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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.

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.


Manned Flights Crossing Border
By Harold Hutchison

As the drug war in Mexico spills over into the United States, the government is turning to private contractors to carry out surveillance flights over Mexican airspace. Operation Lowrider started after an ICE agent, Jamie Zapata, was murdered in 2011.


Might Obama Go It Alone?
By Harold Hutchison

The British parliament is delaying debate on an authorization to use force in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syria. The delay comes as the United States seems to be inching closer a unilateral strike.

According to a report by Newsmax.com, the delay in the British parliament debate comes as the opposition Labor party announced it would oppose intervention. Even as the debate was delayed, the British deployed six Typhoon fighters to Cyprus.


Court Martial Panel Delivers Sentence
By Harold Hutchison

A panel of officers has sentenced Nidal Hasan to death after his conviction of 13 counts of murder by a court martial. On 5 November, 2009, Hasan opened fire on troops preparing for deployment at Fort Hood, shouting “Allah ackbar” as he began his attack.


Charged in Relation to Assassination of Benazir Bhutto
By Harold Hutchison

Former Pakistani army chief Pervez Musharraf’s trial over alleged involvement in the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has begun. The former army chief, who took power in 1999 in a military coup, gave up power in 2008.


Killed 13, Wounded 32 in November 2009 Rampage
By Harold Hutchison

Nidal Hasan was convicted on all counts stemming from the 5 November, 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. Nidal, who opened fire on troops as they were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, killed 13 people and wounded 32.


Bikers to Face Off With Moslems
By Harold Hutchison

In light of plans for a Million Moslem March to protest alleged :anti-Islamic bigotry” in the United States, a counter-protest is emerging.

According to a report by WorldNetDaily, a “2 Million Biker Ride to DC” is in the works to provide a very loud response. “The best way to counter bad speech is to oppose it with good speech. Sometimes ‘speech’ can be expressed simply by the number of people who are willing to show up to support a principle,” one organizer told Bob Unruh, a reporter for the online news site.


Origin of Phone Calls was Disguised by Ring
By Harold Hutchison

Pakistani Taliban in the Lahore area who were benefiting from the activities of a communications ring will find themselves needing some new help in that area. Police have arrested 13 suspects, and are seeking at least three more.

According to a report by the Washington Times, the ring had set themselves up in the basements of homes in the suburbs of Lahore, a city near the Indian border. In the raid, police recovered hundreds of cell phones and SIM cards.


Spokesman, Cleric Arrested
By Harold Hutchison

The Egyptian government continued its crackdown on the Moslem Brotherhood, arresting two more major figures of the organization after its leader, Mohammed Badie, was taken into custody earlier this week.

According to a report by VOA News, Mourad Ali, who served as a spokesman for the organization’s political arm, and Safwat Hegazy, a cleric tied to the group, were both arrested while allegedly trying to flee the country. Ali was arrested at the airport in Cairo, while Hegazy was captured near the Libyan border.


Did Obama Quietly Cut Off Aid?
By Harold Hutchison

The leader of the Moslem Brotherhood was arrested by Egyptian authorities as the military government continued its crackdown on the Islamist group. Mohammed Badie was taken into custody in a Nasr City apartment.

The arrest comes as the military government has come under increasing criticism for its crackdown on the group. Since Mohammed Morsi was deposed on 3 July, over 1,000 people have been killed.

Syrian Islamists Get Anti-Tank Weapons

The below video shows Syrian rebels with a French Milian anti-tank missile. Among the rebels are Islamist groups, some of whom have ties to al-Qaeda.


At Least Six Dead
By Harold Hutchison

The “day of rage” protests promised by the Moslem Brotherhood have lead to at least six more deaths. This come after violent protests on Wednesday left over 500 people dead.

The protests began after Friday prayers, as tens of thousands of protestors stormed into the streets. The Moslem Brotherhood is demanding that Mohammed Morsi be returned to power. Morsi was deposed on 3 July. According to a report by CBN.com, Christian churches are being targeted by the Moslem Brotherhood.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Statement on U.S. - Egypt Defense Relationship

Today I called Egyptian Minister of Defense Al-Sisi to discuss the U.S. - Egypt defense relationship. Since the recent crisis began, the United States has made it clear that the Egyptian government must refrain from violence, respect freedom of assembly, and move toward an inclusive political transition. Recent developments, including the violence that has resulted in hundreds of deaths across the country, have undermined those principles. As President Obama has announced, the United States military will not conduct the Bright Star training exercise scheduled for later this year.