So I Lied, What Are You Going To Do About it?

Remember during the election, when Obama was all full of piss, vinegar, and promises to end the war in Iraq so we could focus on the real war in Afghanistan and Pakistan and make it a top priority? Remember his oft repeated promise to send at least two combat brigades and desperately needed resources to Afghanistan?

Well, now that we’ve been duped into electing him, not so fast . . .

Obama Re-Thinks Afghanistan Troop Surge

President Barack Obama is asking defense strategists to review the upcoming troop surge in Afghanistan.

Up to 30,000 U.S. troops are readying to deploy to the country over the year, and senior Democrats and Defense Secretary Robert Gates are beginning to question the endgame.

About 17,000 Marines and Army soldiers were set to deploy to Iraq last week, but Gates postponed their deployment after questions from the president.

Sources: Iraq, Afghanistan withdrawals delayed

Decisions about withdrawing troops from Iraq and sending more troops to Afghanistan have been delayed until the Pentagon provides President Barack Obama with more detail about the risks and implications of the issues confronting him, according to two senior Pentagon officials.

Both officials, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, have a direct understanding of the discussion regarding troop withdrawals. They said the military is not concerned about the delays, but that there is concern about the deteriorating levels of security in Afghanistan.

At the same time Obama is at home furiously toggling the “chicken switch”, General David Petraeus is in Germany trying to convince our NATO allies to step up to the plate with more troops and other support.

Petraeus Pushes NATO Allies to Step Up Afghan Fight

The U.S. pushed European NATO allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning of a resurgence in terrorist violence in the country that gave rise to the Sept. 11 attacks.

U.S. Army General David Petraeus said the security situation has “deteriorated markedly” since 2007 and appealed for more troops and war-fighting equipment to bolster stability as nationwide elections test Afghanistan’s ability to govern itself.

“I would be remiss if I did not ask individual countries to examine very closely what forces and other contributions they can provide,” Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, told the Munich Security Conference today.

See also:
Munich Security Conference
NATO
Surge of troops in Afghanistan ‘needed for five years’, says Nato commander

/too bad we don’t have a 30 day return policy on Presidents

Third Time Not a Charm

Poor Captain Carroll . . .

Sunday: Defiant Navy Ship Still Stuck After 3rd Extraction Attempt

A third attempt to refloat USS Port Royal (CG 73) proved unsuccessful this morning, leaving the guided missile cruiser aground about a half-mile south of Honolulu Airport.

This morning’s attempt was made with the concerted effort of the salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52), M/V Dove and four Navy and three commercial tugboats.

The Port Royal’s hull is structurally sound and there has been no fuel leakage or spillage.

. . .

Larger tug boats and tow vessels provided more pulling power than was mustered the two previous mornings. Today’s effort again coincided with the high tide, which occurred about 3 a.m. The ship, however, remained aground after four hours of towing, which began at 1:30 a.m.

The Navy is assessing its options on how to proceed.

See also:
Whoops!
USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52)
USNS SALVOR (T-ARS 52)

It’s interesting to note that the M/V Dove is standing by. This is a support vessel for the Sea-Based X-band (SBX) Radar

Sea-Based X-band (SBX) Radar is the tracking and discrimination radar used for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. SBX will consist of a large X-Band half-populated radar mounted on a modified fifth-generation semi-submersible platform with Battle Management Command Control and Communications, which includes In-flight Interceptor Communication System Data Terminals and associated communications; power generation; facility floor space; and infrastructure, similar to a fixed radar installation.

The SBX provides detailed ballistic missile tracking information to the GMD system, as well as advanced target and countermeasures discrimination capability for the GMD interceptor missiles. The ability of the SBX to deploy to operating locations under its own power allows it to support actual GMD operations as well as realistic testing.

. . .

The support vessel operations include operation the Motor/Vessel (M/V) Dove. The functions of the M/V Dove include: SBX maritime and mission equipment crew transport and transfer, fueling of the SBX, provision re-supply, transport and transfer of all equipment and hardware to and from the SBX, anchor handling, and when necessary, towing of the SBX. Logistical shore facilities are also required to support the SBX mission. There are two shore sites associated with the operations and support of the SBX: the Primary Support Base (PSB) located in Adak, Alaska (the home port for the SBX), and the Operational Support Site (OSS) located in Anchorage, Alaska. The PSB provides the functions of fuel coordination, environmental response capabilities, and is the shipping/receiving point for personnel and supplies to/from the SBX-1.

The presence of the M/V Dove is probably related to the fact that, as reader Render pointed out on a previous thread, the USS Port Royal is an element of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense component of our Ballistic Missile Defense System.

See also:
Ballistic Missile Defense

/anyway, if they can’t refloat the Port Royal, maybe they can turn her into a land based component of the missile defense system or, if all else fails, a maritime museum

UPDATE:

Navy to unload water, anchors to free stuck ship

The Navy plans to remove 800 tons of water from a warship that ran aground off the coast of Honolulu before again trying to free the ship.

The Navy hopes the lighter load will help it pull the USS Port Royal to safety. Several attempts to free the $1 billion cruiser have failed since it got stuck on a rock and sand shoal Thursday.

Rear Adm. Joe Walsh, U.S. Pacific Fleet deputy commander, says the Navy will try again early Monday, at the next high tide.

The water the Navy plans to unload is seawater the Port Royal has taken on to replace the weight of burned fuel. It helps balance the ship. The Navy also plans to unload about 40 tons’ worth of anchors and anchor chains.

/if at first you don’t succeed . . .

Red Rover, Red Rover, Hamas Come On Over!

Pres. Obama Invites Hamas Terrorists to America

By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.

The “presidential determination” which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4.

President Obama’s decision, according to the Register, was necessitated by “the urgent refugee and migration needs” of the “victims.”

Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

The charter for Hamas calls for the replacement of the nation of Israel with a Palestinian Islamic state

See also:
Presidential Determination No. 2009-15 of January 27, 2009
Hamas Charter

Hey, if you’re a terrorist, why try and sneak in the back door when the front door’s wide open?

/seriously, what side is Obama on?