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OOPSIE: Obama’s Failed Invasion of Nevada

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‘Not over’? Feds coy over next move in Nevada rancher standoff

Tensions simmered Tuesday in the standoff between federal land managers and a Nevada rancher — but the feds are being coy about how far they’ll go to pursue Cliven Bundy as both sides regroup for their next move. 

Federal land managers backed down in a weekend standoff with Bundy after hundreds of states’ rights protesters, including armed militia members, showed up to protest federal officials seizing his cattle. Some protesters had their guns drawn and pointed toward law enforcement, some of whom were also armed, on the scene — ultimately, no shots were fired and the Bureau of Land Management reported that officials left over safety concerns. 

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said afterward that the dispute is “not over.” But whether the feds will keep plugging away with a court challenge or go further is unclear. 

One question is whether there will be any repercussions for armed protesters. 

Asked repeatedly by FoxNews.com whether the standoff might lead to a criminal investigation into possible threats against federal officers, administration officials would not say. 

A Justice Department spokesman said they had no comment on the matter. 

Asked whether BLM planned to ask for such an investigation, a BLM spokesman said “the gather is over” and referred to prior statements put out over the weekend. 

The “gather” refers to the round-up of 900 cattle, hundreds of which belonged to Bundy, on federally owned land in Nevada. Bundy has been at odds for years with the feds, who say he owes more than $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees. BLM long ago revoked Bundy’s grazing rights on that land after citing concern for a federally protected tortoise. Bundy, though, claimed ancestral rights to the land his family settled in the 19th century and has refused to pay the fees or remove his animals. 

The case drew intense media attention as federal and law enforcement officials openly clashed last week with Bundy and his family, at times using Tasers. The standoff came to a head on Saturday, when hundreds of Bundy supporters streamed in. Top lawmakers, even those critical of the federal government’s actions, voiced concern that the dispute could get out of hand. 

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., urged protesters to let BLM officials gather their equipment and leave the area. “The dispute is over, the BLM is leaving, but emotions and tensions are still near the boiling point, and we desperately need a peaceful conclusion to this conflict,” Heller said at the time. He also asked protesters to return home. 

So are the feds willing to forgive and forget? 

Already, Bundy supporters are citing the resolution to the weekend’s dispute as an important moment. Arizona state Rep. David Livingston, speaking with Reuters, called it a “major tipping point” for western lawmakers pushing state sovereignty issues. 

But Heller’s Senate colleague, Senate Majority Leader Reid, D-Nev., told Reno-based KRNV: “It’s not over. We can’t have, in America, people that violate the law and just walk away from it. So it’s not over.” 

At the least, BLM officials say they’ll continue their fight through the courts. 

“After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” a statement from the bureau said. 

After the agency released Bundy’s cattle and left the scene, nerves were still raw. 

Bundy told Fox News that local sheriffs, wherever the BLM officials are, need to take away their guns and “disarm the federal bureaucrats.” 

“They have no authority,” Bundy said Monday night. 

Bundy’s daughter Bailey Logue told Fox News that the dispute is “about people standing up for what’s right.” 

“It was rewarding to see our cattle free again and not being tortured and back where they are safe,” she said. Logue, too, faulted the local sheriff for not standing up to federal officials and keeping them out. 

FoxNews.com’s Judson Berger and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/15/not-over-feds-coy-over-next-move-in-nevada-rancher-stand-off/?intcmp=latestnews

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The battle of Brinksmanship continues…

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A lesson for America from Vladimir Putin!

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It is a sad day when a Communist President makes more sense than
our President Barack Hussein Obama…….. but here it is!!!!

This is one time our elected leaders should pay
attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin…. How scary
is that…

Subject: VLADIMIR PUTIN’S SHORTEST SPEECH.

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president,
addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a
speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia :

“In Russia live like Russians. Any minority, from
anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia , to work and
eat in Russia , should speak Russian, and should respect the
Russian laws.

If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the
life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those
places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need
Muslim minorities.

Minorities need Russia , and we will not
grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to
fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell
‘discrimination’.

We will not tolerate disrespect of
our Russian culture. We had better learn from the
suicides of America , England , Holland and France , if we are
to survive as a nation.

The Muslims are taking over those
countries and they will not take over Russia .. The
Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack
of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating
new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national
interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not
Russians.

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute
standing ovation.

