JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for January 14 - 20, 2013.

Despite openly supporting self-styled Jihadist “revolutionaries” seeking an Islamic theocracy in Syria and Libya before that, the new socialist French government has also just launched a series of military attacks against Muslim rebels who seized control of northern Mali with help from other Western powers. The controversial operations, ironically, are being taken under the guise of fighting Islamic extremism. Meanwhile, Islamists in the region have vowed retaliation, saying the French attacks were killing civilians and promising to strike “at the heart of France.”

The anti-Hagel hysteria carries a message different from the one getting all the attention: If Hagel is “out of the mainstream” of foreign-policy thinking, the range of permissible thinking is more narrow than many have suspected. True, Hagel has been critical of some of the overseas military policies pursued by Presidents George W. Bush and Obama, but to suggest he is a radical critic of U.S. militarism and hegemony is absurd.

The real reason Republicans are ballistic over the nomination of Chuck Hagel to the position of Secretary of Defense.

Despite some noisy grilling by Senate Republicans, President Obama's nominee for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, due to his connections with insider organizations like the Atlantic Council and the Council on Foreign Relations, is virtually guaranteed the position.

On his first trip to Israel, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Monday that all U.S. foreign aid should be gradually eliminated, including the roughly $3 billion sent annually to the country he was visiting.

Another day in Pakistan brings another day of skies torn by screaming Hellfire missiles launched from U.S. drones.  Early Sunday morning, a barrage of missiles obliterated villages in the tribal region of South Waziristan. Reports indicate that 10 “militants” were killed and five others were injured in the attack.

Recently translated interviews demonstrate that Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, had little interest two years ago in seeing his party continue the relationship which has existed between Israel and Egypt since the 1978 Camp David Accords because, in his assessment, Israel’s "Zionist" residents are “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

A headline in Wired magazine reports: “Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: More Drone Strikes.”  Just a week into the new year and the president is well on his way to keeping his resolution.

With the advent of the new year, the United States is rapidly increasing the number of drone strikes in Yemen.

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