First on CNN: U.S. to send Patriot missile battery, fighter jets to Jordan as part of exercise
A Patriot missile launcher system is pictured at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep on February 5, 2013.
June 3rd, 2013
11:02 AM ET

First on CNN: U.S. to send Patriot missile battery, fighter jets to Jordan as part of exercise

By Barbara Starr

The decision to deploy a Patriot missile battery and F-16 aircraft to Jordan was made late Friday at a meeting with top military and civilian Defense Department officials to bolster U.S. military support for Jordan - a crucial ally in the Middle East - as the violence from the Syrian civil war spreads, according to a senior U.S. official, CNN has learned.

The official declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation and also declined to say who was in the meeting. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been traveling outside the United States, and it could not be learned if he attended via teleconference, although several officials tell CNN he was aware of the discussions and approved the deployment.

The overall goal is to demonstrate U.S. military support for an increasingly fragile Jordan, which is bearing the burden of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and a growing potential threat from extremist elements including an al Qaeda affiliate organization operating inside Syria.

The weapons systems will be sent initially as part of a military exercise called Eager Lion, planned for later this month, with an understanding they may stay in the country. There is clearly a broader message being sent, according to U.S. military officials.

"In order to enhance the defensive posture and capacity of Jordan, some of these assets may remain beyond the exercise at the request of the government of Jordan," Lt .Col. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman at the U.S. Central Command, told CNN.

The Patriot missiles were originally expected to be sent from their base at Ft. Bliss, Texas, but the senior official said they may simply be redeployed from Patriots already in the Middle East. Jordan does not face a Scud missile threat from Syria, but the deployment comes amid growing concern that some Syrian missiles are being shipped to Hezbollah and could be used to attack targets across the region.

In recent days, violence has spread to Lebanon, and Israeli forces have increased security along their northern border. The F-16s and air crews will train with Jordanian combat air forces amid growing pressure from some in Congress for the White House to support a no-fly zone over Syria.

Separately from the exercise, the United States is sending 200 military planners from the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss to Jordan to assist in long-term planning with Jordanian forces in case a chemical weapons crisis erupts, or if a wide scale humanitarian relief mission is ordered.

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  1. JGA Phillip Anthony Biondo USN

    I will be making a statement here tonight.

    June 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  2. The Food Nazi

    What does Micheal Jordan need with missiles?!

    June 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • yesimeanno

      exactly...

      June 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  3. Ima going to hide now

    3 words – Spanish Civil War. If you do not know it – look it up. If you do, watch history repeat itself...

    June 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • Karl

      Well put, Ima going to hide now. Unfortunately, most of these ignoramuses here probably don't even know that a civil war ever took place in Spain. Did you ever read their posts, screaming for U.S. intervention in Syria? I did, very much to my disgust!

      June 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • Ima and Karl are going to hide now

      stop talking in code language bozos, no one has time to play game.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  4. Common Sense

    Way to defuse a situation by putting offensive and defensive weapon systems in Jordan.Syria is a private civil war like was Libya and is none of the US's business.

    June 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  5. SpencerRifle

    The American people elected this government, so what are they complaining about? You get the government you deserve.

    June 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • sten44

      That's BS. I didn't vote half these people in. Don't you know the elections are rigged anyway. The US population has no say in what the government does or doesn't do. If anyone thinks otherwise than oh well. This is my opinion, but don't be bias and say we all voted for this. Please....

      June 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • frontgatee

      HAHAHAHAHA Just wait till Hillary comes along and kicks major butt in a couple of years. Oh yeah. HAHAHAHA

      June 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  6. buccakenji

    I'm sorry. Why aren't we sending military equipment directly to al Queda ?? Wouldn't that be more efficient ?

    June 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • nunya

      Very Good Point. I remember being in Kuwait during the first Gulf War and seeing Anti Aircraft Artillery boxes from Jordan that the Iraqi's were using against us. I dont trush Jordan.....

      June 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  7. davis

    Imagine what the truth is if this is what they're telling us. "Training exercise" sounds as unbelievable as in Iron-Man 2

    June 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  8. Steve

    This is stupid. We shouldn't be getting involved. This is a war between terrorists and dictators. Who's side should we take? Which is the lesser of the evils? The best possible outcome would be that we stay out of it and let all the murderers murder each other.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  9. US Puppet State

    How much is this costing the ripped off taxpayers?

    June 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • frontgatee

      Don't worry about it. Just shut your pie hole and let your betters do the thinking.

      June 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  10. Art

    Ahhhhh come on..... the Government never lies! They always look out for our best interest... you know, For The People and By The People? Ya right.... just another government BS story to protect the interests of the corporate rich..... just another day in Washington, which needs an enema!

    June 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  11. bankrupt1

    have we been selling weapons to them for the past 50 years or so?

    June 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  12. Mike

    Jordan and US are strong allies watch 'transformers 2' and you'll understand.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  13. Helpless American

    I wonder how big McCain's Commission is on this sale.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  14. iceload9

    We won't be able to talk about unemployment, runaway healthcare costs and corporate welfare because of the war. "Another war. What can we do? Otherwise we would tackle those issue's."

    June 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  15. hender1123

    This is like Hitler marching into Poland and saying it'll end there. The American people are being taken for a ride while Obama changes sides in the war on terror.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Rick from L.A.

      Actually wrong. This is the US reassuring regional partners that we are not leaving them high and dry. If Obama was banging the war drums, 1st Armor would be rolling into the Syrian capital right now.

      June 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
      • TrudyBird

        Intelligently said. Thank you.

        June 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
      • ray

        the only time US will have the gut to roll anything into Syria is when Russia say so...sir you come down of that high horse

        June 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  16. George Patton-2

    sending planes, missiles are waste of time; first you give them missiles then we train them on our system, and chances are they would still miss the targets we like to destroy, not very smart; I recommend we should fire the missiles from here and send them bills.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • Desert Tortoise

      Jordan could maybe afford two Patriot batteries if it spent it's entire annual defense budget on them and nothing else, including wages for their army. A country as small as Jordan cannot begin to afford weapons of this class. Even if they were given the systems they could not afford to maintain them adequately.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  17. Misterman

    Hey aren't F16's really old? I mean even older than Tom Cruise's jet in Top Gun? We're talking Vietnam era right?

    June 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Reply
    • GetReal

      Perhaps...But they still kill just as effectively....

      June 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • juanmoretime

      Vietnam era? No, it came after and with subsequent upgrades, it's a phenomenal weapon, just ask the Isreali air force.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
      • viranka

        you are wrong and commenting on something long before you were born. i served on carrier in nam and f-16's flew off the ship all the time along with A-4's, 6's and 7's.

        June 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
      • sawolf

        Viranka : That would be the F-14 TOMCAT, F-16's are Air Force without a tailhook.

        June 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • Nobody

      F4s were the fighter aircraft during the Vietnam conflict. The F16 started service in 1978, and has received multiple upgrades over the years.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • hender1123

      These F16's are current and up to date weapon systems just like the ones Obama is sending to the Muslim Brotherhood. Apparently Obama has switched sided in the war on terror and we have nothing to say about it. He is exercising his mandate to "do things my way".

      June 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply
      • Wombafet

        False.
        Fail on your trolling.

        June 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
  18. wny

    Some people here must be on the national security team. You have no idea what is really going on and you don't know more than Obama. Few have actually set foot in the middle east but talk like experts.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Misterman

      So everybody who hasn't been physically in the Middle East must stay quiet? Is that what you propose?

      June 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
      • TrudyBird

        Of course not... but it sure is enlightening!

        June 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
      • wny

        Dont talk like you were with the CIA on the ground when you are back in America on your couch

        June 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • BeenThere

      I was there in Iraq in 05 to 06 and I am no expert, except to tell you the country was quite draconian in size and scope...

      June 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • 455

      90-91 Its a cell pool back then and Im sure nothing has changed

      June 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • joe

      based on all the I don't knows we get from Obama, Clinton, Holder, Carney, etc... I think a lot of posters here know more than they do.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  19. GetReal

    Ah...The old training exercise lie.......Again!

    June 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • CORY FORBES

      you hit the nail on the head.

      June 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • craig

      Yeah actually it is kinda silly to try and pull the same wool over everyones eyes again. This is soooooo transparent. Might as well just sy " Oh, yeah, and we're giving Jordan weapons systems for nothing." Why the poor attempt at hiding this?

      June 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  20. cbr

    Agreements were made with Jordan and some of them were made decades ago. If we do nothing else we must honor our commitments. Jordan honored their commitment to us. They also have many refugees from past struggles in the region. They are trying to keep the peace but they will need our backing to do so.

    No country survives in a vacuum, We cannot build a big structure to hold this country so we had best make peace with our neighbors.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Misterman

      You need to tell that to Israel.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • craig

      This is a strange posting cbr. One: You somehow think that these are fulfilling some committment made to the Jordanians? There is no indication that a dime has been paid to acquire them. In fact it states clearly how the weapons systems will get there, why they will get there and why they will remain there. None of this is because of past committments.
      Second, While the Jordanians have kindly taken Syrian refugees, a Patriot missile battery or and F16 will do very littel to alleviate that situation, surely I need not elaborate.
      Third, you might want to check your atlas but Jordan is not exactly a neighbour, and even so, they are an ally of the Americans in the region and therefore your country need not make peace with them.

