Military sources have claimed that the role of senior British officers at the US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, has been downgraded because their American counterparts believe that they cannot be trusted with high-level intelligence about a conflict with which they are not involved. Roughly 30 British personnel have been working alongside the Americans and French and have been involved war planning for a number of weeks, including fine-tuning a list of targets and orchestrating military assets.[Snip] No British officers are now engaged in military planning and none will be involved in the execution of the operation, a British defence
Comments: Wait--no, wait! Obama has unfriended the British again? Because today is an even numbered day? Oh, okay. It´s only on odd-numbered days that he friends them, then. Did I get that right?
Either O has the maturity level of a child aged about seven--make that six--or he´s doing this deliberately to pressure Parliament into not voting positively on Syria again. Parliament is listening to the voters; this temper tantrum will serve only to isolate the US from the UK. I hope the UK shuts off its info from the Cyprus listening post. Technical glitches do happen.
It looks bad, but it is a matter of security. If the British have decided not to join in any attack, then none of their officers have a "need to know". Without both the clearance and the need to know, you cannot take part in classified meetings.
BHO is behaving like a petulant child or community activist. What a disgrace for us to have elected this man so that he could wreak havoc worldwide. The Brits and the French should stay well away from him. He is no good to us, to them, or to any nation.
So,our oldest and most reliable ally in the world went from being reliable to unreliable in the span of a few days.This has nothing to do with Obama being childish and spiteful,of course.
Whether the Brits take part in a mindless bombing campaign or not,they should be kept abreast of what´s going on because of the stark possibility of this thing exploding into a regional war.Who´s Obama going to call on if Putin decides to torpedo our ships,which are dwingling in numbers anyway.
When are people in this country and abroad going to start calls for Obama to step down.His only support in this country is coming from minorities and institutional liberal bureaucrats.
A lot of young liberals only gripe is they want pot legalized and hope Obama caves on it eventually.Whenever he does on of these stupid Facebook Q&A´s,that´s the main concern but they keep that a secret.They don´t give one damn about jobs or supporting themselves down the road.These bastids will bleed their parents until they´re wheelchair bound.
There will never be a welfare program for white people because they´re designed to help minorities only.The ruling elitest whites, calling the shots believe that whites can always lean on family members to prop them up,where blacks and others don´t have that option.Of course if you´re a white woman with a black kid,you get the red carpet treatment but stand alone whites have few options to penetrate safety nets.
Whenever you hear about low income housing,what´s the first thing that pops in your mind? Low income housing for whites are trailer parks.Whoops,sorry,got off track again.
Obama has more faith in the French than the British? Or is the snub to Great Britain because they wouldn´t follow his foolish idea? He really is an amateur and an embarrassment. I don´t trust him to tell the truth or do the right thing. Our country is extremely vulnerable under his leadership and our enemies know it. They want our treasure and military spent to further weaken us.
McCain and Graham are crazy to back Obama. They are being played. Obama is determined to usher in even more chaos in the Middle East and to what end? What good could possibly come out of our involvement in a civil war?
I fear everybody is out. Even the UN is looking for a place to move where they can at least buy 16oz bottles of soda. The French are still vacillating, one day they are in, the next they won´t answer the phone unless you know the password.
The Brits have just returned Obamas speech DVD´s which they can´t play and wouldn´t anyway. The Germans are more worried about how fast everyone is driving on the Autobahn, and Putin can´t stop laughing long enough to make a serious comment.
Israel is still hunkering down, not knowing whose side we are on this week, while Egypt is taking the most effective action, kicking the Brothrhood´s butt to embarrass Obama.
The Clintons, Dirty Harry, and the rest of the Democrat wrecking crew have disappeared through sheer embarrassment. Only McCain and Missy Graham are out there kissing Obama´s behind. There timing is always suspect.
Petty, vindictive, venal children who grow out of their cat-torturing days sometimes wind up in positions of great power. But they still need to hurt things. This POTUS chose Great Britain. They don´t like it. They are right.
