During a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, the Department of Defense Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure, Paul Lewis, admitted that Americans have lost their lives due to inmates currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
American warplanes carried out air strikes against an Islamic State training camp in northwestern Libya on Friday, killing at least 40 people.
The United States remains incapable of fully protecting the homeland from ballistic missile strikes from North Korea and Iran despite spending billions to develop a missile defense system, which remains unproven and unfinished, according to a government oversight report.
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.