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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 / 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

White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s New Security Strategy Looks Much Like the Old One

Though the president reiterated his promise of success, the future he outlined at West Point is hard to distinguish from what we have already been through in Iraq, with less than reassuring results.

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Rob Shenk (CC-BY-SA)

Jim Webb to Military Gays: Not So Fast, Mary

Democratic Sen. Jim Webb says he won’t vote for the compromise ending the ban on gays in the military until the Pentagon completes its review of the policy, even though the whole point of the compromise is that the ban wouldn’t actually end until the military completes its review. (continued)

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE

US Army / Mike Strasser

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Compromise Could Pass This Week

The White House, congressional leaders, the Pentagon and gay rights activists have hammered out a deal that could finally end the military’s ban on gays serving openly. A vote could come as soon as this week, but the ban would remain until the president and military leaders agreed to lift it. (continued)

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE

Rep. Alan Grayson Introduces the ‘War Is Making You Poor Act’

The bill would cut the DoD’s budget and use that money to make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE

South Korean warship
AP / Yonhap, Jin Sung-chul

U.S. to Join Forces With South Korea for Seafaring Exercises

In a move that predictably provoked the North Korean government, the Pentagon acknowledged that U.S. forces would be conducting naval exercises with their South Korean counterparts as a show of solidarity with Seoul following the sinking of the warship Cheonan in March.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 2nd Class Gina K. Wollman

Don’t Ask, Don’t Count: Pentagon Underreports Discharges

Servicemembers United, having just won a Freedom of Information Act request, says the military has not been counting National Guard or Reserve veterans who were discharged under the military’s anti-gay policy.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE

What Next for NATO?

The European Union doesn’t know where it stands at this moment. NATO thinks it knows and is gambling.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE

The New Secessionists

The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Joe Davila

Iranian Missiles No Match for U.S. Shield, Pentagon Says

If Iran ever has the capability to lob a nuclear missile at the U.S., the Pentagon is “very confident” the missile interceptors already in place would foil such an attack. Said interceptors don’t always work, but the military is still upbeat about our chances.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Army / Sgt. Matthew Moeller

No Place to Fight a War

After five years and 42 American lives lost, the U.S. conquered three miles of the Korengal Valley. Now troops have been ordered to withdraw. It’s not just a metaphor, but a template for the whole war.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Nathan Gallahan

Deaths Among Contractors in Afghanistan Accelerating as They Outnumber Soldiers

There are now more civilian contractors in Afghanistan than U.S. soldiers. Using civilian contractors to haul food, prepare meals and act as bodyguards has kept the Pentagon’s official casualty figures lower than they would have been in past conflicts, where contractors were not as heavily used.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: The Wikileaks Squeal-stapo

After highly upsetting video footage, taken from a U.S. Apache helicopter, showing 12 Iraqi citizens being killed by American gunfire was posted on WikiLeaks, Stephen Colbert wonders how long it’ll be before the website’s proprietors can be tracked down by Predator drones.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE

Collateral Murder in Iraq

A United States military video was released this week showing the indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians in Baghdad.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The Obscenity of War

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE

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

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Announcement Coming Thursday (Update: Video)

The Pentagon is expected to announce on Thursday a softening of “don’t ask, don’t tell” rules, as promised, while a full review is under way. Only Congress can overturn the policy, but the military can make limited changes, like reforming the way it handles outings by a third party.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE

The Truth About American and Israeli Interests Comes Out

The relationship between the United States and Israel has always rested on a number of pretensions, politically useful to politicians on both sides, but because they are untrue, certain eventually to prove destructive to both countries.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE

NPR Strike Edition

Wikipedia is big news in college, Texas textbooks go the way of toilet paper and the NPR strike we never saw coming.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE

Mega Media Edition

Hop on past the jump to find out who owns the media, how Gen. David Petraeus wants to handle Israel and why a 13-year-old genius is suing his school.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Army

Spies Gone Wild: Afghanistan

A Defense Department official may have diverted millions from a Pentagon-funded research website to hire a rogue band of spies he reportedly called “my Jason Bournes” (as in the Matt Damon super assassin). These Jason Bournes, The New York Times reports, allegedly spent time running around both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border looking for militants to have killed.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jack Plunkett

The Difference Between a Terrorist and Someone Who Flies a Plane Into a Building

There seems to be some confusion about who are the real terrorists these days. Allow me to shed some light on the issue.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE

Is There a Mideast Solution?

Internationally speaking, there are only two subjects to talk about in the Middle East. These are Israel, the Palestinians and the Americans; and Iran and Israel.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE

What Does Blackwater Have to Do?

