In a statement posted on the State Department website on March 15, Secretary of State John Kerry expressed U.S. support for the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
“The United States is steadfast in its commitment to achieve a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty that helps address the adverse effects of the international arms trade on global peace and stability,” read the statement.
The U.K.'s Guardian reports that before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, both the CIA and the U.K.'s intelligence service were informed by sources coming from Iraq's head of intelligence that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction.
Despite his failure to publish the rules he follows in executing the drone war, President Obama wants to draft guidelines for other nations to follow in the use of drones.
In a report published online on March 11, Jason Ditz, research editor at Antiwar.com, used the strained meeting on Monday between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as the backdrop to assert that the U.S. occupation of the war-torn nation “is flying apart at the seams, with insider attacks and popular opposition once again on the rise.”
On March 11, as the United States and South Korea began their annual joint military exercises, the government of North Korea responded by saying the 1953 armistice is over and cutting off the telephone “hot line” between the two Koreas at Panmunjom.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of secretly working with the Taliban to facilitate terrorist attacks in order to demonstrate a need for U.S. troop presence in the war-torn country after the scheduled withdrawal of Western combat units at the end of next year.
Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, commander of the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) — the U.S. military command responsible for operations in 20 countries in the Middle East — has recommended that 13,600 U.S troops remain in Afghanistan after the White House-mandated 2014 withdrawal date for American and NATO troops.
The Inspector General says a lot of money was wasted in trying to rebuild Iraq but fails to mention the real costs of war and its aftermath: the increasing risk of national bankruptcy and loss of freedom for Americans.
Ten years ago Katharine Gun leaked a secret email from the U.S. National Security Agency ordering her and others in her section at the U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to spy on diplomats resisting efforts to support a UN resolution in favor of an attack on Iraq. It cost her her job and her career but nearly averted the Iraq War.
Robert Gibbs, former press secretary for President Obama, said Sunday he was under orders during his White House years not to discuss or even acknowledge the existence of a "drone program."