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A tale of two presidents…

Interesting study of two Presidents:

President George W. Bush’s Speech
after the capture of Saddam Hussein

“The success of yesterday’s mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq . The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s’ footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them! ”

Barrack Hussein Obama’s Speech after the killing of Osama bin Laden

“And so shortly after taking office , I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground . I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.”

See any differences? Just asking…

In Battle to Defang ISIS, U.S. Targets Its Psychology – NYTimes.com

This is somewhat alarming. One would think we understand an enemy better than this…

WASHINGTON — Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, sought help this summer in solving an urgent problem for the American military: What makes the Islamic State so dangerous?

Trying to decipher this complex enemy — a hybrid terrorist organization and a conventional army — is such a conundrum that General Nagata assembled an unofficial brain trust outside the traditional realms of expertise within the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies, in search of fresh ideas and inspiration. Business professors, for example, are examining the Islamic State’s marketing and branding strategies.

“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it,” he said, according to the confidential minutes of a conference call he held with the experts. “We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”

via In Battle to Defang ISIS, U.S. Targets Its Psychology – NYTimes.com.

Russia tests 10-warhead ballistic missile

The Bear isn’t asleep this winter…

Russian Defense Ministry announced the successful test of the RS-24 “Yars” ballistic missile on Friday.

“Test warheads hit their targets in the Kura testing range on the Kamchatka peninsula with pinpoint accuracy,” said Col. Igor Yegorov a spokesman for the ministry.  The missile was launched at 11:02 Moscow time on Friday, Yegorov said.

“The adoption of the RS-24 ICBM with multiple re-entry warheads has increased the combat capabilities of the Strategic Missile Forces assault group to overcome missile defense systems, thus strengthening the nuclear deterrent of Russian strategic nuclear forces,” Col. Yegorov said. The RS-24 carries up to ten independently targetable warheads.

Russia’s strategic nuclear forces are actively rearming with the new RS-24 “Yars” missile, which replaces two older models that have been in use for more than 50 years.

The ballistic missile uses solid fuel and has a range of 7,500 miles. It can be launched either from a silo or from a road-mobile launcher.

via Russia tests 10-warhead ballistic missile | Europe | Worldbulletin News.

But see this interesting analysis on the number of nuclear weapons Russia might be able to get through our defense system…

https://www.quora.com/How-many-ICBMs-could-the-US-stop-from-reaching-the-US

 

Russian military again flies strategic bombers near Alaska | Washington Free Beacon

So Barry promised the Russians he could be “more flexible” with disarming America after his reelection.  Now we have the Russians flying dangerously close to our protected areas as a means of intimidating this pansy for a President…

This is sickening and threatens the balance of power.  It’s not enough that Barry promotes Islam world wide, weakens our energy production and economy with absurd Global Warming regulations, opens our borders to illegals to inundate our social welfare systems (go garner Democrat votes), expands food stamps and a million other welfare programs (again, to garner Dem votes)…

So, now, he is bending the US over to get a royal screwing by Russia…

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, a former Alaska Air Command commander, said: “The Russians continue to play the administration like a fiddle, sending signals that they still have a strategic air force and can project power while the U.S. continues to ground alert squadrons and unilateral disarms.”“Is this the administration’s idea of ‘reset relations’ with Russia?” he asked.

via Russian military again flies strategic bombers near Alaska | Washington Free Beacon.

UN Report Wants Moratorium on Killer Robots

Ah, the anti-American United Nations.  The idiots would have us disarm:

UNITED NATIONS — Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input “should not have the power of life and death over human beings,” a new draft U.N. report says…

Report author Christof Heyns, a South African professor of human rights law, calls for a worldwide moratorium on the “testing, production, assembly, transfer, acquisition, deployment and use” of killer robots until an international conference can develop rules for their use…

His report cites these examples, among others, of fully or semi-autonomous weapons that have been developed:

— The U.S. Phalanx system for Aegis-class cruisers, which automatically detects, tracks and engages anti-air warfare threats such as anti-ship missiles and aircraft.

via UN Report Wants Moratorium on Killer Robots | Military.com.

DoD: OK to Talk About Faith, Not to Push On Others | Military.com

Oh, I get it. What garbage. All it will take is for someone to complain that so-and-so was pushing his views and wham, down will come the anti-Christian brass…

We are losing our country to leftists who hate God (but love Islam).

WASHINGTON — It’s OK to evangelize. But it’s not OK to proselytize.

That’s what the Pentagon said Thursday, attempting to clarify its position on religious speech in uniform as controversy swirled up around press reports over possible prosecutions of troops for sharing their faith.

What it comes down to, officials said, is that discussing matters of faith and religious practice with a willing audience is allowed, but pushing religious beliefs on those who don’t want to hear it is a form of harassment forbidden under Defense Department policies.

via DoD: OK to Talk About Faith, Not to Push On Others | Military.com.

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Subsidizing the Security of Wealthy Allies | Cato Institute

Good article from CATO:

It’s Tax Day, and for millions of Americans that means ponying up to the IRS. The federal government does many things these days—most of which would be more efficiently carried out at the local level, or in the private sector. But Uncle Sam also engages in a particular form of charity that many Americans overlook: spending many tens of billions of dollars to defend wealthy, developed nations.

via Your Tax Dollars at Work: Subsidizing the Security of Wealthy Allies | Cato Institute.

When is a cyber attack an act of war on the USA?

