Category: "National Security & Defense"

House fails to extend Patriot Act provisions

In a surprise outcome sure to annoy John Boenher -- and to remind him that many freshman Republicans don't feel a great to bend to the will of the party and its leadership -- the House of Representatives failed, by 8 votes, to pass H.R. 514, an… more »

Rethinking DADT

On Saturday, the US Senate voted to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ("DADT") policy which prevents openly gay people from serving in the military. Eight Republicans voted with 57 Democrats for passage and the measure will go to President O… more »

Michael Rogers Jr: Don't START

Thanks to Mike Rogers for this blog contribution:There has been a great deal of bluster and noise about the need to get the New START treaty ratified by the Senate during the lame duck session. Part of the argument offered for the need for haste is tha… more »

Time for profiling

As the furor mounts regarding the Transportation Safety Agency's aggressive new searches and near-nude imagery of travelers, the elephant in the room remains all but unmentioned: the odds of a three year old kid being a terrorist or even part of a plot a… more »

Prudential cheats families of fallen veterans; VA looks the other way

Although the story is apparently not new (it seems to have been first reported by Bloomberg News in late July), I just heard about it on Bloomberg TV today and it bears mentioning: The US Dept. of Veterans Affairs made a "verbal agreement" with Prudent… more »

Jed Babbin: It's time to stop nation-building in the Middle East

I've mentioned a few times on these pages, including in my note yesterday about John McCain coming to campaign for Jane Norton, that I think Ken Buck's position on Afghanistan (at least as I understand it) is closer to correct than Jane's. While Jane s… more »

John McCain to campaign with Jane Norton on issue of Afghanistan

I was interested and somewhat surprised to receive a blast e-mail from the Jane Norton campaign with this headline: Norton, McCain to Press Case for Political Courage in Afghanistan WarNorton and Arizona Senator to Campaign in Colorado Sunday I sent… more »

The truth about (the other) illegals

Last Friday's article for the American Spectator by former Romanian spy master Ion Mihai Pacepa is, I can say without hesitation, one of themost interesting articles I have ever read, in no small part because Pacepa discusses things with most Americans o… more »


I'm traveling today so I'm going to keep this short: McChrystal was right to offer his resignation and Obama was right to accept it. Any other decision would not only have looked weak in terms of domestic politics but also within the military, regard… more »

Prediction: Pentagon will not support repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed on a largely party-line vote a bill which would authorize the military to end its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding the service of openly gay men or women in the military. It's an interesting pol… more »
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