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  • Denver student protesters cheered when car struck officer, union official says

    12/05/2014 8:07:21 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 21 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 05, 2014 | unknown
    Denver high school students protesting recent civilian deaths involving police chanted "Hit him again!" after a car struck four bicycle officers - injuring one critically - Wednesday night, the city's police union charged. Officer John Adsit underwent six hours of surgery Thursday for injuries sustained in the accident and was in critical, but stable condition. But the reaction of young students, reported by the Denver Post, left residents stunned and members of the Denver Police Protection Association angry. Students were heard chanting and cheering after the officers were hit. Teachers looked on and did not intervene while the students chanted,...
  • 'Extremely Critical' Ebola Patient Arrives in Nebraska Hospital

    11/17/2014 5:32:00 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/16/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A surgeon judged to be in “extremely critical condition” with the Ebola virus traveled from his native Sierra Leone and arrived at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Saturday.
  • Zoabi Slams Israelis as 'Insensitive, Intolerant, and Critical'

    06/18/2014 3:04:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/14 | Tova Dvorin
    MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad - United Arab List) defended her remarks supporting Hamas's kidnapping of three Israeli teens Wednesday, stating that her views were already "well-known" and that she will not be thrown from the Knesset. "I don't think they'll throw me out of the Knesset, I haven't broken any laws," Zoabi stated, in an interview with Channel 2 Wednesday. She also derided the Israeli government for providing her and her family with a state-funded security detail, claiming that she never should have needed one at all. "I did not ask for a security detail and I'm ready to give...
  • US military needs Egypt for access to critical area

    08/18/2013 9:22:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Stripes.com ^ | 8/18/13 | Jm Michaels
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is heavily dependent on Egypt to move personnel and equipment to Afghanistan and around volatile parts of the Middle East, complicating U.S. efforts to place pressure on the Egyptian military in the wake of its violent crackdown on protesters. "Egypt has been a cornerstone for the U.S. military presence in the Middle East," said James Phillips, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation. During the past year, more than 2,000 U.S. military aircraft flew through Egyptian airspace, supporting missions in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East, according to U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for the...
  • AMMO TEST: 9mm Hornady Critical Defense (Video)

    05/05/2013 10:26:09 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 5-4-2013 | tnoutdoors9
    Penetration and expansion test of the 9mm Hornady Critical Defense, 115 grain JHP. The ClearBallistics test block is comparable to 10% ordinance ballistic gel, and includes four layers of denim. The inclusion of denim is an IWBA protocol. Test gun is the Glock 19, 4" barrel. Video includes brief overview of the cartridge, recoil shots, and one shot test. Advertised velocity is 1140 fps. Chronograph velocities from the Glock 19 are noted in the video. VERY IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING AMMO TESTS ON THIS CHANNEL: Please understand that these techniques are merely representations to indicate possible ballistics; they are not intended...
  • Adelle's Condition is Critical, Life Threatening

    03/19/2013 4:53:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    Baby Adelle Biton's condition has worsened and she is in critical, life threatening condition at Schneider Children's Hospital in Petach Tikva. "We regret to say that Adelle's condition is deteriorating and we ask the entire public to pray for her health," her father, Rafi, said Tuesday. Adelle should be referred to in prayers as Adelle Chaya Bat Adva. Adelle's mother, Adva, was listed in moderate to serious condition after the attack by rock-throwing murderous terrorists, which caused her car to crash into a truck. Two other daughters, Naama and Avigayil, suffered moderate wounds. The family lives in Yakir. There has...
  • Little Adelle Still Hanging between Life and Death

    03/16/2013 3:59:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    A Jewish baby targeted by Arab terrorists continues to fight for her life. Two-year-old Adelle Biton was hurt Thursday when the car she was in veered off the road and into a truck that was standing on the road's shoulder, as a result of an ambush by Arab youths. The Arabs were hurling rocks at passing cars on the Trans-Samaria Highway (Route 5), at the Gitai Avisar Junction near Ariel. Adelle's mother, Advah, who was driving the car, also suffered moderate to serious injuries, and two of Adelle's sisters, Naama (6) and Avigayil (4), were moderately wounded. Adelle underwent a...
  • Oregon man suffering from the plague is in critical condition

