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…

US to Send More Drones, Missiles to Iraq

As the Iraqi government struggles to contain the exploding violence that slaughtered more than 8,000 civilians in 2013—which the United Nations says is the highest level of violence since 2008—the Baghdad government is looking to the United States for help. According to a report in the New York Times, Iraq has requested ten relatively low-tech…

Iraqi Leaders Spend Week Pleading for Weapons

It’s an awkward relationship between US and Iraqi leaders.  At the end of 2011, after the two sides couldn’t agree upon the conditions for a continued US troop presence in Iraq, President Obama abruptly pulled forces out of the country leaving the still youthful Iraqi government to manage a difficult security situation.  Now the Iraqi…

A New Revolt of the Generals?

Back in the bloody Iraqi spring of 2006, a group of retired Army and Marine Corps generals including former Central Command chief Gen. Anthony Zinni and several two-star generals who had left the service after commanding troops in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, created a huge stir when they publicly demanded the resignation of Secretary…

What Is John McCain’s Beef With Gen. Dempsey Really All About?

  ESSAY Sen. John McCain clearly would rather have someone not named Martin Dempsey as America’s top military officer. After all, the Arizona Republican is threatening to place a hold — a move that essentially freezes a nomination — on the Army four-star general’s nomination for a second two-year term as Joint Chiefs chairman. McCain…