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Army Suicide Rate Highest on Record

The number of active-duty soldiers who kill themselves or attempt to is the highest it’s been since the Army began keeping records almost 30 years ago. Three hundred fifty soldiers attempted suicide or injured themselves in 2002, compared with 2,100 in 2007.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

U.S. Army Officer Cleared in Abu Ghraib Case

The disgrace brought on the U.S. by members of the military who participated in the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison will likely linger for some time, but one of the key Army figures involved in the case, Lt. Col. Steven Jordan (pictured), has been cleared of any serious charges from the 2003 scandal.

Posted on Jan 12, 2008 READ MORE


Musharraf
time.com

Musharraf the Civilian

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has heeded strong hints from his concerned friends in the U.S. government by announcing that he’ll give up his post as his country’s army chief this week—but he’ll remain “supreme commander” of Pakistan’s armed forces.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


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defenseindustrydaily.com

Pentagon Sweeps 20,000 Veterans Under the Rug

Roughly 20,000 soldiers who aren’t on the military’s list of combat wounded have signs of brain injury, according to an analysis of Army, Navy and Veterans Affairs data conducted by USA Today. The Pentagon’s official tally of troops who’ve suffered brain trauma in combat is 4,471—one-fifth the total gleaned from military records.

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 READ MORE


Lt. Bourne and son

Olbermann on the Best Way to Support Our Troops

Try not to mist up during this clip of two young boys being surprised at their Virginia elementary school by their father, Lt. Thomas Bourne.  As Keith Olbermann opines, the best way to support our troops is to “make sure that that kind of homecoming is what each of them and their families have earned.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 READ MORE


Gen. Casey
AP photo / Brennan Linsley

In the Hands of the Military

The last, best hope for averting a war with Iran lies with the United States military. We will be saved or doomed by our generals.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


Standards for Recruits With Criminal Records May Ease

The Pentagon is evaluating how it can streamline the process that allows recruits with criminal records to serve in the military. The proposed action is the latest in a series of cash bonuses and relaxed requirements that are meant to help the military cope with its recruitment problem. We can think of a much more effective measure to get young men and women to sign up for military service: End the war in Iraq.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Chalmers Johnson on America’s Forgotten War

The best-selling author of “The Sorrows of Empire” takes a look at David Halberstam’s critical history of the Korean War.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

UK Plans Troop Reduction

The British government is planning to downsize its military presence in Iraq this May by 800 to leave a total of 7,000 troops, a move Defense Secretary John Reid insists is not meant to signal a “handover of responsibility” to Iraqi forces, according to the BBC. Updated

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Limbaugh’s ‘Phony Soldiers’ Slur

The controversy over what Rush Limbaugh meant when he uttered the phrase “phony soldiers” last week isn’t just another broadcast sideshow. As the political power of conservatism declines, the symbolic authority of figures such as Limbaugh is likewise shrinking.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


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facebook.com

Israel’s Toy Soldiers

If you are a young Muslim American and head off to the Middle East for a spell in a fundamentalist “madrassa,” or religious school, Homeland Security will probably greet you at the airport when you return.  But if you are an American Jew and you join hundreds of teenagers from Europe and Mexico for an eight-week training course run by the Israel Defense Forces, you can post your picture wearing an Israeli army uniform and holding an automatic weapon on MySpace.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


The Illusion of Progress in Iraq

Following two days of carefully staged theatrics on Capitol Hill and cable television, the essential facts about Iraq remain unchanged. Despite the big charts and the blustering fanfare highlighted by Fox News, neither Gen. David H. Petraeus nor Ambassador Ryan Crocker could convincingly claim that the American military escalation in Iraq is achieving its original goals.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


‘War As We Saw It’ Authors Killed

Two of the seven co-authors of “The War As We Saw It,” perhaps the most compelling analysis of the Iraq war, died on Monday in a vehicle accident. Sgt. Omar Mora and Staff Sgt. Yance T. Gray, along with five other active duty soldiers, wrote in The New York Times that “[Iraqis] will soon realize that the best way to regain dignity is to call us what we are—an army of occupation—and force our withdrawal.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


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kotaku.com

Bush Can’t Remember Why He Blew It

The disbanding of the Iraqi army shortly after the U.S. began its occupation is widely considered one of the biggest blunders of the war. So why did the administration make such a disastrous decision? Don’t ask President Bush: He can’t remember.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


Army Suicide Rate at Quarter-Century High

According to the U.S. military, 99 active-duty soldiers committed suicide in 2006, a number that may rise after ongoing investigations into other cases conclude, making last year’s suicide rate the highest in 26 years. 

