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Afghanistan, Again: The Thicket Obama's Not Getting Out Of

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

We can't afford to build a nation in Afghanistan. We have one reasonable goal there, and everything else, no matter how seemingly noble it may or may not be, is a luxury.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Trial: Shortlist Of Defense Lawyers For 9/11 Cases | BENJAMIN WEISER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Lawyers to defend Khalid Shaikh Mohammed are expected to initially be chosen from a cadre of about 20 veteran defense lawyers in New York who have bro...

Obama To Bring Troops Home!

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Tom Gregory

Obama announced that he will deploy 30,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan, promising to bring them home just in time to vote in the next presidential election.

Actually, Mr. Cheney...

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Actually, Mr. Cheney, what hurts troops is bad judgment--particularly when exercised by an overzealous, power-hungry, maniacal Vice President like you.

Why Osama Is Winning

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Back in 1986, I was covering the anti-Soviet war in then almost unknown Afghanistan. There I met Abdullah Azzam, the teacher and spiritual mentor of a young Saudi named Osama bin Laden.

9/11 Text Messages Released: Wikileaks Publishes Intercepted Government Pager Texts As They Were Sent

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Government employees sent more than 500,000 text pager messages In the hours before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. At 3 a.m. (...

Health Care Reform, Climate Change, and the Evasion of Our Mortality

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

Much of the right-wing rhetoric about health care reform -- focusing on such non-issues as socialism, government control, and higher taxes -- has been obscuring what health care reform is really about: our mortality!

Obama & Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: If One Branch is Good, Two Must be Better?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

President Obama is judging Khalid Sheikh Mohammed guilty of the 9/11 crimes before the system Obama is supposed to uphold even brings the guy to court.

The Palin Facebook Doctrine

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

When Dick Cheney pops up like a whack-a-mole on Cialis, and you can bet Palin won't be far behind. The Underwear Bomber and President Obama's response needed a special Palin edition

Justice American Style

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Now more than ever, Americans need to trust our own judicial system to fully and openly prosecute the mass murderers of 9/11 while the rest of the world bears witness.

The Decade At War (PHOTOS)

Vanity Fair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A decade ago, America was flush and at peace. Then came the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the retaliatory invasion of Afghanistan, and the controversial ...

Is Fort Hood Like Columbine?

Newsweek | Dave Cullen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

My brain is about to bust with all the apparent parallels to Columbine, Virginia Tech and 9/11, and the startling differences to each as well. But the...

In Nightmares Begin Responsibilities: Why War Will Take No Holiday in 2010

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Here's my fantasy this holiday season: I'd like, that is, to obliterate TomDispatch, for without the Afghan war, my website would never have existed. Here's the saddest thing: I know full well that its future is assured as long as I care to do it.

Think It's Over Once You're 60? Check Out The Purpose Prize

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

This is the true story of a couple of ordinary Americans who thought, once they turned 60, that life would be uneventful. Instead, they've just won a prestigious award that honours their world-changing work.

Obama's Lincolnesque Nobel Peace Prize

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Lincoln is Obama's professed ideal. We remember Lincoln today from civics lessons and the monument in Washington, but the historical reality is that he was both soaring idealist and ruthless pragmatist.

9/11: Never Again?

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Let's drop the childish game of scaring ourselves with the likes of high school drop-out Jose Padilla and similarly I.Q. challenged riff-raff. In doing so, we are behaving like kids who conjure monsters.

If "We the People" Can't Agree on "Our" President, Is there Any Hope for Us?

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

A ratings chase and a revenue chase combine to coarsen the debate. This is our new reality -- and some days it looks so ugly one could reasonably turn away from civic life. But we don't.

The Rise And Fall Of New York: A Tragedy In 3 Acts

Nelson Montana | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nelson Montana

I still love this town. But it saddens me to see how far it's fallen. Can the rest of the country be far behind?

Najibullah Zazi: Terror Suspect Was 'The Donut Guy' | MICHAEL WILSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

For years, he was a fixture in Lower Manhattan, as regular as the sunrise. Every morning, Najibullah Zazi would be there on Stone Street with his past...

Lawmakers Weigh Patriot Act Extension

L.A. Times | David G. Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reporting from Washington - The Patriot Act -- a favorite tool in the George W. Bush administration's fight against terrorism -- may be renamed later...

9/11 Trial At Guantanamo Delayed Again: Can We Have Federal Court Trials Now, Please?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Scarcely in its history has the United States entertained such a shabby and shamelessly politicized travesty of justice as the Military Commissions.

Media Mud Pies: CNN's Embarrassing Response to Fox

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

In response to Fox's childish and embarrassing ad in the Washington Post that challenged competitors' coverage of the 9/12 teabaggers, CNN is airing this equally chilidish and embarrassing ad.

"Immeasurable Courage and Uncommon Valor"-- Sgt. First Class Jared C. Monti

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Last Thursday, we were reminded of what true courage, sacrifice, and heroism is all about.

Frank Rich: Even Glenn Beck Is Right Twice A Day | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Beck frequently strikes the pose of an apocalyptic prophet, even insisting that he predicted 9/11. This summer he also started warning of domestic ter...

HAL -- The Cockpit Serial Killer

John T. Halliday | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John T. Halliday

Let's shift the balance of power in the cockpit back to humans. As MIT's R. John Hansman explains, "Less is more." Dumb cockpit computers down; let pilots be pilots