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September 29, 2014
What President Obama said Sunday night on “60 Minutes” about the intelligence community vis-a-vis ISIS has caused a stir — mainly from people who thought he was shifting blame for underestimating the terrorist group, but, also, from some that thought his remarks were misinterpreted. Full story
A handful of congressional panels are in action this week despite the prolonged recess, and naturally there’s some discussion of Iraq and Syria around Washington, D.C. Also, video games.
September 26, 2014
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Welcome to the new Weekly Recap, featuring highlights of Five By Five posts you may have missed as well as interesting reads from around the web. Full story
Author Christopher Kelly spoke with Five By Five via e-mail about his new book “American Invades,” co-written with Stuart Laycock, that details the extent of American military invasions and involvement around the world. An earlier Five By Five post on the subject can be found here, to which Kelly responds in part in the first answer. Full story
September 25, 2014
You stay classy, Fox News. The sexist “boobs on the ground” crack on “The Five” about the first female UAE fighter pilot was preceded by a “bad at parking” joke, too. At least Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) called them out over it. Full story
September 24, 2014
A new book concludes that America has fought in or invaded nearly half of the countries in the world, and has been involved with all but three of them militarily, one way or another. Sounds like a lot, maybe, but a similar book on Britain found that it had invaded or fought in nine out of 10 of the world’s countries. Of course, they’re older. Full story
Libya’s new security force is, “by any definition,” a “train wreck,” a Middle East expert said Wednesday. And it’s so bad that the Pentagon — which has a planned role in training the force — is hoping it doesn’t move forward. Full story
— Mark Dubowitz (@dubo1968) September 24, 2014
Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies isn’t wrong: He did wake up in Bizarro World. That said, the split between the editorial pages of the reliably liberal New York Times and reliably conservative Wall Street Journal over President Obama’s bombing campaign in Syria isn’t so much a simple “yes/no.” Full story
September 23, 2014
The Navy and U.S. Central Command have released multiple videos of Monday night’s strikes in Syria, and related footage. As always, the videos only present one side of the conflict, and in the way it chooses to show the military action. All descriptions are via the Pentagon, with some analytical links at the end.
“The president shouldn’t be doing this without Congress,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Tuesday of strikes against the Islamic State group, and “Congress shouldn’t be allowing it to happen without Congress.” Otherwise, Capitol Hill is embracing the policy of preemptive war favored by former Vice President Dick Cheney that it rejected back in 2001, right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he said at a Center for American Progress Action Fund event. Full story
At a forum hosted by Just Security and CQ Roll Call on Monday, the spotlight was on how Congress has been weighing its options for action against the now notorious terrorist group, the Islamic State — and how the fight against the group has crowded out other national security issues.
The event, moderated by CQ Roll Call’s David Ellis (@dellisnyc), was held at New York University’s Washington, D.C. center and featured five national security experts. The panelists were Rachel Kleinfeld (@rachelkleinfeld), a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Gerald Seib (@geraldfseib), the Washington bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires; Tim Starks (@timstarks), who writes for CQ Roll Call’s Five by Five blog; Charles “Cully” Stimson (@cullystimson), a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation; and Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck), co-editor-in-chief of Just Security.
Some highlights: Full story
September 22, 2014
A United Nations climate change summit that President Obama is scheduled to visit this week gives the White House a chance to push its fight against the Islamic State group before other countries. And a U.S. visit next week by new Indian prime minister Narenda Modi is giving think tanks and organizations a lot of reasons to hold India-related events in advance.
Then there are the subjects in the headline. Full story
September 18, 2014
Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un warns English hegemons to cease interference in democratic elections of Scotland, or face annihilation.
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) September 18, 2014
North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened “annihilation” of “English hegemons” early Thursday if they interfered with Scottish independence, which is, of course, ironic, but also is about how much the North Koreans want some of that delicious Scotch whisky. Not even kidding. Full story
September 17, 2014
A day after the U.S. military’s top officer raised the possibility of boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama clarified the administration’s plans during an address to troops at U.S. Central Command.
“As your Commander-in-Chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our Armed Forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” Obama said on Wednesday, the day after Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that there could be circumstances under which he’d recommend the president use combat troops to fight the Islamic State.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates seemed inclined to agree with Dempsey, telling CBS This Morning: “The reality is, they’re not gonna be able to be successful against ISIS strictly from the air, or strictly depending on the Iraqi forces, or the Peshmerga, or the Sunni tribes acting on their own.”
“So there will be boots on the ground if there’s to be any hope of success in the strategy,” he added, noting that to say otherwise “traps” the president.
See below for more commentary and analysis on the issue:
After finishing a deployment at a notoriously dangerous outpost in northeastern Afghanistan, Capt. Dan Kearney recalled what it was like to be stationed there.
Five by Five attended a screening of the film along with a panel discussion, sponsored by New America and featuring the film’s director, Sebastian Junger, Navy veteran Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., Command Sgt. Maj. La Monta Caldwell and Blayne Smith of the veterans group, Team Red, White & Blue.
In the film, soldiers described themselves as “bait” for members of Al-Qaida and the Taliban when they were on patrol. “I pretty much never thought I’d make it out of the valley alive,” says Spec. Misha Pemble-Belkin.
Over the course of five years, 42 American soldiers lost their lives while deployed to the outpost, which the U.S. shuttered in 2010 after unsuccessful attempts to gain the trust of the locals and to drive off the Taliban and Al Qaida.
“What I want is for viewers to understand the experience of combat by soldiers,” Junger told Five by Five. “Soldiers really don’t debate the merits of the war, the morality of the way, the strategy of the war, they really are focused on the mission that they are given.”
Indeed, your blogger found “Korengal” to be a more personal look into the lives of soldiers than 2010′s “Restrepo.” The film included intricate details like soldiers describing the sound of bullets flying as well as how tedious the terrain was to traverse.