President Obama is open to expanding the American military footprint in Iraq with a network of bases and possibly hundreds of additional troops to support Iraqi security forces in their fight against the Islamic State, White House officials said on Thursday.As Iraqi forces struggle on the battlefield, aides said Mr. Obama would consider establishing a series of outposts where American advisers would work with Iraqi troops and local tribesmen. The bases would be run by Iraqis, and Americans would still not engage in ground combat, but they would play a more active role closer to the front lines.White House officials stressed that no proposal has been presented to Mr. Obama and added that they anticipated no decision in the next few weeks. But the prospect of further escalation came a day after the administration announced the opening of a new base in Anbar Province, an Islamic State stronghold, with an additional 450 American troops, bringing the total in Iraq to 3,550 — the size of a typical Army brigade.
Last week, Republicans and Democrats in Congress joined President Barack Obama in congratulating themselves for taming the National Security Agency’s voracious appetite for spying. By permitting one section of the Patriot Act to expire and by replacing it with the USA Freedom Act, the federal government is taking credit for taming beasts of its own creation.In reality, nothing substantial has changed.Under the Patriot Act, the NSA had access to and possessed digital versions of the content of all telephone conversations, emails, and text messages sent between and among all people in America since 2009. Under the USA Freedom Act, it has the same.The USA Freedom Act changes slightly the mechanisms for acquiring this bulk data, but it does not change the amount or nature of the data the NSA acquires.
We’ve known for a long time that Barack Obama is clueless when it comes to dealing with what’s left of Iraq. Now we also know he’s still planless.Our president was in Europe earlier this week at a “Group of Seven” conference, where he met with leaders of the world’s seven most industrialized economies. During his concluding remarks he made news when he said his top security advisers were still working on a plan for how to train Iraq defense forces to fight ISIS.”We don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis,” the president said.
There are several misconceptions concerning employment in America today; for example, employers can get away with treating employees as if they are almost slave-like and, employees are powerless and must accept this treatment.
Employers in America today hire part time workforces to do the job of a full time workforce. Why? First and foremost, it allows employers to save money when paying wages, healthcare insurance and vacations. Under current laws, thanks to our ” public Servants ” in Washington, employers do not have to offer healthcare and paid vacation time to part time employees, as for wages, they keep them low under the guise that all employees are equal and should be paid equally regardless of experience, work ethic and the amount of work they do. What this does is it allows employers to refuse pay increases to deserving employees because it will ” create strife ” with employees whose productivity is undeserving of a pay raise. Second, employers will cut hours and increase workloads to save money without increasing wages or benefits. Third, these policies allow employers to indiscriminately fire or force out longterm full time employees who have benefits and replace them with cheaper part time employees who do not receive benefits. Fourth, it allows employers to ignore their own policies concerning employee reviews and pay raise considerations.
There are far-reaching consequences to this garbage. First of all, it creates an ” us vs them ” ( employees vs management ) mentality in the workplace, meaning, we do the work, they make the money. they get paid for vacations, we have to crunch numbers, skimp and save to afford a vacation and hope we can still pay the rent and buy food. Also, full time employees and management have the option to get healthcare insurance through the company, part time employees do not, instead, we have to purchase it through a government run, corrupt system where rates are too high for part time employees to afford and, if we don’t purchase it, we get fined by the very idiots in Washington who created the problem. The second consequence is work simply does not get done to the standard that it should. Employees are expected to in some cases, double or triple their workload to get the job done while employers cut hours to save payroll without any incentive for those doing the work consequently, the job simply can’t get done. Management simply refuses to get it.
The most disgusting of employer actions is denying a long time full time employee his/her vacation in order to make them quit so they can be replaced with cheaper part time workers who will be given full time hours without benefits. Employers who do this have no business being in operation.
Contrary to the perceived ignorance of the American worker and arrogance of employers, there are options available to combat this nonsense. First, they can voice their issues to their immediate supervisor, Second, workers can put pressure on their employer’s human resources director to try to improve conditions third, they can speak to the person in charge of the whole operation. If these avenues turn out to be dead ends, they can file a complaint with their respective state’s labor relations board. Retaining the services of an attorney is also an option. The last option would be to simply find a new employer and leave the old one. With the kinds of issues listed above, the latter may be the best option.
The bottom line is, if workers unite and stand up to employers, they will change the current system to what it should be. Everyone gains from that. Employers need to wake up.
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The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Tuesday that dozens of U.S. vehicles and weapons, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery pieces, were abandoned by fleeing Iraqi troops when Islamic State forces captured the city of Ramadi in central Iraq Sunday. A Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Steve Warren, estimated that a half-dozen tanks were abandoned, a similar number of artillery pieces, a larger number of armored personnel carriers, and about 100 wheeled vehicles such as Humvees, the Associated Press reported.The fleeing Iraqi troops and the abandonment of U.S. weapons are nearly a replay of what happened when ISIS captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last June. It also follows what the AP described as “a pattern over the past year” of Iraqi forces leaving behind arms and equipment that the U.S. has to destroy in later airstrikes against ISIS.The rout brought renewed criticism of President Obama’s strategy of limiting the U.S. role in the fight against ISIS to an air war and Special Operations missions, while relying on local and regional forces to provide the combat units for the ground war. “The president’s plan isn’t working. It’s time for him to come up with overarching strategy to defeat the ongoing terrorist threat,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Should the U.S. government continue to capture and hold massive amounts of telephone and Internet data as a way to thwart possible terrorists? Or should it be harder for government officials to detect patterns in who suspects communicate with?That decision may be a worthy of a president, but only five of nearly 20 candidates for president from either major party actually will be able to vote on relevant legislation, including the Patriot Act and the rival USA Freedom Act.
Speaking Wednesday to a group of graduating Coast Guardsmen, President Barack Obama said climate change would shape their entire careers because it poses “an immediate risk to our national security.”Obama said the “science is indisputable” that climate change is happening. The best scientists in the world, analysts in the intelligence community, military leaders and the Coast Guard know it’s happening.
Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.The subpoena, a copy of which was made available to Reuters, demands that Blumenthal appear before the House committee on June 3 to give a deposition. The subpoena is dated Monday but carries a notation indicating an unnamed deputy U.S. marshal served it on Blumenthal’s wife on Tuesday.
It’s a busy Monday in presidential politics. Gov. Bobby Jindal took another formal step toward announcing his long-expected candidacy, Sen. Lindsey Graham announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination, and Jon Karl of ABC News is reporting that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is “virtually certain” to throw his hat into the ring: John Kasich is “virtually certain” to jump into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sources close to the Ohio governor tell ABC News. Kasich has said his wife and daughters have given him a green light to run and in recent days Kasich has told his political advisors to begin preparing for a likely campaign. Kasich travels to New Hampshire in early June and recently did a fundraising trip to California. If he makes the final decision to run, he will make the announcement in late June or July.