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God’s Bold Predictions -v- Glenn Beck

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God’s Bold Predictions

1. The Jewish people will return back to the State of Israel. (Isaiah 11:11-12; 66:8; Jeremiah 30:1-3; 31:8-11; Ezekiel 37:21-25)

It happened in May of 1948

2. There will be great blasphemies spoken against God. (Revelation 13:60)

It has increased

3. Christians will come under attack and be persecuted. (Revelation 13:7)

It is increasing

4. Knowledge will increase and abound. (Daniel 12:4)

It has happened

5. Travel will increase. (Daniel 12:4)

It is happening

6. There will be an increase in occurrences of and interest in supernatural happenings. (II Thessalonians 2:8-12; Matthew 24:24)

It is happening

7. Wars, threats of wars and conflict between nations will increase. (Matthew 24:6-7; Mark 13:7)

It is happening worldwide

8. Strife and discord within the family will increase. (Matthew 10:36)

It is happening

9. There will be inflation and no financial security. (Ezekiel 7:19; James 5:1-3)

It has happened

10. There will be a famine with starving humans and animals killing people for food. (Matthew 24:7; Ezekiel 5:16-17)

Coming soon

11. Pestilence and epidemics will spread. (Ezekiel 7:14-15; Matthew 24:7)

Coming soon

12. There will be false Messiahs. (Matthew 24:4-5; 24:24)

It is happening

13. Drug abuse will rise. (Revelation 9:21)

It is happening

14. Russia will invade Israel. (Ezekiel 38:16)

Stay tuned

15. Libya, Ethiopia, Turkey and Iran will ally with Russia. (Ezekiel 38:5-6)

Coming soon

16. Ten nations will unite out of the West. (Revelation 17:12)

European Common Market

17. Sin will increase. (II Timothy 3:1-5)

It is happening

18. Homosexuality, sexual immorality, and pornography will increase. (Luke 17:28-29; Jude 17-19)

It is happening

19. Earthquakes will increase worldwide. (Matthew 24:7; Mark 13:8)

It is happening

20. Antichrist

To be announced

Glenn Beck’s Bold Predictions

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In the Last Days there shall be Wars and Rumors of Wars

Matthew 24:6

Glenn Beck is well-known for making ominous predictions and describing them in detail on his numerous chalkboards. On his radio program Tuesday, Beck added to one of his boldest predictions ever and showed why he thinks World War III could be in the making.

In 2011, when he was still at Fox News, Beck said the “Arab Spring” would not usher in peace, prosperity and democracy, as many were saying. Rather, Beck said the protests would become “contagious, cascade, sweep the Middle East, and begin to destabilize Europe and the rest of the world.”

Time has proven him to be correct. But Beck prays he is wrong on what comes next.

Beck said Tuesday that one of the first manifestations of the instability hitting Europe — which he predicted in 2011 — is the push to “restore the Soviet borders.”

“Next,” Beck continued, “our enemies will see our lack of unity, military and financial resolve, and [they will] collapse and transform the U.S. and the West.”

He said in a bleak tone: “The new world order will be China, Russia, socialist outliers, and poverty zones … Happy Tuesday.”

Beck explained how he arrived at the prediction, reminding listeners that former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently said the Russians approached the Chinese with a plan to help collapse the U.S. economy in 2008.

China wasn’t on board at the time because it had too much invested in the United States, Beck said. But it has since begun to scale back its investments and even become “hostile” because of “what we have done with their money.”

Beck remarked: “China and Russia are beginning to work together, and both China and Russia are beginning to trade outside of the U.S. dollar, which is something entirely new and very, very dangerous because once they get off the dollar … the world will get off of the dollar.”

Another significant event to note is Poland reportedly calling up its army reservists.

“The reason why that is happening is because of what has happened in Crimea,” Beck said. “Anybody who is in a former Soviet state sees the writing on the wall, that Putin can go in and do whatever he wants and nobody is going to stop him.”

Beck has long maintained that the globe is on the road to World War III, whether it U.S. military involvement in Syria that causes it, or conflict with Russia.

