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First Assessments of Implications of Bin Laden Death

Red Alert: Osama bin Laden Killed
STRATFOR – May 2, 2011
The United States has killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and recovered his body, according to numerous media reports May 1 citing U.S. officials. U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to make an announcement on the subject. It is not clear precisely how bin Laden was killed or how his body was recovered, but the assertion that he is dead is significant.
Bin Laden had become the symbol of al Qaeda, even though the degree to which he commanded the organization was questionable. The symbolic value of his death is obvious. The United States can claim a great victory. Al Qaeda can proclaim his martyrdom.
It is difficult to understand what this means at this moment, but it permits the Obama administration to claim victory, at least partially, over al Qaeda. It also opens the door for the beginning of a withdrawal from Afghanistan, regardless of the practical impact of bin Laden’s death. The mission in Afghanistan was to defeat al Qaeda, and with his death, a plausible claim can be made that the mission is complete. Again speculatively, it will be interesting to see how this affects U.S. strategy there.
Equally possible is that this will trigger action by al Qaeda in bin Laden’s name. We do not know how viable al Qaeda is or how deeply compromised it was. It is clear that bin Laden’s cover had been sufficiently penetrated to kill him. If bin Laden’s cover was penetrated, then the question becomes how much of the rest of the organization’s cover was penetrated. It is unlikely, however, that al Qaeda is so compromised that it cannot take further action.
At this early hour, the only thing possible is speculation on the consequences of bin Laden’s death, and that speculation is inherently flawed. Still, the importance of his death has its consequences. Certainly one consequence will be a sense of triumph in the United States. To others, this will be another false claim by the United States. For others it will be a call to war. We know little beyond what we have been told, but we know it matters.
~Posted by Eowyn

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Soldiers to Receive Gay PC Training

The joke's on us!


Just what our servicemen need while dodging bullets and buried mines in the battlefield:

PC training on how to treat, live with, and shower alongside gays.

Welcome to the Late Great U. S. of A.
~Eowyn
Entire U.S. Army to receive gay sensitivity training by the end of the summer…even if they’re on the battlefield
Daily Mail – Feb 26, 2011
The entire U.S. Army will receive gay sensitivity training by the end of the summer, according to a military spokesman. Combat troops currently deployed in Afghanistan will also be trained while they are in the war zone rather than when they return to their bases on American soil.

Programme: The entire U.S. Army will receive gay sensitivity training even combat troops currently deployed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon’s training programme follows on from the repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ ban which required gay troops to hide their sexuality. 
President Obama signed a bill last year to end the ban but it will stay in place until the secretary of defense decides the policy will not interfere with combat readiness. Robert M Gates has said gays will be able to declare their sexual preference openly within the army before the end of 2011.


Obama signed repeal of DADT last year. What happened to Pelosi's face? Looks like her "picture of Dorian Gray" is finally catching up with her face....


 

Army Command Sergeant Major, Marvin Hill, said no unit would be exempt from taking the programme that will teach gay rights.”‘I have heard about the training that will be forthcoming to the battlefield,” he told Pentagon reporters via a teleconference from Kabul. “We will take our directions from the Department of Defense, from the secretary of defense, the chairman, as well as the service chiefs of each service. Our plan is to take their direction, and we’re going to execute that training right here on the battlefield. Our goal is to not allow a unit to return to home station and have the unit responsible for that. While we own those soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, we’re going to execute that training on the ground. We hope that it will have little impact on their combat and security operations here.”
What the actual programme involves is not yet available to the media, but a spokesman for the U.S. Army, told MailOnline that there would be “structured lesson plans”. The training will be broken down into three sections. The first section is for specialists like chaplains, lawyers and investigators. The second is for commanders in the field. The third is for the rest of the force – 2.2million active and reserve troops. “We expect the entire army of over a million people to be trained by the end of the summer”, the spokesman added.
Before the programme was announced Sergeant Hill, who has been an ardent advocate of the repeal, said on Washington Watch in December: “If there are people who cannot deal with the change, then they’re going to have to do what’s best for their troops and best for the organisation and best for the military service and exit the military service, so that we can move forward – if that’s the way that we have to go.”
Some have not been so keen however. Elaine Donnelly, who heads the Center for Military Readiness, called the move to train combat soldiers engaging in daily battle “‘ridiculous”.  “It’s absurd because the military has more important things to think about in that dangerous part of the world,” she told The Washington Times. “‘For the administration to say this is more important than even with the troops we’re trying to train in that part of the world, I think it shows flawed priorities at best.”