      June 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  21. Ricksta

    Jordan is the next dictatorship to go, followed by Saudi Arabia.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • juanmoretime

      Duh? Last time I heard it was a monarchy. Look it up in the dictionary under "M".

      June 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  22. BigSir

    Can't blame this misstep on Bush.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • Che

      I BLAME BUSH.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • roy

      Bush opened the big can of worms by starting the war in Iraq and Afghanstan. These mid east countries have been fighting for a long time and will continue to fight for a long time to come. These countries don't want big mother US telling them what to do we will waste many more billions maybe a few trillions and never accomplish anything being in these countries.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  23. Dianne

    Unless directly threatened the United States should stay out of this mess completely. No aid period. We are in debt, we have our own people to take care of.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • V.I.P.

      We could send them a bill. C.O.D. just sayin.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • wny

      When the oil supply is threatened, You will feel it at the pump

      June 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        No oil in Jordan.

        June 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
      • BeenThere

        Hopefully fracture drilling will solve this current issue

        June 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
  24. Phil

    Perfect, make sure we send them our best weapons so they can be used against us in 10 years.... After all, the United States doesn't have the money to keep our own military functioning at full capacity.....

    June 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • OK

      Patriot missiles and F-16's are not our best weapons. Not now, and certainly not 10 years from now.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
      • Desert Tortoise

        Patriot is our best land based air defense missile.

        June 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
    • B.

      I think that you should read the story again, this is a training exercise as well as making a point. We also have one of the largest military budgets in the whole World. We can’t afford to keep doing it, but we want to be World cops so it will continue..
      Write a letter to John McCain-

      June 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
      • sambo

        What does Pelo$ i have to say. Not a word from her cell in a month.

        June 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
    • Brian

      Far from our best weapons even now, but even if they were our current best weapons, 10 years from now they will be 2nd or 3rd line weapons at most.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
      • felixgiordano

        You never know. Aircraft are always getting upgraded with new technologies. B-52's were the newest strategic aircraft in the 1950's and we still have them at the ready today just in case because they kept getting upgraded with the latest technologies.

        June 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
  25. CNNwhathappenedtoyou

    Dear CNN,

    I don't care that this story is "first on CNN". I don't think most readers care at all either. We just want the news reported accurately.

    Take your time. Fact check. You've made more than a few mistakes lately because you wanted the "scoop". We really don't need speed, there are other, disreputable blogs and news sites for that. What we want from CNN is consistent quality. Please remember that.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • TrudyBird

      CNN... you are the first I always go to. Please be careful. If I quote you, I wish to be "news correct" when doing so. Sometimes I have to ask my friends in Israel what is really going on... I believe you have readers and viewers that "fact check" all the time through reliable resources. Accuracy is more important to me as well, than hearing a "scoop" first.
      Thank you so much! 🙂

      June 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • sambo

      that leaves Wolfe, Cooper,Gloria and Bugata out of the loop

      June 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • conoclast

      Well said! (and you're speaking for more folks than you probably realize)

      June 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  26. melissmalou

    Another example where the government can't pay it's own bills, including employees being sent furlough or sequestered, but has money or resources to send to a foreign country? JUST SAY NO!

    June 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
    • Phil

      AGREE!!!!!!!

      June 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • Dianne

      Couldn't agree more.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • Books Will Save The Planet

      Correct, that is why I will be taking control of the US Government.Does anyone have an extra bag of peanuts I can borrow for bribes?

      June 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  27. Dave

    The Jewish National Fund has paid former US President Bill Clinton USD 500,000 to deliver a speech at a ceremony in honor of the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Clinton has received half a million dollars for his 45-minute speech at the Peres Academic Center in the northern Israeli city of Rehovot, Xinhua news agency reported.

    Clinton is scheduled to visit Israel on June 18 for the fifth annual Presidential Conference.

    The Peres Academic Center and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) have jointly sponsored the event.

    The JNF, which presents itself as a benign pro-environment body, owned 13 percent of the total land in Israel by 2007.

    The organization has in fact been at the center of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the occupied territories since it was established in 1901.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      You are pathetic! Israel is just supposed to sit there while they are constantly attacked by Terrorists. Islamic Terrorists are to blame for violence all over the world. This is not just in Israel, it's everywhere. Get your head out of your @$$..

      June 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
      • TrudyBird

        YEP!

        June 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
      • what ?!

        wait wait all over the world? you mean their own country.

        its amazing how the taliban are terrorists yet when they fought the soviets they were called Freedom Fighters.

        Sames goes the syrians rebels, once they kick assad out and they US sets up a puppet they dont like, theyll fight them and be labeled as terrorists..

        Read a book and get educated, the US has been harassing the world for the past 50+ years. Installing dictatorships and coups.

        June 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • johnymac60

      David, if in fact you know any history of the region, you will be aware that the Palestinians, (not all of them) abandoned their land to allow a 'Clean sweep' for the coming ethnic cleansing of Jews by their Arab neighbours on several occasions throughout the sad history of the region. Part of the problem has been the Palestinians inability to recognise the basic inhumanity of attacking the Jews in the first place. Now they merely feel sorry for themselves. No self-awareness of their own part in their current situation seems to exist. The solution? Simple. Lay down all arms unilaterally. Stop killing Israeli people. Come to the table and begin talks. End it now. It's in their power.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
      • TrudyBird

        Truer words have never been spoken. Read this book and be enlightened by the facts.
        http://www.amazon.com/O-Jerusalem-Larry-Collins/dp/0671662414

        June 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • God Stays Crispy In Milk

      That's nice. Did you happen to know that Jordan is an Arab country, in addition to not being Israel?

      June 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
      • sawolf

        A totally fabricated country manufactured by the Brits who took the Sharif of Mecca , when the sauds beat the he11 out of him and gave him, a hashemite of arabia , 80% of the Palestine Mandate.

        June 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
  28. Bill

    If Russia was not supporting Syria the end would come very soon. So why Russian support? Two reasons, a very good market for weapons sales for Syria and its main supporter Iran. Second reason, Russia for centuries wanted a naval port in the Mediterranean Sea, Syria is the only country that allowed them and the port is being build as we speak. The good news, when it comes to foreign policy Russia never achieved anything worth mentioning other than keeping Cuba safe from U.S intervention. If Assad stays in power, that naval base will be a big problem for the West and all the neighboring countries. At this time in this country we are doing the tango, two steps forward, one back, at the end we will be involved up to our earlobes, we have no choice. Eastern Mediterranean Sea will not be surrendered to Russia, Syria, Iran troika. Finally there is the religious war of Sunni versus Shiites That is the Arabian Peninsula against Iran and majority in Iraq and of course Syria. Our interest is with the Arabian Peninsula for a whole lot of reasons besides oil. We do have one tiny bit problem here, Shiites don't kill us every time they have a chance, no it is the Sunnis. Lots of blood will be shed for a long time and as usual some will be ours.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • longfoot

      Nice rant but.... Why is ok for us to have naval ports over there but not them? Just wonderin'

      June 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Reply
      • johnymac60

        Because we're America. We have white hats. Are you suggesting it's OK for Russia to support the Assad regime?

        June 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • Realist

      The problem is that the Sunni's are Al-Qaeda. They believe that the killing of civilians is religiously sanctioned, and they ignore any aspect of religious scripture which might be interpreted as forbidding the murder of civilians and internecine fighting. Al-Qaeda also opposes man-made laws, and wants to replace them with a strict form of sharia law.

      So do we let Al-Qaeda get the largest stock pike of Chemical and Biological weapons in the middle east Or Do we let Hezbollah get a hold of them? The governments of the U.S., Netherlands, Bahrain, France, U.K., Australia, Canada, and Israel classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. They are funded and trained by Iran and Assad.

      If Al-Qaeda get hold of WMD they will use them on every one who do not pray like them.
      If Hezbollah gets them they will start by using them on Israel. Right now they have thousands of missiles ready to launch at Israel. Israel's response will have to be brutal. Syrians, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Russian (Advisers), and Iranians will all be in the path.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  29. Koe

    Generals gathered in their masses
    Just like witches at black masses
    Evil minds that plot destruction
    Sorcerers of death's construction
    In the fields the bodies burning
    As the war machine keeps turning
    Death and hatred to mankind
    Poisoning their brainwashed minds
    Oh lord yeah!

    Politicians hide themselves away
    They only started the war
    Why should they go out to fight?
    They leave that role to the poor

    June 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • S on my D

      Pleased to meet you hope ya guess my name

      June 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • concernedforliberty

      One of my favorite Sabbath tunes.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  30. Fuzzy Thinker

    Looks like Cold-war Chess: Russia backs Syria(Mediterranean port for Russia) EU wants peace talks. EU gives arms to anti-Syrians. Russia gives anti-aircraft missiles and jets to Syria. Hezbollah joins Syria. Iraq bans Israel from flying over Iraq territory. US warns Iraq not to let Syria fly over Iraq. Senator McCain wants anti-tank weapons for anti-Syrians. US has military exercises in Jordan. on and on and on.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • TrudyBird

      That's not so fuzzy thinking. In fact it's very clever thinking.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Mac Nedney

      Come on. You can do better than that...

