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Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election
Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats
since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a
three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of
President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.
Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1
exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating
retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not
attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority
leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm
“I understand this place,” Mr. Reid said. “I have quite a bit of power as minority leader.”
U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal comes Together
Limited options for Congress as Obama seeks to bypass lawmakers
The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope
of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework
agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the
administration’s position in the negotiations.
U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran
be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the
outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the
verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux
of a deal with Iran.
Until recently, the Obama administration had maintained that it would
guarantee oversight on Tehran’s program well into the future, and that
it would take the necessary steps to ensure that oversight would be
effective. The issue has now emerged as a key sticking point in the
Western powers 'have withdrawn from positions'...
Iran allowed to run nuke centrifuges at underground bunker...
Impervious to air attack...
Obama Declassifies Secret Document Revealing Israel Program...
Mideast 'free fall'...
White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant germs
The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat
posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable
germs could become deadly.
Repeated exposure to antibiotics can lead germs to become resistant to
the drugs, so that they are no longer effective. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause
23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses each year in the United States.
Obama Administration on the Defensive Over Middle East Chaos
Six years ago, an optimistic, newly elected President Barack Obama had a
vision of stabilizing the Middle East, but the region's rapid
deterioration is leaving administration officials to defend the policies
it'd once hoped would bring a measure of control to an often
out-of-control part of the world.
"If there's one lesson this administration has learned, from President
Obama's 2009 Cairo speech through the Arab Spring, it's that when it
comes to this region, nothing happens in a linear way — and precious
little is actually about us, which is a hard reality to accept," a
senior State Department official told Politico.
Republicans were quick Thursday, though, to blame the latest crisis, the
bombing of Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its
allies, on Obama and his policies.
Turkey could provide logistical support to Yemen operation
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country could provide
logistical support to the Saudi Arabia-led operation in Yemen.
Separately, Erdogan has lashed out at Iran, accusing it of trying to "dominate the region."
Erdogan told France 24 television in an interview Thursday that Turkey
was providing the Saudi-led mission with "our political support and if
needed, we could provide ... logistical support."
Indianapolis looks to limit 'religious freedom' damage
The reviews are in.
From institutions such as the NCAA to major employers such as Eli Lilly
and Co. to the city's Republican mayor, Indiana's new "religious
freedom" law is almost universally loathed by Indianapolis' political
and economic elite.
But what can the city do about it?
Senate Republicans defend lbalanced budgete: Dems see fodder
defended their balanced budget and Democrats walked away with dozens of
votes they think can be used against the GOP in upcoming elections as
the Senate passed a blueprint Friday morning to govern spending and
provide a path for repealing Obamacare.
Along the way,
the Senate voted to rein in the Common Core education standards, to ban
the government from assessing a carbon tax and to prepare new sanctions
against Iran should that nation violate a future nuclear arms deal, as
lawmakers debated into the night.
The balanced-budget plan was approved in a 52-46 vote in the early morning hours.
Barack Obama's love bomb offensive
says Rudy Giuliani was wrong. He does, too, love America. That’s good
enough for me. He says he’s a Christian, despite his constant love
bombs for Islam, and if that’s good enough for God it’s good enough for
me, too. Conversations between believers and the Almighty are
confidential, and have yet to be cracked by the National Security
Agency (but we can be sure they’re working on it).
loves our allies, too. He sent the bust of Winston Churchill back to
London, whence it came, only because it was cluttering up the Oval
Office and getting rid of it had nothing to do with memories of snubs
and affronts his Kenyan father passed down to him (though Churchill was
an unrepentant colonialist). The president dearly loves Old Blighty.
He loves la
belle France, too, and if it hadn’t interfered with a golf date — a
good tee time on a good course on a sunny day must not be wasted — he
would have hurried to France to march in step with other heads of the
states of the West to pay honor to the slain of the radical Islamic
shootouts in Paris.
Was a CIA disinformation expert part of a rogue intel operation?
Select Committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, has formally requested
that Hillary Clinton turn over the private server she used to keep
under her control all of her communications while secretary of state.
That assumes that the server hasn’t been reduced to subatomic particles
server isn’t the only route to getting to the central reasons why Mrs.
Clinton kept total control of all of her communications. Mr. Gowdy may
also subpoena actual human beings to testify under oath, including two
shadowy figures who may, in fact, hold a key to the story.
