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  • New Book Demolishes Arab Armies of Sand

    04/14/2019 11:37:31 PM PDT · by robowombat · 33 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | APR 13, 2019 8:00 AM | ANDREW HARROD
    New Book Demolishes Arab Armies of Sand “Arab armed forces consistently underperformed, and underperformed in the same ways time and again, regardless of who they fought or where, the state of their politics, or the relative state of economic development between them and their foe.” So concludes scholar Kenneth M. Pollack in his magisterial book on the cultural roots of disastrous post-1945 Arab military performance, Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness. Pollack presents an encyclopedic, withering critique of Arab militaries across decades in numerous varied conflicts, to substantiate the conclusion that: Arab militaries were...
  • Mitch McConnell Tells 2020 Republicans To Run 'Independent' Of Trump

    04/12/2019 10:13:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 91 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04/11/19 | Stepher Dinan and Alex Swoyer
    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republican senators running for re-election next year should not couple their messaging to President Trump but rather run “independent” campaigns built around how they’ve helped their states. The Kentucky Republican, who is himself up for reelection, said senators’ races are big enough that they can escape the gravity of the presidential race and establish themselves on their own. Mr. McConnell also said Republicans must — and can — reverse disastrous losses in the suburbs that cost them their House majority in November’s elections. “There’s no good reason for your typical suburban resident to be frightened...
  • Moon’s mission impossible: To get Trump to ease sanctions

    04/09/2019 4:43:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Asia Times ^ | April 9, 2019 | Andrew Salmon
    The process – or non-process – of North Korean denuclearization and inter-Korean relations may well be decided on Thursday when two meetings take place: North Korea’s newly-inaugurated Supreme People’s Assembly meets and later that day, South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets US President Donald Trump in Washington. In the wake of February’s failed North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, which broke up without any agreement, experts will be watching the SPA meeting for clues toward future North Korean policy. But more mission-critical matters will be discussed in Washington. There, South Korea’s Moon faces the sternest task. In a bid to restart...
  • Don’t Let Google Fool You, Mr. President

    04/01/2019 3:50:19 PM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 31, 2019 | Mytheos Hold
    The week following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s exoneration of President Trump was, as the president might say, “so beautiful, so yuge, so fantastic.” And it’s not just Mueller. Persistent Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti has been indicted by the Southern District of New York (SDNY) for blackmail and fraud. The attempt by House Democrats to override the president’s veto of a resolution disapproving of his emergency powers failed. Network executives are now clueless about how to fill up time on shows once dedicated to goading Trump over Russia. All things considered, the president couldn’t have had a better week. However, perhaps...
  • TNS News Bulletin - Possible North Korea launch preparations

    03/31/2019 8:57:29 PM PDT · by cba123 · 18 replies
    Just a posting, to indicate that this website is apparently monitoring developments, possibly indicating an increase in threat coming from North Korea. Possibly. Maybe. Just reporting what has been reported, by the website. Or it could be, different from what is being reported.
  • Majority say they're open to re-electing Trump

    03/25/2019 1:21:37 PM PDT · by grayboots · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/25/2019 | The Hill
    A majority of registered voters in a new poll say they would consider voting President Trump into a second term. Fifty-four percent in the Hill-HarrisX survey released Monday said they would think about voting for Trump, though 46 percent of registered voters said they would not even consider casting a ballot for the president. The polling was conducted before a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusions were released. That summary reported that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, a huge win for the president. People who said they backed Trump in 2016 are...
  • Seoul official: North Korea could be dismantling rocket launch pad

    03/18/2019 11:36:41 PM PDT · by cba123 · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | By Elizabeth Shim March 18, 2019 at 7:18 AM | By Elizabeth Shim March 18, 2019 at 7:18 AM
    SEOUL, March 18 (UPI) -- South Korea's unification minister said Monday North Korea activity at a missile launch site could be preparations for a "demolition." Cho Myong-gyon, who will soon be replaced by Kim Yeon-cheol, the chief of a Seoul-run think tank, told the National Assembly's foreign affairs and unification committee opinion is divided among officials in the South whether North Korea is restarting missile-related activity or getting ready to destroy the site, Yonhap reported Monday. (Maybe. Maybe not.) UPI ping.
  • Third time a charm? Trump tries again to slash State Department funding by 25 percent

