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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.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 READ MORE



yourbartender (CC BY 2.0)

The Alliance From Hell

As the United States and Pakistan become more suspicious and resentful of each other amid drone strikes and an ongoing war in Afghanistan, Washington and Islamabad are still locked in an awkward post-9/11 embrace that, at this juncture, neither can afford to let go of.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Peter Pearson (CC-BY-SA)

Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Devin Smith (CC-BY)

If You Don’t Vote, You’re a Loser

There is no single issue more frustrating to the cause of progress than the relative struggle the left has organizing voters and getting them to the polls.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Panoramas (CC-BY-ND)

France’s Terrorist Threat Isn’t in Afghanistan

There’s a certain bitter irony in this week’s headlines in France about an Islamic terrorist network being rounded up in Strasbourg, Paris, Nice and Cannes, at the same time as the TV news shows French forces beginning their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Reece Lodder

Romney’s Foreign Policy a Puzzle That Doesn’t Fit Together

It is no surprise to find a businessman who is clueless with respect to America’s international relations, but when a businessman is running for the American presidency, you would expect an effort to read and learn.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE


Hearing an Echo on Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney claims to disagree with President Obama on many aspects of foreign policy. We’re still waiting to hear what those differences might be.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Maimed

Chris Hedges gave this talk Sunday night in New York City at a protest denouncing the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 READ MORE


The Invisible Wounds of War

On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, “Democracy Now!” spoke with veterans and an investigative reporter about the conflict’s legacy of mental health crises, soldier suicides and violence upon returning home.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Luis Argerich (CC-BY)

Major European Aerospace Merger Sends Shockwaves Around the Globe

The West Europeans are contemplating handing their independent arms and aerospace companies over to a conglomerate that would bestow on the United States an effective veto over the greater part of Europe’s rival defense industry.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Desmond Kavanaugh (CC-BY-ND)

The ‘Unloved America’

Americans shouldn’t be looking for love abroad. The goal should be respect—and we already have that.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



The Guardian

Children Killed by Teenage Suicide Bomber in Kabul

A teenage suicide bomber who had posed as a street hawker killed six people, including four children gathered around an iPhone, when he detonated explosives hidden in his backpack near the headquarters of the NATO-led military force in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE



isafmedia (CC BY 2.0)

U.S. Tests Pakistan by Declaring Haqqani a Terror Group

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the United States would formally recognize the militant Haqqani network operating in Afghanistan as a terrorist organization, a report to Congress said Friday.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE



oschene (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Dumb and Dumber

President Obama’s version of “smart power” has been anything but smart. It has maintained imperial overstretch at self-destructive expense, infuriated strategic competitors like China, hardened the position of adversaries like Iran and North Korea, and tried the patience of even longtime allies in Europe and Asia.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


Where’s the War on Lethal Superbugs?

Every week, 2,000 Americans, or about 100,000 men, women and children a year, die from mostly preventable hospital-borne infections in the United States, and the toll may even be higher once the Centers for Disease Control updates its figures.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 1

Highlights of the first day of the Democratic National Convention, including speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro, plus a video tribute to Ted Kennedy that included a not-so-subtle swipe at Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0)

Afghanistan’s Base Bonanza

In early 2010, the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) claimed that it had nearly 400 bases in Afghanistan. Today, a military spokesperson tells TomDispatch, the total tops around 550. And when you add in small checkpoints and foreign military installations of every type, the official count reaches a whopping 1,500 sites.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


Throwing Some Humble Pies

So, dear friends, we gather again to celebrate Aug. 26, the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage. We honor our foremothers in our special way by handing out the Equal Rites Awards for those who have done the most to slow down progress.

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Mahmoud Hassinno

Some Rebels Worry About Extremists, but Assad Comes First

During the early days, religious and nonreligious Syrians came together to call for reform. But as fighting intensified, a range of Islamist groups gained influence.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE


Photo Essay: Women and War

By Marissa Roth

“One Person Crying: Women and War,” is a 28-year, global photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Isaac Lamberth

Did Someone Say ‘War’?

