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Obama removes all U.S. battle tanks from Europe

Dr. Eowyn:

That, in turn, means the United States, henceforth, will not be able to fight a land war in Europe.

H/t John Rolls of the Rolls Report

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Amidst the still-ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the Obama administration is moving the last U.S. battle tanks from Germany and, thus, from Europe.

At the same time, the Pentagon also is disbanding two of the U.S. Army’s heavy brigades in Germany. Last year, the 170th Infantry out of Baumholder disbanded, while the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade at Grafenwöhr is in the process of doing the same.

Abram tank out of GermanyOne of 22 Abram battle tanks, bound for South Carolina, being loaded at the railhead in Kaisersalutern, Germany (photo by Alexander Burnett/U.S. Army). 

John Vandiver reports for Stars and Stripes, April 4, 2014, that the U.S. Army’s 69-year history of basing main battle tanks on German soil quietly ended last month when 22 Abrams tanks, a main feature of armored combat units throughout the Cold War, embarked for the U.S.

On March 18, the remaining tanks were loaded up at the 21st Theater Sustainment…

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Americans who know least about Ukraine, most want U.S. to use military force

Dr. Eowyn:

God help and protect us from the willfully ignorant!

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Can you locate the country of Ukraine in the world map below?

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Here’s a hint:

The southernmost part of Ukraine is the Crimea peninsula (that recently was annexed by Russia). The peninsula juts out into the Black Sea.

If you correctly located Ukraine where the red star is in the map below, you are among a very select minority of Americans — 16% or one out of every six Americans.

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That was the finding of three political scientists: Kyle Dropp of Dartmouth College, Joshua D. Kertzer of Harvard University, and Thomas Zeitzoff of Princeton University.

As they reported in The Washington Post of April 7, 2014, the trio conducted a national survey on March 28-31 on what action Americans wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine. The respondents were also asked to locate Ukraine by clicking on a high-resolution world map (see below).

Where's Ukraine

As you can…

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10,000 Russian troops conduct massive nuclear exercise

Dr. Eowyn:

This is ominous, especially in view of Putin’s military doctrine that states Russia would use nuclear weapons “in response to large-scale aggression utilizing conventional weapons in situations critical to the national security of the Russian Federation,” that is, even if Russia proper hadn’t been attacked.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

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In January 2014, Russia carried out a large surprise ad hoc military drill around the Crimean Black Sea. No one at the time thought anything of it. But, of course, we know now the drill was a prelude to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

Three days ago, on March 27, 2014, ten thousand Russian troops began a military drill simulating the massive deployment of nuclear missiles.

Zachary Keck reports for The Diplomat, March 29, 2014, that while much Western attention has been bestowed on Russia’s conventional military buildup along the borders of Ukraine, Moscow also began a massive nuclear offensive exercise on Thursday.

According to the Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta, citing multiple senior Russian military officers, Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) began a massive three-day exercise involving 10,000 soldiers and 1,000 pieces of equipment from more than 30 units. The major purpose of the drill, according to the report, is to…

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Obama: West has no plan to use force in Ukraine

Dr. Eowyn:

After all his huffing and puffing at Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, after (reportedly) funding, arming and training the pro-EU Ukrainian protesters, Obama just declared that the U.S. and NATO will NOT use force, whatever happens in the Ukraine, thereby giving Vladimir Putin the green light to go ahead.

We now know what the Obama Doctrine is: Talk bullish and carry a wet noodle, aka Whip the Fish:

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Obama Doctrine

Beginning last November, Ukrainians had protested, demonstrated, and rioted to join the European Union. When the Euromaiden Uprising turned violent, 98 lost their lives and thousands more were injured.

According to Global Research, Infowars, and other sources, the CIA and the EU covertly had supported the Euromaiden Uprising, with the Obama administration spending $20 million a week to fund, arm, and train the protesters.  

On February 28, 2014, Obamaurged Russia not to intervene in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. He said, “we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties — and a military facility in Crimea. But any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing. The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any…

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Obama pledges $1 billion to Ukraine in violation of Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

Dr. Eowyn:

The plain truth is the U.S. government is broke.

Our OFFICIAL $17+ trillion national debt is now an alarming 108% of our gross national product.

And yet Obama and both parties in Congress want to give $1 billion to Ukraine, which will not only be money down the drain, but is also in violation of our own law!