    03/11/2019 6:06:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 11, 2019 07:25 PM | Joel Gehrke
    President Trump’s administration is proposing a sharp cut in diplomatic funding for the third year in a row, even though Congress repudiated his last two State Department budgets and gave the branch billions more than he requested. “This is a back and forth with Congress,” Doug Pitkin, director of State's bureau of budget and planning, told reporters Monday. “Just because Congress has not taken up some of the reductions that were proposed over the last three years does not change the administration's position.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touted the $40 billion request for fiscal 2020, a steep decline from...
  • Trump invokes new demand for extracting billions of dollars from U.S. allies

    03/10/2019 7:52:14 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 44 replies
    MSN 'News' via Washington Compost ^ | March 10, 2019 | John Hudson, et al
    In private discussions with his aides, President Trump has devised an eye-popping formula to address one of his long-standing complaints: that allies hosting U.S. forces don’t pay Washington enough money. Under the formula, countries would pay the full cost of stationing American troops on their territory, plus 50 percent more, said U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the idea, which could have allies contributing five times what they provide. Trump calls the formula “cost plus 50,” and it has struck fear in the hearts of U.S. allies who view it as extortionate. Rumors that the formula could become a global...
  • Report: Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops

    03/10/2019 7:12:48 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 111 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES (Mideast edition) ^ | March 9, 2019, p. 6 | John Vandiver
    [photo caption] M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles converge on a smoke signal during a live-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr, Germany, in March. President Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for American protection, according to a news report. [photo credit; MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES] STUTTGART, Germany — President Donald Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for the privilege of American protection, according...
  • Kim regime worried about uprising: ex-UK ambassador to Pyongyang

    03/10/2019 3:30:38 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 20 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | March 11, 2019, p. 4 | Kim Bo-eun
    North Korea is keen to have sanctions eased, as the country faces a dire food shortage, a former U.K. ambassador to North Korea said. [photo caption] Children wave from a window at a kindergarten in Samchon, North Korea, in this photo taken by a World Food Program official in October 2015. An estimated 11 million North Koreans, more than 43 percent of the country’s population, are undernourished, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. [photo credit: Korea Times file] After a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi last month failed to produce...
  • North Korea 'preparing rocket launch', images suggest

    03/09/2019 9:18:22 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09 March 2019
    Satellite images of a facility near Pyongyang suggest that North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or a satellite. The increase in activity is around a site known as Sanumdong, where North Korea assembled most of its ballistic missiles and rockets. It comes after reports earlier this week that North Korea's main rocket launch site at Sohae had been rebuilt. Work to dismantle Sohae began last year but stopped as US talks stalled. On Friday US President Donald Trump said he would be disappointed if North Korea was to resume weapons testing. "I would be surprised in a...
  • Will this week bring Trump a Peace Prize or impeachment?

    03/05/2019 6:54:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | February 27, 2019 | David Shribman
    For all the tumult, travail and transformation that Donald Trump has wreaked on American politics in the last 25 months, his presidency and his legacy may be defined by the momentous week ahead. In the remaining days of February, Mr. Trump’s outreach with nuclear-armed North Korea and his economic combat with China could be resolved, even as the fate of his border wall and the Russia investigation – the latter holding the possibility of the fourth effort in American history to remove a president – hang in the balance. This crowded hour in history has far more than 22 minutes,...
  • North Korea’s Tongchang-ri: Rebuilding Commences on Launch Pad and Engine Test Stand (BREAKING)

