Russia Likely To Keep Crimea

By: Monday March 10, 2014 5:55 am

After a week of saber rattling by US officials it seems the writing is on the wall. With the referendum coming in six days it looks as though Crimea will separate from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. Russian forces are already within the country though they apparently are not wearing insignia. Even former Secretary [...]

Former Defense Secretary Says President Obama Had No Confidence In Afghanistan War

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 5:54 am

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates claims in his book that President Obama did not really believe in the war in Afghanistan even while agreeing to the troop surge. So although Obama acknowledged the reality everyone knows – that the war in Afghanistan is a complete waste of blood and treasure – he continues the war [...]

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At 12:01am, the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy was formally repealed.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 “The law is repealed,” says the letter from Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, Secretary [...]

Behind the Scenes, Petraeus Lost in Afghanistan Deliberations

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 12:13 pm

Say what you will about President Obama’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan, and I have. But it does appear clear that he stretched beyond the willingness of the generals. Although Mike Mullen has been outwardly supportive of the approach, he also called it “risky,” saying that the withdrawal was more aggressive than he considered prudent. He calls [...]

Larger July Drawdown than Expected Floated for Afghanistan

By: Monday June 6, 2011 6:23 am

The Obama Administration is floating a steeper drawdown in Afghanistan than they contemplated in previous weeks, due to new “strategic considerations.” While they call the considerations the war’s cost and the killing of Osama bin Laden, the fact that 204 House members just voted for a quicker pullout, and the fact that there’s an election [...]

Gates: “Somebody” Knew Bin Laden Was In Pakistan

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 2:10 pm

Here’s an unusually bold statement from Robert Gates: WASHINGTON – “Somebody” in Pakistan knew Osama bin Laden was hiding there, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday. But he said he’s seen evidence that the country’s senior leadership was unaware the terror leader was in a compound a short distance from a Pakistani military facility. “I [...]

Libya: Send in the Drones

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 12:35 pm

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced at a Pentagon briefing that President Obama has authorized the use of armed Predator drones over Libya. The unmanned planes have been used extensively in the Afghanistan and Pakistan missions, among other places. In fact, an amendment to the latest FAA Authorization bill, if passed by Congress, would allow for [...]

Names for Successor to Gates in Defense Department Floated

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 10:01 am

Bloomberg has a list of names in the mix for succeeding Robert Gates at the Defense Department. Incidentally, the new Secretary of Defense could be the first Democrat at the position since William Perry left in 1997. So who are we looking at? Obama administration officials are considering Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta, Democratic [...]

Gates Floats Continued US Presence in Iraq, Says Maliki Must Decide Soon

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 2:44 pm

I don’t think there’s a bigger campaign promise that Barack Obama made than getting troops out of Iraq. His opposition to the war is the reason he won the nomination; I don’t even think that’s a controversial statement. And of the many advances he’s touted in his first week as a candidate for re-election, there [...]

US Withdraws Some Aircraft From Libya Mission; Rebel Army Fraying

By: Friday April 1, 2011 7:25 am

Robert Gates and Mike Mullen’s hearings yesterday in front of Congress sometimes bordered on the bizarre. Gates said that perhaps the Libyan rebels should be armed, but that other countries should do it rather than the United States. Mullen said that, contrary to hopes, Col. Gadhafi was nowhere near on the verge of being deposed [...]

Support for Arming Libyan Rebels Wanes, Rules of Engagement Unclear

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 2:57 pm

The debate over whether to arm rebels in Libya still rages, although given that we have CIA operatives on the ground coordinating airstrikes and a secret finding authorizing the President to provide covert support, including arms shipments, it seems like something of a red herring. But for what it’s worth, it’s incredibly unpopular. We knew [...]

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