The Army’s More Deadly Bullet: Stateside Only

The Army has just ordered its first batch of 9mm Jacketed Hollow Point bullets. But it’s limiting the rounds to its law-enforcement personnel based only in the U.S. and its territories.

So how’s that for a paradox: the Army is buying deadlier bullets for use on American soil, most likely for use against Americans, than it …

“Obama’s Selective Sanctimony”

Former TIME correspondent Adam Zagorin, long one of the nation’s top torture-trackers, weighs in on the Obama Administration’s attitude toward torture – and doesn’t like what he sees:

Torture! The Obama Administration is …

WARNING: Danger! Western Europe! Scotland!

Steven Metz, one of the Army War College’s best brains, has scrapped a trip to the British International Studies Association conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, because the U.S. Army’s European Command told him he couldn’t …

The Haqqani Network Network

The Haqqani network in eastern Afghanistan is the biggest foe the U.S. and its allies face in that country. Manba al-Jihad, a media arm of the Taliban branch, just released a video of some of its forces in training (edited and posted to YouTube by the private SITE Intelligence Group). Allegedly, it shows some of the militants who …

Big News, Small Pox

As the nation comes to grips with its budgetary shortfalls, tough questions need to be asked about dubious, squirrely investments that – even in flush times – would have seemed dubious. Over the weekend, David Willman at the Los Angeles Times told an amazing tale about our nearly half-billion-dollar investment in a smallpox …

Good Economic News at Last

In theses times of layoffs, deficits and budget cuts, anything involving finances that grows at a 37% clip over two years is good news, right? Well, here’s the latest on the pirate front, from Kenya’s The East African:

Ransom payments paid by shipping companies to Somali pirates have reached nearly $110 million this year — a …

Squawking SEAL

CNN chum Barbara Starr has the inside skinny on the new book purporting to detail the inside skinny of how the Osama bin Laden raid went down – as told by a former SEAL. Author Chuck Pfarrer claims to have spoken to some Navy SEALs who conducted the raid. It seems his story has more holes in it than the post-raid bin Laden.

“Is It Smart to Pull All U.S. Troops Out of Iraq by Year’s End?”

It’s one of the biggest – and potentially, most consequential – decisions President Obama has made (not that he had much choice, according to some). He has announced that the 45,000 U.S. troops still Iraq will all be home for the holidays. Critics have said Iraq is too fragile for the U.S. to pull out – after eight bloody …

A Terrorist by Any Other Name

Normally I would have let this go. But, wow, sometimes the level of stupidity demands a comment.

Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh took President Obama to task for sending troops to central Africa in an effort to take out Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. This in itself isn’t newsworthy. Limbaugh would take the President to task …

U.S. to Go After Kony and the LRA

In a short statement on Friday, the State Department announced that the U.S. is sending 132 advisors to Uganda to help capture elusive rebel leader Joseph Kony and end the terrorism of his Lord’s Resistance Army. Kony has led the LRA for nearly 25 years. He and his lieutenants have been under an arrest warrant from the International …

Panetta Tells Super Committee to “Do the Right Thing”

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta directly challenged the Congressional “Super Committee” to “do the right thing.”  In Panetta’s view, the “right thing” is to solve the debt crisis by going after the drivers of America’s bulging debt.  That would be the Big 3 …

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