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Obama, Congress head for showdown over defense bill curbs on Gitmo
The Obama administration and Congress are heading for a showdown
over the president’s plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
and transfer its remaining terrorists abroad or to U.S. prisons.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced last week that Pentagon
assessment teams are looking at creating prisons for the terrorists at
Leavenworth, Kansas, and Charleston, South Carolina, as well as other
locations. Mr. Carter said he is dealing with two groups of Gitmo
prisoners: those who can be transferred to other nations and a group of
hard-core terrorists who must remain in detention as enemy combatants.
Releasing the terrorists to other nations is said by defense officials
to be problematic and a cause of friction between the White House and
Pentagon. Differences between the president’s advisers and former
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ultimately led to Mr. Hagel’s ouster in
February, according to defense officials.
Biden Tops Polls
Here's one more reason to continue speculating about whether Vice
President Joe Biden will enter the presidential race: he polls better
nationally against the leading three Republican candidates than Hillary
Clinton, and has a higher favorability rating, too.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, if Biden
was the democratic candidate, he would beat Donald Trump by eight points
(48 - 40 percent), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush by six points (45 -
39) and Senator Marco Rubio by three points (44 - 41). Clinton only
beats Trump by four points (45 - 41), Bush by two points (42 - 40) and
Rubio by one point (44 - 43).
Obama agenda and legacy in the hands of federal judges
Legal analysts say it’s hardly surprising that President
Obama — a lame-duck who has leaned on his own powers to move his
domestic agenda — finds himself at the mercy of the courts.
A federal judge in Teas has put President Obama’s deportation amnesty on
hold, while another judge in the District of Columbia is poised to rule
any day now on whether the House can sue to stop parts of the
administration’s Obamacare spending.
Meanwhile, no fewer than six federal judges in the District are
refereeing Mr. Obama’s broad pledges of transparency and how they stack
up against the way his State Department operated under Hillary Rodham
Clinton as secretary.
Indeed, much of Mr. Obama’s agenda — and his legacy — sits in the hands
of federal judges across the country, who are hearing challenges to his
immigration and environmental policies as well as bigger constitutional
fights such as congressional Republicans’ charge that he has discarded
the separation of powers that is meant to protect taxpayers’ wallets and
Pollsters dumfounded by Trump
Polling experts agree on one thing when it comes to Donald Trump’s presidential run: They’ve never seen anything like it.
The businessman’s dominance of the Republican presidential race is
forcing experienced political hands to question whether everything they
know about winning the White House is wrong.
The shocks have come in quick succession, with the businessman first
rocketing to the top of national polls, and then taking double-digit
leads in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South
Charlie Danies Rips Congress in Open Letter
Devil Went Down to Georgia” hit-maker Charlie Daniels posted a lengthy
rant on Facebook Monday blasting Congress as “a breed of milksop,
politically correct, scared of their own shadow, pushover, pathetic
excuses for public servants.”
“You don’t even have the courage to face down an out of control
president, even when he makes a deal with the devil,” the country music
star wrote, referring to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
“Don’t you bunch of timid capons even care what kind of world you’re
leaving to your children and grandchildren, not to even mention the
rest of us? Are you really party partisans before you’re parents and
grandparents or even human beings?
“You have allowed Obama to tilt the Supreme Court so far to the left
that they’re little more than a shameful extension of the Executive
Branch,” Mr. Daniels wrote. “You have talked for decades about the
porous southern border but have done absolutely nothing about it. You
have allowed cities in this nation to declare themselves sanctuary
cities where they protect the worst of the worst criminal aliens,
American citizens paying an awful price for your silence.
Solyndra lied to governmente to secure Obama stitmulus cash
Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer that took more than $500 million
from President Obama’s stimulus then went bust, sticking taxpayers for
the loss, lied to federal officials to secure the loan, the Energy
Department’s inspector general said in a report released Wednesday.
But the Obama administration goofed too and may have cut corners in
fully vetting the project because of “political pressure” from top
Democrats and Solyndra itself, the investigators said in their report,
which took four years to complete.
Most of the blame lies squarely on Solyndra, however. Investigators
said company officials lied to the government and to independent market
analysts and a credit ratings agency, inflating the value of contract
commitments in order to appear more financially promising.
