We Are Publishing One Article and One Article Only Today — Read Why

Note from OOV: The following article originally appeared on the website US Defense Watch.

It is an open letter to Khizr Khan who attacked Donald Trump at the DNC.

Ray Starmann is the founder of US Defense Watch. He is a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and veteran of the Gulf War, where he served with the 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 3rd Armored Division “Spearhead!” Mr. Starmann was a contributing writer for several years at SFTT.org, founded by the late Colonel David Hackworth.

Ray Starmann says what many millions of Americans want to say to Khizr Khan and Hillary Clinton, which is why we are publishing his article and his article only today. Regular postings will continue tomorrow, August 3rd.

OOV


Dear Mr. Khan,

I, like millions of Americans saw your speech at the DNC on Thursday night.

I wish to offer my sympathy for the death of your son, Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in action in Iraq.

As a former US Army officer, and a veteran of the Gulf War, I can certainly understand the pain and anguish that you and your wife endure every day.

Your son died saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. As Jesus told his disciples, according to the Gospel of John, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Captain Khan is a hero. I am sure the soldiers he served with regard him as one. I know you and your wife do. Rest assured that millions of veterans regard your son as a hero as well.

To paraphrase from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, your son’s name liveth for evermore.

Your son made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, a country that was new to you and your family and one which you openly embraced and certainly love.

When you and your family arrived to America from Pakistan, you assimilated into our country. You adopted American ways, learned our history and apparently you even acquired a pocket Constitution along the way. Good for you sir.

But, there are many Muslims in America who not only have no desire to assimilate, but wish to live under Sharia Law.

That is unacceptable to Americans. There is only one law of the land. That is the U.S. Constitution.

As you well know, Mr. Khan, we live in violent times, dangerous times. Muslim madmen from ISIS and other radical Jihadi groups are on a murder and terror spree across the globe.

Your religion of peace, Islam, is anything but that in 2016. That is a fact that is confirmed every time a Muslim shoots, bombs, beheads and tortures innocent men, women and children. This does not mean that every Muslim is a terrorist, but most terrorists, sir, are indeed Muslims.

A Muslim terrorist attack has become the sign of the times.

Regardless of what the feckless, naïve, leftist ideologue Barack Obama and his dimwitted colleagues John Kerry, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel state, the United States and the West are at war with Radical Islam. It is the job of the president of the United States to protect his nation from all enemies; foreign and domestic. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama romanticizes Islam and refuses to accept reality, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent people across the world.

Groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda have one goal, the complete destruction of the Judeo-Christian culture, our religions and our way of life.

Many Americans have families that have been here for decades, even centuries. Many families like mine have relatives who fought in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Some families have relatives who fought in the American Revolution.

We don’t plan on letting our country be devoured by Muslim maniacs. We are Americans sir, and not unarmed, socialist European zombies. We will do what is necessary to protect the United States. While many Democrats and liberals see the world through rose colored glasses, conservatives understand that there is good and evil in this world. Evil must be destroyed before it destroys us.

Strong measures, wartime measures, must be taken to protect this country from those that wish to annihilate us and our way of life.

Mr. Trump’s plan to temporarily halt immigration from Muslim countries that are known to either support terrorism or harbor terrorist groups is not only pragmatic, but indeed it is constitutional. It is the constitutional duty of the president of the United States to protect this nation.

There is simply no way to vet hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from war zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Europe is being destroyed because reckless leaders like Angela Merkel have opened the continent’s doors to a flood of over one million undocumented Muslims arriving with nothing more than a bad attitude and a haversack of Jihad.

Do you think Americans are stupid? While the left lives in a dream world, the right does not. Mr. Trump understands the threat to his nation and the threat, sir, is not from Swedish Lutherans named Anna and Lars. The threat, sir, is from radical Islam.

How in God’s name are U.S. immigration authorities supposed to know the true intentions of a 22-year-old Syrian man? It is impossible. You know it is impossible.

How in God’s name are U.S. immigration authorities supposed to know the true intentions of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and thousands of other sundry Muslims who wish to arrive on our shores?

It is impossible. You know it is impossible.

Whether you, your wife, the Muslim world and millions of Democrats are offended by Mr. Trump’s realistic view of the world is irrelevant.

Whether you, your wife and son would have been prohibited from emigrating from Pakistan to America under Mr. Trump’s wartime plan is irrelevant. The security of this great land supersedes your desires and the desires of others who wish to come here now. The United States of America has no obligation to open its doors in order to placate foreigners and liberals in our government.

To adopt any other course but Mr. Trump’s would be a cause for further endangering the lives of Americans every day. That, sir, is unacceptable.

You attacked Mr. Trump in front of a worldwide audience, yet you can’t understand the fact that he defends himself against attacks from you, Hillary Clinton and the left. What else is one to do sir?

We must live in a world of reality, not a world of denial, delusion and fantasy the Democrats inhabit every waking day of their lives.

Radical Islam is the enemy of everyone on this planet who believes in freedom and justice. Until it is destroyed, this nation must protect itself from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Sincerely,

Ray Starmann

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China, Russia Throw Down Gauntlet in South China Sea

WASHINGTON TIMES — China and Russia will hold “routine” naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country, reports Reuters. These drills come after recent joint exercises between the two nations in the Mediterranean.

I have long written that the last six months of Barack Obama’s presidency would see our adversaries taking advantage of the weakness of the Obama presidency before the new sheriff is in town, that sheriff being most likely a President Trump who has made it known his desire to rebuild the American military and power-projection capability worldwide. This prediction has now come to pass. The fact that Russia and China feel they can jointly challenge the U.S. Navy and claim vast international areas of the South China Sea, which are actually very far from China, is simply shocking and a testament to how far the reputation of the U.S. has fallen with Obama, Kerry, and yes, Clinton, at the helm.

