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Stories about the US or other militaries and their soldiers, civilians and equipment or policies

Federal judge says Trump administration can’t stop funding sex-reassignment surgeries for military members

…from the Washington Post..

A second federal judge has halted the Trump administration’s proposed transgender military ban, finding that active-duty service members are “already suffering harmful consequences” because of the president’s policy.

The ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in a Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington blocked the administration’s proposal that would have stopped military recruitment of transgender men and women and possibly forced the dismissal of current service members, starting in March.

The preliminary injunction issued by the judge in Baltimore on Tuesday goes further than the earlier ruling by also preventing the administration from denying funding for sex-reassignment surgeries after the order takes effect.

In his 53-page order, Garbis said the transgender service members challenging the ban have “demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences such as the cancellation and postponements of surgeries, the stigma of being set apart as inherently unfit, facing the prospect of discharge and inability to commission as an officer, the inability to move forward with long-term medical plans, and the threat to their prospects of obtaining long-term assignments.”…

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Trump will put North Korea back on the list of countries sponsoring terror…

This just out…..

It seems to be Trump’s intent of increasingly squeezing North Korea to try to get the country to come to the bargining table….

THAT has shown no success publicly so far…

President Donald Trump says he intends to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

Trump said Monday that the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S. ‘‘maximum pressure campaign’’ against the North.

The move returns North Korea to the list of countries the U.S. views as state sponsors of terror for the first time since 2008. That’s when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development.

U.S. officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport this year as an act of terrorism.

North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror…..

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The North Korea’s ….”want to know if he’s crazy, “or if this is just an act.”

That’s what a is being reported by someone who has spoken to North Korea officals and has sat down with Politico, ….

Donald Trump has spend the last several months warning the North Korea’s that he was goona be tough against them if they pushed him….

But just tweeted that he was offended that North Korea President Kim Jong Un didn’t want to talk to him after he called him “short and fat”?

Donald Trump operates by throwning down at people to back them down, then he tries to get over…

It’s how he got the GOP nomination and became President….

But the same strategy doesn’t seem to be working with the North Koreans, who have become a nuclear power already and doesn’t seem to want to talk or give THAT power up….Like a lawyer ?…They seem to be using time as their advantage to wait out Trump who can’t figure out….

“They question his erratic behavior, and also his mounting problems here at home, with the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller, and they are asking, ‘Why should we begin negotiations with the Trump administration, when Donald Trump may not be president much longer?’”

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The tweets of a President…or…An 8 year old?

You spend months throwing down at the guy and he call’s you a name and you’re upset cause he won’t come out and play with you?

Huh?

Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!

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Trump’s Asia trip cuts into the Middle East War and Hurricane Relief effort…

Moving the President of the United State around the planet takes a YUGE amount of US Military assets…

Donald Trump’s current 12 day Asian trip means that assets assigned to other place have to be detailed away from those place to accommodate the Commander-in-Chiefs support….

The cost is in the millions and support to the troops and people in need…

Initial estimates indicated the president’s trip would require 80 tanker and cargo missions in total, officials told Aviation Week. The Pentagon declined to provide exact numbers of aircraft required. But spokesman U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Stephens stressed that air mobility support for the trip, which includes stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, is an important mission with vital national security implications.

The level of air mobility support provided for the current trip is “not extraordinary” and consistent with that provided for similar travel in previous administrations, Stephens stressed.

But the trip, coming close on the heels of a series of devastating hurricanes in the Southern U.S. and Caribbean, has continued to limit regional commanders’ access to additional mobility assets at a time when they are trying to support both a surge in Afghanistan and defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

So far, the U.S. Air Force has been able to limit the effect on the fight by asking units to take on extra missions, rerouting flights, and pulling certain aircraft off standby, said Brig. Gen. Gregory Jones, U.S. Air Force Central Command (Afcent) director of mobility forces, in a Nov. 4 interview at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) here. Top priority equipment—primarily munitions, food and water—is getting where it needs to go, but less urgent resources such as construction material are delayed.

If there is a sudden surge in fighting, however, it would be a struggle to keep up…

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image…Presidential motorcade vehicles (10?) in the belly/hold of a US Air Force C-5 cargo jet…Secret Service

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down over Yemen…

Things are heating up in Yemen…

The MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle taxis into Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 13, 2007. (U.S Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.)

“We assess that an MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was shot down in western Yemen on Oct. 1, 2017,” Maj. Earl Brown, a spokesman for the command, said in an email.

Brown didn’t provide further details, saying the incident “is under investigation.”  He later clarified it was a U.S. platform.

