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  • [Truth Paragon] BBC: RT (Russian State Broadcaster) Leaked 'Sherlock' Series Finale

    01/15/2017 11:04:50 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    Telegraph Co UK ^ | 01/15/2017 | Patrick Foster and Roland Oliphant
    The BBC is trying to establish whether an episode of Sherlock was deliberately leaked from within the offices of a Russian state broadcaster, after last nightís hotly-anticipated series finale was circulated on the internet ahead of transmission.
  • Jerry Pournelle Wins the National Space Society Robert A. Heinlein Award

    04/13/2016 9:21:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    File 770 ^ | April 12, 2016 | Mike Glyer
    National Space Society members have voted the 2016 Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award to Dr. Jerry Pournelle... (This award is distinguished from the Heinlein Award given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and co-funded by The Heinlein Society, and the Heinlein Prize for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities administered by The Heinlein Trust.)
  • Obama wants to quadruple military spending in Europe to counter Russian aggression

    02/02/2016 5:42:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    In another acknowledgment that sanctions and diplomacy haven't deterred Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, the Obama administration said Tuesday it wants to quadruple military spending in Europe to reassure NATO allies still anxious over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. The spending would increase to $3.4 billion under the new plan, which will be introduced next week as part of Mr. Obama's final budget. Having been unable to dislodge Russian President Vladimir Putin's proxy forces from Ukraine through diplomacy, Mr. Obama now wants to spend the extra money on "continuous U.S. armored brigade rotations" through stations in Central and Eastern Europe, beefed-up...
  • Obama acknowledges California attack as terrorism

    12/05/2015 2:21:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/12/15 | Matt Wanderman
    President Barack Obama says that the US "will not be terrorized," after ISIS congratulated Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik for killing 14 people in California this past week. Malik swore allegiance to ISIS on her Facebook account and the FBI says that it is treating the incident as an act of terror. "It is entirely possible that these two attackers were radicalized to commit this act of terror," acknowledged President Obama. During his weekly address to the public, Obama said, "We are Americans. We will uphold our values -- a free and open society. We are strong. And we are...
  • MSNBC frets ‚Äútsunami of hatred‚ÄĚ will meet Muslims in France

    11/15/2015 12:25:43 PM PST · by markomalley · 75 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 11/15/15 | Pamela Geller
    <p>This is pathological. The enemy is killing us in our own homeland ‚Äď everywhere and the left‚Äôs chief concern is destroying anyone that speaks against it or tries to stop them.</p> <p>This led¬†host Tamron Hall to ‚Äúrecall concerns that a ‚Äėtsunami of hatred may await Muslims.‚Äô‚ÄĚ The extent of support that the Islamic State may have among Muslims in France was of no concern to Tamron Hall. MSNBC, without thinking twice about the jihad threat, simply falls into default mode: Muslims are victims, no matter how many Infidels are dead.</p>
  • Chuck Todd: Obama Foreign Policy ĎDoesnít Seem To Existí

    02/07/2015 5:41:15 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | February 05, 2015
    Chuck Todd: Obama Foreign Policy ĎDoesnít Seem To Existí By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times - Friday, February 6, 2015 NBCís ďMeet the PressĒ host teased this weekendís edition by saying he would talk about President Obamaís foreign policy, which ďdoesnít seem to exist.Ē
  • Obama security agenda urges Ďstrategic patience,í drawing criticism amid ISIS threat

    02/06/2015 6:39:04 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 47 replies ^ | 2/6/15 | FoxNews/AP
    President Obama unveiled a national security strategy on Friday that called for "strategic patience" and warned against American "overreach" -- an approach that drew criticism as some lawmakers say the rising threat from the Islamic State demands a more urgent response. The 29-page document is meant to serve as a blueprint for Obama's final two years in office. The strategy cast the U.S. as an indispensable force in combating global challenges -- including terrorism, climate change and cyber threats.
  • CDC: U.S. health worker with Ebola should not have flown on commercial jet

    10/15/2014 2:27:20 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies
    The second Dallas health care worker who was found to have the Ebola virus should not have boarded a commercial jet Monday, health officials say.
  • Can anyone recommend any good books on American foreign policy?