I truly hope that at some point this POTUS will get seriously dissed by someone who matters.
The British officers working there today as planners will no doubt be among the future British Admirals and Generals. Who knows what the military situation may be then, when Obama is a permanent resident of some high end golfing establishment.
Dear Leader is putting the FOO (Fear of Obama) on the Brit officers. He is showing the Brits that he is not a man to be trifled with or denied. It appears that FOO is working on the republican leadership in congress. They are going along with his plans to attack Syria.
GOOSE CREEK--Navy wife Cleo Lott relies on the Weapons Station commissary to feed her family of four. It´s one of the most coveted perks that goes with being part of the military. And that´s why news that the Pentagon is looking at closing all of its stateside commissaries has her a little rattled. [Snip] "Even though the big chain stores say they have deals and savings, it doesn´t compare to the commissary," she added. "Makes me wonder what will the government want to take away next?" When word broke last week that the Defense Commissary Agency was asked by the Department of Defense to look at how to shutter
Volunteer fire departments all across the U.S. could find themselves out of money and unable to operate unless Congress or the Obama Administration exempts them from the Affordable Care Act. ´I thought the kinks were worked out of Obamacare at the first of the month, Central Florida volunteer firefighter Carl Fabrizi told Sunshine State News. ´Man, oh, man, this could potentially destroy some real good companies in Florida.´ The U.S. Department of Labor takes the term ´volunteer´ literally, but the IRS says volunteer firefighters are technically employees if they´re on the job more than 30 hours per week, making them
Recently I´ve acquired a second career poisoning the minds of the young in schools. Even in the very posh ones, there´s always an element which is mildly appalled that someone like me has been allowed anywhere near their precious charges. Science departments, I find, are particularly resistant and I quite understand why. Being mostly Guardian readers they have this caricature image in their heads of what James Delingpole is like: he´s a wanton controversialist; he´s anti-science; he´s a denier in the pay of Big Oil who harasses all those wonderful principled scientists doing their best to warn us of impending
It´s been a month since Twitter floated on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and we´ve already seen more than $6 billion drop off its market cap. As with every recent tech IPO, there´s always a big furore and gigantic valuation, following by the creation of lots of rich people, and then the share price starts to slide as everyone sobers up and starts to think more clearly. Just look at Facebook--once the excitement of the 2012 flotation had died down, the stock price plummeted to around half of its initial offering, and stayed there for a year.
Immigration--controlled, legal immigration--can bring advantages to the destination state. That sentiment is often trotted out as kind of obligatory throat-clearing before a politician goes on to call for restrictions, a neat example of the Everything-Before-The-But-Is-Bullsh*t hermeneutic rule (“I am the first to say that I recognise the benefits of successive immigrants from the Huguenots onwards, but there comes a moment when we reach saturation point…”) Except that it isn’t bullsh*t; at least, it needn’t be. Immigration can be either good or bad, depending on how it is managed. Unrestricted, unplanned settlement is usually disastrous.
There is no more potent symbol of statehood than military power. It is not surprising therefore that Eurocrats regard defence policy as a key element in their drive for a state called Europe, playing a role on the global stage. The forthcoming European Council (19/20 December), when heads of government meet, has long been trailered in Brussels as a "Defence Council" to take a great leap forward in the EU´s Common Security & Defence Policy (CSDP). Actually, the modest defence-related decisions have largely been taken by Ministers in recent weeks and Prime Ministers will spend most of their time on
People buying insurance plans through Obamacare´s online exchanges may not have full access to some of the nation´s top hospitals, it has been claimed. In a bid to cut costs, insurers selling cover on the new exchanges in states including New York, Texas and California will not offer patients access to two renowned cancer centers--Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, according to The Financial Times. Access to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals, may also be limited, as the insurers attempt to steer customers away from hospitals or
A powerful storm that crept across the country dropped snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, dumping a foot of snow in Delaware and threatening a messy Monday commute in the northeast corridor. The storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights across the U.S. and slowed traffic on roads, leading to a number of accidents, including a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Morgantown that led to a series of fender-benders involving 50 cars that stranded some motorists for up to seven hours.
