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Arkell and Dar first met there was no tension or danger. Which in and
of itself was strange given two such dangerous beings. Rather, an
instant bonding took place which has defied all scientific analysis for
the ten years they have been partners. They communicated both
telepathically and empathically. Regardless of distance, they `felt'
what the other felt. Words like loyalty, trust, understanding, even
love were inadequate to express the strength and depth of that
symbiotic bonding. From the day Arkell first saw Dar they `became' one.
And for the past ten years they had become a legend in the
Federation...the penultimate fighting machine. They had never failed in
a mission. Eventually, the mere threat to dispatch the `Two That Are
One' became sufficient negative incentive to precipitate immediate
discussions and to end conflict.
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U.S. commanders now openly challenging ISIS strategy of Obama
Rifts have emerged between U.S. military leaders and the Obama
White House on Washington’s future role in Libya, with the generals
questioning the White House’s argument that the recent success against
Islamic State shows Libya can go it alone in the fight against
terrorism, without direct U.S. assistance.
Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the White House’s pick to lead
U.S. Africa Command, called for increased American military action in
Libya to ensure the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, does not
reconstitute itself in the country as pressure ramps up against its
strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
Gen. Waldhauser told a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation
hearing Tuesday that U.S. military planners were drafting up battle
plans for airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Libya, Reuters
reported. The fledgling unity government in Tripoli has enjoyed
surprising success in recent weeks in a campaign against the Islamic
State’s stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte.
Trump launches broad attack on Hillary's record
Donald Trump launched a broad rebuke of his presidential rival Hillary
Clinton Wednesday, accusing her of being "a world class liar" who
personally profited from her tenure at the State Department. "She gets
rich making you poor," Trump said.
Seeking to steady his campaign after a difficult stretch, the
presumptive Republican nominee cast himself as the White House
candidate best positioned to address Americans' economic interests.
"This election will decide whether we're ruled by the people or the
politicians," Trump said during an address at his hotel in New York's
SoHo neighborhood. He made his arguments in a pointed yet measured
tone, less loud and strident than has been typical in most previous
Nearly Half of Sanders Supporters Won't Support Hillary
the two weeks since Hillary Clinton wrapped up the Democratic
presidential primary, runner-up Bernie Sanders has promised to work hard
to defeat Donald Trump — but he’s given no sign he’ll soon embrace
Clinton, his party’s presumptive nominee. Neither have many of Sanders’s
supporters. A June 14th Bloomberg Politics national poll of likely
voters in November’s election found that barely half of those who
favored Sanders — 55 percent — plan to vote for Clinton. Instead, 22
percent say they’ll vote for Trump, while 18 percent favor Libertarian
Gary Johnson. “I’m a registered Democrat, but I cannot bring myself to
vote for another establishment politician like Hillary,” says Laura
Armes, a 43-year-old homemaker from Beeville, Texas, who participated in
the Bloomberg poll and plans to vote for Trump. “I don’t agree with a
lot of what Trump says. But he won’t owe anybody. What you see is what
Conversations with two dozen Sanders
supporters revealed a lingering distrust of Clinton as too
establishment-friendly, hawkish or untrustworthy. As some Sanders fans
see it, the primary was not a simple preference for purity over
pragmatism, but a moral choice between an honest figure and someone whom
they consider fundamentally corrupted by the ways of Washington.
Sanders has fed these perceptions throughout his campaign, which is one
reason he's having a hard time coming around to an endorsement.
Voters Trust Trump to Keep America Safe; Favor Muslim Ban
trust Donald Trump to keep America safe more than former Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton, despite repeated assertions from Democrats that
she is one of the most qualified candidates for president in history.
new poll from Morning Consult shows that 41 percent of Americans
believed that Trump would do a better job of keeping the country safe
while only 37 percent favored Hillary Clinton. (Twenty-two percent said
they didn’t know or had no opinion).
Trump’s boost comes from Independent voters, as 38 percent say they trust Trump while only 26 percent favored Clinton.
U.S. display of military power act of hegemony?
American aircraft carriers conducted practice drills in the waters not
far from the coast of the Philippines islands in recent days. John M.
Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations let it be known on June 20 during a
meeting at the Center for a New American Security that it was not at
all ordinary for the United States to dispatch two aircraft carriers to
one single ocean region, and that it represents the commitment of the
U.S. to maintain security in this region, and that it also serves as
“deterrence” for related countries.
so-called message about security through the exhibition of military
might, and furthermore describing the events as an act of deterrence is
something that the U.S. has done far too many times. Regardless of how
many times it may have gone smoothly in other parts of the world the
U.S. has chosen the wrong opponent by selecting China for this type of
game. Behind all of this is lack of patience and brassy moves and it
also reveals a nature of hegemony beneath the surface.
On eve of defining British EU referendum, rivals race for final votes
Prime Minister David Cameron and his euroskeptic opponents made final
pitches for wavering voters on Wednesday on the eve of a defining
referendum on European Union membership with the outcome still too close
The vote, which echoes the rise of
populism elsewhere in Europe and the United States, will shape the
future of Europe. A victory for "out" could unleash turmoil on financial
"It's very close; nobody knows what's
going to happen," Cameron told Wednesday's Financial Times, with opinion
polls showing the rival camps neck and neck. The Leave camp was on 45
percent, just one point ahead of Remain, with 9 percent undecided, in
the last poll published by Opinium, which called it a "statistical tie".
House Democrats occupy chamber floor for si-in, demand gun-control vote?
Democrats occupied the chamber floor Wednesday morning to demand a vote
on gun-control measures that would block suspected terrorists from
Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat and a civil rights icon, led dozens of Democrats into the well of the chamber for the sit-in.
“Where is our moral leadership?” he said. “Where is our soul?”
want GOP leaders to schedule a vote on legislation that would prevent
suspected terrorists on the nation’s no-fly list from buying firearms.
And they want the vote to occur before the House skips town Friday for a
Senate Falls 1 Vote Short of Giving FBI Access to Brower Histories Without Court Order?
senators on Wednesday blocked an amendment that would give the FBI
power to take internet records, including browser histories and email
metadata, without a court order. But the victory may be fleeting.
one vote kept the measure from clearing a 60-vote procedural hurdle,
and political arm-twisting may soon result in a second vote. Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., switched his vote to "no" to
allow reconsideration in the near future. That made the final tally
58-38, with four senators not voting.
the propsed expasion of the FBI's ability to demand records with
national security letters, or NSLs, are urging opponents to flood their
senators with calls. There were some unexpected "yes" votes, such as
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who they hope to flip as some of the four
senators who did not vote are viewed as tougher sells.
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