    02/05/2014 7:55:55 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    February 5, 2014 | Ennis85
    About a year ago, I posted a thread asking for recommendations for good republican memoirs. Since then I've complied quite a reading list. Going on the recommendations that were given to me(which I'm pretty grateful for), I got a few Richard Nixon books(No more Vietnams, The real war, Leaders) George Bush and Dick Cheney's books and others. I'm still to get through the last two, but I've finished reading through No more Vietnams and currently getting through the other Nixon books. But No more Vietnams really quite impressed me by how well detailed and informative it was and this...
  • Tarnished Brass: Is the U.S. Military Profession in Decline?

    02/01/2014 6:27:41 PM PST · by robowombat · 49 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Spring 2009 | Richard H. Kohn
    Tarnished Brass: Is the U.S. Military Profession in Decline? Richard H. Kohn Nearly twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the American military, financed by more money than the entire rest of the world spends on its armed forces, failed to defeat insurgencies or fully suppress sectarian civil wars in two crucial countries, each with less than a tenth of the U.S. population, after overthrowing those nationsí governments in a matter of weeks. Evidence of overuse and understrength in the military abounds: the longest individual overseas deployments since World War II and repeated rotations into those deployments; the...
  • Saturday Night Lies

    01/13/2014 10:00:44 AM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 6, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    In October, shortly after her controversial MTV Video Music Awards act, Miley Cyrus hosted an episode of ďSaturday Night Live.Ē She gave audiences another R-rated performance by donning a brown wig to cover her blond Mohawk and grinding to the song, ďWe Did StopĒóa spoof of her summer hit, ďWe Canít Stop.Ē Who was Cyrus supposed to be? Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), partying with a flamboyant Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), portrayed by cast member Taran Killam. Bachmann (Cyrus) and Boehner (Killiam) were celebrating the successful shutdown of the federal government, thus proving they could ďdo whatever they want.Ē Ha. Politically...
  • Athletes' Minds Excel at Motion Tracking

    01/31/2013 2:34:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 31, 2013 | Tanya Lewis
    What made Wayne Gretzky a hockey legend or Ronaldo a soccer star may have had more to do with brains than brawn. Professional athletes process complex visual scenes faster than other people, a new study finds.
  • Navy Expected to Recommend a Force of About 300 Ships

    03/23/2012 9:08:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 30 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/16/2012 | Sandra Erwin
    A "force structure" review that is about to be completed is likely to recommend that the Navy needs around 300 ships to meet its future demands. The study is not yet finished, but could be presented to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as early as next week, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert. A 300-ship Navy is slightly larger than the current fleet of 285, but it is smaller than previous recommendations. Navy leaders since 2006 have said the fleet should grow to 313 ships. During a breakfast with reporters March 16, Greenert said the review is not...
  • Pakistanís Failed National Strategy

    05/04/2011 10:53:12 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 5 replies
    The American Interest ^ | August 17, 2010 | Walter Russell Mead
    August 17, 2010 Pakistanís Failed National Strategy Walter Russell Mead The unremitting spate of bad news from Pakistan continues; rains are still drenching the highlands and the devastation continues to spread down the river valleys.† This yearís harvest has been ruined; increasingly, it seems unlikely that farmers will be able to plant fall crops.† While visiting Pakistan earlier this month, I posted on the roots of Pakistanís rage, doing my best to explain why so many Pakistanis are so angry with the United States.† That is one side of the story; but equally mysterious to many people and especially in...
  • Mark Steyn on Obama's lack of conviction on foreign policy.....