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Hero Dog Survived Afghan War But Not US Government


“Target” was a homeless dog who eeked out a living on the war-ravaged streets of Afghanistan. The female German Shepherd mix and two other mutts, Rufus and Sasha, befriended the soldiers on a U.S. military base who began to feed the strays. The soldiers named the German Shepherd “Target” because she was plucky and cheated death so often, surviving IED explosions and the Taliban.

As the Daily Mail recounts, one night in February a Taliban suicide bomber came to the base in the middle of the night, wearing 25 pounds of explosives and intent on killing Americans. The three dogs barked at and bit the bomber, waking the 50 sleeping soldiers in the process. Frightened by the dogs, the terrorist blew himself up instead of the soldiers. Only five soldiers were injured in the bombing and all recovered. Sasha was killed; Target and Rufus were injured and were treated by medics like wounded soldiers. From then on, the dogs were treated like royalty at the US base at Dand Patan, near the Pakistan border.
When Sgt Terry Young returned home from his tour of duty to the San Tan Valley area near Phoenix this August, with the help of aid groups he brought Target with him. Rufus went to live with another soldier in Georgia. Target became famous when she was featured on ‘Oprah’ in September in a show about amazing animals.

Target with Sgt Young and Oprah


On Friday of last week Target escaped from the family’s backyard. Sgt Young put out notices and contacted TV stations that did reports on the missing dog, with the information that she wore a special pink camouflage collar. A neighbour found her wandering later that day and put her in his backyard and called the Pinal County shelter. 
But Target did not have a microchip or tag.
On Friday night, Sgt Young found Target’s picture on a website used by Pinal County’s dog catchers to help owners track lost pets. But the shelter in Casa Grande closes for the night and the weekend, with its hours listed on the website as M-F 8-5pm. 
On Monday, Sgt. Young showed up at the shelter to claim Target, only to find his dog dead. A shelter employee had “mistakenly” taken Target out of her pen Monday morning and euthanized her.
Ruth Stalter, director of the Animal Care and Control Center admitted that “When it comes to euthanizing an animal, there are some clear-cut procedures to follow. Based on my preliminary investigation, our employee did not follow those procedures.” 
A teary Sgt Young told a local TV station: “‘I just can’t believe that something like this would happen to such a good dog. My four year-old son just can’t understand what is going on with Target and keeps asking me to get the poison out of her and bring her home. They don’t want her to go be with God yet.”

Writing in the American Thinker on November 18, 2010, Jeannie DeAngelis sums up the moral of Target’s sad story:

You know the old adage – “Don’t get sick on the weekend…there’s nobody on staff,” especially if the hospital workers are on the government payroll.
Pinal County’s Animal Care and Control is a Division of the Health and Human Services Department, a county agency that “protects the health and welfare of Pinal County citizens.” In other words, the animal shelter is government-run on the county level. Based on ordinances, the division enforces regulations and provisions, “humanely” cares for animals, and provides “proactive and ongoing public education and information to the residents.” Above all, the organization prides itself on always adhering to “professional standards in all aspects of public relations and animal management.”  
Target the Heroine Dog’s Post-mortem message to America: Once Obamacare kicks in, be wary of smiling bureaucrats touting professional standards in all aspects of health care management, because the government fix may include an inept health care worker sending any one of us on a premature one-way trip, even though it isn’t our time “to go be with God yet.”

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H/t Sol and beloved fellow FS.
~Eowyn

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White House Insider Fears For America Under Obama


An anonymous White House insider, whom Fellowship of the Minds has named DeepThroat2 (DT2), has been talking to Ulsterman of News Flavor about behind-the-scenes turmoil in The Fraud’s administration. Here’s the latest scoop:

  • Democrats’ internal polls show a coming debacle next Tuesday, with losses for the Dems greater even than in 1994.
  • Obama continues to be inattentive to his job, instead spending all his time and energy campaigning because he loves the adulation from the duped crowd.
  • At a White House meeting on the Afghanistan war, with generals present, Obama spent only 10 minutes and laughed inappropriately.
  • Democrats are in open rebellion. DT2, for one, is adamant that he will not vote to reëlect Obama in 2012.
  • Things are so bad, DT2 not just fears for his party (Democrat), he fears for America.

