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UNSAVORY ALLIES, FROM STALIN TO THE SAUDIS

Friday, December 7th, 2018

 

For additional information about the allies and enemies of  World War II, the book “Warlords” is an extraordinary re-creation of World War II through the eyes and minds of Hitler, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin.  The authors are Simon Berthon and Joanna Potts and the book  was published in 2006.    A fascinating read !   Nancy
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Unsavory Allies, From Stalin to the Saudis

FDR cooperated with one of history’s most murderous dictators.

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RARE EARTH MINERALS – CRITICAL TO OUR COUNTRY

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

 

Our country needs to be self-sufficient in the mining and production of rare earth minerals that are critical to high-tech applications, including military equipment.   We only have one rare earth mine in this country  and it is crucial to keep this mine in operation.  If ever there was a good reason to subsidize an industry, this is it !  China controls the needed rare earth minerals and could use them as a bargaining chip if tensions continue to escalate between our countries.    It has been said that a country is as strong as its weakest link and rare earth minerals is definitely one of our weak links !   Nancy
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
PRIZED ‘RARE EARTH’ MINERALS FEEL SCORCH OF TARIFFS
Friday, November 30, 2018

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Timothy Puko | Photographs and video by Roger Kisby for The Wall Street Journal

 

Two Trump-administration policies have put a “rare earth” minerals mine in California between a rock and a hard place.

Six months after a hedge fund controlled by 40-year-old financier James Litinsky became majority owner of the Mountain Pass mine and brought it out of bankruptcy, President Trump announced an executive order that would seem like its golden ticket: The U.S. should stop buying key minerals overseas, and instead promote domestic supplies, as a matter of national security.

Mountain Pass is the only current U.S. source of rare earths—critical to high-tech applications, including military equipment. Mr. Litinsky’s mine stood to benefit from any resulting increase in demand from the new U.S. policy, announced in December 2017.

James Litinsky, head of JHL Capital Group, which has a majority stake in MP Materials, the business running the U.S.’s only rare-earth mining facility, in Mountain Pass, Calif.
James Litinsky, head of JHL Capital Group, which has a majority stake in MP Materials, the business running the U.S.’s only rare-earth mining facility, in Mountain Pass, Calif.
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A ‘TRUE EUROPEAN ARMY’ DREAM ON !

Monday, November 26th, 2018

 

A very realistic look at the possibility of a European Army.  Europe’s  dilemma is to continue the feeding of the socialistic beast (cradle to grave entitlements) or to increase its military so it can defend itself.  I highlighted the author’s description of President Trump’s behavior towards the Europeans regarding their military spending (“his diplomacy of rudeness” and his “insolence”).  Perhaps the Europeans would prefer that their  dependency on the U.S. for military protection not be so rudely and openly discussed.  Other presidents have complained (privately) and it got them nowhere with the Europeans.  Everyone politely ignored the elephant in the room but not Trump !  He says it like it is !!!   Nancy   

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
A ‘TRUE EUROPEAN ARMY’?  DREAM ON

Military autonomy is unworkable. There are better ways to improve the Continent’s defenses.

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump in Paris, Nov. 10.
French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump in Paris, Nov. 10.PHOTO: SAUL LOEB/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

‘We must protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States,” French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier this month, calling for European strategic autonomy from the U.S. That autonomy would, in Mr. Macron’s words, include a “true European army.” A few days later, German chancellor Angela Merkel echoed the call for a European force. The vision is gaining momentum, propelled in part by Donald Trump’s diplomacy of rudeness against America’s European allies.

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VIDEO WORLD WAR II VETERAN SINGS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

Monday, November 12th, 2018

 

A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS  ON VETERANS DAY

WW2 veteran, turning 100 soon, belts out national anthem before NHL game

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VIDEO – CROWD CONTROL – NEW TECHNOLOGY

Monday, October 29th, 2018

 

One possible new way for protecting our border !     Nancy
VIDEO  U.S. ARMY – NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR CROWD CONTROL
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TEN MOST DESTRUCTIVE AMERICANS OF MY 8 DECADES

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

 

AMERICAN THINKER

The 10 Most Destructive Americans of My 8 Decades

Frank Hawkins is a former US Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies and published novelist. He is currently retired in North Carolina.  fhawk852@gmail.com

 

America has undergone enormous change during the nearly eight decades of my life. Today, America is a bitterly divided, poorly educated and morally fragile society with so-called mainstream politicians pushing cynical identity politics, socialism and open borders. The president of the United States is threatened with impeachment because the other side doesn’t like him. The once reasonably unbiased American media has evolved into a hysterical left wing mob. How could the stable and reasonably cohesive America of the 1950s have reached this point in just one lifetime? Who are the main culprits? Here’s my list of the 10 most destructive Americans of the last 80 years.

10) Mark Felt – Deputy director of the FBI, aka “Deep Throat” during the Watergate scandal. This was the first public instance of a senior FBI officially directly interfering in America’s political affairs. Forerunner of James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe.

9) Bill Ayers– Represents the deep and ongoing leftist ideological damage to our education system. An unrepentant American terrorist who evaded punishment, he devoted his career to radicalizing American education and pushing leftist causes. Ghost wrote Obama’s book, “Dreams of My Father.”

8) Teddy Kennedy – Most folks remember Teddy as the guy who left Mary Joe Kopechne to die in his car at Chappaquiddick. The real damage came after he avoided punishment for her death and became a major Democrat force in the US Senate, pushing through transformative liberal policies in health care and education.  The real damage was the 1965 Hart-Cellar immigration bill he pushed hard for that changed the quota system to increase the flow of third world people without skills into the US and essentially ended large-scale immigration from Europe.