    06/13/2012 7:57:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 97 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 13, 2012 | Philip Caulfield
    An Oregon man is at death's door in a hospital battling a rare case of the infamous “Black Death” plague, health officials said. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was bitten on the hand while trying to pull a mouse away from a stray cat on June 2 and got sick several days later, doctors at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend told The Oregonian newspaper. The man was thought to be suffering from septicemic plague — meaning the ruthless bacteria was spreading in his bloodstream — and was in critical condition on Tuesday, doctors said. Karen Yeargain, the county...
  • Oregon man suffering from the plague is in critical condition

    06/14/2012 1:48:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | June 13, 2012 | PHILIP CAULFIELD
    An Oregon man is at death's door in a hospital battling a rare case of the infamous “Black Death” plague, health officials said. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was bitten on the hand while trying to pull a mouse away from a stray cat on June 2 and got sick several days later, doctors at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend told The Oregonian newspaper. The man was thought to be suffering from septicemic plague — meaning the ruthless bacteria was spreading in his bloodstream — and was in critical condition on Tuesday, doctors said. Karen Yeargain, the county...
  • Prineville-Area Man Still Critical with Likely Plague

    06/12/2012 10:29:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KTVZ ^ | June 12, 2012
    Crook County Health Officials Say He Was Bitten by Sick CatCrook County health officials said Monday they are investigating a probable case of human plague involving a man in his 50s who is being treated at a local hospital. Contacts with the individual have been notified and are receiving preventive antibiotics, officials said. The man reported contact with a sick cat in his neighborhood, they added. Crook County officials did not identify the man, citing patient confidentiality regulations, but a family member contacted NewsChannel 21, which then learned the Prineville-area man remained in critical condition Tuesday at St. Charles Medical...
  • Exclusive: Bell's Critical Race Theory Promoted in Public Schools

    03/19/2012 4:19:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/12 | Kyle Olson
    A radical organization known as the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) is actively promoting Derrick Bell’s Critical Race Theory in public elementary and high schools nationwide, with an intense focus on what PEG calls “Systemic Racism.” With the approval of the Obama administration, and under the guise of closing achievement gaps between black and white students, PEG is promoting teaching methods that discourage “black and brown” students from conforming to an inherently “white” -- and therefore racist -- curriculum. PEG also encourages teachers to conform to the presumed cultural backgrounds of students, rather than focusing on norms of assessment and accountability....
  • A Simple Review of Critical Race Theory. Is the Obama – Bell video really a bombshell?

    03/15/2012 2:13:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    LynnBaber.net ^ | 3/8/2012 | Lynn Baber
    It is difficult to find a simple review of Critical Race Theory, the mantra and thought-child of Professor Derrick Bell, because CRT is a scholarly theory usually discussed by academics who communicate using scholar-speak. The Breitbart release of the video showing then-student Barack Obama embracing Bell both philosophically and physically is the news item of the day. The question being debated is whether the content of this video is a political bombshell or a yawner. The only way to answer that particular question is to have a working understanding of Critical Race Theory. You have to know what Obama was...
  • Critical Race Theory Explained

    03/12/2012 1:04:15 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/11/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    So, what does CRT believe? In their primer, Critical Race Theory, Richard Delgado (one of the movement’s founders) and Jean Stefancic set out some basic principles: 1. “Racism is ordinary, not aberrational”; 2. “Our system of white-over-color ascendancy serves important purposes, both psychic and material.” When taken together, these principles have serious ramifications. First, they suggest that legal rules that stand for equal treatment under law – i.e. the 14th Amendment – can remedy “only the most blatant forms of discrimination.” The system is too corrupted, too based on the notion of white supremacy, for equal protection of the laws...
  • Soledad O’Brien Gives Breitbart.com’s Readers A Lesson In Critical Race Theory

    03/12/2012 8:21:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/12/12 | Tommy Christopher
    The back-and-forth between CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Breitbart.com Chief Editor Joel Pollak continued on this morning’s Starting Point, as O’Brien sought to dispel misinformation about the late Professor Derrick Bell and Critical Race Theory, which have been the subject of smears by the Big sites. After a tough interview with O’Brien last week, Pollak’s Big sites went on a vengeful tirade against the CNN anchor, posting a flurry of articles seeking to discredit her, and promoting their warped vision of Prof. Bell. Last week, Breitbart.com released one of the “bombshell” videos that the late Andrew Breitbart promised at this years...
  • Video: Does O’Brien know what “Critical Race Theory” is?

