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Saudi's Couldn't Stop Oil Attack, Even With Top US Defenses

By ROBERT BURNS
2 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia spent billions to protect a kingdom built on oil but could not stop the suspected Iranian drone and missile attack, exposing gaps that even America’s most advanced weaponry failed to fill.

In addition to deciding whether that firepower should be turned on Iran in retaliation, the Saudis and their American allies must now figure out how to prevent a repeat of last weekend’s attack -- or worse, such as an assault on the Saudis’ export facilities in the Persian Gulf or any of the desalination plants that supply drinking water.


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked Wednesday on his way to Saudi Arabia how it was possible that the kingdom could have dropped its guard, failing to stop any of the low-flying cruise missiles or armed drones that struck the Abqaiq oil processing center -- the largest of its kind in the world -- and the Khurais oil field.

Even the best air defenses sometimes fail, he replied.

“We want to make sure that infrastructure and resources are put in place such that attacks like this would be less successful than this one appears to have been.”

Easier said than done.

“This is an attack of a scale we’ve just not seen before,” Pompeo said. He called the strike “an act of war” but not say what military response might follow.

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https://apnews.com/44d47f54f8e14d5291b68c70028e2c77

Iran has better "stuff" than I suspected which explains the reluctance of engaging them militarily.

Pope On Critics: Its An Honor If The Americans Attack Me

By NICOLE WINFIELD
today

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged his growing opposition within the conservative right-wing of the U.S. Catholic Church and said in off-hand remarks aboard the papal plane Wednesday it is “an honor if the Americans attack me.”

Francis commented on critics of his papacy when he received a copy of a new book about his detractors in the United States, “How America Wants to Change the Pope.” Author Nicholas Seneze, who covers the Vatican for the French Catholic newspaper La Croix, presented it to Francis on a flight to southern Africa.

The plane landed in Maputo, Mozambique late in the afternoon. Francis is on a trip this that also takes him to Madagascar and Mauritius.

In his book, Seneze charts the fierce criticism of Francis among American conservatives who loathe his outreach to migrants and China, his denunciation of free-market capitalism, his environmental concerns and his relaxation of church rules on the death penalty and sacraments for civilly remarried Catholics. Some have gone so far as to accuse Francis of heresy.

The pope’s most outspoken conservative critics in the U.S. include Cardinal Raymond Burke, who Francis ousted as a Vatican supreme court justice, and former White House adviser Steve Bannon. Well-funded, right-wing Catholic media amplified their disapproval. Wealthy Catholics are putting money behind initiatives to discredit Francis’ allies with the goal of electing a conservative, doctrine-minded churchman as the next pope.

In presenting the book to Francis, Seneze explained that he had wanted to show Francis’ problems with the U.S. church and how Francis had responded with “spiritual weapons.”

“For me, it’s an honor if the Americans attack me,” Francis quipped. As he handed the book to an aide, the pope added “This is a bombshell.”

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https://apnews.com/e3a96e45819f4492b1ee0d6ed1524b0d

"other half are subverting our culture and pushing degeneracy on our children."

Ahhh yes but one must not call that "half" out or be labeled for speaking of the fact.

Most know which culture brought prostitution, alcohol, pornography, gambling, loan sharks, etc into these shores.

Mumbles? Just around then that one dropped off the radar?

On Costliest U.S. Warship Ever, Navy Can't Get Munitions on Deck

(Bloomberg) -- Only two of 11 elevators needed to lift munitions to the deck of the U.S. Navy’s new $13 billion aircraft carrier have been installed, according to a Navy veteran who serves on a key House committee.

“I don’t see an end in sight right now” to getting all the elevators working on the USS Gerald R. Ford, the costliest warship ever, Democratic Representative Elaine Luria of Virginia said in an interview. The ship was supposed to be delivered with the Advanced Weapons Elevators, which are moved by magnets rather than cables, working in May 2017.

It’s another setback for contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. -- and for the Navy, which had said in December it planned to complete installation and testing of all 11 elevators before the Ford completed its post-delivery shakedown phase this month, with at least half certified for operation.


© Getty Images USS Gerald R. Ford Begins Builder's Sea Trials
The USS Gerald R. Ford sea trials off the U.S. East Coast.

