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  • Will bombing Isis, like the Iraq war, prove to be the wrong "war" against the wrong enemy?

    09/11/2014 9:40:28 PM PDT · by nathanbedford · 51 replies
    vanity ^ | Nathan Bedford
    Will bombing Isis, like the Iraq war, prove to be the wrong "war" against the wrong enemy? America is war weary and will support our action against Isis for a short time and only so long as it is conducted by limited means, that is, without substantial casualties. In effect, America under the leadership of Barack Obama supports airstrikes and no more. What will this accomplish? While emotionally satisfying to Americans enraged at the horror of their compatriots being decapitated before their eyes, these strikes are very unlikely to accomplish the destruction of Isis or the worldwide Islamic terrorist jihad....
  • Benghazi: When America Switched Sides In The War On Terror And Armed Al-Qaida

    08/17/2014 7:21:25 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/17/2014 | Ginni Thomas
    The Center for Security Policy’s Vice President for Research and Analysis, Clare Lopez, says in this exclusive video interview with The Daily Caller that very few have seemed to care that America switched sides in the global war on terror when President Obama deposed an erstwhile ally in the Middle East and provided weapons to al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. Focusing on this under-reported, critical shift in American foreign policy, Clare Lopez discusses how an American ambassador and others were killed in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 because the Obama administration decided to promote and defend their narrative that...
  • Military officials are ‘APOPLECTIC’ over Obama’s passive nonexistent foreign policy [truncated]

    08/31/2014 9:07:31 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 37 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | soopermexican
    Full title: NBC reporter says military officials are ‘APOPLECTIC’ over Obama’s passive nonexistent foreign policy Meet the Press videoDirect link to youtubewww.youtube.com/watch?v=YENGfHUKwKo
  • Obama Does Have A Strategy, And It’s Awful

    08/31/2014 4:01:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    On Thursday, President Obama told the world he didn’t yet have a strategy for dealing with the Islamic Front in Syria. Although it’s never good to let an army who beheads your citizens and is hell-bent on your destruction know you don’t know how to deal with them – yet, or otherwise – Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary “clarified” his comments the next day. We do have a plan, it turns out. And the plan is awful. Before we dive into the new statements, let’s take a look back at some older ones. Back in January, when talking about...
  • Heckuva JV There, Barry: The Consequences of an Alfred E. Neuman Foreign Policy

    08/19/2014 10:17:33 PM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | August 19, 2014 | The Professor
    Back in January, on a TV interview, naturally, Obama denigrated ISIS as the junior varsity. Even after ISIS ran amok in Iraq and Syria in June, the administration (or I should say Obama, because we know from many sources that he often completely disregards the recommendations of the Pentagon, intelligence community, and State Department) decided to abjure from taking action against the terrorist group, apparently out of pique at Maliki and the dysfunctions of the Iraqi government. That’ll learn ‘em, Barry apparently believed. So here we are. ISIS has secured a foothold over an area the size of Jordan. What’s...
  • Obama Golfs For FIVE HOURS as US Evacuates Embassy Staff From Baghdad Chaos

    08/10/2014 10:30:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/10/14 | Kristinn Taylor
    President Barack Obama spent a leisurely five hours golfing Sunday afternoon as his Martha’s Vineyard vacation continues while Iraq falls further into chaos.As Obama was midway through his golf outing reports from Baghdad erupted with rumors that Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki was staging a coup to hold on to power as Iraq struggles to form a new government while fighting off the ISIS terrorists’ conquest of large swaths of Iraq.Right before heading off for his annual two week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, Obama ordered air strikes against ISIS to ward off a possible advance against Erbil in Kurdish controlled...
  • Obama: Hey, it wasn’t my idea to leave Iraq (Of course not, insert sarcasm)

    08/10/2014 4:12:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    We may as well finish up the weekend on yet another inexplicable appearance by the Commander in Chief. And this one is a doozy, picked up by Joel Gehrke at The Corner. The President, during his brief, pre-tee off time availability this weekend, chose to address what a mess Iraq currently is and whether or not our lack of presence there had anything to do with it. Well, it did, but it obviously wasn’t his fault. He never really wanted to leave in the first place. President Obama refused to take responsibility for the lack of U.S. troops in Iraq,...
  • Obama's Approval Rating And Confidence In The Future Of America Has Collapsed