Nobody in the U.S. and the allied countries, except for the relatives of the victims, gives a damn about Iraq. That will be true of Afghanistan, too, when it’s over. Or when it is replaced by war with Iran.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



Poster Boy NYC (CC BY 2.0)

Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad

Through rendition—the sending of terrorist suspects to the prisons of countries that torture—and related policies, President Obama has outsourced human rights abuse to Afghanistan, Somalia and elsewhere, thus avoiding the political stigma of torture, while tacitly tolerating such abuses and harvesting whatever intelligence can be gained from them.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



michael baird (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Washington Puts Its Money on Proxy War

From Asia and Africa to the Middle East and the Americas, the Obama administration is increasingly embracing drones and special operations forces to fight scattered global enemies on the cheap. A centerpiece of this new American way of war is the outsourcing of fighting duties to local proxies around the world.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



AfghanistanMatters (CC BY 2.0)

3 U.S. Troops Killed by Afghan Gunman

Three U.S. special operations soldiers were killed by a uniformed Afghan in the country’s southern Helmand province in the latest in a series of “green-on-blue” attacks in which Afghan police or soldiers turn their weapons on coalition troops.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE


The Truth About War

Karl Marlantes, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and author of two grim and heart-wrenching books based on his experiences, talks with Bill Moyers about returning home to the United States after being sent across the world to kill.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



AN HONORABLE GERMAN (CC BY-SA 2.0)

‘There’s No Downside’ to Drones, Philosopher Says

A newly hired philosophy professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., has become the latest defender of President Obama’s deadly drone program.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



ssoosay (CC BY 2.0)

Mission Failure: Afghanistan

Imagine for a moment that almost once a week for the last six months somebody somewhere in this country had burst, well-armed, into a movie theater showing a superhero film and fired into the audience. That would get your attention, wouldn’t it? Well, the equivalent has happened. In Afghanistan.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE


Cover-Up of a Horrific American Hospital in Afghanistan (Graphic)

A congressional inquiry revealed that a high-ranking U.S. Army general in Afghanistan attempted to obstruct an investigation into conditions at a $180 million American-funded hospital in Kabul where patients were treated and kept in “Auschwitz-like” conditions. Michael Hastings with Rolling Stone has followed the story closely.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE


Life in the American Slaughterhouse

We all know about Aurora. We know a lot less about Anaheim and the killing of Manuel Angel Diaz, shot in the back and in the head by that city’s police just a few short hours after the awful Aurora murders.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



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

What Americans Don’t Get About Afghanistan

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ed Girardet has been reporting from Afghanistan for 30 years and he predicts things will fall apart. Also: new infections of HIV among young, gay black men up by 48 percent; one of the architects of financial deregulation wants a do-over; and sportswriter Mark Heisler goes out on a limb looking for answers.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 READ MORE


What Americans Don’t Get About Afghanistan

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ed Girardet has been reporting from Afghanistan for 30 years and he predicts things will fall apart. Also: new infections of HIV among young, gay black men up by 48 percent; one of the architects of financial deregulation wants a do-over; and sportswriter Mark Heisler goes out on a limb looking for answers.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Careerists

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE



rabble (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Lily-Pad Strategy

Unknown to most Americans, Washington’s garrisoning of the planet is on the rise, thanks to a new generation of small, secretive, inaccessible bases with limited numbers of troops, spartan amenities, and prepositioned weaponry and supplies.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



America’s Drones Are Homeward Bound

The FAA has until Sept. 30, 2015, to formulate a plan to integrate up to 30,000 drones into U.S. airspace.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



markusram (CC BY-ND 2.0)

War Is Betrayal

War is always about betrayal—betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



podknox (CC BY 2.0)

Medals for Drone Pilots?

The Pentagon is considering awarding distinctions to personnel in air-conditioned rooms who use remote control airplanes to kill people 7,500 miles away.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt

Supply Lines to Reopen After U.S. Apologizes to Pakistan

Pakistan will reopen crucial supply lines to NATO forces in Afghanistan after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in drone strikes in November.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE



Karl Marx on a Credit Card: Priceless

Many East Germans are choosing credit cards with an image of a Karl Marx bust staring at the MasterCard logo; Urban Outfitters, owned by a right-wing conservative, is selling Mitt Romney merchandise to irony-thirsty hipsters; meanwhile, the political pressure Latinos placed on Obama is finally paying off. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE


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