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Martin Dempsey

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.

Should General Dempsey Resign?

David Wood | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
David Wood

If Dempsey, a soldier with a long and distinguished career, cannot in good conscience preside over a military campaign he feels will be ultimately doomed, should he quietly (or noisily) resign?

Top U.S. Military Leader Visits Iraq For First Time Since ISIS Airstrikes Began

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI & LOLITA BALDOR | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

HAMZA HENDAWI & LOLITA BALDOR, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — America's top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a previously unannoun...

Dosey Doe to War: It Never Gets Old

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

Statements such as Hagel's are not only untrustworthy, they are deceptive and misleading. They provide cover as we repeat the very military action the words ostensibly seek to avoid. This is delusion-in-action.

Top General Raises Specter Of More U.S. Troops In ISIS Fight

AP | DONNA CASSATA and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon warned Congress on Thursday that the long, drawn-out military campaign against Islamic State militants is just beginn...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Officials Pin Blame For ISIS On Iraqi Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States finally seems to have identified the party responsible for failing to halt the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq: the ...

U.S. Doesn't Yet Need Ground Troops Against ISIS, General Says

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

The U.S. hasn't yet reached the point where it requires ground troops to battle the Islamic State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey sa...

Yes, Somebody's Boots on the Ground Will Be Needed

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As the president outlined on September 10, an instrumental component of the anti-ISIL counterterrorism policy is the train-and-advisery mission that the U.S. and its Arab partners will set up in Saudi Arabia for the moderate Syrians.

Top U.S. General Says Training Syrian Rebels Could Take 12 Months

AP | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

PARIS (AP) — Moderate Syrian rebels, once made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq ...

Six Big Problems With Obama's New Anti-ISIS Strategy (Or, Why It May Already Be Too Late)

William Bradley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Nearly a week has passed since President Obama at last announced his tardy strategy for dealing with Isis, the jihadist organization Obama now calls a huge threat only months after dismissing it as the "junior varsity" of jihadism. There's been no shortage of activity, as distinguished from action, from the Obama administration.

Robert Gates Says Obama Will Need To Use Boots On The Ground To Defeat ISIS

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday morning that the Obama administration will need to use ground troops to defeat the Islamic State,...

Chuck Hagel: ISIS Threat 'Not A West vs. East Issue'

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made clear during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday that the ongoing U.S. involvement in a campaign a...

ISIS Crisis: Is Obama About to Reverse One of His Worst Decisions?

William Bradley | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama is at last signaling that he may be ready to reverse one of his most foolish and perplexing stances. That is his refusal to strike against ISIS in Syria because it would aid the Assad regime in continuing to exist.

Dempsey: U.S. Assessing Whether Iraq Forces Can Hold

AP | By OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — A key role of the American troops in Iraq is assessing whether the country's security forces can hold together and whether its leade...

U.S. Defense Secretary Condemns Early Judgment Of Bowe Bergdahl

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday it is unfair to the family of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to leap to concl...

Amanda Terkel

Top Pentagon Official: This Was 'The Last, Best Opportunity' To Free Bowe Bergdahl

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey responded to some of the criticism about the rescue of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, writing on Fac...

Army Still May Pursue Desertion Investigation On Bowe Bergdahl

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Army may still pursue an investigation that could lead to desertion or other charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed f...

Vietnam vs. China: The Captain Who Went Down With His Ship

T. Dean Reed | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
T. Dean Reed

The stationing of the giant rig by China, following President Barack Obama's trip to Asia is a challenge to the U.S. pivot to Asia, which strengthens allies Japan and the Philippines.

U.S. Military Braces For Budget Battles With Congress

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - Top U.S. defense officials are bracing for a brutal season of budget negotiations, w...

Martin Dempsey: NSA Leaks Will Cost Billions

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer says it will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the loss of security to mil...

U.S. Shifting Afghanistan Exit Plans: Report

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Frustrated about prospects of getting Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a long-term security deal, the United Sta...

Obama Meets With Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan

AP | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has met at the White House with his top commander in Afghanistan and other high-ranking Pentagon officials....

Budget Deal Offers Stability To Pentagon Spending

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working-age military retirees would see fewer dollars in their federal pensions and the Pentagon would get some long-sought stabil...

Joint Chiefs Chairman Presses Congress To Act On Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is pressuring Congress to act this year on a defense policy bill. Army Gen. Martin Demp...

Suddenly Syria: Obama's, Heh, Plan

William Bradley | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

For a guy who has worked for the last few years at low-balling the complex challenge of Syria, President Barack Obama has uncannily found just the way to make it bigger than ever.