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The Legend of the Spat-Upon Veteran

Desperate to cobble a pro-war cautionary tale out of a blood-soaked tragedy, we keep reimagining the loss in Vietnam not as a policy failure but as the product of an America that dishonored returning troops.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Matthew Freire

The Age of Drones

Counterinsurgency is out. Drones, assassination teams, targeted killings and special forces are in.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Memorial Day: Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, Stop the Wars

Gen. John Allen, commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, spoke Wednesday at the Pentagon, four stars on each shoulder, his chest bedecked with medals.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



garlandcannon (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget

With major wars winding down, has Washington already cut war spending so close to the bone that further reductions would be perilous to our safety?

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE


Veterans Say No to NATO

Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are now challenging the occupation of Chicago.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jerome Delay

Blue Man Coup, Part 2: War for God, Country and Cocaine

Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE


Our Guns-and-Butter Economy

There are troubling consequences that come from the particular kind of export economy we’re building.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Dengrier Baez

The Dark Side of the Prestigious Marine Barracks

The Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., is the showplace of the Marine Corps. It is also the home of officers and enlisted men of the Marine Corps who have been accused of sexually harassing, assaulting and raping female Marine officers and enlisted and civilian women who work there.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

The Afghanistan Riddle

Show of hands: Does anybody really understand the U.S. policy in Afghanistan? Can anyone figure out how we’re supposed to stay the course and bring home the troops at the same time?

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



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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



U.S. Embassy Kabul Afghanistan

Karzai Seeks Speeded-Up Exit of U.S. Troops

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling for an accelerated departure of American forces a day after controversial photos were published showing U.S. soldiers posing with body parts of insurgents.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/K.M.Chaudary

Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

Why has the Obama administration committed itself to releasing more than $1 billion to a government that has challenged its attempt to bring to justice an alleged mastermind of cross-border terrorism?

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Musadeq Sadeq

Kabul Attacks Blamed on NATO Intelligence

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has branded the Taliban’s 18-hour siege of Kabul and places across eastern Afghanistan on Sunday an intelligence failure and called for an investigation into NATO security operations.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Defense

Rape Victims Say Military Labeled Them Crazy, Ignored Allegations

According to statistics recently released by the Pentagon, the problem of sexual assault in the military is not getting any better.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 READ MORE


The Long, Hot March of Climate Change

The Pentagon knows it. The world’s largest insurers know it. Now, governments may be overthrown because of it. It is climate change, and it is real.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



New Trial in the Works for KSM

Remember the name Khalid Sheik Mohammed? KSM, as he became known in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is still accused of masterminding those attacks a decade later and is still being detained at Guantanamo Bay, but Wednesday brought news of movement in his case.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Regardless of Obama’s Gaffe, Nuclear Missile Defense Remains a Useless Endeavor

European missile defense against the threat of hypothetical Iranian nuclear missile attack is a make-work project for the American aerospace industry and always has been.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE


Paul Ryan’s Plan for American Decline

If the foreign adversaries and competitors of the United States imagined a future that would fulfill their most ambitious objectives, it might begin with a government crippled by the House Republican leadership’s “Ryan budget” released on Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman David Carbajal

U.S. and NATO Make Afghanistan Plans Beyond 2014

Terminating the Afghanistan War and ending the global projection of American military power of which it is a part are indispensable steps to saving the nation.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE


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


What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

For everyone who originally supported the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban, the question today is how what was once a righteous mission can end in anything but ruin.

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



AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Bring Home the Troops Now

It was clear before Sunday’s horrific massacre of civilians that it’s past time for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan to end.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Patrick Semansky

Supreme Court Likely to Endorse Obama’s War on Whistle-Blowers

The Supreme Court is expected to uphold the use of the Espionage Act of 1917 to punish those who expose war crimes and state lies.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt Romney (CC-BY)

Romney’s Budget-Balancing for Dummies

Mitt Romney must think “conservatives” very stupid if he’s promising to balance the federal budget by eliminating nominal amounts spent on the nation’s cultural programs.

