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Donald Trump Picks Retired Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis for Defense Secretary

“It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling,” Mattis said in 2005, speaking about the American invasion of Afghanistan.

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‘The Field of Fight’

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who is set to become Trump’s national security adviser, writes in his new book, “[Religious war] created our world. The world badly needs an Islamic Reformation, and we should not be surprised if violence is involved. It’s normal.”

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Trump Loves Winning, but American Generals Have Forgotten How

Our generals have demonstrated an impressive aptitude for moving pieces around on a dauntingly complex military chessboard. But having been “at war” for virtually the entire 21st century, the United States military is still looking for its first win.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



On the Road With Our American Selves

After the fluorescent circus of Election 2016, I imagine what would be truly exceptional: an America that values all human life in the same way.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



With President Trump, Is the American Experiment Over?

The empire of chaos has made the trip homeward. It’s now with us big time, all the time.

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U.S. Army Veteran: ‘I Killed Four People in One Hour in Iraq’

Isaac Lebonte, known as “Bone” to his fellow soldiers in Iraq, is filmed talking about killing people in his first firefight, the deaths of close friends and his difficulty adjusting to life outside war.

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



One Veteran’s War on Islamophobia

When I chose to serve in the military 20 years ago, I did so to protect what I viewed as our sacred foundational values of liberty, equality and democracy. Now I’ve joined forces with fellow veterans to fight again for those sacred values, this time, right here at home.

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Islamic State Boasts That U.S. Will Go Down to Defeat in Iraq

As guerrillas spread through the beleaguered city of Mosul, a news agency linked to the militant group is carrying video of an IS fighter insisting that he and his colleagues will achieve a decisive victory.

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My Military, Win, Lose or Draw

Although American politicians like Hillary Clinton regularly insist that the U.S. possesses “the greatest military” on the planet, they avoid addressing what the country’s armed interventions have actually accomplished when it comes to policy goals—the true measure of success in war.

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The Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Is Approaching 6,000 (Video)

Five hundred more troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.

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Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War

What I really wanted to say when I dropped her off for her last year at college was just how sorry I was that she would have to live in what 9/11 transformed into the most frightened country on earth.

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U.S. Military Warns of Climate-Driven ‘Instability on an International Scale’

Senior defense experts say stresses resulting from climate change can increase the likelihood of conflict within and between countries, state failure, mass migration and the creation of additional ungoverned spaces.

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What the U.S. Military Doesn’t Know (and Neither Do You)

Exactly how many times U.S. soldiers have parachuted into the sky over Africa is unknown. But according to America’s premier think tank for evaluating the military, the program in which they do so consistently produces poor results.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, for Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem

In his act of protest against racial injustice in the U.S., the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken a lot of hits. But he’s not backing down and has succeeded in igniting an important debate.

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The U.S. Army Made Trillions of Dollars in Accounting ‘Errors’

An audit revealed that the Army made $6.5 trillion worth of wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in 2015, either because it “lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up,” Reuters reports.

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How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

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Why It’s So Hard for Members of the Military to Speak Out

Assuming that many privates and generals have complicated, often highly critical feelings about various crises of war-making, why don’t they ever express them publicly?

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The U.S. Military Pivots to Africa, and That Continent Goes Down the Drain

Over the past six years, each incoming commander of the U.S. Africa Command has offered a more dismal and dire assessment of the situation facing the American military there than his predecessor.

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Is Russia Deepening Cooperation With U.S. in Syria, or Is It Hitting Bases Used by U.S.? (Video)

Russian warplanes recently bombed a Syrian base used by the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, the Arabic press commented on a Washington Post report that the U.S. and Russia are jointly striking al-Qaida in Syria.

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An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised as Technological Advance

However they are achieved, the United States has now embraced extrajudicial executions on foreign soil. And most of the discussion has focused more on the new instrument—drone technology—than on its purpose: assassination.

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We Have Met the Alien, and He Is Us

Only when we see the evidence of our own invasive nature can we begin to become the kind of land we say we want to be.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy: The Charmed Life of David Petraeus

It seems a robust Rolodex with the right global roster, a marquee name and a cultivated geopolitical brand covers a multitude of sins. And that’s precisely the type of firepower that Petraeus brings to the table.

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The Numbers Racket: U.S. Africa Command Clams Up After Contradictory Statements to Congress

Somehow, between 2015 and 2016, more than 200 AFRICOM missions from 2014 simply vanished. And the Senate Armed Services Committee apparently hasn’t bothered to ask for clarification.

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Robert Scheer Talks About Disrupting Militarism With Codepink’s Jodie Evans

In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with the activist to discuss her organization’s efforts to move the United States away from military conflict, as well as the origins of her activism.

Posted on May 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Washington Just Can’t Help Itself

It’s as if every time our representatives look into the closet marked “solutions,” the only thing they see is a hulking, over-armed soldier whom they obsessively let loose.

