Af/Pak & Other News (2/23/2012)

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dump...@hotmail.com

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Feb 23, 2012, 1:02:27 PM2/23/12
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Military: Who Cares How Many Taliban Stop Fighting?:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/02/afghanistan-taliban-quit/



Obama apologizes to Afghanistan over Quran burnings; 2 US troops shot
dead:

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/23/10485148-obama-apologizes-to-afghanistan-over-quran-burnings-2-us-troops-shot-dead



Pakistan president behind secret memo to US: witness:

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Pakistan_president_behind_secret_memo_to_US_witness_999.html



Blasts to the Head ‘Primed’ Brains for PTSD, Study Says:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/02/ptsd-tbi-link/



Wife Admits: Slain Iranian Nuke Scientist‘s ’Ultimate Goal Was the
Annihilation of Israel’:

http://news.yahoo.com/wife-admits-iranian-nuclear-scientist-ultimate-goal-annihilation-174209842.html;_ylt=Aj34c_Pf5YtV9bycq85CW3lvaA8F;_ylu=X3oDMTNmM2I2a2xsBG1pdAMEcGtnAzEyYWU5ZTQyLWNiOWMtMzc2OC04YzI3LTBhMDczMjI4OTU3MgRwb3MDMQRzZWMDbG5fTWlkRWFzdF9nYWwEdmVyA2JhYjI3NTcwLTVlMzktMTFlMS1iN2I3LWJlZWQ0YmI1NWI3YQ--;_ylv=3



4 hours of chaos: Dozens die as terrorists attack 12 cities across
Iraq:

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/23/10483416-4-hours-of-chaos-dozens-die-as-terrorists-attack-12-cities-across-iraq



Syrian tanks attack Homs, world outrage grows:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/23/us-syria-idUSL5E8DB0BH20120223



As Others Isolate Syria, Chávez Ships Fuel to It:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/world/americas/chavez-appears-to-use-venezuelan-fuel-to-help-syrias-assad.html



Israel: Iran will have U.S.-range missile in 2-3 years:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/22/us-israel-iran-usa-idUSTRE81L1B420120222




Sky Sapience Introduces the HoverMast Autonomous Hovering Platform:

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/defense/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&newspaperUserId=27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog%3a27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3a65ae0213-1495-4c0a-8778-309c73571b7f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest



Defected Mirage Jets Return to Libya with New Colors:

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120222/DEFREG04/302220009/Defected-Mirage-Jets-Return-Libya-New-Colors?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE



Arms race? Somali pirates, tankers up their game:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46466133/ns/world_news-africa/



Report: N. Korea develops new long-range artillery:

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Report_N_Korea_develops_new_long-range_artillery_999.html



Ghana’s navy commissions four new patrol vessels:

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23816:ghanas-navy-commissions-four-new-patrol-vessels&catid=51:Sea&Itemid=106



Polish Navy to Acquire New Submarine:

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120222/DEFREG01/302220013/Polish-Navy-Acquire-New-Submarine?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE



Taiwan to arm subs with US missiles: report:

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Taiwan_to_arm_subs_with_US_missiles_report_999.html



7 Marines killed after helicopters collide near Arizona-California
border:

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/23/10486243-7-marines-killed-after-helicopters-collide-near-arizona-california-border



MOD to Order Four New RFA Tankers:

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/132986/royal-navy-to-order-four-new-fleet-tankers-from-south-korea.html



Turkey plans to buy 100 US F-35 fighters: report:

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Turkey_plans_to_buy_100_US_F-35_fighters_report_999.html




More good news, more bad news for F-35:

http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/02/22/more-good-news-more-bad-news-for-f-35/




The Pentagon Has 6 Bomb-Zapping Ray Guns (Which May Be 6 Too Many):

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/02/jieddo-ray-guns/



Russia Tells Norway To Keep Aegis BMD System off Vessels:

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120222/DEFREG01/302220012



Air Force Eyes Nuclear Reactors, Beamed Power for Spacecraft:

http://www.space.com/14643-air-force-space-nuclear-reactors-power-beaming.html



Chinese Cyberwarfare Prep:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/22/inside-the-ring-52480650/


SolomonW

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Feb 25, 2012, 5:10:26 AM2/25/12
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On Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:02:27 -0800 (PST), dump...@hotmail.com wrote:

> Obama apologizes to Afghanistan over Quran burnings; 2 US troops shot
> dead:
>
> http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/23/10485148-obama-apologizes-to-afghanistan-over-quran-burnings-2-us-troops-shot-dead

http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10150641119623588

Sarah Palin: Obama apologizes for the inadvertent Koran burning this week;
now the U.S. trained and protected Afghan Army can apologize for killing
two of our soldiers yesterday.

bill

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Feb 25, 2012, 6:08:07 AM2/25/12
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It should be obvious even to US politicians that this isn't about the
Koran being burned.

