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Joint Chiefs Chairman Doesn’t Rule Out U.S. Ground Troops In ISIS Fight

General Martin Dempsy

So much for the President’s promise about ‘no ground troops.’

Iran And The U.S. On The Same Side Against ISIS?

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Iran and the United States are on the same side in the fight against ISIS, whether they like it or not.

President Obama’s Misplaced Trust In The “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

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After keeping his distance from them for three years, President Obama is placing much misplaced hope in the “moderate” Syrian rebels,

Does The Army Still Have a Race Problem?

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The Army brass is worried about its diversity in critical mid-level posts.

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Coalition Seems To Exist Only In His Mind

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Despite the President’s assurances of an international coalition, the rest of the world doesn’t seem all that interested in joining the fight.

Obama’s Flimsy Legal Case For War

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The Obama Administration’s legal justification for war against ISIS is laughably flimsy.

Obama’s Astrategic ISIS Strategy

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The plan won’t achieve achieve its stated goals.

Obama’s ISIL Speech – First Reaction

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The Global War on Terror isn’t over after all.

Before We Go To War Against ISIS, We Need To Answer Some Questions

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If the President is going to increase American involvement in the Middle East, he needs to address some fundamental questions first.

Congress Ready To Abdicate Its Responsibility On Attacks Against ISIS

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Congress seems ready to avoid having to vote on expanded attacks against the Islamic State

Army Can’t Track Spending On Program That’s Supposed To Help It Track Spending

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In a tale that seems it’s right out of Catch-22, the Army apparently cannot track spending on a project that is designed to help it track spending: More than $725 million was spent by the Army on a high-tech network for tracking supplies and expenses that failed to comply with federal financial reporting rules meant […]

Airman Reportedly Denied Reenlistment For Failing To Say ‘So Help Me God’

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It would appear that someone needs to introduce the Air Force to Article VI of the Constitution.

Has Obama Institutionalized Bush’s Worst?

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Dan Froomkin says Obama is as bad as Bush, if not worse.

We Don’t Need No Stinking Strategy

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Obama’s current policy—tactical level strikes with no obvious long-term strategic aim—may well be the best we can hope for.

US Airstrikes Weaken ISIS, Strengthen Militias

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Massive US intervention has for now liberated Amerli, averting humanitarian disaster. Another crisis looms.

King Abdullah Warns the West

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Is the West next in ISIS’s crosshairs?

A Quote to Ponder

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“I think that, first of all, the United States should remember that we have spent the last 15 years trying to use military power, including military assistance, to try and organize the politics of this region. And we have failed miserably. We have got a failed state in Iraq. We have a failed state in […]

For Want of a Strongman

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Via MediaMatters:  Fox Host Requests Putin Be US President For 48 Hours To Deal With Islamic State. Kimberly Guilfoyle: "Can I just make a special request in the magic lamp? Can we get like Netanyahu, or like Putin in for 48 hours, you know, head of the United States?" (video at both links). Yes, this […]

Congress Must Vote Before We Expand The Attacks On ISIS

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As talk begins of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, it is becoming long past time for Congress to exercise its Constitutional function.

GAO: Obama Broke The Law In Bergdahl Release Deal

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The General Accounting Office confirmed what seems clear to anyone who can read a statute.

Reporter James Foley Beheaded in ISIS Video

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American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorist network calling itself the Islamic State.

Despite Pressure, Malaki Unwilling To Step Aside In Iraq

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Iraq continues to appear to be headed toward a political crisis, notwithstanding the fact that everyone seems to be trying to pressure Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside: BAGHDAD — Iran’s supreme leader threw his weight behind Iraq’s newly appointed prime minister Wednesday, but incumbent Nouri al-Maliki denounced efforts to oust him as “a […]

Arming The “Good” Syrian Rebels Would Not Have Prevented The Rise Of ISIS

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Dispelling a rising myth,

NATO: “High Probability” Russia Will Invade Ukraine

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The rebels in eastern Ukraine continue to suffer setbacks, and Russia is massing troops on the border again.

Hillary Clinton Attacks Foreign Policy She Helped Create And Implement

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Does Hillary Clinton remember that she was Secretary of State for four years?

The Case Against American Action In Iraq

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Iraq’s problems cannot be fixed by the United States.

