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Senate Armed Services Committee nixes ‘worldwide war’ legislation

The version of the National Defense Authorization Act recently passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee omitted a controversial provision that would have authorized the United States to use military force in any part of the world that was suspected to contain terrorists, including within the U.S. itself. According to…

McCain: Egypt’s military wants power transfer to elected leader

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers want to hand over powers to an elected government “as soon as possible,” US Senator John McCain said after talks on Sunday with the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Power was transferred to the armed forces by former president Hosni Mubarak…

McCain: Afghan drawdown must be ‘very modest’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama should begin only a “very modest” withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan next month and not bring home any combat troops, senior US Senator John McCain said Wednesday. “I’m in exact agreement with (US Defense) Secretary Gates that it should be very modest,” McCain, the…

Watch: GCC armed forces enter Bahrain to quell protests

Armed troops of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) entered Bahrain days ago amidst escalating pro-democracy protests. A large contingent of GCC military units drove into the Arab country Saturday — as filmed in the video below, which was posted to YouTube by user 000friendly. The Saudi-headquartered GCC is a political…

Days before death, Sen. Byrd revealed quiet push to end ‘Don’t Ask’

Six days before his death, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) told a constituent that he supported the repeal of the military policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ does not change the composition of our Armed Forces,” Sen. Byrd wrote in a letter to constituent Jim…

Top Democrat ready to kill effort to ban ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

The top Democratic and Republican senators on the Armed Services Committee are set to strip repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy from the National Defense Authorization Act, according to two news reports. “Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and John McCain of Arizona, the top Democrat and Republican…

Maddow: McCain listened to military leaders until they disagreed with him

The leaders of America’s military have concluded that repealing the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is “the right thing to do” — but Senator John McCain (R-AZ) isn’t prepared to go along with that advice, no matter what he might have said in the past about respecting their opinions.…

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