Troops Articles


Power: 'Ground Troops Are Necessary' to Defeat ISIS

'You can't do this by air. Everybody acknowledges that.'
8:03 AM, Feb 12, 2015

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, says that "ground troops are necessary" to defeat ISIS. "But," Power insisted this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe, "they're not going to be American ground troops."

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Hagel: Fight Against Islamic State 'May Require' Ground Troops

'Could Be Necessary'
1:01 PM, Jan 31, 2015

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told CNN that ground troops may be required to fight ISIS. "It could be necessary," Hagel said.

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400 Troops to Be Deployed to Train Syrian Rebels

8:12 AM, Jan 16, 2015

Gordon Lubold writes, at Defense One, that:

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Biden Misstates Troops Wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan By 47,000

1:11 PM, Nov 11, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden misstated the number of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan by 47,000 at a Veterans Day event today at Arlington National Cemetary. Here's audio of his remarks:

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Obama: American Troops in 'Harm's Way'; 'They're in a War Environment'

6:34 PM, Sep 28, 2014

President Obama said that American troops in are "in a war environment" fighting the Islamic State and that the men and women in the military are in "harm's way." He made the comments this evening on 60 Minutes:

"You know, you've said no American boots on the ground, no combat troops on the ground," said 60 Minutes host Steve Kroft. "We've got 1,600 troops there.

"We do," said President Obama.  

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U.S. Army Chief on Islamic State: 'I Never Rule Anything Out'

6:42 AM, Sep 20, 2014

Although President Obama has been unequivocal that US forces will not return to Iraq for "boots on the ground" combat, some in his administration (Gen.

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Carney: 'Obviously There Will Be American Military Personnel With Their Boots on the Ground'

5:17 PM, Sep 17, 2014

In a debate on CNN this afternoon between Jay Carney and Bill Kristol, the former White House spokesman conceded that in fact there will be "boots on the ground" fighting the Islamic State. 

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Gates: 'There Will Be Boots on the Ground If There's to Be Any Hope of Success in the Strategy'

ISIS Strategy Unrealistic.
6:29 AM, Sep 17, 2014

Robert Gates, President Obama's first defense secretary, said this morning on CBS that President Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State is unrealistic:

"The reality is, they're not going to be able to be successful against ISIS strictly from the air or strictly depending on the Iraqi forces or the Peshmerga or the Sunni tribes acting on their own," said Gates.

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Obama Orders Boots on the Ground!

9:07 AM, Sep 16, 2014

We're at war. We're putting boots on the ground. We're not waiting around for the host nation's government to get its affairs in order, or for a regional coalition to commit first. The president has apparently overcome his reluctance to use the military, his worries about a commitment to intervene without an exit strategy, and his usual reluctance to acknowledge (even implicitly) that his administration was wrong when it assured us that there was nothing much for us to worry about.

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Kerry Flip-Flops On 'War'

What difference does it make?
10:42 AM, Sep 14, 2014

John Kerry argued that it doesn't really make a difference if we call U.S. action against ISIS a "war." He criticized the "tortured debate" this morning on CBS:

"Mr. Secretary, thank you so much," said CBS host Bob Schieffer. "Can I clear up one thing first. This week you went to some lengths to say you wouldn't call this a war, but yet at the Pentagon and at the State Department even they were saying we are at war with ISIS. Are we at war?"  

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Degrading, Defeating, and Destroying the Islamic State

2:01 PM, Sep 08, 2014

On Wednesday, the eve of the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President Obama will speak to the American people about his strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State, the would-be caliphate bestriding Iraq and Syria, the most palpable and present threat to the region since Saddam Hussein invaded Iran and, later, Kuwait.

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Kerry's Red Line

10:40 AM, Sep 07, 2014

President Obama spoke about ISIS at length in his Meet the Press interview this morning, but he didn't offer much clarity as to what he's going to do about ISIS. One might say he's learned from bitter experience not to lay down red lines, and that he 's being purposefully vague.

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Obama Sends 350 More Troops to Iraq

7:19 PM, Sep 02, 2014

In a statement to the press, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announces 350 more troops to Iraq "to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, Iraq."

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Obama: 'We Will Not Be Sending U.S. Forces Back Into Combat in Iraq'

11:34 AM, Jun 13, 2014

All options are not on the table as President Obama figures out how to deal with the ongoing situation in Iraq. The president promised not to send U.S. troops back "into combat in Iraq."

"We will not be sending U.S. forces back into combat in Iraq but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq's security forces. And I'll be reviewing those options in the days ahead," said Obama.

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'We Swore to an Oath and We Upheld Ours. He Did Not.'

The soldiers in Bowe Bergdahl's platoon speak up.
2:45 PM, Jun 02, 2014

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. 

