Troops Articles

Election Year Special: Obama Meets with VFW

Skipped last year to vacation at Martha's Vineyards.
11:21 AM, Jul 23, 2012

President Obama will be traveling today from San Francisco, California to Reno, Nevada to “take part in an official event where he will deliver remarks at the 113th National Convention of the VFW,” according to t

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1 Sailor Unaccounted For; 3 Servicemen Injured in CO Shooting

3:03 PM, Jul 20, 2012

The Department of Defense announced that one sailor is missing after the Colorado movie theater shooting, and three servicemen are injured. Here's the press release: 

The Department of Defense is deeply saddened by the news of the tragic incident at the Aurora Mall Movie Theater in Aurora, Colo.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those impacted by this event. 

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Romney Blasts Obama Defense Cuts

2:31 PM, Jul 13, 2012

In a letter today in the Virginian-Pilot, Mitt Romney blasts President Obama for cutting the military: 

Welcome to Virginia, Mr. President! Home of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the fighters at Langley AFB,  the storied Marine Base at Quantico, tens of thousands of veterans from the Battle of Guadalcanal to the Battle of Fallujah, and countless other proud military units, factories, and bases, the Commonwealth is a proud state with a proud history.

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Biden to Veterans: 'You Guys Don't Have a Damn Thing to Be Ashamed Of'

11:29 AM, Jul 11, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden visited wounded veterans yesterday in Las Vegas, and told them, "You guys don't have a damn thing to be ashamed of." It is not clear why Biden might think veterans would be ashamed.

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The Spartans Return to Fort Drum

3:33 PM, May 31, 2012

Max Boot wrote last year about a visit by a small group of us to Afghanistan in October. One of the most memorable parts of the trip was the day we spent with the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 10th Mountain Division:

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VFW Seeks Apology After MSNBC Host's 'Reprehensible and Disgusting' Comments

11:39 AM, May 28, 2012

Over the weekend, MSNBC host Chris Hayes told his viewers that he's "uncomfortable" with calling "war dead and the fallen ... 'heroes.'" Now, the Veterans of Foreign Wars group have responded by saying that Hayes's comments "are reprehensible and disgusting" and are asking for the MSNBC host to apologize.

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These Were Merciful Men

11:00 PM, May 27, 2012

A fair number of Americans would probably tell you that Memorial Day is held to celebrate the Indy 500. And, even those who are aware of why, actually, the day has been set aside tend to honor it in the breech, if at all. On my way, every year, to the service in our town, I am struck by how many more cars are parked near the golf course than in the church parking lot.

But that, of course, is one of the glories of America.

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The Importance of Memorial Day

10:38 AM, May 25, 2012

Tom Manion has a moving article in today's Wall Street Journal, ahead of Memorial Day, explaining how he came "to fully understand the sacrifices of our troops and their families."

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‘On My Behalf’

5:35 PM, May 09, 2012

The debate over same sex “marriage” has engaged the heartfelt feelings and convictions of millions of Americans. Then there is Barack Obama.

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Supporting the Troops

10:55 AM, Apr 24, 2012

As we've previously noted, the Spirit of America is a "terrific non-profit [that] supports our troops' efforts on the front lines by supplying materiel they judge will be helpful in accomplishing their mission."

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Obama: Follow the Example of the Military?

1:25 AM, Jan 25, 2012

Does liberalism embody the military virtues? Is martial virtue the highest stage of progressivism?

President Obama wants us to think so.

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Report: Candidate Obama Complained About Meeting Soldiers in Iraq

11:58 AM, Jan 13, 2012

Buzzfeed flags this passage from Michael Hastings new book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan. It seems that as a Presidential candidate visiting Iraq, Obama didn't exactly make enough time to welcome and thank the troops:

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The Silence of the Republican Candidates

Could one of them say a good word about our troops?
11:00 AM, Jan 13, 2012

Obama administration bigwigs are falling all over themselves to denounce, condemn, lament, and apologize for the unfortunate behavior of a few Marines in Afghanistan last year. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta condemned the action as not just deplorable but “utterly deplorable.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed not just dismay but “total dismay.”

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Afghanistan, President Obama, and Yogi Berra

3:01 PM, Dec 07, 2011

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is pushing as hard as he can to keep U.S. troop strength up in Afghanistan until at least 2014.

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John Kerry Equates Increasing Taxes to Men and Women Dying in Iraq and Afghanistan

1:32 PM, Nov 20, 2011

In an on odd exchange on Meet the Press this morning, Senator John Kerry, a Democratic member of the supercommittee, suggested that taxes should be raised because men and women have died fighting for America in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he seemed to equate the sacrifice:

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Defeat in Iraq

President Obama’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops is the mother of all disasters
Nov 07, 2011

Iraq is not Vietnam. There are certainly analogies: the length and unpopularity of the wars; the late escalation and increase in forces; the counterinsurgency success that came after public support for the effort seemed already exhausted; the decision to abandon the effort and thus snatch failure from the jaws of possible victory; and the arguments about the irrelevance of the conflicts to the core interests of an America riven with internal strife and economic troubles. 

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Obama to Announce Afghan Decision this Week

3:09 PM, Jun 20, 2011

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that President Obama will announce his decision about U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan this week—most likely Tuesday or Wednesday.

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