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Obama Considering Plan To Keep U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Past 2016

US Afghanistan

President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would keep up to 5,000 American troops in Afghanistan past the withdrawal date he had already set.

American Airstrikes Hit Afghan Hospital, Killing At Least Nineteen


Your tax dollars at work.

Neither The United States Nor Russia Have A Coherent Policy In Syria

Obama and Putin

With Russia now launching its own airstrikes in Syria, it’s become obvious that U.S. policy in the Syrian Civil War is irrational and contradictory. And Russia’s policy isn’t any better.

Kevin McCarthy Inadvertently Tells The Truth About The House Benghazi Committee


The man who will likely be the next Speaker of the House accidentally acknowledged the real motivation behind the Select Committee investigating, yet again, the Benghazi attack.

Taliban Capture Major Afghan City For First Time Since 9/11


The Taliban dealt a major defeat to a numerically superior Afghan Army force, raising questions about just how well Afghanistan can defend itself on its own.

U.S. To Increase Number Of Syrian Refugees Accepted Into The Country

Syrian Refugees

The U.S. is set to ramp up its contribution to dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis, but there’s a lot more we can do.

Obama Appoints Openly Gay Army Secretary; Nobody Cares


Eric Fanning will be the first openly gay service secretary. WaPo (“Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army“): President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of […]

After Final Senate Vote Fails, The Iran Nuclear Agreement Is A Done Deal

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

The final effort to block the Iran Nuclear Deal failed in the Senate yesterday, meaning that the deal will now move forward.

Foreign Policy At The Republican Debate

Republican Debate September 16 Two

With the exception of Rand Paul, the foreign policy discussion at last night’s debate was about as bad as you’d expect.

Donald Trump’s National Security Speech Was As Substance-Free As The Rest Of His Campaign

Donald Trump Leads Rally For US Military At USS Iowa

What was promoted as major foreign policy speech by Donald Trump turned out to be more substance-free stream-of-consciousness rambling from an egomaniac.

Texas 9th Grader Arrested For Building A Clock

Ahmed Mohammed Clock

A Texas 9th Grader named Ahmed Mohammed was arrested because school officials and police refused to believe that the clock he built wasn’t a bomb.

Senate Democrats Succeed In Filibuster Of Vote Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Senate Democrats successfully blocked a final vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal, meaning that Congressional debate on the matter is effectively over.

Defending of Crazy Talk


A controversial article arguing prominent war critics should be targeted as enemy combatants is worth discussing.

House Conservatives Push For Pointless Delay In Iran Nuclear Deal Vote

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Some House Republicans are trying to delay the vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal with an argument that has no merit whatsoever.

Democrats Now Have Enough Support To Block A Final Vote On The Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

At least on paper, Senate Democrats now have enough votes to block the Senate from voting on a resolution disapproving of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Donald Trump Doesn’t Know Much About Foreign Policy


In an interview, Donald Trump reveals that when it comes to foreign policy he has no idea what he’s talking about.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Debate Is Basically Over

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

President Obama now has enough votes in the Senate, and probably the House, to ensure that Congress cannot block the nuclear deal with Iran.

Iran Nuclear Deal Now Virtually Certain To Survive Congressional Attack

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Senate Democrats are now just one vote away from being able to block a veto override, meaning that the effort to block the Iran Nuclear Deal will most certainly fail.

Senate Democrats May Be Able To Filibuster The Vote To Block The Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

If the Administration gets its way, efforts to block the Iran nuclear deal may come to a quick end in the Senate.

As Far As Europe Is Concerned, The Debate Over The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Over

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Congress is set to debate the Iran nuclear deal next month, but as far as Europe is concerned the debate is already over.

The Dangers of Relying on Airpower Alone


My latest for War on The Rocks, “The Inter-Service Wars Are Looking Like Calvinball,” has posted.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal, But It Will Likely Go Into Effect Anyway

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Another poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose the Iranian nuclear deal, but the effort to defeat it in Congress is still likely to fail.

Hillary Clinton’s Server and Sensitive Compartmented Information

Clinton, Gates, And Mullen Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Cmte

Clinton’s wanton disregard for the rules had predictable consequences.

Jeb Bush Is Willfully Blind To The Truth About The Iraq War


Like many Republicans, Jeb Bush continues to be willfully blind to the truth about the Iraq War.

