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What’s So Scary About NPR?

Somehow nobody asked the most obvious question: If NPR were truly slanted toward the liberal side, why would a phony tape of a private conversation be needed as proof?

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


Western Intervention in Libya Should Not Fly

Although it may seem heartless to say this, the Arab uprising is not our affair, and we should stay away from it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ted S. Warren

Boeing Boondoggle: Pork Can Fly

“The gift that keeps on giving” should have been the headline on the Pentagon’s decision to award the Boeing Co. a $35 billion defense contract. Defense of the nation, of course, had nothing to do with it.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor

President Barack Obama unleashed his proposed 2012 budget this week, pronouncing, proudly: “I’ve called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


American-Israeli Policy Tested by Arab Uprisings

The events in the Arab world during the past three weeks have ended the era of American-Israeli domination/intimidation of the region.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Meat-Cleaver Budgeting

Republicans who feign attacks of the vapors and fainting spells over the big, scary deficit would be more convincing if they didn’t begin with the insane premise that defense spending should be sacrosanct.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Alvaro Lupercio

Suicides Double Among National Guard, Reserves

The Army’s investment in suicide prevention appears to be paying off, with the first drop among active duty soldiers in five years. However the number of National Guardsmen and reservists who killed themselves—half of whom never saw combat—nearly doubled in the last year.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


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Pentagon Aiming to Slash Military Spending

The Obama administration is working on cutting back defense spending to levels the U.S. hasn’t seen since before Sept. 11, 2001, but the proposed changes have more to do with economic reasons than any big strategic change from within military ranks.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller

We Really Do Spend More Than $1 Trillion on War

The Pentagon’s budget is only about half of what the U.S. spends on war and defense. If you add costs like nuclear weapons and the medical care of wounded soldiers, the figure tops $1 trillion. Robert Higgs has the math to prove it.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Maya Hitij

Is Congress More Progressive Than Hollywood?

Who would have thought that the political capital of Washington would be ahead of the entertainment capital of Hollywood when it comes to allowing gay folks to serve openly?

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE



USMC / Cpl. Brandon Rodriguez

A Far From Happy New Year

The paradox that is seldom discussed in politics or the press is that the United States, with total military resources equal to those of all the rest of the world combined, wages wars that consistently turn out badly, leaving American enemies in power.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Fradioon Pooya

Speaking Ill of ‘the Best and the Brightest’

One of “the best and the brightest” died last week, and in Richard Holbrooke we had a perfect example of the dark mischief to which David Halberstam referred when he authored that ironic label.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


Hedges, Stone and Moore on Hollywood’s Love of War

Who knew that Hollywood and the Pentagon sometimes shoot from the same storyboard, so to speak—one that casts war, and America’s role in same, in the best possible light (not to mention camera angles)? A lot of people, actually, including filmmakers ...

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


Foreign Policy Review Suggests a Losing Effort

The great campaign to create a new Middle East and Central Asia, slay Islam’s violent extremists and build a radiant new world of democracy and capitalism is moving backward.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Scores a Victory, Along With Some Vindication

President Obama must be tempted to respond to his progressive critics with a quote from the old-school rapper Kool Moe Dee: “How ya like me now?”

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Bitter Memories of War on the Way to Jail

One hundred and thirty-one men and women, many of them military veterans wearing old fatigues, formed a single, silent line. Under a heavy snowfall and to the slow beat of a drum, they walked to the White House fence. They stood there until they were arrested.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE


How the Senate Should Vote

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Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Sweden Says No Political Pressure Spurred Assange Arrest

Although the timing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest and proposed extradition to Sweden seemed a tad conspicuous, what with the site’s recent big release that angered and embarrassed several powers that be around the globe, Sweden is denying ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund (CC-BY-ND)

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Headed for a Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid postponed a test vote Wednesday while he worked on a deal with Republican Sen. Susan Collins, but he earlier said he believed he could get the 60 votes needed to end the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE


Leaks Disclose Complicated U.S. Strategy

The WikiLeaks documents reveal the irrelevance in much of what was being reported by American diplomats. There was no recognizable pattern or purpose.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Julian Assange Has a Backup Plan

When asked what would happen if he was “taken out,” either physically or technically, WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange said in an online chat that more than 100,000 people have encrypted copies of leaked material and “if something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE


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WikiLeaks: Not for Government Eyes

Acting as if we live in some sort of fantasy world, the Obama administration and the Pentagon have both forbid their hundreds of thousands of federal workers to view the WikiLeaks secret cables—unless those employees have the requisite security clearance.

