January 26, 2017

No more ‘failed’ wars: Theresa May rips up decades of Cameron and Blair policies as she says days of UK ‘remaking the world in our own image’ are over

  • PM ripped up two decades of ‘failed’ liberal interventionist foreign policy
  • Speaking to senior US politicians, she laid out a new set of rules which will see the UK intervene only when the ‘threat is real’ and it is in our own interests
  • comments effectively bring an end to what have been dubbed ‘wars of choice’

Theresa May has ripped up two decades of ‘failed’ liberal interventionist foreign policy that has dragged Britain into a string of disastrous conflicts.

In a decisive break with the Blair and Cameron eras, the Prime Minister said the days of the UK using military force to ‘remake sovereign countries in our own image’ were finished.

Speaking to senior US politicians, she laid out a new set of rules which will see the UK intervene only when the ‘threat is real’ and it is in our own interests.



Thousands of Terrorists, Foreign Fighters Tried to Enter America, New Data Shows

Officials uncertain how effective U.S. screening methods are

The Department of Homeland Security stopped more than 22,000 “high-risk” travelers from entering the United States in 2015, but officials remain uncertain about how effective these security screening methods are, opening the possibility that risky individuals such as terrorists are still being approved for entry into America, according to a new government report highlighting these flaws.

More than 8,100 “known or suspected terrorists, or individuals with connections to known or suspected terrorists, attempted to apply for travel to the United States or board U.S.-bound flights” in 2015, according to the report, which chides U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for failing to determine how effective its current screening methods are.


How ISIS-controlled drones like this are striking new fear within the U.S. military

– The Washington Times – Updated: 11:55 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017

In a new threat to the West, the Islamic State on Tuesday debuted on social media a commercially available drone dropping small bombs with pinpoint accuracy onto Iraqi targets in and around Mosul.

The new capability raises the specter that the Islamic State one day could attack urban areas from the air, not just on the ground. The U.S. military is alarmed by the terrorist army’s quick technological advances and is evaluating more than 20 systems to detect and destroy its drone air force. Other systems already have been rushed to the war.

The attacks were depicted in a lengthy Islamic State propaganda video showing its terrorists in intense street battles to hold the city of Mosul. Included is aerial footage of a Chinese Skywalker X8 drone, which is available on Amazon, striking clusters of Iraqi soldiers, tanks and buildings.


Russia Favors Unitary Syria – Foreign Ministry

Russia is in favor of a unitary and secular Syria, but the fate of the country is up the Syrian people, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Thursday commenting on Moscow’s draft of the Syrian constitution.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the week, the draft of the new Syrian constitution, prepared by Russian experts, was presented to the Syrian opposition by the Russian delegation during the settlement talks in the capital of Kazakhstan. Head of the Russian delegation Alexander Lavrentyev underlined on Tuesday that Russia was not interfering in consideration of constitution and presented the draft to the opposition simply in order to accelerate the process.

Mohammad Alloush (C), the head of the Syrian opposition delegation, attends Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan January 23, 2017.

Earlier in the week, media reported citing unnamed sources that Russia’s proposals included exclusion of the word “Arab” from the official naming of Syria, creation of the Kurdish autonomous region in the country and equal rights of both the Arabic and the Kurdish languages among other issues.


How old is his Android phone? Reports claim it’s a Galaxy S3 that was first sold in 2012. The phone is so old that it’s not receiving any new security updates, let alone major Android releases.

Donald Trump still uses his unsecured Android phone

Trump Should Ditch His Galaxy Phone -It Endangers His Life

First, we heard that President Donald Trump gave up his Android-powered mobile phone and accepted a so-called secure phone provided by NSA.  Now we hear that, in fact, he has kept his Android phone, but is only using it for sending tweets on Twitter.  Otherwise, the phone just sits on his desk or on a nearby table.

Having an Android phone, or any other mobile phone including iPhone in the Oval office or on the person of the President is a terrible idea.  Mr. Trump should ditch the phone as soon as possible. If he wants to tweet he can do it from a computer that does not have a camera or microphone and has as strong a firewall as available.  It should be separately connected to the Internet and not in any way connected to any government system.  This will give him some protection and protect the country better.



NATO deploys troops from Germany, Belgium to Lithuania

By Allen Cone

Jan. 25 (UPI) — The first troops dispatched by NATO from Germany and Belgium to beef up its forces against Russia have arrived in Lithuania.

On Tuesday, about a dozen German officers arrived in the capital city of Vilnius as part of a planned deployment of a 1,200-strong battalion from other NATO members, including from Norway, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Croatia and France. The battalion will be stationed in Rukla.


Germany under the gun as Trump seeks bigger NATO contribution

German soldiers train for deployment to Afghanistan at Hohenfels in 2005. German troops have been part of the NATO-led coalition in in that country for more than a decade.




KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – When German and Dutch armored units recently held a joint exercise, the tanks weren’t allowed to fire their main guns because a military cost-cutting measure prevented them from having the necessary fire prevention team.

Ongoing drills in northeastern Germany illustrate the day-to-day problems Europe’s economic powerhouse faces in upgrading its armed forces and answering the criticisms of President Donald Trump, who says that NATO is obsolete because members are getting a “free ride” at America’s expense.

Like many other alliance members, Berlin is nervous about Trump’s commitment to the trans-Atlantic relationship. He has directly criticized Germany — which hosts the largest number of U.S. troops in Europe — and accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of making a “catastrophic mistake” by allowing into the country more than 1 million migrants, mainly from the Middle East and Africa.

