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The World Trade Center and Space Shuttle…..June 2012….

The Space Shuttle passes One World Trade Center -- which recently became the tallest building in New York City -- on its way to the Intrepid Air & Space Museum, where it will be on permanent display.

photo…The Port Authority of NY and NJ…..

from Politicaldog101 

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June 17, 2012 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Government, Media, Other Things, Space, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The last touchdown for an American Space Shuttle……

The Atlantis Space Shuttle closes the door on American manned space travel for next few years in its return from space early this morning…..

Atlantis and four astronauts returned from the International Space Station in triumph, bringing an end to NASA’s 30-year shuttle journey.

July 21, 2011 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Space, Travel, Updates, Women | | Leave a comment

From the Foreign Desk 3/29/11…

From the BBC….

Arms to Libya rebels ‘not ruled out’

US President Barack Obama says he does not rule out arming the rebels in Libya as government forces push them back…..

From Politicaldog101

Anger as Yemen blast toll rises

The death toll from explosions at an ammunition plant in southern Yemen has risen to 150.

Initial reports said 78 had died, but more bodies have since been pulled out of the factory in the town of Jaar.

The explosion has caused great anger among locals, who accuse the authorities of planning it to try to win further support from the US, a BBC correspondent says.

Yemeni officials have blamed al-Qaeda for the blasts.

The explosions came after weeks of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule…..

 

Syrian cabinet quits amid unrest

 

The Syrian government has resigned, state-run television has said.

President Bashar al-Assad accepted the cabinet’s resignation following a meeting on Tuesday.

The resignation is the latest concession by the government aimed at curbing pro-democracy protests in which dozens of people have been killed.

President Assad is expected to address the nation in the next 24 hours to announce he is lifting the emergency law and restrictions on civil liberty…..

 

Dozens killed after siege in Iraq

 

At least 41 people have been killed after gunmen stormed a council building in northern Iraq and took dozens of hostages.

Security forces laid siege to the building in Tikrit for several hours before moving in, officials say.

Several council members and a journalist are said to be among the dead and scores more are reported wounded.

Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, has been a bastion of a Sunni insurgency.

Officials said gunmen dressed in military uniform stormed the provincial council building after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside.

A long siege then began. Salahuddin provincial spokesman Mohammed al-Asi said the gunmen executed their hostages as security forces closed in.

 

 

 

March 29, 2011 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The bombing of Libya begins for the No-Fly Zone…..

From BBC….

US President Barack Obama, speaking during a visit to Brazil, said the US was taking “limited military action” as part of a “broad coalition”.

“We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy,” he said.

He repeated that no US ground troops would take part.

After the missile bombardment and the air strikes, Col Gaddafi made a brief speech calling on people to resist.

“Civilian and military targets in the air and sea will be liable to serious danger in the Mediterranean,” he said.

“Arms depots are now open and the masses are being equipped with all sorts of weapons in defence of Libya’s independence, unity and honour,” the Libyan leader warned.

Later, state TV said 48 people were killed and 150 wounded in the attacks. There was no independent confirmation of the statement……

Analysis

Despite the fact that it was French war planes which launched the first attacks, it’s clear that this early phase of the operations is an overwhelmingly American affair – all but a very small number of cruise missiles have been fired from American ships and submarines.

Only they have the capability to inflict the sort of damage to Libya’s air defences that’s needed before a no-fly zone can be safely patrolled, a point alluded to by President Obama even as he repeated the limits of American involvement.

President Obama has launched these attacks with great reluctance and seems anxious that this not be interpreted as yet another American-led foray into the Arab world.

But for all his desire to be seen to take a back seat, he and everyone else knows that this sort of thing doesn’t happen unless Washington is deeply involved…..

More…

From Politicaldog101….

 

March 20, 2011 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Projections, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

As the rebels recapture ground…One wonders…Will Obama be the President that lost Democracy in the Middle East?…

From the jump…..

On our little poll here the numbers read like this….(they are tiny numbers )

Should Obama do No-Fly Zones and other military action…..

No….45% None….

Yes….18% to evacuate people

No…..Let NATO take the lead

 

So among the readers of this blog…..

The President of the America IS doing the right thing by NOT doing anything….

 

But I wonder how this doing nothing is gonna play on the domestic and world stage?

That question may….

Or…

May not be important …

I’m sure the big boys polling have come down close to the results here…

 

But right now the President is taking heat from both US political parties on NOT doing anything to help the opposition in Libya… do anything….

This about the same thing that happens in Iran every few years..

The US hops up the population…

They mound demonstrations…

They get taken out…

Again and again….

 

This time…

If Gaddafi is able to retake Libya back in a civil war things aren’t going be so nice….

The US and NATO will shown other rulers in the area that they will let them carry their own fight to their population…..

The American push for democracy will ring hallow….

And the bad guys will be happy to ramp up their oil prices and give us the finger….

Is all this worth the abuse…..

 

I  know sometimes you swallow hard and move on….

Is this one of those times for the President?

But this will be no joke in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other capital’s…

The US will not fight anymore…

 

The American’s are tired…

And they want to go home….

 

Which is of course true…..

 

A lot of people are mad at James Clapper , the US Director of National Intelligence, because he got it right today when he told the Senate Foreign Relations Panel that if no one comes to help the Libyan rebels….

They will lose their battle with Gaddafi’s forces in the end….

 

Everyone’s tired….

They want to send the troops home…

The questions are….

Will the World take rest also while we do?

And ….

Will President Obama….Following his Defense Secretary’s advice …In fighting no more…

Be the guy who helped cure  ’Democracy fever’ in the Middle East and North Africa…..


From Politicaldog101….

March 10, 2011 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Editorial, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Space Shuttle Discovery taking its last space trip…..

 

The space shuttle Discovery is prepared for launch to the Interational Space Station, its final mission on a mission to the International Space Station.

 

The Space Shuttle Discovery mated to it’s booster rockets waits for it last voyage…..

(AP)

“Am I sad because this is Discovery’s last mission? I am. I would love to see Discovery continue to fly, as would everybody else that I work with as well,” says Stephanie Stilson of Kennedy Space Center in Florida, who leads the ground crews that take care of Discovery between its flights. “We all would love to see the shuttle program continue for years and years.”

But NASA plans to retire its aging fleet this year. Each of the shuttles has just one flight left. After that, they are slated to become museum exhibits. And NASA astronauts will have to be ferried up to the International Space Station first by the Russian space program, then possibly by commercial space companies…..

 

More….

From Politicaldog101……

 

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Space, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

TSA chief: Screening may evolve…..

 

 

 

 

Heeding a sudden furor, John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, said in a Sunday afternoon statement to POLITICO that airport screening procedures “will be adapted as conditions warrant,” in an effort to make them “as minimally invasive as possible, while still providing the security that the American people want and deserve.”

TSA’s new flexibility comes as the government gears up for a flood of travel over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Administration officials say any changes are more likely to be in the implementation of the security procedures than in the security measures themselves.

Pistole’s statement to POLITICO modified his vow a few hours earlier on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the procedures were “not going to change.” Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said over the weekend that the administration was continually looking for ways to refine the screening to make it less intrusive and frustrating.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45460.html#ixzz15yfOHcMg

November 21, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea’s he won’t like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


June 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea's he won't like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


June 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Vice President Biden goes to the World Cup Opening and does some work on the way……

Vice President Biden made stops in Egypt and Kenya on the way to South Africa….

On his stops he talked about Somalia and the Sudan……

Biden continues dealing with the issues he tackled when he worked in the US Senate……

As I posted before ….The White House is happy with Biden’s work…

And because he isn’t the President right now …..

He gets to travel……

Biden’s presence at the World Cup is typical veep stuff: earlier this year heattended the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Vancouver. This kind of soft diplomacy — on display at ceremonies, games, backyard barbecues — is par for the course for the second in command. But Biden’s trip to Africa, largely underreported, has also marked a return to the hard stuff for the man who was once chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Before heading to South Africa, Biden stopped in Egypt and Kenya to meet with regional heads of state. These visits were more than photo ops to demonstrate U.S. support for President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya. Instead, Biden went into the meetings with an agenda that is in many ways a holdover from his time tackling foreign affairs: to try to gather regional support to stabilize war-torn Somalia, and to re-energize dialogue between North and South Sudan to prevent a return to Africa’s longest-running war.

On Sudan, in particular, Biden has long been vocal. In 2007, when he was still a candidate for president, Biden called for the use of military force to secure peace in the Darfur region of the country. Then-Senator Obama was also engaged on the issue, calling for international action to end the violence in the region. Since being elected, however, Obama has come under fire for his handling of Sudan. In particular, the White House has found itself defending Special Envoy Scott Gration, who announced during a trip to the region in July 2009 that the genocide in Darfur had ended.

More….

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment