Abroad: The United States spends $20.2 billion annually on air conditioning for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan — more than NASA's entire budget, NPR reported. In fact, the same amount of money that keeps soldiers cool is the amount the G-8 has committed to helping the fledgling democracies in Tunisia and Egypt.
At home: A woman has filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security over how her elderly mother was detained and searched by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend. News Herald reported that Jean Weber filed the complaint after her wheelchair-bound 95-year-old mother, who is in the final stages of her battle with leukemia, was asked to remove an adult diaper during a pat down search.
6.7 quake hits Japan. NICDR. The AP (the American version of the Soviet news agency TASS), repeats "Ring of Fire" and "regular" occurrence nonsense....
President Barack Obama's prime-time speech on his plan for withdrawing from Afghanistan left no doubt that he intends to run for reelection as the leader who ended two painful wars. Most notable was his intention to extract 10,000 soldiers this year and 23,000 more by next summer, before the height of Afghanistan's traditional summer fighting season. For some analysts, this would seem to be a large military risk, taken for purely domestic political benefit.
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Comment: Robert Haddick makes a number of valid points in this post .... especially on his analysis of the RAND Corp. report "Looming Discontinuities in U.S. Military Strategy and Defense Planning". Read it all.
At the start of his slot, Levin twice tried to put words into Petraeus’s mouth. When he summarised the Afghanistan commander’s view about President Barack Obama’s drawdown plan as feeling “comfortable implementing it and supporting it”, Petraeus politely demurred: “I would be a bit more qualified, Mr. Chairman.”
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.... Petraeus’s point was a simple but powerful one. Soldiers can’t simply resign every time they disagree with an order. In Petraeus’s case, to pursue such a course in anything other than the most extreme circumstances would damage the country’s foreign policy. It would be an act of vanity.
Not surprisingly, this exchange was absent in the American main stream media .... but widely reported in Europe.
Americans have to make a hard decision on what kind of country they want to have.
by Philip Giraldi
There were two stories last week that illustrate just how bad the situation has become in the wake of the virtual capitulation by President Barack Obama during Netanyahu’s triumphal May visit to Washington, the first time in recorded history that a small nation with less than eight million citizens has subjugated a much larger country with a population of more than 310 million.
The issue of Israel is of critical importance to the antiwar movement, as frequenters of this website are surely aware. This is because Israel and its lobby in the United States have succeeded in so intertwining their interests with those of the United States that whenever Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sneezes four hundred congressmen say “Gesundheit!” What Israel does has consequences for every American citizen, and not only because Tel Aviv is the largest recipient of US economic and military assistance.
Exposing Israel's Most Dangerous Secret