    08/05/2014 8:36:00 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    BI ^ | 8-6-2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    Obama's Approval Rating Has Hit All-Time Low, And Confidence In The Future Of America Has Collapsed Joe WeisenthalAugust 5, 2014 A new poll from WSJ/NBC finds a high level of dissatisfaction with the president, the U.S. political system, and the economy, and a stunning number of respondents see a grim future for their children. Just 40% of respondents approve of the job President Obama is doing, a level which matches an all-time low. On the matter of foreign policy — which is in the news a lot lately due to Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, and Gaza — the President's approval is...
  • Rudderless U.S. foreign policy - Obama stands by as tyranny spreads

    07/29/2014 7:29:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 43 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ben S. Carson
    From the Middle East to Eurasia, it often seems that President Obama is reacting to events instead of trying to shape them. Americans have begun to see his collective failures as an indictment on his presidency, and they long for clarity and purpose from their president. The clear foreign policy that is grounded in American ideas of promoting liberty abroad and preserving our security at home is what is needed now. That is how we became a superpower. Reversing these ideas allows our adversaries to become stronger and impairs our ability to respond to present-day threats. While Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy...
  • Buck McKeon calls White House request to repeal Iraq use of force 'a joke'

    07/27/2014 8:26:42 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 7 replies
    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon didn't pull any punches Friday in his response to the Obama administration's request that Congress repeal the 2002 law authorizing the use of military force in Iraq. In a statement, McKeon, R-Calif., who's retiring at the end of this year, said he thought the letter sent earlier in the day to House Speaker John Boehner from national security adviser Susan Rice was a joke. He said: Obama Administration officials are warning us daily that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is ‘worse than al-Qaeda' and an extreme threat to the American people....
  • Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow: Pentagon intel chief

    07/26/2014 7:47:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 68 replies
    (Reuters) - A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict. The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, came as Israeli ministers signaled that a comprehensive deal to end the 20-day-old conflict in the Gaza Strip appeared remote. At least 1,050 Gazans - mostly civilians - have been killed, and 42 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have died. Flynn disparaged Hamas for exhausting...
  • 'It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy': Obama goes AWOL again with just 40-second mention..

    07/17/2014 7:37:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 83 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 17, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    'It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy': Obama goes AWOL again with just 40-second mention of Malaysian plane crash feared to have killed Americans before his jokey 16-minute transport speech Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 passengers on board President Obama said his national security team is working on identifying the U.S. citizens – and then launched into jokes and 16 minutes of prepared remarks Twitter erupted with digital eye-rolls at Obama's curt mention of the 'tragedy' that the Ukrainian government quickly called a 'criminal case' House Speaker John Boehner offered...
  • U.S. Nuke Sites Dismantled Security to Save Money, Report Warns

    07/02/2014 2:41:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/2/2014 | Adam Kredo
    The organization responsible for securing America’s highly sensitive nuclear sites has been suffering from a “chaotic” and “dysfunctional” security policy that has endangered the country’s nuclear sites and left them vulnerable to attack, according to a new report by the government’s watchdog group.The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which is tasked with managing the nation’s nuclear stockpile and securing classified research sites, has “increased risks and reduced security” over the past several years in a bid to reduce overhead costs, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.Security vulnerabilities at these NNSA sites still persist two years after a...
  • Obama’s Weakness, or Ours?

    06/25/2014 9:39:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2014 | By Nicolas Kristof
    The odds are that you think President Obama’s foreign policy is a failure. That’s the scathing consensus forming, with just 36 percent of Americans approving of Obama’s foreign policy in a New York Times/CBS News poll released this week. Foreign policy used to be a source of strength for the president, and now it’s dragging him down — and probably other Democrats with him. Blowing things up is often satisfying, and Obama’s penchant for muddling along instead, with restraint, is hurting him politically. But that’s our weakness more than his. Obama’s foreign policy is far more deft — and less...
  • The Collapsing Obama Doctrine

    06/17/2014 4:53:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 149 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/17/14 | Dick and Liz Cheney
    <p>Cheney re Obama: Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.</p> <p>As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama's past statements about ISIS and al Qaeda. "If a J.V. team puts on Lakers' uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant" (January 2014). "[C]ore al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated" (August 2013). "So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding" (September 2011).</p>
  • U.S. to Evacuate Many Staff Members From Baghdad Embassy

    06/15/2014 1:15:02 PM PDT · by sunmars · 76 replies
    <p>The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced on Sunday.</p> <p>The embassy, a beige fortress on the banks of the Tigris River within the heavily-secured Green Zone, where Iraqi government buildings are also located, has the largest staff of any United States Embassy.</p>
  • Obama says to take several days to decide how to help fight Iraq insurgency

    06/13/2014 11:33:33 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 93 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 Jun 2014 | Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he will take several days to review options for how the United States can help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, saying any action would need significant involvement by Iraq itself. "The United States is not simply going involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they are prepared to work together," Obama said, making it clear that he would not send U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq. "We are not going to be able to...
  • Is the Obama Administration About to Strike a Deal with Another Terrorist Regime?

