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Date: Sep 28, 2007 1:35 PM

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As the media, overall, debates which country will rise to challenge American hegemony in the world, most claim the true contenders will either be China or India, yet it seems that a huge part of the equation is being overlooked: Russia.

Placing the hype aside, evidence suggests that an informal Russia-China alliance will indeed become the next great superpower. Modern global military escalation began with the United States adopting a doctrine of “pre-emptive” warfare, forcing other countries to shore up their own defenses. China, for instance, doubled its military budget between 1997 and 2003 and continued to expand its budget by over 10 percent per year from 2003 to 2005. Numbers such as these put China’s military budget at approximately $43 billion, nearly equivalent to the U.K. and Japan.

In addition to its large military spending appropriations, China’s economy is the second largest in the world. Its GDP for 2006 was $10 trillion with an external debt of $305.6 billion. The Chinese economy is therefore only second to America, which has a GDP of $13.13 trillion, but an external debt of $10 trillion— placing America at the top of the external debt list and China at 19th.

So, given all these statistics, why is it that China could not achieve true superpower status on its own? The answer is that as China becomes wealthier and begins to enter the realm of first-world countries, its economic growth and economic sustainability come into question, and rightfully so. The reason for this is that as China nears first-world status, it will increasingly become subject to stricter rules and constraints. The most important of which is energy. China needs energy to sustain this level of growth and this is where Russia enters the picture.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Russian economy was a huge mess. The economy lost an approximate total of $135 billion in the aftermath of the collapse. In the 2000 elections, Vladimir Putin won the presidency and has since helped the Russian economy recover at an amazing rate.

The key to Russia’s economic recovery is its energy. Russia is home to the world’s largest natural gas reserves and is the world’s second largest oil producer. This immediately puts Russia in a position of great advantage in a world that is heavily dependent on oil. Another point to consider is that because Russia has access to oil on its native soil and does not have to concern itself with the global search for oil, nor does it have to entangle itself in contrived diplomacy or engage in aimless, confused wars on foreign soil. Currently, Russia provides a massive amount of energy to Europe and nearly all of its pipelines head west.

It is thanks to Russia’s oil and gas economy that it has been able to begin rebuilding its military. Along with renovations in basic military technology involving tanks, helicopters, submarines and research into a fifth-generation fighter jet — Russia is said to have proposed and developed renovations to their Topol-M missile.

Said missile would make it quite literally “un-hittable” by any conventional ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) defense system. The missile can also resist a nuclear blast within 500 meters and can resist a direct hit from lasers, rendering the United States’ ABM system obsolete.

Also, Russia has recently created the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the world, dubbed the FOAB (Father of All Bombs), which was built in response to the United States creating the MOAB (Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb, a.k.a. the Mother of All Bombs) for use in Iraq. It is important to note, however, that such developments in Russian military technology are again due to the United States’ perceived level of aggression by other countries.

Most recently, the quadrilateral initiative that involves the U.S., Taiwan, India and Australia engaged in naval wargames in the Bay of Bengal. These war games have been perceived by China as threatening due to the fact that all four countries have declared China a potential threat. This pushed China, earlier this month, to engage with Russia in military training in the Ural Mountains, where Mr. Putin hosted Chinese President Hu Jintao.

As long as China and Russia are viewed as threatening states, they will be locked together ideologically, militarily, and economically. China requires energy; Russia can provide that energy. Russia, although developing moderately, requires help from the Chinese economy. Both are members of the United Nations Security Council and both have veto powers. It would seem that the world is collectively realizing one thing: The Cold War was never really over, only now the stakes are not in political ideology and nuclear brinksmanship, but rather in economics and energy. Russia and China are leading the way.

Wasim Salman ( is a senior majoring in international studies.



Update on Gulf War Veteran Illness



September 25, 2007

Media contact: Jeff Schrade (202)224-9093

(Washington, DC) U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today said he will continue his efforts to ensure that veterans with illnesses associated with service in the Gulf War receive the best medical care available.

