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AP photo / Carol Phelps

A Submarine to Fight al-Qaida?s Navy

A trillion dollars here, a trillion dollars there, and soon you’re talking real money. But when it comes to reporting on what the Bush war legacy has cost American taxpayers, the media have been shockingly indifferent to the highest run-up in military spending since World War II.

Posted on Apr 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / Kevindooley

The $3-Trillion War

Harvard scholar Linda Bilmes speaks about her work with Joseph Stiglitz. The two former Truthdiggers of the Week have a new book and have been working hard to uncover even more hidden expenses for the war in Iraq, which they estimate will cost the taxpayers and their children trillions of dollars.

Posted on Apr 1, 2008 READ MORE


Boom! cover

Fred Branfman on Tom Brokaw’s ‘Boom!’

What kind of look back to the ‘60s manages to almost entirely ignore or miss the point of the Vietnam War?

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE


Body of War

We just passed the grim milestone of 4,000 U.S. military members killed in Iraq since the invasion five years ago. Still, the death toll climbs.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


The Pentagon Has Always Gone Hollywood

Remember the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? Nick Turse, author of the new book “The Complex:  How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives,” has come up with a far more sinister version of that fun genealogical party activity—only this time, all proverbial roads lead back to the U.S. military instead of the “Footloose” star.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


Whatever Happened to Ending the War?

Back in 2006, the Iraq Study Group said that all U.S. combat brigades in Iraq should be out by now. They also warned that an escalation, or “surge,” “would not solve the fundamental cause of violence in Iraq.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


The Folks Who Brought You Iraq

John McCain says that when it comes to Iraq, Americans should look to the future, but that’s to be expected of such an enthusiastic supporter of the disaster.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and financial aides
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush’s Legacy of Failure

That idiotic “what, me worry?” look just never leaves the man’s visage. Once again there was our president, presiding over disasters in part of his making and totally on his watch, grinning with an aplomb that suggested a serious disconnect between his worldview and existing reality. 

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Reagan Democrats

The overdose of Reagan nostalgia to which we’ve been subjected during the Republican presidential primaries is as understandable as it is misplaced.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


Top Commander for Mideast Resigns

Adm. William Fallon, head of the U.S. Central Command, resigned on Tuesday, explaining that his reputation as an obstacle to President Bush’s military designs had become too much of a distraction. Fallon was often reported to be a thorn in the side of the president and his other military advisers, a role both the admiral and administration officials strongly deny.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

What John McCain Should Know

More than any other candidate for president, John McCain should know that peace talks can be stronger and smarter than bombs, that withdrawing American soldiers can be the best way to achieve stability, and that the best way to protect American troops is to bring them home from the war zone.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in NYC
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

What the Times Didn’t Tell About McCain

As Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain twisted briefly in the wind kicked up by that New York Times story suggesting he had swapped political favors for the personal favors of an attractive lobbyist for the telecommunications industry, I kept waiting for the public policy punch line.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


Pentagon Plans Satellite Shoot-Down

Attention, China: The U.S. military will soon be staging a bit of sky theater in trying to shoot down an inoperative American intelligence satellite. So, what does this show of atmospheric pyrotechnics have to do with China? Read on.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
thewashingtonnote.com

Six 9/11 Suspects May Face Death Penalty

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the purported mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and five other detainees at Guantanamo Bay are facing official charges from the Pentagon that could result in the death penalty.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Social Terror Networking

The satirist envisions a new front in the global war on terror, if only the terrorists would waste as much time on Facebook as Americans do.

Posted on Feb 10, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Khalid Mohammed

Iraq’s Tragic Future

The former U.N. weapons inspector examines the president’s claims about the “surge” and says what the media and Congress won’t: It is not a strategy, it is an escalation, one that will not prevent the coming collapse of Iraq. There are no solutions just waiting to be found, and the only sensible thing to do is leave. Now.

Posted on Feb 5, 2008 READ MORE


American Veterans in Crisis

When young American men and women sign up to serve in our military, the government makes them a basic promise: If they are wounded in the line of duty, they will get the care they need. But for far too many, that’s a promise that only exists on paper—even months after the news emerged about American vets’ shameful treatment at U.S. military facilities.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


National Guard Difficulty ‘Places the Nation at Risk’

A commission set up by Congress in 2005 to examine the readiness of National Guard and reserve units has found that they’re simply inadequate to the task of dealing with a major disaster in the United States. The commission blamed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the Pentagon’s assumption that training for those conflicts would somehow prepare troops for disaster relief at home.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Ellsberg
uiowa.edu

Ellsberg Hits U.S. Media, Congress for Ignoring Nuclear Secrets Story

Legendary whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg has written an Op-Ed shaming the American media for failing to report the shocking story of Sibel Edmonds. A former FBI translator who was recruited after 9/11, Edmonds has accused the agency of covering up evidence of a complex web of foreign governments, U.S. officials and nuclear secrets.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Charlie Wilson
politics-now.com

