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DonkeyHotey (CC BY 2.0)

‘Homeland Security’: The Trillion Dollar Concept That No One Can Define

Since 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has grown into a miniature Pentagon. But unlike the Pentagon, it draws no attention whatsoever—even though this country has spent an amount of money equivalent to more than one and a half New Deals on “homeland security” since 9/11.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE


Chuck Hagel

Senate Confirms Hagel, GOP Lawmaker Says Cheney Going to Hell, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Chris Christie being omitted from a major conservative event and Stephen Colbert breaks character to make his first political endorsement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/File

How Reagan Neocon Aides Planted the Seeds of Iran-Contra

Newly released documents show that the U.S. endorsed a third-party deal to send weapons to Iran just six months after the hostage crisis ended there, a move that helped plant the seeds for the later Iran-Contra scandal.

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Weapons of Mass Dubyas

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Hagel Nomination Stalled

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Dismal Indeed: Why Dick Cheney Disdains the ‘Second-Rate’ Obama Team

No doubt President Obama was deeply stung over the weekend to hear Dick Cheney criticize his new national security team.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest

It is bizarre that Chuck Hagel, a war hero with a long record of sensible views on the deployment of military power, gets blocked as the president’s nominee to run the Pentagon, while Jack Lew, steeped in Wall Street greed, sails through as Treasury secretary.

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U.S. and Israel Push the Boundaries of International Law

In 2009, the former head of the international law department of Israel’s military establishment, Daniel Reisner, said that “International law progresses through violations. We invented the targeted assassination thesis and we had to push it.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Generalissima Clinton’ Expands the Empire

Behind the public relations sheen, the photo opportunities with groups of poor people in the developing world, an increasingly militarized State Department operated under Hillary Clinton’s leadership.

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AP/Emad Matti

Dozens Killed in Attack on Iraqi Police Headquarters

On Sunday morning, a suicide car bomber disguised as a policeman attacked the police headquarters in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing 36 people and wounding 105 in the blast, according to The New York Times.

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Hagel Haggling

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Pleased to Meat You

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Fact Check: ABC Spreads Fear About Syrian Chemical Weapons

You know you’re on shaky ground when you quote a source like the defense secretary with the words, “He basically said. ...” FAIR’s Peter Hart compares ABC’s lazy quoting on Syrian chemical weapons to the kind of WMD fear mongering that led the U.S. to war with Iraq.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


Women in Combat

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Hagel’s Problem

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Kelly Branan

Remembering the Real Martin Luther King

More than 40 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr., one of the great prophets of American democracy, has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government at a time of war must not be lost to history.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 READ MORE



Still from "Zero Dark Thirty," released by Columbia Pictures.

Another Word for Propaganda

Why aren’t film director Kathryn Bigelow’s claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning?

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Military Suicides Hit Record Level in 2012

Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record high last year as 349 soldiers—far more than were killed in active combat—took their own lives.

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Haggling Over Hagel

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

God Loves Us and We Will Bomb You

The utopian and missionary qualities of American political belief began in the Puritans’ Calvinist theology of “the Elect,” the chosen people.

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Hagel vs. Neocons

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Chuck Hagel’s Battle

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Hagel in Your Face

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U.S. Army/Sgt. Matthew C. Moeller

Continued American Presence in Afghanistan a Recipe for More Disaster

Not all of the world—certainly not the Islamic world—wants America’s version of global security, which has required repeated American military interventions abroad, provoking guerrilla and terrorist resistance.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



Dave_B_ (CC BY 2.0)

The American System of Suffering, 1965-2014

For all the dissimilarities, botched analogies, and tortured comparisons, there has been one connecting thread in Washington’s foreign wars of the last half century that, in recent years at least, Americans have seldom found of the slightest interest: misery for local nationals.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE


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A Long, Hard, Forgiving Look at Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel has apologized for the anti-gay comments he made in 1998 but liberals continue to disapprove of him for secretary of defense; with so much emphasis on the infamous fiscal cliff, someone should pay attention to the looming “climate cliff”; meanwhile, India’s Supreme Court will rule on a case that may mean the end of affordable generic drugs all over the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



mikecogh (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Bestiary: The American Infidel

Born of the last decade of aggression against theocratic regimes many thousands of miles away, the American infidel “is a rebel for laissez-faire capitalism, an anarchist for the law, an enforcer of the established order,” writes Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Specialist Ken Scar

Need for Straight Talk From U.S. Defense Department

Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE



DoD/D. Myles Cullen

Veterans Denounce Neoconservative ‘Swiftboating’ of Chuck Hagel

If Chuck Hagel is nominated by President Obama to serve as secretary of defense, there will be at least three compelling arguments in his favor.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE


Maimed

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Election 2012

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Flower Power

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Global Governance at Heart of Failed Foreign Policies

The United States and the European Union remain impotent or irresolute observers of the most important issues of political “governance” of concern these days.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

The major news outlets that were thrilled to profit from the information that Bradley Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

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The Trials of Bradley Manning

Pfc. Bradley Manning was finally allowed to speak publicly, in his own defense, in a preliminary hearing of his court-martial.

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Anyone Else Find the Threat of Syrian Chemical Weapons Eerily Familiar?

In the past, the accusation of WMD possession has been the usual formulation when threatening foreign intervention or an attack.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Psy Shames Himself With Unqualified Apology (Video)

By delivering a servile apology for singing lyrics that violently denounced the American military in 2004 at the height of its invasion of Iraq, South Korean rapper Psy has shown that, like many who enjoy fame and fortune, he has no backbone when it comes to criticizing American imperialism.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 READ MORE


McRage

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Military Wives

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Discipline, Not Democracy, for Afghanistan and Iraq

The U.S. government formally values the human right to be free from indefinite detention without charge, except in certain cases such as when the practice is useful for securing its own interests in Afghanistan and Iraq, writes Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Nov 24, 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



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

Posted on Nov 19, 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



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



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



AP/Jack Dempsey

Vote for the B-

I have been a harsh critic of the president, but a vote for Barack Obama in a swing state is a no-brainer.

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


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