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House defies Obama, votes to 'pause' Syrian refugees
President Obama’s assurances and brushing aside his insults, the House
voted Thursday to hit the “pause” button on his plans to resettle
10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. this year, insisting he step up
security checks to make sure terrorists can’t exploit America’s
vote saw 47 Democrats join Republicans, defying a veto threat from Mr.
Obama, who has grown increasingly strident in accusing his critics of
everything from hysteria to Islamophobia.
8 Syrians Caught at Texas Border in Laredo
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that eight Syrians were taken into custody at the Laredo port of entry.
agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens
attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal
agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity,
however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC)
confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially
contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other
federal agents about Syrians illegally entering the country in the
Laredo Sector. The reports have caused a stir among the sector’s Border
claimed that eight Syrians were apprehended on Monday, November 16,
2015. According to the sources, the Syrians were in two separate
“family units” and were apprehended at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in
Laredo, Texas, also known officially as Port of Entry 1.
Obama says Syrian refugees no bigger threat to U.S. than 'tourists'?
said Thursday that Syrian refugees are no more dangerous to the U.S.
than tourists, and he accused Republican presidential candidates of
stoking fears about the refugees and closing the Guantanamo Bay
terrorist detention center to score political points.
reporters at a summit in the Philippines, Mr. Obama said the
“overwhelming numbers” of Syrians who are applying for entry to the
U.S. “are children, women, families — themselves victims of terrorism.”
He said they are already subject to rigorous vetting by U.S. security
Ash Carter breaks with Obama: 'We're prepared to change rules of engagement' in fight vs. ISIS
Secretary Ashton Carter says the U.S. is prepared to change the “rules
of engagement” in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group,
pointing to methods like targeting fuel trucks controlled by the
them - we review them all the time,” Mr. Carter said in an interview
for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Actually, if you look at the data, the
thing that most enhances the impact of the air campaign is better and
better intelligence. We’re prepared to change rules of engagement.
We’ve changed tactics, as we just did in the case of the fuel trucks.”
Nation's largest insurer may drop out of Obamacare, citing losses
largest insurer said Thursday it may have to drop out of Obamacare’s
exchanges, a particularly gloomy harbinger for the law unless things
Group said it will scale back marketing in 2016 and decide whether it’s
worth participating in 2017, as it expects to reap $425 million less in
the fourth quarter of 2015 than previously thought.
Islamic State to bring guerrilla warfare to Wesetern cities
ISIS morphing into a ‘structured organization’
State could be planning to wage guerrilla warfare on European cities,
according to a counter-insurgency expert, leading to a terrorist army
living and growing in capitals across the continent, destroying the
Europe we know today, forever.
AFP reports on
comments by David Kilcullen, an Australian army veteran, who became the
senior counter-insurgency adviser to U.S. Gen. David Petraeus during
the Iraq War. Considered a key architect of the “surge” strategy that
helped turn the conflict around, Mr. Kilcullen said, “The Paris attacks
showed the Islamic State group (IS) was morphing from a terrorist
threat into a ‘structured organization’ like the IRA in Ireland or ETA
in Spain during the 20th century.”
John McCain Calls for 10,000 Ground Troops in Syria to Defeat ISIS
McCain wants 10,000 U.S. ground troops in Syria to crush the Islamic
State — and blames President Barack Obama's lack of leadership and
strategy for the "phenomena of ISIS."
In an interview
with with France 24 television on Thursday, the Arizona Republican, and
2008 GOP presidential nominee, said the aim of American boots on the
ground would be to join soldiers from Arab countries, NATO countries
"and even France" to defeat ISIS.
When history and celebrity collidehttp://www.washiWhen history and celebrity collide
George Will and Bill O’Reilly face off over ‘Killing Reagan’
month, premier Fox newsman Bill O'Reilly became unhinged on live
television. A red-faced Mr. O'Reilly loudly and repeatedly called his
invited guest, Washington Post columnist and fellow conservative Fox
News journalist George Will, a “hack” and accused him of lying.
It was a surreal moment, with stunned viewers no doubt muttering to themselves, “Is the jig finally up?”
Historian: Obama lacks maturity of Reagan, acts like 'spoiled little man child'
So how would Ronald Reagan have handled the terrorist attacks on Paris and the grim aftermath?..
Reagan would have done everything Barack Obama is not doing. He would
have been rational, manly, intellectual and tough. He would not have
been a shameful, spoiled little man child, irrationally attacking
Americans while on foreign soil,” historian Craig Shirley tells Inside
Knowing when to go to war
Obama retreats from the moral question of when the use of force is just
litmus test has required that presidential hopefuls deem the Iraq War a
mistake and Afghanistan too expensive. But in light of attacks by the
Islamic State, or ISIS, and renewed calls for U.S. escalation, how
President Obama and the presidential candidates understand the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq, and how and when they decide it is just and
necessary to use American military power, has very real implications.
begun a major escalation in its air campaign against ISIS. Mr. Obama
agreed to this “intensification,” but rejects the notion of sending
large numbers of American ground troops to Iraq or Syria, fearing “a
permanent occupation of these countries.” He continues to avoid the
word “war,” insisting our military is simply combating ISIS. He is not
prepared to put boots on the ground to take out the Assad regime.
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