Tag: United States Defense and Military Forces

What Message Is Trump Sending to Soldiers?

President Trump’s consideration of pardons for several service members convicted or accused of war crimes is disturbing. It would send the wrong signal to United States troops under his command, undercut the country’s well-established military justice system and call into question America’s longstanding commitment to human rights and the rule of law. Horrific if not […]

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Trump Approves Modest Increase of About 1,500 Troops in the Middle East

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he would deploy about 1,500 additional American troops to the Middle East, “a relatively small number” to provide protection for American service members already there. “We want to have protection,” Mr. Trump said to reporters as he left the White House to travel to Japan for a […]

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Trump Should Not Use Pardons to Dishonor Our Troops and Country

Reports that President Trump is considering pardons for several service members accused of war crimes are disturbing. It would send the wrong signal to United States troops under his command, undercut the country’s well-established military justice system and call into question America’s longstanding commitment to human rights and the rule of law. Horrific if not […]

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Trump Considering Sending More Troops to Middle East to Protect U.S. Forces There

WASHINGTON — President Trump is considering deploying additional troops to the Middle East to provide protection for American military personnel already there, the acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, said Thursday. Mr. Shanahan did not specify how many troops were under consideration. Mr. Shanahan and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs […]

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Trump Is Using His Pardon Power to Reward Violence and Cruelty

Last year, a federal jury in Washington convicted Nicholas Slatten, a former security contractor, of first-degree murder for his role in killing one of 14 Iraqi civilians who died in 2007 in a shooting that also injured more than a dozen others. Matthew Golsteyn, an Army Green Beret, was charged late last year with the […]

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The Stone: What Happens When Our Leaders Lack Moral Courage

Over the years, thousands of cadets at the United States Military Academy, myself included, have memorized and recited West Point’s Cadet Prayer. “Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong,” the prayer goes, “and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won. Endow us with courage […]

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Parents of Dead West Point Cadet Can Use His Sperm, Judge Rules

A New York judge has ruled that the parents of a West Point cadet who died in March can use sperm harvested from his body with “no restriction,” giving them the chance to fulfill what they have described as their son’s lifelong desire to have children and continue the family name. The cadet, Peter Zhu, […]

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U.S. Says Syria’s President May Be Using Chemical Weapons Again

WASHINGTON — The State Department said on Tuesday that the Syrian government might be renewing its use of chemical weapons, citing a suspected chlorine attack in northwest Syria, and maintaining that any use of such weapons would lead the United States and its allies to “respond quickly and appropriately.” The Trump administration said the suspected […]

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Trump Picks Barbara Barrett, Former Aerospace Executive, to Be Next Air Force Secretary

President Trump said Tuesday that he would nominate Barbara Barrett, a former diplomat and aerospace research executive, to be the next Air Force secretary, a move that came as Mr. Trump ratchets up plans to increase the military’s focus on threats in space. Mr. Trump announced his plans on Twitter, more than two months after […]

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John Walker Lindh, Known as the ‘American Taliban,’ Is Set to Leave Federal Prison This Week

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — He was the “American Taliban” captured during the invasion of Afghanistan in the fall of 2001. Pictures showed him as a gaunt, filthy, 20-year-old held in the aftermath of a prison uprising that claimed the first United States casualty of […]

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Congress Should End a ‘Harsh and Unfair’ Rule That Blocks Troops From Court

Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg don’t agree on much. On Monday, however, they both dissented from their colleagues’ decision to deny review of Daniel v. United States, in which Walter Daniel, whose wife, Rebekah Daniel, died four hours after giving birth to their daughter, had brought a suit for medical malpractice […]

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U.S. Officials Say Military Moves to Deter Iran Are Working

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration national security officials said on Tuesday that their moves to deter Iran from attacks on Americans and allies were working, but vowed to continue the pressure campaign on Tehran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan were to brief Congress about the intelligence that prompted the […]

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Trump Shows Signs He Will Pardon Servicemen Accused or Convicted of War Crimes

President Trump has requested the immediate preparation of paperwork needed to pardon several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes — including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse — indicating that he is considering pardons for the men on or around Memorial Day, according to two United States […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Will Trump Be the Sage One?

WASHINGTON — Only one person can save us from the dangerous belligerent in the White House. And that person is Donald Trump. How screwed up is that? Will the president let himself be pushed into a parlous war by John Bolton, who once buoyed the phony case on W.M.D.s in Iraq? Or will Trump drag […]

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Navy SEAL War Crimes Trial in Turmoil Over Claims Prosecutors Spied on Defense

The court-martial of a highly decorated Navy SEAL platoon leader on war crimes charges has been thrown into turmoil by, of all things, a harmless-looking image of a bald eagle perched on the scales of justice. The bit of digital artwork, embedded in an email message, contained hidden software that could track if anyone read […]

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The Tension Between America and Iran, Explained

American officials have suddenly raised the stakes in the long-simmering tensions between the United States and Iran, pointing to new intelligence that they say suggests an imminent threat to American interests in the Middle East. The potential for armed conflict between the two countries has loomed since the Islamic Revolution and takeover of the American […]

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Chelsea Manning Ordered Back to Jail for Refusal to Testify in WikiLeaks Inquiry

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who provided secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, was sent to jail again on Thursday after refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the organization, which publishes leaks online. Ms. Manning was jailed for similar reasons in March, but was released last week when […]

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Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran

WASHINGTON — President Trump has told his acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, according to several administration officials, in a message to his hawkish aides that an intensifying American pressure campaign against the clerical-led government in Tehran must not escalate into open conflict. Mr. Trump’s […]

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Iran Crisis or ‘Circus’? A Weary Middle East Wonders

CAIRO — The drums of war are sounding across the Middle East, driven by the Trump administration as well as by disputed attacks on Saudi Arabian tankers and an oil pipeline. But Rohile Gharaibeh, a prominent Jordanian politician and newspaper columnist, has watched it all with a mixture of disdain and weary exasperation. “A circus,” […]

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Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea

WASHINGTON — The intelligence that caused the White House to escalate its warnings about a threat from Iran came from photographs of missiles on small boats in the Persian Gulf that were put on board by Iranian paramilitary forces, three American officials said. Overhead imagery showed fully assembled missiles, stoking fears that the Islamic Revolutionary […]

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