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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Secret Message of Obama’s State of the Union

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address was so wide ranging and inclusive, it’s almost difficult to recall the most ambitious proposals.

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U.S. and Israel Push the Boundaries of International Law

In 2009, the former head of the international law department of Israel’s military establishment, Daniel Reisner, said that “International law progresses through violations. We invented the targeted assassination thesis and we had to push it.”

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Military Interventions Rarely Fulfill Their Goals

Military interventions by powerful nations into lesser ones, such as now continues in Mali (and Afghanistan), and is being urged by many into the Syrian civil war, are inherently reckless since even the most powerful states can have the whole project blow up on them.

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Hagel Haggling

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Pleased to Meat You

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AP/Mohammad Hannon

Jordan’s King Abdullah Sees a ‘New Taliban’ Rising in Syria

As he watches neighboring Syria “implode,” the king of Jordan worries that the country will fracture and become a hotbed of religious extremism.

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Jihadism in North Africa Gets U.S. Attention

Is the Sahara the newest great threat to the United States—“a terrorist training ground,” hotbed of extremism, the new Afghanistan—in the Great War against Islamic terrorism that still preoccupies the American political class and the foreign affairs community?

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The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0)

The End Game in Afghanistan?

Compromise, conflict or collapse. Ask an Afghan what to expect in 2014 and you’re likely to get a scenario that falls under one of those three headings.

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Women in Combat

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Questions That Need Asking

Republicans wanted nothing more than to summon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Capitol Hill and grill her about the tragic fiasco in Benghazi. Sadly for them, they got their wish.

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Kenneth G. Takada

The President of Perpetual War

Four years into his presidency, Barack Obama’s political formula should be obvious.

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Obama’s Dirty Wars Exposed at Sundance

As President Barack Obama prepared to be sworn in for his second term as the 44th president of the United States, two courageous journalists premiered a documentary at the annual Sundance Film Festival.

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White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Place in History Already Assured

The overall failure of American foreign policy during the first Obama presidency was foreseeable.

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Hagel’s Problem

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Mr. Fish's Cartoon

Prosecuting Prosecutorial Abuse

Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann must be held accountable for their actions during their prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz; in China, a father hired online “assassins” to kill his son’s avatar in an attempt to save his real life; meanwhile, the U.S. is giving the Afghan government a fleet of drones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Military Suicides Hit Record Level in 2012

Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record high last year as 349 soldiers—far more than were killed in active combat—took their own lives.

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Haggling Over Hagel

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

God Loves Us and We Will Bomb You

The utopian and missionary qualities of American political belief began in the Puritans’ Calvinist theology of “the Elect,” the chosen people.

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White House / Pete Souza

We’re Not in Decline or Retreat

We are about to have a major foreign policy debate in the guise of a confirmation battle over Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense and the related argument over how long U.S. troops should stay in Afghanistan. President Obama should use this opportunity to stand up for his broader vision of how American power can be sustained and used.

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John Brennan, Sami Al-Hajj and the Blight of Guantanamo

A journalist’s 7-year detention by the United States should be front and center in the forthcoming confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s choice the lead the CIA, John Brennan.

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U.S. Army/Sgt. Matthew C. Moeller

Continued American Presence in Afghanistan a Recipe for More Disaster

Not all of the world—certainly not the Islamic world—wants America’s version of global security, which has required repeated American military interventions abroad, provoking guerrilla and terrorist resistance.

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Dave_B_ (CC BY 2.0)

The American System of Suffering, 1965-2014

For all the dissimilarities, botched analogies, and tortured comparisons, there has been one connecting thread in Washington’s foreign wars of the last half century that, in recent years at least, Americans have seldom found of the slightest interest: misery for local nationals.

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Mr. Fish's Cartoon

A Long, Hard, Forgiving Look at Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel has apologized for the anti-gay comments he made in 1998 but liberals continue to disapprove of him for secretary of defense; with so much emphasis on the infamous fiscal cliff, someone should pay attention to the looming “climate cliff”; meanwhile, India’s Supreme Court will rule on a case that may mean the end of affordable generic drugs all over the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com (CC BY 2.0)

Pakistan Taliban Leader Dead in U.S. Drone Strike

The first disclosed unmanned drone strike of 2013 killed top Taliban leader Mullah Nazir as he reportedly met with senior leaders of his group in South Waziristan early Thursday morning, security officials say.

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Bestiary: The American Infidel

Born of the last decade of aggression against theocratic regimes many thousands of miles away, the American infidel “is a rebel for laissez-faire capitalism, an anarchist for the law, an enforcer of the established order,” writes Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank.

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Fixing U.S. Image

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Maimed

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Election 2012

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Flower Power

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AP/Patrick Semansky

The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

The major news outlets that were thrilled to profit from the information that Bradley Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

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The Trials of Bradley Manning

Pfc. Bradley Manning was finally allowed to speak publicly, in his own defense, in a preliminary hearing of his court-martial.

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The Washington Straitjacket

Dear President Obama: Nothing you don’t know, but let me just say it: the world’s a weird place. I mean, do you ever think about how you ended up where you are?

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Military Wives

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Discipline, Not Democracy, for Afghanistan and Iraq

The U.S. government formally values the human right to be free from indefinite detention without charge, except in certain cases such as when the practice is useful for securing its own interests in Afghanistan and Iraq, writes Glenn Greenwald.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

The Greatest Generation, Redux

For nearly a decade I have had the privilege of teaching veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, though they have taught me more.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

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U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Lorie Jewell

Another Scandal Among Officers Who No Longer Win Wars

As a former serviceman, I have been long bemused by the proliferation of ribbons and other decorations on the chests of today’s high-ranking army officers, now mired in scandal.

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AP/Chris O'Meara

Ridiculous Details Emerge From Petraeus Sex Scandal as Investigation Widens

The Petraeus scandal has expanded to involve another high ranking military officer: Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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Alexis Gravel (CC-BY-ND)

Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing.

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AP/Charles Dharapak

How Could the Republicans Have Been So Stupid?

Record numbers of Latino voters almost certainly gave Obama Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania and, thus, the presidency.

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White House/Pete Souza

Forward!

I suspect that when my life is over I will have had two opportunities to vote in a presidential election for a black man, and I intend to take both of them.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



Thomas Hedges

The Bomb Bazaar

More than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition last month in Washington, D.C.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

The S&M Election

I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are psychopathic bastards.

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Drone Warfare: An Illegal Tactic Sure to Perpetuate U.S.-Muslim War Indefinitely

It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end the American war with the Muslim world that began on September 11 in 2001.

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Obama for America/Christopher Dilts

Bill Clinton to the Rescue

While Obama flew home to take command of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy, the campaign marched on Monday, with 66-year-old Bill Clinton trying to catalyze the youth vote in Florida.

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U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Deviney

Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE


How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

If conservatism were winning, does anyone doubt that Romney would be running as a conservative? Yet unlike Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, Romney is offering an echo, not a choice. His strategy at the end is to try to sneak into the White House on a chorus of me-too’s.

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U.S. Marine Corps/SSgt Jeff Kaus

Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Hawks of a Feather Flock Together

The final debate of the presidential campaign was a dismal affirmation by both candidates of a foreign policy that has cost many thousands of lives and injuries and plunged the nation deeply into debt.

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AP/B.K. Bangash

Doctors Optimistic for Girl Shot by Taliban

Malala Yousafzai, the Pashtun teenager and women’s rights activist who was shot in the head in early October by Taliban gunmen in northwest Pakistan, could make “pretty much a full recovery,” her doctors in Britain said.

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