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

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The Washington Post reports on March 4, 2014, that the Obama administration’s pledge of a $1 BILLION aid package for Ukraine has bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate panel who visited Ukraine in December to meet with opposition figures, said that a proposal combining aid to Ukraine with sanctions against Russian officials “will enjoy broad Democratic and Republican support on the committee.”

Leaving aside the facts that the United States has a national debtmore than $17½ TRILLION (more than 108% of America’s GDP) and that the Obama administration wants to reduce the size of the U.S. military to pre-WWII levels due to budget constraints, there is another problem with the proposed $1 BILLION “aid” gift to Ukraine:

It violates a U.S. law, specifically the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

From Voice of Russia, March 11, 2014:

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Obama calls Putin

Let’s see, NBC reportedly dumped Jay Leno because of his Obama jokes.

Now, Jimmy Fallon is doing it. LOL

~Eowyn

No War against Syria!!!

AntiChristNobel Peace Prize winner Barack Hussein Obama is hell bent on getting America into yet another war — in Syria.

I woke up this morning to the alphabet TV networks trumpeting the news that President Lucifer will begin an intensive propaganda campaign, via media interviews and talks with skeptical members of Congress, to mobilize support for his war. He will address the nation tomorrow, one day before a vote in the Senate to authorize use of force against Syria’s regime.

Fellowship of the Minds is against this war for the following reasons:

1. Obama’s ostensible reason for the war — as a “humanitarian intervention” to punish the Assad government of Syria for launching a chemical attack on August 21, 2013, on its own people — is not believable because:

2. A U.S. military attack, in the name of “humanitarianism,” itself is anti-humanitarian because it will inflict untold pain and suffering on the Syrian people. (See “Letter from Trappist nuns in Syria: Fear and helplessness at impending U.S. attack”)

3. A U.S. military attack on the Syrian government will only help the jihadist rebels terrorists, who are many times worse than the Assad regime and who themselves have undertaken chemical attacks in the past and, most likely, on August 21.  If Obama means to punish users of chemical weapons, then let’s take out BOTH the Assad regime AND the jihadist rebels terrorists. Moreover, a Syria under the control of the al-Qaeda rebels terrorists will be a country where Christians are hounded and ruthlessly executed. (See “President Lucifer’s Jihad)

4. Any U.S. “military intervention” is an act of war, as acknowledged by none other than Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. (See “U.S. war against Syria: No clear goals, no good guys, will cost tens of millions“) Irrespective of what Obama calls it, a U.S. act of war will be recognized as such by others and will have repercussions, intended and unintended, as well as provoke retaliations. Already, countries such as Iran and Russia have said they will not simply stand by and do nothing:

In other words, what begins as U.S. “no-boots-on-the-ground” missile attacks may conflagrate into, without exaggeration, World War III.

5. Our soldiers are already overstressed and overburdened,suffering from unprecedented high rates of suicide and PTSD. At some point, even a strong elastic band eventually snaps.

6. The American people don’t want another war. (See “Not in our names, Mr. Antichrist… ahem, Mr. President”)

7. America is broke. The federal government is already in debt to the (official) tune of $17 TRILLION. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has admitted that the price tag for even “limited strikes” on Syria would likely be in the “tens of millions” of U.S. dollars. That’s tens of millions of dollars that we don’t have, which means the U.S. Treasury will just borrow more by issuing more Treasury bonds and notes. China and Japan now hold as much as 25% of U.S. Treasuries. What if China and Russia were to dump their U.S. Treasuries? In fact, China and Japan have been aggressively dumping (selling) bonds since June. (See “Who Is Going To Buy Our Debt If This War Causes China, Russia And The Rest Of The World To Turn On Us?“)

8. U.S. gas prices will shoot up to stratospheric levels. In other words, this won’t be just a remote war fought in the air over some country that most Americans can’t even place on a map. Every American will immediately feel it at the gas pump. 

Join us in saying “No” to Obama’s war! – go here!

1. Support our soldiers who are risking court martial by posting pics of themselves in uniform, declaring their opposition. (See “U.S. soldiers in open rebellion against Obama’s war in Syria”)

Send your pics to FOTM and I’ll post them in our special “FOTM says ‘No!’ to Obama’s War” gallery:

FOTM’s email address: fellowshipminds@gmail.com

2. Call/write your Congressperson and senators! To find out how to contact your representatives, click here.

3. Join an anti-war protest/demonstration! On Saturday, thousands around the world protested against the proposed Obama airstrikes on Syria. At least 150 protesters picketed the sidewalk in front of the White House and marched to Capitol Hill, chanting anti-war slogans and carrying signs that said a war on Syria would be “Built on a Lie.”

