NYT – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war [...]
Washington Post, By Greg Miller, February 20
A U.S. drone strike in December that killed at least a dozen people in Yemen failed to comply with rules imposed by President Obama last year to protect civilians, according to an investigation by a human rights organization released Thursday.
The report by Human Rights Watch concluded that [...]
The Globe and Mail (NY Times News Service), By Michael R. Gordon, January 30
Washington – The United States informed its NATO allies this month that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, raising concerns about Moscow’s compliance with a landmark arms control accord.
U.S. officials believe that Russia began conducting flight tests of [...]
Well, we’re literally days away from the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics, and Vladimir Putin is starting to see his chickens come home to roost:
The Olympic teams of Germany, Hungary and Italy said Wednesday that they had received emails threatening attacks at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, adding to [...]
The United States no longer knows how to win wars, but it continues to start them. (Andrew J. Bacevich – LATimes)-The U.S. military is like the highly skilled, gadget-toting contractor who promises to give your kitchen a nifty makeover in no time whatsoever. Here’s the guy you can count on to get the job [...]
Here’s what’s really weird about Robert Gates’ new book:
In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War, Mr Gates recounts how Mr Obama appeared to lack faith in a war strategy he had approved and the commander he named to lead it, General David Petraeus, and did not like Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to [...]
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, December 31, 2013
Washington – Twelve years of detention without trial have ended for three Uighur men who have left Guantánamo Bay for Slovakia, the US Department of Defense announced on Tuesday, ending a clear mistake of the 9/11 era.
At an east coast cocktail party several weeks ago, a reporter asked a CEO what he feared most in regards to the global economy. The billionaire, who asked to remain anonymous, replied, “the guillotine”.
When even the hyper-wealthy are looking anxiously over their shoulder, something is badly wrong with the economic order. For several years [...]
WSJ, By Michael M. Phillips – Part 1 of a multi-media production.
Roman Tritz’s memories of the past six decades are blurred by age and delusion. But one thing he remembers clearly is the fight he put up the day the orderlies came for him.
“They got the notion they were going to come to [...]
Same as it ever was….
Christmas came a few days early for corporate interests and won’t arrive for the jobless as a result of the budget deal just announced. Seeking to avoid the public relations disaster of the last budget fight, Republican negotiator Rep. Paul Ryan worked out a deal to avoid another dust [...]
China reacts coolly. Whilst the long running Sino-Japanese war threat now has the makings of a Clancy thriller – but check out the dates within the < article - back from the future????
Global research has analysis on the US-Japanese/China ‘conflict’.
IPS, By Ramy Srour, October 17
On Tuesday, the largest deregulation in the history of U.S. arms exports took place as part of the Barack Obama administration’s export reform initiative.
But a day after the new reforms came into effect, former government officials and critics from the human rights community are warning of the serious [...]
Alexander, who was rocked by Edward Snowden’s revelations, has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, officials say.
Reuters, October 16
The director of the National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, US officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Obama a [...]
Washington Post, By Greg Miller, Julie Tate & Barton Gellman, October 16
It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband in the crosshairs [...]