Category Archives: Military

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

Trump’s White House annoyed at Pentagon caution on North Korea military war making options…

Like the suspense in the movie ‘War Games’ where the computer is trying to guess the nuclear codes to launch a strike?

We have the Trump White House trying to get the nation’s militayr to give them ‘limited’ military action planes that the US Militay is afraid could lead to World War III with thousand of American military and Millions of Soutrh Korea deaths…..

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The White House has grown frustrated in recent weeks by what it considers the Pentagon’s reluctance to provide President Trump with options for a military strike against North Korea, according to officials, the latest sign of a deepening split in the administration over how to confront the nuclear-armed regime of Kim Jong-un.

The national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, believes that for Mr. Trump’s warnings to North Korea to be credible, the United States must have well-developed military plans, according to those officials.

But the Pentagon, they say, is worried that the White House is moving too hastily toward military action on the Korean Peninsula that could escalate catastrophically. Giving the president too many options, the officials said, could increase the odds that he will act.

The tensions bubbled to the surface this week with the disclosure that the White House had abandoned plans to nominate a prominent Korea expert, Victor D. Cha, as ambassador to South Korea. Mr. Cha suggested that he was sidelined because he warned administration officials against a “preventive” military strike, which, he later wrote, could spiral “into a war that would likely kill tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Americans.”….

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That this story has leaked out to the front pages of the New York Times could mean that people in the military are REALLY afraid of what they are being asked to do by a White House led by a President that has been irrational, impatience and unable to grasp the consequences of direct military action that could start a world war with a country that HAS nuclear weapons and posion gas capabilities….

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Air Force One Jets will get $24 Million Refrigerators….

Yes…

You read THAT right….

And we, the taxpayers are footing the bill….

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I’m sure they could find something WTF cheaper….But the money is already signed off on…

Oh, these are for the current Air Force One two  aircraft ….Two other brand new aircraft are being outfitted right now…

Air Force One needs new refrigerators, an upgrade that will cost taxpayers nearly $24 million.

Their high cost is the latest example of just how expensive it is to build the heavily modified 747 jumbo jets that fly the president of the United States. Experts say the reason isn’t price gouging by Boeing, which makes the jets and handles the presidential modifications, but instead the result of bespoke equipment requirements put in place by the White House Military Office and the Air Force.

“It’s not a contractor issue, it is a requirements issue,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group consulting firm. “It’s not getting people rich.”

The new refrigerators aren’t your kitchen Frigidaires, or even a typical jetliner’s cabin-feeding coolboxes. The requirement for Air Force One is the ability to feed passengers and crew for weeks without resupplying. That means storing about 3,000 meals in massive refrigerators and freezers below the passenger cabin. Five “chillers” cool a total of 26 climate-controlled compartments, according to the Air Force.

In December, the Air Force awarded Boeing a $23.7 million contract to replace two of the chillers, which cool eight compartments. Boeing declined to comment on the deal, referring all questions to the Air Force…..

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Congress returns to work looking for a way to stop a Govt. Shutdown…

Behind the ‘blame game’?

Here’s what seems to be going on….

House Speaker Ryan want’s his bill voted in FIRST…

Then talks about DACA and the Dreamers, which would of course handicap Senate Dem Minority leader Schumer….

Democrats want DACA/Dreamers and some Immigration legislation attached to the budget bill, so they have a chance to leverage their postion, since the GOPer’s have a majority…

The offers that seem to be on th table are more short term votes….

Donadl Trump, under pressuer from his Chief of Staff Kelley and assistant Stephen Miller have pushed for a hard line on ANY Immigration ok’s for illegal and LEGAL people in the pipeline….

Ryan is backing the White House/Trump’s postion…

Schumer is under YUGE press to get SOMETHING on the immigration policy….

Unsaid in all of this?

The budget has CUTS in social programs for the benfit of Defense and Border Enforcement ….That includes helping the tax cuts empty the Treasury while spending limits (sequester) are lifted….

Folks?

The Republicans are trying to steal money from the average American to give to the Rich (Trump/Corker)and Corporations that hardly pay ANY taxes in the first place…

As I type this we’re more than 12 hours in…

Oh, and the Republicans are out banging the drums saying the Democrats under Schumer casued this?

Stay tuned…

Congress reconvened Saturday morning as top negotiators pressed for a budget deal in hopes of keeping a government shutdown that began at midnight short-lived.

