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President Obama will give his answers on the Afghan troop moves by the end of next week….

According to the Cable /Foreign-Policy site notifications are being made to the other foreign stakholderrs in the action, and NATO…in addition, National Security Advisor Jim Jones, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have begun to advise their people of how things will go…..There is no mention of the State Department in the piece…but I’m sure that Secretary of State Clinton is doing her bit in the process….

It appears that all the players will be in Washington by the end of the week if  President Obama (the nation’s Commander-in Chief ) wants to do the rollout then……

Note:…..I’m waiting for the leaks…….

Update:…..I’m off by a week…the president, it is now reported, will atend a service at Fort Hood on Wednesday, then fly to Toyko for a week long Asian trip…..The target date for the annoucemenet is around, Monday November 16th, when he returns to DC…..stay tuned……

November 7, 2009 Posted by | Government, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Is the United States already becoming the bad guy in Pakistan?

The Washington Post highlights an inevitable  consequence of the United States growing foot print in the AFPAK theatre of operations……..the fact Pakistanis have started to become suspicious of this countries increase in manpower flowing into their country……..the writer of the piece explains…..”Pakistanis, who are extremely sensitive about national sovereignty, oppose allowing foreign troops on their soil and have protested U.S. missile attacks launched from unmanned aircraft against suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda targets inside Pakistan.”

I guess Sec. Gates, and the President, are correct in being aware of the situation becoming a factor in both countries………

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

President Obama speaks to veterans on the Military……….

I just got finished watching the Commander in Chief doing a major speech on our military to veterans….The speech was very good…..He touched on his theme of change and the military …touching on the costs, the equipment , the two wars and his pledge to take his job seriously.  He also tied healthcare into the speech, along with not forgetting the nations veterans. He made a point to announce the increases in the services to cover the increased missions. As I said the speech was good….But I will take exception to one thing in his speech…..Marine One…….Obama went on to do a story about the chopper having the ability to serve up a meal for the Chief executive. I got that. But…. I don’t agree with Obama and Gates in canceling the new Marine One contract…actually, I feel he’s doing this country a great disservice. The United States government has 9 completed helicopters, after paying $3 Billion for them…..Congress has appropriated another $400 million to help pay for no more than 6 more to give the Marine ‘s a total of 15 brand new choppers……the total cost to finish getting the current new chopper fleet would be about $4.5 Billon, and the new chopper’s would be inservice in a year and a half……. If the program is indeed cancelled……the CIC would continue to fly in 30 year old choppers, that would not be replaced until at least 10 years from now, ( and another contract would be bid in a  few months! ) at a cost of  more than $20 billion dollars!…….Now that does that make any sense?…….take out the extra stuff like stoves or microwaves, and save the country money and take the new choppers you already have ………and thank you Mr President for not forgetting the ones who have served for us all………….

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Obama beginning to be the 'Black President'?

Several media outlets are running pieces about how Obama is being viewed in racial trems by a increasing amount of  the american people. The presdient by speaking his mind about the Gates/Crowley incident cemented that view ina whole lot of people’s minds…….what do you think?

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Is Obama beginning to be the ‘Black President’?

Several media outlets are running pieces about how Obama is being viewed in racial trems by a increasing amount of  the american people. The presdient by speaking his mind about the Gates/Crowley incident cemented that view ina whole lot of people’s minds…….what do you think?

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Quick midterm exit from Iraq?

Defense Secretary Gates, along with General Odierno have indicated that the in the mid-term (next 6 to 8 months) they may move about 5,00 more troops out of Iraq.  While there are around 130,000 troops presently in country. Then US would like to drive that number to 80,000 by this time next year. They will start the serious movement of troops after January’s elections in that country. The US expects to have a residual force left there after the 2011 deadline to have all COMBAT troops out of Iraq………..

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , | Leave a comment