Defense policy

Kind hearts and bayonets

Featured image I thought one statement by Barack Obama was the highlight of last night’s debate. Seeking to land a knockout blow against Mitt Romney’s advocacy of preserving our military spending in the face of the planned sequester, Obama asserted in his patented style: I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than »

Chaos at the Pentagon?

Featured image The American media continues to neglect or deflect the Obama Administration’s negligence in the Middle East, at least the New York Times saw fit to put on page 1 yesterday the news of the latest successful Taliban attack in Afghanistan.  Like the Benghazi consulate attack, it seems to have involved a serious security breach.  (Hat tip to my old drinking pal and loyal Power Line reader JB in Texas for »

America’s national security takes a back seat to Obama’s political survival

Featured image Even in the face of a plea from Nancy Pelosi, President Obama insisted on subordinating the defense needs of the United States to his reelection efforts. This is an under-reported lesson from Glenn Thrush’s new e-book, Obama’s Last Stand. According to Thrush: In mid-2012, the House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, requested a sit-down to ask Obama to reconsider the billions of defense cuts that would kick in automatically as part »

Thinking about the unthinkable at the Pentagon

Featured image Max Boot wonders why the Pentagon isn’t planning for sequestration – the draconian, automatic cuts in defense spending that will begin to take effect in January unless Congress can agree to significantly reduce overall federal pursuant to an actual plan. It is hard to believe that the Pentagon isn’t making contingency plans, but Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has publicly stated that it is not. Carter’s explanation is that »

Dakota Wood — A Patriot runs for Congress

Featured image Dakota Wood is a retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1985, he served in the Marines for 20 years. Following his retirement from the Marines, Wood provided support to the Department of Homeland Security, serving as Operations Officer for the National Biosurveillance Integration System, an initiative intended to provide warning of a potential biological threat to the country. He then served as a Senior »