U.S. Airstrikes Against ISIL Continue
Aug22

U.S. Airstrikes Against ISIL Continue

In what the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, described as a battle against a terror group that has an “apocalyptic, end-of-days” vision that eventually must be defeated, U.S. air strikes continued as one of the “variety of instruments” at the disposal of our military and the United States. As such, “U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force...

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The Ebola Horror: No Comments, Just Prayers
Aug22

The Ebola Horror: No Comments, Just Prayers

I have seen first-hand the anguish and desperation of a young mother whose baby has been diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital heart disease for which, in her native country, there are few prospects for the specialized and prohibitively expensive open-heart surgery that is required. I have also seen first-hand the joy of the same mother when she is able to listen, for the first time, to the regular, healthy beat of her baby’s...

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ISIL Terrorists Must be Defeated, JCS Chairman Says – Hagel Agrees
Aug21

ISIL Terrorists Must be Defeated, JCS Chairman Says – Hagel Agrees

At a Pentagon news conference today, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey , said the ISIL terror group has an “apocalyptic, end-of-days” vision that eventually must be defeated, not only in Iraq but in Syria as well. Referring to ISIL as ISIS because such highlights the terrorists’ long-term goal of establishing the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, Dempsey explains “Al-Sham includes Lebanon,...

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Two of My Most Favorite Things…
Aug21

Two of My Most Favorite Things…

ISIS/ISIL, Ferguson, Sarah Palin… OK, enough “gloomy and doomy” stuff. Time for two of my most favorite subjects. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Culbertson greets his son after a six-month deployment on the attack submarine USS New Hampshire, which returned to its homeport on Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Aug. 13, 2014. A U.S. sailor hugs his son after arriving in Fleet Activities Yokosuka on the USS...

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(Updated) The President and John Kerry on Foley’s Murder
Aug20

(Updated) The President and John Kerry on Foley’s Murder

Update: Apparently, the U.S. had attempted a rescue operation to free Foley and other American hostages held in Syria by ISIL. Sadly, the mission failed “because hostages were not present at the targeted location” Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement announcing the unsuccessful mission, “the U.S. government will not tolerate the abduction of its people and will work tirelessly to secure the safety of...

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Racing in the ‘Baja 1000’ to Heal Young Hearts
Aug20

Racing in the ‘Baja 1000’ to Heal Young Hearts

Every year, scores of adventurous men and women compete in one of the most grueling racing events, the SCORE Baja 1000. This year’s 1,130-mile race — the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 – will take place November 12 through 16. It will start in Ensenada, Baja California, and end 1,130 miles and 30 to 40 hours later in La Paz, Baja California Sur. The race tests both machines and humans as it takes place over some of the...

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(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry
Aug19

(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry

Gov. Rick Perry’s booking photo, Aug. 19, 2014. Courtesy Travis County Sheriff’s Office Update II: Under a celebratory, almost victorious atmosphere, a defiant Texas governor Rick Perry arrived at the Travis County justice complex in Austin, Texas, this afternoon and spoke to a cheering crowd before entering the courthouse to be booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken. Perry exited the booking room about 20...

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Observing World Humanitarian Day
Aug19

Observing World Humanitarian Day

When one looks around places like, Syria, Northern Iraq, Ukraine, etc., there is not much to be seen that qualifies as humane or “humanitarian.” There are also way too many natural disasters which all too often become catastrophic humanitarian disasters. Nevertheless, there are organizations and individuals — “those unsung heroes” Secretary of State John Kerry calls them — who “despite the risks, work to save lives on the...

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Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Backed By U.S. Air Power Recapture Mosul Dam
Aug18

Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Backed By U.S. Air Power Recapture Mosul Dam

Water flows down the Mosul Dam chute spillway May 14, 2003. The spillway was built with a “ski-jump” section to dissipate the energy of outflowing water. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens The Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, the fourth largest in the Middle East, is an immensely strategic asset, resource and target, as it captures the flow of the Tigris River, providing flood control, water and electricity to Mosul’s 1.7...

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Two ISIL Terrorists Officially Designated ‘Terrorists’
Aug18

Two ISIL Terrorists Officially Designated ‘Terrorists’

The Department of State has officially designated two terrorists affiliated with ISIL as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists.” They are Said Arif and Abu Mohammed al-Adnani. The designation was done under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. The State Department says, “The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against U.S. persons...

