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Army initially pushed to deny District’s request for National Guard before Jan. 6

Army initially pushed to deny District’s request for National Guard before Jan. 6

ADThe Army initially pushed to reject the D.C. government’s request for a modest National Guard presence ahead of the Jan. 6 rally that led to the Capitol riot, underscoring the deep reluctance of some higher-ups at the Pentagon to involve the military in security arrangements that day.In an internal draft memo obtained by The Washington Post, the Army said the U.S. military shouldn’t be needed to help police with traffic and crowd management, as city officials had requested, unless more than 100,000 demonstrators were expected.The draft memo also said the request should be denied because a...

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March 16, 2021
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U.S. military dispatches B-52 bombers to Middle East as show of force against Iran

U.S. military dispatches B-52 bombers to Middle East as show of force against Iran

ADThe United States flew a pair of B-52 strategic bombers from a base in Louisiana to the Middle East on Thursday as a show of force against Iran, underscoring the U.S. military’s ability to defend itself and its allies in the region as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalate during the final days of the Trump administration.The B-52H “Stratofortresses,” long-range heavy bombers that can carry nuclear warheads or perform conventional missions, left Barksdale Air Force Base on a short-notice nonstop mission.U.S. Central Command, which oversees the Middle East, said the mission was...

December 10, 2020
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Trump taps U.S. Marine Band for White House event and raises questions about employing the military for political purposes

Trump taps U.S. Marine Band for White House event and raises questions about employing the military for political purposes

When President Trump, recovering from the novel coronavirus, welcomed hundreds of people on Saturday to what resembled a campaign rally on the White House grounds, the guests filed onto the South Lawn past a military band in resplendent red, its horns blasting the tune “America” from “West Side Story.”The use of the United States Marine Band for a de facto political rally, where guests donned “Make America Great Again” hats and “Blexit” T-shirts — backing a movement that urges Black Americans to exit the Democratic Party — marked another instance of the president pushing the boundaries of...

October 11, 2020
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Giuliani pursued shadow Ukraine agenda as key foreign policy officials were sidelined

Giuliani pursued shadow Ukraine agenda as key foreign policy officials were sidelined

President Trump’s attempt to pressure the leader of Ukraine followed a months-long fight inside the administration that sidelined national security officials and empowered political loyalists — including the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani — to exploit the U.S. relationship with Kiev, current and former U.S. officials said. The sequence, which began early this year, involved the abrupt removal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, the circumvention of senior officials on the National Security Council, and the suspension of hundreds of millions of dollars of aid administered...

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September 25, 2019
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