    06/12/2014 2:39:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | June 12, 2014 | Benjamin Weinthal
    The Obama administration’s lack of transparency and failure to notice Congress about the release of Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban terrorists is a stark reminder of another negotiation shrouded in mystery: the U.S. attempt to stop Iran’s drive to obtain a nuclear weapon. The stakes are dangerously high with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Just this week, Fox News analyst Lisa Daftari reported that Mojtaba Zonnour, an adviser to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, said his country’s missiles could hit American bases in the Indian Ocean and in Bahrain. As my FDD colleague Michael Ledeen has noted, the U.S and...
  • White House mistakenly leaks name of top spy in Afghanistan

    05/26/2014 4:54:48 PM PDT · by xzins · 39 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 26 May 2014 | Brownie Marie
    The White House mistakenly leaked the name of one of their top spies to nearly 6,000 journalists on Sunday. The CIA officer's name was included on a press tip sheet that was given to the White House's pool reporter, who then forwarded the list to the entire press pool—about 6,000 email addresses. The list contained the names of 15 people President Obama was scheduled to meet with during a visit to Bagram Airfield, a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Mistakenly included was the name of the top U.S. spy in Kabul, identified on the list as the "Chief of Station."...
  • White House blows cover of CIA’s Kabul station chief (Email also sent to foreign media...)

    05/25/2014 6:26:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/25/14 | Dave Boyer
    The White House inadvertently blew the cover of the CIA’s top officer in Kabul during President Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday. The name of the spy agency’s station chief in Kabul was included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in Mr. Obama’s visit with U.S. troops. The White House provided the list that was sent out in a “pool report” by a reporter traveling with the president to thousands of journalists, including foreign media, who receive the reports.
  • Obama to lay out defense of foreign policy in West Point speech(multilateral efforts,not military)

    05/24/2014 3:34:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/24/14 | Steve Holland - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Stung by criticism, President Barack Obama will use a speech on Wednesday to launch a sweeping defense of his approach to foreign policy, one that he will say is reliant on multilateral diplomacy instead of military interventions. Obama is to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the first in a series of speeches that he and top advisers will use to explain U.S. foreign policy in the aftermath of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and lay out a broad vision for the rest of his presidency. Obama has come...
  • The AWOL Commander-in-Chief

    05/03/2014 6:50:00 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/3/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    What was Obama doing while terrorists attacked Americans in Benghazi? You couldn’t help but feel for Robert Lovell. The retired brigadier general is haunted by the failure of AFRICOM, the U.S. military’s Africa Command, to respond when Americans were under siege in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. His congressional testimony this week was somber — no faux “What difference, at this point, does it make?” indignation, no “Dude, this was two years ago” juvenilia for him. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the State Department’s Sean Smith were killed in the early stage of the jihadist attack. By then, the actions that...
  • ‘If I Could Rewind the Tape…’ Kerry Issues Statement on Apartheid Comment

    04/28/2014 8:48:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/28/14 | Josh Feldman
    Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a statement on his controversial remark about Israel and apartheid that led Senator Ted Cruz to call for his resignation today, saying he “would have chosen a different word” if he had a second chance at saying it. Kerry says that during his service at the State Department and in the U.S. Senate, he’s “walked the walk” and shown repeated support for the state of Israel, reiterating his desire for a two-state solution “that results in a secure Jewish state and a prosperous Palestinian state.” He defiantly declares, “I will not allow my
  • Both at Home and Abroad, Obama’s Presidency is Floundering

    04/20/2014 8:40:44 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 41 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Apr 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards on his foreign and domestic policies lately. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy.
  • The Disappearance of US Will

    04/18/2014 6:15:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • SHOCK REPORT: Mexican Troops Invaded Border, Held U.S. Border Agents at Gunpoint