    04/01/2011 2:13:29 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 1 Apr 2011 | Mark Steyn
    HH: I begin with Columnist To the World, Mark Steyn. You can read all of Markís work at Iím going to be seeing you out this way in a couple of weeks, Mark Steyn. I find you in the Big Apple tonight. Do they have any better sense of what the American foreign policy is in Libya in New York than they do in California? MS: No. And indeed, it may be an entirely different foreign policy in New York than it is in California. This war is getting more incoherent by the day, and I think the reason...
  • Obamas National Security Strategy

    03/26/2011 6:44:35 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies ^ | May 2010 | White House
    SNIP Disrupt, Dismantle, and Defeat Al-Qaíida and its Violent Extremist Affiliates in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Around the World The United States is waging a global campaign against al-Qaíida and its terrorist affiliates. To disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaíida and its affiliates, we are pursuing a strategy that protects our homeland, secures the worldís most dangerous weapons and material, denies al-Qaíida safe haven, and builds positive partnerships with Muslim communities around the world. Success requires a broad, sustained, and integrated campaign that judiciously applies every tool of American poweróboth military and civilianóas well as the concerted efforts of like-minded states and...
  • U.S. considering combining military, international affairs budgets

    11/18/2010 11:20:53 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 18, 2010 | By KEVIN BARON
    ARLINGTON, Va. ó The Obama administration is considering creating a unified national security budget that would combine elements of the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development with the Pentagon, according to a draft copy of a long-awaited foreign policy strategy review shared with Congress this week. Citing the joint planning required between U.S. military and civilian agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the proposal is one of several that would put the U.S. diplomatic corps and its lead global humanitarian agency on a stronger national security footing, according to a draft of the State Departmentís first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and...
  • What is our central american strategy?

    11/14/2010 5:16:30 PM PST · by agee · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Founding Ideals ^ | November 14, 2010 | Aaron Gee
    Nicaragua invaded and assumed control of a small section of Costa Rica in late October. At first Nicaragua blamed the incursion on Google Maps. This farcical explanation belies the fact that Nicaragua has for years wanted the property on the other side of the San Juan River for its own canal from the Pacific to Atlantic. That project was originally dreamed up when Nicaragua was a Soviet Client state and a completed canal project would be a game changer. Currently the canal project is funded by Iran and Venezuela while Nicaragua is led by the same man that led the...
  • Openings Give Obama Chance to Shape Military - mass exodus of military brass "virtually unheard of"

    11/10/2010 1:24:24 PM PST · by opentalk · 20 replies
    AOL News ^ | November 8, 2010 | Andrea Stone
    Here's one place with plenty of job openings: the "E" Ring of the Pentagon. In the next several months, the secretary of defense and four of the six uniformed members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are expected to retire. This kind of mass exodus of military brass is "virtually unheard of," said John Ullyot, a Republican strategist and former spokesman for the Senate Armed Services Committee. "It's very rare to have so many service chiefs up" all at once, he said. "Even in peacetime this would be a lot of turnover, a lot of change for the biggest part...
  • Daily Beast: Obama NSA didnít agree to leave, he was forced out

    10/08/2010 3:52:38 PM PDT · by Justaham · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10-8-10 | Allahpundit
    ďWe have a lot of transition at this point here,Ē said one senior Obama aide. ďThey decided the time was right to bring forward his departure and for Jones to step aside. We always knew it was going to be roughly in this window, at the end of this year. But weíre making a lot of changes now with Rahm leaving, and there was a sense of just, ĎLetís get this done now.íĒ But there was more to the timing than the ripple effects of Rahmís departure. Next month President Obama begins to travel again overseas, and in December he...
  • Breaking On Fox: James Jones To Step Down As National Security Advisor

    10/08/2010 7:09:34 AM PDT · by careyb · 91 replies
    Fox | 10/8/10 | Fox/AP
    Nothing further yet. Just a one line headline from AP.
  • Retiring Air Force intel chief sounds alarm on American air superiority

    09/14/2010 2:19:37 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 14, 2010 | Kevin Baron,
    OXON HILL, Md. ó The U.S. Air Forceís former top intelligence officer warned a roomful of generals this week that the U.S. has lost its air power advantages and is dangerously ill-prepared to stop the gap-closing efforts of China and Russia. Lt. Gen. David Deptula, a former F-15 pilot , challenged Defense Secretary Robert Gatesí fundamental belief that U.S. air power vastly overmatches any foreign military. ďFor the first time, our claim to air supremacy is in jeopardy,Ē Deptula told the Air Force Associationís national convention on Monday. At the same forum last year, Gates defended ordering a halt to...
  • Obama's US Assassination Program? Part 1

