Obama Administration Threatens Veto Over Detention Policy Tucked Into Defense Bill

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 11:49 am

In the space of a couple days, the US Senate was poised to essentially legalize indefinite detention and open up the possibility for US citizens to come under such a regime. The defense authorization bill included a provision requiring that any non-citizen suspected of terrorism be held in military custody, and opened the practice up [...]

Trainers, Marines, Troops Everywhere; More US Deployments Around the Globe

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 1:35 pm

I noticed yesterday that military leaders appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee let slip that the withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq would include some not-withdrawals. In fact, a handful would be left behind as trainers. The New York Times writes that up: Some United States forces will remain as military trainers on [...]

US to Withdraw All Troops from Iraq

By: Saturday October 15, 2011 6:14 pm

The Associated Press reports that the Obama Administration has abandoned plans to keep military troops in Iraq beyond the December 2011 deadline. The Administration could not secure immunity from prosecution for its troops operating in the country, so they’ve decided to bug out instead. A substantial amount of personnel will remain at the US Embassy [...]

Post-2011 Military Presence in Iraq Falters on Question of Immunity

By: Sunday October 9, 2011 9:47 am

A few things have become clear about the post-2011 Iraq operation for US military forces. First, the Iraqi leadership wants a training force to stay in the country to help Iraqi security forces, particularly the air force and border patrol. Second, they want that training mission to be totally confined to Iraqi bases, and they [...]

DADT Repeal: A 21st Century Civil Rights Victory

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 6:20 am

At 12:01am, the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy was formally repealed. Gays and lesbians can now serve freely in the US Armed Forces. The official notice from the US Army was released last night, in a completely understated document. “The law is repealed,” says the letter from Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, Secretary [...]

Another Panetta Warning About Military Cuts

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 10:10 am

For the next several months, every public appearance by a member of the Obama national security team will be accompanies by a warning about how allowing triggered cuts to the Defense Department would threaten the United States. The amount of cuts, combined with the up-front cuts in the debt limit deal, aren’t even as much [...]

The Rise of Secret Wars

By: Friday August 5, 2011 2:18 pm

There’s a lot of talk about defense budgets, and some internal squabbling between Congressional liberals and Leon Panetta over balancing cuts to the military with cuts to the safety net. But I think some of this misses the larger point, that the budget that needs to be put under control is the largely secretive one, [...]

Defense Cuts in Debt Limit Deal Less Than Meets the Eye

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 7:30 am

Among the silver linings in this deal, progressives are told, are that it makes real and thoroughgoing cuts to the defense budget. The Pentagon is supposed to be one of the big losers in the deal. This was the President’s unwavering vow, according to the obligatory Politico tick-tock. And yet, right in the middle of [...]

Military Leaders Will Certify DADT Repeal Tomorrow

By: Thursday July 21, 2011 3:38 pm

Finding a way out of the unnecessary box created by judicial rulings and Justice Department appeals, military leaders will certify the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy tomorrow afternoon. This includes Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and all of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Only the President’s certification would be [...]

DoJ Files Emergency Brief to Reinstate DADT

By: Friday July 15, 2011 6:26 am

The Justice Department will seek a short-term emergency stay to the bar on the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a puzzling twist to a court case that appeared to end the policy outright. In the brief, DoJ seeks reinstatement of the policy by close of business today, [...]

This Is How Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ends, Not With a Signing Ceremony But a Whimper

By: Friday July 8, 2011 12:58 pm

After the Ninth Circuit lifted the stay on a circuit court ruling that labeled the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy unconstitutional and banned enforcement, the military officially suspended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to comply with the ruling. So regardless of the vote in Congress, the Pentagon study, the long lead time for implementation, Don’t [...]

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