(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF NBC NEWS)
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Philippine Sea on March 18, 2020.Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas V. Huynh / U.S. Navy
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Philippine Sea on March 18, 2020.Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas V. Huynh / U.S. Navy
With Taliban U.S. Government Being As Ignorant As England’s Chamberlain
Back in about 1939 the Prime Minister of England was a man named Chamberlain. He had just come back from a meeting with Hitler in Germany and as he got off his plane in England he was waving a piece of paper saying that he in writing had Hitlers signed agreement that there would be no war between them. Wasn’t it the very next day that Germany invaded Poland which caused England to have to help defend Poland via treaties between them. So much for Hitlers signed word.
I just read some headlines this morning about the U.S. Secretary of Defense just getting back to Washington from having had a week long meetings with the Leaders of the Taliban. Our Secretary says that we have reached an agreement with the Taliban about them attacking less and we can then draw down the numbers of troops there. Just like Vietnam we got into Afghanistan with no serious with-drawl program on the table.
Just as President Nixon lied to us all on T.V. saying that we had exited Vietnam with honor while he knew that there were still American POW and MIA’s in Country, our current President is doing the same thing here, or at least he is trying to. I am not a fan of Mr. Trump, but honestly he inherited this un-winnable mess in and around Afghanistan, there is no good way out. Reality check is that this reality should have been known to many within our own Governments (and basically everyone else) so, why did we still proceed down the path that we have? O, there was one other thing about Mr. Nixon on ending that war with Vietnam, we also gave them $4.6 Billion for ending the war with us and giving us back some of the pow’s to show the world on TV, Our POW’s coming home. Another article headline was that just a few hours after we signed this agreement one of our jets evidently popped a bomb on a vehicle killing a family of 8, including one infant.
We can say we are getting out with dignity, but, is there such a thing in this instance? We had to be knowledgeable enough to know that once you go in, how the hell do you get out? You should always know that answer before you give the order to attack! Reality is that once we do get every one of Our Service Members off their ground, the people that will be mauled in that Country will forever stain a lot of ground. With Honor? Will we ever really know the truth about the Taliban returning all of our captured or killed? Well, thats my thoughts on it anyway, you’re always welcome to tell me your opinion. Hope you’all have a good and a safe weekend.
This is just an oped on my part, I am only giving you my opinion about this issue. This is something that I have thought to be the truth ever sense the Ukraine story broke. As most of the world knows President Putin of Russia took the State of Crimea by military force from the country of UKraine a few years ago and Russian forces have been at war with the nation of UKraine in the east of that country ever sense. So, of course Mr. Putin does not want the US selling military arms to the nation of UKraine because those weapons are being used against his Russian soldiers on the battle field. I simply believe that it only makes sense that Mr. Putin wanted Mr. Trump to freeze that weapons sale to the Ukrainian government. As most of the world realizes, including the Republicans in the US Congress and Senate, Mr. Trump is nothing but a Putin Patsy. Now because of all of Mr. Trumps habitual lying he has found himself on the impeachment hot seat, it isn’t like he can actually tell the truth about his collusion with the Russian government to undermine an American Ally. These are just my thoughts, right, wrong or only somewhat correct, or not. What are you thoughts on this matter?
(This article is courtesy of OPB TV and Radio of eastern Oregon)
OPB’s Conrad Wilson and the Oregonian/OregonLive’s Maxine Bernstein update us on the last full week of the government’s case against the Malheur refuge occupiers.
Then, we take a look at the so-called Patriot Movement — a loosely connected network of organizations that are united in the belief the federal government has overstepped its authority.
Mark Potok is a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center. His job is to monitor groups that are a part of what he calls the “extreme right.” That includes everything from racist groups like the KKK and to groups like the Bundys, whose concerns revolve around severe distrust of the federal government.
