The Pentagon has confirmed that there’s been an explosion at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the site of the ongoing evacuation efforts of American citizens and Afghan allies led by the United States military.
John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said that the United States has resumed its air operations at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul and working to maintain security. The U.S. has flown in about 1,000 troops into Afghanistan, he said, bringing the total number of troops in the country to 3,500. 700 to 800 individuals have been flown out of Afghanistan in the last 24 hours; about 150 of them are Americans.
The Pentagon is set to approve extending the National Guard’s deployment in Washington, D.C. for another 60 days. Final details are still being worked out, but Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to sign off on the extension, according to department officials.
Amid the national debate about the militarization of law enforcement, House Democrats have introduced a bill to limit the transfer of military-grade gear to police officers.
The bill is sponsored by Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and “goes after the items that destroy trust and endanger communities while allowing support equipment transfers to continue,” according to a summary shared with The Hill. It is co-sponsored by 74 other House Democrats.
Chris MIller, the acting Secretary of Defense, has ordered the Pentagon to halt President-elect Joe Biden’s transition briefings. A top Biden transition official was unaware of the move.
Meetings between the Pentagon and members of Biden’s transition team have continued to meet since President Donald Trump allowed the transition to proceed after weeks of delay, but late last night Miller ordered officials to cancel remaining meetings that were still on the schedule.
Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, says he’d “dismayed” by President Donald Trump’s remarks questioning the motives of military leaders. Thornberry answered “no” when asked whether it was right for the president to suggest the Pentagon should send troops to war because they are beholden to the defense industry.
Bloomberg reports that the Pentagon is looking to provide as many as 100,000 body bags intended for civilian use during the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested 100,000 body bags, officially called Human Remains Pouches. The Pentagon wants to purchase them, shoring up its stockpile of 50,000.
By Mike Stone and Patricia Zengerle
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. senators berated top Defense Department officials on Thursday over the Trump administration’s plan to sidestep Congress by using money intended for ongoing wars to finance the president’s long-desired border wall with Mexico.
An administration that cared about taxpayer dollars would not maliciously cut from the smallest areas of discretionary spending and call it compassionate.
The administration also plans to go after EPA climate programs put into place during Obama's time in the White House.
"Congress has an obligation to use resources and taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently and respect the men, women, and resources of DoD.
"To be fully effective, we must stop the recruitment, radicalization and mobilization of people engaged in terrorist activities.”
To protect the environment and national security, President Obama heeded the Pentagon and banned Atlantic drilling.
It is a common Pentagon practice to "regularly cheat on its accounting books" by submitting a falsely balanced budget to the Treasury
Huckabee raged and attempted to contradict the President telling Fox News that, "I assure you that one beheading is much worse than a sunburn."
It was prescient, then, that when President Obama addressed graduates of the Coast Guard Academy and told them that "denying it (climate change), or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security. Anything less is negligence. It is a dereliction of duty and it undermines the readiness of our forces," he was describing and referring to Republicans.
The U.S. House voted to block a measure permitting considering letting immigrants who arrived here illegally to serve in the military.
Republicans have actively worked for the collapse of the political system (government) entirely. Now, the machinations of the Republicans have been exposed on the global stage and finally a foreign leader said what the world and an increasing number of Americans already know.
Republicans are looking for ways to increase the already bloated defense budget they claim is woefully underfunded. And, as is their wont, they are targeting domestic programs due to their regard for the "out-of-control" and "unsustainable deficit."
Pressing Pentagon demands in a time of terror threats and Islamic State militants have put newly empowered congressional Republicans in a bind.