    03/08/2012 5:28:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    hot air ^ | 3/8/12 | allah pundit
    Via Dan Riehl and Ace, this almost too good to check. Go read Rebel Pundit’s post for an explanation, then skip to 2:00 below. (If you missed Ed’s post this morning, by all means watch the whole thing.) After sneering at Joel Pollak for supposedly mischaracterizing the discipline and then refusing to define it herself, she finally demonstrates her grasp of Critical Race Theory by uncorking a definition that’s curiously similar to … the opening of Wikipedia’s intro on CRT, replete with the noncolloquial use of “intersection” to describe an interdisciplinary study. Could be a coincidence — the definition she...
  • Jewish group critical of Glenn Beck refuses to condemn Soros ‘Nazi’ remarks

    02/21/2011 3:32:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/21/11 | Jeff Poor c
    Whenever Fox News host Glenn Beck speaks critically of billionaire George Soros, someone accuses him of anti-Semitism. But when Soros uses similar imagery, those same viewers keep quiet. According to a post by Alana Goodman for Commentary magazine’s blog Contentions, the group Jewish Funds for Justice has refused to condemn Soros, after publicizing a public letter last month calling for Fox News to sanction Glenn Beck for making Holocaust references on his program. “The group told me that Soros’s comments were misinterpreted, and he did not, in fact, claim that Fox News was using Nazi tactics during his interview. Instead,...
  • The Last Word

    11/02/2010 1:39:33 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 2, 2010 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    President Obama yields to no one, bows his knee to nothing and when criticized, typically rebounds by sending detractors an undeniable communiqué. In fact, Obama oftentimes reacts to public disapproval by wresting control back from what cannot be controlled through defiant words or actions. According to Democrat pollster Doug Schoen, the upcoming midterm election is an obvious referendum on President Obama's abysmal job performance. The poll Schoen cites indicates "56 percent say [Obama] does not deserve to be re-elected." If accurate, Barack is about to receive a major pummeling at the ballot box, but plans to reestablish his supremacy by...
  • Marines Proud of Providing Critical Supplies

    07/08/2010 1:27:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan PAO
    KABUL, Afghanistan (July 8) - ISAF forces concluded a small-scale, rapid-response aerial delivery test last week, validating a new way to get mission-critical supplies to Afghan and ISAF forces on the ground. The U.S. Third Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) and 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) spent two weeks planning and evaluating the most effective way to get supplies on the ground safely when landing an aircraft is not practical. "We are exploiting a niche in aerial delivery tactics in order to resupply Marines under all conditions," said Maj. Sam Schoolfield. The Marines pushed more than 1,300 bottles of water bundled...
  • Commander: Afghanistan/Eastern Command at ‘Critical Moment’

    06/03/2010 6:30:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 178+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010 – As some 1,500 Afghan leaders participate in President Hamid Karzai’s peace council to discuss how to reconcile with insurgents, the commander of NATO’s Regional Command East said today he has seen increasing evidence that former fighters want to put down their arms and rejoin Afghan society. Army Maj. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, who also commands Combined Joint Task Force 82, said virtually all 14 provinces within his area of responsibility are experiencing a common phenomenon. Increasing numbers of Taliban fighters “have made contact and want to come back to their community,” he said. “And we’ve...
  • Whitman Critical Of Arizona Immigration Law

    04/27/2010 12:43:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 894+ views
    CBS5.com ^ | 4/27/10 | AP
    SACRAMENTO (CBS 5 / AP) ― Meg Whitman, the Republican front-runner in the California gubernatorial primary, said Tuesday that Arizona is taking the wrong approach to illegal immigration with its tough new law. The former eBay chief executive said there are more effective approaches than requiring law enforcement officers to question people about their status if they suspect they are in the country illegally. "I think there's just better ways to solve this problem," Whitman said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I'm a big believer in, 'What are the two or three things that will make the...
  • US, Iraqi Forces team to hone critical skills

