Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 08:00:00 AM EDT
Attack Ads: Despite spending $100 million on attack ads, the presidential campaigns and allies have little to show for their spending spree. Public opinion polls have shown little to no movement over the last few months despite the ad onslaught.
Electoral College Tie: CNN has two good articles on the possibility of a tied Electoral College and how it is quite possible. CNN also provides 8 possible ways for the Electoral College involving some very plausible combinations of states. Click here to view the maps.
You Didn’t Build That: Four words (well technically five depending how you count) are hurting President Obama’s campaign as they have become a favorite attack of Republicans and the Romney campaign. Here is a breakdown of how it is hurting Obama.
Rubio-Giuliani: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has came out in favor of nominating Senator Marco Rubio for Vice-President. Giuliani believes Rubio would be the strongest fit for Romney and for the GOP’s future.
Gun Control: President Obama has opened up on the gun control issue and Democrats are taking cover. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to enter the political minefield brought up by the President as he refused to discuss any attempts to bring forward gun control legislation next year and said the Senate already has a full schedule this year.
African-American Turnout: Democrats are worried about African-American turnout in Pennsylvania. Specifically they fear high unemployment and the new voter ID law will cause African-American turnout to be lower than in 2008. I tend to disagree with this analysis. African-Americans turned out in 2010 in Pennsylvania at near 2008 numbers.
Pentagon Cuts: Four days before the presidental election, tens of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees will receive layoff notices if the fiscal cliff is not addressed. This is electorally significant as a disproportionate number of the notices will be sent to Florida and Virginia residents.
Well look at this….
The SEAL’s have come to see that white guys with steel eyes and crew cuts aren’t gonna be TOO hard to spot and ID as Special Operators in Africa or Asia…
I comment the Navy for getting on the ball and reaching out for MORE diversity in the Special Operations ranks…
It can only Help the units….
The homepage of the SEALs’ recruiting website
In nature, most seals are black, with relatively few white ones. The Navy’s SEALs have exactly the opposite problem – they’re overwhelmingly white, with hardly any blacks. So they’re trying to do something about it.
It’s a fundamental challenge in a democracy with an all-volunteer force: recruits may be drawn from all segments of society, but elite military units – and none is more elite these days than the SEALs, following their dispatch of Osama bin Laden last May – tend to draw from small pools of talent. For the SEALs, that includes athletic young men who are smart and good in the water. For whatever reason, that has led to an overwhelmingly white SEAL force.
Say the SEALs:
Gaps exist in minority representation in both officer and enlisted ranks for Special Warfare operators. Diverse officers represent only ten percent of the officer pool (for example, African Americans represent less than 2% of SEAL officers). Diverse enlisted SEALs account for less than twenty percent of the total SEAL enlisted population. Naval Special Warfare is committed to fielding a force that represents the demographics of the nation it serves. This contract initiative seeks effective strategies to introduce high potential candidates from diverse backgrounds to the opportunities available in Naval Special Warfare.
The SEALs are considering hiring help to attract thousands of “minority males in the 16–24 year-old target age range” to become SEALs. “This contract will create a mechanism to enhance Naval Special Warfare’s ability to conduct outreach, raise awareness, mentor, and increase self-selection to a career as a SEAL within minority communities,” a recently-posted draft contract solicitation says.
The Navy isn’t seeking only black SEALs: “Challenges for minority recruitment also exist in the Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander (API), Native American, and Arab American populations among others,” the announcement notes. “Given shifting demographics, these gaps in representation need to be corrected to ensure continued access. There are sustainment, societal, educational, and operational drawbacks to failing to correct this disparity.”
Ain’t that the truth. U.S. special operators have long acknowledged they face challenges mixing in with foreign populations because they look so American. The SEALs acknowledge as much: “Traditional SEAL Team demographics will not support some of the emerging mission elements that will be required,” it says.
Two pictures highlight the challenge:
On the cover of the latest issue of Newsweek are 10 SEALs. All of them appear to be Caucasian. That’s the reality.
But when you go to the SEALs’ recruiting website, there are only two SEALs. Both of them appear to be African-American.
That’s the desire…..
I want you to take a look at two places the US and it’s Allies have tried to HELP….
Iraq and Afghanistan….
I want to remind you of todays headlines….
In Iraq there have been steady bombing for last several days…..
In Afghanistan there have been protests……
The bombings in Iraq have been done as the political sides manuever for power in a THEIR country after the Americans and NATO packed up their combat troops and left….
The protests with shootings in Afghanistan have been ignited by a dumb decision by someone in the military to burn koran’s instead of disposing of them more ssesabliy …..