“This is a routine exercise between the two armed forces, aimed at strengthening the developing China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership,” China’s defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular monthly news conference. “The exercise is not directed against third parties.”

“These drills deepen mutual trust and expand cooperation, raise the ability to jointly deal with security threats, and benefit the maintenance of regional and global peace and stability,” he said.

The only question now is how much more damage will be caused to American power before President Obama leaves office. The world cannot accept closure of this area to international traffic. The sea lanes are too important. Russia and China know this but they feel they are powerful enough together to do it anyway, simply astounding.

WHY THE SHOWDOWN IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IS FAR FROM OVER — TNI

WHY CHINA WILL HOLD ITS FIRE IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA — UNTIL SEPTEMBER — ASIA TIMES

RUSSIA’S SECRET SUPER SUBMARINE FLEET COULD BE UNSTOPPABLE IN WORLD WAR III SCENARIO — THE SUN (UK)

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US Won’t Back Down on South China Sea

MILCOM — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson used a visit to the port city of Qingdao on Wednesday to push back against Chinese bluster and deliver a message that the U.S. will continue to oppose China’s artificial islands and military buildup in the region.

“This will not change,” said Richardson, who visited the Chinese North Sea Fleet headquarters in Qingdao and met with fleet commander Vice Adm. Yuan Yubai, the Navy said.

“The U.S. Navy will continue to conduct routine and lawful operations around the world, including in the South China Sea, in order to protect the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of sea and airspace guaranteed to all,” he said.

Richardson appealed to the Chinese to “take advantage of our common culture as sailors” to avoid confrontation, while calling on the government to stop the intimidation of regional allies and settle territorial disputes through negotiation.

JAPAN ORDERS HUNDREDS OF MISSILES, HELICOPTERS, AS CHINA FLEXES MUSCLES — DC

NO OFF RAMPS, ONLY DEAD ENDS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA — ASIA TIMES

US WARNS AT WTO OF CHINA BACKSLIDING ON ECONOMIC OPENNESS — ASIA TIMES

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Only America Can Keep a China-India War From Erupting

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — India and China are on a collision course. They boast the world’s two largest populations, two of the fastest growing economies on the globe and aspirations to lead the way into a new Asian century. The two nations’ fates will be intertwined for decades to come. Troublingly, China’s move last week to block Indian membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is merely the latest sign of tension to emerge between the two Asian giants. Further competition and even confrontation await.

Competition between rising powers is hardly new or surprising. This particular case, however, shows China’s intent to remain the sole Asian power stretching from Siberia to the Arabian Sea. This was most recently demonstrated last week when China led the push to exclude India from the NSG. Membership in the prestigious group, which controls the trade of nuclear material and related technologies, would facilitate India’s nuclear power production. While legitimate concerns remain about India’s status as a nuclear state, Prime Minister Modi’s bid was backed by the United States, Britain, France and many others. These advocates could not overcome resistance spearheaded by the Chinese delegation, in a move that many Indians saw as purely political.

China’s NSG position could been seen as warranted given India’s failure to ratify the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, but Beijing routinely blocks Delhi’s efforts to play a larger role on the international stage. India’s push for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and China’s opposition to that move highlight this fact. Of the five current permanent members, only China has yet to offer even token support for the second-largest country in the world joining the exclusive group.

TAIWAN LAWMAKERS AND FISHERMEN HEAD TO SOUTH CHINA SEA’S TAIPING ISLAND TO DECLARE SOVEREIGNTY AND FISHING RIGHTS — SCMP

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China Announces South China Sea Military Exercises

MILCOM — BEIJING — China said Monday that it is closing off a part of the South China Sea for military exercises this week, days after an international tribunal ruled against Beijing’s claim to ownership of virtually the entire strategic waterway.

Hainan’s maritime administration said an area southeast of the island province would be closed from Monday to Thursday, but gave no details about the nature of the exercises. The navy and Defense Ministry had no immediate comment.

Six governments claim territory in the South China Sea, although the area where the Chinese naval exercises are being held is not considered a particular hotspot. China’s navy and coast guard operate extensively throughout the South China Sea and regularly stage live firing exercises in the area.

The announcement of the military exercises came in the middle of a three-day visit to China by the U.S. Navy’s top admiral to discuss the South China Sea dispute and ways to increase interactions between the two militaries.

PHILIPPINES REJECTS CHINA OFFER OF CONDITIONAL DIALOGUE ON SEA DISPUTE — ASIA TIMES

AMERICA CAN ENFORCE THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DECISION WITHOUT HUMILIATING CHINA — TNI

LOOK OUT, ASIA: CHINA’S PEACEFUL RISE IS OVER — TNI

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Is South China Sea FON Issue Prelude to Another Gulf of Tonkin Resolution?

ASIA TIMES — When the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Hague announced its findings on the dispute in South China Sea in favor of the Philippines over China, the most jubilant party was the United States.

State Department spokesperson immediately announced that the ruling is legal and binding on all parties henceforth and forever more. Strange because when a PCA ruling did not suit Washington in the past, it was simply ignored.

China’s immediate response was rejection of the ruling as illegal and furthermore meaningless. Meaningless, because in any arbitration, both parties must agree to submit to arbitration, and China did not agree to participate.

Illegal, because both countries are signatories of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and as signatories, the legally binding agreement is that the parties would negotiate on any matters of dispute.

The US has never ratified UNCLOS, so they were uninvited gatecrashers to the dispute.

This does not mean Uncle Sam does not have any skin in the game. The US has been deliberately raising the tension in South China Sea and putting former Philippine president Aquino up to unilaterally submitting the issue to PCA for arbitration.

CHINA VOWS ‘DECISIVE RESPONSE’ TO SEA PROVOCATIONS — ASIA TIMES

CHINA’S LEGAL SETBACK COULD SPUR MORE SOUTH CHINA SEA CLAIMS — ASIA TIMES

INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL’S SOUTH CHINA SEA RULING AGAINST BEIJING ‘COMPLICATES SITUATION’ AND COULD LEAD TO POLITICAL CRISIS — SCMP

CHINA LANDS AIRCRAFT ON DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA REEFS AND COASTGUARD BLOCKS PHILIPPINE FISHING BOAT AS BEIJING DEFIES RULING — SCMP

3 MYTHS ABOUT CHINA AND THE SOUTH SEA TRIBUNAL VERDICT — TNI

BEIJING MAY IGNORE THE SOUTH SEA RULING—BUT WE MUST NOT — TNI

SOUTH CHINA SEA: IS CHINA WILLING TO MAKE A DEAL? — TNI

SOUTH CHINA SEA: DID CHINA JUST CLARIFY THE NINE-DASH LINE? — TNI

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GOP Bill Would Block ILLEGALS From Military Service

THE HILL — A group of House Republicans are pushing a bill that would ban undocumented immigrants from serving in the U.S. military, undoing initiatives led by President Obama.

The bill, introduced Monday, would prevent those who fall under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and “other unlawful aliens” from enlisting in the U.S. military.

“Today I’m proud to introduce the Military Amnesty Prevention Act,” tweeted Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), author of the bill and a member of the House Oversight Committee.

A limited number of legal immigrants with highly specialized skills are currently allowed to enlist in the U.S. military as a fast-track to becoming a U.S. citizen.

Last year, the Pentagon allowed undocumented immigrants who fall under DACA to also be eligible for the program.

Gosar slammed that move as “backdoor amnesty” in a statement last month.

“In a quest to cement President Obama’s lawless immigration agenda, his administration hijacked a military pilot program and turned it into another one of the president’s amnesty programs,” he said.

“Military enlistment rules explicitly prohibit illegal aliens from enlisting in the Armed Forces and DACA aliens do not have lawful status. Accordingly, the administration should not be enlisting DACA aliens through a backdoor amnesty program.”

Gosar said extending eligibility to those under DACA was never authorized by Congress.

Gosar’s bill comes amid a national debate over allowing more immigrants into the U.S.

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for a wall along the southern border of the U.S. to keep out Mexican immigrants. He has also called for barring Muslim immigrants from entering the U.S.

According to Gosar, a total of 141 “DACA aliens” have enlisted in the military through April 30.

Gosar’s bill currently has 19 Republicans co-sponsors: Reps. Brian Babin (Texas), Dave Brat (Va.), Lou Barletta (Pa.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), John Fleming (La.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Glenn Grothman (Wis.), Andy Harris (Md.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Steve King (Iowa), Tom McClintock (Calif.), Jeff Miller (Fla.), Pete Olson (Texas), Steven Palazzo (Miss.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Lamar Smith (Texas); Randy K. Weber (Texas) and Ted Yoho (Fla.).

SPEAKER RYAN DEFENDS FENCE AROUND HIS HOME – BUT NOT ONE ON THE US BORDER — GWP

RICH EB-5 INVESTORS GET UNDUE ATTENTION FROM USCIS OMBUDSMAN OFFICE — CIS

ON REFUGEES, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND MYTH-MAKING SOLONS — CIS

COURT RULES THAT ANOTHER VERMONT EB-5 PROJECT WAS CORRUPT — CIS

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US Calls for Calm After Ruling Against China’s South China Sea Claims

MILCOM — The U.S. called for calm and renewed diplomacy Tuesday following China’s angry rejection of an international tribunal’s ruling against its artificial islands and military buildup on disputed shoals and islets in the South China Sea.

The Pentagon had no immediate comment, but the State Department issued a non-confrontational statement expressing the vague hope that the tribunal’s action could now serve as a catalyst for negotiations among the various claimants in the region, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan.

“This decision can and should serve as a new opportunity to renew efforts to address maritime disputes peacefully,” the State Department said. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest later said that “this tribunal ruling is final and binding on both parties” — China and the Philippines, which filed the case.

INTERNATIONAL COURT RULES AGAINST CHINA IN TERRITORIAL DISPUTE OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA — WASHINGTON TIMES

‘THE FARCE SHOULD COME TO AN END’: CHINA REACTS TO LOSING SOUTH CHINA SEA CASE — BREITBART

TRIBUNAL RULING: VICTORY FOR PHILIPPINES, OTHER SOUTH CHINA SEA CLAIMANTS — ASIA TIMES

CHINA IGNORED RULES, NEIGHBORS AND ECOSYSTEM: HAGUE TRIBUNAL — ASIA TIMES

ANGRY CHINA WARNS AGAINST TURNING SEA INTO CRADLE OF WAR — ASIA TIMES

CHINA SAYS HAGUE TRIBUNAL’S RULING IS NULL AND VOID — ASIA TIMES

CHINA’S SOUTH SEA CLAIMS WERE ALWAYS ABOUT EMOTION, NOT HISTORY — TNI

NOW FOR THE HARD PART: CONVERTING LAW INTO ORDER IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA — TNI

THE HAGUE HAS RULED AGAINST CHINA. TIME TO ENFORCE IT — TNI

TSAI ING-WEN TELLS WARSHIP CREW TO DEFEND TAIWAN’S INTERESTS AS THEY SET OFF FOR ISLAND IN SOUTH CHINA SEA — SCMP

70 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION, CONFLICT AND COMBAT ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA — SCMP

