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AP/Stephanie Keith

The People’s Bishop

Retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard was arrested for the second time as part of the Occupy protests. His moral and intellectual courage stands in stark contrast with the timidity of nearly all clergy and congregants in all of our major religious institutions.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



DoD

Obama From Afghanistan: ‘This Is Where It Will End’ (Update: Video)

First the president spoke to the troops, then to the American people. In a live address from Afghanistan, Barack Obama echoed his predecessor: “I will not keep Americans in harm’s way a single day longer than is absolutely required for our national security.”

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



KendraKaptures (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games

We have a new science fiction trilogy that’s perfect for our moment: Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” a dystopian vision set in a North America ruled by decadent, luxurious oligarchs who sacrifice young people in an annual televised Roman-style blood contest.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



Tony Fischer Photography (CC BY 2.0)

The Obama Contradiction

He has few constraints. No one can stop him or countermand his orders. He has a bevy of lawyers at his beck and call to explain the “legality” of his actions. And if he cares to, he can send a robot assassin to kill you, whoever you are, no matter where you may be on planet Earth.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mahesh Kumar A.

Welcome to the Asylum

The World Health Organization calculates that one in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



Larisa Epatko / News Hour

In Fallujah, a Hospital of Horrors

All at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi’s administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, material from the spine outside the body. A baby with a terrible, vast Cyclopean eye. Another baby with only half a head, stillborn like the rest.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



Secretary of Defense (CC BY 2.0)

Wars of Attrition

The official American reaction to the coordinated attacks in Kabul, the Afghan capital, as well as at Jalalabad airbase, and in Paktika and Logar Provinces, reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of guerrilla warfare.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE


The Devil We Don’t Know

It’s quite possible that on Election Day, voters’ most urgent concerns—economic or not—will be driven by overseas events that neither President Obama nor his Republican opponent can predict or control.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE


The Next Republican Party

Once upon a time there was a political tribe called "liberal Republicans," led by chieftains named Nelson Rockefeller, Jacob Javits, Mac Mathias and others.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE



RT

Glenn Greenwald Objects to New York Times Review of ‘Nut Job’ Julian Assange (video)

The mainstream media was bound to gag on the WikiLeaks editor’s new talk show, which is taped under house arrest, airs on Vladimir Putin’s Russia TV and features Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as its first guest. But the Times review in particular has Glenn Greenwald tweeting nonstop.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

First They Come for the Muslims

Another Muslim activist has gone to prison as a result of the government’s criminalization of what people say and believe.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Bebeto Matthews

My Quarter Century With Mike Wallace

Mike was part reporter, part actor playing reporter. He had a flair for the dramatic, the ability to achieve almost instant rapport with interviewees no matter their wealth, achievement or background.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE



Image courtesy friends of Morganne McBeth

Stepmother of Slain Female Soldier Asks Court to Show Leniency

In a remarkable act of forgiveness, Sylvia McBeth asked a military court to show mercy to her stepdaughter’s killer after an Army investigation that drew sharp criticism from the victim’s family.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE


Popularity Setbacks in Afghanistan

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AP / DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File

Bales Charged With 17 Counts of Murder

On Friday, the U.S. military took a significant step in the case of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of killing 17 civilians in Afghanistan on March 11, by formally charging him with 17 counts of murder, along with other alleged crimes.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Steven Senne

Voters Have Two Candidates, No Choice

With Mitt Romney’s super-PAC limo now on cruise control to victory at the GOP convention, voters are left with only two reasons to vote against Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

We kill children nearly every day in Afghanistan. We do not usually kill them outside the structure of a military unit.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE


A Few Bad Eggs in the Military

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Terror, Trauma and the Endless Afghan War

We may never know what drove a U.S. Army staff sergeant to head out into the Afghan night and allegedly murder at least 16 civilians in their homes, among them nine children and three women.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Wars and Potential Wars Abound

The two most recent American wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, have failed or are disastrously failing. The United States is being pressed to launch two new wars. There is little public support for any of the four.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE


Never Learn

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Beating the Drums of War With Iran

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AP / Allauddin Khan

AP: Soldier Accused of Sunday Massacre Was on His 4th Tour

The American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children, had already served three tours of duty in Iraq and arrived in Afghanistan for his first tour in December, according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE


Can Obama Muzzle the Dogs of War?

Unlike his irresponsible critics on the right, Obama cannot ignore the potential costs of another Mideast war, which could wreck fragile economies both here and abroad, increase the peril to U.S. troops in Afghanistan as well as throughout the region, and perhaps escalate into a global conflict of unpredictable scope.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent

AIPAC does not speak for Jews or for Israel. It is a mouthpiece for right-wing ideologues and defense contractors.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr / mar is sea Y (CC-BY-SA)

WikiLeaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue the Truth, Not Its Messenger

The White House is holding a gala dinner this week, honoring Iraq War veterans. Bradley Manning is an Iraq War vet who won’t be there.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Vahid Salemi

The Ayatollah Is Right About One Thing: Nuclear Weapons Are Sinful

The supreme theocratic ruler of Iran is a dangerous madman never to be trusted with a nuclear weapon. How then to explain his recent seemingly logical and humane religious proclamations?

