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December 17 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Reid Pulls The Omnibus Spending Bill - It's Hard To Say Exactly What Happened But 'What's Going To Happen' Is Harder To Say
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...enough progress was being made in Afghanistan to begin withdrawing U.S. troops in July, even as he faces growing doubts about his war strategy.Which of course means the advertised pullout might yet again become a surge[tm], AKA a "reverse-pullout" (It's OK Barack, there IS NO "Winning Strategy"... just GET OUT!)
Obama, under pressure to show results after criticizing his predecessor George W. Bush for neglecting the war, insisted that U.S.-led forces were scoring gains against the Taliban and al Qaeda but warned they were fragile and reversible. [More @ Reuters]
"...that the Nixon administration had once considered firebombing the Brookings Institution building to destroy a copy of the Pentagon Papers, and that President Gerald Ford had vetoed the Freedom of Information Act in reaction to government leaks--only to be overruled by ...the U.S. Congress...Full testimony and linkage to the C/SPAN video, more, on site.
...He called on lawmakers to protect the First Amendment, rather than adopt a Chinese model of state control" of information."
L.A. dry run shows urban nuke attack 'a survivable event'Some nostalgia for the kiddies: Duck and Cover (1951) where Bert the Turtle shows us what to do in the event of a nuclear war, and apropos after a decade where we used US soldiers as lab rats to test nuclear radiation's effects on humans, , an optimistic take, like the USAToday piece... About Fallout (1963).
The plotters decided to trigger their bomb in Los Angeles during the morning rush, at a metro station a stone's throw from Universal Studios and the set where Steven Spielberg filmed scenes from "War of the Worlds."
This was no ordinary explosive. It was a 10-kiloton nuclear device packing roughly the destructive force of the Hiroshima bomb. A blast of that magnitude could engulf 50,000 to 150,000 people and reduce parts of L.A., Hollywood and Studio City — the historical heart of the movie industry — to radioactive rubble.
Al-Qaeda played no part in planning the July 28 attack. The conspirators were the leaders of a dozen state, local and federal agencies who were taking part in a simulated L.A. County security exercise code-named Operation Golden Phoenix. Their mission: to assure that if a terrorist does detonate a nuke in Los Angeles, first responders will be prepared to wade into the devastation and rescue survivors suffering from traumatic injuries, radiation sickness, shock and flash-blindness.
"This is a survivable event," says Brendan Applegate, of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Asymmetric Warfare, who helped design and carry out the exercise. "L.A. isn't going to fall into the ocean and be gone forever. It will be a really bad day, but we need everyone to show up to work and save lives."
Do you feel better now? [Read the rest @ USAToday]
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