Saturday, January 24, 2015

Video: IDF Paramedics of Operation Protective Edge

Israel Defense Forces




Oct 17, 2014
The IDF’s [...] operation in the Gaza Strip, Operation Protective Edge, had a high cost of human life. Sixty-seven soldiers were killed on the ground and hundreds of others were injured during the fighting. The first soldiers to provide medical treatment to the wounded are the IDF’s paramedics, who are often female soldiers. Noam and Chen entered into Gaza with infantry troops with one mission: to treat injured soldiers and save as many lives as possible. 


Monday, January 19, 2015

I hate to say I told you so but... I bloody told you so!

By Alec


I've often thought that Governments are run by naughty kids, over here in England we've been overrun by the greedy who have forgotten they signed on to represent the people, allegedly... But that's another story.


When my younger Sister was an infant and started on the long road of defiance which she maintains to this day, I remember my Mother telling her not to touch the Iron as it was hot with the inevitable consequences, burnt fingers, tears and Mother shouting "I bloody told you so!"



This was the 70's when parents were allowed to be parents and curse a little, but this is by the by.



Back when the Royal Air Force was allowed to be the Royal Air Force and not the Royal Air Farce it's become, our aircraft inventory covered all possible scenario's to fight a cold war if it became hot.



As the cold war thawed, successive Governments seemed to forget history and undermine our armed forces by channelling the cash elsewhere on seemingly more important winged projects like duck houses...

Expenses MP auctions duck island for charity

The ornamental duck island which sank the career of a Tory MP at the height of the expenses scandal has been sold for charity.


Sir Peter Viggers, who retired after it was revealed he had claimed £1,645 for the item, has given the proceeds of an auction to Macmillan Cancer Support.


The floating Stockholm duck island - used to protect vulnerable fowl from foxes - went for £1,700....


  More on this 2010 debacle here.


Gradually the tip of the sword was being eroded, failing to invest in defence to the extent that soldiers arrived in Afghanistan and Iraq with no body armour or vehicles capable of carrying them into battle safely.


For years the U.K. Military top brass had been warning about threats and the need to stay equipped or we'd lose lives unnecessarily on the ground, the sea and the air.


Guess what? We did and all the time the Politicians were lining their pockets with the inevitable almost comic end to the farce.


The official records of the MP expense scandal documents go missing.

MPs’ expenses: official records from scandal-hit era have been destroyed
 Destruction of pre-2010 records means there is no longer any chance of investigating authorities reviving old cases


Rowena Mason, political correspondent 

 The Guardian

A House of Commons spokesman said the policy on destroying MPs’ expenses records was longstanding and to comply with data law.

All official records of MPs’ expenses from the scandal-hit era before 2010 have now been destroyed by the Commons authorities, it has emerged.

The disposal of the records was revealed in a letter to Conservative activists who made a complaint about the expenses of their local MP relating to claims between 2004 and 2010.


 According to the Telegraph, Kathryn Hudson, the standards commissioner, wrote back saying: “All records relating to expenses claims before 2010 have now been destroyed. No unredacted information is now available here nor any notes of conversations or advice given … which might establish the facts.”...


Much more here.


Where the Royal Air Force was concerned, we lost fleets of aircraft; Jaguar, Harrier and Nimrod. Not mentioning the Navy loss of their carriers and Harrier aircraft too.


Nimrod was an important aircraft in the defence of the UK, but as we weren't being threatened by Ivan, his Bears and tin fish, or rather the former Soviet Union and his long range bombers and submarines, it was okay to scrap the aircraft.


Sadly, this is what happened to the aircraft...

26 January 2011

Nimrod aircraft scrapped at Stockport BAE factory


Work on the controversial scrapping of nine multimillion-pound Nimrod aircraft is under way at a BAE Systems factory in Greater Manchester.


Diggers moved in to dismantle the empty aircraft behind large screens at BAE Woodford, Stockport, on Wednesday.


Unions have criticised the decision to break-up the planes, which is costing the Ministry of Defence (MoD) £200m.


A spokesman for the MoD said ministers had made it clear that the "difficult" decision would not be reversed....


Yes, there's more,(with video) here.


Predictably, after any service person with a brain cell had cried "You'll be sorry" cutting the U.K. defence capability to that of a Nunnery for one armed, er, Nuns, Ivan parks an instant sunshine equipped tin fish off the U.K. coast and we have to beg our U.S. cousins for help.

