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Chinese fighter jet makes unsafe intercept of Air Force plane over Yellow Sea, Pentagon says

The Pentagon said Tuesday that it was reviewing what it called an “unsafe” intercept of an Air Force reconnaissance plane by at least one Chinese jet over the Yellow Sea last week. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said that the American RC-135 was intercepted by a Chinese fighter approximately 80 miles east of northeastern China’s Shandong Peninsula on Sept. 15. Cook said there was no indication that the planes came close to colliding, but the crew of the American plane reported that one of the Chinese jet’s maneuvers appeared to be unsafe. The Wall Street Journal later reported that two Chinese JH-7 aircraft came within 500 feet of the RC-135’s nose while the American plane was conducting a routine patrol in international airspace. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy in the reported number of Chinese planes involved. The latest incident was disclosed ahead of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was scheduled to spend three days meeting with technology and business leaders in Seattle before arriving in Washington Friday. Beijing has not spoken publicly about the confrontation. Last week’s encounter was the first hostile intercept of a U.S. jet by China since August 2014, when a rogue Chinese pilot harassed several American patrol planes, at one point doing a barrel roll near a Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane. The harassment ceased after the State Department submitted an official complaint. “The long period between this intercept and the last unsafe intercept, as well as the nature of this intercept, indicate that this may be an isolated incident,” Cmdr. Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman, told the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this month, a flotilla of Chinese warships passed through U.S. territorial waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, a maneuver that coincided with President Obama’s visit to the state. The Journal reports that Washington and Beijing have agreed to a “memorandum of understanding” regarding naval encounters in international waters. The agreement is aimed at avoiding provocative actions or misunderstandings. The paper reported that a similar agreement for aerial encounters could be released during Xi’s visit to Washington.

Definitely something to keep an eye on…

Climate change ‘urgent and growing threat’ to national security: Pentagon

A new Pentagon report says that climate change is an “urgent and growing threat to our national security” and blames it for “increased natural disasters” that will require more American troops designated to combat bad weather. Some studies have questioned whether such a trend exists. Says the Pentagon report released Wednesday, “Global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for U.S. national security interests over the foreseeable future because it will aggravate existing problems — such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership, and weak political institutions — that threaten domestic stability in a number of countries.” The report’s reference to “increased natural disasters” is not backed by several studies. The United Nations‘ latest report on global warming said there was insufficient evidence to say there have been increased storm, flood or drought activity. A climate center in Colorado said its study of decades of weather patterns failed to show any increase in tornadoes, hurricanes or other natural disasters. Still, the Pentagon report, called “National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate,” has tasked U.S. combat commanders around the globe to plan for “persistently recurring conditions such as flooding [and] drought.” It states that “higher temperatures increase the strain on fragile states and vulnerable population by dampening economic activity.” The report also tells commanders there are “more frequent and/or severe extreme weather events that may require substantial involvement of DoD units, personnel and assets in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.” It cites as example Super Storm Sandy in New York and New Jersey in 2012 and flooding in Pakistan in 2010, which it said was the worst in recorded history. The report also cites decreases in Arctic ice cover and sea level increases. Roger Pielke Jr, a professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Police Research at the University of Colorado, studies global weather trends and makes conclusions at odds with the Pentagon report. Current datasets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century,” he wrote in 2013. “No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin.” “In summary, there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale.” The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a big advocate of changing human behavior to combat global warming, acknowledged there is little evidence of increased natural disasters. It said last year there is “low confidence” in any long-term increase in cyclone and hurricane activity. It also said there is “low confidence” in increased tornadoes and hailstorms. Global warming skeptics says that temperature models put out over a decade ago have proven to be wildly inaccurate today.

Gee! Imagine that! And that’s because it’s all BS! The only reason that the Pentagon is pushing the issue is because the Joint Chiefs are all politically appointed by the President. So…Bottom line.. Obama is ordering the Pentagon to use its limited resources to further his crazy, extreme, liberal agenda…that has NOTHING to do with national security. We have VERY limited military resources. They need to be used to combat ISIS/ISIL, etc.; NOT to promote so-called global warming and other such silly nonsense. Unreal..

Pentagon wants individuals to stop guarding recruiting stations

The Pentagon asked Friday that individuals not stand guard at the military recruiting offices in the wake of the deadly Chattanooga terror attack. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter “is currently reviewing recommendations from the services for making our installations and facilities safer – including our recruiting stations” following the July 16 attack that left four Marines and a Navy sailor dead. “While we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support for our recruiters from the American public, we ask that individuals not stand guard at recruiting offices as it could adversely impact our mission, and potentially create unintended security risks,” Cook added. In the days following the attack, citizens groups, veterans, local law enforcement and the National Guard have stood watch outside of recruiting offices across the country. It’s also raised questions over a 23-year-old federal policy that leaves service members unable to defend themselves on Pentagon property. James Elmore, a Florida Army veteran who has standing watch outside his local recruitment office armed with a handgun, says he has no intention of standing down, “I no longer take orders, and I will continue to protect the recruiters when I can. It is my duty as an American,” Elmore told Fox News. “I will be back out there Monday morning. So if you are asking me if I will stand down according to the Pentagon’s wishes, no, not a chance.” Elmore also says that the recruiters welcome his presence. “The Navy and Air Force recruiters have thanked me,” Elmore told Fox News. The governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin have all signed orders in the last several days to allow National Guard troops to carry loaded guns on bases and at military recruiting centers in their states.

Good on those governors…Republican ones, of course.  That 23 year old federal policy prohibiting members of the Armed Forces from carrying is outdated and obsolete.  It’s time to get rid of that, however well intentioned, naive and foolish policy once and for all.

Army Gen. Randy Taylor introduces his husband at Pentagon Gay Pride event

A married Army general on Tuesday introduced his spouse at a Pentagon event that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker. What made this seemingly routine introduction noteworthy is that Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor introduced his husband, Lucas. “My husband Lucas is sitting up front here,” Gen. Taylor said of the man in the same row as Mr. Carter, Army Secretary John McHugh and other senior officials. He said Lucas has subjugated his own career to support the general’s frequent moves over an 18-year relationship. “We bet everything on my Army career,” said Gen. Taylor, whose 27 years of service spanned an outright ban on gays, then “don’t ask, don’t tell” and finally, the ban’s lifting in 2011. Gen. Taylor was the master of ceremonies for the Pentagon’s 4th Gay Pride celebration that showcases a month of gay-themed posters and history. A panel discussion featured a gay Marine officer, a gay Army sergeant who is a criminal investigator, a lesbian chaplain and a transgender, Amanda Simpson, who is executive director of the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives. She is the first openly transgender political appointee in any presidential administration. She was chosen for the civilian post, she said, because she was “the best person to do the job.” All four introduced their wives, husbands, and, in one case, a finance before a filled auditorium. Mr. Carter spoke of his commitment to equal rights, but gave no hint of whether the administration will drop the ban on transgenders and transexuals wearing the uniform. “We need to be a meritocracy,” he said. “We can’t afford to close ourselves off to any body….We must start from a position of inclusivity.” Trained as an infantryman, Gen. Taylor is a communications and information specialists who deployed to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is now assigned to the Army office of chief of information. The Pride event kicked off with the National Anthem, sung by the Rock Creek Singers, who are with the Gay Men’s Chorus.

Just when I thought I couldn’t vomit any more today… For the record, and let’s be VERY clear… I couldn’t care less what someone’s orientation is. I’m just growing weary of those in the gay mafia rubbing THEIR orientation in my face. After all, I don’t wear t-shirts that say “Straight Pride, etc. and go to Gay Pride events and parade MY straightness in THEIR faces. Ya know? ‘m SO over the whole “pride” nonsense. And, it has NO place in the military whatsoever. The military is about killing people and breaking things; about winning wars. It is NOT a place for politically correct, liberal, touchy-feely, social re-engineering to futher some extreme liberal agenda of Obama, or some other Democrat politician. This is SO over the top, it’s offensive. And c’mon.. For this lady to suggest she got her job because she was “the best person to do the job” is a little naive, and disingenuous. She got the job because she’s gay, otherwise they wouldn’t be making THAT part of the issue even a topic of discussion and celebration. Again, I couldn’t care less what someone’s orientation is. I’m just over the whole rubbing it in our faces part. And, I wonder how the fascist, duplicitous, dominantly liberal mainstream media would report an event at The Pentagon, or other military installation, that promoted “Straight Pride” or “White Pride?” Of course it would be labeled as racist, insensitive, and probably worthy of an investigation. Heck.. Even military chaplains are being admonished to NOT preach their faith, if it’s Christianity. Yeah, wrap your brain around that. They’re ordained ministers and military chaplains NOT allowed to, well, do their job because it’s not politically correct. BUT, wait! We have a lesbian chaplain. That’s wonderful according to the liberal powers that be overseeing the military now. It’s even celebrated. How crazy is that? Unreal..