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


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msnbc.com

Army Throws Cash at Recruitment Problem

In an effort to combat ever dwindling enthusiasm among America’s youths for a career in the military, the Army is enlarging its recruitment staff, loosening age and criminal record restrictions and offering more cash bonuses, such as $45,000 tax-free to buy a house. Last year the Army spent $1 billion on bonuses and advertisements.

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Army Apologizes to Tillman Family

Nearly three and a half years after Pat Tillman’s death, the Army has issued a formal mea culpa to his family, admitting through Secretary of the Army Pete Geren on Tuesday that his family’s grief “was compounded by the failing of his Army” with respect to its duty to inform families quickly and thoroughly about their losses.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE


Army to Discipline 7 in Tillman Case, ABC Reports

The Army is punishing seven officers for mishandling the Pat Tillman case, according to ABC News.  The harshest punishment reportedly is being meted out to Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, who allegedly deceived investigators about when he knew the facts about Tillman’s death.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Army Schools Soldiers on PTSD, Brain Injury

The U.S. Army is starting a corps-wide push to educate soldiers on all levels about the signs and symptoms of brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  both of which are taking major tolls on active troops and veterans from the Iraq war.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Eddie Slovik
detnews.com

Pentagon Mostly Ignores Deserters

Although desertions from the Army have gone up, the military has apparently taken little interest.  There is no active program for finding those who simply walk away, and when deserters are caught (usually they turn themselves in), most face merely a less than honorable discharge.  According to the AP, just 5 percent of Army deserters were court-martialed in 2006.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


U.N. Peacekeepers Killed in Lebanon

Six U.N. peacekeepers from the Spanish army were killed Sunday when their vehicle was attacked with an explosive device. Condoleezza Rice, her French and Spanish counterparts and even Hezbollah have all condemned the attack. No one has claimed responsibility. Tensions have been high in Lebanon with Lebanese forces battling an extremist militant group for over a month.

Posted on Jun 24, 2007 READ MORE



motherjones.com

Blowback in Lebanon

Truthdig contributor Reese Erlich connects the blowback from American meddling in the Mideast to the recent violence in Lebanon, where a Palestinian militant group has been fighting with the Lebanese army.

Posted on Jun 22, 2007 READ MORE


A Sad Game

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Posted on Jun 22, 2007 READ MORE    


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anxietyinsights.info

Army (Finally) Hires More Shrinks

The Army plans to hire roughly 200 additional mental health workers to help care for ailing soldiers. Thirty-five percent of troops seek mental health care a year after coming home and between 15 and 20 percent of soldiers in Iraq show signs of post-traumatic stress. The latest Pentagon study found military mental health care to be inadequate.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE    


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news.bbc.co.uk

‘Proof’ of American Hostages

A video has surfaced that shows what appears to be the identifications cards of two missing American soldiers. The Islamic State of Iraq, a Sunni insurgent coalition, has claimed responsibility for the capture of three soldiers, one of whom was later found dead.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq Prepares for U.S. Withdrawal

Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi revealed Monday that his government is planning for a rapid pullout of American forces: “The army plans on the basis of a worst-case scenario so as not to allow any security vacuum. ... There are meetings with political leaders on how we can deal with a sudden pullout.”

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
tcsdaily.com

White House ‘Strongly Opposes’ Extra Pay for Troops

The House of Representatives wants to boost soldier pay by 3.5 percent in order to close the gap with private sector wages, but the White House opposes an increase beyond 3 percent. The White House has also come out against new benefits for disabled veterans and survivors of military retirees.

Posted on May 17, 2007 READ MORE


Harry’s Setback

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Posted on May 17, 2007 READ MORE    


Harry
news.bbc.co.uk

Prince Harry Is Denied an Iraq Excursion

Prince Harry eagerly wanted to deploy to Iraq with his fellow soldiers, but the head of the British army has said the risks to the prince and those serving around him would be “unacceptable.”

