From the category archives:

War on Terror

A “Lone Survivor” Movie

August 2, 2013

If you’ve check the right side bar on AOR lately, you may have noticed that one of the books I am currently reading is Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor:  An Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.  I just finished it the other day and loved it!  It was a [...]

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CNN: Benghazi Bombshell?

August 1, 2013

In a spontaneous act of actual journalism, CNN’s Drew Griffin is reporting that the events of September 11, 2012, at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, may not be so “phony” after all. The highlights of the report include: A number of CIA agents had been in Benghazi that night, adding the CIA to the [...]

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NSA Spying and “24″

August 1, 2013

New information released today indicates the existence of an NSA program called “XKeyscore,” which can look at and track all your Internet data and behavior without prior authorization.  The NSA says that the targeting is specific (which is a practicality issue in a world of over 7 billion people), but those being targeted have no [...]

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Holt and Christie: Facepalm Inducing NJ Politicians

July 26, 2013

Full disclosure:  Rush Holt used to be my Congressman who I voted against three times; plus, I will not vote to reelect Chris Christie this Fall — he’s a big government, bloviating, Obama-hugging ass. That being said, Rush Holt has decided to run for Senate and may be going a little loopy, especially on the [...]

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Janet Napolitano to Resign

July 12, 2013

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is going to resign her position in September in order to be president of the University of California. Under her tenure, we’ve had lawless borders, imposing a Dream Act-lite ICE enforcement by executive fiat, phrases like saying “man-caused disasters” rather than “terrorism” entering our lexicon, an underwear and Times [...]

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Egypt: Morsi’s Out in Military Coup

July 3, 2013

Egypt has been in massive social, political, and economic turmoil lately, which has now led to the Egyptian military seizing power, ousting a democratically-elected President while suspending the nation’s constitution until further notice.  Some groups cheer, while others are trying to figure out what to do next.  The situation remains fluid. Ousted Egyptian President Morsi [...]

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Egypt’s Revolution Turns Again

July 1, 2013

The Arab Spring, which is still bloodying the Mideast, continues in Egypt.  In early 2011, the Mubarak regime capitulated to angry crowds (and Washington pressure) with relatively little blood as the military took over to maintain stability.  After initial passions subsided, the military yielded to popular elections, which brought the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to power, [...]

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Talking with Taliban and Syrian Rebels Evoke Shades of the Cold War

June 18, 2013

In our not-too-distant past, America clearly stood for freedom and free markets around the world, as those concepts were in our best political and economic interests. Then the Cold War came and we had to do business with sketchy people in order to out-maneuver even more sketchy people bent on world domination.  Yet, we promoted [...]

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Syria Used Chemical Weapons Against Rebels — Now What?

June 13, 2013

Yesterday, Bill Clinton reportedly told a crowd that President Obama risks looking like a “total wuss” if the second black President doesn’t intervene in Syria. Just a few hours ago, the US government finally admitted that the Assad regime in Syria actually used chemical weapons on the rebels, which killed an estimated 100-150 people.  This [...]

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Edward Snowden, the NSA Whistleblower

June 9, 2013

In a move which will have major personal ramifications, 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden fled to Hong Kong in order to come forward about his leaking of the totalitarian-like PRISM program.  Here is his statement to the UK Guardian: Your move, Obama Nation.

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NSA Surveillance Programs Wreak Havoc on Liberty

June 7, 2013

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data from (at the every least) Verizon to data-mine billions of phone calls in order to prevent future terror attacks — and they’ve been doing it for seven years (BTW if that’s the case, then they really dropped the ball in Boston, didn’t they)! It’s not just [...]

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Happy Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives in defense of this nation.  We honor the war dead, those who gave that “last full measure of devotion,” as well as their families and friends.  In the recent wars America has fought: Iraq:  (2003-2011) a total of 4,486 Americans were lost with 32,223 wounded. [...]

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Benghazi: Not Going Away

May 8, 2013

No one should be surprised that the Benghazi scandal dominates the headlines once again, this time with whistle-blowers.  The Obama Administration has stone-walled, subverted, intimidated, and just plain lied about that they knew and when they knew it. The outrage isn’t new and isn’t going away.  This isn’t Watergate or Iran-Contra or Zippergate.  Four people [...]

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More Questions After Boston Bombing Suspect Nabbed

April 21, 2013

Roughly 24 hours after releasing the photos of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one was dead and the other in custody.  Dzhokhar will face terrorism charges and ultimately be executed for his part in all of this.  However unsatisfying it may be, hopefully he can answer some questions, especially for the families of the dead and wounded [...]

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Boston Bombing Suspect Pics Released

April 18, 2013

After a near 48-hour silence on the part of the FBI, pictures of two suspects in the Boston Marathon terror bombing were released to the public: The quality of the images is pretty good, so tips should be forthcoming to the FBI.  If you know anything call 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to FBI.GOV to help.