    04/08/2014 8:29:59 PM PDT · by montag813 · 33 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-08-2014 | Brian Hayes
    Above: Mexican military personnel in 2013 carrying G3 long arms similar to those carried by two Mexican soldiers who illegally entered U.S. territory in January.  Edgard Garrido (Reuters)by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsTwo Mexican soldiers in camouflage carrying assault rifles held border agents in a tense standoff on US soil, in January, the Los Angeles Times reported. And the Obama administration did not even lodge a protest with the Mexican government. Nada. And it was also revealed this wasn’t the first incursion of the Mexicans on our soil.  It seems there have been a couple of dozen incursions into...
  • U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials

    04/08/2014 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials 11:32am EDT By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will scale back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under a New START treaty with Russia but not retire a ballistic missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told Reuters. The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on each of its 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on condition of anonymity. The plan...
  • U.S. Gives Russia Free Military Equipment Used By Army, Marines

    03/26/2014 12:17:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 26, 2014
    Behind closed doors the U.S. government is giving Russia free military equipment—also used to train American troops—even after President Obama announced punitive sanctions against Moscow and, more importantly, a suspension in military engagement over the invasion and occupation of Ukraine. The secret operation was exposed this week by members of Congress that discovered it in the process of reviewing the Fiscal Year 2014 budget and the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget request. It turns out that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been providing the Russian Federation with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES), the federal legislators say....
  • N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat

    03/22/2014 7:48:35 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | David E. Sanger & Nicole Perlroth
    WASHINGTON — American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create “back doors” in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets. But even as the United States made a public case about the dangers of buying from Huawei, classified documents show that the National Security Agency was creating its own back doors — directly into Huawei’s networks. The agency pried its way into the servers in Huawei’s sealed headquarters in...
  • Stolen F-35 Secrets Now Showing Up in China’s Stealth Fighter

    03/13/2014 1:25:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/13/2014 | Bill Gertz
    A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts. The Chinese cyber spying against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took place in 2007 under what U.S. intelligence agencies codenamed Operation Byzantine Hades, a large-scale, multi-year cyber program that targeted governments and industry. Defense officials said the stolen data was obtained by a Chinese military unit called a Technical Reconnaissance Bureau in the Chengdu province. The data was then passed to the...
  • Unreal: Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting On Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

    03/03/2014 8:34:10 PM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    JewsNews ^ | March 3, 2014 | Staff
    Barack Obama’s National Security Team met at the White House Saturday to discuss the deepening crisis in Ukraine, which now includes Russian troops entering Crimea and occupying government buildings. Those in attendance were: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and CIA Director John Brennan. Those not in attendance were: Barack Obama. Unbelievable? Yes, but not to worry, as White House reporter Zeke Miller tweeted: Briefed by Susan Rice. Susan Rice. Is the irony not lost here? The same Susan Rice who not only went on five...
  • Prez’s foreign policy credibility taking a beating

    03/01/2014 11:44:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | March 2, 2014 | Joe Battenfeld
    Vladimir Putin is ignoring him. Sarah Palin is bragging about outsmarting him. The Cold War-style crisis in the Ukraine is exposing President Obama’s lack of foreign policy respect to new lows. Hours after Obama’s toothless threat to Putin to stay out, Russia’s military moved in uncontested. So what was Obama’s response to this bold show of military force by Putin? He made a phone call to the Russian leader and pulled out of planning meetings for the next G-8 summit in Sochi. No, not the actual summit. Just the planning meetings. Wow, Putin must be shaking in his shoe lifts....
  • Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting on Russia, Ukraine

    03/01/2014 1:11:00 PM PST · by tje · 75 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3:47 PM, Mar 1, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama's team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend. "The President's national security team met today to receive an update on the situation in Ukraine and discuss potential policy options. We will provide further updates later this afternoon," reads the full statement.
  • Afghan soldiers desperate for pact with U.S., criticize President Karzai for delay

    02/09/2014 4:15:19 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2014 | By Kevin Sieff
    ZABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan soldiers fighting the Taliban have grown confident in their ability to combat an agile insurgency. But for those on the front lines, one question casts a shadow over the young army’s progress. What if the United States — and its funding — vanish from Afghanistan? That outcome has become increasingly probable with President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a bilateral security agreement that would allow the United States to maintain a small military presence here beyond 2014. Now, Afghan troops are beginning to raise their voices against Karzai, demanding at great personal risk that he...
  • CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's Jewish

