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U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow

Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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The Classic Military Runaround

For my trouble, on my return to the United States, I was detained at Kennedy Airport in New York by agents of the Department of Homeland Security. Their question for me: Was I planning to fight against U.S. forces in Afghanistan?

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/David Goldman

Dick and Trayvon ... Connect the Dots

This is a fitting moment to recall that 15 months ago, on the weekend of March 22, 2012, all print, radio and TV news was dominated by two seemingly disconnected stories.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Drones Far Deadlier to Civilians Than Conventional Aircraft

Drone strikes cause 10 times the number of civilian casualties that manned aircraft attacks do, a U.S. military study found, contradicting claims that robotic planes are more precise than their human operated counterparts.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Global Domination and Databases

Post-Cold War world military domination has proven not enough for the U.S. Now the Obama administration has been made a laughingstock by the homespun ethical stance of the high school dropout computer geek Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Rahmat Gul

A Gun Battle at Karzai’s Palace

Reports say four insurgents and three security guards died during an attack Tuesday by the Taliban near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

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Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Hastings

Hastings’ death is a loss to readers who would have profited from his continued devotion to telling the stories of American politics and the military with fewer inhibitions than lesser reporters.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Suspended

Peace talks scheduled to begin Thursday between the United States and the Taliban faltered after the Afghan government complained that the Islamist political group’s newly opened Qatar office would be treated as a government-in-exile.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE


War Infinitum

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U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe

U.S. and Taliban Announce Direct Negotiations

After more than 11 years of war in Afghanistan, a country known as “the graveyard of empires” for its inability to be conquered and held, the White House announced Tuesday that it will sit down with the Taliban and try to work things out with words instead of bombs.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Chuck Kennedy

On Civil Liberties, Comparing Obama With Bush Is Easy—and Mostly Wrong

Rather than hyping the terrorist threat, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, President Obama has repeatedly framed a calmer—if equally resolute—attitude toward Islamist extremism.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



DoD/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

America’s Misguided Pivot to Asia

China certainly is no military threat to the continental United States, or to its security, economy or major national interests.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE


Memorial Day Gratitude

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Memorial Day 2013

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Memorial Day

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AP/vk.com

Note Reportedly Says Marathon Attack Blowback Against U.S. Aggression

A note that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is said to have left on an interior wall of the boat where police found him after the April 15 attacks claimed responsibility for the bombings and described them as retribution for the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the Boston dead were “collateral damage” in the same way Muslims are in the American-led conflicts.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Where Has All the Money Gone?

After an extensive examination of government spending data and contracts, I estimate that the Pentagon has dispersed around $385 billion to private companies for work done outside the U.S. since late 2001, mainly in the military baseworld.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps./Gunnery Sgt. Michael Kropiewnicki

The Military’s 40-Year Experiment

On June 30, 1973, a 24-year-old plumber’s apprentice became the last American forced into the armed services before the military draft expired.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE


Another Trap

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U.S. Navy/MC2 Edwin L. Wriston

U.S. Weighs Syrian Intervention, Despite the Consequences

The present debate in the United States over making policy for a Middle East that has been profoundly changed by the events of the past three years unhappily echoes past policies that failed.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps./Lance Cpl. Juanenrique Owings

Burning Questions About Intervention in Syria

For all the armchair generals advocating U.S. military intervention in Syria, I have a few questions.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE



White House (Archive)

What Might Be Missing From Bush’s Presidential Library

Not so fast, please: There are a few salient questions that George W. Bush (or at least his library) ought to address before the rehabilitation begins.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Scahill

With his new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” Jeremy Scahill brings the last decade of the American government’s clandestine war making into the clearest possible focus.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 READ MORE


A Cronkite Moment for the Blowback Era

You are not allowed to honestly discuss the Central Intelligence Agency’s concept of “blowback” without putting yourself at risk of being deemed a traitor to country.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE


Stains on a Legacy

In retrospect, George W. Bush’s legacy doesn’t look as bad as it did when he left office. It looks worse.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Karim Kadim

