First F-35B Squadron Ready to Fight
Aug02

First F-35B Squadron Ready to Fight

The first squadron of the much maligned, much criticized (including by this author because of significant cost and schedule overruns and some technical problems) F-35B Lightning II aircraft is finally ready to fight worldwide. On July 31, the Marine Corps declared the initial operational capability (IOC) of its variant of the “Joint Strike Fighter,” or JSF. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, or VMFA-121, based in Yuma, Arizona, thus...

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Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel? (Guest Voice)
Aug01

Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel? (Guest Voice)

Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel? By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reports that Israel’s Consul-General in Philadelphia recently sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry suggesting that Israel is losing the support of American Jewry over Iran. If he’s right, does it mean that Prime Minister Netanyahu is wrong or is it because American Jews will always support their political party at home over...

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A BIG Thank You from Little Luxembourg
Jul31

A BIG Thank You from Little Luxembourg

…and if you need an old man to clean your shoes and toilet where[ever] you are in the world to keep the freedom, I will be ready tomorrow morning to do that… These are the words spoken by a 78-year-old man from the small town of Perle in Luxembourg. The Luxembourgian is addressing these words to American servicemen who helped liberate his country in World War II and to all members of the U.S. military who today continue to “keep the...

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Chattanooga: Five Touching Epilogues
Jul30

Chattanooga: Five Touching Epilogues

The American flag remained at half-mast at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (above), through July 25 to honor the four Marines and one sailor killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn. on July 16, but the memorial services, rallies, motivational events and funerals continued until Tuesday, July 28, when the last of the five slain servicemen, U.S. Navy petty officer Randall Smith, was laid to rest at the Chattanooga National Cemetery....

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Military Weekend 3
Jul26

Military Weekend 3

The islands of Hawai’i are one of America’s favorite vacation destinations. They are also some of our most strategic national security assets and home to the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), a command whose area of responsibility covers about half the earth’s surface, from the shores of California and Alaska to India, from Antarctica to the North Pole. A command that boasts approximately 360,000 military and civilian personnel...

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From Russia, With Love
Jul22

From Russia, With Love

Two days in St. Petersburg and speaking with a small sample of Russian citizens (who know English) has led me to a few conclusions. Russians love Putin (as the polls suggest) and are pleased that he has made the nation a powerful presence again in world affairs. They agree with his grabbing of the Crimea as they believe it is really Russian territory and should have never been given to the Ukraine in the first place. Russians also...

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Cartoon: Flagging Trump
Jul21

Cartoon: Flagging Trump

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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John McCain: Donald Trump doesn’t owe me an apology
Jul21

John McCain: Donald Trump doesn’t owe me an apology

Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Monday he thinks businessman Donald Trump doesn’t owe him an apology but that he might owe an apology “to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country.” Mr. McCain said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he...

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Deal with Iran: Payback for Saudi Role on 9-11? (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Jul18

Deal with Iran: Payback for Saudi Role on 9-11? (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

If senior officials of one of your closest allies played a role in the most devastating terrorist attacks ever to strike your country – it seems logical that one might look for alternatives. So – did the Saudi role in the September 11th attacks figure in the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached in Vienna last week? In this interview with Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, Dr. Patrice Gourdin, Professor...

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Breaking News: Four Killed at Naval Reserve Center (Updates)
Jul18

Breaking News: Four Killed at Naval Reserve Center (Updates)

Even more bad news: The U.S. Navy reports: A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m. In total, four U.S. Marines and one Sailor were killed in the incident. His name will not be released until 24 hours after the next of kin process is completed. Update 5: Various media outlets have identified the four...

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Military Weekend 2
Jul17

Military Weekend 2

I will not be posting for a few days (hold down the applause and cheers, please) as I will be hopefully enjoying some of the sights viewed by the P-3C Orion pilot above, albeit at lower altitudes and not in uniform. Before “going dark,” I was planning a lighthearted (i.e. satirical) post on my Texan friends’ morbid fear that the federal government is planning to occupy their state, impose martial law and perform all kinds...

