Washington - Administration officials said publicly for the first time Tuesday that the U.S. might leave no American troops in Afghanistan after the end of combat in December 2014, an option that defies the view of Pentagon officials who say thousands of U.S. troops could be needed there to keep a lid on Al Qaeda and to strengthen the Afghan army and police. (Snip) Asked in a conference call with reporters whether zero was now an option, Rhodes said, "That would be an option we would consider." His statement comes just three days before Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Comments: Once again, 0bama will be taking victory away and rubbing defeat in our Military´s face. And with Karzai barely hanging on to his very limited power with Al Qaeda revamping around him. If J Fn´Kerry makes SOS, he´ll love this.
sorry to disagree with OP, whom I respect, but Afghanistan is a losing proposition. We should leave these people to their own devices and take care of things at home. This is not a war we can win (and how would we know if and when we´ve won?--and what have we won if we win?).
May the good Lord watch over the 66,000 men and woman serving in a war that our Commander in Chief does not mention. Their willingness to risk life and limbs for this forgotten conflict is a sign of their commitment to our country and to each other.
Obama´s election and reelection may have been part of plans beyond human control.
The Middle East is shaping up to be a coalition of both state and non-state entities with one goal in common: to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
Psalm 83 talks of an inner ring of entities: Edom (Palestinians, S Jordan), Ismaelites (Arabians), Moab (Palestinians, Central Jordan), Ammon (Palestinians, N Jordan), Hagarenes (?Egyptians), Gebal (Hezbollah, Lebanon), Tyre (Hezbollah, S. Lebanon), Amalek (Sinai Palestinians), Philistia (Gaza Palestinians), Assyria (Arabs Syria, Iraq).
Ezekiel 38-39 talks of another outer ring of conspirators: Gog, Magog, Cush, Put, Tubal, Mesech, Persia, Beth Togarmah, Rosh. In the old days, people thought Rosh, Mesech and Tubal may have referred to Russia, Moscow and Tobolsk, but biblical scholars identify many of these in Turkey, the Islamic Caucassus, Afghanistan-Pakistan. The rest like Libya, Sudan, Iran are also identified. Looks like a reconstituted Roman empire is a myth when current events closer to the end starts to give form to the prophets´ visions.
I don´t think US troops in Afghanistan are going to change the fact that the whole of the Middle East is due for a very hot war very, very soon.
Good gravy. Politics aside for one second please. Why would we want to keep any soldier in that fly blown, donkey stained, castle of scatology and hole in the earth? What for? We´ve been bellybutton deep in that pit of alligators for a decade now. Just because we´ve wasted immeasurable amounts of treasure trying turn a tribal society into Switzerland does not mean we should continue to be willfully and beligerantly ignorant in regard to history. Engage in some ratiocination before you reflexively critique the administration. It´s good for the soul and the mind and the body. One cogent thought is more powerful than a universe of emotive dissonance.
once again, the Democratic Party will just arbitrarily walk away leaving so many innocents who cooperated with the USA to their fate (especially Afghanistan) .... just like Vietnam.
And no one cares. That´s right .... for all the Sept 11 bluster by every ´patriot´ ....... when we have made inroads and gains worldwide to try and prevent another 9/11, the Amerikan people, cowed by the idiotic narrative of the stupid mainstream media and academia, will just quietly abandon everyone who has tried to help us the past decade.
everybody is conflating the issue of Afghanistan to give Team 44 and the Dem Party an easy out. This is too broad a topic but I am really surprised everyone is falling for the Afghanistan ´graveyard of empires´ thesis.
If we are not there (and we never really had that great a presence to begin with ... and Team 44 said it was the good war versus Iraq) then who or what is dealing with Iran´s proxies, the serious extremism in Pakistan, etc.
This is not an argument for major force commitment, but you do not walk away from gains because of public opinion whim that coincides with what Team 44 wants to do no matter ....
I cannot predict anything, but I can assure anyone that in some measure of time this will very rebound badly on the USA and western interests overall. And not because the Bush administration went in there in the first place either. Remember how Rumsfeld was crucified, by McCain no less, about keeping the footprint light? Of course not becasue history and memory are inconvenient. But then who cares .... stupidity begets more stupidity ...
