03-2014 | Debra Heine
    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with members of the special operations team who participated in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in Afghanistan, Sunday. He also spoke before a large group of US troops in a Bagram Air Field hangar, and when he announced the "happy" news about Bergdahl, he was met with complete silence. "This is a happy day. We got one of our own back," Hagel said cheerfully. *Crickets*
  • Idaho Mayor Doesn't Want Bergdahl Pre-Judged Until All Facts Are In. No Pre-Praise, Too?

    06/03/2014 6:47:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 25 replies
    6/3/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    I mean, we shouldn't have a "rush to judgment" and pre-praise him...right? Hailey, Idaho Mayor, Fritz Haemmerle released a written statement Monday urging people not to judge Bowe Bergdahl until all the facts are in, given that there are opposing sides to this issue. Does that also mean that since there are opposing sides that Bergdahl shouldn't be pre-praised either until all the facts are in? But how can all of the facts come in if Obama is going to hamper an investigation from occuring?
  • Some U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Ambivalent About Bergdahl Rescue

    06/02/2014 3:21:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2014 | Julian E. Barnes
    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan—There is excitement and enthusiasm among the senior leadership of the military now that Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held as a prisoner of war, is on his way home. But among rank-and-file troops at Bagram Air Field on Sunday, there was much more ambivalence. SNIP Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived for a two-hour stop at Bagram and met briefly with some of the elite special-operations forces who brought back Sgt. Bergdahl from a group of Taliban officials. Speaking before a group of more than 200 troops, Mr. Hagel thanked those "who had something to...
  • Which undesirables will the Obama adm. be willing to use third parties to swap U.S. soldiers for?

    06/02/2014 7:27:18 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    6/2/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Does the WH believe that all terrorists are equal, it's just some terrorists are more equal or rather worse than others? If the Obama administration is willing to use third parties (such as Qatar) to procure the release of individuals such as Bergdahl, and in the process, undesirables such as the 5 GITMO detainees are released, then the issue isn't the use of third parties, the issue(s) rather are which terrorists will the WH consider for release/swapping? If the WH says that they won't ever swap Al Qaeda for U.S. soldiers because AQ are terrorists (and they are terrorists --...
  • Bob Bergdahl Praises Allah & Obama Hugs Him … Update: Praises Son’s Work to Help Afghan People(?)

    06/01/2014 10:20:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 1, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Yesterday, Jani Bergdahl and Bob Bergdahl, the parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, were invited to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC. Bob Bergdahl spoke about the release of his son Bowe. Then he praised Allah and Obama hugged him.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sgt. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. The Daily Caller reported: At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.” After Bergdahl finished his...
  • Bob Bergdahl now tweeting for more Guantanamo releases [Dad of kid who was released for Taliban]

    06/01/2014 7:08:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    twitchy ^ | 6/1/14
    Only hours after appearing at a press conference to give thanks for the freeing of his POW son in exchange for five top Taliban leaders, Bob Bergdahl returned to Twitter to promote a Guardian video in which family members lobby for the release of five Tunisians held at Guantanamo Bay. Earlier, Bergdahl had apparently deleted a tweet reading, “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners.”
  • Does Hagel and Obama (WH) believe that the Taliban aren't terrorists?

    06/01/2014 1:14:03 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    6/1/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    1.) If they believe that the Taliban aren't terrorists, then is this behind their reasoning that no negotiations took place with terrorists in the release of Bowe Bergdahl for 5 GITMO detainees? 2.) If they state that there was a third party involved (Qatar) and thus neither side (the WH or the Taliban) spoke directly with each other, then does that constitute their position that no negotiations took place with terrorists? The problem with #1 is that when the WH slammed Karzai over some of his statements concerning joining the Taliban, what could/can the WH say to Karzai now? Breitbart.com...
  • Hagel: U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorists in securing Bergdahl’s release

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

    05/27/2014 10:36:37 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/27/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “Obama Hates America,” reads a comment on The Hill about veterans’ groups slamming a Commander in Chief who is in charge of a 267% increase in military deaths since taking office in 2009. (1) A second comment provides stats which show 1,681 (military) deaths in the 62 months between February 2009 and 2014, an absolutely obscene mortality rate for a “non hot” war. And a third comment sums it all up: “When are you people going to realize that Obama hates the Military?” I learned long ago that when I couldn’t figure out what was going on at the college...
  • While the bodies of ignored veterans pile up, Obama’s Pentagon to buy Bradley Manning a sex change

