US to Increase Military Role in Poland and Baltic States to Challenge Russia

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 6:40 am

Who says the US wants another Cold War?

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said yesterday that the US is going to ramp up military aid to Poland and Russia’s neighboring Baltic states. The encirclement or rather containment strategy is an interesting shift from the expansionary post-Cold War 1 strategy. After the Soviet Union fell the US has been steadily pushing east with EU and NATO membership until it has now hit Ukraine where, not surprisingly, it is meeting Russian resistance.

Pentagon Plans Shift From Occupation Armies to Assassinations and Cyberwarfare

By: Monday February 24, 2014 10:20 am

After a decade of pratfalls in the Middle East with occupation armies that became easy targets for opposing militants, the Department of Defense is making some changes. In a new budget plan spearheaded by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Pentagon will be reducing the army to levels not seen since before World War II.

Drone Protests to Continue in Pakistan Despite Warnings From US That Aid Could Be Stopped

By: Monday December 9, 2013 2:23 pm

A Pakistani political party chaired by Imran Khan has vowed to continue protests against US drone strikes, despite a warning from the United States that aid could be cut off if they are not brought to a halt. Protests spearheaded by the political party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), have been blockading a NATO supply route to [...]

Wilkerson: Chemical weapon use in Syria ‘could have been an Israeli false flag operation’

By: Saturday May 4, 2013 8:00 pm

Here’s the extended Cenk interview… Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Chemical weapon use in Syria ‘could have been an Israeli false flag operation’

A Medal for Drone Killers? Fine, Say Critics; Just Don’t Rank It Too High

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 6:20 pm

In one of his final actions, last month outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta instituted a new award that troops can earn, called the Distinguished Warfare Medal. (Warfare. Not “Peacefare” or “Defense” or some such euphemism. Panetta is not a man to mince words.)

It’s formal criterion is that the act of the recipient “must have a direct impact, through any domain, on combat or other military operations,” take place after September 11 2001, and not itself be an “act of valor.”

Karzai Accuses America of Collaborating With Taliban

By: Monday March 11, 2013 8:25 am

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is pointing the finger at America for continued instability in his country. To America’s shock and dismay, Karzai claimed that the America and Taliban were colluding to continue the war beyond 2014 when US forces are set to withdraw by working together in series of recent bombings. His comments came as Chuck Hagel made his first visit to the country as Defense Secretary.

Late Night: AIPAC, Barak, Hagel, Kerry, and Mattis

By: Wednesday March 6, 2013 8:00 pm

Now, lest you thought the US Military was averse to starting a war with Iran…

Chuck Hagel Confirmed

By: Wednesday February 27, 2013 8:55 am

After a long, bitter, and at times surreal confirmation process fmr. Senator Chuck Hagel has been confirmed as Secretary of Defense. The vote was 58-41 with only four Republicans voting in favor of the nomination despite Hagel previously being a member of the Senate Republican Caucus. Hagel was attacked continually by the right-wing of the Republican Party and conservative media for being soft on Iran and antagonistic towards Israel. The confirmation vote did little to satisfy critics who continue to maintain their opposition to Hagel serving as Defense Secretary.

After Hagel’s Ordeal, Why Would Anyone Want to Serve in Washington?

By: Friday February 22, 2013 10:53 am

Republicans have made the already idiotic and unpleasant process of “vetting” an executive appointee even worse and Senate Democrats let them. If you want an effective government you need qualified people to run it. The less appealing the job is made, the harder it will be to get good people to serve.

Breitbart Reporter Accused of Promoting Fake Hamas Group to Derail Hagel Nomination

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 11:40 am

It seems unlikely that Hagel would take money from a group named “Friends of Hamas” or any group tied to Hamas even if he harbored the deep antisemitic views his other detractors claim he has. But this is surely the ugliest nomination process I have ever seen and seems more a demonstration of the dysfunction of Washington than the failings of Chuck Hagel.

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