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Obama Calls on UN to Dismantle ISIS 'Network of Death'
world at a crossroads between war and peace, President Barack Obama
vowed at the U.N. on Wednesday to lead a coalition to dismantle an
Islamic State "network of death" that has wreaked havoc in the Middle
East and drawn the U.S. back into military action in the region.
Speaking to the
annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, Obama said the
U.S. would be a "respectful and constructive partner" in confronting
the Islamic State militants through force. But he also implored Middle
Eastern nations to take the lead in addressing the conditions that have
sparked the rise of extremists and to cut off funding to terror groups.
Semper Latte: Obama causes firestorm by saluting Marines with coffee cup
President Obama returned a formal military salute by saluting with a
coffee cup he had in his hand as he stepped off his U.S. Marine Corps
helicopter in New York on Sunday.
A video of the gesture that some are calling the “latte salute” was uploaded to the White House Instagram account.
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What is the Korasan Group?
Shortly before the United States and its Arab allies
launched air strikes on Islamic State (IS) positions across Syria on
Tuesday, cruise missiles launched from US warships in the Gulf and Red
Sea struck two areas west of the city of Aleppo.
The targets were not leaders of IS, the jihadist group that has
declared the creation of a caliphate in the large swathes of Syria and
Iraq under its control, but seasoned al-Qaeda operatives who the US
says had established a safe haven to plot attacks on the West.
The missiles targeted training camps, a bomb factory, a communication
building, and command-and-control facilities belonging to what
Washington calls "the Khorasan Group".
Obama Brings Up Ferguson at U.N.?
In his United Nations speech, President Obama will bring up the summer shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
"I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at
times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has
plenty of problems within our own borders. This is true," Obama will
say, according to prepared text of his address.
"In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern
Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of
Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was
divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like
every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast
changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the
traditions that we hold dear."
Liberia warns Ebola may force region back into conflict
Liberia has warned it may slip back to civil war along with neighbouring
Sierra Leone if the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa is allowed to
continue to spread.
Information Minister Lewis Brown said the lack of urgency in the
international response risked allowing a breakdown of societies in the
region, where the outbreak has claimed almost 3,000 lives.
How the U.S. Screwed Up in the Fight Against Ebola
It was a small victory in a grim, relentless, and runaway catastrophe.
In July, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, both American medical workers
in Liberia, became stricken with Ebola hemorrhagic fever after treating
dozens suffering from the disease, which has a mortality rate of between
50 percent and 90 percent. They were rushed doses of an experimental
cocktail of Ebola antibodies called ZMapp, flown home via a Gulfstream
III on separate flights on Aug. 2 and 5, and isolated inside a special
tent called an “aeromedical biological containment system.” The U.S.
State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) coordinated the flights, operated by Phoenix Air, a private
transport company based in Georgia. Cared for in a special ward at Emory
University in Atlanta, they recovered within the month and later met
with President Obama. It appeared a win for the White House.
Mapp Biopharmaceutical, the San Diego company that developed ZMapp, is
also in a way a White House project. It’s supported exclusively through
federal grants and contracts that go back to 2005. The antibody mixture
hadn’t yet passed its first phase of human clinical trials, but after
the two Americans were infected with Ebola, the Food and Drug
Administration granted emergency access to ZMapp.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Why I can't resign now
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pushing back against suggestions that
she should soon retire, saying President Barack Obama would be unable
to get a justice like her through the Senate.
“Who do you
think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the
boundaries that we have?” the 81-year-old justice told Elle Magazine in
an interview excerpt released Tuesday. The wide-ranging interview
portrays Ginsburg — seen as a member of the court’s liberal wing — as
attuned to the dynamics in Congress and some of the greater political
and social discussions in the U.S.
In the interview, she suggested that Senate Republicans would likely block any potential nominee like her.
Osama's former chief in Europe, cleared by Joran court
court last night acquitted radical cleric Abu Qatada of terrorism
charges and immediately freed him, ending more than a decade of legal
cases against the firebrand preacher.
Abu Qatada, who
was deported from Britain last year, was found not guilty of conspiring
to attack tourists in Jordan during millennium celebrations, due to
insufficient evidence, officials said.
53-year-old, who had pleaded not guilty, broke into tears following the
verdict, while members of his family applauded and shouted Allahu Akbar.
Was suspect planning to attack Prime Minister?
Muslim extremist who was shot dead by police after he stabbed two
officers had been researching Prime Minister Tony Abbott's travel
plans, it has been reported.
