RT America -- October 3, 2014

Over 70 percent of active-duty US soldiers oppose the idea of deploying ground forces to Iraq, according to a new Military Times poll. Despite many politicians and top media figures calling for boots on the ground to combat the Islamic State group, the newly released figure matches the opinion of the general public, which has also expressed disapproval with calls to intervene in Iraq and Syria with ground forces. Doctoral researcher and Iraq War veteran Jake Diliberto explains to RT’s Ameera David some of the reasons why soldiers may be so strongly opposed.

The US government is stockpiling nuclear warhead components so that they can be used to destroy asteroids if need be, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. A number of devices meant to be disassembled in 2015 will instead remain in storage, “pending a senior-level government evaluation of their use in planetary defense against earthbound asteroids.” RT’s Ameera David takes at the plan, as well as some of the recent close encounters that prompted the move.