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  • North Korea Knowns and Unknowns

    10/19/2017 5:02:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 19, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    No one really knows all that much about North Korea's nuclear or conventional military capability or its strategic agenda. Are its nuclear missiles reliably lethal, are they as long-ranged and accurate as hyped, and are they under secure command and control? Conventional wisdom states that Seoul would be destroyed in minutes by at least 10,000 North Korean artillery and rocket batteries that are now aimed from right across the Demilitarized Zone. Such guns are said to be capable of firing 500,000 rounds within a few minutes. As a result, South Korea and its allies are supposed to be veritable hostages,...
  • Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick “The Vietnam War” Misses its Target- A Review (Part I)

    10/17/2017 6:52:07 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    Providence Mag ^ | October 17th 2017 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Watching the Ken Burns-Lynn Novick PBS series on the Vietnam War put me in mind of a memorable essay that Jim Webb—Vietnam war hero, novelist, secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, and most recently Democratic senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia—penned for the American Enterprise Institute seventeen years ago. In this remarkable piece, he called into question the popular idea of a “Vietnam generation.” Webb noted that those who came of age during that war are more properly regarded not as a generation but as an age group, permanently divided by different reactions to a whole range of counter-cultural...
  • Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

    10/17/2017 6:39:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | October 17, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After "de-certifying" the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security Council, Trump gave Congress 60 days to reimpose the sanctions that it lifted when Teheran signed. If Congress does not reimpose those sanctions and kill the deal, Trump threatens to kill it himself....
  • ‘We wanted to send a message’: Reenactors stage Civil War battle despite threat

    10/16/2017 5:49:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 15, 2017 | Dan Morse and Michael E. Miller
    Late Sunday morning, hundreds of Civil War reenactors concluded their battle on a rolling patch of grass 80 miles west of Washington. In normal years, taps would be played and each side would march back to its tent encampments. But this was hardly a normal year. Last week, organizers announced they had received a letter threatening “bodily harm” to attendees. And Saturday, the battlefield had to be temporarily cleared because a suspicious device, possibly a pipe bomb, was found.
  • Flash - N. Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-S. Korea drill: report

    10/14/2017 1:41:53 PM PDT · by familyop · 10 replies
    AFP, France24 ^ | 14 October 2017 | AFP, France24
    SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source. The US navy said Friday that a US aircraft carrier will lead the drill in the coming week, a fresh show of force against North Korea as tensions soar over the hermit state's weapons programme. The move will likely rile Pyongyang which has previously responded angrily to joint exercises. The Donga Ilbo daily, quoting a government source, said satellite pictures show ballistic missiles...
  • Growing Threats, Weakened Forces: A Hard Look at U.S. Military Strength

    10/14/2017 10:25:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | October 14, 2017 | Ed Feulner
    If you were asked to rate the readiness levels of the U.S. military, what would you say? For this exercise, assume you have a scale with five choices: very weak, weak, marginal, strong and very strong. Think about each branch of the military. Where would it fall? Perhaps you're thinking, "I'm not an expert, so I can't say for sure." So let me refer you to the latest report from The Heritage Foundation's Center for National Defense. The authors are, in fact, experts -- and their conclusions are sobering. I'm referring to the 2018 Index of U.S. Military Strength. The...
  • It's 1968 All Over Again

    10/12/2017 5:19:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | October 11, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Almost a half-century ago, in 1968, the United States seemed to be falling apart. The Vietnam War, a bitter and close presidential election, antiwar protests, racial riots, political assassinations, terrorism and a recession looming on the horizon left the country divided between a loud radical minority and a silent conservative majority. The United States avoided a civil war. But America suffered a collective psychological depression, civil unrest, defeat in Vietnam and assorted disasters for the next decade -- until the election of a once-polarizing Ronald Reagan ushered in five consecutive presidential terms of relative bipartisan calm and prosperity from 1981...
  • The Storm Gathers and America is Unready

    10/11/2017 10:17:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | 10/11/17 | Dakota L. Wood
    Winston Churchill summarized the theme of his seminal history of World War II as “[h]ow the English-speaking peoples through their unwisdom, carelessness, and good nature allowed the wicked to rearm.”His first volume, The Gathering Storm, recounted many instances of failure among the leading figures of the 1930s to appreciate the growing danger of Hitler’s rise to power. Churchill’s history highlighted how the good intentions and virtuous character of Britain, France, and the United States hindered them from taking actions that could very well have prevented a war that claimed the lives of some 60 million people. He marveled at [how]...
  • Britain 'Draws Up Battle Plan For War With North Korea'

    10/09/2017 3:09:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | 10/09/17 | Telegraph Reporters
    Britain is reportedly preparing for the possibility of war breaking out with North Korea as concerns rise that another provocative missile test could trigger a military response by the US. North Korea is being closely watched amid fears it could launch another long-range missile test on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the founding of its ruling party.Bellicose rhetoric from Donald Trump has heightened tensions in the region in recent months, prompting British officials to draw up military plans for a response to a break out of hostilities, it was reported.  Among the plans disclosed by the Daily Mail is the deployment of...
  • Trump On North Korea: ‘Sorry, But Only One Thing Will Work!’

