(Updated) The Ebola Crisis: U.S. Military Gears Up
Sep30

(Updated) The Ebola Crisis: U.S. Military Gears Up

UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that a patient who was being evaluated for Ebola has tested positive for the virus — the first time Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a press conference at its Atlanta headquarters this evening. Read more here. ===== As reported here, the United States is committing 3,000 U.S. troops to construct 17 Ebola treatment centers...

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Add One More Name to That Open Letter to Fox News
Sep28

Add One More Name to That Open Letter to Fox News

Talking Points Memo (TPM.com) yesterday published an open letter to the idiots at Fox News who made some very offensive and inappropriate remarks about a female United Arab Emirates (UAE) pilot who courageously took part in allied air strikes against ISIL terrorists last week. The pilot and squadron commander in question was 35-year-old Maj. Mariam al-Mansouri, the first female fighter pilot in the history of the UAE. Major...

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ISIL: Britain Joins the Air Battle, and More…
Sep27

ISIL: Britain Joins the Air Battle, and More…

Two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft prepare to depart RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, armed with Paveway IV laser guided bombs, in support of OP SHADER on the 27th of September 2014. Photo British MOD. CODA 1: Our newest partner in the battle against ISIL terrorists has just confirmed that Royal Air Force jets have conducted armed reconnaissance operations over areas of Iraq. The British Ministry of Defense: Royal Air Force Tornado GR4...

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Watch Jon Stewart Tell Fox News What They Can Do
Sep26

Watch Jon Stewart Tell Fox News What They Can Do

Faux Fox has been eviscerating the President for saluting with a cup of coffee in his hand, in addition to attacking him mercilessly while our country is, in effect — like it or not — at war. One of the network’s talking heads also claimed that the President was disrespectful to those who are putting their lives on the line, because he saluted with a cup of coffee in his hand. Watch Jon Stewart on the Daily Show yesterday...

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Women Fighting the Islamic State
Sep26

Women Fighting the Islamic State

The history of women serving in armed conflicts probably goes back hundreds of years — if not longer. In the United States, during the American Revolution, women served on the battlefield as nurses, water bearers, laundresses and saboteurs. Ever since then, their roles in the military have continued to expand in numbers, skills and responsibilities. But, it would still be more than 150 years — World War II — before...

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The Ebola Crisis: International Efforts Intensify
Sep25

The Ebola Crisis: International Efforts Intensify

In his excellent column on the rapidly escalating Ebola epidemic, Brij Khindaria, expresses some skepticism over the slow manner in which the international community, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States have reacted and over the lack of credible solutions. But Khindaria also lays some of the blame on “the governments on the front lines” who seem to be more interested in getting external financial and...

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After Initial Successes, Coalition Air Strikes Against ISIL Continue
Sep25

After Initial Successes, Coalition Air Strikes Against ISIL Continue

After yesterday’s strikes on oil refineries in eastern Syria controlled by ISIL terrorists, initial assessments are that the strikes were successful in rendering all 12 of the targeted modular refineries inoperable, according to Pentagon Spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Six U.S. jets, joined by 10 fighter aircraft from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, participated in the strikes. See the lead graphic by DOD. The...

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New Airstrikes Target ISIL Oil Refineries
Sep24

New Airstrikes Target ISIL Oil Refineries

The U.S. Central Command (Centcom) reports that U.S. and allied Arab countries aircraft attacked ISIL in Syria today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes against 12 ISIL-controlled modular oil refineries in remote areas of eastern Syria near Mayadin, Hasakah, and Abu Kamal. The attacks are part of an effort to deprive ISIL of one of its major sources of revenue. Centcom describes the...

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Obamacare: The Shameful Politics
Sep24

Obamacare: The Shameful Politics

Our own Dr. Ron Chusid has been doing a superb job of covering the good things about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the problems and shortcomings where they occur and have occurred and, perhaps most important in this dog-eat-dog climate, he has doggedly been exposing and rebutting the shameful right-wing lies, villainous distortions and brazen slander about this hugely important program. There are so many lies, distortions and so much...

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The F-22 Raptor Makes its Combat Debut
Sep23

The F-22 Raptor Makes its Combat Debut

I have written plenty about the sad demise of one of the most controversial weapon system programs: the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter program. The $66.7 billion program was cancelled in 2009 by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates after only 187 aircraft had been ordered, in spite of the Air Force wanting to build 750 of them and in spite of the U.S. Air Force claiming that the F-22 with “Its combination of stealth, supercruise,...

