The Russian fleet is believed to be sailing to the Syrian port of Tartus. Russia’s defense ministry said on October 10 that the country was poised to transform its naval facility there into a permanent base.
That’s the last paragraph of this story about Russian warships moving to their new military foothold in the Middle East. It should be the first paragraph – in fact it’s short enough to be a sub-title, or one of those excerpts you see highlighted by font modifications in some blog posts.
That wasn’t out when the previous post was prepared.
Can we call ’em or what?
There is no doubt that Bradley Manning broke the law. The doubt is about who those laws are meant to protect: American citizens, or the American military and government.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has decided there will be no medal for exemplary drone service. Hagel also said there will be no purple heart awards for carpal tunnel wrist injuries.
Iran claims it has captured a U.S. drone aircraft. Although no journalists or other outsiders have seen the drone, the Iranian government did provide the above authentic, unretouched photograph. The U.S. Navy says none of its unmanned aerial vehicles is missing – like they would admit it if one was.
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was shot by members of his country’s military Sunday in what is being termed a “friendly fire” incident. Abdel Aziz is being treated for his wounds at a French military hospital.
The Veterans Administration has been criticized in a report by the office of its Inspector General for spending as much as $6 million dollars on conferences for the department’s human resources employees. Expenses included a parody video of the famous opening speech from the film “Patton”. Assistant secretary for human resources and administration John Sepulveda has resigned as a result of the report.
U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan have reached agreements with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to allow them to exit Afghanistan through those countries, circumventing an ever-more hostile Pakistan.
(NOTE: Actually Herman Cain said “Uzbekibekistanstan”, but that would have made the word balloon taller than the entire image, so we had to make an editorial decision.)