    07/27/2010 11:03:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies · 10+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/27/2010 | Chuck Norris
    Sound too conspiratorial to be true? Like the cover-up ops of spy novels? Well, it's reality. And it is possibly the most bizarre, inhumane and abusive way that the White House is expanding its power over the American people. It's not an extremist belief or theory of the far right. It's a fact that has been confirmed by The New York Times, The Washington Post and MSNBC and even documented by the far-left online magazine And it's the gravest nightmare of U.S. citizens and abandonment of our Constitution to date: a presidential assassination program in which U.S. citizens are...
  • White House shifts Afghanistan strategy towards talks with Taliban

    07/19/2010 8:17:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 3+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | 7/19/10 | Ewen MacAskill and Simon Tisdall
    The White House is revising its Afghanistan strategy to embrace the idea of negotiating with senior members of the Taliban through third parties Ė a policy to which it had previously been lukewarm. Negotiating with the Taliban has long been advocated by Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, and the British and Pakistani governments, but resisted by Washington. The Guardian has learned that while the American government is still officially resistant to the idea of talks with Taliban leaders, behind the scenes a shift is under way and Washington is encouraging Karzai to take a lead in such negotiations. "There is...
  • Pressure on Petraeus to ease war rules

    06/25/2010 10:30:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies
    JPost ^ | Jun 26, 2010
    Troops want more protection from the new US commander in Afghanistan. NATO forces fighting in southern Afghanistan face a Catch-22 dilemma: how to protect troops against an enemy that lives ó and fights ó among the population without killing civilians and turning the people against the US-led mission. There are complaints from the ranks about restrictive policies which place their lives at risks and this is one of the issues facing General David Petraeus ó along with relations with a weak Afghan government and jittery allies; slow and uncertain progress
  • In Afghanistan, doubts grow and weariness deepens

    06/23/2010 11:58:15 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 24, 2010 | Laura King
    For many Afghans, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's dismissal over intemperate remarks in a magazine profile has served mainly to underscore their own weariness with a conflict that has dragged on for nearly nine years with no end in sight.For some, the general's woes have sharpened fears that the Western campaign against the Taliban movement ó which ruled the country for five long, harsh years ó is floundering. And many Afghans think that the Americans, like the Soviet Union two decades ago and so many would-be conquerors, ultimately will fail.McChrystal won the respect, even affection, of many Afghans with...
  • McChrystal forces Obama into a no-win situation

    06/23/2010 2:03:42 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 49 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jun 22 2010 | Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON ó President Barack Obama faces two grim choices on Wednesday: Fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal and risk looking like heís lost control of the war in Afghanistan. Or keep him and risk looking like heís lost control of his generals. Even before McChrystalís very public slap at his boss surfaced on Monday night, the White House was already bristling at the perception that the war in Afghanistan was becoming unwinnable. The decisive military offensive to clear the strategic town of Marjah has foundered. Another, bigger offensive to drive the Taliban from its home turf in Kandahar has been delayed. U.S....
  • Obama's mixed Afghanistan messages

    06/17/2010 10:53:21 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 227+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 17, 2010 | By Doyle McManus
    Choices are stark: Stick to the timetable and drawdown, or stick it out until the job is done. And so far, he has signaled intent to do both. The news from Afghanistan has been bad lately. The military campaign to win control of Kandahar, the country's second-largest city, has slowed to a crawl. Taliban insurgents have filtered back into parts of southern Afghanistan that U.S. Marines had cleared in the spring. President Hamid Karzai, the erratic leader of Afghanistan's civilian government, has given only halfhearted support to the U.S.-led military effort ó and has done little to clean up the...
  • The Other Great Debate (NASA AA Garver Put on Hot Seat Over Obama Space Policy)