    05/21/2014 8:59:30 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/21/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Shame on Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama and Eric Shinseki. While honorably discharged veterans are dying from neglect in Veteran’s Administration hospitals, the Regime response is a sex change for Bradley Manning and new furniture for Veteran’s Administration headquarters. Last week, quisling Chuck Hagel spit in the face of sick and injured veterans throughout the country. In an insult to all of America’s veterans, Hagel has approved sending the traitorous Army Private Bradley Manning, now known as “Chelsea Manning,” to a civilian prison that will see that he gets a sex change operation. Manning was convicted of stealing and distributing classified...
  • Chuck Hagel: Transgender ban in military should be reviewed

    05/12/2014 12:03:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 05/12/2014
    The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military "continually should be reviewed," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, he said "every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it." A transgender individual is someone who has acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or presents themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. A panel convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University...
  • New Benghazi Email Explaining How “Movie Protest” Talking Points Came About Released; Most Redacted

    05/06/2014 9:09:28 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/6/14 | Aurelius
    While much of last week's news was about the smoking gun that linked the White House to the false talking points about the attack in Benghazi, another email that would have shed light on how those talking points came about was nearly completely redacted by the government. The email has as its subject, "SBU/CLOSEHOLD: 0800 SVTS on Movie Protests/Violence." SBU stands for "Sensitive But Unclassified" and SVTS most likely refers to "Secure Video Teleconference System." Ironically, though labeled unclassified, nearly the entirety of the email was redacted before it was given to Judicial Watch. It was written by Eric Pelofsky,...
  • Chuck Hagel Promises to Reconsider ‘Discriminatory’ Military Hair Regulations

    05/02/2014 7:32:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/02/2014 | BRIDGET JOHNSON
    WASHINGTON — Some legislators are going to battle with the Defense Department over Army uniform regulations they say discriminate against African-American women wearing their hair naturally.The Army issued AR 670-1 changes in a 57-page directive [1] in mid-March addressing male and female grooming standards, fingernails (“males may not wear nail polish”), jewelry, tattoos, and other items for clarification.The male standards focused on strips of hair left on otherwise shaved heads, sideburn length (no lower than the bottom of the ear opening), and how wide a regulation mustache can be (not up into the nose and not past the corners of...
  • Key General Splits With Obama Over Ukraine

    04/11/2014 7:51:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04.11.14 | Hazir Reka
    The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans. Late last month, as the world was still reeling from Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO was warning Congress that Moscow was preparing to make another move. During classified briefings on March 26 and March 27, Gen. Philip Breedlove painted for members of the House Armed Services Committee a bleak picture of Russia’s actions—and warned that the United States was not taking steps it could to help Ukraine better defend...
  • A Nightmare Presidency

    04/09/2014 2:26:35 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 62 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/9/2014 | Ben Stein
    This is a bad morning. I was greeted by a headline in the New York Times that said Defense Secretary “Chuck Mullet” Hagel was planning to submit a budget to Congress to cut the size of the military to a level not seen since 1940, before the U.S. entered World War II. The article went on to say that the Pentagon realized that this would be an inadequate force for even very small wars and certainly would not allow the U.S. to police the world and keep control of contingencies like a North Korean attack on the South or a...
  • U.S. Response to Crimea Worries Japan’s Leaders

    04/05/2014 11:02:40 AM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 4/5/2014 | HELENE COOPER and MARTIN FACKLER
    TOKYO — When President Bill Clinton signed a 1994 agreement promising to “respect” the territorial integrity of Ukraine if it gave up its nuclear weapons, there was little thought then of how that obscure diplomatic pact — called the Budapest Memorandum — might affect the long-running defense partnership between the United States and Japan. But now, as American officials have distanced themselves from the Budapest Memorandum in light of Russia’s takeover of Crimea, calling promises made in Budapest “nonbinding,” the United States is being forced at the same time to make reassurances in Asia. Japanese officials, a senior American military...
  • Debate On Defense Has To Begin Now: Adding Dollars To Defense In 2015

    03/20/2014 4:33:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    The contempt with which Vladimir Putin holds President Obama and his entire foreign policy team fairly oozes out of the Kremlin. Josh Rogin of the Daily Beast noted "sarcasm and derision from Russia’s Twitter-happy deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozi," including a Tweet mocking "Comrade @BarackObama." Putin's speech yesterday was full of venom towards the U.S., as have been most Russian media outlets. But the key detail is how Putin played Obama, as the Wall Street Journal noted this morning: Mr. Obama in four phone calls with Mr. Putin over the past month totaling 4˝ hours also failed to make headway...
  • Back to the '30s: The Great American Retreat