Potok says many people in the groups he tracks believe there is “a secret plan to impose draconian gun control on all Americans” and “those who resist the coming seizure will be thrown into concentration camps that have been secretly built by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”
SPLC has identified nearly 1,000 groups across the country with these kinds of beliefs and connects the groups to the philosophies that motivated the Ruby Ridge standoff in Idaho; the Waco, Texas, siege; and the Oklahoma City bombing.
Potok says there is a way to curb the movement.
“In the late ‘90s, the FBI made quite an effort … to meet with militiamen, to go out to have coffee to talk to these people about their concerns and fears, and in fact I think there’s a fair amount of evidence to suggest that was quite effective,” Potok said. “You realize the person you’re having coffee with is an actual human being just like you are.”uge
Joseph Rice is the head of the Josephine County chapter of the Oath Keepers — a group that Potok sees as central to so-called patriot groups. But Rice thinks SPLC is uninformed about his group.
“I’ve never spoken to those folks,” he said.
Rice was in Harney County when Ammon Bundy led a group to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, but Rice and his group didn’t join the occupation. Instead, he and a group of like-minded organizations known as the “Pacific Patriots Network” stuck around to provide security in town. The group said it was there to prevent another Waco or Ruby Ridge-like incident.
Those incidents, he says, were “lessons in history.” The individuals involved in those incidents “were living their life as they chose to live freely, without impact to others. It was only when the federal government came in they had impact, and that resulted in loss of life.”
Though he didn’t endorse it, Rice insists that the takeover of the refuge was an act of civil disobedience. And while he disagrees with the charges against Ammon Bundy and the other defendants, he does think the incident has drawn attention to issues around the federal control of land, which could be good for the aims of his group.
(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER)
Russian-controlled forces in Syria have been roaming deeper into U.S.-held territory, raising the risk of conflict in an apparent effort “to challenge our presence in the northeast,” according to a senior State Department official.
“These are not daily occurrences, but they have been increasing in number,” James Jeffrey, the State Department’s lead negotiator for the Syria crisis, told reporters on Wednesday. “It’s troubling.”
Those close encounters with American troops are just one accelerate in an already combustible scenario involving Russian-controlled, Iranian, and Syrian units and the Syrian Democratic Forces — the local Kurdish and Arab militias that partnered with the United States to defeat the Islamic State.
“They try to come deep into the area where the SDF are patrolling, well inside the basic lines that we have sketched,” Jeffrey said. “I will stress the professionalism of the troops on the ground, beginning with our troops, is such that these incidents have not escalated. But of course, any commander would be concerned about this, and we call upon the Russians to adhere fully to the deconfliction agreement.”
International efforts to end the civil war that has raged since 2011 remain stalled after negotiations over a committee to rewrite the Syrian Constitution were “frozen” in October. Jeffrey credited Russian diplomas with attempting to bring Assad into compliance with the demands leveled by the United Nations, which include pressing the regime to end human rights abuses and “dramatically change its relationship with Iran” and with Iran’s chief terrorist proxy, Hezbollah.
“Russia apparently feels that it cannot bring the regime to do the necessary things to bring it in line with the international community’s expectations and needs, so the Russians are going to press forward for a military victory,” Jeffrey surmised. “Whether that reflects differences within the Russian government, because there are clearly elements of the Russian government, such as the military — they’re very much all in on this awful offensive that is targeting, deliberately, civilians — or it could be problems in the triangle between Tehran, Moscow, and Damascus.”
Syrian forces shelled a Turkish military outpost, killing seven soldiers, on Monday. “Brutal actions by the Assad regime, Russia, the Iranian regime, and Hezbollah are directly preventing the establishment of a ceasefire in northern Syria,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday evening.
“We think that this is an extremely dangerous conflict,” Jeffrey said. “It needs to be brought to an end. Russia needs to change its policies.”
