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  • 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 · 13 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.
  • Iran Follows in North Korea's Nuclear Shoes

    11/23/2013 8:20:37 PM PST · by Innovative · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | v 19, 2013 | Claudia Rosett
    Mr. Kerry and his team have yet to address one of the biggest challenges: the example set by North Korea, which over the past two decades has shown the world—Iran, not least—how a rogue state can exploit over-eager western diplomacy to haggle and cheat its way to the nuclear bomb. Since 1994, North Korea has cut a series of nuclear freeze deals, collecting security guarantees, diplomatic concessions and material benefits along the way. North Korea has cheated and reneged on every deal. Today, the Kim regime has uranium enrichment facilities, has restarted (again) its plutonium-producing nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, has...
  • Breaking: Iran Deal Has Been Reached

    11/23/2013 6:16:00 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 344 replies
    Chad Pergram ^ | 11/23/13 | Chad Pergram
    Secretary of State John Kerry confirms there is a deal on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva.
  • [Live Thread] Obama Speaking at 10:06pm (11-23)

    11/23/2013 7:10:49 PM PST · by MaxMax · 169 replies
    White House
    ObamaRamaDingDong is about to threaten our freedoms with seriousness this time. Watching and holding my breath, and for all of you playing the dinking game the Word of the speech today is "Serious"....
  • Exclusive: FBI Video Shows Al Qaeda in Kentucky Handling Heavy Weapons

    11/20/2013 8:06:11 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 97 replies
    ABC ^ | Nov 20, 2013 | By James Gordon Meek
    An al Qaeda-linked terrorist, who was resettled in the U.S. as an Iraq War refugee after allegedly killing American soldiers, was caught on camera in Kentucky handling heavy weapons that the FBI said he believed would be sent to insurgents back in Iraq. The 2010 video, obtained exclusively by ABC News, was part of a broader ABC News investigation into the flawed refugee vetting program, which officials said may have let “dozens” of terrorists into the country. READ FULL EXCLUSIVE: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country as Refugees In the video, Waad Ramadan Alwan is seen expertly...
  • U.S. to Train Libyan Military, Including Islamists

    11/16/2013 6:35:40 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/16/2013 | Bill Gertz
    The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.Adm. William McRaven, the commander who helped lead the covert raid to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said in a brief interview Saturday that the counterterrorism training operation has not begun. “We’re in the early stages,” he told the Free Beacon.McRaven said a major gun battle erupted in Tripoli last week among opposing militias, a sign of instability in the North African country....
  • White House considers civilian for NSA chief

    11/09/2013 6:41:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/9/2013 | Brendan Sasso
    The White House is considering whether to name a civilian to lead the National Security Agency for the first time ever. No decision has been made yet, but officials have drafted a list of possible civilian candidates for the post, a former administration official told The Hill last week. The current head of the NSA, Keith Alexander, a four-star Army general, plans to step down in the spring. The move could help lead to more transparency and oversight in the wake of disclosures by Edward Snowden about the scope of the NSA's controversial surveillance programs. But finding the right civilian...
  • Chinese Boots on the Ground in Hawaii

    11/09/2013 6:37:56 PM PST · by KentuckyTim · 75 replies
    The Beltway Examiner ^ | November 8, 2013
    As Canada Free Press Writer Judi McLeod put it, “Aloha Hawaiians! If you see what you think are soldiers from the Communist Peoples Republic of China Army wandering about in your neck of the woods Tuesday through Thursday next week, your imagination is not playing tricks on you. “For the first time in history, the U.S. Army will host the Communist Peoples Republic of China’s Army on American soil Nov. 12-14, 2013... Visit BeltwayExaminer.com to read entire article.
  • US Removing Navy From Mid-East As Russia Enters

    11/09/2013 6:33:41 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | November 09, 2013 | Ari Yashar
    The American aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was recalled from the Persian Gulf on Friday, along with the destroyer USS Graveley from the Mediterranean Sea. The move comes less than a week after Russia sent its most powerful warships to the Mediterranean. Al Jazeera reports the Nimitz moved through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea, and is anticipated to reach the US in late December. It was scheduled to return in August but was left in the region for a military presence. The US ships were assigned to the region months ago as US President Barack Obama considered a military...
  • Has Obama endangered public safety, national security?

    10/20/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-20-13 | Fox News
    Has Obama endangered public safety, national security? ICE Council President Chris Crane reacts
  • Is John Kerry a Better Secretary of State Than Hillary Clinton?

    10/15/2013 7:34:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Defense One ^ | 10/15 | Michael Hirsh
    "The big Kerry arm." That's how some of his Senate staff used to describe John Kerry's approach to negotiation. It's reminiscent of what Lyndon Baines Johnson used to do to his Senate colleagues: a little light physical pressure to drive home a point. You can bet that at some point over the weekend the six-foot-four Kerry, who landed in Kabul on an unannounced visit Friday, applied that big arm to the shoulders of the diminutive Hamid Karzai, the often combative and erratic president of Afghanistan, whom Kerry knows well and with whom no one else in the U.S. government seems...
  • OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ASKS CONGRESS TO DELAY IRAN SANCTIONS

    10/05/2013 4:08:07 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 17 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 4 Oct 2013 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    The Obama administration asked Congress on Thursday to delay a new round of sanctions against Iran, citing new negotiations and the progress made in recent overtures between President Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Until now, the administration has claimed to pursue a "dual track" policy, in which it applied pressure through sanctions while at the same time remaining open to diplomatic progress. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that delaying sanctions could help create a window in which new talks could work. "We do believe it would be helpful...
  • Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence

    09/30/2013 8:49:45 AM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 29, 2013 | ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. Since news reports in early August revealed that the United States intercepted messages between Ayman al-Zawahri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as the head of Al Qaeda, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in...
  • President Obama assures that pact with Russia over Syria's chemical weapons doesn’t weaken US

    09/16/2013 9:56:31 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | BY ADAM EDELMAN
    The US threatened military retaliation against Bashar Assad after the Aug. 21 gas attack. When Congress balked, Obama embraced Russia’s plan for Syria to turn over its chemical arsenal. ‘I don’t think that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has the same values that we do,’ the president said. But ‘we both have an interest in preventing chaos [and] terrorism.’ President Barack Obama sent a message Sunday to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his success in avoiding U.S. military action in Syria is not a blank check to prop up the Syrian strongman. A day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry...
  • Suspected U.S. shooter had 'secret' clearance, employer says

    09/16/2013 6:51:47 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 219 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 9-16-2013 | Reuters - Phil Stewart
    Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old suspect in Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, had "secret" clearance and was assigned to start working there as a civilian contractor with a military-issued ID card, his firm's CEO told Reuters. "He did have a secret clearance. And he did have a CAC (common access card)," said Thomas Hoshko, CEO of "The Experts," which was helping service the Navy, Marine Corps intranet as a subcontractor for a Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services contract.
  • As Syria Talks With Russia, Obama’s ‘Red Line’ Starts To Fade [An Embarrassing Presidency]

    09/13/2013 9:35:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    As Syria Talks With Russia, Obama’s ‘Red Line’ Starts To Fade U.S. military option a sticking point By Dave Boyer September 12, 2013 President Obama’s “red line” vow of action against Syria turned a lighter shade of pink Thursday, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry saying a U.S. military strike “might” be necessary if talks led by Russia fail to compel Syria to turn over its chemical weapons. As negotiators met in Switzerland on the unfolding crisis, Mr. Kerry appeared to concede the diplomatic reins to the Russians, who are insisting that the U.S. withdraw its threat of missile...
  • (Almost one year ago:) Panetta: We’ve Lost Track of Some Syrian Chemical Weapons

    09/03/2013 2:53:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 9/28/12 | Kevin Baron
    The U.S. has lost track of some of Syria’s chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday, and does not know if any potentially lethal chemicals have fallen into the hands of Syrian rebels or Iranian forces inside the country. “There has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place. Where exactly that’s taken place, we don’t know.” Panetta said, in a Pentagon press briefing. Panetta said that the “main sites” in Syria storing chemical weapons with which the Pentagon is most concerned remain secured by the Syrian military. But there is “some intelligence” that “limited”...
  • Exclusive: Benghazi report details security flaws at US diplomatic posts

