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from the Washington Free Beacon:

 

Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales.

The Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying a route across the northern Atlantic near Iceland, Greenland, and Canada’s northeast.

Analysis of the flight indicated the aircraft were conducting practice runs to a pre-determined “launch box”—an optimum point for firing nuclear-armed cruise missiles at U.S. targets, said defense officials familiar with intelligence reports.

Disclosure of the nuclear bombing practice comes as a Russian general last week called for Moscow to change its doctrine to include preemptive nuclear strikes on the United States and NATO.

for the full article: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-strategic-bombers-near-canada-practice-cruise-missile-strikes-on-us/

The world is on edge as the Middle East continues to deteriorate in conflicts. While Egypt’s President Morsi tries for a dictatorial power grab, and NO ONE IN AMERICA’S LEADERSHIP WANTS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT FOUR DEAD AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI, Syria’s President Assad readies his troops for chemical warfare. Sarin gas has been placed in bombs, awaiting his commands.

So while “Rome burns”, is our Nero fiddling? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to persuade Syria’s ally, Russia, to pull its support. President Obama continues to warn Assad that the use of chemicals on his own citizens will not be tolerated. But is this enough? Obama has shown the US to be a weakened force in the region, and thus, do his words then bear any weight? Should our military might be moved around to show that we are serious about the chemical warfare?

What say you?

Just another Obama giveaway!!

The Obama Administration is reportedly giving away Wrangell, Bennett, Jeannette and Henrietta islands in Alaska to Russia. The federal government drew the line to put these seven Alaskan islands on the Russian side
Former senatorial candidate Joe Miller broke this story at World Net Daily:

The Obama administration, despite the nation’s economic woes, effectively killed the job-producing Keystone Pipeline last month. The Arab Spring is turning the oil production of Libya and other Arab nations over to the Muslim Brotherhood. Iraq is distancing itself from the U.S. And everyone recognizes that Iran, whose crude supplies are critical to the European economy, will do anything it can to frustrate America’s strategic interests. In the face of all of this, Obama insists on cutting back U.S. oil potential with outrageous restrictions.

Part of Obama’s apparent war against U.S. energy independence includes a foreign-aid program that directly threatens my state’s sovereign territory. Obama’s State Department is giving away seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the Russians. Yes, to the Putin regime in the Kremlin.

The seven endangered islands in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea include one the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates billions of barrels of oil are at stake.

The State Department has undertaken the giveaway in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and Siberia. Astoundingly, our federal government itself drew the line to put these seven Alaskan islands on the Russian side. But as an executive agreement, it could be reversed with the stroke of a pen by President Obama or Secretary Clinton.

The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy. The state of Alaska was not allowed to participate in the negotiations, nor was the public given any opportunity for comment. This is despite the fact the Alaska Legislature has passed resolutions of opposition – but the State Department doesn’t seem to care.

The imperiled Arctic Ocean islands include Wrangell, Bennett, Jeannette and Henrietta. Wrangell became American in 1881 with the landing of the U.S. Revenue Marine ship Thomas Corwin. The landing party included the famed naturalist John Muir. It is 3,000 square miles in size.

 

We knew Barack Obama was inexperienced. We knew he was weaned on Marxism. We knew he believed in redistribution of wealth…
But, we had no idea he was this dangerous.

for article: http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/02/secret-deal-obama-gives-uk-nuke-secrets-to-russia/

Unconfirmed reports of a secret side agreement to the New START nuclear arms treaty started circulating in mid-October. The side agreement supposedly restricts the U.S.’s ability to pursue a robust missile defense.

The reports drove a number of U.S. Senators to write Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, demanding that the administration make available all the documents and records regarding any side negotiations. Administration officials turned over “summary” documents only, vehemently denying that any side deals were in the works.

Yesterday, the State Department released a fact sheet admitting that the Obama administration has been negotiating with Russia on missile defense “cooperation.” Awkward!

The State Department insists the negotiations weren’t secret. It’s just that they never mentioned it publicly. So that explains THAT.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/12/02/another-shoe-drops-on-new-start/#ixzz175o15qNL

Mr. President, is a strong America a problem?
 Today at 7:09am
Asked this week about his faltering efforts to advance the Middle East peace process, President Obama did something remarkable. In front of some 47 foreign leaders and hundreds of reporters from all over the world, President Obama said that “whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.”

Whether we like it or not? Most Americans do like it. America’s military may be one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever seen, liberating countless millions from tyranny, slavery, and oppression over the last 234 years. As a dominant superpower, the United States has won wars hot and cold; our military has advanced the cause of freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan and kept authoritarian powers like Russia and China in check.

For Sarah Palin’s full post: Sarah Palin’s done it again — with gusto.

     Barack Obama smugly addressed the crowds in Iowa, just days after signing his “signature” legislation, affectionately called ObamaCare. He was in Iowa to “sell” his ObamaCare vision, but not as the leader of this great nation, but as the forever candidate on the campaign trail. He belittled and taunted his healthcare opponents, daring them to run in November on the platform of repealing the ObamaCare.

     Touted as being mere boys trying to play in the men’s club, the Obama team has shown, after 14 months, that running one of the greatest campaigns in our history does NOT translate to being effective executives once in control.

    Despite that, Obama had his two wins this week:

Two big wins for Barack Obama at home and abroad — a historic health care bill and a new arms treaty with Russia — have injected sudden momentum into a presidency that had been looking beleaguered.

“What a week here,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs wrote on his twitter feed, as Obama concluded a new strategic arms reduction treaty in a call with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday.

In six days, two of the biggest projects of Obama’s presidency came to fruition after months of painstaking work, transforming the image of an administration that had swung hard but failed to connect on big agenda items.

