Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb made big news today in an interview with NPR, hinting toward a possible run for the White House in 2016.
“My wife and I are just thinking about what to do next, and I care a lot about where the country is and we’ll be sorting that out,” he said.
Webb, a Democrat, served one term in the Senate after winning a contentious fight in 2006 with Republican Sen. George Allen. His short stint in the senate is widely considered to be quite successful, as he was instrumental to passing the post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
The unusual move to retire after just one term was not met with much surprise. James Oliphant at the Los Angeles Times wrote at the time: “The outspoken, pugnacious moderate was always something of an awkward fit in the placid, often-meandering Senate.”
Though he hinted toward running for the White House, Webb still kept his cards close in the interview with NPR, reminding us that he waited until nine months before the election to seek a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2006.
“It takes me a while to decide things, and I’m not going to say one way or other, really,” he said today.
Former Secretary of State, New York Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton is widely perceived to be the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016, should she pursue it.
U.S. Army General Jospeh Votel, head of Central Command, visits an airbase at an undisclosed location in northeast Syria, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Stewart
AIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA (Reuters) - The commander of U.S.-backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1,000 to 1,500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States, in particular, would halt plans for a total pullout.
Let's talk about love – and not the type of love that results in sailors getting an injection of antibiotics after a port call in Thailand. I'm talking about a deeper, spiritual kind of love: The Pentagon's passionate love affair with great power competition.
Nearly a decade ago, the Defense Department was betrothed to an idea called "counterinsurgency;" but the Pentagon ditched COIN at the altar after a Jody named Afghanistan ruined the romance. Now the U.S. military is head over heels in love with countering Russia and China – so much so that the Pentagon has named a cockroach "The Global War on Terrorism" after its ex so it could be fed to a Meerkat.
Homes at Fort Benning undergo lead paint removal as the U.S. Army mobilizes to protect residents against lead poisoning hazards in Fort Benning, Georgia, U.S., September 10, 2018. (Reuters/Andrea Januta)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deeply troubled by military housing conditions exposed by Reuters reporting, the U.S. Army's top leadership vowed on Friday to renegotiate its housing contracts with private real estate firms, test tens of thousands of homes for toxins and hold its own commanders responsible for protecting Army base residents from dangerous homes.
In an interview, the Secretary of the Army Mark Esper said Reuters reports and a chorus of concerns from military families had opened his eyes to the need for urgent overhauls of the Army's privatized housing system, which accommodates more than 86,000 families.
The secretary's conclusion: Private real estate firms tasked with managing and maintaining the housing stock have been failing the families they serve, and the Army itself neglected its duties.