“The details on the specifics of the mission are not releasable for [operational security reasons] and we don’t want to get ahead of any investigation,” Brown said, when asked about the altitude, speed and direction of the UAV’s mission.

Yemen’s Houthi forces claimed they shot down the drone in the capital Sanaa. Local footage showed the crippled, fiery aircraft falling through the sky…..

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image…The MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle taxis into Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 13, 2007. (U.S Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.)

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Another reason Trump has few to no military options against North Korea…

Gas as a bilogical weapon….

Seriously…

North Korea wants EVERYBODY to know that if you mess with them?…It’s gonna hurt Americans soliders and South Korea’s…

Their plan is working….

……experts warn that North Korea’s biological weapons could wreak as much havoc as its nuclear bombs — and are already fully developed and ready to deploy.1 President Trump is in the midst of a multi-country tour of Asia, with the North Korean nuclear program atop the agenda. But analysts say he would do well to make sure Pyongyang’s biological and chemical weapons are addressed as well.

“We personally haven’t seen or heard anything from the Trump administration,” Hattie Chung, a scientist and a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, told me. Chung co-authored a report on North Korea’s biological weapons last month that encourages increased government training of local doctors and nurses on infectious diseases to spot an outbreak before it spreads out of control.

“We think, of course, there will be certain strains that will be extremely hard to contain,” Chung said, “but if you have a strong health care system, that will make a difference.”

Pyongyang is on the verge of mastering a delivery system capable of sending a nuclear warhead to the U.S. mainland — a fast-approaching threat that has dominated press headlines because of the expected strategic consequences. Presidents from both parties have long feared that this technology would allow North Korea to force the U.S. and its allies to recognize its regime, to remove military options from the table or even to push American troops off the Korean Peninsula entirely. The very possession of this capability strikes fear in Washington, making it a strategic asset for Pyongyang.

But these other weapons of mass destruction “could have the same impact of a nuclear weapon in terms of the number of casualties,” said Andy Weber, assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs in the Obama administration….

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The Trump push/pull of trying to make a ‘deal’ with North Korea….

Donald Trump is in South Korea…..

He’s typically boasting about how America could beat up North Korea militarily….

But the reality is?

He’s trying to get North Korea’s leader Kim Jung Un to sit-down and negotiate a deal to stop his nuclear program from continuing…..

Any military action against North Korea is remote to impossible without causing million’s of deaths and injuries to both South and North Korea civilians and American troops in what could be WWIII….

After declaring to North Korea that he would use the “full range of our unmatched military capabilities” to defend the United States, President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged the Kim government to come to the negotiating table and end the tense standoff over its nuclear arms program.

Speaking just 120 miles from the North Korean capital, Trump used a joint news conference in Seoul with his South Korean counterpart to label North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs a “worldwide threat that requires worldwide action.”

But Trump also used his first extended remarks as president while standing on Korean soil to call North Korean officials to the negotiating table, saying this of the military might he mentioned: “We hope to God we never have to use.”

The U.S. president, in the midst of a 12-day swing through five Asian countries, called on Pyongyang to enter into multi-country talks about its nuclear arms and long-range missile programs

“I really believe that it makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and to make a deal that’s good for the people of North Korea and the people of the world,” Trump said during the news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. “I do see certain movement, yes.”….

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Trump is in Asia…

He has been told to NOT scare his hosts too much….

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Federal Judge orders Defense Dept to continue processing immigrant US soldiers….

The deal they got when they signed up was that in serving in the US Military?

They would go to the front of the line for people getting citizenship…

The program to help the US Military aquire immigrants with unique skills began in 2009 and has been responsible for several thousand recruits….

Defense Sec Mattis has indicated he was working to save the program…But it appears the Justice Dept isn’t….So those affected have gone to court against the Justice Departments efforts to drop them out of the program and throw them into limbo , which actually serving the US Military….

The action falls in line with the new political leadership in the Trump Admin that are trying to exclude immigrantion into America by just about any means….

A federal judge has ordered the Defense Department not to block fast-tracked citizenship applications that it promised to about 2,000 foreign-born U.S. Army Reserve soldiers under their enlistment contracts.

The order Wednesday came in an ongoing lawsuit over the department’s year-old effort to kill a program designed to attract foreign-born military recruits who possess medical or language skills urgently needed in U.S. military operations. In exchange for serving, those recruits were promised a quicker route to citizenship.

U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle of Washington issued a rare preliminary injunction saying that while the lawsuit can move ahead, the government cannot in the meantime withhold a form that three named Army plaintiffs and other military members in similar situations need to start the vetting for citizenship.