The company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide has been mired in scandal ever since its guards massacred some Iraqi civilians, but the government work keeps coming. Sen. Carl Levin has asked the Pentagon to think carefully about awarding a $1 billion contract to the company now known as Xe.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE

Three Bomb Blasts Kill 32 in Baghdad

The timing of Wednesday’s series of three suicide bombings in Baghdad was significant, considering Sunday’s parliamentary election is just around the corner. The attacks happened in rapid succession in the morning and killed 32 people, including some who had been wounded in the first two blasts and were seeking treatment at a hospital in the Iraqi capital city.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Wesley Farnsworth

Pentagon Frees Troops to Poke, Tweet and Lip-Sync to Lady Gaga

The Department of Defense didn’t have an official policy on what it calls “new/social media”—until now. Starting immediately, DoD employees (including troops) are free to use most of the non-porn Web, from Facebook to YouTube, without worrying about a court-martial. The usual rules on national security still apply. (continued)

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Allies in Europe Begin to Pull Back

The U.S. devotes large sums of money to subsidizing the participation in Afghanistan of small NATO countries and publicizing the affair as a true coalition operation, but NATO-nation political and public support for the war is faint and grudging because few believe the mission is realistic.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Julianne Showalter

Cheney’s Dose of Reality

Do you believe in miracles? I do, and here’s the proof: Dick Cheney said something reasonable.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE

Huge Majority Backs Gays in the Military

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, a massive 75 percent of Americans are all for letting gays serve in the military, although the White House has opted for a slow and steady approach to ending the ban. In other poll news, Americans are miffed at the Democrats, but the president and his party are still outscoring Republicans. (continued)

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE

Budget Lies Aren’t Helping the Deficit

For 30 years, Republicans and conservative Democrats have precluded factual debates about spending priorities for fear of antagonizing defense contractors, seniors and the wealthy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE

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

America’s Confused Approach to Afghanistan

U.N. officials and American military commanders suggest that diplomacy might be coming alive on the Afghan front, but neither the Pentagon nor the White House seems to have clearly identified what the United States wants in Afghanistan.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE

Best Documentary Nominees

The Motion Picture Academy has assembled an impressive slate of feature-length documentaries this year, from the inside story of the Pentagon Papers to an on-the-ground look at Burma’s Saffron Uprising. Here are the trailers for all five extraordinary films.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE

DoD / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Pentagon May Not Wait for Congress on Gays in Military

Only Congress can overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, but the military may unilaterally make it harder to enforce—or at least hold up its end of the deal by actually not asking. The Pentagon will reportedly stop acting on accusations of homosexuality by third-party snitches and gay-baiters and will disempower anyone but generals and admirals to discharge people. Update

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Dima Gavrysh

A Memory of Howard

My friend Howard Zinn was, in my opinion, the best human being I’ve ever known. The best example of what a human can be, and can do with his life.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Sending More Troops to Yemen

The Pentagon is planning to ramp up the number of U.S. special forces troops in Yemen, pointing to the botched Christmas Day attack on Northwest flight 253 as part of the impetus for the increase. It’s not clear yet how many more American troops will be sent over, but the boost will be significant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama to Propose Spending Freeze

As part of his State of the Union address Wednesday, the president is expected to call for a three-year freeze on non-military, non-entitlement discretionary spending that amounts to a small fraction of the budget. It’s a stunt, for the most part, aimed at soothing budget-conscious independents. (continued)

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

A Closer Look at the Guantánamo ‘Suicides’

On June 9, 2006, three inmates at the U.S. military’s prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba—37-year-old Yemeni Salah Ahmed Al-Salami and two Saudis, 30-year-old Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi and 22-year-old Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani—died, supposedly by hanging themselves in their cells. However, the official account has now been challenged. ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Arnulfo Franco

From Coup-Lite to Truth-Lite: 10 Ways the U.S. Fought Democracy in Honduras

Andrés Thomas Conteris, reporting from within the besieged embassy where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken shelter, outlines 10 ways the United States has supported the coup and undermined democracy in Honduras.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / ninjawil

The Other Wars on Terror

You’re not still thinking about Afghanistan are you? The U.S. may be sending more troops and treasure there, but the real action is in other failed and failing states such as Somalia and Yemen, which has gotten visits from David Petraeus, Joe Lieberman and ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 27, 2009 READ MORE

Original: U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Scott Reed

Insurgents Hack Predator Drones With Cheap Software

The $4.5 million Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and its at least $10 million successor are considered the future of America’s Air Force and a big part of the president’s escalation in Afghanistan. Insurgents in Iraq (and probably Afghanistan) were able to track the planes and intercept video feeds using $26 software available on the Internet. (continued)

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE

Larry’s List: Shoot-Your-Laptop Edition

What prompted Israeli authorities to shoot someone’s laptop? How do you fight a war on behalf of a country that doesn’t want it? Answers to these questions and more in today’s list.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE

Collage: Gravel photo from Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund

Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War

Few voices in American politics have been as consistent, as reasoned and as moral as his, which is one reason why Mike Gravel, on a chilly December morning, is in front of the White House, not inside it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / Matti Mattila

House Passes Earmark-Heavy Spending Bill

On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved a massive spending bill, totaling $447 billion, which includes quite a few earmarks. In fact, 5,224 earmarks made their way into the bill, adding up to about $3.9 billion. This did not please House Republicans, of whom not a single member voted for the measure.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama’s Surge in Afghanistan Hardly a Surprise

There was much disappointment on Tuesday night about Barack Obama’s decision to widen the war in Afghanistan, but there can have been no real surprise.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE

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