GOP Hawks Blame Fallujah’s Fall on Obama — But Oppose Inserting US Troops

The White House will speed delivery of weapons to the Iraqi military after al-Qaida fighters captured Fallujah — and congressional Republicans are eager to pin the city’s fall on President Barack Obama Senate GOP hawks John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were quick to react to reports that extremist forces had…

Here’s What Was Left on the NDAA Cutting Room Floor

Choosing to do something is an action. But, sometimes, so is choosing to not do something. That’s generally true with Congress. Which is why it’s always instructive to consider what lawmakers opt to exclude from legislation. The recently passed 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is no different. Left out of the compromise version of…

Despite Breathless Headlines, Military Spy Agency is Hiring

(Photo: Defense Intelligence Agency) Every ambitious start-up needs a little seed money. That’s true for new businesses and clandestine military spy agencies. So be skeptical of breathless media accounts that dramatically state how Capitol Hill’s most pro-military committee is blocking the Defense Department’s plan to establish it’s very own spy agency. True, the House Armed…

Rep. Allen West Trails After Partial Recount in Florida House Race

The 2012 election is not over.  And, fittingly, the never-boring Sunshine State is in the spotlight. There is mounting evidence the House Armed Services Committee soon will lose one of its top critics of President Obama. After a partial recount, West trails his Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, by 1,907 votes, according to Florida media reports.

Doomsday Countdown: Sequester Clock Passes 90-Day Mark

Some pictures are worth a thousand words. This one likely is worth more than a few antacids for many in the defense sector. This Intercepts correspondent paused while pouring a(nother) cup of coffee after noticing something different on his trusty sequestration countdown clock. Upon close inspection, he realized we have crossed the 90-day marker. That…