    04/20/2010 6:53:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 195+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Pfc. Jared Eastman, USA
    BAGHDAD – U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi Security Forces conducted an exercise here at Contingency Operating Station Falcon, April 15, incorporating an array of techniques the ISF can utilize in future situations.The Soldiers, from 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and members of the 2nd Iraqi Federal Police Division, demonstrated their ability to assault an objective, perform first aid, evacuate casualties by either air or ground and perform riot control procedures. "Today we had a capabilities exercise demonstration where we brought together all the partners from 2nd [FP]," said Maj. Michael Sullivan, operations officer...
  • Undersecretary Calls Build Up in Afghanistan Critical to Success

    04/02/2010 6:51:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 225+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 2, 2010 – The massive amount of equipment and supplies being sent to support troops in Afghanistan is a historic logistical effort critical to mission success there, the Defense Department’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics said today. “I think it’s fair to say that there’s never been, like in these months that we’re witnessing right now, as dramatic a logistics effort as we see in Afghanistan,” Ashton B. Carter said during a conference on defense logistics modernization at The Center for Strategic and International Studies here. From the ramp up of airlifts, sealifts and ground supply lines,...
  • U.S. Role in Iraq Remains Critical, Gates Says

    12/11/2009 3:07:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 195+ views
    KIRKUK, Iraq, Dec. 11, 2009 – The U.S. military role remains critical to preserving gains made in Iraq and helping to prevent sectarian violence in the roll-up to Iraq’s national elections, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told about 300 soldiers and airmen at a town hall session today at Forward Operating Base Warrior. “Whether you are just rotating in, or rotating out, you may have noticed that this theater has largely disappeared from the headlines,” Gates said, calling it the result of tremendous contributions U.S. servicemembers have made. “That doesn’t mean that this theater is not important,” Gates told the...
  • Muslim Leader Calls Fort Hood Review Critical to National Security

    11/19/2009 4:42:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 382+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2009 – The director of a Muslim veterans organization said he welcomes Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ announcement today of a Pentagon probe into the attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, calling it a matter of national security. Qaseem Ali Uqdah, executive director of the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council, and a retired Marine gunnery sergeant, credits military leaders with establishing a climate that’s prevented any backlash against Muslims servicemembers since the Nov. 5 shooting. Gates announced a sweeping review today that will look into events leading up to the rampage that left 13 people...
  • CONDITION IS CRITICAL: LIBS

    08/18/2009 10:28:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 1,107+ views
    NYPost ^ | August 18, 2009
    CONDITION IS CRITICAL: LIBS August 18, 2009 WASHINGTON -- Liberal supporters of President Obama were up in arms yesterday over signs from the White House that it was ready to pull the plug on a key aspect of its health-reform plan -- creation of a government-run insurance program. "You really can't do health reform" without the so-called public option, said Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a medical doctor. In a statement that cited strong House support for a government-run plan, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, "A public option is the best option to lower costs,...
  • Critical Access Road Now Open to Traffic

    08/04/2009 6:24:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 223+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lt. Col. Pat Simon, USA
    BAGHDAD — Maya road, the major access road just outside the Victory Base Complex (VBC) here, opened to traffic, Aug 1. For the past three months, the formerly pothole-plagued dirt path underwent a complete overhaul. It is now a smooth concrete means of travel for both military and Iraqi civilian traffic. One of the greatest achievements of this construction project is that it will now reduce the footprint of Coalition forces in line with the June 30 Security Agreement. "It is not only an easier means of travel, it also keeps military traffic out of the cities," said Capt. Steven...
  • Active, Reserve Chaplains Play Critical Role

    06/25/2009 5:55:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 272+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2009 – Active and reserve Army chaplains are playing a critical and strategic role in Iraq, a chaplain serving with Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq said this week. “Our troops are working tirelessly and selflessly to create a trusted and viable security force,” Army Chaplain (Maj.) William Steen said during a “DoDLive” bloggers roundtable June 23. “However, the work, family separation and the long hours all take their toll on our troops.” Steen discussed how the military is helping soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines cope with the physical, mental and emotional stress while deployed in Iraq. Chaplains...
  • Next 18 Months Critical in Afghanistan, McChrystal Says