And Israel will be a religous Disneyland UN mandate with no practical soveriegnty by 2020 .... Morsi has said this himself which the NYTimes and J Street embrace of course ... and I have no connection to Israel other than I see it for it is ...... a western outpost in a realm of borderline irrationality. Sorry followers of Google foreign affairs..... humanity is what it is ...no better or worse. And who should lift one finger to help Amerika after its record after Vietnam and now what is occurring in the Middel East.
Islamabad, Pakistan - The living were honoring the dead on both sides of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday when militant bombers struck, killing at least 44 people in two attacks that coincided with one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar. (Snip) At the eastern end of the border, in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, a bomb exploded at a graveyard where people had gathered to pay their respects to a slain relative. Fourteen women and children from the same family were killed. Reporters in Quetta described scenes of chaos and devastation after the attack on the police funeral.
Vienna - A U.S. institute tracking North Korea’s nuclear weapons program says recent satellite photos show Pyongyang is doubling the size of its uranium enrichment plant, jibing with the country’s announced plans to expand technology that can be used both to create energy and the core of nuclear weapons. (Snip) In an accompanying note, ISIS said the photos of the Nyongbyon nuclear complex show construction under way to “effectively double” the size of the enrichment hall. That, said ISIS, would allow North Korea to also double the number of centrifuges now enriching uranium.
President Barack Obama discussed Edward Snowden, the health care law, Hillary Clinton and Russia during a Tuesday visit to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." But Obama´s comments about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin had special local interest. George Zimmerman was acquitted last month of murder in the teen´s death in Sanford. Some Americans have criticized Obama previously for commenting on the issue, but Leno said that the president had spoken eloquently and from the heart about Trayvon´s death. "I think all of us were troubled by what happened," Obama told Leno.
Anyone who regularly uses social networks like Twitter, YouTube or Reddit may have had the unfortunately common experience of having to deal with trolls, those wonderful human beings who take pleasure from harassing and upsetting others. (Snip) I wasn´t planning to write about the experience, but it concerns me that trolling has become such a prevalent aspect of social networking. When you are told over and over again by strangers that you are useless at your job, that you are worthless as a human being, that you´re ugly, it´s no surprise that both teenagers and adults alike have resorted to
The war in Syria poses the greatest threat to US security because of the risk of the government falling and the country becoming a weapons-rich haven for al-Qaeda, a CIA official says. (Snip) Morell said there were now more foreign fighters flowing into Syria each month to take up arms with al-Qaeda-affiliated groups than there were going to Iraq to fight with al-Qaeda at the height of the war there. The Syrian government´s weapons "are going to be up for grabs and up for sale" as they were in Libya when Moamer Kadhafi fell, he added. "It's probably the most important issue in the world today,"
Trenton - Gov. Chris Christie today signed an executive order creating a new investigative unit to uncover pension and disability benefits fraud perpetrated by public employees across the state. The governor´s office said in a statement the unit will be housed within the state Treasury Department and will be headed by Jim Scott, a former criminal investigator for the Internal Revenue Service who currently works in the state Attorney General´s Office. “Siphoning of pension and disability benefits by fraud or ineligibility hurts everyone, including honest current and future pensioners and,
GPS tracking of Washington & Jefferson College football player´s stolen iPhone led Washington police to three suspects who were arrested yesterday in the player´s October 2012 beating death. According to criminal complaints police filed Tuesday, GPS tracking of Timothy McNerney´s phone, taken from him in the attack, indicated the phone was near the Houston Street home of Adam R. Hankins, 23, of Washington and the McDonald home of Eric Dante Wells, 24. Confronted Tuesday at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Fayette County, both men admitted their roles
Currently, women diagnosed with with early stage invasive breast cancer undergo a biopsy of their lymph nodes during surgery to remove tumours in the breast. They have to wait up to three weeks for the result, and if further disease is found, they have go undergo a second operation. The new test means that surgeons can find out if cancer has spread during the initial surgery - and if they find it, they can remove it at the same time. (Snip) The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the test - the RD-100i OSNA system produced by Sysmex UK - for women with early
A Russian television channel accidentally interrupted its evening news show with a doom-laden report of evils committed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently slipped on air by a disgruntled employee. (Snip) It would be unthinkable for Russian state television to air a report critical of Putin. The planted news item went on to link Putin to the 2006 murder of journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya and attack corruption that had reached "unimaginable heights". It launched into the terrorist attacks at the beginning of Putin´s presidency, saying they raised his approval rating,
