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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



cnn.com

NATO Declares Libya Mission Officially Over

On Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen paid a visit to Libya to announce the end of the military campaign that began seven months ago and culminated in the death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi on Oct. 20.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / The National Guard

Withdrawal Means Withdrawal

President Obama will be able to say that he kept one of his promises from the ’08 campaign trail come Dec. 31 of this year, when all but 160 American troops will leave Iraq after more than eight years of heavy military involvement (read: war) in the Middle Eastern nation. (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



Dennis Jarvis (CC-BY-SA)

China Fears Are Misplaced

The preoccupation of American think tanks and policymakers with China’s growing military and economic power is unrealistic.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / mindfrieze (CC-BY-SA)

Massachusetts Man Arrested in Plot to Bomb Pentagon, Capitol

A Massachusetts man was arrested by federal authorities Wednesday on suspicion of planning an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled airplanes loaded with explosives. (more)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



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

Afghanistan Is Obama’s Gordian Knot

The Gordian knot by which this American project is bound is the simultaneous conflict and collaboration of the United States and nuclear Pakistan.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



Rana Ossama (CC-BY-SA)

Dispatches From Cairo: Who’s the Bad Wolf Today?

The view from Cairo is like a kaleidoscope of images of struggle crises hope despair joy misery loyalty betrayal beauty ugliness. The forces of light and darkness compete across a range of shifting shades.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



DoD

From Top to Bottom, Supercommittee Is in the War Lobby’s Pocket

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “supercommittee,” because it is made up of equal parts Republican, Democrat, House and Senate) was set up to cut $1.5 trillion from the budget. Though military enthusiasts make a great show of worry for defense spending, they have little to fear ... (more)

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE


9/11 Victim 0001: Father Mychal’s Message

The body bag marked “Victim 0001” on Sept. 11, 2001, contained the corpse of Father Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with the Fire Department of New York.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



Surian Soosay (CC-BY)

Bin Laden’s Unintended Legacy

Ten years on, Osama bin Laden, were he not at the bottom of the sea, could be reasonably satisfied with what he has accomplished.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hameed Rasheed

New Look at an Alleged U.S. Massacre in Iraq

In March 2006, a number of Iraqi civilians were killed under dubious circumstances in a home in the town of Ishaqi. Last week, WikiLeaks released a cable containing notes from U.N. investigators suggesting that the victims may have been executed ... (more)

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Bazemore

Republicans Put Wars Ahead of People

Republican spending knows no limits when it comes to going into debt for failed and useless wars. But it’s another story when it comes to providing federal assistance for victims of Hurricane Irene or other catastrophes we may face in the months ahead.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Dark Art of Propaganda

“When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it,” wrote Joseph Goebbels, Germany’s Reich minister of propaganda, in 1941. Former Vice President Dick Cheney seems to have taken the famous Nazi’s advice in his new book, “In My Time.”

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / euripedies

A Peek at the Military’s Budget for Eternal Salvation

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is running an investigation into how much money the U.S. Department of Defense spends pressuring military staff and families to embrace Christianity, and it is finding violations of the Constitution and rules governing federal contractors. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Taking the Justice Out of the Justice System

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



Israel’s Insatiable Zionism

Israel’s Zionism turned capitalism is getting out of hand; Postmodernism is dead, leaving many to question what it was in the first place; meanwhile, the Americas are projected to replace the Middle East as the energy capital of the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 READ MORE


Where’s the Syria Plan?

It’s hard to argue with President Obama’s call for Bashar al-Assad, the bloodthirsty Syrian dictator, to step down. But it’s also hard to discern any logic or consistency in the administration’s handling of the ongoing tumult in the Arab world.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / jimforest

The Cost of America’s Wars: Felt but Unknown

How much are American taxpayers paying for the nation’s imperial wars? No one seems to know. But the following article contains a few key figures we would expect to find on the manifest aboard America’s sinking ship of war.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



gonemovie.com

Jodie Foster Helps Fund the Search for Alien Life

The Allen Telescope Array in Northern California was shut down due to government budget cuts, but more than 2,400 donors, including “Contact” star Jodie Foster, gave enough money to keep the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute-run facility open a little longer. (more)

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham

Assassination as Foreign Policy

Global domination is a political policy that cannot possibly succeed. The world is not open to domination by a single state. The effort to establish it will destroy the United States itself.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

President Bachmann: Another Mideast Messiah

A review of Michele Bachmann’s messianic and irrational foreign policy statements reveals a potential president looking for other conflicts, especially with Iran.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



Adam Campbell (CC-BY-ND)

The Man Who Doesn’t Want to Be President

Barack Obama seems unwilling to be president. What a contrast he makes to George W. Bush, in his boots and with his swagger—the Decider.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE


The Wrong Problem ‘Solved’

The debt-ceiling fight generated enough hyperventilation and heartburn to replace a coal-fired power plant. The resulting product? It’s starting to look kind of puny and irrelevant.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

War, Debt and the President

The history of the U.S. national debt is inexorably tied to its many wars. The resolution this week of the so-called debt ceiling crisis is no different.

