The Obama administration has banned the U.S. military from using anti-personnel landmines in a unilateral decision that goes against warnings from top military leaders and many in Congress.

The administration stated in a series of announcements this week that landmines will no longer be used and that the Defense Department would begin destroying stockpiles of the devices, which have historically been used to protect U.S. forces from enemies in warzones.

The controversial executive decision, which comes as America steps up strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), has been in the works for some time despite protests from top U.S. military leaders, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“The United States will not use anti-personnel landmines,” President Obama announced this week in New York City.

“So we will begin destroying our stockpiles not required for the defense of South Korea,” a military zone that the administration says poses unique challenges, according to Obama. “And we’re going to continue to work to find ways that would allow us to ultimately comply fully and accede to the Ottawa Convention,” a treaty banning landmines that the United States has not actually signed.

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The controversial executive decision, which comes as America steps up strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), has been in the works for some time despite protests from top U.S. military leaders, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“The United States will not use anti-personnel landmines,” President Obama announced this week in New York City.

“So we will begin destroying our stockpiles not required for the defense of South Korea,” a military zone that the administration says poses unique challenges, according to Obama. “And we’re going to continue to work to find ways that would allow us to ultimately comply fully and accede to the Ottawa Convention,”

a treaty banning landmines that the United States has not actually signed.

Obama’s announcement was criticized by leading lawmakers, who warned that the decision is not backed by U.S. military commanders who view the use of landmines as a key tool in the protection of American forces.

It’s disappointing to see that, once again, the White House has overruled the advice of our military commanders,” Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.), chair of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said in a statement.

“With the security situation around the world deteriorating, the last thing we should be doing is a unilateral jettisoning of sound defensive options,” McKeon said. “We’re all in this together, and we all share the risk when the best advice of our best military experts is ignored.”

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has advised the administration against the decision and referred to these landmines as “an important tool.”

“I have rendered my military advice that I consider land mines, especially the ones that we have … to be an important tool in the arsenal of the Armed Forces of the United States,” Dempsey told Congress earlier this year.

Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, also explained the need for landmines when asked by Congress earlier this year.

“I have provided my best military advice on the issue as well. And it is my assessment that landmines are a critical element in the defense of the Republic of Korea and our interest there,” Scaparrotti said. “And they are a critical element of our contingency plans, as well.”

While the United States will continue to employ the devices in the Korean Peninsula, “where our actions are governed by the unique situation there,” the Defense Department “will no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel landmines,” State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said in a statement this week.

The “announcement also means that we will not assist, encourage, or induce others to use, stockpile, produce, or transfer anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula,” Psaki said. “And we will diligently undertake to destroy stockpiles of these landmines that are not required for the defense of the Republic of Korea.”

THIS WILL MAKE YOUR BLOOD BOIL: 

This is the upcoming cover for "The Economist" for their Sept 27, 2014 issue: 

http://www.economist.com/printedition/covers?print_region=76980

http://www.economist.com/printedition/covers/2014-09-25/ap-e-eu-la-...

JMHO--where do they get off putting this tyrant in a military uniform--he isn't even fit to wash the uni let alone wear one--this is a direct slap in the face of our Veterans and all current serving brave men and women in our military who took an oath to defend the Constitution, unlike this fraud who does everything he can to trample and destroy the Constitution. 

WOW--they didn't do a very good job of photoshopping GW Bushe's body with BHO's pinhead: 

Actually BABY Bush Flew F102s 336 hours

There is controversy about his service but he was Discharged Honorably in 1972 ?

The F102 called the delta dart  was retired about then and he did not move up to a newer aircraft

BTW  the F102 was not the easiest plane to fly, it was super sonic and did not handle well at low speed. It was one of the early century series 

Make that the Delta Dagger

The Dart was an F106

How will this clueless POS even know if the military pays absolutely any attention to his stupid edict? 

A traitor is a traitor and should never be a chicken in chief. Little chicken followers have no principles & no integrity - they support Osama no matter what. Just look at private dempshit & sec. habel.  These traitors have almost lost as much integrity as Osama. If I were still in the military I would be leaving it. I had sergeants & lieutenants that I had more respect for than I do dempshit & habel. These guys are incompetent. They get the Osama playbook for anarchy & failure & can not figure out which page the pisident is on. Westmoreland was wrong for Vietnam leadership. Dempshit is not worth the laces in a recruits used boots. Somebody ought to be calling for his resignation as of yesterday. Habel should be the next ambassador to Iraq & Syria. He ought to be real good at giving weapons to the Iraqi troops who will drop them for the ISIS rebels to pick up. Join me in the call for new leadership from the pisident on down to the one star generals.

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 The US Supreme Court sided with President Trump over sanctuary cities today in a 5-4 decision.

The court ruled the government has the power to detain people who are facing deportation because of the crimes they committed.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined justices Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh in the majority.

Bloomberg.com reported:

A divided U.S. Supreme Court bolstered the government’s power to detain people who are facing deportation because of crimes they committed, siding with the Trump administration in a clash with implications for so-called sanctuary cities.

The case focused on non-citizen legal residents who serve a criminal sentence, get released and later are arrested by federal immigration agents.

The 5-4 ruling Tuesday said those people aren’t entitled to a bond hearing, and the possibility of re-release, while the Homeland Security Department presses its case for deportation. The ruling reversed a decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In announcing the decision from the bench, Justice Samuel Alito said the lower court had made a “policy judgment” using reasoning that “makes a mockery” of the federal immigration laws…

…Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh joined the majority, but they splintered in their reasoning.

Thomas and Gorsuch didn’t agree with all of Alito’s opinion. They said courts lack power to consider issues involving the detention of non-citizens until those people are facing a deportation order.

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