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” Erik Prince has a message for ISIS: You’re lucky Blackwater is gone.
On Friday night, the controversial founder of the private military company had plenty to say about what the organization he once ran could be doing in the fight against the so-called Islamic State—and also why Republicans need to stop being such losers.
“ It’s a shame the [Obama] administration crushed my old business, because as a private organization, we could’ve solved the boots-on-the-ground issue, we could have had contracts from people that want to go there as contractors; you don’t have the argument of U.S. active duty going back in there,” Prince said in an on-stage discussion featuring retired four-star Gen. James Conway. “[They could have] gone in there and done it, and be done, and not have a long, protracted political mess that I predict will ensue.” “
Published on Jul 26, 2014
הלוואי ועוד אנשים בעולם היו מבינים זאת!!!
Joan Rivers defends Israel
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” Islamic State (ISIS) cells are already in the United States, and some of them have entered by crossing the Mexican border says former CIA agent Bob Baer.
Baer told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper“ on Tuesday that people working in intelligence-gathering have told him they don’t know what ISIS members’ plans are, but “it’s a definite concern.”
” ” People who do this for a living are very alarmed,” Baer said.
Other ISIS members are American citizens who have been to Syria and have returned, he said. While intelligence agencies are aware of some of the people they suspect of being ISIS members and are working to gather evidence to apprehend them, they fear there are more that they don’t know about.”
NewsMax has more
” The future of war is a laser-guided bullet that can change direction and hit targets at a distance of over one mile away.
DARPA, the research arm of the Pentagon, has developed the EXACTO system to put a four-inch-long bullet with an optical laser sensor and an eight-bit central processing unit that can compute an algorithm to command electromagnetic steering to give the bullet its deadly precision.
Unlike most rifle bullets, EXACTO has no spin. Instead, it travels like an electronic dart with fins that can guide it in mid-air.
A sniper team can control the bullet after firing to ensure accuracy while compensating for weather, wind, target movement, and a range of other factors.”
Published on Jul 8, 2014
” Earlier today, terrorists attempted to infiltrate Israel from the sea near Zikim in order to carry out an attack. The IDF neutralized them.”
” The Walton County Sheriff’s Department, a department formerly known for community-oriented policing, has joined the ever growing list of departments across the country that have chosen to abandon common sense and deploy an IED resistant armored vehicle.
Walton County is a part of Florida that is so crime free you can leave your doors unlocked. When Hollywood location scouts were looking for a community so perfect that it appeared to be fake, they came to Walton County. The Truman Show, staring Jim Carey, was filmed on location in a small Walton County community. The twins in the movie, were both Walton County lawmen on set to direct traffic. They were so personable and friendly, they wound up in the movie. Yes, they are really named Ron and Don.
It’s hard to imagine that community being policed by the 30,000lbs International MaxxPro MRAP. The weapon, just back from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, was recently acquired by the department. Now that it is painted black and labeled as a SWAT vehicle it is ready to be used not against Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah, but against Americans on Main Street.
Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr. made a statement on the department’s Facebook Page.The American Civil Liberties Union sees this as a problem, and has launched a nationwide investigation into the militarization of local law enforcement. The ACLU believes the mentality created by the presence of weapons of war causes an escalation in violence.
“It is important to realize that ANY rifle round will penetrate an officers body armor. This includes the common .22cal round. In the past 6 years the WCSO has come under fire from HUNDREDS of rounds during calls. We routinely take assault weapons of persons arrested. An example of this was an incident in which a man handcuffed an AK-47 assault rifle and confronted deputies. During another violent encounter over 100 rounds were exchanged during a shootout inside DeFuniak Springs. During the same time frame we have dealt with 9 barricaded subjects the majority of which had rifles at their disposal. The armored vehicle allows us to get close to the suspect without unnecessary danger. Again a rifle round can penetrate a vehicle and body armor. Certainly a $2,500 surplus vehicle is good insurance. We handle almost double the number of calls for service from a decade ago and unfortunately not all of those can be handled with customer service. This is not the federal government intruding on your civil liberties Would you really want them sent into harm’s way without the best protection available, simply because the military originally purchased this vehicle? The men and women who serve as deputy sheriff’s in this county are your friends and neighbors. This is your Sheriff trying to protect your deputies.”
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” A legend . . . in his own mind.
Via CNS News:
“This is what happens at the end of wars,” President Barack Obama said Tuesday when he was asked about swapping American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists.
