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

Why Are Iraq and Afghanistan Not Looking After Themselves?

The United States has invested heavily in its conquered nations. So what’s the problem?

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Breast Milk Protein Fights HIV

Scientists have discovered why only a small percentage of babies contract HIV when breastfed by mothers who have been infected with the virus; Taiwan’s new police uniforms are extremely frightening; and David Petraeus is using his new position in academia to promote profiteering health care and fracking industries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Academics Join Opposition to Petraeus Professorship, Violent Arrest of Students

Hundreds of professors at the City University of New York and elsewhere are admirably calling for charges to be dropped against six students arrested Tuesday during a protest against former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus. The academics are also calling for Petraeus to resign from his teaching post at CUNY.

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AP/Ric Francis

Dumb Wars, Now and Forever

A majority of Americans now believe the Iraq War was a mistake, but memories fade. Most 18-29-year-olds say sending U.S. troops to Vietnam was not a mistake.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE


Documentary Reveals Pentagon’s Ties to Iraq Torture Centers

The Guardian has released a full-length documentary on the ties between “dirty wars” veteran and retired Col. James Steele, who played a crucial role in setting up and overseeing a network of detention and torture centers in Iraq that committed some of the worst acts of torture, and the top brass at the Pentagon.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE



Elvert Barnes (CC-BY)

Petraeus, Rumsfeld Linked to Iraqi Torture Centers

The Guardian and BBC Arabic are reporting that the U.S. helped fund and organize a network of torture centers that fueled Iraq’s sectarian violence.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



US Army Africa (CC BY 2.0)

Sucking Up to the Military Brass

Pruning a few bad apples from the upper branches of the military tree is going to do little enough when the rot extends to root and branch. Required is more radical surgery if America is to avoid ongoing debilitating conflicts and the disintegration of our democracy.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)

It couldn’t be clearer now that the “fall” of David Petraeus is playing out as farce of the first order. What’s less obvious is that America’s military golden boy and Caesar of celebrity was always smoke and mirrors, always the farce, even if the denizens of Washington didn’t know it.

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The GenPetraeus’ Emails

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Nothing Great About the ‘Grand Bargain’

The president and Congress reaching a “grand bargain” would mean significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; some Republican senators believe Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique on American citizens; meanwhile, millions showed up to the largest coordinated strike Europe has ever seen. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE


Modern Day Warfare

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Death by Email

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Nancy Pelosi’s Outrage, Nate Silver’s Next Step, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Barney Frank and Ron Paul’s request about new marijuana laws and a look at the most bizarre post-election freak outs of 2012. 

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE


Military Ethics

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The Petraeus Affair

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Don’t Betray Us David Petraeus

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Pat Robertson Excuses Petraeus Affair Because ‘He’s a Man’

The conservative televangelist isn’t blaming ex-CIA Director David Petraeus for his affair with Paula Broadwell because “he’s lonely” and she’s a “good-looking lady throwing herself at him.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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



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A Bizarro Spy Tale With Missing Pieces

The one familiar aspect of the David Petraeus scandal is that he had an affair. Everything else about this story is weird.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



Allen West Loses, Grover Norquist on Obama’s ‘Poopy Head’ Strategy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a possible surprise pick to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and a conversation David Petraeus’ mistress had about him during a January appearance on “The Daily Show.” 

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Cliff Owen

How the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell Affair Was Uncovered

It appears modern technology and a jealous lover cost the ex-CIA director his job.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0)

General David Petraeus on How Best to Live

Days before David Petraeus resigned from his post as director of the CIA for having an extramarital affair, The Daily Beast’s Newsreek Newsweek column published the general’s “Rules for Living” as documented by his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Catch-22, ‘Romney Hood’ vs. ‘Obamaloney,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more speculation on Romney’s running mate and sh*t that Rep. Allen West says.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Matthew Freire

The Age of Drones

Counterinsurgency is out. Drones, assassination teams, targeted killings and special forces are in.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE


Report Contradicts Obama on Drone Casualties

U.K.-based investigative reporters working with the Sunday Times have determined that “since Obama took office three years ago, between 282 and 535 civilians have been credibly reported as killed [by CIA drone attacks in Pakistan], including more than 60 children.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Birthers and Bernanke; Petraeus and Panetta

The American political climate took on a certain circus-like quality this week, with GOP showman Donald Trump stirring up the birther controversy yet another—and, given the result, hopefully the last—time. Thankfully, we have “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Tony Blankley and special guest Mary Matalin to cut through the noise on that issue.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie L. Jewell

Petraeus to Head CIA?