    02/08/2014 11:23:21 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 35 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 9, 2014 | Karen Levy
    CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's JewishBy Karen Levy Israel News AgencyJerusalem — February 9, 2014 ... There have been many senior US officials who have called for Israeli Jonathan Pollard to be released, but none ever came from this highest of security institutions. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has reiterated his call for the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard, now in his 29th year behind American bars over charges of spying for Israel. Speaking to the Israel News Agency, Woolsey stated: "It's enough. After a quarter century the time has come to free Pollard. That doesn't...
  • Obama Has Made it Impossible for Israel to Strike Iran

    01/31/2014 10:48:33 PM PST · by Innovative · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | jan 28, 2014 | Karin McQuillan
    I called a hardheaded realist, a Harvard trained PhD who has been watching the Middle East professionally for decades, to ask him about Obama's Iran deal. This is what he told me. It's done. Iran will get a bomb. They want a bomb and they will not be denied unless somebody stops them. Obama does not want to stop them. He does not want a friendly regime in Iran. He wants Iran as a counterforce to America and Israel. Obama is not a Muslim, but he is a radical. He sees the U.S. and Israel as imperialistic and oppressive. He...
  • The Navy Is Dropping Down to Just Two Deployed Carriers

    01/25/2014 7:09:17 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 99 replies
    The U.S. Navy is about to cut in half the number of aircraft carriers it keeps ready for combat. Starting in 2015, just two American flattops will be on station at any given time, down from three or four today. The change is spelled out in a presentation by Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command. The U.S. Naval Institute published the presentation on its Website on Jan. 24. The new “Optimized Fleet Response Plan” represents an effort to standardize training, maintenance and overseas cruise schedules for the Navy’s 283 front-line warships, in particular the 10 nuclear-powered carriers. The...
  • Pentagon: U.S. Not Capable of Detecting Foreign Nuke Threats (US unclassified report)

    01/25/2014 11:56:28 AM PST · by Innovative · 21 replies
    American intelligence and security agencies are not currently capable of detecting when foreign nations are building nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing programs, according to a newly released Pentagon report that faults a range of U.S. agencies. “The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases “current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist,” according to the report, which was compiled over three years by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.
  • Official: Al-Qaeda has enough arms to take Baghdad

    01/21/2014 8:03:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | January 20, 2014
    BAGHDAD: A senior Iraqi official claims Al-Qaeda fighters hunkered down in a city they seized late last month west of Baghdad have enough heavy weapons to allegedly take the country's capital. Senior deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi said Monday that Iraqi forces are fighting "fierce battles" against heavily armed militants to recapture parts of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, and also the nearby city of Fallujah. He says the weapons in Fallujah that are in the hands of Iraq's Al-Qaeda branch and other Sunni militant groups battling the Shiite-led government are "advanced and huge and enough to...
  • How It Might All Go Down: When the very survival of Israel is at stake, Israel will not hesitate...

    01/18/2014 5:02:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | January 9, 2014 | Dr. Joseph Frager
    According to former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, Israel has already spent ten billion dollars on developing ways to either delay or completely neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat. Israel's military knows no bounds. When the very survival of the Land of Israel is at stake, Israel will not hesitate to surprise American policymakers and military experts. The last time this happened was not 1967, or 1976's Entebbe. It was September 6, 2007, when Israel destroyed the Syrian plutonium reactor at Al Kibar. American military experts had thought this was improbable, and some said – impossible. In September, 2012, the...
  • Records Prove Muslim Brotherhood Delegates Skipped Airport Inspections

    01/17/2014 4:36:44 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/2014 | Steven Emerson
    Newly released records confirm a 2012 Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) report that the State Department cleared the way for a visiting delegation of Muslim Brotherhood officials to enter the country without undergoing routine inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The April 2012 visit came before the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate was elected Egypt's president, although the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had won a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections. The expedited entry is known as a "port courtesy" normally reserved for high-ranking visiting government officials and dignitaries. [...] The Muslim Brotherhood has open connections with Hamas,...
  • Obama 'chronically incapable' of military strategy & 'clueless about what he wants to do'

    01/16/2014 3:08:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2014 | James Nye
    President Obama has been judged to be 'chronically incapable' of conducting a coherent military strategy and 'has no sense of what he wants to do in the world', according to Oxford University professor, Sir Hew Strachan - one of the UK's most respected and senior military advisers. The damning verdict from a governmental insider of the United States' closest military ally comes days after the president was heavily criticized by his own former Defense Secretary Robert Gates who said that Obama was indecisive and lacked any passion for his nation's armed forces. Claiming that America and Britain had committed total...
  • Foreign Policy Has Left Obama A Global Laughing Stock

