March 29th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
In the midst of an ongoing foreign policy meltdown, mis-authored by the Obama Regime, recent news stories have indicated that the President is considering yet another mistake, even more serious than mistakes recently made.
Barack Obama, in talks with with Saudi King Abdullah, is actually considering the arming of Syria's "moderate opposition Islamist rebels" with high-tech shoulder-fired weapons systems. The only problem being that the rebels now in Syria are no longer considered to be moderate by anyone, assuming that they ever were. The opposition rebels are, in fact, almost entirely made up of radical Islamist fundamentalists bent on creating a Syrian-Islamic Caliphate.
"President Barack Obama’s possible shift would likely be welcomed by Saudi Arabia, which has been pressing the White House to allow the man-portable air-defense systems, known as “manpads,” into Syria.
Allowing manpads to be delivered to Syrian rebels would mark a shift in strategy for the U.S., which until this point has limited its lethal assistanceto small weapons and ammunition, as well as humanitarian aid.
The U.S. has been grappling for ways to boost the rebels, who have lost ground in recent months, allowing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to regain a tighter grip on the war-torn nation. A report in January said that the U.S. had been supplying “moderate” rebel groups with light arms and that Congress had approved funding for months of further deliveries."
Indeed, these are some of the most fundamentalist of Islamic fighters, many of which, hail from the ranks of various Al Qaeda terrorist camps. The rebels, who are in fierce contention with Syrian Dictator Assad, are dedicated to installing an Islamic Republic of Syria, under full Shariah law.
According to news reports, "Discussions would focus on ways to empower Syria's moderate opposition, including militarily, a senior White House official said."
"That will definitely be one of the main topics of conversation is how do we best empower the moderate opposition inside of Syria politically, militarily as a counterweight to (President Bashar) Assad," says deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.
Rhodes went on to state "Our relationship with the Saudis is in a stronger place today than it was in the fall (autumn) when we had some tactical differences about our Syria policy."
The report from AAP continues:
Saudi analyst Abdel Aziz al-Sagr, who heads the Gulf Research Centre, said Saudi-US relations are "tense due to Washington's stances" on the Middle East, especially Iran. The recent rapprochement between Tehran and Washington "must not take place at the expense of relations with Riyadh," Sagr said.
Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, long wary of Shi'ite Iran's regional ambitions, views a November deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program as a risky venture that could embolden Tehran. The interim agreement curbs Iran's controversial nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanctions relief, and is aimed at buying time to negotiate a comprehensive accord.
The facts, which now seem in clear evidence, point to a paradigm in which Obama and his White House Regime continue in an almost panicked knee-jerk reactive state, rather than in formulating a clear and systemic pro-active agenda, which would effectively deal with Russia, Syria and the Terrorist hooligan state of Iran.
Wiki: These missiles, have been used successfully over the past three decades both in military conflicts, as well as by terrorist organizations.
Twenty-five countries, including the United States, produce man-portable air defense systems or manpads. Possession, export, and trafficking in such weapons is officially tightly controlled, due to the threat they pose to civil aviation, although such efforts have not always been successful.
The missiles are about 5 to 6 feet (180 cm) in length and weigh about 35 to 40 pounds (18 kg), depending on the model. Shoulder-fired SAMs generally have a target detection range of about 6 miles (10 km) and an engagement range of about 4 miles (6 km), so aircraft flying at 20,000 feet (6,100 m) (3.8 miles) or higher are relatively safe.
The acronym MANPADS is commonly mistaken to have a singular form of "MANPAD"—this is incorrect, as even a singular unit is still a system and would have the final S in the acronym.
Arming Islamic fundamentalist/ Al Qaeda rebels with powerful and extraordinarily precise manpad systems, could easily cost the US foreign policy headaches, both in the near and distant future , and certainly not in spite of the extraordinarily myopic White House Regime, of Obama.
The arguments made by both media and government officials seem to continually reference moderate Islamic rebels, when in fact the evidence of Islamic extremism associated with the rebels suggests anything but moderation.
It would seem that the subjective term of "moderation" belongs only within the eyes of the beholder.
