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Defense bill amendment targets Obama micromanagement, gives Pentagon leverage
A key congressional Republican hopes to use a major defense bill to
give the Pentagon more leverage in policy fights with President Obama’s
White House aides, following complaints from past defense chiefs that
the West Wing has tried to micromanage national security and military
policy and ice the Defense Department and other agencies out of major
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry plans to offer
an amendment to the defense authorization bill to cap the size of the
National Security Council, now headed by close Obama aide Susan E.
Rice. The bill also could subject the council’s head to congressional
confirmation in the future, The Washington Times has learned.
News of the amendment comes in the wake of sharp criticism from Mr.
Obama’s former defense secretaries — Robert M. Gates, Leon E. Panetta
and Chuck Hagel — that their access to and influence over the president
were often stymied by an inner circle of less-experienced White House
Trump, Hillary aim for sweeps of Northeastern primaries
Trump is aiming for a sweep of all five Northeastern states holding
primaries Tuesday, including Pennsylvania, with his rivals pinning
their hopes of stopping the Republican front-runner on a fragile
coordination strategy in the next rounds of voting.
For Democratic leader Hillary Clinton, wins in most of Tuesday's
contests would leave little doubt that she'll be her party's nominee.
Rival Bernie Sanders' team has sent mixed signals about his standing in
the race, with one top adviser suggesting a tough night would push the
Vermont senator to reassess his bid and another vowing to fight "all
the way to the convention."
Clinton was already looking past Sanders, barely mentioning him during
recent campaign events. Instead, she deepened her attacks on Trump,
casting the billionaire businessman as out of touch with Americans.
Obama on why the U.S. won't "destroy North Korea"
President Obama is back at the White House after a week in the
Middle East and Europe. During his trip, "CBS This Morning" co-host
Charlie Rose spoke with the president in Germany for a wide-ranging
interview. Mr. Obama had just announced 250 additional American troops
will go to Syria to help in the fight against ISIS.
But the president also faces other big challenges in Asia, including
North Korea's claims of successful ballistic missile tests and China's
military installations on man-made islands in disputed waters of the
South China Sea.
"How aggressive do you see the action in the South China Sea? And do
you worry that they will cross some line, in which you'll have to
respond more aggressively?" Rose asked the president.
Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when speerm meets egg
begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists
have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing
‘fireworks’ on film.
An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.
Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.
EMP Alert: 2 N. Korean Satellites now Orbit Over U.S.
'The threat continues to race, hare-like, at an alarming rate'
North Korea now
has two satellites orbiting over the United States capable of
performing a surprise electromagnetic pulse attack at an altitude and
trajectory that evade U.S. National Missile Defenses, a national
security expert warned in an interview with Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Pry told G2 Bulletin that the satellites can be commanded either to
deorbit and hit a target on the ground or explode at a high altitude to
create an EMP effect that would knock out the unprotected U.S. national
electrical grid system and all life-sustaining critical infrastructures
that depend on it.
“The threat,” Pry said, “continues to race, hare-like, at an alarming rate, compared to the tortoise pace of our preparations.”
Obama's 97 percent climate change consensus includes 'deniers'
The 97 percent
of scientists frequently cited by President Obama who agree on climate
change? Some of them are actually climate “deniers.”
Legates, University of Delaware professor of climatology. He’s known as
a leading “denier” for his skeptical take on the catastrophic climate
change narrative, but he does agree that the climate is changing —
which, by Mr. Obama’s standard, puts him in the 97 percent.
Former University of Missouri professor; I was fired because I'm white
the former University of Missouri assistant professor who was fired
after she tried to block a student journalist from covering a campus
protest, suggested in a recent interview that her public termination
was a matter of “racial politics.”
“This is all
about racial politics,” she told The Chronicle of Higher Education in
an interview published Sunday. “I’m a white lady. I’m an easy target.”
Obama's limited troop deployments pose no threat to Islamic State in Raqqa
President Obama’s decision to send a few hundred special operations
forces into Syria is a good step, military analysts say, but the
limited deployment underscores his opposition to any significant
American ground forces to directly fight the Islamic State.
That prohibition means the Islamic State’s network of safe havens
centered around Raqqa, Syria, from where it orchestrates deadly attacks
in Europe, will stay in operation indefinitely.
In the near term, adding 250 U.S. troops, mostly special warriors, to
the 50 previously inserted in Syria should result in an accelerated
process to assemble, train and advise the anti-Islamic State Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition.
AmeriCorps Volunteers Escorted Women to Abortion Clinics
AmeriCorps volunteers recently helped young women get abortions, which
is a "direct violation" of the federal funding rules that cover the
group, The Hill reports.
worked as "abortion doulas" in New York City, comforting pregnant women
and driving them to clinics, a summary of the report says.
self-reported the violations among "a few volunteers" at one of 38
community health centers that works with AmeriCorps' health division,
The Hill quoted a statement from the National Association of Community
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Federal Judge Upholds North Carolina Photo ID Mandate
challenging changes to North Carolina's election law failed to show it
hampered the ability of minority voters to exercise political power, a
federal judge ruled Monday in dismissing the cases.
Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled against the U.S. Justice Department, the
North Carolina NAACP chapter and named voters. They sued alleging the
law was passed to discriminate against poor and minority voters in
violation of the Constitution and U.S. Voting Rights Act.
One last attempt to derail the Donald
If wishes were
horses, beggars would ride to town on Saturday night, and if early
polls determined presidents John McCain and Ross Perot would be playing
poker with Harry Truman and Chester Alan Arthur in the ex-presidents
club. But it’s a rare beggar who owns even a spavined horse and John
McCain and Ross Perot never got a key to the Oval Office washroom.
The wise men
who think they can wet a finger to the wind in April to determine the
winners of November are not wise. Nothing is as fickle as politics, and
nobody would tell you that quicker than an experienced politician with
a reputable pollster. Polls come with fine print.
The dying dreeam of globalization
Republicans blanch at Trump’s unvarnished talk, and the Democrats pretend it’s the ‘60s
Party is in trouble, or so goes the conventional wisdom. Certainly, the
party is passing through a painful and difficult transition. But in the
broad context of history, it’s a necessary transition — from the
politics of old reflecting a world that no longer exists to a new brand
of politics reflecting the world as it is. One reason this election
season is so raucous and unpredictable is that the voters know this
transition is necessary but can’t seem to get the attention of the
But in the
broad context of history, the Democratic Party is in far worse shape
than the Republicans. Declining even to try addressing the politics of
today, it’s stuck in yesterday, where no political party can survive.
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