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Boots on the Ground

Republicans Should Pass an AUMF or Stop Complaining

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans are currently in a frenzy over Syria. But for all their noise, I notice there is not a single voice crying out to actually change anything in the most concrete way they have at their disposal.

Obama's Escalation in Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Stephen Zunes

President Obama's announcement that he would send up to 50 U.S. Special Forces to "train, advise and assist" armed militia fighting forces of the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria marks an escalation in U.S. military involvement in that country.

The Great American Perpetual War

Nan Levinson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Nan Levinson

It's nearly Veterans Day, that time of year when we remember we have veterans. As a reminder that we also have war, the headline in my local paper recently read, "US pledges to send 50 special-ops troops to Syria."

Five Things That Won't Work in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

In one form or another, the U.S. has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several changes of government, spent trillions of dollars, and was involved in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. None of those efforts were a success.

How Many More Wars?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

All those who criticize President Obama's handling of foreign policy -- which includes the entire Republican presidential field, it almost goes without saying -- should really have to detail precisely what they'd do differently. The voters really do deserve an answer to this question, since these people are running to take Obama's place in the White House.

Hagel: U.S. Ground Troops Could Be Needed In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send...

An Encore

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

That was then; this is now. Thank goodness. It would be a pity if history were to repeat itself. It would suggest we weren't smart enough to learn from experience.

Jon Stewart Calls Out Obama For 'Boots On The Ground' In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 11.11.2014 | Comedy

What are "boots on the ground?" On Monday night's "Daily Show," Jon Stewart looked at the growing number of U.S. troops being sent to Iraq. These ...

U.S. May Significantly Hike Number Of Troops In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. military has drawn up plans to significantly increase the number of American forces in Iraq, which now total ...

U.S. and Turkey

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

U.S. and Turkey

Laura Bassett

Lindsey Graham: Obama Is 'All In' On Ebola But Not ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that he approves of President Barack Obama's decision to put boots on the ground in Africa to control the Ebo...

Give War A Chance?

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While American politicians snipe at each other to try to find partisan advantages to use in the upcoming midterm elections, the hard questions are going unasked.

Washington Gripped by Madness: When War Is Not War, Combat Is Not Combat, and Boots Are Never on the Ground

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We've already entered the period when strategy, such as it is, falls away, and our leaders feel strangely helpless before the drip, drip, drip of failure and the unbearable urge for further escalation.

'That Is The Type Of In-Depth Reporting You Can Only Get From Fox News'

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 09.19.2014 | Comedy

WARNING: Some shoes may have been harmed in the making of this "Colbert Report" segment. Will there or will there not be boots on the ground in Ira...

Boots on the Ground

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Boots on the Ground

Amanda Terkel

Lindsey Graham Changes Mind About Putting Boots On The Ground In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday called on President Barack Obama to consider putting boots on the ground in Syria to combat Islam...

We Already Have Boots on the Ground in Iraq

William Hartung | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

It's unlikely that this intervention will ever look like Bush's war in Iraq, which peaked at over 160,000 troops and a comparable number of private contractors. But if the mission is truly an open-ended effort to "degrade and destroy" ISIS, it is virtually inevitable that more U.S. troops will be sent to Iraq, and that some of them will take on combat roles.

As Obama Promises 'No Boots On The Ground,' U.S. Military Trains For Just That Scenario

David Wood | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
David Wood

As President Obama gives a national address Wednesday evening on how he intends to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS) without putting American "boots on the ground," a potent force of 2,500 combat Marines, backed by attack helicopters and jet strike fighters, is aboard warships trolling off the U.S. east coast. Training to deploy later this year to the Middle East, the Marines are practicing a long-distance evacuation of a U.S. embassy, high-speed stealth raids and the rescue of an American pilot shot down in hostile territory.

Drones on the Ground

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Drones on the ground

Syria: The 'No Boots on the Ground' Deception

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

When U.S. politicians like "Mr. bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran" himself, Senator John McCain, promise the American people, "No boots on the ground" in ...

Jason Linkins

Kenneth Cole: Tweet Was To 'Provoke A Dialogue' About Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

Thursday afternoon, the Twitter account of designer-shoe pimp Kenneth Cole tweeted out an inane message reminding followers to buy Kenneth Cole shoes ...

Kenneth Cole's Offensive Syria Tweet

The Huffington Post | Kim Bhasin | Posted 09.05.2013 | Business

Kenneth Cole is at it again on Twitter, and once more, he's getting thrashed. In a tweet sent Thursday, the fashion designer weighed in on possible...

Luke Johnson

Kerry Stumbles In Ruling Out 'Boots On The Ground' In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry at first refused to rule out the possibility of "boots on the ground" in Syria in a response to a question...

'We Are F*cked'

Posted 05.01.2013 | Comedy

If Lindsey Graham has his way, the U.S. soon will be fighting four wars. Let's hope we're punching our card, so we can get that free one when we reach...

Boots on the Ground

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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