      June 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  31. JohnPDX

    Why? JUST... why? With everything crazy going on around this world who's bright idea is it to send anything from the USA to anyplace else in the world? THE SYRIANS DIDN"T WANT OUR HELP IN THE BEGINNING!!!! So.. let them deal or die by their own stupidity. Of course, i know, i know. The Arabs don't know how to rule themselves so it's a circus. I refuse to have one cent of american money, nor one drop of blood of an American soldier to be sent anywhere that isn't sovereign United States soil in defense or need of our own people. Enough is enough.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • North providence

      If we let the Arabs rule themselves freely , they would do just fine . We left Vietnam and guess what ? they were able to rule themselves. IF we leave South Korea , guesss what ? north and south will be one Korea . It is us that keep thumpin our nose in eveyrone else affair . As for Syria , I dont think we would like here in the US if Russia would step up a base here in Mexico and get 100 K angry americans supported by the russians and not expect the US government to stop them from destroying the country , or would we ?

      June 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  32. Homer

    Oh good, let`s send more high tech weapons into the hands of the Brotherhood. Duh !

    June 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • Joseph

      No worse than in the hands of Republicans.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  33. MrNeedtoKnow

    First, our national debt was spiraling out of control, then came "Change" and "Yes We Can" cut the budget to the military by half. Now, "Moving Forward" we head out to Jordan for a "military exercise", mmmm, really? Where is the money coming from?

    I see the lobbysts are "Moving Forward" with the Admisitration to spend money that we don't have. Oh, wait! Seattle dumb down people say, if we have problems with paying for stuff, they will be more than happy to vote to tax us more because we don't pay enough taxex O.o

    June 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • DJ Reality

      Boy we cut what $10 billion form $618 billion. Yeah that looks like half to me too.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
      • MrNeedtoKnow

        You need to go back to school the liberals plan is to cut half the budget.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • works4me

      Geeeze... where were you 10 years ago? We could have saved thousands of lives and trillions of dollars!

      June 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Reply
      • MrNeedtoKnow

        I was in bed with your mama.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • kaelinda

      The Republicans forced the sequester on us. The Republicans are the ones who are refusing to compromise about anything, hoping to (and in some cases succeeding at) making Obama look incompetent. Fortunately, he's got Executive Orders to take care of the really important things, and the Republicans can make their rabble-rousing speeches to empty town hall meetings because they've been so obstreperous that no one cares what they say anymore. It's sad. I was a Republican for 65 years, but I can't do that anymore. 😦

      June 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  34. Lardoggy

    Politicians wasting our dollars like it grows on trees,also they don't have my support they are doing it for the right reasons.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      When politician spend our money is not for good reasons but selfish greed to fill coffers of their bosses, special interest and lobbysts.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Reply
      • R&R

        I feel like it's the cold war coming on again. the US on one side, Russia on the other. Go team.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
  35. S on my D

    We should be asking ourselves the tough questions such as: How DO you talk to an angel? How DO you hold her close to where you are? The Heights have been asking this question since '92. I don't know the answer but I can imagine its like trying to catch a falling star.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • DA

      I joined to just to respond to this. Best post ever.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • John

      And this has what to do with anything relevant to this article? (And sorry for you DA)

      June 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • hey

        Lighten up.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Craig

      Sounds like a Deep Thought by Jack Handy.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • S on my D

        The crows seemed to be calling caw's name.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
      • Craig

        yes yes yes one of my favourites

        June 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • mb2010a

      Worst post ever award...

      June 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  36. Texas

    See ya later North Korea! Remember Hiroshima

    June 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • Ralph_in_FL

      What do anti-aircraft missiles have to do with Hiroshima? Major non sequitur.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Craig

      Also what the hell does North Korea have to do with a story about Jordan? You might want to read this one again, a little more slowly and try not to move your lips, you can concentrate better

      June 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • mike

        Most armchair hawks couldn't find Canada on the map.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • John

      From Texas. You probably didn't even have to identify your state of origin for anyone to figure out where that lunatic comment came from. And now it's official: I am embarrassed to have been born in and partially raised in that Loon Star state.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  37. shaddowcaster

    herd about tjis three days ago on facebook by an isreali -simply stated – hasan nastrallah of the hezboillah movement -told the world in the arabic media – that he would back assad as a dictator in order to maintain the hezbollah bases in lebanon and syria and syria being a final refuge for hezbollah -so hes sending 10,ooo foot soldiers to bolster assads srian army forces on the ground . -in turn the u.s. and other alled forign powers are doing war excersizes -in jordan and theres been troop build up there -and in the u.s. /un and nato -talks of a no fly zone have come up to there administrators -and russia – who along with china and iran do not desire a regime change how ever even they the last week have prepared mass evacuations of citizens civilians and agncy personell -by sending therre modst elite gru /spetznaz forces name designation "starts with "D" -DERLOZAN OR SOMETHING FAMILIAR SOUNDING -ANYWAYS there like the special forces body gurds /assasins /and cia mixed -there the badest of trhe bad in spec ops russian military -along with russia sending a small flotilla of war ships with passenger carriers that are empty so they they may do a rapid extract in the event things escalate –i guess this all co-insides with the obama administration to at the urging of saudi arabia and quartar -to destabilise syria and allow the muslim brotherhood and al queda extremiosts to dominate another country and turn it intoanother sunni run caliphate state -just like lybia and egypt .for god knows what reason-and iran statred months ago it may send assistance to assad in some way -so even today the iraqis are stateing that isreali air craft are not allowed to use there air space to attack iran . so even the iraqis are understanding that "SHTF" IS ARROUND THE CORNER -SO EXPECT ESCALATION AND A REGIONAL CONFLICT SOON :{.....ALSO MAYBE WHY THE US IS PULLING TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN ??I

    June 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • San Jose, Ca

      Hitting the fan- dead on
      Once Iran's elections commence, the ME will be on fire unfortunately .

      June 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Why stop there. Send them 4 medium range missile tipped with nuclear warheads!

      June 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  38. S on my D

    I believe it was the pop super duo Tears For Fears who once said : " Everybody wants to rule the world".

    June 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • mb2010a

      You appear to really be hung-up on music lyrics...dude, get a life. It's just music...

      June 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Reply
      • God Stays Crispy In Milk

        Only jukebox music. Only jukebox music.

        June 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  39. Notonmywatch

    Glad the American Taxpayers approved of this. Training Arabs to kill Arabs with our toys. Nothing like getting someone else to do your dirty work. And who was that again, who was paying for this?

    June 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • KGB263

      Just like the U.S. backed Osama Bin Laden to fight USSR in Afhganastan, Saddam Hussein to fight Iraq in Iran, so on and so on...

      June 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • Chicago

      Agree on the taxpayer comment. As for the rest of it...well...Arabs are going to kill each other with or without our toys as they have not exactly been the model of peace for hundreds if not thousands of years.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  40. Barry G.

    If Americans want to be heard by their leaders, they need to have a lot of money and they need to hire lobbyists!

    That is so sad.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Quite true Barry G., quite true!

      June 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  41. Zoglet

    Meddling in the balance of power in the Middle East. Supporting dodgy governments. Does the US ever learn?

    June 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  42. kilp

    If Russia wants to arm Syria claiming it's an old contract being filled , then we will arm surrounding countries claiming it is an exercise. Russia must be squirming right now. Bunch of Russian snakes.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Such is to be expected from someone like you with your obvious limitations, kilp! You must be another ignorant Tea Partier supporting Obama and his henchmen. Are you?

      June 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • Parfin Woodell

        You must be another ignorant Tea Partier supporting Obama and his henchmen. Are you?

        WHAT DA PHUCK ?

        June 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
      • Chris H

        I laugh at you. You call yourself George Patton! With a comment like this it should be Goofy.

        Quote......"You must be another ignorant Tea Partier supporting Obama and his henchmen. Are you?"

        Get a clue and do me a favor. Google who the Tea Party supports. It's not Obama.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  43. MykeTheVet

    Honestly, who cares enough to do anything?

    And that's the point.

    America, you may love supporting your troops but you never listen to them.

    "It's the Republicans/Neo-Cons fault!"
    "No! It's the Liberal/Democrats fault!"

    Repeat. Do nothing as a populace. Let government spend endlessly and fight endlessly, to no end.

    Divide et Impera

    -US Army Vet

    June 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • San Jose, Ca

      I disagree respectfully. It's all parties.
      Obama installed a Republican, Hagel to be his mouth piece for this new school war.
      Obama can keep to his main speaking points of catering to radical feminism and promotion of gae propaganda .

      Women, men, straight, gay, and all folks need equality, not feminist superiority.

      Can't we focus on jobs and getting regular folks back on track?

      June 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  44. S on my D

    Amazing how people never miss an opportunity to become an Arm chair quarterback or an internet tough guy.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  45. Greg Faith

    No No No No!!!!!!

    June 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  46. Burt Way

    So it says the weapon systems MAY stay beyond the exercise. What about the American military staff – are they staying too? Weapons don't do much without the staff. How permanent will this be?

    June 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  47. longfoot

    Enough of this middle east crap. Wouldn't it just be easier to invade Canada and take all of their oil.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      You're completely blind if you think this has anything to deal with oil. Try to see the bigger picture here.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • longfoot

        Sorry, It must be humanitarian aid I guess. Funny how only oil rich countries get that kind of assistance. It is always about oil. See past 50 years for examples.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
      • mb2010a

        Jordan, unlike its immediate neighbors, does not possess significant energy resources. As of January 2013, the Oil & Gas Journal estimated Jordan's proved oil reserves at just 1 million barrels and its proved natural gas reserves at slightly more than 200 billion cubic feet (Bcf). Oil shale resources have the potential to increase Jordan's reserves significantly, but as of early 2013 such resources are not yet commercially viable.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Craig

      LOL, but then you would have to contend with all of our beavers, too vicious for your pampered troops...

      June 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
      • longfoot

        Sure, but once the beaver is shaved, they become much easier to deal with

        June 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • Craig

        hehehehehe

        June 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  48. Zeke James

    aaah, looks like Bushes restart of the Cold War (with the addition of China) is finally coming to fruition. but if Bush hadn't looked into Putin's heart and seen goodness, and if Putin wasn't such a good friend of Steven Seagal, well, I just might be a tad worried something untoward might come of this.

    June 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • common sense

      You can always spot a Obama supporter. You guys still blame everything on Bush. Lets move on to todays issues and look at whose been running the show for the last FIVE years and SIX TRILLION dollars later

      June 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Reply
      • truth

        debt a new thing to you?

        June 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
      • S on my D

        You say it but know it won't ever happen. It's easier to blame than to lead my friend.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
      • S on my D

        Now about that swamp land....

        June 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
      • Parfin Woodell

        common sense

        You can always spot a Obama supporter

        Aint it the truth.
        They have something called "COMMON SENSE".

        June 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
      • Rico

        That.s because it WAS Bush's fault – he made the policy. So are you saying we should blame somoeone else? Maybe Karl Rowe?

        June 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • mfh

      Too late to blame Bush. Its Obama's game now.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Reply
      • Parfin Woodell

        Nope, Obama still filling in that hole Bush dug.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • stingisthetruth

      Bush made this decision? Do you have any idea how pathetic your statements sound? I voted for Obama, and your conspiracy stupidity is just embarrassing. This is Obama's decision, and Obama's fault. Grow up you worm.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • joma

      Zeke, the humor was not over some of our conservative heads. Others respond to any mention of Bush, as trained by their handlers. It's a Pavlov thing. Reasonable Repubs are not proud of them..

      June 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • counselor39@hotmail.com

      Dateline: Washington D.C., June 3, 2025:
      "Unemployment up 65%, Inflation up 33%, and U.S. bogged down in 11 international peace keeping actions worldwide. A statement from a government official attributed the country's woes to the Bush Administration".

      June 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Reply
      • FT

        Jeb Bush

        June 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • San Jose, Ca

      Leebs never have anything but bumper stickers and emotionally charged rhetoric.
      The Obama administration is leading these deadly Arab Springs.

      Lefties, Shills, and Trolls , Sheeple- your Bush card has long expired .

      June 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
      • Fearless Freep

        Keep on defending that six year old cowboy.
        Hey George, whats 2 + 2 ?
        Duh, seven.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  49. joma

    200 "planners". 200?? It ain't a wedding we're planning..

    June 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  50. lgbarn

    People complaining about this don't understand the importance of Jordan to our middle east policies

    June 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • Dianne

      Oh, I understand. But I also think we have our own to help here as well. Why don't these Arab countries contribute some humanitarian aid? We screwed up in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Look at where that got us.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • longfoot

      Why do we have middle eastern policies? If China wanted to send missles to Cuba as part of their North American policy, would that be O.K.? me thinks that there might be a few people that would have a problem with that.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • Dr al shannaq from Jordan

      Jordan has a great importance in the Middle East because it mediates all areas of conflict, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Israel, in addition to its proximity to bases of Hezbollah, Jordan stands in the face of the Iranian , Chinese and Russian project in the region, Jordan will be involved in any political solution in the region .

      June 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Reply
      • Judas Priest

        A sensible, rational response? In this thread??? Run!!! Get out, while you still can!!!!

        June 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
  51. tjp44

    have to keep up with Russia arming the communists and terorists..................not our friends, never were and never will be......

    June 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Dom

      Russia is just making some cash on arms sales... They want to make sure they make some money off this war before it ends. Also, who are Russia's real friends? Europe, the US and some of the former Soviet states are their closest friends. The only reason Russia isn't joining NATO is because they want to be considered equals with the US and not a subordinate like all the other NATO members. The US has been working for years to increase the influence of other NATO countries but in the end the US still calls the shots when times get really tough. Russia and China want to be equals – kinda makes sense doesn't it? And as far as the cyber spying and such – if you were Russia or China wouldn't you spy on the US? Think about it – you see those drones we have right – do you know that that tech is likely ten or more years out of date? I think most of us would love to know what technology the US military has – and all those secrets hiding in Area 51. So no – if things really got crazy Russia would not be lining up to attack the US...

      June 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  52. Ralph Olover

    Wow, wars must suck today. Everybody knows every-bodies next move on the battlefield. That must make for an easy bloodshed.. We can thank the awesome media for that..

    June 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • joma

      Spell-ing, Ralphie

      June 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  53. S on my D

    The real issue here is that I'm fat and have man breasts. I want to get rid of them but I don't want to exercise.

    June 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • timinfla

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • joma

      DS'er. Mommy wants her laptop back. Make a mayo sandwich and relax out on the trailer porch

      June 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Reply
      • S on my D

        OK. Just yell when you want me to turn you over with you're flippin stick. Don't want you getting bed sores ma!

        June 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
    • common sense

      I appears by your statement to this article that you are pretty smart. I have a great deal on some swamp land for you.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Reply
      • S on my D

        Love me some swamp ppl. SOLD!!

        June 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      Obamacare is the answer!

      June 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  54. Mir

    So which country with ballistic missiles and fighter jets is going to attack Jordan that it needs patriotic missiles and F16s to protect itself?

    June 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Craig

      Is this a serious question?

      June 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Reply
      • Mir

        Yes that was a serious question, care to answer?

        June 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • joma

      "Patriotic"?? It would take too long to explain to you; starting with cleansing you of what you've learned watching the Maury show.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Reply
      • S on my D

        Yea patriotic duh!!! You know. Missiles that love their country!?

        June 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
      • Craig

        LOLOL

        June 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
      • Mir

        I don't watch the Maury show; though I'll take the beating for mistyping.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
      • goinstrong

        Amen! Mir seems quite disconnected from reality, or – at least – the English language.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • TomGI

      No Jordan doesn't need these weapons. It's a gift to Jordan to get overfly privileges for Israel.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Reply
      • joma

        yep

        June 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • Mir

        Thank you.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • DJ

      Syria, Hezbollah, Iran....

      June 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • Craig

      Okay, and I'll type real slow so you catch on. It doesn't matter whether there is an enemy or not, the point of this is to re-raise (if I may use a poker analogy) their opening bet of putting Patriots in Syria. The Russians responded by deploying S300s in Syria. This a simple example of the on-going proxy war that has beeen waged between your country and Russia in the Middle East since Israel was formed. Next the Russians will raise once again with the Mig29 aircraft jsut ordered by Syria, and we'll see where it goes from there.
      Anyways, clumsy metaphor aside, Jordan's security simply isn't what is on the mind of the US, this is just US/Russia poking each other.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • Craig

        sorry, of course I meant Patriots in Turkey not in Syria...

        June 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      Costa Rica.
      Feel better ?

      June 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      You need to share your stash with the rest of us, so we too can be sheep following wolves in sheep skin. Blaaaaah, blaaaaa. What is that? Too late, it is a slaughter house.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  55. Mark

    all this sequestration (notice how close that rhymes with "castration?") and yet we get to spend money on this...

    June 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      Duh! Politicians don't gain anything by spending money on you. Now , sequestration = surplus to spend money where lobbyst and speacial interests can make more money for the country, I mean themselves. 20% cut from your paycheck is painful for you and spending for the politiicians. You (not you specific, general speaking) voted for this Administration and now you get what you deserve. Politicians, especially liberals, always says they care for the people. They show us how they care by conducting corruptions and sweep it under the carpet, furloughs and higher taxes.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  56. Tkp353

    I hope they got feedback from Israel before making this move. As Gods chosen people, we better keep them involved.

    As Israel goes, so does the umbrella of His protection and prosperity.

    America needs to keep that prophecy in mind at all times. HE is still in charge, no matter what.

