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  • Our goal is an EU army says Germany's defence chief:

    05/08/2015 1:11:33 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4 May 2015 | Jack Doyle
    An EU army is Germany’s ‘long term goal’ according to one of its ministers. Ursula von der Leyen called for defence cooperation to be strengthened so that the continent can respond quickly to international crises.
  • New sanctions in works – against U.S. (Defense related) businesses (by our Middle Eastern Allies)

    05/06/2015 10:58:54 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | May 05, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – In an extraordinary move that could mean billions lost to the American economy, Gulf monarchs meeting Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, took a closed-door decision to potentially withhold investments from U.S. military firms if the terms of any final agreement with Iran causes significant harm to the Sunni Arab states. The meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council brought together leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. All of those countries, aside from Oman, participated in the Saudi-led strikes targeting Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. According to a source who took part...
  • Lowering the Bar Puts American Society at Risk

    05/05/2015 3:57:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Stupidity and obesity are now matters of U.S. national security. And it's only the tip of a more significant iceberg that threatens America from within. An organization called Mission: Readiness comprised of more than 500 retired generals and military leaders routinely publishes reports -- including one just last month -- detailing how a significant number of American kids these days are either too fat to be effective fighters or too low-scoring in math, literacy and problem-solving to pass the basic military enlistment exam. Granted, the way modern warfare is heading, future recruits might spend their days sitting at...
  • Pentagon lawyers discover we don’t have to defend our allies if threatened by Iran

    04/29/2015 7:35:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/29/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Since the conclusion of the final round of nuclear negotiations, Iran has been engaging in conspicuous displays of aggression. The U.S. Navy revealed on Tuesday that four Iranian Revolutionary Guards ships intercepted a Maersk cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz that was flying a U.S. flag. The episode happened last week and ended without incident, but it was only revealed to the press after Iranian naval vessels performed a similar act of belligerence on Tuesday. Yesterday, another Maersk container ship, the Tigris, was intercepted by Iranian vessels in international waters, according to the firm. Iranian ships fired over...
  • Uhhh-Uhhhhhh Uhh-Uhhhhhhhh Uhhhh-Uhhhhh Ashton Carter, Defense Secretary

    04/16/2015 12:00:50 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 14 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
    There was a Defense Department Briefing at The Pentagon today, where Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Gen. Martin Dempsey answered questions. Carter has a SERIOUS "Uhhhh-uhhh uhhhh-uhhhhh" speech disorder. What a moron. Did 0dungo appoint him because he is an embarrassment? Couldn't 0dungo find someone who could talk in the public arena without saying "uhhhh-uhhh uhhh-uhhhh" every other word? UHHH-UHHHHHHH UHH-UHHHHHH PATHETIC!!!!
  • Election manifesto: UKIP will increase defense, NHS spending

    04/15/2015 1:28:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15/04/2015 - 21:33 | (With Reuters)
    The UK Independence Party launched its election manifesto on Wednesday, appealing to Conservative voters with pledges to raise defense spending and bring forward a vote on Britain’s EU membership. […] (Nigel) Farage vowed to spend “substantially” more than the NATO minimum of two percent of GDP on defense in a move that he said would “rattle the dwindling number of Conservative voters who still see (Prime Minister David) Cameron’s party as the party of security”. […] The anti-mass immigration party, which had two MPs at the end of the last parliament, also promised to cut small business taxes and boost...
  • The Department of Defense: God's Word is sexist hate speech

    04/14/2015 1:55:51 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 13 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 14, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    World Net Daily is reporting: A Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute course approved by the Department of Defense is under fire for labeling the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence sexist materials. The Daily Caller reported the class given by the DEOMI, an organization with a mission to provide a “world-class human relations education,” was actually removed from the group’s website upon questioning. But the fact they were there at all – and approved by the Defense Department for use – was alarming enough to some who saw irony in the fact U.S. military service members are...
  • A leading natl sec advisor/Islamic law expert explains how/why America is losing to jihadists