Federal agencies began shutting down overnight for the first time in more than four years late Friday after senators rejected a temporary spending agreement and bipartisan attempts to broker a compromise fell short.

Republican and Democratic leaders both said they would continue to talk, raising the possibility of a solution over the weekend. But House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told colleagues during a private meeting that there will be no negotiating on immigration policy, a priority among Democrats, during the shutdown. He is open to talks on the issue once the government reopens, according to three Republican lawmakers in the room.

“This is Chuck Schumer shutdown, case closed,” Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) told reporters as he left a morning huddle with fellow Republicans, summing up the vast majority of GOP lawmakers’ sentiment….

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Senate Democrats don’t Blink….Block House Stop-Gap Budget Bill…Update…Govt. Shutdown of some agencies

The game of chicken went to the end…..

The Republicans have held firm on limits to further illegal and legal immigration to America…

They have put off funding for children health programs and they have voted to bust spending limits they put on President Obama….

Donald Trump has been all over the place on what he wants and doesn’t want….Causing Senate Democrats and Republicans to stand back and wonder what will he sign if presented to him….

It DOES appear that Republican hardliners are angling to blame Democrats for any hardships people may suffer in the coming days….

That while they hold on to majority control of the House , Senate and the Presidency…

RIGHT NOW Senate Democrats blocked passage of a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open. Lawmakers have less than 2 hours before a shutdown. See how the senators voted »

• Senate Democrats on Friday night blocked passage of a month-long stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded past midnight, leaving less than two hours to find a path forward before much of the government was set to shut down.

• Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, was trying to rally support for a shorter three- week spending bill which could muster the 60 votes for passage. But because the bill would need to clear the House, at least a short shutdown appeared unavoidable.

• The government will shut down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement. See how a shutdown will affect federal agencies »

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The Senate joins the House in Oking FISA Spying Bill…Will go to Trump to sign…

While some raised concerned about American Government spying?

There was NO real chance that the law would expire….

Not in this day and age politically…No lawmakers wants a incident to happen and have the finger pointed at them for any down grading of the countries intelligence community to do their job….

The 65-to-34 vote on the legislation, which the president is expected to sign into law, marks the end of a months-long debate that exposed sharp divisions between privacy advocates and national security hawks in Congress. Lawmakers have struggled over whether to limit the spy authority the intelligence community has identified as one of its most important surveillance tools.

The program, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, allows the National Security Agency to collect from U.S. companies the emails and other communication of foreign targets located overseas. But federal law enforcement agents can scour the database for information about Americans who have been in touch with those foreign targets, and many lawmakers wanted to force the government to obtain a warrant before doing so….

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No…There was NO ballistic missile fired at Hawaii…

There WAS a alert sent to cellphones making the warning….

It was a ‘mistake’….

One that probably scared the shit out of a LOT of people…

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he was meeting with state officials Saturday morning to find out how an alert was mistakenly sent to residents warning that a ballistic missile was bound for Hawaii.

The missile warning, broadcast to Hawaiians’ cellphones, was a false alarm.

Ige said he was meeting with defense and emergency management officials to not only find out how the false alarm occurred, but also to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“The public must have confidence in our emergency alert system,” Ige said.

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz said the false alarm was caused by “human error” and was “totally inexcusable.”

Schatz took to Twitter after emergency management officials confirmed that the alert was a mistake, calling for accountability and an alert process that is foolproof…..

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Who said foolproof?

That ‘Secret Zuma’ Spy Satellite recently launched that reportily ‘came down’?…Probably didn’t….

Secret Spy Satellite….

Gets launched and ‘reportily’ has a problem?

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Then comes down?

The people who sent the payload up say it did NOT come down…

Is there something fishy going on?

Some space juckies think so….

Of this there is no doubt: At 8 p.m. on Jan. 7, a SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral AFS carrying a classified U.S. government payload code-named Zuma. After that, things get murky.

A pilot flying over East Africa snapped pictures of the rocket’s upper stage depressurizing and venting propellant after a planned deorbit burn about 2 hr. 15 min. after launch, Marco Langbroek, a Dutch scientist and amateur satellite tracker, noted on SeeSat-L, an internet mailing list for visual satellite observers. That would suggest that Zuma might be in a 900-1,000-km-high (560-620-mi.) orbit inclined 50 deg. north and south of the equator.

But media reports, citing anonymous intelligence and industry sources, say the spacecraft was still attached to the second stage when it reentered the atmosphere and splashed down in the southern Indian Ocean.

