Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff, sounded a budgetary alarm last Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The cost of [an Army] soldier has doubled since 2001; it’s going to almost double again by 2025.
WASHINGTON — “Our ability to influence the outcome in Egypt is limited.” That was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking truth about power to reporters this week. He went on: “It’s up to the Egyptian people. And they are a large, great, sovereign nation. And it will be their responsibility . . . to sort this out. All nations are limited in their influence in another nation’s internal issues.”
When will journalists take responsibility for what they do without circling the wagons and shouting that the First Amendment is under attack? I’m talking about the case of Fox News correspondent James Rosen. The case should be described as a State Department contract worker who signed a non-disclosure agreement, yet is alleged to have leaked Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) in violation of criminal law. He also is alleged to have lied to the FBI.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has injected itself into U.S. foreign policy making regarding Syria. It’s not the first time lawmakers have moved to pressure a president to take a momentous step that could involve U.S. lives and treasure. As someone who worked for the panel in the late 1960s when it was chaired by Sen. J.W. Fulbright, D-Ark., I participated in efforts to reshape Nixon administration policies related to the Vietnam War.
General belt-tightening, followed by more belt-tightening with sequestration, is forcing the nation’s multibillion-dollar nuclear weapons complex to realize that the free-spending days of the Cold War are over. “The job of delivering nuclear defense was a job everybody took seriously. . . . And in a given year we spent our time concerned with achieving that and less with, I would argue, understanding the cost of things because of the imperative to deliver during the Cold War.”
If Mali is any example, “leading from behind” is the right policy choice for the United States to follow in most of today’s international confrontations with what is now termed “terrorism.” The Obama administration’s actions in the past months reflect it has learned some hard lessons from the United States’ 11 years fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. The wars have cost the nation 6,300 U.S. lives, 50,300 casualties among American service personnel and about $1.3 trillion. What’s one lesson?
WASHINGTON - What politicians would think that a way to stop the oncoming sequester in defense spending – across-the-board reductions of $500 billion over the next 10 years – could be a last-minute cutting of funds for Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank law and approval of a controversial medical tort reform bill? The answer is Speaker John Boehner, Ohio, and his House Republican leadership team. They tried to do just that as part of Thursday’s legislative debacle in the House over Boehner’s Plan B, which was to prevent an increase in income taxes for all but those with $1 million incomes.
W ith Tuesday’s election results, President Barack Obama and Congress should take steps to end the “warfare state” instituted by the George W. Bush White House. No one can deny that threats to U.S. security exist around the world. But the Defense Department needs continued reform to meet those varied threats and to cut the most costly elements in the core Pentagon budget that were developed for past wars.
I ran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei believes that his government is so deeply penetrated by U.S., Israeli and other intelligence agencies that when he eventually gives an order to build a nuclear weapon it will be quickly known.