Speaking at an event held at the Brookings Institution’s Falk Auditorium in Washington, D.C., on March 26, Gen. John Allen, the former commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said that the United States would retain a troop presence in Afghanistan sufficiently large to support Afghan forces after the withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of 2014.
Mikhail Prokorov, the Russian billionaire playboy and owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, is being celebrated in the U.S. media as an entrepreneur, but the most telling evidence indicates that he is one of the most important agents in the "charm offensive" of the Kremlin's ongoing convergence strategy.
America's involvement in covert warfare in Syria is becoming more apparent as the Associated Press, among other mainstream media, has begun reporting about U.S. training and arming of Syrian rebel fighters other than the leading Free Syrian Army rebel group. The AP notes that the CIA has been helping to facilitate the distribution of weapons to Syrian rebels for over a year.
The Defense Department is seeking a $150-million upgrade to the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, making it clear to the prisoners — already on a hunger strike over their desperate and worsening situation — that they are there to stay.