Let us make no mistake: The geographical distance between the United States and Iran is no guarantee against a coming conflict affecting us right here on American soil.
You see, Iran isn’t just a nation toiling away in the Middle East, they are a nation whose embracing of terrorism makes them a threat to the world at large. Their proxies operate all over the globe, including in Iraq where an Iran-backed militia was the impetus of this latest combative posturing between the Tehran and Washington.
As such, we must remain prepared here at home, in case the terror network operated by Iran comes calling.
That is precisely what several major cities in the United States are doing this week, as tensions between these nations begin to boil over.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that the NYPD is taking “immediate steps” to “protect key NYC locations from any attempt by Iran or its terrorist allies to retaliate against America.”
“We will have to be vigilant against this threat for a long time to come,” he added.
In another tweet, de Blasio warned that the U.S. had “effectively declared war on Iran tonight” and that he was “worried for our city + our nation.”
The west coast was on high alert as well.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the LAPD tweeted that they were “monitoring the events developing in Iran” and that while no credible threat had emerged thus far, “We will continue to communicate with state, local, federal and international law enforcement partners regarding any significant intel that may develop.”
“This Department is committed to ensuring the safety of our vibrant and diverse community, and we ask every Angeleno to say something if you see something,” said a follow up tweet.
There are no specific threats yet identified for US locales, but Iran has promised a “harsh” retaliation for the death of General Qasem Soleimani at the hands of US military forces in Iraq.Don't forget to Like The Washington Sentinel on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at The Republican Legion.
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Homeland Security Says ‘No Lockdown’ After Rumors Flood Social Media
Maybe its time for a little “social media distancing” as well.
If you’re one of the great many Americans who have found themselves more than a little on edge as of late, perhaps the most important piece of coronavirus advice out there is to stay away from social media.
Of course, that is going to be extremely difficult with all of this newfound downtime that we’re dealing with, but it will be important to practice some “social media distancing” as well, particularly if you or a loved one is prone to anxiety or panic.
That’s because there are no shortage of cut-rate provocateurs online, hoping to garner “likes” and “shares” with the fear mongering and sensationalism. This includes rumors of a “national lockdown” on the horizon that the head of the Department of Homeland Security says are completely false.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Saturday shot down rumors of a potential national lockdown because of the coronavirus, saying that there are no such plans and that such rumors are “disinformation.”
“It’s simply not true,” Wolf said on Fox & Friends. “What we see is a lot of disinformation campaigns via text, via social media, so we want to make sure we refute those, knock those down… a lot of this information is just that: disinformation.”
Wolf elaborated further.
“So we have no plans for a national lockdown or a national quarantine, and again it’s just that — its disinformation.”
Others online had taken the deployment of the National Guard as a sign of “martial law” to come.
This is a particularly popular theory among conspiracy theorists who, for decades, have insisted that “the powers that be” or the “illuminati” would use a pandemic to further lock down the human population for whatever their mysterious “master plan” is.
Again, this is not what is happening, and there are no shortage of primary sources outside of the social media mess who’ll be happy to tell you so.
As Far East Reels From Viral Outbreak, North Korea Sends Rockets Skyward
The maneuver comes as speculation swirls over the possible coronavirus impact in North Korea.
The Asian subcontinent is under siege in 2020, as a near-pandemic outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the region.
The virus is believed to have first jumped from animals to human at a wildlife market in the city of Wuhan, China, and has remained difficult to effectively quarantine thanks to a fourteen day incubation period and fairly mundane symptoms during the early stages of the sickness.
There are concerns that ill-prepared nations such as North Korea would be disproportionately decimated by the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus, particularly due to the hermit kingdom’s reclusive tendencies and largely inept medical infrastructure. Furthermore , the DPRK is far from forthcoming when it comes to information that may cast them in a poor light, stoking fears of a secret pandemic in Pyongyang.
In fact, the only thing North Korea seems to be sharing with the world this week are a number of military projectiles.
North Korea fired at least three unidentified projectiles off its east coast early Monday, according to South Korea’s military, amid a deadlock in a U.S.-led diplomacy aimed at stripping the rogue nation of its nuclear weapons.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement it detected the three launches made from a town in the North’s South Hamgyong province.
The statement said South Korea’s military was monitoring North Korea for possible additional launches.
The dainty dictator of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un, has promised to continue his work on a nuclear deterrent in 2020, after talks between North Korea and the United States on the subject have seemingly gone cold.