CHINA’S XI JINPING REJECTS ANY ACTION BASED ON INTERNATIONAL COURT’S SOUTH CHINA SEA RULING — SCMP

SOUTH CHINA SEA RULING ‘THREATENS TO DEEPEN TENSIONS BETWEEN CHINA AND US’ — SCMP

DEMS URGE TREATY RATIFICATION AFTER SOUTH CHINA SEA RULING — THE HILL

S. CHINA SEA ARBITRATION: A US-LED CONSPIRACY BEHIND THE FARCE — CN

FEDS FUMBLE SOUTH CHINA SEA RESPONSE — WASHINGHTON EXAMINER

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South China Sea Ruling Has All Sides Bracing for Fallout — China Plans to Reject Negative Decision

WASHINGTON TIMES — Washington, Beijing and nervous capitals around the Asia-Pacific region are bracing for the fallout from a highly anticipated ruling by an international tribunal on China’s territorial claims in the hotly contested South China Sea, a decision that could set a key precedent in efforts to curb Chinese expansion in the region.

Members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, based in The Hague, are slated to issue their decision Tuesday over a legal challenge filed by the Philippines against Beijing’s efforts to build up military installations on rocky outcroppings in the Spratly Islands, the Scarborough Shoal, the Fiery Cross Reef and other strategic points in the South China Sea.

U.S. diplomatic and military leaders are hoping a decision against China could establish and reinforce new diplomatic norms in addressing territorial disputes in the South China Sea and elsewhere in the Pacific, but Beijing has boycotted the case and already signaled it does not respect the tribunal’s authority and will not be bound by an adverse decision.

The tribunal’s decision “does have the potential to crack the door open to new [opportunities] among the parties that would help manage tensions in those disputed spaces,” Colin Willett, deputy assistant secretary of state for strategy in East Asian and Pacific affairs, told a congressional hearing late last week.

The decision will be watched closely by Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan, all of whom have clashed with China as its expanding and assertive navy has aggressively pressed sovereignty claims in the waters of China’s long Pacific coastline.

US, CHINA WAGE LEGAL WARFARE OVER CONTROL OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA — ASIA TIMES

HIGH STAKES LEGAL RULING LOOMS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTE — ASIA TIMES

WHAT’S CHINA’S ‘NINE-DASH LINE’ AND WHY HAS IT CREATED SO MUCH TENSION IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA? — SCMP

THE 46 HECTARES IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA THAT COULD CHANGE CROSS-STRAIT TIES — SCMP

HOW WILL PHILIPPINES AND CHINA MOVE ON AFTER SOUTH CHINA SEA RULING? — SCMP

CHINA VS. PHILIPPINES: WHAT’S AT STAKE AS THE VERDICT IN THE HAGUE LOOMS — TNI

SOUTH CHINA SEA SHOWDOWN: PART OF A MUCH BIGGER NIGHTMARE — TNI

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China Gives Rare Glimpse Inside Destroyer at RIMPAC

S&S — China offered the media a glimpse Friday of the five ships sent to the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii — but just a peek.

A small group of reporters was welcomed aboard the 150-meter-long guided-missile destroyer Xian, which is flagship of the flotilla sent by the People’s Liberation Army Navy. It’s been in service for roughly a year.

Reporters were ushered into the ship’s dining area, where officers representing the five ships were seated to answer a few questions.

China also sent the hospital ship Peace Ark; the replenishment ship Gaoyouhu; a submarine rescue ship named Changdao; and two surface warships, the guided-missile frigate Hengshui and the Xian.

UN CHIEF APPEALS FOR PEACE AS US AND CHINA STEP UP PATROLS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA — SCMP

PHILIPPINES SEEKS CLOSE TIES WITH CHINA — ASIA TIMES

CHINA AND US IN SILENT FIGHT FOR SUPREMACY BENEATH WAVES OF SOUTH CHINA SEA — SCMP

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South China Sea Showdown: America Must Step Up to Face Off With China

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — The United States faces a major challenge in Asia’s South China Sea. The UN’s Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) announced that they will hand down a decision on July 12 concerning a 2013 suit brought by the Philippines against China under the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Alarmed by China’s repeated territorial claims, massive land reclamation projects built upon coral mined from the seabed, mineral exploitation surveys and aggressive assertion of fishing rights regardless of Exclusive Economic Zone delineations, the Philippines seek a judgment from the ultimate multinational authority. This court is expected to determine the legal basis—or lack thereof—for China’s expansive territorial claims of indisputable historical sovereignty over 85 percent of the South China Sea enclosed within their ambiguous “nine-dash line”. The court will rule on the maritime entitlements of specific features in the South China Sea and on certain Chinese activities there. The court is expected to decide in favor of the Philippines and in favor of UNCLOS. China is not expected to agree, arguing that the South China Sea is sovereign Chinese territory, and that the court has no jurisdiction. China has in fact repeatedly announced that they will disregard the court’s decision. What is at stake is the access of Asian nations to the international waters and airspace of the South China Sea for transit and trade, and the access of that sea’s littoral nations to fishing areas and seabed minerals.

AMERICA HAS A CHANCE TO BEAT BACK CHINA’S SOUTH CHINA SEA STRATEGY — TNI

EMBEDDING TWEETS NOW ILLEGAL FOR NEWS AGENCIES IN CHINA — DC

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Navy Commander Surrendered to Iran to Protect Obama’s Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON TIMES — The Navy commander in charge of a pair of patrol boats captured by Iranian forces in January opted to surrender rather than fight back, citing later fears that a confrontation could endanger the Obama administration’s efforts to lock in a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program.

