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Putin ignores Obama as Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria
Russia has conducted its first airstrike in Syria, near the city of Homs, a senior U.S. official confirmed Wednesday.
Russia had warned the U.S. not to fly warplanes in Syria, but gave no
geographical information on where they planned to strike, CNN reported.
The U.S. official told CNN that U.S. missions in the region are continuing as normal.
The strike came after the upper house of the Russian parliament granted
President Vladimir Putin approval to use the Russian air force in Syria
on Wednesday, according to state media.
Hurricane Joaqin to Track Near EAst Coast
Joaquin may converge with another slow-moving storm in the East to add to a serious flooding situation into early next week.
According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "The dry
spell and local drought conditions will be washed away by heavy rain and
JUMP TO: Joaquin's Potential Impact on the East Coast
Small stream and urban flooding are a given in this case. How
significant river flooding becomes will depend on duration, intensity
and location of the subsequent rounds of rain.
Double Dipping Hillary aide Huma
Hillary aide paid by private firm to stage event with Bill Clinton while at State
While still working at the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton
confidante Huma Abedin was paid by the private consulting firm Teneo
Holdings to help stage a star-studded reception that included her boss’
husband, Bill Clinton, along with George W. Bush and former British
Prime Minister Tony Blair as speakers just days after the Benghazi
tragedy, The Washington Times has learned.
Ms. Abedin’s work on the Sept. 20, 2012, event at the glamorous Essex
House in New York City, helped entertain potential Teneo clients,
wowing them with access to three former world leaders on a single stage.
Senate approves temporary spending bill; House to follow
voted Wednesday to fund federal operations through Dec. 11, pressuring
the House to follow suit before a midnight deadline to avert a
Republicans and 46 members of the Democratic caucus teamed to pass the
continuing resolution, or “CR,” on a 78-20 vote, buying several weeks
for top congressional leaders and the White House to strike a potential
deal on spending.
Islamic State, al Qaeda gains in Afghanistan test security force
Both al Qaeda
and an emerging Islamic State are making gains simultaneously in
Afghanistan, providing the biggest test to date for an Afghan National
Security Force handed the operational lead by the U.S.
for the Study of War in Washington reported on Tuesday that Taliban
militants now control Kunduz province. They are members of the Islamic
Jihad Union, which supports Taliban leader Mullah Mansour and al Qaeda.
David Cameron slams Obama: 'Barack, biggest problem we have is Islamist extremism'
Minister David Cameron challenged President Obama with some blunt talk
on Islamist extremism Tuesday during a gathering of world leaders at
the United Nations to develop an international strategy for defeating
the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.
Well aware that
Mr. Obama shuns the term “Islamist extremists,” the Conservative
British prime minister reacted strongly at the meeting when the
president, who chaired the session, advised the assembled foreign
leaders to avoid profiling Muslims because “violent extremism is not
unique to any one faith.”
said it and you’re right — every religion has its extremists,” Mr.
Cameron said. “But we have to be frank that the biggest problem we have
today is the Islamist extremist violence that has given birth to ISIL,
to al-Shabab, to al-Nusra, al Qaeda and so many other groups.”
House Conservatives Pushsing Rep. Gowdy for Top Leadership
conservatives are pushing for South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy as the No.
2 leader in the chamber following last week's surprise resignation of
Speaker John Boehner.
"He is the kind
of smart fighter our country needs and the American people deserve,"
Utah Rep. Mia Love said in a statement to The New York Times on
Tuesday. "With impressive communication skills, genuine compassion and
the tenacity of a prosecutor, he will unite the party and the people
around a truly American agenda."
House panel votes to scrap Obamacare mandates
The House Ways
and Means Committee moved Tuesday to chip away at Obamacare by using a
fast-track budget tool to repeal the law’s most unpopular taxes and
provisions, including the mandate requiring Americans to hold insurance.
Ryan said the tool, known as reconciliation, offered congressional
Republicans their best chance to voice their objections to the
Affordable Care Act of 2010, as they only need majority support in the
Senate to send a bill to the White House.
Outsiders Trump, Carson, Carly Dominate GOP Field
Political outsiders Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina dominate
the GOP presidential field's top tier, but their favorability with
voters vary widely, a new poll finds.
In the Washington Post-ABC News survey released Wednesday morning,
retired pediatric surgeon Carson gets a better overall positive rating,
45 percent favorable to 27 percent unfavorable, while Trump has a 35
percent favorable and 60 percent unfavorable split, and former
Hewlett-Packard CEO Fiorina comes in with a 35 percent favorable and 30
percent unfavorable rating.
A rush to fill the power vacuum
Putin and friends seize the international role that Obama relinquished
nuanced policy argument over isolationism versus interventionism, the
unavoidable truth — however unpleasant it may be — is this: If the
United States is not the world’s foremost power, someone else will be.
And the story of the Obama administration’s foreign policy doctrine
consists of example after example of President Obama choosing to
disengage from the rest of the world, leaving behind a power vacuum
that various bad actors have been more than eager to fill. His latest
foreign policy initiative, a deal to lift sanctions against Iran in
exchange for a pause in their nuclear weapons development, is no
exception and spells bad news for America and her allies.
The first six
months of Mr. Obama’s presidency were spent circling the globe on an
apology tour seeking forgiveness for the “darker period in our
history,” throughout which “America has shown arrogance” and gone “off
course” by “sacrificing [our] values.” During this same time, he
dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Geneva with a bright,
red “reset” button to make peace with the Russians, quickly caving to
their demands by canceling our missile defense system in Eastern
Europe. This betrayal of our allies in pursuit of finding common ground
with an obvious adversary would be a harbinger of things to come. It
wouldn’t take long before the administration announced its “pivot” to
Asia, making official what the world had long suspected: America no
longer had an interest in Europe or the Middle East.
Arming military personnel will deter terrorists
Potential targets at bases and recruiting centers deserve protection
Department of Defense practice of not arming guards at military
facilities such as recruitment centers must be changed to safeguard our
military personnel against terrorists. This policy made it easy for
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez to exploit the lack of perimeter security
at the Chattanooga, Tenn. recruiting center to easily shoot his
military victims from his car last July, killing four Marines and a
Navy sailor. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White was able to use his personal
weapon to engage the attacker at the second facility.
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