FROM Felicia Schwartz
Pentagon to Send Expeditionary Force to Iraq to Fight ISIS In the wake of the ISIS attacks on Paris, Defense Secretary Ash Carter today announced a new specialized expeditionary force for Iraq and possibly for Syria. "These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture ISIL leaders. This force will also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations in Syria. That creates a virtuous cycle of better intelligence, which generates more targets, more raids, more momentum." Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies before the House Armed Services Committee about US strategy for Syria and Iraq, December 1, 2015. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz Felicia Schwartz is security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.