The United States continues the constant pounding of the tribal region of North Waziristan in Pakistan. On January 10, AFP reports that six “militants” allegedly working for al-Qaeda were killed in a drone strike.

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.

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.

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.

On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, President Barack Obama did what constitutionalists and civil libertarians knew he would do: He signed into law the renewal of his power to apprehend and detain Americans indefinitely on no more authority than his own suspicion of their complicity with enemies in the “War on Terror.”

Various outlets are reporting information posted to Islamist websites placing a bounty of three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of gold on the head of U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein.

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking documents on the federal government's targeted killing program while making an excellent case against it.

One thing that should be noted about General Norman Schwarzkopf's role in the 1991 war with Iraq that has generally been overlooked: He was against the war, called Operation Desert Storm, before he was for it.

 

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