Intentionally or not, President Barack Obama’s current strategy for defeating and destroying ISIS is "unattainable," says his first Defense Secretary, Robert Gates.
“…there will be boots on the ground if there’s to be any hope of success in the strategy. And I think that by continuing to repeat that [there won’t be troops on the ground], the president in effect traps himself,” Gates said on CBS This Morning.
“I’m also concerned that the goal has been stated as ‘degrade and destroy’ or ‘degrade and defeat’ ISIS,” because it sets an "unattainable" goal.
Gates is speaking from experience. As Defense Secretary for both Obama and George W. Bush, he saw the United States military inflict “some terrible blows” against al Qaeda – including the killing of Osama…[more]
Last week, I began a three-part series on this fall’s midterm races for the U.S. Senate, with each edition highlighting a different region of the country.
The first installment focused on the West, where Republicans are all but certain to pick up a seat in Montana and where hotly contested races are currently underway in Alaska and Colorado, both of which have the prospect of shifting from Democratic to Republican hands come Election Day.
This week, the series continues with a look at the Midwest.
At present, there are four races in the region that hold the prospect of a seat changing…
"Americans are afraid. The White House is afraid. Democrats are afraid. President Obama's 'Year of Action' has turned into a Year of Fear. The country seems mired in dread. And that could have mortal consequences for midterm Democrats. New polls out this week betray a rattled public, one that is jittery about war, security, and the economy -- and one that is increasingly looking to the GOP, not…[more]
—James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent