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The United States, Russia, China and three leading nations of Europe announced an agreement Thursday on a package of incentives intended to resolve the nuclear crisis with Iran, shelving any punitive action by the Security Council until Iran has time to respond to the proposals.

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June 1, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | Leave a comment

Homeland Security Grants for NYC and DC Slashed

The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that New York and Washington, DC will be receiving significantly smaller allocations of the $1.7 billion in security funds distributed by the government. New York will get about $125 million—$83 million less than last year—while the nation’s capital will see its funding drop from $77 million to $46 million. Few voices outside of DHS could be heard defending the department’s new “formula”, whereby Georgia will get a 40% increase in its federal grant money. An official at the department said that they simply have “additional information, additional clarity” about how best to distribute the money.

June 1, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | Leave a comment

Iraq Insurgent Attacks at Highest Level in 2 Years

Attacks by insurgents in Iraq are being launched with the greatest frequency since military commanders began tracking them two years ago, the Pentagon reported yesterday in its quarterly report to Congress. From February 11 to May 12, insurgents are said to have staged an average of 600 attacks every week, up from about 400 attacks a week in the spring of 2004. Though U.S. officials still insist the installation of a new government marks a turning point in ending the sectarian violence, Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki’s rhetoric is only growing more warlike, as he vows to use an “iron fist” to crush the resistance in Basra.

I thought the insurgency was "in it's last throws".

May 31, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | 1 Comment

Bush finaly comments on war crime allegations

First Hurricane Katrina, now this. How many times will we learn that the media knew about national catastrophes and scandals before the president did? Bush is actually hiding behind his stupidity and using it as an excuse for learning first from a Time Magazine reporter about the alleged incident in November of last year of the massacre of Iraqi civilians. He commented today for the first time since the Time article:

President Bush said Wednesday he was troubled by allegations that U.S. Marines had killed unarmed Iraqi civilians and that, “if in fact laws were broken, there will be punishment."

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Culture of Corruption, National Defence | 2 Comments

Rice: no talks untill Iran haults nuclear program.

The United States will join multilateral talks with Iran on its nuclear program once Iran suspends disputed nuclear activities, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday.

Is that ever going to happen?  Whats the solution? I just don't know. 

May 31, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | 3 Comments

Vietnam II: A Culture of Lawlessness in Iraq

This is what happens when good soldiers are involved in pointless, failing wars:

Photographs taken by American military intelligence have provided crucial evidence that up to 24 Iraqis were massacred by marines in Haditha, northwest of Baghdad last November, according to a report carried out by the Washington Post Sunday.

Now the Iraqi government is going to investigate! Are we setting up a "democracy" only to let it become an anti-American one? Whats the point of that?

May 30, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | Leave a comment

Even Our Biggest Ally

The European Court of Justice has just invalidated the EU-US agreement that allows US authorities to view airline "Passenger Name Records" (PNR) on flights from Europe. Under a 2004 agreement, the European Commission (the permanent EU administration) and the European Council (the gathering of leaders from EU member states) agreed to provide 34 different passenger details to US authorities before the takeoff of every EU-US flight. The EU Parliament, which was not a party to the agreements, filed suit in an attempt to have those agreements annulled.

The European Union is concerned that the US athorities can not properly safeguard the information. They also don't believe the information is at all vital to fighting the war on terror.

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May 30, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | Leave a comment

Troops Redeployed… BACK to Iraq

With the recent up rise in violence following the death of the two CBS journalists in yesterday’s attack, General George Casey has decided to move the remainder of a 3,500 troop brigade from Kuwait to Iraq.

This move flies in the face of constant promises from the Defence Department to steadily transfer control of major combat operations to the Iraqi military. I subscribe to the Ned Lamont/John Murtha philosophy that calls for the intimidate redeployment of troops to the outskirts of Iraq. If we don’t stand down the Iraqi’s will never step up and we’ll never get out.

Meanwhile, the extreme diversion of Iraq has resulted in further instability in Afghanistan where we are still looking for Osama Bin Laden (remember him?).

May 30, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | Leave a comment

2 CBS Journalists Among 40 Killed in Iraq

Two CBS News crew members and an American soldier were killed Monday during a wave of car bombings and shootings in Iraq that also killed at least three dozen other people. Network correspondent Kimberly Dozier was seriously wounded and underwent emergency surgery. more…

A stark reminder that we are at war this Memorial Day.

May 29, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | 1 Comment

Memorial Day

When you think of Memorial Day you think of barbeques on the lawn, swimming, parades, fairs and family. Granted, all these things are great, but they are not reflective of the point of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is set aside for us to honor the men and women who have died fighting for this country. For me, its about thanking them for dropping their lives to answer their president’s call to protect our nation and for mourning the 2464 lives lost in Iraq because the president that called them has no concept of loss.

This administration has done an incredible job making us forget a war is going on. There has been no sacrifice, no photos of coffins, no admission of loss, no nothing. Instead of laying the wreath on the grave of the unknown soldier today, maybe Mr. Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld (who has never attended a single army funeral) should visit the graves of those who died in Iraq.

I hope we can all take one minute at 3:00pm today to stay silent and remember the fallen. That is the spirit of Memorial Day.

May 29, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | Leave a comment