“Here are your choices,” Beck said. “Do nothing and look at, possibly, World War III. Because what you will see is, Russia will start to sweep across and gather its old satellites — and then possibly more than its old satellites — and we will have the same situation that we had on our hands in World War II … So you can either sit it out and do nothing, which is quite honestly my recommendation … or you can get involved in World War III.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/03/25/is-this-glenn-becks-most-alarming-prediction-yet/

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Putin’s Brinksmanship -v- Obama’s Empty Threats

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Ukraine to pull troops from Crimea as Obama rules out military action

Ukraine prepared to pull its troops and their families from Crimea on Wednesday as President Obama ruled out use of the U.S. military in the West’s dispute with Russia over its seizure of the peninsula.

National Security and Defense Council secretary Andriy Parubiy said that Ukraine will seek U.N. support to turn Crimea into a demilitarized zone as it prepared to relocate as many as 25,000 soldiers and their families to the Ukrainian mainland.

“We are working out a plan of action so that we can transfer not just servicemen, but first of all, members of their family who are in Crimea, quickly and effectively to mainland Ukraine,” Parubiy said. 

Ukraine has been powerless to prevent Russian troops from taking control of Crimea, which President Vladimir Putin formally annexed by treaty Tuesday. Crimea’s absorption came after a hastily organized referendum in which the population voted in favor of seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia.

President Obama, who has threatened Moscow with additional sanctions, said Wednesday that nobody wants to “trigger an actual war with Russia” because that would serve no one’s interests.

“We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine,” Obama told KNSD-TV. “What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we’ve got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message.”  

Russia, which has shown no signs of flinching in the dispute, expects the legal process required to make Crimea part of Russia to be completed this week, according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Reuters reported Thursday.

Read the rest of the story at:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/03/20/ukraine-abandons-bases-in-crimea-as-obama-rules-out-military-action/

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Peace through Strength

We have all seen in recent years how this President has so weakened America’s economic and military strength that we are no longer a deterrent to aggression on the world stage.

Our enemies know this and are taking full advantage of this weak and ineffective president.

Mr. President, you have shamed America’s Greatness and we in turn are ashamed of you.

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Obama/Putin Standoff

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Putin and Obama speak by phone as US moves on several fronts to counter Russian aggression

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for an hour by phone Thursday as the administration moved on several fronts to counter Russia’s aggression in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

The White House said Obama emphasized to Putin that “Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has led us to take several steps in response in coordination with our European partners.”

These included sending U.S. fighter jets to allied countries, imposing visa restrictions on Russians and strongly decrying a planned referendum in Crimea to split from Ukraine and join Russia.

The call was the first known contact between the two leaders since Saturday, shortly after Russian troops moved into Crimea.

The White House said Obama told Putin there still was a way to resolve the situation diplomatically, which would include the Ukraine and Russian governments holding direct talks, international monitors and Russian forces returning to their bases. There was no indication of Putin’s response.

Earlier Thursday, Obama said at the White House,”We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”

Obama was reacting to a vote in Crimea to join Russia — which is scheduled for a referendum in 10 days. Obama, echoed by the State Department, said this move would “violate the Ukrainian Constitution and violate international law.”

The president said there is still a path to resolve the crisis, and urged Russia to let international monitors into Ukraine as part of that. But, referring to a boosted U.S. military presence among NATO partners, Obama said the U.S. is taking steps “to reaffirm our commitment to the security and democracy of our allies in Eastern Europe.”

Among those steps, six F-15s landed in Lithuania, along with two K-135 refueling tankers, on Thursday morning.

Polish officials also claimed that the U.S. was sending 12 F-16s to Poland, along with 300 U.S. troops. The Pentagon, though, said no decision had been made, though “Secretary Hagel is committed to increasing our participation in the aviation detachment in Poland, a detachment he visited recently.”

The U.S. Navy also announced it is sending a guided-missile destroyer to the Black Sea as part of a “scheduled” deployment.

The Navy stressed that the USS Truxtun would be leaving from Greece for “previously planned” exercises with Romanian and Bulgarian Naval forces. But the ship movement comes as the Pentagon overtly boosts its NATO presence in the region, as part of an effort to shore up allies in the face of Russia’s advances.

The USS Truxtun will be detaching from the USS George H.W. Bush strike group, currently in the Mediterranean. Another ship, the USS Taylor, had previously been in the Black Sea but ran aground and is currently undergoing repairs in Turkey.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration was moving ahead Thursday with additional sanctions and visa restrictions on Russians in response to the country’s incursion in Ukraine.And the House voted Thursday to approve a $1 billion loan guarantee package for Ukraine.

