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  • French Army Chief of Staff Resigns After Budget Cut Fight With President Macron

    07/19/2017 11:35:50 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07-19-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    If this doesn't convince you that Donald Trump was absolutely right to criticize European leaders for not sufficiently investing in defense, I don't know what will: "General Pierre de Villiers, the French army’s chief of staff, resigned on Wednesday after an increasingly bitter public feud with President Emmanuel Macron over proposed budget cuts to the military." "In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country," the general...
  • Turkey edges towards S400 missile deal with Russia despite US plea

    07/14/2017 6:37:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Washington Hatti US ^ | July 13, 2017 | none stated
    Turkey is inching closer to buying Russian-made S400 missiles, despite a recent flurry of entreaties from the US for it to remain reliant on its Nato ally for air defence, according to two officials familiar with the matter told Financial Times. Turkey and Russia have agreed a price of as much as $3bn for four missile battery systems and a number of missiles, a senior Turkish official told the FT. Bloomberg earlier reported the price as $2.5bn, which included a requirement that two of the batteries be manufactured or assembled in Turkey as part of a “technology transfer” agreement. A...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Libyan Army Spox Says Obama, Clinton 'Abandoned the Libyan People to the Terrorists'

    07/11/2017 12:54:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11 July 2017 | Patrick Poole
    In an exclusive interview with PJ Media, the Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, Col. Ahmed al-Mesmari, says that President Obama and Hillary Clinton "abandoned the Libyan people to face these terrorists alone." He also implicates the Obama administration in supporting terrorist militias -- including Libyan al-Qaeda leader Abdelhakim Belhadj and Muslim Brotherhood militias allied to al-Qaeda. Col. al-Mesmari also claims that the February 17th Martyrs Brigade -- hired by Hillary Clinton's State Department to protect the U.S. consulate in Benghazi -- cooperated with Ansar al-Sharia in attacking the consulate compound on September 12, 2012. That attack led to the deaths...
  • Poland wants Trump's vow of protection from Russian activity

    07/03/2017 3:05:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 3, 2017 | monika scislowska, The Associated Press
    Poland's government would like visiting President Donald Trump to make assurances this week that the presence of U.S. and NATO troops in Poland will continue as long as the region's security is threatened by Russia, the foreign minister said Monday. Trump is to deliver a speech in Warsaw during a brief visit Thursday. The visit comes before Trump attends a G-20 summit in Germany, where he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Poland and other nations in the region that were under Moscow's dominance in the communist era are concerned for their security because of Russia's increased military activity, some...
  • NATO and Cyberwar: Will Britain Invoke Article 5?

    07/03/2017 4:23:32 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | July 3, 2017 | Jed Babbin
    On November 19, 1919, Congress rejected the Versailles Treaty ending World War I and with it the charter of the League of Nations which was a key part of it. Principal among the reasons for the treaty’s rejection was a provision that committed the United States, along with the other members of the League, to the mutual defense of any member that was attacked militarily. Because treaties are the supreme law of the land — second only to the Constitution — Congress refused to surrender its power to declare war. Almost thirty years later, Congress ratified the NATO Treaty despite...
  • Trump Intends To Add Two Prominent Conservatives To His Administration

    06/30/2017 10:29:50 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/30/2017 | Alex Pfeiffer
    President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he intends to bring on former Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky and former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson to his administration. Bailey Hutchinson was formally nominated to serve as ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and von Spakovsky will be appointed to serve on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
  • Modi-Trump meet: Why I have low expectations

    06/24/2017 2:56:02 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Rajeev Srinivasan
    Here's why Rajeev Srinivasan believes there will be nothing particularly positive about the prime minister's US visit. IMAGE: The fact that it has taken this long for the US to extend an invitation to Narendra Modi suggests that India is not on Donald Trump's event horizon. Photographs: Peter Nicholls/Getty Images and Carlos Barria/Reuters Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not naive, so he is surely approaching his fifth visit to the United States, and his first meeting with US President Donald Trump with careful preparation. He is also deliberately creating low expectations. Unlike the hoopla of his previous Madison Square Gardens...
  • 'Russian aggression in the Caribbean sparks fears of new Cold War.' Sorry, no it doesn't.....

