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Bill Clinton White House suppreessed evidence of Iran's terrorism
Sent secret cable accusing Tehran of 1996 Khobar Towers attack, but kept it from public
Bill Clinton’s administration gathered enough evidence to send a
top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996
Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from
the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it
would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and
Before Mr. Clinton left office, the intelligence pointing toward Iran’s
involvement in the terror attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S.
servicemen and wounded hundreds was deemed both extensive and
“credible,” memos show.
State Dept. tells Hillary to search for more emails
Department has instructed former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton go
back to her Internet companies and try to recover email messages from
any personal email accounts that she used during her time in
government, saying it appears she didn’t turn over all of her documents.
In a letter to
Clinton lawyer David E. Kendall, the department said it has become
aware of messages Mrs. Clinton sent to other government officials in
her first few months in office, but which she did not turn over as part
of the more than 30,000 emails she did relinquish last December.
Deal reached on Pacific Rim terade pact in boost for Obama economic agenda
hailed the historic 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal completed here
Monday as an accord that “reflects America’s values,” but within hours
the administration had turned from the negotiating table to selling the
agreement on Capitol Hill, a reflection of the harsh political climate
the controversial pact is expected to face in Congress.
that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest free-trade
agreement in a generation, would open new markets for U.S. goods and
services and establish rules of international commerce that give “our
workers the fair shot at success they deserve."
California becomes 5th state to allow physican-assisted suicide
wrenching yearlong legislative debate over the right to die culminated
Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law a bill making California
the fifth state to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally
As a Democrat
and former Catholic seminarian, Mr. Brown was caught between two
opposing sides of the right-to-die debate, and had given little
indication of whether he would sign the bill before it reached his desk
in early September.
Biden himself leaked word of his son's dying wish
Joe Biden has been making his 2016 deliberations all about his late son since August.
Aug. 1, to be
exact — the day renowned Hillary Clinton-critic Maureen Dowd published
a column that marked a turning point in the presidential speculation.
multiple sources, it was Biden himself who talked to her, painting a
tragic portrait of a dying son, Beau’s face partially paralyzed,
sitting his father down and trying to make him promise to run for
president because "the White House should not revert to the Clintons
and that the country would be better off with Biden values.”
Club of Growth Claims Credit for Trum Slump
Numbers Prove Otehrwise
The Club for
Growth claims its new TV ads are discrediting Donald Trump among voters
— a boast that flies in the face of the billionaire developer's
still-enormous lead in the GOP presidential polls.
In a press
release issued Tuesday, the conservative political advocacy group led
by David McIntosh said its $1 million TV buy in Iowa is exposing
Trump's "extremely liberal record on taxes, health care, bailouts, and
It also said a
new poll of likely Iowa Republican caucus voters indicates that "the
more they hear about Trump's record, the more they reject it."
Arabic Is Fastest-Growing Language In USA
the United States Census Bureau show that languages spoken in Muslim
countries are surging into U.S. households due to rapid growth in
immigration from Muslim nations.
Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) reveals that Arabic
and Urdu – Pakistan’s national language– are the fastest-growing
foreign languages spoken at home, according to a new report by the
Center for Immigration Studies.
decades of large-scale immigration, a record 63.2 million U.S.
residents, or more than one-in-five, speak a language other than
English when at home.
Data Transfer Pact Between U.S. and Europe Is Ruled Invalid
highest court on Tuesday struck down an international agreement that
allowed companies to move digital information like people’s web search
histories and social media updates between the European Union and the
United States. The decision left the international operations of
companies like Google and Facebook in a sort of legal limbo even as
their services continued working as usual.
The ruling, by
the European Court of Justice, said the so-called safe harbor agreement
was flawed because it allowed American government authorities to gain
routine access to Europeans’ online information. The court said leaks
from Edward J. Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security
Agency, made it clear that American intelligence agencies had almost
unfettered access to the data, infringing on Europeans’ rights to
Gitmo Closure Remains Obama Prirotiy
President Barack Obama’s veto threat over the National Defense Authorization Act isn’t just about the money.
version that was passed through the House of Representatives is
something that the president would veto principally because of this —
of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities,
but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison
at Guantánamo Bay,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said
Monday. “So our position on this hasn’t changed. We continue to feel
strongly about it.”
Trump chickened out of Hispanic Chamber forum?
of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce took a swipe at Donald J. Trump
Tuesday for skipping out on a question-and-answer session with the
group this week.
Palomarez opened up a forum in Washington with Ohio Gov. John Kasich by
thanking the 2106 GOP White House hopeful for showing up and noting
that there was another “fellow who chickened out.”
Hell in Syria/foreign policy breakkdown in Amerieca
war in Syria, and the catastrophic refugee crisis, are underlain by the
moral and strategic deficits of American foreign policy. Of course, the
brutal and bloodthirsty Assad regime and brutal and bloodthirsty
terrorists bear the primary blame. But, the American response has
enabled bad actors, and made the situation worse.
violence and extreme atrocities, resulting in four million fleeing
Syria, constitute one of the worst humanitarian disasters the world has
ever seen. Dire geopolitical and human consequences are compounded by
Iranian and Russian intrusions and radical-Islamist advances. With a
sea of humanity massacred, brutalized, displaced, traumatized or
radicalized, we must face the faults in our policy, so that better
policy can be found.
Gumming up the works over Benghazi
American voter. Angry, frustrated and desperate, in successive
elections he delivers more Republican soldiers to Congress, all in the
spirit of Dr. Johnson’s famous description of a second marriage as “the
triumph of hope over experience.” All that changes in Washington is the
size of the nothingburgers.
For four years
the public has been waiting for answers about what happened at
Benghazi, and so far the only thing clear is that four Americans,
including an ambassador, were abandoned and left to die when the
shooting started. (Guns do so frighten Democrats.)
later we don’t know who was asleep at the White House, snoring at the
State Department and dozing at the Pentagon. Probably everyone. Hillary
Clinton, who as the secretary of State was first in line of
responsibility, has consistently refused to talk about it, offering
only talking points and invoking Fourth of July humbug. President Obama
has the luxury of assigning others to take the questions; he was busy
working on a speech. Someone at the Pentagon no doubt has some real
answers, but the first thing an ambitious general learns is that it’s
the president who punches his ticket.
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