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Obama Orders Review Of Military Sexual Assault

Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

By NEDRA PICKLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ordering a review of the military's response to sexual assault...

Capability Not Numbers: The Metric of Military Power

Michael Kay | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Michael Kay

Given the fragility of the U.S. economy, political discourse would be wise to embrace the metrics of defense capability over numbers as budgets decrease. A 'less is more' approach to military strength will stand U.S. defense capability in good stead as affordability bites.

Michael McAuliff

Obama Sinks Romney's Battleship | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney mostly ducked questions about his military plans in the third and final presidential debate Monday night -- offering President Barack Obam...

Republican Peace?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Promoting democracy has become justification for military intervention. The only viable check on the use of force today appears to be presidential self discipline, and there's a great deal of variability among presidents.

WATCH: Obama Pays The Price Being Hollywood's Darling

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.18.2012 | Los Angeles

It's clear that President Barack Obama is the darling of Hollywood, but does he return the favor by leaking celebrities covert information that threat...

Special Forces Group Assails Obama

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON Aug 14 (Reuters) - A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch ...

Obama’s Scramble for Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Nick Turse

With the Obama administration clearly engaged in a twenty-first century scramble for Africa, the possibility of successive waves of overlapping blowback grows exponentially.

The Military Solution

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

A smaller percentage of us -- less than 1 percent -- serves in the military in this all-volunteer era of ours and, on the face of it, Washington's constant warring in distant lands seems barely to touch the lives of most Americans.

Mission Accomplished?

Howard Fineman | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Just because you can take things over the top -- and the Obama administration's made-for-tv events today are just that -- it doesn't mean that you should. Barack Obama promised to be a new and different kind of politician. If any further proof was needed that he isn't, this week -- with Bill Clinton's testimonial to his courage under fire, and with unsubtle attacks on Romney's manhood, not to mention common sense -- should finally be enough. But, in another sense, Obama is a new and different kind of politician. He's a Democrat executing the GOP media playbook better than Bush did.

The Obama Contradiction

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If Obama is the president of next to nothing on the domestic policy front (but fundraising for his second term), he has the powers previously associated with the gods when it comes to war-making abroad.

To Understand the New Obama Security Strategy, Think 9/11

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

President Obama has crafted a well thought out recalibration of America's national security strategy, designed to meet the threats of the 21st century within today's fiscal realities.

Obama's Mission Accomplished Moment?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When it came to rolling out a new 10-year plan for the future of the U.S. military, the leaks to the media began early and the message was clear. One man is in charge of your future safety and security. His name is Barack Obama. And -- not to worry -- he has things in hand.

Military Thwarted President Seeking Choice In Afghanistan

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

President Obama was on edge. For two exhausting months, he had been asking military advisers to give him a range of options for the war in Afghanista...

From MacArthur to Haig to Petraeus: How the Military Brass Trampled the Constitution

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Military officials have quite literally usurped the policymaking powers of the President of the United States, to the point where the president is asking for things and they are not being given to him.

It's Time to Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell

Richard Arthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Arthur

No one doubts that gays have always served honorably in the military, but up until now they've served in the shadows. This must change.

Obama Signs $680 Billion Military Bill, Victory Over Lobbyists

New York Times | CHRISTOPHER DREW | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the Obama administration proposed canceling a host of expensive weapons systems last spring, some of the military industry's allies in Congress a...

A Victory For Sensible Defense

The Progress Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Progress Report

The Center for American Progress Action Fund has launched the Sensible Defense campaign to "hold Congress accountable for putting wasteful defense spending back into the budget."

Sam Stein

Obama Wants Quick "Change," Not "Repeal" Of Don't Ask Don't Tell (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama said over the weekend that he would like to tackle the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy "sooner rather than later." But i...

Sam Stein

Cantor: Obama's Economic Record Leaving America's Military Vulnerable | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden's claim that the administration underestimated the extent of the economic crisis it inherited has, as expected, opened the Wh...

Obama Refuses To Be Rushed On Troop Decision, Surprising Military

Politico/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's chief spokesman said Monday that he will make a decision "within days, not weeks," on how many additional troops to send to A...

Military Times Damages Credibility with Obama "Survey"

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brandon Friedman

The Military Times has sacrificed journalistic integrity in order to portray itself as the final word -- as the authority -- on the views of America's troops.

Obama's Fighter Jet Decision Represents Clash Of Two Goals

New York Times | CHRISTOPHER DREW | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two of President-elect Barack Obama's stated goals -- cutting wasteful spending and saving or creating millions of jobs -- are on a collision course i...

A Second American Revolution

Craig Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Barnes

We seldom see revolutionary change without seeing both great characters and terrible times.

A Moment to Reflect

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Some soldiers' opinions I recently wrote about are theirs to have, even though they may be highly unpopular. Being unpopular does not, however, make their opinion any less valid nor criminal.

Pentagon Board To Obama: You Have To Cut Defense Budget

Boston Globe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A senior Pentagon advisory group, in a series of bluntly worded briefings, is warning President-elect Barack Obama that the Defense Department's curre...