“That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR. That’s been true of every combat situation, that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back. And that’s the right thing to do.” “
” Ukraine’s new president-elect promised Monday to negotiate an end to a pro-Russia insurgency in the east and said he was willing to begin talks with Moscow. Yet he described the separatists as “Somali pirates” and authorities in Kiev launched an airstrike against the militants occupying a major eastern airport.”
” Russia quickly welcomed Petro Poroshenko’s offer for talks, raising hopes that his election will indeed ease the protracted crisis that has fueled tensions unseen since the end of the Cold War.”
” The airstrikes against the separatists in control of Donetsk airport appeared to be the most visible government military operation yet since it started a crackdown on insurgents last month.”
” 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
” Need a quick reminder as to why war should be avoided at all costs? Spend an hour in the driver’s seat of a Syrian Army T-72 tank column as it spews destruction through Syria’s Darayya warzone. Then watch the rebels destroying the tanks. Warning: Although you can’t see the bodies, fighters on both sides are dying. This footage may upset you.
Here’s a rundown of what’s going on here:
- Tanks attack a fortified Rebel stronghold 00:15
- Armored Russian infantry BMP and tanks fire on fortified positions 11:14
- Tanks get ambushed on route to a mission 18:26
- Fire support for the advancing infantry 30:54
- Tank gets destroyed by rebels 33:44
- Fire support near stronghold 42:47
- Protecting BMPs during a supply run 46:38
- Tank gets destroyed by rebels 41:07
- Tank gets destroyed by rebels 57:48 “
Thanks to Gizmodo/Sploid
” A local solider is spending his first weekend at home with family in a very long time. Former Army First Lt. Michael Behenna served five years for killing an Al-Qaeda operative in Afghanistan. Tonight, he is a free man after being paroled.
The Behenna family was there waiting when Michael was released from Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Friday. News 9 was there when he returned home to Edmond.
Vicki Behenna has been fighting for her son’s release. Michael is home now after serving time for killing Ali Mansur. Behenna says he killed Mansur out of self-defense during questioning, saying Mansur reached for his gun.
The military court found Behenna guilty of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. After serving a third of his reduced sentence, Behenna was released on parole.”
” 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 .
” 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.”
” The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September.
While those negotiations now appear on the verge of a breakthrough the key condition for Iran—relief from crippling sanctions—began quietly and modestly five months ago.
A review of Treasury Department notices reveals that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June.
In this cat and mouse game, the Treasury Department in recent years has routinely designated new entities as violators of sanctions, forcing Iran to adjust in turn. In the six weeks prior to the Iranian elections in June, the Treasury Department issued seven notices of designations of sanctions violators that included more than 100 new people, companies, aircraft, and sea vessels.
Since June 14, however, when Rouhani was elected, the Treasury Department has only issued two designation notices that have identified six people and four companies as violating the Iran sanctions.
When an entity is designated as a sanctions violator it can be catastrophic. Banks and other investors almost never take the risk of doing business with the people and companies on a Treasury blacklist because of the potential reputational harm and the prospect they could lose access to U.S. financial markets.”
Against the wishes of Israel , our allies and even a rare bipartisan Congress Obama has eased Iran’s way back into the world markets . These are the acts of a dictator/king , not a duly elected president .
” “For five months, since Rouhani’s election, the United States has offered Iran two major forms of sanctions relief,” Dubowitz said. “First there’s been a significant slowdown in the pace of designations while the Iranians are proliferating the number of front companies and cutouts to bust sanctions.”
The second kind of relief Dubowitz said the White House had offered Iran was through its opposition to new Iran sanctions legislation supported by both parties in Congress.”
Another huge stab in the back to the one democratic government in the mideast , one that just makes war with Iran that much more likely . The march of Obama’s “smart diplomacy” continues to leave disbelieving allies in it’s wake . It will take decades for future administrations to repair the damage done to our standing amongst our allies and the world and we are supposed to believe that Bush was the idiot ?
A comparison to Judas would seem appropriate but only a Christian would be offended by that and , all professions of faith aside , it is extremely difficult to see him as a Christian given his support for the FSA/Al Qaeda as they massacre followers of Christ in Syria , his silence on the continuous slaughter of Christians throughout Egypt , Africa and southeast Asia and his rush to free Iran from the bonds of sanctions even as they rush headlong towards their stated goal of driving Israel into the sea .
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.”