Below are excerpts of what DT2 said, harvested from White House Insider: ‘They were in shock at the president’s behavior’,” by Ulsterman, NewsFlavor.com, October 25, 2010:
On the November 2 midterm elections:
“I have been given access to a significant amount of internals all across the country.  Senate, House, and governor races, and…well, it is going to be a very tough night for the Democratic Party.  It is as bad as I and some others feared it would be for us a couple months ago.  Nothing has improved –  maybe a few races here and there have tightened, but overall, it’s looking very bad for us.  Actually worse than the national polling data currently suggests even.
[Democrats will lose in the House] At least 50 – possibly a bit more.  It will be worse than what we saw in 1994, and I was around for that ass-kicking.
[The Senate] is just a bit tougher to call.  I think the Republicans right now have a 50/50 chance of taking a very slim majority.  But at the very least, they are going to gain seven seats, which will basically shut down any sure-thing Democratic Party agenda in the Senate.  We don’t fear that as much as what is going on with the House. It is going to be very difficult working with the House – the Republicans are taking on an increasingly aggressive tone heading into the election, and I think in 2011, they are going to putting on an all out offensive against the Obama agenda.”
Obama is to blame:
“President Obama and his administration -without a doubt.  The Obama White House has been a political train wreck from day one, and it isn’t getting any better at the moment.”
Obama’s shocking behavior:
“I’ll give you an example of why President Obama is not right for America.  He sure as hell has not been right for the party.  Not long ago, the president took a meeting.  He’s late, which apparently is becoming more and more common with him.  The meeting was almost cancelled.  In strolls the president, joking with an aide.  He plops down on a sofa, leans over and claps another guy on the back asking how he’s been.  Apologizes for being late, says he was “held up”.  He laughs some more.  The meeting begins.  After just ten minutes, during which time the president appears to almost totally withdraw into himself,  an aide walks in and whispers something to the president, who then nods and quickly stands up, shakes a few hands and tells another aide to update him later on the rest of the meeting.  As the president is walking out he is laughing at something yet again.  He asked no questions of those at the meeting – not one.  He left after just ten minutes, coming in laughing and leaving laughing.  His behavior during that brief time he was there was described as “borderline manic”.
That meeting was an update on Afghanistan, and the President of the United States, the Commander in Chief, could give a -expletive-. 
[White House aides] were also left to apologize to the ones left in the room after the president left.  Some of these were military. They were not happy.  No…that is not accurate. They were pissed.  They didn’t say much at the time, but word got back.  They were in shock at the president’s behavior.  The country had just lost a number of soldiers the week prior, the public opinion on the war was falling…and the president didn’t seem to care.  He arrives late, leaves early, appears to emotionally shut down during the actual discussion, and to then start laughing once again as he is leaving…how does someone reconcile with that kind of behavior?  I can’t.  It turns my stomach.  I didn’t want to believe what I was being told, but I had seen similar kinds of behavior from the president myself, and I can’t dispute the credibility of the source.  They have no reason to lie.”
DT2 fears for America:
“Working with a president is an extraordinary and terrifying thing.  In regards to my experience with Obama, it became far less extraordinary and far more terrifying.  And it’s getting worse.
Yes, terrifying.  To see one’s expectations so disappointed.  To see a figure who wields such great power and influence fall so short of the responsibilities of that power and influence…that is terrifying to witness. Initially I developed great fear for my party – for the Democrats whose political careers were being destroyed by this administration and party leadership.  Now I sincerely fear for my country.”
Obama may get reëlected in 2012:
“Absolutely.  He remains an effective campaigner – the best in politics, and these days, that can be enough to get elected.  You don’t actually have to know what you are doing – you just have to look and sound like you know what you are doing.”
DT2 will not support Obama in 2012:
“I will not support Barack Obama in 2012.  That possibility has left the table for me.  Based on what I know, what I have been told, what I have seen in recent weeks…no, I cannot support the President for a second term.  My concern for the party, for the country…my conscience does not allow me that option any longer.  Obama is not fit to be president.  He simply does not possess the inclinations necessary to lead the country.  And I don’t like saying that.  I helped the man get elected.  I was in the trenches day after day from city to city helping things get done in 2008…I take no pleasure in saying I was a part of that.  And I take no pleasure in saying Obama should not be re-elected in 2012.”
If Barack Obama is the Democratic Party nominee, I will not participate in any way in his election.  It will be the first time in some 20 years that I will have removed myself totally from the process of helping elect the Democratic Party candidate for President. I do not know if the country can survive another four years of Barack Obama, and frankly, I want nothing to do with helping us find out.  The man is an incompetent. The man is a tool of the extreme far left that has utterly corrupted the Democratic Party.  The man and those now closest to him in the administration appear to abhor America’s history.  They detest anyone who does not fully subscribe to their positions. They are corrupt, they are increasingly paranoid, and they are taking this country down a path by which we may never recover.
Enough is enough.  I will not defend, I will not support, I will not play a part in such blatant misuse of power and authority that continues to be the practice of this administration.  No more.  My primary goal now is to help as many good Democrats survive the disaster that will be the November elections, and from there, provide a far more capable and competent candidate to be the Democratic Party nominee for 2012.

I’m not alone.  There are more and more of us within the Democratic Party who are ready to challenge this president.”
Part 2 of this report tomorrow! HERE!
~Eowyn 

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