Pentagon Plans Shift From Occupation Armies To Assassinations And Cyberwarfare

By: Monday February 24, 2014 8:48 am

After a decade of pratfalls in the Middle East with occupation armies that became easy targets for opposing militants, the Department of Defense is making some changes. In a new budget plan spearheaded by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel the Pentagon will be reducing the army to levels not seen since before World War II. Instead [...]

Report: US and UK Preparing For First Strike In Syria To Support Al-Qaeda Linked Rebels

By: Monday August 26, 2013 5:08 am

As the United States moves warships closer to Syria a report from the UK newspaper, The Telegraph, claims that British and American forces are preparing for a first strike in response to reports that the Assad Regime used chemical weapons. The strikes would weaken if not destroy the Assad regime currently in a civil war [...]

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, [...]

The New, Old Mission in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 5:54 pm

Let me make some brief thoughts on the President’s address. First of all, it was a somewhat poorly written, bumper-sticker-laden speech. Obama clearly wanted to claim a position of success in Afghanistan, and use the withdrawal as an example of that success. But there were a couple things that can serve as markers for the [...]

Secret War Escalates in Yemen, With Drone Strikes

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 9:15 am

The political opposition in Yemen met with the new interim President yesterday, in the absence of Ali Abdullah Saleh. This was the first meeting between the two sides this year, and some see it as a possible move toward a deal on reconciliation and new elections in the civil war-ravaged country. This kind of discounts [...]

Narrative on Bin Laden Raid Collapses

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 6:15 am

The official narrative on the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout has completely unraveled. First it was a hard-core firefight with precision Navy SEAL commandos encountering human shields and a hail of bullets, deftly avoiding harm and hitting their targets. Now this has devolved into a scene where the SEALs took the compound completely by [...]

The Day The Afghanistan Decision Stood Still

By: Thursday November 12, 2009 6:54 am

It has been a consequential last 24 hours for the future of the US mission in Afghanistan. Karl Eikenberry, the current US Ambassador to the country, has dissented from the prevailing view that more troops are needed to secure the country, in a pair of secret cables. The U.S. ambassador in Kabul sent two classified [...]

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