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  • Jane Fonda on Vietnam War comments: 'I made a huge, huge mistake'

    02/19/2015 7:40:56 AM PST · by pabianice · 101 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2/19/15 | Jones
    Jane Fonda said she hoped for an open dialogue with veterans after about 50 former military members and supporters protested the actress’s appearance Friday evening at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. “Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad,” Fonda told a relatively full theater, responding to a submitted question. “It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.” In 1972 Fonda visited Hanoi, North Vietnam, where...
  • Our Plan for Countering Violent Extremism ([B]HARF Alert)

    02/19/2015 6:27:19 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    wsj.com ^ | John 'Purple Heart' Kerry
    The rise of violent extremism represents the pre-eminent challenge of the young 21st century. Military force is a rational and often necessary response to the wanton slaughters of children, mass kidnappings of schoolgirls, and beheading of innocents. But military force alone won’t achieve victory. In the long term, this war will be won only by deploying a broader, far more creative arsenal. A safer and more prosperous future requires us to recognize that violent extremism can’t be justified by resorting to religion. No legitimate religious interpretation teaches adherents to commit unspeakable atrocities, such as razing villages or turning children into...
  • Do You Know What Happened To The Little Girl In This Famous Photo?

    02/06/2015 2:04:15 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 6, 2015
    AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS On June 8, 1972, a plane bombed the village of Trang Bang in South Vietnam, after the pilot mistook a group of civilians for enemy troops. The bombs contained Napalm, a highly flammable substance which killed and badly burned the people on the ground. The famous black and white photo of children fleeing the burning village won the Pulitzer Prize and was chosen as the "World Press Photo of the Year" in 1972. It became the symbol of the horrors of the Vietnam war, and of every war’s cruelty to children and civilians. The...
  • The Un-American Hero: The Crimes of John McCain

    02/03/2015 6:11:57 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 36 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 2/2/2015 | Brandon Turbeville
    On Thursday January 29, 2015, famed mass murderer Henry Kissinger was once again scheduled to address the US Senate Armed Services Committee. Because the tradition of allowing some of the most bloodthirsty killers, traitors, and psychopaths to address members of Congress or provide them with marching orders is par for the course in Washington, Kissinger’s appearance should have come as no surprise to anyone. Nor should it have come as a surprise that this committee boasted a terrorist sympathizer and notorious color revolution artist like John McCain as a member. What was surprising, however, was that this particular address saw...
  • Kerry: ‘Enormous interest’ in new relationship with Cuba

    01/31/2015 9:05:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 8:10 PM EST | Tracee Herbaugh
    North America has an “enormous interest” in building diplomatic relationships with Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday during a weekend meeting with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico. “This is an effort we believe offers the best opportunity for the people of Cuba to improve their lives and to take part in the choices about their lives,” Kerry said during a news conference at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. A high-level U.S. delegation held two days of talks with Cuban officials in Havana last week for the first time in decades. In December, President Barack Obama announced plans to restore...
  • A Reminder

    01/31/2015 2:52:57 PM PST · by DJ Taylor · 26 replies
    Vanity ^ | Jan. 31, 2015 | D.J. Taylor
    The Butterfly Effect January 31, 1968 is an important date in American History, but very few Americans are aware it. Since the birth of our Republic, there have been a number of significant events that have drastically affected our country’s future development and wellbeing. Some of these events were immediately recognized as significant but others took more time, and the damage caused to our country by the “Butterfly Effect” spawned by the 1968 Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War is just now beginning to be realized by a few of us who were there. Those who were there know all...
  • Official History of the US Army in Vietnam

    01/31/2015 10:09:13 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 13 replies
    US Army Center of Military History ^ | 31 Jan 2015 | US Army Center of Military History
    US Center of Military History Bookshelves: The US Army in Vietnam -- All of the volumes currently published, except the photo book, by the US Army Center of Military History are available online at: http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/collect/usavn.html Research materials and two chapters from the next Combat Operations volume on Tet are available online at: http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/vw.html
  • Burial Ceremony of the Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War | 1984 | Ronald Reagan Memorial Day Speech

    01/31/2015 9:43:10 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | Memorial Day 1984 | President Ronald Reagan
    Remembering when we had a real president. Remembering our brothers who gave all. Freedom is not free. Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. God bless America.
  • 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...
  • Greta’s elevator nightmare

    01/23/2015 10:29:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Media Equalizer ^ | January 23, 2014 | Brian Maloney
    On your list of worst nightmares, where does suddenly-plunging elevator rank?If not number one, at least in the top five, right?For Greta Van Susteren, that bad dream suddenly became reality as the car abruptly dropped four floors with no warning at all, then left her and several others trapped between levels with no way out. Lasting 10 frightening minutes, they were finally able to pry the doors open and crawl out.Incidentally, if a lift is headed uncontrollably to the bottom, the best possible way to survive is to lie flat on the floor.The incident happened in Hanoi as the Fox...
  • You Won’t Believe Where They’re Building 80% of the World’s PC Chips

    01/19/2015 7:38:53 AM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-17-2015 | Money morning
    January 17, 2015 Money Morning Michael A. Robinson writes: This year, 80% of the chips for new PCs will be produced in Silicon Valley… Taiwan… China‘s Shenzhen Province… South Korea… Wrong on all counts. More and more of today’s chipmakers locating their manufacturing facilities a bit off the beaten path these days – in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies… and a nation that some of you may find controversial. But my job is to take you wherever the biggest innovations are being made so that we can find the biggest opportunities. So, today I’m going to show you exactly...
  • Soldier of Fortune Turns 35 – an Exceptional Magazine and Much More

    10/16/2010 6:31:06 AM PDT · by unspun · 14 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | October 16, 2010 | James Simpson
    Like most things unapologetically conservative and unapologetically pro-American, Soldier of Fortune magazine has been pilloried for years by the organized Left’s venomously anti-American press and culture. But SOF, founded in 1975 by decorated Special Forces veteran and lifelong adventurer, Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown (USAR - Ret.), stands out as a singular example of American exceptionalism in print media. But that the rest were half as good. SOF is more than that too, for unknown to most people, Soldier of Fortune magazine and its staff of intrepid reporters – almost all with special operations backgrounds, some who paid the ultimate...
  • Jane Fonda met with protest in Frederick; hopes for open dialogue with Vietnam-era veterans

    01/18/2015 8:09:41 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 71 replies
    Frederick News Post ^ | 1/17/2015 | Paige Jones
    Jane Fonda said she hoped for an open dialogue with veterans after about 50 former military members and supporters protested the actress’s appearance Friday evening at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. “Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad,” Fonda told a relatively full theater, responding to a submitted question. “It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.” In 1972 Fonda visited Hanoi, North Vietnam, where...
  • Kerry 'Felt Bad' Not Attending Paris Rally

    01/16/2015 9:48:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 16, 2015 | By Sky News US Team
    US Secretary of State John Kerry has paid his respects to the victims of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Mr Kerry told his French counterpart that he "felt bad" not being in Paris as he saw millions of people demonstrating. "This has touched him," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. "He saw the millions demonstrating, he told me that he felt bad not being here." At a ceremony at the Hotel de Ville, the city hall of Paris, Mr Kerry called the attacks a "living nightmare".
  • Apology Tour: John Kerry Brings James Taylor To Paris To Play “You’ve Got A Friend” [VIDEO]

    01/16/2015 7:10:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 16, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Under fire for being a no-show at the Paris March Against Terrorism, the Obama administration sent Secretary of State John Kerry to Paris today to give a “big hug” to the French.
  • Obama’s America: Kerry Has James Taylor Sing to French Leaders to Make Up for US No-Show

    01/16/2015 7:41:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 104 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/16/15 | free beacon staff
    The United States’ missing appearance at the unity march in Paris was duly noted by the media. Secretary of State John Kerry finally made an appearance in France to “share a big hug.” In a press conference to express his condolences to the French people and for not showing, Kerry brought a friend with him: James Taylor. Taylor serenaded the crowd with an acoustic version of “You’ve Got a Friend.” Taylor performed the song as a tribute to the 17 victims of the terrorist attacks carried out last week. Reporters present asked Kerry if his appearance in France was to...
  • John Kerry: 'Martyrs For Liberty'

    01/07/2015 4:11:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 7, 2015
    In remarks this morning from Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry said he agreed with the French imam who called the victims of today's murderous rampage in Paris "martyrs for liberty." Video at link.
  • 2015: Will China Continue to Probe its Neighbors?