At a hearing on Capitol Hill, a top State Department official also blasted Russia’s version of events, which it used to justify its use of the military — just hours after the department issued a blistering fact sheet on the topic.

“There are no confirmed reports of threats to ethnic Russians,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Rubin continued, “No confirmed reports of a massive movement of ethnic Russian refugees, no threat to Russian naval bases. The interim Ukrainian government is a body that represents the will of the Ukrainian people. It is not an extremist cabal. Russia’s assertions are nothing more than veneer used to justify its military action.”

The State Department fact sheet, called “President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims About Ukraine,” aimed to counter what the State Department calls Russia’s false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine. The State Department wrote: “The world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, ‘The formula ‘two times two equals five’ is not without its attractions.’”

Meanwhile, the latest actions by Crimea itself are also on tenuous footing. Crimea’s parliament has asked to join Russia, which citizens could formalize with a vote in a March 16 referendum. But there are no legal grounds for this move, according to Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Although several House Foreign Affairs Committee members gave strong statements about punishing Russia for its transgressions, Treasury official Daleep Singh noted the limits to the effectiveness of sanctions. Singh did point out that Europe’s reliance on Russian energy is a two-way street: Europe depends on Russia for energy, but Russia depends on Europe for revenue from that energy.

Rubin also spoke about the recently announced visa restrictions.

“Pursuant to the president’s guidance, the State Department is putting in place visa restrictions on a number of officials and individuals, reflecting a policy decision to deny visas to those responsible for or complicit in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” he said.

Other options are on the table.

Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen brought up the Magnitsky Act. She suggested new names be added to the list to “name and shame” the Russians known to have committed human rights violations. To this, Rubin indicated that the State Department is indeed actively considering adding new names.

The Magnitsky Act, officially the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan bill passed in late 2012 intended to punish Russian officials linked to the death of Sergei Magnitsky. It would block their entrance to the United States and use of their banking system. Worldwide, the act has been hailed as groundbreaking for human rights.

Putin said at the time the act was “unfriendly” and threatened bilateral relations. Russia responded to the Magnitsky Act by barring Americans from adopting Russian children.

Fox News’ Justin Fishel and James Schneider contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/06/navy-destroyer-heading-to-black-sea-as-us-fighter-jets-land-in-lithuania/

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Flashpoint: UKRAINE

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Fact Check: Could a Little-Known International Agreement With Ukraine Force U.S., Britain Into War With Russia?

The United States and Britain “reaffirmed” its commitment to protect Ukraine’s borders in exchange for the nation giving up its nuclear weapons in a little-known treaty known as the “Budapest Memorandum signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1994.

The Daily Mail notes reports “if Russia has invaded Ukraine then it would be difficult for the US and Britain to avoid going to war.”

Sir Tony Brenton, who served as a British ambassador from 2004 to 2008, said war is certainly on the table if it’s determined that the Budapest Memorandum is “legally binding.”

According to the Daily Mail, Kiev has asked that the agreement be honored as it claims its borders have been violated.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/28/fact-check-could-a-little-known-international-agreement-force-u-s-britain-into-war-with-russia/

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Ukraine official: Russia has launched ‘armed invasion’ in Crimea

Russian troops moved into Crimea Friday, U.S. officials told Fox News, prompting Ukraine to accuse Russia of an “armed invasion.”

At the White House, President Obama said the U.S. government is “deeply concerned” by reports of Russian “military movements” and warned any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty would be “deeply destabilizing.”

“There will be costs” for any military intervention, he said, without specifying what those costs might be.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/02/28/ousted-ukrainian-president-vows-to-continue-struggle-for-ukraine-future/

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Charles Krauthammer: ‘The Ukrainians – and I Think Everybody – Are Shocked by the Weakness of Obama’s Statements’

Syndicated columnist and political commentator Charles Krauthammer on Friday said President Barack Obama’s statement on the alleged Russian invasion of Crimea, Ukraine, was so weak it was “staggering.” In fact, he argued the president “could not have issued a more flaccid statement.”

Krauthammer told Bret Baier that the “Ukrainians — and I think everybody — are shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statements.”

