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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which the power of the American presidency over war and peace has been weakened in our day, and, in important respects, superseded.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



White House / Pete Souza

Woodward Says Obama Advisers Doubted Afghan Strategy

According to Bob Woodward’s latest White House investigation, President Obama’s advisers disagreed vehemently about how to proceed in Afghanistan and some, including special envoy to the region Richard Holbrooke, expressed doubts that the new strategy would work.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE



No Openly Gay Soldiers Any Time Soon

Senate Republicans and a couple of conservative Democrats killed a measure that would have made it possible to end the ban on gays in the military. Because the bill probably won’t be brought up again until after November, and the next Senate is expected to grow more conservative, it could be years before gays are allowed to serve openly.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


Lady Gaga Has a Message for John McCain-Arizona and Other Haters

Listen up, Senate monsters. Lady Gaga wants you to do something about the persecution of gays in the military.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Derec Pierson

A New Season in Military Fashions

“Transformation” is the new military buzzword, meaning reorienting the military institution for “the complex insurgencies” that “planners say will dominate the 21st century.” Robert Gates, the U.S. secretary of defense, was quoted as saying that Afghanistan provides the “laboratory” for this change.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



Pentagon to Make Secrets Book an Instant Best-Seller

Anthony A. Shaffer, a former spy for the military who went by the preposterous pseudonym “Christopher Stryker,” was clever enough to publish a memoir with information the Pentagon would prefer to keep secret. As a result, the military is in negotiations to buy every single copy.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



American Science & Engineering

Airport X-Ray Scanners Hit the Road

While debate continues in the United States over whole-body imagers, manufacturers of the technology are opening deeper opportunities for themselves elsewhere that could make the controversial machines an even bigger part of everyday life.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE


The Tax-Cut Hand Grenade

The president’s position that the tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year should be extended permanently is fiscally reckless.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

Despite Celebration, the Iraq War Continues

After we were told seven years ago that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” you might think the press would question the government’s martial stagecraft.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

At Least 50 Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks

American combat forces might be exiting Iraq, but a wave of deadly violence around the country Wednesday served as a grim reminder that war is likely to be a daily reality for Iraqis for a long time to come.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Why Gen. Petraeus’ Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE



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

There’s Nothing Surgical About Cluster Bombs

The globalist militarism that remains the dominant force among the American policy class in Washington (Democrats prominently involved) now has its members talking to the press about its new use of “the scalpel” rather than “the hammer.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


The Guns of August: Lowering the Flag on the American Century

None of America’s problems are likely to be tackled in a serious or successful way as long as we continue to spend our wealth on armies, weapons, wars, global garrisons, and bribes for petty dictators.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


Pentagon
Flickr.com / mindfrieze

Pentagon, WikiLeaks Clash Again

It doesn’t look like WikiLeaks is going to heed the Pentagon’s request to “do the right thing” and refrain from releasing 15,000 documents about the war in Afghanistan that the site has yet to share with the world.

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 READ MORE



DoD / Cherie Cullen

Despite New Cuts, Obama Will Spend More than Bush on Military

The most important fact in the New York Times report on Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ spending cuts comes 15 paragraphs in, when we learn that the U.S. will still spend more than ever on the military, more than all other countries combined, more than under President Bush. (continued)

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE



Nasser Shiyoukhi

The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

Muslim, Christian or Jew, we ignore this suffering at the peril of our own humanity. As Rachel Corrie wrote in her last letter to her parents, “I could live a comfortable life and possibly, with no effort at all, exist in complete unawareness of my participation in genocide.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


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wikileaks.org

Pentagon Clamps Down on Wikileaks

The Pentagon attempted to reassert control in its power struggle with WikiLeaks on Thursday by demanding that the online whistle-blower relinquish about 15,000 unreleased Afghan war records and delete information already posted to the site.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE


Leaking to Avert Disaster

While the Pentagon Papers revealed the duplicity of American policymakers in the senseless Vietnam War, their release came too late to save many lives or change the course of that conflict. The WikiLeaks disclosures may have arrived in time to influence policy and prevent disaster.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE



Man Faces Prison for Videotaping Cop

Today on the list: Why you can’t really get to know more than 150 people, why Democrats should be jealous of Greens and why a Maryland man faces 16 years in prison for shooting a video.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

Afghanistan: The Pentagon’s Lost War

While it is unquestionable that Barack Obama made the war in Afghanistan “his” war, it also is true that it was served to him on a platter and with a gun pressed against his back.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


WikiLeaks’ Afghan War Diary

Wikileaks.org has done it again, publishing thousands of classified documents about the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Christopher Wellner

$8.7 Billion More Disappears in Iraq

The special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction says the Pentagon cannot account for $8.7 billion of Iraq’s money. The Department of Defense was supposed to spend the funds, which came from the sale of oil and other assets, on reconstruction, and it may have—it just doesn’t know for sure.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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wikileaks.org

U.S. Prepares for Fallout From Wikileaks Revelations

It’s not surprising that the Pentagon is conducting “a very robust investigation” to find the source of the latest Wikileaks heard ’round the world. And it’s also to be expected that the military and intelligence communities are shoring up ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


Pentagon
Flickr.com / mindfrieze

Pressure Is On to Tighten the Pentagon’s Waist

Does the Defense Department’s budget make the Pentagon look fat? Some officials believe so, as political and economic pressure to cut the U.S. military’s bloated spending habit has stirred the first serious debate on the Pentagon’s budget since 2001’s terrorist attacks.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

What Is the Point of All This Spying?