In an interview with investigators looking into the January incident, the commander said he surrendered the vessels after calculating that his sailors would not be in danger because Iran “wants this nuke deal to go through.”

The interview was one of several stunning revelations in the often scathing 170-page report compiled by Navy investigators, chronicling the chain of events that led to the apprehension and detention of the 10 American sailors by the Iranian military after a pair of U.S. patrol boats drifted into the country’s sovereign waters in the Persian Gulf.

The incident, which played out as President Obama was preparing his State of the Union address, proved deeply embarrassing to the U.S. military and roiled diplomatic relations between Tehran and Washington as they were trying to implement key measures in the deal to curb Iran’s suspect nuclear programs.

Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said Thursday that the mishandling of the incident resulted from “the accumulation of a number of small problems” created by the U.S. sailors who strayed into Iranian waters all the way up to the senior commanders who led the Navy squadron and task force under which the unit served.

U.S. SAILORS GAVE UP SENSITIVE PASSWORDS FOR MILITARY LAPTOPS, CELL PHONES TO IRANIANS — TOWNHALL

NAVY SAYS AMERICAN SAILORS BLABBED TO IRANIAN CAPTORS — NY POST

IRAN USED ‘INTIMIDATION TACTICS’ ON AMERICAN SAILORS — WFB

OBAMA ADMIN HIDING INFO ON $1.7B ‘RANSOM PAYMENT’ TO IRAN FROM CONGRESS — WFB

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Benghazi Heroes React to Final Benghazi Report


 
TOWNHALL — Mark ‘Oz’ Geist was working with the CIA and assigned to protect the CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. When the U.S. consulate came under attack, he was there and did his best to save U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith and fought side by side with Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods before they were killed. If you saw the movie “13 Hours,” you know Geist well.

Last night on The Kelly File, Geist gave his reaction to the Benghazi Select Committee final report about the attack.

Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto, who was also in Benghazi during the attack as a CIA contractor and stuck on the roof for hours fighting for his life and the lives of others he swore to protect, gave his reaction to the report this morning on America’s Newsroom.

“From the report, I took from it that they [the Obama administration] was more concerned about political correctness, not offending the Libyans and more concerned about developing a cover story that trying to help us. It angers me and pushes me to speak out,” Paronto said.

WH DISMISSES BENGHAZI REPORT AS TAXPAYER FUNDED EFFORT TO TAKE DOWN HILLARY — TOWNHALL

DEMS CIRCLE WAGONS OF LIES AROUND HILLARY AFTER BENGHAZI REPORT — THE HILL

BENGHAZI REPORT CONFIRMS HILLARY’S FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE — FPM

THE BENGHAZI REPORT MISSES THE REAL SCANDAL OF LIBYA — TNI

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China Joins U.S. in Navy Exercises Amid Rising Tensions

WASHINGTON TIMES — A contingent of five Chinese warships is set to sail alongside U.S. and allied vessels when the world’s biggest maritime naval exercises kick off Thursday — despite rising tensions and occasional standoffs between Chinese and U.S. forces in the increasingly sharp struggle for dominance in the South China Sea.

The Chinese navy will be participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific naval war games for only the second time ever.

Some see the move in what U.S. defense officials call RimPac 2016 as a long-awaited olive branch by Beijing to the U.S. and its regional allies, and others fear it is a calculated gesture to further reinforce aggressively sought gains in the South China Sea and elsewhere in the Pacific.

Adding to the political overtones of China’s participation will be a July 12 ruling, right in the middle of the exercises, by an international tribunal on a closely watched Philippine complaint about Beijing’s broad claims of sovereignty in the South China Sea, one of the world’s most strategic waterways.

China will join the United States and 25 other nations in the Rim of the Pacific naval war games, which are designed to improve combat coordination and cooperation among the Asia-Pacific’s maritime powers. They also have become the largest showcase of American naval power in the region.

SORRY, FOLKS: CHINA AND AMERICA WERE NEVER GOING TO BE ALLIES FOREVER — ASIA TIMES

CHINA SLAMS SOUTH CHINA SEA CASE AS COURT SET TO RULE — ASIA TIMES

IS CHINA MILITARISING SPACE? — SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT SAYS CHINESE CYBER ATTACKS ‘ONGOING’ — WFB

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The Great Underwater Wall of Robots: Chinese Exhibit Shows Off Sea Drones

ASIA TIMES — The Chinese Navy, the PLAN, appears to be following in the footsteps of its sister service, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, in making growing investments in unmanned surface and underwater systems, aka “drones.” A new Chinese exhibit shows the scale of the potential future.

One area where unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) and unmanned surface vehicles (USV) would make a splash is in Chinese anti-submarine warfare (ASW) efforts. ASW capabilities have been a longstanding weak spot for the PLAN, leaving it at a disadvantage to American and Japanese attack submarines. As a response, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), which builds virtually all PLAN warships, has proposed an “Underwater Great Wall” of sensors, positioned on the seabed floor, to listen for enemy submarines. (The US had a similar system on the Atlantic Ocean floor to listen for Soviet submarines.) Such underwater listening posts may already have been installed near the giant PLAN base at Sanya, Hainan Island in the South China Sea. On a more optimistic note, CSSC suggested that an Underwater Great Wall would be useful for warning against natural disasters like tsunami, and could be used to collect research data on marine life and geology.