After many long months of leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus is said to be considered for, and considering, the easy and relaxing job of CIA director. Meanwhile, current CIA chief Leon Panetta reportedly has his sights set on the Pentagon.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie L. Jewell

Report: Army Leader Wanted to Go All ‘Psy-Ops’ on U.S. Officials

Well, this is embarrassing: It’s not surprising that two unnamed senators mentioned in this Fox News report about Rolling Stone’s latest Afghan war exposé “played down” the possibility that members of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan might have tried some woo-woo ...

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie L. Jewell

The Fascinating Gen. Petraeus

So, one of the relentless Barbara Walters’ fave things to do around the holidays is to count down her list of the “10 Most Fascinating People” of the year. This time, mixed somewhat awkwardly in among the likes of Sandra Bullock, Justin Bieber and ...

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Petraeus, Clinton Criticize Karzai’s Criticism of Strategy

Hamid Karzai is acting up. The Afghan president, who rankled top U.S. brass earlier this year with hints at split loyalties, has again come out with some fightin’ words against the American war effort in his country.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Sajjad

NATO Apologizes to Pakistan for Border-Breaching Attack

The Sept. 30 incident in which NATO aircraft fired across the border of Pakistan, killing two Pakistani soldiers, has not been forgotten in that country, and the fiery retaliatory strikes that have ensued compelled the American ambassador ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / John Angelillo

Sept. 11 Happened to Us All

Tensions are high in Tennessee, as they have been all over our nation, in anticipation of the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Controversies abound. Mosque-building, book burning and threats of violence are making it increasingly difficult to separate what pastor/author Rick Warren is calling “church and hate.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Gen. Petraeus on ‘Progress’ and Doubts in Afghanistan

No doubt Gen. David Petraeus had a certain Rolling Stone interview in mind when he conducted a lengthy interview, which aired Sunday, with “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory about his hopes, fears and prognosis about the war in Afghanistan.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Petraeus Fires Off First Set of Guidelines to Troops in Afghanistan

Now that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has departed the scene, Gen. David Petraeus has assumed command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and in a tactical document released Sunday he revisited one of his predecessor’s ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie L. Jewell

Petraeus Takes Charge

Here we have a man whose job nobody should envy: Gen. David Petraeus was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday to take over the top U.S. command post in Afghanistan ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Petraeus Gets Tactical About Afghanistan

On Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus succeeded in convincing the Senate Armed Services Committee that he’s fit to take over for Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan, and he hinted that strategic shifts may be on the way ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on McChrystal

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his latest column and Gen. McChrystal with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read the full transcript here.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


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The White House / Pete Souza

So Long, Gen. McChrystal

To complete the thought, we should add: Hello, Gen. Petraeus. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama confirmed rumors that he would replace the embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal with the more administration-friendly ... (continued) Updated

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / U.S. Army

Still Waiting for Answers About Afghanistan

After last week’s two-day congressional hearing on the Afghanistan war, I have two questions: One, why did Gen. David Petraeus faint under questioning? Two, why are we still in Afghanistan?

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


Raw Video: Petraeus Collapses in the Senate

If you can’t take the McCain, get out of the hearing. Gen. David Petraeus was rushed from a Senate chamber Tuesday after fainting in the middle of a question from Sen. John McCain.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Odierno Takes Petraeus’ Place in Iraq

On Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus handed over the duties of commander of multinational forces in Iraq to his second-in-command, Gen. Raymond Odierno, who worked with Petraeus on implementing the U.S. troop surge over recent months. To mark the occasion, Petraeus, other American officials and Iraqi brass joined Odierno for a ceremony in a Baghdad-area palace formerly owned by Saddam Hussein.

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