” Not all military dogs are suited to combat. Some wither in the heat or become too excited by the sounds of gunfire or explosions, even after they’ve been desensitized to them in training. Some are too loyal, too lazy, or too playful. Each dog is its own particular, sometimes peculiar, universe. Still, certain breeds generally do better than others on the battlefield, such as German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, and especially the Belgian Malinois, which is known for being fearless, driven, and able to handle the heat.
But what works in a given environment may not work in another. History suggests that each battle situation calls for its own breed and tactics. Benjamin Franklin encouraged the use of dogs against the Indians. They “will confound the enemy a good deal,” he wrote, “and be very serviceable. This was the Spanish method of guarding their marches.” (Spanish conquistadores were said to have used bullmastiffs against Native Americans.)”
” During the Second Seminole War, starting in 1835, the U.S. military used Cuban-bred bloodhounds to track Indians in the swamps of Florida. Dogs were said to have guarded soldiers in the Civil War. During World War I both sides used tens of thousands of dogs as messengers. In World War II the U.S. Marines deployed dogs on Pacific islands to sniff out Japanese positions. In Vietnam an estimated 4,000 canines were used to lead jungle patrols, saving numerous lives. (Nevertheless, the military decided to leave many behind when the U.S. pulled out.)”
Read the whole story at National Geographic
” Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. The outnumbered Ukrainians placed a tank at the base’s gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff.
In Kiev, Ukraine’s new prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back his military, warning that “we are on the brink of disaster.”
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine without firing a shot.
” There was no reason for the Russian Federation to invade Ukraine,” Yatsenyuk said after a closed session of his new parliament in Kiev.”
While the Ukraine heads for war with Russia in the driver’s seat , Obama & Clinton’s vaunted reset button has been crushed by T-90’s as they roll into the Crimea . Elsewhere in Washington our “Nero” was too busy to attend the security briefings on the crisis in the Ukraine and left that task to Susan “I’ve Never Met A Crisis I Couldn’t Worsen” Rice .
AP has more
” The nuclear agreement with Iran is being touted by the Obama administration as a significant step in keeping Iran from moving towards nuclear weapons.
In reality, the agreement is confirmation of Iran’s uranium enrichment program at a relatively high level, although some of the highest level enrichment is supposed to be suspended. The fact is that in return for a weakening of sanctions that were putting great pressure on Iran, the centrifuges keep spinning, the facilities are maintained, and at best the length of time for an Iranian nuclear “breakout” has been lengthened for a short period.
Eli Lake at The Daily Beast notes the significance:
Under the interim agreement Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium at low levels. Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif said the deal recognized his country’s nuclear program. This is a major victory for Iran whose leaders have insisted for nearly a decade that it has the right to enrich uranium under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Officially, the Obama administration has not recognized that any country has this right under the treaty. It has argued that Iran has to adhere to the terms of prior U.N. Security Council resolutions that prohibit Iran from enrichment.”
Once again Israel finds itself alone , thanks to an appeasement minded American president and his haughty Sec-Def . What more could we expect to come from the man who has repeatedly stabbed our greatest mideast ally in the back . Dennis Miller said it best : ” BiBi…just think of it as one less phone call you gotta make when it’s go time.”
استهداف دبابة النظام لأحد الاعلاميين في حي جوبر- فيديو مميز جداً
According to Google Translate the above reads : Targeting tank system to a media Jobar neighborhood – a very special video
Published on Oct 29, 2013
فيديو وضح استهداف دبابة النظام لأحد اعضاء المكتب الاعلامي للواء البراء اثناء رصده لدبابات النظام في حي جوبر الدمشقي
المكتب الاعلامي للواء البراء
And here is the translation for the description :
” Video broad target tank system to one of the members of the Information Office of the Bara Brigade during the monitoring of the tank system in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus
Information Office of the brigade Bara”
” A top independent nuclear expert now believes the regime in Tehran could have enough fuel to build an atomic weapon in about a month. Both the Obama and Bush administrations saw this day coming.
Renowned physicist David Albright is hardly a neocon hawk. A decade ago, in the run-up to the Iraq War, he accused the George W. Bush administration of misleading journalists with questionable evidence of Iraqi uranium enrichment for the sake of “a short-term political goal: to convince people that Saddam Hussein is close to acquiring nuclear weapons.”
“Today, Iran could break out most quickly using a three-step process” and could produce a significant quantity of weapon-grade uranium “in as little as approximately 1.0—1.6 months,” it said.
The video we chose to accompany the story is a month old and so is a little behind , yet offers a clear picture of a fanatical regime that is VERY close to realizing it’s abhorrent ambitions . The editorial takes into account many new developments of the past few weeks that point to a greatly accelerated rate of progress on the Iranian’s uranium enrichment program.
The closing paragraph offers little hope that our present leadership has anything new to offer in the way handling this simmering crisis as Obama continues to labor under the typical progressive assumption that he is negotiating with men of good faith .
” This disaster need not have happened. Obama could have taken the side of the Iranian people in the summer of 2009 when the regime bloodily quashed demonstrations against its fanatical Islamist rule. But he was wedded to the notion that he could talk Iran’s mullahs into sanity, if only he could meet face to face with them.”
… Until Obama Started Them “