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Did 24 Help Make Torture Acceptable?

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In the wake of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on C.I.A. torture, some have suggested that eight years of Jack Bauer helped make torture more acceptable to the American public.

Iraq And Afghanistan Wars Cost $3 Trillion

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The costs of more than a decade of war are far higher than many ever thought, and we’re still paying the price for the fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush Administration while they were being fought.

The Amorality Of Dick Cheney And The Right In Response To The Truth About C.I.A. Torture

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Vice-President Cheney’s amoral defense of torture has come to define how most conservatives view the issue, and that’s a problem.

Senate Intelligence Committee Report Reveals A Dark and Regrettable Time In American History

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A dark and regrettable time in American history is finally seeing the light of day.

Navy Strips Bill Cosby of Honorary Rank

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The Navy has stripped Navy veteran Bill Cosby of an honorary promotion in the wake of unproven sexual misconduct accusations.

Ashton Carter Appears To Be Pick To Replace Hagel At Pentagon

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CNN is reporting that Ashton Carter, who formerly served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2011 until just last December and Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics prior to that, will in all likelihood be named to replace Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense: Washington (CNN) — Ashton Carter, the former second-in-command at […]

Hagel’s Dismissal A Reflection Of Contradictory Policy

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The abrupt departure of Chuck Hagel says much more about Administration policy than it does about Chuck Hagel.

Ted Cruz Wants Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary

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  The junior Senator from Texas thinks he knows who Obama should pick for Secretary of Defense: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a person in mind to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Joe Lieberman. Cruz floated the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option to succeed Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday. […]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Stepping Down “Under Pressure”

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A surprising change at the top of the military’s civilian chain of command.

America’s 500th Drone Strike

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The shocking has become routine. We’re no safer because of it.

House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

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The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

Quietly, Obama Decides American Forces Will Continue To Engage In Combat In Afghanistan After 2014

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You thought the American combat role in Afghanistan would end on December 31st? Think again.

ISIS’s New Beheading Video; Casus Belli, Or A Trap?

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The latest ISIS video is horrible and barbaric but we should not take the bait they are offering before considering the consequences of our actions going forward.

Many Potential Allies In The Fight Against ISIS Have Already Been Lost

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As many observers have pointed out, one of the keys to defeating ISIS on the ground, especially in Iraq, involves enlisting the support of Sunni tribes that have been alienated by the Iraqi Government. Toward that end, the United States and other powers spent the better part of the summer working on convincing Iraqi political […]

‘Fortunate Son’ At The Concert For Valor. Not ‘Anti-Military,’ But Completely Appropriate

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Some people didn’t like the song selection at last night’s Washington, D.C. concert for Veterans Day.

Obama Authorizes 1,500 More U.S. Troops For ISIS Fight

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Mission creep.

Military No Longer Republican Bastion

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Always as many military personnel identify as Independents as with the GOP.

Should SEALs Just STFU?

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The Navy Special Warfare community is angry at SEALs exploiting their part in the bin Laden raid.

U.S. Troops Returning From Liberia To Be Quarantined At U.S. Base In Italy

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The Pentagon has announced that U.S. troops returning from west Africa will be isolated for twenty-one days to monitor them for signs of Ebola: U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia are being placed in isolation in Vicenza, Italy out of concern for the Ebola virus, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. The soldiers being […]

Joe Biden’s Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve For Cocaine Use

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Poor Joe Biden can’t stay out of the news. This time, it’s not one of his gaffes but one by his youngest son.

Report: Islamic State Training Pilots On Captured Syrian Jets

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Reuters is reporting that groups monitoring the war in Syria are saying that former members of the Iraqi military who have defected to the Islamic State are training pilots using jets captured from the Syrian military: (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly […]

Another War, Another Pentagon Cover-Up

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A new report from the New York Times confirms the adage that, in war, the first casualty is the truth.

Turkish Forces Bomb Kurdish Positions

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The Turks have entered the conflict in Syria. Unfortunately for the United States, it’s not on the side we would prefer.

The Magnitude of the Air War Against ISIS

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The U.S. Air Campaign Against ISIS Is Much Bigger Than You Think

Germany Promises Expanded Military Role But Its Military Isn’t Ready

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Germany’s new defense minister has promised a more robust role but lacks the ability to back her words with action.

US Marine First Casualty in Fight Against ISIS

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Corporal Jordan Spears died in a V-22 accident in operations against the Islamic State.

When Should Generals Resign in Protest?

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Elected representatives, not soldiers, make policy. But there are times when generals should make a stand.

Kissinger Wanted To Bomb Cuba

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Newly released documents reveal that Henry Kissinger wanted to attack Cuba in the mid-1970s.

Congress Has Abdicated Its Constitutional Responsibility In The War Against ISIS

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Speaker Boehner wants to delay a vote on the ISIS war until January, but any such debate will be meaningless because Congress has already abdicated responsibility.

Obama: “They” Underestimated ISIS

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Apparently, the buck doesn’t stop in the Oval Office these days.

Americans Support Air Strikes Against ISIS, Oppose Ground Troops

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The American public’s support for the President’s war against ISIS has its limits.

The President’s War Is Lacking A Convincing Plan

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The Administration’s policy in the President’s war against ISIS has no coherent plan, and that virtually guarantees escalation.

Obama’s Coffee Cup Salute Leads To Latest Outrage Of The Day

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The usual suspects flew into outrage mode on social media and in the blogosphere earlier today when video emerged of President Obama saluting a Marine while holding what appears to be a Starbucks cup in his hand: Some are calling it the “latte salute.” When President Obama stepped off Marine One at the Wall Street […]

Pentagon Says Obama’s War Against ISIS Likely To Last Years

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The war against ISIS continues to silently escalate, with little input from the people’s representatives in Congress.

ISIS Wasn’t The Only Target We Hit In Syria Last Night

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ISIS wasn’t the only target of America’s air strikes in Syria last night, we also hit targets associated with an al Qaeda linked group that heretofore had not received much attention in the media: U.S. military forces attacked more than just the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night. President Obama confirmed in his brief […]

U.S. To Get Rid Of All Land Mines, Except The Ones In Korea

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The United States will be destroying its stockpile of land mines, with one notable exception: The United States pledged Tuesday to destroy its land mine supply outside of the Korean peninsula, in Washington’s latest move to make good on a decade-old promise to sign up to an international treaty banning the weapons. “We will diligently undertake to […]

Who’s Going To Pay For The President’s War Against ISIS?

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As we head into a new conflict, perhaps we ought to give more thought to fiscal issues than the President is to overall strategy.

U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

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President Obama has opened a new front in his “war” against ISIS

Air Force Lifts Requirement For Enlistees To Say ‘So Help Me God’ In Oath

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Earlier this month, I noted the case of an unnamed member of the Air Force who had been denied reenlistment because he declined to say “so help me God” at the end of his enlistment oath. As I noted at the time, while this language is set forth in the statute that creates the oath, […]

Obama Must Be Honest About The Possibility Of American Ground Troops In His War Against ISIS

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President Obama is still insisting that his war against ISIS will not require American ground troops. He’s not being honest with the American people.

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

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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.

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.

US Airstrikes Weaken ISIS, Strengthen Militias

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

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