4. Pray! (See “Prayer for Peace in Syria” )

~Eowyn

Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport

Don’t know if he’s a hero or a traitor. I do know skippy can’t touch him know. Well of course there is always things that go bump in the night.

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Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

Published time: August 01, 2013 11:45
Edited time: August 01, 2013 14:08

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory.

The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden’s legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said, with his words later confirmed by Russia’s Federal Migration service.

“I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added.

Kucherena showed a photocopy of the document to the press. According to it, Snowden is free to stay in Russia until at least July 31, 2014. His asylum status may be extended annually upon request.

With his newly-awarded legal status in Russia, Snowden cannot be handed over to the US authorities, even if Washington files an official request. He can now be transported to the United States only if he agrees to go voluntarily.

Snowden departed at around 15.30 Moscow time (11.30 GMT), airport sources said. His departure came some 30 minutes before his new refugee status was officially announced.

His present location has not been made public nor will it be disclosed, Kucherena said.

“He is the most wanted person on earth and his security will be a priority,” the attorney explained. “He will deal with personal security issues and lodging himself. I will just consult him as his lawyer.”

Snowden eventually intends to talk to the press in Russia, but needs at least one day of privacy, Kucherena said.

The whistleblower was unaccompanied when he left the airport in a regular taxi, Kucherena added.

However, WikiLeaks contradicted the lawyer, saying the organization’s activist Sarah Harrison

Russia is confident that the latest development in the Snowden case will not affect US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Moscow, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said.

“We are aware of the atmosphere being created in the US over Snowden, but we didn’t get any signals [indicating a possible cancellation of the visit] from American authorities,” he told RIA Novosti.

Snowden, a former CIA employee and NSA contractor, came to international prominence after leaking several classified documents detailing massive electronic surveillance by the US government and foreign allies who collaborated with them.

Snowden was hiding out in a Hong Kong hotel when he first went public in May. Amidst mounting US pressure on both Beijing and local authorities in the former-British colony to hand the whistleblower over for prosecution, Snowden flew to Moscow on June 23.

Moscow was initially intended as a temporary stopover on his journey, as Snowden was believed to be headed to Ecuador via Cuba. However, he ended up getting stranded at Sheremetyevo Airport after the US government revoked his passport. Snowden could neither leave Russia nor enter it, forcing him to remain in the airport’s transit zone.

In July, Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia, a status that would allow him to live and work in the country for one year. Kucherena earlier said the fugitive whistleblower is considering securing permanent residency in Russia, where he will attempt to build a life.

~ Steve~

 

 

 

Crazy Russian Drivers, Not For The Faint Of Heart.

I’m thinking these are some crazy drivers who drink too much vodka, and all seem to have a dashcam mounted for our enjoyment. Yikes!!

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~ Steve~                                      H/T   My Dear Friend   Nancy

Islamic Terrorism: The Russians “Get It”

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Via breitbart.com:

Russia detains 140 suspected Islamic extremists

AP  4/26/2013 4:49:39 PM

(AP) Russia detains 140 suspected Islamic extremists

MOSCOW

Russian police and security agents have detained 140 people at a mosque in Moscow on suspicion of involvement with Islamic extremism.

A statement from the Federal Security Agency reported by Russian news agencies said among those detained in the Friday action were 30 citizens of unspecified foreign countries.

The detentions come a week after the two suspects in the fatal Boston Marathon bombing were identified as originating from the Russian region of Chechnya and sympathizing with Islamic extremists.

There were no immediate reports of charges being filed. The security agency referred The Associated Press to a district office, where the telephone was not answered.

The reports cited the agency as saying the mosque previously has been visited by people who had been involved in preparing or carrying out terrorist attacks.

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terror_attacksClearly the Russian government, no stranger to Islamic terrorism itself, is not encumbered by the self-destructive mental illness that is political correctness, as we seem to be hopelessly afflicted with it here in America.

Even our normally docile neighbors to the north appear to be catching on, and like the Russians, are taking proactive steps to try and protect their citizens from the 7th Century primitives.

Yet here in post 9/11 America, the supposedly most powerful nation the world has ever seen - a place where five Jihadists have successfully reached their targets since January 20th, 2009, the man charged with defending us from our enemies cannot even bring himself to utter the phrase Islamic terrorism.

I hope we will not wind up eating a couple of cities before this nation, and its government, finally wake up to the reality that is Islam.

-Dave