Archive for the ‘Protection’ Category

Mumbai: India’s Security From The Sea a Mix of Neglect, Apathy, Ineptitude

December 1, 2008

A lot is being said about the intelligence failure of central agencies and the Navy that led to the attack on Mumbai but a review made by the Centre recently on the status of patrolling of its maritime zones across eight coastal states revealed a sordid saga of neglect and apathy.

The Times of India

A report submitted by the Comptroller and Auditor General to the government in October said that a central scheme to procure 26 patrol boats at a cost of Rs 25 crore for patrolling of exclusive fishing zones in the first 12 miles of the coastline of eight states was largely unfruitful.

The boats were “either not constructed or were lying idle and not being used for the intended purpose” while authorities even failed to carry out mid-course correction, it pointed out.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Maharashtra_
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McCain: Obama is not up to task of protecting US

October 29, 2008

Republican John McCain says rival Barack Obama isn’t up to the job of protecting the country.

McCain huddled with more than a dozen former military officers and other national security advisers.

By MIKE GLOVER, Associated Press Writer

He said: “The question is whether this is a man who has what it takes to protect America from Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida and the other great threats in the world. He has given no reason to answer in the affirmative.”

McCain said the campaign’s focus has understandably been shifted from national security to economics, but warned that doesn’t mean dangers from abroad have passed.

McCain argued that the economic meltdown, while serious, is temporary.

Several Warriors Welcome Fallon’s Resignation

March 13, 2008

By Sara Carter 
The Washington Times
March 13, 2008
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Current and former military officials welcomed the resignation of Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, saying he failed to prevent foreign fighters and munitions from entering Iraq.
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They said “there was no misperception” regarding Adm. Fallon’s “non-warrior” approach to handling foreign involvement in the region.
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“The fact is that [Central Command] had the external responsibility to protect our troops in Iraq from the outside and under Fallon they failed to do it,” said retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, a military analyst. “We have done nothing to protect our soldiers from external threats in Iraq.”
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Others said Adm. Fallon was pushed to resign.
“No matter what [Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates] said [Tuesday], we know for a fact Admiral Fallon was fired,” said a former senior Defense official who works closely….

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/2008
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The commander of US forces in the Middle East, Admiral William ...

The commander of US forces in the Middle East, Admiral William Fallon, seen here in 2007, is stepping down amid reports he differed with President George W. Bush over Iran.(AFP/File)

Protection of U.S. Population a Must

September 5, 2007

By Kamala Sarup

The U.S. is obligated to defend its people and its democracy. Since the Middle East is of vital importance to the U.S., it follows that the US will protect countries like Israel and many other countries do provide significant  value to the U.S., so the U.S. will spread democracy.However, there are so many terrorists willing to die for fundamentalism principles that, and because of their large numbers, the ultimate outcome of this war will be indecisive, in my opinion.

On the other side, however, the only reason for the U.S. to establish democracy in the Middle East has always been to protect its democracy and the oil supply, which a U.S. consortium of companies obtained in the 1933 Saudi oil concession.

Moreover, the Europeans and U.S. were in the Middle East to spread Democracy. U.S. supported Iraq in the Iraq-Iran war because the Iranians threatened the oil supply to the West by their overthrow of the Shah in 1979. However, when Saddam became too ambitious and threatened to control Kuwait as well as killing his own people, then he had to go.

If some important countries would cooperate in waging this war against terrorism abroad, it might be winnable, but they have domestic problems, and are afraid of U.S. commercial and political democracy in the Middle East, so they are limited in their willingness to fight.

The war is pretty much a U.S. affair. In addition, the “establishment of democracy,” etc., U.S. media publish because Americans do really care whether Muslims adopt them and leaders want the political forms that limit their power (sic).

Even the London attack will further enrage the western powers against radical terrorists and possibly unite them more in a common cause. I hope that will be the case.

“I think the U.S. should increase taxes and devote more resources to defeat the terrorism. If people don’t get more serious about terrorism and violence, then it will go on for a very long time – as long as they are able to finance the terrorists.

For example, after the 1983 Beirut bombings that killed 17 Americans at the embassy in April (63 total deaths) and 241 U.S. marines in barracks in October, why did the President remove the troops instead of declaring war on terrorists, pursuing them, and improving domestic security? That might have prevented 9/11.  Instead, his action demonstrated to the radicals that the U.S. was vulnerable and could be cowed,” said American scholar, Stanly.

Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup associates and writes for http://www.mediaforfreedom.com/. She is a regular contributor to United Press International – Asia News. She is specializes in in-depth reporting and writing on peace, anti-war, women, terrorism, democracy, and development. Some of her publications are: Women’s Empowerment in South Asia, Nepal (booklets); Prevention of Trafficking in Women Through Media, (book); Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism (media research). She has also written two collections of stories. Sarup's interests include international conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in conflict areas in the near future. She also is experienced in organizational and community development. A meeting of jury members held on March 21, 2007 in Geneva decided to honor Sarup, with an Honorable Mention International Award for reporting on women’s issues.