    04/13/2015 10:52:25 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 4 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-04-13 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Major Stephen Coughlin (Ret.), a decorated intelligence officer known as the Pentagon’s leading expert on Islamic law has authored a forthcoming book, “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of the Jihad,” that serves as a damning indictment of America’s national security establishment in the face of the global jihad, and provides a chilling message to the American people. We had the opportunity to discuss Coughlin’s new book in a wide-ranging interview that you can find below. During our discussion, Coughlin goes into great depth on the thesis of his book, providing keen insights into the nature and doctrinal basis...
  • Transgender in the military: A Pentagon in transition weighs its policy

    04/11/2015 6:55:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 9, 2015 | By Juliet Eilperin
    Over the past decade, Sgt. Shane Ortega has served three combat tours: Two in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. Two as a Marine and one in the Army. Two as a woman and one as a man. Ortega is a helicopter crew chief in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. He was born female and would like to serve the rest of his career as a man. That would require a significant change in Pentagon rules, which require that transgender troops be discharged from military service, usually on medical grounds. Last summer, medical tests showed Ortega had elevated testosterone levels...
  • America’s Progressive Foreign Policy Imperils Her Survival

    04/06/2015 7:12:52 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 7 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2015-04-06 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Today the men and women who walk the morally decrepit corridors of the White House and State Department of our Republic-turned-social democracy are aiding, abetting and enabling evil. We find ourselves at a time in history when all of our foes from Islamic supremacists to the Russians and Chinese are ascendant, while America at best retreats and at worst sides with the most dangerous of them. Our enemies do not fear or respect us, our allies do not trust us and little indicates that the American people are cognizant of the size and scope of the perils that face us....
  • $45 billion in tax dollars goes missing in Afghanistan

    04/05/2015 6:29:29 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    Examiner ^ | April 4 2015 | Lawrence Lease
    Millions of dollars have disappeared from Afghanistan and the Special Inspector General for ..Reconstruction is placing the blame on the Pentagon’s mismanaged accounting practices for the problem. The SIGAR released the report Friday reporting that only 57% of the $795 million appropriated to CERP from 2002-2013 could be accounted for in terms of who was awarded contracts, and for how much money. The SIGAR report breaks down the $21 billion, by fund, into the highest-costing contracts & their recipients, from 2002 until May 2014. The CERP initiative “enables U.S. commanders in Afghanistan to respond to urgent humanitarian relief and reconstruction...
  • No Point in More Defense Spending With Liberals in Charge

    03/23/2015 4:41:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    The patriotic conservative hawks who are terrified by the deterioration of our military are absolutely right – our military is in crisis. But lifting the sequester caps and pumping more money into the Pentagon isn't going to solve the problem. First, we need a president who actually cares about defending this country. Second, we need to change the Defense Department from a feeding trough for government workers and contractors into a lean, mean, warfighting machine. We can solve the first problem in November 2016 by electing a president who cares about this country's defense. Barack Obama doesn't, and Hillary Clinton...
  • American People Must Say No to Washington's Foolish Policy of Constant War

    03/19/2015 1:06:48 PM PDT · by ruthles · 20 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 3/19/2015 | doug bandow
    American foreign policy is controlled by fools. What else can one conclude from the bipartisan demand that the U.S. intervene everywhere all the time, irrespective of consequences? No matter how disastrous the outcome, the War Lobby insists that the idea was sound.
  • we petition the obama administration to:Award medals to the 47 courageous Senators (truncated)

    03/19/2015 8:14:59 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 7 replies
    petitions.whitehouse.gov ^ | Mar 13, 2015 | C.F. from Madison, AL
    Full title: we petition the obama administration to: Award medals to the 47 courageous Senators who wrote a letter to the Iranian government against Obama's wishes. As one of three co-equal branches of our government, and with power to approve of or reject any treaty with foreign governments, the 47 Senators were perfectly justified in writing a letter informing the Islamic Republic, a sponsor of world-wide terrorism, that any agreement signed by this administration is subject to approval by our Senate. The courage shown by these 47 Senators deserves a medal for their opposition to the proposed agreement, which will...
  • As 'Peace-thru-Strength' Type, Guess I'm the Sort Jeb is Aiming to Charm w/Tough Talk re. Russians-