“I find it rather staggering,” he added. “What he’s saying is we’re not going to really do anything, and we’re telling the world.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/28/charles-krauthammer-the-ukrainians-and-i-think-everybody-are-shocked-by-the-weakness-of-obamas-statements/

RED DAWN ALERT

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Hagel calls for shrinking Army to pre-WWII size

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Monday for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades, along with other cuts, drawing criticism that the drastic changes will hurt U.S. security. 

Hagel announced his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon. The Army had already been preparing to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is proposing to cut it further to between 440,000 and 450,000. 

That would make it the smallest since just before the U.S. entered World War II.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/24/hagel-proposed-budget-will-reportedly-shrink-army-to-pre-wwii-numbers/

China and Russia Embark on Military Buildup as America Stands Down

Return of the former Soviet Union

and Vladimir Putin

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/putin-promises-big-russian-buildup/2012/02/20/gIQAzITMPR_story.html

China Boosts Military Spending

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123453834563438.html

Read the whole story on this Military Buildup at Voting American

Red Dawn Alert

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We have all seen on a worldwide scale just how bad President Obama’s foreign policies are.  One has to wonder if this President is determined to bring down these United States of America

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Will Obama Create a New Cold War?

Read more at the Samiam60 Report

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RED DAWN ALERT

Red-alertThe Hand Writing is on the Wall

Hagel calls for shrinking Army to pre-WWII size

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Monday for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades, along with other cuts, drawing criticism that the drastic changes will hurt U.S. security. 

Hagel announced his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon. The Army had already been preparing to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is proposing to cut it further to between 440,000 and 450,000. 

That would make it the smallest since just before the U.S. entered World War II.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/24/hagel-proposed-budget-will-reportedly-shrink-army-to-pre-wwii-numbers/

China and Russia Embark on Military Buildup as America Stands Down

Return of the former Soviet Union

and Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW – Less than two weeks before presidential elections, Vladimir Putin laid out his ambitious plans Monday for modernizing and strengthening Russia’s defense forces over the next decade, in the face of a threatening world and a powerful United States.“For Russia to feel secure and for our partners to listen carefully to what our country has to say,” he wrote, Moscow must spend about $775 billion by 2022 for new armaments and a more professional military.
Two weeks before Russia holds its presidential election, hundreds of motorists circled central Moscow to demand that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin allow free elections. Saturday night, pro-Putin motorists hit the streets. (Feb. 19)

“We see zones of instability and artificially maintained, managed chaos emerging,” the current Russian prime minister wrote in a lengthy article that was one of a series of presidential campaign platforms. “Furthermore, we see how some are purposefully provoking such conflicts in the immediate vicinity of Russia’s borders.”

He said Russia’s military response to the U.S. missile defense shield would be “effective and asymmetrical.”

The promise to increase defense spending and modernize Russia’s forces is not new. On Monday, Putin said Russia will put more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles into service over the next 10 years, as well as eight nuclear submarines, 600 advanced aircraft, 2,300 tanks and an array of other equipment. Analysts, on the left and right, were skeptical that he can accomplish such a buildup.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/putin-promises-big-russian-buildup/2012/02/20/gIQAzITMPR_story.html

China Boosts Military Spending

China has announced that it will boost military spending by 11.2 per cent this year, in a move likely to cause concern about Beijing’srapid military build-up and stoke regional tensions.The increase was announced on Sunday by Li Zhaoxing, the spokesman for China’s parliament, and will bring official spending on the People’s Liberation Armyto 670.3bn yuan ($110bn) for 2012, after a 12.7 per cent increase last year and a nearly consistent series of double-digit rises across two decades.
“China’s limited military power is for the sake of preserving national sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity- Li Zhaoxing,
Chinese parliamentary spokesman

China’s public budget is widely thought by foreign experts to undercount its real spending on military modernisation, which has unnerved Asian neighbours and drawn repeated calls from the US for China to share more about its intentions.

Li said the world has nothing to fear, and the money spent on the PLA paled in comparison with the Pentagon’s outlays.

“You can see that we have 1.3 billion people with a large land areas and a long coastline, but our outlays on defence are quite low compared to other major countries,” Li said before the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the Communist Party-controlled legislature that will approve the budget.

“China’s limited military power is for the sake of preserving national sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity,” said Li, a former foreign minister. “Fundamentally, it constitutes no threat to other countries.”

Budget ‘tops $100bn’

Asian neighbours have been nervous about Beijing’s expanding military, and this latest double-digit rise could reinforce worries in Japan, India and Southeast Asian nations.