Obama’s Islamic State strategy sparks doubt, resentment among Pentagon officials

Beneath the glowing battle reports about Iraq from U.S. military spokesmen in recent months, there remains a strong undercurrent of dissatisfaction among the Pentagon rank and file with the Obama administration’s Islamic State strategy. “What strategy?” asked a Pentagon official involved in counterterrorism analysis. “We are now floating along, reacting to ISIS,” using a common acronym for the Islamic State. This source said the military has a plan for introducing ground troops and defeating the Islamist group, but the belief is that President Obama will never activate it. Whether this unhappiness has reached the inner sanctum of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is unclear. In public, the military leadership says it is squarely behind the strategy of limited U.S.-led airstrikes coinciding with the rebuilding of the Iraq army for all the ground fighting. But, a spot check of department officials and people who interact with the Pentagon reveals deep-seated doubts. The Islamic State’s rout of Ramadi on May 18 exposed more than the Iraqi army’s lack of will to fight, as Defense Secretary Ashton Carter bluntly put it over the weekend. After months of U.S. and coalition airstrikes on hundreds of Islamic State targets, after U.S. surveillance and intelligence collection, and with senior American officers advising Iraqis at a joint command center, the battlefield outcome still was no better than the rout of Mosul 11 months ago. A former official who is frequently in the Pentagon said, “The building is very guarded about what they say, but clearly the White House is running the campaign, which has them furious.” This source said combat pilots can loiter over a target for hours before approval comes to strike it. Sometimes approval never comes. “The targeting requires immaculate rules of engagement, which means they cannot drop if there is a possibility of collateral damage [civilian deaths],” the former official said. U.S. Central Command’s list of airstrikes around Ramadi showed a smattering of tactical strikes, not concentrated air power. On May 18, the day Ramadi fell, Central Command listed three targets as being struck around Ramadi — two tactical units and an Islamic State staging area. Destroyed there were an armored vehicle, an excavator and a resupply vehicle. On the previous day, as Islamic State fighters were taking control of Ramadi, eight airstrikes hit targets near the city. They were three tactical units, eight buildings, two armored vehicles, two mortars, an ammunition storage area and a command center. “This is worse than pathetic,” the former official said. Another annoying development, the source said, is the lack of American arms making their way from the Shiite-led national government in Baghdad to Iraqi Kurdish forces in the north. They have proven to be one of the few Iraqi units willing to take on the Islamic State.

Nothing new here. Everyone knows that Obama has NO military knowledge/experience, and yet he and that idiot Dr. Susan Rice, are continuing micro-manage the war effort in Iraq and Syria even after it’s been clearly shown how much of a failure their lack of strategy has been! They continue to do so because they’re both so full of themselves. Their arrogance knows no boundaries. Not so ironically, that’s exactly what another blow-hard Democrat President, LBJ, did in Vietnam and why it too was a disaster, and didn’t work. A President’s job is to make big policy decisions, and then turn the how-to mechanics over to the professionals. Once a decision to take military action has been made, the President should step back and let the military professionals do what they do best without busy-body meddling by politicians (like Obama) and academic bureaucrats (like Dr. Susan Rice) who haven’t the slightest flipping clue about how to conduct a military campaign. As for the Joint Chiefs.. Let’s be clear about something.. They are politically appointed. So, of COURSE, they are painting a bright picture of how things are going in Iraq and Syria. After all, they have to make their boss, Obama, look good. Otherwise, they might end up like retired 4-star Army General, GEN Stan McChrystal; who after getting caught saying some rather unflattering things about VP Joe Biden by some liberal Rolling Stone journalist in Afghanistan, was relieved of his command and retired early. GEN McChrystal was my boss in Afghanistan, and I can tell you personally, the man was a great warrior and soldier…and an outstanding commander. But, that’s the politics of being a General officer. But, I digress… Journalists in the dominantly liberal mainstream media always take the easy route and just regurgitate whatever daily/weekly talking points are put out by them through the Pentagon spokesperson in D.C. If you want to know what the military really thinks about what what’s going on…..drill down to at least the 1 star (Brigadier General) or O-6 (Colonel) level and talk to officers who have at least their 20 year letter (so they’ll get their pension either way), and aren’t in quite a politically sensitive position. Or, better yet, talk to those 3 and 4 star flag officers like retired GEN Stan McChrystal or retired GEN David Petraeus, who have recently retired, have worked for Obama, and can give the inside scoop without fear of reprisal. I would listen to, and trust, both of those outstanding retired 4 star Army Generals who both went to West Point in the ’70s, had master jump wings, had Ranger tabs, and commanded troops in combat ALL day long over those pointy-headed electoid academic morons in the White House….or the party-line, approved talking-points bs being spewed by the Pentagon spokespersons, all day long.

ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands

In a new video, ISIS shows American-made weapons it says were intended for the Kurds but actually were air dropped into territory they control.

DOH! Another strategic/tactical bungling by the Obama Administration. When you do everything from the air, there are bound to be mistakes. Some things ya just have to do from the ground.

Military brass, ex-officials pressure White House to expand ISIS fight to Syria

Military brass, ex-officials pressure White House to expand ISIS fight to Syria

Pay attention to the last couple paragraphs from retired U.S. Army Major General Bob Scales..especially that last sentence.  I think he’s probably right.  This, of course, is developing..