How would Donald Trump break the ice with two old soldiers like Secretary of Defense Mattis and National Security Adviser McMaster? To Danziger the answer is obvious: Boasting about his “military experience” at a boarding school for badly behaved punks (without mentioning those “bone spurs” in his heels that kept Trump from the battlefields of Vietnam).
Mattis would be the first former U.S. general to become defense secretary since George C. Marshall took the job in 1950.
The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.
Joseph Schmitz, named as one of five advisers by the Trump campaign in March, is accused of bragging when he was Defense Department inspector general a decade ago that he pushed out Jewish employees.
Previously, US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that risked civilian deaths were permitted in limited cases.
By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday battled a bipartisan storm of criticism over President Barack Obama’s decision to order the exchange of Taliban leaders for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Senior lawmakers from both parties are questioning the administration’s justification for acting without first consulting members of Congress […]
Washington (AFP) – The White House Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at increasing solar energy production in the United States, particularly by encouraging the installation of solar panels in public spaces. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress want laws to fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but Republicans, […]
By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sweeping budget and personnel cuts proposed Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would hit some military bases hard while protecting others. With the Army targeted to lose as many as 80,000 active-duty soldiers from its current 520,000-strong force, reaching its smallest size since before World II, major […]