Defense

Biden campaign removing retired general from ad after he objects

The criticism came a week after POLITICO reported that the Trump campaign used an image of Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley without his permission. The Biden video, which was published Oct. 10, features an Iraq War veteran talking about how the Democratic nominee played a critical role in making sure troops had mine-resistant, ambush-protected […]

Defense

U.N. arms embargoes on Iran expire despite U.S. objections

“Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. The United Nations banned Iran from buying major foreign weapon systems in 2010 amid tensions over its nuclear program. An earlier embargo […]

Defense

O’Brien takes indirect shot at Milley over Afghanistan drawdown

“It’s not my practice to speculate,” O’Brien said. “Other people can interpret that what I say is a speculation, but I wasn’t speculating. … When I’m speaking, I’m speaking for the president and I think that’s what the Pentagon is moving out and doing.” The remarks were the latest in an unusually public back-and-forth between […]

Defense

Top general did not give his consent to be used in Trump political ad

The military has strict rules against uniformed service members participating in political campaigns, and the ad is just the latest example of the president or those around him pulling the nation’s highest-ranking officer and other Defense Department officials into the political realm. “As a matter of long-standing policy, military service members and federal employees acting […]

Defense

White House installs a campaign veteran at the CIA

“There are a number of people in the West Wing, including Johnny McEntee and [retired Lieutenant General] Keith Kellogg, who have respect for him given his credentials and loyalty to the president,” the administration official said of Mizusawa. CIA Press Secretary Tim Barrett said in a statement that Mizusawa “serves as a senior adviser on […]

Defense

Esper plans more official travel as calls grow for him to stay put

“Senior leaders should stay in Washington because of the concern about continuity of government with the condition of the White House and our senior military leaders,” said Mick Mulroy, an ABC News analyst who formerly served in the CIA and at the Pentagon until late last year. This would also serve to “send a message […]