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General Acknowledges Failure of Baghdad Effort

Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV expressed concern Thursday over the failure of the military’s new Baghdad strategy to curb mounting levels of violence in the city: “In Baghdad alone, we’ve seen a 22% increase in attacks during the first three weeks of Ramadan, as compared to the three weeks preceding Ramadan.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

After Pat’s Birthday

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pat (left, above) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin has written a powerful, must-read document.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Marks His Territory in Space

Bush’s new space policy, the first major overhaul in 10 years, reserves the right to prevent access to space to anyone “hostile to U.S. interests.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Rpbert Scheer

Truthdig Podcast: Robert Scheer on Lies, Foley and Fascism

In the latest installment of the Truthdig Podcast, Robert Scheer offers his take on Condoleezza’s lies, Foley’s fiasco, American fascism and more.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Congress Plans Iraq Victory Festivities

An apparently optimistic Congress has already budgeted the Iraq war victory celebration, to be held in the nation’s capital for $20 million.  Although originally contained in this year’s military budget, the allocation has been rolled over to next year, and perhaps the next….
(h/t: Daily Kos)

Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


american militarism

Sowing the Seeds of Fascism in America

Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascism—white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization—are ascendant in America today.

Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


Gen. John Batiste (Ret.)

Retired Officers Blast Rumsfeld on Iraq

At a Democratic Senate forum Monday, several former U.S. generals and colonels called the secretary of defense incompetent and negligent in his prosecution of the Iraq war. Above, Gen. John Batiste, a “lifelong Republican” who retired from the service “on principle,” accuses Rumsfeld of lying to the American people in order to bolster support for the war.
(Let the Swift-Boating begin!)

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


Interrogation Bill May Codify Military Dictatorship

The Washington Post reports that Bush’s new bill on military commissions could be a “precedent-setting Congressional endorsement for the indefinite detention” of anyone the president deems an enemy combatant—including American citizens far from foreign battlefields.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week’s edition of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a “Daily Show” spot-on satirical interview with a discharged gay Army linguist; a classic Bill Maher broadside on President Bush; and Jon Stewart asking Bill Clinton how to defeat Hillary.

Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


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Bangkokpost.net

Thai Coup Leader Promises Deadline

Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who led a military coup in Thailand on Tuesday against controversial Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has promised to relinquish power in two weeks.  After declaring martial law and abolishing every branch of the democratically elected government, the military announced it would appoint an interim prime minister and legislature that would draft a new constitution, with an election to be held in one year.

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


We’re in Iran Right Now, Says Retired Colonel

A former Air Force colonel said on CNN that the U.S. is currently conducting military operations inside Iran. But his evidence seems weak, and we don’t want to make a big deal out of it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


More Than 200 Taliban Fighters Die in Afghan Clash

Two thousand NATO and Afghan soldiers are involved in the largest military operation to occur in southern Afghanistan since NATO took over the area in early July. The explosion of violence in the area has taken the lives of over 200 Taliban fighters and of four Canadian soldiers. A UK reconnaissance plane also crashed, killing 14 people.

Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


$20 Million for ‘Good News’ From Iraq

According to the Washington Post: “U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.” Your money at work! (Via boingboing)

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


North Korea ‘Reserves Right’ to Preemptive Action

In response to an ongoing military drill organized by South Korea and the U.S., Pyongyang has said it “reserves the right to undertake a preemptive action for self-defense against the enemy, at a crucial time it deems necessary to defend itself.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


Military Prepping New ‘Pentagon Papers’

The Pentagon has ordered up a series of studies to examine the military’s failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports the Boston Globe. According to one of the authors, the findings (scheduled for this fall) “won’t be pretty.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


The U.S. Military Prefers Nazis to Gays

That’s the only conclusion we at Truthdig can come to when faced with these facts: Recruiters are increasingly admitting neo-Nazis and skinheads into the military, and the number of soldiers kicked out of the military for being gay rose 11% over last year.