    June 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • HZ

      U.S. and Israel are usually in close contact. Jordan is a friendly nation to both Israel and the U.S.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • TrudyBird

        True! We don't sneeze in that direction without consulting with Israel. We have to work hand-in-hand.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
      • TomGI

        That alleged friendship between Jordan and Israel is tenuous at best.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • truth

      crawl out of your religious bubble and wake up to reality.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • God Stays Crispy In Milk

      Wow! Is that why Christians spent pretty much all of the last 2 millennia persecuting, vilifying, robbing, disenfranchising, deporting, and slaughtering Jews? Hmm. So if He goes where His chosen people go... well the only logical conclusion I can come to is you want to do the same to God. (O.O)

      June 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  57. Eric

    I didn't even bother reading this article. I do not care why we are giving a retired basketball player a bunch of jets or want to know how he uses them to exercise.

    June 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • jetfuel4

      hahahahahahahaa......

      June 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Reply
      • Craig

        Yeah, first send Dennis Rodman to N. Korea and now send supply Air Jordan with new planes, I think this is an NBA conspiracy

        June 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • joma

      !! Pretty funny!

      June 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • DaTruth

      Those Patriot missiles play better defense than Michael Jordan ever did

      June 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • Red

        Too bad they don't shoot as well as Jordan!

        June 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  58. lex

    So far Obama has been a wimp, sending a clear message to the bad guys of the world that they can continue to be bad guys and he won't do anything abou it. Very bad message. It encourages very bad people to cotinue to do very bad things.

    June 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply
    • concernedforliberty

      I would argue he has sent a very strong message to our enemies....with drone strikes. Of course you will argue that that is wrong now because you just hate everything about Obama. Please wear your white suit and pointy hat so we dont have to think of you as American.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
      • TrudyBird

        LOL! Bravo!

        June 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
      • jetfuel4

        not the very drone strikes he now says we didn't use correctly and now wants to abandon.....you mean those drone strikes????

        June 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
      • counselor39@hotmail.com

        Yes, "concerned" – VERY brave against Afghanistan Taliban.
        North Korea ? Iran ? not so much.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • MrNeedtoKnow

        No, Obama promised no war but bowing to our muslim friends muslim brotherhood and negotiations with liberators and freedom fighters whom eat hearts and livers of Syrian Soldiers. Honestly, we should not get involved there at all. We should have cancelled multi million dollars exercise in Jordan, where the reality is that he cut 1/2 the military budget and spreading the military thinner.

        Liberators and freedom fighters that is what the liberals call human eaters terrorists.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • USMC1371

      Let those that are having those actions done to them fight its not our job to police the world.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • Timjk

      So let's go invade some 3rd world country to prove we still have a set of man parts . SMH

      June 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Reply
      • MrNeedtoKnow

        I don't think we will have any man parts if we go to Jordan, not only they will eat American Soldiers hearts and liver also the man parts and woman parts. I love that the majority brainwashed sheep voted for change and secretly planning another war. Keep bleating my sheep and follow the wolves in sheep skin to the slaughteer house, blaaaah, blaaaah, blaaaah

        June 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • tjp44

      drone strikes are the only thing he has done with a spine........OBL was planned before him and he is afraid of Syria and Norht Korea.....no wonder he dodged the draft......oh, that's right non-citizens cannot be drafted

      June 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      Yup, takes a real wimp to take out Bin Laden in another country.
      Are all you Obama haters this stupid ?
      Don't bother to answer, you are.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • mike

      Your comment is written at the 4th grade level that I have come to thoroughly expect from the modern American right wing.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  59. david shoup

    I think the American people would vote down any expansion of weapons or involvement in the Middle East. Unfortunately we allegedly are committed to saving Israel (a nation itself born out of terrorism) and supporting Haliburton

    June 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • concernedforliberty

      Very well put David

      June 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Art

      Actually Jews were just reclaiming the land that was stolen from them over 2000 years ago. I have the impression that you support people getting their stolen land back, right?

      June 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Reply
      • Aaron

        Reclaiming stolen land?
        How many American's are going to line up and hope on a boat back to England to give their land back to the Native Americans? Not many i'm sure.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
      • mike

        Art, actually, lots of Jews lived there prior to the founding of the modern state of Israel. They didn't "steal it back"...they just threw everyone else out.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  60. cdub2k

    I thought Jordan harbored terrorists?
    I thought we were going to go to war with all countries harboring terrorists?
    Oh wait that was Bush nevermind, carry on.

    June 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • concernedforliberty

      We are harbouring Terrorist right here in a America. Whats your point? Jordan is the least of our worries for whatever terrorists they have allowed in their country Im pretty certain they cannot travel abroad to help their friends.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Reply
      • tjp44

        if your avatar was fact, you wouldn't publish such nonsense

        June 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  61. Maui Cruiser

    Give 'em hell Obama

    June 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Don't you mean give them the means to slaughter innocent people later?

      June 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Reply
      • concernedforliberty

        Come one a Jar head doesnt look for innocents until the gun stops shooting. Please dont pretend to care.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
      • USMC1371

        Concernedforliberty,
        I did word that wrong. If they want to make their streets run red I don't care as long as we are not paying the bill.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • tjp44

      good put to the wussy traitor....Semper Fi

      June 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      You are hypocrite and left wing brainwashed puppet. If that was a republican who would give hell to the middle east you would demonize that president and call him lucifer. Typical dumb down liberals that are not aware of beu=ing so hypocrite. The left wing is known to cut military budget and deal with human hearts and livers eaters, oops let me be a political correct liberal I mean freedom fighters and liberators and spring rolls.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  62. booger

    37 homeless people were commissioned to study the effects of gamma radiation on fruit flies. They found an empty wine bottle and filled it up with urine.

    When a site betrays your trust, don’t read it anymore. You are ultimately in control. The sad fact of the matter is some of the least credible sites are the most viewed sites. Why? Because their lack of trustworthiness makes them most likely to provide the reader with shock-value information, and that’s what the reader really wants. The reader wants to be entertained, even if the news is a lie.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • jetfuel4

      so they aren't deploying anybody or anythng????

      June 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • Craig

      so what happened to the fruit flies? I am on the edge of my seat here...

      June 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • God Stays Crispy In Milk

      I'm just here for the buffet.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  63. oh

    Another U.S. backed monarchy.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • concernedforliberty

      Are you comparing Jordan to the UK, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and many other monarchys we are freindly with?

      June 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Reply
      • oh

        Lol, are you?

        June 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
  64. nik green

    This is what the Reagan Administration did in Iraq in the 1980s... supplied Saddam Hussein with all manner of weaponry, including chemical and biological weapons. The same administration also heaped money, resources, weapons and military advice to the warlords (al Qaeda) in Afghanistan during the same time period.

    Three wars resulted from all that "generosity"... costing millions of innocent lives, the wholesale irradiation of large areas for billions of years, raping, looting, pillaging and plundering of those countries, and $trillions of the US up in smoke.

    When are they planning a war against Jordan?

    June 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      "costing millions of innocent lives, the wholesale irradiation of large areas for billions of years, raping, looting, pillaging and plundering of those countries"

      Whatever you say, Captain Hyperbole! Someone want to get this guy a chill pill? He's gone off the deep end.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • bobo

      NOT Chemical & Biological..... Also, Iran was backed up by the Soviets.... so it was part of the whole Cold War thing. Today... its different. I thought Obama would not do this?

      June 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • Attyush

      So you are looking for a moral perfection in foreign policy?

      June 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • USMC1371

        Nope just common sence. You would think that Obama wouldn't fallow the foot steps of those he has made a career out of bad mouthing. But he is burning his own path into the books of American failures.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Brian

      King Abdullah II is not Saddam Hussein. He cultivates an aura of justice and morality. He wants to cast himself as a western-educated, modern man. He is, however, still a monarch. And like all monarchs (those with real power, at least), he is likely corrupted and has done some shady things. He is, nonetheless, not Saddam.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Goverment Mule

      Sorry, we only blow up the enemy.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      If you are a tru left wing liberal you would blame Bush that is the new norm, duh. What is wrong with you mentioning someting that passed 27 years ago. Who cares? Blame Nixon or Carter they were great liberals that led this country into shambles.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
      • God Stays Crispy In Milk

        I blame Millard Filmore.

        June 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
  65. Jaimie

    Hamas is a large cancer that needs to be cut out.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • redherring

      Islam is the largest cancer that needs to be cut out !!!

      June 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
      • Aaron

        Yeah! Let's give them a religion that doesn't teach violence, preach of war, or talk about killing for certain crimes or wrong-doings...LIKE CHRISTIANITY!

        June 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
      • Audrey

        That's what you think as a clueless brainwashed individual. Way to generalize.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Goverment Mule

      So are Republicans.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
      • TrudyBird

        It appears that the Republicans are slowly destroying themselves without any help from anyone else.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      Corrupted left wing liberals are a malignant cancer to our freedom and society that really needs to be cut off, use of chemotherapy, and radiation to subside the cancer from spreading. However, if Clinton comes to power 2016 through 2024 then it will be too late to subside the malignant cancer.

      June 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  66. Mssimmons42

    We don't have money to pay for Israels defense Israel has plenty of money they could buy it

    June 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • Richard Stroker

      Did you even read the article...the missiles and jets are going to Jordan. Israel can protect itself just fine.