SpaceX, which curtailed launch commentary after payload fairing separation, lifted its mission communications blackout on Jan. 9 to issue a terse statement: “For clarity, after review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night,” said SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell.

“If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately. Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false. Due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is possible,” she said. “Since the data reviewed so far indicates that no design, operational or other changes are needed, we do not anticipate any impact on the upcoming launch schedule.”

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman, which built the satellite for an undisclosed government customer, refused to comment. The National Reconnaissance Office says Zuma is not its mission….

Industry experts suggest Zuma’s payload adapter, reportedly built by Northrop Grumman, failed. But not everyone is convinced. “Satellites have been known to fail spectacularly, . . . but I suspect that Zuma is alive and well,” says SeeSat-L administrator and longtime satellite hunter Ted Molczan….

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Donald Trump holds a White House GOP/Dem Summit on Immigration…

Breaking…

Donald Trump is NOW doing a presser where he is employing HIS party people to bend with him to WORK WITH the Democrats to get DACA worked out and a Budget….(Great Trump media)

His rightwingnuts just took a punch on the nose…

I have said this OVE and OVER….

Donald Trump is NOT an ideology guy-throw-down

This whole summit meeting is a throw-down at ‘division‘ of politics….(That IS a Trump world quote…)

Trump is currently doing something that he is SUPPOSED TO DO….

Move to the center….

I’m waiting for the blowback from Conservatives…

They will be a post…

But Durbin and Hoyer are sitting next to Trump…

Holly Shit….

Trump pushes for Congress to do it’s thing…

He wants a wall , but concedes he doesn’t need thousands of miles of wall…

But he is adamant that DACA will be passed….

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Trump holds an entertaining round table with Democrats and Republicans getting a comment in…….

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Trump gets agreement from the people at the table…It unknown if the parties can get a deal…

Border Security…

Chaim migration…

Merit based immigration

The Budget…

Going back to earmarks gets laughter  as Trump asks for it come back…

Bipartisanism ….

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What will President Trump sign?

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Iran forbids teaching English in primary schools…

This is the latest leadership reaction to Iranians taking to the streets against the economic woe’s their countru is experiencing due to it’s isolation from the rest of world due to its political/military actions…

Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official has said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western “cultural invasion”.

“Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,” Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run high education council, told state television.

“The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid,” he said.

The teaching of English usually starts in middle school in Iran, at the ages of 12 to 14, but some primary schools below that age also have English classes.

Some children also attend private language institutes after their school day, while children from more privileged families attending non-government schools receive English tuition.

Iran’s Islamic leaders have often warned about the dangers of a “cultural invasion”, and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, voiced outrage in 2016 over the “teaching of the English language spreading to nursery schools”….

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Trump goes to his ‘Nuclear Button’ is bigger than Kim’s’…..

We’re back to whose ‘Johnson’ is bigger again…

Only this time we’re talking about nuclear weapons….

North Korea leader Kim Kong Un threw out his customary dig at the United States (Trump) and then offered a olive branch to South Korea that they have accepted….

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Donald Trump being incapable of understanding anything but someone not ‘being nice’ to him has gone on with a throw down that is childish, except that it’s from the President of the United States of America….

His flexing just remind us that he is DANGEROUS and ego centric…..

Lord help the men on his National Security team to keep this guy from starting something that could result in the taking of thousands of lives of American, North Korean and South Korean’s…..Over a country that is poor, small and can’t even deliver what it threatens right now….

At what point will SOMEBODY step in and relieve this man of his command?

President Trump escalated his war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday evening, asserting that his “nuclear button” is “much bigger & more powerful” than the North Korean leader’s and threatening that the U.S. arsenal “works.”

Trump was responding to Kim’s annual New Year’s Day speech on Monday, during which the North Korean leader boasted that the United States is “within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office.”

Trump said in his Tuesday tweet, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

The exchange represents a ratcheting up of rhetoric, after Trump in recent months had adopted a measured approach to North Korea — relative to last summer, when he warned of “fire and fury” — at the urging of his national security team.

Earlier Tuesday, however, Trump revived his derisive nickname for Kim — “rocket man” — in response to signs of relaxed tensions between South Korea and North Korea. South Korea agreed to an offer from North Korea for the two countries to talk ahead of next month’s Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Kim said in his Monday address that he was willing to send a delegation of North Korean athletes to the Olympics….