  • Also, allegations of harassment and outright crimes committed by military recruiters are up. (story or .pdf report)

  • Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Military roller coaster
    Illustration: Blair Golson

    Army Nixes ‘Six Flags Over Fort Bragg’

    The Army shot down a developer’s proposal for a military theme park, saying it preferred something “tasteful and appropriate.” (Above photo a satire.)
    Of course, this is the same military whose recruitment efforts have included inserting story lines into episodes of “The Mickey Mouse Club,” according to the book “Operation Hollywood.”

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Recruiters Reportedly Admitting Neo-Nazis to Military

    Need more evidence that our military is stretched too thin? Its ranks reportedly are now being filled with the kind of military ambassadors particularly unsuited to the task of winning foreign hearts and minds.

    Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    From drooker.com

    Military Checking Journos’ ‘Slant’ Before Granting Access

    Newsweek’s former Baghdad bureau chief says that U.S. military personnel in Iraq have started reviewing journalists’ previous work and their “slant,” or point of view, before granting the reporters the right to embed with units. He said some reporters have been “blacklisted” for writing pieces unfriendly to the military.

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


    John Paul Stevens
    AP / J. Scott Applewhite

    Truthdigger of the Week: John Paul Stevens

    Truthdig salutes the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which struck down the military tribunals Bush set up to try Guantanamo detainees. But more important, this decision, in the words of a Yale law professor, “effectively undermines the Administration’s strongest claims about Presidential power,” and may constitute the legal framework necessary to halt the more egregious of Bush’s civil liberties-infringing programs—like warrantless wiretapping and holding terrorism suspects without trial.

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Ruling: Gitmo Brass Shrugs, Bush Lawyer Shudders

    The admiral in charge of the Guantanamo military detention center said he doubts Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on presidential authority will have any effect on his operations. But a Bush administration lawyer wasn’t as sanguine, saying about the decision, “It’s very broad, it’s very significant, and it’s a slam.”

    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Washington Post: Court Ruling a Body Blow to Bush

    In an analysis, the Washington Post says, “the Supreme Court has struck at the core of his presidency and dismissed the notion that the president alone can determine how to defend the country.”

    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Says Homosexuality No Longer a Disorder

    The U.S. military said it would revise an official medical document that classified homosexuality as a disorder alongside mental retardation, impulse control disorders and personality disorders.

  • Original story
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    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Ruling May Cancel Bush’s ‘Blank Check’ for Terror War

    Specifically, today’s Supreme Court ruling held that the president overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

  • But more important, Think Progress interprets the ruling to mean that “the Authorization for the Use of Military Force—issued by Congress in the days after 9/11—is not a blank check for the administration.”
  • Also, SCOTUSblog says the ruling means that the Geneva Convention does apply to the conflict with Al Qaeda, and consequently “this almost certainly means that the CIA’s interrogation tactics of waterboarding and hypothermia (and others) violate the War Crimes Act.”

  • Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    The face of the occupation

    The Occupation of Iraqi Hearts and Minds

    Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen, an American reporter who has lived for the last three years in Iraq and who can pass as Middle Eastern, describes what it’s like to live under the boot of a culturally callous—and sometimes criminal—occupying force in Iraq.

    Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Desperate Military Measures

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    Posted on Jun 6, 2006 READ MORE


    John Bolton

    U.N.‘s Bolton Rattles the Macho, Cliched Saber on Iran

    U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said that military action against Iran is “on the table,” and ?This is put up or shut up time for Iran.?

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Deadly Training

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    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE    


    Norman Solomon: Hunger and the Limits of Journalism

    “Journalists routinely function as cogs in media machinery that processes tragedy [in this case world hunger] as just another news commodity.”

    Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush is 'The Decider'

    ‘I’m the Decider and I Decide What Is Best’

    Watch the president utter the remark that became a classic the moment it left his lips.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Almost 50 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Since April 1

    The high number of fatalities marks this as one of the bloodiest periods for the military since the invasion.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    The Nation: Generals Revolt

    Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, asks, “Is there a retired general left in the States who hasn’t called on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to fall on his sword?”

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Fool Me Once…

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told Bush that the UK will not offer any support to strike Iran, regardless of whether there is a U.N. mandate to do so, according to The Scotsman newspaper.