Last week this
column asked, “Was Hillary Clinton running her own rogue intelligence
operation?” It suggested that while secretary, Mrs. Clinton may have
been given highly sensitive national security information by the
Clintons’ longtime political hatchet man, Sidney Blumenthal. In 2013,
the Romanian hacker Guccifer had allegedly breached Mr. Blumenthal’s
email account, revealing what Guccifer claimed was a series of emails
from Mr. Blumenthal to Mrs. Clinton’s private account concerning global
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Detachment B-56
Division: 5th Special Forces Group
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez
United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and
extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment
B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic
of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces
Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area
west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about
confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and
routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period
of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and
requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction,
but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and
anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating
Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these
helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess
aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning
aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all
the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the
pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he
jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters
under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching
the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head.
Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team
members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an
extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members.
He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's
position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he
carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting
aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the
aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the
enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified
documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader's body,
Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the
abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment,
the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed.
Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds,
Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way
back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned
aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive
perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire,
he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his
weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a
buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez
mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and
directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire
and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his
thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded
team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land.
His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades
to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from
additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He
then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the
helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy
soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the
aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength
remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all
classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in
the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from
numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled
into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez' gallant choice to
join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose
himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be
stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least
eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to
duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service,
and reflect the utmost credit on him and the United States Army.
From the Archives
American Fairness to a Fault — a Deadly One
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 02:28 PM
American’s tragic flaw is our unbridled fairness, which has been
corrupted ever more by the cancer of political correctness to the point
we put ourselves at risk rather than create even the perception of
Sometime after the VOLAR (all volunteer) Army, the military veered from
the “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” blind adherence to all orders to
the concept of refusing “unlawful orders” and that was ostensibly a
However, the uniformed services do not set or get to pick and choose
foreign policy. The civilian leadership sets foreign policy, and the
U.S. military enforces it — with a big, honking combined arms stick.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been one of the rare pundits with the
courage to target the “culture of political correctness” in leadership
of the military. In at least two interviews on Fox, Peters (correctly)
blamed the culture of political correctness for the Army’s diffidence in
taking action against Nidal Malik Hasan in the wake of knowledge of the
Many mechanisms exist for dealing with matters of deep conscience — all
without killing those one might think disagree with in principle.
However, it is not prejudice to discriminate based on threat facts in
evidence. Refusal to act judiciously for fear of a tainted perception is
just plain dumb.
Notwithstanding the articulated fears of the Army chief of staff and the
secretary of Homeland Security, officials made an epic mistake in
handling suspicions about Hasan. A mistake founded on political
correctness and sustained by diffidence that cost the lives of
Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware (months ago) that
Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with
al-Qaida. He spoke openly to too many people about his angst and
misdirected sympathies. He was apparently a poster child for suspicion,
and the Army failed bigtime to intervene.
“It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army
that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al-Qaida
figures," the officials said.
But you damnbetcha they SHOULD have done so.
Investigators want to know whether Hasan maintained contact with a
radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in
Yemen and runs a Web site that promotes jihad around the world against
the United States.
In a recent blog posting titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,"
Awlaki calls Hasan a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear
living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that
is fighting against his own people."
Increasingly we are told people who knew or worked with Hasan say he
seemed to become gradually more radical in his condemnation of the war
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Subordinates and superiors had a responsibility
to flag the inappropriate rhetoric, and they apparently did not.
The fear to speak out is a symptom of the PC disease fueled by
recriminations and implied threats of discrimination — a fear that
indirectly resulted in mayhem.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to
people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to
have a zero tolerance," and despite the echo of shutting the barn door
after the horse got out, he is right.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. is concerned that speculation
about the religious beliefs of Hasan could “cause a backlash against
some of our Muslim soldiers.” He’s right, but such a backlash would be a
direct result of the failure of command — not prejudice.
When confronted about whether he thought the Army “dropped the ball” in
not responding to warning signs, Casey replied that the Army needs to be
careful not to jump to conclusions based on early tidbits of
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., both of whom
are veterans, took pains to say that Muslims have served honorably in
the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day, this is not about his religion — the fact that
this man was a Muslim,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
But, hey, it is (kinda/sorta) about religion (when the FBI says 10
percent of American Mosques preach jihad) — at least from a risk