Posted: April 16, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank, War Room | Tags: CNN, Daily Caller, Democratic Party (United States), Frazier Glenn Miller, Kansas, Kevin Williamson, Ku Klux Klan, Peter Bergen, Southern Poverty Law Center, United States
CNN is irrelevant, and the SPLC should be recognized and branded in polite society as a “Hate group”
NRO‘s David French asks some good questions:
I’d like to thank Kevin Williamson for pointing us to perhaps the dumbest column I’ve ever read on CNN – an actual argument that allegedly “right-wing” extremists are more deadly than jihadists. In addition to Mr. Williamson’s spot-on critique, can we also say something else about jihad since 9/11? The death toll in the U.S. may be “only” 21, but the American toll overseas is at least 6,802 with well over 50,000 injuries, including 16,000 serious injuries. Peter Bergen evidently does not think this important enough to explore, but in the aftermath of the actual worst terrorist attack in American history we engaged in direct combat against jihadists in two separate countries, combat that continues in Afghanistan to this day. In that process, these jihadists not only killed thousands of Americans, they inflicted an unholy death toll on allied soldiers and civilians.
Are these American lives any less precious or important because they were lost overseas? Does the fact that jihadists have proven capable of killing thousands of the best-equipped and best-trained soldiers in the world tell him anything about the destructive potential of jihad compared to the allegedly “right-wing” Klan? (read more)
Unmentioned in some of these critiques of the discredited CNN column: Since when is a KKK member a “right wing” figure? Except in the imagination of dishonest journalists and political propagandists? The Klan was the military-terror arm of the Democratic party in the south, this is not exactly news. The accusation that the KKK is connected to conservative or right-wing ideology is pure fantasy. The famous white supremacist, anti-Semitic murderer Frazier Glenn Miller, ran for public office as a Democrat.
On the other hand, Miller ran for office as both a Democrat and a Republican, making any effort to use his ideological profile to score political points a useless exercise, as the Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro reports:
The gunman who murdered three people in Kansas on Sunday was defeated in primary races in the Democratic and the Republican parties, which could complicate any partisan effort to associate either party with the unusual anti-Semitic attack.
Frazier Glenn Miller was reportedly arrested after the attacks in Kansas, which killed one Jewish woman, and two non-Jews, a grandfather and his 14 year-old grandson.
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Posted: April 10, 2014 Filed under: Diplomacy, War Room | Tags: Times, United States
From the desk of Patrick Brennan, at the Corner:
The Times reports:
The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years before the attack, according to an inspector general’s report.
Russian officials had told the F.B.I. in 2011 that the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer” and that Mr. Tsarnaev “had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.”
But after an initial investigation by the F.B.I., the Russians declined several requests for additional information about Mr. Tsarnaev, according to the report, a review of how intelligence and law enforcement agencies could have thwarted the bombing.
At the time, American law enforcement officials believed that Mr. Tsarnaev posed a far greater threat to Russia.
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Posted: April 6, 2014 Filed under: Politics, Russia, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Edward Snowden, Eric Holder, Israel, John Kerry, Jonathan Pollard, Michael Hayden, National Security Agency, United States
“They would believe that this kind of behavior could actually be politically negotiated away, and that would be a very disturbing message for the people who provide America with intelligence.”
Eliana Johnson writes: The intelligence community would see the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as a signal of the administration’s willingness grant clemency to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, according to former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden. “They would believe that this kind of behavior could actually be politically negotiated away, and that would be a very disturbing message for the people who provide America with intelligence,” he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday.
“It’s almost a sign of desperation that you would throw this into the pot just to keep the Israelis talking with the Palestinians.”
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Posted: April 6, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Fort Hood, McCaul, Michael McCaul, Military base, Nidal Malik Hasan, United States House Committee on Homeland Security
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Michael McCaul
“I think a lot of people don’t realize that our military that defends our freedoms abroad . . . when they come home to the military base, they are not allowed to carry weapons,” McCaul pointed out. “We need to talk to the commanders about whether it would make sense for some . . . of our senior leadership officers and enlisted men on the base [to] carry weapons for protection.”
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Posted: April 6, 2014 Filed under: Asia, Japan, Politics, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Asia Pacific, China, Chuck Hagel, Japan, North Korea, Pyongyang, Tokyo, Ukraine
AP Photo/Alex Wong
TOKYO (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.
“…you cannot go around the world and redefine boundaries and violate territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations by force, coercion and intimidation whether it’s in small islands in the Pacific or large nations in Europe.”
– Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
In unusually forceful remarks about China, Hagel drew a direct line between Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region and the ongoing territorial disputes between China, Japan and others over remote islands in the East China Sea.
“I think we’re seeing some clear evidence of a lack of respect and intimidation and coercion in Europe today with what the Russians have done with Ukraine,” Hagel told reporters after a meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera. “We must be very careful and we must be very clear, all nations of the world, that in the 21st century this will not stand, you cannot go around the world and redefine boundaries and violate territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations by force, coercion and intimidation whether it’s in small islands in the Pacific or large nations in Europe.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 5, 2014 Filed under: U.S. News, War Room, White House | Tags: Abdullah, Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Barack Obama, Hamid Karzai, Karzai, Pakistan
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
He said it was ‘the right war.’ Then he did everything he could to screw it up
For The Daily Beast, Elise Jordan writes: Despite the violence and uncertainty surrounding this Saturday’s election for a new Afghan President, there’s one positive —Hamid Karzai, the sitting president and the architect of much of the country’s unrest, is not on the ballot this time. But while Karzai must cede power under the rules of the Afghan constitution, the other leader whose mismanagement helped tank Afghanistan abandoned his influence in what he once called “the right war” a long time ago. That leader is President Barack Obama.
“…the Obama administration’s craven politics and unrealistic expectations hastened the decline…”
An outright winner is unlikely on Saturday, unless one campaign is far superior in the art of vote fraud. The most dramatic political comeback belongs to Dr. Ashraf Ghani, a technocrat economist who previously served as Karzai’s Minister of Finance. Known for a volatile temper—according to former colleagues, he once broke his wrist by slamming his hand into a meeting table—Ghani only earned three percent of the vote against Karzai in 2009. Today, Ghani polls as the frontrunner, dividing the margin of Karzai’s heir apparent, former National Security advisor and Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul, and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, an ophthalmologist with a fondness for flashy Italian suits. He gathered 30 percent of the vote in 2009, but declined to participate in a run-off against Karzai.The best scenario is a May run-off between the two top candidates—the opposite of the chaos of 2009 that left Karzai with a third term. Instead of a statesmanlike exit as father of a new democracy, Karzai’s re-election imploded his already troubled legacy. On an election day the UN characterized as Afghanistan’s worst episode of violence in fifteen years, Western diplomats accused Karzai and his cronies of at least 100,000 fictitious ballots and over 800 fake polling sites. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 1, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Science & Technology, Self Defense, War Room | Tags: Ohio, YouTube
USS Pennsylvania is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine which has been in commission since 1989. The Ohio class is a class of nuclear powered submarines used by the United States Navy.
Posted: March 31, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, War Room | Tags: Afghan National Army, Afghanistan, British Army, Camp Bastion, Coldstream Guards, Daily Telegraph, Mercian Regiment, Sterga 2
A sniper serving in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 10 with the Sniper Platoon, D (Fire Support) Company, 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, with his .338mm L115 A3 sniper rifle. PHOTO: UK MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
For The Telegraph, Holly Watt reports: A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
The 20-year-old marksman, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 850 metres, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.
The incident in Kakaran in southern Afghanistan happened in December but has only now been disclosed as Britain moves towards the withdrawal of all combat soldiers by the end of the year.
Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban, as a second suicide vest packed with 20 kg of explosives was found nearby.
The same sniper, with his first shot on the tour of duty, killed a Taliban machine-gunner from 1,340 metres.
“I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber”
Several hundred British and Afghan soldiers were carrying out an operation in December when they were engaged in a gun battle with 15 to 20 insurgents.
“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” said Lt Col Slack. “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.
“They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, ‘I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber.’ The rest of them were killed in the blast.”
UK MINISTRY OF DEFENCEThe L115A3 sniper rifle.
It is understood the lance corporal was using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.
The Armed Forces are gradually decreasing their presence in Helmand, handing over security of the country to the Afghan armed forces. Last month, three major bases were closed or handed over to Afghan control. At the height of the campaign, there were 137 bases across Helmand – now there is only one base outside Camp Bastion, Sterga 2, which is staffed by a company from 4 Scots and the 9/12 Royal Lancers. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 31, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, History, War Room | Tags: Algerian War, Bazooka, Motorcycle, Recoilless rifle, Recreation, scooter, Vespa, Vespa 150 TAP
You’ll never think of the Vespa quite the same way
By guest writer Scott of Pipeburn.