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Retreat, Not a Rout

It’s supremely galling. It’s unbalanced, unfair and mostly unwise. For President Obama and the Democratic Party, it’s a comprehensive defeat. But it’s not the end of the world.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

‘A Terrible Deal’

In an editorial published shortly after the announcement of a new deal to raise the debt ceiling, The New York Times calls the agreement a “nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE



JD Hancock (CC-BY)

Pentagon Ready to End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen have a meeting with the president Friday and, according to numerous reports, Panetta will inform the commander in chief that the Pentagon is ready to end the military’s policy of discrimination against gay troops. (more)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE



Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Terrorist Threat We’re Ignoring

For decades, trade-related reporting has mostly focused on jobs. Left almost completely unmentioned are other concerns that free-trade critics have raised—concerns about the environment, human rights and, yes, national security.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE


Soldier Suicides and the Politics of Presidential Condolences

President Barack Obama just announced a reversal of a long-standing policy that denied presidential condolence letters to the family members of soldiers who commit suicide.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Making a Progressive Case

Do progressives care about reducing the national debt? Of course they do, no matter what the White House might believe.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Defence Images

Pakistani Lawyer Blocked From U.S. After Suing CIA on Drone Strikes

Pakistani lawyer and human rights champion Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who has aided the U.S. government in legal counterterrorism efforts, was banned from traveling to the States to speak at Columbia Law School after suing the CIA about drone strikes that have killed civilians in his country. (more)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Nathanael Callon

Get Out of Afghanistan

It does not matter when we leave Afghanistan. Ten years. Five years. A year. Tomorrow. The same thing, a civil war, will happen with or without us. This is Afghanistan. Read a history book.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)

400,000 Brain-Injured Veterans Due Home From Afghanistan and Iraq

Independent experts suggest that more than 400,000 American service members will return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries that could lead to severe personality disorders, and little is being done to help them. (more)

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith

Why Does the War Go On?

The many contradictions in President Obama’s speech about Afghanistan Wednesday night were perhaps intended to obscure the bottom line: Tens of thousands of American troops will remain for at least three more years, some of them will be maimed or killed, and Obama offered no good reason why.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Once Again, Obama Faces a Choice in Afghanistan

Back in 2009, President Obama was presented with two options for the war in Afghanistan: a troop surge favored by the military and a leaner counterterrorism strategy promoted by Vice President Joe Biden. He went with the surge, sending an additional 30,000 troops to fight in a war without purpose. (more)

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE


Promoting Militarism While Hiding Bloodshed

In a breathless story somehow presented as a groundbreaking revelation, The New York Times recently reported that the Pentagon is—shocker!—using all sorts of media channels to market itself to the nation’s children.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Staff Sgt. Jeff Kaus

Budget Problems, America? Try Ending Your Many Wars

To the wayfaring American citizen, the view of Washington, D.C., from abroad is as bizarre as that of Oz. One cannot believe what is happening.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



Kenny Louie (CC-BY)

Hack Us and We’ll Bomb You

The Pentagon has decided to treat Internet-borne attacks on the United States as acts of war. The change is motivated in part by a brewing leet arms race with China and Russia. Essentially the U.S. is playing catch-up in what someone from the 1990s would call “cyberspace” and the military is buying time by creating, it hopes, a deterrent. (more)

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess

General Passed Over for Giving Obama Advice

President Obama nominated Gen. Martin Dempsey on Monday to take over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military adviser to the president. Obama’s first choice for the job, according to The Washington Post, was Marine Gen. James Cartwright, who was reportedly denied the promotion for ... (more)

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Reset: Arab Spring or Same Old Thing?

If you follow the words, one Middle East comes into view; if you follow the weapons, quite another.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



swatch trm (CC-BY)

Bin Laden Mission Evokes More Questions Than Answers

As hard as President Obama tried to portray last week’s events as proof “that America can do whatever we set our mind to,” the mission and its cloudy aftermath have raised troubling questions about the “whatever” part.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Carl T. Jacobson

The High Cost of Cheap War

Nations will inevitably be more willing to use warfare as a foreign policy tool if they possess instruments limiting the cost of waging war.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE


‘Oh Yeah, Prove It’

This just in: President Obama has proved, yet again, that he is a natural-born citizen of the United States. Which we already knew—“we” meaning those of us who believe there is such a thing as objective reality.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE


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