Speaking to both military and civilian personnel at Joint Base McGuire Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey on December 15, President Obama thanked the troops for their extraordinary service and noted that “after more than a decade of war, our nation is marking an important milestone.”
The fallout from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s December 9 release of the summary of its report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program continues, as the report’s critics and defenders go toe-to-toe. Many Republicans have been critical of the report because it casts a program initiated during the administration of George W. Bush in a negative light and it was compiled by a committee chaired by Democrat — Dianne Feinstein. However, even a prominent Republican has praised the report and condemned CIA torture.
The Senate Intelligence Committee on December 9 released its report on the torture — including “waterboarding” — of prisoners held by the Central Intelligence Agency during the George W. Bush administration. The report was ordered released by the Intelligence Committee chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.) and a copy was posted on the committee’s webpage.
NATO’s International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) Joint Command lowered its flag today and formally ended its military deployment in Afghanistan on December 8. While 48 nations had contributed troops to ISAF, the United States provided 24,050 out of the total 34,512 (as of October) — more than all other nations combined. Far behind were the United Kingdom with 2,830 troops and Italy with 1,400.
One-worlders claim Putin hates the EU and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade pact; meanwhile, Putin says he looks forward to Russia-EU merger.
The New York Times has reported that the Obama administration has secretly extended U.S. armed forces participation in ground combat operations in Afghanistan through 2015, although the president had publicly promised back in May that the U.S. ground forces' combat role would be completed at the end of the current calendar year.
In yet another bizarre turn of events surrounding the “Islamic State” terrorist group, the establishment press is now reporting that the organization, sometimes known as ISIS or ISIL, was actually born, radicalized, and nurtured inside an American prison in Iraq dubbed Camp Bucca. According to numerous media reports in recent months, many of the Islamist leaders of the barbaric terror outfit — including its self-styled “caliph,” who goes by the name Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — were held and radicalized in the prison before being released. What it all means or even if it is true remains unclear, especially in light of contradictory reports and sources.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is warning Americans not to succumb to intervention fatigue.
For Max Boot and other neocons, 15 years is hardly a long enough time to be fighting over the rocks and rubble and poppy fields of Afghanistan, a land al-Qaeda has long since vacated.
With Congress soon to be under solid Republican control following the mid-term election defeat of Democrats, the Obama administration and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill are reportedly plotting to foist a series of far-reaching “free-trade” deals on the American people. As Big Business and Big Government proponents of the controversial agenda cross party lines to advance the schemes, however, critics of the plan from all across the political spectrum are rallying to stop it. Because moves by lawmakers to grant Obama fast-track trade-promotion authority could begin as soon as the lame-duck session currently underway, or early in the next Congress, opponents of the controversial agreements are urging citizens to get involved now.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he may recommend sending combat units into Iraq, putting boots on the ground to protect the United States against ISIS threats.