Joint Chiefs Chair Nominee: US Intelligence Couldn't Even Predict ISIS

William M. Arkin · 07/10/15 09:55AM

That Cold War is so hot right now. A couple of days ago, the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah James, cited Russia as “the biggest threat” to the United States. Today a New York Times headline blares: “Joint Chiefs Nominee Warns of Threat of Russian Aggression”—referring to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the nominee to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. So why all the sudden admissions when we’ve been playing two-hand touch instead of tackle so far?

Cancel Your Summer Vacation Plans to Afghanistan

William M. Arkin · 05/07/15 01:00PM

The Daily Beast is reporting that the administration is warning members of Congress not to visit Afghanistan during the 2015 fighting season this summer because of the heightened danger. It’s not the first time such cautions have been urged, but this year, coming after the official end of combat operations and the triumphal return and rise of Joe, Congressional sources are saying it contradicts the rosy picture being conveyed.