The Price of America’s Patronage

Roger Morris, who served on the National Security Council staff under Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, has written a fascinating history of the United States’ many interventions in Pakistan. It’s the sordid story of “the world’s longest running military despotism, and of America’s most generous and tragic patronage.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


Pentagon: Maybe It Wasn’t Iran After All

Remember those Iranian vessels that allegedly menaced U.S. warships in the Gulf, threatening explosions? Just a few days after the president issued stern warnings to Iran over the incident, the Pentagon now says the threats, which were spoken by someone without an Iranian accent, might not have come from the Iranians and might not have even been directed at the Americans.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


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breitbart.tv

Iranian Report: Pentagon Video Was ‘Fabricated’

Last Sunday’s alleged confrontation between five Iranian boats and a U.S. Navy vessel, the Hopper, in the Strait of Hormuz was not the dangerous confrontation American officials claimed it was, as evidenced by the somewhat confusing footage the Pentagon released Tuesday. In fact, according to a source in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the video itself was “fabricated.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Is Bush Stopped in His Tracks on Iran?

The release of the National Intelligence Estimate concerning Iran’s nuclear status marks the latest in a series of assaults by the Pentagon and the intelligence community against the war posturing of the administration.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007 READ MORE


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arcent.army.mil

Circling the Wagons in Baghdad

Despite touting increased stability in the outer provinces as proof of the success of the “surge,” the U.S. military is about to abandon those regions altogether. The Pentagon’s new strategy for dealing with a reduction of forces in Iraq is essentially to pull back to Baghdad and hope for the best.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007 READ MORE


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defenseindustrydaily.com

Pentagon Sweeps 20,000 Veterans Under the Rug

Roughly 20,000 soldiers who aren’t on the military’s list of combat wounded have signs of brain injury, according to an analysis of Army, Navy and Veterans Affairs data conducted by USA Today. The Pentagon’s official tally of troops who’ve suffered brain trauma in combat is 4,471—one-fifth the total gleaned from military records.

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon building

Imaginary Weapons

Truthdig speaks with Sharon Weinberger, whose book “Imaginary Weapons” looks into why the Pentagon has spent billions of dollars on fantastical weapons programs, some of which defy the laws of physics.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


Sane Officers Oppose Cheney

The Pentagon has launched a preventive strike against a target that military chiefs presumably regard as one of the most active current threats to U.S. and world security—namely, the office of the vice president of the United States.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Cadet Chapel
usafa.af.mil

The Cancer From Within

Retired Air Force Col. David Antoon investigates the evangelical Christian takeover of the military, where proselytizing has become institutionalized and religious ideology threatens to supersede the values of the Constitution.

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


Standards for Recruits With Criminal Records May Ease

The Pentagon is evaluating how it can streamline the process that allows recruits with criminal records to serve in the military. The proposed action is the latest in a series of cash bonuses and relaxed requirements that are meant to help the military cope with its recruitment problem. We can think of a much more effective measure to get young men and women to sign up for military service: End the war in Iraq.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


‘From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld’

The Washington Post has obtained a number of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes,” curt memos fired off at a rate of up to 60 a day. The documents offer rare, unpolished insight into one of the principal architects of the Iraq war, who “argued that Muslims avoid ‘physical labor’ and wrote of the need to ‘keep elevating the threat,’ ‘link Iraq to Iran’ and develop ‘bumper sticker statements’ to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Junji Kurokawa

Cashing In on Terror

Not to stoke any of the inane conspiracy theories running wild on the Internet, but if Osama bin Laden wasn’t on the payroll of Lockheed-Martin or some other large defense contractor, he deserves to have been. What a boondoggle 9/11 has been for the merchants of war, who this week announced yet another quarter of whopping profits made possible by George Bush’s pretending to fight terrorism by throwing money at outdated Cold War-style weapons systems.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon building

Imaginary Weapons

Truthdig speaks with Sharon Weinberger, whose book “Imaginary Weapons” looks into why the Pentagon has spent billions of dollars on fantastical weapons programs, some of which defy the laws of physics.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Cheney
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

On the Eve of Destruction

The former intelligence officer and weapons inspector argues that the president’s recent World War III comment offers some rare insight into the highly secretive world of George W. Bush’s White House, where the leader of the free world gets advice from reckless neoconservatives, “war criminal” Dick Cheney and “God.”