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Terror in Boston

April 15, 2013

Just before 3pm EDT a bomb exploded near the finish line of the annual Boston marathon, with a second one exploding a few blocks away only seconds later.  At the time of this writing, two people are dead and 73 are being treated at area hospitals.  Here was the scene: It is still too early [...]

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Rand Paul’s Filibuster

March 6, 2013

As of this writing, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) is in the seventh hour of an old-school filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan.  While saying that he has nothing personal against Brennan, Attorney General Holder and President Obama’s view on potential drone strikes in America against American citizens warranted this [...]

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Panetta, Dempsey Paint Awful Picture of Benghazi Response

February 8, 2013

Buried in the hinterlands of media coverage yesterday was the testimony of outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as well as Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey on the administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi last September 11. Apparently, Panetta informed the President of the attack during an already previously scheduled telephone meeting.  However, no [...]

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Send in the Drones

February 5, 2013

The Obama Administration today is defending their policy of using overseas drone strikes not just on foreign terrorists, but also overseas Americans who help them out.  While the memos revealed flimsy standards governing the President’s discretion on using the drones, they defend the policy as “legal,” “ethical,” and “wise.”  I’m pretty sure this guy shares the [...]

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Hagel Hearing Debacle

January 31, 2013

In the spirit of full disclosure, we here at AOR have a history of not liking Chuck Hagel.  Mike even wrote this in September 2007: As Chris Wallace once pointed out, the man’s [Hagel] worldview on national security was closer to John Kerry’s than to the mainstream of the Republican Party. That was then.  In [...]

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Women on the Front Lines

January 24, 2013

Word came out today that outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is paving the way for women to be on the front line of combat by 2016. While I agree in principle with the policy change, I have a feeling that this opportunity for women is done in-hand with civilian political calculations — another “first” [...]

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The Obama Nation, Take 2

January 20, 2013

Today around noon President Obama will be sworn in for a second term as our President, while Joe Biden already took his oath this morning.  Tomorrow, the big party takes place — constitutionally, the official swearing in must take place on January 20, but given that today is Sunday the public ceremony has been moved [...]

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France Leads Military Effort in Mali, Latest Front in the War on Terror

January 14, 2013

I’ve always thought that President Bush’s greatest accomplishment was his recognition that terrorist acts committed by networks of global reach and the nations who harbored them were really acts of war that should be treated as such.  Rather than serving terrorists with legal papers and affording them U.S. Constitutional rights, Bush believed that a wider [...]

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Movie Review — Zero Dark Thirty

January 12, 2013

The highly anticipated film about the search and eventual killing of Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, opened on screens across the country yesterday.  Here’s the trailer: As you may know, this movie is controversial for some on both sides of the aisle.  Some Democrats (and John McCain, of course) don’t like the “torture” scenes [...]

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Hillary Hopsitalized with Blood Clot

December 30, 2012

Hillary Clinton has been admitted to a hospital due to a blood clot which appeared after the concussion she sustained a few weeks back.  Jeez — some people will do anything not to testify on Benghazi — this being the third illness (flu, concussion, clot) which has delayed her from testifying! I kid.  A blood [...]

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Morsi Declares Himself More Powers

November 23, 2012

Egyptian President Mubarak Morsi has declared that all the decisions that he’s made (and will make) until a new constitution is formed are not subject to appeal from any court or anywhere else for that matter.  Morsi has his own executive authority, has a toothless parliament, and is now bullying the courts.  This situation kind [...]

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On the Latest Violence Between Israel and Hamas

November 19, 2012

I only have a few things to say about what has been happening the last six days between Israel and Hamas, and none of it favors Hamas.  My whole life I’ve seen the same story play out:  Israel gets hit one time too many and decides to retaliate as suddenly the international community gets apoplectic [...]

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Benghazi-gate Hearings: “I Want to Know Why We were Lied To”

October 10, 2012

The House Oversight Committee heard testimony today about the September 11th debacle in Benghazi.  The Blaze has robust coverage of the details, so check out their links and timeline including Rep. Trey Gowdy’s warranted outrage which includes this post’s title quote. How’d we get here?  Four Americans died on September 11 as a result of [...]

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Romney on Foreign Policy

October 8, 2012

Giving a major foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute today, Mitt Romney took it to President Obama, saying amongst other things that “Hope is not a strategy” while calling Obama out on the 9/11 Libya attack and Obama’s foreign policy drift. Predictably, the Obamabots in the MSM immediately panned it, calling it vague.  [...]

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Beck’s Take on the Benghazi Attack

September 22, 2012

It’s been fascinating to watch the Obama Administration hang itself on all the inconsistencies relating to the 9/11 terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi.  Some believe that all the confusion paints a picture of an administration in disarray, which may give some indeterminate political advantage to Romney in this election game of inches. Yet, [...]

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