    12/31/2014 10:07:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | Austin Bay
    A nudge by air in 2013. A probe by sea in 2014. Will China take a crack on land in 2015? For the sake of world peace, let's hope not. However, China's nudge and probe record, especially over the last two years, should worry diplomats and alert headline writers. In 2013, China tested Japanese and South Korean political and military reactions by extending its Air Defense Identification Zone over contested islets and maritime boundaries. Tensions spiked as Tokyo and Seoul threatened retaliation. Beijing's 2014 sally into the South China Sea -- a huge oil exploration ship entering disputed waters off...
  • Does Rand Paul Even Understand What “Isolationism” Is?

    12/21/2014 12:26:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ron and Rand Paul have complained about being wrongly dubbed “isolationists” even though that name arguably fits whatever passes for their foreign policy.Now Rand Paul has decided that opponents of bailing out the Castro regime are isolationists. All this proves is that Rand Paul doesn’t know what an isolationist is.“I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked,” Paul writes in Time Magazine.Isolationism is a policy that the United States would adopt toward the larger world. An embargo on an enemy state in response to its actions against the United States is not isolationism.Rand Paul is...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Does Mark Wahlberg want a 'white privilege' pardon?

    12/12/2014 2:33:25 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 51 replies
    bbc opinion ^ | 12-11-2014
    According to court records, in 1988 a 16-year-old Mr Wahlberg brutally attacked a Vietnamese man named Thanh Lam with a stick while spewing racial epithets and knocking him unconscious. Seeing police, Mr Wahlberg fled and found Hoa Trinh, another Vietnamese man. He put his hand around Mr Trinh's shoulder and asked the man to help him hide. After the police cars had passed, Mr Wahlberg punched Mr Trinh in the eye, permanently blinding him. According to the police report, during his arrest the future actor used several anti-Asian slurs. He served 45 days of a three-month sentence, all while maintaining...
  • When the UN Apes Al Sharpton

    12/12/2014 4:10:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 12, 2014 | Horace Cooper
    Among the familiar hucksters who sought to capitalize on the troubles in Ferguson, Missouri, came a new face: Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and self-styled heir to the non-existent royal houses of Iraq and Syria. “I am deeply concerned,” Prince Zeid said in a press release, about “institutionalized discrimination” in America, and “I urge the U.S. authorities” to conduct “in-depth examinations” of racial justice. Notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence that Michael Brown’s death resulted from the criminal acts he engaged in before and during his encounter with officer Darren Wilson, Zeid’s Human Rights Council...
  • Vietnam detains blogger for 'bad' content

    11/30/2014 1:06:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8 hours ago
    Hong Le Tho, 65, was detained for "posting online articles with bad content and false information that discredit and create distrust among people about state agencies, social agencies and citizens," the Ministry of Public Security said on Saturday on its website.
  • Report: US 1 of only 7 countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks

    10/10/2014 8:53:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/15/14
    Calling America’s abortion policies “ultra-permissive,” a new report out Tuesday concludes that the United States is one of just seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks.Out of the sample 198 countries, independent states and regions worldwide, 59 allow abortion without restrictions. Of those 59, 9 countries limit elective abortions to before the 12th week, 36 countries limit elective abortion at 12 weeks, six countries limit elective abortion to 20 weeks gestation, one country (Australia) allows its state/territories to decide abortion limits, and seven countries allow elective abortion past 20 weeks or have no limit.The remaining 139 countries have...
  • The Rise and Fall and Rise of America’s Last Battle Rifle (M-14)

    11/14/2014 6:18:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 13, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    Critics said the M-14 was what happened when the U.S. government took many years and spent millions of dollars designing a rifle that was really just a glorified M-1 Garand from World War II. The M-14 was the U.S. military’s last battle rifle. It appeared in 1959—the contemporary of the Pentagon’s first jet fighters and ICBMs. With its heavy steel parts and walnut stock, the M-14 looked positively archaic. It was hardly a Space Age weapon. And it only endured as America’s battle rifle until 1970, when the M-16 completely superseded it—the shortest service record of any U.S. military rifle...
  • Hagel wants to give some Vietnam veterans a second chance

    11/12/2014 3:52:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KBMT-TV ^ | November 11, 2014 | Jamie Crawford, CNN
    Memories of his own service in Vietnam and the destructive nature of combat are never far from the mind of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the first former enlisted man to lead the Pentagon. "Every Vietnam veteran understands," Hagel told CNN's Barbara Starr during an interview outside his office in the Pentagon. "Any veteran who has ever served in a war understands that, and I think we should never forget the consequences of war." Decades after the U.S. conflict in Vietnam, Hagel is using the power of his office to help some of the most troubled veterans of that war get...
  • 8th Of November [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