Huvelle in her order also said that the members of the military in the lawsuit probably would succeed in proving the Pentagon’s latest moves in the crackdown on immigrant recruits were “arbitrary and capricious.”….

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DC court puts on hold Trump’s effort to reverse Obama transgender troops policy….

Rough day for Donald J. Trump….

I wonder what Defense Sec Mattis actually thinks about this, which lets him off the hook from doing something I think he didn’t want to touch….

A federal court in Washington is barring President Donald Trump from changing the government’s policy on military service by transgender people.

Trump announced in an August memo that he intended to reverse course on a 2016 policy that allowed troops to serve openly as transgender individuals. He said he would order a return to the policy prior to June 2016, under which service members could be discharged for being transgender.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote Monday that transgender members of the military who had sued over the change were likely to win their lawsuit and barred the Trump administration from reversing course….

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Could North Korea start an Asian Nuclear arming race?

As it becomes increasing evident that North Korea IS a new memeber of the world’s nuclear nation club…..Other Asian nation’s begin to think about acquiring nuc’s to protect themsilves from North Korea’s possible black mail….

Donald Trump’s noise and attempts at foreign policy seems to be falling on deaf ears….

As North Korea races to build a weapon that for the first time could threaten American cities, its neighbors are debating whether they need their own nuclear arsenals.

The North’s rapidly advancing capabilities have scrambled military calculations across the region, and doubts are growing the United States will be able to keep the atomic genie in the bottle.

For the first time in recent memory, there is a daily argument raging in both South Korea and Japan — sometimes in public, more often in private — about the nuclear option, driven by worry that the United States might hesitate to defend the countries if doing so might provoke a missile launched from the North at Los Angeles or Washington.

In South Korea, polls show 60 percent of the population favors building nuclear weapons. And nearly 70 percent want the United States to reintroduce tactical nuclear weapons for battlefield use, which were withdrawn a quarter-century ago.

There is very little public support for nuclear arms in Japan, the only nation ever to suffer a nuclear attack, but many experts believe that could reverse quickly if North and South Korea both had arsenals….

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Trump traveling thru Asia from Nov. 3 -14….

Those days are subject to change….

Trump will have North Korea hanging over his head and China as a trade partner to America and the country to leverage the North Koreans at the same time….

Sec of State Tillerson and Defense Sec Mattis have been in the region several times trying calm the nerves of the leaders there against Trump’s continual chest thumping ….

President Trump plans to travel to Asia in November for the longest overseas journey of his presidency to date as he seeks to build a common front against North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the White House announced on Friday.

Mr. Trump will travel to five Asian nations from Nov. 3-14, including three critical to the crisis over North Korea — Japan, South Korea and China. He will also stop in the Philippines, whose authoritarian leader Mr. Trump has embraced for his antidrug campaign despite extrajudicial killings, and in Vietnam, which is still smarting over his decision to abandon a free-trade pact.

“President Trump will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America’s prosperity and security,” the administration said in a statement. “He will also emphasize the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America’s trade partners. The president’s engagements will strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Presidents typically travel to the Pacific region in the late fall because of two international summit meetings held by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, both of which Mr. Trump will attend. But the 12-day trip will tax a president who does not particularly relish overseas travel and who thought a weeklong trip earlier in the year was too long.

North Korea has come to dominate his foreign policy agenda…

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The logistics and cost of moving Trump on the 12 days trip will run up costs in the tens of millions of dollar’s and involve up to a a thousand people…..

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Defense Sec Mattis stops at the Korean DMZ and mentions talking to the North Korean’s NOT fighting….

The poor man has to keep carrying his bosses braggadocious outburst ‘s on his back and try to keep the world in one piece….

Jim Mattis and Song Young-moo are pictured here. | Getty Images

 

Secretary of Defense James Mattis (left) shakes hands with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Panmunjom, South Korea. | Jeon Heon-Kyun/Getty Images

On his first visit to the tense but eerily quiet frontier between North and South Korea as U.S. secretary of defense, Jim Mattis conveyed the message he hopes will win the day: Diplomacy is the answer to ending the nuclear crisis with the North, not war.

He made the point over and over – at the Panmunjom “truce village” where North literally meets South; at a military observation post inside the Demilitarized Zone, and in off-the cuff comments to U.S. and South Korean troops.

“We’re doing everything we can to solve this diplomatically – everything we can,” he told the troops after alighting from a Black Hawk helicopter that had ferried him to and from the border some 25 miles north of central Seoul.

