In August 2017, shortly after John F. Kelly became White House chief of staff, he convened crucial meetings on Afghanistan at President Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J.
“When I first took over, he was inclined to want to withdraw from Afghanistan,” Kelly recounted during an exclusive two-hour interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“He was frustrated. It was a huge decision to make … and frankly there was no system at all for a lot of reasons — palace intrigue and the rest of it — when I got there.”
The retired four-star Marine general will leave the administration on Wednesday. First as Homeland Security chief and then in 18 months at the White House, he presided over some of the Trump administration’s most controversial immigration and security policies.
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|AIWA! NO!|American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced variousindecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa.
Back in 2008, when I was still a U.S. Army captain fresh from Iraq and studying at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our training scenarios generally focused on urban combat and what were called “security and stabilization missions.” We’d plan to assault some notional city center, destroy the enemy fighters there and then transition to pacification and “humanitarian” operations.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to call the U.S. a “foe” of the European Union, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, and vowed to work through the “pressure” that his presidency has put on bilateral relations. Continue reading German Chancellor Angela Merkel vows to press on strained relations with Donald Trump
Russia appears to be ahead of the curve on offering fragmentation and thermobaric warheads for its anti-tank guided missiles as practically every missile in its inventory has variants with these warheads. But how effective are these weapons? Who uses them? Could they prove a viable alternative for other infantry arms like sniper rifles or conventional artillery or direct fire guns? Continue reading Are Russia’s Syrian tested Anti-Tank Guided Missiles aka Tank Snipers a Game Changer in Modern Warfare?