    11/08/2014 6:29:59 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/2006 | Big & Rich
    The song, which begins with a spoken introduction by Kris Kristofferson, tells the tale of Niles Harris, a soldier in the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the United States Army during Operation Hump in South Vietnam on November 8, 1965. The intro mentions that Harris was "the guy that gave Big Kenny his top hat", and that he was among the wounded who were saved by Army medic Lawrence Joel, the first living African American to receive the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War of 1898.
  • Hagel's Parallels Between Iraq And Vietnam Are Inaccurate

    08/26/2005 5:42:01 AM PDT · by RepublicNewbie · 11 replies · 564+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | 08\26\2005 | Oliver L. North
    Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient, did support the war, and even advocated sending in more troops. But now he is calling for the administration to develop -- and publish -- an exit strategy. "We should start figuring out how we get out of there," Mr. Hagel said. "But with this understanding, we cannot leave a vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East." Sen. Hagel, who is occasionally mentioned as a GOP presidential candidate in 2008, says our soldiers are getting bogged down in Iraq the way they did in Southeast Asia a...
  • How to survive in a dogfight, alone against six MiGs

    11/05/2014 6:09:32 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Nov 05 2014 | Dario Leone
    An incredible air-to-air engagement, where one U.S. pilot alone survived to six North Vietnamese MiGs. A true milestone in the progress of naval aviation, the Vought F-8 has been one of the few carrier-based fighters that could outperform most land-based counterparts. Being the first genuinely supersonic naval aircraft, the Crusader, was a single seat, single engine swept fighter that introduced an unusual feature, the variable incidence wing. Armed with four Colt Mk 12 cannons, the F-8 was called “The last gunfighter”: these guns combined with its high thrust-to-weight ratio and with its good maneuverability, made of the Crusader a good...
  • Outspoken, revered Vietnam fighter pilot Jack Broughton dies at 89

    11/02/2014 3:14:47 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    LA Times, via Stars & Stripes ^ | Novembe 1, 2014 | Tony Perry
    As a combat pilot, Air Force Col. Jack Broughton was celebrated for bravery and tactical brilliance during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received promotions and important assignments and seemed headed to become a general. But a high-profile court-martial during the Vietnam War for allegedly violating the rules of engagement that ruled certain targets off limits ended his career. After leaving the Air Force, Broughton was free to speak out about what he saw as the incompetence of President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in micromanaging the war. Pilots couldn't bomb an enemy outhouse without their approval, Broughton...
  • Vietnam Remembered, Inaccurately

    10/14/2014 8:51:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 9, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A left-wing high school teacher is actually complaining about a text book’s treatment of the Vietnam War, because it is written for the JROTC. “The authors cite then-President Johnson’s 1964 statements that North Vietnam attacked a U. S. destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin as the impetus for the broader war, ignoring overwhelming evidence from declassified documents that there was no such attack,” Sylvia McGauley writes in the Fall 2014 issue of the Rethinking Schools periodical. McGauley teaches social studies at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. As it happens, the official account of what happened at the Gulf in...
  • PENTAGON OFFICIAL: The Similarities Between Obama’s ISIS and Kennedy’s Vietnam Are Eerie

    10/14/2014 7:16:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 10-13-2014 | Joseph Miller
    (Joseph Miller is the pen name for a ranking Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked in strategic planning.) The war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is not a continuation of Operation Iraqi Freedom, nor is it Gulf War III: This is President Barack ObamaÂ’s Vietnam.Early on in the Iraq War, political pundits on the right and the left began to draw comparisons to the Vietnam War because at that point, it appeared as though Iraq was on a glide path to becoming...
  • Last Stand at Khe Sahn (interview w author)

    10/09/2014 7:00:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 08 October 2014 | John Batchelor interviews Gregg Jones
    Audio 39:53 John Batchelor interviews Gregg Jones author of new book Last Stand at Khe Sahn (Vietnam)
  • [Graphic] Dogs kept in cramped cages and slaughtered for meals: The horrors of Vietnam's meat trade

