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To Keep Pace With Peacekeeping, US Must Show Leadership

Peter Yeo | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Peter Yeo

With growing strains on our allies' resources, such as the refugee crisis that has recently deluged borders, how can the U.S. ensure such a call will not fall on deaf -- or at least distracted -- ears, no matter how urgent?

Republican Debate Shows Delusional Sabre-Rattling Foreign Policy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.

$500 Million Down the Drain in Syria, and McCain Keeps Flailing

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Quite literally, "2015 John McCain" and "2012 John McCain" have opposing views of the Syrian rebels. I hope the media remember this when Sen. McCain gets up on his soapbox in the coming days. Sen. McCain isn't prescient. He consistently contradicts his own past statements and beliefs, depending on what's happening at any particular time.

U.S. May Create More Military Hubs In Iraq To Fight Islamic State

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

By Phil Stewart NAPLES, Italy, June 11 (Reuters) - The United States is considering building more U.S. military bases in Iraq to drive back Islamic...

Mr. President, Get Your Team on the Same Page About Iraq and ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the capture of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province, by ISIL over a week ago was an embarrassment to the Iraqi army would be a massive understatement.

The Madness of THAAD

John Feffer | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) has not been demonstrated to work effectively. It pushes China and North Korea to spend more money on more missiles to overwhelm THAAD (just as the U.S. is moved to spend more money on missile upgrades to counteract the missile defense of other countries). And it is a poor substitute for arms-control negotiations.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Calls For Guantanamo Closure, Calling It A 'Psychological Scar'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

On the 13th anniversary of the United States' military prison on the island of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs...

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

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.30.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 | 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 | 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.