“China’s military capabilities plus its creeping assertiveness, its new kind of aggressiveness in the region, I think those are causes for concern,” Richard Bitzinger, a military expert and senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, told Al Jazeera.

“I think what’s most significant, for me at least, is the fact that they finally topped $100bn in defence spending.”

 
China’s growing military capability has been a growing concern among Asian countries in recent years

Bitzinger said the ”ultimate cumulative effect is that it has basically propelled the Chinese into the second largest defence spender in the world, behind the United States”.

Obama has sought to reassure Asian allies that the US will stay a key player in the area, and the Pentagon has said it will “rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region”.

“China shares its land border with 14 countries; it used to make sense that a country in such a position maintains strong conventional forces,” said Kazuya Sakamoto, a professor at Osaka University in Japan who researches international security.

“But in this nuclear age, it does not really make sense China, a nuclear-armed country, continues to build up its military at such a pace.”

Obama’s proposed budget for the fiscal year of 2013 calls for a Pentagon base budget of $525.4bn, about $5.1bn less than approved for 2012.

China’s defence spending was 1.28 per cent of its gross domestic product in 2011, while the US and Britain both devoted more then two per cent of their economies to their military forces, Li, the Chinese parliament spokesman, said.

Japan and China have disputed over islands each claims in the East China Sea; Vietnam, the Philippines and other nations have challenged Beijing over claims to swathes of the South China Sea that could be rich in oil and gas.

 
Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123453834563438.html

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President Obama’s Alarming Disarming America Speech in Berlin

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Eight foot thick armored glass protects President Obama as a very Sparse Crowd gathers for his

‘Disarming America’

speech in Berlin

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Lawmakers question Obama’s pledge to scale back US nuclear arsenal

President Obama’s pledge to cut the United States’ nuclear arsenal by one-third is sending the wrong message to the global community, some Washington lawmakers said Wednesday.  

“Now is not the time to pursue further strategic nuclear force reductions,” Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said following Obama’s speech in Berlin, Germany.

Inhofe was among several lawmakers who warned that cutting the country’s strategic nuclear arsenal by one-third would put America at a disadvantage against countries like Russia, North Korea and Iran. Inhofe said the president’s plan wrongly assumes that reducing the role of nuclear weapons would make the world safer.

“Instead, our experience has been that nuclear arsenals — other than ours — are on the rise, Russia defies us at almost every turn, efforts to curb the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran are failing, and our allies grow increasingly uneasy about the reliability of U.S. nuclear guarantees,” Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.  

The president called for further reducing nuclear stockpiles, and ultimately eliminating nuclear weapons, during an address in Berlin on Wednesday. “So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe,” he said. 

In the near-term, if the Senate approves the U.S.-Russia proposal, Obama would reduce the current limit for each country of 1,550 by a third, which would potentially bring the warhead stockpile to as low as 1,000. 

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a freshman Republican senator from New Hampshire, called the president’s decision to pursue additional reductions “misguided and dangerous.”

“A robust and reliable U.S. nuclear arsenal discourages nuclear proliferation and deters nuclear attacks on the United States and our allies,” Ayotte said in a statement.

Ret. Gen. Jack Keane told Fox News the country needs to do the opposite of what the president is proposing and instead should ramp up and modernize the program.

“Our (nuclear program) is in very bad shape and we have decorating capabilities,” he said.

Some lawmakers, though, applauded the president’s plan.

Democratic Rep. Adam Smith, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, praised Obama’s approach.

“The president’s announcement today will allow the United States to lead the way on nuclear weapons reductions in a manner that strengthens our national security,” he said in a statement, adding that Obama “clearly understands that a strong nuclear deterrent remains essential. We have, and would retain, the ability to destroy the world many times over.” 

During his speech in Berlin, Obama said “this is the moment to begin the work of seeking the peace of a world without nuclear weapons.”

It was the same message he told a crowd of 200,000-strong in Germany back in 2008 while he visited the country during his presidential campaign. 

Obama also said, upon his return to the U.S., he will ask the Senate to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty which has failed to make any significant strides in the Senate. During Wednesday’s speech, Obama also announced plans to attend a summit on securing nuclear material in 2014 in the Hague, an extension of the series of international meetings he initiated in 2009.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin seemed to question Obama’s sincerity and dismissed his statements.