Numen Haider -
who was killed outside Endeavour Hills police station in suburban
Melbourne on Tuesday evening - was known to police and had been under
investigation for his radical views for at least three months.
reported that Haider had been making inquiries about Mr Abbott's
movements, taking particular interest in his plans to travel to
Melbourne in coming months.
Obama Using ISIS Campaign for Political Reasons
Barack Obama based his decision to involve the United States in a
campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria for
political reasons, economist Jeffrey Sachs told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
insistence to limit U.S. military involvement to airstrikes and
advisory roles was against the advice of his military advisors, Sachs
explained, adding that the president was concerned about appearing
"weak" before the fall elections.
Obama Blurring Policy Lines With Airstrikes in Syria
Barack Obama is pushing the boundaries of the counterterrorism
limitations he's imposed over the past six years by launching massive
airstrikes against two terror organizations in Syria, The Washington
The wave of
bombings targeting the Islamic State (ISIS) is blurring the lines drawn
up by military authorization legislation passed after the 9/11 attacks,
aimed at preventing al-Qaida and its "associates" carrying out
atrocities against the United States.
group broke away from al-Qaida some three years ago and there are no
known attacks in the pipeline planned against America by ISIS,
according to the newspaper.
Conservativdes Secretely Conspire to OUst Boehner
of conservative lawmakers are plotting against House Speaker John
Boehner, hoping to prevent the 64-year-old from claiming a third term
at the helm of the party.
The Hill, frustration with Boehner's leadership style is prompting
pockets of his colleagues to discuss ways to find a replacement.
times, it doesn't mean you play timid, it means to play bold, and I
don't see that. And you know what? Time's up," Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar
told The Hill, insisting he would vote against Boehner.
Democrats' bad poll numbers getting worse
A rout may be gathering in the November elections
revolution is brewing across the nation’s political landscape, though
it’s getting little serious attention in the liberal news media right
A growing pile
of voter-preference polls now show that the Republicans are on the
brink of taking control of the Senate and strengthening their hold on
the House in what is shaping up to be a complete repudiation of the
Democrats and Barack Obama’s failed presidency.
Who wants war?
Obama leads those who say that war is optional
are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to
the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don’t
want another war.
I cannot recall
a time when most Americans wanted war. That is something we should be
proud of. But wars are not always optional.
Even World War
II — which some have called “the good war” — was not something that
most Americans wanted. But the Japanese took that decision out of our
hands when they bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. And Hitler removed
any possible doubt when he declared war on us shortly afterward, making
sure that we were in the war all over the world.
No one has
promoted the dangerous notion that war is optional more than Mr. Obama.
He declared peace in Iraq when he pulled American troops out, and he
declared victory over al Qaeda because his administration had killed
bin Laden (with an assist from the Navy SEALs). But all this
make-believe has come back to haunt him, as make-believe often does.
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.
PETRY, LEROY A.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry distinguished himself by acts of
gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the vicinity of Paktya
Province, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008. As a Weapons Squad Leader with
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Staff Sergeant Petry
moved to clear the courtyard of a house that potentially contained
high-value combatants. While crossing the courtyard, Staff Sergeant
Petry and another Ranger were engaged and wounded by automatic weapons
fire from enemy fighters. Still under enemy fire, and wounded in both
legs, Staff Sergeant Petry led the other Ranger to cover. He then
reported the situation and engaged the enemy with a hand grenade,
providing suppression as another Ranger moved to his position. The
enemy quickly responded by maneuvering closer and throwing grenades.
The first grenade explosion knocked his two fellow Rangers to the
ground and wounded both with shrapnel. A second grenade then landed
only a few feet away from them. Instantly realizing the danger, Staff
Sergeant Petry, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his
safety, deliberately and selflessly moved forward, picked up the
grenade, and in an effort to clear the immediate threat, threw the
grenade away from his fellow Rangers. As he was releasing the grenade
it detonated, amputating his right hand at the wrist and further
injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds. Although picking up and
throwing the live grenade grievously wounded Staff Sergeant Petry, his
gallant act undeniably saved his fellow Rangers from being severely
wounded or killed. Despite the severity of his wounds, Staff Sergeant
Petry continued to maintain the presence of mind to place a tourniquet
on his right wrist before communicating the situation by radio in order
to coordinate support for himself and his fellow wounded Rangers. Staff
Sergeant Petry's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in
keeping with the highest traditions of military service, and reflect
great credit upon himself, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company D
Division: 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Place / Date: 26 May 2008, Paktya Province, Afghanistan
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