Is Obama ‘A Day Late And A Dollar Short’ On Foreign Policy Matters?

Spend enough time observing and interacting with politicians, and one quickly can differentiate those focused exclusively on politics from those interested in getting some things done. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., falls into the latter category. And that makes his take on the Obama administration’s handling of foreign policy worth mulling.

Escalation: Sen. Inhofe Wants to Surround Putin With F-22s, Aegis Ships

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.

MRAP: From Symbol of Iraq War to Symbol of Washington ‘Waste’?

The massive 14-ton, blast-resistant vehicles called MRAPs became the symbol of America’s misadventure in Iraq. And now, the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected trucks are, one US senator says, the symbol of Pentagon and congressional waste. Sen. Tom Coburn, a self-described “fiscal hawk,” on Tuesday unveiled his “Wastebook 2013,” which identifies a long list of federal government…

Why Two Senate Amigos’ Opposition to Ryan-Murray Budget Plan Matters

Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid, D-Nev., said early Friday morning that there are “certain things” the chamber must do before leaving for the holidays next Friday. “We need to do those two important bills: the budget and defense,” he said. To pass both, Reid must find 60 votes to end debate. The budget resolution, which…

McKeon To Wall Street Journal: Your Editorial ‘Misses The Mark’

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., has fired back at an unlikely critic, the conservative and typically pro-defense Wall Street Journal. The rare flap between the HASC chairman and the newspaper’s conservative — and typically hawkish — editorial board broke out Tuesday with an editorial alleging McKeon and other GOP hawks want to…

Chiefs’ Equation: More Sequester Equals More Casualties. Lawmakers Don’t Check Their Arithmetic.

The Pentagon’s top generals continue sending mixed messages about the impacts of pending military spending cuts. The latest instance of the service chiefs’ uneven talking points came during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last Thursday. The chiefs at times said changing the schedule of the cuts would make them mostly manageable. At other times,…

The Federal Deficit Is Shrinking. That’s Bad News For U.S. Defense Sector.

The primary goal of sequestration was to scare Congress and the Obama administration into forging a long-term deficit deal with less-painful cuts. The secondary objective was to shrink a federal deficit that, at the time, surpassed $1 trillion. In terms of the paring the federal deficit, which remains Washington’s top domestic issue, sequestration is working.…

Meet the Members of Congress’ Special (Non-Binding) Budget Committee

Meet the Supercommittee Light. The emergency fiscal deal that became law early Thursday morning, among other things, mandates a House-Senate committee come up with a set of bipartisan budget recommendations. The panel will be composed of seven Democrats and seven Republicans from each chamber. Their task is to find what quickly became Washington’s new buzz phrase…