A few months later, in Afghanistan, on August 6, 25 members of SEAL Team Six and 13 others were killed in a slow moving Chinook helicopter (callsign Extortion 17) by a Taliban-fired rocket-propelled grenade.
An Islamic prayer was said over the cremated Christian U.S. soldiers, since a chaplain was denied at the service.
During the Obama Administration, China had militarily built up shallow islands in the South China Sea, a region where Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan have made territorial claims.
In June, 2016, retired Japanese Admiral Sumihiko Kawamura described Obama’s response to China’s buildup in the region as “almost entirely meaningless.”
Chinese dissident Miles Guo owns GTV and has vowed to destroy the Communist party.
In 2008 the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, conluded that debris from the collapse World Trade Center Tower 1 ignited fires on at least 10 floors in WTC7.
Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth challenged the fire hypothesis with their study and are requesting a correction to the official 2008 NIST report.
“The collapse of WTC 7 was a global failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of all columns in the building and not a progressive collapse involving the sequential failure of columns throughout the building.”
Strengthening the official fire collapse theory is that over 300 firefighters died when the twin towers fell, disrupting the ability to extinguish flames in WTC 7 which had sprinkler system failures. Also, could alleged demolition wiring survive eight hours of fires before alleged conspirators decided to push the detonate button?
Enhanced video and audio of the moment of collapse (below) provides no answers, but does show some areas collapsing before others.
A data-driven graphic by Seffana Mohamed done using Tableau software looked at various world conflicts and their death tolls in a great interactive to check out. A public dataset is available to dig into the details.
U.S.-China relations are worsening as Mike Pompeo and others in the Trump Administration have increased calling Xi Jinping “general secretary of the Chinese Communist party (CCP)” instead of President. Analysts claim the change is meant to hurt Xi’s image with his people.
Pompeo tweeted a picture of his dog Mercer playing with a Winnie the Pooh doll in July. China banned Winnie the Pooh movies, merchandise and images after memes of Xi’s alleged likeness to the cartoon character spread on Chinese social media in recent years.
Tensions are increasing with the spread of the Chinese Coronavirus, espionage at American universities, patent theft, belt and road expansion and the CCP’s increased presence in disputed areas of the South China Sea.
75 years ago President Truman’s decision to drop nuclear bombs on Japan is largely seen as avoiding an estimated 500,000 to a million American casualties in a Japan invasion.
Truman made the “the least bad [decision] of the alternatives” says Henry I. Miller, at Human Events. The U.S. had recently suffered 18,000 dead and 78,000 wounded between February and June 1945 at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
General Dwight Eisenhower, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral William Leahy and Admiral William Halsey all opposed the bombing.
Truman wanted the display of power as a warning to the Soviet Union. Secondarily he could show the bombs’ effectiveness at ending the war when explaining to Congress the secret appropriations to the Manhattan Project, says Denson.
“The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.”
Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the movement of 12,000 U.S. troops out of Germany (6,400 to home, 5,600 repositioned in Europe.) President Trump had previously cited Germany’s lack of meeting its financial obligations to NATO.
Vivid Maps has created graphics on military expenditures by country for 2020 (above). They also took at look at spending per capita, which shows interesting changes. (below).