Thursday, August 12, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 8/12/2010

LastDayWatchers because Obama has elected to move forward down the same road

"The Obama Administration maintains the Bush policies of confining its diplomatic engagement largely to friends rather than adversaries"

"Once again, the argument is being made in Washington debates that pressing forward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is a key condition for a successful effort to isolate Iran. But there's no apparent reason to expect that Obama will succeed where Bush failed"

"Not only has the proportion of respondents holding negative views of Obama almost tripled (to 63%) since his Cairo outreach speech last year, but the notion that the Arab world feels threatened by the idea of Iran's acquiring a nuclear weapon seems questionable. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was found to be the third most popular world leader, at 12% (after Erdogan at 20% and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez at 13%; Obama didn't make the top 20). And the study found that an overwhelming 77% of respondents believed Tehran had a right to its nuclear program — an alarming 57% even believed a nuclear-armed Iran would be better for the Middle East"

The failure will continue to mount

Showcase Afghan Army Mission Turns to Debacle

"An ambitious military operation that Afghan officials had expected to be a sign of their growing military capacity instead turned into an embarrassment, with Taliban fighters battering an Afghan battalion in a remote eastern area until NATO sent in French and American rescue teams"

"The fighting has continued so intensely for the past week that the Red Cross has been unable to reach the battlefield to remove the dead and wounded.

The operation, east of Kabul, was not initially coordinated with NATO forces, but the Afghans called for help after 10 of their soldiers were killed and perhaps twice as many captured at the opening of their operation nine days ago.

“There are a lot of lessons to be learned here,” said a senior American military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the operation was continuing. “How they started that and why they started that.” He said there had been no public statements on the battle because of the need for confidentiality during a rescue mission.

"The operation began when the Afghan Army sent a battalion of about 300 men from the First Brigade, 201st Army Corps, into a village called Bad Pakh, in Laghman Province, which is adjacent to the troubled border province of Kunar. Their operation, which began on the night of Aug. 3, was to flush out Taliban in a rugged area where they had long held sway. First, using the Afghan Army’s own helicopters, a detachment was inserted behind Taliban lines, while the main part of the battalion attacked from the front.

But, according to a high-ranking official of the Afghan Ministry of Defense, the plan was betrayed; Taliban forces were waiting with an ambush against the main body of troops. Then the airborne detachment was cut off when bad weather grounded its helicopters, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

In the confusion, the 201st Army Corps commanders lost contact with the battalion. The battalion’s Third Company — 100 men — took particularly heavy casualties, the official said, although he did not have a number. He said many of the company were killed, captured or missing, and as of Wednesday at least, the status of the rest of the battalion remained unclear."

As you continue to "watch" the truth of what the May 15th Prophecy have told you about Lebanon

Hariri: Look into Israeli involvement in my dad's death

"Lebanese newspaper as-Safir reported Thursday that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri had called for a serious investigation into Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah's claims of Israeli responsibility for the assassination of his father, former Lebanese Prime Minsiter Rafik Hariri."

"Hariri also said that Nasrallah expressed an opinion held by many Lebanese and presented information and documentation that cannot be ignored. "I, personally, support their examination. It is important for me to know the truth, both as the prime minister and as the son of the slain," said Hariri"

More contractions will be felt

Magnitude-7.1 quake shakes Ecuador

"A powerful earthquake shook the South American nation of Ecuador on Thursday, but there were only scattered reports of damage or injury.

The magnitude-7.1 quake that hit at 6:54 a.m. (1154 GMT) was felt across much of the nation, including the capital, Quito.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of Quito. But it was also very deep -- 131 miles (211 kilometers) below the surface"

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Gitmo Controversy: The Queasy Case of Omar Khadr

"President Obama's promise to shut the Guantánamo Bay detention facility has come back to haunt him. Not only is the facility still open long past the January 2010 deadline that Obama set for closing it, but this week saw the first steps in the trial of its youngest and most controversial inmate. Omar Khadr, who has been held at the facility for seven years, faces a maximum life sentence for allegedly killing a U.S. soldier during a battle in Afghanistan when he was 15 years old"

"So why hasn't Obama shut down Gitmo and stopped these controversial military tribunals as promised? The political will has evaporated. Congress has repeatedly blocked attempts to move the detention facility's inmates to a high-security prison on U.S. soil"

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