    06/19/2017 8:07:39 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    Peter Hichens Blog ^ | 6/19/2017 | Peter Hitchens
    ....but I suspect you'd be inclined to believe it if you read the following..... 'Russia last week deployed strategic nuclear bombers in the Caribbean, while Russian naval infantry simulated an air assault nearby. Russian heavy artillery also took part in a major live firing exercise in the Kaliningrad enclave, a few miles from Polish and Lithuanian NATO territory. This is typical of Russia's aggressive posture in the new Cold War.' Actually, I made all that up. Here is what actually happened, as reported in yesterday's (June 18 2017) Sunday Times: 'Russia's western enclave of Kaliningrad was surrounded on three sides...
  • For NATO, Time to Clarify Goals

    06/19/2017 5:57:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | June 19, 2017 | Peter Skurkiss
    During President Trump's recent visit to Europe, much was made of the fact that in a speech before NATO leaders, he did not explicitly affirm America's commitment to NATO's Article V. This put much of European opinion on edge and was one of the things that prompted German Chancellor Merkel to brazenly hint that Europe might have to 'go it alone.' Everyone knows about Article V, right? It is repeated ad infinitum in press releases and news stories about NATO. "An attack on one member state is an attack on all." The implication here is if, say, Russia overtly attacked...
  • Turkey's dismissed NATO officers admit massacres against Kurds

    06/18/2017 8:04:10 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | 7 Jun 2017, 12:52 | News Desk
    Vocal Europe news site has published an interview based on an extensive, full of inquiries and recorded conversation with five former Turkish Senior Officers, from Armed Forces, Air Forces and Navy, who served at SHAPE and NATO Headquarters in Belgium and who were purged after the attempted coup on 15 July last year. The interview gives place to the five officers' opinions on the coup attempt of 15th July 2015, and confessions on the situation of the Turkish army. The officers state that the Turkish army has been suffering heavy losses, and hold ErdoÄźan's supporters responsible for the deadlock...
  • USAF Or NATO Should Snap Up The RAF's Retiring R1 Sentinel Radar Planes

    06/16/2017 9:01:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 16, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The Royal Air Force is being forced to give up one of its most powerful surveillance assets—its fleet of five Sentinel R1 ground targeting radar planes—due to competing budgetary priorities and yet another round of governmental cost saving measures. The R1 fleet has "been on borrowed time" fiscally for most its relatively short service life, but the final decision to axe the planes once and for all seems to have finally occurred, and they will be phased by the end of the decade. Although this is a major blow to UK Ministry of Defense's portfolio of capabilities, it is an...
  • KCK's Hozat: ISIS will receive the lethal blow in Raqqa

    06/14/2017 9:49:21 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    ANF News ^ | 7 Jun 2017, 11:03 | News Desk
    KCK Executive Council Co-chair Besê Hozat stressed that the control over Raqqa will be significant for Syria in general as well, and stated that ISIS will receive the lethal blow in Raqqa. KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council Co-chair Besê Hozat spoke about the latest developments in Raqqa to the News Channel TV. Hozat stated that the just-launched Raqqa operation created intense conflict and squabbles among the international and regional powers and said: “The strategic location of Raqqa makes it strategic for the future of Syria. The war is at Raqqa’s door, and the conflicts and rivalries increased. There is...
  • German Commanders Order Troops to Imagine “Bang” Noise from Gunfire

    06/10/2017 4:07:47 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | June 10, 2017 | Katrina
    German Commanders Order Troops to Imagine “Bang” Noise from Gunfire By Katrina on June 10, 2017 at 11:37am The lack of spending on military defense across Europe is taking its toll as troops in Germany have been told to imagine the sound of gunfire during training when munitions are scarce to nonexistent. According to a Wall Street Journal report in early June (subscription required), members of Germany’s Light Infantry Battalion 413 near the Baltic Sea coast reported last year that they didn’t have enough equipment — anti-tank weapons, sniper rifles or vehicles — to simulate battle. When it became clear...
  • More Rational Policies in Our Future?