    10/07/2017 7:28:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/07/17 | Jenna Johnson
    President Trump continued to make vague threats toward North Korea on Saturday, saying that diplomatic negotiations and agreements over the years have not worked and that “only one thing will work,” without elaborating on what that one thing would be. “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid . . . hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!” Trump tweeted in two messages on Saturday afternoon. "Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North...
  • Hate Unconstitutional Government? Blame Hamilton

    10/07/2017 11:23:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | October 7, 2017 | Brion McClanahan
    Donald Trump made a lot of hay on the campaign trail by decrying the foreign adventurism of previous administrations. Trump positioned himself as the righteous outsider ready to rein in the executive overreach of his predecessors. None of that began with Barack Obama or George W. Bush, but Americans with short historical memories readily identified illegal and ill-advised wars as a major problem in America, particularly since some of those wars were often carried on without any congressional input. See Obama in Libya for example. But what if the problem of executive overreach in foreign policy began long before either...
  • NBC: Obama Told Putin Election Hacking Could Result in 'Armed Conflict'

    12/21/2016 10:25:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 107 replies ^ | 12/20/16 | Jason Devaney
    President Barack Obama reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin in October that directly interfering with the U.S. election could result in an "armed conflict." According to NBC News, Obama opted to use the red phone to contact Moscow directly, a communication system that dates back to the Cold War. It's not an actual telephone, but instead sends a secure email message between the two countries. "International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace," part of the Oct. 31 message read, according to NBC. "We will hold Russia to those standards."
  • Putin Declares War In Syria Won and Only Mop-Up Operation Remains

    10/02/2017 2:22:14 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Vesti News via Youtube ^ | 09/30/17 | Vesti News
    Russia and Turkey confirm the decision to politically resolve the conflict with Syria. The conditions for stopping the fratricidal war have already been set up in the country. Vladimir Putin said that after meeting with Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting took place in Ankara for 3 hours, behind closed doors. Afterwards, the leaders made short statements.
  • CBS Legal Exec: No Sympathy For Vegas ‘Because Country Music Fans Often Are Republican’

    10/02/2017 9:08:57 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 174 replies
    Daily caller ^ | October 2, 2017 | WILL RICCIARDELLA
    A top legal executive at CBS, Hayley Geftman-Gold, said she “is not even sympathetic” for the victims of the shooting at a country music festival at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Sunday night. “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” wrote Geftman-Gold on Facebook, perhaps referring to Sandy Hook on Facebook. “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
  • The Propaganda Continues With This Latest Push To War

    10/01/2017 11:06:59 AM PDT · by davikkm · 17 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    The propaganda machine is in full force with this latest push toward war with one of our oldest enemies as portrayed by the military industrial complex and those seeking to destroy the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Clinton allies in Hollywood have teamed up with the neoconservative establishment in Washington to do their best to “inform” the public about Russia’s meddling in our election and why it was clearly an act of war. A video recently released by The Committee to Investigate Russia, a group founded by movie director Rob Reiner and necon editor of The Atlantic David Frum, attempts...
  • [S. Korea] Luxurious Seoul tower prepares for inter-Korean war

    09/28/2017 8:03:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2017-09-25 | Ko Dong-hwan
    Luxurious Seoul tower prepares for inter-Korean war By Ko Dong-hwan With North Korea's military provocations increasing the possibility of war on the Korean Peninsula, a luxurious residential-commercial complex in Seoul recently held an emergency session for residents on what to do if war actually breaks out. The managing office of Tower Palace in Dogok-dong, Gangnam-gu, held the session on Sep. 18, where participants were given practical tips on what to do when the complex, one of Seoul's wealthiest communities, issues various warning alarms. Residents learned what to do when they hear an air raid alarm, a poisonous gas alarm or...
  • Venezuela Prepares for War With U.S. With ‘Rifles, Missiles and Well-Oiled Tanks at the Ready’

    09/27/2017 8:25:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 26, 2017 | Cristina Silva
    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro called on his nation's military leaders Tuesday to prepare for war against the U.S. days after the Trump administration banned Venezuelan officials from entering the nation. "We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace," said Maduro, who wore a green uniform and a military hat as he spoke with his army top brass during a military exercise involving tanks and missiles. "We need to have rifles, missiles and well-oiled tanks at the defend every inch of the territory if...
  • Land-mine casualties show signs of global decline

    09/27/2017 4:22:16 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 9 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 27, 2017 | Story Hinckley
    PROGRESS WATCH   Two decades after a landmark treaty, and despite an overall increase due largely to Syria’s civil war, the majority of affected countries recorded fewer deaths linked to land mines and cluster munitions. In January 1997, Diana, princess of Wales, famously walked through an active minefield in Angola to raise awareness of the ongoing threats posed by land mines. During her visit, with the help of a removal expert, Diana detonated one of the remaining mines. “One down, 17 million to go,” she said while pushing the button. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the death of...
  • Venezuela Prepares for War With U.S

    09/27/2017 3:46:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | Sept. 27, 2017 | Cristina Silva
    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro called on his nation's military leaders Tuesday to prepare for war against the U.S. days after the Trump administration banned Venezuelan officials from entering the nation.  "We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace," said Maduro, who wore a green uniform and a military hat as he spoke with his army top brass during a military exercise involving tanks and missiles. "We need to have rifles, missiles and well-oiled tanks at the defend every inch of the territory if needs be," he added. ...
  • [Japan] Aso refers to shooting armed N Korean refugees in crisis

    09/24/2017 7:30:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 2017/09/24
    Aso refers to shooting armed N Korean refugees in crisis TOKYO Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Saturday touched on the possibility of shooting armed refugees from North Korea in the event of a contingency on the Korean Peninsula when he talked about Japan's response on the matter. In a speech delivered in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Aso, who also serves as finance minister, said, "Can police handle them? Will the Self-Defense Forces be dispatched and shoot them down? We'd better think about it seriously." His remarks come at a time when tensions remain high as the United...