    03/19/2015 5:34:51 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    I'll even admit he's on the exact same page as me, re. Ukraine/Kremlin...  Trouble is: 1) I DO NOT trust him to do anything he says- there's something about the Jebster that seems shiftier and less genuine -at least to me- than Dubya. And there appears to be more of a sense of entitlement politically. 2) Jeb Bush is no conservative- he's denounced Ronald Reagan's legacy of practical common sense and towering achievement as somehow irrelevant, an unforgivable sin. 3) The Jebster is about as popular as a fart in an elevator... even within the Republican Party. 4) Others with actual conservative credentials/achievements/principlesoffer the same...
  • House hearing on Obama's request to use force against ISIS (vanity)

    03/18/2015 7:57:24 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 1 replies
    Fox News Online LIve ^ | March 18, 2015 | self
    Live hearing on Defense Budget
  • Republicans try end-run around spending caps

    03/17/2015 7:30:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | March 17, 2015 | David Rogers
    The great Achilles heel in the House Republican budget Tuesday can be found in a blue-and-white chart, tucked away on page 40 and mapping out a 10-year path for the annual appropriations bills that keep the government operating. On the surface, it appears to keep faith with the spirit of the discretionary spending caps under the 2011 Budget Control Act, a major priority for many fiscal conservatives. But to get the votes of party hawks, the budget makes a sweeping end-run around the caps by declaring an additional $94 billion as emergency spending for the war against terrorism.
  • 2016 politics: White House chooses its fights _ when it can [Republicans only react to him]

    03/12/2015 12:31:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    KSL News Radio ^ | March 12, 2015 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    .........Earlier this week, [Obama] waded into state politics, sharply denouncing Walker for signing legislation in Wisconsin that prohibited mandatory union dues. "Even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I'd encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans - by taking meaningful action to raise their wages and offer them the security of paid leave," Obama said in a statement. In both instances, he signaled he was not going to entirely ignore the 2016 contest or its main players if there was an opportunity to advance his own agenda. "We're going to engage in this dynamic...
  • Chinese Officials Just Confirmed They're Building A Second Aircraft Carrier

    03/10/2015 6:07:16 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 3-10-2015 | Jeremy Bender
    Jeremy Bender March 10, 2015Chinese officials have confirmed that the country is currently building a second aircraft carrier, according to a number of Chinese and Taiwanese media sources. The former political commissar of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Liu Xioajiang told the Hong Kong Commercial Daily that a second aircraft carrier's construction is now in the hands of governmental agencies, according to news translations by Focus Taiwan. Liu also hinted that Beijing's second carrier, which would be China's first indigenously produced carrier, was only the start of the nation's maritime ambitions.(snip)
  • High-powered laser weapon destroys truck from 1 mile away in ‘seconds’

    03/06/2015 7:08:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Friday, March 6, 2015 | By Douglas Ernst
    Lockheed Martin turned up the heat on its laser weapon technology and destroyed a truck from one mile away. The Maryland-based company’s test of the ATHENA laser weapon was the highest power ever recorded of a laser weapon of its type. The Advanced Test High Energy Asset’s March 3 test destroyed its target in a “matter of seconds,” the company said in a statement. An image of the smoking vehicle accompanied its announcement. “This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks,” said Keoki Jackson, chief technology officer...
  • Pence for Defense--The presidential candidates could learn from Indiana’s governor.

    02/28/2015 7:03:37 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 28, 2015 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Lost in much of the reporting about CPAC is that almost all of the likely presidential candidates—really, all of them, with the exception of Rand Paul—seemed to place themselves at the Reaganite hawkish-internationalist end of the foreign policy spectrum. The much-heralded return of Republican isolationism or anti-interventionism wasn’t much in evidence, except during Rand Paul's half hour on the stage. The other candidates all criticized President Obama for his foreign policy weakness and timidity, and made the case for greater American strength and resolve. Of course, most of the speakers didn't go into great detail, especially on the question of...
  • Report: Defense cuts degrading military, US no longer able to fight 2 wars at same time

    02/25/2015 3:21:42 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 29 replies
    Fox/Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/25/2015 | Daniel Riser
    The United States military does not currently have the ability to fight two major wars simultaneously, according to a new report, a significant reduction from the capacity enjoyed by defense officials for decades. The Heritage Foundation’s "2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength" concludes that the armed forces “would be ill-equipped to handle two, near-simultaneous major regional contingencies (MRC).” The two-MRC goal was largely attained during the Cold War, when U.S. forces engaged in a conflict every 15 to 20 years while maintaining ground forces in other regions to ensure stability and deter aggressors. That strategy enables the U.S. military to...
  • We ask an expert: Can US counter China’s longterm plans to dominate us? His response is disturbing.

