July 16, 2019

Trump Says He Can Strike Iran Without Congress OK

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President Trump says he does not need congressional approval to initiate military action in Iran. “I do like keeping them abreast, but I don’t have to do it legally.”

Who’s Being Considered for the Next DefSec?

Who's Being Considered for the Next DefSec?

Speculation has begun on who will be the next defense secretary. Some names being floated? Mark Esper, Mike Pompeo, Tom Cotton, and Richard Spencer. Or maybe someone completely unexpected.

More Troops Headed to the Middle East

More service members, intelligence aircraft, engineers, and fighter pilots are heading to the Middle East as a “prudent defensive measure” against Iran.

War Crime Pardons May Mark Memorial Day

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President Donald Trump could take the occasion of the 2019 Memorial Day weekend to pardon multiple former US service members accused or convicted of war crimes.

F-22s Conduct First US Airstrikes in Afghanistan

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The first US warplanes in Afghanistan arrive soon after the US military and CIA come under international investigation for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.

Carter Carefully Defends Outgoing Policies

DefSec Carter finds himself defending his Islamic State, NATO, and Russia policies without explicitly disagreeing with a president-elect.