    06/19/2009 5:34:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 276+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2009 – The next 18 months will be crucial in Afghanistan, the new commander of NATO and U.S. forces there said today. “I think that the next 18 months are probably a period in which this effort will be decided,” Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal told Tom Bowman in a National Public Radio interview. “I don't think it will be over. But I think that not only the American people, I think the Afghan people are looking and deciding which way this will go.” McChrystal took command of coalition and U.S. efforts in Afghanistan on June 15....
  • The Senate race hits a critical point

    06/02/2009 6:26:47 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies · 943+ views
    pioneer depressed ^ | 6-2-09 | Rachel Stassen-Berger
    And now, again, we wait. This wait, though, is different. This time, Minnesota's U.S. Senate race is in the hands of five state Supreme Court justices. The state has grown uncomfortably accustomed to waiting in the nearly seven months since voters went to the polls. And voters, who have been represented by just one senator since January, still don't know for sure if Democrat Al Franken or Republican Norm Coleman will walk those hallowed Senate halls. But in a race that has lasted weeks past its expected expiration date, Monday was a big day.
  • Shooting leaves Omaha police officer in critical condition

    08/21/2008 11:22:58 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 9 replies · 414+ views
    Omaha World Herald ^ | August 21, 2008 | Andrew Nelson & Rick Ruggles
    Omaha Police Officer Paul LatscharFahey asked that the citizens of Omaha pray for Latschar. The 8-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department was shot and critically wounded last night in north Omaha. Latschar is a member of the department's gang unit. He was wounded just before 11 p.m. during a traffic stop at 42nd Street and Camden Avenue. The officer was hit in the lower abdomen and arm, according to people with knowledge of the officer's injuries who spoke on the condition that they not be identified. Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman, said two officers were conducting a traffic...
  • KCPD: Victim apparently shoots mugger in the head

    08/02/2008 2:12:13 PM PDT · by em2vn · 51 replies · 279+ views
    KCBlogs ^ | 08-02-08 | staff
    On Saturday morning just before 9am, KCMO police were called to the Bank of America, 8320 North Oak Trafficway, in regard to a shooting. Upon arrival officer's located a black male (approx. 20yrs old) in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. It appears he was attempting to rob two victim's at gunpoint near the ATM when one of the victim's brandished a handgun and shot him in self defense. Both victim's along with several witnesses are being interviewed in regard. Anyone who may have witnessed...
  • NYPD Officer Patrick Pogan's sworn complaint against Critical Mass bicyclist Christopher Long

    07/30/2008 10:57:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 80 replies · 2,901+ views
    Smoking Gun ^ | 7/29/08
  • Governor signs bill helpful to fort

    05/29/2008 5:38:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 118+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — With Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano’s signature on Senate Bill 1387 additional protection for critical electronic ranges on Fort Huachuca now requires notification of any potential impact to the fort by any building or developing property proposal close to those military facilities and allows the military the right to object. With her signature on the bill on May 12, Napolitano set into motion amendments to existing state law specifically providing an additional level of protection to military installations in Arizona. The main sponsor of the bill was State Senate President Tim Bee, whose district includes the post. Because...
  • Chile volcanic eruption at critical stage: Expert

    05/09/2008 1:20:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 176+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/9/08 | Antonio de la Jara
    PUERTO MONTT, Chile (Reuters) - A towering plume of ash from an erupting volcano in Chile's remote Patagonia could collapse back down to devastate the surrounding area, a leading expert warned on Friday. Luis Lara, a geologist and volcano expert with the government's geology and mining agency Sernageomin, says his models show the vast column of ash, which has soared 7.5 miles into the air, at a critical stage. A sudden collapse would shroud vast areas with hot gas, ash and molten rock, killing anything in its way. Authorities have evacuated thousands of people from the immediate vicinity of Chaiten...
  • Cheney: 25 Years After Reagan’s ‘Star Wars,’ Missile Defense Remains Critical (No MSM Spin)

    03/12/2008 5:08:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 275+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 12, 2008 – Vice President Richard B. Cheney commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Strategic Defense Initiative last night, pressing for a renewed U.S. commitment to a national missile defense system to protect against current and future threats. Speaking here to the Heritage Foundation, Cheney recalled former President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 proposal to create a shield of ground- and space-based systems to protect the United States from incoming strategic nuclear ballistic missiles. The Defense Initiative Organization stood up to oversee the program, which came to be nicknamed “Star Wars,” after the popular space movie series. The concept...
  • Success in Iraq, Afghanistan Critical to Military Way Ahead, Mullen Says

