Jeb Bush Set to Become an Instant Foreign Policy Wonk (Updated)
May22

Jeb Bush Set to Become an Instant Foreign Policy Wonk (Updated)

Update: Should Bobby Jindal be fancying another fatuous foray into far-flung foreign fiefdoms to flaunt his fledgling foreign flair, he will first have to feud with some fastidious fellows in his legislature: Louisiana legislators clipped Gov. Bobby Jindal’s wings Thursday by inserting wording into the state budget that would require the governor’s office to pay the out-of-state travel expenses of his security detail. . Jindal spent...

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Taylor Marsh’s Take on the Blumenthal Benghazi E-Mails
May21

Taylor Marsh’s Take on the Blumenthal Benghazi E-Mails

While Fox News and other right wing sources have immediately jumped on Hillary Clinton after the partial release of e-mails by the New York Times dealing with the Benghazi consulate attack, one source believes the e-mails vindicate Clinton. Taylor Marsh starts a piece examining the Times’ comments on the released e-mails by saying, “The correspondence reveals that not only did Clinton share evidence of terrorist involvement in the...

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Bobby Jindal’s ‘Beaut’ of an Executive Order
May20

Bobby Jindal’s ‘Beaut’ of an Executive Order

Back in November 2014, Governor Jindal of Louisiana issued a statement in response to the executive actions President Obama took to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. In it Jindal said in part: The President is lecturing us and not listening to us. He’s bypassing Congress, and ignoring the American people… If the President wants to make the case that the law should be changed, he should go make the case to...

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Chris Christie: Putting Lipstick on a Pig
May19

Chris Christie: Putting Lipstick on a Pig

Recently I have started dabbling in satire with mixed results. Fortunately for our readers, although the following may look, feel and sound like satire, it is not. In a recent Quinnipiac University Poll, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got some very “good” news. The news was so good that Christie had to brag a little bit when interviewed by Fox News’s Megyn Kelly on Monday. Christie was answering a question from Kelly...

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State Must Do a ‘Rolling’ Release of Clinton E-mails (Updated)
May19

State Must Do a ‘Rolling’ Release of Clinton E-mails (Updated)

Update: During a campaign event in Iowa this afternoon, Hillary Clinton took a few questions from the media. On the e-mail issue, Clinton said, according to a rough transcript by ABC News: …as I have said repeatedly, I want those emails out. Nobody has set a bigger interest in getting them released and I do. I respect the State Department they have their process that they do for everybody not just for me. But anything that they might...

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Marines Killed in Nepal Helicopter  Crash Identified, Recovered (Updated)
May18

Marines Killed in Nepal Helicopter Crash Identified, Recovered (Updated)

The following Open Letter “from the People of Nepal” to the US Marines in Nepal is making its rounds on social media. The U.S. Ambassador to Nepal has replied (scroll down) We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of 6 Marines in the UH-1Y Huey helicopter crash this week. You and your fellow Marine brothers and sisters came to us at a time when we were down. We, as Nepalis, are mourning the loss of thousands of our...

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Nepal: A Brave Marine’s Photos (Updated)
May17

Nepal: A Brave Marine’s Photos (Updated)

Update: Cpl. Sara A. Medina’s Marine Corps portfolio includes more than 400 photographs covering various Marine Corps relief efforts, missions, exercises and a score of photographs on the Marine Corps support of President Obama’s trip to and visit to Australia to attend the G-20 Leaders Summit in 2014 (below). Her entire portfolio can be viewed here. The Marine Corps Times adds the following to Cpl. Medina’s background: Medina...

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Clinton Attacks: Beware of the Real Source and Intent
May17

Clinton Attacks: Beware of the Real Source and Intent

As I have indicated in past articles, I am keeping my powder dry on Hillary Clinton. I will decide whether to vote for her based on facts and issues. That decision will not be based on rumors, innuendo, unproven allegations… It will not be based on what bloggers quote other bloggers who quote newspapers which in turn quote, or misquote, pundits and books such as the recent “Clinton Cash.” It will not be based on the sound and...

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Nepal: Marine Helicopter Found (Updates)
May16

Nepal: Marine Helicopter Found (Updates)

Update III: Nepalese special forces, U.S. Marines, and Air Force pararescuemen have been inserted near the wreckage site and have discovered eight separate sets of remains, but these have yet to be positively identified. The cause of the accident has not been determined yet. DOD: The aircraft belonged to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, from Camp Pendleton, California and arrived in Nepal directly from Exercise Balikatan...

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Armed Forces Day 2015
May16

Armed Forces Day 2015

Although the Special Forces raid that killed ISIS senior leader Abu Sayyaf took place yesterday, it is perhaps appropriate that we learn about it today on Armed Forces Day. Originally there were separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. As our Armed Forces were unified under the Department of Defense, President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military...

