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8 hours ago, rmgill said:

We sent B1's to India in WWII? 😆

That is classified TS-SCI, sir.

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https://freebeacon.com/national-security/biden-makes-history-first-president-in-40-years-to-punt-on-contacting-israel/

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President Joe Biden is the first American leader in 40 years not to contact Israel’s leaders as one of his first actions in the White House, setting up what could be four years of chilly relations between America and its top Middle East ally.

Biden has already phoned multiple world leaders, including Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping, but during his 23 days in office has yet to speak with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu—making Biden the first president in modern history to punt on bolstering U.S.-Israel relations during his initial days in office. Every president going back to at least Ronald Reagan in 1981 made contact with their Israeli counterpart within a week of assuming office, according to a review of news reports.

 

 

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https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/feb/21/john-kerry-held-backchannel-talks-iran-javad-zarif/
 

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President Trump in 2019 sought to open a back channel of communication with top Iranian officials and saw the U.N. General Assembly meeting in September as a potential opportunity to defuse escalating tension with Tehran, but the effort failed.

Two months earlier, however, a different back channel was thriving in New York. Iran’s smooth, English-speaking foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, met with Robert Malley, who was President Obama’s Middle East adviser, in an apparent bid to undermine the Trump team and lay the groundwork for post-Trump relations.

The attempt at counterdiplomacy offers a window into the deep relationships Mr. Zarif forged with influential U.S. liberals over the past decade. These relationships blossomed into what high-level national security and intelligence sources say allowed the Iranian regime to bypass Mr. Trump and work directly with Obama administration veterans that Tehran hoped would soon return to power in Washington.

 

 

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13 minutes ago, TonyE said:

Logan act?

Only applies to Rs, it would seem. Note that said meetings began in 2019, long before Biden had the nomination.

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On 2/9/2021 at 11:11 PM, Ivanhoe said:

Obviously planned months ago;

https://www.airforcemag.com/b-1b-makes-first-us-bomber-visit-to-india-since-1945/

IMHO, we need more of this.

Well that is a welcome surprise. The US does seem to be throwing its bombers around a lot more recently to emphasize it's participation. There is often detachments to the UK, but I think there were flights to Iceland and Norway recently as well. I'd be all for seeing if the Vietnamese want a visit, or even Taiwan. Can you imagine the vitriol that would come out of Beijing?

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The bomber crews stationed at garden spots like Minot AFB absolutely deserve a tropical vacation. If I were SecDef, I'd demand such trips be annual. I think it would do wonders for retention.

 

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I don't disagree with thesentiment but a little caution to the use of the bomber fleet is that high tempo use can wear down parts and put strain on maintenace crew and schedule. In 2017, the tempo of B-1 bomber use for show of force and to DPRK and training in the vincinity of DPRK did take a toll on the B-1 fleet's readiness afterwards. What will become something for consideration is that yhe PRC is producing new H-6 bombers and has been for while. So the service life for those new ones should be long while B-1s get used much. B-52s seem to have an effective sort of life extension with what I can recall being new wing production. Not sure if B-1 life extension can be as effective. 

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2 hours ago, Ivanhoe said:

The bomber crews stationed at garden spots like Minot AFB absolutely deserve a tropical vacation. If I were SecDef, I'd demand such trips be annual. I think it would do wonders for retention.

 

My BIL just PCS'd to an AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He's been in the UK for the past 6 or so years with my sister and their two girls. He's an avid hunter and fisherman and of course he's been able to do NONE of that in the UK (well fishing but no hunting). Now he's in the thick of the hunting lands. He just took my sister and their two girls ice fishing. When we were talking about the perks of Wyoming, I mentioned the hunting opportunities, from speed goat to elk to just about everything else out there. He couldn't wait. I don't think he's managed to get out and get anything but fish, but soon I'm sure.  

I suppose he MIGHT do a florida vacation, more like to go to savannah to visit my dad and step mom, BUT more likely he's gonna go hunting and camping in the big wide open after 6 years in the UK. 

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10 hours ago, Ivanhoe said:

The bomber crews stationed at garden spots like Minot AFB absolutely deserve a tropical vacation. If I were SecDef, I'd demand such trips be annual. I think it would do wonders for retention.