“The Germans have not adapted well to the new Trump administration, and they think they can make the same arguments that they have to past U.S. administrations, highlighting other types of contributions,” said Jorge Benitez, a NATO expert with the Atlantic Council in Washington. “I think we are in for some turbulence between the U.S. and Germany.”



China Warns US It Has Sovereignty Over South China Sea

China has warned the United States it would not retreat from claims that it controls the South China Sea.

“China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a Tuesday news briefing in Beijing. “The United States is not a party to the South China Sea issue,” Chunying added.


Raytheon/Leonardo Team Exits U.S. Air Force T-X Competition


Raytheon and its partner, Italian defense company Leonardo, are exiting the increasingly crowded competition to build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation T-X trainer.

Raytheon will not pursue jet trainer plant in Meridian

Raytheon is backing out of a deal that state and local leaders hoped would bring a plant to build U.S. Air Force jet trainers to Meridian and create 450 jobs.

Raytheon and Italian company Leonardo-Finmeccanica early last year had teamed up to pursue the U.S. Air Force Advanced Pilot Training program, building the T-100 training jet. In October, the companies announced plans to build a plant in Meridian near the Meridian Regional Airport if awarded the program contract. While Air Force approval was pending, local, state and federal officials had indicated the deal was likely for Meridian to get the plant.

But in a joint statement Wednesday the companies said: “In February, 2016 Raytheon and Leonardo announced their intent to team on the T-X pursuit. While we remain confident that the T-100 is a strong solution, our companies were unable to reach a business agreement that is in the best interest of the U.S. Air Force. Consequently, the Raytheon and Leonardo team will not pursue the T-X competition.”



Tolerant left strikes again

Newspaper publisher Josef Joffe came up with a not so novel idea to remove Donald Trump from office; have someone in the White House murder him.

After a caller to the show asked the panel if there was “still a way out of the Trump catastrophe” to remove him from office, one female panelist began discussing how she thought Trump might be impeached before his first term was up.

“There has to be a qualified two-thirds majority of the Senate in order for a removal of office to take place. These are politically and legally pretty high hurdles, a lot would have to happen for it, we’re far away from that,” she said.

Joffe then calmly responded; “Murder in the White House, for example.”

“Josef, remain serious,” the woman responded.

The host of the show appeared to be on edge and eager to move on quickly.

Joffe is the publisher-editor of Die Zeit, a weekly German newspaper. He is also a courtesy professor of political science at Stanford University.



Accept No Substitute: Chinese J-11D Fighter No Match for Russian Su-35

It appears that despite its impressive technical characteristics and capabilities, the new Chinese J-11D jet cannot be considered a true analogue of the super-maneuverable Russian Su-35 multirole fighter.

China unveils its J-20 stealth fighter on an air show in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China, November 1, 2016.

According to South China Morning Post, Beijing, which previously required shipments of Russian-made aircraft engines to outfit its fifth-generation J-20 warplanes, has recently made a considerable breakthrough in aircraft engine manufacturing.The newspaper proudly announced that China now no longer depends on Russian aircraft engines and is about to begin mass production of the J-11D jet fighter, touted as the “Chinese version of the Su-35S.”

However, Russian military analyst Vasily Kashin told Sputnik China that not all of the data reported by the newspaper is accurate, to put it mildly.

First things first, Kashin explained, it’s way too early to conclude whether China no longer needs to purchase Russian-made aircraft engines, given the fact that several contracts for purchasing aircraft engines were signed by Beijing and Moscow not so long ago, in autumn 2016.

“China signed a contract to purchase a shipment of D-30KP2 engines for Y-20 transport aircraft, along with a contract for new AL-31F engines for Chinese fighter jets; each contract is worth $658 million. It is unclear exactly which type of fighters they want to outfit with these engines: it could be both J-20 and J-16 aircraft. In any case, while China’s industrial sector has made considerable strides in providing an adequate supply of engines to the nation’s air forces, Beijing is still far from being completely self-sufficient in that area, especially when it comes to the new types of aircraft,” Kashin said.

He also pointed out that China also attempted to purchase an additional shipment of 117S aircraft engines, apparently in order to study them, but Russia proved reluctant to make such a deal.

“It should be noted that the J-11D cannot be considered a ‘Chinese Su-35’. It is a separate and independent attempt to radically increase capabilities of heavy fighters belonging to the Su-27 series. The radio electronic equipment installed aboard the J-11D differs from that of the Su-35, and the two aircraft also differ from one another in terms of frame construction and aerodynamics,” he said.


Inefficiency of US Tanks Used in Mosul Leaves German Magazine Uneasy

German Journalist Gernot Kramper compared two videos showing the US-made M1 Abrams tank and the Russian-made T-90 being hit by anti-tank missiles. He found that the Russian-made military vehicles demonstrated much better resistance and a higher level of armor protection than the American one.

The recent military operation in Mosul shows that the US-led coalition is superior in the air, but its land operations leave much to be desired, Kramper wrote for German magazine Stern.

One of the videos released by Daesh fighters shows how an anti-tank missile hit an American M1 Abrams tank and turned it into a “ball of fire.”

“The tank, weighing more than 60 tons, was supposed to protect its crew from something like that. The M1 Abrams is a combat armor tank of the US forces that is still in use. It was introduced for the first time in 1979, and since then it has been modernized several times. The Iraqis, however, have only reclaimed older versions available. The main problem is that the tanks have obviously not been reequipped with modern defense features,” the journalist wrote.

Apparently, a rocket hit the most vulnerable part of the tank — the compartment with ammunition. However, the 60-ton tank was still supposed to provide protection for the crew. Obviously, the tank in question did not possess active defense systems. There was also no reactive armor on the vehicle that could have reduced the damage, Kramper stated.

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: