Under American law, every four years

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Mr.Fitnah, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. Mr.Fitnah
    Offline

    Mr.Fitnah Dreamcrusher

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    Messages:
    14,480
    Thanks Received:
    2,673
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Paradise.
    Ratings:
    +2,673
    Under American law, every four years the US Defence Department must present to Congress a comprehensive review of the security threats and challenges to America. The security picture presented in the review provides the justification for planning and creating the appropriate military forces and capabilities.

    Snip

    However, it's not what is in the document that surprises the reader - it's what was left out. There presence of two elephants in their living room apparently escaped the notice of American's top civilian and military leaders. Islamic radicalism does not receive any mention whatsoever in the American Defence Review and the threat posed by a nuclear Iran is mentioned in only one general sentence at the end of a document (page 101). To put this lack of discussion in proportion, contrast this non-discussion with other security issues mentioned in the document. For example, the security effects of climate change are highlighted and discussed in depth in eight pages of the document.

    However, President Obama HAS finally found the place to cut waste – defence! In late January he demanded that Congress cut $2.5 billion from the defence budget for the purchase of C-17 transport planes. Obama declared the money for military transport was “waste, pure and simple”.
    Of course, “waste” is a matter of interpretation. No one says that the C-17 is a bad aircraft or doesn’t do its job very effectively. In fact, it’s probably the best and safest large transport plane in the world today, and has done sterling service in Afghanistan and Haiti. But, according to Obama’s Pentagon officials, there is just no need to maintain such a large military transport fleet.

    Obama?s National Defence Review ignores Iran and Islam in favour of… climate change! – Telegraph Blogs

    I feel safer already
     
  2. Mr.Fitnah
    Offline

    Mr.Fitnah Dreamcrusher

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    Messages:
    14,480
    Thanks Received:
    2,673
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Paradise.
    Ratings:
    +2,673
    About the author: James Corum
    James Corum is Dean of the Baltic Defence College in Estonia. He has taught at American and British staff colleges and is the author of seven books on military history and counter-insurgency. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve (rtd) and has 28 years' experience as an army officer.
     
  3. uscitizen
    Offline

    uscitizen Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    45,941
    Thanks Received:
    4,791
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    My Shack
    Ratings:
    +4,807
    Damn! We had better check with Curveball and see what is going on over there!
     
  4. MaggieMae
    Offline

    MaggieMae Reality bits

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2009
    Messages:
    24,043
    Thanks Received:
    1,599
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +1,601
    You and your much relied-upon right wing 'sources' are full of shit. Start reading at Page 34. This report never details classified information regarding specific strategies, you dope.

    At Page 34, et seq., the report does indeed mention the threat from Islamic terrorist groups (although named therein as The Taliban and al-Qaeda, probably because there are so many wannabes to identify more specifically). The review correctly brings to the fore the threat of cyber warfare, something omitted in past reports, as well as detailed goals for better protecting (defending) our own country, rather than ONLY marching across the Middle East and shooting at people. Also, the report mentions a second report which will be forthcoming, entitled "Nuclear Position Review," in which I have no doubt the threat from Iran will be covered.

    http://www.defense.gov/QDR/images/QDR_as_of_12Feb10_1000.pdf
     
  5. MaggieMae
    Offline

    MaggieMae Reality bits

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2009
    Messages:
    24,043
    Thanks Received:
    1,599
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +1,601
    Estonia? :lol: If he's that credentialed, you'd think he could find a job in a higher profile college.
     
  6. Mr.Fitnah
    Offline

    Mr.Fitnah Dreamcrusher

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    Messages:
    14,480
    Thanks Received:
    2,673
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Paradise.
    Ratings:
    +2,673
    If you fail to address the underling rational behind "Al Queda" and its " allies" you are not making and progresses

    This report is a step backward from already established fact.

    Thus our strategy must match our means to two ends: dismantling the al
    Qaeda network and, in the long term, prevailing over the ideology that contributes
    to Islamist terrorism.
    page 22 of 31 of 911 summary
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/22_07_04911execsum.pdf
    In addition to making anticipated findings on the 2001 plot and recommendations for homeland security, the commission offered a series of foreign policy prescriptions to correct what it suggests is an unbalanced global strategy. The effort is to shift the government away from focusing on what the report calls a "generic evil," and toward a more precise definition of the threat.

    The report argues that the nation's enemy consists of two parts: al Qaeda -- a stateless network of terrorists that is "weakened but continues to pose a grave threat" -- and a radical ideological movement in the Islamic world that "is gathering and will menace Americans and American interests long after" Osama bin Laden is gone.

    "The enemy goes beyond al-Qaeda to include the radical ideological movement inspired in part by al-Qaeda that has spawned other terrorist groups," the report said. It calls not only for the dismantling of al-Qaeda but an ideological battle against fundamentalist Islam.
     
  7. Gatekeeper
    Offline

    Gatekeeper Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    2,004
    Thanks Received:
    350
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Ratings:
    +350
    Doesn't take much to start another mud-slinging tennis match :lol:

    :popcorn: and a Soda..........kick back and observe. This is better than FOX! :lol:
     
  8. uscitizen
    Offline

    uscitizen Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    45,941
    Thanks Received:
    4,791
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    My Shack
    Ratings:
    +4,807
    Hell dhiaherrea (sp?) is better than Fox.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  9. MaggieMae
    Offline

    MaggieMae Reality bits

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2009
    Messages:
    24,043
    Thanks Received:
    1,599
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +1,601
    I have no problem with that, why should you? This type of terrorism has expanded into realms that cannot be defeated with just weapons, so we need to rely more on global cooperation and global intelligence. It's a no-brainer.

    "There are two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the mind."
    --Napoleon Bonaparte
     
  10. MaggieMae
    Offline

    MaggieMae Reality bits

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2009
    Messages:
    24,043
    Thanks Received:
    1,599
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +1,601
    Well, as I said, this is simply a REVIEW. I think Fitnah and his herd was looking for specific military and/or intelligence strategies which are NEVER included in this report.
     

Share This Page