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NO MATTER THE OUTCOME, AMERICA LOSES

Obama’s Bungling Has Ensured A Bad Outcome
By Harold Hutchison

Whether you agree with intervening in the bloody Syrian civil war or not, the United States is now practically guaranteed to see a bad outcome for itself. The blame for this lies at the feet of Barack Obama, who has managed though a combination of indecisiveness and bluster to have created a foreign policy disaster for the country.

IV Cellular presents "Freedom Isn't Free"

Text of US Assessment of Syrian Chemical Weapons Use

U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s weapons attack on August 21, 2013

Statement on Syria by John F. Kerry

President Obama has spent many days now consulting with Congress and talking with leaders around the world about the situation in Syria. And last night, the President asked all of us on his national security team to consult with the leaders of Congress as well, including the leadership of the Congressional national security committees. And he asked us to consult about what we know regarding the horrific chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs last week.

White House Medal of Honor Ceremony

Video by Office of the Chief of Public Affairs

SSGT TY CARTER RECEIVES MEDAL OF HONOR

Second Medal Awarded for Battle of COP Keating
By Harold Hutchison

Staff Sergeant Ty Carter received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the battle of COP Keating. Carter is the second living Medal of Honor recipient from that battle, the first time in 50 years that two American military personnel have lived to receive the Medal of Honor in the same engagement.

Kentucky Marine Awarded Silver Star for Leading Marines Through Heavy Combat

The commanding general of 1st Marine Division awarded Sgt. Matthew T. Woodall the Silver Star Medal at Camp San Mateo here Aug. 2 for his actions while deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, during 2011. Woodall, a native of Paducah, Ky., displayed conspicuous gallantry while conducting combat operations in Helmand's Sangin district during a firefight, July 10 through 11, 2011.

'No atheists in foxholes': Chaplains gave all in World War II.

Many have heard the familiar phrase, "There is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole." Where did this come from?

Research I verified in an interview with former World War II prisoner of war Roy Bodine (my friend) indicates the phrase has been credited to Father William Cummings.

As the story goes, Father Cummings was a civilian missionary Catholic priest in the Philippines.

The phrase was coined during the Japanese attack at Corregidor.

UAV STRIKE IN YEMEN

Four Al-Qaeda Killed
By Harold Hutchison

An American UAV strike in Yemen is believed to have killed four members of al-Qaeda. The strike comes as the United States has evacuated its embassy in Sana’a, the county’s capital, as embassies in another 18 countries remained closed.

More details about the threat emerged, including the fact that intercepts of electronic communication between al-Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, who heads al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Zawahiri reportedly ordered Wuhayshi to carry out an attack.

OSPREY PILOTS DECORATED

First Award of DFC to V-22 Pilots
By Harold Hutchison

The pilot and co-pilot of a V-22 Osprey have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism during a 27 June, 2012 operation in Helmand province. These are the first such awards to any pilot of the tilt-rotor aircraft, which has been serving in Afghanistan since 2009.

SIGAR WARNINGS IGNORED BY ARMY

Companies with Al-Qaeda, Taliban Ties Got Contracts
By Harold Hutchison

The Army has ignored warnings that as many as 43 companies or individuals with ties to al-Qaeda or the Taliban have received contracts in Afghanistan. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction has flagged them for “providing material support to the insurgency in Afghanistan.”

OBAMA PRAISES HO CHI MINH

Vietnamese Dictator Responsible for Torture of American POWs
By Harold Hutchison

On 25 July, Barack Obama met with the current dictator running Vietnam. During a statement, though, Barack Obama issued praise for Ho Chi Minh, who lead the North Vietnamese against the United States and was responsible for the torturing of American POWs, including the late George Day and Senator John McCain (R-AZ).

CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE CHOPPER DOWNING

Crash Caused Death of SEAL Team Six Members
By Harold Hutchison

Congress will be investigating the downing of Extortion 17, a CH-47 Chinook that was carrying a number of SEALs assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, popularly called SEAL Team Six. Thirty-eight people, including 22 SEALs, died in the crash.

DID A BOTCHED SYSTEM KILL TROOPS?

Two Arrests Made in Investigation
By Harold Hutchison

Anti-bomb systems intended to make it more difficult for insurgents to emplace improvised explosive devices were either improperly installed or never put into place at all. The investigation has lead to two arrests so far.

OPTIONS FOR INTERVENTION

Dempsey Lays Out Plans for Syria
By Harold Hutchison

General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has detailed five options for intervention in Syria in a letter to Congress. This follows up on testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The options, ranging from an “advise, assist, and training” role to operations to seize chemical weapons in the country, are all intended to aid opposition forces and place more pressure on the regime of Bashir al-Assad.