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State media complained bitterly about the a $6.4 billion dollar military package for Taiwan. The Chinese say the sale will complicate U.S./Sino relations. China claims Taiwan is it's own, but the 14 thousand sq mile Island of 23 million people says it has no master. China is threatening sanctions against U.S. companies, but for the U.S. those threat pale by comparison against an even bigger threat --a military showdown between the U.S. and China over Taiwan.
Medical source information suggests that Army Major Nidal Malik Hassan, who was shot after opening fire at Ft.Hood in Killeen, Texas on Thursday, is a psychiatrist who worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington until leaving for Ft. Hood. According to the Virginia Board of Medicine, he finished his residency at Walter Reed in 2007 and then did a Fellowship in "Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry" in 2009. He has a number of board certifications. Texas Senator Kay bailey Hutchinson says she was told Hasan was upset about being deployed to Iraq and the military has released a statement saying they're not sure about the motive, but they don't believe political terrorism was involved.
Iraq's government said at least 85,000 people were killed from 2004 to 2008, officially answering one of the biggest questions of the conflict - how many perished in the sectarian violence that nearly led to a civil war. The Associate Press reports that what remains unanswered is how many died in the 2003 U.S. invasion and in the months of chaos that followed it. A report by the Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 people were killed from the beginning of 2004 to Oct. 31, 2008 and 147,195 were wounded. The figures included Iraqi civilians, military and police but did not cover U.S. military deaths, insurgents, or foreigners, including contractors. And it did not include the first months of the war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
Military retirees will pay slightly more for their health care starting Saturday, and more cost increases are on the way.
Two days after repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays serving openly in the military, the Obama administration was in court Thursday opposing a lawsuit seeking full severance pay for those dismissed under the law.
A new bill would protect military pay even if the government defaults because Congress doesn't authorize an increase to the government's debt ceiling. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who co-sponsored the Payment Reliability for our Obligations to Military and Investors to Secure Essential Stability, or PROMISES Act, discussed the bill with Federal News Radio.
The Pentagon and IRS are giving you another two months.
The U.S. military almost launched fighter jets and discussed a possible shoot-down when an errant Navy drone briefly veered into restricted airspace near the nation's capital last month, a senior military official said Thursday. The Associate Press reports the incident underscores safety concerns with unmanned aircraft as defense officials campaign to use them more often during natural disasters and for homeland security. Navy Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., head of Northern Command, said Thursday that the August mishap could hamper the Pentagon's push to have the Federal Aviation Administration ease procedures for drone use by the military in domestic skies.