Amman & Doha - Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle East sources and Western diplomats said on Wednesday. (Snip) Syrian opposition sources close to Saudi Arabia said Prince Bandar offered to buy up to $15 billion of Russian weapons as well as ensuring that Gulf gas would not threaten Russia´s position as a main gas supplier to Europe. In return, Saudi Arabia wanted Moscow to ease its strong support of Assad and
If justice were administered by popular vote, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan would have disappeared into a maximum-security hole a long time ago. He might already be dead. He might have been executed by now for his undisputed role in the murders of 13 people and the injuries of 32 more in the Fort Hood shooting rampage four years ago. If regular Joes like me and you got to decide what seems reasonable and fair, Hasan would have been forced a long time ago to shave off his holy-man beard, quit drawing a paycheck from the U.S. government and put a sock in that “soldier for Allah” business.
They´re back! The isolationist poltergeists that forever haunt the Republican Party. Or so we´re told. In July, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had a set-to over American foreign policy. Christie clumsily denounced "this strain of libertarianism that´s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought." It was clumsy in its garbled syntax but also in its ill-considered shot at "libertarianism." What he meant to say, I think, was "isolationist," and that is the term a host of commentators on the left and right are using to describe Paul and his
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.
The owner of a shop in Zurich where US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism has called the incident a "misunderstanding". Winfrey, one of the world´s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop. She was apparently told one of the bags on display was "too expensive" for her. Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that Winfrey was "absolutely allowed" to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen. "My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn´t want
Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President´s verbal mishaps. ABC´s Good Morning America, CBS´s This Morning and NBC´s Today show, on Wednesday morning, all bypassed the chance to criticize Obama for: downplaying the threat of terrorism; falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics. First up, on the
Ending a war is a good thing. Killing civilians a bad thing. Deliberately targeting civilians is murder, and is never morally licit, even in pursuit of a good thing such as ending a war. The tens of thousands of Japanese non-combatants we killed 68 years ago this week with two nuclear bombs were not “collateral damage” of military strikes. They were the intended targets. We hoped that mass murder would bring the Japanese emperor to surrender. It worked, and American and Japanese soldiers’ lives were probably saved by it —
Last month we learned that Megyn Kelly was leaving her daytime anchor gig to take over a Fox News primetime slot. According to an “exclusive” Drudge Report flash this afternoon, that time slot will be 9 p.m. ET. “Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal,” the Drudge Report wrote. “The shock announcement is set for later this month.” Fox’s 9 p.m. hour is currently helmed by Sean Hannity, leading to speculation over whether he could be out of a primetime gig. There are many possible outcomes from this lineup change,
In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard
Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer AHAlife.com. Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site. Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons,
President Obama is slated to deliver a speech later this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will deliver his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the same place where King spoke 50 years ago. The Let Freedom Ring ceremony will be held Aug. 28. "It’s obviously a historic, seminal event in the country. It’s part of my generation’s formative memory and it’s a good time for us to do some reflection,"
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria
Nanny State: If any question remained about the Obama White House´s appetite for running everyone´s life from Washington, it should be settled now. This administration even wants to dictate neighborhood makeup. Like your neighborhood? Don´t get used to it. The Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development might decide it wants to dictate changes. HUD is, according to Fox News, considering "a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America´s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory." The proposed rule, disclosed last month by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at
“IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. (Snip) There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the real science of mental ability.
In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.. In closed door testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, the unidentified IRS agent said requests for special tax status from Tea Party groups is being forced into a special "secondary screening" because