      You people never cease to amaze me.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  67. Terrible_Ted

    Everything is lining up as Revelations has prophecized. The End is Near...Repent

    June 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • Whosaidthat

      Because........you believe in myths and legends?

      Let's at least try to supply some critical thinking..........

      June 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Tkp353

      Let them poke their fun at you Ted. You are more right than maybe even you think.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • sly

      Yes – the Earth ended last December.

      We are all in Heaven. We have all repented.

      Earth is over. It happened. If you don't believe it, you are an ignorant athiest.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Jesus

      Sorry, I am busy.
      Solve you own problems.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
      • God Stays Crispy In Milk

        well put, Son of Man. Now could you get back down to washing my yubyubs with your tongue? You missed a couple of spots.

        June 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
  68. P Boy

    Why can't we all focus on poop and be happy?

    June 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      we already do focus on poop aka American politicians that is why we are talking here like a bunch of m0r0ns including myself.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
      • TrudyBird

        Ha! Love it!

        June 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  69. Yakobi

    Dontcha love how there's never any pleasing the left-wing hypocrites? For example...
    If we sit idly by and let a dictator like Assad murder his people, they say, "How can we let this go on? Why don't we do something?"
    Then, if we intervene, they say, "Why are we getting involved in another country's civil war? We don't want another Vietnam!"
    If we send troops on the ground, they say, "We don't want our soldiers in harm's way!"
    So if we instead use drones, they say, "We're being cowards by fighting a remote-controlled war!"

    I think they're so full of white guilt, they WANT us to be taken over by our enemies.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Masse

      Not as much as I love how people think of dumb things, attribute them to others, then talk about how dumb the mind was that came up with the idea.
      For example, you came up with some really dumb ideas, attributed them to liberals, and now are talking trash about the dumb mind that originated those ideas.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        You obviously don't read much, because every one of those quotes has been used over and over by liberals since 2001.
        Don't deny the historic left-wing hypocrisy, own up to it.

        June 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
      • bobo

        Yup... Stupid Libs!!!

        June 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • Steve

      I agree with everything you said except for the left-wing comment...
      I think the hypocrisy is around the board...

      June 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Art

      You hit the nail on the head. We're damned if we do and damned if we don't. Personally I'm in favor of drones. We get the job done without putting Americans in harm's way.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      Dontcha love how there's never any pleasing the R I G H T- W I N G wing hypocrites? For example...
      If we sit idly by and let a dictator like Assad murder his people, they say, "How can we let this go on? Why don't we do something?"
      Then, if we intervene, they say, "Why are we getting involved in another country's civil war? We don't want another Vietnam!"
      If we send troops on the ground, they say, "We don't want our soldiers in harm's way!"
      So if we instead use drones, they say, "We're being cowards by fighting a remote-controlled war!"

      Fixed that for ya free of charge.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  70. Lord Vader

    Why why why why are we doing this? This Administration is by far the worst ever.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Greg

      This administration brought us back from the brink of poverty as we were placed by your good old boy...have you looked at the recovery, or the Dow? 15189.25+73.68 – however, since those are numbers perhaps we need a pictogram...that's a picture that portrays what I am trying to describe for you..... Go watch the movie idiocracy...that is what you want for this world...

      June 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
      • Scott

        The dow is up, so is beef, gas, and every other thing that has a price tag on it. Only thing not up is wages. It's funny you people think we were close to poverty, America was no where near that, want to argue that one? Count me out, just drive your butt to mexico, that'll give you a lesson on poverty.

        June 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
      • Yon

        HaHaHa, you are very funny. The do nothing congress did that when they stopped Obama's out of control spending. Companies who were in fear are now hiring. See Illinois unemployment rate. 9.3%! Check out the blue states. Bahahahaha!

        June 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
      • Austen

        The stock market is up because the Dollar is worth less. It takes more dollars to buy a stock so the price goes.....up basic econ.

        June 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
      • bobo

        You cannot use the Dow as an example.... 1. The Fed is printing money so the Dollar is worth less. 2. Rich people get richer when the stock market moves up like this.... so Obama is only helping the rich.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • mindstorms

      Apparently, many commentators here seem to forget the previous president involved us in a war based on imaginary WMDs.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
      • Yon

        Apparently you are a sheep and did not know, congress and the senate agreed with the President. Libs, Conservatives all read the same report.

        June 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
      • Scott

        Yes, we all know all of Obama's failures can be placed on Bush. That's the new fad, blame the one who held position before you. I do that all the time these days and get away with doing a crappy job at my new job. Thank you, Mr Obama, for setting a new standard, now we can become an even fatter and lazier country!

        June 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
      • Richard Stroker

        The WMD's weren't imaginary....we sold the WMD's to Saddam back in the 80's.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
      • big b

        Must have missed the part where the Clinton admin. also stated that Saddam had wmd's.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Robsssss

      We have to do this to contain the mayhem and protect allies Jordan and Israel. Russia may just want to prop up its ally Syria and maintain its access to Syria's deep water ports because they don't have many great alternative ports in the Mediterranean. But Iran wants to set flame to the entire region with divisive and protracted wars between Shiites and Sunnis. Unless there is a very strong deterrent on Syria's border with Jordan, the violence will soon spill over. In fact, its almost a miracle that Jordan has not burst into flames yet – just look at Lebanon...

      June 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Parfin Woodell

      We are helping a friendly country.
      Something Bush would never do.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  71. Rober

    I can not believe we elected a black man as our president not once but twice, now we look like a African country. We should look like Hitler's Germany, is't it?

    June 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Greg

      Seriously? You small minded person.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • CosmicC

      Please don't use "we" when going off on a racist rant. I don't want to be dragged down by association.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • MidWestKev

      Troll ...

      June 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Ted

      Go vote rep with logic like that. Keep the hate gong, Mitt and McCain love it.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Reply
      • S on my D

        Good jab! Everyone knows ALL republicans are racist!

        June 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • S on my D

      Lawdy Lawdy yous be racist!!

      June 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • big b

      I would've said koon instead of black.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • Parfin Woodell

      I can smell you from here.
      Did you chit yourself ?

      June 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  72. Yakobi

    You know, if it weren't for Islamic oligarchies (Iran, Syria, Pakistan) and communist states (China, Russia–don't fool yourselves, Putin is a big believer in one-party rule) fomenting trouble all over the globe, the world would be very peaceful.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • TruthMatters

      And what of the largest and most vicious terrorist organization in the world: the US Government?

      June 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        Have you noticed how anyone who makes a point of using the word "truth" in their handle never actually tells the truth?

        June 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
      • God Stays Crispy In Milk

        I know! And have you ever noticed how anybody who uses 'akobi' as part of theirs never manages to pull their head out of their keister?

        June 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
    • some guy

      Sure. Like The Panama invasion. or Contra Insurgency. Stop being such a simple minded blindly patriotic person.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        And just what do you think the Contras were fighting against? Communists. No communists, no Contras.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
  73. Dan

    In the free world every country and its people have the government and leaders that they deserve.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  74. S on my D

    Why do you ppl use the term "tea baggers"? You do understand that by using this term you are implying that you are then a "tea bag'ee" meaning their balls are on you're foreheads. Now get back down in the basement and put you're Gimp suit back on and zip you're mask shut! IT PUTS. THE LOTION. ON!!

    June 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • bczu

      Not if they are tea bagging each other.....

      June 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • S on my D

        But if you are there it would be rude to not include you in the festivities.

        June 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Brenda

      Better forehead than chin I guess for you guys.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • S on my D

        Are you speaking from experience?

        June 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
      • Brenda

        Not much point in banging them against my forehead now is there?

        June 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
      • S on my D

        Oh I like you!

        June 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Greg

      It puts the lotion in the basket, then rubs it on it's skin.......

      June 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
      • S on my D

        I shortened it.

        June 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
      • Parfin Woodell

        S on my D

        I shortened it.

        ------------–

        To what ?
        3 inches ?

        June 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Richard

      google Boston Tea Party

      June 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  75. SolarMoon

    A not so subtle message to the Russians.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  76. Adak95

    More arms for his Muslim brothers.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      made by amerikans bought with amerikan tax payers AIDE money... oh em G-unit

      June 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • gb0423

      I did not know John McCain was Muslim?...you must be referring to McCain because he has been one leading the call to get the US into another war that has no hope of a successful outcome...

