There has been a great deal of consternation in our nation’s capital this week over the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
It’s not that there are many politicians or pundits defending Soleimani. The man was a butcher by all measures, and he certainly won’t be missed by anyone in the United States. Predictably, what is of concern is just how the President came to that decision, whether or not the timing was appropriate, and if the ends will justify the means.
For many Americans, the death of Soleimani at the hands of a US drone strike is a bit unnerving.
Though President Donald Trump and his advisers have contended taking out Iran’s top general made the US more safe, a majority of Americans do not feel that way, according to a USA Today/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.
The poll found 55% of Americans believe the US drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani has made the US less safe — this included nearly a third of Republicans. Only 24% of Americans believe the strike made the country more safe, the poll said, and a majority of Americans (52%) also said Trump’s behavior with Iran was “reckless.”
The poll also found that 52% of Americans believe the attack would make Iran more likely to develop nuclear weapons, 69% said Iran would be more likely to attack US interests in the Middle East, while 63% said there would be terrorist attacks on the American homeland, and 62% said the US and Iran would go to war.
In the immediate aftermath of Soleimani’s death, Iran launched approximately 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq, roughly aimed at two military bases populated by both Iraqi and American troops.
Given Iran’s long history of employing terrorism, several US cities have ramped up their efforts to prevent a possible attack in behalf of the Persian nation.Don't forget to Like The Washington Sentinel on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at The Republican Legion.
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Pentagon Reminds the World That Even a Sick US Military Will Knock Your Block Off
And don’t get us started about the Second Amendment.
As the world around us becomes ever sicker, there is an inevitable human toll that is bound to hit us, and hit us hard.
In New York City they’re preparing mass graves in a potter’s field on Hart Island. Coronavirus is now the leading cause of death in the US. These ostensibly terrible things are occurring, and some folks may feel helpless to stop it.
These are not the same folks who signed up to defend our nation, however, and the Pentagon would like to take a minute out of their busy day to remind the rest of the planet that America could beat just about anybody in a fight, even with a virus tying one hand behind our back.
With an aircraft carrier forced into port and staff at bases handling nuclear missiles hit by COVID-19, the US military wants rivals to understand: don’t test us, we have not been weakened.
Statement after statement from the Pentagon has sought to deliver that message amid questions this week over whether the US fighting force can maintain full readiness, with cases among service members now at 2,031.
“We’re still capable and we’re still ready no matter what the threat,” Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley said Thursday.
“I wouldn’t want any mixed messages going out there to any adversaries that they can take advantage of an opportunity, if you will, at a time of crisis,” he added.
“That would be a terrible and tragic mistake if they thought that.”
Of course, this only accounts for the military readiness here in the United States.
Should any of our adversaries really think that they could get one over on us, they should remind themselves about the Second Amendment.
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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