Our great Nations and Corporations to them we cower
They now have annualized every single thing about us
They know us, o yes, they do know us all so very well
But our own Government wouldn’t sell out all our people
Yet is it the truth when they speak to us, or just more lies
Our very own government, is it filled with half truth tellers
They had shot down a passenger jet, would our own government
Would our own government be as honest about this ‘mistake’
I pray that they would stand-up with the truth in their hands
Let us all know of their horrible mistake, be open about it
Rage is something easy to carry on and on from generations
Yet this one thing I do salute Iran’s government on honesty
There I said it, now Hell has frozen over in Iran and D.C.
Advantageous to tell the truth, better than a myth or a lie
No wonder most trust no-one to ever just tell them the truth
Life for a few is always a life about covering their own behinds first
Yet is everything we see or hear first filtered before it even gets to us
Would we know it if Good or Evil walked right past us this very day
Have we sold ourselves to the Madness of un-guaranteed tomorrows
Send Hate back in time, pray that we let God’s love and respect guide us
A military plane with 38 on board has disappeared en route to Antarctica, Chile’s air force says in a statement.
The C-130 Hercules transport aircraft took off from Punta Arenas at 16:55 local time (19:55 GMT), and operators lost contact soon after 18:00 (21:00).
Among the missing are 17 crew members and 21 passengers, who were travelling to provide logistical support.
Chile’s air force said a search and rescue operation is under way to recover the plane and those missing.
News agency EFE reports that three of those on board are civilians.
Air Force General Eduardo Mosqueira told local media that the plane did not activate any distress signal while flying to Chile’s Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva base, on Antarctica’s King George Island.
He said the plane, whose pilot had extensive experience, may have been forced to land after running out of fuel.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said in a tweet that he was “dismayed” by the disappearance, and was monitoring the situation from the capital, Santiago.
In a subsequent statement, he added that “all national and foreign air and maritime means in the area” were assisting with the search.
Ukraine and Russia have agreed on a full and comprehensive implementation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine before the end of 2019, announced leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany on Monday evening.
“The parties commit to fully implementing the ceasefire, which will be consolidated by the implementation of all necessary ceasefire support measures, before the end of 2019,” said a joint declaration issued by French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Following the talks called Normandy Four Summit, the parties also agreed to hold another meeting in the Normandy format in the next four months, discussing “political and security conditions for local elections,” said the declaration.
Established in June 2014, the Normandy Four is a contact group for senior officials from the four countries to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine that erupted in April 2014.
Monday’s summit was the first of its kind in three years. The last was held in Berlin in 2016.
It was also the first time that Putin and Zelensky met face to face since the latter was elected president earlier this year. After the four-party talks, the two leaders had a separate one-on-one meeting.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) carried out “a very important test” at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on Saturday afternoon, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday.
The DPRK’s Academy of National Defense Science reported the results of “the successful test of great significance” to the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the report said.
The test will “have an important effect on changing the strategic position of the DPRK once again in the near future,” the KCNA added without elaboration.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said that the suspect in the naval station shooting used a handgun in today’s attack.
Morgan would not confirm other information about the shooter including his name or whether a room on campus was raided as part of the ongoing investigation.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly released a statement about the two separate shootings that have occurred at naval bases this week.
Modly’s statement addresses today’s fatal shooting in Pensacola, Florida, as well as Wednesday’s shooting on the Pearl Harbor naval shipyard in Hawaii as well as an incident in Little Creek, Virginia.
“These acts are crimes against all of us,” Modly said in the statement.
Read the full statement below:
“Our entire Navy and Marine Corps team is struck and deeply saddened by the attacks within our own naval family over the past several days, at Little Creek, Virginia last week, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Wednesday, and today in Pensacola, Florida. These acts are crimes against all of us. Our prayers are with the families of the fallen and with the wounded. It is our solemn duty to find the causes of such tragic loss and ceaselessly work together to prevent them. Let us make concerted efforts to care for the families of those lost, and those wounded, visibly and not. Let us shepherd them through these first moments of despair, and make them, and our greater Naval family, whole and strong. “
The suspected gunman in today’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida was in aviation training, Capt. Tim Kinsella said at a news conference.
