Multiple reports this week say senior leadership in D.C. is proposing a new strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan. According to reports, the plan could cost the United States $23 billion a year, which would go toward training and advising Afghan security forces, fighting government corruption, and taking back territory overrun by the Taliban. Currently, the Taliban controls or contests 40% of the country. The new strategy would also mean increasing troops numbers in Afghanistan by 5,000, according to initial estimates, and resembles the surge implemented by the Obama administration in 2009; however, the new plan would not be tied to specific timeframes for withdrawal.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman
Between the rise of the Islamic State, Russia’s proxy war in Ukraine, and tensions in the South China Sea, national security and military spending is shaping up to be a key issue in the 2016 presidential election.
Sunday, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly conducted an interview with President Barack Obama, aired in two parts, one live before the Super Bowl, and a pre-recorded version that aired Monday night. In the second portion of the interview, there was one exchange that is exceptionally relevant to our nation's veterans.
Robert Gates, who ran the Department of Defense for both the Bush and Obama administrations is dropping a memoir, and according to early reviews, he holds little back about how the war in Afghanistan was managed.