Don’t say the president hasn’t altered his approach to fighting ISIS after Paris and San Bernardino. Something actually has changed: the president no longer uses the phrase “degrade and ultimately destroy,” perhaps because too many Americans have concluded that it is an obvious rhetorical dodge, meant to sound toughish while allowing miles of wiggle-room. (Some of us pointed this out it the first time the president employed the phrase, way back in September of 2014.) Ever since Obama tried to reassure the nation before Thanksgiving, “degrade” has been out, replaced by plain old “destroy.” So it also went with his widely-panned Oval Office address last weekend, and his listless, weird, faux-tough guy remarks at the Pentagon today.
The Obama administration has shuttered the $500 million Pentagon program to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in an acknowledgement of its failure.
Pentagon officials will visit state and federal prisons located in Colorado to weigh whether they could be used to jail Guantanamo Bay detainees as President Obama continues to push to close the military prison in Cuba.
A Republican congressman and Marine veteran is demanding the Department of Defense release the entire Marine Corps study on women in combat that has provoked criticism from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
Only four or five U.S.-trained Syrian rebels from the first class of 54 in the Pentagon program are still fighting the Islamic State in the Middle East, the top U.S. military commander of Middle East operations admitted Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton touted selling advanced biofuels to the Department of Defense as a way to boost the economy during a speech at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, on Wednesday.
The Pentagon is preparing to end the ban on transgender troops in the military by May 27 of next year, according to a memo sent to top military personnel and medical officials last week.
The Department of Defense is considering the military prison in Kansas as well as the Navy Brig in South Carolina as places to potentially jail Guantanamo Bay detainees as President Obama continues his campaign to shutter the facility despite objection.