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  • Outgoing US Defense Secretary Hagel Warns of Limits of Military Power

    01/23/2015 10:54:37 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 1-24-2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    “You cannot impose your will, you can’t impose your values, you can’t impose your standards, your institutions on other societies and other countries. It has never worked; it never will work, as noble as you believe [the effort] is,” he is quoted as saying. This conclusion is partially based on his experience as an  infantry soldier in the Vietnam War, as he explains: “The violence, the horrors, the suffering that I saw [in Vietnam] conditioned me … I saw the suffering of our own troops; I saw the suffering of the Vietnamese people; I saw terrible things, which war always...
  • This Is What Intolerance Smells Like

    05/01/2013 1:24:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2013 | Susan Stamper Brown
    President Obama's new "religious tolerance" consultant to the Pentagon, Mikey Weinstein, wants Christian military service members who openly talk about their faith in uniform to be charged with treason, which is a crime punishable by death according to military law. By employing his consulting services, and as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama is effectively endorsing Weinstein's recently voiced and written views such as: "Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized [sic] and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation's armed forces." Weinstein's inflamed word picture helps...
  • Iraqi Drama Catches U.S. Off Guard (Senior U.S. Off.: Makes you want to kill yourself)

    06/12/2014 6:30:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 132 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes
    At a closed-door gathering of Gulf states in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Arab counterparts all signaled agreement on one thing for the first time: Islamist forces seizing territory in Syria and Iraq had become a regionwide menace that can't be ignored. What they didn't agree on was what to do about it, U.S. officials said.The fall this week of the Iraqi cities Mosul and Tikrit to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham rebel group shows how the insurgent threat is outpacing the response and posing a challenge to President Barack Obama's approach...
  • Bergdahl: connecting the dots

    06/02/2014 6:09:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 6-2-2014 | neo-neocon
    So, we have Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl released in exchange for five of the most notorious Taliban held in Guantanamo, the place Obama keeps saying he wants to empty. This certainly helps to empty it. The five men will now be held by Qatar, which has reassured us they’ll be in secure conditions but won’t say what those conditions are, except that they can’t travel out of the country for a year. Qatar is a Wahabi country, by the way, with a history of assisting Islamic movements worldwide. Obama has been winding down the Afghan War, and one of his stalled...
  • Taliban's Mullah Omar Celebrates Prisoner-Swap 'Victory'

    06/01/2014 9:12:23 AM PDT · by kristinn · 72 replies
    The BBC ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2014
    Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has issued a rare public statement hailing the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taliban-held US soldier as a "big victory". Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed to US forces in Afghanistan on Saturday. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended the exchange amid criticism Congress was not given 30 days' notice before the detainees were released. He said the US had to act quickly to save the soldier's life. Sgt Bergdahl, who is said to be in good condition and has been flown to Germany for more treatment, was the only...
  • Chuck Hagel faces flat resistance to US regional policies in his coming Mid East trip

    05/13/2014 5:08:22 PM PDT · by kindred · 1 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 05-10-14 | unknown
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Jeddah next Monday, May 12, to attend a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministers, the first for an American defense chief in six years. This prolonged absence reflected the Obama administration’s military disengagement from Middle East affairs and the political estrangement that ensued between Washington and the region. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak commented in a lecture Thursday, May 8, at the Washington Institute for the Near East: ”The American administration changed its objective from no nuclear military Iran to no nuclear military Iran during the term of this administration.”...
  • Hagel: Year One

    02/28/2014 10:33:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/28/14 | staff
    Celebrating Chuck Hagel's first anniversary as Secretary of Defense
  • Hagel Deployed to Press Egypt on Being 'Inclusive' Toward Muslim Brotherhood

    12/30/2013 7:01:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/30/13 | Bridget Johnson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Egyptian counterpart, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Sunday to again tsk-tsk the interim government for not being “inclusive.” It was the first such call in a month and comes after Egypt branded the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. That came in the wake of a bombing at the security directorate headquarters in Mansoura that killed 16, but Egyptians made clear that the designation was warranted by a long history of incitement and violence by the MB. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi today to discuss recent events in...
  • Obama calls for peace as Hagel orders US support in Central African Republic mission

    12/09/2013 11:09:22 AM PST · by Sopater · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/09/13
    Breaking on Fox. Headline only DEFENSE SECRETARY HAGEL ORDERS US MILITARY TO TRANSPORT BURUNDIAN TROOPS TO CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AMID CONFLICT
  • Cutting One-Fifth. Twice.

    08/04/2013 9:42:45 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies
    Time ^ | July 17, 2013 | Mark Thompson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he has ordered a 20% cut in the ranks of the Pentagon’s top military officers and senior civilians. Beginning in 2015, and completed by 2019. Well, as we used to say: speed kills. The estimated 4,000 jobs at stake represent not only a fifth of those working at the highest levels of the U.S. military, but also represent about one-fifth — of 1% — of the U.S. military’s total full-time workforce. Hagel’s warning shot of budgetary pain to come marks the first time he has revealed action called for by the Strategic Choices...
  • Hagel orders 20 percent cut in Pentagon top brass, senior civilians

    07/16/2013 6:32:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/16/13 | Craig Whitlock
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he has ordered a 20 percent cut in the number of top brass and senior civilians at the Pentagon by 2019, the latest attempt to shrink the military bureaucracy after years of heady growth. Hagel’s directive could force the Pentagon and military command staffs to shed an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 jobs. That’s a tiny percentage of the Defense Department’s 2.1 million active-duty troops and civilian employees, but analysts said it would be a symbolically important trimming of the upper branches of the bureaucracy, which has proved to be resistant to past
  • Local civil service likely to feel furlough impact

    05/14/2013 4:27:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the furlough of Defense Department civilians to begin in early July. Today, Hagel directed 11 furlough days for civil service employees which is half of what was initially anticipated.
  • Religious Groups Fear Christian Purge From Military

    05/01/2013 12:10:53 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 57 replies
    Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. Pentagon officials met to discuss a policy called “Air Force Culture, Air Force Standards,” published on Aug. 7, 2012. Section 2.11 requires “government neutrality regarding religion.”
  • Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

    05/01/2013 9:27:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 474 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/1/13
    The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...”. The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. (From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians--including chaplains--sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military...
  • Pentagon: Religious Proselytizing is Not Permitted (Court Martials?)

    04/30/2013 3:33:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | April 30, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing. President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished –...
  • Religious Groups Fear Christian Purge From Military

    04/30/2013 3:53:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/30/2013 | Todd Starnes
    Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing. President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished –...
  • Hagel questioned about Defense Department's treatment of Christians in military

    04/11/2013 6:44:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/11/13 | Alex Pappas
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found himself being peppered with questions about his department’s attitude toward Christianity and religious freedom in the military during testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill. Under questioning during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Hagel was asked by Rep. Randy Forbes, a Virginia Republican, about a number of reported stories of concern to Christians and religious freedom advocates. Forbes asked Hagel about an order issued that commanders can no longer inform their command of approved programs in the chaplain’s office.
  • Hagel Warns Israel Over Syrian Chemical Weapons Allegations

    04/24/2013 2:33:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 4/24/13 | staff
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged caution Wednesday over an Israeli claim that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, saying all evidence must be weighed carefully as such allegations are "serious business". Hagel indicated he had been caught off guard by claims from an Israeli general this week that Syria had fired chemical agents against rebels in recent months, the AFP news agency reported. "When I was in Israel they did not give me that assessment. I guess it wasn't complete," Hagel told reporters in Cairo on a tour of the Middle East that included a three-day visit to Israel....
  • HAGEL: SYRIA HAS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS

    04/25/2013 8:39:58 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 28 replies
    AP ^ | Apr. 25 2013 | ROBERT BURNS
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Syrian regime has likely used chemical weapons on a "small scale."
  • Hagel says evidence chemical weapons were used in Syria

    04/25/2013 9:51:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-25-2013 | FoxNews.com
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday the U.S. intelligence community believes the Syrian regime used the chemical weapon sarin, a revelation that immediately raised the question of whether a "red line" had been crossed in the country's civil war. Hagel confirmed the intelligence assessment, which was detailed in a letter to select members of Congress, while speaking to reporters on a visit to Abu Dhabi. The administration swiftly released those letters, which said U.S. intelligence determined with varying degrees of confidence that "the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."...