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Snatching Failure From Victory In Afghanistan

Troop levels to fall to below 10,000.
11:38 AM, Apr 22, 2014

Media reports suggest that President Obama is looking to declare victory and withdraw from Afghanistan, as he did from Iraq. The military commander in Afghanistan, General Joe Dunford, has said that he needs 10,000 US troops to accomplish the missions the president has said he wants to accomplish after this year.

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What $1 Billion Buys

In the Air Force.
1:25 PM, Jul 26, 2013

As the sequester sinks in and starts to hit the U.S. military, many have focused on the impact of unpaid furlough days for civilians, air shows grounded, and fireworks foregone.  

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‘Sense of Commitment, Joy, and Honor, of Serving the Nation in Its Uniform’

11:45 AM, May 30, 2013

“The fundamental fact that we all have to be aware of is, when we go to war now, we send less than 1 percent of our population to war and they’re all volunteers and many of them are from working-class environments. And in the two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, nothing was asked of the rest of us. We didn’t pay any additional taxes. We didn’t have to think about those wars if we didn’t have anyone involved. … It’s not just unjust, it’s kind of immoral for a democratic republic to go to war under those terms because those young men and women and their families are paying the high price. They’re coming home emotionally damaged or physically damaged or, too often, in body bags. And we’ve got to have a national consciousness about that.”

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Obama: 'Today Most Americans Are Not Directly Touched By War'

1:07 PM, May 27, 2013

At a ceremony marking Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, President Barack Obama said that most Americans are able to remain unaffected by war.

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‘Fame's Eternal Camping Ground’

9:02 AM, May 27, 2013

On this Memorial Day, as on others, every American will turn to his own thoughts and prayers, and recall his own favorite speeches, music, and poetry. Memorial Day has no one dominant "text." But for those who aren't familiar with it, I recommend Theodore O'Hara's poem, "Bivouac of the Dead," written in 1847 in memory of Kentucky troops killed in the Mexican War. Various lines are inscribed at different places in Arlington Cemetery, including at the McClellan Gate. It's not, I suppose, great poetry, but I've always found it moving.   

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Pelosi: Sequestration Preventing Me from Visiting Troops on Mother's Day

1:26 PM, May 09, 2013

Nancy Pelosi indicated she would be visiting troops this weekend but for sequestration:

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White House Won't Rule Out American 'Terrorism' in Afghanistan

12:23 PM, Apr 17, 2013

White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked at today's press briefing, in the context of the Boston bombings, whether U.S. bombings in Afghanistan last month that killed civilians were "terrorism." Carney gave a long answer, but never says "no."

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Obama Visits Wounded Troops—With Photographer

4:09 PM, Mar 05, 2013

President Obama arrived with his personal photographer earlier today at Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to visit wounded troops.

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Obama Gives Shout Out to 'Comrades in Arms'

To those Americans serving in Afghanistan.
7:40 AM, Jan 22, 2013

President Barack Obama gave a shout out last night at an Inaugural ball to our "comrades in arms" in Afghanistan. After hearing from troops in Afghanistan through a video a satellite, the commander in chief said, "I can tell you that you've got a room full of patriots here.  And although I've got to admit that they're a little spiffied up right now -- their heart and soul, their dedication, their sense of duty is at one with every single one of the folks who are in Kandahar right now."

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68,000 Remember

9:34 AM, Dec 05, 2012

The Spirit of America announces the launch of the 68,000 Remember campaign:

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Happy Thanksgiving

1:15 PM, Nov 22, 2012

 

Happy Thanksgiving to those who most deserve our thanks.

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Hamas Rejects Ceasefire; Decision for Ground Invasion Coming Soon

4:54 PM, Nov 18, 2012

The terror group Hamas has reportedly rejected a ceasefire agreement with Israel.

"Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook said on Sunday evening that the terror group rejected two of Israel’s ceasefire demands out of hand, sinking talks in Egypt," the Times of Israel reports.

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Bill Clinton: American Military Is Now 'Less Racist, Less Sexist, and Less Homophobic'

12:19 PM, Nov 04, 2012

At a campaign rally for President Barack Obama yesterday in Virginia, former President Bill Clinton talked about bringing "this country together" and crossing "all of its diversity." Then, Clinton added this:

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Barack and Mitt: Listen to Leon

9:50 AM, Aug 15, 2012

One of the minor disgraces of this year's campaign is that the presidential candidates act as if the war in Afghanistan doesn't exist. We have 84,000 troops fighting over there in very difficult circumstances; they've had a tough few weeks, with 41 killed in the last month, but the candidates barnstorm the country with barely a mention of the war or the troops.

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Support Chick-fil-A, Feed a Service Member

4:33 PM, Aug 01, 2012

As customers flock to Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country today to support the company, a talk radio listener shared an idea to extend the demonstration. From Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families:

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