In case you have not heard (and I hadn’t until yesterday), there are calls for the impeachment of President Barack Obama over military actions in Syria. Congressman Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, and just a few activist groups are raising the issue as the false flags of war are unfurled over the Syrian [...]
I realize conservatives have to strike while the iron is hot, but this is pure stupidity:
And they’re off: With no defined field of candidates and the last election just six months in the rearview mirror, American Crossroads on Sunday aired the first attack ad of the 2016 presidential campaign, panning Hillary Clinton for her [...]
It may, in fact, not be the Assad government using chemical weapons. It may actually be the rebels:
Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof”.
However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons.
This all sounds suspiciously, or [...]
(McClatchy) – The Obama administration does not intend to send a witness to testify at a Senate hearing next week on the legality of the U.S. targeted killing program, the White House said Wednesday.
The decision illustrates the limits of President Barack Obama’s pledge in his State of the Union speech on Feb. 12 to [...]
(NYT) – A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.
Read the report here
(The Guardian) – The US navy has used a powerful laser cannon to shoot down drone aircraft and will start deploying the weapon on its ships, saying it represents the future of warfare.
“The future is here,” said Peter Morrison at the Office of Naval Research’s Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation Programme.
Well, unless it is [...]
(NYT) – Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed.
Mr. Muhammad and his followers had been killed by the C.I.A., the first time it had deployed a Predator drone in Pakistan to carry out a “targeted killing.” The target was not a top operative of Al Qaeda, but a Pakistani ally of the [...]
A true test of a nation’s mettle comes not in how it deals with “existential threats” (i.e. a force equal to or greater than its own) but with the niggling trouble-makers.
Thus enters North Korea:
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s defense chief said on Thursday that North Korea had moved to its east coast [...]
You probably heard on the news today about the war exercises in the Sea of Japan, including South Korea, this morning.
Two long-range B-2 bombers made the 6,500 mile flight from Missouri to South Korea, simulated a bombing run, then turned around and made it back to Missouri, possibly in time for breakfast. Wrap your [...]
UN official says drone attacks violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and Obama administration has repeatedly been told to stop
(The Guardian) – US drone attacks on Pakistan’s tribal districts are carried out without the consent of the government in Islamabad and are a violation of its sovereignty, a UN official has warned.
Returning from a three-day visit [...]
Oh, those poor poor defense contractors. Meanwhile, tuition for soldiers, veterans and homeless vets will be affected by sequestration.
Also see: Cable News Obsessively Covers Cuts To White House Tours, Virtually Ignores Cuts To Programs For The Poor
(BBC) – A leading US expert on missile defence has raised doubts about the efficacy of Israel’s Iron Dome defence system.
Israeli officials say it hit some 84% of the targets engaged in last year’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza.
Professor Theodore Postol of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests the defence system’s success rate [...]
General Karl W. Eikenberry was right in November 2009 when he urged less support for an Afghanistan ruled by President Hamid Karzai. President Obama and Generals Stanley McChrystal and David Petraeus all wanted a surge. The policy failed. The general won’t say it but he told them so in a second opinion solicited by Obama. [...]
What the hell is the dictator of North Korea thinking?
SEOUL—As the South Korean and U.S. militaries began a second phase of their annual joint winter exercises Monday, North Korea cut off a phone hotline to the South and repeated its threat to nullify the Korean War armistice.
Seoul said the North was conducting its [...]
(The Guardian) – Kadom al-Jabouri became famous when he took his hammer to the dictator’s statue. Now he wishes he had never done it. (Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP)