NATO member shoots down Russian plane–Putin threatens

Turkish fighters shot down a Russian attack aircraft over Syria, after accusations that it invaded Turkish air space (which Russia denies).  The two pilots ejected but were  reportedly killed by gunfire from the ground as they parachuted.  A Russian marine on a helicopter rescue mission was also shot.

Vladimir Putin called this a “stab in the back” and said Turkey will face “significant consequences.”   President Obama defended Turkey’s right to defend its air space.

As this unfolds, keep in mind that Turkey belongs to NATO, and, by treaty, an attack on one NATO member is treated as an attack on them all.

UPDATE:  Russia is bombing the area of Syria where the plane came down, hitting both Al Qaeda and Turkmen (Syria’s ethnic Turks) anti-Assad insurgents.  Russia says one of its pilots is alive, though the Turkmen claim to have killed them both.

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“We need a union of all who can fight”

French president Francois Hollande called for “a union of all who can fight” to destroy ISIS.  He called on the United States and Russia to set aside their differences and to join together in an international coalition to battle jihadist terrorism.

But President Obama appeared to reject that plea, saying that what his administration is currently doing is sufficient!

Details and new information about the Paris attack after the jump.

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Freebies for Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day, let us honor those who served in the military not by pitying them because we think, rightly or wrongly, that they suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome, but by admiring them for their bravery, their patriotism, and their exploits.

And if you are a veteran, check out all the free stuff that companies are giving you to show their appreciation:  Go to Military.com for lists of retailers and travel and recreational offerings.

And in lieu of personally buying you dinner or a drink, after the jump I list a whole slew of chain restaurants. that will treat you on the house.  [Read more…]

Obama sends (a few) boots on the ground to fight ISIS

President Obama has authorized American troops to go to Syria to help with the fight against ISIS.  But there will only be 50 of them.  The Special Forces unit will help with the Kurdish troops already there.

So we have a new military commitment to Syria, but in such small numbers that the troops (good as they are) might be in danger. [Read more…]

U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan

Reversing his earlier plans, President Obama has decided to keep 5,500 American troops in Afghanistan through 2017. [Read more…]

Jim Webb killed his enemy

At the Democratic debate, the candidates were asked “what enemy are you most proud of?”  O’Malley said, the NRA; Chafee said, the coal industry; Saunders said, pharmaceutical companies; Clinton said, Republicans.  Jim Webb said, “the enemy soldier who threw the grenade that wounded me, but he’s not around right now to talk to.”

I’d say.  Webb killed him.  And the reason Webb was wounded is that he threw himself between the grenade and one of his men, saving his life.

And that wasn’t all he did that day in Vietnam.  Details of the actions that earned him a Navy Star after the jump. [Read more…]


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