Manhattan´s Chelsea neighborhood is home to art galleries, fashion stores, townhouses and now a new breed of cockroach that won´t die even if forced to live outside all winter. The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway in the neighborhood into one of New York´s newest tourist attractions, may have been responsible for bringing a new breed of cockroach to the city. Rutgers University insect biologists Jessica Ware and Dominic Evangelista said the species Periplaneta japonica is well documented in Asia but was never confirmed in the United States until now. The scientists, whose findings were published
Vladimir Putin has dissolved Russia´s biggest news agency RIA Novosti, ordering the creation of a new media conglomerate headed by an anchorman notorious for his anti-opposition and anti-gay views. The new company Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today) will focus on "coverage abroad of Russian state policy and public life," the document published on the Kremlin website said. [Snip] The move appears as a push by the Kremlin to consolidate state media resources at a time of increasing online criticism of Mr Putin´s 13 years of rule and to take a proactive approach in shaping Russia´s image abroad.
Some patients are being forced to wait in ambulances outside hospitals for hours because accident and emergency departments are too busy to take them, according to research. In one case, a patient in Wales was made to wait more than six hours before being admitted, while another in England was delayed for more than five hours, the BBC found. NHS guidance recommends that patients should wait in ambulances for no longer than 15 minutes and delays of more than 30 minutes in England can lead to fines. Paramedics are only allowed to hand patients over to hospitals when staff there
Uniformed Romanian police officers have begun patrolling the streets of Paris to help fight a growing tide of criminality among their immigrant countrymen. In scenes which could soon be replicated in Britain, 20 officers have been introduced to help clamp down on Roma street gangs. It follows a 78 percent rise in the number of Romanians arrested in the France city over the past two years. In January, the UK is expected to see an influx of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving when EU labour restrictions are lifted. There have been warnings that they will include criminal gangs that often use
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
A veteran Washington adviser who has worked for four Presidents on both sides of the political aisle said that the stunning Government Accountability Report report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare over three years ago is an indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the Obama administration has bordered on "malfeasance." "I have no doubt the White House is right, that Secretary Sebelius was in several group meetings with the president about health care," Gergen caveated, "but the whole
President Barack Obama’s Facebook page on Saturday posted a message honoring the dead from Pearl Harbor—accompanied by a picture of Obama descending the stairs next to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground. The post´s statement reads: Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served. President Obama The Obama Administration´s current shipbuilding plan shrinks the size of
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack,
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the hapless, goalpost-shifting so-called "architect" of Obamacare, told Fox News´ Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama´s promise "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was absolutely true--with one important caveat: if you like your doctor, "you can pay for it." Wallace grilled Dr. Emanuel, challenging his false claims that California´s enrollment was keeping pace with the percentage of the young population necessary to keep the system afloat, and pointing out that the president´s promise on doctors would collapse once people lost their insurance or their
Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I
The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.
Many people could die as extreme weather becomes common. There will be more freak winds like the October storm, which killed four people. Heatwaves will be lethal and the sea level will rise, leaving coastal towns at risk of being swamped by storm surges. Sir Brian Heap, president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, said he felt “obliged” to issue the warning after a new study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It comes on the back of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which has killed more than 5,000 people. Sir Brian said: “Given the tragic events this
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly
Call me Grinch, call me Scrooge. Call me Lord Voldemort of the Yuletide. None could be worse than sending me a holiday card with glossy photographs of your lovely, smiling family. My wife, Emily, and I place your cards like trophies on our shelves, continuing an old-school practice that began about 175 years ago as a way of maintaining relationships as families and friends moved far and wide. Today’s cards may appear more personalized — with photos of spouses, kids and pets, and distribution lists much smaller than a sprawling collection of Facebook friends. But when I flip over the photo