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Israeli leader says world needs 'better deal with Iran
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday made a last-ditch appeal
for world powers to call off an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran,
saying the world must insist on a "better deal" that links concessions
to a change in Tehran's behavior.
His remarks came as U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrived as
part of a regional visit. U.S. Republicans share Netanyahu's concerns
and have pushed for tougher sanctions on Iran, which the White House
says would scuttle the talks. Last month, Boehner helped engineer a
speech to Congress by Netanyahu, against the White House's wishes, in
which the Israeli leader harshly criticized the possible nuclear deal.
As negotiators continued talks in Switzerland a day after abandoning a
March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal, Netanyahu said world
powers were looking to ease sanctions on Iran while it continued to
wreak havoc in the Middle East and threaten Israel with annihilation.
He said a weak deal will reward Iran's intransigence and endanger not
only Israel but other nations in the region.
Iran Nuke talks hit impasse on details
and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran's
nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit an
impasse over key details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions and
Iran's future atomic research.
ended talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne in the early morning hours
with an air of chaos, disunity and cacophony as delegations scrambled
to get contradictory viewpoints across.
The six powers
- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - aim
to stop Iran from gaining the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb in
exchange for easing international sanctions that are crippling its
economy. Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful.
Obama Plans 'Executive Order' for UN Climate Rules
administration's plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift
opposition after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning
other countries to "proceed with caution" in negotiations with
Washington because any deal could be later undone.
The White House
is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a global climate agreement to be
negotiated Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris. It calls for cutting greenhouse
gas emissions by close to 28 percent from 2005 levels within a decade,
using a host of existing laws and executive actions targeting power
plants, vehicles, oil and gas production and buildings.
critics say the administration lacks the political and legal backing to
commit the United States to an international agreement.
that two-thirds of the U.S. federal government hasn't even signed off
on the Clean Power Plan and 13 states have already pledged to fight it,
our international partners should proceed with caution before entering
into a binding, unattainable deal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch
16 Major Companies Protesting States' New Anti-Gay Laws
The passage of
an Indiana law that critics warn could lead to business owners refusing
service to LGBT customers has triggered protests from some of the
biggest companies in the country. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act
will allow individuals and corporations to use religion as a defense if
they are sued.
The Arkansas Senate last Friday approved a similar bill aiming to protect religious beliefs.
Here are some of the biggest businesses speaking out against these laws.
Obama New Spending Website Rolls Back Transparency
A redesign of a
transparency website that provides information on federal spending by
the Obama administration now makes it much more difficult to see how
taxpayer dollars are spent.
a website mandated by law to provide detailed information on every
federal contract over $3,000, received a makeover on Tuesday. Users can
no longer search federal spending by keywords, sort contracts by date,
or easily find detailed information on awards, which are delivered in
such as how much the Pentagon spends on Viagra, used to be available at
the click of a button. Locating those same contracts on the new website
is virtually impossible, akin to finding a needle in a haystack.
Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmsakers to Recall Contentious Religious Freedodm Bill
Hutchinson of Arkansas on Wednesday called on the state lawmakers to
recall or amend legislation billed as a religious freedom measure to
make it mirror a federal version passed in 1993.
a Republican, said he understood how divided the state and the country
was over same-sex marriage and religious freedom — his own son, Seth,
had asked him to veto the bill, which critics say could allow
individuals and businesses to discriminate against gay men and lesbians.
He said he was also considering using an executive order that would make “Arkansas a place of tolerance.”
Iraqi defense minister declares vicgtory in city of Tikrit
A top Iraqi
official on Wednesday declared victory in the fight to push the
militant group Islamic State out of Tikrit, though there were reports
that gunfire continued in the northern city.
Minister Khaled Obeidi made the declaration in a pomp-ridden video
broadcast on state channels and social media, saying pro-government
forces had achieved a "brilliant victory" not only in the city about 90
miles north of Baghdad but in surrounding Salahuddin province.
Returning to 'Made in the USA'
Now that the
presidential race is in full swing, it’s time for robust talking about
issues and creating awareness about problems, which only seem to come
to light when the American public is focused choosing a new national
heard some suggestions that are music to my ears, like radical overhaul
of the Internal Revenue Service, repealing Common Core and restoring
America’s position as a country that’s secure at home and respected
There’s one key
issue, though, which both candidates and the press haven’t paid nearly
enough attention to and, in my view, could be the determining issue for
who sits in the White House in January of 2017: restoring manufacturing
During the past
20 years, it’s estimated that America has lost more than 6 million
manufacturing jobs. Think about that. These were real jobs with real
wages. These weren’t jobs flipping burgers or stacking shelves at a
department store. These were jobs that allowed you to feed your kids,
save for retirement and maybe go out to dinner occasionally.
Adding corruption to Obamacare incomptence
unaccountability have plagued Obamacare from the start. First, millions
of Americans found out that, contrary to promises, they couldn’t keep
the health insurance plans they liked. Then a botched website rollout
spoiled the law’s enrollment debut. Now, in the law’s first real tax
season, the federal government sent 800,000 enrollees incorrect tax
can be chalked up to government incompetence at best, broken campaign
promises at worst. But the latest Obamacare mishap in Oregon has the
makings of a real scandal, and shows the law is not only unworkable,
but has been a platform for serious government back-dealing and
the now disgraced ex-governor of Oregon, recently resigned amid various
charges of corruption involving his fiancee Cylvia Hayes, who allegedly
used their relationship to secure consulting jobs for her firm and for
personal financial gain.
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.
Jon R Cavaiani
himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life
above and beyond the call of duty in action in the Republic of Vietnam
on 4 and 5 June 1971 while serving as a platoon leader to a security
platoon providing security for an isolated radio relay site located
within enemy-held territory. On the morning of 4 June 1971, the entire
camp came under an intense barrage of enemy small arms, automatic
weapons, rocket-propelled grenade and mortar fire from a superior size
enemy force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani acted with complete disregard for his
personal safety as he repeatedly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire in
order to move about the camp's perimeter directing the platoon's fire
and rallying the platoon in a desperate fight for survival. S/Sgt.
Cavaiani also returned heavy suppressive fire upon the assaulting enemy
force during this period with a variety of weapons. When the entire
platoon was to be evacuated, S/Sgt. Cavaiani unhesitatingly volunteered
to remain on the ground and direct the helicopters into the landing
zone. S/Sgt. Cavaiani was able to direct the first 3 helicopters in
evacuating a major portion of the platoon. Due to intense increase in
enemy fire, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was forced to remain at the camp overnight
where he calmly directed the remaining platoon members in strengthening
their defenses. On the morning of S June, a heavy ground fog restricted
visibility. The superior size enemy force launched a major ground
attack in an attempt to completely annihilate the remaining small
force. The enemy force advanced in 2 ranks, first firing a heavy volume
of small arms automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire while
the second rank continuously threw a steady barrage of hand grenades at
the beleaguered force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani returned a heavy barrage of
small arms and hand grenade fire on the assaulting enemy force but was
unable to slow them down. He ordered the remaining platoon members to
attempt to escape while he provided them with cover fire. With 1 last
courageous exertion, S/Sgt. Cavaiani recovered a machine gun, stood up,
completely exposing himself to the heavy enemy fire directed at him,
and began firing the machine gun in a sweeping motion along the 2 ranks
of advancing enemy soldiers. Through S/Sgt. Cavaiani's valiant efforts
with complete disregard for his safety, the majority of the remaining
platoon members were able to escape. While inflicting severe losses on
the advancing enemy force, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was wounded numerous times.
S/Sgt. Cavaiani's conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism and
intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty,
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and
reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. 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