Hillary Clinton Turns Over Server After New Classified Emails Are Revealed

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

Hillary Clinton has turned over her private email server in the wake of reports about highly classified information in her email.

Chuck Schumer Comes Out Against The Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

The Iran nuclear deal will probably survive it’s test in Congress in the end, but Chuck Schumer just made the Administration’s job a little more difficult.

Obama’s Rhetoric On The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Needlessly Confrontational

Barack Obama

President Obama’s confrontational approach to opponents of the Iran Nuclear Deal ignores legitimate questions.

Lindsey Graham Promoted Twice As Absentee Reservist


Lindsey Graham recently retired as a colonel in the Air Force Reserves after 33 years of service. His missed most of the last twenty.

American Public Turning Against Iran Nuclear Deal According To New Polls

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Recent polling has shown the American public to be highly skeptical, at beast, of the Iran Nuclear Deal. That may not be enough to kill it in Congress, though.

Our Ally Turkey Joins Fight Against ISIL, Killing Our Allies Against ISIL Rather Than ISIL


Turkey has finally joined in the US-led coalition against ISIL. Unfortunately, it’s killing the main ground force fighting ISIL.

US Military Ends Transgender Ban


The Defense Department is working to fully integrate transgender troops.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

Jonathan Pollard

After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

Mike Huckabee’s Offensive, Idiotic Holocaust Rhetoric On Iran

Huckabee Announces His Intentions For The 2016 Presidential Race

In bringing Holocaust imagery into the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, Mike Huckabee has displayed the intellectual bankruptcy of his position.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

Jonathan Pollard

Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

Federal Inspectors General Call For Criminal Investigation Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

Did Hillary Clinton mishandle classified information while Secretary of State? Two Inspectors General want to find out.

On Munich Analogies


Of course, the Iran deal has unleashed the ever popular deployment of the Munich analogy.  Samuel Kleiner and Tom Zoellner critique the formulation and give us a run-down of its relevance over the decades in an LAT piece for earlier in the week:  Republicans’ ‘Munich’ fallacy. The analogy is, of course, tired and pointless and yet it […]

Afghan Army Not Doing So Well Against The Taliban


The Afghan Army isn’t doing so well against the Taliban right now.

Majority Of Americans Support Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran Nukes

Good news for the President.

United Nations Security Council Approves Iranian Nuclear Deal

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

The U.N. Security Council has approved the Iranian nuclear deal, and now the ball is in Congress’s court.

Four Marines Killed In Shootings At Chattanooga Military Sites

Chattanooga Shooting

Tragedy in Tennessee.

TSA to Address Incompetence with Longer Lines

TSA Airport Scans

Trips to the airport will now be even more fun.

Can Congress Stop The Iran Nuclear Deal?

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

In the end, the odds that Congress can actually stop the new deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program are pretty low.

Political Hack Resigns As OPM Director

Katherine Archuleta OPM political hack

The unqualified hack who led OPM while China stole 21 million sensitive personnel files has finally resigned.

U.S. And Cuba To Reopen Embassies After 54 Years

Cuban American Flags

For the first time since 1961, there will soon be an American Embassy in Havana, and a Cuban Embassy in Washington. It’s well past time that this happened.

Changes To U.S. Hostage Policies Are Less Than Meets The Eye

Barack Obama

The Administration announced changes to the way the government handles hostage situations, but it really doesn’t amount to much.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes For Boston Marathon Bombing, Is Sentenced To Die Anyway

Tsarnaev Trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in public for what is likely the last time in his life, apologized for the crimes he committed, and was unsurprisingly sentenced to death by a Federal Judge.

Does It Matter Whether Charleston Was Terrorism?

Emanual A.M.E. Church Marker

The debate is ultimately academic.

Army Drops ‘Army Strong’ for . . . Nothing


The nine-year-old ‘Army Strong’ ad campaign is ended.

Yes, Dylann Roof Is A Terrorist

Dylann Roof

A word that has come in recent years to be used to refer chiefly to Muslim fanatics obviously applies to a man who murdered nine people because they’re black.

Was China OPM Hack Fair Game?


Was this simply ordinary intelligence collection? Or something more insidious?

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