Gen. James Mattis in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2011. U.S. Embassy Kabul photo But the president-elect may not like that the battle-hardened Marine believes in strong alliances and hates torture by KEVIN KNODELL “It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.” For many Americans that’s... Read more
Tater and Tot, both turkeys, arrive at the White House on Nov. 23, 2016. White House photo Federal agencies don’t seem as worried about some events as others by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Nov. 22, 2016, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a picture of herself outside the White House. Having forgotten her photo I.D.,... Read more
An F-35B aboard the amphibious assault ship USS ‘America.’ Lockheed Martin photo In Washington, pork is on the menu by MANDY SMITHBERGER and FRED FERREIRA Stuffing — or “dressing” — recipes around the country vary from white bread to cornbread, potatoes to oysters. When it comes to Pentagon spending, lawmakers in Washington prefer “pork,” which is... Read more
NASA photo A strong offense isn’t always the right answer by EDWARD FERGUSON and JOHN KLEIN The best defense is a good offense — or is it? The answer to this question, along with an understanding of the stronger form of warfare, is the single most important consideration in U.S. space strategy and... Read more
M-2 Bradley armored vehicles in Georgia in 2015. U.S. Army photo Defense contractors could win big in the next four years by WILLIAM HARTUNG As with so much of what president-elect Donald Trump has said in recent months, his positions on Pentagon spending are, to be polite, a bundle of contradictions. Early... Read more
Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in 1973. Photo via Wikipedia Richard Nixon’s madman theory increased the risk of nuclear war — and now it has an imitator in Donald Trump by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN Would being officially and strategically unpredictable make America safer? The question, once academic, is now deeply urgent — for one simple reason.... Read more
Photo via Wikipedia The president-elect probably doesn’t understand the Freedom of Information Act by JASON KOEBLER President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on the idea that the media is incompetent, biased, and vindictive. He was also the first candidate in modern U.S. history to refuse to release his tax returns. Taken together, the... Read more
Welcome to your future. Kremlin photo The U.S. media landscape is about to get a lot weirder by MATTHEW GAULT The Hollywood Reporter published a profile of Stephen K. Bannon on Nov. 18 that set off a minor Internet shit storm. “Darkness is good,” Bannon, the chief strategist for president-elect Donald Trump... Read more
Japanese-American children during the internment. U.S. National Archives photo Trump camp cites a black spot from history to justify new bad ideas by KEVIN KNODELL “We did it during World War II with Japanese, which you know, call it what you will, may be wrong,” Trump surrogate Carl Higbie told Fox News... Read more
Vladimir Putin in Nov. 2015. Ahenobarbus Henocied photo via Wikimedia Podcast — despite the budding bromance, Moscow has no idea how to handle the president-elect by MATTHEW GAULT Russia, like much of the world, thought Hillary Clinton was a lock for the U.S. presidency. Vladimir Putin seemingly took a gamble by supporting... Read more
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