Senate Passes Amendment to Withdraw From Afghanistan at “Steady Pace”

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 2:39 pm

The Senate, in an amendment to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, accepted a measure written by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) calling for a continued drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan, at a “steady pace” through the end of 2014, and a close to all combat operation “at the earliest date” possible. The news here [...]

Don’t Expect Belt-Tightening to Extend to the Domestic Security Budget

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 6:17 am

A day after we hear about the disposition matrix, the drone wars and the militarization of the CIA, along comes Scott Shane to pose a question to all the same people who say we can’t afford to leave a legacy of debt to our children and grandchildren: uh, how do you plan to pay for [...]

The Two Trillion Dollar Question: What Would Mitt Romney Spend on the Military?

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 7:45 am

To the extent that there is a difference in foreign policy between the two Presidential candidates at this point, it’s that Mitt Romney wants to implement the same exact policies as Barack Obama, but just spend $2 trillion more on defense contracting to carry it out. The $2 trillion number derives from Romney’s vow, listed [...]

We Don’t Have an American Foreign Policy Debate

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 7:03 am

Here’s what the 1972 candidate for President, the late George McGovern, said on the Senate floor in 1970, during the debate over the McGovern-Hatfield Amendment to End the War in Vietnam: Every senator in this chamber is partly responsible for sending 50,000 young Americans to an early grave. This chamber reeks of blood. Every Senator [...]

Turkey/Syria War Prospect Becomes More Real

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 8:30 am

The crisis between Turkey and Syria intensified today. Turkey’s top military commander warned the Syrians that his country would “respond more strongly” to persistent cross-border attacks that have already killed a handful of Turkish nationals. Turkey has already responded with shelling against targets inside Syria. This threatens opening up a second front in Syria’s civil [...]

Syria, Turkey Trade Border Attacks

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 7:45 am

Meanwhile, we had cross-border acts of war administered yesterday between a NATO ally and their neighbor. Turkey struck with artillery strikes on Syria yesterday, after one of their border towns was hit with a mortar, killing 5 Turks. This has the potential to escalate very quickly. Turkey stepped up retaliatory artillery strikes on a Syrian [...]

House Republicans Press Obama Administration With Questions About Terrorist Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 7:45 am

Tonight’s debate is supposed to be focused mainly on the economy, but the Romney campaign has worked hard to get the Benghazi consulate attack into the conversation. And given the shifting story from the White House and the potential implications, that might be a good idea. House Republicans gave a boost to this argument by [...]

Administration Wrestles With Another Round of the Drone Wars in Africa

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 10:50 am

Today the US State Department pulled out all of their government personnel from Benghazi – essential personnel and non-essential alike. In the wake of the attack on the US consulate, they have determined the city too unsafe, even after residents drove militia groups operating in Benghazi from their bases. The FBI has still not reached [...]

Prominent Republican Defense Appropriator Turns Against War in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 6:54 am

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that NATO forces will cease joint patrols with their Afghan counterparts after multiple incidents of Afghan army and police shooting and killing troops, a prominent Republican chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee has flipped on the war, saying that the US should now withdraw as soon as possible. [...]

Tensions Mount With New Provocations in Iran

By: Monday September 17, 2012 11:38 am

When you talk about tail risk for the US economy, sweeping away the European crisis and the fiscal cliff, perhaps the biggest potential comes from an oil price shock. Combined with any fiscal tightening, that could easily snap the US into recession. And the biggest threat of this stems not from the protests outside US [...]

China-Japan Dispute Over South China Sea Islands Grows Violent

By: Monday September 17, 2012 9:08 am

The war of wordsbetween China and Japan over a chain of uninhabited islands has the potential to escalate in disturbing ways, and destabilize a region that is central to the world’s economic performance. Some major Japanese brandname firms announced factory shutdowns in China on Monday and urged expatriates to stay indoors ahead of what could [...]

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