Instead, the shakedown phase has been extended to October and the vessel won’t have all the elevators installed -- much less functioning -- by then, according to Luria, a 20-year Navy surface warfare officer whose served on two aircraft carriers and as shore maintenance coordinator for a third.

“Essentially, the ship can’t deploy,” Luria said. “It can’t carry ammunition.” She said the Navy and Huntington Ingalls are trying to solve new problems with doors and hatches lining elevators shafts that don’t meet specifications.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, who’s currently filling in as acting deputy defense secretary, said in January that he told President Donald Trump to fire him if the service couldn’t fix the weapons elevators by July. Instead, Trump praised the Ford as “phenomenal” on July 22.

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/flawed-elevators-on-13-billion-carrier-miss-another-deadline/ar-AAF3Gjh

Hannity Says Trump Will 'Devastate' Iran with America's 'Military Might,' President Replies...

Hannity Says Trump Will 'devastate' Iran with America's 'military Might,' President Replies That's 'an Understatement'

resident Donald Trump, who once threatened North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen," called a suggestion by Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would "devastate" Iran militarily without even putting troops on the ground "an understatement."

Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have intensified in recent weeks over attacks on oil tankers in the strategically-important Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, through which most of the world's oil passes. Washington accuses Tehran of orchestrating the attacks, which it denies.

Iran has also said it is now breaching the landmark 2015 nuclear deal by increasing its uranium enrichment beyond the agreed threshold. The Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal, reimposing sanctions on Tehran.

The remaining signatories—the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and the European Union—remain committed to keeping the deal alive, though Trump's withdrawal may prove to be a terminal blow.

Trump appeared via phone on Hannity's Fox News show on Thursday night. Hannity asked Trump about Iran.

"I think I've known you for over, nearly 25 years. I know your mindset on this very well," Hannity said. "I said it on the air in a message to the Mullahs that they'd better be careful. You will not put boots on the ground. You are probably going to show some level of patience.

"But, at the end of the day, if they force you, I believe, knowing you, my belief is you will devastate them… And I do believe that, if pushed, the military might you would unleash will be mighty and it won't require boots on the ground, am I right?"

Trump replied: "Well, I think that in the case of Iran, they know that even better than you do, and probably even stronger than you said it… I think what you said might be somewhat of an understatement."

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https://www.newsweek.com/fox-news-hannity-trump-iran-devastate-understatement-1451248

Economy Propped Up On Govt Debt? US Economy Dodges The Threat Of Painful Spending Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budget agreement that congressional leaders and President Donald Trump forged late Monday lifted a big potential drag on the U.S. economy for this year and next.

Under the agreement, the economy was spared from a series of deep spending cuts that were set to take effect under a far-reaching budget law enacted in 2011. Monday’s agreement nullified those cuts and increased spending by $320 billion over two years.

Still, that additional spending isn’t expected to deliver a significant boost to the economy. That’s because the $320 billion figure is somewhat misleading. It’s an increase compared with the deep cuts that would have been required under the 2011 law. But it’s only a small gain compared with the current level of spending.


“It’s not so much that it’s a big boost, but it’s a pain that was avoided,” said Michael Pugliese, an economist at Wells Fargo Securities.

Like most economists, Pugliese hasn’t revised his economic forecasts based on Monday’s deal. He still expects economic growth to slip to 2.6% this year, a solid pace, from 2.9% in 2018.

Still, the budget deal preserves the higher levels of federal spending that have helped support the economy under Trump as he prepares to seek re-election. The agreement also lifts the limit on the government’s borrowing authority for two years, thereby avoiding a difficult battle that twice bedeviled the Obama administration and weighed on consumer sentiment and the financial markets.

The increase in the government’s borrowing authority, also known as the debt ceiling, has been a partisan flashpoint that has ignited epic political fights. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, the government can no longer borrow and is forced to default on some of its obligations. It’s a prospect that can panic financial markets by eroding confidence in the United States as a place to invest.

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https://apnews.com/305dbf19c42f489a9b0569ada3117349

Doing Charles Ponzi proud, indeed...with the taxpayers being the suckers.

Yeah it is... here you are. My first foray was with the Houston area BBS groups with 300baud

dial-ups, so yeah...I've been around too.

Unless the DEMS do something really dumb, Trump will not be reelected. Bookmark it.

You were doing great until this "First they are a bastion of Western Civilization..." .

I stopped there.

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