      June 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      John McCain is shaking his pom poms
      and posing with terrorists.
      You do the math.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  77. fsjunkie

    That entire region of the world needs to just sink into the ocean, once and for all.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  78. History Bear

    And how long until a couple of Jets or a missle battery left in Jordan defects to Iran or Syria. I oppose giving advanced weaponry to ANY Arabic country. Not too fond of giving them to Turkey, but at least they are NATO.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Defect?????
      Obama had the stealth drone landed for them.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
      • mike

        Trojan horse.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
      • Fearless Freep

        We gave them a model T
        they think they captured a Cadillac.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • bspurloc

      i dunt got much education cuz it defected to my democrat wife

      June 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • MrNeedtoKnow

        Remember democrats are always correct and we don't know better, the liberals will give us a handout and pacifier so we can be comfortable. Blame Bush, Jr, Sr and Reagan for the world's ills.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • Dianne

      Turks are not Arabs, but I think that you already know that. Turkey having such advanced weaponry is better than your country having it. When was the last time you've heard of Turks attacking another country prematurely, let alone invading one and coming up with bogus reasons? Turkey is the remnant of the world's last major empire that ruled tens of nations for half a millenium before your adventurist nation started its existence of a couple centuries. You think that you are better, you are brought up and brainwashed that way, but think before criticizing and badmouthing since you are not at all in a position to do so.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
      • Robsssss

        After oppressing Kurds in Turkey for generations, Turks used their warplanes, missiles and artillery to strike at Kurds inside Iraq many times, without any declaration of war against Iraq. Admittedly not quite an "invasion" but Turkey is not as peaceful, innocent and just as you try to make it appear to be.

        June 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • Dianne

        Robsssss: If you can see Al Qaeda's war against US as legitimate, only then you can look at the Kurdish terrorism against Turkey in the same fashion. Otherwise it's your double standards at play as a hypocrite. It is this same Turkey that saved Kurds from collectively getting gassed under Saddam regime by providing for the no-fly zone. While the Kurds in the area all owe their lives to Turkey, how can you even slightly accuse Turks of committing crimes and atrocities against them? There will always be your like and there will always be claims and accusations like the ones you are twisting or entirely fabricating, it's not at all surprising, but there will also be responses like this to prevent you from affecting clueless third parties.

        This Turkey you are talking about had a Kurdish prime minister in the 80s when talking about having a black or hispanic leader in the United States would not be possible except perhaps in Hollywood imagination. You do not know what you are talking about, you are clueless about the Turkish reality, yet you do not hesitate to post with the brainwashing you have been receiving and the propaganda you have been subject to. That is, of course, unless you are a member of PKK – the Kurdish terrorist group recognized as such by EU and the US.

        June 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Marek

      Turks have a long history, many times that of yours during which they gained vast amount of experience, and they do not resort to violence unless necessary despite being a major regional power. This is a country that actually knows what a war is, like most European nations. And it's not sipping your coffee not even slightly affected and watching TV as your troops kill innocent people on the other side of the world, while you call them all terrorists and support your troops. Turks have been provoked by their neighbours repeatedly in the last few decades alone, yet they have been calm and they tried to resolve issues politically and through dialogue – not because they aren't capable but because they are experienced, mature, and they choose to do so. As a member of a country that attacked so many others in the near history and couldn't justify it in the minds of majority of the world except for some of its clueless population that it shapes the opinions through media, you should not for a moment think that you have the quality to have such weaponry and Turks don't.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • mike

        Don't bother arguing. US conservatives think time began in 1776.

        June 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • mike

      These are pretty old systems. If some guy defects with an F-16, then the bad guys will have the best we had to offer in the 1970s.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  79. holy angel messenger

    It is about T-I-M-E, to wake up do not let the Russian use the Middle Countries to destroy the Israel. Do not let the Russian built up their missile bases in Syria, if you let it go like this, if you let this things happen, you never known this might be the stepping stones to shoot their long ranges missile toward us from Russian submarine/missile bases through Russian missile bases in the Syrian Muslim soil. There another place you must wake you better send more u.s. drone in entire Mexico, not the kidnapping/missing/murdered victim of foreign tourists communities, the Entire young Mexican missing/kidnapped/murdered victims in Mexico, who are behind these stuff going on, you must wake now, there are incident in Chula Vista, CA missing young Mexican girl, we need now a national I'd with microchips device, I hope this will be affordable, they killing everybody in Mexico then they will get their identification, and they will enter as illegal Mexican communities /they are foreigners tourist from their country/ they are American identification, but they are all already our enemies INFILTRATORS.
    HEY YOU WAKE UP GENUINE AMERICAN SENATE/GENUINE AMERICAN CONGRESS/GENUINE AMERICAN U.S. PENTAGON/GENUINE AMERICAN U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT/GENUINE AMERICAN U.S. FBI/GENUINE AMERICAN U.S. SOIL/GENUINE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • jimmy cracorn

      This person is proof we need a better mental health system.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • fsjunkie

      Mutually Assured Destruction is still relevant. War otherwise is a battle for resources and economic influence. Hundreds of thousands (millions) of people die in the process of making powerful families more wealthy and powerful, as they use religion and idealogy to mobilize the condemned into willing participation. That's the story of the world...the story of humanity...the illusion of civilization.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Really its Russia doing this? Why in the world would they use other countries against Israel? If they wanted to crush Israel they could in a heart beat. Russia is makeing a profit from arms sales they want as many players as possible. Unlike the US they make money from arm sales. The US just gives weapons away for the "cause" just to have them used against our own when we decide to "police" others into thinking like we do. In the end everyone hates us.....but the retards in D.C. keep repeating over and over.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
      • bspurloc

        we give them AIDE money to cherry pick from our war machine.... try to pay attention

        June 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • bspurloc

      YEAH! and OD NOT LET RUSSIAN build a Naval Base in Syria!!!!!
      . mo ron alert

      June 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  80. Starman

    *our* wars are over and now our military complex now shifts to selling wep systems to countries in the middle east to fight with each other, just like Afgan all over again. Russia one side, we supply the other and we both bank roll.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  81. Portland tony

    Jordan has proven one of our staunchest allies in this chaotic region. Remember, F-16s are made in Ft. Worth......which is in the US... There are other nations with equivalent fighters that would love to gather inroads for military sales in Jordan. Although not a true democracy, in that area it's one of the best governments going! And remember, the country is surrounded by not-the-friendliest belligerents/jihadists!

    June 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  82. Jay

    Three words – Military Industrial Complex

    June 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Don't forget your tin hat.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
      • mike

        Tin hat? Really? So Eisenhower was a crackpot? Sorry, but everything he said would happen, happened. There are deep lobbying ties and conflicts of interests between defense and military supply contractors and high-level government. It's not a conspiracy, it's freaking common sense reality. Just look at Halliburton's ridiculous no-bid contracts for heaven's sake. Look at The Carlyle Group and who runs them...you'll see some familiar names. A conspiracy implies it's hidden. This stuff isn't.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • S on my D

      WOOOOOOO

      June 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • tony

      Spot on.

      How easily we forget that a theater of war, if declared, includes the lands of ALL the countries involved. Hence Boston and Woolich. Who know what a mess we may yet reap if we leap into another.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  83. nct

    Does anyone realize that if US did not fight terrorists and or help countries that are trying to, the world would be a lot worse than it is.
    Yes US doesn't have the money to spend on helping others but they must.
    It goes back to post WWII -if US hadn't helped rebuild Western Europe and be the one standing up to USSR, Europe wouldn't be US's third largest trading partner today. So if they don't help countries today in fighting terrorist and maintaining overseas armies eventually areas like Syria, North Korea, and Iran will spill out of control and there will be direct attacks on US mainland. By helping others and maintaining troops around the world, in the main they are preventing this. Always remember terrorists and dictators are not rational people – they don't care if innocents get killed.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • concernedforliberty

      Your leaving out the grassroots level of support America earned after WW2 in Europe. This is by far the most important reason it worked out that way. These other countries like Palestine, Israel, China, Egypt, Libyia, Afghanistan, Iraq do not have a natural grass roots support for anything American. Yes I did it I included one of our biggest allies in that list because Israel is so self centered they would throw America under the bus in a heart beat if they didnt need us so badly.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Adman

      I havent seen more ignorance of people who claim that if it was not for US the world would not be as safe it is. If US did not lead the efforts to supply arms to people... freedom would be in jeopardy. Flip that thought around and apply it to US. If there were more guns in US.. US citizens would be much safer? Now that we agree on that ignorance let us stop fooling ourselves. The more arms we supply any region the more fighting and killing can ensue as a result of it. But we are not arming the bad guys you say!! How good are we and our acts if they ultimately result in more killing and destruction of life and property? The Military Industrial Complex must earn revenue. Russians have similar goals.

      Right now the US-Israeli goal is to arm both sides in Muslim countries that have strife.. so they can kill themselves and that reduces their burden to go and kill more Muslims. It also prevents acts like Boston Bombing and Meat Cleaver jobs as witnessed in London. What we are gleeful about will soon come to bite us... because we supplied them arms to kill each other. We will ultimately bear the brunt of it.

      I suggest we do not supply any arms to Middle East. However we should attack those arm shipments that are sent to Middle East by other nations. This will give us a higher moral ground when we discuss peace.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • sly

      Wrong. America NEVER helps other countries. We ONLY invade to take their resources.

      America will support any bad or good guys that benefit our pocketbooks. We gladly sell chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein. We gladly arm right wing facist murdering dictators (Noriego, Hussein, the Shah, the Bin Laden family). We gladly train folks that then come and attack us, such as our former CIA agent Osama Bin Laden.

      The American Military Industrial Complex is much more powerful than any President, and their entire purpose is to make a lot of money for their executives.

      America has NEVER gone into anoother nation for any reason except to make a lot of money for their executives.