    03/01/2014 5:08:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    It happens after every war. America disarms. And so invites the next attack, and next war. The same haphazard pattern is emerging now -- even before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over, much as this administration pretends they are in order to cut the defense budget. On both those fronts, the enemy is rushing to fill the vacuum left by the American withdrawal. This country's retreat has allowed al-Qaida, its branches and assorted allies and successors, whether the Taliban in Afghanistan or freelance terrorists in Iraq, to advance. At this rate, it may be only a matter of...
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Recommend Deep Budget Cuts Targeting Pay, Benefits

    02/23/2014 3:55:41 PM PST · by kristinn · 42 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sunday, February 23, 2014 | Jake Miller
    Teeing up what could be a politically explosive fight before the midterm elections in November, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday will recommend billions of dollars in annual budget cuts that would reduce housing allowances and other benefits, increase health-care premiums, and limit pay raises, CBS News confirms. The recommendations, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, are part of a broader effort to trim the Pentagon's budget while minimizing the impact on preparedness and capability. But they're likely to provoke fierce opposition from veterans' interest groups and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The Pentagon argues that personnel costs are simply...
  • Ukraine defense minister ignores repeated phone calls from Chuck Hagel

    02/21/2014 7:26:52 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 20, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Ukraine Defense Minister Pavel Lebedev has refused to take multiple phone calls made personally by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Pentagon said Thursday. "Secretary Hagel has been trying, himself, since early this week," Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters. Lebedev refuses "to communicate, to accept a phone call" from Hagel or the Pentagon.
  • As George Kennan Inspired Truman’s Foreign Policy, Now Stephen Walt Inspires Obama’s

    02/05/2014 12:13:24 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    Tablet ^ | 2/5/2014 | Lee Smith
    ...[Ma]ny observers across the political spectrum argue that there’s no coherent American Middle East policy at all....[C]olumnist Charles Krauthammer argues that Obama is simply presiding over a decline in American influence, while Democratic[s]...like Sen. Robert Menendez apparently can’t make heads or tails of the White House’s Iran policy. If sanctions got the Iranians to the negotiating table...then why is the White House fighting against a further round of sanctions that would give Washington more leverage? Because it’s part of the Administration’s grand strategy. As Obama explained to David Remnick in a recent New Yorker interview, the goal is to create...
  • Obama Whistles Tune Before Meeting

    01/18/2014 11:57:02 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 79 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2014 | 0bama
    President Barack Obama can be heard whistling moments before a cabinet meeting Tuesday at the White House.
  • Opponents to fight new US military base on Okinawa

    12/28/2013 8:29:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 27, 2013 8:50 PM EST | Ken Moritsugu
    Threatening lawsuits and protests, opponents are gearing up to fight a decision by Okinawa’s governor that could pave the way for a new U.S. military base on the southern Japanese island. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Friday’s decision, calling it “the most significant milestone” so far in a long-running battle to realign U.S. forces in Okinawa. The new base is designed to reduce the impact of the heavy U.S. military presence in Okinawa by replacing another base in a more congested area, but opponents want the operations moved off Okinawa completely. …
  • Hagel: We Still Support ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels

    12/12/2013 10:49:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 12/13/2013, 5:45 AM | Elad Benari
    United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that his country would continue to support “moderate” rebel forces in Syria, but will withhold non-lethal assistance to the rebels until it can assess who is in control of arms depots and border crossings. According to AFP, Hagel told reporters that setbacks for Syria’s Western-backed opposition are a “big problem” and the United States is assessing the damage. …
  • Despite Netanyahu’s rhetoric, Israel-U.S. gaps on Iran closing

    11/06/2013 3:38:09 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 3 replies
    Haaretz ^ | November 6, 2013 | Barak Ravid
    The second round of talks between Iran and six world powers - Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany - began Wednesday at the United Nations in Geneva. During the last round of talks three weeks ago, Iran unveiled a general proposal that would limit its nuclear program. Iranian negotiators then said Tehran would be willing to implement the steps as a trust-building measure as the talks toward a permanent solution continued. Last week, teams of nuclear experts from Iran and the world powers met at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna to discuss Iran's proposal. Tehran...
  • Hagel: US to expedite delivery of V-22 Osprey aircraft to Israel

