Operation ‘United Assistance’ in Images
Oct17

Operation ‘United Assistance’ in Images

We have been doing our best to report on the training, deployment and activities of our troops who are helping in the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa: Operation United Assistance. The Department of Defense has an entire web site devoted to Operation United Assistance. There is a wealth of information at the site not only on our troops’ activities but also on the Ebola disease itself, its origins and how...

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Obama Authorizes Call-up of National Guard Troops to Fight Ebola, If Needed
Oct16

Obama Authorizes Call-up of National Guard Troops to Fight Ebola, If Needed

President Obama today signed an Executive Order authorizing The Department of Defense to order to active duty reserve and National Guard personnel “as necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation United Assistance, which is providing support to civilian-led humanitarian assistance and consequence management support related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West...

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ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls
Oct14

ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls

If the brutal beheadings, the mass murders of innocent men, women and children and the numerous other atrocities committed by ISIL terrorists are not sufficient reason for the civilized world to “degrade and defeat” ISIL, here is just one more reason. Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry, October 14, 2014 Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace...

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(Updates) Federal Judge Blocks Texas Voter ID Law
Oct14

(Updates) Federal Judge Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

Update II: And here we go again in the courts-one-upmanship saga. The Austin American-Statesman reports: A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated Texas’ tough voter ID law for the November election, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout. . The ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocks last week’s...

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The French American – A True Story
Oct14

The French American – A True Story

It is a story of idyllic young love in Nazi-occupied France, suddenly and heartbreakingly cut short — but never abandoned or forgotten. It is a story of bravery and patriotism. It is a story of war, intrigue, “La Résistance,” invasion and eventual liberation. It is also a story of hope and sheer perseverance on the part of a World War II veteran who, at age 93, is still a hopeless romantic. His name is John...

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The Sun Also Rises in Iraq
Oct13

The Sun Also Rises in Iraq

I find the photo above, of a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules pilot scanning over central Iraq as the sun rises and his crew returns to base, to be a poignant reminder that our troops in, around and over Iraq are risking their lives not only to combat the ISIL terrorists but also to render desperately needed humanitarian aid to the innocent victims of this murderous group. This C-130 is returning “home” after conducting a resupply...

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(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’
Oct13

(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’

Update: The Australian government will not send doctors or nurses to West Africa to help contain the Ebola crisis until it is certain “all of the risks are being properly managed”, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has said, according to The Guardian. Parts of Prime Minister Abbott’s remarks, as reported by The Guardian: “We aren’t going to send Australian doctors and nurses into harm’s way without being absolutely confident that all...

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(Updates) In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States – Alaska Next?
Oct12

(Updates) In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States – Alaska Next?

Update III: And the beat goes on: Alaska Dispatch News has just reported that a federal judge ruled today “Alaska’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way for gay couples to begin marrying in the state for the first time.” The ruling comes less than a week after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to overturn similar marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. Same-sex marriage advocates said the 9th Circuit ruling...

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Dempsey on Kobani and on ‘Boots on the Ground’
Oct12

Dempsey on Kobani and on ‘Boots on the Ground’

As the U.S. continues to launch airstrikes against ISIL terrorists around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, on the frontier with NATO member Turkey, ISIL continues to make advances and threatens to overrun and capture the entire town — two days ago they controlled almost half the town. The fall of Kobani would not only be a disaster to Kurds in and around the town and to Kurdish autonomy in the region, but would also be a blow...

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Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward
Oct09

Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward

A majority of Americans support banning all flights to the United States from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, according to an “exclusive” NBC News online survey. The Liberian ambassador in Washington, Jeremiah Sulunteh, fears his country could be close to collapse from the Ebola outbreak and there are pleas for support from the international community, according to BBC News. Donald Trump came out firing today and criticized...

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The Ebola Crisis: Concern, But Also Acts of Kindness and Courage
Oct08

The Ebola Crisis: Concern, But Also Acts of Kindness and Courage

As the news of Thomas Duncan’s death — the first and first fatal case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States — sinks in, I am struck by the words in the New York Times announcing this tragic and disturbing turn of events: Mr. Duncan had been a driver at a cargo company in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, living alone in a small room he rented from the parents of Marthalene Williams, 19. A simple act of kindness probably...

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Remembering ‘Aussie’ Vera Palmer
Oct07

Remembering ‘Aussie’ Vera Palmer

When we met her at her cozy home in Canberra, Australia, last October, she was a young 98. As we chatted about Australian history and immigration, my eyes caught a white, blue and silver metallic torch on top of a cabinet in her living room, very similar to an Olympic Torch. And lo and behold, it was an Olympic Torch — a 2000 Sydney Olympics Torch. The lovely lady we were talking to, Vera Palmer, had participated in the 2000...

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President Thanks  the Troops (Video)
Oct04

President Thanks the Troops (Video)

President Obama today released a video thanking the troops “for their dedicated service in Afghanistan, in the fight against ISIL in the Middle East and against Ebola in West Africa, and all the men and women who serve the nation in uniform”. The message aired during the Air Force-Navy football game on American Forces Network, which is broadcast to troops worldwide and which, by the way, the Air Force Falcons WON!! After remarks on...

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Return to Sobibór
Oct04

Return to Sobibór

“Sobibór ‘Himmelstrasse’,” by Jacques Lahitte It was many years ago when I first heard about a Nazi death camp named Sobibór, nestled deep in the forests of the Lublin district of South-Eastern Poland. Sobibór was one of three Nazi extermination camps — the other two were Belzek and Treblinka — that had received little notoriety compared to camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, even though an estimated...

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DOD: America’s Sons and Daughters in Liberia Will Be Protected from Ebola
Oct04

DOD: America’s Sons and Daughters in Liberia Will Be Protected from Ebola

As the White House seeks to reassure Americans that the U.S. health-care system is “well-equipped to treat the virus and stop it from spreading,” and “is prepared to deal with this crisis,” the Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies are also busy reassuring the public that our troops — 4,000 of them — to be deployed to West Africa to help with the Ebola crisis “ will receive the best equipment and...

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(Continuing Updates) The Ebola Crisis: U.S. Military Gears Up
Oct03

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

Update V: The Defense Department has announced that it could deploy up to 4,000 service members to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance against Ebola — that is one thousand more than previously announced. DOD: Operations are moving forward in Liberia. “Over the last 36 hours, two Ebola testing laboratories manned by personnel from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center are now fully operational,” Pentagon spokesman...

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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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