    05/30/2010 6:45:28 PM PDT · by anymouse · 8 replies · 408+ views
    Space Politics Blog ^ | May 30, 2010 | Jeff Foust
    The so-called ďGreat DebateĒ at the National Space Societyís (NSS) International Space and Development Conference (ISDC) in Chicago on Saturday afternoon featuring Mars Society founder Robert Zubrin and former Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart was something of a dud, in part because it wasnít that much of a debate: after ten-minute opening statements by Zubrin (who opposes the agencyís proposed plans) and Schweickart (who supports them), the floor was turned over to the audience, some of whom asked questions of the two, and others who simply expressed their opinions. Conference organizers explained that the event wasnít intended to be a debate...
  • Obamaís security strategy falls short

    05/30/2010 6:14:20 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 6 replies · 454+ views ^ | May 30, 2010 | By Clive Crook
    The administration of Barack Obama sees its new National Security Strategy ¬Ė a statement the White House sends Congress from time to time ¬Ė as‚ÄČa work of great importance, a radical departure from its predecessor¬ís thinking. It is neither; nor, for that matter, is it a strategy.
  • Brennan's Surrender

    05/28/2010 5:40:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 570+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 28, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    War On Terror: We've seen the enemy and it's not just the jihadists. It's also our own government, which refuses to see this very real enemy. How can we fight and defeat what we refuse to see? First it was the Pentagon, which whitewashed jihad's obvious role in the Fort Hood massacre. Then it was the attorney general, who during congressional testimony couldn't bring himself to say that "radical Islam" motivated the turncoat Muslim soldier who opened fire at the base. Or the Muslim terrorist who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner. Or the Muslim terrorist who tried to...
  • New National Strategy Takes 'Whole-of-Government' Approach

    05/28/2010 1:11:57 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 433+ views (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | May 27, 2010 | Jim Garamone
    Note: The following text is a quote: New National Strategy Takes ĎWhole-of-Governmentí Approach By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010 Ė The Obama Administration has instituted a ďwhole-of-governmentĒ approach within the new National Security Strategy presented to Congress today. The security strategy is the first presented by President Barack Obama, and it builds on the lessons learned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and on the research conducted for the Quadrennial Defense Review issued in February. The National Security Strategy is used to formulate the National Defense Strategy and the National Military Strategy. ďOur strategy...
  • Obama redefines national security strategy, looks beyond military might (HUGE BARF Alert)

    05/27/2010 12:20:36 PM PDT · by pabianice · 14 replies · 317+ views
    In a broad redefinition of U.S. strategic priorities, President Obama has said that the United States must revitalize its own economic, moral and innovative strength if it is to continue to lead the world. Just as it did following World War II, the United States today must also shape a new international order and system of global institutions that reflect a 21st century reality in which "America's greatness is not assured," Obama says in a 52-page "National Security Strategy" released Thursday morning. "As we fight the wars in front of us, we must see the horizon beyond them," he writes...
  • President Obama's national security strategy looks beyond military might

    05/26/2010 9:59:20 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 46 replies · 877+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2010 | Karen DeYoung
    Implicitly rejecting the antiterrorism rhetoric of the Bush administration, Brennan said that "our enemy is not terrorism, because terrorism is but a tactic. Our enemy is not terror, because terror is a state of mind and, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear." "Nor do we describe our enemy as jihadists or Islamists," Brennan said, because use of these religious terms would "play into the false perception" that al-Qaeda and its affiliates are "religious leaders and defending a holy cause, when in fact, they are nothing more than murderers." " action that eliminates a single terrorist but causes civilian...
  • "Securing the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and Values" [ John Brennan]

    05/26/2010 4:01:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies · 510+ views - Speech ^ | For Immediate Release May 26, 2010 | n/a # Note: The following text is a quote: Home ē Briefing Room ē Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 26, 2010 Remarks by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan at CSIS ďSecuring the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and ValuesĒ Thank you very much John, and I would like to take a moment to express my appreciation to CSIS for inviting me back. You invited me here a little after six months after I came into this administration and I greatly appreciate the invitation...
  • White House can be a tough fit for ex-military officers

    05/24/2010 10:00:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies · 729+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2010 | By Anne E. Kornblut and Scott Wilson
    President Obama's firing of retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair as director of national intelligence highlights a pattern of problems involving senior officials in Obama's administration who once served in the upper ranks of the military. In addition to Blair, national security adviser James L. Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry and Sudan special envoy L. Scott Gration have faced questions about their performance inside and outside the government. All four achieved the rank of admiral or general before joining the administration. White House officials say that, other than Blair, the men have largely succeeded after sometimes difficult starts,...
  • Obama's new security strategy: Too soft?