      Are you trying to tell me that Republicans, who run the Military, were in Iraq to help Arabs? NO WAY. There isn't ONE Republican in America that doesn't hate all Arabs.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • mike

        Wrong. We also invade to destabilize. That's what Iraq was.

        June 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
  84. Erlo

    Oh great, exactly the opposite of the news I wanted to hear about.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • Narutogrey

      Why? While it isn't awesome news, it is good news.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  85. concernedforliberty

    Im reading a bunch of Obama hate from people who are indicating he started some war and that he has the world hating us. I have a couple of questions for you uniformed folks. 1. What war did Obama start? 2. Where are all the protestors in every country he visits including our allies like Bush had? Obama hasnt been perfect by any strecht of the imagination but can any of you imagine a Ryan or a Rand in the WH? America would be at war instantly, the number of terrorist organizations both domestic and international would triple. Obama is not doing a bad job considering the hate and foot dragging he has had to put up with from our Tea Party Congress members and there bozo supporters. The Tea Party supporters should be ashamed of how they are defiling the American dream and defanging diplomacy. They are an unpatriotic group of White Supremists who feel they dont need to wear their pointy hats anymore because they are backed by the NRA.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Daniel

      @concernedforliberty Wow. You started by stating how you hate all of the right-wing nuts, but you ended as a left-wing nut. You're clearly just as biased as they are, just on the opposite site. You argument holds no validity.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • MikeyD74

      It's because he's black and any negative comments towards him is considered racist by the left.

      Have a nice day.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
      • Daniel

        ...enters the right-wing nut. @MikeyD74

        June 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • TrudyBird

      Thank you for one of the few intelligent replies here, concernedforliberty. I'm not sure how many people realize how much we (the USA) have invested overseas to protect our assests there. I, for one can not begin to be an armchair/PC political specialist. There is just too much to know and understand. I was brought up to respect our President whether Dem or Rep. My parents were depression kids. If it were so simple on the domestic side to fix the job situation, to keep our tax money here, I think we would have done that by now. I believe it is slowing improving. Not as fast as people want... but it is happening. Not only have we invested here... we have invested all over this world. We are a very complex world and political dealings are not my favorite bag. I'm not part of the "hater groups or let's blame the President . I'm a hard worker and come from hard working parents. I'm a proud American. I love my country and I cherish our freedoms. If I was told I had to fight for my nation, I would. I'm too old now, but I've always thought this, even as a young woman. I work in a professional building. I make my own living. I've also lived in Israel for 6 months back in 1980. I wanted to see what it would be like and learn about another culture. I'm not Jewish... just a small town girl form Washington State. I've stepped out of my comfort zone and learned about another nation. Now I've got lifetime friends overseas. I think a lot of us become too comfortable behind our PCs and spew out so much hate that they forget to look at the big picture. Our own personal situations can be most engulfing, especially if we have low paying jobs, health issues and feel abandoned. Our own culture is slowly changing. Some of us can't keep up with technology. Some are so afraid and angry they vent, just to vent. It's all about our own perspective and situation. Because we live in the USA we have the freedom to call our President names and accuse him of being evil. I find that petty. That's my humble opinion that I feel I need to say now and then. Now I'll probably be called names. Ha! Take care, folks. Count your blessings... if you think you have any.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • Daniel

        Now see, you are intelligent. You're entire comment was against all the hate. What I don't understand is how you support @concernedforliberty's comment when half of it was hate.

        June 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • God Stays Crispy In Milk

      What war?? Cmon, everybody knows Obama started WW2 when he crashed in his robot dinosaurs at the World's Finest Chocolates center.

      June 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  86. dl

    WAR = #1 jobs program in US (plus opportunity for new heros)

    June 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • concernedforliberty

      It's funny because the same people who say government cannot create jobs, totally over look the defense industry. It is the LARGEST jobs program in the nation. I am one of them the company I work for has over 92K employee's world wide. My company is not one of the top 5 largest. More importantly, our contract are 10-30 yrs long. It is a government hand out to the MIC. I benefit absolutely from this, I would rather our government funded education, science, heatlh care, space exploration anything other than killing and destruction for my job.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
      • vincent

        Well written, Concerned.
        Nice to know that the USA citizens that are out of work (like me) can't get help but the USA always seems able to stick their noses into other governments business where it doesn't belong, and the USA citizen gets screwed again:(

        June 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  87. Adam; Atlanta, Ga, USA

    Finally! What is our government doing? Waiting till all 22 million Syrians are dead till we do something about it. I wish we intervened earlier. Bashar al-Assad, the illigimenate dictator in Syria has murdered 120,000+ innocent Syrians, and raped, tortured, and detained, hundreds of thousands of more according to the UN backed Syrian observatory for Human Rights, also refered to as the SOHR. Whether you are in favor of a Humanitirain intervention or not, we (USA) have invested trillions into the Middle East in the last several decades. Letting the ME, and our interests and allies become destablized by some illigimate, un elected tyrant like Bashar al-Assad is insanity on our behalf. While I am a democrat, I do support Humanitrian interventions like that in Syria, Bosnia, Kosovo and others.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • Art

      You can go fight as a mercenary if you like. Spend your money and take your son if he feels the same way. Leave mine here.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Gord

      Tell me again why I would want an Al Qaeda government in Syria.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • Macc

        Syria supported and funded Alqaeda during the Iraq war. Surely you see the irony. It should be an example to the Mid East.
        We are giving humanitarian aid to our enemies. We are defending our allies. That is enough!!

        June 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • George

      We are not interfering. We are setting up defense for an ally that may be threatened if the war spreads into another country. The Syrian civil war will still be going on.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  88. Jomama

    Lets pick a war War #1: The Syrian civil war

    War #2: The Middle East war of religion between Sunni and Shi'ite sects

    War #3: The proxy war about energy
    Syria is a battleground for a conflict between two wealthy energy nations: Russia with allies and Qatar, the world's largest LNG exporter with its allies.
    This week, the EU ended their embargo on arms sales to Syria's rebels this week, an action fiercely criticized by Russia.
    War #4: The war within the war
    The neighborhood rightly worries that Syria's civil war will become a full-blown Shia-Sunni religious war or full-blown proxy war that contaminates the region or brings in other big players.
    .

    June 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  89. The One who Knows

    Coming of the Lord Jesus is at hand.
    Act 2:38 "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • evenstar

      Amen!

      June 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • June1

      amen

      June 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • mike

      Derp.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • God Stays Crispy In Milk

      Lord Jesus isn't coming until I remove the nerple clamps and pry his head from my crotch.

      June 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  90. Art

    I don't like it but does it matter what the US citizens think?

    June 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • gary

      apparently not. 😦

      June 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
      • steve

        apparently not

        June 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • George

      It sure does. And what you think is reflected in your vote. Otherwise we expect our leaders to do what is right for the country.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • Barry G.

        Since the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, the affairs of our nation and the activities of our politicians (both parties) have been substantially driven by lobbyists.

        How sad is that!

        June 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  91. Joe

    STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY

    June 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  92. hitman

    Another Obama war preparation tactic!.

    June 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • pjones006

      Another??

      June 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • hitman

      I am a moron.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  93. UScitizen

    the best thing we can do is train our kids to be better politicians and leaders so we can break the system wide open then let them be voted in a run the country the right way

    June 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • George

      Why wait that long. Why not run for a government office yourself? It would be 30 years give or take before our kids would have a chance to clean up what we are screwing up day after day.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  94. Alex

    Can anyone please explain to me why the London butchers were only covered for like one day? How do two guys slaughter a British Soldier in broad daylight, with tons of witnesses and these news agencies bury the story? What in the world?

    June 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Chris Gates

      Buried? I think I've seen an article about nearly every day since it happened on this and many other news sites. I grew tired of seeing those bloody hands every time I clicked on a site.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • fsjunkie

      You must have been living under a rock these past couple of weeks or something. There was plenty of coverage of that story...and the EDL protests/push for civil war afterwards. There was coverage of about a dozen arrests in connection with the case. What more do you want? Nukes? We've already been dropping ordnance and killing people in hostile "Islamic countries" nonstop for decades now.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • sly

      Alex Alex Alex ... get over the 1 (ONE?) dead British soldier. This soldier slaughtered Arabs during war, and Arabs fought back and killed him.

      We call this war. People die. I do not have ONE problem with the Arab soldiers fighting for their side.

      War folks. People die. So stop whining about 3 (THREE?) dead runners in Boston, or 1 (ONE?) dead soldier in Britain. We kill that many of our enemies EVERY DAY .... get over it.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  95. al bender

    Im sure that jungle camouflage will work wonders in the jordan desert.

    June 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  96. Reggie Williams

    When is the USA going to wake up and stop spending money we don't have? Einstein once said... "I don't know what we use to fight this war but the next will be with Sticks & Stones".

    June 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • jonp

      Einstein was referring to nuclear warfare. I don't know why you are trying to link nuclear war with deficit spending.

      June 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • gary

      Yes. 🙂

      June 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • alex

      Actually, Einstein said:

      “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

      June 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • FT

      Citing Einstein doesn't make you smart. Less so when you cite him incorrectly and out of context.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
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