The Hagel quote is from 2006, and he later included military options.
has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the
2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised. Check it out.
Gates, the Bush official who recommended the plan in 2006, acknowledged
he drove the change in policy because of improved American intelligence
of what the Iranians were working on -- not just to be nice to the
While the armed services review past medical records for a history of
mental health issues and allow for the applicant to offer any additional
information, it has not prevented a sizable number of individuals with
mental health problems from acceptance.
These statistics are now so out of date that the trend has actually
reversed itself. U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have been declining
for the past four years.
Presidents Reagan, G.W. Bush, and Clinton have all missed some Memorial Days at Arlington. Obama has participated every year except 2010 when he honored the veterans with a speech at Andrews Air Force Base.
While data is not precise in both cases, there have been barely over 1,000
civilian deaths due to precise drone strikes, compared to at least 4,000 civilian deaths due to
American bombs in Cambodia where Nixon ordered half a million tons of bombs over four years.
The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA
”), was initiated by Bush in 2008, before Obama was
president. Also experts
say it’s doubtful that many undocumented immigrants would be brought
into the military. And Obama made it an option, not an order.
responsibility to act as if the brave survivors of sexual assault are
our sons, our daughters, our husbands and our lives who are being
betrayed by the greatest military on earth.
The truth is unlawful combatants are
still accorded a minimum degree of protection, including a ban on
"violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds,
mutilation, cruel treatment and torture," and "outrages upon personal
dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment," both of
which have been validated by the Supreme Court
Chaney's claim on NBC’s Meet the Press
, Dec. 14, 2014, is refuted by high-level government reports based on a trove of
secret Iraqi government documents that fell into American hands after
King minimized what the report said. Someone did die, an eye was lost, detainees were made to stand on broken limbs and deprived of sleep for 180 hours. One detainee suffered chronic hemorrhoids and anal fissure due to rectal feeding. All likely suffer with PTSD.
group of 47 Republican senators have written an open letter to Iran's
leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President
Barack Obama's administration won't last after Obama leaves office. This grossly immature and unethical manipulation of National policy to undermine national security is unthinkable. If Iran does not sigh the agreement we are left with two horrible options; a nuclear Iran or war.
US military involvement did not cause missiles to go missing, looting began before the US intervened, and while many of Libya’s 20,000 surface-to-air missiles did go missing
during the conflict, thousands more were destroyed, recovered, rendered
inoperable or believed to be in the hands of militias that aren’t
radical Islamic terrorists.
There’s little debate that generous military health care benefits are
taking up an ever-increasing share of the Pentagon’s budget.
In 2006, Congress capped interest rates on payday loans at 36 % for our soldiers, but big banks created "deposit advance products" with effective interest rates of 300 %. But Republicans have added deregulation into the National Defense Authorization Act, which would block protections and leave our soldiers vulnerable.
As far as Politifact can tell, Obama has never said himself that he would stop
signature drone strikes, which killed two western civilian hostages. An
unnamed administration official implied that signature strikes would
eventually be phased out.
While the United States has reduced the number of warheads, it has also
been modernizing nuclear equipment and has plans to continue to do so.
Data reviewed by Politifact through May 14 showed that 18 permanent employees have been fired
for patient scheduling, record manipulation, appointment delays, and/or
Military spending exceeded $800 billion not counting spending on
conflicts abroad and other items not in the military’s nearly $500
billion base budget. Americans spend between $107 billion in 2005 to $153 billion to prepare and file tax returns according to GAO estimation.
The 2012 Helping a Hero Gala "raised unprecedented funds", but veterans who lost limbs are incensed that he charged $100,000 plus $20,00 for private jet. Bush's typical speaking fee
is $250,000. These extravagant fees are common for all former presidents.
Automatic federal cuts as part of sequestration are shrinking the
military. Leaders have warned that cuts could reduce the Army’s ability
to respond to crises. But the Army Reserve, which Theismann says he was
talking about, very much remains in existence and would be
available, along with the National Guard, to assist the border patrol or
active military in emergencies.
The Department of Defense issued a directive, not a law, in 1992-when Bush’s father was president. It did not ban firearms outright; it
limited them to military personnel who held certain jobs, such as
positions in law enforcement. The Army issued a regulation
implementing that directive in 1993 -- two months after Clinton was in
The Taliban Five are known to be in Qatar, where they have been since
their release over a year ago. Qatar is considered neutral ground -- not
a battlefield -- and they are not allowed to leave the country.
The number of gun deaths since 1968 — including, as Kristof was careful
to note, both homicides and suicides — was higher than war fatalities by
roughly 120,000 deaths, or almost four years’ worth of gun deaths in
the United States.