White House Sends War Authorization to Hill, Brief Lawmakers on Sunday

The White House sent a carefully worded draft resolution to Congress late Saturday afternoon that would authorize the United States to begin military strikes against the Syrian regime. The short, two-page document reiterates president Obama’s continued insistence that any action would be focused on degrading the ability of the Syrian military to continue to launch…

‘Hoss’ Under Fire: Retired Gen. Cartwright Subject of Federal Probe

Washington is a town known for inaction and obstruction. The late former President John F. Kennedy uttered this now-famous quip about its slow-going nature: “Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.” But that’s not true when it comes to falls from grace. For instance, one day you’re in the president’s inner circle,…

Congress Bristling Over Obama’s Syria Policies

Members of both parties increased their pressure on president Obama Tuesday over sending weapons to embattled rebels in Syria, as a group of Senators wrote letter to the White House asking the president to “take specific steps to change the military balance of power in Syria against the Assad regime and its foreign supporters.” The…

Slew of NDAA Amendments Expected on Nukes, Afghanistan, Iran, Drones, Etc.

The full U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to begin debate of the House Armed Services Committee-passed 2014 defense authorization on Wednesday afternoon. With a long list of amendments expected, the expectation on Capitol Hill is the chamber’s work on the legislation will stretch into Friday. As usual, the floor process will be a long…

F-22s Parked Less Than Six-Minute Flight from Iran

At a dinner in downtown Washington Thursday, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel touted the Pentagon’s deployment of advanced weaponry, including the Air Force F-22 Raptor, to the Middle East. The stealthy fighters, as well other “high-end air, missile defense, and naval assets,” have been positioned in the region “to deter Iranian aggression and respond to other…