Russian Pinups. They are photos, but quite stylized, may be processed a bit.
“Because of the devastation of World War II, Russian “girls” in the ’40s and ’50s were taught to be tough and work hard. Russia never had the chance to enjoy the happy pin-up times of America’s postwar period. In fact, cheerful American pin-up art was considered in Soviet Russia to be politically incorrect, decadent and flat-out immoral, the product of a culture that could never understand the true nature of the human condition.” via E.O.Lake
(Haaretz) The five Russian scientists were among 44 killed earlier this week; no official investigation of foul play has been opened, though Iranian nuclear experts have in the past been involved in similar accidents.
The five nuclear experts killed in a plane crash in northern Russia earlier this week had assisted in the design of an Iranian atomic facility, security sources in Russia said on Thursday.
The five Russian experts were among the 44 passengers killed when the Tupolev-134 plane broke up and caught fire on landing outside the northern city of Petrozavodsk on Monday. […]
The sources said that the death of the scientists is a great blow to the Russian nuclear industry.
The experts were tasked with completing construction of the plant and for ensuring that it would be able to survive an earthquake.
According to the sources, although Iranian nuclear scientists have in the past been involved in unexplained accidents and plane crashes, there is no official suspicion of foul play. Investigators are investigating human error and technical malfunction as the causes of the crash.
there will be a lot of suspects. there are few who want Iran to be nuclear, but I’m sure the fingers will all point at the Jooooos.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is retiring on June 30 and therefore his visit to Europe was a chance for him to express his frustration with some members of the NATO alliance while allowing his successor Leon Panetta to backtrack if necessary or inherit the new policy. Gates essentially warned the Europeans that US patience was wearing thin.
Gates claims that the national restrictions were hampering operations in Afghanistan and premature European troop withdrawals linked to domestic political considerations were debilitating to the common effort.
The Libyan mission against a 3rd rate opponent in Europe’s backyard and with no ground troops involved was similarly languishing due to a lack of will and a lack of available resources. This was a reflection of the fact that most NATO countries do not even devote a meager 2% of their budgetary outlays to defense spending.
The United States could not live with a situation where it primarily foot the bill:
“Some two decades after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the US share of Nato defence spending has now risen to more than 75 percent – at a time when politically painful budget and benefit cuts are being considered at home,”
There was growing resentment over the freeloaders:
In the past, I’ve worried openly about NATO turning into a two-tiered alliance: Between members who specialize in “soft’ humanitarian, development, peacekeeping, and talking tasks, and those conducting the “hard” combat missions. Between those willing and able to pay the price and bear the burdens of alliance commitments, and those who enjoy the benefits of NATO membership – be they security guarantees or headquarters billets – but don’t want to share the risks and the costs. This is no longer a hypothetical worry. We are there today. And it is unacceptable.
Such a disparity has long existed in NATO and one could hear such American mutterings since the 1960s when the United States believed that Western Europe had sufficiently recovered from the devastation of the Second World War and had become economically prosperous under the American security umbrella. The Europeans however grew accustomed to disregarding the American dissatisfaction because during the Cold War they knew that the United States could not risk the loss of Europe to the Soviet Union.
This time around they would be advised not to underestimate the seriousness of Defense Secretary Gates’ remarks.
First of all as Gates remarked that the Cold War is a receding memory. Mutual suspicion still exists between the United States and Russia, as witness the antimissile shield that the United States wants to construct in Eastern Europe against Russian opposition. However, this is a far cry from the Cold War. Russia’s main pressure point is not tank battalions crashing across the Fulda Gap into West Germany but oil and gas pipelines to Western Europe and European dependence on Russian energy.
The United States, since the Great Depression of the 1930s, has not been in as parlous an economic condition as it is today and many American citizens as illustrated by recent polls ascribe the yawning deficits partially or primarily to the defense expenditures.
The growing importance of the Asia-Pacific area in the world economy means that that region is increasingly supplanting the European Union as a hub of economic activity. The same considerations that ensured the American defense of Europe now apply at least to the same degree in the Pacific region. Gates made this clear to the Europeans as well
President Obama and I believe that despite the budget pressures, it would be a grave mistake for the U.S. to withdraw from its global responsibilities. And in Singapore last week, I outlined the many areas where U.S. defense engagement and investment in Asia was slated to grow further in coming years, even as America’s traditional allies in that region rightfully take on the role of full partners in their own defense.
While Gates did not specify whom the Asian countries had to be defended against, it is no secret that a growingly assertive China preoccupies the United States economically and militarily. The United States would like to see the Europeans acting more like India, Vietnam and South Korea. If that will not happen then the United States will not prop up NATO on its own.
by Amiel Ungar via israelnationalnews.com
Kuwait and UAE an ally which tinkers towards Revolution lost to their crazy people…Israel officially became the last country in the Middle East stupid enough to buy American weapons: hugely overpriced, beefed up technologically to the point of being unreliable, and bringing political dependence on the United States which can refuse to supply spare parts. We always advocated switching from the United States to Russia for military purchases.
This week, the US Defense Secretary failed to mend relations with Saudi Arabia which abandoned a $60 billion deal to buy American weapons. Though Saudis cited financial constraints given the cost of their involvement in Bahrain, their switching from the US to Russia and China is slap in the face of Washington which lost one of its most important allies, faithful for six decades.
The Saudi move leaves Israel, Kuwait, and UAE as the only pro-American countries around here. via JEWS 4 JETS and samsonblinded.org
How is a Sovereign state not allowed to repair their own Planes? No illegal negotiations concerning borders till Israel can protect itselfThe JSF, also known as the F-35, is a stealth fighter jet under development by Lockheed Martin. Last year, Israel received approval from the Pentagon to purchase up to 75 aircraft in a deal that could reach close to $20 billion.
Defense officials told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that talks between the Israeli defense delegation in Washington and the Pentagon have picked up speed in recent weeks but have yet to result in agreement due to the US’s refusal to grant Israel access to the plane’s internal computer mainframe. via WLKYChyronSaysSteelersBeat‘JewYorkJets’TVSpy@mediabistro.com and jpost.com
Israeli government again missed the chance to bomb Bushehr while the reactor was empty. Russians checked the reactor and started reloading uranium rods…. ………… ……. …….. ………… ……….. ….. ……. …… ………………… ……. …….. ………… ……….. ….. ……. …… ………………… ……. …….. ………… ……….. ….. ……. …… ………………… ……. …….. ………… ……….. ….. ……. …… ………