Keyword: bootsontheground

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Sen. Levin: No, Gen. Dempsey Didn’t Open Door to Ground Forces

    09/16/2014 11:23:00 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 13 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 16 Sep 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) thinks folks were hearing things during General Martin Dempsey’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning. When asked if he thought Dempsey’s comments, that a limited American troop presence could be required in certain circumstances in the fight against ISIS, meant the general was opening the door to ground troops, Levin looked at reporters as if they were a dog that had just been shown a card trick. “No,” Levin said. “He said they’re not needed.” Levin was pressed on Dempsey’s comments, in which the general said that a specific mission, such as the...
  • Obama Orders Boots on the Ground!

    09/16/2014 10:27:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09/16/14 | William Kristol
    We're at war. We're putting boots on the ground. We're not waiting around for the host nation's government to get its affairs in order, or for a regional coalition to commit first. The president has apparently overcome his reluctance to use the military, his worries about a commitment to intervene without an exit strategy, and his usual reluctance to acknowledge (even implicitly) that his administration was wrong when it assured us that there was nothing much for us to worry about.
  • Obama Is Open to Ground Troops in Iraq, a Top General Says

    09/16/2014 10:07:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    The Nation ^ | September 16, 2014 - 11:14 AM ET | George Zornick
    President Obama has repeatedly declared there will be no combat troops on the ground in Iraq to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But a Senate hearing Tuesday with top US military officials revealed that pronouncement is on very shaky ground—there is now no question ground troops are under active consideration at the highest levels of government. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in his opening remarks he isn’t ruling out asking Obama for ground troops. “To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi...
  • Dempsey: If Coalition Fails, We'll Need U.S. Boots on Ground Against ISIS

    09/16/2014 9:26:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 90 replies ^ | September 16, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that although "we're not there yet," the United States may eventually need to deploy U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS if a coalition and airstrikes fail to get the job done against the terror army. “My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are threats to the United States then I of course would...
  • John Kerry says airstrikes alone won't defeat ISIS militants (Kerry vs. Obama)

    09/12/2014 2:31:09 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 8/31/2014 | By ANI | ANI
    U.S Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that airstrikes alone will not be effective in defeating the genocidal ISIS militants. In an op-ed which appeared in the New York Times, Kerry suggested a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force in order to tackle ISIS, reported the Guardian. The U.S Secretary of State also added that he and defense secretary Chuck Hagel would be using Nato summit-scheduled for next week at Celtic Manor in Wales- to meet European ministers and to seek to "enlist the broadest possible assistance."
  • Reporter in Iraq: 'I Know There Are Already Boots on the Ground Where I Am'

    09/11/2014 8:11:11 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 09/11/2014 | Susan Jones
    NBC News Correspondent Richard Engel, reporting live from Kurdistan in northern Iraq Wednesday night, said U.S. troops are on the ground in Iraq and avoiding reporters. "They are troops who are staying away from reporters, they are embedded with local fighters trying to guide in air strikes, gathering intelligence -- But, Engel added, "The rest of the strategy seemed incredibly fuzzy -- how there was going to be this international coalition that would lend its moral support of Sunni countries, that you would have to rebuild the Iraqi army, which has lost a tremendous amount of credibility so far; and...
  • In place of 'boots on the ground,' US seeks contractors for Iraq

    09/07/2014 5:38:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 7, 2014 | Seth Robson
    Wary of putting combat troops in Iraq, the U.S. government is gauging contractors’ interest in advising the Iraqi Defense Ministry and Counter Terrorism Service in a range of capacities, including force development, logistics and planning and operations. The U.S. Army Contracting Command posted a notice last month seeking contractors willing to work on an initial 12-month contract, who should be “cognizant of the goals of reducing tensions between Arabs and Kurds, and Sunni and Shias.” They would focus on administration, force development, procurement and acquisition, contracting, training management, public affairs, logistics, personnel management, professional development, communications, planning and operations, infrastructure...
  • Obama announces 275 US troops WILL be sent to Iraq to protect American embassy

    06/17/2014 8:33:08 AM PDT · by yoe · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 1, 2014 | David Martosko & Jamds Nye
    President Obama announced that American troops are being deployed to Iraq. Returning nearly three years after the United States withdrew in 2011 Deployed to protect American personnel and embassy staff in Baghdad This comes as John Kerry says Washington is 'open to discussions' with Tehran about military cooperation He also told Yahoo! News correspondent Katie Couric that drone strikes also 'may well be' an option in the coming days Just a year ago, Obama was weighing ever-tougher sanctions against Iran's mullahs ISIS captured Tal Afar, a key northern town along the highway to Syria, early on Monday, with a population...
  • Boots on the Ground in Ukraine?