“Obama’s calls to reduce nuclear arms cannot be taken seriously given that the U.S. is still ramping up its missile defenses,” Rogozin  told Reuters.  

At the end of the Cold War with Russia in 1991, America had deployed more than 10,000 warheads on delivery vehicles. Since then, the number has decreased to fewer than 2,000 warheads, and is slated to fall further in the next five years, after the new START Treaty completes implementation.

The current cost of the U.S. arsenal and its support infrastructure surpasses $31 billion a year.

In April 2010, the U.S. and Russia signed the New START Treaty which the Senate approved in December 2010. The new START superseded SORT– the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty, which was signed by the two nations in 2002 and was scheduled to expire at the end of 2012.

Under the terms of the New START agreement, each side would limit its number of deployed nuclear weapons delivery systems to no more than 700. The number of deployed strategic nuclear warhead stockpiles were capped at 1,500.

Presently, the administration is completing a review of the size of its nuclear force as well as a review of the country’s employment policy.

The president has also said publicly that the U.S. may be able to cut its numbers of deployed and non-deployed warheads even more. According to press reports, the Pentagon is now reviewing the number of alternatives and that the White House is likely to shave the number of nukes even more to 1,000 warheads. However, Obama insists that any major movements would be done in parallel with Russia.

There are a growing number of countries who have access to nuclear weapons.

According to the Arms Control Association, China has 240 total warheads, France has fewer than 300 and Russia has 1,480 deployed strategic warheads. The Federation of American Scientists estimates that Russia has another 1,022 non-deployed strategic warheads and another 2,000 tactical nuclear warheads. Russia has thousands of others waiting to be dismantled. The United Kingdom has a stockpile of 225.

Part of the global concern over nuclear capabilities stems from the widespread catastrophic damage that could occur if the weapons were placed in the wrong hands especially in countries of instability like North Korea and Syria.  

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/20/gop-lawmaker-calls-obama-pledge-to-scale-back-us-nuclear-arsenal-is-misguided/

President John F. Kennedy Speech in Berlin

http://youtu.be/56V6r2dpYH8

President Ronald Reagan Speech in Berlin

President Barack Obama Speech in Berlin

This video was very careful in not showing how sparse the crowd really was in Berlin. The picture below tells the story

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LOOKS LIKE OBAMA HAS LOST HIS MO-JO

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How much Taxpayer Money is Spent on Foreign Aid and Where does it Go?

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U.S. Foreign Aid By Country

U.S. Foreign Aid By Country

The United States is notorious for having its fingers in many pies. One of the ways Uncle Sam tries to coerce other states to get in line with his preferred policies is by doling out foreign aid — lots of it.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) states that its function is to provide “economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States.” While the effectiveness of foreign aid remains up for debate, the United States recently has continued to pump around $50 billion in aid to other countries each year.

In terms of the absolute value of aid given, the United States is the world’s top donor by far. So where is all that money going?

See where U.S. dollars flow below.

Here are the top ten recipients of U.S. foreign aid for 2012 (Data from July 2012 Congressional Research Service report):

10) Tanzania ($531 million)

9) Ethiopia ($580 million)

8) Nigeria ($625 million)

7) Kenya ($625 million)

6) Jordan ($676 Million)

5) Egypt ($1,557 million)

4) Iraq ($1,683 million) With many reconstruction efforts completed, assistance to Iraq has declined recently. Billions of U.S. dollars have been wasted since 2003, with much of the money going into corrupt contracts.

3) Pakistan: ($2,102 million) Pakistan comes in ahead of Iraq. U.S.-Pakistan relations may be rocky, but the country is considered one of three “frontline states” on the war on terror. Security assistance and aid “designed to limit the appeal of extremist organizations”

2) Afghanistan: ($2,327 million). After over a decade at war and ahead of the United States’ planned withdrawal in 2014, Afghanistan remains a top recipient of U.S. foreign affairs spending.

AND…

The number ONE recipient of U.S. Foreign Aid IS…(Not surprisingly)…

1) Israel: ($3,075 million) Israel’s special relationship with the United States pays off when it comes to foreign aid. The Jewish state has long been a top recipient of foreign aid, receiving nearly $3.1 billion in 2012.

http://www.dailypaul.com/283668/us-foreign-aid-by-country

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Putin putins it to U.S., well, in so many words…

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