February 12, 2013 |
President Obama announced in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be halved over the next 12 months, pledging that "our war in Afghanistan will be over" by the end of 2014. The president said he will withdraw 34,000 troops by this time next year, at which point about 34,000 U.S. military personnel will be left in Afghanistan. He pledged that "this drawdown will continue" throughout 2014, although the final target has not been determined.
January 26, 2012 |
President Obama's new defense strategy champions the same arguments military downsizers have invoked since 1991: The United States must invest in technology and disinvest in active-duty military personnel. The plan unveiled Thursday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is based on two such tenets: It must "protect key investments in the technologically advanced capabilities most needed for the future . . . [and] no longer size active forces to conduct large and protracted stability...
August 24, 2012
Not for the first time, The Post erred in its selection of articles for its front page. The Aug. 17 article " 11 killed in helicopter crash in Kandahar " was relegated to the World news page on A8. Yet a large photo of striking miners being shot at by police in South Africa occupied much of the front page, while the related article was on Page A11 [" Police kill striking miners in South Africa "]. It is a sad day indeed when the deaths of seven U.S. military personnel are not considered...
November 7, 2011 |
Army Spec. David Hunt made it through a year of deployment in central Iraq largely unscathed. But two years after returning to the United States, he faces medical retirement from the military. As Hunt, 37 , describes it, there's "really not any place" for him in the Army because of chronic migraine, the condition that has plagued him ever since an off-duty auto accident in 2006. He has fought the symptoms — nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light — through deployments to the...
July 8, 2012 |
In pre-dawn darkness, a Toyota Land Cruiser skidded off a bridge in North Africa in the spring, plunging into the Niger River. When rescuers arrived, they found the bodies of three U.S. Army commandos — alongside three dead women. What the men were doing in the impoverished country of Mali, and why they were still there a month after the United States suspended military relations with its government, is at the crux of a mystery that officials have not fully explained even 10 weeks...
March 25, 2013 |
The U.S. government's fiscal predicament has many causes. But if you had to reduce them to one sentence, it might go like this: "Congress responds to the short-term demands of particular groups, not the long-term needs of the nation as a whole. " Case in point: the seemingly unstoppable growth of medical benefits for former military personnel under Tricare , the Defense Department's health program. This mushrooming expense is a major reason that Pentagon health-care spending rose from $19 billion in fiscal 2001 to $52.8...