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The more Trump knocks Iran…The LESS he helps the people in the streets there…

President Obama worked VERY HARD to keep Iran from getting to have nukes like North Korea has….

The deal made with Iran was successful….

But like with healthcare and immigration….Anything with Barack Obama’s fingerprints on it cause Republicans and Donald Trump problems….

And so with Iran?

With the Obama deal working?

Donald Trump is hard at work trying to undo it….

Instead of doing things to help the Iranian moderates…He’s helping hardliners made him and America the bad guys ….AGAIN...

In mid-January, Trump will have to notify Congress again — and may decide to impose new energy sanctions that could put the United States in violation of the international accord, which was approved by the U.N. Security Council. That would alienate most U.S. allies.

Proponents of the nuclear deal argue that the protests show that it has worked — unlike North Korea, Iran has no nuclear weapons to threaten the world, and the easing of most international economic sanctions since 2015 did not strengthen the cleric-ruled government.

Anti-government demonstrations are rare in Iran, where government security forces are widespread. In this case, economic resentment was the trigger for what was initially a scattered round of unauthorized protests in a country suffering high unemployment, rising prices and endemic corruption.

But as the demonstrations spread, the message became more broadly political, according to videos shared on social media. Some featured what would previously have been unthinkable displays of defiance, such as tearing down posters of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haleycited human rights considerations in backing the protest movement — even as critics quickly noted that the Trump administration has voiced little support for human rights elsewhere.

“The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!” Trump tweeted Sunday. Haley, in a statement, said the Iranian government was being “tested by its own citizens.”

“We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day,” she said.

Trump’s critics also pointed to the president’s inclusion of Iranian nationals in his travel ban, suggesting that his professed sympathy for ordinary Iranian citizens now taking to the streets has clear limits….

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North Korean leader extends an olive branch for 2018….

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have been having  a ‘who has the bigger ball’s’ thing ….

That has solved nothing…

North Korea Is part of the nuclear weapon club….That’s a Fact…

Now what we do ?

The military option is NOT an option….That would result in Americans , North Korea and SOUTH KOREAN causalities at a  unacceptable level….

Talking will IS tht only answer….

And  today the North Korean leader tried to mnake an opening….

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, moved Monday to ease his country’s isolation by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, even as he claimed to have accomplished the ability to launch a nuclear missile at the mainland United States.

Mixing the nuclear threat with an overture for easing tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula, Mr. Kim proposed immediate dialogue with South Korea to discuss the North’s participation in the Olympics.

If such talks were held, they would mark the first time the two Koreas have had an official dialogue since the South’s new president, Moon Jae-in, took office in May. Mr. Moon has doggedly championed dialogue with the North, even as President Trump has threatened military action to stop the North’s nuclear weapons program.

“I am willing to send a delegation and take necessary measures, and I believe that the authorities of the North and South can urgently meet to discuss the matter,” Mr. Kim said in his annual New Year’s Day speech, broadcast on North Korea’s state-run television. “We sincerely hope that the South will successfully host the Olympics.”

“Above all, we must ease the acute military tensions between the North and the South,” Mr. Kim said. “The North and the South should no longer do anything that would aggravate the situation, and must exert efforts to ease military tensions and create a peaceful environment.”…

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With the above comments though?

The North Korean leader seems to be seeking to talk to South Korea DIRECTLY….

Leaving the bellicose American President standing on the sidelines…

A New Year’s Day speech by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, contained a dramatic shift in tone and policy regarding the South. After ignoring South Korea for years, Mr. Kim called for urgent dialogue to discuss improving ties and easing military tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula, even as he claimed an ability to strike the mainland United States with nuclear missiles.

Mr. Kim also agreed to a request by President Moon Jae-in of South Korea to send a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics to be held in the South next month.

Mr. Kim’s about-face, which was broadcast on state-run television, came just days after Washington rallied its allies and rivals to support increasingly punishing United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

Analysts said Mr. Kim was looking for opportunities to weaken international resolve to enforce the penalties, as well as to sow discord between the United States and South Korea…

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This WILL put pressure on South Korea to choose who please….

Trump over 10,000 miles away with thousands of troops giving him insurance…..Or….Kim who sits 30 miles away with a 5 million person military and nukes….

South Korea’s have to be looking for a peaceful solution to this, no matter who makes it happen….

image….North Korea’s state news agency released a photo that it said showed Kim Jong-un delivering a New Year’s Day speech in Pyongyang. CreditKorean Central News Agency, via Reuters