On “Morning Joe” today, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough dared to suggest that Barack Obama and Leon Panetta’s new policy that women can service in frontline combat roles should be carefully implemented to make sure it does not end up putting lives at risk. The way he said it was thought-provoking: “There’s a reason why there are no women in the NFL.”
Scarborough clarified what he was getting at:
“I’m not saying I don’t want women in combat. Women can be in combat, but I’ll be damned, if we find out that the Pentagon is lowering standards for politically correct reasons.”
While the focus has been on the attacks against U.S. Embassies around the world, Israel appears to be moving closer to taking decisive action to stop Iran from developing Nuclear Weapons:
UK TELEGRAPH: Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.
Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.
A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.
The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world’s most congested international waterways. It is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates to the south.
In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise. . . . Read More
In fairness, I think Obama was trying to say the right thing. But there is no need to add “generally” to “proud” when it comes to the men and women of our Armed Forces. They have spent 10+ years fighting and dying for the people of Afghanistan and Iraq. We are “proud” of them.
Here is video of Newt Gingrich saying Obama’s Secretary of Defense – Leon Panetta – should “resign tonight” if he really believes the United States must seek “permission” from the international community in deciding whether to take military action. Gingrich was referring to incredible remarks made by Panetta in testimony before Congress this week:
Here is video of CNN’s John King asking Sen. Rick Santorum what he thinks about the Pentagon moving toward a larger “frontline” combat role for women in the U.S. Military. Santorum praised the service of women in the military, but said:
“I do have concerns about women in frontline combat. I think that could be a very compromising situation where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interests of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved. You know it already happens with the camaradarie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat, and I think that’s probably not in the best interests of men, women or the mission.”
They didn’t give him much time, and NBC News anchor Brian Williams quickly changed the subject, but NBC News Military Analyst Retired Col. Jack Jacobs was clearly not happy with President Obama’s plan to gut the U.S. Military. Jacobs reacted to Obama’s plan to eliminate more than 100,000 U.S. active duty troops – 1 out of every 7 U.S. active duty soldiers:
“I’m not convinced we’re going to be able to do what we need to do with that small an Army.”
FOX NEWS: President Barack Obama insisted Wednesday that the United States does not fear China, even as he announced a new security agreement with Australia that is widely viewed as a response to Beijing’s growing aggressiveness.
China responded swiftly, warning that an expanded U.S. military footprint in Australia may not be appropriate and deserved greater scrutiny.
The agreement, announced during a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, will expand the U.S. military presence in Australia, positioning more U.S. personnel and equipment there, and increasing American access to bases. About 250 U.S. Marines will begin a rotation in northern Australia starting next year, with a full force of 2,500 military personnel staffing up over the next several years.
Obama called the deployment “significant,” and said it would build capacity and cooperation between the U.S. and Australia. U.S. officials were careful to emphasize that the pact was not an attempt to create a permanent American military presence in Australia.
“It also allows us to meet the demands of a lot of partners in the region that want to feel that they’re getting the training, they’re getting the exercises, and that we have the presence that’s necessary to maintain the security architecture in the region,” Obama said. . . . Read More
President Obama has sent a letter to Congress informing them that he will be sending U.S. troops to Uganda to help local forces fight rebels:
(Fox News) WASHINGTON — President Obama is sending about 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to help local forces battle the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group that the administration says has waged a campaign of murder, rape and kidnapping for more than two decades.
Obama said Friday the troops will act as advisers in efforts to hunt down rebel leader Joseph Kony but will not engage in combat except in self-defense, according to a letter to Congress that was obtained by Fox News.
The White House says the first troops arrived in Uganda on Wednesday. Ultimately, they will also deploy in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Congo.
(Fox News) — The Taliban insurgents responsible for shooting down a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan — killing 30 Americans — have been killed in an airstrike, U.S. Gen. John Allen said Wednesday in Afghanistan.
“The strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the shot associated with the Aug. 6 downing of the CH-47 helicopter, which resulted in the deaths of 38 Afghan and coalition service members,” NATO-ISAF said in a statement.
Here is video of President Obama’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – Admiral Mike Mullen – telling worried U.S. Troops in Afghanistan that he is “not sure” whether they and their families will get their pay if a Debt Deal does not get done by August 2. A soldier point blank asked Mullen about it, and he responded:
“I actually don’t know the answer.”
Well, Mullen ought to know the answer, because our Commander-in-Chief should have long ago made it crystal clear that our Military, Veterans, as well as Social Security payments and Medicare payments will go out with no interruption even if a deal is not reached! He can do that because money will still be flowing into the Government and those payments can easily be made with money left over. Other things can go unpaid if necessary, but not the military.
But President Obama has repeatedly used our men and women in uniform, as well as the elderly, as leverage in this battle with Republicans. His ought to be ashamed of himself that any American Soldier serving in harm’s way would have to worry about whether their family will get their paycheck.
It’s time for President Obama to tell the truth and make it clear our troops don’t need to worry about being paid.
Here’s a good example of what GOP Presidential Candidates have to deal with on the campaign trail.
This is a video from a liberal student group that decided to infiltrate a group of Mitt Romney supporters in New Hampshire and then confront Mitt Romney about his opposition to cutting Military Budgets to deal with the deficit. They did this yesterday during a July 4 Parade in New Hampshire. As you will see, their antics did not appear to faze Romney.
Fox News — A top Al Qaeda commander and possible replacement for Usama bin Laden was killed in an American drone-fired missile strike close to the Afghan border, the militant group he heads and a Pakistani intelligence official said Saturday.
Ilyas Kashmiri’s death is another blow to Al Qaeda just over a month after bin Laden was killed by American commandos in a northwest Pakistani army town. Described by U.S. officials as Al Qaeda’s military operations chief in Pakistan, he was one of five most-wanted militant leaders in the country, accused in a string of bloody attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai massacre.
His death was not confirmed publicly by the United States or Pakistani officials. . . (More)
GALLUP: U.S. military veterans and those currently on active military duty are less likely to approve of President Obama’s job performance than are Americans of comparable ages who are not in the military.
These results are based on an analysis of more than 238,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking from January 2010 through April 2011. Respondents were classified as veterans/active-duty military based on responses to a series of questions probing whether any member of the household had served in the U.S. military, and whether the respondent himself or herself had served and, if so, whether the respondent was currently on active duty. Americans currently serving in the military overseas or on ships at sea would not be included in this national cell and landline telephone sample.
Thirty-seven percent of all active-duty military personnel and veterans surveyed approved of the job Obama is doing during the January 2010 to April 2011 time frame. That compares with 48% of nonveterans interviewed during the same period. . . . . Read More
On this Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives to win and preserve freedom for our nation. But the American Soldier has brought freedom not only to our shores, but to millions and millions of people across the world. Thousands upon thousands of brave Americans have given their “last full measure of devotion” in Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific Region because they gave all for the cause of freedom. May we be truly grateful today and every day for their sacrifice.
This music video says it all – “You are the Ones,” by the Kuhlmann Sisters.