    02/24/2015 9:09:50 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 13 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-02-24 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "Everybody tells me that I should be more pessimistic — that the “friends of China,” what I call the “cheerleaders for China” — are too strong, too well-entrenched, and they know that if someone like me comes along, they just have to demonize that person, or try to undercut their arguments. That’s why the book ["The Hundred-Year Marathon"] has 70 pages of footnotes. I’m trying to show the actual documents. But I am slightly pessimistic I would say, that our country historically wakes up with a Pearl Harbor attack, or some kind of huge disaster takes place. Then in the...
  • ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base

    02/16/2015 4:18:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Feb 15, 2015
    ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base Islamic State has reportedly seized al-Baghdadi, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, 5 miles from an air base staffed by U.S. Marines, as the terror group continues its push beyond its bases in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to establish militant affiliates in other countries. Hundreds of Islamic State fighters reportedly captured most of al-Baghdadi, which is 55 miles from the capital Ramadi, on Thursday. On Friday, Iraqi soldiers had retaken several government buildings, but the soldiers withdrew early Saturday, handing the town back to the militants, The...
  • Are Submarines About to Become Obsolete?

    02/15/2015 5:40:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 14, 2015 | Harry J. Kazianis
    What would happen if U.S. nuclear attack submarines—some of the most sophisticated and expensive American weapons of war—suddenly became obsolete? Imagine a scenario where these important systems became the hunted instead of the hunter, or just as technologically backward as the massive battleships of years past. Think that sounds completely insane? If advances in big data and new detection methods fuse with the anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) ambitions of nations like China and Russia, naval planners around the world might have to go back to the drawing board. Submarines: The New Battleship? The revelation is alluded to in a recent report...
  • Kill ISIS, Don't Coddle It

    02/15/2015 5:23:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2015 | John Ransom
    BuzzLOL wrote: That 'slapdown' ignored that the Bushes created their buddy Osama bin Laden... and that Pres. BushSr. gave Kuwait to Iraq/Saddam Hussein for waging war against Iran for 10 years to benefit Israel... then the USA public objected so hard that Sr. had to drive him back out of Iraq... - Legislation Proposal: Limit Obama's Ability to Cash in on the PresidencyDear Comrade Buzzed,ThereÂ’s good news for you. Thanks to the folks at FilterEMF you can discard all of that unsightly aluminum foil that you put in your hat. ThatÂ’s right. The company has developed what they call the...
  • Here Are The High-Tech Weapons Russia Is Buying With Its Record Military Budget

    02/13/2015 5:23:23 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    BI ^ | 2-13-2015 | Mike Bird
    Mike Bird February 13, 2015 Russia may be in the middle of an economic crisis, but the country's defence budget is surging. Military spending is set to rise by an astonishing 33% this year, according to the Associated Press. That follows double-digit percentage increases in previous years, and will make it Russia's highest defence budget ever, running to 4.2% of GDP, according to the Moscow Times. What's it being spent on? Russia is modernising a huge amount of its military equipment, much of which has been languishing with Soviet-era design for the past three decades. This includes new equipment for...
  • Senate Armed Services Committee votes unanimously to approve Carter as secretary of defense

    02/10/2015 7:15:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    twitter ^ | 02/10/2015 | SASC Twitter
    Full Senate confirmation vote to come as early as tomorrow.
  • Pentagon To Scrap Warplane The Islamic State Fears