Again.

Britain needs U.S. help finding suspected Russian submarine spotted off the Scottish coast


Mystery foreign submarine thought to be lurking near Faslane naval base




  Nimrod spy planes had been mainstays of the RAF’s reconnaissance fleet since the late 1960s and had a central role in anti-submarine warfare, when they were scrapped with an upgrade programme running nine years late and £800 million over budget Photo: Alamy

By   The Daily Telegraph


The Ministry of Defence has again been forced to call for US military assistance to help track a suspected Russian submarine spotted off the Scottish coast.



Two US Navy aircraft were drafted in to conduct anti-submarine patrols along with a Royal Navy Frigate near the home of the UK’s Trident fleet at Faslane, Argyll.



Critics claimed the US deployment raised questions about the UK’s ability to protect its nuclear submarines following the scrapping of the RAF’s £4bn fleet of Nimrod surveillance aircraft in 2010....

GO read the rest of this here.


I hate to say I told you so but... I bloody told you so! 


 Some kids never learn.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Israel's Ambassador on Terrorism

Plain talk from Israel's Ambassador to the US on how we must attack Terrorism


Meanwhile we have Obama telling Britain's Prime Minister that we should not just use Military options when fighting violent extremism - which he still refuses to call Islamic Terrorism.

 The Israeli's have proved for years that what they do works, and it would be really smart for Obama et al to take notice of how Israel survives.

Video: Arlington National Cemetery - First Snow

Arlington National Cemetery

The first snowfall of 2015 blanked Arlington National Cemetery on 6 January 2015. The cemetery team worked to clear 19 miles of roadways and prepare grounds for funerals. ANC conducts between 27 and 30 funerals each week day regardless of the weather honoring the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our military. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 American heroes.

Red Shirt Friday


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Camp GITMO: The rush for the exit continues


From the US DoD:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: NR-015-15
January 14, 2015

Detainee Transfer Announced

The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammad Al Yafi, Fadel Hussein Saleh Hentif, Abd Al-Rahman Abdullah Au Shabati, and Mohammed Ahmed Salam from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Oman.

As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.

In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States’ intent to transfer these individuals and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.

The United States is grateful to the Government of Oman for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Oman to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.

Today, 122 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.
And there's this:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: NR-016-15
January 14, 2015

Detainee Transfer Announced


The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Akhmed Abdul Qadir from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Estonia.

As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, this man was unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.

In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States’ intent to transfer this individual and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.

The United States is grateful to the Government of Estonia for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Estonia to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.

Today, 122 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.

These days, as MIC pretty much opens the exit doors of GITMO, it is being bandied around that the recidivism rate of these detainees is 30%.  That is supposed to reassure us that none of these being set free are a threat to anybody.   I don't believe that at all, since over the last few years that number has gone as high as 60%+.



Pardon my cynicism, but what this stinks of to me, is all politics all the time, with absolutely no regard for the safety and security of the US. 


The current POTUS is infamous for his 'I have a pen and a phone' policies, as he demonstrates his determination to keep his 2007/8 election promises. 

On his second day in office, Obama signed a bill to close the gates of GITMO.  Here we are, six years later and only NOW are the politicians making noises about slowing down the release of those who were considered enemies of America.

"Facing serious opposition... some of these detainees might end up back on the battlefield"?????? You think?????


All well and good to be introducing bills now, BUT where the hell have these politicians been for the last six years?


Introduction of a bill to slow down the POTUS in his stated goals of releasing residents of GITMO, is a good thing (albeit very belated) but in fact he is just the public face of this insanity.  Yes, it is HIS ideology pushing the move, but his politically-motivated actions are aided and abetted - rubber-stamped if you will - by a number of agencies.

Check out the GITMO Review Task Force.   According to a 2010 report, the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, State Department, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Joint Chiefs of Staff all are supposedly signing off on these releases.  Go read that report.



All of this, in my opinion, is to provide cover for Obama's clearly stated goal of  "ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."  THAT phrase is included in the above announcement, and should leave no doubt in anybody's mind as to what this ongoing exodus from GITMO is all about: America's national defense and security?  No.  Obama's political agenda to further his own ideology?  Check.

Business as usual for this White House:  All politics, all the time.

Related: Pentagon: No threat from five detainees released from Gitmo