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Kerry 'Washed His Hands' of Key Iran Side Deals
Details contained within two secret side deals made with the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are key to whether Congress
approves the Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Tom Cotton said Thursday, alleging
Secretary of State John Kerry worked to keep those agreements from
"Kerry acted like Pontius Pilate; he washed his hands and kicked it to
the IAEA, knowing Congress wouldn't get this information unless someone
went out to find it," the Arkansas Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
On Wednesday, Cotton and Kansas GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo joined forces with
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner to
demand the side agreements be made available so they can be reviewed,
reports Fox News.
White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice admitted Wednesday that
the deals existed, and they accompany the main deal reached last week
between Iran and the United States, France, Germany Russia and China,
Obama's Iran deal 'crossed a new threshold'
administration has “crossed a new threshold in U.S. foreign policy” by
accepting a nuclear deal that will allow Iran to continue enriching
uranium while ignoring the Islamic republic’s support for terrorism
around the world, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee said Thursday.
“Now it is the
policy of the United States to enable a state-sponsor of terror to
obtain a sophisticated, industrial nuclear development program,” Sen.
Bob Corker of Tennessee told Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other
top administration officials at the start of a hearing on the nuclear
deal. “That’s what you’re hear to ask us to support.”
Senate drops Social Security changes from highway bill to foster support
negotiators have agreed to remove a Social Security-related provision
from a $47 billion highway deal that relies on a patchwork of funding
tactics, sweetening the deal for Democrats who’ve wavered on the
$2.3 billion the bill would raise by denying Social Security benefits
to fugitive felons is best kept within Social Security’s trust funds,
not siphoned away for roads spending.
ISIS Boy in New Video
For the first time, children speak at length directly into the camera
ISIS’s official media wing in Iraq’s Dijla province released a new video
Wednesday that boasts the terror group’s boy fighters and ups the ante
of a bellicose propaganda campaign championing child soldiers.
The video, called “The Cubs of Dijla” in a reference to the young boys
being indoctrinated and groomed to fight, shows children as the clip’s
primary speakers. They deliver monologues and recite verses of the
Quran, marking the first time the Islamic State has depicted boys—one as
young as three—speaking at length directly into the camera.
“Where are the martrys? Where are the suicide attackers?” a young boy
asks, urging Muslims and Arabs to stop talking and start acting. “Give
me my weapon,” he declares as he grabs a gun almost as long as his body.
He later fires the rifle.
White House defends sanctuary cities, threatens to veto crackdown bill?
Says legalization is best way to deal with criminals
The White House
vowed Thursday to veto a bill to punish sanctuary cities, instead
calling on Congress to legalize illegal immigrants as the way to solve
the problem of criminals who shouldn’t be on the streets.
The threat came
just hours before the House was expected to pass a bill that would
withhold money from states or localities that don’t abide by a federal
law that requires them to cooperate when federal immigration
authorities request help identifying illegal immigrants.
Hillary, Democrats mum as Planned Parenthood videos ignite furor
Attorney General Chris Koster is a rarity, a Democrat who has admitted
— in public — that he’s concerned about accusations of unlawful conduct
at Planned Parenthood.
week, he announced that he would investigate charges stemming from the
release of two undercover videos, saying, “Regardless of whether one is
pro-life or pro-choice, the questions raised by these videos require
Ashton Carter: Obama failed to anticipate Iran's role in Yemeni rebellion
Secretary Ashton Carter says the Obama administration failed to
anticipate that Iranian-backed Houthis rebels could, or would, oust the
Yemeni government which had been a strong U.S. counter-terrorism ally.
to the Houthis in Yemen, I think our assessment is that no one
anticipated, probably even the Houthis themselves, the success that
they had, success defined from their point of view, in causing the
toppling of the government and the subsequent humanitarian disaster
that has occurred in Yemen,” Mr. Carter said, after meeting this week
with Saudi Arabian rulers as part of a Middle East tour to ease
concerns about the new nuclear agreement with Iran.