      But with these wins comes greater responsibility, the responsibility on how to handle the success while not appearing to gloat at the success. So then consider the manner in which Obama treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his White House visit on Tuesday evening. No press, no photo, and in the middle of the discussion, Obama leaves the Prime Minister for an hour to have dinner with the family. As someone who has had to address his Muslim heritage, including his bows to Muslim leaders like the Saudi’s, one would think that Obama would make a far greater effort to embrace our close ties with our great Mideast ally, Israel.

And the lofty idea that Obama’s hope-fueled politics, huge popularity, exotic biography, later enhanced by a Nobel Peace Prize, could resolve the world’s most testing conflicts had already proven fanciful.

Statesmanship is also no guarantee of domestic success at home — just ask ex-president George H.W. Bush, turfed out of office in an economic downturn after engineering a soft landing for the Cold War and evicting Iraq from Kuwait.

A toxic political climate at home could prove limiting for Obama: his bitterly-won health care victory deepened the polarization of US politics, making prospects for future legislative successes uncertain.

His political fate, like those of his recent predecessors, may depend on the pace of economic growth and job creation, with unemployment at 9.7 percent.

Economic misery and its impact on Obama’s popularity — currently below 50 percent in most polls — will also drive mid-term congressional elections in November, in which Democrats fear big losses.

And perilous issues loom — like the delayed closure of trials for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the struggle to enact financial reform — that could also dim the president’s new political luster.

     What Obama does from this point is unclear. If his actions thus far are any indication, arrogance will prevail over leadership!

for full article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100326/pl_afp/uspoliticsrussianuclearobama

Paris, France.  It is very cool to be a French intel guy.  A spectacular meal at a Parisian bistro with $90 entrées and a $200 bottle of Bordeaux?  No problem.  I’d known this fellow since he got me out of a jam in Sudan years ago.  His James Bond days are over, but still, riding a desk for the DGSE —  Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (General Directorate for External Security), France’s military intel agency – in Paris has its decided benefits.

One of them is not being infected with Obamamania.  “My agency considers him a joke,” he confides.  “Every day there is some fresh lunacy that we cannot believe.  Mr. Bush would often make us angry.  But at this man we just laugh.”

“In truth, it also makes us sad,” he continued.  “French resentment towards America is strong, so being able to laugh at your country feels good.  But it is such a sad and strange thing to see America – America The Great! – do something so crazy as to elect this ridiculous man.”

“There are many people in America who think he isn’t a legitimate president as he wasn’t born in the US and isn’t a natural citizen.  What do you think?” I asked.

He shrugged.  “I wouldn’t know.  I’ve never had reason to make an inquiry.”

“There are a lot of people convinced he is a traitor who hates America and is actively determined to destroy it.  Any opinion on that?”

He didn’t shrug at this.  After a long slow sip of wine, he mused, “I would not go that far.  Many of his actions, however, are very puzzling because they are so counter-productive regarding America’s best interests.  There seems to be a consistent pattern in that direction.”

“What does Sarkozy think of him?”

“Nothing but contempt.”

After a pause he asked, “And Langley?”

“Well, if you thought the war they waged against Bush was intense, it was nothing compared to how they’re going to screw Obama.  He has tried to gut them with the ‘torture memo’ release and slashing their budgets.  The morale is depressed, sullen, and enraged.  You know what a left-wing outfit Langley is.  They thought he was their boy and they feel betrayed.  All kinds of damaging stuff on him will be appearing via their media friends.”

Laughingstock continues at: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/05/a-laughingstock-in-paris.html

At G20, Kremlin to Pitch New Currency

17 March 2009By Ira Iosebashvili / The Moscow TimesThe Kremlin published its priorities Monday for an upcoming meeting of the G20, calling for the creation of a supranational reserve currency to be issued by international institutions as part of a reform of the global financial system.

The International Monetary Fund should investigate the possible creation of a new reserve currency, widening the list of reserve currencies or using its already existing Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, as a “superreserve currency accepted by the whole of the international community,” the Kremlin said in a statement issued on its web site.

The SDR is an international reserve asset, created by the IMF in 1969 to supplement the existing official reserves of member countries.

The Kremlin has persistently criticized the dollar’s status as the dominant global reserve currency and has lowered its own dollar holdings in the last few years. Both President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have repeatedly called for the ruble to be used as a regional reserve currency, although the idea has received little support outside of Russia.

Analysts said the new Kremlin proposal would elicit little excitement among the G20 members.

“This is all in the realm of fantasy,” said Sergei Perminov, chief strategist at Rye, Man and Gore. “There was a situation that resembled what they are talking about. It was called the gold standard, and it ended very badly.

“Alternatives to the dollar are still hard to find,” he said.

The Kremlin’s call for a common currency is not the first in recent days. Speaking at an economic conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, last week, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed a global currency called the “acmetal” — a conflation of the words “acme” and “capital.”

He also suggested that the Eurasian Economic Community, a loose group of five former Soviet republics including Kazakhstan and Russia, adopt a single noncash currency — the yevraz — to insulate itself from the global economic crisis.

The suggestions received a lukewarm response from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday.

Nazarbayev’s proposal did, however, garner support from at least one prominent source — Columbia University professor Robert Mundell, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1999 for his role in creating the euro.

Speaking at the same conference with Nazarbayev, he said the idea had “great promise.”

The Kremlin document also called for national banks and international financial institutions to diversify their foreign currency reserves. It said the global financial system should be restructured to prevent future crises and proposed holding an international conference after the G20 summit to adopt conventions on a new global financial structure.

The Group of 20 industrialized and developing countries will meet in London on April 2.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/600/42/375364.htm