    Posted on Apr 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: U.S. to Send One Troop to Iran

    The political satirist reports on Rumsfeld’s plan to punish the government of Iran for its nuclear ambitions by sending the one troop to Tehran.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Most Don’t Trust Bush on Iran

    Forty-eight percent support striking Iran if it continues down its nuclear course, but a majority do not trust the president to make the “right decision,” according to an L.A. Times-Bloomberg poll.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste
    From washingtonpost.com

    Fourth Top General Calls on Rumsfeld to Resign

    The retired commander, who was leading key forces in Iraq just a year ago, told CNN: “It speaks volumes that guys like me are speaking out from retirement about the leadership climate in the Department of Defense.”

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Funeral
    From Interventionmag.com

    U.S. Death Toll Climbs Sharply in Iraq

    Just 12 days into April, 33 soldiers have been killed—a figure that surpasses American military deaths for all of March. For several months, U.S. soldiers’ deaths had been on the wane, but they now are rising quickly, especially in the heart of the Sunni Arab insurgency.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Tom Hayden
    From newsreview.com

    Tom Hayden’s New Port Huron Statement

    The veteran social activist writes a new preface to the manifesto that helped shape a generation’s views on racial equality, participatory democracy and the military industrial complex.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Province by Province: A Picture of Worsening Conditions in Iraq

    The U.S. Embassy and military in Baghdad issued a revealing province by province report of Iraq’s political, economic and security situation. The “Provincial Stability Assessment” paints a gloomy picture of intensifying sectarian and ethnic frictions and growing instability in many of the provinces profiled.  Funny, our leaders always say how well things are going…

    Posted on Apr 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Jill Carroll Freed
    AP / Michael Probst

    Carroll Disavows Statements Against U.S.

    The freed American journalist said her captors forced her to make the anti-U.S. propaganda tape, and told her she would be released if she cooperated.
    UPDATE: Carroll lands safely in Boston.

    Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


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    Karen Spector

    Nuke Expert: Some U.S. Officials Set on Hitting Iran

    A growing number of high level American officials have already decided they want to attack Iran, according to one of the world’s leading nuclear proliferations experts.

    Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


    The White House That Cried Wolf

    The more that administration leaders play games with definitions of democracy and weasel wording about torture, the less they can be believed about anything. So if they someday tell the truth, no one will believe them.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Political Pressure Ratcheting Up on U.S. Over Mosque Killings

    Shiite officials say that American-led forces killed many civilians in a raid on a mosque complex on Sunday. The U.S. has promised a full investigation.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


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    From crooksandliars.com

    New ‘60 Minutes’ Star Slams Iraq Press Criticism

    CBS’ Lara Logan refutes Bush & Co.‘s attempts to blame the media for the negative stories coming out of Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 26, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Envoy: Iran Supporting Iraq Insurgents

    The pretense has been shattered. The U.S. is explicitly accusing Iran of supplying money and training to anti-U.S. fighters in Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Sgt. Michael Smith
    From Salon.com

    Abu Ghraib Dog Handler Gets Six Months

    The 25-year-old soldier terrified Iraqi detainees with his canine—allegedly for amusement. He will be discharged for bad conduct and get a reduction in pay.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


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    Why We Fight

    If you are troubled by the symbiotic relationship between military contractors and military planners—as Eisenhower was—don’t miss the acclaimed documentary, “Why We Fight.”
    Check out:

  • the trailer
  • an interview with the film’s creator
  • a New Yorker article on the film’s screening at a military academy
  • a Walter Cronkite column on the film
  • movie reviews here, here and here
  • Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: Bush’s Incorrect Forecasts Wrecking his Credibility

    Three years of falsely upbeat predictions about the Iraq war are harming the president’s ability to restore confidence in his military operation and his presidency, according to GOP pollsters and strategists, reports the Washington Post.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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    From the NY Times

    Grim Details Emerge in New Detainee Abuse Scandal

    The New York Times uncovers the story of a top-secret detention center in Baghdad where American jailers “used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.”

    Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


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