    11/01/2013 2:10:38 PM PDT · by klpt · 41 replies
    Jpost ^ | 11/01/2013 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The US will fast-track delivery of six V-22 Osprey helicopter-plane aircraft to Israel, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday in his address to the Anti-Defamation League's centennial conference in New York. NBC News reported that the Pentagon agreed to send Israel the next batch of Ospreys to come off the production line after Israel requested this week that the delivery of the aircraft be expedited amid threats from Iran and Syria. The next group of Ospreys had originally been slated for assignation to the US Marines, a Pentagon official told NBC. "Israel will get six V-22s out of...
  • Ga. National Guard will ignore Pentagon directive to recognize same-sex spouses

    11/01/2013 2:40:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | November 1, 2013 | Greg Bluestein, Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy
    The Georgia National Guard this afternoon indicated it intends to ignore a directive from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and will continue to send same-sex spouses of National Guard personnel elsewhere for benefits guaranteed by the Pentagon. Here's the statement received late Friday from Joseph Quimby, deputy director of public affairs for the state Department of Defense: “The State of Georgia does not recognize same sex marriages and is not authorizing the Georgia National Guard to process the applications for same-sex married benefits at state facilities. Any personnel seeking to apply for same-sex married benefits will be referred to federal facilities.”...
  • Rep. Duncan Hunter on Megyn Kelly Calls for Chuck Hagel to Resign: "He Broke the Sacred Trust"

    10/10/2013 7:34:43 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 26 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | You Tube
    - Rep. Duncan Hunter was on with Megyn Kelly again tonight to discuss the fact that Obama and Harry Reid had a change of heart and tonight Obama signed a bill to ensure military families get the death benefits they so deserve. Megyn Kelly made a great point during this, that if it was really a concern for the DoD that death benefits weren't going to be paid out to military families, that they would have come back to Congress 9 days ago and said fix it. But they never did, according to Hunter, who says that someone made a...
  • Pentagon wants more civilian workers exempt from furloughs

    10/01/2013 1:09:56 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 7 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | October 1, 2013 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
    <p>SEOUL, South Korea - Pentagon and administration lawyers are looking for ways to expand the number of Defense Department civilians who are exempt from furloughs, amid worries that the government shutdown is damaging U.S. credibility among its international allies, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday.</p>
  • DOD Chief Says Cost of Syrian Strike Small

    09/07/2013 11:47:19 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 Sep 2013 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hailed the proposed US attack on Syria as “a bargain.” “The display of force contemplated can be accomplished at a very low cost to us,” Hagel contended. “The millions we'll spend on ordinance and the few casualties we may incur will be a very reasonable price to pay for defending the credibility of the nation's Commander-in-Chief.” “Look, given what's already been said, a failure to carry through with at least an air strike would make the President appear as a blow-hard issuing empty threats,” the Secretary added. “We are confident that the American people...
  • Kerry on U.S. Military Intervention in Syria: Some Arab Nations Have Offered to "Carry [the] Cost"

    09/04/2013 4:03:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2013 | Kate Andrews
    Secretary of State John Kerry revealed that Arab countries were offering to bear all the financial costs of unseating President Assad if the United States took the lead on military action during Wednesday’s House hearing on the Obama Administration’s proposal for Syrian intervention. The hearing, held by the House Committee of Foreign Relations, hosted Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey to provide testimony on the Administration’s proposed resolution to use military force against the Assad Regime for its use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians....
  • HUGH HEWITT - GOP isolationists are taking U.S. back to the 1930s

    09/03/2013 3:58:13 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 90 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9-2-2013 | HUGH HEWITT
    Syria's butcher Bashir Assad could end up toppling British Prime Minister David Cameron and not the other way around, while also giving Russia a big boost back on to the Great Power stage and green lighting Tehran's most ambitious and sparky plans in its mountain tunnel complexes. Along the way he has exposed President Obama as feckless and fearful. The president and his team are scrambling to remind lawmakers of what the Commander-in-Chief ought to have long ago argued to the country: When the good guys blink, the bad guys notice. Lots and lots of blinking. Most of the people...
  • Bashar Assad loses U.S. friends as Kerry, Hagel and Biden take Bush’s stance on Syria