Two Hundred Retired Generals, Flag Offiers Call on Congress to Reject Iran Deal
hundred retired generals and admirals sent a letter to Congress asking
members to oppose the Iran deal, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
officers warned in the letter that the nuclear deal was “unverifiable”
and would “threaten the national security and vital interests of the
United States” by providing Iran a 10-year path to a nuclear bomb and
handing the regime $150 billion in sanctions relief:
In summary, this agreement will enable Iran to become far more
dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new
threats to American interests as well as our allies. In our
professional opinion, far from being an alternative to war, the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action makes it likely that the war the Iranian
regime has waged against us since 1979 will continue, with far higher
risks to our national security interests. Accordingly, we urge the
Congress to reject this defective accord.
Iran May Have Built Extension at Nukek Site While Working on Deal
Iran appears to
have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May,
the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday delving into a
major part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran's
past atomic activity.
A resolution of
the International Atomic Energy Agency's Parchin file, which includes a
demand for IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue
that could help make or break Tehran's July 14 nuclear deal with six
confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters, said: "Since (our)
previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site,
the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the
presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials.
In addition, a small extension to an existing building appears to have
Trump on TV Shootings: 'This isn't a gun problem; this is a mental problem'
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in the wake of
Wednesday morning’s shooting deaths on live TV of a reporter and
videographer in Virginia that it isn’t a gun problem but a “mental
Asked Thursday on CNN’s “New Day” if he would do something different
about gun policy, Mr. Trump said: “Well, I don’t think I would, because
this is really a sick person. This isn’t a gun problem; this is a
“Frankly, you know, a case like this, he snuck up on ‘em. Whether it
was a gun or a knife or whatever it would have been, it would have been
something,” Mr. Trump said. “But you know, you’re not going to get rid
of all guns, so I know one thing: if you tried to do it, the bad guys
would have ‘em, to use an expression, and the good folks would abide by
the law. They’d be hopeless and. … it would be a hopeless situation for
them, and I think it’s a big mistake.”
Ex-DIA Chief: Intel Reports on Terror Foght Politicized, Analysts Pressured
Terror analysts were pressured by senior military and intelligence
officials to alter their assessments about the strength of the Islamic
State group (ISIS) — and the effectiveness of the U.S.-led
fight against the jihadists, the Daily Beast reports.
If analysts' reports were too pessimistic, or questioned whether the
Iraq military could beat ISIS, they were either sent back —
or never made it to the desks of senior policymakers, sources tell the
In other cases, analysts wrote what they felt they were expected to write, the Daily Beast reports.
A treaty as hollow as the Iranian nuclear deal
It is ironic
that Thursday marks the anniversary of the signing of the
Kellogg-Briand treaty in Paris in 1928 designed to renunciate war as an
instrument of national policy
Congress is soon to vote on President Obama’s deal with Iran that, in
the White House’s reckoning, is the only alternative to war with the
rogue nation. The Kellogg-Briand agreement, named after American
Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg and French Foreign Minister
Aristide Briand, like Mr. Obama’s Iran diplomatic concoction,
represented naivete to the utmost degree because the means to prevent
military action were conspicuous by their absence or weakness.
also called the Pact of Paris, was the brainchild of Briand who in 1927
urged a bilateral agreement with the United States to outlaw war,
fearful that Germany might once more threaten European nations without
such a denunciation by the leading force of the world. But then
President Calvin Coolidge wanted nothing to do with bilateralism, and
Secretary of State Kellogg made the idea palatable by urging all
nations to agree to the idea. Although the United States, France and
Germany were the first to sign, some 64 signatories emerged by July
The modern malleability of gender and race
In the present
postmodern world, we are told that there is no such thing as a
biologically distinct gender. Instead, gender is now socially
constructed. It can be defined by the individual in almost any way he
or she sees fit.
In the old
days, many clinical psychologists would have believed that Caitlyn
Jenner — who first came to fame as Olympian Bruce Jenner — is
experiencing a well-chronicled psychological state known as
transvestism, or the innate pleasure in wearing the clothes and
assuming the manners and appearance of the opposite sex.
however, identifies as transgendered. But even if the term is new, the
condition is not. References to people acting or dressing as if they
were members of the opposite sex — or somewhere in between — were
commonly found in the works of ancient authors such as Catullus and
Petronius. The difference is that the Greeks and Romans saw it as a
psychosexual condition, while today’s postmoderns insist that the
transgendered have assumed a self-constructed and genuinely new sexual
Have they really?
Medal of Honor
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.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself 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