    05/24/2010 9:52:44 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 239+ views ^ | MAY 24, 2010
    Best Opinion: Riehl World View, Wash. Independent, Power Line President Obama has outlined a new national security strategy rooted in diplomacy and international alliances, which some see as a repudiation of George W. Bush's policy emphasizing America's right to wage pre-emptive war. Obama previewed his new approach in a commencement address at West Point ó the same place his predecessor had introduced what became known as "the Bush doctrine" in the aftermath of 9/11. Is Obama's strategy wise, or is he going soft on terrorism? (Watch Obama's comments on "international order") Obama's weak, like past Democratic presidents: "There's nothing new...
  • Obama: U.S. natíl security strategy to be based on education, clean energy, rights for terrorists

    05/23/2010 10:01:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 32 replies · 762+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 5/23/10 | Byron York
    President Obamaís speech at West Point Saturday is the most sweeping statement yet of his plan to create a national security policy emphasizing education, clean energy, green jobs, anti-climate change measures, the granting of full American constitutional rights to accused terrorists, and ďengagementĒ with Americaís enemies. Obama is set to release his first formal full-scale national security strategy in the coming week. At West Point, he told the Class of 2010 that the United States must ďsee the horizonĒ beyond the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To reach that horizon, he explained, ďwe must pursue a strategy of national renewal...
  • At West Point, Obama talks of a new 'international order'

    05/22/2010 8:26:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 148 replies · 3,886+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2010 | By Michael Shear
    WEST POINT -- President Obama on Saturday pledged to shape a new "international order" as part of a national security strategy that emphasizes the president's belief in global institutions and America's role in promoting Democratic values around the world. "The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times,'" he said in prepared remarks. "Countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds."
  • PHILOSOPHY: WHO NEEDS IT? (The IMPORTANT West Point Commencement Speech)

    05/22/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 34 replies · 843+ views
    Gifts of Speech ^ | March 6, 1974 | Ayn Rand
    Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York - March 6, 1974 Since I am a fiction writer, let us start with a short short story. Suppose that you are an astronaut whose spaceship gets out of control and crashes on an unknown planet. When you regain consciousness and find that you are not hurt badly, the first three questions in or mind would be: Where am I? How can I discover it? What should I do? You see unfamiliar vegetation outside, and there is air to breathe; the sunlight seems paler...
  • At West Point, Obama talks up national security strategy ("international order we seek")

    05/22/2010 10:06:09 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 65 replies · 1,820+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2010 | Michael D. Shear
    "The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times,'" he said in prepared remarks. "Countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds." "Yes, we are clear-eyed about the shortfalls of our international system. But America has not succeeded by stepping outside the currents of international cooperation," he said. "We have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice -- so...
  • Rudderless

    05/21/2010 7:19:01 AM PDT · by KosmicKitty · 7 replies · 289+ views
    Pajama Media ^ | 5/21/2010 | Richard Fernandez
    Noah Schactman at Wired argues that the real national security choices that Barack Obama has made over his tenure have been largely misunderstood. They are not between competing models of security but are driven by somethng else. To make his point, Schactman cites a Reuters article quoting counterterrorism officials as saying that the closure of Guantanamo Bay has made it necessary to drone-kill more militants because ďthereís nowhere to put themĒ.
  • Dennis Blair out as Director of National Intelligence

    05/20/2010 3:31:37 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 81 replies · 2,608+ views
    Politico ^ | May 20, 2010 | Politico
    BREAKING: President Obama will replace his Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, POLITICO has confirmed. "We expect Admiral Blair to offer his resignation tomorrow," an official said. "We have been interviewing several strong candidates to be his replacement. "
  • Intelligence director leaves after feuding with White House