    01/16/2014 5:09:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Editorial
    Foreign Policy: The latest U.S. ally to openly sneer at us is a senior British defense adviser who says President Obama has "devalued the deterrent effect of American military capability" in the world. In his first campaign for president, in April 2007, Barack Obama complained George W. Bush's war in Iraq cost the U.S. "in influence and respect." Because of Iraq, he said, "many around the world are disappointed with our actions, and many in our own country have come to doubt either our wisdom or our capacity to shape events beyond our borders. Some have even suggested that America's...
  • Schizophrenic' US foreign policy pushing Arab states toward Russia, Bahrain warns

    12/08/2013 6:47:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/8/13 | Con Coughlin
    America’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East could result in many key Arab states deciding to align themselves more closely with Russia, the rulers of Bahrain warned on Sunday. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, warned that Barack Obama´s administration would lose influence in the region if it persisted with what a “transient and reactive” foreign policy. There has been a sharp rise in tensions between Washington and several major Arab states in the wake of last month’s controversial interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme.
  • Surrender in Geneva

    11/29/2013 4:10:51 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/29/2013 | Mark Steyn
    Iran, U.S. Set to Establish Joint Chamber of Commerce within Month,” reports Agence-France Presse. Government official Abolfazi Hejazi tells the English-language newspaper Iran Daily that the Islamic Republic will shortly commence direct flights to America. Passenger jets, not ICBMs, one assumes — although, as with everything else, the details have yet to be worked out. Still, the historic U.S.–Iranian rapprochement seems to be galloping along, and any moment now the cultural-exchange program will be announced and you’ll have to book early for the Tehran Ballet’s season at the Kennedy Center (“Death to America” in repertory with “Death to the Great...
  • Israel will seek to discredit Obama on Iran', Netanyahu instructs Mossad, military intelligence

    11/30/2013 8:46:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 12/1/13 | staff
    In a direct effort to sabotage US President Barack Obama’s efforts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the heads of Israel’s intelligence community to look for proof that Iran has violated an interim deal signed with the international community last week over its nuclear program, a British newspaper reported on Sunday. Mossad, as well as the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate, were told to dig up evidence of Iranian intransigence ahead of Obama’s push to pass the deal in Congress this week, the Sunday Times reported, citing Israeli defense sources.
  • Obama to unveil national security strategy in 2014

    11/29/2013 1:52:09 PM PST · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    ap.org ^ | 11/29/13 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he'll release a new national security strategy next year. The White House on Friday released a copy of a letter in which Obama informs Congress of his intent to release a new National Security Strategy in early 2014
  • Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy

    11/25/2013 7:35:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2013 | By Mark Ländler
    The weekend ended with the first tangible sign of a nuclear deal with Iran, after more than three decades of hostility. Then on Monday came the announcement that a conference will convene in January to try to broker an end to the civil war in Syria. The success of either negotiation, both long sought by President Obama, is hardly assured — in fact the odds may be against them. But the two nearly simultaneous developments were vivid statements that diplomacy, the venerable but often-unsatisfying art of compromise, has once again become the centerpiece of American foreign policy. But it also...
  • Israel Criticizes Nuclear Pact. Netanyahu Says Deal Allows Iran to Continue to Enrich Uranium

    11/23/2013 10:29:22 PM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 24, 2013 | Josh Mitnick
    Israel harshly criticized the agreement between Iran and six world powers, saying it would not prevent Tehran from building a nuclear weapon. "This is a bad agreement. It gives Iran exactly what it wants: both substantial easing of sanctions and preservation of the most substantial parts of its nuclear program,'' said a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office Sunday.
  • Bennett: ‘Bad’ Iran deal increases need for military action (will Israel strike?)

    11/23/2013 9:03:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 23, 2013, 9:07 pm
    Economics minister and Jewish Home leader says Israel cannot ‘sit idly by’ while world allows Iran to be 6 weeks from the bomb Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) said Saturday that a “bad deal” with Iran on curbing its nuclear program would “increase the need for Israeli [military] action.” “If there will be a deal which would allow Iran to have the ability to ‘break out’ and build a bomb within six weeks, we cannot sit idly by in this situation and we will examine all the options,” Bennett told Channel 2 Saturday evening.