South Korea has deployed cruise missiles on the North Korean border, missiles that can hit targets anywhere in North Korea.
This came in a statement for journalists by an official of the South Korean Defence Ministry, Kim Min Sok.
According to him, Seoul will also speed up the development of ballistic missiles with an effective range of 800 kilometres and will set up a national missile defence system.
The statement came in the [...]
North Korea is a serious threat to U.S., says American Defence Secretary Panetta after secretive state’s successful nuclear test
A third nuclear test has been widely anticipated since December
Sign North Korea is advancing its nuclear technology, say experts
Suggests country is closer to mounting a bomb on a missile
‘Greater explosive force’ than the 2006 and 2009 tests
North Korea a ‘serious threat’ to U.S., says Defence Secretary Leon Panetta
President Obama has condemned North Korea’s [...]
Following three years of classified top-secret drone bombings in Pakistan Defense Secretary Leon Panetta finally declared on Wednesday that we are at War in Pakistan.
While it has been obscured in secrecy, with most information coming from anonymous unnamed government officials due to the top-secret classification, the US has been conducted a covert shadow war in Pakistan for the last three years.
That war has so far been waged through the use of [...]
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta offered a blunt assessment of the threats facing the United States on Wednesday, saying the potential for another war breaking out remains high in places like North Korea.
“We’re within an inch of war almost every day in that part of the world,” Panetta said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, in response to a question about the threats in the Korean Peninsula. “And we just [...]
It’s turning out to be a costly commute home for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
The Pentagon chief has traveled on military aircraft to his home in northern California more than two dozen times since he took the defense post in July – trips that have cost the government about $32,000 each.
Panetta, in turn, has reimbursed the government about $630 per roundtrip for the personal flights, based on longstanding formulas dictated by [...]
Amid fallout over a lavish General Services Administration conference that cost top officials at the agency their jobs, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta late Thursday admitted to paying just $17,000 for his commuting costs for 27 trips back to his Monterey, Calif., home on a military aircraft.
Before accepting the job as defense secretary,Mr. Panetta negotiated his right to commute home to California nearly every weekend using a military equivalent of a Gulfstream jet, as his job [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has commuted on military aircraft to his home in northern California more than two dozen times since he took over the Pentagon in July, paying about $630 per trip for a roundtrip flight that costs the Pentagon about $32,000.
The totals detailed by defense officials lay out his reimbursements for the first time, showing he paid the Treasury about $17,000 for the 27 personal [...]
Paul Craig Roberts
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Washington has made tremendous preparations for a military assault on Iran. There is speculation that Washington has called off its two longest running wars–Iraq and Afghanistan–in order to deploy forces against Iran. Two of Washington’s fleets have been assigned to the Persian Gulf along with NATO warships. Missiles have been spread amongst Washington’s Oil Emirate and Middle Eastern puppet states. US troops have been deployed [...]
BRUSSELS — The United States and NATO will seek to end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year and shift to a role of providing support and training to Afghan security forces, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Wednesday.
U.S. military commanders had said in recent weeks they would begin a transition this year toward taking more of an advisory role as Afghanistan’s national army and police take greater responsibility for fighting the [...]
December 18, 2011
(Spoiler alert: this is the alternate remix of a New York Times original.)
BAGHDAD – The Pentagon officially pronounced its US$3 trillion-and-counting, “war on terror”-related invasion, occupation and decimation of the Iraqi nation dead on Thursday even as the country prepared for a low-intensity Sunni-Shi’ite civil war and the Muslim world wondered whatever happened to the George W Bush administration’s Greater Middle East.
In an open-air cement bunker [...]
A Predator drone operated by the U.S. military. (Associated Press)
SIGONELLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Italy — One of the U.S. government’s worst-kept secrets is the CIA’s program to hunt and kill suspected terrorists with armed drones. Everybody knows the CIA does it. The agency, however, refuses to publicly acknowledge the covert program, a fig leaf that has obscured the CIA’s operations and limited official accountability.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Congress on Sunday not to cut off funding for U.S. military involvement in Libya and predicted that the operation targeting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces will “end OK.”
Lawmakers question the legality of President Barack Obama’s continued use of the U.S. military in Libya without the approval of Congress.
House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in [...]
Pentagon chief Robert Gates says President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drone aircraft in Libya.
Gates told a Pentagon news conference that the Predator is an example of the unique U.S. military capabilities that Obama is willing to contribute to a coalition military campaign in Libya, while other countries enforce a no-fly zone.
Marine Gen. James Cartwright, speaking alongside Gates, said the [...]
By Tim Dickinson
In the Senate, those demanding even harsher prosecution of the Libya war include the three amigos. John McCain, warning that “the blood of Americans is on Qaddafi’s hands,” has called for arming the insurgents, whom Joe Lieberman has praised as “freedom fighters.” Lindsey Graham wants to know why we don’t just take out the Libyan leader like Reagan tried to do:
“Who would be [...]