Posted on Oct 22, 2007 READ MORE


Imagine Peace—A Ray of Light in Dark Times

John Lennon would have turned 67 years old last week had he not been murdered in 1980 by a mentally disturbed fan. On his birthday, Oct. 9, his widow, peace activist and artist Yoko Ono, realized a dream they shared.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Egyptian protest
AP photo

Outsourcing Torture

The Bush administration has called for the respect of human rights in Burma, a pretty safe piece of posturing, but it remains silent as Egypt’s dictator, Gen. Hosni Mubarak, unleashes the largest crackdown on public opposition in over a decade. Our moral indignation over the shooting of monks masks the incestuous and growing alliance we have built in the so-called war on terror with some of the world’s most venal dictatorships.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Jet fighter
AP photo / LM Otero

Inside the Military-Industrial Complex

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Philip Coyle knows a thing or two about the “staggering” amounts of money the U.S. funnels into the military-industrial complex, and why it is so difficult to stanch the profiteering.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Ciara Durkin
rawstory.com

Slain Soldier’s Family Wants Answers From Pentagon

Last Friday, National Guard Spc. Ciara Durkin was found dead on her U.S. base in Afghanistan with a single gunshot wound in her head.  Now, her family is looking for answers and wondering why the U.S. military isn’t offering details about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Saddam statue
AP photo / Jerome Delay

‘You Left Us With 50 Saddams’

As the U.S. government is learning much too late, democracy is not a one-size-fits-all application that can be lifted from one culture and grafted onto another.  Here, UK reporter Ian Black from the Guardian Unlimited takes a look at what’s really going on politically and culturally in Iraq according to a prominent historian and his Iraqi contacts.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Team Bush Wants $50 Billion More for ‘08 Military Budget

Add another $50 billion to the tab the Bush administration is looking to run up in military costs for the  ‘08 fiscal year, bringing the potential total to around $200 billion if this latest request goes through. 

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


Privatizing Murder

There is no set piece more emblematic of the tragic farce that is the American involvement in Iraq than the grotesque episode of Blackwater USA and the killing of civilians in Baghdad—at least nine and as many as 28—on Sunday.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


American Exceptionalism Meets Team Jesus

There’s a lot of talk about religious fundamentalism these days, but how much do we really know about the brand of Christian fundamentalism that has developed in America since, and in response to, the Enlightenment?  Author James Carroll holds forth on the subject in this interview with TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


The Illusion of Progress in Iraq

Following two days of carefully staged theatrics on Capitol Hill and cable television, the essential facts about Iraq remain unchanged. Despite the big charts and the blustering fanfare highlighted by Fox News, neither Gen. David H. Petraeus nor Ambassador Ryan Crocker could convincingly claim that the American military escalation in Iraq is achieving its original goals.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


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video.on.nytimes.com

Services Mark Sixth Anniversary of 9/11

Mourners, visitors and public figures converged in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania to observe the anniversary of Sept. 11 at or near the sites where the terrorist attacks took place six years ago.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


Forget About the ‘Surge’

The question of whether or not the “surge” is working is a distraction from the fact that fighting “them” over there makes us less safe at home. If the Democrats want to bring the troops home, they should repeat that mantra over and over.

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq by the Numbers with Petraeus

Opening his testimony before Congress on Monday with the insistence, “I wrote this testimony myself,” and adding that his Iraq progress report hadn’t been vetted in advance, Gen. David Petraeus trotted out figures and charts to argue that “the military objectives of the surge are, in large measure, being met.”

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon
DoD / Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway, USAF

China Denies Hacking Pentagon

China has denied responsibility for a large raid on the Department of Defense’s computer network, attributing the accusation to a “Cold War mentality.” A senior U.S. official was quoted in the Financial Times as implicating the People’s Liberation Army in the attack, which forced the Pentagon to shut down its network for more than a week.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


Troops Still Waiting for Armored Vehicles

Throughout the war, getting the troops the equipment they need to stay alive has been more of a goal than a reality. The latest example is the expected delivery shortfall of MRAPs—the specially designed armored vehicles that have proved particularly resistant to roadside bombs. The Pentagon had hoped to deliver 3,500 of the vehicles to Iraq, but it looks as if only 1,500 or so will make it there by year’s end.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


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msnbc.com

Army Throws Cash at Recruitment Problem

In an effort to combat ever dwindling enthusiasm among America’s youths for a career in the military, the Army is enlarging its recruitment staff, loosening age and criminal record restrictions and offering more cash bonuses, such as $45,000 tax-free to buy a house. Last year the Army spent $1 billion on bonuses and advertisements.

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


ak-47
AP Photo / John Moore

The Case of the Missing Weapons

How exactly do some 190,000 pistols and AK-47 rifles go missing?  That’s the mystery the Pentagon is facing, according to the Government Accountability Office, which estimates that the U.S. military can’t account for 30 percent of the arms given to Iraqi security forces to help “spread democracy” since 2004.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


pat tillman
foxnews.com

Pat Tillman Murdered?

Defense Department documents handed over to the Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request raised the possibility that the “friendly-fire” death of soldier Pat Tillman, a former NFL player, was the result of an intentional act that amounted to a crime

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


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