Similar to counterparts in Afghanistan, the craft will deploy from rural South Dakota and reach a maximum altitude of 65,000 feet. From there, they will drift across unspecified regions of Minnesota, Iowa, Central Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. The balloons program, first reported by The Guardian, will likely outfit surveillance balloons with high-powered radar systems.
A soldier who tried to enter North Carolina’s Fort Bragg U.S. Army base dressed as a suicide bomber for Halloween prompted a security alert including a search for explosives, military media said on Sunday.
“Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the Times of London “that efforts to oust Saddam Hussein and replace his tyrannical regime with democracy were unworkable, and that he had concerns about the plan from the beginning.” Via Thanks For Nothing, Donald Rumsfeld @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.
Possible Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Sunday he wouldn’t rule out invading Iraq again if he’s elected president. In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” the Wisconsin governor said as commander-in-chief, he would order a reinvasion if U.S. national security were threatened. Via Another Invasion Of Iraq? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Possible Presidential Candidate,…
Via Walker’s Bush Doctrine, and the Creation of ISIS @ Democurmudgeon.
"Would you commit U.S. ground forces to combat ISIS in any way, shape, or form?" Wallace asked. "I believe we should not take any option off the table. I don’t want to run into war," Walker responded. "That doesn’t quite answer my question," Wallace retorted. "You’re president today — you talk about leadership — would…
Via On national security and foreign policy, Scott Walker makes it a point to cite briefings from his adjutant general @ JS All Politics Blog.
Via VIDEO: Scott Walker’s absolutely painful non-answer on ISIS @ Blogging Blue.
Via Scott Walker Presidential Bid Self-Destructs On ABC’s ‘This Week’ from Rick Ungar @ Forbes.
“I don’t think that is an immediate plan,” and added, “I wouldn’t rule anything out. I think when you have the lives of Americans at stake and our freedom loving allies anywhere in the world, we have to be prepared to do things that don’t allow those measures, those attacks, those abuses to come to…
Red Arrow Park was created to honor the many veterans who served in the Red Arrow Division. They served, and many died, wearing that patch so that we could maintain our liberty and vanquish foes who might’ve thought otherwise. Via Rename Red Arrow Park? @ Germantown Now.
Via “The airstrikes from the coalition have been very helpful, and now the ISIS fighters are confused and don’t know where to go.” @ Althouse.
“One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar — the infidels — and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law,” the group says in an online magazine published Sunday. Via Justifying Kidnapping and Enslaving Women @ Boots & Sabers.
Clearly there needs to be some adjustments, and as much as I do not desire to see another land war that involves Americans, as I have stated many times over the past weeks, it is also important to have policies based on what is required—what is needed for a military win over ISIS. Given that…
Pick up an M-4 and go over there yourself. Take McCain and Graham with you. Via Boehner Goes All War-Daddy @ Dad29.
Via Why the U.S. opposes Scottish independence (though we can’t say much about it) @ Althouse.
Via Video: President Barack Obama addresses the nation @ JS All Politics Blog.
Via “Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?” @ Althouse.
Via Hiroshima: 69 Years Later @ FREEDOM EDEN.
For much of the war, the massive Union Army of the Potomac made up the second-largest population center in the Confederacy, and each morning this sprawling city became a coffee factory. First, as another diarist noted, “little campfires, rapidly increasing to hundreds in number, would shoot up along the hills and plains.” Then the encampment…
A fresh Public Policy Polling survey finds that 74 percent of voters oppose sending troops to the country where in 2003 former Vice President Dick Cheney claimed U.S. troops would be “greeted as liberators” — but where in fact 4,486 Americans were killed, and where even the most cautious estimates put the Iraqi death toll…
Via Home Team @ GarveyBlog.
“The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him…” @ Althouse.
Via We honor their sacrifice @ Blogging Blue.
Madison — Just a few feet from the speakers, a protester Monday held up a sign criticizing Gov. Scott Walker at a statehouse veterans ceremony. Ironically, Walker wasn’t even on hand for the event organized by the Madison Veterans Council, since the governor is honoring Veterans Day with events in Green Bay and Milwaukee today.…