    01/26/2015 10:13:33 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 26, 2016 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense Spending: The venerable A-10 Warthog, designed to stop Soviet tanks, and the perfect weapon to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, as President Obama promised, faces a budgetary chopping block. We have noted the irony of how Obama was going to war against the Islamic State with weapons systems he had scrapped, ending the production runs of the F-22 Raptor and Tomahawk cruise missiles. They were dismissed by the administration as relics of the Cold War even as Russia was rearming and trying to reassemble the old Soviet Union. We've also mentioned the phasing out of the A-10 Thunderbolt,...
  • Japan Record Defense Budget Aims At Curbing China Threat

    01/16/2015 10:02:47 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 16, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Military Spending: In the face of an expansionist China seeking to dominate the East and South China Seas, Tokyo has set its largest defense budget ever to help defend islands that it rightfully considers Japanese territory. As its military, economy and ambitions grow, so too does China's assertiveness about control of the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the larger South China Sea. Chinese military doctrine refers to establishing dominance over what it calls the "first island chain," which encompasses the East China Sea. Beijing has long declared the South China Sea to be its territorial waters and has...
  • Russia expert: Putin growing paranoid, increasing repression; driven by physical survival

    01/05/2015 8:45:33 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 14 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-01-05 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "Putin is behaving in a very paranoid way. He’s putting a lot of emphasis on increased repression. He’s taking a lot of money out of domestic coffers: health, education, pensions, to support his own inner circle – to keep peace among competing groups. To bail these people out when the social situation in the country is so dire is an act of….it reveals the regime for what it is, and he can only really keep peace by increasing the repression."
  • The Welcome Return of the Cheneys [No matter how the Left shrieks]

    06/23/2014 7:15:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/23/2014 | Quin Hilyer
    Shhh — Don’t tell anybody, because it’s a big secret: The Cheneys of Wyoming, father and daughter, were largely right about Iraq back in 2003, and they are correct now as well. Former vice president Dick Cheney and former high-ranking State Department official Liz Cheney kicked up a predictable firestorm last week when they wrote a Wall Street Journal column blasting President Obama’s foreign and defense policies. Concurrently, they announced a new 501(c)(4) grassroots organization called The Alliance for a Strong America. This group is sure to become a target for lefty loonies and Rand Paul, who doubtless hope to...
  • China Tests DF-41 Missile Using U.S. Technology

    12/19/2014 3:45:43 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: China has just tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can deliver up to 10 independently targeted nuclear warheads, using technology given to them on President Clinton's watch to launch communications satellites. The Dec. 13 test of the DF-41 was the third for the new weapon. But it marked the first test of a multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle, or MIRV, technology and raises by an order of magnitude the nuclear threat to the U.S. as China continues its massive arms buildup. And disturbingly, the threat is in large part of our own making. "The DF-4, which could be...
  • A New, "Super" F-35 to Rule the U.S. Military?

    12/19/2014 7:50:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Majumdar
    Advanced derivatives of the tri-service Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could replace the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, Boeing F-15C Eagle and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, multiple sources told the National Interest. However, they added that the idea of replacing the high flying and fast Raptor with the slower and less agile F-35 was not well received by many within the Air Force. “No doubt that the F-35 will be doing air dominance missions in the future,” one industry official said. “Especially with more internal air-to-air, and maybe a new engine.”
  • Are Drone Strikes More Defensible than Torture

    12/17/2014 2:45:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There are lots of hypocrisies surrounding the recently released executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. But they pale in comparison to the current Democratic silence about President Barack Obama's policy of targeted drone assassinations. Since 2004, drones have killed an estimated 2,400 to 3,888 individuals in Pakistan alone, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. An estimated 345 to 553 individuals in Yemen have been killed in drone strikes over the same period. The BIJ reports that the Obama administration has "markedly stepped up the use of drones. Since...
  • US approves massive defense spending bill

    12/12/2014 6:17:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | December 13, 2014
    The United States Congress approved a massive defense spending bill Friday that provides for an enhanced air campaign against the "Islamic State" terror group, as well as the training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels. The legislation, which passed 89 votes to 11 in the Senate, includes US President Barack Obama's $5-billion (4-billion-euro) request for funds to combat the Islamic State. Of that, $3.4 billion will be allocated to the deployment of US forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, and $1.6 billion will be used to equip and train Kurdish forces for two years. "American air power had changed...
  • ObamaCare Is Funneling Billions To Defense Contractors

    12/11/2014 4:15:53 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/10/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Overhaul: Jonathan Gruber isn't the only one who got rich off ObamaCare. Several big government contractors are raking in megabucks to help the government take over the nation's health care system. Gruber made news when it came to light that the Obama administration had paid the stupid-American-calling MIT economist roughly $400,000 to help build ObamaCare, and several states paid him big bucks as well to build their exchanges. But this is just the tip of the ObamaCare bonanza.
  • Britain forced to ask Nato to track 'Russian submarine' in Scottish waters

    12/10/2014 3:12:50 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 09 Dec 2014 | Ben Farmer
    Defence experts said it is 'hugely embarassing' that defence cuts mean Britain can no longer patrol its own waters Britain called in Nato sea patrol planes to hunt for a suspected Russian submarine off Scotland last month, after the Government scrapped its own similar aircraft in defence cuts, it has been disclosed. Maritime patrol aircraft from France, America and Canada flew to Scotland to join Royal Navy warships hunting for the suspected submarine after it was spotted at sea, west of Scotland. At the height of the hunt in late November and first days of December, four allied patrol planes...
  • China Conducts Third Test Of Game-Changing Missile

    12/09/2014 9:38:20 AM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 9, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense Threat: China conducts its third test in a year of a hypersonic glide vehicle designed to evade our missile and other defense systems, including the Aegis defense system guarding our carrier battle groups. As we downsize our military, scale back weapons procurement and development, China proceeds at top speed towards weapons designed to counter our once-huge technical advantage and qualitative superiority. Case in point is the third flight test of a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), dubbed the WU-14 by the Pentagon, following earlier tests on Jan. 9 and Aug. 7 of this year. The U.S. Navy is particularly concerned,...
  • NY: Recording Makes Crucial Difference in NY Defense Case

    12/04/2014 12:54:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, David Carlson of Sparrow Bush, New York, was a principal actor in a tragic situation involving a fugitive who was facing statutory rape charges.   Norris Acosta-Sanchez had fled the police and was living in a cabin not far from the Carlson's home.  Carlson got to know him; well enough to invite him to dinner in his house several times.   Acosta-Sanchez eventually confided in Carlson that he was a wanted man, though he did not disclose the charges against him. Carlson tried to cooperate with police to have Acosta-Sanchez taken into custody.   In a sequence of events worthy...
  • Ashton Carter, Ex-Pentagon No. 2, Emerges as Obama Favorite for Defense Secretary

    12/02/2014 9:27:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/02/2014 | By JULIAN E. BARNES And CAROL E. LEE
    WASHINGTON— Ashton Carter, the former deputy defense secretary, is the leading candidate to become the next Pentagon chief, but senior officials said President Barack Obama wouldn’t make an announcement Tuesday. The president could announce his pick for defense secretary later this week, a senior White House official said. Mr. Carter, who was out of town Tuesday, is seen as the likely choice, officials said. But the White House is continuing to look at other candidates, including former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and former assistant Secretary of State Kurt Cambpell. Mr. Obama could still change his mind and opt for one...
  • Be afraid: This is the real Obama

    12/01/2014 5:59:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12-1-14 | Joseph Curl
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: In the weeks after voters cast a vote of no confidence on President Obama and his fellow Democrats, the president has gone on a scorched-earth campaign, unilaterally declaring amnesty for some 5 million illegal aliens, firing the only Republican in his Cabinet and rolling out a new federal rule dubbed “the most expensive regulation ever.” Yes, this is the real Barack Obama, the one Americans cast their votes against Nov. 4 in an election in which the president had declared his agenda most definitely “on the ballot.” “We all knew that an unrestrained Obama would be dangerous, but we...
  • As Democratic infighting intensifies, Hagel allies fire back at the White House

    11/30/2014 3:41:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Among Democrats, fighting is breaking out all over. The Senate’s third-ranking Democrat, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is hurling criticisms toward the White House over Barack Obama’s handling of the recession and his myopic and politically ruinous obsession with reforming the nation’s health care system amid that economic downturn.In response, the White House took what Reuters called the “unusual step” of publicly pledging to veto an overdue plan to reform the nation’s tax code which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has been in the process of negotiating with House Republicans. When Obama announced his intention to extend legal status to...
  • Hagel Departure Reveals Obama's Uneasy Relationship With Pentagon

    11/29/2014 1:01:16 PM PST · by Mozilla · 33 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 11-29-14 | NewsMax Staff
    On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama's first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military's special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official. "I had them tear it out while I was standing there," Gates said earlier this month as he recounted his discovery. "I told the commanders, 'If you get a call from the White House, you tell them to go to hell and call me.'" To Gates, the phone in Kabul came to symbolize Obama's efforts to micromanage the Pentagon and...
  • Dysfunction Washington can agree on: Firing Hagel won’t fix Obama’s foreign policy team.

    11/27/2014 11:44:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/27/2014 | By MICHAEL CROWLEY
    It isn’t often that left, right and center agree about the Obama White House. But the firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week produced a near-unanimous reaction: President Obama’s foreign policy team is dysfunctional and in need of a stronger tonic than the exit of a low-profile cabinet member with a light policy footprint. Both Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and The New York Times editorial page agreed that, in the words of the Times, Hagel “was not the core of the Obama administration’s military problem. That lies with the president and a national security policy that has too often...
  • I Went Halfway Around the World with Chuck Hagel—and All I Learned Was That He Was Doomed

    11/26/2014 6:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    TNR ^ | 11/26/2014 | By Reid Cherlin
    Last August, I flew halfway around the world with Chuck Hagel to try to see what made him tick, and why he’d been chosen as Secretary of Defense at such an unsettled, seemingly crucial period for our national security. I watched Hagel in bilateral meetings with Southeast Asian ministers of defense, and I watched him take questions from American marines in Hawaii. I saw him in a bathing suit (he’s an avid morning lap-swimmer), and I saw him in a business suit, and I saw him in leisurewear on the interminable flights across the Pacific. I interviewed him twice, generating...
  • Did pressure on Gitmo releases doom Hagel?

    11/25/2014 5:11:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s no secret that Barack Obama wants to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, although his zeal for the project has often been questioned. Obama’s first action as President consisted of a directive to close the prison, but almost six years later, it’s still in operation — and relatively popular, at least in contrast with the alternatives. Obama has embarked on a strategy to close Gitmo through default by emptying it of its detainees, but there has been one impediment to that strategy. Congress requires the Secretary of Defense to attest that any released detainees pose no threat...
  • Michčle Flournoy Takes Herself Out of Running for Top Pentagon Job

    11/25/2014 4:54:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11/25/2014 | BY JOHN HUDSON , YOCHI DREAZEN
    Michčle Flournoy, widely seen as the front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, abruptly took herself out of the running for the job Tuesday, complicating what will be one of the most important personnel decisions of President Barack Obama's second term. Flournoy, the co-founder and CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a think tank that has served as a farm league for future Obama administration officials, would have been the first female secretary of defense had she risen to the position. The news of her decision to withdraw was first reported by...
  • Hagel First Obama Domino to Fall After Midterms

    11/24/2014 2:27:18 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Now that Hagel is on his way out, the only question that remains is, "Who's next?" The Obama administration is cleaning house, or members of the failed Obama presidency are running for their political lives. They each have their reasons, political ambitions, and the way the media has been spinning each departure, but the reality is clear: President Barack Obama is a failure (or a success, if you are a hard left statist calling for an authoritarian regime in the White House), and he is expanding the executive branch’s powers in ways the framers of the United States Constitution never...
  • Who Will Replace Chuck Hagel?

    11/24/2014 1:54:29 PM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 24, 2014 | Russell Berman
    President Obama will be naming his fourth secretary of defense in six years. Will he choose the first woman to run the Pentagon? Even before Chuck Hagel's resignation from the Defense Department became official, the names of a pair of longtime Pentagon veterans had already surfaced as top contenders to replace him as secretary: Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter. Flournoy and Carter have been through this wringer before: Both were floated as possible Pentagon chiefs earlier in Obama's presidency, and both have served at the highest levels of the department. A third candidate, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, said...