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


Forgetting the Past, One Military Movie at a Time

Financed by the Pentagon, “Act of Valor” is a new film that seeks to make us forget our past military blunders.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE



125o4 (CC-BY)

Silent State: Washington’s Campaign Against Whistle-Blowers

There can be little doubt that government retaliation against whistle-blowers is not an isolated event, nor even an agency-by-agency practice. The number of cases in play suggests an organized strategy to deprive Americans of knowledge of the more disreputable things their government does.

Posted on Feb 9, 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



poniblog (CC-BY)

Note to Iran: U.S. Orders Up a Super Bunker-Buster

After deciding that its current arsenal lacks a non-nuclear bomb powerful enough to tear through 200 feet of mountaintop and obliterate Iran’s subterranean Fodrow nuclear enrichment facility, the Pentagon has asked Boeing Co. to make a conventional weapon equal to the task.

Posted on Jan 29, 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



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

Election Will Decide Which New Wars Will Be Waged

Now that America’s primary elections have eliminated the more implausible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is possible to take a clearer look at what the electorate will be up against when the conventions are over in the fall.

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


Pentagon Budget Cuts

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Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

China Wary of Obama’s New Military Plan

Republicans weren’t the only ones irked at our nation’s leader this week. President Obama has also ruffled some feathers in the Chinese government with his newly hatched military strategy, which he announced in a rare news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday, and which apparently strikes the Chinese as a potentially unwelcome display of U.S. prowess on their side of the globe.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE


Slimming Down the Military

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Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth

For Once, Let’s Just Leave Iraq Alone

Better to let Iraq blow itself apart than inflict the kind of policies that have, as most commentators refuse to acknowledge, plagued the country’s entire, sorry history.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Signals a Shift in U.S. Military Strategy

On Thursday, President Obama dropped in at the Pentagon to outline some sizable changes he’s making to America’s defense strategy in this last year of his first elected term. His plans will no doubt lay him open to criticism on the campaign trail, but at least it seems to make room for the possibility of focusing funds on the home front.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Ron Paul’s Popularity a Sign of a War-Weary America

The clear crossover vote-getter issue on which Ron Paul has differed from the rest of the candidate crowd is war: his hostility to the commitment of both Democratic and Republican administrations to prosecuting undeclared war in the Middle East, South Asia and elsewhere.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



thierry ehrmann (CC-BY)

Bradley Manning and the Fog of War

Accused whistle-blower Pvt. Bradley Manning turned 24 Saturday. He spent his birthday in a pretrial military hearing that could ultimately lead to a sentence of life … or death.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

There Goes the Republic

What’s alarming is the ease with which an otherwise deadlocked Congress that can’t manage minimal funding for job creation passes a bill that threatens the foundations of our republican form of government.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



michael baird (CC-BY)

Making Repression Our Business: The Pentagon’s Secret Training Missions in the Middle East

As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon forged ever deeper ties with some of the region’s most repressive regimes.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



dynamosquito (CC-BY-SA)

Iran: A Dangerous Game

The downing of a sophisticated U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone over Iran is the latest ratcheting of tension among Washington, Tehran and Jerusalem.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



Asian Development Bank (CC-BY)

Pentagon Spends Millions Protecting Uzbekistan Dictator

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov is notorious for heading one of the world’s most oppressive regimes, and millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are being given to a for-profit military contractor turned propaganda machine to make sure he remains a faithful and able ally in the global war on terror.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why Does Obama Suddenly Want a War With China?

One might think that a bitter Central Asian war in Afghanistan and an ambiguous commitment to Iraq would be enough for President Barack Obama to cope with.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


‘Super Committee’ Fails to Overcome Republican Dogma

There are people on the right capable of arithmetic, but anyone who calls for revenue out loud is branded a heretic in Republican circles, where tax cuts are not a matter of policy but of faith.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Mitt Romney’s Big Bad Ideas for the Middle East

As someone who has been running for president for many years, Romney should by now know something about foreign policy and he should know where he stands.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE


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