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Survey: Many Soldiers Approve of Torture

An Army survey of troops in Iraq has found some disturbing attitudes, and recommends shorter deployments for the mentally exhausted soldiers. Asked whether civilians should be treated with dignity and respect, less than half said yes and more than a third found torture acceptable.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Army Chief Won’t Rule Out Longer Deployments

The Army’s new chief of staff, Gen. George Casey (of Iraq fame), has said he can’t guarantee that deployments won’t grow beyond the current 15 months. Casey was asked about the extensions by a frustrated Army wife who said her husband’s deployments have more than doubled in length over the years.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


Congress Probes White House Over Tillman Affair

The House Oversight Committee has sent requests to the White House and Pentagon asking for all documents related to the death of Pat Tillman. The committee is investigating why the Army misrepresented the circumstances of the Ranger’s death. Key to that effort is a letter sent by a top general urging Gen. John Abizaid to warn the White House.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


Chief of U.S. Prison in Baghdad Arrested

The American commander in charge of Baghdad’s Camp Cropper, which holds about 3,300 detainees, has been arrested by U.S. forces for a range of alleged offenses. Lt. Col. William Steele stands accused of providing a phone to detainees, having an inappropriate relationship with both an interpreter and a detainee’s daughter and mishandling classified information, among other charges.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


detainee
AP Photo / Mark Wilson, Pool

Shutting Down Guantanamo

Jumana Musa, advocacy director for domestic human rights and international justice at Amnesty International, speaks with Truthdig about the war on human rights, why conditions at Guantanamo have only gotten worse and why she has hope for the future.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Ranger Ordered to Conceal Information in Tillman Case

“I was ordered not to tell them,” testified U.S. Army Spc. Bryan O’Neal on Tuesday. According to the AP, the Army Ranger was instructed by a superior to conceal information about the friendly-fire incident from Pat’s brother and fellow Army Ranger Kevin Tillman on threat of punishment.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Politics of Mourning

Why did we lower flags to half-mast for students and faculty killed in the Virginia Tech shootings but do not do the same for our fallen soldiers in the Middle East?  That’s the provocative question posed by Sgt. Jim Wilt from his Army outpost near Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


Congress to Investigate Tillman Cover-Up

From documents already released, it has become clear that the Army acted inappropriately following the death of Pat Tillman, destroying evidence, instituting an “information lockdown” and possibly even discussing a PR strategy. Congress will now investigate the matter, with the aid of uncensored documents and testimony from the Tillman family.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Jim Lehrer

Shortchanging Veterans

Jim Lehrer reports that the Army may be underestimating the severity of disabilities, denying servicemen and -women lifetime benefits. The Veterans Disability Benefits Commission found that disability ratings made by the Veterans Affairs Department were typically higher than those of the Army.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


Soldier
AP Photo / Darko Vojinovic

Stretched Military Extends Tours to Keep Surge Going

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is likely to extend the tours of duty of some 100,000 soldiers currently deployed in Iraq by three months. The new policy would enable the surge to last for a year.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


Military Minces Words in Tillman Report

The military has concluded that the fratricide of Pat Tillman was not criminal and there was no broad cover-up, despite recommending action against officers who, as the AP reports, “passed along misleading and inaccurate information and delayed reporting their belief that Tillman was killed by his fellow soldiers.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


In Defense of Pat Tillman

Last week’s leak that nine officers will be implicated in the cover-up of the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death unleashed yet another wave of commentary and speculation about the nature of his patriotism and service. Stan Goff takes on one particularly ferocious vulture in order to defend Tillman’s memory.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


More Fallout From Walter Reed Scandal

Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley has resigned, the third military official to lose his job in the Walter Reed scandal. An anonymous defense official says Kiley was asked to step down by the acting Army secretary, who got his job only two weeks ago after another abrupt dismissal.

Posted on Mar 12, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Playing Walter Reed

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The War at Home

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Mr. Fish: Honor Redefined

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playboy.com

Casualties From the Battle Over PTSD

Pvt. Jacob Burgoyne was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and ordered to a psychiatric facility, but the Army sent him home instead. Shortly thereafter, Burgoyne stabbed a fellow soldier 32 times and set his body aflame because, he said, “that’s how we disposed of bodies in Iraq.”

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


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aljazeera.net

U.S. Kills Iraqi Soldiers

Eight Iraqi soldiers were killed and six wounded on Friday, Iraqi officials reported, after an American helicopter mistook them for an al-Qaida cell and opened fire. The U.S. military, which says only five were killed, expressed its “deepest sympathies” for the friendly-fire deaths.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Jim Webb

Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Sen. Jim Webb’s response to Bush’s SOTU speech; a misleading U.S. Army recruiting video; and an episode of “30 Days” that puts a conservative Christian in a Muslim household.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


Army recruiting video

Army Misleads in Recruiting Video

This deceptive commercial for the U.S. Army implies that reservists won’t be called up into active service in the near future. Kudos to AMERICAblog for posting this.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


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