We are currently debating when a drone can be used to kill Americans in the process of promoting or committing terrorist acts. The President takes the position that it can be done, worldwide, when the threat is imminent and capture can not be accomplished. Eric Holder has indicated that, so long as the individual is not a “combatant” he cannot be killed on US soil.

The issue is, how do we translate the Constitution to the battlefield when the battle field is inside the USA?

So, here, we have another emerging threat the contours of which are amorphous…

Cyber attacks.

And the question is, what constitutes an attack for which an “offensive” response is warranted? And of course the follow up question: what ought to be that offensive response?

Here is a pull quote from an interesting article.

Offensive cyber weapons are growing and evolving, Alexander said, and it is only a matter of time before tools developed by other nations wind up in the hands of extremist groups or even individuals who could do significant harm.

Alexander said 13 cyber teams are being formed for the mission of guarding the nation in cyberspace. He described them as “defend-the-nation” teams but stressed their role would be offensive. In comments to reporters after the hearing, Alexander likened the teams duties to knocking an incoming missile out of the sky before it hits a target. He also said the teams would work outside the United States, but he did not say where.

Another issue that still needs to be settled is what constitutes an act of war in cyberspace, Alexander said. He does not consider cyberespionage and the theft of a corporations intellectual property to be acts of war. But Alexander said, “I think youve crossed the line” if the intent is to disrupt or destroy U.S. infrastructure.

via Pentagon Forming Cyber Teams to Prevent Attacks | Military.com.

Porn Sweep or Witch Hunt? | Military.com

So now the PC police are going to deem as inappropriate the nose art on WWII aircraft?

You gotta be kidding…

The most wide-ranging category covered 27,598 “inappropriate/offensive” items. It included sexually suggestive posters in public areas, obscene cartoons and more than 200 images of aircraft nose art, some dating to World War II. Air Force Special Operations command removed several examples found in the interior of its aircraft.

Porn Sweep or Witch Hunt? | Military.com

Americans Gives Russia British Trident Numbers | Atlantic Sentinel

I discussed this on The Morning Drive with Doug Kellett, Talk Radio 850 WPTF,  Raleigh-Durham.

One of Britain’s more guarded secrets was the number of nuclear weapons in its arsenal. Well, not any more. Obama gave the Russians the serial numbers for all of the nuclear weapons in Britain’s arsenal. Ostensibly, this was to show our good faith to Putin. Really? Wonder how the Brits felt about it…

The agreement, according to diplomatic cables released by the whistleblowers’ website, detailed plans for the Obama Administration to reveal to the Russians the serial numbers of all Trident D5 missiles which the United States provide to Britain.

via Americans Gives Russia British Trident Numbers | Atlantic Sentinel.

That’s hope and change for you.

Iranian Jets Fire on US Aircraft Over Gulf

This was an act of war.

Barry intentionally withheld this news so that his US-damaging foreign policies would remain quite before the election.

This will also not likely appear on any of the “Advocacy” networks. (If you’ve read my novel you know that term.)

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday two Iranian fighter jets fired upon, but did not hit, an unarmed U.S. drone flying Nov. 1 in international airspace over the Persian Gulf.

via Iranian Jets Fire on US Aircraft Over Gulf | Military.com.

US Army Prepares for Full-Rate AH-64E Production

We shall see how many of these get added to the Apache Helicopter due to Barry’s attacks on our defense industry… but, this is interesting…

Recently, the Army deployed the ground-fire acquisition system (GFAS) with one battalion. The system allows for pilots to see where hostile fire is originating and slews the sight system to that point of origin. This allows for the crew to view the hostiles and engage if needed. The system includes two infrared sensors mounted on the wingtips of the Apache; they are optimized to detect a specific wavelength of energy emitted when a bullet exists a muzzle, optimizing it against small-arms fire, though it also will detect missile firings.

via US Army Prepares for Full-Rate AH-64E Production | Military.com.

Boeing’s Missile Can Take Out Electronic Targets

Good news for us. Wonder how Barry allowed this program to progress…

The missile, known as CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project), fired a burst of High Powered Microwaves at the building, successfully knocking out the electronic systems and computers, and even taking out the television cameras recording the test.

via Boeing Successfully Tests Microwave Missile That Takes Out Electronic Targets « CBS St. Louis.

Why Putin Wants Obama to Win | Opinion | The Moscow Times

Written by a Russian apologist teaching in the US. Peachy.

What does it tell you when the country with more nuclear missiles aimed at us than even China wants Barry to win? Barry has already told them, just wait, he will have more “flexibility” to weaken our defenses once he is reelected…

Frightening stuff.

Why Putin Wants Obama to Win | Opinion | The Moscow Times.

Is it a feature or a defect? F-22 is pushing the human body to its limits…

This is interesting. Our fighter aircraft are now so advanced that the presence of a human in the cockpit constitutes the limiting factor of the plane’s capabilities. And, it appears  the current F-22 is pushing those capabilities… I’d says this is good news and is a sign of just how good we’ve gotten at building state-of-the-art fighter aircraft…

Now we just need to build super pilots!

DoD Buzz | F-22 making case for UAVs?.

Russian ships displayed at DNC tribute to vets – Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Navy Times

The examples of Democrats hating our military are so numerous that it is literally hard to catalog. Here is the latest. See what you think of this:

On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans. Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his patriotic message.

But there was a big mistake in the stirring backdrop: those are Russian warships.

via Russian ships displayed at DNC tribute to vets – Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Navy Times.