China Warns USA: You’ve Chosen The Wrong Opponent — CHINA NEWS

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Don’t Send U.S. Troops to Bail Out Allies That Won’t Defend Themselves

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — On June 30, 1950, following the North Korean invasion of South Korea, an ad hoc U.S. Army unit was assembled in Japan, thrown on whatever aircraft was available and sent to delay North Korea’s army long enough for a more robust American force to Pusan. This well-led but poorly equipped and inadequately trained group of about 500 American soldiers, Task Force Smith, hastily occupied a hilly area near Osan, covering the North Korean’s approach and were pushed aside by columns of North Korean tanks and infantry. After multiple failures to destroy the enemy tanks with obsolete bazookas, and under effective enemy machine gun, mortar and artillery fire, the group withdrew in disarray. They suffered sixty dead, twenty-one wounded and eighty-two captured, several of whom were executed. This vignette of the Battle of Osan has been used for decades by the U.S. Army to remind its leaders of their obligation to never send unprepared troops into combat.

Speedbumps are meant to be run over without completely stopping, and it is as true on asphalt as it is in warfare. The mission to delay is contained under the framework of retrograde operations alongside withdrawal and retirement. All three are necessary to prepare for, however none should ever form the basis of an American security posture overseas, much less constitute the first operation of any planned use of American forces. However, the National Commission on the Future of the Army, along with a large body of contemporary analysts are proposing just that.

THERE ARE NOW MORE BUREAUCRATS WITH GUNS THAN U.S. MARINES — WFB

PENTAGON WILL SOON ALLOW TRANSGENDER TROOPS TO SERVE OPENLY — WFB

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China’s Militarization of the South China Sea: Building a Strategic Strait?

ASIA TIMES — The UN arbitration court will soon rule on the case, brought by the Philippines against China, over who owns the Scarborough Shoal, located in the South China Sea (SCS). It is all but certain that China will reject the ruling, no matter what it says, because Beijing has already decided that the SCS is a Chinese lake, subject to its “indisputable sovereignty.” However, the issue of Chinese hegemony in the SCS is less and less about economics – oil and gas reserves, or fishing rights – and increasingly about the militarization of this body of water. The South China Sea is becoming, quite simply, a key defensive zone for China.

‘Little blue men’

It’s become increasingly clear that China intends to make the SCS a China-only military operating area. This can be seen in a number of recent actions by the Chinese. The first of these is the ratcheting up of activities by China’s “militarized fisherman,” the so-called “little blue men” who go out in the SCS and clash with ships from other nations, both commercial and naval. These are not simply private fishermen engaged in “patriotic activities.” On the contrary, according to researchers at the US Naval War College (NWC) with whom I recently spoke, these vessels are in actuality a maritime militia subsidized by Beijing and effectively a part-time military organization.

These boats are sent out to collect intelligence, show the flag, and promote sovereignty claims. Moreover, they are not above creating minor clashes with other ships, as they provide Chinese naval and paramilitary forces, particularly the Chinese Coast Guard with a pretext (protecting Chinese “civilians”) to intervene and thereby bolster China’s military presence in the SCS. While this maritime militia has been around for decades, researchers at the NWC point that they have become a much more active and aggressive force, and one that has a growing strategic purpose in what has been dubbed the “3Ds” of China’s SCS strategy: declare (Chinese claims), deny (other countries’ claims), and defend (those claims).

WHEN CHINA AND VIETNAM WENT TO WAR: FOUR LESSONS FOR HISTORY — TNI

AMERICA MAKES A BIG MOVE IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (A-10 WARTHOGS AND MORE) — TNI

DEFENSE SECRETARY ASHTON CARTER OFFERS OLIVE BRANCH TO CHINA — TNI

CONGRESS WARNS RUSSIA OVER ‘PROVOCATIVE’ MILITARY ACTION AGAINST U.S. FORCES — WFB

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Here Is Why the US Military Is Not in Panic Mode Over China’s Carrier-Killer Missiles

THE NATIONAL INTEREST– The United States Navy will have to live with the proliferation of anti-ship ballistic missiles that have the potential to threaten an aircraft carrier. However, the threat from such weapons is not insurmountable, and in many cases, the danger might be overblown.

“I think there is this long-range precision strike capability, certainly. Everybody says A2/AD [anti-access/area-denial],” Adm. John Richardson, the U.S. Navy’s chief of naval operations, told an audience at the Center for a New American Security’s annual conference on June 20. “A2/AD is sort of an aspiration. In actual execution it’s much more difficult.”

While U.S. Navy officials—and many Washington, D.C., think tanks—have talked about the potential threat to the service’s aircraft carrier fleet from weapons such as the Chinese DF-21D and DF-26, the difficulty of developing a true A2/AD capability is seldom discussed.

As Richardson pointed out, A2/AD strategies have existed since the dawn of warfare. What makes the new Chinese capability different is the combination of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability with long-range precision weapons. “The combination ubiquitous ISR, long-range precision strike weapons take that to the next level,” Richardson said. “It demands a response.”

But the threat is not just contained in the South China Sea, Richardson said. The anti-ship ballistic missile threat is increasingly found around the world and will continue to proliferate. Indeed, the hermit kingdom of North Korea has apparently acquired anti-ship ballistic missile technology. As such, the Navy will have to get used to living with the threat of anti-ship ballistic missiles and other similar threats.

NAVY’S TOP OFFICER: CHINA’S INVITATION TO RIMPAC STILL OPEN — MILCOM

US SAILS CARRIERS NEAR SOUTH CHINA SEA IN BID TO REASSURE ASIAN ALLIES — S&S

INDONESIA TO STAND FIRM AFTER SKIRMISHES WITH CHINESE SHIPS — ASIA TIMES

“ACOUSTIC SUPERIORITY”: US NAVY’S SECRET SUBMARINE PLAN TO DOMINATE THE SEAS — TNI

NATO SENDS CLEAR MESSAGE TO PUTIN — DAILY SIGNAL

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30 Republicans Back Obama’s Recruitment of Illegals

BREITBART — Thirty House Republicans voted with Democratic legislators to let the Pentagon recruit illegal aliens, and also grant them American citizenship, even though the Army and other services are pushing tens of thousands of Americans out of the services.