This is political.

--
"Hopefully the fair wind will resume, or this may well take all day."

Admiral Collingwood on being becalmed under the guns of six French ships-
of-the-line at Trafalgar

Dennis

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Feb 25, 2012, 9:27:27 PM2/25/12
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bill wrote:
>> http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10150641119623588
>>
>> Sarah Palin: Obama apologizes for the inadvertent Koran burning this
>> week; now the U.S. trained and protected Afghan Army can apologize for
>> killing two of our soldiers yesterday.

Makes sense.
>
> It should be obvious even to US politicians that this isn't about the
> Koran being burned.
>
> This is political.

Yup.

Joke challenge: what would you call Sarah Palin's intelligence agency?

Dennis

SolomonW

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Feb 26, 2012, 7:53:43 AM2/26/12
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bill

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Feb 26, 2012, 8:29:42 AM2/26/12
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Graves get desecrated, it's something some people do.

Take it from me, the people in them don't care...

The graves of two Jewish soldiers who died retaking the Falkland Islands
were desecrated a couple of years ago on Hitler's birthday, nobody
noticed, certainly not the Daily Mail...

Andrew Chaplin

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Feb 26, 2012, 10:49:40 AM2/26/12
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bill <black...@gmail.com> wrote in news:jidc46$57p$6...@dont-email.me:

> Graves get desecrated, it's something some people do.

It is, however, unusual for CWGC cemeteries to have any problems like that.
The caretakers' posts in the Third World are often handed down through
families and their incumbents generally defend their rice bowls. From the
reports I read, the cemeteries outside Baghdad went without vandalism, even
as U.S. and British forces instituted their occupation of Iraq. From
personal experience, having been the local line commander in 1979, Turks
violated the buffer zone in western Nicosia to desecrate the graves in the
Roman Catholic cemetery adjacent to the CWGC cemetery, while leaving the
latter untouched. (Admittedly, the CWGC cemetery was more easily observed
since it was maintained, but we are talking about Greek Cypriot National
Guard as the other beligerants.)

> Take it from me, the people in them don't care...

An, unlike us, the occupants have seen the end of war. Grave markers,
especially with an organization like the CWGC to back up the process, can
easily be replaced.
--
Andrew Chaplin
SIT MIHI GLADIUS SICUT SANCTO MARTINO
(If you're going to e-mail me, you'll have to get "yourfinger." out.)

Andrew Swallow

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Feb 26, 2012, 11:20:04 AM2/26/12
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So the Muslins are using "Power through evil".

Their organisations are deliberately committing evil acts with the aim
of gaining power.

This is a dangerous game to play since the West can play it as well.
Examples:

For every Western soldier killed destroy a Mosque.

Round up rioters and cut their noses off. (If they do not use guns we
should not either.)

Religious leaders that preach hate can have their tongues cut out.

The West came to revenge 9/11. Osama bin Laden is dead so we can go
home. Attack Western bases only if you wish to live in a Western colony.

Andrew Swallow

Andrew Swallow

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Feb 26, 2012, 11:23:21 AM2/26/12
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The Daily Mail probably does not have a reporter on the Falkland
Islands. Particularly if they suspect serving members of the British
Forces did it.

Andrew Swallow

Dennis

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Feb 26, 2012, 12:36:12 PM2/26/12
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SolomonW wrote:

>>>> http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10150641119623588
>>>>
>>>> Sarah Palin: Obama apologizes for the inadvertent Koran burning
>>>> this week; now the U.S. trained and protected Afghan Army can
>>>> apologize for killing two of our soldiers yesterday.
>>
>> Makes sense.
>>>
>>> It should be obvious even to US politicians that this isn't about
>>> the Koran being burned.
>>>
>>> This is political.
>>
>> Yup.
>>
>> Joke challenge: what would you call Sarah Palin's intelligence
>> agency?
>
> The press.

I was thinking: the Association for the Mentally Retarded.

> Do you expect more apologies about this?
>
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106230/Insult-WWII-heroes-Grav
> es-British-soldiers-smashed-desecrated-Libyan-Islamists-protest-U-S-sol
> diers-Koran-burning.html

Politics being what they are, no doubt there will be more. I expect no
more apologies, myself. I'd like to see some solution to the whole
Afghan mess, but none has been seen since Alexander the Great, so that
seems unlikely.

Dennis
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