    10/03/2014 4:23:15 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Mirror ^ | October 2. 2014 | Nelufar Hedayat
    Reporter Nelufar Hedayat looks at the terrible conditions dogs are forced to live in just to keep the black market in dog meat supplied A shocking new TV documentary will reveal how hundreds pet dogs are being stolen every day in Vietnam for the lucrative dog meat trade. Unreported World shows disturbing evidence of how dogs are stolen, force-fed, kept in cramped cages and slaughtered for meals. Here, reporter Nelufar Hedayat exclusively reveals the horrors she witnessed. The smell of dog and filth permeated the whole room along with frantic, high-pitched barking from the hundreds of dogs crammed into the...
  • Russia-Egypt Arms Deal: Major Breakthrough as US Middle East Policy Faces Another Set Back

    09/23/2014 9:33:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 21.09.2014 | 00:02
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on August 12, 2014. It was his first official visit to the Russian Federation as President. And Vladimir Putin was the first leader to invite him for a visit outside the Arab world since his swearing-in as head of state. The agenda included introduction to a selection of Russian military hardware for sale. (1) The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of arms exports to Egypt in addition to studying the establishment of a logistics center Masri on the Black...
  • Exclusive: Courting Vietnam, U.S. prepares to ease arms embargo

    09/24/2014 9:26:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 23, 2014 | LESLEY WROUGHTON AND ANDREA SHALAL
    (Reuters) - Nearly 40 years after the United States helicoptered its last soldiers out of Vietnam in an ignominious retreat, Washington is moving closer to lifting an arms embargo on its former enemy, with initial sales likely to help Hanoi deal with growing naval challenges from China. Senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the initiative said Washington wants to support Vietnam by strengthening its ability to monitor and defend its coastline, and said unarmed P-3 surveillance planes could be one of the first sales. Such aircraft would also allow Vietnam to keep track of China's increasingly assertive activities in the...
  • Racy photos of scantily-clad VietAir flight attendants stir controversy

    09/24/2014 6:29:58 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 September 2014 | Fox News
    Airlines like Air New Zelanad and RyanAir have come under fire for their less-than-family friendly promotions, but the Vietnamese low-cost carrier, VietJetAir, is facing backlash over racy publicity photos that weren't part of an official ad campaign. Ngoc Trinh, a Vietnamese lingerie model, recently posted pictures of herself along with other women wearing skimpy bikinis in the VietJetAir’s colors to her Facebook page, according to the Daily Mail. They were allegedly captioned: “Just finished shooting promo photos for VietJet Air for 12 hours nonstop from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.”
  • WSJ: Obama will require military to get his personal approval for U.S. strikes in Syria

    09/18/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    A man who’s a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, a better political director than his political directors, and who knows more about policy than his policy advisors must surely also be a better general than his generals, no? The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than...
  • Despite wounds, Medal of Honor recipient killed up to 175 enemies, saved comrades

    09/15/2014 4:55:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | Brad Lendon
    (CNN) -- As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush -- and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins' Medal of Honor, an award he received from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday. Adkins of Opelika, Alabama, was honored for his actions in Vietnam's A Shau Valley more than 48 years ago. Then a 32-year-old sergeant first class, Adkins was among a handful of Americans working with troops of the South Vietnamese Civilian Irregular Defense...
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • Kerry Says Islamic State Is Not Islamic

    09/13/2014 1:08:30 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of State John Kerry challenged ISIL’s definition of itself and insisted that the self-proclaimed Islamic State is not, in fact, Islamic. “I studied Islam in college,” Kerry asserted. “None of the books I read or classes I took mentioned anything about beheading unbelievers or raping women. I’ll stack this up against the mutterings of an uneducated terrorist any day of the week.” Palestinian-Jordanian politician Muhammad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi disagreed with Kerry and maintained that ISIL’s “actions and words stem directly from the Quran and Sunna—two of Islam’s most sacred texts.” A spokesman for ISIL suggested that “perhaps this chattering...
  • Medal of Honor: Lawrence Joel, Specialist 6, United States Army

    09/13/2014 7:20:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Arlington National Cemetery ^ | March 2006 | Michael Robert Patterson, webmaster
    Born at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, February 22, 1928, he earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam while serving as a Medical Corpsman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade on November 8, 1965. In spite of being wounded himself, he saved the lives of many members of his unit. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Johnson on March 9, 1967 at the White House. He was the first living black American to have received the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War in 1898. He died on February 4, 1984 and was...
  • Kerry plays down hopes of imminent anti-Islamic State coalition