The Republicans joined the Democrats in voting against the amendment would have excluded illegal aliens, specially aliens granted ‘deferred prosecution’ by President Barack Obama, from the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program.

Every one of the 30 GOP votes was critical because the amendment was defeated by just one vote, 210 to 211.

… Here’s a roll call list of legislators’ votes.

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GOP Blocks Bill That Would Have Stopped Illegals From Entering U.S. Military in Exchange for Amnesty

MILCOM — WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House on Thursday narrowly defeated an attempt to bar young immigrants living in the country illegally to enlist in the armed forces, as opponents tied the measure to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Lawmakers voted 211-210 to reject an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., to the annual defense spending bill. He said he wanted to close what he called a “backdoor amnesty program” created by President Barack Obama without approval from Congress.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., linked Gosar’s amendment to Trump’s characterizations of immigrants and the candidate’s proposals to deport those illegally in the United States. Trump also wants to build a wall along the Mexican border.

“I am glad to see that some Republicans are rejecting the tired, anti-immigrant policies promoted by the likes of Donald Trump,” Gallego, a former Marine who served in Iraq, said.

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China Is Slowly Turning the South China Sea Into Its Own Territory

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — “We were not isolated in the past, we are not isolated and we will not be isolated,” Chinese Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the People’s Liberation Army, exclaimed during the recently-concluded Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. It was a direct riposte to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s earlier speech at the same event, where he warned China against “self-isolation” due to its aggressive maneuvers in adjacent waters. Not short of bravado, the Chinese admiral went so far as stating Beijing does not “make or fear trouble” against the “provocations of certain countries for their own selfish interests.” The speech coincided with reports of China’s back-to-back (unsafe) interception of American surveillance missions in the South China Sea.

Four centuries after the publication of British jurist John Selden’s “The Closed Sea,” which argued for exclusive sovereign control of international waters, China is inching closer to transforming the South China Sea—the world’s most important waterway, which handles up to a third of global maritime commerce, four times as much energy transport as the Suez canal, and more than a tenth of global fisheries stock—into a virtual domestic lake. China’s control of the Paracel chain of islands is a fait accompli, while the Pratas chain of islands are under the administration of what Beijing considers as a renegade province, Taiwan, which will be eventually reincorporated into a Greater China. In the last two years or so, China has reclaimed 3200 acres (1,295 hectares) of land to build gigantic artificial islands in Spratly chain of islands, giving birth to a sprawling network of civilian and military installations across the disputed waters. Soon, China may be in a position to establish an “exclusion zone” in the area, imperiling freedom of overflight and navigation for regional and external military forces in the area.

CHINA’S SECRET STRATEGY TO DOMINATE THE SOUTH CHINA SEA — TNI

SOUTH KOREA SENDS MILITARY VESSELS TO REPEL CHINESE BOATS — ASIA TIMES

SHANGRI-LA TALKS: CHINA AGAINST WORLD? — ASIA TIMES

SOUTH CHINA SEA: CAN THE US–CHINA STRATEGIC AND ECONOMIC DIALOGUE HELP? — TNI

THE DRAGON MUSCLES IN: GROWING NUMBER OF VICTORIES IN CHINESE ARMS EXPORTS — ASIA TIMES

FLYING THE UNFRIENDLY SKIES: CHINA’S DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR — DAILY SIGNAL

CHINA’S MESSAGE TO ASIA (AND AMERICA): WE OWN THE AIR AND SEAS OFF OUR SHORES — TNI

EAGLE HAS LANDED: CHINA BETTER HUNKER DOWN FOR NEXT DECADE — ASIA TIMES

THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: ASIA’S NEW BATTLEFIELD? — TNI

STOP PLAYING WITH FIRE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA, SAYS CHINESE DIPLOMAT — ASIA TIMES

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US to Confront China on ‘Unsafe’ Intercept of Air Force Spy Plane

MILCOM — Officials with U.S. Pacific Command concluded the two Chinese J-10 jets that intercepted an Air Force RC-135 spy plane during a routine patrol over the East China Sea were flying unsafely and improperly, but not being intentionally provocative.

In a statement released Wednesday by the command, officials said the Defense Department planned to address the problem with Chinese authorities using appropriate diplomatic and military channels.

The intercept, officials said, was unsafe because one of the Chinese jets approached the American aircraft at an excessive rate of speed.

“Initial assessment is that this seems to be a case of improper airmanship, as no other provocative or unsafe maneuvers occurred,” they said in a news release.

A spokesman for the command, Cmdr. David Benham, told Military.com that the speed with which the J-10 had closed on the RC-135 had not been determined.

CHINA TO BUILD DEEP WATER ‘SPACE STATION’ IN SOUTH CHINA SEA — WASHINGTON TIMES

ECONOMIC MONITOR: CHINA’S OVERBEARING STRATEGIC DIALOGUE STRAINS — ASIA TIMES

DUTERTE’S PROPOSED ‘BILATERAL TALK’ CALMS CHINA’S AGGRESSION IN SOUTH CHINA SEA — ASIA TIMES

JAPAN PROTESTS AFTER CHINESE NAVY SHIP SAILS NEAR DISPUTED ISLES — REUTERS

TROUBLED WATERS AHEAD FOR US AND CHINA IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION — DAILY SIGNAL

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Pentagon: At Least 11 U.S. Troops Infected With Zika

BREITBART — A new health report from the Pentagon revealed that at least 11 U.S. military personnel have been infected with the Zika virus, along with four dependents (spouses or children) of military members and two military retirees.