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Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 1 of 2
Jul14

Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 1 of 2

Today’s nuclear deal with Iran could be inimical for Israel but seems unavoidable, given the growing military and political instability in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry has won a good deal but its critics are also correct when they say that Iran will be free to do whatever it likes after 15 -20 years. Its armament in both nuclear and conventional weapons could be unstoppable. “This deal is not built on trust....

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Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 2 of 2
Jul14

Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 2 of 2

At this time of high risk in the region, the deal with Iran even if shaky seems unavoidable. It offers the only available opportunity to improve the terrain for US-led moves to promote regional stability for America’s sake and that of Israel and other allies. Failure to win signatures in Vienna would have sent a resentful Iran sulking into new conspiratorial huddles against American interests. In the event of failure, China and Russia...

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Military Weekend (Update)
Jul14

Military Weekend (Update)

Update: In response to and in honor of a U.S. Air Force wife who attended more air shows “than fields got dandelions,” I added a photo of the U.S. Air Force’s flight demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, at the end of this post. Well, the U.S. Navy has a “pretty good” flight demonstration team, too, the Blue Angels. They fly sleek McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets, below. The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels,...

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The Other Shoe Drops In CIA-Psychological Association Torture Conspiracy
Jul13

The Other Shoe Drops In CIA-Psychological Association Torture Conspiracy

That sound you hear — or in all likelihood didn’t hear at all — is the other shoe dropping in the scandal involving the secret collaboration between the American Psychological Association and the Bush administration to justify the CIA’s use of Nazi-like torture techniques. The first shoe dropped in April when a group of dissident health-care professionals and human rights activists released a scathing report...

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A Conservative Criticizes Her Fellow Conservatives On Defense Spending
Jul10

A Conservative Criticizes Her Fellow Conservatives On Defense Spending

Conservative A.J. Delgado  is critical of her fellow conservatives on defense spending. Conservatives are fiscally responsible. We believe in smaller government, cutting government spending and reducing the national debt. So why do we support reckless, bloated, wasteful government spending on so-called “defense” — and even fight to increase it? She then provides them with some hard numbers. In the 2015 fiscal year, our defense...

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Charging $100,000 to Help Wounded Warriors?
Jul08

Charging $100,000 to Help Wounded Warriors?

Comments have been made recently about “the Clintons” “charging $100,000” for a White House sleepover. Pretty sleazy you say. But then there is this According to ABC News, “Former President George W. Bush charged $100,000 to speak at a charity fundraiser for U.S. military veterans severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.” ABC adds, “former First Lady Laura Bush collected $50,000 to appear a year earlier, officials of the Texas-based...

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Sights and Music for the Fourth
Jul03

Sights and Music for the Fourth

Want to get in the mood for the Fourth early? Watch and listen to the U.S. Air Force Academy Concert Band perform as part of an Independence Day-themed event at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, tonight at 7:30 p.m. MDT. Please click here for the live stream. Don’t know much about the A.F. Academy Concert Band? They are more than meets the eye — or ear. Watch them in the video below. Finally, want more...

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The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will…Part II
Jun30

The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will…Part II

As mentioned in Part I, the Annual Warrior Games — an “Olympic-style spectacle” — where our warrior-athletes compete in a wide variety of games of skill “not too different from the ‘arts of war,’” concluded on June 28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Acknowledging that these warriors need and receive a lot of support, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said during closing ceremonies at Quantico: I want to salute the...

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The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will, Fighting Spirit and Achievement – Part I
Jun29

The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will, Fighting Spirit and Achievement – Part I

The Defense Department’s 2015 Warrior Games concluded yesterday at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The Annual Warrior Games — an “Olympic-style spectacle” — where our warrior-athletes compete in a wide variety of games of skill “not too different from the ‘arts of war,’” have been made “a priority in the years since American forces became engaged in and bore the costs of two long 21st-century wars.” “Archery...

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