WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military’s failure to maintain its focus on the nation’s nuclear forces led them to be mismanaged and to “slowly back down the hill.” He vowed to invest in and bolster the force, saying there is no problem on this issue the Pentagon can’t fix. Continue reading
- Islamic State releases defiant message as U.S. lawmakers criticize strategy to defeat the group – Part 1
Despite claims from Iraqi officials that the leader of the Islamic State had been wounded or killed, a 17-minute recorded message was released in which he taunted the U.S.-led coalition. Meanwhile, in a House hearing, lawmakers questioned and criticized Pentagon officials about the Obama administration plan to defeat the militant group. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
For a deeper look at the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Syria, as well as the regional challenges of implementing that strategy, Gwen Ifill talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, Kurdish fighters made progress in pushing back Islamic State forces in the Syrian border town of Kobani, with help from coalition airstrikes. Also, Hong Kong riot police and protesters clashed overnight. One man was severely beaten and at least 45 people were arrested. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — It may be less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East — remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks on Saddam Hussein’s occupation army — but the Pentagon has finally named its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve.
The ongoing war on terror has driven a dramatic rise in spending in the name of security. In his new book, “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” New York Times investigative journalist James Risen examines the cost — in both treasure and lives. Judy Woodruff sits down with the author to discuss what he calls the new “Homeland Security-Industrial Complex.” Continue reading