WATCH: Coast Guard Heli Delivers Supplies to Virus-Laden Cruise Ship
Video from the scene was both dramatic and impressive.
With a novel and fatal strain of coronavirus currently meandering through the global community at an alarming rate, every precaution possible is being taken in the United States to prevent Americans from suffering the same scale of devastation seen in the Far East.
The cruise industry has been disproportionately affected by the illness, with their floating hotels’ close quarters providing an ample medium for the virus to spread. Several ships have been quarantined at sea after passengers displayed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19.
Off the coast of California, a struggling ship was the scene of a dramatic act of assistance this week as a Coast Guard helicopter dropped off much-needed medical supplies to sick, quarantined passengers.
The California National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing, based at Moffett Field, California along with federal partners and CDC medical personnel, were involved in a joint mission to provide COVID-19 test kits to passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship.Currently, the Grand Princess remains off the California Coast, west of the Bay Area.
Video of the incident quickly went viral on social media.
Coast guard finally bringing test kits & hopefully some medical controls to the #GrandPrincess.
Let's try not to make a mess of this like Japan did with #DiamondPrincess.
— Stephania Becker – MD, MPH (@StephaniaBecker) March 5, 2020
Grand Princess cruise with 3,500 passengers from 50 countries remains in limbo outside San Francisco. 21 #coronavirus cases, 19 crew members, 2 passengers. The ship was relocated 20 miles off the coast for easier delivery of supplies by U.S. Coast Guard.
— Max Howroute▫️ (@howroute) March 7, 2020
Meanwhile, the East Coast suffered its first fatalities from COVID-19 in Florida, as the illness continues to wreak havoc on the global community.
President Trump Appoints First Black Air Force Chief
President Donald Trump has nominated Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown to be the next top general leading the U.S. Air Force.
President Donald Trump has nominated Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown to be the next top general leading the U.S. Air Force, making him the first black men ever named to the post.
Indeed, if he is confirmed, Brown will be the first black man to lead any of the armed forces.
And Trump is doing it.
The nomination was announced on Monday by the Department of Defense.
According to Military.com:
Brown, currently the head of Pacific Air Forces, would be tapped for 22nd Air Force chief of staff, following Gen. David Goldfein, who is set to retire this summer after four years in the position. Brown would also be the first black officer to sit on the Joint Chiefs of Staff since then-Army Gen. Colin Powell served as chairman between 1989 and 1993.
“The [Air Force] will be well served by the formidable talents of CQ Brown,” Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said on Twitter. “He has unmatched strategic vision and operational expertise. His leadership will be instrumental as the service continues to focus on the capabilities and talent we need to implement the [National Defense Strategy].”
The USAF will be well served by the formidable talents of CQ Brown. He has unmatched strategic vision & operational expertise. His leadership will be instrumental as the service continues to focus on the capabilities & talent we need to implement the #NDS. https://t.co/2P8JDx1idS
— Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett (@SecAFOfficial) March 2, 2020
Before his post at PACAF, Brown was the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He also served as the head of Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) between 2015 and 2016, during the height of the air campaign against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.
Brown was commissioned in 1984 as an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot and has accumulated more than 2,900 flight hours. He also has also flown 130 combat hours.
President nominates General Charles Brown, USAF to be the first African American Air Force Chief of Staff. pic.twitter.com/LYtLjrajXE
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) March 2, 2020
“I am truly honored and humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force’s 22nd chief of staff,” Brown said in an Air Force news release. “If confirmed, Sharene and I look forward to building upon the legacy of Gen. Dave and Dawn Goldfein and the many airpower giants before who have served our Air Force and our nation with such dedication.”
Brown must be confirmed by the Senate and would replace retiring Gen. David Goldfein.
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North Carolinians on High Alert as ‘Unconventional’ Military Drills Set to Begin
The exercises may seem very real, but authorities insist that there will be no danger to residents.
One of the most pointed lessons of the Founding Fathers was to never fully trust your government.
These were the first Americans. The ones who saw the tyranny of the British for what it was, and decided that despite what punishment was sure to come, they’d be making tea in the Boston Harbor.
The founders, after beating back the most advanced army in the world at the time, then bestowed upon the people of this new nation a glut of freedom the likes of which the world had never seen. The hope was that our liberty would allow us to remain free through freely speaking our minds, electing our own government officials, and, if all else failed, throwing some more figurative tea out to sea.