7) Walter Cronkite – Cronkite was a much beloved network anchor who began the politicalization of America’s news media with his infamous broadcast from Vietnam that described the Tet Offensive as a major victory for the Communists and significantly turned the gullible American public against the Vietnam War. In fact, the Tet offensive was a military disaster for the NVA and Viet Cong, later admitted by North Vietnamese military leaders. Decades later Cronkite admitted he got the story wrong. But it was too late.  The damage was done.

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THE AMERICAN ARSENAL IS VULNERABLE TO CYBERATTACKS

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

THE AMERICAN ARSENAL IS VULNERABLE TO CYBERATTACKS

U.S. firepower could be crippled by software flaws. The Pentagon has been slow to respond.

October 16, 2018

by Brian E. Finch  Mr. Finch is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he is a leader of the firm’s cybersecurity team. His clients include cybersecurity vendors that may support the U.S. Defense Department under Comply to Connect.

 

Modern American military history is replete with examples of poorly designed weapons. Submarine torpedoes failed to explode after hitting Japanese ships. M16 rifles only could be counted on to jam in the middle of a firefight in Vietnam. Pentagon planners have since spent countless hours and billions of dollars to create acquisition programs that wring the bugs out of U.S. arms before they reach the hands of soldiers and sailors.

Despite the hard work, the U.S. still fields weapons systems with dramatic weaknesses. A new Government Accountability Office auditthis month indicates that huge swaths of American firepower could be rendered inert by software flaws. There are solutions to the cyber weaknesses plaguing our arsenal, but bureaucratic inertia at the Defense Department is hampering their implementation. Faster action is needed to clear the logjam and harden America’s weapons before it’s too late.

The GAO could not have been clearer about the threat: “A successful attack on one of the systems the weapon depends on can potentially limit the weapon’s effectiveness, prevent it from achieving its mission, or even cause physical damage and loss of life.” American ships, airplanes, combat vehicles, satellites and other systems have design flaws that leave them vulnerable to debilitating cyberattacks. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is growing more reliant on automation and artificial intelligence.

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F-22 FIGHTERS DOWNED BY HURRICANE

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

 

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F-22 FIGHTERS DOWNED BY HURRICANE
October 17, 2018
An aircraft hangar damaged by Hurricane Michael is seen at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 11.
An aircraft hangar damaged by Hurricane Michael is seen at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 11. PHOTO: JONATHAN BACHMAN/REUTERS

Hurricane Michael did terrible damage in Florida last week, and that may include some of the world’s most capable military aircraft left in its path. But why can’t Air Force F-22 jet fighters, of all things, escape a storm? Answer: They lack the parts to be operational and so were stuck in hangars to take a beating.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Sunday that the damage to an unspecified number of F-22s on Tyndall Air Force Base was “less than we feared.” But maintenance professionals will have to conduct a detailed assessment before the Air Force can say with certainty that the planes will fly again. Press reports estimate that at least a dozen planes were left on the base due to maintenance and safety issues.

Welcome to a fighting force damaged by bad political decisions and misguided priorities. Of the Air Force’s 186 F-22s, only about 80 are “mission capable,” according to a July analysis from the Government Accountability Office. The average across the Air Force in 2017 was that about 7 in 10 planes were mission capable, which is still too low for meeting increasing demands.

Part of the F-22 problem is upkeep on a coating that helps the planes evade radar. Another issue is the supply chain for parts now that the U.S. no longer produces the airplane, and “some original manufacturers no longer make the parts or are completely out of business,” GAO notes. Air Force officials told GAO that a simple wiring harness requires a 30-week lead time for finding a new contractor and producing the part. Ripping out parts from planes that work, or “cannibalizing,” is now common practice in military aviation.

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NO TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

 

We don’t hear much about the International Criminal Court but it is extremely important that we do not allow it to overrule our Supreme Court and to prosecute our citizens.  Nancy
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
AMERICANS’ RIGHT TO SELF-RULE
By Clifford D. May  Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a columnist for The Washington Times. September 25, 2018

 

In a stern and defiant speech earlier this month, National Security Adviser John Bolton made clear that the United States will not join the International Criminal Court, will not cooperate with it, nor provide it assistance.

What will the United States do instead? “We will let the ICC die on its own,” Mr. Bolton said. “After all, the ICC is already dead to us.”

Denunciations were soon flying from academics, “human rights” groups and the major media.

On the front page of The New York Times, a “news” story pronounced: “On War Crimes Court, U.S. Sides with Despots, Not Allies.” In an editorial, The Washington Post charged that Mr. Bolton was harping on a “pet peeve” and “personal bugaboo,” raising issues that are “essentially irrelevant.”

These elite opinions could not be more wrong-headed.

The Trump administration has had one consistent and overriding foreign policy theme: Defending American sovereignty. In his address to the U.N. General Assembly a year ago this month, President Trump used that word — as well as “sovereign” — more than two dozen times.

Sovereignty was succinctly defined by President Lincoln in 1861. He said it implies “a political community, without a political superior.” In other words, it’s central to the question that is — and always has been — at the heart of politics everywhere: Who rules?

There are those who consider it imperative that the United States remain a political community without a political superior, that Americans rule themselves, that no institutions wield power over them without their consent, and that the U.S. Constitution be regarded as the supreme law of the land.

There also are those who believe such ideas are outmoded. They hope for change, and they’re working hard to achieve it. A fancy term for them is “transnational progressives.” A less fancy term: Globalists — proponents of global governance.

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TRUMP’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Trump’s Accomplishments

Trump’s Accomplishments

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