    09/12/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Jason Szep
    ANKARA--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday played down chances of an imminent broad coalition against Islamic State militants, illustrating the difficulty Washington faces winning commitment for a military campaign in the heart of the Middle East. Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to secure support for U.S.-led action against Islamic State, but Ankara's reluctance to play a frontline role highlighted the challenges of building a willing coalition to wage what will likely be a tough offensive. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to build support for President Barack Obama's plan, announced on Wednesday, to strike both sides...
  • Obama's ISIS Offensive Is Not 'War,' Kerry Insists

    09/11/2014 4:55:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2014 | By ALEXANDER MARQUARDT
    The U.S. is not at war with ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted today. Kerry was asked today whether the U.S. was at war with ISIS. "No. Look, we’re engaged in a counterterrorism operation of a significant order," the secretary responded. "And counterterrorism operations can take a long time, they go on. I think 'war' is the wrong reference term with respect to that, but obviously it involves kinetic military action."
  • Kerry, in Saudi Arabia, Talks Strategy With Arab Leaders

    09/11/2014 6:29:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON
    Secretary of State John Kerry plunged into an intensive series of meetings here with Arab officials on Thursday to coordinate strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The meetings are being hosted by Saudi Arabia, which has agreed to provide bases for the training of moderate Syrian rebels who are battling the Sunni militants and the Assad government in Damascus. The talks will also include the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. The Obama administration is eager for the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to...
  • Last Days in Vietnam, a Documentary in Theaters

    09/09/2014 8:06:24 AM PDT · by grayhog · 35 replies
    The Treehouse Letter ^ | 9/7/14 | Mylinh Shattan
    Rory Kennedy, film-maker and daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, produced a film which debuted in theaters this week about the fall of Vietnam. I haven’t seen it yet and am debating whether I will. I'm half Vietnamese and have mixed feelings and for many years refused to watch coverage of the war and the pervasive inaccuracy in the media. It's too close to home. In 1995, 20 years after the withdrawal and debacle, reporters interviewed my father who was Vietnam's last cultural attaché. Perhaps they were trying to get the record straight. My father left Vietnam with Ambassador Martin...
  • Vietnam building deterrent against China in disputed seas with submarines

    09/08/2014 6:15:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2014 | Greg Torode, Megha Rajagopalan, Martin Petty, Tommy Wilkes & Dean Yates
    Vietnam will soon have a credible naval deterrent to China in the South China Sea in the form of Kilo-class submarines from Russia, which experts say could make Beijing think twice before pushing its much smaller neighbor around in disputed waters. A master of guerrilla warfare, Vietnam has taken possession of two of the state-of-the-art submarines and will get a third in November under a $2.6 billion deal agreed with Moscow in 2009. A final three are scheduled to be delivered within two years. While communist parties rule both Vietnam and China and annual trade has risen to $50 billion,...
  • Vietnam tests hi-tech submarines as navy expansion gives China food for thought

    09/08/2014 8:27:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, 08 September, 2014
    Vietnam will soon have a credible naval deterrent to China in the South China Sea in the form of Kilo-class submarines from Russia, which experts say could make Beijing think twice before pushing its much smaller neighbour around in disputed waters. A master of guerrilla warfare, Vietnam has taken possession of two of the submarines and will get a third in November under a US$2.6 billion deal agreed with Moscow in 2009. A final three are scheduled to be delivered within two years. While communist parties rule both Vietnam and China and annual trade has risen to US$50 billion, Hanoi...
  • Obama talks with communists to air radio show

    09/01/2014 6:56:02 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 10 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 30, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Former enemy could broadcast 'Welcome to America'The Obama administration is looking to negotiate with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the government that emerged after a war costing more than 58,000 American lives, to carry a “Welcome to America” radio program over its state radio station, WND has discovered. If the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG, has its way, its Voice of America program will work in tandem with the Voice of Vietnam, or VOV, to broadcast the 15-minute prime-time radio program Monday through Friday across the communist nation. BBG is looking for a distributor to do its bidding...
  • US criticizes Vietnam convictions of dissidents

    08/26/2014 9:07:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 11:32 PM EDT
    The United States has expressed alarm over prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic. Human rights groups have described the charges used to convict Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh to 3 years, 2 years and 2˝ years respectively on Tuesday as “bogus.” …