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U.S. Special Forces Conduct Raid in Syria – Kill ISIL Leader
May16

U.S. Special Forces Conduct Raid in Syria – Kill ISIL Leader

As the New York Times reports this morning, U.S. Special Operations Forces entered eastern Syria on Friday and killed Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader of the Islamic State, who “was involved in the group’s military operations and also helped manage black-market sales of oil and gas to raise money.” Here is the entire report by the Department of Defense: WASHINGTON, May 16, 2015 – Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in a statement today...

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Hillary Clinton and the Number Eight
May14

Hillary Clinton and the Number Eight

There seems to be an obsession on the part of Hillary Clinton’s “observers” as to how many “questions from the press” the Democratic presidential candidate has taken and/or answered recently. The New York Times has even launched a new feature — “Questions for Hillary” — “dedicated to posing hypothetical questions that it would ask Clinton (if the paper had the chance).” On the number of questions Clinton has...

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Nepal: ‘Helping Hand’ Continues (Update)
May14

Nepal: ‘Helping Hand’ Continues (Update)

Update: Efforts continue to find the missing U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopter, as well as to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief for the country of Nepal. From a Joint Task Force 505 News Release: So far, two UH-1Y Hueys, two MV-22 Ospreys, one Indian Mi-17 and three Nepalese helicopters have searched for the Huey that went missing May 12 near Charikot, Nepal, while conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster...

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Jeb Bush Called ‘Unelectable” – Bill Clinton Sure He’ll Be Invited Back into the White House
May13

Jeb Bush Called ‘Unelectable” – Bill Clinton Sure He’ll Be Invited Back into the White House

When asked by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly whether “knowing what we know now would you have authorized the invasion [of Iraq in 2013],” Bush gave his now infamous “I would have” answer. But, like a little kid wanting to share blame for a naughty act, Jeb could not help himself to gratuitously compare himself to Hillary Clinton by blurting out “but she did it too” “and so would have Hillary Clinton…” According to many sources —...

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Meet Operation ‘Sahayogi Haat’ (Missing U.S. Helicopter Update)
May13

Meet Operation ‘Sahayogi Haat’ (Missing U.S. Helicopter Update)

Update on Missing Helicopter: The Marine Corps Times reports that the missing U.S. military helicopter has been spotted north of the capital, “But it will take time to reach the site where it has been located in the Tamakoshi region north of the capital of Kathmandu.” A U.S. military helicopter missing during an aid mission in Nepal reportedly has been spotted north of the capital, authorities said. But it will take time to reach the...

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Those ‘Flying Gas Stations’
May12

Those ‘Flying Gas Stations’

The air-to-air refueling process has always fascinated me. Having flown a lot, especially in turbulent weather, it always amazes me how these unbelievably skilled, steady-hand, nerves-of-steel pilots and “boom operators” (In-Flight Refueling Specialists) are able to hook up to each other at 35,000 feet, while flying several hundred miles per hour and pump thousands of gallons of very dangerous “liquid” from one aircraft to...

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Navy Strike Fighter Crashes in Arabian Gulf – Crew Members OK
May12

Navy Strike Fighter Crashes in Arabian Gulf – Crew Members OK

From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs: MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 crashed at 1:30 p.m. (GMT), today, shortly after launching from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) operating in the Arabian Gulf. The two personnel aboard the strike fighter ejected from the aircraft, survived the crash and were quickly...

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Jeb Bush’s But ‘He’s My Brother’ Act Gone Awry
May12

Jeb Bush’s But ‘He’s My Brother’ Act Gone Awry

It has now been two days since Fox News aired the clip where GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush shamelessly tries to make Hillary Clinton share his own idiocy and stupidity — conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s characterization which I will have to accept — and we have not heard from Hillary. In the full interview with Kelly on Monday night, we once again hear Bush, when asked by Kelly whether “knowing what we know now...

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Jeb Bush Rounds Out His Team (Updated)
May10

Jeb Bush Rounds Out His Team (Updated)

Update: In an interview on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” to be aired Monday, May 11, Jeb Bush once again narrows the gap between him and his brother George W. Bush. Jeb Bush says that he would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq and rushes to add, “and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody.” That should clear the air and settle the whole issue. Now read the rest of the story, below. But see CODA, at...

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Will Character Attacks on Hillary Work?
May09

Will Character Attacks on Hillary Work?

Although Jeff Greenfield at the Daily Beast frames it more definitively –”Why Character Attacks on Hillary Won’t Work” — and gives reasons for saying so, I see it more as a question, “Will Character Attacks on Hillary Work?” Greenfield poses that if you’re Martin O’Malley, or one of the other Democrats pondering a race against Hillary Clinton, you’ve been presented with an unexpected opportunity — and a very,...

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