    12/17/2007 3:45:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 24+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2007 – Three months after taking the helm of a military that has been at war for six years, Joint Chiefs Chairman Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen said U.S. troops are performing “magnificently,” but added that he is concerned about stress on ground forces. “They know they’re good at what they’re doing. Yet they are clearly under enormous pressure, as are their families. And we’ve got to (get) that balance right and work as hard and fast as we can to get the cycle time down,” he said in an interview. The Army’s 15-month-long rotations are...
  • Critical Cuban elections in January

    11/20/2007 11:36:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 87+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/20/07 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA - Cuba announced Tuesday it has set Jan. 20 for national elections that are part of the process of determining whether ailing leader Fidel Castro continues as president. The ruling, signed by interim leader Raul Castro and read on state television, set the date for elections to provincial and national assemblies — voting that is held every five years. There was no explicit mention of Fidel Castro, but the 81-year-old leader of the Cuban Revolution must be re-elected to the national parliament before he could repeat as president of the Council of State to remain in full power. Raul,...
  • Gates Calls ‘Getting Next Part Right’ in Iraq Critical to America

    09/14/2007 5:43:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 143+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – “Getting the next part right” in Iraq is critical to America, and forthcoming steps there must capitalize on opportunities created by the troop surge, project U.S. might and show long-term commitment, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conduct a press briefing at the Pentagon, Sept. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. During a briefing at the Pentagon with Marine Gen. Peter...
  • Bush: Success in Iraq Critical to America’s Security

    08/09/2007 4:39:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 417+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2007 – Despite the debate about how effective and efficient the Iraqi government is, the United States must stay committed to helping Iraq’s democracy succeed and become a partner in the war on terror, President Bush said here today. “The fundamental question facing America is, ‘Is it worth it?’” Bush said at a White House news conference. “Does it matter whether or not we stay long enough for an ally in this war against radicals and extremists to emerge? My answer is, it does matter. Long-term consequences will face our country if we leave before the...
  • Renovated Iraqi Railway Station Provides Critical Link

    06/27/2007 5:05:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 292+ views
    BASRAH, Iraq, June 27, 2007 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South District’s rehabilitation of the railway station here is part of the effort to build and develop Iraq’s basic services and strategic infrastructure. The new platforms and sidewalks constructed at Basrah Railroad Station by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South will provide travelers easy access as they come into the station. Photo by A. Al Bahrani  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The $480,000 project provides a critical link for the country of Iraq and it ties the southern portion of the...
  • Craddock: Security Cooperation Critical to Promoting Stability, Countering Terror

    05/17/2007 5:37:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 258+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 – Supporting the global war on terror remains U.S. European Command’s top priority, but the command also is striving to strengthening partnerships within the region and in Africa, the command’s leader said today. EUCOM’s strategy of “active security” is aimed at defeating transnational terrorists and violent extremists who threaten the United States, its allies and U.S. interests, Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock told Senate Armed Services Committee members during a hearing on the command’s fiscal 2008 budget request. The goal, Craddock said, is to deny enemies of the United States the freedom to operate and...
  • Sustained U.S. Presence Critical to Security, Iraqi Spokesman Says

    05/15/2007 5:23:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 406+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 15, 2007 – Despite a desire for U.S. forces to ultimately leave Iraq, Iraqi leaders recognize the need for international support until their military is capable of operating independently, the Iraqi government’s official spokesman said today. “The fight is beyond the capacity of the Iraqi troops,” Ali Aldabbagh told “bloggers” and online journalists during a conference call today. When members of Iraq’s national assembly state their opposition to the long-term presence of international forces, he said, they do so without specifying a particular time for their withdrawal. Any timetables they might prescribe, he noted, apply to the...
  • Giambastiani: Submarines Critical to Current, Future U.S. Operations

    04/18/2007 4:26:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 167+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump, USAF
    NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE NEW LONDON, Conn., April 18, 2007 – Ground operations in the Middle East may dominate national headlines, but the 107-year-old submarine force is a critical part of current and future U.S. operations, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a meeting here yesterday with Submarine League members. "All too often I meet submariners or I meet others associated with undersea warfare and there seems to be thought processes out there that this area of business may not be as important because so much is going on in places like Iraq and Afghanistan,"...
  • Iran's Clerics Critical Of Top Leader

