China considering setting up Military Bases abroad

Well, why not….U.S does it.

China has signaled it wants to go the US way and set up military bases in overseas locations that would possibly include Pakistan. The obvious purpose would be to exert pressure on India as well as counter US influence in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“(So) it is baseless to say that we will not set up any military bases in future because we have never sent troops abroad,” an article published on Thursday at a Chinese government website said. “It is our right,” the article said and went on to suggest that it would be done in the neighborhood, possibly Pakistan.

“As for the military aspect, we should be able to conduct the retaliatory attack within the country or at the neighboring area of our potential enemies. We should also be able to put pressure on the potential enemies’ overseas interests,” it said.

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Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 9:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Millitary Report about the Ft. Hood Shootings does not mention Major Nidal Hasan

Errr, Perhaps there was another shooting that happened at Ft Hood by a nameless person that never actually made the news?

U.S. military’s just-released report into the Fort Hood shootings spends 86 pages detailing various slipups by Army officers but not once mentions Major Nidal Hasan by name or even discusses whether the killings may have had anything to do with the suspect’s view of his Muslim faith. And as Congress opens two days of hearings on Wednesday into the Pentagon probe of the Nov. 5 attack that left 13 dead, lawmakers want explanations for that omission.

Leaders of the two-month Pentagon review, former Army Secretary Togo West and the Navy’s onetime top admiral, Vernon Clark, told reporters last week that they didn’t drill down into Hasan’s motives. “Our concern is with actions and effects, not necessarily with motivations,” West said. Added Clark: “We certainly do not cite a particular group.” Part of their reticence, they said, was to avoid running afoul of the criminal probe of Hasan that is now under way. Both are declining interview requests before their congressional testimony, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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11 Dead and at least 20 injured at a shooting at the military base of Ft. Hood

UPDATE: He was active duty in the medical corps and was in combat from 94-04 and apparantly rescently converted to Muslim. (I hope my source are incorrect on that one)

UPDATE: one of the shooters name is major Malik Nadal Hasan, believed to be ex-military (that bit still needs to be confimed)

UPDATE: At least 11 killed and one gunman, two gunmen held

UPDATE: At least 9 killed according to CNN

UPDATE: Fox news are reporting at least 20 injured and at least one gun man has been caught
At least seven people are dead and 12 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, the base’s public affairs office told NBC News on Thursday.

The official would not give his name nor additional details. It was unknown whether victims are soldiers or civilians. One gunman was reportedly in custody and another was on the loose, NBC News said. A third shooter may be involved, according to NBC News affiliate KCEN, which said the person had opened fire on the SWAT team at the base.

KCEN reported that a policeman was among those shot.

Published in: on November 5, 2009 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ted Kennedy is taking $20million from troops from the grave

Okay, okay the headline is perhaps a little exagerated, but 20 million is being diverted from expense accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis to pay for an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

Senators diverted a total of $2.6billion from these accounts to pay for certain pet projects earmarks, including Kennedy’s educational institute (sure hope they are not teaching driving lessons) is another 778 such projects and another example is a $25 million for a new World War II museum at the University of New Orleans.

Earmarks are not new in Washington and lets face it, Dems have a history of cutting funds to the troops, its what they do, but perhaps its time for this administration to stand by what they said, which was cutting back on earmarks and perhaps the one wing of the government that is hurting the most, should not have to worry about cuts for a while.

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Published in: on October 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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