ANALYSIS A bill that would require an increased US military footprint in Europe could put Senate Democrats and the Obama White House in a tough spot because such measures allow Republican incumbents and candidates to sound a tougher-on-Russia tone than loyal-to-Obama Democrats.
“It makes no sense to me!” roared Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The Utah Republican, joined by other GOP members, on Thursday spoke passionately about blocking an Obama administration plan to rescind a restriction on Libyans from coming to the United States to study nuclear science. Why? Reasons one, two and three seemed to be: Benghazi.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been chesty since invading, occupying and annexing Crimea. In fact, he has portrayed himself as protecting ethnic Russians and standing up to the West. But his American partner-turned-rival says Putin shouldn’t be as confident as he appears.
President Barack Obama is resisting Republican calls to “explain to the American people” why it’s time to get tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin. But one veteran Senate Democrat did so on Thursday. The problem for members of the party Obama leads is that very senator is retiring, meaning they soon will lose perhaps their…
Strange bedfellows is one of the most overused #ThisTown phrases, used too often to describe lawmakers and power players who align on a specific issue to fight the rest of Official Washington. So allow us to apply it to emerging efforts to reform NSA telephone surveillance programs.
Cyber strikes. Sophisticated sanctions. In an ever-more technologically and economically connected world, the US national security apparatus increasingly talks about and employs these “new” tools of conflict. But will either work against an adversary/irritant who still moves his forces via freight rail? One influential Washington think tank says no.
Memoirs often offer former senior US government officials an outlet to comment on programs about which they largely were silent while in office. When it comes to the legality of the Obama administration’s armed-drone program, such candor is needed. But, in his new memoir, the CIA’s former top lawyer is mostly mum on the topic.
Congressional GOP hawks agree on one thing: To them, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade the southern-most part of Ukraine is US President Barack Obama’s fault. They also agree the US should send Putin a message. But a Senate measure intended to do just that is pitting hawk vs. hawk.
Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe is a Cold Warrior. While presidents and chancellors, secretaries and ministers talked of forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin out of Ukraine via mostly economic means, Inhofe wants to surround Putin’s invading force with some of America’s most lethal weaponry.
The assessments of just what President Barack Obama is doing or might do to controversial surveillance programs run by the Pentagon’s NSA since his big Friday speech have been, one might say generously, uneven. Is Obama ending the bulk collection of telephone traffic metadata, or making minor changes? Is he signaling a landmark change in…