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Military Wants Even More Money

The Pentagon has asked the White House for an additional $99.7 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for a total increase of $50 billion over last year’s record spending. According to the Congressional Research Service, military spending on Iraq, Afghanistan and other operations has exceeded $500 billion so far.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Tries Bullying Iran

The White House is considering whether to further pressure Iran by adding to the naval fleet already stationed in the Gulf region. The carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower and four other ships and submarines already present could be joined by at least one additional carrier in this dicey bid to rattle Tehran.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


Bush with troops
richardsilverstein.com

Bush Wants to Expand Army, Marines

President Bush has instructed Defense Secretary Robert Gates to provide a plan for increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps. A major increase would take years to achieve and would not alleviate problems associated with the White House’s plan to “surge” troop levels in Iraq.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq violence
msnbc.com

Iraq Violence at Record Highs in All Categories

According to the Pentagon’s latest report, violence in Iraq has reached record levels in all measured categories, with a 32 percent increase in attacks on U.S. troops. The 50-page document also notes a 60 percent increase in civilian casualties since the formation of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


Soldiers
newmediamusings.com

Troops Starting to Demand Withdrawal

Truthdig contributor Marc Cooper, writing for The Nation, uncovers a growing movement of active-duty soldiers who are petitioning Congress to begin the withdrawal of troops. A 21-year-old soldier serving in Iraq who signed the petition says of the war: “The well is so poisoned by what we have done here that nothing can fix it.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Terrorist Detector

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Pentagon
pageoneq.com

The Military’s Iraq Gamble

The Pentagon is expected to recommend expanding both the military and its presence in Iraq as part of its “double down” strategy. Another element of the plan, to be presented to President Bush on Wednesday, is likely to include a direct confrontation with Moqtada al-Sadr and his militia.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld
guardian.co.uk

Rumsfeld Toughs It Out on 9/11 Link

While saying goodbye to the troops in Iraq, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made what one can only hope was his last erroneous link between the war and 9/11: “We feel great urgency to protect the American people from another 9/11 or a 9/11 times two or three ... .”

Posted on Dec 10, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq violence
intelmessages.org

Study Group: Pentagon Conceals Iraq Violence

Despite all the attention focused on the Iraq Study Group’s report, one of its more damaging allegations has largely escaped media scrutiny: The Pentagon and intelligence agencies are drastically underreporting acts of violence in Iraq.  The panel said that one day the U.S. reported 93 acts of violence when in fact there were more than 1,100. (h/t: Randi Rhodes)

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


Hersh

Sy Hersh on Defense Secretary Gates

Veteran journalist and Bush administration critic Seymour Hersh speaks to Amy Goodman on “Democracy Now” about what to expect from Robert Gates as defense secretary: “The reality is Gates is a fresh face and there’s a lot of people, [Brent] Scowcroft and James Baker among them, who are very worried about what’s going to happen in ‘08.” Watch it

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Image: AP; composite: Karen Spector / Truthdig

Dennis Kucinich’s Showdown With the Democratic Leadership

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) criticizes the leadership of his own party for announcing Tuesday that it would support a massive increase in spending for the Iraq war.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Gates Confirmed by Senate

Robert Gates has been confirmed by the Senate with enormous support.  While much has been made of Gates’ “fresh perspective” on the war, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) pointed out that it is the president who structures policy. And this president is notorious for selectively listening to advice.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Jesse Buryj
freewebs.com/jesseburyj/

Another Friendly Fire Coverup by the Army

Peggy Buryj was told in 2004 that her son Jesse died near Karbala, Iraq, sustaining a back injury while heroically defending an Army checkpoint.  She would later learn that he was shot in the back.  While the Army, which has destroyed important evidence related to the case, insists a Polish soldier fired the shot, a friend of Jesse’s who served with him told his mother an American soldier was to blame. (h/t: Buzzflash)

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Gates
wcsh6.com

Gates Says U.S. Isn’t Winning War

When asked during his confirmation hearing today whether the United States was winning the war in Iraq, Robert Gates said simply, “No, sir.”  The nominee for defense secretary, who later went on to soften his position, is expected to receive a speedy confirmation.
Update: The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted unanimously to recommend approval of Gates’ confirmation.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP

Rep. Dennis Kucinch: No More Money for War on Iraq

In a Truthdig interview, the Democratic congressman argues that the Pentagon’s new spending proposal would not only escalate the Iraq war but could be used to fund an attack on Iran.

  • Read the Gordon England memo discussed in the interview.

  • Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Lowell Wood
    Rolling Stone

    Can Dr. Evil Save the World?

    The Pentagon’s favored weaponeer, above, has a proposal to stop global warming—without burning less oil, and for a tiny fraction of the cost of mainstream proposals. And it’s so crazy it just might work. It also might destroy the planet in the process. Interested? Read on ...

    Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Farewell, Rummy

    There’s been so much in print about how Daddy 41’s people are back in the saddle, I was terrified when I saw a photo of Dan Quayle among the pack.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld
    AP / David Hume Kennerly

    Military Newspapers: ‘Rumsfeld Must Go’

    On Monday the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times will run a joint editorial calling for the resignation or removal of the defense secretary: “Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.”

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Allegedly Reneges on Deal With GI Who Fled

    Kyle Snyder fled to Canada when the Army threatened to send him back to Iraq, where he says he had been made to perform duties for which he was not trained.  Snyder’s lawyer says the Army had agreed to discharge his client if he came home but now intends to return him to his original unit.

    Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Cracking Down on Soldiers’ Blogs

    From Wired News: “Some of the web’s more popular “milblogs”—blogs maintained by present or former active duty military personnel—are going quiet following a renewed push by U.S. military officials to scan sites for security risks.”

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Boehner
    npr.org

    Boehner Praises Rumsfeld

    House Majority Leader John Boehner had some warm words for the embattled defense secretary on Sunday: “I think Donald Rumsfeld is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years.”  The remark prompted Democrats to renew their call to oust the enabling majority in Congress.

    Posted on Oct 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Tucker Carlson and guests

    Tucker Carlson Defends Lies to Tillman Family

    Tucker Carlson says he understands the Pentagon’s lies to the Tillman family because, as he puts it: “Telling the truth is really hard.”

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    General Acknowledges Failure of Baghdad Effort

    Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV expressed concern Thursday over the failure of the military’s new Baghdad strategy to curb mounting levels of violence in the city: “In Baghdad alone, we’ve seen a 22% increase in attacks during the first three weeks of Ramadan, as compared to the three weeks preceding Ramadan.”

    Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Illegally Shot Journalist

    A coroner has ruled the fatal shooting of an already wounded British journalist by U.S. troops to be an “unlawful act.”  Though it refused to take part in the inquest, the Pentagon defended the shooting: “We have always gone to extreme measures to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage.”

    Posted on Oct 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Gen. James Jones
    spiegel.de

    High-Ranking General Slams Rumsfeld

    A high-ranking active duty general has endorsed Bob Woodward’s characterization of criticisms the general made of the Bush administration, referring to the Iraq war as a “debacle” and saying: “The Joint Chiefs have been systematically emasculated by Rumsfeld.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Essential Reading From Sam Harris and Daniel Ellsberg

    Check out these two new (unrelated) reports by men who embody the Truthdig mission of drilling beneath the headlines:

  • Daniel Ellsberg: “Time to Drive Out the Bush Regime”—The man who gave the world the Pentagon Papers delivers an impassioned plea to a new generation of activists to heed the lessons of Nixon and even Hitler when taking stock of the Bush administration?s nuclear ambitions.
  • Sam Harris: “God’s Rottweiler Barks”—The bestselling author of ?The End of Faith? gives a fiery response to Pope Benedict XVI?s speech on the interplay between faith and reason.

  • Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Daniel Ellsberg
    From Benslade.com

    Daniel Ellsberg: Time to Drive Out the Bush Regime

    The man who gave the world the Pentagon Papers delivers an impassioned plea to a new generation of activists to heed the lessons of Nixon and even Hitler when taking stock of the Bush administration’s nuclear ambitions.

    Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Administration Seeks to Protect ?Interrogation? Methods

    Legislation put forward by the Bush administration this week would legalize the same torture techniques recently banned by the Army.  By selectively interpreting the Geneva Conventions, the legislation would allow CIA operatives and even the Army, should it decide to revert to previous rules, to conduct interrogations using unsavory methods.

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

    Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Bombs Are Mileposts on Road to Civil War

    More roadside bombs were planted in July than in any other month during the Iraq war, indicating a sharp rise in violence as the country moves toward all-out civil war.  According to data obtained by The New York Times, 2,625 devices either exploded or were discovered in July, compared with 1,454 in January.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Prepping New ‘Pentagon Papers’

    The Pentagon has ordered up a series of studies to examine the military’s failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports the Boston Globe. According to one of the authors, the findings (scheduled for this fall) “won’t be pretty.”

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    9/11 Commissioners Troubled by Pentagon, FAA and Giuliani

    In their new book “Without Precedent,” 9/11 Commission Chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton discuss their frustration with the Pentagon and FAA, whose misstatements almost led to an investigation into possible deception.

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Book: Sept. 11 Panel Doubted Officials

    Long suspected and ultimately confirmed news from the AP: “The Sept. 11 commission was so frustrated with repeated misstatements by the Pentagon and FAA about their response to the 2001 terror attacks that it considered an investigation into possible deception, the panel’s chairmen say in a new book.”

