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Rand Paul slams Obama for not seeking Congress’ approval on Libya

By | 04.04.11 | 2:39 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

DES MOINES — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told a crowd of Republican officials and activists in Des Moines over the weekend that President Barack Obama should have come to Congress before taking military action in the Middle East, as President George W. Bush did for Afghanistan and Iraq.

U.S. military requests software to create fake online personas in the ‘war of ideas’

By | 03.17.11 | 5:25 pm

UK newspaper The Guardian reports today that U.S. Central Command (Centcom), responsible for military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, has awarded a contract to Ntrepid, a California security firm, to develop so-called “sock puppet” software for use by the military.

The software would allow military More…

Bob Woodward, Obama’s Wars, and the Perspective of History

By | 09.22.10 | 12:58 pm

Bob Woodward’s new book, entitled “Obama’s Wars,” will be released next Monday. The book covers the Obama administration’s decision-making process about troop levels in Afghanistan and details the internal squabbles among administration figures and military leaders.

Most of the juicy bits seem to be about these personality clashes, and More…

Despite Candidates’ Differences, Afghan War Didn’t Factor Into Pa. Primary

By | 05.19.10 | 2:17 pm

Two things distinguished Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak in their campaign for the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nomination. The first is Specter’s decades of protean Capitol Hill experience, which Sestak effectively turned into a liability. The second is Specter’s opposition to President Obama’s escalation of the Afghanistan war — More…

Will Obama Really Give Up on KSM Trial Without a Fight?

By | 03.05.10 | 8:50 am

The Washington Post is pretty sure that Obama’s advisers are congealing around abandoning Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court. Apparently President Obama has yet to make a decision. If he goes back to the military commissions for KSM and the other 9/11 conspirators — military charges More…

Anti-War Activist Mounts GOP Campaign for Congress

By | 12.18.09 | 6:00 am

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had barely begun to give his acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention when a clamor went up in the upper levels of St. Paul’s XCel Center. Adam Kokesh, a marine who had become a leader of Iraq Veterans Against the More…

Army Data Shows Constraints on Troop Increase Potential

By | 11.18.09 | 6:00 am

If President Obama orders an additional 30,000 to 40,000 troops to Afghanistan, he will be deploying practically every available U.S. Army brigade to war, leaving few units in reserve in case of an unforeseen emergency and further stressing a force that has seen repeated combat deployments since 2002.

According to More…

Clinton Speech Signals Transformation at State

By | 07.15.09 | 5:04 pm

Over the last several days, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has quietly begun institutionalizing the Obama administration’s pledge to rebalance civilian and military elements of national security. Her speech to the Council on Foreign Relations Wednesday afternoon is her most More…