Tag Archives: war

Why does Congress accept perpetual wars?

Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

"Nominally, the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with its counterpart in the House of Representatives, provides oversight of U.S. military activities. Yet recently, the committee's unacknowledged purpose seems to be avoiding the meaningful exercise of this role, especially when it comes to scrutinizing the nation's commitment to armed conflicts like the ongoing Afghanistan War. Oversight implies ownership. The Congress of the United States has no desire to own a war that is the longest in U.S. history, grows longer by the day, and shows no sign of ending anytime soon. This congressional irresponsibility was on display earlier this month, when Gen. John W. Nicholson, U.S. Army, traveled from his headquarters in Kabul to provide senators with a progress report on the Afghanistan War." (02/17/17)


Yemen: Saudi invaders murder funeral attendees

Source: Newsweek

"[The Houthi government] in Yemen said Thursday that an overnight airstrike has killed eight women and a child at a funeral reception near the capital, Sanaa. A spokesman for the [government], Abdel-Rahman al-Ahnomi, said that there was a second airstrike that hit emergency responders in Arhab, which lies southwest of Sanaa, the BBC reported. The Houthis have taken control of swathes of the country since 2015, when they forced Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched a campaign of airstrikes in March 2015 against the Houthis. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict." (02/16/17)


Ukraine: Poroshenko vows to resume coal deliveries from neighboring states

Source: US News & World Report

"Ukraine's president on Thursday pledged to resume coal supplies from [seceded republics formerly part of Ukraine] after it was blocked by volunteer battalions, threatening to disrupt the country's power supply. Fighting in Ukraine's [former] industrial east between government troops and Russia-backed [forces of the new states] has killed more than 9,800 people since April 2014. Despite the hostilities, Kiev continued to buy coal from areas controlled by separatists as power stations in Ukraine are mostly designed to run on the specific type of coal that is produced there. Sales were suspended when Ukraine's unruly volunteer battalions and some lawmakers blocked a railroad that brings coal across the front line late last month." (02/16/17)


Pentagon may recommend deployment of US regulars in Syria

Source: Aol News

"The U.S. Defense Department may recommend that the United States deploy regular combat troops to Syria for the first time to fight Islamic State militants, CNN reported on Wednesday. The idea is one of several ideas the Pentagon is considering after President Donald Trump gave defense officials until the end of the month to come up with proposals to speed up the war against Islamic State." (02/15/17)


The new battle for Afghanistan

Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

"Despite questions about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, President Trump has so far chosen silence over substance. But perhaps it doesn't matter, as an illuminating exchange that took place before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week all but guaranteed what his policy will be. Trump's approach to Afghanistan will no doubt involve more American troops, more aggressive activity on the ground, and a less definite schedule for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces. In other words, don't expect a big shakeup of the status quo." (02/14/17)


How Trump is empowering the Saudi destruction of Yemen

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

"In his last months in office, President Obama took steps to reduce U.S. involvement following international criticism of Saudi Arabia's indiscriminate bombing practices. The Saudis and their coalition partners have steadily racked up a high civilian death toll that was beginning to tarnish the reputation of their Western patrons. Trump, however, appears eager to cozy back up to America's reckless Gulf clients." (02/13/17)


Iran on notice

Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Horton

"Even though there is little of evidence of sustained and direct Iranian support for the Houthis, it looks as if there are some members of the Trump administration who want to use the idea that there is an alliance as a springboard for war with Iran. A preoccupation with Iran comes at the cost of other, more pressing considerations. The U.S.-supported, Saudi-led war has devastated most of Yemen and made what was already the region's poorest country far poorer. Notwithstanding the humanitarian cost, this has turned much of southern Yemen into a safe haven for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). It should be noted that the Houthis are the mortal enemies of AQAP." (02/13/17)


Afghanistan: Top US commander seeks "few thousand" more troops

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The top U.S. general overseeing coalition military operations in Afghanistan said Thursday he has a 'shortfall of a few thousand' coalition troops, opening the door to more U.S. military advisers deploying to bolster training and advise Afghan security forces. Army Gen. John Nicholson told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the additional advisers would be part of Operation Resolute Support, the coalition’s advising mission." (02/09/17)


Syria: Russian airstrike kills Turkish troops

Source: Guardian [UK]

"Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and 11 injured after a Russian fighter jet accidentally bombed their location outside an Islamic State-held town in northern Syria. … The Turkish military said in a statement that a Russian warplane struck a building where Turkish personnel were present at 8.40am on Thursday as it was targeting Isis. It said the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, called his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to express his condolences." (02/09/17)


Egypt: Islamic State claims rocket fire at Israel resort

Source: Yahoo! News

"The Islamic State group said Thursday that it fired rockets at the Israeli resort of Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula in a rare attack on the Jewish state from Egyptian territory. The Israeli army said there were no casualties from Wednesday evening's rocket fire — three of the rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome air defence system and a fourth fell short of the town. A few hours later, two Palestinians were killed elsewhere in the Sinai. The Islamist Hamas movement which rules Gaza said it was an Israeli air strike. The Israeli army denied carrying out any such action." (02/09/17)