Did you hear Barack Obama say last week that the U.S. would “not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq”? You may think that precludes U.S. foot troops from potentially leading Kurds and Iraqis in direct combat with Islamic State fighters. Don’t think that.Read more…
Continue reading You Can’t Not Have a Ground War in Iraq
The enlisted ranks of the U.S. armed forces are pretty diverse. The officer ranks of the U.S. Army are not. For instance, there is one black colonel—one—running an armor, infantry, or artillery brigade in the world’s premier fighting force this year.* Is this a problem? Hell yes, it is.Read more…
Continue reading The Army Is a Great Place to Be White
Much has been made of the return of America’s neoconservative Iraq hawks to the media circuits since that country’s slow descent into chaos became a fast descent into chaos. But now that war’s coming back, Dick Cheney is having a real moment. Not just a moment: He’s straight-up MacArthuring.Read more…
Continue reading Realizing Lifelong Dream, Dick Cheney Is Greeted as Liberator in U.S.
You may remember Shane Bauer as one of several American writers imprisoned by Iranian hardliners for more than two years. So when the Mother Jones reporter seems a little creeped out by the militarism on display at a SWAT convention in California, you might want to pay attention.Read more…
Continue reading Here’s What a Reporter Saw Inside a SWAT Expo Before He Got Booted Out
President Obama will address the nation in prime time Wednesday evening to lay out his strategy to fight the Islamic State. Combating the group has become a high priority since its brutal staged executions of two Americans. Coincidentally, Missouri and Texas have prisoner executions scheduled for Wednesday night.Read more…
Continue reading President Obama will address the nation in prime time Wednesday evening to lay out his strategy to f
Last month, Fusion found that 184 police agencies across the U.S. had been suspended from the Pentagon’s notorious military-issue weaponry program for losing the guns they were given. The news site visited nine California departments in search of their lost armaments, with funnysad results.Read more…
Continue reading Cops Are Sorry They Keep Losing Cool Guns That the Military Gives Them
In a new, unexplained shift, the Air Force is compelling its troops to use the phrase ‘so help me God’ in their oaths—or leave the military.
Continue reading Swear to God—or Leave the U.S. Air Force
Ordinarily, I have to force myself to read any column with a headline like “U.S. Needs to Get Serious About Defense Spending.” But sometimes, a column is different. Special.Read more…
Continue reading WaPo Columnist: Stop Spending on Health Care, We Need to Blow Shit Up
‘Contrary to press reports, this plane was not forced down by the Iranian military,’ U.S. State Department official says
Continue reading U.S. says plane from Afghanistan landed in Iran over ‘bureaucratic issue’
Military alliance plans spearhead reaction force of 4,000 to 5,000 troops and permanent supply hubs in Eastern Europe
Continue reading NATO to prepare operating bases, fast response for hot spots
In a bid to end a struggle with Russia over Ukraine and to halt the spread of brutal Islamist terror, NATO members are vowing to reinvent the military alliance
Continue reading NATO members vow to reinvent the alliance to deal with crises
Under pressure from Britain and U.S. to increase military spending to 2 per cent of GDP, Ottawa OKs ‘softened’ allied commitment
Continue reading Canada agrees to defence spending ‘compromise’
Ready for a mental health break? Me, too. Our old friend Pareene is classing up the walls with a bucket of hot guest-blogging over at Andrew Sullivan’s joint this week, and he shares this video that he assures us will definitively settle the great drone debate.Read more…
Continue reading Watch This Sheep Fuck Up a Drone
Barack Obama talked to the media last week about U.S. action against the Islamic State and went off-script, saying offhand that the U.S. didn’t have a strategy yet for defeating the fundamentalist dirtbags muscling in on Iraq. But what would a good strategy look like? How do you solve a problem like Sharia?Read more…
Continue reading What’s Your Strategy for Messing With the “Islamic State”?
Pentagon officials announced over the weekend that they’d executed some kind of an air-strike operation against members of Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militant group in Somalia, because apparently defense planners are really used to multitasking at this point, and it feels weird now to just bomb one thing, you know?Read more…
Continue reading Maybe We’ll Have a War in Somalia Now, or Just Keep Quietly Bombing It
It’s been a summer of siege. From Cliven to ISIS to Ferguson, it’s hard not to have a bunker mentality about things. We’re no different here at Gawker, which is why we’re building a new encampment. We call it Fortress America.Read more…
Continue reading Welcome to Fortress America, Everybody
Federica Mogherini added the Commission was working on a strengthened package of sanctions against Russia over its military invasion of Ukraine in four sectors
Continue reading EU to decide by Friday on new Russian sanctions, Italy’s foreign minister says
He commanded the bin Laden raid—and expanded U.S. commandos’ global footprint. Now, Adm. Bill McRaven is leaving the military. He promises—promises—that politics won’t be next.
Continue reading Top SEAL Swears: I Won’t Be Hillary VP
Conflicting media reports and Italy’s military support for Kurds leave families of Italians held by terrorist group in a fearful limbo.
Continue reading Three Italians Among 20 ISIS Hostages
Congressional lawmakers aren’t so hot on the idea of military equipment going to local cops anymore, and that makes national police organizations nervous.
Continue reading SWAT Lobby Takes a Shot at Congress