Four of the infected people are women, although none of them are pregnant, according to USA Today’s citation of Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch deputy chief Dr. Jose Sanchez. Among Zika’s most alarming results is the chance of children developing microcephaly when pregnant women contract the disease.

“Troops suffering from the Zika were four soldiers, three Airmen, a Marine and three members of the Coast Guard, according to Sanchez. The first confirmed case was diagnosed in late January,” according to USA Today’s summary of the report.

15 of the infected individuals had traveled to South America or the Caribbean, including one who visited Brazil, where the Summer Olympics have been threatened by a Zika outbreak

TRIAL TO INVESTIGATE LINK BETWEEN WEIGHT, FITNESS AND CANCER RECURRENCE — GUARDIAN (UK)

SIMPLE BLOOD TESTS CAN HELP DETECT, TARGET CANCER — AFP

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China Says It Will Ignore South China Sea Lawsuit Decision

FOX NEWS — SINGAPORE – China said Saturday that it will ignore the decision of an international arbitration panel in the Philippines’ lawsuit against Beijing’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea.

“To put it simply, the arbitration case actually has gone beyond the jurisdiction” of a U.N. arbitration panel, said Rear Adm. Guan Youfei, director of the foreign affairs office of China’s National Defense Ministry.

The Philippines has filed a case in the United Nations under the U.N. Convention on Law of the Sea, questioning China’s territorial claim in the South China Sea. An arbitration panel is expected to rule on the case soon. The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled last year that it has jurisdiction over the case despiteChina’s rejection.

“Because the territorial and sovereignty disputes have not been subjected to the arbitration, we think the arbitration is illegal,” Guan told reporters on the sidelines of an international security conference here. “Therefore, we do not participate in it nor accept it.”

Guan’s statement is a reiteration of China’s longstanding position that it wants to settle its disputes with various countries on a bilateral basis and that it will not accept international mediation.

US VOWS ‘ACTIONS’ IF CHINA BUILDS NEW S. CHINA SEA STRUCTURES — MILCOM

CHINA VS. AMERICA: WHO WOULD WIN THE BATTLE OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA? — TNI

CHINA SLAMS US ‘PROVOCATIONS’, SAYS DOESN’T FEAR ‘TROUBLE’ — ASIA TIMES

CHINA’S AGGRESSION IS KILLING FOREIGN INVESTMENT — TNI

CARTER ASKS CHINA TO JOIN ‘PRINCIPLED SECURITY NETWORK’ FOR ASIA — ASIA TIMES

CHINA’S MIGHTY MISSILE ARSENAL: THE 21ST-CENTURY KAMIKAZE? — TNI

TAIWAN WON’T RECOGNIZE CHINESE DEFENSE ZONE OVER S CHINA SEA — REUTERS

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Russia vs. America: Nuclear Bomber Showdown

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — In the previous articles “These Russian Nukes Are Better Than America’s” and “U.S. vs Russia: Struggling for Undersea Nuclear Supremacy” we reviewed the strategic nuclear balance between Russia and the United States in the context of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (I?BMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), respectively. We have also examined in detail the issue of the total number of strategic carriers and nuclear warheads in the arsenals of these countries and their compliance with the New Start Treaty, which reduces the number of carriers to seven hundred and the number of warheads to 1,550.

In this article, we will address the last component of nuclear forces left: strategic bombers. In the U.S. and Russian arsenals, bombers make the least share of strategic nuclear forces—5.5 percent of the warheads owned by Washington (eighty-five bombers, each equaling one warhead according to the New Start Treaty) and around 3 percent of those owned by Russia (approximately fifty bombers in service).

At first sight this is a very small share representing no significant contribution. Nevertheless, there is a “but”: although a strategic bomber is accounted for one warhead, in reality it carries many more. For example, the Russian Tu-160 “White Swan” (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) can carry up to twelve strategic cruise missiles with nuclear warheads; therefore, the real capacity of strategic bombers is not accurately expressed on paper. In general, though, they have both pros and cons over I?BMs. Among the advantages of bombers, one can mention a significant unpredictability of attack direction, the ability to change a combat mission in flight and the ability to use nonnuclear precision weapons in local and regional conflicts. As for the main drawback, one can name lower action speed during a strike-back—modern I?BMs require five minutes for pre-start preparation at most, which is not the case for aviation. On the other hand, when there are several aircraft on alert in the sky, it is almost impossible to destroy them with a preventive strike over the “home” territory. However, from a technical point of view, the interception of a bomber or cruise missile is currently more feasible than effective missile defense.

Let us now turn our attention to the parties’ strategic aviation in more detail, and compare the efficiency of their current weapons.

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ITALY, FRANCE STILL NO SHOWS AS NATO HITS MAJOR ROADBLOCK IN PLAN TO DETER RUSSIAN AGGRESSION — DC

RUSSIA IS SET TO BUILD 12 NEW MONSTER WARSHIPS ARMED WITH 200 MISSILES EACH — ASIA TIMES

REVEALED: INDIA’S AMBITIOUS NEW NAVAL STRATEGY — TNI

WHAT CHINA LEARNED FROM AMERICA’S BIGGEST WORLD WAR TWO NAVAL VICTORY — TNI

EUROPE’S COLD WAR NIGHTMARE: A NATO VS. WARSAW PACT NUCLEAR WAR — TNI

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