Walter Kendall Myers, a former Foreign Service officer, has been sent to prison for life for espionage on behalf of Cuba. Did he knew anything at all that could remotely be termed “secret”?

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


intelligence agents
cia.gov

Washington Post Delves Into ‘Top Secret America’

It’s no secret that the intelligence community in the United States has undergone significant changes since Sept. 11, 2001, but the extent to which the spying business has expanded in nine years is nearly impossible to gauge ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


Reality and Reform for How the EU Keeps Its Peace

The European Union deliberately has chosen not to challenge the United States as a military or political superpower. This is convenient for most and saves Europe a great deal of money. It is prudent, since no one knows what the U.S. would do if the Europeans undertook a role that challenged American primacy.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai and Obama
White House / Pete Souza

It’s Obama’s Empire Now

The Obama administration is thoroughly committed to defense of the empire it inherited; there is no or little retreat from the mindless expansion of American ambition. Teddy Roosevelt would be proud.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


Show Us the Money

We could easily slip into another Great Depression if our leaders continue to heed the chattering class on the deficit. But cutting spending is not just bad economics; it’s bad politics, too.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

When Rolling Stone Calls the Shots, It’s Time to Negotiate

It is amazing how little commentary there has been on the key issue raised by the McChrystal Affair: Should U.S. war policy be made by Rolling Stone?

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Obama Lets McChrystal Keep All 4 Stars

Loose lips sink ships and careers, but they won’t keep Gen. Stanley McChrystal from taking his four-star rank into retirement. CNN reports that the White House is waiving a rule to let McChrystal stay at his current pay grade even though he’s now a world-famous trash talker.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


China and Taiwan
AP

The Chinese Aren’t Coming

Peace has descended on the most contentious point of conflict between East and West for the past six decades—but don’t expect the folks at the Pentagon or their military contractors to celebrate.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



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

The Land Where Theories of Warfare Go to Die

Afghanistan is the place where theories of warfare go to die, and if the COIN theory isn’t dead yet, it’s utterly failed so far to prove itself.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE


After 41 Years, a Belated Victory for Butter

The last time America found itself in a budget debate pitting domestic priorities against war expenditures, Richard Nixon was in the White House and David Obey was the youngest member of Congress.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE



National Geographic Films / Tim Hetherington

Into the Valley of Death Rode the ... 15?

The documentary “Restrepo” paints an empathetic portrait of U.S. soldiers at an Afghanistan outpost, but it keeps its audience at a distance.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

11 Revelations From Rolling Stone’s McChrystal Profile

Early reports already chewed over the insults to Ambassadors Eikenberry and Holbrooke and National Security Adviser Jones, but there’s a lot more to the Rolling Stone article that could mean Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s ass. Here (after the jump) are 11 jaw-droppers, groaners and sigh-inducers.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


War for Resources: From Slander to Clarion Call

Reading this week’s New York Times headline—“U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan”—many probably wondered how this information was being presented as “news” in 2010.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


Pentagon
Flickr.com / mindfrieze

The Pentagon’s Spare Parts Problem

As budget hawks continue their attack on spending cuts around the country, it might be useful to look at the Pentagon after a report released Thursday claimed that at least $7 billion in taxpayer funds is being wasted on purchases of spare parts that the military ends up not needing.

Posted on Jun 12, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / marjoleincc (CC-BY-SA)

Israel’s Gift to Iran’s Hard-Liners

Juan Cole, who offers the single best available running commentary on the Middle East, considers the ways in which, on the first anniversary of the fraudulent Iranian elections and the rise of the Green Movement, the policy moves of both the U.S. and Israel continued to backfire in Iran.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hussein Malla

A Warning From Noam Chomsky on the Threat of Elites

Whether in war or finance, the imperial mentality of elites is increasingly threatening the “unpeople” of the world, as Noam Chomsky writes in his latest book.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE


Clapp Jr.
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army

This Man May Become Our New National Intelligence Director

The job that James R. Clapper Jr. may take over from his could-be predecessor, Dennis C. Blair, is not an easy one—in fact, it has been described by insiders as “the second-toughest in Washington” ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE


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