    03/05/2019 7:57:28 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 119 replies
    38 North ^ | 5 March 2019 | Jack Liu and Jenny Town (Exclusive)
    Reports of a recent briefing by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) to the National Assembly’s intelligence committee noted that North Korea has started restoring structures on the rocket launch pad at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). The North had previously started to dismantle the rail-mounted transfer building on the launch pad along with the engine test stand last year at the beginning of US-DPRK negotiations. While progress was quick at first, both the launch pad and engine test stand had remained in about the same condition since August 2018. However, based on commercial satellite imagery, efforts to...
  • North Korea food production 'lowest for a decade': UN

    03/05/2019 9:31:13 PM PST · by caww · 14 replies ^ | 3/5/2020 | Sebastien BERGER
    Last year's harvest was just 4.95 million tonnes, the United Nations said in its Needs and Priorities assessment for 2019, down by 500,000 tonnes....It was "the lowest production in more than a decade", the UN's Resident Coordinator in the North Tapan Mishra said in a statement...."This has resulted in a significant food gap."..As a result 10.9 million people in the North needed humanitarian assistance -- 600,000 more than last year -- with a potential for increased malnutrition and illness. It is equivalent to 43 percent of the population. The impoverished North has been frequently condemned by the international community for...
  • Trump: For Democrats to interview a convicted liar at same time as Summit w' N. Korea is a new low

    03/03/2019 8:17:53 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 15 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 3, 2019 | Donald J. Trump
    For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the “walk.” Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!
  • [N. Korea] Video of man claiming to be Kim Jong Nam's son emerges

    03/07/2017 5:44:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 08 Mar 2017
    Video of man claiming to be Kim Jong Nam's son emerges Posted 08 Mar 2017 08:42 Updated 08 Mar 2017 09:11 KUALA LUMPUR: A YouTube video has emerged in which a man claims to be Kim Han Sol, son of the murdered North Korean believed to be Kim Jong Nam. The video titled KHS Video was uploaded on the YouTube page of a group called Cheollima Civil Defense on Tuesday (Mar 7) which contacted Channel NewsAsia after posting it. "My name is Kim Han Sol, from North Korea, part of the Kim family," the man says in the video. "My...
  • Obama was going to NUKE North Korea... Trump seeks peace and a much better outcome

    02/28/2019 7:53:29 PM PST · by topher · 15 replies
    Various Sources... Japan Times, S Korea Herald, Washington Post, and CNN Cr@p | 28-Feb-2019 | Vanity but sourced
    Japan Times Obama weighed pre-emptive strike against North Korea after fifth nuclear blast and missile tests near Japan in 2016, Woodward book claims Herald of South Korea Obama mulled preemptive attack on N. Korea: book Washington Post It’s certainly unconventional. But is it working? Trump’s North Korea strategy wins over some experts. This article from the Washington Post shows how far up their rear ends the reporters (and editors) are for this paper. Little CNN (or CNN Cr@p) Trump claims (without evidence) Obama nearly launched war with North Korea The above from CNN proves what HORSE MANURE CNN reporting is......
  • Pence: 'Trump will stand firm until we achieve the complete denuclearization of North Korea'

    03/01/2019 9:41:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 1, 2019 | Maegan Vazquez
    Vice President Mike Pence said in a wide-ranging speech Friday that President Donald Trump and the United States will continue dialog with North Korea to pressure the country towards denuclearization, after a recent summit between the two countries was cut short due to disagreements in negotiations. "Last night, Trump returned from a second historic summit with North Korea in Vietnam,'" Pence said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, after the US-North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, broke up earlier than expected without a deal. "The President said it was productive two days and discussions among teams will continue....
  • Undeterred by summit collapse, Moon vows closer North ties

    02/28/2019 10:22:04 PM PST · by blueplum · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | KIM TONG-HYUNG
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday his government plans to discuss with the United States the possibility of restarting joint inter-Korean economic projects to induce nuclear disarmament from North Korea. Moon's comments during a nationally televised speech came a day after a high-stakes nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed over what the Americans saw as excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for limited disarmament steps...(snip) ..."I vow to help usher in an era of a peace-driven economy on the Korean Peninsula," said Moon,...