So when the federal government starts conducting strange military drills in populated areas of the east coast, it is well within our rights as Americans to be concerned.
Fort Bragg is warning the public that suspicious looking military activity could erupt on private land across multiple North Carolina counties next month as part of a cryptic Special Forces training exercise.
This could include hearing explosions and seeing soldiers acting as ”guerrilla freedom fighters,” according to a release from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.
Exact times, locations and exercise specifics are not being publicized, officials said in the release.
Things could get heavy as well.
“Residents may hear blank gunfire and see occasional flares … No real bombs will be used, but people in nearby areas may hear loud bangs that replicate the idea of a bomb,” officials told McClatchy News.
Conspiracy theorists on social media have expressed concern regarding the drills, pointing to a number of purported real-world tragedies that happened to occur while a military “drill” was suspiciously scheduled at a similar date and place.
West Point Forces Cadets to Undergo ‘Gender Diversity’ Training, Says Men are ‘Toxic’
America’s premiere military school, West Point, is now forcing cadets to learn about “gender norms,” “diversity,” and “inclusion.”
America’s premiere military school, West Point, is now forcing cadets to learn about “gender norms,” “diversity,” and “inclusion,” instead of teaching cadets in training useful leadership skills.
The absurd PCing of the school is so bad that one cadet was heard grousing that they are teaching him “how NOT to be a man.”
Last week the military school held what it called its “Honorably Living Day,” an event described as promoting “diversity, inclusion and acceptance of people from differing backgrounds, races and genders.”
West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams laughably insisted that the politically correct indoctrination would further “combat readiness.”
According to Breitbart News, cadets were forced to watch several documentaries that celebrate transgenderism and the gay lifestyle.
Cadets were obligated to view Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In, two documentary films produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, first lady of California and wife of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA).
Miss Representation features commentary from assorted left-wing and partisan Democrat figures, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Rachel Maddow, Rosie O’Donnell, and Gloria Steinem.
Miss Representation for instance passes off the claim that America is sexist and hates women.
“If people knew that Cuba, China, Iraq, and Afghanistan have more women in government than the United States of America, that would get some people upset,” leftist Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom says in the film. He added, “One of the first things I did when I became mayor of San Francisco is that I appointed a female police chief, and then a female fire chief. … People thought I was trying to make some grand statement, when in fact I was actually just hiring the most qualified two candidates.”
The film also tells viewers that America is not a “legitimate” democracy because the country hates women.
For its part, The Mask You Live In claims that being a male is “toxic” and that men have to stop being men to “fix” American society. The film also pushes transgenderism and a tearing down of “gender norms.”
“Be a man,’ that’s one of the most destructive phrases in this culture,” one person in the film says.
So, there you have it, America. Our top military school is preparing our soldiers for transgender awareness, are being told men are dangerous monsters, and are being told that the very country they may end up fighting for is intrinsically evil.
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Downed US Aircraft in Taliban Territory Still a Mystery
If true, this could spell big trouble for the Taliban.
While Iran may be fresh on the minds of those concerned about rising tensions in the Middle East, the Taliban are certainly making the case that they, too, are to be feared.
Iran’s recent aggression toward the United States has been startling. Not only did they back a militia that attempted to ransack the US Embassy in Baghdad, but then launched 15 ballistic missiles in the direction of US troops stationed in Iraq as retaliation for the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani – which itself was a retaliation for the aforementioned embassy siege.
Now, only three weeks removed from those skirmishes, the Taliban is throwing their hat into the ring of anti-American fervor in the region, claiming to have shot down a US Air Force plane carrying members of the CIA.
A U.S. military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, a Taliban spokesman and Afghan journalist affiliated with the militant group said.
A U.S. Army spokeswoman declined to comment on the Taliban claim, but video from the crash site circulating on social media appeared to suggest the aircraft was a U.S. Air Force electronic surveillance plane.
Tariq Ghazniwal, a journalist in the area, said that he saw the burning aircraft. In an exchange on Twitter, he told The Associated Press that he saw two bodies and the front of the aircraft was badly burned. He added that the aircraft’s body and tail were hardly damaged. His information could not be independently verified.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the U.S. Air Force plane crashed in the Ghazni province.
If the story is true as told, then the Taliban may have very well put a target on their backs, as US President Donald Trump seems unflinching in willingness to respond to such actions with force as of late.
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