Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Refuses To Step Down After US Request

By: Friday June 20, 2014 5:53 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has said that he will not resign from office as members of the US government have requested, even if that means the US will not provide military support against ISIS militants. The Iraqi government has already publicly called for US assistance to help stop a major ISIS offensive that is [...]

Taliban Rocket Attack Damages JCS Chairman’s Plane in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 9:35 am

I’ve been lax in getting around to the disturbing acceleration of “green-on-blue” incidents in Afghanistan. The entire situation is kind of too depressing to contemplate. We’re coming up on the 11th anniversary of war in that country, and even a process like recruitment for the local security forces, which everyone has touted as the best [...]

Military-Industrial Complex Doles Out Threats on Trigger Cuts

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 12:14 pm

I noted this morning that some defense establishmentarians have reached the “bargaining stage” on the trigger cuts, trying to get out of the situation with minimal albeit tangible damage to the military budget. Not everyone is there yet. Witness Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, today suggesting that trigger cuts will start [...]

Chairman of Joint Chiefs Raps Paul Ryan Over Claims That They Lied to Congress

By: Friday March 30, 2012 11:04 am

I mentioned earlier that Paul Ryan seems to think that the military operates under a kind of Stockholm syndrome. They have fallen in love with their captors in the Obama Administration and have started to happily parrot their thoughts on trims to the military budget. But they don’t really believe in any of it, according [...]

JCS Chair Dempsey Rejects War With Iran, Arming Syrian Rebels

By: Monday February 20, 2012 7:35 am

It appears that Martin Dempsey is my new favorite Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He accepted the job amid a time of discontent for the neocons, who see the US performing the unforgivable strategy of shutting down wars without replacing them with shiny, new wars. So they have mounted an offensive in recent [...]

The Narrative of the “Slimmed-Down” $614 Billion Pentagon Budget

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 1:36 pm

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had to go before Congress today and defend the $614 billion proposed budget for the military in the coming fiscal year. Not because that’s a staggering amount, especially with spending caps all over the government. Because it’s too small for [...]

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