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A Dictionary of Euphemisms for Imperial Decline

Cloaking violent, even murderous actions in anodyne language might help a few doubting functionaries sleep easier at night, but it should make the rest of us profoundly uneasy.

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The U.S. Military—What a Waste

Squandering vast sums of taxpayer money is a way of life for the Department of Defense. With that in mind, let’s take a little tour through the highlights of Pentagon waste from the 1960s to the present.

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Talking to the Young in a World That Will Never Truly Be ‘Postwar’

Speaking about my own experiences to high school students heavily propagandized by the U.S. military on the charms and positives of war, American-style, has been changing my life.

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How the United States Became a Prisoner of War and Congress Went MIA

Through inaction, the legislative branch has surrendered the final remnant of authority it retained on matters relating to whether, when, against whom, and for what purpose the United States should go to war.

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A Military Leviathan Has Emerged as America’s 51st and Most Powerful State

A military increasingly divorced from ordinary Americans blends soldiers with privatized mercenaries, empowers commanders to cash in on retirement and wields a quasi-missionary imperial force in at least 135 countries.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



5 Questions That Are Unlikely to Be Asked During the 2016 Presidential Election

In October 2012, I considered five critical foreign policy questions that were not being discussed by then-candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Sadly, those questions remain as pertinent and unraised today as they were four years ago. Unlike then, however, answers may be at hand, and believe me, that’s not good news.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



Pentagon Excess Has Fueled a Civil-Military Crisis

Like climate change, lymphoma or a termite infestation that destroys from within, an unrecognized and unattended crisis in civil-military relations afflicts the United States.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Who Risked Her Career to Endorse Bernie Sanders

The Hawaii congresswoman defied Democratic leaders and resigned as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee so she could promote the senator for president. Why? Because we need “a commander in chief who has foresight” and “exercises good judgment.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2016 READ MORE



‘The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World’

Here’s my 21st century rule of thumb about this country: If you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



American Democracy Down for the Count?

Most Americans are either overworked or hurting for jobs; housing is overpriced; hospitals, crowded and understaffed. Opioid or heroin overdose is a common way of death. Did the American soldiers I covered in Afghanistan know they were fighting for this?

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



Will American ‘Successes’ Lead to More Iraqi Military Failures?

There’s good news coming out of Iraq ... again. The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Reckless War Against Evil

After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama called Islamic State “the face of evil.” The “evildoers” are back. And from every mountaintop, it seems, America rings with calls to ramp up its war machine.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV

Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

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The National Security State’s Incestuous Relationship With Islamic State

Paris changed everything; Paris changes nothing. Each view is, in its own way, undoubtedly true. And here’s a third sentence I know to be true: This can’t end well.

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Taking Selfies in Iraq and Afghanistan: America’s Peculiar Brand of Global Imperialism

Overloaded with gadgets, ignorant of foreign cultures, spoiling for action, and never (individually) staying long, American troops have become the imperial equivalent of globetrotting tourists.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Special Ops ‘Successes’

U.S. special operations forces deployed to a record-shattering 147 countries in 2015—75 percent of the nations on the planet, a jump of 145 percent since the Bush administration. I pursued that record of “success” with a few experts on the subject. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



American Hypocrisy: GOP Against Sharia Law at Home but Sees Its Backers as ‘Moderates’ in Syria

The same GOP politicians who denounce all U.S. Muslims for allegedly wanting to impose Sharia on all Americans are talking about the Syrian rebels who want a Sharia society as “moderates” and “U.S. allies” being targeted by Russia. 

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


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U.S. to Ax $500 Million Scheme to Train Syrian Rebels

As the Russian military intervenes directly to support the Syrian government, the U.S. will end a $500 million program to train and equip “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE



Roseburg Shooter Mercer Killed One-Third the Annual Gun Death Toll of England and Wales

The U.S. is downright weird compared with many other countries: We continue to be peculiar in handing out powerful magazine-fed firearms to almost anyone who wants them. 

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

They belong to the special operations forces, America’s most elite troops. And odds are, if you throw a dart at a world map or stop a spinning globe with your index finger and don’t hit water, they’ve been there sometime in 2015.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Military Turned Blind Eye Toward Wealthy Afghans’ Child Rape Practices

Outrage has ensued over revelations that U.S. military personnel ignored the rape of boys occurring among Afghanistan’s elite while American troops were stationed there.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE



Air Force Times Runs Veterans’ Ad Urging Drone Pilots to Refuse to Fly

In mid-September, the weekly military newspaper published an advertisement carrying a message from 54 U.S. military veterans urging U.S. drone operators to refuse to follow orders to fly surveillance and attack missions, citing international law.

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE



Garrisoning the Globe: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

Our network of overseas bases have helped lock us inside a permanently militarized society that has made everyone on this planet less secure, damaging lives at home and abroad.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE


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