 

I agree with the sentiment, but it probably has more to do with the fact that USAF has decided regular detachments to specific places are too predictable. For instance until recently there was always a six plane group of B-1 or B-52 at Guam. The idea now is to rotate randomly through a more diverse number of staging areas, apparently to be less predictable and complicate opponent calculations concerning force strength.

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9 hours ago, JasonJ said:

I don't disagree with thesentiment but a little caution to the use of the bomber fleet is that high tempo use can wear down parts and put strain on maintenace crew and schedule. In 2017, the tempo of B-1 bomber use for show of force and to DPRK and training in the vincinity of DPRK did take a toll on the B-1 fleet's readiness afterwards. What will become something for consideration is that yhe PRC is producing new H-6 bombers and has been for while. So the service life for those new ones should be long while B-1s get used much. B-52s seem to have an effective sort of life extension with what I can recall being new wing production. Not sure if B-1 life extension can be as effective. 

The B-1 fleet has been very over used and used in a way that the airframe was not intended (high altitude ops). It is very worn out.

The B-52 fleet was sufficiently over designed such that there is still plenty of life left in the airframe, though I think the engine situation is getting critical now. They are due to have new replacement engines that are planned to last the life of the platform - to 2040+.

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Got a fiscal year's worth of B-1 visits to the airspace around/over Okinawa, East China Sea, Sea of Japan, etc. for joint-training with F-15Js and F-2s.

2020

April 22nd, one B-1, four F-16s (USAF), eight F-15Js and seven F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20200423.pdf

May 12th, two B-1s, eight F-15Js, and eight F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20200512.pdf

May 27th, two B-1s, eight F-15Js, and eight F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20200527.pdf

July 17th, two B-1s, twelve F-15Js, and four F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20200720.pdf

July 27th, one B-1, eight F-15Js, and seven F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20200728.pdf

August 11th, one B-1, six F-15Js, and eight F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20200811.pdf

August 18th, three B-1s, ten F-15s, one E-3, two F/A-18s, three F-35Bs along with sixteen F-15Js and four F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20200819.pdf

September 10th, two B-1s and twenty F-15Js https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20200911.pdf

October 3rd, two B-1s and twenty F-15Js https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20201003.pdf

October 20th, one B-1, sixteen F-15Js, and two F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20201023.pdf

November 17th, two B-1s, twelve F-15Js, and four F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20201121.pdf

December 4th, one B-1, twelve F-15Js, and four F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20201209.pdf

December 16th, two B-1s, eleven F-15Js, and four F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20201217.pdf

January 15th, one B-1, twelve F-15Js, and four F-2s https://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/news/houdou/R2/20210115-2.pdf

Nothing for February yet. If there isn't one, maybe that one went to India instead of the usual run with JASDF, which would be fine to tug India over a tad. No June either although instead of B-1s, JASDF conducted joint-training with B-52s on two separate days in that month.

 

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2 hours ago, TonyE said:

First airstrike with the first female POC vice president! First! First!

You miserable misogynistic bastard; the correct term is Shadow President although Co-President is barely acceptable.  Please report to your local reeducation camp and report your sexist wrongthink. . . 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWDuwsL_1nI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UddERHNIdEA

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Just now, nitflegal said:

You miserable misogynistic bastard; the correct term is Shadow President although Co-President is barely acceptable.  Please report to your local reeducation camp and report your sexist wrongthink. . . 

TonyE is clearly a genderphobe. TMK Harris has never identified as female.

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https://www.timesofisrael.com/biden-moves-to-revoke-terrorist-designation-for-yemens-iranian-backed-houthis/

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US President Joe Biden’s administration is moving to revoke the designation of Yemen’s Houthis as a terrorist group, citing the need to mitigate one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slogan_of_the_Houthi_movement

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Inspired by the motto of revolutionary Iran,[1] the slogan "Allah is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam" was originally not tied to the Houthi movement. ... The Houthi movement officially adopted the slogan in the wake of the 2003 invasion of Iraq which was widely condemned in the Arab world.

Isn't it weird how every group which promotes the "Death to Israel!" goal gets to be friends with the Biden administration?

 

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18 minutes ago, Ivanhoe said:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/biden-moves-to-revoke-terrorist-designation-for-yemens-iranian-backed-houthis/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slogan_of_the_Houthi_movement

Isn't it weird how every group which promotes the "Death to Israel!" goal gets to be friends with the Biden administration?

 

Huh, maybe that's our path to unity with all those white supremacists; just ramp up crapping on Israel!

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