Posted on Dec 5, 2010 READ MORE


WikiLeaks and the End of U.S. ‘Diplomacy’

The way the U.S. conducts diplomacy is now getting more exposure than ever—as is the apparent ease with which the U.S. government lives up (or down) to the adage used by pioneering journalist I.F. Stone: “Governments lie.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Wiki-Damage Control Time for Clinton

Being the U.S. secretary of state must have its perks, what with the power and guaranteed attention of various world leaders and all, but Monday, Hillary Clinton’s was not a job to envy.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



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

The Pentagon Gets What It Wants

“If the Pentagon wants something, the logic goes, then it must be necessary,” writes Gregg Easterbrook in a recent examination of military waste. As a result, military spending has jumped 119 percent since 2001, 68 percent if you exclude the two wars fought in that time.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Chief Warrant Officer 3 Philippe E. Chasse

Pentagon Calls 2014 Afghanistan Withdrawal ‘Aspirational’

Hamid Karzai and NATO would like Afghan forces to take over the country’s security by 2014, a goal Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell calls “aspirational,” as in “There may very well be the need for forces to remain in-country ... ” (more jibber-jabber after the jump)

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE



Center for American Progress Action Fund / UNLV / Geri Kodey (CC-BY-ND)

Senate May Consider Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

Senate boss Harry Reid, pictured, says that before his majority shrinks, he intends to push ahead with a vote that could potentially allow gays to serve openly in the military. The measure is currently tied to a defense authorization bill that Reid plans to bring up during the lame duck session.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


Runaway Military: A Raw Deal at Half the Price

I come not to bury the manifesto issued last week by President Obama’s debt-reduction commission, but to praise the most welcome of its ideas: Slash defense spending along with everything else.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

The Cowardice of America at War

I had to pull over to the side of La Cienega Boulevard last Tuesday evening as I drove home from work. I was crying.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Dishonoring Pat Tillman

Veterans were honored all across America Thursday, while the most famous veteran of our ongoing wars continues to be dishonored.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / The U.S. Army (CC-BY)

Pentagon Survey: Dropping ‘DADT’ Wouldn’t Cause Wartime Strife

The findings summarized in a lengthy report that the Pentagon is preparing to send to President Obama about the potential effects of repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy have been relayed to The Washington Post ahead of the game, and ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



cbsnews.com

Mystery Missile Has Pentagon Guessing (Update)

This is slightly disconcerting, especially for those of us in the Greater Los Angeles region: On Monday night, a CBS News affiliate in Southern California captured video footage of what appeared to be a rocket or missile shooting into the sky about 35 miles off the coastline ... (Update: Mystery solved)

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

Senate to Drop ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain of the Armed Services Committee are reportedly working to shelve the legislative effort to end the military’s ban on openly gay service members. (continued)

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE


War Should Be an Election Issue

Just days away from crucial midterm elections, WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website, unveiled the largest classified military leak in history. But in the U.S., it barely warranted a mention on the agenda-setting Sunday talk shows.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



How Much for That Senate Seat in the Window?

Today on the list: How did outside groups manage to spend $3.6 million on one Colorado race in one day? And what the hell happened to Randy Quaid? Plus: The future of books, music and your democracy, after the jump.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr.com / mindfrieze

Pentagon Braces for Latest WikiLeaks Release

The Pentagon is once again articulating its oft-cited trope that release of classified documents on the WikiLeaks website could endanger U.S. and allied troops and Iraqi civilians as the whistle-blower site prepares to publish even more classified files on the Iraq War.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

Government Moves to Block ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Injunction

As expected, the Justice Department asked an appeals court Wednesday to put a hold on U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ recent injunction to stop the military from enforcing its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Why would the government do this?

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / D. Myles Cullen

Pentagon Approves Openly Gay Recruits

While the fate of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is sorted out in the courts, military recruiters have been ordered to accept openly gay applicants. But both the Pentagon and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network are warning that out recruits could be discharged in the future.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



Bush’s Brain’s Brain?

Today on the list: Meet Karl Rove’s Karl Rove, what happens when you Facebook friend request yourself, and the third-party candidates who still can’t catch a break.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Bitter Setbacks for the Foes of ‘Don’t Ask’

Repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” should have been easy. Now opponents of the policy have to watch the administration oppose a court order prohibiting discrimination against gays in the military.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Jamean R. Berry

The Imperial Defense of Pentagon Bloat

Beware the sophistry of budget talking points—especially those seeking to deter any criticism of defense spending.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Mike Strasser

Federal Judge Orders End to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

We might finally see the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” as the U.S. military’s controversial policy about homosexuality among its ranks took another big legal hit Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE


Nuclear Armament Still Our Central Issue

Of all of the sources of strategic delusion and political illusion today, nuclear weapons undoubtedly make the most prodigious contribution to hypocrisy and useless expense.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


Who Really Thinks We’ll Win in Afghanistan?

Could somebody please remind me just what it is that we’re achieving in Afghanistan? Don’t all speak at once. No, I mean what good things we’re accomplishing. Anybody? Hello?

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE



Photo illustration based on the poster by James Montgomery Flagg

Robert Gates Wants You ... and Your Children

The defense secretary warned Duke University, and anyone else who would listen, about a growing divide between the public and the military that has created a minority class of professional military workers and a detached, if vaguely supportive, civilian population.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE


Are Obama’s Hands Tied?

A splendid and courageous new book describes with lucidity the degree to which the power of the American presidency over war and peace has been weakened in our day, and, in important respects, superseded.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



Interrogation footage obtained by CNN

American Soldiers Accused of Shooting Afghans for the Hell of It

Five U.S. soldiers are accused of getting high and murdering Afghan civilians without cause. In leaked interrogation tapes, at least two appear to confess to as much. (Video and more after the jump.)

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



National Security Archive

Declassified: Bush’s Iraq Scheming Began in 2001

The National Security Archive has obtained documents confirming and expanding on what we already knew: The Bush administration was determined to invade and occupy Iraq whether there was justification or not. (continued)

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


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