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Obama campaigns for his legacy as Republicans attack hit a nerve
is making a point of ignoring the Republican presidential debates, but
the candidates’ campaign rhetoric is obviously hitting a presidential
nerve or two.
Time and again
in recent weeks, Mr. Obama has launched into an unsolicited, spirited
defense of his record, in a tone that sometimes betrays a deep
annoyance with the Republicans’ attacks against him
NATO warns of 'troubling' Russian escalation in Syria
secretary general warned Thursday of a “troubling escalation” in
Russian military activities in Syria, saying the alliance stands firmly
behind member Turkey even as Moscow broadens its air and sea attacks.
“NATO is able
and ready to defend all allies, including Turkey, against any threat,”
Jens Stoltenberg said from the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels as
defense ministers gathered for a meeting.
“In Syria, we have seen a troubling escalation of Russian military activities,” he added.
Putin's motives questioned as Russia targets pro-Western rebels, not Islamic State, in Syria
President Vladimir Putin, ignoring Washington, escalated his war in
Syria against Islamist armies Wednesday by launching a sea bombardment
along with air and land attacks.
said the Russians are overwhelmingly targeting pro-Western rebels,
rejecting Moscow’s public relations line that it is going after a
common enemy: the Islamic State’s terrorist army.
Kevin McCarthy faces possible floor fight in speaker bid as conservatives back Daniel Webster
conservative House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that it would
back Rep. Daniel Webster to be the next speaker, which would provide
enough support to the Republican conference to deny the position to
establishment favorite Kevin McCarthy, the current majority leader.
Emerging from a
closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill, conservative lawmakers pledged to
present a united front in support of Mr. Webster, Florida Republican,
signaling that the same rift in the conference that forced Speaker John
A. Boehner to resign would continue to roil the largest Republican
majorities in the House since the 1920s.
Judge says Hillary's server is private
A federal judge
ordered the State Department Wednesday to request former Secretary
Hillary Rodham Clinton not delete any government business emails she
may still have, but said he doubts he can force her to do anything.
Judge Reggie B.
Walton said since Mrs. Clinton used her own BlackBerry and computer
devices, and kept her email server at her home, he doesn’t have
authority over the records she created on those.
Hillary emails were vulnerable to hackers, tech firm warned
subcontractor that has worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail setup
expressed concerns over the summer that the system was inadequately
protected and vulnerable to hackers, a company official said Wednesday.
concerns were rebuffed by the company managing the Clinton account,
Platte River Networks, which said it had been instructed by the FBI not
to make changes. The FBI has been reviewing the security of the e-mail
subcontractor, Datto, which specializes in backing up data, had not
been aware that it was handling Clinton e-mails until media reports in
August noted Platte River Networks’ involvement with the controversy
surrounding the former secretary of state’s e-mails.
CNN Shrinks Dem Debate By One Hour
Last month, CNN hosted a Republican presidential primary debate. The main event was a 3-hour affair.
Next week, the
same network will host a Democratic presidential primary debate. But
this time, the debate will be one hour shorter -- it'll span only 2
there's a big difference in the number of candidates in each of the
debates. The Republican debate featured 11 candidates. The Democratic
debate will probably be made up of 5 candidates.
Congress probing U.S. spy agencies' possible lapses on Russia
lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s
intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow
to grasp the scope and intention of Russia’s dramatic military
offensive there, U.S. congressional sources and other officials told
A week after
Russia plunged directly into Syria’s civil war by launching a campaign
of air strikes, the intelligence committees of the U.S. Senate and
House of Representatives want to examine the extent to which the spy
community overlooked or misjudged critical warning signs, the sources
Hillary moves left, opposes Obama's Trans-Pacific trade deal
announced her opposition Wednesday to the Pacific Rim trade deal,
breaking with President Obama in another move to the left for her
front-runner for the Democratic nomination gave Obama a heads-up of her
opposition before announcing she’d oppose the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) in an interview with PBS “NewsHour” host Judy
“What I know about it, as of today I’m not in favor of what I’ve learned about it,” Clinton said in the interview.
Democrats thwarting Benghazi investigation
cooperate, Democrats from the start have tried to thwart the Benghazi
probe from within, Chairman Trey Gowdy said in a letter released
Thursday that accused Democrats of bad faith and also announced the
release of emails that call into question the relationship between
former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her associate
Mr. Gowdy said
it was Democrats, not Republicans, who “selectively leaked information”
to try to set the political narrative about the probe. Mr. Gowdy said
Democrats have been more interested in that than in actually
participating in the investigation, and he accused the top Democrat on
the committee, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, of acting as defender of Mrs.
Clinton rather than as honest auditor.
Democrat browbeats Afghan war commander
Democrat on the Housed Armed Services Committee on Thursday unleashed a
harsh attack on the 14-year-long Afghanistan war, calling it a
“failure” as Islamic extremists have simply set up shop in a list of
other places to conduct terrorism.
Rep. Loretta L.
Sanchez of California, the second ranking committee Democrat, lectured
Army Gen. John Campbell, the top commander in Afghanistan, and she
ridiculed the basis for chairman Mac Thornberry, Texas Republican,
defending the mission.
Beware Putin and his 'anti-Hitler coalition'
The Russian’s deceit rivals the knavery of Stalin
Contrary to the
principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President
Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to
“help” monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that
there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative
quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 —
and soon abandoned.
President Vladimir Putin liked the American invitation so much that he
now has decided to move in permanently. Mr. Putin now wants the West to
join his new Syria-Iran-Hezbollah-Iraq axis against the Islamic State —
or to at least sit back and allow Russia to straighten out the Middle
East as it sees fit.
Ban gun-free zones
Deranged gunmen target places where no one can shoot back
Would you put a sign outside your house saying, “Doors unlocked,” or “We’re not home”?
underreported study released a year ago by the Crime Prevention
Research Center (CPRC), the organization led by America’s leading gun
policy expert John Lott, found that 92 percent of mass shootings since
2009 have taken place in designated gun-free zones.
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