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



DoD

Drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan: Recognition of Futility or Retreat From the Coming Storm?

No one yet in Washington seems fully to appreciate or acknowledge the failure, but failure it is.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



Think-N-Evolve (CC-BY)

War Is Too Tragic for Weak Balance of Powers

Many people know Daniel Ellsberg exposed the lies the U.S. government used to justify the Vietnam War. What many don’t know is that he was also a gung-ho, Cold War analyst who participated in them.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE


Gulf War III Isn’t an Option

We’ve heard this quickening drumbeat before. Last time, it led to the tragic invasion and occupation of Iraq. This time, if we let the drummers provoke us into war with Iran, the consequences will likely be far worse.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and Santorum: The Warmongers!

If this was the last Republican debate, or the last important one, it was as entertaining and revealing as most of the previous 19. And scary.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

The Gang That Couldn’t Bomb Straight

Here we go again. With the economy showing faint signs of life, the leading Republican candidates have returned to the elixir of warmongering to once again sway the gullible masses.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin

The Afghan War’s Nine Lives

Eight youths, tending their flock of sheep in the snowy fields of Afghanistan, were exterminated last week by a NATO airstrike.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



emilio labrador (CC-BY)

‘Losing’ the World: American Decline in Perspective, Part 1

Significant anniversaries are sometimes ignored. At the moment, we are failing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the most destructive and murderous act of aggression of the post-World War II period: the invasion of South Vietnam and later all of Indochina.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



State Department

State Department to Downsize Massive Baghdad Embassy

A $750 million, 104-acre complex that employs 16,000 people might have been George W. Bush’s concept of an embassy, but the people who run the country that happens to surround America’s fortress in Baghdad aren’t thrilled and the State Department has decided to scale back. (more)

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Brooks B. Patton Jr.

Europe Decides Not to Play America’s Game

Stephen Hadley, a former official in ex-Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, said in Munich that Europe must spend more if it wants to be a global player. The Europeans regard the George W. Bush administration record, and now the Obama administration’s, and see the disastrous results of “global playing.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



DoD / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Focus on Iran and China Could Hasten American Decline

Americans might do better to give up their China obsession and go back to their traditional vision of a European threat.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE


‘Ex-Sniper’s’ Story Misses the Mark

He called himself an Oakland Occupier and a military vet, and he served up a dramatic first-person story that appeared on Truthdig and elsewhere in the media. But now his mini-essay has been retracted: “Leo Webb” may not exist. (more)

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



NASA

‘Our Sky Is Our Sky, Not the USA’s Sky’

Those words above belong to Iraq’s acting minister of the interior, Adnan al-Asadi, who is quoted by The New York Times among other Iraqi officials reacting negatively to the State Department’s unmanned (and unauthorized) surveillance drones flying over Baghdad.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



YouTube

Mitch Daniels: Bombast From the Past

Why the Republicans chose Mitch Daniels to deliver a rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address is puzzling. Isn’t he the former Bush budget director who said the Iraq War would cost $50 billion when it ended up costing $3 trillion?

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



Is a Nuclear Iran Really to Be Feared?

The obsession of the American foreign policy community, as well as most American (and a good many international) politicians, by the myth of Iran’s “existential” threat to Israel, brings the world steadily closer to another war in the Middle East.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gregory Bull

Marine Pleads Guilty in Haditha Massacre Case

The Iraq War may be “over,” but the unfinished business from years of American occupation still lingers. And a particularly grim chapter from that time, reaching all the way back to 2005, was revisited Monday in the trial of Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who entered a guilty plea on dereliction of duty in association with the killing of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Thank You for Standing Up

We can vote for Romney or Obama, but Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil and Bank of America and the defense contractors always win. However, the iron grip of corporations over our lives will, eventually, be broken.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



Surviving the Hell of War, and Then Some

A PTSD victim looks for a day when the Army will reform the “boys’ club” atmosphere that makes women soldiers a target for discrimination, harassment and rape.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



Christian Peralta (CC-BY-SA)

Accused Serial Killer Returned From Iraq ‘Totally Changed’

Friends tell the Los Angeles Times that Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo returned from Iraq a changed man. The ex-Marine from Orange County, Calif., is accused of killing four homeless men, each stabbed more than 40 times. “He’s a veteran who did not get the help he needed,” said a fellow Marine, adding that she had trusted Ocampo with her life.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Dusan Vranic

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

On my behalf, attorneys have challenged a law that allows imprisonment of U.S. citizens without trial.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army (CC-BY)

Obama’s Mission Accomplished Moment?

When it came to rolling out a new 10-year plan for the future of the U.S. military recently, President Obama was at the top of his game.

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Karzai’s Bagram Demands Add Stress to U.S. Policy

The Afghan government’s order a week ago to the United States to close its prison at Bagram Air Base near Kabul, where it holds unidentified prisoners, came as a shock to Washington.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / IRIB TV

Iran Condemns American to Death in Spying Case

Another story has emerged to further make the headline-ready case that tensions are ratcheting up between Tehran and Washington, this time from the espionage department. On Monday, news hit the wires that an Iranian court had sentenced 28-year-old Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for allegedly spying for the CIA.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE


Pentagon Budget Cuts

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