    09/02/2013 12:13:46 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Obama national security team that wants to go to war with Syria and demonizes President Bashar Assad is the same group that, as senators, urged reaching out to the dictator.As a bloc on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, President Obama, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Vice President Joseph R. Biden all opposed the George W. Bush administration’s playing tough with Mr. Assad. None grew closer to Mr. Assad and promoted him in Washington more than Mr. Kerry.“President Assad has been very generous with me in terms of the discussions we have had,”...
  • Here’s What Chuck Hagel Wears When He Thinks He’s Going to Bomb Syria

    09/02/2013 11:49:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 97 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/2/13 | Evan McMurry
    Either Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has some interesting superstitions regarding his wardrobe and Middle East invasions, or he was on his way to an open-bar boat naming party when President Barack Obama called in his National Security Council:
  • Kerry, Hagel to appear before Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday

    09/02/2013 8:26:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 2, 2013 | Victoria Benning
    Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate aides said Monday. The appearance by Kerry and Hagel will be one of the most public parts of an intense lobbying effort underway by the Obama administration to garner congressional support for a resolution authorizing U.S. military intervention in Syria. The lobbying campaign includes in-person briefings for lawmakers, phone calls and meetings at the White House.
  • U.S. would only act on Syria with international community: Hagel

    08/26/2013 5:30:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2013
    Reuters) - The United States would only take action on Syria in concert with the international community and with legal justification in response to the alleged chemical weapons attacks in Damascus, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Monday. snip "We are analyzing the intelligence. And we will get the facts. And if there is any action taken, it will be concert with the international community and within the framework of legal justification."
  • Ft. Hood Victims Want Shooting Designated Terror

    08/10/2013 12:06:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    AP) ^ | August 10, 2013 ( | ALLEN G. BREED and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
    Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan admits pulling out a pistol, shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is great) and opening fire on unarmed people, killing 13 of them. All, he says, in an effort to stop them from going to Afghanistan and killing his fellow Muslims. Concluding he was on the "wrong side" in America's war, he told jurors at his court-martial that he switched sides. ... Victims of the shooting rampage filed a lawsuit last year over the administration's decision to treat the incident as workplace violence. They say that designation has robbed them of benefits and made them ineligible to...
  • Kerry, Hagel and Russians Will Meet on Issues Imperiling Obama-Putin Visit

    08/06/2013 9:44:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/6/13 | Michael D. Shear and Steven Lee Myers
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plan to meet here in Washington with their Russian counterparts on Friday for a day of talks that could determine the fate of a September summit meeting between President Obama and the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. State Department officials on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the meeting with Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and Sergei K. Shoigu, the defense minister. Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said the four officials would discuss “a number of pressing bilateral and global issues.” “There’s a lot to discuss,´´Ms. Psaki said.
  • APNewsBreak: Pentagon may revise same-sex benefits

    08/07/2013 9:10:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 7, 2013 9:16 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married. According to a draft Defense Department memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, the department instead may provide up to 10 days of leave to military personnel in same-sex relationships so they can travel to states where they can marry legally. While no final decisions have been made, the memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to top defense leaders would reverse...
  • Another Sequester Prediction That Hasn't Come True

    07/30/2013 1:45:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    Another story has emerged out of the Department of Defense that the economic consequences from sequestration will be less dire than what was predicted. DoD initially projected that there would be 22 furlough days for government employees. That's now joined the long list of predictions of doom that haven't come true: Officials said no final decisions have been made, but they believe civilian workers will be forced to take six to eight unpaid days off rather than the 11 days that had been scheduled. The move comes as workers begin their fourth week of furloughs — a decision that riled...
  • Chuck Hagel warns: Troops are ‘close to the breaking point’

    07/23/2013 9:20:54 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 73 replies
    Politico ^ | 23 Jul 13 | PHILIP EWING
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Monday that U.S. troops are “close to the breaking point,” after many deployments — and Congress risks worsening the situation if it doesn’t help the Pentagon with its budget. “Our people are strong and resilient after 12 years of war, but they are under stress — and so are the institutions that support them,” Hagel told the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the group’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky. “Last week at Fort Bragg’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center, I met a first sergeant who told me that in Afghanistan, he froze up and...
  • A day without pay ahead for Pentagon workers

    07/06/2013 8:45:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 6, 2013 3:22 AM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, comes next week for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defense Department. Officials worry that the Pentagon will be hit even harder by layoffs in 2014 if automatic budget cuts continue as planned. Roughly 85 percent of the department’s nearly 900,000 civilians around the world will be furloughed one day each week over the next three months, according to the latest statistics provided by the Pentagon. But while defense officials were able to shift money around to limit the furloughs this year, thousands of civilian, military...