Obama salutes end of American role in Afghanistan

Obama salutes end of American role in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America’s military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11. At an oceanfront Marine Corps base in Hawaii, Obama told […]

Drone operators face the stress of war too

'It can be as impactful for these guys as someone in a foxhole'

Drone operators face the stress of war too

President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S. ground troops to crush Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria — well aware the country is not ready to return to the battlefield with its war wounded still recovering from a decade of conflict. But airmen have been sent back into combat in the region […]

Governors get briefings on Aghan war

Cuomo said he was being briefed on evolving global threats that affect New York's security

Governors get briefings on Aghan war

Four U.S. governors made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Jay Nixon of Missouri, traveled with officials from the U.S. Department of Defense, which […]

Nervous Congress set to approve Mideast military actions

Republican leaders have swung behind Obama's request

Nervous Congress set to approve Mideast military actions

Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants. Obama was likely to get his wish in a vote Wednesday despite worries from hawks in both parties that his response was insufficient to battle […]

Will Obama bypass Congress to wage war?

Obama;s tightly crafted legal strategy short-circuits congressional oversight

Will Obama bypass Congress to wage war?

As a U.S. senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W. Bush’s administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones armed with […]

In the Mideast, the wars never appear to end

'It's harder to see how this ends'

In the Mideast, the wars never appear to end

Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this was supposed to be a season of relief, with Iraq managing on its own and most U.S. troops finally ending their combat duty in Afghanistan. Instead, Americans are bracing for another upsurge of military engagement in a region where one war blurs into another. Across the […]

Rand Paul: Hiillary Clinton is ‘a war hawk’

'You know what? We are tired of war,' Paul said

Rand Paul: Hiillary Clinton is ‘a war hawk’

Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton “a war hawk,” Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war. Paul is a leading anti-interventionist in the GOP and is considering running for president. Last year he opposed President […]

Kerry urges calmness in Iraq

Kerry urges calmness in Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the people of Iraq to remain calm as the country faces a political crisis while battling advances by Islamic State militants. Speaking in Australia on Monday, Kerry said there should be no use of force by political factions as Iraq struggles form a government. He says the […]

For Obama, war first, then golf

For Obama, war first, then golf

President Barack Obama gave Americans an update on U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Saturday from a podium on the White House lawn with Marine One, the presidential helicopter, parked in the background. Four hours later, he offered an altogether different tableau: a golf game with friends at a lush course on Martha’s Vineyard, the […]

Are we returning to a war in Iraq?

Are we returning to a war in Iraq?

Declaring that “America is coming to help,” President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat they pose to Americans as well as Iraqi civilians. The threat to renew U.S. military involvement in Iraq’s long sectarian war came in […]