[Sen. Burr speaking during the hearing] “Nearly 16 years after the end of hostilities in the first Gulf War, questions about the health status of those who served in that conflict remain,” Burr said. “Evidence shows that many of them suffer from fatigue, memory loss, joint pain, and skin rashes at higher rates than their fellow soldiers who were not deployed to the Gulf War. We still don’t know why these people who shared a common experience of service in the Gulf War are suffering from these medical problems. Over the past fifteen years, the U.S. has spent well over $300 million on research and yet we still don’t have the answers,” Burr stated.

“While we may not know the cause of these diseases, we do know the symptoms our veterans face are real. Our research efforts should continue to focus on treatment for our Gulf War veterans. Our veterans deserve to know the cause of these illnesses and they deserve the best care available to manage symptoms,” Burr added.

Dr. Meryl Nass, an internal medicine physician from Maine, testified that at the time of the 1991 war, American combat servicemembers could have been exposed to depleted uranium, pesticides, smoke from oil well fires, as well as nerve agents from the destruction of Iraqi weapons. The National Institute of Medicine reviewed 850 studies and found that there was no consistent pattern of symptoms among veterans of the first Gulf War.

Lea Steele, an associate professor at Kansas State University who studies veterans with medical complications from the Gulf War, told the committee that some of the symptoms can be debilitating. “Veterans with Gulf War Illness typically experience some combination of severe headaches, memory and concentration problems, persistent pain throughout the body, and profound fatigue,” Steele said.

Active duty military personnel who have questions or concerns about their health or service in the Persian Gulf region are advised to contact their commanding officer or call the Department of Defense Gulf War Veterans Hotline (1-800-497-6261).

Veterans seeking disability compensation for illnesses incurred in or aggravated by military service should contact a Veterans Benefits Counselor at the nearest VA regional office or health care facility or call the VA Gulf War Information Helpline at 1-800-PGW-VETS (1-800-749-8387).


Additional information:

Department of Defense – Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illness –

National Institute of Medicine – Gulf War and Health:

Veterans Benefits Administration:

VA Federally Sponsored Research on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses – 2006 Annual Report to Congress


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MIAs honored
Biloxi VA remembers the empty chair

A POW/MIA flag is draped on a chair Friday during the POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony in the chapel at the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi.
POW-MIA ceremony (Sept. 22)

BILOXI –The place cards and programs read, “The chair is empty for they are not here.”

The Biloxi VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System on Friday hosted a POW/MIA ceremony and reception. They wanted the words to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by American prisoners of war and those still missing in action.

The event was held for National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is held annually on the third Friday of September.

Veterans, VA staff members and volunteers, and family members of those missing in action gathered.

The Biloxi VA traditionally holds a POW/MIA recognition day twice a year. The POWs are the focus during a spring recognition ceremony. The MIAs were the focus of Friday’s service.

During the ceremony, Chaplain Gary Morris presented a solemn symbolic biographical sketch of several local MIAs from the Vietnam era titled, “Do You Remember Me?”

“For the last several years it has been my honor to share the stories of Vietnam veterans who are from our area but never returned home,” said Morris.

The audience listened to the stories about MIAs Timothy Samuel Owen of Mobile, last seen during a night ambush in South Vietnam in 1968; Curtis Richard Smoot of Bogalusa, La., last seen flying a reconnaissance mission over Colombia in 1971; and Thomas W. Bennet Jr. of Natchez, who disappeared during a bombing mission over Hanoi, North Vietnam, then was captured as a POW but never released and is classified as missing in action.

“We have come to these recognition ceremonies for a number of years and it is good that we are all appreciated as soldiers,” said WWII POW Sidney Hecker.

“I fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the not-so-well-known and controversial Battle of Huertgen Forest. That battle was controversial because so many units were wiped out and there was not many prospects for victory,” he said.

According the the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, one American is still missing from the Gulf War, more than 1,750 from the Vietnam War, 120, from the Cold War, more than 8,100 from the Korean War and more than 78,000 from WWII.

Gulf War 1
Vietnam War 1,750+
Cold War 120
Korean War 8,100+
World War II 78,000+

Jesse Macbeth: I admit it, I’m a filthy liar

If you are not familiar with this case check it out I am glad he has been finally exposed as a fruad

posted at 3:47 pm on September 21, 2007 by Allahpundit

He smeared American soldiers on video, accusing them of massacring Iraqis inside a mosque and executing them at close range — “they would actually feel the hot muzzle of my rifle on their forehead” — but it’s now almost forgotten that he also apparently doctored his discharge form to cover his tracks after milbloggers started sniffing around. Thankfully he was too stupid to do a good job of it so they caught him in the act there, too.