    03/16/2007 6:29:27 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 270+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-16-2007
    Iran's clerics critical of top leader TEHRAN, March 16 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing increased criticism from his country's political and religious authorities. Ayatollah Yousef Sanei, a close associate of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, criticized Ahmadinejad for "unnecessarily spurring international enmity" toward Iran, the Washington Times reported. "We must bear in mind that not everyone is our enemy," Ayatollah Sanei told the Kargozaran newspaper. "Undue enmity with enemies does not serve the interests of the system." The newspaper said unelected clerics hold ultimate authority in Iran. Former CIA official Graham Fuller says the "upper echelons" of...
  • Modern Iraqi Police Force Critical to Security, General Says

    02/07/2007 5:40:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 143+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2007 – Developing a modern, professional police force that enjoys the confidence of all Iraqis is critical, a senior U.S. military officer based in Baghdad said today. “Our primary focus is on supporting (Iraqis) in building their political and security institutions,” Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters at a news conference in Baghdad. The eight Iraqi police brigades will be integral to security, Caldwell said. “There are still challenges to be overcome in the training and equipping of the Iraqi Police Service, National Police, and Department of Border Enforcement,”...
  • Middle East Region Critical to World, Fallon Says

    01/30/2007 4:46:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 175+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2007 – Acknowledging the immense security challenges in the Middle East, President Bush’s pick for command of U.S. forces there said today that he is eager to work with U.S. troops in the region and is optimistic about the future of Iraq and Afghanistan. “I’m under no illusion regarding the magnitude of the task and the challenges we face in this region of the world,” Navy Adm. William J. Fallon said at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing to become commander of U.S. Central Command. “From Beirut to Kashmir, conflict and areas of instability abound....
  • Iraqi Marines Learn Critical Maritime Security Skills

    11/07/2006 4:20:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 224+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Mark Watson
    Iraqi Marines Learn Critical Maritime Security Skills By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Watson U.S. CENTCOM Public Affairs NORTH ARABIAN GULF, Nov. 7, 2006 -- While the world focuses on the land war in Iraq, its nearby coastal waters have long been another active front in helping to provide security and stability.Only miles offshore, near the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr are ships belonging to the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and other coalition forces. Sailors on these ships patrol the waters conducting maritime security operations and help train Iraqi marines on procedures for boarding vessels to help secure their...
  • England: Technological Development Critical to Outpacing Terrorists

    10/26/2006 4:48:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 182+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2006 – The same globalization that’s created vast opportunities for economic growth and information sharing among freedom-loving people has become a favorite tool of terrorists trying to destroy their way of life, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told industry representatives here yesterday. Speaking at the Military Communications Conference 2006, England called rapid technological change, and particularly the ways it can be abused, “the fundamental technical and operational challenge of our time.” Terrorists are “technologically very savvy,” he said, and see no conflict in using their technological expertise to close doors it’s helped opened. “Though they aim to...
  • Rumsfeld to Civilian Leaders: Victory in Iraq Critical to U.S. Security

    10/16/2006 4:42:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 323+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2006 – Settling for less than victory in Iraq would embolden terrorists and invite more attacks on the American people, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told civilian business, academic and local government leaders today at the Pentagon. The secretary welcomed 45 civilian leaders from throughout the nation before they leave later today for a weeklong trip to the Middle East through the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference that will offer a firsthand look at the military at work in the war on terror. This asymmetric conflict against non-state actors who operate largely in ungoverned areas poses a far...
  • Army Chief: National Consensus Critical to Terror War Victory

    10/11/2006 4:28:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 366+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2006 – Winning the global war on terror requires a national consensus, with support demonstrated in actions as well as words, the Army’s chief of staff told hundreds of soldiers and defense industry representatives here yesterday. That means ensuring troops on the front lines have what they need to succeed, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker told attendees at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting. Soldiers have a reasonable expectation that their country will ensure they’re trained, equipped and resourced for the missions they’re called to conduct, the general said. “This resonates loud and clear,” he said....