Many times I’ve wished I had a Bazooka attached to my bike, usually after almost being killed by someone who didn’t check their side mirrors. Luckily for them, all I had to unload was my middle finger. So when I first saw this Vespa, I knew most motorcyclists would love the concept—even if it was made for a different purpose. It is named the Vespa 150 TAP (Troupes Aéro Portées) and it’s an Italian Vespa scooter modified by creating a hole in the legshield to carry a M20 75 mm recoilless rifle. The recoil or ‘kick’ from the rifle was counter balanced by venting propellant gases out the rear of the weapon; this eliminated the need for heavy mounts, and enabled the weapon to be fired from the Vespa frame.
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Posted: March 30, 2014 Filed under: Dr. Strangelove's Notebook, Robotics, Space & Aviation, War Room
Bill Sweetman at Aviation Week covers the recent sighting — and photographs — of an unidentified aircraft over north Texas. You can see the pics here and here.
I’ve been a black aircraft enthusiast all my life (and that goes back to the days when the SR-71 was still “secret”). Sweetman is one of the best aerospace/defense/mil-tech journalists around, although he’s been accused of being willing to run with a story a little too soon. I personally feel like he does sometimes report on rumors and informed speculation, but is careful to identify them as such.
At least as far as the available information on this one goes, I feel like this is a solid lead. The photos do not look photoshopped at all (there is a history of shopped pics among back plane chasers), and the aircraft does fit into a niche that many have wondered about — the US lacks a large, high-altitude, stealthy ISR platform and, as Sweetman points out, sat photos of Groom Lake (Area 51) show way more capability than can be accounted for with known programs.
So I put this one in the “definitely possible, maybe even probable” category.
Posted: March 27, 2014 Filed under: Russia, Think Tank, War Room | Tags: Adolf Hitler, German, Germany, Obama, Poland, RUSSIA, Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin
George Will writes: Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, said of Poland, perilously positioned between Russia and Germany: “If you pitch your tent in the middle of Fifth Avenue, it is quite likely you will be run over by a bus.” Poland has been run over hard and often; indeed, between 1795 and 1918 it disappeared from the map of Europe.
“Obama evidently harbors the surreal hope that Putin will continue to help regarding Syria and Iran…”
Geography need not be destiny, but it matters, as Ukraine is being reminded. During its hazardous path to the present, all or bits of it have been parts of Poland, the Austro- Hungarian empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Russian empire, the Soviet Union and now another Russian empire. Czarist Russia, which Lenin called “the prison of the peoples,” is reemerging and has in Vladimir Putin an ambitious warden.
“Obama, always a slayer of straw men, has eschewed something no one has contemplated, “a military excursion in Ukraine.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines ‘excursion’ as ‘a usually short journey made for pleasure’.”
In last week’s Kremlin address, he said, “Do not believe those who want you to fear Russia, shouting that other regions will follow Crimea. We do not want to divide Ukraine; we do not need that.” The word “need” is not reassuring. It suggests that Russia’s needs are self-legitimizing and recalls the definition of a barbarian as someone who thinks his appetites are their own justification. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 26, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, War Room | Tags: Afghanistan, al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden, September 11 attacks, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, World Trade Center
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden‘s son-in-law, was convicted on Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans.
Rot in cell!
For the NY Daily News, Daniel Beekman reports: Jurors found Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law guilty Wednesday of providing support to terrorists and conspiring to kill Americans as an Al Qaeda spokesman around the time of the 9/11 attacks.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, spewed hateful speeches alongside Bin Laden in several Al Qaeda propaganda videos filmed shortly after the attacks, including one made outside a mountain cave in Afghanistan on Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the Twin Towers fell.
It took the 12 jurors about a day to reach their verdict in Manhattan Federal Court and the defendant now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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Posted: March 26, 2014 Filed under: Global, Politics, Russia, U.S. News, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Crimea, Jonathan Karl, Mark Rutte, Mitt Romney, RUSSIA, United States, YouTube
Posted: March 25, 2014 Filed under: Politics, Russia, War Room, White House | Tags: Charles Krauthammer, Crimea, Krauthammer, National Review, RUSSIA, Ukraine, Ukrainians, Vladimir Putin
Putin “has to calculate: is it going to be worth an invasion?” Krauthammer said. “In that calculation you want to inject the fact that the Ukrainians are not going to sit by as in the Crimea.” Armed with U.S. weapons, the rest of Ukraine may be out of Putin’s reach, for now. But absent the weapons, we “are not giving [Putin] anything to alter his calculation,” Krauthammer said, “and that’s the scandal about our inaction.”
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