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Vanity Fair: Pentagon Likely ‘Covered Up’ 9/11 Response

    How do you begin to unravel the conspiracy theories and mysteries surrounding the U.S. Air Force’s response on 9/11? Get your hands on over 30 hours of never-before-released NORAD tapes. Vanity Fair’s Michael Bronner did just that, and pieces together a picture of the “chaotic military history of that day—and the Pentagon’s apparent attempt to cover it up.” Complete with audio clips.  (h/t bb.net)

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    shock and awe video
    From the BBC

    More Soldiers Uploading Shock and Awe

    The Pentagon has grown concerned as more and more service members send personal combat videos—some set to music—to websites such as Youtube and Myspace.  The military has no official policy on the practice, but rumors abound of behind-the-scenes pressure to limit the flow of footage out of Iraq.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Monitored Student Groups’ E-mail

    The Department of Defense monitored e-mails from college students who were planning protests against the Iraq war and against the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The Pentagon apparently started digging after receiving tips through a website used for soliciting anti-terror tips from civilians and military personnel. (Link - reg req’d)

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


    game screenshot
    From EA

    Pentagon Shows Stunning Naivete in Video Game Flap

    Supposed Internet experts, working off $7 million in public money, reported to the Pentagon and to Congress that terrorists are retooling American video games for use as recruitment tools. Problem is, it wasn’t the terrorists who did the retooling; it was American fans—something a 10-year-old could have discovered by using Google…(more)

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Says Homosexuality No Longer a Disorder

    The U.S. military said it would revise an official medical document that classified homosexuality as a disorder alongside mental retardation, impulse control disorders and personality disorders.

  • Original story
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    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon document listing homosexuality as a disorder
    From AMERICAblog

    Pentagon Still Classifies Homosexuality as a Disorder

    A Pentagon document still lists homosexuality as a mental defect akin to retardation and impulse control disorder, decades after mental health experts abandoned the position.

  • News report
  • See the actual document
  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Burning on 9/11
    From the BBC

    U.S. Releases 9/11 Pentagon Video

    Bowing to a Freedom of Information request, the U.S. government has released a video of what is apparently (thanks, reader Lorenzo) American Airlines Flight 77 slamming into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The group that made the FOIA request did so to dispel conspiracy theories.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Chalabi Reportedly Negotiating Between U.S. and Iran

    The exiled Iraqi who provided faulty intelligence on Iraqi WMDs to the Pentagon and the N.Y. Times is acting as a broker between the U.S. and Iran, according to Raw Story.

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


    McClellan Still Ducking Queries on Weapons Trailers

    The presidential spokesman won’t say at what point the president learned of a Pentagon report which concluded that Iraqi weapons trailers discovered after the invasion were not—as Bush later claimed—WMD factories.
    No wonder McClellan won’t answer. This could amount to proof positive that Bush outright lied about WMD.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Pigs Tested


    From stopanimaltesting.com

    PETA Exposes Taser Tests on Pigs

    The animal rights organization has obtained video footage of pigs being stunned with Taser guns as part of a Pentagon nonlethal weapons testing program. (This video is not for the queasy.)

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste
    From washingtonpost.com

    Fourth Top General Calls on Rumsfeld to Resign

    The retired commander, who was leading key forces in Iraq just a year ago, told CNN: “It speaks volumes that guys like me are speaking out from retirement about the leadership climate in the Department of Defense.”

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    The White House That Cried Wolf

    The more that administration leaders play games with definitions of democracy and weasel wording about torture, the less they can be believed about anything. So if they someday tell the truth, no one will believe them.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Sign Me Up for the Pentagon Democracy Plan

    I do like the idea of supporting democracy ... and think we should try it—especially here in the U.S. of A.

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    stephen_colbert
    From Crooks and Liars

    Colbert Gives Us the Word on the War

    Stephen Colbert continues to gain ground on Jon Stewart with his blistering satires of U.S. policy. This time he riffs on a new name that the Pentagon is using for the war on terror.

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


    pat_tillman_fratricide

    ‘They tried to attach themselves to his virtue; then they wiped their feet with him.’—Mary Tillman

    With the Pentagon’s inspector general suggesting criminal negligence in the killing of former NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, it is time to demand congressional hearings into the way the Bush administration cynically spun the story to serve its political purposes at the expense of the truth.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    military_campus_recruiting_protests
    From indybay.org

    Supreme Court Upholds Campus Military Recruiting

    Colleges and universities that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, even in the face of the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay people. John Roberts wrote the 8-0 opinion.

    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


    murtha
    CBS via ThinkProgress

    Murtha Ain’t Buying What the Pentagon’s Selling

    Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a decorated Marine and critic of the Iraq war, says Bush’s military leaders have no credibility when it comes to their pronouncements about progress in Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


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