About the shooter: Five US defense officials and another person familiar with the investigation told CNN a member of the Saudi military training at US Naval Air Station in Pensacola is the suspected shooter in today’s incident.
At least four people were killed, including the suspected gunman, in the shooting.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said there is going to be a lengthy investigation following today’s shooting.
“You can be proud of your community, and you can be proud of your Navy,” he said.
“We are in recovery mode right now,” Morgan said.
NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer, Captain Tim Kinsella, said he is “in awe” of the responders during the shooting, saying there was “real heroism” today.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the uniform I wear,” Kinsella said.
Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said this is a tragic day for the city. “This is a community of great resiliency,” he said. “The city will bounce back and be stronger.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said “this is a dark day for a very great place,” noting he is a Navy veteran.
DeSantis mentioned the suspect’s ties to the Saudi Air Force and said he spoke to the President about this connection.
Authorities are speaking at news conference right now about the shooting.
You can follow along here or watch it live in the video player above.
Some personnel will be allowed to exit the installation via the west gate, according to posts on the Naval Air Station Pensacola social media accounts.
The base is closed until further notice.
All non-essential personnel on the western side of NAS Pensacola main side, including the museum, the airfield, etc, proceed to the west gate to exit the installation. If you are on the east side of the Interior Command Posts on Taylor or Radford, remain sheltered in place.
The FBI has taken over investigation into the shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, according to an FBI spokesperson.
The FBI’s Evidence Response Team has arrived on site and has begun processing the scene, a law enforcement source told CNN.
What we know about the shooting: A total of four people died in the shooting, including the shooter, who has not been identified. Several other people were injured.
Two deputies from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office “negated” the shooter, according to the sheriff. One was shot in the knee and the other in the shoulder, but both are expected to make a full recovery.
A member of the Saudi military training at US Naval Air Station in Pensacola is the suspected shooter in today’s incident, according to five US defense officials and another person familiar with the investigation.
The investigators are looking into whether it was terror-related, but it is early in the probe.
CNN has reached out to the Saudi embassy in the US and has not heard back.
The fatal shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida this morning is the second shooting at an American naval base this week.
On Wednesday, a US sailor killed two civilians and himself at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.
Investigators have yet to identify motives in either shooting.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will hold another news conference about the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida at 1 p.m. ET.
Officials just wrapped up a news conference about the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, this morning.
Here’s what we know so far:
What we don’t know: It’s still unclear if the shooter was military personnel. Officials have also declined to answer questions about the weapons used by the shooting and the specific building in which the shooting took place.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said they received the call about the active shooter at 7:51 a.m. ET.
The sheriff said they are in the middle of the investigation, and cannot provide much information. However, he said, “walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie.”
The two officers who negated the threat are in the local hospital, both shot in the limbs. They’re expected to recover.
“We do have several deceased and several wounded,” Commanding Officer Captain Tim Kinsella at NAS Pensacola said.
The active shooter has been neutralized. The base is shut down until further notice.
Mayor of Pensacola, Grover Robinson called it a “tragic day” for the city of Pensacola, “We are a military town.” The mayor asked residents to stay away from that side of town.
A total of 11 people were shot this morning at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.
Four of those are deceased, one of whom was the shooter, Escambia County’s Chief Chip Simmons said.
Eight people were transported to a local hospital, where one of the injured died.
There are currently three others inside the building who are deceased.
Commanding Officer Captain Tim Kinsella at NAS Pensacola said the shooting happened in a classroom building.
David Morgan, sheriff of Escambia County, said two deputies engaged the shooter, and “It was a member of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that did negate the threat.”
The two officers were shot during the exchange with the gunman.
Morgan said that one deputy was shot in the arm and another was shot in the knee. “Both expected to survive,” Morgan said.
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