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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican, who served in Iraq, called "American Sniper" an authentic portrayal of war and its aftermath for veterans.  (Associated Press)

Congressional veterans: 'American Sniper' a realistic portrait of sacrifice, war's toll

By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

Air Force veteran and congressman Adam Kinzinger said Sunday that "American Sniper," the Oscar-nominated film that's packed theaters while reigniting the nation's culture wars, is the most authentic depiction of the Iraq conflict that he's seen. Published January 25, 2015

"What is his proposal of what he wants to be in the AUMF? He's the commander in chief so I am glad, I believe we should be looking at authorizing force, however I want to know what is his plan for success," said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican. "That is a fair question and we have not seen that from the president yet." (Associated Press)

Lawmakers want specifics before authorizing military force against Islamic State

By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

President Obama called on Congress to pass a new authorization to use military force against the Islamic State at the State of the Union, but lawmakers said they had hoped for him to be more specific about powers he believes he will need to defeat the terrorist group. Published January 20, 2015

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In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, photo Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan exchange signed documents in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/ Vadim Savitsky, Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russia lines up counter-terrorism allies

- The Washington Times

Russia is trying to strengthen its counter-terrorism ties with partner nations India and Iran just as the U.S. government is increasing pressure on terrorists in the Middle East.Russia is trying to strengthen its counter-terrorism ties with partner nations India and Iran just as the U.S. government is increasing pressure on terrorists in the Middle East.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) ** FILE **

Senate to conduct more on-the-ground oversight of VA

- The Washington Times

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, now under Republican control, said Wednesday that it would make its mission to keep a closer eye on the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, including holding hearings at Secretary Robert McDonald’s headquarters and traveling to Arizona to get a firsthand look at the office that denied veterans care by trapping them on secret waiting lists.

In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, Polish soldiers, background, and and British soldiers  take part in joint military exercise  in Swietoszow, Poland. The British-led exercise  involved more than 1,000  British  troops   making it the largest British  commitment sent to Eastern Europe since 2008 and  is part of NATO’s reaction to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

U.S. Army commander in Europe heads to Ukraine

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Army's commander in Europe will meet with Ukrainian defense officials to the discuss their military-to-military relationship just as the war-torn country wrestling with Russian supporters for control over a key airport in Donetsk.

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FILE - In this May 21, 2014 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping before the opening ceremony at the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai, China. Angry with the West's response over Ukraine, Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea in a diplomatic nose-thumbing that could complicate the U.S.-led effort to squeeze Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons program. Russia's proactive strategy in Asia- which also involves cozying up to China and had been dubbed "Putin's Pivot" - began years ago as Moscow's answer to Washington's much touted rebalancing of its military forces in the Pacific. (AP Photo/Mark Ralston, Pool, File)

Second Sino-Russian alliance shatters illusions

President Obama began his administration in 2009 believing that American restraint would encourage great-power comity and cooperation. While he may now realize that such hope was illusory, what he may not grasp is that American strategic weakness resulting from his restraint has only encouraged a gathering Second Sino-Russian alliance.