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Remembering Robin Williams
Aug17

Remembering Robin Williams

I am still reeling from the loss of Robin Williams. Just came across one of the shortest, yet most touching tributes to “my...

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Lady Bird Johnson’s Letters Convey Passion for Nature
Aug13

Lady Bird Johnson’s Letters Convey Passion for Nature

Living in Austin, Texas, less than two miles — as the Texas crow flies — from the beautiful Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and having frequently jogged in my younger and fitter days on the scenic Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail, I felt I knew all about Lady Bird Johnson’s love of the outdoors and about her passion for protecting and beautifying the landscape nationwide and especially for preserving and spreading...

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Tragic Incident in Battle for Mount Sinjar
Aug12

Tragic Incident in Battle for Mount Sinjar

For almost a week now, U.S., Iraqi and Kurdish military have been in a battle to save tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children — members of the Yazidi sect — trapped by ISIL terrorists in the Sinjar Mountains of Northern Iraq. In what can be rightly called the battle for Mount Sinjar, the military have employed both air strikes to kill the terrorists who have been slaughtering and, now, besieging the Yazidis,...

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High Praises for Robin Williams
Aug12

High Praises for Robin Williams

So much has already been said here and elsewhere mourning the death of Robin Williams and celebrating his incredible talents and humanity, that I will not even try to add, except to say he was my favorite actor and comedian — a beautiful person. But, perhaps, one of the greatest tributes to Robin Williams is the quickness and number of touching messages and statements made and released by our nation’s leaders expressing sincere...

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Iraq: While Our Troops Battle, Baghdad Bickers
Aug11

Iraq: While Our Troops Battle, Baghdad Bickers

At a time when U.S. forces are risking life and limb to protect Iraqi citizens from being slaughtered by ISIL forces and to provide humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Kurds fleeing the ISIL terrorists, over in Baghdad Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is more concerned about his political survival than about the survival of his people — perhaps even his nation. As Iraq’s President Fuad Masum asked the deputy...

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Immigration: It Is the President’s Move Now
Aug10

Immigration: It Is the President’s Move Now

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the resignation of a truly lawless president. It thus seems ironic that politicians of the same Party as the first president in American history to resign in shame, would be calling the present president “lawless” for, through executive orders, trying to do the job they, the representatives of the people, were elected to do, but will not or can not do — then have the audacity to sue the...

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(Updates – Videos) Air Operations Over Iraq Continue
Aug09

(Updates – Videos) Air Operations Over Iraq Continue

Update, August 9, 20:00 CDT The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is a unique, non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization dedicated to “advance an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education.” It is “committed to improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S....

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Letter from the President to a Do-Nothing Congress
Aug08

Letter from the President to a Do-Nothing Congress

President Barack Obama meets with his national security team in the Oval Office, Aug. 8, 2014. Pete Souza/White House Had the President’s letter been solely addressed to the Speaker of the House, the lead-in paragraph could have been: Dear Mr. Speaker: While you and your colleagues are on a five-week vacation after suing me for doing my job, I would like to inform you that I continue to do my job and have authorized the U.S. Armed...

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(Continued Updates) Air Operations in Iraq
Aug08

(Continued Updates) Air Operations in Iraq

For some background, scroll down to the end – Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on Airstrikes in Iraq At approximately 6:45 a.m. EDT, the U.S. military conducted a targeted airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. . Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil. ISIL was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces...

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(Video: President Authorizes Air Strikes) U.S. Considering Air Drops, Air Strikes, Other Options to Help Iraq’s Minorities
Aug07

(Video: President Authorizes Air Strikes) U.S. Considering Air Drops, Air Strikes, Other Options to Help Iraq’s Minorities

Update III: The President has just authorized “targeted air strikes” to protect our troops and humanitarian efforts in Iraq. Watch video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFZHI01-oLs UpdateII: CNN reports that U.S. humanitarian air drops have begun over Iraq. Update I: The New York Times says that Kurdish officials report that U.S. forces have bombed at least two targets in northern Iraq on Thursday night to rout...

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