12:11 PM, Jun 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Most Republicans say the United States should doing something about the violence in Iraq, according to a poll from CBS News and the New York Times. The poll found 52 percent of Republican adults say the U.S. has a "responsibility" to act in Iraq over the recent wave of terrorism there, and 53 percent say the country should be doing more there. Just 43 percent of Democrats and only 37 percent of independents said the U.S. has a responsibility in Iraq.
Overall, 42 percent say the U.S. has a responsibility to Iraq, the Middle Eastern country from where American troops fully withdrew in 2011. Over the last few weeks, militant terrorists led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have marched through several cities in defiance of the Iraqi military. President Barack Obama, who authorized the withdrawal, said last week he plans to send a few hundred "military advisers" to Iraq to assist Nouri al-Maliki's government.
According to the poll, 41 percent of all adults say Obama's proposed deployment is about the right response so far, with 29 percent saying he should do more and 22 percent saying he should do less. Just 21 percent of Republicans, though, say Obama should do less in Iraq, compared with 19 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of independents.
Will the rise and influence of ISIS in Iraq increase the threat of terrorism against the United States? Half of adults say that threat will stay the same, with 41 percent saying it will increase. Sixty percent of Republicans, however, say the terrorist threat will increase due to the instability in Iraq.
Meanwhile, Republicans seem to have gained on Democrats on foreign policy issues. At FiveThirtyEight.com, Harry Enten notes that since 2011, the GOP leads between the two parties in polls on who voters trust more with foreign policy, and that advantage has increased since then to near 2003 levels. Here's more from Enten:
At the end of his first term, the two parties were trusted roughly evenly on foreign policy. But over the past two years, crises – including the fallout over the 2011 attacks in Benghazi, Libya; Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year; and the recent resurgence of conflict in Iraq — have come. Republicans regained their advantage.
The most recent poll on the issue, from Fox News, shows 46 percent of registered voters think the Republicans are better on foreign policy, and 35 percent prefer the Democrats. That 11 percentage-point gap in favor of the Republicans is wider than the gap on any subject the survey tested, except for which party is “more pro-business.”
A reformist prime minister vs. a dysfunctional defense ministry.Jun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By GARY SCHMITT and SADANAND DHUME
American strategists are taken with the idea of India’s strategic potential: a large democracy with a blue-water navy and the world’s third-largest armed forces that happens to be jammed between an imploding Pakistan and an expansionist China. But a deeply dysfunctional Indian defense community has frustrated efforts to turn that potential into reality. Will the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month with the strongest mandate of any Indian leader in 30 years jumpstart much-needed reforms?
1:55 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Barack Obama said there would not be combat troops deployed to Iraq, but he left the door open for sending 300 military "advisors" to the country. In a Thursday afternoon White House press briefing, Obama said the United States has "humanitarian...strategic...and counterterrorism interests" in stopping the violent conflagrations across the Middle Eastern nation, led by terrorist organization ISIS.
11:44 AM, Jun 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jack Keane and Danielle Pletka, writing for the Wall Street Journal:
Setting aside for the moment the question of whether this administration has the will to intervene again in Iraq, here are the components of a reasonable military package that can make a difference:
11:01 AM, Jun 17, 2014 • By NOEMIE EMERY
The Big Hangover is a flopped ’50s film that is better forgotten, but it is the permanent state of Barack Obama, still in his bathrobe and feeling quite queasy, due to a headache called Bush.
'I would anticipate timely decisions from the president.'9:17 AM, Jun 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry says that he "would anticipate timely decisions from the president" on what to do in Iraq.
Jun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook was dimly aware that the U.S. Army was reengineering its ammo but still was taken aback to read that it took 15 years and an estimated $100 million to come up with a new 5.56 NATO round for our infantrymen. It cost so much and took so long because, you know, it’s not easy being green. Today’s bullet is lead-free—made from copper with a steel penetrator.
"So he's a bad father?" "Yes!"9:42 AM, Jun 5, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough got in a heated debate with colleague Chuck Todd Thursday morning over whether the father of recently released POW Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl should be subject to criticism over his actions. Scarborough criticized the Obama administration for including Bob Bergdahl in a Rose Garden announcement on Saturday to announce the release of Bowe in exchange for five Taliban officials who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay.
“Joe, Joe, let's not. Don’t criticize the parents,” Todd replied. “Don’t criticize the parents in here."
1:21 PM, Jun 4, 2014 • By DENNIS P. HALPIN
A U.S. Army soldier goes missing at night from a remote post on the edge of enemy territory. Depressed and anxious, he has expressed doubts about the U.S. mission and disillusionment with the war. He allegedly leaves behind a note recording these doubts. There are some reports that he consumes alcohol before he disappears. He crosses enemy lines and is detained by hostile forces who subsequently publicly announce his conversion to their anti-American cause.
The soldiers in Bowe Bergdahl's platoon speak up.
3:45 PM, Jun 2, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The Obama administration is facing mounting questions about the controversial prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from jihadists in Pakistan in exchange for the transfer and ultimate release of five senior Taliban commanders previously held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
5:35 PM, May 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Huffington Post reports that the "Obama Administration Plans To Let Some Young Undocumented Immigrants Join The Military." The plans have been approved by the Pentagon.
8:03 AM, May 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) held its first National Gala Dinner in Washington Sunday, and the Department of Defense used the opportunity to tout the rapid advances the military is making in erasing gender distinctions in policies regarding military spouses and partners.
5:59 PM, May 5, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The fight to keep the A-10 flying continues and those who believe in the ugly bird saw their high opinion of it validated recently when, as David Axe of War Is Boring writes:
8:03 AM, Apr 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The first question that national security types, including the president, supposedly ask in an international crisis is, “Where are the carriers?” Soon, that opening line will be rephrased to something like, “Where are the … oh, never mind.”