Or giving them away …..
Both incident demonstrate the limits of ANY outside power to HELP the natives….
While the ‘help’ will Always embraced with open arms……
History has taught us that sooner or later the help WILL become the enemy….
So while the US STILL has Special Ops ‘Hunter’ squads operating in Iraq…
The troops are gone…
The same will be the case in Afghanistan in a year or two…
Libya the last place the American’s and Allies offered help is a mess……
There is NO reason to think that Syria won’t be after this Civil War/Arab Spring fight is over….
There is news that the Arab states ARE shipping arms to the resistance…
That only means more guns….
We need to take a breather….
And wait to see how the slow ramp up of Special Ops in Africa play…
Let Syria be Syria….
We can deal with the survivor’s
Ron Paul may be right afterall…
That seems to be a recurring theme for the US and NATO thru the years….
As this piece from the Atlantic by James Joyner points out…..
Mommar Gaddafi is gonna be out of Libya sooner or later….
When that occurs…..
What’s gonna happen?
As we see in several countries …
Replacing the bad guy running the show creates a vacuum…
That creates unrest…
Unrealistic expectations by the masses…..
And of course an oppountity by an organized opposition that often finds itself as the ONLY organized body…
All this the country has to continue running itself with with same corrupt people stealing from its population even if the head of the bad guy is gone….
So as in Iraq and Egypt….
What will happen in Libya when the time comes?
“Getting Libya back on its feet will be an unwieldy, and probably fractious, process in which many scores are settled against those who once supported the Gaddafi regime. But the problem is, of course, that much like in the former Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe, virtually everyone at one point or another had to deal with the regime to survive. Unless political authority can be restored quickly, the sorting out of claims will undoubtedly be a bloody affair in light of the pent-up frustration that is now being released.”
James Dorsey noted for Al Arabiya recently, “The immediate problems Libyans and the international community will have to address once Mr. Qaddafi departs are huge and so are the potential pitfalls. The problems include restoring and maintaining law and order; securing basic services such as food, water and energy; achieving international recognition of a post-Qaddafi government; resuming oil exports to ensure funding for the new government; and kick starting Libya’s stagnating economy.”
He noted, “Anticipating the need to maintain security, avoid violent revenge and retribution and ensure that a post-Qaddafi government gets off to a good start, some US commanders, including Admiral Samuel Locklear, NATO’s joint operations chief in Naples, and General Carter Ham, who runs the US military’s Africa Command, have suggested that United Nations or African Union peacekeepers would have to be inserted into Libya once Mr. Qaddafi has been removed from power.”
The parallels with Iraq are eerie. In his seminal work on that conflict, Fiasco, Thomas Ricks quotes Major Isaiah Wilson, the official Army historian of the spring 2003 invasion and later strategic planner in Iraq saying that there was “no single plan as of 1 May 2004 that described an executable approach to achieving the stated strategic endstate for war.” Joint Staff officer Gregory Gardner explained why: “Politically, we’d made a decision that we’d turn it over to the Iraqis in June” 2003. Additionally, an Army War College study found, what little planning there was for post-conflict stabilization was predicated on the unfounded assumption that “the international community would pick up the slack.”
The US is still in limbo on what the government there wants in troop strength….
Seems things are a bit sideways on the domestic front…
Remember those stories about the Iraqi’s not wanting US troops there?
Forget about that….
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on April 21, 2011.
Although Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been seen as leaving the door open to some continued U.S. support, he has also asserted that Iraq no longer needs military help from the Americans. Any decision to extend the U.S. troop presence into 2012 would need approval from the Iraqi parliament. Compounding the problem is a wave of assassinations of government officials and threats by extremists of further violence should Iraqi leaders vote to extend the U.S. military presence.
“There is no certain time or certain date to decide on the U.S. military, and we will not be in a hurry to take a decision,” Osama al-Nujaifi, the speaker of parliament, said in an interview.
A growing chorus of military strategists in Washington would like a deal allowing at least some continued U.S. military presence in Iraq. Amid the broad unrest across the Middle East, they say, a U.S. foothold in Iraq is critical to help ensure stability in that country and to keep Iran and other potential aggressors in check…..
Is anyone surprised about this?
News coming shortly……..
The President is preparing to announce that the #1 Wanted Person for the US is dead and confirmed….
Ok….I’m going to keep Updating this post….
The Media is off the hook……
(Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
Osama bin Laden has been killed, a United States official said Sunday night. President Obama is expected to make an announcement on Sunday night, almost 10 years after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon……
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11:02 PM…They are shouting USA…USA…USA! @ The Phillies/Mets game….