    09/03/2013 6:37:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Al Jazeeeeerah ^ | 9/3/13 | Trevor Aaronson
    The U.S. Department of State has known for decades that inadequate security at embassies and consulates worldwide could lead to tragedy, but senior officials ignored the warnings and left some of America's most dangerous diplomatic posts vulnerable to attack, according to an internal government report obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit. The report by an independent panel of five security and intelligence experts describes how the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, which left Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead, exploited the State Department's failure to address serious security concerns...
  • Foreign Policy Hands Wonder: What’s The Point Of Obama’s Syria Policy?

    09/02/2013 6:10:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    BuzzFed ^ | September 1,2013 | Miriam Elder
    President Obama has yet to connect his military goals in Syria and his political ones. “Constitutionally sound, but strategically appalling” says Obama’s former top Syria aide. Frederic Hof spent President Obama’s first term as the State Department’s point man on Syria. He is now a furious administration critic, and a symbol of the growing consensus in the professional foreign policy community that the Obama Administration — no matter how its last-minute detour through Congress turns out — has badly bungled its Syria policy through two years of popular uprising turned bloody civil war. “The events of the past ten days...
  • U.S. Military Action Against Syria ‘Going to Happen’ Even If Congress Votes Against It...

    08/31/2013 9:57:44 PM PDT · by Errant · 153 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 31 August, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    President Obama will carry out military action against Syria even if Congress votes against it, a senior State Department official tells Fox News’ Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen. Rosen’s notes concerning the White House’s reported intentions regarding the Syrian crisis were posted on Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren’s Gretawire site late Saturday afternoon. Rosen reports that “the president’s decision to seek a congressional debate and vote was a surprise to most if not all of” his national security team members. The state department official who communicated with Rosen added that Obama’s move to seek congressional approval “did not supplant...
  • Does President Obama Have a "Foreign Policy?"

    08/24/2013 10:47:00 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 16 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 24, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Yes, He does. Lead from behind in whatever direction His ideology points and don't get held accountable for anything bad that results. President Obama's "foreign policy," like his domestic policy, has become clear and "transparent." His policy in both areas, largely implemented by His administration to keep His hands as clean as possible, is substantially the same and has four basic elements: ♦ Do whatever seems politically expedient, ♥ Encourage His admirers to continue admiring Him, ♠ Distort the "news" to make it as favorable as possible and ♣ Disconnect Him, and Distract attention, from any "bad" news that slips by. President Obama's proclivity...
  • Attorney for Whistleblower: 400 U.S. Missiles Stolen in Benghazi

    08/12/2013 1:06:47 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 235 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/12/13 | AWR Hawkins
    On August 12, Joe DiGenova, attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, told Washington D.C.'s WMAL that one of the reasons people have remained tight-lipped about Benghazi is because 400 U.S. missiles were "diverted to Libya" and ended up being stolen and falling into "the hands of some very ugly people." DiGenova represents Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson. He told WMAL that he "does not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the distribution of those missiles." He claimed his information "comes from a former intelligence official who stayed in...
  • Exclusive: U.S. Will Now Let in Thousands of Syrian Refugees

    08/08/2013 4:42:34 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 126 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 08, 2013 | John Hudson, Noah Shachtman
    With conditions continuing to deteriorate in Syria, the Obama administration is making a major policy shift by agreeing for the first time to allow thousands of new Syrian refugees into the United States, The Cable has learned. The numbers are relatively small: just 2,000 refugees, compared to an estimated two million people who have fled Syria during the civil war. But it's a significant increase from the 90 or so Syrian refugees who have been permanently admitted to the U.S. in the last two years. And it's not entirely uncontroversial. The refugees, mostly women and children, will be screened for...
  • BREAKING! Benghazi Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett, Commander in Chief

    08/05/2013 11:31:19 AM PDT · by Mortrey · 109 replies
    Conservative Report Online ^ | August 5 | Chip Jones
    Confidential sources close to Conservative Report have confirmed that Valerie Jarrett was the key decision-maker for the administration, the night of the Benghazi terrorist attack on 9/11/2012.