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Hasan Faces Death Penalty

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case of Nidal Hasan, the Army major who killed 13 unarmed soldiers and injured 32 civilian workers in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. The US military has not executed a prisoner since 1961, but Hasan’s prosecutors are building a case that it’s justified for Hasan on grounds he carried out a premeditated terrorist attack on American soil.

Marines Dispatched to Jordan

US Marines carried out demolition exercises in Jordan as part of a multinational military training program involving border security and irregular warfare.  The exercises are taking place as security concerns about neighboring Syria continue to mount.

Iran Shows Off Missiles

Iranian presidential candidate and current defense minister Ahmad Vahidi toured a military compound containing new long-range missile launchers. The missile launchers, forming part of the Persian state’s program for military self-sufficiency, are beinged housed at an undisclosed location within Iran.


Today’s False Heroes

Col. Allen West discusses NBA basketball player Jason Collins. Collins revealed publicly that he is gay, and received a telephone call from President Obama. Col. Allen West contrasts this with the heroism of soldiers like Sgt. Greg Robinson, who became the first amputee to complete Air Assault School. The training was so grueling that Robinson broke his prosthetic leg twice. Did Sgt. Robinson receive a call from President Obama? Did other decorated soldiers like Army Lieutenant Col. Matthew Dooley?H/T PJTV

Fort Hood’s Unsung Heroes

Col. Allen B. West remembers the 2009 Fort Hood tragedy, and his personal connection to the Texas military installation. The United States has determined that those wounded or who lost their lives at the hands of Major Malik Nidal Hasan should not receive the Purple Heart. Hear why Col. West thinks that this decision does not recognize the realities of the 21st battlefield.

Britain’s Sea Forts

The Maunsell Army Forts could easily be mistaken for a sci-fi movie set on the Planet Hoth. The fortified structures were named after their creator, Guy Maunsell. Built between 1941 and 1942 in the UK, their purpose was to protect the region from World War II enemy fire. The structures are now in a state of disrepair, but continue to be a popular tourist attraction.

Rise of the Warrior Cop

Radley Balko, Huffington Post columnist, is writing a book called Rise of the Warrior Cop, focusing on the increasing militarization of America’s police forces. He discusses the topic with John Stossel.

The Shooters

A recent Esquire Magazine piece shed light on the shabby treatment that the Osama bin Laden shooter has received since he left the service. Bill Whittle knows the shooter – not personally. But he knows men like him. Soldiers who wake up every day and fight the most evil men on the planet. He talks about these men on Afterburner.

Combat Etiquette for Women

Now that the US military is on board with the concept of sending women into battle, wonder if the Brass plan to create an infomercial showing women soldiers the proper grooming and etiquette to employ on the frontlines? They’ve gone that route before. Just take a look at The Pleasure of Your Company: Military Etiquette and Grooming, produced by the military as a teaching tool in 1970.  Here, the young lady soldier could learn everything she needed to know about the proper selection of clothes, table manners, ordering in a restaurant, introductions, dating etiquette and etiquette at a formal reception.

The War of 1812

On this last day of 2012, pundit Dick Morris gazes back 200 years ago, to the fateful War of 1812, in which the United States sealed its fortunes as an independent nation by decisively beating back an attempt by Great Britain to reclaim the territory as a New World colony.

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