    06/10/2017 6:31:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    In the wake of President Trump’s exit from the Paris climate treaty, reactions from other quarters were predictably swift, nasty, sanctimonious and hypocritical.Al Gore paused near one of the private jets he takes to hector lesser mortals to say the action will bring “a global weather apocalypse.” Billionaire Tom Steyer got rich selling coal but called the President’s action “a traitorous act of war.” Actor-activist Mark Ruffalo railed that Trump has “the death of whole nations on his hands.” Michael Moore said the action was “a crime against humanity.” Former President Obama said it threatened “the one planet we’ve...
  • After sowing doubts, Trump backs NATO mutual defense under charter

    06/09/2017 9:30:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 9, 2017 | 9:16pm EDT | Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he backs the NATO charter’s demand that all members be prepared to defend each other, weeks after jarring allies by not restating U.S. support for the agreement. At a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Trump said he supports the NATO charter’s Article 5, the requirement that each member of the alliance defend each other if they come under attack. During a visit to NATO headquarters last month in Brussels, Trump had pointedly not mentioned U.S. support for the critical portion of the NATO charter. He used his speech there...
  • Giving Terrorists No Quarter in Afghanistan

    06/08/2017 3:49:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2017 | Ed Feulner
    Chances are, you heard plenty about the latest terrorist attacks in Britain. But the chances that you heard about the most recent attack in Afghanistan -- in which a suicide truck bomber set off his deadly payload in rush-hour traffic near the German embassy in Kabul -- are much lower. Why? Perhaps it’s a natural consequence of news overload when it comes to terrorism. When such attacks become common, it takes a lot to cut through the headline clutter and make an impression. Or it could be because the war in Afghanistan has gone on for so long that we’re...
  • German president says Europe must stay committed to Balkans

    06/03/2017 4:14:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2017 3:01 PM EDT
    Despite its own many problems, Europe should remain committed to the western Balkans amid renewed tensions stemming from the wars of the 1990s, Germany’s president said Saturday. Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke in Slovenia after a European Union-backed meeting of Balkan leaders designed to boost cooperation in the troubled region. A joint statement called for further EU integration, strengthening of dialogue and refraining from “nationalistic and inflammatory rhetoric.” Steinmeier said in comments translated into English that “the discussion today has shown that the past has not been fully overcome.” He also warned that “what happens in this region and also what doesn’t...
  • Some NATO members deserved verbal shove from Trump

    06/02/2017 5:35:32 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 4 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 6/1 | peter lucas
    Look at it this way: At least President Donald Trump refrained from body slamming Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic at the NATO summit last week. Dusko was lucky. Trump, obviously irritated at being surrounded by a bunch of European freeloaders and deadbeats, pushed the Montenegro leader aside when Dusko appeared to have stepped in front of Trump at a photo op.
  • #covfefe - The Power of Trump Fu

    05/31/2017 5:50:34 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 61 replies
    Nationalist Pundit ^ | May 31, 2017 | Andrew Zarowny
    Every morning I wake up before 5am Eastern and switch on the TV to watch the early version of ″Fox & Friends″. Aside from enjoying my breakfast with the lovely Heather Childress, I learn what the ′Big News′ item is for the day ahead. The big topic this morning was a Midnight tweet on Twitter by President Donald Trump. The story is that he allegedly misspelled the word ′coverage′ when he wrote ′covfefe′ instead in a tweet about the negative press. As a Shaolin Master Abbott of the Temple of Trump Fu, I saw the true purpose of the...
  • Negroponte: Trump's NATO Message 'Got the Emphasis Wrong'

    05/29/2017 6:09:41 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | Eric Mack
    America's first director of national intelligence, John Negroponte, expressed disappointment President Donald Trump "didn't come out with an absolutely categorical commitment to security of the NATO countries" this week. "I think that was a disappointment," Negroponte told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y. of coming short of supporting Article 5 of the NATO charter. "It was to me. I am sure it was to the Europeans." Article 5 "says an attack on one is an attack on all," Negroponte told host John Catsimatidis. "There are issues to be worked out there," Negroponte said, but adding President Trump's statements might have...