• Jeffrey Goldberg Says Sources for Trump Military Remarks Refused to Go On Record to Avoid ‘Being Inundated with Angry Tweets’

    Jeffrey Goldberg Says Sources for Trump Military Remarks Refused to Go On Record to Avoid ‘Being Inundated with Angry Tweets’

    The editor-in-chief of the Atlantic — who published a bombshell report Thursday night detailing disparaging remarks that President Trump allegedly made about dead American soldiers during a 2018 trip to France — said Friday that his sources refused to go on the record despite his best efforts because they were concerned about being publicly derided …
  • Iran Paid Bounties to Taliban-Linked Terrorist Group after Attack on U.S. Base in Afghanistan: Report

    Iran Paid Bounties to Taliban-Linked Terrorist Group after Attack on U.S. Base in Afghanistan: Report

    Iran paid Taliban fighters to attack American soldiers and other coalition forces in Afghanistan, CNN reported on Monday. U.S. intelligence has assessed that a foreign government paid fighters who took part in at least six attacks over the past year, including a December 2019 suicide bombing at the U.S. Air Base in Bagram, Afghanistan, that …
  • Male-Only Military Draft Is Constitutional, Federal Appeals Court Rules

    Male-Only Military Draft Is Constitutional, Federal Appeals Court Rules

    A federal appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the male-only military draft system on Thursday, overturning a lower court ruling. In an opinion issued Thursday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans noted that the Supreme Court upheld the male-only draft in 1981 and said the 5th Circuit is a “strict stare …
  • Pompeo Warned Russia About Bounties to Taliban for Killing U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

    Pompeo Warned Russia About Bounties to Taliban for Killing U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly warned Russia’s foreign minister last month about alleged bounty payments that Russia offered Taliban militants to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Pompeo warned Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov against placing bounties on the heads of American soldiers during a July 13 phone call, the New York Times reported, citing …
  • U.S. to Pull 12,000 Troops from Germany after Failure to Meet NATO Spending Target

    U.S. to Pull 12,000 Troops from Germany after Failure to Meet NATO Spending Target

    In a move that sparked bipartisan criticism, the Trump administration announced Wednesday that the U.S. will pull nearly 12,000 troops from Germany, a decision President Trump said is a response to Germany’s reluctance to spend a greater share of its gross domestic product on defense. About a third, 11,800 Army and Air Force units, of …
  • Trump Dismisses Russian Support for Taliban, Citing U.S. Tactics during Cold War

    Trump Dismisses Russian Support for Taliban, Citing U.S. Tactics during Cold War

    President Trump said Tuesday that he has never discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin the intelligence indicating that Russia paid Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops despite several phone calls between the two heads of state since the intelligence was made known. “I have never discussed it with him,” Trump said in an interview with …
  • Biden says he's

    Biden says he's "absolutely convinced" the military would escort President Trump from the White House if he win

    Former Vice President Joe Biden said late Wednesday that he’s “absolutely convinced” the military would escort President Trump from the White House if the presumptive Democratic nominee wins the general election in November.  Biden was asked on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” whether he’s thought about the possibility of Trump refusing to leave office.  “Yes, I have,” Biden …
  • Ex-Green Beret says it wasn’t a crime to help Carlos Ghosn escape

    Ex-Green Beret says it wasn’t a crime to help Carlos Ghosn escape

    Two Americans accused of helping Carlos Ghosn flee Tokyo have a simple argument for why they shouldn’t face charges in Japan: They didn’t break the law. In a lengthy federal court filing, lawyers for ex-Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter said the pair’s alleged role in the ex-Nissan CEO’s dramatic flight out of …
  • Why B-52 Bomber Will Be The First Jet Ever To Stay In Service For 100 Years

    Why B-52 Bomber Will Be The First Jet Ever To Stay In Service For 100 Years

    This Friday marks the anniversary of the day in 1946 when the Air Force announced that Boeing BA had won the competition to build the plane that would become the B-52 Stratofortress. That event unfolded so long ago that the Air Force was not yet an independent service, and the plane Boeing initially proposed was …
  • Don’t Lean on the Military to Solve Our Problems–But Learn from Them

    Don’t Lean on the Military to Solve Our Problems–But Learn from Them

    I’ve taken a close interest in civil‐​military relations for decades. I was taught the importance of civilian control over the U.S. military as a young NROTC midshipman. While on active duty, I opined publicly in the Naval Institute’s Proceedings on the reaction of servicemembers to Bill Clinton’s election as president. And in graduate school, I carefully studied several incidents from …