March 29th, 2014
The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus said to have already claimed 63 lives in rural Guinea has now spread to the West African nation’s capital, Conakry, with the Health Ministry ringing the alarm and officials calling it a “threat to regional security.”
A total of four capital dwellers have fallen victim to the hemorrhagic fever – one of the deadliest viruses known to man. They are currently in quarantine, Reuters reports, citing local Health Minister Remy Lamah.
The origin of the outbreak in Conakry appears to be an old man who visited a place about 150km away from the previously-identified outbreaks. After his funeral, four of his brothers started showing similar symptoms, and were immediately quarantined.
Medical sources also confirmed two staff members at the Kipe University Hospital in Conakry are exhibiting signs of the hemorrhagic fever. This is where the initial victims were treated upon discovery of suspicious symptoms.After the virus claimed 63 lives in the rural Forest region of Guinea, the spread to Conakry, with its population of 2 million – and an international airport – is seen as a serious escalation by officials. And the problem is beginning to affect the western region of Africa as well, with at least six Guinean arrivals dead in Sierra Leone and Liberia from symptoms closely resembling Ebola.
It is a very infectious disease whose symptoms involve diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding among other things, and it kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall victim to it, depending on the virus’s strain.
And the disease hadn’t been endemic to Guinea; it is more commonly witnessed in Congo, Uganda and Sudan – which is in the north-east. The first fatal outbreak in West Africa dates back to early February, when it took poorly equipped health authorities almost six weeks to identify the symptoms and scramble to contain them. But by then it was too late. The virus’s incubation period is three weeks.
The UN has now been brought in to help deal with the situation, as have a number of NGOs. This weekend saw Doctors without Borders (MSF) bring in 33 tons of aid to help treatment and containment efforts.
Local airline Gambia Bird has announced breaks and delays in services to Conakry to be in place by Sunday.
Sanitary controls in neighboring countries are being activated, and border crossings have been closed to the north, with Mauritania, who only left two border posts open with Senegal.
The search for any vaccine or drug has thus far been hampered by the disease’s rarity. But health experts warn against obvious dangers, such as eating fruit bats. The animal is a local delicacy, but is a widely-known potential carrier of the disease. Bush meat is another cause for concern. Both types of meat have now been banned – as are public funerals, where proximity to the body is often the cause for the infection of groups of people.
The virus is incredibly contagious. It can spread through contact with contaminated corpses – as in the case of the last outbreak involving the four men – as well as direct contact with blood, feces and sweat. It’s not hard to picture a nightmare scenario in a country prone to hot weather.
But the spread itself can come much more unexpectedly as well. All it takes is one infected plane passenger, and the prospects are truly harrowing: the local Health Ministry in Canada's Saskatchewan province put a man and his entire family in quarantine after he exhibited disturbing symptoms upon arrival from Africa by plane.
The virus first appeared in 1976 in the DRC (formerly Zaire), and has since killed 1,500 people. Its name takes from a river in northern Congo.
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March 28th, 2014
This graphic illustrates the fact that America has suffered its coldest winter in 102 years.....
Talk about inconvenient truths.....and the overall trendline appears to be heading in the 'more of the same' direction.....
March 28th, 2014
As can be seen in this video, the driver of the car being harassed makes the point that although she's driving in the fast lane, she simply cannot get over to let the bully behind her pass, due to traffic in the Right lane.
In addition, she had a left-turn coming up.
However, when the opportunity for the road rage perpetrator to pass finally arrives, rather than easily moving past the driver being victimized, the imbecile actually chose to protest his angst by flying the bird, at her, for an extended length of time & attention.
After being satisfied that his reckless bird-flying had exacted the appropriate price, the truck driver then proceeded to jerk his truck over in front of the victim, to such a degree, that the truck lost control and spun out in the medium, damaging the truck in the process while fully authenticating the enraged driver's lack of a reasonably functioning brain.
Florida State Troopers later charged the enraged idiot for leaving the scene of a crash.
March 28th, 2014
As far as I know, this sort of thing has happened only once since 1956....
Three of us here - myself, Graham Warwick and Guy Norris - concur that the photos show something real.