The U.S. Army’s Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) — a high-tech robotic spy blimp — was launched for its 90-minute maiden voyage on Tuesday from a military base in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
The Lakehurst Naval Air Station is notorious as the location of the Hindenburg disaster of May 6, 1937. However, this latest experiment in light-than-air aeronautics appears to have gone more smoothly.
The Pentagon has spent hundreds of millions of dollars and years of development trying to gets its satellite-controlled LEMV off the ground, and months of testing still lie ahead. If all goes well, the vehicle may be deployed to Afghanistan next year to conduct surveilance and cargo hauling. According to manufacturer Northrop Grumman, it has the capacity to carry seven tons of cargo for 2,400 miles at 30 miles per hour.
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Trump had two goals in ramping up pressure on Iran — and he’s failing at both: CNN
That being said, the president clearly believes he can bully Iran into unconditional submission to whatever the United States demands. And Iran is having none of it, escalating its own acts of maritime aggression and proclaiming they have missile technology capable of striking U.S. aircraft carriers.
Trump once again suggests the Central Park Five are guilty: ‘You have people on both sides of that’
During a brief Q&A with the press on Tuesday, President Donald Trump once again appeared to suggest that he still believes the Central Park Five are guilty.
"You have people on both sides of that," he told reporters. "They admitted their guilt."
Trump has repeatedly tried to worm his way out of condemning racism with this sort of language — most infamously when he said there were "very fine people on both sides" of a neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Former general rips ‘impulsive, badly-educated president tweeting out foreign policy’
President Donald Trump was slammed on MSNBC by a former four-star Army general for his foreign policy blunders.
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Barry McCaffrey on "Deadline: White House" on Tuesday.
"This picture of constant gyrations around the deliberations around Iran seems to be fulfilling the old expression, 'when America sneezes, the world catches a cold,'" Wallace noted.
"Nicolle, I’ve followed these foreign policy and national security policy issues for the better part of fifty years, you almost have to be at a loss for words for what's going on," McCaffrey replied.