A Washington man, whose claims to have slaughtered civilians as a U.S. Army Ranger in Iraq were seen by millions on YouTube, admitted in federal court in Seattle today that he was a fake and a liar.

Jesse Adam Macbeth, 23, pleaded guilty to charges he faked his war record. “He was in the Army for 40 days before he was kicked out of boot camp for being unfit,” said U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Sullivan. “He was never in Iraq.”…

Macbeth’s story of killing men and women as they left a Baghdad mosque included claims that he was a U.S. Army Ranger and had received the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in combat in Iraq.

ABC is framing this as another example of the “phony war hero” phenomenon, which it isn’t. While scummy and pathetic, civilians who impersonate troops to steal the glory of the uniform at least aren’t besmirching the service. This turd faked his record so that he could sell the image of the tainted uniform to the left. Throw the book at him.

Some of his crazy testimony

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Cop Faces Charges In Iraq Vet Shooting

Cop Faces Charges In Iraq Vet Shooting

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 7, 2006

(CBS/AP) A sheriff’s deputy who was videotaped shooting an unarmed Iraq War veteran after a car chase will be charged with attempted voluntary manslaughter, authorities said Tuesday.

The decision to charge Deputy Ivory J. Webb, 45, was announced by San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.

Sheriff Gary Penrod said Webb will remain on paid administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting of Air Force Senior Airman Elio Carrion, 21.

“I respect the decision of the district attorney’s office,” Penrod said.

It is the first time the county’s prosecutors have filed charges against a lawman for an on-duty shooting.

Webb’s arraignment was set for Wednesday. If convicted, he could face up to 18½ years in prison.

The charge includes the special allegations of infliction of great bodily injury and use of a firearm, Ramos said at a news conference. In California, such enhancements can result in extra prison time.

Carrion, an Air Force security officer just back from Iraq, was a passenger in a Corvette that police chased at high speed on the night of Jan. 29 until the Corvette crashed into a wall in Chino, about 45 miles east of Los Angeles.

A grainy videotape shot by a bystander showed Carrion on the ground next to the car with Webb standing and pointing at gun at him.

A voice appears to order Carrion to rise, but when the airman appears to begin complying, the deputy shoots him three times. Carrion was shot in the chest, shoulder and thigh and was hospitalized for several days.

Authorities found no weapons on Carrion or the driver, Luis Escobedo.

Prosecutors announced they were charging Escobedo with a felony of attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly and misdemeanor driving under the influence. He was expected to surrender Wednesday. The maximum penalty if convicted would be 3½ years in prison.

The FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations. The sheriff’s department conducted its own probe and gave the results to the district attorney’s office.

At the time, the sheriff said the videotape “arouses a lot of suspicion,” but he pointed out that it is fuzzy and contains gaps.

“In any type of investigation, it is the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Department to put together all the facts,” Penrod said Tuesday. “The district attorney’s role is to take those facts and determine whether there is sufficient evidence to issue a criminal complaint. Obviously that was their choice in this investigation.”

Ramos assigned two top attorneys to review the shooting and requested an FBI enhancement of the videotape.

Last month, Carrion’s wife insisted he did nothing wrong and demanded that the police officer be arrested.

“I can’t sleep at night no more … knowing that we could have lost him. There’s just no words for it,” Mariela Carrion told CBS News correspondent Sandra Hughes.

She’s still a teenager and has been married to Elio for two years.

Mariela finds it hard to understand why her husband, who survived six months as a senior airman in Iraq, was shot three times on the streets of Chino.

“I went to the crime scene, and I saw the car and I saw his clothes there. And at that point, I just felt, ‘Oh, my god. What happened?”

If a passerby hadn’t happened to take the video, asserts Mariela, “They would have let my husband bleed to death, and they would have switched that whole story around.

“I just want that man to be placed in jail,” she insists. “I want justice. And I’m not giving up.”

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