“Ultimately, our diplomats have to be backed up by strong soldiers and sailors, airmen and Marines,” he added, “so they speak from a position of strength, of combined strength, of alliance strength, shoulder to shoulder.”…

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Gold Star Widow agree’s with Rep. Wilson’s version of Phone Call With Trump

This is not surprising since Trump is dealing with a military matter that involes a black solider and his black  wife and a black Congresswoman….

Donald Trump is who is and at his age isn’t gonna change…

In her first public appearance since her husband’s death, Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson confirmed Rep. Frederica Wilson’s assertions last week about President Donald Trump’s phone call with Johnson.

[Exclusive: Pentagon Document Contradicts Trump’s Gold Star Claims]

The Florida Democrat’s account of the conversation with the president was “100 percent correct,” Johnson said Monday on “Good Morning America.”

Johnson’s husband, U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, was one of four service members killed in Niger earlier this month in an ambush conducted by Islamist rebels. He was buried Saturday in Hollywood, Florida.

Trump told Myeshia Johnson her husband “knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways,” she said Monday.

“It made me cry,” she said. “I was very angry at the tone of his voice, and how he said it.”

Myeshia Johnson also said the president could not remember her husband’s name.

“That’s what hurt me the most,” she said.

Trump denied that element of the story on Twitter on Monday morning….

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image….Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson attends the burial service for U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson in Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Trump may order the Air Force to put nukes back on 24 hour standby…

In a concession to their boss, who wanted MORE nukes?

The Air Forece is getting ready for an expected order from Trump to go back the ‘stand ready’ concept of nuclear response thatbhasn’t been used since the end of the Cold War….

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B-52’s , the American Bomber Aircraft part of this countries ability to strike back if attcaked will be put on active ‘ready’ status….

This means that nuclera weapons will be handeled more, increasing cahnces of a accident in their handling, it also means that the aged bimbers will be taxed more by more usage, and it means more money spent by the US Strategic  Command….

The move is backwards….(And aimed at the North Korean’s?)

But…

Donald Trump would get a chance to flex…

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.

“This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other U.S. Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”

Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come. That decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of U.S. Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the military’s nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North America….

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The NY Times Situation Report on the Niger firefight that resulted on 4 Oct. 2017….

Several different agencies , including Congress, are conducting post action investigations to find out what actually happened several weeks ago and why one Green Beret wasn’t found for 48 hours….

Bear in mind that the ‘fog of war’ is a real phenomenon that happens and that most civilians do not understand….

Things have NOT  been going good between President Trump and the family of  the last solider to be brough home for burial…

The Pentagon is trying to determine whether American forces involved in a deadly ambush in Niger this month diverted from their routine patrol to embark on an unapproved mission, military officials said on Friday.

The questions have come up because the American and Nigerien soldiers on the patrol have given conflicting accounts about whether they were simply ambushed or were attacked after trying to chase Islamic insurgents, according to military officials from both countries.

The episode has engulfed the White House in crisis and prompted demands from members of Congress for answers about what the soldiers were doing before the attack on Oct. 4.

In interviews with both the Defense Department and The New York Times, Nigerien military officials said that a lightly armed convoy of about 50 Nigerien and American soldiers gave chase to Islamic insurgents on motorcycles until the men crossed the border into Mali, then returned later to ambush the troops.

American service members, by contrast, insisted that they did not chase the insurgents but simply “noticed” them in the vicinity of the village of Tongo Tongo, Defense Department officials said. It was not until the troops interviewed village leaders and were on their way to their base, by the American account, that the insurgents ambushed the convoy, overwhelming them.

The inconsistencies are at the heart of why the Pentagon has not been forthcoming with details about what happened in Niger, according to American military officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation. Four Americans were killed in the attack, including three Green Berets, as well as four Nigerien soldiers. Two Americans and six Nigeriens were wounded.

The contradictions added to the major questions emerging about the attack: Had the soldiers acted beyond their planned mission without first gaining approval? And if they were given permission, who granted it?

Military officials have said that the troops were on a reconnaissance patrol, which means they almost certainly were out to collect information on the Qaeda and Islamic State groups operating in the area; the American military has a list of Islamic State leaders they are targeting. For that mission, the commander of the American team would have needed approval from at least one or two higher levels — a subcommand in Chad and a task force commander in Germany, where the United States Africa Command is based….

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The question of why American troops are operating in Africa is only asked by those who have little knowledge of the American military efforts in Africa to search for ISIS or other militain groups their…

American Special Forces units , acting undet the US Africa Command, and the Specail Operation Command have been expanding their roles since President Obama signed off on the mission..

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