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(Updated) Successful Syrian Strikes ‘Only the Beginning’
Sep23

(Updated) Successful Syrian Strikes ‘Only the Beginning’

Update: Video of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke launching Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) against ISIL targets in Syria from the Red Sea. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II) Warning: Turn volume down. Original Post: Army Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., director of operations for the Joint Staff, during a press briefing at the Pentagon today, described the airstrikes...

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The Pearl Harbor Survivors Honor Flight
Sep23

The Pearl Harbor Survivors Honor Flight

As our airmen, sailors, marines, soldiers and other military once again risk their lives on the ground in Iraq and in the skies and on the waters around Iraq and Syria, it is appropriate to remember those brave troops who died and survived on a fateful day almost 73 years ago, “a date that will live in infamy.” December 7, 1941, was of course the date when Japan launched a series of dastardly, sneak air attacks on our...

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Air Strikes in Syria: First After Action Report
Sep23

Air Strikes in Syria: First After Action Report

From U.S. Central Command Public Affairs: U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, using a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to conduct 14 strikes against ISIL targets. An F/A-18C...

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Breaking News: U.S. Airstrikes Underway Against ISIL in Syria
Sep22

Breaking News: U.S. Airstrikes Underway Against ISIL in Syria

Update” Reuters reports: Several Arab nations are involved in the ongoing U.S.-led operation, a defense official said. A diplomatic source identified the nations as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. . Another U.S. official said the Arab nations will be dropping bombs, not just providing support. Up to 20 locations have been targeted in the operation, many of the sites in Raqqa, the official said....

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(Updated) Will the Neocons Eat French Fries Once Again?
Sep22

(Updated) Will the Neocons Eat French Fries Once Again?

Update: More information on the French air strikes in Iraq, courtesy AP/Stars and Stripes: France is conducting the operations in Iraq from French Air Base 104 inside Al Dhafra base near Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. French jets began flying reconnaissance missions Monday over Iraq. . The base, with about 750 French service personnel and six Rafales, is 1,700 kilometers (1,050 miles) from Mosul, meaning that the...

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U.S. Military Mission to Fight Ebola:  What Does Victory Look Like?
Sep20

U.S. Military Mission to Fight Ebola: What Does Victory Look Like?

In an August 22 column on the Ebola crisis, we noted that the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa — “the worst in recorded history” — had claimed 1,350 lives. Less than a month later the World Health Organization reports that the number of people in West Africa who have contracted and died from Ebola has doubled to 2,622. On Thursday, in an emergency session convened by the United States, 131 members of the United Nations...

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The Military and the NFL Scandal
Sep19

The Military and the NFL Scandal

I am neither a big fan of the National Football League (NFL) nor a big follower of professional football. I watch and follow mostly college football. However, unless one lives under a rock and in Timbuktu, the recent domestic violence incidents in the NFL are bound to have captured everyone’s attention, including this non-NFL fan and the Department of Defense (DOD). Why would DOD — which has its own problems in related...

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President Praises Congress for Anti-ISIL Legislation
Sep18

President Praises Congress for Anti-ISIL Legislation

Shortly after the U.S. Senate easily approved (78-22) a $1 trillion government-funding bill that gives President Obama new authority to battle ISIL — legislation that had been previously approved by the House in a 273-156 vote — President Obama spoke to the nation commending Congress for approving his plan to arm and train rebels in Syria to battle ISIL militants. The President emphasized once again that there will not be...

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The ISIL Debate:  There Are Virtually No Winners
Sep12

The ISIL Debate: There Are Virtually No Winners

The ongoing national debate on what to do, or not to do, about the ISIL threat — or whether it is even a threat — is probably the most intense and divergent debate since the one we had about the Iraq War and its legacy. There are those who do not believe ISIL poses a threat at all to Americans or America — and/or “is not our problem” — and, therefore, we should do nothing. There are those who agree with the...

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Remembering the 9/11 Pentagon Attack
Sep11

Remembering the 9/11 Pentagon Attack

The 13th anniversary of the September 11 attack on our nation dawned early with our military. Early this morning, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel along with the President and other dignitaries observed the anniversary at the Pentagon Memorial, Arlington, Virginia. This is some of what the Secretary of Defense had to say about those who lost their lives that day at the Pentagon: “We will never forget what happened on this day,...

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