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AP / Bilal Hussein

Syrian General Killed by Gunmen in Damascus

A Syrian military general and hospital director was killed in an attack by three gunmen in a residential street in Damascus on Saturday in an assassination that marks a move away from the anti-government uprising’s nonviolent roots. The killing came ahead of a meeting of Arab League members in Cairo to consider a new response to the violence in Syria.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Egyptian Military Leaders: Sorry, but We’re Not Going Anywhere

Though they expressed their condolences for lives lost during the latest round of protests in Cairo, members of Egypt’s ruling military council refused to change their plans for either Monday’s parliamentary elections or the eventual presidential vote slated for next year.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE


Petraeus
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


Petraeus
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



Flickr / openDemocracy (CC-BY-SA)

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


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Mortgage Moratoriums and Midterm Madness

Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer schools listeners about the mortgage mess and the need for a moratorium on foreclosures in the opening minutes of this week’s “Left, Right & Center.” Tony Blankley joins him for a discussion of this and other topics.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Petraeus
bbc.co.uk

Petraeus Claims Cautious Progress in Afghanistan

Having assumed the position of the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus offers his guarded assessment of the status of the war in Afghanistan in this BBC interview, and he apparently believes ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


Petraeus

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


Petraeus
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


jorge videla
Wikimedia Commons

‘Dirty War’ Dictator Goes on Trial

A former military dictator of Argentina is on trial again. Gen.  Jorge Videla, who helped lead the country’s “Dirty War” of state terror in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is one of more than 20 defendants being tried for the 1976 murders of 31 jailed dissidents.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 READ MORE


Gates

Gen. McChrystal’s Last Champion

It might have been better for Gen. Stanley McChrystal if Defense Secretary Robert Gates had piped up a little earlier but, nonetheless, Gates comes to McChrystal’s, uh, defense in this interview with The Associated Press.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


Petraeus
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


Petraeus
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


Hastings and Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Toppling Gen. McChrystal

Rolling Stone’s It Boy Michael Hastings shows up in this clip from Monday’s “Colbert Report” to clarify that he didn’t have an explicit agenda to get Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired, even though that’s what ended up happening.

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


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: McChrystal’s Balls

What was Gen. Stanley McChrystal thinking when he allowed Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings the kind of access that several other members of the media can only marvel about obsessively in this “Daily Show” clip?

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
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


Report: Obama Gives McChrystal the Boot

Prior to official word from the White House about the fate of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, NBC News reported on Wednesday that the president “has decided to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command over all U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal
U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Thomas Dow

General Discharge

Rolling Stone’s definitive piece on the “Runaway General” establishes the man in charge of the Afghanistan misadventure as an egotistical flake whose half-baked Afghan war-fighting strategy should never have been endorsed in the first place.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Gibbs: ‘All Options Are on the Table’ in McChrystal Crisis

Yes, Gen. Stanley McChrystal should have exercised a little military discipline over his own behavior in front of a Rolling Stone reporter when he chose to show a less-than-professional attitude toward ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


Seh Daeng killed
nytimes.com

Dissident Thai General Shot During Interview

There are the red shirts, and there are also the black shirts—a group of Thai dissidents, led by rebel Gen. Khattiya Sawatdiphol until he was shot in the head Thursday, apparently by a sniper, as he was being interviewed by New York Times reporter Thomas Fuller in Bangkok. His injury was described as “severe.”

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Defense

General Points Finger at Gays in Bosnian Massacre

Listen to this: John Sheehan, a retired U.S. Marine officer and former NATO supreme commander during the war in Bosnia, has finally found a scapegoat for the estimated 8,000-plus Muslims who died in 1995’s Srebrenica massacre: homosexual Dutch soldiers.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tommy Donovan

Alexander Haig Dies

Alexander Haig was chief of staff to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, NATO’s supreme military commander and a longtime Republican hawk. He died Saturday in Baltimore at 85 from complications from an infection.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Sgt. David Alvarado

McChrystal Discusses Afghanistan Plan

America’s top brass in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, sat down for a talk with the Financial Times last week about his strategy in the South Asian nation, how long he thinks U.S. troops will remain there and the possibility of the Taliban’s participation in the Afghan government.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal
armybase.us

McChrystal Draws Support, Scorn on Capitol Hill

What’s the right way for a top general to advise the president about wartime strategy? What if his recommended strategy is potentially at odds with the president’s preferred course of action? Gen. Stanley McChrystal ran up against these questions in recent days, and not everyone in Washington thinks he handled his part in the matter appropriately.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


troops in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman

McChrystal to Send Troop Request by Week’s End

The Obama administration is reconsidering its Afghanistan strategy in light of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s startling “mission failure” warning. It’s unclear whether the White House will go along with McChrystal’s call for up to 40,000 more troops—but the general is apparently going to go ahead with his request over the next few days.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


Obams
AP / Charles Dharapak

Saving the Obama Revolution

The Obama revolution, and there was the hope of one, might still succeed. But only if Barack Obama follows the model of the incredibly successful Reagan revolution and heeds the political base that made his presidency possible.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


McChrystal
U.S. Navy / MC1 Molly Burgess

McChrystal’s Report Could Change Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

The situation has changed significantly since President Obama took office last winter and fixed his focus on Afghanistan, and these changes—including a disputed Afghan presidential election and deadly spikes in insurgent violence—may spell trouble for Obama’s initial strategy in that country, according to an assessment issued by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Updated

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE


Petraeus Speaks
boston.com

Petraeus: Pakistan Facing ‘Existential Threat’

According to Gen. David Petraeus, Pakistan could be heading for a crisis that would shake the already volatile nation to its foundations if its leaders, including newly installed President Asif Ali Zardari, do not find a way to deal with the growing issue of militant violence.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


Odierno
http://www.mnci.centcom.mil/leaders/index.htm

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.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


Musharraf
AP photo / Ivan Sekretarev

Pakistani President Musharraf Resigns

After months of mounting pressure and speculation, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced Monday that he is stepping down, but not before defending his legacy, challenging his detractors and admitting that he “may have committed follies.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


Clark
AP photo / Danny Johnston

McCain, Obama Rebuke Clark

Monday brought yet another round of political Mad Libs, which proceeds as follows: 1. (Insert surrogate name here), adviser to (candidate)‘s presidential campaign, slams (rival candidate) for lack/excess of (personal quality) on (major media outlet); 2. (Rival candidate) blasts (surrogate), hints that such antics reveal opposition’s true character; 3. (Candidate) distances self from (surrogate), who goes on to apologize and perhaps step down; 4. Repeat as necessary.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


Gates
flapsblog.com

Gates Ponders Delaying Iraq Drawdown

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he’s considering delaying this summer’s planned reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq in order to look into how the drawdown would impact security, an approach also supported by Gen. David Petraeus.

Posted on Feb 11, 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


Colbert

Colbert Unleashes the Fearsome Power of Name-Calling

The take-away from the recent showdown between MoveOn.org and Bush administration members (not to mention the Senate) over the now-infamous “General Betray Us” ad should be, according to Stephen Colbert, that the full force of our nation’s military power can best be unleashed on the world stage in the form of ... deadly schoolyard taunts. 

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


Olbermann

Let It Be Known That Keith Olbermann’s Not Havin’ It

President Bush’s criticism of MoveOn.org’s “General Betray Us” ad and the “Democrat Party” provoked this barrage of verbiage from MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who slams Bush for “behaving a little bit more than usual like we’d all interrupted him while he was watching his favorite cartoons on the DVR. ... ”

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


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