    05/20/2010 10:42:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies · 1,100+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM | Jonathan S. Landay McClatchy Newspapers
    The nation's top intelligence officer, director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, announced his resignation Thursday after months of friction and repeated duels with White House officials. WASHINGTON ó The nation's top intelligence officer, director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, announced his resignation Thursday after months of friction and repeated duels with White House officials. The retired Navy admiral gave no reason for his departure in his public statement, nor did he express thanks to President Obama for the opportunity to serve in his administration. A U.S. official indicated Obama had asked Blair to resign, saying a job search was well...
  • Air Force to Fully Align with National Security Strategy

    05/15/2010 9:37:22 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 309+ views ^ | May 14, 2010 | by Michael Cheek
    The U.S. Air Force is looking to align its work with ďa new National Security Strategy, the Department of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review, and strategic reviews of the Nationís space, nuclear and ballistic missile defense postures,Ē according to testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. During a hearing earlier this week, Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force, and General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff, testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the Air Forceís FY2011 Budget. The budget, a proposed $119.6 billion, is spread out between meeting the current and future needs of the...
  • Krauthammer: Not Using "Radical Islam" Like Not Using "Nazism" in WWII or "Communism" in Cold War

    05/15/2010 3:27:44 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 30 replies · 614+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 15, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Charles Krauthammer reacting to Attorney General Eric Holder's unwillingness to use the term "Radical Islam" to describe what incites terrorists to attack the United States. Krauthammer said it is absurd to not call the ideology behind the enemy what it is - "Radical Islam." In fact, he likened this politically-correct attitude displayed by Holder in a recent hearing to how absurd it would have been to never speak of "Communism" during the Cold War, or "Nazism" during World War II as the ideologies behind the enemy. Krauthammer could not be more right! But in the PC...
  • Defense in the Driverís Seat

    05/10/2010 9:33:18 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 247+ views
    NRO ^ | May 10, 2010 | Mackenzie Eaglen
    This weekend, the secretary of defense called for additional spending cuts to keep the defense budget flat for the future. But flat budgets arenít always smart budgets ó or even an effective way to cut waste. The defense budget doesnít need simple cuts. It needs true reform. The Heritage Foundation has long argued that internal defense-budget imbalances continue to threaten the modernization of Americaís military equipment. Real reform ó beyond weapons system cuts ó must be enacted to funnel money back to this priority. Unfortunately, Sec. Robert Gates continues to let the defense tail wag the foreign-policy dog. His Kansas...
  • After the Times Square Bomber: What Is Obama's Terrorism Strategy?

    05/08/2010 8:53:18 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies · 808+ views ^ | May 5, 2010 | Walter Shapiro
    The 53 hours from the primed-to-explode Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square to the nick-of-time arrest of Faisal Shahzad underlined the single undeniable truth of 21st-century terrorism. The best defense against a terrorist attack is not the CIA, the FBI, Predator drones or Jack Bauer, but the New York Police Department. The FBI lost Shahzad on his way to Kennedy International Airport on Monday night and his name on the do-not-fly list failed to prevent him from initially boarding an Emirates jet to Dubai. But from the moment a street vendor alerted a mounted police officer in Times Square about white...
  • PC on Islamic extremism puts us at risk

    05/08/2010 9:30:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 2 replies · 157+ views ^ | May 7, 2010 | S.E. Cupp
    (CNN) -- In the hours following the Times Square car-bombing attempt, some in the media -- as well as some public officials -- insisted we shouldn't rush to judgment about the identity or motives of the person responsible for the failed attack. He could be, they insisted, just a homegrown nut job.
  • Administration downplays Islamic extremism

    05/08/2010 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 585+ views ^ | May 8, 2010 | Jonathan Gurwitz
    At this point, the Department of Homeland Security might want to reconsider the proposition that veterans, gun rights activists and people upset about illegal immigration pose the greatest threat of domestic terrorism. A DHS intelligence assessment released to law enforcement agencies last year warned that right-wing extremist groups were advancing their recruitment efforts among such crowds. Not that white supremacists and militia goons don't deserve close scrutiny. Given their rhetoric and propensity for violence, it would be foolish not to keep a wary eye on them. But it would be even more foolish if you were a president or a...