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Hillary emails reveal Blumenthal influential in crafting diplomacy
State Department said two dozen of the emails exchanged on Hillary
Rodham Clinton’s private server included classified information —
potentially undercutting the former first lady’s claims that she did
not handle classified information on the secret account.
A cache of
3,000 pages of emails released by the State Department revealed that
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s off-the-books adviser Sidney Blumenthal was
more deeply involved in crafting diplomacy at the agency than
previously disclosed, while top White House officials knew early on
that she was using a private email account to conduct business as
secretary of state.
damaging for Mrs. Clinton, the State Department said two dozen of the
emails included classified information — potentially undercutting the
former first lady’s claims that she did not handle classified
information on the secret account.
were unearthed as part of the first in a series of emails that the
State Department has been forced to release under a federal court order.
House panel's 'Terror Threat Snapshot' shows sharp uptick in ISIS plots
Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul on Thursday circulated a
“Terror Threat Snapshot” that highlighted the growing menace by Islamic
State and other terrorist groups.
depiction of the current level of terrorist activity showed that this
year the rate of terror plots worldwide doubled and the number of
homegrown terror plots in the U.S. tripled.
State’s deadly plots against western targets spiked to 28 in 2015 — a
significant increase over the 19 terror attacks the group attempted to
implement in 2014, according to House Committee on Homeland Security
Has Hillary Sent Oppo Researchers to Sanders Archive?
Librarians at the University of Vermont's special collections say
interest is spiking in the "Bernard Sanders papers" — 30 boxes of
meticulously organized material documenting Sanders' eight years as
mayor of Burlington.
That should come as no surprise, given the independent senator's rapid
rise in the polls in New Hampshire and Iowa, which hold the nation's
first presidential nominating contests.
Carly Fiorina winning over skeptics
When it was Carly Fiorina’s turn to take the stage at a presidential
forum in Oklahoma City, Noah Wolff was thinking of heading outside for a
“I thought of all the people, why is she here?” said Wolff, 19, a
Republican and political science major at the University of Oklahoma.
But as Fiorina started speaking, Wolff was captivated by her message.
While other candidates in the convention hall spent their time spewing
standard conservative talking points and criticizing the current
Democratic administration, he said, Fiorina outlined solutions, such as
how she would negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran.
US blocks attempts by Arab alllies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State
Middle East allies accuse Barack Obama and David Cameron of
failing to show strategic leadership in fight against Isil, as MPs could
be given vote on whether to bomb Syria
The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly
heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in
Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.
Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other
Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic
leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.
They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy
weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and
their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through
U.S. unprepared for chemical attack as Islamic State nears Syria's stockpile
government is unprepared for a chemical attack against the homeland, a
new report shows, even as the Islamic State takes responsibility for
more terror attacks around the world and inches closer to gaining
access to Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.
ill-equipped to handle the spread of a deadly virus, much less the
exposure of U.S. citizens to biochemical weapons, said Ellen Carlin,
one of the participants of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense,
which will release a final report this fall.
The spread of
Ebola from a sick Liberian national to Texas nurses Nina Pham and Amber
Vinson last year shows the government needs to reconfigure — and
possibly replace — the leadership and management structure surrounding
its biodefense enterprise, Ms. Carlin said.
Oabma to reopen Cuba embassy, renew ties over bipartisan opposition
than a half-century of U.S. policy, President Obama announced Wednesday
that the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to reopen their embassies this
summer and restore full diplomatic ties over vehement objections from
lawmakers in both parties of Congress.
“This is a
historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the
Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbors
in the Americas,” Mr. Obama said at the White House. “This is what
change looks like.”
also called on Congress to lift the U.S. embargo against Cuba, a move
that many lawmakers in both parties are resisting. He said public
opinion in both countries favors such a move.
Keystone pipeline divides Congress as deadline nears
With a decision
looming, both sides of the Keystone XL pipeline debate are making
last-ditch appeals to President Obama, with opponents saying the
project fails the White House’s climate test and supporters arguing
it’s a no-brainer that will spur U.S. energy independence and economic
the company proposing the massive Canada-to-Texas oil sands project,
this week sent a letter to Secretary of State John F. Kerry, urging the
administration to approve the project. The State Department now is
undertaking its final review of Keystone and then will make a
recommendation to Mr. Obama, who ultimately will render the final
As Fares Drop, U.S. Surprises Airlines in Seat-Supply Probe
Amid a drop in
airfares and a surge in seating, U.S. antitrust officials surprised
airline investors with an investigation into whether carriers are
colluding to maintain pricing power.
Department seeks airline documents that would reveal the “need for, or
the desirability of, capacity reductions or growth limitations by the
company or any other airline,” according to the government’s request
for the information.
capacity are closely linked, because having too many seats can dent
carriers’ ability to charge more. While executives have mused publicly
about wanting to rein in new flying to help prop up prices, the U.S. is
jumping into the fray when the stock market is signaling that airlines
have actually done too little to curb their seat supply.
The Greeks Should Vote 'No!'
Greeks should vote “No!” in Sunday’s referendum.
are being asked whether they accept the terms offered by the European
Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund to extend
the bailout for Athens’ troubled finances or give Prime Minister
Tsipras a mandate to insist on a better deal.
conditions include more cuts in government supported pensions, higher
taxes and labor market reforms other European governments’ are often
not inclined to accept in the conduct of their own affairs.
Gulf States Reach $18.7B Settlement with BP Over Oil Spill
Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7
billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the
2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule
on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties after well
over 125 million gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf.
BP has said its
spill-related costs already exceed $42 billion — even without the Clean
Water Act fine. It's also unclear how much BP will end up paying under
a 2012 settlement with individuals and businesses claiming
We are all Californians now
California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years.
The state is in
the midst of a crippling four-year-old drought. Yet California has
built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the
New Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the
state’s storage reserves — a critical project that was almost canceled
by endless environmental lawsuits and protests.
California has almost doubled in population since the dam’s
construction, its politicians apparently decided that completing more
northern and Sierra Nevada water projects was passe. So the parched
state now prays for rain and snow rather than building reservoirs to
ensure that the next drought won’t shut down the state.
Repeating myself on an Iran nuclear deal
Am I allowed to repeat myself when it comes to the negotiations over the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal?
Why not, since
that is what Iran’s leaders are doing. They are repeating themselves by
refusing inspections of some of their facilities where only a fool
would believe nuclear weapons are not under construction. They are
repeating themselves when they demand all sanctions be lifted on the
day any deal is signed. And let’s not forget Iran’s weekly “Death to
America” chants at Friday prayer services, though publicly politicians
in Tehran are said to denounce them. Why would anyone in his right
diplomatic mind believe anything these subsidizers of terrorism say,
especially when they appear to believe their religion requires them to
build a bomb, obliterate Israel, eliminate America and subject the
world to Sharia law?
from President Obama, to Secretary of State John Kerry, repeat
themselves with empty assurances that the deal, if it comes after the
latest “deadline” has passed, will be a good one for America and the
world. Trust them, they repeatedly say. Yet each time Iran stands up to
the U.S., American officials appear to back down.
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