ISIS plotting to use drones to bomb crowds at major British events
to use the unmanned machines - available for as little as £100 on the
high street - to drop explosives on large crowds at popular sporting
and cultural gatherings.
fear they could launch a multi-drone attack carrying several bombs,
even using airborne cameras to film the bloody carnage below for
twisted propaganda videos.
figures believed that Isis has already tested how much plastic
explosive the flying machines can carry, getting as far as
experimenting with detonation devices.
Moscow Could Be Prepping for Space War With Aggressive New Satellites
Kremlin says its nimble new satellites are just for communications. But
they look—and act—an awful lot like prototype weapons.
Day in 2013, a rocket blasted off from the Russian Federal Space
Agency’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome, about 500 miles north of Moscow. The
95-foot-tall, 118-ton Rokot booster—an unarmed version of a Cold War
nuclear-tipped missile—lanced into low orbit, shedding spent stages as
miles above the surface the earth, the Rokot’s nose cracked open and
its payload spilled out. The rocket carried Rodnik communications
satellites, according to Russian officials.
Donald Trump Warns RNC of Third-Party Run
Trump is warning that if the Republican National Committee is unfair to
him, the odds that he'll mount a third-party try for the White House
will "absolutely" increase.
"The RNC has
been, I think, very foolish," Trump told The Hill in an exclusive
interview on Wednesday, complaining that the party leadership has not
been supportive of his campaign.
always supportive when I was a contributor," the real estate mogul and
presidential candidate said. "I was their fair-haired boy."
FBI Chief: ISIS Bigger Threat than al-Qaida
State group's effort to inspire troubled Americans to violence has
become more of a terror threat to the U.S. than an external attack by
al-Qaida, the FBI director said Wednesday.
James Comey told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that the
Islamic State group, which has proclaimed a caliphate in parts of Syria
and Iraq, has influenced a significant but unknown number of Americans
through a year-long campaign on social media urging Muslims who can't
travel to the Middle East to "kill where you are."
Slain Troops in Chattanooga Saved Lives Before Giving Their Own
sailors risked their lives for one another in Chattanooga last week,
trying to distract the gunman who assaulted a naval center, helping
people scale a fence for safety and returning fire at the attacker, law
enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Some of the
five servicemen who were fatally wounded effectively sacrificed
themselves during the assault on Thursday, diverting the gunman from a
larger group of potential victims, according to a law enforcement
official briefed on the investigation into the killings.
Obama Plans More Executive Action on Immigration
Proposed rule expands number of illegal immigrants allowed to stay in country
administration is moving forward with plans to expand a waiver program
that will allow additional illegal aliens to remain in the country
rather than apply for legal status from abroad.
of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed rule on Tuesday that would
make changes to a waiver program created by President Barack Obama’s
executive action on immigration in 2013. The action created a waiver
that primarily allowed illegal immigrants with a U.S. citizen spouse or
parent to stay in the country instead of having to leave the United
States and be barred from returning for three or 10 years, if they
proved their absence would create an “extreme hardship” for their
Sunsetting the current tax code
Republican presidential candidates have released thoughtful and
detailed tax reform plans, and a third has renewed his call for the tax
overhaul he promoted in 2008.
Rubio of Florida along with Mike Lee of Utah released a plan that
reduces our complicated tax system to two individual rates (35 percent
and 15 percent) and zeroes out several forms of double taxation.
Gov. Mike Huckabee reiterated his support for a national sales tax
scheme known as the Fair Tax as a key element in his May campaign
Why selling baby parets should shock no one
What is most
shocking about an undercover video of a conversation between Deborah
Nucatola, a Planned Parenthood executive, and two antiabortion
activists from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) posing as
employees from a biotech firm is why anyone is shocked.
For those who
haven’t been paying attention (ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN all ignored the
story during their Sunday morning political talk shows, but not Fox),
the discussion centered on the sale of donated tissue from aborted
fetuses. Nucatola says in the video, “We’ve been very good at getting
heart, lung, liver … so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna
basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I
can get it all intact.”
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