GOP Lawmakers, Foreign Policy Experts Blast Troop Withdrawal Announcement

Say move could embolden Taliban, lead to resurgence in violence
President Barack Obama announces U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan / AP

Republican lawmakers and foreign policy experts blasted President Barack Obama’s announcement on Tuesday that he would fully withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 as a move that could embolden the Taliban and eventually lead to a resurgence in violence.

Buck McKeon Holds the Line

Criticized White House overall handling of war
McKeon at the Reagan library / AP

Rep. Buck McKeon (R., Calif.) blasted President Barack Obama on Monday for not acknowledging the victories U.S. forces have achieved in Afghanistan and explaining America’s moral responsibility in the war.

Pentagon Concerned by China’s New High-Speed Missile

Hypersonic strike vehicle test is high-tech arms breakthrough that will be difficult for missile defenses to counter
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China’s recent test of a new ultra-high speed strike vehicle highlights growing concerns that Chinese military advances will overtake those of the United States in as few as five years, a senior Pentagon official told Congress Tuesday.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing that he is concerned by large-scale cuts in U.S. defense spending that are undermining efforts to maintain U.S. military superiority.

Buck McKeon’s Top 5 Achievements

Advocate of ‘Peace Through Strength’ has fought sequester cuts, passed NDAAs
Rep. Buck McKeon announcing his retirement

Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.) drew praise from colleagues on both sides of the aisle for his staunch support of the troops and national defense when announced his retirement last week.