GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney asserts that he would not need to seek congressional approval before launching war on Iran, prompting Senator Rand Paul to issue a scathing response. Senator Paul, who recently gave a controversial endorsement of Romney, made it clear that he would not support Romney's unconstitutional foreign policy.
This week President Obama and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk announced that Canada and Mexico have been invited to join the secret negotiations aimed at establishing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
According to U.S. senior defense officials, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered some slightly falsified information in order to put pressure Russia to abandon its relationship with Syria, seemingly as part of a larger agenda to intervene in Syria.
Twenty-six members of Congress — 24 Democrats and 2 Republicans (including Ron Paul) — sent a letter to President Obama demanding information on the authorization and use of drone strikes by the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command. It reads in part, “The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment.”
The letter asks about the “nature of the follow-up that is conducted when civilians are killed or injured ... and the mechanisms that ensure civilian casualty members are collected, tracked and analyzed.”
It seems that not a day passes without reports of “militants” being killed by remote control. Drones patrol Pakistan using high-powered optics to find and fire on those considered enemies by the men with the joysticks.
Early Thursday morning, for example, an American drone attack killed at least three of these suspected belligerents in northwest Pakistan, a region described by American intelligence and military officers as a “hotbed” of Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives.
Hissing through the pre-dawn silence, two missiles were fired from the drone into a market in Miranshah, the administrative headquarters of the North Waziristan agency of the tribal region of Pakistan. Miranshah is located along the banks of the Tochi River in a wide valley between the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains. It is just a few miles from the border with Afghanistan.
Talks with Pakistan over the end of an embargo on supply routes through that nation have broken down over U.S. refusal to apologize for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers killed by an American airstrike.
The communist dictatorship ruling mainland China, responsible for the blood of more innocent victims and for more abuses than any other single regime in world history, released a scathing so-called “human rights” report suggesting that America’s Second Amendment protection of the right to keep and bear arms represented a violation of human rights. Apparently a response to the yearly U.S. State Department report on abuses worldwide, the Chinese regime’s document also criticized more broadly what it called the “woeful” human-rights record of the U.S. government.
Critics lambasted the Chinese report — especially its criticism of Americans’ constitutional guarantee of unalienable gun rights — while highlighting the communist regime’s atrocious history of mass murder. Under the barbaric rule of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, for example, an estimated 40 million or more innocent people were murdered, tortured, and starved to death.
Reports out of Pakistan indicate that missiles fired from American drones killed over a dozen people in that country on Monday, bringing the three-day total of Pakistanis killed by lethal drone strike to 27.
Monday’s attack was reportedly aimed at a “militant hideout” in Hesokhel, a village located in the North Waziristan region.
South Waziristan was abuzz with drones over the weekend as U.S. controlled drones are believed to have launched four Hellfire missiles that killed nine men branded as militants living in a village near Wacha Dana. A statement made to CNN by a local government official confirmed the body count.
Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T. Odierno’s article published in Foreign Affairs, the official journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, reveals his plans for the future use of the U.S. Army to maintain domestic as well as global stability.
President Obama has assumed personal authority for deciding who gets added to his infamous kill list and when the trigger is pulled. He does so without due process. That is, the President determines that the accused is guilty and orders the execution, even though he has not been brought to trial and found guilty in a court of law.
For most of the stories covering the recent NATO summit in Chicago, the lede was that the war in Afghanistan will wrap up in 2014. After 11 years spending blood and money to run the Taliban out of office only to then invite them back to the bargaining table, America and NATO will pull out and leave the future in the hands of Afghans — mostly.
While the drawdown of forces from Afghanistan is certainly newsworthy, there was something in the dictum of the record of the summit that seems to have slipped past most media outlets, but in the long run probably merits more attention. Although President Obama stated he intends to “shift the focus” of American military alliances to Asia in an effort to keep China from running roughshod over its less-martially inclined neighbors, he indicated he considers the strengthening of NATO to be high on the list of priorities