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America’s top Marine challenges Obama’s Afghan pullout deadline

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Gen. James Conway challenged President Obama’s commitment to begin withdrawing soldiers from Afghanistan in July, 2011, saying his deadline gives the Taliban “sustenance” and encourages them to simply outlast the Americans. “In some ways, we think right now it’s probably giving our enemy sustenance,” he…

Marine general: Obama’s Afghan pullout deadline helps the Taliban

President Barack Obama’s July 2011 date to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has given a morale boost to Taliban insurgents, who believe they can wait out NATO forces, the top U.S. Marine said on Tuesday. But retiring General James Conway said he believed Marines would not be in a position…

Top Marine in Haditha case forced to retire

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The highest ranking Marine officer charged and later cleared in the 2005 killings of 24 Iraqis after a bomb attack in Haditha has been forced into retirement, his lawyers said. Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Chessani left the service on Friday. “Thus ended the promising career of one…

Cop accused of shooting dead Iraq vet for ‘making advances’ on his companion

Accused officer shot someone before A Baltimore man is dead after he “made advances” on a woman whose male companion, an off-duty police officer, responded by shooting the man six times, news reports say. According to a report from Baltimore police, the police officer may have fired 13 times at…

Marine helicopter mishap injures 10 during Memorial Day demo

Eyewitness report: ‘Chaos’ at Staten Island air show Onlookers in a crowd were injured by flying debris as an Osprey tried to land at a Memorial Day celebration on Staten Island Monday. “A total of 10 people suffered minor injuries,” NY1 reported. Photos credited to Mark Harris at SILive.com, which…

Marine gets Palin tattoo on left butt cheek, saying she’s the ‘hottest cougar in the Republican Party’

If you’re ever lucky enough to be in Afghanistan, Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin Lepping’s left butt cheek has a special surprise. Sarah Palin. Or, as Lepping puts it, “the hottest cougar in the Republican Party.” News of Lepping’s Palin tattoo — which displays her trademark glasses and smiling mug — has…

Scientists: Newly discovered Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long, six-miles wide

Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science’s Weatherbird…

Texas man faked his way into Army officer corps, investigation reveals

A Texas man with no military experience tricked the Army into letting him enter a reserve unit as a noncommissioned officer earlier this year, a deception that placed an untrained soldier in a leadership position in a time of war, an Associated Press investigation has found. The revelation comes just…

BP using toxic chemicals to ‘disperse’ spilled oil

Related: Chemical that drags oil to ocean floor being mass produced in Sugarland, Texas The chemicals BP is now relying on to break up the steady flow of leaking oil from deep below the Gulf of Mexico could create a new set of environmental problems. Even if the materials, called…

Opposite world? Liberals cheer Bill O’Reilly gesture

Can anyone check to see if Hell is still hot? Newsmax reports, “No. 1 cable news host Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday that he will personally write a check to cover $16,500 in legal costs for the father of a fallen U.S. Marine who sued the members of a church who…

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