Iraq Still Uses Fake Bomb Detectors

A British businessman was convicted Tuesday of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors for as much as $40,000. Despite being “completely incapable of detecting explosives,” as police Detective Superintendent Nigel Rock put it, the devices are still in use.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Half-Baked Theories Continue to Direct Global History

The blood runs cold when one fully appreciates how vulnerable official policymakers and the Western policy community are to slogans and to magical thinking.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


The Secret Story of Obama’s Assassination of Americans in Yemen

In an hourlong special on “Democracy Now!” on Tuesday, author and Nation magazine war correspondent Jeremy Scahill tells the story of the radicalization of Islamic cleric and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and the U.S. government’s subsequent pursuit and assassination of him and his son.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE



Nation Books

Filling the Empty Battlefield

With “Blowback,” Chalmers Johnson aimed to paint a portrait of how America’s informal empire and its historically unprecedented garrisoning of the world looked to others, and so explain why animosity and blowback were building globally. Now we have a secret history of 21st-century American war in Jeremy Scahill’s latest book, “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Brendon Smialowski

277 Million Boston Bombings

The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Dallas Edwards

Leaving Behind Our Loyal Afghans

More than 8,000 interpreters are employed by the United States military, and many thousands of other Afghans are working for the occupiers.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Julio Cortez

A Lesson in Empathy From Glenn Greenwald

“I’m up for us ‘All Being Bostonians Today’. But then can we all be Yemenis tomorrow & Pakistanis the day after?” Greenwald’s Guardian colleague Gary Younge wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



Edd Turtle

Shell Shock Lite

It didn’t take much. No battles. No dead bodies. I spent just three and a half weeks as a contractor in Iraq, when the war there was at its height, rarely leaving the security of American military bases.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks’ New Release: The Kissinger Cables and Bradley Manning

WikiLeaks has released a new trove of documents, more than 1.7 million U.S. State Department cables dating from 1973-1976 that it has dubbed “The Kissinger Cables.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Anonymous Murder From a Safe Distance

War is war and murder is murder. The law draws the distinction. The American armed drone is a weapons system of war, not of policemen.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Great Afghan Corruption Scam

Washington has vociferously denounced Afghan corruption as a major obstacle to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. But none of the relevant documents refer to the single most relevant fact: that the fraud and misconduct originates in Washington itself.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE



Giacomo Carena (CC BY-ND 2.0)

American Anniversaries From Hell

Consider the plethora of blood-soaked little anniversaries that Americans could observe, if they cared to, from a decade-plus of the former Global War on Terror.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Hundreds of Thousands More Like Tomas Young

Almost half of the 2.2 million troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan report problems on returning home, but the attention and care many receive from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs are not enough, a report published Tuesday finds.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Emilio Morenatti

U.S. Breaks Promises to Iraqi and Afghan Refugees

Of the 1.5 million Iraqi refugees who have fled the country, only about 80,000, or 5 percent, have been resettled here in the U.S.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Men Who Kick Down Doors

Picture this. A man bursts into a living room not his own. He confronts an enemy. He barks orders. He throws that enemy into a chair. The invader isn’t an American soldier leading a night raid on an Afghan village, nor is the enemy an anonymous Afghan householder. This warrior is just a guy in Ohio named Shane, and he’s doing what so many men find exhilarating: disciplining his girlfriend.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE


Savior

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Wake Up

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War

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U.S. Army/Spc. Michael J. MacLeod

10 Years Later and I’m Still Protesting War

A decade ago, I resigned my post in opposition to President George W. Bush’s war on Iraq.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE


The Last Letter

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 READ MORE



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VA Hides Gulf War Health Issues, Congress Told

The Department of Veterans Affairs was accused before Congress this week of numerous accounts of negligence, including hiding or obscuring research data involving Gulf War veterans and failing to treat former soldiers outright.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE


Hamid Karzai Meets Chuck Hagel

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