    04/03/2014 4:50:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 3, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    The United States government has a dangerous penchant for military intervention, so after Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea, it was a relief that no one talked about sending troops or deploying bombers. Sen. John McCain scotched any such notion by acknowledging glumly that "there is not a military option." Silly him. For the most bellicose hawks, there is always a military option. After a brief lull, some of the people who beat the drums for war in Iraq -- and have done likewise for Iran -- now propose that we put American lives at risk on behalf of Ukraine. This comes...

    11/06/2013 7:58:09 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-5-13 | Susan Berry
    Islamist rebel forces in Syria have killed 45 Christians in the west-central town of Sadad, the largest massacre of Christians yet in the Syrian conflict. In the wake of the killing, an Orthodox archbishop has mourned, “We have shouted aid to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is the human consciousness? Where are my brothers?” According to Agenzia Fides, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh reported that Islamist rebels entered the town on October 21st; a week later, it was re-captured by the Syrian army. “What happened in Sadad is the...
  • Report: Securing Syrian Chemical Weapons Would Take 75,000 Ground Troops

    09/05/2013 1:00:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | September 5, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    During a hearing in front of the House Foreign Relations Committee Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested the United States would eventually need to put boots on the ground in Syria in order to secure stockpiles of chemical weapons. When pressed on the issue, Kerry quickly walked back the troops on the ground option and stated he was simply "thinking out loud" when he made the statement. A resolution passed by the Senate Armed Service Committee yesterday, leaving wiggle room for troops to be eventually placed on the ground in Syria. Now, the Daily Mail is reporting the Pentagon...
  • Kerry refuses to rule out U.S. ground troops in Syria, then backtracks

    09/03/2013 1:22:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 73 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Updated: 3:49 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | By Stephen Dinan
    Secretary of State John F. Kerry refused Tuesday to rule out putting U.S. troops on the ground in Syria, saying the president needs to retain the ability to send in forces in very select circumstances as the Obama administration officially began to make its case for retaliatory military strikes on the Assad regime. Testifying to the Senate, Mr. Kerry accused critics of “armchair isolationism” and said there are risks to acting, but that the risks of inaction are even worse. But asked whether President Obama would accept an authorization from Congress that specifically banned putting U.S. troops on the ground...
  • John Kerry, just thinking out loud: I can’t rule out boots on the ground if Syria implodes

    09/03/2013 2:15:46 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 34 replies
    Hot AIr ^ | September 3, 2013 | Allahpundit
    By “implodes,” he means a situation where Assad loses control of his WMD and we need to go in and grab them before some fanatic native outfit grabs them first. Which is funny because, right offhand, I can’t think of anything that’s more likely to increase the risk of that happening than bombing the hell out of Syrian military units who are in charge of those weapons. I think we’re about done here, guys.
  • Obama Sends 100 US Troops to Uganda to Help Combat Lord’s Resistance Army

    02/15/2012 11:28:30 AM PST · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10 oct 2011 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Luis Martinez report: Two days ago President Obama authorized the deployment to Uganda of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces to help regional forces “remove from the battlefield” – meaning capture or kill – Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and senior leaders of the LRA. The forces will deploy beginning with a small group and grow over the next month to 100. They will ultimately go to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the permission of those countries. The president made this announcement in a letter...
  • Obama Sends 100 US Troops to Uganda to Help Combat Lord’s Resistance Army

    10/14/2011 11:16:50 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 122 replies
    abcnews.go ^ | 10/14/11 | Jake Tapper
    Two days ago President Obama authorized the deployment to Uganda of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces to help regional forces “remove from the battlefield” – meaning capture or kill – Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and senior leaders of the LRA. The forces will ultimately go to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the permission of those countries. The president made this announcement in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Friday afternoon, saying that “deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and...
  • Obama sending combat troops to central Africa to aid fight against rebels

    10/14/2011 11:09:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 270 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | October 14th, 2011 | CNN
    President Obama has deployed combat troops to central Africa to aid in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army. In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Obama says 12 troops with "appropriate combat equipment" were deployed on October 12 and approximately 100 in total will be deployed including a second combat team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel. The forces will provide information and advise and assist "select partner nation forces," Obama explains. The troops will not fight except in self-defense. The full letter is after the jump.
  • Al-Jazeera footage captures 'western troops on the ground' in Libya