Obama’s Iraq Policy Is Open-Ended, Directionless, And Likely To Fail

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President Obama doesn’t seem to have any idea what he wants to do in Iraq.

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS In Northern Iraq

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For the second time in just over ten years, the United States is involved in military action in Iraq.

Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum For Three More Years

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Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for at least the next three years: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the American intelligence contractor who published a raft of secret documents and then fled to Russia, has been granted a three-year residence permit, his lawyer announced Thursday. Anatoly G. Kucherena, the lawyer, told a […]

Viet Xuan Luong Becomes First Vietnamese-American General

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Viet Xuan Luong pins on a brigadier general’s star today, becoming the first Vietnamese-American officer to achieve that rank.

GOP Congressman: DREAMers Cannot Be Trusted To Serve In The Military

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Once again, Republicans demonstrate why they have problems with Latino voters.

U.S. Army General Killed, 15 Others Wounded, In Insider Attack In Afghanistan

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An American Army General has apparently been killed in an insider attack by someone dressed in an Afghan military uniform who opened fire at a base in Kabul: KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on […]

Bill Clinton On Eve Of 9/11: I Passed On Killing Bin Laden Because Civilians Would Have Died

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Some words from the past, apparently uttered mere hours before the world changed forever.

C.I.A. Admits Spying On Senate, Senate Finally Outraged About Surveillance

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The C.I.A. has admitted spying on Senate investigators.

Theodore Van Kirk, Last Surviving Member Of Enola Gay Crew, Dies At 93

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The last surviving member of the crew that piloted the Enola Gay on August 6, 1945 when it dropped the first atomic bomb used in war in history on Hiroshima, Japan, has died at the age of 93: Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk, the navigator and last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, the B-29 […]

US No Safer Than on 9/11 Says DIA Chief

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LTG Michael Flynn says the United States is no safer after 13 years of war

The Failures Of Obama’s Leadership

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Fairly or not, the President has created the impression that he is not a good leader, and there’s not much he can do about it at this point.

In Defense of Professional Military Education

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My latest for RealClearDefense: “Senator Walsh’s Unrepresentative Black Mark on Professional Military Education”

Military Enlistment Rates by State and Region

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The South and Southwest have a much higher military enlistment rate than the Northeast.

The Solar Storm That Nearly Destroyed Civilization As We Know It

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Just about two years ago, we dodged a bullet. We might not be so lucky next time.

The Commandant Didn’t Say What Everyone Says He Said

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, addresses a crowd of U.S. Marines and Sailors at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan Dec. 23. Amos expressed his admiration to the service members for their accomplishments and dedication to supporting the ongoing counterisurgency mission, especially while deployed during the holiday season.

My latest for War on the Rocks: “Don’t Believe Everything You Read in the Papers.”

On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

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Relying on the policies of a man who was President in a very different time is not a substitute for a rational foreign policy.

F.A.A. Halts Flights From U.S. To Israel For 24 Hours

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The Federal Aviation Administration has halted all flights from the U.S. to Israel for 24 hours in response to a rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and after the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers […]

Iran’s Nuclear Program And The Incentives Created By U.S. Policy

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George Will has come under criticism for pointing out what seems to be an undeniable fact.

Despite A Plethora Of World Crises, Americans Oppose Greater Foreign Intervention

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Crisis seems to be brewing all over the world, but the American people aren’t persuaded that it’s necessary for the United States to act.

A Partisan Divide Over Israel? Not Really.

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Recent polls notwithstanding, Republicans and Democrats remain largely in lockstep when it comes to U.S. policy toward Israel.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 And The Future Of The Conflict In Ukraine

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Yesterday’s events are likely to be a game changer, but how the game plays out depends largely on how Europe reacts.

U.S. Intelligence Sources Confirm Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit By Surface-To-Air Missile

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Someone took down a Boeing 777 over Ukraine today.

Malaysia Airlines 777 Crashes In Eastern Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

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Another incident involving a Malaysia Airlines 777, but this one could be far more serious.

TSA Agent Stops Reporter Because He Didn’t Know Washington D.C. Is Part Of The United States

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The Washington reporter for an Orlando television station was initially stopped from getting on a plane because he didn’t believe that the reporter’s Washington, D.C. Driver’s License was a valid form of identification: ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s something most students learn in elementary school — the United States is made up of 50 states and the […]

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