(Photo from Twitter) Legislative crises have becoming a Holiday Season tradition in Washington right up there with powerful officials mingling with other powerful officials at invitation-only parties. But, thankfully, a snarky soul has created a Twitter account to help us all cope. On Tuesday evening, senior lawmakers rolled out what’s called a “cromnibus.” You may…
Robert Gates was the Republican holdover and bureaucratic ninja. Leon Panetta deserved the secretary of defense post after a much-ballyhooed stint at the CIA. But Chuck Hagel was supposed to — finally — be Barack Obama’s man at the Pentagon.
There have been television dramas about presidents. And FBI agents. And CIA operatives. And a double agent-turned-hero congressman-turned suicide bomber-turned American agent. But now — finally? — CBS has given us a new drama, “Madam Secretary,” about a fictional secretary of state.
In our first CongressWatch Minute, Senior Congressional Reporter John T. Bennett discusses why Congress may stumble and bicker into failing to grant the Pentagon’s request for extra funding for Israel’s Iron Dome before leaving for a five-week summer break — even though the proposal has broad support among members of both parties in the House and…
When the Obama administration’s former top man in Moscow told Defense News that Russian leaders should apologize for the shootdown of an airliner in Ukraine, he was greeted with charges of hypocrisy. In a Twitter exchange late Tuesday evening, your correspondent asked Michael McFaul just what the “accountability” of Russian leaders he was calling for…
Buried beneath the nasty political brawl over the Obama administration’s swap of five senior Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is Obama’s cold-blooded strategic thinking. And President Barack Obama’s big gamble already has deepened Republicans’ frustrations with him, which could make easing sequestration a political impossibility.
President Barack Obama’s second-term foreign policy efforts are being dinged from the political right — and left. That should be good news for potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, right? Maybe not, says one Republican insider.
If the field of Republican candidates who could win the presidency in 2016 is slim, imagine the shallow pool of vice-presidential contenders. One longtime observer of national politics suggested a name that is very familiar to the national security sector: Sen. Lindsey Graham.
For Democratic members, the House Armed Services Committee’s mark up of Pentagon policy legislation didn’t seem like much fun. Time and again, they offered amendments. Time and again, the GOP majority swatted them away like Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat. But one Democratic member scored big.
To borrow one of President Obama’s favorite phrases, let me be clear: The United States government will not be sending offensive, or lethal, military equipment to Ukraine to assist in its standoff with Russia. That much became crystal clear on Tuesday.