"To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military."
North Korea's Kim Jong-un continues his confrontational course. After conducting his nation's fifth nuclear test, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter declared it to be a "direct challenge to the entire international community."
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was elected playing the tough guy. Since taking office he has encouraged the lawless killing of accused drug dealers. Then he threatened a "reckoning" with China over the disputed Scarborough Shoal. Now he sounds like a peacenik.
 Geoffrey Aronson, “China to open its first naval base in Africa,” Aljazeera, December 22, 2015.  Nick Turse, "The
Thousands of service members no longer have to hide their gender identity.
Over the past year, however, it can be said that Obama has largely learned his lesson. His actions are now much more pragmatic
The unspoken hope is for an actual smart bomb. And then? Let's go to Lamothe: We're calling it the arsenal plane, which takes
The U.S. plans on filling Eastern Europe with thousands of troops along with vehicles and weapons to equip an armored combat brigade. Uncle Sam may be bankrupt, but nothing is too expensive for our pampered European allies, who enjoy greater wealth while spending far less on the military.
Western governments that loose the dogs of war should stop assuming that their own people will not be bitten. Being a liberal democracy does not turn bombing and killing into an act of immaculate conception. Instead of pretending that their nations enjoy immunity from the inevitable horrors of war, Western officials should make the case to their people that the likely costs are worth the benefits. In this case that includes the possibility, perhaps likelihood, of terrorist attacks at home. There are no certainties even for America, which has done surprisingly well since 9/11. Which brings up the obvious question, why are the U.S. and its European allies involved "over there" -- and, in fact, currently intensifying their intervention?
The force could total up to a couple hundred troops.