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GIAP DIES

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.

DID JOHN MCCAIN LOSE HIS WAR?

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.

SETTING UP THE TERPS?

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

MEDAL OF HONOR FOR SWENSON!

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.

FORMER SECDEFS SLAM OBAMA OVER SYRIA

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.