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Vietnamese General Fought French, American Forces
By Harold Hutchison

Vo Nguyen Giap, who commanded Vietnamese forces in wars against France, the United States, and South Vietnam, has died. He was 102 years old.

According to media reports Giap had been spending time in a military hospital near Hanoi due to failing health. Giap was best known for defeating French forces at the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

Giap was known to regularly accept heavy losses among his troops. His mentor was Ho Chi Minh, who was the first dictator of North Vietnam.


UN To Pass Resolution Senator Derides as Weak
By Harold Hutchison

Senator John McCain has described himself as “deeply disappointed” about the terms of the resolution the United Nations Security Council will be voting on. The resolution lacks any option of military force if Syria does not comply, while McCain has been pushing for military action in that conflict, which would be America's third war in the MidEast.

Iraqi visa programs expire in 4 days, leave thousands twisting in wind

These are remarks made by Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

In 2007, I introduced the first legislation to help the Iraqi and Afghan nationals who helped Americans in those countries, to try and get them to safety in the United States. These were the people who were interpreters, guides, drivers; people who performed countless tasks, without which our military, diplomatic, and redevelopment efforts would have been impossible. There was an implicit promise: as they risked their lives to help us, we would work to protect them when the American presence was scaled down.


Taliban Planting False Info about Interpreters
By Harold Hutchison

The Taliban are exploiting American immigration laws to get at interpreters who aided coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. In at least one case, the terrorist group has planted false information, resulting in a visa being pulled.

Apache Helicopter kills 20 Taliban


Second to be Awarded for Battle of Ganjgal
By Harold Hutchison

Captain William Swenson, United States Army, fought at the side of Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer during the Battle of Ganjgal, will receive the Medal of Honor next month. Swenson, whose nomination was controversial due to a delay, is scheduled to be presented the medal on 15 October.

1943: Victory in the Balance

Gen. David Petraeus, Best-Selling Author Rick Atkinson and Historians Debate a Fateful 1943 at National WWII Museum’s International Conference

The public is invited to join award-winning historians and military experts in New Orleans on November 21-23 for the International Conference on WWII and explore the momentous decisions of a year that altered the course of the war that changed the world. Time is of the essence for those interested in attending. Space at the popular conference is disappearing fast.

Airmen From Vietnam War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors on Sept. 23 at Arlington National Cemetery.

On July 8, 1969, Sizemore and Andre were on a night armed reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos. Both men died in the crash but their remains were unaccounted for until April 2013.


Gates, Panetta, Served During Obama's First Term
By Harold Hutchison

Two former Secretaries of Defense who served under Barack Obama have slammed his handling of the crisis in Syria. Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, who held the top civilian leadership position at the Defense Department.

“When the president of the United States draws a red line, the credibility of this country is dependent on him backing up his word,” Panetta said at a forum in Dallas, Texas. Panetta also criticized Obama’s decision to ask Congress for authorization.


Female Cop Latest in String of Murdered Afghan Women
By Harold Hutchison

A top cop in Afghanistan became the latest prominent woman in that country to be murdered. The killing of Sub-Inspector Negar comes less than three months after her predecessor was also murder.


America May Avoid Being Al-Qaeda’s Air Force, But At What Cost?
By Harold Hutchison

If media reports are accurate, then America’s chances of avoiding the irony of becoming al-Qaeda’s air force in Syria have increased. According to media reports, Syria will hand over its chemical weapons to the international community under a deal being supported by Russia, France and the ChiComs. Thus, the crisis that seemed to be hurtling headlong towards war, would be resolved.


Opposition Mounts to War With Syria
By Harold Hutchison

Barack Obama could lose a vote in the House of Representatives on a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria in response to the 21 August chemical weapons attack that killed over 1,400 people. According to Politico.com, despite support from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), no more than 60 Republicans appear likely to support a strike on the Assad regime.


Could Syria Strike Re-Ignite Cold War?
By Harold Hutchison

Russian president Vladimir Putin could possibly re-evaluate a decision to suspend a contract to deliver S-300 missiles to Syria. The move is one of several possible responses to a potential American strike on Syria.

According to a report by Fox News, Russia, which has supported Assad’s regime for years and his father’s for decades before that, is also considering replacing any equipment. Military analyst Ralph Peters noted that “Putin will live up to what he says.”


Resolution Approved by Foreign Relations Committee Goes Further than Promised
By Harold Hutchison

The resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria that was passed Senate Foreign Relations Committee could allow for “boots on the ground” – putting American ground troops in the middle of the bloody civil war.

War on Syria Means Victory for Al Qaeda

President Obama's proposed military strike means, practically speaking, that the U.S. will intervene on behalf of al Qaeda in Syria. Why is this dangerous proposal being taken seriously by Congress?

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