    05/30/2011 11:05:02 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies ^ | May 30, 2011 | Julian Borger and Martin Chulov
    Armed western men have been filmed on the ground with rebels in central Libya in the first apparent confirmation that Nato has sent military advisers to train anti-government forces. A group of six westerners were clearly visible, according to a report by al-Jazeera from Dafniya, described as the westernmost point of the rebel lines west of the town of Misrata. Five of them were armed and wearing informal sand-coloured clothes, peaked caps, and cotton Arab scarves. The sixth, apparently most senior of the group, was carrying no visible weapon and wore a pink, short-sleeve shirt. He may be an intelligence...
  • House Votes to Ban Troops for Libya War

    05/27/2011 4:07:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 27, 2011 | SIOBHAN HUGHES
    The House on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to prohibit ground troops from being sent to Libya and only narrowly defeated a measure to force President Barack Obama to lay out plans to end the Afghanistan war, in moves that show the limits of congressional support for military involvement in overseas conflicts. The U.S. military's actions on three fronts—Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq—are wearing on the public, polls show, and lawmakers are leery of additional open-ended military commitments amid a severe budget crunch. The killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last month is also adding to the reassessment of...
  • NATO Commander Says Ground Force May Be Needed If Gaddafi Ousted

    03/29/2011 10:37:27 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 31 replies
    NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis says it is too early to be talking about an exit strategy from Libya. He said a ground force may be needed if rebels drive Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi out. "When you look at the history of NATO, having gone through this, as many on this committee have, with Bosnia and Kosovo, it's quite clear that the possibility of [the need for] a stabilization regime exists," he said. "And so, I have not heard any discussion about it yet, but I think that history is in everybody's mind as we look at the events in Libya,"...
  • U.S. and Iran Hold Rare Direct Talks

    03/10/2007 10:11:02 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 74 replies · 1,448+ views
    Associated Press (via Breitbart) ^ | Mar 10, 2007 | SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. and Iranian envoys exchanged direct talks Saturday on efforts to end Iraq's violence and bolster its government, opening limited but potentially significant contacts that could ease their nearly 28-year diplomatic freeze. The discussions were confined to one session during a conference on Iraq stability, but they appeared to offer room for further interaction between the two nations _ which find themselves increasingly drawn toward common issues in Iraq as the nation's most influential allies. The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he exchanged views with Iranian delegates "directly and in the presence of others" at...
  • FEATURE-US swaps guns for blackboards in Africa charm offensive

    11/12/2006 7:25:41 AM PST · by Valin · 9 replies · 481+ views
    Reuter ^ | 11/12/06 | Mark Trevelyan
    TIZIMIZI, Mali, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Mayor Amadou Harouna Maiga was surprised, to say the least, when a group of U.S. soldiers turned up one day and offered to help build a school in his African village. But six months later, he is confident the Americans mean business and keen to explore what more they can do to help. "We have no shortage of problems -- health problems, water problems, agricultural problems," said Maiga as a four-man U.S. team returned this weekend to his village of mud-brick houses by the Niger River to deliver blackboards, slates, pencils, sharpeners and exercise...
  • 543,895 - Pass Out # of Flyers Equal to Gore's Popular Vote in 2000 (Including All Fraud votes)

    08/25/2004 9:23:39 AM PDT · by · 10 replies · 673+ views
    Are there any freepers up to the challenge of getting 543,895 flyers distributed over the next 70 days? That's only about 8000 per day. We can take pledges right here on this thread. How many flyers do you pledge to pass out over the next 70 days? Can We Count You In? - This might make the difference in several states as well as the overall popular total. Download and Distribute - it's that easy. You can either print them on your own or take them elsewhere to be copied or printed. If you aren't able to do this -...
  • Boots On The Ground (Book Review)

    12/23/2003 7:01:21 AM PST · by Valin · 5 replies · 207+ views
    What does it feel like to travel with a spirited body of America's finest fighting men? To come under fire? To cope with the battlefield stresses of sleep-deprivation, and a steady diet of field rations for weeks on end? Karl Zinsmeister, editor of The American Enterprise and a frontline reporter "embedded" with the 82nd Airborne during Operation Iraqi Freedom, gives a riveting, day-by-day account as units of the 82nd depart Kuwait and convoy to Iraq's Tallil Air Base en route to night-and-day battles within the major city of Samawah. Boots on the Ground quickly becomes an action-filled microcosm of the...