11:03 PM US Military will go heighten alert…. (Bravo Force Alert Level)
11:04 PM The action was taken by US assets….(CIA on the ground now reported)
11:04 PM Action was taken in Islamabad, Pakistan (Mansion)….(Note… This is further trouble for US/Pakistan relations )
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From the BBC…..
France stops Italy migrant trains
A row escalates as French authorities block Italian trains in an attempt to stop migrants from north Africa entering the country……
UN Libya mission is ‘difficult’
David Cameron said the UK was not occupying or invading but said these restrictions imposed by the UN made the mission in Libya more difficult.
But he stressed the restrictions were the “right” ones.
It comes amid reports of fresh fighting between pro-Gaddafi forces and rebels…..
Japan unveils nuclear crisis plan
Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) aims to reduce radiation leaks in three months and to cool the reactors within nine months.
The utility said it also plans to cover the reactor building, which was hit by a huge quake and tsunami on 11 March.
Nearly 14,000 people died and another 14,000 are still unaccounted for.
Tepco unveiled its roadmap as Hillary Clinton briefly visited Tokyo to pledge America’s “steadfast support” for Japan’s reconstruction…..
Syria state of emergency ‘to end’
The lifting of the 48-year-old emergency law has been a key demand of the protesters.
On Friday, tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the capital, Damascus, in one of the biggest turnouts since protests began.
While he repeated his view that his country was facing a conspiracy, Mr Assad said he did not believe the lifting of the state of emergency would destabilise Syria.
The Syrian leader told the cabinet a legal commission asked to examine the lifting of the law had come to its conclusions.
“I think the commission has finished its work, on Thursday, and the recommendations will be given to the government so that they become law immediately. I don’t know how many days it will take you and I think that the maximum deadline for the lifting of the state of emergency will be next week,” he said…..
Castro calls for Cuba term limits
President Castro was speaking at the start of the first congress of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party in 14 years.
He said the party leadership was in need of renewal and should subject itself to severe self-criticism.
The proposal is unprecedented under Cuban communism.
Mr Castro, 79, made clear the limits would apply to himself.
He took over from his brother Fidel in 2008 and between them they have ruled Cuba for 52 years.
He acknowledged that “the confidence of the majority of Cubans had been tested, with regard to the party and the revolution”……..
I’m tired …..
But while riding around with my wife this afternoon and evening I tuned into POTUS Satellite Radio….
They were doing the replay of the morning Press Pool radio show….
Louise Schiavone was filling in for the Joe Mathieu and she had Llewellyn King on….
She got into a discussion about Libya…
And Llewellyn went on about a another reason for the mess in and over Libya…..
King invited that while the big deal about the Libyan “Civil War” in this country was framed in the term of media pictures of people getting hurt from Gaddafi’s troops…
The REAL reason for the French flexing and the Brits and the rest of Europe getting excited and worked up was NOT Gaddafi at all…
It was immigration and assimilation….
The two issues are very real in the European continent King advised….
For this reason…
As things have gotten bad in the Middle East and Africa from wars and disputes between religious groups of muslims….
As the shia and Sunni muslims square off….
They move to the European countries where democracy lets them live their lives as they want to…..
If they aren’t religious the still move to live their lives free of dictators….
And this is VERY IMPORTANT …..
These immigrants ….
And they are a LOT of THEM…..
Are moving into Europe and NOT assimilating…..
King points out that in Italy and France there are whole swaths of the country that have immigrants that don’t bother to learn their new countries language, customs or laws….
They set up shop in their new destinations and BRING THEIR OLD COUNTRY with them…
France is in heated battle with muslim women who wear cover-ups that make them unrecognizable to anyone….
This ia religious custom ….
But the French are highly pissed ….
To the point that they have passed a law against it….
As in this country….
Immigration is a hot subject….
So King points out…..
The French and the Italians have been watching nervously as immigrants bail out of troubled Middle Eastern and Africa countries and landing on their shores….
Gaddafi was alright in Kings estimation until people started heading for the borders….
The result of the same thing the American media was showing…..
King points out that Sarkozy must have picked up the phone and spoke to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…..Then President Obama reminding them that French and NATO troops where operating in Afghanistan providing great political risk to the heads of state of those countries……
It was time for the US to return the favor….
And I add…
Hillary sold it to Obama….
You know I never saw this thing that way….
But I can NOW see it …..
The more you know….
The more you can see……
From the BBC….
US President Barack Obama says he does not rule out arming the rebels in Libya as government forces push them back…..
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…..
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…..
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.