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Trump's Defense Chief: We're Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody's Oil

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.20.2017 | Politics

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil”, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remark...

Defense Secretary Disagrees With Trump's Statement That Press Is The Enemy

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 02.19.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Defense Secretary James Mattis broke with President Donald Trump on Sunday, telling reporters traveling with him that he does not think...

General Mattis Makes His Power Play

Jon Soltz | Posted 02.16.2017 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As the wheels come off of the Trump administration, and we careen towards a total meltdown of government, one of the political insiders’ favorite pa...

Trump's Defense Secretary Warns NATO: Pay More Or We Will 'Moderate' Support

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 02.15.2017 | World

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary warned NATO allies on Wednesday that they must honor military spending pledges to ensure the United ...

Iran Put On Notice: What Next?

Ali Safavi | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Ali Safavi

Last month, the US imposed new sanctions on Iranian entities involved in weapons procurement. The move came two days after the administration of Donal...

Is Trump's Nuclear Command A One-Person Show? Look to Sally Yates.

Jennifer Knox | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Jennifer Knox

Calm, thoughtful, and practical, Mattis brings everything to the table that Trump seems to have abandoned. But is that enough?

Donald Trump Channels the Left in South Korea: Engage the North and Bring U.S. Troops Home

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.02.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

South Korea's political convulsions seem likely to deliver a new president sooner rather than later. Elections are scheduled for December, but if the ...

Trump Defense Chief Mattis: U.S. 'Shoulder-To-Shoulder' With Seoul To Face NKorea Threat

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 02.02.2017 | World

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defenses secretary told South Korea on Thursday the two allies would stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” to face the thre...

Judge Again Refuses To Throw Away Torture Suit Against CIA Contractors

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics

A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for trial in a case against two psychologists contracted by the CIA to develop what became known as the agen...

The Korea That Can Say 'No'

Emanuel Pastreich | Posted 01.27.2017 | World
Emanuel Pastreich

Members of the Trump administration have made hostile statements about China that are so out of line with American policy, and so provocative, that Korea cannot have anything to do with its actions.

The Korea that can say "No"

AsiaToday | Posted 01.27.2017 | World
AsiaToday

By Emanuel Pastreich Back in the 1989 the Japanese conservative politician Ishihara Shintaro wrote a best seller entitled "The Japan that can say ...

Trump's Shows Off His Generals On Inauguration Day

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

As with so much that's Trumpian, you can't simply look at his stream-of-consciousness words as they appear -- always somewhat incoherently -- on the page.

James Mattis Is Officially Donald Trump's First Approved Cabinet Member

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, voting overwhelmingly to approve re...

Security Goes Beyond The Military And James Mattis Knows It

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Secretary Mattis wants to focus on building a strong military to fight and win our nation's wars. That's a fine goal, but to truly achieve a modern security strategy, we must fully embrace non-military methods of prevention as the necessary foundation of the larger objective.

The Battle-Hymn Of The Generals-For-Hire

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Donald Trump’s fondness for all-things-gold has been exhaustively depicted. But since his election, his fondness for brass, namely top military bras...

'Mad Dogs' In An Overheating World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Heading into the Trump era, our American world already feels like it's overheating badly.

Trump Nominee Won't Disavow Claim That Women, LGBTQ Soldiers Harm Military

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump’s defense secretary nominee, retired Gen. James Mattis, has been very clear in recent years that he’s ...

Trump's Push To 'Win' Is A Loss For America

William J. Astore | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

Under Trump's team of "civilian" warrior-generals, it looks like the crusades may be back -- with a vengeance.

Tips For James Mattis

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Flickr After weeks of internal deliberation, President-elect Donald Trump officially announced that former Marine General James N. Mattis will be his...

Message To 'Mad Dog' Mattis - Prepare For Digital Warfare

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 12.15.2016 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I assume Marine General James "Mad Dog" Mattis will be confirmed as Secretary of Defense and I believe he is a good choice. Mattis is both a combat-te...

President-Elect's Secretary of Defense Pick, General James "Mad Dog" Mattis

Dr. Munr Kazmir | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Dr. Munr Kazmir

Perhaps the best quality of President-elect Donald Trump is his ability to find the best people for key positions. Take General James "Mad Dog" Mattis for instance.

An Accidental Look Back: Pundits, The Press, And Trump

Aaron Harber | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Aaron Harber

The Party supposedly headed for "extinction" won the Presidency, kept control of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, gained control of 33 out of 50 governorships, and won control of both chambers of the legislatures in 32 states (with Democrats controlling both chambers in only 5 states).

Trump, Obama and the Missed Opportunity of Pearl Harbor's 75th Anniversary

William Bradley | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

How many generals are too many at the top tier of a presidential administration? What level of attention to the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pear...

Stephen Colbert Skewers Donald Trump's Defense Secretary Pick

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.06.2016 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert gave Donald Trump some alternative suggestions Monday as to who should be his secretary of defense. The president-elect has nominated ...

The Romans Have Much To Teach Us About The Costs Of Empire

William Astore | Posted 12.05.2016 | Politics
William Astore

With all these generals being called out of retirement to serve as Donald Trump’s “civilian” advisers, whether it’s General James “Mad Dog...