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Massive turnover for Military upper commanders could change the military for decades

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Upper commanders in the U.S. military are reportedly retiring at a significant rate, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

President Donald Trump is slated to nominate a former officer who played a role in the raid to capture Osama bin Laden to lead the U.S. Special Operations Command in the coming months. He’s one of several personnel moves that will affect top leaders overseeing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S. policy against Russia and Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

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As the conflicts in Afghanistan continue, the military has sought to minimize its footprint and have been leaning more heavily on the military that falls under Special Operations Command.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced last week that he would nominate his senior military assistant, Navy Adm. Craig Faller, to take over a post responsible for Guantanamo Bay, among other things. Faller was under investigation for accepting luxury hotel upgrades in Malaysia. Since he used the extra space to accommodate additional staffers, however, he didn’t garner any disciplinary actions.

Two other top Pentagon roles will open next year Marine Gen. Joe Dunford and Air Force Gen. Paul Selvia retire. Mattis is expected to play a significant role in replacing the positions through the president.

Those four posts will add to Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top commander in Afghanistan, and Army Gen. Vince Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, who are also expected to retire.

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The timing gives six crucial posts that will be taken over by leaders expected to impact the military for a decade or more.


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Roger Stone’s entire defense strategy seems to be hoping Trump will pardon him: national security lawyer

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Trump ally Roger Stone is on trial this week on charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice -- and one national security attorney is baffled at how he's trying to defend himself.

Attorney Bradley Moss wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he simply doesn't see how Stone hopes to beat the charges laid out against him, as he so far hasn't had any serious rebuttal to his documented efforts to pressure witness Randy Credico to commit perjury.

"I seriously do not understand Roger Stone's defense strategy," Moss wrote. "This seems like a pro forma defense centered around the belief Trump will simply pardon him and Stone can then monetize his victim status further."

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Trump has wrecked US diplomacy and replaced it with ‘crony-to-crony relationships’: former ambassador

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Eric Edelman, a former official in the George W. Bush administration, shredded President Donald Trump on Tuesday for taking a wrecking ball to American diplomacy.

In an interview with the New York Times, Edelman said that Trump takes a purely transactional approach to foreign policy that serves his own personal interests instead of the interests of the United States.

"Trump is replacing formal relations among nations in several cases with family-to-family relationship, or crony-to-crony relationships," said Edelman, who served as the American ambassador to Turkey during the Bush administration. "Certainly, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan would prefer that kind of relationship as he runs a crony capitalist regime of his own, but it ought to be a matter of concern to all Americans."

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Trump falsely claims Ivanka ‘created 14 million jobs’: ‘That’s all she wants to talk about’

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While speaking to the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, President Donald Trump praised his daughter Ivanka, who he claimed had "created 14 million jobs."

"We launched the Pledge to America’s Workers, Trump explained, "367 private sector partners are providing more than 14 million skills and career training opportunities for U.S. Workers."

Trump then gave Ivanka Trump credit for the jobs.

'My daughter, Ivanka, that’s all she wants to talk about," he said. "I say, 'Ivanka, can we please talk something about.' [Ivanka replies,] 'No. I met with Wal-Mart.'"

Trump added: "When she started this 2 1/2 years ago, her goal was 500,000 jobs. She’s now created 14 million jobs."

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