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Rethinking American Exceptionalism

“American exceptionalism” is perhaps the most misunderstood phrase in politics.

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Pentagon Pigs

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Give Manning a Plea Deal

The public may never know whether justice is properly done unless someone leaks the details of this trial about leaks.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE


Assange: Stratfor Hacker Jeremy Hammond’s Guilty Plea Part of ‘Crackdown’

Julian Assange told “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday that the Pentagon and the Obama administration are going after “bright young men, determined, courageous and moral,” like Jeremy Hammond, who pleaded guilty this week to hacking private intelligence firm Stratfor, the FBI and other institutions.

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Declaring the 9/11 Era Over

President Obama wisely avoided the phrase “mission accomplished” in his major speech last week about the “war on terror,” but columnists aren’t obliged to be so circumspect: It is time to declare victory and get on with our lives.

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Revenge of the Bear: Russia Strikes Back in Syria

Not since the end of the Cold War in 1991 has Russia asserted itself so forcefully beyond its borders.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King was the lone voice of sanity at a hearing where Pentagon officials said the war on terror could last up to 20 more years—or however long the president deems fit.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Where Has All the Money Gone?

After an extensive examination of government spending data and contracts, I estimate that the Pentagon has dispersed around $385 billion to private companies for work done outside the U.S. since late 2001, mainly in the military baseworld.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



Addressing the Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault

Rape is center stage this week after the dramatic rescue of three women from close to a decade of imprisonment in a house on a quiet street in Cleveland.

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Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration

Among other effects, cancer clinics in March began turning away thousands of Medicare patients being treated with expensive chemotherapy drugs, which the clinics say they can no longer afford.

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Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Chief Charged With Sexual Battery

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, who heads the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit, has been accused of the very thing he’s been tasked with trying to stop.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



Write a Blog, Risk Going to Jail

Daniel McGowan, an Earth Liberation Front activist, was imprisoned last week for writing a HuffPo post; Fox News claims that Rutgers University firing its abusive basketball coach is evidence of cultural decline; and no, Bitcoin is apparently not the future of currency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hundreds of Thousands More Like Tomas Young

Almost half of the 2.2 million troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan report problems on returning home, but the attention and care many receive from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs are not enough, a report published Tuesday finds.

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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.

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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.

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Get the Hell Out of Afghanistan

If you Google "Afghanistan," you get your choice of occupiers.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Bin Laden’s Influence Lives On After Him

A day will undoubtedly come when Osama bin Laden will occupy the same place in 21st century history books as Gavrilo Princip holds in the histories of the 20th century. Both committed acts that provoked great wars, brought down empires and profoundly altered their times.

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Invasion by Sequestration

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Did Bradley Manning Harm American ‘Prestige’?

“If you look at the context of what he’s done and the enormous damage he did to national security and our prestige around the world, throughout most of history someone like that would be executed,” former Defense Department spokesman J.D. Gordon said of Pfc. Bradley Manning on Al-Jazeera this week.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE


Sequester, Held in Contempt

I hate the sequester, beginning with its name. “Sequester” is a verb, not a noun. This ridiculous exercise is not just unwise and unproductive, but ungrammatical as well.

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Borowitz: U.S. May Not Be Able to Invade Countries for No Reason Due to Cuts

One good thing might come out of the sequester, according to comedian Andy Borowitz. In a satirical report for The New Yorker, he writes that the budget cuts may prevent American forces from fighting “totally optional wars based on bogus pretexts.”

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Military Families Feel Sequester Pinch

Parents who depend upon military-funded child care are among the victims of the $85 billion sequester cuts sweeping the country this week—$46 billion of which will affect Defense Department services that have nothing to do with war making.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



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‘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



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Pentagon Grounds All F-35s After Routine Inspection

The $400 billion boondoggle known as the Joint Strike Fighter suffered another setback Friday when the Pentagon grounded the first 51 of 2,400 desired jets.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



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CIA Nominee Can’t Evade Drone Questions at Senate Hearing

The confirmation hearing of John Brennan to become CIA director began and ended Thursday with questions about his oversight of the drone program that is said to have been responsible for the deaths of at least 2,629 people.

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Military to Extend Some Benefits to Gay Couples

It’s unclear which benefits the spouses of gay and lesbian armed services members will receive, but legal experts say there are at least 100 that the Pentagon cannot extend while the Defense of Marriage Act is still being enforced.

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The Hagel Hearings

As Chuck Hagel begins his Senate confirmation hearings Thursday, you can be sure that no senator will ask him about his presence during the machine-gunning of an orphanage in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta or the lessons he might have drawn from that incident.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE


Jihadism in North Africa Gets U.S. Attention

Is the Sahara the newest great threat to the United States—“a terrorist training ground,” hotbed of extremism, the new Afghanistan—in the Great War against Islamic terrorism that still preoccupies the American political class and the foreign affairs community?

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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‘NOVA’: The ‘Next Generation’ of Drone Surveillance

A new drone-mounted surveillance camera, chillingly described as the “Wide Area Persistent Stare,” can see and record, all at once, virtually everything happening at ground level in a medium-sized city.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Inauguration, CIA Leaks, and a New Cop at the SEC

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama’s inaugural speech means he’s becoming the liberal Ronald Reagan. They also consider whether the Pentagon’s lifting of the ban on women in combat is social progress or simply a military necessity.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Pentagon Laying Off 46,000 Workers

The Defense Department announced Friday that it has begun firing most of its 46,000 temporary personnel in advance of automatic budget cuts of about $50 billion that are expected in March.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Women Now ‘Given the Opportunity to Succeed’ in War

Mark this as a moment of progress in the struggle for gender equality in America. The Pentagon has announced its plans to let your mother, girlfriend and daughter kill and be killed on a battlefield.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Place in History Already Assured

The overall failure of American foreign policy during the first Obama presidency was foreseeable.

Posted on Jan 22, 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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The Neocons vs. Chuck Hagel

If the neocons in the GOP who brought us the Iraq War and conjured up “weapons of mass destruction” to justify it are against Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, the former Republican senator gets bonus points in my book.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Pentagon as a Global NRA

While the Obama administration is pledging to try to curb the wholesale spread of ever more powerful weaponry at home, what is it doing about the same issue abroad where it has so much more power to pursue the agenda it prefers?

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



Africa, Here We Come

The U.S. Army presence is rapidly increasing in Africa, especially in countries with alleged ties to al-Qaida; according to Fox News, teaching children algebra is just another liberal ploy; meanwhile, some researchers have started studying the effects of the “natural experiment” resulting from China’s one-child policy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE


‘Most Antagonistic’ Toward Israel? That Would Be Ronald Reagan’s Defense Secretary

Whatever Chuck Hagel’s perspective on Mideast policy may be, it would be absurd to compare him with the secretary of defense whose hardline hostility toward Israel became notorious during the Reagan administration.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



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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


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Indefinite War by Design

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald asks “whether [the United States’] endless war [on terror] is the intended result of U.S. actions or just an unwanted miscalculation.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


The Truth Behind the Fiscal Cliff’s Reality TV Show

During the halcyon 1990s, we labeled annual congressional temper tantrums for what they were: standard, if boring, budget impasses.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The U.S. Intelligence Community’s New Year’s Wish

Every few years, the intelligence community’s “center for long-term strategic analysis” has been intent on producing a document it calls serially Global Trends [fill in the future year]. The latest edition, out just in time for Barack Obama’s second term, is Global Trends 2030.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Status Quo

Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst excesses of the Bush years.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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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



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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


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